The University of Iowa

Tagged with "giving"


UI celebrates its cultural diversity

They were half a globe removed from the calamities that befell their native country last month, but in the weeks since, members Iowa City’s Japanese community have been doing all they can to lend a hand. The University of Iowa’s Japanese Students and Scholars Club sold baked goods, origami crafts and T-shirts to raise money for Red Cross disaster relief Sunday at UI’s annual Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival. Club member Atsushi Yahashiri, a post-doctoral research scholar in microbiology at UI, said his group and other Japanese organizations in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area have rallied together since the March 11 earthquakes and tsunami.

UI Rep: Interest in Peace Corps Increasing

Interest in the Peace Corps is increasing at University of Iowa, the university’s Peace Corps representative said. “It is definitely increasing. With the Peace Corps itself, participation is increasing,” Mahy Gall said. “I think there is a renewed interest in the U.S. in community service.”

Peace Corps Celebrates 50th Anniversary

On Oct. 14, 1960, in a presidential campaign speech, Senator John F. Kennedy first challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. His words inspired a new organization that has now provided over 200,000 American volunteers to countries in need. Fifty years later, the Peace Corps is still going strong.

UI engineering seniors will help build bridge in Nicaragua

Last year, the small Zambian village of Libuyu needed a bridge in order to access the only school in the area without having to walk several miles around a dangerous river. But they didn’t have the resources. And when a group of students from the University of Washington backed out at the last minute, five engineering students from the University of Iowa stepped in. This Thanksgiving, the same five students are going to Nicaragua to help another village.

India Winterim is back for its 5th year

So far, 76 UI students have signed up to save a forest, dance the Bharta Natyam, and design lesson plans — among other unique activities during their winter breaks. The Indian Winterim program, entering its fifth year, is adding these three programs — sustainability, dance, and education, to the 11 others offered during a three-week educational trip to India.

UI Receives Grant to Create New Study Abroad Program in Tanzania

The University of Iowa will develop a new study abroad program in Tanzania, thanks to an almost $250,000 grant from the U.S. State Department. It is the first semester-long UI study abroad program in Eastern Africa and one of the first of its kind in the nation. The grant, which will be matched with an additional $139,000 from the UI, is titled “Capacity Building for Undergraduate Study Abroad.”

UI International Studies graduate Keenan named to USA Today academic first team

Alexandra Keenan was named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team. Twenty students were chosen out of hundreds for first-team status, each receiving a $2,500 cash award. The article notes that the members of the 2010 team are “true global citizens,” and Keenan is no exception. She helped lead a team of students who designed a handheld water sanitizer, a project that was awarded an EPA sustainable design grant and was named one of Discover Magazine‘s “10 Everyday Technologies That Can Change the World.” She studied non-governmental organizations in India and then advocated for cervical cancer screening at a hospital in Madurai, which has since implemented a community-based screening program. She managed the daily care of 12 HIV-positive children at an orphanage in Tonal, Mexico, and helped develop a diagnostic technique for a deadly parasitic disease and then taught it to scientists at a university in India. She is a Goldwater Scholar and was named one of Glamour magazine’s “Top 10 College Women” in 2009.

Startalk Grant Brings Intensive Chinese Courses to Iowa

The University of Iowa Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature has been awarded a $100,000 Startalk grant that has enabled intensive Chinese language courses for Iowa junior high and high school students this July.

This grant is a part of the National Security Language...