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Nov. 21, 2011

At A Glance

Friends of International Students seeks volunteers to share Thanksgiving tradition

The University of Iowa enrolled a record number of international students this year, including more than 800 students who are new to Iowa City and the United States.

Many of these students will remain in the area over the Thanksgiving break. Friends of International Students (FIS), a community organization that provides community, hospitality and friendship to UI international students, is seeking local families who are willing to open their homes to a student or students for Thanksgiving dinner, a truly American experience that many international students would not otherwise experience.
The American celebration of Thanksgiving is unique in many ways, and hosting an international student is a wonderful way to share this part of our culture, according to FIS volunteers.

Those who would like to share their Thanksgiving celebration with a student from another country can contact Maria Ortega Kummer, a member of the FIS board, at or 319-354-5898. She will need your name, contact information, how many students you can host, and whether you can provide transportation to the students since most do not have cars.

To read a related story, visit For more information on FIS, visit


Iowa City Police request citizens' help in finding man who assaulted officer

University of Iowa Director of Public Safety Chuck Green is urging local citizens to assist the Iowa City Police Department in identifying an individual who tried to strangle an Iowa City police officer at 2:10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the 300 block of Burlington Street.

Police report that the officer was on routine patrol when he saw traffic being disrupted by a white male in his early 20s, approximately 6'1' or 6'2" in height with a thin build and short brown hair, and wearing blue jeans and white shoes. Prior to the incident he was wearing a gray t-shirt, which was torn off during the fight.

When the man attempted to flee, a struggle ensued for about two minutes, during which time the man placed the officer in a chokehold before a bystander helped end the struggle. The officer was treated for scrapes and bruises at the hospital, then released.

A police in-car video showing the suspect can be viewed at:

Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers -- which is offering a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect -- at 319-356-5276.


UI study on diabetic foot ulcer invites participants

Adults age 18 or older with diabetes and an open sore on the foot are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study that will help determine if diabetic foot ulcers that may not appear infected can lead to infection-related complications.

The study would require 14 visits to the Orthopaedics Clinic at UI Hospitals and Clinics over a period of six months. Compensation is available. For more information, call Shannon Lehman at 319-384-3051 or toll-free 1-877-386-9102.


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