Parent Newsletter- December 2011

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. 


UNI Prepares for Fall Commencement

If you have a student who will participate in the upcoming ceremony, please visit this website for information. A variety of UNI gifts for graduates are available for sale at

UNI Graduates Fare Well in Today's Economy
UNI's Career Services office collects data on recent grads as well as current students.  The following statistics reflect the value that UNI contributes to Iowa.

  • -78 percent of UNI graduates employed in Iowa (the last three years).
  • -Annually, more than 1,500 students are engaged in internships, of which 91 percent are in Iowa.
  • -Annually, more than 15 percent of UNI graduates attend graduate school, with 52 percent in Iowa.
  • -Top employers of UNI students include:
    -Wells Fargo
    -John Deere
    -Waterloo Community Schools
    -Hy-Vee Corporate
    -Cedar Falls Community Schools
    -Ernst & Young

UNI Hosting Education Forums with Presidential Candidates
UNI and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) are hosting presidential candidates this fall to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today." Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was the first candidate to participate on Nov. 30.  Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum is to appear on Dec. 9. The forums are free and open to the public.

UNI Pays it Forward with Extreme Makeover
ABC's Emmy-winning hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" selected the Gibbs family from West Union, Iowa, to be featured on its show. During the demolition and reconstruction, UNI students, faculty, organizations and alumni traveled to the work site day and night to volunteer their time. UNI's Construction Management Club had 70-student volunteers assist and students from UNI's interior design program also got involved. The show is expected to air Jan. 6.

Severe Weather Announcements
Announcements regarding cancellation of classes and/or reduced university operations are made via UNI Alert, local radio and TV stations, and the UNI home page ( The local TV stations also list closings and delays on their websites. For more information, visit

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Key dates:

Dec. 12-16 Finals week

Dec. 16 Campbell, Hagemann and Rider Halls close at 7 p.m. for break

Dec. 17 Commencement

Jan. 6  Residence halls open at 8 a.m.

Jan. 9 Spring semester begins

Jan. 16 Martin Luther King holiday, no classes

March 12-16 Spring break

May 5 Spring Commencement

May 7 May session begins

Aug. 20 Classes begin

Sept. 29 Family Weekend

Oct. 20 Homecoming 2012

For a complete list of events, visit UNI's Calendar of Events,


Hugs from Home
If you'd like to help your student get through finals week, visit the Panther Pantry and send a care package. The Panther Pantry, an online shopping option for UNI gifts, is sponsored by the UNI Department of Residence. For more information, visit

Reclaim Your Holidays
UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) has started the "Reclaim Your Holidays: Practical Ways to Create Meaning" initiative, which offers several easy tips for Iowans to reduce their carbon footprints during the holiday season.

The program offers gift ideas, tips on "green" entertaining and suggestions on creating meaningful traditions. For more information on this program, visit

When College Students Come Home

The holidays can be stressful and dealing with a newly independent college student can add to household tensions.  This link has some good suggestions on how to handle this new challenge.


Book Buyback

University Book & Supply will buy back text books through 16. Students will receive cash. Spring textbook orders will begin processing on Dec. 16.

Time to Reapply for Financial Aid
Students must reapply for financial aid each academic year. Students are encouraged to complete forms as soon as possible after Jan. 1. To reapply, visit Contact the UNI Financial Aid Office at 800-772-2736 or 319-273-2700 with any questions.

The Hunt for Scholarships
UNI's Financial Aid Office encourages students to make use of the UNIversity Scholarship Application (USA). The USA has all UNI scholarships categorized by college, while also allowing a student to apply for all general university scholarships. Deadlines vary, however, the most common deadline for current students is Feb. 15. Start the hunt here:

Students Can De-stress During Finals
UNI Wellness and Recreation Services offers students opportunities to de-stress with mini massages, furry pets and more Monday, Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Tutoring Can Help Get Students Up to Speed
Not everyone masters every subject right away. If your son or daughter needs help with a class, suggest UNI's ASK-A-TUTOR service. UNI has free tutors (peer instructors) for many Liberal Arts Core and major courses. Students can call Academic Services at 319-273-6023 to find out if there's a tutor for their course, or visit

Students can come to the second floor of the Rod Library from 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays and work with an academic coach.

Dr. Grammar is on Call

Many students struggle with grammar, spelling and punctuation. But they need not worry anymore. Dr. Grammar, UNI's free writing resource, is available at

At the site, students can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding English grammar. If a particular question isn't already listed, students can email the question directly to Dr. Grammar and she will respond.

Is Your Student Career Ready?

The Spring Career Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, in the McLeod Center. Check the list of participating employers at

Rod Library Help Via Text Message

Text 319-242-1508 to ask questions about library resources and services. Text messages will be received at the Rod Library reference desk and answered during regular business hours. To learn about other ways to ask questions, visit

Calling All Parents!
That's what UNI students will be doing during spring semester… checking in to ask how your student is enjoying UNI and talking with you about the Annual Fund.

The Annual Fund provides support for not only your children, but all UNI students. Tuition covers less than 40 percent of what it costs to educate a student at UNI. State support has decreased significantly. UNI students depend on additional private support to bridge that gap.

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, contact the UNI Foundation at 800-782-9522 or

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. Joining the board is a great opportunity to hear what's happening on campus and to be heard. Learn more on the UNIPA website.

All parents and 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 Lyn Redington, UNIPA liaison, at 319-273-2332 or with questions. The parents association also supports the Parents Fund, which supports student scholarships and activities on campus.

UNI Parents Association

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