Parent Newsletter November 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. 

NEWS
Residence-hall phone numbers changing
Until now, all residence hall students were automatically assigned a telephone number with a 222 prefix -- whether they installed a phone and used that number or not. These numbers also were listed in the UNI printed and electronic phone directories. Because many students use cell phones as their primary phone, this is was an outdated approach.

On Nov. 26, all 222 phone numbers will be deleted from the central UNI database. Residence hall students will be asked to provide the local phone number of their choice through the MyUNIverse -- Update My Personal Information application. The goal is to complete this process prior to collecting data for the implementation of the new UNI Alert System.

UNI safety update
A series of information sessions for students, faculty and staff about campus safety and security were held this fall. These sessions are part of UNI's comprehensive approach to security issues. The university has received approval to move ahead with security updates, such as the new UNI Alert System -- an enhanced emergency notification system. Students soon will be asked to update their emergency contact information as part of this effort. System testing will take place after the start of the second semester.
 
Panthers make the playoffs!
The Panthers have clinched the outright Gateway Conference title for the ninth time in 23 years, guaranteeing them a spot in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Series playoffs. Playoff seeding and first-round games will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. CST on ESPNU. The Panther's currently own the No. 1 national ranking in The Sports Network's Top 25 poll.

New Thanksgiving schedule at UNI
If you haven't already noticed, your student is probably on the way home for Thanksgiving break. This is the first year of UNI's new Thanksgiving Holiday schedule. There will be no classes at UNI next week. While classes won't be in session, the university will remain open.

UNI residence halls to open early for Iowa Caucuses
It's no secret that the Jan. 3, 2008, Iowa caucus date has many citizens altering their plans to ensure a strong showing in Iowa.  To accommodate UNI students still on holiday break who wish to participate in the caucuses from campus, the UNI residence halls will open for the caucuses. They will close the following day. The Department of Residence will accommodate those students on Jan. 3 who sign up by Dec. 3.

Students and money
The UNI Department of Residence and the Financial Aid Office hosted a series of seminars in November called "Keep and Eye on Your Money." All UNI students were invited to attend one of seven opportunities to learn how to better manage personal finances.
 
UNI kicks off new information series -- College Bound

This fall, UNI kicked off a new information series called College Bound, a monthly series of articles geared toward college-bound high school students and their parents. The series is written in the UNI Office of University Marketing & Public Relations and is distributed to all Iowa newspapers and select media outlets.


EVENTS
Biden set for fourth UNI presidential candidate forum, Nov. 27
UNI will host the fourth in a series of presidential candidate forums at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Lang Hall Auditorium. The speaker will be U.S. Senator Joe Biden. The forum series, "Back to School: Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in American Education," focuses on policy initiatives related to education and its broader implications for global competitiveness. See http://www.uni.edu/presidentialforum/
 

Key dates:
Thanksgiving break -- Nov. 16-25
Finals week -- Dec. 10-14
Fall Commencement -- Dec. 15
Holiday break -- Dec. 16-Jan. 13
Spring semester begins -- Jan. 14
Spring break -- March 14-23
Spring Commencement -- May 10


TIPS
Student safety -- cell phone ICE number
Remind your student to put an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact number in their cell phone. Along with medical alert bracelets, etc., emergency personnel are trained to look for an ICE contact on a person's cell phone if the person's unable to communicate.


RESOURCES
Finding a roommate -- just a click away
Panther Picks is an online system designed to help students pick someone with whom they can live comfortably in the year ahead. All they need to do is complete a profile about themselves once they complete a housing and dining contract. See http://www.uni.edu/dor/housing/pantherpicks.htm
 
Preparing for final exams workshop
Does your student need help learning how to prepare for final exams? A free "Preparing for Final Exams Workshop" will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the ITTC 28. Interested students must register by calling 273-2346. Sponsored by the Center for Academic Achievement and Student Support Services.

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.

UNI Parents Association Advisory Board -- We need you!
The UNIPA Advisory Board is a group of parents who meet twice annually to hear updates from the university leadership and to give input to the university. We need you! Please consider serving on the UNIPA advisory board. Contact James O'Connor, UNIPA liaison at (319) 273-6728, or james.oconnor@uni.edu with questions.