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Update—Feb. 9:
Jill Fishbaugh
Jill Fishbaugh, director of external relations in the College of Education, served on the initial expert panel involved with the University's Compensation and Classification redesign. Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

Staff panels help guide job classification redesign

Last year, University of Iowa Human Resources (HR) announced a project to redesign the compensation and classification system for all nonorganized professional and scientific staff. The current system is more than 30 years old and had its last revision in 1985.

The project is working with expert panels made up of individuals from across the University to develop job family progressions for each of the job functions identified thus far in the project.

Jill Fishbaugh, director of external relations for the College of Education, and Scott Ketelsen, associate director of University Relations, were among the 10 staff members chosen for the pilot project’s expert panel. Their experience has modeled how future expert panels will work.




News in brief



  • Environmental writer E.O. Wilson to give Distinguished Lecture Feb. 11
  • Survey ranks Tippie finance program as world's best among public universities
  • Volunteers needed for annual diversity festival Feb. 22
  • Physics and astronomy open house to feature demonstrations, family fun Feb. 17
  • Register today for nanoscience-nanotechnology symposium
  • Faculty, staff invited to become conversation partners

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  • Study finds education and money attract a mate; chastity not as important

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  • Recent deaths

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Tackle campus issues head-on by joining a Charter Committee

johna leddy
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

The University of Iowa is one big place. Whether you work on the east or west side of the river, in a lab, office, or even a former mall, it’s possible to get so wrapped up in your world that the rest of the University passes you by.

“It’s easy to put blinders on in terms of your own particular department and not know what’s going on or even meet people outside of where you work,” says Mike Wright, a librarian at the University’s Main Library. While there are many ways to become involved, Wright chose to join a University Charter Committee.

“I saw this as an opportunity to step out of my office and deal with some campuswide issues,” he says of the three-year term he began serving in September 2008 on the Committee on Parking and Transportation.


Photo feature: Pentacrest at twilight

A colorful evening sky provides the perfect backdrop for the University's signature building, Old Capitol, on the Pentacrest. fyi photographer Tom Jorgensen captures a few glimpses on a recent winter day.

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Gwen Senio
  Gwen Senio
Helping people has always been a priority for Gwen Senio. Through her job as director of the Child Life Program in the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, she realizes that goal each and every day. Senio and the Child Life Program staff work to normalize hospitalization for children by offering developmental play experiences—group activities and one-on-one sessions that focus on helping children understand illness—and medical play that prepares the children for upcoming procedures. Parents and siblings also benefit from the program’s coping techniques and information offerings. Senio spoke with fyi about the rewarding aspects of her job, how the Child Life Program has evolved throughout her career, and how the UI Dance Marathon program has provided Child Life with year-round support.




"It's great to be back. It is great to have the arts activated again on this side of the river."

Alan MacVey, director of the Division of
Performing Arts
(Iowa City Press-Citizen, Jan. 19)

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