Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The Road to Better Legislative Relations

In addition to our Governmental Relations Liaison, Dexter Golinghorst, President Mills and Vice President Brittain meet with government officials regularly. One of the biggest opportunities to expand on the relationship happens at the end of summer during UISG's Legislative Road Trip. The 2015 trip involved meetings with 6 legislators, traveling over 650 miles, and experiencing the diverse communities within Iowa. 

Issues like expanding university relations, affordable tuition, construction at UIowa, and the future of the university were discussed. The relationships built during the past two days are vital to promoting the interest of students within the government. UISG thanks all of the legislators who took time to meet with us! 


2015 Roadtrip Itinerary


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

8:30am: Meet in the IMU

8:45: Travel to Independence, IA (1 hour, 8 minutes; 66.3 miles)

        Em’s Café: 324 S. 1st St. East

10:00: Meeting with Senator Schoenjahn (D) and Representative Bearinger (D)

11:00 (approx., may be sooner) conclude Meeting

11-1pm: Extra time/ lunch

1pm: Travel to Mason City, IA (1 hour, 47 minutes; 110 miles)

         Jitter’s Coffee: Southbridge Mall 124 4th St. SW

3pm: Meeting with Senator Ragan (D)

4pm: Conclude meeting

4pm: Travel to overnight destination, West Des Moines, IA (1 hour, 55 minutes; 126 miles)

         Days Inn: 1258 8th St. WDM, IA

TOTAL: 3 legislators, 293.3 miles


Thursday, July 30, 2015

7:15am: Gather and have breakfast at hotel (assuming they have breakfast J)

8:00: Checkout of hotel and travel to Bondurant, IA (21 minutes, 18.3 miles)

         Brick Street Market: 114 Brick Street South

8:30: Meeting with Representative Nunn (R)

9:30 (or sooner): Conclude meeting

9:30-11: extra time/ early lunch

11-12:45pm: Travel to Rockwell City, IA (1 hour, 46 minutes, 118 miles)

         Twin Lakes Environmental Services: 2203 Ogden Ave Rockwell City, IA

1:00pm: Meeting with Representative Sexton (R)

2:00pm: Conclude meeting

2- 3:45: Travel to Clive, IA (1 hour, 42 minutes, 98.8 miles)

          Cozy Café: 15950 Hickman Road Clive, IA

4pm: Meeting with Representative R. Taylor (R)

5pm: Conclude and return to Iowa City (1 hour, 54 minutes, 124 miles)

7pm: Arrive in Iowa City, return van, and celebrate conclusion of successful trip!

TOTAL: 3 legislators, 359.1 miles

Trip Total: 6 legislators, 652.4 miles (3 Democrats, 3 Republicans)