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News from the Nest

photo of Melissa Shivers, VP for Student Life

Melissa Shivers, VP for Student Life

As the warmer temperatures lead into a cooler season, I start to see the campus subtly change in its own way. Students are bustling about and settling in to a bit more serious tone as they prepare for midterms, papers, and projects. While academics are at the forefront, they have Homecoming just around the corner and my wish is for them to have the opportunity for positive balance between their studies and student experiences. You may find a bit more stress in your student’s voice or an anxious feeling that can emerge this time of year. Between your support and our resources here on campus, we can help them through. Thanks for all you do. 

Midterm can be a time of need

If your student is feeling stressed or blue, please know there are resources available. This is the time in the semester when many students feel overwhelmed, homesick, or just not themselves. You’ve been a reassuring listener and guidepost for your student all along the way, and they may need you now more than ever. 

If you sense your student is needing assistance or a boost of “you can do this,” please encourage them to reach out to resources available on campus:

University Housing and Dining, in partnership with University Counseling Services, offers free counseling within or close to the residence halls, making it easy for students living on campus to get the support they need. Embedded therapists provide counseling services to students and resident assistants, who are affiliated with the UI’s residence halls. They are available to assist with a variety of situations, including:

  • stress management
  • emotional regulation
  • dealing with academic demands

To schedule an appointment, please have your student contact University Counseling Services.

Has your student decided where they want to live next year?

University Housing applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are opening soon. The returning student application opens on Nov. 2, 2019. This year, over 1,200 students chose to continue living on campus for the convenience, support, and community of the residence halls. There is even a community just for second year students to enhance their success on campus! Find out more here.

Generations of Hawkeyes have viewed the residence halls as more than a place to live, but as a transformative experience. In the residence halls, students learn to advance their personal awareness to be responsible members of their communities. Through Residence Education Model (REM), University Housing and Dining staff and residents encounter a planned, year-long approach to the residential experience. Learn more about the Residence Education Model here

It’s not too early to be thinking about fall graduation!

photo of two friends taking a selfie at graduation

If your student is graduating this fall, you may want to give a friendly reminder that they need to apply for their degree here. There is a handy checklist of things for them to do to make sure everything is in place. They can purchase caps and gowns and graduation announcements at the upcoming Grad Fair on Oct. 17 at the Iowa Memorial Union. 

October is filled with many events

While your student is probably quite busy right now, please encourage them to take some time and enjoy the happenings around them. This month is Homecoming at Iowa and there are many fun activities!

There are lots of other ways for your student to get involved this month. Check out the Campus Activities Board and these featured October happenings:

Important information via podcast

Check out the UI Parent and Family Network (PFN) podcast series that engages the audience as educational stakeholders of UI students. This month’s podcast features Paying for Next Year: The Financial Aid Process with Kelsey Ryder, associate director, Financial Literacy & Counseling and is a great resource needed at this strategic time in the FAFSA process.

Here is a complete list of podcast features.

2019-20 Podcast Schedule [listen here]

  • August - Making the Big Move: Move-In & On Iowa!
  • September - Handling Homesickness: Strategies for Success
  • October - Paying for Next Year: The Financial Aid Process
  • November - Study Abroad—What’s it all about?
  • December - Managing the Winter Break Transition
  • January - Proactive Planning for Next Year
  • February – Exploring Summer Jobs & Internships
  • March - Academic Support Resources
  • April – Managing the Summer Transition
  • May - Iowa City in the Summer

And, finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Family Weekend 2019, November 15 -17, 2019. Plan to book those hotel rooms and dinner reservations soon because we would love to see you on campus!

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