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Oct. 23, 2009

At A Glance

Free fitness assessments available Oct. 27

Health Iowa/Student Health Service at the University of Iowa will offer free fitness assessments from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, on the main deck at the UI Field House.

The assessments are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary.

The fitness assessments give participants an opportunity to evaluate current fitness levels and educate themselves about appropriate physical activity goals. The assessments include blood pressure screening, resting heart rate, an aerobic step test and various muscular fitness tests. Fitness specialists will be available to answer questions and provide information on leading a physically active lifestyle.

For more information, contact Amy Fletcher at 319-335-8213 or


Dental students to host annual Halloween event Oct. 29

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) pre-doctoral and postdoctoral dental student group from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry will participate in the annual "Trick-or-Treat" event at Sycamore Mall in Iowa City from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.

The students will hand out toothbrushes and toothpaste and offer oral hygiene education with puppets, stickers, costumes and handouts for children.

In addition to the students' supply of toothbrushes, Proctor and Gamble has donated additional toothbrushes and is also providing a Sparkle toothpaste costume. AAPD Iowa chapter president Jessica Flanigan, a third-year dental student, says the event is always fun for the whole family.


Human Rights Film Series features four movies Nov. 3-6

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) and the Landlocked Film Festival will sponsor a Human Rights Film Series Nov. 3 through Nov. 6. Admission is free to the general public. Each film screening will be followed by a panel discussion to facilitate a dialogue about the films and the various human rights issues they highlight.

The series will feature the following films, which all start at 7 p.m.:

Tuesday, Nov. 3, Shambaugh Auditorium: Milk (2008)
Wednesday, Nov. 4, Shambaugh Auditorium: Voices from Inside: Israelis Speak (2008)
Thursday, Nov. 5, Phillips Hall 100: Garbage Dreams (2009)
Friday, Nov. 6, Shambaugh Auditorium: Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)

The Human Rights Film Series is part of the two-week celebration marking the UICHR's 10-year anniversary. Other events include lectures on genocide and children's rights, and a full day of panels on Saturday, Nov. 14, featuring Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. For more information, visit and or contact Amy Weismann at or 319-335-0483.


Thousands of dollars in seed money available at elevator pitch competition

Undergraduate student entrepreneurs at the University of Iowa can win thousands of dollars in seed money for their businesses at an elevator pitch competition on Friday, Nov. 13 in the Pappajohn Business Building.

Entrepreneurs will make their case in a two-minute presentation to a panel of judges, followed by five minutes of Q & A. The judges will award $20,000 in cash prizes to the best business plans. Presentations will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

An elevator pitch workshop will be held before the competition, on Friday, Oct. 30 at 11:30 a.m. in the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory, 322 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

For more information, visit the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Web site at, or call 319-384-1968.


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