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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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Hawkeyes gather to celebrate an unforgettable coach who innovated and inspired. Illustration by Dave Merrell Hayden Fry seemed to have a folksy West Texas expression for every occasion. Heading into a big game, his coaching philosophy was to "scratch where it itches." When the "hay was in the barn," it meant his team was well-prepared for Saturday. After a tough loss, he quipped that "the sun don't shine on the same dog's rump every day." So when family, friends, and fans came together last month to celebrate the life of the College Football Hall of Fame coach, who died Dec. 17, 2019, at age 90, Fry of course left the perfect description for such a day. A "High Porch Picnic"?Hayden-speak for an exceptionally good time?was the title of Fry's memorial service in his home state. Hundreds turned out for the service Jan. 25, 2020, at the Ford Center at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility in Frisco, Texas. Among the attendees were offshoots from the famed Fry coaching tree like retired Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops (83BBA), and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. Celebrating the remarkable life of Coach Hayden Fry at The Star with J Hayes, K Ferentz, ⁦@BillSnyder_KSU⁩,⁦ @ChuckLongIowa⁩ Bob Stoops (@CoachBobStoops) January 26, 2020 Also on hand were dozens of Fry's players who defined Iowa football in the 1980s and '90s, including stars like Chuck Long (85BBA), Quinn Early (87BA), Chuck Hartlieb (88BBA), and Merton Hanks (90BGS). Great to see so many @uiowa @TheIowaHawkeyes, @MeanGreenSports , @SMUMustangs alumni and supporters at the memorial service of Coach Hayden Fry. Truly a historic evening with a galaxy of NCAA and NFL coaches, players and administration paying respects. Merton Hanks (@MertonHanks36) January 26, 2020 An amazing day celebrating the life of an amazing coach, mentor, role model and father Spending time with former coaches and teammates was truly a blessing Love you Coach Fry! @ChuckLongIowa @BillSnyder_KSU @MertonHanks36 @LegacyHawks @HawkeyeFootball #iowahawkeyes #GoHawks Quinn Early (@QuinnEarly) January 26, 2020 Speakers included members of Fry's teams at Southern Methodist University and North Texas, including SMU receiver Jerry LeVias, whom Fry recruited to become the first African American scholarship player in the Southwest Conference. An emotional Ferentz also gave a touching eulogy for his mentor. "He changed my life dramatically," Ferentz said. "For so many players and coaches and just people in general?certainly people in the state of Iowa?it's just amazing the impact he had." Ferentz credited Fry for teaching him to coach and lead with integrity?while remembering to have fun with his players. The Hokey Pokey, pink locker rooms, and wide-open playbook all were reflections of his larger-than-life personality. "Coach Fry came to Iowa with white pants, sunglasses he wore inside as well as outside, a Texas accent, and Texas sayings that not many of us understood, certainly not a young guy from Pennsylvania," Ferentz said. "But he also came with a clear vision." Coach Ferentz speaking at Hayden Fry MemorialPosted by Jerica Parker on Saturday, January 25, 2020 The tributes poured in even before the memorial service. Earlier in January, Snyder, who coached under Fry for 13 years at North Texas and Iowa before leaving for Kansas State, received the annual Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. In his final days, Fry wrote a letter in honor of Snyder that was read aloud at the award ceremony in Houston. Snyder, in turn, used his acceptance speech to thank Fry, whom he called "a special, special man." Fans joined the former players and coaches in remembering Fry at the "High Porch Picnic" service. Afterwards, more than 200 members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Iowa Club gathered at a local restaurant to toast the legendary coach. Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz (06BA) addressed the club, and several former players stopped by, including Sedrick Shaw (97BA), Jared DeVries (98BA), and Tim Dwight (99BS). Hawkeyes showed their loyalty in Texas last weekend during the memorial ceremony for Coach Hayden Fry. The Dallas/Fort Worth Iowa Club also hosted a beautiful celebration of his life. RIP Coach. 💛🖤 #AlwaysAHawkeye University of Iowa Center for Advancement (@UIAdvancement) January 29, 2020 For more on Fry's legacy, read Iowa Magazine's 2017 feature story on the coach, and look back at his career with this tribute video. Memorial contributions can be made here to the Hayden Fry Football Captain's Scholarship Fund and/or to the J. Hayden Fry Center for Bladder and Prostate Cancer Research.

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