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Des Moines Newsletter - May 2016

Important dates:

  • May 9-12 - Student Appreciation Week
  • May 30 - Memorial Day-No Class/Center Closed
  • June 8 - UIU at Zoo Brew
  • June 30 - UIU at Music in the Junction

Check out uiuLearn!

Beginning in Term 5, all online classes will be using our new platform, uiuLearn!  You can access uiuLearn using your myUIU login information, and then see your courses in the “Select a Course” area. For more information on this new platform, please visit This resource page will give you access to a demonstration course in uiuLearn, as well as helpful documents that can show you how to navigate your online course, submit assignments, take a quiz, and other helpful information.

*Please note that center and hybrid courses will be using PLS until Term 6.

Reminder to students using financial aid:

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year.  Go to to fill out your 2016-17 FAFSA.

Here's exactly what you'll need to complete it: 

Did you know?

The Upper Iowa University Writing Center offers free online writing consultations!

  1. Email
  2. Attach a PDF or Word Document file of your writing
  3. Include the top three topics you wish a Writing Consultant to comment on (i.e. thesis statement, organization, fulfilling the requirements of the assignment, citations, etc.)
  4. Include assignment directions, if applicable
  5. Wait for a response!

A trained Writing Consultant will return your email no longer than 48 hours (except for weekends and holidays) after you’ve contacted them.  The response will include comments regarding what you’re doing well, notes about areas that could use improvement, and suggestions for revision.

Are you utilizing the Peacock Career Portal?

The Peacock Career Portal is a website dedicated to providing our students with invaluable resources related to professional development and career exploration. You’ll find videos, podcasts, and countless documents that target specific content areas, such as dressing for success, preparing a resume, and interview skills. After reviewing this content, check out Search-Jobs Central and Search-Intern Central for opportunities to launch your new career!

To access the Peacock Career Portal, visit and use your student ID to log in. On your first visit, click “forgot your password” in the “sign in” area. This will generate your initial password and send it to your Peacocks email.

Emailing etiquette:

In today’s digital age, individuals are increasingly tied to their phones, tablets, and computers. Technology has improved our productivity, connectivity and quality of living but has also introduced us to new challenges. While emoticons, abbreviations, and acronyms are acceptable forms of communication in social media, these tools are typically not acceptable in professional communications. Emailing “best practice” is to remain formal, concise, and polite. Remember, the individual receiving your message isn’t able to utilize nonverbal communication. Reread your message to ensure that your content clearly articulates your desired message. Also, always check for spelling and grammar errors before pressing send!

For expanded content, see the article “Netiquette: Email Basics—An overview of online communication manners and protocol for job seekers” at

Why is college important?

Most people know that going to college is important; it opens many doors and provides many advantages and opportunities. On average, people with a college education earn nearly twice as much as those with only a high school diploma. Over a lifetime, a college graduate can earn about $2 million while a high school graduate will earn only $1 million. The earnings gap between someone with a college degree and someone with a high school diploma has widened in the last decades and that gap is projected to widen even further.

There are other advantages to being a college graduate. Research indicates that college graduates live longer, have better access to health care, are economically more stable, have more disposable income and more time to participate in leisure activities, vote at a higher rate, and are more involved in their communities. Earning a higher income allows a family to live in more affluent neighborhoods. Affluent areas have higher property values and collect higher taxes—tax revenues that allow these neighborhoods to have better schools and better access to healthcare. These advantages are passed on to the children who grow up healthier, perform better in school, and are more likely to attend college themselves.

Individuals who attend college usually achieve higher skill levels than those who do not. Employers may use college degrees as one of the tools to sort out potential employees, recognizing that higher levels of education may indicate higher ability. Having a college education provides the individual with a much-needed edge in today’s competitive job market, as well as in the future.

It is said that the economy of the 21st century is a knowledge economy. Jobs that paid good wages while requiring manual labor, especially in the manufacturing industries, are becoming less available. This has happened at the same time that well-paying 21st century jobs requiring college level training or at least training well beyond high school are continuing to increase. The only way to participate in this new knowledge economy is to obtain the higher levels of skills acquired through higher education.


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5000 Westown Parkway, Suite 200
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: 515-225-1800 - Fax: 515-225-1919