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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Big Ten Network match generates more than $90,000 for UI flood relief

A $25,000 matching gift from the Big Ten Network to the University of Iowa Flood Relief Fund has spurred more than $65,000 in donations to the UI Foundation for the university's flood relief efforts, for a total of more than $90,000 from the network's initiative. Nearly 200 individual contributors made more than $50,000 in gifts as a direct result of the Big Ten Network's challenge, which it promoted on its broadcasts and through a joint Web-based promotion with the UI Foundation. In addition, the network's efforts on behalf of the UI inspired Florida Citrus Sports to make a $15,000 gift for UI flood recovery. (more)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

UI Theatre Building update

The University of Iowa Theatre Arts Department plans to return to the Theatre Building, which was flooded this summer, during finals week. The target dates are Thursday and Friday, Dec. 18 and 19, with a few things moving earlier that week. On those two days the department plans to move nearly everything and everyone back to the building, though officials expect it may take a while to get the space organized.

For more details, visit the Theatre Arts Department Web site.

Flood Mitigation Task Force forum to offer updates, seek input

The University of Iowa Flood Mitigation Task Force will host an open forum from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 in Room C20 of the Pomerantz Career Center.

Task force members will provide updates on the flood recovery and mitigation planning processes. Additionally, members of the community who were directly affected by the flood, as well as other interested parties, will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer input.

The UI Mitigation Task Force, co-chaired by UI faculty members Gregg Oden, a professor of psychology and computer science, and Larry Weber, an engineering professor and director of IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, is a 14-member campus advisory group charged with guiding campus flood recovery and mitigation efforts in the wake of the summer 2008 flooding of the UI campus, which left more than 20 buildings damaged and numerous faculty, staff and students temporarily displaced.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

University to proceed with recovery of Art Building West

The University of Iowa announced today, Tuesday, Nov. 4, that it will move ahead with repairing and restoring Art Building West, one of two buildings that were home to UI's School of Art and Art History, and also with returning the south end of the former Museum of Art to pre-flood conditions as a temporary quarters for some of its displaced arts programs. (more)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Portions of the Iowa Memorial Union reopen

The first through the third floors of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) reopened to the public Saturday, Nov. 1. Limited services are available, but the building may be used for events, meetings and studying.

The IMU has been closed since June 13 because of flooding of the Iowa River. The ground floor of the building remains closed. Some services are being relocated within the building while others remain in alternate locations.

Campus Event Services offices and the Campus Information Center reopened today (Monday, Nov. 3), and the IMU is taking reservations for events and meetings. To make a reservation call 319-335-3114.

The University Book Store is in the Old Capitol Town Center, and will remain there until further notice. The Iowa One Card Office will remain in 3 Jessup Hall.

Moving back to the IMU in the next few weeks are the University Box Office, Office of Student Life, UI Student Government and student organizations, IMU Human Resources, Office of the Vice President for Student Services, and all IMU support services. The Bijou Theater will start showing films on Friday Nov. 7, and resume its regular schedule, showing movies seven days a week.

On Dec. 1 the Iowa House Hotel is scheduled to reopen, as is the River Room with a full menu. The hotel is accepting reservations for dates after Jan. 1, 2009; call 319-335-3513 to make reservations.

IMU building hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Friday Nov. 7. After Nov. 7, the IMU will resume normal hours of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

For detailed, up-to-date information visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: David Grady, IMU, 319-335-3114,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,