Parent Newsletter- March 2012

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. 

Note from the editor:

As a parent or guardian of a UNI student, we expect you've heard about recommended changes to UNI's academic programs. This week, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will vote on those recommendations. We want UNI parents to have the most up-to-date information possible -- especially when the subject is something as important as your student's future. Please read a letter ( ) from President Allen explaining the recommendations. We'll have more information for you following the Board's action.

We hope this information will help answer questions you may have and arm you with the facts so you can help us tell UNI's story. Thank you for being part of UNI.


Academic Program Changes
If you have questions about the changes in academic programs at UNI, please visit the frequently asked questions page.

Legislative update
Keep up with the latest developments regarding funding for Iowa's public universities. Jeneane Beck, state relations officer for UNI, posts regular legislative updates. Please contact members of the Iowa House and Senate and ask them to support increased funding for UNI.  

Presidential Honor Roll for community service
UNI has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, ( )the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive, for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. 

Spring commencement
There will be three commencement ceremonies in May for spring 2012 graduates. Students planning to graduate in May, must complete their graduation application by April 2. Details are available at the Office of the Registrar.

Financial aid for summer classes
Is your student thinking about taking summer classes but doesn’t know how to pay for them? Check out the Summer Financial Aid Newsletter ( which has information on how to apply, aid eligibility and more. If you have any questions regarding summer financial aid, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid in person in 105 Gilchrist Hall, via phone at 319-273-2700 or email

Contracting for residence halls
There's still time to sign up for fall housing on campus. UNI offers many housing options. Visit the Department of Residence website for details.

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.

Did you know? - sustainability at UNI
UNI is one of just 30 schools in North America to receive a sustainability "Gold Star" from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

UNI students say thanks
You may have recently spoken with a student who called about supporting the UNI Annual Fund. UNI's students are grateful for your support. Parents still have an opportunity to assist -- look for a pledge form in the mail yet this semester.

Senior Tyler Arp, criminology, sums up the impact of parents' generosity: "I would like to think that I have excelled due to my own diligence and hard work, but I know that none of this would have been possible had I not had financial support. I would like to send my sincere thanks and admiration to all those who have helped!"

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Key dates:

March 24, UNI Teacher Fair

April 30, finals week begins

May 4, semester ends

May 5, Commencement, McLeod Center

May 7, May session begins

Aug. 20, classes begin

Sept. 29, Family Weekend

Oct. 20, Homecoming 

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


Help with resumes, cover letters and interviewing is available
UNI's Office of Career Services offers students help in drafting resumes, writing cover letters and practicing interviewing skills. Tutorials are available online. The office has resources for job searches and career information.

Free tax preparation
UNI accounting students provide free income tax assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. through April 11, in 223 Curris Business Building. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 319-273-2394 or visit

Don't dump it -- donate it!
Does your student have usable household items he or she doesn't want any more? When it's time to move out, consider donating to local charitable organizations.

UNI will host Panther Pick Up during the first week of May when many UNI students are moving out of residence halls and apartments. The 2011 Panther Pick Up generated more than 10,000 pounds of usable donations for the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul.

Specific times and locations are available at

Academic Learning Center offers tutoring
A-Team is a tutoring service offered by the Academic Learning Center on Sunday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., on the first floor of the Rod Library. A-Team has tutors for math, science, business, writing, study strategies, GRE verbal and more. The service is free for current UNI students.

Academic coaches available
It's never too early to start preparing for final exams and projects. The College Reading and Learning Center can help. Students can call 273-2361 to set up an appointment with an academic coach to help with study strategies and preparation for the end of the semester.

MyUNIverse News
Students receive a weekly e-newsletter full of UNI news, notices about club meetings, scholarship opportunities, workshops, exhibitions and intramural sports.  Parents can access the e-newsletter by visiting its archive at


Professional development webinar
The UNI Professional Development program is offering a free webinar, "A Framework for Teaching in Content Areas," presented by Kurt Meredith, associate professor, curriculum and instruction, at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 29.

Because learning never stops
Do you want to learn more about topics such as the health crisis in America, contemporary American literature, sacred religious myths or improve your photoshop skills? Then UNI's Lifelong University is the program for you. Courses and class formats include four-week, two-week and one-week programs. Geared toward the lifelong learner, these noncredit courses are  taught by retired and current UNI faculty and staff. The courses are taught on campus on weekdays.

Hugs from home
If you'd like to send your student a care package visit the Panther Pantry, an online shopping option for UNI gifts, sponsored by UNI Department of Residence.

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 with questions. The UNI Parents Association also supports the Parents Fund, which supports student scholarships and activities on campus.

UNI Parents Association

118 Gilchrist

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA 50614

(319) 273- 2332