Parent Newsletter August 2009

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. 


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



Order books early

Reserving textbooks at University Book & Supply is the best way to get quality, used textbooks and save some time. The last day to reserve books for the fall semester is Aug. 10. Reserved textbooks will be available at University Book & Supply on Monday, Aug. 17, and must be picked up no later than Sunday, Aug. 23, unless prior arrangements have been made. Visit


Move-in day starts at 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 21
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 (/dor/smooth_move_fall) for a checklist and tips to help you help your student make a smooth move to UNI.


The Department of Residence office in Redeker Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, to answer questions about housing and dining and issue university ID cards.


Pardon our progress - road, parking lot and sidewalk construction update
2009 is a summer of improvements to streets surrounding campus. Visit to see a construction map. We'll keep these maps as current as possible.


H1N1 update
In light of the recent H1N1 outbreak, the Student Health Clinic at UNI is strongly encouraging all students to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. The Black Hawk County Health Department indicates those who receive the seasonal flu shot will be less susceptible to getting H1N1. Dates and locations for student-only vaccination clinics will be available early this fall.

We encourage students to take preventative measures related to their health; hand washing, covering coughs and staying home if you are running a fever of 100 or greater. If a student is in doubt, please have them call the Student Health Clinic resource nurse at 319-273-5161 for further guidance.


Executive Vice President & Provost Gibson on the job
Gloria J. Gibson, UNI's executive vice president & provost, officially assumed her duties on July 1. The executive vice president and provost at UNI provides vision for academic excellence while guiding the academic planning and assessment of university academic programs. Reporting to the president, the executive vice president and provost also provides administrative leadership and organization for all the academic components of the university. For more about Gibson and the provost's office, visit


Become a fan of UNI
Join UNI's official Facebook page at Become a fan and receive updates and information about UNI and engage in the exchange with other UNI devotees!


You can also follow UNI on Twitter at


New interdisciplinary course offered on wind energy
A new, 2-credit-hour course, "Wind Energy Applications in Iowa" is still accepting registrations. The fall 2009 course covers a variety of topics providing a substantial overview of wind energy, its use and the ramifications of its use, as well as a review of history and driving forces for the economic development of wind energy. This interdisciplinary course will be taught by a dozen presenters. Learn more at


UNI Community Visit Days
Community visit days allow President Benjamin Allen and university faculty, staff and students to visit with Iowans about education and economic issues in their community. The visits also provide an opportunity for communities to learn about the university's academic, economic, cultural and social programs and outreach to the state.


Fall 2009 UNI Community Visit Days schedule:
Sept. 18 - Council Bluffs
Sept. 22 - Cedar Falls/Waterloo
Oct. 20 - Ankeny
Nov. 2 - Cedar Rapids


A new life for old stuff

This spring, Panther Pick Up—a project to help the environment while benefiting the community—was held while students were moving out of residence halls and apartments. Rather than pitching stuff, students contributed more than six tons of usable items—including running shoes, mattresses and books—to charitable organizations. In addition, 1,600 pounds of metal were recycled during the events. For details and information about the 2010 Panther Pick Up, visit their web site.



For a complete list of UNI events, see

Welcome Week activities

UNIPA Advisory Board fall meeting
The fall 2009 UNIPA advisory board meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, coinciding with UNI's Family Weekend. If you'd like to join the board, please send an e-mail message to: For more information about UNIPA, see

Key dates
Aug. 24 - Fall semester begins
Sept. 7 - Labor Day, university holiday
Oct. 3 - Family Weekend
Oct. 17 - Homecoming
Nov. 21-29 - Thanksgiving break
Dec. 14-18 - Finals week
Dec. 19 - Commencement
Jan. 11 - Spring semester begins



Letting go
Sending your student to college is a transition time for the whole family. Here are some quick tips from the UNI Parents Association.

• Get to know UNI and the resources we have—so if your student calls worried about a challenging class, you can suggest

contacting Academic Advising for help.

• 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—make their own oil change appointments, do their own laundry, handle their own finances, etc.

• 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.

Tips for parents to help college students manage money effectively

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 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic teams and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) hosts 300 performances each year. The UNI u-Card (student ID 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 GBPAC. Students can also attend many Theatre UNI and School of Music events for free.

$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

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, ID holder and Beat T-shirts for select home games throughout the year. To purchase a membership for your student, go to
Memberships are $40. Contact UNI-STAT at (319) 273-6409.

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 check the "Privacy" tabs to make sure they haven't inadvertently restricted their hometown information.


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 at
007 ITTC (Innovative Teaching & Technology Center)

Resumania - Sept. 15
From 6 to 9 p.m., Sept. 15, 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. 21). Students can bring in their resume for a critique.

Fall Career Fair - Sept. 21
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.

Link to student activities/organizations
Learn about the many student organizations at UNI.


Parents and grandparents—sign up for Lifelong University
Do you want to learn more about topics such as the economy—past and present, the history of terrorism or Buddhism and the Dalai Lama? 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

Get involved -- join UNIPA
The UNI Parents Association 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 Web site.


All parents/guardians of UNI students are automatically members of the parents association, which works as an advocacy group. Benefits include e-newsletters each semester and a parents' booth at orientation.  The parents association also supports the Parents Fund, which supports student scholarships and activities on campus.