Message from the President
Dear Hawkeye Parents,
There are just three weeks of classes remaining in the Fall Semester after the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope your son/daughter has had a good experience at Hawkeye Community College and I ask for your continued support as they approach finals week, and for some students, graduation on December 13. Now, that doesn’t mean activities at Hawkeye will stop for this fall. In fact, Minimesters will begin on December 17, and offices will be staffed through December 21 to assist students registering for the Spring 2013 Semester. Our offices will reopen on Wednesday, January 2 and the Spring Semester will begin on Monday, January 14. Also, our online services will continue to be available throughout the holiday break on
Hawkeye's website, allowing students to access many services without coming to campus.
This time of the year is full of celebrations and I hope you have the opportunity to spend time with your family and reflect on the year’s accomplishments. I look forward to great things happening at Hawkeye Community College in 2013!
And, as always, thank you for your support of Hawkeye Community College.
Linda Allen, Ph.D.
The Hawkeye Community College Achievement Scholarship is awarded to 80 graduating high school seniors. Each scholarship award is worth $1000. As a bonus, if a student took six or more college credits while in high school they may be eligible for a $2000 award. Award recipients are notified via mail.
Eligible Students Will Meet the Following Criteria:
Current year high school graduate.
Accepted for admission to Hawkeye by April 1.
Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.5.
Enrolled full-time at Hawkeye by August 1.
Participated in leadership, volunteer, and/or extra curricular activities while in high school.
To Apply, Your Student Should:
Complete the general Hawkeye Scholarship Application if they have not done so already.
Submit a short essay to apply for the Achievement Scholarship valued at $1000-$2000.
Essays Must Include the Following:
Your student's name, high school, and Hawkeye student ID number (if they have one) so we can match their essay to their Hawkeye scholarship application.
Their high school cumulative GPA and their college cumulative GPA if applicable.
The college classes they took while in high school if applicable.
How they have demonstrated leadership and volunteerism through the activities they have participated in during their high school career (200-500 words).
Essays are critiqued on length, grammatical accuracy, and relevance of content.
Your student may email their completed essay to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1.
From the Library
Winter Break Reading, or "Give me something mindless."
For students who want a break from reading textbooks and writing papers, the Hawkeye Community College Library’s WPL@HCC contemporary fiction collection includes popular novels, graphic novels, and audio books on CD. A current Waterloo Public Library card is needed to check out any of the WPL@HCC materials. However, if a student does not have a Waterloo Public Library card, the Hawkeye Library staff is authorized to create one. We just need a photo ID and proof of current address (a driver’s license, or Hawkeye ID card and bill or other document with the current address are acceptable.)
WPL@HCC materials checked out during early December will not be due back to the Hawkeye Library until the beginning of Spring Semester.
The WPL@HCC collection is a partnership between the Waterloo Public Library and the Hawkeye Community College Library to provide students, faculty, and staff with current popular fiction.
Library Resources During Minimesters
Is your student taking a Minimester class? Library resources are still available even though the Library will be closed during most of the Minimester for the Winter Break. More than 30 online article databases via EBSCOhost and several hundred electronic reference books are accessed via the Library’s web site with students’ Hawkeye network username and password.
For more information about the resources available during Minimester, please visit the LibGuide.
Buyback Dates and Times
December 3-7: 8:00am-4:30pm
December 10 and 11: 8:00am–5:30pm
December 12-14: 8:00am–4:30pm
Order Textbooks Online
Students can avoid waiting in line and order their books for the Spring 2013 Semester online. The bookstore is offering free shipping December 3-24. Visit the Hawkeye Bookstore website. Online orders can be charged to your student's Hawkeye account and will be processed after December 21.
Did Your Student Rent Textbooks?
Please remind them to return any rental titles to the Hawkeye Bookstore by December 14 to avoid a replacement charge.
Financial Aid Information
November is National Scholarship Month
This means that it is time for anyone preparing for college next fall to get serious about researching and applying for scholarships. Scholarship deadlines occur between now and early next year. One third of undergraduate college students used scholarships to pay for college last year. Here are some tips to help make scholarship searches a success for your student:
Students can start searching for scholarships as soon as possible. Students can start as early as 9th or 10th grade.
Students can sign up for free online scholarship search services. Google is a great tool to find online scholarship search services.
Expand their search. Not all scholarships are found online. Students should check with local clubs, religious organizations, employers, and your guidance counselor. Local scholarships tend to be less competitive.
Students should not be intimidated if they are not at the top of their class. Scholarship judges love to see leadership and volunteerism, and many do not ask for GPA or standardized test scores. Students should showcase their commitment and depth with involvement in campus clubs or organizations.
Students shouldn’t overlook unusual opportunities. Some organizations offer scholarships to highlight interesting career opportunities, hobbies or products. For example, they could apply for the Duck Calling Contest, American Association of Candy Technologists Scholarship, Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year Award, or the Stuck at Prom Duck Brand Duct Tape Scholarship Contest, just to name few.
Students should search year round. Many scholarships are available all year long and those due in the winter can have less competition.
Helpful Information from Financial Aid
Students should understand the importance of keeping their borrowing to a minimum. Learn how to keep college borrowing in check.
Your student has filled out their FAFSA. Find out what comes next.
Federal student loans for college or career school are an investment in your student's future. They must replay their loan so be sure they understand their options and responsibilities. Read more about what your student should consider when taking out student loans.
Ever wonder which parent to add to the FAFSA in the case of parent’s being single, divorced or separated? This diagram will help you to determine which parent should be used when adding parental information to the FAFSA.
Health Education and Services Center
Holiday Break Hours
Thursday, December 13: 5:30am-4:30pm
Friday, December 14: 5:30am-5:30pm
Saturday, December 15-Sunday, December 16: Closed
Monday, December 17-Thursday, December 20: 6:00am-5:30pm
Friday, December 21: 6:00am-4:30pm
Saturday, December 22-Tuesday, January 1: Closed
Wednesday, January 2-Friday, January 4: 6:00am-5:30pm
Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6: Closed
Monday, January 7-Friday, January 11: 6:00am- 5:30pm
Saturday, January 12: Spring Hours Begin
Students may wear their favorite ugly sweater to any group fitness class on Wednesday, December 5 and/or Thursday, December 6. The student with the ugliest sweater will win a great prize.
Finals Week Activities
Sunday, December 9
• 5:00pm - 3-on-3 tournament with free pizza for participants
Monday, December 10
• 6:30am - Boot Camp
• 3:00pm - 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament
• 3:30pm - Power Hour Fitness Class
• 4:45pm - Zumba
• 6:00pm - Spin & Movie: A Christmas Story
Tuesday, December 11
• All Day - Dip Contest
• 6:30am - Rise and Ride Indoor Cycling
• 3:00pm - X-Box Contest- NBA 2K13
• 3:30pm - Cardio Boxing
• 4:45pm - Absolutely Muscle
• 6:00pm - Spin & Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Wednesday, December 12
• 6:30am - Interval Blast
• 3:00pm - Dodgeball Tournament
• 3:30pm - Humpday Boot Camp
• 4:45pm - Stress Release Yoga
• 6:00pm - Open Volleyball
Contact the HESC at (319) 296-4469 for more information.
Free Group Fitness Classes Over Holiday Break
The HESC will offer the following Group Fitness classes free for students over the holiday break:
Monday, December 17
Tuesday, December 18
• 4:40pm-Circuit Weight
Wednesday, December 19
Thursday, December 20
Friday, December 21
Wednesday, January 2
Thursday, January 3
Friday, January 4
Monday, January 7
• 4:40pm- Yoga
Tuesday, January 8
• 4:40pm-Circuit Weight
Wednesday, January 9
Thursday, January 10
Friday, January 11
Student Life will offer several free holiday activities in the Brock Student Center.
Holiday Hoopla- Students will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, watch the movie Elf, make their own animal in the Stuff-a-Bear Workshop, make their own ornament, and can wear their ugliest sweater for the photobooth and contest. The celebration will be on Monday, December 3 from 11:00am-1:00pm.
Gingerbread House Contest- Students can sign up at the Student Activities desk to participate in this festive contest. Participants will build their own gingerbread house on Tuesday, December 4 from 10:00am-1:00pm. The entries will be displayed and voted on by fellow students. The winners will be announced on Friday, December 7 at Noon.
Children's Holiday Party- Students are welcome to bring their children to this annual holiday celebration on Thursday, December 6 from 5:30-7:00pm. The celebration will include cookies and hot chocolate, holiday games and crafts, and a visit from Santa.
Finals Week Activities
Student Life will offer free activities in the Brock Student Center to help students de-stress before finals week.
Chair Massages and Stress Balls- Students can get a free chair massage and make their own stress ball on Wednesday, December 5 from 11:00am-1:00pm.
Pet Pals- Students can visit with some four-legged friends from the Cedar Valley Humane Society on Thursday, December 6 from 10:00am-12:30pm.
Scratch Cupcakery Curbside Truck- On Tuesday, December 11, the Scratch curbside truck will be on campus. Students can purchase their favorite flavors of cupcakes.
Fall 2012 Graduation
The Fall 2012 Graduation ceremony will take place on Thurday, December 13 at 6:30pm in Tama Hall on Hawkeye's main campus.