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REACH helps students with cognitive disabilities succeed

Cara Kazor knows what she wants to do once she graduates from The University of Iowa: work as a paraeducator to help other students with cognitive disabilities succeed.

The 20-year-old from Waukee, Iowa, is one of the first 18 UI students enrolled in the College of Education’s Realizing Educational and Career Hopes (REACH) program, an inclusive two-year certificate program designed to help college-age students with cognitive and learning disabilities develop life skills and transition to successful employment and full participation in the community.



UNESCO designates Iowa City as world's third City of Literature

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Iowa City the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

"This is at once a celebration of the literary riches and resources of Iowa City and a spur to action," said University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) director Christopher Merrill, who led the UI Writing University committee that submitted the city's proposal. "We look forward to working with our new partners in the Creative Cities network—to forging dynamic relationships with writers, artists, and others committed to the life of discovery.




News in brief



  • UI international student numbers hit all-time high, study abroad increases
  • Studio Arts Building to hold open house Dec. 5
  • UI Older Adult Volunteer Registry undergoing major expansion
  • Assistance available for faculty and staff in challenging times
  • New conflict management web site helps faculty, staff manage disputes
  • W-2 forms will be available on HR Self Service web site
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • UI researchers help to improve carbon measurements in global climate studies
  • UI leads discovery of gene associated with epilepsy

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  • Recent deaths

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Reinforcing a need: UIHC social worker joins Iowa National Guard

dan grinstead
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

Dan Grinstead knew he could make a difference to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. So at the age of 56, he decided to become one.

Grinstead, a social worker at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, had long been troubled by news reports of returning soldiers suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), committing suicide, or struggling to readjust to domestic life. He had often heard of the dire need for social workers from his colleague Mike Gummow, a resident in the Department of Psychiatry, who provides mental health services as a member of the Iowa National Guard.

The issue also hit close to home: Grinstead’s son-in-law is on his second deployment to Iraq. Grinstead’s father also served in the Navy during World War II.

So in August 2007, Grinstead called an Iowa National Guard recruiter. Seven months later—after passing physicals and obtaining an age waiver—he began his service.



Photo feature: UI Athletics Hall of Fame

Hawkeye fans, take a trip down memory lane inside the UI Athletics Hall of Fame—home to Nile Kinnick's Heisman Trophy, banners trumpeting national championships, and dramatic photos of Hawkeye legends.

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Monique DiCarlo
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A career on the South Side of Chicago was there for the taking, but Monique DiCarlo decided to step outside her family's businesses and pursue her interest in women's issues and social justice. For the past 14 years, DiCarlo has been at the helm of the Women’s Resource and Action Center at The University of Iowa, inspiring and empowering women and men to make a difference, whether on campus or in the community. She spoke with fyi about her roles as WRAC director, community leader, political activist, and mom—a role she says she is “very grateful to have at this point in her life."




“Except for the scar on his chest, he'll be indistinguishable from any other kid on the playground."

James Davis
(Daily Iowan, Nov. 11)

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