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Oct. 13, 2010

Media Advisory: Career Leadership Academy students engage in community service projects

Over the next few weeks, students from the Pomerantz Career Center's Career Leadership Academy will be reaching out to the Iowa City community by engaging in several service projects.

The Career Leadership Academy is a four-semester academic credit program that focuses on employee readiness and leadership skill development. In the third course of the program, “The Leader Who Interacts with Others,” students complete a service project of their choosing. After completing research about different needs in the community, they choose an organization to partner with, and then organize and conduct an event with the organization.

The following is a summary of the service projects happening over the next few weeks. Media are invited to cover these projects with some limitations on photos or video as noted. Please contact Angi McKie, Pomerantz Career Center, at 319-335-1023 or before coverage.

--Elizabeth Tate High School Senior Seminar Series; Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from Oct. 13 to Oct. 22, 11:22 a.m. to 12:08 p.m. Students will visit a class period at Elizabeth Tate High School on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays over a few weeks to assist the instructor in covering topics. Topics include resume writing, cover letter writing and college/scholarship essay writing.

--Pet and Learn: Students for Responsible Adoption and Ownership; 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at Hubbard Park. Students are partnering with the Iowa City Animal Shelter to offer an informational event at the park to create awareness about responsible adopting and care of animals. Activities are planned for students and the public to learn more about responsible adoption.

--Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign; pledge station dates: Monday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burge Hall (photos permitted/video); Tuesday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (no photography) at Hillcrest. This is part a national campaign led by the Special Olympics to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the "R-word."  The campaign is intended to engage schools organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at UI students will encouraged to pledge their support for the campaign by signing sheets at the residence halls.

The academy students will give resident assistants information to put on bulletin boards, distribute teacher packets for select classrooms in the Iowa City area, and possibly conduct an after-school event.

-- Midterm Study Break at Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, Oct. 26 at Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop at North Hall. The students will host a study break event featuring live entertainment, free coffee, and door prizes. In addition to providing a study break, this event aims to raise awareness of Wild Bill’s efforts of maintaining opportunities for adults with disabilities to be employed and learn life skills.

--Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) Fall Picnic. A group of students will be working with the DVIP here in Iowa City to host a picnic for clients of the center to reunite and mingle with each other. This event will provide victims receiving services through DVIP and their families to connect during a fun-filled fall activity. (no photography/video)

For more information about the Career Leadership Academy, see

The Pomerantz Career Center provides services to students and alumni from The University of Iowa. Services available include career and major exploration, assessment tools, career advising, and job and internship search resources such as The Pomerantz Career Center hosts several career fairs annually, career education programs for students, mock interviews, and courses such as the Career Leadership Academy and many other programs and services. The office is located at C310 Pomerantz Center, on Market Street and the Cleary Walkway in Iowa City. For more information, call 319-335-1023 or visit

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Angi McKie, Pomerantz Career Center, 319-335-1023,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,