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Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

We are quickly approaching spring break, which surely means warmer temperatures must be on their way. Read on to learn about some scholarships your student may want to apply for soon, find out about some exciting class projects, and see what else is happening on the UI campus.

         
 

UI making progress on sexual assault response plan
Responding to campus concerns, UI President Sally Mason unveiled a Six-Point Plan to Combat Sexual Assault during a Feb. 28 meeting with the Iowa Board of Regents. The UI already is making progress on the plan, which calls for cracking down more on offenders, increasing support for survivors, improving prevention and education, improving communication, and additional funding, among other things. To learn more, see this Iowa Now article.

UI students noted for academic excellence in fall 2013

Some 4,000 undergraduates were named to the Dean’s List for fall 2013, and more than 300 students were included on the President’s List. See the Dean’s List. See the President’s Llist.

UI students receive degrees after 2013 fall session
The University of Iowa awarded an estimated 1,500 degrees at the close of the 2013 fall session. See more details in Iowa Now.

Popularity of Main Library’s Learning Commons continues
The UI celebrated the new Main Library Learning Commons with a grand opening on Feb. 21. Check out photos in this Iowa Now feature.

Applications open for UI Housing & Dining scholarships
Three scholarships are available for students who are currently living in the residence halls and/or will return to the UI next year, or to students who currently work in any of the University Housing & Dining food services located in Burge or Hillcrest, in the IMU Food Service locations, or at any of the campus C-Stores or dining satellites. Applications are due March 28. For more details or to apply, visit the Housing & Dining website.

UI fraternity gives $100,000 to endow scholarship fund
The UI’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity has donated $100,000 to the university to endow the Nile C. Kinnick Scholarship Fund, ensuring scholarship awards for future generations of incoming UI freshmen with outstanding high school achievements. To learn more, read this Iowa Now article.

Students team up to teach robots to dance

An innovative cross-disciplinary course in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has computer science students working with performing arts students to choreograph a dance, and then program a troupe of robots to perform it. See this Iowa Now article to learn more.

Business students help build Iowa communities
UI marketing students are using their newfound expertise to help a pair of eastern Iowa towns build their economies by attracting new employers and new residents. For more information, check out this Iowa Now article.

Local churches see uptick in youth attendance
In order to spark interest in the younger generation, churches and Christian clubs in Iowa City are trying to be more engaging with college students through events outside of services. Read more in this Daily Iowan article.

Inspiration for lead character in new movie was UI grad
In 1919, all undergraduates at the University of Iowa were required to take a drawing class. Were it not for that requirement, it’s possible that some of Europe’s greatest artistic treasures would have been destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. Learn how George Clooney’s character in the 2014 film Monuments Men was inspired by a UI graduate in this Iowa Now article.

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