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RAGBRAI to ride by UI alum’s acclaimed free-range pig farm in Thornton

UI alumnus Paul Willis owns a celebrated free-range pig farm in Thornton, Iowa, one of the stops on this year’s RAGBRAI route. He’s also the founder of the Niman Ranch farm network, where his UI alumna daughter, Sarah Willis, works. Both say their UI education contributed to their success.

Rural Clerkship Program introducing law students to small towns like RAGBRAI stop Garner

The UI College of Law and the Iowa State Bar Association have teamed up to encourage law students to practice in rural areas. The summer Rural Clerkship Program provides opportunities for law students to work at small-town practices in places like Garner, Iowa, a stop on the RAGBRAI route.
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UI pharmacy professor works to improve access to lifesaving medications

Professor Bernard Sorofman focuses on aid to criminal offenders and economically disadvantaged Iowa residents
UI College of Pharmacy professor Bernard Sorofman has used his expertise in pharmacy medicine to reform medical services for criminal offenders in Iowa and expand a statewide drug repository for unused medication, keeping medication out of landfills and ensuring it gets to the people who need it most.
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Partnership among USGS, IGS, and others helps RAGBRAI riders learn what’s under their tires

The U.S. Geological Survey, Iowa Geological Survey, Office of the State Archaeologist, and Iowa Limestone Producers Association are working together to teach RAGBRAI riders about the land that’s rolling by under their tires. The “Learn About the Land” brochure, produced every year, details the bike route’s natural resources.

Honors University archivist David McCartney presents at AAUP conference

David McCartney, university archivist in University of Iowa Libraries, delivered a paper, “Documenting Activism: How the Digital Humanities Can Uncover the History of Protest,” June 16 at the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) conference in Washington, D.C.
Hancher Auditorium Executive Director Chuck Swanson stands in the new auditorium. The grand opening will take place Sept. 9.

RAGBRAI stop Spencer is Hancher executive director’s hometown

Executive Director of Hancher Auditorium Chuck Swanson hails from Spencer, Iowa, the first overnight stop on the 2017 RAGBRAI route. Swanson shares not only his but the University of Iowa’s connection to the town, including a permanent mural in Hancher that Spencer middle school students worked on.

UI completes RFQL for external review of employment policies, practices

Proposals sought for evaluating UI’s policies and practices related to hiring, promotion, documentation, compensation, and termination of faculty and staff
The University of Iowa will begin accepting proposals from firms interested in reviewing employment policies and practices as defined by the Iowa Civil Rights Act, as well as internal university policies. The deadline for proposals is Aug. 17.
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Lena Hill named interim chief diversity officer, Monique DiCarlo named new Title IX coordinator

Search for new chief diversity officer to begin in late fall or early spring
Lena Hill has been appointed interim chief diversity officer and associate vice president and Monique DiCarlo has been appointed Title IX coordinator by UI President J. Bruce Harreld. A search for a new chief diversity officer will begin in late fall or early spring.