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April 2, 2007

Tuesday Presentation Offers Glimpse Into Xicotepec Service-Learning Course

The University of Iowa and Iowa City communities are invited to a special presentation of a unique, international, service-learning course from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 in the Zopf B Auditorium of the UI College of Pharmacy (map:

Public parking for the event is available in the new ramp just south of the Field House.  

Students taking the "International Perspectives: Xicotepec" class will summarize the service partnerships they and Rotary International District 6000 developed with the people of Xicotepec de Juárez, Puebla, Mexico. The course is being taught by two UI faculty members, a UI Center for Teaching staff member, and a local Rotarian. Students are enrolled from the Colleges of Engineering, Pharmacy, Business, and Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), as well as the Schools of Regional and Urban Planning (in the Graduate College) and Journalism (in CLAS).

UI students, four UI professors, local Rotarians and Iowa City high school students devoted their spring break last month to work alongside residents of the east-central Mexican town. The teams installed innovative water treatment equipment, provided fluoride and deworming treatments to hundreds of school children, prepared informational brochures and posters about women's health, and wrote project proposals.

Several students are preparing a videotape to explain and promote this alternative spring break" and a partnering handbook for students and instructors who will participate in future collaborative efforts with Xicotepec.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Craig Just, assistant research engineer, Civil-Environmental Engineering, 319-335-5051; Jean Florman, associate director, Center for Teaching, 319-335-6048; or Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007.