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University of Iowa News Release

July 11, 2005

UI Civic Engagement Program To Promote Volunteerism, Service Learning

With the backdrop of the Year of Public Engagement, the University of Iowa is opening a new office dedicated to facilitating volunteerism and service learning among students, faculty, and staff. The Civic Engagement Program Office opens today (Monday, July 11) in room 210 Iowa Memorial Union with Mary Mathew Wilson serving as program coordinator.

The office will support existing student philanthropic efforts, assist faculty members in integrating service learning into the curriculum and connect community organizations with UI faculty, staff and student volunteers. The provost and the vice president of student services will jointly fund this new office.

One of the office's first major endeavors will be an all-university volunteer fair on Wednesday, Aug. 31, with afternoon hours extending beyond 5 p.m. to allow staff members to participate after working hours, Mathew Wilson said.

Mathew Wilson also will facilitate the UI's membership in Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 950 colleges and universities committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. The only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students' citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.

More information about Campus Compact is available online, http://www.compact.org/. In Iowa, 17 colleges and universities including the UI are members of Campus Compact. A complete list of Iowa members is online, http://www.iacampuscompact.org/members.html

UI President David Skorton has declared the 2005-2006 academic year the Year of Public Engagement, during which the university community will be encouraged to intensify its efforts and sharpen its focus on engagement with the public and public issues at the local, state, national, and international levels.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Program: Mary Mathew Wilson, 319-335-7589, mary-mathew-wilson@uiowa.edu