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Feb. 22, 2012

At A Glance

Subject of Hawk Alert located in Washington County

The subject of a Hawk Alert issued by UI Police Wednesday morning has been located in Washington County.

University of Iowa Police issued the Hawk Alert after receiving a report of an armed suspect in City Park. UI and Iowa City Police searched the park but found no one fitting the description.


Earth friendly art workshops for kids will use recycled and everyday materials

Children age 4 and older are invited to participate in monthly art workshops beginning Saturday, March 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum. Emily Schaum, UI art student, will show children how to make works of art from recycled and every-day materials. The workshops are offered in conjunction with the current Old Capitol exhibit, “Art|Iowa: Inspired by Landscape.”

The workshops are free and open to the public, but a donation of $3 per participant is suggested. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to call the museum at 319-335-0548 to reserve a spot.

For the first workshop, participants will create ornamental storage containers using glass jars and/or bottles and acrylic paint. Participants are encouraged to bring clean, label free, containers from home to decorate.

Future workshops include: “Salt-dough Animals,” March 31; “Potato Stamping,” April 21; “Eggshell Mosaics,” May 26; and “Handmade Paper and Dried Flower Cards,” June 9.

More information about Old Capitol is available at the museum’s website:


UI Rec Services holding Zumba fitness party March 3

UI Recreational Services is hosting a Zumba Fitness Party on Saturday, March 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.

Certified Zumba instructors, Erin Fitzgerald and Aimee Jennings, will have participants dancing, sweating, and singing. Advanced registration is available at the membership desk. The price is $3 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

For more information, see


JCL presents public concert at South East Iowa Bandmasters March 3

The Johnson County Landmark (JCL) jazz band from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free, public concert as part of the South East Iowa Bandmasters Association Festival at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Main Auditorium of Iowa City West High School

Under the direction of John Rapson, the head of UI jazz studies, JCL will perform "Paso a Paso" by 2011 Ida Beam visiting faculty member Wayne Wallace, "Never Nothing" by Hancher guest artist Dave Pietro, "Gdansk" by Paquito D'Rivera, "Having Built in Deeper Waters" by Dan Cavanagh, "Everything In Its Right Place" by Radiohead, Rapson's "Legacy of Lyons," and "No Cover" by Iowa native Paul McKee.

JCL is the top big band in the UI jazz program. Read Rapson's bio at


‘Movies@MNH’ continues March 4 with 'March of The Penguins'

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History continues its "Movies@MNH" series at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, with the free public screening of the Academy Award-winning "March of The Penguins" documentary in Macbride Auditorium.

The film depicts the yearly journey of the Emperor penguins of Antarctica. In autumn, all penguins of breeding age leave the ocean to walk inland to their ancestral breeding grounds. There they participate in a courtship that, if successful, results in the hatching of a chick. For the chick to survive, both parents must make multiple arduous journeys between the ocean and the breeding grounds over the ensuing months.

Future “Movies@MNH” are as follows: April 1, “Last Extinction: What Killed the Mammoths;” and May 6, “Fly Away Home.”

For more information on the UI Museum of Natural History visit


Volunteer judges needed for area National History Day competition March 16

Community members interested in history are needed to help judge the National History Day District 10 competition on Friday, March 16, at the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum and other UI buildings. College students of junior standing and above, historians, educators and professionals in related fields are welcome to serve.  

Each year more than half a million elementary and secondary school students participate in National History Day. They conduct extensive primary and secondary research on a historical topic related to a theme, develop projects to communicate their research and then present original papers, websites, exhibits, performances, and documentaries at local, state, and nationwide competitions. This year’s theme is “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.”

If you are interested in judging or volunteering, please send a completed registration form to NHD District 10 Coordinator Kathrine Moermond at

For more information visit the Old Capitol Museum website at or call 319-335-0548.


Carver Trust grant supports physics teacher development at UI June 11-29

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine has awarded an $87,225 grant to the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) to "support professional development opportunities for teachers of physics." The award is for the second year of a three-year program, administered by the IMSEP and scheduled June 11-29 at the University of Iowa.

The first summer program for Iowa physics teachers, one of the "Iowa Regents Modeling Workshops in Physics," was held in 2011 at Iowa State University and the third year, if funded, will be held in 2013 at the University of Northern Iowa.

The teacher program is based on the "Modeling Instruction Program" developed at Arizona State University under the leadership of David Hestenes. Master teacher Shannon McLaughlin will lead the workshop, and Mary Hall Reno, professor and chair of the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be the lead UI faculty member. 

More information about the workshop and about residency, continuing education credit, and registration is available by visiting the program website at:


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.