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Feb. 4, 2011

At A Glance

Iowa City extends snow emergency, offers free parking in city ramps

The City of Iowa City has extended the snow emergency, which continues today, Friday, Feb. 4th, starting at 8 a.m. and concluding Saturday, Feb. 5 at 8 a.m. There is free parking in Iowa City ramps during the snow emergency. For more information, visit


Former nursing director establishes scholarship for UI Hospitals and Clinics nurses

A gift to the University of Iowa College of Nursing will improve patient care at UI Hospitals and Clinics by providing advanced education assistance for UI nurses.

Sally Mathis Hartwig, a UI graduate and former director of nursing at UI Hospitals and Clinics, contributed $50,000 to establish the Sally Mathis Hartwig Scholarship. The gift was made through the UI Foundation.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to two nurses currently employed by UI Hospitals and Clinics who are seeking an advanced degree through the College of Nursing. Candidates must demonstrate excellent clinical skills and leadership potential.

Mathis Hartwig, of Iowa City, received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the UI in 1975, and a master's degree in nursing administration in 1977. She served as director of nursing at UI Hospitals and Clinics from 1979 to 1993 and again, on an interim basis, in 1998.

In 1999, her colleagues established the Sally Mathis Hartwig Professorship in Gerontological Nursing Research to honor her important contributions to the university.

For more information, contact Bridget Hoffman, development director, 319-335-3305,; Forrest Meyer, executive director, strategic communications; 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973;


Old Capitol’s 'Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest' exhibit adds three pieces
A documentary film by an English professor, an anti-war student petition signed in blood and a family letter describing campus protests have been added to “Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest,” an Old Capitol Museum exhibition documenting the tumultuous 1965-75 decade on the University of Iowa campus.
The additions will be on display beginning Friday, Feb. 11. The free public exhibit continues through May 22.
UI Professor Robert Coover’s documentary, “On a Confrontation in Iowa City,” was recorded on Nov. 1, 1967, as students protested the arrival of job recruiters from Dow Chemical, maker of napalm for use in the Vietnam War. The Nov. 3, 1967 petition signed in blood was created in reaction to police conduct and the presence of Marine Corps recruiters. The letter from the Glen and Ellie Epstein, an Iowa City family and owners of Epstein’s bookstore, gives a first-hand account of life in Iowa City during the protests.
The exhibition includes a film series: “A Grin Without a Cat (Part 1) & The Sixth Side of the Pentagon,” Feb. 20; “Monterey Pop,” March 20; “High School,” April 10; and “The Sixties: Years That Shaped a Generation,” May 1. All films will be shown at 1:30 p.m. in Macbride Hall Auditorium.


Proposals sought for rural health promotion pilot grants

The University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health is requesting proposals for research related to rural health promotion. The center funds up to four one-year projects starting Aug. 1, 2011, and each project may be granted up to $20,000.

The program is open to any faculty member, research scientist, doctoral candidate or post-doctoral trainee at the UI, University of Northern Iowa or Iowa State University with an interest in this area. Proposals submitted by a student or fellow must have a faculty sponsor and a letter confirming that support. Study proposals involving animals, basic bench science or evaluation of existing programs or services will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through April 30.

For more information on how to apply, visit


College Of Engineering holds annual Spring Career Fair Feb. 8

The College of Engineering will hold its annual Spring Career Fair from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City.

This year, more than 40 employers are participating in the fair, seeking talented University of Iowa students for co-op, internship and full-time positions in the areas of biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering, as well as computer science. Participating employers are looking for May and December 2011 graduates, in addition to students for co-ops and internships during the summer and fall.

For a directory of employers participating in the Spring Career Fair, visit The list is cross-referenced by employer, opportunity type and majors. There are also summaries of each employer, and the types of student/graduate skills and talents each is seeking.


Cellist Ransom will perform French music at the UI Feb. 20

Cellist Adriana La Rosa Ransom, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital of music by French composers at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

With pianist R. Kent Cook, a faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University, she will perform the Sonata in E Major by Francois Francoeur, Three Pieces by Gabriel Faure, a movement from "Quartet for the End of Time" by Oliver Messiaen, and the Sonata for piano and violoncello by Francis Poulenc.

A faculty member at Illinois State University, Ransom has been the recipient of numerous awards, including winning top prizes at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, the Schubert Club Young Artist Competition and the Thursday Musical Society Competition.

She has performed with many professional orchestras and ensembles, including the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the European Musical Festival Orchestra and the New Ear Contemporary Ensemble.


Swanson and Tsachor perform songs from the German Romantic period Feb. 20

Baritone Stephen Swanson and pianist Uriel Tsachor, faculty members in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital of songs about love from the German Romantic period at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in the Riverside Recital Hall, located in the former St. Thomas More Church at 405 North Riverside Drive in Iowa City.

The program will consist of three song cycles:
--"An die ferne Geliebte," with words by Austrian poet and physician Alois Jeitteles and music by Beethoven.
--Three Sonnets by Italian poet Petrarch, set to music by Liszt.
--Selections from Lyrisches Intermezzo by German poet Heinrich Heine set by Robert Schumann as "Dichterliebe."

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