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May 2, 2011

At A Glance

UI announces May schedule for Big Ten Network

The University of Iowa has announced the lineup of UI-created programming scheduled to run on the Big Ten Network in May.

The lineup includes episodes of "Conversations from The Writers' Workshop," featuring authors Curtis Sittenfeld, ZZ Packer, Abraham Verghese, Ethan Canin and others; "Iowa Magazine," a news magazine on a variety of topics; "University of Iowa Health Update"; and other programming.

To view the complete BTN schedule, visit

Big Ten Network is channel 72 on Mediacom, UI campus cable 59.5 (HD) and 25 (SD). Additional UI programs for BTN can also be viewed online at:


UI to extend Nite Ride service hours during finals week

University of Iowa Police will extend Nite Ride service hours during finals week. From Sunday, May 8, through Friday, May 13, Nite Ride will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Nite Ride, operated by full-time UI security guards, provides safe transportation for women.

For more information, visit


UI students win Weston Human Rights Essay Prize
The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) recently awarded UI students Alexis Stevens and Sarah Voigt with the annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize.
The $750 prize in the undergraduate student category went to Voigt for her essay "Water Privatization and Global Health: A Threat to the Human Right to Water." Voigt is a recent graduate in international studies from Libertyville, Ill.
The $1,000 prize in the graduate student category went to Stevens for her essay "'Hope Dies Last': The Matter of R-A- and Gender-Based Asylum Claims." Stevens is a graduate student in American studies from Marshalltown, Iowa.
The Weston Essay Prize is intended to promote understanding and the continuing advancement of international human rights, as well as honor Burns H. Weston, internationally renowned scholar in international human rights law and the founding director of the UICHR.
UICHR is part of UI International Programs.
For more information, visit or contact Liz Crooks at or 319-335-3900.


Tippie Build home to be dedicated May 7 with Habitat for Humanity

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity will dedicate a new house in Iowa City on Saturday, May 7, that was built with volunteer labor from students, faculty, staff and alumni from the Tippie College of Business.

The house, at 2651 Whispering Meadows Ave., will be the new home for the family of Esad and Mihrija Kraina, immigrants from Kosovo and Serbia. The dedication will be held at the home at 1 p.m.

Tippie students raised money to help build the house and organized the volunteer labor as part of its Tippie Build project. This is the fourth home built for Habitat for Humanity as part of Tippie Build.

More information is available online at


Tricia Park, Iowa City native Conor Hanick, will present violin-piano recital May 14

Violinist Tricia Park from the University of Iowa School of Music and Iowa City native Conor Hanick, piano, will present a free UI faculty/guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More Church), 405 N. Riverside Dr.

The evening's program will include Ives' Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano, Leon Kirchner's Duo No. 2 for violin and piano, and the Ravel Sonata.

Park and Hanick have collaborated for four years. Richard and Judy Hurtig co-commissioned their performance of Kirchner's Duo No. 2 in memory of, Felix Galimir, who died in 1999. Galimir was the uncle of Richard Hurtig, UI professor of communication sciences and disorders, and also was Park's chamber music teacher at the Juilliard School. Judy Hurtig recently retired as artistic director of Hancher.

Park said the Ives and Ravel, which contain elements of blues, gospel and other revival music, will go perfectly with the centerpiece Kirchner Duo in this program which "takes us on a mini journey through American music."

Park is the first violinist of the Maia Quartet, UI Faculty Quartet in Residence. For more information visit Hanick is a full-scholarship C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard. For more information visit


Volunteers sought for RVAP training, application deadline June 6
The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) at the University of Iowa will begin its 32-hour Advocate Training Program Monday, June 13, to prepare area volunteers to provide support and assistance to victims and survivors of sexual assault. Since training classes are limited to 10 volunteers, those who are interested should apply as soon as possible.
After successfully completing the agency's 32-hour training, advocates are prepared to provide support, information and referrals on the local Rape Crisis Line and the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, as well as respond to calls for supporting a survivor at the hospital or with law enforcement.
Training covers all aspects of sexual assault, teaches counseling skills and includes role-plays designed to replicate typical calls received from victim/survivors. Volunteer Advocates take calls from home, and scheduling is flexible.  
To apply, contact Katryn Duarte at RVAP, or at 319-335-6001.  For more information or to learn about other ways to volunteer, visit


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