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April 13, 2006

UI Symposium Will Explore Public Engagement April 20-21

The University of Iowa will hold a symposium Thursday, April 20, through Friday, April 21, to explore the many innovative ways members of the UI community are engaging in civic issues and to mark the formal end of the UI's Year of Public Engagement.

Topics slated for discussion during the UI Symposium on Engagement include "Engaging with Non-Profit Organizations," "Engagement through Service Learning," "Engaging with Iowa's Youth" and "Providing Resources to Iowans." Panelists will include UI faculty, staff and students, as well as community members.

The event will be held in the South Room of the Iowa Memorial Union and is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Refreshments will be available during the presentations; an informal lunchtime gathering for continued discussion will take place in the River Room on April 21, but lunch is the responsibility of attendees.

For more information, contact Thomas Dean, special assistant to the UI President, founder of the Iowa Project on Place Studies and an adjunct assistant professor of literature, science and the arts, at 319-335-1995, or

UI President David Skorton has declared the 2005-2006 academic year the Year of Public Engagement, during which the university community has been encouraged to intensify its efforts and sharpen its focus on engagement with the public and public issues at the local, state, national and international levels.

The symposium kicks off at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20, with a welcome by Skorton, followed by the keynote address by Steven F. Schomberg, retired vice chancellor for public engagement and institutional relations at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He will speak on strategies for sustaining engagement at higher education institutions beyond special projects and initiatives.

Schomberg, who now lives in Iowa City, served as vice chancellor for public engagement at Illinois from 2002-2005. In that role he provided strategic direction and leadership for programs and partnerships with communities, agencies, schools, nonprofits, and governmental entities. He also oversaw campus-level public engagement programs, including continuing education as well as online programs, and he led Partnership Illinois, a strategic initiative to promote, renew and expand the public engagement mission of the university to address critical societal issues, expand community-based learning, meet public needs and share the university's intellectual and cultural assets.

Schomberg's personal forays into civic engagement include serving on the Champaign, Ill. County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2003-2005, the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors from 2003-2005, as president of the Rotary International's Urbana, Ill., Club from 1996-97, and in 2005 as a board of trustees member for World Neighbors, an international development organization that works to transform communities by helping people address hunger, poverty, disease and other challenges that undermine their livelihood.

He has received numerous awards, including the International Futures Award for Exceptional and Innovative Leadership in Continuing Education, presented by the Division of Futures Study and Educational Change of the University Continuing Education Association, and the State 4-H Alumni Recognition Award, presented by the University of Illinois Extension.

He holds a Ph.D. in higher education with a minor in measurement and evaluation, from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus, an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and a B.A. in European literature and thought from the University of Iowa.

Here is the complete schedule of topics and speakers for the remainder of the event:


2:30 to 3:45 p.m. -- Engaging with Non-Profit Organizations:

-- United Way Board Bank for UI Students: Building Community Connections. Speakers include Mark Kresowik, UI Student Government president, and Connie Benton Wolfe, executive director of United Way of Johnson County.

-- The 10,000 Hours Show. Speakers include McKinze Cook, assistant director of development, and Danny Kimball, UI ground team leader, both for the 10K show.

-- Strengthening Iowa's Charitable Community Organizations: The Larned A.

 Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center. Speaker is Richard Koontz, coordinator of the Larned Center.


9 to 10:15 a.m. -- Engagement through Service Learning

-- Speakers include Kenneth G. Brown, associate professor and Huneke Faculty Research Fellow in the UI's Henry B. Tippie College of Business; Patrick Dolan, lecturer in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Rhetoric; Jean Florman, associate director of the Center for Teaching; and Susan Lehmann, assistant professor (clinical) in the UI College of Nursing.

10:30 to 11:45 a.m. - Engaging with Iowa's Youth:

-- University of Iowa Youth Empowerment Academy (YEA!). Speaker is Adrienne Carey Hurley, assistant professor of Asian Languages and Literature.

-- The Iowa Children's Diaries Project. Speaker is Pamela Trimpe, director of the Old Capitol Museum.

-- The Art and Science of Engaging Communities: Minority Children, Youth, and Family Issues. Speaker is Brad Richardson, associate research scientist, National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice in the CLAS's School of Social Work.

-- Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day. Speaker is Bor-Luh Lin, professor in the CLAS Department of Mathematics

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch Break in the IMU's River Room.

1 to 2:15 p.m. Providing Resources to Iowans, Part I:

-- Strengthening Our Global Community. Speaker include Helen Jameson, assistant director for programming, UI International Programs Office of Students and Scholars, and Claire Cardwell, adviser, UI International Programs Office of Students and Scholars.

-- Mujeres Latinas: Preserving the History of Iowa Latinas and Their Communities. Speaker is Kären Mason, curator of The Iowa Women's Archives, University Libraries.

-- University Collaborations with External Partners in the Public Humanities. Speaker is Jay Semel, director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

-- Iowa Writes. Speaker is David Hamilton, professor in the CLAS Department of English and editor of The Iowa Review.

-- Continue to Learn: External Marketing of Educational Programming through Learning & Development and Continuing Education. Speaker is Maureen McCormick, director, UI Learning & Development.

2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Providing Resources to Iowans, Part II:

-- Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa: Engagement across Iowa. Speaker is Jean Drulis, co-director, Infant Nutrition Division, UI Hospitals and Clinics.

-- The Housing Project: Organizing a Multidisciplinary Community-Student Project. Speaker is Leonard Sandler, clinical professor in the UI College of Law.

-- Homelessness and Transitional Housing: Interfacing with the Community. Speaker is Helen Damon-Moore, curriculum and community coordinator, UI Roy J. and Lucile A. Carver College of Medicine.

-- The Public Policy Center: Applied Academic Research with State Policymakers. Speaker is Peter Damiano, professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry and director of the Health Policy Research Program in the Public Policy Center.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Tom Dean, 319-335-1995,