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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


2017 Professional Development Conference - People, Purpose & Passion

Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017

The Annual Professional Development Fall Conference is Wed, Nov 15th, 8 - noon All students, staff and faculty are welcome. The day will begin with David Harris, Athletic Director, and closes with President Mark Nook with an assortment of speakers and topics in between.  Come and go as your schedule allows. For more information and to register, visit the Professional Development page


Special recognition for Joleen Griffin and Marv Morris

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017

Student Affairs recently recognized two individuals who work behind the scenes to ensure communication flows.  Honored at the annual staff recognition luncheon on January 5 were Joleen Griffin and Marv Morris, communication technicians in IT-Network and Infrastructure Services.  They were described a special people who have helped all of us succeed in our efforts to help students.  Jo and Marv have quietly, faithfully and professionally made sure operations are up and running when offices move, new staff come on board or whatever the situation may be.  They help people across campus do thei

Student Affairs staff honored with Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017

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 13th, 2017

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 5.  Those honored for 2017 are David Glenn-Burns, Campus Minister; Kenneth Atkinson, Professor, History; Brenda Bass, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; David Saunders, Department Head and Professor, Biology; and Robert Smith, Executive Director, Educational Opportunity Programs and Special Community Services.  Their efforts d

Lynne Lemert receives UMR-ACUHO Support Staff Recognition Award

Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2016

Lynne Lemert recieving the awardLynne Lemert, Rider Hall Secretary for the Department of Residence at the University of Northern Iowa, earned regional recognition for her outstanding contributions to serving students. Lynne was presented with the UMR-ACUHO Support Staff Recognition Award at their 2016 Annual Conference held in Madison, Wisconsin in November.


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