University of Iowa
University of Iowa Seal
|School type||Public University|
|President||David J. Skorton|
|Location||Iowa City, IA, USA|
|Campus||Iowa City: Rural, 1,900 acres (7.69 km²);|
|Sports Team||University of Iowa Hawkeyes.|
NCAA Division 1A:
10 men's varsity teams, 12 womens.
Mascot: Herky the Hawk.
The University of Iowa is an university in Iowa City, Iowa. The university was founded in 1847 as the State University of Iowa, only 59 days after Iowa became a state. In spite of its original name, it is not to be confused with Iowa State University.
In 1855, Iowa became the first public university in the United States to admit men and women on an equal basis. The university offered its first doctoral degree in 1898. It established the first law school west of the Mississippi. The university was also the first to use television in education (1932) and pioneered the field of standardized testing.
Bachelors, master's, and doctoral programs are offered through the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the College of Dentistry, the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the College of Public Health, the College of Education, the College of Law, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the Graduate College, the College of Nursing, and the College of Pharmacy. It is also the home of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Another project hosted by the University of Iowa is a virtual reality driving simulator, which they use to test vehicle and roadway technology, and the driver reactions to this technology. The University is currently home to ISCABBS, an aging public bulletin board system that was the largest internet community in the world prior to the commercialization of the world wide web.
The University of Iowa's main campus is located in Iowa City, with the campus bordered by Park Road to the north and Dubuque and Gilbert Streets roughly to the east. U.S. Highway 6 traverses the university campus. The Iowa River flows through the campus. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - the public teaching hospital affiliated with the school - is located on the main campus. The Oakdale Campus, which is home to the university's research facilities and the driving simulator, is located north of Interstate 80 in adjacent Coralville.
Iowa's football team plays its home games at historic Kinnick Stadium named after former Iowa football player Nile Kinnick who won the Heisman Trophy in 1939. Tragicially, Kinnick was killed in action during WWII. Iowa battles Iowa State University annually for the Cy-Hawk Trophy, a traveling award. It also has a Big Ten rivalry with Minnesota. The two schools' football teams meet yearly to battle for Floyd of Rosedale, a traveling trophy in the shape of a bronzed pig. In 2004, Iowa and Wisconsin unveiled the Heartland Trophy, a bronze bull, to be played for in their annual rivalry. The Hawkeye football team has won eleven Big Ten football titles.
The school is also famous for its wrestling program. The Hawkeye grapplers have won an amazing 27 NCAA national titles and over 30 Big Ten titles.
- Archie Alexander, first African-American graduate (in engineering); and, governor of the Virgin Islands
- B.J. Armstrong, former NBA point guard for the Chicago Bulls
- Tom Arnold (actor), actor (Roseanne, True Lies) and host of Fox Sports Net's talk show, Best Damn Sports Show Period
- Mildred Benson, writer under penname Carolyn Keene of Nancy Drew books
- Tom Brokaw, NBC News anchorman and managing editor of NBC Nightly News
- Marquis W. Childs, Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator
- John Cochran, broadcast journalist and correspondent
- Norm Coleman, former Democratic mayor of St. Paul, now Junior Republican U.S. Senator of Minnesota.
- Ellen Dolan, soap opera actress in Guiding Light and As the World Turns
- Martha Angle Dorsett, the first woman admitted to the Bar of Minnesota (in 1878)
- Rita Dove, 1993 Poet Laureate of the United States
- Duck's Breath Mystery Theater (Dan Coffey, Bill Allard, Merle Kessler, Leon Martrell, and Jim Turner), touring comedy troup also featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered
- Tim Dwight, NFL kick returner for the New England Patriots.
- Simon Estes, bass baritone opera singer
- Robert Gallery, Offensive Tackle for the Oakland Raiders
- George Gallup, founder of the Gallup Poll
- Dennis Green, head coach of NFL's Arizona Cardinals
- Merton Hanks, former NFL defensive back (4-time Pro Bowl selection)
- Jay Hilgenberg, former NFL center for Chicago Bears (7-time Pro Bowl selection)
- Lou Holtz, only football coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games
- Mary Beth Hurt, actress in The World According to Garp and Interiors
- Toby Huss, actor, creator of Artie, the Strongest Man in the World from The Adventures of Pete and Pete which he created at No Shame Theatre at the university.
- Harvey Ingham, co-owner and editor of the Des Moines Register
- John Irving, writer, A Widow for One Year and The World According to Garp
- Al Jarreau, Grammy Award-winning vocalist
- Denis Johnson, author of Jesus' Son
- John Johnson (basketball), former NBA player on 1978-1979 Seattle SuperSonics championship team
- Nate Kaeding, placekicker for the San Diego Chargers
- Alex Karras, actor and football player
- Barry Kemp, producer of television programs Coach and Newhart (Hayden Fox, the title character of Coach, was named after Iowa football coach Hayden Fry)
- Nile Kinnick, Iowa's 1939 Heisman trophy winner with Iowa's Kinnick Stadium named for him in 1972.
- W.P. Kinsella, author of Field of Dreams
- Ashton Kutcher, actor
- E.F. Linquist, co-founder of the ACT examination
- Chuck Long, football player and coach
- J. W. Grant MacEwan, Western Canadian icon
- Richard W. Maibaum, author of over a dozen James Bond scripts
- Nicholas Meyer, director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Dean Montgomery, mathematician
- Greg Morris, actor played Barney Collier in original Mission Impossible TV Series
- Bharati Mukherjee, Bengali-American writer
- Don Nelson, former NBA player for the Boston Celtics and coach for the Dallas Mavericks
- Flannery O'Connor, author
- Chris Pirillo, founder, and maintainer of Lockergnome.
- Ed Podolak, former NFL star with the Kansas City Chiefs
- Eddie Robinson (football coach), winningest coach in football history at Grambling State University from 1942 until 1997
- Reggie Roby, former NFL punter (3-time Pro Bowl Selection) for the Miami Dolphins
- Bob Sanders, Professional Football Player for the Indianapollis Colts.
- Wilbur L. Schramm, founder of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Institute of Communications Research at Stanford University
- Jean Seberg, actress
- Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize winning American Novelist
- Wallace Stegner, author
- Bob Stoops, football player and coach. Now head coach of the University of Oklahoma
- Andre Tippett, former NFL linebacker for the New England Patriots
- James Van Allen, physicist, discoverer of two radiation belts, the Van Allen Belts
- Oswald Veblen, mathematician
- Gene Wilder, actor
- Tennessee Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer
Notable faculty and adminstrators
Retired and former faculty
- Nancy C. Andreasen, 2000 National Medal of Science Recipient, head: MHCRC
- Philip Greeley Clapp, director of school of music 1919-53
- Walter Jessup, president 1916-34
- Lester Longman, chairman of the art deparment 1936-58
- Edward C. Mabie, director of theatre arts 1925-56
- Carl Seashore, dean of the graduate college 1908-37
- James Van Allen, head of physics and astonomy department 1951-85
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., faculty for University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1965-66
- Grant Wood, famous American painter who painted American Gothic, instructor, and director of WPA art projects
- Thomas Rocklin, noted current educational psychologist
- Kimberly Ephgrave, skilled contemporary surgeon