November 9, 2011

Forkenbrock Public Policy Center Symposium Welcome

It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 2011 Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy Symposium. This series has quickly become a major University of Iowa event, and I thank the Public Policy Center and all of the other departments and offices who have made this important discussion possible. I also thank all of you here who are attending the symposium. Conflict and civility in political discourse—this year’s symposium theme—is an issue of major significance, and it is only becoming more so in our current society and political climate....
October 29, 2011

LGBT Resource Center Fifth Anniversary Celebration and Reunion

It is a great honor and pleasure to join you this evening. I offer you my sincerest congratulations on the fifth anniversary of the LGBT Resource Center. I also thank you—everyone gathered here tonight as well as all of the organizations sponsoring this event and who support the UI’s LGBT community—for all you do to make our university a humane, welcoming, and diverse institution. And I welcome back to our campus and community the friends and alumni who are here with us this weekend....
October 13, 2011

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. Gathering with so many of you who generously give back to and provide leadership for our wonderful community is always inspiring and enjoyable. 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....
September 18, 2011

iExploreSTEM Festival Opening Ceremony

I am delighted to welcome you to the University of Iowa! The promise and passion of eager young students always thrills me. We are honored that you chose to spend your day with us, and we have a lot of fun and enlightening activities set up for you. Science, technology, engineering, math—they all are full of wonders and surprises. Maybe a moment of wonder and surprise today will spark a lifelong interest for you....
September 11, 2011

9/11 Peace and Reconciliation Ceremony

On behalf of the University of Iowa, I offer you greetings and thanks at this very special event....
September 2, 2011

Quad Cities Chamber Executives Club Meeting

Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. It’s a great pleasure to visit the wonderful, vibrant Quad Cities....
August 30, 2011

Dubuque Rotary Club Dubuque Golf and Country Club

 Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. It’s a great pleasure to visit the wonderful community of Dubuque, and it’s always wonderful to share what’s going on at the University with our friends here in the Key City....
August 21, 2011

Opening Convocation

Welcome to the University of Iowa!...
July 25, 2011

Iowa Education Summit Opening Statement Panel: “The Value of a Globally Prepared Workforce”

A public university’s mission has always been closely tied with the success and prosperity of its state’s citizens. The past few decades have presented a new challenge to education at all levels: the need for a state and its citizens to compete globally....
July 13, 2011

Friends of Lakeside Lab Reception

It is always a special delight to visit the beautiful grounds of the Lakeside Lab, especially at this time of year when summer is in full bloom. Today’s gathering is a special delight as well, as we thank you, the Friends of Lakeside Lab, for your vision and generosity in supporting this unique and remarkable institution....

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