The University of Iowa's teaching, research, and service missions
are not disparate. Rather, they are deeply entwined. The glue that
binds them together is our commitment to building community. Creating
social capitalthe interactions that unite us socially, economically,
creatively, and intellectuallyis the University's stock-in-trade.
In our classrooms, we teach our students to work cooperatively and
provide for the greater good.
In our laboratories, in our libraries, and in the field, we seek
ways to improve society in all dimensions. In our service activities,
we provide direct assistance in enriching our communities across
the state of Iowa, across the nation, and throughout the world.
The stories in this annual report for the fiscal year 2001 show
that building community is at the heart of the mission at The University
of Iowa, whether we are plumbing the mysteries of the tiniest quarks
or spearheading the international writing scene. I invite you to
join in our efforts at creating the finest human community possible,
here at home in Iowa and across the globe.