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Release: March 23, 2000

Stephen Swanson to present talk for 'Finding God at Iowa' forum April 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Stephen Swanson, UI professor of music, will present this month's talk at the "Finding God at Iowa" forum, a monthly lunch and lecture program of the Geneva Campus Ministry presented to faculty, staff, students and the UI public. The free and public forum will begin at noon, Friday, April 7 at the River Room, Room 1 in the Iowa Memorial Union.

In 1975 Swanson, a trained baritone, studied at the International Opera Studio, Zurich, Switzerland, and remained in Europe where he performed at various other opera houses until 1994. He has performed radio broadcasts internationally and has been featured soloist in various operas, including the "Berliner Festwochen," and Assisi "Festa Musica Pro." Swanson joined the music faculty at the UI in 1994 and lives in Iowa City with his family where they are members of the Trinity Episcopal Church.

The "Finding God at Iowa" forum is a program of the Geneva Campus Ministry at the UI and is designed to complement the popular Geneva Lecture Series, which brings speakers to the UI to speak on a wide range of topics from a Christian perspective.

For further information, contact Jason Chen, director, Geneva Campus Ministry, 120 N. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, 52245 or call (319) 341-0007.

Online stock trading discussed at UI finance seminar

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Can you really make money by trading stocks online? Terrance Odean, a leading expert in investor behavior will discuss online investing at a seminar 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 24 in Room S307 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

Odean, an assistant professor of finance at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis, will discuss his paper "Online Investors: Do the Slow Die First?" In this study of young, risk-taking traders, Odean found that they experience strong performance before trading online, but then trade more actively, less speculatively and less profitably after they trade online.

His research focuses on how behaviorally motivated decisions affect investor welfare and securities prices. His research has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Barron's, Forbes, Business Week, Smart Money, Bloomberg Personal, Worth, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and several other publications.

The seminar is offered through the University of Iowa department of finance and sponsored by the Clarence Tow Lecture Fund.

ADA issues discussed on KSUI/ WSUI program March 25-26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The next edition of the UI Radio Forum series "Access at Iowa" on KSUI and WSUI features Michele Ohmes, Americans with Disabilities Act specialist for the city of Kansas City, Mo.

Ohmes will discuss practical approaches to workplace accommodations, accessible parks, and retrofitting older buildings. Ohmes was the keynote speaker at the recent Open Door Forum in Iowa City; her speech was entitled, "The ADA: It Doesn't Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg."

She talks with host David Leshtz, a disabilities educator at the University Hospital School. "Access at Iowa" airs Saturday, March 25 at 9 p.m.; Sunday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m. on WSUI AM 910; and Sunday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. on KSUI FM 91.7.

Economics department hosts economic history lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As part of the Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor lecture series, the UI department of economics will present a lecture by prominent economic historian Joel Mokyr Thursday, April 6 at 8 p.m. in Room W151 in the Pappajohn Business Building.

Mokyr's lecture will be "The Industrial Revolution and the Economic History of Technology: Lessons from the British Experience, 1760-1850." Mokyr is the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History at Northwestern. His work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been editor of the Journal of Economic History and is currently editor and chief of Princeton Economic History of the Western World and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History.

Mokyr's visit to the UI is supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which brings outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty.

International Mondays speaker to address emigration from Japan March 27

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- International Mondays will present Jonathan Dresner speaking on "Local, Regional and National History: International Emigration from Yamaguchi, Japan, 1885-1900," Monday, March 27 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 230 of the International Center.

Dresner is an assistant professor of Asian history at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. He will discuss the measurable economic and social effects of international migration in late 19th century Yamaguchi.

This presentation of the International Mondays seminar series is co-sponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) at the University of Iowa and International Programs. The series presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences.

The series is free and open to the public, and includes a free lunch. For more information, call Connie Noren, at 335-0345 or Aya Matsushima at (319) 335-0637.

UI Finance Forum is March 28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa students interested in understanding how the revolution in financial information technology is changing financial practice in different companies and businesses around the globe can learn more about the impact of this major technological change from leading company representatives at the Iowa Finance Forum March 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building (PBB).

Representatives from Sprint, American Express, La Salle Bank and Kimberly Clark will speak about career opportunities, jobs, and internships within their companies and the need for students to develop skills in financial information technology so as to add more value to the companies that hire them.

At a question and answer session from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room W401 PBB, students can ask the employers about what work experience and course preparations are needed for jobs in the field, what to list on resumes and other subjects. After the session, students can also network with the panelists and representatives from Northern Trust, Principal Financial Group, John Deere Credit and Goldman Sachs; food will be served.

The forum is sponsored by the UI department of finance and the student chapter of the Financial Management Association. Attendees should RSVP by March 24; business attire is suggested. For more information, call (319) 335-0929.

Entrepreneurial scholarships are offered

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Current University of Iowa undergraduate students pursuing a Certificate in Entrepreneurship or the Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate are eligible for 15 $1,000 John and Mary Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Scholarships.

To apply, students must complete an application form and submit a two-page letter explaining their entrepreneurial activities to date and their future entrepreneurial plans. Included with this should be a statement of why the student feels they would be deserving of this scholarship and how they would intend to use it.

The due date for applications is Friday, April 7. Applications are available from the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center office in Room S160 of the Pappajohn Business Building. For more information, call (319) 335-1022.

'How to Buy a Business' is topic at one-day seminar

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Edward Moldt, director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa, will be presenting a seminar on "How to Buy a Business" Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room C107 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

Seminar topics include money making goals, understanding the business model, negotiating the purchase and consulting agreements and assuming control of the business. Throughout his career, Moldt has bought dozens of businesses.

Recommended reading for the seminar is "How to Buy A Business: Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition" by Richard A. Joseph. The seminar fee is $100, which includes refreshments and lunch. For more information or to register, contact Carolyn Norton at (319) 335-1022 or email

UI staff development hosts leadership, team building conference April 20

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office of Staff Development will host a leadership and team building conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 20 at the Radisson Hotel, 2525 N. Dodge St. in Iowa City.

The "Leadership Development and Team Building Conference" offers tactics for increasing collaboration and productivity within organizations. Participants can tailor their conference schedule by selecting sessions from leadership development, high performance team building and team member development tracks.

The seminar will feature members from National Seminars Group who have spoken at organizations including: Coca Cola, the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Air Force and Walt Disney.

"Organizations are looking for ways to collaborate to achieve more with less," says Maureen McCormick, coordinator of UI Staff Development. "This conference can jumpstart those efforts."

Cost is $159, which covers admission to a selection of sessions, the conference packet and meals. Registration deadline is April 11. For registration or more information, call (319) 335-2687.