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Office of Academic Advising

Peer Academic Advisor in Residence

Peer Academic Advisor in Residence (PAIR) are students who work in the Office of Academic Advising, as well as within their assigned residence hall. Each PAIR, receives specific training that enables them to assist students in a variety of areas including:

  • Major and career options
  • Declaring or changing a major
  • Scheduling
  • Classes
  • Study skills and strategies
  • Resources around campus

Who are the PAIRS?

Bender Hall PAIR - Haley

Bender Hall PAIR - Haley

Major: Communicative Disorders

Hometown: Solon, Iowa

Where do I Get Involved: Panther Pep Crew, Bender Hall PAiR, SAA, volleyball intramurals, Bender Hall DA, UNI chapter of Phi Eta Sigma NHS, Bender Hall ELLC representative, Dance Marathon, SI study sessions

My "Favorites" at UNI: Bender Hall, Homecoming week, campus in the fall, the roof of Maucker Union, football games, purple & gold

Advice to New Students: The importance of time management, the friends you have at the beginning of the year might change by the end, remember to relax, have fun, enjoy the college experience because it flies by, and always stay true to yourself

Bender Hall PAIR - Natalie

Bender Hall PAIR - Natalie

Major: English

Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa

Where do I Get Involved: Bender ELLC Group Member, Bender Hall PAIR

My "Favorites" at UNI: I love to spend time at Maucker Union, Rod Library and in my residence hall while on campus at UNI. I enjoy the social atmosphere they offer, as well as a place to focus on some studying and school work.

Advice to New Students: Be yourself and ask for help when you need it. There are many people and resources on campus to help you feel comfortable and allow you to be your best self during your first year at UNI!

Campbell Hall PAIR - JD

Campbell Hall PAIR - JD

Major: Leisure, Youth & Human Services

Minor(s): NonProfit Management Certificate

Hometown: Central City, Iowa

Where do I Get Involved: UNI Ballroom and Swing, Panther Marching Band, Play Taps for Cedar Falls Amvets

My "Favorites" at UNI: Apple Cider at Chats, WRC track and Rockwall

Advice to New Students: If you need help ask. Get outside of your comfort zone. Set up a weekly schedule that way you don't miss deadlines.

Dancer Hall PAIR - Claire

Dancer Hall PAIR - Claire

Major: Elementary Education / Middle Level Education

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Where do I Get Involved:  Fitness instructor ( I teach Kickboxing, Cardio and Sculpt and Tone), Chats, Club Tennis team, Dancer Senate, St. Stephen's Catholic church

My "Favorites" at UNI: The people, Chats, their Pumpkin Bars

Advice to New Students: Don't be afraid to try new things, you never know what you might end up loving.

Dancer Hall PAIR - Yakira

Dancer Hall PAIR - Yakira

Major: Social Work

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Where do I Get Involved: Black Student Union, EXCEL, Peer Mentor

My "Favorites" at UNI: The Union and the Library

Advice to New Students: Utilize your campus resources! Always keep up with you syllabus and be open to trying new things.

Hagemann Hall PAIR - Lexy

Hagemann Hall PAIR - Lexy

Major: Psychology

Hometown: New Hampton, IA

Where do I get Involved: Intramural volleyball, Campus Activities Board, Pep Crew, Senate, volunteering at the Covenant Medical Center

My "Favorites" at UNI: Among all the great opportunities and events hosted around campus, I love how I feel right at home no matter where I am on campus.

Advice to New Students: Don't be afraid to try new things and fail. College is about exploring your options and finding what you are passionate about. Sometimes you may stumble on the path to success.

Noehren Hall PAIR - Nolan

Noehren Hall PAIR - Nolan

Major: Actuarial Science

Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa

Where do I get Involved: UNI Club Soccer, Intramural Soccer, SALT Company, Panther Pep Crew

My "Favorites" at UNI: The sand volleyball court near the WRC and the UNI Men's Basketball team.

Advice to New Students: Engage! Find something to get involved in and find a community of people who share common interest.

Rider Hall PAIR - Morgan

Rider Hall PAIR - Morgan

Major: Biology

Hometown: Norwalk, Iowa

Where do I get Involved: UNI Dance Marathon

My "Favorites" at UNI: Going to sporting events with friends and going for walks around campus!

Advice to New Students: Try your best and do not ever hesitate to ask questions! Wherever you go on campus, there is always someone willing to help.

Shull Hall PAIR - Christine

Shull Hall PAIR - Christine

Major(s): Elementary Education

Minor(s): Math

Hometown: Urbandale, IA

Where do I get Involved: St. Stephen the Witness, Senate, RHA

My "Favorites" at UNI:  I love watching the Glee Club Christmas show, listening to the Carillon bells, the children's section of the library is my go to study spot, dinner in the dining center with my friends.

Advice to New Students: It's okay to be yourself. You will find a place and a group of people that you fit in with here at UNI. You can ask for help and not be afraid. UNI has a great community and you will find someone to help you with whatever you need.