Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Year, New Adventures, New Habits to be Successful!

Welcome to all of our newest panthers! Everyone is thrilled that you are here! Welcome back to all of current panther students, faculty, and staff. We would not be UNI without U.

As the first week of classes are wrapping up, we hope that you have done a few things to get yourself started off on the right foot.

1. Keep going to all your classes. Attendance can make or break your grades in college. Also, once you start skipping for invalid reasons, it becomes easier to keep missing. With in-state tuition costing $7,098 a year/2 semesters/15 weeks/3 times a week (MWF Class) = $78.86 per class if you skip. Skip on a T/Th and it cost you $118.30. Only skip if you have a valid reason like illness or other university sponsored event.

2. Keep organized with some sort of to-do list. Whether you use a paper planner, Excel, Google Sheets, or Sticky Notes, knowing what you need to be doing for class is essential to being a successful student. You may try an Excel sheet and find that a paper planner works for you. You do not need to use all of them, just one faithfully.

3. You get to know your professors. UNI prides itself on being a school that puts students first. While other universities prioritize research over students, UNI does not. Talk to your professors before class, after class, or during their office hours.

4. Keep and use your Syllabus. Speaking of office hours, those should be on your syllabus! That nifty paper that tells you who the professor is, when their office hours are, when assignments are due, and how to best get a hold of the professor if you need to contact them. Never through this priceless paper away.

5. Get to know your RA. If you are living in the dorms, get to know your RA. Why did they choose to become an RA? What's their favorite thing to do on campus? What is their major? Your RA is an amazing resource that is right down the hall. Even if you have a question that they cannot answer, they can help you find someone with the answer!

6. Use UNI's Resources. UNI has an abundant of resources to make your college experience amazing and successful. From the Academic Learning Center in the ITTC to teach you tools to succeed in your college courses to the Financial Aid office in Gilchrist to make sure you are on the correct money track. Everyone is rooting for you to succeed here and we will always find someone to help, you just have to ask.  

7. Keep eating good food! Food is fuel and your body needs fuel to run. College can be busy and tasking on your body. Take advantage of all the different foods available on campus. Whether it's grabbing a salad in the union or remember to eat some fruit with breakfast, properly feed your body so that you can succeed mentally and physically in your classes.

8. Stay Hydrated. Sometimes we forgot how important water is to our bodies. 8 cups x 8 times a days = 64 fluid ounces that your body needs to think. Being dehydrated not only hurts your digestion, but also how you focus and retain information in classes or studying.

9. Set a Sleep Schedule. College students are the most sleep deprived population in the United States. Try getting into a schedule of when you go to bed and when you get up in the morning. Even if you have class at 10am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, then 12:30pm on Tuesday and Thursdays, you should still try to wake up at 9am every morning.

10. Have Fun and Get Involved! College is a time when you get to explore many different interests, events, and ideas, all within arms reach on campus. On September 15, there will be a Student Organization Fair outside of the Union (Rain location: Maucker Union) and you can talk to people in social, academic, or political organizations until you find your fit from 11am - 1pm.

Ask Questions, Good Luck, and Go Panthers!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Finals: Foods

Foods to help enhance your memory (during finals week):

Vitamins C, E, and Beta Carotene
Fight free radicals and improve flow of oxygen through the body and brain
Best Sources: Blueberries, Sweet Potatoes, Red Tomatoes, Spinach, Broccoli, Green Tea, and Nuts

B Vitamins
Especially B6, B12, and Folic Acid
Protects neurons and involved in making red blood cells
Best Sources: Spinach, Broccoli, Asparagus, Strawberries, Melons, and Black Beans

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Are concentrated in the brain and associated with cognitive function
Best Sources: Salmon, Herring, Tuna, Halibut, and Walnuts

Monday, April 25, 2016

Finals: Tips

Sleep- On average, those who pull all-nighters have lower GPAs. Sleep deprivation is <5 hours/night so go to bed! And the artificial light from your phone stimulates the brain to keep you awake, so to fall asleep faster disconnect form your devices earlier in the evening.

Touch- Fidgety? Grab a stress ball or ask your RA to host a program where you make your own. Squeezing a stress ball can help you focus on cognitive tasks and it helps relax your muscles.
Smell- Certain scents like lavender and rosemary aid concentration and have a calming effect. Smelling a certain scent, such as a perfume while studying and during the exam may help with recall. The presence of a supportive friends has been proven to reduce stress; nasally sensing friends’ pheromones is the cause of this effect.
Taste- Healthy doses of milk & yogurt, oatmeal, blueberries, fish, dark bittersweet chocolate, banana’s and green veggies all have nutrients to help with concentration, energy, and cognitive functions. Remember water hydrates the brain, improving concentration and eliminating toxins.
Movement- 5 to 30 minutes of silent meditation or a focus on breathing each day releases tress. Hitting the gym releases endorphins to improve your mood and decrease health problems.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring 2016 Finals Schedule

*All classes that have a meeting during any portion of this hour (e.g., M, or M/W, or M/W/F, or M/F) will meet during the scheduled final examination time noted below.
**All classes that meet on Tuesday AND Thursday and begin on or during this hour.
***All classes that meet or start during any portion of this hour.
More information about Finals and the Schedule can found with the Registrar

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Today's academic culture worships the A, forgets that the C is the grasp of the concept, and looks upon the F with disgust; when real life C and F experiences are the ones teaching us more than the As. [Don't forget you need passing grades to obtain a degree! BUT] Make everything a learning experience and grow from it.

Monday, April 18, 2016

What can I do with an interest in Business?

Potential Personal Characteristics: Analytical, team player, strong leadership qualities, decisive, logical, creative, and communicative


Finance: Students will learn the ability to take a client’s goals, resources and options into consideration while making suggestions for their continued and financial growth
Management: Management majors acquire general skills in the fundamental areas of business while developing the ability to deal with people, to make complex decisions, and to adapt to change. Three emphasis areas are offered- Business Admin, Human resources Management, and Supply Chain and Operations Management
Marketing: Students will Develop tools needed to create and environment where the ultimate diversity goals are supported through research, design and maintenance in every aspect of the organization to satisfy your target audiences needs
Real Estate: Students will develop an understanding of market analysis, site selection, economics relating to land use, and professional services that support real estate transactions
Construction Management: Students will oversee details regarding the workforce, materials, equipment, and safety issues for workers. Student will divide activities into logical steps during the planning stage, monitor each step along the way to ensure the project meets deadline and budget requirements
Public Administration: Students will center on public policy by interpreting and evaluating the policies within the government framework. These policies include federal, state, and local
Math: the goal of the math major is to introduce some of the central idea in various areas of mathematics and to develop problem solving ability by helping students combine creative thinking with rigorous reasoning
Accounting: Accountants analyze business events and transactions and use the information to determine the financial condition and operating results of business
Economics: Economists investigate a wide range of issues centering on problems of economic stability, growth, and the efficient use of recourse. One of the important objectives of the economist is to explain how our economic system functions
Management Information Systems: Students will focus on business process of organizations and the information technology utilized on those organizations. MIS students learn to design, implement, and maintain effective information systems in organizations.
Communication- Public Relations: Students interested in public relations will study the management of communication between an organization and its publics. Students will combine a convenient argument with an appropriate medium to best deliver their message

Minors: Business Communication, General Business Concepts, Finance, Public Relations, Marketing, International Business, Real Estate, Economics, Statistics, Actuarial Science

Certificates: Entrepreneurship, Financial Analysis, International Business, Marketing Research, International Commerce, Nonprofit Management, Tourism, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Career Possibilities: Market Analyst, HR Manager, IT Specialist, Stock Broker, CPA, Lawyer, Financial Advisor, Real Estate Agent, Construction Site Manager

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Did You Pack the Sunscreen?

If you have a darker complexion, the melanin in your skin confers some natural protection from sunburns, but you still need protection from harmful ultraviolet rays. While people with fair skin are more likely to develop skin cancer due to sun exposure, people with dark skin tones are at risk of more serious kinds of cancer when they get it. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that EVERYONE wear sunscreen daily for the safety of their skin.

Dermatologists with the Skin Cancer Foundation estimate that 90 percent of visible aging comes not from the number of candles on your birthday cake but the hours you’ve spent in the sun. Wearing sunscreen daily saves your skin from years of visible damage later.

Many people think they don’t need sunscreen on overcast days or for brief stints in the sun, but for the ultraviolet rays that damage your skin, a little cloud cover means nothing. UV light penetrates clouds with ease, so you need protection even on cloudy days.

Don’t be fooled into thinking you can build up a safe tan; there’s no such thing. Every exposure contributes to possible damage at the cellular level. Spare your skin tomorrow and wear your sunscreen today.
1.    Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays)
2.    Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher
3.    Water resistance

Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.

Wear protective clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible.
Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements. Don’t seek the sun.
Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tan, you may wish to use a self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.

Monday, April 11, 2016

What can I do with an interest in: Science and Environment

Possible Personal Characteristics: Using critical thinking and being analytical and inquisitive


Geography: Students will focus on place and space on the earth. Topics that are covered can include: globalization, pollution and disease outbreaks. Using cutting edge technology geographers are also able to analyze maps and representations of land and people.
Health Promotion: Promotes the health of the general public using a wide variety of methods in a wide variety of settings. This major can cover women’s health, global health, environmental health or health promotion and education.

Physics: Students will focus on the mechanics of our world looking at theories and then applying them in real time. Students will become involved in critical thinking about how things function in our world.
Earth Science: Students will focus on the natural occurrences that happen on this earth. This can include a wide variety from volcanism to flooding to solar eclipses.

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.
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.

Science-Teaching: A career in science teaching will allow you to combine your enjoyment of science with the rewards of helping others learn new ideas and skills in the many areas of the natural sciences.

Minors: Geography; Nanoscience; Earth Science; Biology; Chemistry; Leisure, Youth, and Human Services

Certificates: Cartography; Outdoor Recreation; Environmental Health

Career Possibilities: Biologist, Geologist, Science Teacher, Chemist, Pharmacist, Doctor, Veterinary Technician, Cartographer, City Planner, Agronomist, Endocrinologist