News and updates for faculty and staff

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6 projects that may affect your campus commute

As the fall semester gets underway, here are six ongoing projects that may affect travel around campus. Please remember to use caution when driving or walking near construction areas and allow extra time to reach your destination.

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Benefits update: Mental illness included as reason to use sick leave

The University of Iowa's policy on sick leave now clarifies that mental illness qualifies for sick leave in the same way as physical illness. Updating the policy is just one way the university prioritizes the mental health and well-being of its employees, as outlined in the Strategic Plan 2022-2027.

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Celebrating one year with the Stanley Museum of Art

What a year it was! The UI Stanley Museum of Art welcomed more than 65,000 visitors, hosted more than 200 university courses, and shared its exhibits with more than 4,000 K-12 students and educators. View this photo gallery to revisit the last 12 months and learn more about what's coming next.

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Holy cow! After 5 years, I-80/I-380 interchange is finally finished

After five years of detours, shifting lanes, construction zones, and delays, you'll be happy to know that the I-80/I-380 interchange on the west edge of Coralville is all but finished. The Iowa Department of Transportation expects the final two lanes to be open by Friday. Read more about the project in this Gazette story.

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Reminders: How to tell the difference between colds, flu, and COVID-19

The energy on campus from the return of students also means more illnesses are now present in our community. Colds, flu, and COVID-19 are more common now as more people return to residence halls, apartments, classrooms, and other spaces where they are in close contact with others. This chart can help you understand the difference between these three common illnesses, and what you should do next.

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Long after the pandemic, 'Zoom wave' endures

Among the enduring social changes of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a collective shift to group video calls for work meetings. Many of us still end those calls with a "Zoom wave" three years later. But why? Susan Wagner Cook, associate professor in the UI Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, researches why human beings gesture to communicate and how those hand movements deepen learning and social connection. She explains in this story.

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6 tips to help you have a safe semester

Take some time to familiarize yourself with these important Campus Safety resources as we begin another academic year. From using the Nite Ride service, to downloading the Rave Guardian app, the university offers many free resources you (and students you work with or teach) should know about to help you have a safe semester.

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UI social media channels ranked No. 1 for 5th straight year

For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Iowa reigns atop social media engagement in higher education. The 2023 Higher Ed Social Media Engagement Report by Rival IQ ranks Iowa No. 1 overall, which includes ranking first on Facebook, second on X (formerly Twitter), 11th on Instagram, and 35th on TikTok. "The Hawkeyes are, as ever, a force to be reckoned with and dominate year after year on higher education social media," the report says.

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Meet the 35 members of the International Writing Program for fall 2023

This fall, 35 of the brightest writers from around the world will complete 11-week residencies at Iowa as part of the renowned International Writing Program. From Aug. 19 through Nov. 4, these writers will participate in public readings, class visits, panel discussions, film screenings, and more. You can find their fall schedule here.

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How to use active listening to help students in distress

When helping students who are in distress, we are more effective when we are active listeners. By being an active listener, we help students reengage their intellects. They are more easily able to put order to their stories, describe their emotions, and hear themselves verbalize their distress.

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Write it down: We change the game

Hawkeyes are changing people’s lives or changing the game completely—storybook scenarios befitting of the best public university for writing and communication. Our new halftime commercial celebrates what makes Iowa great.

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Happy birthday, Herky! Iowa's favorite mascot turns 75

Herky will celebrate his 75th birthday with party hats, noisemakers, and dessert on Sept. 1 at FRYfest alongside Hawkeye fans in town for the football season opener. As the UI marks a milestone birthday for the beloved mascot, members of Herky's team reflect on what makes him an ageless icon.

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