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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

The end of the school year is just days away. Students wrap up classes for the spring semester on May 10, with final exams scheduled for May 13-17 and commencement just after that. Congratulations to the Class of 2013, and best wishes for a fun and productive summer to the rest of our Hawkeyes!


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, writes about a recent trip during which he was reminded that both students who are struggling and those who are thriving need his attention. Link to message.

Get ready for graduation day

Is your student graduating? The Office of the Registrar has detailed information about commencement ceremonies, including directions and parking information, photography guidelines, links to hotel accommodations, and more on its website.

Career Center holding ‘Suit Camps’ in May

Encourage your job-searching junior or senior to attend a workshop during the Pomerantz Career Center’s “Suit Camp: A Boot Camp for Your Job Search” on May 8 and 20. Career advisors will address résumés and cover letters, job search strategies, and interviews. More information and registration is available at

Residence Hall checkout procedures posted
UI residence halls will close at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 18. Residence hall staff will be available to help students check out from the halls between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. starting Saturday, May 11. See checkout procedures and information about interim housing.

Wanna do a good deed? Help a parent out…
In the summer print edition of Parent Times, we'd like to include tips from seasoned parents on best practices for moving students into the residence halls and saying good-bye. It can be hot and sticky, chaotic, and just plain emotional for all involved. How did you survive it? What recommendations do you have for achieving a smooth and relatively painless transition? Drop us a line at (be sure to include your name, your city, and your student's name.)

Stellar student employees recognized
In April, the UI recognized nine undergraduates who help keep the university working. One winner, Andrew Michalski, received state and regional honors, too. To read about all the honorees, read this Iowa Now article.

UI brings bike-repair stations to campus
Student cyclists will no longer have to leave campus or lug around several tools in order to repair their bicycles: the UI Department of Parking and Transportation recently added two new bicycle-repair stations, complete with wrenches, screwdrivers, and tire pumps. See this Daily Iowan article.

Students elect new leadership

In April’s University of Iowa Student Government election, Katherine Valde and Jack Cumming were voted in, respectively, as president and vice president. Learn more about the students in this Daily Iowan article.

Grant to boost efforts to prevent student suicide
University Counseling Service director Sam Cochran discusses how a new, three-year grant project will bring the campus and local community together to prevent student suicide. Read more in this Iowa Now article.

Popular astrophysicist comes to campus

In town to deliver a distinguished lecture on the UI campus, celebrated astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson stopped by an astronomy class, held court in a casual chat with invited faculty and students, strolled the streets of Iowa City, and gave a spirited public talk at the Iowa Memorial Union. Check out this Iowa Now photo feature.

From practice field to elementary classroom

The Hawkeye football team views spring practice as a time for development. Members of the team have taken that view to the community, sharing the message of literature with Iowa City youth. Check out this Iowa Now video.

Music, arts take center stage over the summer
Summer in Iowa City is just around the corner. Campus may quiet down a bit, but the community bustles with weekly programs downtown of live music, film screenings, and the arts. To see what’s going on or to plan your visit to town, check out

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