“Life With Phil” Talk Featuring Sheri Salata

Phil stands for philanthropy. At the University of Iowa, Phil is everyone who gives to the UI and everyone who benefits from those gifts.

Learn more about Phil from media powerhouse Sheri Salata (1980 B.B.A.), the former executive producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and the former president of Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Salata’s latest professional venture is the launching of STORY, a media company that produces print, television, film, and digital content. She has been named one of “Fast Company’s” 100 Most Creative People in Business and one of “The Hollywood Reporter’s” Women in Entertainment Power 100.

Watch the full discussion here.


March 28, 2017

Yesterday, University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced his intention to join the University of Iowa Alumni Association and University of Iowa Foundation together “to create one, new, unified organization.”

Working groups will be established to begin consideration of the many issues and items that arise from this decision. While we work through plans and implementation, both organizations remain committed to serving the University of Iowa and our alumni and friends during this transition to a new engagement organization.

The President believes “a unified, comprehensive organization will allow us to better serve the university for decades to come.” To that end, the new organization was tasked with meeting the following institutional goals:

  • World-class engagement with all constituents
  • Stronger, life-long relationships between the university and its alumni
  • Enhanced, consistent university messaging
  • A united effort to support the university’s core mission
  • Increased opportunity for academic engagement by alumni
  • Better engage the young alumni population
  • Eliminate alumni confusion between membership dues and philanthropic gifts

Additional information on the President’s announcement can be found at https://president.uiowa.edu/people-and-initiatives/new-advancement-model

  • Phil stands for philanthropy and represents everyone who supports the University of Iowa by making a contribution, as well as everyone who benefits from those gifts.

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  • We Are Phil is the faculty/staff giving program at the University of Iowa, and it is an annual effort to involve UI employees in advancing our university.

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