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News from the Nest

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Melissa Shivers – Vice President for Student Life

In this month devoted to adoration, it’s important for us all to remember that your student still needs your encouragement and love. You’ve been a reassuring family member, and they may need you now more than ever. Your student is making choices daily on everything from what major to pick, which friends to choose, which (if any) romantic relationship to pursue, and what activities best feed their interests.

The demands of daily college life can be overwhelming – academic, social, emotional, and physical – and can cause stress. Encourage your student to be good to themselves. And seek a little help along the way, if needed. There are many people here in the Division of Student Life and across campus who believe in your student and want to see them succeed. Your student can come talk to one of us, and we will help send kindness and support directly their way.

To start off February, here are a few ways to encourage self-care for your student.

Let’s try to feel our best

Cold and flu season is here, and we want to keep our Hawkeye community as healthy as possible. If your student has not received a flu shot yet this year, they are available at the Student Health and Wellness clinic. Below are tips from Student Health to help prevent spreading the flu and staying healthy this winter.

  • Cover your coughs
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes/nose with your hands
  • Please stay home from class and work when you are sick!

The Student Health Nurseline can help your student with whether to make an appointment, how to take self-care measures, and much more. They can call 319-335-9704, leave a message, and a nurse will return their call. Messages left after hours will be returned the following day.

Move with Zumba, ERG-FERNO, and Blast!

Photo of Zumba class at CRWC

Okay, maybe I just like saying the names! But there is a whole lot of positive energy going on at our top-ranked Recreational Services. A sure way to beat the winter blues is for your student to join a group fitness class.

No registration is needed, just a desire to get out and move with friendly, supportive people! Non-member fee is $10 for persons 19 years or older. 

Where to live? Here’s some stress-relieving information.

The topic of where to live can be overwhelming and an ever-present worry for your student. Here are some options and information for your family to consider.

Campus Housing Resources

Residence hall option – Second Year Experience Pilot

The University of Iowa is launching a new program in the residence halls for 2019-2020 specifically for second year students. Hawkeyes who will be in their second year on campus may want to consider applying for the Second Year Experience program! Students in this program will choose their own room on a floor in Catlett reserved just for participants of the Second Year Experience. Selected students can earn individual and group participation-based financial incentives (up to $250 per semester), as well as need-based scholarships of up to $500. All students who live on campus have the support of professional staff, campus-based activities and groups, and convenient amenities. Requests to join the Second Year Experience program will be accepted after the priority deadline (February 1) as space allows. Interested in learning more or applying? Visit the University Housing & Dining website.

Off-campus option

For students living off-campus or those considering options, the UI Off-Campus Student Support Advisory Committee provides resource and information to be aware of during and after living in an apartment or house. The committee sponsors the Neighborhood Ambassador program, Housing Expo, and annual welcome events to the university and Iowa City community. In addition, they offer the Off-Campus Living website that provides students with tips, resources and relevant news. The committee of student leaders and campus partners meets twice a semester to gather feedback, address concerns and share resources available for students. While living off-campus offers a unique set of challenges, the UI Off-Campus Student Support Advisory Committee (OCSSAC) provides many resources to help students succeed!

Time for some academic assistance?

If your student is feeling the stress of an academic workload or looking to learn new and effective ways to study, consider discussing the resources available at the UI Academic Resource Center. In the context of self-care and academic success, this could be a good source of support for your student.

An opportunity to share the love! (and cupcakes)

Photo of cupcakes at the UI's birthday celebration

Starting February 4, your student can help celebrate the university’s 172nd birthday!  They can use the hashtag #iloveUIOWA to share what they love about the state’s oldest and most comprehensive university. It can be a person, place, or memory during your time on campus. Just in the past year, there have been plenty of memorable moments to treasure.

As part of the celebration, it may be fun to remind your student that the Campus Activities Board (CAB) will be handing out birthday cupcakes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 25 in the Hubbard Commons, IMU. 

As always, thank you for your support.

Together for Iowa,

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

Melissa S. Shivers, PhD
Vice President for Student Life
Interim Chief Diversity Officer

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