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April 1, 2009

UI series of events celebrate life, memory of Miya Rodolfo-Sioson

"Miya of the Quiet Strength," a series of events celebrating the life and memory of Miya Rodolfo-Sioson, will be held throughout the month of April to honor the contributions of the lone survivor of the Nov. 1, 1991 Gang Lu shootings on the University of Iowa campus.

Jacque Gharib, her close friend, caretaker and former UI student, is spearheading the activities, which include the Iowa premier of the documentary "Miya of the Quiet Srength," a brown-bag luncheon and documentary mini-screening and a special ceremony on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway on the UI campus. All of the activities are free and open to the public.

Rodolfo-Sioson, who was a former UI student, Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) work-study student and UI Lecture Committee chair, died of breast cancer in December 2008. She was an active member of several groups promoting human rights, including chairing the UI Central America Solidarity Committee.

"Miya left us on December 3, but her legacy lives on," Gharib said. "She was a remarkable young woman, and we hope everyone in the community will consider participating in one of these events to find out more about her life and her achievements. Everyone will be inspired by her courage and commitment."

Event sponsors include the UI Lecture Committee, WRAC, the Evert Conner Rights and Resources Center for Independent Living, the Consultation of Religious Communities and Paul McAndrew.

Following is a schedule of events:

--Wednesday, April 1: Installation of Miya Rodolfo-Sioson photo exhibition at the Women's Resource and Action Center, 130.N. Madison St. in Iowa City. The exhibit, which will contain 24 photos of different facets of Rodolfo-Sioson's life, will be on display through April 27.

--Wednesday, April 8: Noon brown bag luncheon at WRAC; A mini-screening of "Miya of the Quiet Strength" will be followed by a discussion with friends of Rodolfo-Sioson.

--Friday, April 10 at noon: Commemoration ceremony on the crosswalks east of the Old Capitol building steps on the UI Pentacrest. Ann Rhodes will be the featured speaker in the ceremony to honor and acknowledge the passing of Rodolfo-Sioson on December 3, 2008. Rhodes, clinical associate professor in the UI College of Nursing, was the vice president of University Relations at the time of the shootings. The ceremony will be followed by a procession to the T. Anne Cleary Walkway for a wreath-laying, which will close the ceremony. Rodolfo-Sioson family members and UI friends will be in attendance along with film director Daniel Julien.

-- Sunday, April 12 at 7 p.m. the Iowa Film Premier of the film "Miya of the Quiet Strength" will take place at Buchanan Auditorium in the UI Pappajohn Business Building. The one-hour documentary will be followed by a question and answer session with the film's director and members of the UI/Iowa City community who appear in the film. For more information on the film visit

"Miya of the Quiet Strength" t-shirts and buttons will be available on the Iowa City pedestrian mall during the month of April. All sales will go to, which produced and is distributing the film.

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these activities, call WRAC at 319-335-1486 or For more information on the series of events, visit

EDITOR'S NOTE: Cheryl Jenings of ABC affiliate, KGO-TV, San Francisco, has agreed to make available via satellite feed old footage regarding Miya Rodolfo-Sioson in the Bay area, 415-954-7272,,

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jacqueline Gharib, 319-936-3608,; Daniel Julien, 510-917-1223, daniel@swiftusa@org; Laurie Haag, WRAC, 319-335-1486,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,