Volume 42, Number
IN THIS ISSUE
Iowa, Those Who CAN Teach
Year Grad Plan
the World Away from Home
This Office, Students Come First
the Level Playing Field
Expanding E-Mail Network
Tis a great day to be a Hawkeye parent! That was my thought,
driving home from the last Parents Board meeting in February.
As a result of your vision and financial support, and after careful
consideration by board members, approximately $22,000 was spent
to continue first-year orientation programs and dramatically
expand the student e-mail networks.
The money will add e-mail stations in the Iowa Memorial Union,
including some that are accessible to mobility-impaired students.
New stations for residence halls also will be woven into the
e-mail station network. These stations, which allow students
to check e-mail without tying up computer lab equipment, will
benefit all UI students. More projects will be considered at
our next meeting.
My thoughts took me back to my first board meeting a decade ago,
when the board voted to install the emergency phone network around
campus. My first student certainly benefited from the foresight
of those parents, most of whom no longer have students at the
University. Now my second, third, and now fourth students are
enjoying the legacy these parents created. Each year this nurturing
cycle continues, and the benefits keep compounding. Truly a win-win
situation! I trust the e-mail network will have the same effect.
Late at night on I-80, one's mind can easily drift. I reflected
upon my hormonally imbalanced educational career. On all levels-K
through college-how many times did I use programs, projects,
or tangible objects that were a direct result of some parent's
generosity? How many times was my educational career enhanced
and enriched by parents' thoughtfulness? How many times was I
blessed by a group of people who toiled for something they believed
in-my future. It's staggering to imagine, but very real. How
could I ever thank these people whom I don't even know?
Am I describing your educational career as well? Have you benefited
from other people's inspiration and perspiration? Well, may I
suggest an opportunity, not a solicitation, to pay tribute to
these silent spirits as well as continue their legacy. It has
the added bonus of assisting current and future students' immediate
needs. If you have not already done so, let the Parents Association
be your salvation. Right now, before evil procrastination lifts
its ugly head, grab any envelope, stuff a modest check inside,
and mail it to the University of Iowa Foundation/Parents Board,
Levitt Center for University Advancement, Iowa City, IA 52242.
Complete nature's cycle of investing in the future by acknowledging
the past. It will take only 90 seconds of your time (if you can
find an envelope), but the rewards will last a lifetime.
Jim Pavlacic is a pharmacist from Peoria, Illinois. He and
his wife, Rita, are the proud parents of three Hawkeye graduates,
and daughter Katie currently is a sophomore.
University of Iowa
President Jim Pavlicic