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Jan. 29, 2009

At A Glance

Survey ranks Tippie finance program as world's best among public universities

The University of Iowa's Tippie MBA Finance program is the world's best among full-time public MBA programs, according to a new poll by Financial Times. The daily business newspaper's ranking, based on a survey of alumni, found the Finance program is ranked ninth among private and public universities globally. Overall, the Tippie full-time MBA program is ranked 63rd globally among all colleges and universities, and 34th among public U.S. institutions.

The entire survey can be found online at

Residential Dining debuts nutrition Web site

To help students and other customers make "Smart Choices for Eating Right," University Housing Residential Dining has launched an expanded nutrition Web site

The site, developed in cooperation with Hawkeye Foodservice Distribution, offers detailed nutritional information on the most popular menu items at Burge and Hillcrest Market Places. By listing calorie counts, nutrient information (total fat, protein, cholesterol, fiber, etc.), and essential vitamins and minerals, the Web site helps customers choose foods appropriate for their dietary needs.

According to Residential Dining Director Greg Black, development of the nutritional Web site came as an extension of Residential Dining's Smart Choices initiative, designed to assist students in making decisions about personal and environmental health. He says the Web site is a great tool for everyone who wants to choose a balanced diet while eating at the Market Places.

Each Market Place offers a wide variety of menu options; fresh fruits and vegetables, hearty soups, whole grain selections, and lean proteins are available every day.

For more information, contact Lisa McKirgan, project assistant, Residential Dining at 319-384-0021 or

Sexual assault survivors invited to spring Voices of Courage support group

Sexual abuse survivors are invited to participate in a free and confidential support group, Voices of Courage. The group will meet Tuesdays this fall, beginning March 3 and continuing until April 21. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) office, located at 320 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.

The registration deadline is Feb. 26. For more information or to set up a screening appointment, call Karen Siler, Johnson County Services Coordinator for RVAP at 319-335-6001.

For more information visit

The site provides information about statistics, education, victim services and resources. The 24-hour Rape Crisis Line number, 319-335-6000, offers free and confidential information, support, advocacy and counseling to victim/survivors of sexual assault and their partners, friends and family members.

UI Lecture Committee presents Inga Muscio Feb. 3

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee will present a talk by feminist author Inga Muscio on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Muscio is the author of books that explore themes surrounding the personal and political power of women, including "Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil: My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society." She is presently working on a new book about sex and violence titled "Rose," which will be published sometime in 2009. Muscio is a frequent speaker at colleges and conferences. For more information about Muscio and her work, see

Following Muscio's lecture, the UI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Resource Center at 125 Grand Avenue Court in Iowa City will host a reception for her. Contact Elizabeth Krause at 319-335-7123 or with questions or requirements for any accommodations for the reception.

For more information about the Lecture Series contact the University Lecture Committee at 319-335-3407 or

Radiothon to benefit kids with cancer next week, Feb. 4-6

The Fourth Annual Clear Channel "Call for Kids with Cancer" Radiothon will be broadcast Feb. 4-6, to support patients and pediatric cancer programs at University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

Broadcast teams from WMT-AM 600 of Cedar Rapids, KXIC-AM 800 of Iowa City, WMT-FM Mix 96.5 of Cedar Rapids, KKSY-FM 95.7 KISS Country of Cedar Rapids and KKRQ-FM 100.7 the Fox of Iowa City will join forces to tell the stories of patients and families receiving care from the specialists at UI Children's Hospital.

Mix 96.5 FM will also continue broadcasting throughout the 24-hour University of Iowa Dance Marathon at the Iowa Memorial Union on February 6-7.

Pledges can be made online at or by calling 1-800-456-2772.

Alex Dezen of the Damnwells on Iowa Public Radio's 'Java Blend' Feb. 6

Alex Dezen of the Damnwells will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series "Java Blend" at noon Friday, Feb. 6, at the Java House in downtown Iowa City.

Dezen performs with his wife, Angela, in the Damnwells. A documentary titled "Golden Days," detailing the Damnwells' struggles after three years on a major record label, has been making the film festival rounds since early 2007. Over the years, The Damnwells have shared the stage with many great acts such as Bob Dylan, The Dixie Chicks, Cheap Trick, The Fray, and Old 97s. Currently, Alex Dezen attends the University of Iowa's Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Broadcasts of this performance will be on Saturday, Feb. 21, and Sunday, Feb. 22, on Iowa Public Radio. For broadcast times and stations visit

For more information on the group visit

Careers for Change lecture to feature Peter Eichstadt Feb. 12

Peter Eichstaedt, Africa Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, will speak at the University of Iowa at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre, as part of the UI Center for Human Rights' Careers for Change speaker series.

Eichstaedt has worked as a journalist and news media adviser in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Afghanistan and most recently Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan. His most recent book, "First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army," is based on his experiences and research during 2005 and 2006, when he lived and worked in Uganda. He has been a journalist, editor and author for more than 30 years and was a recipient of a Fulbright grant in journalism in 1998-99 in Slovenia and Moldova.

He is also the author of "If You Poison Us: Uranium and Native Americans," which revealed the health and environmental damage done by uranium mining on Navajo lands in the Southwest during the Cold War.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this talk, contact UICHR at 319-335-3900 or


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