Susie is a mom of two, student affairs professional, book-lover and frequent challah baker. Originally from Skokie, Illinois, Susie first came to Iowa City for college and grad school. The following decade was full of adventure and moving boxes as she and her husband followed jobs to New York, Illinois and Texas. They were thrilled to relocate “home” to Iowa City in 2016. In addition to working at the UI Pomerantz Career Center, Susie is a PTA volunteer and sorority advisor. She loves date nights in the Ped Mall, catching a show at Hancher or the Englert, and most of all, cuddling her kids and dog on the couch.

6 Ways to Celebrate New Years with Kids in the Iowa City Area

When I was growing up, my family celebrated New Year's Eve at my grandma's home in Florida. We watched Dick Clark and ate ice cream sundaes. Just after midnight, I called my friends home...
Graphic: Guide to Holiday Service and Giving Back in the Iowa City Area

Giving Back: Service and Volunteer Opportunities in the Iowa City Area

It's the season of giving! Now is a great time to learn more about Iowa City area organizations that serve our neighbors and community both during the holiday season and year-round. There are many...

You’re Not Crazy: This Year is Harder

Last year I participated in a study on the impact of COVID-19 on working mothers. I don't remember every question from the phone interview, but I do remember one answer in particular. "No one...

Our Experience With Tonsil and Adenoid Removal

Of Minnesota's 10,000+ lakes, there is one that my family lovingly refers to as the lake. It should take about six-and-a-half hours to get there, but we never make it that quickly. The drive...
Hawkeye Football with Kids

Hawkeye Football With Kids: Game Day Guide

For seven Saturdays each fall, Iowa City becomes the closest thing to Disney World for Iowa fans — this game day guide will ensure you have the best advice for planning (and enjoying) a...

Real Talk: An Option for Us Sweaty Girls

I didn't have strong feelings one way or the other about my high school reunion. I'm not super into bars or mingling. Thanks to social media, I also felt relatively up to date on...

Confessions of a Lackluster Soccer Mom

My career as a student athlete began and ended in middle school PE. Despite my mom spending the better part of the 1980s shuttling me back and forth to activities, I had no interest...
graphic: summer events in the Iowa City area

Iowa City Area Summer Events Calendar 2021

Oh, how we've missed Iowa City summers. Thanks to vaccination efforts and public health measures, we are one step closer to the delight of outdoor concerts, movies, farmers’ markets, and festivals. As you mark your...

Whatever “Normal” Was, We’re Not Going Back To It

When work initially shut down in March 2020 (henceforth referred to as the "days of yore"), I was confident we would be back in the office in a matter of weeks. My colleagues and...

I’m Sorry for What I said When I was Cleaning the Playroom

"Is that . . your playroom?" I realized with horror that an epic amount of disarray was visible over my shoulder on FaceTime. "Um, yeah..." I switched locations and changed the subject. "Playroom" was a generous...