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Welcome letter from President Ruud

Welcome to the University of Northern Iowa! Being part of the UNI family provides a wonderful opportunity for you to learn, make new friends, and take advantage of everything UNI and Cedar Falls have to offer.  

An important part of life at UNI is the opportunity to learn from outstanding faculty. I encourage you to ask questions in class, visit professors during their office hours or have a cup of coffee together in the Union. UNI faculty really want to get to know you and help you prepare for your career, graduate school or both, so be sure to take advantage of that opportunity.

Speaking of classes, you’ll probably find they’re more rigorous at UNI than they were in high school. (You may have more late nights in the library than you ever imagined!) Learning new things, defending and discussing what you’re learning, and embracing new concepts is all part of obtaining a college education. In fact, these skills will serve you well at UNI and beyond.

Just as you’re growing and learning new things every day, I’m doing the same as well. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned that you may find helpful: Listen to your heart. Listen to those you love and who love you. Do the right thing for the right reason, especially when it’s hard and when no one’s watching. Work hard. Live life. Through the years these touchstones have helped keep me on track as I continue to work toward my personal and professional goals. Give them a try and let me know how you’re doing with them.

A great fall semester is ahead of you! We’re all part of the UNI family, so when you see me on campus, please be sure to say hello, and I’ll do the same. All of us at UNI are so glad you’re here.

Purple for Life!

 Bill Ruud Digital Signature

Bill Ruud
UNI President

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Events Calendar

Welcome Week Schedule of Events

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Thursday, Aug. 21 – 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Week Picnic at College and 23rd (between Alumni and President’s houses)
Free food and entertainment for all new students

Friday, Aug. 22 – 7 & 9 p.m.

Mentalist and Illusionist Wayne Hoffman at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Free to all students.

Saturday, Aug. 23

Wellness and Recreation Center – 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Open to new and returning students with their student ID.

Panthers on Main – 1-4 p.m.
Enjoy entertainment and shopping on the award-winning Community Main Street. Free buses will run on a continuous loop between campus and downtown Cedar Falls. Two campus pick-up spots: the Panther Shuttle stops behind Curris Business Building and in front of Bartlett Hall.

Paddle on the Pond – 1-5 p.m.
Located to the north of the Wellness Recreation Center parking lot. Students can canoe, kayak and paddle board. Stop on by and enjoy, or learn how to use the equipment. 

Sand Volleyball Tournament – 3 p.m.
Sand volleyball court west of the WRC

Bike Tune Ups – 6-8 p.m.
Outside, West of Entrance of the WRC

Welcome Week Pool Party - 6-9 p.m.
Hosted by Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) and Residence Hall Association (RHA), at the WRC pool.

Welcome Ball – 7-11 p.m.
Hosted by the UNI Ballroom/Swing club. All UNI students are welcome to join the dance!

Games Under the Lights – 8:30 p.m.
New recreational fields, WRC

Outdoor movie – 9 p.m.
The movie is free for everyone. There will be limited concessions availale. Feel free to bring blankets to sit on. 

Sunday, Aug. 24

Panther Kick-Off/New Student Convocation – 4:30 p.m.
On-campus students meet in your residence hall; commuter students meet in Maucker Union

Monday, Aug. 25

Directional Booths – 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Directional Booths – 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Directional Booths – 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Bash in the Stacks - 7-9:30 p.m.
Rod Library

Thursday, Aug. 28

Directional Booths – 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Hallapalooza – 5-7 p.m. – The Quads

Laser Tag – 8:30-11 p.m. Free to students with their student ID. Gather a group of friends to come play or join others when you arrive at the union. 

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Tips from Students

"Get involved! You will make great friends and a lifetime of memories if you jump into the UNI culture and experience all of the wonderful activities, clubs and events it has to offer."
Name: Tori
Classification: Sophomore
Organization: Student Admissions Ambassadors

"Don't be afraid to fail, because trying something and coming up short is better than not trying at all."
Name: Jefferson
Classification: Senior
Organization: Student Admissions Ambassadors

"The most important thing to enter college with is an open mind. Talk to people outside of your major. Go to something you wouldn't normally go to. You might run into your new best friend (even if you don't realize it at first). After all, Mike Wazowski and Sulley didn't become best friends overnight!"
Name: Rishi
Classification: Sophomore
Organization: Student Admissions Ambassadors

"Get involved!! Try a whole mess of new things you've always wanted to do and search for new things you didn't know we had! You'll make great friends and awesome memories! UNI has it all!!" 
Name: Brandon
Classification: Junior
Organization: Student Admissions Ambassadors

"Every opportunity counts! Get to know the people around you, in every setting, every day. These same people will be some of the most influential people throughout your college experience."
Name: Sara
Classification: Senior
Organization: Summer Orientation Staff

"I would tell all incoming students to not dwell on the past. It's good to reminisce about high school, but if you're always stuck in the past, you can't move forward. College goes by so incredibly fast, and you'll want to make as many new memories as you can in your time here. Don't be afraid to try new things and be open minded. Also, get out of your comfort zone. Talk with people who are different than you; perhaps you'll make some lasting friendships. Good luck!"
Name: Nicole
Classification: Senior
Organization: Campus Activities Board

"Go to a lot of various campus activities and clubs and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to people and start up conversations. That’s the best way to meet new friends."
Name: Andrea
Classification: Junior
Organization: Campus Activities Board

"Don’t be afraid to talk to someone. Whether you need help finding a building on campus, want to make some new friends, or simply need advice on what classes you should take next, never be afraid of asking somebody!"
Name: Daniel
Classification: Senior
Organization: Student Admissions Ambassadors

"Sit in the front of class! Network! Always be aware that a faculty member, staff member, peer student, anyone can hand you an opportunity at any moment. Keep your dorm room door open and make friends with the custodians! Leave high school in high school, college is a fresh start even if people from your high school are on campus. Get involved! Your involvement and experiences will give you the best memories and provide great examples to mention during interviews!"
Name: Joslyn 
Classification: Senior
Organization: Connecting Alumni To Students

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Welcome Week Special Hours

August 21
August 22
August 23
August 24
August 25
August 26
Resident Student Move-In8 AM - 9 PM8 AM - 9 PM8 AM - 9 PM8 AM - 9 PM
Department of Residence - Redeker Center
ID Cards, Door Access, Dining Plans, Etc.
8 AM - 6 PM8 AM - 6 PM10 AM - 4 PM12 PM - 4 PM8 AM - 6 PM8 AM - 6 PM
Administrative Offices
Admissions, Business Operations, Career Services, Dean of Students, Disability Services, Military and Veteran Services, Student Health Clinic, Student Financial Aid, Maucker Union - including staffed information tables, Public Safety - including location for parking permit sales, Registrar
8 AM - 6 PM8 AM - 6 PM10 AM - 4 PM12 PM - 4 PM8 AM - 6 PM8 AM - 6 PM
Academic Buildings Open for Guided-Tours and Way-Finding10 AM - 4 PM12 PM - 4 PM
Department of Residence - Dining Venues
Dining Centers
   Rialto at Towers Center
          BreakfastClosed7:15 - 9:459:30 - 10:459:30 - 10:457:15 - 9:457:15 - 9:45
          Late BreakfastClosed10:00 - 11:00ClosedClosed10:00 - 11:0010:00 - 11:00
          Lunch11:15 - 1:3011:15 - 1:3011:30 - 1:1511:30 - 1:1511:15 - 1:3011:15 - 1:30
          Late Lunch1:45 - 2:301:45 - 4:45ClosedClosed1:45 - 4:451:45 - 4:45
          DinnerClosed*5:00 - 6:455:00 - 6:455:00 - 6:455:00 - 6:455:00 - 6:45
         Late NightClosedClosedClosed7:00 - 9:457:00 - 9:457:00 - 9:45
   Piazza at Redeker Center
          Breakfast7:00 - 8:007:15 - 9:459:30 - 10:459:30 - 10:457:15 - 9:457:15 - 9:45
          Late BreakfastClosed10:00 - 11:00ClosedClosed10:00 - 11:0010:00 - 11:00
          Lunch11:15 - 1:3011:15 - 1:3011:30 - 1:1511:30 - 1:1511:15 - 1:3011:15 - 1:30
          Late LunchClosed1:45 - 4:45ClosedClosed1:45 - 4:451:45 - 4:45
          Dinner5:30 - 6:30*5:00 - 6:455:00 - 6:455:00 - 6:455:00 - 6:455:00 - 6:45
          Late NightClosedClosedClosed7:00 - 9:457:00 - 9:457:00 - 9:45
     *All campus picnic at corner of 23rd and College Streets
   Prexy's Food Court at Maucker Union11 AM - 1 PM11 AM - 1 PMClosedClosed8:00 - 6:308:00 - 6:30
Convenience Stores
   Essentials at Maucker Union8 AM - 3 PM8 AM - 3 PMClosedClosed7:30 - 10:007:30 - 10:00
   Biscotti's at Redeker8 AM - 5 PM8 AM - 5 PM11 AM - 10 PM11 AM - 12 Mid7:30 -12 Mid7:30 -12 Mid
   23rd Street Market at Commons8 AM - 5 PM8 AM - 5 PM11 AM - 10 PM11 AM - 12 Mid7:30 - 12 Mid7:30 - 12 Mid
Coffee Shop
   Chat's at Maucker Union7 AM - 6 PM7 AM - 6 PM10 AM - 4 PM12 PM - 4 PM7 AM - 11 PM7 AM - 11 PM
Campus Café
   Book Bistro at Rod LibraryClosedClosedClosedClosed10:30 - 2:3010:30 - 2:30
Campus Food Carts
   Apple Cart at Schindler Education CenterClosedClosedClosedClosed10:30 - 1:0010:30 - 1:00
   Crunch Break at Wellness and Recreation CenterClosedClosedClosedClosed11:00 - 1:1511:00 - 1:15
University Book and Supply 9 AM - 7 PM9 AM - 8 PM9 AM - 7 PM10 AM - 7 PM9 AM - 7 PM 9 AM - 7 PM 

For regular hours, visit the department websites listed under Important Resources above

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Welcome Week Committee Members

Welcome Week Committee

Jordan Bancroft-Smithe
Beth Bruns
Sarah Goblirsch
Ashley Minshall
Kimberly Schirm
Ashley Stewart
Danielle Weide
Kristin Woods


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