Where It All Began

Last night, my husband, Luke, and I toasted our 38th anniversary of moving to Iowa City from Kansas City as newlyweds on January 5, 1973, after one of the Midwest’s biggest ice storms. Because of the icy road conditions, we arrived in town late that night and picked up our apartment key at one of the university married student housing Quonset Huts located near Finkbine Stadium, before we headed to Hawkeye Court Apartments. We were thrilled to be starting out married life in Iowa City, so Luke could complete his Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa. We eventually moved to Parklawn Apartments and loved the proximity to campus that our studio apartment afforded us. Once Luke completed his degree,  I went back to school and received my M.A. in English from Iowa. Neither of us dreamed that 38 years later we would still be in Iowa City and have spent most of our professional careers working for the UI and UI affiliates. Like all of you, we made lifelong friends during our student days and living in married student housing and remember fondly our UI faculty mentors. All these years later, we still feel blessed to be part of the university community.

As the new alumni records manager, I’ve had the privilege of reminiscing with many fellow Iowa alumni who have called the office seeking former classmates addresses or providing us with their change of address. One alumnus, a Hawkeye Marching Band member who performed in either the 1957 or 1959 Rose Bowl Parade, wanted to send photos he’d recently discovered that he’d taken during the parade to a fellow classmate—a Scottish Highlander who happened to be marching near him. I was able to provide him with her contact information, and by now, she’s enjoying the photos he sent to her of that memorable Hawkeye Rose Bowl event.

Have you lost touch with college friends that you met in married student housing or from your days in the dorm, or through your involvement in the Hawkeye Marching Band or the Scottish Highlanders? Has your address or employment changed? The University of Iowa Division of Alumni Records, housed within the UI Alumni Association, maintains records on all 284,000 living UI graduates. Ensure that you continue to receive important information from the university by updating your record. You can also use the Find-A-Friend service to locate former classmates. Visit wordpress.iowalum.com/records today or give me or my colleague, Dina McFarland, a call at 319/335-3294.

Susan E. Sweeney
Alumni Records Manager

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