Iowa Volunteers

Hello and Thank you for Volunteering!

Welcome to the Iowa FIRST Robotic Competition – FIRST POWER UP

61 awesome teams, approximately 1200 team members, are from 8 states including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin and 3 countries including Turkey and Brazil.

Over 140 Volunteers from nine states will work together to create a safe and exciting event for our teams.

If you haven’t already watched the official explanation of the POWER UP game, please click here:


Lisa Hurban – IA Regional Volunteer Coordinator 319-215-0258

For your Safety & Privacy: Only Volunteers & Event Staff are permitted into Designated Volunteers-Only Areas.


Volunteers are to park in the South Dome Lot.  A parking pass will be provided at Volunteer Registration that must be displayed on your dash and visible from the windshield.  An interactive parking map can be found at http://www.uni.edu/campusmap/

A printable parking lot map can be found at:


Volunteer Entrance:

Volunteer entrance will be located on the North West entrance to the McLeod Center.  Walk towards the panther and there should be signs.

Be aware if checking in before 8:30 AM on Thursday or 8:00 AM Friday or Saturday you may find the courtyard filled with enthusiastic students waiting to enter the Arena or Pits.  Just let them know you are a volunteer and need to check in and they will graciously make room for you.

Daily Check-In Procedure and Wristbands: We request that every volunteer check-in daily at Volunteer Registration in the volunteer lounge. Meals will be provided on the days you volunteer and a wristband will be provided each day.

What to Bring:

WATER Bottles: Refillable water bottles marked with your name are encouraged.  Water will be available in the Volunteer Lounge and you can fill up before heading to your volunteer station.  There are water fountains located in the arena and the Pit area.

Also recommended is a thermal mug. Hot coffee/tea is provided during regular meal service. We encourage you to bring a thermal mug and fill with coffee or tea during meals.

No outside food or beverage can be brought into the arena.  If you have concerns regarding food allergies or failed to list them in VIMS please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa Hurban at iaFRCvolunteers@cfu.net.

Safety Glasses: Everyone must wear Safety Glasses when in the Pits or on the Field. We have “loaners” but you will be more comfortable if you have your own, personal pair of Safety Glasses.

What to wear:

When volunteering, please wear your Volunteer T-Shirt, comfortable clothing and closed-toe/heel shoes. No sandals, Clogs or Crocs. If you have volunteered at an event already this year, please bring your shirt and let Volunteer Registration know. 

For All Field Volunteers:

Field Access: Designated Volunteer Personnel will have Field Access ribbons on their badges.  Only designated volunteers are allowed on the field.

Team Media: Each team is issued (one) media tag. Team Media is on-field only when their team is present; they queue to enter/exit the field with their Field Team.

EVENT Schedules & Information: 


Field Assembly and Event Load-In personnel are scheduled to come earlier on Wednesday and should report at the times identified by their leads.   Parking passes will not be needed.

General Info for Thursday March 22 – Saturday March 24, 2018

Event Volunteer Registration begins at 7 AM on Thursday in the Alumni Hall (Volunteer Lounge).

Upon arrival at Volunteer Registration, please confirm you have submitted the Conflict of Interest forms if you are volunteering in a role that requires this and you have an affiliation with a team competing at the event.

Roles requiring a conflict of Interest Disclosure Form are:

Judge Advisor, Judge, Field Supervisor, FIRST Technical Advisor, Head Referee, Referees, Lead Robot Inspector, Robot Inspectors, Inspection Manager, Safety Advisor, Scorekeeper and Team Queuers.  Forms are available on the firstinspires website at this link: https://www.firstinspires.org/sites/default/files/uploads/resource_library/volunteer/conflict-of-interest-and-disclosure-statement.pdf

(If the link won’t open, cut and paste into you browser.)

Forms will be available at registration if needed.

Volunteer Registration & Breakfast opens at 7 AM, March 21 – 24, 2018

On Thursday March 21 only: Field Reset Volunteers: Please plan to arrive and check-in at Volunteer Registration no later than 9:30 AM. Field Supervisors will conduct training on the field 9:45 AM.

VOLUNTEER MEALS – The hours posted are availability times. Volunteers will be rotated through to ensure coverage and accommodate variation in the competition schedule.

 Thursday – Alumni Hall

Breakfast 7 AM – 8:30 AM; Lunch 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM; Afternoon Snacks, 2 PM;

Practice Matches end at 6:30 PM. Dinner for those volunteers who will be staying until 8 PM will be provided 5:30 PM – 7 PM.

Friday –  Upper Hall of Fame Concourse

Breakfast 7 AM – 8:30 AM; Lunch 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM; Afternoon Snacks, 2 PM;

Saturday – Alumni Hall

Breakfast 7 AM – 8:30 AM; Lunch 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM; Afternoon Snacks, 2 PM;

Know your Key Volunteers!

Iowa FRC Regional Planning Co-Chairs – Jan and Bruce Newendorp
Ambassador Coordinator – Jennifer Hurban
Volunteer Registration –   

On the Field (McLeod Center)
FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA) – Casey O’Connor, Jacob Komar
FIRST Technical Advisor Assistant – Srinu Dhanwada
Field Supervisor – Bob Guetzlaff
Game Announcer – Nate Purdy
Master of Ceremonies –Tyler Owen
Head Referee – Amanda Owen
Scorekeepers – Carla Lansing, Neil Kruempel, Robert Frederick

In the Pit (UNI Dome)
Control System Advisors – Collin McIntyre, Jason Cheng, Brad Poppe
Lead Robot Inspector – Tim Navickas
UL Lead Safety Advisor – Dave Wroth, James Collier
Lead Safety Glasses Advisor – Marcy Seavey
Lead Team Queuer –Katherine Ollendieck
Pit Administration Supervisor –Mary Prenosil

If – for any reason — you are unable to complete your volunteer assignment, call or text Lisa, 319-215-0258.  On behalf of the IA Regional planning committee, thank you for volunteering your valuable time at the IA Regional!