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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

On the UI campus, fall is in full swing and we are approaching midterm, which means that Family Weekend is right around the corner. Read on for the latest campus news, including details on Family Weekend and flu vaccine, and for tips on must-see spots on campus.

A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, discusses the progress that has been made in reducing high-risk alcohol use since the passing of the 21 ordinance in 2010, and how an upcoming ballot measure could set the community back. Link to message.

Register now for Family Weekend

If you haven’t registered or reserved lodging for Family Weekend, do so now. This annual event, scheduled this year for Oct. 25–27, includes a performance at the Englert Theatre, a game day breakfast, and a UI version of Family Feud. It’s also a great way to connect with your student. Registration is $80 per family and includes three tickets to all events. The registration deadline is 5 p.m., Oct. 11. For more details, see

Flu vaccine now available at Student Health & Wellness
With colder weather comes flu season. Encourage your student to protect him- or herself against the virus by getting a seasonal flu vaccine. Students can visit Student Health & Wellness anytime during business hours to get the mist for $35 or the shot for $25. There also will be clinics held across campus later in October. For more information, visit

Website offers central resource for academic assistance
Tutor Iowa
, launched in 2012, offers a one-stop online directory for students seeking academic assistance and mentoring for their UI courses. The site allows students to search for free and private student tutoring services by course or subject, browse a list of campus help labs, and learn of workshop and counseling opportunities.

New student record system gets start-of-semester workout
A recently launched student record system that was custom built by software engineers in Information Technology Services got a good workout in the first week of classes, and is performing extremely well. Fall 2013 marked the first full-blown start-of-semester experience for the fully implemented system. Learn more at Iowa Now.

UI sees steady undergraduate enrollment
Undergraduate enrollment at the University of Iowa is holding steady after last fall’s record high, with 21,974 students compared to 21,999 in 2012. Learn more at Iowa Now.

All the world’s a stage

Numerous students and faculty in the UI Division of Performing Arts dotted the globe with their summer activities. Find out in this Iowa Now feature how and where students gained valuable experience in music, theatre, and dance, and where faculty traveled to teach at workshops, perform at festivals, and conduct research.

Coming for a campus visit? Check out these alumni favorites
In advance of Iowa’s recent Homecoming celebration, UI alumni and friends were asked to share with Iowa Now their favorites places around campus. The resulting selection of submissions is worthy to be bookmarked for your next visit to Iowa City.

UI helps Iowa City earn generosity ranking
With a nod to the University of Iowa, recently ranked Iowa City as the fourth most generous town in the United States. Learn more at Iowa Now.

U.S. News ranks UI among best 30 public national universities

The University of Iowa ranks 29th among the nation’s best public universities, according to the latest rankings published by the magazine U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about Iowa’s rankings at Iowa Now.

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