Parent Times
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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

By now, your students are probably into the groove of their spring semester schedule. It’s been an exciting few weeks on campus, with the first major flood damaged building reopening for classes, Dance Marathon’s annual big event, and efforts getting underway to support students’ New Year’s resolutions to get and stay healthy. Read on to learn more.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life,writes about Iowa’s Code of Student Life. Link to message.

Deadline approaching to reapply for campus housing
Students who currently live in the residence halls and wish to reapply to live there again next year have until 5 p.m. February 15 to submit their application. Students should have received an email in January with details about how to apply for housing. For more details, see the story in the winter issue of Parent Times or visit the University Housing & Dining website.

University Housing & Dining offering roommate matching, room self-select
Members of the University of Iowa's Class of 2016 are finding a new perk to living on campus when they apply for housing this year: the option to use roommate-matching software to search for a bunkmate whose lifestyle matches their own. The roommate match option is open only to new incoming students. Returning students, however, will be able to select the exact residence hall room they want to live in when they reapply for housing this month. Learn more online.

Life resumes in Art Building West
A variety of classes, including painting, photography, graphic design, and art history returned to Art Building West for the first time since the flood in the summer of 2008. View photos from the first two weeks of the semester in Art Building West here.

Dance Marathon is a year-round effort
Last weekend, Dance Marathon held its “Big Event,” a 24-hour dance marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union, but the student-run organization is active all year long. Learn about the group’s history and ongoing legacy online.

Career fair season is underway
Pomerantz Career Center is holding four career and internship fairs this month. Students can prepare for the fairs by attending one of several “How to Make the Fair Work For You” sessions before the fairs. Learn more about these fairs and others, and see a list of participating employers for each fair, online.

UI expands writing options for undergraduates
The University of Iowa’s new Frank N. Magid Undergraduate Writing Center opened this year, and is offering a certificate in writing that undergraduate students from every major can pursue. In its first semester, about 90 to 100 students began taking courses toward the certificate. Read the story in the Iowa City Press-Citizen or learn more about the certificate in the UI’s General Catalog.

Flu kits available in Student Health
Westlawn Pharmacy in Student Health has flu kits available for sick students for $12. Each kit contains: ibuprofen, acetaminophen, a digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, a small pack of Kleenex, and facemasks. Student Health also still has flu vaccines available. Learn more, or send your student a friendly reminder, by visiting Student Health online.

University Libraries offers faster interlibrary loan option
Iowa has joined up with 12 other university libraries in the midwest and the Center for Research Libraries to offer UBorrow, a service that offers fast access to over 90 million books. The proximity of these partners, as well as commitments made by each library, allow books to be delivered through UBorrow far more rapidly than when they are requested via traditional interlibrary loan. Books requested via UBorrow typically are available within a week and are checked out for 12 weeks, with a four-week renewal option. Iowa faculty, students and staff can search UBorrow directly here.

Meet Iowa’s alcohol harm reduction coordinator
In August, Kelly Bender joined the University of Iowa as its first coordinator of campus and community alcohol harm reduction. Learn more about Bender, her role with the university, and how she’s working to shift cultural norms around drinking in the winter issue of Parent Times.

Online program supports students’ nutrition and fitness resolutions
It’s no secret that an active lifestyle and good eating habits positively affect your student’s health. But finding the right way to make positive changes can be a challenge. Student Health’s Passport program is here to help. The 10-week online program offers support and guidance for healthy changes. Registration is open through Sunday, Feb. 12. Learn more online.

Study abroad offices launches new “alternative spring break” program
Some UI students will spend their spring break studying sustainability in and around the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica through a new study abroad program in UI International Programs. It will be the first UI international program to occur solely over the week of spring break. Read the story in the Daily Iowan.

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