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Dec. 23, 2009

At A Glance

Magazine ranks UI among most military-friendly schools in U.S.

Military Advanced Education's third annual "Guide to America's Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities" ranks the University of Iowa among U.S. schools that best serve military service-members and veterans and their spouses and dependents. The UI was noted in particular for offering top academics and veteran support.

The ranking, included in the magazine's November/December 2009 issue, may be viewed as a PDF at

Glenn R. Berlin, associate publisher of Military Advanced Education, sent a congratulatory note about the ranking to John Mikelson, veteran's advisor with the UI Veterans Center, thanking the UI for making it easier for men and women in uniform to advance their careers by enhancing their education.

In a description of the university, the magazine said the UI is approved as a training facility for veterans and its Office of Veterans Services provides such services as certification of enrollment for educational benefits; tutorial assistance; referrals for counseling in finance, vocation and academics; and veterans work study job information. The university is also a charter member of the Student Veterans of America.


UIMA@IMU announces hours during semester break

The UIMA@IMU, the University of Iowa Museum of Art exhibit space in the Iowa Memorial Union, will be closed weekends, holidays and two Mondays during the semester break. Specific dates on which the exhibit will be closed are Dec. 24-28, Jan. 1-4, Jan. 9-11 and Jan. 18.

However, the exhibit space will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. most weekdays during the break.

Admission to UIMA@IMU is free and open to the public.

When the second semester begins on Jan. 19, the UIMA@IMU will return to its regular hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; and 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The UIMA@IMU is located in the former Richey Ballroom on the Iowa Memorial Union's third floor. It is a visual classroom and exhibit space serving as a temporary location while the UIMA is displaced because of the June 2008 flood. More than 500 works of art from the UIMA collection are available in the on-campus art venue.

For more information, see the website:


Temperature and ventilation setbacks mean real savings

The University of Iowa will turn down heating and lighting systems for most campus buildings over the holiday break to both save money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Facilities Management will reduce the temperature in most campus buildings and ventilating systems will be turned down or off. These efforts are coordinated to ensure maximum energy conservation but still protect buildings and their services from damage, including freezing. The temperature and ventilation setbacks will be directed mainly at empty administrative offices, classrooms, residence halls and dining areas, vacant auditoriums and unoccupied laboratories.

The UI is also asking students, faculty and staff to turn off all lights, close windows and outside doors and shut off computers completely before leaving for the holiday break.

Temporary temperature and ventilation setbacks can result in real savings that benefit the budget and the environment. For instance, the power-down effort over the recent four-day Thanksgiving holiday resulted in significant cost savings of around $18,000. The UI also avoided emitting more than 166 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of CO2 emissions from the consumption of about 17,000 gallons of gasoline.


Mock trial team places first at two tournaments

The University of Iowa Mock Trial team recently placed first at two regional tournaments and ninth at a prestigious national tournament.

The UI team placed first at its own tournament, the Cornshucker Challenge, and at a tournament hosted by Cornell College, both held in November. Iowa won trials against schools such Notre Dame, Northwestern and Drake, and a round against Ohio State.

The UI team also placed ninth at the Great American Mock Trial Tournament Nov. 21-22 in Washington, D.C.

Rated fifth nationally, the highest among public universities, the team will continue competing in invitational tournaments next semester traveling to New York City, Champagne, Ill. and Oxford, Ohio before competing in regional and super-regional tournaments to earn the chance to compete at the National Championship Tournament in Memphis, Tenn.

For more information, contact Vincent Geis at or 515-341-2747.


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