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Member of the Hawkeye Spirit Squad at the president's block party

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Greetings, Hawkeye parents! There’s excitement in the air as the university prepares for another academic year. The Fall 2012 semester begins Monday, Aug. 20. And next week, students move into the residence halls and On Iowa! will introduce a new class to Hawkeye traditions. Best wishes to you and your student as you start a new school year.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, talks about the resources available at Student Health Services. Link to message.

Events aplenty to welcome back students
The University will kick off the academic year with Welcome Back Week 2012 from August 19 to 25. On the calendar: a block party at President Mason’s residence, student organization and job fairs, late-night movies, a community service event, and more. For information, see

University Housing move-in schedule reminder
University Housing & Dining has assigned a move-in date and time to all first-year students. Returning student move-in is August 18. Students wishing to move-in early may do so from noon to 6 p.m. on August 12 or from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13; they will be charged a daily rate until their assigned move-in day. For more information, read the story in Parent Times. You also can find information about traffic flow near the residence halls here.

Lost? Visit a campus map
If you’re new to campus or need a refresher course on how to get around, click here to access a variety of campus maps, including a building locator, parking info, and even walking routes. Or download UI Mobile to your smart phone for maps and other resources on-the-go. Another useful resource for your visits to Iowa City is the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Campus Information Center, University Box Office merge
University of Iowa students and visitors now have a centralized location for campus information, student organization event tickets, Iowa Memorial Union building assistance, and more. The new one-stop-shop, The Hub, merges the former University Box Office and Campus Information Center. It is located in the Hubbard Commons on the main floor of the Iowa Memorial Union, in the space formerly occupied by the University Box Office. Learn more on Iowa Now.

Web site answers UI billing questions
With the start of a new academic year come inevitable questions about university billing procedures. Why not bookmark the University Billing Office website for quick access to information about U-bills, financial aid disbursement, and more.

Student Health Service posts new hours
Effective Aug. 20, Student Health Service’s hours for the 2012-13 academic year are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday while classes are in session, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during breaks. Learn more about services available to students through Student Health, many of which are covered by your student’shealth fee, at

Iowa Memorial Union getting a second computer lab
A new Instructional Technology Center in the IMU's River Room will give students a new place to snack and study. The new lab is being created due to the popularity of the building's third floor ITC. "We found out that the [third floor] lab is the most used on campus, and each computer is used an average of nine hours a day," said Patricia Kruse, the associate director of the IMU. "It only has 22 stations, and it's packed all day, even at 8 a.m." Read the full story in the Daily Iowan.

Hourly car rental coming to Iowa City
ZipCars are coming to Iowa City this fall. The car-sharing service allows members to pay an hourly fee to rent a fuel-efficient vehicle. Prices are around $8 per hour, depending on the model of the car and whether it's a weekday or weekend, plus a $25 yearly subscription fee. The hourly rate pays for more than just car use. It also includes the price of gas, insurance coverage, and roadside assistance. Learn more in the Daily Iowan.

A retiring UI career advisor reflects on 25 years on the job
David Fitzgerald witnessed many changes during his years as a career advisor, from how students prepare resumes to their attitudes about the value of a degree and post-graduation job prospects. Read the full story in the Daily Iowan.

Mark your calendars for Homecoming, Family Weekend
Homecoming (Sept. 23–29) and Family Weekend (Nov. 9–11) are great occasions visit campus, show your UI parent pride, and spend some time with your student. Visit each event’s website for more information, or to start planning your visit.

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