It was the best of times, it was diverse of times: UI Engagement Corps visits two cities (and a town)
When a meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa, burned to the ground a few days before Christmas, workers, many of them immigrants from Central America, were given the option to move on to other plants in other states. But their families wanted to stay.
Like many before them, they had come to the small northeastern Iowa town to sink roots, to leave behind the hardships that drove them from their homelands, and to realize their dreams.
Postville’s elementary school was the first stop on this year’s excursion by the UI Faculty Senate Engagement Corps. The annual trip is about building relations between UI faculty and the citizens of Iowa, sharing expertise and knowledge, and meeting colleagues from other departments in the University.
No need to raise a fuss, no need to raise a holler about workin’ all summer just tryin’ to earn a dollar. Contrary to the old Eddie Cochran song, members of the fyi staff believe there is a cure for the summertime blues. We believe it’s music.
We're not alone. We were delighted and intrigued by all the groovy responses—from the usual suspects (Jimmy Buffett, the Grateful Dead, and reggae) to nature's soundtrack (which doesn't require ear buds).
Aerial perspectives of the University of Iowa campus offer grand views of academic buildings, athletic fields, and the natural beauty of Iowa City.