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Greetings, Hawkeye families!

Read on for information about spring graduation, student honors, an innovative and heartwarming senior project, and other UI news.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, writes about the three qualities that are recognized at the annual Finkbine dinner. Read the message.

Here are 9 things graduating seniors need to keep in mind
The homestretch of a college career can be a busy and emotional time, and sometimes important details just slip through the cracks. If your student is getting ready to graduate, check out this list of things to help them wrap up and prepare for their next adventure.

Information about move-out and a donation drive
The end of the semester is quickly approaching, and that means students will be moving out of the residence halls. Guidelines for the process are available on the University Housing and Dining website. Also, the UI Office of Sustainability is organizing a donation drive called "Donate Don't Dump," May 10–13, when students and their families can donate or recycle unwanted items while moving out of the residence halls.

Merit Page can boost students' credentials
Students looking to spruce up their résumé shouldn’t overlook a free online tool provided by the UI: their Merit Page. Learn more on Iowa Now.

UI honors top student employee
Rachel Bruflodt was named UI's 2016–17 student employee of the year. The Dubuque, Iowa, native and seven other student employees, as well as nine student-employee supervisors, were honored at a reception at the home of UI president Bruce Harreld. See who was recognized on Iowa Now.

Undergraduates tackle pressing health problems
As early as their first year, UI students are getting hands-on research experience and making important scientific contributions to studies aiming to eradicate diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Learn more about research projects and how students can get involved on Iowa Now.

Engineering students go 'above and beyond' to help 8-year-old ride bicycle
Born without a right arm, Jonny Cole couldn't ride a bike. Determined to help him, four UI undergraduates in the Department of Biomedical Engineering designed a device for a class project that lets him ride with confidence. Read more about it on Iowa Now.

Tippie student to become air battle manager after graduation
After graduation, UI marketing major Alex Pagano will become an air battle manager at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida. Pagano, a former wing commander in the UI's Air Force ROTC program, says her Tippie College of Business mentors played a key role in her success. Read her story on Iowa Now.

Finkbine Dinner celebrates 100-year milestone
University of Iowa students, faculty, staff, and alumni received some of the institution's highest honors on April 11 at the 100th Finkbine Dinner. See who was recognized on Iowa Now.

Two disciplines. Two wheels. One elite program.
The University of Iowa's world-renowned bicycle frame–building courses bring together art and engineering students to answer the question "How do you build a bike?" Conceived by art professor Steve McGuire in 2010, Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle has become the model for how to build a university bike-building course. Learn more about the course on Iowa Now.

Alumna who worked for Oprah Winfrey visits campus
Sheri Salata, UI alumna and former executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, returns to campus for a Life with Phil Talk, part of the UI Foundation's Phil Was Here program. Salata says Iowa offers a "small-town feeling with big university opportunities." Read more about her on Iowa Now.

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