Category Archives: Hawkeye History

A look back at what was going on in Iowa City and at the UI way back when.

Huddle with us in Bloomington!


Join us on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., EST, for a Hawkeye Huddle!

The party will be held at the Georgian Room at the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington, IN 47405.

Iowa’s Creative Corridor proudly presents the 2015 Iowa Football Hawkeye Huddles at all away football games this season. Hosted by the National I-Club and University of Iowa Alumni Association, Hawkeye Huddles include…

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Leadership in Times of Change

Jean Robillard

We salute the following leaders and UI legends who ensured the continued success of the University of Iowa in times of presidential change.




Jean Robillard, the vice president for medical affairs, is the 11th interim or acting president in UI history. Prior to assuming leadership in 2007 for the varied operations of UI Health Care—including UI Hospitals and Clinics and the…

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‘There’s no formula here’ – A Hawkeye Holiday Story

The finished product.The finished product.

A sign greets entrants as they turn into the driveway at Marv and Ruth Hiddleson’s West Des Moines, Iowa home. It reads, “Hawkeyes Parking Only.”

A Hawkeye flag angles out from the home, near the front door, making the message very clear: Iowa fans live here.

Marv and Ruth Hiddleson prepare decorations for their Hawkeye themed Christmas tree.

The spirit doesn’t stop…

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Dance Marathon Raises the Bar Again

On Saturday, Feb. 8, Dance Marathon 20 announced that it broke all previous UI records by raising $1,801,032.20 to benefit youth cancer patients and their families. During the 24-hour BIG EVENT, participants raised money by dancing in the IMU to celebrate youth cancer survivors and remember the children who have passed away throughout the year.

This year, more than 200 Dance…

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A Tribute to Street

The Iowa men’s basketball team will never forget the legend of Chris Street. On January 19, 1993, an unprecedented wave of sorrow swept across Iowa. Chris Street, a gifted Hawkeye basketball player from Indianola, died that evening when his car collided with a snowplow following a team dinner in north Iowa City.

The tragedy left an entire state in shock. The…

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Big House Battering

In the 57 Iowa vs. Michigan football matchups so far, Michigan holds a 40-13-4 record over the Hawkeyes. But, in recent years, Iowa has ruled the series. It’s fair to say Michigan might be out for revenge tomorrow.

In 2002, a season we all know and love, the Hawks’ recorded their first road win against Michigan since…

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Unbelievable Upset

Daniel Murry

It was an amazing moment that warmed the hearts of thousands of Hawkeye fans shivering in the stands. In the final seconds of Iowa’s November 2008 game against Penn State, backup kicker Daniel Murray nailed a 31-yard field goal to clinch a 24-23 victory for the Hawks. Penn State players, unbeaten and third in the nation, stood stunned on the…

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Iowa Homecoming History: Forever Herky

This vintage image of a sharp-dressed Herky the Hawk appeared in a 1948 issue of Iowa Alumni Review and his likeness also adorned that year’s Homecoming badge. Over the years, this copyrighted emblem of university sports has appeared in many venues and doing many things—an enduring symbol of Hawkeye spirit.

In 2012, Herky will no doubt play another starring role in…

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Iowa Homecoming History: 1939

During Nile Kinnick’s Heisman-winning season, Minnesota was threatening to derail the Hawkeyes’ season in their Homecoming matchup on November 18.

It took a touchdown pass and interception by Kinnick at the end of the game to seal the 13-9 Iowa win. Fans screamed themselves hoarse, and the celebration was so great it made an impression on the administration. UI President Eugene…

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Iowa Homecoming History: 1953

The Dramatic Art Guild won the grand prize for their “Showboat” float in the Homecoming Parade on October 23, 1953.

The next day, following Iowa’s 19-13 win over Indiana, fans gathered for the ceremonial burning of the Corn Monument. Students writing for the Hawkeye yearbook noted that “Homecoming at SUI would never be complete without the corn monument, a football victory,…

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