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Aug. 19, 2010

At A Glance

College of Education faculty help agency honored with block grant

A local organization is receiving a Community Development Block Grant thanks in part to the work of two University of Iowa College of Education faculty members.

The organization, the Mayor's Youth Empowerment Program, is one of several groups being recognized at a celebration from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 19, at the new 4Cs Home Ties Child Care Center, located in the First Mennonite Church at 405 Myrtle Ave. in Iowa City. The Mayor's Youth Empowerment Program provides advocacy and support to at-risk youth, children and adults with disabilities who face barriers to independence and resources to their families.

Betsy Altmaier, a professor in psychological and quantitative foundations, and Saba Ali, associate professor in psychological and quantitative foundation, assisted the organization with developing a community collaboration they called "MORE than 'something to do,'" with Altmaier focusing on fundraising and Ali assisting with career guidance activities.

For more information about the program, contact Altmaier at 319-335-5566.


UI, Historical Society preservationists help save items damaged in Colfax flooding

A team of conservators and preservationists led by Nancy E. Kraft of the University of Iowa Libraries Preservation Department and Jerome Thompson of the State Historical Society of Iowa recently spent two days assisting Colfax Historical Society members with evacuating collections from their flood-damaged museum.

Kraft said the museum was in the middle of a new building project next door to the current museum when the flooding hit. The older building, which housed the collections, took on at least four feet of water while the newer building, which is on higher ground, took only a few inches. Kraft and Thompson were able to dry out the new building and use it to temporarily store the retrieved collections. Several volumes of the Colfax Tribune and other paper items are now drying in UI Libraries' book freeze-dryer.

It will take several days to complete the evacuation of the entire collection, Kraft said, and the UI/ State Historical Society team will continue to provide advice to museum staff.

The Colfax Historical Society has several other smaller buildings that were also damaged by the flood, Kraft added. Donations may be sent to Colfax Historical Society, PO Box 123, Colfax, IA 50054, to the attention of "Flood Recovery." For more information, contact Kraft at 319-335-5246 or


Women’s Resource and Action Center sponsors open house Aug. 24

The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa will hold its annual fall open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24 at the center, located at 130 N. Madison St., in the blue house directly across from the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be tours of the building, refreshments and opportunities to meet staff members and volunteers and learn about the center's services and activities.

For more information, call WRAC at 319-335-1486 or visit

Founded in 1971, WRAC is one of the oldest university-based women’s centers in the United States. Among its services, which are available to UI students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, are information and referral, advocacy, support and discussion groups, individual counseling and a wide variety of educational programs including seminars, workshops, festivals and discussions.

For more information, visit


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