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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 16, 2005

Welcome Week Activities Set for New and Returning Students 

The University of Iowa will welcome its incoming first year class and returning students with a week of welcome activities, including the first-ever block party at the UI president's home.

UI President David Skorton and his wife, professor Robin Davisson, invite students to the President's Residence at 102 Church St. for refreshments, music and award-winning UI student entertainment while enjoying the beautiful grounds. Among the guests will be UI football coach Kirk Ferentz, Iowa Idol finalists Cheyanne Boddicker and Katelyn Hubbell, and the winning skits from the Greek Week follies, from Alpha Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Phi. The Block Party will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Other Welcome Week activities this year include such annual events as Night Games, the Hawkeye Welcome Tailgate, entertainment from comedian-hypnotist Chuck Milligan and numerous social events and meetings introducing students to many of the university's student-run organizations as well as academic departments and student services office's.

For more information on Welcome Week activities, visit the Welcome Week Web site at or contact the Office of Student Life at 319-335-3059.

Saturday, Aug. 20

--8 p.m., Iowa Memorial Union

Saturday Night @ the IMU -- The original version of the movie "Godzilla" will show at 7 and 9 p.m. in the Illinois Room. In the Wheelroom, bands Bad Fathers and Public Property will perform following an open mic session that runs from 8 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21

--4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hubbard Park

Hawkeye Welcome Tailgate -- Students can participate in interactive games, win prizes and enjoy free food. The Cheer Squad and Herky will also attend, with music provided by Z102.9 radio.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

--8 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

Hypnotist Chuck Milligan performs

Wednesday, Aug. 24

--7 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

"Student Engagement: What's In It For Me?" -- Ginny Carroll, CEO of InGINuity, a consulting firm aimed at the needs of colleges and universities, will discuss the benefits for students of getting involved in their campus and community.

Thursday, Aug. 25

--9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

Student Job Fair -- Students can learn about part-time and work-study job opportunities from on- and off-campus employers.

--11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hubbard Park

Student Involvement Fair and Ice Cream Social -- Students can learn more about the University's student organizations and student services departments while enjoying free Blue Bunny ice cream.

Friday, Aug. 26

--4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Welcome Week & Dance Marathon Present: A Slice of Iowa

A fundraiser for Dance Marathon, one of the largest university student-run philanthropic organizations in the country.  Enjoy pizza, soda and ice cream for a nominal fee, while enjoying a Battle of the Bands. Proceeds will be used by Dance Marathon to benefit the UIHC Children's Hospital of Iowa.

Saturday, Aug. 27

--4 to 5:30 p.m.

Block Party -- at UI President's residence, 102 Church St.

--9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Night Games -- Play basketball, volleyball, racquetball, swim and rock climb at the UI Field House.

Wednesday, Aug. 31

--12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

Volunteer Fair -- Community Service Agencies offer a variety of volunteer opportunities.

Thursday, Sept. 1

--7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

Open Your Eyes interactive theatrical performance -- The GTC Dramatic Dialogue troupe will perform a variety of theatrical vignettes that dramatize such issues as crime, sexual assault, responsible alcohol use, health and others. The interactive performance will help students deal with those and other issues they will face during their college careers.

In addition, several campus direction booths will help new students find their way around campus on Monday, Aug. 22, and Tuesday, Aug. 23. 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. 

Welcome Week 2005 is coordinated by the Office of Student Life, Orientation Services, the Department of Residence Services, IMU Marketing and Design, UI Sports Marketing, and Recreational Services, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Student Services. Sponsors include University Life Centers at the Iowa Memorial Union, the Office of Admissions, University of Iowa Student Government, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Associated Residence Halls, Old Capital Mall, US Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Wells Blue Bunny, Regions Bank, 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, Coca-Cola, Alpha Xi Delta Foundation, University of Iowa Dance Marathon, Campus Activities Board (CAB), Office of Student Financial Aid, Students to Assist Recruitment (STAR), University of Iowa Parking & Transportation.

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

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