CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: May 6, 2002
UI faculty don aprons, oven mitts to help students battle budget cuts,
of University of Iowa professors will be conducting experiments in the next
few days, but not the kind they spent years in graduate school training for.
Theyll employ ovens not Bunson burners, measuring cups not test tubes,
and mixing bowls not petri dishes, as they wade through a new challenge that
requires time in the kitchen, not the lab.
The goal is to produce a perfector at least ediblebatch of brownies,
cookies, cupcakes, or any other baked good that can be sold Saturday, May
11 to raise money for student scholarships. Organized by Wilfrid Nixon, a
professor of civil and environmental engineering and a member of the UI Faculty
Senate, the first-ever Budget-Cut Bake Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain
or shine in Hubbard Park across from the Iowa Memorial Union at Madison and
Jefferson Streets in Iowa City.
Nixon said it is an opportunity for faculty to do something positive to help
students who are faced with the double-whammy financial burden of rising tuition
and shrinking state contributions to higher education.
During the current fiscal year, the UI has faced three separate cuts in its
state funding for a total loss of more than $38 million. While bake sale organizers
acknowledge the sale wont solve the universitys financial woes,
they do see it as a way for faculty members to get involved in the solution
rather than complaining about the problem.
Do I expect to raise $40 million? No. Id be surprised if it
made more than $20 million, Nixon said with his characteristic wit.
He added, seriously, Most faculty I know are incredibly committed to
student success and are worried that the budget cuts will affect students
more than anything else. The goal is to do the best we can to create some
benefit for the students.
All proceeds from the sale will be directed to the university treasurers
office to be disbursed in the form of scholarships.
Nixon said UI Provost Jon Whitmore, and many friends as well as past and
current Faculty Senate members all have agreed to supply the sale with home-baked
items. No telling yet what will be available, but Nixon did say that he will
attempt Chocolate Damnationbut given my skills its more
likely to resemble a Chocolate Purgatory and his unique recipe
for Budget Cut Browniesthey may not taste good, but they will
be good for you.
The whole community is welcome to participate in the sale as bakers or buyers,
although Nixon said faculty members are especially encouraged to participate.
Anyone interested in donating baked goods to the sale should drop them off
at the booth in Hubbard Park on Saturday morning, May 11. Nixon can be reached
at (319) 335-5166 or firstname.lastname@example.org