FAYETTE, Iowa (September 8, 2011)—Upper Iowa University is announcing the implementation of a new University-wide service program called the Peacock 50/50: Make a Difference Challenge.
“With the recent formation of our new Office of Service & Civic Engagement, we feel this program will promote volunteerism and service learning by all UIU students, faculty, staff, as well as alumni, within their communities,” said Louise Scott, UIU dean of student development. The Office of Service & Civic Engagement was formed in support of UIU’s strategic initiatives and to show the University’s commitment to community service. A position was created within the department that works to build UIU service learning and volunteerism.
There is a two-part goal for the Project 50/50 program. First, the program challenges each individual or group, such as campus clubs and organizations, to contribute a minimum of 50 hours of community service during the 2011-2012 academic year. Second, the goal is for at least 50 percent of the combined total to reach this 50-hour minimum.
UIU has created a Project 50/50 webpage that offers more information, as well as an online service submission form for members of the Upper Iowa University community to log their service hours. Services hours completed in August 2011 can also be submitted. The top individuals and groups will be honored at the annual Office of Student Development Awards event.
Scott added, “We know that there are individuals connected with the University who have been volunteering for years, many having their own special projects and causes. The Project 50/50 program lets the University know about these individuals and gives us an opportunity to recognize the volunteers for their contributions.”
For information, contact Daryl Grove, assistant dean of student development and director of student leadership and adventure, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to nearly 6,800 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.