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Release: Aug. 17, 1999

WOW! 99 events scheduled for new, returning UI students

IOWA CITY– Four University of Iowa offices will kick off this year’s annual Weeks of Welcome program Monday, Aug. 23 with two weeks of social events and other programs designed to make new UI students feel they are part of the campus and Iowa City communities.

WOW! ’99 events includes fireworks, lectures, free food, a street dance, and information about campus and community activities, guest lecture by NPR host Linda Wertheimer, and other events to introduce students to the community. WOW! 99 organizers say that helping students become involved in campus programs right away, is the key to keeping them committed to the UI and Iowa City. This year’s theme, "Commitment to Community," and events programming, is organized into several educational categories: building on tradition, celebrating diversity, taking responsibility, making connections, and participating in service.

Carlos Serrato, assistant director, Office of Student Life, says the 18 events offer something for students and the UI community.

"The WOW! ‘99 planning committee crafted an array of events and activities which would energize new students and would attract the area’s residents. We have the Groovin’ on the Green concert and the Downtown Street Festival and Community Services Fair," as well as other events Serrato says.

We want students to have fun with these events, says Cassidy Titcomb, director, Leadership, Education, and Development.

"We also want them to learn that being a part of a community includes responsibility, respect and commitment," Titcomb says.

WOW! ’99 is a jointly sponsored program by the Offices of Admissions, Student Life, Residence Services, and the vice president for student services.

WOW! ‘99 Headline Events scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 4:

Sunday, Aug. 22

Words on the Wind Community Art Project, runs through Sunday, Sept. 5

Participants in this community art project will be able to record their goals, hopes and dreams for the academic year. Participants will be given ribbons to creatively record their thoughts. The ribbons

will later be tied to the Hubbard Park fence to carry "dreams on the wind." Ribbons will be distributed at various UI offices, residence halls, and student organization offices, and WOW! 99 event tables.

Hawkeye Carnival, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hancher Green, near Hancher Auditorium. UI coaches and athletes will sign autographs. Other attractions include the human gyroscope and bouncy boxing.

WOW! Here at Last… 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hancher Auditorium. The event welcomes the community’s newest Hawkeyes who will be greeted by UI President Mary Sue Coleman, UI personalities and prizes.

WOW! Fireworks, 8:45 p.m. at Hancher Green. Kickoff of the 1999-2000 academic year begins at dusk with fireworks display. Viewing area: Hancher Green, the lawn located east of Hancher Auditorium.

Monday, Aug. 23

Groovin’ on the Green, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Hubbard Park; Rain location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena

A free dance and concert featuring the Blackeyed Peas, a Los Angeles-based hip-hop band which blends soul, funk, Latin, Asian, and Native American elements in its music. Offered by the WOW! coordinators and the Student Commission on Programming and Entertainment (SCOPE).

Tuesday, Aug. 24

What’s Your Story? 7 p.m. A Lecture by Professor James Marshall, R. Wayne Richey Ballroom, Third Floor, IMU.

Marshall, a professor at the College of Education, will engage students in a discussion and questions about how stories help us make sense of what we see and how they shape our identity.

Thursday, Aug. 26

Ice Cream Social, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hubbard Park.

Free ice cream will be scooped and given away by student services personnel and volunteers. The social offers students opportunities to meet and chat with members of the UI staff.

Friday, Aug. 27

Downtown Street Festival, 6 p.m., Downtown, Iowa City.

Join the fun and dancing in the streets of Iowa City with music from the band Orchestre de Salsa y Alto Maiz and the Dave Zollo Band. A Salsa instructor will teach party revelers the proper Salsa moves. The event is jointly sponsored by WOW! 99 organizers, the Downtown Association and the City of Iowa City.

Saturday, Aug. 28

Get Hypnotized! The Ricky Kalmon Hypnosis Show, 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, IMU.

Ricky Kalmon, one of the country’s hottest comedian-hypnotists and returning WOW! performer will leave the crowd spell-bound with a combination of comedic quips and hypnosis.

IMU Saturday Night, 9:30 p.m., The Wheelroom and Bijou Theatre, IMU.

Comedy, movies and other fun activities scheduled in the IMU.

Monday, Aug. 30

Community Service Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kautz Plaza on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway

Students can learn how to become involved in the Iowa City and Coralville communities by donating their time and talent. A number of local service agencies will be present to provide students with information on how to become involved and about volunteer opportunities in the area.

Campus Colleagues Luncheon, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main Lounge, IMU.

Students and UI staff greet each other at this mixer and free luncheon and find out what professors are like outside of the classrooms and offices.

Tuesday, Aug. 31

UI Lecture Series, 7:30 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom. The annual UI Lecture Series presents Linda Wertheimer, Senior Host, "All Things Considered", National Public Radio.

Sex, Drugs, & Remote Control, 7:30 p.m., Burge Residence Hall Classroom. Various locations. Returning UI students present real college issues students are likely to face.

Thursday, Sept. 2

Student Activities Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hubbard Park.

Learn more about the UI’s more than 350 student organizations. Student organization representatives will be on hand to tell interested students about how to become involved on-campus.

IMU Fall Event, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wheelroom, IMU. This event is being billed as "Free Stuff Day." Various UI offices will be on-hand to provide information about services available in the UI community and will give students free "stuff" of various types.

Sex, Drugs, & Remote Control, 7:30 p.m., Quadrangle Residence Hall Recreation Room. Returning UI students present real college issues students are likely to face.

Friday, Sept. 3

Night games, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., UI Field House.

Have late night fun with basketball, volleyball, racquetball, swimming, weightlifting, and rock climbing.

Saturday, Sept. 4

Stepping Up Tailgate, pre-game kickoff, Parking Lot 14, located behind Slater Hall.

This non-alcoholic, pre-game tailgater kicks off the UI football team’s first game with a little free food and fun. Cheer the Hawks to victory over Nebraska on gameday.