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November 17, 2017 - 9:29am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has partnered with RaiseMe, an online platform and mobile app used by over 250 colleges and universities and more than 800,000 students nationwide, that allows students to earn scholarship dollars based on their achievements throughout high school. Iowa resident students who have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above and demonstrate financial need from their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) have the opportunity to earn up to a maximum of $500 per year, and $2,000 if renewed for four years.

As part of this partnership, local high school students with financial need who complete either the CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) Program at Cedar Falls High School or the CTE (Career Technical Education) Pathways Program at Waterloo Schools can earn $250 (up to $1,000 over four years) through UNI’s program on RaiseMe. Current high school seniors must complete their profile and follow UNI on RaiseMe and submit their application for admission and FAFSA to UNI by the Dec. 1 earning deadline.

"We love this partnership with UNI," said Jane Lindaman, superintendent of Waterloo Schools. "Our students will get critical support they need to focus on college and its costs. When students see themselves as future college students, whether at 1, 2 or 4-year institutions, it sets them on a path to becoming successful college students. We appreciate this support for our students, and we are especially grateful for the partnership with the Waterloo Career Center."

"We thank the University of Northern Iowa for this great opportunity for our students," said Ethan Wiechmann, Cedar Falls CAPS lead instructor. "This type of commitment from UNI shows the importance and impact of a CAPS experience. CAPS is an amazing program, which changes students’ lives through passion and purpose. UNI's continued support and recognition of the CAPS program as a host site and through scholarship dollars will have a great impact on students in the Cedar Valley."

Recognizing that some students may not demonstrate financial need, all CAPS and CTE Pathways completers will receive at least $250 (up to $1,000 if renewed for four years) if they enroll at UNI. Students must submit their application for admission and scholarship application to UNI by Jan. 15 and must identify on UNI’s scholarship application that they will be a CAPS or CTE Pathways completer.  

"These local students are going above and beyond in their high school studies," said Matt Kroeger, associate vice president for enrollment management at UNI. "These programs attract a diverse array of students from the Cedar Valley and both are helping prepare for their future in a big way. We want to honor their work and preparation for future success, as students and citizens.” 

For more information about RaiseMe and to follow UNI's RaiseMe profile, visit finaid.uni.edu/raiseme.

November 17, 2017 - 9:43am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s New Horizons Band will perform a fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11, 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 holiday sing-along led by Abby and Travis Turpin, and selections featuring the UNI Euphonium studio. The UNI Biscotti 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 Heather Hamilton, director of the Community Music School, at 319-273-2142.

November 13, 2017 - 3:47pm

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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 Thursday, Dec. 7, through Saturday, Dec. 16. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, in the south lobby of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB).

Christina Carver of Chicago, Illinois, will present a sculpture exhibition. Carver's artist statement is as follows: "As an African-American woman, my hair has served as a form of rebellion, expression and individuality. My work utilizes hair and hair-related accoutrements as medium to deconstruct social norms surrounding identity, beauty, sexuality and cultural legacy."

Caylin Jayde of Ogden will present an exhibition titled "Invasions in the Anthropocene." She states, "Through painting I disrupt the surface of an image to accentuate beauty and distort reality as a means to question and comment on the corruption and loss of native ecosystems. My work centers on the relationship between humanity and nature with this series focusing primarily on species invasion and the threatened ecosystem of the Iowa prairie."

Nick Lyle Hall of Cedar Falls will present an exhibition that includes printmaking, painting, sculpture and installation art. Influenced by skateboard culture, urban development, weather, aging and litter, the artist collaborates with the environment and found objects to create works that cherish material abandoned by a highly consumerist society.

James Lange of Davenport is presenting an exhibition titled "Color; Space." He states, "I consider myself a process-heavy painter, primarily concerned with color, linear perspective and illusion. My paintings materialize as hard-edged architectural structures in 'color field' landscapes that address and obscure pictorial and illusory space."

In addition to these student exhibits, the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition "Propaganda?: Truth, Lies & Spin in Art" will remain on view in the gallery during this time. Co-curated by Charles M. Adelman and gallery director Darrell Taylor, the exhibition features powerful artwork by George Grosz, Käthe Kollwitz, Robert Indiana and Jack Bender.

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 uni.edu/art/gallery.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

November 9, 2017 - 2:24pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa- In celebration of International Education Week, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will host “A Taste of Culture.” This event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, in the Commons Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

“A Taste of Culture” allows visitors to try food from cultures all around the world. There will be food samples, music/dances, door prizes, and students representing more than 22 countries.

Along with “A Taste of Culture,” International Education Week will also include:

  • Where Have You been?—noon to 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, Maucker Union in front of Chats
  • Study Abroad informative table—11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, Maucker Union 
  • "You’re Welcome Here: What Does It Mean to Us?" student panel—1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, Center for Multicultural Education
  • International Coffee Hour—3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, Maucker Union, Room 113
  • Islamophonbia: How to Contend with It as It Rises Under Current Political Situation—5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, Maucker Union Ballroom C

For more information, contact Isabela Varela, director of the International Student and Scholars Office, at 319-273-6421 or isabela.varela@uni.edu.

November 9, 2017 - 2:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa- The University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education is hosting three AmeriCorps state and national programs this year. Two programs, Land and Water Stewards AmeriCorps and Sustainable Schools AmeriCorps, are new efforts to strengthen Iowans and the environment.

Since 2009, Green Iowa AmeriCorps has been helping Iowans become more energy efficient through residential energy efficiency services, environmental education and community outreach. The program targets low-income, elderly, veteran and disabled communities who are most vulnerable to high utility bills and can benefit directly. There are seven locations in Iowa, including Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Decorah, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fairfield and Iowa City. Each location hosts five members, totaling 35 AmeriCorps members spread across the state.

The new Land and Water Stewards AmeriCorps program consists of four full-time members working closely with partners in the Cedar Valley on large-scale projects related to storm water initiatives in urban settings. Members are conducting education and outreach related to native prairie habitats, pesticide free lawns, water quality testing and rain gardens. The program will involve a large summer component engaging 24 college-age students, including many UNI students, in hands-on projects, service learning and leadership training.

Sustainable Schools AmeriCorps is placing a total of 10 members in five Iowa school districts to act as sustainability coordinators focused on reducing energy use and integrating environmental education and outreach opportunities among students. School districts include Dubuque, Dubuque Holy Family, South Tama, Waverly-Shell Rock and Davis County Community School Districts.

The Center for Energy and Environmental Education is proud to be an environmental stewardship hub for national service in the state of Iowa. The continued support from funders and partners makes this type of expansion and growth possible. To learn more about programs to partner with or become a member, contact Ashley Craft, Green Iowa AmeriCorps program director, at greeniowadirector@gmail.com. For more information on Green Iowa AmeriCorps and their program services, visit www.greeniowaamericorps.org

November 8, 2017 - 9:20am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa College of Education has a reputation of preparing UNI students for success in teaching professions. To uphold this excellence, the College of Education will provide UNI students with Leader in Me certification. To achieve this certification, UNI students will learn to empower their future classrooms and become better candidates for teaching positions through a two-day training.

The Leader in Me program focuses on Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” In elementary schools, implementation of Leader in Me is foundational with educators helping students identify their gifts and talents. As students progress through school, they learn how to apply the seven habits and develop as leaders in their classroom and school.

This project needs your help to add value to UNI students’ education. Learn more and contribute to this project today to make an impact on the lives of UNI students by visiting pawprint.uni.edu.

 

November 2, 2017 - 11:45am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – TheatreUNI will present "Mother Courage and Her Daughters," an adaptation of "Mother Courage and Her Children" by Bertolt Brecht, at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 29through Dec. 1, and at 2 p.m., Dec. 2, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"Mother Courage" follows the armies of a never-ending war with her wagon of goods, convinced that she alone, of all people, can survive the conflict unharmed. With her three daughters in tow, she haggles, sells and cheats. As the course of the wars continue, she begins to learn the true price of battle and what it takes to endure. This production, adapted by assistant professor of performance Matthew Weedman, is a relevant, exciting take on one of the great classics of theatre.

"Mother Courage and Her Daughters" is the second offering of TheatreUNI’s 2017-18 season. The production is directed by Matthew James Weedman, assistant professor of performance. Scenic design is by Mark Parrott, associate professor of design, and costume design is by Jenn Sheshko Wood, assistant professor of design and production. Lighting design is by Scott Olinger, and sound design is by Almeda Beynon. The production stage manager is Madison Knaack.

Tickets are $16 for adults and free for UNI students with their UNI ID card. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time.

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

 

November 1, 2017 - 2:05pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for the Superintendency Advanced Studies Certificate program scheduled to begin January 2018. The two-year program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a superintendent or AEA administrator.

Courses included in this program are performance-based, minimize student class time and maximize on-site skill development while working with a lead mentor and mentors with special expertise. The program offers hands-on experience through an internship where work products and skills are developed.

“The program focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as a superintendent in Iowa schools,” says program coordinator Denise Schares. “Courses are taught by experienced administrators and an extensive internship is included, providing opportunities for students to engage in authentic leadership experiences.”

The degree consists of 33 units of credit, which 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 certificate to be awarded in the fall of 2019. Courses are offered primarily online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser, in addition to interactive video conferencing. Summer sessions include a short on-campus experience.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/superintendency. Applications received by Nov. 10 will receive full consideration. 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.

October 27, 2017 - 3:27pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Interpreters Theatre will present “Genuine Cigarettes” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, in the Interpreters Theatre in 040 Lang Hall.

Ian, a 24-year-old alcoholic and college dropout, sits at the local hole-in-the-wall bar. During his time there he interacts with the various patrons discussing everything from cigarettes and vaping to an existential crisis. Written by Kelso Breitsprecher, “Genuine Cigarettes” is a dramatic one-act play that aims to say the dark things that everyone knows, but no one talks about.

The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. This production contains mature language and situations. New this year, you can reserve your tickets through Eventbrite. Tickets will be passed out on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Amandajean Freking Nolte at 319-273-3793 or amandajean.nolte@uni.edu.

October 25, 2017 - 10:05am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Violence Prevention has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Verizon HopeLine® in support of the organization’s Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program.

"This generous gift from Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine Program supports our efforts across the state of Iowa to partner closely with school and community leaders to challenge social norms that support violence and abuse. Our mission is to create safe and respectful school environments, homes and neighborhoods for everyone," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention.

MVP is a widely acclaimed leadership program that motivates both men and women to play a central role in preventing gender violence. It inspires leadership by equipping teenage individuals with tools to effect change in their peer cultures, as well as with younger students.

“We are proud to support an organization like the Center for Violence Prevention,” said Domenico D'Ambrosio, president of Verizon Wireless in Iowa. “HopeLine has been a passion for Verizon Wireless for almost 15 years, and we are proud to help play a role in ending domestic violence in our communities.” 

Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs across the country.

For more information on the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Violence Prevention, visit cvp.uni.edu/

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION

The mission of the Center for Violence Prevention is to build the capacity of institutions of higher education, K through 12 schools, victim service agencies, law enforcement and the criminal justice system to implement violence prevention and evaluation strategies in collaboration with state, family and community partners.

ABOUT VERIZON WIRELESS’ HOPELINE PROGRAM

Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs across the country. HopeLine started in 2001 because they believe they have the network, technology and people to help make a difference. Verizon has a longstanding commitment to ending domestic violence in the communities where people live and work.

Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless carrier. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and nonprofit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

October 25, 2017 - 10:18am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Waterloo Writing Project (WWP) began in 2015 with the goal of supporting young creatives of all ages K through 12. Students from Waterloo and surrounding areas meet on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. to collaborate and grow as writers and communicators.

As a special project this year, the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa has asked the WWP to review shows in the 2017-18 Artist Series. As part of the collaboration, the Writing Project sends students accompanied by a volunteer to observe and write about different parts of their experience. Gallagher Bluedorn marketing manager, Blake Argotsinger, says, “We try to give them a full picture of the live event. We’ve sent them back stage for meet and greets, sat them in the Gold Zone and also the last row of the gallery. They come for the pre-show events and watch the performances start to finish. We want them to experience everything.”

The students have reviewed five shows to date this season. “The reviews have been wonderful. They are authentic and showcase the experience from a different viewpoint than we’re used too. Some of them have even noted things for us to improve on, which we welcome! We want a full review,” said Argotsinger. Co-founder and director of the Waterloo Writing Project, Alyssa Bruecken, comments on the collaboration, “This has been a truly great experience for WWP students. We feel even more a part of the community as writers!”

Student reviews from these events can be found at waterloowritingproject.com/#/collabs or on the Gallagher Bluedorn Facebook page at facebook.com/gbpac.

If you would like to get involved with or learn more about the Waterloo Writing Project, visit their website at waterloowritingproject.com.

For more information about the Gallagher Bluedorn, visit gbpac.com or contact Argotsinger at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

October 19, 2017 - 10:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter, in collaboration with students from the biology, physics and earth science departments, will host their annual "Halloween House" from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The activities are intended for children, and costumes are encouraged.

Students will be performing Halloween-themed science demonstrations and supervising hands-on activities in rooms such as "Witches’ Lair," "Frankenstein's Lab," "Creepy Crawlies" and "Triassic Terrors."

"This is a family-friendly fun-filled evening that is guaranteed to get people of all ages excited about Halloween and science," said Katherine Plotzke, co-president of the American Chemical Society student chapter.

“Come enjoy some spooky chemistry at the UNI Halloween House – there is color, there is fire, what more can you want?” said Dmytro Kravchuk, vice president of the American Chemical Society student chapter.

"Halloween House" is organized by the UNI student chapter of the American Chemical Society, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, the UNI Physics Club, the Gamma Sigma Chapter of the Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, UNI Pre-Med Club and UNI STEM Ambassadors. The event encompasses STEM activities.

“Our students really enjoy showing the children and other visitors why they are interested in science and explaining to them the science behind these exciting demonstrations,” said Colin Weeks, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

For additional information, contact Collin Weeks, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-2805 or colin.weeks@uni.edu, or Martin Chin, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-7898 or martin.chin@uni.edu.

 

October 16, 2017 - 2:59pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for its Teaching English in Secondary Schools (TESS) Master of Arts degree program, scheduled to begin January 2018. This program is designed for middle and high school teachers (including dual credit teachers), offering high-quality courses taught by faculty who excel in teaching and scholarship.

“The MA in TESS helps develop teacher-leaders in English for Iowa and beyond. Coursework, projects and individual research all engage students in issues and approaches that apply directly to the classroom,” says program coordinator Anne Myles. “Recent TESS members have praised the program as life-changing and often say they gain as much from the collaborative relationships they establish with other teachers in the cohort as they do from the classes themselves.”

The program includes coursework and instruction in the areas of English education and pedagogy, writing practice and pedagogy, literature study and classroom research strategies/methodologies.

The degree consists of 33 units of credit, which can be earned in seven 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 awarded in the fall of 2020. Courses are offered using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system, and online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. The summer courses include a maximum of one week of in-person instruction on UNI’s campus.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/tess. Applications received by Nov. 1 will receive full consideration. 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.

October 13, 2017 - 3:55pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Friends of the University of Northern Iowa Museum will present the fourth presentation of a new lecture series, the Rural Schoolhouse Speakers. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Marshall Center School at 2301 Indiana Street on the UNI campus.

The Rural Schoolhouse Speaker Series explores the era of the one-room schoolhouse in Iowa, including the history of rural schools, the teaching and learning experiences, and how the school building was once the heart and center of the community. The featured speaker for the fourth lecture is Diana Kruse from Lee County, Iowa. Kruse is completing her work on a book about the rural schoolhouses of Lee County. She has been happily accessing the records and collections held by the UNI Museum and Rod Library, which include student attendance and grade records, biographical information, photographs and objects. And, of course, information on UNI’s Marshall County School building on campus near the Schindler Education Center.

Other speakers in the series have included Bill Sherman, a prominent Humanities Iowa speaker, Jean Richardson from Cedar Falls and Marilyn Meyer of Clay County, Iowa. Friends of the UNI Museum is pleased to feature these treasures of our towns and communities in the year-long program hosted at our own historical schoolhouse on the UNI campus.

The series is free and open to the public. Free parking and handicapped accessibility is available. 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.

October 12, 2017 - 3:37pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Interpreters Theatre will present “In Real Life” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 28 and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29, in the Interpreters Theatre 040 Lang Hall.

Dive in to Coursegold with mythical beasts, dangerous quests and rapidly rising inflation. Anda and her in-game alter ego, Kali, join forces with rough-and-tumble Sarge to rid Coursegold of economy-ruining Gold Farmers. But an encounter with a Gold Farmer makes Anda question what she’s really fighting for. What happens when in-game because in real life?

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. This production contains mature language and situations. If you are new this year, you can reserve your tickets through Eventbrite. Tickets are first come, first serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Amandajean Freking Nolte at 319-273-3793 or amandajean.nolte@uni.edu.

October 5, 2017 - 10:42am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has named Andrew Morse as Assistant to the President for Board and Governmental Relations, pending official approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa (BOR). Morse is currently a consultant and project director for Keeling & Associates.

“Andrew comes to us very well-prepared for this position,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook. “I’m pleased and anxious to bring him on board and start the very important work of representing UNI at several levels.”

Andrew Morse

As Assistant to the President for Board and Governmental Relations, Morse will be responsible for providing strategic leadership for university and BOR interactions and serving as university coordinator for communication with the BOR office. He also will direct communications for the Office of the President and work with congressional delegations and their staffs and federal agencies. Nook said that Morse’s background in federal and board affairs, as well as higher education policy development, make him an excellent candidate for the position, and he likely will be able to hit the ground running.

Morse received his doctorate of higher education administration from the University of Tennessee, where he also completed his master’s in college student personnel. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UNI where he served as president of the Northern Iowa Student Government (2007-08). 

Prior to his current position at Keeling & Associations, he was director for policy research and advocacy for the NASPA's Research and Policy Institute for two years. Previous to that, he was the assistant director for academic and student affairs for the Board of Governors in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at the State University System of Florida.

Morse replaces Patricia Geadelmann who retired 18 months ago. His start date at UNI will be Oct. 10.

October 5, 2017 - 4:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Guatemalan/American filmmaker Luis Argueta will be featured in a number of events during his visits to the University of Northern Iowa and Cedar Valley Oct. 12 through 14. He will premiere the screening of his just-released film "The U Turn" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, in Sabin Hall, Room 002. The screening will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Argueta, producer Bea Gallardo, Judge Nathan Callahan and advocate/actress Claudia Rodríguez. 

Luis Argueta

Argueta will lead a teach-in on his filmmaking, his use of film to inspire social awareness and action, and various other topics from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 13, in Rod Library, Room 287. He will host a community screening of "The U Turn" at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Middle School, 3225 West 9th Street in Waterloo. Former residents of Postville, Iowa, who appeared in the film have been invited to be in the audience for this screening.

As a film director and producer, Argueta has been telling transnational immigrant stories since 1977. His film trilogy on immigration, "The Silence of Neto"—a coming-of-age story set in 1954 Cold-War Guatemala—was the first Guatemalan film internationally to be recognized and awarded. Argueta’s film trilogy on immigration, "abUSed: The Postville Raid" (2010), "ABRAZOS" (2014) and "The U Turn" (2017), brings into sharp focus the human face of immigrants, their resilience and a vision of communities that recognize the contributions immigrants make to American society. 

The Guardian listed Argueta as one of Guatemala’s "National Living Icons," alongside Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú and singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona. In August 2015, Argueta was awarded the Order of Quetzal in the degree of Grand Officer, the highest honor given by Guatemala.

Argueta’s visit is sponsored by the Dorothy Pearlman Finkel Memorial Film Series, Reninger Speaker Series, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE), Center for Violence Prevention, Sigma Delta Pi, UNI RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Support and Empowerment), College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and Women’s and Gender Studies. All events are free and open to the public. All events will be bilingual (English/Spanish), and interpreters will be available. 

For further information, see langlit.uni.edu/, facebook.com/unichge or facebook.com/UNIRISE, or contact Jennifer Cooley, head of the Department of Languages and Literatures, at 319-273-2821 or jennifer.cooley@uni.edu, or Stephen J. Gaies, director of CHGE, at 319-273-3870 or stephen.gaies@uni.edu.

October 4, 2017 - 3:06pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa, in collaboration with the City of Cedar Falls and the Cedar Falls Community School District, will host a tennis complex ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, on the corner of 19th Street and Campus Street, just east of the Nielsen Fieldhouse.

UNI, the City of Cedar Falls and the Cedar Falls Community School District collaborated to build the nine-court tennis complex, with a $500,000 grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association. This project will be shared between the three organizations and accommodate academic classes, the UNI men's and women's tennis clubs, UNI women's varsity team, City of Cedar Falls Youth Tennis Academy, the Cedar Falls High School JV and varsity teams, and general community drop-in use.

This event is free and open to the public. Members of UNI, the Cedar Falls Community School District and Cedar Falls Community will perform a first serve immediately following the program. All courts will also be open for tennis and pickle ball following the first serve. Parking is available in the "A" lot on the corner of 20th Street and Campus Street.

October 2, 2017 - 11:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The eighth annual Women in Politics Bipartisan Scholarship Benefit will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls. The event will feature keynote speaker Bonnie Campbell, Iowa's 32nd attorney general, former U.S. Department of Justice official and practicing attorney.

Campbell, who is a staunch supporter of women's freedom from violence, chaired the Iowa Democratic party for two years and became the first woman to do so. In 1990, she became Iowa's first female attorney general and authored one of the nation's first anti-stalking laws. In 1995, President Clinton appointed Campbell as the first director of the Office on Violence Against Women. She also became a leading spokesperson on international human rights and was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.

"We want to encourage women to get involved with politics and we try to help through scholarships," said Doris Kelley, co-chair of the benefit. 

The event will begin with a social time at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Women in Politics Scholarship at the University of Northern Iowa.

For more information about purchasing tickets for the benefit, contact Katrinka Carpenter, secretary for political science, at 319-273-2039 or katrinka.carpenter@uni.edu.

September 29, 2017 - 10:04am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present "Animal Rites" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Interpreters Theatre in 040 Lang Hall.  

"Animal Rites" is a one-man show by guest artist Christopher Collins, an instructor of communication studies at Louisiana State University, that brings the relationship between human and nonhuman animals to the forefront. 

"Animal Rites," based on the text by Cary Wolfe, weaves together prose, poetry and dramatic monologues in an attempt to highlight the way we discuss, theorize and perform our relationship to nonhuman animals. The show uses post-humanist theory to provide a “biting” social commentary on our animal rituals and their subsequent environmental impacts. If you have ever wondered, “Why do people dress up their dogs?” you many find "Animal Rites" perfect for your investigative appetite. 

The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. This production contains mature language and situations. New this year, you can reserve your tickets through Eventbrite. 

Tickets will be out on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m.; the doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Amandajean Freking Nolte, an instructor in the Department of Communication Studies, at 319-273-3793 or amandajean.nolte@uni.edu.

September 29, 2017 - 10:13am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) will co-host a Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Student Leadership Summit with Drake University on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Olmsted Center on the Drake University campus.

This summit is the first time UNI's CVP has partnered with another major university to bring MVP training to high school mentors. Students that participate will increase their knowledge and skills in facilitating and presenting to near-peer groups, promoting healthy relationships and gender equality, utilizing leadership activities in prevention, applying active bystander strategies and more.

"Student leaders play an integral role in the creation and sustainment of positive school culture," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute and UNI's CVP. "Given the opportunity, along with proper training and support, student leaders will positively impact peers' attitudes and behaviors and challenge social norms that support bullying and gender violence."

In addition to partnering with Drake University, other partners for the summit include the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Verizon®.

UNI's Center for Violence Prevention will also host the 3rd MVP Student Leadership Summit from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Gallagher Bluedorn and Maucker Union Ballroom on the UNI campus. The guest keynote speaker for the event will be Graham Goulden, chief inspector for the Scottish police and founder of MVP Scotland.

Partners for the summit at UNI include the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa Department of Public Health, Sigma Phi Epsilon and The Kind World Foundation.

For more information about these summits and the Center for Violence Prevention, visit cvp.uni.edu or contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or alan.heisterkamp@uni.edu.

September 27, 2017 - 9:38am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education will host the third annual Education Summit on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6 and 7, in Maucker Union. This year's theme is "Inclusive Praxis for 21st Century Education: Advocacy, Challenges and the Public Good."

Designed for teachers, university faculty, policymakers and other education stakeholders, UNI's 2017 Education Summit will explore the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century education. The summit will feature presentations, panels and dialogue sessions let by state, regional and national experts, including scholars and practitioners. Strands will include:

- Diversity and cultural competence

- Social-emotional learning

- Personalized and blended learning

- Community engagement and partnerships

Keynote speakers for the summit are LeDerick Horne and Lisa Delpit. Breakout session presenters will represent institutions of higher education in Iowa and nationwide, Iowa school districts and AEAs, and education policy organizations.

Labeled as neurologically impaired in third grade, Horne defies any and all labels. He is a dynamic spoken-word poet, a tireless advocate for all people with disabilities, an inspiring motivational speaker, a bridge-builder between learners and leaders across the U.S. and around the world, and an African-American husband and father who serves as a role model for all races, genders and generations. He regularly addresses an array of academic, government, social and business groups, including appearances at the White House, the United Nations, Harvard, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education and several state departments of education.

Delpit is the current Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is the former Executive Director/Eminent Scholar for the Center for Urban Education & Innovation at Florida International University, Miami. She is also the former holder of the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University, Atlanta. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she is a nationally and internationally known speaker and writer whose work has focused on the education of children of color and the perspectives, aspirations and pedagogy of teachers of color. Delpit’s work on school-community relations and cross-cultural communication contributed to her receiving a MacArthur “Genius” Award in 1990. In addition to being a keynote speaker for the summit, Delpit will also give a "fireside chat" from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Budke Auditorium in Schindler Education Center.

Registration for the 2017 Education Summit is open and available at edsummit.uni.edu/registration. The registration fee includes a reception on Monday, Nov. 6, continental breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and parking and conference materials. UNI students can attend the summit for free. For more information and a full schedule, visit edsummit.uni.edu.

September 27, 2017 - 3:41pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Homecoming celebration will kick off Sunday, Oct. 1, and continue through Saturday, Oct. 7. This year's theme is "Panthers Awaken."

2017 Homecoming schedule highlights:

- Window Painting, 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, College Hill

- Outdoor Movie "Star Wars: Force Awakens," 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3, Lawther Field

- Pep Rally, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, West Gym

- Panther Pacers Homecoming 5K, 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, UNI Intramural fields west of the UNI-Dome

- Wright Hall Open House, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7

- All-Alumni Tailgate, in partnership with Hy-Vee Fan Zone, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, west of the UNI-Dome

- UNI Football v. Western Illinois, 4 p.m., Saturday. Oct. 7, UNI-Dome

- Numerous alumni reunions will also take place throughout the week

The 2017 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7. The parade is a great way to bring together the university and its alumni and community to celebrate the past, present and future of UNI. This year's grand marshal is President Mark A. Nook. The parade route runs along College and 23rd Streets.

For the entire 2017 Homecoming schedule, visit homecoming.uni.edu.

 

September 27, 2017 - 4:02pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has been named to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2018. This marks the first time UNI has made the list.

The rankings constitute a comparative assessment of more than 1,000 U.S. universities and colleges that are designed to give students and their families the information they need to choose where to study. It also incorporates the voices of 100,000 American college students, collected through Times Higher Education's annual U.S. Student Survey, to answer the questions that matter the most to students and their families: Will I have access to my professors? Will my classroom experiences be engaging? Does the university have a good academic reputation? How can I be involved with the campus community? Will I be able to graduate on time, pay off my loans and get a good job?

Rankings are generated from four "pillars," each of which represents a key area in teaching excellence: resources, engagement, outputs and environment. UNI ranked particularly high in the engagement pillar—No. 33 out of 1,054 institutions nationally.

UNI's commitment to student engagement can be seen throughout the campus community:

- 99 percent of classes are taught by faculty

- The average class size is 26

- The university has a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio,

- Academic resources are available to all students

- Campus is home to more than 260 student clubs and organizations

- Living Learning Communities are popular in the residence halls

- Thousands of employers recruit UNI alums each year

In addition to being named to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2018, UNI is also No. 2 among top Midwest public universities according to U.S. News & World Report, ranks in the top third of all U.S. institutions in Money Magazine's "2017 Best College for Your Money" and is consistently named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

For the full College Rankings 2018 list, visit graphics.wsj.com/image-grid/college-rankings-2018/.

September 25, 2017 - 3:09pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa's staff in the Rod Library's Special Collections and University Archives and Digital Scholarship Unit are partnering with UNI Athletics to raise funds to digitize and preserve over 250 films of UNI's football games through the UNI football films PAWprint campaign. The campaign's goal is to raise $10,000 by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5.

These films are only available in their original format and are rapidly deteriorating. Digitization of these fragile items preserves unique content that might become unusable or lost forever. It also opens access to otherwise out-of-the-way or rare material and memories.

“By digitizing these films, we are making this athletic history and these important moments in UNI student life available in a modern format that everyone can access online,” said Jaycie Vos, special collection coordinator and university archivist.

Many researchers—faculty, students, journalists, genealogists and hobbyists—use the Special Collections and University Archives to inform their work. The PAWprint program provides student organizations and members of the faculty and staff with the training, tools and support needed to put on a successful fundraising campaign.

For more information on how to donate to ensure UNI football history will live on forever, visit pawprint.uni.edu/project/7419.

September 25, 2017 - 3:13pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is now accepting proposals for potential community project partnerships in the Cedar Valley until 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13.

UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a program in the Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services that helps students earn a national certificate in nonprofit management. About 15 students per year earn the certification. Their mission is to transform today’s students into tomorrow’s nonprofit leaders by helping them gain experience, skills, professionalism and certification.

The application process consists of organizations completing a set of questions for their proposal. After reviewing all proposals, UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance students will complete interviews and choose a handful of organizations to form partnerships with for the spring semester of the academic year. Through these partnerships, groups of students provide service to our partner organizations, including assistance in planning and implementing events, delivering programs, and improving and/or developing new resources.

Send all proposals and questions to Trevor Schmitt at 515-991-4251 or schmitak@uni.edu. For more information about UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and how to find the "Request for Proposal" form, visit uni-nonprofit.org/community/.

September 25, 2017 - 4:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Kristina Kofoot, community engagement VISTA volunteer at the University of Northern Iowa, was honored with a Tom Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps Award, which recognizes community impact and commitment to service. Kofoot was one of only five awardees nationwide to receive the award during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 13. “I joined AmeriCorps because I wanted to make a difference in my community,” said Kofoot. “I wanted to give back to the Cedar Valley and to UNI. My VISTA service allowed me to do those things.” 

Kristina Kofoot

The award was established in 2014, and specifically pays tribute to Sen. Tom Harkin’s lifelong support for national service, while recognizing the outstanding and innovative AmeriCorps programs and members who are tackling the nation’s most pressing challenges. 

Kofoot completed her master’s degree in leisure, youth and human services and also earned her Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential in May 2017. She began her AmeriCorps service in 2015. “The opportunities I had as a VISTA and the opportunities for professional 

development and growth allowed me to begin putting my master’s degree into action while I was earning it,” she said. 

Kofoot has played a pivotal role in launching and building new community engagement initiatives at UNI. Her efforts have included coordinating of new service-learning courses, facilitating and leading student service projects, and strengthening partnerships between UNI and public organizations in Waterloo and Cedar Falls. 

“Kristina has not only gained tremendous experiences to launch her career,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook, “but she has been instrumental in building programs, partnerships and opportunities that will benefit current and future UNI students.”

September 22, 2017 - 1:02pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, in association with the UNI Department of Art, will present the "2017 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition" from Monday, Oct. 9, through Friday, Nov. 17. The open reception begins at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) south lobby.

The exhibition is a formal presentation of recent accomplishments by the faculty in the UNI Department of Art and includes painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, photography, mixed media, performance and installation art as well as art history scholarship. The exhibition is an opportunity for students and the public at large to experience current themes in contemporary art and also to meet artists who not only teach but also maintain vibrant professional careers in studio art, graphic design, art history and art education.

In addition, "Propaganda? Truth, Lies & Spin in Art" will continue. This exhibition was co-curated by Charles M. Adelman and Gallery Director Darrell Taylor and researched by UNI students of art history. Some of the artworks featured are by artists George Grosz, Käthe Kollwitz, Robert Indiana, Jack Bender and Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith as well as photographs by artists Roger Shimomura and Gosha Rubchinskiy, which are currently on loan from professor Jeffery Byrd.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery 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.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

September 22, 2017 - 1:07pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host five speakers for the Philosophy and World Religions Hearst Lecture Series throughout the 2017-18 academic year.

The first lecture will feature Winnifred Sullivan, professor of religion and affiliate professor of law at Indiana University, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, in McCollum Science Hall, Room 137. Sullivan's lecture, "Death—Qualifying the Jury, Constituting the People," will describe the jury's distinctive role in the administration of the death penalty in the U.S. She will consider the effect of efforts by U.S. courts to secularize and rationalize the process by banning both the Bible and biblical words from the death penalty trial and insisting on an entirely individualized decision by each juror.

2017-18 Philosophy and World Religions Hearst Lecture Series: 

- Derrick Darby, "Expelling Injustice From Iowa Schools," 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16

- Laura Nasrallah, "The Significance of Monuments: Paul's Letter to the Romans, Augustus's Obelisks, Mussolini's Archeology and #tearthemdown," 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2

- Lisa Guenther, "Unmaking and Remaking the World in Long-Term Solitary Confinement," 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1

- Linda Alcoff, "Global Echoes of Rape and Resistance," 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22

These events are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Hearst Lecture Series and the Department of Philosophy and World Religions.

For more information, contact Jerry Soneson, head of the Department of Philosophy and World Religions, at 319-273-6221 or jerome.soneson@uni.edu.

September 22, 2017 - 1:10pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host its first Philosophy and World Religions Heart Lecture of the 2017-18 academic year at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, in McCollum Science Hall, Room 137.

Winnifred Sullivan, professor of religion and affiliate professor of law at Indiana University, will discuss "Death—Qualifying the Jury, Constituting the People," which describes the jury's distinctive role in the administration of the death penalty in the U.S. She will consider the effect of efforts by U.S. courts to secularize and rationalize the process by banning both the Bible and biblical words from the death penalty trial and insisting on an entirely individualized decision by each juror.

Sullivan studies religion as a broad and complex social phenomenon that both generates law and is regulated by law. She is trained both as a lawyer and a scholar of religion, having received her J.D. and Ph.D. in religion from the University of Chicago. She is the author of "The Impossibility of Religious Freedom," "Prison Religion: Faith-Based Reform and the Constitution" and "A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care and the Law." She is also co-editor of "Politics of Religious Freedom."

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hearst Lecture Series and the Department of Philosophy and World Religions.

September 22, 2017 - 2:27pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa--The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 pmWednesday, Oct. 18, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. 

Three hundred and eighteen students have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study. Shelly Vroegh, 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year, will deliver the convocation address. Victoria Robinson, associate vice president for Educator Preparation, will perform the official duties.   

This will be the 54th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education Program since formal ceremonies began in 1991. Parents and friends of the candidates are invited, along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the Gallagher Bluedorn lobby. 

For more information, contact J.D. Cryer, Convocation committee chair, at  319-273-2294 or jd.cryer@uni.edu.

September 12, 2017 - 11:02am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa ranked No. 2 in the "Best Regional Universities (Midwest)" category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2018" guidebook. UNI was also ranked No. 25 overall on a combined list of all public and private Midwest regional universities.

"Consistently being honored as one of the best public institutions of higher learning in the Midwest is a tremendous honor," said UNI President Mark Nook. "It is recognition of the commitment by our faculty and staff to ensure that every student reaches their educational, professional and personal life goals. Thanks to the hard work of our students, faculty and staff, UNI consistently outperforms expected outcomes."

The magazine's ranking criteria include peer assessment, academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, graduation-rate performance and alumni giving rate.

For more information about the college rankings, visit www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings. UNI's other national rankings and awards can be found at uni.edu/resources/national-rankings-and-honors.

September 12, 2017 - 2:49pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa, in partnership with the YWCA of Black Hawk County, Infiniti Enterprises and Legacy Branding & Event Services, will host “Engage, Empower, Act: A Cedar Valley Conference on Diversity and Inclusion,” Friday, Oct. 13. In a unique twist that emphasizes collaboration between the community and the university, the event is divided into two related sections at two different sites. Part I, The Diversity and Inclusion Mindset, will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Commons on the UNI campus. Part II, Education, Advocacy and Policing: Supporting a School-to-Success Pipeline, will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m., at the YWCA in Waterloo. Both parts of the event are free and open to the public.

Jason Sole
Jason Sole

Iowa, like all U.S. states, is experiencing rapidly changing demographics that will profoundly affect the way the state does business and engages its citizens. Specifically, Iowa is facing an aging and declining white population and an increasingly “brown” population that is growing. At the same time, employers will find that the people positioned to enter the job market are non-whites. “Employers must be prepared to work with and welcome people with disabilities, military veterans and individuals who identify as members of the LGBTQ population,” said Gwenne Berry, assistant to the president and chief diversity officer at UNI. “The Engage, Empower, Act Conference is designed to educate all attendees about diversity, inclusion and how participants can directly and personally effect both.”

The conference keynoter will be Jason Sole, who was born in Minnesota but grew up in Waterloo. Sole, president of the Minneapolis NAACP and assistant professor at Hamline University, presents on current issues including race, community-police relations and protest. Beyond his activism and academics, he has faced his own struggles within the criminal justice system. A three-time convicted felon and former gang leader, Sole speaks from personal experience. Due to his significant level of “street cred,” he has positively affected conversations about societal framework related to race in America. His work recently led to the resignation of the Minneapolis Police Chief. Sole is the author of the book “From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience and Second Chances.” Sole has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his dissertation to complete his doctorate in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice.

Mark A. Nook, UNI president, said the conference rose from student demands for increased attention to diversity issues. It is his hope that it will be an annual event. “Since those requests, we’ve developed a strategic plan that is focused on student success. But under that, as goal number one, is diversity and inclusion. This conference is one of the many, many ways our campus and community will see the institution demonstrating its commitment to achieving that goal,” he said.  

Another noted presenter during the conference will be Mark Prosser, chief of police in Storm Lake since 1989 and public safety director there since 2000. Prosser has spoken extensively throughout Iowa on issues related to diversity and shifting demographics. He also has presented in New York, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Minneapolis and for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nebraska. Storm Lake is one of the most diverse communities in Iowa, at 80 percent non-white and 18 different languages spoken in its public school system.

T. Elon Dancy
T. Elon Dancy

Following the presentations, the participants will travel to the YWCA where Sole will engage the community in a deep conversation about next steps in education, advocacy and policing to support a strong school to success pipeline in our community.  

The conference will also include welcomes by UNI President Nook, Cedar Falls Mayor Jim Brown and Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart. “What a wonderful opportunity to join forces, support and engage the city's partnerships with UNI, Waterloo and the entire Cedar Valley for something like diversity and inclusion. I look forward to being a part of the conference,” said Brown.

Hart said he was pleased to see the collaborative effort behind the conference, bringing together the university and the Waterloo community specifically. “This is what will help us begin the conversations necessary for connecting the talent to the opportunities that are some of our best kept secrets.”

To register and for additional information, visit diversity.uni.edu.

Prior to the conference, the College of Education, the Center for Multicultural Education, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Chief Diversity Officer will present “Advancing UNI’s Strategic Plan: Partnering on Diversity Initiatives.”  Through that effort will be a series of events featuring T. Elon Dancy, professor of Education, African and African-American Students, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma Center for Social Justice. The events run Oct. 9 through 11 and will feature a Diversity Colloquium, “Strategies for Teaching About Power and Privilege in the University Classroom,” from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the ScholarSpace of the UNI Rod Library. The public is invited to attend. 

September 12, 2017 - 3:11pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Strayer-Wood Theatre will present "The Aliens" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, through Saturday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 26, through Saturday, Oct. 28, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 29. Performances will take place in the Bertha Martin Theatre located in the Strayer-Wood Theatre complex on the University of Northern Iowa campus.  

The show features three actors; the lives of three young outsiders intersect in the grubby backyard of a Vermont coffeehouse. "The Aliens" is a delicate and subtly observed drama chronicling the characters' struggles to survive, connect and find meaning in their lives. Written by Annie Baker, whose other works include "The Flick," "John" and "Circle Mirror Transformation." This play contains mature content (14+) and simulated smoking using vaporized non-tobacco products.

Directing the show is associate professor of theatre Richard Glockner. Scenic design is by Ron Koinzan and costume design is by Amy Rohrberg, both professors in the UNI theatre department. Senior student Megan Coffel is the lighting designer, and junior student Sky Bradley is the sound designer.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Strayer-Wood Theatre at 319-273-4TIX (4849), or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt. For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6833 or eric.lange@uni.edu

September 11, 2017 - 11:28am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI is accepting entries for one of its oldest traditions, the Homecoming Parade, which will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7. This year's Homecoming theme is "Panthers Awaken." The parade is a great way to bring together the Cedar Valley community as well as UNI alumni to celebrate the past, present and future of UNI.

The Office of Student Life will provide golf carts and various decorating supplies to student organizations. Online registration forms are available at homecoming.uni.edu/homecoming-parade-entry-form and must be submitted by Tuesday, Sept. 26. Local businesses in the Cedar Valley are encouraged to apply. Businesses will need to supply their own golf cart. The parade is sponsored by University Book and Supply.

For the full Homecoming schedule, visit homecoming.uni.edu. For more information about the parade, contact Connie Hansen, student organizations coordinator for Student Life and Event Services, at 319-273-7404 or constance.hansen@uni.edu, or Maureen Hart, Homecoming Parade director, at hartmai@uni.edu.

September 8, 2017 - 1:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has released the official enrollment figures for fall 2017. Enrollment numbers are determined at the end of the 10th day of classes. UNI's total fall enrollment is 11,907.

Officials report that more UNI students are graduating on time with a record four-year graduation rate of 43.28 percent, which is 3.28 percentage points more than last year's record. UNI's six-year graduation rate also went up to 67.32 percent, 2.27 percentage points more than last year and the second highest rate ever.

"UNI's previous four-year graduation rate record was last year's 40 percent for the 2012 cohort," said Matt Kroeger, associate vice president for enrollment management. "This year's increase is outstanding. It's the biggest one-year increase that we've had, and it goes back to our excellent faculty, student services, academic advising and our students seeing the benefits of a more timely degree."

UNI also set records in attracting non-resident freshmen and graduate students. Non-resident freshmen now make up 10 percent of the incoming freshmen class, up from 8.35 percent last year. A total of 1,902 graduate students enrolled at UNI this fall (101 more than last year). Of those, more than 750 students are new to the Graduate College.

Other highlights from the enrollment report include:

- A 33 percent increase in new freshmen from Illinois.

- New transfers are up 19 students from last year, with a total of 895; there are 33 more Iowa residents than last year.

- The percent of incoming freshmen that received the Distinguished Scholars Award (for Iowa resident freshmen) is 41 percent, which is the highest percent ever.

"This year's enrollment report really shows our commitment to student success," said UNI President Mark Nook. "We want to make sure each student—resident, non-resident, transfer, freshmen, international or graduate—reaches his or her educational, professional and personal life goals when they attend the University of Northern Iowa. We will continue to emphasize our excellence in teaching and scholarship and offer a high-quality, high-impact learning experience."

September 8, 2017 - 1:56pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host three Diversity Colloquiums this fall.

The first colloquium is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the ScholarSpace in Rod Library. Niria White, a UNI junior majoring in history and a McNair Scholar, will present "African-American Labor History in Waterloo."

The second colloquium is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the ScholarSpace. T. Elon Dancy, a professor of education, African & African-American studies, and women's and gender studies at the University of Oklahoma, will present "Strategies for Teaching About Power and Privilege in the University Classroom." This event is sponsored by the College of Education and chief diversity officer.

The final colloquium is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the ScholarSpace. Alan Heisterkamp, director of UNI's Center for Violence Prevention, and Annette Lynch, director and professor in the School of Applied Human Sciences, will present "Education and Collaboration: Key Elements for Cultivating and Sustaining Violence Prevention Efforts."

The colloquiums are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, Department of History, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, McNair Scholars Program, Office of the President and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

For more information, contact Gwenne Berry, UNI's chief diversity officer, at 319-273-2820 or gwenne.berry@uni.edu.

September 8, 2017 - 1:59pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host its first Diversity Colloquium of the fall semester from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the ScholarSpace in Rod Library. Niria White, a UNI junior majoring in history and McNair Scholar, will be the featured speaker with a presentation titled "African-American Labor History in Waterloo."

White is currently working on a research project and a Grout Museum exhibit that narrates the impact of African-American workers in Waterloo. Her talk traces African-American settlement in Waterloo during the Great Migration and beyond, focusing on the many contributions to the city of Waterloo using historical records, artifacts and personal interviews. By exploring the history of African-Americans in Waterloo, White counters the idea that African-Americans have only been politically active during the Civil Rights era. White's Grout Museum exhibit opens on Sept. 16.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, Department of History, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, McNair Scholars Program, Office of the President and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

September 8, 2017 - 2:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – "Home Grown" will be the theme of the 36th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert, hosted by the UNI School of Music. The concert is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22,in the Great Hall in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The evening will be filled with exceptional performances by student and faculty musicians, including UNI alumni flutists Rebecca Johnson and Nicole Molumby, with faculty pianist Robin Guy, the UNI Faculty Septet (featuring faculty artists Cayla Bellamy, bassoon; Amanda McCandless, clarinet; Ross Winter, violin; Randy Grabowski, trumpet; Anthony Williams, trombone; Ryan Frost, percussion; Alexander Pershounin, bass; and Danny Galyen, conductor) student Patrick Cunningham (winner of the spring 2017 Performance Competition Finals), as well as the UNI Wind Ensemble, UNI Opera, Jazz Band One, and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra with combined choirs and more.

Intermission will feature a "chocolate course," while a full reception, complete with hors d’oeuvres and champagne, will be held in the lobby after the concert, with music provided by Bob Dunn, guitar, as well as post-show performances in Davis Hall by UNI faculty and student musicians. 

The Scholarship Benefit Concerts have been raising scholarship funds for exceptionally talented music students and students in need for over 35 years. All seats for the benefit concert are reserved. Individual tickets can be purchased in person at the Gallagher Bluedorn box office, by calling 319-273-4TIX or 877-549-SHOW (7469), or at www.unitix.uni.edu.

To become a special donor and receive complimentary tickets, contact the School of Music office at 319-273-2028.

For more information on this event or the UNI School of Music, contact Caroline Francis, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.francis@uni.edu.

August 25, 2017 - 10:42am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project and ISU STRIPS will demonstrate the practical use of prairie on working farms for water quality improvement and pollinator habitat at two upcoming field days.

The Sept. 20 field day will feature the installation of an in-field prairie strip in a state identified watershed at Renewable Farm, located at 1527 S. Union Rd, Cedar Falls. Participants will learn proper prairie establishment and management techniques for conservation practices utilizing native vegetation, along with information about the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project. This field day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and includes a complimentary lunch with registration.

The Sept. 21 field day will highlight prairie strip installation along with a saturated buffer at J.H. Roadman Memorial Park near Dike. Proper seed mix design, establishment techniques and maintenance practices will be discussed. Researchers from Iowa State STRIPS and saturated buffer teams will also be on hand to discuss project results along with water quality benefits provided by these conservation practices. This field day is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and includes a complimentary meal with registration.

Field days are free and open to the public. Producers, landowners, farm managers, technical service providers, conservation agencies and professionals, and those interested in learning more about the benefits of prairie on working farms are highly encouraged to attend. 

Participants planning to attend can register by contacting Ashley Kittle at 319-273-3828 or ashley.kittle@uni.edu by Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Part of the Prairie on Farms project, the field days are supported by a Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture research grant and these partnering agencies: Black Hawk SWCD, Cedar River Watershed Coalition, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), People’s Company, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Hertz Farm Management, Iowa State University, Monarch Joint Venture, Xerces Society, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Luze Farm Corporation.

August 15, 2017 - 3:55pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa was just announced as an Excellence and Innovation Award winner by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). This awards program, now in its fourth year, honors member institutions for excellence and innovation in several major areas of campus life and leadership.

Leadership in regional and economic development; student success and college completion; sustainability and sustainable development; teacher education; international education; and leadership development and diversity will be honored with these awards. UNI received the Regional and Economic Development Award for its Regional Entrepreneurship Project (REP).

In just four years, UNI's Regional Entrepreneurship Project has positively impacted 17 Iowa counties in five economically challenged regions. The project develops a customized strategic plan in each region that assists local leadership by providing research on types of business owners, economic trends and available local services. This enables entrepreneurial development to fight economic distress from population declines, plant closings/layoffs and/or natural disasters.

Led by UNI’s Institute for Decision Making, REP involves university programs, local economic development organizations and chambers of commerce, community colleges, K through 12 school districts, small business development centers, regional councils of government, and other local and statewide entities. So far, over 130 key community stakeholders have participated in regional strategic planning. The regions report 187.5 new jobs, 46 new or expanded businesses, and over $6.7 million of private investment as a result of the program.

“The Institute for Decision Making and the Center for Business Growth and Innovation are both honored to be recognized," said Andrew Conrad, director of UNI's Institute for Decision Making. "The Regional Entrepreneurship Project is truly a team effort, and we are fortunate to have strong partners in each of the five regions who are committed to fostering economic growth in their communities and regions.”

Criteria for the winning entries in the awards competition required evidence of top-level administrative support, connection with an institution’s mission and strategic agenda, evidence the initiative contributed to significant institutional improvements or programming, and evidence the initiative was grounded in research and incorporated best practices. The awards will be presented Oct. 22 at the opening session of AASCU's Annual Meeting in La Jolla, California.

August 11, 2017 - 9:32am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Friends of the University of Northern Iowa Museum will present the third presentation of a new lecture series, the Rural Schoolhouse Speakers. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Marshall Center School at 2301 Indiana Street on the UNI campus.

The Rural Schoolhouse Speakers Series explores the era of the one-room schoolhouse in Iowa, including the history of rural schools, the teaching and learning experiences, and how the school building was once the heart and center of the community. The featured speaker for the third lecture is Marilyn Meyer from Clay County, Iowa. Meyer, now retired, came to Iowa more than 60 years ago from Nebraska. She was a teacher in Clay County for over 31 years, beginning in on of Iowa's one-room schools. She will share stories and photographs of schools in Clay County and talk about what the schools meant to the communities they served then and now. Meyer is proud to have been a part of a family legacy of teaching, beginning with her grandfather, and has continued to pass down the tradition to her children and grandchildren.

Other speakers in the series have included Bill Sherman, Humanities Iowa Speaker, a cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, and Jean Richardson from Cedar Falls. Friends of the UNI Museum is pleased to feature these treasures of our towns and communities in the year-long program hosted at our own historical schoolhouse on the UNI campus.

The series is free and open to the public. Free parking and handicapped accessibility is available. 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.

August 8, 2017 - 2:28pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an exhibition titled "Propaganda? Truth, Lies & Spin in Art," which will be open to the public on the following dates: Aug. 21 through Sept. 30; Oct. 9 through Nov. 17; and Dec. 7 through Dec. 16. Please note, the gallery will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 for Labor Day.

This UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Charles M. Adelman and Darrell Taylor, gallery director, and researched by UNI students of art history. Some of the artworks featured are by artists George Grosz, Käthe Kollwitz, Robert Indiana, Jack Bender and Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith as well as photographs by artists Roger Shimomura and Gosha Rubchinskiy, currently on loan from professor Jeffery Byrd.

Dr. Adelman asks, "Is there an absolute truth, fact or lie? Is there a line between myth and truth? Is propaganda ever for the greater good? Every culture and society seems to grapple with these same questions whether with power, politics, religion, or economy."

"To me and Darrell, all of the works we chose had the possibility of such investigation, but once the course began and the students chose and began to research specific works, it became clear that their approaches in preparing didactic labels for the works varied: some presented the theme’s conflicts, others were more biographical of the artist. The labels are posted next to the works. As in other full-semester exhibits of selections from the UNI Permanent Collection, this is a unique opportunity for students to actually work with works of art and become familiar with the professional opportunities for such endeavors. The fruit of the upper level students’ research is seen in their didactic labels on the walls as well as their individual papers and printed copies of their accompanying PowerPoints in the loose-leaf binder in the gallery."

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery 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.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

August 8, 2017 - 2:29pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "In Good Time" from Monday, Aug. 21, through Monday, Sept. 30. This exhibition of photographs by Doug DuBois was organized by Aperture Foundation, New York and Hermès Foundation, Paris and curated by Cory Jacobs.

Doug DuBois will present a lecture about his work at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7 in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111, on the UNI campus. An opening reception will follow.

The UNI Gallery of Art is proud to present this touring exhibition, which is the first mid-career survey of the artist’s photographs. Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other – in print, in person, and online.

"In Good Time" consists of photographs from three separate series: All the Days and Nights, which concerns DuBois’ father’s near-fatal accident; Avella, featuring the residents of a coal-mining town in Pennsylvania; and My Last Day at Seventeen, a five-year project about a tightly knit group of adolescents living in Russell Heights in Cobh, Ireland.

According to Jacobs, "Doug DuBois approaches his work slowly, engaging in long-term photographic projects and telling stories. Some are specific, but like all good stories, they resonate with viewers in a myriad of personal and intimate ways. Some of DuBois’ photographs are candid; most often he orchestrates scenes, engaging the narrative of cinema and literature to give access to the truth and complexity of lived experience. DuBois’ lengthy process – both in making the individual photographs and completing each series – results in rigorously composed images that reveal both a profound humanity and the inexorable passing of time."

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. Please note, the Gallery will be closed Sept. 4 for Labor Day. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/art/gallery.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

August 4, 2017 - 10:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Department of Earth and Environmental Science and UNI STEM, with their partners at the Iowa Academy of Science, are hosting a UNI Eclipse Viewing Party from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 21, at Rod Library in Room 287 and south of the Campanile.

An eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun and casts its shadow on the surface of the Earth. Most total eclipses happen over water or places with small populations. "This specific eclipse will be across a large populated area, and also across the entire east-west span of the continental U.S. and have the longest duration at a location near Carbondale, Illinois, of 2 minutes and 40 seconds," said Siobahn Morgan, department head and professor of earth and environmental sciences.

It is important for students to participate in this event. "Even though we will see only the partial eclipse on the UNI campus this summer, it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Marcy Seavey, UNI STEM coordinator. "There are only eight solar eclipses that will cross a part of the United States in the next 100 years."

At the viewing party, participants will be able to view the partial solar eclipse through a telescope or solar viewing glasses, download free apps to explore Earth and space augmented reality, and become citizen scientist by contributing to NASA's record of this event. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Seavey at 319-273-6253 or marcene.seavey@uni.edu, or visit the website at earth.uni.edu/2017-solar-eclipse-faq or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/153760338505196.

June 21, 2017 - 9:11am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) and the Study Abroad Center have been selected to receive a $25,000 grant this fall to develop a program between UNI and Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. The funds will be used for the Ulatina and UNI programs in April and May of spring 2018.

The Marlene M. Johnson Innovation Challenge grant is part of the 100,000 Strong initiatives from the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas and NAFSA. Its purpose is to help fuel strategic new university partnerships to increase student exchange and training programs between the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. It also allows students to work in teams, gain technical skills and become more competent for the 21st century workforce.

The partnership with Universidad Latina de Costa Rica will be extremely beneficial for both universities. Ulatina students will travel to Iowa to participate in a Sustainability Immersion Program while integrating existing courses from their home institution, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. While on campus, the CIEP will be working collaboratively and resourcefully to develop the program with the UNI Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center. Immediately following this experience, U.S. students will travel to Costa Rica to complete a Capstone course that will help them develop an understanding of how individuals and groups impact the environment through tourism and campus life.

"Winning the Innovation Fund award will give UNI the opportunity to take an active role in the larger mission of fostering region-wide cooperation through international education," said Carolina Coronado-Park, CIEP director.. "It has also given to UNI exposure among Latin American universities, a region that hasn't been traditionally on our university's radar, but it has become more and more attractive based on its economic growth, politically stable governments and interest of developing higher education institutions in partnership with North American universities.

For more information about the grant, visit www.100kstrongamericas.org/1042-2/ or contact Cristy Steffen, promotions and admissions specialist for CIEP, at 319-273-3426 or cristy.steffen@uni.edu.

June 21, 2017 - 9:21am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center proudly reached 500,000 students experiencing the arts through the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth during the 2016-17 season since opening its doors in 2000.

Kaleidoscope Series for Youth

The Kaleidoscope Series strives to provide youth with multiple opportunities to experience a wide range of performing arts. Students have the option to participate in a play, music or dance based on a literature book, a part of history or social issues such as bullying, poverty or body image. Fifty-six percent of Iowa counties have attended the series since 2000, and approximately 35,000 students are served each year. Gallagher Bluedorn has presented shows in rural communities, providing access to performing arts experience to schools that aren't able to travel to Cedar Falls.

Kaleidoscope's live performances foster deeper understanding of content, enhance literacy and inform the development of character and citizenship. This program also helps unite people from all walks of life, and bring them together to perform live theatre.

Since 2003, the Kaleidoscope Series has always been "A Buck a Kid." Every performance is $1 per student. This gives students the liberty to experience live performance even though schools have less and less funding for learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Tickets are on sale for the 2017-18 season; visit www.gbpac.com/kaleidoscope/default.aspx for more information, or contact Amy Hunzelman, director of education and outreach for the Gallagher Bluedorn, at 319-273-3679 or amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

June 14, 2017 - 11:22am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa professor and mental health therapist Rodney Dieser's research on patient stress and physician/medical workforce burnout has led to a manuscript he co-authored to be published in the prestigious medical journal, Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Dieser co-authored the manuscript with UNI colleague Dr. Christopher Edginton and Renee Ziemer of the Mayo Clinic.

Rodney Dieser

The article, titled "Decreasing Patient Stress and Physician/Medical Workforce Burnout through Health Care Environments: Uncovering the Serious Leisure Perspective at Mayo Clinic's Campus in Rochester, Minnesota," discusses the importance of serious leisure activities within hospitals, which can be places of stress for both patients and medical professionals. Drawing on historical research regarding the leisure activities over the lifespan of Drs. William J. Mayo (1861-1939) and Charles H. Mayo (1865-1939), founders of the Mayo Clinic, and a contemporary case study analysis of the leisure offerings located at the Mayo Clinic Rochester campus, Dieser and colleagues explain how leisure programs relieve stress, provide healthy coping, and deliver self-protection from the negative health outcomes of extreme and prolonged distress.

“Research has shown that hospitals and clinics can be deeply stressful places for patients, physicians and other medical staff,” said Dr. Dieser. “Leisure not only can decrease the stress of patients, but it can also prevent burnout among physicians. Perhaps this is why Richard Lazarus, one of the most influential psychologists who studied stress stated that healthy coping, what he sometimes called psychological uplifts, that counter stress consist of engaging in hobbies, laughing, having fun, socializing and completing meaning-making task.”

Serious and casual leisure can minimize the impact of stress through enjoyable distractions that create psychological breathers, enable healthy coping through social support and the application of self-determination, and restore a sense of optimism through pleasant experiences in the face of intense stress.

The article outlines the plethora of leisure opportunities and programs located at the Mayo Clinic Rochester campus. A sampling of these include:

  •  The Humanities in Medicine art-at-the-bedside program, in which patients can engage in private lessons in art, music and creative writing while being hospitalized on campus.
  •  Grand pianos placed at various campus locations allow impromptu performances by patients and staff, which combine serious leisure skill by patient/staff performers and casual leisure for patient/staff spectators.
  •  The many parks, atriums, courtyards and gardens around and throughout the Mayo Clinic Rochester campus that allow both patients and medical staff a place for solitude, relaxation and meditation.
  •  The ubiquitous display of art (e.g., glass, paintings, ethnographic/folk art, sculptures) throughout the campus and the ever present musical concerts and performances, which can provide psychological breather from stress but can also create optimism and hope through pleasant experiences.
  •  Two patient-focused recreation-based community libraries on campus that offering DVDs, music CDs, children/youth/adult books, magazines and newspapers, desktop and laptop computers with internet access, board games, X-box and Play Station II consoles/games, social gatherings and knitting.
  • Peregrine Falcon program, in which the roof top of the Mayo building was converted to help with Peregrine Falcon restoration, in partnership with the Midwest Peregrine Society. Through a live camera with round-the-clock, real-time viewing, patients can watch female falcons lay eggs, baby chicks hatch, name the chicks, observe banding day and then track these birds throughout their lives on the internet.

Dr. Dieser suggests that “Leisure features, such as large fountains and sculptures, atriums, gardens and parks, music, art and a wall of windows that allows patients to experience sunshine are mediums to combat stress and psychologically transmit Mayo Clinic as a place of refuge, which, in essence, communicates to both patient and medical staff they are welcome and belong to this wonderful and hopeful medical facility and further communicates your comfort is the Mayo Clinic’s first priority.”

This article also suggests that Drs. William J. Mayo and Charles H. Mayo lived an “optimal leisure lifestyle” and this may have been one factor, among many other variables, that prevented them to not experience burnout and thrive in their vocation. In addition, this research study also postulates that Drs. William J. Mayo and Charles H. Mayo incorporated this health-based leisure framework at the Mayo Clinic through their own leisure pursuits that crossed over into the daily fabric of the early and developing Mayo Clinic.

The article ends by suggesting more research is needed in how leisure-based hospital and clinic environments can benefit patients, physicals and all medical staff.

The Mayo Clinic Proceedings is a prestigious, monthly, peer-reviewed medical journal published by

Elsevier and sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. It is the third highest circulating medical journal in the world, with 127,000 subscribers.

Dieser has been at UNI for 16 years and is a professor in the School of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services and a licensed mental health therapist (tLMHC). One of his research areas is the interface of leisure and mental health. He has published over 100 articles and five textbooks and has written about the Mayo Clinic in his two upcoming books. One book is due out next month and the other is due out in the fall.

The full article and video interview with Dieser can be found at www.mayoclinicproceedings.org. For questions or more information about Dieser's research, contact him at 319-273-7775 or rodney.dieser@uni.edu

June 6, 2017 - 1:53pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A memorandum of agreement between the University of Northern Iowa and Drake University Law School has been signed to create a joint program where UNI students can earn a bachelor's degree from UNI and a law degree from Drake Law School on an accelerated schedule, or 3+3 Program.

The 3+3 Program in Law will allow students to receive their bachelor's degree and their Juris Doctor degree in six years rather than the traditional seven years. A UNI student will be able to apply to the Law School in the academic year prior to their projected graduation from UNI. Many majors on campus can be completed within the program's accelerated timeline.

"The 3+3 Program increases the options available to UNI pre-law students," said Scott Peters, associate professor of political science and coordinating pre-law adviser. "Our faculty pre-law advisers work closely with students to help them prepare for law school and navigate the application process. We're excited for the opportunities provided by this partnership."

UNI also has an agreement with the University of Iowa College of Law that was signed in 2014. This partnership allows UNI undergraduates in their junior year of study to apply for admission to Iowa's Juris Doctor Program and graduate with a bachelor's degree from UNI and a law degree from Iowa.

The benefit of a 3+3 Program is that students complete their education more quickly, effectively reducing costs and student loan debt and providing students an extra year of earning power after they graduate.

June 5, 2017 - 3:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa received a more than $300,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to support the "Building Capacity and Culture of Care at UNI" project. The university will receive $102,000 each year for three years.

The goals of the "Building Capacity and Culture of Care at UNI" project are to:

- Build collaborations by developing a networking infrastructure with campus and community partners to deliver the message of shared responsibility in suicide prevention.

- Increase the training available to students, faculty and staff, and develop and increase educational seminars and availability of information materials for the campus community.

- Foster an environment of help-seeking by raising awareness to reduce the negative attitudes and perceptions toward help-seeking for mental health and substance abuse disorders while encouraging and educating on help-seeking behavior. 

- Increase awareness on help resources, such as the National Suicide Prevention lifeline, to both students and their families. UNI’s capacity building effort will create a structured and fluid institutional suicide prevention and crisis response plan with effective suicide and postvention protocols, provide training to student services staff, faculty, students and general staff, and create outreach efforts, including culturally and linguistically targeted resources to reach a minimum 7,000 students, families, staff and faculty.

UNI will achieve these goals by hiring a specialist to bring awareness to the mental health needs of students. 

"The Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant will not only provide awareness of the help available to students at the University of Northern Iowa, but it will also help us to foster partnerships within the campus and local community," said Shelley O'Connell, executive director of UNI Health and Recreation Services. "This will also allow us to study and assess the effectiveness of various strategies and goals outlined over the next three years.  

"It is clear that suicide is a serious problem among college students; in the spring of 2017, UNI administered the American College Health Association National Collegiate Health Assessment to a random sample of 5,000 students. Of the 1,274 students who completed the survey, 8.9 percent reported that they had seriously considered suicide during the previous 12 months. Our campus deeply cares about each student, and we are committed to making a difference by learning how to recognize the signs of suicide, how to have conversations about mental health and suicide concerns, and by becoming aware of the resources available and seeking help when needed. The grant funding allows UNI to implement a plan to engage the whole university community in our suicide prevention efforts, which include students, faculty, staff and parents.

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