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Release: Dec. 10, 2002
Chicago high school students visit Tippie College of Business
Forty-four high students from Whitney Young Magnet School in Chicago visited
the Henry B. Tippie College of Business Dec. 6, getting a taste of college
life while learning about accounting studies at the UI.
The juniors and seniors, accompanied by teacher Troy Meinders, not only
experienced the cuisine at the Hillcrest Residence Hall and watched a Hawkeye
basketball game, but also heard from business faculty, staff and students
about what it's like to study at the UI.
The students on the tour were either members of the Future Business Leaders
of America club or taking accounting classes at Whitney Young, a college prep
high school that attracts a diverse group of students from across the Chicago
area. None of the students had ever been to Iowa before, and some noted that
Iowa City is a "small town" compared to Chicago. But three club
leaders, Ryen Speed, Maurice Kukendoll and George Concepcion, said they liked
the campus and the Tippie College, and appreciated the attention they received
from the UI staff and faculty.
Concepcion enjoyed a simulated accounting class taught be Robert Yetman,
assistant professor of accounting. "This is an impressive business program
and people here showed interest in us. I like the accounting teacher's presentation,
which was tailored to our interests," Concepion said.
Terri Bobeck, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, helped arrange
the trip with Meinders. Bobeck, a Tippie College alumna who recruits accounting
students to work at Pricewaterhouse, set up the visit as a way to expose them
to a leading accounting program outside of the Chicago metro area.
"I'm not only trying to increase recruitment of minorities for our
firm, but also I'm trying to increase minority students' interest in business
schools. So by bringing students to the University of Iowa, I hope they will
become more familiar with the accounting profession as something that might
be in their future," Bobeck said.
As part of the visit, Nancy Humbles and Vicki Vavra of the Tippie College
Undergraduate Program Office gave an overview of admissions procedures and
services for business students. The Chicago students also heard from Gene
Madison, a professor in the UI mathematics department, and Morton Pincus,
head of the accounting department at the Tippie College.
"You are the best and brightest college students in Chicago, and we
want to challenge you when you get here and introduce you to new domains,"
Pincus said. "Our field is in a period of great change, and enrollments
are up in accounting. Students are coming to accounting because they see themselves
doing something that's really important."
A panel of UI business students shared their experiences, telling the visitors
what college life was like and what to expect in their first year. The UI
students advised the Whitney Young group to take calculus and other math courses
to prepare for an accounting major, utilize a professors' office hours and
discussions, and to organize their time wisely in the midst of a wide range
of social activities.
After touring the Pappajohn Building and the UI campus, the group had dinner
at the Amana Colonies and concluded their visit by watching the Hawkeye basketball
team defeat Montana State University in the Gazette-Hawkeye Challenge at Carver-Hawkeye