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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 9, 2004

Progressive Career Fair Set For Feb. 17

Students who want to connect social and environmental responsibility with a career of their choice can attend the University of Iowa Progressive Career Fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

The career fair will give participants the chance to meet with representatives from businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations that are leaders in social justice and environmental sustainability.

"The fair will give students an opportunity to look at alternative careers, matching their values with those of the employer," said Chris Weber, a junior environmental engineering student who is helping organize the Progressive Career Fair.

Employer booths at the career fair will be in Lucas-Dodge Room of the IMU (Rooms 256-257). About 25 employers are scheduled to attend the fair, including Pella Corp. (named one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for in 2004), the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service. Non-profit employers include the Iowa Citizen Action Network, the Peace Corps, the Table-to- Table food distribution network and the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute.

In addition to UI students, the Progressive Job Fair is open to the public, alumni and students from other colleges in the area.

A keynote speaker and seminars during the fair will help participants develop the tools needed to obtain employment that matches their values, Weber said.

Environmentalist and human rights activist Dianne Dillon-Ridgley will give the keynote speech at 1 p.m. in the Illinois Room (Room 348) of the IMU. Dillon-Ridgley is a noted international speaker on sustainability, corporate social responsibility, population, gender and justice issues. She represents the Oxford Commission on Sustainable Consumption and the World Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), and she serves on the boards of Interface, Inc. and Green Mountain Energy. She is also a trustee of the Wallace Global Fund.

From 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., UI faculty and career experts will present seminars in the Hoover Room of the IMU (Room 255), speaking about values, ethics and globalization of the workplace.

The Progressive Career Fair is being organized by a coalition of UI students in coordination with the UI Career Center and UI Engineering Career Services. The fair is co-sponsored by The Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, Iowa Shares and United Way of Johnson County., a clearinghouse for listing non-profit jobs and volunteer opportunities, is also providing support for the fair.

For more information and a complete list of employers see or call 319-384-0976.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, Chris Weber, 319-384-0976,; Ian Mutnick,; JoAnn Seeman, 319-353-0802,