Panther Parent Newsletter October 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. 


Fall Commencement

There will be one ceremony for fall 2012 Commencement. The ceremony will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, in the McLeod Center.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. While there isn't a limit to the number of guests who can attend, we encourage students to keep in mind a seating ratio of approximately six guests per student. 

Degree candidates for December 2012 must complete an application for graduation AND the commencement RSVP by Friday, Nov. 2, to ensure inclusion in the commencement program.

Voter Registration Information

Iowa Voter Registration Forms are available in the UNI Telephone Directory, in the Northern Iowa Student Government office and in the Office of the Registrar. Several Black Hawk County satellite voting sites are located on campus.

UNI College of Business is on Princeton Review Best Business Schools List

According to The Princeton Review, UNI is an outstanding business school for the seventh consecutive year.

UNI Maintains Rank Among top Midwest Public Universities on 'U.S. News & World Report' List

UNI is ranked second in the "Best Regional Universities (Midwest)" category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2013 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook. UNI also was No. 22 on a combined list of all public and private Midwest regional universities -- one of only three public institutions to make the list of top Midwest regional universities.

UNI Selected as GI Friendly School for the Third Year

UNI has been selected by G.I. Jobs Magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2013, an honor placing the university in the top 15 percent of schools doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students. According to G.I. Jobs, the list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that share a priority for recruiting students with military experience. The university is in the process of hiring a coordinator for military and veteran student services and has recently launched a new website.

Presidential Search

On Aug. 1, UNI President Benjamin Allen informed the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, that he plans to retire by July next year. President Allen will remain as president and will continue to work hard for the university until a successor is in place. The search for UNI's next president is underway. Allen's successor is expected to be named by late January.

Free Flu Shots

UNI Employee Wellness and the Student Health Clinic are sponsoring free flu shots for all UNI students.

Safety and Health Website

Keep up to date on the current safety and health services at UNI. From counseling, to student health to UNI Alerts, visit the safety website.

Updates on Class/University Cancellations Due to Weather

Whenever possible, the university will remain open during inclement weather. However, we encourage students, faculty and staff to use good judgment and avoid serious risks when traveling to and from campus. When classes are cancelled or university offices closed, that information will be posted on the UNI home page. Additional information is available on the UNI weather cancellations policy Web page.


Oct. 20 Homecoming
Nov. 19-23 Thanksgiving break
Dec. 10-14 finals week
Dec. 15 commencement
Jan.  14 spring semester begins
Jan. 21 MLK observance, holiday
March 18 - 22 spring break week
May 11 spring commencement


TEACH Grants

This federal grant is for students who will be teaching in a low-income school and in a high-need field of study. A student could receive a grant of up to $4,000 per year for four years as an undergraduate and two years as a grad. 

Student Health 101

UNI Wellness and Recreation Services recently subscribed to Student Health 101, an interactive e-magazine that is filled with information to help UNI students have healthy, successful and fulfilling college experiences.  The magazine's core material is prepared by nationally respected professionals in the field of health promotion. Yet, each issue is customized to UNI with additional information provided by our UNI health professionals. Ten issues per year are posted the first week of each month at the Wellness & Recreation website. (click on Student Health 101).


Panther Parent Advice

Parents often wonder: How can I help my student select the right major?

  • Encourage job/career exploration - work with Career Services
  • Encourage them to take career interest assessments
  • Push them to take a variety of courses that interest them
  • Don't rush them to declare a major, let them explore (About 25 percent of new students are undecided each year.)

What can I do to make sure my student fits in, doesn't get home sick, etc.?

  • Spur them to get involved in extracurricular activities (UNI offers more than 300 different student organizations/clubs)
  • Seek advice from current students and parents
  • Encourage them to live on campus, stay on weekends
  • Find Learning Communities – helps with academics as well as meeting new people


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 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. The next meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 20, in 319 CBB. Learn more on the UNIPA website. 

If you know of other parents of UNI students who would be interested in this newsletter, please forward! We'd like to share this information with as many parents as possible.