The Big Ideas program, a suite of interdisciplinary classes taught by multiple UI faculty members, allows students to explore broad topics, like the origin of life and the history and science of oil, from multiple perspectives.
Overcoming trauma of childhood abuse:
MFA student Robby Scott was born near Oakland, California, into a family with quick tempers, abusive tendencies, mental illness, and unfortunate affections for drugs and alcohol. Now married and planning to stay in Iowa to teach art, Scott says his craft helps him put his life in perspective.
UI students serve others over spring break:
This year, 200 Hawkeyes used their spring break to volunteer in 12 communities across the U.S., packing medical supplies in Atlanta, helping at a community garden in Denver, making breakfasts at an HIV/AIDS service organization in Dallas, and assisting at a Milwaukee homeless shelter.
Meeting the needs of the elderly:
The UI College of Dentistry’s Geriatric and Special Needs Certificate Program trains dental students to attend to the unique needs of elderly patients. The college has also partnered with the College of Nursing to improve care for seniors by adding a social worker and nurse practitioner to its geriatric team.