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January 19, 2022
University of Iowa Presidential Reception - San Fransisco **Postponed**
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (CST)
Where: 800 Powell St., San Fransisco, CA US 94108

The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is dedicated to engaging all who love the University of Iowa. For the health and safety of our alumni, friends, and employees, this event will be rescheduled at a later date.

Contact: Steph Rohling 319-467-3667

Departments: Center for Advancement

January 20, 2022
University of Iowa Presidential Reception - Los Angeles **Postponed**
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (CST)
Where: 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA US 90028

The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is dedicated to engaging all who love the University of Iowa. For the health and safety of our alumni, friends, and employees, this event will be rescheduled at a later date.

Contact: Steph Rohling 319-467-3667

Departments: Center for Advancement

January 28, 2022
Chat From the Old Cap: Organ Donation
12:30 pm (CST)

Hear several inspiring stories about the impact of organ donation and the life-saving work happening at the Organ Transplant Center at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics during an upcoming virtual event.

Join Alan Reed, M.D., director or the University of Iowa´s Organ Transplant Center, Kim Burdakin, a liver transplant recipient, and NASCAR driver Joey Gase, whose late mother donated multiple organs following a sudden brain aneurysm.

The group will talk about their personal experiences with organ and tissue donation - while also discussing the important transplant work happening at the university and in the state of Iowa. 

Register to join this virtual event. 

This special discussion is presented in partnership between the University of Iowa Center for Advancement and Iowa Donor Network.

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

January 31, 2022
Des Moines Iowa Club Hawkeye Social and Game Watch
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (CST)
Where: 2811 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines, IA US 50312

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3FiAYE3

Meet Hawkeyes in the Des Moines area and cheer on the Iowa men´s basketball team at the Iowa alumni-owned Star Bar. A complimentary first beverage and appetizers will be provided.

This event is hosted by the Des Moines Iowa Club, which is open to all who love the University of Iowa. From game watches to volunteer opportunities, the Des Moines Iowa Club is a great way to network and socialize with Hawkeyes in the area, while also making a positive impact in the community.

If you´re interested in learning more about the Des Moines Iowa Club, contact Andrea Woodward at anjwoodard@gmail.com.

Contact: Derek Harrigan 319-467-3394

Departments: Center for Advancement

February 1, 2022
Educating Iowa: A University of Exploration (1847-1897)
4:00 pm (CST)

Uncovering Hawkeye History: The Stories That Define Us

Since 1847, the University of Iowa has broken barriers and blazed new trails as a beacon for learning, creativity, and collaboration. Join university archivist and storyteller David McCartney and leading experts from multiple fields to uncover the hidden stories that define Iowa.

Don´t miss this interactive, four-part online series exploring the University of Iowa´s widespread impact.

Educating Iowa: A University of Exploration (1847-1897)

February 1

4:30 p.m. (CST)

Zoom Webinar

Since the beginning, exploration has remained a focus for the university-through learning and discovery across the arts and sciences, traveling to study far-off lands, or searching for an inclusive campus culture for people of all backgrounds.

  • Nancy "Rusty" Barceló (72MA, 80PhD), first Mexican American to earn a doctoral degree at Iowa
  • Liz Crooks (08BLS), Pentacrest Museums director
  • Sara Sanders, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean

Contact: Heather Wilensky 319-467-3873

Departments: Center for Advancement, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Office of the Vice President for Research

February 3, 2022
University of Iowa Presidential Reception and Educational Series - Naples
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm (CST)
Where: 1600 Solana Road, Naples, FL US 34105

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3qSMG2P

Connect with fellow Hawkeyes and learn about the latest university happenings at this special event. You will have the chance to meet Barbara Wilson, Iowa´s recently appointed 22nd president. You will also hear from Lynette Marshall, the University of Iowa Center for Advancement president and CEO; a panel of university leaders; and a physician who is blazing new trails in medicine. 

Presidential Reception

Reception 5-7 p.m. | Program at 6 p.m.

We will provide appetizers and a hosted bar.

Educational Series

3:30-5 p.m.

Go back to class for engaging sessions led by top Iowa faculty:

Amy Kristof-Brown
Dean
The UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business

Harriet Nembhard
Dean
The UI College of Engineering

Sara Sanders
Dean
The UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hear from three of our newest university leaders, who will share their visions for the future and give you an insider´s perspective on the latest news from their colleges.

Aaron D. Boes (03BS, 09MD/PhD)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics-Neurology
Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology
Director, University of Iowa Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation
 

Learn about brain stimulation as an emerging therapy for treating neurological and psychiatric disorders.

A $10 per person admission will support the Forevermore Scholarship, a need-based scholarship fund that helps give deserving high school students access to the University of Iowa.

Contact: Steph Rohling 319-467-3667

Departments: Center for Advancement

February 4, 2022
Johnson County I-Club Wrestling Lunch
11:30 am (CST)

Join fellow Hawkeye fans for a lunch dedicated to all things Iowa wrestling with Head Coach Tom Brands and other Iowa wrestling staff members. The lunch will include a wrestling highlight video, an update on the season, remarks from Coach Brands, and more.

Cost:

  • $20 per person
  • $175 reserved table of 8

RSVPBy January 28, 2022

Contact: Jayne Oswald 319-467-3812

Departments: Center for Advancement

February 8, 2022
Breaking Barriers: Arts, Athletics, and Medicine (1898-1947)
4:30 pm (CST)

Uncovering Hawkeye History: The Stories That Define Us

Since 1847, the University of Iowa has broken barriers and blazed new trails as a beacon for learning, creativity, and collaboration. Join university archivist and storyteller David McCartney and leading experts from multiple fields to uncover the hidden stories that define Iowa.

Don´t miss this interactive, four-part online series exploring the University of Iowa´s widespread impact.

Breaking Barriers: Arts, Athletics, and Medicine (1898-1947)

February 8

4:30 p.m. (CST)

Zoom Webinar

The UI frequently travels rare air-whether it´s fielding the nation´s first Black intercollegiate athlete, establishing the country´s top-ranked creative writing program, or developing breakthrough treatments and cures.

  • Lan Samantha Chang (93MFA), Iowa Writers´ Workshop director and acclaimed author
  • Quinn Early (87BA), Hawkeye football star and film producer
  • Patricia Winokur (88R, 91F), professor of internal medicine - infectious diseases

Contact: Heather Wilensky 319-467-3873

Departments: Center for Advancement, Iowa Writers' Workshop

February 15, 2022
Endless Innovation: An R1 Research Institution (1948-1997)
4:30 pm (CST)

Uncovering Hawkeye History: The Stories That Define Us

Since 1847, the University of Iowa has broken barriers and blazed new trails as a beacon for learning, creativity, and collaboration. Join university archivist and storyteller David McCartney and leading experts from multiple fields to uncover the hidden stories that define Iowa.

Don´t miss this interactive, four-part online series exploring the University of Iowa´s widespread impact.

Endless Innovation: An R1 Research Institution (1948-1997)

February 15

4:30 p.m. (CST)

Zoom Webinar

From using robots that assist with inner ear surgery to breaking space exploration frontiers, the UI has spearheaded innovative ways to approach all aspects of our society.

  • Bruce Gantz (68BS, 74MD, 80MS, 80R), otolaryngology and neurosurgery professor and world´s first doctor to perform a robot-assisted cochlear implant surgery
  • Kevin Washburn, College of Law dean
  • Ed Wasserman, experimental psychology professor whose recent book identifies the secrets to innovation

Contact: Heather Wilensky 319-467-3873

Departments: Center for Advancement, Neurology, Carver College of Medicine

February 16, 2022
University of Iowa Presidential Reception and Educational Series - Scottsdale
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm (CST)
Where: 15000 N. Airport Dr., Scottsdale, AZ US 85260

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3qjUITC

Connect with fellow Hawkeyes and learn about the latest university happenings at this special event. You will have the chance to meet Barbara Wilson, Iowa´s recently appointed 22nd president. You will also hear from Lynette Marshall, the University of Iowa Center for Advancement president and CEO; a panel of university leaders; and a physician who is blazing new trails in medicine.

Presidential Reception

Reception 5-7 p.m. | Program at 6 p.m.

We will provide appetizers and a hosted bar.

Educational Series

3:30-5 p.m.

Go back to class for engaging sessions led by top Iowa faculty:

Amy Kristof-Brown
Dean
The UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business

Harriet Nembhard
Dean
The UI College of Engineering

Sara Sanders
Dean
The UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hear from three of our newest university leaders, who will share their visions for the future and give you an insider´s perspective on the latest news from their colleges.

Aaron D. Boes (03BS, 09MD/PhD)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics-Neurology
Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology
Director, University of Iowa Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation
 

Learn about brain stimulation as an emerging therapy for treating neurological and psychiatric disorders.

A $10 per person admission will support the Forevermore Scholarship, a need-based scholarship fund that helps give deserving high school students access to the University of Iowa.

Contact: Steph Rohling 319-467-3667

Departments: Center for Advancement

February 22, 2022
The Next Chapter: Blazing New Trails (1998-2047)
4:30 pm (CST)

Uncovering Hawkeye History: The Stories That Define Us

Since 1847, the University of Iowa has broken barriers and blazed new trails as a beacon for learning, creativity, and collaboration. Join university archivist and storyteller David McCartney and leading experts from multiple fields to uncover the hidden stories that define Iowa.

Don´t miss this interactive, four-part online series exploring the University of Iowa´s widespread impact.

The Next Chapter: Blazing New Trails (1998-2047)

February 22

4:30 p.m. (CST)

Zoom Webinar

Resiliently rebuilding and reinventing, Iowa enters its next phase poised to continue pursuing new discoveries that change the world.

  • Rod Lehnertz (02MA), senior vice president for finance and operations who led UI´s campus recovery efforts after the 2008 floods
  • Lynette Marshall, UI Center for Advancement president and CEO
  • Peter Matthes (00BA, 14MBA), senior advisor to the president

Contact: Heather Wilensky 319-467-3873

Departments: Center for Advancement

March 1, 2022
Eight Over 80
All Day ()

As Hawkeyes, we give back throughout our lives.

We´re leaders in our professions. We´re generous with our time and talent. We´re passionate about things we love-especially anything black and gold. And some Hawkeyes continue to make an impact well beyond retirement.

That´s why we are honoring Iowa alumni, age 80 and over, who carry the Hawkeye spirit of achievement and continue to help others. Celebrate senior Hawkeyes by nominating an extraordinary alumnus for the Eight Over Eighty Award.

To submit a nomination, please provide:

  • The nominee´s name, as well as your own
  • Relationship to the nominee
  • The nominee´s graduation year and age, if known
  • One or two paragraphs about how this individual continues to change lives through a passion, profession, or volunteerism-proving that age really is just a number.

Nominations will be accepted until March 1. You can submit your nomination online, or you can mail a brief letter to:

 The University of Iowa Center for Advancement
c/o Eight Over 80 Awards
One West Park Road
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

 The recipients of this inaugural award will be celebrated during a luncheon in May during Older American Month.

 For more information, contact Kate Sojka at kate.sojka@foriowa.org or 319-467-3884.

Contact: Kate Sojka 319-467-3884

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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Clark Humble recently completed his goal to cheer on every Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team at home in just over five years. Photo Courtesy of Clark Humble Clark Humble poses with Herky on the sidelines of Iowa's win over Illinois on Nov. 20, 2021. Clark Humble (87BBA) is truly college football's superfan. On Saturday, Nov. 27, at Louisiana State University, Humble completed an ambitious goal of watching a college football game at all 131 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision stadiums. The University of Iowa graduate spent the past five-plus years traveling the U.S. while taking in a lot of college football. "I can say that I've been a fan of 131 college football teams, because I've rooted for the home team at every stop," says Humble. "Throughout it all, I've enjoyed getting to know so many fans and experiencing the energy and excitement of college football." Humble, who grew up in Cedar Rapids, rarely went to college football games as a kid. It wasn't until he met his future wife, Patti Stallman Humble (86BBA), at Iowa, that he began cheering on the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Patti, as a student, had season tickets. "I'll always remember when Patti and I watched No. 1 Iowa beat No. 2 Michigan in 1985, and we stormed the field," says Clark Humble, who is retired and calls Marietta, Georgia, home. "When I've been on the field at games over the past five years, I think about that experience with my wife quite a bit." Traveling around the country to watch college football in person wasn't on Humble's radar until the couple dropped their oldest child off for his freshman year at Yale. After experiencing a game at the Yale Bowl, one of the oldest college football stadiums in the U.S., he had a wild idea that has now come to fruition. Humble officially started his journey in 2016 and began to gain attention during his travels after Patti gave him a T-shirt on Father's Day that explained his goal of going to every college football stadium. It's a shirt that he has worn to every game since. Each year, Humble attended 20 to 40 football games. Going solo to most of the games, he used both commercial flights and rental cars to travel across the country. By 2019, he ratcheted up his schedule?attending 60 college football games in a matter of 14 weeks. Even with just 13 to 14 weeks in a given college football season, Humble took advantage of weeknight games throughout the season to check many stadiums off the list. Photo Courtesy of Clark Humble Clark completed his goal of going to every football stadium on Nov. 27, 2021, at Louisiana State University. He watched the Tigers rally to beat Texas A&M. "Mathematically, there were 64 or 65 days of college football that year," says Humble, who was a triple major in accounting, economics, and finance at Iowa. "It was an ultramarathon, and I felt like I couldn't miss a game. I'd ask myself: Could I be home for Thanksgiving, or do I need to be at a game? That's not how I wanted to do it the last two years." After the COVID-19 pandemic limited the number of games he could attend during the 2020 season, Humble came into the 2021 college football season with just 19 stadiums left. His schedule this year included a Nov. 6 game at Rutgers on the 152nd anniversary of the first-ever college football game, which was played on that campus, and Iowa's home finale against Illinois on Nov. 20. While football has been a focus throughout all of Humble's travels, he made sure to make time in many of these communities to feed the homeless or volunteer at a shelter. "I learned so many great life lessons at Iowa, and I wanted to help others while traveling around the U.S.," says Humble. Now that Humble has accomplished his goal, he's currently submitting documentation to the Guinness Book of World Records for attending all 131 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision stadiums in 5 years and 3 months, which would be the shortest amount of time ever achieved. His next steps are to write a book about his experiences and continue to attend college football games?including some of the sport's biggest rivalries. Here's a brief Q&A with Humble on some of our most pressing questions: What stadiums were you most excited to see? The historic stadiums?Notre Dame, USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, and Texas?just to name a few. All are legendary football programs where so much history has taken place. Notre Dame?there are echoes in that stadium. The ghosts of athletes past and championships won. It's a powerful experience, and they have a zealous fan base. What was the most ambitious trip you took over the past five years? I flew from Atlanta to Denver and then drove 500 miles to Lubbock, Texas, for a Thursday night game at Texas Tech. I then hopped in the car and drove 875 miles to Provo, Utah, for a Friday night game at Brigham Young. After sleeping a few hours in the car for a second straight night, I drive 500 miles to Boulder, Colorado, for a noon kickoff on Saturday with Colorado. Then, I drove to Colorado State for a border war game with Wyoming that night. Four games, three days, 2,007 miles, and then I headed to the Denver airport for a midnight flight home. How did the COVID-19 pandemic impact your goals? In 2020, I saw only 17 games?22 games I had planned on seeing were canceled. In fact, I got COVID on the road and was sidelined for 11 days. One of my flights last fall resulted in seeing no games. I was flying to Denver to make visits to Colorado, Colorado State, Air Force, and Wyoming. When I landed, one game had already been canceled. Air Force limited attendants to cadets only, and then the other two games were canceled soon after. What are some of the best football games you've experienced during this journey? The 2020 Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Historic stadium, historic rivals, and it was a great game?Oklahoma won the game in four overtimes. My second choice would be the Alamo Bowl in 2016. Oregon led Texas Christian, 31-0, at halftime, and TCU comes back to win in three overtimes. Finally, at Washington State in 2019?a Pac-12 stadium that seats just over 30,000. Washington State led 49-17 in the third quarter, and UCLA rallied to win on the last play of the game, 67-63. It was the quietest walk back to my car I had. How does Kinnick Stadium compare to other stadiums around the country? Which stadium reminded you most of Kinnick? Kinnick will always be by home. I have many great memories there?starting with my first game in 1978. There isn't another quite like Kinnick Stadium. The Wave was priceless, and I was grateful to be part of it.

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