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Sept. 16, 2011

At A Glance

Fifteenth Annual KHAK 98.1 radiothon raises $180,006 for UI Children's Hospital

Radio station 98.1 KHAK of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wrapped up the live broadcast of its 15th annual radiothon at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, after raising $180,006.67 for University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

Proceeds from the radiothon benefit UI Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network. KHAK morning radio announcers Brain and Steele hosted the broadcast that began at 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, on the first level of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Brain and Steele shared the stories of patients and their families who receive care at UI Children's Hospital.


Students can look for jobs and internships at Fall Career Fair

More than 130 employers will attend the University of Iowa's Fall Job and Internship Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Students of all majors who are seeking full-time positions and internships, are encouraged to attend. Students should bring their student ID to check-in.

Sponsored by the UI's Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Center, the event will host local, national and international organizations such as IBM, Eli Lilly & Co., Go Daddy, Pearson, Coyote Logistics, John Deere, Von Maur, PepsiCo, Abercrombie & Fitch and Caterpillar.

For a full list of participating employers, please visit:

For more information about the Pomerantz Career Center, call 319-335-1023 or visit


UI European Studies Group Fall 2011 Lecture Series starts Sept. 23
The University of Iowa European Studies Group Fall 2011 Lecture Series begins Friday, Sept. 23, with a talk by Mona Krook entitled "Tensions in Political Inclusion: Women and Minorities in Electoral Politics" at noon in Room N202 of the Lindquist Center. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Krook will explain how prevailing norms of citizenship in France and the United Kingdom have shaped campaigns for political inclusion, resulting in solutions for women that have not been extended to racial and ethnic minorities. She is an assistant professor of political science and women, gender and sexuality studies at Washington University, St. Louis.
Three more lectures will also take place throughout the semester, ending with the European Studies Group Conference "Green Politics" Dec. 2-3.
The lecture series is sponsored by the European Studies Group within International Programs and the Departments of History and Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies, both within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). This first lecture is also sponsored by the Sudhindra Bose Lecture Series in the Department of Political Science in CLAS.

For more information, contact Jae-Jae Spoon at 319-335-0901 or View the full schedule of lectures at


Iowa City Moving Planet event set for Sept. 25

The Iowa City Moving Planet group will hold a climate awareness event Sunday, Sept. 25 as part of the global movement. The local celebration begins with a 3.5-mile bike ride and a 1-mile march starting at the Old Capitol at 1:30 p.m. and ending at the Riverside Festival Stage in lower City Park. A rally and music festival will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the park.
The event features speakers, music, a children's art and essay contest, and information booths from local and University of Iowa student environmental groups. The bike ride will go past the UI Power Plant as well as the wind turbine and solar panel recharging station at University Services Building.
Speakers include Liz Christiansen, director of the UI Office of Sustainability; State Senator Rob Hogg; Tim Dwight, former UI and NFL football player and owner of iPower; Sheila Samuelson, president of Bright Green Strategy; Jim Throgmorton, UI professor emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning; and David Osterberg, UI clinical associate professor of Occupational and Environmental Health and Director of the Iowa Policy Center.

For a complete schedule, see or Facebook at See for information about worldwide Moving Planet events and climate awareness.


UI Museum of Natural History hosts illustration workshop with artist Claudia McGehee

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will host local author Claudia McGehee on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. for an adult scientific illustration workshop. The free workshop will be held at Macbride Hall; pre-registration is required.

The vast tallgrass prairie stands as a well-loved symbol of our region of North America. The natural history and beauty of the original tallgrass, and the remnant and reconstructed sites that exist today still inspire. Illustrator and writer Claudia McGehee explored the tallgrass for her first picture book, "A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet". In this afternoon workshop for adults, McGehee will present a short program on her work, followed by a hands-on workshop. Participants will create their own scientific illustrations using McGehee's art medium of choice – scratchboard -- and inspiration from specimens from MNH's own collections. Materials will be included in the workshop.

The workshop is limited to 12 participants. To pre-register, please contact the MNH Education Department at or 319-335-0606.


Public invited to reception for new College of Education Dean Sept. 29

A welcome reception for new University of Iowa College of Education Dean Margaret Crocco will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. Though the event is free and open to the public, registration is encouraged by Monday, Sept. 26. To register, call Cristina Cardenas at 319-335-6111 or

P. Barry Butler, UI executive vice president and provost, will introduce Crocco, who will give remarks and show a short video on the new UI College of Education Teacher Leader Center.

An appetizer reception will follow on the first floor rotunda.

Crocco joined the UI July 1 after most recently serving as professor and chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Crocco is a nationally recognized leader in diversity issues in social studies education, the history of citizenship education and social studies teacher education.

She received her bachelor's degree in philosophy from Georgetown University and her master's degree and doctorate in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught American studies at the University of Maryland; American and women's history at Drew, Montclair State and William Paterson Universities; and within the Texas community college system.

For more information, visit or


Bassist combines Mozart and stereo tape in UI guest recital

Bassist Evan Pettit, an alumnus of the University of Iowa School of Music, will combine a Mozart sonata with works by contemporary composers, including a piece for bass and stereo tape, in a free guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the University Capitol Center Recital Hall.

The first half of the concert will feature solo works by living composers who are also bass players: "The Death of Desdemona" for Double Bass and Stereo Tape by Frank Proto, former composer-in-residence for the Cincinnati Symphony; "B.B. Wolf (An Apologia)" by Hungarian-American Jon Deak, associate principal bass of the New York Philharmonic; and "Bass Trip" by influential Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.

Pettit will then be joined by bassoonist T.J. Blackburn, an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma Baptist University, for a performance of the Sonata for Bassoon and Cello by W.A. Mozart.

Pettit, who studied with Volkan Orhon at the UI, is now a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma, where he is a member of the Lawton Symphony and the Norman Philharmonic. He is also researching the affect of stretches and physical fitness on the playing life of double bassists.


UI stages Undergraduate Directors Festival Sept. 29 through Oct. 2

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present its annual Undergraduate Directors Festival at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

The festival offers undergraduate students to stage productions with sound, lighting and scenic support.

--Kaitlyn Busbee will direct "The Raunchy Dame in the Chinese Raincoat," a quirky comedy about two guys who get more than they bargained for when they bring home a mysterious rug.
--Josh Rahiem is the director of "American Pride," about a Vietnam War veteran whose account of his experiences is questioned.
--Emilia Hodges will direct "Medusa's Tales," in which Medusa explains to Perseus how she became a gorgon.
--Mark Smolyar is the director of "Mastodon Juan" -- part play and part metal concert -- which combines the legend of Don Juan with the extinction of the mastodons.

Admission is free to UI students with a valid UI ID. Admission for other audience members is $5 at the door.

This production includes the use of haze.


Recreational Services hosts Steve Goff Memorial 5K Run/Walk

University of Iowa Recreational Services is sponsoring the Steve Goff Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Ashton Cross Country Course to raise money for the Steve Goff Scholarship awarded to undergraduate students in Leisure Studies.

Goff was a professor in the Department of Health, Leisure and Sport Studies from 1994 to 1998. He died of cancer at the age of 43. Goff encouraged students to participate in activities that promoted health and well-being, and lived by the motto, "Life is not a spectator sport."

Registration is $12 if received before Sept. 26, or $15 on race day. Race day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 16 at the cross country course, which is located just west of the Hawkeye Recreation Fields on Hawkeye Park Road. Parking is available in the Hawkeye Commuter/Storage Lot. The walk begins at 9 a.m., and the run begins at 9:30 a.m.

Registration forms are available online at


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