The University of Iowa Shared Governance Council will present two open forums on the proposed UI benefits changes from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, June 6, in C20 Pomerantz Center, and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, in 1110A Medical Education Research Facility.
Martha Greer knows The University of Iowa. Her parents each received degrees here—her father from the College of Engineering, while her mother earned a master’s in geology—and she completed her undergraduate and graduate-level studies here. She’s worked as a professional advisor at the Academic Advising Center, and now serves as the International Studies coordinator in UI International Programs.
Greer also knows Iowa City: she attended school in the Iowa City district until her senior year of high school, and has been living here since her days as a UI student. That’s not to say she hasn’t seen the world—Greer has lived in cities such as San Diego, Houston, Denver, and London, and she loves domestic and international travel.
It was this perspective that Greer wanted to bring to UI Staff Council, which she holds in the highest regard. She was recently elected vice president/president-elect for the council, and found herself moving into the presidency nearly a year ahead of schedule with the recent resignation of president Duncan Stewart.
Greer sat down with fyi to discuss what she sees as primary issues affecting UI staff, what sorts of challenges she faces in her new role, and what she likes to do when she has a moment of free time.
What sort of advice would you give to an incoming University of Iowa faculty or staff member? This could pertain to any aspect of University life—no piece of advice is without value (we think). Say to yourself, "If I knew then what I know now...," and then share that advice with readers of fyi. We'll publish a selection of your submissions in a future issue. And who knows? Maybe we'll all learn a trick or two...
Bitter cold. Endless precipitation. Roaring furnaces. And that was just April. After a particularly brutal winter, fyi photographer Tom Jorgensen thought it best to roam around campus to bring you signs of spring—get out there and enjoy!