The University of IowaAnnual Report 2008-09

August

Students between classes.Fall semester classes proceed as scheduled, with no cancellations after the summer’s record floods. Total enrollment reaches an all-time high, and the number of international students on campus grows by 10.5 percent over fall 2007. The percentage of first-year minority students is 9.9 percent, up from 9.8 percent the previous year.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks The University of Iowa 26th in its list of “The Top 50 Public National Universities” and lists the UI among 23 institutions that emphasize writing across their curricula.

Business class scene.The Tippie College of Business celebrates 150 years of business education at Iowa. From humble beginnings in a course that examined the “political economy,” UI business programs have earned international reputations. Today, more than 14,000 Tippie alumni live and work in Iowa, and more than 40,000 around the world.

A UI political science professor uses the Democratic National Convention as a teaching tool. Via webcams and blogs, David Redlawsk, associate professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, teaches two courses on political campaigns while serving as a delegate at the convention in Denver during the first week of classes.

Climbing wall.The University launches its new PICK ONE! program to boost campus involvement among first-year students, one of several initiatives designed to improve students’ success in college. Prompted by research showing that extracurricular activities enhance academic performance, the program encourages every student to connect with a student organization, research or employment opportunity, or a service activity.

Teens who attend religious services do better in school, according to Jennifer Glanville, associate professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her study suggests that church-going students have more contact with adult role models, parents who communicate more with other parents, friends with similar values, and more involvement in extracurricular activities.

Recent graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop capture two of the poetry world’s most prestigious first-book awards. Jonathan Thirkield's collection The Waker's Corridor is selected for the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Arda Collins's It Is Daylight is the winner of the 2008 Yale Series of Younger Poets award.

More than 20 UI students serve as media volunteers at the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, China.

The College of Pharmacy merges two service divisions—the Division of Pharmaceutical Service and the Center for Advanced Drug Development. Known as University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals, the new unit enhances the college’s drug development and manufacturing capabilities.

UI faculty and staff join Rebuild Iowa task forces, contributing expertise on topics like housing, public health, artifact preservation, and archiving to the state’s disaster-recovery efforts.

These highlights offer a snapshot of UI news and achievements during August 2008. For more, visit the University News Services archives.