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The University of Iowa has determined that until the risk of COVID-19 exposure is reduced, all non-essential events will be offered through a virtual format. We are following the university's recommendations and are planning exclusively virtual events until further notice. We hope you will join us. If you don't see the university event you are looking for, please also visit events.uiowa.edu.

December 2, 2020
Chat From the Old Cap: Angela Linn (94BA)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CST)

Join Angela Linn (94BA), a museum professional for more than 26 years, who is developing a plan to conserve, interpret, and exhibit the "Magic Bus" made infamous by the book and subsequent film, Into the Wild.

Linn is the senior collections manager of Ethnology and History at the University of Alaska Museum of the North (UAMN) in Fairbanks, Alaska, which in September 2020 became the official repository for Into the Wild´s Bus 142. At UAMN, she cares for and provides access to more than 17,000 objects that help tell the story of Alaskans, both Indigenous and non-Native settlers.

Born and raised in eastern Iowa, Linn was inspired by the University of Iowa´s Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Art to study anthropology and museum studies at the UI and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Linn is currently an interdisciplinary PhD candidate housed in the Arctic and Northern Studies program at UAF.

Registration is required and space is limited for this online session.

https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mi3uPG_zTqGXoDuzUA2EXA

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.

December 2, 2020
Life After College Series: What I Wish I Knew Then
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CST)

Featuring Megan Greenwood (11BSE) Founder, Greenwood Brewing

Life after college brings unexpected challenges-and the answers aren´t always a Google search away.  Gain some helpful perspectives in this transition by hearing from fellow recent graduates who are experiencing the same real-life situations. Join us for fun conversation and practical takeaways on living your best life after college.

Our virtual Life After College series kicks off with a discussion on exploring how UI recent graduates decided to create their own path and launch their entrepreneurial journeys.

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December 3, 2020
IBL Center Fall Speaker Series: Stella Burch Elias & Kit Johnson
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST)

Theme:  Examining Institutional Structures, Race, Business, and the Law

Stella Burch Elias

Professor of Law

Chancellor William Gardiner Hammond Fellow in Law

Director, London Law Program

University of Iowa College of Law

&

Kit Johnson

Associate Professor of Law

University of Oklahoma College of Law

"Racial Exclusion in Employment-Based Immigration"

Please contact sara-k-clark@uiowa.edu for the Zoom Webinar link for this program.

December 5, 2020
Stanley Reads - 6
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CST)

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (2016)

  • Sonny (pp. 242-262)
  • Marjorie (pp. 263-282)
  • Marcus (pp. 283-299)

Stanley Reads is hosted by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

Register for Stanley Reads at https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VR83aPIweoUmHz. Once registered, you will receive invitations to all Stanley Reads events.

Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event.

Stanley Reads puts the museum´s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider Follow Her Lead in relation to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story.

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery. 

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers´ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC´s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi´s first novel. 

Homegoing book jacket

December 8, 2020
WorldCanvass: Teaching and Learning Post-COVID
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (CST)

The changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have impacted every person, every industry, every region, and every communal activity for nearly the whole of 2020. Even after the much-hoped-for vaccine is developed and distributed, some believe that life and work patterns have been forever altered. What comes next in the field of global education is the subject of the December WorldCanvass on the topic "Teaching and Learning Post-COVID."  WorldCanvass will be held virtually through Zoom, from 5:30-7 p.m. on December 8.

Please register here:  https://bit.ly/WCDec8Zoom

To see the complete program schedule, please visit https://bit.ly/WCTeachDec8

Following the live event, the video recording of WorldCanvass will be available on the International Programs website and on YouTube.  In addition, audio podcasts of all WorldCanvass programs can be found on iTunes and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). WorldCanvass is produced by University of Iowa International Programs.

December 9, 2020
Chat From the Old Cap: Lew Montgomery (92BA)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CST)

Join Lew Montgomery (92BA), a former All-Big Ten running back at the University of Iowa and the director of community engagement and strategic programs for the Center for Equity in Learning at ACT.

Montgomery leads ACT´s community outreach strategy focused on engaging students, families, educators, and communities to promote equity in learning and success. The Waterloo, Iowa, native develops strategic programs, links partnerships, and coordinates efforts that improve learning opportunities for college-bound students and prepares individuals for college and career readiness.

Montgomery works with several local community organizations, school districts, colleges and universities bridging the gap between opportunity and achievement. A starter and four-year letterman on the Hawkeye football team, he served as a co-captain under legendary coach Hayden Fry.

Liz Tovar, interim associate vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the UI´s Office of the Provost, will host the online session. She is also the associate athletics director within the UI Department of Athletics in the Student-Athlete Academic Services Office.

Registration is required and space is limited.

https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_63lOqWMLRMC3W5GJ3EZ1pA

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.

December 10, 2020
Iowa vs. Wisconsin Trivia Challenge
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (CST)

Team captain registration is required: https://foriowa.info/2HICYgO

While the Iowa Hawkeyes and Wisconsin Badgers prepare for the Heartland Trophy game on December 12th, it´s time to get the rivalry started between fans and friends with a trivia night! We are proud to partner with the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association, as we match wits and find out which fan base can truly claim the trivia crown!

Fly solo or create your dream team and compete for a $50 Iowa Hawk Shop gift card as well as University bragging rights. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to all ages and ability levels. We will have specific Heartland game rivalry and school-influenced trivia rounds, but will also have general trivia throughout so that all are welcome to test their knowledge!

December 11, 2020
Holidays with the Hawkeyes feat. the Holiday Tubas
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST)

The tubas must go on! Celebrate the holiday season virtually with the University of Iowa Holiday Tubas. Make a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy this annual campus tradition in the comfort of your own home.

Register today: https://foriowa.info/32lYFdN

December 16, 2020
Chat From the Old Cap: Dr. Edwin Stone (89R, 90F, 92F) MD, PhD
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CST)

Join Dr. Edwin Stone (89R, 90F, 92F) MD, PhD, the director of the University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research, as he discusses the institute´s latest projects and discoveries.

Dr. Stone is well known for his work in defining the genetic basis of blinding eye diseases, ranging from two of the most common causes of blindness-macular degeneration and glaucoma-to much rarer conditions like retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome. He has been very active in removing the technical, legal, and financial barriers between genetic discoveries and the patients who could benefit from them.

Stone founded the Carver Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory at the University of Iowa that provides low cost genetic tests for more than 20 different inherited eye diseases to patients in more than 60 countries. His current interest is in developing affordable gene- and stem-cell-based treatments for all molecular forms of inherited retinal disease.

Gary Seamans (71BSEE), current and founding board member of the UI Institute for Vision Research, will host the online session. Seamans and his wife, Camille, have generously supported several areas across campus, including naming the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

Registration is required and space is limited.

https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8FLlXES0S7qMBpCrnkxjXA

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.

January 6, 2021
Life Design Course with David Gould & Andy Stoll
4:30 pm (CST)

Register today: https://foriowa.info/34SQurf

Set your New Year's Resolution for a new design on life and let faculty member David Gould (92MA) help you set the course.

Sign up to participate in a multi-part course designed to help you think about maximizing your experiences and reaching your goals. Meeting on Wednesday nights at 4:30 p.m. CST, this course includes featured guest speakers, inspirational readings, reflective assignments, and group discussion. 

Attend one or all!

Wednesday, January 6 - Andy Stoll (03BBA), Senior Program Officer of Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (The Dreaming Place/Basic Goods)
 

Wednesday, January 13 - Kathy Eldon, Author, Filmmaker & Co-Founder of Creative Visions Foundation (Tell Me a Story/The Art of Storytelling)
 

Wednesday, January 20 - Dan Gable, Former Iowa Wrestling Coach (A Horse with Blinders)
 

Wednesday, January 27 - Dan Lerner, NYU Professor (In the End)

These free courses will be done virtually through Zoom.

January 13, 2021
Life Design Course with David Gould and Kathy Eldon
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (CST)

Register today: https://foriowa.info/34SQurf

Set your New Year's Resolution for a new design on life and let faculty member David Gould (92MA) help you set the course.

Sign up to participate in a multi-part course designed to help you think about maximizing your experiences and reaching your goals. Meeting on Wednesday nights at 4:30 p.m. CST, this course includes featured guest speakers, inspirational readings, reflective assignments, and group discussion. 

Attend one or all!

Wednesday, January 13 - Kathy Eldon, Author, Filmmaker & Co-Founder of Creative Visions Foundation (Tell Me a Story/The Art of Storytelling)

Wednesday, January 20 - Dan Gable, Former Iowa Wrestling Coach (A Horse with Blinders)

Wednesday, January 27 - Dan Lerner, NYU Professor (In the End)

These free courses will be done virtually through Zoom.

January 20, 2021
Life Design Course with David Gould and Dan Gable
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (CST)

Register today: https://foriowa.info/34SQurf

Set your New Year's Resolution for a new design on life and let faculty member David Gould (92MA) help you set the course.

Sign up to participate in a multi-part course designed to help you think about maximizing your experiences and reaching your goals. Meeting on Wednesday nights at 4:30 p.m. CST, this course includes featured guest speakers, inspirational readings, reflective assignments, and group discussion. 

Attend one or all!

Wednesday, January 20 - Dan Gable, Former Iowa Wrestling Coach (A Horse with Blinders)

Wednesday, January 27 - Dan Lerner, NYU Professor (In the End)

These free courses will be done virtually through Zoom.

January 27, 2021
Life Design Course with David Gould and Dan Lerner
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (CST)

Register today: https://foriowa.info/34SQurf

Set your New Year's Resolution for a new design on life and let faculty member David Gould (92MA) help you set the course.

Sign up to participate in this course designed to help you think about maximizing your experiences and reaching your goals. This course includes a featured guest speaker, inspirational readings, reflective assignments, and group discussion. 

Wednesday, January 27 - Dan Lerner, NYU Professor (In the End)

This free course will be done virtually through Zoom.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As the University of Iowa readies to host the Big Ten Men?s Tennis Tournament this Thursday through Sunday, two loyal Hawkeyes have made a major gift commitment to ensure that student-athletes continue to receive top-notch training and instruction. Kirk and Diane Mellecker, of Park City, Utah, have made a major gift commitment to establish the Mellecker Family Head Men?s Tennis Coach Fund. This fund created the first endowed coaching position at the University of Iowa?held by head coach Ross Wilson?and also is the first such named position for men?s tennis in the Big Ten Conference. ?We are extremely thankful for this historic and generous gift from Kirk and Diane,? says Gary Barta, who holds the Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair. ?The Melleckers are longtime supporters of Iowa athletics and have made an incredible commitment to the legacy of Iowa tennis. Their significant contribution will transform the lives of so many Hawkeye student-athletes for generations to come.? Kirk Mellecker (80BGS) has always had a passion for tennis. As a UI freshman, he aspired to compete for the men?s tennis team under coach John Winnie. ?I was really hoping to be a Division I student-athlete,? says Kirk Mellecker. ?To get through college, though, I had to work my tail off. It just wasn?t in the cards, but I?ve always had a warm spot in my heart for the Hawkeyes.? Kirk Mellecker, who is semi-retired after owning and operating a variety of food manufacturing businesses, understands the importance of retaining and attracting quality individuals. As someone who specialized in turning around struggling companies, he sees the value of having the right people on the front lines. ?When you get good people, you need to take care of them,? says Kirk Mellecker. ?Ross is one of those people, and I believe continuity is so important to the growth of the program. This gift is a way to make sure that we have the best possible people in the best possible situations, which creates the best possible chance for success.? Wilson, who is in his fourth year as Iowa?s head men?s tennis coach, has energized the Hawkeyes with highly rated recruits and an aggressive style of play. Wilson says he is extremely appreciative of continued support from the Melleckers, which is helping student-athletes succeed in the competitive Big Ten Conference. ?Kirk and Diane have supported our program since the moment I arrived at Iowa,? says Wilson. ?They are committed to giving our student-athletes the best experiences on and off the court. I look forward to continuing to build our program alongside them and celebrating the future success of our players.? The Melleckers? $2.4 million commitment also includes the creation of an excellence fund, which will address the most pressing needs of the tennis program. In the short term, this fund is helping bring a United States Tennis Association Futures Tour event to Iowa City. The tournament, which will be held in July for amateurs and professionals, will provide current Iowa tennis players with elite level competition on campus and will help bolster future recruiting efforts by the Hawkeye coaching staff. ?We want to help Ross build a perennial top 25 program,? says Kirk and Diane Mellecker, who created a scholarship five years ago for Hawkeye men?s tennis student-athletes. ?We have the facilities, we have the people, and now we have the resources to compete at a high level.? The Melleckers have one son, Justin (16BS), a fifth-generation UI graduate who works at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is the home of two professional tennis tournaments?the BNP Paribas Open and the newly formed Oracle Challenger Series, which provides additional playing opportunities around the nation to collegiate and professional athletes. Justin Mellecker is working in all aspects of this dynamic organization. ?Hawkeye athletics have always been an important part of our lives,? says Kirk Mellecker. ?Our family is spread around the country, but the Hawkeyes bring us back together. They?re the glue that holds us together.?

Iowa alumni with shared connections are invited to join an affinity group. Some of these organizations are an extension of student interests, like Alumni Band or Dance Marathon Alumni Group.

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