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Jan. 30, 2009

At A Glance

Former UI President Skorton to speak at banquet today

Former University of Iowa President David Skorton, now president of Cornell University, will give the keynote address at the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet today, Friday, Jan. 30 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The event, which is co-sponsored by the UI, begins with a social hour at 4:30 p.m.

Skorton will discuss the need for collaboration among higher education and the business community to promote economic development, contribute innovative ideas to solve the difficult and complex problems facing the country, and create programs to ensure a sufficient work force.

More than 570 business, nonprofit, education, industry and government leaders are expected to attend the banquet. There is a cost to attend the event.

More information is available at and on the chamber's calendar site at

OLLI at Iowa taps 'Writing University' for Nonfiction Writing Programs

Adults age 50 and older may enroll in five new writing classes offered this spring by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa (OLLI at Iowa). Led by participants in the UI Nonfiction Writing Program, part of the UI's "Writing University," the new classes are:

--"What's Your Story: Reading and Writing Nonfiction," Mondays 5 to 7 p.m., Feb. 2 to March 30 (no class March 16).
--"Long Live the Prose Poem," Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 12 to April 9.
--"Tell Me a Story: How to Begin, How to End," Sundays 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., March 1 to March 22.
--"Performance Poetry," Tuesdays 6 to 7:30 p.m., March 31 to May 5.
--"The Lie That Tells the Truth: The Art of Fiction," Mondays 3 to 5 p.m., April 6 to May 4.

There are no course prerequisites for enrollment and no tests or grades. Complete course descriptions and registration information, including fees, are available at or contact Julie Bobitt, 319-384-4222.

UI teams with others to offer new Girl Scouts heart patch

The Girl Scouts, American Heart Association and University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center have teamed up to offer a "Go Red" Girl Scout patch.

The patch incorporates heart education, nutrition, fitness, family and service activities to bring Girl Scouts and women together to raise awareness of the dangers that women face from heart disease and stroke.

The service activities to help heart patients can include making cards or letters, holding book and movie drives, collecting clothes for pediatric heart patients, and visiting patients (for Girl Scouts age 14 or older) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Scouts may also volunteer at their local hospital.

For complete "Go Red" Patch requirements visit

UI Recreational Services hosts Moonlight Ski and S'mores Feb. 6

University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services' Touch The Earth Program is hosting "Moonlight Ski & S'mores" Friday, Feb. 6 from 8 to 10 p.m. for a night of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the trails at night at Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

After being out on the trails, skiers/snowshoers can cozy up next to a campfire and enjoy s'mores and hot chocolate. If there is not enough snow, the event will proceed with a night hike instead.

This event is free and open to the public. Participants are reminded to dress warmly. Skis or snowshoes are available at the UI Outdoor Rental Center, 2820 Prairie Meadows Drive in Iowa City.

The Touch The Earth Program provides various outdoor recreation opportunities to the university community and the general public. For more information on upcoming clinics, trips and the Outdoor Rental Center call 319-384-1225. Directions to Macbride Nature Recreation Area

Woodwind quintet Sopro Brasil will play at UI Feb. 9

Sopro Brasil (Brazil wind), the faculty woodwind quintet from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, will perform a free concert of music by Brazilian composers at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.

Considered one of the leading professional chamber ensembles in Brazil, Sopro Brasil was established in 2007. The quintet performs work from the classical to contemporary repertoire for winds, and has as its principal mission the performance and dissemination of chamber music by Brazilian composers.

Members of Sopro Brasil are Conceição Casado Benck, flute; Artur Ortemblad, oboe; Isaias Rafael, clarinet; Rinaldo Fonsêca, horn; and Valdir Caires, bassoon.

The program will be:
--"Sanfonaria" by Dimas Sedícias.
--"Suite Hermética" by Liduíno Pitombeira.
--"Serenata a Cinco" by Edino Krieger.
--"Suite Popular Brasileira" by Júlio Medaglia.
--"Xaxando no cerrado" by Fernando Morais.
--"Suite para Quinteto de Sopros" by Radamés Gnattalli.

Sopro Brasil's tour in the United States is made possible in part by The Incentive for the Culture Fund from Pernambuco (FUNCULTURA), a state agency that aims to encourage, stimulate and support the development of the culture from Pernambuco.

Gallery series presents 'White Elephant' Feb. 12-15

The University Theatres Gallery Series will present "White Elephant," a new play by Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate student Tony Meneses, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 12-14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

"White Elephant" is a play about how the arrival of the circus affects life in a small town, and specifically the impact of the pachyderm that is the circus' main attraction.

Artistic contributors include Brandon Bruce, director and sound designer; Alicia Corso, costume designer; Shawn Maxwell, lighting designer; Christine Scarfuto, dramaturg; Rebecca Simons, properties designer; and James Welton, scenic designer.

Meneses was a finalist for the 2008 National Latino Playwriting Award for his "Bajo Agua," which was read last spring at the Iowa New Play Festival.

Admission will be $6 ($4 for UI students) at the door.


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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.