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September 12, 2017 - 11:02am

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

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

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

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

September 12, 2017 - 2:49pm

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

Jason Sole
Jason Sole

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

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

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

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

T. Elon Dancy
T. Elon Dancy

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

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

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

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

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

September 12, 2017 - 3:11pm

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

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

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

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

September 11, 2017 - 11:28am

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

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

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

September 8, 2017 - 1:52pm

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

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

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

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

Other highlights from the enrollment report include:

- A 33 percent increase in new freshmen from Illinois.

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

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

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

September 8, 2017 - 1:56pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 8, 2017 - 1:59pm

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

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

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

September 8, 2017 - 2:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 25, 2017 - 10:42am

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 15, 2017 - 3:55pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 11, 2017 - 9:32am

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

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

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

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

August 8, 2017 - 2:28pm

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

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

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

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

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

August 8, 2017 - 2:29pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 4, 2017 - 10:36am

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

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

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

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

June 21, 2017 - 9:11am

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

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

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

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

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

June 21, 2017 - 9:21am

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

Kaleidoscope Series for Youth

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

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

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

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

June 14, 2017 - 11:22am

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

Rodney Dieser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 6, 2017 - 1:53pm

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

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

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

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

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

June 5, 2017 - 3:19pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/

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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.

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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. 

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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.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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