CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Jan. 14, 2003
Stepping Up Project names Cavitt and Clayton co-coordinators
Two Iowa Citians with long-time ties to downtown businesses have been named
co-coordinators of the Stepping Up Project, a community and campus coalition
to reduce the harmful effects of high-risk drinking. Carolyn Cavitt and Jim
Clayton will share the responsibilities of the position, each working half
time and each receiving an annual salary of $20,000. Cavitt will manage the
office and support staff while Clayton will primarily work in the community.
They replace Julie Phye, the original Stepping Up coordinator who resigned
in January 2002 to accept a position as a curriculum coordinator with the
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.
Both Cavitt and Clayton have been members of the Stepping Up executive board
since the coalition was formed in 1996.
"I'm pleased that Carolyn and Jim have agreed to share the duties of
Stepping Up coordinator," said Phillip Jones, University of Iowa vice
president for student services and dean of students. "They have been
major contributors to Stepping Up's successes over the past six years. Their
community ties help emphasize that Stepping Up is truly a collaboration between
our communities and the university."
Cavitt has lived in Iowa City since 1974 and was a stockbroker with RBC
Dain Rauscher for 20 years. She was the branch manager of the Iowa City office
from 1998 until she retired in 2001. She has been chair of the Stepping Up
executive board since its inception. She and her husband, Michael, have one
daughter, Camille Holthaus of Minneapolis.
Clayton has been the co-owner of The Soap Opera, a retail store in downtown
Iowa City, since 1981. He is a member of the board of directors of the Downtown
Association, board president of ARC of Johnson County, and active in Big Brothers
Big Sisters. He also served for one year as vice chairman of the Stepping
Up executive board. A former tavern keeper in Galena, Ill., his hobbies include
home brewing, winemaking and artisan breads and pizza baking. His wife is
The Stepping Up Project includes members from Iowa City, Coralville, Johnson
County and the UI. It is one of several "town-gown" coalitions participating
in a national program called "A Matter of Degree: The National Effort
to Reduce High-Risk Drinking Among College Students." The initiative
is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and administered by
the American Medical Association. Stepping Up was started in 1996 with a six-year,
$830,000 grant from RWJF. Last October, RWJF awarded Stepping Up a four-year,
$466,729 grant to continue its efforts.
The Princeton, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's
largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. It concentrates
its grantmaking in four goal areas: to assure that all Americans have access
to basic health care at reasonable cost; to improve care and support for people
with chronic health conditions; to promote healthy communities and lifestyles;
and to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abusetobacco,
alcohol, and illicit drugs.