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March 20, 2009

At A Glance

UI Staff Council presents diversity celebration March 25

The University of Iowa Staff Council invites the campus community to its Martin Luther King Jr. diversity event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at the Old Brick on the corner of Clinton and Market streets in Iowa City. The event was originally scheduled during UI MLK celebrations in January.

Marcella David, special assistant to the president for equal opportunity and diversity and associate provost, will make opening remarks about the role staff members play in creating a welcoming environment for diversity. The event includes performances by talented UI staff, including the Goosetown Vipers, Beats from the Gold Coast and others. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact Helen Jameson, 319-335-0337.


Composers Workshop will present new student compositions March 29

The University of Iowa Composers Workshop will present a free concert of new works by students in the composition program of the UI School of Music at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the UI campus.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the theory and composition department of the School of Music and director of the Center for New Music. Performances are coordinated by doctoral composition student Zachary Fisher.

New works on the March 29 program will be:

--"In Memoriam" for string quartet by graduate student Aaron Kirschner.
--"Funerary text" for trombone by doctoral student Peter Juffernbruch.
--"Luna" for solo marimba by Fisher.
--"Mural" for solo flute by graduate student Daniel Roeder.
--"Contemplation" for piano, violin and cello by undergraduate student Alana Jacobs.
--"Spherical" for piano and narrator by doctoral student Christopher Gainey.

The main showcase for student composers in the School of Music, the Composers Workshop presents a series of free concerts each semester.


Religious Studies offers open house for prospective students March 30

The Department of Religious Studies is holding an open house for current and prospective majors and minors from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 30 in the third floor atrium of Gilmore Hall.

The annual undergraduate open house features a panel of professors, career services representatives and current undergraduate students who will describe the benefits and opportunities of a degree in religious studies. The event includes informal discussions with professors and graduate students from the department. Refreshments will be served.

Religious studies may interest individuals who are drawn to questions of spirituality and interested in understanding and exploring religious diversity.

Students in religious studies develop a set of skills that are amenable to a variety of career paths. A background in religion develops strong writing skills, systematic and critical thinking, as well as the enhanced ability to understand the perspectives of others.

Contact Nahed Artoul Zehr at for details on the open house.

For more information visit


Old Capitol Museum presents 'Beatrix Potter & Friends' events April 4, 11

Three upcoming Old Capitol Museum programs offer children and adults the chance to learn more about the celebrated children's author Beatrix Potter.

The "Beatrix Potter & Friends" children's program will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Ushers Ferry in Cedar Rapids and Saturday, April 11 at the Old Capitol Museum. Children will have a chance to "meet" Potter through drama historian Robin Cline's theatrical performance, followed by crafts, activities and refreshments.

The adult program, "Beatrix Potter & Friends Go Green," is Saturday, April 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. Beatrix Potter (again played by Cline) will explain how her desire for land and nature conservation prompted many of her children's tales.

"Beatrix Potter & Friends" is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "'Fresh Threads of Connection': Mother Nature and British Women Writers," which runs through Sunday, July 26 in the museum's Hanson Family Humanities Gallery.

All Old Capitol Museum programs are free and open to the public. Cost for the Usher's Ferry event is $12 per person; visit for details.

For more information on Old Capitol Museum programs call 319-335-0548 or visit


Lecuona and students perform for 'Piano Sundays' April 5

The University of Iowa School of Music, the Old Capitol Museum and West Music will present the final spring 2009 Piano Sundays performance at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 5, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI Pentacrest.

UI piano graduate students Thuy Minh Dao, Jonathan Tauscheck and Sunghee Lee Hinners will begin the program, playing music by Frederic Chopin, Maurice Ravel, Franz Liszt and Joseph Haydn. Closing out the program's first half, nine-year-old Daniel Burgess will play music by Haydn.

Lecuona will complete the recital with selections from Robert Schumann's "Humoreske." A UI faculty member since 1990, Lecuona will also perform concerts at Penn State University, Eastern Michigan University and the Piano By Nature concert series in upstate New York this spring. In May, she will be a guest artist at the Asolo Song Festival in Italy. For more information visit

The Piano Sundays series is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-0548 or visit


Iowa Lakeside Lab to offer summer writing workshop July 6-10

Iowa Lakeside Lab and Regents Resource Center (ILLRRC) is offering a writing workshop July 6-10 for aspiring young-adult and adult writers of all levels. The instructor is Jim Heynen, a native of Sioux Center and a widely published writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Participants will learn how to apply their imagination to their life experiences. There will be a special focus on what they have avoided, projects they know they should have started or projects they know they should finish. Various forms of expression will be explored, including the personal essay, poetry and short fiction.

The workshop will meet in a classroom setting on the ILLRRC campus for three hours each afternoon, with one individual conference with the instructor during the week. Enrollment is limited to 12 people.

Iowa Lakeside Lab is located on West Okoboji Lake in northwest Iowa and is administered by the University of Iowa Division of Continuing Education.

Participants can earn one undergraduate or graduate credit from UI. The course can also be taken on a noncredit basis.

For more information or to register call 712-337-3669 ext. 5 or 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.