Alumni Career Webinars

Iowa Alums:

Do you want to change career paths? Would you like to improve your social media presence or learn how to network more effectively? If so, join us each week for our free career Webinar series to receive valuable lessons from experts on topics such as personal branding, social media, and crafting the perfect elevator pitch. This series features best-selling authors and national career experts who will share their strategies, research, and tips to help you reach your career goals.

To register, click on http://www.iowalum.com/career/webinars.cfm

The next webinar is coming up on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific time.

The title of the webinar is “Retire Smart, Retire Happy: Finding Your True Path in Life.”

You will gain an understanding of:

What technology will be capable doing in just a few short years

How rapidly these technological advancements will replace white collar jobs

What jobs will be hard to replace with technology

Federico will share how to survive the economic collapse and be happy by exploring the impact of advances on our lives, what it means to be happy, and providing suggestions about how to avoid a systemic collapse.

 

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How the Iowa float in Rose Bowl parade was made

PASADENA, Calif. — New Year’s Day is different this year for Hawkeye fans, not only because Iowa is in the Rose Bowl but also because of Iowa’s presence at the famed Rose Parade preceding Friday’s game.

In the 127th version of the annual Pasadena Rose Parade, the Hawkeye state will be well represented with Iowa’s band, cheerleaders and, of course, a float. The Iowa football float will be one of approximately 40 motoring in the parade.

Putting together the float was no small feat, and it involved many members of the Iowa Alumni Association lending a hand to get it done. Work began in earnest in early December once it was determined that the Hawkeyes would be playing Stanford in the game. The float decoration was finished on Wednesday.

“The Rose Bowl is a huge event, so we have all kinds of people out here (in southern California),” said Jeff Kueter, President and CEO of the University of Iowa Alumni Association.

The Hawkeye alumni effort to work on the float — which is officially sponsored by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses — was led by the Los Angeles Iowa Club, which had at least 60 members volunteer, according to club president and 2001 Iowa graduate Alvin Chang.

“It’s been a pretty crazy whirlwind the last few days and after they announced that Iowa was playing in the Rose Bowl,” said Chang, a Waterloo native who is also president of the L.A. chapter of the Big 10 Club. “When Iowa fans see the float, there will be a roar, for sure. Hawkeye Nation doesn’t mess around. There is black and gold all over town.”

The Iowa float is known as the “Trophy” float, and the Stanford float the “Bowl” float as designated by the Tournament of Roses. The Big 10 and Pac-12 switch between these two themes each year, according to Leslie Foxvog, a decoration coordinator for the firm Artistic Entertainment Services, which was contracted to put together the Iowa float.

The float decoration took place in a warehouse in Azusa, about 15 miles east of Pasadena. The Iowa float has approximately 8,000 yellow roses on it, but no black roses.

“Black roses are too expensive and there was no way to get quantity at a reasonable cost,” Foxvog said.

Even so, there was plenty of organic material that went into the Iowa float decoration. The float (50 feet long, 18 feet wide, 18 feet tall) is festooned with roses, oatmeal, white beans, parsley, eucalyptus leaves, yellow chrysanthemums, seaweed, flax seed, pumpkin seeds, coconut, small millet, and bronze strawflower.

“The Iowa people that worked on the float were awesome. They were friendly, supportive, patient and enthusiastic,” said Foxvog, who has been decorating Rose Parade floats since 1980. “It’s rare to have so many alumni enthusiasts as Iowa has come work on the float.”

One of the volunteers was Alan Cremers, a 1980 Hawkeye grad originally from Rembrandt, Iowa. Cremers resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and decided to drop in and help decorate the float on a family visit.

“It dawned on me while I was driving that Iowa would need volunteers and it would be a fun experience and I’m glad I did it. The camaraderie was the best part of the experience,” Cremers said. “The Iowa float looks good, it’s a winning float.”

When the completed project rested in the warehouse Wednesday, a visiting family from Iowa out for the Rose Bowl stood and admired the float.

“Frankly, the float isn’t flashy.(Iowa coach) Kirk Ferentz would be pleased, because it’s a meat-and-potatoes decoration,” said Matt Reisetter of Cedar Falls.

Reisetter’s 11-year old son, Mason, laughed at the reference to Ferentz.

“This float is definitely ‘Old Kirk’ style,” the younger Reisetter said.

Family member Becky Roland of La Porte City said seeing the floats up close was a once-in-a-lifetime action.

“I love the yellow roses on the Iowa float,” said Roland, who added with a smile, “But I wonder where the corn is?”

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Alumni represent, reflect in Los Angeles

 

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Actor Tom Arnold and Sheri Salata, co-president of Oprah Winfrey Network, enjoy a moment at the Hawkeye Huddle event Dec. 30. Arnold and Salata are excited about the upcoming football game, but their UI pride is evident year-round. Photo by Matt Jansen.

University of Iowa alumni all over the world are excited for the Rose Bowl Game. And for some who call Los Angeles home, it’s a time to celebrate their beloved team and reflect on how their time in Iowa City helped prepare them for where they are today.

A perfect welcome to a new home

Having the Hawkeyes in Pasadena for the Rose Bowl is particularly meaningful to Sheri Salata; it’s the perfect way to say, “Welcome to your new life in Los Angeles.”

Sheri Salata and her daughter Alexis Wright, a UI sophomore, with Bruce and Mary Harreld at the UI vs. Maryland football game on Oct. 31, 2015.
Sheri Salata and her daughter Alexis Wright, a UI sophomore, pose with Bruce and Mary Harreld at the UI vs. Maryland football game on Oct. 31, 2015. Photo courtesy of Sheri Salata.

The co-president of the Oprah Winfrey Network just moved to the City of Angels full-time. In fact, she packed up her car and headed out from Chicago on Dec. 26. She arrived in L.A.—and her new home—on the 29th, and the timing couldn’t be better.

“It’s an absolute dream come true and this feels like such synchronicity and serendipity,” says Salata, who graduated from the UI with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Salata says she’s proud of the humility the Hawkeyes have had throughout the season.

“Taking it one game at a time—that’s a mindset and spirit I’m familiar with and it’s the spirit of the heart of America and the Midwest,” says Salata. “I’m bursting with pride on how they handled their dream season and getting the job done—without a lot of exaggeration and fancy talk and boastfulness. This is one of the reasons I love this team.”

And she says there are few more reasons why she loves the UI and proudly wears black and gold.

“The experience at the UI means all the benefits and advantages of a Big Ten university with a small-town feel. So it really helped with my confidence, exposed me to all different kinds of things, and I felt very supported by the structure of the school and my living and learning situation,” says Salata. “I feel like I got a fantastic education with that great Midwestern sensibility—something very special is very much in play in Iowa City”

That special feeling now extends to L.A., and Salata is reveling in the excitement along with thousands of other loyal fans.

“I feel like this is going to be such an amazing day and experience for everyone,” says Salata.

Iowa roots run deep for actor/comedian

If you check out Tom Arnold’s Twitter account, you instantly know he’s a proud Hawkeye. In fact, it’s the first thing listed in his bio.

So the Ottumwa native is excited to have Hawkeye Nation in L.A. and says he’s feeling pretty good right now about the game, though a little nervous.

“But I’m feeling like there’s something very magical about this year,” says Arnold. “And It’s always good when people appreciate Iowans. You know, we travel so well—the streets are flooded with Iowans.”

While he’s having a great time with all the Iowans in town, he also says it’s a time to reflect on how the UI impacted his life.

“The UI taught me that if you work really hard you might get lucky,” he says. “You know there was a moment in my career where I was producing the Roseanne show and we got divorced, I got fired, and everybody in my business said that guy will never work again. And then three months later a movie called True Lies came out. You know what, we work hard, do our best, and see what happens.”

And now, Arnold can’t wait to see what happens on Jan. 1. But no matter what the results are, he’ll always be proud to be a Hawkeye.

In one word, unbelievable

The man leading the efforts to welcome Hawkeye Nation to Los Angeles is Alvin Chang, president of both the LA Iowa Club and the Big Ten Club of Southern California. The LA Iowa Club has been hard at work rolling out the red carpet.

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Alvin Chang at the Hawkeye Huddle. Photo by Matt Jansen.

“You can take the person out of Iowa, but can’t take the Iowa out of us,” says Chang, a Waterloo native. “We want to provide the Iowa hospitality to all those who are visiting here and make it the best and most memorable experience that we can. We realize that this will be a vacation, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many to come out west and experience this Rose Bowl.”

Chang has lived in L.A. since 2001, and says he’s “only” waited 14 years in L.A. for a Hawkeye Rose Bowl, yet others have been waiting 25 years or more to have this chance.

“So our goal has been creating and procuring discounts, access, events, experiences, and just being available to fans to answer questions and pacify any concerns,” says Chang. “It’s just our way to give back and make it as smooth a time as it can be.”

He also says his time in Iowa City helped pave the way and prepare him for his career.

“One of the most valuable things I did was a study abroad after my junior year to Shanghai, China. That experience to travel, be out of my comfort zone, and immerse myself in a different country, culture, and environment helped me see how big the world was and helped me adapt. It made my adjustment to L.A. a lot easier and not as intimidating as I thought growing up in a small city environment,” says Chang. “The UI business courses also offered some great mentors and tutors that I was able to connect with to further my education.”

Chang also stresses the connections he’s made through an established alumni group. He’s made some of his best friends through the UI and continues to bond with others inside and outside his industry by virtue of the common thread of the black and gold.

While he’s looking forward to sharing the Rose Bowl Game experience with Hawkeye Nation, there’s one person in particular he can’t wait to have experience everything with him.

“My wife is not an Iowan or Hawkeye (born and raised in Southern California) and is doing an internship in upstate New York for the year. We haven’t been together during the season and have been a bi-coastal couple. So she hasn’t really been with me since the Hawkeyes have been really good and doesn’t understand my obsession and why I put in so many volunteer hours for the club—although she does now follow the Hawkeyes and looks for scores every Saturday before talking with me,” says Chang.

“We’ve never been to a game together, so I’m looking forward to having her see it at one of the most iconic venues and games ever played—the Granddaddy of them all!”

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Join the UIAA

It’s a good time to join the University of Iowa Alumni Association.

Click here to join or to renew your membership.

After you’ve joined or renewed your membership, look for information on the UIAA website about an important event coming up for Hawkeyes in Los Angeles.

Bruce Harreld, 21st president of the University of Iowa, will appear at a University of Iowa Presidential Reception.

It will be held:
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Ebell of Los Angeles

741 South Lucerne Boulevard

Los Angeles, California

Please join Bruce Harreld for this special event showcasing recent campus developments.

A brief program begins at 6:45 p.m., when guests will have an opportunity to meet President Harreld and learn more about his vision for the university through an interactive panel. Joining him on the panel will be a UI student; Lynette Marshall, UI Foundation president and CEO; and Jeff Kueter, UI Alumni Association president and CEO.

Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

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Iowa Hawkeyes New Years Eve 2016

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This party is at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Celebrate the Rose Bowl!

Click here for details and to buy your tickets.

Use Promo Code: roses

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