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Update—April 13:
Oakdale Prison Choir
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

Music professor creates prison choir with inmates, faculty, staff

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.



Remarks from Presidential Budget Forum posted online

A text version of the remarks University of Iowa president Sally Mason made during campus budget forums April 8 is now available for viewing on the UI budget web site at




News in brief



  • UI Health Care announces new voluntary cost reduction programs
  • Momentum Grants awarded to support diversity programs
  • UI Health Care forms international office
  • Women to discuss experiences in athletics at public forum
  • Public discussions to focus on UI Museum of Art's future
  • Unwind through Project Art's Springfest 2009
  • Theatres Mainstage to return to Mabie Theatre with Intimate Apparel
  • Recognize exceptional work of faculty, staff members with awards
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Gene discovery could lead to male contraceptive

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  • UI names Perlmutter director of School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Recent deaths

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Business students give back to community through Tippie Build 2

Habitat for Humanity home

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.

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Photo feature: Having a blast in physics and astronomy

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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Dale Stille
  dale stille
Dale Stille knows how to liven up a physics classroom. For the past 23 years, Stille has coordinated instructional resources and outreach activities for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Iowa. His work supplements UI professors’ teachings, and he takes his show on the road to science classrooms in schools throughout Iowa, entertaining and educating audiences ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade. Stille sat down with fyi to discuss his favorite demonstrations, his fondness for Iowa City, and the treasures he finds in University Surplus.




"I think we've been drawn in by the stories of Silicon Valley millionaires, where the teenager comes up with some piece of software and six months later they are worth $30 million. You could fit the number of people who have done that in the living room I'm standing in."

Kevin Leicht, professor of sociology
(Minnesota Public Radio, March 27)

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