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World-Traveling Alum To Visit International Hawkeyes

Andy Stoll, an alumnus of both The University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, wants to witness and illustrate the power of the Hawkeye worldwide network. And he’s willing to take a year or two of his life to do so.

Stoll, a 2003 honors graduate with degrees in management and communications studies, is about to embark on a trip around the world. His goal is to see the world, connect with Iowa alumni, and collect their stories. This will help him explore his areas of interest, which range from leadership, economics, and entrepreneurship to film/media production, community development, and cooking.

But to do this, he needs the help of his fellow Hawkeye alumni who are living outside of the United States. Alumni who are willing to connect with Stoll on his travels are encouraged to email him at His journey and his visits with fellow Hawkeyes will be chronicled on his web site:

Thanks to funding from the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club and Rotary District 6000, Stoll’s first stop with be Hong Kong, China, where he will serve as an Ambassadorial Scholar seeking to promote “international peace and understanding” as well as studying Chinese, economics, and film at The City University of Hong Kong.

Stoll’s ambassadorial work will extend beyond his duties with The Rotary, as he sees himself as an ambassador for The University of Iowa. In May 2007, he hopes to begin his travels the rest of the way around the globe. His tentative schedule would take him through Mainland China, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Australia, India, Africa, Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and South America.

“I am a proud product of The University of Iowa, and I hope to share my excitement about it with the rest of the world, as well as seek out those from around the globe who are as proud to be a Hawkeye as I am.”

Originally from Omaha, Neb., Stoll has been active in the University community since his arrival in 1998. He served as UI student body president and vice president; worked as the executive director of the UI Bijou Theater; and worked as a research assistant for UI President Emeritus Sandy Boyd. For his service, he was awarded nearly every major student leadership award including the prestigious Hancher-Finkbine Medallion, the highest award the University can bestow on a student.

Upon graduation, Stoll worked at the UI College of Public Health, enrolled in the Entrepreneurial Certificate Program at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, and, with a group of friends, founded a “community-building” nonprofit called The James Gang. This social entrepreneurial organization has created a number of innovative community-based endeavors including a three-city free wireless network; an outdoor movie series; a public performance space and art gallery; and their flagship project The 10,000 Hours Show, which works to engage young people in communities across the state through volunteerism. In early 2006, The James Gang was named the Iowa City Press-Citizen Person(s) of the Year for 2005 for having the “greatest impact on the community” in the previous year.

Stoll’s youthful enthusiasm and sense of adventure is bound to make for a fascinating travelogue.

“Right now,” he says “I am open to going anywhere that the trip may take me, and I hope to set up a half dozen experiences working, teaching, or volunteering for an extended amount of time, so that I can experience being a part of the communities I visit and not just be another tourist.”

If you are interested in meeting Andy along the road, being profiled on his web site, or have suggestions of destinations or “experiences,” visit his online travelogue at or email him at The Tippie College of Business will occasionally feature some of Andy’s travels and his connection to business alumni in various Tippie media such as the Tippie web site, the electronic Tippie News, and Business at Iowa magazine.

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