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une 5, 2009

At A Glance

Big Ten Network celebrates Iowa Day June 10 with 24-hour programming

On Wednesday, June 10, the Big Ten Network will provide fans with 24 consecutive hours of Iowa programming.

The day will include some of Iowa's best performances of the 2008-09 season, highlighted by the football team's exciting last-second, one-point victory over then-undefeated Penn State at 9 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT). In addition, the network will air the field hockey team's Big Ten Tournament Championship win in overtime against Ohio State while the wrestling team's victory at the Big Ten Championships will air at 4 p.m. CDT.

Six episodes of The Big Ten's Greatest Games, featuring some of the more memorable victories in Hawkeye history, will air throughout the day, highlighted by the 2009 men's basketball game vs. Wisconsin at noon and the 1987 NCAA Sweet Sixteen match-up with Oklahoma at 7 p.m. CDT. Both were won in overtime.

Three original Iowa campus programming episodes also are in the lineup and an episode of the Big Ten Network's original series Friday Night Tailgate airs at 11 p.m. CDT.

For a complete schedule, visit

Big Ten Network to air interview with Marilynne Robinson

A new episode of "Conversations from the Iowa Writers' Workshop" featuring author Marilynne Robinson will air several times in June on the Big Ten Network. The program, produced by the University of Iowa Center for Media Production, airs at 9:30 p.m. June 16, noon June 18 and 11:30 a.m. June 19 (all Central Daylight Time).

Just this week Robinson won the Orange Prize for Fiction for "Home," a follow-up to her novel "Gilead," which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005, the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the 2005 Ambassador Book Award. The Orange Prize is a British award given annually for the best novel written by a woman in English.

Robinson's first novel, "Housekeeping," won a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for best first novel and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

For a complete schedule of the UI programs on the Big Ten Network visit

Ferentz, Kaeding to host Englert event June 25 to benefit UI Children's Hospital

University of Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz and former Hawkeye football player and current kicker for the San Diego Chargers Nate Kaeding will host an event 7 p.m., Thursday, June 25, at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City, which will feature keynote speaker Joe Ehrmann. All of the proceeds will benefit UI Children's Hospital.

Erhmann, a former college All-American and NFL star turned youth minister and motivational speaker, is considered one of the most influential sports educators in the country. He will present his life story and discuss his program, "Building Men and Women for Others." The event will be sponsored by Transamerica.

Tickets are available at the Englert box office or online at and cost $12 in advance or $20 at the door.

For more information about UI Children's Hospital, visit


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.