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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

We had beautiful weather for our Homecoming festivities last month, but as we pass into November, the cold temperatures are making it clear that winter is on its way. Your students will be registering for spring classes soon, and we hope to see many of you on campus for Family Weekend, Nov. 11–13. In the meantime, read on for the latest news from Iowa City.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, talks about the many lessons and skills your kids learn through involvement in student organizations and clubs. Link to message.

Clinton Street Market opens in Burge
University Housing and Dining’s newest C-store, the Clinton Street Market, held its grand opening last month. The Market is located in Burge Hall and features made-to-order sandwiches, fruit smoothies, salads, sushi, and more. Students can purchase items using Hawk dollars, credit cards, or cash, or charge purchases to their U-bill. The Market is open from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

Iowa majors rap
Do you know all the majors at Iowa? Check out this video produced by the UI Office of Admissions for a mini campus tour accompanied by a rundown of the areas of studies available to your student. Watch for appearances by Herky and President Sally Mason!

Father becomes UI daughter’s classmate
When Steven Jepson asked his daughter, Katie Jepson, if she would be OK about his joining her as a student at the University of Iowa, she only had one condition. The Hawkeye piccolo player did not want her father to join the Hawkeye Marching Band. But once Steven Jepson adhered to that condition, Katie Jepson said she was excited to be his classmate — for more than sentimental reasons. Read the whole story in the Daily Iowan.

Art Building West expected to re-open in 2012
Construction and renovation of the flood-damaged Art Building West is nearly complete, and the building is scheduled be open for classes by the start of the spring 2012 semester. Read the story and take a video tour of the building online at the Daily Iowan.

CRWC recognized as a ‘Facility of Merit’
The University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) was named a 2011 Facility of Merit by Athletic Business, a magazine for the athletic, fitness, and recreation industry. The CRWC, which opened in August 2010, features a 52.5-foot climbing wall; natatorium; two full-size basketball courts and multi-activity court; activity rooms; a fitness area spanning more than 20,000 square feet over three floors; and more. It had 637,000 visitors in its first year. Judges cited the facility's "strong presence," "dynamic spaces," and "fantastic vibrance," as well as its connectivity and well-organized interior in naming it one of 10 award winners.

Did you see these photos of the Kinnick card stunt?
Iowa fans put on a special show at Kinnick Stadium during the football game against Northwestern on October 15. During the national anthem, fans held up cards to collectively display a stars and stripes pattern throughout the stadium. When the cards were put away, the stadium was striped with black and gold. Fans in attendance wore black or gold, depending on which section they were seated in. See a collection of photos from the display here.

Mason discusses funding, tenure, tailgating, and more
Since Sally Mason joined the UI as president in 2007, she has led the campus through a number of challenges—including an economic recession and major flood damage—while also focusing on keeping undergraduate education affordable and of high quality. President Mason recently addressed questions about the University in 2011 and beyond. Read the story online.

Find fall Commencement information online
Is your student graduating in December? Visit the Office of the Registrar to find a schedule of this semester’s commencement ceremonies along with driving directions, links to local hotels, information about accommodations for guests with physical disabilities, and more.

On Facebook? Help us beat Nebraska
The University of Iowa is competing with the University of Nebraska to see which school can have the most fans on its institutional Facebook page by the time the schools' football teams meet on the field Nov. 25. It’s a close race, so find us on Facebook, “like” us, and help us beat the Huskers.

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