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I worked as an usher at Hancher Auditorium when I was a student at the U of I. If there were any empty seats available during intermission, we could quietly select one and watch the remainder of the show. I'll never forget sitting in the audience of Les Miserables, with tears in my eyes, overcome with emotion at being part of something so beautiful. That memory is a good representation what the University of Iowa will always be to me.
Class of 1992
I came from a small farm community and moved to Iowa City. I have lived here my whole adult life. I worked at the UI for 29 years. It's a Great place to have a career. Hancher has always been such a big part of the University. I took my daughter to The Joffrey Ballet, for my birthday, when she was 5. A few years later, she performed at Clapp Recital Hall, in a summer children's choral group. She graduated from City High 2002 and was the last class to have graduation at Hancher. My last memory of Hancher was when my husband and I saw B.B. King, at his last concert there. It's a very special place.
I grew up in Mount Pleasant, which is in southeastern Iowa. Some of my earliest memories of visiting Iowa City were from the late 1970's and early 1980's. It was a time of profound change within Iowa City and the University of Iowa campus. I felt as though I had a front-row seat to these changes, since my father was a security guard at the University Hospital during this period. After moving to the Twin Cities for high school, I was inspired to return and attend the University of Iowa for my undergraduate education. I wanted to be a part of the rich history of the University of Iowa, the community of Iowa City, and the wonderful people who call this area home. I met my wife of 20 years on campus and am fortunate to be able to return to the area on a regular basis to visit her family and continue to witness the ongoing changes in town and on campus. No matter where in the world I live and work, I will always consider Iowa City my home. Go Hawks!
Class of 1998
Its constant growth.
Class of 2012
"The University of Iowa will change you, and you will change the world." This quote can be seen in an Admission Visitor Center's video shown to potential new students and their families. In my own experience, it couldn't be more true. Everything at the University of Iowa - my classes, my professors, my friendships, my involvement, the residence halls, my part-time jobs - they all have worked together to shape me, to give me a skill set, to sharpen my passions, and to prepare me to make a difference in the world. The University of Iowa has given me far more than I bargained for.
Since I was hired in 1977, I have watched as the UI, in general, demonstrated constant striving for greater excellence and achievement, trying to build on the contributions of its visionary past leaders.