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The University of Iowa Center for Advancement continues to rely on guidance from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; the Iowa and Johnson County departments of public health; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regarding face masks, social distancing, and other health and safety measures. We hope you will join us.

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May 18, 2022
Chat From the Old Cap: Transforming Television
12:00 pm (CDT)

Join two Iowa graduates and an award-winning TV power couple as they discuss how they have transformed modern-day television through their work as writers and producers for HBO´s mega-hit series The Sopranos.

Mitchell Burgess (78BA) and Robin Green (77MFA) have written and produced some of the most highly acclaimed television shows over the past two decades including The Sopranos, Blue Bloods, and Northern Exposure. Their work rejects standard tropes in favor of exceptional storytelling. Their dynamic work has been recognized by every major award in their field for their work.

The pair have crafted Emmy and Golden Globe winning tales throughout their distinguished careers and have remained loyal to the University of Iowa - which they say helped launched their personal and professional partnership.

Register today!

Jeff Lieberman, Assistant Vice President, Main Campus Development at the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, will host the couple during this riveting virtual conversation.

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: Iowa Writers' Workshop, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

May 24, 2022
Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Investiture Ceremony
3:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 375 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA US 52246

The event will be livestreamed. A reception will follow outside of the Diabetes Research Center, Fourth Floor Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. No registration is necessary. Parking is available at the Newton Road Ramp.
 
Please join us as we celebrate faculty appointments in the UI Carver College of Medicine:
 

  • Sue Bodine to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Chair
  • Ayotunde Dokun to the Verna Funke Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Chair
  • Kamal Rahmouni to the E. Dale Abel Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Chair

 
We also recognize the generosity of the Fraternal Order of Eagles who, with their philanthropic gifts, established these prestigious positions within the college.
 

Contact: Mackenzie Krob 319-467-3522

Departments: Carver College of Medicine, Center for Advancement

May 26, 2022
Minneapolis University of Iowa Presidential Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 6200 Interlachen Blvd., Edina, MN US 55436

Register Today: https://foriowa.info/3vmBcqw

You´re Invited: UI Presidential Reception

The University of Iowa is heading to Minnesota to gather with alumni and friends, and we hope to see you there!

University of Iowa Presidential Reception
Thursday, May 26, 2022
6-7:30 p.m., program at 6:45 p.m.

Interlachen Country Club
6200 Interlachen Blvd.
Edina, 55436

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 22nd president-and also hear from Lynette Marshall, the University of Iowa Center for Advancement president and CEO, and Josh Erceg (14BA), a national sales manager for a Fortune 500 health care distribution company. We will provide appetizers and a hosted bar.

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.

The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is dedicated to providing an inclusive, respectful, and safe environment for everyone. 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 Steph Weekly at steph.weekly@foriowa.org or call 319-467-3667.

The university will follow local public health guidelines for social distancing and other health and safety measures.

Contact: Steph Weekly 319-467-3667

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 4, 2022
Kansas City Hawkeye Classic
8:00 am (CDT)
Where: 4605 Clubhouse Drive, Basehor, KS US 66007

The Greater Kansas City Iowa Club is excited to invite you to the fourth annual Greater Kansas City Hawkeye Classic, which is presented by The Other Place-American Sports Grill and Pizzeria.

Team fees are $380 for the four-person scramble, and your entry includes breakfast, golf and cart, and lunch. There will also be a number of prizes and raffle items.

 All proceeds benefit the Greater Kansas City Iowa Club´s student scholarship fund and other charitable initiatives. Registration will close on Friday, May 20.

 aWe´re also looking for monetary or in-kind donations to provide as tournament prizes and/or raffle items. More information can be found online. For additional information or questions, please contact hawkeyes@kciowaclub.com. Thank you for your continued support of the Greater Kansas City Iowa Club.

Contact: Annabelle Vinson 319-467-3895

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 11, 2022
Iowa Day at Target Field
1:10 pm (CDT)
Where: 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN US 55403

Join the Twin Cities Iowa Club for pregame appetizers and networking before an outing at Target Field to watch the Minnesota Twins take on the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pregame Appetizers and Networking
Saturday, June 11, 2022
11 a.m.
Darby´s Pub & Grill
315 N. Fifth Ave. (one block north of Target Field)
Minneapolis

 

Minnesota Twins Game vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Saturday, June 11, 2022
1:10 p.m.
Target Field
1 Twins Way
Minneapolis

The Twin Cities Iowa Club has reserved a block of tickets and will accept ticket orders until May 19. Each ticket is $35 and includes one lower-level home run bleacher seat and pregame appetizers at Darby's Pub & Grill.

Contact: Annabelle Vinson (319) 467-3895

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 16, 2022
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Investiture Ceremony
3:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 375 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA US 52246

Please join us as we celebrate faculty appointments in the UI Departments of Urology and Radiology:

 

  • Bradley Erickson, MD, to the Rubin H. Flocks Professorship in Urology

 

  • Joan E. Maley, MD, FACR, to the Wendy Smoker Professorship in Neuroradiology

 We also will recognize C. Allan Poots; Jennifer Niebyl, MD; and Wendy R. K. Smoker, MD, who, with their philanthropic gifts, established these prestigious positions within the UI Carver College of Medicine.

 A reception will follow in the first-floor Jean and Renée Robillard Atrium.

 No RSVP is necessary.

 Parking is available in the Newton Road Ramp.

Contact: Mackenzie Krob 319-467-3522

Departments: Carver College of Medicine, Center for Advancement

June 18, 2022
Boise Iowa Club Summer Picnic
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 3761 W. Park Creek Dr., Meridian, ID US 83642

We invite you to join your fellow Boise area Hawkeyes for this first annual picnic!

Boise Iowa Club Summer Picnic
Saturday, June 18
3:30 p.m. (MDT)

Fuller Park
Shelter No. 3 (Gladys Ingram Memorial Shelter)
3761 W. Park Creek Dr.
Meridian 

Enjoy an afternoon at this family-friendly picnic meeting other Hawkeyes. The park offers a sand volleyball court, fishing pond, playground, and more. Main dishes will be provided. Please bring your own beverages and a dish to pass. Electricity is available.

Please register your guest count to jp.kemps@yahoo.com.

We hope to see you there!

Jake Kemps (78BBA)
President, Boise Iowa Club
jp.kemps@yahoo.com 

Contact: Molly Torchia (319) 467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 23, 2022
New York City | University of Iowa Presidential Reception
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 545 W 25th St, New York City, NY US 10001

The University of Iowa is heading to New York to gather with alumni and friends, and we hope to see you there!

New York City | University of Iowa Presidential Reception
Thursday, June 23, 2022
6:30-8 p.m. Reception | Program at 7:15 p.m.

Glasshouse Chelsea
545 W. 25th St.
21st Level
New York

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 22nd president-and to hear from Lynette Marshall, the University of Iowa Center for Advancement president and CEO. In addition, you´ll get an inside look at the Iowa Writers´ Workshop thanks to a panel that will include authors Mark Prins (18MFA) and Ada Zhang (20MFA) and current Workshop student Raeden Richardson. The panel also will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and former UI visiting faculty member Paul Harding (00MFA) as moderator.

We will provide appetizers and a hosted bar.

Register online today: https://foriowa.info/39wFswI

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 Weekly 319-467-3667

Departments: Center for Advancement

June 23, 2022
Madison Mallards Baseball Game vs. Battle Creek Battle Jacks
5:35 pm - 8:35 pm (CDT)
Where: 2920 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, WI US 53704


Madison Mallards Baseball Game vs. Battle Creek Battle Jacks
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Gates open at 5:35 p.m., first pitch at 6:35 p.m.
Warner Park (The Duck Pond)
2920 N. Sherman Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 

Join fellow Hawkeyes for a night of networking and baseball as we cheer on the Madison Mallards. We will gather at the Duck Blind to eat and mingle while the Mallards take on the Battle Creek Battle Jacks.

We've reserved a block of tickets in the Duck Blind. Tickets are $25 (includes beverages) and $36 (includes adult beverages). Kids 5 and under are free and do not need a ticket. We hope to see you there! 

Get Tickets: https://foriowa.info/3KY2kSJ

Contact: Annabelle Vinson (319) 467-3895

Departments: Center for Advancement

July 7, 2022
Chicago | University of Iowa Presidential Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 1300 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL US 60605

The University of Iowa is heading to Chicago to gather with alumni and friends, and we hope to see you there! 
 

University of Iowa Presidential Reception
Thursday, July 7, 2022
6:30-8 p.m., program at 7:15 p.m.
 

Adler Planetarium, Skyline Solarium
1300 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive
Chicago

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3Medp3v

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 22nd president-and also hear from Lynette Marshall, the University of Iowa Center for Advancement president and CEO, and Cornelia Lang, an award-winning professor from the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, who will take you on a journey to the center of our Milky Way galaxy. We will provide appetizers and a hosted bar.

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 Weekly 319-467-3667

Departments: Center for Advancement

July 9, 2022
2nd Annual BioBlitz at the Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory
9:00 am - 12:00 pm (CDT)
Where: Ashton Cross Country Course, Iowa City, IA US 52242

What types of plants, animals, and fungal life might you find at the Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory? Let's find out! 

Join researchers in collecting, observing, and recording biodiversity at the Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory site in our 2nd Annual BioBlitz. Your findings will inform a major research project and will contribute to the second data point in a multi-year documentation of how diversity changes at this site over time. Collections will be housed with the UI Museum of Natural History collections, accessible for comparative data analysis for generations to come. 

Participants will have the opportunity to examine insects under professional microscopes, will learn how to identify a variety of species (with the iNaturalist app and the naked eye), and will learn how these collections and observations contribute to greater research and ecological health. Guests will also learn from leaders of the Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory about the vision for the prairie. Facilitators include University of Iowa Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Office of Sustainability and the Environment, UI WILD (Iowa Raptor Project, Iowa Wildlife Camps, and School of the Wild), UI Museum of Natural History, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, Athletics, the Iowa City Science Booster Club, and visiting Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Sciences research students with additional support from the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

This is an all ages event, no experience required, families welcome. It will occur rain or shine. As this is the 2nd Annual event, we hope to see some young scientists who can grow along with the biodiversity at the prairie over the years.

Registration is required + free. Sign up link is here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4ZPhH8HYUJ8CCVg

We'll tell you all you need to know about the day of once you register.

Let's do science!


So, where is this prairie?

  • The Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory is at the UI Ashton Cross Country Course
  • Follow directions on any virtual map to the "Hawkeye Commuter Lot" (Lot 85)
  • Park in Hawkeye Commuter Lot and walk, following signage and volunteer directions to the event site

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 Blake Rupe in advance at 319-335-5516 or blake-rupe@uiowa.edu

Contact: Blake Rupe 319-335-5121

Departments: Office of Sustainability and the Environment, Pentacrest Museums, Department of Biology, Center for Advancement, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Office of the Vice President for Research, Global Health Studies Program

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