Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

The RiverRun Experience

I groaned as I rolled out of bed to check the weather, which told me the temperature outside was about 34 degrees. Although I wanted to crawl back into bed (because, really, what right-minded college student would be up at 6:30 on a Sunday morning to run 3.1 miles?), I instead pulled on my old high school running tights, chugged…

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In Memoriam

Last Wednesday, my first cousin Peggy died suddenly at the age of 58.

She was the proud and dedicated mother of four children, including three University of Iowa graduates. Her twin daughters received bachelor of science degrees in biology from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and went on to earn medical degrees—one here at Iowa. Her son followed the…

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Grace Under Pressure

So, the long, hard winter is finally behind us. Yay! Which means that tornado season is upon us. Ugh.

Just this past week, the entire university took part in a tornado warning exercise. At the Levitt Center for University Advancement, which houses the alumni association, when the tornado sirens blare, we all have to traipse down to the basement—against a backdrop…

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Some Free Things to Do in Iowa City

A few weeks ago, during spring break, I visited the Museum of Natural History in downtown Iowa City with my daughter and granddaughter. I had not been there for several years and decided a visit was due.

The museum has three main halls. Iowa Hall is described on the UI website as a 500-million-year adventure through Iowa’s geological, cultural, and ecological…

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Beware of Zombies

If you plan to visit the UI in the next couple weeks, please be aware that the campus is on high zombie alert.

The infection begins Sunday, April 10, when RiverFest hosts the Humans Versus Zombies challenge. Already, more than 300 humans have signed up for a facedown with the walking dead. Participating students are safe in UI buildings, but once…

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Proud to Be an Iowan

One of the many reasons why I enjoy living in Iowa is the dedication of its citizens to get involved in the community and give back.  As many of you are aware, we try to do our share of giving back here at the UIAA.  This weekend, I was pleased to open the newspaper and see an article about…

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Story Time

It’s been an atypical week for me here at Iowa Alumni Magazine, filled with tasks not normally on my regular schedule—such as attending simulcasts from the annual CASE Editors Forum and appearing as a guest in a UI magazine writing class.

It’s fun to get out of the office and talk to young journalists about the art and craftsmanship of writing. We…

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March "Madness"



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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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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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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