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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


Jump Start 2016

Posted on Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Jump Start is an extended orientation program designated to facilitate the successful transition of underrepresented students to the University of Northern Iowa. Students from ethnic and racial minority groups and students who have participated in TRiO programs (such as Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search) are invited to Jump Start starting in March. Participants move to campus one week before classes begin, engaging in interactive sessions on topics including relationships and cultural identity, student involvement, financial literacy, academic planning, and leadership.

Student Affairs employee wins 2016 Student Employee of the Year Award

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Kayla Peterson, student employee for Student Wellness Services and Recreation Services, received the 2016 Student Employee of the Year Award. Kayla has been working for Student Wellness Services as a Peer Health Educator and Intern for one academic year and as a Fitness Instructor for Recreation Services for two academic years. She also worked as an Office Assistant for Recreation Services for one academic year. Kayla serves as a role model for other student employees within both departments, and continually goes above and beyond the required duties of her positions.

Dining staff receives honor

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016, a site dedicated to ranking various attributes of institutions across the country, has awarded our dining staff with the Best College Food in Iowa award for 2016. The site gets its rankings according to meal plan costs and student reviews citing that, “Top ranked colleges offer outstanding on-campus dining - students can easily access healthy, quality food across a wide range of cuisines and dietary preferences.” Congratulations on the honor. Staff and students appreciate the hard work you put in to make us the best!

Student Affairs staff honored with Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award

Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016

The Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award recognizes individuals in the Division of Student Affairs who are committed to quality and excellence and whose efforts and achievements are worthy of emulation as staff work to carry out the division’s mission of helping students succeed. This award is named in recognition of former Vice President Sue Follon who served the University from 1985 to 1998 and modeled the values upon which this award is based. This is the highest award given to staff in Student Affairs.

Campus colleagues recognized with “Helping Students Succeed Commendation”

Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016

For the fifth year, Student Affairs formally recognized staff in other divisions for their collaboration with us to help students succeed. This year’s key partners were announced at the January 7 recognition luncheon. Congratulations to this year’s honorees: Linda Reardon-Lowry, Recruitment/Advisor, Technology; Celeste Bembry, Student Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences; Mike Waggoner, Professor, Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education; and Pat Geadelmann, Special Assistant to the President for Board and Governmental Relations.


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