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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

We are halfway through the spring semester, which surely means warmer temperatures are on their way. Read on to learn about some scholarships your student may want to apply for soon, to see how the career center can help your student find a major, and to find out what else is going on in Iowa City.


Join the UI Parents community on Facebook
Did you know Iowa has a University of Iowa Parents page on Facebook to serve as an online community for parents of future, current, and former Hawkeyes? To interact with the page, you’ll need a Facebook account. After you “like” the page, you’ll see regular updates in your news feed. There will be reminders about deadlines, links to campus news, information on events like Parents Weekend and graduation, and more.

Career center aims to help students find right major
Is your student still unsure about a major area of study? The Pomerantz Career Center has a new initiative called Find Your Focus, a program designed for students in the very beginning stages of career exploration. It’s ideal for open majors and for students who are questioning their declared major choice. Learn more about the program at

UI students noted for academic excellence in fall 2012
Some 4,000 undergraduates were named to the Dean’s list for fall 2012, and more than 200 were included on the President’s list. See the Dean's list. See the President's list.

New academic certificate program breezes in
The College of Engineering announced in February that it would begin offering a certificate program for students interested in learning more about wind energy and the technology behind it. To learn more, check out this Daily Iowan article.

Car-sharing program filling need
Although it’s easy to get around campus on foot or via the free Cambus system, sometimes having a car at one’s disposal can be a lifesaver. Zipcar has been offering a fleet of vehicles in the Iowa City community that UI students can rent by the hour or day, anytime. To learn more, see

Carver scholarship application deadline is April 1
Twenty $5,200 Carver Scholars scholarships will be awarded for 2013-2014 to students who will have earned 60 semester hours of credit by fall 2013. Other eligibility requirements include: Iowa resident, 2.80 cumulative GPA, be enrolled full-time, have overcome social or economic obstacles to attend or be successful in college, and have demonstrated financial need. Students can apply via the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust website.

Applications open for UI Housing & Dining scholarships
Three scholarships (the David Coleman Scholarship, the George L. Droll Award, and the Food Service Student Employee Scholarships) are available for students who are currently living in the residence halls and/or will return to the UI next year, or to students who currently work in any of the University Housing & Dining food services located in Burge or Hillcrest, in the IMU Food Service locations, or at any of the campus C-Stores or dining satellites. Each scholarship has its own unique criteria. Learn more and find application forms on the Housing & Dining site.

Cultural diversity festival moves to fall
This year, the UI Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival will kick off Homecoming events in September, creating a new fall tradition for a popular event that traditionally has been held during the spring semester. The event also will be held outside for the first time in Hubbard Park. Read more at Iowa Now.

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