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Release: Aug. 17, 1999
WOW! 99 events scheduled for new, returning UI students
IOWA CITY Four
University of Iowa offices will kick off this years annual Weeks of
Welcome program Monday, Aug. 23 with two weeks of social events and other
programs designed to make new UI students feel they are part of the campus
and Iowa City communities.
WOW! 99 events includes fireworks, lectures,
free food, a street dance, and information about campus and community activities,
guest lecture by NPR host Linda Wertheimer, and other events to introduce
students to the community. WOW! 99 organizers say that helping students become
involved in campus programs right away, is the key to keeping them committed
to the UI and Iowa City. This years theme, "Commitment to Community,"
and events programming, is organized into several educational categories:
building on tradition, celebrating diversity, taking responsibility, making
connections, and participating in service.
Carlos Serrato, assistant director, Office of Student
Life, says the 18 events offer something for students and the UI community.
"The WOW! 99 planning committee crafted
an array of events and activities which would energize new students and would
attract the areas residents. We have the Groovin on the Green
concert and the Downtown Street Festival and Community Services Fair,"
as well as other events Serrato says.
We want students to have fun with these events, says
Cassidy Titcomb, director, Leadership, Education, and Development.
"We also want them to learn that being a part
of a community includes responsibility, respect and commitment," Titcomb
WOW! 99 is a jointly sponsored program by the
Offices of Admissions, Student Life, Residence Services, and the vice president
for student services.
WOW! 99 Headline Events scheduled for Sunday,
Aug. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 4:
Sunday, Aug. 22
Words on the Wind Community Art Project, runs through
Sunday, Sept. 5
Participants in this community art project will be able
to record their goals, hopes and dreams for the academic year. Participants
will be given ribbons to creatively record their thoughts. The ribbons
will later be tied to the Hubbard Park fence to carry
"dreams on the wind." Ribbons will be distributed at various UI
offices, residence halls, and student organization offices, and WOW! 99 event
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hancher Green, near Hancher
Auditorium. UI coaches and athletes will sign autographs. Other attractions
include the human gyroscope and bouncy boxing.
WOW! Here at Last
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at
Hancher Auditorium. The event welcomes the communitys newest Hawkeyes
who will be greeted by UI President Mary Sue Coleman, UI personalities and
WOW! Fireworks, 8:45 p.m. at Hancher Green. Kickoff
of the 1999-2000 academic year begins at dusk with fireworks display. Viewing
area: Hancher Green, the lawn located east of Hancher Auditorium.
Monday, Aug. 23
Groovin on the Green, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Hubbard
Park; Rain location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
A free dance and concert featuring the Blackeyed Peas,
a Los Angeles-based hip-hop band which blends soul, funk, Latin, Asian, and
Native American elements in its music. Offered by the WOW! coordinators and
the Student Commission on Programming and Entertainment (SCOPE).
Tuesday, Aug. 24
Whats Your Story? 7 p.m. A Lecture by Professor
James Marshall, R. Wayne Richey Ballroom, Third Floor, IMU.
Marshall, a professor at the College of Education, will
engage students in a discussion and questions about how stories help us make
sense of what we see and how they shape our identity.
Thursday, Aug. 26
Ice Cream Social, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hubbard
Free ice cream will be scooped and given away by student
services personnel and volunteers. The social offers students opportunities
to meet and chat with members of the UI staff.
Friday, Aug. 27
Downtown Street Festival, 6 p.m., Downtown, Iowa
Join the fun and dancing in the streets of Iowa City with
music from the band Orchestre de Salsa y Alto Maiz and the Dave Zollo Band.
A Salsa instructor will teach party revelers the proper Salsa moves. The event
is jointly sponsored by WOW! 99 organizers, the Downtown Association and the
City of Iowa City.
Saturday, Aug. 28
Get Hypnotized! The Ricky Kalmon Hypnosis Show,
7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, IMU.
Ricky Kalmon, one of the countrys hottest comedian-hypnotists
and returning WOW! performer will leave the crowd spell-bound with a combination
of comedic quips and hypnosis.
IMU Saturday Night, 9:30 p.m., The Wheelroom and
Bijou Theatre, IMU.
Comedy, movies and other fun activities scheduled in
Monday, Aug. 30
Community Service Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kautz Plaza
on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway
Students can learn how to become involved in the Iowa
City and Coralville communities by donating their time and talent. A number
of local service agencies will be present to provide students with information
on how to become involved and about volunteer opportunities in the area.
Campus Colleagues Luncheon, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
Main Lounge, IMU.
Students and UI staff greet each other at this mixer and
free luncheon and find out what professors are like outside of the classrooms
Tuesday, Aug. 31
UI Lecture Series, 7:30 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom.
The annual UI Lecture Series presents Linda Wertheimer, Senior Host, "All
Things Considered", National Public Radio.
Sex, Drugs, & Remote Control, 7:30 p.m., Burge
Residence Hall Classroom. Various locations. Returning UI students present
real college issues students are likely to face.
Thursday, Sept. 2
Student Activities Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hubbard
Learn more about the UIs more than 350 student organizations.
Student organization representatives will be on hand to tell interested students
about how to become involved on-campus.
IMU Fall Event, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wheelroom, IMU.
This event is being billed as "Free Stuff Day." Various UI offices
will be on-hand to provide information about services available in the UI
community and will give students free "stuff" of various types.
Sex, Drugs, & Remote Control, 7:30 p.m., Quadrangle
Residence Hall Recreation Room. Returning UI students present real college
issues students are likely to face.
Friday, Sept. 3
Night games, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., UI Field House.
Have late night fun with basketball, volleyball, racquetball,
swimming, weightlifting, and rock climbing.
Saturday, Sept. 4
Stepping Up Tailgate, pre-game kickoff, Parking Lot 14,
located behind Slater Hall.
This non-alcoholic, pre-game tailgater kicks off the UI
football teams first game with a little free food and fun. Cheer the
Hawks to victory over Nebraska on gameday.