June 10, 2011

Writers’ Workshop 75th Anniversary Reunion Conference Dinner

It is my very great honor and pleasure to join you this evening in celebration of the Writers’ Workshop 75th anniversary. And welcoming so many former and present Workshop faculty, alumni, and friends makes tonight a very, very special event....
May 14, 2011

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 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!...
May 14, 2011

Graduate College Commencement

I am delighted and honored to join you today. You, our graduate students, have been central to the excellence of this University and to creating the cutting edge of discovery that marks our distinction. I offer my heartiest congratulations to all of you at this very special moment in your lives.I also want to greet and offer thanks to my colleagues gathered here this afternoon—our graduates’ teachers and mentors, and all the staff members who have made our students’ journey to this day possible....
April 8, 2011

Latino Native American Cultural Center Rededication and Ribbon Cutting

It is a very special delight and honor for me to join you today in celebrating this important moment. Today, we are renewing and reaffirming our commitment to this important center and to the students for whom it is their campus cultural home. For forty years now, the Latino Native American Cultural Center has contributed to the vibrancy of student life, education, and service at The University of Iowa. This has been a center for social advocacy and activism, cultural enrichment and education, and student support since 1971....
February 11, 2011

Net Impact Sustainability Forum Luncheon

Thank you very much for inviting me to share some brief remarks with you today. And I would like to extend my thanks to everyone involved with this important forum—the organizers, the speakers and guests, and all attendees. The UI’s commitment to sustainability is strong and grows all the time. And the dialogue that is happening at this forum is exactly the kind of conversation we need to have—between our students, our faculty and staff, the business community, and all those outside the University who are dedicated to a greener, more sustainable world....
January 25, 2011

Association of Governing Boards Luncheon

It is a tremendous honor for me to join you today and speak with you about the absolute best part of my job as President of The University of Iowa. I’ve been asked to share with you some thoughts about why we raise money for public higher education. As you know, a major part of a university President’s job these days is fundraising. I enjoy this aspect of my position greatly....
January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Opening Celebration

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 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 18, 2010

Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, Nursing Commencement Carver Hawkeye Arena

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 remarkable and once-in-a-lifetime occasion.Before going further, please, everyone, join me in offering congratulations to these magnificent graduates!...
December 18, 2010

Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, 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 remarkable and once-in-a-lifetime occasion.Before going further, please, everyone, join me in offering congratulations to these magnificent graduates!...
November 12, 2010

Go Red for Women Luncheon

Thank you very much for inviting me to speak with you today.  It’s a great honor to help out such a great cause, and it’s inspiring to join such a caring and upbeat group of people.  Heart health is one of the most important issues of the day, and I am very happy to support the efforts of the “Go Red for Women” campaign and to share a little bit about my own family’s history with heart disease—something that I have not done publicly before....

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