Parking and procedures for upcoming lecture with former First Lady Laura Bush

UNI will host former First Lady Laura Bush.


The University of Northern Iowa is pleased to welcome Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-09) as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series. Mrs. Bush will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). All ticketing has now closed for the lecture. 

UNI is grateful for the continued support of Joy Cole Corning’s family to commemorate her life of leadership and service to the people of Iowa and beyond.


Attendees are encouraged to park in the ITC lots across University Avenue and enter GBPAC through the east doors. Limited parking for individuals with disabilities will be available in the GBPAC metered lot, north of the building. 

Doors to the Great Hall of the GBPAC will open for ticketed guests at 6:15 p.m. and close at 6:45 p.m. Special security measures will be in place for the lecture and each person entering will be required to pass through a security checkpoint. Please note the “prohibited items” list below and allow extra time to accommodate security procedures. 

For those hoping to avoid long lines, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. author and professor Jill Abraham Hummer will present "First Ladies in the Modern Era." A ticket to Mrs. Bush’s lecture is required for this pre-speaker event. Attendees must stay in the GBPAC between lectures. Refreshments will be available in the lobby at a small cost.

For questions or accommodations due to disability, please contact Student Accessibility Services at 319-273-2677 (voice). For deaf or hard-of-hearing use Relay 711.


In order for all attendees to safely enjoy the event, we ask everyone to please abide by the following policies:

  • Any patron(s), regardless of age, must possess an event ticket to enter the facility. 
  • No photography or video recording, unless previously arranged with university personnel.
  • Members of the media must have valid credentials displayed to enter the facility and be seated in designated areas. Media credentials must be requested in advance. 
  • Bags larger than 13”x15”x6” will not be permitted. All bags meeting the size requirement will be subject to search.
  • Other prohibited items include, but are not limited to: outside food or beverage items, backpacks, luggage, cameras, laser pointers, signs, balloons, noisemakers, explosives, knives, guns, weapons or any item deemed hazardous by security or university personnel. All patrons entering are subject to search. Storage facilities are not available for checking prohibited items.


The University of Northern Iowa is committed to the principles of free expression embodied in the United States Constitution and the Iowa Constitution. As a public university, we provide a forum for the broad and civil exchange of ideas and experiences. 

UNI Police are responsible for security and safety protocol for all UNI events. Please note that, for order and safety for all while supporting rights of free speech, at no time can persons: 

  • Impede foot or vehicular traffic; force persons to take literature; 
  • Enter a building with signs on sticks or poles, public address systems or anything that could be considered a source of disruption; 
  • Disrupt or attempt to disrupt business, performances, lectures, events or similar happenings; 
  • Enter unauthorized areas or refuse to leave buildings as requested; and 
  • Engage in actions that pose risk to personal safety. 

Persons participating in expressive activity are responsible for obeying all local, state and federal laws. UNI students are responsible for adhering to the Student Conduct Code. If you have questions regarding your rights and responsibilities on free expression, please visit UNI Policy 13.10—Freedom of Expression and Board of Regents Policy 4.2—Freedom of Expression.