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January 28, 2024 - May 26, 2024
Write at the Stanley: A Generative Writing Workshop
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (CST)
Where: 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52242

Join us monthly to generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Each session will be led by a different talented writer from our area, who will be offering a new prompt and a new approach to ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by visual art). Bring your own notebook and pencil or computer and leave with the beginning of a newly written piece. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry. Teen and adult writers in all genres are welcome.

Write at the Stanley meets every fourth Sunday of the month. 

Space is limited, so we encourage you to reserve your spot by clicking the dates below:

January 28

February 25

March 24

April 28

May 26

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Department of Classics, Department of English, Iowa Youth Writing Project, Magid Center for Writing, Pentacrest Museums, Office of the Provost, International Writing Program

June 1, 2024
Collectors' Day at the Museum of Natural History
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 39-53 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City, IA US 52240

Collectors from our My Collections exhibition series are back! This family-friendly, fair-style event encourages self-exploration throughout all galleries and celebrates collecting through community, storytelling, and appreciation. Guests get to interact with collectors/collections, participate in special activities, observe special demonstrations, and gather stamps and prizes along the way.

Start in Iowa Hall (where Rusty the Giant Sloth lives...) to locate the Museum Welcome and Wayfinding Table. Staff will fill you in on all you need to know and give you your own guide to find the collector tables scattered throughout the museum. Explore, interact, collect stamps, and return to where you started for a prize!

Full list of participating collectors:

  • Kendall Family PEZ Collection by Bryan and Erin Kendall
  • Adventure Rocks! by Laura, Elliot, and Grant Sievert (don't miss the special geode cracking demonstrations outside at 1 & 2 p.m.!)
  • A Serving of Butter Pats by Elizabeth Riordan
  • A "Clucktion" of Vintage Chickens by Sara Pinkham
  • British Royal Memorabilia: A Focus on the Reign of Queen Elizabeth the II Memorabilia by Kevin Bebout
  • 3-D Toys and Technologies by Cory K. Creekmur
  • If You Build It... by Jesse and Rachel Wallace (Look for the interactive Lego building table!)
  • Salt and Pepper: Looking at Love & Familial History by Kyle Agnew
  • Let It Snow by Emily Martin
  • STAMPS! (but the fun kind) by Micah Casey and Blake Stephenson (done miss the special stamp demonstrations!)
  • Bobblemania: Baseball & Beyond by Don McLeese

Contact: Carolina Kaufman 319-467-3130

Departments: Pentacrest Museums, Museum of Natural History, Center for Advancement, Graduate College, Department of English, Department of Cinematic Arts, Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of the Vice President for Research

June 6, 2024
Together Hawkeyes Tour | Minneapolis
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 40 Power Street, Minneapolis, MN US 55401

Connect with campus leaders and fellow Hawkeyes-and learn about the Together Hawkeyes campaign and other university happenings. Your hosts for the evening will be Barbara Wilson, Iowa´s 22nd president, and Lynette Marshall, UI Center for Advancement president and CEO. 

Register here: https://foriowa.info/3JSAo4r

Hors d´oeuvres and a hosted bar will be provided. 

We hope to see you in Minneapolis! 

Contact: Laurel Hall 319-467-3518

Departments: Center for Advancement

February 3, 2023 - December 5, 2025
Art & Write Night
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CST)
Where: 39-53 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City, IA US 52240

Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces.

Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists.

Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session and will sometimes move about the Museum but we'll always start in the Hageboeck Hall of Birds (Bird Hall) on the third Floor of Macbride Hall. Join anytime between 6-8 p.m. and feel free to participate in a themed creation challenge or work on your own project with our exhibits as inspiration. We'll save the last 15-30 minutes of each session to share what we've been working on, connecting with others (optional, of course!).


Please note, the Museum is typically closed during this time, meaning the main entrance to Iowa Hall (atop the large staircase outside on the east side of Macbride Hall) will be closed and locked. All other building doors will be open, offering access to the Ground Floor of Macbride Hall. Bird Hall is located on the third floor of Macbride Hall and can be reached by stairs or by taking the elevator to the third floor and crossing the auditorium to the north side of the building. 

Contact: Carolina Kaufman 319-467-3130

Departments: Pentacrest Museums, Museum of Natural History, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division of Student Life, Leadership and Engagement, Department of Biology, University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, University Libraries, Department of English

June 16, 2024 - June 17, 2024
BMindful Holy Days: Eid al-Adha (Islam)
8:43 pm - 8:43 pm (CDT)
Where: 2750 University Capitol Centre, Suite 3719 Iowa City, Iowa 52242, Iowa City, IA US 52242

BMindful is an initiative that seeks to meet the needs of diverse communities by providing event and conference planners with the dates of holy days of major religious faiths for five years into the future. By providing these dates in advance, BMindful seeks to help planners avoid those dates when scheduling events.

BMindful does not include all religious holy days. It focuses on three major holy days for each faith-days when faith members may choose not to go to work or send their children to school.

Download dates into your Outlook Calendar: https://its.uiowa.edu/support/article/105264

View all Heritage Celebrations at the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion site: https://diversity.uiowa.edu/Celebrations

Contact: Charlie Taylor 319-335-3555

Departments: Police Department, Carver College of Medicine, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing, Commencement, Campus Safety, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Division of Student Life

June 17, 2024
Johnson County I-Club Golf Outing
9:00 am (CDT)
Where: 1380 Melrose Av, Iowa City, IA US 52246

You´re invited to the Johnson County I-Club 25th annual golf outing!

Registration and driving range open: 9 a.m. Shotgun start: 11 a.m.

Register Today!

New this year - two team options available:

  • Limited availability - $600 - three-person team plus play with a Hawkeye celebrity assigned by the Johnson County I-Club, in partnership with Iowa Athletics
  • $500 - four-person team 

Entry fee includes greens fees, cart, driving range balls, and a box lunch for each team member. Team prizes and flag events will be awarded, and hole sponsorships are available for $125.

Space is limited and early sign-up is encouraged. The registration deadline is June 7. 

For more information on this event, contact Steve Droll with the Johnson County I-Club at stevedroll1@gmail.com or 319-331-0014. 

For information about other Hawkeye outings, visit jointheiclub.com/events. To learn how you can support Hawkeye student-athletes, visit jointheiclub.com. 

Contact: Steve Droll 319-331-0014

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 17, 2024
Polk County I-Club Celebrity Golf Outing
12:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 915 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA US 50321

Join the Polk County I-Club for their annual celebrity golf outing!

Entry fees-which are $500 per player and $2,000 per team-include green fees, cart, and dinner. The Hawkeye celebrities will consist of athletics department staff, coaches, and former student-athletes. A silent auction, dinner, and program will immediately follow golf. Hole sponsorships are $250 and include a tee sign on a hole and a complimentary dinner ticket ($75 value).

Space is limited, and early sign-up is encouraged.

For more information or to sign up for the event, contact Jim Carney at 515-282-6803 or carney@carneyappleby.com.

For information about other Hawkeye outings, visit jointheiclub.com/events. To learn how you can support Hawkeye student-athletes, visit jointheiclub.com.

Contact: Iowa Athletics Development 319-467-3410

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 20, 2024
Together Hawkeyes Tour | Chicago
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 302 North Green Street, Chicago, IL US 60607

Connect with campus leaders and fellow Hawkeyes-and learn about the Together Hawkeyes campaign and other university happenings. Your hosts for the evening will be Barbara Wilson, Iowa´s 22nd president, and Lynette Marshall, UI Center for Advancement president and CEO.

Register here: https://foriowa.info/3V8SmWR

Hors d´oeuvres and a hosted bar will be provided.

We hope to see you in Chicago!

Contact: Laurel Hall 319-467-3518

Departments: Center for Advancement

July 15, 2024 - July 26, 2024
Coming Soon: 100-Word Microstory Contest
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Mark your calendar for our 100-Word Microstory Contest-a free online writing competition for a variety of age groups. You don´t have to be an Iowa Writers´ Workshop grad-or even have participated in a flash writing contest before-to join in the fun. Just create a story in 100 words or less that uses one of two specific writing prompts. We will announce the writing prompts here on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 9 a.m. CDT.

Contact: Kate Sojka 319-467-3884

Departments: Center for Advancement, MFA in Spanish Creative Writing, International Writing Program, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

July 18, 2024
Grandparents University®
8:00 am - 4:30 pm (CDT)

Registration will open on Monday, March 25, 2024.

Grandparents University® is an intergenerational learning program that allows grandparents-or honorary grandparents-to spend a day of discovery with their grandchildren.

This campus event will offer hands-on educational opportunities with UI experts. You can make lasting memories while exploring engaging topics in everything from the arts and humanities to medicine and science.

You´ll have the chance to learn more about topics such as:

  • Bird banding

  • Beatrix Potter

  • The metaverse

  • Memory and the brain

Registration will open on Monday, March 25, 2024, at 9 a.m., and will remain open Wednesday, July 3, 2024-or until we´ve reached capacity.

Cost: 

  • $75 for one grandparent and one grandchild

  • $100 for two grandparents and one grandchild or one grandparent and two grandchildren


The term Grandparents University® is a registered trademark originating at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is used with permission.

Contact: Erin Brokel 319-467-3668

Departments: Center for Advancement, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Scott Helverson acted as a back judge at this past February's matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. PHOTO Ben Liebenberg/NFL Scott Helverson (86BBA) has reached the Super Bowl?the pinnacle of his profession?three times since trading in his football helmet for a whistle. Helverson, who has been an NFL referee since 2003, most recently served as back judge during this past February's Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. He previously was back judge in the 2008 and 2011 Super Bowls. "It's the ultimate goal every year?to work the Super Bowl," says Helverson, who calls Norwalk, Iowa, home. "As an official, it's something you strive to do every year?be No. 1 in your position. That takes preparation, hard work, and some luck." Helverson, who walked on at Iowa, became a two-year letter winner for Iowa football and was a frequent target of quarterback Chuck Long (85BBA). So many of the lessons Helverson learned from head coach Hayden Fry stick with him to this day. "The little things make a big difference, and that's extremely important when you officiate," says Helverson. "Team building, of course, is an important part of football, and it's important for our seven referees on the field and our person in the replay booth to work well together. We spend a lot of time preparing for the season and preparing for every game. For me, it's important to know my position and own my position on the field." Helverson recently sat down with Iowa Magazine to discuss Iowa football and his rewarding career as an official. Iowa was 36-12-1 during your four years at Iowa. What are some of your favorite memories? The memory people remember the most is the ruled no catch in the back of the end zone during the No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 2 Michigan game in Iowa City in 1985. Coach Fry always liked to tell everyone that game was the reason I became an official. It's kind of karma that I'm an official now. How did you get into officiating? I met a guy named Bob Holliday, who was a Big Eight official at the time. He knew my background and told me that I'd make a great official. At the time, I had no desire to be an official. I was working with a friend of mine as an assistant football coach at Des Moines North High School. Fast forward, my friend Tom O'Boyle took a new job with Des Moines Roosevelt High School and couldn't take any assistants along with him. I had Bob's phone number, called him up, and he told me I was refereeing Iowa State's spring football scrimmage the next day and wouldn't take no for an answer. I went out and bought a referee's shirt, pants, shoes, socks, and a hat, along with a whistle and a flag. I fell in love with it. I started working high school games and worked my way up before getting a shot in the NFL. What makes officiating enjoyable for you? Everything. No two games are the same, but every game is a challenge and has a different feel. One week might involve a great running team, next week might be a great throwing team, or the following week you might have two teams that aren't very good. There are so many challenges every week. Can you walk us through a typical week as an NFL official? Each week, we get a situational test that we're required to do. They get more complicated every week. In addition, we all do some scouting of both teams prior to traveling to the game site on Friday. We will look at offensive and defensive formations and just prepare for anything that a team might do that is unusual or unique. On Saturday, we will meet for three hours as a crew. We talk about rules, video review, the prior game, the upcoming game, and then go out for dinner as a crew on Saturday night. On Sunday, we arrive at the stadium three hours prior to kickoff. We walk the field to see if there is anything dangerous to the players?for instance, holes in the field or TV stands too close to the action. We meet with the chain gang. We meet with the timers. We have security meetings. And then we play the game. After the game, we get a thumb drive, which is the TV version of the game. I'll spend whatever time I have on the airplane watching the game?watching every position of every play. I critique the game myself, but the NFL also critiques every play of every game and gives us a grade for the game. And then we do it all over again. What are your favorite officiating memories? I've worked a lot of championship games, and that's something that brings me a lot of pride. Super Bowl 42 is a pretty good memory?undefeated New England Patriots against the New York Giants. I was the calling official on the David Tyree one-handed helmet catch late in the game that helped the Giants upset the Patriots. Outside of the three Super Bowls, I officiated the 2000 college football championship between Oklahoma and Florida State. Prior to having my first Super Bowl, I worked a great AFC championship game between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. I also had the first game after Hurricane Katrina at the Superdome in New Orleans; that was a crazy game and those fans made it a tremendous environment. I also worked in arena football for 13 years and had three championships, along with three Alonzo Stagg bowls (Division III championship games) and many high school championship games.

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