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Dec. 12, 2008

At A Glance

Trade magazine ranks UI accounting department among the best

A national survey of business professors by a top accounting trade publication has rated the University of Iowa's accounting department as one of the best in the country.

The survey, by Public Accounting Report, ranked the undergraduate accounting program in the Tippie College of Business 19th, the graduate program 23rd, and the doctoral program ninth. This year's survey drew responses from 1,557 accounting faculty members from 206 U.S. colleges and universities, which the newsletter says is the highest response rate ever.

Center for the Book director runner-up in prestigious MLA First Book Prize

University of Iowa Center for the Book Director Matthew P. Brown received an honorable mention for the Modern Language Association of America's First Book Prize.

The associate professor of English was honored for "The Pilgrim and the Bee: Reading Rituals and Book Culture in Early New England," which analyzes several aspects of the colonial American literary world.

The prize recognizes a first book-length publication of a literary or linguistic study, critical edition of an important work, or a critical biography. The judges said Brown's book contributes greatly to the fields of religious and early American studies, while calling for new directions in the study of book history.

The honorable mention category has been granted only four times in the award's 15-year history. Recipients will receive the prize this month at the MLA's annual meeting in San Francisco in front of about 9,500 attendees.

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UI painting and drawing professor receives Mitchell Foundation grant

University of Iowa faculty member Susan Chrysler White was awarded a $25,000 Joan Mitchell Foundation 2008 Painters and Sculptors Grant. The grant will be used to enhance her studio and develop new work.

The nonprofit foundation supports painters and sculptors who create exceptional work, who are under-recognized for their artistic achievements, and whose career would benefit from the grant. The foundation was established honor of painter Joan Mitchell, a leading New York City abstract expressionist who died in 1992.

White is an associate professor of painting and drawing in the School of Art and Art History, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of California at Davis. Her work has been showcased at numerous art museums, and reviewed in ARTFORUM, Art in America, Art News, and Arts Magazine.

A panel of prominent curators, art educators and artists judged images of the nominees' work through an anonymous process. Application was by nomination only.

Michelle J. Rourke named Iowa Public Radio development director

Michelle J. Rourke, director of development for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named to lead the development efforts of Iowa Public Radio, effective Jan. 21, 2009.

In her current position as director of development for the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Rourke has been responsible for both planned and outright gifts for scholarship, program support, and leadership gifts.

A graduate of UNI, Rourke has a bachelor's degree in marketing. She completed Principles & Techniques of Fundraising through Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, and earned a master's degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Iowa Public Radio includes WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM at the University of Iowa, WOI-AM and WOI-FM at Iowa State University, and KUNI-FM and KHKE-FM at the University of Northern Iowa. The operations have combined revenues of over $6 million annually and employ about 60 people.

The five-member Iowa Public Radio Board of Directors includes one representative from each of the three state universities as well as two Iowans appointed by the Board of Regents.

Culver's restaurant fundraisers Dec. 16 will benefit UI Children's Hospital

Culver's Frozen Custard, located at 2591 Heartland Place in Coralville, will donate 10 percent of its sales on Tuesday, Dec. 16, to University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

In addition, restaurant staff members are selling Culver's calendars and collecting donations in special canisters to support the specialized care provided at the state's only nationally ranked children's hospital.

All proceeds will benefit patients and families at UI Children's Hospital. Representatives of UI Children's Hospital will be at Culver's during the noon hour on Dec. 16 to thank customers for their support. Ron Nove, owner of Culver's, began holding bi-annual fundraising events to benefit UI Children's Hospital in 2005.

'Java Blend' show features She Swings She Sways Dec. 19

She Swings She Sways will perform live as part of Iowa Public Radio's performance series "Java Blend" at noon on Friday, Dec. 19, at the Java House in downtown Iowa City.

The folk and pop band from Ottumwa will introduce its first full-length record "Wasted Love Songs," released in 2008 by Authentic Records.

The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 at the University of Iowa and will be recorded for broadcast on Saturday, Jan. 3 and Sunday, Jan. 4 on Iowa Public Radio.

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