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Young woman helps with move in.

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

For those of you with incoming, first-year students, this will be a month of transition for all. Read on to pick up tips on surviving move-in day and how to ease your own adjustment, see what special events the University has planned to kick off the new year, and find links to campus maps and billing information.


A message from the interim vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services, discusses the transitions he and his sons have weathered as they navigate their various college experiences. Link to message.

Tips for making the most of move-in
Parent Times solicited advice from those on campus who know the most about the trials and tribulations of moving into the residence halls: resident assistants, student staff members who live in the halls and help residents in their acclimation to campus. Click here to read their words of wisdom.

Campus gearing up to welcome students

To celebrate the beginning of a new year and to welcome new students, The University of Iowa has planned a week’s worth of special events and activities, from a block party at the President’s Residence to a student organization fair to a lecture by the Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent Aasif Mandvi. For more information, see

Lost? Visit a campus map
If you’re new to campus or need a refresher course on how to get around, click here to access a variety of campus maps, including a building locator, parking info, and even walking routes. Another great resource for your visits to Iowa City is the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Help your student adjust to college
The transition from high school to college can be difficult for students—and sometimes just as challenging for their parents. Click here for a Parent Times article about easing the transition.

Web site answers UI billing questions
With the start of a new academic year come inevitable questions about University billing procedures. Why not bookmark the University Billing Office web site for quick access to information about U-bills, financial aid disbursement, and more?

Honors program honors students
The UI Honors Program celebrated students’ academic, extracurricular, and research accomplishments at a ceremony last spring. To learn more about the honorees, read this press release.

UI movie theater to offer late-night alcohol alternative
The University’s student-run movie theater, the Bijou, will begin offering this fall free movie screenings to UI students as an alternative to drinking downtown. To learn more, see this Daily Iowan article.

Fate of 21-only to be determined at the polls
No doubt your student will be well aware this fall of the local battle brewing over the recently passed 21-only law as both sides make their cases. The Iowa City ordinance states that businesses drawing more than 50 percent of their revenue from alcohol sales cannot admit patrons under 21 after 10 p.m. Voters will decide on the issue Nov. 2. Read this Daily Iowan article.

Iowa State Fair is coming up
Just a reminder: the Iowa State Fair will be Aug. 12–22 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. If you go, be sure to stop by The University of Iowa’s booth, where you can get a temporary Hawkeye tattoo, pick up a football poster, visit with UI staff members and volunteers, and more. For details, see

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