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Campus adapts to summer housing needs following flood

worker in Mayflower residence hall
Photo by Tim Schoon.
   

Mother Nature threw a wrench into the University’s residence hall schedules in the form of a 500-year flood, but summer program participants, whether junior high or college students, adapted to spur-of-the-moment changes, as did those working behind the scenes.

Steve Fausch, University Housing’s maintenance operations manager, says his crew had been getting ready for the flood since December, long before the Iowa River crested June 15.

“The University’s upper administration was sensitive to the fact that we potentially could have a flood,” he says. “We were quite prepared within my department.”

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Photo feature: UI faculty, staff feed flood workers

Forty-three University of Iowa faculty and staff members served lunch to 790 flood workers during three Flood Worker Appreciation Luncheons held on Thursday and Friday, July 17 and 18, near flood recovery sites on the UI campus.

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University provides Regents flood recovery status update

The University of Iowa provided the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, with an update on the campus flood recovery status. Highlights from the report include updated information on water levels at the Coralville Dam and in the Iowa River, building renovations, academic concerns, and insurance coverage and damage updates.

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University conservator helps save libraries in Peru

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Photo courtesy of Gary Frost.
   

Shortly after conducting flood damage assessment and preservation work at the Czech and Slovak National Museum and Library and African-American Museum in Cedar Rapids, University of Iowa Libraries Conservator Gary Frost traveled to Peru in July to help conserve antiquarian libraries in the former Spanish colonial city of Arequipa.

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AROUND CAMPUS…

  • UI external support is a record $386.2 million for 2007–08
  • UI employees can donate vacation time to flood victims who need time off to recover
  • Library materials due dates revised
  • WRAC opens for business in regular location post-flood
  • Communication Skills for Professionals course open to UI faculty, staff
  • Deadline Aug. 1 for UI students, faculty, staff to participate in Chicago parade
  • Volunteers sought for home stays, UI international student welcome center
  • Resources available for UI faculty, staff members impacted by flood
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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DISCOVERIES…

  • Law professor offers changes to improve World Bank accountability

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TRANSITIONS…

  • Kates is named new CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Recent deaths

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Profile

Susan Murty
 
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In an effort to offer service learning opportunities to her students, Susan Murty has organized trips to foreign lands. Now, in the face of record flooding, Murty is working to get her students involved in similar manners much closer to home. Murty, associate professor of social work, is developing a seminar for the fall semester in which students would get involved in service-learning work through flood recovery, and she is leading a trip to Mexico yet this summer where students can work with children and the elderly, all in the name of bettering a community.

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“The more women run for such high office, then the more normal it becomes."

Tracy Osborn
(The Guardian, July 13)

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Understanding language—and
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