March 9, 2015

UI Alumni Association Lifelong Learning Series

  “The University for Iowa: A Legacy of Service and Engagement” Over 165 years ago, a new frontier state sparked a vision of public higher education accessible to all. When Iowa was only 59 days old, the pioneering First General Assembly in 1847 established the State University of Iowa as one of their very first acts. What we know today as the University of Iowa came into being as the new state’s first public university....
December 5, 2014

Northwest Iowa Regents Resource Center Ribbon Cutting

  I am pleased to join you today at this important event for northwest Iowa and, indeed, for the entire state. Anytime that the Regents universities are able to expand services to the people of Iowa is cause for celebration. And we at the University of Iowa are very excited to grow our partnerships with the communities of northwest Iowa....
December 4, 2014

Panel: “Role of Higher Education vis-à-vis Business Growth and Workforce Development in Iowa”

Iowa Business Council State economic development has become an increasingly important priority for our public universities all across the country, and that is certainly true in Iowa. We at the University Iowa are embracing that emphasis and moving full steam ahead by re-energizing older and creating new programs, as well as continuing to pursue the priorities that we have always held with excellence as our goal....
October 15, 2014

Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building Dedication

This is a momentous day for the University of Iowa, and I am very pleased to be celebrating it with you. I would first like to extend our thanks to John and Mary Pappajohn once again for their generosity and vision that has resulted in this remarkable facility. We also thank them for the many, many other ways that they have demonstrated their support for the UI over the years. They have made a major impact on many areas of the university and have been among our most loyal and most generous friends....
October 9, 2014

Iowa City Area Joint Service Clubs Luncheon

  Thank you for inviting me to speak with you once again at this wonderful gathering of community leaders. I always very much enjoy meeting with you at this time of year and sharing my pride in the University of Iowa....
October 6, 2014

Showcase of UI Economic Development

On behalf of the University of Iowa, I welcome you to this exciting showcase. I also thank you for coming to hear about the innovative ways the University of Iowa is a catalyst for economic development for the people of Iowa....
October 3, 2014

Interfaith Alliance Luncheon

  Thank you very much for inviting me to speak with you today. It’s always a great pleasure to visit with our good friends in Cedar Rapids. I’ve been asked to talk with you today about some of today’s challenges in higher education, especially as they apply to the education we provide our students and the access they have to that education....
September 24, 2014

On Iowa! Opening Convocation

  To this remarkable assembly of new students, welcome to the University of Iowa! I know that the past few days have been among the most exciting in your life as you have prepared to launch your college careers. The coming weeks will offer you many more new adventures as you begin your classes, join campus organizations, and become part of the campus and Iowa City community. In all these activities, you will experience one of the most transformative aspects of college life, interacting with new ideas, new perspectives, and new people....
September 20, 2014

School of Urban and Regional Planning Fiftieth Anniversary

  It is my great pleasure to join you tonight to share this special celebration with you. I offer the School of Urban and Regional Planning my heartiest congratulations on reaching this important milestone, a half-century of excellence in education, research, and social impact. And to those of you who are alumni of the school, I welcome you back to Iowa City and thank you for all the remarkable work you have done on behalf of your communities as graduates of the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning....
June 12, 2014

College of Education and Tippie College of Business School Leader Dialogue and Celebration Welcome

  I am delighted to welcome you all to the University of Iowa campus, to the Iowa City community, and to this innovative and important meeting. I am grateful that our College of Education and Tippie College of Business have partnered to bring educational and business leaders together to exchange dialogue on issues of leadership and collaboration....

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