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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Next week marks the official halfway point of spring semester. Warm weather can’t be too far behind! Now’s a great time to check in with your student about summer plans, or even make some of your own. Read on to learn about Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival, academic spring break options, and some recent notable student achievements.


A message from the vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student services, writes about the importance of supporting public universities.  Link to message.

Students raise $1.22 million for pediatric cancer programs
The 17th annual University of Iowa Dance Marathon raised a record-breaking $1,220,146.17 for pediatric cancer programs at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. A total of 1,350 dancers participated in the 24-hour event. Read more and see photos from the event online.

Help available for off-campus housing hunt
If your student is not planning to live on campus next year, now is the time to make living arrangements for the fall; leases for off-campus housing often are signed before spring break. Visit to view property listings and find information about community services, health and safety issues, financial resources, and common tenant/landlord issues.

Student reestablishes NAMI chapter
After losing friends and family to suicide, a UI sophomore is working to educate people about mental illness and improve the lives of students affected by it through a newly reactivated chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The group will host regular meetings, a support group, a movie series, and more. Read the Daily Iowan article or learn more about the group by visiting its web site or Facebook page.

Iowa Summer Writing Festival celebrating 25 years
Got a story to tell? Always wanted to try your hand at poetry? Consider signing up for the 2011 UI Summer Writing Festival. Iowa is the “Writing University,” after all, and this is the festiva'ls silver anniversary. Weeklong and weekend workshops on fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and playwriting run June 12 through July 29. To learn more about the 140 noncredit workshops, see

Spring break learning: From salsa to scuba diving
Is your student still looking for options for spring break? UI Recreational Services offers a variety of fun for-credit courses. On-campus classes include salsa dancing, lifeguard training, photography, and more. Other courses go further afield—backpacking in the Grand Canyon region, bicycling in Tennessee, kayaking in Utah, and more. For more information and a detailed listing of the spring break courses, enter keyword "spring break" on ISIS.

Peace Corps information sessions scheduled
More than 585 UI alumni have served in the Peace Corps since it was established 50 years ago. Most volunteer positions are in the general areas of education, youth and community development, health, business, information and communications technology, agriculture, and the environment. Returned volunteers will hold information sessions on campus on April 4 and 26. You and your student can learn more at

Is your company hiring?
Do you know an organization that should be recruiting and hiring UI students? If so, we’d like to know too. Use our online input form to suggest companies, locations, or key individuals we should contact.  We will follow up and possibly plan a visit to let them know how The University of Iowa can assist with their recruitment needs. We can work together to discover new opportunities for Hawkeyes.

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