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Fireworks behind Old Capitol

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

We hope you and your student are keeping cool this summer. This month’s Parent Times includes campus flood updates, info about student parking, an invitation to the state fair, and more.

Forecast good, but campus remains cautious
The Iowa River is back to normal and Dubuque Street has reopened, but UI officials continue to monitor the possibility of flooding. You can always find the latest updates at

UI seeks representative of Class of 2017 to speak during Convocation
We’re looking for a charismatic incoming student to speak on behalf of Class of 2017 at this fall’s Convocation. Think your son or daughter is a good candidate? Encourage him or her to visit for more information, including details about how upload an audition video. Entries are due Aug. 2.

Online registration open for student parking permits, reduced-price city bus passes
Students who bring a vehicle to campus are required to register their vehicle with the Parking and Transportation Department. To register, students should go to and click on “Online Services.” After logging in with their Hawk ID and password, they should select “Order Permits or Bus Passes” and follow the on-screen instructions. Parking permit types include: commuter lots, parking for students who live on campus, and night/weekend permits for students who live off-campus.

Journalism course examines social media
The UI offers a course called Social Media Today, where students learn about the history of social media and how it can be effectively used for communication. Learn more about it through this UI video.

Hancher announces 2013–14 season
With site preparation for the new Hancher Auditorium under way, Hancher staff recently announced a new season full of dance, music, and theater performances and family events. Highlights include performances by blues legend Buddy Guy, comedic superstar Lily Tomlin, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Tickets go on sale Aug. 26. For more details, visit the Hancher website.

Construction projects remain on track despite recent flood risks
Flooding along the Iowa River in June caused some headaches in Iowa City, but it did not slow down progress on the construction of a new residence hall or on several renovation projects at the student union. Read more in this Daily Iowan article.

State fair is coming up—and the University of Iowa will be there
The Iowa State Fair is Aug. 8–18 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The university has an exhibit at the Varied Industries Building, so be sure to stop by and say hi. Parents also are invited to volunteer at the UI booth to assist on a variety of tasks. To sign up for a shift, visit

Inspiring story of human inventiveness selected for book project
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, is the 2013 selection for One Community, One Book, a project sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights that promotes learning about human rights in the United States and the world through literature. The 2013 selection for the annual reading program tells the inspiring story of a Malawian man’s determination to bring power and freedom to his village. Read more in this Iowa Now article.

Latest Iowa Alumni Magazine is digital, free for all
The June 2013 digital issue of the Iowa Alumni Magazine is available at no cost through the UI Alumni Association website. The issue looks at Iowa history through a century’s worth of Daily Iowan advertisements, and shows how UI faculty and staff are helping prisoners at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center unlock their potential to change.

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