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Greetings, Hawkeye families!

Read on for scholarship deadlines, important services that can benefit your student, new academic programs, and other UI news.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, writes about how the university's funding has changed over the years and how that has affected tuition. Read the message.

Deadlines approaching for some scholarships
Several scholarship opportunities have deadlines coming up. The Carver Charitable Trust awards 20 $5,200 scholarships to Iowa residents who will be UI juniors in 2017­–18; the application deadline is April 1. UI Housing and Dining offers several scholarships to students who are currently living in the residence halls, or to students who currently work in any of the University Housing and Dining food services; applications are due as early as March 25.

Counseling service offers safety net
Did you know that University Counseling Service employs a team of licensed psychologists and social workers with training and experience working with college students? If your student is experiencing stress, encourage them to reach out and schedule an appointment. Services are free and confidential. For more information, visit the UCS website.

What your graduating senior needs to do before spring commencement
Some things to keep in mind if your student is about to graduate: 1) graduating seniors need to apply for their degree; 2) the university provides a handy checklist of things for them to do as they prepare to become UI alumni; and 3) students can check off a few of those items, including purchasing caps and gowns and graduation announcements, at the Spring Grad Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 29 and 30, at the Iowa Memorial Union.

UI plans to hire some 125 students to help with security-related duties
The UI Department of Public Safety is expanding its student security officer program as part of a growing effort to build a community policing culture on campus. Find out how students can get involved on Iowa Now.

Strategic Plan 2016–2021 promotes student success
UI President Bruce Harreld explains how the Strategic Plan 2016 to 2021 promotes student achievement, and shares some examples of the outstanding Iowa programs and facilities that help Hawkeyes succeed. Read more about it on Iowa Now.

UI announces it will be coal-free by 2025
The University of Iowa will divest fully from coal as a campus energy source by 2025. In announcing the goal, UI officials said the university would increase its use of biomass and other renewable energy sources. Learn more about the UI’s plans on Iowa Now.

Offering what no classroom can
While their peers in the Midwest are experiencing cold, often blustery, conditions, dozens of University of Iowa students and faculty each year choose to spend three weeks during winter break in the warm, sunny regions of India. They’re not traveling for vacation, but rather for education. Read more about the India Winterim program on Iowa Now.

Students helping sustainable entrepreneurs in small Belize town
University of Iowa faculty member Bob Walker takes a group of entrepreneurial students to consult with small-business owners in Belize every year. Last fall, UI student Mackenzie Phillips visited on her own as part of a research assignment and found that Walker’s efforts have made a big difference. See what the students have done in Belize on Iowa Now.

Joint degree programs give law students a head start
The University of Iowa College of Law’s joint degree program allows students to specialize in another field while earning a JD. Read more about it on Iowa Now.

Pharmacy college launches new program in palliative care
With a new certificate program, the UI College of Pharmacy hopes to become a leader in palliative and hospice care education, allowing its graduates to help meet the growing demand for end-of-life medical experts. Learn more in Iowa Now.

Save the date: Family Weekend 2017
Mark your calendars! Next fall’s Family Weekend is scheduled for Oct. 27–29. For additional details, see the Family Weekend website.

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