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April 4, 2006

Mitchell Kelly Speaks At UIAA Lifelong Learning Event April 20 In Dubuque

Mitchell Kelly, University of Iowa educational psychology lecturer and the UI's faculty representative for Iowa football recruiting, will share his motivational story at the University of Iowa Alumni Association's (UIAA) Lifelong Learning event April 20 in Dubuque.

The UIAA and the UI College of Education are sponsoring his presentation "Creating Destiny" from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grand River Center

500 Bell St. in Dubuque. A reception precedes the event at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, but RSVP by April 14 at or call 800-469-2586.

Born into a low-income family in Dubuque, Kelly faced obstacles and performed below expectations in school. He hitchhiked to the UI, where he aspired to the highest levels of academic and athletic achievement. Kelly walked on to the UI wrestling team and has been inspired throughout his career by Coach Dan Gable.

Kelly, who received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the UI in 1995, has been a lecturer in the College of Education since 1997. In 1991, he earned a master of social work degree and in 1987 he completed a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, both at the UI. In 2003, he was named UI's Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year.

As the faculty representative for Iowa football recruiting, he addresses prospective student athletes about the benefits of attending the UI. When not teaching or working on a creative project, Kelly serves on the Board of Directors for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. He resides in West Liberty with his wife and four children.

Lifelong Learning is an educational outreach program sponsored by UIAA and developed in partnership with UI colleges and departments. Each year, UI faculty and staff share their knowledge and experience with alumni and friends of the university at events held in cities across Iowa.

Additional information about the event can be found at or by calling 1-800-IOWALUM.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, call 800-469-2586.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Timothy Barker, UIAA, 800-469-2586,