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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

UI President Mason sends message of welcome, hope to incoming students

[University of Iowa President Sally Mason issued the following message on June 24 to new students who will begin attending the UI this fall.]

Dear New Students for Fall 2008,

The unprecedented flood emergency experienced by The University of Iowa as well as the cities of Iowa City and Coralville has reached its peak and the water is beginning to drain away.

The effort to reclaim those areas of our beloved campus and community that were directly impacted by the flood has begun in earnest. The spirit of support and cooperation is extremely high and I am pleased to share with you the optimism I see in everyone who is working to repair the damage caused by the flood.

Classes for the Summer Session resumed June 23 and should finish on schedule. This is a testament to the collaborative spirit of this great university’s faculty, staff, students, and the larger Iowa City community.

Some undergraduate first-year and transfer students will be coming to campus soon to complete their orientation and registration for fall classes. Others have completed that process and will arrive on campus in August for the start of the fall semester. Graduate and professional students will arrive on schedules recommended by their departments and colleges.

By August 25, everyone will be here and a full complement of classes will have begun. While the restoration of some parts of the campus will still be in progress when you arrive to begin fall classes, let me assure you that we will be ready for your arrival!

You can follow our progress via the University’s web site at I look forward to seeing you in the fall!


Sally Mason