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Tippie College Welcomes Students for Fall 2002 Semester

The Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa opened the Fall 2002 semester on Aug. 26, ready to educate the business leaders of tomorrow.

Most undergraduate students formally enroll in the Tippie College of Business in their junior year. This fall, about 1,490 juniors and seniors are enrolled in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, according to Nancy Hauserman, associate dean of the Undergraduate Program at the Tippie College. Hauserman said about 2,280 freshmen and sophomores have enrolled in the University as pre-business majors, about the same as last year. A total of 291 students are enrolled as economics majors in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, up about 50 from last year.

"Interest in business remains high," Hauserman said. "As in the past, the Tippie College attracts many students who want to study at a top-ranked university."

New programs this fall include a mentor program as part of the Learning Community in Business and Entrepreneurship, a group of pre-business and entrepreneurship students living on two floors at Burge Residence Hall. According to Amy Bartachek, assistant director for programming in the Undergraduate Program Office, 69 first-year students will be paired with a sophomore, junior or senior mentor from a student leadership organization in the College, as a way to help the incoming students adjust to college life.

"We hope this program will provide a good introduction to the Tippie College and University of Iowa. The new students will get guidance from their mentors, on both academic and non-academic matters," Bartachek said, adding that students originated the idea.

One of the renewed opportunities for students this year is an international business study abroad program in London, Dec. 26, 2002 to Jan. 11, 2003. Offered by the Tippie College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the Office for Study Abroad, this class will highlight on the differences between international and domestic businesses.

The London course offers students an opportunity to develop a firsthand understanding of the effects of infrastructure on international commerce and business practices by means of lectures, case studies, and site visits. The course will be co-taught by Lon Moeller, clinical associate professor of Management and Organizations and Wilfrid Nixon, professor in the College of Engineering's department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The deadline for submission of applications is Oct. 1. An information session about the course will be held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Building. For more information, contact Kimberly Williams in the Undergraduate Program Office, 335-1037, or John Rogers in the Office for Study Abroad, 335-0353.

Students and faculty will also have access to upgraded databases and instructional technology this fall. In the Marvin A. Pomeranz Business Library, students have three new databases to use, says head librarian J. David Martin. Business Source Elite provides full text from over 1,090 journals covering business, management, economics, banking, finance, accounting and much more. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for over 1,600 journals. It also contains popular business publications such as Business Week, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review, and hundreds of scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Full-text backfiles go as far back as January 1990, while indexing and abstract backfiles go as far back as January 1984.

The library has also acquired Factiva, a product jointly produced by Dow Jones and Reuters. This database includes nearly 8,000 sources from 118 countries in 22 languages and more than 120 continuously updated newswires. Students can also access Datastream (Thomson Financial), which offers historical data and analytics on securities worldwide, as well as comprehensive coverage of historical financial data.

The Stead Technology Services Group (STSG) has acquired Wharton Research and Data Services, a web-based data and extraction service that allows the user to point and click their way to a custom research database. Over the summer, STSG staff upgraded servers, rewired and upgraded the network infrastructure of the John Pappajohn Business Building, installed many new computers, and installed Office XP in labs and classrooms.

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