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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.

Historical photo of soldiers in front of the Old Capitol

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.


lbs of food distributed from the IMU food pantry


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 Learning Commons Instructional Technology Center (ITC), 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.

Upcoming Events at the IMU

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Mindful Recovery

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 4:00pm to Wednesday, June 21, 2023 5:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Supporting Students Desiring a Change Mindful Recovery provides a safe and supportive space for UI students committed to making changes in their substance use. The focus for this group, different than Success, Not Excess, is for students seeking abstinence or maintaining abstinence from substances. Activities and support are rooted in mindfulness-based stress reduction practices and Koru Mindfulness. Meetings are provided by the UI Collegiate Recovery Program. For more information, please visit...
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Improv Theatre for Communication Skills Series

Wednesday, October 5, 5:00pm to Wednesday, December 28, 2022 6:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Do you want to feel more comfortable with public speaking, teaching, and presentations? Join other graduate students and postdocs for improvisation drop-in sessions where we will use improv theatre games to help you improve your confidence in public speaking, answering questions, and communicating your research to broad audiences. Sessions will be led by Lisa Kelly, Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Cedar Rapids and the UI CIRTL Coordinator, and Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers, UI Theatre...
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Write Winning Grant Proposals - Phase I Seminar

Thursday, October 6, 2022 8:30am to 4:30pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Write Winning Grant Proposals Presented by John D. Robertson, Ph.D. Managing Member, Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops The Research Development Office in the Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce that Dr. John Robertson from Grant Writer's Seminars & Workshops (GWSW) will conduct the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. In person and virtual options are available.  The Phase I...
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