Once a Hawkeye...
Claudia Marban, 99BA, 99BBA, Lockport, Ill.
Member of the UIAA Directors' Club Honor Circle
UI Degree:Finance and Spanish with International Business Certificate
Hometown: Oak Forest, Ill.
"'Once a Hawkeye' refers to the important friendships created at the UI—those I have maintained ever since my student days and those I continue to form through the alumni association."
Why did you decide to attend Iowa?
After attending a college fair where I picked up information on the University of Iowa and the Tippie College of Business, I decided to come for a campus visit. As soon as I drove into Iowa City, I knew I would attend the university! I fell in love with the campus and was impressed by everything I learned on my tour.
What does "Once a Hawkeye" mean to you?
It means that the incredible education I received from the UI was instrumental in my career. Plus, it refers to the important friendships created at the UI—those I have maintained ever since my student days and those I continue to form through the alumni association.
What do you value most of your UI education?
My education helped make me the person I am today in both my professional and personal life. I learned that hard work and determination will allow you to succeed in anything you do. In addition to excellent classes, I gained experience through research, projects, working in teams, and internships, which prepared me for the real world of business.
What are some of your outstanding memories of your time at UI?
I was fortunate enough to study abroad and take business classes taught in Spanish in Seville, Spain. One of the most wonderful experiences of my life, it inspired me to travel around the world and learn about other cultures, which has helped me grow in my personal and professional life.
How have your UI experiences or friendships changed your life?
My educational experiences at the UI taught me that you have to have passion in what you do in order to succeed. My friendships created an incredible support system—and made my time at UI a blast!
How does the UIAA help you stay in touch with fellow alumni and alma mater?
The UIAA's website and Iowa Alumni Magazine keep me informed about all of the interesting and inspiring things going on at the UI. Plus, the UIAA's Iowa Voyagers provides amazing travel opportunities. My husband, Carlos, and I traveled with the UIAA to the Orange Bowl—a great event made even better because we traveled with fellow Hawkeyes! Even though he's not a UI alum, Carlos enjoyed the Iowa camaraderie just as much as I did. Thanks to the UIAA, everyone's made to feel welcome and a part of the Iowa family.
How does your involvement with the UIAA help you make the most of your time at Iowa?
Being involved with the UIAA has allowed me to stay truly connected to the UI. I've returned to campus to participate in UIAA events that always bring back wonderful memories—especially at Homecoming. And, even though I no longer live in Iowa, the alumni association keeps me connected to all the campus developments and the student successes. The UIAA really helps me stay a proud Hawkeye!