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Nov. 28, 2005

UI Students To Assist Local Arts Group With Move To New Location Dec. 4

Arts Iowa City and the University of Iowa's Pre-Physical Therapy Community Service Committee will team up to relocate the historic organization's exhibition site on Sunday, Dec. 4, starting at 10 a.m.

More than 20 student volunteers will assist Arts Iowa City's staff in painting the new location, which is in the lower level of the old Savings and Loan Building on the corner of Clinton and College streets. The pre-physical therapy students will also move displays and clean out the old gallery in the lower level of the Jefferson Building. They expect the project to last at least until 2 p.m.

"This is a great match with the Pre-PT Organization because it is volunteers donating their time to help other volunteers," said Ashley Pezza, the group's chair and coordinator of its community service committee. "It is also a great opportunity to have our future healthcare professionals diversify and open their minds to a topic most will not encounter during their education here at the University of Iowa."

Founded in 1975, Arts Iowa City is the city's oldest nonprofit visual arts organization. The organization's volunteers have developed and implemented visual arts exhibitions, artist services and community art programs.

"We are very grateful for the help," said La Donna Wicklund, president of Arts Iowa City. "What a blessing it was to find the Pre-Physical Therapy Group."

The UI Civic Engagement Program facilitated the volunteer match between Arts Iowa City and the student group.

"The program's intent is to connect students seeking service opportunities with the needs of the larger community," said Mary Mathew Wilson, the coordinator of the Civic Engagement Program, which is a collaborative initiative between the vice president for student services and the provost.

The Civic Engagement Program strengthens students' learning opportunities by linking the university's teaching, research and service mission to meeting needs in Iowa's communities through community service. It maintains the UI's Volunteer Link website, http://volunteer.uiowa.edu/, which connects potential volunteers with local organizations in need of assistance.

UI President David J. Skorton has declared the 2005-2006 academic year the Year of Public Engagement, during which the university community is intensifying its efforts and sharpening 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Program: Mary Mathew Wilson, 319-335-7589, civic-engagement@uiowa.edu; Writer: Traci Finch