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Herky and the cheerleaders entertain at the president's block party

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

A new school year is upon us. Early move-in and the On Iowa! program are just weeks away. Read on for information about Welcome Back Week, reminders about important campus events, and much more.

A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, responds to the university's recent No. 1 party school ranking. Link to message.

Events aplenty to welcome back students
The university will kick off the academic year with Welcome Back Week 2013 from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1. On the calendar: a block party at President Mason’s residence, student organization and job fairs, late-night movies, a “hoe-down throwdown,” and more. For information, see

Reminder about campus move-in schedule

University Housing & Dining has assigned a move-in date and time to all first-year students. Returning student move-in is Aug. 24. Students wishing to move-in early may do so from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 or from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19; they will be charged a daily rate until their assigned move-in day. For more information, read the story in Parent Times.

Lost? Visit a campus map
If you’re new to campus or need a refresher course on how to get around, click here to access a variety of campus maps, including a building locator, parking info, and even walking routes. Or download UI Mobile to your smart phone for maps and other resources on-the-go. Another useful resource for your visits to Iowa City is the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Web site answers UI billing questions
With the start of a new academic year come inevitable questions about university billing procedures. Why not bookmark the University Billing Office website for quick access to information about U-bills, financial aid disbursement, and more.

UI students noted for academic excellence in spring 2013
Some 4,000 undergraduates were named to the Dean’s List for spring 2013, and more than 300 were included on the President’s list. See the Dean's List. See the President's List.

UI a good bang for the buck, says college guide
For the ninth straight year, the University of Iowa has been designated a “Best Buy” in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Check out this Iowa Now article to learn more.

Mark your calendars for Homecoming, Family Weekend
Homecoming, with events scheduled from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, and Family Weekend, the weekend of Oct. 25-27, are both great occasions 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.

Hourly car rental available in Iowa City
Need a vehicle but don’t want to bring one to campus? Zipcar, a car-sharing service that allows members to pay an hourly fee to rent a fuel-efficient vehicle, is available in Iowa City. Prices are around $8 per hour, depending on the model of the car and whether it’s a weekday or weekend, plus a $25 yearly subscription fee. For more details, see

‘Daytripper’ series offers regional travel tips
Over the summer, Iowa Now staff members started compiling short pieces about places to visit within a day’s drive of Iowa City. The result is a fun collection of reports about buried elephants, Buddy Holly, and more. Check out the stories at, and bookmark the site for updates.

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