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Release: Oct. 25, 2001

Nigerian ethnic, communal tensions are focus of Oct. 29 International Mondays

Terna P. Gbasha, a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, will discuss "Ethnic and Communal Tensions in Nigeria: Pangs of Democracy or Demise of a Nation?" Monday, Oct. 29 at noon in the International Center Lounge as part of the International Mondays lecture series. This event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be served.

Gbasha will discuss the tenuous democracy that exists in Nigeria today, and how the past two years have witnessed a resurgence in ethnic, communal, and religious tension, increasingly culminating in violence. He hopes to place these issues in historical, contemporary, and global context in the light of the recent events that are reshaping liberal democratic discourse. Gbasha taught agrarian transformation, Nigerian history, and economic history, at Ahmadu Bello University and the University of Jos, Nigeria, from 1986 to 1998. He is currently employed at NCS Pearson in scanning operations.

The series is sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

Women's Resource and Action Center to offer seminar on grant writing

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will offer "Grass-Roots Grant-Writing: Get That Grant!" as the next seminar in the ongoing Social Change Training series. The one-day workshop will be Saturday, Nov.10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union. The focus will be on strategies and methods for effective grant writing for non-profit organizations.

The trainer for the seminar will be Andy Robinson who has worked with a variety of non-profits as a fundraiser, grantwriter, editor and community organizer. He has raised more than $4 million for grassroots organizations and written 150 successful proposals. Chardon Press published his book, "Grassroots Grants," in 1996. His new book, "Selling Social Change: How to Earn Money from Your Mission," has just been released. A forthcoming book, "Earned Income Strategies for Nonprofits," is due out in 2002. Over the past six years, Robinson has provided training and consulting in 37 states and Canada, including several visits to Iowa City.

Learn the pros and cons of pursuing grants, how grants fit into a complete fund-raising strategy, the fundamentals of grant funding research, and the art of designing fundable projects. The training will be practical and interactive.

There is a $25 fee for the workshop; a limited number of scholarships are available. To register for the workshop or to request childcare (by Nov. 2) or an accommodation, call the Women's Resource & Action Center at (319) 335-1486.

Tax preparer's workshop is Nov. 7

The University of Iowa Small Business Development Center will host a workshop for tax professionals who work with individuals as well as businesses on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The all-day event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Internal Revenue Service will conduct the workshop to update professionals on current tax information. It will focus on the Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and its new provisions. A General Law Review will cover problem areas, common errors to avoid and rebate issues with an overall review of law. The workshop will prepare tax professionals for a successful 2001 filing season.

Continuing education units will be awarded. The workshop will be in W401 Pappajohn Business Building. The cost is $125. To register or for more information, contact the UI SBDC at 319-335-3742.

Small business tax workshop is Nov. 8

A small business tax workshop sponsored by the University of Iowa Small Business Development Center and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will be Thursday, Nov. 8.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as well as the UI SBDC will emphasize federal taxes for small businesses at the workshop. The workshop will discuss the different forms of businesses and their tax implications, the difference between employees and independent contractors, when to withhold employee taxes, and how to prevent tax problems. The morning session will cover basic IRS requirements, while the afternoon session will talk about employee taxes.

A Certified Public Accountant and several SBDC counselors will be available during the sessions to answer questions.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City. The program is free and open to the public; three manuals and IRS publications: "Basic IRS Requirements," "Employment Taxes," and "Record-Keeping" are $35.

For more information or to register, contact the UI SBDC at (319) 335-3742 or email Paula McMartin at