CONTACT: PATRICIA CAIN
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Alcoa grant strengthens UI undergraduate programs
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A $30,000 grant from the Aluminum Company of America
(Alcoa) will add an international aspect to undergraduate education at
the University of Iowa.
The grant, arranged through the UI Foundation, will allow the UI to
modify courses in the Colleges of Engineering and Business Administration,
and expand a peer mentoring program for female students studying science
and engineering. Alcoa has strategic partnerships with the University
of Iowa and 32 other U.S. colleges and universities. This initiative provides
more opportunities to broaden Alcoa's involvement with colleges and universities
that excel in quality and diversity of education.
"Experiences in international relations for students majoring in
business, engineering, and science will help prepare them for successful
careers," UI President Mary Sue Coleman said. "Today's students
must reach beyond their communities and the campus classrooms. New international
education opportunities in established programs will make a UI education
even more valuable. We are grateful to Alcoa for recognizing this opportunity."
The ALCOA grant will support:
* Equipping an interactive classroom so that design teams of engineering
students can work with engineering students at universities in other countries
on a common project under direction of faculty mentors at their respective
institutions. In 1998-99 UI students will work with students at the Université
de Provence in France.
* The redesign of selected courses at the College of Business Administration
to include international elements.
* The Student to Student Support in Science program, which provides academic
assistance and social support to first-year female students in the Women
in Science and Engineering (WISE) program.
"Businesses and universities operate in a global marketplace, yet
personal or professional experiences that offer global dimensions often
are difficult to craft. Alcoa is an international corporation, and we
are pleased to help offer global experiences to UI students," said
Tim Wilkinson, vice president, Alcoa Mill Products of Bettendorf.
Alcoa matches the gifts made by its employees to charitable organizations.
Over the past decade Alcoa and its foundation have provided grants and
matching gifts totaling more than $200,000 to the UI Foundation for various
UI projects. This includes support for mechanical, electrical, and industrial
engineering, as well as for WISE. Alcoa also regularly recruits UI engineering
graduates for employment. The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred
channel of support for gifts to all areas of the University. Foundation
staff work with corporations, organizations, alumni, and friends to provide
support for a variety of UI programs.