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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

Regents Award for Faculty and Staff Excellence

Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2016

Congratulations to Matt Nuese, Associate Director of Career Services, for receiving one of this year's Regents Award for Staff Excellence on Thursday, October 20th. Regents President Bruce Rastetter handed out the awards, given annually to a P&S staff member "who is an outstanding university citizen and who has rendered significant service to their institution and/or the state of Iowa." Matt is a great example of the dedicated staff we have throughout the Division of Student Affairs.

Student Success and College Completion Award

Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Kristin Woods, Director of Student Success and Retention and Dr. Deedee Heistad, Director of Undergraduate Studies! Their application was selected to receive the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Student Success and College Completion Award.  This programs involves students, faculty and staff from across the campus in a collaborative effort to help first year students succeed and increase retention.  Congratulations to all involved for this outstanding efforts.  The AASCU award write up can be found below.

Family Weekend

Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016

UNI Family Weekend is set to kick-off on Friday, October 21 and run through Sunday, October 23, 2016. Some of the great events for students and their families on October 22 include an opening in the GBPAC from 8:30 am - 10:00 am featuring t-shirt giveaways, athletic poster signing, adn a performance by Dean Franzen, the Dean of Juggling.

Homecoming 2016

Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016

Unmask Your Spirit during UNI's 2016 Homecoming week, Sunday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Oct. 1. Celebrate your Panther Pride by meeting your friends and celebrating together! Find the full schedule of events and additional details online here.


Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016

#throwlightUNI is a campaign to create a virtual wall of encouraging and inspiring actions by taking pictures or telling stories using the hashtag. These photos and stories whould be about actions done by others for you or those you witness between others to increase the visibility of all the positive, connection-building occurrences happening on campus. Need ideas? Check out the "Lighter Bowls" set up in the library, WRC, by the CME and in both dining halls. Follow us @throwlightUNI on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.


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