2017-2018 Programs and Events

Breakfast and tour of Catlett Hall (Sept 15, 9 am)
TRAIL and Senior Center offer live simulcast with Dr. Atul Gawande (Sept 25, 4-5:30 pm)
Joan Schnabel talks on Iowa Raptors and Raptor Rescue (Sept 27, 2 pm)
Erin Thomas-Lewis presents the newly-created UI Center for Advancement (Oct 9, 2 pm)  
UIRA Flu Vaccination Clinic (Oct 12, 12-2 pm)
Christine Grant addresses The History and Current Status of Title IX  (Oct 24, 2 pm)
UIRA University Benefits Informational Session (Nov 2, 2 pm)
Dan McGehee discusses The History and Future of Automated Driving  (Nov 28, 2 pm)
President Bruce Harreld gives a retrospective on the past year at the U.I. (Dec 4, 2 pm)
Prof. Nicole M. Grosland presents a Department of Biomedical Engineering Overview (Jan 8, 10-11:30 am)
Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (Feb 4, 2 pm)
Carl H. Klaus reads from his work-in-progress In My Eighties: Tales of Aging (Feb 6, 2 pm)
Dr. Peter Damiano speaks on The Current State of Health Care in America (Feb 22, 2 pm)
Profs. Lena Hill and Michael Hill present Invisible Hawkeyes   (Feb 26, 10 am)
Dr. Thomas Schulein addresses The Changing Face of the Pentacrest (Mar 14, 2 pm)

UIRA Annual Luncheon Meeting and Awards (Apr 5)
UIRA Annual Picnic at Terry Trueblood Park (June 6, 5:30 pm)
Senior Center Sports Forums (Mondays, 9-10 am)
Emeritus Faculty Council lecture series (Fall 2017)

The first UIRA event of the fall is breakfast and a tour of UI’s newest and largest residence hall: Elizabeth Catlett Hall.  We begin with breakfast at 9:00 a.m. in the Catlett Market Place, which is on the 2nd floor.  (We are in a private dining room.)  The cost for breakfast is $7.50, payable by credit or debit card (cash not accepted).  Dr. Von Stange, Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Senior Director of University Housing and Dining, will talk to the group at 9:30 a.m. about Catlett Hall.  A guided tour highlighting public areas and the art in the building follows.

Elizabeth Catlett was a renowned sculptor and printmaker and one of three UI students to earn the first Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in the United States in 1940.  She was also the first African-American woman to receive the degree.  Catlett Hall is located on the site of the old Iowa City Water Plant located on N. Madison St.  The main entry of the building is a covered walkway stretching from the T. Anne Cleary walkway to the third floor of the building.  Take the stairs or elevator down to the second floor.  An additional major entry point to the building is located off of Madison St. on the  first floor; attendees can take the elevator to the secord floor.  Plan to park in the North Parking Ramp.

In case you missed it:  Following breakfast in the MarketPlace,  Von Stange, assistant vice president for student life and senior director of university housing and dining, presented an overview of campus housing today to more than 60 UIRA members attending the September 15 event.  Elizabeth Catlett Residence Hall, the university’s new1,040 bed residence, is on Madison Street where the old Iowa City Water Plant was located. The panoramic views from the glass enclosed lounges at the end of the corridors provided breathtaking views.  Take a moment to give yourself a tour through the internet: https://housing.uiowa.edu/residence-halls/catlett-hall.  Stange contrasted the expectations of today’s students to previous generations and showed how campus housing has responded to changes and expectations: living learning communities, single use bathrooms, marketplace dining with endless food variety, air conditioned, room with space for stereos, TVs, refrigerators,  and gaming systems, coed housing and 24 hour visitation and connectivity 24/7.   Stange shared statistics on the scope of residence and dining service provided across campus.  There are 6,900 beds in 10 residence halls ranging in age from Currier built in 1914 to Catlett.  He outlined renovation steps being taken in older buildings and said 93% of first year students reside in residence halls.  There are also approximately 3 million meals served and extensive food options are offered to meet the health and dietary demands of today’s students.

TRAIL of Johnson County and the Iowa City-Johnson County Senior Center invite you to attend a live simulcast presentation of "A Conversation with Dr. Atul Gawande", featuring the acclaimed surgeon, researcher and author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End on Monday, September 25, 2017, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM in Schwab Auditorium of the Coralville Public Library.  Dr. Gawande's presentation, broadcast live from Boston and moderated by Robin Young (co-host of NPR's Here and Now), will feature a discussion on aging, living life with purpose, and how we can transform the possibilities for the later chapter in everyone's lives.  The event is free, but REGISTRATION is required.  Please arrive no later than 3:45 pm, as the event will begin promptly at 4:00 pm.  Free parking, with direct access to the auditorium, is available on the lower level of the adjacent parking facility.  TRAIL will host a brief reception following the event.

Joan Schnabel, a local raptor educator, will talk about Iowa Raptors and Raptor Rescue.  When Joan and her husband Jeff moved here two years ago to be closer to grandkids. three raptors  moved with them.  She has since added three more.  She considers these birds to be full partners in Raptology’s Environmental Education programming.  She will talk about specific birds, raptors in general and a little bit about what's involved in feeding housing and caring for the birds.  She will bring some of her birds with her to the presentation.  Wednesday, September 27 at 2:00 pm in the Schwab Auditorium at the the Coralville Public Library.

In case you missed it:  Gonzo the turkey vulture spread his wings by going into the field of education.  He was one of three live birds that helped Joan Schnabel and Dawn Frary of Raptology teach an audience of 66 at a UIRA raptors program in the Coralville Public Library.  Turkey vultures eat dead things and use their sense of smell to hunt, Schnabel said.  Sarah, a screech owl, and a peregrine falcon named Rachel, who was named in memory of environmentalist and author Rachel Carson, joined Gonzo at the September 27 event.  For more information on Raptology, a group based in Iowa City, call 319-541-4533 or visit its Facebook page.

Erin Thomas-Lewis introduces us to the newly-created UI Center for Advancement:  Who we are and what we want to do.  The UI Center for Advancement is the new name of the recently-combined UI Foundation and UI Alumni Association.  This integrated organization seeks to provide world-class engagement for UI alumni and friends across their life cycle.  The UI Center for Advancement also is the fundraising arm of the UI, with the foundation having recently completed a nearly $2 billion comprehensive campaign, the largest in the history of the state of Iowa, and among the most successful in the nation.  Lynette is the President and CEO of the Center and Erin is the VP for Alumni and Donor Engagement of Center.

In case you missed it:  On Monday, October 9, at the Coralville Library, Ms. Erin Thomas-Lewis, vice president for alumni and donor engagement, reviewed the status and goals of the newly created UI Center for Advancement for UIRA members.  She reviewed the process and collaboration conversations that took place over the past year.  The overlapping missions and shared functions of the alumni association and foundation motivated the discussions that resulted in the new merged UI Center for Advancement. Combined advancement organizations already serve 68% of the higher education institutions across the country.  The months of merger discussions resulted in a tremendous number of ideas that staff is now working to organize, prioritize and implement to better serve the dynamic relationship with the graduates, faculty, friends, and extended circle of supporters of the University of Iowa.

The Office of Alumni and Donor Engagement, while in its infancy, will focus on programming in three ways: Regional, Educational Programs, and Campus/Volunteer Engagement.  None of the staff members of the former alumni association lost their employment and the people working in the new office will not become fundraisers.  The alumni records function is now part of the registrar’s office. Governance, incorporating both boards, is among the details important to establishing the new center.  Thomas-Lewis responded to questions and spoke individually with UIRA members with specific concerns about the future implementation.  She emphasized that details about specific functions are still being determined, but the overall goal to cross-pollinate the dynamic relationship with the many constituents of the university is foremost in this exciting work in progress.

The UIRA Flu Vaccination Clinic, provided by the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), is scheduled for Thursday, October 12 from noon – 2:00 pm at the Coralville Hills Bank (lower level), 1009 Second Street, Coralville.  The clinic includes flu shots, pneumonia shots and high-dose flu shot.  (Pneumonia vaccine is available upon prior request:  please call the VNA office at 319-337-9686 X1155 to reserve your pneumonia vaccine and have it brought to the clinic.)  It is important that you bring your insurance cards with you.  VNA will direct-bill Medicare, Medicare Replacement, Wellmark and other insurance companies for you.  If cash payment is received at the time of the clinic, costs are:  Flu shot $33 | High Dose Flu Shot $56 | Pneumonia PPSV23 $120 | PCV13 $185.  Our clinic also features a mini-fitness screening this year, testing agility, balance, and leg strength.  The screening, which is free, takes only about 5 minutes; past screening results will be available for comparison purposes.  Wear low-heel shoes and comfortable clothes.

Christine H.B. Grant, who was the Women’s Athletic Director at the University of Iowa from 1973 until 2000, will present a short history of Title IX and explore the current status of men and women in intercollegiate sports.  The passage of this federal legislation in 1972 that prohibited discrimination in all educational institutions resulted in massive changes in educational opportunities for girls and women.  It also forced institutions to offer interscholastic and intercollegiate athletic opportunities for girls and women.  While there has been great progress in this area, current data illustrate that discriminatory practices in intercollegiate sport still exist today, 45 years after the passage of Title IX.  Tuesday, 24 October at 2:00 pm in the Schwab Auditorium at the the Coralville Public Library.

In case you missed it:  Title IX became law in 1972, but gender inequity still exists in sports and in many aspects is getting worse, Christine Grant told us. The retired University of Iowa women’s athletics director spoke to an audience of 57 at a UIRA event in the Coralville Public Library on October 24.  The law covers federally funded education programs and activities, and she summed up its meaning this way: “to treat our daughters as well as we treat our sons.”  But regarding athletics, Grant said, “We’ve seen almost no progress since the year 2000.”  Enforcement has been lacking since that year, she said. Although girls’ participation in high school sports has risen, it is still below the boys’ level of 45 years ago, Grant said.  At NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools, Grant noted, from 2005 to 2015 the gap in the annual median total expenses for men’s sports and women’s sports increased from about $7 million to about $17 million.  She suggested that, to boost attendance, women’s events could be marketed as affordable family activities for fans.  To learn more about Title IX, visit this site.

The UIRA University Benefits Informational Session, presented by the University Benefits Office, will be held on November 2 at 2:00 pm at the Parkview Church (15 Foster Road, off Dubuque St.) to discuss the status of current benefits for retirees and answer relevant questions.

Dan McGehee, Director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator Laboratories, will present the history and future of automation in vehicles.  While the Google car steals many headlines, automated systems have been in production for decades.  How these technologies have matured over the years paints an interesting story.  Tuesday, November 28 at 2:00 pm in the Schwab Auditorium at the the Coralville Public Library

As he has done for the past two years, President Harreld will meet with UIRA members to share his look at the past year in the life of the University, on Monday, December at 2 pm in Schwab Auditorium at the the Coralville Public Library.

Professor Nicole M. Grosland will present an overview of the Dept of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering, on Monday, January 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. (3505 Seamans Center).  Following the presentation, Dean Alec Scranton will conduct a tour of the new Engineering Annex .  Dr. Grosland is a graduate of the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the UI, having earned BSE and PhD degrees in 1994 and 1998.  Her teaching and research interests revolve around orthopedic biomechanics.  Her presentation will include specifics about the faculty, staff and students and the research in progress.  Dean Scranton was appointed dean in April 2012 after serving as interim dean and associate dean, and he previously was Chair of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.  The most convenient parking will be in the Old Capitol Parking Ramp entered from Capitol or Clinton Streets.

In case you missed it:  Here is UIRA president Sue Otto's review of the event.  On Monday, January 8, Professor Alec Scranton, Dean of the College of Engineering and UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, gave an excellent introduction to the College of Engineering and talked briefly about the new Engineering Annex and how it reflects the College’s educational and research visions. There were 62 people attending.  The College offers eight degrees, including a new interdisciplinary Engineering-Computer Science degree. He described the ways in which students are supported in the college, including the Student Development Center, in which upper class members mentor undergraduate students.  Reflecting the trend toward active learning and group work, the Annex features collaborative spaces, modern classrooms, a design studio, and computational and research labs and is a very green building (likely to earn LEED Platinum certification).  The hill to the west of the building 
has been redesigned to include bioswales, tiered steps and a curving sidewalk, improving water quality, accessibility and esthetics.

Following Scranton’s presentation, Professor Nicole Grosland, College of Engineering Distinguished Professor and Departmental Executive Officer of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, gave an overview of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, detailing information about faculty, staff and students and their research. Students engage in yearlong projects to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine.  Professor Grosland spotlighted Marissa Mueller, a Canadian freshman biomedical engineering student and track and field athlete, who spoke briefly to the group about why she came to Iowa and her experience of the university during her first semester. Dean Scranton and Professor Grosland led the tour of the Annex—a stunning light-filled building that is extremely well suited to the current needs of Engineering faculty and students.

Come to Carver-Hawkeye Arena to watch the Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team play the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday, February 4 at 2:00 PM.  Tickets for our UIRA group cost $5 each (discounted from the usual $12 ticket price).  To purchase tickets:  1. Go to hawkeyesports.com/wbasketballtickets; 2. Use promo code UIRA17;   3. Click on Find Tickets;   4. Enter the number of tickets in the box for $5 each;   5. Select the the delivery method;   6. Insert the necessary information: (credit card, email, etc), completing the prompts to finalize your order.  If you have questions or issues when purchasing tickets, please contact Rachael Bedell at 319-384-4299 or e-mail her at rachael-bedell@hawkeyesports.com.  If you have never seen the Iowa women play, you are in for a real treat; so be sure to take advantage of this special event.

UIRA members and everyone is invited to attend a reading by UI Professor Emeritus Carl H. Klaus from his current work-in-progress, In My Eighties: Tales of Aging, at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at the Iowa City-Johnson County Senior Center (28 S. Linn St., Iowa City).  Klaus, who has been called “one of the great pioneers in the study of literary nonfiction,” founded the UI Nonfiction Writing Program in 1976.  Within the Iowa City community, Klaus is best known for books such as My Vegetable LoveWeathering WinterTaking Retirement, and Letters to Kate —personal works in the form of diaries and letters that reflect on his life and marriage, gardening and food, work and retirement, and his abiding concern with time, change and mortality.  His latest book is a chronicle of installments written every six months during the past four years.  This talk is co-sponsored by TRAIL of Johnson County and the Senior Center.  The reading is free and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.  Registration is requested at (319)800-90003 or Trailofjohnsoncounty.org/calendar.

Dr. Peter Damiano, director of the UI Public Policy Center and the center’s Health Policy Research Program, will speak at the Coralville Library on February 22 at 2 p.m. concerning the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): what it is and isn’t, alternatives being implemented and what it means for each citizen.  Peter Damiano is a 1986 graduate of the UI College of Dentistry and received his MPH from UCLA.  He is a health services researcher studying access to and quality of primary care services, including dental care.  He is conducting funded studies in the areas of health care reform, health insurance coverage, health disparities and health care for underserved populations.

Dr. Thomas Schulein will address The Changing Face of the Pentacrest on March 14, 2 p.m. at the Coralville Library.  A surprising number of buildings have existed on the Pentacrest, with most of them now long gone.  Dr. Schulein will trace the history of these buildings, how the Pentacrest received its name and some fun stories along the way from 1840 to the present.

On Monday, February 26, Professors Lena Hill and Michael Hill will give a special presentation on the Invisible Hawkeyes. This coincides with the special Invisible Hawkeyes:  African American Tastemakers and Pathfinders at the University of Iowa 1930-1970 exhibit in the Gallery Space in the Main Library on campus.  The presentation will be at the Gallery Space in the Main Library at 10:00 AM.

Everyone is welcome to attend the 2017-18 sessions of the Sports Forum at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City.  The informal discussions of Hawkeye sports and other sports topics are held Monday mornings from 9 to 10 until the end of the college basketball season, except when the Senior Center is closed for holidays (such as Labor Day).  Guest speakers are often featured.  The sessions, in the Assembly Room, are free and open to the public.  For more information, call George Sauerberg at (319) 430-0996.  The most convenient parking ramp is the Tower Place Parking Ramp.  A skywalk at level 3-A connects the ramp to the second floor of the Senior Center.

UIRA is happy to co-post information on the  Emeritus Faculty Council lectures series, each at 101 BBE (Biology Building East), at 4 pm.  The fall 2017 schedule is:
14 September (Thursday)   Gary Gussin (Biology)  Ways to Turn Genes On and Off:  Interactions of Proteins with DNA and Each Other
3 October (Tuesday)   Eric Forsythe (Theatre Arts)  Directing Comedy in Unfunny Times
7 November (Tuesday)   Ed Kottick (Music)  Flowers, Floozies, Fripperies, and Finishes:  A Fleet Frolic Through Harpsichord Decoration   
7 December (Thursday)  William Albrecht (Economics)  Confessions of an Erstwhile Regulator 


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