Panther Parent Newsletter August 2012

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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. 

We want to hear from you! Please let us know if there's information you need or topics you'd like to see addressed.


Welcome from President Allen
A letter from President Allen welcoming students to campus is available on his website.

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. 17. For more information and to sign up, visit the orientation website or call 319-273-2281or 800-772-2037.

Move-in Day Starts Aug. 16
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 you help your student make a smooth move to UNI.

New Dean of Students is on the Job at UNI
Leslie Williams started her new duties at UNI as Dean of Students in late July. She was former director of student conduct & commuter affairs at the University of Rhode Island.

UNI Names New Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety
Helen Haire has been named chief of police and director of public safety at UNI. Haire currently is division commander for special services in the Louisiana State University Police Department, Baton Rouge, La. She will assume her new duties in early September.

Plan to Attend Family Weekend
There will be activities for the whole family at this year’s UNI Family Weekend, Sept. 28-30. Children will enjoy the chemistry magic show, the Dean of Juggling and the chance to play detective. Cultural events include the School of Music Scholarship Benefit Concert on Friday and a Festival of Arts during the Saturday tailgate. Tour the buildings where your students take classes and visit with professors. Both the football and volleyball teams will be in action. Many fun activities are planned for you and your family, so plan your weekend at UNI now!

 See all the Welcome Week activities on the Welcome Week website
Complete list of UNI events

Key Dates
Aug. 20 Classes begin
Aug. 24 u-bill due

Aug. 28 Change of registration fee assessed

Sept. 3 Labor Day, university holiday

Sept. 28-30 Family Weekend

Oct. 20 Homecoming

Nov. 19-23 Thanksgiving break

Dec. 10-14 Finals week

Dec. 15 Commencement

Jan. 7 Spring semester begins


New Student FAQ
A resource for news 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. The Academic Learning Center is located in 007 ITTC (Innovative Teaching & Technology Center). 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 Office Website
The university's registrar 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. 17
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 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 273-2712.  Ten emergency phones are located across campus for use in emergencies.  UNI Public Safety officers respond to emergency phone calls.  Click here for a host of safety tips and services.

How do Students Know What's Going on at UNI?

MyUNIverse News is the official source of university information for students. It's sent directly to students every Monday during the academic year via email. Please encourage your student to read MyUNIverse News.

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 including politics, music, computer gaming and more. Students can learn about these organizations at the Student Organization Fair, Sept. 5.

Student Ticket Policy for GBPAC Shows

Full-time UNI students receive two free tickets 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.


About UNI

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

Lifelong Learning offered at UNI
UNI’s Lifelong University will offer five noncredit courses this fall. Topics include thoughtful traveling, quilting, the local food economy, culture conflict in America or the U.S. home front during World War II. To register for a class or view a course description, visit the Lifelong University website or call University Events Coordination at 319-273-5141.


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 the 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 a crucial 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.


All parents/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. 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.

Get Involved -- Join UNIPA Advisory Board
The UNI Parents Association Advisory Board is an advocacy group for UNI students and their parents. Members get the opportunity to share their opinions and insight with UNI staff and faculty. It's a great opportunity to hear and be heard. Learn more on the UNIPA website.

118 Gilchrist
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
(319) 273-2332