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2014-2015 Programs and Events

UIRA Board of Directors Meetings
UI Senior College Courses
Sept: Driver Simulation (Wed, Sept 17, 2014)
Oct: Construction Concerto - The Sound of Music (Mon, Oct 6, 2014)
Oct: Flu/Pneumonia Clinic with Optional Fitness Screening (Thurs, Oct 9, 2014)
Oct: UIRA Photo Contest Exhibit/Reception (Wed, Oct 22, 2014)
Nov: The Latest about UI Benefits - Includes Full Video (Thurs, Nov 6, 2014)
Dec: The Internet of Things: Is information Privacy a Myth? (CANCELLED)
Dec 31: Photo Contest Deadline
Jan: Magic Mythical Tour: In Search of the Beatles (Friday, Jan 9, 2015)
Feb: Flood Archaeology Discoveries on the UI Campus (Tues, Feb 17, 2015)
Mar: Health Program (March 30, 2015)
Apr: Annual Meeting and Luncheon (Thursday, April 23, 2015)
May: Not Yet Scheduled
June: Annual Picnic - Not Yet Scheduled
Want More ? View the 2013-2014 Programs and Events from the UIRA Archives

UIRA Board of Directors Meeting

The UIRA Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each month from September through June at 1:00 p.m. in Room 427 at the Levitt Center. Members are welcome to attend to observe or address the Board.

Sept: Driver Simulation - Reservations Required (Wednesday, Sept 17, 2014)

Sept 17: All Slots Are Now Filled. If enough interest is shown, another visitation may be scheduled.

UIRA will launch its programming for the year with a tour September 17of the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS), a transportation safety research center with a comprehensive and unique collection of driving simulators.

Two sessions have been scheduled the afternoon of Wednesday, September 17. Each session will be approximately 1 ½ hours in length. Included will be a 45-minute tour of the building and facilities, including a demonstration of a driver simulation system. This will be followed by a 45-minute presentation, with time for questions.

Because of space restrictions, there is a maximum of 20 attendees in each group, for an overall total of 40 for the afternoon. Session 1 is 1-2:30. Session 2 is 3-4:30. Contact Rick Walton with your choice
(email: richard-walton@uiowa.edu; phone: (319) 354-8090). You may specify a first or second choice or either. It will be first-come, first-serve until each session is filled. You will be contacted later as to which will be your session.

Included in the discussion will be the research programs in which the facility has been engaged, both in recent years and those which are ongoing. Of particular interest will be insights into how driving skills change with aging and how these skills can affect driving.

The facility is located at 2401 Oakdale Blvd. Ample on-site parking is available.

Oct: Construction Concerto - The Sound of Music (Monday, Oct 6, 2014)

The sound of music these days is more like the Construction Concerto at the corner of Burlington and Clinton. A UIRA program October 6 about the building of the new Voxman Music Building will feature David Gier, director of the School of Music; Jason McKane of Mortenson construction company; and Kevin Monson of Neumann Monson Architects, local architects of record for the project designed by LMN Architects of Seattle, the firm that designed Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

This program will take place on Monday, October 6, from 10:30 to noon in the University Capitol Center UCC recital hall, first floor, across from the UI Quick Care offices. For a small preview, you can go to the University of Iowa home page, click on Arts, then click on School of Music, and see building the updates in the lower left side.

Gier will discuss the challenges of building in a tight urban space, and of balancing the faculty's opportunities to dream big within the constraints of post-flood FEMA constraints and contemporary building codes. He is passionate about ways that the faculty and students of the School of Music will be able to offer programs to the wider community with this new facility.

Audience members may wish to check out the view over the construction site from the top of the Clinton-Burlington Street parking ramp either before or after the presentation. The exterior walls will rise later in the fall, so the views may be less dramatic in the future.

Oct: Fitness Screening Added to Flu Clinic (Thursday, Oct 9, 2014)

Fitness screening will be part of this year’s annual private flu clinic scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 (Thursday) in the lower level of Hills Bank in Coralville at 1009 Second St. The screening is optional and free.

The screening is offered by Sure Steps under the auspices of Johnson County Livable Community. Screenings will be conducted by trained volunteers with the oversight of a community expert. Fitness components to be assessed are: (1) agility and dynamic balance; (2) leg strength; and (3) arm strength.

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will be administering the clinic, offering flu shots, FluMist and pneumonia vaccine. A High-dose Flu Shot is an option for persons 65 and older. People should bring their insurance cards since the VNA will bill Medicare, Medicare Replacement, Blue Cross and other insurance companies. If paying by cash or check at the site, the costs are: Flu Shot—$29; Flu Mist—$32; High-dose Flu Shot—$42; and Pneumonia—$87.

There is ample free parking at the Hills Bank, Coralville.

Here is more information for those interested in fitness screening:

  • fitness screening/consultation takes approximately 10 minutes.
  • individuals participating in the screening should wear comfortable! low-heeled shoes with flat soles.
  • participants will have an opportunity to repeat the screening during the next 6-12 months to monitor progress.
Oct: UIRA Photo Contest Exhibit/Reception (Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014)

Winning entries in the UIRA’s Travel Photo Contest will be exhibited at a reception sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company. The event will take place 2-4 p.m. October 22 (Wednesday) in the basement meeting room of the Hills Bank at 1009 Second St., Coralville.

The contest, which UIRA inaugurated last year and attracted more than 50 entries, is being continued under the sponsorship of Hills Bank. Besides the reception, Hills Bank will provide funding for contest prizes and poster-board mounting and enlarging (16 x 20-inch) of all winning entries.

The contest offers three entry categories: photos taken (1) in the state of Iowa; (2) in the USA outside Iowa; and (3) outside the USA. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Entrants may submit no more than three photos in one or more of the three categories. There is no entry fee. Current UIRA members are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is December 31. Photos must be submitted in digital format and will be judged on originality, creativity and photo quality. Photos taken over the past two years can be entered. Complete contest details are posted here.

To see winning photos in the 2013 contest, go to the UIRA website at this link: uira.shutterfly.com/pictures/396#396 .

Nov: The Latest about UI Benefits (Thursday, Nov 6, 2014)

View the full video of the November 6 program (length: 1 hour, 15 minutes).

Assistant Vice President for Human Resources Saunders
Will Discuss Changes at UIRA Program November 6

Big changes are underway in the UI’s Benefits program, and Richard Saunders, UI assistant vice president for Human Resources, will discuss these changes with UIRA members November 6 (Thursday) at 9:30 a.m. at Parkview Church Worship Center, 15 Foster Road, Iowa City. Ample parking is available.

The biggest change involves the UI offering to retired faculty and staff some Medicare Advantage plans. Also present at the meeting will be vendors associated with newly available plans. Saunders (pictured) has suggested some of these may be less expensive than UI Choice, which will remain unchanged in costs and benefits. Changes also will be taking place in the dental plans.

Dec: The Internet of Things: Is information Privacy a Myth? (CANCELLED)

UI Chief Information Security Officer Jane Drews will discuss information privacy at a UIRA program December 3 ((Wednesday) 10 to noon in meeting Room A of the Coralville Public Library. She will present 10 steps to improve protection of personal information and suggest ways immediately to protect personal information. Drews has over 25 years experience in information security and has been the UI’s Information Technology Security Officer since 1999. As Director of the Information Security & Policy Office, she is responsible for the University's enterprise-wide information security program. She serves on the Higher Education Information Security Council and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Security Working Group.

In the spirit of the holiday season, UIRA is asking everyone to bring at least one can of food to the December 3 program. All food will be delivered to the Food Bank at the Crisis Center of Johnson County. The Food Bank provides supplemental grocery assistance weekly to Johnson County residents.

Dec: Travel Photo Contest Enters Second Year (Deadline Dec 31, 2014)

UIRA’s Travel Photo Contest, inaugurated last year and attracting more than 50 entries, will continue for the second year. Most of the rules remain unchanged.

There will be three categories: photos taken (1) in the state of Iowa; (2) in the USA outside Iowa and (3) outside the USA. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Entrants may submit no more than three photos in one or more of the three categories. There is no entry fee. Current UIRA members are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is Dec. 31. Photos must be submitted in digital format and will be judged on originality, creativity and photo quality. Photos taken over the past two years can be entered. For complete details click here.

To see winning photos in the 2013 contest, click here.

Jan: Magic Mythical Tour: In Search of the Beatles (Friday, Jan 9, 2015)

UI Music Lecturer Donna Parsons will stir nostalgia when she presents a program, “Magic Mythical Tour: In Search of the Beatles,” January 9 (Friday), 2015, from 1-2 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Coralville Public Library.

For the past 11 summers, Parsons has traced the sites that influenced the Beatles’ songs as well as where the Beatles honed their craft. Parsons says the foundation for the Beatles’ sensitivity and creativity can be found in their childhood experiences in Liverpool, England. She has traced the development of the Beatles’ rise from just another Merseyside band to the most influential, innovative pop group in history.

Parsons will chart the Beatles’ road to stardom from their childhood neighborhoods and coffee bars to church halls and auditoriums and will
show memorabilia she has collected.

Feb: Flood Archaeology Discoveries on the UI Campus (Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015)

John Doershuk, state archaeologist and director of the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA), will present a UIRA program on recent archaeological finds at UI February 17 (Tuesday), 2015, from 10 a.m. to noon in Meeting Room A of the Coralville Public Library.

Doershuk, an adjunct assistant professor in the UI Department of Anthropology, will discuss discoveries from the School of Music construction site and Hubbard Park. He has been principal investigator or project archaeologist for more than 1,200 archaeological projects throughout the Midwest. Doershuk will show some of the artifacts from the UI excavations.

Established in 1959 with one employee, OSA now has 25 full-time with a mission “to develop, disseminate, and preserve knowledge of Iowa’s human past through Midwestern and Plains archaeological research, scientific discovery, public stewardship, service, and education.”

Mar: Health Program (March 30, 2015)

Health Program: “On Purpose: Lessons in Healthy Aging from the Frog and the Dung Beetle,” Dr. Victor Strecher, professor and director for innovation, University of Michigan School of Public Health. Details forthcoming.

Apr: Annual Meeting and Luncheon (Thursday, April 23, 2015)

UIRA annual business meeting and luncheon, Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, Coralville. Watch for details.

Winners of the UIRA Travel Photo Contest will be announced, and all photo submissions will be displayed.

May: Not Yet Scheduled

May flowers and leaves on the trees!

June: Annual Picnic (Date TBD)

The Annual Picnic place and date have not yet been scheduled. Let the UIRA contacts know if you have a preference as to the location or date!

For many years the picnic has been held in Lower City Park. The 2014 picnic was held at the Park Lodge of the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, Iowa City’s newest park-recreation complex, located south of town at 579 McCollister Blvd.

UI Senior College Courses

The UI Senior College has announced another rich schedule of offerings for the Fall 2014 Session.

More information about courses, instructors, time and place of classes, availability and registration can be obtained from the Alumni Association at www.iowalum.com/srcollege/ or by calling Jane Kirsch at 319/335-3294 or 800/469-2586. A brochure is available upon request.


 

 
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