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April 30, 2007

Rotarians From India Visit UI May 3 As Part Of Friendship Exchange

Seven Rotarians from India will visit the University of Iowa Thursday, May 3, as part of a Rotary International Friendship Exchange. The Iowa City and Wellman area Rotary International Clubs, working in conjunction with CARTHA, a local nonprofit organization that means "doer" in Sanskrit, will host the delegation of visitors in Iowa City.

Iowa City is one of nine locales in the state included in the Rotarians' three-week itinerary. A welcome reception will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, in the UI International Programs Commons, Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. The reception is free and open to the public.

"International Programs is very interested in developing person-to-person connections with Indian citizens as an extension of our efforts to welcome Indian students and scholars to the UI campus, offer opportunities to UI students to study abroad in India -- through our program in Mysore, for example -- and facilitate understanding of this part of the world through our South Asian Studies Program," said Diana Davies, director of UI International Programs.

The UI has 329 students enrolled from India, according to fall 2006 statistics, the second largest international student representation on campus. Additionally 85 visiting scholars from India visited the UI, and 18 UI students studied abroad in India during 2005-06.

While on campus, the group will also meet with Curt Hunter, dean of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, and Willard "Sandy" Boyd, professor of law, founder of the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center and UI president emeritus. In addition, the visiting Rotarians will tour the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and attend the regular weekly meeting of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club.

"This visit is a wonderful opportunity to share the links between Rotary and the university community, particularly to highlight how students and faculty can benefit through Rotary's local and global project efforts, contact networks and scholarships," said Maggie Mowery, president of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club.

Usha Balakrishnan (photo, top), president and CARTHA CEO, who organized the Iowa City program with her Rotarian colleagues Dick Kennedy, Jared Powell and Dennis Nygaard, said "Rotarians in Iowa are engaged in so many humanitarian efforts in India and elsewhere. This Rotary Friendship Exchange visit offers us the chance to celebrate and seek to further advance these ongoing and new efforts. As an Iowan, I have gained much vicarious inspiration from the fact that Rotary's founder, Paul Harris, graduated from the University of Iowa," she said.

Sponsored by Rotary International, the Friendship Exchange allows Rotarians and family members the opportunity to share cultures, lifestyles and friendships with fellow Rotary members in another part of the world.

For more information, contact Balakrishnan at CARTHA, 319-248-9625.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. For more information, visit

CARTHA, a global nonprofit organization founded in Iowa City in 2006, leverages partnerships and innovations to create opportunities for advancing global good. CARTHA serves as a catalyst and incubator to spur academic-practitioner collaborations designed to enhance the impact of technological and social innovations. For more information, visit

International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Usha R. Balakrishnan, 319-248-9625; Writer: Kelli Andresen.