PROGRAM CONTACT: NANCY NOYER
MEDIA CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
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 11boys and girlsare 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 http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/worklife/sons.
The program is sponsored by UI Human Resources/WorkLife, Office of Affirmative
Action, Staff Council and Office of the Provost.
"Were 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.