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June 29, 2024
Chicago Pride with the Hawkeye Pride LGBTQ+ Alumni Network and the Chicago Iowa Club
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 3519 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL US 60657

The Hawkeye Pride LGBTQ+ Alumni Network and the Chicago Iowa Club are partnering to celebrate the Chicago Pride Parade! Stop by Tin Roof to celebrate Pride with your fellow Hawkeyes the day before the parade. Appetizers will be provided.

Register here:

Contact: Alumni Engagement 319-335-3305

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

July 13, 2024
2024 BTN Big 10K
All Day ()

Join us for the 2024 BTN Big 10K on Saturday, July 13 along Chicago´s lakefront! Test your fitness, enjoy a one-of-a-kind race experience, and represent the University of Iowa while giving back to some great charities!

The day´s activities will include a 10K race, a 5K race/walk and a Post-Race Tailgate featuring music, food and beverages. Make sure to meet stop by the IOWA tent to connect with the Chicago Iowa Club.

Registered participants will receive a school-specific race shirt, event bib number and finisher medal.

Contact: Annabelle Vinson 319-467-3895

Departments: Center for Advancement

July 15, 2024 - July 26, 2024
Coming Soon: 100-Word Microstory Contest
All Day ()

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, Division of Student Life, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Magid Center for Writing, International Writing Program, The Writing University, 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.


  • $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

July 27, 2024
Iowa Night at the K
6:10 pm (CDT)
Where: 1 Royal Way, Kansas City, MO US 64129

The Greater Kansas City Iowa Club is excited to announce our return to the K on Saturday, 7/27 for the second game of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals!

This promotional event, sponsored by the Royals, includes a commemorative "College" crewneck and a contribution to our student scholarship fund!

Please visit (and share with friends & family) this link to purchase Iowa Night at the K tickets:

Contact: Annabelle Vinson 319-467-3895

Departments: Center for Advancement

August 30, 2024
2024 Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
5:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 1 Elliott Drive, Iowa City, IA US 52242

Join the University of Iowa Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Iowa Letterwinners Club as we celebrate our 2024 Hall of Fame inductees.


Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. There will be a cocktail reception with heavy hors d´oeuvres and drinks available for purchase. The induction ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person.

Contact: Iowa Letterwinners Club 319-467-3410

Departments: Center for Advancement

September 11, 2024
Tippie Fest 2024
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 21 East Market Street, Iowa City, IA US 52245

Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the new semester, join us in welcoming new and returning students to the Tippie College of Business. You don't want to miss this one stop shop as we celebrate the new academic year together!

Enjoy FREE food, visit the Tippie Student Organization Fair, and connect with campus partners like Study Abroad, Iowa MBA program, and Career Services.
This event is sponsored by the Undergraduate Program Office. Thursday, Sept. 11, 3-5 p.m. on the PBB Patio and Courtyard! (Rain location- Howe & Andersen Gallerias)

Contact: Tevin Robbins 319-335-1037

Departments: Tippie College of Business, Undergraduate Program, Iowa Memorial Union, Associated Residence Halls, Leadership and Engagement, Pomerantz Career Center, Welcome Week, Division of Student Life, Housing & Dining

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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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