Parent Newsletter November 2008

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. 

Severe weather is coming -- know where to get information
Announcements regarding cancellation of classes and/or reduced university hours are made via UNI Alert, local radio and TV stations, and the UNI homepage, The local TV stations also list closings and delays on their Web sites. See

Panthers on the bubble for football playoffs
Announcements regarding post-season play will be made Sunday, Nov. 23.

Does your student need additional funding for college?
The UNI College of Education is offering over a half million dollars in scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students meeting the requirements for a variety of scholarships. Interested undergraduate students must complete the Education Addendum of the Common Scholarship Application found at  

Graduate students should go to and click on "COE Scholarships" to download the application and check with departments of study about specific scholarships.

For full consideration of all available scholarships, complete and submit a 2009-10 Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) at The application deadline for all scholarships is Feb. 15, 2009.

Direct deposit for student refunds now available
Accounts Payable in the UNI Office of Business Operations now offers direct deposit for student refunds, along with travel and other reimbursements. To set up direct deposit, students should login to MyUNIverse and select "Direct Deposit (non-payroll)" in the My Personal Records section. Student refunds will continue to be processed on Wednesdays. Direct deposit avoids mail delays and your funds are deposited automatically to your account. 

Fall 2009 student profile available online
The Fall 2008 Student Profile is available from the UNI Office of Institutional Research Web site. This report contains demographic data about students' academic characteristics, programs they're pursuing and how they're progressing and performing. The report is available at Click on 2008 under Student Profile.

Looking for a great deal?
UNI sells used and excess inventory. See

For a complete list of UNI events, see

Key dates:
Thanksgiving break -- Nov. 24-28
Finals Week -- Dec. 15-19
Fall Commencement -- Dec. 20, 11 a.m., UNI-Dome
Spring semester begins -- Jan. 12
Spring break begins -- March 13
Classes resume -- March 23
Spring Commencement -- May 9, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., UNI-Dome
UNI Parents on the VIP list
Parents are invited to all UNI Alumni Association activities and events. Learn more about upcoming events at You're also invited to become an associate member of the UNI Alumni Association. To learn more, or to join, visit

Questions and answers about alcohol and drug use
Student success is important to all of us at the University of Northern Iowa. There are points in students' collegiate careers in which a variety of factors can impede their success. We wanted to share this brief informational piece, directed to parents, regarding
alcohol/other drug use

We also hope you will visit the UNI Substance Abuse Services Web site at for further information and resources.  

Campus safety update
The University of Northern Iowa is known to be a safe campus, but no community can claim to be crime free. The university has devoted a great deal of resources to preventing violence and its underlying causes, and to assisting victims. In addition to making our students aware of services and resources, it's equally important that parents know the same information.  

UNI Violence Intervention Services provides an array of services for victims of sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking and harassment, as well as serving as a resource for students on building healthy relationships. See for further information. 

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 e-mail. Please encourage your student to read MyUNIverse News. See the MyUNIverse archive at

MyUNI Weekend is a weekly digest of weekend entertainment and activities on campus and in the local community. It's distributed to students via e-mail every Thursday morning during the academic year.

A response to "There's nothing to do."
UNI fields 18 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 and a 50-percent discount on Artist Series tickets at the Gallagher-Bluedorn. UNI also offers a wide variety of intramural sports.

$5 rush tickets available for many 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 e-mail notification when rush tickets are available. 

Notifications will generally be sent the day prior to the show.

How to get your student's name in the local paper
To ensure your student's name is included in UNI hometown news releases such as dean's lists and graduation lists, ask your student to check his or her personal records via MyUNIverse. They should click on the "Privacy" tab to make sure they haven't inadvertently restricted their hometown information.

Test-taking tips
For tips on how to survive (and pass) finals…the RIGHT way, visit:
/dor/housing/community and look for "The Word is...Finals" bulletin boards.

Financial Aid

Academic Services: such as tutoring, referral resources

Did You Know?

  • More than 12,000 Iowa educators are UNI alumni.

The UNI Parents Association Advisory Board needs you!
The UNIPA Advisory Board is a group of parents who meet twice annually to hear updates from university leaders and to give input to the university. We need you! Please consider serving on the UNIPA advisory board. Contact James O'Connor, UNIPA liaison at (319) 273-2761, or

  UNI Parents Association
126 East Bartlett
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0392
(319) 273-6728