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University of Iowa News Release

 

Sept. 4, 2009

PICK ONE! Program encourages first-year student involvement

The University of Iowa is encouraging first-year students to get involved in campus activities through the PICK ONE! Program.

Students should choose at least one activity during their first semester to enrich their UI experience. Qualifying PICK ONE! activities include participation in performing arts groups, honors programs, fraternities, sororities, student leadership programs, multicultural activities, volunteering and campus employment. Students also can choose from more than 400 recognized student organizations on campus.

"Getting involved matters. It helps you meet friends, discover new interests, learn valuable skills, and make a difference. It can even make you a better student," said Kristi Finger, assistant director for student organization development in the Office of Student Life.

Students enrolled for fall 2009 are being notified of the PICK ONE! Program via e-mail and are encouraged to use http://www.uiowa.edu/pickone to register their selected activity by Thursday, Oct. 1. Those who register will be eligible for a $250 UI Bookstore gift card and other prizes.

PICK ONE! buttons are being distributed around campus. A prize patrol will be on campus looking for Pick One buttons the weeks of Sept. 14 and Sept. 21. If a student has their button displayed, they could win a $10 gift card from the Iowa Hawk Shop.

PICK ONE! began in the fall 2008 semester as an initiative of the UI Student Success Team, a campus-wide coalition whose goal was to foster and improve undergraduate student success.

"Research about student success shows that involvement in academic and co-curricular activities typically improves a student's overall college experience because the students have more opportunities to make friends, develop a sense of community, and -- most important -- make meaningful connections between their academic and nonacademic experiences," said Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for Student Services and dean of students.

UI sophomore Kaitlyn Shannon chose the UI Bowling Club last year as her PICK ONE! Activity. It was a natural pick for her because she had been in a bowling league since she was 4 years old.

"It was something to do outside of academics, and I met new people and traveled a lot so it was fun," she said.  "I definitely encourage it (PICK ONE!) because  you go outside your comfort level and meet new people."

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Hansen, Office of the Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students; 319-335-1168; Kristi Finger, Office of Student Life, 319-335-3059; Tara Edberg, Office of Student Life, 319-335-3059; George McCrory, University News Services; 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu