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Jan. 25, 2012

At A Glance

ISU Dance Marathon raises $380,000 for UI Children's Hospital

A record 880 students raised more than $380,000 for University of Iowa Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network during the Iowa State Dance Marathon Jan. 21 and 22 in Ames.

The students raised $380,742.15 in the 15-hour event, a 44 percent increase over the $264,290.14 raised in 2011.

Members of 31 families from central Iowa attended the marathon, which celebrated its 15th anniversary Saturday in Ames.

Dance Marathon is a national organization involving college and high school 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 the UI Dance Marathon, or to participate or donate, visit


Iowa civil rights pioneer and UI alumnus Alexander Clark, Sr., focus of IPTV documentary

A documentary about Iowa civil rights pioneer and University of Iowa alumnus Alexander Clark, Sr. will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television in February.

The documentary, "Lost in History: Alexander Clark," will be broadcast by IPTV on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m., and Monday, Feb. 13 at 9:30 p.m. It will be shown on IPTV World on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. and Thursday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.

Clark lived in Muscatine and sued the school district when it would not allow his daughter to enroll in the white public school, requiring instead that she enroll in the black school across town. The case went to the Iowa Supreme Court, which handed down its landmark ruling in 1868 that segregated schools were unconstitutional in the state.

Clark would later become the second African-American student to attend UI, and he would graduate with a law degree in 1884. His son, Alexander Clark, Jr., was the first African-American student, and he graduated with a law degree in 1879.

The documentary, narrated by Simon Estes, is also available online at


Sexual assault survivors invited to 'Paths to Healing' support group

Sexual abuse victims and survivors are invited to participate in a free and confidential support group, "Paths to Healing." The group will meet Tuesdays this spring, beginning March 6 until April 24. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the University of Iowa Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) office, located at 332 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.

The registration deadline is Feb. 28. The group is designed for survivors of sexual abuse to have a safe supportive environment to speak with other survivors. The support group will employ literature, inspirational materials, and activities to assist survivors on their healing journey. Karen Siler, a certified sexual abuse counselor, will serve as group facilitator.

For more information or to set up a screening appointment, call Siler, the RVAP Johnson County services coordinator, at 319-335-6001 or send email to

For more information visit The site provides information about statistics, education, victim services, and resources. The 24-hour Rape Crisis Line number, 319-335-6000, offers free and confidential information, support, advocacy, and counseling to victim/survivors of sexual assault and their partners, friends, and family members.


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