WRITER: LINZEE KULL MCCRAY
300 Plaza Centre One
CONTACT: JIM WATERBURY
Parents Association Board of Directors
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 232-7667 (evenings)
Release: April 8, 2002
Parents Association funds seven campus projects
At its Feb. 23 meeting, the University of Iowa Parents Association Board
of Directors voted to allocate a total of $54,327 to fund eight campus projects.
The funds are raised through the UI Foundations Parents Fund for Student
Support. The vote was taken after board members read proposals and heard presentations
from representatives of 10 student groups and campus offices.
In considering which proposals to fund, the Parents Association Board of
Directors considered its previously established parameters for funding consideration.
These include: programs and projects that address safety issues; substance
abuse prevention initiatives; programs not available through other formalized
funding; existing services or programs; and seed money for programs that have
the potential to be self-sufficient in the future.
The programs selected for funding and the amount funded by the Parents Association
$2,960 to the Alumni Association for the Family Weekend 2002 tailgate
$10,000 to the Office of Student Life for Night Hawks, a Friday evening
alternate entertainment activity;
$3,000 to the Office of Student Life for Weeks of Welcome 2002;
$600 to Orientation Services for mailing new student handbooks to
families unable to attend the Universitys Orientation program;
$5,237 to Residence Services for Night Games, an alcohol-free weekend
$20,530 to UI Student Government for a safety initiative that includes
updating the blue cap emergency phone system; and
$12,000 to UI Public Safety for the purchase of air tasers.
Previously funded projects include Sesquicentennial Scholarships, campus
lighting and emergency telephones, e-mail stations at the Iowa Memorial Union,
the Safewalk program, the Parent Calling Project and the Stepping Up Project's
All parents of UI undergraduates are members of the Parents Association.
The Parents Association board is currently made up of 29 parents, who travel
to Iowa City at their own expense three times a year to advise and support
the goals of the UI, and volunteer their time and expertise to assist other
UI parents with questions and concerns.
Parents Association board members include: Mark and Mary Jo Abbott, Iowa
City; Regina Banks, Country Club Hills, Ill.; Mary Beidler, Lake Forest, Ill.;
Charley Buck, Cedar Falls; Terry Buck, Cedar Falls; Gary and Mary Charipar,
Cedar Rapids; Grey and Sylvia Cripple, Bettendorf; Mike and Sara Criswell,
East Moline, Ill.; Catherine Joyce Cryer, Mt. Vernon; Gordon and Jean Epping,
Cedar Rapids; Geri and Michael Garvey, Iowa City; Michael Allan Gold and Esme
Corbett-Suzuki, Kailua, Hawaii; Roy and Carmaine Pollack, Wheaton, Ill.; Tom
and Sue Rosella, St. Charles, Ill.; Russ and Darlene Schaller, Mississauga,
Ontario, Canada; Thomas and Linda Spangrud, Rockford, Ill.; Jim and Carol