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Aug. 25, 2010

At A Glance

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants arrive on UI campus

Four Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) have arrived at the University of Iowa where they will spend the next year in International Programs teaching Turkish, Indonesian, Hindi and Arabic and serving as cultural ambassadors for their home countries. The teaching assistants will also take two courses a semester as non-degree students during their year in Iowa.

The FLTA program is aimed at strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities and is a natural complement to International Programs’ Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education (FLARE) program and Autonomous Language Learning Network (ALLNet). This year’s FLTAs are Ezgi Bahce from Turkey, Ari Natarina from Indonesia, Rajiv Ranjan from India, and Asma Ben Romdhane from Tunisia.

The FLTA supervisor is Kathryn Henry and program coordinator is Elena Osinsky. Support for the FLTAs comes from the Fulbright Program in the U.S. Department of State, International Programs and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact Henry at or Osinsky at 319-335-2825 or


UI health reform law class available online

A University of Iowa College Law class that examines the legal implications of the health care reform law will be offered online for anyone who wants to learn more.

The class sessions of the Health Law Colloquium are held every Thursday except Thanksgiving from 2:20 to 4:20 p.m. Central Time, starting Aug. 26 and ending Dec. 2. Those who wish to participate in the class live can do so through Elluminate, the UI’s distance education program. Participants can register and log in at

Class sessions will also be videotaped and put online afterward, along with PowerPoints and other supporting documents. The material will be available for download at

The class will analyze legal issues presented by the country’s new health care policy with professors and experts from across the UI campus and beyond. They will analyze the law from such legal perspectives as economics, human rights, anti-trust, insurance, employment, poverty and constitutional.


Southwestern Community College partners with UI to provide degrees

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston, Iowa, and the University of Iowa have partnered to bring UI coursework and degrees to SWCC starting this fall.

UI President Sally Mason and SWCC President Barb Crittenden formalized this partnership during a signing ceremony at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 25, on the SWCC campus.

Students who complete their Associate in Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Arts (AA) degree may continue their education by enrolling in a UI degree program. SWCC graduates may choose from three degree options: the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS), the Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) and the RN-BSN degree.

The partnership allows SWCC students the option to pursue five different tracks within the Bachelor of Applied Studies degree.  The five tracks are general studies, nonprofit management certificate, the entrepreneurial management certificate, human relations and political science. A sixth track on justice studies is also in development.  UI Division of Continuing Education advisors will visit SWCC, as well as provide online support to help students plan a course of study and achieve their educational goals.
For more information, visit


Iowa Western, UI to sign agreement Aug. 26

Officials at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the University of Iowa will meet this week to sign an articulation agreement offering educational opportunities for students in southwest Iowa. The agreement will enable students to complete their associate's degree at Iowa Western and then take UI distance education course work to earn a bachelor's degree.

Dan Kinney, president of Iowa Western, and UI President Sally Mason will hold a signing ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 26, in the new student center on the campus in Council Bluffs. A public reception will follow at 2:30 p.m.

Upon completion of the associate’s degree, students can choose from five career tracks at the UI: entrepreneurial management, general studies, human relations, nonprofit management and political science.

Some of the other benefits include: the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) accepts career and technical credits on an equal basis with other community college credits; and up to 60 semester hours of community college course work may be accepted as transfer credits for the BAS/Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS), just to name a few.

For more information, call Iowa Western at 712-325-3200 or visit


Native American health the focus of film, panel discussion Aug. 27

The public is invited to a film showing and panel discussion featuring the documentary "From the Badlands to Alcatraz" at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St. in Iowa City.

The inspiring film, part of Landlocked Film Festival, follows Native American youth who attempt the challenging swim from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore while enrolling in a program promoting healthy behaviors.

Director Nancy Iverson will lead the discussion following the film. Iverson, an alumna of the Carver College of Medicine, is a San Franciscan pediatrician who founded the program for Lakota people living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

In addition to Iverson, the UI College of Public Health has arranged a discussion panel including:
--Sue Curry, dean of the College of Public Health
--Edith Parker, UI professor and head of community and behavioral health
--Mitch Owen, co-chair of the local Native American Council and UI Hospitals and Clinics medical lab scientist
--Catherine Zeman, UI College of Public Health alumna and University of Northern Iowa associate professor of environmental health


'Home/Land' screening and panel will launch 2010 IWP schedule

The 2010 schedule of public events presented by the University of Iowa International Writing Program will begin with a free screening of "Home/Land" and a panel discussion at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, in the Plaza Room of Hotel Vetro in downtown Iowa City.

The screening is part of the Landlocked Film Festival:

"Home/Land" is a 30-minute documentary directed by Lebanese filmmaker Nigol Bezjian with cinematography by Cyprus-based filmmaker Stephen Nugent. The film project grew out of the IWP's 2008 New Symposium on the Greek island of Paros, where writers from around the world gathered to explore the concept of home and its loss. (

The panel that follows, to discuss the concept of "home" in open dialogue with the audience, will include IWP Director Christopher Merrill, IWP editor Natasa Durovicova, German poet Anja Kampmann, poet Hinemoanna Baker from New Zealand and others.

Read the writers' bios at and learn about upcoming IWP events at


UI hosts open house at Pappajohn Education Center in Des Moines Sept. 2
The University of Iowa will host an open house at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the facility, located at 1200 Grand Ave. in downtown Des Moines. It is free and open to the public.
This event will offer an opportunity for the public to learn more about programs offered in Des Moines. Those who participate can also attend mini-workshops and take a tour of the facility or the Sculpture Park. UI President Sally Mason will speak briefly at 5:15 p.m.
The open house is sponsored by the UI Tippie College of Business, the School of Social Work in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the UI Division of Continuing Education.
For more information on the center, visit For more information or special accommodations to attend the open house, contact Richard Gardner at 515-235-4621 or


Todd reads from Great War crime novel Sept. 2

Charles Todd will read from the new crime novel, "An Impartial Witness," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Todd’s dozen Ian Rutledge crime novels put the reader in England in the years just following the Great War. They take place in the villages of Lancashire among people who are still reeling from the loss only such a war can bring. In 2009 Todd introduced young fearless British Army nurse, Bess Crawford.

In "An Impartial Witness," the second Bess Crawford novel, she suspects that a death that had been dismissed as suicide was actually a murder. The settings take the reader from Paris to London and back to Europe in the summer of 1917.

Todd is actually not an Englishman but an American mother and son writing team. The Sept. 2 reading will feature Caroline Todd. She has a degree in English literature and history and a master's degree in international relations. Son Charles has a degree in business management and a culinary arts degree. Visit their website at


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