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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 1, 2004

Upward Bound Gives Students Glimpse Into Careers

You might be amazed at the lengths some young people will go to explore career possibilities.

Take recent Fort Madison High School graduate Crystal Watson, for instance. Crystal, who is interested in pursuing college degrees in criminal justice and psychology, spent part of her summer getting herself arrested.

Crystal, a daughter of Janet Thomas, didn't do anything wrong. In fact, she did everything right. Crystal's "arrests" were part of an eight-week job shadow in the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, an experience run by the Upward Bound program to help give potential first-generation and or low-income students the best possible shot at getting into college and successfully completing a degree.

In addition to playing the role of suspect for UI police officers undergoing training, Crystal spent time in each of the departments units and on all its shifts, took part in patrols and helped make public safety presentations. The experience helped convince her that public safety was a career worth pursuing, and this semester she's a freshman at Mount Mercy College.

Crystal is one of 11 students (see participant information below) from around Iowa who took part in job shadows and other academic programs offered by Upward Bound, a U.S. Department of Education-supported program that has been affiliated with the UI for more than 30 years.

Three of the participants have enrolled at the UI this fall and a fourth plans to attend the UI starting in fall 2005. Other participants this past summer are now enrolled at Iowa State University, Muscatine Community College, Scott Community College and Johnson County Community College in Olathe, Kan.

Upward Bound, which is supported by a U.S. Department of Education grant, works to increase the rates at which students graduate from high school, enroll in and complete post-secondary education. The UI office serves low-income and potential first-generation college students at Burlington High School, Davenport Central, North and West High Schools, West Liberty High School, Muscatine High School, Columbus Community High School and Fort Madison High School.

"Upward Bound has been fortunate to have tremendous university and community support for our job shadowing program," said Jeanne Meyer, director of the UI Upward Bound Program. "These 'open doors' have been just that in terms of experiences for our students."

For general information about Upward Bound, call 800-272-6450 (Iowa only) or 319-335-6708 or visit http://upwardbound.uiowa.edu For information about programs specific to participating schools, contact one of the sources that follow:

-- Davenport Central - Holly Terry 563-323-9900
-- Davenport West - Jan Lewis 563-386-5500
-- Davenport North - Tom Neuhaus 563-388-9880
-- West Liberty - Carol Clark 319-627-2115
-- Muscatine - Andrea Wilford 563-263-6141
-- Columbus Junction - John Lawrence 319-728-2231
-- Burlington - Paula Logan 319-753-2211
-- Fort Madison - Theresa Clark-Kline 319-372-1862

Following is a list of students, in addition to Watson, who took part in the Upward Bound job shadow experience in the Iowa City area this summer.

BURLINGTON: David Hollister, a graduate of Burlington High School and a son of Pamela and Raymond Hollister, job-shadowed this summer in the University of Iowa's Department of Biochemistry, where he performed basic accounting tasks and immersed himself in the Microsoft Access program. This fall Hollister, who is interested in pursuing a degree in accounting, began attending the University of Iowa.

BURLINGTON: Derek Logas, a graduate of Burlington High School and a son of Holly and Scott Logas, job-shadowed in the Iowa City office of U.S. Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, where he gained an understanding of the political system and responded to questions from constituents. This fall Logas, who is interested in pursuing a degree in history, began attending Johnson County Community College in Olathe, Kan.

DAVENPORT: Jeremy Nelson, a graduate of Davenport West High School and a son of Dianne and Dana Taylor and Sal Lopez, job-shadowed this summer in the University of Iowa's School of Library and Information Science, learning programming languages and writing programs for a research project. This fall Nelson, who is interested in pursuing a degree in computer science, began attending the University of Iowa.

DAVENPORT: Tien Nguyen, a graduate of Davenport West High School and a son of Phuoc Nguyen, job-shadowed in the University of Iowa's Information Technology Service offices, learning programming languages. This fall Nguyen, who is interested in pursuing a degree in computer science, began attending Scott Community College.

DAVENPORT: Anh-Thu Nguyen, a graduate of Davenport West High school and a daughter of Tuoi Bui and Du Nguyen, job-shadowed in the University of Iowa's Information Technology Service offices, learning programming languages. This fall Nguyen, who is interested in pursuing a degree in engineering, began attending Iowa State University.

FORT MADISON: Adam Miller, a graduate of Fort Madison High School and a son of Olive and Albert Miller, job-shadowed this summer at the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium office, researching and creating fliers for upcoming performances. Miller, who is interested in pursuing a degree in voice performance or education, plans to attend the UI beginning in fall 2005.

WEST LIBERTY: Tramanh Nguyen, a graduate of West Liberty High School and a daughter of Quyt and Vinh Van Nguyen, job-shadowed this summer in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Department of Theatre Arts, assisting with the building of sets for summer theatrical productions. This fall Nguyen, who is interested in pursuing degrees in architecture and design, began attending Iowa State University as a Gates Millennium Scholar.

WEST LIBERTY: Bonnie Rock, a graduate of West Liberty High School and a daughter of Sonja and Jeffrey Rock, job-shadowed this summer in the University of Iowa's Grant Accounting Office, where she performed basic accounting tasks. This fall Rock, who is interested in pursuing a degree in accounting, began attending Muscatine Community College.

WEST LIBERTY: Shanda Fix, a recent graduate of West Liberty High School and a daughter of Renae and Vince Fix, job-shadowed this summer at Horace Mann Elementary School in Iowa City, supervising students in the before- and after-school programs. This fall Fix, who is interested in pursuing a degree in elementary education, began attending Muscatine Community College.

WEST LIBERTY: Sherill Jordan, a graduate of West Liberty High School and a daughter of Julie Schenkel, job-shadowed nurses this summer at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, assisting in more than 20 of the hospital's departments. This fall Jordan, who is interested in pursuing a degree in nursing, began attending the University of Iowa.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu. Program: Jeanne Meyer, 319-335 6708