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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
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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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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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