CONTACT: VERA L. DORDICK
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
UI initiates speakers bureau service
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Speakers on topics ranging from archeology and conflict
management to women's history are now available through a new service launched
by the University of Iowa.
The UI Speakers Bureau links Iowa community groups, organizations and
schools with speakers from the University of Iowa. The service debuts
in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area this fall, with speakers available on
hundreds of topics representing virtually all areas of the university.
"We want to offer Iowans a quick and easy way to find a speaker for
their groups, whether the topic is related to business development, African
art history or the biology of aging," says Joanne Fritz, director
of University Relations.
Speakers are provided free of charge to Iowa groups of 15 or more people.
The service will be extended to counties in east central Iowa in the Spring
of 1998, with expansion to the rest of the state at a later date.
Many UI faculty and staff have been actively speaking to community organizations
for many years, but the Speakers Bureau will make it easier for groups
to contact university speakers in their area of interest. "Groups
can call us and we'll take care of the leg work in matching them with a
speaker, no matter what the subject area," she says.
Organizations interested in hosting a speaker from the University of
Iowa should contact Vera Dordick, Speakers Bureau coordinator, in the Office
of University Relations at 335-0557, or via e-mail at email@example.com.