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February 23, 2018 - 10:55am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has been named one of the safest college campuses in the nation, according to a new ranking by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

Safest Campus Badge

The 2018 "Safest College Campuses in America" list ranked UNI at No. 30 out of 243 universities and colleges. The list is compiled using the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting and the Campus Security Survey created by the U.S. Department of Education. The highest ranked university campuses boast low total campus and local area crime, according to the council.

"In today's context, families are naturally worried about safety in schools and on campuses," said Paula Knudson, UNI vice president for Student Affairs. "We have many safety measures in place at UNI and are vigilant about providing bystander training and interventions in a timely fashion. UNI prioritizes all aspects of student well-being and success. You can't be your best if you are worried or fearful, and we want our students to be able to be their best."

A number of safety resources are available to UNI students, faculty and staff, such as safety escorts, training, counseling, an on-campus police force and multiple alert systems. To further enhance campus safety, pathways and sidewalks are well lit. Residence halls can only be entered by using a security card or key, and a full-time professional staff person lives in and supervises each residence hall.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security is a trade association comprised of home security professionals across the United States. The council advocates for safe communities and home safety with a strong focus on community involvement.

The full 2018 "Safest College Campuses in America" list can be found at www.alarms.org/safest-college-campuses-in-america-2018/.

February 23, 2018 - 2:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host Robyn Ochs, educator, speaker, grassroots activist, and editor of the Bi Women Quarterly and two anthologies, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in the Commons Ballroom. She will present "Beyond Binaries: Identities and Sexuality."

Ochs' writings have been published in numerous bi, women's studies, multicultural and LGBTQ+ anthologies, and she has taught university courses in gender and sexuality studies.

An advocate for the rights of people of all orientations and genders to live safely, openly, and with full access and opportunity, Ochs' work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements.

This event is presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and UNI Proud. For more information, contact the Women's and Gender Studies Program at wgs@uni.edu.

February 22, 2018 - 10:14am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Veteran Association (UNIVA), partnering with University of Northern Iowa Military and Veteran Student Services (MVSS), will host its second annual statewide PTSD Awareness Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, in the Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

The conference will cover issues and concerns related to PTSD that not only originate from military experiences but also will include topics regarding sexual assault, addictions and other traumas. Speakers will present on subjects such as mental, emotional and academic support for those suffering from PTSD; the conference will focus on therapy such as art, music, service dogs and forgiveness; and will be a therapeutic intervention to the specific as well as broad challenges of changing generations of practitioners providing services to the evolving cultures of present day.

The conference will include an open panel discussion on how PTSD affects people during their day-to-day life, college and professional careers. This event will raise awareness to an unseen disorder by many. It will provide an opportunity to support continuing education to professionals and the general community alike.

The PTSD Awareness Conference was made possible through a partnership between the UNI Counseling Center, UNI Student Disability Services, UNI Student Wellness Services, UNI Veteran Association and UNI MVSS. The general registration fee is $10; free for UNI students. To register, visit military.uni.edu/ptsd. For more information, contact Chiquita Loveless, coordinator for UNI MVSS, at 319-273-3040 or Chiquita.loveless@uni.edu.

February 21, 2018 - 3:25pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa Recreation Services will host Rock Revolution—Pirates of the Carabiner Rock Climbing Competition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Wellness and Recreation Center.

This 19th annual climbing competition is a friendly and fun-spirited competition open to climbers of all skill levels. Interested participants can stop by the Wellness and Recreation Center, Room 174, for more information. Registration until Friday, Feb. 23 is $30; day-of registration is $40.

February 21, 2018 - 3:28pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa—Every year, nationally renowned Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) students seek proposals for consulting projects. Five projects were accepted last year and were presented at the Alliance Management Institute (AMI) conference in Kansas City, Missouri, last month. The projects received two first-place awards and one second-place award, including the “What’s the Big Idea” award. Cedar Valley nonprofit agencies are encouraged to submit proposals that will benefit students in acquiring research skills as well as informing best practices to the partnering agencies through potential findings.

Proposals are currently being accepted for one-year consulting projects that will be undertaken from spring 2018 to spring of 2019. The consulting committee will evaluate the proposals and select up to five proposals, and accepted proposals will be announced promptly. Selected projects could potentially result in publication and/or presentation at the AMI conference that will be held in January 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

For a Request for Proposal (RFP) application, please visit uni-nonprofit.org/community/. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 16.

For more information, email Morgan Rahe at rahemaa@uni.edu or Stanley Ebede at ebedes@uni.edu

February 21, 2018 - 3:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host Jessica Setnick, an internationally known dietitian and eating disorder expert, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Setnick will present "Stop Bullying Your Body: Learn How Body Image Gets its Start and How to Quiet the Bully Inside Your Head."

Having recovered from her own eating disorder, Setnick's passion is promoting a positive relationship with food and eating as key components of a healthy and happy life.

This event is sponsored by BIEDA (Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness—Student Organization), Alpha Sigma Tau and Student Wellness Services.

February 20, 2018 - 3:01pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Marshall Center School will present a talk at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, about the "abc Project" creation of clothing from the 1920s in the historic one-room school at the University of Northern Iowa.

The Friends of the UNI Museum invite participants to the historic schoolhouse to see and touch reproduction clothing from the era worn by Iowa citizens in the learning centers all around the state. Research from historical societies and museums from seven counties helped show a slice of life in Iowa.

This is the sixth offering in the Friends of UNI Museum Rural Schoolhouse Speaker Series. All Speaker Series presentations are open to the public, and there is no admission fee. Free parking on campus is also available for this event.

For more information, contact Amy RohrBerg, Friend of the UNI Museum board member and associate professor in the Department of Theatre, at 319-273-6459 or amy.rohrberg@uni.edu.

February 16, 2018 - 1:44pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) and the Governor’s Office on Bullying Prevention Task Force released its "Primary Prevention Action Report for Iowa Schools and Communities."

Members of the task force were representative of pre-K through 12 education, public health professionals, youth athletics, victim services and legal aid, colleges and universities, and LGBTQ advocates. Monthly meetings were held throughout 2017 to evaluate and assess current school and community programming and practices in preventing gender violence and all forms of bullying.

Recommendations for continued education and training opportunities to enhance and improve the implementation of multi-level, multi-systemic gender violence and bullying prevention practices are provided in the report.

The report examines the overarching cause and scope of violence and abuse and provides concrete and realistic strategies for school and community stakeholders to consider and implement.

"As parents, educators and community stakeholders, we all play an important role in fostering healthy relationships, nurturing homes, safe schools and thriving neighborhoods," states Alan Heisterkamp, CVP director. "This report provides school and community leaders with a framework for prioritizing and institutionalizing sound gender violence and bullying prevention practices."

Professional development and training opportunities focused on the multi-level, multi-systemic approach to preventing violence and abuse will be offered to school and community leaders later this summer or early fall and will support and complement the Iowa Department of Education’s new online Bullying Investigating Training for school leaders. 

"We have a good foundation in place for protecting Iowa students from bullying, harassment and discrimination," said Ryan Wise, Iowa Department of Education Director. "This new training builds on that foundation by helping educators better understand bullying so that they can provide the support that their students need."

"Every student deserves to feel safe and respected, so I appreciate the task force’s work on developing realistic strategies for schools and communities," said Gov. Kim Reynolds. "We must continue our focus on bullying prevention, and the report delivers the important message that everyone has a role to play.

To review the task force’s "Primary Prevention Action Report for Iowa Schools and Communities" in its entirety, go to www.uni.edu/cvp, or contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or alan.heisterkmap@uni.edu.

February 14, 2018 - 9:11am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host UNI Day at the Statehouse from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19, at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. The event is an educational opportunity to highlight UNI's impact across the state of Iowa by showcasing programs, services, students and alumni.

UNI is known for Educating Iowans for Iowa™:

- 90% of UNI's students are from Iowa.

- The vast majority of UNI students from Iowa remain in the state to work or continue their education after graduating.

- Half of UNI's non-resident students stay in Iowa after graduation, making the university a talent pipeline.

- 99% of the state's school districts, in all 99 counties, employ UNI educators.

An affordable education is critical to the vitality of Iowa's economy and workforce. The trend of UNI students taking less time to graduate and earn their degree continues for a fourth year. And, breaking away from national trends, UNI has seen its average student loan indebtedness decrease by 13% over the past seven years. UNI provides students with real-world, hands-on experience enabling students to not only find a job after graduation, but to be able to start making an impact from day one.

At UNI Day at the Statehouse, students, faculty and staff will showcase interactive displays highlighting various UNI programs, departments and organizations. Alumni are encouraged to attend to reconnect with their university and speak with their elected officials about the value of UNI.

For more information, contact the UNI Office of Governmental Relations at 319-273-6144.

February 13, 2018 - 3:43pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host a diversity colloquium titled “The Relevance of Disability Studies in Education: A Framework for Change.” This event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19, in the Scholar Space in Rod Library.

Disability Studies in Education (DSE) promotes the understanding of disability from a social model perspective, drawing on the social, cultural, historical, philosophical and literary to challenge medical, scientific and psychological models of disability as they relate to education.

With an interest in promoting social justice and equitable and inclusive opportunities for all, a DSE framework rejects traditional interpretations of disability and acknowledges disability as socially constructed, complex and intersectional.

This panel presentation will share how a DSE framework within K through 12 and higher education settings creates spaces for change and transformation.

For more information about this panel, contact Marybeth Stalp, department head and professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, at 319-273-2786 or marybeth.stalp@uni.edu.

February 12, 2018 - 9:52am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will present "Live Thy Neighbor" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1 to Saturday, March 3, in the Interpreters Theatre in 040 Lang Hall.

The people you call the cops on because they are still too loud? A young couple whose intimacy you hear through the walls? That lady who walks in uninvited at all times? The immigrants who curse in a strange language? The people who are hiding in the basement together during the war? The guy who does bad things when you are not looking? Written by graduate student, Milica Njezic, "Live Thy Neighbor" is a series of poetic performances that explores what it means to be a neighbor in times of crisis.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. This production contains mature language and situations. Tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite, but will expire at 7:15 p.m. each night. Any non-reserved tickets are first come, first serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m. The doors will open at 7 p.m.

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

February 12, 2018 - 9:58am

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Cedar Falls, Iowa—The 12th annual African-American Read-In will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, in Maucker Union and Rod Library on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The two featured guests at the event this year are Don Tate and Tiffany Flowers.

Don Tate has received multiple awards for his children’s books including “The Cart That Carried Martin” and “Hope’s Gift”. He is also the first author to be a two-time winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for writing. Tate is a founding host of the blog The Brown Bookshelf and a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooksCampaign.

Tiffany Flowers is currently an assistant professor of education at Georgia State University Perimeter College. Throughout her career, she has published various academic articles and reviews and over 16 children books for grades 1-8. Flowers has also supported funding for multiple research-based literacy projects in schools and community centers.

Hundreds of first graders from around the area will be participating in this event.

For more information, visit aac.uni.edu/african-american-read or contact Gloria Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or gloria.holmes@uni.edu

February 6, 2018 - 2:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Alex Oberle, University of Northern Iowa associate professor of geography and coordinator for the Geographic Alliance of Iowa (GAI), was recently named a National Geographic Education Fellow by the National Geographic Society for the 2017-2018 academic year. Oberle received this fellowship along with four other educators because of their accomplishments and contributions in education. He is the only representative out of the group from higher education.

Alex Oberle

Oberle's geography education research centers on geospatial technologies for teaching and learning as well as internationalizing teacher education. Geospatial technology is a term used to describe the range of modern tools used to map and analyze the Earth’s environmental and human aspects. At UNI, he particularly strives to create opportunities to engage pre-service teachers in funded undergraduate research that advances geography education and greatly strengthens their career preparation. His research has been published in the Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Journal of Geography and Latin American geography journals.

This fellowship will allow him to extend his research and outreach to a national level.  He will be supporting National Geographic with the implementation and training of the Geo-Inquiry Process. This will reach an estimated 50,000 middle school students in all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C. and Canada. This bold educational effort is designed to help students understand the world by examining the patterns, processes and interactions between human and natural systems. The Geo-Inquiry Process also allows students and educators to solve community issues with geographic skills. Through the impact of this fellowship, Oberle anticipates bringing the Geo-Inquiry Process back to Iowa and UNI to provide opportunities for Iowa educators, UNI pre-service teachers and UNI geography majors.

“The spirit of the National Geographic Education fellowship opportunities reflect the mission of National Geographic Education, something that resonates so well with teachers, pre-service teachers, geographers and the vision/mission of UNI: ‘We teach kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and to make it a better place,’" said Oberle.

For more information about National Geographic's commitment to education and other opportunities to get involved, visit www.nationalgeographic.org/education

February 5, 2018 - 2:53pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa—The University of Northern Iowa's Office of Undergraduate Studies and First-Year Cornerstone Program will host writer, performer and video maker Dylan Marron at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. He will present "Beta Snowflake Cuck: Being a Digital Creator in 2018." The talk is free and open to the public.

Dylan Marron

Marron is an IFP Gotham Award and Drama Desk-nominated writer, performer and video maker. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast "Welcome to Night Vale," an alum of the New York Neo Futurists and the creator of "Every Single Word" (Tumblr's "Most Viral Blog" of 2015 and Shorty Award Nominee), a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color.

As a writer and correspondent at Seriously.tv, Marron created, hosted and produced "Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People," "Shutting Down Bullsh*t" and the "Unboxing" series. 

He is currently working on "Conversations with People Who Hate Me," a podcast where he has extended conversations with some of the folks who have said the most negative or hateful things about him on the internet. It was selected as a "podcast pick" by USA Today and The Guardian.

For more information about Marron's visit to UNI, contact Rachel Morgan, instructor in the Department of Languages & Literatures, at 319-273-2016 or rachel.morgan@uni.edu.

 

January 29, 2018 - 3:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa alumni are invited to apply for a 2018 Merchant Scholarship. Merchant Scholarship recipients must be attending or planning to attend an accredited graduate or professional school at an educational institution as a full-time student.

The scholarships are awarded from a trust established in 1951 to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant. Frank was a professor of Latin and Greek and served as head of the Department of Foreign Languages at UNI, then Iowa State Teachers College. He lived with his sister, who taught piano lessons until her death in 1942.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, achievement, character, potential and service to society.

Applications and instructions for applying are available online through the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President at uni.edu/provost/resources/merchant-scholarships.

Deadline for completed applications is March 1, 2018. Contact Merchant Scholarship administrator Krista Herrera with any questions at 319-273-2519 or krista.herrera@uni.edu

January 29, 2018 - 3:16pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Student success and engaged learning are at the heart of the University of Northern Iowa mission. In every classroom, students encounter everything from service work to new research to creative endeavors. No other project at UNI offers these experiences better than the Tiny House Project, developed in the Department of Technology.

This course teaches students to solve unique problems in innovative ways. These tiny houses always go toward a cause or nonprofit that can truly put the houses to use for people and organizations in need. We need your help to continue this meaningful and impactful program.

Visit pawprint.uni.edu/tinyhouse to learn how you can help UNI students build the next tiny house.

January 29, 2018 - 3:59pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – TheatreUNI will present "Hair," the iconic American musical by James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt McDermot, at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 22, 23, 24, March 1, 2 and 3, and at 2 p.m., Feb. 25 and March 4, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

TheatreUNI’s 2018 production celebrates of the 50th anniversary of "Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical," which debuted on Broadway in 1968. The show centers on a group of hippies in the late 1960s who explore peace, love, sex and discrimination in the shadow of the Vietnam War. The show includes the iconic musical numbers: “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In” and “Good Morning Starshine,” among others, transporting audiences into a psychedelic fantasy of 1960s New York. Though set in 1968, the cast’s cries of “Peace now, freedom now!” and its message of tolerance and love ring true in 2018.

"Hair" is the third offering of TheatreUNI’s 2017-18 season. The production is directed by Amy S. Osatinski, assistant professor of directing, and music is directed by Rebecca Burkhart, professor in the UNI School of Music, and Seth Butler. Scenic design is by Mark S. Parrott, associate professor of design, and costume design is by Amy S. RohrBerg, associate professor of costume design. Lighting design is by guest artist Jess Fialko and sound design is by Shawn Poellet. 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.

January 26, 2018 - 2:05pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa construction management program recently received recognition in three different rankings.

The program was ranked third in College Factual’s 10 Best Colleges and Universities for Highly Paid Construction Management Graduates, 16th in College Factual’s Top Construction Management Colleges in the U.S: Nationwide and 22nd in Best Value Schools’ 50 Best Value Schools for Construction Management. Construction management has been recognized by these rankings since the late 2000s.

UNI’s construction management program is designed to prepare management-oriented professionals for careers in the construction industry: residential, commercial, heavy and highway construction, and marketing. UNI’s program is also well known for having a nearly 100 percent placement rate after graduation. Most students will have at least one job offer up to a year before graduation.

For more information about UNI’s construction management program, visit tech.uni.edu/construction or contact Shahram VarzaVand, professor of construction management, at 319-273-6428 or varzavand@uni.edu.

January 24, 2018 - 3:10pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Susan Faludi, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will give a lecture titled "In the Darkroom of Identity" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Kamerick Art Center auditorium at the University of Northern Iowa.

According to her biography on the Henry Holt and Company website, Faludi is the author of the bestselling book, "Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. Her most recent book, titled "In the Darkroom," is a memoir of her transgender father and a meditation on identity in its many forms. This book won the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Nation.

Faludi will be the fifth speaker in the Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and the Department of Communication Studies. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Gayle Pohl, associated professor of communications studies, at 319-273-6308 or gayle.pohl@uni.edu, or Melissa Beall, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-2992 or melissa.beall@uni.edu.

January 23, 2018 - 1:54pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Accounting students at the University of Northern Iowa are providing free income tax assistance again this year through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Assistance in the preparation of tax returns will be available on Monday and Wednesday nights from Feb. 5 through April 11 (excluding March 12 and 14 of spring break week). Returns for foreign students and scholars will be prepared beginning Monday, March 5.

Returns are being prepared from 7 to 9 p.m., with registration taking place in Room 223 of the Curris Business Building on the UNI campus. No appointment is necessary; Room 223 will open at 6:30 p.m. You are encouraged to arrive early to allow students sufficient time to complete your return. Only a limited number of returns will be completed each night. 

VITA was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help low income taxpayers who may find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. The program also provides accounting students an experiential learning opportunity as they work with taxpayers.

Students will be available to electronically prepare and e-file federal and Iowa tax returns for eligible taxpayers. Accounting students have completed a one-semester comprehensive tax course, plus additional training for IRS certification, and have access to a variety of federal and state reference materials.

Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring: social security cards for the taxpayer, spouse, and dependents; valid photo identification; a copy of last year’s Federal and Iowa tax returns; Form W-2, "Wage and Tax Statement," from each employer; Forms 1099, for such things as interest, dividends or retirement payments; a list of other income and expenses; Form 1098-E, student loan interest statement; Form 1098-T, tuition payment statement (also bring institution billing statement); banking information (account and routing numbers) for automatic deposit of refund; and all other information pertinent to your 2017 tax return. 

New requirement: clients will be asked about health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents. Please bring a Form 1095-A (Health Insurance Marketplace), Form 1095-B or 1095-C statement to indicate your health insurance coverage.

For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 319-273-2394.

January 22, 2018 - 11:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host the seventh annual African-American Children and Families Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23,in Maucker Union. A pre-conference will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb 22. The theme for this year’s conference is “Pass it On: Lessons Learned From Our Ancestors.”

This conference is designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcers, policy makers, health care professionals, social workers, business leaders and students of all ages. The goal of the conference is to promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American families. Participants will engage in networking, sharing ideas and meeting new colleagues to improve the quality of life for African-American children and families.

The keynote speaker this year is Gail L. Thompson, the Wells Fargo Endowed Professor of Education at Fayetteville State University. Thompson has written multiple books, co-hosted radio programs and appeared on PBS television networks. In 2009, she was selected as a new member of the African-American Advisory Committee by the California Department of Education.

Both conferences are open to the public; registration is free for UNI students and faculty as well as middle and high school students. For more information or to register, visit aac.uni.edu/ or contact Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or gloria.holmes@uni.edu

January 22, 2018 - 2:58pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Michele Norris, famed journalist and former host of National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered," will present "The Race Card Project" at the University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30. The event is free but will be ticketed. Tickets must be picked up in person at the GBPAC.

Michele Norris
Michele Norris, famed journalist and former host of National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered."

Norris is, according to her web page, one of the most trusted voices in American journalism. Her voice informs, engages and enlightens listeners with thoughtful interviews and in-depth reporting as one of the hosts of NPR’s flagship afternoon broadcast, "All Things Considered." Norris uses an approachable interviewing style that is at once relaxed and rigorous. She’s interviewed world leaders, Nobel laureates, Oscar winners, American presidents, military leaders, influential newsmakers and astronauts traveling in outer space.

Norris’ "The Race Card Project" has been presented across the United States to rave reviews. Through it, participants are asked to think about their experiences, questions, dreams and observations about race and identity. Then the participants must distill those thoughts to just one six-word sentence. The project actually began as a conversation exercise during her book tour, but the response was so overwhelming that Norris decided to keep it going. 

“I've listened to Michele Norris speak before and was fascinated with how she describes grace and the role it plays in our lives,” said Michael Hager, senior vice president for finance and operations at UNI. Hager heard Norris speak in 2017 during a conference. “I remember thinking she would be a great person to invite to the UNI campus as her approach is similar to how our campus discusses differences and similarities, including hope for the future. The candor with which she shares about her own family is amazing. I'm excited she will be on campus.”

For more information about the presentation, contact Gwenne Berry, assistant to the president and chief diversity officer, at 319-273-2820 or gwenne.berry@uni.edu. For ticketing information, visit the GBPAC on UNI’s campus.

January 19, 2018 - 9:32am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) received the "What's the Big Idea?" Award at the annual Alliance Management Institute, an educational conference geared toward students planning a career in the nonprofit sector, in early January.

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Award
Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, CNP and President of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance; Madelyn Christensen, CNP; Trevor Schmitt; Morgan Rahe; JD Waybill; Emily Dvorak; and Lee Sherman, President & CEO, National Human Services Assembly

UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a student-run organization dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations. The group sent 41 students to the conference in Kansas City, Missouri, to attend educational workshops, network and experience career development activities, including research and awards presentations.

The "What's the Big Idea?" Award recognizes a group of NLA students who have created an innovative solution to address a major challenge facing the nonprofit sector. The 2018 groups focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in the nonprofit sector. UNI's "Big Idea" was presented in front of a panel of judges and 500 conference attendees. As the winning team, UNI received the "What's the Big Idea? Award and $1,000 for the organization.

In addition to receiving the "What's the Big Idea?" Award, students also participated in poster presentation sessions that allowed them to showcase best practices from their campus Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association or for the nonprofit sector and research conducted in one or more of the Alliance competency areas. UNI students received first and second place in Undergraduate Research and first place in Best Practices of the Nonprofit Sector.

For more information about UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, visit uni-nonprofit.org or contact Julianne Gassman, campus executive director of NLA, at 319-273-2204 or julianne.gassman@uni.edu, or Kristina Kofoot, community engagement program coordinator for Undergraduate Studies, at 319-273-4507 or kristina.kofoot@uni.edu.

January 19, 2018 - 9:39am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Bob Ryan, retired sports writer for the Boston Globe and regular contributor for ESPN's "Around the Horn" sports roundtable discussion show, will give a presentation titled "Bob Ryan: You Know Me From Television, But When I Look in the Mirror, I See a Writer" at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, in the McLeod Center's Alumni Suite.

Ryan has been referred to as "the quintessential American sportswriter" and a guru of basketball. He retired from the Globe in 2012, but continues to report and appear on ESPN and other programs. He also has his own podcast, "Bob Ryan's Boston Podcast."

His presentation is part of the Hearst Lecture Series presented by the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and the Department of Communication Studies. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Gayle Pohl, associated professor of communications studies, at 319-273-6308 or gayle.pohl@uni.edu.

January 11, 2018 - 11:51am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI School of Music will present a winter opera performance of Engelbert Humperdinck’s "Hansel & Gretel." The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 26 and 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, in the Great Hall in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

These performances will feature the UNI Opera Ensemble under the direction of Mitra Sadeghpour, director, and Korey Barrett, vocal coach, and will feature the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra led by Rebecca Burkhardt, conductor.

In Humperdinck’s operatic version of the Grimm brothers' fairy tale, the mischievous Hansel and adorable Gretel make their way through the forest searching for strawberries and meet a magical cast of characters along the way. These performances will feature the full production and is a collaboration of theatre, dance and music students.

Admission to the opera performances will be ticketed. To purchase tickets, call 319-273-4TIX or visit www.uni.edu/tickets. For more information on this or other School of Music events, call 319-273-2028 or visit www.uni.edu/music.

January 4, 2018 - 10:19am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will end Martin Luther King Jr. Week activities on Jan. 20 with a presentation by Carol Anderson, author of "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide." Anderson’s lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Lang Hall and is free and open to the public.

Anderson’s book, "White Rage," was chosen as the campus’ inaugural President’s Diversity Common Read. Through the common read process, the book is made available to all members of the campus community interested in participating. Then individuals sign up to discuss the book in groups led by 17 groups and pairs of facilitators over the fall 2017 semester. Approximately 200 people participated, according to Gwenne Berry, assistant to the president and chief diversity officer at UNI.

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Carol Anderson, author of "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide."

In "White Rage," according to its description on Amazon.com, "Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, "White Rage" will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America." The book has a long list of positive reviews and, in the midst of those accolades, was named a National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, a New York Times Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2016 and a Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016.

"There was exceptionally high interest in the book," said Berry, who noted that many of the 17 groups filled up in less than a day. "I think people are hungry not just for the kind of information presented in the book, but also to talk about the difficult subject of race and their own experience with race relations."

Berry, who co-facilitated a common read group with Paula Knudson, vice president for student affairs, said her group initially struggled to get comfortable enough with one another to "make mistakes." "When you start to talk about race, about the incredibly violent and shameful history associated with it in this country, people get very uncomfortable. But out of that discomfort comes growth and understanding, so I think it’s important to engage it."

Susan Hill, director of UNI’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, also co-facilitated a group. "White Rage is a difficult, painful and necessary book for white people to read. The book made many of us who were unaware of how deeply racism is embedded in very creation of the U.S. sad, angry and committed to doing our part to undo and undermine the effects of white rage."

"Once we announced that Anderson would be on campus to talk about the book, I suddenly had more requests for the book. I also had some people ask if they could put together an ad hoc common read group in advance of Anderson’s appearance here. It’s been very exciting to see that," said Berry. 

Both the Cedar Falls and Waterloo public libraries have extra copies of the book for loan. Anderson will set aside time to sign copies following her presentation. A reception will precede the lecture in the Center for Multicultural Education at 3 p.m. on Jan. 20.

For more information, contact Berry at 319-273-2820 or gwenne.berry@uni.edu.

 

 

 

January 3, 2018 - 3:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center will host a series of restoration and natural management seminars in 2018.

The first seminar will feature Kristine Nemec, who will present “Creating the Case for Habitat in Rights-of-Way” at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11. In her talk, Nemec will discuss the use of a decision support tool that addresses the benefits and barriers of pollinator habitat in utility and transportation rights-of-way.

Nemec manages the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program, which is in its 30th year at UNI. Nemec is also an active participant of the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group, which is facilitated by the Energy Resource Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Other topics of this four-part series, which is scheduled January-April, include wetland mitigation, habitat establishment and maintenance, and landscaping with native plants. All seminars will be held at the Tallgrass Prairie Center, located at 2412 W. 27th Street, Cedar Falls.

For more information, contact Staci Mueller, outreach coordinator at the Tallgrass Prairie Center, at staci.mueller@uni.edu, or find complete details at tallgrassprairiecenter.org.

December 22, 2017 - 2:58pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa conducted its annual emergency exercise on Dec. 19, 2017.

The exercise simulated a fire in an administration building. Participants included the UNI Department of Public Safety, the Cedar Falls Fire Department and the Cedar Falls Police Department.

The purpose of the exercise was to review, assess and evaluate the university's emergency plans and capabilities.

The exercise also assessed the university's internal notification process that is used to notify stakeholders when an on-campus incident occurs.

For more information about UNI's evacuation plans, visit uni.edu/ehso/campus-emergencies.

December 15, 2017 - 10:55am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "Anastylosis Project" from Monday, Jan. 8, through Tuesday, Feb. 27. This exhibition represents nearly two decades of work by artist Mary Griep, professor emerita of art and art history at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. At 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17, Griep will present a lecture in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. An opening reception will follow.

"Anastylosis Project" draws inspiration from 11th and 12th century sacred architecture from around the world, here depicted in numerous large-scale drawings. Among the buildings illustrated are the Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres (France), the Hindu temple of Angkor Wat (Cambodia), the Buddhist temple of Thatbyinnyu (Myanmar), the Ulu Camii (Great Mosque) of Divrigi (Turkey), the Mayan Palace of the Governors (Mexico), the Stavkirke of Borgund (Norway), the Mayan temple El Castillo (Mexico), the Byzantine Orthodox Church Hagios Dimitrios (Greece), the Franziskanerkirche of Salzburg (Austria) and the Basilica of San Marco of Venice (Italy), as well as the artist’s newest work, the Baptistery of Saint John, in Florence (Italy).

"Anastylosis" refers to the practice of restoring a monument by dismantling and rebuilding the structure using the original methods and materials as closely as possible. The exhibition title is a nod to each building’s physical, cultural and historical layers, and a celebration of the palimpsest that results as monuments are reimagined at different moments in history. Griep’s drawings compress centuries of use, spiritual practice and restoration, offering a reflection on the long and numinous lives of these sacred spaces.

Support for this project has been generously provided by the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand; the Associated Colleges of the Midwest; the Anderson Center, Red Wing, Minnesota; the City of Salzburg, Austria; the Minnesota State Arts Board; the Ella and Kaare Nygaard Foundation; and St. Olaf College.

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 on Monday, Jan. 15 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 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.

December 15, 2017 - 12:01pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an exhibition titled "Women as Makers," which will be open to the public on the following dates: Jan. 8 – Feb. 27; March 19 – April 14; and April 23 – May 5. Please note: the gallery will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

This UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition was co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton and gallery director Darrell Taylor. Some of the artworks featured are by artists Elisabeth Frink, Akane Kirimura, Käthe Kollwitz, Berenice Abbott, Liisa Hallamaa and Marjorie Nuhn. Also presented are historical objects borrowed from the UNI Museum.

Sutton states, "Women’s contributions to society are often undervalued. Women represented more than 60 percent of students in art programs in 2006 and 51 percent of professional visual artists. However, galleries, museums, universities, canonical art history texts and other institutions continue to under-represent and under-compensate women. Drawing from UNI’s Permanent Art Collection and the UNI Museum collection, this show makes visible the many ways in which women shape and benefit society through their art and labor."

Sutton has also collaborated with Rod Library’s Fine and Performing Arts librarian Angela Pratesi to host a collaborative writing and editing initiative, which endeavors to include more women artists on Wikipedia, the online free encyclopedia. This edit-a-thon will take place March 24, 2018. Visit the exhibition website for digital images of the works on display and Wikipedia entries: sites.google.com/a/uni.edu/women-as-makers/.

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.

December 12, 2017 - 9:33am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual fall Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, in the McLeod Center. This year’s Commencement speaker delivering the student address is Megan Kennedy, a senior psychology and family services major.

Approximately 560 graduates will participate in Commencement. The names of candidates will be read by Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre.

Following the ceremony, there will be a reception on the concourse level inside the McLeod Center with light refreshments provided. Graduates and guests are encouraged to attend. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures. For family and friends who are unable to attend, the ceremony will be streamed live starting at 11 a.m. at live.uni.edu.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/commencement or contact Joyce Morrow, university registrar, at 319-273-2244 or joyce.morrow@uni.edu.

December 12, 2017 - 2:11pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa industrial technology students, in collaboration with the Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education, are helping children across the state "scale up" their skills as part of Ramps & Pathways by creating the materials needed for more than 250 pre-made kits.

Ramps & Pathways is an integrative STEM activity that fosters children's understanding of force and motion and challenges spatial thinking as they design and engineer ramps and pathway systems to move objects from one point to another. Teachers apply for a grant, and when chosen by the STEM Advisory Committee in each STEM Hub, they receive a classroom set of unit blocks, a 30-piece set of track for constructing ramp systems, objects to roll on the track, and a teacher guide and STEM resource book.

Ramps and Pathways

Through their own research, the Regents' Center has developed materials that support young children in doing STEM investigations, posing their own and eventually creating outside engineering and design challenges. These materials are not readily available to teachers. For this project, the Regents' Center formed a partnership with UNI’s Department of Industrial Technology (DIT). They were able to bring prototypes of educational materials to the DIT and have them use these prototypes to create high-quality materials that will serve young STEM investigators and their teachers well. The benefit to the DIT was an authentic experience for their undergraduate and graduate students to research sources for raw materials, methods of production and design, and carry out production.

The center has been successful on a small scale and was excited for this opportunity to bring this partnership to a large scale with an added challenge of following public university guidelines and procedures. To date, DIT has produced 7,500 pieces of track (ramps) and 62,0000 blocks. Each kit requires approximately 35-40 hours to complete. When complete, the DIT students and staff deliver the kits to locations across Iowa, including urban and rural classrooms.

"I think by partnering with industrial tech students, we bridged an understanding of what we do at the Regents' Center and also opened doors for other community collaboration," said Allison Barness, instructor of teaching at UNI. "We are making something with a purpose."

For more information about Ramps & Pathways, contact Barness at 319-273-2381 or allison.barness@uni.edu, or visit regentsctr.uni.edu/ramps-pathways. For more information about the Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education, visit regentsctr.uni.edu.

December 4, 2017 - 8:37am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa—The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and University Book & Supply, Inc. (UBS) have signed a letter of intent for the university to purchase the bookstore. Kathleen Hesse, UBS president, said “UBS has had a great relationship with UNI for 80 years. When it came time to sell the business, all the stockholders agreed that the university would be the best buyer to continue serving the students, faculty and community.”

Michael Hager, senior vice president for finance and operations at UNI shared two primary reasons the acquisition is a fit for UNI. “First and foremost, students will continue to have convenient access to the textbooks and course materials necessary for their educational experience. With UNI owning the bookstore it will operate as a not-for-profit entity, which will offer UNI students the lowest possible pricing every year.  Taking advantage of this opportunity is another element of the ongoing UNI initiative of providing a high-quality education at a reasonable cost.”

“In addition, the acquisition will keep ownership and control of this business in the Cedar Valley, which we feel is very important," according to Hager.

The Iowa Board of Regents will consider the request at its December 6, 2017 meeting. The bookstore is being sold for $2.4 million, plus inventory costs at the time of closing. The university will not utilize any general education funds towards the purchase. The university expects the transaction to be complete by March 1, 2018.

November 29, 2017 - 12:36pm

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CEDAR FALLS, IowaThe University of Northern Iowa’s Children’s Choir will perform a fall concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, in the Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall on the UNI campus.

The UNI Children’s Choir (UNICC) is sponsored by the UNI Community Music School and the UNI School of Music. The group includes students in grades 3 through 9 from throughout the Cedar Valley. The choir is directed by UNI School of Music faculty member, Michelle Swanson. 

For more information, contact Heather Hamilton, director of the Community Music School, at 319-273-2142 or visit cms.uni.edu.

November 29, 2017 - 12:45pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- It may be blustery outside, but the cozy Marshall Center School will warm your toes and hearts with holiday festivities, and we will party likes it’s 1899. The magical world of Victorian Christmas traditions comes alive in the historic one-room school at the University of Northern Iowa on Dec. 3.

The Friends of the UNI Museum invite you to celebrate the holidays in our historic schoolhouse. Spend your Sunday afternoon singing favorite Christmas carols, enjoy decorating (and eating) cookies, learning crafts to create vintage holiday ornaments and decorations, and enjoy the telling of a beloved Christmas story. Join in the yuletide festivities from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday Dec. 3.

This is the fifth offering in the Friends of UNI Museum Rural Schoolhouse Speaker Series. All Speaker Series presentations are open to the public, and there is no admission fee. Free parking on campus is also available for this event.

For more information, contact Amy RohrBerg, Friend of the UNI Museum board member and associate professor in the Department of Theatre, at 319-273-6459 or amy.rohrberg@uni.edu

November 29, 2017 - 12:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Interpreters Theatre will present “An Evening of Text Messages” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Interpreters Theatre in 040 Lang Hall.

See the “best of the best” from our beginning and advanced performance classes. Experience all kinds of texts in this one-hour celebration of performance.

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 will open at 7 p.m.

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

November 20, 2017 - 12:00am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- On Nov. 8, the McNair Scholars Association hosted First GEN First, an event commemorating the anniversary of the birth of TRiO programs. TRiO programs assist first-generation students meet college graduation goals through preparation, advising and mentoring.

Many of the UNI personnel attending the event revealed they were also first-generation college students. Six first-generation McNair Scholars served as panelists for a question and answer session. The panelists included: Niria White (history), Joshua Prybil (chemistry), Andrew Jessip (global studies), Aarika Forney (political science), Ashley Sanchez (psychology and Spanish) and Jewels Howard (criminology). McNair Scholars Program director, Nievita Bueno Watts, served as moderator. The panelists discussed their experiences as first-generation college students at UNI.

Each panelist shared their unique perspectives and ideas, and some offered suggestions of additional ways faculty and staff could support first-generation students. Relationships with faculty members were key to their successes as first-generation students. Panelists recommended that faculty members identify first-generation students in their classes early on and make attempts to reach out and support these students as individuals. have Creating bilingual tour guides, materials printed in Spanish language and translators available during the application, admissions and orientation process to forge a more inclusive atmosphere for relatives who do not speak English fluently was also discussed. Dormitory floors or apartments dedicated to first-generation student occupancy could also create a support network.

For more information about the First GEN First event, contact Watts at 319-273-7234 or nievita.watts@uni.edu. For more information about TRiO Programs, visit eop.uni.edu/uni-cue/uni-cue-programs.

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.

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