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UNI students get a 'Jump Start'<br>

November 3, 2002

Juanita Wright, assistant director of admissions, (319) 273-2281
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nearly 100 minority students recently received a 'jump start' in making a smooth transition from high school to the University of Northern Iowa to increase their potential for success and graduation. The UNI Jump Start Program began the week before the start of the fall-semester classes with a five-day orientation designed to acquaint first-year and transfer minority students with campus life while introducing them to other Jump Start participants, UNI students, staff, and faculty.

Features of the program to aid the students in their academic success include: pre-selection of fall courses based on academic record and prospective major; enrollment in the 'Strategies for Academic Success' course designed to help students develop effective study techniques; learning communities where students take classes with other Jump Start participants; and, cluster housing, which provides the opportunity for students to be assigned a Jump Start roommate or a residence hall 'house' with several other Jump Start students.

Jump Start students for the fall 2002 semester are ___(Name)__ of ___(Hometown)___.

The program has tripled in size since its inception in 1998 and past participants credit the program for their academic successes. 'It helped me get things started,' said Korie Frazier, a senior elementary and middle education major from Davenport who came to UNI as a freshman 'It's a great support system for new students. The support didn't just stop after my first year, I've been supported the whole time I've been at UNI.'

Teresa Ponce, a senior management information systems major from Pleasanton, Texas, participated in the program. Ponce said the program 'Opens you up to people you need to know for academic assistance. The people who work with the program make you feel really welcome and at home, and whenever you need them they will always make time for you.'

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.