Greetings again from the Parents Association Advisory Board. And it is always great to be a Hawkeye! Truth be told, I am writing this column in early November and the Iowa football team is sitting on a 9–0 record and on the front cover of Sports Illustrated. Go Hawks!
The beauty of The University of Iowa goes well beyond our athletics programs, superb academic programs, and wonderful facilities; it’s a campus beauty that includes everyone coming together to provide a top-notch education and experience for all students. That honesty, pride, and hard-work ethic are great characteristics of The University of Iowa and are part of what makes me proud to be an alumna.
A benefit of being an advisory board member is hearing from various UI spokespeople such as President Sally Mason, Tom Rocklin, Chuck Green, and countless others. Their sincerity and dedication to our students makes me certain that our children’s decision to attend this wonderful institution was the right one.
This issue of Parent Times references the Pick One campaign and the benefits of student employment. Pick One is a subject near and dear to my heart. Both of our children, who are first-year students at Iowa, chose STAT (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) as their starting points with Pick One. The program helps students make friends and discover new interests and skills. To date, STAT has proven to be a success.
This is a good time of year for an academic assessment with your student—it’s helpful for parents and students to talk about and plan the next phase of the student’s academic career. It also is the time to make living arrangements for next year. To return to the residence halls, students must reapply by Feb. 5; for details, check out http://housing.uiowa.edu/departments/housing/sas.htm.
If you visit your student in Iowa City this winter, keep in mind that there are many events to enjoy on campus—Dance Marathon, basketball games, and various cultural arts programs, just to name a few. See the University web site, www.uiowa.edu, for event updates and locations.
Best regards to each of you. On Iowa! Go Hawks!
Susan Beck Bates (BA ’77)