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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

By now, the fall semester is well under way at The University of Iowa, and you are hungry for campus news. The Parent Times staff has partnered with the Division of Student Services and the Office of the Provost to bring you this e-mail supplement to the print edition of Parent Times. Check your inbox for monthly updates.


A message from the interim vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services and dean of students, welcomes you to the new Parent Times e-mail supplement and highlights several University initiatives that aim to engage students. Link to Rocklin message.

More ways to keep connected to campus
In addition to this e-mail, the University offers several avenues to help family members stay in the loop of campus activities. A great place to start is the University home page at with dozens of useful links and headlines that are updated daily. Bookmark the student newspaper, the Daily Iowan, or sign up for its e-mail updates. You also can subscribe to a daily news digest prepared by University News Services or to Spectator@IOWA, an online alumni publication that offers monthly e-mail updates.

Latest flu info featured online
Last month you received a University mailing containing information about influenza viruses. Be sure to bookmark and check regularly two important University web sites: and On these sites you’ll find the latest information about prevention and vaccines, symptoms and warning signs, and what to do if your student gets sick.

Overcoming homesickness
If your student is homesick, don’t worry too much—he or she is not alone. The experienced staff in the Office of Admissions has prepared some tips for parents on how to help your student adjust.

Curbing consumption: How to help reduce student alcohol abuse
The newfound freedoms encountered in college often mean students have to make responsible decisions about alcohol use. The University is deeply committed to the safety of its students, and has forged an alliance with the Iowa City community to fight excessive alcohol use among students. To find out what the University is doing—and how you can help guide your student—check for the latest print issue of Parent Times in your mailbox or visit us online.

Homecoming on the horizon
If you’re not heading to campus as a UI alum this weekend for Homecoming 2009, consider making a visit as a parent: event organizers have planned fun festivities for everyone. In addition to the football game against the University of Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 10, you can enjoy a pep rally, a parade, and a free Friday night concert on the Pentacrest by the Temptations and Augustana. For details, see And, if you stick around on Sunday, you can attend a free concert by the Hot 8 Brass Band presented by Hancher Auditorium at 2 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge [note location change].

Family Weekend fast approaching
If you haven’t reserved lodging for Family Weekend, do so now. This annual event, scheduled this year for Nov. 6–8, is a great way to connect with your student and experience campus life. For more details, see

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