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Students getting off Cambus at Orientation

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

We hope you and your student are keeping cool this summer. This month’s
Parent Times includes links to architectural renderings of a new residence hall, plenty of arts and entertainment news, a letter from the president of the UI Foundation, and more.


Orientation supports incoming students
This summer’s Orientation programming features smaller sessions, advice from upperclassmen, and an “Explore Iowa” activity. It’s also gone paperless. Learn more on Iowa Now or read the story in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Setting the record straight on private giving
The University of Iowa Foundation routinely is ranked among the most efficient philanthropic organizations in higher education. Learn how the Foundation achieves this distinction from its president and CEO, Lynette Marshall. See article.

Professor reflects on visit to NE Iowa
Each spring, a group of UI faculty and administrators spend three days on a “listening tour” of one region of the state. Professor Mark Isham describes this year’s trip to northeast Iowa on Iowa Now.

Iowa One Cards get new look, functionality
University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff will soon be able to use their university identification cards as proximity cards to access buildings or rooms on campus. Learn more on Iowa Now.

Construction of new residence hall starting this summer
The West Campus Residence Hall will provide housing for 501 students and include a multi-purpose room, a sports grill, group study areas, and more. Learn about the new hall and see architectural renderings on Iowa Now.

Online registration open for student parking permits, reduced-price city bus passes
Students who bring a vehicle to campus are required to register their vehicle with the Parking and Transportation Department. To register, students should go to and click on “Online Services.” After logging in with their Hawk ID and password, they should select “Order Permits or Bus Passes” and follow the on-screen instructions. Parking permit types include: commuter lots, parking for students who live on campus, and night/weekend permits for students who live off-campus.

State Fair is coming up—and the University of Iowa will be there
The Iowa State Fair is Aug. 9–19 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The University has an exhibit at the Varied Industries Building, so be sure to stop by and say hi. Parents also are invited to volunteer at the UI booth to assist on a variety of tasks. To sign up for a shift, visit

Hancher announces 201213 season
Hancher’s 2012–13 schedule of performances includes dance, music, theater, and family events. Highlights include performances by Pilobolus Dance Theatre, the multi-media production It Gets Better, jazz singer Dianne Reeves, four Hancher-commissioned works, and a free outdoor performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. To view the schedule, or to order tickets, visit the Hancher website.

Downtown independent cinema gets green light
Downtown Iowa City will soon have an independent cinema showcasing new releases and old favorites on the silver screen. Read the full story in the Daily Iowan, or visit FilmScene, the independent nonprofit organization running the theater at

The Latehomecomer selected for 2012 'One Community, One Book'
Kao Kalia Yang’s The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir is the 2012 selection for "One Community, One Book," a project sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights that promotes learning about human rights in the United States and the world through literature. The Latehomecomer describes Yang’s family’s harrowing escape from war-torn Laos, their experience in refugee camps, and their adjustment to life in the United States.

Latest Iowa Alumni Magazine is digital, free for all
The June 2012 digital issue of Iowa Alumni Magazine is available at no cost through the UI Alumni Association website. The issue looks at Iowa history through the UI yearbook collection, which was recently digitized and made available online. It also features engineering alumni who are changing how wastewater is treated, as well as caregivers who look after loved ones at all costs.

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