Category Archives: Kudos to Iowa People

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners


We honored 14 University of Iowa graduates and friends on June 13 for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards celebration. Please enjoy a brief video highlighting the event.

The event also garnered coverage on KCRG-TV9 news, which you can view here. Please visit the University of Iowa Alumni Association’s Facebook page to see an album of photographer Justin Torner’s images from the event.


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Dollars for Scholars

Fourteen UI students recently received IOWA Club Scholarships, thanks to the generosity of alumni across the country. This year, 11 clubs partnered with the UI Alumni Association to give more than $21,500 in scholarships to Iowa students who live in their communities.

Charlotte, Denver, Ft. Myers/Paradise, Memphis, Orange County (Calif.), Phoenix, San Antonio, and the DC Capital Area IOWA…

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Good News from Iowa City

Iowa City West High School made the national news today for its students’ efforts to counteract cyber-bullying.

NBC’s Today Show aired a report this morning on the West High Bros., a student group which sends positive messages to classmates and teachers via Twitter and Facebook. Since October 2011, the @WestHighBros Twitter account has sent out more than 3,000 compliments…

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Sounds Inspiring

Our military men and women face tough challenges — especially when they’re on active duty. One Iowa National Guard helicopter unit in Iraq found motivation in an unlikely place.

Nancy Carter, a member of the UI Alumni Association board of directors and the Memphis IOWA Club, shared this video that explains how Bravo Company formed close bonds with a superstar…

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Hawk & Husker Heroes


Before the first snap of today’s football game, three special citizens of Iowa and Nebraska will be recognized for their extraordinary acts of service. This is the spirit of the Heroes Game, a new Big 10 tradition that began just last year.

This year, representing Nebraska, Jason Parks of Omaha will be honored for his courage in rescuing a…

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Pucker Up to the Pig


This morning, a trailer pulled up to the UI Alumni Association’s Levitt Center headquarters. Inside was a smelly pink pig primping for a kiss.

All week long, UI Alumni Association and Foundation staff voted with their dollars for which of their leaders would pucker up to the pig. This morning, UIAA President Vince Nelson kissed the swine in an…

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A Patchwork of Memories


What weighs 54 tons and fits in the palm of a hand?  Picture the largest living memorial in the world inside a Smartphone.

Marking a 25th anniversary this year, the expansive NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt features 48,000 panels that honor some 91,000 people who have lost their lives to the disease. To view every panel on the 1.3…

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Today we learned that Iowa Alumni Magazine has received special recognition in the 2012 Pride of CASE V awards competition. The magazine won a silver award for “Best Alumni Magazine” in its publication category, and Associate Editor Shelbi Thomas received bronze for “Excellence in Feature Writing” for her April 2012 article about national archivist Trudy Huskamp Peterson. You can read…

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Royal Lily

Here at the UIAA, we’re super proud of a remarkable student we came to know two years ago through our Iowa Voyagers program. This year’s UI Homecoming Queen, Lily Allen-Duenas, traveled in 2010 on our “Operation Romania” service trip, which offers scholarships to deserving young people who wish to make a difference in the world. While there, she nurtured and…

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Tuesday Trivia Answer: September 18, 2012

The answer to this week’s trivia (“Since 1939, more than 35 UI graduates have been honored with which prestigious literary award? “) is the Pulitzer Prize.

Established by publisher Joseph Pulitzer and administered by New York City’s Columbia University, the award recognizes excellence in newspaper journalism, literary achievements, and musical composition. Past Iowa honorees include Tennessee Williams, Paul Conrad, John Cheever,…

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