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Oct. 15, 2008

State Farm Insurance grant to help develop Career Leadership Program

The University of Iowa's Pomerantz Career Center has received a $50,000 grant from State Farm Insurance, made through the UI Foundation to develop programs in its Career Leadership Academy this year.

The Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant will help provide students with a chance to explore personal leadership styles and develop employment skills in a variety of settings.

The funding will also assist with student materials, networking events, teambuilding workshops, a mentoring program, etiquette dinners, service learning projects, career search tools, and funding for selected students to attend a national leadership conference.

As part of the grant presentation, Terry Barton, State Farm's vice president of Iowa, will meet with Leadership Academy participants Thursday, Oct. 23.

The Career Leadership Academy is a four-semester academic program in the Pomerantz Career Center that helps participating UI undergraduates develop their leadership skills. The program helps students become self-aware as a leader, and to become a leader who understands others, can interact with others and engages the world.

The program was designed in response to employer needs and helps students develop employment skills through a series of academic classes and community service projects.

Pomerantz Career Center provides services to students and alumni from the UI. Services available including career and major exploration, assessment tools, career advising, job and internship search resources such as UI Employment Expo, an online recruiting system. The Pomerantz Career Center hosts several career fairs annually, career education programs for students, on-campus interviews, mock interviews and many other programs and services. The office is located at C310 Pomerantz Center, on Market Street and the T. Anne Cleary Walkway in Iowa City. For more information, call 319-335-1023 or visit

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its web site at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Angi McKie, Pomerantz Career Center, 319-335-3531,; Tom Snee, 319-384-0010 (office), 319-541-8434 (cell),