alumni

Walid Rachedi

A transatlantic collaboration in creative writing leads to bilingual podcast

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Walid Rachedi initiated a collaboration between Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and Paris 8 University’s MFA Program in creative writing, which went from virtual exchange to nonfiction podcast in English and French.
Erik Snider

Global Alumni Spotlight Series features global public relations leader Erik Snider

Wednesday, January 3, 2024
Erik Snider (MA sports, health, leisure, and physical studies ‘96; BA journalism and religious studies ‘94), a leader in global public relations, will join International Programs on January 24 in this virtual talk as part of our Global Alumni Spotlight Series.
Melissa Ferrin

From language learner to language educator: how study abroad ignited a global career spanning three decades

Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Three decades ago, Melissa Ferrin (BA political science and Spanish ’95) participated in a study abroad program in Chile as a language learner. She currently teaches English at a small engineering school in Mexico called Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca (UTM).
Russ Ganim, Samantha Hitlan, Peyton Pangburn, and Dick Tyner in front of images and "Connecting Iowa with the World and the World with Iowa"

Friend of International Programs Richard J. Tyner keeps giving, ensuring more Hawkeyes go abroad

Thursday, December 7, 2023
Richard “Dick” J. Tyner (BA French, political science ’70) established the Richard J. Tyner Scholarship to support undergraduate study abroad students in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in a world language, political science, international relations, or international studies.
Xi with 30 friends

Decades-long friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping powered by citizen diplomacy

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
University of Iowa alumna and recipient of the UI International Impact Award in 2020, Sarah Lande (BA and MBA) is a true global Hawkeye. She shared details of her reunion with Mr. Xi during his recent visit to the U.S.
Jason Lammer with family

First-generation graduate reflects on two decades of living overseas

Thursday, September 7, 2023
Since graduating from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2002, Jason Lammer, an Iowa City native, has been living and working abroad for almost two decades as an English language educator and business owner.
Azeez

Former dentist transitioned into a well-rounded researcher at Iowa, leads to position at NIH

Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Azeez Alade, a native of Nigeria, received a PhD in epidemiology from Iowa. He will soon start a clinical fellowship at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  
Vats award

Academic & Scholarly Achievement Award winner Bhavya Vats reflects on college experience

Monday, June 5, 2023
Bhavya Vats, a recent recipient of a BSE in biomedical engineering (BME) from the University of Iowa, was awarded an Academic & Scholarly Achievement Award at the 2023 International Student Graduation Celebration. Learn more about Vats through this Q&A piece.  
Jichen Zhang NPR

NPR “Artist to Watch” Jichen Zhang pursued musical excellence at Iowa

Friday, May 26, 2023
Jichen Zhang, from Weihai, China, earned a doctoral degree from the University of Iowa (UI) in 2023 and was named one of Slingshot's 2023 Artists to Watch by National Public Radio (NPR).  
Qianyi He

Qianyi He, speech & hearing science grad, reflects on experience as an international student at Iowa

Thursday, May 25, 2023
Qianyi He, from Suzhou, China, recently received her BA in speech & hearing science and psychology from the University of Iowa (UI). She reflects on how the UI prepared her to pursue a clinical doctorate in audiology.
Olivier

How Iowa prepared Olivier Munyeshyaka to become an African investor

Monday, January 30, 2023
Olivier Munyeshyaka obtained a master’s degree in accountancy at the UI and currently works at the Rwanda Innovation Fund, a government-funded investment firm which invests in technology startups across Africa.
Mariana Garces Grajales with friend in front of purple lights and fountain

Her Colombian roots helped Mariana Garcés Grajales settle into Italy

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Mariana Garcés Grajales (BA communication studies, '22) participated in the USAC Reggio Emilia program in spring 2022 and shares what she learned.