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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 13, 2003

First 'Consider Iowa' Forum Set for Oct. 21

The University of Iowa Office of Corporate Partnerships is introducing a free series of discussion forums to encourage students to "Consider Iowa" as a post-graduation career option. "Consider Iowa" will dedicate one forum per semester to uniting businesses and students in a particular professional arena or industry sector.

The first session, which will focus on biotechnology, will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the Auditorium in Oakdale Hall at the UI's Oakdale Research Campus in Coralville.

"Consider Iowa" is designed to inform both students and companies of exciting opportunities in the state of Iowa. UI students will get a glimpse of the possibilities that exist in their areas of study while also receiving the advantage of interacting with professionals in those fields. Companies will have the opportunity to learn more about university resources and programs as well as products and services offered by other Iowa businesses.

The UI Office of Corporate Partnerships is sponsoring this series in partnership with the UI Office of the Provost, the Career Center, Engineering Career Services, Technology Innovation Center and Oakdale Research Park.

"This forum is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in the biotechnology field, as well as those interested in marketing and management," said Lola Lopes, associate provost for undergraduate education. "This is a chance for networking between students and employers, and a chance for students to examine different career options."

Lopes will give opening remarks at the forum, followed by a panel discussion with representatives from Iowa City/Coralville area biotechnology companies and UI research labs.

Panelists include:
-Roman Terrill, senior vice president of legal and regulatory affairs, Integrated DNA Technologies in Coralville.
-Gwen Jarosh, manufacturing supervisor at Apovia, located in the UI Technology Innovation Center.
-Mustafa Selim, president and founder Selim Laboratories, located in the UI Technology Innovation Center.
-Jack Rosazza, director of the UI Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing.
-Mary Gilchrist, director of the UI Hygienic Laboratory.
-Amanda Stahle, an engineering student who will share her experiences as an intern.

"Students can hear from highly skilled and educated employees who came to the Iowa City area from across Iowa and the U.S. to enjoy the exciting job opportunities and quality of life we offer," said Usha Balakrishnan, director of the UI Office of Corporate Partnerships and a current gubernatorial appointee to the Iowa Economic Development Board. "The panelists have a passion for what they do, but also devote their time to making Iowa a better place to live."

In addition to the forum, time will also be set aside for networking, presentations and table displays. Students who attend the Consider Iowa forum will have a chance to join in a visit on Nov. 19 to Kemin Industries, a privately held nutritional ingredients company headquartered in Des Moines.

Free transportation for students wanting to attend the forum at Oakdale Hall will leave from the Iowa Memorial Union at 2:30 p.m. and return to the IMU at 5 p.m. Contact the UI Career Center at 319-335-1023 to RSVP for the Oct. 21 session.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500. Writers: Ololade Coker and George McCrory

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Program: Usha Balakrishnan, Office of Corporate Partnerships, 319-335-3271