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March 8, 2010

At A Glance

University Housing receives regional and national recognition

University Housing at the University of Iowa recently received one national award and seven regional monthly awards from the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH).

NRHH is an honorary student organization dedicated to recognize leaders in the residence halls. One of the ways recognizing leaders are Of The Month (OTM) awards, which recognize students, groups, programs and professional staff making significant contributions to improve the lives of students living in the residence halls. These awards are awarded on campus, regional and national levels through the National Association of College and University Residence Halls Inc.

Kate Fitzgerald, assistant director in the Office of Residence Life, earned a national award in the faculty/staff contributions category.

The regional recipients from the UI included Saturdays in Service program in the community service category, and the University Housing tutoring staff in the community category. Resident assistant Mark Calcott, first-year student Kim Reed, resident assistant Janna Shifflett, advisor Libby Spotts, and desk attendant Alysha Gilpin received individual regional awards.

To view the OTM nomination or submit an OTM, visit For more information regarding NRHH and OTM awards, contact Emira Deumic, NRHH coordinator at


WRAC sponsors 'feministing @ iowa' March 9

The University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center will present "feministing @ iowa: a Conversation with the Editors of" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, as part of its annual observance of International Women's Month in March.

Vanessa Valenti, Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Miriam Perez, blogger/editors of, will speak in Room 100 Phillips Hall, at the corner of Clinton and Washington streets in Iowa City.

The panel will address questions such as: how is the failing economy changing gender roles?; what's up with the sexual climate on college campuses?; is hooking up really tantamount to sexual liberation?; is there such a thing as "women's issues" anymore?; and much more.

Feministing, founded in April 2004, is a blog and online community that gives young women the opportunity to speak on their own behalf about issues that affect their lives and futures. It gets more than a half million readers each month, greater than the circulation of Ms. Magazine at its highest in history.

The event is free and open to the public. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be present for the event. For more information, call Laurie Haag at 319-335-1486.

For more information visit


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