Division of Student Affairs

Welcome from the Vice President

Paula KnudsonWelcome to the Division of Student Affairs at UNI!  We provide connections and resources for students to be successful on their educational journey.  We aspire to develop partnerships that build a welcoming, equitable and engaging environment, and connect in-the-classroom learning with out-of-classroom opportunities.  By collaborating with others across the campus community, we challenge students to grow to their full potential.  Join us on this journey as we contribute to the development of students to become better leaders of today and better citizens of tomorrow. 

Please let us know how we can do better at our shared goals for student success.  Departments in Student Affairs include:

  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Career Services
  • Center for Multicultural Education
  • Dean of Students
  • Health and Recreation Services
  • Residence
  • Student Life & Event Services
  • Student Success & Retention

In partnership,  

Paula Knudson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Faculty/Staff/Administrator Acknowledgements by Graduates

Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Dear UNI Graduate:

I am writing to congratulate you on your graduation and to wish you the very best in the future. The fall semester always proves to remind me just how quickly time can pass. Does it seem like just yesterday when you first began at UNI? Will the friends you made last a lifetime? You’ve just achieved such a significant milestone and as you reflect on your accomplishment, I’m hoping you’ll share some of your reflections with me.

I think it’s important to acknowledge not only your success, but also individuals who may have played a part in your success. During your tenure at UNI, please share with me the names of any faculty, staff and administrators who have had a significantly positive impact on your UNI experience as well as how they impacted you. At the end of the semester I will acknowledge these individuals by sending an official note of appreciation to those who have made a difference.

I know your time is precious so thank you for taking the time to share your stories and best wishes for a very bright future.


Paula Knudson, Vice President for Student Affairs

Please take a few moments to complete the information below. If you would like to recognize more than one individual, please submit the form multiple times. Questions regarding this process can be directed to studentaffairs@uni.edu.

Parent & Family Philosophy

The Division of Student Affairs acknowledges the role and importance of parents and families in the success of our students. We are committed to recognizing and responding to the concerns and suggestions of parents or guardians by:

  • sharing student information with parents and families to the extent permitted by UNI policy, Federal, and State law,
  • communicating opportunities about student learning, student development, university processes and resources, and,
  • listening and hearing various perspectives from parents and support networks.

Student Affairs staff honored with Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award

Posted on Friday, January 26th, 2018

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to recognizing exemplary performance among P&S and Merit staff by awarding the Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award.  This prestigious award commemorates the former division vice president who served the university from 1985-1998 and modeled the values upon which this award is based.  It honors individuals who are committed to quality and excellence and whose efforts and achievements are worthy of emulation as staff work to help students succeed.

Helping Students Succeed Commendation

Posted on Friday, January 26th, 2018

Student Affairs recently recognized staff outside the division for their partnership to help students succeed.  Awardees of the Helping Students Succeed Commendation were announced at the division’s staff recognition luncheon on January 4.  Those honored in 2018 are Tim Bakula, Interim Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships; Sam Barr, Information Technology Coordinator in IT-Client Services; and Stacia Eggers, Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services.  Their efforts demonstrate a true commitment to student success.

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