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Sept. 3, 2008

Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow hosts 'Beat State Week' Sept. 8-13

The University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) is encouraging fans to show their Hawkeye pride during "Beat State Week." The events begin Monday, Sept. 8 and continue until kickoff at 11:05 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, when the Hawkeyes take on the Iowa State Cyclones.

"Beat State Week," an initiative of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) Ambassadors, will feature a corn-on-the-cob eating challenge, T-shirt giveaways, blood drives, a chance to tour the Kinnick Press Box and more.

The fifth annual festival begins with a corn-on-the-cob eating challenge Monday, Sept. 8, at 12:30 p.m. in Hubbard Park, where S.T.A.T Ambassadors will also be handing out "Beat State" T-shirts. The contest will see how quickly participants can eat a single ear of corn.

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, students, faculty and staff can donate blood during the S.T.A.T. blood drive at the Main Library to receive a free "I Bleed Black and Gold" T-shirt.

Events continue Wednesday, Sept. 10, with S.T.A.T. T-shirt Day. Students spotted wearing a S.T.A.T. T-shirt by the prize team could win more Hawkeye gear and will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the UI Book Store. Free sub sandwiches will be served while they last from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hubbard Park.

On Thursday, Sept. 11, the S.T.A.T blood drive will continue from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Main Library for another opportunity to receive a "I Bleed Black and Gold" T-shirt. Pre-register at

The week will end with S.T.A.T Ambassadors distributing "Beat State" T-shirts at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in Hubbard Park.

Fans can view a complete schedule of events by visiting

"Beat State Week" is sponsored by the UIAA, S.T.A.T Ambassadors, the Daily Iowan and Imprinted Sportswear.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Shannon Thomas, UI Alumni Association, 319-335-3854; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Caroline Jones