CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
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 Europes 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 universitys
"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
"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
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.