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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.

June 22, 2021
Dive in with the Stanley: David Hockney
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Where: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA US 52242

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 David Hockney´s "In Despair." They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. June 22 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork. 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: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

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

June 24, 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

June 29, 2021
The Future of Personalized Genomic Medicine: Applying to Genetic Counseling Graduate Programs
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CDT)

The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) is hosting an information event on Personalized Genomic Medicine: Applying to Genetic Counseling Graduate Programs. At this information session a panel of genetic counselors will speak about their personal experience applying to genetic counseling training programs as well as their daily activities and role in personalized genomic medicine. This opportunity is a great way for students to discuss first hand the application process, job growth and ask questions in a small group setting. Please note we can only speak to our personal experience and cannot evaluate or advise which graduate program may be the best fit for you.

Contact: Iowa Institute of Human Genetics 319-335-3688

Departments: Human Genetics, Center for Advancement, College of Public Health, Off Campus, Carver College of Medicine

June 29, 2021
Dive In with the Stanley: Lil Picard
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Where: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA US 52242

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 Lil Picard´s American flag. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. June 29 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

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

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

July 6, 2021
Dive In with the Stanley: Giorgio de Chirico
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Where: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA US 52242

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 Giorgio de Chirico´s "Le Muse inquietanti" [The Disquieting Muses]. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. July 6 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

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

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

July 12, 2021 - July 25, 2021
Write Now: 175-Word Micro Story Contest
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Mark your calendars for our UI Alumni and Friends 175-Word Micro Story Contest, a free writing competition in recognition of the UI's upcoming 175th anniversary. You don't have to be an Iowa Writers' Workshop grad-or even remember your spelling bee vocabulary words from last year-to participate in the contest, which is open to a variety of age groups.

Learn more: https://www.foriowa.org/write-now/

Contact: Katie Harris (319) 467-3436

Departments: Center for Advancement

July 14, 2021
Chat From the Old Cap: Malcolm Christie
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Join former Hawkeye football offensive lineman and Iowa graduate Malcolm Christie (97BA) as he shares stories about his time as a student-athlete for legendary coaches Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz. He will share his unlikely journey full of pitfalls and redemption, with a fair share of humor -a candid and provocative conversation. Christie will also discuss an endowment he created in Fry´s honor.

Christie is a current board member and alumni liaison for the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication´s Professional Advisory Board. He´s had an extensive career in corporate leadership and fundraising and has worked for Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Way, and most recently, as development director for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in Southern California. 

Through all of Christie´s professional accomplishments, never lost was his adoration for the state and University of Iowa along with his profound love for both Fry and Ferentz. Before leaving UNCF, Christie decided to pay tribute to Fry and show his unwavering respect by creating the UNCF Hayden Fry Endowment, which will provide support for students of color to attend the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Iowa-the three schools where Fry coached.

"I wouldn't be who I am today without the University of Iowa," says Christie, "All the liabilities I had became assets for me. That's why it's important for me to give back to Iowa-not just with my money, but with my time. I'm proud I was born and raised in Jersey City, but I truly grew up in Iowa."

Register now to join Christie for this virtual event.

Fellow Professional Advisory Board member, and former Iowa student, Isaiah Scales will host. Scales currently works as a creative services manager for Disney in Los Angeles.

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

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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