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Volume 46, Number 4


Building Community: UI Residence Services Strives to Improve Student Life, Keep Disruptions to a Minimum

Family Ties: Parents support the University, and their students, through the UI Parents Association

Safety on Campus: Stay alert, lock up, and take advantage of University resources

Developing independence: Residence halls help students learn the skills of living on their own

One way to wish your student well

Students can take the cake

Parent Times Briefs

Important Dates

University Calendar

The University of Iowa


Thanksgiving Break extended

Students can look forward to a longer Thanksgiving vacation, thanks to a May 22 vote by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The Regents agreed to eliminate classes on Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week and grant a five-day recess for all undergraduate colleges, the Graduate College, and the College of Pharmacy. The new break will take effect this coming fall, when classes will not be held from November 24-28. University offices will remain open for business November 24-26.

Residence Hall Award

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Laura Avey, with a portrait of
George L. Droll

Getting involved in her residence hall has made her first year at The University ofIowa all the more rewarding, says Laura Avey of Ankeny, this year’s George L. Droll award winner.

“I just like helping people,” says Avey, who is majoring in English and journalism. In her role as a floor representative in Stanley, she helped raise money for residence hall events and also served on the staff of Earthwords, a literary review published by the Associated Residence Halls for the past 23 years.

The award was created to honor the man who joined Iowa’s Department of Residence Services in 1960 and served as its director from 1980 until his death in 1995. Along with a certificate recognizing her contributions, Avey receives a credit on her University bill of up to $1,000, to be used toward her room and board charges next year, when she’ll be living in Currier.

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Help your student remember to reapply for housing

Although it may seem far away, it will be here before you know it. In February 2004, students will receive information about reapplying to live in the residence halls for 2004-05. Students, not parents, will receive the reapplication materials, and only students can reapply. But parents can remind their students of the importance of these deadlines. If students do not fill out and return the UI Housing Application and Contract Card, they will lose their opportunity to be housed in residence halls next year. So, come February, make a note to yourself to drop your student a few e-mail reminders.

Published by University Relations Publications. Copyright The University of Iowa 2003. All rights reserved.

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