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BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 05, 2013 5:00 AM

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Regents approve awarding honorary degree to Iowa City resident

At the state Board of Regents telephonic meeting on Wednesday, the regents voted to award Leonard Hadley an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the spring 2014 commencement ceremony.

Hadley will be recognized for his “leadership and advocacy on behalf of the Tippie College of Business and his commitment to advancing the missions of the Tippie College of Business at the UI.”

Hadley received a degree in accounting from the University of Iowa in 1958; he later attended the College of Law.

Hadley spent much of his career with Maytag Corp., where he began as a cost accountant before working to becoming the chief operating officer in 1991 and the chief executive officer and chairman in 1992. Hadley retired in 2001.

Hadley remained involved in the Tippie College of Business after leaving the UI. He was “instrumental” in the expansion of the college and met with state legislators to gain support.

Hadley and his wife have also been large supporters for many other programs at the UI with contributions to Hawkeye athletics, Hancher Auditorium, and glaucoma research, education, and clinical care in the Department of Ophthalmology.

— by Abigail Meier

UI to award honorary degree at 2014 spring  commencement

The regents voted Wednesday in their telephonic meeting to award Manuel Villafana an honorary Doctor of Science degree at the spring 2014 commencement ceremony.

The UI will recognize Villafana for his achievements in various areas relating to biomedical device development.

The 74-year-old was recognized as distinguished innovator, despite his never attending college.

Villafana began his career at the medical device innovator Picker International, later moving to Medtronic to become its first international sales administrator for cardiac valve and a pacemaker salesman for five years. 

In 1976, Villafana founded Cardiac Pacemakers Inc., a company that remodeled the pacemaker industry by introducing an innovative long-life pacemaker that is still in use.

Villafana founded St. Jude Medical. Here, he engineered the first bi-leaflet mechanical heart valve, a device that reduces the number of blood clots in patients.

Today, Villafana serves as the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Kips Bay Medical. 

— by Abigail Meier

Regents approve naming new music building after longtime director

The UI will name the new music building the Voxman Music Building in honor of Himie Voxman, after receiving approval from the regents Wednesday.

Voxman was the longtime director who shaped it the nationally renowned program into what it is today, the regents said.

Arriving at the UI in 1929 as a student, the regents noted, Voxman never majored in music during his time at the university. However, the regents said, he never ceased to be an active performer and teacher of music.

Voxman joined the UI staff in 1939 and served as the school’s director from 1954 he retired 26 years later. Voxman helped expand the school and strengthen many of its programs.

The original Voxman Music Building was heavily damaged in the 2008 flood. The new Voxman is projected to be completed in 2016.

— by Abigail Meier

Regents approve renaming cardiovascular research center

Following the approval of the regents, the UI will rename the Cardiovascular Research Center the François M. Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center. 

Abboud established the Cardiovascular Research Center in 1974 as the first university-wide scientific initiative. Abboud led the original push for a five-year, $25 million National Institutes of Health grant. The first proposal has now led to nearly four decades of large federal support, which now totals more than $408 million.

The regents waived a policy not allowing units to be named after current employees at the UI’s request. The proposal lists Abboud as one of the university’s “premier scientific ambassadors” because his contributions have to led to national awards. He has also serve as president of multiple organizations.

— by Abigail Meier

FEMA OKs UI’s amount of flood insurance

At the regents’ telephonic meeting on Wednesday, UI officials said the Federal Emergency Management Agency found the universty has enough flood insurance, which will save the school millions of dollars.

“This is a really big deal,” said the UI Vice President for Finance and Operations Doug True. “This will save us millions of dollars.”

According to information that was presented to the regents, the UI carries national flood insurance on each facility under a blanket policy with FM Global for $250 million.

The UI worked with the Iowa Homeland Security, FEMA, and the Iowa Insurance Commission to obtain a wavier to accept the university’s blanket coverage. FEMA previously indicated it would not accept the coverage and might have required higher limits.

The UI submitted the waiver to FEMA on Sept. 18, and True said officials heard back shortly before the meeting it had been granted.

True could not confirm if this was an exception made just for the UI, but he said the blanket policy was a “wise economic way to provide coverage for the university.”

— by Abigail Meier

Regents approve planning for Medical Laboratories and design for another project

The regents authorized project planning for the Medical Laboratories and approved a schematic design for a project that will take place in the Iowa River Landing Procedure Suite.

The renovations of the third floor south of the Medical Laboratories would update roughly 5,000 square feet of laboratories and offices. The building was constructed in 1927.

The project will cost roughly $3 million and will be funded through the grants and contracts.

The $8.3 million Iowa River Landing project would create a procedure suite and finish roughly 20,000 square feet of shelled-in space. The room would also serve as patent reception, storage, and other support services. An additional 13,000 square feet will be finished in a later project.

— by Abigail Meier

Man charged with possession/delivery of marijuana

A local man has been accused of having 400 grams of marijuana in his home.

Antoine Clemons, 36, 2401 Whispering Meadow Drive, was charged Tuesday with possession/delivery of marijuana.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, investigators served a state search warrant at Clemons’ residence.

During the search, investigators reportedly found a large quantity of marijuana in the bedroom and the garage, some of which was individually packaged.

The marijuana was weighed at 400 grams.

In addition, numerous digital scales were found.

Possession/delivery of marijuana is a Class-D felony.

— by Megan Sanchez

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