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Pentacrest in the springtime

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Spring is finally upon us in Iowa City, and that means commencement is right around the corner for many of our students. In this email, you will find information about graduation weekend, new academic programs, sending a special treat to your student in the residence halls, and more.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, discusses summer opportunities available to your student, including classes, study abroad, and internships. Link to message.

UI takes steps to boost campus safety
Underscoring its commitment to keeping campus safe, the UI recently added a second vehicle to its popular Nite Ride service and is processing student applications for the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee, part of President Sally Mason's six-point plan to combat sexual assault.

Gearing up for graduation
If you need more details about spring commencement ceremonies, visit the Office of the Registrar website. On a related note, be sure to check out the Pomerantz Career Center website, which is teeming with information useful for job hunters and parents alike.

I-80 exit closure will disrupt UI-bound traffic

The westbound exit from Interstate 80 to Dubuque Street will be closed for construction starting in April and will create disruption for university-bound traffic, including for the Hawkeye spring football game and commencement weekend. For more details, see this Iowa Now article.

Four-year graduation rate surpasses 50 percent

The university’s four-year graduation rate reached 51.1 percent for undergraduate students who enrolled in 2009—the highest rate in recent memory. Learn more in Iowa Now.

Housing plans include new facilities, modest rate increases

The university’s five-year plans for residence halls include investigating construction of a second new facility and increasing room-and-board rates by 3.5 percent for 2014-15—the lowest increase in the past six years. Find out more in Iowa Now.

UI pushes new fast-track degree programs
Two new accelerated graduate-degree programs will be implemented in the coming months. Learn more in this Daily Iowan article.

National program helps UI engineering students excel

Eleven UI students are pursuing outstanding engineering projects thanks to the College of Engineering’s leadership role in a prestigious U.S. National Academy of Engineering program. Learn more in this Iowa Now article.

Student actress prepares during premiere week
Learning lines, changing costumes, hitting the mark, taking a bow. The life of a Mainstage performer can be hectic, certainly during a production’s premiere week. That’s all on top of the scholarly and social aspects of being a college student. An Iowa Now photographer recently followed sophomore Molly Brown as she prepared to perform in the theater production of Absurd Person Singular. See the photo feature here.

UI wins bid to host 2015 National Debate Tournament
The university will host the National 2015 Debate Tournament Championship for the first time since its 1947 inception. Learn more in this Iowa Now article.

A priceless opportunity in India
Amy Hanson, a UI undergraduate from Cedar Rapids, received a short-term program merit scholarship from the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization to study abroad in India. In this International Accents essay, she reflects on the experience.

Send a care package to your student in the residence halls
Whether your student is spending a birthday away from home or just needs a lift as finals approach, University Dining can help provide a treat to brighten the day of students living in the residence halls. You’ll find customized birthday cakes, get-well kits, fruit baskets, and more in the selection of Hawkeye Treats. Information is available on the University Housing & Dining website.

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