Published monthly (except for July and August) The Gray Hawk keeps UIRA members informed about UIRA programs, campus news, and more.

Send ideas and comments to The Gray Hawk editor Lesanne Fliehler.


May  Upcoming URIA Programming:  Alison Guernsey discusses 'Incarceration Among the Elderly', Salle Leme warns of 'Fraud Alerts for Seniors'; UIRA president's message; details of the UIRA Annual Meeting on 11 June; Photo Contest Results; explorer walks; recent recordings.
Download May 2024 issue as PDF 

April  Upcoming URIA Programming:  Jen Jones and Sam Wittrock present ‘Connect, Contribute, and Create: The Future of Optimal Aging’, Larry Weber discusses ‘All Things Water: Improving Community Resilience to Floods, Droughts, and Declining Water Quality’, We Tour a National Advanced Driving Simulator, Alison Guernsey looks at ‘Incarceration Among the Elderly’, Sally Leme presents ‘Fraud Alerts for Seniors’;  UIRA president’s column; Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series; Special Interest Groups’ Explorer Walks; Grandparents University; Community Service and Volunteer Service Awards Nominations Due 15 April.
Download April 2024 issue as PDF

March  We celebrate the UIRA being in the UI Policy Manual as an official advisory body to the UI president and the university;  Upcoming URIA Programming:  Mandy McClenahan updates us on the UI Degowin Blood Center, Aaron Greenwald fills us in on Creating the Hancher Season, Loren Glass considers Fiction in the City of Literature, Larry Weber discusses ‘All Things Water: Improving Community Resilience to Floods, Droughts, and Declining Water Quality’; Future URIA programming will focus on the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence, a tour of the National Advanced Driving Simulator, and Incarceration Among the Elderly.  Upcoming explorer walks;  Boost our URIA Scholarship Fund with a contribution to One Day for Iowa; Emeritus Faculty Council Lecture; Service Award Nominations Due April 15; Nominations for the UIRA Board of Directors; UIRA Photo Contest Deadline Is March 15.
Download March 2024 issue as PDF

February UIRA president's message: A Celebration: UIRA Is in the UI Policy Manual; Upcoming UIRA programming-- UI Degowin Blood Center: The Importance of Blood Donation, Creating the Hancher Season, Fiction in the City of Literature; Future UIRA Programming-- Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence,  National Advanced Driving Simulator Tour, Incarceration Among the Elderly; Upcoming Explorers Walks; One Day for Iowa; Emeritus Faculty Council Lecture; Service Award Nominations Due April 15; Nominations for the UIRA Board of Directors; provisional membership; UIRA Photo Contest Deadline Is March 15.
Download February 2024 issue as PDF

January Upcoming UIRA programming: Dr. Patricia Quinlisk discusses Dementia Prevention;  Chérie Haury-Artz explores Meskwaki Then and Now; Upcoming Explorers Walks; Emeritus Faculty Council Lecture: Professor Charles Connerly addresses Iowa Faces the 1960s; UIRA President's message; End-of-Year Giving; Nominations for UIRA’s Community Service and Volunteer Service Awards; Senior College Course Offerings for Spring 2024.  Download Download January 2024 issue as PDF


December Upcoming UIRA programming: Dressing for Success in the Winter Wilderness, A Conversation with UI President Barbara Wilson, Meet Beth Goetz, Iowa’s Interim Athletics Director, Saving Your Brain: Dementia Prevention; Upcoming Explorers Walks; UIRA President’s Column Download December 2023 issue (PDF) 

November Cancellation of Iowa Ceramics Center and David Van Allen Photography Studio; A Conversation with UI President Barbara Wilson; URIA President's Column; Explorers Special Interest Group Outings; presentation on Dressing for Success in the Winter Wilderness by Dr. Chuck Hess; Emeritus Faculty Council Lecture Cancer Immunotherapy Comes of Age by George Weiner; call for Food Pantry Donations; Campus Happenings Download November 2023 issue (PDF)

October Fall Barn Party, Making the Right Health Insurance Decisions; Iowa Ceramics Center and David Van Allen Photography Studio; Hiking Special Interest Group; UIRA President’s Column; Campus Happenings; Diana Harris Wins UIRA Presidential Award; Recap of Big 10 Retirees Association Meeting; Emeritus Faculty Council Lecture A Dark, Unruly Space by Patricia Foster Download October 2023 issue (PDF)

September UIRA President Deb Cobb's Welcoming Column; September UIRA programming: Bruce Teague updates us on what's happening in Iowa City, and Bob Untiedt fills us in on TRAIL (Tools and Resources for Active, Independent Living); how to renew your membership dues;  upcoming UIRA programming (fall barn party, health insurance decisions, more); next Emeritus Faculty Council Lecture by Patricia Foster; news of what’s happening on the UI campus; history of the Gray Hawk Writers special interest  group. Download September 2023 issue (PDF)

June  Upcoming Ice Cream & Cookie Social (plus Annual Meeting); Senior College Courses for Fall; UIRA President’s Column; UIRA Volunteer Service Awards Announced: Frank Mitros, University of Iowa Service Award to Frank Mitros, Community Service Award Recipient to Larry Wilson; reports on Nature Hike at Phebe Timber and Docent-Led Hancher Tour; Download June 2023 issue (PDF)

May May Programming; Ice Cream & Cookie Social (plus Annual Meeting); Emeritus Faculty Council Lecture; Recent Zoom Recordings; President's Column; UIRA Board Member Candidates; Photo Contest Results (2); Gray Hawk Writers Special Interest Group; Download May 2023 issue (PDF)

April April-May Programming; Upcoming Outing; Emeritus Faculty Council Lecture; Recent Zoom Recordings; President's Column; New Program at Stanley Museum of Art; Photo Contest Results (1); Gray Hawk Writers Special Interest Group; New UIRA Website; Download April 2023 issue (PDF)

March March-April Programming; Upcoming Programs and Outings; President's Column; Annual meeting date; Emeritus Faculty Council Lecture; Recent Zoom Recordings; One Day for Iowa; UIRA 2022 Scholarship Recipients; Nominations for Board and President-Elect; Download March 2023 issue (PDF)

February February-March Programming; other upcoming programs and outings; photo contest deadlines reminder; next Emeritus Faculty Council Lecture; UIRA president's message; One Day for Iowa campaign; Service Award Nominations; new UIRA members.  Download February 2023 issue (PDF)

January Upcoming programs and recent program follow-ups; Senior College course lineup and registration; photo contest deadlines; UIRA president's message; new UIRA members. Download January 2023 issue (PDF).


December Upcoming programs and recent program highlights; UIRA president's message plus message for administrative services coordinator Kellie Digmann; call for service award nominations; photo contest info; volunteer support for the university. Download December 2022 issue (PDF).

November UIRA president's message; FAQ-2 on Medicare and health insurance; upcoming health information sessions; Food Pantry appeal; next Emeritus Faculty Council lecture (Susan R. Johnson). Download November 2022 issue (PDF).

October Programs for October-November; Stanley Museum of Art; FAQ-1 on Medicare and health insurance; UIRA president's message; Big Ten Retirees Association meeting summary; rocking out during our teenage years responses; flu and COVID vaccines. Download October 2022 issue (PDF).

September Programs for September-October; dates for health care information sessions; Jerald Schnoor's Emeritus Faculty Council lecture; UIRA president's message; notes on annual meeting— slides availability, committees seeking members, list of new members; membership dues; encouraging friends to join the UIRA. Download September 2022 issue (PDF).

June June programs: kayaking and annual meeting; UIRA president's farewell column; report on the Walk in the Woods at Cangleska Wakan;  Michael Barron to complete Benny Hawkins’ board term; UIRA volunteer awards to Emil Rinderspacher (community service) and Warren Boe (university service). Download June 2022 issue (PDF).

May May program and outings; sucessful results from One Day for Iowa; UIRA president's message; descriptions of UIRA board member candidates; more award-winning photos from our contest; how UIRA members can help vulnerable UI students via DVIP; essay contributed by a Gray Hawk Writers interest group member. Download May 2022 issue (PDF).

April April-May programs; planned outings; UIRA president's message; recent Zoom videos; invitation to join a committee; photo contest results. Download April 2022 issue (PDF).

March Upcoming programs; available outings; UIRA president's message; date of UIRA annual meeting; Food Pantry and Clothing Closet. Download March 2022 issue (PDF).

February Upcoming programs; UIRA president's message; upcoming Emeritus Faculty Council program; call for nominations for Volunteer Service Awards; photo contest deadline extended. Download February 2022 issue (PDF).

January Upcoming winter and spring programs; UIRA president's message; photo contest reminder; call for nominations for two Volunteer Service Awards. Download January 2022 issue (PDF).

This site includes Gray Hawk issues for 2022 and beyond. For earlier issues of The Gray Hawk, see the archived version of the UIRA website provided through the University Libraries. Due to the evolving nature of websites and digital archives, some features and links may no longer be accessible.