Academic accolades submitted to hometown newspapers
Student achievement is important, and Iowa makes it a priority to share it with students’ hometown newspapers. University News Services (UNS) is notified twice a year of students who qualify for the president’s list and three times a year of students who qualify for the dean’s list and of UI graduates. UNS, in turn, announces these achievements to newspapers based on the primary parent addresses listed in student records, so long as students have not restricted this information from publication.
To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must earn a minimum 3.50 grade-point average (based on a 4.00 scale) for current work and have completed at least 12 graded hours during the most recent semester.
To be included on the president’s list, a student must have a minimum 4.00 grade-point average in all academic subjects for the preceding two semesters, with at least 12 graded semester hours of credit per semester in that period.
For a variety of reasons, qualifying information may be submitted to newspapers up to a year after the semester ends or graduation occurs—for example, a student might take an incomplete grade in a class and not immediately satisfy course requirements. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prevents UNS from commenting on a student’s academic status; once a month, however, UNS will submit to newspapers any newly verified information. To learn more, visit www.registrar.uiowa.edu/FAQ/tabid/64/Default.aspx.
Career center expands programming
With the unemployment rate still hovering near 10 percent, the University’s Pomerantz Career Center has expanded its services to assist more students as they prepare for graduation and to provide more opportunities for networking and career search education.
Expanded services include more on-campus programs for groups that request them; scheduling an additional virtual career fair; hosting walk-in sessions with career advisors across campus; and additional career- development videos posted online.
The center provides services to UI students and alumni, including career and major exploration, assessment tools, career advising, and job and internship search resources. For more information, visit www.careers.uiowa.edu.
Degree program to address shortage of science teachers
A new, five-year combined bachelor’s degree and master’s degree program at Iowa is aimed at alleviating the nationwide shortage of science teachers through a collaborative effort between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education.
The program, which will begin in fall 2010, will offer students interested in teaching secondary school science the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or physics in four years, followed by a master’s degree in teaching earned during the fifth year.
UI student earns Churchill Scholarship
Maria Drout, a senior physics and astronomy major from Eau Claire, Wis., has won a 2010 Churchill Scholarship. She is the second-ever Churchill scholar from the University. Only 14 Churchill Scholarships are awarded nationally each year to outstanding math, science, and engineering students. This award, worth up to $50,000, will send Drout to study for one year at the University of Cambridge in England.
For more information about the Churchill Scholarship, visit http://winstonchurchillfoundation.org.
Student entrepreneurs win business competition
Three University student entrepreneurs won first place in the statewide New Ventures Business Plan competition. Casey Everts, Andy Wright, and Robert Hu, all management and finance majors in the Tippie College of Business, won for their business, Dibzees, an entertainment auction web site that sells high-end purchases at a discount.
The students won $5,000 for winning the competition at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Iowa Conference, held Feb. 26 in Mason City. The competition was sponsored by John Pappajohn and Equity Dynamics, Inc.
New calendar of exhibitions launched
Information about University art and other exhibitions is available on a new Exhibitions Calendar, a companion to the University’s Master Calendar of Events.
UI Information Technology Services, working with University Relations, created the new calendar because multiday events like exhibitions would have crowded out the wide range of daily events featured in the Master Calendar of Events. With this new calendar, users can more easily find the types of activities that interest them.
University earns tree designation
The University of Iowa, which maintains more than 7,700 trees and typically plants more than 300 trees annually, has been designated the state of Iowa’s first Tree Campus USA institution for its excellence in tree stewardship, as well as student and community involvement in its efforts.
The award, given by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America Inc., is in recognition for the establishment of a Campus Tree Advisory Committee, Campus Tree Care Plan, and an Arbor Day 2009 student service-learning project where Facilities Management Landscape Services staff and 19 student volunteers teamed up to install 500 seedlings around campus.