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March 3, 2011

At A Glance

'River of Life' mosaic in CRWC wins TileLetter Award

Artist Gary Drostle, the artist who created "River of Life," a mosaic in University of Iowa's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) has won a 2011 TileLetter Award in the commercial mosaic/glass category.

The award from the TileLetter industry publication will be presented during the National Tile Contractors Association awards ceremony at the Coverings convention Wednesday, March 16, in Las Vegas, Nev.

The mosaic, located in the CRWC atrium floor, is nearly 50 feet long and over 10 feet wide. It depicts a river connecting ancient cultures, and represents the meandering pattern of the Iowa River, and an individual's journey through life.

The mosaic also is featured in the 2011 Mosaic Arts International Exhibition at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Feb. 18 - March 30 in Austin, Texas.

Drostle, who lives in London, was commissioned by the Art on Campus Committee to create the "River of a Life" and "Movement and Vitality" mosaics in the CRWC. See http:/ for more information about his work. See for a video about the installation of the mosaic.


UI earns Tree Campus USA designation

The University of Iowa has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for 2010 for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. The UI is Iowa’s first Tree Campus USA institution; this is the second year the UI has earned the designation.

Tree Campus USA is a national program of the Arbor Day Foundation that honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.

To earn the Tree Campus USA status, the UI Facilities Management Landscape Services team met core standards of tree care and community engagement. The team of three certified arborists and two tree trimmers organized an Arbor Day tree planting event and Earth Day service project, among other projects. The group also established a campus tree advisory committee and maintains a tree-care plan.

The UI maintains more than 7,700 trees on the main campus and the UI Research Park, and typically plants more than 300 trees each year. Tree planting is one of many sustainable practices done in an effort to create and maintain a greener campus. For more information, visit


Registration begins March 4 for summer Wildlife Camps

Registration for summer Wildlife Camps offered by University of Iowa Recreational Services starts Friday, March 4.

Wildlife Camps are held throughout the summer at Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA). Wildlife Camps are open to youth who have finished kindergarten through 12th grades, and the goal of these popular camps is to introduce area youth to the beauty and diversity of our natural world through hands-on activities. The counselor camper ratio is 1 to 8.

Camps begin the week of June 6 and run through the first week of August. The specific camps offered vary each week. Examples of camp activities include learning about the world of insects, aquatic adventures, animal tracking, woodland exploration, shelter building, canoeing, and outdoor cooking among other activities.

There are supervised pick-up and drop-off sites located in Iowa City, at MNRA, and in Cedar Rapids for two weeks in July. Registration forms must be sent via mail to Recreational Services and must be postmarked after Friday, March 4. For camp brochures and more information visit


Piano Sundays graduate recital to bring Beethoven and Debussy to Old Capitol Museum

University of Iowa graduate students Bo Ties and Jonathan Tauscheck will perform works by Beethoven, Medtner and Debussy at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Capitol Museum’s Senate Chamber on Sunday, March 6. The Piano Sundays concert is sponsored by the UI School of Music, West Music and the Old Capitol Museum.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Bo Ties, a master’s degree student in piano performance, completed his bachelor’s degree at Winona State University in Minnesota. Bo studies under Dr. Uriel Tsachor and will be playing “Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 22” by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and “Images, 2e  série” by Claude Debussy.

Jonathan Tauscheck, began his musical training at MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis and continued his collegiate studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is currently pursuing his doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance with Rene Lecuona and will be playing selections from Nikolai Medtner’s “Fairy Tales.”
For more information on the Old Capitol Museum, visit or call 319-335-0548.
The UI School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Indian classical dance artist makes two public appearances March 6 and 10

Acclaimed Indian classical dance artist, Madhavapeddi Murthy, will be a guest of the University of Iowa from Thursday, March 3, through Friday, March 11.

Murthy will make two appearances that are free and open to the public. The first will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Space Place Theater in North Hall, as part of the UI Dancers In Company Target-sponsored matinee performance. The second will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A.

Murthy is a world-renowned dancer, teacher, choreographer and a leading advocate of the Kuchipudi style of Indian classical dance.   

During his visit from India, Murthy will offer Kuchipudi dance classes, historical and cultural lectures and demonstrations through the UI Department of Dance, the UI Department of Theater and the UI School of Music, all in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The UI Division of Performing Arts, the UI Department of Dance, the UI Arts Share Program, UI International Programs and the UI Honors Program are sponsoring his visit.

For more information, contact the UI Department of Dance at 319-335-2228.


Popular blogger ‘Lance Mannion’ to speak at UI March 7

David Reilly, known online as political and cultural blogger “Lance Mannion,” will speak at the University of Iowa at 1 p.m. Monday, March 7. His talk, “Literary Writing in the Second Digital Age: Blogging, Tweeting, and the Public Square,” will take place in the Gerber Lounge, Room 304, of the English-Philosophy Building.

Reilly is a UI Writers’ Workshop fiction alumnus (MFA ’85). His blog,, has emerged as regular reading for journalists and politicians, including Paul Krugman of the New York Times, James Wolcott of Vanity Fair, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Reilly will discuss with UI Professor of Nonfiction Stephen Kuusisto the current scene in “literary” blogging and the rapidly changing role of electronic publishing. The presentation is expected to be of particular interest to students interested in e-writing, journalism, cultural affairs, or the intersection of literature and pop culture.

This free, public event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund for Interdisciplinary Interaction, the Department of English and its Nonfiction Writing Program, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Writers’ Workshop and the International Writing Program.

For more information, contact the English department at 319-335-0454.


UIMA film series continues March 8 with 'Flaming Lips'

The University of Iowa Museum of Art film series, "Rites of Resistance: Gender, Performance Art, and Film in the '60s and '70s," continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building.

The third film of six, “Flaming Lips: Feminist Performance,” features scenes from the films Hand Movie, Volleyball (Foot Film), and Trio A all by Yvonne Rainer; Hey! Baby Chickey and Chicken on Foot by Nina Sobell; Touch Cinema and Hyperbulie by Valie Export; and Intercourse With... by Hannah Wilke.

The film series is offered in conjunction with UIMA’s exhibition "Lil Picard and Counterculture New York," open Feb. 24 through May 27 in the Iowa Memorial Union’s Black Box Theater. The series, a collaboration between the UIMA and UI Department of Cinema & Comparative Literature, was organized by UI graduate students David Oscar Harvey and Andrew Ritchey.

Some of the content being shown may be unsuitable for children; parental guidance is advised.
The series will resume after the University spring break with, “Yoko Ono,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building.

The film series is sponsored by Robert A. Rasley, Kumi Morris and William T. Downing.


Pianist John Milbauer presents a guest recital at the UI March 8

Pianist John Milbauer, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will be A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979 by contemporary American composer George Crumb; Papillons, Op.2, by Robert Schumann; "Synchronisms #6" for piano and electronic sounds by contemporary Argentine-American composer Mario Davidovsky; two mazurkas by early 20th-century Mexican composer Manuel Ponce; and three movements from "Petrouchka" by Igor Stravinsky.

Milbauer, who teaches at the University of Arizona, has performed frequently across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and his concerts have been broadcast on four continents.

He has released recordings on the Eroica, Universal and AUR labels, and is completing a pair of CDs for Fleur de Son/Naxos Records, one featuring music by Crumb, Debussy, Bartók and Adams, and the other of the music of Ponce.

Milbauer has performed as soloist with orchestras in New York, California, Wisconsin, Arizona and Canada. Having won prizes from the Institute for International Education, the Hungarian Ministry of Culture and the Juilliard School, he was also awarded the biennial Laird National Leader in Arts Award and the Wolodarsky prize from the Banff Centre.


Trombonist Mixdorf presents a guest recital at the UI March 9

Trombonist Cory Mixdorf, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The program will be Piece in Eb minor by Joseph Guy Ropartz, Four Scriptorial Songs by Johannes Brahms, Piece Concertante by Carlos Salzedo, Aria from "Rusalka" by Antonín Dvo?ák, "T. Rex" by Mark Phillips and "Trombone Institute of Technology" by Michael Davis.

Mixdorf will be accompanied by pianists Lee Ngyyen and Jonathan Allen.

An alumnus of Northern Iowa University, Mixdorf teaches and directs brass ensembles at Georgia State University, where he is active as a performer and educator in the Atlanta area, including Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Brass Band.

His other orchestral experience includes performances with the New World Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Evansville Philharmonic, and he has toured with the Mr. Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band.


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