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Students sitting near the river.

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

You may have heard that the Iowa River, which flows through campus, has flooded its banks. The university is functioning normally, but please be aware that Dubuque Street, one of the roads leading to campus from Interstate 80, is closed. Be sure to allow extra time when traveling to Iowa City. Read on for the latest news from campus.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, writes about the university flood emergency plan. Link to message.

UI web site offers flood-related info
Because of the road closure and increased traffic of trucks, cranes, and other heavy equipment involved in flood preparations and regularly scheduled construction projects, travelers to, from, and around the UI campus are encouraged to be mindful of possible delays and to plan extra time to ensure safety. For up-to-date information regarding flooding in Iowa City, click here. For alternate routes to campus, check out this map.

Kudos to students: Dean’s, President’s, and graduation lists coming soon
The University of Iowa publishes graduation and Dean’s and President’s lists, and also sends them to the hometown newspapers of students who receive these distinctions. Spring 2013 lists will be published in mid-June on Iowa Now, as well as sent to hometown newspapers (based on the student’s hometown as listed in ISIS) at that time.

Look back on spring 2013 commencement
Thousands of UI students received their degrees during spring 2013 commencement ceremonies May 16-18. View a photo gallery from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Graduate College ceremonies, or check out the graduation day buzz collected from social media posts on Iowa Now.

Making the most of a summer internship
Did your student land a great summer internship? The Pomerantz Career Center has a list of tips to help him or her make the most of the experience. Among the ideas for ways learn as much as possible and get an edge in future job searches: don’t be afraid to ask questions, find and build a relationship with a mentor, and write formal thank you notes to supervisors at the end of the internship.

Mark your calendars for Homecoming, Family Weekend
It’s not too early to make your plans—and your hotel reservations—for two important campus events this fall: Homecoming, Oct. 4-5, and Family Weekend, Oct. 25-27. Bookmark the web sites for Homecoming and Family Weekend, and be sure to check back for updates.

UI announces ‘For Iowa. Forever More.’ campaign
With its $1.7 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, the UI aims to educate students for a global society; ensure a healthier and more sustainable world through research; and enrich commerce, culture, and communities for Iowans. Learn more in this Iowa Now article.

UI to establish Office of Outreach and Engagement
A new position in the Office of the Provost will promote collaboration between UI faculty, staff, and students and community partners across the state. Additional information is available in Iowa Now.

Undergrad’s discovery shows how Saturn’s magnetosphere changes with the seasons
An undergraduate student and his UI colleagues have discovered one way in which the bubble of electrically charged particles around Saturn, also known as Saturn’s magnetosphere, changes with the planet’s seasons. Find out more in this Iowa Now article.

Student creates organization to share African-American culture, history
Junior Anthony Ferguson initially came to the University of Iowa to play for the Hawkeye football team. After one season, however, he felt a calling to something greater. He left the team and created a community organization called Young, Black, and Educated. Read more this Iowa Now article.

Art students showcase their work in annual event
ArtsFest, held in May in the Studio Arts Building, was a free, interactive art experience presented by graduate and undergraduate students in the UI School of Art and Art History. It featured artwork by the students, as well as demonstrations and hands–on opportunities in studio art and art history. To check it out, visit this Iowa Now photo gallery.

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