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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Spring is upon us in Iowa City, and many of us are hoping that means no more snowfall! In this email, you’ll find links to the Pentacrest webcam (find out for yourself if campus is once again blanketed in white), articles about scholarship opportunities, information about sending a special treat to your student in the residence halls, and more.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, writes about what he learned spending the day at the state capitol. Link to message.

Ferentz fellowships to support undergraduate research
Six students in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been awarded the first-ever John and Elsie Mae Ferentz Undergraduate Fellowships for Research. These fellowships were made possible by a gift to the UI Foundation from Kirk and Mary Ferentz in honor of Kirk’s parents. Learn more about the students and their projects in Iowa Now.

Survey finds majority of Iowa students feel safe on campus
Not only do UI students generally feel safe on campus, a majority also supports the current weapons ban on campus and approves of the performance of UI campus police, according to a recent survey conducted by a UI journalism class. To learn more, see this article on

UI to offer summer study scholarship for first-year students
Have a future Hawkeye in your household? The UI has established a new summer-session scholarship available to incoming first-year students. The aim is to help students complete their undergraduate degrees in four years. To learn more, see this news item in Iowa Now.

Gearing up for graduation
Spring commencement ceremonies are right around the corner. If you need more details about the events, visit the Office of the Registrar website. On a related note, be sure to check out the Pomerantz Career Center website, which teems of information useful for job hunters and parents alike.

26 UI programs among top 25 in nation
U.S. News & World Report recently ranked 26 UI graduate programs and colleges among the 25 best in the country among all public and private schools. To learn more, see this news item in Iowa Now.

Send a care package to your student in the residence halls
Whether your student is spending a birthday away from home or just needs a lift as finals approach, University Housing & Dining can help provide a treat to brighten their day. You’ll find customized birthday cakes, get-well kits, fruit baskets, and more in the selection of Hawkeye Treats. Information is available on the Housing & Dining website.

Take a high-def peek at the heart of campus
Curious about what’s happening on the UI Pentacrest? Tune in to a live, high-definition view at The webcam, which was first installed on top of Phillips Hall in 2000, features a wide-angle view of the iconic Old Capitol and neighboring buildings.

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