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Feb. 25, 2009

At A Glance

'Climb for a Cause' to help UI student with spinal cord injury

University of Iowa Recreational Services is hosting "Climb for a Cause" from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 in the UI Field House Climbing Gym. The fundraising event is intended to help UI student Michelle Kephart recover from a spinal cord injury.

A member of the Recreational Services climbing staff organized the event, and money raised Saturday will go toward Kephart's medical bills and related expenses, according to Dave Patton, assistant director in UI Recreational Services.

Kephart is in the Master of Science in Nursing-Clinical Nurse Leader program at the UI and in the TriHawks triathlon club.

Cost is $10 for climbing and a t-shirt. All levels of climbers, including beginners, are encouraged to participate.

For more information contact Patton at 384-1223 or

Class on 19th-century photography offered March 4

Trace the history of photography from its introduction in 1839 until the end of the 19th century and learn about photographic images using copper, glass and paper through an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute class at the UI.

The class will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in room 1117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility, on the west side of the UI campus. The course fee is $10.

"In Nineteenth Century Photography: Types and Techniques," instructor Paul Juhl will show techniques used by early Iowa photographers and discuss the importance of photography in Iowa history.

Registration is available online at, or contact Julie Bobitt at 319-384-4222 or for more information.

Tisch Jones to speak at March 6 'Finding God' Forum

At the next "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum Friday, March 6, Tisch Jones, UI associate professor of directing and theater history, will reflect on the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The talk, "This Moment in American History," will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Purdue Room (Room 341) of the Iowa Memorial Union. Jones, who fought for civil rights growing up in South Carolina, leads the Darwin Turner Action Theatre at the UI. See for more information about Jones.

Sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, the "Finding God at Iowa" forums provide an opportunity for UI faculty, staff and students to reflect on issues related to faith.

For more information contact Ed Laarman at or 319-341-0007.


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