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University of Iowa News Release


Nov. 4, 2010

Media Advisory: Veterans share experiences at first statewide UI conference Nov. 9

WHAT: The first University of Iowa Statewide Veterans Conference hosted by the UI Office of the Provost, UI Office of the Registrar, UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and the UI Student Veterans Association.

Creations from the Operation Wrecklamation project will also be on display — a project spearheaded by the UI Student Veterans Association, where old uniforms are shredded, made into paper from the fibers and cathartic artistic creations are made as a result.

WHO: Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack will give the keynote address and UI dignitaries including UI Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President Georgina Dodge and Director of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Jennifer Modestou will make opening remarks.

A panel of veterans and specialists will also speak from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., discussing significant concerns and challenges facing veterans. Those speaking include:

--Cate Hartmann, a Persian Gulf War veteran and graduate student in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program in the UI College of Education.
--Drew Hjelm, a UI student from Spencer, Iowa, who is studying economics and management information systems and is in his second term as the president of the UI Veterans Association.
--Larry Lockwood, UI assistant provost for enrollment management, who is a Vietnam War veteran.
--Laurie Stange of the VA Medical Clinic in Coralville.
--Michael Hall of the VA Medical Center, Iowa City.
--Patrick Hoyt, National Guard Family Assistant Specialist – Southeastern Iowa.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., following by a reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. (though registration to the conference is closed, the public is invite to the reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m.)

WHERE: The Fourth Floor of the University of Iowa Levitt Center for University Advancement (LCUA), One West Park Road in Iowa City. Check in at the reception area on the first floor when you first arrive.

WHY: An estimated 80 veteran service providers in Iowa, as well as UI faculty, staff and students, are participating in this conference held two days before Veterans Day. The conference will address issues facing veterans returning to Iowa and higher education and the vital support systems and resources necessary to ease their reintegration into Iowa society.

BACKGROUND: An estimated 385 UI students are veterans, spanning a diverse array of majors, ages and different branches of the military. UI officials expect these numbers to continue to grow because the state of Iowa has one of the highest levels of military volunteerism in the nation.


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kathy Last, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 319-353-2388,; John Mikelson, UI Veterans Center, 319-384-2020,; Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,