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Release: Oct. 1, 1999

UI Panhellenic Council, Dance Marathon receives Governor's volunteerism award

IOWA CITY--The University of Iowa Panhellenic Council and student fundraising organization Dance Marathon were named recipients of the Governor's Award for Volunteerism, which will be presented at a ceremony by Governor Tom Vilsack at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 at the National Guard Armory in Cedar Rapids.

The UI's Greek community will be recognized for its involvement in the Communities in Partnership program, a collaborative volunteer placement program between the Greek community and the Iowa City Community School District.

April Rouner, coordinator for the school district's Partners in Education program, nominated the council for the award. Last year, 125 Greek members participated in the placement program.

Dance Marathon, a UI student organization that annually holds a 30-hour student dance marathon to raise money for cancer awareness and other community services, will also receive a Governor's Volunteer award.

This is the first time the Panhellenic Council has been selected to receive the award, says UI senior Adrienne Clark, Panhellenic Council president. Clark and Katie McKinnon, vice president for community relations, will represent the council at the reception.

"It's exciting to be recognized with the award. It is an encouragement to our members and it is a reminder that community service is important. Anticipating awards is not the reason for our motivation, but it tells the public that our efforts are benefiting the local community," Clark says.

Clark says that last year she and several other Greek members tutored K-6 students in the Iowa City School District in various elementary subjects as part of an after-school program.