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Oct. 27, 2010

At A Glance

Burgus and Rosmann to receive 2010 I-CASH Hall of Fame Awards

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) has named Shari Burgus of Waukee, Iowa, and Michael Rosmann of Harlan, Iowa, the 2010 recipients of its Agricultural Safety and Health Hall of Fame Award. The recipients will be recognized at the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety & Health forum banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Burgus is the education director of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, a nonprofit organization that promotes a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries and fatalities to children and youth. Rosmann is executive director and founder of AgriWellness, Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes accessible behavioral health services for the under-served and at-risk populations affected by rural crisis in agricultural communities.

I-CASH created the Hall of Fame Award in 2002 as a lifetime achievement award for individuals or organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions to agricultural safety and health in Iowa. To learn more about I-CASH, visit

For more information about the 2010 award recipients, visit:


International Writing Program resident Naqvi is shortlisted for $50,000 DSC prize

Pakistani writer H.M. Naqvi, who is in residence at the University of Iowa International Writing Program, has been shortlisted for the $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (

His nominated book is "Homeboy," a novel is at once an immigrant’s tale, a mystery, a story of love and loss and a meditation on America and notions of collective identity.

The book received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, was one of the Huffington Posts "10 Best Books of 2009" and received positive reviews in major media including USA Today, the New York Times Book Review and the San Francisco Chronicle.

A recipient of the Phelam Prize and a Lannan Fellowship, Naqvi has taught creative writing at Boston University and Georgetown University, worked as a banker and run a spoken-word venue. He has written for Forbes and the Global Post, and his poems have been broadcast on BBC and NPR.

At the UI his work has been presented in "Global Express" and he read from his work in Prairie Lights Books. Visit the IWP website at


Pascarella’s book on how college affects students to be translated into Chinese

Ernest Pascarella, the Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education and a professor in the higher education and student affairs program in the University of Iowa College of Education, recently learned that his award-winning book co-authored with Patrick T. Terenzini “How College Affects Students: A Third Decade of Research” (Volume 2) has been licensed to be translated into Chinese.

The book, originally published in 1991, features extensive research on the effect college has on students. The book received the 1991 Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education and was subsequently licensed to be translated into Arabic in 2007.

The authors discuss theories about student change and explain the questions asked for each category of change, which includes cognitive development and skills, ability and growth. Psychosocial growth is investigated, in terms of attitudes, identity, social and political perspectives, religion, moral development, economic returns, motivation and goals, and career. The authors end with an analysis of how college affects quality of life.

Pascarella has focused his research and writing on the impact of college on students and student persistence in higher education. He has authored over 130 journal articles on these topics and has received a number of national awards.


Camerata concert explores 'Saints and Spectres' on Halloween

The Halloween concert by the University of Iowa Camerata Singers, under the direction of David Puderbaugh, will visit "Saints and Spectres" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in the Riverside Recital Hall. Halloween is followed immediately by All Saints Day, so the program reflects both holidays.

The program includes an arrangement of the hymn "Saints Bound for Heaven," "Sancti Dei Omnes" by Johann Michael Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn's "St. Paul," "A Hymn for St. Cecilia" by Herbert Howells, Boellman's Toccata from "Suite Gothique," Brahms' "Nachtens," the e.e. cummings-inspired "Hist Wist" by Vincent Persichetti, Phillip Rhodes "Witticisms and Lamentations from the Graveyard," the Norman Luboff arrangement of "Riders in the Sky," "Jabberwocky" by Sam Pottle and "That Old Jouse is H'anted" by Jester Hairston, featuring narrator Ryan Rancour.

The performance will feature organ student Heidi Hansen.

Camerata is a UI School of Music vocal ensemble comprised of both UI students and member of the community.

The Oct. 31 concert is free and the public is invited to attend.


Nonfiction Writing Program founder Klaus will read from new UI Press book

Carl Klaus, the founder of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program (NWP), will read from his new book from the UI Press, "The Made-Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal Essay," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Lecture Room II of Van Allen Hall. The event will take place the evening before the three-day NonfictioNow Conference, hosted by the NWP.

It will be broadcast live on the UI's student-run radio station, KRUI, FM 89.7, and the Writing University website,, will archive the reading.

By reconceiving the most fundamental aspect of the personal essay —- the "I" of the essayist —- Klaus demonstrates that this seemingly uncontrived form of writing is inherently problematic, not willfully devious but bordering on the world of fiction.

Learn more about the book at and

Klaus, coeditor of Sightline Books: The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction, is a diarist, essayist and author or coauthor of several textbooks on writing. His nonfiction includes "My Vegetable Love" and its companion, "Weathering Winter," as well as "Taking Retirement: A Beginner’s Diary" and "Letters to Kate: Life after Life."

The NWP was recently rated the top nonfiction program in the country by Poets & Writers magazine.


Organist De Kam performs Nov. 3 as a guest of the UI School of Music

Organist Susan De Kam will present a free recital as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will feature the Praeludium in E Major, BuxWV 141 by Dietrich Buxtehude; "Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig," BWV 768, and "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland," BWV 659, by J.S. Bach; "Pieces for Music Clock" by Franz Joseph Haydn; Canon in A minor, Op. 56, No. 2, and Fugue in B-flat Major from Six Fugues on the Name BACH, Op. 60, No. 2, by Robert Schumann; and Partita sopra "Nun freut euch" by Lionel Rogg.

De Kam, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and has been a prizewinner in many organ competitions. She is artist-in-residence at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas, Tex.

Learn more at, which includes audio samples.


Edward P. Jones reads for the Iowa Writers' Workshop Nov. 8

Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Edward P. Jones, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in Lecture Room II of Van Allen Hall.

Jones won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2003 novel "The Known World," which also was awarded the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

His other books are the short-story collections "Lost in the City" and "All Aunt Hagar's Children," both of which depict African-Americans in Washington, D.C.

His other honors included two National Book Award nominations, a PEN/Hemingway Award, a Lannan Literary Award, a PEN/Faulker Award, a PEN/Malamud Award and a MacArthur "genius grant."

He teaches at George Washington University.

Read an interview about "The Known World" at


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