October 11, 2013

Kirkwood Regional Center Groundbreaking

 I am very pleased, proud, and excited to join you today at this very important groundbreaking. The partnership that we are embarking upon here at the Kirkwood Regional Center is a unique but necessary educational undertaking that will benefit teachers, students, our communities, and our state for decades to come....
October 10, 2013

Joint Service Clubs Luncheon

 As always, it is a special delight and honor to speak with our community’s joint service clubs.  It’s an annual tradition that I very much look forward to and enjoy. I am proud to share some of what’s happening at the university with you, and I’m always energized and inspired by the innovation and leadership that fills this room. All of you contribute so much to making our local communities vibrant and forward-looking, and I thank you for making this such a wonderful place to live, work, create, and serve....
September 30, 2013

Public Policy Center 25th Anniversary Reception

I am pleased and honored to welcome you to the President’s Residence for this lovely—and important—reception.As a state university, our public mission is paramount.  We also recognize that in our strategic planning, a pillar of which is “Better Futures for Iowans.” I can think of no better way of providing for that better future than working directly with our state’s leaders—which the Public Policy Center has been proudly doing for a quarter century now....
September 29, 2013

Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival

 I am delighted to welcome you to this year’s Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival!...
September 26, 2013

Cherokee Rotary Club Luncheon

Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. It’s a great pleasure to visit your wonderful community, and it’s always an honor to share what’s going on at the university with our friends here in western Iowa.This is an exciting time at the University of Iowa, as a new academic year has begun. Not only do our students return to campus, but our mission of learning, discovery, and engagement kicks back in with full force....
September 3, 2013

Military and Veteran Student Services Open House

It is a pleasure and honor for me to join you today for this very special open house. Our updated Military and Veteran Student Services office provides crucial support, but it also serves as a tremendous way to honor our veteran students’ service in our armed forces and their contributions to the University of Iowa....
August 28, 2013

Children’s Miracle Network/UI Children’s Hospital Ferentz Luncheon

 Thanks to all of you for joining us in this great annual tradition. It is wonderful to be with you again this year! The Children’s Miracle Network luncheon is always a very special marker of new beginnings.We are beginning a new academic year at the UI, a new year of Hawkeye football, a new year of philanthropy through the Children’s Miracle Network, and a new year of providing the best care we possibly can to all our patients at the UI Children’s Hospital. I’m delighted and proud to be part of this team effort!...
August 27, 2013

Sloan Mentoring Program Lunch Workshop

 Thank you very much for inviting me to share a little time with you today. I am enthusiastic about the work you are doing, building on the remarkable success we have enjoyed with minority graduate students here at Iowa, particularly in STEM fields....
August 25, 2013

On Iowa! Opening Convocation

To this remarkable assembly of new students—welcome to the University of Iowa!One hundred sixty-seven years ago, in 1846, a group of Iowa legislators created the state of Iowa on this very ground. Fifty-nine days later, that same legislature created the University of Iowa. Both have grown enormously and prospered wonderfully over this past century-and-a-half-plus....
July 29, 2013

Fraternal Order of Eagles International Convention Keynote

 Greetings to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, such wonderful friends of the University of Iowa!...

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