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Feb. 11, 2011

At A Glance

Geneva Campus Ministry offers scholarship

Geneva Campus Ministry is seeking nominees for the Jason Chen Faith and Learning Scholarship, which is awarded annually to one undergraduate student. The $1,000 scholarship honors the Rev. Jason Chen’s lifetime of ministry to the University of Iowa.

Chen, director of Geneva Campus Ministry for 34 years before retiring in 2004, believed that faith and learning work together to support and inform one another. In honor of him and his work, a scholarship is awarded annually to recognize an incoming or current student at the UI who embodies that ideal.

The student must be a full-time undergraduate student during the 2011-12 school year. Applications must be submitted by e-mail or regular mail no later than April 1. Applicants will be informed of the decision by May 15.

For more information, see and click “scholarship.” For questions, contact Edward Laarman, director of Geneva Campus Ministry at or 319-341-0007.


Financial Times survey finds Tippie MBA has highest graduate placement rate

The full-time MBA program in the University of Iowa’s Tippie School of Management has the highest job placement rate of any U.S.-based MBA program, included in the most recent Financial Times (FT) ranking survey.

According to the survey, 95 percent of the program’s Class of 2010 graduates had a full-time job or accepted job offer within three months of graduation. That rate puts it above such schools as Harvard (90 percent), University of Chicago (89 percent) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (84 percent).

Tippie's placement success rate, which measures how alumni rank a school's career services team's effectiveness and averages that for up to three years, was ranked 15 in the United States.

The newspaper also ranked Tippie at 3 in the U.S. and 38 in the world for overall value, taking into account such factors as graduates' first salary after receiving their degrees, course length and tuition and fees.

Rounding out the rankings was a 17 ranking in the US and 25 in the world for “aims achieved,” a category which measures the extent to which alumni fulfilled their goals or reasons for doing an MBA.

FT’s full rankings can be found online at


Valentine's Day Tribute Concert at UI Hospitals and Clinics, Feb. 14

The public is invited to attend the Valentine's Day Tribute Concert: Music from the Heart, noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb 14, in the Colloton Pavilion lobby, near Elevator F on 1st floor of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The tribute concert, which is part of UI Heart and Vascular Center's "28 Days of Heart Health" program, will include classical music performances interspersed with tributes from those whose loved ones have been affected by heart disease and stroke.

Musicians Hannah Holman (cello), Mark Bernat (double bass) and Min Ji Kwon (piano) will perform the music of J.S. Bach, Henri Eccles, Fritz Kreisler, Serge Koussevitzky and others.


East Africa explored on Feb. 18 'WorldCanvass' program

The next “WorldCanvass” program will take guests into the complex region of East Africa from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Program guests will discuss a variety of topics, including basic information on East Africa’s people, language and history; cartoons and other media that indicate expanding freedom of expression in Africa; and new educational initiatives that link the UI to the East African nation of Tanzania.

Guests include University of Iowa professors James Giblin and Lyombe Eko, both of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, East African specialist at the UI Libraries Edward Miner, two former Peace Corps volunteers whose assignments took them to Africa, and more. For a complete list of guests and topics, visit

"WorldCanvass" is recorded for later broadcast on UITV and Iowa Public Radio. Live streaming will be available at and KRUI will be broadcasting live at 89.7 FM and online at

“WorldCanvass” is a production of International Programs in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV, KRUI and Information Technology Services. For more information, contact Joan Kjaer at 319-335-2026 or


‘Chaos and Creation’ film series continues with ‘Grin Without a Cat’

An epic film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 1960s and 1970s will be screened Sunday, Feb. 20, at 1:30 p.m. in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. The film is part of a series that accompanies “Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest,” an Old Capitol Museum exhibition documenting the tumultuous 1965-75 decade on the UI campus.

Both the film series and museum exhibit are free and open to the public.

Ryan Watson, UI doctoral student in film studies, serves as host for the movies, including the Feb. 20 offering, “A Grin Without a Cat (Part 1) & The Sixth Side of the Pentagon” by Chris Marker, which covers wars in Vietnam, Bolivia, the former Czechoslovakia and Chile and also examines the fate of the New Left political movement. The film was originally released in France in 1978.

Other films to be shown this spring are “Monterey Pop,” March 20; “High School,” April 10; and “The Sixties: Years That Shaped a Generation,” May 1.

“Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest” is located in the Hanson Family Humanities Gallery on the lower level of the Old Capitol Museum and continues through May 22.


Writers' Workshop alumnus Gurganus presents free reading Feb. 24

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Allan Gurganus, who has also returned as a visiting faculty member, will present a free fiction reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House.

A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Gurganus is the author of "Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All," winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; "White People," winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize"; "The Practical Heart," winner of a Lambda Award and the National Magazine Prize; and the novel "Plays Well With Others."

"Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All" was adapted for Broadway, starring Ellen Burstyn, and was made into an Emmy-winning TV mini-series starring Donald Sutherland, Diane Lane and Cicely Tyson.

Gurganus' short fiction and essays have been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly and The Paris Review, and his fiction has been included in the "O. Henry Prize Collection" and the "Norton Anthology of Short Fiction."


Contrapunctus Brass Trio performs at the UI Feb. 27

The Contrapunctus Brass Trio, featuring University of Iowa School of Music faculty trumpeter Amy Schendel, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The trio -- which also includes trombonist Todd Schendel and horn player Bernard Scully -- will perform Trio by Vaclav Nelhybel; Suite for Trumpet, Horn and Trombone by Jean Francoise-Michel; "Pocket Full of Wry" by Lowell Shaw; Six Canzonettes by Giovanni Cavaccio; and Douglas Hill's "Abe Lincoln's Songbook," which was commissioned by the trio in celebration of Lincoln's 200th birth anniversary.

Read Amy Schendel's bio at And visit the trio's website: for additional bios, information, audio clips and photos.


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