Tips and strategies for UI parents and families

The UI Parent and Family Network (PFN) podcast series engages the audience as educational stakeholders of UI students. Guided by theories, institutional research, and practice, podcasts provide a platform to connect with UI parent and family members and provide proactive discussions about the student experience. The podcast features campus partners who work with families and students in support of student success (e.g. Orientation Services and Division of Student Life).

Bret Gothe, Parent and Family Podcast Series Host - Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life

Commitment to the audience

The UI parent and family podcast series will:

  • Provide accurate, timely information related to the student transition process and retention.
  • Provide an opportunity to learn from UI staff and faculty members about students’ experiences.
  • Allow an opportunity to submit questions about the student experience and have them answered on the UI website or during the podcast.

Submit a question to PFN Podcast Series

2020-21 Podcast Cast Series

New this fall, the PFN podcast series will introduce families to the services and resources available in the Division of Student Life, including a staff profile from each department. Each 15-minute podcast will include links and resources to help families support their students.

Throughout the academic year the following departments will be featured: Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, Student Health, University Counseling Service, Student Care and Assistance, Student Disability Services, MISSE, Iowa Memorial Union, Student Wellness, Recreational Services, Women’s Resource and Action Center, Leadership, Service and Civic Engagement, Office of Sexual Misconduct Resource Center, Student Engagement and Campus Programs, Rape Victim Advocacy Program, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Student Legal Services.

2019-20 podcast schedule

  • August - Making the Big Move: Move-In & On Iowa!
  • September - Handling Homesickness: Strategies for Success
  • October - Paying for Next Year: The Financial Aid Process
  • November - Study Abroad—What’s it all about?
  • December - Managing the Winter Break Transition
  • January - Proactive Planning for Next Year
  • February – Exploring Summer Jobs & Internships
  • March - Academic Support Resources
  • April - Iowa City in the Summer

Listen to the PFN podcast