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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

We hope your student has been enjoying his or her time at Iowa. It may be hard to believe, but the end of fall semester is near. Finals will be held Dec. 10-14. Read below to find out what has been happening on campus (be sure to check out the university’s online annual report) and to learn more about student opportunities. Happy holidays!


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, discusses how to help students cope with end-of-the-semester stress. Link to message.

Mom and Dad of the Year honored
In what organizers believe to be a first, the UI’s selection for 2012 Mom and Dad of the Year are husband and wife. Rich and Patti Schmitz, of Waterloo, were honored during Family Weekend for their extensive volunteer work—and for their perseverance. Their home has been hit by a tornado twice in 10 years. Link to story.

Health service offers tips on stress management

Your undergrad is in the home stretch of the fall semester—a stressful time of the year, especially for first-year students preparing for their first round of final exams. Student Health Service offers information about stress management at

Online report looks at changing face of UI campus
What's been happening on the University of Iowa campus this past year? An online report published throughout the week of Nov. 26-30, reviews 2012, reflecting on faculty, staff, and student achievements; the latest UI construction projects, including a new residence hall; Iowa's prominent role in space exploration; flood recovery; and, of course, the university's financial picture.

University Housing accepting RA applications through Dec. 17
University Housing and Dining is accepting applications for Resident Assistants (RAs) for the 2013–14 academic year. RAs receive a stipend as well as full room and board during their appointment. Applicants must meet academic requirements and have at least one year of on-campus living experience. Find more information.

Gift idea: Tickets to campus arts, sport events
Not sure what to get your student for the holidays? Consider treating them to a university performance. Hancher presents performances on and near campus while the Division of Performing Arts presents dance, music, and theatre arts events throughout the year. Also, student athletes participating in winter sports have kicked off their seasons and always appreciate crowd support; for schedule and ticket information, visit

Student musicians jazz up the joint
The Mill in downtown Iowa City plays host to the UI School of Music’s jazz series, which features student ensembles and collaborations with professors from the jazz program. Each installment features one or two particular groups focusing on a style or sub-genre of jazz. Check out this Iowa Now photo feature.

Father’s Iowa hoops legacy doesn’t deter Marble
Roy Devyn Marble’s mother wasn’t sure she wanted her son to play basketball at the University of Iowa, where his legendary father is the leading scorer in the program’s history. But the junior is already creating an identity of his own as a force on the court. Read more in this Iowa Now article.

Gangnam Style 101: Business seminar delves into culture by way of pop song
In an effort to build global awareness among UI business students, Mark Archibald, assistant director for global community engagement in the Tippie College of Business, recently discussed the song’s world conquest over lunch with about 50 Tippie students. Iowa Now took a closer look.

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