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July 1, 2008

Mason announces new resources for UI community members impacted by flood

University of Iowa President Sally Mason announced today that an emergency relief fund has been established to assist faculty, staff and students displaced from their homes by the flood of 2008. Additionally, Mason said that a UI Flood Exchange Web site has been created where members of the UI community can post messages seeking or offering assistance to one another.

Staff and faculty interested in applying for financial assistance from the UI Flood Relief Fund are encouraged to visit the UI Flood Assistance Request Page http://www.uiowa.edu/floodrecovery/uihelp.html. A Hawk ID and password are required to enter the site. Faculty and staff requesting financial support from the flood fund will be asked to schedule a confidential appointment to meet with an eligibility coordinator. Appointments will be available beginning Monday, July 7, and can be scheduled by visiting the UI Flood Assistance Request Page or by calling 3UI-FUND (384-3863).

Students displaced by the flooding are encouraged to directly contact the UI Office of Financial Aid to discuss their needs and options with a financial aid counselor. (View the news release related to student financial assistance at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2008/june/062508flood_assistance.html).

Individuals interested in accessing the UI Flood Exchange, an online community similar to the popular craigslist, are encouraged to visit the UI Flood Exchange Web site to request or to offer assistance. A Hawk ID and password are required to enter the UI Flood Exchange, as well.

Flood relief assistance to UI students, staff and faculty is supported by contributions to the UI Foundation's Flood Relief Fund (http://www.givetoiowa.org/floodfund). The UI Flood Relief Fund is designed to help affected members of the UI community with needs that are unmet by other sources. The amount of support to each flood victim will likely vary with individual circumstances.

"The University of Iowa family has been greatly affected by this tragic event, and I want our employees who have been physically displaced to know that their needs are a priority for us," Mason said. "We will do what we can to assist them in their recovery efforts."

As gifts designated for campuswide flood relief are received by the UI Foundation, the amount of money allocated to a qualified UI household may increase, said Susan Johnson, UI associate provost and chairperson of the committee convened to establish guidelines for dissemination of the relief fund.

"Initially, the amount allocated will be up to $500 per household," she said, "but we will re-evaluate that amount going forward, depending on a family's needs and on the funds that become available to us."

Mason encouraged UI friends, alumni, faculty and staff to contribute generously to the UI Flood Relief Fund as well as other relief efforts established by the United Way, Red Cross and/or other organizations. For volunteer and donor opportunities, visit the UI Flood Recovery Web site http://www.uiowa.edu/floodrecovery/.

Meanwhile, the Big Ten Network has pledged to match each dollar contributed -- until the UI reaches the cumulative gift total of $25,000 -- if given by July 30, 2008, via a special URL, http://www.uifoundation.org/btn-flood/.

The UI Flood Exchange Web site was created to help match up members of the UI community who need help with those able and willing to provide it. Modeled on the popular craigslist online community, the exchange will serve as an online space for the UI community to request and offer support as the area rebuilds and recovers from the recent flooding. It is open to faculty, staff and students.

Examples of notes that can be posted include household items, tools, warm meals, transportation or other necessities. Postings may be edited or deleted at any point.

For more flood-related resources, news and information, visit the UI Flood Recovery Web site http://www.uiowa.edu/floodrecovery/.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Steve Parrott, university spokesperson, 319-335-0552; Susan Johnson, associate provost, 319-321-2117; Susan Shullaw, UI Foundation, 319-319-3305