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Pentacrest in the spring

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Spring is officially upon us and as the days get longer, brighter, and warmer, it's tempting to spend more time playing outside than studying. This month Tom Rocklin offers some advice on how to encourage your student to keep those study hours steady. And we have plenty of other campus news for you, too. Read on.


A message from the vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student services, reveals the most important thing your student can do improve his or her grades. Link to message.

Are your kids in the best math program for them?
Two new online resources from the UI College of Education will help teachers and parents determine whether students are on track to reach their full math potential. Learn more and find links to online assessments here.

UI earns Tree Campus USA designation
The University of Iowa has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for the second year in a row. Tree Campus USA is a national program of the Arbor Day Foundation that honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship. Iowa maintains more than 7,700 trees on the main campus and the UI Research Park, and typically plants more than 300 trees each year. Tree planting is one of many sustainable practices done in an effort to create and maintain a greener campus. Read more about UI sustainablity initiatives.

24 UI programs ranked among top 10 in nation among public universities
U.S. News & World Report ranks 24 University of Iowa graduate programs and colleges among the 10 best in the country when compared to other public universities, with five UI programs continuing to rank in first place. See the rankings online.

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 can help provide a treat to brighten their day. You'll find customized birthday cakes, get-well kits, fruit baskets, and more in the selection of Hawkeye Treats. See more information.

UI program offers support to students on warning or probation
Critical Mentoring And Support for Students (Critical MASS) matches staff and faculty volunteers with first-year students on non-academic disciplinary warning or probation. Mentors offer an additional connection on campus, encourage accountability, and, when needed, refer students to academic or support services. Learn more about how Critical MASS helps students from two of the program's volunteers.

Hunter to retire as dean of Tippie College of Business
William C. Hunter will retire as dean of the University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. Hunter said he is proud to have had a positive impact on the college during his tenure. He said UI business students are more prepared for successful careers in the global workplace because they have increased opportunities for hands-on learning, international travel and learning experiences, and innovative programming that is geared towards solidifying their prospects for success. Hunter, 63, will continue to serve on corporate, civic, and academic boards.

UI names new dean of College of Education
Margaret Crocco, professor and chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College, Columbia University, has been named the 15th dean of the University of Iowa College of Education. Crocco said she was drawn to the UI College of Education because of Iowa's proud tradition of civic engagement and the UI's reputation for excellence as a high profile, first-rate public university. Read more online.

New admission requirements for Undergraduate Professional Program in Accounting
Effective for Summer 2011 admission to the Undergraduate Professional Program in Accounting, students must pass a writing assessment in addition to current departmental requirements. The writing assessment for students planning to begin the program in summer or fall 2011 will be administered April 7 and 8. More information is available on the Tippie College of Business' web site.

Tour Iowa City's literary history
iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users can download a free virtual guide to The UI's and the city of Iowa City's rich literary traditions with a new Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature app. The app highlights authors with local ties and sites of interest. Learn more about the app's development here or download it from the iTunes store here.

Video feature: Five weeks in Ghana
Four University of Iowa students and faculty advisor Craig Just from the College of Engineering spent five weeks in Ghana as part of a development partnership between the University, Engineers Without Borders USA, Self-Help International, and people living in Ghana. Learn more about the trip in an Iowa Magazine video feature.

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