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University of Iowa News Release

June 5, 2006

fyi Resumes Publication In New Online Format

The first issue of fyi, the University of Iowa's faculty and staff newsletter, in its new electronic format will be published today at Scheduled for monthly publication initially with plans to increase frequency later this year, fyi will carry the same types of news and features as it did during the 42 years it was printed and distributed to mailboxes across campus.

As each new issue is published, all faculty and staff members will receive an email alert containing brief summaries of the new items and directing them to the Web where they can read or print the full content.

Gary Kuhlmann, fyi editor, said he is excited about the publication's return and its new format. "fyi has been a valued and valuable source of news, general information, and even community pride and identity for many years," he said. "More than anything, I hope our readers gain a greater appreciation for the work their colleagues do day-in and day-out to make the university a dynamic place. The real joy in putting fyi together is the chance to tell fascinating stories about everyone from scientists to key shop employees to artists."

The publication had been on hiatus since July 1, 2005, when the funds for printing it were cut from the University Relations budget, following the recommendation of the General Education Fund Task Force. Steve Parrott, director of University Relations, requested that the University Relations-Publications staff explore a number of options for electronic campus communications.

"We felt it was important to retain fyi as a vital, vibrant communications tool for our campus community," Parrott said. "In these lean times it is ever more important for all members of the community to be informed and to feel connected to one another, celebrating the people who make this a great university."

In addition to Kuhlmann, the fyi staff includes Linzee Kull McCray, managing editor; Christopher Clair, associate editor; and Tom Jorgensen, photographer. The fyi staff can be reached at

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CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, or Lesly Huffman, 319-384-0077,