November 19, 2012

12th Annual Iowa Organic Conference Welcome

On behalf of the University of Iowa, I welcome you to our campus and community. We are very proud to host this historic event. For the first time in the twelve years that Iowa State University and the University of Iowa have partnered on the Annual Iowa Organic Conference, we are holding it here in Iowa City. Our community has many enthusiastic and creative people who are dedicated to organic and local foods, and I know you’ll find a very welcoming and friendly environment here with us....
November 14, 2012

National Coalition Building Institute Conference Welcome

On behalf of the University of Iowa, it is a great pleasure and honor to welcome you to our community. We are very happy to be hosting this important conference, and we are thrilled that people have traveled from all over the United States and Canada to be here....
November 14, 2012

Student Veterans Reception

It is a pleasure and honor for me to host you at the President’s Residence for this reception as we honor your service in our armed forces and your contributions to the University of Iowa....
October 25, 2012

Iowa Facilities Association of Colleges and Universities Fall Meeting Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to the University of Iowa campus and to the Iowa City community. We are pleased and proud to host this important meeting, and I know you will enjoy your day with us....
October 16, 2012

Campus Compact 2012 Presidents Leadership Summit

Thank you very much for joining me today in this very important conversation about advancing healthy economies through engaged scholarship....
October 11, 2012

Iowa City Community Joint Service Clubs Luncheon

Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. The joint service clubs luncheon is always one of the highlights of the year for me. On behalf of the university, I thank you all for the part you play in making the Iowa City-Coralville-North Liberty community such a tremendous place to live and work....
October 9, 2012

West Des Moines 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 friends here in the West Des Moines area....
October 5, 2012

Linda Kerber Retirement Symposium Welcome

It is my very great honor to welcome you to this wonderful—and I must admit a little bittersweet—symposium. The wonder of this program comes in the exciting work that is being shared in the critical area of women and citizenship. The symposium will explore this significant issue from an impressive array of dimensions: war, health, families, political activism, internationalism, and the law, among others....
September 20, 2012

First Generation Hawkeye Reception

It’s a great pleasure for me to join you this afternoon as you embark on—or continue—perhaps the most important journey of your life so far. I want to thank Georgina Dodge, Kelly Strang, the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, and everyone involved with getting the First Generation Initiative off the ground....
September 18, 2012

Digital Public Humanities Reception

I am delighted to join you today to welcome our talented new faculty to the University of Iowa and to celebrate the successful launch in the past year of “Public Humanities in a Digital World.”I am very excited about this initiative for a number of reasons. The innovations that are possible through interdisciplinary clusters in general are exhilarating. We are enthusiastic about the cluster hire initiatives that we have put forward across the university, which have brought many very talented people and many forward-thinking ideas to our academic community....

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