ASL Program turns 10
The University’s American Sign Language (ASL)
Program will celebrate its 10th anniversary from
2 to 4 p.m., Oct. 22, in 315 PH with a presentation
on the program’s history and future, followed
by a reception and open house.
The program, which initially was approved by the
Board of Regents, State of Iowa, as a three-year
pilot project, has grown to accommodate 200 students.
The courses offered satisfy the University’s
foreign language requirements.
Goals for the program include offering a major and
hiring more professional-level faculty members to
expand the course offerings and meet student demand,
says Doug Baynton, associate professor of history
and ASL in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For more information about the program, see www.uiowa.edu/~asliowa.
UI celebrates work, family
October is National Work and Family Month, part
of a multiyear campaign of education and awareness
about work/life effectiveness as a key business issue.
Campus employees can celebrate by:
• Asking UI Wellness to present onsite on
a topic of interest to your workgroup. (For more
information, see www.uiowa.edu/hr/oe/worklife/wellness/consult.shtml.)
• Completing a self-scoring, interactive online
screening at www.uiowa.edu/hr/oe/fss/testing.shtml and following up to get assistance, if needed.
• Sharing information about services with
a coworker who is currently challenged by child or
eldercare needs. (For more information, see www.uiowa.edu/hr/oe/worklife/famserv.)
• Donating vacation time to a coworker who
is on catastrophic leave.
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Convocation, keynote coming up
University Convocation will be held at 7:30 p.m.,
Oct. 5, in Macbride Auditorium. A reception will
follow in Iowa Hall.
The annual event recognizes faculty and staff excellence
in teaching, research, and service. An address from
the University president, traditionally given during
the convocation ceremony, is now a separate event.
David Skorton will deliver the President’s
Annual Keynote Address at 4:30 p.m., Oct. 13, in
the second-floor ballroom, IMU.
Skorton’s speech will be printed in full in
the Nov. 5 issue of fyi.
Fall enrollment remains steady
Enrollment for the 2004 fall semester is 29,745,
the same number of students as the fall of 2003,
according to the Office of the Registrar. The number
of new first-year students totals 4,017 in 2004,
down from 4,083 in 2003, but still a little above
the UI target of 4,000. Total undergraduate enrollment
stands at 20,135, down 98 students from 20,233 in
The complete census report is available at www.registrar.uiowa.edu/census/census_20033.pdf.
UI graduate, family give $5 million to Kinnick campaign
W.A. and Nancy S. Krause of West Des Moines made
a $5 million gift commitment in September on behalf
of their family to the UI Foundation campaign supporting
the renovation of Kinnick Stadium.
W.A. “Bill” Krause, a 1957 graduate
of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the
cofounder and CEO of Krause Gentle Corp. of West
Des Moines, which owns and operates more than 420
Kum & Go convenience stores throughout the Midwest.
All three of the Krauses’ children and their
spouses have earned degrees from the University.
The gift represents half of the initial $10 million
goal for outright rivate gifts in the Kinnick Stadium
campaign and equals the largest gift ever made in
support of UI athletics.
Health fair set for Nov. 3
Bone density screenings, blood pressure checks,
and cholesterol testing will be available at the
annual Faculty and Staff Health Fair from 7:30 a.m.
to 4 p.m., Nov. 3, at the Field House.
The event provides opportunities to learn about
health and wellness, UI health plans, and a variety
of health-related services.
Participants can register for a number of door
prizes.Other activities include body composition testing
and free massages. Flu shots will not be available
because of the shortage of vaccine.
Open forums will focus on UI planning
University’s Strategic Planning Committee
will hold two public forums in October as the University
begins updating its five-year strategic plan.
The first forum is scheduled for 1-2 p.m., Oct.
14, in 337 IMU. The second will run from 11 a.m.
to noon, Oct. 18, in 283 EMRB.
For more information, contact Liz Larsen in the
provost’s office at (33)5-3565.
$5.5 million Olson gift to benefit multiple UI programs
Gifts totaling approximately $5.5 million from the
estate of UI graduate Robert A. Olson will benefit
nine separate University programs.
The longtime Kansas City resident died in August
2003. Among the areas to benefit from his estate
is the UI Libraries, where the Robert A. and Ruth
B. Olson Special Collections Fund will receive approximately
$1.4 million. Olson worked at the libraries as a
UI student in the 1930s.
Other units and programs receiving Olson estate
proceeds include the Museum of Art, athletics, the
Tippie College of Business, the College of Law, the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Museum
of Natural History, the Presidential Scholars Program,
and unrestricted support of the University through
the UI Foundation.
The gift is part of the University’s $1 billion
comprehensive campaign, which will run through 2005.
So far, the University and he UI Foundation have
raised more than $760 million toward the campaign
Van Allen Day lecture is Oct. 9
In celebration of the life and work of James Van
Allen, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the
University and the UI Alumni Association are hosting
a free public lecture at 4 p.m., Oct. 9, in Macbride
Auditorium. Afterward, attendees will toast Van Allen’s
90th birthday with a special cake-and-punch reception.
Titled “James Van Allen: From Explorer
the Edge of Interstellar Space,” the lecture
features speaker Edward C. Stone, an Iowa-born physics
professor at the California Institute of Technology
and former director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory. In his speech, Stone will highlight Van
Allen’s professional achievements.
Van Allen served as head of physics and astronomy
from 1951 until his retirement in 1985. He is best
known for his discovery of Earth’s radiation
belts, which now bear his name. He was responsible
for building the internationally known space physics
group at Iowa, and several of his former students
are leading authorities in the field.
To attend the lecture and reception, RSVP by Oct.
1 at www.iowalum.com/vanallen/public.html. For more
information, visit www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/van90.