A message from Melissa

As we have now officially moved into a beautiful fall season, I am reflecting on my first semester at this gorgeous university.

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Melissa S. Shivers, Vice President for Student Life

As we have now officially moved into a beautiful fall season, I am reflecting on my first semester at this gorgeous university. Like summer turning to autumn, arriving at Iowa was the beginning of a new season in my life. And what a thrill it has been! 

New seasons signal new opportunities and hope for the future. For me, they also bring with them a profound sense of gratitude. I am thankful for the opportunity to lead Student Life at Iowa with a wonderful group of dedicated practitioners, professionals, and graduate students, and I am deeply grateful to you for entrusting us with your children.

First and foremost, I hope to meet you at Family Weekend, which will be taking place on October 27-29. If you haven't already registered, please go online by Wednesday, October 4th at 5:00p.m. and make plans to join us for a weekend of fun and fellowship. I will be at the Game Day Tailgate and hope to meet many of our Hawkeye families. Please stop by and introduce yourself. 

I also want to encourage your continued involvement in the Parent and Family Network. You can find helpful resources on the website. The UI Parent & Family Network sponsors and is involved with a variety of campus activities throughout the academic year.  I also encourage you to download our Family Calendar to stay up-to-date on events and activities happening on campus. 

Engage with your student's home away from home! We would be honored to have you. 

Midterms are here

It's hard to believe we are halfway through the fall semester. Over the past few weeks your students have been preparing for midterm exams, projects, and papers. Don't be surprised if you get stressed phone calls, but remember there are things you can do to help.

Encourage your student to take care of themselves. Regularly fueling their bodies with healthy food and trying to sleep 7-8 hours each night will help them stay focused and energized. Proper planning can prevent all-nighters! If you are sending care packages to campus, consider including things like dried fruit, nuts, other healthy nonperishable snacks, and, of course, encouraging notes from home. 

If you are worried or feel like your student needs extra help or encouragement, please remind them of on-campus resources like University Counseling Services, which is free and open to all students, working with their academic advisors, and the library, which can provide an abundance of assistance and a quiet place to study. There is a strong network of support all over UI – remind your student that we are here to help!
Thank you for sharing your students and allowing the Division of Student Life to enhance their college experience. We are so proud to have a campus filled with smart, eager, inspiring young adults. You have prepared them well. 


On Iowa!

an image of the signature for Melissa S. Shivers, VP for Student Life

Melissa S. Shivers, PhD
Vice President for Student Life


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