Jeff Kueter, UIAA, 319-335-3286
Distinguished UI alumni recognized
Distinguished UI alumni recognized
Distinguished UI alumni recognized
The University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) has announced the 2015 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA), the association’s highest honor.
“The 2015 awardees are exemplary representatives of the University of Iowa,” says Jeff Kueter, UIAA president and CEO. “They are accomplished professionals, community leaders, philanthropists, and mentors to students and young professionals.”
Since 1963, the UIAA has presented Distinguished Alumni Awards every year to accomplished alumni and friends. This year, 14 awardees were honored in five categories: service, achievement, young alumni, faculty/staff, and friend of the university.
Three people received Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards to recognize their significant accomplishments in business or professional life or for distinguished human service to their community, state, or nation.
Tom Kloet, of Bluffton, South Carolina, graduated from the UI in 1980 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. In his 30-year international business career since then, Kloet—currently CEO of the organization that operates the Toronto, Montreal, and other major stock exchanges, as well as vice chairman of the World Federation of Exchanges—has helped steer a vital financial industry through technological advances and tumultuous times.
Diane Magrane, of Potomac, Maryland, graduated from the UI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology in 1974 and a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1978. A renowned visionary in the areas of women’s health and academic medicine, Magrane now heads the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics at Drexel University, which nurtures rising women leaders to take the reins in traditionally male-dominated fields such as health sciences and engineering.
Leslie Jansa Williams, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the UI in 1982. Now president and CEO of the ImmusanT biotechnology company, Williams has earned international acclaim in a career that has taken her from patients’ bedsides to research labs, where she oversees the development of technological breakthroughs capable of radically improving human lives.
Six people received Distinguished Alumni Service Awards for specific and meritorious service to their university, community, state, or nation.
Robert Downer, who graduated from the UI with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1961 and a Juris Doctorate in 1963, and Jane A. Downer, both of Iowa City, are longtime advocates and friends of the UI. Robert currently champions the cause of public education through his service on the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, as well as the advisory boards for UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Research Foundation. A loyal and active supporter of Hancher, Jane is also co-chair of the university’s Arts and Minds campaign to raise $30 million to help rebuild the arts campus.
Mary Kramer, of Clive, Iowa, earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the UI in 1957 and a master’s degree in elementary education in 1972. Throughout her career in education, human resources, and politics, Kramer—the former U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and an inductee of the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame—has served the University of Iowa, the state, and the nation with distinction, passion, and a commitment to the “common good.”
Sarah Dunkerton Lande, of Muscatine, Iowa, graduated from the UI with a Bachelor of Arts in home economics in 1960 and a Master of Business Administration in 1983. The retired executive director of the Iowa Sister States organization, Lande is widely admired as a citizen diplomat who has advanced Iowa’s world citizenship and reputation around the globe, particularly with the People’s Republic of China.
Dana C. Ramundt, of Clive, Iowa, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in insurance from the UI in 1974. Ramundt was instrumental in establishing the Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance in the UI Tippie College of Business, enabling hundreds of students to follow him into a successful business career while also providing critical support to one of Iowa’s important industries.
Jay Sieleman, of Memphis, Tennessee, graduated from the UI with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1975 and a Juris Doctorate in 1978. Within a few years of becoming director of administration for The Blues Foundation in Memphis, Sieleman almost single-handedly changed the fortunes of this struggling nonprofit, ensuring that it continues to preserve and celebrate a uniquely American musical art form.
One alumna received a Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award for significant achievement or specific meritorious service on behalf of the quality and advancement of the university.
Sally Mathis Hartwig, of Iowa City, earned two nursing degrees from the UI: a Bachelor of Science in 1975 and a Master of Arts in 1977. As longtime director of nursing at UI Hospitals and Clinics, Hartwig inspired colleagues with her dedication to professional education and patient care—furthering the Department of Nursing’s reputation for excellence that has been underscored by two prestigious Magnet Recognition Program designations.
Three people received the Distinguished Alumni Young Alumni Award.
Tim J. Dwight Jr. graduated from the UI in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in sport, health, leisure, and physical studies. Following a successful career in the NFL, Dwight has demonstrated passion and commitment as an emerging entrepreneur of green technology and renewable energy, as well as a dedicated supporter of UI, community, and charitable causes.
William M. “Bill” Lynch, of Portland, Oregon, and Matt Tucker, of Palo Alto, California, both graduated from the UI in 2000 with Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science. While studying at the UI, Lynch and Tucker conceived the idea of Jive Software to help improve communications within large companies. Just 11 years later, their small start-up went public with a value of about $900 million and a client roster that includes some of the top corporations in America.
One person received the Distinguished Alumni Friend of the University Award, which recognizes specific and meritorious service on behalf of the quality and advancement of the university and/or the alumni association.
Jim Leach, of Iowa City, received the award. During 30 years of service in the U.S. Congress, Leach worked tirelessly to advance critical education initiatives. So it was fitting that, in 2013, he furthered his longstanding friendship with the UI by becoming a faculty member in the College of Law, where students benefit from his expertise in international affairs, American government, and the legislative process.
The alumni association exists to help alumni build relationships with the UI and each other by offering a sense of community and belonging based on shared beliefs, values, experiences, and Hawkeye spirit. Through a variety of communications, events, and services, the association helps alumni express and reinforce their loyalty, gratitude, and pride—adding value to their own lives and communities, while also enhancing the national reputation and ensuring the continued success of the University of Iowa.