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Sept. 15, 2010

At A Glance

14th annual KHAK Radiothon for UI Children's Hospital is a success

98.1 KHAK of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wrapped up the live broadcast of its 14th annual radiothon at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, after raising $207,795.26 for University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City. Proceeds from the radiothon benefit UI Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network.

Beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, and broadcasting from UI Hospitals and Clinics, the 98.1 KHAK morning team of the Brain and Steele shared the stories of patients and their families who receive care at UI Children's Hospital.

To date, the KHAK Radiothon has raised more than $1.8 million for UI Children's Hospital.


UI Foundation names Furman vice president, CFO, treasurer

The University of Iowa Foundation has promoted Sherri Furman to vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.

Furman, of Iowa City, earned a B.B.A. degree from the UI in 1994 and has been at the Foundation since 1999. She assumes the role of chief financial officer from Tiffani K. Shaw, who continues as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the foundation, visit its website at


Old Capitol Museum to screen Oliver Stone’s ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ this Sunday

The Old Capitol Museum will screen “Born on the Fourth of July” this Sunday, Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

The film, directed by Oliver Stone, depicts Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s journey as an anti-war and pro-human rights activist. Kovic, played by Tom Cruise, was paralyzed in Vietnam and turned to political activism after he felt betrayed by his country. Winner of two Academy Awards and six nominations, “Born on the Fourth of July” will be introduced by Ryan Watson, a UI film studies doctoral candidate who specializes in films from the era.

The screening is a part of the “Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest” exhibit and film series. The exhibit is on display at the Old Capitol Museum through May 22, 2011. Various films and activities are programmed throughout the year.

More information can be found by calling the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or by visiting the Museum’s website:


Story-Time Explorers will be a hoot with 'Owls' at Museum of Natural History

Children and families are invited to swoop into the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History for a guided exploration of the world of owls. Museum staff will read stories about these nocturnal hunters on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s Hageboeck Hall of Birds. After story time, children can make their own cotton ball owl pellets as well as other crafts.
The reading is part of the Museum of Natural History’s monthly Story-Time Explorers Series, which includes readings and activities that allow elementary-aged children and their families to explore animals and the environment around Iowa and the world.
This fall’s themes and locations for the readings are:
-- Oct. 17, Native American legends, Iowa Hall.
-- Nov. 21, Foxes, Mammal Hall.
-- Dec. 19, Ice Age, Iowa Hall.
All events take place at the UI Museum of Natural History and begin at 2 p.m. They are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
For more information visit,


Moran Woodwind Quintet from Nebraska will present guest concert Sept. 22

The Moran Woodwind Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present a free concert as guests of the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The quintet -- John Bailey, flute; William McMullen, oboe; Diane Barger, clarinet; Jeffrey McCray, bassoon; and Alan Mattingly, horn -- will perform the Quintet in E minor, Op. 67, No. 2 by Franz Danzi; Kinderspielzeug, Op. 64, Theodor Blumer; Aubade et Passacaille by Adrien Barthe; Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24, No. 2, by Paul Hindemith; and "Animal Ditties VI," settings inspired by poems of Ogden Nash, by Anthony Plog.

The Moran Woodwind Quintet has toured extensively in the Midwest, including community arts programs and at colleges and universities. Tours have included performances in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. In 1992, the Quintet performed in recital in South Korea.

The group has also performed at national and international College Music Society conferences, was selected as a featured ensemble for the CMS 1991 annual national meeting in Chicago and has recorded four CDs.

This program is supported in part by The Elizabeth M. Stanley Performance Fund.


Registration now open for NonfictioNow Conference at UI

NonfictioNow, the Bedell Nonfiction Conference hosted by the Nonfiction Writing Program of the University of Iowa Department of English, is now accepting registration. The conference, Nov. 4-6, will feature Alison Bechdel, Rebecca Soinit, John Edgar Wideman and other prominent writers.

NonfictioNow, a unique event in literary nonfiction, is a roughly biennial gathering of approximately 500 nonfiction writers, teachers and students from around the world. Panels and readings highlight the myriad forms of nonfiction from the video essay, documentary, and graphic essay to the memoir, lyric essay, and literary journalism.

Early registration is $200 ($65 for students) prior to Oct. 1. After Oct. 1 the fee is $225 ($85 for students). All registrations include Thursday breakfast and Friday and Saturday lunches.

For information about the conference visit, and to register go to the UI Center for Conferences site,


Tickets now on sale for Jack's Mannequin concert Nov. 7

SCOPE Productions and University of Iowa Dance Marathon will present Jack’s Mannequin 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 in the IMU Main Lounge on featuring special guest Andrew Ripp. 

Jack’s Mannequin hit singles include “Mixed Tape,” “Dark Blue,” and “The Resolution." The band's newest album, "The Glass Passenger," peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard top 200 with 49,000 copies sold in its first week.

Dance Marathon, co-sponsor of the event, helps provide emotional and financial support for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families.

Tickets are on sale now at the University Box Office, where students can Ubill up to eight tickets, and at all other Ticketmaster locations. Registered Dance Marathon dancers can also purchase one discounted ticket to attend the show.

SCOPE and Dance Marathon will sponsor a showing of "Dear Jack," a documentary about lead singer Andrew McMahon’s struggle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Wednesday, Nov. 3 at the Bijou Theater in the IMU.

Persons with disabilities can call 319-335-3041 for special seating accommodations. See and for more information.


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