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Fall 2009


World class: Growing study abroad opportunities attract more UI students

Counseling service aims
to help students with problems big and small

Small seminars, big rewards

New year brings new opportunities, new challenges

Curbing consumption:
University alcohol efforts focus on student safety

How to talk to your student about alcohol use

Robert Kirby: Helping students explore their passion

Recovery & renewal: Flood-displaced arts programs settle into new quarters, return home, and look to the future

Calling all Hawkeyes



The University of Iowa

A letter from Parents Association President Susan Beck BatesNew year brings new opportunities,
new challenges

It’s great to be a Hawkeye!

Parent Association President Susan Beck BatesThe Parents Association is happy to have you and your student join the University of Iowa family. By the time you read this issue of Parent Times, your student should be settling in comfortably in Iowa City. Fall is a beautiful season in Iowa City, so please walk around campus with your student and take in the beauty when you have the opportunity—after all, this will be their home for the next nine months.

I am a proud Iowa alum (journalism, 1977) and our oldest son, Tom, is also an Iowa alum (journalism and health and sport studies, 2009). And now our twins, Andy and Betsy, are continuing the tradition as first-year students this fall. My husband, Mike—with degrees from Drake and DePaul—is outnumbered, but he probably has the biggest collection of Hawkeye clothing in the family.

We attended a late June orientation session and came away with some great ideas to talk about on our ride back to Illinois. As parents we especially appreciated The IOWA Challenge and the five expectations it outlines for students: excel, stretch, engage, choose, and serve. And, yes, we also talked about Iowa’s football and basketball prospects for the coming season and where to get that big turkey leg.

I also worked at the orientation and handed out calendars with Belinda Marner, assistant vice president for student services, courtesy of the Parents Association. The calendar was designed to provide timely advice for your student’s success. It was a pleasure to meet and visit with so many new Hawkeye families.

Do your Iowa student a favor this fall, whether he or she is a first-year student or a senior, and keep the lines of communication open. Talk about the tough issues. Encourage use of on-campus resources such as the University Counseling Service and instructors’ office hours. Keep up to date on University news through online sources such as the Daily Iowan student newspaper at or regular news updates from University News Services at

Another great opportunity to get involved in University life and visit your student is Family Weekend, which will be held Nov. 6–8. The Parents Association Advisory Board sponsors a Game Day Breakfast, which is more like an indoor tailgate held in the Iowa Memorial Union. Please join us! For registration information, see

By sending your child to The University of Iowa, you have made a wonderful investment. In turn, the Parents Association works toward the goal of making sure each student has a rewarding and successful college career at Iowa. Some highlights of Parents Association efforts this past year include:

  • Cosponsorship of Welcome Week and Family Weekend
  • The Parent Fund for Student Support at the UI Foundation, which supports a number of important initiatives, including enhancing Code Blue emergency phones across campus, Late Night at Iowa Grant Program, educational programming, and a wellness suite in the new recreation and wellness center scheduled to open in 2010
  • Support of AlcoholEdu, an alcohol-education program that all first-year students are required to complete (parents of first-year students received an e-mail from me regarding this program over the summer)

Please visit our web site at or contact the on-campus liaison Belinda Marner at or 319-335-3557. Let us know how we can help you and—ultimately your most important asset—your student.

On Iowa! Go Hawks!

Susan Beck Bates (BA ’77)


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