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June 11, 2009

Dardis, Loebsack to speak at flood commemoration Monday

Lt. Gen. Ron Dardis, adjutant general for the Iowa National Guard during last year's flood, and U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack are among several guests scheduled to give remarks Monday, June 15, during the University of Iowa's flood commemoration, "Remember, Reimagine, Rebuild."

The event, free and open to the public, will take place at the Old Capitol Museum, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include displays of flood-related photographs and research, audio excerpts from the StoryCorps oral history project and a musical performance. Information about flood-related research grants secured over the past year will also be made available.

A formal program begins at 12:15 p.m. on the west terrace of the Old Capitol, overlooking the Iowa River. UI President Sally Mason will give brief remarks, as will Dardis, now director of the state's Rebuild Iowa Office, who will speak on behalf of Iowa Gov. Chet Culver; Loebsack, D-Iowa; Eric Rossow, a 2009 graduate of the university who helped with sandbagging efforts during the flood; and others. The formal program will conclude with a reading by Marilynne Robinson, a member of the Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and recipient just this month of the Orange Prize for Fiction.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Senate Chamber on the second floor.

Activities and exhibits for the day include:

--11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch a rotating slideshow and listen to audio excerpts of the StoryCorps Oral History Project from the Iowa Digital Library Flood Collection. The stories may be found online at Supreme Court Chamber, first floor.

--11 a.m. to 3 p.m. View a series of photographs taken by the UI Office of
University Relations of the flood, its aftermath and the ongoing recovery effort. Second-floor rotunda.

--11 a.m. to 3 p.m. View posters illustrating cutting-edge, flood-related research being conducted by UI faculty, staff, and students. First floor.

--1 to 2 p.m. Musical performance by pianist Rene Lecuona and cellist Hannah Holman. Senate Chamber, second floor.

The research posters and photograph exhibits will remain in place through July.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Immediately following the formal program (around 1 p.m.), about nine UI researchers who have received grant funding for flood-related research will be available to discuss their projects on the first floor. Also, a multbox will be available during the formal program.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,