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April 18, 2011

At A Glance

UI's Mikelson recognized as volunteer of the year

John Mikelson, veterans' adviser with the University of Iowa Veterans Center, was recently recognized with the Outstanding Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee Volunteer of the Year Award from ESGR Area 6.

He received the award at the ESGR Annual Training Conference in West Des Moines April 9.
Mikelson, who serves as the military outreach director for his area, was recognized because he is always willing to assist when needed and is extremely dedicated to the military units that he supports, both the Army Guard and Army Reserves, according to his nominators.

Even though Mikelson's primary role is military outreach, he also willingly participates in lunch-and-learn presentations and encourages involvement in ESGR.  Mikelson was also recognized because he mentors new volunteers and introduces them to other organizations in the area who have the best interests of the Guard and Reserve in mind. Mikelson has contributed more than 73 hours to ESGR in 2010.

ESGR is a U.S. Department of Defense agency established in 1972. Its mission is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law and resolving conflicts. For more information, visit


Sustainable architecture topic of UI lecture April 21

The University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning will welcome Jaigopal Rao for a guest lecture titled, "Sustainable Architecture for Grass-roots Democracy." The talk will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Room C20, Pomerantz Career Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Rao is principal designer and managing director of Inspiration, an architecture and planning firm based in southern India that focuses on environmentally sensitive development.

India's economic expansion in the past two decades has been accompanied by a rapid increase in urbanization. While much of this new urbanization is based on the capital- and resource-intensive Western model, a few designers have chosen to develop a radical nature-friendly contemporary local development idiom.

Inspiration, founded 18 years ago with over 400 completed projects, is at the forefront of this movement. The company's clients include individuals, businesses, major corporations, governments and nonprofit organizations. It has won numerous awards in Indian and international design competitions and is well recognized for its concepts on decentralized urban planning.

For more information, contact UI Associate Professor Jerry Anthony at or 319-335-0622.


Cancelled: Metropolitan Opera Live lecture series continues April 26 with 'Il trovatore'
The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will present its final lecture in the 2010-11 series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in high-definition theatre screenings with a talk on Giuseppe Verdi's "Il trovatore," presented by Roberta M. Marvin.  The lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room 2520D. This event is free and open to the public.
Marvin is interim associate dean of International Programs at the UI and director of OSF.
The lecture series is intended to guide audiences to a better understanding of the Metropolitan Opera performances, which are shown live at Sycamore Cinema in Iowa City and other venues worldwide. "Il trovatore" will be shown live April 30 with an encore performance May 18.
This series is made possible with support from OSF, International Programs and a grant from Humanities Iowa.
For more information, contact Joan Kjaer at or 319-335-2026. To view a schedule of the 2010-11 Metropolitan Opera series, visit


Fleming, director of Des Moines Art Center, speaks at April 26

Jeff Fleming, director of the Des Moines Art Center, will speak on "A Personal View: Contemporary Art Now and Then" as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

Art and Living magazine just named Fleming one of 11 innovative directors of American museums. Fleming was appointed in 2005 to direct the Des Moines Art Center where he had served as acting director, deputy director, senior curator and curator.

His numerous exhibition projects have focused on presenting the first one-person museum shows for younger, international artists. These artists include American artists Tom Sachs, John Currin, Ellen Gallagher, Maya Lin and Tom Friedman, as well as British artist Cecily Brown, German artists Christian Jankowski and Anselm Reyle, and Chinese artist Yan Pei Ming.

Group exhibition projects have included "Magic Markers: Objects of Transformation," "Aisle 5" and "My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation." His focus as director of the Art Center has been to open the doors to diverse communities, present challenging art of our time, upgrade the physical facilities and place the institution on solid financial ground.


'Take Back the Night' march and rally April 28 on UI Pentacrest

An annual march and rally titled "Take Back The Night" will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.

Historically, this event recognizes sexual and relational violence against women since they are most often the targets of this type of violence. This year, the scope of the event is extended to provide the opportunity for individuals from all oppressed groups to speak out against violence.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. on the UI Pentacrest with a rally featuring speakers and performers. At 7:30 p.m., participants will march through Iowa City and reclaim the streets. The march will end at the UI Pentacrest at 8 p.m., when there will be an open microphone session for individuals to share their experiences with violence.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the UI Pomerantz Center Room C20.

For more information, contact Rebecca Riley at or Linda Kroon at or call 319-335-1486.

Iowa Women Initiating Social Change (IWIS), an organization affiliated with the UI Women's Resource and Action Center, is organizing the event. The Domestic Violence and Intervention Program and the Rape Victim Advocacy Program are additional sponsors.


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