The choir members laugh, joke, and mingle easily as they gather in the makeshift chorus room at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center (IMCC) in Coralville.
Among them are professors, students, administrative assistants, and community members. Another group of about 20 men, indistinguishable except for the orange nametags attached to their shirts, are mixed into the group. These are brothers, dads, sons, husbands, and grandpas.
They are also offenders living at IMCC, known as Oakdale Prison.
However, for one and one-half hours each week this spring, the 20 inmates blend their voices with another 20 members of the community—including eight UI faculty and staff and seven additional UI students—to belt out songs ranging from “Lean on Me” to “Ole Man River” as part of a groundbreaking choral experience called the Oakdale Community Prison Choir.
More than 100 students from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business are teaming up with Habitat for Humanity for Tippie Build 2, a project that will result in a new home for a local family of six. As is the case for all Habitat homes, the homeowner of the Tippie Build house will pay a zero-interest mortgage back to Habitat for Humanity.
It's one thing to read about acoustics, perpetual motion, and heat and fluids, but seeing these principles demonstrated is something altogether different—and awesome, if you ask us. Dale Stille and the rest of the instructional resources team in the Department of Physics and Astronomy put together quite a show for students of all ages.
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