Parent Newsletter February 2008

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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. 

First UNI Alert Test Set for Feb. 27 -- Is your Student Ready?
UNI's new emergency notification system, UNI Alert, is on track for testing Feb. 27. If your student hasn't already updated his or her emergency contact information, please ask them to do it today. Send them to
UNI Student Health Clinic Offers Meningitis Vaccine
Students are encouraged to get this immunization. Vaccine protection against meningitis can save a life. Call the Student Health Clinic at 273-2009 for an appointment.

UNI Students to Lobby Iowa Legislature -- Parents Asked to Join In
UNI students will join students from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University at the Iowa General Assembly in Des Moines on Thursday, Feb. 28. The students would like to present a united front of students and parents to legislators. See the UNITE Web site for the key issues facing students and families, and details about the day.

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. To learn more or to join, visit

UNI Dining Services Nominated for National Award
University of Northern Iowa Dining Services is part of an elite pool of candidates for the 2008 Ivy Awards, the food industry's coveted recognition of distinguished service. 

Math and Science - Education Proposal Presented to Iowa Legislature
Iowa's state universities presented information to the Iowa House and Senate education committees earlier this month. UNI is leading the effort.

UNI to lead $11.5 Million Research Program to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies
UNI recently announced a research program to reduce the high rate of unintended pregnancies among young women in Iowa.

For a complete list of UNI events, see

Key Dates:
Spring break -- March 14-23
Spring Commencement -- May 10
Spring Career Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 26

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. More than 120 employers will talk with UNI students and alumni about internships and full-time jobs. Some will schedule for the Spring Interview Day, Wednesday, Feb. 27. 

For information about participating employers and the majors they're seeking see:

Sponsored by UNI Career Services, 214 East Bartlett, 273-6857.

Cue the Spotlight and Sign Me Up!
UNI will host a student Talent Showcase at 7 p.m., Friday, March 7, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Applications for individual and group performances are due Feb. 27. Application materials and rules can be found at /cme/. For more information, contact Bobbi-Jo Guenther at 273-2250, or

Grad Fest 2008 set for March 25

Getting ready for graduation can be a project in itself. The UNI Alumni Association is pleased to partner with University Book & Supply to celebrate with UNI graduates. Students can get everything they need for graduation in one stop. Remind students they can pick up their cap and gown, order graduation announcements, diploma frames and their official UNI ring, get cap and gown pictures taken and more! 

When:  Tuesday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where:  Maucker Union
For more information, see

Depression Happens -- Tips on Dealing with It
At one time or another, everyone's felt down, sad or blue. 

Free Guidance Program for Students
Student Support Services is a federal program that offers free guidance services for undergraduate students. Services include tutoring, advice about majors and careers, study sessions and cultural events. Eligible students must meet at least one of three criteria:

  • first-generation college student (neither parent has a bachelors degree)
  • meets the federal low-income guidelines
  • student has a learning or physical disability

For more information, contact

Summer Employment Opportunities Available for UNI Students
The Upward Bound Math and Science Center has four teacher-assistant positions open in the areas of mathematics (statistics), chemistry, physics/computer programming and college reading and writing. Applicants should be juniors by the end of the 2007-2008 school year. Teacher assistants work 15 to 17 hours per week at a rate of $10 per hour. Applications are available by contacting Latricia Hylton at (319) 433-1261. Applications are due Feb. 29.

Learn Chinese (Mandarin) in Taiwan
The Taiwan-U.S. Summer Scholarship program is available for graduate and undergraduate students interested in learning about Taiwanese culture and studying Mandarin. A monthly stipend of $800 is awarded for two months. This program will take place at National Pingtung University of Education, Taiwan from June to August. The application deadline is March 8. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Center (Baker 59) at 273-7078, or

Parents and Grandparents -- Sign Up for Lifelong University
UNI's Lifelong University is gearing up for another semester with classes full of history, culture, spirituality and financial know-how. If you want to learn and have some fun, then Lifelong University is for you. The program is geared toward older adults, and offers non-credit courses taught by retired and current UNI faculty and staff. Classes are taught weekdays on campus. Courses and class formats vary. To see class descriptions, schedules or to register, visit, or call University Events Coordination at (319) 273-6899.
Scholarship Available for Women in Leadership
Applications are being accepted for the Dr. Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership. This $2,500, one-year scholarship is named for Follon, who served as vice president for Educational and Student Services at UNI from 1985-1998. The scholarship recognizes students for their leadership contributions to UNI and potential to model leadership for women. Application deadline is March 3.

Students Against a Violent Environment Meetings Set
SAVE (Students Against a Violent Environment) meet at 6:30 p.m., every Thursday, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. All UNI students are welcome to attend. For more information, e-mail

They're graduating! Etch it in stone

Honor your child's accomplishment by providing them with a special gift. -- an engraved brick in UNI's Memorial Garden.

The garden is located on the east side of Maucker Union. Parents receive a special price in recognition of this important milestone in their student's life. For more information, contact, or call Vicki at 800-782-9522. Proceeds go toward the Student Panther Spirit Fund Drive 2008.

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 for four years from the National Science Foundation for an inquiry-based physical science curriculum for young children (known as Ramps and Pathways).


  • More than 750 education professionals have attended UNI's early childhood science-education workshops.

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.

UNI Parents Association Advisory Board -- We Need You!
The UNIPA Advisory Board is a group of parents who meet twice annually to hear updates from the university leadership 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) 273-6728, or with questions.