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Release: Aug. 11, 2000

WOW! 2000 events planned for incoming UI students

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will kick off WOW! Weeks of Welcome 2000 on Saturday, Aug. 19 with two week's worth of student-oriented events that introduce incoming students to the UI campus community.

WOW! 2000 events will allow new students to meet other UI students, faculty and staff, and give them organized opportunities to visit a number of UI student service departments and organizations through Aug. 31 when the program ends. WOW! 2000 is coordinated by the Office of Student Life, University Life Centers, Orientation Services, Office of Admissions, Department of Residence Services, and University Life Centers at the Iowa Memorial Union, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.

Below is a complete list of WOW! 2000 events scheduled for Aug. 19-31 as well as other events of interest.

Saturday, Aug. 19

-- Fall Kickoff 2000, 4-7 p.m., North Hall Green, (located near the Iowa River). Meet students and Support Service Programs staff to kick off the year with food and music.

Sunday, Aug. 20

-- Army ROTC Contract/Enrollment Day, 1 p.m., 101 South Quad. For students and cadets interested in signing up for ROTC classes and meeting the Cadre of the Army ROTC Department.

-- The Wesley Center Ice Cream Social, 4 p.m. Wesley Center, 120 North Dubuque Street, Iowa City. Open gathering on the Center's front lawn for ice cream and conversation. Get to know Wesley and get fed at the same time.

-- Hawkeye Carnival at Hubbard Park, 4-7 p.m., Hubbard Park, IMU. Get silly before you need to get serious. Have fun in the sun with UI coaches and athletes. Free food and interactive entertainment.

-- WOW! Here at Last…, 7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium. To our newest Hawkeyes: We're glad you made it! Head to Hancher for an evening of fun, games and prizes. Celebrate your new community, learn our Iowa traditions, meet UI President Mary Sue Coleman, and get to know other UI personalities.

-- WOW! Fireworks, 8:45 p.m. (time approximate). Viewing area Hancher Green.
Shoot site, City Park.

-- "You Are Not Alone" 5-8 p.m., Burge Recreation Room. Black Student Union and the National Pan-Hellenic Council will welcome incoming minority students, answer questions and introduce them to the UI campus.

Monday, Aug. 21

-- French and Italian Open House, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 555 Phillips Hall. Meet and talk with the faculty in the French and Italian department.

-- Campus Directions Booths, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Pentacrest East, Kautz Plaza, Hubbard Park. Stop here for directions, maps and a friendly smile. Staffed by the Admissions Visitor's Center.

-- UI Faculty Lecture, 7:30 p.m., R. Wayne Richey Ballroom, 3rd floor, IMU. Annual lecture presented this year by Alice Fulton, professor, biochemistry and director, UI Honors Program.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

-- Campus Direction Booths, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Pentacrest East, Kautz Plaza, Hubbard Park.

-- Libraries: Your Information Connection, 2-2:50 p.m., Information Arcade Classroom, First Floor, Main Library. Call 335-5299 to reserve your place in a 50-minute session on getting acquainted with the Libraries' basic tools and services, including a hands-on look at the Libraries' new Web-based catalog and the best online information resources on the Libraries' Web site.

-- N.A.A.C.P Kickoff Reception, 4-6 p.m., Old Brick Church, Iowa City. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People invites all students, faculty, staff and community members to attend an informational reception. Food, fun and facts. All ages welcomed.

-- Campus Christian Fellowship Kickoff Picnic, 5-7 p.m., Hubbard Park, IMU. Come for free pizza and find out about Campus Christian Fellowship.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

-- Tippie College of Business Transfer Student Information Meeting, noon, W401 John Pappajohn Business Building. Bring your own brown bag lunch to meet other transfer students to the college and learn about valuable college and UI resources.

-- Phenomenal Women: Women's Resource and Action Center Open House, 4-6 p.m., 130 North Madison Street, Iowa City. Refreshments, a tour of the center, meet staff and volunteers. Learn how to get involved.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

--Free Screening of "Beyond the Mat," 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Illinois Room, IMU. Bijou offers new residence hall students two free screenings of "Beyond the Mat," a documentary about WWF wrestling.

-- Libraries: Your Information Connection, 7:30-8:20 p.m., Information Arcade Classroom, Main Library.

Thursday, Aug. 24

-- Student Job Fair, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Main Lounge, IMU. The fair provides students with an opportunity to meet with employers regarding University Student employment and off-campus work-study options.

-- Student Activities Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Hubbard Park, Find out from student organization representatives about the UI's more than 350 student organizations and learn how to get involved. Free snacks.

-- Student Services Ice Cream Social, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hubbard Park, IMU.

Student Services personnel will be on hand to serve Blue Bunny Ice Cream and to chat. Meet some of the UI's most valuable resources and enjoy a free, refreshing mid-day treat.

-- Libraries: Your Information Connection, 11-11:50 a.m., Information Arcade Classroom, First Floor, Main Library

-- Journalism and Mass Communication Reception, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Iowa Room, IMU. General information about the program; introduce student organization opportunities, schools director, and internship and placement coordinator. Refreshments will be available.

-- Quantum Pizza, 4:30 p.m., 316 Van Allen Hall. Physics and astronomy majors, and potential majors, are invited to mix and mingle with faculty and classmates to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year.

-- '24-7,' 9 p.m. Parkview Gym, 15 Foster Road, Iowa City (Located near Dubuque Street North across from Mayflower, next to City Park) 24-7 band, dynamic worship, food, connect with other people, college event.

-- Libraries: Your Information Connection, 9-9:50 a.m., Information Arcade Classroom, First Floor, Main Library

-- Community Service Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Kautz Plaza on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway. Learn how you can give back to the Iowa City community by donating your time and talents. A wide-range of service agencies will be on hand to provide you with information on how you can get involved and become a volunteer.

Friday, Aug. 25

-- Free BBQ and fun, 5:30 p.m., Hubbard Park, IMU

-- Campus Crusade for Christ invites you to a free BBQ. Meet other students, have fun, and find out how to get involved.

-- Downtown Street Festival, Dubuque Street, downtown Iowa City, 6 p.m.

Explore all that downtown Iowa City has to offer while you have some serious fun dancing in the streets. The WOW! organizers, the Downtown Association, and the City of Iowa City have come together to celebrate our community by bringing you the tunes by two of our local favorites.

-- Campus Bible Fellowship's BBQ, 6 p.m., 10 Triangle Place (one block south of Kinnick Stadium, off Melrose Ave.) Join us for BBQ, volleyball, door prizes, and Bible Challenge.

Saturday, Aug. 26

-- Asian American Coalition Picnic, 2 p.m., Upper City Park, Shelter No. 1 (look for the AAC sign). This annual picnic is held at the beginning of the year, during WOW! to welcome all new and current Asian-American students of the UI, as members of the AAC.

-- Picnic and Maghrib at the Park, 7 p.m. City Park. An opportunity for new students to meet other Muslim students, as well as the Iowa City Muslim community.

-- Night Games, 11 p.m.-2 a.m., UI Field House. Late night fun with basketball, volleyball, racquetball, swimming, weightlifting, and rock climbing.

Sunday, Aug. 27

-- The Wesley Center Open House, 11:30 a.m., Wesley Center (120 N. Dubuque St.). Come tour Wesley and meet friends after worship.

-- University Apartments Welcome Picnic, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hawkeye Court basketball court. A welcoming potluck picnic. Games, and entertainment for new and current residents of University Apartments.

-- International Crossroads Community BBQ and Potluck, 4:30-6:30 p.m., International Center Lounge. Interested in international and global issues? Join us for great food and conversation. Learn about how you can participate in ICC programs and activities.

-- The Wesley Center Sunday Supper BBQ, 6 p.m., Wesley Center (120 N. Dubuque St.). The kickoff to our traditional Sunday Supper meal. Meet other students and persons from local churches as we eat lip-smacking BBQ together.

-- Get Hypnotized! The Larry Volz Hypnosis Show, 8 p.m., Main Lounge, IMU.

Spend an evening with Larry Volz, one of the country's hottest comedian-hypnotists.

Monday, Aug. 28

-- University Lecture Committee Lecture: Max Weinberg, original member of Bruce Springsteen's legendary E-Street Band, as well as music director and band leader for NBC-TV's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, IMU.

-- Sex, Drugs & Remote Control, 7:30 p.m. Mayflower Residence Hall. Real college students presenting real college issues.

-- Libraries: Your Information Connection, 7:30-8: 20 p.m., Information Arcade Classroom, First Floor, Main Library

Tuesday, Aug. 29

-- Libraries: Your Information Connection, 9-9:50 a.m., Information Arcade Classroom, First Floor, Main Library

-- Campus Colleagues Luncheon, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Main Lounge, IMU. What are faculty and staff really like when you get them out of the office or classroom? Enjoy a free lunch and opportunity to find the truth behind the myths that surround your campus colleagues. You just might be pleasantly surprised. Reservations requested, call 335-3000.

-- Tippie College of Business Transfer Student Information Meeting, noon, W401 John Pappajohn Business Building. Bring your own brown bag lunch to meet other transfer students to the college and learn about valuable college and university resources.

-- Kaffeestunde (Coffee Hour), 3:30-4:30 p.m., 612 Phillips Hall. Coffee, pastries, and German conversation with faculty and students in the department of German.

-- President's Fireside Chat, 7:00-9:00 p.m., North Room, IMU

-- Sex, Drugs & Remote Control, 7:30 p.m., Burge Residence Hall Lobby. Real college students presenting real college issues.

-- Iowa Water Ski Team's New Member Meeting, 9:30 p.m., Ohio State Room, IMU

Informational meeting for individuals interested in joining the water ski team.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

-- Tippie College of Business Student Organization Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Anderson and Howe Gallerias. Student organizations will have the opportunity to set up tables and display recruiting materials. The purpose is to let students learn about the student organizations in the Tippie College of Business.

-- Latino Native American Cultural Center, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., LNACC at 308 Melrose Ave.

Bienvenidos a su universidad! Spend some time meeting fellow students, staff, faculty, and community members. Come and learn about resources for you and how to join the Latino Student Union.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

-- Building Our Community of Women, 4:30-6 p.m., North Room, IMU. A networking reception and short presentation of opportunities to get involved with on our campus. Sponsored by: WRAC, WISE, RVAP, CSW, AUW.

-- Sex, Drugs & Remote Control, 7:30 p.m., Currier Green Room.

-- Libraries: Your Information Connection, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Information Arcade Classroom, First Floor, Main Library

Thursday, Aug. 31

-- Free Stuff Day at the IMU, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wheelroom, IMU. Just like the name implies, we will be giving out FREE STUFF. Stop by for the free food, Coke, great prizes, giveaways, live bands, and valuable information.

-- Opportunity at Iowa Open House, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 224 Jessup Hall. Refreshments and fun. OI Scholars can pick up their t-shirts. Please join us.

-- Libraries: Your Information Connection, 3:30-4:20 p.m. Information Arcade Classroom, First Floor, Main Library

-- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Staff & Faculty Association Welcome Reception, 4:30-6:30 p.m., North Room, IMU. Gathering for the entire UI community and surrounding areas.

-- Sex, Drugs & Remote Control, 7:30 p.m. Quad Rec. Room

Other Events of Interest

Daily

-- Old Capitol Museum. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Located at the center of the UI Pentacrest. The Old Capitol is a National Historic Landmark. Built in the early 1840's, Iowa's third territorial capitol, first state capitol, and the UI's first permanent building. Reservations required for groups larger than 10, otherwise tours are ongoing.

Tuesday, September 12

-- Crisis Center Information Night, 7 p.m., Crisis Center, 1121 Gilbert Court, Iowa City.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Crisis Center in the Crisis Intervention Program and the Food Bank/Emergency Assistant Program.