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June 30, 2022
Blast at the Ballpark with the Quad Cities River Bandits
5:45 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 209 S Gaines St, Davenport, IA US 52802

Register Today: https://foriowa.info/3yUi0Eb

Join your fellow University of Iowa alumni and friends for a special night with the Quad Cities River Bandits! 
 
Thursday, June 30, 2022 
Quad Cities River Bandits vs. Peoria Chiefs 
Modern Woodmen Ballpark

Davenport
Gates open: 5:45 p.m.
First pitch: 6:30 p.m.

Wear your Hawkeye gear and get ready for an evening of family fun at the ballpark in the University of Iowa alumni and friends suite. Discounted group suite tickets are available at $15 per person and include appetizers at the game. Quantities are limited! 
 
Game tickets will be available for pick up at the Quad Cities River Bandits will call window on the day of the game.
 
We hope to see you there and can't wait to connect as we look to expand the Iowa network in the Quad Cities. Go, Hawks!

Contact: Derek Harrigan 319-467-3394

Departments: Center for Advancement

July 6, 2022 - July 20, 2022
UI Alumni and Friends 100-Word Microstory Contest
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Mark your calendars for our Alumni and Friends 100-Word Microstory Contest-a free writing competition for a variety of age groups. You don´t have to be an Iowa Writers' Workshop grad-or even remember your spelling bee vocabulary words from last year-to participate. https://www.foriowa.org/write-now/

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

The contest begins at 9 a.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, and runs through 4 p.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. At the start of the contest, we´ll provide you a selection of two writing prompts to create your microstory. The rest is up to your imagination.

Stories must be 100 words or less, created within the competition period, and include one of the two provided prompts. All entrants will receive the same prompts, which will be posted here at 9 a.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. We´ll narrow down the entries to five winners (one from each age category), whose microstories will be posted here on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.

The contest is free and open to UI alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends. One winner will be selected from each category. The five age categories include:

Grades 3 & 4

Grades 5 & 6

Grades 7 & 8

Grades 9 - 12

Adult

CONTEST PRIZES

A winner in each of the four grade school categories will receive an Iowa scribe pack that includes a writing journal, canvas bag, and $25 Bookshop.org gift card. The winner of the adult category will receive a handcrafted wooden pen made from a tree that was located on the University of Iowa campus and a $25 Bookshop.org gift card. In addition, the top entry in each age category-as well as a handful of honorable mentions-will be posted on the Write Now website.

MORE INFORMATION

The contest rules will be available on this site on Wednesday, July 6. If you have any questions, email write.now@foriowa.org.

Contact: Kate Sojka 319-467-3884

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, Office of the Vice President for Research, Global Health Studies Program, Center for Advancement

July 10, 2022
BTN Big 10K
7:00 am - 10:00 am (CDT)
Where: 1410 Special Olympics Dr., Chicago, IL US 60605

Represent the Hawkeyes against our conference rivals in the Big Ten Network´s annual 10K race in Chicago, or take part in the competition virtually from around the country.

Register: https://btnbig10k.com/iowa

Contact: Annabelle Vinson 319-467-3895

Departments: Center for Advancement

July 20, 2022
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center | Chat from the Old Cap
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CDT)

Register Today: https://foriowa.info/3NljF9t

Cancer has impacted nearly everyone and every family.

As Iowa´s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is at the forefront of discoveries in cancer medicine and provides cutting-edge therapies, treatments, and clinical trials to thousands of patients every year. Hear from some of Iowa´s leading cancer researchers, as well as a cancer survivor, during a Chat from the Old Cap virtual event. 

During this online event, you will hear from:

  • George Weiner, MD, director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research focuses on developing new research approaches to immunotherapy of lymphoma. 
  • Michael Henry, deputy director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular basis of cancer metastasis in order to develop new methods for diagnosis and treatment of advanced diseases.
  • Jordan Hauck, a grateful patient from Huxley, Iowa, who was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma, and because of care he received at Holden, is now cancer free. 

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

August 26, 2022 - August 28, 2022
Stanley Museum of Art Opening Celebration
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52242

Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new building!

The 3-4 p.m. dedication on August 26 will include remarks from UI President Barbara Wilson and Stanley Museum of Art Director Lauren Lessing.

Following the dedication, light refreshments will be served in Gibson Square Park.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. visitors can explore the galleries and enjoy curatorial introductions to Homecoming, the inaugural exhibition. Art-making activities in the park will be available all evening and there will be live music beginning 6 p.m. Free popcorn, lemonade, and water will be available in Gibson Square Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Throughout the evening food trucks will be parked adjacent to the park with food for purchase.

Get directions and parking information.

Discover where to stay and what to enjoy when you visit Iowa City.

Limited seating will be provided. Members of the public are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. Bring the family, bring your friends, stay for the fun!

Celebrate the Stanley all weekend!

Friday, August 26

  • Art Stations, Gibson Square Park: 4-9 p.m.
    Drop in and create your own work of art, take a fun photo or contribute to a community art project.
  • Curator Talks, Galleries, 4:30-6 p.m.
    Join the curators of Homecoming on the second floor for brief, informal introductions of the exhibition themes.
  • Live Music, Gibson Square Park, 6-9 p.m.
    Bring a chair and listen to live music from three local and national bands in Gibson Square Park!
    Free popcorn, lemonade and water will be available in Gibson Square Park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Throughout the evening food trucks will be parked on the street between the Stanley and the Main Library with food for purchase.

 

Saturday, August 27

  • Art Stations, Gibson Square Park, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Drop in and create your own work of art, take a fun photo or contribute to a community art project.
  • Homecoming Tours, Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    Join 45-minute docent lead tour that provides an overview of Homecoming, highlights work you´ll remember and introduces you to recent acquisitions. Tour sizes are limited; visit the lobby welcome desk to participate
  • Juggling Performances and Workshop, Gibson Square Park, Noon-3:15 p.m.
    Luther Bangert will perform a unique 10-minute juggling and dance performance on the hour. Between performances Bangert will lead lessons on the practice and art of juggling.
  • Director´s Welcome, Lobby, 4:45 p.m.
    Stanley Museum of Art Director Lauren Lessing will share her plans for the museum and ways visitors of all ages can participate in museum activities all year long.
  • Cedar Rapids Opera Performance, Lobby, 5-5:30 p.m.
    A special performance of Selections from The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius. Seating is limited and first come, first serve.
  • Special Performance TBD Gibson Square Park, 6-9 p.m.
    Spend Saturday night in the park! Enjoy music and food after your visit to the museum.
    Donuts and coffee (10 a.m.-noon) and popcorn, lemonade, and water (noon-9 p.m.) will be available for free in Gibson Square Park. Throughout the evening food trucks will be parked on the street between the Stanley and the Main Library with food for purchase.

 

Sunday, August 28

  • Homecoming Tours, Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    Join 45-minute docent lead tour that provides an overview of Homecoming, highlights work you´ll remember and introduces you to recent acquisitions. Tour sizes are limited; visit the lobby welcome desk to participate
  • Special Performance TBD, Galleries, 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
    Cookies and coffee (noon to 5:30 p.m.) will be available for free in the lobby.

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement

September 17, 2022
UI Carver College of Medicine and Friends Alumni Reunion Tailgate
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 375 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA US 52246

We hope you and your family are able to join us for this year's medicine alumni tailgate. It will be a wonderful chance to reconnect with your classmates, current students, and old friends, as well as cheer on the Hawkeyes!

3:30 p.m. - 3 hours before kickoff registration/check-in opens.

Carver College of Medicine and Friends tailgate in the MERF courtyard.

6:30 p.m. - kickoff vs. Nevada.

 Parking: Attendees can utilize the Newton Road Parking Ramp located directly across the street from the tailgate and a 10-minute walk to the stadium on game day. **Please note that the ramp charges an hourly fee and will be available as space allows.  

Questions?

Please contact UI Health Care Outreach and Engagement with any questions at 319-335-8886 or via email at medicine-alumni@uiowa.edu

 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 UI Marketing and Communications, Outreach and Engagement, in advance at 319-335-8886.

Contact: UI Health Care Marketing and Communications, Outreach and Engagement 319-335-8886

Departments: Carver College of Medicine, Center for Advancement

October 9, 2022
Big Ten Annual Hilton Head Tailgate
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC US 29926

Come join your fellow Big Ten alumni, friends, and fans for a fun evening at our annual picnic at Mary Ann Peeples Pavilion at Honey Horn. This is a great opportunity to meet new people. All are welcome to join.

Hear from special guest speaker, Diana Sabau, deputy commissioner and chief sports officer of the Big Ten Conference. Sabau oversees the administration of all 28 Big Ten Conference sponsored sports, which includes managing affiliate memberships, competition, scheduling, championships, sportsmanship, officiating, and awards. To learn more about Sabau, visit https://bigten.org/staff.aspx?staff=90.

Additional event details and registration will be shared later this summer.

If you´re interested in joining the planning committee, please email big10onhh@gmail.com.

Contact: Molly Torchia 319-467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 29, 2022
UI Carver College of Medicine and Friends Homecoming Tailgate
All Day ()
Where: 375 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA US 52246

We hope you and your family are able to join us for this year's homecoming medicine alumni tailgate. It will be a wonderful chance to reconnect with your classmates, current students, and old friends, as well as cheer on the Hawkeyes!

3 hours before kick-off Registration/ Check-in opens.

Carver College of Medicine and Friends tailgate in the MERF courtyard with STEM activities and Carver College of Medicine tours offered during the tailgate.

Kickoff time TBD vs. Northwestern.

 Parking: Attendees can utilize the Newton Road Parking Ramp located directly across the street from the tailgate and a 10-minute walk to the stadium on game day. **Please note that the ramp charges an hourly fee and will be available as space allows.  

Questions?

Please contact UI Health Care Outreach and Engagement with any questions at 319-335-8886 or via email at medicine-alumni@uiowa.edu

 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 UI Marketing and Communications, Outreach and Engagement, in advance at 319-335-8886.

Contact: UI Health Care Marketing and Communications, Outreach and Engagement 319-335-8886

Departments: Carver College of Medicine, 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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