Communication is key. We can help.

Communication is consistently ranked among the top-10 skills employers look for when hiring. The Frank Center offers a range of programming and consulting opportunities for Tippie students, faculty, and staff. Our communication consultants and staff can work with students to hone writing, speaking, and visual design skills. Whether it's an essay, a slide deck, or a workshop for a particular class project, we have the tools to help you both students and faculty succeed. Additionally, we are the home of the One Button Studio, and house an extensive digital library of resources, examples, and tip sheets (see below).

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Fall Consulting Hours

See tippie.mywconline.com for the Fall 2021 online appointment schedule. This semester, we are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will offer in-person and online appointments of 30 minutes in duration. Online Sessions are available to all students and are suitable for team appointments. The One Button Studio is open.

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.

Communicate like a pro

Every consultant 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 consultants or graduate communication 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
Elizabeth Sturms

“Being able to convey ideas to people who may not speak the same language as you is something that I find myself using today. I work in IT, and being adaptable really helps in communicating with marketing, sales or people outside IT. I can draw on that experience and make something understandable for someone who doesn’t speak the IT lingo.”

Frequently asked questions

Do you offer walk-in appointments?
Due to COVID-19, we are not offering walk-in hours at this time.

What should I bring with me?
Bring a draft of your assignment, the assignment instructions, and the rubric. 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.

Faculty Support

The Frank Business Communication Center partners with Tippie College of Business faculty interested in developing writing and presentation assignments in their course curriculum. The Frank Center provides guidance in designing communication assessment rubrics and will create assignment-specific virtual workshops presented by our undergraduate peer tutors for inclusion on course ICON sites to help with student success on achieving communication learning objectives.

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.

Give to the Frank Center 

Contact

Pamela Bourjaily, Director
Frank Business Communication Center
pamela-bourjaily@uiowa.edu
319-335-3459

Meredith Ringel-Ensley, Assistant Director
Frank Business Communication Center
meredith-ringel-ensley@uiowa.edu
319-467-4306