CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 15, 2000
UI WISE program to give books to Iowa City Community School District
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering
(WISE) program plans to present the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD)
with a gift of books valued at $1,500 during a 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 21
ceremony, just prior to the district board meeting.
Chris Peterson Brus, WISE program director, says that the idea behind the
gift is to provide the schools with "role modeling" books that allow
girls to read about women in positions of excellence so that they, in turn,
can invest themselves in dreams of high achievement. She adds that the schools
recently conducted a curriculum review in collaboration with ICCSD staffers
Mary Jo Langhorne, media coordinator, and Jeanne Bancroft, science/health
coordinator, to decide which books would be most appropriate for their needs.
Brus says she hopes the gift will increase the opportunities for girls of
all ages to explore science and engineering in order that they may reach their
The UI WISE Program works with science, engineering and mathematics programs
at the University of Iowa to increase the participation and advancement of
women as students, faculty and professional staff. It develops outreach programs
for pre-college students while striving to inform the public of educational
and career opportunities for women in scientific and technical fields.
For further information about WISE, contact Chris Brus, director, at (319)
353-2290 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.