Parent Newsletter March 2009
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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Get Involved-Join UNIPA
The spring 2009 UNI Parents Association board meeting will take place at UNI, Saturday, April 25. If you'd like to join the board, please send an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about UNIPA, see http://www.uni.edu/parents/uni-parents-association-unipa.
IMSEP Reports Available Online
2008-2009 UNI Fact Book Available
Calling All Volunteers
Every year, UNIPA hosts a parent hospitality suite at freshman orientation during the summer and includes a "parents-only tent" and the very popular "somebody loves you" cards that parents fill out for delivery during the first week of school. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to serve as hosts at last year's orientation sessions. We'll be doing it again this summer and need parent hosts on the first evening of each two-day orientation session. See the orientation dates below. If you'd like to volunteer, send an e-mail to email@example.com. Thank you in advance!
Summer Freshman Orientation Dates:
For more information on Commencement please visit www.uni.edu/infosys/commencement/.
Academic Help for Students
Free Tax Preparation
Students May Qualify For Double Tax Credit Because of Flood
Students attending UNI (and other colleges or universities located in the Midwestern disaster areas as defined by the IRS) may qualify for a double education tax credit when filing federal tax returns for calendar year 2008.
The definition of qualified education expenses for the education credits and the tuition and fees deduction is also expanded to include room and board for students in Midwestern disaster areas. For additional information, see www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/student_accounts/documents/tax_credits_2008.pdf.
Taxpayers are advised to consult a tax adviser or see IRS Publication 970 "Tax Benefits for Education" (www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf) for details. The IRS may also be reached by phone at 1-800-829-1040. UNI cannot provide tax advice.
Students Can File Income Taxes Fast, Free and Online
Electronic filing of income tax returns (eFile) is fast, easy and environmentally friendly. eFile is free for most students, including active military, those 25 or younger or anyone who earns less than $30,000. For more information, visit http://www.iowa.gov/tax/
Boost Those Standardized Test Scores!
It's not too late for students to sign up for PRAXIS/PPST- and GRE-preparation courses. New sections of these non-credit courses begin soon. PPST-Reading and GRE-Verbal classes are four weeks long, with new sections starting on March 23. Online registration is available at www.uni.edu/unialc/forms/freecoursesspring2009.html. PPST-Math and GRE-Quantitative sections run for six weeks. Register online for sections beginning March 2 www.uni.edu/unialc/forms/springmath/springmath.html.
Student Support Services is a federal program that offers free guidance services for undergraduate students. Services include tutoring, advice about majors and careers, assistance with financial aid and scholarship forms, study sessions and cultural events. Eligible students must meet at least one of three criteria:
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNI PARENTS ASSOCIATION