Historical Highlights: 2001-Present
2001—University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman is named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
2001—"Taking Flight: The World of Birds," a new, permanent exhibit opens at the University of Iowa's Museum of Natural History. The 5,000 square foot gallery is re-named the William and Eleanor Hageboeck Hall of Birds.
2001—The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development offers advanced placement classes to high school students around the state via the Internet and the Iowa Communication Network (ICN). News release
2001—The Pomerantz Center, a new center for career services, is named in honor of 1952 UI business graduate Marvin A. Pomerantz and his wife, Rose Lee of Des Moines, in recognition of their $10 million gift to the University of Iowa Foundation.
2001—On November 20, 2001, a fire strikes Old Capitol, destroying the building's 160-year-old cupola, dome and bell and causing extensive smoke and water damage to the building’s interior. The university immediately begins planning for the restoration of this campus landmark.
2002—The university moves the historic Shambaugh House from 219 N. Clinton Street to its new home at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild streets. Shambaugh House becomes home to the International Writing Program. News release.
2002—Jean E. Robillard is named new dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. News release
2002—Willard “Sandy” Boyd takes on the UI presidency for a second time. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa name Boyd to serve as interim president after President Mary Sue Coleman leaves Iowa to assume the presidency of the University of Michigan. News release.
2003—The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, announce the appointment of David J. Skorton to the position of president of The University of Iowa. Dr. Skorton assumes the university presidency on March 1, 2003.
2003—The University of Iowa Foundation launches the public phase of "Good. Better. Best," the largest fund-raising campaign in Iowa history. Among the goals are $142 million in scholarships and other student aid, more than 100 new endowed faculty positions, 11 new campus buildings, and a substantial increase in endowment. More...
2003—The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, the first creative-writing degree program at an American university, is selected to receive the National Humanities Medal. News release
2003—The College of Public Health establishes the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. Investigators from the College of Medicine, UI Hygienic Laboratory, Johnson County Department of Public Health, and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University will collaborate on projects both local and international in scope. News release
2003—On February 24, members of the university community gather on the Pentacrest to watch as a new dome is placed atop the Old Capitol. In a May 13 ceremony, flags of the United States and the State of Iowa are raised, and the new bell is rung, for the first time since the original dome was destroyed by fire in 2001. News release
2003—The newly-renovated university hydraulics laboratory is renamed for C. Maxwell Stanley, a 1926 Iowa engineering graduate, and prominent Iowa industrialist and philanthropist.
2003—President Skorton announces that the 2004-05 academic year will be celebrated as the Year of the Arts and Humanities.
2004—Researchers from the Museum of Natural History, the department of geoscience, and the Iowa Archaeological Society bring 40 giant sloth bones to Iowa City, following a winter dig near Shenandoah, Iowa. News release
2004—75 statues of Herky appear overnight on campus and on the streets of Iowa City, Coralville, and University Heights. Herky on Parade, a project to highlight the 75th anniversary of Kinnick Stadium, continues from late summer to the end the 2004 football season. More...
2004—Michael J. Hogan is named University of Iowa provost. News release
2004—The University of Iowa Blank Honors Center opens. Named for Des Moines resident Myron Blank and the late Jacqueline Blank, the building houses the Honors Center and the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. By bringing the Honors Center and Belin-Blank Center together under a single roof, the UI becomes one of the first schools in the nation to offer in one place programs, services and support for academically gifted and talented students from kindergarten through college. News release
2004—An agreement between the UI and the Englert Civic Theatre, Inc., brings performances by the UI Division of Performing Arts into the historic theater in downtown Iowa City.
2004—Student volunteers clock over 13,572 hours of community service as part of the 10,000 Hours project. News release
2004—Carolyn Jones is named dean of the College of Law. New release
2005—Marilynne Robinson, F. Wendell Miller Professor in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, wins the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her book, "Gilead." News release
2005—The Pomerantz Center opens. The building houses the Admissions Visitor Center and the Academic Advising Center as well as a variety of career-related services. News release
2005—The university's "Good. Better. Best. Iowa" fund-raising campaign reaches its $1 billion goal, more than four weeks ahead of the campaign's official conclusion on Dec. 31, 2005. News release
2005-06—The university focuses on civic service during a celebration of the Year of Public Engagement.
2006—David Skorton is named president of Cornell University effective July 1, 2006. News release
2006—A tornado hits Iowa City. Many students are displaced by the storm. University of Iowa buildings escape extensive damage. News release
2006—Board of Regents, State of Iowa names Gary Fethke interim president. News release
2006—Old Capitol Museum reopens after a five-year construction project to repair extensive damage caused by a fire in November, 2001. News release
2006—Physicist James A. Van Allen, a leader in space exploration who discovered the radiation belts surrounding the Earth that now bear his name, dies at age 91. News release
2006—Glenn Schaeffer Library opens. The 8,500-square-foot, $2.4 million addition, which doubles the Iowa Writers' Workshop facilities, is named for 1977 workshop graduate Glenn Schaeffer in recognition of his $1 million gift to the University of Iowa Foundation for the project. News release
2006—Historic Kinnick Stadium is rededicated after an $86.8 million, two-year renovation project. News release
2006—Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex opens on the west campus. News release
2006—University opens a center in downtown Chicago. News release
2007—The university lauches the Center for Diversity and Enrichment to bring under one umbrella a variety of programs, offices, and services that work to create a welcoming climate for students, staff, and faculty from communities underrepresented in higher education. News release
2007—Rita A. Frantz is named dean of the College of Nursing. News release
2007—Donald E. Letendre is named dean of the College of Pharmacy. News release
2007—UI Provost Michael J. Hogan is named president of the University of Connecticut. News release
2007—University breaks ground for the Iowa Institute of Biomedical Discovery. The new facility, to be built next to the Carver Biomedical Research Building on the UI health sciences campus, will house laboratories and office space dedicated to cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research in the biomedical and life sciences, involving scientists from across the entire campus. News release
2007—Hancher Auditorium celebrates its 35th anniversary with the Joffrey Ballet's "River to River" tour, a series of five free performances in Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Muscatine, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City. News release
2008—University breaks ground for the P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse in Terrell Mill Park in Iowa City. News release
2008—Susan J. Curry is named dean of the College of Public Health, succeeding longtime dean James A. Merchant. News release
2008—Purdue Provost Sally Mason is named 20th president of the University of Iowa. News release
2008—Wallace D. Loh is named executive vice president and provost of the University of Iowa. News release
2008—Devastating floods cause millions of dollars in damages to UI campus. Flood recovery site
2008—University of Iowa campus goes smoke-free July 1, 2008. Policy site
2008—Fraternal Order of Eagles pledges to raise $25 million for UI diabetes research. News release
2008—The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designates Iowa City, Iowa the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. News release
2009—FEMA announces financing options for UI flood-damaged buildings. News release
2009—The university revives an old tradition with a convocation celebration on the Pentacrest during Welcome Week.
2009—The School of Music moves operations into University Capitol Centre in downtown Iowa City.
2010—The University of Iowa football team capped off a stellar season by defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the FedEx Orange Bowl in Miami.
2010—Fran McCaffery is named head coach of the University of Iowa men's basketball team.
2010—The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa holds dedication ceremonies for its new building on the UI Research Park Campus in Coralville.
2010—Economic Impact Report reveals the University of Iowa contributes $6 billion annually to the Iowa economy and creates 1 in 30 jobs. See web site.
2011—Margaret Crocco is named dean of the College of Education. News release.
2011—UI Hospitals and Clinics makes nearly $700 million impact on Johnson County economy. News release.
2012—Board of Regents, State of Iowa approves design concepts for new facilities that will replace flood-damaged Hancher Auditorium, Voxman School of Music/Clapp Recital Hall, and the 1930s-era Art Building. Iowa Now story
2013—Flooding again threatens the University of Iowa campus. Iowa Now story.
2013—Construction begins on the West Campus Residence Hall, soon to house 501 beds. The last on-campus residence hall was built in 1968, and the student population has since doubled.
2013—UI breaks ground for the new UI Children's Hospital. The $292 million, 480,000-square-foot facility will have 14 floors to better meet the needs of children and families.
2013—The Main Library Learning Commons opened at the start of fall semester. The 24-hour space includes 100 computers, a cafe and 18 group study spaces.
2013—The Bijou teams up with FilmScene, a nonprofit organization dedicated to screening independent films. It says goodbye to its IMU space of more than 40 years and opens a new theater on the ped mall.
2013—The UI tackles seven major construction project, all of which are slated for completion in the next three years.