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Oct. 20, 2010

At A Glance

Dana Thomann becomes director of UI Upward Bound

Dana Thomann is the new director of the University of Iowa Upward Bound program in the Center for Diversity and Enrichment. Thomann began her new position Oct. 11.

She holds a bachelors degree from the UI and has completed masters coursework in education for Teach for America certification at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Prior to her new appointment she served as coordinator of academic services for Upward Bound for two years. She also worked as a language arts teacher in Mission, S.D. through Teach for America.


Asphalt work to affect parking areas on North Madison Street Oct. 21

Shamrock Asphalt Construction will be overlaying asphalt on a portion of North Madison Street on Thursday, Oct. 21. This work could cause delays for those traveling to the North Hall Parking Lot (Number 18) and the North Campus Parking Ramp, but access to all facilities in this area will not be cut off.

One lane of traffic on North Madison Street will be open at all times with flaggers monitoring traffic to and from the North Hall lot and the North Campus Parking Ramp. The contractor will start the asphalt work at 9 a.m. and complete it by mid-afternoon. No bus routes will be affected.


Panel discussion on LGBT suicides set for Oct. 26

The University of Iowa’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Resource Center is sponsoring a panel discussion about LGBT mental health issues from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 in the MacBride Hall Auditorium.

Suicide in the LGBT community has been an ongoing problem, with LGBT youth being two to six times more likely to attempt suicide than non-LGBT youth, according to the American Association of Suicidology. Recent media attention on LGBT suicides highlights these tragic figures.

A panel of psychologists will facilitate a community discussion of recent suicides from an affirming standpoint. Panelists include Brad Brunick, a senior staff psychologist at the UI Counseling Service, and Paula Keeton, director of clinical services at the UI Counseling Service (both of whom have extensive experience working with LGBT clients) and John Westefeld, a professor of counseling psychology at the UI and a renowned researcher on the topic of suicide and suicide prevention.

The event is open to the public. For more information, call 319-335-7123. RSVP on Facebook at!/event.php?eid=141873685859174.


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