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Panther Welcome - Spring 2022


Panther Welcome is a welcome week program that helps new students make meaningful connections with other new students, current students, staff and faculty, take care of important business, become acquainted with campus and Cedar Falls, discover University of Northern Iowa traditions, attend fun social events, and find out what it means to be a UNI Panther!

Bring your UNI ID, state ID, keys, wallet and reusable water bottle to all events just so you will have what you need at each event. For most events all items are free, but for some event you may want to have money on you to make a purchase. This is good practice for anytime you are out and about on campus or in the Cedar Valley. 

Masks are encouraged, but not required. All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to receive a vaccination against COVID-19. More information can be found at

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. 
Grand prizes: 

  • One (1) $100 gift card to the UNI Bookstore
  • Two (2) Panther prize packs full of UNI items


*Denotes transfer only session

Tuesday, January 18

Panther Kick-Off  

5:00 - 5:30PM    TBA

Start your journey as a Panther on the right paw. This is your official welcome to the Panther Family. Meet your Cat Crew group leader. They will be your guide for the Panther Welcome program and are a great UNI resource. We will also walk to dinner as a group. 



5:30 - 6:30PM    Rialto Dining Center

Share a meal with your new Panther friends before heading off to the evening activities. A meal card will be provided for any student who does not have a meal plan. 


Crafty Cats

7:00 - 9:00PM    TBA

Come get your craft on and make a fun sign for your room or wherever inspiration strikes. Whether it's with Cricut vinyl, paint, or anything else your imagination thinks of, it is sure to be a great time! All supplies provided.

Wednesday, January 19

Panther Time

10:00 - 11:00AM    Around Campus  

Set yourself up for success before classes start by completing the tasks on your Panther To Do List


eLearning and Black Board: How to

11:00 - 11:45AM    TBA    

Learn about how to make the most of your UNI Google account, use eLearning (UNI's online learning platform) and more about what it means to be a student at UNI



12:00 - 1:00PM    Rialto 

Share a meal with other new panthers before heading off to the afternoon activities. A meal card will be provided for any student who does not have a meal plan.


Panther 101

1:00 - 1:30PM   TBA

Learn more about what it means to be a panther including the benefits of getting involved in student organizations. 


Find Your Classes    

2:00 - 3:30PM    Around Campus    

Depart from Gilchrist Hall with a Cat Crew member OR explore campus on your own to find where your classes will be. 


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 Orientation at or 319-273-2460 at least one week prior to the event.

Classes start Thursday, January 20 


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