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Release: Aug. 24, 2000

UI School Of The Wild is accredited by NCA, hires new coordinator

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa School of the Wild has received notification from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) that it has been accredited as a "special function school," the first NCA accredited environmental education school in state history.

The School of the Wild is offered by the Division of Recreational Services to area schools as a weeklong educational experience at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA). Classes offered at the school include wetland, woodland, and prairie ecology and natural history, bird identification and banding, historic archaeology, and wilderness survival.

During the 1999-2000 school year, 24 area schools participated, including all 17 Iowa City Community School District elementary schools. Each elementary education major at the UI participates in a half-day practicum with the School of the Wild as part of an elementary science teaching methods course.

Recreational Services has also recently hired Ed Saehler, a teacher at Lemme Elementary in Iowa City for 28 years, to be the Environmental Education Coordinator at MNRA. His responsibilities will be to oversee the School of the Wild, Wildlife Camps, and the development of the UI Environmental Learning Center. He replaces Dave Conrads, who served in that capacity since 1990. John Knoot and Emily Kurtz, area teachers, were also hired full-time to teach in the school and camps after teaching on a part-time basis.


Amateur athletics discussed on UI radio forum

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On this week's UI Radio Forum series "Athletics at Iowa" on KSUI/WSUI, Dr. Christine Grant, former director of women's athletics at the University of Iowa, and Lisa Dehon, a consultant with the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) discuss the issue of amateurism.

Both Grant and Dehon are on a subcommittee of the NCAA that is working on some cutting-edge legislation that will change the definition of amateur standing for student-athletes. The proposed legislation promises to make competition more fair and equitable for all student-athletes.

This program is the first of a two-part discussion on amateurism as Grant and Dehon talk with "Athletics at Iowa" host Bonnie Slatton. In the first part, they will focus on how the new rules will affect prospective student-athletes.

"Athletics at Iowa" airs Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 27 at 3:30 p.m. on WSUI AM 910, and Sunday Aug. 27 at 1:30 p.m. on KSUI FM 91.7.


Women's Resource and Action Center to offer lesbian reading group

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center, 130 N. Madison Street, will host "The Lesbian Reading Group" at 7:30 p.m. every third Thursday, beginning Aug. 31.

The discussion group is designed to foster a sense of community and to empower lesbian women to learn from each other.

"There are so few safe places in town for lesbians to meet on a regular basis, relax, have coffee and engage in thought-provoking conversation," says Keri Neblett, support group coordinator for the Women's Resource and Action Center. "We're very pleased to be able to offer this group."

To register, or for more information, please call (319) 335-1486.


Women's Center offers 'Wonder Women,' a workshop on female images

IOWA CITY, IA -- The Women's Resource & Action Center will offer "Wonder Women," a new discussion group focused on female images in history and contemporary culture. The group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Sept. 7 at the Center, 130 N. Madison Street.

"The goal of the group is to educate, inspire, provoke and discuss female images and role models," says Sam Lopez, the group's facilitator. "This group should be fun and powerful."

For more information or to arrange for any necessary accommodations to participate, please call the Women's Resource & Action Center at 335-1486.