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It was the best of times, it was diverse of times: UI Engagement Corps visits two cities (and a town)

UI faculty and staff members recently traveled to northeast Iowa to talk with community leaders. David Redlawsk (right), UI associate professor of political science, met with Aaron Goldsmith, the first Jew to win a city council seat in Postville, Iowa. Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

When a meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa, burned to the ground a few days before Christmas, workers, many of them immigrants from Central America, were given the option to move on to other plants in other states. But their families wanted to stay.

Like many before them, they had come to the small northeastern Iowa town to sink roots, to leave behind the hardships that drove them from their homelands, and to realize their dreams.

Postville’s elementary school was the first stop on this year’s excursion by the UI Faculty Senate Engagement Corps. The annual trip is about building relations between UI faculty and the citizens of Iowa, sharing expertise and knowledge, and meeting colleagues from other departments in the University.



fyi gets some groovy responses to summertime music survey

No need to raise a fuss, no need to raise a holler about workin’ all summer just tryin’ to earn a dollar. Contrary to the old Eddie Cochran song, members of the fyi staff believe there is a cure for the summertime blues. We believe it’s music.

We're not alone. We were delighted and intrigued by all the groovy responses—from the usual suspects (Jimmy Buffett, the Grateful Dead, and reggae) to nature's soundtrack (which doesn't require ear buds).

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  • Open forums planned for five UI presidential finalists June 11–15
  • Grillin’ on the river

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  • Center for the Book awarded prestigious grant to preserve paper
  • Looking at links between eating disorders and perfectionism
  • Something in the air

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  • Troyer, Rocklin to assume vice provost duties
  • Frantz named dean of College of Nursing
  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: Bird's-eye view of the home of the Hawkeyes

Aerial perspectives of the University of Iowa campus offer grand views of academic buildings, athletic fields, and the natural beauty of Iowa City.

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Learning and Development summer schedule




Michael Sondergard
After two decades in the role of editor of Pace-
, a magazine published by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mike Sondergard is still hard at work, even if technological advances have made his job a little easier. Four times a year in Pacemaker, Sondergard and his colleagues help spread the news about advances and care in one of the world’s leading academic medical centers. Sondergard talks to fyi about his work as editor in the Joint Office for Marketing and Communications in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, his love of sports cars, and the pride that comes from taking to the court as a “Wheezing Geezer.”




“Most doctors recognize that they're fallible, but they still strive for perfection.”

Lauris Kaldjian
(Nashua Telegraph, May 27)

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