The University of Iowa
Athletic Student Services
Life Skills


Career Guidance and Development Planning
A meaningful career and a fulfilling life is an ongoing process of expanding and narrowing choices, beginning when students arrive on campus and continuing throughout their college career and lifetime. The professional staff work together with career development professionals on campus to offer individual consulation, career development seminars and workshops, and special events like the Polk County Senior Recognition Banquet for graduating student-athletes.
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Minority Enrichment Program
Minority student athletes face unique challenges in their personal, social and cultural adjustment to the UI. The program offers a culturally supportive environment in which minority student athletes develop friendships and a support network in the university. A core focus group of committed students and staff coordinate programs such as guest speakers and events with Cultural Centers and networking with minority faculty, staff, professional and business leaders.
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Transition Seminar
The Transition Seminar for all new student athletes runs for 8 weeks during fall semester. Its purpose is to help student athletes achieve success in their academic and personal lives, to improve their persistence and to help them plan for long term, sustained success in athletics, academics and careers. Topics include personal and academic goal setting, communicating in relationships, relating to professors and study strategies.
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Educational Programs
Educational programs are conducted for students throughout the year on life skills issues with a primary focus on alcohol and other drugs. Seminars, speakers and workshops are offered to specific teams, age groups (freshman, seniors, etc), and department wide on such topics as sexual health, stress management, diversity, nutrition, etc.

Community Service
Community service is a valuable learning laboratory for student athletes as well as an avenue by which they can make a positive difference in the lives of others and improve the community where they live. Athletics Student Services encourages student athletes to volunteer on campus and in the community. Student athletes volunteer their time at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Ronald McDonald House, local neighborhood centers and Iowa City Schools. Student athletes are also instrumentally involved in the annual Hawkeye Day of Caring, service activities with youth, seniors and the environment. One of the hallmark activities is the Youth Leadership Program, a summer leadership school for area youth in which student athletes serve as counselors and role models.

Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee (ISAAC)
The Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee (ISAAC) was established in the Spring of 2001, combining the previous men's and women's advisory committees. The committee is comprised of two members from each team. The purposes of ISAAC are to represent the diverse interests of student athletes to the administration; to promote community among all UI student athletes; to foster commitment to serivce; and to represent the UI athletics program at UI, Big Ten and national levels. Members of ISAAC develop their leadership and citizenship skills by actively participating in departmental educational programs and special events. There are four standing committees on ISAAC: Executive Board, Social Committee, Life Skills Committee and Community Service.
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