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Nov. 18, 2009

At A Glance

Students create 'blook' to profile journalists across the globe

A group of UI journalism students has developed an online "blook" -- as in blog/book -- profiling successful journalists from all over the world.

The blook, available at, features interviews with 30 women in journalism. Each journalist's story is paired with a profile of the student writer.

The class profiled a variety of journalists, including Amira Al Hussaini, managing editor of the Bahrain Telegraph; Dorothy Ray, an alumna of the journalism school and host of "The Dottie Ray" show on Iowa City's KXIC for 51 years; and Antonia Fernanda Lima Onofre, a freelance journalist for various news outlets in Angola.

The class is taught by Professor Pam Creedon of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the college of liberal arts and sciences.

Established in March 2008, offers interviews and information from experts around the world -- academics, editors and reporters, and public affairs officials -- on issues that define the future. The site collaborates with universities to help students and professors, particularly those in communications, navigate the technology transitions in their field.


Aiming For A Cure helps UI Children's Hospital patient

University of Iowa Children's Hospital patient Kelsey Batterson and her family attended the 2009 Children's Miracle Network Classic Nov. 12-15 at Walt Disney World, thanks to the Aiming For A Cure Foundation and Deric Powell, a Cedar Rapids business owner.

Children's Miracle Network Classic is a golf tournament held in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Powell purchased the trip for the Batterson family at the 6th annual Aiming For A Cure Foundation banquet in March.

The Aiming For A Cure Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to benefit pediatric oncology patients and families served by UI Children's Hospital. To date, the organization has donated $500,000. Learn more at

For more information, call Children's Miracle Network at 319-335-8484.


University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum closed Nov. 26, 27

The University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. It will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, and resume regular hours through December.

The Old Capitol Museum's regular hours are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit


Calico gives two presentations Dec. 3, 4 as part of Opera Studies Forum

Joy Calico, associate professor of musicology at Vanderbilt University, will give two free public presentations sponsored by the Opera Studies Forum, part of International Programs at the University of Iowa.

Calico will speak about the Metropolitan Opera high definition (HD) transmission of Stauss's "Der Rosenkavalier: at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre in downtown Iowa City. This transmission will be shown live at the Sycamore Mall Theaters in Iowa City on Jan. 9. Community members are invited to attend in preparation for January's event.

Calico will also speak on "Regieoper or Eurotrash? The Legacy of East German Theater Directors on the Opera Stage" at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Room 107 of the English-Philosophy Building on the UI campus. She will discuss the practice of radical staging as the most significant development in opera staging since Wagner, a legacy of East German theater culture, and a synthesis of two schools of directorial thought and will trace influences in the work of current directors Katharina Wagner, Christoph Schlingensief, and Calixto Bieito.

For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-3862 or For more information on the Opera Studies Forum, visit


UI Museum of Natural History offers Lewis and Clark workshop

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will offer a workshop about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, one of America's greatest adventures, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in the Iowa Hall gallery. Pre-registration is required, as the class is limited to 15 students in grades 3-5.

The expedition, also known as the "Corps of Discovery," was celebrated at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis and made important contributions to knowledge about the land, people, and animals of the western United States.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to make a "winter count" similar to those created by many Native American groups to record important events of the previous year. Other activities include learning how to track animals by their footprints, as the expedition did for hunting and scientific purposes, and communicating with sign language as Lewis did with the Plains tribes they encountered.

The workshop is presented in conjunction with "The Museum Goes to the Fair," a special exhibit featuring artifacts from the museum acquired during the 1904 World's Fair. The exhibit is on display at Old Capitol Museum through February 2010.


UI Recreational Services seeks teams for annual 'Hawkeye Shootout' Dec. 11-13

Registration is now open for the University of Iowa Recreational Services' annual "Hawkeye Shootout" youth basketball tournament, to be held Friday Dec. 11 to Sunday, Dec. 13 at the UI Field House.

Spots are still available for registration. Cost per team is $200 and teams will be scheduled for a minimum of three games. The tournament is free and open to spectators.

The Hawkeye Shootout is offered to seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls across Iowa. All participants must return both the completed registration form and the entry fee to be entered into the tournament.

For more information about the Hawkeye Shootout tournament or to register visit or contact Mike Widen at


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