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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
Awareness Education/Crime Prevention
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.
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.