Parent Newsletter August 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. 

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Move-in Day starts at 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 22
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 Web site for a checklist and tips to help you help your student make a smooth move to UNI.

Please forgive our progress -road, parking lot and sidewalk construction update:
College Street (the Hill) closed to vehicle traffic
College Street from 22nd Street south to Seerley Boulevard is closed for the city of Cedar Falls "streetscape" project. The intersection of College and 23rd Streets is expected to re-open this fall.

Commons parking lot closed
The Commons parking lot (between 22nd and 23rd streets) is closed for the construction of a parking deck and transit facility.
Central campus sidewalk construction update
The sidewalk area between Rod Library and Maucker Union is closed for reconstruction. All entrances to Maucker Union will remain open during construction. The main east entrance to the library will remain open, but access will be available only from the plaza area north of the entrance. The construction is expected to be completed by Aug. 22.
UNI now smoke-free
UNI has revised its Smoking Policy to comply with the Smokefree Air Act, which went into effect July 1. The policy prohibits smoking anywhere on the UNI campus and on any property owned or leased by UNI, including university-owned or leased vehicles and vehicles parked in university parking lots.
Gilchrist Hall is back and better than ever!

Gilchrist Hall, UNI's main administration building, is open and ready for students. The building has been under renovation for nearly three years following an arson fire. Gilchrist Hall is home to the Follon Student Services Center -- UNI's one-stop-shop for student services such as, financial aid, student employment, registration, records, billing, advising, I.D. cards, etc. Gilchrist Hall will host an open house for students and parents on Sept. 20. For a complete list of offices now housed in Gilchrist Hall, see

UNI Alert test coming soon -- Is your student ready?

A routine test of UNI's emergency notification system, UNI Alert, will take place within the first three weeks of the semester. New students should have uploaded their emergency contact information during orientation. We strongly suggest all students check their information this week.

UNI Student Health Clinic offers meningitis and flu vaccines
Students are encouraged to get these immunizations. Vaccine protection against meningitis and flu can save lives. Students can call 273-2009 for an appointment for a meningitis shot. Four flu-shot clinics will be held Oct. 28 and 29, and Nov. 11 and 12. See the Student Health Clinic for times and locations.

For a complete list of UNI events, see

Key dates:
First day of classes -- Aug. 25
Family Weekend -- Sept. 19-21
Homecoming -- Oct. 11
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.

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.

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 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 and a 50-percent discount on Artist Series tickets at the Gallagher-Bluedorn.

$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.

cademic assistance available for students -- free!
Many students are surprised to find that the skills they used to earn A's in high school or community college don't cut it at UNI. In late October and early November, students who are doing poorly in a course (earning D or F grades) often receive mid-term reports from their instructor.

Free academic assistance is available. The Reading & Learning Center provides free, four-week courses (on topics such as speed reading and effective study strategies) and free tutoring for many courses. The Math Center and Writing Center also provide individual, personalized assistance, free of charge.

By the third week of every fall and spring semester, the Academic Learning Center posts a brochure of all the free tutoring options available on campus.

Help with interviews
Starting Sept. 9, Thirteen different employers will be on campus to conduct mock interviews with students. Students have an �opportunity to network with employers as well as to get interview practice. To sign up for an interview time slot, visit   or contact by email Laura Wilson or  phone: 319-273-3381.

Help with resumes
From 6 - 9 p.m., Sept. 9,  in the Maucker Union Ballroom, a panel of human resources specialists will talk about resume writing, interviewing, and how to be successful at the UNI Career Fair (Sept. 15). Students can bring in their resume for a critique.

Fall Career Fair - Sept. 15
More than 160 organizations, graduate and professional schools will be on hand from 2 to 6 p.m. in the UNI-Dome�to visit with students and alumni about career opportunities, internships, and continuing education. All majors, freshmen through seniors, graduate students and alumni are welcome.

UNI student-business incubator gives young entrepreneurs a boost
The UNI Student Business Incubator is an educational learning laboratory designed to inspire and educate students interested in entrepreneurship and small business. Through the SBI program, student business owners explore business ideas with the assistance of
John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center staff and others. Current UNI students of all majors are eligible to apply. Students are admitted on a semester basis and must demonstrate adequate progress to remain in the program. Visit and see the Streaming Video links in the upper left-hand corner for a virtual tour and further information about the SBI program.

Save on STAT membership -- get discounts
UNI Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (UNI STAT) memberships are available through the UNI Alumni Association. This membership package includes discounts at more than 45 Cedar Falls and Waterloo businesses as well as a STAT T-shirt, backpack, coozie, I.D. holder and Beat T-shirts for select home games throughout the year.
Memberships purchased prior to Aug. 25 are $15; and $20 after Aug. 25. Contact Holly at (319) 273-6409 or at

Parents and grandparents -- sign up for Lifelong University
Do you want to learn more about topics such as our Founding Fathers, Count Dracula or the psychology of voting? Then Lifelong University is for you! The University of Northern Iowa has a great program this fall to meet the need for lifetime learning opportunities in Iowa. UNI's Lifelong University offers non-credit courses taught by retired and current UNI faculty and staff. It's a great way to learn in a relaxing environment just for the fun of it! For more information, visit or call University Events Coordination at (319) 273-6899.

Calling all parents -- literally

Expect a call during the fall semester from a UNI student on behalf of the UNI Foundation. Each fall, students call to ask how your student is enjoying UNI and to talk with you about a long-standing UNI parent tradition.

UNI parents sacrifice to help their children through school, and do everything possible to guarantee that they have the best possible education. Parents also participate in the tradition of giving to the UNI Foundation Annual Fund -- which provides an extra measure of support for all UNI students.

You're part of the UNI family. Together, we make it possible for UNI to offer a world-class university education, with personalized experiences and a lifetime of opportunities. When a Panther calls, we hope you’ll take part in the tradition of giving. For more information about the Annual Fund or the UNI Foundation call 800-782-9522, or see

Did You Know?

  • Of Iowa's 32 teacher- education programs, UNI's program is the largest -- typically graduating 50 percent more teachers than the next largest program.
  • UNI has the largest undergraduate early childhood education program in Iowa.
  • In 2006, the Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education, housed at UNI, received a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation for Ramps and Pathways, an inquiry-based physical science curriculum for young children
  • More than 750 education professionals have attended UNI's early childhood science-education workshops.

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