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CONTACT: MICHAEL NEW
President,UI Foundation
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973

Release: May 15, 2002

UI launches landmark campaign; public invited to celebration

To help it launch the biggest fund-raising effort in the state's history, the University of Iowa is inviting the public to two free events on Saturday, June 8 in Macbride Hall and Hancher Auditorium.

Organizers of the events promise "intellectual fireworks, a sense of the UI's prominent role in history, and inspiration for the future" as the university celebrates its aspirations for even higher levels of excellence and service in the years ahead.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium of Macbride Hall, a roundtable of seven of the UI's most distinguished and thought-provoking faculty members representing a spectrum of disciplines will discuss "The Power of Perception: A Lens to Our World."

Then at 3 p.m. in Hancher Auditorium, UI alumni, contributors, friends, faculty, staff and students will gather for the official launch of the public phase of the UI's comprehensive fund-raising campaign. At this multimedia event showcasing the university's achievements and aspirations, audience members will learn about why this campaign is so important to the future of the UI and the state of Iowa. They will also hear the dollar goal of the campaign and major progress toward that goal. The working goal of the campus-wide campaign, which began in 1999, has been $750 million.

UI President Mary Sue Coleman encouraged the public to attend both events, describing them as "exciting and unique."

"In quite different yet very complementary ways, these two events will showcase the greatness of the University of Iowa and demonstrate that the best is yet to come," Coleman said. "The faculty panel will examine from many points of view how we interpret the world around us. The announcement event will outline a common vision for how the UI can continue in ways not yet realized to change the world around us for the better.

"Each event will be a rare treat and privilege for those who choose to attend -- and we are hoping for capacity crowds in both cases. We planned these events mindful of this university's many stakeholders, because they hold the key to the UI's further success."

Members of the faculty roundtable on the theme of perception include Amitava Bhattacharjee, physics and astronomy; Diana Cates, religion; Marcella David, law; Gerhard Loewenberg, political science; Christopher Merrill, International Writing Program; Jerald Schnoor, civil and environmental engineering; and Daniel Tranel, neurology. Marvin Bell, UI Writers' Workshop faculty member and poet laureate for the state of Iowa, will begin the program with a brief reading. Cellists Anthony Arnone and Hannah Holman will provide a musical prelude starting at 9:30 a.m. Joan Kjaer of public radio station KSUI will moderate.

Among the speakers slated to appear in Hancher as part of the special campaign announcement are President Coleman; Venise Berry, interim director of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Leonard Hadley, recently retired CEO of the Maytag Corporation; Hayden Fry, former UI head football coach; campaign co-chair Mary Louise Petersen; and UI Foundation President Michael New.

The event will also feature live performances by UI faculty, staff and students, video segments and what event organizers describe as "several exciting surprises."

The UI Foundation, the UI's preferred channel for private support, is conducting the UI's comprehensive fund-raising campaign on behalf of the university.

For more information about these events, contact the UI Foundation at (319) 335-3305, or uiowa-foundation@uiowa.edu.

For photos of speakers/presenters at the June 8 events go to the UI Foundation's added website: http://www.uifoundation.org/news/2002/mugshots.shtml