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Class working outside on the Pentacrest

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Spring arrived early in Iowa City, and campus is already in bloom and lush with green spots where students can study while getting a little sun and fresh air. Get a glimpse of the beauty of the Pentacrest in the spring through our new high-def web cam feed, then catch up with the latest news from Iowa City.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, writes about the benefits of a diversity-rich school and community. Link to message.

Introducing Iowa Now
The university’s new Iowa Now website offers a one-stop online shop for news, multimedia, and features about UI people and programs. The content it delivers is designed to inform, intrigue, and inspire everyone who feels a connection to our university. Learn more in this introduction to the site from UI Vice President of Strategic Communication Tysen Kendig.

University names new business dean
Sarah Gardial, vice provost of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named the first woman dean of the University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie College of Business, effective July 1. Learn more about Gardial on Tippie’s website or read her Q&A with Iowa Now.

Scranton to continue as engineering dean
Alec B. Scranton has been named dean of the UI College of Engineering. He had served as interim dean since October 2010 while continuing his duties as professor of chemical and biochemical engineering. Read the full story on Iowa Now.

Regents approve replacement arts buildings
In March, the Iowa Board of Regents voted to approve schematic designs and funding to bring arts buildings destroyed by the 2008 flood back to life, a significant step forward in the campus recovery process. Learn more and view renderings of the proposed buildings on Iowa Now.

U.S. News ranks 10 UI programs among top 10 in nation
U.S. News & World Report’s America's Best Graduate Schools 2013 ranks 10 University of Iowa graduate programs and colleges among the 10 best in the country among all public and private schools. Highly ranked programs include speech-language pathology (1), the physician assistant program (2), rehabilitation counseling (2), and the nursing specialties of nursing service administration and gerontological/geriatric (2), social psychology (3), printmaking (4), physical therapy (5) and rural medicine (9). View a full list of rankings online.

Take a high-def peek at the Pentacrest
Curious about what’s happening on the University of Iowa Pentacrest? Tune into a live high-definition view at The webcam, which was first installed on top of Phillips Hall in 2000, was recently updated to HD and features a wide-angle view of the iconic Old Capitol and neighboring buildings.

Hawkeye Caucus Day creates a buzz at Iowa State Capitol
UI representatives visited the Iowa Statehouse on March 27 to tell Iowa lawmakers about the university’s value to the state, showcasing everything from education and health care to research and economic development. Watch a video about Hawkeye Caucus Day 2012 online or visit the Hawkeye Caucus website to get involved with the university’s advocacy group.

More women than men study abroad at UI, nationally
According to a Chronicle of Higher Education report, only one-third of American students who studied abroad during the 2009–10 academic year were male. The University of Iowa’s study-abroad statistics mirror national percentages. Read the story in the Daily Iowan.

UI program focuses on needs of transfer students
Roughly 1,300 students transferred to the University of Iowa for the fall of 2011. Last summer, the university started a new program, Transfer Think Tank, to support these students. Read the story in the Daily Iowan

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 website.

Send a care package to your student in the residence halls
Whether your student is spending a birthday away from home or just needs a lift as finals approach, University Housing & Dining can help provide a treat to brighten their day. You’ll find customized birthday cakes, get-well kits, fruit baskets, and more in the selection of Hawkeye Treats. Information is available on the Housing and Dining site.

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