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March 20, 2009

Students to perform random acts of kindness as part of leadership academy

Twenty-five students in the Career Leadership Academy class at the University of Iowa have declared the week of March 23-27 Random Acts of Kindness Week and will perform random acts of kindness throughout the community.

The objective of the project, called A-OK Week by the students, is to encourage the UI and Iowa City community to perform simple random acts of kindness. The students, all of whom will wear pink shirts, will give cards to recipients of the acts of kindness in the hope that they will pass on the kindness to five other people. The cards will also contain a link to the A-OK Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=62497340705&ref=mf [alternately, type "AOK Week" into Facebook's search box], where participants can discuss the A-OK they performed or received.

Sponsored by the Pomerantz Career Center, the goal of the Career Leadership Academy is to help UI students recognize and develop their personal leadership skills, as well as employee readiness skills.

"It is hoped that this cause unifies the community and gives awareness that simple random acts of kindness can have a significant impact on the community as a whole," said UI student Lauren Drew, who helped organize Random Acts of Kindness as part of the Career Leadership Academy class. "We wanted to help the community as a whole rather than putting our focus into a segment of the community."

The class chose this project after numerous group discussions, Drew said. All of the students in the section gave their input and ideas and A-OK week was the final result.

Some A-OK ideas include tutoring a friend, giving a classmate a ride home, or buying someone a meal, but Drew also wants to encourage participants to be creative.

The Career Leadership Academy is a four-semester, academic, credit-bearing program composed of seminars, activities, and events designed to give students an edge as leaders in their chosen career fields. It was created after the Pomerantz Career Center conducted research asking employers what they want from their future employees and were told communication skills, integrity, flexibility, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and the ability to work well with others, said Angi McKie, director of marketing and public relations for the Pomerantz Career Center. For more information visit http://www.careers.uiowa.edu/leadershipacademy.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Angi McKie, Pomeranz Career Center, 319-335-3531, angi-mckie@uiowa.edu; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu