I am Ed, the ICFRC Executive Director. Previously, I was Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa for sixteen years. Prior to RMHC, I was the owner/operator of Bushnell’s Turtle Restaurant and Catering for eighteen years and also restored the College Block Building in Iowa City.
Following graduation from the University of Iowa, I worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an epidemiolgist and administrator in Chicago and Springfield, IL for six years. My volunteer work includes service as President for twelve local, regional and state social service, library, hospital and foundation boards. I have enjoyed travel to Japan, Mexico, Colombia, the Caribbean, Denmark and Sweden.
Intern: Laura Schwager (middle)
Major: Interdepartmental Studies
Majors: Economics, Art
Majors: Biology, Pre-MedHello! My name is Tanner Hawkinson, and I’m a freshman studying Biology with hopes of going to Medical School after getting my undergraduate degree. I was born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa and studied Spanish in high school. After high school, I enlisted in the Iowa National Guard and became a combat medic. It was during Basic Training that I realized my appreciation for all the different cultures in the United States alone.During my first year at the University of Iowa, I have already immersed myself in the cultures of the school by joining several clubs that interest me. I am a part of Medicus, UI EMS, UI Biology Club, Dance Marathon, and UI Honors Program. I am looking to begin biology research in a professor’s lab and start volunteering at the University of Iowa Hospitals during the Spring semester.My most memorable cultural experience was during Army Basic Training. I lived and worked with new recruits from all around the country for 10 weeks. We lived, ate, and struggled through it together. We were required to use teamwork to solve problems under stressful conditions. The most interesting thing I took away from my experience was the way I interacted and learned from people of different backgrounds.In my increasingly limited free time, I love going hiking in the woods, running, and playing ultimate frisbee at Hubbard Park.Becoming an intern for ICFRC has already opened my eyes to many new opportunities. I’m excited to see where this internship takes me!
Majors: Economics, Health & Human Physiology
Majors: International Relations, FrenchHi my name is Alexandra and I’m a junior at the University of Iowa pursuing a double major in International Relations and French, with a focus in Arabic. I was born in the Bay Area of California, where I spent most of my childhood. My interest in international cultures and affairs began in my youth, as a result of growing up in a multicultural household speaking English and Spanish, as well as living in cities such as San Francisco, Paris, and Granada. Two years ago, I studied abroad in Morocco for six weeks where I began learning the Arabic language and most recently, I spent the semester in Lyon taking language and culture courses in French. Because of these experiences, I aspire to pursue a career in international affairs, working with others
Intern: Andrew Bohn
Majors: Journalism, International Relations
Hello, my name is Andrew Bohn and I am a sophomore from West Des Moines, Iowa. I am studying journalism and international relations here at the University of Iowa while also trying my hand at a number of creative projects. When I’m not working on school, I enjoy helping some of my friends make music, while gawking over fashion and design with others. Although I have since changed, I started college as a cinema major and screenwriting has since become a favorite hobby rather than an assignment. Growing up in the middle of Iowa, I have always had the desire to get out and explore the other things the world has to offer. Other cultures, food, music and traditions from around the globe have always peaked my interest. I want to study abroad during my time here at Iowa, preferably in Europe so I can catch a Bayern Munich soccer match. I want to keep as many options open for myself after graduation, whether it be more school or taking on a career in one of my respective fields. I couldn’t give you a concrete answer, but at the moment I’d like to be a foreign corespondent for an news organization such as Vice. The 24-hour news cycle doesn’t seem to be in my wheelhouse. I would also enjoy working in defense intelligence, whether for a private firm or the U.S. military. Whatever I find myself doing, I want to have fun and have something fresh to do everyday. During my time interning at ICFRC, I want to build connections with other students, expert speakers and other members of the international community.
Intern: Lauren Williams
Majors: International Relations, Russian
Major: International Relations
Intern: Joshua Chen
Majors: Finance, Marketing
Hi, I’m Josh! I am a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in Finance and Marketing and am obtaining an International Business Certificate and Risk Management and Insurance Certificate. I am an Iowa City native and a second generation Taiwanese immigrant. I have always held a great curiosity for other cultures and have a severe travel addiction. Over the past couple years, I have had an internship in Milan and backpacked Eastern Europe. I enjoy learning about international issues and want to continue broadening my global perspective in Iowa City through my work at the ICFRC.
In addition to travelling, I enjoy making music, reading books, and watching movies. After graduation, I aim to combine my passion for other cultures with my business skill set to eventually work as an expatriate in London at a private equity firm.
Intern: Anaih Heredia-Campos
Major: International Studies
Hi! My name is Anaih and I’m from Des Moines, Iowa. I am a junior planning to graduating in 2020 majoring in International Studies with minors in Spanish and Translation for Global Literacy with a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management. My interest in different cultures and global affairs started out young since I have always been around a multicultural community coming from the East side of Des Moines. I have traveled to Japan and Puerto Rico and plan on traveling to many more places. I love learning languages and so far I can speak fluent Spanish, mediocre Japanese and have dabbled in Italian and Korean. Arabic is next on the list. In my free time I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors hiking with friends and just exploring all that nature has to offer!
I am looking forward to learning more about international affairs through the ICFRC and the events that we host. I have been involved in OASIS a support group for international and domestic students that encourages building relationships on campus. I am also involved in UI Friends without Borders which hosts events with international and domestic students as well. In the future I am looking towards working at an international non-profit or teaching English abroad. Catch me on campus at the IMU Welcome Center and say hi!
Intern: Abbi Denner
Major: International Relations, French
Hi! My name is Abbi Denner and I am a Junior from Ankeny, Iowa double majoring in International Relations and French and minoring in Arabic. Despite growing up in the middle of Suburbia, I have always been interested other cultures which led to a love of foreign language, and my passion for debate and government began in high school. I interned with the Iowa Democratic Party during the 2016 elections and after graduating, I served as Page to the Democratic Minority Leader within the Iowa House of Representatives. Now, I am an avid consumer of international news podcasts, and being as informed a citizen of this world as I can is a passion of mine, which is why the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a perfect fit!
Around campus, I’m a member of Hawkeye Allies and the Undergraduate Political Science Association and a volunteer with IC Compassion as an ESL teacher. Otherwise, if I’m not at home loving on my roommate’s ornery English Bulldog puppy, I’m running around between my three part-time jobs. Throughout any given week, you can find me at the UI Law Library behind the circulation desk, in North Liberty playing Camp Counselor at Creation Kids Daycare, or at an Iowa City ballpark posing T-ball players for Halverson Photography. I also love horseback riding, and spend my free time on the weekends in Cedar Rapids working on my barrel racing pattern.
In my next two years at the University of Iowa, I plan to study abroad in the Middle East and North Africa, and beyond that I would like to pursue a career working within the United Nations or an international organization geared towards increasing access to government around the world.
Intern: Arisa Hishikawa
Major: International Relations
Hello! My name is Arisa Hishikawa. I am majoring in International Relations in the Conflict and Foreign Policy Track and I have completed my minor in Philosophy. I am a first-generation immigrant from Japan, and I lived there for a few years until my family moved to and situated in Dubuque, Iowa. I am bilingual in English and Japanese. My interest in different cultures and foreign affairs stems from having grown up and attending school in both Japan and America. Aside from Japan, I have traveled to the Philippines and Canada as well.
During my free time, I love to read books (David Foster Wallace, David Shields, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway are among my favorite authors), watch movies, snowboard, go on hikes, and try new cuisines. As a student, I’m a member of Phi Alpha Delta (pre-law fraternity) and debate club. After graduation, I plan to attend law school and hopefully get into International law or pursue my lifelong dream of being a diplomat.
Being around like-minded individuals who share the same passion for different cultures and international affairs as I do is the reason why I was so excited to join and be a part of the ICFRC. Through interning with the ICFRC, I look forward to expanding my global perspective even further by listening to all the fascinating stories being shared by our guest speakers. In addition, building connections with other students and members of the international community is something I look forward to during my time at the ICFRC as well.
Intern: Mitch McCarthy
Major: International Studies
Hello! My name is Mitch McCarthy, I am going in to my Senior year here at the University of Iowa. I am an International Studies major, with a focus on European Studies, and a minor in Spanish. I am originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico but I have lived in Iowa City most of my life. Growing up around the University of Iowa, and all of the amazing people in this city, I have always had a curiosity to expand my cultural knowledge and education across international borders and connect with locals. Last year, I was able to study for nine months in Alicante, Spain, where I became fluent in Spanish and had a great opportunity to connect with a culture that is completely foreign to my own. Apart from traveling and studying foreign cultures, I love to play soccer in my free time. My passion for the world’s game has urged me and a group of my friends to create a nonprofit organization called, “La Liga en Cuba” in which we collect donations here in Iowa City, and travel down to Havana, Cuba during the summer to host tournaments and give back to the community. The summer of 2019 marks our second trip as a group down to Cuba, and I am looking forward to many more years to come! After I finish my undergrad here, I am planning to return to Spain to pursue a masters in International Journalism. Returning to Iowa City from traveling, I was looking for a way to stay connected with an International community from home, and the ICFRC is a perfect way to accomplish this all while learning about various topics. I am very much looking forward to becoming a part of this great community, and continuing to get to know our awesome world!