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University of Iowa News Release

May 2, 2003

UI-SMART Program Awards Thrifty Employees, Seeks New Ideas

Keith Clasen thought that automatically printing copies of reports already available to University of Iowa departments online could be a waste of time and money.

University officials agreed; the procedure is now being revised and both Clasen - a human resources representative in the UI Facilities Services Group -- and Iowa taxpayers will be a little richer for the move.

Clasen is one of two UI employees awarded $100 this year under the Unique Ideas Save Money and Reward Thriftiness (UI SMART) Program. The other winner is Trudy Laffoon, clinical director for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Integrated Call Center, who suggested a better way to provide complimentary parking for hospital employees visiting UI clinics.

As the UI's fiscal year comes to an end and departmental budgets are finalized, UI SMART Program officials are looking for even more suggestions that can save the university money.

Since its inception in 2001, the UI SMART Program has received more than 350 suggestions for saving money on campus, according to Pat Kenner, program coordinator. From those suggestions, 18 faculty and staff members each collected $100 for ideas that were implemented.

Submissions have dealt with energy and electrical savings, information distribution on campus, and human resources policies. Others concern University of Iowa Health Care, parking, facilities management, departmental policies, purchasing, travel, and Information Technology Services.

Anyone within the UI may submit suggestions to the UI-SMART Program. For more information, visit, or contact Kenner at (319) 335-0505 or Submitters should be prepared to provide specific information about the issue or problem and what changes they are proposing.

The UI SMART Program works in conjunction with Gov. Tom Vilsack's Partners for Progress Program. For more information about the governor's program, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, Program: Pat Kenner, 319-335-0505,