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University of Iowa News Release

June 2, 2004

Jones Recognized For Providing Higher Education Opportunities

Introspect Youth Services, a non-profit organization that seeks to build brighter futures for young adults by providing accessibility to opportunities in higher education, recently honored University of Iowa Vice President for Student Services Phillip E. Jones with a 2004 Access Award.

The award, presented to Jones April 30 in Chicago, recognizes "individuals who have exhibited dedication and compassion in uplifting the minds and spirits of thousands of young adults that society has deemed 'hopeless' because of their difficult backgrounds. Without their support and candor, the futures of these young men and women who have enrolled into post-secondary institutions by way of Introspect and its supporters might have otherwise been blighted with despair and helplessness."

In a letter of congratulations to Jones, U.S. Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois said of Jones, who is also dean of students at the UI: "Your dedication to providing low-income students the same kinds of opportunities in higher education others possess makes you truly deserving of praise. In these uncertain times, when low-income young adults face more and more financial and education hurdles, it is imperative to provide them every chance to succeed and I commend you for helping them to overcome such obstacles."

Jones attended Tilden High School in Chicago before earning his bachelor of science degree in physical education from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1963. He received his master's degree in physical education and a Ph.D. in student development and higher education from the University of Iowa.

He is the founder of the UI's Office of Support Services Programs and has consulted extensively on developing equal opportunity in higher education.

Introspect Youth Services is a community-based youth agency serving the Austin, Garfield Park, Lawndale, Lower and Near West Side communities in the Chicago metropolitan area. It provides year-round education and employment services to youth from academically and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, especially to youth ages 16 to 27. Specific educational programs include: academic and vocational counseling, financial aid guidance, ACT, SAT and GED test preparation and basic skills instruction. Employment programs include: pre-employment training, job referral and job placement.

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