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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 1, 2004

UI Graduate Program In Urban And Regional Planning Hosts Visitors' Day Oct. 7

The UI master's degree program in Urban and Regional Planning will host a Visitors' Day on Thursday, Oct. 7. Events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to acquaint prospective students with the field of urban and regional planning and to provide an overview of the UI graduate program.

The day begins with a presentation about exciting new planning projects from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Room 346, Jessup Hall. Visitors will have an opportunity to share refreshments and meet informally with current students and faculty from 12:15 to 12:55 p.m., in Room 351, Jessup Hall. Finally, there will be an overview of the program, plus presentations by alumni who describe their jobs as planners from 1 to 2:30 p.m., in Room 302, Schaeffer Hall. No reservations are required, and visitors are welcome to attend any or all of the events.

Urban and regional planning is a profession for people who want to improve the quality of life in cities and regions. Planners are concerned with issues such as affordable housing shortages, urban sprawl, neighborhood revitalization and traffic congestion. Areas of specialization include economic development, land use and environmental planning, housing and community development, and transportation. Joint degrees are available with law; health management and policy; engineering; environmental health; and social work.

Students in Iowa's planning program come from all undergraduate majors, and graduates of the two-year master's program secure interesting jobs nationwide in government, private consulting firms and non-profit organizations.

Learn what planners do, what the master's degree program offers, and explore the opportunities with a career in Planning. Further information is available online at (see Visitors' Day) or by calling 319-335-0033.

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

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Suzanne Cowdery, 319-335-0033