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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

It finally feels like fall in Iowa City—the semester is under way and the temperature is dropping. When students arrived on campus, they discovered an exciting, new Learning Commons at the Main Library. Below you’ll find links to several photo features, so you can catch a glimpse of campus in action. You’ll also learn about upcoming events.

A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, discusses the university's success initiatives for first-year students. Link to message.

The first-year experience: A recap of On Iowa!
First-year and transfer students were welcomed to the university in August with On Iowa!, five days of academic and social activities to help prepare them for college success. Visit Iowa Now to read a sampling of what students had to say about the program and view a photo gallery.

Mark your calendars for Homecoming, Family Weekend
Homecoming (Sept. 29–Oct. 6) and Family Weekend (Oct. 25-27) are great occasions to visit campus, show your UI parent pride, and spend some time with your student. Visit each event’s website for more information or to start planning your visit.

New Main Library facility fast becoming a hub for students
The 37,000-square-foot Learning Commons in the Main Library opened at the start of the fall semester, and it’s already buzzing with activity. Check it out in this Iowa Now photo gallery.

Fall career fair to highlight job opportunities
It’s never too early for students to start thinking about boosting their résumés with an internship or to network with potential employers, and the university’s Pomerantz Career Center is ready to help. All students are welcome to attend the free Fall Job and Internship Fair on Sept. 26 at the Iowa Memorial Union. The career center also sponsors several sessions prior to the fair to help students prepare for the event.

Bijou teams up with FilmScene on independent, nonprofit movie theater
The Bijou Cinema helped draw Jesse Kreitzer to the University of Iowa. Now he’s helping shape the Bijou’s future by partnering with FilmScene, a nonprofit bringing movies back to downtown Iowa City. Learn more in this Iowa Now article.

Marching band endures, entertains
The Hawkeye Marching Band’s season got off to a brutal start with temperatures that approached—and sometimes reached—record highs. Nevertheless, these devoted students are a staple at Kinnick Stadium on game days, pepping up the crowd no matter what the score is. Check out the ensemble in this Daily Iowan slide show.

Tickets to UI music, theatre, dance productions now on sale
Students in the UI Division of Performing Arts put on hundreds of live performances each year in music, theatre, and dance. Learn more about the upcoming season in this Iowa Now article. And, despite not having a venue of its own, Hancher continues to bring top performances to campus; for more details, check out Hancher’s website.

Fiske Guide names UI a ‘Best Buy’ for 2014
For the ninth straight year, the University of Iowa has been designated a “Best Buy” in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The UI is one of only 21 public universities from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada on the list. To learn more, read the story on Iowa Now.

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