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Release: Sept. 14, 2000

UI Alumni Association grows in numbers, programming over fiscal year 1999-2000

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- This past fiscal year was a banner year for the University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA), with national awards for two programs, continued growth in membership numbers, and breakthroughs in several other programs.

For its programs in career assistance and student membership, the UIAA received national recognition from the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

In CASE's 2000 Circle of Excellence Awards Program in Alumni Relations, the UIAA won a gold medal for its student organization, IOWA S.T.A.T. (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow). One of the campus's largest student organizations, with more than 3,000 members, IOWA S.T.A.T. is probably also the busiest. Last year, the group sponsored the fall Student Activities Fair, a scavenger hunt aimed at educating students about the history of the University of Iowa, and events supporting the university's efforts to curb binge drinking. Members of the program also helped launch the Hawk's Nest, a basketball booster group that leads cheers from a special section in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

CASE judges also handed over a Seal of Excellence for the UIAA's sponsorship of the Regents Universities Central Iowa Job Fair. Since its genesis in 1997, the Job Fair has experienced tremendous growth -- in terms of both employers and participants. Approximately 800 internship- and job-seekers attended the 2000 fair, compared to 260 participants in its first year, and representatives from 89 companies showed up, compared to 36 in 1997. In addition to providing an avenue through which alumni and students could meet with potential employers, the 2000 fair offered a resume-critiquing workshop and seminars on resume-building, interviewing skills, networking, and dressing for success.

A year after reaching a milestone record of 50,000 members, the UIAA reported further growth for fiscal year 1999-2000, with membership climbing to nearly 52,000. The Director's Club Honor Circle doubled in size to 53 members, each committed to giving $1,000 annually to the UIAA.

Several UIAA programs also experienced significant growth in 2000. The Iowa Voyagers travel program exceeded expected participation, with 550 travelers taking advantage of the program's tour agenda, up from 403 in 1999. Among the 36 travel opportunities offered, trips to Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the Amazon proved to be among the most popular. In addition, learning vacations in Europe continue to sell out.

To better communicate with its members, the UIAA launched a revamped magazine in January 2000, converting the periodical from a quarterly to a bimonthly and expanding editorial content, as well as creating an online component to the publication --

The UIAA now sponsors more than 80 Iowa Clubs across the country and around the globe, with new clubs emerging in Israel and Iceland this past year.