Old Capitol set to reopen in May
On May 6, Old Capitol, the building in which Iowa made the transition from territory to statehood and a centerpiece of The University of Iowa, will be open to the public once more.
Closed since a renovation accident caused a fire that destroyed the 160-year-old cupola, dome, and bell on Nov. 20, 2001, the reopening celebration will offer the public its first opportunity in more than four years to see beloved features of the building, including the reverse-spiral staircase, the 650-pound crystal and brass chandelier in the Senate Chamber, and the blue inner dome that rises above the center hallway.
But it’s what’s new that is likely to capture the most attention: no longer off-white, the interior walls of Old Capitol now sport colors that include sultan red in the House Chamber, semolina in the Gift Shop, and Jamestown blue in the Senate Chamber. In addition, two new galleries on the ground level will be available for public viewing: the Iowa Humanities Gallery, which will feature exhibitions on Iowa history and culture and UI research, and the Discovery Center, which will include engaging exhibitions on immigration, exploration, and Iowa’s population past and future.
May 6 events will include a 9:30 a.m. ceremony with invited speakers and a musical performance by Collegium Tubum. Following a ribbon cutting, Old Capitol will be open until 5 p.m. for public tours. In addition, festivities including the opportunity to bring a picnic lunch to the Pentacrest and enjoy musical performances, will welcome the public back to Old Capitol.
For more information, see www.uiowa.edu/~oldcap.
Family Weekend scheduled for November
It’s time to mark your calendar and make hotel reservations: Family Weekend will be Nov. 3-5, 2006. The event, sponsored in part by the UI Parents Association, is coordinated by the Office of Student Life and will feature a variety of social events, including a picnic before the Iowa-Northwestern football game. Registration information will be sent to parents in early summer. Watch for updates online at http://imu.uiowa.edu/familyweekend.
Iowa ranks among top 50 public universities for value
The University of Iowa is among the top 50 public universities in the country when it comes to offering academic excellence at an affordable price, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s 2006 ranking of the 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges.”
The ranking, which appeared in the February issue of the magazine, placed Iowa 47th in the country based on in-state tuition. Additionally, the University was ranked 72nd in the country among public universities based on its out-of-state tuition.
The rankings were based on data provided by more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities to Thomson Peterson’s, a part of Thomson Learning. Kiplinger’s supplemented Peterson’s data with its own reporting.