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Oct. 19, 2009

At A Glance

American College Personnel Association honors Education's Liddell

Debora Liddell, associate professor and program coordinator for the Student Development Program in the University of Iowa College of Education, has been recognized as a Diamond Honoree by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Foundation for her exceptional contributions to higher education throughout her career.

Through its Diamond Honoree program, the foundation annually recognizes a small group of educators who have made significant contributions of leadership and scholarship to their institutions, to ACPA and to students.

Liddell, an associate professor in the UI Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development, is one of only 15 individuals to be recognized as a 2010 Diamond Honoree.

One of Liddell's nominators describes her as being committed to engaging students through teaching, advising and scholarship and as someone who takes the time to know her students and insightfully tailor learning interventions and professional development opportunities to their unique needs.

The foundation is affiliated with ACPA College Student Educators International, an international association of 8,500 members. The ACPA Foundation supports ACPA's priorities for promoting student learning and helping to prepare students for a lifetime of learning and leadership.


UI students to compete in bass fishing championship

Two University of Iowa students will compete in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championship from Saturday, Oct. 31 to Monday, Nov. 2 on Kentucky Lake in Murray, Ky.

Bob Downey, a junior finance and economics major, and Tyler Mehrl, a junior marketing major, are members of the UI Bass Fishing Club ( They qualified for the regional event after finishing fifth in a National Guard FLW tournament on the Lake of the Ozarks earlier this month, and received a $1,000 donation on behalf of UI.

Downey said he is excited and confident about the upcoming challenge, but that it will be tough to fish on a lake neither he nor Mehrl have been to before.

The regional tournament will give the two a chance to win a $25,000 unrestricted donation for the UI and another $25,000 for the club. The event will be televised nationally on Versus. The top five teams in the regional championship will advance to the national championship in Knoxville, Tenn. April 10-12, 2010.

National Guard FLW College Fishing is a nationwide competitive bass-fishing program open to all full-time students at four-year colleges and universities.


Study on nighttime urinary frequency/urgency seeks participants

Men and women age 18 and older who have strong, sudden urges to urinate, especially at night, or have had the need to urinate frequently for three or more months are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study.

The study will evaluate whether a new FDA-approved medication approved for overactive bladder can help reduce nighttime urinary frequency and urgency.

Individuals with a history of interstitial cystitis are not eligible to participate.

The study involves five visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics over 16 weeks. Participants will randomly be assigned to take the active study medication or a placebo (an inactive pill). All participants are asked to keep a voiding diary.

The study drug or placebo and related tests are provided at no cost. Compensation for clinic visits and parking is also available.

For more information, contact Mary Eno, study coordinator, at 319-384-9265 or


Holden Cancer Center monthly cancer tip: Preventing lymphedema

Lymphedema -- the painful swelling and build-up of fluid -- can affect people with different types of cancer, including breast cancer. Cancer treatment that involves the removal of lymph nodes or treatments that injure the lymph system can cause this swelling. In other cases, a tumor might press on or block the lymph channels.

Lymphedema is easier to prevent than to treat. Prevention tips include:
--Avoid wearing anything tight on the affected area.
--Don't have blood pressure taken on an affected arm.
--Don't use heat on or draw blood from the affected body part.

Anyone with lymphedema should ask their doctor about ways to treat symptoms. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Lymphedema Clinic provides services for outpatients.

For more information, visit For help scheduling an appointment or information about any cancer, contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa at 800-237-1225 or visit online at


Assault reported to University of Iowa Police

University of Iowa Police received a report of an incident that occurred about 3 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 on the ninth floor of Slater Hall. A woman reported she was using the men's restroom when two males walked in. They turned off the lights and one of the suspects grabbed her and pushed her against the wall as she left one of the stalls. During the assault he made sexual comments. She was able to escape without injury.

The suspect who assaulted her is described as a white male, average height, with darker hair, dressed in blue jeans and a T-shirt. The other male was shorter and heavier.

To increase your safety, UI Police encourage students to stay in groups, avoid isolated areas if alone and use the appropriately designated restroom facilities.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of any suspects. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact University of Iowa Police at 319-335-5022 or CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.


Workshop for crisis response professionals set for Oct. 23

Leaders of the Department of Spiritual Services at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will sponsor the first David Belgum Memorial Workshop beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1300 Melrose Ave. in Iowa City.

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, professor of pastoral care at Southern Methodist University, will present the workshop entitled "First Responders - How to be a Supportive Presence in Times of Crisis." The workshop is intended for the broad range of professionals who often provide the initial emotional and spiritual support for those who experience a major crisis in their life, including clergy, nurses, social workers and emergency medicine specialists.

The workshop honors the memory of the Rev. David Belgum, who founded the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Continuing Education Units will be available to registrants through Southern Methodist University. For more information and registration, call 319-356-2523.


Public invited to College of Education panel on restorative justice Oct. 26

University of Iowa music education students are learning how to teach and learn in alternative contexts such as a prison.

The general public -- as well as graduate students in a UI College of Education seminar titled "Teaching and Learning in Alternative Contexts: At-Risk Youth, Prisons, and Restorative Justice'' -- are invited to listen to an introductory lecture and panel on restorative justice from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in Room 200 in the Communications Center on the UI campus.

The featured speakers will be Mary P. Roche, director of victim and restorative justice programs with the Iowa Department of Corrections, and Fred Gay, juvenile bureau chief with the Polk County Attorney Office.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public, and the course is one of few like this in the nation, according to Mary Cohen, an assistant professor of music education with joint appointments in the Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences who is teaching the graduate seminar.

This new course examines at-risk youth, prisons and restorative justice, and the seminar has rotating topics. For more information or special accommodations to attend this panel, contact Cohen at or 319-335-3030.


Poets Mathys and Martin will read at Prairie Lights Oct. 28

Poets Ted Mathys and Chris Martin will read from their work in a free event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. The event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

Mathys' new collection is "The Spoils," and he is also the author of "Forge." Beginning with the delivery of a diplomatic soccer ball to Henry Kissinger and culminating in a transformative road trip through the Deep South, his poems address the contradictions of modern life and morality.

Martin is the author of "American Music," winner of the Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets. Martin's poems reflect all things found in the urban environment: asphalt, subways, technology, strangers, the drudgery of work, the garbage trucks and open parks, fist fights and snapshots, fears and paranoia, loves and joys. A rapper and teacher, Martin is the editor of Puppy Flowers, an online magazine of the arts.


Swing Dance Club hosts Halloween dance Oct. 30

The University of Iowa Swing Dance Club will host its annual Halloween Swinger's Ball on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St. in downtown Iowa City.

The night starts with a beginner's dance lesson at 7 p.m. and continues with a dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Guests are urged to wear costumes and swing the night away to live music by Django's Tigers, a five-piece club group from Eastern Iowa. Admission is $5 for club members and $10 for the rest of the community.

For more information about the UI Swing Dance Club or the Halloween Swinger's Ball, visit or contact Emily Sohn, UI Swing Dance Club president or, or Heather Streicher, marketing director, at


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