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The University of Iowa Center for Advancement continues to rely on guidance from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; the Iowa and Johnson County departments of public health; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regarding face masks, social distancing, and other health and safety measures. We hope you will join us.

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September 17, 2021
smART Talks: Rachel Marie-Crane Williams
11:00 am - 11:30 am (CDT)

Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, Associate Professor in the School of Art & Art History and Gender, Women´s and Sexuality Studies, and Program Head Painting and Drawing, will discuss her recently published graphic novel, Run Home If You Don´t Want to Be Killed: The Detroit Uprising of 1943.

Join us on Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/94949129136

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Pentacrest Museums, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research, Latina/o/x Studies Program

September 17, 2021
The University of Iowa College of Nursing Investiture Ceremony
3:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 50 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA US 52246

Come celebrate the following faculty appointments at the University of Iowa College of Nursing: 

o Julie Zerwic, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, to the Kelting Dean´s Chair in Nursing
o Barbara Rakel, PhD, RN, FAAN, to the Dr. Rita and David Frantz Professor of Nursing
o Keela Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN, to the Kelting Professor of Nursing
o Harleah Buck, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAHA, FAAN, to the Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor of Gerontological Nursing Research

This event will also recognize the donors-including the Frantz, Kelting, and Mathis Hartwig families-whose generous gifts established these prestigious positions.

 A reception will follow in the Jerold O. and Jacqueline R. (Peterson) Dock Terrace.

 The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is dedicated to providing an inclusive, respectful, and safe environment for everyone. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Mackenzie Krob at mackenzie.krob@foriowa.org or 319-467-3522.

We will continue to rely on guidance from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; the Iowa and Johnson County departments of public health; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding face masks, social distancing, and other health and safety measures.

Contact: Mackenzie Krob 319-467-3522

Departments: College of Nursing, Center for Advancement

September 20, 2021
Stanley Reads Book Club - Fall 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Stanley Reads continues this fall with Luis Alberto Urrea´s National Best Seller The House of Broken Angels (2018).

The novel follows the De La Cruz family across two days and through life and death: the matriarch´s funeral and the patriarch´s birthday celebration. Urrea weaves a tale of family mythology, promises, and betrayals that took the De La Cruzes from La Paz, Mexico to San Diego, California. Derek Nnuro, associate curator of special projects, and Amanda Lensing, Senior Living Communities program coordinator, will lead participants through a discussion of the book and connect its themes to the Stanley´s collection.

Register for the program at https://tinyurl.com/StanleyReads.

Stanley Reads is presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

  • September 20, 7:00 p.m.
  • October 18, 7:00 p.m.
  • November 15, 7:00 p.m.

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Office of the Vice President for Research, Global Health Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Latina/o/x Studies Program

September 23, 2021
Global Alumni Spotlight Series: Alfredo Vergara
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CDT)

Join us for the first International Programs Global Alumni Spotlight Series of the fall semester featuring Dr. Alfredo Vergara (PhD '93, MS '90, BSE '86), CDC country director and Division of Global HIV and TB program director for Mozambique. Dr. Vergara will talk with UI International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russ Ganim about his University of Iowa ties as well as his impressive career in global public health. The event will take place virtually via Zoom on September 23, 2021, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CDT.

Free and open to the public, the discussion will take place virtually through Zoom.

Register at https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/1816286217517/WN_7ryHr5cqS2e_2v2y0gVlFw

Dr. Alfredo Vergara (PhD '93, MS '90, BSE '86) is the CDC country director and Division of Global HIV and TB program director for Mozambique. Dr. Vergara is an epidemiologist with 28 years of experience in public health program implementation. He began his service at CDC as an EIS officer in 1993 and has subsequently worked in the areas of environmental health, global health and migration, and  HIV/AIDS.

In 2000, Alfredo opened and established CDC´s first office in Mozambique, focusing on implementation of the President´s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), serving as the CDC country director and public health attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique.

Alfredo also served as associate director for program implementation at the Vanderbilt´s Institute for Global Health (VIGH), leading the development of multidisciplinary global health programs, and teaching public health. During his tenure at VIGH, he established multidisciplinary collaborations across Vanderbilt´s schools of medicine, education, and business, linking various departments and Institutes with the aim of building applied programs addressing health and development. He taught environmental health in the MPH program and helped develop the global health track of the MPH program.

In 2013, he returned to Mozambique serving as branch chief for public health system strengthening at the CDC Mozambique, and was named a second time director for CDC Mozambique in 2016, overseeing a budget of over 180 million USD and a staff of 90+ epidemiologists, clinicians, and other scientists implementing programs to achieve epidemic control of HIV in Mozambique.

Dr. Vergara was awarded a BS in biomedical engineering by the University of Iowa, an MS in environmental science, and a PhD in epidemiology by University of Iowa´s Department of Preventive Medicine.

Contact: Sarolta Petersen 319-467-1653

Departments: International Programs, Center for Advancement, International Studies Program, Office of the Provost, Interdisciplinary Programs, College of Public Health, Global Public Health, Global Health Studies Program

September 23, 2021
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Investiture Ceremony
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 1 Park Road, Iowa City, IA US 52242

In celebration of the philanthropic gifts of the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and Norm and Barb Johnson, a ceremony will be hosted to recognize the following appointments in the UI Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Psychiatry, and Neurology:

 

  • Donna Hammond, PhD, to the Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience IV
  • Jacob Michaelson, PhD, to the Roy J. Carver Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • Matthew Potthoff, PhD, to the Roy J. Carver Professor in Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD, to the Juanita J. Bartlett Professorship
     

Contact: Mackenzie Krob (319) 467-3522

Departments: Carver College of Medicine, Center for Advancement

September 23, 2021 - October 28, 2021
Connections and Convos with the Iowa Women´s Leadership Network
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Join the Iowa Women´s Leadership Network for Connections and Convos, an online opportunity to grow, develop, and talk with fellow Hawkeye women. This recurring event is about you and for you-and will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month. All you need is a computer, internet access, and a cozy place to connect. 

Register today!

Contact: Kim Chickering 319-467-3527

Departments: Center for Advancement, Global Health Studies Program

September 27, 2021
POSTPONED: Bill Nye
7:30 pm (CDT)
Where: 141 Park Road, Iowa City, IA US 52242

POSTPONED

Due to a scheduling conflict, Bill Nye has postponed his lecture at the University of Iowa.

A new date will be announced soon. UI students who already have tickets should keep them as they will be honored for the new date. Distribution of remaining tickets to the general public will be delayed until the lecture has been officially rescheduled.

Hancher and UI Lecture Committee present:

Bill Nye, 2021 - 2022 Distinguished Lecturer

Support Provided by the Cassandra S. Foens M.D. & F. Wendell Miller Funds

Hancher

Free tickets Available (limit 2 per person)

Available in person, by phone, and online

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Hancher in advance at (319) 335-1158.

Contact: Hancher (319) 335-1158

Departments: Division of Student Life, Center for Advancement

September 28, 2021
Making New Friends as an Adult: It´s Hard | Life After College Series
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Your best friends used to be a short walk away. Now they´re scattered across the world, and you´re no longer surrounded by thousands of people your age. Log on for fun conversation with Hawkeyes going through the same thing-and gain some helpful life hacks to strengthen your social circle.

Life after college brings unexpected challenges-and the answers aren´t always a Google search away. Gain some helpful perspectives in this transition by hearing from fellow recent graduates who are experiencing the same real-life situations. Join us virtually for fun conversation and practical takeaways on living your best life after college.

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3C6sVZTcent

Contact: Lynn Barker (319) 467-3344

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 1, 2021
Iowa vs. Maryland Football Game Watch | Las Vegas Iowa Club
7:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 7155 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV US 89118

Wear your black and gold, and cheer on the Hawkeyes as they face the Terrapins under the Friday night lights! ce

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3mILwXx

Contact: Molly Torchia (319) 467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 1, 2021
Las Vegas Iowa Club: Iowa vs. Maryland Football Game Watch
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 7155 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV US 89118

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3mILwXx

Wear your black and gold, and cheer on the Hawkeyes as they face the Terrapins under the Friday night lights!

Contact: Molly Torchia (319) 467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 2, 2021
New Conversations on African Art
10:00 am (CDT)

What's new with African art and research surrounding it today?

Find out in a three-part, roundtable series featuring ten scholars working in art history, anthropology, visual art, curation, sociology, and communication.

Dr. Cory Gundlach, curator of African arts will moderate three online events anchored by a central question: "With special attention to ritual and style in historical and/or contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora, how must we comport ourselves to the [conditions] of our research and practice today?"

Each event will feature three twenty-minute presentations from panelists who will then join in a roundtable discussion.

Re-thinking the Canon
Saturday, October 2 @ 10:00 a.m.
 -  Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi
 -  Sylvester Ogbechie
 -  Yaëlle Biro

New Directions in Practice and Performance
Thursday, October 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
 -  Nnenna Okore
 -  Allen F. Roberts
 -  Donté K. Hayes

Museum Interventions
Thursday, November 11 @ 7:00 p.m.
 -  Bennetta Jules-Rosette
 -  J.R. Osborn
 -  Peju Layiwola

All symposium conversations are online and free - registration is required: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_06QZwDDbhvz7obQ

Major support for the symposium is provided by the Interdisciplinary Project for Advanced Study of Art and Life in Africa (PASALA)

Speaker biographies and talk summaries.

Contact: Cory Gundlach 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, International Programs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Center for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Research

October 2, 2021
Hawkeye Social | Las Vegas Iowa Club
6:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd., Las Vegas, NV US 89118

Gather with fellow Hawkeyes, and enjoy spectacular views overlooking the city of Las Vegas. Appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided.

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3mILwXx

Contact: Molly Torchia (319) 467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 2, 2021
Las Vegas Iowa Club: Hawkeye Social
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 7155 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV US 89118

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3mILwXx

Gather with fellow Hawkeyes, and enjoy spectacular views overlooking the city of Las Vegas. Appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided.

Contact: Molly Torchia (319) 467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 3, 2021
Mob Museum Tour | Las Vegas Iowa Club
2:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 300 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV US 89118

Spend the afternoon exploring the history between organized crime and law enforcement during a self-guided tour. Following the tour, head downstairs to The Underground for an immersive experience in Prohibition history-including a distillery and speakeasy. Discounted group tickets are available at $10 per person.

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3mILwXx

Contact: Molly Torchia (319) 467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 3, 2021
Las Vegas Iowa Club: Mob Museum Tour
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 7155 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV US 89118

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3mILwXx

Spend the afternoon exploring the history between organized crime and law enforcement during a self-guided tour. Following the tour, head downstairs to The Underground for an immersive experience in Prohibition history-including a distillery and speakeasy. Discounted group tickets are available at $10 per person.

Contact: Molly Torchia (319) 467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 4, 2021
Empowering Women in Politics
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Join us to hear from three Iowa alumnae who have embraced their journey in the world of politics and are ready to empower you to find your voice. Our discussion will evolve from three areas of focus: the journeys of women who have been empowered in the world of politics, how to navigate a male-dominated industry, and ways to support each other.

Megan Lehman (16BA) received a fellowship in Washington, D.C., in 2015 with Running Start-an organization that trains and encourages women to run for office. She served a joint internship in the office of Joni Ernst and represented the U.S. at the Global Women´s Leadership Forum in Iceland.

Mary Kramer (57BA, 72MA) served as president of the Iowa Senate (1996-2003) and was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (2003-2007). She also served on the board of directors for the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and was the chairman of the board for the Senate President´s Forum.  

Carolyn Green (73BM) has built a career in the energy and environmental industries, traversing the public and private sectors and working with policymakers across the political spectrum. In 2019, she co-authored The Energy Within Us, which describes the experiences of Black women executives in the energy industry.

The virtual event will begin with a brief panel discussion and provide time for a Q&A session with our panelists.

Register today!

Contact: Leah Best 319-467-3334

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 11, 2021 - October 16, 2021
University of Iowa Homecoming 2021
All Day ()

Homecoming 2021 will take place October 11-16

For 175 years, the University of Iowa has championed long-standing traditions to celebrate and unite Hawkeyes. Homecoming week brings together students, faculty and staff, future Hawkeyes, and alumni from across the world in celebration. From the construction of the Corn Monument and the naming of royalty to the echoing cheers and the Iowa Fight Song at Kinnick Stadium, UI Homecoming week creates experiences that last a lifetime. The week will culminate with the homecoming game when Iowa faces Purdue at 2:30 p.m. (CDT). 

Visit homecoming.uiowa.edu for a full schedule of events including parade and game information. 

Contact: Heather Wilensky 319-335-3305

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 15, 2021
University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reception
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 93 East Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA US 52240

From globally renowned medical researchers to Oscar-winning filmmakers, Iowa has recognized its luminaries each year since 1963 with our prestigious University of Iowa
Distinguished Alumni Awards.

RSVP by October 8, 2021. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

2021 UI Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients:
o    Leslie Davis (92BA, 95JD, 95MA), Service
o    Sandra Davis (04BBA), Hickerson Recognition
o    John Westefeld, PhD, Faculty Emeritus, College of Education, Distinguished Faculty Award
o    Seung Min Kim (07BS), Recent Graduate
o    Harold Bradley Jr. (51BFA), Achievement (awarded posthumously)

2020 UI Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients:
o    Hayley Harvey (94DDS, 96MS), Service
o    Jeffrey Parsons (89BA), Hickerson Recognition
o    Mark Stinski, PhD, Faculty
o    Cori Zarek (01BA, 05JD), Recent Graduate
o    Jeff Chapman (79BBA), Achievement
o    Joseph Walder, MD, PhD, Friend of the University
 

Learn more about the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Contact: Allison Arendt 319-467-3674

Departments: Center for Advancement, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Education, Carver College of Medicine

October 17, 2021
Big Ten Hilton Head Picnic
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (CDT)
Where: 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC US 29926

Come join your fellow Big Ten alumni, friends, and fans for a fun evening at our annual picnic at Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. This is a great opportunity to meet new people. All are welcome to join.

Hear from special guest speaker, Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference.

Register by Sept. 29, 2021. 

Note this event is in the eastern time zone (EST). Please plan accordingly. 

Contact: Molly Torchia (319) 467-3749

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 18, 2021
Stanley Reads Book Club - Fall 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

Stanley Reads continues this fall with Luis Alberto Urrea´s National Best Seller The House of Broken Angels (2018).

The novel follows the De La Cruz family across two days and through life and death: the matriarch´s funeral and the patriarch´s birthday celebration. Urrea weaves a tale of family mythology, promises, and betrayals that took the De La Cruzes from La Paz, Mexico to San Diego, California. Derek Nnuro, associate curator of special projects, and Amanda Lensing, Senior Living Communities program coordinator, will lead participants through a discussion of the book and connect its themes to the Stanley´s collection.

Register for the program at https://tinyurl.com/StanleyReads.

Stanley Reads is presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

  • September 20, 7:00 p.m.
  • October 18, 7:00 p.m.
  • November 15, 7:00 p.m.

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Office of the Vice President for Research, Global Health Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Latina/o/x Studies Program

October 20, 2021
Achieving Work-Life Balance Beyond the Cubicle | Life After College Series
12:00 pm (CDT)

Whether you´ve already hopped on the work-from-home bandwagon, or you´re interested in exploring the traveling lifestyle, hear advice on how fellow Hawkeyes have developed a work-life balance beyond the cubicle.

Life after college brings unexpected challenges-and the answers aren´t always a Google search away. Gain some helpful perspectives in this transition by hearing from fellow recent graduates who are experiencing the same real-life situations. Join us virtually for fun conversation and practical takeaways on living your best life after college.

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3C6sVZTcent

Contact: Lynn Barker (319) 467-3344

Departments: Center for Advancement

October 23, 2021
Stanley Creates: Coffee Painting
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CDT)

Coffee, it's not just a drink!

Coffee painting is a centuries-old technique that produces a painting similar to watercolor. By modifying the intensity of the brewed coffee, artists can adjust the saturation of the hue. Join Lauren Linahon to learn how to transform your energizing morning drink into a beautiful work of art!

Stanley Creates is an interactive program for children and teens to learn artmaking techniques using everyday materials. Taking inspiration from the museum´s collection, participants play with materials to create unique projects at home. Lauren Linahon, a master´s candidate in art education at the College of Education, demonstrates the process and provides feedback to participants.

Register: https://tinyurl.com/StanleyCreates

Lauren Linahon is a graduate student in art education. She has led artmaking workshops for United Action for Youth and taught studio sections of the course Create, Imagine, Play: Human Development through Arts at the University of Iowa.

Video instructions will be available after the event for those who are unable to attend, but would like to make the projects.

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Pentacrest Museums, College of Education, Office of the Vice President for Research

November 6, 2021
Saturdays at the Stanley: Graphic Novels and Social Justice
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CDT)

 

Ho Che Anderson´s three-volume graphic novel, King, mixes the historical record with imagined conversations and events during Martin Luther King, Jr.´s life in the 1950s and `60s. Pages from King with the artist´s and editor´s annotations are part of the Stanley School Programs Collection that has visited K-12 schools across Iowa.

Associate Curator of Education Joshua Siefken will present Anderson´s work and discuss the social justice themes present in the Stanley School Programs Graphic Novels & Comics Collection.

Join us on Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/92591127437

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Pentacrest Museums, Center for the Book, Office of the Vice President for Research, Latina/o/x Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

November 10, 2021
Chat from the Old Cap: Quinn Early
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CST)

Find out what former Hawkeye football player Quinn Early (87BA) has been up to during an upcoming virtual event.

Early was a wide receiver for Iowa from 1984-1987. Since then, he´s played in the NFL, become a Kung Fu and Tai Chi expert, and has worked as a Hollywood stuntman, actor, and screenwriter.

Join Early on Wednesday, Oct. 13, over Zoom as he reminisces about his time as a Hawkeye and talks about his work since.

Register now!

Early has written several screenplays including, The Angel of Harlem and the Hawkeye, which is the story of Frank Kinney Holbrook, Iowa´s first Black intercollegiate athlete. He also recently completed his first film, Just Bake Cookies

Early is a passionate Alzheimer´s advocate. In 2019, he launched the Ann Early Intervention Foundation in memory of his mother who died from the disease. He also published a book that she wrote with sales benefiting the fight against Alzheimer´s.

Chat from the Old Cap is a series of virtual engagement sessions featuring Iowa alumni and friends sharing stories from their careers, backgrounds, and the university that unites us.

Contact: Tony Hakes 319-467-3391

Departments: Center for Advancement

November 15, 2021
Stanley Reads Book Club - Fall 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CST)

Stanley Reads continues this fall with Luis Alberto Urrea´s National Best Seller The House of Broken Angels (2018).

The novel follows the De La Cruz family across two days and through life and death: the matriarch´s funeral and the patriarch´s birthday celebration. Urrea weaves a tale of family mythology, promises, and betrayals that took the De La Cruzes from La Paz, Mexico to San Diego, California. Derek Nnuro, associate curator of special projects, and Amanda Lensing, Senior Living Communities program coordinator, will lead participants through a discussion of the book and connect its themes to the Stanley´s collection.

Register for the program at https://tinyurl.com/StanleyReads.

Stanley Reads is presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

  • September 20, 7:00 p.m.
  • October 18, 7:00 p.m.
  • November 15, 7:00 p.m.

Contact: Kimberly Datchuk 319-335-1727

Departments: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Center for Advancement, Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Office of the Vice President for Research, Latin American Studies Program, Latina/o/x Studies Program, Global Health Studies Program

November 17, 2021
What Hiring Managers Want You to Know | Life After College Series
12:00 pm (CST)

Gain helpful insight from hiring managers on the latest employment trends, key areas in which they´re focusing, and the biggest pitfalls to avoid. In this age of digital hiring, learn how to make your resume stand out.

Life after college brings unexpected challenges-and the answers aren´t always a Google search away. Gain some helpful perspectives in this transition by hearing from fellow recent graduates who are experiencing the same real-life situations. Join us virtually for fun conversation and practical takeaways on living your best life after college.

Register today: https://foriowa.info/3C6sVZTcent

Contact: Lynn Barker (319) 467-3344

Departments: Center for Advancement

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