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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 19, 2004

Turn Your Name Into Art At UI State Fair Booth Aug. 20

You can't see your name in lights at the University of Iowa's State Fair booth Friday, Aug. 20, but you can see your name in art - calligraphy, to be precise.

From 3 to 8 p.m. artist Glen Epstein will transform visitors' names into works of art as part of the "In the Name of Art" presentation by the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Department of Art and Art History, the UI Center for the Book and the UI Center for Credit Programs. Epstein will use handmade papers and non-traditional calligraphic tools, watercolor and gouache to render the pieces.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, visitors can learn to distinguish aging myths from facts, take a quiz and watch demonstrations of the MD2 medication dispenser as part of the "Reinventing Aging Education, Research and Service" presentation by the UI Center for Aging.

In the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics portion of the booth, visitors can learn about organ donation and the Iowa Donor Network, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m. And the Athletic Hall of Fame area will feature former Hawkeye women's basketball standout Lindsey Meder, former Hawkeye men's basketball player Greg Stokes and sports announcer Jim Zabel.

Meder was the only women's basketball player in history to become a two-time academic All-American. She ranks second in career scoring and holds records for three-pointers made in a game, season, and career. She led Iowa to the 2001 Big Ten tournament championship and helped Iowa advance to the second round in two NCAA tournaments.

Stokes was No. 3 on the all-time career scoring list. He scored 638 points (fifth all-time) and averaged 19.9 as a senior. He led Iowa in scoring three years in a row and led the team in blocked shots all four years. He was a member of the 1980 UI all-decade team, first team all-Big Ten in 1985 and was team co-MVP in 1985.

Zabel is a long-time sports broadcaster who replaced Ronald Reagan at WHO in Des Moines and went on to call Iowa sporting events for over 50 years.

Prizes up for grabs during the daily drawing Friday include Iowa vs. Wisconsin football tickets, a Touchdown Iowa Highlight Video (two drawings), 2003 Commemorative Season Tickets, a $50 Iowa Hawk Shop gift certificate, a Hawkeye baseball cap, and Alumni T-shirt, a Squeeze Herky, an Alumni Association Football Calendar, and an Alumni Association pen/pencil set and calculator.

Throughout the fair, which runs Aug. 12-22, the UI is offering a wide variety of exciting exhibits, presentations, visits by special guests (including Herky and the UI cheerleading and dance teams), free posters and temporary tattoos and daily drawings for free Iowa tickets, merchandise and more. This year's booth theme, as last year, is "Iowa: Your University."

The Iowa booth is located in the southwest corner of the Varied Industries Building.

For the full UI fair schedule, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,