Panther Parent Newsletter August 2013

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Panther Parent is UNI's e-newsletter for parents and guardians. Panther Parent is sent three times per semester and features university events, deadlines and tips from the UNI Parents Association.


Final Orientation Session Available
If your student didn't have the opportunity to attend one of the June or July orientation sessions, make plans to attend the final orientation session on Friday, Aug. 23. Sign up and get more information about orientation online or call 319-273-2281 or 800-772-2037.

Move-in Starts Aug. 23
How do you get more than 4,000 people into 10 residence halls in less than three days? Carefully. UNI prides itself on helping students and families make a hassle-free transition. See the Smooth Move website for a checklist and tips to help your student make a smooth move to UNI.

Plan to Attend Family Weekend
There will be activities for the whole family at this year's UNI Family Weekend Sept. 6-8. Children will enjoy the chemistry magic show, the Dean of Juggling and the chance to build a model solar car. Tour the buildings where your students take classes and visit with professors. Both the football and soccer teams will be in action. Many fun activities are planned for you and your family, so plan your weekend at UNI now!

Installation of President Ruud
The formal installation of President Bill Ruud as UNI's 10th president will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 4, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. A celebration with students will be held on Oct. 3 during the lunch hour.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Biographer Coming to UNI
UNI will welcome Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, to campus as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series. Goodwin will meet with UNI students at 4 p.m., Oct. 2, followed by a presentation at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Recent Changes on Campus
Students returning to campus will notice a few changes. UNI's newest residence hall, Panther Village 3000, will be ready for occupancy. Rialto, one of the two main dining facilities, has been recently remodeled. Maucker Union has also seen some renovation work as space has been created to house a center for Military and Veteran Student Services and a new LGBT center. UNI's Rialto and Piazza dining centers and Prexy's, a retail location, have been awarded a Blue Zones Restaurant Certification for implementing changes that create a healthy dining environment.

First Panther Open House is Sept. 28
If your UNI student has younger siblings or if you know high schoolers contemplating college, make sure they consider UNI. The best way to see UNI is to meet us in person! UNI's first Panther Open House is Saturday, Sept. 28. Meet with faculty, talk to current UNI students, take a campus tour and more. The Open House events schedule is posted online.


Visit the Welcome Week web page to see a list of all the  activities.

For a complete list of UNI events, visit the UNI calendar.

Key Dates

Aug. 26 Classes begin
Aug. 20 u-bill due
Sept. 2 Labor Day, university holiday
Sept. 3 Change of registration fee assessed
Sept. 6-8 Family Weekend
Oct. 12 Homecoming
Nov. 23-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving break
Dec. 16-20 Finals week
Dec. 21 Commencement
Jan. 13 Spring semester begins


New Student FAQ
A resource for new students is the New Student FAQ with answers to common questions.

Academic Help for Students
UNI's Academic Learning Center offers a variety of services: free courses in speed reading, effective study strategies, free tutoring and help with preparing for examinations. In addition, the center offers help via its writing and math centers.

Academic Advising offers students help with choosing or changing a major, exploring minors and offers advice on academic requirements, policies and procedures.

Registrar's Office Website
The UNI registrar's website is a great resource with information on how to drop/add a class, u-bill due dates, step-by-step tutorials on registration, commencement and more.

Fall Career Fair - Sept. 16
More than 160 organizations, graduate and professional schools will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the McLeod Center to visit with students and alumni about career opportunities, internships and continuing education. All majors, freshmen through graduate students and alumni are welcome.

Financial Literacy Program for Students
Students can register for the Live Like a Student program, a free, non-credit workshop led by the UNI Office of Student Financial Aid. Each three-week course (six sessions) is designed to provide students with a better understanding of their personal finances. Topics include budgeting, credit, credit cards, student loans, identity theft protection and more.

Counseling Services
The Counseling Center provides a variety of services to UNI students. Counseling services are confidential and provided free of charge to students who have paid the student health fee. There may be a fee charged if any tests are administered.

Crime Prevention Safety Tips
UNI prides itself on being a safe campus, but students should still follow basic safety precautions. The Department of Public Safety offers escort services to the UNI community 24/7. To request an escort, students should call 319-273-2712. Ten emergency phones are located across campus. UNI Public Safety officers respond to emergency phone calls. Visit the Public Safety website for a host of safety tips and services.

How do Students Know What's Going on at UNI?
"Inside UNI for Students" is the official source of university information for students. It's emailed directly to students every Wednesday during the academic year. Please encourage your student to read Inside UNI and to check the website for updates.

A Response to "There's nothing to do."
UNI fields 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic teams, and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center hosts 350 performances each year. The UNI u-Card (student I.D. card) gives full-time students free admission to all Panther regular-season home games. UNI offers a wide array of student clubs/organizations in a variety of interest areas, including politics, music, computer gaming and more. Students can learn about these organizations at the Student Organization Fair, Sept. 4.

Student Ticket Policy for GBPAC Shows
Full-time UNI students receive one free ticket per semester (fall and spring) to GBPAC shows. For many GBPAC shows, $5 student rush tickets may be available on the day of the show. Students can sign up online to receive an email notification when rush tickets are available.


Get to Know UNI
A handy website for parents and guardians to quickly find UNI information is the "Get to Know UNI" page.
You'll find links to the Cedar Falls/Waterloo community, campus maps, University Book & Supply, UNI history and more.

New Guided Independent Study Courses Offered
Enroll at any time, work at your own pace and take up to nine months to complete a course via UNI Guided Independent Study. More than 75 courses are available. The course list is posted online. For more information, call 319-273-2123 or email


Letting Go
Sending your student to college is a transition time for the whole family; expect some bumps along the way. Here are some quick tips from the UNI Parents Association to help you.

  1. Get to know UNI and its resources. If your student calls worried about a challenging class, you can suggest contacting Academic Advising for help.
  2. Let them be in charge of themselves. College is only one step away from the real world. Now is the time to encourage self-sufficiency - have them handle their own laundry, finances, car maintenance, etc.
  3. Support them, but don't do it for them. Issues will come up throughout the year, from roommate disagreements to sickness to registration problems. As tempting as it may be to call and handle things yourself, this is the time to step back and let them deal with it. Encourage and support them to use the various resources UNI has in place to help students with issues.

Get Involved - Join UNIPA
All parents and guardians of UNI students are automatically members of the UNI Parents Association, which works as an advocacy group. Benefits include e-newsletters each semester and a parent booth at orientation. Contact Leslie Williams, UNIPA liaison, at 319-273-2332 with questions. The Parents Association also supports the Parents Fund, which supports student scholarships and activities on campus.

UNI Parents Association
UNI Parents Association Advisory Board members get the opportunity to share their opinions and insights with UNI staff and faculty. It's a great opportunity to hear the latest campus news and be heard. Learn more on the UNIPA website.

We'd like to share this information with as many parents and guardians as possible. If you know of other UNI parents and guardians who would be interested in this newsletter, they can subscribe online.

UNI Parents Association
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