The University of Iowa


Call for Nominations: The Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy

TO:    All Faculty, Staff, and Students

FROM:   Associate Provost Lon Moeller

DATE:   February 2015

RE:   Call for Nominations: The Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy

With the Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy, the Office of the Provost each year honors a University of Iowa administrator, staff member, or faculty member (in a non-teaching role) who supports undergraduate education and serves as a strong, effective advocate for undergraduate students and the undergraduate experience.

UI State of Graduate Education address, March 3

You are cordially invited to join me and Executive Vice President and Provost Butler at the inaugural State of Graduate Education address on Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Art Building West Auditorium (240 ABW). A brief Q&A will follow the address, with a reception afterward in the ABW atrium.

This is a time of unprecedented change and opportunity in graduate education, on this campus and nationally. Please join me to hear about:

UI Awarded Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Faculty and Staff Colleagues:

I am delighted to share with you the exciting news that the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected the University of Iowa to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.  In case you missed the announcement over the winter break (, I want to be sure to call your attention to this very important achievement.

Announcement re: UI degree offerings in Des Moines

Faculty and Staff Colleagues:

I want to alert you to some very good news that will shortly be shared with the public, via a joint announcement by President Sally Mason and President Nancy Williams of AIB College of Business in Des Moines.

AIB--a nonprofit, private, four-year accredited college in Des Moines--is being gifted to the University of Iowa, and will become the University of Iowa Des Moines campus. 

We Are Phil

Faculty and Staff Colleagues:

Last fall, the University of Iowa launched We Are Phil, an annual initiative to encourage faculty and staff to be philanthropic (to "be Phil") toward the UI by supporting causes on campus that matter to them.

The first year of the We Are Phil faculty/staff giving program was an outstanding success.  More than 3,000 of you made gifts to support the UI last year, providing more than $4.4 million in support for everything from student scholarships and social justice to health care, libraries, the arts, and Hawkeye Athletics.

International Travel Health Insurance and Emergency Services Program

Faculty and Staff Colleagues:

In early 2012, the three Regents universities adopted an International Travel Health Insurance and Emergency Services Program. The program is free for faculty and staff who are traveling internationally on University business.

We are pleased to say that the response of the University community to this program has been very positive. To ensure that the program is as effective as possible, we ask that you take the following steps:

Associate Provost for Faculty

Faculty and Staff Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Kevin Kregel, professor and chair of the Department of Health & Human Physiology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has agreed to serve as the university's new associate provost for faculty, effective September 15, 2014.  He will step into the position vacated by Tom Rice, who is taking on a new role as faculty director of the University of Iowa's John and Mary Pappajohn Educational Center in Des Moines.