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University of Iowa News Release


Nov. 6, 2006

CANCELLED: This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Latino Lecture Series Features Top Teacher Ibarra

Hector Ibarra, an alumnus of the University of Iowa College of Education and the 2005 Phi Delta Kappa and Wal-Mart National Teacher of the Year, will present a talk on the "Importance of Caring in Education" as part of the Opportunity at Iowa Latino Fall Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 9.

The event will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in Jones Commons, Room N300, of the E.F. Lindquist Center. It is free and open to the public.

This school year marks the 31st year of teaching for Ibarra, who received a bachelor's degree, master's degree and Ph.D. from the UI. Ibarra teaches sixth-and seventh-grade science and is a department chairperson at West Branch Community Schools.

Ibarra is nationally renowned for his work in educating students about energy and the environment. He has received numerous national honors, including being named one of the top teachers in the country by USA Today and participating in the Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program. Last year, his class received the President Environmental Youth Award.

Ibarra's list of honors also includes the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, the National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Milken National Educator Award.

For more information, or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Gabriela Rivera, Multicultural Affairs Coordinator with Opportunity at Iowa, at, or 319-335-0570.

Opportunity at Iowa, a part of the Office of the Provost, is a coordinated, university-wide effort to create and maintain campus diversity and to provide opportunities for all university students interested in other cultures. Working collaboratively with such offices as Admissions, Orientation, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Student Financial Aid, the Graduate College and Support Service Programs, Opportunity at Iowa provides information about various academic resources that are available to enhance a student's collegiate experience while attending Iowa.

Opportunity at Iowa is located on the ground floor of Phillips Hall at the corner of Clinton Street and Iowa Avenue across from the Pentacrest on the UI campus. To contact the office, email or phone 319-335-3555.

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