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The Class of 2016 makes the block-I formation on the field at Kinnick.

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Can we really already be three weeks into the 2012–13 academic year? We hope your student has settled into his or her new routine—and you have, too. Read on for a look back at On Iowa, information on upcoming events, resources for homesickness, and other news.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, talks about the importance of asking students about academics. Link to message.

The first-year experience: A recap of On Iowa!
First-year students were welcomed to the university last month with On Iowa!, five days of academic and social activities to help prepare them for college success. Visit Iowa Now to read a sampling of what students had to say about the program, view a photo slideshow, or meet one of the On Iowa! student leaders

UI President Sally Mason talks about what’s ahead for 2012-13
President Sally Mason offers a brief glimpse of what’s to come in her Fall 2012 video welcome, and discusses tuition, construction, and the arts campus revival in a Q&A in the latest issue of Spectator.

Mark your calendars for Homecoming, Family Weekend
Homecoming, Sept. 23–29, and Family Weekend, Nov. 9–11, are great occasions to visit campus, show your UI parent pride, and spend some time with your student. Visit each event’s website for more information, or to start planning your visit.

Fall career fair to highlight job opportunities
It’s never too early for students to start thinking about boosting their résumés with an internship or to network with potential employers, and the university’s Pomerantz Career Center is ready to help. All students are welcome to attend the free Fall Job and Internship Fair on Sept. 20 at the Iowa Memorial Union. The career center also sponsors several sessions prior to the fair to help students prepare for the event.

Resources for homesick students
Each year, thousands of students leave home for the first time to go to college. Most are filled with enthusiasm and excitement about their newfound independence. It’s not unusual though, for that excitement to give way to homesickness as students adjust to college life. University Counseling Service offers tips to help students cope.

SafeRide offers free taxi service for unexpected, emergency situations
UI student governments have partnered with a local cab service to provide free and safe transportation for students in unexpected or emergency situations in the Iowa City/Coralville area. The program, SafeRide, runs from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily during the fall and spring semesters, and can be used by any UI student once per semester. To learn more, read the story on IowaNow, or visit the SafeRide website.

Fiske Guide names UI a ‘Best Buy’ for 2013
For the eighth straight year, the University of Iowa has been designated a “Best Buy” in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The UI is one of only 20 public universities from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada on the list. To learn more, read the story on Iowa Now.

UI program connects international, American students
The Friends and Neighbors Day program paired more than 200 international and U.S. students over the summer as pen pals. The partners then met up in person at a large group event after the first week of classes. The program was organized by the Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) to help international students and U.S. students to get connected and to make friends with each other. The CDE hopes to expand the program next year. Read the full story in the Daily Iowan.

Meet the new College of Liberal Arts & Sciences dean
Chaden Djalali has lived in a half-dozen countries and speaks four languages. But Iowa City, he says, is a pretty good stopping place. Djalali took over as dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Aug. 15, and recently talked with Iowa Now about what attracted him to the university, his plans for the college, and his hobbies.

New source for UI arts events info
Arts fans have a new, up-to-the-hour source for information about everything arts on the University of Iowa campus. Arts Iowa provides a comprehensive online guide to exhibits, dance, film, music, theater, readings, and Hancher events. Users can browse events by artistic medium or click the site’s calendar to see what’s happening on any given day.

ZipCar zips into Iowa City
UI students have a new transportation option: a car-sharing program run by a company called Zipcar. Members can reserve one of ten vehicles parked around campus and downtown for a period of time ranging from one hour to several days. Rates start at $7 an hour and $66 a day (after an initial registration fee). Learn more on Iowa Now, or visit

Encourage your student to be safe, smart on the weekend
The Partnership for Alcohol Safety wants to make sure students and other community members are aware that the Iowa City Police Department is conducting proactive party patrols this fall to look for apartment and house parties that are disruptive to neighbors or that have signs that things might be getting out of control. “The intention behind the party patrols is not to ruin anyone’s good time but to prevent the kind of problems that happen when parties get too big and people drink too much,” explains Kelly Bender, UI Campus Community Harm Reduction Initiatives Coordinator. “The fall months are exciting times in Iowa City. We want everyone to have fun but stay safe. If you are thinking about hosting or attending a party this fall, there are steps you can take so everyone has a good time but no one gets arrested, everyone stays safe, and neighbors and landlords don’t get upset.” For more information and tips for avoiding problems, go to

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