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Welcome back

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Welcome back, students, faculty and staff!

I can't tell you how excited I am to have all of you back on campus. I hope that everyone is well rested from the summer and eager to get started, because we have an exciting year in store, with plenty to look forward to in the coming months.

I'd also like to offer a special welcome to all of the new faces on campus. I ask that our returning students, faculty and staff please help me in welcoming our newest Panthers as they settle into their new home.

Enrollment is up, and that means more students at UNI who are here to receive an outstanding education and take advantage of the breadth of learning opportunities available to them. I know that our faculty and staff are committed to challenging our students and helping them grow and develop both inside and outside the classroom.

For students, as your classes begin, don't forget to take the time to get to know your faculty, engage with your peers and be an active member of this university. There are activities and opportunities across campus that will enrich your experience here at UNI and help you thrive.

I encourage you to check out the schedule of shows and events taking place at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center over the next several months. Also, be loud and proud at our Panther athletics events, whether you're wearing purple and gold in Ames as the football team opens the season against the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday, Sept. 3 or cheering from the stands in the McLeod Center as the volleyball team battles the Cyclones on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

You'll have the opportunity to show your Panther Pride at traditional events throughout the semester. Unmask your spirit during UNI's Homecoming week from Sept. 24 through Oct. 1. Then invite your friends and family to our Family Weekend from Oct. 21-23.

This is but a small preview of the months ahead. I hope you'll take advantage of the amazing opportunities you have here at UNI, and I look forward to seeing more of you around campus as we kick off the fall semester. Don't be afraid to stop and say hello!

Let's have an awesome year!

Awe and Wonder,

Jim Wohlpart
Interim UNI President