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Greetings, Hawkeye families!

Our largest student organization, Dance Marathon, recently announced it had raised more than $2.5 million this year to help fund pediatric cancer research. Read on to learn more about that achievement and to find out about other UI news and events.


A message from the vice president for student life
To help celebrate the university's 170th birthday, Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, shares what he loves about the University of Iowa. Link to message.

Students receive academic accolades for fall 2016
Some 4,732 undergraduates were named to the Dean's List for fall 2016 for earning a GPA of 3.50 or higher, while about 300 were included on the President's List for achieving a GPA of 4.00 or higher. Access the Dean's List and President's List on Iowa Now.

UI students receive degrees after 2016 fall semester
The UI awarded nearly 1,400 degrees at the close of the 2016 fall semester. See more details, including a complete list of recipients, on Iowa Now.

Iowa Scholarship Portal offers simple application process
Did you know that there is some $72 million in scholarships available at the University of Iowa? And there is still time for students to apply for one of hundreds of scholarship opportunities. An online tool makes searching and applying easy. Encourage your students to browse, or take a look yourself. But keep in mind that many deadlines fall on March 1 or earlier!

Deadline approaching for summer tuition grant
Students who are eligible for the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant II have until March 1 to declare their intention to use the scholarship program for summer 2017 classes. Students who indicate their intention to use the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant II by the deadline and later change their mind may rescind their intention by May 1. Eligible students can find out more via the MyUI portal or on the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant II website.

Tutor Iowa website offers one-stop shop for academic help
Is your student struggling in a class? Or perhaps they could use a new study space? Have them check out the Tutor Iowa website, which pulls together UI academic resources into a central location.

It's time to secure housing for next year
Fall may seem far away, but students returning to campus next academic year are urged to make housing plans now. The deadline to reapply for on-campus housing is Feb. 13; see the University Housing and Dining website for more information. For students considering living off campus, a great place to start is the UI Off-Campus Housing Services website; students can browse rental listings, learn about the March 8 housing expo at the student union, and find out how Student Legal Services can help assess prospective leases.

Get ready for graduation day
If your student is graduating this spring, the Office of the Registrar has information about commencement ceremonies, including directions and parking information, photography guidelines, apparel details, and more, on its website.

Campus emergency notification system helps students
Although spring is just around the corner, winter storms could still wreak havoc on campus. The university has an emergency notification system called Hawk Alert for students, faculty, and staff through which they will be notified via text message, voice message, and/or email of any campus-wide cancellations or potential threats to their personal safety. Encourage your student to update their contact information online. Families of students may follow the situation online at or through news outlets in the lowa City area.

Dance Marathon celebrates another record-breaking year
It's another year to remember for the UI Dance Marathon community. More than 2,600 students participated in Dance Marathon 23, raising $2,572,130.23 to help fund pediatric cancer research at the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. See photos from the student-run organization’s Big Event on Iowa Now.

UI announces new Campus Inclusion Team
The University of Iowa is launching a new Campus Inclusion Team to help students deal with bias concerns on campus. Learn more about it on Iowa Now.

Program empowers women to take on leadership roles
Every spring, the UI Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) offers an intensive, five-day institute that educates college women about the political process and teaches them effective leadership skills. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply for the nonpartisan program; the deadline is Feb. 17. Get more details on the WRAC website.

New RVAP director wants to expand services, increase involvement
Adam Robinson, executive director of the university's Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), recently spoke with Iowa Now about the program's objective, its new team members, and its plans for the future. Read more on Iowa Now.

Dance group builds confidence, character
UI Breakers, a student organization dedicated to breakdancing and hip-hop culture, creates camaraderie among its members, even as they "battle" against one another. And it boosts their confidence in the process. Check out their moves in this Iowa Now video.

The University of Iowa is celebrating a milestone in February—its 170th birthday. What do you love about the university? Tell us on social media using the hashtag #iloveUIOWA. Learn more about the celebration on Iowa Now.

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