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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

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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

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.


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



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 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 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.


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

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

Register today:

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:

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

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.


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)

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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.

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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

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

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

If you´re interested in joining the planning committee, please email

Contact: Molly Torchia 319-467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

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