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Nov. 16, 2011

At A Glance

UI Mock Trial team takes first place for second weekend in a row

The University of Iowa Mock Trial (UIMT) program's four teams took first place for the second weekend in a row after competing at tournaments in St. Paul, Minn., and Los Angeles Nov. 4-6.

Team 1424, captained by senior Chris Elsenbast, took first place at the Macalester College Invitational with a record of 8-0. Elsenbast also received an Outstanding Attorney award.

Team 1425, captained by senior Kelly Grogg and sophomore Edward Rodriguez, placed third with a record of 7-1. Senior Stefani Ganzer received an Outstanding Witness Award.

Junior Alyssa Carlson from team 1426 received an Outstanding Attorney Award and Sophomore Rachel Ascoli received an Outstanding Witness Award.

Team 613, captained by seniors Melissa Osman and Will Mattessich, traveled to UCLA for one of the most competitive tournaments of the year. The tournament only invites elite teams to compete and is structured with a challenge format for each round where teams can chose who they compete against. Team 613 was challenged by and competed against Miami of Ohio, Irvine, UCLA, and Rhodes—all of which are currently ranked among the top 12 teams in the country.

The UIMT program is currently ranked 18th in the nation. For more information visit


Old Capitol Museum HiStory Time -- 'A Pioneer Thanksgiving' -- set for Nov. 19

Pre-school children and their families are invited to learn how pioneer children living on prairie celebrated Thanksgiving during the next HiStory Time event sponsored by the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum. "A Pioneer Thanksgiving" will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Museum's Discovery Center.

The free public event is geared toward children ages 3 to 5 and will include readings from the book A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1841 by Barbara Greenwood as well as a craft activity to make a cornucopia. No registration is required.

For more information, call 319-335-0548, or visit


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