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University of Iowa News Release

March 25, 2004

Urban & Regional Planning Graduate Program To Celebrate 40th Anniversary April 2-3

The University of Iowa's Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an All-Class Reunion on April 2-3, 2004.

In addition to informal gatherings of faculty, alumni and current students, presentations by current and former UI presidents, walking and bus tours of Iowa City, and a gala dinner in the Iowa Memorial Union Richey Ballroom, the celebration will include two free, public events.

Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune's highly acclaimed architecture and urbanism critic, will speak about "Why Architecture Matters for Urbanism" from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 3, in Room W151, Pappajohn Business Building. Immediately preceding the lecture, there will be a panel discussion from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. featuring six alumni with diverse experiences sharing the most important insights they gained as students and as professional planners.

For further information please call Pamela Butler or Janet Bell at 319-335-0032 or visit the Anniversary Reunion website at http://planning.urban.uiowa.edu/reunion/.

Founded in 1964, the UI Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning has graduated about 600 planners -- people who work to improve the quality of life in cities and regions. In government and non-profit agencies, and private firms, planners deal with urban sprawl, affordable housing shortages, economic growth, farmland preservation, groundwater contamination and traffic congestion. Graduates from 37 graduating classes will be coming from across the U.S (from New York, California, Maryland and Louisiana for example) and even from Africa for this event. Also in attendance will be Earl Stewart (the program founder) coming in from North Dakota, and former faculty members coming from Oregon, Georgia, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Program: Pamela Butler or Janet Bell, 319-335-0032