Fall 2002 enrollment at The University of Iowa totals 29,697, an increase of 929 students from fall 2001, according to the Office of the Registrar. The number of new first-year students totals a record 4,184 in 2002, up from 4,005 in 2001. It is the largest freshman class in the Universitys history, according to Lola Lopes, associate provost for undergraduate education.
The increased number of first-year students included a 19.4 percent increase in the number of students from Iowas western counties. By comparison, enrollment of first-year students from central Iowa increased 2.9 percent and from eastern counties, 3.6 percent.
At the same time, the University has its highest enrollment of undergraduate minority students. A total of 2,568 minority students enrolled in fall 2002, an increase of 45 students over last years total.
Safewalk, a volunteer-operated student organization offers students, faculty, and staff an alternative to walking alone after dark. Safewalks services are available campuswide, Sunday through Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., by calling a campus number and asking for a walk. Two escortsone male and one femaleare assigned to each walk, and students need not be alone to request Safewalks services. For more information, visit Safewalks web site at www.uiowa.edu/~safewalk.
A shiny, red apple for the teacher has been replaced by a certificate and thank you letter at The University of Iowa, thanks to the UI Center for Teaching.
The center, charged with improving curriculum development and teaching, initiated Thank-A-Teacher as a simple way for students to say thanks.
Its a fairly simple way of giving good teachers a pat on the back, without involving huge effort and expense, says Wilfrid Nixon, center director. In order to use the system, students first access a web site, www.uiowa.edu/~thanks, and then send a message saying that a particular teacher has helped them in their work. The message is sent to the center, where a certificate and letter of thanks are printed for a faculty member or teaching assistant.