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Enjoy the magic of the holiday season with ‘The Skaters’ Waltz’

The holiday season is upon us, a time for traditions with the ones you love most. As you get into the spirit of the season, enjoy “The Skaters’ Waltz,” performed by Erin Freund, adjunct assistant professor of harp in the University of Iowa School of Music. The beautiful rendition is sure to transport you to a wintry setting.

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President Wilson shares appreciation as semester draws to a close

As the fall semester ends, President Barbara Wilson recognizes the achievements that have taken place across campus, from the dedication of the Nonfiction Writing House to the launch of the Together Hawkeyes campaign, and encourages rest and renewal over the winter break. “Thank you again for a wonderful semester, and please enjoy this special time of year with friends and family.”

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DEI Forward Task Force begins meeting to review, reimagine DEI on campus

The University of Iowa has created a DEI Forward Task Force that is charged with reviewing and reimagining diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on campus that will meet the Iowa Board of Regents’ DEI Study recommendations. The task force will be co-chaired by Liz Tovar, executive officer and associate vice president of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Dan Clay, dean of the College of Education.


UI Health Care to update brand identity, logos in 2024

University of Iowa Health Care today unveiled elements of its new brand identity that will be implemented in 2024. This includes new logos, campus names, and a name for the Mercy Iowa City location when it becomes part of UI Health Care next year. UI Health Care’s brand will align with a recent brand update by the University of Iowa.

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Time magazine names UI to list of Best Colleges for Future Leaders 2024

The UI’s reputation as a school for shaping future leaders has been reinforced. Time magazine has named Iowa to its list of Best Colleges for Future Leaders 2024. The list was compiled by analyzing about 2,000 of the most influential leaders in the country and their educational backgrounds.

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Ring out the year with 10 books published by Iowa grads in 2023

Looking for a new book to dive into? UI alumni released more than 100 titles in multiple genres in 2023, from poetry and fiction to nonfiction and children’s literature. Here is a list of just 10 of these works to end your year (and complete your annual reading goals).

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UI’s Schuettpelz wins prestigious Whiting Foundation grant for upcoming book

Carrie Lowry Schuettpelz, associate professor in the UI School of Planning and Public Affairs, is one of 10 recipients of the prestigious Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant for her forthcoming book, The Indian Card. The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant is awarded to writers in the process of completing a book of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction.

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Faculty members say 'I do' to inspiring students

You could say these CLAS faculty members are married to their jobs. Fred Boehmke, professor of political science, and Cynthia Farthing, associate professor of instruction in mathematics, share their lives as husband and wife but also have a passion for being great teachers. The couple have each received a Collegiate Teaching Award, presented annually to faculty members who show exemplary performance in their work.

Tiara Van Gerpen and Joe Swisher

Employees show little things like applesauce make all the difference

Helping a desperate mom get the only thing her child receiving chemotherapy at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital wanted—applesauce in a squeeze pouch—is just one example of how Joe Swisher, Tiara Van Gerpen, and many other UI employees go above and beyond every day.

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UI alumna’s scribbles make perfect sense: Happy holidays!

If you’ve walked through downtown Iowa City lately, you’ve surely enjoyed the multi-colored lights snaking up the trees. Ali Hval, artist and UI School of Art and Art History lecturer, has again installed a series of Scribble Treesin the pedestrian mall to give the appearance of doodles on tree trunks. Read more about how this public art piece came to be and Hval’s work as an artist and teacher.

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Alumna cooks up something good with Dolly Parton

As a brand manager for Duncan Hines, UI alumna Sarah Monson helped create limited edition baking mixes and frosting with country music legend Dolly Parton that give a nod to the singer’s roots. We know you want to sing it with us: Baking 9-to-5…

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Learn more about stigma, how you can help end it in your spaces

Stigma interferes with healthy team dynamics such as collaboration, open communication, and trust. While ending stigma may seem like a formidable task, there are things we can do in our own spaces to make progress toward ending it. Here are three things to consider.

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