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July 26, 2010

At A Glance

Okoboji Institute shows students how to create their own jobs

With businesses still reluctant to hire new employees because of the slow economy, 32 university students from across Iowa will learn about creating their own jobs next week at the fifth annual Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute.

The institute will be held Aug. 1-6 at the Lakeside Labs on the shore of West Lake Okoboji. The students will attend class sessions, workshops and seminars; play a simulated business development game; make presentations before a panel of Iowa entrepreneurs and venture capitalists; and hear about what it takes to build a business.

In attendance will be eight students each from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, and four from Buena Vista University and Iowa Lakes Community College.

More than 100 students have attended the previous four Okoboji Institutes, and many of them have gone on to start their own businesses in the state.

This year’s keynote addresses will be given by John Lisle, owner of Lisle Corp. in Clarinda, Iowa, and Kevin Krause, vice president of marketing at Kum & Go, an Ankeny-based chain of convenience stores founded by his father, Bill Krause.


Register now for Summer School for Helping Professionals

The University of Iowa will offer the 2010 Annual Summer School for Helping Professionals Aug. 2-5, featuring one- and two-day workshops for community, agency and education practitioners working with or interested in individuals, groups, families and organizations.

The program, which offers counselors and other helping professionals the chance to earn academic credit and Continuing Education Units, will take place in the UI's Lindquist Center, at the corner of Madison and Burlington streets in Iowa City. The program is sponsored by the UI College of Education's Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health Division of Behavioral Health and the Iowa Association of Community Providers.

To register call the UI Center for Conferences at 319-335-4141 or 1-800-551-9029 or visit


Summer Undergraduate Research Conference set for July 28

More than 150 talented undergraduate researchers will showcase their work Wednesday, July 28 at the fifth annual University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate Research Conference.

The conference, sponsored by the Graduate College, will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union’s Main Lounge. The event is open to the public.

The conference is a culmination of the students’ summer undergraduate research experiences at the UI. Because participants present their work to the university research community, the event serves as an important professional development opportunity for students preparing for careers in research.

One-third of the students are participants in the Graduate College’s Summer Research Opportunity/McNair Scholars Program, partially supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Other participants are sponsored by several university departments and programs, and additional funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

The students work directly with faculty mentors and other research team members, and many participants in the programs go on to become UI graduate scholars.

Visit for a list of presenters, presentation titles and participating UI departments.


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