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Oct. 6, 2008

At A Glance

Nominations deadline extended for Catalyst Awards until Oct. 13

The University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD) has extended the deadline for submission of nominations for this year's Catalyst Awards.

The Catalyst Awards are designed to honor those who, during the past year, have shown a university commitment to achieving excellence through diversity by promoting the development of an inclusive, diverse campus community.

Nominations are now being accepted through Monday, Oct. 13. Nominations are invited for the following categories: individual faculty or staff member; a program or department; and student or student organization.

Each recipient will receive a $1,500 cash award to be presented at a recognition ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

Criteria and nomination forms are available at: For more information, contact the EOD, 202 Jessup Hall, at 319-335-0705 (voice) or 319-335-0697 (text).

Expert on Christian-Muslim relations to speak at Geneva Lecture Series Oct. 14

Lamin Sanneh, a leading expert on world Christianity and Christian-Muslim relations, will be the guest speaker for the Geneva Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Phillips Hall Auditorium in Room 100 at the University of Iowa.

Sanneh, professor of world Christianity and history at Yale, will present "The Return of Religion in a Post-9/11 World." He will describe how the rising tide of Christianity in much of the non-Western world is influencing the West, and how it has intersected with religious radicalism, creating ferment across national and international boundaries.

Sanneh will also speak on "African Christianity and New World Paradigms" from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre. This seminar will explore the roots of the awakening of African Christianity in the modern era.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information on the series, or to be notified about upcoming speakers, contact Ed Laarman at or 319-341-0007.

UI wins 2008 Iowa recycling award for best practices

The University of Iowa has been awarded a 2008 Iowa Recycling Association Annual Award for Best Practices for recycling efforts and programs on campus. The award will be presented at the annual Iowa Recycling Association and Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations Awards Presentation, Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Ottumwa.

The UI had a 19.8 percent increase in weight of recyclables collected and diverted more than 25 percent of its waste stream from the landfill to recycling facilities, an increase over 2006, when the UI recycled 22 percent. The UI currently recycles more than 2,085 tons worth of materials. A number of student organizations have helped increase recycling efforts and awareness of recycling programs.

The UI was nominated by City Carton of Iowa City, with support from the Iowa Waste Exchange, Department of Natural Resources and the City of Iowa City. Recently, the UI received grants from both the National Recycling Coalition and the Department of Natural Resources to purchase additional recycling collection bins for campus grounds to increase recycling efforts both inside and outside campus buildings.

More information on recycling at the UI can be found at


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