Inside UNI Student Announcements Archive

Visit the MyUniverse News archives for information published prior to January 2013.

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013
Teacher education gift announced

Richard O. Jacobson, a Des Moines businessman, gifted $15 million to UNI's College of Education to enhance teacher education at UNI. For more information, read the news release.

Monday, Mar 4, 2013
UNI named one of 14 finalists to presidential honor roll

UNI is one of 14 colleges and universities, and the top college in Iowa, to be recognized as a finalist for the Presidential Award in the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. For more information, read the news release.

Monday, Mar 4, 2013
FAFSA workshops

Need some assistance in completing the 2013-14 FAFSA? The Office of Student Financial Aid will offer two FAFSA workshops: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, in 102 SAB; and noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, in 136 ITTC. Register online. For more information, contact Tim Bakula at 273-2722.

Monday, Mar 4, 2013
Disney College Program

Warm weather... Orlando, Fla. or Anaheim, Calif.... Mickey Mouse... Wouldn't you like an internship with the Walt Disney Company? Information tables will be set up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on March 7, in the SEC Lobby and March 13, in the WRC hallway. For more information, contact Jenna Connelly.

Monday, Mar 4, 2013
Love UNI? Tryout to be TC or TK

Love UNI? Want to be on the sidelines? Tryout to be TC or TK! You'll help represent UNI both at home and on the road. Tryouts will be held on March 25. More information and the application are posted online.

Monday, Mar 4, 2013
March Wellness and Fitness newsletters

March issues of Student Health 101 (SH101), WRS E-Newsletter and the WRS Personal Fitness E-Newsletter are now posted online. SH101 is a national publication focusing on college student interests.

Monday, Mar 4, 2013
NISG runoff elections

Don't forget to vote in the NISG runoff election for student body president and vice president. Polls are open on MyUNIverse in the "Life @ UNI" tab starting at 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 5 through 5 p.m., Wednesday March 6.

Monday, Mar 4, 2013
QUASH is coming

QUASH (Quest to Unravel Alzheimer's Scavenger Hunt) will be held Friday, April 26 with a kickoff in the West Gym. Teams of two to four members will compete all over campus in mental and physical challenges. Register at the QUASH website.

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013
Panther Caucus - keeping tuition affordable

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, is committed to keeping tuition affordable for Iowa students. If Iowa's public universities receive a 2.6 percent increase in state funding as well as a $4 million special appropriation for UNI, the Regents have vowed to freeze tuition for in-state undergraduate students next fall. Read more at the Panther Caucus.

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013
Maintenance to SIS Applications

The following SIS systems will be unavailable for application patches from 4 to 7 a.m., Saturday, March 2: the MyUNIverse Portal, the SIS CRM application and the Campus Solutions application. This includes the online application for admissions and the online class search. A restart of the databases will be included in this update. There will be a follow-up announcement when maintenance is complete. If you have any problems or questions, contact Travis Horvatich.

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013
Night classes canceled as of 5 p.m. today

Night classes are canceled as of 5 p.m., today, due to severe weather. For more information about cancelations or postponed events, visit

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013
Mini-grants available for Reaching for Higher Ground projects

Reaching for Higher Ground mini-grants are available to support academic year activities and programming planned around the 2013-14 theme Food Matters. The grants range from $250 to $1,000. The application deadline is March 29.

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013
March 6 teacher education announcement

President Allen invites faculty, staff and students to join him along with Gov. Branstad and distinguished guests at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom, for a special announcement and celebration of a milestone moment for teacher education at UNI. The announcement will have a significant impact on students pursuing education careers and for faculty teaching and research. Guests are encouraged to show their UNI spirit by wearing casual purple attire. A reception will follow.

Monday, Feb 25, 2013
UNI wants to hear from you

Seniors and first-year students are encouraged to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The university uses this information for guidance in future services, programs and activities. Information on NSSE and the survey prize drawing, are posted online

Monday, Feb 25, 2013
The Panther Plot information session

The Panther Plot is an initiative to establish a sustainable, on-campus student vegetable garden this spring. An information session will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, in the Presidential Room, MAU. For more information, contact

Monday, Feb 25, 2013
Online financial literacy opportunities

Looking to learn more about your own personal finances? Partnering with Everfi Educational Group, the UNI Office of Student Financial Aid now offers free, online financial literacy modules designed specifically for college students.  Topics include savings and investing, credit, car loans and mortgages, student loans and more. For more information, contact Tim Bakula.  

Monday, Feb 25, 2013
Interested in law school?

The Daniel Webster Law Society will meet at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.27, in 127, SAB. Scott Peters and Allison Martens, political science, will discuss how to prepare for law school, factors that law schools consider in admission, preparing for the LSATs and more. The group will also discuss other activities this semester. Freshmen and sophomores are especially encouraged to attend. Contact Scott Peters at 273-2727 or for more information.

Friday, Feb 22, 2013
UNI classes and business operations delayed

UNI classes and normal business operations will begin at 10 am. today, Friday, Feb. 22, due to severe weather. Essential staff should maintain their usual schedule.

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
WRC hours affected by the weather

The UNI Wellness/Recreation Center will close at 9 p.m. tonight, Feb. 21. Friday morning, WRC opening and activities will be determined prior to 5:30 a.m. and posted on the UNI home page, UNI Wellness/Recreation Center facebook page and on the WRS Info Line, 273-2391. Health Beat will remain open until 6:30 p.m. today.

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
NISG Presidential Debate

In spite of the weather, the NISG Presidential Debate is still on. It will start at 5:30 p.m., in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse.

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
UNI night classes canceled

UNI classes will be canceled as of 5 p.m. today, Feb. 21, due to the weather. If there are any events scheduled for tonight or tomorrow that will be postponed or canceled, please let UR know immediately. Send information to Liz Conklin at 273-6728 or These announcements will be included on the UNI home page.

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013
Student Disability Services awareness opportunities

Student Disability Services will give free hot chocolate and information about disabilities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 outside of the Student Health Center.  

Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Cedar Valley Conference on Human Rights

The Cedar Valley Conference on Human Rights, co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education and the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, will take place Friday, March 1 on the UNI campus.  There is no registration fee.  More information and registration are online. 

Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Sign up for Panther Push

Panther Push is an outreach program where UNI students return to their high schools to give prospective students insight about life on campus. This is great practice for professional situations, looks good on a resume and gives students a chance to show their Panther pride. Students can apply for Panther Push online by Feb. 22. One training session is required. For more information, email Emily Huckfelt at

Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Living Lands & Waters founder to speak at UNI

Chad Pregracke will speak at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Lang Auditorium. Pregracke has created a social movement around improving the quality of our nation's rivers with his organization, Living Lands & Waters

Monday, Feb 18, 2013
UNI Dance Marathon

UNI's Dance Marathon is Saturday, March 2. Dance Marathon raises money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. To register and learn more, visit

Monday, Feb 18, 2013
UNI I am... Making Safe Decisions!

Join UNI Public Safety and Wellness and Recreation Services for a fun and educational event from 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the WRC main corridor. Activities include: life-size drinking and driving simulator, alcohol goggle simulations with golf, water pong and computerized virtual bar, alcohol poisoning case study, as well as information and resources from a variety of areas on and off campus. 

Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Career opportunities with the Federal Government

The U.S. Federal Government is one of the largest employers and is hiring. Learn about available job opportunities, job search strategies and how to prepare your federal resume at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, in 009 GIL. For more information, contact Isabela Varela.

Friday, Feb 15, 2013
Climate change and the Obama Administration

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a live conference call from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Room 203C, WRC, with Michael Levi, the senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Levi will speak to climate change and the Obama Administration. Q&A opportunity to follow.

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
New UNI policies

The following polices are new: 9.81 on University Communication and 13.20 on the Duty to Report Child Abuse.

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
2013-14 Reaching for Higher Ground

Learn how you can get involved with the upcoming 2013-14 Reaching for Higher Ground: Food Matters project. A campus-wide informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in the GBPAC Lobby. For more information, contact

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
UNI welcome reception for incoming President Ruud

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a campus welcome reception for incoming President William Ruud, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the GBPAC Lobby. The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber will host a community-wide welcome event for the Ruuds this summer.

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
Panther Caucus - celebrating Black History Month

The latest Panther Caucus highlights a sample of events hosted by UNI during Black History Month. From the African-American Read-In to the kick-off of International Pretty Brown Girl Day, UNI has much to celebrate.

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
Town Hall meeting on diversity

UNI's Annual Diversity Town Hall will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Ballroom, MAU. A Diversity Fair will precede the event from 1 to 2 p.m., also in the Ballroom. James Bonilla, an internationally recognized consultant on diversity in higher education, from Hamline University, will be the keynote speaker. More information is posted on the Diversity Matters website

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
Free anxiety screening

Learn about signs and symptoms of anxiety and take a free screening at the UNI Counseling Center on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Screenings will be offered at 10 and 11 a.m., and at 1 and 2 p.m.  No registration is needed. For more information, contact Gretchen Honsell at 273-2676.

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
Celebrate Valentine's Day with CAB

The Campus Activities Board has planned several activities for Feb. 14, in Maucker Union. From noon to 2 p.m., you can stuff-a-bear and make your own box of chocolates. First-come, first-served. At 7 p.m., the college love coach will answer your questions.

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
Audition for black history talent show

The Black Student Union and Campus Activity Board are hosting an Homage to Black History Talent Show at 7 p.m., Feb. 27, in the Auditorium, LNG. Students must try out to participate. Auditions are from 3 to 7 p.m., Feb. 18 and from 4 to 8 p.m., Feb. 19, in the Old Gold Room, MAU. Details are posted on Facebook

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
Darwin Week to educate community on variety of topics

Darwin Week lectures will be presented from 2 to 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 through Thursday, Feb. 21, in the CME. Speakers will discuss topics related to skepticism, humanism, science and education. The lecture schedule is posted on the Darwin Week website

Monday, Feb 11, 2013
UNI Up Close agenda

Welcome our prospective students and families! UNI Up Close is a visit day planned specifically for admitted high school seniors and transfer students on Friday, Feb. 15 and 22. The agenda is posted at the admissions website

Monday, Feb 11, 2013
Get your writing in shape

Certified writing coaches are like fitness trainers for your coursework - with less sweat! All majors, undergraduate and graduate students welcome. Call 273-2361 or stop by 008 ITTC to schedule Writing Center appointments.

Monday, Feb 11, 2013
Study abroad in Costa Rica

Learn about summer study abroad programs in Costa Rica. Information sessions will be at 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11; at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12; and at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13. All sessions take place in 009 GIL.

Monday, Feb 11, 2013
Internship opportunities in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Center for Internships offers UNI students the opportunity to work in government, corporate and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C., and earn UNI credits. Learn more at 3 p.m., Feb. 13, in 15 SAB. For more information, contact Isabela Varela.

Monday, Feb 11, 2013
Study Abroad in Asia, Europe or Central/South America

Interested in studying abroad in Asia, Europe, Central America, or South America? Want to learn more about some of the best options? Join us at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, in 009 GIL for more information.

Friday, Feb 8, 2013
National Student Exchange application deadline

Students wishing to participate in the National Student Exchange for fall 2013 and spring 2014 must submit their applications to the NSE office at 2637 Hudson Road by 5 p.m., Feb. 11. For more information, contact Justin Szabo.

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013
William Ruud named next UNI president

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, named William Ruud as the next UNI president. For more information about Ruud, visit the presidential search site.

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013
Panther Caucus - UNI Day At Capitol

President Allen will host the inaugural UNI Day at the Capitol from 1 to 3 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 11. More than 15 current state legislators are UNI graduates. Read more at Panther Caucus.

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013
Provost's Awards for Excellence in Teaching with Technology

Applications/nominations are now being taken for the Provost's Awards for Excellence in Teaching with Technology. The awards recognize and encourage UNI faculty committed to effective instructional technologies that enhance learning for students at UNI. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., March 1. Details are available in this Google Doc

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013
John Deere Supply Chain Forum

All students, faculty, and staff interested in transportation and the global market are invited to the John Deere Supply Chain Forum, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Slife Ballroom, COM. Register online.

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013
International Student Association Valentine's Day party

UNI international students are hosting a Valentine's Dance Party, from 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, in the Ballroom, COM. The free event is open to everyone. There will be games, food, prizes and a contest for the best 70's outfit.

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013
UNI presidential search narrows to two candidates

Avijit Ghosh, one of the three final candidates for UNI president has withdrawn his candidacy. Read the announcement here.