CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
UI Weeks of Welcome: student orientation with lectures, food, fun,
IOWA CITY, Iowa New and returning University of Iowa students
will not lack for social activities upon their arrival on campus for the
new academic year, which starts Monday, Aug. 24. The UI offices of Orientation
Services and Residence Services have planned two weeks of events and programs
called WOW! '98 or Weeks of Welcome '98 designed to make students
feel that they are part of the campus community as well as the larger Iowa
WOW! '98 will offer a wide variety of events including fireworks, lectures,
free food, a street dance, a community art project, an alcohol-free tailgate
party before the opening football game, informational sessions about campus
and community activities, and a free concert by the up-and-coming rock
One of the goals for WOW is to introduce students not only to the UI
campus but also to the community in which they will live during their college
years. Organizers say that helping students to become involved in campus
programs right away is the key to keeping them committed to the UI and
Iowa City throughout their years in college. This year's WOW theme is "Commitment
to Community," and the programming is organized into several educational
categories: building on tradition, celebrating diversity, taking responsibility,
making connections, and participating in service.
"We want students to have fun with these events, but we also want
them to learn that being part of a community includes responsibility, respect,
and commitment," said Cassidy Titcomb, one of the WOW coordinators.
WOW includes a community art project called "Words on the Wind,"
in which UI students, faculty and staff, as well as Iowa City high school
students and other local residents will write their goals for the year
on lengths of ribbon. Those ribbons will then be tied to the fence surrounding
Hubbard Park to "carry dreams on the wind and beyond." Ribbons
will be distributed between Aug. 23 and Sept. 2 and will be installed on
the fence Sept. 3 and 4.
Students will also learn about the variety of opportunities for service
both on and off campus at the Community Service Fair Monday, Aug. 31 from
11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kautz Plaza on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway.
Several of the WOW activities are being planned in coordination with
Stepping Up, a campus and community coalition to reduce binge drinking
and its second-hand effects. Stepping Up is hosting the Stepping Out Street
Dance Sept. 4 from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. on the basketball courts behind Burge
Residence Hall. The group is also sponsoring an alcohol-free tailgate party
with free food and pop in the Quadrangle Courtyard before the first home
football game against Central Michigan University, Sept. 5.
Also in coordination with WOW, UI President Mary Sue Coleman will invite
students to her first "fireside chat" of the year Monday, Aug.
31, providing students with an opportunity to discuss any issues of interest
or concern for the upcoming school year.
Following is a partial schedule of WOW activities. There is no charge
for any of these events. For a brochure with the complete schedule or for
more information about WOW, contact Cassidy Titcomb or Bret Gothe in the
department of residence services educational program office at (319) 335-3029.
Sunday, Aug. 23
WOW! Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.: Students and the public are invited
to a fireworks display. Viewing area: Hancher Green, the lawn outside Hancher
Auditorium on the UI campus.
Words on the Wind: Students and community members will be invited
to participate in this community art project by writing their goals for
the year on ribbons to be tied to the fence around Hubbard Park. Ribbons
will be distributed in UI residence halls, offices, and to student organizations.
Additional ribbons will be available from Residence Services staff, Orientation
Services, and at tables in the IMU throughout WOW! '98
Monday, Aug. 24
WOW! Here at Last5-6:30 p.m.: A welcoming party for all students
at Hancher Auditorium, with emcee Tom Flanigan, a UI alumnus who moonlights
as a stand-up comedian in Chicago comedy clubs. The event will include
fun and prizes as well as a multi-media presentation by UI President Mary
Groovin' on the Green with Semisonic, 6:30-8 p.m.: Immediately
following the "Here at Last" presentation, everyone is invited
to a free concert on the Hancher Green, just outside the auditorium, presented
by WOW and SCOPE. (Rain location, Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Tuesday, Aug. 25
UI Lecture Series kick-off, 7:30 p.m.: The University Lecture
Committee presents its first speaker of the year, Dr. Joycelyn Elders,
former U.S. Surgeon General. Location: IMU Main Lounge
Wednesday, Aug. 26
On Stage Live, 7 p.m.: Jay Holstein, a UI religion professor and
one of the most popular lecturers on campus, will discuss campus life,
the UI, Iowa City, and other topics related to the new academic year in
this entertaining presentation. Location: IMU Richey Ballroom (formerly
Thursday, Aug. 27
Ice Cream Social, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Student Services staff
will scoop and serve free ice cream to UI students in Hubbard Park.
Friday, Aug. 28
What in the World is the IMU? 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Students are invited
to explore the Iowa Memorial Union, pick up free prizes, eat, drink, and
listen to live music.
Get Hypnotized! 7:30 p.m.: Ricky Kalmon, one of the country's
hottest comedian-hypnotists will once again wow students with his ability
to make otherwise sane people behave outrageously. Event takes place in
the IMU Main Lounge.
Saturday, Aug. 29
Photo Finish Fun Run, 10 a.m.-noon: Beginning on the IMU Wheelroom
Patio this photo scavenger hunt will provide students with physical challenges
as well as test their knowledge of UI trivia. The run ends with prizes,
free bagels, and juice at the IMU.
Monday, Aug. 31
Community Service Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Students will learn about
opportunities to give back to the Iowa City community by donating time
and talents. A wide range of service agencies will be on hand with information
about volunteering. Location: Kautz Plaza on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway
Fireside Chat, 7 p.m.: UI President Mary Sue Coleman invites students
to join her in the IMU Richey Ballroom (formerly Triangle Ballroom) for
an informal chat session about the upcoming school year.
Wednesday, Sept. 2
Campus Colleagues Luncheon, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.: Students are invited
to join faculty and administrators for a free lunch in the IMU Main Lounge
and find out what professors are like outside the classrooms and offices.
Reservations requested, call 335-3029 to reserve your seat.
Thursday, Sept. 3
Hubbard Park Field Day: Surge-a-thon, 1-5 p.m.: Obstacle courses,
games, prizes, and lots of messy fun will be the center of this round of
activities, sponsored by Coca-Cola, and patterned after recent television
commercials for the beverage Surge.
Words on the Wind, part 2: Ribbons collected throughout WOW for
the community art project will be tied to the fence surrounding Hubbard
Park. Installation continues Sept. 4.
Friday, Sept. 4
Stepping Out Street Dance, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: Students are invited
to dance the night away on the basketball courts behind Burge Residence
Saturday, Sept. 5
Stepping Up Tailgate, 10 a.m.: A non-alcoholic tailgate party
with free food and pop in the Quadrangle Courtyard. This event takes place
before the 11:30 a.m. kick-off for the opening football game between the
Hawkeyes and Central Michigan University.