CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: May 22, 2001
UI works to inform staff, faculty about budget concerns
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa continues to seek and hire new
staff, and, even when theres a tight budget, UI staff members have a
number of job security rights and opportunities to maintain their employment.
These are two of the messages that university officials are working to disseminate
this week, even as the governor and the Board of Regents, State of Iowa consider
how to deal with the UI budget in the face of shortfalls in state income.
"Were hearing a lot of concern from staff and faculty who encounter
some new speculation every day about the states budget worries and how
its going to affect them," says Bob Foldesi, associate vice president
for finance and university services and director of human resources at UI.
"Even though we cant know yet exactly how individual employees
will be affected, there are quite a few certainties, and we want our people
to know what they are."
On Sunday, May 20, Foldesi sent an e-mail message to all staff and faculty,
informing them about a series of frequently asked questions that are available
on the web. It also reminds staff that university health care units are always
looking for workers in certain areas, especially patient care.
"Were committed to the concept that Iowa is an employer of choice,
and we need to get the word out to health care workers in particular that
we are still very much in business. We have plenty of openings in a number
of job classifications," Foldesi says.
The frequently asked questions are available on-line at http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/faq.html.
Employees also can arrange to receive printed copies through their unit human
resources representatives or by visiting the employment office at the University
"People will always worry when their employers financial condition
is being scrutinized. Thats natural, but its also always helpful
to know what the facts are and what our rights and opportunities are. If we
can reduce even a little stress, its worth it to go the extra mile,"