Retiree's Handbook

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General Benefits and Services


Retirees who have purchased season athletic tickets for at least the last five years can continue to purchase tickets at the staff rate after retirement. The seating priority will remain the same. If tickets were previously sent to a campus office, the retiree must request the tickets be sent to a home address.

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University of Iowa retirees are eligible to continue some IT services, such as Hawkmail (for a monthly charge) and purchase computers at a discount through the ITS Computer Purchase Program.  Retirees may also contact the ITS Help Desk for any technology related issues or questions they may have.    For more information about ITS services available to retirees see or contact the ITS Help Desk by telephone, email, or in person.

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The Division of Performing Arts is part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and includes the Department of Theatre Arts, the Department of Dance, the School of Music, and Arts Share. The Division was established in July 2000 to foster collaboration and artistic exchange between artists in each of these fields and to heighten awareness of artistic and scholarly work.

The Division offers an annual performance series including the Mainstage season of University Theatres, the annual Dance Gala performance, selected School of Music concerts and productions by the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater. Events are detailed in a Division of Performing Arts brochure that is mailed to music, theater and dance patrons and is also available at the Hancher Box Office, the UI Theatre Building, Riverside Recital Hall, or from the division's marketing office at 335-3016.
In addition, numerous faculty and guest recitals are presented by the UI School of Music in various campus venues, most of which are free. The Opera Supers, or Friends of Music, meet, host, and escort visiting artists, assist in public relations, and/or act as "supers" in opera productions. Potluck parties follow every major opera production — usually twice a year. The only requirement is a love of music. Call the School of Music to be put in touch with the Opera Supers 319-335-1603.

The Department of Theatre Arts presents several student and faculty productions in their Gallery and Workshop series as well as the Iowa New Play Festival. Tickets for these performances are available for a nominal fee at the door. Tickets for the Theatre Department's professional summer repertory season, Iowa Summer Rep are available through the Hancher Box Office beginning in April.

The Department of Dance offers an extensive season of concerts in Space Place Theater in North Hall. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance through the Hancher Box Office (319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER). For a complete listing of all Division of Performing Arts events:

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There is a discount available for Senior Citizens (65 or older) on events. Contact the Hancher Box Office for further information. 335-1160. 

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Retired employees of the university continue to have library privileges. Upon presentation of a current university identification card, materials may be borrowed and access to interlibrary loans is available as well as other reference and staff services. Retired faculty and staff have access to electronic library resources and databases on campus locations only. Off-campus access is not available, due to licensing restrictions.


Some UI departments provide office space for retired faculty, contingent upon availability of space. This option should be investigated on an individual basis with your department. 


The 2008 Flood has left the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) homeless -- it will not go back to its old building on Riverside Drive. But UI President Sally Mason has promised there will be a UIMA, and the support of community donors and volunteers is more important than ever!

The University of Iowa Museum of Art is a major element among the cultural resources of the state of Iowa. The Museum's permanent collection consists of more than 12,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and decorative art pieces. Included in the permanent collection is a world-class African art collection, given to the museum by Maxwell and Elizabeth Stanley in 1979, and a pivotal Jackson Pollock painting, "Mural" (1947), given to the university by Peggy Guggenheim in 1953.

This decision-making process about where the UIMA will be in the future is just beginning -- so in the meantime, the UIMA is doing what it can do now. The Museum's collection will soon return to Iowa under a unique collaboration with the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Nearly 30 works from the UIMA collection, including Jackson Pollock's "Mural," will be on display at the Figge, 225 West Second St., Davenport, starting in mid-April. The UIMA is also working with the Iowa Memorial Union to develop two galleries on the third floor of that building, which will allow easier access to works of art for university classes and the community.
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Faculty and select staff who have been granted emeritus status with the University of Iowa can apply for an emeritus parking permit.

Information regarding the permit and to check on elegibility can be obtained by contacting the Parking Office at 319-335-1475 or e-mailing  

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The Office of University Relations (OUR) is the central communications office for The  University of Iowa. With units dedicated to media relations, print publications, and web development, OUR shares the University’s story on campus and around the world. 

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Retirees will find it useful to retain their University ID card. UIHC employees or College of Medicine faculty or staff members with a UIHC ID badge must surrender it upon retirement. They may obtain a new University ID card now called the Iowa One® Card to replace it from Iowa One® Card Services located in room 3 Jessup Hall. Any University retiree without a regular University ID card may also obtain one at the same location.

This ID card is a must for all retirees and may be used in the following locations:   

·   University Libraries
·   IMU Bookstore
·   Recreation Services (must have ID card to receive Faculty/Staff discount)
·   IMU Food Services
·   Hancher Auditorium 

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As an added convenience the University of Iowa has partnered with the University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU) to add ATM and PIN-based debit functionality to your Iowa One® Card.   If you choose to open a new Iowa One® Checking Account at the UICCU, you will have the option of activating your Iowa One® Card for PIN-based debit use.  This means you can use your card for unlimited FREE access to all ATMs, as well as in off campus retail locations that accept PIN-based debit transactions.  For more information regarding the Iowa One® Checking Account contact the UICCU at (800) 397-3790 or

For more information regarding the University ID contact Iowa One® Card Services at 319-335-2716 or go online to  


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