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Dec. 3, 2010

At A Glance

UI Alumni Association offering presales on Hawkeye bowl packages

The University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) is offering a presales for official bowl travel packages for all Hawkeye football fans.

Given Iowa’s record and Big Ten rankings, the Hawkeyes could be playing in one of three postseason bowls: the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., or the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Bowl packages include several amenities, including game tickets, official events, optional tours, “chalk talk” sessions with Big Ten Network contributor and founder Jon Miller, deluxe accommodations and more. Travel with the UIAA will be from three potential departure cities: Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Moline, Ill.

The UIAA added the Moline location this year to the usual Cedar Rapids and Des Moines departures; 135 passengers are needed to charter from Moline.

For for more information and to register, see or Reservations can also be made by calling Hawkeye Sports Travel at 800-553-5527.


Retired Justice Stevens cites Baldus study in noted book review

A book review written by former United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens makes several references to a study by University of Iowa law professor David Baldus about the fairness of capital punishment.

In his review of “Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition,” published in the Dec. 23 issue of New York Review of Books, Stevens cites Baldus’ study of executions in Georgia. The study found that murderers of white victims were 11 times more likely to be sentenced to death than were murderers of black victims.

The one-time supporter of capital punishment notes that the study is one of the reasons why he changed his position to oppose it. Stevens’ review can be read online at


RVAP launches new public service announcement to end violence

Staff with the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) at the University of Iowa recently collaborated with adolescents from a local area school to create a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) video titled “Together We Will End Violence.”

RVAP staff asked junior high students to take a stand against all forms of interpersonal violence by holding anti-violence signs. In addition to the anti-violence message, students filled in the blank with something they enjoy ranging from singing to swimming to friends.

RVAP works to help make early interventions to shape pro-social attitudes and behaviors so that as these students grow into adulthood and attend the UI, they can make healthy choices, according to Kristin Dawson, RVAP education coordinator.

The PSA can now be viewed at, and it will also start playing on Iowa City’s Community Television Channel 4 periodically this Saturday, Dec. 4.

Dawson said that RVAP staff especially hope to create awareness among UI students so they can be involved in future PSAs for the UI community.

For more information, visit or contact Dawson at 319-335-6001.


‘The American West of the Imagination’ is 'WorldCanvass' topic Dec. 10

Guests at the next “WorldCanvass” program will compare and contrast the idealized European view of the American West of the 19th century with the reality as Native Americans knew it. “The American West of the Imagination” program will be Friday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol. The event is free and open to the public.

Host Joan Kjaer will lead discussions of a variety of topics, including the German “love affair” with the American Indian, early exploration of the New World and what this untamed land represented in the minds of Europeans, and how the American West is depicted in contemporary films, literature and popular culture.

Guests include art historian Joni Kinsey, Native American poetry specialist Linda Bolton, history professor Glenn Penny and many other faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For a list of featured guests, visit

"WorldCanvass" is recorded for later broadcast on UITV, KRUI-FM and Iowa Public Radio. Live streaming will be available at

“WorldCanvass” is a production of International Programs in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV, KRUI and Information Technology Services. For more information, contact Joan Kjaer at 319-335-2026 or


WRAC invites applications for Margaret P. Benson Memorial Scholarship

Staff members with the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa invite applications for the Margaret P. Benson Memorial Scholarship program for the upcoming (2011-12) academic year. The application deadline is Feb. 11, 2011.

Created by a designated bequest to the UI Foundation, the Margaret P. Benson Memorial Scholarship recognizes qualified female applicants who demonstrate financial need and are committed to women's issues, diversity and social activism.  One or two awards are available each year. Awards generally range from $1,000 to $2,000 per academic year to be applied toward tuition, fees, living expenses or books. The scholarship is presented at the UI's annual Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women (

The Margaret P. Benson Memorial Scholarship is administered and selected by individuals affiliated with WRAC.  The center is a diverse community dedicated to fostering women's individual empowerment and systemic solutions to all forms of oppression.

Information about eligibility and application procedures is available at For more information, call WRAC Interim Director Linda Stewart Kroon at 319-335-1486.


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