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Aug. 12, 2009

UI holds annual Welcome Week activities for students

The University of Iowa’s Welcome Week kicks off Saturday, Aug. 22, welcoming new and returning students to campus for the 2009-2010 academic year. The week continues through Friday, Aug. 28 and will feature a variety of educational and social activities.

“Welcome Week is an outstanding opportunity for Hawkeyes to connect to each other, faculty, staff and the entire Iowa community,” said Tara L. Edberg, assistant director in the UI Office of Student Life.

The week starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 in Hubbard Park for the Black and Gold Carnival. Students can meet other Hawkeyes while listening to music, playing games provided by various student organizations, and enjoying carnival food.

The UI Museum of Art (UIMA) invites students and to preview its new venue from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Iowa Memorial Union’s former Richey Ballroom on the third floor. The space will feature more than 250 works from the UIMA collection representing a wide range of locales and periods.

The evening concludes with an after-hours shopping event to Target in Coral Ridge Mall, available for first-year students. Rides will be provided from the IMU and residence halls starting at 10:30 p.m.

A new Welcome Week event this year is the Convocation: Opening Ceremony, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23 on the Pentacrest. UI President Sally Mason will give new students an official welcome into the Hawkeye family. She will be followed by first-year student Simone Renault, who will give an address on behalf of the class of 2013. Following at 5 p.m. is the President's Block Party, where students can learn about Iowa traditions like the “Iowa Fight Song,” eat free food and enjoy live entertainment.

Frank Warren, founder of the PostSecret Project, will be the featured speaker Tuesday, Aug. 25 for the second annual Cassandra S. Foens, M.D. Lecture in the main lounge of the IMU at 7:30 p.m. The PostSecret Project is a collection of more than 200,000 highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world and disclosing soulful secrets. Warren’s books will be available for sale at the event courtesy of the University Book Store and a book signing will follow the lecture.

Students can select their PICK ONE! Activities  ( at the Student Organization and Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 26 in Hubbard or the Student Job Fair, which is set for Thursday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the IMU.

Other Welcome Week activities include the Taste of Iowa City in downtown Iowa City on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The UI, in conjunction with the Iowa City Downtown Association, is partnering with local restaurants to offer “taste portions” of their menus and a chance to experience downtown Iowa City shopping and music.

The week will culminate with a “Late Night at the IMU,” where students can enjoy free food and enter for a chance to win great door prizes. Hubbard Park will host slip-and-slides, volleyball and a chance to learn more about Iowa traditions from the spirit squad.

Many other activities are planned; see for a complete schedule, or contact the Office of Student Life at 319-335-3059.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tara L. Edberg, Office of Student Life,, 319-335-3059; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, Writer: Tessa McLean