CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Nov. 15, 1999
UI offers life preparation program for sons of staff,
IOWA CITY, Iowa -Families
of UI staff and faculty will have the opportunity Wednesday, Nov. 17 to participate
in a new program called Prepare Our Sons for Life.
Laura Reed, director of the UI WorkLife program, and one
of the organizers of Prepare Our Sons, says the program is a response to the
question, "What about the boys?" which she says always arises in response
to the UIs participation in Take Our Daughters to Work day.
"The program for daughters is open to all school-aged
children, but research indicates that the needs of girls and boys are different
and special activities are needed. Girls tend to need a program focused on
work, where research shows that boys need one more focused on the rest of
life. In this spirit, UI WorkLife and the Office of Affirmative Action developed
a program to address the balancing of work/life issues, particularly for boys/young
men and their families. We welcome all school-aged children," Reed says.
Parents (or adult sponsors) employed at the UI and their
school-aged children are encouraged to participate in the day's activities.
Parents of younger children are welcome to attend the parent session. The
afternoon program begins with a pizza lunch for the children and their parents
and a variety of workshops for children and parents. There will be tours of
Carver Hawkeye Arena, a prize giveaway, and a short speech to close the day's
events. Transportation to and from the arena will be provided.
The UI WorkLife/Human Resources Office, the Office of
Affirmative Action, UI Staff Council, Iowa Memorial Union, and the Office
of the Provost are supporting this program. RSVPs are requested for all events
by Nov. 12. To RSVP, or for more information, call the UI WorkLife office,