I’ve heard some amazing summer travel and internship stories already, and I look forward to hearing more as people begin to fill the halls of PBB again. What adventures we’ve all had, even those who stayed here in Iowa City to enjoy our summer festivals, summer classes, work, and hopefully some of our international visitors (like the Mandela Fellows, did you read about that?).
My own summer was filled with many highlights but three images stand out: Standing at the top of Grizzly Peak with my oldest daughter who was visiting University of California Berkeley, looking over the San Francisco Bay (don’t worry, she’ll still end up at Iowa); a fully family outing to the worldclass Vail Dance Festival in Colorado; and catching up with an alum and old friend here in Iowa City, watching his 2-year old son play on the Ped Mall. What images fill your mind as you reflect on this summer? Feel free to post or send me an email!
I just sent an email to all Tippie and pre-business students, which I’ve pasted below. If you didn’t get this email this morning, please check your official @uiowa account and make sure that official Tippie emails are not getting tossed into the clutter folder, or getting lost if you have forwarding to another account (which I don’t recommend).
Have a great first week of classes! Don’t hesitate to contact me or your adviser if you have questions or want guidance.
Welcome to Fall 2017 from Tippie leadership!
What an epic, first day of class thunderstorm! We had an impressive lightening show this morning. Coupled with the solar eclipse later today, nature appears to have cooked up a dramatic way to mark the start our academic year!
I’m writing with a couple announcements and tips for how to start the semester strong. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or your academic advisor with any questions, or with requests for guidance.
Announcements: (1) Pappajohn Business Building (PBB) renovations are still underway. Please pardon the minor inconveniences as we finish first and third floor renovations (more information https://www.biz.uiowa.edu/pbbconstruction). (2) Faculty have discretion about eclipse viewing, which begins today at 11:46am and ends 2:37pm, peaking at 1:12pm. Faculty may hold class as usual or allow viewing. Information is available about the eclipse on NASA’s website (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov) and there are two official viewing stations on campus (https://clas.uiowa.edu/events/solar-eclipse-viewing-pentacrest).
Tips: (1) Get to every single class on time. It doesn’t matter whether this is your first year or last—punctuality is a virtue worth cultivating! (2) Introduce yourself to someone new in class, even if you already know people there – Iowa students support other Iowa students, and we can only do that when we know each other. (3) Read each syllabus three times this week, making sure you understand the keys to succeeding in each class. (4) Check your @uiowa and your ICON account every single day. (5) Set specific goals that will help you stay on top of your classwork and your health. Think about and plan to make healthy day-to-day choices that keep you strong, including eating well, sleeping regularly, and exercising to keep your body and mind active. One example from a student who set three goals this week: Attend every class on time, walk briskly at least 30 minutes each day (unless a full CRWC workout happens), and eat a healthy breakfast each day. Set your own goals this week, and start strong.