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>> HELLO. I'M SALLY MASON.

THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME FOR

THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

WE'RE RESPONDING TO CURRENT

CHALLENGES WHILE CHARTING AN

AMBITIOUS FUTURE.

WE ARE A UNIVERSITY ON THE

MOVE.

SMART INVESTMENTS IN FACILITIES

AND INFRASTRUCTURE KEEP OUR

CAMPUS VITAL.

INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS HELP OUR

STUDENTS DEVELOP TOOLS FOR

SUCCESS IN THEIR CLASSES,

COMMUNITIES, AND CAREERS.

OUR DISCOVERIES SOLVE URGENT

PROBLEMS, EXPAND HUMAN

KNOWLEDGE, AND ENRICH OUR SHARED

EXPERIENCE.

AS A RESOURCE FOR THE STATE AND

THE WORLD, OUR IMPACT CREATES

NEW JOBS, NEW INDUSTRIES, AND

NEW SERVICES THAT MOVE IOWA

FORWARD.

OUR COMMUNITY TRANSCENDS

BORDERS, FROM UNIQUE LOCAL

PARTNERSHIPS TO LASTING

CONNECTIONS ABROAD.

AND LOOKING FORWARD, OUR FUTURE

DEPENDS ON CULTIVATING NEW

LEADERS AND EMBRACING SHARED

RESPONSIBILITY.

THIS IS OUR MOMENT, OUR CHANCE

TO MAKE AN IMPACT THAT WILL

ENDURE FOR GENERATIONS.

OUR CAMPUS ALWAYS HAS OFFERED A

HOME FOR EDUCATION AND

EXPLORATION, A PLACE WHERE NEW

IDEAS TAKE ROOT AND STUDENTS

GROW INTO SCHOLARS AND LEADERS.

FROM THE FLOOD OF 2008 TO THE

GREAT RECESSION THAT FOLLOWED,

WE'VE FACED HISTORIC

ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC

CHALLENGES.

BUT WE'RE TURNING ADVERSITY INTO

OPPORTUNITY, MAKING WISE USE OF

OUR RESOURCES, AND BUILDING A

CAMPUS THAT'S BETTER AND GREENER

THAN EVER.

>> THE ENTIRE UNIVERSITY HAS

CONSIDERED SUSTAINABILITY A TOP

PRIORITY, WHICH IS IMPORTANT.

WE'VE ALWAYS DESIGNED WITH GREEN

IN MIND AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY,

BUT NOW MORE THAN EVER, WE'RE

USING THESE TACTICS TO MAKE SURE

THAT WE'RE AT THE FOREFRONT OF

DESIGN ON A SUSTAINABLE BASIS.

WE DON'T SEE IT JUST AS A

PLAQUE, BUT AS A WAY FOR US TO

DO THE RIGHT THING AND REALLY

PAY THE DIVIDENDS TO US IN

FUTURE GENERATIONS.

>> SUSTAINABILITY DRIVES

RENOVATION PROJECTS, TOO,

INCLUDING THE REVIVAL OF

HISTORIC STUIT HALL, WHICH WILL

HOUSE OUR ACCLAIMED PSYCHOLOGY

PROGRAMS.

>> THE UNIVERSITY HAD THE OPTION

OF TAKING THAT BUILDING DOWN AND

REPLACING IT WITH A BRAND-NEW

BUILDING, BUT DECIDED TO

EVALUATE IT AND THEN TO RENOVATE

IT TO A VERY HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL

PERFORMANCE STANDARD.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL OLD BUILDING

AND A WONDERFUL ENTREE INTO THE

NORTH SIDE HISTORIC

NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT'S JUST A GREAT EXAMPLE OF

SUSTAINABILITY IN A VERY

PRACTICAL SENSE.

>> CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT ALSO

INCLUDES STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS

THAT ENHANCE OUR RESEARCH

ENTERPRISE AND OFFER A

FIRST-RATE STUDENT EXPERIENCE.

OUR NEW CAMPUS RECREATION

& WELLNESS CENTER, WHICH

FEATURES A 52-FOOT CLIMBING

WALL, AQUATIC FACILITIES, AND

MORE THAN 20,000 SQUARE FEET OF

FITNESS SPACE, WILL SERVE OUR

STUDENTS FOR YEARS TO COME.

BUT MUCH WORK REMAINS, LIKE

PROJECTS TO REPLACE

FLOOD-DAMAGED

HANCHER AUDITORIUM, MUSIC AND

ART BUILDINGS, AND THE MUSEUM OF

ART.

TOGETHER, THESE FACILITIES WILL

COMPRISE A 21st-CENTURY ARTS

CAMPUS UNLIKE ANY OTHER IN THE

WORLD.

COLLABORATION, COURAGE, AND

COMMUNITY HAVE HELPED OUR CAMPUS

WEATHER UNPRECEDENTED

CHALLENGES.

BUT JUST AS IMPORTANT IS OUR

SHARED DEDICATION TO OUR MOST

FUNDAMENTAL MISSION AND OUR MOST

VITAL RESOURCE.

>> IN FALL 2010, WE WELCOMED THE

LARGEST FIRST-YEAR CLASS IN OUR

HISTORY -- MORE THAN 4,500

STUDENTS DRAWN TO THE UNIQUE

BLEND OF OPPORTUNITY,

EXCELLENCE, AND VALUE THAT IOWA

DELIVERS.

WE REMAIN AMONG THE SMALLEST

SCHOOLS IN THE BIG TEN AND ONE

OF THE MOST AFFORDABLE.

THESE QUALITIES HELP US ATTRACT

AN INCREASINGLY DIVERSE STUDENT

BODY THAT INCLUDES

HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS FROM

AROUND THE WORLD.

AT IOWA, THESE STUDENTS DISCOVER

THE RESOURCES OF A MAJOR

UNIVERSITY IN A CLOSE-KNIT

COLLEGE TOWN.

>> WE TAKE A HOLISTIC APPROACH

TO STUDENT SUCCESS.

WE KNOW THAT CLASSROOM SUCCESS

IS ESSENTIAL.

THAT'S WHY STUDENTS HAVE COME

HERE.

BUT WE ALSO KNOW THEIR

ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

ARE ESSENTIAL TO THEIR SUCCESS.

OUR STUDENTS ARE DEDICATED TO

IMPROVING THE WORLD AROUND THEM

IN ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT

WAYS -- SUSTAINABILITY, SOCIAL

PROGRAMS, HEALTH.

WE TRY AND DO WHAT WE CAN TO

SUPPORT THAT URGE ON THEIR PART

AND, IN FACT, TO HELP IT GROW.

>> SENIOR ASHLEY CARLSON-McGUIRE

HAD NEVER TRAVELED OUTSIDE THE

U.S. UNTIL A SERVICE-LEARNING

COURSE IN GLOBAL HEALTH STUDIES

TOOK HER TO HAITI.

>> WE GOT TO HELP THEM WITH WHAT

THEY NEEDED HELP WITH, NOT GO

DOWN THERE AND, LIKE, KIND OF

FORCE OUR PROJECTS UPON THEM.

I LIKED WHAT WE DID BECAUSE WE

WERE ABLE TO WORK ON A

DAY-TO-DAY BASIS WITH THE

PEOPLE, AND WE WERE STAYING WITH

THEM, AND I THINK JUST GIVING

THEM HOPE THAT THERE IS, LIKE,

SOMETHING IN THE FUTURE, THERE

IS POSSIBILITY AND THERE ARE

PEOPLE WILLING TO HELP THEM GET

THEIR COUNTRY GOING.

>> THE BREADTH OF EXPERIENCES

AVAILABLE AT IOWA LETS EACH

STUDENT CHART A UNIQUE COURSE.

JULIAN VANDERVELDE IS A DOUBLE

MAJOR IN ENGLISH AND

RELIGIOUS STUDIES, A STARTING

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN FOR THE

HAWKEYES, AND A TALENTED SINGER.

HE PERFORMED THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

DURING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VISIT

TO CAMPUS LAST SPRING.

>> ♫ O'ER THE RAMPARTS... ♫

IT WASN'T QUITE, YOU KNOW,

PREGAME JITTERS, BUT JUST

KNOWING THAT THE MOST POWERFUL

MAN IN THE WORLD IS GOING TO BE

LISTENING TO YOU SING THE SONG

THAT REPRESENTS THIS ENTIRE

GREAT NATION, THEN YOU THINK

ABOUT THAT.

IT'LL GET YOU A LITTLE NERVOUS.

YOU KNOW, AS FAR AS BEING A

STUDENT-ATHLETE, THE AMOUNT OF

TIME THAT YOU HAVE TO COMPRESS

EVERYTHING TOGETHER, TO KEEP

THAT FOCUS WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE,

WHEN IT NEEDS TO BE THERE, THE

WORKING AS A TEAM TO ACCOMPLISH

A COMMON GOAL ON A CONSTANT

BASIS, IT DEFINITELY DOES TEACH

YOU ABOUT TIME MANAGEMENT AND

HOW TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND KEEP

ALL OF YOUR STUDYING AND FOCUSES

WHERE THEY NEED TO BE.

>> IN THE PAST YEAR,

STUDENT-ATHLETES LIKE JULIAN

HAVE DRAWN WIDESPREAD ATTENTION,

WINNING BIG TEN AND NATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIPS, EARNING ATHLETIC

AND ACADEMIC HONORS, AND

INSPIRING HAWKEYE PRIDE.

AT IOWA, WE ENCOURAGE STUDENTS

TO SUCCEED IN EVERYTHING THEY DO

AND TO SEEK OUT OPPORTUNITIES

THAT ONLY A MAJOR RESEARCH

UNIVERSITY CAN OFFER.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA RESEARCH AND

SCHOLARSHIP ARE ENHANCING HUMAN

HEALTH, ADVANCING SCIENCE AND

INDUSTRY, AND REDEFINING

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT.

IN 2010, WRITERS' WORKSHOP

GRADUATE AND VISITING FACULTY

MEMBER PAUL HARDING WON THE

PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION, THE

LATEST IN A LONG LINE OF

PULITZERS FOR IOWA ALUMNI AND

FACULTY.

TIMOTHY BARRETT, AN

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED

EXPERT ON PAPERMAKING, WAS

AWARDED A MacARTHUR FELLOWSHIP

WORTH HALF A MILLION DOLLARS TO

SUPPORT HIS WORK.

>> IT MEANS A GREAT DEAL TO ME

AND TO THE REST OF US HERE AT

THE CENTER FOR THE BOOK SIMPLY

TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED.

YOU CAN TAKE THE MONEY AWAY, BUT

TO HAVE THE RECOGNITION ON A

NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

REALLY, REALLY MEANS A LOT TO

ALL OF US IN THE CENTER FOR THE

BOOK, IT MEANS A LOT TO THE

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, AND IT MEANS

A LOT TO OUR STUDENTS.

>> DURING FISCAL 2010, IOWA

FACULTY GENERATED A RECORD

$466 MILLION IN RESEARCH

FUNDING.

I.I.H.R. HYDROSCIENCE &

ENGINEERING TURNS PIONEERING

WORK IN RIVER HYDRAULICS INTO

DISCOVERIES THAT PROTECT

WILDLIFE AND ASSIST INDUSTRY.

>> THE FISH-PASSAGE WORK THAT

WE'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN IN THE

PACIFIC NORTHWEST HAS REALLY

REQUIRED A LABORATORY THAT CAN

WORK IN AN ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT

WITH THE MOST ADVANCED

TECHNOLOGIES AND AT THE SAME

TIME MEET THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY.

SO WE'VE TAKEN SOME OF THE

ADVANCES IN OUR COMPUTATIONAL

FLUID DYNAMICS AND APPLIED THOSE

TO RIVER ENGINEERING PROJECTS TO

SOLVE FISH-PASSAGE ISSUES FOR

THE HYDROPOWER INDUSTRY IN THE

PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

>> IN THE ARTS, U.I. DANCE

SCHOLAR AND CHOREOGRAPHER

ELOY BARRAGON CREATED A WORK FOR

MEXICO'S NATIONAL BALLET,

CELEBRATING HIS HOME NATION'S

HERITAGE AND EXPLORING THE

CONNECTIONS THAT UNITE PEOPLE

EVERYWHERE.

>> IN THIS ART FORM, IN MY ART

FORM, I JUST WANT TO DO A

CELEBRATION OF WE ARE HUMANS,

WE ARE PART OF THIS WORLD, AND

REGARDLESS OF ALL THESE

PROBLEMS, THERE ARE PEOPLE LIKE

THE ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND

PAINTERS, DANCERS, MUSICIANS

THAT THEY WANT TO DO SOMETHING

TO FEED THE SOUL.

>> FROM THE ENVIRONMENT TO THE

PERFORMING ARTS TO HUMAN HEALTH,

OUR DISCOVERIES CHALLENGE

PRECONCEPTIONS AND OPEN MINDS TO

NEW IDEAS.

A STUDY LED BY NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

GRADUATE STUDENT

JUSTIN FEINSTEIN FOUND THAT

PATIENTS WITH AMNESIA RETAINED

THE EMOTIONS OF EXPERIENCES THEY

COULD NO LONGER REMEMBER.

>> THE EMOTION KEPT GOING, EVEN

THOUGH THE MEMORY HAD COMPLETELY

FADED AWAY.

AND THIS WAS A STRIKING FINDING

FOR US.

WE DIDN'T EXPECT IT TO LAST SO

LONG.

BUT WHAT IT SUGGESTS IS THAT THE

WAY EMOTIONS AND MEMORIES ARE

ORGANIZED IN THE BRAIN HAS TO

HAPPEN AT TWO SEPARATE LEVELS.

THEY'RE DISSOCIATED.

THEY'RE DISCONNECTED.

>> IOWA INVESTIGATORS EXPAND

HUMAN KNOWLEDGE WHILE DELIVERING

URGENT SOLUTIONS.

AT ONE OF THE NATION'S EIGHT

FEDERALLY FUNDED

VACCINE-EVALUATION UNITS,

PAT WINOKUR AND HER COLLEAGUES

HELP COMBAT THE SPREAD OF

INFECTIOUS DISEASES.

>> MOST RECENTLY, WE'VE BEEN

INVOLVED IN THE H1N1 TRIALS, BUT

WE'VE DONE SMALLPOX, WE'VE DONE

AVIAN INFLUENZA,

HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS VACCINES --

MANY DIFFERENT DISEASE ENTITIES

AND VACCINES OR TREATMENTS

RELATED TO THOSE INFECTIONS.

WE'VE BEEN VERY GOOD AT FINDING

BITS AND PIECES OF PUZZLES IN

THE LABORATORY, BUT NOW WE NEED

TO MOVE THOSE BITS AND PIECES

INTO ACTUAL CLINICAL PRACTICE.

AND THAT'S THE GOAL OF CLINICAL

AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE.

>> OUR TEACHING, RESEARCH, AND

SERVICE MISSIONS AFFECT PEOPLE

EVERYWHERE, AS WE WORK TOGETHER

TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES SMALL AND

LARGE, LOCAL AND GLOBAL.

EACH FEBRUARY, OUR LARGEST

STUDENT ORGANIZATION,

DANCE MARATHON, CAPS A YEAR OF

FUNDRAISING TO SUPPORT PEDIATRIC

CANCER PATIENTS AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.

>> WE END OUR BIG EVENT WITH

WHAT WE CALL "POWER HOUR."

AND IT'S THE MOST INTENSE 60

MINUTES YOU'LL EVER EXPERIENCE.

LAST YEAR, I BELIEVE WE RAISED

OVER $1 MILLION AGAIN, FOR THE

THIRD YEAR.

THE TOTAL WAS ABOUT

$1,000,658.16.

YOU CAN'T REALLY MEASURE

DANCE MARATHON'S SUCCESS IN A

TOTE BOARD.

THE AMOUNT OF LIVES THAT WE

TOUCH AND THE BONDS THAT WE

FORM, I THINK, SPEAKS FOR

ITSELF.

BUT EVERY YEAR, WE JUST GO OUT

THERE, DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN,

EVERY DAY WE CAN.

>> EVERY DAY, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

HEALTH CARE HELPS PEOPLE LIKE

APRIL GROSS OF DES MOINES.

A LIFELONG STRUGGLE WITH

CYSTIC FIBROSIS LEFT HER BARELY

ABLE TO BREATHE.

BUT THE GENEROSITY OF A DONOR'S

FAMILY AND THE CARE OF

PROFESSIONALS AT THE

U.I. ORGAN TRANSPLANT CENTER

CHANGED HER LIFE.

>> YOU KNOW, YOU GET USED TO

BEING ABLE TO NOT BREATHE.

YOU KNOW, YOUR BODY TRIES TO

ACCEPT IT AND WORK AROUND IT AND

GET PAST IT.

BUT WHEN YOU'RE NOT RESTRICTED

IN YOUR BREATHING, YOU REALLY

CAN'T EVEN COMPREHEND THAT UNTIL

YOU'RE AT THAT MOMENT.

THERE'S JUST SO MANY THINGS THAT

THERE'S NO WAY I COULD HAVE DONE

THEM, YOU KNOW, TWO YEARS AGO.

IT JUST WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN

POSSIBLE.

EVERYBODY WAS JUST WONDERFUL AT

THAT HOSPITAL.

AND EVERYBODY I TALKED TO THAT

HAVE BEEN THERE THEMSELVES --

THEY DON'T HAVE, YOU KNOW, A BAD

WORD TO SAY ABOUT THE

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.

>> FROM CLINICAL CARE TO

CULTURAL OUTREACH, SOME OF THE

WAYS WE ENHANCE IOWANS' LIVES

ARE HARD TO MEASURE.

BUT IN OTHER WAYS, OUR IMPACT IS

CLEAR.

THE UNIVERSITY GENERATES NEARLY

$6 BILLION IN THE IOWA ECONOMY

EVERY YEAR.

WE'RE A SOUND INVESTMENT.

FOR EVERY DOLLAR IN STATE

FUNDING, WE RETURN AT LEAST 15.

WE DELIVER 1 IN 30 IOWA JOBS,

AND WE OFFER MORE THAN

$230 MILLION IN FREE HEALTHCARE

SERVICES TO PEOPLE ACROSS IOWA.

OUR FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS

DONATE MORE THAN $30 MILLION TO

LOCAL CHARITIES AS WELL AS

$37 MILLION IN VOLUNTEER TIME.

AND U.I. RESEARCH IS A MAJOR

ECONOMIC ENGINE, DRAWING FEDERAL

AND PRIVATE FUNDS AND CREATING

NEW JOBS AND NEW BUSINESSES.

>> A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OF

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AS OUR

TECHNOLOGY -- HAVE WE FORMED ANY

NEW COMPANIES, HAVE WE LICENSED

ANY TECHNOLOGY, HAVE THERE BEEN

ANY GREAT BREAKTHROUGHS?

AND THAT'S ALL PART OF WHAT WE

DO.

BUT ANOTHER PART OF WHAT WE DO

IS CLEARLY TO EDUCATE A

WORKFORCE THAT'S CAPABLE OF

MOVING OUR ECONOMY INTO THE 21st

CENTURY.

>> TIPPIE COLLEGE HAS MORE THAN

12,000 ALUMNI LIVING IN THE

STATE OF IOWA.

SO THESE ALUMNI ARE LEADERS IN

THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, THEY'RE

RUNNING THEIR OWN COMPANIES,

THEY'RE IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR,

THEY'RE IN GOVERNMENT, SO THEY

REALLY ARE MAKING POSITIVE

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE OVERALL

ECONOMIC GROWTH OF THE STATE OF

IOWA.

>> I FOUNDED MY COMPANY,

GREEN TRANSITIONS, ABOUT A YEAR

AGO WHILE I WAS A SENIOR AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA STUDYING

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND

ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

WE BASICALLY FOCUS UPON THE

RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR.

I REALLY FEEL THAT THIS IS A

GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GROW JOBS

IN THE IOWA SECTOR.

IT'S AN UP-AND-COMING FIELD

WHERE WE CAN REALLY CREATE A LOT

OF VALUE FOR CUSTOMERS AND

MINIMIZE OUR DEPENDENCE ON

FOSSIL-BASED FUELS.

I THINK RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO GET

BEHIND THE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND

THINK LONG-TERM IN TERMS OF

SUSTAINABILITY.

>> UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAS MADE

SUSTAINABILITY A CENTRAL

PRIORITY IN ALL THAT WE DO, FROM

TEACHING TO RESEARCH TO

FACILITIES.

>> WE'VE LAUNCHED AN AMBITIOUS

SET OF GOALS FOR SUSTAINABILITY

THAT ARE GOING TO COMMIT US FOR

A DECADE OF WORK IN IMPROVING

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL, OUR SOCIAL,

AND OUR ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE.

AND THESE INVOLVE VERY AMBITIOUS

GOALS IN ENERGY CONSERVATION, IN

BUILDING A RENEWABLE ENERGY

SYSTEM HERE ON CAMPUS, IN

INCREASING OUR DIVERSION OF

WASTE FROM LANDFILLING, AND, IN

WHOLE, BUILDING A MORE

SUSTAINABLE CULTURE HERE ON

CAMPUS.

>> THIS FOCUS STEMS FROM OUR

KNOWLEDGE THAT THE CHOICES WE

MAKE NOW WILL AFFECT COMMUNITIES

FOR GENERATIONS.

OUR UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COMMUNITY

ALWAYS HAS TRANSCENDED BORDERS.

AND IN 2010, WE'RE FORGING NEW

CONNECTIONS AT HOME AND ABROAD.

IN OUR GRADUATE PROGRAM IN

URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING,

STUDENTS LIKE MOLLY FLEMING

TAKE A UNIQUE SERVICE-LEARNING

COURSE, WHERE THEY LEARN ON THE

JOB, HELPING IOWA GOVERNMENTS

ADDRESS LOCAL ISSUES.

>> WHAT A GOOD PLANNER DOES IS

RECOGNIZE THAT PLACES AREN'T

JUST STRUCTURES AND THEY'RE NOT

JUST MORTAR AND BRICK.

THEY'RE PEOPLE, AND THEY'RE THE

NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE

COMMUNITIES THAT ARE FORMED IN

THOSE PLACES.

>> ACROSS THE GLOBE IN GHANA,

CRAIG JUST AND STUDENTS FROM THE

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING ARE

TESTING AN AFFORDABLE, HANDHELD

WATER SANITIZER DESIGNED FOR

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WHERE

CLEAN, SAFE DRINKING WATER IS

SCARCE.

>> TAKING STUDENTS TO A PLACE

LIKE GHANA AND HAVING THEM SEE

THE WAY COMMUNITIES FUNCTION

THERE WHEN THERE'S NO

ELECTRICITY, THERE'S NO iPODS,

THERE'S NO TELEVISION, THERE'S

NO TiVoS, THERE'S NO INTERNET --

YOU MIGHT SEE THAT

INFRASTRUCTURE IS UNDERDEVELOPED

IN A PLACE LIKE GHANA.

BUT THE COMMUNITY, IN MANY WAYS,

IS MORE RICHLY DEVELOPED.

>> BACK HOME, THE UNIVERSITY AND

IOWA CITY STRENGTHEN A

PARTNERSHIP THAT GOES BACK A

CENTURY AND A HALF.

WE'RE COLLABORATING TO ADDRESS

ISSUES LIKE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AND ALCOHOL SAFETY.

BUT WE'RE ALSO CELEBRATING THE

CULTURAL ASSETS OF OUR

COMMUNITY.

U.I. INSTITUTIONS LIKE THE IOWA

WRITERS' WORKSHOP, WHICH

CELEBRATES ITS 75th ANNIVERSARY

IN 2011, AND THE INTERNATIONAL

WRITING PROGRAM HAVE MADE

IOWA CITY A DESTINATION FOR

WRITERS AROUND THE WORLD.

THEY'VE EARNED OUR TOWN ITS

DISTINCTION AS A UNESCO CITY OF

LITERATURE, ONE OF ONLY FOUR IN

THE WORLD.

>> IT CEMENTS IN THE PUBLIC

IMAGINATION THE CENTRALITY OF

IOWA CITY AS THE PLACE WHERE

GREAT WRITING BEGINS.

IT IS THE CENTER OF TEACHING

CREATIVE WRITING IN THIS

COUNTRY, AND I THINK THAT IT

TELLS PEOPLE EVERYWHERE THAT WE

TAKE WRITING, THAT WE TAKE

LITERACY AND LITERATURE

SERIOUSLY.

WE IMAGINE THAT OUR PLACE IN THE

CREATIVE CITIES NETWORK WILL

LEAD TO ALL SORTS OF NEW

COLLABORATIONS AND NEW

POSSIBILITIES, NOT JUST WITHIN

THE CITY AND WITHIN THE STATE

AND WITHIN THE NATION, BUT

ACROSS INTERNATIONAL BORDERS AS

A PART OF THIS THRIVING

CREATIVE CITIES NETWORK.

>> WE'RE BUILDING ON OUR

HERITAGE, RENEWING OUR CAMPUS,

TURNING IDEAS INTO ACTION, AND

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER.

MOST OF ALL, WE'RE LOOKING

FORWARD.

>> WE MAY NOT HAVE GIVEN YOU A

PERFECT WORLD, BUT WE HAVE GIVEN

YOU EXHILARATING OPPORTUNITIES

FOR LEAVING A LASTING LEGACY.

>> SOME OF THE MOST PROFOUND

LEARNING EXPERIENCES I HAD AT

THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HAD BEEN

MORE OF THE CULTURAL

INTERACTIONS I HAD WITH PEOPLE.

IT'S A LARGE CAMPUS, AND THERE'S

PEOPLE HERE ON CAMPUS FROM ALL

OVER THE WORLD, AND THOSE

INTERACTIONS THAT WE HAVE

TOGETHER REALLY TEACH, I THINK,

STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF

IOWA TO BE REALLY CITIZENS OF

THE WORLD.

IT GIVES THEM A BETTER

UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT LIFE IS

LIKE OUTSIDE OF IOWA AND IN

OTHER PLACES AROUND THE WORLD.

>> THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE THAT I

WOULD LIKE TO THANK AT THE

UNIVERSITY.

THEY TRULY WERE MY SECOND

FAMILY FOR THOSE SIX WEEKS.

>> IOWA IS A TOP-NOTCH RESEARCH

UNIVERSITY.

IT HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO

THRIVE -- TOP TECHNOLOGIES, HAS

THE BEST BRAIN RESEARCH, HAS

SOME OF THE MOST INTELLIGENT

PROFESSORS AND SCIENTISTS THAT

YOU'RE GOING TO FIND.

>> MY TIME HERE AT IOWA, IT'S

BEEN AMAZING DUE TO THE

DIFFERENT PROFESSORS AND CLASSES

THAT I'VE TAKEN.

I HOPE TO ENCOURAGE OTHER PEOPLE

WHO COME TO THIS GREAT

UNIVERSITY TO GET INVOLVED IN

SOMETHING.

WHETHER IT'S DANCE MARATHON OR

ANYTHING ELSE, JUST GET INVOLVED

AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

>> EACH OF US HAS THE CAPACITY

AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO

ADVANCE OUR UNIVERSITY.

AS LEADERS, WE GUIDE DEVELOPMENT

OF A CAMPUS AND A COMMUNITY

PREPARED TO MEET 21st-CENTURY

CHALLENGES.

AS STUDENTS, WE EMBRACE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO DEFINE AND

ACHIEVE OUR GOALS AND TO HELP

OTHERS ALONG THE WAY.

AS FACULTY AND STAFF, WE TEACH,

DISCOVER, AND FORGE ESSENTIAL

PARTNERSHIPS.

AND AS ALUMNI AND FRIENDS, WE

TAKE PRIDE IN OUR UNIVERSITY,

HELP TELL ITS STORY, AND LEND

OUR SUPPORT.

WE EMBRACE THESE

RESPONSIBILITIES JUST LIKE THE

GENERATIONS WHO PRECEDED US,

CARRYING ON THE IOWA TRADITION.

AND WE ENSURE THAT GENERATIONS

TO COME WILL INHERIT AN

INSTITUTION THAT'S EVER

STRONGER, EVER MORE READY TO

CONFRONT THE CHALLENGES OF ITS

DAY.

OUR MOMENT IS NOW, AND OUR

LEGACY ENDURES.

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