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Aug. 26, 2010

At A Glance

UI community can explore volunteer opportunities Sept. 1

About 60 local community-based organizations will be represented when the University of Iowa hosts a volunteer fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Approximately 1,000 people are expected to attend the fair, where local nonprofit volunteer managers will share information and sign up volunteers. Several civic and government organizations will be represented, as well as cultural and historical groups, educational and child care organizations, animal rescue and adoption organizations, and health and human services agencies.

The fair is co-sponsored by the UI Community-Based Learning Program, the Office of Student Life, Students Today Leaders Forever, UI Student Government, and the 10,000 Hours Show. Free refreshments will be provided by the UI Office of the Provost.

Each year, hundreds of UI students, faculty and staff participate in the local, state, national and international communities through volunteerism and service learning. The UI supports student involvement in the local community and the creation of service-learning courses, which help students learn course content by partnering with community organizations that address a variety of community needs.

For more information contact the UI Community-Based Learning Program at 319-335-7589 or visit


Spermatoid design in 'Leaves of Grass' to be topic of forum Sept. 1

Ed Folsom, the Roy J. Carver Professor of American Literature, will present "'A spirt of my own seminal wet': Spermatoid Design in Walt Whitman's 1860 'Leaves of Grass'" from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public.

Folsom will discuss typographical design for the 1860 edition of "Leaves of Grass," and how design enhanced Whitman’s idea of the sexual relationship between a book and its reader. For Whitman, words themselves were like sperm that would penetrate a reader’s brain and find fertile ground to grow into new ideas. Folsom will explain this connection between sexuality, poetry and democracy.

Following the presentation, two formal responses will be offered: one from Sid Huttner of the UI Libraries Special Collections and one from Sara Sauers of the Center for the Book.

This event is sponsored by the 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium and International Programs at the UI.

For more information, contact Eric Gidal at or call 319-335-1510.


UI College of Pharmacy celebrates 125th anniversary

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy will host a university-wide reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the Kinnick Stadium Press Box. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will feature remarks from President Sally Mason, Dean Donald Letendre and 2010-2011 Student Council President Courtney Flynn.

The UI College of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest state-university-based college of pharmacy in the country. The first class enrolled in 1885 and consisted of just 12 men and one woman. Today, almost half of Iowa's practicing pharmacists were educated at the college.

College faculty members conduct cutting-edge research and serve as leaders in the profession throughout Iowa and beyond. More than 400 adjunct faculty throughout the state also contribute to the mission of the college.

As part of the 125th anniversary celebrations, the college also will host a series of public seminars, the first of which will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Pharmacy Building.

For more information on the college's 125th anniversary, visit


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