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Nov. 18, 2010

At A Glance

West Branch boy, 16, is Kid Captain for Hawkeye game Nov. 20

Austin Hills, 16, son of Matt and Jeanna Hills, of West Branch, and Sara and Frank Wilkins, of Center Point, will serve as Kid Captain when the Iowa Hawkeyes host Ohio State Saturday, Nov. 20, at Kinnick Stadium.

At age 8, Austin was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at University of Iowa Children's Hospital. His doctors removed his right eye and used chemotherapy and radiation to treat the cancer. Austin also underwent countless tests, including lumbar punctures, daily shots and bone marrow extraction. A spot on his brain later tested negative for cancer.

Today, Austin is a sophomore at West Branch High School and straight-A student who plays four sports.

More information and a video about Austin are available at

Now in its second year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

Home game Kid Captains are honored at midfield before the game. All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will have their individual stories told throughout the football season and receive a commemorative jersey.


Fraser honored by EMBA organization

John Fraser, director of the Executive MBA program in the Tippie College of Business, received the Bud Fackler Service Award from the Executive MBA Council for his work with the organization.

Fraser served on the council’s board for four years and was the board chair from October 2007 to October 2008. He earned an MBA from Iowa in 1996 and joined the Tippie School of Management as Executive MBA Program director in 1997.

The Bud Fackler Service Award recognizes contributions to the Executive MBA Council and to executive MBA programs worldwide, including efforts to help other programs, to share best practices, and to raise the quality of executive MBA programs.

More information is available online at


UI study on diabetic foot ulcer invites participants

Adults age 18 or older with diabetes and an open sore on the foot are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study that will help determine if diabetic foot ulcers that may not appear infected can lead to infection-related complications.

The study would require 14 visits to the Orthopaedics Clinic at UI Hospitals and Clinics over a period of six months. Compensation is available. For more information, call Shannon Lehman at 319-384-3051 or toll-free 877-386-9102.


Delbridge reads from UI Press book ‘Family Bible’ Nov. 30

Melissa Delbridge will read from "Family Bible," her 2008 memoir that was recently released in paperback from the Sightline Books series of the University of Iowa Press, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 in Prairie Lights Books. University of Iowa's Writing University website,, will stream the free "Live from Prairie Lights event.

Her gritty and witty coming-of-age story is set on the banks of the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where she introduces readers to all the characters in the family's bible, including her father, who never met a whitetail buck he couldn't shoot, a whiskey bottle he couldn't empty or a woman he couldn't charm, and her mother, who "invented road rage before 1960."

Delbridge has published essays and short stories in the Antioch Review, the Southern Humanities Review, Third Coast and other journals. She is an archivist in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University.

Learn more at Listen to a previous reading at


Metropolitan Opera Live lecture series continues with ‘Don Carlo’ Nov. 30

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will continue its lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theater screenings with a talk on Verdi’s “Don Carlo” Tuesday, Nov. 30, presented by Miriam Gilbert. All lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room, Room 2520D, and are free and open to the public.
Gilbert is a professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The lecture series is intended to guide audiences to a better understanding of the Metropolitan Opera performances, which are shown live at Sycamore Theatres in Iowa City and other venues worldwide. Other lectures this season, all presented by UI faculty, will be on Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West” (Dec. 15), Gluck’s “Iphigenie en Tauride” (Feb. 21), and Verdi’s “Il trovatore” (April 26).
This series is made possible with support from OSF, UI International Programs and a grant from Humanities Iowa.

For more information, visit or contact Heidi Vekemans at To view a schedule of the 2010-11 Metropolitan Opera series, visit


Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Stuart Dybek returns as Ida Beam visitor Dec. 2

Fiction writer and poet Stuart Dybek, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will return to the UI as an Ida Beam Visiting Professor, including a free reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall and a Q&A at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House.

His recent books include "Streets in Their Own Ink: Poems," "I Sailed with Magellan," "Brass Knuckles" and "The Coast of Chicago: Stories."

Dybek has been the recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant" and his many literary honors include a Lannan Award, the PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize, an Academy Institute Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, a Whiting Writers Award, four O. Henry Prizes, the Nelson Algren Prize and the Rea Award for the Short Story.

His work has been included in "The Best American Short Stories" and "The Best American Poetry." He teaches at Northwestern University.

Learn about the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program at


UI Department of Theatre Arts presents Graduate Directors Festival

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present the Graduate Directors Festival, two weekends of productions including four one-act plays, at 8 p.m. Dec. 2-4 and 9-11 in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

The first weekend will feature two plays by UI theater alumnus Tennessee Williams: "The Long Goodbye" directed by Kristin Clippard, and "27 Wagons Full of Cotton," directed by Matt Hawkins. The themes of these early one-acts foreshadow some of the later plays that established Williams as one of the leading playwrights of the 20th century.

The Dec. 9-11 lineup is "Wasp" by Steve Martin, directed by Nathan Halvorson, and "Alice in Wonderland," adapted by Andre Gregory and the Manhattan Project, directed by David Hanzal. "Wasp" satirizes the 1950s American suburban family. The "Alice" production is a multi-disciplinary collaboration, featuring contributions by students in theater, visual arts, dance and music.

Both sets of plays include material of an adult nature. The Dec. 2-4 also includes herbal smoke, and the second weekend's production includes fog. More information at 319-335-2700.

Admission is free for students with a valid UI ID, and $5 for the general public, at the door one hour before curtain time.


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