Parent Newsletter December 2006

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. 


New Parent Portal up and running

UNI students now have the ability to grant third parties online access to their records including grades, u-bill and class schedule. Located on the Parents Web page, the new Parent Portal is a password-protected, third-party-access site. Due to federal and state law, access to confidential information can only be granted by students. They decide who can access their information and what information will be shared.



Send your Student a Finals Week Care Package

The UNI department of residence provides care packages for students called "Hugs from Home." Parents can send students a gift pack including snacks and goodies or add dining dollars to students' on-campus meal plans. Details are available at the Hugs from home web site .


'Recipes from Home' -- send us your best recipe

Does your student have a favorite recipe from your home? Consider sharing it with UNI's test kitchens for evaluation as a new Dining Services menu item. Send the recipe with your contact information to, or to


Mona Milius
Redeker Center, 0252-UNI
Cedar Falls, IA 50614


Dec. 11, Finals Week begins


Dec. 15, fall semester ends; Move-Out Day: residence-hall students (unless graduating)


Dec. 16, Fall Commencement, 11 a.m., UNI-Dome, Commencement web site


Jan. 5, Move-In Day: new residence-hall students; Smooth Move web site


Jan. 8, Spring 2007 semester begins


Jan. 15, University holiday


March 7, Summer 2007 advance registration begins


March 9, Spring break begins


March 19, Instruction resumes


April 30, Finals week begins


May 4, Semester ends


May 5, Commencement, UNI-Dome, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. -- times are tentative



Severe-weather announcements

Public announcements regarding cancellation of classes and/or reduced university operations are made via local radio and TV stations, and the UNI home page.


Students can study abroad through UNI!

The UNI Office of International Programs has a variety of study abroad options in English-speaking countries, as well as other programs centered on foreign-language acquisition. These programs are offered for a semester, academic year or summer session. In most cases, students pay UNI tuition to attend the overseas partner school of their choice. Most financial aid awards can be put toward the academic term spent abroad. Scholarships are available. Credits earned count toward a UNI degree. Study Abroad web site or e-mail

Another education adventure -- but closer to home

National Student Exchange (NSE) enables students to attend one of 186 colleges and universities across the United States, its territories and Canada for one or two semesters while paying UNI tuition.


  • Grow educationally and personally
  • Become better acquainted with a new region, its people and customs
  • Can take advantage of educational opportunities not available at UNI
  • Expose themselves to distinctive ethnic and cultural activities that help broaden their horizons

National Student Exchange web site

UNI Parents Association

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. Contact James O'Connor, UNIPA Liaison at (319) 273-6728, or with questions. The parents association also supports the Parents Fund, which supports student scholarships and activities on campus.