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July 14, 2010

UI Civic Engagement Program changes name

The University of Iowa Civic Engagement Program has changed its name to the UI Community-Based Learning Program (CBLP). The new name better reflects the program’s mission of preparing students for community leadership and citizenship. Goals, resources and services will focus on the specific areas of enrollment management and academic programs.

The CBLP, part of the Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Center, will continue to assist students seeking volunteer opportunities, service-learning courses, alternative spring break options, and internships at non-profit organizations. Twice-yearly volunteer fairs, days of service such as Make a Difference Day and other events including community-based learning poster sessions will be offered.

Faculty and staff can take advantage of assistance from the program in locating and connecting with community-based organizations and projects for service-learning partnerships, and to access information about best practices. The CBLP will continue to collaborate with service-learning faculty and the Center for Teaching and consult on community engagement strategies and recommended resources for students. Guest presentations for classes, living/learning communities and student organizations are also offered.

Nonprofit organizations can continue to rely upon the CBLP to serve as a portal to the university when seeking student volunteers and service learning partnerships, or to explore partnerships with University departments and visits to campus.

"The UI Community-Based Learning Program is an integral part of the University's mission to better prepare students to be engaged in their community, and key members of their employer organizations," said Mary Mathew Wilson, CLBP director "The new name of the program reflects an increased focus on enrollment management and academic programs, while we maintain the established relationships and programs and services of the program."

The program's vision is to be a well-recognized and energetic campus and community resource that actively promotes students' life-long citizenship and learning through service, enhances public engagement scholarship, and strengthens vital community partnerships. The Pomerantz Career Center is now a division of the UI Office of the Provost.

For more information about the CBLP visit or contact Mary Mathew Wilson at

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Mary Mathew Wilson, CBLP, 319-335-7589,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,