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April 26, 2017 - 9:46am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Friends of the University of Northern Iowa Museum will present a new lecture series with its inaugural season, the Rural Schoolhouse Speakers Series. The lectures will take place at the Marshall Center School at 2301 Indiana St. on the UNI campus. The series will begin on May 13, 2017, and conclude on April 28, 2018.

The Rural Schoolhouse Speakers Series will explore the era of the one-room schoolhouse in Iowa. Speakers will present on the history of rural schools, the teaching and learning experience, and how the school building was once the heart and center of the community. The first speaker will be Bill Sherman, Humanities Iowa Speaker, who will present “Iowa’s Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning” at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 13. Friends of the UNI Museum has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host this presentation. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy RohrBerg, Friends of the UNI Museum board member and associate professor in the Department of Theatre, at 319-273-6459 or amy.rohrberg@uni.edu.

April 21, 2017 - 3:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host three spring Commencement ceremonies this year on Saturday, May 6, in the McLeod Center.

The ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees from the Colleges of Business Administration and Social and Behavioral Sciences will be at 9 a.m. The ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees from the College of Education, and the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs will be at 2 p.m. The ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences will be at 6 p.m.

The speakers for the ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students in the Colleges of Business Administration and Social and Behavioral Sciences are Chris McConahay, a senior marketing and economics major, and Marjorie Perkins, a psychology graduate student. Deirdre Heistad, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, will read the names of graduates.

The speakers for the ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees from the College of Education, and the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs are Maria Jose Rosado Cupul, a senior health promotion major, and Natalie Milo, a principalship graduate student. Nichole Zumbach Harken, instructor in communication studies, will read the names of graduates.

The speakers for the ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences are Erika Kuhn, a senior theatre performance major, and Jessica Cramer, a speech language pathology graduate student. Christopher Cox, dean and professor of Library and Information Services, will read the names of graduates.

There will be a reception immediately following each ceremony with light snacks and beverages provided. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures.

The UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual spring Commissioning Ceremony at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6, in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall. Four students will receive their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/commencement or contact Joyce Morrow, interim university registrar, at 319-273-2701 or joyce.morrow@uni.edu

April 19, 2017 - 10:38am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics hosted the 2017 State of Iowa Physics Competition on Tuesday, April 11, at the McLeod Center on the UNI campus. 

Approximately 155 high school physics students from 20 schools participated. In the overall school team competition, Grinnell High School placed first, Marquette Catholic High School placed second and Cedar Falls High School placed third. Clear Creek Amana High School placed first for the catapult event, Roland Story High School placed first for the mousetrap car event, Cedar Falls High School placed first in the bridge building event, Moravia High School placed first in the soda straw arm event and Alburnett High School placed first in the challenge problem event.

The first place school and event team winners are offered $250 individual scholarship awards from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships if they enroll at UNI. For more information, contact Larry Escalada, professor in the Department of Physics, at 319-273-2431 or lawrence.escalada@uni.edu.

April 17, 2017 - 10:58am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s New Horizons Band will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 1, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.

The band will present a variety of musical selections, including “A Tribute to Artie Shaw,” featuring UNI senior clarinetist Nicholas Schumacher; “Echoes from the Battlefield” performed by the UNI Cuatro Synco Percussion Quartet; and the “Clarinet Polka,” featuring the New Horizons clarinet section as well as UNI clarinet students and staff. The UNI Banana Brass ensemble will provide pre-concert entertainment.

The New Horizons Band is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School. The group includes 90 musicians who range in age from 50 to 100 years old with various musical backgrounds that travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform. Diana Blake, retired music educator and director of the New Horizons Band, encourages interested musicians to join the group. 

For more information, contact Blake at 319-352-3007 or diana.blake@uni.edu or Heather Hamilton, director of the Community Music School, at 319-273-2142 or heather.hamilton@uni.edu.

April 17, 2017 - 11:51am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program in Criminal Justice scheduled to begin fall 2017. This program is designed specifically for graduates of career and technical programs from community colleges.

The courses in this program incorporate an applied approach to building the critical thinking, written and verbal communication and problem solving skills needed for careers in criminal justice. Committed faculty with extensive experience working with professionals in the criminal justice field will provide a solid background of career advancement in the fields of corrections, courts, policing and private security. 

“The BAS in Criminal Justice is one of the first programs in Iowa that offers the option for students who have received their AAS degree to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in 60 credits. It has a strong emphasis in both written and verbal communication that is designed to help law enforcement professionals excel in their careers,” said Matthew Makarios, program coordinator. 

This manageable course sequence offers approximately two courses each semester, with a total of 60 units of credit. The program will be completed entirely online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. 

The program begins this fall using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with a degree to be earned in the fall of 2020. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/criminal-justice.

For more information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-7206 or 800-648-3864.

April 17, 2017 - 11:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Technology degree program scheduled to begin fall 2017. This undergraduate program is designed for Associate of Applied Science (AAS) graduates of career and technical programs from community colleges.

The courses in this program focus on industry and its organization, resources, processes and management technologies. Incorporating an applied approach to critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills, this program emphasizes the enhancement of management skills that build upon a strong technical background.

“The response and feedback from community college partners has been tremendously positive. For years, Iowa students with an AAS degree in a technology-based field have been looking for an in-state solution to obtaining a four-year degree,” said Chris Shaw, recruitment coordinator. “This program was designed with those students in mind.”

This manageable course sequence includes approximately two courses each semester, with a total of 62 units of credit. The program will be completed entirely online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser.

The program begins this fall using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree to be earned in the fall of 2020. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/technology-bas.

For more information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-7206 or 800-648-3864.

April 17, 2017 - 11:55am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts degree program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development scheduled to begin fall 2017. This two-year interdisciplinary program is designed primarily for professionals currently employed in philanthropic and nonprofit settings.

The courses in this program are designed to enhance professionals’ skills and knowledge in the fundraising and nonprofit sectors and further understanding of ethical policies as they relate to philanthropy and nonprofit development. Courses will also advance students’ knowledge of scholarly research, theories and models in nonprofit organizational development, donor relations, grant writing, corporate foundation relations, advocacy and public funding.

This manageable course sequence includes approximately two courses each semester, with a total of 30 units of credit. The program will be completed entirely online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Fall and spring courses will be taught in eight-week modules, with some courses meeting Monday evenings via Adobe Connect. Summer courses will be four weeks in length and may include video conferencing sessions on Monday evenings.

The program begins this fall using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree to be earned in the summer of 2019. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/philanthropy.

For more information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-7740 or 800-648-3864.

April 14, 2017 - 9:46am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – TheatreUNI will present “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m., Friday, April 21, and 2 p.m., Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

“Into the Woods,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is the fourth offering of TheatreUNI’s 2016-17 season.

“Into the Woods” will feature the work of guest designer Sean Urbantke from Washington, D.C. Urbantke has designed for companies around the country such as Amphibian Stage Productions and Trinity Shakespeare Festival. His set incorporates musical motifs into the floor and scenery to emphasize the importance of the music in the production.

Guest projections designer Kristen Geisler created the images of the woods and the giant. Her work can be seen in past productions at companies such as Lexington Children’s Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre and Triad Stage Company. By pulling modern elements into the telling of the story, Geisler created a new way to see the woods. 

Tickets range in price from $16-$46. Tickets can be purchased from the Gallagher Bluedorn box office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. The box office also opens one hour before curtain time. “Into the Woods” includes mature content.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6833, eric.lange@uni.edu, or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

April 14, 2017 - 1:27pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Immigration Working Group will present its first public event, “Immigration Forum: A Conversation About Immigration in Iowa,” from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 17, in Room 2 of Sabin Hall on the UNI campus.

The forum will feature a moderated discussion about immigration issues in Iowa. Panelists include Ali Alnasser, UNI international student; Miryam Antúnez de Mayolo, immigration attorney; Edis Beganovic, Bosnian immigrant; Brook Boehmler, Hampton mayor; Juan Carlos Castillo and Elise DuBord, UNI Department of Languages and Literatures; and Tony Thompson, Black Hawk County sheriff. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact DuBord, assistant professor in the Department of Languages and Literature, at 319-273-2183 or elise.dubord@uni.edu.

April 12, 2017 - 7:44am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa recognized students during the Student Leadership Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 11. Awards were presented to students, student organizations and advisors for outstanding student leadership throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

The list of awards and award winners include:

UNI C.A.R.E. (Creating A Responsible Environment) Awards. These are awarded to UNI students, faculty, staff, organizations or programs that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to and a positive impact on a sustainable future. Recipients are Leslie Fink and Ron Kohnke.

Dr. Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership. This scholarship recognizes students for their leadership contributions during their tenure at UNI and potential to model leadership for women. This year's recipient is Lulua Rawwas.

Student Employee of the Year. Finalists for this award are selected based on the impact of their contribution, their initiative, professionalism and quality of work. This year's recipient is Casey Hoekstra.

Drake Martin Gold Star Awards. These are awarded to student leaders for outstanding contributions to on-campus living at UNI. This is the highest residential leadership award at UNI and has been presented annually since 1989. Recipients are Morgan Dobroski, Kinsey Doerr, Jesse Heath, Brooke Howsare and Claire Nichols.

Student Organization Advisor of the Year. This award recognizes a student organization advisor who has excelled and exemplified outstanding service, dedication and leadership to the organization to distinguish itself. This year's recipient is Jenny Connolly.

Most Promising New Leader in a Student Organization. This award recognizes a member in a student organization who has demonstrated emerging leadership in the organization, a commitment to developing his or her leadership ability, and has exceeded the expectations of the membership of the organization. This year’s recipient is Jacob Levang.

- Greek 360 Award. This award recognizes a member of the UNI Fraternity & Sorority Life community who is also an outstanding member of other student organizations on campus. This year’s recipient is Jared Riter.

Student Organization Program of Distinction. This award recognizes significant achievements by student organizations in the planning and presentation of programs. Recipients are the Make a Difference Day: Domestic Violence Awareness (presented by Service & Leadership Council), Pay It Forward Tour (presented by Students Today Leaders Forever) and Sexual Assault Awareness Week (presented by Sigma Phi Epsilon).

- Most Promising New Student Organization. This award recognizes a new student organization that has demonstrated significant motivation, creativity, innovation and perseverance. This year’s recipient is United Dance Company.

Student Organization of the Year. This award recognizes a student organization that has exemplified excellence among its peers in the dedication and development of its members, and its contributions to the campus community and beyond. This year's recipient is International Student Promoters.

- Diversity Matters Award. This award is presented in recognition of dedication and service to the university in advancement of its diversity-related goals. This year’s recipients are Juana Hollingsworth and Emily Hummel.

Servant Leader Award. This award recognizes those who have worked for the common good while putting the needs of others first. Recipients are Angie Davison, Hunter Flesch, Maddie Grimm, Brook Howsare, Chris Kennedy, Melanie Majeed, Zubair Naeem, Claire Nichols and Sarah Rudy.

Outstanding Student Leader. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated dedication and leadership through their involvement in one or more campus activities. Recipients are Brianne Michelle Baylor, Mallory Elizabeth Feeney, Aaron Friel, Madison Gavin, Jill Georgen, Matthew Eugene Klein and Diksha Ojha.

Lux Service Award. This award is the most prestigious award given to graduating senior students each academic year to acknowledge the culmination of their overall involvement. Recipients consistently go above and beyond, leaving a lasting legacy upon graduation. Recipients are Megan Kennedy, Micah Zeimetz and Kadesha Zimmerman.

April 12, 2017 - 7:46am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa presented three graduating students with the Lux Service Award for their exemplary service to the university during the Student Leadership Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 11.

The winners include:

Megan Kennedy is a senior psychology and family services double major, with double minors in gerontology and women and gender studies, from Ogden, Iowa. Graduating in December 2017 with a 3.96 GPA, Kennedy has been involved in a number of student organizations, including SABRs as President, Psychology Club as president, Model UN, UNI Proud, Northern Iowa Feminists, National Honor Society of Leadership and Success, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Honors Program, Conversation Partner, St. Stephen Catholic Student Center and Panther Marching Band.

Kadesha Zimmerman is a senior accounting and management information systems double major from St. Louis, Missouri. Zimmerman was involved on campus as a Pathfinder, peer mentor, president of Empowering Exquisite Culturally Enlightened Leaders (EXCEL), member of the Accounting Club, Black Student Union, Ethnic Student Promoters, Entrepreneurs Club and Management Information Systems Association.

Micah Zeimetz is a senior social science education major, with an emphasis in American Government, from Pella, Iowa. Graduating in the fall with a 3.98 GPA after student teaching, Zeimetz has made their mark on campus as a resident assistant, senior resident assistant, summer orientation staff member, hall senate member, Honors Student Advisory Board member and co-creator of the ‘Some Assembly Required’ improv group.

A selection committee chose the Lux Service Award recipients based on nominations from UNI faculty, students and staff. Requirements include being scheduled to graduate in 2017, a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstration of service to UNI during the recipient's academic career that will leave a lasting impact on the university community.

For more information about the Lux Service Award, visit https://www.uni.edu/deanofstudents/lux

April 12, 2017 - 9:39am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present the Performance Power Hour at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang 040 on the UNI campus.

Each semester, students in the performances studies courses showcase their work at the Performance Power Hour. The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. Select pieces may contain mature language and situations. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m. The doors will open at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Amandajean Freking Nolte, instructor in the Department of Communications Studies, at 319-273-3793 or amandajean.nolte@uni.edu.

April 12, 2017 - 11:28am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host a U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, in the Old Central Ballroom of the Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

This is the sixth ceremony hosted by UNI, and 100 people from over 30 countries of origin will participate in this year’s ceremony. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Marshals Service, UNI Maucker Union and the UNI Police. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Mark Grey, professor in the Department of Anthropology, at 319-273-6496 or mark.grey@uni.edu.

April 12, 2017 - 12:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Communication Studies: Communication Education Emphasis program that is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017. This program is designed for high school educators who wish to teach at community colleges or work in affiliated educational fields, for K through 12 educators wishing to update their skills and increase professional mobility with an advanced degree and for those who may wish to pursue a Ph.D. in communication education.

“This program continues the UNI Department of Communication Studies' commitment to excellence in teacher education and professional development. We have designed scheduling, coursework and major assignments with working professionals in mind – ensuring a perfect blend between rigor and accessibility,” says Kyle Rudick, program coordinator and assistant professor of communication studies. “We look forward to working with educators from Iowa and beyond to explore the intersections of communication, teaching, and learning and to create schools that work for students, citizens and society.”

The degree consists of 33 units of credit that can be earned in six consecutive semesters. Courses are taken using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence with the degree to be earned spring 2019. Offered entirely online, participants can complete the program without the need to commute to campus.

Courses meeting in the fall and spring semesters will be taught in eight-week modules on Wednesday evenings. Summer courses are offered concurrently in an eight-week session. The courses are taught using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system, and online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/communication-ma. For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-2121 or 800-648-3864.

April 12, 2017 - 4:11pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Rachael Johnson, a University of Northern Iowa junior majoring in elementary and middle level education from Sioux City, is one of only 62 students nationwide to be named a 2017 Truman Scholar. The prestigious award is given each year by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation to extraordinary undergraduates in their third year of college who are committed to careers in public service. Johnson is the first student from UNI who has received the Truman Scholarship since the foundation awarded its first scholarship in the 1977-78 academic year.

Rachael Johnson

"My first reactions to hearing the news was pure shock, excitement and disbelief," said Johnson. "Then, after letting the news settle for a few hours, I started to realize the opportunities that this had just created for me and the shock quickly turned into gratitude."

The Truman Scholarship will provide Johnson up to $30,000 for graduate study and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare her for a career in public service leadership. After graduating from UNI, Johnson hopes to continue her studies in higher, postsecondary and continuing education and eventually wants to work on policy research, reform and implementation.

"I am extremely excited for and proud of Rachael being named a 2017 Truman Scholar," said UNI President Mark Nook. "She has done an exceptional job as a member of the Board of Regents, and her commitment to public service doesn't end there. Rachael is active on numerous boards and committees, and the benefits of her service can be seen throughout campus, the Cedar Valley community and the state of Iowa. This prestigious honor is also a testament to the outstanding education and opportunities faculty and staff offer our students."

Since her freshman year on the UNI campus, Johnson has been involved in a variety of college, civic and government activities. She is currently a member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and also served on the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) as a senator for the College of Education.

"One of the main qualifications for a Truman Scholar is the desire to be a change agent," said Johnson. "Since stepping foot on campus my freshman year, UNI has provided me with multiple opportunities to make a positive change. Through my time as a senator with NISG to then becoming a Regent, I can honestly say that I am not sure I would have been able to commit my life to public service if it wasn't for the meaningful experiences I've had here at UNI."

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 to be the nation's living memorial to President Harry S. Truman. The foundation has a mission to select and support the next generation of public service leaders. The Truman award has become one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the United States.

Annually, candidates for the Truman Scholarship go through a rigorous, multi-stage selection process. In 2017, there were 768 candidates for the award nominated by 315 colleges and universities, a record number of institutions. The 199 finalists for the award were interviewed in March and early April at one of 16 regional selection panels. Sixty-two new Truman Scholars were selected in 2017. They will receive their awards in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

For more information about the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, visit www.truman.gov.

April 11, 2017 - 8:54am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Casey Hoekstra, a graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa, has been selected as the Student Employee of the Year for the State of Iowa by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administration (MASEA).

Hoekstra was submitted to the MASEA for consideration after being selected for the University of Northern Iowa Student Employee of the Year. She was presented with both awards at a recognition event on Monday, April 10, at UNI.

Hoekstra works as an academic coach in the Academic Learning Center at UNI and was originally nominated for UNI Student Employee of the Year by a colleague. An academic coach is expected to meet with students for tutorial sessions on an individual basis, study related research and the prepared curricula for planned and scheduled workshops/courses and arrange support seminars and study groups, among other responsibilities.

According to her nomination form, Hoekstra has devoted more than 290 hours to working with at least 800 students, and has built relationships with faculty, staff and administrators to help develop and present workshops across campus. She was also commended for demonstrating outstanding leadership, character and dedication.

For more information, contact Sarah Goblirsch, employer relations director for UNI Career Services, at 319-273-2084 or sarah.goblirsch@uni.edu

April 11, 2017 - 1:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Documentary filmmaker Abigail Disney will visit the University of Northern Iowa on April 24 and 25 to screen two of her works. “The Armor of Light” will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 24, in Lang Hall Auditorium, and “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, in Sabin Hall Auditorium, Room 002. Disney will also hold a public lecture at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 25, in the Rod Library ScholarSpace, Room 301.

Abigail Disney

Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, and CEO and president of Fork Films. She is also the founder and president of Peace is Loud, a nonprofit organization that highlights the stories of women who are stepping up for peace and resisting violence in their communities. Her films have been nominated for multiple awards, including her first film, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” which won Best Documentary Feature at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. “The Armor of Light” marks her directorial debut.

Disney is the fifth visiting filmmaker in the William and Stephanie Clohesy Film Series. The goal of the series is to bring the world’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers to UNI. The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communications Studies and supported by the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, Office of the President, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and Friends of the Series.

All screening events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact David O’Shields, director of the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series, at 319-273-3791 or richard.oshields@uni.edu, or visit www.clohesyseries.com.

April 10, 2017 - 9:08am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) will sponsor “Sleep Out to Build Hope” with the House of Hope on April 28 at the Bucks Stadium in Waterloo.

“Sleep Out to Build Hope” is a homeless night out for campus and community members to reflect on the House of Hope’s mission to provide homeless mothers with individualized support and transitional housing to achieve secure families and permanent homes. The House of Hope is expanding to a new facility in Waterloo that will support more mothers and children. It is a critical need in the Cedar Valley with over 50 mothers with children on the waiting list. “Sleep Out to Build Hope” is raising $1.5 million to renovate and move into the new space that was donated by the Dr. Christensen family. Renovation is scheduled to start in August 2017. 

Participation in the event is free and open to the public. Details about the event can be found at www.bidpal.net/sleepout or contact Lt. Col. Glen Keith at 319-594-4259 or glen.keith@uni.edu. For information about the House of Hope and how to support their renovation and mission, visit www.houseofhopeccd.org/

April 10, 2017 - 9:14am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Biology will host communicable disease specialist Susann Ahrabi-Fard as an Alumni in Residence at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 13, in Room 001 of the McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus.

Ahrabi-Fard’s presentation, “Public Health, Outbreaks and Tales from the Field: 20 Years of Communicable Disease Surveillance,” will explore her career in public health, which has included conducting disease surveillance, responding to disease outbreaks and investigating national outbreaks, including anthrax, H1N1, Ebola and the Zika virus.

Ahrabi-Fard received her B.A. and M.A. from UNI and was chosen for a national “Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory Training Fellowship” through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was later stationed at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene where she completed rotations in bacteriology, tuberculosis and virology. Ahrabi-Fard is currently a communicable disease epidemiologist for the Bureau of Communicable Diseases with the Division of Public Health for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

For more information, contact David Saunders, department head for the Department of Biology, at 319-273-2456 or david.saunders@uni.edu.

April 7, 2017 - 11:24am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will screen the documentary "The Story of Shelley v. Kraemer" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus.

The Shelley v. Kraemer U.S. Supreme Court decision, perhaps more than any other ruling in modern times, literally and figuratively changed the face of our nation. This 1948 case ended the practice of "restrictive real estate covenants" that dictated where people could, and could not, live based on issues of race, color, creed and national origin.

The documentary will explain and describe the events that led up to this milestone ruling and the actions of the individuals who banded together to help bring it about. After the screening, Jeffrey Copeland, professor of languages and literatures, will give a brief talk about how this historic ruling changed the country. There will also be film clips of some of those involved in the case and their relatives speaking about their experiences.

This film will be featured from March 2017 to March 2018 in the new Missouri History Museum exhibit, "#1 in Civil Rights: The African-American Freedom Struggle," in St. Louis.

The event is free and open to the public. Cake will be served at a reception following the viewing of the film. For more information about the film, contact Copeland at 319-273-3323 or jeffrey.copeland@uni.edu. For information about the Missouri History Museum exhibit, visit mohistory.org. 

April 6, 2017 - 10:33am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Community Music School will host its biannual recital weekend on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23. Recitals will be held throughout Russell Hall on the UNI campus. Admission to the recital weekend is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.   

Over 100 local Cedar Valley students will be performing over the two-day event. Recitals will feature students performing from the studios of Seth Butler (piano), Amel Christy (piano), Arianna Edvenson (clarinet), Molly Evans (trumpet), Nicole Green (piano), Jenna Klein (piano), Melody Kosobucki (piano), Alex LaFrenz (percussion), Jenni LeGarde (piano), Rebecca Nickles (piano), Cindi Mason (clarinet), Teresa Rose (piano) and the students of the Little Mozart group piano class. Repertoire will include a variety of classical and pop music.

UNI Community Music School offers a variety of curriculum for private music instruction, ranging from classical/traditional pedagogy to popular and jazz emphasis. Lessons are available for all ages in an individual private format or in a group. Students can enroll for lessons at any time during the year.  

For more information on the recital weekend or the Community Music School programs, contact Heather Hamilton, director of the UNI Community Music School, at 319-273-2142, heather.hamilton@uni.edu, or visit www.uni.edu/music/communitymusicschool for a list of individual recital times.  

April 6, 2017 - 12:41pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) group exhibition from Monday, April 24, through Saturday, May 6. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 24, in the south lobby of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB).

Dallas Guffey of Libertyville will present an exhibition of sculptures and prints titled "False Fractures and Synthetic Situations." Guffey employed woodworking and printmaking techniques to produce vibrant objects that are partially from a world of recognizable architecture intersected by whimsical narratives. “This body of work is a series of situations based on personal narratives communicated through a visual vocabulary of fractured architecture and synthetic goop," said Guffey.

Natalie Heddens of Marshalltown, who is receiving a B.F.A. in painting and a B.A. in Art Education, is presenting an exhibition titled "Forgive Me, Self, For I Have Not.” “My work is very much related to my psyche, and through memory I create work that allows me to explore emotions and thoughts through a wider lens of femininity. The concepts I explore include womanhood, girlhood, expectations, purity, perfection, ideals and identity; these themes come together through painting, performance, video, sound and constructed objects," said Heddens.

Timothy Jorgensen of Cedar Falls will present an exhibition of sculptures titled "Contention." According to the artist, "I have primarily been working in the area of public art, and from my investigations there I have developed a new direction using found wood branches. I feel drawn to nature and natural phenomena. Coupled with my interest in mechanical things, creative ideas are developed in the space where these two forces merge."

Madalyn Loring of Des Moines, who is receiving a B.F.A. in ceramics and a B.A. in Art Education, is presenting an exhibition titled "Released." The exhibition is an examination of abstract relationships through organic, textural and non-representative ceramic forms. "Individual artworks simultaneously struggle against and unite with each other in an attempt at precarious beauty," said Loring.

In addition to these student exhibits, the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition, "Creative Resilience," will remain on view in the gallery during this time. Co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton and gallery director Darrell Taylor, the exhibition features images of hope, of resilience and of survival.

All events are free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the main floor of the KAB and its hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/art/gallery or contact Taylor at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Dr. Terry Wahls will deliver three presentations at the University of Northern Iowa from 1 to 2:30 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, in Room 220 of the Schindler Education Center on the UNI campus.

Dr. Wahls is a clinical professor at the University of Iowa. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which required her to be in a wheelchair for four years. She restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain. She is a pioneering and nationally recognized researcher with multiple publications on how food and exercise influence health and wellness, including several books about the uses and benefits of a paleo lifestyle for those with autoimmune conditions.

Dr. Wahls’ third presentation from 7:30 to 9 p.m., titled “Radical Healing: Drugs Not Required,” is open to the public. In this presentation, Dr. Wahls will discuss how diet and lifestyle changes can alleviate health risks and how changes to her own diet and lifestyle helped her regain the functionality to bike to work almost every day and stop using a wheelchair. 

For more information, contact Rodney Dieser, professor of kinesiology, allied health and human services, at 319-273-7775 or rodney.dieser@uni.edu

April 5, 2017 - 2:49pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Each spring, the University of Northern Iowa selects distinguished graduates to participate in the Alumni in Residence program. These accomplished alumni return to campus to speak with students about their professional experiences and help them make connections between what they learn in the classroom and practice in the professional realm. The selected alumni also meet with faculty groups to discuss current trends and issues in the workplace, tour campus and visit with student organizations about how extracurricular experiences can open doors during their job search. In addition to student and faculty discussions, the alumni are invited to attend a joint breakfast hosted by the UNI Alumni Association and UNI Foundation.

Each college coordinates the selection of alumni participants for their Alumni in Residence experience. The 2017 class includes:

College of Business Administration

- Finance: Mark Funk ‘00, managing director, Northwest Mutual

- Marketing: Lee Grimes ’87, assistant vice president - automotive, Automotive Union Pacific Railroad (Omaha, Nebraska)

- Economics: Jerry Ripperger ’87, vice president - consulting, Principal Financial Group

- Management Information Systems: Kai Stark ’01, purchasing manager, Frontier Natural Products Coop

- Accounting: Kelly Larson ’95, CFO, Summit Brewing Company (Eagan, Minnesota)

 

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

- History: Cynthia Sweet ’07, executive director, Iowa Museum Association

- Political Science: Jason Harrington ’94, president & CEO, Lakes Regional Healthcare

- Textiles & Apparels: Jon Weiland ’10, designer, Target (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

- Psychology: Angela Carnahan ’99, consultant - program & change enablement, Nationwide Mutual Insurance

- Criminology and Social Work: Ken Kolthoff ’88, director, Department of Corrections - Iowa 1st Judicial District

 

College of Humanities Arts & Sciences

- Mathematics: Kamilla Svajgl ’00, partner and director of hedge fund operations, Milliman (Chicago, Illinois)

- Earth & Environmental Sciences: Jennifer Erich ’96, commercial advisor - equity management, Exxon Mobile (Houston, Texas)

- Physics: Noah Podolefsky ’00 ’08, post-doctoral research associate, Department of Physics, University of Colorado-Boulder

- Biology: Susann Ahrabi-Fard ’91’96, communicable disease epidemiologist, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (Madison, Wisconsin)

- Chemistry and Biochemistry: Michael Jarosh ’03, associate scientist. Amgen (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

- Languages & Literatures: Scott Slechta ’90, English teacher and department head, Fairfield High School

- Philosophy & World Religions: James Svajgl ’01, Partner, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Law Firm (Chicago, Illinois)

- Communications Studies: Roxanne Heimann ’05, ’07, instructor, University of Northern Iowa

For more information, contact Amy Mohr, associate director of Alumni Relations, at 319-273-3094 or amy.mohr@uni.edu.

April 3, 2017 - 9:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will present a traveling exhibit titled “Doctors and Nurses as Rescuers in Humanitarian Crises” through May 1.

“Doctors and Nurses as Rescuers in Humanitarian Crises” is a 16-panel exhibit which profiles a doctor, nurse or small team who used their medical training and skills to perform rescue on behalf of large numbers of people threatened by humanitarian crisis, usually in the context of armed conflict. The panels are arranged chronologically beginning in the late 19th century and continuing up to the present. The exhibit will be made available for display in medical schools, teaching hospitals and state medical association headquarters. The inaugural exhibit will open at Des Moines University. 

The exhibit was developed by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and was made possible through a gift in the name of Drs. Melville and Judith Finklestein of Cedar Falls. For more information, contact Stephen J. Gaies, director of UNI CHGE, at 319-273-3870, stephen.gaies@uni.edu or visit www.facebook.com/unichge.

March 31, 2017 - 11:59am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its upcoming cohort degree programs beginning in the summer of 2017 and leading to a Master of Arts in Mathematics for the Middle Grades (4 through 8), Secondary Teaching or Community College Teaching.

The Secondary Teaching and Community College Teaching programs are designed to incorporate a dynamic relationship between theory and practice, and focus on the development of teachers as reflective practitioners and teacher leaders. The Middle Grades program is built around a core foundation of strategies that include teaching and learning mathematics, implementing programs, understanding school mathematics goals and providing leadership in bringing about change.

Program graduate Allysen Lovstuen stated, “UNI’s graduate program had a strong, positive influence on me as a teacher. The courses helped me step out of the day-to-day routine of the classroom and really evaluate the choices I was making as a teacher. Forming connections with colleagues throughout the state was another great benefit.”

The programs are designed in a way that encourages teachers and university faculty to work together as professional colleagues, fostering mutual support to grow and take risks. Program content, understandings and experiences are directly and explicitly linked to the world of practice. 

These M.A. degrees will be earned at a distance with courses delivered online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning environment. Some summer courses may require limited on-campus attendance in addition to eLearning. Courses begin in the summer of 2017 using a cohort model in which groups of students move through the course sequence together, with the degree to be awarded in the summer of 2019. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/mathematics-ma. 

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education at the University of Northern Iowa, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-7206 or 800-648-3864.

March 31, 2017 - 12:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa’s Continuing and Distance Education is now accepting applications through April 24 for a Master of Arts degree program in Teaching English in Secondary Schools (TESS), scheduled to begin summer 2017. This program is designed primarily for Iowa middle-level and secondary teachers, including dual credit teachers.

Courses in this program are offered in the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing on Wednesday evenings. Some courses and coursework are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system, and two courses each summer include in-person instruction at UNI. 

“Our students testify to the benefits of the on-campus dimension of the program. They become closely bonded and it greatly enriches their experience,” said Anne Myles, associate professor and coordinator of graduate studies in English. “Graduates of the TESS MA program are leaders in the Iowa Council of Teachers of English and in their districts throughout the state.”

The program begins this summer using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree awarded in the fall of 2019. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/tess.

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-2121 or 800-648-3864.

March 31, 2017 - 12:01pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Education (MAE) or Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) in Principalship programs that are scheduled to begin in fall 2017. These two-year programs are designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as pre-K through 12 principals or supervisors of special education.

Two course sequence paths are offered to meet unique leadership needs. The All-Iowa sequence focuses on school leadership in Iowa’s suburban and rural school districts. The Urban Education Network (UEN) sequence, developed with Iowa’s UEN member districts, addresses issues facing urban education.

“We are really proud of our school leadership preparation programs here at the University of Northern Iowa,” said program coordinator Susan Alborn-Yilek. “Our faculty and staff members are committed to ensuring our graduate students have an exceptional experience and are prepared school leaders upon completion of the program.”

Courses in these programs are offered one night per week during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing. Some courses are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system, and the first summer session includes a short on-campus experience.

The program begins this fall using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree or certificate to be awarded in the summer of 2019. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/principalship.

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-7740 or 800-648-3864.

March 31, 2017 - 12:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host guest artist Xiaoting Wang from Monday, April 3, through Tuesday, April 11, as part of its celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Month. Wang will give a demonstration at CME’s First Friday event from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 7, in the Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

Wang is a Chinese artist, playwright and journalist. He is also the father of UNI faculty member Penny Wang. Wang will work with the Rod Library, CME and student groups from Des Moines and Cedar Falls High School during his visit.

Wang’s visit is sponsored by the CME, Office of International Programs and Rod Library. For more information, contact Jenny Murphy, secretary for CME, at 319-273-7347 or jenny.murphy@uni.edu

March 29, 2017 - 10:45am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Institute for Youth Leaders will host Miklos Banhidi at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6, in Room 252 of the Wellness and Recreation Center on the UNI campus.

Banhidi will be the featured speaker for the 2017 McElroy Scholar Lecture. His presentation is titled “Supporting Youth Activities on both a Global and Local Level.” Banhidi serves as a faculty member and head of the Recreation and Health Promotion program at Széchenyi István University in Győr, Hungary.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Theodora Jn Baptiste, research associate for the Institute for Youth Leaders, at jnbataa@uni.edu.

March 28, 2017 - 9:08am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Holocaust survivor Peter Gorog will present at the 9th Annual Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, in John Deere Auditorium in the Curris Business Building on the UNI campus.

Peter Gorog was born Péter Grünwald in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, on March 10, 1941. When German forces invaded Hungary in March 1944. Peter and his mother Olga first found refuge with a Christian friend. Just a few days later, a neighbor denounced Olga and Peter. Olga was jailed, but escaped two days later, and the family moved into an apartment safeguarded by Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. In October 1944, threatened with a new round of terror, they fled to the Budapest ghetto, where they lived with Peter’s grandparents, two aunts and a cousin in a one-bedroom apartment. They spent most of their time in the basement during the frequent Allied air raids. In January 1945, the Soviet Army liberated Budapest.

Peter grew up in communist Hungary and changed his family name in 1962 from Grünwald to Gorog in fear of anti-Semitic discrimination. He earned a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and later participated in the design of the first Hungarian-made computer. In 1980 he defected to the United States, where he worked on various NASA projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope until his retirement in 2014.

The lecture series is funded by the Norman Cohn family and organized by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE). Norman Cohn is a native of Waterloo and a graduate of Iowa State Teachers College, known today as UNI. The event is free and open to the public. Peter Gorog’s visit is taking place under the auspices of the Office of Survivor Affairs of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Stephen J. Gaies, director of UNI CHGE, at 319-273-3870, stephen.gaies@uni.edu or visit www.facebook.com/unichge.

March 28, 2017 - 9:10am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Grout Museum District and UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will present “Facing Prejudice” and “Dr. Seuss Wants You” from April 4 through June 3 at the Grout Museum of History and Science located at 503 South St. in Waterloo.

“Facing Prejudice” encourages viewers to constructively examine the complexities of prejudice and stereotypes that reside in everyone. This unique exhibition takes viewers on a journey with questions, personal insights and factual statements that challenge and empower them to fight for understanding and tolerance in their everyday lives. This exhibit was a collaborative effort between the University of Cincinnati and UNI CHGE.

“Dr. Seuss Wants You” is an original exhibit that explores unexpected elements of the writing of Dr. Seuss, including examinations of often-ignored issues that confronted Americans during periods of war, such as isolationism, racism, anti-Semitism and willingness to appease. UNI CHGE created the exhibits for “Dr. Seuss Wants You.”

For more information, contact Stephen J. Gaies, director of UNI CHGE, at 319-273-3870, stephen.gaies@uni.edu or visit www.facebook.com/unichge.

March 28, 2017 - 9:15am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the 2017 State of Iowa Physics Competition from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, at the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

Participating high school students qualified at the regional competitions and represent the top teams from Area Education Agencies across the state. The competition is a series of five events that promote creativity, ingenuity and an understanding of physics-related ideas, and is intended to stimulate and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Events will include catapult, mouse trap car, toothpick bridge, soda straw arm and solving a challenge problem.

For more information about the competition, contact Larry Escalada, professor in the Department of Physics, at 319-273-2431 or lawrence.escalada@uni.edu.

March 28, 2017 - 9:19am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Community Music School will present Camp Musicmania 2017 from June 12 to 16 in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. Camp Musicmania is a multifaceted fine arts camp whose primary purpose is to engage campers in the excitement of exploring music, drama and art. The theme for the camp will be “Rockin’ Rhythms.” Campers will be divided into two age divisions with age appropriate activities. Students will also be grouped according to their grade level for all camp classes.  

The younger age division (K through 3/fall 2017) classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. daily. Cost is $130 per student. Activities include singing, dancing, piano and art. All activities will be showcased in the younger age division Parents and Friends Performance on the final day of camp.

The older age division (fourth through ninth grades/fall 2017) classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily. Cost is $160 per student. Activities include singing, drumming, drama, art and rehearsals for the camp musical that will also be presented on the final day of camp. 

The cost for each age division includes snacks and a camp t-shirt. All campers should bring a sack lunch. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 17.  Early enrollment is strongly encouraged. Early bird discounts on registration are available until Monday, April 17. Camp Musicmania 2017 registration is available at www.unisonmusicmakers.com/camp-musicmania-registration.html.

For more registration and scholarship information, contact Heather Hamilton, director of the UNI Community Music School, at 319-273-2142 or heather.hamilton@uni.edu.  

March 28, 2017 - 4:11pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will rededicate its renovated Schindler Education Center at 3 p.m., Friday, March 31, in the Dr. Ken Budke Family Auditorium in the Schindler Education Center on the UNI campus.

UNI’s College of Education prepares teachers to educate, serve and lead classrooms in the 21st century with innovative facilities for student-centered learning. The renovation of the Schindler Education Center features technologically enhanced classrooms that encourage collaboration between students, faculty and staff to positively shape the future of education.

Schindler Education Center renovation highlights:

- Outdated classrooms and lecture halls have been replaced with more flexible and collaborative learning spaces.

- Chalkboards have been swapped out for interactive television monitors and other active learning technologies to enhance the student experience.

- The redesigned education center includes the HNI Corporation Instructional Resources and Technology Services where students can utilize different lesson plans, curriculum, reference materials and technology to develop meaningful classroom learning experiences.

- The renovation also incorporated new sustainability features that will allow the building to be 32 percent more energy efficient than before the remodel, which would lead to an estimated annual savings of $184,000 each year in reduced operating costs.

"The college has been transformed into a vibrant, modern learning environment – inspiring collaboration, strengthening a sense of community and heralding a new beginning for preparing teacher educators," said Gaëtane Jean-Marie, dean of the College of Education.

This event is free and open to the public. Tours and refreshments will follow the program. Parking is available in the Latham Field lot and across 23rd St. in the Campbell B lot. For more information, contact pres-events@uni.edu or 319-273-2566.

March 27, 2017 - 9:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Ann Wilson, half of the power duo and creative spark behind of the 70’s hard rock group Heart, will perform at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 21.

All of the songs that make up the essence of Ann Wilson will be on display including Heart songs, songs from Wilson’s solo projects and songs that have influenced and inspired Wilson throughout her life.

Wilson’s solo tour follows the release of Heart’s critically acclaimed “Beautiful Broken” album in 2016 and summer headlining tour with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick, along with Heart solo shows before and after the tour.

“Heart is always evolving, changing,” Wilson said. “It is a living organism. Right now it’s in a cocoon of metamorphosis, and we will see what emerges when the time is right.”

Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, April 6. Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn may purchase tickets at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 4. Ticket prices begin at $38. For more information, visit gbpac.com or call 319-273-4849. 

March 27, 2017 - 10:05am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Community Music School will present Camp Musicmania 2017 from June 12 to 16 in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. Camp Musicmania is a multifaceted fine arts camp whose primary purpose is to engage campers in the excitement of exploring music, drama and art. The theme for the camp will be “Rockin’ Rhythms.” Campers will be divided into two age divisions with age appropriate activities. Students will also be grouped according to their grade level for all camp classes.  

The younger age division (K through 3/fall 2017) classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. daily. Cost is $130 per student. Activities include singing, dancing, piano and art. All activities will be showcased in the younger age division Parents and Friends Performance on the final day of camp. 

The older age division (fourth through ninth grades/fall 2017) classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily. Cost is $160 per student. Activities include singing, drumming, drama, art and rehearsals for the camp musical that will also be presented on the final day of camp. 

The cost for each age division includes snacks and a camp t-shirt. All campers should bring a sack lunch. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 17.  Early enrollment is strongly encouraged. Early bird discounts on registration are available until Monday, April 17. Camp Musicmania 2017 registration is available at www.unisonmusicmakers.com/camp-musicmania-registration.html.

For more registration and scholarship information, contact Heather Hamilton, director of the UNI Community Music School, at 319-273-2142 or heather.hamilton@uni.edu.  

March 27, 2017 - 11:39am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Organization will be honoring local nonprofits at the 13th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus. The luncheon will recognize the outstanding contributions of local nonprofits, nonprofit leaders and UNI faculty and staff. Amanda Goodman from KWWL TV will be the master of ceremonies.

Awards available are Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year; Koob Award for Collaboration; Nonprofit Board Member of the Year; Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership; New Nonprofit Employee of the Year, who will receive a one-year Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association membership; Legacy; Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year, who receives a $1,000 gift from the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Veridian Community Engagement Fellows will also be recognized at this event.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a program of UNI's division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services. It is a national certification and credentialing program that works to strengthen the nonprofit sector with a talented and prepared workforce.

Contact Kristina Kofoot at 319-273-4507 or kofoot@uni.edu to RSVP for the event. Please include the name/s of attendee/s, organization of attendee/s (if applicable), and any dietary restrictions. Ticket prices are $35 for an individual ticket, $120 for a half table of four people and $240 for a full table of eight people.

For more information, contact Julianne Gassman, director of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, at 319-273-2204 or julianne.gassman@uni.edu.

March 23, 2017 - 9:08am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Presidential Scholars are hosting the Panthers for Pages book drive through Monday, April 3. The goal of the drive is to collect books and funds to purchase books for the Waterloo Community School District through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Waterloo.

Drop-off locations for the book drive include:

  • Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls
  • Farmer’s State Bank, West 1st St. & Hudson Rd., Cedar Falls
  • Lincoln Savings Bank, Viking Rd., Cedar Falls
  • Lincoln Savings Bank, Washington St., Cedar Falls
  • Cedar Heights Presbyterian, Rainbow Dr., Cedar Falls
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Kimball Ave., Waterloo
  • Waterloo Public Library, Commercial St., Waterloo
  • Rotary Club of Waterloo, Commercial St., Waterloo
  • KPTY 107.3 The Party, Jefferson St., Waterloo
  • Waverly Public Library, West Bremer Ave., Waverly

Students in the district will be able to take donated books home and keep them in addition to reading the books at school. The group is also accepting monetary donations at drop-off sites as well as online at tinyurl.com/Panthersforpages. The group is specifically looking for books directed at the fourth grade reading level and up, but titles for children of all ages are accepted.

For more information, contact Madeline Sullivan at sullimag@uni.edu.

March 22, 2017 - 9:29am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – “The Voiceless,” a documentary that features the stories of five male survivors of sexual violence, will be screened at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Vanessa McNeal, a graduate student in the UNI Department of Social Work, produced the film. The documentary explores taboos, stereotypes, intersectionality and the impact of sexual violence on male survivors. A panel discussion with McNeal and subjects from the film will follow the screening.

“The Voiceless” was co-produced by PLVTO Productions and was funded by the Iowa Board of Regents, Office of the Provost, Center for Violence Prevention, and Heart and Solutions, with support from UNI Student Wellness Services, Riverview Center and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

For more information, contact McNeal at mcnealv@uni.edu.

March 22, 2017 - 9:35am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Technology will host Kia Spande as part of the Alumni In Residence program from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 24, in Room 3 of the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center on the UNI campus.

Spande is a UNI manufacturing technology alumnus who has worked with General Motors for the past 25 years and currently serves as the plant manager for the Corvette facility. He will discuss his UNI experience, how it benefitted him throughout his career and the manufacturing processes used to produce the 2017 Z06 Corvette. Weather permitting, he may drive a 2017 Z06 Corvette to UNI and discuss its performance capabilities.

For more information, contact Sarah Pauls, marketing manager for the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, at 319-273-2817 or sarah.pauls@uni.edu.

March 21, 2017 - 9:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Upsilon Nu Iota chapter of Chi Sigma Iowa (CSI) international counseling honor society will hold its third annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 1. The event will start and finish at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.

The monetary donations collected for this event help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention allocate money toward educational programs, advocacy for public policy, research and support, and provide resources for individuals affected by suicide.

Registration will begin at 1 p.m., speakers will begin at 2 p.m. and the 3-mile walk will begin at 3 p.m. You can register as an individual walker, virtual walker or as a team at tinyurl.com/uniwalk17.

For more information about the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, contact Aubrey Davis at 563-422-7437 or outofthedarknessUNI@gmail.com.

March 21, 2017 - 10:56am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Graduate College will host its 10th annual Graduate Student Symposium on Tuesday, April 4. The symposium provides graduate students the opportunity to showcase innovative and diverse research and creative performances. Eighty-one graduate students and 35 graduate faculty judges are participating in this year's event.

2017 Graduate Student Symposium schedule:

- 9 a.m., Welcome from President Mark Nook, Maucker Union Ballroom

- 9:15 a.m., Alumni Panel, Maucker Union Ballroom; the focus of the panel is "UNI Graduate Education for the Greater Public Good"

- 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Poster Presentations, Maucker Union Ballroom; open for public viewing from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; judging is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

- Noon to 2:30 p.m., Creative Performances, Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall

- 1 to 4:30 p.m., Oral Presentations, Maucker Union Meeting Rooms

First place awards of up to $300 will be presented to students in each category. The awards will be presented at the annual graduate faculty meeting at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 27, in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit grad.uni.edu/graduate-student-symposium.

March 21, 2017 - 12:21pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – TheatreUNI will present “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m., Friday, April 21, and 2 p.m., Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

“Into the Woods,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is the fourth offering of TheatreUNI’s 2016-17 season. Jay Edelnant, professor of theatre, directed the production. Casting was completed in December 2016 and cast members are as follows:

  • Noah Hynick (Narrator)
  • Calli McCartan (Cinderella)
  • Patrick Hale (Jack)
  • Jessica Buchanan (Jack’s mother)
  • Mic Evans (The Baker)
  • Lauren VanSpeybroeck (The Baker’s Wife)
  • Erika Kuhn (Cinderella’s stepmother)
  • Taylor Raub (Florinda)
  • Hannah Miedema (Lucinda)
  • Erica Bailey (Little Red Riding Hood)
  • Leah Decker (Grandmother)
  • Marjorie Gast (The Witch)
  • Carlee Glenn (Cinderella’s Mother)
  • Jonathan Carpenter (Cinderella’s Father)
  • Dillon Bosler (Mysterious Man)
  • Carlos Cortes-Ortiz (The Steward)
  • Sam Wiegers (The Wolf)
  • Robin Kime (Rapunzel)
  • Michael Oasheim (Cinderella’s Prince)
  • Michael Alexander (Rapunzel’s Prince)
  • Rachel Winter (Snow White)
  • Lauren Leman (Sleeping Beauty)

Tickets range in price from $16-$46. Tickets can be purchased from the Gallagher Bluedorn box office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. The box office also opens one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6833, eric.lange@uni.edu, or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

March 21, 2017 - 1:59pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Communication Studies will host a launch party to commemorate the new digital media program from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 30, in Lang Hall Auditorium and the Digital Media facilities in Lang Hall on the UNI campus.

“The decision to launch this new program arose from recognizing the significant changes in the media industry, in the media production, journalism and media leadership professions,” said Paul Torre, assistant professor of communications studies. “The new digital media moniker reflects ongoing adjustments to our program and a commitment to be on the forefront of programs that prepare students for exciting careers in the media industry.”

The digital media program, formerly known as the electronic media program, will feature three majors: digital journalism, digital media leadership and digital media production. The digital media majors will combine creativity and innovation in digital media storytelling and leadership to prepare graduates for careers in the expanding digital media field.

The launch party will include displays and demonstrations from journalism, leadership and production, digital media studio tours, door prizes, music from KULT College Radio and refreshments. For more information, contact Torre at 319-273-6445 or paul.torre@uni.edu.

March 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are joining forces to impact current and future UNI students by participating in the #LivePurpleGiveGold Day of Giving on Wednesday, April 5.

This is the third year UNI has hosted a day of giving. This year's initiative will last 24 hours, beginning at midnight on Wednesday, April 5. Participation-based challenges will be announced throughout the day on April 5 and will be used to match gifts. A goal of 500 donors has also been issued for the day.

For more information, visit dayofgiving.uni.edu, and follow the #LivePurpleGiveGold hashtag.

March 10, 2017 - 9:07am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host an open house to reveal the renovated building and welcome the new director of the CME, Jamie Butler Chidozie, from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 23, at the CME on the UNI campus.

Chidozie received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching and master’s degree in higher education student affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. She served as the assistant director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education at Elon University before coming to UNI in February.

The event is free and open to the public; no RSVP is required. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jenny Murphy, secretary for the CME, at 319-273-2250 or jenny.murphy@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/cme.

March 10, 2017 - 9:23am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Department of Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa will present the 2017 Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 31, in the Lantz Auditorium of McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus.

This year’s lecture is titled “Fluid Adventures: Where Mathematics Meets Art” and will be presented by Rachel Levy, associate dean for faculty development and professor of math at Harvey Mudd College in California. Levy is also the vice president for education for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, founder of the Business, Industry and Government Math Network and the blog, “Grandma got STEM.” She was a recipient of the Mathematical Association of America’s Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The lecture will explore Levy’s work in fluidity for art and math through photographs and videos created by students in her fluidity course that explored the quantitative and aesthetic information about fluids.

For more information, contact the Department of Mathematics at 319-273-2631 or mathematics@uni.edu.  

March 7, 2017 - 9:17am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa is proud to announce this spring semester’s recipients of the O. Jay and Pat Tomson Student Internship and Verizon HopeLine™ “Making Iowa Safe” Scholarships.

The O. Jay and Pat Tomson scholarship is made available through a generous donation from the Tomson family to acknowledge student engagement with community agencies and partners providing prevention and victim services for individuals impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence. The Verizon HopeLine™ “Making Iowa Safe” Scholarship is made available to support the Center for Violence Prevention’s community engagement efforts by supporting student internships that address bullying and gender-based violence prevention.

Requirements and eligibility for the scholarships were judged on academic merit, verified enrollment as a full time UNI undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and engagement in an internship at an agency, non-profit organization, association or government agency with a focus on interpersonal violence prevention or victim services.

This year’s recipients are Morgan Holzer, Charles City, Iowa; Hannah Sedlacek, Spirit Lake, Iowa; MacKenzie Whelan, Waterloo, Iowa; Lindsey Suits, Waverly, Iowa; and Shelby Schreck, Hazleton, Iowa.

Student award winners will participate in a scholarship recipient reception and present on internship experiences and learner outcomes at the end of April. For more information, contact Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention, at 319-273-3545 or alan.heisterkamp@uni.edu.

March 7, 2017 - 2:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Dance Marathon raised $453,278 during their 6th Annual Big Event on Saturday, March 4, exceeding their goal of $400,000. This year’s fundraising total makes UNI Dance Marathon the top Dance Marathon fundraising program in the country for schools with less than 12,000 undergraduate students.

Dance Marathon

UNI Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropy program at UNI. The organization strives to provide hope and comfort for families with children facing life-threatening illnesses by raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and hosting events that engage students and the community. Since 2012, UNI Dance Marathon has raised over $1,436,000 for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

To learn more about UNI Dance Marathon, visit www.unidancemarathon.com or contact Abigail Cornett, director of public relations for UNI Dance Marathon, at 563-349-4279 or publicrelations@unidancemarathon.com.

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