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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 18, 2004

WOW 2004 Activities Set For New And Returning Students

WOW 2004, the annual Week of Welcome events for new and returning students, faculty and staff at the University of Iowa, begins Sunday, Aug. 22, with the Hawkeye Tailgate and Welcome Concert.

Other WOW activities this year include such annual events as Night Games, entertainment from comedian-hypnotist Chuck Milligan and numerous open houses and meetings introducing students to the university's social, cultural and religious groups as well as academic departments and student services offices.

New to WOW this year will be the Hawkeye Tailgate and Welcome Concert; Open Your Eyes educational series; and Dance Marathon Presents: A Slice of Iowa. The Hawkeye Tailgate will be held Sunday, August 22, at 5 p.m. at Hubbard Park. UI President David Skorton will welcome the students, and UI sports coaches, cheerleaders, dance team and Herky will also attend. Music will be provided by Z102.9 radio. Students can also win prizes playing interactive games. The Welcome Concert will feature headlining act Cee-lo with opener Scratch, and local bands Bad Fathers and Public Property.

Open Your Eyes is a series of interactive educational programs that will be held every night from Aug. 23 to Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. at various locations around campus. The sessions encourage students to make responsible choices regarding alcohol and drugs, stay safe and healthy, learn more about diversity and find out what there is to do on campus and in the Iowa City area.

Finally, A Slice of Iowa is a fundraiser for Dance Marathon, one of the largest university student philanthropic organizations in the country, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Children's Hospital. Entertainment includes the Paperback Rhino improv group, No Shame Theater, magician Nate Staniforth, Black Genesis and a Battle of the Bands competition. Pizza, soda and ice cream will be available for a nominal fee, with proceeds benefiting Dance Marathon and UIHC Children's Hospital. The event begins at 4 p.m. in Hubbard Park.

WOW! 2004 is coordinated by the Office of Student Life, Orientation Services, the Office of Admissions, the Department of Residence Services, IMU Marketing and Design, UI Sports Marketing, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association and Associated Residence Halls, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Student Services. Sponsors include University Life Centers at the Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa Student Government, Coral Ridge Mall, US Bank, Liberty Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Commercial Federal Bank, Wells Blue Bunny, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Z102.9 radio, The University of Iowa Community Credit Union, University of Iowa Parent's Association, The Stepping Up Project, University of Iowa Dance Marathon, Campus Activities Board (CAB), Student Commission on Programming & Entertainment (SCOPE), University Lecture Committee, Office of Student Financial Aid, Students to Assist Recruitment (STAR), University of Iowa Parking & Transportation, and West Bank.

A few of the many orientation events are listed here. For a complete list, visit the WOW Web site at

Sunday, Aug. 22
5 p.m., Hubbard Park
Hawkeye Tailgate Party and Welcome Concert

Monday, August 23
6 p.m., multiple locations
Open Your Eyes interactive educational programs
--Staying Safe (Mayflower Residence Hall): Learn ways to keep yourself, your friends and your property safe.
--Staying Healthy (Riverview Lounge, Hillcrest Hall): Learn how to survive and thrive at UI by using resources available through the university.
--Staying Connected (VanOel Room, Currier Hall): Students learn about what there is to do on campus.
--Staying Open (Wheelroom, Iowa Memorial Union): Students learn about respecting diversity and engaging in civil dialogues.

Tuesday, Aug. 24
6 p.m., multiple locations
Open Your Eyes interactive educational programs

Wednesday, August 25
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., T. Anne Cleary Walkway
Community Service Fair
A range of community service agencies will be on hand to provide students with information on how to involved as a volunteer.

6 p.m., multiple locations
Open Your Eyes interactive educational programs

8 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union
Hypnotist Chuck Milligan performs.

Thursday, August 26
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union
Student Job Fair

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hubbard Park
Student Activities and Student Services Information Fair and Ice Cream Social

6 p.m., multiple locations
Open Your Eyes interactive educational programs

Friday, August 27
4 p.m., Hubbard Park
WOW & Dance Marathon Present, "A Slice of Iowa: The Other Piece"

Saturday, August 28
10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., UI Field House
Night Games
Basketball, volleyball, racquetball, swimming and rock climbing

Sunday, August 29
7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium
" Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction"
Educator, media critic, author and filmmaker Jean Kilbourne examines how advertisers manipulate viewers.

In addition, several campus direction booths will help new students find their way around campus on Monday, August 23, and Tuesday, August 24. The booths will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Pentacrest, Hubbard Park, Iowa Memorial Union and on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway.

For further information about WOW 2004, contact the Office of Student Life, 319-335-3059.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,