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Office of Academic Advising

Peer Academic Advisors in Residence (PAiR)

Apply to be a PAiR for the 2017-18 Academic Year! 

Position Description and Application

Peer Academic Advisors in Residence (PAiRs) are student who work in the Office of Academic Advising, 

as well as in their assigned residence hall!  Each PAiR recieves specific training that enables them to assist students in a variety of areas including:

  • Exploring major and career options
  • Declaring or changing a major
  • Understanding Liberal Arts Core
  • Scheduling
  • Class selection
  • Study skills and strategies
  • Resources around campus

If you have questions about the PAiR program, please contact or

Meet your 2016-17 PAiRs!

Bender Hall PAiR - Haley

Major: Communicative Disorders

Hometown: Solon, Iowa

Involvement: Panther Pep Crew, SAA, volleyball intramurals, Bender Hall DA, UNI chapter of Phi Eta Sigma NHS, Bender Hall ELLC representative, Dance Marathon, SI study sessions

My "Favorites" at UNI: Bender Hall, Homecoming week, campus in the fall, the roof of Maucker Union, football games, purple & gold

Advice to New Students: The importance of time management, the friends you have at the beginning of the year might change by the end, remember to relax, have fun, enjoy the college experience because it flies by, and always stay true to yourself

Bender Hall PAiR - Natalie

Major: English

Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa

Involvement: Bender ELLC Group Member

My "Favorites" at UNI: I love to spend time at Maucker Union, Rod Library and in my residence hall while on campus at UNI. I enjoy the social atmosphere they offer, as well as a place to focus on some studying and school work.

Advice to New Students: Be yourself and ask for help when you need it. There are many people and resources on campus to help you feel comfortable and allow you to be your best self during your first year at UNI!

Campbell Hall PAiR - JD

Major: Leisure, Youth & Human Services

Minor(s): NonProfit Management Certificate

Hometown: Central City, Iowa

Involvement: UNI Ballroom and Swing, Panther Marching Band, Play Taps for Cedar Falls Amvets

My "Favorites" at UNI: Apple Cider at Chats, WRC track and Rockwall

Advice to New Students: If you need help ask. Get outside of your comfort zone. Set up a weekly schedule that way you don't miss deadlines.

Dancer Hall PAiR - Claire

Major: Elementary Education / Middle Level Education

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Involvement:  Fitness instructor (Kickboxing, Cardio, and Sculpt and Tone), Chats, Club Tennis team, Dancer Senate, St. Stephen's Catholic Church

My "Favorites" at UNI: The people, Chats, their Pumpkin Bars

Advice to New Students: Don't be afraid to try new things, you never know what you might end up loving.

Dancer Hall PAiR - Yakira

Major: Social Work

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Involvement: Black Student Union, EXCEL, Peer Mentor

My "Favorites" at UNI: The Union and the Library

Advice to New Students: Utilize your campus resources! Always keep up with you syllabus and be open to trying new things.

Hagemann Hall PAiR - Lexy

Major: Psychology

Hometown: New Hampton, IA

Involvement: Intramural volleyball, Campus Activities Board, Pep Crew, Senate, volunteering at the Covenant Medical Center

My "Favorites" at UNI: Among all the great opportunities and events hosted around campus, I love how I feel right at home no matter where I am on campus.

Advice to New Students: Don't be afraid to try new things and fail. College is about exploring your options and finding what you are passionate about. Sometimes you may stumble on the path to success.

Noehren Hall PAiR - Ally

Major: Earth Science

Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa

Involvement: SGE Earth Science Honor Society, Noehren Hall Senate, Student Patrol

My "Favorites" at UNI: Chat's Caramel Cream Tea, all the squirrels, the Greenhouse, and Noehren Hall

Advice to New Students: Branch out!  Don't be afraid to meet new people.  There are so many students on campus that may be looking for a new friend too!  Professors are here to help, don't be afraid to ask questions.

Rider Hall PAiR - Morgan

Major: Biology

Hometown: Norwalk, Iowa

Involvement: UNI Dance Marathon

My "Favorites" at UNI: Going to sporting events with friends and going for walks around campus!

Advice to New Students: Try your best and do not ever hesitate to ask questions! Wherever you go on campus, there is always someone willing to help.

Shull Hall PAiR - Christine

Major(s): Elementary Education

Minor(s): Math

Hometown: Urbandale, IA

Involvement: St. Stephen the Witness, Senate, RHA

My "Favorites" at UNI:  I love watching the Glee Club Christmas show, listening to the Carillon bells, the children's section of the library is my go to study spot, and dinner in the dining center with my friends.

Advice to New Students: It's okay to be yourself. You will find a place and a group of people that you fit in with here at UNI. You can ask for help and not be afraid. UNI has a great community and you will find someone to help you with whatever you need.



Natalie, Bender PAiR

I have been a part of the ELLC for two years, and it has been a great environment for me. The ELLC has allowed me to explore my options with majors, helped me to create and become a part of the Bender Hall community, and has connected me to like-minded students in a fun way.