Parent Newsletter-April 2012

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. 


Academic program changes

Many prospective students and current students have asked questions about academic program cuts. In a continuing effort to present and clarify factual information, UNI has posted some FAQs about academic program closings and future course offerings online.

President Allen's welcome to new students

President Allen sent a welcome letter to all new admitted students for fall 2012. Read the letter online. 

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.  

Spring commencement

There will be three commencement ceremonies in May for spring 2012 graduates. Details are available at the Office of the Registrar.

Financial aid award notifications now available

Awarding is underway for all students who filed and submitted a 2012-13 FAFSA to UNI.  New students should check their UNI email account for further information on how to access their award.  All award notifications are available electronically via MyUNIverse.  If your student hasn't received an award and your FAFSA has been submitted, your student could have been selected for verification.  If selected for verification, your students would've also received an email (in their UNI email account) informing them of their next steps. 
If you have questions regarding financial aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid in person in 105 Gilchrist Hall, via phone at 319-273-2700 or email  

UNI to host 'Bully' movie producer and director

The Center for Violence Prevention at UNI is supporting the Bully Project's: 1 Million Kids movement by bringing the documentary film, "Bully," to young people and their educators across the U.S. Students and educators in Cedar Falls and Waterloo schools and UNI will receive a total of 1,000 tickets for the film, "Bully," which will air April 27 through May 1 at the Marcus College Square Theatres in Cedar Falls.

UNI will host "Bully" film director, Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen, producer and writer, for a special panel discussion, free and open to the public, at 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, in UNI's Sabin Auditorium. UNI faculty who research and educate about bullying will join Hirsch and Lowen. The panel will discuss bullying and strategies for prevention as well as the film. 

UNI featured by The Princeton Review in 'Guide to 322 Green Colleges'

UNI's commitment to sustainability has been recognized in the Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges. Noted among UNI's achievements in this area are: the green roof at the McLeod Plaza, 23 campus buildings undergoing energy-related retrofits and the statewide impact of the Center for Energy & Environmental Education. 

UNI to host summer camps

UNI is offering a variety of summer camps for students in grades K through 12. Students can choose interest areas in sciences, athletics, arts -- design, digital media and music -- business and much more. 

For more information about the camps and to register, visit the camp website.

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Key dates:

April 30, finals week begins

May 4 & 5, Commencement, McLeod Center

May 7, May session begins

Orientation dates for freshmen: June 4 - 5, June 7 - 8, June 11 - 12, June
14 - 15, June 18 - 19, June 21 -22, June 25 - 26, June 28 - 29, July 2 - 3, and July 9 - 10.

Transfer orientation dates: April 27, June 1, June 6, June 20 and June 27.

Aug. 16, 2-year Advantage students move in early

Aug. 17-19, residence hall move in begins

Aug. 20, classes begin

Sept. 29, Family Weekend

Oct. 20, 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 job searches and career information.

Health insurance for graduating students

The university offers health and dental insurance coverage to recent graduates through the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). If this insurance is suitable for your student's situation, contact the UNI Student Health Clinic Insurance Office prior to Friday, July 1, for enrollment information at 319-273-7736 or email

Don't dump it -- donate it!

Does your student have usable household items he or she doesn't want? When it's time to move out, consider donating to local charitable organizations. In addition, some items that can't be donated because they are damaged can be recycled (damaged metal futon frames, bent bike frames, metal lamps, etc.).

UNI will host Panther Pick Up during the first week of May when many UNI students are moving out of residence halls and apartments. The 2011 Panther Pick Up generated more than 10,000 pounds of usable donations for the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul.

Specific times and locations are available at

Textbook buyback

Textbook buyback is a University Book & Supply-sponsored event that aims to recycle titles that will be used in the future. Buying and selling used books benefits everyone involved by cutting costs and reducing the environmental strain of additional textbook printing. 

University Book & Supply will offer textbook buyback from Monday, April 23 through Saturday, May 5.

Employment opportunities for students

More than 2,500 students work on-campus throughout the year, while many others work off-campus in the community as part of UNI's Community Service Learning Program. To learn about the different types of employment opportunities that are available, click here.


UNI Continuing Education offers degrees, endorsements and certificates

UNI offers graduate and undergraduate degrees, endorsements and certificates via distance learning. Most of the programs are offered entirely at a distance via a variety of delivery methods, including videoconferencing (i.e., Adobe Connect) and online instruction via eLearning. Some programs may require on-campus, in-person attendance.


All parents and guardians of UNI students are automatically members of the Parents Association, ( works as an advocacy group. Benefits include e-newsletters each semester and a parents' booth at orientation. Contact Lyn Redington, UNIPA liaison, at 319-273-2332 with questions. The UNI Parents Association also supports the Parents Fund, which supports student scholarships and activities on campus.

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