Parent Times
Welcome to Orientation

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

The academic year may be over, but there’s still plenty of activity in Iowa City. Summer classes are underway, Orientation is preparing a new class of students for university life, and downtown is buzzing with arts and writing events. There’s no such thing as a sleepy summer in this college town! Read on for the latest news from the University.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, shares his recent experience visiting Europe and reflects on the value of study abroad. Link to message.

Barry Butler named executive vice president and provost
UI President Sally Mason has named Barry Butler the University’s executive vice president and provost. Butler has served in the role on an interim basis since November, and was previously dean of the College of Engineering. Learn more about Butler in the news release about his appointment or by visiting the web page of the Office of the Provost.

UI move-out donations total two tons
More than 700 pounds of clothing, shoes, and linens; 1,300 pounds of small appliances; and 2,900 pounds of furniture were diverted from the Iowa City Landfill thanks in part to a class project last month. As UI students moved out of campus residence halls, volunteers collected unwanted items that could be reused. The items will be distributed by several local nonprofit agencies. See the news release.

Hawkeye Guides greet new students with gusto
Twenty-eight UI students are spending their summer helping new students (and their parents) bridge the gap between high school to college. Read the story online.

Swahili popularity increases at Iowa
Swahili has been taught at The University of Iowa since 1991, and the program's increasing popularity has made it one of the largest in the nation, says John Njue, one of the two Swahili instructors at the UI. Read the Daily Iowan article

Mark your calendars for Homecoming, Family Weekend
It’s not too early to make your plans--and your hotel reservations--for two important campus events this fall: Homecoming, Oct. 21 to 22, and Family Weekend, Nov. 11 to 13. Bookmark the web sites for Homecoming and Family Weekend, and be sure to check back for updates

UI Children’s Hospital nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report
University of Iowa Children's Hospital ranks among the top children's hospitals in the country, according to U.S.News & World Report's 2011-2012 edition of "Best Children's Hospitals." UI Children's Hospital ranked in all 10 specialties, and is the only hospital in Iowa to be nationally ranked by U.S.News & World Report for children's care. To learn more, read the news release or visit the UI Children’s Hospital web site.

Meet the dean of UI’s largest college
Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, talks about a new writing certificate, the challenges and joys of her job, and her interest in zoology. Read the interview online.

Custodians’ duties go beyond the broom
Think it's hard to keep your house clean? Each day, UI custodians clean an area approaching 8.2 million square feet, performing diverse tasks in efforts to make a favorable impression on visitors and employees alike. Read the full story. 

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