News Release Archive

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.

February 27, 2018 - 3:34pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – This spring break, a group of exceptionally talented University of Northern Iowa School of Music students will travel to southern Brazil March 8 through 19. The group will perform throughout the region in two full concerts and several chamber concerts, collaborating with the Orquestra Sinfônica da Universidade de Caxias do Sul and presenting works by American film composers (Bernstein, Corigliano and Williams).  

Forty-six student musicians will travel with UNI School of Music faculty artist Ross Monroe Winter, violin, and orchestra conductor Rebecca Burkhardt. In addition to performances, the 12-day trip will include extensive rehearsals, sightseeing opportunities and cultural exchange with the students at the host university in Brazil.

Burkhardt noted, “The opportunity for interaction between our students and the students of Universidade de Caxias do Sul and the opportunity to perform side-by-side on great musical works is invaluable, especially in a world that is becoming smaller and smaller.”

Jeffrey Funderburk, director of the UNI School of Music, stated “We are extremely pleased that the UNI School of Music is able to send the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra to Brazil for the second time. The experience that our students will gain as they collaborate with the Orchestra of the University of Caxias do Sul in performances of music by American composers will be a major developmental experience that will change perspectives for a lifetime. Experiences such as this are incredibly important for enriched cultural insights as well as broader musical understandings.”

For more information on the tour to Brazil or the UNI School of Music, contact Caroline Francis, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or

February 26, 2018 - 11:36am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the 50th annual Elementary Literacy Conference Friday, April 13, in the Schindler Education Center. This year's theme is “Literature, Laughter and Learning: A Lifelong Love of Literacy!"

The conference will feature Eric Litwin, New York Times best-selling author of the original "Pete the Cat" series and "The Nuts" and "Groovy Joe." Litwin’s books have sold more than 8.5 million copies, been translated into 14 languages and have won 18 literacy awards, including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award.

Another featured speaker will be John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu), who is a blogger, part-time lecturer at Rutgers University and Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. Library Journal named him “The Xtreme Librarian” for the high level of exertion—along with some gears and stunts—he uses to get kids reading, and Instructor Magazine named him a "Cool Teacher" for redefining what it means to be a teacher-librarian.

There will be a preconference event from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in the lobby of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, where Eric Litwin will perform a concert for families and do a book signing. The event is free and open to the community.

Since the Beginning Reading Conference began in 1969, it has hosted more than 53 authors in 50 years. The conference was conceived and organized by Joan Duea and Delsie Charais Foreman, former elementary school faculty at Malcolm Price Laboratory School. Although the conference was originally intended for lower elementary teachers and their principals, attendance has grown to include all elementary grade level teachers. The conference is one of the largest conferences hosted on UNI’s campus.

Parking will be available in the West Dome parking lot. Shuttle buses will transport guests from the lot to the Schindler Education Center every 15 minutes between 7 and 8 a.m. The preconference and conference events are sponsored by the UNI College of Education. The conference is free to UNI students and faculty; continuing education credits are available. To register for the conference or for more information, visit

February 26, 2018 - 11:51am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has been named to the Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students.

Open to all regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll recognized only 112 colleges and universities for excellence and success in community college transfer pathway development. To be considered, participating institutions complete an application detailing their community college transfer programs. Applications are evaluated in the areas of scholarship and financial aid, admissions outreach, student support services and student engagement opportunities. Transfer Honor Roll colleges will be recognized at PTK Catalyst 2018, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, in Kansas City, Missouri, April 19-21, 2018.

"In order to ensure their continued success, the Transfer Honor Roll Program identifies colleges and universities that understand the unique needs of transfer students and applauds the dynamic pathways these colleges have created to continue fostering student success among transfer students at the four-year college," said Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa.

“The University of Northern Iowa is very honored and pleased to be recognized by Phi Theta Kappa," said Matt Kroeger, associate vice president for enrollment management at UNI. "Approximately one-third of our undergraduates come to UNI as transfer students. This recognition highlights the support that we provide to transfer students when they discover UNI and aligns with our goal of being the top choice destination for transfer students in Iowa."

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, visit For more information about transferring to UNI, visit

February 23, 2018 - 10:55am


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

Safest Campus Badge

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

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

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

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

The full 2018 "Safest College Campuses in America" list can be found at

February 23, 2018 - 2:30pm


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

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

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

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

February 22, 2018 - 10:14am


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

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

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

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

February 21, 2018 - 3:25pm


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

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

February 21, 2018 - 3:28pm


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

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

For a Request for Proposal (RFP) application, please visit Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 16.

For more information, email Morgan Rahe at or Stanley Ebede at

February 21, 2018 - 3:52pm


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

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

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

February 20, 2018 - 3:01pm


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

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

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

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

February 16, 2018 - 1:44pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To review the task force’s "Primary Prevention Action Report for Iowa Schools and Communities" in its entirety, go to, or contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or

February 14, 2018 - 9:11am


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

UNI is known for Educating Iowans for Iowa™:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 13, 2018 - 3:43pm


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

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

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

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

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

February 12, 2018 - 9:52am


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

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

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

For more information, contact Amandajean Freking Nolte at 319-273-3793 or

February 12, 2018 - 9:58am


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

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

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

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

For more information, visit or contact Gloria Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or

February 6, 2018 - 2:34pm


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

Alex Oberle

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

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

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

For more information about National Geographic's commitment to education and other opportunities to get involved, visit

February 5, 2018 - 2:53pm


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

Dylan Marron

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

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

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

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


January 29, 2018 - 3:00pm


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

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

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

Applications and instructions for applying are available online through the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President at

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

January 29, 2018 - 3:16pm


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

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

Visit to learn how you can help UNI students build the next tiny house.

January 29, 2018 - 3:59pm


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

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

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

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

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