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Honorary degree to appeals court judge

  Campus Digest  

David Hansen of Mount Vernon is congratulated by George Fagg of Des Moines as Michael Melloy of Cedar Rapids looks on following the honorary degree ceremony for Hansen. All are 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges; Hansen and Fagg have taken senior status. Also attending the honorary degree ceremony were appeals court justices Pasco Bowman of Kansas City, Mo., and James Loken of Minneapolis.

David Hansen of Mount Vernon, only the second Iowan to serve as chief judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree in April.

Appointed by President Bush to the appeals court in 1991, Hansen has written more than 2,550 decisions in his career, including a major decision interpreting the constitutionality of the Telecommunications Act, which then was considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a nationally known authority on issues surrounding the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act and the Habeas Corpus Reform Act.

Now holding senior status, a semiretirement of sorts, Hansen had been chief judge for 14 months. He is scheduled to teach a course, “Current Cases Before the Supreme Court,” with politics professor Robert Sutherland in November.

Campus rallies around injured student

Coaches and student-athletes have led the campus in rallying around freshman football player Eric Riesselman, who was injured in an automobile accident near his westcentral Iowa home during Cornell’s holiday break.

Eric Riesselman

More than $1,200 was raised at a benefit brunch in The Commons dining rooms, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee collected an additional $1,000 from students, faculty, and staff. All proceeds are helping Eric and his family during his rehabilitation. Students, coaches, and friends have sent him a steady stream of cards and encouraging e-mail messages. Football players autographed a handmade blanket for his hospital room, and men’s basketball players wore purple “E” patches on their jerseys as a show of support.

“This is something within the Cornell family that is extremely difficult to deal with by yourself. We’re trying to be a support group that is there for the Riesselman family in a caring way,” football coach Ray Reasland said. Details on the campus outreach are posted at:

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