Media advisory: Hawkeye Caucus Day in Des Moines April 2

Media advisory: Hawkeye Caucus Day in Des Moines April 2

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Iowa State Capitol event includes students from across Iowa
Inflatable Herky in the Iowa State Capitol rotundaHerky, the University of Iowa's mascot, descends on Des Moines next week for the annual Hawkeye Caucus Day at the Iowa State Capitol. Photo from the 2013 event by Bill Adams.

WHAT: Hawkeye Caucus Day, a major event connecting students with state leaders and showcasing people and programs making an impact across Iowa

WHERE: Iowa State Capitol, first-floor rotunda; east 9th St. and Grand Ave., Des Moines

WHEN: Wednesday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHO: University of Iowa students, alumni, leaders, and representatives from dozens of UI colleges, departments, and programs

WHY: Hawkeye Caucus Day is a major, once-a-year gathering of UI students, university leaders, and state legislators, showcasing the university’s commitment to statewide service.

  • About 115 students will meet legislators and gain firsthand perspective on state government.
  • Nearly 50 UI programs—including the Iowa Flood Center, wind energy research, and initiatives from the arts, sciences, health care, and humanities—will introduce their work.
  • A live video feed from campus will showcase teaching and collaboration in the university’s new Learning Commons.
  • UI administrators, faculty, and student leaders will be available for interview throughout the event.
  • A 10-foot inflatable Herky will take center stage in the rotunda, while the mascot himself hobnobs with state leaders.

VIDEO: Download interviews with participating students and video from the event at the capitol at Student interviews will be available starting Monday, March 31. Video from the capitol will be available by early Wednesday afternoon.

PHOTOS: Find photos of students with their local legislators—as well as other pictures from the event—at Photos will be posted throughout the day Wednesday as they become available.

HOMETOWN NEWS: Look for emails from ReadMedia about local UI students participating in the event, or find participants at

HASHTAG: Follow #imwithherky for news from the event on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag when posting to join the conversation.

MORE INFO: Find news from Hawkeye Caucus Day at (search keyword “hawkeye caucus.” Learn more about the Hawkeye Caucus at


Lin Larson, Strategic Communication, 319-384-0042
Peter Matthes, Governmental Relations, 319-335-3714


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