First lady Michelle Obama reminded graduates at the spring commencement ceremony May 7 that the values they have learned at UNI will distinguish them and contribute to their success, “The values you’ve learned here [at UNI] – commitment to family, openness to diversity, willingness to serve your community and your country, the courage to follow your passion – those are the keys to success in any field." Obama was the commencement speaker at the event honoring nearly 1,700 students who recently completed degree programs at UNI. The event was held at the UNI-Dome.
Outstanding UNI students were honored at the 2011 UNI Leadership Awards Ceremony for their contributions to the university community. The annual recognition event was held April 26 at Maucker Union. Awards were presented by university administrators and advisors.
Reilly Ann Zlab is the recipient of the Dr. Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership.
International Admissions' 11th annual International Student Preview Day took place on April 1. This unique event offers international exchange students across Iowa the opportunity to learn about UNI, college life in the United States, UNI's admissions process and scholarship opportunities, major/career options and the chance to meet current and other prospective UNI international students. More than 20 international exchange students from countries such as Haiti, Japan and Russia participated in this event.
An initial review of MAP-Works® success from the MAP-Works® committee has indicated gains in retention rates. The committee reports that retention rates of freshman who completed the fall survey at a higher rate than freshman who chose not to complete the survey. 85.6% of students took the MAP-Works® fall transition survey.We are poised for another successful semester with another 75.2% completing the spring transition survey.
More importantly, students who participated in MAP-Works® were retained at a significantly higher rate than their predecessors from the past five years.
April is Financial Literacy Month and the Office of Student Financial Aid has planned a series of programs for students, faculty and staff to elevate their understanding of financial aid, planning and security topics.
First lady Michelle Obama will speak at UNI's spring commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 7, in the UNI-Dome. The university will consolidate three ceremonies into one to provide all graduates the opportunity to be addressed by the first lady. For more information on this event:
In January, our division leadership team began to develop our plan. Following a retreat, I appointed a writing team that took ideas from the retreat and began to shape them into a set of strategic priorities. The writing team is Kathy Green, Lisa Kratz, Carol Petersen, Michael Blackwell, Jon Buse, Carol Geiger and me.
A draft summary of these priorities is now available for all members of the division's staff to read. After reading, I welcome your comments -- thoughts, ideas, recommendations, criticisms, etc.
Department directors from the Student Affairs division met at a planning retreat in early January to decide how to approach the development of the divisional strategic plan. President Allen has called for all University divisions to develop plans that align with the recently-approved University strategic plan. The group agreed to consider the needs of students and the University community, our previously-developed key performance indicators, existing department strategic plans and then write a plan that is clear, concise, measurable, meaningful, and challenges us to improve.
The Summer Orientation staff has been selected and will participate in training sessions throughout spring semester.
“The summer staff has a central role in welcoming students to their UNI experience. They are hosts and guides during summer orientation and encourage incoming students to access all that UNI has to offer,” said Kristin Woods, coordinator of new student programs. “These students bring a rich collection of experiences to their role as summer staff members. I’m confident our new students will benefit from their guidance and friendship,” she said.