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BY DI STAFF | MARCH 13, 2014 5:00 AM

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Regents approve cinema name change

The state Board of Regents unanimously approved the University of Iowa’s request to rename a department.

The Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature has requested its name be changed to the Department of Cinematic Arts.

“When we were cinema and comparative literature it was difficult for students to understand what we were about,” said Professor Steve Ungar, the head of film studies.

The name change will have no effect on students currently pursuing the major, he said.

UI Provost Barry Butler said changing the name will have little to no cost for the university.

— by Ian Murphy

Regents OK hospital projects

The regents approved a series of University of Iowa capital improvements proposed by the facilities committee.

The UI Hospitals and Clinics received approval to expand the Iowa River Landing Clinic.
The UIHC will develop shell space on the fourth and fifth floor of the clinic to accommodate 39 additional exam rooms.

The hospital will also relocate the offices of pediatrics and psychiatry, currently located on level one of the Colloton and Pappajohn Pavilions, to expand pediatric clinics.

The Pediatrics Department offices will be moved to level one of the General Hospital and Boyd Tower, and the Psychiatry Department will be moved to the rooftop space on level seven or eight of the Colloton Pavilion, which is nearing completion.

The estimated cost of these projects is $5.4 million and $4 million.

— by Ian Murphy

UI to create new program in sports management

The UI received approval from the regents to create a new program in the Health and Human Physiology Department.

The regents voted unanimously to approve the creation of the Bachelor of Science Program in Sport and Recreation Management.

Dan Matheson, a lecturer in the Leisure Studies  Department who has won four World Series rings as the director of baseball operations for the New York Yankees, said the program, currently a part of the leisure-studies degree, needs to be recognized on its own.

“There’s nothing leisurely about working in sports,” Matheson told the Education and Student Affairs committee.

“It’s hard for students to find us when they look for sports management [at the UI],” Matheson said.

— by Ian Murphy

Football-operations building to be named after donor

The regents approved naming the new Iowa football-operations building after Richard Jacobsen.

The 76,000-square-foot “Richard O. Jacobsen Football Operations Building” is under construction and is expected to be completed in the late summer.

The building will include amenities such as an exhibit space dedicated to the history of the program, and it will also serve as a location for team activities, strength and conditioning, and special events.

The building will be connected to the indoor practice facility.

— by Ian Murphy

UI moves ahead on art museum

UI officials hope to have their final partner for the new Museum of Art by the time the next school year starts

Rod Lehnertz,  the director of planning, design, and construction for UI Facilities Management, told the regents on Wednesday that the university will release the request for qualifications after gaining approval from the regents, to companies today and that the RFQ will be due July 1.

The biggest factors for competing companies are the feasibility of proposed sites and the experience of the companies, Provost Barry Butler said.

The old Museum of Art was visited by several thousand people per year, Butler said.

— by Ian Murphy

UI retention rate better than average

The UI is retaining and graduating students at rates above the national average.

Regent Chief Academic Officer Diana Gonzalez and the annual report of student retention and graduation rates said the UI retained 85.8 percent of first-year students, well above the national average of 77.7 percent for public universities

The UI also graduated 51.1 percent of the entering class of 2009 in four years, more than double the national average of 21.6 percent.

Six-year graduation rate was 69.6 percent for the class of 2007; the national average was 48.9 percent.

— by Ian Murphy

Officials tout accelerated programs

UI officials outlined several options for the regents’ Education and Student Affairs Committee that will benefit high-achieving students who want to spend less time in school.

Mary Aquino, associate dean of the College of Public Health, Gail Agrawal, dean of the College of Law, and Milan Sonka, associate dean of the College of Engineering, discussed options students can pursue to finish their undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time.

The law program will use a 3 + 3 program. The program, partnered with several universities in Iowa, will grant students their undergraduate degree at the end of their first year of law school.

The master’s in public health program partnered with several other programs to offer an accelerated program.

“They were excited they had a place to encourage students to go,” Aquino said.

The master’s in engineering program will be a similar format to the law-school program.

— by Ian Murphy

Regents OK name change

The UI received approval from the regents to change the name of a program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The name of the Bachelor of Science program in Leisure Studies will be changed to the Bachelor of Science program in Therapeutic Recreation.

Students will have the option to change their degree name if they desire.

— by Ian Murphy

Regents approve equipment financing

The UI received seven bids from financing companies for its parking equipment. Piper Jaffray won the bid and will finance the parking equipment, which is valued at $19.95 million.

Piper Jaffray, a Minnesota firm, will charge the University 3.59 percent interest, which narrowly outbid Wells Fargo’s bid of 3.66 percent interest.

The regents unanimously approved the financing of the equipment.

— by Ian Murphy

UI mulls residence changes

The UI is considering having students select living-learning communities instead of selecting buildings to live in.

The change reflects the success the UI has seen in such communities.

The UI is also going to reduce the number of student beds offered in contracted off-campus apartments to 200, cutting the number of apartments available through the university in half.

— by Ian Murphy

Man accused of stealing debit card

A Coralville man was accused of withdrawing more than $1,000 after depositing fraudulent checks.

Aaron Williams, 26, was accused 12-14 of October with second-degree theft.

According to a Coralville police complaint, William’s co-defendant, Tierra Robinson, allowed Williams to use her Veridian debit card to make withdraws following the deposit of knowingly fraudulent checks.

Williams is on video making numerous ATM cash withdraws at Kum & Go. He was also caught on video making/attempting numerous purchases at Wal-Mart with a reportedly stolen debit card. The card was reportedly stolen from Mozell McKee who also had fraudulent checks deposited, the complaint said.

Williams was also caught on video withdrawing a total of $1,222.95, the complaint said.

Second-degree theft is Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man allegedly steals vehicle from girlfriend

A local man allegedly choked his girlfriend after she tried to retrieve her keys from his residence.

Jamal Hall, 21, was accused Feb. 26 with second-degree theft, forgery, and domestic abuse assault impeding air/blood causing a bodily injury.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Hall was with his girlfriend when she purchased a 1994 Chevy Blazer and was also wither her the next day when she went to register the vehicle in her name.

Hall then took the vehicle so a friend could do some work on it and had not returned it. His girlfriend later learned Hall took the title and signer her name to it and reregistered the vehicle in his own name, the complaint said.

The victim had requested several times for Hall to return the vehicle to her, and he failed to do so. The victim did not authorize Hall to register the vehicle or keep it, the complaint said.

After not returning the vehicle, the victim went to Hall’s residence to retrieve her keys and was allowed in by Hall’s roommate. When Hall saw his girlfriend, he held her down and went through her pockets for the vehicles keys, the complaint said.

When she got away from Hall, he grabbed her and choked her with his hand and she reportedly said she could not breathe. Hall ripped the keys out of the victim’s hand, the complaint said.

The victim received scratches to her neck and scratches and swelling to her finger, the complaint said.

Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony. Forgery is a Class-D felony. Domestic abuse assault impeding air/blood causing a bodily injury is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

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