CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 1, 1999
UI Panhellenic Council, Dance Marathon receives Governor's
IOWA CITY--The University of Iowa Panhellenic Council
and student fundraising organization Dance Marathon were named recipients
of the Governor's Award for Volunteerism, which will be presented at a ceremony
by Governor Tom Vilsack at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 at the National Guard
Armory in Cedar Rapids.
The UI's Greek community will be recognized for its
involvement in the Communities in Partnership program, a collaborative volunteer
placement program between the Greek community and the Iowa City Community
April Rouner, coordinator for the school district's
Partners in Education program, nominated the council for the award. Last year,
125 Greek members participated in the placement program.
Dance Marathon, a UI student organization that annually
holds a 30-hour student dance marathon to raise money for cancer awareness
and other community services, will also receive a Governor's Volunteer award.
This is the first time the Panhellenic Council has
been selected to receive the award, says UI senior Adrienne Clark, Panhellenic
Council president. Clark and Katie McKinnon, vice president for community
relations, will represent the council at the reception.
"It's exciting to be recognized with the award. It
is an encouragement to our members and it is a reminder that community service
is important. Anticipating awards is not the reason for our motivation, but
it tells the public that our efforts are benefiting the local community,"
Clark says that last year she and several other Greek
members tutored K-6 students in the Iowa City School District in various elementary
subjects as part of an after-school program.