May 2014

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4 T here is no question that these are busy times in the world of intercollegiate athletics. On one hand, you have important conversation about topics like student-athlete well-being, "cost of attendance," and unionization. On the other you have discussion about the coming College Football Playoff, the "Big 5" conferences and the NCAA, and technology in our stadiums. At the moment we are also busy cheering the student-athletes who compete in our spring sports through the end of their regular seasons, and into Big Ten Conference and NCAA postseason competition while ramping up planning for the 2014-15 athletics year. At the University of Iowa, while keeping abreast of all that is swirling about us, we are also doing what we do annually this time of year: Spending a good chunk of our time thanking as many fans of the Hawkeyes as possible face- to-face, handshake-to-handshake, as the National I-Club spring banquet tour crisscrosses the state and Midwest. e spring banquet tour has been a staple of our stewardship and outreach efforts for decades. e best indication of its success is the fact that it has been the model used by many of our peer institutions in the Big Ten Conference and nationally to create their "tours." An indication of the importance we place on this series of events is the priority it has among our staff. All of our staff members have tremendous respect and appreciation for the special relationship that exists between the Iowa Hawkeyes and our fans, and they know in this age of emails and video chats and new and social media, nothing is better than a "ank you" delivered personally. e spring banquet tour is one of the best opportunities for our staff to do this while entertaining you with a few jokes and providing personal insight into their programs. If you're a regular attendee of your local National I-Club spring event, thank you. Your participation and support is greatly appreciated…and I look forward to seeing you soon. If you haven't attended recently or have never joined us, here's a link to the schedule: HERE. Go Hawks! It's I-Club Season THE FIRST PAGE… By GARY BARTA

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