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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

By now, most of your students have made it through their first round of fall midterms, and it’s time to look forward to “painting the town black and gold” during Homecoming week, October 15-22. Read on for the latest campus news, including information about (free!) flu vaccines for students, a new roommate matching service in the residence halls, and a few new rankings we think are worth bragging about.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, discusses the many services offered by UI’s Student Health Service. Link to message.

Register now for Family Weekend
If you haven’t registered or reserved lodging for Family Weekend, do so now. This annual event, scheduled this year for Nov. 11–13, is a great way to connect with your student. For more details, see the Family Weekend site.

UI fall enrollment on par with last year; diversity increases
University of Iowa enrollment of first-year students held steady this fall, but the incoming class is more diverse than ever. Some 648 students—or 14.2 percent of the Class of 2015—identify as minorities, a new record. To learn more, view the fall 2011 Census Counts data or read the press release.

Student Health offering free flu vaccine Fridays this month
With colder weather comes flu season. Encourage your student to protect him- or herself against the virus by getting a seasonal flu vaccine. Student Health is offering free flu vaccines (shot or mist) on Fridays during the month of October. The vaccine also is available for $20 for a shot and $26 for the mist during upcoming clinics, through appointments, or on a walk-in basis during regular business hours. For more information, visit the Student Health site.

UI competing with Nebraska for most fans on Facebook
The University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska are competing to see which school can attract the most fans on its institutional Facebook page by the time the Hawkeye and the Husker football teams meet on Nov. 25. Nebraska just jumped into the lead, so join and help us beat Big Red by “liking” the University of Iowa on Facebook.

Roommate matching is on the way
University Housing and Dining will implement a new roommate-matching system for students applying to live in the residence halls in the 2012-13 school year. With the new profiling system, students will have more control over roommate selection. Read more about the new system in the Daily Iowan.

Free ‘Intuitive Eating’ workshops available to students
Health Iowa is offering free 6-week Intuitive Eating workshops to students. During the workshop, certified Intuitive Eating Counselors discuss how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind, and body. Workshops provide education, activities, and support. One-hour programs for residence hall floors are also available. For more information, visit the Student Health site.

U.S.News ranks UI among best public universities
The University of Iowa ranks 28th among the nation's best public universities, according to the latest rankings published by U.S.News & World Report. The magazine also ranked the UI's Henry B. Tippie College of Business 17th among publics for 2012, and the College of Engineering is ranked 31st among public universities with doctoral programs for 2012. In addition, U.S.News lists the UI as one of 17 colleges that "make writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum." See the press release.

UI receives high rating for LGBT friendliness
The University of Iowa has been listed as a lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT)-friendly campus in the Campus Climate Index produced by the Campus Pride organization, receiving a rating of 4.5 on a 5-point scale. The criteria for the rating include an evaluation of the following as related to LGBT students: policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing, campus safety, counseling and health, and recruitment and retention efforts. Learn more at

UI makes G.I. Job's Best Military Friendly Schools list
For the third year in a row, the University of Iowa made the 2011 G.I. Job's list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students. Criteria for making the list include efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.

UI tops list of 'Incredible Colleges for Students with Special Needs'
Citing the University of Iowa College of Education's Realizing Educational and Career Hopes (REACH) Program, recognized the UI on its list of "Incredible Colleges for Students with Special Needs," which appeared as a Sept. 21 blog post and included 20 colleges and universities nationwide. Schools on the list were selected as standouts among those that offer "comprehensive or specialized programs for students who may have special needs." The UI is the first institution on the list. 

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