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April 3, 2009

At A Glance

Mason to host two Presidential Budget Forums April 8

University of Iowa President Sally Mason will host two Presidential Budget Forums for UI faculty and staff on Wednesday, April 8.

The first session will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Bijou Theatre (Room 166) of the Iowa Memorial Union. A second session will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Prem Sahai Auditorium (Room 1110A) of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF).

Mason will provide a brief overview of the budget challenges facing the university before taking suggestions and comments from attendees.

University of Iowa Television (UITV) will tape, edit and rebroadcast the forums on the following days and times: 5 p.m. Thursday, April 9; 3 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, April 10; 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11; and 5 p.m. Sunday, April 12. Additional airings the week of April 13 will be listed on UITV's Web site at .

In the meantime, UI faculty and staff are encouraged to continue watching the UI Budget Web site for updates. Visit for the latest budget information and to submit your own cost-saving suggestions.

UI Ph.D. student Wilson wins Administrator of Tomorrow Award

The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) has given University of Iowa graduate student Amy Wilson its Football Bowl Subdivision Administrator of Tomorrow Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in intercollegiate athletics.

Wilson, a Ph.D. student through the UI Graduate College in the Health and Sport Studies program, is one of just five recipients nationally of an Administrator of Tomorrow Award, which is presented to a student, intern or volunteer who aspires to a career in intercollegiate athletics.

Wilson co-created with Christine Grant, associate professor emeritus in Health and Sport Studies, the Gender Equity Questionnaire that was used by the UI in its NCAA Certification Self-Study for Title IX issues. She was elected by her peers to be the Ph.D. representative to the Graduate Faculty Committee. She has given eight presentations on Title IX in the past two years, including one on "Girls & Women Rock: Celebrating 35 Years of Sport & Title IX" at the Title IX Academic & Legal Conference at Ithaca College in 2007. And she interned with UI Athletic Director Gary Barta and helped write the Department of Athletics five-year strategic plan.

For more information about the NACWAA visit

Choi will present free harpsichord recital April 19

Bonnie Choi, a widely respected harpsichordist and teacher, will present a free recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. in Iowa City.

Choi appears as a guest of the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society. She will play works by the Baroque composers Jean-Phillippe Rameau, William Byrd, Henry Purcell and J.S. Bach, and close with "Bird Boogie," composed in 1973 by Franzpeter Goebels.

Choi teaches harpsichord and piano at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., and at Syracuse University. She is the founder and harpsichordist of the early-music performance ensemble Air de Cour. She has given lectures and master classes at the National Harpsichord Competition in Kansas, the Hanoi Conservatory of Music in Vietnam, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China, and the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong.

She has concertized widely in North America and Asia. Her performances have been heard on public radio in the United States and Hong Kong, and she has recorded for VM Music.

UI hosts math, science, engineering day for girls April 21

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will host "Go! Girls STEM Exploration Day" for girls in grades 5, 6 and 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Designed to interest girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the event will begin with an 8:30 a.m. check-in and 9 a.m. welcome before conducting explorations of various fields of study.

The event is co-sponsored by the UI College of Engineering, Iowa Math and Science Education Partnership, Grant Wood Area Education Agency and Kirkwood Community College.

For more information contact Rebecca Whitaker, UI College of Engineering, 319-335-5706 or


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