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Release: Immediate


 WHAT: News briefing on allocation of 1997-98 Student Computing Fees and demonstration of computers in the classroom
 WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m.
 WHERE: Room 22, Schaeffer Hall

The University of Iowa will announce how it will spend funds collected from mandatory student computing fees for fiscal year 1997-98 at a news briefing Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 22 of Schaeffer Hall. The announcement will be followed by a demonstration of how computer equipment is used in general assignment classrooms and a tour of one of the UI's 26 Instructional Technology Centers (ITCs), which provide computers and printers for use by all students.

Speakers will include Allison Miller and Meghan Henry, president and vice president of the UI Student Government, Provost Jon Whitmore and Vice President for Finance and University Services Doug True.

Each fall, the UI Student Computing Fee Advisory Committee solicits proposals for awards funded by the student computing fees. This year the committee received 44 proposals requesting more than $3.3 million. Of the total of $2.8 million generated in computer fees for 1997-98, about $1.9 million was available for allocation for the general university (another $855,000 will be divided by the Colleges of Engineering and Law, which have special computing fees for their students). The committee, which consists of students, faculty and staff, approved funding for 24 projects.

Computer fees for 1997-98 are $98 for most students. Law students pay $160, and engineering students pay $330.