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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Autumn is upon us, and in Iowa City that means cooler weather and a beautiful campus ripening with color. (We hope you’ll see for yourself with a visit Oct. 22–24 for Family Weekend.) With the season change, however, comes influenza. Read on to learn more about protecting your student’s health—and also find out how to help ease roommate friction or send your student a midterm care package.


A message from the interim vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services, talks about new student initiatives outlined the latest UI strategic plan. Link to message.

Mason discusses success, safety, sustainability
UI President Sally Mason recently spoke with Parent Times about her goals for the year. To read the Q&A, click here.

University generates $6 billion annually for Iowa’s economy
The University of Iowa contributes $6 billion to Iowa’s economy annually, and every $1 in state appropriations to the University results in a greater than 1,500 percent return for Iowans. According to a comprehensive economic impact study produced by Pittsburgh-based research consultant firm Tripp Umbach, the University also is one of the state’s top employers and is responsible for the creation of one of every 30 jobs in the state. Read the full report at

A perfect fit: New campus recreation center opens
The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center made its debut in August, placing the University among the best of its peers in campus recreational offerings. See the Parent Times coverage of the new facility.

Important info about immunizations
Student Health Service is encouraging all students to get vaccinated against influenza and will offer flu vaccine clinics across campus this fall; the H1N1 strain is included in this year’s vaccine. Also, the University is reminding students and parents that students will not be allowed to register for spring classes if their MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunization records are not on file. See details about immunizations. Student Health also offers this site specifically tailored for parents.

University services assist with roommate challenges
Help your student avoid common compatibility problems before they become deal breakers. The Off-Campus Housing Services web site features a large selection of resources, including a section on roommate issues. Roommate Mediation Services also are available through the Office of the Ombudsperson; contact 319-335-3608 or for more information.

Iowa sees jump in retention as well as record enrollment
UI officials received a double dose of positive enrollment news this semester. Not only did the number of incoming first-year students set a record this fall, the retention rate at Iowa is the highest it’s been in at least a decade. The registrar’s office reports that 86.28 percent of first-time, first-year students in the fall 2009 class returned to campus this fall, compared to an average first-to-second-year retention rate of about 83.35 percent over the previous 10 years. To learn more, see this news release.

More ways to keep connected
In addition to this e-mail, the University offers several good avenues to help family members stay in the loop of campus activities. A great place to start is the University home page at with dozens of useful links and headlines that are updated daily. Bookmark the student newspaper, the Daily Iowan, at or sign up for e-mail updates. You also can subscribe to a daily news digest prepared by University News Services at, or to Spectator@IOWA, a monthly e-mail for alumni and friends, at

UI establishes Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
A new Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will include the Departments of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, French and Italian, German, and Spanish and Portuguese, as well as the American Sign Language Program and the Language Media Center. The units are housed in Phillips Hall. For more details, see this news release.

Send a care package to your student in the residence halls
Whether your student is spending a birthday away from home or just needs a lift, University Housing and Dining can help provide a treat to brighten his or her day. You’ll find customized birthday cakes, get well kits, fruit baskets, and more in the selection of Hawkeye Treats. Information is available on the Housing site.

Dierks Bentley to perform Oct. 28 at UI Field House
The Student Commission on Programming and Entertainment (SCOPE) and First Avenue Productions will present Capitol recording artist Dierks Bentley in concert on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Field House. Bentley snagged three Country Music Association award nominations in September for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Musical Event of the Year. For more information about SCOPE concerts, see

World-renowned architectural firm design new Hancher
Progress toward building a new Hancher facility has taken a significant step forward with the University’s recent selection of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects to design the building. Learn more about the firm and see its portfolio.

Iowa City third in College Destinations Index ranking
In its annual College Destinations Index, the American Institute for Economic Research has ranked Iowa City as the third best college town in America for college students to live in. To read more, check out this news release.

ESPN show airs live from campus
ESPN’s television series SportsNation, with hosts Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle, visited the UI campus Sept. 21 to broadcast live as part of a tour of four Big Ten Conference campuses. Despite wet weather, an enthusiastic crowd of Hawkeyes attended the event in Hubbard Park. To check it out, see this Daily Iowan slide show.

How to unsubscribe from this list
Did your student recently graduate? Because your e-mail address is not linked to the identity of your student, you are not automatically removed from the list when your student leaves the University. To unsubscribe, click here and then click “Subscribe or Unsubscribe” in the right-hand column.

This Parent Times e-mail update is produced for family members of University of Iowa students by the Office of University Relations in collaboration with the Division of Student Services and the Office of the Provost. A print publication is mailed four times a year. Visit Parent Times online at which includes archives of print and e-mail content.