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March 10, 2010

At A Glance

UI debate team wins fourth national title since 2000

Iowa Debate captured its fourth national title since 2000 by winning the freshman-sophomore nationals hosted by Michigan State March 5-8.

University of Iowa students Nathaniel Olson of Minneapolis and Ryan Hunt of San Diego beat a University of Michigan team on a 3-0 decision in the finals.

This year's collegiate debate topic was "Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce the size of its nuclear weapons arsenal, and/or substantially reduce and restrict the role and/or missions of its nuclear weapons arsenal." Iowa was affirmative in the final round, advocating that U.S. nuclear weapons doctrine ought to adhere to customary international law governing the targeting of civilian populations in times of warfare.

Debate team members Kyle Vint and Corey Stone, both of Cedar Rapids, won the District IV Tournament in late February. Winning the district tournament in debate is akin to winning the Big Ten title in athletics. The win marked a seventh straight district title for the UI.

Intercollegiate debate is administered by the A. Craig Baird Debate Forum at the UI. The team is supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Division of Continuing Education and the Department of Communication Studies.


Gronbeck named to Central States Communication Association Hall of Fame

Bruce Gronbeck, professor emeritus of communication studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be inducted to the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Hall of Fame April 16 in Cincinnati.

Gronbeck is the A. Craig Baird Distinguished Professor of Public Address. He works primarily in the area of rhetorical and media studies, with particular interests in contemporary television and politics. He frequently comments on political communication for national and international news outlets.

CSCA is a professional, academic organization founded in 1931 to promote the communication discipline. The CSCA provided Gronbeck with opportunities to serve his field at the national and international levels. He was the CSCA Outstanding Young Teacher in 1974 and served as the CSCA's youngest president in 1976-77. In that role, he established the CSCA's women's caucus and a $4,000 research award. He edited the CSCA's quarterly journal, Communication Studies, from 1983-85.

Gronbeck said he is pleased and honored to receive recognition from an organization that was instrumental in developing the field of communication studies. For more information, visit


UI student wins fourth place in Hearst broadcast news competition

University of Iowa senior Jillian Petrus won fourth place in the television category of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program broadcast competition. The award carries a $750 scholarship.

Petrus, who is majoring in journalism and mass communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, won for her stories, "UISG Investigation" and "The First Year: A Look at the UI Nursing Program," which aired earlier this year on Daily Iowan TV. The stories focused on the drinking records of UI student government members, and the rigorous first year of the UI's nursing program. To view samples of her work, visit

The top five winners were selected from among 50 television entries submitted. These winners will submit additional entries for a semi-final round of judging.

The awards program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and fully funded and administered by the W.R. Hearst Foundation.

Petrus is a native of Geneva, Ill. and the daughter of Mike and Kim Petrus.


UI saxophone students achieve unprecedented success in competitions

University of Iowa School of Music graduate-student saxophonists achieved unprecedented success at the 2010 North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference March 3-6 at the University of Georgia in Athens. Students from the studio of UI faculty member Kenneth Tse won three of the top four awards in the conference's classical competition, a first in the history of the conference.

In competition with 58 entrants, UI doctoral student Stephen Page won first prize and master's student Nathan Bogert won second prize in the classical solo competition.

Thirty-two ensembles entered the classical quartet competition and the UI Axius Quartet (Page, Bogert, Colin Young and Ryan Smith) took the second prize.

The North American Saxophone Alliance is composed of performers, teachers, students, scholars and enthusiasts of the saxophone. Its mission is to provide resources for saxophonists at all levels of skill, of all ages and backgrounds, and of varied musical styles by disseminating information about saxophone performance and pedagogy, by providing opportunities for music making, by fostering and facilitating the creation of new repertoire, by providing a communication network and by promoting the musical activities of its members.

Learn more about the organization, the conference and the competition at


Personal finance focus of Des Moines networking lunch March 24

The alumni associations of Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa are presenting a networking lunch Wednesday, March 24 at Django's, 210 10th Street in downtown Des Moines.

Speakers are certified financial planners and Iowa State graduates Julie Fuller and Michelle Mahoney, who will give participants tips on improving their personal financial health for 2010.

The networking lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $12 per lunch for UI, ISU and UNI alumni association members, $14 for non-members and includes meal, beverage and gratuity. To register, go to RSVP by Wednesday, March 17.

Upcoming career-themed networking lunches at Django are Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday, May 19.


UI alumnus Adam Haslett reads from new novel March 24

Adam Haslett, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his first novel, "Union Atlantic," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

Haslett's novel -- following his Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist short-story collection, "You Are Not a Stranger Here" -- portrays a battle of land and principle between a titan of the banking industry and a retired history teacher whose brother is the president of the Federal Reserve Bank.

In a story that gains resonance from the financial crisis of our times, the head of the Union Atlantic bank builds a mansion in Finden, Mass., on land donated for preservation by the teacher's grandfather. One of her students, who is also having an affair with the banker, finds himself with the power to influence the legal outcome.

Listen here to the NPR review by Alan Cheuse: An hour-long discussion from "On Point" is accessible at Read the Wall Street Journal review at, and the Washington Post review at


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