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April 29, 2010

At A Glance

2010 Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award winners recognized

Two individuals in the University of Iowa College of Education were recognized with a 2010 Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award during the UI College of Education’s Staff Appreciation and Diversity Committee Celebration.

Gregory Hamot, a professor in the UI College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning, is the faculty award recipient this year. Hamot collaborates with many programs and departments across campus, and he is currently the director of the UI Center for Human Rights, part of UI International Programs.

David Tingwald, a record analyst for the UI College of Education Teaching and Learning Department, is this year’s staff winner. Tingwald works closely with the Teacher Education Program, and he often tries to recruit students from diverse backgrounds into the teaching profession, said Tina Hoffman, a graduate teaching assistant in the Teaching and Learning Department.

Hoffman nominated both Tingwald and Hamot for the awards. The two were recognized during an event on Wednesday, April 28.

The award is named in honor of the late Audrey Qualls, a professor of measurement and statistics in the UI College of Education Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations from 1990 until her death in 2002.

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Road work on Hawkins Drive and Newton Road set for April 30-May 2

Work on a University of Iowa institutional roads project will take place Friday April 30, through Sunday, May 2, on both Hawkins Drive and Newton Road.

The Hawkins Drive work will be one block north of Melrose Avenue at the east side of Hawkins Drive adjacent to the entry to Melrose Avenue parking facility. The Newton Road work will be from the bus stop by the Veterans Administration Hospital to the east around to Riverside Drive. The work will start Friday night at 6 p.m. on Newton Road and at 6:30 p.m. on Hawkins Drive.  

Cambus is moving the bus stop at the corner of Hawkins Drive and entry to Parking Ramp 1 and 4, across the street on Hawkins.  There are no detours and all roads will maintain one-lane traffic.  If weather causes problems with construction, the work will be delayed.


Stockett book event to benefit Iowa City Book Festival

Kathryn Stockett will read from her best-selling debut novel “The Help” from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

Prairie Lights and the Iowa City Public Library are co-sponsoring the reading. Stockett will be signing her book after the reading, and copies will be available to purchase through on-site sales from Prairie Lights Bookstore. Half the profits from books sold at the event will go toward funding for the Iowa City Book Festival (, a three-day celebration of books, reading and writing presented by the University of Iowa Libraries July 16-18.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Space is limited. Signing time will be limited due to Kathryn Stockett’s schedule. Priority will be given to books purchased for the event.
Find out more about Stockett and her novel at

For more information about this event, contact Jan Weissmiller at Prairie Lights Bookstore, 319-337-2681, or the Iowa City Public Library Fiction Desk at 319-356-5200, option 4, or


Dedication of new building for State Hygienic Lab is May 5

The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa will host dedication ceremonies on Wednesday, May 5, for its new facility located at Highway 965 and Oakdale Blvd. in Coralville. Tours will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. followed by remarks at 3:15 p.m. and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m.

The new building was constructed using environmentally friendly LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) principles. It replaces the laboratory currently housed in Oakdale Hall, which was built in 1917.

The Hygienic Laboratory is Iowa's designated environmental and public health laboratory.

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UI symposium explores Asia’s re-integration May 5-8

The University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) will hold an international symposium titled “From Area Studies to Transregional Studies: Contours of Globalization in Asia’s Re-integration” from Wednesday, May 5, through Saturday, May 8, in the University Capitol Centre, Rooms 1117 (International Commons) and 2390 (Executive Board Room). Presentations on Thursday, May 6, and Friday, May 7, are free and open to the public.  Please see the website listed below for information on topics, times and location.

The symposium explores the diverse possibilities for critically reconsidering the Asian region in the age of globalization. It achieves this through fostering conversation between international, interdisciplinary scholars from around the world.

The symposium is divided into four sessions: impacts of globalization, immigrant labor and borderlands, global flow of religion and transnational reconfiguration of culture. By focusing on both the nation-state level and the non-governmental level, the symposium will address new ways of looking at Asia with reference to globalization.

Symposium information is located at

Sponsors include CAPS and UI International Programs.

For more information, contact Dongwang Liu at 319-335-1305 or


UI Reed Trio will present free concert May 6

The University of Iowa Faculty Reed Trio -- oboist Andrew Parker, clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead and bassoonist Benjamin Coelho -- will present a free concert at 7:30 Thursday, May 6, in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More church).

The program will be Cinq Pieces en Trio by Jacques Ibert, Sieben Stucke by Paul Hindemith, the Concerto Suite by Ange Flegier, the Trio Op. 49 by Victor Bruns and the Suite en Trio by Noel Gallon.

This concert will be the first woodwind chamber-music performance by Parker since he joined the UI School of Music faculty this academic year. He has taught and coached chamber music at international music festivals, including the FEMUSC festival in Brazil, the Hartwick Festival in New York, and the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont. In 2009 he was appointed the English horn Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival where he performed on a faculty chamber music recital.

In addition to his experience as a teacher and chamber music coach, he has performed with many orchestras in the United States, and he is currently the interim principal oboe of the Quad Cities Symphony.


UI Department of Dance presents Undergraduate Concert May 6-8

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present its spring 2010 Undergraduate Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 6-8, in the Space Place Theatre of North Hall.

The works, selected through auditions by faculty adjudicators Alan Sener, Eloy Barragán and George de la Peña, will feature small-ensemble dances by undergraduate choreographers Erin Fitzgerald, Eliana Trenam, Sarah Gonsiorowski, Tiernan Damas, Aya Wilson, Erin Donohue & Kendall Rutherford, Shaina Branfman, Isaac Stauffer, Ann Duffy, Erin Hull, Nicole Klein and Karen Christ, set to music by ranging from Chopin to William Shatner to Carly Simon to "Home on the Range."

Admission is free to UI students with a valid UI ID, $12 for the general public, and $6 for senior citizens and youths. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Hancher box office in the Old Capitol Town Centre: 319-335-1160, 800-HANCHER,


UI School of Art and Art History plans fundraiser for student with cancer

Students and faculty in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History are staging an art raffle and auction to raise funds for Megan Dirks, a 24-year-old graduate student in the painting department, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

The event, to be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 7, at 109 River St., Iowa City, will include a raffle of student work and a silent auction of faculty work. Paintings and drawings by graduate students will be raffled off throughout the nigh. Tickets will be sold at the event and also at Art Fest on Friday, April 30th, in the Studio Arts Building, where raffle items will be displayed.

For additional information contact


UI Camerata and Women's Chorale will perform May 7

The Women’s Chorale and Camerata, choral ensembles in the University of Iowa School of Music, will share a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, in Iowa City's United Congregational Church.

The Women’s Chorale, conducted by graduate student Noah DeLong, will perform Gloria (RV589) by Vivaldi, "Considerate lilia agri," by graduate student Michael Schnack, the world premieres of "Alchemy," by UI graduate student Matthew Erpelding and "Chorus Angelorum," by Rutgers University doctoral student Mark A. Boyle, "El Romantón," by Venezuelan singer Francisco Muro, "Kauge maa," by Estonian composer Ester Mägi, "Ah! si mon moine voulait danser!" by Donald Patriquin and "No Rocks A-Cryin’" by Rollo Dilworth.

The Camerata, which combines UI students with members of the community, will perform "In Virtute Tua," by Polish Baroque composer Grzegorz G. Gorczycki, "Verleih uns Frieden," by Felix Mendelssohn, "Hvalíte Ghóspoda s ñebés," by prolific Russian choral composer Pavel Chesnokov, "Like As the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks," by Herbert Howells, "Cry Out and Shout," by Knut Nystedt, "To Be Sung on the Water," by Samuel Barber, “Kala Kalla,” from Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre, "Remember," by Stephen Chapman, "Duerme Negrito," by Argentine folk singer Atahualpa Yupanqui and a rendition of the traditional spiritual "Walk in Jerusalem," by Dilworth. Camerata will be conducted by graduate student Joseph Durbin.


Holden Cancer Center hosting 2010 Blue Rose Gala on May 8

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa will host the Second Annual Blue Rose Gala on Saturday, May 8, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union. Tickets are still available.

The blue rose is a symbol of the effort to cure cancer. All proceeds of the Blue Rose Gala will support research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Guests will enjoy a meal, bid on items during live and silent auctions, and learn more about the vital research at Holden Cancer Center.

The event will also feature a performance by Robert and Rebecca Bluestone, artists whose work connects the arts to health care and healing. Rebecca Bluestone is an ovarian cancer survivor and was a caregiver to her mother, who died of breast cancer. Robert Bluestone was Rebecca's caretaker during her treatment and recovery. Their unique multimedia presentation will combine his classical guitar artistry and her weaving.

More information is available online at or by contacting Margo Jerrick at or 319-356-1262.


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