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University of Iowa President Sally Mason announced a $26.4 million gift commitment from longtime UI benefactors John and Mary Pappajohn of Des Moines—the largest single gift commitment ever for the UI from individual Iowa donors—and said it will provide the University's new interdisciplinary Institute for Biomedical Discovery with “the catalyst it needs to reach its full potential.” More


University of Iowa leaders remember the lasting legacy of Ignacio Ponseti, professor emeritus of orthopaedics, whose pioneering non-surgical, low-cost clubfoot treatment benefited tens of thousands of children worldwide. Ponseti died Oct. 18 following a sudden illness. He was 95. More

Related: Iowa Magazine video feature ‘The Ponseti Method: The Treatment of Clubfoot’


The University of Iowa creative writing programs in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction were individually and collectively ranked No. 1 in the United States in the Master of Fine Arts “Top Fifty” list in Poets & Writers magazine. More


The homecoming atmosphere at The University of Iowa wouldn’t have been complete without the energy provided by the UI Alumni Band. From a whirlwind practice and parade march on Friday to performing before a nationally televised football game Saturday night, the band had a ball. More


ACT Inc. has committed $5 million to endow the ACT Scholars Program at the University, which will support development of selected UI graduate students as the next generation of innovators in educational assessment, research, information and program management solutions, the field that ACT leads. More


A new episode of Iowa Magazine featuring some of the people and programs at The University of Iowa that are making a difference premiered on the Big Ten Network Oct. 13 and is now available online. The half-hour episode includes segments on the University Hygienic Laboratory, the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, UI scholars who are tackling consumer debt in America, and a close-up look at the Iowa Spirit Squads. More


The UI Center for Human Rights is celebrating its 10th anniversary this November with lectures, a film series, panel discussions, and performances. What started out as a campus-wide commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has evolved into a center that shapes curriculum, facilitates scholarship and teaching, provides student scholarships for experiential learning, and promotes and protects a myriad of human rights domestically and internationally. More


Kristi Starnes spent a long time thinking she was stupid. But after being diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), she overcame her disability and now is pursuing her dream of teaching theater to college students. Starnes, a first-year MFA student in the College of Liberal and Sciences’ Department of Theatre Arts recently received the David and Rosalie Braverman Scholarship. More


University of Iowa Recreational Services is a sponsor of Girls on the Run Johnson County, which helps girls use the power of running to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through physical activity. More


Why would a writer who grew up bilingual, with one language the most-spoken in the world and the other understood by only 700,000, choose to limit her audience by working primarily in the language spoken by the few rather than the many? For fiction writer and singer/songwriter Fflur Dafydd, a participant in the 2009 University of Iowa IWP the answer is simple: Welsh is in her blood. More

Related: Dafydd and 2009 IWP participants put together a music video as a memento of their Iowa City experience.


UI student and saxophonist Joel Vanderheyden is attracting the attention of programming directors and on-air personalities at jazz radio stations nationwide. More


Ronnie Lester, former All-American basketball player at The University of Iowa, has made a $100,000 gift to the UI Foundation to support the Carver-Hawkeye Arena Enhancements Campaign. At the request of Lester, the UI will name the training room at the arena in honor of longtime athletic trainer John Streif. More


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For the Record

“If you see me with a Twitter account, hit me with a baseball bat. I don’t think anyone cares if I have Wheaties or Honey Nut Cheerios.”

University of Iowa Hawkeyes football coach Kirk Ferentz as a winning season puts his team in the national spotlight (Sports Illustrated, Nov. 9).

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Alumni Newsmakers

“[He] said he always thought there could be a sitcom at a Wal-Mart-type place. I went off and came up with this idea. It's basically what would happen if I hadn't left town, what my life would have been like.”

University of Iowa alumnus Paul Rust, a native of LeMars, Iowa, and former Wal-Mart employee, referring to a sitcom he's developing for Universal Media Studios. (Variety, October 20).

Old Gold
Marching to a different drum


Today’s Air Force and Army ROTC programs at the University are rooted in deep tradition: military training first started at Iowa in 1861. More

From the Iowa Alumni Magazine


Should high school journalists enjoy the same freedom of the press as the pros? A UI course for teachers offers guidance. More