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CON Faculty Selected to Receive Distinguished Veterans Award

Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award recipients to be honored Nov. 14

By Alison McGaughey | UI Office of Strategic Communication | 11/7/2019

College of Nursing faculty members Kathleen Buckwalter and Julie Stanik-Hutt are among the six University of Iowa alumni and faculty who will be honored in a ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

Criteria for the Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award include a strong university connection, having served honorably, military accomplishment, and service to the community.

More about the honorees:

Kitty Buckwalter

Kathleen “Kitty” Buckwalter, professor emerita in the College of Nursing known for her research in geropsychiatric nursing and long-term care, served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War.

Buckwalter specializes in behavioral management strategies for dementia caregivers and the effectiveness of community programs to prevent, minimize, and treat psychiatric problems in the rural elderly. She has a sustained record of private and federal support from organizations related to the evaluation of nursing interventions for geropsychiatric populations, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and former editor of Research in Gerontological Nursing and the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, and has authored more than 400 articles, 90 book chapters, 10 health policy and commissioned papers, and has edited eight books.

Prior to assuming emerita status in 2011, Buckwalter devoted more than three decades of service to the UI. She was the Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in Gerontological Nursing, director of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, associate director of the UI Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, co-director of the UI Center on Aging, and associate provost for health sciences. In 2012, she was awarded the UI Faculty/Staff Distinguished Alumni Award.

In 2019, the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and Gov. Kim Reynolds recognized the 50th anniversary of Buckwalter’s service in the Navy Nurse Corps. 


Julie Stanik-HuttJulie Stanik-Hutt began her service in the armed forces while a nursing student at the UI, where she would later go on to develop and lead the UI College of Nursing’s Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care Program.

As a senior at the UI, in a time when women and nursing students were not eligible for ROTC, Stanik-Hutt served as vice president of Angel Flight, (a women’s service association affiliated with the Arnold Air Society and Air Force ROTC Unit), and represented the group at a national conference in Dallas, Texas, as well as at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha.

Sworn in as an ensign in the Navy Reserves, Nurse Corps, in 1974, Stanik-Hutt was stationed at the Naval Health Clinic Annapolis, continued her military service after reserve.

Specializing in critical care, Stanik-Hutt obtained master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, San Francisco and University of Maryland, respectively, and a postgraduate certificate from Georgetown University. Since returning to the UI in 2016, Stanik-Hutt has provided service to her field by giving testimony on health issues to the Iowa Legislature and recruiting Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center nurses to graduate school, and in the Iowa City community by serving on the health committee at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

In 2018, with members of Cedar Rapids VFW Post 788, Stanik-Hutt coordinated a ceremony to honor UI College of Nursing faculty veterans who served during the Vietnam War. 

For the complete list of honorees or to read the full article as it appeared in Iowa Now, click here

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Nov 11th, 2019