Parent Times
Students playing in the snow.

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

The fall semester came to a close with only one hitch: Mother Nature dumped nearly a foot of snow on campus Dec. 9, creating treacherous travel conditions and causing UI administrators to cancel a day of classes.

We hope the winter break has proven productive for your student, and look forward to classes resuming on Jan. 19.


A message from the interim vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services, highlights a few University efforts related to student safety. Link to message.

File the FAFSA for financial aid
The UI Office of Student Financial Aid encourages students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all required documents as soon as possible after Jan. 1 for the upcoming academic year. View the office’s Step-by-Step Process web page for detailed information.

Help your student remember to reapply for campus housing

On Jan. 25, students who live in the residence halls will receive an e-mail and a flyer about reapplying for housing for the 2010–11 year. The deadline to reapply is 5 p.m., Feb. 5. For more details, see the Housing site.

Academic options allow students to earn course credits over spring break
While some students will head south for a traditional spring break of relaxing on beaches, others will take advantage of University excursions and on-campus offerings. More than 18 courses led by UI instructors will be offered for academic credit during spring break, March 15–19. It’s not too late for your student to sign up for courses on land navigation, sea kayaking, bicycling in the southern United States, salsa dancing, and photography, just to mention a few. To learn more, visit the ISIS courses page and type “spring break” into the keywords area.

University to honor legacy of MLK
The University will celebrate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. this month with a number of free events—from symposiums, lectures, and musical performances, to a human rights fair, blood drive, and film screening. Additionally, the UI Civic Engagement Program will facilitate volunteer opportunities for the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 18. For more details, see

Journalism project documents 100 hours of campus life

Students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Online Journalism course last fall collaborated on a photo-documentary project that captured life on and around the UI campus during a 100-hour period from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. They learned how to publish a news site and utilize the interactive quality of the web—and amassed a gallery of hundreds of images and three videos. To check it out, visit

Departments devise new course on iPhone application design

Faculty in the Department of Computer Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication will collaborate this spring on an innovative class that will teach students how to create an original iPhone application. Click here to read an article about the new class in the Daily Iowan.

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