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April 1, 2009

At A Glance

Retired UI engineering professor Wayne L. Paulson honored with scholarship

An endowed scholarship in the name of Wayne L. Paulson, who served on the University of Iowa College of Engineering faculty for nearly 40 years, has been established through gifts to the UI Foundation.

The Paulson Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student in the College of Engineering's undergraduate civil and environmental engineering program who has an interest in addressing societal and environmental needs. If funds allow, there is a possibility of a second award to an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in environmental engineering as a career.

The scholarship was made possible by the generosity of Paulson, who now lives in Stoughton, Wis., and many of his former students, colleagues, friends and family members. Together, contributors gave more than $50,000 to endow the scholarship.

Paulson was a UI professor of civil and environmental engineering from 1960 until his retirement in 1999. He was inducted in 2008 into the Legacy of Iowa Engineering, a program created to recognize individuals who have played key roles in shaping the College of Engineering. He helped develop the undergraduate option in environmental engineering, when the UI was one of the first universities to recognize environmental engineering as a distinct discipline.

UI employee parking permits can be renewed by e-mail

University of Iowa faculty and staff members this year will be able to renew their parking permits for 2009-2011 by simply replying to an e-mail sent after April 1 by UI Parking Services. Those who choose not to reply by May 15 will receive a paper form in the mail.

Staff and faculty can choose to prepay the total amount or to pay by monthly payroll deduction. The e-mail will ask for University ID number, department name and address, the lot or ramp number, the current access card number and the vehicle license number, and will ask for confirmation to continue payment via payroll deduction.

Parking permits will be sent campus mail or can be picked up at the IMU ramp or Hospital Ramp 2 after July 15. Most parking fees are unchanged from the 2007-09 schedule. Those who renew their parking permits will be e-mailed a notice on June 1 confirming their renewal. For more information, see the Parking and Transportation Web site at or call 319-335-1475.

Human Rights Center to screen documentary about 'Sudan's Lost Boys' April 5

The UI Center for Human Rights will host a film screening of the documentary  "African Soul, American Heart" at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 5 in Room 2520-D of the University Capitol Centre.

"African Soul, American Heart" is a documentary of the journey of Joseph Akol Makeer. Makeer is a "Sudanese Lost Boy," or one of the estimated 27,000 boys who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War from 1983 to 2005. He now lives in the U.S. and dreams of helping the orphaned children who live in his village in South Sudan. The film details his struggles to balance the responsibilities of caring for his younger siblings and three children of his own with his dream of opening an orphanage. A discussion will follow the film.

The screening is free and open to the public. For more information on the film, see

For more information on this or other events hosted by the UICHR, call 319-335-3900 or visit

UI hosts Slavic Bazaar at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center April 5

University of Iowa International Programs will host the annual Slavic Bazaar from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5 at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St. in Iowa City.

Attendees can sample authentic Slavic food and enjoy performances by the Czech Plus Band from Cedar Rapids. The bazaar will include displays from the National Czech and Slovak Museum and the Slavic collection of the UI Main Library. For a complete schedule visit

For more information contact Heidi Vekemans at or 319-335-3862.


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