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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

The 2011–2012 academic year is underway, and Iowa students—and their parents—have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. Read on for information about upcoming events, new dining options for students with a meal plan, an interview with the dean of the College of Education, and details on the University’s Facebook race.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, reflects on this year’s move-in, On Iowa!, and Convocation. Link to message.

Mark your calendars for Homecoming, Family Weekend
Homecoming (Oct 21–22) and Family Weekend (Nov. 11–13) are great occasions to visit campus, show your UI parent pride, and spend some time with your student. Visit each event's web site for more information, or to start planning your visit.

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.

Meal plan options expanded for students
To prevent overcrowding in the residence hall dining facilities, the University has expanded dining options for students. They can now use their meal plans at several locations outside the dining halls, including the IMU River Room, Food for Thought in the Main Library, and Pat’s Diner in the Pappajohn Business Building. With the extended meal options, students are able to purchase a main dish, side dish, and drink for one meal-card swipe. Read the article in the Daily Iowan.

Fiske Guide names UI a 'Best Buy' for 2012
For the seventh straight year, the University of Iowa has been designated a "Best Buy" in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, and for the fifth year running, the UI is the only Big Ten school on the list. To receive a "Best Buy" designation, schools must have high academic rankings, an inexpensive or moderate price, and a high quality of student life on campus.

Fall career fair to highlight job opportunities
It’s never too early for students to start thinking about boosting their résumés with an internship or to network with potential employers, and the University’s Pomerantz Career Center is ready to help. All students are welcome to attend the free Fall Job and Internship Fair on Sept. 22 at the Iowa Memorial Union; the career center also sponsors several sessions prior to the fair to help students prepare for the event. See career fair details.

New program makes recycling easier on campus
The University of Iowa is phasing in a single-stream recycling program across campus. The new recycling system integrates a user-friendly approach that will help colleges and departments meet the UI's 2020 Vision goal of 60 percent waste diversion. Read the press release, or check out the article in the Daily Iowan.

There’s plenty of stuff to do at IMU
Despite being down one floor (the ground floor remains closed after flooding in 2008), the Iowa Memorial Union, or IMU, is still abuzz with activity for students and visitors alike. Plus, the staff maintains a great, up-to-date web site——with all the latest news and events from the campus hub.

Division of Performing Arts announces 2011-12 season, milestones, and special guests
A new season of hundreds of artistic performances at the University of Iowa has been unveiled, featuring productions by the major units of the UI Division of Performing Arts: the School of Music, the Department of Theatre Arts, and the Department of Dance. See season line-up and ticket information.

Meet the new College of Education dean
New College of Education dean Margaret Crocco discusses why she moved from the Big Apple to the Midwest, and what her vision is for the college during a time when education is under intense scrutiny. Read the story online.

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