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March 16, 2009

At A Glance

UI to test outdoor warning system March 20

The University of Iowa will test its outdoor warning system between 10 and 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 20.

The system, similar to one used throughout Johnson County, uses sirens to emit warning tones and can broadcast pre-recorded messages and live public announcements. Both warning tones and voice announcements will be broadcast during the test.

The test will include activation of the system's seven pre-programmed voice messages and public address features. To hear those messages, visit

A three-minute pause between each message sequence will allow the system's amplifiers and speaker drivers to cool.

This will mark the first complete test of the UI outdoor warning system. A previous test was postponed because of weather; in the interim a tower was added at Gilmore Hall. The system may be heard in neighborhoods near the UI's main and Oakdale campuses.

In case of rain or thunderstorms the test will be rescheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 25. Tests are avoided during inclement weather to prevent people from mistaking the sirens for an actual warning.

Direct questions about the test to UI Fire Safety and Security Coordinator Bruce McAvoy at 319-335-5389.

UI alumna to discuss community-owned tourism in developing countries March 25

MaryGrace Weber, a 2008 UI graduate, will present "Travel for Change: Community Based Tourism in the Developing World" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Wednesday, March 25, at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Weber founded Travel for Change, a nonprofit organization committed to helping communities in developing countries build community-owned ecotourism initiatives. Profits are then invested in development projects and micro businesses in the surrounding areas. Travel for Change is currently working on its first project in Tanzania, Africa.

Weber's talk is part of a series of events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council.

Taste of China will cater the event. Reservations are $7.50 for council members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Tuesday, March 24.

For more information call 319-335-0351 or visit

Speaker will discuss visual impact of lynching March 26

Rasul A. Mowatt, assistant professor of recreation, park and tourism studies at Indiana University, will present "Lynching America: The Visual Impact of a Social Phenomenon on a People, Places and a Society" at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in Room E105 Adler Journalism Building.

Mowatt earned a doctorate in leisure behavior from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to his academic career he worked in municipal parks and recreation. His research focuses on deviancy and violence associated with leisure and the use of visual methodologies in leisure research. He is also a music DJ who spends time spinning in domestic and international venues.

The talk is part of the African American Studies Darwin Turner Speaker Series, and is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Leisure Studies Program. Anyone needing an accommodation to attend this event is asked to call 319-335-0285 in advance.


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