Thursday, March 31, 2016

Student Leader Spotlight

Madison Gavin

Junior from Adel, IA

Studying Elementary Education with a Minor in Special Education

She is involved in Student Admissions Ambassadors, a member of the Summer Orientation Staff, and a Career Guide for Career Services

"The Computer Counseling Center is always there in my time of need! When my computer crashed the Sunday of Finals Week, they were able to diagnose the issue and solve the problem by noon on Monday!!"

"I have loved working with a variety of New Student Programs in my time at UNI. I love getting to meet prospective students when they visit campus, as well as working with the incoming freshman students as they go through their Orientation and other activities designed to make their transition to UNI as smooth as possible."

"I love the unique size of UNI. It's big enough that not everyone knows who I am or everything about me, yet it's still small enough that I can see a friendly face wherever I go:)"

Monday, March 28, 2016

What can I do with an interest in: Global Studies

Personal Characterizes: respectable speaking, reading, and research skills; problem solving and critical thinking ability


TESOL: Students will learn techniques, theory, and practice of helping non-native English speakers improve their English abilities
Global Studies: Students will learn about globalization and its impact, major international problems, as well as a major world area, language and culture
Spanish: Students will learn through conversation, grammar and composition the language in depth. There is also some area of cultural study, which generally explores the history, customs, beliefs and artistic achievements of Spanish-speaking cultures
Humanities: Students will study all aspects of society. Students learn how to develop their skills in researching, reading, writing, and thinking their way through abstract problems
Religion: Students will understand the role religion plays in conflicts and social change and their resources it may bring to their resolution and ask fundamental questions about human existence
Sociology: This major covers a wide range of interests. This can include race and ethnicity to statistical analysis. Students will learn to view the world through a sociological lens
Anthropology: This is the study of humanity from a comprehensive, holistic approach; the study of humankind from the earliest times to the present. Students will study the scientific and humanistic study of man’s present and past biological, linguistic social, and cultural variations

Minors: Anthropology; Spanish; TESOL; International Business; International Affairs

Certificates: Global Health; Tourism; Translation; Spanish for Special Purposes; Language Studies; Hispanic Cultures; International Business; International Peace and Security; International Commerce

Career Possibilities: Social Worker; Tour Guide; Interpreter; Museum Curator; English as a Second Language Teacher; Translator; Anthropologists; Market Research; Foreign Correspondent

Friday, March 25, 2016

Student Leader Spotlight

Grace Ritter

Senior from Frankfort, IL

Studying Psychology in Pre-Occupational Therapy Program

"I found my major from a woman I shadowed when I was a sophomore. My dream job would be a Pediatric Surgeon."
Involved in Summer Orientation Staff, Psychology Club, Pre-Occupational Therapy Club, Student Telecounseling Admissions Representative, and Jump Start Pathfinder

"My favorite experience at UNI so far was being a part of Summer Orientation Staff because I was able to share my love for this campus with thousands of people, whether it was parents, students, or other faculty members. I also loved being able to meet all the incoming freshman and hearing why they picked UNI."

"The biggest mistake I made on campus was not getting involved my freshman year, I didn’t understand all the hype. Once I got involved my sophomore year; it was eye-opening, and I realized how much I missed as a freshman."

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Registration Information

Registration Dates for Fall 2016:
March 21- Graduate Students and Seniors
March 23- Juniors
March 28- Sophomores
April 1- Freshmen
April 6- Unclassified

Academic Advising will be holding walk-in hours for registration meetings and advising hold removals from 8:30-11:30am and 12:30-4:30pm March 28 through April 6th in Gilchrist 102.

Common Questions
What happens if I get put on a waiting list? We recommend keeping your name on the waiting list and waiting to see if positions open up. Until then, consider adding and additional class to fill that’s space. Another option would be talking to the department about their wait list procedures.
What do I do if a class is closed? Check and see if there is another section available, get on a wait list if offered, check back regularly to see if that class or another class section has opened up, or ask the instructor or department for permission to join the class.

How should I enroll in co-requisite classes? When enrolling in classes that require co-requisites, you must have previously taken the course or add all of the co-requisite classes to your shopping cart and register for them at the same time.

Monday, March 21, 2016

What can I do with an interest in: Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Personal Characteristics: Enjoy helping people, have passion for movement, enjoy planning and motivating


Health Promotion: Students will aspire to educate communities in the skills needed to maintain personal health. Students who take on health education as a career become familiar with the intricacies of physical health and the challenges of motivating a community or society toward awareness of health issues
Leisure, Youth, Human Services: LYHS allows students to move from theory to application. The focus areas are: Nonprofit Administration, Outdoor Recreation, Community Recreation Services, Therapeutic Recreation, and Tourism

Movement& Exercise Science: Students will learn how to teach others to improve their overall health and well-being through physical exercise. An exercise science degree program can include the study of kinesiology, exercise physiology, and biomechanics

Athletic Training: Students will learn how to recognize, prevent, and assist with physical rehabilitation when there is physical injury caused by physical activity
PE Teaching: Students will work with multiple students, teaching them the principles of health, fitness, and well-being, which may entail nutrition, exercise, and relaxation techniques. Students will also be responsible for planning activities and for instructing students in physical activity.

Minors: Coaching, Health Promotion, and Leisure, Youth & Human Services

Certificates: Aquatics Specialization and Outdoor Recreation

Career Possibilities: Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Health Educator, Therapeutic Recreation, Prevention Coordinator, PE Teacher, Physical Therapist, Exercise Coordinator, Biomechanics

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Student Leader Spotlight

Kem Lieth
Senior, from Storm Lake, IA

Involved in Psychology club, Intramural basketball, and the UNI Women's Rugby Team

Studying Psychology and Family Services

"I’ve always wanted to help people in some way since I was very young, then I took some courses during my Junior and Senior Year of high school and fell in love with Psych, simply because it’s a very broad field and I know that I could never get bored with it."

"I chose UNI because they have a great program here for my major, I also love how community based and homely is, I love how close but yet far from home it is, the staff here are pretty great, everyone is here to help you regardless whether or not they’re your professors, they make you feel important and want you to success in every way possible, and I really love that about this school!"

Monday, March 7, 2016

What can I do with an interest in: Performing Arts & Design

Possible Personal Characteristics: Think critically and abstractly, like to create and think outside the box

 Art: Students will work to understand and appreciate all art types. Students will also pick an emphasis in one of the following areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, jewelry/metals, painting, photography, print making, or sculpture.
Textile and Apparel: Students will be educated in the widely diverse areas of trend analysis, apparel product development and design, mass production methods costume history, promotion planning, advertising design, computer-aided design, textile apparel quality control, marketing, textile science and structures, consumer research, and merchandise buying and planning.

Interior Design: A major in interior design prepares students to be creative problem-solvers. The course work provides systematic and coordinated approaches to the design process, resulting in appropriate interior environments in the private and public sectors.
Graphic Technologies: Students gain knowledge and experience with technology necessary to produce the millions of imaged products from start to finish. They also learn about successful management and supervision to operate business enterprises.

Music: A music major will focus on liberal arts training as well as an emphasis on the discipline of music training. Music majors on all degree programs must choose an area of applied music for specialization and must meet the proficiency standards of the School of Music.

Theatre: Whether on stage or backstage, students will learn the fundamentals of acting, production, and stagecraft. Students will also receive hands on training, as they will plan and implement several productions each semester.

Minors: Graphic Technologies, Textile and Apparel, Music, Theatre, Art, Jazz Studies

Career Possibilities: Dancer, Educator, Musician, Composer, Interior Designer, Arts Organization Consultant, Clothing Designer, Illustrator, Publishing

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Smart Tips for Spring Break

Take turns behind the wheel. Rotating drivers can keep everyone rested with the added bonus of taking turns deciding on the music.
Whoever sits shotgun should stay awake to keep the driver company. Two alert drivers are always better than one.
Make sure everyone has a valid driver’s license and the vehicle registration and proof of insurance are in the car before driving off.
Never leave valuables in plain view in your car. Lock items in your trunk before reaching your destination.
Take a map. These days everyone relies on their phones for navigation, but in some places, where service isn’t strong, you can lose that ability. Having a map is always a nice backup plan when on a road trip.

When you check in at the front desk, use discretion in saying your room number out loud for anyone in the lobby to hear. No one outside of your party needs to know your exact location.
Reserve a room that’s above the 1st floor but below the 6th floor. First floor rooms are easier to break into, and rooms above the sixth floor are sometimes too high for fire ladders to reach.
Close your door tightly when entering or leaving your room. Some doors have a slow release and could remain open after you leave.

Be responsible.
If you do decide to drink, know the liquor laws of wherever you’ll be vacationing.
If you or one of your friends sees or feels the signs of predatory drugs: extreme wooziness, confusion, difficulty standing, or slurred speech, get to a safe place immediately and if the symptoms are severe, go to a hospital.
Eat before drinking. Drinking on an empty stomach can cause alcohol to affect you much quicker and can make you sick and those bowls of snack mix aren’t much substance to go on.
Drinking and driving is always a dangerous situation and illegal, so avoid this by having your safe mode of transportation home planned before you go out. Having a designated driver before the night starts can be great for driving and for keeping an eye out for everyone as well.

Use waterproof sunscreen at least SPF 30 and reapply often. Pay extra special attention to ears, nose, face, feet, and shoulders.
Avoid sun exposure during the hours when UV rays are intense (between 10 am and 4 pm) and remember you can burn even when it’s cloudy.
In any natural body of water, be aware that you can’t always tell how deep the water is. Don’t dive if you don’t know for sure how deep the water is. Diving in too shallow of waters can lead to serious accidents.
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. If you start feeling faint or light headed, get shade and water immediately.
Jumping into the ocean without a lifeguard is putting yourself at risk. Always swim with a buddy. Even the most experienced swimmer can get caught in an undertow. If you are caught in a rip current, don’t bother swimming against it. Instead, swim parallel to shore until the rip passes.