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Feb. 12, 2008

At A Glance

FastTrac Training Program for Entrepreneurs Starts Feb. 21

Aspiring entrepreneurs can evaluate business opportunities and develop a business plan at the FastTrac NewVenture training program offered by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC). The sessions will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on eight Thursday nights in the John Pappajohn Business Building, starting Feb. 21 and ending April 17. The registration fee is $149, and the deadline is Monday, Feb. 18. The FastTrac NewVenture training program helps Iowans take the first steps to start or expand a business. Participants will develop the skills necessary to properly evaluate a business opportunity and leave with a written plan for launching their new venture, and will also learn about funding options. The program is co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at the University of Iowa, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce and F&M Bank. For more information, or to register online, visit

Arts Share Performance Feb. 17 at Old Capitol

The Old Capitol Museum and the Arts Share Program at the University of Iowa will present the Iowa Marimba Duo, featuring UI graduate percussionists Ginny Armstrong and Meggie Aube, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Formed in 2007, the duo performs Latin American music on marimba and vibraphone. The repertoire includes music composed originally for their instruments as well as transcriptions of pieces written for other instruments including piano and guitar. Arts Share programs continue at the Old Capitol Museum on the following dates: March 16 at 1:30 p.m. and April 17 at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548. For more information about Arts Share:

Kaplan and UI Alumni Association Hold Free Grad School Practice Tests

Prospective graduate students can take a free practice admissions test through Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 in several locations throughout the John Pappajohn Business Building at the University of Iowa. Sponsored by University of Iowa Alumni Association's Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow group, the practice graduate admissions tests will be under conditions that mimic the real exam day. Practice tests that will be administered include the LSAT (law), GMAT (business), GRE (graduate), MCAT (medical), DAT (dentistry), and PCAT (pharmacy) and TOEFL (English as foreign language). Kaplan instructors will provide an overview of each exam and its role in the admissions process. A few days after the event, participants will receive their scores and a personalized analysis of their performance. To register, call 1-800-KAP-TEST or visit

CIVIC to host community potluck for international visitors Feb. 17

The UI Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities is hosting a potluck from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 in the International Commons, Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre in downtown Iowa City. The potluck will bring together community members, UI student leaders and 11 student visitors from Tokyo Denki University. Those interested in participating should RSVP by Friday, Feb. 15 to Pat Kelley at 319-351-4492 or Please bring a main dish, salad or dessert. For more information visit


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