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Happy new year, Hawkeye parents!

We hope you and your student have had a good winter break. Before long, festivities to honor Martin Luther King Jr. will kick off the spring semester. Read on for important deadline reminders, upcoming campus events, and other UI news.


File the FAFSA for financial aid
The UI Office of Student Financial Aid encourages students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all required documents as soon as possible after Jan. 1 for the upcoming academic year. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis, with the first awards finalized in mid-March to students with complete files. Although students can apply for financial aid throughout the year, funding for some financial aid programs may be depleted prior to May 1. Learn more about the filing process at

Help your student remember to reapply for campus housing
Later this month, students who live in the residence halls will receive an email about reapplying for housing for the 2013–14 year. There is no application fee or deposit required for returning students, and these students will be able chose the exact residence hall room they will be living in next year. The deadline to reapply is 5 p.m., Feb. 15. For more information about reapplication, click here.

University to honor legacy of MLK
The university will celebrate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. this month with a number of free events, including a tribute to King on the Pentacrest, a talk by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, a play, and a “Rights-a-Palooza” cultural fair. Additionally, students are invited to donate items to benefit the Shelter House and the Crisis Center of Johnson County Food Bank for the MLK Day of Service. Collection boxes will be available at the Campus Information Center in the IMU through Jan. 21. For more details, see

Students can earn academic credit over spring break
While some students will head south for traditional spring break trips, others will take advantage of for-credit university excursions and on-campus offerings the week of March 18. It’s not too late for your student to enroll in courses on land navigation, sea kayaking, bicycling in the southern United States, salsa dancing, golf, and photography, to name a few topics. To learn more, visit the ISIS courses page and type “spring break” into the keywords area.

Center for Student Involvement and Leadership plans alternative spring break
For 15 UI students, spring break will mean rolling up their sleeves and making a difference. The students will focus on public health during a trip to Memphis, where they will work with people with HIV and AIDS. Learn more in this Daily Iowan article.

Kiplinger’s names UI a best value in public higher education
The University of Iowa was ranked 49th among 100 four-year public colleges or universities as a best value in higher education by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Read more on Iowa Now.

Nicholas Colangelo named interim dean of the College of Education
UI executive vice president and provost P. Barry Butler appointed Nicholas Colangelo as interim dean of the College of Education, effective Dec. 15. Read more on Iowa Now.

Coming out on campus
Jake Christensen, a UI alumnus who was not comfortable coming out as a member of the LGBT community when he first came to campus, is helping other LGBT students feel supported to succeed on campus in his role as a UI senior admission counselor. Read more on Iowa Now.

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