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Nov. 22, 2011

At A Glance

CIC recognizes Pascarella as one of higher education's 'most distinguished scholars'

The Washington-D.C.-based Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has recognized Ernest T. Pascarella as one of higher education's "most distinguished scholars."

Pascarella, professor and Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education in the University of Iowa College of Education, shared the 2011 CIC Academic Leadership Award with Patrick T. Terenzini of Pennsylvania State University. The award is given for "exemplary contributions to American higher education."

Pascarella and Terenzini have collaborated on research projects for decades, most notably their two-volume book, How College Affects Students, which George D. Kuh, director emeritus of the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, describes as an "encyclopedic masterpiece" and "the essential resource for anyone with a serious interest in college student development."

The CIC is an association of more than 600 institutions and is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S.

CIC President Richard Ekman noted that How College Affects Students has been identified as one of the 100 most-influential books on American higher education written in the 20th century.

Previous winners of the award include: Martha Nussbaum, Arthur Levine, K. Patricia Cross, George Kuh, and Vincent Tinto.


Johnston, Iowa boy is Honorary Kid Captain for Iowa-Nebraska game Nov. 25

Will Linder, 12, of Johnston, son of Missie and Steve Linder, has been named Honorary Kid Captain for Saturday, Nov. 25, when the Iowa Hawkeyes take on Nebraska.

Will was born with congenital heart defects. He's had a pacemaker since he was 2 years old, when he underwent his first open-heart surgery in Des Moines.

Six months after his initial open-heart surgery, Will was at University of Iowa Children's Hospital for kidney surgery. He returned two years later, in 2003, to replace his first pacemaker. When that pacemaker was replaced with his third in September 2010, an infection set in, requiring the new pacemaker be removed and replaced with a temporary one.

A new pacemaker was eventually put in place and Will is now doing well.

More information and a video about Will are available at

In its third year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their stories.

All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will have their individual stories told throughout the football season and will receive a commemorative jersey.


UI Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs perform Haydn Mass in C Nov. 30

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs, under the direction of Timothy Stalter, will perform two religious works, Joseph Haydn's Mass in C and Francis Poulenc's Gloria, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The performance is free and open to the public.

The Haydn Mass, which was premiered on Dec. 26, 1796, was composed in the period that also produced Haydn's popular oratorio "The Creation," to which the mass setting bears many musical similarities. The celebrated Poulenc choral work is in six parts and is scored for a large orchestra, soprano soloist, and chorus. It was premiered by the Boston Symphony two years before the composer's death in 1963.

The School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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University of Iowa Peace Corps office commemorates World AIDS Day Dec. 1
In recognition of the 23rd annual World AIDS Day, the University of Iowa Peace Corps office will host a special presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre, to highlight the ways in which the Peace Corps actively responds to the HIV/AIDS crisis across the globe. This event is free and open to the public. 
A panel of former Peace Corps volunteers will talk about the issues they encountered in their global communities, as well as the HIV/AIDS prevention programs they implemented to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and to support and educate communities and individuals who have been affected by the deadly pandemic. 
The panel will consist of UI students Paige Junge, who served in Senega, and Matthew Rysavy, who served in Mozambique, and UI alumna Juanita Limas, who served in Nicaragua and Panama.
More than 600 UI alumni and 2,140 Iowa residents have served in the Peace Corps since the agency was formed in 1961.
For more information, contact Meredith Mahy Gall, UI Peace Corps representative, at 319-335-0347 or


Project Linus to again provide blankets to UI Children's Hospital Dec. 3

Volunteers will hold their third annual Project Linus blanket-making event from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, December 2, at the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

UI student Kizzy Marco continues her successful efforts to make and donate fleece blankets to pediatric patients at University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Project Linus is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide comfort and security to children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Faculty, students, and community members are invited to bring their own blanket materials and spend the day making blankets. The blankets are made by tying materials together, which means the ability to sew is not necessary.

For more information, or to find out how to get involved, contact Marco at 312-307-3775 or


UI Composers Workshop will present new student works Dec. 3

The University of Iowa Composers Workshop will present a free performance of new student works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will consist of:

--Trio for horn, trombone, and tuba by Ryan Cole, composed for the Iowa Brass Trio.
--"Contrasting Images" for stereo fixed media by Shane Hoose, recent finalist in the Music Teacher's National Association Composition Competition.
--"Sunset Over the Lotus Pond" composed and performed by violinist Leonid Iogansen, former composer in residence at the Shuang Yin International Arts Festival in Taiwan.
--String Quartet by Cole, modeled on the quartets of Henryk Gorecki.
--Jason Palamara's "either/or" for laptop with audience participation, in which the responses of audience members to questions and commands become material for electronic manipulations.
--"As We Continue Across the Country" for soprano solo and percussion, featuring text by Thea Brown, composed by Zach Zubow, 2010 regional winner of the Society of Composers/ASCAP Student Composition Competition.

For detailed information about the concert, visit


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