Although the UI student computer loan program ended on April 15, alternative financing options are still available from vendors and local lending institutions listed at the Instructional Technology Service’s help desk demo center at http://helpdesk.its.uiowa.edu/demo. In addition, financing may be available through an extension of student financial aid. For information, visit www.uiowa.edu/financial-aid/computer.
While no new loans were granted after April 15, 2005, existing student computer loans were not affected. The loan program, which had seen a 40 percent decrease in use as computers became less expensive and more plentiful on
campus, was discontinued at the recommendation of the General Education Fund Task Force.
Efforts by students and faculty are creating opportunities for integrating service to the greater Iowa community with learning.
Last year, UI students banded together to develop a new program called The 10,000 Hours show, or 10K for short. The goal was to get 1,000 people to do 10 hours of community services apiece. As a reward, those who completed their 10 hours received a free concert ticket. More than 875 volunteers logged 13,572 hours for various charities and causes and earned a seat to see rocker Ben Folds. This year, 10K is back and hoping to build on last year’s successes, and at least 75 organizations are participating.
In another effort, the University joined Campus Compact, one of the nation’s leading advocates of civic engagement in higher education. Campus Compact’s mission is to make civic engagement a part of member school’s curricula and deepen its connection to the classroom. One current UI class includes an example of a service learning component: Introduction to Museology, a course taken by students in museum studies. Students in the class worked with local museums to design, plan, and implement an exhibit or program at places like the Iowa Children’s Museum and the UI Museum of Natural History. “It’s a good way to build bridges that lead to practical experience and internships for the students and create stronger links to our community,” says Pam Trimpe, the class instructor.