Parent Newsletter October 2009

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. 


We want to hear from you! Please let us know if there's information you need or topics you'd like to see addressed.



UNI Parents Association leadership changes
After reviewing the leadership structure of the UNI Parents Association, the decision was made to transition the UNI Parents Association from University Marketing & Public Relations (UM&PR) to Student Affairs. By making this transition, parents will have increased access to the areas that matter most to families of UNI students. UM&PR will continue involvement, but be more focused on the marketing and communications needs of the association.

Jon Buse, UNI's dean of students, will be leading the association. You can contact Dean Buse at


UNI Alert System testing scheduled
The fall campus-wide test of the UNI Alert system is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7 at approximately 11 a.m. UNI's outdoor emergency system and the Black Hawk County emergency alert system will also be tested at this time. Your student may have included a telephone number (home or mobile) for you in his or her emergency notification contact data. To have your student update this emergency notification contact data, ask your student to log in to MyUNIverse, select "update my personal information" in the My Personal Records channel and select the UNI ALERT tab. General information on safety at UNI.


2008 Clery Campus Crime Report & Statistics available
The Clery Act requires UNI to publish an annual report regarding certain crimes reported to UNI Public Safety and other specific offices on campus. The 2008 Clery Campus Crime Report and Statistics are now available.


UNI students are staying active
More than 8,400 different students participated in recreational and fitness activities at UNI in the 2008/2009 school year. Students scanned their UNI IDs some 230,000 times during the year as they came to the Wellness and Recreation Center, Health Beat or outdoor recreation fields for fun, fitness, leisure and recreation.


A highlight for students this fall is the reopening of the renovated Free-Weight Room, which had previously been shared with Intercollegiate Athletics. Now that athletes have their own strength and conditioning facility, the Free-Weight Room will serve the general student population with increased hours for drop-in use. Additionally, this new facility has improved lighting; new ceiling, flooring, and paint; and new strength equipment. Hours are from 6 - 8 a.m. and noon - 1 p.m., Monday - Friday; 3 - 11 p.m., Monday - Thursday; 1 - 6 p.m., Saturday; and 1 - 11 p.m., Sunday.


DID YOU KNOW?: College of Natural Sciences
UNI offers undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in individual research projects. Approximately 50 percent of CNS graduates are accepted into professional schools or continue their education in graduate schools. Seven out of 10 biology students go on to medical, professional and graduate schools.


UNI is a major contributor in the state's efforts to support math and science initiatives. UNI's secondary mathematicseducation program is the largest in Iowa. UNI has graduated more bachelor degree chemists than any other college or university in the state for the past several years.


UNI science and mathematics programs are nationally recognized for their excellence. UNI's
actuarial science program has one of the highest passing rates on national actuarial certification exams. UNI's undergraduate chemistry program is ranked 30th out of 1,115 undergraduate programs nationwide, according to a report for the Research Corporation. The middle school mathematics master's program has produced more than 100 master teachers in the last 10 years.


CNS offers five professional science master's degrees for students interested in nonacademic careers in applied physics, industrial mathematics (quality control or modeling), ecosystem management, biotechnology and applied chemistry and biochemistry. No other college or university in Iowa offers this degree.


UNI Community Visit Days
Community visit days allow President Benjamin Allen and university faculty, staff and students to visit with Iowans about education and economic issues in their community. The visits also provide an opportunity for communities to learn about the university's academic, economic, cultural and social programs and outreach to the state. More information...


Fall 2009 remaining UNI Community Visit Days schedule:
Oct. 20 - Ankeny
Nov. 2 - Cedar Rapids



View the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center schedule of events.


Complete list of UNI events


Key dates
Oct. 17 - Homecoming
Nov. 21 - 29 - Thanksgiving break
Dec. 14 - 18 - Finals week
Dec. 19 - Commencement
Jan. 11 - Spring semester begins



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 your student to read MyUNIverse News.


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.


A response to "There's nothing to do."
UNI fields 17 NCAA 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) gives full-time students free admission to all Panther regular-season home games and a 50-percent discount on Artist Series tickets at the GBPAC.


Learn about the many student organizations at UNI.


$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.


Save on STAT membership -- get discounts
UNI Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (UNI STAT) memberships are available through the UNI Alumni Association. This membership package includes discounts at more than 45 Cedar Falls and Waterloo businesses as well as a STAT T-shirt, backpack, coozie, I.D. holder and Beat T-shirts for select home games throughout the year. Purchase a membership for your student. Memberships are $40. Contact Holly at (319) 273-6409 or at


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 your student to check his or her personal records via MyUNIverse. They should check the "Privacy" tabs to make sure they haven't inadvertently restricted their hometown information.



Helping students kick the nicotine habit
Assistance and resources are available to "kick the habit" through Wellness and Recreation Services. For more information, visit WRC 104, e-mail or call (319) 273-6921.


UNI counseling center offers help
The UNI Counseling Center offers many sessions throughout the semester addressing issues that students face. A Test Anxiety Workshop will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at the UNI Counseling Center (103 SHC). The session will provide tips for managing test anxiety. On Oct. 15 a workshop on "Building Healthy Relationships" will be offered. Call (319) 273-2676 to register.


Academic help for students

UNI's Academic Learning Center offers a variety of services: free courses in speed reading, effective study strategies, free tutoring and help with preparing for examinations. The Academic Learning Center is located at
007 ITTC (Innovative Teaching & Technology Center).


Get That Paper Done
The Assignment Calculator is a new tool for planning research papers and staying on schedule. Enter the due date and get a list of 12 steps to complete. Each includes a "due date," help documents, and links to resources like Rod Library and Writing Center.


Computer workshops
Information Technology Services - Educational Technology offers two workshop series, Mastering Microsoft Office and Creating Web Pages, for one hour of credit. For complete details including pre-registration information, go to



Substance abuse resources
Student success is important to all of us at the University of Northern Iowa, whether we are the student, a professor, or a staff member. As parents, we know your student's success is of great importance to you as well. Go to the U.S. Department of Education's HIgher Education Center for a brief informational piece, directed to you, as a parent, regarding alcohol talking points that may assist you in having an important conversation with your student. Visit our Substance Abuse Services Web site for further information and resources.


2009-2010 Referral Resources Directory
In order to provide quality referrals for students and staff at UNI, the Office of Academic Advising compiles and edits the annual referral resources.


Find out what's happening at UNI
Keep up-to-date on news from UNI. Visit the UNI homepage often.


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. It's a great opportunity to hear and be heard. Learn more on the UNIPA Web site.



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 Jon Buse, UNIPA liaison at (319) 273-2897, or with questions. The 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) 273-2897