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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Congratulations to all the recent graduates and their families. With one cohort of students gone, campus activity charges forward. Summer classes have started, and Orientation kicks off this month. Read on to learn more about important fall events, outstanding teaching assistants, and the new student body president.


A message from the interim vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services, discusses how a summer job can enrich a student’s pocketbook as well as his or her academic and professional development. Link to message.

University hires new chief diversity officer
Georgina Dodge, an assistant vice provost for the Office of Minority Affairs at Ohio State University, has been named Iowa’s chief diversity officer and associate vice president, effective July 1. To learn more about Dodge and her duties at Iowa, read this news release.

Brokaw’s UI commencement speech available on YouTube
World-famous television journalist and author Tom Brokaw, a UI alumnus, delivered a keynote address entitled “Failure Is an Option” at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony on May 15. To view the speech, click here.

Mark your calendars for Homecoming, Family Weekend
It’s not too early to make your plans—and your hotel reservations—for two important campus events this fall: Homecoming, which kicks off Sept. 25 and wraps up with a football showdown against Penn State University on Oct. 2, and Family Weekend, Oct. 22–24. Bookmark the web sites for Homecoming and Family Weekend, and be sure to check back for updates.

UI podcast features debate champion, prehistoric crocs, residence hall move-in tips
To download the May 2010 installment of the Iowa Insights podcast, see

Meet the new leader of student government
John Rigby, an English and African American studies major from Marion, Iowa, is the new president of UI Undergraduate Student Government. Learn more about him in this Daily Iowan profile.

University honors top-notch teaching assistants
The University named 30 teaching assistants the winners of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards for 2009–10. They received $1,000 and a certificate of achievement at an award reception May 6. To see who won, see this news release.

Summer session under way
Summer classes at Iowa are under way, with the three-week session wrapping up June 4 and the eight- and six-week sessions beginning June 8 and 22, respectively. Want to know more about summer academics? Check out

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