The following information will help you prepare for Thanksgiving break. More information will be added as it becomes available. If you have questions that are not addressed here, please contact our office.

Residence halls

The residence halls are open and students are permitted to remain on campus. However, because College offices are closed, all student housing (residence halls, apartment buildings, and houses) will be locked at noon on Wednesday, November 26 and will remain locked until 7 a.m. on Sunday, November 30. Only residents of a particular building will have access to that building over the break; guests wanting to visit a building in which they do not live must make arrangements with a resident of that building to gain access.

General information

As always, please lock your room door when you are away from your room (even if you just run down to the bathroom), carry your keys at all times, and do not prop exterior doors for any reason. RAs are scheduled to be on duty over the break; however, there will be reduced staffing in the RA offices. If you need to check anything out from the RA office (cooking equipment, games, videos, etc.) or you need access to storage, please do so by Tuesday night at the latest. Campus Safety is not permitted to check out hall equipment or give students access to storage.

Repair work

During break periods (including official College holidays), Facility Services staff may be doing necessary maintenance, deep cleaning, and/or renovations to common areas. At times, this work may require altering normal traffic flow (like periodically closing certain entrances or stairwells). At other times, this work may require entering student rooms. Every effort will be made to notify students in advance (through e-mails or through signs posted in the buildings). However, advanced notice may not be possible in every situation. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Campus Safety

Campus Safety officers will be on campus at all times over break. The officers will be making regular rounds through the residence halls. As always, students are advised to report any suspicious characters or activities to Campus Safety. If you need assistance, contact Campus Safety (319) 895-4299 (or x4299 from an on-campus telephone). For an emergency, call 911 (or 9-911 from an on-campus telephone).

Checklist for students leaving for the break

If you are leaving for break, we encourage you to:

  • Turn off and unplug appliances (refrigerators and aquariums may remain plugged in)
  • Remove all trash from your room and take it to a common area trash can in your building
  • Close and lock all windows (pipes could freeze and burst if windows are left open)
  • Close blinds
  • Turn off alarm clock
  • Turn off lights
  • Lock your door

Office and building hours

Please be aware that offices on campus will close at noon on Wednesday, November 26 and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 1. Services like the Thomas Commons, Cole Library, Dining Services, computer labs, and the Small Multi-Sports Center will all have abbreviated hours over the break.

The following hours are tentative. They will be updated as they are solidified. If you have questions about a particular service not on this list, please contact the appropriate office.

Hilltop Café

The dining hall will have modified hours as follows (please refer to Dining Services website for updates):






7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
(breakfast take-out available)


No meal served
(please plan accordingly)

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(special Thanksgiving meal)

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.


No meal served
(please plan accordingly)

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Zamora's Market

Zamora's Market will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 and will reopen at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 30th. Please refer to Dining Services website for updates.

Cole Library

Cole Library will close at noon on Wednesday, November 26 and will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 29th. Refer to the Cole Library hours for updates.

Thomas Commons

The Thomas Commons will have the following hours (refer to the Information Desk website for updates):

  • Wednesday, November 26: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 27: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Friday, November 28: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 29: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 30: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Thomas Commons Information Desk

The Thomas Commons Information Desk will have the following hours (refer to the Information Desk website for updates):

  • Wednesday, November 26: TBA
  • Thursday, November 27: TBA
  • Friday, November 28: TBA
  • Saturday, November 29: TBA
  • Sunday, November 30: TBA

Small Multi-Sport Center

The Small Multi-Sport Center will close at noon on Wednesday, November 26 and will reopen with normal hours on Monday, December 1. Refer to the Small Multi-Sport Center website for updates.

Getting to and from the airport

If you will be traveling and don't have a car, you can refer to a list of transportation suggestions compiled by the the Thomas Commons Information Desk. There you will find the College's electronic need a ride board as well as information on commercial transportation opportunities.

Meal plans for second semester

As a reminder, students can opt to change their meal plan for second semester during the first week of the semester. Refer to Dining Services website on selecting or changing a meal plan for details.

Parking updates

There are five parking spaces in Lot O (directly in front of Olin Hall along MacGregor Lane) where parking is prohibited between December 1 and April 1 annually. Those spaces have signs indicating the parking restrictions. Refer to the Campus Safety website for a complete list of parking policies.