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June 30, 2009

At A Glance

McGuire to lead UI College of Public Health Board of Advisors

Andy McGuire, M.D., chief medical officer of American Enterprise Group, Inc., which has operations in Des Moines and Omaha, has been named the new chair of the University of Iowa College of Public Health Board of Advisors.

The Board of Advisors -- comprised of leaders from academe, business, community health, government, health care and labor -- meets semi-annually to advise and assist the College of Public Health in areas such as curriculum and degree programs, research programs and priorities, outreach and service, and philanthropy.

McGuire became chief medical officer for American Enterprise Group in 2002. The organization specializes in health insurance products for individuals, families, small business owners and affinity groups.

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Vonnegut correspondent Rackstraw reads July 13

Lorree Rackstraw will read from the collection of her correspondence with Kurt Vonnegut Jr., "Love, As Always, Kurt: Vonnegut as I Knew Him," at 7 p.m. Monday, July 13, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

Rackstraw and Vonnegut met when she was a student and he was a teacher in the Writers? Workshop in the mid-1960s. They became lifelong, letter-writing friends -- Vonnegut says he considered their correspondence his "wampeter," the word he made up in the novel "Cat's Cradle" to represent something about which otherwise unrelated lives may revolve.

Her memoir includes photos and never-before-published correspondence that provide insight into the experiences and forces that shaped Vonnegut's writing, portraying him as a deeply humane person who sought humor and absurdity in order to survive.

Rackstraw taught at the University of Northern Iowa for 30 years, and also served as fiction editor and reviewer for the North American Review. Her published work includes critical reviews and essays dealing with literature, environmental concerns, and the relationship between the humanities and the sciences.


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