Annual UIRA Business Luncheon (4 Apr, 12 p)
Talk by UNI Prof. Jean Dunhanm on Fake News and Alternative Facts (16 Jan, 1p)
Meet U.I. President Bruce Harreld (3 Dec, 1p)
Presentation by Dr. Chris Okiishi's on American theater (15 Nov, 2:30-2p)
Tour of Miracles in Motion Therapeutic Equestrian Center  (20 Sept, 1p)
Flu Vaccination Clinic  (11 Oct, 12-2p)
Talk: Transforming the University of Iowa  (25 Oct, 1-2:30p)
UI Benefits Update  (8 Nov, 2-4p)
The Gray Hawk Steppers (Tuesdays, 9:15
International Events and World Politics (first Thursdays)
The Gray Hawk Writers 

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, beginning at 1:00 pm, you can Spend a fall afternoon touring the Miracles in Motion Therapeutic Equestrian Center just west of Swisher.  You’ll tour the facilities, hear about their programs and facilities, and have a chance to meet the horses.  Miracles in Motion, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, uses horses to work effectively with adults and children who, due to disabilities or complex medical conditions, need assistance in developing the kinds of everyday skills that allow them to function more independently at home, school, or work.  Begun in 1988 with six students and borrowed horses, Miracles in Motion now serves more than 100 students each year with a work force of over 100 trained volunteers and a herd of 17 horses at its Equestrian Center near Swisher.  Its students, children and adults with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges, come from Linn and Johnson Counties, as well as other nearby counties.  Miracles offers several options for people with physical, motor, social, or cognitive disabilities, including therapeutic riding classes, hippotherapy sessions, unmounted programs, or a combination of these experiences to aid in rehabilitation, therapy routines, and strengthening.  They also have a MVECS (Military Veterans Equine Care Squad), *designed not only with the veteran in mind, but also the family or partners who provide support and are also experiencing challenges and changes to help reduce the sense of isolation and create a shared experience.  The Equestrian Center is located on 70 acres just west of Swisher.  The facility includes indoor and outdoor arenas and a stable with 10 stalls.  In 2006 a new outdoor arena and pavilion were added.  A sensory trail has been incorporated into the space around these newer facilities.  Listen to Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa June 7 program featuring Miracles in Motion.  Directions and Parking:  Head north on I-380 north and take exit 10 (Swisher/Shueyville).  Turn left on County Rd 12 (120 St) toward Swisher. Go 3.28 miles (through Swisher).  Turn left into the Center, which has a paved parking lot. The street address is 2049 120th St. NW, Swisher, IA 52338.

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, from noon to 2:00 pm, the Visiting Nurses Association will again present their Flu Vaccination Clinic at the Coralville branch of Hills Bank (lower level), 1009 Second Street, Coralville.

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Rod Lehnertz, UI Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations will present Transforming the University of Iowa, in Schwab Auditorium, Coralville Public Library  (lower level).
In case you missed it:  Eighty members spent an informative afternoon of October 25 with UI Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations Rod Lehnertz as he spoke about the Transformation of the University as it emerges from the flood and the nearly $1.2 billion in construction projects recently completed or underway.  He gave us a look at the projects under
construction: the Brain Sciences building on Iowa Ave; the new pharmacy building on the Quadrangle dormitory site; and the Kinnick north end zone renovation.  Projects in the planning stages include:  Stanley Museum of Art to be built on Burlington Street south of Main Library; the Finkbine Golf Club; and an entrepreneurial innovation center in the original art building, which was saved because it had housed Grant Wood's studio.  After flood waters receded from the basement of the art building, wall frescoes, were discovered.  They had been hidden behind drywall.

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Jessica Wade, Assistant Director of Benefits and Lori Felger, Client Consultant for Health Alliance Medical Plans will present the annual U.I. Benefits Update at Parkview Church, 15 Foster Road, Iowa City.

On November 15, from 12:30 to 2 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, Dr. Chris Okiishi presents So You Watt to See a Show? What’s Hot, What’s Not, What’s Worth Your Trip?  His Senior College Course last winter on the history of musical theater received rave reviews.  Join Chris at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts for an informative and entertaining guide to the current commercial American theater.
In case you missed it:  Dr. Chris Okiishi informed and entertained 100 folks on November 15 in a captivating 90-minute program about the current American commercial theater.  He began by explaining different types of theaters, including Broadway, off-Broadway, regional, university, road houses, local professional, and community.  He gave tips on where to buy tickets and what sites to avoid.  He then detailed his must-sees and showed video clips and indicated what, in his opinion, you might want to avoid.  He also gave his Tony predictions!  Many attendees asked for copies of Chris' slides, so we’ll be sending those out by email.  Chris will be teaching a Senior College course next semester, Musical Theatre's Great Performers, Decade by Decade.

On Monday, December 3, 2018, at 1 pm, at the Levitt Center for Advancement (Park Road; west of Hancher Auditorium), U.I. President Bruce Harreld will meet with UIRA members to share his perspectives on the past year, and on what the coming year holds for The University of Iowa.  Park in the lot next to the Levitt Center; UI Parking will not be ticketing cars during this time.

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 1 pm in Schwab Auditorium at the Coralville Public Library,  retired professor of library studies at UNI Jean Donhanm will speak on Fake News and Alternative Facts; more details forthcoming in the January Gray Hawk.

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, UIRA holds its Annual Business Luncheon, at the Radisson Hotel in Coralville; more information forthcoming.

The Gray Hawk Steppers SIG meet every Tuesday morning at 9:15 at the Coral Ridge Mall and walk around the mall until approximately 10 a.m.  Members interested in joining this group should contact Beverly Robalino.

International Events and World Politics SIG:  It's happening!  Out there in the world.  It's crazy, or hopeful, or confusing, or provocative.  But what does it mean?  What's the background story?  How does it fit into a larger picture? Let’s share perspectives on the world we live in.  We meet on the first Thursday of each month (September through May), from 1:30-3:15 p.m., at Hills Bank (Muscatine Ave branch); first conference room on your left as you enter.  We welcome your input!  Get more info from convener Phil Klein.

The Gray Hawk Writers have been meeting fortnightly since April 1999.  We read aloud what we have written, encourage one another, and offer friendly critique.  In 2014 we published an anthology, Yesterdays.  Our storytelling and writing styles are quite diverse; there are many pathways that can be followed when writing.  Visit us as a guest — you may decide you would like to join the group.  Everyone has a story to tell. Contact John Hudson.

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