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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

We look forward to seeing many of you on campus Nov. 9–11 for Family Weekend festivities. Fall is a wonderful time to explore the university community—hues of yellow, orange, and red mix well with black and gold Iowa apparel, creating a visual treat for visitors.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, discusses what he means when he talks about leadership. Link to message.

Family Weekend is here!
We hope many of you are planning to be in Iowa City this weekend, because Family Weekend is upon us. Click here for details, and mark your calendars for next year’s celebration: Oct. 25-27, 2013.

Find fall commencement information online
Is your student graduating in December? Visit the Office of the Registrar to find a schedule of this semester’s commencement ceremonies, along with driving directions, links to local hotels, and more.

Advisors can help students make the most of college

If you have a first-year student, chances are that he or she is advised in the Academic Advising Center. These professional staff members do more than help students pick classes, they also discuss study skills and career exploration. To learn more about the Academic Advising Center and how you can support your student’s progress, check out the center’s web site, and be sure to click on the link for parents.

Facebook offers additional channels of UI communication
Are you hungry for more news and information about what’s happening on the UI campus? If so, check out the university’s official Facebook page and also the UI Facebook page for parents. Click “like” on both pages to get regular updates and relevant links posted by the university, and to meet parents of other UI students.

Iowa Now
: Another source of UI news
Iowa Now is a one-stop online shop for news, multimedia, and features about UI people and programs. You can sign up for a daily digest email and also design a custom email to hear about the topics that most interest you.

Federal office approves funding to replace arts buildings
Hancher Auditorium, Voxman Music Building, Clapp Recital Hall, and the Art Building got a boost in October when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security backed FEMA’s decision to support replacement projects for the flood-damaged facilities. The decision is a reversal of the recommendation of the Office of the Inspector General to defund the projects. Read more in this Iowa Now article.

Study abroad programs in India prove popular

As UI study abroad options in India have increased, so too has student participation. In 2011, 131 UI students went to India, and 200 have applied so far this year. Read more in this Daily Iowan article.

Students learn about end-of-life planning in social work class
In the pursuit of better understanding death and how it affects all those involved, some UI students are taking a closer look at what they would want at the end of their lives. Death and Dying, a class offered in the School of Social Work, is participating in a program called Honoring Your Wishes, which is led by the Iowa City Hospice. Read more in this Daily Iowan article.

Construction begins on new Learning Commons
By late 2013, library patrons will be able to enjoy a tech-infused, 24-hour, comfy study space and one-stop academic help center. The new Food for Thought café will feature an expanded menu, as well as espresso and gourmet coffees. Learn more in this Iowa Now article.

UI officials start modifications to Field House
A 13-month renovation and modification project is under way at the UI Field House. The changes will improve accessibility to the main UI hospital complex, and include creating a new east-west roadway that will divide the facility’s pool and south gym. Read more in this Daily Iowan article.

One-stop online shop for UI safety resources
Student safety is of utmost concern at the University of Iowa, and there are many campus resources available to help students stay safe—from UI police officers and late-night transportation, to an ombudsperson’s office and several crisis hotlines. Visit and bookmark the university’s online hub of safety programs. Also, the UI Department of Public Safety publishes a monthly electronic newsletter and posts regularly on Twitter.

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