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May 27, 2010

At A Glance

UI students to volunteer at Romanian orphanage

Two University of Iowa students are traveling abroad this summer to volunteer their nurturing services to babies and toddlers in a Romanian orphanage.

Chelsey Stecher of Clarion, who will be a senior this fall, and Lillian Allen-Duenas of Spencer, who will be a sophomore, will join a team of 13 other volunteers June 5-19 to work in Barlad, Romania. The students, both recipients of the competitive Dr. Ken Magid Child Advocacy Scholarship, will assist the orphanage staff in feeding, dressing, playing with and socializing young children who have been placed in the orphanage.

The overall effort is part of the nationwide volunteer service program operated by Global Volunteers. In its fifth year, the Dr. Ken Magid Scholarship is administered through the UI Alumni Association and funded by Linda R. Baker, an alumnae from Golden, Colorado. For more information, contact, call 800-469-2586 or see


Engineering announces 2010 Storer Entrepreneurial Award winner

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has announced that the business plan for Responsible Transport LLC, written by Keaton Walker of Washington, Iowa, a May graduate in industrial engineering, is the winner of the 2010 Hubert E. Storer Engineering Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award.

The annual award, established in 2002 and funded by an endowed gift from College of Engineering alumnus Hubert E. Storer, provides $10,000 of initial financial support for a College of Engineering student technological business plan.

In addition to receiving the Storer Award, Responsible Transport LLC recently won the Bedell Lab End-of-year Competition $5,000 grand prize, awarded by the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory in the UI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, and the Volding Business Plan Competition $3,000 grand prize, awarded by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. The business would collect and process unwanted resources, identify a potential market, and efficiently transport the resources.


Holden Cancer Center to host cancer survivor event June 5

Cancer survivors and their families are invited to attend the Cancer Survivors Day celebration hosted by caregivers from Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 5, at the UI Recreation Building, 930 Stadium Drive, Iowa City.

Registration for the free event is preferred but not required. Highlights of the event, which is titled " A Celebration of Life," will include appearances by UI Football Coach Kirk Ferentz, UI Volleyball Coach Sharon Dingman, UI Cross Country Coach Layne Anderson, UI Wrestling Coach Tom Brands and UI Women's Gymnastics Coach Larissa Libby.

Guests can have their photographs taken with UI coaches and will receive a souvenir copy of their photographs. The event also features games, food and door prizes.

For more information or to register, contact the Cancer Information Service at 319-356-3000 or 1-800-237-1225.


Blum reads June 7 from novel based on stormchasing experiences

Jenna Blum will read from "The Stormchasers," a novel she researched by chasing tornadoes for five years with Tempest Tours, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 7, at Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

"The Stormchasers" tells the story of twins Karena and Charles, who share a devastating secret. Twenty years ago, 18-year-old Charles, who suffers from bipolar disorder, and his sister were out storm chasing when they collided with a motorcyclist.

The two swore to each other they wouldn't report the deadly incident to authorities. In the years that followed, the siblings disappeared from each other’s lives. Karena pursued a career as a newspaper reporter. Charles endured stints are various mental-health facilities and fed his true passion: chasing storms. When Karena receives a distressing phone message about Charles, she ventures into the eye of the storm, literally, to find him.

Blum is the author of the New York Times bestseller 'Those Who Save Us," and she is one of Oprah's Top Thirty Women Writers. She currently runs master novel workshops for Grub Street Writers in Boston.


Mediacom to air Children's Miracle Network program

Mediacom Communications will broadcast the annual Children's Miracle Network celebration June 5-6, giving Iowans a special view of life-saving work and medical advances at the state's longest serving children's hospital.

University of Iowa Children's Hospital is Iowa's designated Children's Miracle Network hospital. Mediacom donates airtime on its statewide Connections Channel to televise the telethon each spring.

The Children's Miracle Network celebration will air on Channel 22 (Channel 12 in the Mason City area) from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, and from 2 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 6.

All contributions will remain in Iowa to benefit pediatric research and treatments at the Iowa City-based hospital. In 2009, UI Children's Hospital cared for 5,810 hospitalized children, performed 4,578 surgeries, and provided 170,442 outpatient visits.

To make a donation during the program, call 1-800-456-2772. In addition, during the show, viewers will see a local phone number and website to donate.


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