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UI chooses honorary chairs for Sesquicentennial Ball

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Sesquicentennial Committee has announced the names of six honorary co-chairs for the upcoming Sesquicentennial Ball.

The co-chairs were chosen to represent the various constituencies of the UI community, including retired and current faculty and staff, students, alumni, volunteers and local community members.

The co-chairs are UI President Mary Sue and Ken Coleman, Iowa City community members Herbert A. and Janice Wilson and faculty representatives William "Sandy" and Susan Boyd.

The Wilsons are longtime and generous supporters of the UI and the Iowa City community. Herb Wilson is CEO of Micro-Surface Finishing Products, Inc., of Wilton; founder of Startups Unlimited, Inc., which fosters the creation and growth of entrepreneurial business opportunities; and a member of several corporate boards. He was a member of the steering committee for the UI Foundation's $250 million Iowa Endowment 2000 Campaign, and chaired the recent Ovation Campaign for the renovation of Hancher Auditorium. The Wilsons are particularly active in their support of UI arts and athletics programs, and both are members of The Presidents Club, which recognizes the UI's most generous contributors, and the Friends of the UI Hospitals and Clinics. In 1995, Herb Wilson received the UI Distinguished Friend of the University Award from the UI Alumni Association. The Wilsons also have been active volunteers and supporters of a variety of area organizations, including the Preucil School of Music, the Iowa City Public Library, Riverside Theatre, the Mercy Hospital Foundation and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association in West Branch.

Former UI President Sandy Boyd, for whom the Boyd Law Building is named, has returned to campus recently to serve as professor of law. He is president emeritus of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and currently serves on numerous national and regional arts and law boards and associations. His wife, Susan Boyd, is an equally active volunteer. She is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors and has served on the women's boards for Northwestern University and Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. She also has been a board member of Urban Gateways, which promotes art in Chicago schools, and of other Chicago-area civic organizations. She is a writer and editor, most recently editing the legal education and admissions section of "Syllabus," a publication of the American Bar Association.
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The Sesquicentennial Ball will be from 8 p.m. - midnight Saturday, Feb. 22 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. The theme of the Ball is "Promenade Through the Past," and guests are invited to wear costumes representing any era from the UI's past, present or future, though costumes are not required. There will be dancing to music by Dox Big Band, period decor, a buffet supper of historical cuisine and a costume competition judged by local representatives chosen by the Sesquicentennial Committee.

"The committee thought some people might enjoy dressing in a historical costume, perhaps in clothes they wore as UI undergraduates," said Gerhild Krapf Greenhoe, chair of the Sesquicentennial Ball committee and assistant to the director of University Hospitals. "But our primary goals was to create a beautiful, celebratory, yet comfortable environment which would attract all members of our large, diverse constituency. So anything goes. The possibilities are limitless, from black-tie attire worn on New Year's Eve, to jeans worn to class the day before the ball, to the wide orange paisley tie and plastic suit from the 60s you found hanging in your closet. But the sport coat worn to teach class every day is every bit as acceptable, too. It's going to be fun to see what people choose to do."

Sesquicentennial Ball tickets are $25 per person and $10 per student. Tables of eight may be reserved upon request, and drinks will be available from a cash bar. Free parking in the IMU and North Campus Parking Ramps will be available to Ball attendees. For further details or ticket information, contact University Relations at (319)335-0557.