Dec. 3, 2008
UI to provide $50,000 for students to create new late-night programs
Students have great ideas for new activities but are often hindered by small budgets and few resources. The University of Iowa now has a way for students to plan new weekend programs, and get help paying for them. Through Late Night at Iowa, a $50,000 grant for alcohol-free, late-night programs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, students can complete an event proposal and apply for funding.
Half of the grant is coming from the Office of the Provost, with the other half coming from the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.
"Late Night at Iowa will give students the opportunity to create and participate in safe and healthy late night entertainment options," said Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services and dean of students. "I'm looking forward to seeing a flowering of exciting late night options for our students."
The process for application will be simple for students to navigate. The criteria include: nonalcoholic events, start time no earlier than 10 p.m. and end time no earlier than 1 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Students can view the criteria and applications in the Office of Student Life (145 Iowa Memorial Union) or online at http://www.imu.uiowa.edu/osl/latenight. An allocation committee of staff and students will review applications and distribute the funds on a monthly basis.
Molly Golemo, president of the Campus Activities Board (CAB), says students are really excited about this funding. "It has always been a challenge to bring new events to campus because of the rising cost of vendor and agency fees," she said. "But with more money and university support, we should be able to do a better job."
Concerts and comedians are two examples of events that might be funded, but other activities could be funded too, she added. At part of its NightHawks series, CAB has sponsored some late-night activities already, such as game night, dance instruction, and a speed dating session, which drew more than 250 people.
Starting Jan. 23, CAB plans to show midnight movies during the spring semester on Fridays and Saturdays at the Bijou Theatre in the IMU. The movies would include titles not yet available on DVD, and admission would be at a reduced cost to students.
Katie Guckert, executive director of Dance Marathon, said that students "now have a great opportunity to build their organizations. We do what we can with the money we have, but this is a great way to create growth in our efforts and become more effective on a much broader scope."
"When students plan and hold activities of this kind, there is far better participation than when staff plan activities," said Bill Nelson, director of the Office of Student life.
Wallace Loh, executive vice president and provost, credited a working group of staff and students convened by former Interim Provost Lola Lopes for inspiring the program. The working group was formed last spring to study new late-night activities at the UI. "I think Lola's working group had a truly promising idea, and it's terrific to see it becoming reality," Loh says. "I'm especially pleased that we're giving students the opportunity to put their creativity to work to address a real need."
For additional information contact Nelson at 319-335-3059 or visit http://imu.uiowa.edu/osl/latenight.
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MEDIA CONTACTS: Bill Nelson, Office of Student Life, 319-335-3059; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, email@example.com