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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

The hot, steamy (and sometimes soggy!) days of summer are upon us. Incoming students and their families have been visiting campus for Orientation, while many current students are in town enrolled in summer session, volunteering, or working.


A message from the interim vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services, introduces new students—and their parents—to the University’s charge to all students: the Iowa Challenge. Link to message.
University seeking first-year student to speak at convocation
Does your student have public speaking skills, a dynamic personality, and Hawkeye spirit? Then direct them to You Tube, where the University is soliciting video auditions from incoming, first-year students who have what it takes to welcome to campus their fellow 2014 classmates at the 2010 Fall Convocation on Aug. 22. The submission deadline is July 23. To learn more and hear from last year’s speaker, click here.
UI students contribute to state’s high rate of volunteerism

The University has helped boost the state’s rate of volunteerism. According to a report released by Volunteering in America, Iowa college students rank second in the nation in volunteering within the college student demographic, up from 32nd in 2006, with 41 percent of college students volunteering their time in 2009. To learn more, read this news release.

New off-campus housing web site offered
The University has launched a new and improved web site to simplify the off-campus housing search for students, parents, faculty and staff, and area property owners and managers. The web site includes listings of properties for rent and sale, as well as message boards where students can find roommates and buy and sell furniture.

UI alumna named to USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team
USA TODAY has named 2010 Iowa graduate Alexandra Keenan to its annual All-USA College Academic Team, honoring her for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership. Read this news release to learn more about her.

UI students on President's List for spring 2010
Some 300 undergraduate students at Iowa were named to the President’s List for the 2010 spring semester. The list was established in the fall of 1983 to recognize academic excellence. In order to be included, a student must have a minimum 4.00 grade point average in all academic subjects for the preceding two semesters, with a total of at least 12 semester hours of credit per semester during that period. To see who made the list, check out this news release.

Students receive multicultural graduate recognition from Iowa
In May, the University honored 28 graduating students who exemplified, promoted, or contributed to cultural, racial, or ethnic diversity at the Multicultural Graduation and Recognition Banquet in the Iowa Memorial Union. See who the honorees were by visiting this news release.

Iowa Summer Rep features productions by playwright Rebeck
The University continues its annual festival of plays—this year highlighting the work of Theresa Rebeck—with productions through July 25. To learn more about the plays and purchase tickets, see the theatre department site.

Big Ten expands westward, welcomes Nebraska
The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors announced unanimous approval in June for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to join the Big Ten Conference, effective July 1, 2011, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2011–12 academic year. To learn more, see this news release.

UI students, professor to research gulf oil spill
Two UI students and a professor travelled to Louisiana in June to understand how to remedy marshlands that have been heavily affected by the BP oil spill. To learn more about the trip, read this Daily Iowan article.
UI students to tutor kids at the Broadway Center
An Iowa City center’s summer reading program is seeking to establish one-on-one relationships with local children with the help of UI student tutors. Learn more in this Daily Iowan article.
State Fair is coming up—and The University of Iowa will be there
The Iowa State Fair is Aug. 12–22 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The University has an exhibit at the Varied Industries Building, so be sure to stop by and say hi. Parents also are invited to volunteer at the UI booth to assist on a variety of tasks—from answering general questions and distributing posters and other items, to applying temporary Hawkeye tattoos to visitors. To sign up for a shift, visit
University well represented on New Yorker’s ‘20 under 40’ list
A New Yorker magazine list of 20 young writers to watch includes seven UI graduates: Chris Adrian, Daniel Alarcon, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Joshua Ferris, Yiyun Li, ZZ Packer, and Salvatore Scibona. To learn more about them and read selections of their work, see

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