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Feb. 10, 2012

At A Glance

UI Heart and Vascular Center leads nation in heart transplant results

Leaders of the University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center announced today that the heart transplant and heart assist implant program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics last year achieved the lowest observed inpatient mortality ratio in the nation among its peers ranked by the University HealthSystems Consortium (UHC).

Of the 37 cases performed at the UI, there were no deaths. Four other institutions also had no deaths in the past year, but UI Hospitals and Clinics secured the top spot because it had the largest number of cases.

The UHC Clinical Outcomes Report reviewed patient discharges between October 2010 and September 2011. UHC is an alliance of 116 medical centers and 259 of their affiliated hospitals, representing more than 90 percent of the nation's nonprofit academic medical centers. For more information, visit

To learn more about UI Heart and Vascular Center, visit


UI students to provide tax services through VITA

University of Iowa accounting and law students will again provide free tax return preparation services to qualifying persons this year as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The service runs through April 15. Trained tax preparers will be available on various dates and times at the Iowa City Public Library, Northwest Junior High School, Southeast Junior High School, and Garner School in Iowa City. Spanish translators will be available at ICPL and NWJS.

For a complete schedule of dates at each location and the terms of eligibility, visit or email


UI Orchestra Invitational concert features Mozart, Copland, Stravinsky Feb. 17

Music of Mozart, Copland and Stravinsky will highlight the University of Iowa Invitational Gala Concert Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Riverside Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance.

Featuring UI student musicians as well as soloists from the UI School of Music, the event is part of the Orchestra Invitational held each year for high school orchestra students from Iowa and the Midwest. Students participate in a full day of clinics, master classes and performances.

William LaRue Jones, Kira Horel, and Michael Wright will conduct the UI Orchestra. Faculty soloists are Christine Rutledge, viola; Andrew Parker, English horn; Amy Schendel, trumpet; John Muriello, baritone; and Volkan Orhon, bass.

Music will include Sonata for Viola Solo by Ernest Bloch, Suite No.1 for Small Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky, Quiet City by Aaron Copland, and Per Questa bella Mano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The UI School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts. Both are units of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Iowa Summer Rep holds public audition for 2012 season at the UI

Iowa Summer Rep, the professional company of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, will hold public auditions for its 2012 company Feb. 18-19. All acting positions are paid.

The productions will be What the Butler Saw, The Woman in Black, and Sherlock's Last Case.

General auditions will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in Room 172 of the Theatre Building, with callbacks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Callbacks will be posted Saturday evening on the Theatre Building callboard. Rehearsals will begin on May 23.

Auditioners should bring a résumé and headshot/photo to the auditions. Perusal copies of the scripts may be borrowed from the main office of the Theatre Building.

Auditioners should prepare either one two-minute contemporary monologue or one four-minute contemporary scene with a partner.

For additional information and to sign up for an audition, visit Auditioners who are not a part of the university should contact Elise Johnson,, 319-353-0030 to sign up for an audition.

Actors of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to audition. No connection with the UI is required and nontraditional casting is followed.


UI Gallery series will present new Dr. Faustus adaptation Feb. 23-26
The Gallery series of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present a new version of Dr. Faustus, adapted and directed by graduate student Kristin Clippard as a comic tragedy, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.
This modern re-imagining of the classic tale considers the familiar story through the eyes of an intelligent, proud woman, who confronts her disillusionment with the modern world and the limitations of her knowledge until a night spent practicing the dark arts conjures an enticing spirit. 
Dr. Faustus journeys with Mephistophilis, scouring her world for meaning, spiritual refinement and self-fulfillment. The battle for her soul is waged between masked angels, dancing devils, lost spirits, heads of state, and the Pope in Rome.
The production is free for UI student with a valid UI ID, and $5 for general public. Tickets will be on sale at the door an hour before curtain time.
This play includes adult content, loud noises, strobe lights, and possible soul searching. For additional information, contact the department at 319-335-2700.


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