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Oct. 12, 2010

At A Glance

UI offers Safe Zone Training during National Coming Out Week

As part of the National Coming Out Week, the University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity will work in conjunction with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Staff and Faculty Association to sponsor a Safe Zone Training event, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Room 2520-B of the University Capitol Centre (UCC).

This training session, open to everyone at the UI, will help spread the word about the Safe Zone Project, a campus-wide program that offers a network of support for the LGBT community.

The purpose of this training initiative is to easily identify members of the UI who support LGBT people in the university community. Committed students, staff and faculty members who complete the training will receive a Safe Zone symbol which will make them visible allies for the LGBT community. The symbol also offers the message that these allies will be effective resource people in their workplace and classrooms. The two groups hope their collaborative effort for the event will promote equality and safety across campus.

This training opportunity is one of the many resources available to students. For more information about advocate groups see,


Old Capitol Museum screens Vietnam War documentary 'Hearts and Minds' Oct. 17
Immerse yourself in interviews, newsreels and documentary footage painting a portrait of the disastrous effects of war during the Old Capitol Museum’s screening of “Hearts and Minds,” winner of the 1974 Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 in Macbride Hall Auditorium.  

Ryan Watson, a UI graduate student in film studies, will introduce the film and discuss critical and historical information about the time period. The screening is a part of the "Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest" exhibition and film series, which is on display through May 22 in the Old Capitol Museum. 

All Old Capitol events are free and open to the public. For more information visit or call 319-335-0548.


Rasmussen, Nationwide Insurance to be honored by Tippie College of Business

The leadership team of Nationwide Insurance, led by CEO and UI alumnus Stephen S. Rasmussen, will receive the 2010 Oscar C. Schmidt Iowa Business Leadership Award from the Tippie College of Business.

Rasmussen will be honored at the Tippie College’s annual Iowa Business Leadership Award Dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. For more information, contact Barbara Thomas in the Tippie College of Business at 319-335-2188.

Rasmussen received his BBA degree in Marketing and Insurance from UI in 1974 and joined Allied Insurance later that same year. He worked in numerous capacities for Allied/Nationwide until becoming Nationwide CEO in 2009.

The event will also recognize the Tippie College’s Vaughan Institute of Risk Management, a center dedicated to studying issues in the insurance industry that was started in part with a grant from Nationwide.

The Schmidt Business Leadership Award was established in 1980 to recognize outstanding Iowa business leaders.


Partnership for Alcohol Safety sponsors parent/student forum on Oct. 21
Iowa City high school students will present findings from research projects on underage drinking and an expert with Des Moines schools will discuss the impact of alcohol abuse on the brain during a public forum set for Oct. 21. The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the City High School Cafeteria at 1100 Morningside Drive.
The forum, sponsored by the Partnership for Alcohol Safety (PAS), is an opportunity for parents and others to learn about the risks of underage drinking as well as strategies they can use to prevent their children from experiencing alcohol-related problems.
Dr. Richard Newkirk, a behavior strategist with Des Moines Public Schools, will present the latest research findings regarding impact of alcohol and other substance abuse on the adolescent brain. City High government course students will present the research projects. Time will be reserved for questions and answers.
The PAS sponsored a similar forum earlier this year at West High School. The PAS includes representatives of the City of Iowa City, the University of Iowa, young people and their parents, business and faith leaders, law enforcement officials and others. To learn more, visit


UI students offered free bus trip to Figge Art Museum’s 'College Night' Oct. 28

The University of Iowa Museum of Art is sponsoring a free bus trip for UI students to participate in “College Night” at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport on Oct. 28. The bus will leave the UI Studio Arts Building at 6 p.m. and will return at 11 p.m. Cambus routes from downtown and parking are available at the Studio Arts Building.

The Figge’s “College Night” is themed around the exhibition "Dancing Towards Death" and will include performances, creative activities, music and light refreshments. Students are encouraged to wear black clothing and masks. The trip also offers the opportunity to view the ongoing exhibition "A Legacy for Iowa: Pollock's 'Mural'" and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

UI students must stop by the UIMA offices located in the Studio Arts building, 1375 Highway One West, to sign up for the free trip. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. UI faculty and staff members can also attend for free by displaying their UI ID card, but they must find their own transportation. Call 319-335-3676 for more information.

Randy and Linda Lewis are sponsoring the free bus trip.


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