Students hit the road to tell state universities' stories

Students will take to the road next month to talk about the value of Iowa's public universities and urge legislative support for Iowa State and the universities of Iowa and Northern Iowa.

The public is invited to an April 2 kickoff event for the student-led initiative, Universities for a Better Iowa, at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines. Joining the students will be Gov. Terry Branstad, president of the Iowa Board of Regents Craig Lang and alumni from Iowa's public universities.  The event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Elwell Family Food Center on the fairgrounds.

Students from each of the three schools will travel the state together in April, telling Iowans why their public universities are a good investment. Here's a preliminary schedule of visits. Updates will be posted on the Board of Regents website.

Preliminary schedule of visits.

  • April 9: Mount Pleasant (5-6 p.m.)
  • April 12: Carroll (noon-1 p.m.)
  • April 12: Atlantic (5-6 p.m.)
  • April 16: Dubuque (5-6 p.m.)
  • April 19: Cedar Rapids (noon-1 p.m.)
  • April 19: Davenport (5-6 p.m.)
  • April 23: Sioux City (5-6 p.m.)
  • April 25: Fort Dodge (noon-1 p.m.)
  • April 25: Mason City (5-6 p.m.)