Communication is key

Communication is consistently ranked among the top 10 skills employers are looking for. We work with students to ensure their communication skills are on par to become industry leaders. Our trained tutors are here to help you write that report or design your presentation. Both graduate and undergrad students are welcome to visit individually or as a group. From creating content to practicing a speech, we’ll give you the tips and resources you need to succeed.

Visit us in C346 PBB, Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. and Friday, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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Students walking in front of PBB

  • More than 80% of Tippie students will visit the center during their college career
  • The center offers support for more than 100 different classes
  • Student satisfaction rate consistently tops 95%

Communicate like a pro

Every tutor at the Frank Center is knowledgeable and eager to help students succeed and progress as writers and speakers. Any student, regardless of ability to write or present ideas, can benefit and improve their communication skills by working with one of our peer tutors or graduate writing consultants. 

We work closely with professors and teaching assistants in the writing-intensive courses, develop handouts based on particular assignments, and give targeted presentations to classes.

What we can provide:

  • Individualized instruction
  • Out-of-classroom learning
  • Improved technique
  • Immediate feedback
Alumni Story
Sukriti Nayar

“Oral and written communication is extremely important. It goes a long way in demonstrating your professionalism and professional competency.”

Business Communication and Protocol (BUS:3000)

We provide extensive support for the required core course, Business Communication and Protocol, which helps undergrads build a solid foundation of business writing and presentation skills. The course focuses on conveying information, backing it with evidence, and doing so clearly and concisely. Gain skills in composing business content, organizing data, creating presentations, and team-building.

Our instructors bring firsthand knowledge of business communication to the classroom and include:

  • Barb Baker, director of advertising and community relations for Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance
  • Patrick Highland, 30 years experience in connecting education and employment
  • Saul Mekies, 30 years experience in education
  • Renee Schlueter, 20 years experience in higher education, technical writer, and communication consultant
  • Michael Stutzman, human resources business partner for Rockwell Collins

Frequently asked questions

Do you offer walk-in appointments?
Yes, but they are not recommended, as there's no guarantee a tutor will be available. Time slots fill up quickly during peak times, so please make an appointment when possible.

What should I bring with me?
Bring a hard copy of your paper, your assignment sheet, and your rubric. If you are revising a previously graded paper, bring both the graded paper and the new version. If you are making a speaking appointment, bring your presentation with you.

If working on a group project, should we all make an appointment?
We encourage at least two members of your group to attend each appointment. You can sign up for a special group appointment for three or more students.

I'm a business student, but I need help on a literature paper. Can you help?
If you are an undergraduate business major, we will work with you on papers for any class you are taking, including literature and rhetoric classes. We can also help you with personal statements and cover letters.

 

Students

English Language Discussion Circles (ELDC)

We host weekly discussions as a way for both domestic and international students to practice their English language skills. Join us to learn about different cultures and discuss new topics each week, such as food or movies. Monday—Friday 12:40pm to 1:20 p.m. in S126 PBB.

Support the Frank Center

We're able to provide communication training for Tippie students thanks to generous endowment gifts and donations. Support the Frank Business Communication Center and help us further our mission of molding the communication skills of tomorrow's business leaders.

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Contact

Mark Petterson, Assistant Director
mark-petterson@uiowa.edu
319-384-3333

Carl Follmer, Assistant Director, Accounting Writing Program
carl-follmer@uiowa.edu
319-335-0913

 

 

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