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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

The fall semester is coming to a close, and that means students are gearing up for finals—and the holidays are fast approaching. It can be a stressful time for everyone, but it is a good time to sit down with your student to discuss their progress and plans.

         

Curbing high-risk drinking is a group effort
Reducing the harms of excessive alcohol consumption—to the safety, health, and academic success of our undergraduates—is essential to the University’s educational mission. It is also a shared responsibility. We invite you to read a short opinion piece, “Changing the Culture of High-Risk Drinking”, by Wallace Loh, executive vice president and provost, and Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services.

The Partnership for Alcohol Safety invites family members to offer feedback and submit ideas to pas@uiowa.edu.

How to help your student handle stress
With Thanksgiving break behind them, University students are entering the home stretch of the fall semester—a stressful time of the year, especially for first-year students preparing for their first round of final exams. The Office of Admissions has posted online some tips on how to support your student through academic challenges, and Student Health Service has published warning signals along with advice for dealing with stress at http://studenthealth.uiowa.edu/health_iowa/stress/index.shtml.
 
Tutoring help is available
For students who are having difficulties in class, there are support programs in place. The Campus Information Center, for example, maintains a listing of qualified tutors in various academic areas; for details, see http://imu.uiowa.edu/tutor-referral-service. Also, students living on campus can take advantage of free, regular tutoring sessions offered through University Housing; check out http://housing.uiowa.edu/departments/reslife/academic_initiatives.html (under “Tutoring”) to learn more.

Required course works to prevent sexual misconduct
As part of campus efforts to prevent violence and abuse, first-year students were required this fall to complete an online course on sexual misconduct prevention. The Division of Student Services teamed up with the Office of the Provost and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to implement the new course, which addresses issues such as sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. To find out more about the course and see how well UI students learned the material, see www.uiowa.edu/~ptimes/email/2009/december/rocklin.html.

Considering career options
The upcoming semester break presents a perfect opportunity to chat with your student about academic progress and career goals. You might start by sitting down together and exploring the University’s Pomerantz Career Center web site, a great resource for students and parents alike.

Mom and Dad of the Year named
Though the Hawkeyes lost in Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 7, it was a lovely weekend to celebrate Family Weekend. We hope everyone who visited Iowa City had a wonderful time on campus. At halftime of the game, two very special parents were singled out as Mom and Dad of the Year. Click here to learn more about this year’s honorees.

Hancher, Hawkeyes present potential
Not sure what to get your student for the holidays? Consider treating them to a University performance. Although Hancher Auditorium remains closed, the University venue is still presenting performances on and near campus; the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meanwhile, continues to show off its talents through dance, music, and theatre arts events throughout the year. Also, student athletes participating in winter sports have kicked off their seasons and always appreciate crowd support; for schedule and ticket information, visit www.hawkeyesports.com.

This Parent Times e-mail update is produced for family members of University of Iowa students by the Office of University Relations in collaboration with the Division of Student Services and the Office of the Provost. A print publication is mailed four times a year. Visit Parent Times online at www.uiowa.edu/~ptimes, which includes archives of print and e-mail content.