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September 19, 2001

News release summaries from the Office of University Relations, University News Services, Health Science Relations and Arts Center Relations

Editor: Linda Kettner (



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1. UI Enrollment Up: Increases Include Freshmen, Nursing Students

2. UI Discussion On Sept. 11 Attack Moved To Larger Room In IMU

3. University Convocation Scheduled For Sept. 25

4. Women's Resource And Action Center Presents 'Women Who Rock Ii'


1. More Women Leading Universities (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 19)

2. Alumnus Built Writing Program (San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 19)

3. Producer Attended UI (New York Times, Sept. 19)




1. UI enrollment up: Increases include freshmen, nursing students

Enrollment at the University of Iowa for the 2001 fall semester totals 28,768, an increase of 457 students from the fall of 2000, according to the UI Office of the Registrar. The increases in new freshmen include more students eligible for honors classes, more minority students, and more high school valedictorians. New freshmen at Iowa in 2001 number 4,005, up from 3,736 in 2000. The number of minority freshmen is 372, up from 329 in 2000.

"Not only are more students coming to the University of Iowa," says Lola Lopes, UI associate provost, "but more top students and more minority students are choosing Iowa than ever before. Both in-state and out-of-state student numbers have increased. It is, we hope, a reflection of our efforts to improve undergraduate education at Iowa as well as to maintain a welcoming, nurturing environment for all students."

2. UI discussion on Sept. 11 attack moved to larger room in IMU

In order to accommodate a larger crowd, organizers have changed the location of a panel discussion on issues surrounding the terrorist attack on America last week. The new location for "Reflecting On September 11th: What Are Appropriate Responses?" is the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The discussion is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

3. University Convocation scheduled for Sept. 25

Awards for faculty and staff excellence in teaching, research, and service will highlight the annual University Convocation at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Macbride Auditorium. The convocation will be followed by a reception in Iowa Hall, the UI Museum of Natural History. The convocation also features an annual address by President Mary Sue Coleman. In this year's address, "Sustaining the Vision: The State, the University and the Public Trust," Coleman will offer some thoughts on the future of public higher education in Iowa and across the nation.

4. Women's Resource and Action Center presents 'Women Who Rock II'

The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will sponsor Women Who Rock II at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Wheelroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. One of the most popular Center events of last year, Women Who Rock II, combines discussion of women and music, activism and rock with an all-out jam session. Laurie Haag will lead the discussion and jam with Kelly Carrell, Kathryn Musilek, Carol Severino, and other musicians. The event is free and open to everyone.




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1. MORE WOMEN LEADING UNIVERSITIES (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 19)

As chancellor of the University of Illinois-Chicago, Sylvia Manning, 57, heads the largest university in the Chicago area, and symbolizes the increasing number of women at the highest levels of leadership -- presidents and chancellors -- in higher education. Among the female leaders in higher education is MARY SUE COLEMAN, President of the University of Iowa.

2. ALUMNUS BUILT WRITING PROGRAM (San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 19)

A book review of "Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings," by Oakley Hall, notes that the author spent 20 years developing the creative writing program at the University of California at Irvine, "until it arguably surpassed in prestige his alma mater, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA." He now divides his time between San Francisco and the Sierra, where he built the Squaw Valley Community of Writers summer program from the ground up.

3. PRODUCER ATTENDED UI (New York Times, Sept. 19)

Samuel Z. Arkoff, the low-budget movie mogul who enticed two generations of teenagers into drive-in theaters with movies like "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" and "Wild in the Streets," died on Sunday in Burbank, Calif. A native of Fort Dodge, Arkoff attended the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and was a year shy of earning his degree when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and he enlisted in the Air Corps.




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