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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 law.

"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, (319) 335-0557.