Despite an upswing in the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the current Omicron variant, the University is retaining an on-campus experience, and students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to wear masks and vaccinate. To aid in that effort, the university is providing KN95 and medical masks, testing, and vaccines. To stay current with the COVID situation, the website coronavirus.uiowa.edu has up-to-date information. On a lighter note, Iowa celebrates a significant milestone in its history—the 175th anniversary of our campus. Special events begin on the university’s birthday, February 25. Stay tuned, stay safe, and welcome back!