June 9, 2014

Webster City Rotary Club Luncheon

 Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. It’s always a great pleasure to visit our friends in Iowa communities all across the state, and I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to visit with you here in Webster City. It’s an honor to share what’s going on at the university with you, especially how the University of Iowa contributes to your community....
May 19, 2014

Iowa NEW Leadership Welcome

 
It is my very great honor to help welcome this marvelous group to the University of Iowa as you embark on a week of learning and leadership.
 
For their part in making this tremendous program happen, I would like to thank the Iowa NEW Leadership organizers, the Women’s Resource and Action Center, and our faculty-in-residence who will be leading you this week. I would especially like to thank you, the young women who have chosen to dedicate this week to exploration of leadership, empowerment, and diversity.
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April 26, 2014

Grant Wood Symposium and Fellows Exhibition Welcome

 
I am very pleased and excited to welcome you to the Grant Wood Symposium and Fellows Exhibition. On behalf of the University of Iowa, I extend greetings and welcome to all our speakers, our Grant Wood Fellows, visitors from around the state, and everyone else attending this important symposium.
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April 8, 2014

Marion Rotary Club Luncheon

 
Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. It’s always a great pleasure to visit our friends in Marion and Linn County, and it’s an honor to share what’s going on at the university with you, especially how the University of Iowa contributes to your community.
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March 10, 2014

Jackson Pollock Mural Getty Reception

 
[Timothy Potts, Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, introduces President Mason.]
 
Thank you, Timothy, and I join you in thanking all of the remarkable people of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, and those who have supported this historic project.
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March 1, 2014

Sam Becker Memorial Reception

 
I am honored to be part of this wonderful reception in honor of Sam Becker, and I would like to thank you for joining us today as we remember and celebrate this remarkable man who defined so much of what the University of Iowa is about today.
 
There are only a handful of University of Iowa community members who could be called “legends,” and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Samuel L. Becker is without doubt among them. People applied words and phrases like “genius,” “true gentleman,” and “Mr.
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February 21, 2014

Main Library Learning Commons Dedication and Grand Opening

 
 
I am very excited to be here today to mark the opening and the amazing success of the Learning Commons. Whenever we are able to celebrate an innovation that serves our students better and that contributes to their success here at the University of Iowa, I am especially happy.
 
I am also very happy to thank all of those who have made the Learning Commons possible, and I would like to extend special gratitude to our public leaders for their hard work on our behalf. Our Board of Regents has been a crucial and supportive partner.
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January 29, 2014

Monticello Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

Thank you for inviting me to speak with you. It’s a great pleasure to visit with our friends in Monticello and Jones County, and it’s a special honor to speak with you this evening at your annual banquet....
December 21, 2013

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences/Tippie College of Business Commencement Charge to the Graduates

 Greetings, and welcome to the graduates, to my faculty and staff colleagues, to other University of Iowa students, to family and friends, and to honored guests. It is my great pleasure to share with you this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.Many people have made this day possible. Out there in the audience are parents, grandparents, husbands, wives, partners, significant others, children, brothers, sisters, and many other relatives and friends of the graduates. We thank you, too—everyone here who has made this day possible!...
October 14, 2013

World Food Prize Laureates Lecture Welcome

 Thank you for joining us today on this very special occasion. We at the University of Iowa are very pleased, honored, and humbled to host this lecture by our distinguished guests, the 2013 World Food Prize Laureates....

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