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Release: Aug. 20, 2001

UI to hold part-time job fair for students Aug. 30

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa students interested in part-time hourly employment for the fall 2001 semester are invited to attend a Student Job Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The fair, sponsored by the University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid, will feature more than 50 employers. These employers will offer on-campus, part-time hourly positions and work-study positions at both on-campus and a limited number of eligible non-profit off-campus sites. More than 1,700 students attended the 2000 fair and many received job offers or interviews that day, according to Cindy Seyfer, assistant director in the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Although fewer UI students will receive work-study financial aid awards for the 2001-02 year due to the elimination of the State of Iowa Work-Study program, hundreds of job openings remain that are funded by the Federal Work-Study program, Seyfer said.

She added that students who were not awarded work-study positions still have some great opportunities at the fair, with more than 60 percent of the employers hiring students under both the part-time hourly and the Federal Work-Study programs.

Students who can balance the demands of employment and academics can reap many benefits, Seyfer said. They not only earn competitive wages to pay for educational expenses without incurring loan debt, but also gain valuable experience to list on a resume and can work with mentors in a career field. Campus employment also means flexible work hours at convenient locations often near classes or places of residence.

Off-campus non-profit or government agencies such as the Iowa City Public Library, the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, the Free Medical Clinic, the Crisis Center, and the Iowa Children's Museum, and others offer the opportunity to work in an agency whose mission is to benefit community members, Seyfer added.

At the Aug. 30 job fair, staff from the Office of Student Financial Aid will be available to answer questions regarding employment options, verify work-study eligibility and explain the payroll process.

For more information about the fair, or about part-time or work-study job opportunities, contact the student employment area of the Office of Student Financial Aid at (319) 335-1460. Students can visit the financial aid web site to view job listings for university and community work-study and non-work-study jobs. Jobnet, the web based advertisement system, is updated daily. See http://www.uiowa.edu/financial-aid/employment/.

The Student Job Fair is one of a series of activities held in conjunction with "A Hawkeye Hello!" This annual event has been extended from one to two "Weeks of Welcome" and is designed to welcome new students and help them become acquainted with the campus, as well as welcome returning students.