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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

We may be just a few weeks into spring semester, but we're already looking ahead to summer and beyond. Read on for information about career and internship fairs, a new summer study abroad program, housing for the 2011-12 school year, and more.

         
 

A message from the vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student services, discusses the importance of seeking out diverse experiences. Read the message.

Meet the University of Iowa's Chief Diversity Officer
In the winter print edition of Parent Times, the University's new chief diversity officer and associate vice president Georgina Dodge discussed the benefits of a diverse campus and how she plans to increase diversity at Iowa. Read the interview online.

Hawkeye Caucus reaches out to legislators
A new grass-roots initiative is rallying support for the University by raising awareness of its economic and cultural impact across the state. Dubbed Hawkeye Caucus, the effort includes daily e-mails to legislators highlighting University facts and activities, and will soon grow to include resources for constituents who'd like to advocate for the University. Learn more about the effort in a Q&A with UI federal relations director Peter Matthes online. [See also a Daily Iowan article.]

Career fair season is underway
Pomerantz Career Center is holding three career and internship fairs this month. Students can prepare for the fairs by attending one of several "How to Make the Fair Work For You" sessions before the fairs. Learn more about these fairs and others, and see a list of participating employers for each fair, online.

Iowa International Summer Institute to debut
Iowa's newest study abroad program, the Iowa International Summer Institute, will offer General Education Program classes in Florence, Paris, and London. Each four-week course will be taught in English and incorporate elements of the surrounding city. Click here for details. [See also a Daily Iowan article.]

UI signs two-year lease for additional honors housing
Iowa's Honors House is expanding. Growing interest in both the Honors Program and its living-learning community has led the University to lease a nearby apartment complex to house 114 returning Honors students. Read the Daily Iowan article. The deadline to apply for all campus housing for the 2011-12 academic year is Feb. 10. See more details online.

Campaign emphasizes healthful eating
A new campaign is making it easier for students to identify nutritious options on campus. The campaign, UChoose, hit Hillcrest and Burge residence halls in January and will expand to all campus dining facilities by May. It identifies healthful items and entrees with an apple logo. Learn more about the program from the directors of University Dining and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics' Food and Nutrition Service online.

Hancher launches new Twitter stream
The University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium has launched a new official Twitter stream that will update followers on the organization's news while paying homage to Virgil Hancher, the former UI president after whom the performing arts center is named. Follow @Virtual_Virgil for the latest updates from Hancher. 

Free tutoring available for six popular courses
University College has partnered with the Academic Advising Center, the Pomerantz Career Center, and University Counseling Service to create the SWAT Team—Study, Workshops, and Tutoring. The program offers free drop-in group tutoring for six popular courses, as well as weekly academic success workshops. More details are available online.

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