Globe-Trotting Hawkeye represents the UI around the world

By Will Fineman
Jordan Schamberger has traveled to more than 60 countries worldwide, waving a Hawkeye flag everywhere he goes.
Jordan with flag Venice, Italy

Jordan Schamberger (09BA) is like any other member of the workforce. He wakes up in the morning, gets ready for the day, and commutes to the office. For Schamberger, though, the office is at 30,000 feet, and the commute is a 1.5-hour flight from his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Atlanta where he’s based.

Schamberger is a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines. He’s worked in the air travel industry for almost 20 years dating back to his first job with Northwest Airlines as a high school student. He continued to work for the airline while studying psychology at the University of Iowa and became a full-time flight attendant after graduating in 2009.

Jordan with flag Paris, France

He’s now traveled to more than 60 countries across six continents.

Jordan with flag Athens, Greece

In 2018, with some time to kill during a layover in Prague, Schamberger came up with an idea.

“I happened to have my Hawkeye flag in my bag, and I was like I’m going to take a picture with this flag and send it to my friends back in Iowa City,” Schamberger said. “It just hit me that I’m in a unique situation where I’m able to be all over the world in front of all of these monuments and interesting places, and it became a thing where I wanted to see how many places I could hit with this flag.”

Jordan with flag Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

That year Schamberger started the @world.traveling.hawkeye Instagram page. The page currently has 80 posts, all of which include pictures of Schamberger holding up a Tigerhawk flag or banner in front of famous monuments and beautiful landscapes.

Jordan with flag Dolomites in Italy

Along with viewing the sites and experiencing different cultures, some of Schamberger’s favorite travel memories come from his encounters with fellow Hawkeyes across the globe.

“I always see Hawkeye fans,” Schamberger said. “Iowans are literally all over this planet.”

Jordan with flag Rome, Italy

Schamberger continues to look for more unique areas to show-off the Hawkeye flag. His main goal is to display the Tigerhawk logo in places other schools’ flags have never been.

Jordan with flag Zaanse Schans in Netherlands

“I moved around my entire life with my dad in the military, so I never really had a permanent home,” Schamberger said. “I can’t think of anywhere else where you have passion for your university not only in sports but in academics, and it was at Iowa that I definitely felt like I had a permanent home.”

Jordan with flag Dublin, Ireland
Jordan with flag Fagradalsfjall Volcano Eruption in Iceland
Jordan with flag Horseshoe Bend in Arizona
Jordan with flag London, United Kingdom

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