Iowa Alumni Magazine invited readers to share photos of their black-and-gold sanctuaries. Here are their rooms and other Hawkeye treasures:
READER PHOTO GALLERY
Christine Brock Carstens, 95BA
Mount Airy, Maryland
“My husband, Scott Carstens, 95BA, and I met in 1993 at his fraternity’s football tailgater. We were married three years later, and this year we are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We moved to Maryland—originally ACC territory—and made our basement our Hawkeye-themed room. It has a Hawkeye pub table and chairs, pool table light, Kinnick Stadium prints, and our composites on the wall. Scott’s favorite print is ‘The Catch’ from the Capitol One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2005, when Iowa beat LSU, 30-25.”
Nicole Paustian Clapp, 93BSN, 96MSN
Rose Bowl souvenirs and a Christmas tree decked in black and gold year-round are among the treasures Clapp keeps in her Hawkeye room.
Larry Jackson II, 65BA, 73MA
Grayton Beach, Florida
Jackson, who was an Army ROTC instructor at Iowa from 1970 to 1974, has decorated his swimming pool bathroom in black and gold. “Besides its primary function, it’s also used as a comfortable private reading room where I can read Iowa Alumni Magazine,” he says. “The term ‘Go, Hawks’ has multiple meanings in this special Iowa room.”
“We are a Hawkeye family: Steve Mortimore, 67BBA; Nancy Baldridge Mortimore, 65BA; daughter Jamie Mortimore Toledo, 87BA; granddaughter Andie Toledo, 2017; son Brad Mortimore, 91BS; and daughter-in-law Denise Kleppe, 91BA, 04MBA. Our downstairs has a lot of Hawkeye memorabilia, but it’s chiefly on the walls of the kitchen and bar area. We also have our Greek affiliations—Chi Omega, Pi Beta Phi, and Delta Chi—represented, plus Jamie’s pom posters. [Our collection is] fun and quite a conversation starter at parties. Go, Hawks!”
Tom Pospisil, 82BA
West Des Moines, Iowa
Pospisil finds inspiration to work out in his Hawkeye fitness room.
Brad, 75BBA, and LoriReeves
Benton Harbor, Michigan
The Reeveses’ move to southwest Michigan nine years ago has done nothing to diminish their Hawkeye spirit. The couple still holds Iowa football season tickets and attends every game. The Reeveses held a black-and-gold-themed wedding in Iowa City, drive around in Hawkeye-mobiles, and even their doorbell plays the “Iowa Fight Song.”
Kelly Richards, 02BSN, 08MSN
A student in the UI Doctor of Nursing Practice program, Richards entertains guests in a Hawkeye basement that includes a wood-carved Herky and a wine bar made out of an old piano.
Judy Lange Rozek, 67BSN
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Rozek’s sunroom doubles as her Hawk cave, where she displays such collectibles as a Hawkeye bowling pin, a football signed by Coach Hayden Fry, and memorabilia from the 1985 and 2015 Rose Bowls. An active member of the Webster County I-Club, Rozek is proud of her three-generation UI family that includes daughter Laurie Mullen, 90BSN, and grandson Connor, who plays trombone in the Hawkeye Marching Band.
Todd Scholl, 89BA
He may live in Tigers country, but Scholl shows his Hawkeye pride in this display that includes autographed Kirk Ferentz and Norm Parker helmets, a Chuck Long bobblehead, an autographed photo of Hayden Fry, a baseball cap autographed by Steve Alford, and a vintage Rose Bowl pennant.
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