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May 28, 2008

At A Glance

DeGowin Blood Center offers unique retirement gift opportunity June 2-6

Tired of contributing for wooden rocking chairs and gold watches when a colleague retires? How about saving lives instead?

Donate blood and/or platelets at the DeGowin Blood Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics during "Donate for Dr. Strauss Week," June 2-6. Ronald Strauss, M.D., will retire June 30. Strauss served as medical director of DeGowin from 1983-2004. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to the fields of pediatrics and transfusion medicine.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood and/or platelets in honor of Strauss, contact the DeGowin Blood Center at 319-356-2058.

Osher 'Wines' class to visit Ames' Prairie Moon Winery June 4

Prairie Moon Winery in Ames is the destination June 4 on the summer "Wines of Iowa II" tours available through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa.

Prairie Moon is one of the only wineries in Iowa to produce "ice wines." Learn about the process, and grape growing in Iowa, as part of the tour. The June 4 trip is $50, which includes transportation, lunch, wine tasting and a tour of the Prairie Moon facilities.

For more information on the winery, visit

For a complete schedule of upcoming "Wines of Iowa II" tours and registration information, visit or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221.

Pascarella receives honorary doctorate from Blackburn College in May ceremony

Ernest T. Pascarella, professor of educational policy and leadership studies and Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education in the University of Iowa College of Education, received an honorary doctorate in early May from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill. at the 139th graduation ceremony. He received an "Ed.D. honoris causa" for his important contributions to understanding the impact of American postsecondary education on college students. Blackburn College is one of the two oldest postsecondary colleges in Illinois.

Pascarella has focused his research and writing on the impact of college on students and student persistence in higher education. His 1991 book "How College Affects Students" (Jossey-Bass) received the Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. The National Institute of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators have supported Pascarella's research.


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