The Office of Outreach & Engagement also integrated the Hawkeye Speakers Bureau into program offerings this year. The Hawkeye Speakers Bureau supplemented the Hawkeye Lunch & Learn lecture series in growing community partnerships by making University of Iowa experts available to meet the educational needs of Iowans throughout the state by request.
|BY THE NUMBERS: HAWKEYE SPEAKERS BUREAU MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN 2016-17|
“We formed the Lucas County Great Decisions discussion group in 2003, and we have ended 8 different years with a presentation by a speaker from the University of Iowa Hawkeye Speakers Bureau. Past presentations have been delivered by professors of public health, occupational and environmental health, geography, political science, geology, international writing, and business. With such a broad range of subject matter experts, the Hawkeye Speakers Bureau has greatly added to our ability to achieve the objectives of the Great Decisions program here in Lucas County. The university’s speakers have all been very well prepared, have treated our group with respect, and have challenged us to think about the topics from different perspectives, which is the primary goal of the Great Decisions program. Thank you very much for providing this service to the state.” Raymond Meyer, Lucas County Great Decisions
“The Franklin Avenue Library had the good fortune to host a recent program featuring a presenter from the Hawkeye Speakers Bureau. We started with just a kernel of an idea: Using DNA in Genealogy. All aspects of selecting and arranging for the speaker went smoothly, with excellent and frequent communication coming from the program coordinator. The speaker, Dr. Bryant F. McAllister, proved to be very engaging, turning what could possibly be a dry subject into a rousing evening for our patrons. I’m pleased that the university offers this program, allowing their valuable human resources to positively impact the lives of the state’s citizenry through such continuing education opportunities. I look forward to working with the Hawkeye Speakers Bureau on additional ideas for future programming!” Kevin Kretschmer, Adult Services Librarian, Franklin Avenue Library (Des Moines Public Library)