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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

The fall semester is wrapping up, with finals scheduled for the week of Dec. 13–17. Whether your student will be coming home for the winter interim, traveling, or staying in Iowa City to work or take classes, the break is an opportune time to have a chat with him or her about academic progress and career goals. Read on to see what’s new on campus, how to support your student through times of high stress, and some gift suggestions for the holiday season.


A message from the vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student services, discusses the ramifications of Iowa City's 21-only vote. Link to message.
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 information about stress management, including a number of useful links, at
Career workshops to help students prepare for job search
With graduation for some undergraduates just around the corner, the Pomerantz Career Center is offering workshops on Dec. 10 geared toward seniors. In Suit Camp: A Boot Camp for Your Job Search, students will hear from career advisors on perfecting one’s résumé and acing an interview. For more details, see

Graduates to pick up diplomas in December commencement ceremonies

Three graduation ceremonies will be held Friday, Dec. 17, and Saturday, Dec. 18, to honor approximately 1,700 students who will graduate at the end of the fall semester. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will recognize 740 degree-seeking candidates in a ceremony slated for 9 a.m., Dec. 18, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. For more details, see this news release.

UI senior named Rhodes Scholar
University senior Renugan Raidoo, known as both a budding scientist and an altruistic activist, was among 32 people announced in November as 2011 Rhodes Scholars. The last time a UI student received this distinction was in 1993. The South Africa native, who immigrated with his family to Sioux Falls, S. Dak., is majoring in chemistry and anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more details, see this news release.

New service helps bus riders get real-time route information via mobile devices  

Iowa City, Coralville, and the University of Iowa Cambus transit departments have launched an information system called Bus on the Go (or BONGO for short) that provides bus riders with real-time route and vehicle information via a smart phone, text message, web site, or telephone. To learn more, check out this news release.

Dorm rooms may get personal recycling bins
A $20,000 initiative is under consideration by UI Student Government. Read more in this Daily Iowan article.

International, study abroad students share perspective through photos
Every year the Office for Study Abroad, in conjunction with the Office of International Students and Scholars (both part of International Programs), hosts a photo contest. See a slide show of 2010’s winning entries.

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

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