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Oct. 2, 2009

At A Glance

Just two weeks left to help UI Children's Hospital win gameroom makeover

There's still time for people to cast online votes (up to 10 times daily for each unique email address) and help the University of Iowa Children's Hospital win a "gameroom makeover" for pediatric patients. The voting deadline for the Gameroom Giveaway contest, organized by Microsoft and the Children's Miracle Network, is Friday, Oct. 16.

As of this morning, the UI Children's Hospital was in third place with 737,489 votes, following No. 1 Arkansas Children's Hospital with 810,159 votes and Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Mississippi with 805,275 votes.

The three hospitals that receive the most votes overall by Oct. 16 will win a $10,000 gameroom makeover, but UI Children's Hospital is hoping to snag the No. 1 spot. Voters are also entered to win one of five Xbox 360 Elite consoles.

To vote, or for more information, visit

The Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit that raises funds for 170 children's hospitals.


UI pharmacy students host free health events in Iowa City Oct. 3-4

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy students are offering free screenings to the public as part of American Pharmacists Month and this year's theme of "Know Your Medicine, Know Your Pharmacists." The first two events will be held this weekend in Iowa City.

--A heartburn awareness information table will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Iowa City Farmers Market in the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp.

--A health fair will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Sycamore Mall. The event offers blood pressure screenings, bone density screenings and heartburn and influenza information.

To learn more about the events, contact Barbara Kelley at 319-335-7301 or

Learn more at American Pharmacy Month at


Speaker to discuss lost Egyptian cities Oct. 5

Sarah H. Parcak of the University of Alabama will present "Making the Mummies Dance from Space" at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 in Macbride Auditorium. Parcak will discuss how she has used satellites to detect hundreds of lost Egyptian cities that may now be threatened by development in the country.
The talk is part of a free, public lecture series sponsored by the Iowa City Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Sponsored in part by the UI Department of Anthropology and Office of the State Archaeologist, the lectures began in September and continue through April.
Katina Lillios, associate professor of anthropology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said the lectures provide the community with an opportunity to meet and hear archaeologists, from the U.S. and abroad, who have made important new discoveries about the ancient past.  

For more information, visit or contact Katina Lillios at 319-335-3023 or Matthew E. Hill at 319-335-2890.


Iowa Flyers Swim Club offers training session

The Iowa Flyers Swim Club competitive swimming organization will offer an additional training session for developmental level swimmers ages 10 and under from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the Field House pool.

Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke. The training will work to improve freestyle and backstroke stroke technique, develop correct technique for breaststroke and butterfly, introduce start and turn techniques and improve the ability to swim continuously.

Iowa Flyers is a registered USA Swimming member swim club operated by University of Iowa Recreational Services.  The club is a competitive age-group swim club open to UI members and the general public, offering participation levels from developmental through masters swimming.

See  for complete information on Iowa Flyers. For more information, email or call 319-384-1165.


Students invited to 'Creating Social Change' event Oct. 11

On Sunday, Oct. 11, University of Iowa students can come together and explore social justice and community leadership at a workshop titled "Impact at Iowa: Creating Social Change."

Sponsored by University Housing/Office of Residence Life and the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, the workshop is from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Van Oel Multi-Purpose Room in Currier Hall.

Students can develop a personal plan for becoming a change agent at this event, which includes dialogue, activities and presentations on how to make a difference.

The conference is free and open to all UI students. Dinner is included; space is limited. Students should register online at by Thursday, Oct 8.


Tickets available for women's center annual spaghetti dinner Oct. 16

The University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center's (WRAC) Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be from 4:30 to 8 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 16, at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Madison St. in Iowa City. ZIO Johno's Spaghetti House is sponsoring the fund-raising dinner.

According to WRAC Interim Director Linda Kroon, ZIO Johno's financial sponsorship is a big boost toward meeting the center's $6,000 fundraising goal. She said the dinner helps fund the center's services, including support groups, counseling, activist training programs and educational workshops.

The menu includes spaghetti with vegetarian sauce, bread, salad and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Included with a dinner ticket is a chance to enter into the event's door prize drawing supported by donations from local businesses. Patrons can also bid on silent auction packages. Tickets are available for advance purchase at WRAC and will also be available at the door.

For more information, call 319-335-1486 or visit


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