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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.

June 5, 2017 - 3:25pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa one-credit-hour graduate course, "Secret Lives of Stuff," begins Monday, June 12, for K through 8 educators. The course is online and is offered in two parts. The first part runs until Tuesday, July 25, and part two, which involves educators teaching about the topics in their classrooms, ends on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The course has a $100 tuition and technology fee. Due to grant support, educators who successfully complete the online course will receive a $100 stipend, making the workshop free. UNI is able to offer the graduate-credit course, lesson plans and stipends to each teacher thanks to funding support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program and UNI EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research).

To enroll for the course or for more information, visit ceee.uni.edu/education/way-we-live/workshops, or contact Susan Salterberg, instructor and program manager at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, at 319-337-4816 or susan.salterberg@uni.edu.

May 26, 2017 - 10:51am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Friends of the University of Northern Iowa Museum will present the second part of a new lecture series, the Rural Schoolhouse Speakers. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, at the Marshall Center School at 2301 Indiana St. 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 experience, and how the school building was once the heart and center of the community. The featured speaker for this second lecture is Jean Richardson from Cedar Falls. Richardson will share what she has learned from interviewing students and teachers from some of Iowa's one-room schools, including the trauma of the eighth-grade exams and the joy of community celebrations.

The first speaker was Bill Sherman, Humanities Iowa Speaker, who presented "Iowa's Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning." Friends of the UNI Museum has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host these presentations. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities of Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa's communities.

The series is free and open 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

May 22, 2017 - 1:29pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Instructional Technology degree program scheduled to begin August 2017. This program is designed to prepare professionals to be leaders in instructional technology in the classroom, district and beyond.

This program focuses on integrating technology into the classroom, and graduates focus on bringing progressive change to Iowa and beyond. Coursework involves authentic projects that are designed to be directly applicable to students’ professional world. Students will build skills and develop vision based upon best practices for using technology to support learning.

Courses are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Most courses also meet via interactive video conferencing, with fall and spring sessions held on Thursday nights. Six-week summer sessions may be held weekdays and may include optional in-person instruction on the UNI campus.

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

For more information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-2504 or 800-772-1746.

May 22, 2017 - 3:08pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center will demonstrate the practical use of prairie on working farms at field days slated for Tuesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 22.

The field days will focus on the applied use of prairie for water-quality improvement efforts and pollinator habitat. Discussion topics include stand evaluation, first- and second-year maintenance and weed control, and site-specific seed mix design. Additionally, research results comparing mowed and “no-mow” plots along with three different seed mixes will be shared.

Luze Farm Corp. will host the June 20 field day from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants should meet at the Luze farm, located at 5718 12th Avenue, Dysart. Morning refreshments will be served.

Those attending the June 22 field day will meet at the Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farm Borlaug Learning Center, located at 3327 290th Street, Nashua. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and will include a complimentary meal.

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 pre-register by contacting Ashley Kittle at 319-273-3828 or ashley.kittle@uni.edu by June 16.

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: Iowa Nutrient Reduction Center, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Practical Farmers of Iowa, Monarch Joint Venture, People's Company, Xerces Society, Iowa State University STRIPS, The Luze Family Corporation, Black Hawk SWCD and Cedar River Watershed Coalition.

May 12, 2017 - 1:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa, in collaboration with the City of Cedar Falls and the Cedar Falls School District, will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new tennis complex at 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 15, on the corner of 19th and Campus Street, just east of the Nielsen Fieldhouse.

The new tennis courts will cost $1.5 million. The project received a $500,000 grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association, and the balance is being funded by UNI, the city and school district.

In 2015, the UNI community engaged in an extensive Facilities Master Planning project. The No. 1 item of immediate need found in the Recreation and Athletic Facility plan was the tennis court complex. 

For more information about the project, contact Chris Denison, director of UNI Recreations Services, at 319-273-7160 or christopher.denison@uni.edu.

May 8, 2017 - 1:46pm

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The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Music (MM) in Music Education degree program scheduled to begin fall 2017. This two-year program is designed for those wishing to develop skills as an accomplished teacher, enhance teaching credentials, advance their pay scale, gain access to current educational trends and issues, and broaden their perspectives on music education.

"Music education is constantly changing and music teachers need to keep up with all the new developments. The Masters in Music Education allows practicing teachers to learn the ideas that are shaping music education and bring them into their classrooms," says Kevin Droe, program coordinator.

Courses in this program are offered via interactive video conferencing methods, including Adobe Connect, Monday evenings during fall and spring semesters. Summers may include additional video conferencing sessions. Some coursework is offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser.

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

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

May 1, 2017 - 11:18am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts degree program in Art Education scheduled to begin fall 2017. The art education MA program provides education professionals access to a comprehensive interdisciplinary, historical and contemporary orientation to the study and practice of art education.

Courses taught in the first year are designed to explore contemporary themes of art education in eight-week modules. Courses instructed in the second year will be delivered in sixteen-week modules to allow implementation of research and writing.

The courses in this program are offered one night per week using a combination of a desktop video conferencing system, eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system, and individual instructor/student conferencing. 

The program is delivered on a cohort basis and completed in five consecutive-semesters, with the degree to be awarded in the spring of 2019. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/art-education.

For additional information about the master’s degree in art education and additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-2121 or 800-648-3864.

April 27, 2017 - 1:44pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program scheduled to begin fall 2017. The program is primarily designed for working professionals in the fields of public policy, public administration and nonprofit management. In addition to the MPP, students can also enroll for the graduate certificate in Public Administration.

The Master of Public Policy program explores the political and social aspects of public policy, as well as various methods of policy analysis. This program allows students to discover the tools needed to assume effective and meaningful positions with public or nonprofit organizations that serve the community.

“Working professionals have benefited from the online structure of the program as well as a core group of faculty who are readily available for instruction and guidance,” said Chris Larimer, program coordinator.

Courses in this program are offered using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system, and eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. The cornerstone course, Politics and Public Policy, includes a brief orientation to the program and is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, on the UNI campus. All other course requirements can be completed online.

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

For more information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-2504 or 800-772-1746.

April 27, 2017 - 1:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in School Library Studies degree program scheduled to begin fall 2017. This program is designed for those who wish to become teacher librarians and qualify for the K through 12 teacher librarian endorsement in Iowa.

This program prepares students to become teacher librarians who manage the school library program and serve as leaders in technology and literacy, teachers of digital citizenship and advocates for lifelong readers. All courses integrate technology skills, preparing graduates to lead school-wide learning through co-planning, co-teaching, and providing print and digital resources to students and teachers.

“The School Library Studies program stands out in the preparation of K through 12 teacher librarians for schools throughout Iowa because faculty have K through 12 teaching and library experience, and infuse a K through 12 connection and technology integration throughout all courses in the program,” said Karla Krueger, program coordinator.

Courses are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring internet access and a web browser. Many courses meet once per week in the evening via interactive video conferencing. One in-person, hands-on Saturday class session will be held on the UNI campus during the first fall semester.

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

For more information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-2504 or 800-772-1746.

April 26, 2017 - 9:46am

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

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

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

April 21, 2017 - 3:19pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 19, 2017 - 10:38am

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

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

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

April 17, 2017 - 10:58am

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

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

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

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

April 17, 2017 - 11:51am

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 17, 2017 - 11:53am

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 17, 2017 - 11:55am

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

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

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

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

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

April 14, 2017 - 9:46am

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 14, 2017 - 1:27pm

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

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

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

April 12, 2017 - 7:44am

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

The list of awards and award winners include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 12, 2017 - 7:46am

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

The winners include:

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

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

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

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

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

April 12, 2017 - 9:39am

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

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

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

April 12, 2017 - 11:28am

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

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

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

April 12, 2017 - 12:52pm

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

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

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

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

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

April 12, 2017 - 4:11pm

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

Rachael Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 11, 2017 - 8:54am

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

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

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

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

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

April 11, 2017 - 1:34pm

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

Abigail Disney

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

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

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

April 10, 2017 - 9:08am

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

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

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

April 10, 2017 - 9:14am

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

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

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

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

April 7, 2017 - 11:24am

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

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

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

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

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

April 6, 2017 - 10:33am

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

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

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

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

April 6, 2017 - 12:41pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 5, 2017 - 9:14am

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

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

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

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

April 5, 2017 - 2:49pm

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

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

College of Business Administration

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

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

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

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

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

 

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

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

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

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

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

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

 

College of Humanities Arts & Sciences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 3, 2017 - 9:25am

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

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

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

March 31, 2017 - 11:59am

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 31, 2017 - 12:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 31, 2017 - 12:20pm

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

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

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

March 29, 2017 - 10:45am

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

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

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

March 28, 2017 - 9:08am

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

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

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

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

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

March 28, 2017 - 9:10am

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

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

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

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

March 28, 2017 - 9:15am

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

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

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

March 28, 2017 - 9:19am

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

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

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

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

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

March 28, 2017 - 4:11pm

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

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

Schindler Education Center renovation highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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