April 12, 2012

President’s Leadership Society and President’s Leadership Class Reception

Welcome to the President’s Residence, and welcome to this marvelous group of students and special guests. The President’s Leadership Class and President’s Leadership Society have given me the privilege of working with some of our university’s most talented students, and I am honored—and humbled—to gather with you at this lovely reception....
April 4, 2012

Community College Presidents Dinner

We at the University of Iowa are delighted to host this dinner with you tonight. It is always a tremendous privilege to connect with our community colleges, and I am very much enjoying this opportunity to share a meal and some thoughts with such talented higher education leaders....
April 4, 2012

Jackson Pollock Mural Opening Reception

It’s an honor for me to be with you tonight for this important celebration of the arts....
April 3, 2012

State Hygienic Laboratory LEED Gold Certification Reception

I am pleased and proud to join you today for this very special celebration. The State Hygienic Laboratory represents one of the University of Iowa’s longest and most important commitments to the common good and public welfare of all Iowans. The Lab’s innovations have been many, and its impact on the lives of all of our state’s citizens has been profound. Almost two years ago, we celebrated the opening of this remarkable facility that all Iowans can be proud of....
February 14, 2012

College Board Midwest Regional Forum “Investing in Education: A Call to Action” Closing Keynote

It’s my great pleasure to join you to address this most important topic, investing in education. No doubt you have heard many facts, figures, concerns, and ideas over the course of this conference regarding how our country and our states individually need to invest more in education. You certainly won’t get an argument from me, and I will address these issues in a bit. But I want to emphasize that first and foremost, the most important investment in higher education is the personal one. I’m not really talking so much about individuals paying their full way through college....
February 10, 2012

Net Impact Sustainability Summit Luncheon

I am delighted and honored to join you for the second Net Impact Sustainability Summit. I want to thank and congratulate you on such a successful event last year and for starting this tremendous sustainability tradition here at Iowa This second meeting, I am sure, is advancing the conversation in even more exciting ways....
February 7, 2012

Arts Campus Event

Welcome to this very special—and very exciting—gathering as we share with you our progress and plans for the UI’s campus renewal....
January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. “Time to Remember” Commemorative Convocation

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Human Rights is a wonderful way to start the year and start a new semester at the University of Iowa. I am delighted by the imaginative changes to this year’s community convocation as we refresh our annual time to remember Dr. King. I thank all of those who have worked so hard to organize this program and all of the events to come. And I thank you for joining us today as we celebrate the spirit and legacy of one of our greatest Americans, Martin Luther King, Jr....
December 17, 2011

CLAS/Business/Nursing/Medicine/University College 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.Before going further, please, everyone, join me in offering congratulations to these magnificent graduates!...
November 29, 2011

Iowa and Invisible Man Symposium Welcome

It is my great honor and pleasure to welcome you to this very special panel and to the historic series of events that we are hosting here on the UI campus this week.The University of Iowa has long been known as a center for creativity and the arts. Our importance as a center for the written word harkens back to a long-standing tradition of innovative work in literary criticism, to the development and creation of the Writers’ Workshop, and to the founding of the Department of Theatre Arts by E. C. Mabie in 1920....

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