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Dexter Edson Smith: Our First Alumnus

An engraving of the University of Iowa’s Old Capitol, as it appeared in the 1860s. Image courtesy of UI Special Collections.

The University of Iowa has conferred 378,186 degrees since its founding in 1847, according to the most recent count by the Office of the Registrar in June 2016. That includes 112,575 BAs, 13,377 MDs, 20,527 PhDs, and exactly one BS in…

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Tom Brokaw’s Papers Find a Home at UI

Tom Brokaw is introduced before the Iowa football game against Michigan on Nov. 12 at Kinnick Stadium. Photo: Brian Ray/

Tom Brokaw spent his career reporting on what was new in the world. Now, Brokaw has turned his attention to history—and he’s partnering with the University of Iowa to help preserve it.

The legendary NBC newsman and one-time University of Iowa…

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Fifth Quarter

The Iowa football program hosted a career networking event earlier this summer that allowed members of the team to rub elbows with more than three dozen former Hawkeyes who understand the possibilities and pitfalls of life after football.

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Herky through the years



An early version of Herky—identified in the 1952 UI yearbook as “Herky Hawk, the spirit of Iowa”—greets students at an all-university dance at the Iowa Memorial Union in the fall of 1951. Eight years later, Herky would make his debut on the football field. From UI Special Collections’ yearbook archive.


An early version of Herky—identified in the 1952 UI yearbook as…

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Star Trek filmmaker on UI: ‘This is the place that shaped me’

Writer, director, and producer Nicholas Meyer, 68BA, is pictured at the University of Iowa Main Library’s current exhibit, “50 Years of Star Trek.”

Before it was the director’s chair in Hollywood, it was the seats of Iowa City’s movie theaters.

As a University of Iowa student, Nicholas Meyer wrote film reviews for the Daily Iowan, publishing some 400 columns before he…

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The Perfect Age

Editor’s Note: According to a recent online poll by Harris Interactive, the average American adult ranks 50 as the best year of life. In this month’s edition of Iowa Alumni Magazine, we asked people in all different stages of life what the perfect age is for them. Here are some of our favorite responses:

“I’m liking 40 a lot. Old enough to…

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Special Collections

Editor’s Note: Last month, Iowa Alumni Magazine brought you the story of former UI professor Earl Rose, who served as Dallas County medical examiner when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. While Secret Service agents prepared to whisk the president’s body back to Washington, D.C. on Air Force One, Rose argued—unsuccessfully—that he was legally compelled to…

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Keeping You Connected

Every year, alumni tell us the most important service we can provide is to keep them well informed about the latest news and events from the University of Iowa and UI Alumni Association. Alumni want to know about the university’s achievements and the UIAA’s upcoming events, and also want to connect with fellow graduates from around the world.

At the UIAA,…

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Problems in Prisons

Editor’s Note: The following appears in the UI Alumni Association’s June edition of Iowa Alumni Magazine.

Though the Iowa Department of Corrections has one of the country’s lowest recidivism rates, 30.8 percent of inmates return to prison within three years of discharge. Recidivism rates are even greater among the many prisoners with mental illness, who often lack sufficient treatment services in…

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The Last Flight of Petr Ginz: Behind the Scenes

This month’s Iowa Alumni Magazine feature article discusses how University of Iowa alumnus Churchill Roberts came to tell the story of Petr Ginz, an inspiring young boy killed in the Holocaust. Read more about what went into the making of Roberts’ latest documentary, The Last Flight of Petr Ginz, in this Iowa Alumni Magazine exclusive:

Standing in a former concentration camp…

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