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Stead To Receive 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award

The University of Alumni Association will present the Distinguished Alumni Awards to 13 notable alumni and friends of the University of Iowa at a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7 in the UI's Levitt Center.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards, presented annually since 1963, are the Alumni Association's organization's highest honor. The awards recognize the outstanding achievements and service of UI alumni and friends. This year's awards will be given in six categories: Achievement, Service, Faculty, Young Alumni, Friend of the University, and the Hickerson Recognition.

The Distinguished Friend of the University Award honors those individuals who are not Iowa alumni, but who have provided outstanding service on behalf of the University of Iowa. This year, the Friend award will go to Mary Joy Stead. When Mary Joy Stead and her husband, Jerre, studied at the UI in the 1960s, they lived in a trailer court. Although Jerre's successful career later took them all over the world, they never forgot about their beginnings at the University of Iowa. The couple has generously supported various organizations, but Mary Joy is being recognized for her many efforts on behalf of the university. A member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors, Mary Joy recently served with distinction and passion as vice chair of the national steering committee for the Foundation campaign that raised $1 billion for the UI.

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