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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 13, 2004

Photo: A young visitor to the UI's State Fair booth tries on a hand-beaded necklace during opening day Thursday with the help of a representative from International Programs. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

Inventors, Anthropologists And Athletes Featured In UI Booth

Brains, bones and brawn will take turns in the spotlight at the University of Iowa's Iowa State Fair booth in Des Moines between Saturday, Aug. 14, and Monday, Aug. 16.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, participants in the 2004 Invent Iowa invention convention will show off their creations in a presentation sponsored by the UI College of Education's Belin-Blank Center. And the Athletics Hall of Fame area will feature, from noon to 3 p.m., Gary Dolphin and, from 3 to 5 p.m., Steve Krafcisin and Bobby Hansen.

Dolphin is the current "Voice of the Hawkeyes" for both Iowa football and men's basketball. Krafcisin was second on the Iowa men's basketball team as a senior with 15 blocked shots. He played in every game as a senior and led the team in free throws, free throws attempted and rebounds as senior. He was also third in scoring as a senior. And Hansen played Hawkeye basketball on the last Iowa Final Four team as well as with the Utah Jazz and world champion Chicago Bulls. He is currently an analyst for Hawkeye basketball broadcasts.

In the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics portion of the booth Saturday, representatives of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Information Service will be on hand distributing information about cancer and cancer prevention.

Also Saturday, there will be a daily drawing for a variety of prizes, including Iowa vs. Ohio State football tickets; Touchdown Iowa Highlight Videos (two drawings); a Brad Banks Heisman DVD; an autographed mini-basketball; a Hawkeye T-shirt; an Alumni T-shirt; a Squeeze Herky; an Alumni Association Football Calendar; and an Alumni Association Pen/Pencil Set and Calculator.

On Sunday, Aug. 15, the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) Department of Anthropology will present Adventures in Anthropology from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering a flint-knapping demonstration, a table of fossil human ancestor casts and a cultural anthropology hands-on material culture activity. And from 3 to 8 p.m., the CLAS Department of Geoscience and the UI Museum of Natural History will present Life in the Ice Age, giving visitors a glimpse of life in Iowa 13,000 years ago.

Also Sunday, Herky and the UI cheerleaders and dance team will visit the booth from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. The Athletics Hall of Fame area will host long-time sports announcer Bob Brooks, who for 55 years did play-by-play coverage of Hawkeye football and basketball.

And from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the UI Hospital and Clinics area, Sue Witte will provide visitors information about the Organ Donation and the Iowa Donor Network. Information about the network may be found at http://www.uihealthcare.com/news/news/2004/08/02organdonation.html

The daily drawings for Sunday will be for Iowa vs. Western Illinois basketball tickets; Touchdown Iowa Highlight Videos (two drawings); a Brad Banks Heisman DVD; a Hawkeye T-shirt; an Alumni T-shirt; a Squeeze Herky; an Alumni Association Football Calendar; and an Alumni Association Pen/Pencil Set and Calculator.

Monday's feature presentations include from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. a program called Whaddya Hear?, sponsored by the CLAS Speech Pathology and Audiology programs, and from 3 to 8 p.m. a program titled Improving Your Smile: the Dental Make Over, sponsored by the UI College of Dentistry. During the first presentation, fairgoers will be invited to participate in a "Noise Exposure/Signs of Hearing Loss" quiz and can obtain free earplugs, pens, bookmarks and educational handouts. The dental exhibit will demonstrate methods for improving smiles by adjusting the shape, color and alignment of teeth.

Hawkeye women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder will appear in the Athletics Hall of Fame area from 11 a.m. to noon. And from 2 to 4 p.m. Mark Gannon will sign autographs and meet with booth visitors. Gannon was a four-year letterman at Iowa and played in all 31 games as a senior. He helped the team get to the Sweet Sixteen in 1983, and he was the 166th pick in the 1983 draft to San Diego.

Also scheduled to appear Monday is Jim Zabel, a long-time sports broadcaster who replaced Ronald Reagan at WHO in Des Moines and went on to call Iowa sporting events for more than 50 years. Zabel's appearance time has not yet been determined.

Monday's daily drawings will be for Iowa Women's Basketball season tickets; Touchdown Iowa Highlight Videos (two drawings); a Brad Banks Heisman DVD; an autographed mini-basketball; a Hawkeye sweatshirt; an Alumni T-shirt; and a Squeeze Herky.

Throughout the fair, which runs Aug. 12-22, the UI will offer a variety of exciting exhibits, presentations, visits by special guests (including Herky and the UI cheerleading and dance teams), free posters and temporary tattoos and daily drawings for free Iowa tickets, merchandise and more. This year's booth theme, as last year, is "Iowa: Your University."

The Iowa booth is located in the southwest corner of the Varied Industries Building.

For the full UI fair schedule, visit www.uiowa.edu/statefair

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu.