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Release: October 7, 2002

Prepare Our Sons For Life brings staff and faculty members’ children to UI Campus

Children of University of Iowa staff and faculty parents and adult sponsors will be welcomed on campus in the fourth annual Prepare Our Sons For Life event from 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. All children between the ages of 6 and 11—boys and girls—are invited to the afternoon activities. Many UI departments and offices will participate in presenting activities, which will include everything from the opportunity to do a project with a staff member, to meeting UI baseball players, to playing steel drums. More information and a complete schedule of events is available at

The program is sponsored by UI Human Resources/WorkLife, Office of Affirmative Action, Staff Council and Office of the Provost.

"We’re very pleased with the partnerships across campus," says WorkLife's Nancy Noyer, who helped plan the event. "For example, Arts Share of the Center for the Arts is supporting the participation of several talented artists that afternoon. Those partnerships reflect this year's theme of community, a UI core value. Adults and children will be exploring how each of us can be supportive community members."

Young people 14 years and older will have the opportunity to participate in a Job Shadow program on Oct. 23 at University of Iowa Health Care. To register, contact Norma Ward at Space is limited, but additional days have been planned. The program allows youth to see first-hand what life is like at work for selected UI hospital and clinic employees.

Some children may have the opportunity to shadow their own parents at work, depending on individual departments' ability to accommodate such visits, considering factors such as safety.

For several years, the university has participated in the nationally recognized program, Take Our Daughters to Work‚. Because girls and boys have different developmental needs that could not be addressed by one program, Prepare Our Sons for Life was developed to meet the unique needs of boys. The Prepare Our Daughters for Life program will be March 4, 2003.

The event is scheduled on a conference day for the Iowa City Schools so that more children will have the chance to participate.