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June 4, 2010

At A Glance

UI dentistry students, faculty honored

Ten students and three faculty members from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry were recognized by Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national honor dental society.

Carole Gleich, a third-year student, received the William S. Kramer Award of Excellence, which recognizes an outstanding junior dental student who has demonstrated scholarship, character and potential promise for the advancement of dentistry and service to humanity.

The OKU honorary dental award is given to faculty and fourth-year dental students. The student recipients are: Ryan Borgwardt, Lacey Greenwald, Jaxon Hoopes, Christi Larson, Michael Schiff, Merideth Smith, Mark Sorensen, Karl Swenson and David Thuet.

The faculty inductees are Richard Burke, clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry, and Justine Kolker, Ph.D., assistant professor of operative dentistry. The honorary inductee is Deborah Dawson, Ph.D., professor of preventive and community dentistry and director of biostatistics.


Export marketing subject of June 15 seminar for local businesses

Allen Patch of the U.S. Department of Commerce will explain the steps to successful export marketing to local business owners in a free seminar on Tuesday, June 15 at 10 a.m.

Patch, director of the Iowa Export Assistance Center, will discuss services provided by the Commerce Department for export shipments, business development and trade leads from U.S. embassies abroad and technical exports.

The seminar, sponsored by the UI Small Business Development Center, will be held at the Bioventures Center in the UI Research Park, 2500 Crosspark Road, Coralville. To register call 319-335-3742 or visit


Taylor, National Book Critics Circle finalist, reads June 17

M. Glenn Taylor, who was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award, will read from his new novel, "The Marrowbone Marble Company," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the Writing University website,

This sweeping novel of love and war, power and oppression, faith and deception, takes place over the course of three defining American decades, examining the issues of race and class throughout the tumultuous 1950s and '60s in Taylor's home state of West Virginia.

Taylor's "The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart" was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. His stories have been published in literary journals including the Chattahoochee Review, the Mid-American Review, Meridian and Gulf Coast. He teaches English and fiction writing at Harper College in suburban Chicago.


UI Percussion Camp faculty will present public recital June 17

Faculty of the University of Iowa Percussion Camp -- part of the UI Summer Music Camps for students who have completed grades 8-12 -- will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, in the Music West Interim Building (the former UI Museum of Art)

The "total percussion" concert will feature performances by Dan Moore, Mat Britain, Ginny Armstrong and Oliver Molina, as well as several UI percussion students.

Part of the Yamaha Sounds of Summer national clinics, the UI Percussion Camp will expose student to a wide variety of topics, including concert, marching, jazz and world percussion.

Moore is the head of the percussion area in the UI School of Music, and Britain is a Nashville recording artist who will teach steel pan and world percussion in the camp.

For additional information visit Learn about Sounds of Summer at


Time corrected: UI Juneteenth celebration, June 19, observes the end of slavery

Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, will be observed from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre.

A speaker, music performances and a cake reception are featured in this second annual celebration sponsored by the University of Iowa African American Council and Bethel A.M.E. Church of Iowa City.

The dreams, actions and spirit leading up to this defining moment in history are the focus of the event, celebrating the emancipation of African Americans from slavery.

While the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, is deemed as the end of slavery in this nation, official notice was delivered two and a half years later to the last slave state, Texas, thus ending slavery. The date of that last proclamation of freedom was June 19, 1865, thus the Juneteenth Celebration.

Juneteenth celebrations have grown in popularity across the nation and worldwide in recent decades.

For more information, contact Billie Townsend at 319-354-5995 or


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