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Greetings Hawkeye parents!

The temperature in Iowa City is still chilly, but it’s time to start thinking about spring break, graduation, and even summer! Read on to learn more about housing deadlines, leadership opportunities for students, the fabulous accomplishments of UI Dance Marathon, and much more.



A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, writes about Dance Marathon and the invaluable leadership experience it provides to students. Link to message.

Dance Marathon reaches record—again
UI Dance Marathon 2013’s fundraising total of $1.5 million brings the group’s historic tally to $12.7 million, establishing its place as one of the nation’s top college philanthropies. Check out this photo gallery of the event.

Deadline approaching to reapply for campus housing
Students who currently live in the residence halls and wish to reapply to live there again next year have until 5 p.m. Feb. 15 to submit their application. Students should have received an email in January with details about how to apply for housing. For more details, visit the University Housing & Dining website.

Leaders wanted: On Iowa! seeks a few (dozen) great students
On Iowa!—the five-day welcome and orientation program for first-year students—is recruiting experienced students who can serve as mentors, facilitators, and guides. For more information, check out this Iowa Now article.

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory offers summer scholarships
UI graduate Brittany McConnell discovered she wanted to pursue a career in environmental science after taking a course at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory last summer. Sound like something that might interest your student? Scholarships are now available for the first 50 students who apply for the 2013 summer session. To learn more, see this Iowa Now article.

Reimagining downtown Las Vegas
Ten University of Iowa undergraduate students are participating this spring in a unique pilot course called Reimagining Downtown. The course will allow the students to apply their education and creativity to help Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and others transform downtown Las Vegas. Read more in this Iowa Now article.

Flu kits available in Student Health

Westlawn Pharmacy in Student Health has flu kits available for sick students for $12. Each kit contains: ibuprofen, acetaminophen, a digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, a small pack of Kleenex, and facemasks. Student Health also still has flu vaccines available. Learn more, or send your student a friendly reminder, by visiting Student Health online.

UI emergency notification system helps students
Spring is just around the corner, but winter storms could still wreak havoc on campus. The university has an emergency notification system called Hawk Alert for students, faculty, and staff, through which they will be notified via text messages, voice messages, and/or emails of any campus-wide cancellations or potential threats to their personal safety. Students should make sure their contact information is up-to-date; they can do this online. Parents of students may follow the situation online at or through lowa City area news outlets. Read more at

Certified to stand out
Did you know that the university offers 21 certificate programs? These generally require a few more credit hours than a minor (18–24), and consist of a series of course work organized around a specific area, such as aging studies, global health studies, entrepreneurial management, or sustainability. For more information, check out this article in the winter issue of Parent Times.

Get ready for graduation day
Is your student graduating this spring? The Office of the Registrar has information about this spring’s commencement ceremonies, including directions and parking information, photography guidelines, links to hotel accommodations, and more on its website.

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