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The University of Iowa has determined that beginning August 1, all non-essential events will be offered through a virtual format. We are following the university's recommendations and are planning exclusively virtual events for the remainder of this summer and fall. We hope you will join us. If you don't see the university event you are looking for, please also visit

August 12, 2020
Chat from the Old Cap: Dr. Stanley Perlman
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Join Dr. Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD, a University of Iowa researcher and one of the world?s leading coronavirus experts.

Perlman?a UI Health Care physician and professor of microbiology and immunology at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine?has spent nearly 38 years studying coronaviruses, including those that caused the SARS and MERS outbreaks. Until recently, he was one of only 10 full-time coronavirus virologists in the world.

Perlman wrote an editorial for the New England Journal of Medicine in February to educate physicians about coronaviruses, and he?s quoted regularly on a range of COVID-19-related subjects by national media outlets such as The New York Times and ABC News.

Dr. Mark Stinski, PhD, a professor emeritus of microbiology who devoted his career at Iowa to the study of human cytomegalovirus, will host the event.

Registration is required and space is limited for this event.

Chat from the Old Cap is a series of virtual engagement sessions featuring Iowa alumni and friends sharing stories from their careers, backgrounds, and the university that unites us.

August 13, 2020
The Business of Beer: A Panel Discussion with Alumni
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CDT)

We highly recommend having your favorite cold beverage on hand during this "Thirsty Thursday" event.


John Hall, MBA66
Founder of Goose Island Brewing (Chicago, IL)

Megan McKay, BBA99/MBA05
Founder and CEO, Peace Tree Brewing (Knoxville, IA)

Grant Scorsone, BBA86
Co-Founder and CFO (Chief Fun Officer), Spoonwood Brewing (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hunter Fiers, BBA15
Co-Founder, Lionstone Brewing (Geneseo, IL)

Register to attend and we will send you the Zoom link. Register now!

August 19, 2020
Chat from the Old Cap: Ted Abel, PhD
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Join Ted Abel, PhD, the director of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, who is recognized for his work on the interplay of sleep and memory formation and storage.

The holder of the Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience and the chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Dr. Abel is a pioneer in defining the molecular mechanisms of long-term memory storage, and identifying how these processes go awry in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders.

Abel, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, has co-authored more than 200 scientific papers. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and the Simons Foundation.

Dr. Jean E. Robillard, MD, a pediatric nephrologist and the University of Iowa?s former vice president for medical affairs, will host the event.

Registration is required and space is limited for this event.

Chat from the Old Cap is a series of virtual engagement sessions featuring Iowa alumni and friends sharing stories from their careers, backgrounds, and the university that unites us.

August 20, 2020
Chicago Iowa Club Virtual Book Club - The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Join the CIC Virtual Book Club! Our first book is The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. Lombardo earned her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers? Workshop and grew up in Oak Park, IL.

Set in the Chicago Suburbs, four adult daughters recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter their lives.

Support your favorite local bookstore or library by purchasing or borrowing her book. This will be a great chance to discuss this book in an interactive setting with Iowa alumni and friends.

Registration is Required!

August 26, 2020
Chat from the Old Cap: Dr. Craig Kletzing
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Join Dr. Craig Kletzing, a professor in physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa who is principal investigator for the UI's latest NASA mission.

Landing the largest research award in the university's history, he will discuss the Tandem Reconnection and Cusp Electrodynamics Reconnaissance Satellites (TRACERS) mission that will launch in 2023. The mission is part of a larger initiative, NASA's Explorers Program, which is studying how the sun affects space and the space environment around planets. 

Kletzing is leading a team at Iowa that is developing two scientific instruments that will be used in twin satellites for the TRACERS mission. The space plasma experimentalist is also serving on three other NASA missions and has worked on projects regarding space weather, the aurora borealis, and the Van Allen radiation belts.

Registration is required and space is limited for this event.

Chat from the Old Cap is a series of virtual engagement sessions featuring Iowa alumni and friends sharing stories from their careers, backgrounds, and the university that unites us.

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Hayden Fry's impact on the football field extends far and wide. His legacy beyond the gridiron looms just as large. Before, during, and after his 20-year tenure as head coach of the Iowa football team, Fry?who died Dec. 17 at age 90?used his platform to help others. As head coach at Southern Methodist University, Fry broke racial barriers in 1965 by recruiting wide receiver Jerry LeVias, the first African American scholarship athlete in the Southwest Conference. LeVias became an All-American in 1968 and opened the door for other African American athletes in the South. Fry considered it his greatest accomplishment when both he and LeVias were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Fry helped his community again after he became head coach at Iowa in 1979. Amid the Midwest farm crisis in 1985, Fry launched the America Needs Farmers campaign?placing gold "ANF" decals on the Hawkeyes' helmets to raise awareness of their contributions. Fry, who was raised on a farm and recruited numerous players with farming backgrounds, started the campaign to let the country know that farmers need help. On Nov. 2, 1985, that message was received by a national audience that tuned into CBS to watch top-ranked Iowa?with "ANF" stickers adorned on their helmets?face Ohio State in Columbus. The gold stickers with black lettering became a conversation starter for the rest of the season that concluded with the Hawkeyes' trip to the 1986 Rose Bowl. The tradition continues today and extends beyond the helmet decals. Iowa hosts an annual American Needs Farmers game that allows farmers to share their experiences and knowledge with fans, and a wall of honor recognizes former UI football players who exemplify tenacity, work ethic, and character of the Iowa farmer. The "ANF" logo also appears on shirts, hats, and other apparel with the proceeds going to Iowa's food banks. Fry said he applied lessons that he learned on the farm to coaching. Those principles proved to be effective in helping him assemble successful coaching staffs and teams in the same way that people rallied around the America Needs Farmers campaign. "He was a master of building teams and pulling people together," says Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz, who worked under Fry as an assistant from 1981?1989 and became his successor at Iowa in December 1998. Earlier that year, Fry was diagnosed with prostate cancer but didn't share it publicly until after the season as health issues forced him to step down as the Hawkeyes head coach. As Fry's attention shifted to fighting the disease, he also spread cancer awareness. Fry assisted with a $10 million campaign funding the J. Hayden Fry Center for Prostate Cancer Research at the University of Iowa, gave speeches at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and visited cancer patients across the country. Fry also served on the UI Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Advocacy Board and spoke at fundraisers to further support cancer research. Fry also served as an honorary board member for the Iowa Special Olympics and helped with raising funds for muscular dystrophy and numerous organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, the Iowa Council for Better Hearing and Speech, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 1999, Fry earned a UI Distinguished Alumni Award (Faculty/Staff). Throughout his 20 years at the Hawkeyes head coach and beyond, Fry changed the University of Iowa for the better?on and off the field. At his retirement press conference, Fry held back tears and said: "All of the people who gave me an opportunity to spend 20 years as a member of the Hawkeye family, I could never repay them." From the Tigerhawk and America Needs Farmers campaign to his efforts in supporting cancer research, Fry's contributions to the University of Iowa, our state, and the country will never be forgotten. Read about Hayden Fry's lasting?impact on college football, including his illustrious lineage of assistant coaches who are some of sport's biggest names.?

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