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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

The weather in Iowa City is still chilly, but it’s time to start thinking about acing spring semester finals, prepping for May commencement, and fall housing needs! Read on to learn more about housing deadlines, leadership opportunities, academic resources, and much more.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, stresses the educational value of encountering people who are different from ourselves, and how the Iowa Challenge calls on students to stretch beyond their comfort zones. Link to message.

Deadline approaching to reapply for campus housing

Students who currently live in the residence halls and wish to reapply to live there again in the fall have until 5 p.m. Feb. 28 to submit their application. Students should have received an email in January with details about how to apply for housing. For more details, visit the University Housing & Dining website.

UI offers off-campus rental guide online
Now is the time many UI students sign leases for the fall or seek new housing options. The UI’s Iowa City Student Rental Guide, a collaboration between Student Legal Services and UI Student Government, offers valuable information on topics such as signing a lease, living with a roommate, and filing a small claims case.

Financial aid workshops available

The financial aid filing date for 2014-15 is drawing near, and the university is offering several free workshops for students to learn more about the application process, review important filing deadlines, and understand the part-time and work-study job search process. Learn more at

Academic success workshops tackle stress, time management, more

Many students start the new calendar year with goals of doing better in their academic courses. To help students reach those goals, University Counseling Service is hosting a series of academic success workshops in February. The four topic areas are time management and organization, study skills and test taking, managing test anxiety, and stress management. The workshops are free and open to all undergraduate students. More information is available at

Tutor Iowa web site offer one-stop shop for academic help
Does your student need a tutor? Or perhaps a new study space? Have them check out the Tutor Iowa website, which pulls together UI academic resources into a central location.

UI program empowers women to take on leadership roles
Every spring, the UI Women's Resource and Action Center offers an intensive, five-day institute that educates college women about the political process and teaches them effective leadership skills. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply; the deadline is Feb. 20. See the Iowa Now story for more information.

UI emergency notification system helps students
Spring is just around the corner, but winter storms could still wreak havoc on campus. The university has an emergency notification system called Hawk Alert for students, faculty, and staff through which they will be notified via text messages, voice messages, and/or emails of any campus-wide cancellations or potential threats to their personal safety. Students should make sure their contact information is up-to-date; they can do this online. Parents of students may follow the situation online at or through lowa City area news outlets. Read more about the Hawk Alert system.

Get ready for graduation day
Is your student graduating this spring? The Office of the Registrar has information about this spring’s commencement ceremonies, including directions and parking information, photography guidelines, links to hotel accommodations, and more on its website.

Free online course on Whitman opens Feb. 17

The University of Iowa’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, organized by the UI International Writing Program (IWP), offers participants everywhere the opportunity to read, consider, and discuss Whitman’s epic poem, and is free and open to anyone with an Internet connection. Read more about the course.

Life interrupted
Growing up, Quad Cities native Aundrea Watkins bounced between almost a dozen different homes between the ages of 3 and 18. School was her "sanctuary and true stability." She graduated in December with a University of Iowa elementary education degree and plans to become a teacher to help other students succeed. See the Iowa Now story.

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