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December 3, 2021
Hawkeye Happy Hour
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm (CST)
Where: - 36 S Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN US 46204

Watch the Iowa vs. Purdue men´s basketball game with the Indianapolis Iowa Club! Enjoy live music and Iowa swag at this alumni-owned establishment. The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is offering a free drink ticket to those who check-in using a QR code. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. (EST). No cover charge until 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Derek Harrigan 319-467-3394

Departments: Center for Advancement

December 5, 2021
Holidays With the Hawkeyes
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CST)

Register today:

No matter where you're celebrating the holidays this season, enjoy a University of Iowa tradition from the comfort of your home.

This winter-themed celebration will feature UI School of Music performances, the 2021 Hawkeye Haiku winning entries, and winter artistic insight from UI Stanley Museum of Art director Lauren Lessing.

Contact: Kate Sojka (319) 467-3884

Departments: Center for Advancement

December 8, 2021
UI Civil & Environmental Engineering Social at Camp Courageous
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm (CST)
Where: 12101 190th Street, Monticello, IA US 52310

How can Camp Courageous become a model for improving water quality and provide unique experiences in nature for campers and visitors? Join us and find out by registering today!

Four teams of Iowa civil and environmental engineering faculty and students will present their strategies to enhance 24 acres of beautiful, undeveloped forest area at Camp Courageous. These designs involve a multipurpose trail system, a nature education center, stormwater management and detention plans, and systems for reducing contaminants in source water.

This free event will have complimentary appetizers and beverages.

Camp Courageous and the University of Iowa have collaborated with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority on these four projects. We hope to see you there!

Contact: Derek Harrigan 319-467-3394

Departments: Center for Advancement

December 16, 2021
Chat from the Old Cap: Human Rights Prosecution
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (CST)

Pragna Soni (97JD) serves as a deputy chief for the department´s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions section. She supervises the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes that happen outside of the United States, where the U.S. has jurisdiction. She´s served in several other roles inside the Department of Justice including as a trial attorney and general counsel and has worked as an attorney for two private firms in the Washington D.C. area.

During her time at Iowa Law, Soni was a founding member and worked as the technical editor of the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice. She graduated with distinction in 1997.

Join Soni as she talks about her work at the Department of Justice and explains how the University of Iowa College of Law helped prepare her for a career at the Department of Justice.

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

March 30, 2022
One Day for Iowa
All Day ()

One Day for Iowa is the University of Iowa´s 24-hour online giving day. It will take place from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. 

Contact: Shaina Spencer (319) 467-3554

Departments: Center for Advancement

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Former University of Iowa student-athletes Blake and Stephanie (Swanson) Rasing have had success in competition, the classroom, and their respective careers. As alumni, they're paying it forward and supporting Iowa's soccer and wrestling programs. It was a wet, rainy September day in 2007 when Blake Rasing (12BBA) was driving his motorcycle up to Hillcrest Hall. That's when he crashed. "I was walking down the hill afterwards?with a few burns on my leg?and that's when I met Stephanie for the first time," says Blake, of his wife, Stephanie (Swanson) Rasing (11BSE). "She didn't even bat an eye. She laughed and walked away." Just a few hours later, though, Stephanie had an incident of her own. "We had goalkeeper practice before the rest of soccer team," says Stephanie. "We were messing around and taking shots. I slid and ran my right knee into the goal post. I gashed it up and ended up going to the hospital." Soon, both Blake and Stephanie found themselves meeting again at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics while waiting for medications. It wasn't the start of a romance?that took time?but it was one of many conversations that led to a lasting relationship. "Most people get tattoos of their significant other, but I have a nice scar on my knee to remember the day we met," says Stephanie. While meeting each other in Iowa City shaped the course of their lives, it wasn't the only highlight from their time at the University of Iowa. Blake and Stephanie were successful student-athletes. Blake was part of the 2010 national championship wrestling team and won the 2011 Big Ten title at heavyweight, while Stephanie was a four-year letterwinner and two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar as part of the Iowa soccer program. Their time at Iowa also prepared them for careers in the Chicago area. Blake is a senior manager at Grant Thornton, the sixth largest U.S. accounting and advisory organization, while Stephanie is a program manager at Hendrickson International, which designs and manufactures suspension systems and components for trucks and trailers. "Because Iowa has a smaller, Big Ten engineering school, I had a lot of great opportunities," says Stephanie. "And as student-athletes, we both knew how to put in the work to be successful. Our experiences as student-athletes?working with teammates from a variety of backgrounds on common goals?really set us up for success." That's why the Rasings have given back to the University of Iowa, including to their respective sports. They recently supported the Carver Circle campaign, which is raising funds for a new wrestling training complex adjacent to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. "Our love for the University of Iowa is the only thing we agree on in our household," says Blake, who credits Tom Brands (92BS) and Terry Brands (92BGS) for his success on the mat. "We talk about the University of Iowa just about every day. It's a common goal for us to help the university as much as we can because of what the university gave to us. As a former wrestler, I wanted to support Carver Circle to keep our program going and keep it strong." They also supported the new operations facility at the Iowa Soccer Complex, which opened in fall 2021. Stephanie wanted to honor a former teammate, Kim Olsen White (10BA), who passed away in 2020 after a battle with adrenocortical carcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. The locker room in the new facility is named in White's honor. "I had great teammates at Iowa, and when they decided to name the locker room after Kim, I knew I wanted to be part of that," says Stephanie. "Resiliency is an important trait as a student-athlete, and Kim was resilient as a student-athlete and during her battle with cancer. We knew the soccer facility was bigger than us. We wanted to keep her memory alive and leave a lasting impact on the program."

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