Friday events

This Friday is a big day with lots of events. Here are a couple to consider, including both events here in Tippie as well as a university-wide and community event in the Iowa City Public Library. So many options to chose from. And a football game Saturday, too. Go Hawks!

Friday, October 21, 2016 | 12:30–1:20 p.m.

1st and 2nd Year Business and Pre-Business Students (W207 PBB)
Information session about picking a major, joining student organizations, and making the most your 4-year journal, all organized by distinguished young Tippie alumni.

Friday, October 21, 2016 | 12:30–1:20 p.m.

3rd and 4th Year Business Students (S207 PBB)
Information session about job and internship searches, interviewing, negotiating, and transiting to work, all organized by distinguished young Tippie alumni.

Friday, October 21, 2016 | 3–5:00 p.m.

Iowa City Public Library, Pedestrian Mall
Records of African American Excellence
Presentations by contributors to the just published book, Invisible Hawkeyes, about African American students, staff, and faculty at the University of Iowa from 1930 to 1960. This program features one scholarly panel and one alumni roundtable.

Nominate our best faculty for a university-wide teaching honor!

Please consider nominating one of your faculty members for the highest teaching award offered by the University of Iowa: The President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence. The award is for a sustained record of teaching excellence and commitment to student learning, and it has been won by a number of Tippie faculty over the years: Gale Mote (2014), Jay Christensen-Szalanski (2012), Nancy Hauserman (2010), Todd Houge (2010), and [#humblebrag] me (2009).

If you have class with an outstanding faculty member who has been teaching at Iowa for some time, then please consider submitting a nomination. To submit your nomination, visit the website below and log-in with your HawkID. The form is not long, and your nomination will determine whom the college nominates for the university-wide competition.

Thank you for helping us recognize outstanding faculty!

Tippie Launch has, well, launched

Launch Week started this past Friday with a kick-off guest speaker, Drew Butts. Drew a regional talent manager for Enterprise Holdings, has been involved in hiring over 10,000 people in his career. He knows what it takes to be successful in an internship, an interview, and on the job. By the way, Enterprise may be bigger than you think — it is the holding company for many recognized brands including Enterprise, National, and Alamo Rental agencies. Last year it had almost $20 billion (yes, with a b) in revenue and over 90,000 employees worldwide. It sits among the largest private companies in the world; if it were to go public (offering its stock on a public exchange), then it would be in the Fortune 500.

Drew explained that everyone is different and the key to success is to do more than just tolerate those differences; we have to understand and celebrate them! His first encounter with being different at work had to do with him being the only person in his team with a family. He had to learn how to tell people about it, and understand and appreciate those who did not have those responsibilities. Once he was able to do that, he had better relationships, which helped propel him into leadership roles.

Tippie Launch offers many opportunities to meet different people and learn new things. These events aren’t just for new admits to Tippie. Everyone is welcome. Don’t wait — take that step now:


As finals are wrapping up, I want to wish all of our graduates congratulations. Sometimes we take for granted the “college degree,” but it is an amazing accomplishment worthy of celebration. So celebrate and enjoy!

To those finishing up this semester to return for the summer and/or fall, congratulations on your success this year. Enjoy some time to rest and recover, so you can come back ready for a great fall semester — new faces, classes, and a refreshed and fired up football team.

Send summer stories my way so I can come back with a fresh set of stories to tell our new direct admit class. Our incoming class may be as many as 500 high achieving, eager students. I can’t wait!

Tonight — Baltimore!

Tonight (Tuesday at 6pm) we have a reading of a play about college life. The UI Theater group has agreed to do a reading right here in W151 PBB.

The play follows a group of students as they deal with racism, discrimination, and other related challenges. Some faculty and staff have seen it already, and strongly encouraged us to bring the performance into our building. We are grateful to the director and the theater students (including a Tippie student whom you may know) for agreeing to this special showing.

I hope to see you tonight for a reading of Baltimore.

Event this week: Great panel including Ini Augustine

Earlier this week I attended a great panel discussion organized by Phi Beta Sigma (see pictures of the organizers below along with the event flier). The panel was outstanding, and it was anchored by Ini Augustine, the CEO of Des Moines based SocialWise Media Group. Ini is a graduate of the University of Iowa Venture School. Read about her in the Des Moines Business Record and check our her website.

One thing she said sticks with me — don’t forget your worth! Treat yourself with dignity and respect, and expect the same treatment from others. The idea means making sure you are good to yourself and it also means not settling for less than you are worth. I think she meant this both a big picture way (don’t take jobs or be with people who make you less than can be) and a more detailed way (make sure to negotiate good deals). Lots of other good advice was offered at the event. Thanks to Phi Beta Sigma for organizing!

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Don’t be that guy!

Yesterday on my way to work, I nearly ran over a guy crossing the street. He was tall and thin, wearing dark clothes. He has a sweatshirt hood pulled up over his head and was walking with his head down, talking on his cell phone. I don’t see how he could have been aware of anything going on around him. He was crossing the street against a green, ignoring the Don’t Walk sign. I did manage to see him and avoid running him over. Just barely.

I’ve been reliving this scene in my mind, where I swerved to avoid crushing someone, for two reasons.

First, a safety report was just released showing a 10% year over year increase in pedestrian fatalities in the United States. That’s a lot more people dying for many reasons including more walkers (to be healthy) and more drivers (because of lower gas prices). But another reason, noted in the report, is that people are staring at their phones and not looking around them. Don’t be that guy.

Second, we are heading off to spring break, when many students travel. For some, that means driving and walking in unfamiliar areas. If you are looking at your phone rather than looking around you, you might miss something fun and you might also walk right into trouble. Don’t be that guy.

I hope everyone has a great spring break whether you are traveling or not. If you aren’t traveling, I encourage you to get outside and recharge your body and mind so you are ready for the rush to finals.

Job Fair!

The Spring Job & Internship Fair will be Wednesday, February 24th from 11am-4-pm in the Iowa Memorial Union. Below you will find some information about the Fair.

  • 165 organizations attending!
  • 80 of these organizations are seeking business majors!
  • 101 organizations are looking for interns!
  • 157 organizations have full-time job opportunities!

Here a few pro tips to help you if this is your first time:

  • Bring a resume that has been vetted by the Career Center and 3-4 good friends. It should NOT include a picture of your favorite pet.
  • Make sure to use the correct company name when talking to the recruiter. No one from Target likes to hear that you think Wal*Mart is a good company.
  • Dress for success. Its better to look good than feel good. Actually its better to do both, but I always love a good Billy Crystal clip.

Now go get an internship or job!