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May 6, 2009

At A Glance

UI College of Dentistry White Coat Ceremony is May 7

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry will hold its White Coat Ceremony for first-year students at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in the Galagan Auditorium at the UI Dental Sciences Building.

The ceremony honors first-year dental students as they earn clinical privileges to see patients in the dental clinics.

David Johnson, dean of the UI College of Dentistry, will offer remarks, and students will be welcomed by three alumni: Jim Harris, president of the Iowa Section of the American College of Dentistry; Keith Krell, president of the Iowa Section of the International College of Dentists; and Fred Fuller, chair of the Iowa Pierre Fauchard.

Peter Damiano, also a college alumnus and director of the UI Public Policy Center, will give the keynote address after which the students will be ceremonially cloaked with their first white laboratory coats and will recite the Oath of a Dentist.


UI America Reads hosts 12th annual year end celebration May 8

University of Iowa America Reads will host its 12th annual year-end celebration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8 at Roosevelt Elementary School in Iowa City.

UI America Reads was created in 1997 in response to then-President Bill Clinton's mandate that all children read well by the completion of third grade. UI America Reads is one of the few that has a highly prescribed plan based on years of research from the UI's Summer Reading Clinic, according to Joy Harrington, program coordinator.

UI America Reads hires up to 50 work study students from all fields of study at the university. Tutors must complete 20 hours of training in the teaching of reading and then attend weekly workshops before they can be hired. This year, there are 44 UI tutors, of which 15 are education majors.

Every tutor travels to one of six Iowa City Community School District schools and provides 30-minute one-on-one reading tutorials for children. Tutors work with the same children two to three days each week and write lesson plans for each child every day they tutor. The service is provided free to the school district.

For more information call Harrington at 319-335-5594.


Culver's fundraiser to benefit UI Children's Hospital May 12

Culver's Frozen Custard, located at 2591 Heartland Place in Coralville, will donate 10 percent of its sales on Tuesday, May 12, to University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

In addition, restaurant staff members are selling Culver's calendars and collecting donations in special canisters to support the specialized care provided at the state's only nationally ranked children's hospital.

All proceeds will benefit patients and families at UI Children's Hospital. Representatives of UI Children's Hospital will be at Culver's during the noon hour on May 12 to thank customers for their support. Ron Nove, owner of Culver's, began holding bi-annual fundraising events to benefit UI Children's Hospital in 2005.


Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center hosts boot camp May 15

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will host an entrepreneurship boot camp for aspiring business owners from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 15 in Room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building. Registration is free and open to the public.

The workshop will help entrepreneurs define and develop their business ideas. Topics examined include creating a value proposition, developing a business model, competitive and sustainable advantage, and financing.

Register by Wednesday, May 13 online at or by calling 319-335-1022.


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