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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Can it really be May already? Campus is buzzing with activity as students prepare for finals, pack their bags for summer, and say good-bye and good luck to our graduating seniors. Read on for links to details about commencement, a UI app for your smart-phone, and news about Herky’s recent travels.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, reviews programs that help students succeed at the University and beyond. Link to message.  

Get ready for graduation day
Is your student graduating this spring? The Office of the Registrar has detailed information about this spring’s commencement ceremonies, including directions and parking information, photography guidelines, links to hotel accommodations, and more on its web site.

Congratulate your graduate on Facebook
We'll be celebrating graduation all week next week on The University of Iowa's official Facebook page. We'll ask alums to share commencement memories, and we're hoping you'll join us in congratulating those receiving degrees. So, visit the page, "like" The University of Iowa, and give your grad a shout-out. You also can upload your photos or video from commencement, or tag yourself or your student in one of our galleries.

Iowa offers business degree online
The University of Iowa will begin a new online program next fall that offers a bachelor’s degree in business management to students across the state who are unable to attend classes in Iowa City, thanks to the Tippie College of Business and the UI Division of Continuing Education. Link to news release. 

App brings The University of Iowa to your phone
The University of Iowa has launched UI Mobile, a smart-phone application that provides users easy access to news and event headlines, campus maps, library services, course information, and even the status of residence hall laundry machines. Learn more online.

Campus construction alerts available online
Planning a visit to Iowa City? Find out which areas of campus are currently affected by construction activity by visiting the UI Facilities Management web site. The listings include current access and construction alerts as well as suggestions for alternate routes.  

Herky visits the Iowa State Capitol
Herky, along with UI President Sally Mason and other UI representatives, visited Iowa legislators as part of Hawkeye Caucus Day last month at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. The event, organized by the UI Office of Governmental Relations and the Hawkeye Caucus, a UI advocacy network, raised awareness about the enormous positive impact the University has on the state of Iowa and its residents. Organizers hope to make the capitol visit an annual event. Click here to view photos from the day, or here to watch a video feature.  

Student employees honored for contributions, professionalism
Student employees are important to many campus programs and operations, and each year supervisors nominate the best ones for Student Employee of the Year recognition. This year’s honoree is Katherine Jones of Swisher, Iowa, who works as a clerk at the Iowa Cancer Consortium. Additional students earned certificates of distinction. To learn more, see the news release.

UI listed in Princeton Review’s ‘Green College’ guide
The University of Iowa has been listed in The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges. Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the guidebook profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. To learn about sustainability efforts at Iowa, visit

Music, arts take center stage downtown over the summer
Summer in Iowa City is just around the corner. Although the campus quiets down a bit, the University community bustles with weekly programs downtown of live music, film screenings, and the arts. To see what’s going on or to plan help your visit to town, check out

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