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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Thanks to all who were able to join us for Family Weekend in October. Although the Hawkeyes lost a close one to Wisconsin at Kinnick Stadium, it was a great weekend for students to show off campus to their parents. Read on to see who was named Mom and Dad of the Year and also to find news ways to stay connected to the Iowa campus.


A message from interim provost P. Barry Butler
P. Barry Butler, interim executive vice president and provost, shares his perspective on the importance of student success and the various opportunities available on the UI campus. Link to message.

21-only ordinance upheld; University to continue efforts to curb high-risk drinking
Voters in Iowa City have elected to retain an ordinance that prohibits patrons under 21 from entering bars after 10 p.m. The ordinance had been in effect since June 1. “The support voiced by Iowa City voters today for working toward a safer community is an important step. But the issue is about changing the culture of drinking, and there still is much work to do,” said Tom Rocklin, UI vice president for student services, in a statement issued to the media Nov. 2. “We remain committed to continuing our efforts with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders to encourage the safe, legal, and responsible use of alcohol in our community.” For election results, visit the county auditor’s web site.

Mom and Dad of the Year honored
Pamela Shafer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Pedro Diaz of Des Moines, Iowa, recently were named The University of Iowa’s Mom and Dad of the Year, and were honored Oct. 23 during Family Weekend. To learn more, see this news release.

University debuts annual report
The University has launched a video program and web site that offer a snapshot of 2010 and outline priorities for the years ahead. The video, titled Our Moment and hosted by UI President Sally Mason, is available on the University’s official YouTube channel, A companion web site at features the video; facts and statistics; highlights from the year's news; and profiles of UI students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.

Is your student having registration problems?
Beth Ingram, associate provost for undergraduate education, offers insight into why some students may have trouble registering for spring semester classes. Link to message.

Facebook offers additional channel of communication for University info
Are you hungry for more news and information about what’s happening on the UI campus? Then check out the University’s official Facebook page at Click on “like” to get regular updates and relevant links posted by the University.

University bloggers share campus perspectives
A fun way to keep your finger on the pulse of campus life is to follow the blogs of 10 students and three admission counselors, which are maintained on the UI Admissions web site.

Student radio station revives Live from Prairie Lights broadcasts
Nearly two years after a series of literary readings was canceled by Iowa Public Radio, University student radio station KRUI has picked it up. The new Live from Prairie Lights will continue to broadcast author appearances from Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City, and students will be conducting the interviews with authors. Read more in this Daily Iowan article.

Women’s rowing team captured in slide show
The University’s women’s rowing team hosted the Head of the Iowa on Oct. 31 to conclude its fall season. Catch an enlightening glimpse of the team’s predawn practices for the event in this fyi slide show.

Alum rocks the BELL with hip-hop magazine
A recent Iowa journalism graduate who enrolled in the University’s Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory (BELL) and earned an entrepreneurial certificate says the BELL experience helped him start the underground hip-hop magazine aboveGround. Find out more in this fyi article.

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