Many of you are returning to school for the first time in months or perhaps even years. We’re glad you’ve decided to do so and extremely excited that you’ll be joining us in Iowa at the Tippie School of Management. To ensure you’re able to hit the ground running from that first case presentation during IMPACT to researching companies for Henry Fund reports, Tippie and the University have a number of resources available to students that support your academic, professional, and personal development.
By Amy Kolen, MBA Writing Consultant
Do you want to make your writing stronger? Would you like help with grammar, punctuation, structure, conciseness, and other writing issues? Would you like someone to offer pointers on how to construct more effective business prose?
As MBA Writing Consultant, I work with you—free-of-charge!—on improving course-related writing for group and individual projects, scholarship, fellowship, and internship applications, letters of nomination and recommendation, emails, and more. In conjunction with MBA Career Services, I also help provide advice on resumes and cover letters.
And my turnaround time is quick:
•Resumes and cover letters: 2 business days
•Papers 1 – 7 pages: 3 business days
•Longer papers and Henry Fund reports: 5 business days
If my schedule allows, I’m happy to review and return materials sooner. It never hurts to ask!
Students typically work with me electronically, though I’m also available to meet with you by appointment. My procedure for reviewing your Word docs is simple: I edit on the screen, using Track Changes, providing detailed comments and suggestions, along with any questions I might have. If you have questions after reading my review, I encourage you to let me know. After you’ve proofed your work and accepted/rejected changes, you’re welcome to send your material back to me for a second review.
Here’s what one satisfied student had to say after we worked together: “I actually really enjoyed the feedback. . .! This was the first time I have had any writing proofread in a long time, so it was good for me to read through the changes and why they were made.”
For questions on voice, abbreviations, capitalization, titles, and other aspects of writing style and grammar, check the following site and bookmark: http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/stylebook/written.html. You’ll also find links here to other helpful sites involving business writing and writing in general.
For those needing additional help, I strongly recommend the University’s writing center. For the most up-to-date information on the Center’s programs, and for great links to sites dealing with grammar, mechanics, punctuation, style, and other writing questions and concerns, check the following Web site: http://www.uiowa.edu/~writingc.
The best way to reach me is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you this semester!
An award winning writer, Amy’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Best American Essays, 2002, and she was shortlisted in The Best American Essays, 2009. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and has taught creative nonfiction writing at the University. Currently, she is a freelance writing coach and will begin her ninth year as MBA Writing Consultant this fall.
Get Your Research On!
The Pomerantz Business Library, part of the University Libraries system, provides access to thousands of electronic journal articles, market research reports, company & industry financial analysis, and e-books that will support and enhance your course work in the Tipple College. The Business Library, located on 3rd and 4th floor of PBB, has seating for 300, laptops available for checkout in the library, 12 small group study rooms, and 16 public workstations. You can reach Business Library staff via phone (335-3077), email at email@example.com, Meebo chat service, and in person. To get started go to the Business Library web site at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/biz.
Dave Martin has worked for the Tippie College of Business Pomerantz Business Library for 22 years. He currently serves as the Head Librarian for the Pomerantz Business Library. Dave earned degrees in Education (Bacherlor’s) and Librarianship (Masters) from Emporia State University. He is also a Tippie alum earning his MBA in 1982. In his free time, Dave likes to take in a round of golf, or two!
Communication is Key
Learning how to effectively communicate is a key component to success in almost anything. In addition to your core course, Corporate Communications, the University and community offer several resources to hone your communication skills in a positive environment. For students joining us from around the globe, the University houses the Iowa Intensive English Program and English as a Second Language . Both provide students the opportunity to enroll in credit-bearing courses to enhance their English language skills (a pre-test must be completed and course approval provided to enroll in ESL courses). Often students find one-on-one coaching to be more beneficial. The ESL Department is often able to match students with individual instructors for additional coaching assistance. In addition to these services, many find participation in the University’s Campus Conversation Partners (CCP) program valuable. CCP, as it is known across campus, matches interested students with a faculty, staff, or another student for informal conversation practice sessions. Finally both non-native and native English speakers often find participation in Toastmasters, an international organization whose mission is to “ provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth”. The Iowa City area offers several different local chapters in which students can become members:
Affirmationists Club – Club #: 1209, Dist #: 19, Est: 2/1/1969
University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business
W401 PBB, Iowa City, IA, 52240
Meeting Time: 5:30 pm, Monday
Club Status: Open to all
North Dodge Toastmasters – Club #: 878932, Dist #: 19, Est: 3/14/2006
2510 N. Dodge St, Iowa City, IA, 52240
Meeting Time: 12:00 p.m., Tues
Club Status: Open to all
Meet the Faculty and Staff at Tippie
Associate Director of Career Services
What do you enjoy most about working with Tippie MBAs? Tippie MBAs are some of the smartest, most creative and driven students that I have met! It has been a pleasure to help with them define and work towards their career goals!
Something interesting about Jana: People are often surprised to learn that I am part of a competition BBQ team and am a certified Kansas City BBQ Judge! My husband and I got certified in 2010 and love to get out to help Big Tz Q Cru whenever we can(the Pitmaster and his wife are both Iowa alums)! Big Tz finished 14th out of over 4000 teams nationally last year and received top Iowa BBQ team the past two years! I love the combination of cooking and spending time with friends and family!