Dear UI REACH Families and Friends,

My! How time flies when we are busy and having fun! It is hard to believe that we are now into October. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the brisk air and changing colors! Students are starting to settle into life at UI REACH. We have seen amazing growth since the start of the year.

A special thank you goes out to Betsy Zaccari and Marc and Barbara Berman for helping greet families at recent Transition Fairs. We appreciate your help! You definitely made an impact on families and help relieve much of their angst.

The UI REACH students are excited to be at college and have new freedoms. They are becoming increasingly independent! Classes are now in full swing. This can also be a bittersweet event.  We are now at the point in the semester where some of the newness is wearing off and the realities are starting to set in. Students are tired. Many struggle to get to bed in time to wake up refreshed. Some students experienced homesickness and others forget to call home. These are all normal.

This is a good time to check in and provide a little TLC. We continue to meet with all students individually on a regular basis to provide support and guidance. We appreciate your support in helping your student see the positive side of each situation. We are all working together to help them make positive choices.

We hope to see many of you at the UI REACH Family Weekend. It will be a great weekend for everyone involved. The Friday night kickball game with the UI Softball team is always a wonderful time. See you soon!

Pam Ries
Director, UI REACH


Support UI REACH Fundraiser

Three people at the 2016 golf fundraiser
It is never too early to think about the UI REACH Annual Golf Outing and Fashion Show Fundraising Event in May 2017! The inaugural fundraiser last year was a huge success, as we raised over $16,000 towards student scholarships. For the second annual event our goal is to raise over $25,000. In addition to those participating in the events, increased corporate sponsorship and individual donors will significantly improve our chances of meeting the goal. Any amount you could give would be greatly appreciated! We have made it easy to give early to this event before the year end! Just head over to the event website and Become a Sponsor. With a few pieces of information and your credit card you will be able to quickly invest in a successful event that has the potential to help so many UI REACH students in the future. Won’t you consider a donation now?

Important Dates

UI REACH Family Weekend Gathering (Optional)

October 14

  • 7:00 pm: Kickball game with UI Softball Team, UI Softball Complex

October 15

  • 9:00-10:30 am: Parent Roundtable, Currier Multipurpose Room

Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 18

  • Break begins
  • First year students may leave beginning at 12:00 p.m.
  • Second and third year students will have their internship shift on Friday, Nov. 18. Please notify Career Staff if the student will need to miss the shift due to travel.
  • All students need to check out by 7:00 p.m.   

Sunday, November 26

  • UI REACH students return to hall after 1:00 p.m.

Monday, November 27

  • UI REACH and University classes resume

Winter Break

Friday, December 2

  • Last day of Fall Internships – Friday, December 2

Friday, December 9

  • UI REACH and University classes end for fall semester
  • All UI REACH students may leave beginning at 12:00 p.m.
  • All UI REACH students must check out by 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 15

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