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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 20, 2005

Diversity Formal Sept. 23 To Benefit Victims Of Hurricane Katrina

Seven University of Iowa nationality and cultural groups and UI student organizations are joining forces to offer the "Diversity 2005 Formal" Friday, Sept. 23, from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Second Floor Ballroom on the UI campus. Tickets are $8 and must be purchased in advance; none will be available at the door. All proceeds will go to the UI Hurricane Academic Relief Fund.

The idea for the formal dance evolved out of a desire to organize a get-together where members of the various cultural groups on campus could network and get to know one another.

"As soon as news of the widespread devastation caused by the hurricane made headlines, we knew that we wanted to provide hurricane relief by using all profits from this formal dance to help victims," said Monica Verma, event chair, who is from Mason City, Iowa. As the name of the event implies, formal attire is required -- no jeans or shorts please, according to organizers.

The seven student organizations will provide punch and appetizers representing traditional tastes from their respective groups, and music from each country represented will be played during the dance. Music will be provided by DJ Nirav Shah.

The participating organizations include: African Students Association; Asian American Coalition; the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied Union; Indian Students Association; Indian Cultural Association; the Organization for the Active Support of International Students; and the Turkish Students Association. Significant support is also coming from other parts of the UI campus including from UI President David Skorton, UI International Programs, the Office of International Students and Scholars and other university and community groups and businesses.

For more information, special accommodations to attend this event or to purchase tickets, please contact: Monica Verma, event chair, or 331-2035; Punit Vyas, OASIS president,; or Manish Aggarwal

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, ; Program: Monica Verma,