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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: May 5, 1999

Two UI students chosen for free study trips to Germany

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Two University of Iowa students will spend a week in Germany this summer participating in the Renaissance Hotel Summer Academy at the University of Dortmund. Stephanie Sadowsky, a UI junior art and journalism double major, of Warrenville, Ill., and Jeffrey Summerville, a UI graduate student in Urban and Regional Planning of Murray, Ky., will travel to Germany June 27-July 3. The Renaissance Hotel and the University of Dortmund are sponsoring the trip, which is free for both students.

The central theme of the weeklong visit will be "Dortmund and the Ruhr: A Region in Transition." It will feature lectures, workshops and site visits designed to help students get to know and understand the post-industrial transformation of Europe’s foremost industrial region. Additionally, Sadowsky and Summerville will participate in classes together with Dortmund students, will be hosted by the mayor, the rektor and the hotel, and will do some sightseeing. There will also be time to explore the city and region on their own, with other members of the group, or with Dortmund hosts.

The University of Dortmund and UI have a two-year-old linkage which has involved the Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, Art and Art History, the departments of American studies, anthropology, chemical engineering, computer science, English, German, internal medicine, statistics and actuarial science, urban and regional planning, and the Colleges of Engineering, Education and Business Administration.

Stephen Arum, assistant dean of International Programs, said these awards came about during a recent visit to the University of Dortmund to participate in the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the university’s founding.

"The hotel manager was so enthusiastic about the gathering of sister universities of UD that he made this offer to two students from every sister university," Arum said. "We hope this visit will help to strengthen the ties between the UI and Dortmund as we continue to build this linkage."

UI International Programs organized the selection committee, which included members of the UI-Dortmund linkage group. Sadowsky and Summerville were selected from among 57 UI student applicants.

The committee chose the participants based on their compelling and well-written proposals, high grade point averages, and the fact that they are not graduating this year. The committee wanted to ensure that there will be some impact after the experience within the departments with existing connections at the University of Dortmund. The committee also wanted a balance of male and female undergraduate and graduate students.

"We were impressed that the majority of the applicants thoughtfully presented how they felt they would benefit, academically and personally, from this opportunity," said Janis Perkins, director of the UI Office for Study Abroad.

For more information, call Arum at 335-0335 or Perkins at 335-0353.

UI International Programs consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, teaching and research.