News and updates for faculty and staff

Congratulations to Iowa women’s basketball, Big Ten tournament champions!

Congratulations to the Iowa women’s basketball team on its second straight Big Ten tournament championship. The Hawkeyes finished the tournament in record-setting fashion, defeating Ohio State on Sunday, 105-72. Iowa scored the most points in a Big Ten Tournament championship game and recorded the largest margin of victory in the tournament’s history. The team is now ranked No. 2 in the country.


Reminder: Performance review deadline is March 31

If you’re a staff member still working on your performance evaluation or you’re completing reviews for the team you supervise, remember that March 31 is your deadline. Explore these helpful tips for making the most of the review process, no matter if you are a supervisor or an employee.

Remember to set those clocks. Daylight saving time begins Sunday

For much of the United States, daylight saving time is set to begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12. Before you go to bed on Saturday, don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour so you won't be late for your Sunday morning activities. Daylight saving time will end Nov. 5. Enjoy the extended daylight!


Major road construction underway at First Avenue, Interstate 80 in Coralville

Commuters and patrons of Coralville's Iowa River Landing district—including employees and patients at the UI Hospitals & Clinics’ location—should be aware that major construction at the First Avenue and Interstate 80 interchange will cause lane closures and delays. Please allow extra time to reach your destination if you are unable to avoid the area. The project to replace the intersection began in earnest this week and is expected to continue into fall 2024. Regular updates can be found on the city of Coralville’s website.

Face masks now optional for most UI Health Care employees, patients, visitors

Face masks are now optional at all UI Health Care facilities, except for those who have symptoms of a respiratory virus or for employees who are unvaccinated, for which masks remain required. Masks still are welcome for anyone who chooses to wear one. This change was made in partnership with UI's Program of Hospital Epidemiology.


Enroll in Brand Training 101 course for an overview of the Iowa brand

Because we all have a role to play in delivering on Iowa's brand promise, an overview training on April 6 is available for faculty and staff to better understand who we are, what makes us unique, how to leverage our visual identity, and the resources available to help bring it all together. Register via My Training in Employee Self-Service.

Iowa expert offers tips on how to adjust to an empty nest

The transition to an empty nest is a time of mixed emotions and seemingly endless questions. After decades of focusing on your children and orbiting around their schedules, the abruptness of having a child-free home can be discomfiting. Sylvia Mikucki-Enyart, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies,  offers six tips that can help you navigate this phase of life.


Cambus schedules will change during spring break

Cambus will operate on break service during spring break, March 11—18. During break, service frequency will be reduced on some routes and service after 8:45 p.m. will be provided by the on-demand shuttle. There will be no service on the weekend days of March 11, 12, or 18. For more information, go to the Parking and Transportation website.

Iowa’s strength in the humanities earns the university a spot in a select research consortium

The American Council of Learned Societies announced this week that the University of Iowa has been invited to join the ACLS Research University Consortium, a national leadership group in the academic humanities and interpretive social sciences made up of 43 member universities. As part of this select group, the UI will play a role in supporting the national infrastructure of humanities research. Kristy Nabhan-Warren, associate vice president for research, and Roland Racevskis, associate dean for arts and humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are co-leads on the UI’s membership.


Doctoral candidate is using data mapping to examine Black maternal health crisis

Doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies Leia Belt is using digital tools to prepare for her dissertation and tell one story in particular: “It’s more dangerous for a Black woman to have a baby in 2021 than it was for a Black woman to have a baby in 1968, when my mother was born. Why?”

With increased demand for services, UI has a new mindset on mental health

With demand for mental health services surging in Iowa and across the nation, especially among young adults, the University of Iowa is working to create a culture of well-being. Read how mental health has become a priority at Iowa and what the university is doing to help address growing needs.


Grit is a popular buzzword, but it’s really the same as persistence

At times when we find ourselves feeling sad, anxious, or even angry, we can use what we know about persistence to continue to move forward. We know that we don’t have to feel passionate or excited to get things done. Two approaches to persisting through challenges are setting small goals and engaging in accountability conversations.

Traveling for spring break? We’d love to see and share your best snapshot

Are you traveling for spring break? Share a favorite snapshot from your trip and we may include it in an upcoming Iowa Now photo gallery. Email your photo to, along with a sentence about the photo and your name, title, and department. Office of Strategic Communication photographers will pick one photo to receive Iowa swag. Deadline for submissions is March 24. Enjoy your trip!

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