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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

We hope you and your student have had a good winter break. It won’t be long before classes are back in session as the spring semester gets underway. Read on for important deadline reminders, upcoming campus events, and links to online videos and photos.

         
 

File the FAFSA for financial aid
The UI Office of Student Financial Aid encourages students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all required documents as soon as possible after Jan. 1 for the upcoming academic year. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis, with the first awards finalized in mid-March to students with complete files. Although students can apply for financial aid throughout the year, funding for some financial aid programs may be depleted prior to May 1. View the office’s Step-by-Step Process web page for detailed information.

Help your student remember to reapply for campus housing
On Jan. 17 and 18, students who live in the residence halls will receive an email about reapplying for housing for the 2012–13 year. There is no application fee or deposit required for returning students, and these students will be able to choose the exact residence hall room they will be living in next year. Deadline to reapply is 5 p.m., Feb. 15. For more information about reapplication, visit the Live On site.

University to honor legacy of MLK
The university will celebrate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. this month with a number of free events, including music performances, lectures, and film screenings. Additionally, students are invited to donate items to benefit the Shelter House and the Crisis Center of Johnson County Food Bank for the MLK Day of Service. Collection boxes will be available at each residence hall, in fraternities and sororities, and at the Campus Information Center in the IMU through Jan. 19. For more details, see http://mlk.uiowa.edu.

UI faculty, students returning to Art Building West
Art Building West will be open for classes this spring. The building has been closed since being damaged in the 2008 flood. It is the first major flood-damaged building to completely reopen. Read more in the Gazette or take a virtual tour of the building online.

Mason celebrates an autumn of achievement
Watch a video from UI President Sally Mason as she reflects on the fall semester and the stellar achievements of UI students, faculty and staff. Watch video.

Meet the woman behind Carver-Hawkeye Arena’s video art
A work of video art combining film footage of University of Iowa student athletes and abstract, vibrantly colored animated images greets visitors to the newly renovated Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the home of UI athletics teams. Follow this link to hear artist Susan Kaprov talk about her work.

Course credits over spring break 
While some students will head south for traditional spring break trips, others will take advantage of for-credit University excursions and on-campus offerings the week of March 12. It’s not too late for your student to enroll in courses on Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, salsa dancing, museum studies, and wilderness appreciation, to name a few topics.. To learn more, visit the ISIS courses page and type “spring break” into the keywords area.

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