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CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail: mary-geraghty@uiowa.edu

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UI Urban and Regional Planning program hosts Visitors' Day Oct. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Undergraduates and others considering such careers as city planner, transportation planner, housing specialist, or environmental planner are invited to find out more about a master's program the University of Iowa offers in these fields.

The UI Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning is hosting a Visitors' Day on Thursday, Oct. 1. Formal presentations will begin at 12:15 p.m. on the north end of the third floor of Jessup Hall. The event will feature a panel discussion with professional planners who are alumni of the program; presentations from students in joint degree programs with law and hospital and health administration; and an opportunity to meet with current students and faculty.

Urban and regional planning has been cited as one of the five fastest-growing occupations for students with master's degrees. Planning is a profession for people who want to improve the quality of life in cities and regions. Planners find solutions for problems such as affordable housing shortages, groundwater contamination, downtown decline, and transportation congestion.

Students in the UI Urban and Regional Planning Program come from all undergraduate majors, and graduates of the two-year master's program secure jobs nationwide in such areas as economic development, environmental planning, housing and community development, and transportation. The prerequisite for the program is a B.A. or B.S. degree in any major. Joint degrees are available with law, hospital and health administration, social work, preventive medicine and environmental health, and economics.

Those interested in attending all or part of Visitors' Day should call (319) 335-0041 or (319) 335-0032 for further information.

9/25/98