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Feb. 1, 2012

At A Glance

Augustana College Dance Marathon raises more than $11,450 for UI Children's Hospital

More than 200 students raised $11,459.80 for University of Iowa Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network during the 11th Annual Augustana College Dance Marathon Jan. 28 and 29 in Rock Island, Ill. The eight-hour event kept 212 students on their feet and was host to 12 Quad Cities area families.

Dance Marathon is a national organization involving college and K-12 students raising money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon event is scheduled for Feb. 3 and 4.

For more information about Dance Marathon, visit


Waste cans removed from EPB classrooms to encourage recycling

When the University of Iowa's spring semester classes started Tuesday, Jan. 17, students, faculty, and staff in the English-Philosophy Building (EPB) noticed something different. There were no trashcans in their classrooms, but new blue Recycling containers were placed near the building's east and west stairwells, along with waste containers for any items that cannot be recycled.

The move is designed to encourage students, faculty and staff to recycle as many items as possible. Waste Management officials have seen an increase in recycled content when waste containers are removed from key areas.

This is a new phase of the campus-wide single-stream recycling program (, also called sort-free recycling, allows students, faculty, staff, and others to easily recycle paper, plastics, cardboard, tin, and aluminum in one receptacle.

UI Facilities Management staff will track the amount of recycled material collected in the EPB and survey students, faculty, and the custodial staff to see if removing classroom waste containers should become a campus-wide program.

The pilot program is part of the UI's 2020 Vision goal to divert 60 percent of the waste generated on campus. For more information, see


Covington to speak about social conservatives and the 2012 caucuses at Finding God at Iowa forum Feb. 10
Cary Covington, associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa, will discuss the results of the 2012 Republican caucuses at the next Finding God at Iowa lunch forum from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Ohio State Room (Room 343) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

National commentators used Iowa Republicans' reputation as social conservatives to explain Santorum's victory. Covington asserts that the 2012 caucuses did not validate social conservative strength so much as they proved that social conservatism was these voters' last refuge after the collapse of Tea Party-oriented candidates. He proposes that Iowa voters behaved as Republicans in most states would have behaved in comparable circumstances.
The Finding God at Iowa lunch forum series, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, meets once a month during the regular school year. Christian faculty, staff, and students speak about how faith shapes their lives, their work, and their perspectives on university and social issues.
For more information, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or or visit


UI conference Feb. 18 to focus on justice for Iowa workers
An upcoming one-day conference at the University of Iowa will discuss the challenges workers face in Iowa's growing low-wage economy. "Building Bridges for Worker Justice" will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in 2520D, University Capitol Centre in downtown Iowa City. The conference is free and open to the public with registration required by Feb. 13 at
The conference is designed to bring together Iowa immigrant rights advocates, labor union activists, faith leaders, and community service providers to review basic workplace legal protections and discuss ways communities can promote justice for all Iowa workers.
A keynote address will be presented by Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice and author of Wage Theft: Why Millions of Working Americans are Not Getting Paid and What We Can Do About It.
Sponsors for this conference include the UI Labor Center in the Division of Continuing Education; UI Center for Human Rights in International Programs; Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (Civil Rights Division) of the U.S. Department of Justice; and the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
For more information or to register for the conference, contact Sarah Clark at 319-335-4144 or, or visit


Volunteers sought for UI Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival March 31

The University of Iowa Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival planning committee seeks volunteers Saturday, March 31, at the University of Iowa Field House. The festival provides an opportunity to learn about diversity through food, games, dance, literature, storytelling, arts, and crafts.

--Friday, March 30, five to seven volunteers are needed in two-hour shifts to assist with set-up;
-- Saturday, March 31, 70 volunteers are needed in assigned three-hour shifts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and five to seven volunteers are needed that evening in two-hour shifts to assist with event tear down.

Volunteers should sign up by 4 p.m. Friday, March 16. Opportunities include: assisting with program setup/cleanup; greeting and engaging guest and participants; driving a shuttle van; working with performers, vendors, children, and community members; and monitoring rooms and information tables. Individuals who can teach words from languages spoken in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East are encouraged to volunteer at the Kids World Passport Tables. Vendors and performers are also invited to participate.

For more information, visit or contact or The UI Chief Diversity Office sponsors the festival with significant volunteer support. It is free and open to the public.

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