I am excited about my first year on campus and hope your student's experience has been a positive one so far. The weather has been spectacular here with a hint that fall is definitely on the way. It's been fun watching your students attend events in Hubbard Park, walk to their 8:00am classes smiling (well, mostly a slight grin or grimace), attend the first game of the year in Kinnick Stadium, and participating in events and programs designed to enhance their experience on campus. You all made a great choice to become Hawkeyes!
Whether this is your student's first or last semester on campus, it's clear you have provided them with critical support and guidance to help ensure their success. Family engagement is a critical factor in both academic success and personal development. It is important for you to have opportunities to be engaged in your student's experience. We appreciate you redirecting them to us if they have questions or concerns about classes, adjusting to being a student, help with locating the health or counseling services offices, or simply identifying ways to get involved on campus.
I was a first-generation college student, and having committed and supportive staff was integral to my ability to succeed. The Division of Student Life offers countless ways for your student to get engaged on campus and a wide range of academic support to ensure their success in the classroom. During the start of the semester, please encourage your student to seek support and guidance; it's not a sign of weakness but a demonstration of strength to ask for help!
Your young adult, our student, is your most prized possession. I'd like to invite you to let me know how I can help you and your student. While I don't have my own children, I have two young nephews and 33,000 young adults I feel responsible for helping navigate the world. If I can partner with you, I feel confident we can help make your students experience at UI one of the most memorable times of their lives.
Together for UI,
Melissa S. Shivers, PhD
Vice President for Student Life