April 25, 2011
At A Glance
UI Arts Share program receives Alliant Energy grant
The University of Iowa Arts Share program has received a $3,000 grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation to support its 2011 educational outreach activities to Iowa schools and communities. The grant will cover up to half the cost of events in the Alliant service area.
This is the 14th year that Arts Share has received funding from the Alliant Foundation. For information on how Iowa schools and communities can benefit from this UI/Alliant partnership, contact Leslie Finer at 319-335-1618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alliant Energy Foundation is an independent, nonprofit corporation established by Alliant Energy Corporation, an investor-owned, diversified energy services holding company headquartered in Madison, Wis., with offices in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, Iowa. Since 1998, the Alliant Energy Foundation has contributed more than $26 million to projects and organizations in the communities it serves.
CLAS recognizes Rodgers and Cohen for contributions to diversity and community
Museum Studies Exhibit celebrates 100-year anniversary of the program
A recently opened exhibit in the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the UI Museum Studies program, the oldest program of its kind in the United States. The free exhibit is open during regular museum hours and will remain open throughout the summer.
Featuring photographs and artifacts from throughout the century of the program's existence, the exhibit highlights coursework and student involvement in museum work. Visitors can experience the diversity of the museum world first hand, through artifacts such as a Black Swan Skeleton mounted in 1890 and a 1984 model of Iowa Hall.
Homer Dill, instructor and director of exhibits at the UI Museum of Natural History, officially began the Museum Studies program during the fall semester of 1910. One hundred years later, 50 UI students enrolled in the Introduction to Museum Studies course and 11 UI students graduated with a certificate in Museum Studies. Through the years, UI Museum Studies students have gone on to be directors, curators, conservators, and educators at state historical museums, national parks, historical sites, art, natural history and university museums.
For more information on the Old Capitol Museum, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~oldcap.
UI, Discovery Education offer free technology conference April 30
The Technology Education Center and the soon-to-open Teacher Leader Center at the University of Iowa College of Education are teaming up with Discovery Education to offer a free professional development opportunity for teachers, students and other interested professionals.
The free, professional development conference will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Room 301 South, Lindquist Center, on the UI campus with the theme "Think Outside the Book." The event will feature seminars focused on providing educators with the skills and techniques needed to combine digital content and educational technology to improve student engagement.
The conference will be streamed live to more than 1,000 educators across the country.
Though free, registration is required in advance and can be done online by visiting
For more information, call Christina Scripps with Discovery Education,
Created by the Discovery Channel, Discovery Education engages students through dynamic curricular resources and supports teachers through customized professional development and assessment services with the goal of improving student achievement. For more information, visit http://www.discoveryeducation.com/.
For more information on the Education Technology Center, visit http://www.education.uiowa.edu/edtech/. For more information on the Teacher Leader Center, visit http://www2.education.uiowa.edu/services/tlc/default.aspx.
'Don't forget Sudan' during two UI events May 2 and 3
UI Concert and University Bands share May 4 performance
The University of Iowa Concert Band under the direction of Hawkeye Marching Band conductor Kevin Kastens and the University Band under the direction of graduate student Carter Biggers will feature guest conductor Marc Decker and Curran Prendergast in a free performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Main Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.
The Concert Band program is "Homage To Perotin" by Ron Nelson, "Dance of The New World" by Dana Wilson and Johan de Meij's Symphony No. 1 "The Lord of the Rings," whose five movements -- written long before the popular Peter Jackson movies -- musically illustrate characters and episodes in the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy.
The University Band will perform the "Marche des Parachutistes Belges" by Pierre Leemans, Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance,
Decker, Prendergast and Cunningham are UI School of Music graduate students.
UI spring undergraduate dance concert features 10 new works
The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present its spring undergraduate concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 5-7, in the Space Place Theater of North Hall.
The works, selected through adjudication, are Steven Gray's "Greener on the Other Side," Emily Rezetko's "Spokes," "Far From Home" by Erin Fitzgerald, "Re Progression" by Brittany Reuss, Madison DeWitt's "Inanimate Objects Are People Too," Stephanie Baer's performance of David Dorfman's "Lightbulb Theory," "Removing the "EX" from Urgency" by Kim Chmielewski, "Aspire to Prevail" by Julianna Walter, Erin Hull's "Soaked in Taint" and Libby Dunnigan's "Amongst the Grass."
The solos and small-ensemble pieces feature music ranging from the theme from "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" to Lesley Gore to a string quartet arrangement of Radiohead to Brad Paisley.
Tickets are $12; $6 for senior citizen and youth; free for UI students with a valid UI ID. Tickets are available in advance from the Hancher Box Office at 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER; online http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu/tickets.html.
May 7 recital features Agrell as composer, classical performer and improviser
Horn player Jeffrey Agrell, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be featured as composer, performer and classical improviser in a free recital at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.
He will be joined by faculty pianist Rene Lecuona, percussionist Dan Spencer, pianist Aura Strohschein, and Evan Grulke on horn and percussion.
Agrell's compositions are "Ode to Arkady" for horn and percussion, "September Elegy" for natural horn and piano and variations on "How Dry…" for two horns. He will also perform "Moon Lilies" for horn and piano by Lydia Busler-Blais, the Sonata for horn and piano by Samuel Adler and "Lamento d'Orfeo" for horn and piano by Volker David Kirchner.
Agrell stresses that although his performance includes improvisation, the music is "classical" rather than jazz.
"Ode to Arkady" is dedicated to Russian improvising hornist Arkady Shilkloper and is completely improvised, with percussion accompaniment. "September Elegy" was Agrell's personal response in music to the tragic events of 9/11. The four variations on the first four notes of "How Dry I Am" are labeled "Perky," "Murky," "Quirky" and "Herky."
Read bios of Agrell and Lecuona at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music//faculty_staff/alphabet.shtml.
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