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July 21, 2010

At A Glance

Dance Marathon program wins Governor's Volunteer Award

Dance Marathon, a Children's Miracle Network sponsored program at University of Iowa Children's Hospital, has received a Governor's Volunteer Award from Governor Chet Culver. Dance Marathon was selected for the Group Award, and students and advisors from the organization will be recognized at a ceremony on July 22 in Cedar Rapids.

Six universities and colleges around the region participate in Dance Marathon, which allows student volunteers to both raise funds and celebrate fundraising efforts that take place throughout the school year. All money raised from Augustana College, Central College, Iowa State University, Loras College, University of Iowa and Wartburg College directly benefits patients and families at UI Children's Hospital.

Tom Cilek, senior vice president of West Bank in Iowa City, nominated Dance Marathon for the award.

The Governor's Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor's Office. For more information, visit or call 515-725-3094.


UI program helps local kids bring lemonade stands to downtown Iowa City

Starbucks and the Java House will have added competition for downtown Iowa City’s beverage drinkers on Thursday, as lemonade stands will pop up all over the neighborhood.

Students in this summer’s UI youth entrepreneurship camp are operating the stands in teams to see which stand can sell the most lemonade and make the largest profit as part of an Apprentice-style competition. The students, who come from middle schools in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area, will work eight lemonade stands on the Pedestrian Mall from 10 to 11 a.m. on July 22.

Rain location will be inside the University Capitol Center.

The students are part of the Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy, offered by the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.


Four Chicago prose writers will read July 22 on the Writing University

Four Chicago prose writers will read from their work at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22, in Prairie Lights book, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Cris Mazza, the author of a dozen books of fiction, will read from "Trickle Down Timeline." Among her awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and three Illinois Arts Council literary awards. She is a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Davis Schneiderman will read from "Drain." He teaches at Lake Forest College, co-directs the Lake Forest Literary Festival and the On the Run lecture series, and was recently named director of the Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books.

Zoe Zolbrod, who works in educational publishing, will read from "Currency," her first novel.

Gina Frangello, the author of the critically acclaimed novel "My Sister's Continent," will read from "Slut Lullabies." She is the executive editor and co-founder of Other Voices Books and the editor of the fiction section at the Nervous Breakdown.


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