2014-2015 Programs and Events
UIRA Board of Directors Meetings
UI Senior College Courses
Sept: Driver Simulation (Wed, Sept 17, 2014)
Oct: Construction Concerto - The Sound of Music (Mon, Oct 6, 2014)
Oct: Flu/Pneumonia Clinic with Optional Fitness Screening (Thurs, Oct 9, 2014)
Oct: UIRA Photo Contest Exhibit/Reception (Wed, Oct 22, 2014)
Nov: The Latest about UI Benefits - Includes Full Video (Thurs, Nov 6, 2014)
Dec: The Internet of Things: Is information Privacy a Myth? (Moved to March 11)
Jan 31: Photo Contest Deadline
Jan 31: Awards Program Nominations Deadline
Jan: Magic Mythical Tour: In Search of the Beatles (Friday, Jan 9, 2015)
Feb: Flood Archaeology Discoveries on the UI Campus (Tues, Feb 17, 2015)
Mar: The Internet of Things: Is information Privacy a Myth? (Wed, March 11)
Mar: Health Program - Changed to "Successful Aging in Academic Institutions" - Includes Full Video (Monday, March 30, 2015)
Apr: Annual Meeting and Luncheon (Thursday, April 23, 2015)
May: A Future US Energy Outlook? (Thursday, May 14, 2015)
June: Annual Picnic (Wednesday, June 3, 2015)
August: Annual Big Ten Retirees Assn. Conference (Fri-Sun, August 14-16, 2015)
Want More ? View the 2013-2014 Programs and Events from the UIRA Archives
The UIRA Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each month from September through June at 1:00 p.m. in Room 427 at the Levitt Center. Members are welcome to attend to observe or address the Board.
The UI Senior College has announced another rich schedule of offerings for the Spring 2015 Session.
More information about courses, instructors, time and place of classes, availability and registration can be obtained from the Alumni Association at www.iowalum.com/srcollege/ or by calling Jane Kirsch at 319/335-3294 or 800/469-2586. A brochure is available upon request.
Sept 17: All Slots Are Now Filled. If enough interest is shown, another visitation may be scheduled.
UIRA will launch its programming for the year with a tour September 17of the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS), a transportation safety research center with a comprehensive and unique collection of driving simulators.
Two sessions have been scheduled the afternoon of Wednesday, September 17. Each session will be approximately 1 ½ hours in length. Included will be a 45-minute tour of the building and facilities, including a demonstration of a driver simulation system. This will be followed by a 45-minute presentation, with time for questions.
Because of space restrictions, there is a maximum of 20 attendees in each group, for an overall total of 40 for the afternoon. Session 1 is 1-2:30. Session 2 is 3-4:30. Contact Rick Walton with your choice
(email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: (319) 354-8090). You may specify a first or second choice or either. It will be first-come, first-serve until each session is filled. You will be contacted later as to which will be your session.
Included in the discussion will be the research programs in which the facility has been engaged, both in recent years and those which are ongoing. Of particular interest will be insights into how driving skills change with aging and how these skills can affect driving.
The facility is located at 2401 Oakdale Blvd. Ample on-site parking is available.
The sound of music these days is more like the Construction Concerto at the corner of Burlington and Clinton. A UIRA program October 6 about the building of the new Voxman Music Building will feature David Gier, director of the School of Music; Jason McKane of Mortenson construction company; and Kevin Monson of Neumann Monson Architects, local architects of record for the project designed by LMN Architects of Seattle, the firm that designed Benaroya Hall in Seattle.
This program will take place on Monday, October 6, from 10:30 to noon in the University Capitol Center UCC recital hall, first floor, across from the UI Quick Care offices. For a small preview, you can go to the University of Iowa home page, click on Arts, then click on School of Music, and see building the updates in the lower left side.
Gier will discuss the challenges of building in a tight urban space, and of balancing the faculty's opportunities to dream big within the constraints of post-flood FEMA constraints and contemporary building codes. He is passionate about ways that the faculty and students of the School of Music will be able to offer programs to the wider community with this new facility.
Audience members may wish to check out the view over the construction site from the top of the Clinton-Burlington Street parking ramp either before or after the presentation. The exterior walls will rise later in the fall, so the views may be less dramatic in the future.
Fitness screening will be part of this year’s annual private flu clinic scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 (Thursday) in the lower level of Hills Bank in Coralville at 1009 Second St. The screening is optional and free.
The screening is offered by Sure Steps under the auspices of Johnson County Livable Community. Screenings will be conducted by trained volunteers with the oversight of a community expert. Fitness components to be assessed are: (1) agility and dynamic balance; (2) leg strength; and (3) arm strength.
The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will be administering the clinic, offering flu shots, FluMist and pneumonia vaccine. A High-dose Flu Shot is an option for persons 65 and older. People should bring their insurance cards since the VNA will bill Medicare, Medicare Replacement, Blue Cross and other insurance companies. If paying by cash or check at the site, the costs are: Flu Shot—$29; Flu Mist—$32; High-dose Flu Shot—$42; and Pneumonia—$87.
There is ample free parking at the Hills Bank, Coralville.
Here is more information for those interested in fitness screening:
- fitness screening/consultation takes approximately 10 minutes.
- individuals participating in the screening should wear comfortable! low-heeled shoes with flat soles.
- participants will have an opportunity to repeat the screening during the next 6-12 months to monitor progress.
Winning entries in the UIRA’s Travel Photo Contest will be exhibited at a reception sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company. The event will take place 2-4 p.m. October 22 (Wednesday) in the basement meeting room of the Hills Bank at 1009 Second St., Coralville.
The contest, which UIRA inaugurated last year and attracted more than 50 entries, is being continued under the sponsorship of Hills Bank. Besides the reception, Hills Bank will provide funding for contest prizes and poster-board mounting and enlarging (16 x 20-inch) of all winning entries.
The contest offers three entry categories: photos taken (1) in the state of Iowa; (2) in the USA outside Iowa; and (3) outside the USA. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Entrants may submit no more than three photos in one or more of the three categories. There is no entry fee. Current UIRA members are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is December 31. Photos must be submitted in digital format and will be judged on originality, creativity and photo quality. Photos taken over the past two years can be entered. Complete contest details are posted here.
To see winning photos in the 2013 contest, go to the UIRA website at this link: uira.shutterfly.com/pictures/396#396 .
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources Saunders
Will Discuss Changes at UIRA Program November 6
Big changes are underway in the UI’s Benefits program, and Richard Saunders, UI assistant vice president for Human Resources, will discuss these changes with UIRA members November 6 (Thursday) at 9:30 a.m. at Parkview Church Worship Center, 15 Foster Road, Iowa City. Ample parking is available.
The biggest change involves the UI offering to retired faculty and staff some Medicare Advantage plans. Also present at the meeting will be vendors associated with newly available plans. Saunders (pictured) has suggested some of these may be less expensive than UI Choice, which will remain unchanged in costs and benefits. Changes also will be taking place in the dental plans.
UI Chief Information Security Officer Jane Drews will discuss information privacy at a UIRA program December 3 ((Wednesday) 10 to noon in meeting Room A of the Coralville Public Library. She will present 10 steps to improve protection of personal information and suggest ways immediately to protect personal information. Drews has over 25 years experience in information security and has been the UI’s Information Technology Security Officer since 1999. As Director of the Information Security & Policy Office, she is responsible for the University's enterprise-wide information security program. She serves on the Higher Education Information Security Council and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Security Working Group.
In the spirit of the holiday season, UIRA is asking everyone to bring at least one can of food to the December 3 program. All food will be delivered to the Food Bank at the Crisis Center of Johnson County. The Food Bank provides supplemental grocery assistance weekly to Johnson County residents.
UIRA’s Travel Photo Contest, inaugurated last year and attracting more than 50 entries, will continue for the second year. Most of the rules remain unchanged.
There will be three categories: photos taken (1) in the state of Iowa; (2) in the USA outside Iowa and (3) outside the USA. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Entrants may submit no more than three photos in one or more of the three categories. There is no entry fee. Current UIRA members are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is Dec. 31. Photos must be submitted in digital format and will be judged on originality, creativity and photo quality. Photos taken over the past two years can be entered. For complete details click here.
Nominations for two newly-established awards recognizing UIRA members for outstanding voluntary service are now being accepted. One award will be for contributions to the community. The other award will be for contributions to the University. The process for administering the two awards—eligibility, criteria, nomination and selection—will be similar. The only difference is that one will recognize voluntary service to community; the other will recognize voluntary service to the University. Board member Pam Willard is chair of the ad hoc Awards Committee. For complete details see page 4 of the January 2015 UIRA News Letter.
UI Music Lecturer Donna Parsons will stir nostalgia when she presents a program, “Magic Mythical Tour: In Search of the Beatles,” January 9 (Friday), 2015, from 1-2 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Coralville Public Library.
For the past 11 summers, Parsons has traced the sites that influenced the Beatles’ songs as well as where the Beatles honed their craft. Parsons says the foundation for the Beatles’ sensitivity and creativity can be found in their childhood experiences in Liverpool, England. She has traced the development of the Beatles’ rise from just another Merseyside band to the most influential, innovative pop group in history.
Parsons will chart the Beatles’ road to stardom from their childhood neighborhoods and coffee bars to church halls and auditoriums and will
show memorabilia she has collected.
University 2008 flood recovery construction projects have led to multiple archaeological discoveries at the new School of Music construction site and in Hubbard Park. Speaking about these discoveries February 17 (Tuesday) 10 a.m. to noon at the Coralville Public Library will be John Doershuk, state archaeologist of the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) and adjunct assistant professor in the UI Department of Anthropology. There is ample parking, and coffee and cookies will be available. Doershuk has been principal investigator or project archaeologist on more than 1,200 archaeological projects in the Midwest.
Discoveries have shed light on Iowa City’s early settlement. Artifacts from the dig sites will be shown at the presentation. More information about the work of the OSA can be found at: http://archaeology.uiowa.edu/
UI Chief Information Security Officer Jane Drews will discuss information privacy at a UIRA program March 11 (Wednesday) 10 to noon in meeting Room A of the Coralville Public Library. The program originally was scheduled December 3 but had to be postponed.
With more than 25 years’ experience in information security, Ms. Drews has been the UI’s Information Technology Security Officer since 1999. She will present 10 steps to improve protection of personal information and suggest ways immediately to protect personal information.
UIRA is asking everyone to bring at least one can of food to the March 11 program. All food will be go to the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank which provides supplemental grocery assistance weekly to county residents.
March: Health Program - Changed to "Successful Aging in Academic Institutions" - Includes Full Video(Monday, March 30, 2015)
Health Fair co-sponsored with the UI College of Public Health: 12:30-2:30 p.m., Coralville Public Library with presentation from 1:30-2:30 p.m. “On Purpose: New Directions in Health and Life” by Dr. Victor Strecher, professor and director for innovation, University of Michigan School of Public Health. CANCELLED.
If you missed Dr. Brian Kaskie's UIRA presentation March 30 on "Successful Aging in Academic Institutions" or want to revisit it, you can access a video of the entire presentation at this link http://youtu.be/H1cahLjeiWY
The video runs 55 minutes, 49 seconds and has captions (required now for the hard of hearing). Dr. Kaskie was a last-minute substitute speaker for Dr. Victor Strecher of the U of Michigan who had to cancel ...
The UIRA will celebrate the 20th year of its founding April 23 (Thursday) at its annual business meeting and luncheon April 23 (Thursday) at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, Coralville. (For reservation form see page 5 of the April 2015 Gray Hawk.) A reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon at noon followed by the business meeting and program. The event will be the capstone of the UIRA’s observance of its two decades of service to the UI and community of Iowa City. Highlights of the meeting will include:
Honoring recipients of UIRA’s first-ever service awards.
Election of officers.
Recognition of UIRA’s past presidents, who will be invited guests.
Announcement of Travel Photo Contest winners with a continuously looping slideshow presentation of all entries.
UIRA Will Elect President-Elect, two Board Members.
Nominees for three UIRA Board positions for 2015-16 have been announced by the UIRA Nominating Committee. Nominations for the positions also may be made during the business meeting April 23. The election will take place at the April meeting.
Nominee for President-Elect—Nancy Hauserman, professor emeritus in the Department of Management and Organizations, Tippie College of Business.
Nominees for at-large Board positions: Michael Barron, formerly assistant provost for enrollment management and executive director of admissions; and Dean Borg, formerly director of Public Information, University Hospitals, senior producer/correspondent for WSUI and host of Iowa Public TV’s public affairs programming of the weekly program Meet the Press. Terms of at-large Board officers are for three years.
Current President-elect Beverly Robalino will succeed Kenneth Starck as president. New at-large Board members will be replacing Katharine Bjorndal and Nancy Lynch whose terms will be expiring.
Full details can be viewed in the April 2015 Gray Hawk, page 1, including nominees for UIRA board positions (page 2).
Bruce Friedrich, UI Professor Emeritus (Chemistry), "A Future US Energy Outlook?" 3-4:30 p.m., Coralville Public Library—the E. Jean Schwab Auditorium.
UIRA’s annual Potluck Picnic will be June 3 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the Park Lodge of the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area located off South Gilbert (aka “Sand Road”) at 579 McCollister Blvd.
UIRA will provide the main course, table service and beverages. Attendees are asked to bring a salad or dessert to serve six persons.
The Terry Trueblood Park Lodge is an indoor facility with a gas fireplace and a patio overlooking the lake. It was once a sand and gravel quarry and spans over 200 acres. Amenities at the recreation complex include hard surface trails for meandering, bird watching, fishing, concessions and boat rental. Persons may want to come early or stay late. Reservation are not required, and members may want to bring along friends.
Annual Big Ten Retirees Association Conference, Michigan State University, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing.