Sunday, April 26, 2015

...of 5 Cool Facts You Might Not Know About UNI!

1. UNI is ranked as #2 on USN's list of the best public universities in the entire Midwest!

2. Our ITC building houses one of the largest 3D Printers in America!

3. UNI is one of only 7 colleges in the U.S. to have an indoor football stadium! It is kept at a solid and quite comfortable 72 degrees exactly at all times.

4. UNI's campus was originally built as an orphanage by Annie Wittenmyer for the orphans of Civil War soldiers and sailors...

5. ...and since then has had 4 different names when it became a college. 

  • Iowa State Normal School, 1876–1909
  • Iowa State Teachers College, 1909–1961
  • State College of Iowa, 1961–1967
  • University of Northern Iowa, 1967–present
 I could list hundreds of facts more, but I'll leave those for you to find out. I'd say this school is pretty darn awesome, don't you think?

-STAR, Lauren

...Of Being Excited for Summer Orientation

Hey Future Panthers,

With summer right around the corner, us, STARs (Student Telecounseling Admissions Representatives), have been calling to remind incoming transfer and incoming freshmen students, like yourselves, to sign up for summer orientation! If you haven't already gotten a call/email from us, here is the low-down :)

Summer Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students; it is a 2 day process for incoming freshmen and a 1 day process for incoming transfer students! At orientation, you register for your fall classes, learn more about your major, make some awesome friends, meet awesome summer orientation staff leaders (like myself), and learn more about this university. Freshmen, you have the chance to stay overnight on campus!

If you have NOT signed up for orientation yet, do so by following this link :)

Also, a friendly reminder now to complete your ALEKS test before coming to orientation, it will make your visit a million times easier! If you have any questions call our Admissions Office at 319-273-2281

NOW for the fun part, here are 7  REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE PUMPED FOR SUMMER ORIENTATION! (after reading this post you should be as pumped as Wes Washpun!)

Reason #1
You will get to hang out/meet with other students you will be with in the fall!

The friends in your orientation group could possibly be your friends that you hang out with throughout college! So be prepared to mingle allll day :)

Reason #2
You will be one step closer to becoming a Panther, and what could be better than that?!


Reason #3
For incoming freshmen, there is a DANCE PARTY!

P.S. Be prepared to show off your best dance moves

Reason #4
You will register for classes in the fall, (this may not sound exciting) but I promise us Summer Orientation Leaders will make it fun for you!

Reason #5
Sometimes Ben Jacobsen or other important UNI faculty will stop by to talk to incoming students like yourself! Be prepared to "fan-girl"

P.S. I hear President Ruud and Coach Jake like selfies

Reason #6
You get to experience living on campus, and can stay in the dorms overnight (for the freshman)


Reason #6

You get to hang out with your super awesome summer orientation staff team

Click here to check out the sweet staff for this summer! :)

Hopefully this post made you a lot more excited for summer orientation!! Can't wait to see you this summer! Again, DON'T forget to sign up for orientation! 

-STAR Grace

P.S. Go Cats!

Monday, April 20, 2015

...Of a Shopper :)

Hello Panther Fans!
Today I wanted to take a moment to tell you all about the shopping options here at UNI. We have a variety of convenience stores on UNI's campus and a fabulous book store! The book store is a great place to get books and SO MUCH MORE...They have:
Children's Clothing
Fan-tastic panther baskets.
Super cute Panther apparel!

The bookstore has a variety of items, but I also enjoy the convenience of walking less than a block to the book store to get the latest fashions and styles to support the panthers. I also LOVE that as a member of S.T.A.T (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) you receive coupons and exclusive deals!! :)

If for any reason you don't find what you're looking for at the bookstore, we also have College Square Mall about 4 minutes from campus, and Crossroads Mall about 20 minutes from campus. Both have a variety of clothing, food, and beauty stores; and there is a bus system you can take to them.

If you're interested in any of the stores I mentioned, don't forget to check out their websites:

Happy shopping! :)
-Star Olivia

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

...Of Working at UNI!

 Hey Future Panthers!

 In honor of Student Employment Week at UNI, I wanted to share benefits of working on campus!

If you're looking for a job for the upcoming school year, check out the Job Board on the UNI Website! Sign into your MyUniverse account and click on “Work at UNI”. Then click on “Jobs at UNI” and then “UNI Job & Internship Board” under Student Openings. (You can go to advanced options and search UNI Campus Jobs only).

Why work on campus?
  1. You don’t have to drive anywhere.
  2. They are flexible with hours, especially with your class schedule.
  3. You will make more connections at UNI and meet other students!

Working on campus is really a win-win situation! (You get to have fun AND get paid for it!)

There are plenty of job openings ranging from food service to office work. There might even be positions for your major! Start looking for jobs now, and really be on the look out in the summer.

I have really enjoyed my on-campus job being a STAR! It really is the best part of my day, and it is something I look forward to. It is so convenient because it is right on campus, and I can easily walk to work. I love coming to work because I get to call future panthers and work with my fun co-workers!

Have a great day, and be on the search for jobs for the fall!
-STAR Emily

Monday, April 13, 2015

...Of Sprinting to the Finish!

It's April 14th... which means... SUMMER BREAK IS LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY! 

Which means finals are coming up and you have a ton of projects and you just kind of feel like:

So what are you supposed to do? Well, here are some tips in getting ready for the final stretch.

Write EVERYTHING down.

Tip 2:
Plan ahead. Figure out what has priority. You may have a huge project due on Friday, but by next week you have to have a whole book read. Yes, finish the project first, but don't put that book off. Get started now! Baby steps.

Tip 3:
Once you've completed all of your projects and studying and papers and whatever else you had to do, get excited! You've worked your hardest and you deserve a big ole pat on the back.
Enjoy your summer at the end of it all and get excited to come right on back in the Fall. Now that you've made it through this school year, nothing can ever stress you out again! 

 -STAR, Lauren

...Of a UNI Student Having Fun Off Campus

Hey Future Panthers!

I remember one of my worries being a prospective student was what Cedar Falls had to offer students to have fun outside of all the fun things on campus!
While I had found many options once I got to campus, I recently experienced a new one this past weekend with my friends and it was so fun I just had to share!

Only a few miles away from campus, Adrenaline X Laser Tag is an awesome place to take a small or large group of friends! The staff there makes the experience extremely enjoyable and welcoming for regulars or even someone going laser tagging for the first time!

There are two courses, a smaller and less intense course and a larger and more challenging course! As a beginner I attempted the larger course and still had lots of fun!

The other great thing about Adrenaline X Laser Tag is that there are coupons in the student coupon books that are handed out for free around campus and are in the bookstore! For the two hours in the "Pro" course it would normally be $25, but with your student I.D. and the coupon I saved $10 and it was definitely worth EITHER price!

Be sure to check out their website and check out their facility when you are a Panther on campus :)

P.S. Wear all black, it makes you more difficult to find!

Hope you're excited for your time as a Panther!

-STAR Grace

...Of A Jason Aldean Fan.

How do you know you are a Jason Aldean Fan??

1. You are at least 10 of the 18 million+ views on the "Burnin' It Down" Music video on YouTube.

2. You know all of his songs by heart...and you make sure everyone knows it. Whether you are rockin' out in the shower or in the car with friends, you are not afraid to sing at the top of your lungs.

3. You know that Jason Aldean originally wanted to play baseball. Country singing was not what he wanted to do with his life.

4. He always wears a hat..hopefully there is hair underneath..

5. You know that he has a special lady in his life and your chances of snagging him have drastically decreased.. :/
6. You were on UNI's campus Saturday, March 28th for his amazing concert!!

I am the one with my arm up :)

Until next time Jason Aldean Fans.

 -Star Olivia