Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


May 14, 2010

At A Glance

UI Health Care human resource leader resigns

University of Iowa Health Care today announced the resignation of Chad D. Simmons, associate vice president for human resources.

In making the announcement, UI Health Care Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean E. Robillard, M.D., commended Simmons for his many positive contributions to the organization. Robillard wished Simmons well as he pursues the next steps in his career.

Robillard appointed Jana Wessels as interim associate vice president for human resources. She is presently the assistant vice president for human resources for UI Health Care.

In announcing this interim appointment, Robillard cited Wessels' 20 years of experience at the university, and five with UI Health Care, as a major asset. Wessels lives in North Liberty.

Simmons is returning to the Chicago area. A national search for his replacement will be conducted.

UI Axius Quartet captures silver medal at prestigious Fischoff Competition

The Axius Quartet, a student saxophone ensemble in the University of Iowa School of Music, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, won the silver medal in the Senior Wind Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, America's most prestigious competition for chamber music ensembles. The final competition was May 9 at Notre Dame University.

The members of the quartet -- Stephen Page, Colin Young, Ryan Smith and Nathan Bogert -- are students of Kenneth Tse, a faculty member in the School of Music and vice president of the Comite International de Saxophone.

Founded in 1973, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition has grown to become the largest chamber music competition in the world, and one of the most prestigious classical music prizes.

Axius, one of 48 ensembles from around the world invited to the Fischoff Competition, was also the national winner at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, and second-prize winner in the Quartet Competition of the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. Page and Bogert also captured the top two prizes in the classical solo competition at the conference, an unprecedented accomplishment for saxophonists from a single teacher's studio.

More information at


UI alumni publications now available online at Iowa Digital Library

Starting with The Iowa Alumnus in 1903 and continuing today as Iowa Alumni Magazine, publications catering to University of Iowa alumni have chronicled the life and events of the university and its people on many fronts: research breakthroughs, innovations in teaching, graduates’ milestones, political and social movements, and memorable football games.
This indispensable source of University of Iowa history, spanning over a century, is now available online at as part of the Iowa Digital Library, managed by the University of Iowa Libraries. The more than 80 volumes of alumni publications are full-text searchable or can be browsed by year. More recent issues – those published within the last five years – will be available exclusively to members of the UI Alumni Association as a benefit of membership.

The University of Iowa Alumni Publications Collection, based on holdings in the University Archives, includes every issue of The Iowa Alumnus (1903-1925), Iowa Alumni Review (1947-1993), Iowa Alumni Quarterly (1993-1999), and Iowa Alumni Magazine (2000-2004). Except for a 22-year interruption from 1925 to 1947 when there was no alumni publication, these magazines tell the stories of faculty, staff, students, alumni and others associated with the university.


Seniors at UI, ISU, UNI receive Alliant Energy/Erroll B. Davis Jr. Awards

Three seniors from the Iowa Board of Regents’ universities received the 2010 Erroll B. Davis Jr. Alliant Energy Award, which honors engineering or business students from underrepresented groups.

The recipients are Miguel Cajipe, a biomedical engineering major at the University of Iowa; Pernell J. Cezar, a finance/marketing major at the University of Northern Iowa; and Emmanuel K. Owusu, a computer engineering major at Iowa State University.

The students received the awards at the Diversity Catalyst Awards, Wednesday, April 21 at the UI Iowa Memorial Union.

The awards recognize academic achievement, leadership in campus and community organizations, and potential for future career success.

The Alliant Energy Foundation created the award to honor Davis, who was chairman of the board of Alliant Energy Corporation from 2000 to 2006. Davis retired from his dual roles as president and CEO of Alliant to become chancellor of the University System of Georgia. As part of an agreement between the Alliant Energy Foundation and the Regents’ institutions, the gift will ensure that the award is presented annually in perpetuity. Each student selected to receive an award receives a prize of up to $5,000.

See for more information.


Cox selected for fellowship at Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study

University of Iowa history professor Jeff Cox, a collegiate fellow in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a fellow-in-residence at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS).

Founded in 1985, the collegium is funded by the government of Sweden as the national institute for advanced study in the social sciences and humanities. Cox will be in residence in May and June along with other historians and social scientists interested in the issue of secularization. He is working on a book, “European Religion/American Religion: Why the Difference?”

A UI faculty member since 1977, Cox is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain. He has received support for his research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the American Institute of Indian Studies.

For more information on SCAS, visit


UI Alumni Association, ICAD host networking event May 18

The University of Iowa Alumni Association and the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) are hosting a networking event 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 at The Vine, 39 2nd Street, in Coralville.

The event is part of a series featuring growing industries and involvement opportunities in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor. On May 18, the featured industry will be computer wind and renewable energy.

Another networking event will be Wednesday, June 23, when biotechnology will be featured. Each event at The Vine is open to the public and will feature industry and area development representatives, networking, and complimentary appetizers provided by ICAD.

To learn more about, visit For more information, contact 800-IOWALUM or e-mail


Photos for At A Glance items, if available, may be found at (for arts news) or (for all other news).

Campus events are searchable on the UI Master Calendar:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.