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Release: Aug. 30, 2000

UI students are encouraged to join alumni association program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Alumni Association’s (UIAA) student membership program, Iowa Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.), invites new members to join and enjoy its benefits.

Iowa S.T.A.T., which now has more than 3,000 members, is a program that has been developed to familiarize students with the alumni association before they graduate.

Students wishing to be members of Iowa S.T.A.T. can sign up at tables in the Iowa Memorial Union Sept. 5, 6, 11, and 12, or at the association offices in the Levitt Center for University Advancement. Students who are already members and have not received their membership items may also stop by the tables in the IMU on these dates.

With an $18 annual membership fee, which can be put on the U-bill, paid in cash, charge, or by check, students receive many benefits, including a membership T-shirt, a membership card, a key chain, word art magnets, and many other promotional items.

The membership card doubles as a benefit card to receive discounts at downtown and area businesses until May 2001. Some of the businesses offering discounts to members include: The Athlete's Foot, Baldy’s Wraps, Bo-James, Disc Jockey, Dodge Cleaners, Godfather’s Pizza, Hamburg Inn #2, Malone's Irish Pub, Nautilus Health Spa, Pagliai’s, Peaceful Fool, and Vortex.

S.T.A.T members also have access to career information services, get reduced fees for Family Weekend, a subscription to the Iowa Alumni Magazine, and free graduation announcements. Members also get reduced rates on 2001 student season football tickets and 2001-2002 seating for the Hawk's Nest, UI's basketball booster group for students.

In addition to the benefits, members can also participate in many events, including T-shirt Day Sept. 27 and Member Appreciation Day Oct. 27. On T-shirt Day, members wear their T-shirts around campus in the hopes that a member of the UIAA staff will spot them. The staff will be handing out prizes to the students "caught" with this year’s S.T.A.T. T-shirt on. For Member Appreciation Day, the students wear their T-shirt as admission to the free lunch at a downtown restaurant.

Iowa S.T.A.T. members will also help build a float for this year’s homecoming parade, win athletic tickets through the "S.T.A.T.venger" Hunt, and volunteer with local charity and service organizations.

For more information about Iowa S.T.A.T., contact Angela Disalvo at the Alumni Association at (319) 335-0658 or see http://www.iowalum.com/student/.