UI REACH students

Dear UI REACH Families and Friends,

Winter break is just around the corner! Where has the semester gone?

Although students are excited to go home, the transition can be difficult for everyone involved. Students are now used to daily social interactions with classmates and being independent. Going home means less peer interaction and falling back into comfortable routines. This can all be a bit unsettling.

A few things that might help with the transition include keeping a schedule, getting plenty of sleep, revisiting favorite memories (activities, foods, games, places, scrapbooks), talking/Skyping with friends. If you have other ideas on how to make the transition go more smoothly, please share your ideas on our blog: http://uireachextend.blogspot.com.

Some families plan ReConnect events over break with current and/or alumni students in the area. These events may include things like going bowling, to a movie, a potluck, playing board games or video games, or just hanging out together. They may be as simple or involved as you want to make them. Brian Campbell recently sent out a notice about several ReConnects that have been planned. If you would like to join one of those or plan another one, just let Brian know and we will do our best to help get the word out.

Mike and Kate Williams (daughter, Fran, Class of 2015) have generously offered to match donations up to $5000 that will go into a special fund to help needy students/alumni attend ReConnect events. Please let us know if you would like to help grow this fund! Thank you to the Williams family for making this opportunity available. We appreciate your generosity and understanding of how important these events are to students and their families!


Dr. Pam Ries
Director, UI REACH


Important Dates

Winter Break

Friday, December 9, 2016

  • UI REACH and University classes end for fall semester
  • Students may leave for Winter Break once they have completed the check-out procedures with the RAs.
  • Students must be out of the residence hall by 7:00 p.m. on December 9, 2016

Sunday, January 15, 2017

  • UI REACH students return to the hall after 1:00 p.m. for spring semester.

Shout Out Corner

Thank you to the following individuals for recently helping support and represent UI REACH at various marketing events!

  • Deborah Reed Nelson, Erik Nelson, and Alex Nelson

  • Patrick and Connor Lamb

  • Barb and Marc Berman

  • Cathy DiVincenzo

Matti P. with her painting.

Second-year student and artist, Matti P, created this amazing painting to be displayed in the UI REACH office. Aweome work, Matti! Thank you!!