Parent Newsletter October 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. 

October 2006


Flu shots available for students

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend college students receive an annual flu shot. The UNI Student Health Clinic provides a series of flu-shot clinics each fall. This year's clinic schedule is available at

The cost is $24 and can be paid by insurance, cash or charged to your student's u-bill.


UNIPA Scholarship recipients honored at Family Weekend

The 2006 UNI Parents Association Scholarship recipients were honored during halftime of the Family Weekend UNI vs. SDSU football game. The students' photos and names were shown on the UNI-Dome's JumboTron.

We want your feedback

Tell us what you thought about this year's UNI Family
Weekend festivities. Please fill out the survey at


It's Homecoming Week at UNI

See the full schedule of Homecoming events at


Oct. 6 is Purple Pride Day -- wear purple!

Help us celebrate our second-annual Purple Pride Day, Friday, Oct. 6. Wear your UNI purple, shoot group photos showcasing Panther pride and e-mail them to


McLeod Center to open Nov. 18

Make plans to attend the grand opening of the McLeod Center at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18. Following the grand-opening ceremony, you'll have the chance to meet UNI's intercollegiate athletics teams and coaches on the Robert J. McCoy Court, and take a behind-the-scenes look at the newest arena in Iowa.


McLeod Center Grand Opening events

Saturday, Nov. 18
2-3 p.m., McLeod Center Grand Opening Ceremony
3-4:15 p.m., McLeod Center open house
8 p.m. UNI volleyball vs. Bradley

Sunday, Nov. 19
4:05 p.m., UNI men's basketball vs. UW-Milwaukee

Monday, Nov. 20
7:05 p.m., UNI women's basketball vs. Iowa State

Tuesday, Nov. 21
7:05 p.m., UNI wresting vs. Iowa



Oct. 13, End of first half of the semester
Nov. 18, McLeod Center Grand Opening Ceremony
Nov. 21, Thanksgiving break begins
Dec. 11, Finals Week begins
Dec. 16, Fall Commencement



How to get your student's name in the local paper

To ensure your student's name is included in UNI hometown news releases such as dean's lists and graduation lists, ask them to check their personal records via MyUNIverse. They should click on the "Privacy" tab and make sure they haven't inadvertently restricted their information.


A response to "There's nothing to do."

UNI fields 18 Division I intercollegiate athletic teams and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) hosts 350 performances each year. The UNI u-Card (student I.D. card) gets full-time students in free to all Panther regular-season home games and gives them a 50-percent discount on Artist Series tickets at the Gallagher-Bluedorn.


$5 rush tickets available for many GBPAC shows

For many GBPAC shows, $5 student rush tickets may be available on the day of the show. Students can sign up online to receive an e-mail notification when rush tickets are available. Notifications will generally be sent the day prior to the show.


How do students know what's going on at UNI?

MyUNIverse News is the official source of university information for students. It's sent directly to students every Monday during the academic year via e-mail. Please encourage them to read it. 


MyUNI Weekend is a weekly digest of weekend entertainment and activities on campus and in the local community. It's distributed to students via e-mail every Thursday morning during the academic year.



It's never too early or late for students to ask for help

Academic Advising and Career Services provides career-related and advising programs and services for freshmen through graduate students and for alumni as well. It's never too early to start the career planning process.

  - Find a tutor
  - Meet with advisers to discuss courses and majors
  - Find resources for career decision making
  - Explore potential careers with Career Previews
  - Develop skills, test career directions and serve the community through Volunteer UNI
  - Find co-op/internships to test career choices, build experience and earn credit
  - Develop skills and strategies for the job search
  - Connect with employers and graduate schools
  - Utilize Web resources for career planning
  - Get advice about resume preparation


Send a hug from home

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:

Hugs from Home
23rd Street Market
Cedar Falls, IA  50614-0283


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 Parent Fund, which supports student scholarships and activities on campus.   


UNI Parents Association

103 East Bartlett Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
(319) 273-6728