Monthly Archives: March 2011

Magic Man

Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been host to many top-notch athletes. One of the greatest is about to make a return visit next month.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, an NBA legend who once played for Michigan State, will present a lecture on how businesses can revitalize inner-city communities at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Carver. Though admission is free to the general public,…

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March "Madness"

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This past weekend’s weather was wonderful, so I took the opportunity to go out to “my” pond and wetland area on the southeast edge of Iowa City. I love March at the wetland since it is a staging area for one of the biggest songbird and waterfowl “conventions” of the year as they gather to meet, mix, and mingle before…

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Alumni in the Big Apple

Earlier this month, nearly 130 University of Iowa alumni and friends gathered at the Rubin Museum in New York City to mix and mingle and to hear an update from UI President Sally Mason. Pictured here are Merton Hanks, 90BGS, (left) director of football operations and development for the National Football League, and Julian Gutierrez, 91BBA, senior vice president at…

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It’s Official…Spring is Here

Yesterday marked the first official day of spring, and I feel the need to share my excitement! With the return of University of Iowa students from spring break, it seems like everyone is ready for nice weather. Our S.T.A.T. (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) members can look forward to all the fun events that take place this season—such as our annual…

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Where Were You?

Every generation of college students witnesses moments like this—moments that shake us to the very core.

For me, I was a senior at the University of Nebraska when Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder rental truck loaded with 5,000 pounds of explosives outside Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah federal building. I stared at the television screen as newscasters tried to convey the…

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Social Media is More Than Just Tweeting!

If you are interested in creating a professional brand or learning more about social media, please attend our event on Thursday, March 31, in downtown Des Moines.

Dr. David Perlmutter, director of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will discuss the impact of social media on your personal and professional brand, as well as on the job search…

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Beyond Words

The devastation in Japan is difficult to wrap my mind around. It is unfathomable. Beyond words. The script from the most extreme disaster movie could not be more shocking. As the director of Iowa Voyagers for the last 23-plus years, I’ve observed the world rocked by many disasters—both natural and manmade—but in my mind, nothing compares with this. …

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Music Lesson

Last night, I cooked dinner with a friend who is a violinist and music graduate student. During a conversation about her research, she shared with me a book of old music newsletters. We were both amazed at the book’s detailed drawings of Europe’s finest concert halls and most celebrated musicians. But most surprising to me was that this late-19th century…

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Can I Borrow Your Kids?

If you have ever been to any sort of amusement park, then you know that excited feeling that you get deep in your gut that is virtually unexplainable. The University of Iowa Alumni Association is excited about our latest member benefit—to offer discounted tickets for Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa. UIAA members may now purchase a flat-rate ticket…

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Yellow Submarine

Remember the Beatles’ lyrics for one of their hit songs, “Yellow Submarine?” I haven’t been able to get the song out of my mind since a UI Foundation colleague shared a wonderful photo of a bubble sub he went underwater in while on a recent trip to the Bahamas. He and his wife enjoyed an underwater adventure with an unobstructed…

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