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Sept. 30, 2008

At A Glance

Nominations sought for Catalyst Awards that recognize diversity efforts

The University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD) invites members of the UI campus to submit nominations for the 10th Annual Catalyst Awards celebration.

The Catalyst Awards are designed to honor those who, during the past year, have shown a commitment to achieving excellence through diversity by promoting the development of an inclusive, diverse campus community.

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 6. Nominations are invited for the following categories: individual faculty or staff member, a program or department, and student or student organization.

Each recipient will receive a cash award to be presented at a recognition ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

Criteria and nomination forms are available at

For more information, contact the EOD, 202 Jessup Hall, at 319-335-0705 (voice) or 319-335-0697 (text).

UI Ombudspersons' 2008 report notes continuing disrespectful behavior

The University of Iowa Office of the Ombudsperson has issued its annual report for 2007-08. Disrespectful behavior on campus has concerned the office for several years and continued to be of concern last year.

The number of cases the office handled that involved disrespectful behavior increased from 23 in 2006-07 to 52 in 2007-08. The report notes that the increase is in part real and in part due to a change in the office's record-keeping system.

Other areas of significant concern for the office include how members of the community are treated in transitional employment situations (for example, applicants turned down for positions and employees on probation and furlough), interactions between employees and their supervisors in performance evaluations and other difficult conversations, conflict among graduate students, and the disciplinary process for undergraduates.

A PDF version of the complete report is available at

UI Small Business Development Center hosts tax workshop series in October

The University of Iowa's Small Business Development Center will host a series of tax workshops for small business owners on Tuesdays in October. The workshops will examine sales, use and local option taxes (October 7); business expenses and deductions (October 14); reporting sole proprietor income (October 21) and payroll and employment taxes (October 28). The workshops begin at 6 p.m. in Room 2660 University Capitol Center, and cost $25 each.

For more information or to register e-mail or call 319-335-3742.

Finders and Youngberg to perform on 'Java Blend' Oct. 3

The newly formed folk and bluegrass quartet Finders and Youngberg will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series Java Blend from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at Iowa City's downtown Java House.

Finders and Youngberg is a folk/bluegrass/country music partnership between two couples. The Colorado-based quartet, made up of Mike and Amy Finders (formerly of Iowa City), and Erin and Aaron Young have just released their debut CD titled "Keep Your Suitcase Packed."

The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 at the University of Iowa and will be recorded for broadcast Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, across the state on Iowa Public Radio.

For broadcast times and stations go to

UI alumnus David Kassler will present euphonium recital Oct. 6

University of Iowa alumnus David Kassler will present a free recital on the euphonium -- a relative of the tuba that plays in the tenor range -- at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in Buchanan Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Pianist Richard Gloss will accompany the recital, which is sponsored by the UI School of Music.

Works on the program will be:

--"Introduction and Dance" by J.E. Barat.
--Sonata No. 5 by Johann Ernst Galliard.
--"OctoNervosa" by Timothy Crowley.
--"Suite for Two" by John Stevens, performed UI tuba professor John Manning.
--"Fantasia di Concerto (Sounds of the Riviera)" by Edoardo Boccalari.
--Number 1-4 of "Five Pieces in Folk Style" by Robert Schumann.

Kassler received a bachelor's degree from the UI, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah and the University of Miami. He taught public school music and served as conductor of the University Brass Choir and assistant director of bands at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. He is currently principal trombone with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra of Duluth, Minn., and the Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra.

Gloss is a native of Chicago. He holds a master's degree in piano performance from the UI, where he studied with Kenneth Amada. He has accompanied many local artists, including members of the School of Music faculty. He is also the box office manager for Hancher Auditorium.


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