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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 12, 2003

Local Law Enforcement, OISS Offer Classes To International Students, Scholars

University of Iowa international students and scholars and their family members will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of American laws, especially the rules of the road, as part of orientation activities on the UI campus Aug. 13 through 16.

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), in collaboration with Johnson County law enforcement agencies, received a grant titled "Painting the Lanes for a Better Understanding: Between the International Community in the Johnson County Area and Local Law Enforcement." The $10,000 grant, which is matched by UI International Programs, comes from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

One of the main components of the grant is to provide information about American laws to the international students, scholars and their families, said Claire Cardwell, the OISS international student adviser who initiated the grant.

"This is designed to help international students, scholars and their family members gain a better understanding of laws and awareness of safety issues," Cardwell said. "We also hope to promote positive interactions between the international community and local law enforcement."

The Coralville Police Department, the Iowa City Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department and the University of Iowa Public Safety Office are all participating in the program. The four local law enforcement agencies will give four different presentations at new student orientation: Taking the Driving Test, What to Do in an Accident, Costs Associated with an Accident, and Public Intoxication and OWI/DWI. There will be time for questions and answers after each presentation.

One session will be for people who have a good command of English and the second presentation will have translators in the following languages: Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

The driving education is just one component of the grant, Cardwell explained. Future components include developing a web site, print publications and an outreach program that will deal with everything from mandatory child safety car seat information to domestic violence and childcare.

"Since 9/11, law enforcement has focused more attention on international visitors," Cardwell said. "Discussions with local law enforcement officials indicate that they would also like an opportunity to interact with the international community in a positive and non-threatening environment."

Following is a schedule of events for international students and scholars who have a good command of English:

Wednesday, Aug. 13: Taking The Driving Test for an Iowa City Driver's License with UI Police Officer Brad Allison, in Room 4A of the Iowa Memorial Union (west edge of the Main Lounge), at the following times: 11 a.m. to noon, 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14: What To Do In An Accident, with Coralville Police Department Officer Patrick McCoy, in Room 4A of the UI Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), from 11 a.m. to noon.

Friday, Aug. 15: Costs Associated With An Accident, with Johnson County Sheriff's Department Lt. Steve Hayslett, from 11 a.m. to noon in Room C125 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

Following are sessions for spouses and the international community, with translation provided in 11 different languages:

Thursday, Aug. 14: Taking The Driving Test with University of Iowa Police Officer Brad Allison, in Room 4B of the Iowa Memorial Union from 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14: What To Do In An Accident with Coralville Police Department Officer Patrick McCoy, in Room 4B of the IMU, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15: Costs Associated with An Accident, with Johnson County Sheriff Department Lieutenant Steve Hayslett, in Room 112 Macbride Hall, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16: Public Intoxication and OWI/DWI with Iowa City Police Department Sgt. Mike Brotherton, in Room 112 Macbride Hall, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call Lois Gray, International Programs, at 319-335-2026 or Cardwell at 319-335-0335. For more information on upcoming events associated with the grant, visit the OISS Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~intl/OISS/.

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

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, International Programs, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu Program: Claire Cardwell, 319-335-0335, claire-cardwell@uiowa.edu