Parent Newsletter January 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. 

Editor's Notes

Welcome to the second semester of UNI's Panther Parent e-newsletter. We want to hear from you. Please let us know if there's information you need or topics you'd like to see addressed.

Just to cover the bases, the spring semester began on Jan. 8. If your student is still hanging around the house, you might want to ask him or her why!


NEWS

Legislative Update
The 2007 session of the Iowa General Assembly has begun. UNI is working with the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, to ensure UNI receives appropriate funding.


State of the University
President Allen recently took a look back at his first semester at UNI and provided thoughts about what he sees on the horizon and his priorities for the university. See http://www.uni.edu/pres/


Key Dates

Jan. 15, University holiday

March 7, Summer 2007 advance registration begins

March 9, Spring break begins

March 19, Instruction resumes

April 30, Finals week begins

May 4, Semester ends

May 5, Commencement, UNI-Dome


TIPS

Tutoring can Help Get Students up to Speed

Not everyone masters every subject right away. If your son or daughter needs help with a class, suggest UNI's ASK-A-TUTOR service. UNI has free tutors (peer instructors) for many Liberal Arts Core and major courses. Students can call Academic Services at 273-6023, to find out if there's a tutor for their course, or visit http://www.uni.edu/academicservices/rlindex.html

Students should take their class notes, text and syllabus to their appointment. Academic Services is located in the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center (ITTC) Room 007 (formerly the East Gym, just north of Rod Library).

 

 


RESOURCES

Spring Job and Internship Fair
Tuesday, March 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., UNI-Dome.  More than 80 employers will be available to visit with UNI students and alumni about internships and full-time jobs. Some will schedule further interviews for the Spring Interview Day on Wednesday, March 7.
Sponsored by Academic Advising & Career Services, 214 East Bartlett, 273-6857.

Does Your Student Understand Credit Cards, Credit Ratings and Identity Theft?
UNI is hosting a special presentation for students, "Credit and Identity Theft," from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the Curris Business Building, Room 3.  Students will learn good-credit habits, how to fix bad credit, and how to prevent identity theft. Registration is required. For more information, contact katherine.cota@uni.edu or 273-7350.

Too Much to Read, Too Little Time
Academic Services offers a Speed Reading course designed to help students develop reading skills and become more time-efficient readers. Students generally learn to at least double their reading rate without losing comprehension. Study reading can take only half the time! Classes meet three hours a week for four weeks and are free of charge for UNI students.

Is Studying all Pain and No Gain?
Is your student studying hard but not getting the grades he or she expects? The Effective Study Strategies course is for students who want to learn more powerful ways of studying. The learning strategies offered in these sessions are applicable to a variety of academic courses: a note-taking system that makes learning easier, comprehension strategies to use when reading texts and four different test-preparation strategies.

Effective Study Strategies courses are free of charge for UNI students.

Other free courses offered by Academic Services:

PPST-Reading (for students preparing to take or retake the Pre-Professional Skills Test for admission to UNI’s Teacher Education Program; Praxis I: PPST published by Cliff’s TestPrep required)

PPST-Mathematics (for students preparing to take or retake the PPST for admission to UNI’s Teacher Education Program; Praxis I: PPST published by Cliff’s TestPrep required)

GRE-Verbal (for students preparing to take or retake the Graduate Record Exam; any edition of Kaplan’s GRE Exam published 2005-2007 is required.)

GRE-Quantitative (for students preparing to take or retake the Graduate Record Exam; any edition of Kaplan’s GRE Exam published 2005-2007 is required.)

  

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 james.oconnor@uni.edu with questions. The parents association also supports the Parents Fund, which supports student scholarships and activities on campus.