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Volume 46, Number 3


The Drumbeat of Success

A New Beginning: David Skorton sees the University as a place of achievements and opportunity

In Their Own Write: Students Benefit from Communications Programs

For Love of the Stage: Endless Romance with Performance Inspires a New Division

Congratulations! Your student is graduating!

A World of Difference: Changing demographic gives UI students greater opportunity to learn from diversity

Putting Their Best Feet Forward

Parent Times Briefs

University Calendar

Cold Gold

Onlookers braved a stiff breeze and freezing tempature to watch as the Old Capitol's new dome was ifted into place on Feb. 24. To watch the progress of the reparit to the historic stucture, damaged in a November 2001 fire, visit

Iowa’s Entrepreneurship and New Business Formation class is closing in on its goal of $50,000 in profits to refurbish Engine Co. 55 of the New York City Fire Department.

The profit represents two semesters of effort. Moved by the events of 9/11, a group of entrepreneurship students traveled to New York and visited the aging fire station. This spring, the class started selling shirts with the theme of “Heroes Wanted” to raise funds to refurbish Engine Co. 55.

“The class before us sold 6,000 t-shirts and our class is working on selling 3,000 raffle tickets for a 2003 Harley-Davidson Fatboy,” said Tim Rypma, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa. The project ended on March 21, when the motorcycle raffle drawing was held.

The Entrepreneurship and New Business Formation class, which is designed to gain practical experience and skills in entrepreneurship, is part of the program of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

Two Iowa Citians with long-time ties to downtown businesses have been named co-coordinators of the Stepping Up Project, a community and campus coalition to reduce the harmful effects of high-risk drinking. Carolyn Cavitt and Jim Clayton will share the responsibilities of the position, each working half time. Both Cavitt and Clayton have been members of the Stepping Up executive board since the coalition was formed in 1996.

A recent telephone poll, commissioned by Stepping Up, found 62 percent of local residents in favor of requiring patrons to be 21 or older to enter local bars. Results also show that 65 percent of local residents consider underage drinking to be the single most serious problem the community faces.

Stepping Up includes members from Iowa City, Coralville, Johnson County, and the University. It is one of several “town-gown” coalitions participating in a national program called A Matter of Degree: The National Effort to Reduce High-Risk Drinking Among College Students. The initiative is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and administered by the American Medical Association. Stepping Up was started in 1996 with a six-year, $830,000 grant from RWJF. Last October, RWJF awarded Stepping Up a four-year, $466,729 grant to continue its efforts.

Summer will be here before we know it and so will another opportunity to attend summer session at The University of Iowa. There will be students studying along the banks of the Iowa River, classes on the lawn of the Pentecrest, art festivals downtown, and music filling the air. The summer session has become a vital part of the University and is an easy way to maintain steady progress toward a degree. Students can take undergraduate and graduate course work, taught mainly by experienced faculty members, and receive the same first-rate instruction as students who attend during the academic year. More than 11,000 students chose to attend summer session at Iowa in 2002 and enjoyed smaller class sizes while earning extra credit hours needed toward their degrees.

The University of Iowa summer session is offered in terms of three, six, and eight weeks in length, in a variety of formats both on- and off-campus. The three-week session in particular has become a very popular option among the students, providing a great opportunity to complete a course and still be able to work during the summer.

Summer session 2003 dates are:

  • May 19 – June 6 (3-week session);
  • June 10 – August 1, (8-week session); and
  • June 24 – August 1 (6-week session).

For more information, call (319) 335-0147 or visit



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