Dear Hawkeye Parents,
It is filled with bittersweet emotions that I send you this note to say farewell as I prepare to leave the University of Iowa and start my new journey at The Ohio State University. The past two years at UI have been an incredible learning opportunity and time of growth. My very best memories here, I owe to you. Your children have made my time unforgettable.
The students are the #1 reason I do what I do. Watching them figure out pieces of who they are and being able to help guide them on their journey are the best reasons to get out of bed in the morning. We have laughed together, cried together, and had meaningful conversations that have helped me as much as they have helped them. Their bright minds and huge hearts are a daily inspiration.
Thank you for all that you do to support your students and support the university. This truly is a family and we could not do it without your help.
My last day at Iowa will be December 31st. President Harreld and his staff are working to identify my successor and you will be among the first to know about the appointment.
Finals at IMU
The IMU is the perfect place for your student to spend finals week, when they’re not taking exams, of course! Featuring a free pancake breakfast, awesome study spaces, 24 hour availability during finals week (12/8 through 12/20), yoga classes, massages, therapy dogs, healthy snacks, fruit, free coffee, popcorn, carbs and caffeine breakfast, and Panchero’s chips and queso.
Share this link with your student: https://imu.uiowa.edu/students/finals
Parent & Family Network Podcast
Subscribe to the Parent & Family Network podcast to hear conversations about resources and experiences for your student! Episode 5 covers University of Iowa study abroad options.
Preparing your apartment for winter break
Many Iowa City residents, as well as college students, leave town for spring and winter break. No matter if you're heading home for the holidays, or flying south for spring break, it's important to prepare your home for your absence, especially during periods of potentially cold and snowy weather. Encourage your student to check out this site.
Book buyback at the Iowa Hawk Shop begins December 9 and runs through December 23rd, 2019. The Iowa Hawk Shop is located on the IMU ground floor. Your student can look up prices online here.
Fall commencement is coming up quickly! Fall 2019 ceremonies start on Thursday, December 19, and end on Sunday, December 22. The university’s commencement website has everything you need to plan for the weekend.
MLK Day of Service
Iowa City's Day of Service (1/20/20) will include service projects from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at various locations. After serving, volunteers will enjoy a celebratory program at the Mercer Park Gym, including musical performances, a keynote speaker, and free lunch! The event will conclude by 2:00 PM. Parking is available on site. Individuals of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Learn more on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week website.
- Flippin’ Into Finals - Monday, 12/16 from 6:30am to 10:30am
Free pancake breakfast for students – more about Finals at IMU
- The Mirage - Friday, December 6 from 9pm to 1am
A celebration of diversity, inclusion, and AIDS awareness.
- Discover Study Abroad - Tuesday, December 10 at 12:30pm
Discover Study Abroad sessions are the first step for interested students to learn more about the study abroad process.
- Holiday Tubas - Friday, Dec. 13, 12:30pm
at The University of Iowa School of Music and the Pentacrest Museums
As always, thanks for your support!
Melissa S. Shivers, PhD
Vice President for Student Life