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Oct. 21, 2010

At A Glance

Sidewalk near IATL closed for flood mitigation project until Nov. 22

On Monday, Oct 25, the sidewalk on the west side of the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL) will be closed from the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) footbridge to Madison Street for a sidewalk modification project for flood mitigation.

This sidewalk is expected to be closed for four weeks, reopening Monday, Nov. 22. Access to the IMU footbridge will remain open.


Fans reminded of safety checkpoint ahead of Iowa-Wisconsin game

University of Iowa Police want to remind Hawkeye fans that law enforcement officers will once again be staffing a vehicle safety checkpoint during Saturday’s football game against the University of Wisconsin.

The checkpoint will be set up on Park Road at the Hancher Auditorium entrance.

Also, please remember that alcoholic beverages may be consumed for no longer than one hour after the game and tailgating must cease two hours after the game.

UI Police say their goal in stepping up enforcement this football season is to ensure that people who drink do so safely, responsibly and legally, especially if they are operating a motor vehicle. These efforts are part of the UI’s “Think Before You Drink” campaign. Learn more at


Altoona boy, 12, is Kid Captain for Wisconsin game Oct. 23

Ross Wiltgen, 12, son of Alayna and Ray Wiltgen of Altoona, Iowa, will serve as Kid Captain when the Iowa Hawkeyes host Wisconsin Oct. 23 at Kinnick Stadium.

At 2 months old, Ross was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that prevents him from metabolizing vitamin B-12, also known as cobalamin. His condition was extremely rare -- the first in Iowa and one of only 40 such cases in the world. Specialists at UI Children's Hospital developed a treatment plan that saved Ross' life. Today, he remains healthy and active.

More information and a video about Ross 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 receive a commemorative jersey and have their individual stories told throughout the football season.


Iowa River bank cleanup, part of Make A Difference Day, is Oct. 24

The University of Iowa Community-Based Learning (CBL) Program will observe Make A Difference Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, by offering volunteer activities focused on the Iowa River. Volunteers should meet between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. in University Lot 25, located on Riverside Drive, north of Dairy Queen.

Volunteers will work along the Iowa River near Dairy Queen and the Benton Street bridge to beautify the area and remove woody debris and trash from the river banks.

Since 2007, this day has been an instrumental activity for raising awareness and encouraging responsible stewardship of the Iowa River and the surrounding wetlands through volunteerism, said Mary Mathew Wilson, director of the UI CBL Program. The activities demonstrate how a strong and sustainable campus and community partnership can build capacity and leverage volunteers to make a positive impact on our local and regional environment, she added.

Created by USA Weekend Magazine, Make A Difference Day is a national event for community betterment. There is no rain date for this event. Volunteers can call 319-335-7589 to check on cancellation by 10 a.m. on Oct. 24. For more information call 319-335-7589 or visit http:/ and


Registration deadline for first UI Statewide Veterans Conference is Oct. 27

All veteran service providers in Iowa, including University of Iowa faculty and staff, are invited to participate in the first UI Statewide Veterans Conference. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Levitt Center for University Advancement (LCUA) in Iowa City. A reception will follow from 3:30 to 5 p.m., also at the LCUA.

Though free, registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 27, and can be done online at Organizers hope for at least 100 participants.

The UI Office of the Provost, UI Office of the Registrar, UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and the UI Student Veterans Association are hosting the conference, which will address issues facing veterans returning to Iowa and the vital support systems and resources necessary to ease their reintegration back to Iowa.

The event will open with remarks by UI dignitaries and a panel presentation titled “Paying it forward: honoring and supporting our veterans.” Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack has been invited to give the keynote address.

For more information about the conference, contact Kathy Last at 319-335-0705 or or Wanda Malden at 319-335-0705. For more information on the reception, contact John Mikelson at 319-384-2020.


Metropolitan Opera Live lecture series continues with ‘Don Pasquale’ Oct. 28

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will continue its lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre screenings with a talk on Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” Thursday, Oct. 28, presented by Katherine Eberle. All lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre Conference Seminar Room 2520D and are free and open to the public.
Eberle is a professor in the UI School of Music in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a specialist in opera.
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 Verdi’s “Don Carlo” (Nov. 30), Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West” (Dec. 15), Gluck’s “Iphigenie en Tauride” (Feb. 21), and Verdi’s “Il trovatore” (Apr. 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


IWP poet, novelist to read at UI Main Library Oct. 29

The International Writing Program will bring their Friday evening reading to the UI Main Library's second floor North Study Lounge (Room 2001) at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 with Yong Mee Cho from South Korea and Lai Chu Hon from Hong Kong will reading from their work.

Cho is the author of four poetry collections and the recipient of the 2005 Kim Dal Jin Literary Prize. Hon is an award-winning novelist and her most recent work, “Grey Flower,” was selected as one of the top 10 Chinese novels world-wide in 2009. Biographies of the authors are available at:

The “City of Literature: Literary Life in Iowa City” exhibit ( will be on display in the Library's North Exhibition Hall through the mid-November.


Kantorei performance features bassoonist Coelho Oct. 29

University of Iowa School of Music faculty member Benjamin Coelho will be the bassoon soloist when the Kantorei, the school's premier vocal ensemble, presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

Coehlo and the Kantorei are recording a CD this year featuring music for solo bassoon and a cappella choir. The project will continue on the Kantorei's spring program.

On Oct. 29 Kantorei and Coelho will perform "My Heart Is Steadfast" by Adrian Williams, "Agnus Dei" by Egil Hovland and "The End of Troy" by Bernard van Beurden.

The singers will complete the concert with performances of "Stanchen" by Franz Schubert, featuring alto Jacquelyn Zwiefel, and selections from Robert Schumann's "Spanisches Liederspiel," featuring mezzo soprano Katelyn Galetti.


Dowling's new UI Press book reports on 'Moby-Dick' marathon

"Chasing the White Whale: The 'Moby-Dick' Marathon; or, What Melville Means Today" by University of Iowa English faculty member David Dowling will be available Nov. 1, from the UI Press.

Every year the most dedicated of Melville fans gather in New Bedford, Mass., for a 25-hour recitation of "Moby-Dick." With some trepidation, Dowling -- whose research focuses on 19th-century American authorship and the literary marketplace -- joined the ranks of the Melvillians to participate in the event for its full length, from “Call Me Ishmael” to the destruction of the Pequod.

"Chasing the White Whale" offers a case study of the reading as a barometer of how Melville lives today among his most passionate and enthusiastic disciples, who include waterfront workers, professors, naval officers, tattooed teens and even a member of Congress. By going within the local culture he explains how the novel could have developed such an ardent following in popular culture within our technology-obsessed, quick-fix contemporary world.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:


Oakland Museum director is guest speaker for UIMA lecture Nov. 4
A museum of art director who has overseen multi-million renovations of two San Francisco Bay museums will be the guest speaker for a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the University Athletic Club, 1360 Melrose Ave. in Iowa City.
Lori Fogarty, executive director of the Oakland Museum of California, is the speaker for the Art and Museum Education Speaker Series hosted by the University of Iowa Museum of Art. The lecture, sponsored by UIMA volunteer docents and Mary Westbrook, is free and open to the public.
Since becoming director of the Oakland Museum of California in 2006, Fogarty has been leading $62 million renovation and expansion of its facilities. Prior to working for the Oakland Museum, Fogarty oversaw a $19.5 million fund-raising campaign and expansion project at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito.
Fogarty says that Oakland renovation is not just about the art works. “We are also focusing on the experience of our visitors,” she says. “How they learn in different ways, what they want to do when they're at the Museum, and how we can meet their interests and needs.”
For more information on the UIMA, see


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