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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

Summer is upon us! Although Iowa City is a bit quieter these days, there are plenty of academic and social activities going on. Read on to find out what our recent graduates are doing, tips for your student’s summer internship, and how you might hone your poetry skills.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, shares an excerpt from his recent UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences commencement speech. Link to message.

Kudos to students: Dean’s, President’s, and graduation lists coming soon
The UI publishes graduation and Dean’s and President’s lists, and also sends them to the hometown newspapers of students who receive these distinctions. Spring 2014 lists will be published in mid-June via Iowa Now and the UI Merit pages, as well as sent to hometown newspapers (based on the student’s hometown as listed in ISIS).

Spring commencement 2014: Looking back and moving forward
Thousands of UI students received their degrees during spring 2014 commencement ceremonies in May, and the university has archived live streams from those events online. The Motley Fool recently named the UI one of three universities in the country with “super-high” post-graduation placement rates, and many of our new alumni are headed into the state’s “hot jobs”; find out more in this Iowa Now article.

Service organizations a worthy post-commencement option
While a majority of UI seniors line up jobs or graduate study, some pursue opportunities with community service organizations like City Year or the Peace Corps. While they may not offer large paychecks for new college graduates, they can pay out huge dividends in personal and professional development. Find out what three young Iowa alumni are doing in this arena.

Student push for tuition freeze pays off
Thanks to months of hard work by dozens of UI students, the Iowa Legislature has guaranteed that undergraduate residents will see a tuition freeze for the second straight year. See Iowa Now for more details.

Making the most of a summer internship
Did your student land a great summer internship? The Pomerantz Career Center has a list of tips to help him or her make the most of the experience. Among the ideas for ways learn as much as possible and get an edge in future job searches: don’t be afraid to ask questions, find and build a relationship with a mentor, and write formal thank you notes to supervisors at the end of the internship. See more on the career center site.

Hansen recognized for advocacy on behalf of undergraduates
Sarah Lux Hansen, assistant vice president for assessment and strategic initiatives in the UI Division of Student Life, has received the 2014 Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy. Hansen has helped create several successful programs at Iowa, including On Iowa!, the IOWA Challenge, and Pick One. Learn more about Hansen and the award in this Iowa Now article.

First UI theme semester offers ‘Food for Thought’
Coming in spring 2015, the UI’s first theme semester will highlight perspectives on food, including the traditions it inspires, its relationship with health, the economics behind its production, and much more. For additional information, see this Iowa Now article.

Hawkeye athletes score big in academics
Paced by all-time high scores in nine sports programs, all 24 of the UI’s intercollegiate athletics programs are achieving at a rate that surpasses the national benchmark for academic success established by the NCAA. Learn more about the NCAA report in Iowa Now.

UI launches free, online course on poetry writing
Are you an aspiring poet or just curious about the art of writing verse? The UI International Writing Program announced in May that it will offer the university’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in creative writing. The free course, which is open to anyone with an Internet connection, is called How Writers Write Poetry and will run June 28 to Aug. 9. A fiction writing course will launch in September. To learn more, check out this Iowa Now article.

Governor tours new UI biomedical discovery building
When Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds visited the UI campus in May, they toured the new John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, which is scheduled to open in June. To learn more about the building, which will house several research teams focused on pressing biomedical issues like diabetes and cancer, see this Iowa Now article.

Mark your calendars for Homecoming, Family Weekend
It’s not too early to make your plans, and your hotel reservations, for two important campus events this fall: Homecoming, Oct. 10–11, and Family Weekend, Oct. 31–Nov. 2. Bookmark the web sites for Homecoming and Family Weekend, and be sure to check back for updates.

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