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University of Iowa News Release


Feb. 27, 2007

UI Alumni Association And UI Launch Online Community For Alumni

University of Iowa graduates can now register for, the UI’s new official online community for alumni.

Among other features, the website allows users to reconnect with friends and classmates, network with Iowa graduates, share news and search for alumni events in their area. A partnership involving the UI Alumni Association (UIAA), the Provost’s Office, all 11 colleges of the university and International Programs, is free, easy to use and open to all UI alumni.

The full site, including the alumni directory, launches in April, but alumni can visit throughout March to register, update their profiles, share news, set their privacy preferences or hide their directory listings. Starting April 2, community members can access the secure, password-protected alumni directory that helps users contact friends and classmates.

Once registered, users can create a “My Hawk Page” profile and convey news about their families, careers and interests via “Hawkeye Notes.”

The virtual community also offers a free personalized UI alumni e-mail address service that forwards messages to any other e-mail account. Alumni can use it as their default address, so they won’t need to notify contacts each time they change jobs or Internet service providers.

To protect personal information, security is a key feature of the new community. Exclusive parts of the site are only accessible to registered alumni, and users decide how much personal information to make public. Community members can choose to hide portions or all of their information. They may also call the alumni association at 800-469-2586 to have their listing removed from the directory.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: Tim Barker, UI Alumni Association, 319-335-2311,; Writer: Shelbi Thomas