CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
University of Iowa Sesquicentennial Ball is sold out
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's Sesquicentennial Ball, "A
Promenade Through the Past," is sold out, organizers have announced.
The ball, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22, is the first of a trio of events
celebrating the 150th anniversary of the UI's founding.
"We are ecstatic about the response to the ball. It has exceeded our
expectations," said Ann Rhodes, UI vice president for University Relations.
"It promises to be an exciting evening, not only because of the superb
entertainment, food and decorations, but also because we have such a great
mix of people from the university, the community, and the state."
While the ball is sold out, tickets remain for a symposium featuring four
UI presidents, and no tickets are needed for a birthday party at the Old Capitol,
the building where legislation creating the UI was passed and signed into
"Presidential Voices," a discussion of the university's past, present
and future with UI President Mary Sue Coleman and three former UI presidents,
Willard L. (Sandy) Boyd,
James O. Freedman and Hunter R. Rawlings III, will be Sunday, Feb. 23, at
Hancher Auditorium. Tickets for the event are free but must be ordered by
calling the Hancher Box Office, (319) 335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER.
The Founders Day Birthday Bash is set for Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 4-7 p.m.
at Old Capitol and will feature Iowa legislators in a re-enactment of the
legislative session creating the university. There will be a special program
with President Coleman, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and former Gov. Robert Ray
at about 5:50 p.m. Birthday cake, punch and coffee will also be provided.
"Promenade Through the Past" will be Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8
p.m. until midnight in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Dance music
will be provided by the DOX Big Band and a buffet supper will be available
from 9 to 11 p.m. In addition, a cash bar will be available all evening.
One highlight of the evening's activities is a costume contest. Although
costumes are optional, those who want to participate are invited to dress
in the style of their favorite era from the university's history: buckskin
to black tie, bustles to bobby sox, or sequins to blue jeans. Winners will
be announced during the second break in the music, at about 9:50 p.m. There
will be separate categories for most authentic, most beautiful and most creative.
Costume contest judges are Wally Chappell, Margaret Keyes, Jo Jones, Jeri
Kelch and Mark and Vickie Ginsberg.
The Sesquicentennial Ball will also bring back a tradition from dances of
old -- a dance card, albeit with a twist. In the spirit of "equal opportunity,"
both men and women will be encouraged to use the dance card to reserve dances.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of
Iowa-sponsored events. If you need an accommodation to participate in any
of the Founders Day weekend events, call the Office of University Relations,