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April 14, 2008

At A Glance

Student wins first place in TV photojournalism competition

Jake Carpenter, a University of Iowa junior from West Des Moines, won first place for TV Spot News in the National Press Photographer's Association's international Best of Photojournalism 2008 competition, one of the largest and most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world.

Carpenter, an interdepartmental studies major focusing on business and journalism, won the award for the story "Thought They Had It," about a fire that destroyed a small-town church. He filmed and edited the piece with reporter Eric Hanson while working for KCCI in Des Moines in June 2007.

Judges selected the story from 44 entries, praising the way Carpenter captured reactions to the event while not missing the action of the fire.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute names Wolfe board president

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa has named Connie Benton Wolfe president of its advisory board.

Wolfe is president and CEO of the Center for Active Seniors Inc. and Jane's Place Adult Day Health Center in Davenport. She also has served as chief professional officer for United Way of Johnson County and executive director of Elder Services Inc. in Iowa City, where she was named "Outstanding Professional" by the Heritage Area Agency on Aging. Wolfe is a founding CEO of the National Meals on Wheels Foundation in Washington, D.C., and former executive director of the National Association of Aging Services.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a program of the UI Center on Aging and is affiliated with the national network of Institutes, funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

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Section of South Madison Street closed April 16-18 -- POSTPONED

[Update: High winds Tuesday afternoon prevented construction crews from dismantling the tower crane being relocated from the Hospital to Campus Recreation and Wellness Center prolonging the project -- and lane closure -- by at least one and possibly more days, even though warning signs may already be posted. Drivers are still advised to use caution when driving along this route.]

A half-block section of South Madison Street, one block south of the Burlington Street intersection in Iowa City, will be closed Wednesday, April 16 thru Friday, April 18.

The closing is necessary to erect a tower crane for construction work on the new University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The east sidewalk along Madison Street will remain open. Traffic signs will be in place at the start of the project, which includes a detour to Parking Lot 11.

'Americans in Italian Opera' focus of Opera Studies Group lecture April 18

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Group will host Pierpaolo Polzonetti, assistant professor in the Program of Liberal Studies of the University of Notre Dame, as part of the "America and The Operatic Tradition" Lecture Series. Polzonetti will present "Quakers and Cowboys: Americans in Italian Opera from Piccinni to Puccini" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, in Gerber Lounge, English-Philosophy Building.

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John Craigie to perform on 'Java Blend' April 25

Folk artist John Craigie of San Francisco will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series Java Blend from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Java House in downtown Iowa City.

Craigie has traveled across the western United States playing folk music and telling stories. His themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love.

The hour-long, free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 and will be recorded for broadcast Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, across the state on Iowa Public Radio.

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