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Feb. 22, 2008

At A Glance

National nursing organization honors Steelman

Victoria Steelman, Ph.D., will receive the 2008 Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing during the Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) Congress Awards Reception March 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

Steelman is an advanced practice nurse at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a national leader in the application of research findings through evidence-based practice. The prestigious award recognizes Steelman for her commitment to perioperative nursing and her significant contributions that have enhanced the profession.

Registration underway for UI Recreational Services' Chickadee Camp

UI Recreational Services will offer a camp for students in grades three to six during spring break, Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21.

Campers will be transported by bus to the Macbride Nature Recreation Area from drop off locations. There will be supervision starting at 7:45 a.m. and continue until 4:15 p.m. each day.

Chickadee Camp provides students with a unique opportunity to study and observe the wildlife of the prairies, wetlands and woodlands of Macbride Nature Recreation Area in a late winter setting. Small groups of campers will participate in uniquely designed educational and recreational activities led by our professional staff. Activities may include prairie and pond study, fishing, bird-banding, eagle watching, geology, wilderness survival techniques and more.

The camp is limited to 40 campers on a first-come basis. Registration forms are available at E216 Field House and online, but must be returned via U.S. mail. For more information call 319-335-9293 or see

UI Arts Share program receives grant from Alliant Energy Foundation

The Arts Share program of the UI Division of Performing Arts has received a $3,000 grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation that will cover up to half the cost Arts Share events in the Alliant service area.

This is the 11th year that Arts Share has received funding from Alliant as it seeks to provide UI artists to schools and other community organizations throughout Iowa. For information about how to benefit from this UI/Alliant partnership, contact Leslie Finer at or 319-335-1618.

Celebrate the UI's 161st birthday Feb. 25 at the IMU

The UI is 161 years old and the Iowa Memorial Union is celebrating with free cake from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 at Hubbard Commons.

Here are some notable UI facts to remember as you celebrate:

--The UI was founded on Feb. 25, 1847, 59 days after Iowa became a state. Today, it's one of the top 25 public universities in the United States.
--The UI was the first school in the nation to admit women and men on an equal basis, (1855), and the Daily Iowan was the first daily campus paper west of the Mississippi.
--Former UI graduates have been pioneers in technology and led multinational corporations.
--Our distinguished faculty has won 18 Pulitzer prizes, and we have over 35 faculty members elected to the Institute of Medicine and American Academies of Arts and Sciences.

For more information on the celebration, contact IMU Marketing at 319-335-3414.

Daily Iowan TV to host student government election debate Feb. 25

On Monday, Feb. 25, The Daily Iowan and Daily Iowan TV, with the assistance of UI Television (UITV), will host the first-ever UI Student Government Election Debate in Shambaugh Auditorium in the UI Main Library. Doors open at 8:15 p.m. with the debate scheduled to start at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Moderated by Daily Iowan TV news director Jay Knoll, the half-hour debate will include questions from select staff from The Daily Iowan and Daily Iowan TV on a variety of topics that affect the UI community. The program will also include four pre-recorded questions on video from faculty and students. Representatives from all four campaigns in the election plan to participate. The debate will be taped for UITV and air on select times leading up to the elections March 3 and 4.

For airdates, see For more information contact Knoll at 515-689-8820 or

Lecture by printmaker Dennis O'Neill Feb. 25

Dennis O'Neill, director of Hand Print Workshop International and a visiting artist in printmaking at the UI, will present a free lecture on his work at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in Room 116 of Art Building West.

Hand Print Workshop International is a nonprofit studio that sponsors artist residencies that develop short-run editions of silkscreen prints based on the artist's conceptual ideas. O'Neill has worked with more than 70 artists at the workshop since 1987 and founded the Moscow Studio, the only collaborative printmaking studio in Russia.

O'Neil is also on the faculty of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. His appearance is sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History.

Free fitness assessments available Feb. 26

Health Iowa/Student Health Service will offer free fitness assessments from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, on the main deck at the UI Field House.

The fitness assessments give participants an opportunity to evaluate current fitness levels and educate themselves about appropriate physical activity goals. The assessments include blood pressure screening, body fat testing, an aerobic step test and various muscular fitness tests. Fitness specialists will be available to answer questions and provide information on leading a physically active lifestyle. The assessments are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary.

Talk on 1910-1940s medical treatment of the deaf set for Feb. 26

The public is invited to a free UI History of Medicine Society talk on "Physicians of the Deaf: Treatment, Prevention and the AMA's War on Quackery 1910-1940" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Room 401 of the UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. The speaker is Emily Alden, a student in the UI International Studies Department. Alden will focus on the reaction by the American Medical Association to advertisements promising unorthodox "cures" for deafness. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Ed Holtum, 319-335-9154, or visit

Sculptor will present guest lecture Feb. 26

Conrad Bakker, a sculptor who works in Urbana, Ill., will present "Objects and Economics," a free public lecture about his work, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in  Room 116 of the UI Art Building West.

Bakker is owner/producer for "Untitled Projects," engaging a variety of social, institutional, and consumer contexts using humor, contextual awareness, formal play, interventionist strategies, and imperfect carving and painting techniques. Bakker has exhibited his work at major museums nationally and internationally.

The exhibition "Conrad Bakker: Objects & Economies [Untitled Projects 1997-2007]," a survey of the past 10 years of "Untitled Projects," will be at the Des Moines Art Center Downtown through March 28.

For more information see

Ceramic artist will present daylong workshop Feb. 28

Linda Christianson, visiting artist in ceramics at the UI, will present a workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Ceramics Studio, directly south of the UI Art Building on North Riverside Drive.

Christianson is a studio potter and ceramics instructor. She has exhibited widely from London to Santa Fe. Her work is strongly based in function and is informed by traditional vessels and containers used in everyday life. Her workshop is sponsored by the ceramics area of the UI School of Art and Art History.

The workshop is open to the public any time during the day. For more information call the Ceramics Studio at 319-335-1792.

University Theatres Gallery premieres 'Playing House' Feb. 28-March 2

The University Theatres Gallery series will present the premiere of "Playing House," a new script by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Sarah Sander, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28 through March 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

The play, directed by senior theatre arts major Cara Clonch, is a story of two couples and their experiences with love -- its joys, pains and confusions, and excitements that finding "the one" can bring.

The production includes material of an adult nature, as well as scenes with smoking.

Admission is $6 ($4 for students) at the door.

Brian Troester to perform on 'Java Blend' Feb. 29

Iowa City rocker Brian Troester and his band will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series Java Blend from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29 at the Java House in downtown Iowa City. The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 and will be recorded for broadcast Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 across the state on Iowa Public Radio.

For more information see and

Spencer Martin will present 'From Russia, with Love' March 4

Violist Spencer Martin and pianist Miko Kominami will present "From Russia with Love," a program of Russian music for viola and piano, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building. Their guest recital, sponsored by the UI School of Music, will be free and open to the public.

Works on the program will be the Sonata in D minor by Mikhail Glinka, the Sonata for in D major by Paul Juon and the Sonata op. 147 by Dmitri Shostakovitch.

A member of the faculty at Luther College in Decorah, Martin has performed and taught at music festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Israel and Europe as both violist and conductor. See

Also on the faculty at Luther College, Kominami gave her New York solo debut recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in 1996, as a result of winning the Artists International Award. See

Pianist Albert Tiu will present UI guest recital March 6

Pianist Albert Tiu, who teaches at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, will present a University of Iowa guest recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Tiu's performance, sponsored by the piano area of the UI School of Music, will be free and open to the public.

Tiu will play a virtuoso program featuring works of Chopin and Scriabin in the first half, including Chopin's Preludes op. 28, 1-8, arranged by Tiu for the right hand alone. The second half of the program comprises works composed for left hand alone, performed right handedly, including the Brahms' arrangement of J.S. Bach's Chaconne in D minor, a prelude and nocturne by Scriabin and Three Studies after Chopin by Leopold Godowsky.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Tiu has won numerous piano competitions including the Juilliard William Petschek Award, resulting in a critically acclaimed debut recital in Lincoln Center's Tully Hall, and the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa. See

UI Philharmonia Orchestra will play overtures on March 7 concert

The Philharmonia Orchestra from the UI School of Music will play two entertaining overtures, a gentle and introspective work by Richard Wagner and a rousing operatic finale on a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7.

The concert, under the direction of student conductors, will be free and open to the public.

The concert is the opening event of the inaugural UI Orchestra Invitational. Members of Iowa high school orchestras will spend Friday and Saturday on campus, having clinics as an orchestra with guest maestros Henry Charles Smith, professor emeritus at Arizona State University, and Timothy Hankewich of the Cedar Rapids Symphony, as well as master classes with UI School of Music faculty.

The program for the March 7 concert will encompass four works:
--Overture to "Egmont" by Beethoven, Andrea Molina, conductor.
--Overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Felix Mendelssohn, Lucas Darger, conductor.
--"Siegfried Idyll" by Wagner, Jeremy Starr, conductor.
--Suite No. 2 from "Carmen" by Georges Bizet, Kevin Pearce, conductor.

All four conductors are graduate students of William LaRue Jones, director of orchestral studies in the UI School of Music.


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