Sept. 20, 2010
State Farm grants support UI Pomerantz Career Center and Tippie College of Business
The University of Iowa has received $100,000 in Good Neighbor Citizenship Grants from
State Farm Insurance. One $50,000 grant, awarded to the UI's Pomerantz Career Center
for the third consecutive year, will support the ongoing development of programs in
the center's Career Leadership Academy. The other $50,000 grant will provide support
for the Management Information Systems degree program in the UI Henry B. Tippie
College of Business.
The Career Leadership Academy is a four-semester academic program that helps
participating UI undergraduates develop their leadership skills. Each semester,
the program has more than 400 students participating in the classes. The grant
from State Farm, which was made through the UI Foundation, will assist with student
materials, networking events, teambuilding workshops, a mentoring program, etiquette
dinners, service-learning projects, career-search tools and the new Career Leadership
Academy Living-Learning Community.
"State Farm is proud to support these innovative programs at the University of Iowa,"
said Terry Barton, State Farm's Vice President for Iowa. "The Career Leadership
Academy and the Management Information Systems degree program offer excellent
opportunities to enhance learning and produce long-term benefits in the community."
Management Information Systems (MIS), a major within the Tippie College of Business,
focuses on the use of current and emerging technologies to solve business problems
and help a company or organization meet its goals and business challenges. The
program merges technology and business, preparing students to be tech-savvy business
professionals ready to design and manage information technology systems that will
maximize the productivity, competitiveness and profitability of their employers.
State Farm's grant for the MIS program will provide support to establish a Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage (TILE) classroom for the program -- a specially-designed
space that features round tables, an instructor's station in the center of the room,
flat-panel monitors for displaying student work, white boards on each wall for
collaboration and broadband connectivity for every student. The university is building
several of these classrooms as part of a broad effort to support active learning,
collaborative teamwork and similar models associated with improving learning and
increasing student retention.
"Business and technology demands are constantly changing," said Robin Ambrose, State
Farm's assistant vice president of systems. "Our current and future workforce needs
to be equipped to handle these challenges. Our partnership with the University of Iowa
allows for us to build relationships, support education and identify future employees
to meet these challenges."
As part of the grant presentation, Barton, Ambrose and other State Farm representatives
will meet with Career Leadership Academy participants and MIS majors in a
celebration at the Pomerantz Career Center on Wednesday, Sept. 22.
"We are grateful that State Farm shares our vision of innovative programs for our
students," said Tippie College of Business Dean William C. (Curt) Hunter. "The company
has realized that both leadership and technology skills are important to graduates
entering the workforce. Their support of these programs helps ensure that Iowa's
graduates are able to have an impact in the world of business both early and
throughout their careers."
The Good Neighbor Citizenship program is the umbrella for the charitable efforts of
State Farm and the State Farm Companies Foundation. Through this program, State Farm
commits resources to help raise the levels of achievement of teachers and students,
to make homes and highways safe and to build strong communities.
The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions
that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the foundation,
visit its website at http://www.uifoundation.org.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550
MEDIA CONTACT: Forrest Meyer, executive director-strategic communications, UI Foundation,