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Nov. 4, 2008

At A Glance

Alumnus to discuss developing cable network start-ups in Tippie lecture Nov. 7

Nick Rhodes, a 1987 University of Iowa graduate who went on to help found such cable TV networks as Versus, the Speed Channel and Spanish-language Fox Sports Americas, will speak at the Tippie College of Business at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Room S307 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

Rhodes' lecture, "The Building of Multiple Cable TV Networks: Concept to Business Plan to Launch to Sale," is free and open to the public.

Rhodes also helped to develop the Conference USA Division I athletic conference and two 24-hour satellite radio services. Rhodes is currently the managing director of Blxware, LLC, a technology holding company that owns proprietary science with core applications for media, communications, security and several other business sectors.

Rhodes received his degree in Broadcasting and Film from UI.

Dolphin to sign Hawkeye 'Greatest Plays' book Nov. 7

Gary Dolphin, the "Voice of the Hawkeyes," will sign copies of the book, "The 50 Greatest Plays in Iowa Hawkeyes Football History," from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Hawk Shop at the University Book Store, located in the Old Capitol Town Center, downtown Iowa City.

Former Hawkeye football player Ed Podolak and author Michael Maxwell will also attend.

Published by Triumph Books, the book details the great plays, accompanied by game information and quotes from participants, players, and observers. Dolphin and Hawkeye Head Coach Kirk Ferentz wrote the forward for the book, which will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information call 319-335-3179.

Nursing faculty to speak at Nov. 7 'Finding God' Forum

At the next "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, Sue Lehmann and Mila Grady, both faculty members in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, will speak on "Bringing Our Faith to Our Work: A Conversation about Faith, Compassion, and Showing Students How to Recognize the Spiritual Dimension of Their Patients." The talk, followed by discussion, will be presented in the Newman Catholic Student Center, 104 E. Jefferson St. in Iowa City.

Sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, the forum is held on the first Friday of every month during the regular school year. Due to flooding, the event has been temporarily moved from the Iowa Memorial Union to the Newman Catholic Student Center. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch.

For more information on the forums or to get on an email notification list about upcoming speakers, contact Ed Laarman at, 319-341-0007.

Former Democratic majority whip for U.S. House will discuss election Nov. 10

UI alumnus David Bonior, former Democratic majority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives and the national campaign manager for John Edwards' 2008 presidential race, will discuss the election and its outcome at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at Shambaugh Auditorium in the university's Main Library.

The talk, "The New Progressive Coalition: An Interpretation of the 2008 Election," is free and open to the public.

Bonior, a Michigan congressman from 1977 to 2003, is known for his work with labor unions. He served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977. Bonior earned his bachelor's degree from the UI in 1967, served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and earned a master's degree from Chapman College in California.

The event is sponsored by the Sudhindra Bose Lecture Series and the Redman Lecture Series of the Department of Political Science, part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information contact Tom Rice at or 319-335-2249.


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