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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Another year has begun, and another group of students is poised to accomplish big things. This fall’s first-year student class is the biggest in school history, and we also welcomed the largest cohort of undergraduate international students. Read on to see how the campus has adjusted to and is celebrating its new and returning students, and what opportunities are on the horizon.

A message from the interim vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services, talks about helping students set realistic, short-term goals. Link to message.

Family Weekend just around the corner

If you haven’t reserved lodging for Family Weekend, do so now. This annual event, scheduled this year for Oct. 22–24, is a great way to connect with your student. Although tickets to the football game against Wisconsin are sold-out, there will be opportunities on campus to view the game on the big screen. For more details, see

Move-in was mad frenzy, as usual
For those of you who helped your student move into a new residence in August—and those of you who have undoubtedly done so in the past—you’ll enjoy watching this video of the annual event, which is always full of energy, emotion, and exhaustion.

Iowa poses ‘challenge’ to students
Students at The University of Iowa are expected to reach their potential with the IOWA Challenge—by excelling, stretching, engaging, choosing, and serving. To find out more about this charge, drop by the web site.

Iowa welcomes 4,500 first-year students
The University of Iowa has attracted more students than ever to campus. Approximately 4,500 first-year students were expected to enroll in classes this fall. That’s about 450 more first-year students than last year, and about 200 more than the previous record-breaking incoming class, back in 2006. To learn how the University has prepared, see this news release.

Convocation kicks off 2010–11 year

The University officially commenced the new academic year on Aug. 22 by welcoming first-year students with the annual convocation celebration and president’s block party. To see how the events unfolded, see this Daily Iowan slide show.

Campus sees record number of undergraduate international students
More than 500 new undergraduate international students arrived on the UI campus this fall, making this year’s incoming class the largest ever in Hawkeye history. To learn more, see this news release.

Fall career fair to highlight job opportunities
It’s never too early for students to start thinking about boosting their résumés with an internship or to network with potential employers, and the University’s Pomerantz Career Center is ready to help. All students are welcome to attend the free Fall Job and Internship Fair on Sept. 23 at the Iowa Memorial Union; the career center also sponsors several sessions prior to the fair to help students prepare for the event. For details, see the job fair web site.

Iowa announces ‘Think Before You Drink’ initiative for football season
Hawkeye football fans have high hopes for the upcoming football season. To help make the 2010 season a more complete success, the University has planned a new initiative aimed at making the game-day experience exciting and safe for all fans. For details, see this news release.

There’s plenty of stuff to do at IMU
Despite being down one floor (the ground floor remains closed after flooding in 2008), the Iowa Memorial Union, or IMU, is still abuzz with activity for students and visitors alike. Plus, the staff maintains a great, up-to-date web site with all the latest news and events from the campus hub.

High-tech classrooms make campus debut
Two redesigned classrooms, one in MacLean Hall and one in the Main Library—with two more on the way—are part of the “Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage” initiative, which uses advanced technology to foster better learning. To learn more, check out this Daily Iowan article.

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