News from the Nest

Melissa Shivers, Vice President for Student Life

Melissa Shivers
Vice President for Student Life

Warm greetings on this cold January day! I hope you have enjoyed the time with your students over winter break and are in a good place to send them back to campus soon. As a reminder, classes start on Monday, January 14. We look forward to seeing them!

As the new year begins, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for your family support. At the Division of Student Life, our collective mission is student success – on all levels. We couldn’t do it without you.

Here is a checklist of some things to consider as we start the new year.

Commencement planning already?

Do you have a student graduating in May? Well, it’s not too early to start a bit of planning in January. Hotels and restaurants in the area fill up quickly during the busy commencement time period. As you sit by the fireplace, think Spring and schedule now! For more details, visit our newly-designed UI commencement site.

Fall housing for returning students – a good option

You may have discussed future housing with your student over winter break. Have you explored the benefits of living in the residence hall as a second, third, or fourth-year student? You can find more information on the University Housing & Dining site. Please note some key dates on the horizon: returning student tours are January 28 and the priority deadline for online room selection is February 1.  

Shine some light on winter blues

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We all know that living in the Midwest during the winter can translate to gray skies and winter blues. If your student is experiencing some symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), please let them know about light therapy options available through Student Health and Student Wellness. 

Making the grade 

If you had discussions with your student over winter break about grades and you are looking for a place to turn for assistance, please consider the resources available through Academic Support and Retention.

For example, Tutor Iowa is a resource for students who are seeking academic assistance and mentoring to support their classwork efforts. Students are encouraged to participate in workshops and study labs, supplemental instruction sessions, or arrange private tutor sessions.

A moment to celebrate 2018 

As we begin a new journey in 2019, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on some great 2018 memories. Here is a video that reflects UI past highlights. Enjoy! 

Again, thank you for all you do to support the University of Iowa.

All my best,

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

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