News and updates for faculty and staff

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College of Pharmacy Dean Donald Letendre to step down

Donald E. Letendre, dean of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, announced this week his plan to step down from the position next summer. During his 17 years as dean, Letendre has led the College of Pharmacy through transformative changes, including overseeing work on the new College of Pharmacy building. Read more about his dedicated career as dean.  

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A look back at the excitement of Homecoming 2023

Hawkeye pride was on full display at the UI Homecoming Parade and other events throughout last week. Check out this photo gallery and recap video for a look at all the excitement of Homecoming 2023.

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UI Center for Advancement to launch transformative campaign

Join fellow Hawkeyes from noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17 as the UI Center for Advancement launches the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in university history. Remarks will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The event will include light snacks and fun activities on the Pentacrest lawn.

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Jerre Stead to detail support of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Hear from Jerre Stead, whose support helped bring the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital to life, at a Hawkeyes Give Back event at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the IMU Main Lounge. Stead will share the connection between his family and the Hawkeye Wave and their dedication to giving back.

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Why Roman Empire is trending on social media

Online videos where women ask men how often they think of the Roman Empire have exploded in popularity over the past month. Sarah Bond, a UI associate professor and renowned historian of the ancient world, explains why this 2,000-year-old civilization has taken over TikTok and her efforts to broaden knowledge of this time period.

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Iowa City Book Festival to highlight new work from Ayana Mathis

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Ayana Mathis will discuss her novel, The Unsettled, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Prairie Lights Books as part of the Iowa City Book Festival. The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author tells a multigenerational story about mothers fighting to better the lives of their children.

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Iowa Climate Statement calls for the state to harness solar energy

Our state is experiencing the effects of a changing climate, including record-high temperatures and dangerous air quality from wildfires. The 2023 Iowa Climate Statement, which UI faculty Jerry Schnoor and Peter Thorne helped author, highlights how harnessing solar energy can boost the state’s economy and help mitigate the effects of climate change.

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7 strategies for reacting to emotions in the workplace

Making space for our emotions, especially those that feel unpleasant, is especially challenging in the workplace, where we sometimes feel we shouldn’t have emotions at all. While we can’t predict when, how often, or how strongly we will experience emotions, we can use these strategies to choose how we react to them.

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Branded PowerPoint template makes preparation easy

Creating custom presentations with an Iowa touch has never been simpler. The UI offers branded PowerPoint templates with numerous features to fit your needs, all while keeping presentations within brand guidelines. Learn more about the features available for your next big project.

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How you can follow President Wilson on social media

Did you know Iowa President Barbara Wilson has her own social media accounts? Follow her on Facebook for content about faculty and staff award celebrations, campus events, developments in higher education, and even her dog Ollie! Or follow her on Instagram for student-centered content.

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Discover Your University returns on Oct. 18

The second fall date for Discover Your University takes place next week on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Numerous tours, exhibits, and other activities are planned to highlight everything that makes our campus special. Coordinate with your coworkers and register now!

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Commuting made easier with 380 Express

Take some of the hassle out of your morning commute. Through the UI Parking and Transportation Department's partnership with the East Central Iowa Council of Governments, UI faculty and staff can purchase discounted bus passes on 380 Express. One-way, 10-ride, or monthly unlimited passes are available.

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Faculty panel to highlight using data to transform learning environments

Learn how faculty at Iowa and beyond integrate data into their teaching and course structure during this virtual data-informed teaching faculty panel at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. Adam Brummett, lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Iowa, will join faculty from across the country to discuss how they use data to transform university learning environments. Preregistration is required.

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