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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s summer in Iowa. It’s also the perfect time to sit in your favorite air-conditioned spot and catch up on the latest news from the University. Scroll down for recent appointments, links to performing arts schedules, and more.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, discusses the positive findings of the most recent student health assessment survey, and what you can do to help promote healthful choices with your son or daughter. Link to message.

State Fair is coming up—and The University of Iowa will be there
The Iowa State Fair is Aug. 11–22 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The University has an exhibit at the Varied Industries Building; stop by and say hi! Parents also are invited to volunteer at the UI booth to assist with tasks from answering questions and distributing posters, to applying temporary Hawkeye tattoos. To sign up for a shift, visit

Could your son or daughter be our next student blogger?
The Office of Admissions is looking for a few great students to blog about their Iowa experience. Student bloggers receive free handheld video camera to help them illustrate their blog entries. Encourage your student to apply online at by August 1.

Spisak appointed director of University of Iowa Honors Program
Art L. Spisak, currently director of the Honors College at Missouri State University, will become director of the UI Honors Program on August 17. Spisak holds an A.B. from Youngstown State University, an M.A. from John Carroll University and a Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. In addition to the directorship, he will hold an appointment as full professor in the Department of Classics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information on the UI Honors Program, visit

June issue of Iowa Alumni Magazine digital-only, available to all
The award-winning Iowa Alumni Magazine has kicked off summer with a fully redesigned June issue. This digital-only issue has been opened up to everyone, not just University of Iowa Alumni Association members. It includes stunning national park photography by alum Bruce Ellingson, the history of the UI's Scottish Highlanders, a feature on the Hawkeye athletes who made the Big Ten Icons list, and more. Read it online here.

Survey shows sharp drop in UI student binge drinking rate
University of Iowa students reported an 8-percent drop in the binge-drinking rate between spring 2009 and spring 2011—the lowest level in a decade—according to findings of the 2011 National College Health Assessment. The data also showed a decrease in negative behaviors such as driving after drinking and fighting. Learn more about the report and the University’s and the Iowa City community’s role in decreasing the rate of binge drinking in this press release.

UI vocal and theater student crowned Miss Iowa
UI sophomore vocal performance and theater student Jessica Pray is Miss Iowa 2011. Pray, 18, a resident of Johnston, will continue to promote a platform of "Saving Lives Through Blood Donation." She also will travel to Las Vegas in January to compete for the title of Miss America. She is training in opera and classical voice, and her career ambition is to be a singer with an opera company. She performed  "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess in the talent portion of the Miss Iowa pageant. Read more about Pray in the Daily Iowan, or view her performances and Miss Iowa crowning on YouTube.

Meet UI political science professor Tim Hagle
Every four years, a spotlight shines on the state of Iowa leading up to its first-in-the-nation caucuses, and the news media call upon UI faculty to explain how the caucuses work and provide insight into how Iowans are responding to candidates and their campaign strategies. Meet Tim Hagle, one of the University’s experts who’s frequently called upon to provide insight on everything from the controversial ouster of three Iowa Supreme Court justices to this year’s likely candidate pool.

Iowa Summer Rep stages a "Family" summer
The University annual festival of plays this summer has a new twist: Rather than featuring a single playwright, it centers on a theme. Productions in the “About My Family” summer include Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize-winning lyrical drama The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Neil Simon's domestic comedy Lost in Yonkers, and the evergreen two-person musical comedy I Do! I Do! Summer Rep runs through July 24. Visit for more information.

Zeitoun selected for 2011 'One Community, One Book'
Dave Eggers' book Zeitoun is the 2011 selection for "One Community, One Book," a project sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights that promotes learning about human rights in the United States and the world through literature. Zeitoun is the story of a Syrian-American family during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath in New Orleans.

Hancher announces 2011-12 season
Hancher’s 2011-12 schedule of performances includes dance, music, theater and family events. Highlights include a free outdoor performance by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; a holiday concert with the Boston Pops; a new, intimate “Club Hancher” jazz series; an appearance by Daily Show correspondent John Oliver; entertainment from the National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China; and Hancher-commissioned dance, theater, and music performances. To view the schedule, or to order tickets, visit the Hancher web site.

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