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July 17, 2009

At A Glance

Learn English country dancing at Old Capitol Museum Aug. 1

The University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum will offer an evening of English country dancing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the building's senate chamber.

Members of the English Country Dancers of Iowa City, an organization that has been dancing since the 1980s, will teach visitors the steps to several English country dances. Then, in a style similar to a square dance, the group's "callers" will remind visitors of the steps as they move.

English country dancing began during the Renaissance and was common during the late 1700s. It was fashionable during the time of author Jane Austen, one of the authors featured in a recent exhibition at the Old Capitol Museum, "Fresh Threads of Connection: Mother Nature and British Women Writers."

This event is being offered a second time after the success of the first dance at the museum on June 20.

A suggested donation of $3 to compensate the live musicians is recommended for this event. For more information on this and other Old Capitol Museum programs, visit or call 319-335-0548.


College of Engineering appoints Whitmore to advisory board

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has appointed Robert W. Whitmore, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Seagate Technology, Shakopee, Minn., to the College of Engineering Advisory Board for a four-year term, effective fall 2009.

In June, Whitmore, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1986, was inducted into the UI College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy for contributions toward engineering achievement, leadership and service to the profession and society.

While a UI student, the Iowa City native was inducted into Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society, and he later earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He has presented seminars at the College of Engineering to aspiring students, including a Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar in 2006. He and his wife, Molly, who is also a UI graduate, have supported endowed scholarships in both engineering and nursing at the UI.

The 25-member advisory board helps develop and achieve strategic plans and vision for the college. It concentrates on four areas of strategic importance: graduate programs and research opportunities; enrollment management; allocation of intellectual, financial and people resources; and curriculum.


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