@UIowa March 24


My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and  turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: University of Iowa

Location: Iowa City IA

A college can offer a lot of different degree pathways. Recently a colleague and I were discussing a leader we both admire who is suffering the after effects of a minor stroke. We turned our conversations to the hope that someone trained in speech pathology will be able to assist him in his recovery.

Speech-language pathology is a competitive field for those who wish to help people with communication disorders, swallowing difficulties, voice pitch problems and more.

One university that consistently appears on the list of top institutions in the field of speech pathology is the University of Iowa. The building in center with cupola is Old Capitol Building.

The University of Iowa Campus looking west from Old Capitol and the Pentacrest.

The founders of the new state of Iowa in 1847 waited only fifty-nine days to charter a university. Eight years later the first classes were held in a rented building, still very much on the edge of the western frontier, surrounded by prairie and pastureland.

Photo below is from 1869 about 15 years after campus was up and running.

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It is difficult to imagine such a scene today compared to the University of Iowa’s contemporary setting, with its 26,000 students, its 250-plus buildings, huge medical complex, performing arts campus, and athletic facilities, all clustered around the grand centerpiece of the Old Capitol.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Iowa is one of the oldest, largest, and highly respected programs of its kind. Until 2008, it was called the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.

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