Parent Newsletter May 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. 

NEWS

Budget Update
UNI President Benjamin Allen provides frequent budget updates to the campus community. To stay informed, visit www.uni.edu/president/budget/ frequently. 

 

R&D School Approved 
Legislation transforming Price Laboratory School (PLS) into Iowa’s statewide Research and Development School passed and is awaiting the governor’s signature. The collaborative PK-16 effort with the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education aims to raise and sustain the level of all Iowa PK-12 students' educational attainment, enhance the preparation and professional competence of Iowa educators and focus on research that transforms practice to meet Iowa's changing educational needs.


H1N1 Flu Update

The human H1N1 flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. The Iowa Department of Public Health is monitoring the state and will give direction to healthcare providers as needed. For additional information regarding the H1N1 flu, visit www.uni.edu/health/.

UNIPA Advisory Board Meeting
The spring 2009 UNIPA advisory board meeting was held on Saturday, April 25.


Panther Pickup
Instead of tossing unwanted items when they move out, students can donate them to local charitable organizations. On-campus collections will be Wednesday, May 6 through Friday, May 8. For more information, go to www.uni.edu/pantherpickup.

 

UNI is Smoke-Free

As the cost of tobacco increases, now may be the time to "kick the habit." Assistance and resources are available through Wellness and Recreation Services. Visit WRC 104, e-mail kathy.green@uni.edu or call 319-273-6921 for more information.

 

De-Stress Days
Students can get a free mini-back or -hand massage, play with kittens and dogs or walk through a labyrinth at De-Stress Days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 6, in Maucker Union. Provided by Wellness and Recreation Services.


Students Working on Campus

Beginning with the July 15 payday, all student employees will be required to use direct deposit as the method of receiving their pay. Students' pay can be direct deposited into any bank/credit union in the U.S. For more information and for a list of local institutions offering no- and low-fee accounts, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll. Questions may be directed to Sherri Baldwin in Payroll at Sherri.Baldwin@uni.edu or 319-273-2656.

Students as Tutors
This fall, students can earn two hours of credit for tutoring by enrolling in Course 200:180(g) Community Service: Academic Skills Achievement Center. Students will tutor college students in UNI's Academic Learning Center, K-12 students at selected Waterloo schools, or students in grades 3-12 at the UNI-CUE in downtown Waterloo. Students may re-enroll in this course for the fall 2010 semester for additional credit. In addition, they may elect to become certified as a "Master Tutor" from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). For additional information, e-mail nancy.scoggins@uni.edu.

 

Parents Needed for Summer Orientation
Thanks to all the parents who volunteered to serve as hosts at the parent hospitality tent during last summer's orientation sessions. The tent was so popular we're doing it again. You're invited to join us for dinner after the tent closes. Volunteers will visit with parents from 5 to 6 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, June 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 and July 6 and 9.  We need at least two volunteers per night. If you'd like to volunteer, e-mail liz.conklin@uni.edu.

EVENTS 
For a complete list of UNI events, see access.uni.edu/acal/
  
Key dates:
May 4 - Finals week begins
May 8 - Semester ends
May 9 - Commencement, UNI-Dome
May 11 - May term begins
July 31 - Summer session ends
Aug. 24 - Fall semester begins
Oct. 3 - Family Weekend
Oct. 17 - Homecoming

 

For more information on Commencement please visit www.uni.edu/infosys/commencement/.

TIPS 
Wondering What's Going On at UNI? Bookmark the UNI Parents Page
This Web page is designed specifically for you. It includes a list of parent and student resources and links to the UNI events calendar and academic calendar. See https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/parents/par_port.cgi.
 

RESOURCES 
UNI Alumni Relations Expands Career Services
In a recent survey, alumni overwhelmingly expressed the need for alumni career services. In addition to creating cyber networking opportunities through LinkedIn and Facebook, the UNI Alumni Association has partnered with the Career Services office and Career Beam® LLC to present a robust virtual career success center as a free service to UNI alumni and students. Encourage your students to visit www.unialum.org/career/.


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.

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 UNIPA liaison at (319) 273-6728 with questions. The parents association also supports the Parents Fund, which supports student scholarships and activities on campus.