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March 26, 2010

At A Glance

UI choreographer Deanna Carter selected for 2010 Ballet Builders

Deanna Carter, a faculty member in the University of Iowa Department of Dance, is one of only five choreographers invited to Ballet Builders 2010, which will be presented April 9-10 in New York's Joan Weill Center for Dance in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

More than 200 choreographers competed for an invitation, and Carter was the only female artist selected.

Now in its 20th year, Ballet Builders presents the newest works of emerging and established choreographers to audiences including dance professionals, the artistic staff of ballet companies, critics, representatives of foundations and government granting agencies and a knowledgeable public that eagerly investigates and supports the art of dance.

Carter will be represented by "Ash to Glass," which she created during the National Choreographers Initiative. Eight professional dancers from Ballet Quad Cities, which has strong connections to the UI Department of Dance, will perform the work. Carter is the company's resident choreographer, and three of the company's four artistic directors have been UI alumni.

Following the New York performances, "Ash to Glass" will be performed April 17-18 in Davenport's Capitol Theater. Visit

Learn more about Ballet Builders at


Iowa Mock Trial earns two spots at National Championship Tournament

After competing March 12-14 at the opening round championship in St. Louis, Mo., the University of Iowa Mock Trial Program placed two teams among the top six of 24 teams to earn two bids to the National Championship Tournament in Memphis, Tenn., April 16-18.

While more than 600 teams started at the regional tournament level, competing for a spot at the national tournament, only 48 will compete in Memphis. This marks the second year in a row that the UI has placed two teams at the national championship tournament. Last year, one of the teams finished at fourth place.

The two teams competed against such teams as the University of Texas-Austin, University of Missouri-Columbia, Rhodes College, the Air Force Academy, Kansas State University, Houston Baptist University and Southern Methodist University.

Vincent Geis, a UI junior, took home two awards as an outstanding attorney. Thomas Ewing, a first year UI student, took home an award as an outstanding witness.

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


Health Iowa offers running training program for students

Health Iowa/Student Health Service at the University of Iowa is offering a running training program for UI students to train for the River Run 5 or 10K race.

The free four-week program starts with a kickoff event at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Weekly runs will be led by training captains to help participants train for the River Run, which will be held April 25.

This program is open to all UI students.

Students can register online at

For more information, contact Amy Fletcher at 319-335-8213 or


Free fitness assessments available March 31

Health Iowa/Student Health Service at the University of Iowa will offer free fitness assessments from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, on the main deck at the UI Field House.

The assessments are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary.

The fitness assessments give participants an opportunity to evaluate current fitness levels and educate themselves about appropriate physical activity goals. The assessments include blood pressure screening, resting heart rate, an aerobic step test and various muscular fitness tests. Fitness specialists will be available to answer questions and provide information on leading a physically active lifestyle.

For more information, contact Amy Fletcher at 319-335-8213 or


Law school panel to discuss one year of gay marriage in Iowa April 2

The University of Iowa College of Law will sponsor a panel discussion about gay marriage on the one-year anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court's decision in Varnum v. Brien.

The discussion will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 2, in Room 225 of the Boyd Law building, and will examine the legal decision that allows gay couples to marry in Iowa and its aftermath.

Panel speakers include Camilla Taylor, senior staff attorney in Lambda Legal's Midwest regional office and the architect of the couples' case in Varnum; Brad Clark, the campaign director for One Iowa, the state's largest non-profit advocacy group for LGBT individuals; and Janelle Rettig, Johnson County supervisor and gay rights activist.


Mutel will read from new UI Press book about floods of 2008 April 3

Editor Cornelia F. Mutel, the historian and archivist for IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering at the University of Iowa College of Engineering, will read from "A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008," at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, in the Iowa City Public Library.

The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The UI Press recently released "Watershed Year." Read more about the book at


Thurman will present guest euphonium recital at UI April 9

Demondrae Thurman, one of America's euphonium stars, will present a guest recital for the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

With pianist Martha Fischer, Thurman will perform the Sonata for Euphonium "Child's Play" by Barbara York, "Che gelida manina" from "La Bohème" by Puccini, Fantasie by Jim Stephenson, Piece in E-flat Minor by Guy Ropartz, "Arrows of Time" by Richard Peaslee and "Deep River," arranged by Harry T. Burleigh.

Thurman, a faculty member at the University of Alabama, has a firm international reputation as a euphonium soloist with performances in France, Germany, England, Norway, Romania and throughout North America.

Over the last decade he has been an invited guest artist at many of the world's leading euphonium festivals, including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Leonard Falcone Competition. 

He is a member of the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet, whose "Viva Voce!: The Complete Quartets of Johns Stevens" won the International Tuba/Euphonium Association award for best chamber music recording in 2006.

Thurman's first solo recording, "Soliloquies," scored nine out of 10 on


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