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Staff Council president Seaton embraces role of communication conduit for administration, staff

Amber Seaton
Amber Seaton, Staff Council president. Photo by Tim Schoon.

When it came time to fill out college applications, Amber Seaton had her sights set on one place and one place only: The University of Iowa.

“I really think I always knew that I was going to be a Hawkeye,” Seaton says.

The Ridgeway, Iowa, native—who assumed the role of UI Staff Council president on April 1—received a degree in finance from the Tippie College of Business, and has been a full-time UI employee for nearly 10 years since, most recently in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science in the College of Pharmacy. And now, in her fourth year on Staff Council, she looks forward to serving as a conduit of sorts for UI staff and members of the administration.

Seaton spoke with fyi about her decision to run for Staff Council president, what she enjoys most about serving on Staff Council, and the pressing issues facing the council this year.



UI alumnus and faculty member
Paul Harding wins Pulitzer Prize

Paul Harding, an alumnus and currently a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, is the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. Harding was honored for his debut novel, Tinkers. Harding graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2000 and is a visiting faculty member for the spring semester.

The Pulitzer judges praised the book as "a powerful celebration of life in which a New England father and son, through suffering and joy, transcend their imprisoning lives and offer new ways of perceiving the world and mortality."


News in brief


  • Four UI faculty members win Guggenheim Fellowships
  • UI recognizes students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Finkbine Dinner
  • Diversity Catalyst Award reception to be held April 21
  • UI law class to examine new health care reform law
  • Podcast: picky eaters, twice-exceptional students and environmental activism
  • New episode of Iowa Magazine premieres on Big Ten Network April 19
  • Colm Toibin to give free reading on UI campus April 22
  • University of Iowa accepts Tree Campus USA award at annual luncheon
  • Staff Council seeks nominations for 2010 staff awards
  • College of Medicine to host conference focusing on links between medicine, writing
  • Rec Services invites faculty, staff to drive for show, putt for dough
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • New test could identify smokers at risk of emphysema
  • Guidelines suggested on Alzheimer's disease and driving
  • Study shows little difference between good, great NHL goalies

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  • UI Health Care names Richerson as new head of neurology
  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: Nature's minuscule masterpieces, courtesy of Central Microscopy

Established in 1973, the Central Microscopy Research Facility is part of the Office of the University of Iowa Vice President for Research. The facility provides instrumentation and technical assistance to research programs involving the use of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, light microscopy and confocal microscopy, freeze fracture, and x-ray microanalysis. Check out these impressive images of minuscule matter.

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Dan Schropp
  Dan Schropp  
Here’s a safe bet: nearly every Univer-
sity of Iowa employee reading this story is familiar with the name Dan Schropp—at least those employees who like to get paid for their work. Schropp, assistant director of the payroll department in UI Human Resources, is a frequent presence in faculty and staff inboxes, delivering a friendly reminder: please submit your time records. Schropp sat down with fyi to talk about how his status as the “payroll police” serves as a good conversation starter around campus, what inspired him to work in payroll, and whether he’s ever had to send himself one of those time record reminders.




"It's part of our mission to keep that alive."

Kathrine Moermond, education and outreach coordinator at Old Capitol Museum, speaking after a Piano Sundays performance about how the monument has served as a hub for community events as far back as the 19th century
(Iowa City Press-Citizen, April 5)

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