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FALL 2001-02
Volume 45, Number 1

IN THIS ISSUE

Field Goals Vs. Academic Goals

The First Concern Was Our Students: President Coleman's Response to Terrorist Attacks

Fingerprints of CLAS: Personalizing Education in the University's Largest College

Changing Relationships of Children and Parents: Letting Them Grow and Letting Them Go

Putting Education to Work

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Heading Off to College: The Big High-Wire Act

Music Under the Stars

Parent Times Briefs

University Calendar


A new daily bus route has been established, linking Iowa City and the Quad Cities (Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline, and Rock Island). Called MetroLINK, the new service offers a round-trip ticket for $24.

It operates three times each weekday and once a day on weekends, stopping at University Hospitals, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cambus stops around the Pentacrest, the main entrance to Coral Ridge Mall, Moline Centre Station, and the Quad Cities International Airport. Departure times from the Pentacrest are 8:55 a.m., 1:25 p.m., and 5:40 p.m.

Bus passes must be purchased in advance by calling (309) 757-1531.

New Home for the Honors Program

Construction is under way on the new Myron and Jacqueline N. Blank Honors Center near Daum Residence Hall. The center will house the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development and the University Honors Program. This makes Iowa the first institution in the nation to offer, under one roof, programs, services, and support for academically gifted and talented students from kindergarten age through college.

Regents Job Fair

Companies from across the state of Iowa will be available for students who want to learn about job opportunities and summer internships. The Regents Job Fair 2002 is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Polk County Convention Complex, 7th and Grand Ave., in Des Moines. For more information, contact the Career Center at 319-335-1023 or careers@uiowa.edu.

Parents' Telefund Supports Students

The Parents Association Board of Directors has awarded $30,851.98 in grants to seven programs that offer health, safety, career development, and social activities for students. Thirteen proposals were presented to the Parents Association Board at its Feb. 3 meeting in Iowa City.

Projects selected include:

• Family Weekend Tailgate $2,960 (Alumni Association)

• Leaders in Mentoring $7,878 (Rape Victim Advocacy Program)

• Night Games $5,228.25 (Night Games Board)

• WOW! Here at Last $3,000 (Student Life)

• Night Hawks $5,000 (Iowa Memorial Union/Student Life)

• Illegal Drug Awareness Education/Crime Prevention $1,785.98
(Public Safety),

• Peer Assistant Program $5,000 (Career Center)

The funds come from parents’ donations during the winter 2001 telefund. Student employees of the University of Iowa Foundation make the telefund calls. Board members gave priority to proposals that address safety and health issues, substance abuse prevention initiatives, and personal and professional development. Seed money is given for startup programs, as well as existing programs that enhance students’ experiences on campus.

Sex Crime Unit Established

The Department of Public Safety has formed a seven-officer Sex Crimes Unit to provide victims of sexual assault with effective investigative services 365 days a year, at any hour.

Chuck Green, assistant vice president and director of the Department of Public Safety, said there has been no increase in sex crimes on campus.

“It is our opinion that on a campus this size with a large female population, many of whom are away from their homes for the first time, it is imperative that we provide expertise in this area around the clock.”

 

 

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