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 on the couch.

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...
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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...

Purim and a Pandemic: a Year of COVID in Our Traditions

We are approaching the anniversaries of when the coronavirus pandemic first began to touch our lives. Some anniversaries will be preserved in history books: "The first U.S. case was confirmed on January 21, 2020."...

What if we Added 2020 to Our Resumes?

We've been managing our families' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly a year, and I, for one, would like my participation trophy. Humor me for a moment. In a period of the quickest and most...
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Celebrate Hanukkah With this Festive Playlist!

2020 has been difficult enough — let's not subject ourselves to another year of Adam Sandler. I'm joking (mostly). Not only do I understand the appeal of Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song, I play it every...

Shopping Small on Etsy: Our Favorite Buys

When I was in college, I briefly worked in an engraving and embroidery shop. It was incredibly satisfying — the work was precise and challenging enough to keep things interesting.  It was rewarding to...

Guide to Iowa City Area Parent-Teacher Groups

We are one month into the school year, and the learning curve is still like a roller coaster. For every moment when I get the hang of things, there is a moment of weakness where...

You’ll Want The New Iowa Children’s Museum Play Pack!

I think it's safe to say that all kids love The Iowa Children's Museum. As a parent I'm so excited for a new way to enjoy the museum from home during these unique times....