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FALL 2002-03
Volume 46, Number 1


Packing up old expectations: When students come home for the holidays

Once and Again: President Boyd returns to help Iowa maintain quality of education

Back to School: Iowa's Center for Teaching inspires and invigorates faculty members

KRUI: The Campus Job that Rocks...and Raps...and Hip-Hops

Untangling the Web: Librarians help students evaluate abundant information resources

UI Campaign has Students' Best interest in Mind

A Voice at the Top: Neala Arnold represents Iowa's students

A brush with local history

Members of the UI Water Ski Team perfect their form

Parent Times Briefs

University Calendar

Smoking rate down on campus

Since the inception of smoke-free floors in UI residence halls in 1998, smoking rates among UI students have decreased dramatically.

The number of UI students who reported smoking in the last 30 days declined from a peak of 41.1 percent in 1997 to 28.3 percent in 2001. Iowa’s residence halls became completely smoke free in August 2000.

At the same time, smoking rates among University of Minnesota students have continued to increase, reaching 48.5 percent in 2000. Minnesota does not have smoke-free residence halls.

The information comes from data collected every other year since 1991 by Health Iowa/Student Health Services.

You've got mail....about Iowa!

Parents can now receive @IOWA, a monthly email newsletter featuring recent, selected University of Iowa news stories. To subscribe, simply visit the @IOWA web site at and fill out the on-line form. The next issue will be sent the middle of October.

Family Weekend coming up

November 8-10 is Family Weekend. Activities include classroom visits and campus bus tours on Friday, a family tailgate and chance to cheer on the Hawks at the Iowa vs. Northwestern football game on Saturday, and Sunday morning’s Black and Gold Breakfast. Tickets and hotel reservations go fast, so make your plans now. For the full schedule and more information, visit the Family Weekend web site,

College guide calls Iowa a "Best Buy"

Even in the face of tuition increases, The University of Iowa offers a high-quality education at an affordable price, according to The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2003. For the second year in a row, the University is the only Iowa institution on the Fiske list of 43 “Best Buy” colleges and universities, which are selected based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.

The guide does not rank schools academically but assesses the strengths and weaknesses of some 300 of the top colleges and universities in the United States and Canada in terms of academic strength, social life, and overall quality of life.

The guide calls Iowa “one of the most dynamic schools in the country,” and says the wide range of strengths, from creative writing to the health sciences, attracts students to “this budget Ivy League.”

Lola Lopes, associate provost for undergraduate education, says that the recognition bolsters the message that despite budget difficulties, Iowa is committed to maintaining quality education.

Changes for the Parents Assoicaiton

Oversight of the University of Iowa Parents Association has moved from University Relations to the Office of the Vice President for Student Services. The move is based on the logical connection of having services for parents and students under one roof.

Responsibility for the Parents Association will shift to Phillip E. Jones, vice president for student services and dean of students. Belinda Marner, assistant vice president for student services administration, will be the contact person for the Parents Association and the Parents Association Board of Directors. The office of University Relations will continue to publish Parent Times.

The Parents Association is dedicated to addressing the quality of student experience at Iowa. All parents of University of Iowa undergraduate students are automatically members. The Board of Directors of the Parents Association is a volunteer group that meets on campus three times a year. For more information, contact Belinda Marner at (319) 335-3557 or


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