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2013-2014 Programs and Events

UIRA Board of Directors Meetings
UI Senior College Courses
3-D Printing (Sept 19 & 24, 2013)
Reception Hosted by President Sally Mason (October 10, 2013)
UIRA's Annual Flu Shot Clinic (Thursday, October 17, 2013)
Osterberg To Talk About Water Quality (Wednesday, October 23, 2013)
Daedalus Quartet (Thursday, November 14, 2013)
The Future of Libraries (Tuesday, January 14, 2014)
Join the UIRA Live Healthy Team Now (January 2014)
Get Ready for the Oscars (Thursday, Feb 27, 2014)
Blue Zone (Wednesday, March 26, 2014)
Hebert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum (Friday, April 4, 2014)
Special Hancher "Show-and-Tell" ((Wednesday, May 14, 2014)
Annual Meeting and Luncheon (Thursday, April 24, 2014)
Annual Picnic (Wednesday, June 4, 2014)
2012-2013 Programs and Events

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.

3-D Printing (Sept 19 & 24, 2013)

An introduction to the cutting-edge technology of 3-D printing will kick off UIRA's monthly programming for the year. The program will take place at M. C. Ginsberg Jewelers, 110 East Washington in downtown Iowa City. To accommodate the expected interest among retirees, two sessions on different dates have been arranged: Thursday, Sept. 19th at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 24th at 1:30 p.m. Reservations are not necessary, and each session will last about one hour. Sessions will be led by Mark Ginsberg, owner of M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art.

Be aware that seating space is limited. There is no elevator and part of the program will be upstairs, where the 3-D printers are located. Ginsberg will discuss and demonstrate the capabilities of 3-D printing. He has worked with UI physicians in otolaryngology, neurology, orthopedics and cardiac surgery. For example, Dr. Joseph Turek was able to closely observe the rendering of a heart and plan his pediatric surgery more effectively.

For an introduction to M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art and its community projects, go to: www.mcginsberg.com

Reception Hosted by President Sally Mason (Thursday, Oct 10, 2013)

UIRA members are cordially invited to a special reception hosted by President Sally Mason on Thursday, October 10th, 2013, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., with remarks at 4:15 p.m. The reception will be held in the Wyrick Rotunda, Levitt Center for University Advancement, One West Park Road, Iowa City, IA. Please note that an RSVP is required. RSVP by October 7th, 2013, by e-mail to nancy-williams@uiowa.edu or by phone at 319-338-2073.

President Sally Mason originally trained as a cell developmental biologist with degrees from the Universities of Kentucky, Purdue and Arizona. She has held top-level administrative positions at the University of Kansas and Purdue, where she was provost for six years before coming to Iowa in 2007. She is a published scholar and the recipient of a number of research grants. She has played a leading role in such national organizations as the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the National Medal of Science President’s Committee and the National Science Foundation. At Iowa, President Mason has led initiatives to achieve a sustainable university and successfully pushed for a tuition freeze for resident undergraduate students, the first tuition freeze in 30 years.

Annual Flu Shot Clinic (Thursday, Oct 17, 2013)

On Thursday, October 17th, the Visiting Nurses Association will host UIRA’s annual private flu shot clinic from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the lower level of Hills Bank in Coralville. Flu shots, FluMist and pneumonia vaccine will be available. The VNA will bill Medicare, Medicare Replacement, Blue Cross and other insurance companies, so bring your Medicare and other insurance cards with you. If paying by cash or check the cost is $25 for the Flu shot, $31 for FluMist, and $87 for pneumonia vaccine. The address is 1009 2nd Street, and there is ample free parking.

Osterberg To Talk About Water Quality (Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013)

"Confrontation on Water Quality in Iowa — Are Iowa Laws Strong Enough?" Professor David Osterberg will speak on October 23rd at 10:00 a.m. in the Jean Schwabbe room at the Coralville Public Library. Iowa water pollution is a major contributor to the "Dead Zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have recently agreed to a mostly-voluntary plan for agricultural pollution abatement. Now the National Resource Defense Council is challenging the EPA/DNR failure to establish strong regulations.

There is free parking in the library parking lot, but please avoid the closest two parking aisles, which are reserved for library patrons.

Daedalus Quartet (Thursday, Nov 14, 2013)

The highly-acclaimed Daedalus Quartet will present a special program for UIRA November 14 (Thursday) from 3-4 p.m. at the University Capitol Centre (UCC) Recital Hall. In a program focusing on music from exile, the group will discuss and play examples from quartets by Schulhoff, Weinberg and Korngold, composers who had harrowing experiences as a result of the cultural policies of the Third Reich. The quartet will be in Iowa City on an extended visit in the UI's String Quartet Residency Program. More information about the group is available at: www.daedalusquartet.com/index.php

The Future of Libraries (Tuesday, January 14, 2014)

UIRA’s first program for 2014 will deal with the future of libraries and will take place at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 14th in Shambaugh Auditorium, UI Main Library, with coffee at 9:45 outside the auditorium. The program is expected to last about 1 hour, 15 minutes.

The program will begin in Shambaugh Auditorium, at the north end of the library, with remarks by the head of UI Libraries, John Culshaw. The program will also include tours of the new Learning Commons and the Conservation Lab. The newly-renovated, 37,000-square-foot Learning Commons opened in August 2013, and is a state-of-the-art study center.

John Culshaw assumed the position of University Librarian at UI on August 1st, 2013. He came to Iowa after nearly 21 years at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he was Senior Associate Dean of Libraries. He has published widely on topics of information technology and is co-author of a book, Managing Information Technology: A Handbook for Systems Librarians.

Shambaugh Auditorium is at the north end of the Main Library. Library entrances are also located at the south end and on the east side at the new entrance on Madison Street, also the site of a Cambus stop. Metered parking is available in the lots south and west of the Library.

Join the UIRA Live Healthy Team Now (January, 2014)

Would you like to have some structure and some buddies to encourage and support you?

The University of Iowa is participating in the “Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Challenge,” a simple and affordable program encouraging Iowans to make healthy choices. Over the course of 10 weeks, teams of 2-10 employees and retirees will take part in a friendly competition, tracking activity minutes and/or weight loss. Registration is $20. More information and registration instructions are available at hr.uiowa.edu/livewell/live-healthy-iowa.

The University is encouraging retirees to take part in this state-sponsored program, but it will not reimburse the registration fee as it will for employees. If you want to participate, e-mail or call Nancy Lynch (nancylynch1941@gmail.com phone 319 331-6026) and she will register you on the UIRA team.

Get Ready for the Oscars (Thursday, Feb 27, 2014)

The Academy Awards are coming on March 2nd, and we are getting ready. At 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27th, UIRA members will meet at Iowa City’s newest film venue, FilmScene, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural vitality of the Iowa City area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. The auditorium seats 67 people in comfort, using seats rescued from Hancher Auditorium, and is located at 118 East College St. (formerly Vito’s), on the PedMall in downtown Iowa City.

Andy Brodie, one of the founders, will tell us how FilmScene got started and where they plan to go from here. Then we’ll have a chance to view a few of the short films nominated to win an Oscar on March 2nd. There will be popcorn too, so see you at the movies!

Blue Zone (Wednesday, March 26, 2014)

A community-based approach to improve health—the national Blue Zones Project—will be highlighted at UIRA’s program Thursday, March 26th, from 1-3 p.m. at the Coralville Public Library’s E. Jean Schwabe Auditorium.

The goal of the Iowa Blue Zones Project is to transform the environments in which Iowans live, work and play to enhance emotional, physical and social health. Faithanne Molyneaux, who is heading Iowa City Blue Zone efforts, will speak at 2 p.m. Before her talk, attendees will have a chance to visit tables with information about activities and projects that reflect Blue Zone activities. Organizations participating include Bicyclists of Iowa City, Running Wild, ISU Extension, Co-Housing, UI Wellness and Wellmark. Refreshments from New Pioneer will be served, and door prizes will be awarded.

Iowa City is seeking to become one of 10 “Blue Zone” designated cities in Iowa. Among those leading this effort are the Chamber of Commerce, ACT, Mercy, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Iowa City Community School District, United Way, the cities of Coralville, Iowa City and North Liberty, Hy-Vee and University of Iowa Hospitals..

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum (Friday, April 4, 2014)

A behind-the-scenes look at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum awaits UIRA members Friday, April 4th. The program will take place 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Coffee will be available at 1:00. Following the program — at 3:00 p.m. — a 22-minute film about the former President, who was born in West Branch, will be shown for those interested.

The program will begin with a half-hour historical presentation by a Library-Museum archivist followed by remarks from the institution’s operations manager, who will discuss steps to assure the safety and preservation of holdings. Afterwards visitors will divide into groups to visit restricted areas of the Library-Museum as well as the permanent exhibit area.

The Library-Museum is located on the grounds of the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and is administered by the National Park Service. The $3 senior entrance fee for the Library-Museum will be paid by the UIRA. Members must simply check in at the entrance to the Library-Museum. Members are free to visit the museum in the morning and return after lunch for the program.

The facility, which is wheelchair accessible, is located just off I-80 at Exit 254, 10 miles east of Iowa City. Parking is free, and there is a lot adjacent to the entrance to the Museum.

Hoover (1874-1964), who lived the first decade of his life in West Branch, went on to become a mining engineer, humanitarian, U.S. secretary of commerce and 31st President of the United States. More about the Library-Museum can be found at its website www.hoover.archives.gov.

Hancher Special "Show-and-Tell" (Wednesday, May 14, 2014)

They may not be moving heaven and earth, but they certainly have moved a lot of earth building the new Hancher Auditorium. Mark your calendars now for a special UIRA program on the new Hancher: Wednesday, May 14th, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the fourth-floor Morse Board Room in the Levitt Center for University Advancement on Park Road. Overlooking the Hancher Auditorium construction site, the venue offers an unusually vivid “show-and-tell” opportunity. At the close of the presentations, retirees will be able to go out on the balcony and get a birds-eye view of the construction.

See the May 2014 Gray Hawk Newsletter for details.

Annual Meeting and Luncheon (Thursday, April 24, 2014)

UIRA annual meeting and luncheon at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, Coralville. Winners of the UIRA Travel Photo Contest will be announced, and all photo submissions will be displayed.

See the April 2014 Gray Hawk Newsletter for details and reservation form. the completed form should be sent with payment by April 21st.

Annual Picnic (Wednesday, June 4, 2014)

June 4 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. UIRA’s annual picnic 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. Watch for details.

UI Senior College Courses

The UI Senior College has announced another rich schedule of offerings for the Spring 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.

2012-2013 Programs and Events

UIRA Board of Directors Meeting (Tuesday, April 9, 2013)
UI Senior College Courses (Spring 2013)
Tour the County Courthouse (Thursday, Sept 27, 2012)
Tour the County Jail (Sept 27, Oct 2 or 4, 2012)
Discuss Johnson County Recreation Areas (Monday, Oct 22, 2012)
Annual Flu Shot Clinic (Thursday, Oct 18, 2012)
Discuss Health Care Benefits for Retirees (Thursday, Nov 15, 2012)
Alien Worlds: Search for Life in on Extra-Terrestrial Planets (January 17, 2013)
Tour the New Indoor UI Football Practice Facility (Thursday, Feb 28, 2013)
Iowa Flood Center (Wednesday, March 6, 2013)
Higgs boson: the "God" particle (Friday, March 29, 2013)
UIRA Annual Luncheon and Meeting (Tuesday, April 23, 2013)
Marathons Around the World (May 15, 2013)
UIRA Annual Picnic (Tuesday, June 4, 2013))

UIRA Board of Directors Meeting (Tuesday, April 9, 2013)

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.

Tour the County Courthouse (Thursday, Sept 27, 2012)

When we cast our votes for U.S. President in November, we will also be asked to approve a bond issue for a new Justice Center in Johnson County. In order to inform our members, we have arranged for a tour of the current courthouse on Thursday, September 27th at 4:00 p.m., meeting in Courtroom 2A. After a tour of the historic Richardsonian Romanesque building, which dates back to 1901 and features a stained-glass dome, Janet Lyness, Johnson County Attorney, will tell us about the proposal for the new facility, which will include a new jail and additional courthouse space. No reservation is required.

Tour the County Jail (Sept 27, Oct 2 or 4, 2012)

In addition, there are opportunities for a tour of the current jail. These tours can accommodate only 10 persons at a time, so reservations are required for the three tours we have scheduled. Schedule times are at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27th (after the Courthouse tour), 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd, and Thursday, and 6:00 p.m. on October 4th. Because of limit on the number, we must make reservations for the jail tours. Please make a reservation with Nancy Lynch after September 15th by e-mailing her at nancylynch1941@gmail.com. If possible, rank your choices of those three dates and Nancy will do her best to accommodate as many as possible.

Annual Flu Shot Clinic (Thursday, Oct 18, 2012)

On Thursday, October 18th, the Visiting Nurses Association will host our annual private flu shot clinic from Noon-4:00 p.m. in the community room of the UI Community Credit Union on Mormon Trek. They will bill Medicare or insurance companies directly for us.

Discuss Johnson County Recreation Areas (Monday, Oct 22, 2012)

Harry Graves, Director, Johnson County Department of Conservation,
Monday, October 22nd, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Coralville Public Library, Lower Level meeting room Parking is available immediately below the library’s street-level parking lot provides lower level access.

Johnson County is a treasure trove of outdoor recreation opportunities and attractions. Included are camping, picnicking, swimming, biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and so on. Harry Graves is the perfect person to discuss all of this. Harry is the Conservation Director of Johnson County and is directly or indirectly involved with all these and more.

A recent, just-dedicated development in which Harry was very involved is the Ciha Fen Preserve in NW Johnson County, a unique prairie/wetlands project. Harry will discuss this as well as other undertakings in our county, including plans for the future and utilization of Conservation Bond funds.

Want to know more about Johnson County's trails, native prairies, river access areas, small community parks, Sutliff Bridge and Recreation Area, geocache permits, environmental education programming? All this and more is under the umbrella of the Johnson County Conservation Department. See their website at
www.johnson-county.com/dept_conservation.aspx?id=3943

Discuss Health Care Benefits for Retirees (Thursday, Nov 15, 2012)


[Click photo for larger image.]

Health benefits was the topic of a presentation by Richard Saunders, UI assistant vice president of Human Resources and director of the Benefits Office, at a meeting of the UIRA Nov. 15 at Parkview Church.

Alien Worlds: Seach for Life on Extra-Terrestrial Planets (January, 17, 2013)

On Thursday, January 17, 1:00 p.m. Coralville Public Library

Professor Robert Mutel will present a program titled: Alien Worlds: The Search for Life on Extra-Terrestrial Planets. In the past decade an entirely new field of astronomy has blossomed: The search for life on planets beyond the Earth. Click here for full article.

Tour the New Indoor UI Football Practice Facility (Thursday, Feb 28, 2013)

We will tour the new indoor football practice facility and hear about our Olympic sports program on Thursday February 28 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. UIRA will provide a tour of the new Indoor Football Practice Facility, followed by a talk by Jane Meyer about the Olympic (formerly “the minor”) sports at the University of Iowa. Jane has been at the University of Iowa Associate Director of Athletics for many years. Her responsibilities include overseeing the building of new sports facilities. She knows this place from the inside out – literally. RSVP required and lunch will be provided. View more information in the February Gray Hawk issue.

Iowa Flood Center (Wednesday, March 6, 2013)

Our UIRA program for March will be a presentation by Larry Weber at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, 10:30 a.m. until noon.

“Iowa Flood Center: A critical resource for all Iowans” program by Larry Weber, Larry Weber is the Director of IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering. Details in the February issue of the Gray Hawk.

Higgs boson: the "God" particle (Friday, March 29, 2013)

Professor Usha Mallik will present a program on the Higgs boson, the "God" particle (and the origin of matter) at the E. Jean Schwab Auditorium, lower level of the Coralville Public Library, March 29th, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. She is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, specializing in Experimental Particle Physics. Professor Mallik will explain where and how the Higgs boson or “God” particle fits into the theory of the universe. She and her group of post-doctoral fellows and graduate students work on data from the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), near Geneva. LHC experiments discovered the supposed Higgs only last year. There is free parking in the library parking lot with direct access to the lower level. Parking on the main level is permitted but please avoid the closest two parking aisles, which are reserved for library patrons.

UIRA Annual Luncheon and Meeting (Tuesday, April 23, 2013)

UIRA annual general business meeting and luncheon is scheduled for April 23, 11:30- 1-30. The event will be at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, located north of I-80 at exit 242. There will be a choice of entrees, including a vegetarian selection; and gluten-free meals may be requested. There will be a cash bar and time for socializing beginning at 11:30 and luncheon served at noon. New officers and directors for 2013-14 will be elected by the membership at this meeting. The business meeting will follow the luncheon. Musical entertainment will be singing as provided by Music Professor Stephen Swanson. This is also a good time to renew your UIRA membership.

Be sure to make your luncheon reservation by April 16. Click here for printable reservation form.

Marathons Around the World (Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.)

7 Marathons on 7 Continents, presented by Rick Walton, President-Elect of UIRA at the Coralville Public Library Meeting Room A. It’s a double whammy! Meet our incoming UIRA President and hear an adventure story. Over a period of 8 years, Rick Walton, his wife Laura and two friends traveled the world to run a marathon on each continent. The locations included Easter Island (South America), Athens (Europe), Siberia (Asia), Kenya (Africa), New Zealand (Oceana) and even Antarctica. Each travel adventure also served up challenging runs through some intriguing and dramatic terrain. You will also learn about the discipline of training to run marathons.

There is free parking in the library parking lot with direct access to the lower level. Parking on the main level is permitted, but please avoid the closest two parking aisles, which are reserved for library patrons.

UIRA Annual Picnic (Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 6:00 p.m.)

The venue for the UIRA Annual Potluck Picnic Tuesday, June 4, 6:00 p.m. has changed slightly. The City notified us that due to flooding, our event has been moved to Shelter 3, Upper City Park.

Getting to the picnic site: Turn into Upper City Park at the intersection of North Riverside Drive and Park Road. Shelter 3 is the second shelter (on your right).

The UIRA Annual Potluck Picnic is scheduled on Tuesday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m. in Shelter 3 of City Park. We will provide the main course, table service, and beverages. Please bring either a salad or dessert to serve 6 people. Following the picnic, at 7:00 p.m., we will once again have an opportunity to mosey across the green and attend a bit of the rehearsal of Shakespeare's Hamlet that will be performed this summer.

UI Senior College Courses (Spring 2013)

The UI Senior College will announce another rich schedule of offerings for the Spring 2013 Session. At the time of this writing, the courses have not been announced but will be available at the beginning of January.

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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