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Threat Assessment Team provides outlet for campus concerns

Jane Caton and Peter Berkson
Threat assessment specialists Jane Caton and Peter Berkson. Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

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.”



Staff Council president describes Orange Bowl outreach work

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.



News in brief

Lunch with the Chefs to benefit
Haiti earthquake relief

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.




  • Prairie InSight to debut Jan. 28 featuring internationalization theme
  • POROI sponsors community discussions on race and class in southeast Iowa City
  • Nominations sought for Staff Council positions
  • Staff members encouraged to apply for committees
  • Spectator@IOWA features up-close looks at campus life, plus the latest UI headlines
  • W-2 forms will be available on Employee Self Service web site
  • UI employees in Iowa City must be seen for workplace injuries at UI HealthWorks
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Study: NFL's Rooney Rule does little to help minority head coach hiring
  • Law professor says feminists should abandon tough rape laws, war on crime
  • UI survey finds parental support for proposed law changes on teen driving

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Photo feature: Wild Bill's reopens

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.

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Rob DuBay
  Ron DuBay  
The winter season in the Midwest is seen by some as a time to hunker down indoors, staying warm by the fire or under layers of blankets. Rob DuBay, assistant director of outdoor programs in the University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services, sees the snow cover as a great reason to get outside and take advantage of the activities this weather offers. The UI alumnus spoke with fyi about his duties during the various seasons, how UI faculty and staff can avoid cabin fever through Rec Services programming, and the adventures he’d like to cross off his “bucket list.”




"I can't thank Terry and Susan enough for their thoughtful generosity."

Gary Barta,
director of the Department of Athletics
(Iowa City Press-Citizen, Jan. 22)

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