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Feb. 4, 2009

At A Glance

Alumni win technology start-up award for business developed as Tippie students

Two University of Iowa alumni were recently honored for a business they started while students at the Tippie College of Business. John Slump and Jared Garfield were presented with a Prometheus Award in the "Student Start-up of the Year" category for their Iowa City-based company, J&J Solutions.

The company has designed a drug handling system that keeps hazardous medications from coming in contact with people while the drugs are being prepared, administered and disposed. Presented by the Technology Association of Iowa, the Prometheus Awards promote innovation and high-tech excellence in Iowa, honoring companies and individuals who represent the best and brightest in technology.

For more information on J&J Solutions visit


UI Arts Share program receives Alliant Energy grant

The University of Iowa Arts Share program has received a $3,000 grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation to support its educational outreach activities in 2009. The grant will cover up to half the cost of events in the Alliant service area.

This is the 12th year that Arts Share has received funding from Alliant as it seeks to provide UI artists from the Division of Performing Arts and other arts departments to schools and other community organizations throughout Iowa. For information about how to benefit from this UI/Alliant partnership, contact Leslie Finer, 319-335-1618 or

Since 1998, the Alliant Energy Foundation has contributed more than $26 million to projects and organizations in the communities it serves.


William Elliott Whitmore performs on 'Java Blend' Feb. 13

Iowa native William Elliott Whitmore will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series "Java Blend" at noon on Friday, Feb. 13, at Iowa City's downtown Java House.

Elliott, a folk, soul and blues artist, will introduce his latest CD, "Animals in the Dark." Marking a departure from his Southern trilogy that spanned his last three releases, this Anti-Records debut marks a more expansive sound and worldview.

Broadcasts of this performance will be on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, Mar. 1 on Iowa Public Radio. For broadcast times and stations visit

For more information on Whitmore see


Volunteers needed for annual diversity festival Feb. 22

University of Iowa student groups and members of the community are needed to volunteer for the University of Iowa's annual Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at the UI Field House.

The festival's planning committee is looking for volunteers to help out the day of the festival. Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be assigned shifts according to their schedule.

Volunteer responsibilities may include: assisting with program set-up, passing out flyers or surveys, driving a shuttle van, monitoring rooms, and helping with children's activities. For further information or questions contact Benjamin Black at or volunteers can sign up online at

Individuals or UI organizations wishing to educate or share their traditional cultural activities, foods, games, recreational activities, or arts and crafts are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Life at 319-335-3059 for further information on how to participate.

The goal of the festival is to provide a fun, unique opportunity where people can learn about each other's customs, traditions and perspectives.

For more information about the festival visit


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.