July 10, 2013

Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

25th Anniversary CelebrationIt is my great pleasure and honor to join you at this wonderful and important celebration. The Belin-Blank Center’s quarter-century anniversary is truly a milestone, a testament to the excellence and innovation that the Center has brought to our university, to the people of Iowa, and to gifted and talented students all across the country and around the world....
June 14, 2013

Arts and Minds: A Celebration of Partnership

I would like to thank the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for that magnificent and inspiring performance. This is just a preview of their show tomorrow at 4:00 here on the Pentacrest, so please come back for the full concert. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band were Hancher Auditorium's opening performers in 1972, and they are now in the midst of the statewide “Living with Floods” tour sponsored by Hancher, with the UI College of Engineering, the UI College of Education and the Interdisciplinary Flood Workshop, the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, and the Iowa Flood Center....
May 18, 2013

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Commencement

 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!...
May 2, 2013

“For Iowa. Forever More.” Comprehensive Campaign Kickoff

Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us today.A few years ago, we revived a wonderful UI campus tradition during Welcome Week—inviting our entire incoming student body to a UI-wide convocation ceremony on the Pentacrest lawn. Beneath the golden dome of this historic building, which symbolizes the UI’s proud history, the future gathers—thousands of eager, hopeful, and determined young students who, with our help, will be leaders in the 21st century....
April 26, 2013

Campus Workshop on Public Engagement in Higher Education Welcome

 Thank you very much for participating in this very important workshop on public engagement in higher education. I welcome you to what promises to be an inspiring, enlightening, and challenging conversation....
April 26, 2013

Hawkeye Innovation Summit

 I am very pleased to join you today at this exciting and important summit. The University of Iowa is a crucial partner in making life better for all Iowans—in educating our state’s citizens, in providing the highest quality health care statewide, in conducting cutting-edge research in myriad areas, in contributing significantly to the cultural vibrancy of Iowa, and in supporting our state’s economic development. Our research enterprise in large part defines our character as a leader in innovation and discovery....
April 20, 2013

University of Iowa Student Government Inauguration

It is a pleasure and an honor to join you today at this very important occasion in the life of the University of Iowa. Our student leadership is critical to the success of the university. The transition of power to a new student government is always a time for celebration, but it is also a time for reflection. We reflect on the excellent work and generous service that our previous UISG leaders and representatives have provided to the student body and the university as a whole.  And we reflect on the promise of fresh ideas and vision when a new government steps up to serve....
February 23, 2013

Iowa Lions Foundation Gala

I am very pleased and honored to join you at this inaugural Iowa Lions Foundation Gala. What a wonderful way to celebrate—and enhance—the generosity and service of this remarkable group....
February 4, 2013

Waterloo Downtown Rotary Club

 Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. It’s always an honor and pleasure to share what’s going on at the university with our great friends here in Waterloo.At the University of Iowa, we wish to make life better for people all across Iowa and beyond, and I’d like to talk a little with you today about some of the ways we do that here in the Waterloo area....
December 15, 2012

Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, and Nursing Commencement

 Good morning, 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!...

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