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March 31, 2011

At A Glance

UI Health Care - River Crossing Pharmacy joins medication disposal program

The pharmacy at UI Health Care‚ River Crossing in Riverside has joined more than 470 pharmacies across the state in participating in the "TakeAway" medication disposal program.

The "TakeAway" program allows patients to turn in unused medications, both prescription and over-the-counter‚ so they may be disposed of properly. Most private disposal methods compromise the integrity of a community's water supply, while leaving unused medication in the home creates a higher risk for abuse or misuse.

The "TakeAway" pharmacies collect the unused medications in a specially designed waste bin and ship them to a medication disposal facility.

The Ambulatory Care Pharmacy at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is also participating in the program.

For details on how to properly dispose of unused medication using the "TakeAway" program, visit the program's website at


Writing University provides live stream of April 1 Mission Creek reading

The University of Iowa's Writing University website -- -- will carry a live stream of a Mission Creek Festival reading at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, originating in a free event at Prairie Lights Books.

UI Writers' Workshop alumnus Ted Thompson will be joined by two other young literary talents, Tao Lin and Lindsay Hunter.

New Yorker Tao Lin, founder of the Muumuu House literary press and MDMAfilms, is one of the most controversial figures in contemporary American Literature. He's published one collection of poems and five works of fiction. His most recent publication is the novel "Richard Yates."

Chicago "fast fiction" writer and founder of the Quickies Reading Series, Hunter has turned heads with her debut collection of southern gothics, "Daddy's," which draws vivid portraits of bad people in worse places.

Thompson will read from a novel due out in early 2012. Before coming to the UI he was one of three founding directors of 826NYC, a free writing and tutoring center for children in New York. He is also the editor of "Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things…," a collection of new stories for kids by contemporary authors.


Symposium to explore ethnicities and sport April 1-3

"Performing Ethnicities through Sport" is the topic of an April 1-3 symposium at the University of Iowa. The free, public events are presented by the Department of American Studies and the Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The symposium is titled "Water Sustainability" and will feature a panel of experts from the UI Water Sustainability Initiative Advisory Board including: Randy Beavers, chief executive officer and general manager, Des Moines Water Works; Joel Lipsitch, director of external affairs, John
Deere Water Technologies, Deere & Company, (representing advisory board member Laurie Zelnio of Deere & Company); L.D. McMullen, chief executive officer and general manager (retired), Des Moines Water Works; Dick Stanley, chairman emeritus, The Stanley Group, and chair, The Stanley Foundation; and Jean Sweeney, vice president -- Environmental, Health and Safety Operations, 3M Company. Also serving on the panel will be Paul Mac Berthouex, member of the college's Distinguished Engineering Advisory Board and professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kim Marra, UI professor of theatre and American Studies, will perform "Horseback Views" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in Theatre B at the UI Theatre Building. "Girlfight," a 2000 drama starring Michelle Rodriguez, about a troubled teen who channels her aggression by boxing, will be screened from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, in Room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building.

For a full conference schedule including times and locations for the keynotes, visit For more information, call 319-384-3490.


Visiting artist Roussel-Giraudy will speak April 5

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present a free lecture by Parisian mixed-media artist Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy, a guest in dimensional practice, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

Her artwork combines drawing, printmaking, sculpture, book art and photography to explore the interconnected value of identity and memory.

Her multi-media approach to art reflects the unique way she experienced the world growing up in an old farmhouse in the French countryside. The values of preservation, attachment to roots, and relationship with land and time, emphasized in her childhood, continue to inspire her work.

She studied at New York University, ESAG Penninghen in Paris and the Universität Für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, and exhibitions in Paris and New York have featured her work

To learn more and view some of her work, visit


Early art forms into the 21st century discussed at UI forum April 7
"Sustaining Art Forms," a forum to discuss how various early art forms have been reproduced in the 21st century, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of University of Iowa International Programs, will address opera performance and media in the 21st century. Ruthann McTyre, head of the Rita Benton Music Library at the UI, will discuss recent library endeavors to preserve and provide access to one's cultural heritage.  Stephen Swanson, UI professor in the School of Music, will discuss the problem of communicating through song in a language your audience doesn't understand. UI English professor Anne Stapleton will speak about Scottish dance in practice and in print.
The School of Music and the Department of English are both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
This event is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium.
For more information, visit or contact Eric Gidal at or 319-335-1510.


Engineering symposium on technology and society to be held April 7

Water will be the subject of the 2011 Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society to be held from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Robert A. Lee Community Center social hall, corner of Gilbert and Burlington streets in Iowa City.

The symposium is titled "Water Sustainability" and will feature a panel of experts, all of whom are members of the UI Water Sustainability Initiative Advisory Board. Participants include: Randy Beavers, chief executive officer and general manager, Des Moines Water Works; L.D. McMullen, chief executive officer and general manager (retired), Des Moines Water Works; Dick Stanley, chairman emeritus, The Stanley Group, and chair, The Stanley Foundation; and Jean Sweeney, vice president -- Environmental, Health and Safety Operations, 3M Company. Also, Joel Lipsitch, director of external affairs, John Deere Water Technologies, Deere & Company, will represent advisory board member Laurie Zelnio of Deere & Company.

The free, public symposium was renamed in 1993 to honor Scholz, 20-year Tau Beta Pi advisor and associate dean of the UI College of Engineering (1979-1992). Co-sponsors are the UI Tau Beta Pi chapter, Tau Beta Pi alumni and the College of Engineering.

Further information: or 319-335-5764.


LNACC to hold 40th anniversary celebration April 8-10
The Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC) will hold its 40th Anniversary Celebration from Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10.
The LNACC was founded in the summer of 1971 by three students -- Tony Zavala, Ruth Pushetonequa and Rusty Barceló -- as the Chicano and Indian American Student Union.
The celebration is a way for alumni to reconnect with each other and to show support for current Latino and Native American students on campus. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. Friday, April 8, with a rededication and ribbon cutting ceremony at the LNACC, 308 Melrose Ave. UI President Sally Mason, Barceló, and student leaders will speak. 
The celebration also features the 18th annual UI Pow Wow, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 9. A dinner and program is 6 p.m. Saturday evening at the University Club, along with a luncheon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the University Club.
The Office of Student Life, Center for Diversity and Enrichment, and UI Alumni Association are presenting this celebration. For costs and a complete listing of the weekend's events visit:


Visiting workshop faculty members Kenney and Huneven read April 11

Poet Richard Kenney and fiction writer Michelle Huneven, visiting faculty members in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop will read from their work in a free event at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House.

Huneven's work includes the novels "Blame," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Round Rock," a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award; and "Jamesland.," another Notable Book and LA Times finalist.

She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop whose "day job" for many years was writing restaurant reviews for a variety of publications. She is on the writing faculty at UCLA.

Kenney, who teaches at the University of Washington, is the author of "Orrery," "The Invention of the Zero," "The One-Strand River: Poems 1994-2007" and "The Evolution of the Flightless Bird" from the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

His work has been published in venues including The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly and the American Scholar, and he has won a Guggenheim fellowship, the Lavan Younger Poet Award, a MacArthur "genius grant" and a Lannan Literary Award.


Sackter Day to focus on disabilities advocacy at UI April 13

Wild Bill's Coffee Shop, in the University of Iowa's North Hall, will welcome disability advocacy speakers as it celebrates the legacy of Bill Sackter Wednesday, April 13, which would have been Sackter's 98th birthday.

Sackter served coffee at Wild Bill's from 1975 to 1983. He was institutionalized for 44 years for scoring too low on an IQ test, but made his way to Iowa City with a friend. Today the shop is run by adults with disabilities as a service-learning project of the School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Students involved with disabilities advocacy will speak at 5 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Liz Gorman of the UI College of Education's REACH: Realizing Educational and Career Hopes, a program for students with learning and cognitive disabilities. A 7 p.m. screening of "A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story" will be held in Room W10, Pappajohn Business Building.
Another celebration is set for 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Uptown Bill's Coffee House and Neighborhood Art Center, 730 S. Dubuque St. It will include music, food, the film "Bill" starring Mickey Rooney, and a phone conversation with screenwriter Barry Morrow, Sackter's friend.



UIMA's annual Levitt Lecture will trace artist's career transition from ceramics to works on paper

A University of Illinois professor of ceramics and drawing who draws inspiration for his work from Tom Waits lyrics will be the guest speaker at this year's Jeanne and Richard Levitt Lectureship: American Crafts in Context. Presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), Ron Kovatch's lecture will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

After receiving his bachelor's degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and his master's degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Kovatch had a long career in ceramics before reinventing himself as an artist of works on paper. In his lecture, "He's Balancing a Diamond on a Blade of Grass," Kovatch will talk about this transition. Through an overview of his works, which have been shown in more than 15 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions, he will link the issues of creativity and its conceptual process to studio methods.

For more information on this and other events, please visit the UIMA's website,


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