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University of Iowa News Release

March 7, 2006

International Programs, ESL Moving To Old Capitol Mall March 13-17

University of Iowa International Programs (IP) and the English as a Second Language (ESL) office are moving to a new location in the Old Capitol Mall over spring break March 13-18.

The move to the former Younkers' department store space in a university-owned portion of the mall now called University Capitol Centre (UCC) will provide better access for IP students, faculty, staff and the public once the move is complete. However, during the week of the move, not all services will be available, and staff may have intermittent access to e-mail, so students should be sure to call ahead before coming to the office.

IP staff members are moving to their new location from the International Center (west of the Iowa River at the south end of Ferson Avenue), where the offices have been located since the mid 1980s. IP's new offices are expected to open for business on Monday, March 20.

The ESL Programs office, part of the Department of Linguistics within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and currently located in Macbride Hall, will move to the UCC on Thursday, March 16. The ESL office will be open for business in the new location on Friday, March 17.

Other UI offices slated to move eventually into the UCC include the Department of Public Safety and several administrative offices of the UI Hospitals and Clinics, although precise dates of those moves have not yet been determined.

Associate Provost and IP Dean William Reisinger says IP's new location will reflect the program's vital role in the UI's mission to educate students for success in an increasingly global environment.

"The great universities of our day place international education at the center of their activities," Reisinger said. "This move to the center of campus both symbolizes and helps fulfill our university's commitment to being a world-class institution. We expect to see more students learning abroad, improved services for international students and scholars, greater awareness of international opportunities among faculty, and improved attendance at IP-sponsored events, all as a result of this move."

He said UI students also will have better access to study abroad advisors and the study abroad resource room; international students will be able to visit the office to attend educational programs or meet with an international student advisor; community members will find it easier to attend IP-sponsored events; international scholars will have a place to meet and discuss their work; and faculty will have more readily available assistance in applying for international grants, developing international courses, and conducting internationally-focused conferences and seminars.

The new location of the IP and ESL program offices should prove especially advantageous to international students, many of whom use the services of both offices. Two classrooms will be located just outside the IP offices, so many students may find it convenient to stop by the Study Abroad Resource Room to check out study abroad opportunities on their way to or from class. An events space, or "International Commons," will be available for IP programs and affiliated groups to host lectures, workshops and other international educational programs. Conferencing space for IP faculty and staff will be available, and some smaller International Studies classes and seminar sessions may take place in the new conference rooms. Area K-12 teachers will be able to borrow "culture kits" from IP Outreach, to use in their classes, free of charge, and faculty, staff and students are encouraged to utilize the international grants resource room to investigate funding opportunities for international research and projects.

IP Director Diana Davies said the UCC layout offers the program more usable space that better fits its needs.

"UI Facilities staff members have worked with us to create a space that is modern and professional," Davies said. "Now, it will be up to us to make sure it is also accessible, warm and welcoming to the students, faculty and community members we serve."

IP offices moving from the International Center include the Office for Study Abroad; the Office of International Students and Scholars; the office of the International Studies Coordinator; IP administrative offices, which includes IP External Relations, Grants, Outreach and Projects; administrative offices of the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council; the National Resource Center for International Studies; the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies; the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; and all IP academic programs and research groups. The UI Center for Human Rights will move from its current location in the Communications Center to join IP in the UCC.

The Old Capitol Mall is located across from the Pentacrest, at the corner of Washington and Capitol streets, and is accessible by most Cambus, Iowa City Transit and Coralville Transit bus lines. Visitors will also find parking in the Old Capitol Mall parking ramp.

Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, IP employs 41 permanent or term appointment professional and scientific and merit staff, as well as approximately 40 graduate assistants and student employees. Twelve visiting scholars and two adjunct faculty will also have offices in the space. Fifteen faculty members direct the various academic centers, programs and research groups within IP.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Diana Davies, International Programs Director, 319-335-0371; diana-davies@uiowa.edu