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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Summer is here, and that means new student orientation sessions are underway, festival and farmers market season is in full swing, and hopefully you are getting to spend some time with your student. Read on for the latest news from Iowa City, including new academic appointments, fall events to add to your calendar, opportunities for first-year students, and more.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, writes about a popular UI summer leadership institute and a new program for students who want to attend national leadership development programs. Link to message.

Get to know engineering dean Alec Scranton
Not only is Alec Scranton, at the age of 48, the first University of Iowa College of Engineering alumnus to serve as dean of the college, but he is also a fifth-generation Iowan. Learn more about Scranton and his plans as dean on Iowa Now.

UI names new College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean
Chaden Djalali has been named dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, effective Aug. 15. Djalali comes to the UI from the University of South Carolina, where he was professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Learn more about the new dean on Iowa Now.

Look back on spring 2012 commencement
Hundreds of UI students received their degrees during Spring 2012 commencement ceremonies May 10-13. View a photo gallery from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony or check out the graduation day buzz collected from social media posts on Iowa Now.

Kudos to students: Dean’s, President’s, and graduation lists coming soon
In mid-June we will publish Spring 2012 graduation, Dean’s and President’s lists on Iowa Now, and send them to hometown newspapers based on the student’s hometown as listed on ISIS.

Making the most of a summer internship
Did your student land a great summer internship? The Pomerantz Career Center has a list of tips to help him or her make the most of the experience. Among the ideas for ways learn as much as possible and get an edge in future job searches: don’t be afraid to ask questions, find and build a relationship with a mentor, and write formal thank you notes to supervisors at the end of the internship.

UI adopting new alcohol education program for first-year students
A new online program aims to challenge perceptions and reduce harmful drinking by surveying students on their alcohol and tobacco habits, knowledge, and perceptions, then creating a personalized profile. The program is required for all incoming first-year and transfer students. Learn more on Iowa Now.

UI seeks representative of Class of 2016 to speak during Convocation
We’re looking for a charismatic incoming student to speak on behalf of Class of 2016 at this fall’s Convocation. Think your son or daughter is a good candidate? Encourage him or her to visit for more information, including details about how upload an audition video. Entries are due July 27.

A space for academic success
Opening in the fall of 2013, the UI Learning Commons will provide an “intellectual hub” with flexible study space, computer stations, a one-stop academic help center, an expanded Food for Thought café and more. View architectural renderings or take a simulated walk through the Learning Commons on Iowa Now.

Iowa one of the nation’s most sustainability-minded schools
For the third year in a row, the University of Iowa has been listed in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The guide calls Iowa a “green campus trailblazer” and notes its 2020 Vision plan to achieve net-negative energy growth, 60 percent waste diversion, and a 40 percent target for renewable energy using locally produced biomass. Learn more at

Mark your calendars for Homecoming, Family Weekend
It’s not too early to make your plans--and your hotel reservations--for two important campus events this fall: Homecoming, Sept. 28–29, and Family Weekend, Nov. 9–11. Bookmark the web sites for Homecoming and Family Weekend, and be sure to check back for updates. 

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