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Release: Aug. 14, 2002

(EDITORS: Note corrected day and date for the Hawkeye Carnival and Welcome Cookout.)

WOW! 2002 activities set for new and returning students

WOW! 2002, the annual University of Iowa Weeks of Welcome events that acquaint UI offices, programs, resources and the Iowa City community to new and returning students, as well as faculty and staff, begins Sunday, Aug. 25 and continues through Friday, Sept. 13.

During Weeks of Welcome students can take part in events such as the Hawkeye Carnival and Welcome Cookout, Here at Last, Campus Colleagues Luncheon, and other events designed to help them meet fellow students, faculty and staff, and to explore community volunteer and other activities. All events are free.

WOW! 2002 is coordinated by the Office of Student Life, University Life Centers at the Iowa Memorial Union, Orientation Services, the Office of Admissions, and the Department of Residence Services in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.

A few of the many WOW! 2002 events are listed here:

Sunday, August 25
Hawkeye Carnival & Welcome Cookout 4-7 p.m. (Cookout, 5-7 p.m.) Hubbard Park, Iowa Memorial Union)
Students get up close and personal with current UI athletes and coaches.

Sunday, August 25
WOW! Here at Last... (7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium)
A welcome and spirit program to introduce new Hawkeyes to their new community, teach them about Iowa's traditions, and meet UI personalities.

Sunday, August 25
WOW! Fireworks (approx. 8:45 p.m., viewing area: Hancher Auditorium Patio, shoot site: Hancher Auditorium Green)
The university community is excited to welcome students back to campus for the '02-'03 Academic year, and we want everyone to know it with a bang.

Wednesday, August 28
Get Hypnotized! (8 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union)
Chuck Milligan, one of the country's hottest comedian-hypnotists, performs.

Friday, August 30
Downtown Street Festival (5 p.m., Downtown Iowa City Ped Mall)
Hit the hippest party in town to see and be seen. Explore all that downtown Iowa City has to offer while you have some serious fun dancing in the streets to a live band.

Tuesday, September 3
Campus Colleagues Luncheon (11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union)
What are faculty and staff really like when you get them out of the office or classroom? Enjoy a free lunch and an opportunity to find out the truth behind the myths surrounding your campus colleagues.

Wednesday, September 4
Community Service Fair (10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Kautz Plaza on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway)
Learn how to give back to the Iowa City community by donating your time and talent. A wide range of service agencies will be on hand to provide students with information on how to become involved and volunteer.

Thursday, September 5
Ice Cream Social and Student Activities Fair (11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hubbard Park, Iowa Memorial Union)
Students can learn how to get involved in UI's student organizations while enjoying a refreshing midday treat.

Saturday, September 7
Night Games (11 p.m. – 2 a.m., UI Fieldhouse)
Late night fun with basketball, volleyball, racquetball, swimming and rock climbing.

Thursday, September 12
IMU Open House (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Iowa Memorial Union)
New students can explore the IMU, the place where students gather and meet, and learn what services and opportunities the Union has to offer.

Friday, September 13
Night Hawks @ The IMU (9 p.m., Main Lounge & Wheelroom, Iowa Memorial Union)
Join the excitement of WOW's newest program, Night Hawks! Main events include Hawkeye One Hundred, UI's own version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" a dance party, game tournaments, and a late night movie.

In addition, several campus direction booths will help new students find their way around campus on Monday, Aug. 26 and Tuesday, Aug. 27. The booths will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pentacrest East, the northeast corner of Hubbard Park and on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway. For further information, contact the Office of Student Life, 319-335-3059.