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March 11, 2011

At A Glance

Hunter to retire as dean of Tippie College of Business

William C. (Curt) Hunter will retire as dean of the University of Iowa’s Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year.

Hunter said he is proud to have had a positive impact on the college during his tenure. He said UI business students are more prepared for successful careers in the global workplace because they have increased opportunities for hands-on learning, international travel and learning experiences, and innovative programming that is geared towards solidifying their prospects for success.

A search for Hunter’s replacement will begin this summer.

Hunter, 63, came to the Tippie College in July 2006 from the deanship at the School of Business at the University of Connecticut. Prior to that, he held several senior officer positions within the Federal Reserve System in Chicago and Atlanta.

Hunter will retire as dean emeritus and continue to serve on corporate, civic, and academic boards. He will also assume the role of president of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society, for a two-year term beginning in 2013.


Registration for spring swim classes now open

A variety of youth swimming classes will be offered starting Sunday, March 27 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

In the Learn to Swim program for ages 5-16, participants progress from beginner to advanced swimming skills. Fundamental body positions, breath control, stroke drills, and age-appropriate safety skills will be taught.

UI Recreational Services is also offering Parent and Tot water exploration classes for children six months to 2 1/2 years. Each child is exposed to supported movement and will learn basic water skills, such as floating, submerging parts of their face, coordinated arm and leg movements with use of water noodles and other instructional equipment.

The Swim Tots program for children 3-5 years old, focuses on the fundamentals of swimming including water independence, coordinated arm and leg movements, and proper body position.

Classes are held through early May. For registration, class details and fees, visit or call 319-335-5834.


‘Monterey Pop’ concert film to be shown March 20 in Macbride Auditorium

Before there was Woodstock, there was the Monterey Pop Festival, which ran for three days in June 1967. “Monterey Pop,” a film directed by D.A Pennebaker, lets viewers relive the five shows of that three-day festival, which attracted tens of thousands of people to hear such rock music luminaries as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane and The Who.

The film will be screened Sunday, March 20, at 1:30 p.m. in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. It 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. Other films to be shown this spring are “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.


Documentarian Marlene Booth to discuss hidden diversity at law school presentation

Documentary maker Marlene Booth will present a multimedia presentation, “Diversity Lurks Where You Least Expect It,” on Tuesday, March 22 at 11:45 a.m. in Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building.

In her presentation, Booth will discuss the risks and rewards of bringing private conversations public and of filming people we often overlook. Using clips from several of her films, Booth will also examine changing ideas of otherness and difficulties in talking about. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Booth is an award-winning filmmaker and lecturer in film at the University of Hawaii. She has worked in film since 1975, both as an independent filmmaker for her own production company, and for public television station WGBH-TV in Boston. Her films include “Pidgin: the voice of Hawaii,” “Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa,” and “When I Was 14: A Survivor Remembers.”


India’s shifting multilingualism addressed in UI talk March 24
Sociolinguistics expert E. Annamalai will visit the University of Iowa Thursday, March 24, to discuss the changing linguistic scene in India. His talk, titled “Challenges to Indian Multilingualism,” begins at 4 p.m. in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre. It is free and open to the public.
Annamalai will elaborate on the many factors causing a shift in the linguistic environment of India, which had been previously known for its stable multilingualism from a demographic standpoint. He will address factors such as the country’s increasing economic opportunities, the uprooting of traditional social mores and embracing of modernity, the demand for English to have a commanding place in education, and more.
Annamalai is a visiting professor at the University of Chicago.
This talk is co-sponsored by the UI Department of Linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the UI South Asian Studies Program and UI International Programs.
For more information, visit or contact Alice Davison at or 319-335-0211.


Gallery series presents two Honors Week productions March 24-27

The Gallery series of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present two performances each of two Honors Week productions March 24-27 in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

Cassandra Schiano will be featured in her thesis role in "Toyer," by Gardner McKay, March 24 and 26 at 8 p.m., and the new play "Thirteenth Night" by Thomas Henrich will be performed March 25 at 8 p.m. and March 27 at 2 p.m.

In "Toyer," Maude works with women who have been turned into helpless human toys by a lobotomizing predator. When a stranded traveler visits Maude, she lets him in on the condition that he will leave after using her phone. Whether he is a voyeur, an actor or the Toyer himself remains to be seen.

This play contains material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the department at 319-335-2700 for additional information.

"Thirteenth Night or What We Would" looks at three of Shakespeare's works as seen through the eyes of two of Shakespeare's most downtrodden villains, Shylock and Malvolio, who have been sent through time by the Weird Sisters to unravel the stories that Shakespeare crafted.

Admission is $5, but free for UI students.


Iowa Writers' Workshop visiting faculty present reading March 28

Alexander Chee and Geoffrey Nutter, visiting faculty members at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading of fiction and poetry at 8 p.m. Monday, March 28 in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

Chee's first novel, "Edinburgh," was awarded the Michener Copernicus Prize, the Asian American Writers' Workshop Literature Award, and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize. His second novel, "The Queen of the Night," is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is a recipient of the 2003 Whiting Writers’ Award, and a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He has taught fiction and nonfiction writing at the New School University, Wesleyan University and Amherst College.

Geoffrey Nutter is the author of three books of poems, "Christopher Sunset," "Water's Leaves & Other Poems," and "Summer Evening." His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Carnet de Route, Verse, Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, Fence, Xantippe, Best American Poetry 1997, and Iowa Anthology of New American Poetry.

Visit for a schedule of more readings in Iowa City.


UI Department of Computer Science to hold Hawkeye Challenge April 2

The University of Iowa Department of Computer Science will hold the 2011 Hawkeye Challenge Programming Competition for high school students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in Room 3 of MacLean Hall on the UI campus.

High school students from across the state are expected to compete in a competition in which participants receive four or five computer programming questions and a fixed amount of time to answer them. Participants have the freedom to program with any language they choose. Students will be competing for prizes, which include Xbox 360 games. Also, breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Sponsors include John Deere, Microsoft, State Farm, UI Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and UI Women in Informatics and Computer Science (WICS). Further information and registration are available at:


Scholarships offered for Recreational Services instructor training

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering full scholarships to its Instructor Training Program, scheduled for Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10.

This is an opportunity to be trained as a UI instructor at no cost; 10 full scholarships are available. To be selected, participants must submit a letter highlighting their fitness interests and experiences and why the Recreational Services fitness team should invite them for the instructor training program.

Training is being held at the Field House in Room 462/472 and the Cycle Studio on Saturday, April 9 and Activity Room 1 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Sunday, April 10.

Submit letter to Patricia Kutcher at 100 CRWC or to no later than Friday, April 1. For more information, visit special programs at


Iowa City Book Festival calls for participation

Last summer more than 20 downtown Iowa City businesses participated in the Iowa City Book Festival’s Day in the City of Literature. For the 2011 Iowa City Book Festival, presented by the University of Iowa Libraries, July 15-17, organizers again are asking local businesses to participate with programming and activities on Sunday, July 17, which will be “A Day in the City of Literature” in Iowa City.

Among the various activities envisioned are: author events and signings; book-related crafts/projects/materials highlighted in local businesses; open studios hosted by book artists; a walking tour of bookstores; activities for all ages at the Iowa City Public Library; appearances by food writers in restaurants; and book festival specials in local shops and restaurants.

To submit an interest and/or proposal, go to

The UI Libraries sponsors the event with support from the UI Press, Iowa City Public Library, Prairie Lights Bookstore, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature and Humanities Iowa.

Information about events and participating businesses will be included in an official program, which will be distributed throughout Eastern Iowa, will appear on the festival website, and at the Gibson Square portion of the festival Saturday, July 16.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.