January 17, 2019

A spring semester welcome message from President Harreld

Welcome back to campus! The spring semester is full of transformations—the weather changing from cool to warm, students changing from novices to experts in their courses, finally culminating in the blossoming of trees and flowers all over campus just as our graduates don their commencement robes. ...
December 13, 2018

An end-of-year message from President Harreld

At the close of the fall semester, I’m reflecting on the amazing achievements of our students and some new faces at the university. Exciting things have come to pass. Senior Austin Hughes was named a Rhodes scholar, the latest in a long line of Iowa students to achieve the award, a legacy beginning with Jacob Van der Zee in 1905. Not only was Austin named, but senior Melissa Lauer was a finalist as well, an additional honor for the university to celebrate. ...
November 1, 2018

President Harreld: Join us for the National First-Generation College Celebration

The University of Iowa is participating in the National First-Generation College Celebration with a week of events from Nov. 5 to 9, with Nov. 8 being the official national celebration day. I invite everyone to join in the celebration by attending one or more events to learn more about our first-generation students and celebrate their successes. ...
August 30, 2018

A summer recap and strategic plan update from President Harreld

Last week, Provost Curry and I published a welcome message to the University of Iowa community, one that outlined resources available to students, faculty, and staff as everyone is getting into the swing of the new year. It’s important that Hawkeyes know about all the ways they can seek assistance from the university. ...
August 20, 2018

A welcome message from President Harreld and Provost Curry

The week leading up to classes always provides us a wonderful opportunity to greet new students, reconnect with faculty and staff, and engage with our new representatives of shared governance. It is an orientation of sorts, and it is during this week every year that we are reminded of why we chose to become Hawkeyes. ...
July 26, 2018

President Harreld: University of Iowa researchers earn more federal grants

The University of Iowa has long been the home of cutting-edge scholarship, research, and creative expression. From the health sciences to the digital humanities, Hawkeyes have always pushed the envelope, improving and enriching people’s lives. ...
May 10, 2018

A graduation message from President Harreld

Having tolerated four months of January, here we are, simultaneously celebrating May and graduation. I am always amazed at how quickly time passes, and I’m sure many of our graduates feel the same. Yet here we are…spring commencement, daffodils, pollen, mortar boards, selfies. ...
March 29, 2018

President Harreld on the importance of groundbreaking UI research

The University of Iowa has long been an epicenter of groundbreaking research, scholarship, and creative work. From volcanology and astrophysics to engineering and the digital humanities, the UI is at the forefront of many fields. Our talented faculty pursue their findings while training undergraduate and graduate students who will, in time, take on the mantle themselves.  ...
February 15, 2018

President Harreld on the generational disinvestment in public higher education

Over the past 20 years, Iowa has experienced a generational disinvestment in public higher education. This disinvestment is now impacting the children of those who graduated from the UI 20 years ago. These 42-year-old adults were supported by Iowans in their pursuit of a public education. Yet, their 18-year-old children are not receiving the same support, and are actually receiving less support. ...
January 18, 2018

UI’s past resilience is a model for its ongoing success

Those that steered this institution before us dealt with change and uncertainty just as we do. In September 1971, then-President Sandy Boyd delivered an address to the faculty that many of us have read many times. It puts the present moment into proper context for me. Within his address, President Emeritus Boyd stated, “Because of the imagination and resolve of prior generations, this university has flourished. In turn, it has benefited the students and teachers who have labored here and through them has advanced society.” ...

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