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Dec. 17, 2008

At A Glance

New winter weather Web page provides cancellations, other information

The University of Iowa Office of University Relations has launched a new Web page that features notices about winter weather-related class and event cancellations, snow removal contacts, links to road conditions, safety tips and other helpful information. A tab linking visitors directly to the page is found along the lower right row of the UI home page.

The Winter Weather Information page -- -- will be updated whenever severe winter weather strikes or is imminent or campus operations are altered because of the weather. Additionally a banner will appear across the top of the UI homepage if and when the UI issues a weather-related Hawk Alert. Clicking the banner will also take visitors to the weather page.

Questions about the page may be directed to Wendy Brown in University Relations at

UI advises students to double-check spring 2009 class locations

The University of Iowa Registrar's Office strongly encourages students registered for spring 2009 classes to double-check the location of those classes via ISIS at

Many classes have been relocated because of the summer floods, and ISIS will provide the most up-to-date locations for next semester's classes.

Further questions may be directed to the registrar's classroom scheduling office at 319-335-1243.

UI seeks Honorary Degree nominations

The University of Iowa Honorary Degree Selection Committee is seeking nominations for Honorary Degree awards to be conferred in 2010.

Degrees are conferred during UI commencement ceremonies upon individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary and sustained achievements in such areas as research, scholarship, education, artistic creation, social activism, human rights, humanitarian outreach, or other endeavors consistent with the values of the UI.

Nominations may come from colleges or from individual faculty members and are selected by an eight-member faculty committee. The Iowa Board of Regents approves the committee's recommendations.

At UI commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 20, clarinet legend and former UI School of Music Director Himie Voxman will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Three others will receive honorary degrees in 2009; see for details.

Nominations should be made in a two-page statement or letter, outlining the nominee's achievement, and forwarded to Evalyn Van Allen-Shalash, Office of the Provost, 111 Jessup Hall, or via email attachment to, or via this Web site: The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 27, 2009.

For more details on nominations visit

Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week kicks off Jan. 19

The University of Iowa has announced its activities for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week, starting with a Community Opening Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

UI President Sally Mason and Marian Coleman, former equity director for the Iowa City School District, will be keynote speakers at the event, which is sponsored by the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Planning Committee.  Entertainment will include performances by the UI gospel choir, The Voices of Soul, and others.

The UI Civic Engagement Program is hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 in the IMU South Room. Several lectures, panel discussions and cultural events are also planned as during the week.

For a complete schedule of events visit

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Katherine Betts, 319-335-3059.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.