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:

  • Career Services

  • Dean of Students
  • Student Health & Well-being Services
  • Student Life & Event Services
  • Student Success & Retention


In partnership,  

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

Partners for Student Success Award

Posted on Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Student Affairs recently recognized staff outside the division for their collaboration and partnership with Student Affairs to help students succeed.  Recipients of the Partners for Student Success Award were announced at the division’s staff recognition breakfast on March 12.  Those honored in 2020 are Fabio Fontana Department Head & Professor, Kinesiology; Oksana Grybovyek-Hafermann Department Head & Associate Professor, Health, Recreation & Community Services; Wilfred (Mickye) Johnson Director, Classic Upward Bound; and Kristin Peiffer Assistant Director, Scholars

Student Affairs staff honored with Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award

Posted on Saturday, May 16th, 2020

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to recognizing exemplary performance among 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.

Faculty/Staff/Administrator Acknowledgements by Graduates

Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019


As we congratulate our graduates on all of their accomplishments, please help acknowledge those who have played a part in your success. Graduating seniors are welcome to share the names of any faculty, staff, and administrators who have had a significantly positive impact on your UNI experience. 

Thank you for taking the time to share your stories. 

Best wishes for a 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.
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