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Alumni & Friends - The Woodrow W. Morris Distinguished Friend of Nursing Award

For exemplary support of the College's missions of research, teaching and service.

VALUE nothing so much in this world as a real friend

Like the venerable oak tree that stood by our building for decades, Woodrow W. Morris has stood by our students and faculty in their pursuit of gerontological nursing excellence.  This beautiful oak burl symbolizes the confidence and support so generously provided by "Woody" Morris: A True Friend of Nursing.



Fred Wolinsky

Dr. Frederic Wolinsky is Professore and the John W. Colloton Chair in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa, Professor in the Division of General Medicine, Deparment of Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine and Co-PI of the Center for Research in the Implementation of Innovative Strategies in Practice (CRIISP, a VA-HSR&D Center of Excellence).  His areas of expertise are Health Services Research, Gerontology and Quantitative Methods.

Dr. Wolinsky's nomination was submitted by Dr. Toni Tripp-Reimer and Dr. Keela Herr for his diligent support of nursing through a number of activities:  he has served as the Methods Director of the Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center (GNIRC) for the past five years and in that role has been very important in guiding pilot project development and fostering methods support when the GNIRC was active.  He is providing mentorship to Marianne Smith and is the Mentoring Core Director of our P30 Application for a Center of Pain Research Excellence.  In addition, he has agreed to serve on the Executive Board of the T32 Pain and Palliative Care across the Lifespan.  His involvement in both of these projects has been critical and crucial in advancing the proposals.  Dr. Wolinsky has been very supportive of nursing research through the VA CRIISP as well.


Chet Culver


State of Iowa

Governor Chet Culver began his career as an environmental and consumer advocate in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. After receiving his Master of Arts in Teaching at Drake University in 1994, he taught government and history at Roosevelt High School and Hoover High School in Des Moines, where he also coached both football and basketball. As a teacher and a coach, Governor Culver drew on his experiences playing both sports in high school and playing football on scholarship at Virginia Tech.

In 1998, Governor Culver was elected as Iowa’s 29th Secretary of State (the youngest Secretary of State in the nation) and was re-elected to the position in 2002. As Secretary of State, he created the Iowa Student Political Awareness Club (ISPAC), a nonpartisan statewide student organization dedicated to increasing civic and community participation among Iowa’s young people.

Governor Culver and his wife, Mari have two young children, Clare Honour and John William. Prior to moving to Terrace Hill, the family resided in West Des Moines. Governor Culver is a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church, and is the youngest of four children of former Iowa Senator John Culver and Ann Cooper Culver. Senator Culver served Iowa in the United States House of Representatives from 1965 to 1974 and in the United States Senate from 1974 to 1980.

Dave Loebsack
U.S. Congressman
State of Iowa

Congressman Loebsack graduated from Iowa State University in 1974 with a Bachelors degree in Political Science, followed by a Masters in the same field in 1976. He went on to earn his PhD in Political Science from the University of California at Davis in 1985. He has been teaching Political Science at Cornell College since 1982.

Congressman Loebsack was elected in 2006 to serve as State Representative for the Second District of Iowa. He chaired the Linn Phoenix Club from 2002-2005, served as a local leader for the Bill Bradley Presidential campaign in 2000, and as Linn County Coordinator for the Howard Dean for President campaign. He has served several Professional and Political Organizations and Boards and is a past member of the Education and Safety Subcommittee of the Linn County “15 in 5” Education Community Planning Effort.

Mr. Loebsack has shown his support of nursing by joining the House of Nursing Caucus, which was established in 2003 to educate Congress on the issues important to nurses and the impact nurses have on other important issues, such as homeland security preparedness efforts. The Caucus holds regular briefings on matters such as the nursing shortage, smallpox vaccinations, Medicare, and health care workplace issues.

His signature appears on the 2008 Dear Colleague Letter, which reflects support for funding of Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs. If funded sufficiently, these programs could make a significant difference in the national nursing shortage by maintaining advanced education nursing programs, investing in nursing education capacity and supporting programs that direct nurses into critical shortage areas.


Chet Rzonca

Associate Provost

Division of Continuing Education

University of Iowa

In June of 2005, Chet Rzonca was appointed associate provost and dean of Continuing Education, a position he has filled on an interim basis since summer 2000.

The dean of Continuing Education, who reports directly to UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan, administers a variety of programs, including the Center for Credit Programs (Saturday & Evening classes, Guided Independent Study, Distance Education, and the Bachelor of Liberal Studies), Summer and Winter Sessions, Center for Conferences and Institutes, Labor Center, Institute of Public Affairs, University Audiovisual and Video Centers, A. Craig Baird Debate, Summer Writing Festival and Young Writers Workshop.

Chet took a leading role in developing the new strategic plan for distance learning at the three Regent universities, and he's helped our College of Nursing and the School of Social Work to improve and grow their off-campus and evening programs.

Easier and better student access to quality courses and programs offered in cooperation with the academic colleges has been a major goal under Chet’s leadership, including refining registration procedures, expanding use of technology in delivery and evaluation of courses, and supporting faculty in developing student learning experiences.

Rzonca earned his bachelor's degree at Central Connecticut State University, his master's at Morehead State University and doctorate in vocational technical education from the University of Illinois. Before being tapped as interim dean of Continuing Education, Rzonca served the university in various capacities as a faculty member, program director and department chair in the College of Education.


The Honorable Senator Charles Grassley

U.S. Senator

State of Iowa


John T. Weber

John Weber has been involved with The University of Iowa for more than 20 years, serving as a sales representative to the hospital first for Hewlett-Packard, then Agilent and now Philips Medical Systems. He has sold equipment and supported 22 monitored areas within UI Hospitals and Clinics (i.e., SICU, CCU, PICU, and NICU). John not only supports nursing staff, but medical staff as well. He also has served honorably for more than 20 years as a corporate representative to The Presidents Club of the University of Iowa , the University's highest honor club for private support. Through his commitment to the College, we have received gifts-in-kind equal to $75,000. Additionally, it is through his steadfastness and tenacity that the College of Nursing is very much the focus of the gift-in-kind commitment from Philips Medical Systems for over one million dollars.

Colleagues at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as well as the College, tout John's passionate commitment to the Department and the College of Nursing . He is truly knowledgeable of the importance of nursing to health care, and familiar with the Department and the College.

In his sales role, John has been faithful to our graduate and undergraduate nursing students. On numerous occasions, he has demonstrated monitoring equipment for graduate and honors students in an elective course on EKG monitoring. Hewlett-Packard donated the equipment the students practice on and John was instrumental in securing the gift-in-kind donation for the College of Nursing . He saw the benefit of nurses learning on the most up-to-date equipment and helped us meet our equipment needs.

John taught our graduate students majoring in nursing service administration - a program ranked #1 in the nation - the art of making equipment purchases and arranging service agreements. When undergraduate students asked John to speak on the importance of technology at their Progressive Nursing Day conference, he obliged and conveyed his honest enthusiasm for nursing. Students and colleagues describe John as a team player and strong nursing advocate. He is currently working with a committee to help equip the new Nursing Clinical Education Center , a state-of-the -art learning facility for both practicing nurses and nursing students.


Joseph A. Buckwalter, III

Professor and Department Chair

Carver College of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Joseph A. Buckwalter earned a BA in psychology, MS in pathology and MD from the University of Iowa. Dr. Buckwalter's internship and residency followed at the University of Iowa. He is currently Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and Staff Physician, Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery Service, Iowa City Veterans Administration Medical Center. He recertified through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1991. He also serves as the Team Physician for the UI Athletic Department Football program.

Dr. Buckwalter has held numerous positions in scientific and professional organizations including President of the Orthopaedic Research Society, President, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Director and Chair of special committees within the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery as well as being an Oral Examiner with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Of late, Dr. Buckwalter has served as President, American Orthopaedic Association; and Member at Large, Board of Directors International Cartilage Repair Society. Currently, he serves on seven scientific advisory boards nationally and internationally. Dr. Buckwalter serves as co-editor, of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research and on the editorial advisory board/reviewer for five other professional journals.

Dr. Buckwalter has received numerous national and international awards and honors during his career starting in 1969 with his induction into Phi Beta Kappa. In 1974, he received the Leinfelder Award in Internal Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine, the Lange Medical Publications Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Medical Student and the Distinguished Student Service Award, University of Iowa College of Medicine. Most recently, he was elected to the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).

Dr. Buckwalter has participated in numerous committee assignments at the collegiate and university levels, UI Hospitals and Clinics, and Iowa City Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition, he has served as a Faculty Senator for the Carver College of Medicine. He has also served on various state and national committees.


Timothy N. Ansley

Associate Professor

College of Education

University of Iowa

Timothy N. Ansley, PhD , was born in Burlington, Iowa and grew up in Plainfield , Illinois . He received his BS in Mathematics and Spanish from Eastern Illinois University and earned a MS from Northern Illinois University in Mathematics Education. Dr. Ansley continued his education at the University of Iowa and received a PhD in Educational Measurement and Statistics. He currently is the Director of the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Testing Program and Assistant Director of the Iowa High School Testing Program. He is also an associate professor of Measurement and Statistics.

Dr. Ansley has taught and assisted in research at the University of Iowa since 1980. Dr. Ansley has taught numerous statistics courses including Intermediate Statistics and Design of Experiments. He has written numerous journal articles in the area of educational and psychological measurement. As a respected professional in his field, Dr. Ansley has been asked by his peers, to present his papers dozens of times.

Two of his academic honors include the University of Iowa Faculty Achievement Award and a College of Education Teaching Effectiveness Award . He currently serves as a member of the Technical Advisory Panel for the Iowa Collaborative Instructional Improvement Center and is the review editor for the Journal of Educational Measurement.

Professor Joanne McCloskey Dochterman, who nominated Dr. Ansley for the Friend of Nursing Award said, "Tim has served on at least twenty comprehensive exam and dissertation committees since the beginning of the doctoral program in 1988. In addition he has many nursing students each semester in the statistics and methods courses he teaches in the College of Education . The students say that he clearly explains statistical concepts and is a major source of help when they are working on designs for their dissertations and on their data analyses.

Faculty who have worked with him know they can count on him to help the student select and use the appropriate statistics." The nomination, seconded by Professor Kathleen Buckwalter notes that Tim Ansley's service on doctoral dissertation committees has been exemplary. "Beyond the "number-crunching" part, Tim has helped to demystify statistics for many of our graduates. He doesn't do the work for them, rather Dr. Ansley patiently explains the process and rationale behind a particular statistical test or analytic approach, and helps the student to own the data and its interpretation. His manner is supportive and encouraging without sacrificing rigor in the outcome. Because of his commitment, the quality of dissertations in the College of Nursing is top-notch, and students are able to successfully publish their efforts."

Dr. Tim Ansley's cooperation with the College of Nursing and its students in their professional and career pursuits, and his commitment to the mission of teaching, research and service, makes him a true friend of nursing.


R. Edward Howell

Director and CEO

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

R. Edward (Ed) Howell was Director and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 1994 to 2001, after having served for eight years as Executive Director of the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics. Prior to joining the Medical College of Georgia, he served for ten years on the administrative staff of the University of Minnesota Hospitals.

He is a member of the executive committee and chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), a member of the executive committee of University Health System Consortium (UHC), a member of the Board of Governors of the National Institutes of health, Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, a member of the American Hospital Association Coordinating Committee on Medical Education (CCME) and chair of the Iowa Business Council. Additionally, Mr. Howell previously served on the executive committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and as the chair of the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH). In addition to his professional appointments, Howell has also served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota,Medical College of Georgia and the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Following graduation from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, Howell taught biology and coached track, basketball and football at Zanesville, Ohio, High School from 1972-75. He subsequently entered Ohio State University, where in 1977, he received a master's degree in hospital and health services administration.


The Honorable Tom Harkin

U.S. Senator

State of Iowa

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is known as a political scrapper with populist leanings. To people with disabilities and advocates for women's, children's, and rural health - and to nurses - he's known as a friend and supporter.

Senator Harkin grew up in Cumming, Iowa. After graduating from Iowa State University, he served as a jet pilot in the US Navy from 1962 to 1967. Harkin first won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974, and in 1984 he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Perhaps his best-known legislation is the Americans with Disabilities Act, which bars discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, public accommodatins, and other areas. He has also worked consistently for Medicare reform, both to stamp out waste and fraud and to increase reimbursement for rural health care providers. Harkin has undertaken a series of initiatives to improve women's health through research, screenings, and demonstration projects.

Of particular importance to the College of Nursing, Harkin cosponsored legislation securing national health institute status for the National Institute of Nursing Research, an important source of research funding for College faculty. Harkin also supports Medicare reimbursement for certified nurse anesthetists and formed a nurses advisory committee to keep him apprised of pertinent issues.


Woodrow W. Morris

Associate Dean and Professor Emeritus

College of Medicine

University of Iowa

Woodrow W. Morris, PhD, is not a College of Nursing alumnus, but rather a friend, supporter, and former faculty member whose contributions to the art and science of nursing have earned him the "gratitude and respect" of the College, says Dr. Melanie Dreher, dean and professor. A psychologist, Dr. Morris' primary faculty appointment was in the UI College of Medicine, where he served as a associate dean; he also held an appointment in the School of Scoial Work and directed the Institute of Gerontology, retiring in 1983.

Dr. Morris' academic and professional contributions have spanned the fields of psychology, medical education, and gerontology. The latter, especially, stands out because of his participation in numerous committees, task forces, and other assignments. These include White House conferences on aging in 1960-61 and 1970-71; the President's Task Force on Aging in 1969-70; and the Advisory Council to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in 1971. His work has won him honors from the American Arthritis Foundation, the American Nursing Home Association, the MidAmerican Congress on Aging, the Iowa Governor's Conference on AGing, and other organizations.