Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Coming of Age for Facebook

My daughter Ashley will turn 13 years old this Sunday. It seems like just yesterday that her interests included naptime, going to the park, and playing dress up with friends. Today, young teen life is about cell phones, computers, and talking with friends (though generally not face-to-face). Almost as though it were a rite of passage, my daughter has been…

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Spreading the Hawkeye Cheer

What’s better than being a Hawkeye at Homecoming? Sharing your Hawkeye spirit with someone new to the UI scene.

This week, my kid sister and brother are visiting from Alabama. They never experienced the thrill of an Iowa game day until this past Saturday when I took them to their first college football matchup. We practiced Hawkeye cheers at the UIAA…

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Time Flies

Well, we must be having heaps of fun here at the alumni association, because time sure is flying by. My desk calendar indicates that we’re practically halfway through October, a fact confirmed by the mountains of leaves in City Park that I can see through my window.

Before you know it, we’ll be in December—which means that we have to hurry…

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Money Can’t Buy Happiness

Two nights ago, I turned on my MacBook Pro to learn that Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and one of the greatest innovators of our time, had passed away. My Facebook newsfeed was inundated with inspirational quotes from Jobs, as well as a video from a 2005 commencement address he delivered at Stanford University. It seemed everyone wanted to…

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Packing It Up

I’m going to date myself a little here, but 13 years ago this week I was packing up what seemed like everything I owned. My dad washed his truck and got tarp and twine ready to strap all my possessions down for a four-hour drive. I was embarking on a new chapter in my life—my first year of college.

I don’t…

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Wedding Bells

Congratulations and best wishes to all of you who have been married recently or are in the process of planning a June or summer wedding.

According to a May 10 article by Chris Jaeger in Wedding Business Today, brides and grooms have major decisions to make as they plan their weddings. Jaeger quotes statistics gathered by The Knot from their 4th…

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An Iowa Wedding

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of wedding season. At a ceremony I attended in downtown Iowa City last Saturday, I thought of how often the University of Iowa plays a central role in local newlyweds’ stories.

At this particular wedding, the bride had previously worked for the UI and the groom was a graduate. Many pivotal moments in their…

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A Flood of Support

The images on the news of floodwaters gushing through the South bring back memories of the devastation caused by the Flood of 2008. Three years later, Iowa City and many other communities are still in the process of rebuilding. Yet that hasn’t stopped Iowans from helping their Southern neighbors in need.

The UI has lent flood barriers to communities at risk…

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Signs of Spring

I know, I know, another post about the weather. But here in Iowa, it’s a hot topic—or not-so-hot, I should say—because spring so far has been quite damp and chilly. Iowa weather keeps us guessing. It can be 30 degrees in the morning and 80 degrees a couple hours later, or so it seems. One never knows what to wear…

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Running Barefoot

Last summer and fall, as I took my daily 20-30-minute walk during my lunch break, I noticed someone running barefoot several times a week. The first thought to cross my mind was: What about rocks, broken glass, tin cans, gum, even bird droppings? Why was she doing it and was it safe? Oh, well, I thought, it’s none of my…

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