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Oct. 6, 2009

At A Glance

University develops e-mail publication for students' family members

The University of Iowa has launched a new electronic publication to help keep parents and family members of UI students in the loop of what's happening on campus: a "Parent Times" e-mail update with timely information on policies, resources, and other university news. Subscribers will receive monthly e-mails beginning this week.

Anyone can subscribe by visiting, clicking "Join or Leave IOWA-PARENTS," and following the instructions on that page. Alternately, they can email and write "subscribe iowa-parents" in the body of the message. Questions may be directed to

The e-mail is produced by the Office of University Relations in collaboration with the Division of Student Services and the Office of the Provost, and is associated with "Parent Times," a print publication that is mailed four times a year to family members of undergraduate students. The e-mails will be archived on the "Parent Times" Web site at

For more information, contact "Parent Times" editor Sara Moninger at 319-384-0045 or


Recreational Services offers advanced swimming, lifeguard classes

University of Iowa Recreational Services is now offering a United States Masters Swimming program for students (18 and over), faculty, staff, and community members. Practice is on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6-7:30 a.m. or Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., and Sundays from 5:30-7 p.m.

The program is open to motivated swimmers interested in further developing their stroke mechanics, staying fit, or just having fun through exercise. Trained and certified coaches conduct all classes at the Field House pool. See for fees and additional information.

Recreational Services is also offering aquatic courses for lifeguard instructor, water safety instructor and lifeguard certification at the Field House Pool. The lifeguard instructor class, Oct. 16-18, will cover training current lifeguards, certifying new lifeguards and lifeguard re-certification. The water safety instructor course, Nov. 13-15, qualifies participants to teach swimming lessons to all ages. A lifeguard certification course will also be offered (time TBA), covering Red Cross certification, CPR for the professional rescuer, and first aid. For more information and fees, see

For more information any of these classes, contact Erin Hassan at


Adventures in Painting series begins with stationery Oct. 7

A course on making hand-painted stationery will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Room 5159 of the Westlawn Building. The course is being offered by the Osher Institute at the UI as part of a four-week series called "Adventures in Painting."

In the stationery course, participants will discover sources of inspiration for unique, personalized hand-painted cards for special people and occasions. A materials list is provided upon registration.

The course fee is $10 for Osher Institute members and $25 for non-members, which includes an institute membership. The complete four-part "Adventures in Painting" series costs $30 for members and $45 for non-members.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or for more information.


Palestinian attorney to discuss peace in the Middle East in law school lecture

Palestinian attorney Jonathan Kuttab will discuss the prospects for peace in the Middle East when he speaks to the University of Iowa College of Law on Monday, Oct. 12. His lecture begins at 3 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Kuttab currently practices in both Israel and Palestine. He was born in West Jerusalem, but after the 1967 Six Day War his family moved to the United States. After practicing with a Wall Street law firm for several years, he returned to his homeland and co-founded the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence, the Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners, and Al-Haq, an organization that assists with human rights issues.


Authors Roger Thurow and Scott Killman to discuss battle against hunger Oct. 14

Roger Thurow and Scott Killman, authors of the world-renowned book, "Enough," will discuss "Enough is Enough," focusing on the battle against hunger, at noon Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Room E146 of the Adler Journalism Building on the University of Iowa campus. Their lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights' Careers for Change Lecture Series.

Thurow has been a Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent for 20 years and has reported from more than 60 countries, including two dozen in Africa. Kilman has covered agriculture at the Wall Street Journal for two decades. Thurow and Kilman have teamed up to produce a stream of page one stories in the Wall Street Journal that have broken new ground in readers' understandings of the forces behind famine. Their pieces on three 2003 famines were a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. In 2005, Thurow and Kilman were honored by the United Nations for their reporting on humanitarian and development issues. They are both based in Chicago.

For more information visit or call Joan Kjaer at 319-335-2026.


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