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Two campus offices will merge to become University Life Centers

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa offices, the Iowa Memorial Union Administration and the Office of Campus Programs and Student Activities, are consolidating. The organization will be called University Life Centers. The Office of Campus Programs and Student Activities will become a subunit of University Life Centers and will be called the Office of Student Life.

Other familiar offices that will be part of the new organization are the Iowa Memorial Union, University Book Store, the University Box Office, IMU food service, the Iowa House hotel, and guest and event services.

"Combining these two offices will provide for some efficiencies in operations and management, but our primary aim is to use the consolidation process as a springboard to improve our programs and services and to increase the use of the IMU," said David Grady, who has been named director of University Life Centers. Grady has been director of the Office of Campus Programs and Student Activities since 1992.

"We chose the name University Life Centers because that reflects our goal of developing a system of student-centered facilities, programs, services and activities," Grady said. "We believe that approach will foster a genuine learning community and will contribute to a high quality of life within the university community as a whole."

University Life Centers has already undertaken some initiatives in pursuit of its goals, Grady said. They include:

* In the past year, the IMU, through the student-run Union Programming Board, has added new programs such as Friday night movies, a jazz series, and "South Park Night," featuring broadcasts of the popular Comedy Central television show;

* A food service master plan is currently being developed to better provide the food services offered in the IMU and its satellite facilities in Pappajohn Business Administration Building, the Lindquist Center, the International Center, Bowen Science Building, the Nursing Building, Boyd Law Building, the Dental Science Building, Mayflower Market, and Oakdale Hall.

* Plans are also under way to create a single point of contact for meeting reservations in the IMU, including rooms, catering, and audio-visual needs for students, faculty and staff.

* Consideration is being given to keeping the IMU open until 2 a.m. each night to facilitate late night studying and student programming. The IMU is now open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday for late night studying.