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Feb. 12, 2009

At A Glance

College of Nursing students receive new scholarships

Eight University of Iowa College of Nursing students are the first-ever UI recipients of "New Careers in Nursing" scholarships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The scholarships were awarded to students who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree and are now enrolled in accelerated nursing master's degree programs for the 2008-09 academic year. The scholarship program provides support to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds to help address the nation's nursing shortage.

The recipients are: Ruth Bustos, Joshua Curphy, Ernestine Mambo, Candace Peterson, Brian Steil, Neupane Sumnima, K. Salek Walker and Lia Yoon.

Recipients will be recognized as UI College of Nursing Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars and provided guidance for future leadership in nursing.

UI author speaks on emancipation's impact on the North Feb. 19

Most studies of emancipation focus on the South, but a University of Iowa researcher argues that it had a significant impact on the North. Leslie Schwalm will present "Emancipation Iowa: Lincoln's Proclamation and Black Freedom in the Upper Midwest" at noon Thursday, Feb. 19 in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

The free, public talk is part of the library's "Thinkin' Lincoln" series, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Lunches can be reserved at or 319-356-5200. A $2 donation for lunch is requested.

Schwalm is chair of the UI Department of Women's Studies and the Sexuality Studies Program, and an associate professor of history, women's studies and African American studies. The talk is based on her forthcoming book, "Emancipation's Diaspora: Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest," about the thousands of men and women who liberated themselves from slavery, made their way to overwhelmingly white communities in the Midwest, and worked to live in dignity as free citizens. She explores collisions over segregation, civil rights and how slavery and emancipation would be remembered.

For more information contact Leslie Schwalm,

She Swings, She Sways on Iowa Public Radio's 'Java Blend' Feb. 20

Ottumwa's folk and pop band She Swings, She Sways will perform live at noon Friday, Feb. 20 at Iowa City's downtown Java House as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series "Java Blend."

She Swings, She Sways will introduce its first full-length record "Wasted Love Songs," released in 2008 by Authentic Records.

Broadcasts of this performance will be Saturday Sunday, March 7 and 8 on Iowa Public Radio. For broadcast times and stations visit

For more information on the group visit


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