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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.

August 4, 2021
Chat from the Old Cap: Legends of Downtown Iowa City
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Join three University of Iowa graduates who are helping make Iowa City a destination for food and culture.

Chef Benjamin Smart (04BS) studied and worked at several restaurants, including serving as executive sous chef at an upscale eatery located outside of Seattle, before returning to Iowa City in 2013 to help open Big Grove Brewery in Solon, Iowa. From there, he went on to open Pullman Bar & Diner, Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, and St. Burch Tavern-all located in Iowa City. In 2017, he was highlighted by Plate magazine as one of 30 chefs to watch.

Bob Franklin (98BA) is the owner of Elray´s Live & Dive in downtown Iowa City. It is located in the space that was once Blue Moose, and before that, Que. Franklin is an Iowa native who currently lives in Nashville. He is also the CEO and part-owner of a popular live music joint called Tin Roof, which has 18 locations in 12 states.

Lesley Rish (10BA) is the founder of Dumpling Darling, a fast-casual fusion food restaurant inspired by dumplings and street food from around the world. Her creations focus on vegan and locally sourced items. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Rish lived and worked in South Korea where she discovered her love for dumplings. She returned to Iowa and started a farmers market stand in 2014, eventually opening a restaurant in downtown Iowa City in 2017.

Register to join these three Iowa City stars for this virtual 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.

Contact: Tony Hakes (319) 467-3391

Departments: Center for Advancement

August 10, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Hannah Höch
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore Hannah Höch's Sperrende Kräfte [Locking Powers]. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. August 10 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research

August 12, 2021
Dallas - Ft. Worth Iowa Club Hawkeye Happy Hour at Another Round Mini-Golf & Bar
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 660 Fort Worth Ave Suite 100, Dallas, TX US 75208

Dallas - Ft. Worth Iowa Club Hawkeye Happy Hour at Another Round Mini-Golf & Bar
 
When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Another Round Mini Golf & Bar - 660 Fort Worth Ave Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75208
 
The Dallas - Ft. Worth Iowa Club is kicking off the fall sports season on Thursday, Aug. 12, by hosting a Hawkeye Happy Hour from 6-8 p.m. at Another Round Mini-Golf & Bar, 660 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas. Snacks and the first 25 rounds of mini golf will be covered-with additional rounds costing $10 each-and we have rented their golf and VR simulators for your use.

Our club will also be raffling prizes off on Aug. 12-including four front row tickets to a Texas Rangers game and a Hawkeye flag that was flown by a U.S. special operations unit in the Middle East-to raise money for our scholarship fund. 

For more details or for any event questions, email dfwhawkeyes@gmail.com

Contact: Derek Harrigan (319) 467-3394

Departments: Center for Advancement

August 17, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Amlash rhyton
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore an ancient Amlash rhyton. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. August 17 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research

August 21, 2021
Pentacrest Museums Grand Re-Opening
10:00 am - 2:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 39-53 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City, IA US 52240

It's our Grand Re-Opening event and you're invited! In a celebration of our community´s resiliency and all we accomplished in our galleries, exhibits, and behind-the-scenes while you were away, we welcome you back to explore in a fun-filled day: 

  • Special games/activities for prizes at the Museum of Natural History
  • Free tours at Old Capitol Museum
  • Swag giveaways
  • Debut of Lions exhibition in Mammal Hall
  • Reveal of updated Glaciers exhibit in Iowa Hall
  • And MORE!

We missed you during the pandemic and we know school is just around the corner. Let's celebrate the in-between time and gather in exploration!

Start in Iowa Hall where you & your group will receive your Museum Passport: your guide through the Museum of Natural History adventures. Collect stamps and for prizes! Head over to Old Cap anytime between 10-2 for a free tour and more goodies! 


We are following all COVID-related guidance from The University of Iowa and ask our visitors do the same. Please visit Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) | The University of Iowa (uiowa.edu) for the latest.

Contact: Carolina Kaufman 319-467-3130

Departments: Pentacrest Museums, Museum of Natural History, Department of Biology, Office of Sustainability and the Environment, Office of the Vice President for Research, Carver College of Medicine

August 24, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Tiffany lamp
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore a Tiffany table lamp. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. August 24 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research

August 26, 2021 - October 28, 2021
Connections and Convos with the Iowa Women´s Leadership Network
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Join the Iowa Women´s Leadership Network for Connections and Convos, an online opportunity to grow, develop, and talk with fellow Hawkeye women. This recurring event is about you and for you-and will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month. All you need is a computer, internet access, and a cozy place to connect. 

Register today!

Contact: Kim Chickering 319-467-3527

Departments: Center for Advancement, Global Health Studies Program

August 28, 2021
All-Iowa Picnic in Portland, Oregon
11:00 am - 2:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 4503 N Lombard St, Portland, OR US 97203

Wear your Hawkeye gear and join us for this free, family-friendly event at picnic area B in the northwest corner of Columbia Park. Anyone from the state of Iowa is invited to join us, including alumni from ISU, UNI, Luther College, etc. Please bring your own food and beverages. The park is ADA accessible and has a play area, tennis and volleyball courts, and a splash pad.

For updates, please visit the Portland Iowa Club Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1535131823370584

No registration required.

Contact: Molly Torchia 319-467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

August 31, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Nakunte Diarra
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore bogolanfiniw (mud-dyed cloth) hunter's tunic made by Bamana artist Nakunte Diarra. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. August 31 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research

September 7, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Chaim Soutine
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore Chaim Soutine's Femme au Chien [Woman with Dog]. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. September 7 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research

September 14, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Eadweard Muybridge
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri explore Eadweard Muybridge's 1887 Vulture Flying, plate 767 from volume 11, Wild Animals and Birds, of Animal Locomotion. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. September 14 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research, Department of Cinematic Arts

September 21, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Rufino Tamayo
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri are celebrating National Hispanic - Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) by exploring Rufino Tamayo's Virgin of Guadalupe. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. September 21 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research, Department of Cinematic Arts, Latina/o/x Studies Program

September 28, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: Alexander Archipenko
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum´s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri will explore Alexander Archipenko's Standing Concave (Glorification of Beauty). They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. September 28 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

Contact: Elizabeth Wallace 319-353-2847

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research, Department of Cinematic Arts

October 11, 2021 - October 16, 2021
University of Iowa Homecoming 2021
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Save the Date: Homecoming 2021, October 11-16

Mark your calendars for Homecoming week, which culminates with the Oct. 16 Hawkeye football game versus Purdue. In the meantime, share your favorite past Homecoming memories by emailing uimagazine@foriowa.org. Your letters may be published in an upcoming issue of Iowa Magazine.

Contact: Heather Wilensky 319-335-3305

Departments: Center for Advancement

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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.?

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