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The University of Iowa

Winter 2015


Parents of the Year

Bigger. Better. Best.

Midyear check-in

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Deadline near for on-campus students to reapply for housing


Centennial Celebration


Midyear check-in

Fall semester is over, and spring classes are underway. How is your student doing? We asked some student services professionals around campus how parents and families can best support their student. Here is how they finished the following statement:

Families contribute to student success by…

Encouraging their students to take advantage of the resources available to them on campus. Each student helps pay for these support services with their tuition, and parents should help encourage them to get the most out of the money they are spending.

—Josh Frahm, instructor, Student to Employed Professional Program

Asking their student questions to help them to process information and figure out a solution. For example, if a student is feeling lonely, you might ask, “What type of clubs or leadership opportunities might you explore to potentially become engaged on campus?”

—Kate Sojka, director of academic support and new student initiatives

Being good listeners.

—Bob Kirby, director of the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates

Encouraging their students to not be shy about asking for help. For instance, academic support offered through Tutor Iowa isn’t just for students who might be struggling in a subject but also for students who want to get an A rather than a B in the class.

—Cindy Seyfer, director of student employment and senior associate director in the Office of Student Financial Aid

Helping students reflect on the everyday self-discipline they must learn and those big decisions about majors and careers, as well as encouraging them to get outside of their comfort zone and explore new subjects, groups, and opportunities.

Lynne Sebille-White, director of career advancement, Pomerantz Career Center

Providing a secure home base and encouraging students to use support services available to them. The students we see in the University Counseling Service are often referred by a parent. A supportive parent may be one of the first persons that a student will alert to the fact that she or he is struggling and needs additional care or connection. The UCS is ready and available to provide that care and connection.

—Sam Cochran, director, University Counseling Service

Coaching them through challenges without taking over responsibility for the challenge.

—Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life



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