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Inside Iowa State
June 26, 1998

Carver year schedule taking shape

by Anne Dolan and Steve Jones

As announced last month in Inside, the 1998-99 academic year at Iowa State will include an all-university celebration of George Washington Carver. The theme for the celebration is "Inspiring students to become their best: The legacy of George Washington Carver."

Artwork created especially for the celebration features a montage of images highlighting Carver's influence at Iowa State. The illustration will be used on materials such as the phone directory cover, concourse displays at the Des Moines airport and ISU's It's a fact brochure.

"The residence dining service decided to use the montage on its menu cards. I hope people across campus will think about opportunities within their communication programs to use this visual and promote the university's celebration of one of our most respected alumni," said Carole Custer, director of university marketing.

The illustration might be used, for example, on pieces as varied as the ISU financial report cover and beverage cups, Custer said. She encouraged people to think about materials or items that are printed every year, since the celebration is a year long. Those in academic or service departments planning a special Carver event especially are asked to consider ways to use the illustration.

Those who have a potential use for the Carver montage should contact Custer, 4-3134. Depending on the art format needed, there may be a minimal charge for preparing the illustration.

Carver celebration

Beginning with the Iowa State Fair in August, where Carver's legacy will be part of both the College of Agriculture and university exhibits, the Carver celebration will unfold as a university-wide effort to honor the famous researcher, musician and ISU alumnus.

Comedian Bill Cosby will kick off the celebration at Stephens Auditorium on Sunday, Aug. 30, with a free comedy show for Iowa State students at 6 p.m. and a show for the general public at 3 p.m. Tickets for the afternoon show, priced at $28 to $37.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow (June 27) at all TicketMaster locations.

The 30th anniversary season at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium includes three other Carver Arts Series events. These include the Klezmatics, who perform Jewish roots music, on Nov. 5; the Ondekoza Demon Drummers of Japan, Nov. 15; and Tango Buenos Aires, a company of dancers and musicians, March 27, 1999.

This fall, the Brunnier Art Museum will host Through These Eyes: George Washington Carver at Tuskegee, an exhibition of 118 black and white photographs by P.H. Polk. Carver, Polk's favorite subject, is featured in more than 40 images. The opening reception is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Brunnier.

A Carver lecture series and a Carver display tour of Iowa also are planned.

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