Fourteen high-profile companies have canceled recruitment trips to The University of Iowa this fall, as the number of companies visiting the campus to recruit has dropped by 28 percent.
It is definitely a different time than it was a year ago, said Cathy Colony Bunnell, director of Engineering Career Services for the College of Engineering.
The same situation is being reported nationally. The decline in hiring comes from a combination of a manufacturing slowdown, reduced consumer spending, and the aftereffects of Sept. 11, a Chronicle of Higher Education article reports. It says the situation is expected to end late next year.
But Jerry Paschal, executive director of the Universitys Career Center, says that companies canceling trips, including Microsoft, Sprint Finance, and H&R Block, would have done so regardless of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The University of Iowas location in southeast Iowa always has been a selling point for Iowa and Illinois students who want to be able to go home on weekends. But since Sept. 11, applications for admission are rising at universities in rural areas as Americans show a new interest in location, safety, and cost.
With admissions season gearing up, applications are up 15 to 35 percent from last year at such institutions as Penn State University and The University of Iowa, while attendance at Indiana University recruiting events has doubled.
New tuition and fees schedules have been approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The first table under both Resident and Nonresident headings is for students enrolled in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, and Education. The second is for students in the Colleges of Business and Engineering, who pay a $402 computer fee, compared with a $180 fee for other students.
Gerene Denning, an associate research scientist in the University of Iowa College of Medicine, has been named associate director of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). She helped to found the group and has been active in it for many years.
A biochemist, she did her postdoctoral research in cystic fibrosis in the laboratory of Michael Welsh. She has been director of the Cell Fluorescence Core Facility.
She will concentrate initially on grant-writing and support of staff members in science and engineering.