News and updates for faculty and staff

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Strategic plan update: Year 1 progress report

In this update, President Barbara Wilson and Provost Kevin Kregel detail the University of Iowa’s accomplishments after implementation of the first year of the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. Read the complete Year 1 report, including our progress toward five-year targets, updates on P3 projects, and examples of key initiatives for each priority area.

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Q&A on Mercy Iowa City bid, next steps for UI Health Care

In this Q&A, Denise Jamieson, vice president for medical affairs and the Tyrone D. Artz Dean of the Carver College of Medicine, gives perspective on why UI leadership pursued the purchase of Mercy Iowa City and her reaction to UI’s bid not being selected.

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$3 billion Together Hawkeyes campaign launched

This week, President Barbara Wilson and the UI Center for Advancement announced the launch of the Together Hawkeyes campaign, a transformative fundraising and alumni engagement campaign that aims to raise $3 billion. The donations will be used to support success for students, faculty, research, and programs, as well as improve facilities and bolster service to Iowans.

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And then there were 2: Writers’ Workshop grads among National Book Award finalists

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates Paul Harding and Justin Torres were announced as two of the five finalists for the National Book Award for Fiction for their novels, This Other Eden and Blackouts, respectively. The two have earned the honor out of 496 submissions by publishers.

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What you should do if you feel unwell

Respiratory virus season is here, and it’s important to know the signs of an oncoming illness. Know what resources are available to keep you and those around you healthy if you start experiencing symptoms such as a cough, fever, sore throat, or stuffy nose. 

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Meet UI’s new embedded counselor serving student Veterans

Serving the mental health needs of students is a priority at the University of Iowa. Meet Chuck Xander, the university’s newest embedded counselor who serves Veteran and military-connected students. Read more about Xander and how this position came to be.

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UI ADA coordinator finds deeper passion after seeing daughter shine

Tiffini Stevenson Earl, UI’s Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator, has a new drive in her role after seeing her daughter Keonna Earl attend the university. Keonna, a cancer survivor born with cerebral palsy, has thrived at Iowa with the support of Student Disability Services, and Stevenson Earl aims to ensure all students have the same experience.

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UI professor shares connection between mother and popular Korean cookie

A Korean dessert called yakgwa, a deep-fried honey cookie, is seeing a sharp increase in popularity. Dr. Hyaeweol Choi, professor of Korean studies, gender history, and religious studies at Iowa, is delighted by the renewed interest in the cookie. She shared in this New York Times article how her mother, who passed away in 2012, was especially knowledgeable about ceremonial foods such as yakgwa.

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Hawkeye fan shares story of battle with cancer

While everyone loves being part of The Wave during football games, the tradition is even more special to some. Hawkeye fan Jennifer Swanton was featured on Fox Sports with Tom Rinaldi to share the story of her triumphant battle with cancer while she was a young patient at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. More than 30 years later, she reunited with her former nurse, Mary Schlapkohl, and took part in The Wave.

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Breaking records, making memories at Crossover at Kinnick

The electrifying Crossover at Kinnick exhibition game took place Oct. 15, with over 55,600 fans cheering on the Iowa women’s basketball team and setting the all-time attendance record for a women’s basketball game. Take a look at this photo gallery and video to relive the excitement of the Hawkeyes’ win at Kinnick.



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Keep your devices secure while hitting the road

If you’re getting ready to travel for semester break, a research trip, or a well-earned vacation, cybersecurity is probably about the last thing on your mind. But if you plan to use your computer, phone, or other devices on the road, take a few minutes to protect yourself against risky systems, malicious hackers, physical-world thieves, and other threats.

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From self-care to community care: Ways to foster well-being together

Community care transcends the realm of individual acts of kindness while underscoring the interconnectedness between individual well-being and the well-being of all community members. Here are some practical ideas for actively engaging in community care.

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Need an official description of the university? The brand site has one

If you’re struggling to find the right words to represent the University of Iowa, we’ve got you covered with our standard overview text. Formal in tone, boilerplate copy is available in short, medium, and long versions to meet your needs and familiarize external audiences with Iowa.

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