Parent Newsletter October 2010

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. 

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NEWS

Keep up with the latest news from UNI by visiting the UNI newsroom.

UNIversity scholarship application now available
The 2011-2012 UNIversity Scholarship Application (USA) is now available for completion. Students can apply for departmental and university scholarships by completing this one application. The most common deadline is Feb. 15, however, deadlines vary, so don't delay in starting your search.

UNI Commencement goes green
In an effort to be greener, the Office of the Registrar will no longer mail information pertaining to commencement/graduation. Instead, it has developed an informational webpage and a Commencement RSVP webform. Learn more.

Voter registration information
In light of the upcoming elections, the Office of the Registrar is providing the university community with voter registration information.

Demonstrations and counter protests on campus
This fall UNI sponsored a series of events called, "Standing on Higher Ground," aimed at strengthening our community and improving the climate for LGBT students, faculty, staff and potential students and citizens. Standing on Higher Ground included speakers, movies, panel presentations and performances intended to create an environment for civil discourse. The Standing on Higher Ground project drew the attention of the Westboro Baptist Church, of Topeka, Kansas. They planned three demonstrations and UNI students organized counter protests. View President Allen's message to campus regarding these events.

 
BCS shares statewide impact
UNI's Business and Community Services serves thousands of businesses, communities and entrepreneurs each year. View how each BCS program is making an impact throughout Iowa.

Professional development webinars for educators
UNI and the College of Education have launched a new professional webinar series, "Hot Topics in Education: Professional Development Webinars," for educators. These free, one-hour webinars taught by faculty and staff are offered once a month, September through May. The first webinar featuring "Iowa Core and 21st Century Skills," is now archived. The next webinar for K-12 educators will be Tuesday, Oct. 28 at3:30 p.m.The topic is "Classroom Management for the First-Year Teacher." Visit the webinar webpage for more information about the archived presentation and to register for future webinars.

UNI launches new brand campaign
This week marked the official public launch of a new brand campaign to promote the University of Northern Iowa and help drive student recruitment. The "I am..." campaign is the result of three years of intensive market research, analysis and planning. The campaign has many parts including online advertising and TV commercials. This is the first comprehensive initiative of its type for UNI. To learn more, visit the new brand campaign website.

Become a fan of UNI on Facebook.

UNI goes green
UNI distributed 2,800 recycling containers to dorm rooms and ROTH apartments. A room in each residence hall and ROTH has been designated as the collection center for sorting recycled plastic, tin, glass, cardboard and mixed paper. More than 1.3 tons for recyled materials are collected by City Carton each week, according to a report released the final week of September. This includes recycling from residence hall communities and dining centers.

TC has a little sister
UNI's mascot, TC is an extremely busy cat. He makes more than 170 off-site appearances a year at birthdays, weddings and other events. TC now has a little sister to help out with all those activities. The new mascot is designed to relate to younger audiences. She will make her debut at Homecoming.

Health and Safety at UNI

Seasonal influenza vaccine
The Student Health Clinic is offering seasonal influenza vaccinations for students, faculty and staff. The 2,500 student vaccinations are free of charge. The vaccines are available on a first-come, first-served basis. See a schedule of vaccination clinics.

Campus crime reports
The Clery Act requires that the university publish an annual report regarding certain crimes reported to UNI Public Safety and other specific offices on campus. The 2009 Campus Crime Report is posted on the Department of Public Safety's website. The 2009 Campus Crime Statistics are also available. A paper copy of this report is available upon request.

COLLEGE INFORMATION

College of Education
The College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation Thursday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m., in the GBPAC Great Hall. All 394 students who have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program are invited to participate in this official induction.

College of Business Administration
A new program in the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration will allow UNI business students to spend a semester studying abroad at cost or lower than the cost to attend UNI. Through the Cost Neutral Semester Abroad Program, the students can stay on schedule toward graduation instead of having to pay for an extra semester to fulfill requirements not available during their overseas studies. Learn more.

EVENTS

View all of the Homecoming activities.

Check out the new season at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

View a list of concerts at UNI's School of Music.

View a complete list of UNI events.

View all athletic events.

UNI will host the MVC Volleyball tournament Nov. 25-27 at McLeod Center.

Key dates:

Oct. 23 - Homecoming

Nov. 20-28 - Thanksgiving break

Dec. 13-17 - Finals week

Dec. 18 - Commencement

Jan. 10 - Spring semester begins

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

MAP-Works helps first-year students achieve success
More than 85% of all first-year students at UNI completed the MAP-Works transition survey this fall. MAP-Works is an early-intervention system that empowers faculty and staff to identify students who are struggling and provide them the resources and connections to be successful. If you are interested in learning more about using MAP-Works to help your first-year students, contact Drake Martin at drake.martin@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/articles-22.

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 in 007 ITTC (Innovative Teaching & Technology Center). In addition, the center offers help via its writing center and math center. 

Academic Learning Center now available in the Rod Library
The Academic Learning Center now has Sunday hours from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Rod Library. Students can work with The "A" Team to receive support and tutoring in effective reading and study strategies, math, science and writing. If students can't make it to the library or the ALC they can set up a Skype session by calling 319-273-2361.

Academic Advising offers students help with choosing or changing a major, exploring minors and offers advice on academic requirements, policies and procedures.

Live like a student now so you don't have to later
Live Like a Student courses are designed to help students budget money, live within their means and understand how financial decisions can affect the future. The program offers three-week long courses (six sessions) and also encompasses workshops and other one-on-one opportunities throughout the year.  

National Student Exchange (NSE)
The National Student Exchange allows students to attend one of 179 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada while paying UNI tuition. Students must have a 2.5 GPA and have completed at least 30 hours of credit at the time of exchange.

Counseling Services
The Counseling Center provides a variety of services to UNI students. Counseling services are confidential and provided free of charge to students who have paid the Student Health Fee. There may be a fee charged if any tests are administered.

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 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 adult tickets for the Artist Series at the Gallagher-Bluedorn.

$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.

Learn about student organizations at UNI.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

About UNI
"About UNI" is a handy website for parents to quickly find UNI information. You'll find links to the Cedar Falls/Waterloo community, campus maps, University Book & Supply, facility hours and more.

TIPS

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 click on the "Privacy" tab to make sure they haven't inadvertently restricted their directory information.

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 Jon Buse, UNIPA liaison at 319-273-2332, or jon.buse@uni.edu with questions. The Parents Association also supports the Parents Fund, which supports student scholarships and activities on campus.

Get involved - Join UNIPA advisory board
The UNI Parents Association advisory 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 website.
 
UNI Parents Association 

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