News Release Archive

May 18, 2018 - 3:23pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Friday, May 18, a 77-acre stretch of land northeast of Dysart will begin a transformation. The Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa will begin restoring the land to prairie—Iowa’s native ecosystem—at a dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. This new prairie, the Irvine Prairie, was made possible through a gift from Cathy Irvine.

“Cathy and her late husband, David, shared a passion for conservationism,” said Mark Nook, president of UNI. “Cathy’s generosity and a collaboration between the Tallgrass Prairie Center and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation are making this vision for a new public learning space possible.”

A conservation easement, retained by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, guarantees the Irvine Prairie will remain a conservation resource in perpetuity. Ownership of the land belongs to the UNI Properties Corporation, which will contract with the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center to install and maintain the prairie.

“This is a long-term, collaborative process,” said Laura Jackson, director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center. “The Tallgrass Prairie Center is the steward of this land. Cathy’s gift provides an opportunity for students from UNI and area schools to form their own questions and make discoveries here. We are thankful for her vision to create a place where students can experience how Iowa used to be 150 years ago.”

“We join Cathy in hoping the Irvine Prairie will inspire others in conservation work, help educate young people, and be a place of research and study for students and scientists,” Nook said.

Community members, friends of the Tallgrass Prairie Center and students from Union High School have been invited to take part in the first planting Friday. The process of planting the farmland into native prairie will take four-to-five years. In the first year, 8.5 acres will be planted into prairie.

Only two percent of original North American tallgrass prairie ecosystem remains. In Iowa, less than one-tenth of a percent remains. The prairie performs vital roles in building and stabilizing soil, increasing water absorption and infiltration to improve water quality and reduce flooding, producing fuel for bioenergy, sequestering carbon and providing wildlife habitat.

To learn more about the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, visit

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May 14, 2018 - 9:47am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Teaching and Learning Mathematics (CTLM) will be featured in the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation. The theme for this year's showcase is "Transforming the Educational Landscape," and it will be held Monday, May 14 to Monday, May 21 at

CTLM's video focuses on the Teaching Mathematics to Struggling Learners professional development course. The center has combined forces with experts in the fields of mathematics and special education to answer questions such as "What do I do when universal or core instruction is not enough?" The course builds mathematics content knowledge and increases understanding and implementation of research-supported instructional and assessment strategies specific to mathematics-intensive intervention.

"The need is great," says Vicki Oleson, director of CTLM. "Special education teachers report a lack of materials, support and confidence in teaching mathematics."

"The entire picture became more clear once I had the class and I could start putting all the pieces together," said Deb Colflesh, special needs teacher in the Waterloo Community School District. "There was definitely some growth in the students. They had better knowledge when they walked out of my room than they did when they came in."

Now in its fourth year, the annual showcase features over 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching. During the week, event researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online and vote for their favorites.

Video presentations cover a wide range of topics, including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyber learning, citizen science, maker spaces, mentoring, informal learning, professional development, research and evaluation, NGSS and the Common Core. The videos highlight initiatives for students of all ages—K through graduate school as well as adult learners.

For more information about the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase and to vote for the Center for Teaching and Learning Mathematics' video, visit For more information about CTLM, visit

May 10, 2018 - 2:45pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Jordan Downing, a Waverly-Shell Rock student and incoming UNI freshman, has been awarded the Sally Gearhart Strottman Memorial Scholarship in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Iowa. The award is given by the UNI College of Education to an incoming freshman from Northeast Iowa who will pursue a degree in elementary education. The scholarship award is $10,000 and is renewable for a total of four years.

Jordan Downing
Jordan Downing

The scholarship honors the late Sally Gearhart Strottman, a 1970 alumna of UNI's College of Education.   Strottman was a former educator in the Waverly-Shell Rock school district.

Downing is a senior at Waverly-Shell Rock High School where he has been active in football, basketball, choir, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of the National Honor Society.

The scholarship was made possible through a generous gift to the UNI Foundation.

May 10, 2018 - 3:50pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Educational Talent Search, a program of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), is sponsoring the Men of Change conference on Friday, May 18, at UNI-CUE, 800 Sycamore Street, Waterloo, Iowa.

The conference will host 40 minority young men in grades 7 through 10 from area middle and high schools. These young men will be given the opportunity to engage with minority community leaders on the following topics:

- Financial Literacy
- Social Media and Life Skills
- Community Engagement
- Academics and Sports

Facilitators and guest speakers will include: Mark Nook, UNI president; Jim Wohlpart, UNI provost; Quentin Hart, mayor of Waterloo; Lance Dunn, Waterloo human resource director; Rep. Ras Smith; Abraham Funchess, human rights director; Robert Smith Jr., UNI-CUE director; Marvin Spencer, probation officer; and Todd Goodson Sr.

For more information about the Men of Change conference, contact Carlos Frazier, recruiter and adviser for UNI-CUE's Educational Talent Search, at 319-273-4795 or

May 9, 2018 - 10:06am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Science Education program scheduled to begin summer 2019, with an optional spring 2019 jump start. This program integrates theory, application and content, allowing K through 12 teachers to update pedagogy as well as add endorsement areas to their teaching licenses or update content knowledge in their specialty areas.

This master’s program builds a strong foundation in science content knowledge to complement research-based pedagogical practices. Students will learn how to teach science to their students in a way that helps construct their knowledge within an inquiry framework. Students will also have the opportunity to earn credits toward endorsements in earth science, physics, biology and chemistry. 

"Classes allow teachers to collaborate with other teachers, from a range of subject areas and backgrounds, which widens their perspectives on science education and opens many doors to fresh, new ideas for their own classrooms," says Dawn Del Carlo, program coordinator.

Courses in this program are offered on Wednesday evenings via interactive video conferencing, in addition to eLearning, a dynamic online platform that will enhance students’ learning experiences and sense of community with classmates. Core and elective courses use a blended approach, with in-person instruction required at least once per course. A required orientation session is scheduled on the UNI campus Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The program begins June 2019 using a cohort model in which a group of students completes the core coursework together over a two-year period. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

May 3, 2018 - 3:29pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications through May 15 for a Master of Arts in Education degree program in Special Education: Consultant Emphasis, scheduled to begin August 2018. This program is designed for highly qualified special education teachers, with completion leading to an endorsement to serve as a special education consultant as well as an instructional coach certificate.

“Distance education is opening the doors for career advancement for many,” says program coordinator Susan Etscheidt, “and we are very excited to recruit highly effective special educators to join this two-year program, which will prepare them to serve as special education instructional coaches and consultants. These graduates will receive both an MAE in Special Education Consultation as well as a Special Education Instructional Coaching Certificate. We are hoping to attract teachers from all school districts and Area Education Agencies in Iowa. Working with both general and special educators, these coaches and consultants will help teachers meet the needs of students with disabilities in their classrooms.”

The courses included in this innovative program focus on the application of an instructional coaching/consultation model to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. This program also creates pathways to increase the number of professional leaders in special education, while maintaining direct engagement between excellent teacher-leaders and classrooms.

The degree consists of 30 units of credit, which can be earned in six consecutive semesters. Courses are taken using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree to be awarded in the summer of 2020. Courses are offered in eight-week sessions using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system and online via eLearning, a dynamic platform that supports the learning experience and sense of community with fellow classmates.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit Applications received by May 15 will receive full consideration. For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

April 25, 2018 - 11:37am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Nancy Hill Cobb, professor of music, composition and theory at the University of Northern Iowa, is this year's recipient of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)—Iowa Chapter Distinguished Faculty Award.

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Nancy Hill Cobb and Maureen White, Cedar Falls branch of AAUW.

The purpose of this award is to recognize women faculty's exemplary contributions toward creating a climate of gender equity in the state of Iowa. This may be accomplished through:

- Excellence in teaching, advising, scholarship and service to the college/university and community

- Continual efforts to develop new understandings and competencies in her discipline of expertise

- Outstanding leadership in service, which address the needs of female students

"The American Association of University Women is a wonderful organization that has made strides for women’s equity in education, not only on the local and statewide level, but also at the national level," said Cobb. "I’m very honored that the Iowa Chapter selected me for the award and appreciate very much the colleagues who nominated me. My previous role as associate provost for faculty gave me opportunities to support women in the professorate through the pay equity study and through work on the new faculty handbook. As a faculty member, I continue my work on women's issues through my discipline of music composition since my new major project is a musical based on the history of women's suffrage from 1910-1919."  

The award was presented at the annual AAUW State Conference at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge on April 21.

April 25, 2018 - 2:51pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host three spring Commencement ceremonies this year on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, in the McLeod Center.

The ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 4. The ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees from the College of Education and the Division of Continuing Education will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 5. The ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees from the College of Business Administration and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 5.

The speaker for the ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences is Avery Johnson, a senior English major. Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre, will read the names of the graduates.

The speaker for the ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education and the Division of Continuing Education is Isabella Judge, a senior individual studies: health sciences major. Nichole Zumbach Harken, instructor of communication studies, will read the names of the graduates.

The speaker for the ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Business Administration and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is Marissa Heinzerling, a senior supply chain management and management: organizational leadership double major. Deirdre Heistad, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, will read the names of the graduates.

The individual receiving an honorary degree is Nancy Jane Price. Price is the daughter of Malcolm Price, the fourth president of the Iowa State Teachers College, now the University of Northern Iowa. A writer as well as an artist, Price has published 10 novels and a collection of poems. Her third and best-known novel, "Sleeping with the Enemy," graced both national and international best-seller lists, was translated into more than 20 languages and was turned into a psychological thriller film.

The UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual spring Commissioning Ceremony at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 5, in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall. Three students will receive their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

All Commencement ceremonies will be streamed live at For more information, visit

April 24, 2018 - 4:23pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Conservation Corp was recognized by Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) with a 2018 Engaged Campus Award. The group received the Emerging Innovation award for their work with Community Energy & Climate Action.

Nearly 50 nominations were received from 12 colleges and universities across the state for the Engaged Campus Awards. Those nominated include students, organizations, faculty, staff and alumni who have built community-campus partnerships, community service programs, service-learning courses and lead institutional engagement.

"Our member colleges and universities are committed to strong community partnerships," said Emily Shields, executive director of IACC. "These awardees represent the kinds of people, projects and collaborations we need to move Iowa forward."

The Emerging Innovation award recognizes a recent project, program or initiative making unique and innovative contributions that demonstrate strong future potential. The UNI Conservation Corps Community Energy Planning Program works with various cities in Eastern Iowa to conduct greenhouse gas emissions inventories, develop emissions reduction goals and provide aid in reaching these goals through the production of a Community Energy Plan. Since this project was established in March of 2017, emissions inventories have been conducted for seven jurisdictions, including Cedar Falls and Waterloo. Four different classes of UNI students have collaborated with the project and gained valuable experience analyzing real environmental data as well as researching various projects focused on sustainability and energy conservation.

"We are honored to receive this recognition for the work that we are doing to address climate change while strengthening local economies here in Iowa," said Eric Giddens, energy education and outreach coordinator for UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education. "In addition to this valuable service that we are providing communities, I am perhaps even more proud of the rich experiences that we are giving our UNI students who by and large return to Iowa communities after graduation to build a brighter future for us all."

This is the fifth year of the Engaged Campus Awards, and they will be presented at the annual Engaged Campus Awards and Summit on May 9, 2018, at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The event is sponsored by Coe College and the University of Northern Iowa. The awards seek to promote and encourage deep community-campus collaborations that result in stronger student learning and positive impacts on community needs.

For more information about UNI's Community Energy & Climate Action project, contact Giddens at 319-273-7499 or For more information about Iowa Campus Compact and a list of all the honorees, visit

April 24, 2018 - 4:32pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting enrollments in music education workshops this summer. Each workshop is designed for teachers to enhance learning and instruction in their music classrooms. One hour of undergraduate credit is available for each.

In the RockShop! Modern Band Workshop, teachers will learn to play a variety of instruments and discover the tools and resources necessary to bring student-centered, culturally-responsive and inclusive music education to students. This workshop is designed to teach the skills, curriculum and network to successfully run a modern band program at any grade level or classroom.

Audio Engineering for Educators Workshop participants will learn skills that audio engineers use for capturing the best performances from their students. This course allows educators to learn to use different forms of audio equipment, including reinforcement gear to computerized digital recording. Teachers will gain knowledge in microphones, microphone techniques, mixing boards and digital audio.

RockShop! Modern Band Workshop will be held June 7-8 and Audio Engineering for Educators Workshop will be held June 25-26. Both will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the UNI campus, Russell Hall, in Room 111 and Room 147. To learn more about each workshop and how to enroll, visit

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

April 19, 2018 - 3:20pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Come build community and hear how to create gender-balance opportunities in media production. At 7 p.m., Monday, April 23, in Lang Hall Auditorium, Amy deLouise comes to the University of Northern Iowa to speak on "#GalsNGear: Life Hacks for Gender and Other Diversity 'Challenged' Creatives."

deLouise, video director, producer, author and speaker, is an advocate of women media-makers and entrepreneurs in digital businesses. deLouise is heading Women in Film & Video (WIFV) of Washington, D.C. pop-event "#GalsNGear" in Pella, Iowa. She will then travel to Cedar Falls to speak to the UNI and surrounding communities.

deLouise is credited with more than 400 productions. She is a leader in the field of short form digital storytelling for large surfaces at live events as well as small screens for mobile web delivery. She has garnered more than 40 creative excellence awards, including multiple Telly Awards, Peer Awards, New York Festivals, Aurora and the CINE Golden Eagle. She was also honored with the Woman of Vision Leadership Award from WIFV of Washington, D.C. for her leadership in the industry.

deLouise is a sought-after speaker at conferences, such as GV Expo, CCW and NAB Show. She has popular online courses (, including a new title on Script Writing for Nonfiction Video and her well-regarded The Art of the Video Interview. Her new book, "The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera" (Focal Press/Routledge), brings tips and real-world strategies to video producers working with non-actors in front of the camera for everything from documentaries and reality TV to web videos and testimonials.

This event is sponsored by UNI University Senate, Department of Communication Studies, Hearst Speaker Series, Women's and Gender Studies, Digital Media Leadership and the Iowa Motion Picture Association. It is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact Francesca Soans, associate professor of communications studies, at, or Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communication studies, at

April 18, 2018 - 12:53pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa—The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) at the University of Northern Iowa will celebrate National Playground Safety Week from Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27.

Playground Safety Week is a time for everyone to focus on children’s outdoor play equipment, that they spend so much time on and adults who maintain the playground environment.

Each year, 200,000 children visit the emergency room from a playground-related injury, with a recent study reporting that 21,000 of those visits are head injuries.

NPPS encourages communities to take an active role in helping the safety of playgrounds by completing NPPS’s Safety Report Card. This research-based tool is easy to use and addresses how to check for playground hazards.

For more information on NPPS and to find the Safety Report Card, visit For more information on events happening during the week at UNI email


April 17, 2018 - 11:04am


Cedar Falls, IA – The University of Northern Iowa’s Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, is hosting the Inaugural Community Engagement Celebration Day on Thursday, April 19.

The public is invited to attend. From 9 to 10:30 a.m., attendees are welcome to browse nearly 70 community engagement projects. UNI faculty, staff, students, centers and institutes and community partners will be showcasing, class projects, student organization projects, community-based research and individual community engagement work.

From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m, there will be a program and awards ceremony. The program will feature the Spectrum Project which combines music, movement, drama and art for children with differing abilities. Productions are created by children with direction from UNI students.

During the awards ceremony the following will be recognized: Student recipients of the Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Community Engagement, Veridian Community Engagement Faculty Fellows, and based on judging that day, awards will be given in eight categories including: Service-Learning/Live Client Project Award, Student Organization/Student Group Project Award, Research-Based Project Award, Social Justice Award, Sustainability and Environmental Awareness Award, Individual Student Project Award and Commitment to Service Award. A People’s Choice Award will also be given. 

UNI’s Office of Community Engagement provides information, support and resources for UNI-community partnerships.

If you have any questions, please contact Julianne Gassman, director of community engagement, at or 319-273-2204.

April 17, 2018 - 2:50pm


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

This is the seventh 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 Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, at 319-273-6496 or

April 17, 2018 - 3:02pm


CEDAR FALLS, IowaThe University of Northern Iowa’s New Horizons Band will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 30, 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 "Slidin’ Saints," featuring the New Horizons trombone section, "The Magnificent Seven" and the "Horns A-Hunting," featuring the New Horizons Horn section. The UNI Percussion Studio will also present a performance of "Stubernic" by Mark Ford. 

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 50-100 years old, with various musical backgrounds who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform. Diana Blake, retired music educator and director of the New Horizons Band, said new members are welcome to join the group. 

For more information, contact Blake at 319- 352-3007 or Heather Hamilton, director of Community Music School, at 319-273-2142.

April 11, 2018 - 7:55am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Iowa Academy of Education will sponsor a public forum at the University of Northern Iowa featuring Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 20, in the Budke Auditorium in Schindler Education Center. Wise will talk about "The State of Education in Iowa: Challenges, Opportunities and Key State Initiatives."

Great teachers inspired Wise to switch his career path to education during college, and their significant impact on students has shaped his work in education leadership at the district, state, national and international levels. This work includes leading the development of former Gov. Branstad's signature education reform initiative, the Iowa Teacher Leadership and Compensation System. Wise earned a doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a bachelor's degree in history from Creighton University.

Wise's presentation is free and open to the public and is part of a larger visit to UNI by the Iowa Academy of Education. Academy members will partake in presentations, discussions and meetings about education throughout the day.

RSVP to Wise's presentation by Monday, April 16, to 319-273-6061 or For more information about Wise's visit, contact Susan Etscheidt, interim department head and professor of special education, at 319-273-3279 or For more information about the Iowa Department of Education, visit For more information about the Iowa Academy of Education visit

April 11, 2018 - 8:23am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa recognized students during the Student Leadership Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 10. Awards were presented to students, student organizations and advisors for outstanding student leadership throughout the 2017-18 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 Tyler Dursky and Gabriella Ruggiero.

Boots to Books Scholarship. This scholarship serves the military and veteran students of UNI, providing recipients with financial assistance to support their educational endeavors. Recipients are Cole Passick and Jennifer Marrero.

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 Estefania Ravasio Corrales.

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 Siraj Acharya, Meghan Busswitz, Brianna De Moss, Cormick Michael, Rachel Fielweber and Heather Culver.

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 Suzanne Dripps.

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 Caleb Gipple.

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 recipients are Matthew Johnson and Rachel Kerger.

Student Organization Program of Distinction. This award recognizes significant achievements by student organizations in the planning and presentation of programs. Recipients are the Out of Many, One – Middle Level Leadership Conference (presented by the Student Association of Middle Level Educators) and the Halloween House (presented by the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society).

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 Student Life Team.

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 the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.

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 Melanie Majeed and Morgan Bear.

Servant Leader Award. This award recognizes those who have worked for the common good while putting the needs of others first. Recipients are Akanksha Sahni, Julie Hendrickson, Jacob Appleman, Pyone Lei Lei Mon, Baylee Milam, Kaylee Clemens, Cole Passick, Sharline Berry and Tristan Bernhard.

Outstanding Student Leader. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated dedication and leadership through their involvement in one or more campus activities. Recipients are Keely Branstad, Katelyn Melcher, Danielle Massey, Ricardo Garza, Maggie English, Avery Johnson and Brianna De Moss.

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 Hunter Flesch, Meghan Busswitz and Jamal White.

April 11, 2018 - 1:15pm


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 10.

Lux Service award winners

The winners include:

Hunter Flesch is a senior elementary and middle level education major with a minor in K-8 basic science. He has been involved in several organizations on- and off-campus, and has served at the highest leadership levels in his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and in the Northern Iowa Student Government. Flesch also contributed many hours as a tutor at the UNI Center for Urban Education and as a mentor at a local junior high school. His lasting legacy will be his work to develop the “You Matter at UNI” mental health awareness week on campus, by facilitating a youth leadership program that has positively impacted over 200 eighth grade boys in the Cedar Valley, and by helping to raise over $10,000 for Sexual Assault Prevention Week programming.

Meghan Busswitz is a senior elementary education major with a minor in special education who will be student teaching this fall. She first started her involvement on campus by contributing many hours to Habitat for Humanity and Northeast Iowa Food Bank. This spirit of service continued in her work with Residence Hall Honorary, Northern Iowa Student Government, Student Admissions Ambassadors and two years as a resident assistant. Busswitz also demonstrated a strong commitment to inclusivity, working as a member of the LGBTQ+ community task force to develop UNI’s first ever LGBT living learning community.

Jamal White is a senior marketing and organizational leadership management double major with a certification in project management. He has been involved in over two dozen organizations and committees, including National Residence Hall Honorary, Black Student Union, Connecting Alumni to Students, American Marketing Association, Team TC/TK, Ethnic Student Promoters and Student Admission Ambassadors. White is also a two-year resident assistant, an orientation and UNI Now leader, a four-year participant in Dance Marathon, and a leader in Northern Iowa Student Government.

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

April 9, 2018 - 10:20am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration has developed a program that combines a study abroad opportunity with an internship experience. This program ensures that UNI students are equipped with a unique skill set that will allow them to thrive in today’s global economy. The program starts with on-campus classes and concludes with a six-week unpaid internship in Italy.

This year, 16 UNIBusiness students plan to travel to Italy in May, including senior in supply chain management and marketing, Lance Brown. “We will be learning more about operations activity in service firms, such as hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, factories and farms. I am looking forward to building relationships with my classmates and learning more about how firms operate in different cultures,” said Brown.

You can help Brown and the 15 other UNIBusiness students complete their unpaid internship in Italy by visiting here. Your online contribution can support travel expenses for these students. Please impact the education of a student today.

April 9, 2018 - 2:03pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa—The University of Northern Iowa is proposing an undergraduate resident tuition increase of $209—or 2.8%—for the 2018-19 academic year. The Iowa Board of Regents will provide the first of two readings on the proposed rates for all three Regent universities on April 11-12 in Council Bluffs.

UNI’s proposed rate is below the maximum four percent threshold established by the Board earlier this year. According to UNI President Mark Nook, “UNI is committed to providing a high quality education at a cost that is reasonable and predictable for Iowa students and their families."

UNI’s financial literacy program, Live Like a Student, has helped students reduce their debt by an average of $3,300 per borrower since 2010, according to a recent blog post published through the American Council on Education. “We know higher education is an investment for Iowa students and their families; we strive to keep costs low,” said Michael Hager, senior vice president for Finance and Operations.

The university is home to nationally recognized academic programs in many disciplines, such as educator preparation, accounting, finance, the sciences, and the fine and performing arts. UNI Provost and Executive Vice President Jim Wohlpart commented that, “UNI is focused on quality and affordability as we deliver our mission to the people, industries and communities of Iowa.”

For 2018-19 and beyond, UNI is seeking to differentiate its tuition increases from each Regent institution to better align costs and mission. With 90 percent of its undergraduate students coming from Iowa, UNI enrolls the highest proportion of resident undergraduates of all three public universities. “Maintaining our competitiveness on cost to students is critical for our success as a public institution that educates Iowans for Iowa,” said Nook.

For more information, contact University Relations at

April 9, 2018 - 3:03pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Jolene Zigarovich, associate professor of languages and literatures at the University of Northern Iowa, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for her work on the 18th-century British novel that will focus on the historical facts concerning funerary practices in Britain and the culture's overall relationship with mortality. Zigarovich's project title is "Death and Corpses in the 18th-Century British Novel," and her award amount is $6,000.

NEH grants are highly competitive and involve a rigorous peer-review process to ensure that the projects represent the highest level of humanities quality and public engagement.

With her NEH stipend, Zigarovich plans to consult sources and mourning objects (clothing, jewelry, relics) at the British Museum, the British Library, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. She will also consult lectures and medical treatises as well as numerous preserved curiosities, images of which she plans to include in her book. The NEH stipend is in support of her book project "Preserving Clarissa, and other Morbid Curiosities in the Eighteenth-Century British Novel," which discusses several works, including Samuel Richardson’s "Clarissa," Ann Radcliffe’s "The Mysteries of Udolpho" and Laurence Sterne’s "Tristram Shandy."

"By incorporating a variety of historical discourses—wills, undertaking histories, medical studies, philosophical treatises and religious tracts—my book illuminates a shift in control over death and the body from religious institutions to the individual," said Zigarovich. "This resulted in secular and aesthetic approaches to death and dying."

Through her research and consultations, Zigarovich argues that as approaches to death and mourning became more individualized and secular in the 18th century, objects, symbols, visual reminders and often-eroticized representations of death rose in popularity. "This project thereby asks us to reassess the 18th-century response to and representation of the dead and dead-like body," said Zigarovich.

For more information about Zigarovich's research and book, contact her at 319-273-2043 or For more information about the National Endowment for the Humanities, visit

April 9, 2018 - 3:54pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa--The UNI Textiles and Apparel program (TAPP) will present its 26th annual fashion show at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 21, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

The theme this year is  “UNI Fashion Week,” which plays off of New York Fashion Week. Spectators should expect to see a variety of garments that include traditional sewn pieces and non-traditional constructive pieces.

Jordan Caruso, executive director of the show, encourages everyone to come see the hard work of the TAPP students. “Even if you don’t have an interest in fashion design it is something that is always interesting to watch as an outsider,” Caruso added.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Caruso at

April 6, 2018 - 2:52pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Rob Hamilton, Chef de Cuisine at the University of Northern Iowa, was awarded a bronze medal at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) sanctioned National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) Culinary Challenge held March 27 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rob Hamilton

Competitors faced off against the clock to prepare a creative entrée, which featured a mandatory combination of littleneck clams, whole squid and oysters to create an appetizing and inviting plate. This 80-minute competition consisted of five minutes to set their station, 60 minutes to fabricate and cook, 10 minutes to plate, and five minutes to clean up and exit their station. This live competition recognizes outstanding organization, cooking skills, culinary technique, taste and style. Hamilton’s entrée was a Cioppino featuring the three mandatory ingredients. Six university chefs contended for a chance to compete at the national level this July in Providence, Rhode Island.

Hamilton joined UNI Catering & Events in August 2017 and received recognition for Best Beef Entry at the local Beers To You And Gourmet Too in January. This is the first time he has competed in the NACUFS Culinary Challenge.

Janet Despard, UNI’s director of dining and former president of NACUFS, was part of the original project team who created and brought the Culinary Challenge to NACUFS. “Three of the six competitors earned bronze medals, including the winning chef who will compete at the National Culinary Challenge, which means point totals were incredibly close and is a testament to Rob’s skills and abilities. It is not typical for a first-time competitor to earn a medal. I am incredibly proud of Rob!”

UNI Catering & Events provides full-service catering and event planning on the University of Northern Iowa campus, catering more than 800 events and serving over 10,000 guests each year. For more information, visit

April 6, 2018 - 3:09pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present the "Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Group Exhibition" from Monday, April 23, through Saturday, May 5. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 23, in the south lobby of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB).

Eden Bell of Fairfield is presenting an exhibition titled "Sugar Coat." According to Bell, the work "combines bright colors and soft shapes with deep, thought-provoking words and images. The exhibition features vibrant plexiglas, colorful paintings and video performance with feminist messages that do not hold back."

Rylie Lawrence of Des Moines is presenting a printmaking exhibition. In the exhibition titled "Carry On," her subject matter is sourced from experiences in the everyday, and it is through the contemplation and reflection on these interactions and ideas that she is drawn to the creation of abstracted, multi-media works.

Rachael "Ray" Smith of Eagle Grove is presenting a painting exhibition titled "Fuzzy." Smith says, "Eclectic and autobiographic, my work is always pertaining to the now. It never sits still and is usually reflective of recent events or referencing momentous events of the personal past. It deals directly with the word itself. Uncomfortable and vague, it alludes to something that requires it to be more than it is, as if there is something missing from itself."

In addition to these student exhibits, the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition "Women as Makers" will remain on view in the gallery during this time. Co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton and gallery director Darrell Taylor, the exhibition features artwork by Elisabeth Frink, Akane Kirimura, Käthe Kollwitz, Berenice Abbott, Marjorie Nuhn and Ruth Roach. Also presented are historical objects on loan from the UNI Museum.

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 or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or

April 5, 2018 - 4:08pm


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

The colleges coordinate the selection of alumni participants for their Alumni in Residence experience. The spring 2018 class includes:

College of Business Administration

- Finance: Scott Breon, '12, finance manager - resort development and strategy, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (Windermere, Florida)

- Marketing: Robyn Bucknam, '93, event marketing manager, Adair Promotions Inc. (Mooresville, North Carolina)

- Economics: Cory Lorenzen, '99, assistant vice president/business development officer, FSB Premier Wealth Management and Farmers State Bank

- Management Information Systems: John Liston, '81, area president, Arthur J. Gallagher (Clearwater, Florida)

- Accounting: Kevin Zaugg, '96, partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

- Geography: Jeff Sloan, '85, national unmanned aircraft systems project leader, United States Geological Survey (Littleton, Colorado)

College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences

- Mathematics: Eileen Youds, '80, '83, operating principal, Global Infrastructure Partners (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

- Physics: Dr. Kevin Junck, '86, professor of radiology, University of Alabama (Birmingham, Alabama)

- Biology: Tina Hansen-Pickett, '07, director of planning and budgeting, Maimonides Medical Center (Long Island, New York)

- Languages & Literatures: Nick Linde, '07, senior director of administration, Minnesota State University Mankato Foundation (Madison Lake, Minnesota)

- Communications Studies: David Leto, '99, president, Palmer Group

- Technology: Dave Peters, '78, retired CEO and founder, Peters Construction, Inc.

For more information, contact Amy Mohr, associate director of Alumni Relations, at 319-273-3094 or

April 4, 2018 - 2:39pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will be celebrating 30 years on the UNI campus. While celebrating the outstanding organization, the event will be honoring local nonprofits at the 14th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus.

The event will feature keynote speaker Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, president of the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The luncheon will recognize the exceptional contributions and partnerships of local nonprofits, nonprofit leaders, and UNI faculty and staff. Awards will be presented to winning individuals and organizations during the luncheon.

This year’s award winners are as follows: Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year— IDEX/ Viking Pump; Koob Award for Collaboration—Cedar Valley Mental Health Planning Coalition, Cedar Valley United Way; Nonprofit Board Member of the YearPaula Goetz, Friends of Hartman Reserve;  Gordon Mack Legacy Award—Mark Witmer, North Star Community Services; New Nonprofit Employee of the Year—Carmen Finken, University of Northern Iowa, Sustainable Schools AmeriCorps; Nonprofit Staff Leader of the YearKatie Orlando, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa; Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year—House of Hope; Keri Kulish Award for Outstanding Student Leadership—Karlene Izer, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Karlene will also receive a $1,000 cash award for her amazing engagement and work she has put forth, in honor of Keri Kulish. 

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a program of the University of Northern Iowa’s division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national certification and credentialing program that works to strengthen the social sector with a talented, skillful and exemplary workforce.

For questions, contact Julianne Gassman, campus director of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, at or 319-273-2204, Kristina Kofoot, adviser for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, at or 319-273-4507.

April 2, 2018 - 9:37am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the 2018 State of Iowa Physics Competition from 9:30 am to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at the McLeod Center on UNI's campus.  

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

For more information about the competition, contact Larry Escalada, physics professor, at 319-273-2431 or

April 2, 2018 - 3:33pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Heather Carver, author of "Booby Hatch," a comedic look at breast cancer, will perform her autobiography at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, at the University of Northern Iowa. At 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, Carver will speak about her own experiences with breast cancer. Both the performance and presentation will be held in the Lang Hall Interpreters Theatre.

Heather Carver

Carver is the department chair, co-director of the Writing for Performance Program, co-founder of the Troubling Violence Project, creator and artistic director of the Life and Literature Performance Workshop and Series, and director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri.

Carver will present "Booby Hatch: A Hysterical Musicale," the third performance in her comedic, autobiographical trilogy of one-woman plays about her experiences as a breast cancer patient and survivor for over 10 years. The journey of her illness led Carver to more fully understand the power of humor in supporting health. Prior to that time, Carver actively researched women’s health and performance, particularly that of women in academia. 

Diagnosed at age 37, the mother of two young daughters, Carver began writing to help process grief and fear. Her long journey through treatment, surgery, relapse and recovery provided the raw material for her plays. Donning the clown’s persona, Carver’s musing are thoughtful, funny and ironic as she relates the situations and relationships cancer brought to her life.

The presentation and performance are free and open to the public. Tickets for the April 11 performance are free, but must be reserved through Eventbrite:

This event is part of the Hearst Lecture Series and sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies. For more information, contact Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6308 or, or Melissa Beall, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-2992 or

March 29, 2018 - 2:21pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Students from the University of Northern Iowa will present their research in poster format Tuesday, April 3, in the First Floor Rotunda of the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines. "Research in the Capitol" is an annual collaborative effort between the honors programs of Iowa's three Regents universities.

"The posters created for 'Research in the Capitol' stem from independent research projects that students have been working on, often for many months prior to this event, with the guidance of faculty mentors," said Jessica Moon, director of UNI's University Honors Program. "It gives students an opportunity to visually depict their research or creative process from the overarching question to key findings and then pushes participants to engage in conversation with legislators about the significance of their work—to them as students, to their academic fields or to the world at large."

For a complete list of the UNI students that will be presenting at the capitol, visit For more information, contact Moon at 319-273-3175 or

March 28, 2018 - 10:44am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa will host the fifth annual RodCon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 7.

RodCon is a mini comic book convention where people with common interests can come together to share their love of all things pop culture. Activities will include a costume contest, kids zone, escape room, panels, demonstrations, trivia, and art and merchandise exhibitions.

“As the only large-scale and free-entry convention of its type in the state of Iowa, RodCon is a huge draw—last year attracting more than 3,000 people. Attendees range from comic vendors and tri-state comic artists to avid readers and youth who’ve never held a comic book or graphic novel,” said library assistant Melinda Beland.

Frenchy Lunning will serve as RodCon’s keynote panelist. Lunning is a Ph.D. professor of design history and cultural studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Lunning has written books such as “Subcultural Fashion: Fetish and Style” and “Cosplay: The Masque of Fandom.” Lunning will discuss how to analyze and critique anime and manga.

“After 38 years of teaching and grading student papers, I have a pretty good idea how to analyze and critique anime and manga texts as well as any other object you are assigned. I will show you some techniques and shortcuts that will score you that ‘A,’” said Lunning.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Beland at 319-273-2802 or, or visit

March 26, 2018 - 9:11am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Department of Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa will present the 2018 Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 6, in the Lantz Auditorium of McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus.

This year’s lecture is titled “Beautiful, Deep and Interesting: Surprises in Elementary Math” and will be presented by Sybilla Beckmann, the Josia Meigs distinguished teaching professor of mathematics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. Beckmann is also the author of the textbook “Mathematics for Elementary Teachers,” now in the fifth edition and used by the Department of Mathematics at UNI.

The lecture will take an excursion through some of the connections and subtleties that make elementary math surprisingly beautiful, deep and interesting. Audiences will see that even pre-school and elementary school math is not so elementary when you look at it closely.

For more information, contact the Department of Mathematics at 319-273-2631 or

March 26, 2018 - 9:15am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Economics and the Lawrence M. Jepson International Endowment will present a forum on the "Economic Impact of Refugees in Iowa" from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 29, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus.

Panelists will discuss whether refugees in Iowa help or hurt the economic growth of Iowa, how refugees impact the local job market and how refugees are changing Iowa. They will also give a brief presentation about the history of refugees in Iowa and how the U.S. compares to other countries in terms of refugee settlement.

Panelists include: Loren Bawn, Bureau of Refugee Service, Iowa Department of Human Services; Bram T. Elias and Hannah Shirey, College of Law, University of Iowa; Mark Grey, sociology, anthropology and criminology, University of Northern Iowa; and Mallory Petsche, EMBRAC, Waterloo.

For more information, contact Shahina Amin, Lawrence Jepson Professor of International Economics, at or 319-273-2637.

March 23, 2018 - 9:48am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will induct alumnus Jeffrey Tower, ‘75, into the Jazz Hall of Fame posthumously on Friday, April 6, at a Jazz Band One concert, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. Guest artist and critically acclaimed conductor, composer and arranger George Stone will appear at the concert as guest conductor as the final event of his residency at UNI.

Each year, the School of Music inducts one exceptional contributor from the UNI jazz community into the Hall of Fame. Tower will be recognized as a trombonist, lifelong music educator and arts advocate.

Jeff Tower
Jeff Tower

Jeffrey James Tower received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa and his Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Redlands in California. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from Pacific Western University for his accomplishments in music education in 1985. Tower retired in 2008 after being the director of bands at Hemet High School in Hemet, California, for 30 years. Under his direction, the Hemet High School instrumental music program maintained a world-renowned reputation as one of the nation’s finest, appearing at the Rose Parade, the Aloha Bowl and the Montreux, Switzerland and Hollywood Bowl Playboy Jazz Festivals. Tower served as chairman of Summer Jazz Studies at the Idyllwild Arts Academy for 30 years. An educational specialist and trombone artist for Conn/Selmer Musical Instruments, Tower was also a member of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music Advisory Board and The American Band College Faculty. As a professional trombonist, Tower performed in all aspects of the music industry, including symphony orchestras, movie soundtracks, Broadway productions, TV commercials, recording projects and live shows. He performed with Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett among others. Tower was selected as Outstanding Educator by World of Music Festivals, received the National Band Association’s Outstanding Jazz Educator Award, was inducted into the National Band Director’s Hall of Fame, received Downbeat Magazine's Jazz Education Achievement Award and The Sousa Legion of Honor. Tower was inducted into the California Jazz Hall of Fame in 2014. The son of David and Janette Tower from Greene, Iowa, Tower passed away on July 4, 2017.

George Stone has enjoyed a substantial career in music performance, composition, arranging and education for 30 years. He directs the Audio Technology Program and teaches Music Theory and Composition at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California. Born and raised in Newhall, Stone

George Stone
George Stone

was a product of the strong local music programs and teachers of the Santa Clarita Valley. He graduated from Hart High School and directed their instrumental music program for eight years. He received his degrees from Cal State University Northridge where he was a member of the renowned Jazz A-­Band for whom he wrote extensively. By age 21 he was directing his own Los Angeles big band and writing for live shows and television, including the famed NBC Tonight Show Orchestra led by Doc Severinson. He has composed for NBC, HBO, Warner Brothers and Disney. He is also the composer of the most famous MIDI song of all time, “Trip Through the Grand Canyon” (Canyon.Mid), that was released on over 66 million copies of Microsoft Windows. Stone performs regularly on trumpet and piano, with compositions and arrangements released through publishers worldwide. With new compositions on LA trumpeter Wayne Bergeron’s newest CD Full Circle and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, Stone remains active in creating exciting new music in the big band format. His recordings and published charts can be found at

The April 6 Jazz Band One concert and Hall of Fame induction is open to the public, but does require tickets. For tickets, call (319) 273-4849. For more information on the UNI Jazz Hall of Fame or School of Music events, contact Caroline Francis at 319-273-2028 or

March 23, 2018 - 11:26am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa Community Music School will present Camp Musicmania 2018 at the UNI School of Music in Russell Hall on the UNI campus from June 11-15, 2018. Camp Musicmania is a multifaceted fine arts camp whose primary purpose is to engage campers in the excitement of exploring music, drama and art. The theme for the week will be “Pirates!” Campers will be divided into two age divisions with age appropriate activities. Students will also be grouped according to their grade level for all camp classes.  

The Younger Age Division (K through 3 grades/fall 2018) classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. daily. Cost is $130 per student. Activities include singing, dancing, piano and art. All activities will be showcased in the Younger Age Division Parent and Friends Performance on the final day of camp. The camp theme “Pirates!” will be incorporated into the class activities.

The Older Age Division (4 through 9 grades/fall 2018) classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily. Cost is $160 per student. Activities include singing, drama, art and rehearsals for the camp musical, which will be presented on Friday afternoon.  The camp theme “Pirates” will be incorporated into the class activities.

The cost for each age division includes snacks and a camp t-shirt. All campers should bring a sack lunch. Registration deadline is May 11, 2018. Early enrollment is strongly encouraged. 

Camp Musicmania 2018 registration is available at For more registration information, contact Heather Hamilton, director of the UNI Community Music School, at 319-273-2142,

March 22, 2018 - 2:22pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host is fourth annual day of giving, #LivePurpleGiveGold, on Wednesday, April 4. Faculty, staff, alumni and friends will once again join forces to impact current and future UNI students. The day of giving opens at 12:01 a.m. and concludes at 11:59 p.m. on April 4.

Last year, the 24-hour initiative set a record for the most gifts to the university on a single day, receiving 743 gifts from 32 states. This year, a goal of 1,000 donors has been set. The day will once again leverage challenges for young alumni, alumni clubs, athletics, college, students, and faculty and staff participation.

For more information, visit, and follow #LivePurpleGiveGold on Facebook and Twitter. 

March 21, 2018 - 1:37pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced that Ashley Sánchez from the University of Northern Iowa is among the 268 students chosen to receive the 2018 Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Ashley Sanchez

Sánchez is a senior majoring in psychology and Spanish at UNI. She is a first-generation college student from a mixed-status family, a McNair Scholar and a double major. After graduating from UNI, Sánchez will be pursuing a master's degree in sociology from Northern Illinois University. She hopes that her graduate degree will help her advance her dream of advocating for and empowering undocumented citizens.

"Ashley is articulate, full of energy, knowledgeable and an effective communicator," said UNI President Mark Nook. "She reflects the spirit of the Newman Civic Fellowship in a variety of ways evidenced through her investment of time and talent to advocate for immigrant rights and her desire to continuously improve and make UNI and the Cedar Valley a better community."

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United State Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman's Own Foundation. For more information about Campus Compact and the full list of 2018 Newman Civic Fellows, visit

March 20, 2018 - 2:30pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Graduate College will hold its 11th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on Tuesday, April 3. The symposium provides graduate students the opportunity to showcase innovative and diverse research and creative performances. Sixty graduate students and 29 graduate faculty judges are participating in this year’s event.

2018 Symposium Schedule:

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

 - Noon to 2: 30 p.m., Creative Performances, Maucker Union Ballroom

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

Symposium Scholarship Awards up to $300 will be presented to students in each category. The awards will be presented at the annual graduate faculty meeting at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 26, in the Rod Library ScholarSpace.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

March 19, 2018 - 9:47am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa Science Education will host the UNI Science Education Update Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 6, at the

Commons Ballroom on UNI's campus. Secondary science teachers from all of over the state of Iowa, as well as UNI faculty and students, are expected to participate.  

The conference features presentations on the latest research in the sciences and science education; innovative science teaching strategies and curriculum aligned with national and state science education standards; and informal discussions on relevant issues in secondary science classrooms. 

Aileen Sullivan, 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year, UNI alumnus and Ames High School chemistry teacher, will provide the keynote presentation.    

For more information about the conference, contact Larry Escalada, chair of Science Education, at 319-273-7357 or  

March 19, 2018 - 10:08am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa and Western Iowa Tech Community College will host the 12th Annual MVP Student Leadership Summit from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 23, in the Rocklin Conference Center at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Two hundred fifty student mentors from Sioux City, Council Bluffs and Treynor will be participating in this year’s summit. Vanessa McNeal, national speaker and film producer, will be the featured keynote presenter. McNeal speaks nationally on how to confront adversity with grace using her personal story as a vehicle to inspire and empower others. Additional topics and learning sessions offered to students will focus on leadership and facilitation skills, healthy relationships, team-building activities, preventing sexual harassment, social media literacy and active bystander strategies.

“Students play a key role in supporting and promoting healthy relationships among their peers. For over a decade, the MVP Student Leadership Summits have provided student leaders with the knowledge and skills to be proactive in reducing incidences of bullying and gender violence in their schools, homes and neighborhoods,” says center director, Alan Heisterkamp.

MVP Strategies was developed by Jackson Katz in 1993 and was the first prevention model to infuse the bystander approach within bullying and gender-based violence prevention programming.

“The Mentors in Violence Prevention program has truly changed our district for the better,” states Paul Gausman, superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District. “Our student mentors have become leaders of positive change through situational leadership examples and in making all feel welcome. We know, like all districts, we are not immune to the challenges of bullying and harassment, but we have become a stronger team by working together through MVP to make our school climate and culture better for all students.”

MVP Strategies is implemented worldwide in colleges, universities, professional and collegiate sports organizations, all branches of the U.S. military, secondary schools, as well as public and private corporations.

To learn more about MVP Strategies, contact Alan Heisterkamp, director of the UNI Center for Violence Prevention, at 319-273-3545 or

March 15, 2018 - 9:53am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Central Rivers AEA Regional Physics Competition from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, at the McLeod Center on UNI's campus. 

High school students from more than 12 area schools are expected to participate, including: Cedar Falls, Clear Lake, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, East Buchanan, Grinnell, Jesup, Nashua-Plainfield, North Butler, St. Ansgar, Waterloo and Waverly. 

The competition stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as understanding of physics-related principles and is intended to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Students will use a variety of everyday, inexpensive materials to build devices. The devices will perform specific physical tasks, while using existing physics laboratory equipment to determine the time and uncertainty for an event.  

The regional winners and runners-up will advance to the state competition hosted by UNI's Department of Physics on Tuesday, April 10, in the McLeod Center. 

For more information about the competition, contact Larry Escalada, physics professor, at 319-273-2431 or  

March 13, 2018 - 1:28pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – TheatreUNI will present "Doubt: A Parable" April 5 through 8 and 12 through 15 in the Bertha-Martin Theatre in the Strayer-Wood Theatre complex. "Doubt," by John Patrick Shanley, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

"Doubt" continues to be a timely play as the question of trust continues to be asked throughout the world. When should we trust? Whom should we trust? Why must we trust? Must we live in a world of doubt, suspicion and fear? Set in a parochial school in 1964, "Doubt" focuses on the charismatic Father Flynn and his interest in a young student, a naïve young nun and the skeptical nature of the school’s principal, Sister Aloysius. "Doubt" is a tense, dramatic examination of the potential danger of blind trust and the roles of men vs. women, faith vs. doubt and tradition vs. change.

Directed by Steve Taft, the artistic staff of "Doubt" includes scenic design by Jordan Andrews, light design by Ron Koinzan, costume design by Emily Peck and sound design by Jacob Barnwell. The stage manager is Maddie Grissom.

Tickets are $20 for adults and free for UNI students with their UNI ID card. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6833 or, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit

March 13, 2018 - 1:38pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Education (MAE) or Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) in Principalship. The programs are scheduled to begin in August 2018. This two-year program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as pre-K through 12 principals or supervisors of special education.

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

Courses in this program are offered one night per week during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing. Some courses are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system, and the first summer session includes a nine-day on-campus experience. This performance-based program is unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes on-site skill development while working with a mentor.

The program begins in August using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence with the degree or certificate to be awarded in the summer of 2020. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit or contact program coordinator, Sue Alborn-Yilek, at 515-689-5455 or through Voxer at yalbor999.

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

March 9, 2018 - 10:17am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Organization will be honoring local nonprofits at the 14th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus. The luncheon will recognize the outstanding contributions of local nonprofits, nonprofit leaders, and UNI faculty and staff. Abby Turpin from KWWL TV will be the master of ceremonies.

Awards available are Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year; Koob Award for Collaboration; Nonprofit Board Member of the Year; Gordon Mack Legacy Award; Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year; New Nonprofit Employee of the Year, who will receive a one-year Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association membership; Keri Kulish Award for Student Leadership, who will receive a cash prize of $1,000 sponsored by the Dean Fund for Excellence, College of Education; and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year, who will receive a $1,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

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

Ticket prices are $35 for an individual ticket, $120 for a half table of four people and $240 for a full table of eight people.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Kristina Kofoot at 319-273-4507 or Please include the name/s of attendee/s, organization of attendee/s (if applicable) and any dietary restrictions. 

March 7, 2018 - 3:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Fraser Seitel, public relations practitioner, analyst, professor and author, will give a presentation titled "Public Relations in the Age of Nationalism" at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in the Rod Library's Scholar Lounge.

Seitel is the founder and president of Emerald Partners, a public relations firm located in Newark, New Jersey. He has authored three books in his career: "The Practice of Public Relations," "Ideawise: How to Transform Your Ideas" (co-authored with Steve Rivkin) and "Rethinking Reputation" (co-authored with John Doorley).

He is a public relations analyst for Larry King Live, MSNBC, Glenn Beck, Fox Business Network, The Fox Radio Network, National Public Radio, and has written opinion pieces for Fortune Magazine and O’Dwyers PR News. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies' graduate program in Public Relations and Corporate Communication.

Seitel has quite the successful career, being named one of the "100 Most Distinguished Public Relations Professionals of the 20th Century." He has also been a senior counselor for Burson-Masteller, senior vice president and director of public affairs at Chase Manhattan Bank and spokesperson for the Rockefeller family.

This event is part of the Hearst Lecture Series and sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6308 or, or Melissa Beall, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-2992 or

March 7, 2018 - 3:06pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa- Over 60 high school teams from around the world will showcase an original robot they designed and built over the course of six weeks in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Iowa Regional. The competition will start on Thursday, March 22 and conclude on Saturday, March 24, in the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

In those short six weeks, teams from across the Midwest, Turkey, Brazil and Italy must learn the game rules and then design, build and program a robot. This year’s game is “Power Up” based on classic video arcade games.

A team of around 27 judges will be giving out awards at the end of the day on Saturday. Awards range from robot creativity to outstanding professionalism. At least six teams from the FRC Iowa Regional will progress to the FIRST® Worlds Competition.

Qualifying matches will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Saturday, March 24, in the McLeod Center. Final matches will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the event all day Saturday.

The event will also be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22and from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Friday, March 23.

For more information, visit or contact Marcy Seavey, UNI STEM coordinator, at 319-273-6253 or

March 2, 2018 - 2:35pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Department of Art will present the "Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition" in Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South from Monday, March 19, through Saturday, April 14. An awards ceremony and opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March19, in the KAB Auditorium, Room 111.

This competitive exhibition showcases outstanding artworks by students enrolled in classes in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competition is Jamál Currie, associate professor of fine arts at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Currie will make a selection from approximately 350 student entries and choose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions. He will also give a lecture about his work and his perspective on jurying at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in KAB 111.

Currie received his M.F.A. from the University of South Florida-Tampa in 1998 and currently leads the Time-Based Media program at MIAD. He is a video, sound and installation artist who has been teaching film and video courses to students of all ages for over a decade. In addition, Currie is the recipient of several awards and fellowships in Wisconsin, including a Black Excellence Award in Education from the Milwaukee Times, an Art Futures Individual Artist Grant and a Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist Fellowship.

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. The gallery is located on the main floor of KAB South.

For additional information, visit or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or

March 1, 2018 - 11:01am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host a one-day summit to provide community conversations between medical professionals, social workers and the general public as they explore and share experiences with end-of-life care. This summit will be held Saturday, March 24, in conjunction with the one-man play, "Mercy Killers," written and performed by Michael Milligan. The free workshop will offer continuing education credit.

"Mercy Killers" looks at the behemoth of the American healthcare system from the vantage point of an average working "Joe." "Mercy Killers" is an unflinching look at the recent past and possible near future of healthcare in America.

Written in the tradition of American playwrights, from Arthur Miller and Clifford Odets to Tony Kutchner and Anna Deavere Smith, in capturing political and social reality in powerful story and unforgettable character.

"Over 60% of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are the result of medical debt," says Milligan. "What most people don’t realize is that the majority of those bankruptcies, the person involved actually had insurance at the onset of their health crises." This discovery led him to collect stories from people suffering financial disaster on top of chronic illnesses. After hearing many horror stories of victims of the growing dysfunction of the American healthcare system, Milligan worked to put a human face on what he believed was a national tragedy. Joe is a blue-collar mechanic with a red state perspective. A staunch believer in the American way of life, he prizes hard work, self-reliance and personal liberty.

"Mercy Killers" is an emotional journey of a man who fights for his wife’s life using every resource, personal and otherwise, he can muster. Caught in a life and death struggle with the healthcare system, Joe finds the bedrock of his life, marriage and self-identity shifting under him.

"In our polarized culture,” Milligan says, “we tend to vilify one another or, rather, we accept too easily the vilification served by the beneficiaries of a divided populous. My experience acting and interacting with audiences around the country has taught me that we as a people are much more than the two dimensional caricatures our political masters would like us to be."

The deadline to register for the summit is Thursday, March 15.  Find more information on the summit and how to register at Tickets can be purchased for "Mercy Killers" online at, by phone at 1-877-549-7469 and at all UNItix box locations.

For more information, contact Amy Hunzelman at or by calling 319-273-3660. 

March 1, 2018 - 11:11am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. 

Two hundred and seventy-nine students have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study. Andy Pattee, superintendent of Cedar Falls Schools, will deliver the Convocation address.   

This will be the 55th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education Program since formal ceremonies began in 1991. Parents and friends of the candidates are invited, along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the Gallagher Bluedorn lobby. 

For more information, contact J.D. Cryer, Convocation committee chair, at 319-273-2294 or

February 27, 2018 - 8:47am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – For the past 80 years, University Book & Supply (UBS) has served and supported the University of Northern Iowa and the surrounding community from its convenient location on West 23rd Street. The store has long fulfilled the unofficial role of a one-stop shop for students, alumni and friends, with an inventory ranging from textbooks and course materials to licensed university apparel.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, a new chapter begins for both UNI and UBS. The address won’t change and that same level of service and support will continue, but the university will officially acquire ownership of the store and reopen it as the UNI Bookstore.

The store’s private shareholders first approached the university in spring of last year about the prospect of UNI purchasing the store. While due diligence was required on both sides, the decision for the university ultimately came down to the impact on students.

“In this case, we saw that we could add value for students,” said Michael Hager, senior vice president of finance operations at UNI.

Hager explained that the UNI Bookstore will operate as a not-for-profit entity of the university, allowing them to maintain reasonable educational costs for students. The change of ownership will also allow the bookstore to be more tightly integrated with the university, enabling store employees to work closely with faculty members and coordinate with the orientation staff to better serve new students.

In terms of convenience, students will now be able to charge the cost of their textbooks and other materials to their U-bill and use their financial aid to cover it. Hager also said that there are plans to bolster the store’s selection of licensed logo wear, with an emphasis on providing quality merchandise at a variety of different price points.

“If you want a lower cost t-shirt, you can find it at the bookstore. If you want a higher quality Nike item, you can find it at the bookstore,” said Hager, describing his hopes for the bookstore. “We’ll have a broader range of materials that people can look at and purchase.

For more information about the UNI Bookstore, visit

February 27, 2018 - 3:02pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for its Master of Arts (MA) in School Library Studies. The program is scheduled to begin in August 2018. This two-year program prepares students to become teacher librarians who manage the school library program, serve as leaders in technology and literacy, teachers of digital citizenship and advocates for lifelong readers.

All courses in this program integrate technology skills, preparing graduate students to teach technology and literacy and lead schoolwide learning through co-planning, co-teaching, and providing print and digital resources to students and teachers. The curriculum is aligned with the ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians, and graduates of the program are prepared to enact the Iowa Department of Education vision for school libraries.

“The online School Library Studies program stands out in the preparation of K through 12 teacher librarians 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 program coordinator Karla Krueger.

Courses in this program are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. Many courses in this program meet one night per week via interactive video conferencing. One in-person, Saturday class session will be held on UNI’s campus during the first semester.

The program begins in August using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-2504 or 800-648-3864.