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Volume 48, Number 4


Helping your child adjust to college life

Home sweet home

Developing independence

Safety on campus

Academics alfresco

Black and gold goodies

Parent Times Briefs

Important Dates

University Calendar


The University of Iowa

George Droll Award Winner

Anne Lingwall in Burge Lobby
Anne Lingwall

Anne Lingwall decided that she’d run for hall president.

“As a first-year student, I decided it was the one extra thing I’d do to help me understand how the University works.” But one extra thing led to another, and Lingwall ended the year as a representative to ARH (Associated Residence Halls student government) and vice president of student government for her residence hall, Burge.

Involvement with these and other activities led Lingwall, who hails from Des Moines, to be named this year’s George L. Droll Award winner. The award is named for 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, Lingwall receives a credit on her University bill up to $1,000, to be used next year toward tuition, fees, and books.

“Initially, the University seems like a huge place, with so many directions you can go,” she says.

Lingwall will continue her involvement as an RA in Burge next year, helping students adapt to life at Iowa.

“I had such a positive experience—I want to be a resource for others to have the same kind of experience,” she says.

All students living in residence halls, except in rooms with a kitchen, must have a Basic-Fare Meal Plan. Students living in Mayflower, Parklawn, or rooms with a kitchen may choose a five-meal-per-week plan. Upperclass students in these rooms may opt for no meal plan or purchase 20 meals for $120. Changes and purchases may be made at the Housing Office, 17 Burge, using cash, check, or charge to their University ID.

Security Enhancements

Students living in Quad and Rienow halls will see an extra level of security inside and outside their buildings. Residence Services is installing card readers at all exterior (and some interior) doors, allowing only building residents to enter the hall after hours or to access student living spaces anytime. This project is part of a three- to four-year phasing to provide greater security to all residence halls. Also included are alarms on exterior doors that activate when a door is opened or propped, and video monitoring.

Residence hall e-news

Parents who are interested in monthly updates on residence hall-related information may sign up for an e-mail newsletter. The newsletter will include deadlines and news relevant to your son’s or daughter’s residence hall experience. Visit, click on Parents and Visitors, Res Hall News for Parents, and follow the directions to subscribe. Then watch for your e-mail to arrive!

Help your student remember to reapply for housing

In February 2006, students will receive information about reapplying to live in the residence halls for 2006-07. 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 reminders.


Published by University Relations Publications. Copyright The University of Iowa 2004. All rights reserved.

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