UI REACH ReConnect Fund

We are excited to announce the UI REACH ReConnect Fund! The idea for this fund developed thanks to ideas from several of you that have attended ReConnect events in the past. You indicated you would be interested in providing an extra hotel room or ticket for those that don’t necessarily have the means to attend the events. To get this fund started, we are extremely thankful to Mike and Kate Williams (daughter, Fran, Class of 2015). They have generously offered to match donations up to $5000.

We have an anonymous gift of $2500. Please help us meet our goal of $5000 so we can take full advantage of the matching donation. Each dollar you give is actually worth $2. Please support the UI REACH ReConnect Fund, and we hope to see you at one of our events this summer in either Des Moines, IA or Chicago!

Important Dates

  • Moveout - May 5-6, 12-5pm. All students must be out by 5pm on May 6.
  • UI REACH 2nd Annual Golf Outing and Fashion Show Fundraiser – May 5
  • UI REACH Convocation – May 6
  • Des Moines ReConnect – June 3-4
  • UI REACH Summer Orientation – June 15th-16th
  • Chicago ReConnect – July 29-30

CLG Corner

Meghan and Taylor work on a puzzle.

Meghan and UI REACH mentor, Taylor, taking a break from academics to have some fun putting puzzles together in Community Learning Group.

UI REACH assistant Danielle

UI REACH Support Staff Spotlight

Danielle is one of our outstanding UI REACH Office Assistants. She has amazing organizational skills and is a wonderfully positive influence to the students at REACH. We are very lucky to have her! Danielle says: “The staff and students at UI REACH bring a smile to my face every day. It’s easy to love your job when you’re surrounded by so many wonderful people!” Thanks, Danielle!

Internship Updates

Chris working at Ginsberg Jewelers

Chris loves being challenged during his internship at Ginsberg Jewelers: Objects of Art.

Student Artwork Showcase

Painting of UI REACH students by Matti P.

2nd Year student, Matti P, painted this amazing picture for the UI REACH office! It is approximately five feet wide and has a permanent spot near our main entrance! The piece has also been made into coffee mugs, which may be for sale soon!

Shout Outs

  • Shout out to David Cooper for helping out our aspiring musicians all semester!
  • Shout out to all of our community partners that assisted with mock interviews for our 1st Year students: Hy-Vee, ACT, Quality Care, and IVRS!
  • Shout out to Jon Sewell, owner of DP Dough in Iowa City for hosting our Lifetime Cooking and Food Prep Safety class!
  • Shout out to practicum students Sam Vaske and Soojin Kim for all of your hard work with our students during Music Experience!
  • Shout out to Dennis and Deb Salinas for helping with a Chicago area marketing event!
  • Shout out to Michael Serface for helping make the fashion show a hit!