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Advantage Iowa award attracting diverse student population, which enhances the UI experience

There’s no question about it. If it weren’t for Advantage Iowa (AI), a three-year-old scholarship program aimed at attracting and retaining a diverse student population, Maribel Treto wouldn’t be a Hawkeye.

“Advantage Iowa is why I’m here,” says Treto, a chemical engineering student from Melrose Park, Ill., and an active member of Society for Women Engineers and Sigma Lambda Gamma, a traditionally Latina sorority. “Out-of-state tuition is expensive, and, yeah, I could have taken out a bunch of loans and gone in debt, but that would have put a lot of stress on me. With this scholarship I can focus on school and not have to worry about where I’m going to get money for books or tuition.”

The Advantage Iowa award is a merit-based scholarship for first-year students whose enrollment will contribute to a diverse learning environment. Eligibility criteria may include one or more of the following: race/ethnic background, socioeconomic factors, whether the student is a first-generation college student, and participation in a federally funded Upward Bound program.



Staff, faculty honored for excellence

Seventeen staff members and six faculty members at The University of Iowa received awards for excellence in 2009. The staff were recognized with one of three annual staff awards for excellence presented by the UI Staff Council, including the Board of Regents Staff Excellence Awards; the honored faculty also received Excellence Awards from the Regents.




News in brief

  • $5 million gift creates ACT Scholars Program at University of Iowa
  • UI Children’s Hospital wins gameroom makeover
  • UI Wellness offering help staying healthy through the holidays with Colorful Choices
  • Weinstein, Ponseti to be honored as distinguished mentors
  • University Women’s Health Fair will be held Oct. 28
  • Community seminar to focus on women and cancer Nov. 3
  • University of Iowa Department of Dance presents Dance Gala 2009: Synergy
  • UI Symphony Orchestra to perform Gompper’s Violin Concerto Oct. 27
  • UI Pentacrest Museums, geoscience department offer frightening fun
  • Swing Dance Club hosts Halloween dance Oct. 30
  • “Piano Sundays” concert to be held Nov. 1 in Old Capitol
  • Iowa Law Review moves up in Washington & Lee Law Journal rankings
  • UI study finds too much global experience might harm career advancement
  • Strategic planning task forces seek campus input at open forums
  • Proposals sought for Catalyst Award Seed Grants
  • Holden Cancer Center monthly cancer tip: Preventing lymphedema
  • Recent deaths

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Changes to UI Choice plan give
UI employees incentive to seek care at renowned UIHC programs

Nursing with young patientNursing with young patient
Photo by Kirk Murray.

Changes to the UI Choice health insurance plan for calendar year 2010 will provide a financial incentive for University of Iowa faculty and staff to use University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) providers and facilities for care—modifications critical to the vitality of UIHC and its 9,200 employees.

UI Choice participants—94 percent of whom live within 30 miles of UI Hospitals and Clinics—will benefit from seeking care at one of the nation’s top-rated providers while also providing UIHC with additional revenue streams that can help preserve UI jobs.



The guiding principles that anchored The Iowa Promise 2005–10, The University of Iowa’s strategic plan, led the University to raise faculty salaries, strengthen undergraduate education, and increase the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.

Since The Iowa Promise was created, the campus has new leadership personnel in place; has received new strategic priorities from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; has dealt with the devastating flood of 2008; and has experienced the effects of national economic retrenchment.

With these factors in mind, six strategic initiative task forces are convening to help articulate the University’s strategic vision and priorities in education, research, and service for 2010–2015.



Audio slide show: Celebrating homecoming with the Alumni Band

The homecoming atmosphere at The University of Iowa wouldn't be complete without the energy provided by the UI Alumni Band. From a whirlwind practice and parade march on Friday to performing before a nationally televised football game on Saturday night, the band was having a ball. fyi tagged along with the band to bring you the sights and sounds of a wonderful weekend.

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Mark Bernat
  Mark Bernat  
Music has been a positive factor through-
out Mark Bernat’s life. The new performing arts coordinator in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ Project Art program wants patients to feel that same feeling while receiving world-class care at the University’s health care complex. Bernat, a professional musician trained at the Juilliard School of Music, is excited to bring new ideas to Project Art’s performing arts component, which was created to offer diversion and stimulation through music, dance, and theater.




"Now that Miley Cyrus has performed a pole dance in hot pants, you might want to check that your 8-year-old doesn’t want to follow suit for Halloween."

Gigi Durham, associate professor of journalism and mass communication (Iowa City Press-Citizen, Oct. 14)

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