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Oct. 18, 2010

At A Glance

College of Pharmacy honors alumni

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has announced three alumni-related awards for 2010.

Arthur A. Nelson Jr. and Debbie Veale have received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, and Tom Veale has received the 2010 Honorary Alumni Award.

Nelson, who holds a UI doctoral degree in pharmaceutical marketing and health economics, is the founding dean of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. He also has served as dean of the Colleges of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Idaho State University. Nelson has published more than 100 journal articles and books, and received more than $2.5 million in grants and contracts to support his research.

Debbie Veale, who holds a UI bachelor's degree in pharmacy, is the director of managed care for CVS Pharmacy. She currently serves on the California Board of Pharmacy and was a panel member of the SRC49 Medication Errors Task Force.

Tom Veale, who holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the UI, is founder and president of TRISTAR Insurance Group. Veale will assume the chairmanship of the UI College of Pharmacy Executive Leadership Board on Oct. 28.

Learn more about the recipients at


Therrien receives Thomas N. Urban Research Award

William J. Therrien, an associate professor in the University of Iowa College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning, was presented with the Thomas N. Urban Research Award at the Oct. 8 annual meeting of the Iowa Academy of Education on the Iowa State University campus.

Therrien was honored for his paper "Effectiveness of a Test-Taking Strategy on Achievement in Essay Tests for Students with Learning Difficulties." Therrien presented his findings to the academy members.

The Thomas N. Urban Research Award, inaugurated by the FINE Foundation in 1997, is given annually to an Iowa educational researcher whose work is recognized as outstanding by the Iowa Academy of Education. Awardees receive $2,500 to help them share their findings.


UI to test Hawk Alert system Wednesday

The University of Iowa will test its Hawk Alert system at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20. The test includes the outdoor warning system as well as indoor warning systems for buildings so equipped.

Hawk Alert is used to notify the campus community of threats to physical safety in emergency situations, including severe weather, violence, hazardous material incidents and others. Hawk Alert allows UI administrators to send recorded or electronic emergency messages to UI students, faculty, and staff via mobile phone (both voice and text message), home phone, office phone, work e-mail and/or personal e-mail.

More information about Hawk Alert is available at


University Choir explores nature, death and life in Oct. 22 UI concert

The University Choir, under the direction of Timothy Stalter, will explore nature, death and life in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the Riverside Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The "nature" third of the program will feature works Alberto Grau, Stephen Chatman, Michael Hennagin and James Quitman Mulholland. "Death" will be represented by “Soon One Mornin’ Death Comes Creepin’” by Gail Kubik, featuring baritone Michael Schnack; the “Carols of Death” by American composer William Schuman; and “ Dere’s No Hidin’ Place," arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw.

The concert returns to "life" with Schuman’s "Holiday Song," "Life is Now" by Oscar Ahnfelt, and "Thank You God" by Gwyneth Walker.

Read Stalter’s bio at


Lifelong Learning event with Maia Quartet at Central College set for Oct. 26

University of Iowa’s Maia Quartet will perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 at Central College's Cox-Show Music Center in Pella.

Before the performance, the UI Alumni Association's Lifelong Learning Program will host a reception at 6 p.m. in the Graham Conference Center with Maia Quartet members, and Elizabeth Oakes, UI lecturer in the School of Music. Oakes will discuss her work with this nationally recognized quartet-in-residence, which has established itself nationally as an ensemble of innovation and versatility.

The Maia Quartet was formed at the Cleveland Institute of Music and subsequently received a fellowship to attend the Peabody Conservatory. The musicians receive frequent invitations to develop short-term residencies that target a wide range of audiences, and their innovative work in this area has inspired return engagements with such organizations as Chamber Music Northwest, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Austin Chamber Music Center. Learn more at

Both the reception and performance are free and open to the public; however, attendees must pre-register for the reception by Tuesday, Oct. 19 at

This event is hosted in conjunction with Iowa Arts Share. For more information, email or call 1-800-IOWALUM.


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