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October 1, 2004
Volume 42, No. 3


Spokesperson: UI employee speaks out, cycles for cancer cure
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Campus employees try to balance politics, civility

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Promotion and tenure information available online
Committee solicits input regarding general counsel
Salaries indicated as a major factor in faculty resignations
ITS: Campus computer security still a big concern
Poet wins Capote award
UI Press to bring out two works of winning fiction

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Photo: Close-up of percussionists in UI Marching Band
Hawkeyes to hit the streets

The Hawkeye Marching Band, along with the Alumni Band, will participate in the annual Homecoming Parade, which begins at 5:45 p.m., Oct. 1, in downtown Iowa City. Following the parade, alumni will gather with UI students for a pep rally east of Old Capitol. Several college activities are planned during Homecoming weekend, including special celebrations for the medical classes of 1969 and 1974, the law classes of 1969 and 1974, and the pharmacy class of 1999. For a complete listing of Homecoming Reunion 2004 activities, see Photo by Kirk Murray.


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

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

• Completing a self-scoring, interactive online screening at 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

• Donating vacation time to a coworker who is on catastrophic leave.

Learning online with SkillSoft.

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 2003.

The complete census report is available at

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

The 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 goal.

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 1 to 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 For more information, visit


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