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June 15, 2011

At A Glance

Spisak appointed director of University of Iowa Honors Program
University of Iowa Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Beth Ingram has appointed Art L. Spisak, currently director of the Honors College at Missouri State University, as director of the UI Honors Program effective Aug. 17. 
Spisak holds an A.B. from Youngstown State University, an M.A. from John Carroll University and a Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. In addition to the directorship, he will hold an appointment as full professor in the Department of Classics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Spisak's curriculum vitae is available at
For more information on the UI Honors Program, see


Holden Cancer Center Tip: June is Cancer Survivor Month

An estimated 12 million cancer survivors currently live in the United States.

Although cancer survivors may not want to think about cancer each day, follow-up care is just as important as active treatment.

The long-term effects of cancer treatment can vary with the amount and type of therapy received. Radiation therapy or chemotherapy may save or extend lives, but can also raise the risk of new, or second, cancers in some survivors. Cancer survivors may also experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression or anxiety that may not start until later.

Survivors who receive follow-up care from a different cancer doctor or from a family doctor, as well as survivors who travel or are treated by more than one doctor, may find it helpful to get copies of medical records or a treatment summary from the doctor(s) who treated their cancer.

A treatment summary lists the cancer diagnosis, treatments received and names and amounts of any drugs given. Lists of tests to be done in the future to look for return of cancer or a second cancer can also be helpful.

To learn more, contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at 800-237-1225 or visit


UI jazz faculty member Rapson launches new CD in June 25 event

Composer and pianist John Rapson, director of the Jazz Studies Program in the University of Iowa School of Music, will discuss his recent CD, "Mystery and Manners" in a Meet the Composer event at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque in downtown Iowa City.

The CD – his ninth album as a leader and 26th as a performer – is derived from the improvisations of two Brazilian musicians, saxophonist Vinícius Dorin and drummer Nenê Lima. At Rapson's direction, they recorded free solo and duo improvisations that were subsequently transcribed by Rapson and his students over a four year period.

Rapson then composed new material around the original improvisations, adding parts for artists from Brazil and Iowa including UI faculty trumpeter Brent Sandy and UI alumni Chris Merz, Drew Morton and Rafael dos Santos.

Learn more at Read Rapson's bio at


UI LEAP to offer three courses from Johnson County Master Gardeners

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (UI LEAP) is offering three courses from the Johnson County Master Gardeners. Classes will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on June 28, July 12 and Aug. 30 at the new Johnson County Extension Office, 3109 Old Hwy. 218 South, near the Johnson County Fair Grounds in Iowa City.

Course topics include raised bed and container gardening, learning different methods of preparing a garden for winter and an opportunity to visit the Master Gardeners' demonstration gardens, including a rain garden.

Course fees are $10 for UI LEAP members and $15 for nonmembers. Members may also enroll in all three courses for $25.

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

UI LEAP is a program of the UI Center on Aging, which provides a wide range of active, life-enhancing learning opportunities for Iowans age 50 and older.


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