Threats can come in many forms from various people: a stressed coworker, an agitated roommate, a depressed colleague. The University of Iowa’s Threat Assessment Team provides an outlet for concerned campus members to take action before these threats turn worse or become tragic.
The team, led by threat assessment specialists Jane Caton and Peter Berkson, investigates reports from UI faculty, staff, students, and nonaffiliates, interviewing subjects of concern and performing background checks before attempting to link these subjects with the appropriate resources for resolution.
“Our goal is to help the situation, not to be punitive,” says Berkson, a lieutenant with the UI Police Department. “We want to do what’s best for everyone involved.”
Glenn Kell, president of the University of Iowa Staff Council, was invited to travel to the 2010 Orange Bowl as part of President Sally Mason’s UI delegation. He shares with fyi his experience at the Hawkeyes' impressive victory, and the group’s numerous outreach efforts in the days preceding the big game.
University of Iowa student Lucy Joseph wants people to see her home country of Haiti as more than a nation devastated by an earthquake. She and others are working to make a difference by spearheading a special fundraising Haitian-themed Lunch with the Chefs Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Iowa Memorial Union. The meal will feature a special Haitian menu, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Haitian Relief Fund of the Grant Wood Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
With a fresh coat of paint, an enhanced selection of food, and a brand new kitchen, Wild Bill's Coffee Shop in North Hall is back in business. Located in Room 321, the coffee shop was a kindergarten classroom from 1915–72, when North Hall was University Elementary School. Relics of those days were discovered during construction, including a "reading circle" of 15 numbers painted on the wooden floor, quarantine signs from the 1918 flu epidemic, and artwork made by the kids.