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History of the IMU

The Iowa Memorial Union has been the cornerstone of campus life since it was built in the early 1900s. Plenty of notable visitors have roamed the halls through the years and through the several additions that the IMU has had in its history.

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Memorials at the IMU

Several memorials can be found around the IMU. The Memorial Honor Roll in the Hubbard Commons recognizes the students and alumni of The University of Iowa who have given their lives in service to the nation as members of the armed forces.

View the Memorial Honor Roll


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Hours of events put on by Campus Activities Board(CAB)

Our vision

The IMU will be known for student success and learning, inclusive programs and activities, exceptional hospitality and service, and trusted campus and community partnerships.

Mission, Values & Vision

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IMU Flood Recovery

After a lengthy recovery process, the IMU Ground Floor re-opened to the public on June 1, 2015. The new 83,000-square-foot ground floor offers a variety of new features including the Union Station Food Court, Hawkeye student lounge, and the River Terrace.

Bridging Our World

Bridging Our World is a display featuring the flags of the countries represented by international students attending the university during the academic semester.

When on display, the flag-lined footbridge is a symbol recognizing the University of Iowa’s international students and their significant role in the life of the university and community.

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Upcoming Events at the IMU

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Charity Card Making

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 7:00am to 9:00am
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Join us for a heartwarming charity event hosted by the Campus Activities Board and Professional Business Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, where we'll be creating handmade cards for A Moment of Magic. Taking place in the Hawkeye Room, this event offers an opportunity to spread joy and positivity through creativity, as we craft personalized cards to brighten the days of the reciepients.
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Craft your Calm

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 11:00am to 2:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Manage your stress by creating art and crafts on Wednesday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in IMU River Room 1 & 2. Crafts include friendship bracelets, sensory jars, and more! This event is free and open to all UI students.
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The Vulgarity of Caste: Dalits, Sexuality, and Humanity in Modern India

Thursday, April 18, 2024 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
The South Asian Studies Program, an International Programs affinity group, the UI Department of Anthropology, and Grinnell College invite you to "Graphic Politics in Eastern India: Script and the Quest for Autonomy," a talk by Nishaant Choksi, on Thursday, April 13, from 10 - 11:15 a.m. (CDT), via Zoom.
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