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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 26, 2004

UI Microbiology Student To Receive Award At Diabetes Banquet

RaShauna Starks, a University of Iowa student from Waterloo, Iowa, will receive the Bronis L. Ringer Scholarship award from Eagles' Flight. The scholarship, offered since 2001, was established to encourage minority students to pursue careers in the biological sciences or health-related professions.

Starks, who is majoring in microbiology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will receive the award at the third annual Diabetes Awards Banquet. The event will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29 in the Kinnick Banquet Room at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1220 1st Ave. in Coralville.

The banquet is co-sponsored by Eagles' Flight and the Iowa City Human Rights Commission and is supported by the UI College of Nursing's Culturally Competent Care Initiative.

Tickets are required for the banquet and are available for purchase by the general public. A free diabetes health fair, which includes the UI Reaching Euglycemia and Comprehensive Health (REACH) program, will precede the banquet from 5 to 7 p.m.

In addition to Starks, the event will honor four other "unsung heroes," area individuals or organizations who serve those with diabetes with compassion and care, as well as students who are receiving scholarships.

For more information, contact Eagles' Flight at or call Ida Gregoire at 319-337-8628.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660; Program: Erin Barnes, Diabetes Banquet Publicity Coordinator/ Eagles' Flight, 319-337-8628,

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178