Hawkeye pride runs deep during Outback Bowl events
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The University of Iowa has a great reputation among college football bowl representatives and it’s due, in part, to the overwhelming support of Hawkeye fans.
Hawkeyes from across the country flock to bowl locations to support the UI, painting host-cities black and gold. Tampa, Fla. was no exception last week, as “Go Hawks!” or “I-O-W-A” could be heard all the way from Clearwater Beach to Raymond James Stadium.
Cheering the Iowa football team was a common refrain among the thousands who landed in Tampa for bowl festivities, but telling personal stories about the UI at events throughout the week strengthened the bond between fans and the university they support. UI graduates shared memories from their time in Iowa City, while families with loved ones who’d received treatment at UI Hospitals and Clinics traded stories about life-saving care.
The 2014 Outback Bowl was the culmination of days worth of events hosted by the UI Alumni Association, the UI Foundation, the president's office, and others. Here are a few stories told by people who are proud to be Hawkeyes.
Three degrees and an impressive career
H. Garland Hershey, Jr., was born and raised in Iowa City. His appreciation for the University of Iowa can be traced back to a single photo.
“My first landmark experience with the University of Iowa was depicted in a picture that I have,” Hershey says. “It’s of me sitting on Virgil Hancher’s lap in my kitchen at a Christmas party when I was very young.”
Hershey, who has three degrees from the UI (1963 BA, 1965 DDS, 1971 MS), attended the university elementary and high school in Iowa City. His father, along with many of his school friends’ parents, were UI professors.
After serving as a captain in the U.S. Army, Hershey was appointed an instructor in the UI College of Dentistry, and later moved on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He since has served as professor, associate dean for academic affairs, vice chancellor, and vice provost at UNC.
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Hershey’s resume proves he knows a thing or two about the academic world. That makes his praise for the UI even more meaningful.
“The area I know best is health care,” he says. “UI Health Care is an unquestioned leader and internationally renowned for a number of individual departments and programs. That’s one of the flagship programs and it’s marvelous.”
Health care isn’t the only nationally recognized program at the UI. Hershey recalls a flight back from Australia where two former Hawkeyes ended up next to each other halfway around the world.
“I was wearing something with the Hawkeye logo,” Hershey says. “The gentleman next to me said ‘Are you connected with the University of Iowa?’ I told him I was a graduate. He stood up and shook my hand said ‘So am I.’
“He had been in New Zealand as a consultant to one of their national engineering programs,” Hershey says. “We talked about what an education at the University of Iowa meant, not only to ourselves, but to people around the world. I had been in Australia doing some consulting work and he had just come from New Zealand.”
Hershey has held many roles during his academic career and meets regularly with colleagues in similar positions across the country. He carries a certain level of clout because of his UI education.
“There is an instant credibility that (having a UI degree) creates when talking to a professional colleague anywhere in the world,” Hershey says. “Colleagues across the world know it and respond ‘the University of Iowa– that’s a great place.’"
‘I know that doctors at the University of Iowa saved my husband.’
Those are the first words that Jacqueline Lumsden says whenever anyone mentions the University of Iowa.
Seven years ago, her husband Jim was diagnosed with rectal cancer. When it came time to choose where to receive treatments, the Fort Madison, Iowa, family only had one place in mind.
“It wasn’t even a question that we were going to the university for treatments,” Lumsden says. “Yes, there was the hour-and-a-half travel every day, but we wouldn’t have gone anywhere else or trusted any other doctors. We wanted to be at the University of Iowa.”
The doctors with UI Health Care not only evaluated and treated her husband; they helped make an uncomfortable situation more manageable by creating a caring atmosphere.
“The doctors, like Dr. Metcalf and Dr. Roeder, are now like family,” Lumsden says. “We had a great rapport with the entire staff and we just clicked.”
The frequency of trips from Fort Madison to Iowa City has thankfully decreased after successful treatments. Whenever they do visit, the Lumsdens are greeted with warm smiles and friendly conversation.
“From the valet parking attendants to the nurses and doctors, we never had a bad experience,” Lumsden says. “If we walked into the hospital today those people would recognize us and know who we were. That’s how much they care.”
Neither Jacqueline nor Jim has a degree from the university, but their feelings towards the UI run as deep as an alum’s.
“We now have this great connection with the university after what they did for our family,” Lumsden says. “They saved my husband’s life.”
‘The University of Iowa was a turning point in my life.’
Henry B. Tippie’s resume is one of the most respected in the business world. That wouldn’t be the case had it not been for the UI.
Tippie attended the UI after World War II on the G.I. Bill. He used his education to become a well-known name in the business world and has chosen to generously give back to the UI, with the College of Business bearing his name. Tippie firmly believes that his rise to success would not have been possible had he chosen to attend another university.
“The University of Iowa was a turning point in my life,” Tippie says. “I’m not sure what would have happened if I hadn’t attended the university. I look at it from the view of repayment for benefits received.”
The Tippie College of Business has been named one of the best in the country and is producing graduates that, just like Tippie, are making a name for themselves in the business world.
“I feel honored to see what’s happened over the years,” Tippie said. “I would put that feeling up at the top. It’s a high honor for me to have the association and see the growth of the College of Business. When I hear how it’s moved up and achieved national recognition, that’s a feeling that’s hard to describe.”
The Tippie College of Business is one of many UI programs drawing the national spotlight. The pride of being a UI alum grows for Tippie with every recognition his alma mater earns.
“The university at this point, as a whole, is probably at the highest level it has been,” Tippie says. “Today, you can find graduates from the University of Iowa across the world at major companies. I think that shows what’s going on at the university and I’m very proud of that.”