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March 21, 2011

At A Glance

Physician assistant graduates set university record for national exam score

Recent graduates of the University of Iowa's physician assistant program set a university record on the National Certification Examination. The 26 graduates of the 2010 program at the UI Carver College of Medicine who sat for the examination recorded the highest mean examination score in the program's 36-year history.

The program's mean score was 644, compared to a national average of 558.

The graduates also recorded a 100 percent pass rate on the examination, surpassing the national average of 94 percent for all first-time takers. This year marks the 15th consecutive year graduates have had a 100 percent pass rate.


UI jewelry and metal arts guest Havener presents free lecture March 23

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present "Havener Raising Havoc," a free lecture by Jon Havener, a visiting artist in jewelry and metal arts, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Room 1435 of the Studio Arts Building.

Havener, who teaches metalsmithing and jewelry at The University of Kansas, creates
monumental public works, mid-ranged wall and water-integrated sculptures, and intimately-scaled jewelry.

Numerous publications have included his work, including many books and journals including American Craft, Metalsmith and Ornament. His work is in permanent collections in many museums nationally and internationally.

Visit his Kansas University page at


Sir Geoffrey Palmer to discuss law reform in College of Law Levitt Lecture

Former New Zealand prime minster and University of Iowa law professor Sir Geoffrey Palmer will discuss the difficult process of legal reform when he delivers the Levitt Lecture at the UI College of Law Friday, March 25.

Palmer's lecture, "Reforming the Law," will begin at 4 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Palmer will discuss his experiences as president of New Zealand's Law Reform Commission, a term of which he completed recently, and will offer a comparative look at how other law reform agencies operate around the English-speaking world.

Palmer also currently chairs a United Nations inquiry investigating a fatal Israeli raid on a Turkish aid flotilla headed for Gaza last May.

Palmer was a UI law faculty member from 1969 to 1974 and has returned to teach frequently since then. He was prime minister of New Zealand from 1979 to 1980.


UI to honor three law school alumni

The University of Iowa College of Law will honor three alumni for their accomplishments at its annual alumni dinner on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the UI Athletic Club.

Award recipients will include:

--Alumni Achievement: Ted Seldin, a 1955 graduate who is a prominent commercial and residential real estate developer in the Council Bluffs-Omaha area.

--Alumni Service: Chuck Coulter, a 1965 graduate and partner in the Coralville office of Stanley, Lande & Hunter, who has also been active in developing law practice management principles with the American Bar Association and who has helped to start and maintain numerous civic organizations in Muscatine and Coralville.

--Recent Alumnus: Pollyanna Folkins Hampton, an Iowa City native and 2004 graduate who now works for the U.S. Department of Labor providing onsite legal advice to the Mine Safety and Health Administration's investigation into the Big Branch Coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners last April.

More information on each of the recipients can be found at


UI Museum of Natural History will help ID rocks, fossils and oddities March 27

If you have ever wondered what the curious fossils or artifacts you have at home really are, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History can help.

Community members of all ages are invited to bring in natural and cultural items, such as rocks, fossils and artifacts, for the museum's "Cabinet of Curiosities Identification Day" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27. The free, public event will take place in Iowa Hall on the first floor of Macbride Hall, located on the UI Pentacrest.

Experts from around campus, including graduate students, staff, and faculty from the UI Department of Geoscience, Paleontology Repository, and Office of the State Archaeologist, will be on hand to help identify visitors' objects.

No appraisals will be provided, but information about the objects and how they should be preserved will be available. For more information on the Museum of Natural History please visit of call 319-335-0606.


Iowa Poetry Prize-winner Julie Hanson will read March 31

Cedar Rapids poet Julie Hanson will read from "Unbeknownst," winner of the 2010 Iowa Poetry Prize from the University of Iowa Press, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Prairie Lights Books. The reading will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University website,

Hanson holds a master's degree in expository writing and a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the UI. Her work has earned awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, and her work has been published in journals including Volt, the Michigan Quarterly Review and the Iowa Review.

Learn more about the author, the book and the award at


Spoken word artists to perform as part of Cesar Chavez week

To celebrate the life of Cesar Chavez, University of Iowa Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC) is presenting a performance by spoken word artists Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in the auditorium on the lower level of the Pomerantz Center.

Zihuatanejo, a top-ranked slam poet and award-winning teacher, and Carrizosa, current Austin International Poetry Festival slam champion, will share the stage. In their spoken word performances, they capture their dual heritage while seeking to educate, enlighten and entertain. Their performance is hilarious, powerful, and inspiring. To view performances by Zihuatanejo and Carrizosa, see and

The performance is sponsored by the LNACC, the UI Chief Diversity Office, Student Legal Services, and the Office of Student Life Coca-Cola Funding Program.

LNACC is hosting several Cesar Chavez Week events starting March 28, including a film screening, art exhibition and discussions. For more information and a full listing events visit the LNACC website:


UI Department of Dance presents MFA Thesis Concert March 31 to April 2

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present "Beginning Again All the Time," a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) thesis concert, at 8 p.m. March 31, April 1 and April 2 in the Space Place Theater of UI North Hall.

The program includes choreography and performances by three MFA candidates:

--"An Implicated Distance: the bridge, the closet, the shelf, the couch, to build something else…the revolving door, home" by choreographer Amy Lynne Barr.
-- Sarah Genta will perform a solo by New York choreographer Alexandra Beller, an improvisational trio accompanied by violinist Jason Gregory and a duet choreographed by UI graduate student Johanna Kirk.
--Anna Maris will be featured in the collaboratively created "Slip One Stitch, Knit Two Slipped Stitches Together," created by Kirk, actress/playwright Fannie Hungerford and choreographer Renee Cheveallier.

Admission is $12; $6 for seniors and youth; free for UI students. Tickets are available in advance from the Hancher Box Office, 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER, Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

North Hall, which is accessible from the Cleary Walkway, is across the pedestrian bridge from free parking in the Hancher lot. Parking is also available in the North Campus Ramp at the north end of Madison Street


Touch The Earth outdoor expo and gear swap set for April 2

The University of Iowa's Touch The Earth Program will host an Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Outdoor Rental Center, 2820 Prairie Meadows Drive in Iowa City.

The Touch The Earth Outdoor Expo is a gathering of outdoor enthusiasts to sell, buy and swap gear.

Deadline to register for a table to sell items is Wednesday, March 30. Fee for table is $25 for an individual and $50 for a vendor. For more information visit or contact Dave Patton at or 319-384-1223.


April 2 Camerata concert at the UI ranges from Palestrina to spirituals

The Camerata Singers, a vocal ensemble under the direction of School of Music faculty member David Puderbaugh that combines University of Iowa students and community members, will present a free concert ranging from Palestrina to spirituals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

With the accompaniment of pianist Elizabeth Leier, the choir perform "Veni Sancte Spiritus, "K. 47, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; "Sicut cervus" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina; the spirituals "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit" and "Obey the Spirit of the Lord"; "Heart We Will Forget Him," a setting of an Emily Dickinson poem by James Mulholland; "My Spirit Sang All Day" by British composer Gerald Finzi; and Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams.a

Featured soloists will be sopranos Samantha Cosner, Tana Luger and Katherine Roller; tenor Taehyun Roh; baritones Richard Roller, Jason Mallory and Brett Kissell; and cellist Zoraida Oyola Rebaza.


Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival volunteers needed

The Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival planning committee is seeking volunteers to help at the festival, set for Sunday, April 3, at the University of Iowa Field House.

Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be assigned 3-hour shifts. Volunteers should sign up by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 25.

Volunteer responsibilities may include: assisting with program set-up/clean-up, passing out flyers or surveys, driving a shuttle van, monitoring rooms, and information tables. Individuals who can teach words from the areas of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East are encouraged to volunteer at the Kids World Passport Tables. For more information and to sign up, go to For further volunteer questions, contact:

For more information about the festival, see and


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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.