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International Jobs Fair Sept. 24 promotes 'gaining a global perspective'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Cedar Rapids businessman Bob Chiusano knows about the qualifications employers seek in job candidates for positions that will involve international business interactions. He will share his expertise with students as the keynote speaker at the second annual University of Iowa International Jobs Fair at the Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Chiusano, who is vice president and general manager of Rockwell Collins Avionics and Communications Division, will give students tips on strategies for international job hunting in his speech, "Doing Business Internationally From An Employer's Perspective," at 1:30 p.m. in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The theme of the 1997 Jobs Fair is "Gaining a Global Perspective." Its goal is to inform both U.S. and international students and faculty about the specifics and the potential of international employment through direct contact with representatives of various organizations and through workshop sessions.

Students and faculty from the three state universities, 28 private colleges and all the community colleges of Iowa are expected to attend the fair, which is free and open to the public.

"A lot of students don't really know what is required to be successful in the global environment," said Martine Kintziger, International Jobs Fair coordinator. "We want to give them more direction and help them start gaining skills now so they can succeed in the global marketplace."

Jobs with international components are available in fields as diverse as business, engineering, medicine, law or education and can be found here in the U.S. as well as in foreign countries.

Although expertise in a given field is crucial to landing such a job, there are skills, backgrounds and attitudes that are required of anyone planning a career in the international field, Kintziger says.

Organizers of the Jobs Fair say it not only provides recruitment opportunities for employers, but also gives students a broader understanding of what it takes to succeed in today's global community by emphasizing the importance of adding an international dimension to a student's education.

About 15 to 25 Iowa international and multi-national businesses, U.S. government agencies and nonprofits will have information booths in the IMU Second Floor Ballroom. Among them are EFCO Corporation, the Boeing Company, Eagle Point Software, Watlow Water Integrators, Nordstrom Oil/HandiMart, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, CIVCO Medical Instruments, Rockwell Collins, Principal International, the Mennonite Central Committee and University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Overseas Placement Service for Educators. Students are encouraged to bring resumes to share with representatives.

Chiusano's keynote address will be followed by concurrent workshops on international internships and short-term work career opportunities in international business, non-profits, global medicine, law, engineering, teaching abroad, and foreign service. The workshop facilitators invited to the Jobs Fair all have international experience in various fields as well as knowledge of the region, its cultural nuances and the resources available to students.

The International Jobs Fair is part of the University of Iowa's Career Week. It is sponsored by UI International Programs, including both the Center for International Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH) and the Office for Study Abroad, Office of the Vice-President for Student Services and Dean of Students, the UI Colleges of Business Administration, Education, Liberal Arts and Engineering, Business and Liberal Arts Placement Office, International Business Student Association, Career Development Services and the Alumni Association.

For more information, call Martine Kintziger, International Jobs Fair coordinator, at (319) 335-2020 or visit the International Jobs Fair Web site at

Following is a schedule of events:

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Employer Booths in the IMU Second Floor Ballroom

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Keynote Address by Bob Chiusano (Illinois Room, IMU)

Vice President and General Manager,

Rockwell Collins Avionics and Communications Division

2:30 p.m.-2:45p.m.

Refreshment Break

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Workshop Session I:

* Non-Profit Organizations (Iowa Room, IMU)

-Patrick Gainey, recruiter, Peace Corps

-Ofori Akyea, former UNICEF representative to Rwanda

-Elizabeth Dryman, formerly with AmeriCorps/VISTA

* Global Health (Miller Room, IMU)

-Cristopher Squier, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Dental College and Acting Director of the Global Health Studies Program

- Barbara Davidson, MA, Ph.D, student in anthropology and graduate assistant for the Global Health Studies Program.

* Foreign Service (Penn State Room)

-Dave Fredrick, International Admissions, Wartburg College

-Tom Baldridge, Executive Director, Iowa City Foreign Relations Council

* International Business (Indiana Room)

- Brent Magid, president for Domestic Television, Frank Magid and Associates

3:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Workshop Session II:

* Teaching Abroad (Northwestern Room)

-Rebecca Anthony, UI Educational Placement Office

* International Internships and Short-term Work Abroad (Minnesota Room)

-Ella Sweigert, UI Career Development Services

-Janis Perkins, Director, UI Office for Study Abroad

- Student panel

* Engineering (Ohio State Room)

-Alan Bergeron, Communications Systems, Engineering Manager, Avionics and Communications Division, Rockwell Collins.

* International Law (Grant Wood Room, IMU)

-Burns Weston, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies, College of Law.