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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

As March ushers spring onto campus, students are finalizing their plans for spring break, securing housing for next year, and powering through midterm exams. It’s also time to submit scholarship applications for the next academic year or start looking ahead to summer employment. Read on for a roundup of recent news from Iowa City.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, writes about the communication between parents and their students. Link to message.

Join the UI Parents community on Facebook
Iowa has created a University of Iowa Parents page on Facebook to serve as an online community for parents of future, current, and former Hawkeyes. You’ll need a Facebook account to interact with the page. Facebook is free and anyone can join. After you “like” the page, you can expect to see regular updates in your newsfeed. There will be reminders about deadlines, links to campus news, information on events like Parents Weekend and graduation, and more.

UI introduces new system for scheduling final exams
A new computerized system for scheduling final exams will minimize conflicts between exam times, limit each student’s number of exams per day, mandate 30 minutes between exam periods, and eliminate exams after 5 p.m. the Friday of finals week. Learn more about the new final exam scheduling policies online.

UI officials see student smart phone and tablet use grow
Steve Fleagle, the UI associate vice president for Information Technology Services, said almost 25,000 students used campus wireless services from a tablet or smartphone last semester—an increase of almost 10,000 over the fall of 2008. Read the story in the Daily Iowan.

Meet The Challenge Awards applications open through March 23.
The Iowa Challenge Meet the Challenge Awards recognize students who exemplify the values promoted within the Iowa Challenge through their actions within the university and in the surrounding community. The winners receive a $500 award. Students can learn more about the award and nominate themselves or another student on the Challenge website.

Applications open for 3 UI Housing & Dining scholarships
Three scholarships (the David Coleman Scholarship, the George L. Droll Award, and the Food Service Student Employee Scholarship) are available for students who are currently living in the residence halls and/or will return to the University of Iowa next year, or to students who currently work in Burge or Hillcrest Market Places. Each scholarship has its own unique criteria. Learn more and find application forms online.

Carver Scholarship Application Deadline is April 1
Twenty $5,200 Carver Scholars scholarships will be awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year to Iowa residents enrolled full-time who will have earned 60 semester hours of credit by fall 2012 with a 2.8 grade point average. To see other eligibility requirements and apply online, see the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust website.

Hills Bank opens new IMU branch
Hills Bank and Trust won a bid to provide financial services on the University of Iowa campus, including UI Hospitals and Clinics. The first branch office in the Iowa Memorial Union opened Feb. 14. A second at the UIHC is scheduled to open March 20. Read more in the Press Citizen.

Help available for off-campus housing hunt
If your student is not planning to live on campus next year, now is the time to make living arrangements for the fall. Visit to view property listings and find information about community services, health and safety issues, financial resources, and common tenant/landlord issues. Also, this year’s Off-Campus Housing Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 in the IMU Main Lounge. It’s a great place for your student to find information and resources that will assist in making informed housing choices.

Iowa crowns new Golden Girl
Whittney Seckar-Anderson, a first-year student from Oshkosh, Wis. has been crowned the next Golden Girl of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Read the story and view a slide show of photos from her audition in the Daily Iowan.

Two UI undergraduate researchers named 2012 Churchill Scholars
Two University of Iowa students, Colorado Reed and Suzanne Carter, have been named 2012 Churchill Scholars. The Churchill is a highly prestigious award recognizing exceptional students pursuing graduate study in the fields of engineering, mathematics, and the sciences. Select institutions may nominate only two students per year, with only 14 scholarships awarded nationally each year. See the press release online.

UI spring career fair sees surge in employers looking to hire
Businesses may be in a hiring mood if the numbers at last month's University of Iowa spring job and internship fair are any indication. Other numbers from the Pomerantz Career Center are similarly encouraging in showing an improved hiring climate. Read more online.

The story behind  ‘slime’
UI men’s basketball player Melsahn Basabe brought what he calls "the slime movement" from his hometown of Glen Cove, N.Y., to Iowa City when he arrived in 2010. At its essence, "slime" is another word for friend. Basabe said people in New York commonly use the phrase. Read the whole story in the Daily Iowan.

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