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March 5, 2015 - 10:08am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will be hosting the 11th annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, in the UNI Commons Ballroom. The event will recognize the contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders. Ticket prices are as follows: $30/ticket, $100/half table (4), and $200 full table (8). To reserve seats, RSVP to

Awards are available for individuals and organizations. Award categories include Business Partner of the Year, Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year, Nonprofit Board Member of the Year, Koob Award for Collaboration, Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership, Legacy Award, New Nonprofit Employee of the Year and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year. The new Nonprofit Employee of the Year will receive a year membership to the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association and the organization recognized as the exceptional nonprofit of the year will receive a cash gift of $1,000 sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa in recognition for their outstanding efforts.

Any person may submit a nomination. There is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted. Nominations are due by Friday, March 20. Nominations forms are available at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance website,

For more information, contact Juliane Gassman, director of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, at 319-273-2204 or


March 5, 2015 - 10:14am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa will host the second annual Mini Comic-Con from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday March 28.

Activities will include panels, arts and crafts, games, trivia, costume contests and more. There will also be a variety of artists and vendors at the event. A comic book drive will take place, collecting gently used comics that will be donated to area schools.

"I'm very excited about this year's Comic Con. We've expanded the number of vendors, as well as the number of UNI faculty and staff who are planning to participate in the event. It's a great town/gown collaboration and a wonderful chance to show off the library, UNI and engage the community," said Chris Cox, dean of Rod Library.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information and a complete schedule of events, visit 

March 3, 2015 - 2:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) will hold a swearing-in ceremony for two cadets during the March 13 Waterloo Blackhawks hockey game at Young Arena in Waterloo.

UNI ROTC professor of military science Lt. Col. Glen Keith will administer the oath of enlistment to Joshua Mixdorf and Alec Krekel during the second intermission of the game. Mixdorf and Krekel are members of the UNI ROTC program and have both been awarded two-year ROTC scholarships. Mixdorf will be completing his Master of Science in Biology at UNI while Krekel is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. 

The oath of enlistment is the first step for these cadets as they work toward becoming an Army Officer.  Upon completion of their degrees, both cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Iowa Army National Guard.  

For additional information, contact Jon Thompson, ROTC scholarship and enrollments officer, at 319-273-6225 or, Glen Keith, lieutenant colonel and department head of Military Science-ROTC, at 319-273-6178 or, or Deb Ackerson, Military Sciences-ROTC secretary, at 319-273-7648 or

March 3, 2015 - 2:52pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been named a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College. The designation is for colleges and universities that provide broad and innovative STEM degree options for undergraduate students, as well as student support systems and career services to help students succeed. UNI was the only public university in Iowa to receive this designation in 2015.

UNI was one of more than 1,600 schools participating in the STEM Jobs survey process. Schools on the STEM Jobs Approved Colleges list have shown that they understand the importance of aligning their programs to high-demand, high-paying science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, jobs and helping their students achieve those career aspirations. Colleges make the list by having programs, resources and relationships that help their students get jobs; attracting and supporting diverse students and faculties in STEM fields; and having specific resources dedicated to supporting STEM student achievement and success.

"STEM Jobs Approved is a recognition that the University of Northern Iowa as an institution is committed to STEM," said Marcy Seavey, UNI STEM coordinator. "We don't have just one academic department behind STEM or one aspect of Student Support Services. We have many diverse and exciting majors to choose from, a variety of support systems for students who are struggling and excelling in STEM, and faculty and staff who are committed to each individual student's success."

For more information, contact Seavey at 319-273-6253 or

March 2, 2015 - 9:52am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The documentary "Ricki's Promise" will be shown at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 9, in Lang Hall Auditorium, as part of the Reaching for Higher Ground Film and Discussion series. The documentary is a universal and poignant tale of history, trauma and secrets that surround a family's struggles against a backdrop of Chinese and American culture, as well as underlying issues of gender and social ethics.

"Ricki's Promise" was written, directed and produced by Changfu Chang, who is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. The documentary follows the story of an 18-year-old Asian woman, born in China but raised in the United States, as she embarks upon an emotional journey while navigating the conflicting worlds of two cultures.

The mission of the Reaching for Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. The theme for this year's series is Media and Social Media: A Networked Society.

The Reaching for Higher Ground Film and Discussion series is co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education and the Rod Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, contact Joyce Chen, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-2574 or or Laura Praglin, associate professor of social work, at 319-273-3163 or

March 2, 2015 - 9:59am


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 23, through Saturday, April 18. An awards ceremony and opening reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 23, in the KAB Auditorium, Room 111.

This competitive exhibition showcases outstanding works of art by students in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competition is Renee Meyer Ernst, UNI alumna and assistant professor of graphic design at St. Ambrose University. Ernst will make a selection from approximately 350 entries and choose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions. She will also give a lecture at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in the KAB Auditorium.

Ernst was born in Busan, South Korea, and adopted to the U.S. at the age of 3 months. Inspired by her experiences as an adoptee, Ernst's personal work explores notions of forming and expressing identity within cross-cultural contexts. She completed a B.A. in studio art at UNI in 2005 and an M.F.A. in graphic design at Iowa State University in 2008. She runs her own freelance business under the alias "Design by Mee," which is derived from her Korean name, Ha Mee Ye. Outside of teaching, Ernst engages in cultural studies and international adoption issues.

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 2, 2015 - 11:33am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Teacher Education program has partnered with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) to develop and implement a multiple-measures assessment system for teacher education focused on performance assessments.

Cathy Zozakiewicz, SCALE representative, has worked with UNI faculty for two years to develop a range of performance assessments called Embedded Signature Assessments (ESAs). Faculty teams worked collaboratively to develop ESAs that would address program goals, and state and national teaching standards.

The ESAs are designed to complement the teaching skills needed to be an effective teacher in combination with the edTPA. The edTPA is a student-centered, subject specific assessment of pre-service teaching to license new teachers. It is designed to ensure that all teachers have the necessary skills for effective teaching when they begin their careers.

"The ESA development work currently being completed at UNI is a model for how a multiple-measure assessment system can be created," said Zozakiewicz. "Currently, five ESAs have been developed and are being piloted across program levels in the areas of planning, assessment, leadership and instruction and will be shared nationally."

Currently, there are approximately 30 UNI teacher education faculty piloting various ESAs in their courses. Combined with the edTPA, ESAs provide a framework for transforming how new teachers are prepared at UNI.

"The work with Stanford on developing ESAs for what we expect our teacher education students to know and be able to do has been critical for UNI's teacher education program," said Lyn Countryman, professor of teaching. "Many of the ESAs developed here will be nationally reviewed and offered by Stanford for use in teacher education programs around the nation."

Ray Pecheone, executive director of SCALE, said, "UNI is leading the nation in demonstrating the power of these assessments for preparing new teachers to support students to meet the knowledge and skill demands of 21st century learning."

SCALE provides technical consulting and support to schools and districts that have committed to adopting performance-based assessment as part of a multiple-measures system for evaluating student learning and measuring school performance. SCALE's mission is to improve instruction and learning through the development of innovative, educative, state-of-the-art performance assessments and by building the capacity of schools to use these assessments in thoughtful ways.

For more than 135 years, UNI has been a leader in pre-K through 12 education. UNI graduates more than 500 new teachers each year, joining the more than 17,000 UNI alumni educators throughout the world. UNI's teacher education program includes elementary, middle and high school programs.

This project is supported by the Iowa Teacher Quality Partnership Grant, a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, contact Mary Herring, associate dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2368 or

March 2, 2015 - 2:28pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the fifth meeting of the Midwest Astrochemistry Consortium Friday, March 6, through Saturday, March 7, in McCollum Science Hall, Rm. 201.

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., on Friday, keynote speaker Ricardo Arevalo Jr. will present "It's a trap! A Review of the MOMA Instrument Aboard Exomars 2018, and Other Ion Traps in Space or Under Development." Arevalo is a research space scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. A poster session will follow from 6 to 9 p.m. Oral sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the same location.

Registration for the event is being done through U.S. Mail using a form that can be downloaded at The registration fee is $40 and includes dinner and snacks on Friday as well as lunch on Saturday.

For more information, visit or contact Joshua Sebree, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at 319-273-2437 or

March 2, 2015 - 2:35pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Cedar Valley Local Food Fair is returning this year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 14, to the Waterloo Center for the Arts at 225 Commercial Street.

The fair will celebrate the local food treasures of the region: farmers markets, orchards, a variety of farms, U-picks, farm shares (Community Supported Agriculture), bakeries, creameries, meat lockers, community gardens, breweries and all places in the Cedar Valley where locally grown foods can be found.

"We are so lucky that we have an incredible diversity of famers here in the Cedar Valley," said Kamyar Enshayan, director of the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education. "This fair helps us appreciate these local treasures and hopefully reminds us that a strong, local food economy requires local residents who support it."

Event organizers are hoping for a great turnout similar to last year's nearly 500 attendees. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees can receive a dollar-off voucher to visit the Phelps Youth Pavilion in Waterloo.

The fair, along with many other educational efforts to strengthen the local food economy, are supported in part by the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Region 9 and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

For more information, contact Jodie Huegerich, program assistant for the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, at 319-273-7883 or, or Kamyar Enshayan at 319-273-7575 or

February 26, 2015 - 4:01pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is hosting its second regional sustainability conference, "Environmental Equity and Resilience in the Cedar Valley and Beyond," from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

This conference focuses on actions needed to envision a sustainable world and the transformation needed to create it. The conference includes a keynote speaker and a variety of breakout sessions focusing on food issues, policy concerns, natural energy, and resources and health topics.

Robert Ping will be the keynote speaker for the sustainability conference. He is a self-described 'bikeaholic' and a passionate transportation advocate. Ping has focused nearly his entire career on getting people more active, especially children and youth, and especially on bicycles. He also advocates for increased safety, social equity and physical activity through bicycling and walking.

UNI sustainability coordinator Eric O'Brien will give a news and progress report on campus sustainability efforts. The University of Northern Iowa, Office of Executive Vice President and Provost Office, Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC), and Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition are sponsoring this conference.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees must preregister at For more information, visit or contact Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator for UNI's RRTTC, at 319-273-3689 or

February 26, 2015 - 4:14pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present an interactive performance that will bring to light the magic, politics and ritual of an African-American Sunday dinner. "The Soul Food Museum" will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 6, at the Wesley Foundation, 2422 College St. in Cedar Falls.

This performance will help explain a challenge to mass-mediated stereotypes of the black family and black life. Graduate student DeRod Taylor will prepare his own Sunday dinner as attendees navigate black life and the power of family.

For more information, contact Evan Schares, graduate student of communication studies, at 319-273-6144 or

February 25, 2015 - 4:28pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the fourth annual UNI Dance Marathon from noon to midnight Saturday, March 7, in the Maucker Union.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 250 schools. Money that is raised by the schools during the events goes toward the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Last year, college dance marathons raised more than $8 million.

Participants will stay on their feet for 12 hours to "stand for those who can't." Along with dancing, there will be breakout rooms throughout Maucker Union where various activities will take place. Dancers will also have the chance to meet the Dance Marathon kids who have been treated at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and their families.

This year, the group at UNI hopes to raise $225,000. UNI has exceeded their fundraising goal for the past three years, with last year's event raising $176,498, which was above their goal of $125,000. Money raised goes to the Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

To register for UNI Dance Marathon, visit For more information, contact Daniel Vorwerk, director of public relations for UNI Dance Marathon, at 319-671-1849 or

February 24, 2015 - 9:48am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will host the Elias String Quartet, with guest artist Benjamin Hochman on piano, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24.

The Elias Quartet, which takes their name from Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah," have established themselves as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation. The group was formed in 1998, and they have performed around the world with artists such as Michael Collins, Jonathan Biss, Alice Neary and Mark Padmore. Benjamin Hochman was described by The New York Times as a "gifted, fast-rising artist." He made his New York recital debut in 2006 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and won the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011. Hochman has performed with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, New Jersey and Portland symphonies, the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics, the New York String Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Istanbul State Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada.

Tickets are $54 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or


February 24, 2015 - 9:55am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will host "THE BIG SING" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in the Great Hall in Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature UNI choirs, including Concert Chorale, Varsity Men's Glee Club, UNI Singers and Women's Chorus under the direction of Amy Kotsonis and John Len Wiles, along with special guest Alice Parker.

Parker is an American composer, arranger and conductor. She is the recipient of four honorary doctorates and the Smith College Medal, which is an annual award given to alumnae of Smith College who demonstrate the purpose of liberal arts education through their lives and work. During the concert, Parker will teach the audience songs by rote in order to share the communicative power of singing. This will give the audience a unique opportunity to participate at the event.

"Ms. Parker teaches by demonstration," said John Len Wiles, assistant professor of choral conducting in the UNI School of Music. "[She lines out] the melody so that what the listener learns is a totally convincing, musically satisfying song."

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Boehmer at 319-273-2028 or


February 24, 2015 - 4:42pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A film screening and discussion on Christian responses to Hitler will take place at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 8, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2410 Melrose Dr. in Cedar Falls. St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Cedar Falls, the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and the UNI Department of Philosophy and World Religions will sponsor this event. A screening of the 55-minute film "Theologians Under Hitler" will be followed by a panel discussion. The film tells the story of three prominent German theologians who, to varying degrees, supported Nazism.

Panelists include Ruth Ratliff of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Pastor Susan Janzen of Cedar Falls Mennonite Church, and UNI professors Stephen Gaies, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Jay Lees, Department of History, and Martha Reineke, Department of Philosophy and World Religions.

Audience members interested in additional opportunities for discussion of the issues raised by this film and their relevance to today can participate in a follow-up session at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 22.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact St. Luke's at or 319-277-8520, or the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at or 319-273-3870. 

February 23, 2015 - 9:33am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Martie Reineke, UNI professor of philosophy and world religions, will present "Intimate Domain: Desire, Trauma and Mimetic Theory" at noon, Monday, March 2, in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A.

Reineke will discuss the research that went into writing her latest book, "Intimate Domain: Desire, Trauma and Mimetic Theory." In this book she looks at how fathers, mothers and siblings play a decisive role in family relationships. She focuses on the importance of three psychologically rich narratives: Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time," Sophocles' "Antigone" and Julia Kristeva's "The Old Man and the Wolves." She also draws attention to the embodied nature of familiar relationships and how they are colored by both desire and trauma.  

Reineke's book will be available for purchase following the presentation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or

February 23, 2015 - 1:49pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Over spring break, the University of Northern Iowa Recreation Services will provide an All Sports Camp for elementary and middle school kids from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, at the Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC) at UNI.

All Sports Camp offers students between the ages of 6 and 12 the opportunity to play a wide variety of sports, including flag football, table tennis, basketball, kickball, baseball, softball, dodgeball, pickleball and ultimate Frisbee. Students will also have the chance to climb the rock wall, swim in the leisure pool, and attend nutritional and environmental presentations. The cost is $160 for pick-up at 3:30 p.m. and $260 for extended care until 5 p.m. Participants will receive a T-shirt, water bottle and drawstring bag.

To register, visit For more information, contact Dane Wunderlich, program assistant for All Sports Camp and graduate assistant for Wellness and Recreation Services, at 319-273-6275 or

February 23, 2015 - 1:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Teacher Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 28, in the Maucker Union Ballrooms. The Teacher Fair is an opportunity for all certified K through 12 educators to seek employment opportunities for 2015-16. About 60 school districts from across the United States will have representatives present.

The event is free and no registration is necessary for teachers. Check-in is from 8 to 9 a.m., followed by interview sign-up and the chance to network with schools from 9 a.m. to noon. Interviews will take place from 1 to 5 p.m.

For additional information and to view a list of participating school districts, visit Schools can visit this page for registration information. For more information, contact Anna McGee, program coordinator in Career Services, at 319-273-2061 or

February 18, 2015 - 10:27am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Award-winning math and science projects that integrate technology into pre-K through 12 classrooms will be featured during Spotlight on STEM Day on Thursday, February 26, at the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Teachers and students throughout the state, along with UNI faculty, will showcase their work through table displays, demonstrations and presentations. They will discuss the challenges they face as they integrate technology, science and mathematic programs into the classroom while still meeting their school's need to increase student achievement. Some of the presentations being displayed are award-winning projects associated with the Impacting Achievement with Collaborations and Technology (IMPACT) program.

The day will begin with a welcome at 8:45 a.m., followed by an opportunity for presenters to view the other Spotlight Gallery displays. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., displays will be open to the public. A series of 20-minute "Spotlight Presentations" will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with closing comments and door-prize drawings at 3:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Doreen Hayek, special projects administrator for ITS-Educational Technology, at 319-273-7300 or

February 17, 2015 - 8:57am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- At the end of 2014, the University of Northern Iowa received a generous donation from Robert and Margaret Bradford to establish a faculty chair position – the highest academic designation to bestow on a faculty member. 

The holder of the Robert and Margaret Bradford Chair in International Business will be devoted to enhancing the UNI College of Business Administration's global presence by creating new international internships for students, enlarging the network of partners around the world and infusing international content into the curriculum at home.

"I am so grateful for this wonderful gift, one of the largest we have ever received," said UNIBusiness Dean Farzad Moussavi. "For years Bob and Margaret have touched the lives of our students with their generous scholarships. Their enthusiastic support has also been instrumental to our internationalization efforts. With the expertise and resources made available to us through this endowed chair we will now be able to solidify our international presence in ways we could not have done before."

Robert Bradford, managing partner of Bradford & Associates, is a pioneering entrepreneur who turned a small local firm into a thriving global business. Margaret Bradford is a painter, musician and world traveler with a Ph.D. in archaeology. 

"Robert and Margaret Bradford's generous gift will enhance our student experience and promote international business," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "UNI's College of Business Administration does an excellent job of preparing students to succeed in the globalized world of business. This Chair of International Business will be a tremendous asset and will offer additional opportunities for our students."

In addition to participating in numerous business and community boards and activities, Robert Bradford has served on the UNIBusiness Executive Advisory Board since 1997 and on the UNI Research Foundation Board since 2001. The Bradfords are both members of the UNI Foundation President's Club and have long supported the UNI College of Business, along with music, arts and athletics programs.

The inaugural holder of the Robert and Margaret Bradford Chair in International Business will be named in spring 2015 to assume the role in fall 2015.


February 16, 2015 - 8:42am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The ninth annual African-American Read-In is at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in Rod Library and Maucker Union Ballrooms A, B and C on the University of Northern Iowa campus. There will be two guests at the event: Nothando Zulu and Bryan Collier.

Zulu is a master storyteller and the president and director of the Black Storytellers Alliance. She has been performing for children and adults for more than 18 years. Her presentations are lively and put together history, folklore and her own personal experiences.

Collier is an author-illustrator who travels to schools and classrooms to talk to students, teachers and librarians about books and art. He is the winner of the 2014 CSK Illustrator Award for the book, "Knock Knock." He will share stories about his life and literary works, as well as autograph books and share some of his prints.

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

February 11, 2015 - 9:57am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Are we alone in the universe? Does Mars have life near the surface? Attend the 2015 Leland Wilson Endowed Chemistry Lecture at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, if you have ever been curious about these questions. Shawn Domagal-Goldman will give his presentation, "The Scientific Search for Life on Planets Near and Far," in Lantz Auditorium in McCollum Science Hall.

Domagal-Goldman is a research space scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He will discuss the question that humans have wondered about for ages, are we really alone in this universe? A direct search for life has rarely been undertaken. The next generation of space science missions will approach this question directly with the scientific method.

For more information, contact Laura Strauss, department head and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-2052 or

February 10, 2015 - 11:51am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host UNI Day at the Statehouse from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16, at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. The event will highlight UNI programs and inform legislators about the impact UNI has on the state.

"Last year's event was such a great success," said Mary Braun, UNI state relations officer. "I was happy to see such a great turnout in faculty, students and alumni. It really drove home to legislators how important UNI is to families, schools and businesses of Iowa. I expect this year to be even better, featuring more programs and numerous alumni expressing an interest in attending and advocating on our behalf."

UNI students, faculty and staff will showcase interactive displays highlighting various UNI programs, departments and organizations. This year's event will feature a string trio performance from the School of Music, and TC, UNI's mascot, will be available for photographs.  

For more information, contact Braun at 319-273-6144 or

February 9, 2015 - 10:53am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa –The documentary "Terms and Conditions May Apply" will be shown at 7 p.m. followed by a discussion, Monday, Feb. 23., in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), as part of the Reaching for Higher Ground Film and Discussion series. The documentary exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage and what, if anything, can be done about it.

Throughout the film, there are multiple criticisms against large companies such as Google, Facebook and LinkedIn for having confusing and misleading privacy policies. Many lessons can be learned from this film, warning individuals about the risk of clicking "I Agree" without reading the terms of service.

The mission of the Reaching for Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. The theme for this year's series is Media and Social Media: A Networked Society.

The Reaching for Higher Ground Film and Discussion series is co-sponsored by the UNI CME and Rod Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or

February 9, 2015 - 3:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library is the new home to four donated paintings. Edna Shain of Vinton has given four art pieces, collectively titled "The Four Seasons," to the Rod Library to be displayed on the ground floor adjacent to the UNI Museum. The paintings are by the late Iowa artist Robert Tabor and were created in 1952. Tabor was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) muralist, and one of his murals still hangs in the lobby of the U.S. Post Office in Independence.

Shain is a retired insurance company executive who used to be the owner of Lane Insurance Company in Independence, where the paintings used to be displayed. She chose to display the paintings at UNI because she knew they would be cared for while still remaining available to the public.

"These Depression-era artworks are important reminders of Iowa's past," said Roy Behrens, professor of art at UNI. "When I was younger, I saw these almost daily, so I couldn’t be more pleased that Edna has given them to the Rod Library, where they can be both preserved and shared with the public."

For more information, contact Angela Pratesi, fine and performing arts librarian, at 319-273-6257 or


February 6, 2015 - 1:37pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Accounting students at the University of Northern Iowa are providing free income tax assistance again this year through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program is available Monday and Wednesday nights from Feb. 9 through April 8, excluding March 16 and 18 of spring break week. Foreign students and scholars will be served beginning Monday, March 9. Sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Curris Business Building, Room 223. No appointment is necessary. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and taxpayers are encouraged to arrive early to allow students sufficient time to complete returns. A limited number of returns will be completed each night.

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

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

Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring Social Security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents; valid photo identification; a copy of last year's tax returns; Form W-2, "wage and tax statement," from each employer; Forms 1099, for such things as interest, dividends or retirement payments; a list of other income and expenses; Form 1098-E, student loan interest statement; Form 1098-T, tuition payment statement and institution billing statement; banking information for automatic deposit of refund; and all other information pertinent to their 2014 tax return. New for this year, clients will also be asked about health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents. If the insurance is from the Health Insurance Marketplace, please bring a Form 1095-A statement.

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

February 5, 2015 - 9:58am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn will host "Beers to You and Gourmet Too," a beer and gourmet food tasting, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

This fundraiser supports programming for the 2015-16 season, including general programming and the Kaleidoscope Series.

Tasting will begin at 4 p.m. More than 60 different kinds of beer provided by Fahr Beverage will be available for sampling. The tasting features restaurants and businesses in the Cedar Valley that bring in food to pair with beer samples. Participating restaurants compete to achieve the finest pairing of food and their chosen beer during this event. More than 17 home brewers from around the area will also be showcasing their beer. A list of participating restaurants and beer providers can be found at

Prior to the tasting, featured guest George F. Reisch, head brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch, Inc., will speak at 3 p.m. Reisch is a fifth-generation brewmaster by trade. The family brewery, Reisch Brewing Co., was in operation from 1849 to 1966. Reisch has crossed the globe on brewing-related projects during his tenure at Anheuser-Busch, becoming a true beer ambassador. He has also hosted hundreds of "Brewmaster Dinners" and taught hundreds of brewing schools.

Tickets for this event are $40 in advance or $45 at the door, if tickets are still available. They can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by phone at 319-273-4849. For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or

February 5, 2015 - 10:06am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Career Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in the McLeod Center. More than 120 employers, organizations and nonprofits will be there to network with UNI students and alumni, as well as discuss internships and full-time jobs. Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume to share with company and organization representatives.

"The UNI Career Fair has launched numerous careers over the years. The event is highly regarded, as employers love to work with the UNI community," said Matt Nuese, associate director of Career Services. "As a team connecting students to a career, we like the event because it's a kickoff to the recruiting season!"

The Career Fair is organized and sponsored by Career Services. For more information about the Career Fair, to search the online database of employers or to submit your resume for critique, visit

Registration is not required for participation. For more information, contact Sarah Goblirsch, assistant director of employer relations for Career Services, at 319-273-2084 or

February 5, 2015 - 2:53pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Black Student Union will hold numerous events throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month.

Some highlights include:

- Step Afrika is a professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. It is one of the top 10 African-American dance companies in the United States and will perform at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Lang Hall Auditorium.

- The Tunnel of Oppression will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Lang Hall basement classrooms. Each room will show a reenactment of modern-day oppression of African-Americans, such as racial profiling and displays in the media.

- From 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, the Wesley Foundation Center will show the movie "Soul Food" and also serve soul food for dinner, while supplies last. The menu includes fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, barbecue beef ribs, barbecue pork ribs, collard greens, peach cobbler, sweet tea and more.

- The "I Will Not Die Young" campaign, which raises awareness about violence against black males and how to stop it, will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the second floor lobby of the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center.

- "Chillin Da Conscious Poet" will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall. Individuals will perform spoken word and allow other poets to perform also.

- "Black In Style Fashion Extravaganza" will be held Friday, Feb. 27, in Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. A paparazzi pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the fashion show at 8 p.m. This event is in collaboration with the UNI Textiles and Apparel Program. The show will feature more than four up-and-coming designers as well as showcase local, privately owned clothing store merchandise provided by Infiniti Enterprises.

All events are open to the public and free for UNI students, faculty and staff. For more information on any of the events, contact Juana Hollingsworth, co-president of UNI's Black Student Union, at

February 4, 2015 - 2:13pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Theatre Thursday is a gathering of UNI theatre students, faculty, staff, Friends of Theatre UNI members, alumni and local theatre practitioners/enthusiasts after the opening night performance of Theatre UNI productions. The next event will be held following the 7:30 p.m. performance of "Avenue Q" on Thursday, Feb. 26.

A reception of recognition, celebration, release and engagement will be held. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.

The event will be held in the Bertha Martin Theatre located in Strayer-Wood Theatre. For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director of Theatre UNI, at 319-273-6833 or

February 3, 2015 - 9:09am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The seventh annual Darwin Week will be held on the University of Northern Iowa campus Monday, Feb. 9 through Thursday, Feb. 12. The annual event celebrates science through a series of faculty and visiting speakers. All activities are held in the Center for Multicultural Education in Maucker Union and are free and open to the public.

Each day will feature a different theme, including science, skepticism, diversity and religion. Throughout the week a variety of speakers will present on these topics. Some of the speakers include Tyler O'Brien, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology; Doug Shaw, professor of mathematics; Deb Gallagher, professor of special education; and Martha Reineke, professor of philosophy and world religions.

The event is hosted by University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI), a student organization for skeptics, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers. The group is dedicated to the community, intellectual engagement, activism and service.

For a complete schedule of speakers, visit 

February 3, 2015 - 9:16am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) has been named one of the 25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers.

The GBPAC was ranked No. 10 on the list, which was created by College Degree Search, an online service that provides degree information, college planning help, job search assistance and student finance information. The authors cited the GBPAC's state-of-the-art amenities, flexible rehearsal and recital spaces and the $500,000 38-rank tracker organ as some of its best features.

"We're very pleased to have reached number 10, as we're in good company with many other extraordinary performing arts centers," said Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager of the GBPAC. "More than anything, we attribute the community for coming together to build such an incredible facility. The support and pride that's been shown through social media indicates why this performing arts center was built here and why it continues to receive recognition. Moving into the 15th season, we couldn't be more pleased to have such support from the community."

For more information about the GBPAC, visit or contact Argotsinger at 319-273-3660 or The full ranking list can be viewed at

February 3, 2015 - 9:23am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kevin Hansen, author of the bestselling "Secret Regrets" book series and founder of the Secret Regrets website, will visit the University of Northern Iowa to present "Secret Regrets: You're Not Alone" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Attendees will have the option to anonymously share their regrets, as well as hear secret regrets from others who attend.

In Hansen's first book, "Secret Regrets: What if you had a Second Chance?," hundreds of people share their deepest regrets in life, along with how sharing those regrets has helped with healing. The same theme follows in his second book, "Secret Regrets Volume 2: Moving Past your Past." Hansen's work has been featured on the Dr. Phil Show as well as other media outlets, such as Cosmopolitan, CNN and Psychology Today. He also writes feature articles for The Huffington Post.

Visit to post an anonymous regret or to read others' regrets. For more information on Hansen's presentation, contact Mark Rowe-Barth, associate director of student wellness, at 319-273-3423 or

February 3, 2015 - 2:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Lifelong University will offer five noncredit courses this spring.

"Film Appreciation: A Brief Study of Stanley Kubrick" will be lead by David O'Shields, instructor of communication studies, from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, at the Windcove, Western Home Communities. Participants will spend four weeks being introduced to Stanley Kubrick, followed by screenings and discussion of three Kubrick films.

"Square One Bible Course" will be led by Sally Baker, who has 15 years of experience teaching this course. It will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 18 and 25, and March 4, 11, 18 and 25, at Windcove, Western Home Communities. This course will provide timelines, people lists and helpful summaries of events and discussions of important Biblical themes.

"Survey: Cinema of the 1970s" will also be led by David O'Shields, instructor of communication studies, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, at Windcove,Western Home Communities. This course will include a screening and discussion of four different films.

"Digital Photographs, Archives and Memory Books" will be led by Bettina Fabos, associate professor of communication studies, from noon to 2 p.m., March 4, 11, 25 and April 1, at the UNI Rod Library in Room 286. Participants will learn about the rise of early 19th and 20th century photography and learn to explore the digital archiving movement. Participants will also learn how to scan their own family photographs at high resolution, edit these images in Photoshop and build memory books.

"A Study in Sherlock: An Elementary Introduction" will be led by Hal Wohl, emeritus professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, and May 5, at Windcove,Western Home Communities. Participants will learn about the characters of Sherlock Holmes and how they made him the most written about literature figure in history.

Course fees are $40, which covers parking passes and course handouts. To register for a class or view a course description, visit or call University Events Coordination at 319-273-5141.

February 2, 2015 - 10:31am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Museum will partner with the UNI geography department to host "Canada's Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving," Feb. 5 through early April 2015. This exhibit is a traveling photographic exhibition developed by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

This exhibit offers a perspective on Canada's vibrant North, its thriving Native cultures and the balance of traditional life, modern conveniences, and economic and environmental sustainability. A select amount of UNI Museum's collection of Arctic artifacts will be on display in addition to photographs.

On the morning of Monday, March 9, in conjunction with the exhibition, UNI Museum, along with the UNI geography department and the Consulate General of Canada, will host a symposium on Arctic exploration, sustainability and governance. The symposium will be open to the public.

The museum is located on the first floor of the Rod Library. The exhibition will be open 7 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays; noon to midnight on Saturdays; and self-guided tours on Sundays.

The Consulate General of Canada is sponsoring the exhibit. For more information, contact Jessica Cruz, exhibit preparator, at 319-273-2495 or

February 2, 2015 - 4:19pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program had 36 students attend the Alliance Management Institute Jan. 4 through 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The students won five awards for their research presentations.

Award winners are as follows:
1st Place Graduate Research: Students’ Perception of Fundraising through Personal Solicitation presented by Somtochukwu "Stanley" Ebede, Cedar Falls; Jon Klein, Pella; and Erin Brown, West Des Moines.
2nd Place Graduate Research: Effective Mission Messaging in Nonprofit Organizations: A Content Analysis presented by Kristina Kofoot, Bode; Eric Eastman, Cedar Falls; and Caitlin Himmelsbach, Cedar Rapids.
3rd Place Graduate Research: Going Viral: A Case Study of Lessons Learned from the ALS Foundation and the Ice Bucket Challenge presented by Shannon Betzer, Central City; Katelyn Blake, Walnut; and Sydney Boyle, Dexter.
1st Place Undergraduate Research: The Role of Special Events in Raising Contributions and Awareness for Nonprofit Organizations presented by Kaitlyn Kelly, Mount Pleasant; Marcus Dunford, Cedar Rapids; and Grace Fennelly, Bettendorf.
3rd Place Undergraduate Research: Social Media: Has it impacted organizations or not? presented by Esther Vuong, West Des Moines; Tessa Clark, Fairfax; Allie Brown, West Des Moines; and Liz Sefrin.

The Alliance Management Institute is a capstone experience for students seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. The purpose of the conference is to expose students to a vibrant learning experience that promotes best practices, innovative thinking and awareness of the full scope of the nonprofit sector. Receiving five awards at the national conference validates students’ work and their research efforts.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national certification program that exists to strengthen the leadership of the social sector and to sustain the ability of nonprofits to fulfill their missions with a talented and prepared workforce.

For more information, contact Julianne Gassman, director of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, at or 319-273-2204.

January 29, 2015 - 3:37pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the fourth annual Conference on African-American Children and Families from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in the Schindler Education Center (SEC).

The conference will promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American children and families. Participants will spend the day networking and meeting with new colleagues to help improve the quality of life for children and families. The keynote speaker for the event is Patricia Russell-McCloud, bestselling author of "A is for Attitude."

A pre-conference will take place from 4:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in the SEC. The conference is designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, social workers, health professionals, business leaders and anyone committed to improving the lives of children.

The events are open to the public; registration is free for UNI students and faculty. For more information or to register, visit or contact Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction and coordinator of the African-American Children and Families Conference, at 319-273-2007 or

January 29, 2015 - 4:51pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Dream Big Grow Here business grant program deadline has been extended until Feb. 13. The initiative, a program of the UNI Regional Business Center, provides an opportunity for current Iowa businesses or startups to earn up to $15,000 in grants.

The contest starts with six industry specific grant contests, where the winners will receive $5,000.  Each of those winners then get the chance to pitch at the statewide EntreFEST conference in May to receive an additional $10,000.

The program, now in its fifth year, has won numerous national economic development awards for its innovative approach to helping Iowa businesses start or grow. For additional information or to apply, visit Dream Big Grow Here is an initiative of the University of Northern Iowa Business & Community Services division and is supported by a variety of statewide sponsors, including Renew Rural Iowa, VentureNet Iowa, Iowa Bankers Association, Veridian Credit Union, and IASourceLink.

January 28, 2015 - 8:42am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association Panther Tours will feature a leadership retreat to Cape Town, South Africa, in May 2015. An informational meeting about the trip will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Large Meeting Room at the Cedar Falls Public Library.

The trip, which runs from May 11 through 18, will be led by Ronelle Langley, a Cedar Falls-based executive coach who was born in South Africa. Langley also is an instructor in management in UNI's College of Business Administration, teaching organizational management and taking groups of students to South Africa each year as part of that course. This trip for business professionals will include some interaction with this year's class while in South Africa.

Those on this leadership retreat will also experience The Short Walk to Freedom and a rare, up-close look at Robben Island, where former South Africa President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. This experience is part of a one-of-a-kind, three-day transformative leadership workshop for participants and will be followed by a two-day safari for a close encounter with African wildlife. During the final days in Cape Town, participants will join UNI students for some sightseeing, including a trip to Table Mountain and a service-learning project.

If you cannot attend the information meeting on Feb. 10, contact Lisa O'Neill in the UNI Alumni Association at 319-273-3032, Brady Gruhn at Lighthouse Travel at 319-427-2060 or Langley at 319-830-4041. To learn more about this and other Panther Tours, visit

January 28, 2015 - 8:59am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI School of Music will present a winter opera performance of "The Merry Wives of Windsor." The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7 in Bengston Auditorium in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. A Sunday matinee performance will also be offered at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8. These performances will feature the UNI Opera Ensemble under the direction of Mitra Sadeghpour and Korey Barrett, vocal coach, and will feature the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra led by Rebecca Burkhardt. Scene from opera "The Merry Wives of Windsor"

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" was written by Otto Nicolai, is based on the play by William Shakespeare and adapted by Hermann Von Mosenthal. These performances will feature the full production and is a collaboration of theatre, dance and music students.

To purchase tickets, call 319-273-4TIX or visit For more information about this event or other School of Music events, call 319-273-2028 or visit 

January 28, 2015 - 10:02am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will host comedian Adam DeVine at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28.

DeVine, who was born in Waterloo, is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. He is best known as a co-creator, writer and star of the hit Comedy Central show "Workaholics." He also starred in the Universal comedy "Pitch Perfect," which follows the competitive world of collegiate a cappella. His sketch-comedy group, Mail Order Comedy, has headlined sold-out shows across the nation.

Ticket prices range from $23 to $29 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or


January 27, 2015 - 8:49am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lisa Jepsen, associate professor of economics, will present her lecture "Women and Law School" at noon, Monday, Feb. 2, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Room 109A, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. Jepsen will discuss what influences success in a student's first year of law school and how race and gender play a role.

CROW Forums not only build community among people interested in women's and gender issues, but they also allow UNI faculty to share their research with campus and the wider community. Presentations are held at noon the first Monday of each month. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information or a complete list of events, visit or contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or

January 27, 2015 - 10:51am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, at 8106 Jennings Dr., to highlight its new solar array.

New solar array at CEEEThe open house will include tours of the solar array, details about federal and state incentives and information for installing your own solar system. Members of the Cedar Prairie Sierra Club and the individuals and companies that supported the installation will also be recognized.

The CEEE's system was recently upgraded from 900 to 1500 Watts with new PV panels and micro-inverters, and it demonstrates reductions in solar cost and advances in technology. The cost of the original 900 Watt inverter and panels was $7,250, while the new system cost $2,531. Power production information from the solar array can be found at by clicking on "Enlighten Login" and using the email address and password ceee2015pv.

Pat Higby, CEEE energy education and outreach coordinator, is excited to use the new system as a tool for sharing the advantages of solar energy. "This new system allows us to showcase how easy solar systems are to install and maintain," she said.

For more information, contact Higby at 319-273-6012 or

January 20, 2015 - 9:41am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Educational Psychology and Foundation's Development team, the College of Education (COE) Diversity Committee and the Women's and Gender Studies Program will host a film screening of the movie "I Am Eleven" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the College Square Theatre. Tickets for the movie are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance. The 94-minute film is appropriate for middle school and upper elementary school students, although some subjects may be upsetting for a younger audience. Tickets can be ordered at

The film is a documentary that follows 11-year-olds from all around the world. They share their life experiences, such as bullying and suicidal thoughts, discrimination for not being native where they live and their thoughts on their passions and pastimes, as well as other things that make them happy. Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey spent six years traveling the world to conduct interviews with all of the 11-year-old participants to create the film.

Suzanne Freedman, professor of educational psychology and foundations at UNI, said, "Viewers will be able to get a glimpse of what it is like to be 11 years old with the added bonus of viewing this transitional age, between childhood and adolescence, in diverse parts of the world."

For more information, contact Freedman at 319-273-2483 or

January 15, 2015 - 8:52am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's Reaching for Higher Ground series will continue in the spring semester with a film and discussion series. The film "Rise of the Drones" will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). A discussion of the film will follow.

"Rise of the Drones" will explore the secret world of drones and how they are used today. Drone engineers and those who fly them for the U.S. military give viewers a rare look at the amazing technology that makes drones so powerful. The film also evaluates how drones are changing our relationships to war and surveillance, which is only the beginning of the incredible things they can do.

The mission of the Reaching for Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. The theme for this year's series is Media and Social Media: A Networked Society.

This event is co-sponsored by the CME and UNI Rod Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or


January 15, 2015 - 9:52am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Tim Wise, acclaimed anti-racist essayist, educator and author, will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, in the Great Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Wise is the author of six books and has contributed essays to more than 25 additional books. He is internationally renowned for his knowledge on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and race in the labor market. He received the 2001 British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues and has contributed writings to many popular, professional and scholarly journals. He has spoken in 49 states and on more than 600 college campuses.

While on campus, Wise will also participate in an informal discussion on addressing racial inequities at 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) located in Maucker Union.

Wise is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, where he received anti-racism training from the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. Wise's visit is jointly sponsored by graduate students in the UNI Department of Social Work, Reaching for Higher Ground and the Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism, with funding from the Northern Iowa Student Government, Department of Social Work and Diversity Matters.  

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or

January 15, 2015 - 2:20pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a branch of the New York Public Library, will visit the University of Northern Iowa to present a lecture on "Blacks and Society in Urban America." He will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

Muhammad will lecture on his book, "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America," which discusses the emergence of the deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals in contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants. He will discuss the role of the social sciences in shaping and sanctifying racial data.

Muhammad will also host an informal book discussion at 3 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or

January 15, 2015 - 3:20pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host "Elect Her-Campus Women Win" from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union. Campus Women Win is a national program to encourage and train college women to run for student government and political office. UNI is one of 50 institutions nationwide chosen to host the event and is the first and only school in Iowa to be selected.

The program is a collaborative effort between the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start. AAUW is an organization that works to empower women as individuals and improve lives. Running Start has the same idea, while also teaching women about politics earlier in life. During the training, participants will practice hands-on campaign skills, hear from speakers and discuss research on women in government.

Financial support for the event is provided by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Training is free for students and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, visit or contact Rachel Gregory, student liaison of Campus Women Win, at

January 14, 2015 - 2:26pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will welcome Heather Hackman, who has taught and trained on social justice issues since 1992, as the guest speaker for the seventh annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity hosted by UNI's Diversity Council. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Commons Ballroom. A Diversity Fair will take place prior to the town hall meeting from 1:30 to 2 p.m. UNI faculty, staff and students will be honored with the Diversity Matters Award following the Town Hall. This award is presented annually in recognition of dedication and service to UNI in advancement of its diversity-related goals.

In 2005, Hackman founded Hackman Consulting in Minneapolis, and provides national training and consulting in the areas of deep diversity, equity and social justice. Prior to 2005, she was tenured professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Hackman has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia and classism. She has conducted research and made presentations in the areas of climate change and its intersections with race, class and gender.

For more information, contact Gwenne Berry, associate director of Compliance and Equity Management, at 319-273-2846 or, or visit UNI's Diversity Matters website at 

January 13, 2015 - 3:27pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Science Education faculty have received a three-year grant from the Iowa Department of Education Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program to fund their Integrating Crosscutting Concepts in Iowa Science Classrooms (ICCISC) project.

The professional development program helps teachers integrate crosscutting concepts into the development and implementation of standards-based science curricula using research-based instruction that addresses the Iowa Core and prepares students in science and other STEM-related fields. A cohort of 24 secondary science teachers from across the state of Iowa were selected to begin participation in the program during the summer of 2014. These teachers will develop, revise and implement instructional units in their science classrooms in collaboration with UNI science education faculty, Area Education Agency (AEA) science consultants and master high school science teachers. In years two and three, 24 additional teachers will be added to the program.

For more information about the program, contact project investigators Lawrence Escalada, chair of UNI Science Education and professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or, or Sarah Boesdorfer, assistant professor of chemical education, at 273-7146 or