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Volume 42, Number 3


At Iowa, Those Who CAN Teach

Four Year Grad Plan

Half the World Away from Home

In This Office, Students Come First

Pass the Plastic

Tax Deductions

Summer School?

Creating the Level Playing Field

Expanding E-Mail Network

Parent Times Briefs



New Name for Business College

Thanks to a $30 million series of gifts to the college by Austin, Texas industrialist Henry B. Tippie, the College of Business Administration now will be called the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

It is the only academic unit in The University of Iowa to be named for a person. Tippie's gift is the fifth largest by an individual to a U.S. business school and the largest gift ever to the University.

President Mary Sue Coleman said, "This gift will enable us to build upon the strengths of the College of Business and to maintain its status among the top business schools in the nation."

Tippie, 72, a 1949 accounting graduate, is vice chairman of the board and chairman of the executive committee of Rollins Truck Leasing Corp. He is also a director of Safety-Kleen Corp. and of RPC, Inc., an oil field services company and manufacturer of Chaparral boats. He is chairman of the executive committee of Matlack Systems, Inc. and a director or officer of several other firms.

Signing Bonuses for Engineers

When University of Iowa College of Engineering students graduate, many begin their careers with sizable signing bonuses in addition to salary.

UI Engineering Career Services announced that more than 50 percent of job offers reported by May 1998 for UI bachelor's degree engineering students included bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $8,900. Starting salary offers were lucrative, too, with high salary offers ranging from $43,500 to $53,000 and median-range offers falling between $35,665 and $45,050.

Cathy Colony-Bunnell, director of Engineering Career Services, says, "The students getting the highest offers are those with the greatest experience, so those with company-paid internships tend to get the best salaries. If students want to be competitive, they need to have held internships. Electrical and mechanical engineers are most in demand, but all engineers shared in the high salary offers and bonuses, she says.

Holly named Interim Dean for Academic Programs

Forrest M. Holly, department chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs of the College of Engineering. He replaces P. Barry Butler, who was named Interim Dean for the college after former Dean Richard Miller resigned to become president of a new engineering college.

Bridge to the Future

A University of Iowa junior, Kevin Oestenstad of Spencer, has won a logo design contest sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. Oestenstad's design will be used in a variety of media to enhance the identity of the college. Oestenstad, a graphic design major, said his logo represents the college as a bridge for students crossing into their futures. "It is this bridge, with its stability and support, that will instill confidence within us and enable us to overcome new obstacles we may face on our journey through life," he says.

Spring Enrollment Announced

The University of Iowa's enrollment for spring semester totals 26,875, an increase of 830 students over spring semester in 1998. The decrease in student population from fall semester of the current academic year is 1,830, or 6.3 percent, similar to the 6.6 percent decrease between spring and fall semesters of the 1997-98 academic year. Spring enrollment always is less than fall because of December graduation. The University graduated 1,269 students in December 1998.


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