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Two campus offices will merge to become University Life Centers
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa offices, the Iowa Memorial
Union Administration and the Office of Campus Programs and Student Activities,
are consolidating. The organization will be called University Life Centers.
The Office of Campus Programs and Student Activities will become a subunit
of University Life Centers and will be called the Office of Student Life.
Other familiar offices that will be part of the new organization are
the Iowa Memorial Union, University Book Store, the University Box Office,
IMU food service, the Iowa House hotel, and guest and event services.
"Combining these two offices will provide for some efficiencies
in operations and management, but our primary aim is to use the consolidation
process as a springboard to improve our programs and services and to increase
the use of the IMU," said David Grady, who has been named director
of University Life Centers. Grady has been director of the Office of Campus
Programs and Student Activities since 1992.
"We chose the name University Life Centers because that reflects
our goal of developing a system of student-centered facilities, programs,
services and activities," Grady said. "We believe that approach
will foster a genuine learning community and will contribute to a high
quality of life within the university community as a whole."
University Life Centers has already undertaken some initiatives in pursuit
of its goals, Grady said. They include:
* In the past year, the IMU, through the student-run Union Programming
Board, has added new programs such as Friday night movies, a jazz series,
and "South Park Night," featuring broadcasts of the popular Comedy
Central television show;
* A food service master plan is currently being developed to better
provide the food services offered in the IMU and its satellite facilities
in Pappajohn Business Administration Building, the Lindquist Center, the
International Center, Bowen Science Building, the Nursing Building, Boyd
Law Building, the Dental Science Building, Mayflower Market, and Oakdale
* Plans are also under way to create a single point of contact for
meeting reservations in the IMU, including rooms, catering, and audio-visual
needs for students, faculty and staff.
* Consideration is being given to keeping the IMU open until 2 a.m.
each night to facilitate late night studying and student programming. The
IMU is now open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday for late night studying.