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April 22, 2010

At A Glance

UI listed in Princeton Review’s 'Green College' guide

The University of Iowa is listed in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges," developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The guidebook focuses on institutions that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

The publication looks at an institution’s commitment to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification program; environmental literacy programs; formal sustainability committees; use of renewable energy resources; recycling and conservation programs, and more.

Liz Christiansen, director of the UI Office of Sustainability, said she is pleased that the UI's sustainability efforts were recognized, and added that the progress reflects the hard work and dedication of faculty, staff and students to meet the challenges in President Sally Mason’s commitment to strengthening the university's focus on sustainability.

Christiansen said the UI has several successful sustainability programs, including a student garden, an undergraduate certificate in sustainability studies, and several energy conservation and renewal projects.

The guide is available at For more information about UI sustainability efforts, see


Iowa Mock Trial teams earn top awards at national championship tournament

The University of Iowa's Mock Trial teams competed at the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament April 16-18 in Memphis, Tenn., earning top awards.

The UI fielded two teams out of 48 that competed at the national tournament. UI team 1516 received fourth place in the nation with a record of 5-2-1, while UI team 1517 received an honorable mention, with a record of 4-4. Senior Kaitlyn Evans received an All-American Attorney Award.

Team 1516, captained by senior Ravi Narayan, competed against the University of Rochester, Brown University, Duke University and Harvard University. Team members included Narayan, Kaitlyn Evans, Garrett Burrell, Luke Kuckelman, Molly McPartland, Chris Elsenbast, Tom Ewing and Ben Parker.

Team 1517, captained by junior Vincent Geis, competed against Miami University, Dickinson College, Notre Dame University and Furman University. Team members included Geis, Kierra Baker, Michael Smith, Alex Whitt, Katy Kinney, Callie Olney, Katie Lawson, Melissa Osman and Marshall Shen.

The teams are coached by of the UI alumni Neal and Melissa Schuett.

For more information, contact Geis, at or 515-341-2747.


Take Back the Night March and Rally April 29 on UI Pentacrest

A Take Back The Night March and Rally will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday April 29, on the UI Pentacrest, organized by Iowa Women Initiating Social Change (IWIS), a group of volunteers with the University of Iowa Women’s Resource and Action Center.

Historically, this event recognized sexual and relational violence against women. This year, the event will be extended to provide the opportunity for all oppressed groups to speak out against violence.

The event begins at 7 p.m. on the UI Pentacrest with an open stage for any person or group who wishes to share their perspective on how violence has impacted their communities. Performances, songs, stories and poems are welcome. At 8 p.m., everyone will march through Iowa City, ending at the UI Pentacrest at 8:30 p.m. The microphone will again be passed through the crowd for individuals to share their personal experiences with violence.

In case of rain, the event will take place in the UI Pomerantz Center Room C20.

For more information, contact stef shuster, IWIS Coordinator, at or at 319-335-1486.

WRAC, the Domestic Violence and Intervention Program and the Rape Victim
Advocacy Program (RVAP) sponsor this event. Visit:


Two UI professors will discuss UIMA hip-hop exhibit at IMU

The cultural and political work of the hip-hop movement will be the subject of a gallery talk by University of Iowa professors Deborah Whaley and Kembrew McLeod at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29. The event in the Iowa Memorial Union's Black Box Theater is free and open to the public.

The two professors are co-curators of a UI Museum of Art (UIMA) exhibition "Two Turntables and a Microphone: Hip-Hop Contexts featuring Harry Allen's 'Part of the Permanent Record: Photos from the Previous Century.'" The exhibit is an effort to immerse viewers in the story of the multiple origins and growth of hip-hop in the 1980s. It features documentary photography, a digital display of graffiti artwork, audio clips, album covers and hip-hop flyers.

During the talk, McLeod, UI associate professor of communication studies, will discuss the impact of hip-hop artists on technological innovations in the music industry. Whaley, UI assistant professor of American studies and African American studies, will speak about museum work in the humanities, creating the exhibit, the relationship between hip-hop and university settings, and graffiti art.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art, visit or call 319-335-1727.


UI Press releases 'August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle'

"August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle," edited by Alan Nadel, will become available May 1 from the University of Iowa Press.

The book will be available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:

Just prior to his death in 2005, playwright August Wilson completed an ambitious cycle of 10 plays, each set in a different decade of the twentieth century. Known as the 20th-Century Cycle or the Pittsburgh Cycle, the plays, which portrayed the struggles of African-Americans, won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, a Tony Award for Best Play and seven New York Drama Critics Circle Awards.

"August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle" is the first volume devoted to the last five plays of the cycle individually —- "Jitney," "Seven Guitars," "King Hedley II," "Gem of the Ocean" and "Radio Golf" -— and in the context of Wilson's entire body of work.

Nadel is the Bryan Chair of American literature and culture at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches literature and film.


UI Composers Workshop features instrumental soloists May 2

The University of Iowa Composers Workshop will present a free concert of new works for instrumental soloists at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More church).

Doctoral student Anthony Donofrio composed his "Focus/Unfocus" for cellist Parker Stanley. Stas Omelchenko, who is studying for a master's degree, wrote "Dots and Lines" for flutist Rolando-Jose Hernandez-Gaitan.

Violinist Jason Gregory, who is pursuing a master's degree, will perform two works, his "Numbers for Violin" and "Fugitive Yellow Shirt" by doctoral student Zach Zubow.

Doctoral student Ju Hye Kim contributed "Footprints 2 for Cello and Tape" to the concert. The sound of Yoo-Jung Chang's cello will be electronically transformed and combined with taped material.


UI Concert and University Bands share free concert May 3

The Concert Band and University Band from the University of Iowa School of Music will share a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, in the Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom.

Under the direction of Kevin Kastens, director of Hawkeye Marching Band, and student conductors Richard Chapman and Marc Decker, will perform "Full Tilt!' by Richard L. Saucedo, Scenes from "The Louvre" by Norman Dello Joio, Folk Dances Dmitri Shostakovich, and "Chaos Theory" by James Bonney, featuring electric guitarist Steve Grismore.

Grismore's participation reflects some of Bonney's influences: Rush, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, King Crimson, George Lynch, John Petrucci, Frank Zappa and Steve Vai.

The University Band, with student conductors Carter Biggers and Curran Prendergast, will perform "Flourish" for Wind Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "Colorado Peaks" by Dana Wilson, "Blessed Are They" from "A German Requiem" by Johannes Brahms and "King Cotton" by John Philip Sousa.

Read Grismore's bio at Kasten's bio is accessible at


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