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Dec. 15, 2011

At A Glance

UI Hillel director awarded prestigious fellowship

Gerald L. Sorokin, executive director of the University of Iowa Louis Shulman Hillel Foundation, has been named a David M. Cohen Fellow by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

The fellowship commences with a seminar at Hillel's Schusterman International Center in Washington, D.C., in February 2012. Sorokin, along with each of the other Cohen Fellows, will receive a professional evaluation. The results will be used to create an educational arc for the Fellows' work with internationally certified professional coaches. Each fellow also will be assigned a mentor from Hillel's top leadership. The fellowship runs through August 2013.

The University of Iowa Louis Shulman Hillel Foundation seeks to foster Jewish vitality through the promotion of Jewish values, student empowerment, and engagement. Sorokin has served as its executive director since 1999. For more information, visit


UI brother-sister writing team receives NEA fellowship

University of Iowa writing student Jen Percy and her faculty brother Ben were each recently awarded a Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts. It's believed to be the first time that siblings have been awarded the fellowship in the same year in its history.

Jen Percy is a student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Ben is a visiting assistant professor in the Workshop and a full-time assistant professor English at Iowa State University. The award is for $25,000.

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