After nearly seven years as UIRA webmaster, Feather Lacy is retiring. Again. Earlier, in August 2008, she had retired after 28 years at UI, first with Weeg Computing Center and then Information Technology Services (ITS). She started as a mainframe systems programmer and retired as a project leader. She volunteered for the webmaster post at the suggestion of former UIRA president Lee Shope (2000-01) and Board member Jane Jakobsen. “They said I could do no harm,” commented Lacy, “and whatever I did would be an improvement.” Today the UIRA homepage (http://uira.org.uiowa.edu/ ) is packed with information and, arguably, among the best among Big Ten retiree associations. At its November 10 meeting, the UIRA Board expressed its “sincere thanks” to Lacy for her service to UIRA.
The new UIRA Webmaster is Phil Klein, a native Iowan, who attended Grinnell College before embarking on three years in South America (Chile & Colombia), then the next dozen years on the west coast (San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver) before returning to Iowa with a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Washington. He taught Spanish Language & Linguistics at the UI for 33 years before retiring in 2010 and joining UIRA. He still teaches two distance education courses for the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese, for which he also previously served as webmaster. He is also the convener of the UIRA's special interest group on International Events and World Politics.