March 2013

UNI I am a Panther Parent

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.


Legislative update
Keep up with the latest developments regarding funding for Iowa's public universities. Jeneane Beck, state relations officer for UNI, posts regular legislative updates. Please contact members of the Iowa House and Senate and ask them to support increased funding for UNI.

Presidential Honor Roll for community service
UNI is one of 14 colleges and universities, and the top college in Iowa, to be recognized as a finalist for the Presidential Award in the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. This is the fifth year UNI has made the honor roll and the second year it has been named a finalist.

$15 million gift will transform teacher education at UNI
A $15 million gift from Des Moines businessman Richard O. Jacobson sets a milestone for teacher education at UNI. Jacobson's gift to UNI's College of Education is the largest gift UNI has ever received.

UNI Study Abroad Center recognized in new report
UNI's Study Abroad Center has been recognized in the national 2012 Open Doors Report. The center was ranked 15th in the top 40 U.S. institutions for the total number of study abroad students among master's colleges and universities. UNI was also ranked ninth in the nation for participation in short-term study abroad among master's colleges and universities.

UNI students shatter fundraising goal at 2013 Dance Marathon
UNI students raised $101,379.02, for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network, during their second annual Dance Marathon. That's nearly double what they raised last year and well above their goal of $66,000.

Spring commencement
The spring 2013 Commencement RSVP is now available. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 26. All degree candidates, whether or not they're planning to attend the Commencement ceremony, MUST submit a Commencement RSVP. Those students wanting to walk through the spring 2013 Commencement ceremony, but who are completing their degree requirements in another semester, should also fill out and submit the RSVP.

Getting to know UNI students and faculty
UNI's students are talented, involved and engaged in learning both in and out of the classroom. UNI's faculty and staff are dedicated to sharing their knowledge, research and wisdom with campus. Feature stories showcasing student life and faculty expertise can be found at Inside UNI.

We're proud of our students and our faculty and staff and want to share their stories. Features change weekly, so check back often!

Contracting for residence halls
There's still time to sign up for fall housing on campus. Coming fall 2013, students will have a variety of new and enhanced options for on-campus living. Options include: expanded Living Learning Communities, "Springboard" communities for freshmen and more opportunities for juniors and seniors to experience apartment-style living on campus. Learn more at the Department of Residence website.

Want more UNI news?
Visit the UNI Newsroom.
Follow UNI on Twitter at @northerniowa or become a fan of UNI on Facebook. Or connect with other UNI alumni at the Alumni Association Facebook page. UNI also recently revamped its YouTube site.


April 11 College of Education and College of Business Alumni in Residence
May 6-10 finals week
May 11 spring Commencement
Aug. 26 fall classes begin
Sept. 7 Family Weekend
Oct. 12 Homecoming
For a complete list of events, visit UNI's Calendar of Events


Help with resumes, cover letters and interviewing is available
UNI's Office of Career Services offers students help in drafting resumes, writing cover letters and practicing interviewing skills. Tutorials are available online. The office has resources for finding internships and career information.

Free tax preparation
UNI accounting students provide free income tax assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. through April 10, in 223 Curris Business Building. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 319-273-2394.

Don't dump it -- donate it!
Does your student have usable household items he or she doesn't want any more? When it's time to move out, consider donating to local charitable organizations.
UNI will host Panther Pick Up during the first week of May when many UNI students are moving out of residence halls and apartments. Specific times and locations are available on the Panther Pick Up website.

Academic Learning Center offers tutoring
A-Team is a tutoring service offered by the Academic Learning Center on Sunday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., on the first floor of the Rod Library. A-Team has tutors for math, science, business, writing, study strategies, GRE verbal and more. The service is free for current UNI students.

Academic coaches available
It's never too early to start preparing for final exams and projects. The College Reading and Learning Center can help. Students can call 319-273-2361 to set up an appointment with an academic coach to help with study strategies and preparation for the end of the semester.

Inside UNI for Current Students
Students receive a weekly e-newsletter full of UNI news, scholarship opportunities, workshops and exhibitions. Newsletter announcements are posted to the Inside UNI for Current Students website.


Hugs from home
If you'd like to send your student a care package, visit the Panther Pantry, an online shopping option for UNI gifts, sponsored by the Department of Residence.

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 parents' booth at orientation. Anyone interested in helping out at the parent booth, please contact Leslie Williams at 319-273-2332.

The parents association also supports the Parents Fund, which supports student scholarships and activities on campus.

UNI Parents Association
The 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 and be heard. Learn more on the UNIPA website.

We'd like to share this information with as many parents as possible. If you know of other UNI parents who would be interested in this newsletter, they can subscribe themselves at the Panther Parent newsletter site.

UNI Parents Association
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