Panther Welcome

Panther Welcome is a program designed specifically to helps new students:

  • make meaningful connections with other new students, staff and faculty
  • take care of important business before classes start
  • become acquainted with campus and Cedar Falls
  • discover University of Northern Iowa traditions
  • have fun and find out what it means to be a UNI Panther!

We will be checking students in at each event. For each event you are marked as present you will be entered to win one of the grand prize drawings. 

Panther Welcome for new students will lead right into Welcome Week, which is for all UNI students. 

Saturday, January 14

Time Event Location Event Details
4:15 - 5:00PM

Panther Kick Off

Admissions Welcome Center

Start of your UNI career on a strong foundation. During this event you will learn the UNI Fight Song and Interlude dance. Get your FREE UNI shirt when you check in at this event. 

5:00 - 6:00PM


Piazza Dining Center

Meet & connect with other new Panthers! It's okay if you don't have a meal plan -- dinner is on us!

6:00 - 8:00PM

TAIG Game Night

Admissions Welcome Center

Games, fun, PRIZES and learn about getting involved with Transfer Advocacy & Involvement Group (TAIG).


Hosted by Transfer Advocacy & Involvement Group (TAIG)



Sunday, January 15

Time Event Location Event Details
Noon - 1:00PM


Piazza Meet & connect with other new Panthers! It's okay if you don't have a meal plan -- lunch is on us!
1:30 - 2:00PM

Panther 101

Gilchrist Hall 009

Bring your own device or we can provide one for you. 

2:00 - 3:30PM 

Find Your Classes

Start GIL 102 (Student Success & Retention Office)

Learn how to navigate campus and find your class buildings. A Cat Crew leader will meet up with you at Gilchrist Hall to accompany you around campus.

5:00 - 6:00PM



Meet & connect with other new Panthers! It's okay if you don't have a meal plan-- dinner is on us!

6:00 - 7:30PM

Crafty Cats

Gilchrist 007/009 Come get your craft on and make a fun and personalized sign. It is sure to be a great time! All supplies provided.


Monday, January 16


Event Location Event Details
10:30AM - noon

Pack the Dome

UNI Dome

Give back to the Cedar Valley Community by participating in the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. Pack backpacks for local school kids. Sign up below to join the Student Success & Retention team and other new Panthers below and we will be in contact. 


Sign up with SS & R team


Tuesday, January 17

Time Event Location Event Details
8:30AM - 12:30PM

First Day of Class Photos

Maucker Union 

Snap a picture on your way to class to commemorate your first day of class at a Panther. We will have Northern Iowa Guides on hand to take your picture.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UNI-sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Student Success & Retention at at least one week prior to the event.