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Sept. 8, 2011

At A Glance

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences announces Alumni Fellows

With a history of more than 100 years and dozens of departments spanning the performing and fine arts, natural sciences and mathematics, humanities and social sciences, the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has graduated many distinguished individuals who are prominent and influential in their fields.

Each year, CLAS recognizes some of those graduates as Alumni Fellows who visit campus and interact with UI students and faculty. The 2011 fellows are:

--Leon Aden (B.S. 1980, M.S. 1982, geoscience) -- thematics supervisor, ExxonMobil Exploration Company, Houston, Texas.
--David Bonior (B.A. 1967, political science) -- former U.S. congressman, chairman of the Board of American Rights at Work, UI visiting professor of political science.
--Riva Castleman (B.A. 1951, art and art history) -- retired deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
--Avijit Ghosh (Ph.D. 1979, M.A. 1977, geography) -- vice president of technology and economic development, University of Illinois.
--Erik Ulfers (B.A. 1975, theatre arts) -- founder and principal designer of Clickspring Design, New York City.

The program is supported with funds from the UI Alumni Association Dean's Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, held by CLAS Dean Linda Maxson. More information:


Teaching, learning and portfolios are focus of talks tonight, Friday

John Zubizarreta, professor of English at Columbia College, South Carolina and Carnegie Foundation/C.A.S.E. 2010 Professor of the Year, will discuss "Teaching, Learning and the Road Ahead" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in the Carver Room of the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City. Zubizarreta will try to answer the question, "How can we re-establish education as a vital endeavor?" and seek to define and celebrate excellent teaching.

From noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, Zubizarreta will present a workshop, "The Power of Learning Portfolios," in Room W401 of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Building.

During the workshop, co-sponsored by the UI Center for Teaching and ITS-Instructional Services, Zubizarreta will explain why learning portfolios are powerful teaching tools that challenge students to think more deeply about what they have learned and how they have learned it. Participants will learn strategies for designing and assessing learning portfolio reflection assignments grounded in scholarship and real-world examples. UI instructors, student services staff, deans, and DEOs of departments using learning portfolios (including the electronic ifolio system) are encouraged to attend.

Both events are free and open to the public. However, registration is requested for Friday's workshop at


Sept. 19 UI lecture will visit the ancient Greek artistic center of Sikyon

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, in conjunction with the Archaeological Institute of America, the Kress Foundation, the Office of the State Archaeologist, and the UI Department of Anthropology, will present "The Archaeological Exploration of Sikyon: A Comprehensive Approach to the Study of a Greek City-State," a lecture by Yannis Lolos from the University of Thessaly, at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in Room W151 of the UI John Pappajohn Business Building.

Sikyon, an ancient Greek city in the northern Peloponnese, was famous for its artistic excellence, particularly in sculpture and painting. The earliest excavations there sought specifically to recover the city's works of art.

More systematic excavations in the late 19th century and during the first half of the 20th century focused on the center of the city and its major architectural monuments, including the theater, a temple, a council building and a wrestling school complex. However, not until the past 15 years was a systematic survey of the ancient city conducted in order to gain a true picture of the city itself, its evolution, and its place in the landscape.

Lolos is the director of excavations at Sikyon, which include urban and regional surveys that now allow us to view the human presence and activity in the Sikyon city-state from the earliest times to the modern era. He will discuss the methods and results of this massive research project.


Balkanicus Ensemble will perform contemporary music from Bulgaria at the UI

The University of Iowa Center for New Music will host a free concert by the Balkanicus Ensemble with cellist Nickolai Kolarov, performing contemporary music from Bulgaria, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall in downtown Iowa City.

The program will feature chamber works by Dragomir Yossifov, Vassil Kazadjiev, Ivan Spassov, Lubomir and Denev.

The Balkanicus Ensemble is based in the Twin Cities area, where its members teach at the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, the Minnesota Valley Conservatory and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Kolarov, a prizewinner in the Bulgarian National Competition in 1988, graduated from the Bulgarian State Academy of Music in Sofia and received his master's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He earned his doctorate from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Tanya Remenikova, a student of Mstislav Rostropovich. He delivers lectures on Balkan music in colleges and schools throughout Minnesota and the United States.

For detailed information on this event, including program notes, visit


Join the UI's first Pump and Run Oct. 1, register by Sept. 23

University of Iowa Recreational Services' inaugural Pump and Run will take place Saturday, Oct. 1. The event includes bench-press weight lifting and a 5K (3.1 mile) treadmill run. Participants will bench press their body weight or a percentage of their body weight. For every repetition they perform, they will deduct 15 seconds from their 5K run time. Weigh-in and bench press begin at 8 a.m. The running portion begins at 10:15 a.m. at the north end of the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center (CRWC). Spectators are welcome to the event.

Awards will be given to those in first, second and third place in each age group division.

Register at the membership services desk at the CRWC or Field House or download a registration from the website below and mail it to 309 S. Madison St., Attention: Matthew Stancel, Iowa City, Iowa 52242. It must be postmarked by Sept. 23. Race day registration is accepted, but you must register by Sept. 23 to guarantee receipt of a shirt. The entry fee is $25 for Recreational Services members and $30 for nonmembers.

For more information visit or contact Matthew Stancel at


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