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Jan. 8, 2010

At A Glance

UI named a best value in higher education

The University of Iowa is among the top 100 best values in higher education, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The university was ranked as the 73rd best value of 500 public colleges or universities reviewed by the magazine.

Factors that went into determining the rankings were top-flight academics (measured by SAT/ACT scores, admission and retention rates, graduate rates and student-faculty ratios) and affordable costs (including total costs for students, students with need, students without need and average debt).

The university was ranked 92nd among public universities based on its out-of-state tuition.

For a complete list and accompanying story, visit the Kiplinger's Web site at


UI sponsors women's history essay contest for local high school students

March marks Women's History Month, and the University of Iowa Council on the Status of Women is sponsoring an essay contest for local high school students now through March 1.

The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors in Johnson County. Essays should run 750 to 1,000 words long and capture an aspect of women's experiences prior to the 20th century, focusing on the ways in which women crossed geographic and social boundaries.

Topics should fit one of the following categories: travelers, missionaries, migrants, artists and writers, students and teachers, wives or widows, mothers, soldiers, healers or workers. Students are asked to consider how women in these capacities encountered diverse worlds, whether across racial, class, ethnic or national boundaries.

A committee of writers and historians will evaluate the essays based on engagement with the topic, use of sources -- especially primary sources -- in support of an argument, and clear and effective writing.

For contest rules and submission guidelines, visit

For more information, contact UI history professor Paula Michaels at


UI community invited to Jan. 11 informational meeting on China trip

The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce invites University of Iowa staff, faculty and students to an informational meeting Monday, Jan. 11 to learn about its unique trip to China. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, 325 East Washington St., Iowa City. This meeting was rescheduled from Jan. 7 because of inclement weather.

Chamber staff will share details of the trip including tour itinerary and cost. Attendees will enjoy complimentary Chinese cuisine. RSVP to or call 319-337-9637.

Trip participants will visit Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai, and discover a foreign culture, view modern and ancient sights and learn global best practices.

This eight-day, all inclusive trip from April 16-23 includes round-trip airfare from Chicago, domestic airfare in China, hotel accommodations with private facilities, three full meals daily, deluxe bus tours, entrance fees for tourist attractions and sightseeing, fluent and knowledgeable English speaking tour manager and luggage handling for $2,100. The chamber has extended this member pricing to UI faculty and staff.

The trip is open to the UI community, friends and family and members of the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids chambers.

Visit to download a registration form.

For more information, contact Kelly McCann, 319-337-9637 or


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