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Feb. 23, 2011

At A Glance

Openings available in UI Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program spring courses

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program still has openings in its spring schedule of courses for adult learners age 50 and older. Courses with current openings include Basic Stringing: Make a Bracelet; Creating Special Moments with Your Grandchildren; Flame 1: Making Lampwork Glass Beads; Write Your Life: Crafting a Memoir; and Introductory Spanish Language and Culture: An Interactive Experience.

Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (UI-LEAP), formerly known as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Iowa, is a program of the UI Center on Aging. UI-LEAP courses provide unique learning opportunities for all adults age 50 and older. There are no education or experience requirements to enroll, and there are no course tests or grades.

To learn more or register, visit or contact Laura Scheetz at 319-384-4221 or


College of Education holds job fair Feb. 25

The University of Iowa College of Education will hold a job fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the University Conference Center on the second floor of the Old Capital Town Center.

Representatives from 16 school districts and the Peace Corps will meet with current UI students as well as recent graduates about potential teaching positions.

School district representatives will participate from Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Johnson, Marshalltown, Oxford/Tiffin, Pleasant Hill, Tipton, Waukee and West Des Moines, Iowa, as well as from Chicago, Geneva and Schaumburg, Ill., and Lincoln and Omaha, Neb.

Despite recent news of potential teacher layoffs and the threat of budget cuts, the outlook for hiring teachers remains bright, and UI graduates have a very high placement rate, according to Will Coghill-Behrends, associate director of the UI College of Education Placement Office.

To view UI College of Education placement information, visit

Another College of Education job fair will be held March 25. For more information or to see an entire schedule, visit or call Coghill-Behrends at 319-335-5353.


Guest artist Sharp joins Maia Quartet for March 3 performance

Violinist Robin Sharp, a solo performer and concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, will join the Maia Quartet as a guest artist for a March 3 performance. The free public event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More Church), 405 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City.

The evening’s program will include the Haydn String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2; Poul Ruders String Quartet No. 2, and the Beethoven String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130.

Sharp is a member of the music faculty at Stanford University as full-time Lecturer in Violin. She is currently on the Artistic Advisory Board of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and is also on the faculty of California Summer Music. For more information, see

The resident string quartet at the UI School of Music since 1998, the Maia Quartet participates in a series of chamber music concerts on campus each year. Its members — violinist Tricia Park, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman — are all members of the UI School of Music faculty. More information can be found online at


Utah chief justice to visit with UI law students, faculty

Christine Durham, chief justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will be the University of Iowa College of Law’s judge-in-residence from March 3-5.

Durham will meet with student and faculty groups during her visit to discuss her career and judging, as well as issues facing state judiciaries.

Frequently recognized for her community service work in Utah and service to the state and national judiciary, Durham will meet with students to discuss leadership and community involvement as attorneys.

Durham is the longest serving justice in Utah history, having been appointed an associate justice in 1982. The court elected her chief justice in 2002 and she was recently re-elected to a third four-year term. She has also taught law at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.


Chicago poet Peter O'Leary reads from new collection March 4

Poet and critic Peter O'Leary will read from his new book, "Luminous Epinoia," in a free event at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Prairie Lights Books. The reading that will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Luminous epinoia is a Gnostic concept that posits a primordial imagination from which the whole of creation came into being.

O'Leary, who attended divinity school at the University of Chicago and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is the author of the poetry collections "Watchfulness" and "Depth Theology" and a critical study, "Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan and the Poetry of Illness."

He is also the literary executor of poet Ronald Johnson and an editor of LVNG.


Students invited to contribute to RVAP youth media contest by March 25

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) at the University of Iowa invites students to participate in a media contest as part of the 2011 Sexual Assault Awareness Month coming up in April. Students are encouraged to submit a piece inspired by the theme, "It’s time…to get involved" or any of the other themes listed at the National Sexual Violence Research Center (NSVRC) website at

Students may enter in one or both of the following categories:

--Visual and written arts, which includes drawings, paintings, posters, photographs (no larger than 8 x 11 inches) or songs, poetry or short stories. Submissions must not be longer than 500 words.

--Videos, including public service announcements and music videos. Videos may not exceed two minutes in length, and should be in Windows Media Video (WMV) format.

Iowans in junior high, high school and college in Johnson, Cedar, Iowa and Washington counties are eligible to participate. RVAP reserves the right to verify participant eligibility.

Entries must be e-mailed to or mailed or delivered to RVAP, 332 South Linn St., Suite 100, Iowa City, IA 52240 no later than Friday, March 25.

For contest rules visit: or contact Kristin Dawson at 319-335-6001.


UI offers cross-cultural communication workshop in Quad Cities March 30

“Crossing Cultures: Tips for Communicating in the 21st Century” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon March 30 in the Burbank Room of the Quad Cities Botanical Center in Rock Island, Ill. The cross-cultural workshop is offered as part of the “Going Global in Iowa” program, which is based out of International Programs at the University of Iowa.

Participants will develop knowledge and skills necessary to communicate with an increasingly global workforce in this workshop, which is designed for employees with businesses and nonprofit organizations as well as students.

UI experts will explore communication styles and provide techniques proven to enhance workplace relations and customer service. Along with real life examples and practical tips for working with clientele, overseas business partners and/or students in the classroom, participants will learn how to communicate more effectively and efficiently in cross-cultural settings.

Advance registration is required. The cost is $60 per person with businesses and $40 for those with nonprofit and governmental organizations and students. For more information, call Helen Jameson or Shannon Lizakowski at 319-335-0335 or e-mail To register online, visit or call 800-551-9029 or 319-335-4141. For more information, visit


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