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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 2, 2005

'Beat Iowa State Week' Starts Sept. 6 At UI

The best intrastate football rivalry in the Midwest is the Iowa/Iowa State game Sept. 10, and the University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) is encouraging fans to show their Hawkeye pride during "Beat Iowa State Week" starting Sept. 6.

"Beat Iowa State Week" is an initiative of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) Ambassadors, sponsored by the UIAA, the Daily Iowan, Big Ten Rentals and Imprinted Sportswear.

The week will feature online contests, giveaways, discounts and more, starting with a kick-off event Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hubbard Park, where Herky will help distribute freebies, stickers, "Beat Iowa State" buttons and signs (while supplies last). S.T.A.T. members who show their discount cards will receive a special Hawkeye koozie and cold beverage. The Daily Iowan will have a "Beat Iowa State" sign and a schedule of events in their Sept. 6 issue. The College of Education will host the DeGowin Blood Center blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Lindquist Center.

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, fans can flash their "Beat Iowa State" button at several Iowa City and Coralville locations to get discounts on food, merchandise and services. See http://www.iowalum.com/beatisu/schedule.html for a complete list of businesses. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 123 E. Market Street, will be the site of a blood drive from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8, is Black & Gold Day, when S.T.A.T. will sponsor a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Iowa Room of the IMU. All registered donors will receive a "Beat Iowa State" T-shirt. Register at http://uiowa.givesblood.org. The S.T.A.T. Ambassadors will also be visiting Horace Mann Elementary in Iowa City on Thursday to hand out Beat State goodies to K-6 students.

On Friday, Sept. 9, S.T.A.T. Ambassadors will distribute T-shirts to 200 lucky fans at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at Hubbard Park. Also on Friday, Benchmark, Inc., 6065 Huntington Court NE, Cedar Rapids, will host a blood drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For those who can't attend the game in Ames on Saturday, cheer on the Hawkeyes in Iowa City at Buffalo Wild Wings and save 10 percent on food purchases when you wear your "Beat Iowa State" button.

Throughout the week, fans can test their Hawkeye knowledge in the UIAA's online trivia contest at http://www.iowalum.com/beatisu/trivia05 and enter to win a football autographed by Coach Kirk Ferentz.

This year, the rivalry escalates with Iowa State's Student Alumni Leadership Council hosting a "Beat Iowa" week (http://www.isusalc.org/beatiowa/). A complete schedule of "Beat Iowa State" activities is on the UIAA website at: http://www.iowalum.com/beatisu/

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Program: Emily Cornish, UIAA, 319-335-3294, mailto:emily-cornish@uiowa.edu