Monday, February 8, 2016

What can I do with an interest in: Health Care

Possible Personal Characteristics: Analytical, caring, team players and excellent communicators


Chemistry: Students will focus on the fundamental building blocks of life and how they work. Students will also focus on how these materials function in the natural world.
Athletic Training: Students will learn how to recognize, prevent and assist with physical rehabilitation when there is a physical injury caused by physical activity.

Health Promotion: Health promotion promotes the health of the general public using a wide variety of methods in a wide variety of settings. This major helps students acquire the skills and abilities to develop, implement and evaluate health education programs in a wide variety of settings.
Gerontology: The multidisciplinary study of the issues associated with aging and the aging process. One setting focuses on long-term care facilities and another focuses on the broader study of aging.

Movement & Exercise Science: Exercise science majors study the science of human movement. They also learn how to help people live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition.
Biology: Students will focus on the study of living organisms. Biology can focus into a wide variety of careers from being in the health field to field biologists.

Communicative Disorders: Students will first focus on the basic anatomy and physiology of speech and auditory systems. Students will then move into treatment and diagnosis of problems in speech and hearing.
Psychology: Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior (normal and abnormal) and the cognitive, emotional, social and biological processes related to that behavior.

Minors: Biology, Chemistry, Gerontology, Health Promotion

Certificates: Substance Abuse Counseling, Global Health, Environmental Health

Career Possibilities: Social Worker, Doctor, Case Manager, Physical Therapist, Health Teacher, Marketing, Elderly Service Provider, Psychologist, Speech Language Pathologist

Friday, February 5, 2016

Student Leader Spotlight

Madison Stahl

The New PAIR of Noehren Hall!
Junior, Studying English-Education  
Her dream job would be an English Teacher or Video Game Designer or Actress

Involved in Noehren Senate, Camp Adventure, and Basic

If she were a bird, she would want to live in a Cherry Blossom tree

As the Senate President, "I love senate, and working with the awesome Noehren staff and students!"

As an excited member of the PAIR team, "I love planning and helping people, also like getting creative for programs and bulletin boards!"

Monday, February 1, 2016

What can I do with an interest in: Communication or English

Possible Personal Characteristics: Strong verbal and written communication skills, critical thinking, creative thinking, team player and cooperative


Communication: Students study how we use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels and media, and how to promote effective ethical practice of human communication
Electronic Media: Students will study how to use electronically mediated communication and the implications of doing so. It is a broad-based program that provides students with a strong foundation in media production and management, and an understanding of the uses, processes, and effects of mediated communication
Public Relations: Students will combine a convincing argument with an appropriate medium to effectively deliver their message. Students interested in public relations will study the management of communication between an organization and its public.

Theatre: Whether they are on-stage or backstage, students will learn the fundamentals of acting, stagecraft, and production. Students also receive hands on training developing and implementing productions each semester

English: Students will study the English language, including written and spoken. This includes history, theory, and application.
TESOL: Students will learn the techniques, theory, and practice of helping non-native English speakers improve their English abilities.
Marketing: Students will develop tools needed to create an environment where the ultimate delivery goals are supported through research, design and maintenance in every aspect of the organization to satisfy a target audience’s needs.

Minors: Public Relations, Business Communication, Journalism, English, Professional Writing, Creative Writing, Communication Studies

Certificates: Post-Colonial and Multicultural Lit Studies, Conflict Resolution

Career Possibilities: Public Relations Specialist, Novelist, English Teacher, Editor, Advertising, Technical Writer, Acting, Corporate Training, Publicist

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Disney College Program

Ever dream of working for "the mouse?" That dream can become a reality! This internship can offer further opportunities with the company, look great on a resume, and give you memories to last a lifetime. More information can be found at  The application deadline is March 25th. You can also make an appointment with Laura Wilson in Career Services or Barbara Stratman in Academic Advising to speak further about the opportunity! Have a magical day!

Monday, January 25, 2016

What can I do with an interest in: Politics & Government

Possible Personal Characteristics: Critical and abstract thinking, and the ability to foresee implications of actions

Career Possibilities: Lawyer; Politician; Marketing Director; Foreign Affairs Officer; Policy Advisor; Research Analyst; Administration Assistant; Special Agent; Public Relations; Social Scientist


Political Communication: Students will focus on basic communication skills and how those influence and can be effectively used in the political domain. Various topics can includes: advertising, mass media and image management. Jobs in this area include public relations for governments and non-profit organizations, campaign management, political journalism in electronic or print media, political speech writing and advertising, survey research, and public opinion consulting. Students who have been active in debate teams, newspapers, student government or community organizations will find that this major allows them to combine their interests in these activities with their academic coursework.
Social Science Teaching: Students prepare to teach a broad range of social studies including the fields of economics, geography, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, and psychology.

History: Students will learn to analyze and interpret a variety of histories, details and timelines. Students will use a mixture of different resources to examine the history.
Public Administration: Students will center on public policy by interpreting and evaluating the policies within the government framework. Policies focused upon include federal policy, state policy and local policy. Students take a mix of administration, management and policy courses complemented with a required internship in a public organization. After taking a set of core courses in American politics, public administration and quantitative methods, students concentrate on courses in one of the following areas of public administration: general administration, state and community planning, public law, public personnel, public policy and public service, or international public policy.

Political Science: Political science is the study of government and governing systems. Today political scientists are interested in many of the same normative questions that engaged ancient scholars, such as how should governments be structured and how should power be distributed. In addition, modern political scientists are concerned with accurately measuring and explaining a wide variety of political phenomenon, such as voting behavior and international conflict.

Minors: Business communication; International business; International affairs; Political science; Politics and law; Women’s and gender studies

Certificates: Inequality; Leadership foundations; State and local government; International peace and security

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Student Leader Spotlight

Katie Kuch

Junior, from Cedar Rapids, IA

Studying Public Relations
She found her major at Majors in Minutes and by talking with communications professors

Involved in Summer Orientation, Peer Mentor, PRSSA, and writer for The Odyssey

Career Services is her favorite resource on campus

"I’ve learned that it is ok to say 'no!' You do not have to feel obligated to join every club or organization, or to go everywhere with your friends. Say yes to things that you really want to, and things that are important to you!"

"You don’t have to know what you’re doing as a freshman! It’s okay to find new interests and more than likely, college is where you’ll find them! It’s okay to change majors, just find something you enjoy doing and that makes you happy!"

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Where are UNI Students Going?

"The mission of the Office of Continuing and Distance Education is to expand access to high-quality educational opportunities available from the University of Northern Iowa through the use of a variety of methods and technologies and the provision of exemplary support services."

The National Student Exchange Program (NSE) enables students to attend one of 165+ colleges and universities for one or two semesters while paying UNI tuition. This is a chance of a lifetime you won't want to miss.

Grow both educationally and personally
Become better acquainted with a new region, its people and customs
Expand your academic résumé through educational opportunities not available at UNI
Expose yourself to distinctive ethnic or cultural activities that will help broaden your horizons

Top 5 destinations:
1. University of South Carolina – Columbia
2. New Mexico State University
3. University of Montana
4. California State University – San Bernardino
5. University of Idaho

Thursday, January 14, 2016

It's Syllabus Week!

What did you do with your course syllabi last semester? Compare and contrast to these tips:

Listen in Class
You’ll have plenty of time to read the syllabus later, so when it’s handed to you on the first day, listen to the instructor instead. As tempting as it is to skim the syllabus and tune out, it rarely happens in a class where a professor didn’t mention something extra that didn’t make it onto the syllabus, or correct a last minute typo to an important number. Keep a pen and a highlighter on hand to edit in any changes, or highlight sections the professor takes time to emphasize – they’ll be important to remember. If you have any questions, ask in or after class. If you’re feeling self-conscious, write them in the margins of your syllabus to follow up on in an email. It’s important to understand your syllabus from the start.

Write down ALL the due dates and test dates
Too many students do a great job of using their syllabi to get books for the semester, to know a little bit about what to expect for the semester, but then leave all of those important dates on their syllabus. They never make it onto a calendar. Those dates need to make it to your calendar. You need to see them coming. If you’re not using a calendar, start. And then put your due dates on it. Try Google Calendar through your UNI email if you’ve never used one and aren’t sure where to start.

Talk to your professor
This may seem like a strange thing to do, since it’s only the first week of class, but now is the time to do it! Professors are the perfect networking opportunity, and it’s great to build a good rapport with them before you come to them asking for help. Just drop by their office hours (office hours and location are always in the syllabus) and let them know that you’re looking forward to taking their class. Ask them any questions that you may have in the future, such as if they have specific study tips for exams. (Note: don’t ask what material you should study. Ask how to study. Big difference.) If you’re hoping to go into the same field of study that they work in, let them know and just discuss what it’s like to work in that area!

Determine the Grading Scheme
A few other things that you should locate right away is whether attendance affects your grade, if participation counts towards your grade, how the instructor will grade you, and what you will need to get certain grades. All of these details can affect whether or not you pass the class. This is one of the most important sections in your entire course syllabus.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Goal Setting

It's a new year. A new semester. What are you going to do with it!?
When it comes to setting goals -personal, professional, or academically speaking- they need to be specific, attainable, relevant, and time bound. The purpose of setting your goals is to give you a direction to work in, while providing a challenge that will keep you energized about what you're doing, and it will make you think outside the box to obtain. Common mistakes made are dreaming too big, not being specific enough (don't just say you want a "good GPA," but set an actual goal like "earn a 3.0"). Some might write down too many goals or not write them down at all. Tell someone what your goals are- your roommate, parents, academic advisor, professor, RA, anyone who you think will help keep you accountable best.

Here are a couple of different ideas on how to organize your goals for this semester: