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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Spring is officially here and it is quite evident on campus: daffodils have bloomed, birds are singing, and students are out and about in full force, tossing Frisbees and soaking up sunshine on the Pentacrest.


A message from the executive vice president and provost
Wallace Loh, executive vice president and provost, discusses Iowa City’s proposed 21-only ordinance and invites parents of K–12 and college students to an April 19 forum on alcohol safety. Link to message.

Information on residence hall move-out
With the semester winding down, students in the residence halls may already be plotting move-out. Residents must check out properly to avoid charges. For more information about the process, see the University Housing brochures posted at and

University to honor Earth all month
The UI campus will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a month full of activities involving environmental awareness, from tree planting to special presentations to a film festival. To see a calendar of events, visit

Learning to keep finances in check
Budgeting one’s finances, avoiding identity theft, and understanding credit scores are all important skills your student should possess before graduating from Iowa. Student Credit & Money Management Services is a program on campus that educates the UI student community about the wise use of credit and provides direct help to students seeking help with credit and money management issues. To learn more, see

Send a care package to your student in the residence halls
Whether your student is spending a birthday away from home or just needs a lift, University Housing can help provide a treat to brighten their day. You’ll find customized birthday cakes, get well kits, fruit baskets, and more in the selection of Hawkeye Treats. Information is available at http:/

Alcohol-free event proves popular
Night Games, a recreational event scheduled regularly at the UI Field House, is drawing more and more students interested in late-night alcohol alternatives. Check out a Daily Iowan article at

UI group tackles retention rate
A UI group that is helping students who may be struggling at the University—emotionally, academically, or financially—is starting to see results. Read more about this effort in the Daily Iowan at

Obama returns to campus
The University of Iowa got a special visit March 25 from U.S. President Barack Obama. Last on campus in 2007, the president chose to return to Iowa City to speak at the Field House about the recent passage of health care reform. To see photos of the visit and watch a video of the speech, see
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