Parent Newsletter March 2007

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. 


Get Involved -- Join UNIPA

The spring 2007 UNI Parents Association board meeting will take place at UNI, Saturday, April 14. If you'd like to join the board, please send an e-mail message to:


Legislative Update

The 2007 session of the Iowa General Assembly is in full swing. Learn more about UNI's legislative priorities and how you can help at


UNI Recognized for Parent Hospitality

University Marketing & Public Relations recently received the 2006 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District 6, Gold Award of Excellence in Institutional Relations. The award is for the parent hospitality suite and related materials introduced at freshman orientation last summer. This new program included such things as a "parents-only tent" and the very popular "somebody loves you" cards that parents filled out for delivery during the first week of school. Thanks to all the parents who volunteered to serves as hosts last summer. We'll be doing it again this summer. We need parent hosts on the first evening of each two-day orientation session. See the orientation dates below. If you'd like to volunteer, send an e-mail to


March 7, Summer 2007 advance registration begins
March 9, Spring break begins
March 19, Instruction resumes
April 14, UNIPA board meeting
April 30, Finals week begins
May 4, Semester ends
May 5, Commencement, UNI-Dome

Summer Freshman Orientation Dates:

June: 4-5, 7-8, 11-12, 14-15, 18-19, 21-22, 25- 26, 28-29
July: 2-3

Looking Ahead -- Way Ahead -- to Thanksgiving Break

Beginning with the 2007 fall semester, no classes will be held Thanksgiving week. So this year, there won't be any classes Nov. 19 through Nov. 23. Instruction resumes at 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 26.



Wondering What's Going On at UNI?

Bookmark the UNI Parents Page
This Web page is designed specifically for you. It includes a list of parent and student resources and links to the UNI events calendar and academic calendar.


Etched in Stone

Graduating from the university is a milestone. Within the next month you'll receive information from the UNI Foundation about how you can commemorate your son or daughter's graduation from UNI with a stone paver or brick in the UNI memorial garden.  It's a great, permanent way to recognize your student.


Network with Other UNI Parents Online

Get the "real story" from another parent's perspective. UNI is proud to announce Panther Union, a new online resource for parents. It's online, easy to use, and best of all -- free.
Panther Union, is the exclusive UNI online social and professional networking community. There's a UNI parent group already up and running and you're invited to join.

If you're ready to join now, simply send an e-mail to and we'll create a login for you. When your student graduates you can stay in the Panther Union and continue to share the Power of Purple, or simply e-mail us and ask to be removed.
Panther Union is hosted and sponsored by the UNI Alumni Association. Access to the online community is limited to UNI alumni, faculty, staff and parents of UNI students.


Time to Reserve Rooms for Next Year

One of the big advantages of being a current campus resident is the privilege of selecting a room for the next year before new-student assignments are made. Students living on campus have received the recontracting schedule. March 19 is the priority recontracting deadline.  /dor/contracting

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.