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Greetings, Hawkeye families!

Read on for inspiring spring break stories, UI graduate program rankings, summer job options, and other UI news.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, writes about how much time your student should devote to studying and what steps students should take if they need help in a class. Read the message.

UI students serve others over spring break
This year, nearly 200 Hawkeyes used their spring break to volunteer in 12 communities across the U.S., cooking breakfasts at an HIV/AIDS service organization in Dallas, packing medical supplies in Atlanta, shoveling mulch at a community garden in Denver, and preparing lunches at a Milwaukee homeless shelter, among other things. Find out how your student can get involved on Iowa Now.

Big Ideas classes creating lifelong learners
The Big Ideas program, a suite of interdisciplinary classes taught by multiple UI faculty members, allows students to explore broad topics, like the origin of life and the history and science of oil, from multiple perspectives. The coursework also satisfies a General Education requirement. Learn more about the classes on Iowa Now.

11 UI graduate programs ranked among nation’s best
According to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report, the University of Iowa has 11 graduate programs in the top 10, as well as 24 colleges and graduate programs among the 25 best in the nation. See what programs received the highest marks on Iowa Now.

Plan ahead for summer
Does your student have plans for a summer job or internship? Both are great on a résumé and for networking. The Pomerantz Career Center is a great resource for finding opportunities that match student interests, and it hosts a number of career-related events throughout the year. Find out more on the career center website, or starting April 7 check out a free webinar offered by Academic Support and Retention on exploring summer jobs and internships.

Parents invited to share move-in tips
Did you help your student move into the residence halls? We know it can be hot and sticky, chaotic, and just plain emotional for all involved. How did you survive it? What recommendations do you have for achieving a smooth and relatively painless transition? We are collecting advice to share with families at Orientation 2017. Drop us a line at (and be sure to include your name, your city, and your student’s name).

UI receives prestigious award for campus internationalization
The University of Iowa is one of only four schools in the U.S. to receive the prestigious 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Read more about it on Iowa Now.

Devaluing public universities harms research, innovation
UI President Bruce Harreld discusses the important research that public universities contribute to the world and raises concerns about what happens when institutions like the UI lose public support. Read the message.

Student Legal Services provides rental guide
Is your student hunting for off-campus housing for the fall or trying to sublet their apartment for the summer? If so, talk with your student about the binding nature of signing a lease and how to handle disputes with a landlord. Student Legal Services will review leases for students, and its website offers useful information about renting, including a section on “Things to Know Before You Sign a Lease.”

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