LiveBIG Staff, June 2, 2016

[btn-post-package]The University of Iowa is a groundbreaking institution. In 1855 - before the American Civil War - it enacted a policy of admitting male and female students on an equal basis, the first public university in the United States to do so.

And this university is still a positive force for change, in many cases well beyond Iowa City. From its first-class creative writing program to its international engineering efforts, the Hawkeyes are affecting the world in many powerful ways.

Here are a few of our favorite LiveBIG stories that show how Iowa enables education, innovation and altruism:

Iowa organization builds bridges to better futures


Hawkeyes get inspirational leadership from ?Captains?


Iowa students research water and wildlife in the ?Big Muddy?


Iowa?s Center for the Book borrows pages from the past


Iowa hospital patients get by with a little help from ?Furry Friends?