Panther Village: The new digs on campus

Things are definitely changing in the world of on-campus living. With the addition of the University of Northern Iowa's newest residence hall, Panther Village, students don't even need to leave their rooms for meals – they can make whatever they want in their fully equipped kitchen. They also have the ability to study in their private bedrooms or lounge around in furnished living rooms.

With more than 4,900 students living on campus, the addition of Panther Village fulfills a plan to make living on campus the first choice for all UNI students.

"Students who live on campus are more likely to be involved in campus activities that support their academic experience," said Pat Beck, assistant director of residence marketing. "Also, students who live on campus have a higher average grade point than students who live off campus and they are more likely to graduate."

Panther Village offers students apartment-style living, while maintaining the advantages and convenience of living on campus.

"Moving to an apartment has always appealed to students who are making a transition to more independence that follows graduation," said Beck.

The residence hall currently houses 204 students in two-bedroom, four-bedroom and studio apartments. Students who live in Panther Village are required to have completed 30 academic credit hours by the time they move in and be in good standing academically.

In addition to fully equipped kitchens, private bedrooms and furnished living rooms, the building also has sustainability features that include in-room recycling, automated motorized shades that react to the sun, independent temperature controls and a green roof, which looks exactly as it sounds – grass is grown on the roof to provide a natural filtering system for rain and water run-off.

"Living on campus and on-campus involvement add to a student's sense of place and loyalty to UNI."

Also, UNI's Panther Village is home to "The Bower," a public art sculpture that gives the impression of a neighborhood illuminated at night,

"Panther Village is convenient, safe, comfortable, sustainable and beautiful," said Beck. "The community is designed for students' preferences for privacy, social spaces and access to UNI dining."

The UNI campus and Cedar Valley community will have the opportunity to see Panther Village for themselves at a dedication event on Thursday, Sept. 6. A reception and tours will follow the event.

"Living on camps and on-campus involvement add to a student's sense of place and loyalty to UNI," said Beck. "Students who have a positive experience in their on-campus community are loyal alumni and will seek ways to remain connected to UNI for years to come."