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The University of Iowa

Spring 2012


Hawkeye parents connect on Facebook

Learning Commons to provide 'intellectual hub' for students

Meet Art Spisak

A letter from the Parents Association

When every second counts

A black belt in health

Beyond study abroad

Reminders for parents

Art Building West re-opens

Important dates

University calendar


Reminders for parents

Fiske Guide names Iowa a ‘Best Buy’

For the seventh straight year, the University of Iowa has been designated a “Best Buy” in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, and for the fifth year running, the UI is the only Big Ten school on the list.

To receive a “Best Buy” designation, schools had to have high academic rankings, an inexpensive or moderate price, and a high quality of student life on campus. The guide describes Iowa as “one of the most dynamic schools in the country—and one of the best values to boot.” It also describes UI as “a bargain compared with other Big Ten schools … The scope of its academic programs is broad and social activities abound—especially when it comes to rooting for their Hawkeyes.”

Another record-breaking year for UI Dance Marathon

University of Iowa Dance Marathon continues to top its fundraising records. When “the big event,” 24 hours of nonstop dancing, drew to a close on Feb. 4, students had raised $1,369,147.18 for the UI Children’s Hospital, a 12.2 percent increase from 2011.

More than 1,500 students—another record number—participated in the event. Working year-round to reach their individual goal, each dancer must raise $400 to attend.

Along with nonstop dancing, this year’s event featured live performances by bands such as Hello Ramona and Good Luck Jane, as well as other acts like the UI Breakers, line dancing lessons, and more. Nearly 1,000 family members of patients also were in attendance.

Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropic organization at the UI. In the past 18 years, it has raised more than $11.2 million to support pediatric oncology programs at the UI Children’s Hospital.

For more information about Dance Marathon, visit

One-stop shop for UI news

The University of Iowa has launched a one-stop online shop for news, multimedia, and features about UI people and programs.

Iowa Now debuted March 19 with a new website at, a daily email alert available by subscription, and RSS feeds that let users easily follow the news they choose.

“We know that people who care about the university want more control over the information they receive, discover, and share,” says Tysen Kendig, UI vice president for strategic communication. “They’re looking for stories that are timely, relevant, engaging, and even a little fun.”

The Iowa Now website showcases the day’s top stories, running lists of newest and most popular content, and windows to the university’s official Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels. It also includes easy ways for users to share the stories they like within their own social networks.

“More than ever, Iowa Now gives you a role in telling the UI story,” Kendig says.







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