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Nov. 16, 2007

UI offers fun and educational alternatives to spring break

The University of Iowa Division of Continuing Education has teamed up with the UI Division of Recreational Services to offer UI students a number of fun, for-credit courses that can be incorporated into student degree plans.

The one-week destination courses are an alternative to the stereotypical spring break getaway at an overcrowded beach in Cancun, said Doug Lee, associate dean at the Division of Continuing Education. They include SCUBA instruction in Florida, mountain biking in Utah, backpacking through the Grand Canyon and ballroom dancing.

"We're excited to be able to give students additional options for spring break activities," Lee said. "This will allow them to acquire new skills in some really wonderful outdoor settings."

Lee said experienced UI instructors would lead the activities.

"Students earn one semester hour of credit so this also helps move them along towards graduation," he said.

By participating in these classes, students are able to learn hands-on experiences that cannot be taught in a classroom, Lee said.

"We're happy to increase our Lifetime Leisure Skills offerings, and we've got some fantastic trips lined up for spring break. Students who have taken these classes in the past have had a great time," said Wayne Fett, senior associate director at the UI Division of Recreational Services. "This is a great opportunity for students. We hope to double or triple this by next year."

Students can register for these courses through ISIS beginning Monday, Nov. 26. For a detailed listing of the spring break courses, visit

In partnership with university colleges and departments, the UI Division of Continuing Education provides high quality credit and non-credit courses, workshops and programs to both traditional and non-traditional learners using a variety of locations, schedules and technologies. For more information, visit

The UI Division of Recreational Services serves the recreation needs of the university community, and offers a variety of programs for all ages, serving UI students, UI faculty and staff and members of the surrounding community. For more information, visit

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Doug Lee, Division of Continuing Education, 319-335-0444,; Wayne Fett, Division of Recreational Services, 319-335-9290; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,; Writer: Jennifer Ferm