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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

We look forward to seeing many of you on campus Nov. 6–8 for Family Weekend festivities. Fall is a wonderful time to explore the University community—hues of yellow, orange, and red mix well with black and gold Iowa apparel, creating a visual treat for visitors.


A message from the University of Iowa president
With the University facing a midyear 10 percent budget cut equal to $23.5 million, UI President Sally Mason is asking students to help shoulder the burden with a one-time tuition surcharge of $100. In return, she promises to support additional financial aid and to continue improving the quality of a UI education. Link to Mason message.

Advisors help students make the most of college
Most first-year students will meet with their academic advisors before registering for spring semester classes. These professional staff members do more than help students pick classes, they also discuss study skills and career exploration. To learn more about the Academic Advising Center and how you can support your student’s progress, check out the center’s web site at and be sure to click on the link for parents.

Learning to live with a roommate
For some students, being in college will be their first experience sharing a room. Having a roommate, whether a stranger or a friend, has its ups and downs. It also can be a terrific lesson in how to be assertive and solve conflicts. If your student is having problems with a roommate, check out this web site from the admissions office:

Student Health Service offers range of services
As temperatures start decreasing and quarters become cozier, germs have an easier time getting around. Rest assured that your student has easy access to a full range of clinical services through the University’s Student Health Service, including medical care from a staff of board-certified physicians, a full-service pharmacy, vaccination administration for international travel, and a variety of health-promotion programming. For more information, see

One-stop online shop for UI safety resources
Student safety is of utmost concern at The University of Iowa, and there are many campus resources available to help students stay safe—from UI police officers and late-night transportation, to an ombudsperson’s office and several crisis hotlines. Visit and bookmark, the University’s online hub of safety programs. Also, the UI Department of Public safety,, publishes a monthly electronic newsletter and posts on Twitter.

Sound space for students makes debut
Music students started taking advantage this fall of new space outfitted just for them on the second floor of University Capitol Centre. The area includes practice studios and faculty offices. The staff of fyi, the University’s faculty and staff news site, recently compiled a slide show available at

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