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Sept. 25, 2009

At A Glance

13th annual KHAK Radiothon for UI Children's Hospital is a success

The 13th annual 98.1 KHAK Radiothon benefiting University of Iowa Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network raised $204,219 for patients and families.

Broadcasting from UI Hospitals and Clinics Sept. 17-18, the 98.1 KHAK morning team of the Brain and Steele shared the stories of patients and their families who receive care at UI Children's Hospital.

To date, the KHAK Radiothon has raised more than $1.6 million for UI Children's Hospital.

Girls on the Run fundraiser set for Sept. 26

Girls on the Run of Johnson County will host a fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Elk's Lodge 590, 637 Foster Road in Iowa City from 6 p.m. to midnight.
The event features blues music by Van and the Movers, food, a silent auction, and the Iowa/Penn State game on TV.

Tickets are $25 per person, $15 for students (21 and over), and can be purchased in person, the UI Field House or online at

Girls on the Run of Johnson County partners with the University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services to bring this after-school program to girls 3rd through 5th grade in the Iowa City community. The organization's mission is to develop girls' self-respect and healthy lifestyles through physical activity.

For more information about the fundraiser, contact Kristyn Rose at For more information about Girls on the Run, visit

Osher Institute advanced creative writing workshop begins Sept. 29

An advanced creative writing workshop will be offered by the Osher Institute at the University of Iowa from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 29 through Nov. 17, in room 5159 of the Westlawn Building.

This workshop offers a forum for participants with in-progress creative writing work. Writing process, close reading, craft discussion and revision will be emphasized during this class.

Participants should have prior experience in at least one creative writing course. The course fee is $80 for Osher Institute members and $95 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

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

'Sustainable U' college-wide seminar series begins Oct. 1

"Sustainable U," a new, college-wide 2009-2010 seminar series established by the college of engineering, will begin with a 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 talk by Jean Sweeney, vice president, Environmental, Health and Safety Operations, 3M Company, St. Paul, Minn. The talk is free and open to the public.

"Sustainable U" is designed to share sustainability experiences, challenges, and best practices from industry leaders recognized for world-class sustainability programs with students, faculty, staff, local and state government officials and corporate partners. The series includes one seminar each semester featuring senior people from industry associations and select corporations.

Born and raised in Montana, Sweeney earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. Upon graduating, she joined 3M, working in product development, plant management and marketing and serving as manufacturing director for 3M Australia in Sydney and managing director of 3M Taiwan in Taipei. Her nonprofit, volunteer activities include serving as a board member of Any Baby Can and helping feed the homeless. She also is a member of the new UI Water Sustainability Advisory Board.

5K run/walk Oct. 4 honors Steve Goff

The Division of Recreational Services at the University of Iowa is sponsoring the Steve Goff Memorial Cross-Country 5K run/walk, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 4 to honor the late Steve Goff, former professor in the Department of Health, Leisure and Sport Studies.

The memorial will take place at the Ashton Cross-Country Course, located west of the Hawkeye Recreation Fields and north of Melrose Avenue. The race begins at 9 a.m. for walkers and 9:30 a.m. for runners.

Participants can register in E216 Field House before Saturday, Sept. 26 or at the course from 8:15-9 a.m. the day of the event. Registration fee is $12 if received before Sept. 26 and $15 on race day. Applications and information about the race may be obtained at the Recreational Services Office in E216 Field House.

Goff was an educator and athlete who died from cancer at the age of 43. All proceeds from the run/walk will be donated to the Steve Goff Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded yearly to an undergraduate student in Leisure Studies at the UI.

For further information, contact Mike Widen at or see

Gateway computer founder Ted Waitt to speak at UI Oct. 9

Ted Waitt, a former University of Iowa student who went on to found computer giant Gateway, Inc., will talk about his life as an entrepreneur when he speaks at the University of Iowa at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9 in the Bedell Entrepreneurial Learning Lab, 322 N. Clinton St.

After attending UI, Waitt founded Gateway in Sioux City in 1985 and built it into one of the world's largest personal computer companies. He left the company in 2005 and now heads Avalon Capitol Group, the Waitt Family Foundation, Waitt Institute for Discovery and Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention.

For more information on Waitt's appearance, or to register by Oct. 7, visit or call 319-384-1968.


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