2015-2016 Programs and Events

UIRA Board of Directors Meetings
UI Senior College Courses
Sept: F.W. Kent Park Program and Picnic Kick Off the Year (Thurs, Sept 10, 2015)
Sept: Estate Planning (Tues, Sept 29, 2015)
Oct: Flu Clinic and Fitness Screening (Thurs, Oct 8, 2015)
Oct: UI Benefits Update (Thurs, Oct 29, 2015)
Nov: Kinze Innovation Center Tour (Tues, Nov 17, 2015)
Jan:  Reception for UI President Bruce Harreld Kicks Off 2016 (Thurs, 21 Jan 2016)
Jan:  Virtual Soldier Program Presentation (Thurs, 28 Jan 2016)
Jan: Travel Photo Contest Deadline (Sun, 31 Jan 2016)
Feb: Presentation on Iowa Political Stock Market (Fri, 26 Feb 2016)
Feb: Nominees for UIRA Service Awards Due (Mon, 29 Feb 2016)
Mar: Tour of the Hansen Football Performance Facility  (Tues, 15 Mar 2016)
Mar: Iowa National Heritage Foundation presents Iowa’s Land Trusts (Mon, 28 Mar 2016)
Apr: Annual Meeting and Luncheon (Thurs, 21 Apr 2016)
June: Annual Potluck at Trueblood Recreation Area (Wed. 8 June 2016)
June:  Hancher Auditorium Preview Tour (24 June, 1-2:30p; more info in June Grey Hawk)
Aug: Annual Big Ten Retirees Assn. Conference (5-6 August 2016, U. Nebraska /Lincoln; more to come)
View the UIRA Programs and Events Archives:   2014-2015  2013-2014  

UIRA Board of Directors Meeting

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. 2015: Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8. 2016: Jan 12, Feb 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14.

UI Senior College Courses

The UI Senior College has announced another rich schedule of offerings for the Spring 2016 Session.

More information about courses, instructors, time and place of classes, availability and registration can be obtained from the Alumni Association at http://www.iowalum.com/srcollege/, or by calling 800-IOWALUM (469-2586), or email alumni-seniorcollege@uiowa.edu.  A brochure is available upon request.

F.W. Kent Park Program and Picnic Kick Off the Year (Thurs, Sept 10, 2015)

Johnson County’s premier park is an ideal spot for the premier UIRA event for the year at 3:30 p.m.on Thursday, September 10. F.W. Kent Park is three miles west of Tiffin on Highway 6. View full details on Page 2 of the September 2015 Gray Hawk Newsletter.

Estate Planning (Tues, Sept 29, 2015)

Tom Gelman, a partner in Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker and Gelman, L.L.P, will review the principal objectives of thoughtful estate planning on Thursday, September 29, at 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Coralville Public Library. He will review the principal objectives for thoughtful estate planning
including disposition of assets, taxes and administrative process. In addition, he will review: Key components of disability planning. Various ways assets pass to beneficiaries and the role of documents and other tools in implementing dispositionary wishes. Possible merits and techniques for avoiding probate.
Common misperceptions. The interactive program will provide plenty of opportunity for discussion and provide a framework for thinking about your own planning circumstances. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

Gelman is an Iowa City native and graduate of Harvard University and the College of Law at the University of Iowa. In addition to his legal practice, Gelman has been active in community service including the Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees, Iowa City Community Leadership Program, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of Iowa Alumni Association.

UIRA asks everyone to bring at least one canned food item to the Estate program. All food will go to the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank that provides supplemental grocery assistance to county residents each week.

Flu Clinic and Fitness Screening (Thurs, Oct 8, 2015)

Again this year the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is offering a dedicated flu clinic for UIRA members and fitness screening by Sure Steps will be available, too. From 12 noon to 4 p.m., October 8, on the lower level of the Hills Bank in Coralville, you can receive a flu shot, flu mist and pneumonia shots. There will also be a limited supply of preservative-free vaccine. You will find ample parking at the 1009 Second Street Coralville location. The free fitness screening under the auspices of Johnson County Livable Community will include agility and dynamic balance, leg strength and arm strength.

It’s important to bring your insurance cards since the VNA will direct bill Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicaid, Blue Cross and other insurance companies. If payment is received at the time of the clinic, costs are: Flu shot—$32; Flu mist—$35; High-dose flu—$45; Pneumonia PPSV23—$100; Pneumonia PCV13—$175. If you pay at the clinic, you will receive a receipt to submit to your insurance carrier. If you do not pay at the clinic, a $3 charge will be added.

UI Benefits Update (Thurs, Oct 29, 2015)

Presented by Debra Hughes, UI Director of Benefits.
Throughout UIRA history the annual benefits briefing is one of the best attended events each year. It is important to note that while there are no anticipated benefit changes for the 2015-2016 academic year. Debra Hughes, director of benefits for UI, will meet with UIRA members at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, at Parkview Church.

Debra will discuss the status of current benefits for retirees and answer questions. As in recent years, the benefits update will be at Parkview Church, 15 Foster Road, off of Dubuque Street. Ample parking and seating are available in the Parkview location. Efforts are being made to videotape this session.

Kinze Innovation Center Tour (Tues, Nov 17, 2015)

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Iowa Agricultural Business Leader Kinze Innovation Center
Offers UIRA Unique Tour Opportunity on November 17


Kinze is a leader in developing modern agricultural equipment and this year is celebrating 50 years in business. Forty UIRA members will tour the plant at Williamsburg, Exit 216 on I80 on Tuesday, November 17, at 10 a.m. Since the tour is limited to 40, prompt signup is recommended. A waiting list will be kept after the tour fills and in case openings occur. A limited number of carts are available for people who have trouble walking but people with pacemakers are not allowed.

Please send your request to join the tour to Nancy-Hauserman@uiowa.edu. Be sure to include your name(s), email and phone number.

The new Kinze Innovation Center describes nearly 50 years of inspiration, imagination and hard work by one man and generations of dedicated hard-working people (Kinze employees, partners, family and friends). These individuals have contributed greatly to the development of modern agricultural equipment to help farmers around the world meet the challenges of crop production and the needs of 7.5 billion consumers worldwide and growing.

Kinze has several policies for tours. In addition to the physical restrictions noted above, the Kinze tour will involve a mile of walking and eye and hearing protection will be provided. No video will be allowed but still photos can be taken along the tour. Cell phones must be silenced and no open toed shoes are allowed. Kinze has a tobacco free campus. Each participant will be asked to sign a “General Release Form” for the tour.

Reception for UI President Bruce Harreld Kicks Off 2016 (Thurs, Jan 21, 2016)

Asked his biggest “joy” since becoming UI President, Bruce Harreld smiled and told UI retirees, “Passion for the institution—it’s over the top.”  Asked also for his biggest “surprise,” he said it was the backlash against his selection as UI’s 21st president.  He added that the passion was probably responsible for the backlash, referring to protests by several UI groups.  President Harreld, who replaced Sally Mason as UI president Nov. 2, was invited by UIRA to a reception Jan. 21 and spoke about himself and his plans for the university.  More than 60 retirees attended the event at the Coralville Public Library.  Harreld spoke for about 30 minutes, answered question for another half hour and then visited informally with individuals.

Harreld said he took the position because “I like big, complex problems.”  Society, he said, “is trying to disinvest in higher education.”  His concern, he said, is with the wellbeing of the university. Answers to funding issues, he said, would not come through the public funding process and that alternative support would have to be found:  “What’s the long-term business model for the university?” Besides funding, he outlined several other issues confronting universities.  ♦ Improving the university’s academic standing:  UI’s rankings by several sources is not very good, he said, and the challenge is to reverse the trend.  ♦ Launching another fundraising campaign following the success of a recent campaign in which the original target was exceeded.  ♦ Planning to develop future leaders for the university from within the university.  ♦ Assisting the Board of Regents in improving the governance process. (The Regents have come under heavy criticism for its handling of the presidential search.)

Virtual Soldier Program Presentation (Thurs, Jan 28, 2016)

Professor Karim Abdel-Malek of the UI College of Engineering will introduce UIRA members to the Virtual Soldier Research Program (VSR) on Thursday, January 28, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Theatre, Room 166.  Parking is available in the IMU Lot.  The VSR is an independent research group within the Center for Computer Aided Design in the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa.  The research is aimed at creating interactive, intelligent and predictive human models that operate in virtual, physics-based environments.  The program will introduce Santos™, a virtual human who stands at the center of the digital human modeling and simulation research.  The high fidelity, biomechanically accurate musculoskeletal model was developed from the inside out by the UI team of biomedical engineers and incorporates 215 degrees of freedom, including the hand, feet and eyes.  The dimensions of the skeleton are mutable, able to represent any anthropometric cross section.

Travel Photo Contest Deadline (Sunday, Jan 31, 2016)

For the third year, UIRA, with support from Hills Bank and Trust Company, is inviting entries to the Travel Photography Contest. Here are key details:

  • Open to current UIRA members
  • No entry fee—three content categories: Iowa, USA Outside Iowa, International
  • Cash prizes with winning entries displayed on UIRA website
  • Entry deadline January 31, 2016
  • Judging criteria: Originality, Creativity, Photo-Quality
  • Submit photos to: uira.photo.contest@gmail.com

Winning photos from the past two years can be found at the Photo Gallery of the UIRA’s website: uira.org.uiowa.edu . Complete contest details can be found here
PDF icontravel-photo-contest.pdf

Presentation on Iowa Political Stock Market (Fri, Feb 26, 2016)

UIRA members will gain an understanding of the renowned Iowa Political Stock Market.  On Friday, February 26, 2-3:30 p.m, Professor Joyce Berg of the Tippie College of Business will make a special presentation for UIRA in Schwab auditorium at the Coralville Library.  Ample connected parking is available, both on the street level and the lower level.  Signs will direct members to the presentation.  With the caucuses completed and the conventions and election fever growing, this program promises to be a timely opportunity for an inside look at the highly respected Iowa Political Stock Market.

Nominees for UIRA Service Awards Due  (Mon, Feb 29, 2016)

The deadline for the UIRA Service awards has been extended to February 29.  Full nominations directions and qualifications details for the award may be found in the December issue of The Gray Hawk.

Tour of the Hansen Football Performance Facility (Tues, 15 March 2016)

UIRA offers members and spouses a tour of the Hansen Football Performance Facility; box lunch provided; tours from 1:30-2:30.  Advanced registration required!  RSVP to Nancy-Hauserman@uiowa.edu (specify one or two people).

Iowa National Heritage Foundation presents Iowa’s Land Trusts (Mon, 28 Mar 2016)

Joe McGovern, President of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF), will provide an overview of Iowa’s land trusts, and why these organizations are critically important to preserving  the natural environment.  "Iowa’s Land Trusts: To Preserve, Protect, and Pay Forward" will be presented Monday, March 28, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Coralville Library, Meeting Room A.

By many measures, Iowa has the most altered landscape in the U.S., yet Iowa’s remarkable agricultural productivity has come at the cost of wildlife habitat, water quality and the disappearance of Iowa’s wild places.  Joe will briefly review INHF’s work in conservation and stewardship, as well as recent involvement in projects such as the nationally acclaimed High Trestle Trail in central Iowa, which helps reconnect Iowans with the state’s natural wonders.

Joe McGovern was named President of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation in 2013. After earning his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University, Joe worked for the Story County Conservation Board before joining the foundation as Land Stewardship Director in 1999.  In recognition of his work on habitat restoration for the Topeka Shiner, a federally endangered minnow, Joe received the Recovery Champion Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species Program in 2006.

Follow-up (December 2016):  

Many of you attended our UIRA presentation last March featuring Joe McGovern, president of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the state’s largest land trust. The crowd that day was quite enthusiastic, and there were many follow-up questions about INHF’s work in protecting Iowa’s land, water, and wildlife.

Follow-up (December 2016):  You may be interested to learn that INHF has launched a new website for Iowa landowners, their families and their advisors.  The Iowa Landowner Options website (http://www.iowalandoptions.org) has information about various land protection options and how to approach land protection for future generations.  The site takes visitors through several scenarios, explores the different tax benefits available, and provides easy-to-follow information about often complex decisions.  Stories from landowners who made the decision to permanently protect their land are featured on the site’s blog.  The new site also has charts and links to more resources to help inform land-protection decisions.  According to INHF, the new website serves as a digital edition of the foundation’s print publication, “Landowner’s Options.”  A new version of the booklet, last published in 2007, will be available in early 2017.  In addition to the new Iowa Landowner Options website, INHF has redesigned its home site, www.inhf.org, which contains information about INHF protection projects, upcoming events, and conservation news.

UIRA Annual Meeting (Thurs, 21 April 2016)

The UIRA 21st year of programs and activities will be celebrated on Thursday, April 21 at the Radisson Hotel in Coralville (previously called the Holiday Inn).  This
year’s celebration begins at 11:30 with reception and luncheon and meeting following at 12 noon.  Make your reservation using PDF iconthis (printable) form; meal choices include steak, chicken, vegetarian and gluten free selections.  Election of officers and annual reports of committees as well as honor awards and photo contest winner recognition will be part of the luncheon meeting.

Nominees for four UIRA Board positions for 2016-17 have been announced by the UIRA Nominating Committee.  Nominations for the positions may also be made during the business meeting April 21. The election will take place at the April meeting.
• Nominee for President-Elect:  Michael Barron, formerly Assistant Provost for Enrollment Management and Executive Director of Admissions.  Michael has completed one year of a three-year term as an at-large director.
• Nominee for Treasurer:  Kris Canfield, current UIRA Treasurer and nominated for a second three-year term.
• Nominees for at-large Board positions:  Lois Lembke filled a one-year vacancy on the Board and is nominated for a full three-year term.  Charles Dayton, formerly associate clinical research officer in Pharmacy, and Richard Saunders, formerly Assistant Vice President for Human Resources who will serve the remaining two years of Michael Barron's term. Terms of at-large Board officers are for three years.
• Current President-Elect Nancy Hauserman will succeed Beverly Robalino as president.  New at-large Board member Dayton will replace Richard Johns.
Members of the Nominating Committee are Dean Borg, Penny Hall, Gene Spaziani (chair), Ken Starck and Larry Wilson.

 Annual Potluck Set for Wednesday, 8 June, at Trueblood Recreation Area

UIRA members and guests will gather for the annual potluck/picnic at 5:30 p.m. at the lodge in the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area off South Gilbert (aka Sand Road) south of town. (GPS navigation address: 579 McCollister Blvd.)  Bring a dish to share (snack, salad, veggie or dessert) that serves six people.  The main course, table service and beverages are provided by UIRA.  You are welcome to come early and stay late to visit with friends or enjoy the park.  There is a hard surface trail around the lake to view the natural beauty and walk-off the potluck.  Reservations not required and friends are welcome!  The beautiful lodge is welcoming in any weather.