Are You a Hometown Hawkeye?

“Neola has a doctor now. And Romano is his name. We welcome him with bright good cheer! Tra-la, tra-la, tra-la, la, la, la, la!

Some 50 years later, Susan Sweeney, 84MA, still remembers singing that ditty along with her school friends, part of a special choir organized to welcome a new doctor to Neola, Iowa. To the residents of this community 18 miles east of Council Bluffs, the arrival of the sole physician in their town warranted celebration—no longer would they have to drive for more than an hour for medical care; in ways large and small, their community and their lives were about to change for the better.

Similar stories repeat themselves across the state today, as doctors, teachers, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, and lawyers use their university degrees to make a very real difference to the quality of Iowans’ lives. The University of Iowa educates many of these professionals—including half of all Iowa physicians, 47 percent of pharmacists, and 80 percent of dentists and teachers and administrators.

A new UI website ( shows how many of these “Hometown Hawkeyes” are located in each of Iowa’s 99 counties, along with information about their total current UI students, the number of residents who received UI healthcare services, and the amount of economic support that the UI provided through purchases from local companies.

Are you a Hometown Hawkeye? Email and tell us how you put your UI experience and education to work in your community.

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