Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Ghost of Grant Wood

Long before I knew about his connection to the University of Iowa, I was a fan of artist Grant Wood.

Long before I even set foot in the state of Iowa, I appreciated Wood’s curvaceous renderings of Midwestern landscapes, swelling with ripe corn and undulating hills. While American Gothic has been parodied to the point that I can barely look at…

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Ready for Chair Season

February—the month when many of us begin to realize winter really will come to an end. But February isn’t the beginning of the end of something for me. Instead it’s the beginning of another season most people have never heard of—a little something I like to call “chair season.”

What is “chair season,” you ask? Chair season is the time when…

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Dance Marathon: 24 Hours For the Kids

Over the past weekend, many S.T.A.T. Ambassadors embarked on a mission to raise money for the kids. The 17th Dance Marathon was a blast! We spent 24 hours dancing our hearts out and embracing life.

This year, I took on a leadership role as a morale captain assistant. One of my least favorite jobs as an assistant was to give…

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Tropical Paradise in Iowa

This Tuesday, I visited the Des Moines Botanical and Environmental Center and stepped into a little bit of tropical heaven. My daughter and I wanted to cheer ourselves up and escape the frigid numbing Iowa weather. Not being able to hop a plane and fly to warmer climates, we decided the Botanical Center’s sunny arboretum and balmy…

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Thank You, UIHC

I have to admit, I usually avoid the hospital (UIHC) and surrounding area here in Iowa City. Being congested and nowhere to park are two of the main reasons. Many of us that live or work nearby see the Gothic Tower everyday looming over the city with its suggestion of past days. We also have another smaller hospital in the…

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Sheer Jubilation

When I see this video, I can’t help but smile. It shows Coach Fran McCaffery and the men’s basketball team celebrating in the locker room after a road win Saturday against Indiana. The victory, which came a few days after Iowa trounced Michigan State at home, marks the first time in three years that the Hawkeyes have won two-consecutive…

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Now Hiring!

Many UI alumni and friends who participated in reunions, lifelong learning programs, or career-related events over the past few years had the opportunity to meet Christina Wright, assistant director of alumni programs at the association. Christina revamped several of our traditional programming efforts and instituted new programs to better meet the needs of our alumni. Christina recently left…

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You Know You "Like" Us

Tomorrow, a message will go out on Facebook to our Iowa Alumni Magazine and University of Iowa Alumni Association groups, encouraging our loyal alumni and friends to join us on our UIAA Fan Page. We have decided to centrally locate all information that goes out over Facebook in hopes it will make things simpler. I am really…

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Deep Snow

Okay, I admit it. I’ve been thinking a great deal about deep snow recently.

When I was a child growing up in southwestern Iowa, my dad would regale the family with stories about how he and his siblings walked three miles through waist-deep snow to reach their one-room, country schoolhouse. We never really took his stories seriously. But this week’s…

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Snowmageddon!

A foot or more of snow in a few hours. Wind chill temperatures in the minus double digits. It all adds up to one of the worst winter storms in Iowa City history—dubbed Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, or a Blizzaster.

The fast-moving blizzard that descended on Iowa City and the UI campus on the first day of February did offer a glimpse…

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