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Sept. 26, 2008

At A Glance

Text message donations from fans to benefit UI Children's Hospital

Fans at the University of Iowa football game with Northwestern University this weekend will be invited to use their cell phones to support UI Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network.

Instructions on the Kinnick Stadium scoreboard in Iowa City will tell fans how make a $5 donation conveniently billed through their service providers by sending a text message containing the word "HAWKS" to 90999.

For more information call Children's Miracle Network at 319-335-8484.

The Economist ranks Tippie MBA as one of world's 100 best

The Economist magazine has ranked the full-time MBA program offered by University of Iowa's Tippie School of Management's as one of 100 best in the world.

The Tippie program was ranked 76th on the ranking of full-time MBAs compiled by the British-based business and current events magazine, and 40th best in the United States. The rankings were compiled using information from alumni surveys that measured a school's faculty and student quality, new career opportunities and salary increases gained after earning the degree, and potential network.

Full rankings can be found online at

'Transnational Challenges to Security' topic of Sept. 29 noon luncheon

Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, will present "Transnational Challenges to Security" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Monday, Sept. 29, at Old Brick Church, 26 E. Market St. in Iowa City. The National Security Network is also co-sponsoring this lecture.

Katulis' work focuses on U.S. national security policy with an emphasis on the Middle East, Iraq, the Arab-Israeli conflict and Pakistan. He is co-author of "The Prosperity Agenda," a book on U.S. national security published by John Wiley & Sons in the summer of 2008. At the center, he also serves as an adviser to the Middle East Progress project. Katulis has served as a consultant to numerous U.S. government agencies, private corporations and nongovernmental organizations on projects in two-dozen countries, including Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, Colombia, Morocco and Bangladesh.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council seeks to promote understanding about international issues by hosting community forums with informed speakers from around the world. Reservations for the luncheon are required.

For more information visit or call 319-335-0351.

UI cancer experts to answer patients' questions via the ICN Sept. 30

Specialists with Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa will use the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) to answer questions from a program called "Living and Eating Healthy During and After Cancer Treatment" to 15 communities in southeast Iowa, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Locations include: Bloomfield High School, Corydon High School, Muscatine National Guard, Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Oskaloosa National Guard, Southeastern Community College-West Burlington, Davenport Kimberly Center, Donnellson-Central Lee High School, Centerville High School, Iowa City Public Library, Letts-Louisa-Muscatine High School, Riverside-Highland High School, Mt. Pleasant High School, and West Branch Hoover Presidential Complex.

A grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation supports the project.

To register call the Cancer Information Service at 800-237-1225.

'Piano Sundays' series continues Oct. 5 at Old Capitol Museum

The University of Iowa's "Piano Sundays" series continues at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The concert will feature two doctor candidates from the University of Iowa School of Music.

Joshua Russell, a student of Ksenia Nosikova, and Mingji Kwon, a student of Uriel Tsachor, will perform on Old Capitol's beautifully restored 1878 Steinway grand piano. The program includes selections by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Joseph Haydn, Frederick Chopin and Haitian composer Ludovic Lamothe. The concert is free and open to the public.

Four full-time professors who maintain critically acclaimed performing, recording and teaching careers in the United States and abroad comprise the The UI School of Music piano faculty.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music Web site at

This marks the third year that the Old Capitol Museum, the University of Iowa School of Music and West Music have collaborated to bring the Iowa City-area community the "Piano Sundays" series. For more information on the Old Capitol Museum visit

Historical performance ensemble from Indiana plays Oct. 5

The Ensemble Voltaire, a historical performance trio based in Indianapolis, will present a free concert of music from the 18th century at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. in Iowa City.

The concert is sponsored jointly by the University of Iowa School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society ( The three performers -- Allison Edberg, violin; Christine Kyprianides, cello and viol; and Thomas Gerber, harpsichord -- will play in various combinations and as a trio.

Works on the program will be:

--Sonata for violin and continuo by Isabella Leonarda.
--Sonata in B-flat for cello and continuo by Antonio Vivaldi.
--Suite in E major for harpsichord, known as "The Harmonious Blacksmith," by George Frideric Handel.
--Selections from the "Pieces de clavecin en concerts" (Pieces for violin, viol, and harpsichord) by Jean-Philippe Rameau.
--"Sonnerie de St. Genevieve du Mont de Paris" (Bells of St. Genevieve) for violin, viol and continuo by Marin Marais.

The Ensemble Voltaire is ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, where it presents an annual concert series. Gerber is a founding member of both the ensemble and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. He teaches at Butler University, Marian College in Indianapolis and the University of Indianapolis.

Edberg is concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. She has toured nationally and has recorded for the Electra and Centaur CD labels.

Kyprianides teaches Baroque cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has taught and performed extensively in Europe.

International Saxophone Quartet will present UI guest concert Oct. 10

The International Saxophone Quartet, made up of performers from France, Canada, the United States and Japan, will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.

A guest concert of the UI School of Music, their performance will be free and open to the public.

The program for their concert will be announced from the stage. It will selected for their tour repertoire, which includes music written for the quartet, as well as works by György Ligeti, Maurice Ravel, Astor Piazolla and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

The members of the quartet are Jean-Pierre Baraglioli (soprano saxophone), Wiliam Street (alto saxophone), Keiji Munesada (tenor saxophone) and Richard Dirlam (baritnoe saxophone).

The quartet was formed in 2000 for performances at the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis. It grew out of the idea that the members had been judges together at many of the world's international competitions, but had rarely performed together. In addition to the international makeup of the group, they have also had music written for them by Belgian, French, Japanese and American composers.

In 2004 and 2006 the International Saxophone Quartet toured in France and Slovenia. A tour of Belgium took place in 2003 and 2005, and they toured Japan in 2007.

International Writing Program will present free events Oct. 10 and 12

The University of Iowa International Writing Program will present three free events Oct. 10 and 12:

--A panel discussion, "What Matters Now: Social Change in the World" featuring Glaydah Namukasa from Uganda, Lee Jang Wook from South Korea, Kyaw Win from Myanmar, Jianni Skaragas from Greece and Rogelio Saunders from Cuba at noon, Friday, Oct 10, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.
--A reading by Laila Al Atrash from Jordan and Haifa Bitar from Syria at 5 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Shambaugh House at 430 N. Clinton St.
--A reading featuring Maya Kucherskaya from Russia and Agnes Lam from Hong Kong at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St.

For biographies of the writers visit


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