There’s no place like UNI

School is in session at the University of Northern Iowa, and for the next year this is a student’s home away from home.  To greet newcomers and returning faces, Student Affairs rolled out Welcome Week 2011.

Panther Picnic Fall 2011

New and returning students talk, eat and play games during the Panther Picnic at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Thursday,
Aug. 18, 2011

Geared mostly for incoming freshman, these events help students meet new friends and get acquainted with campus and the surrounding communities.

“These events are planned as a way to immediately connect students to the university, community and other students,” said Mike Bobeldyk, associate director, Mauker Union Administration.  “It is our hope that by students taking advantage of these Welcome Week activities, it can assist them in their transition to life at UNI."

An array of activities that included a Welcome BBQ, ice cream social, Panthers on Main, an illusionist and hypnotist plus much more was available to kick-off the UNI experience.

“Students response to Welcome Week activities has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Bobeldyk. “Between the Panther Picnic, the two hypnotist shows, Panthers on Main and the illusionist show, approximately 5,000 to 5,500 students participated. These are very encouraging numbers to see!”

In the coming days, students can enjoy a drive-in movie on Lawther Field, organization and club meetings and receptions and the Progressive Picnic. Welcome Week events run through Aug. 31.

For more information and a list of activities, visit