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Release: Sept. 13, 2002
UI graduate student collects Boyd commencement speeches in book
Photo: President Boyd with Holly Huffman (Click
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collection of commencement speeches given by Interim President Willard "Sandy"
Boyd during his first term as UI president has been published in limited edition
by a university graduate student as part of a class project.
"Never Too Brief: Commencement Speeches During the 1970s and 1980s"
will be completed this fall by Holly Huffman, a student from Wellman, Iowa,
in the university's graduate program in library sciences. About 45 copies
from the first printing are being sold for $40 each, the cost of which helps
Huffman cover her expenses. Copies can be purchased by contacting the University
of Iowa Center for the Book at (319) 335-1715.
The book is the result of a project Huffman completed for a class offered
by the Center for the Book in which students print and bind their own books
using a piece of previously unpublished writing. Looking for something to
publish, Huffman approached Boyd last January through the university's Iowa
Non-Profit Resource Center, where she worked and which Boyd founded. Boyd
liked her idea and gave her seven speeches that he selected with his family
for Huffman to publish.
She said events since then have likely increased interest in the book.
"I knew there would be interest in the university community because
he's such a beloved figure in the state," she said. "It's just a
happy accident that he became president again."
She said the speeches reflect Boyd's philosophy of being warm, uplifting
"He encourages graduates to live a good life," she said. "To
live fully, strongly, rightly, justly, to be somebody and contribute something,
not just be a little wisp."
The speeches are also, as the book title implies, brief.
"His wife, Susan, said you can never be too brief in a commencement
speech, so he keeps them short," Huffman said.