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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

August is a month of transition as students return to campus to begin another academic year. Read on for tips on helping your son or daughter adjust, see what special events the University has planned to kick off the new year, and find links to campus maps and billing information.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, talks about the University's new program for incoming first-year students. Link to message.

Events aplenty to welcome back students
The University will kick off the academic year with Welcome Back Week 2011 from August 21 to 27. On the calendar: a block party at President Mason's residence, student organization and job fairs, late-night comedy with Kenan Thompson, a community service event, and more. For information, see

University Housing has new move-in schedule
To ease the process of residence hall move-in, University Housing & Dining has assigned a move-in date and time to all first-year students. First-year student move-in is August 17 and 18. Returning student move-in is August 20. Students wishing to move in early may do so from 8 to 5 on August 15, or by appointment only on August 16; they will be charged a daily rate based on room type. For more information, read the story in Parent Times.

Mark your calendars for Homecoming, Family Weekend
Homecoming, (Oct 21–22) and Family Weekend, Nov. 11–13, are great occasions to visit campus, show your UI parent pride, and spend some time with your student. Visit each event's web site for more information, or to start planning your visit.

Help your student adjust to college
The transition from high school to college can be difficult for students—and sometimes just as challenging for their parents. Click here for a Parent Times article about easing the transition.

Lost? Visit a campus map
If you're new to campus or need a refresher course on how to get around, click here to access a variety of campus maps, including a building locator, parking info, and even walking routes. Or download UI Mobile to your smart phone for maps and other resources on-the-go. Another great resource for your visits to Iowa City is the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Web site answers UI billing questions
With the start of a new academic year come inevitable questions about University billing procedures. Why not bookmark the University Billing Office web site for quick access to information about U-bills, financial aid disbursement, and more.

UI sustainability efforts recognized
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa is among 20 Iowa organizations and businesses slated to receive Environmental Excellence Awards for the sustainability efforts of its three universities, including the University of Iowa. See the press release.

ECO Hawk receives state award
The Iowa Recycling Association presented UI student group ECO Hawk its Best Public Education Award last month. ECO (Easy Change Overall) Hawk encourages the campus and community to make simple behavioral changes that result in significant sustainability strides and waste reduction. It provides easy access to recycling bins and works to raise awareness about recycling.

UI announces "clusters" focusing on obesity, genetics
Twenty new faculty will be hired in seven UI colleges to work jointly with existing faculty at the University of Iowa to study both the challenges of the obesity epidemic and the expanding needs of the study of genetics and genomics. The two areas of study are the newest approved endeavors under the university's five-year cluster hire initiative, "Meeting the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century." Learn more in this press release or on the Provost's web site.

Iowa State Fair is coming up
Just a reminder: the Iowa State Fair will be held Aug. 11–21 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. If you go, be sure to stop by the University of Iowa's booth, where you can get a temporary Hawkeye tattoo, pick up a football poster, visit with UI staff members and volunteers, and more. For details, see

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