Call for 2019 CLAS Alumni Fellows - Nominations due January 25

To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Joe Kearney, Interim Dean
RE: Call for 2019 CLAS Alumni Fellows - Nominations due January 25

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Do you have a successful and exemplary alum whom you’d like to bring to campus for two days to meet with students, talk to classes, and deliver a campus-wide lecture?

Please consider nominating her or him as a 2019 CLAS Alumni Fellow

The CLAS Alumni Fellows program honors and recognizes alumni for their outstanding contributions to society and their professions.

The 2019 Fellows’ visits can be scheduled at a time during the 2019-20 academic year that is convenient for the Fellow and the host department. CLAS will pay for airfare, three nights of lodging, and meals for the Fellows, using funds from the UI Alumni Association Dean’s Chair; CLAS will also promote the public events. The Fellow is publicly recognized and presented with a plaque by the Dean at his or her public lecture/presentation.

The 2018 Fellows include Joe Gaylord (Political Science), former executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee; Ann Howard Jones (Music), professor emerita at Boston University and its former Director of Choral Activities; and Charles Ray (Art and Art History), professor emeritus at UCLA and head of its Sculpture Department from 1981-2015.

To see what hosting an Alumni Fellow can mean for your department, please see this article about David Conley’s visit to Cinematic Arts as a 2017 Fellow:

If you would like to bring a distinguished alum to campus as a CLAS Alumni Fellow, please send the name, degree, and one or two sentences about his or her career achievements to Lisa Gray at by January 25. Our Strategic Communications team will then work with you to compile materials for consideration by the CLAS deans.

For more information, and to see all the Alumni Fellows since the program began in 1999, visit If you have questions, please email Lisa Gray using the address above, or call her at 353-2970.