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March 4, 2014 - 4:44pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Cedar Valley Local Food Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at the Grout Museum District, 503 South St., Waterloo. Visitors can meet Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers and learn about their farms, sample recipes that can be made at home and learn how to find fresh, local food in the Cedar Valley.

Featured events include "Tiny But Mighty Popcorn," which examines ancient heirloom popcorn grown in Shellsburg; "FRED: Food and Resource Education Demonstration Program," in which participants learn how to cook local foods; and "Food Preservation Techniques," which provides resources about canning and other food preservation techniques.

For $1, participants can make their own butter using local Hansen's Dairy cream, watch a television series that explores farms, restaurants and ingredients that make Iowa food uniquely Iowan and tour the Grout Museum's exhibit "It's Not Your Grandparents Farm, Or Is It?"

Several exhibitors will have booths, including Hy-Vee, the UNI Local Food Program, FRED, Blue Zones, Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, ISU Extension and Outreach, Hansen's Dairy, Northern Iowa Shrimp and Timber Ridge Bison.

This event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the Cedar Valley CSA Farmers, UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) and the Grout Museum District. Event parking is located under the Highway 218 overpass.

For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan, director of the CEEE, at 319-273-7575 or

March 4, 2014 - 4:49pm


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 24, to Saturday, April 19. An awards ceremony and opening reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24, 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 Terry Towery, associate professor of photography and digital media at Lehman College of the City University of New York. Towery will make a selection from approximately 350 entries and choose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions.

He will also give a lecture at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the KAB Auditorium and present an exhibition of his most recent platinum palladium prints in the gallery showcases titled "Useless Beauty." These photographic works will be on display from Friday, March 7, through Saturday, April 19.

Towery, also known as Timothy Eugene O'Tower, received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida and has been exhibiting internationally since 1985. His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Harn Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as private collections. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Jill Enfield's Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques, P magazine and Robert Hirsch's Exploring Color Photography: From the Darkroom to the Digital Studio.

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 3, 2014 - 9:40am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's film series "Food Matters: Individual Choices … Community Concerns" will continue in 2014 with film screenings throughout the spring semester. The screenings are free and open to the public and will be held in UNI's Center for Multicultural Education.

The first film, "King Corn," will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24. The film follows two friends as they grow and farm an acre of corn and in the process, discover a manipulative and destructive food system.

The second film, "The Garden," will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, April 28. This documentary depicts the plight of the farmers of South Central Farm, an urban farm and community garden that was demolished in 2006.

The film series is part of UNI's Reaching for Higher Ground project. For more information and a full list of events, visit or contact either Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or, or Thomas Kessler, social sciences bibliographer at Rod Library, at 319-273-2810 or

February 27, 2014 - 11:23am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will present a viewing of the film "Girl Rising" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the Lang Hall Auditorium as part of Women's History Month.

"Girl Rising" is directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins and tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. It showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

Discussion and refreshments will immediately follow the film. The viewing and discussion are free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the College of Education's Diversity Committee's Educators For Change Film and Book Series with support from the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the Center for Multicultural Education and a UNI diversity mini grant. For more information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director and associate professor, Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7195 or

February 26, 2014 - 2:40pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the third annual UNI Dance Marathon. The event will take place from noon to midnight, Saturday, March 1, in the Maucker Union.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools. Each school raises money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their community. Last year alone, college dance marathons raised more than $8 million.

Participants will stay on their feet for 12 hours through dancing, games and entertainment to "stand for kids who can't." Dancers will also get the chance to spend time with UNI Dance Marathon kids who have been treated at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

The group at UNI hopes to raise $125,000. Last year's event raised $101,379, well above the goal of $66,000. Money raised from the event goes to the Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

For more information, contact Sarah Hanson, director of public relations for UNI Dance Marathon, at 515-783-8668 or

February 25, 2014 - 3:31pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host "Feeding Black Hawk County Region" from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 7, in the CEEE. Tickets are $20 for the general public and free for UNI students, and include a lunch buffet.

The event will host community leaders, elected officials, school administrators, and food-oriented businesses and organizations that are interested in building strong community economic relations around locally grown foods. The program will cover many topics, including new local food enterprises, economic impacts of locally grown foods and increasing access to healthy food.

For additional information and to register, visit or contact Kamyar Enshayan, director of the CEEE, at 319-273-7575 or

February 25, 2014 - 3:38pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Two physics majors from the University of Northern Iowa will present their research at the annual March meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) on Monday, March 3, through Friday, March 7, in Denver, Colo. This is the largest physics meeting in the world. It attracts approximately 10,000 physicists, scientists and students.

Courtney Keiser, from Mason City, researched phase transformation, electrical and thermal conductivity, and the mechanism of surface oxidation of thermoelectric and topological insulator nanostructures. Keiser is advised by Rui He, assistant professor of physics, and is supported by a Petroleum Research Foundation grant awarded to He.

Corbyn Mellinger, from Center Point, will describe and interpret data that indicate there are multiple transitions between magnetic phases as the temperature of a sample of magnetic nanostructures is lowered. Mellinger's research is advised by Paul Shand, interim department head and professor in the Department of Physics, and is supported by an external research grant from the National Science Foundation.

Keiser and Mellinger will present in a special session for undergraduate researchers at the meeting. For additional information, contact Shand at 319-273-2425 or

February 24, 2014 - 9:01am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a lecture on low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR) at 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education Auditorium.

Tom Wind, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer, will provide information on this relatively new technology. LENR allows controlled fusion of hydrogen into helium in small modular reactors that can fit on a tabletop. This results in thermal energy with no radiation dangers, radioactive byproducts or combustion of fossil fuels, at a much lower cost than traditional fossil fuels.

This lecture is sponsored by the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC). For more information, contact Jennifer Bruss, RRTTC program and community outreach coordinator, at 319-273-3689 or

February 24, 2014 - 2:36pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jennifer Cooley, associate professor in UNI's Department of Languages and Literatures, will present her lecture "21st Century Jungles: Representing Workplace Abuses Against Migrant Women" at noon, Monday, March 3, in the Center for Multicultral Education, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The talk stems from ethnographic research conducted with migrant women in Iowa who were victims of abuse in the workplace. A discussion will follow the lecture.

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 in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A. 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 UNI, at 319-273-7102 or

February 24, 2014 - 2:54pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In 1945, a young housewife filed what would become a historic lawsuit that involved the separation of church and state. "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" documents the life of Vashti McCollum, the plaintiff in the landmark case McCollum v. Board of Education. The Peabody Award-winning film will be screened at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) at noon, Tuesday, March 4, and at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in the Center for Multicultural Education. A brief discussion will follow the screening.

"It is important to highlight the names and stories of women that history seems to have forgotten. Vashti McCollum and her story are no exception," said Stef McGraw, president of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI). "Her landmark court case that helped to establish the separation of church and state in public schools is important to both women's history and the history of secularism."

The screening is free and open to the public and is hosted by UNIFI, a student group at UNI that aims to create a community for skeptics, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, secular humanists and other nonreligious people. For more information, contact McGraw at 319-721-3689 or, or visit

February 20, 2014 - 9:26am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sesame Street's Elmo, award-winning author and illustrator Kadir Nelson, and performance artist Nothando Zulu will join the Cedar Valley community for a day of reading at the University of Northern Iowa's eighth annual African-American Read-In from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Maucker Union and Rod Library. The event encourages Cedar Valley youth to learn about African-American history and culture.

"It is our hope that helping children learn about African-American authors and illustrators will help them begin to also realize that African-Americans contributed greatly to education and to the books read in classrooms all other the world," said Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of early childhood education.

UNI's African-American Read-In is a part of the National African-American Read-In, which is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the International Reading Association.

The event is open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Kirkland-Holmes at 319-273-2007 or

February 20, 2014 - 9:52am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Student organizations in the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration (UNIBusiness) are teaming up to make positive changes locally and globally. They are combining the virtues of sustainability, service and global awareness by raising funds for several projects.

One project is to plant trees in areas of Cedar Falls that were damaged by floods in 2008. The students' goal is to plant 4,000 hardwood seedlings in the community. The effort is part of the Living Lands & Waters Million Trees Project.

Students will also raise funds for emergency operations for International Medical Corps, a $185 million global, humanitarian nonprofit organization that provides healthcare training and relief and development programs in some of the most devastated regions of the world. This organization is led by Nancy Aossey, who graduated from UNI with a marketing degree in 1982 and an MBA in 1984.

Money raised will also help ongoing projects for water purification and education opportunities in Siares, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, a region UNIBusiness students have taken service trips to since 2001.

To raise money for these causes, students will sell engraved donor bricks through Saturday, April 12. Those who give $100 receive an engraved brick that will be placed in a designated area at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls. Those who give $300 receive an engraved brick and their name or logo on the back of volunteer T-shirts. Those who give $1,000 receive the two items mentioned above and a bench placed in the park in their honor.

Donations of any size are accepted. Funds will be distributed with 25 percent used to purchase trees and other materials for Cedar Falls, 25 percent used for the water purification system and educational resources in Siares, and 50 percent donated to International Medical Corps' relief efforts.

All funds will go directly to these three projects and none will be used to cover administrative costs. A list of donors will be given to International Medical Corps and recognized at the Siares water purification facility.

The deadline for donations is Monday, March 31, to have your name or logo on the back of the volunteer T-shirts and Saturday, April 12, to receive a brick. Checks can be made out to UNI-Hardwoods and mailed to Chris Schrage, Curris Business Building 5, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0126.

Volunteers also are needed to help plant trees from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 12. Volunteers will meet west of Bruns Machine, 1824 Lincoln St. in Cedar Falls. To receive a free volunteer T-shirt, you must pre-register at by Monday, March 24.

For more information, contact Joe Noonan, president of the Supply Chain Management Association and co-president of the College of Business Administration President's Council, at or UNIBusiness Global Opportunities Coordinator Chris Schrage at


February 20, 2014 - 10:11am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the third annual Conference on African-American Children and Families from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, in the Schindler Education Center (SEC). A pre-conference will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in the SEC.

"This conference is very important to bridge the gaps of understanding among people of all ethnicities, races, cultures and socioeconomic statuses," said Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of early childhood education. "This is the only national conference of this nature in the United States, thus putting UNI among leaders in education and in promoting diversity."

The conference will consist of several breakout sessions on the subjects of education and diversity. The keynote speaker is Janice Hale, author of "Black Children: Their Roots, Culture and Learning Styles" and Pulitzer Prize nominee. Donna Y. Ford, author and professor of education and human development at Vanderbilt University, will present the keynote lecture at the pre-conference.

The events are open to the public; registration is free for UNI students and faculty. For more information or to register, visit or contact Kirkland-Holmes at 319-273-2007 or

February 20, 2014 - 10:16am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Superheroes, supervillians, compost, carcinogens and pink ribbons will come together amid heaps of trash for the University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre production "Wasted" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, Room 040. Using playful costumes, Image Theatre, poetry, art installations and dance, the show will challenge the understanding of waste and consumption.

"Wasted" tells the story of six misfit superheroes who find themselves in an extreme emergency. In order to save the day, they must sort through rubbish to learn about their surroundings. The result is hilarious, heartbreaking and troubling encounters with trash that ask the audience to reconsider their relationship with waste.

The show is an ensemble production conceived and directed by Danielle Dick McGeough, assistant professor of communication studies, and is hosted in collaboration with UNI's Reaching for Higher Ground series. The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. Admission passes will be available 45 minutes before the production begins. The show is intended for mature audiences only.

For more information, contact Dick McGeough at 319-273-6985 or

February 18, 2014 - 11:39am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host UNI Day at the Statehouse from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, 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 inaugural event was such a great success," said Jeneane Beck, UNI state relations officer. "I was impressed by the faculty, student and alumni turnout. It really drove home to legislators how important UNI is to the families, schools and businesses of Iowa. I expect this year to be even better because more alumni have expressed 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 remarks from President Bill Ruud, a jazz trio performance from the School of Music, and TC, UNI's mascot, will be there to take photos with.

Alumni are encouraged to attend to reconnect with their university and speak with elected officials about the value of UNI.

For more information, contact Beck at 515-971-2563 or

February 18, 2014 - 1:28pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowan Symphony Orchestra will present its pre-Brazil performance at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the UNI campus. The concert is offered as a part of the UNI School of Music Spotlight Series.

Manfredo Schmiedt, conductor of the Orquestra Sinfônica Caxias do Sul in Brazil, will guest conduct works from Brazilian composers Gomes and Villa Lobos. During Schmiedt's visit, he will rehearse the orchestra on Mahler's "Symphony No. 1," which the group will perform during its tour of Brazil in March.

Tickets for this event are $10 for general admission, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for non-UNI students. To order tickets, call the GBPAC Box Office at 319-273-4849 or visit For more information on this or other School of Music events, contact Caroline Boehmer, communication and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or

February 17, 2014 - 3:20pm


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, Feb. 27, at the Innovative Teaching & 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 to be 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 at UNI's ITS-Educational Technology, at 319-273-7300 or

February 17, 2014 - 3:24pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host an open house for the 30th anniversary of Kindergym from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 8, in the Wellness & Recreation Center, Room 155. All families who have participated in the program are invited to attend.

Kindergym was created at UNI in 1984 as an attempt to meet the needs of preschoolers, parents and UNI students. For the past three decades, the student-led program has helped children develop and refine their motor skills. Kindergym is an informal learning environment with activity stations that focus on age-appropriate movement skills that encourage success in a fun atmosphere.

For additional information or to RSVP, contact Rip Marston, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, at 319-273-6882 or

February 17, 2014 - 3:31pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host speaker Cheryl Ball at 7 p.m., Monday, March 3, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus. The lecture is part of The Digital Turn: The 2013-14 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.

Ball's presentation, "Boutique Data in Writing Studies" will consider who gets to decide what counts as evidence, as valid research methods and as recognized forms of knowledge-making. All of these issues are raised when using tools such as metadata to build a "boutique" data repository for writing studies.

Ball studies rhetorical activities and genres in digital media and publishing contexts and is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, in Oslo, Norway. Beginning in July 2014, she will be associate professor of digital publishing studies at West Virginia University. She is also editor of the online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal "Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy."

The event is sponsored by the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures, Rod Library and the Hearst Lecture Series. For more information, contact Jim O'Loughlin, associate professor of languages and literatures, at 319-273-2002 or

February 12, 2014 - 9:31am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Accounting students at the University of Northern Iowa are providing free income tax assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program will run through April 9, excluding March 17 and 19 of spring break week. International students will be served starting Monday, March 10. Sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, 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 people 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, received additional training for IRS certification, and have access to a variety of federal and state reference materials.

Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring the Social Security card 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; Form 1099, for such things as interest or dividends; a list of other income and expenses; Form 1098-T, tuition payment statement; Form 1098-E, student loan interest statement; banking information for automatic deposit of refund; and all other information pertinent to the 2013 tax return. International students should also bring their passport, visa and Form 1042-S, "foreign persons U.S. Source income subject to withholding."

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

February 12, 2014 - 9:41am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Theatre UNI will present the dramatic comedy "Mauritius" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, through Saturday, March 1, and Thursday, March 6, through Saturday, March 8, in the Bertha Martin Theatre in Strayer-Wood Theatre on campus. There will be two matinee performances at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 2, and Sunday, March 9, at the same location.

"Mauritius," by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, involves two half-sisters who, after the passing of their mother, inherit a book of rare stamps that may include the "crown jewel" of the stamp-collecting world. The battle for possession takes a dangerous turn when three rival collectors enter the sisters' world, and they are plunged into a seedy underworld where everyone seems willing to cheat to get their hands on the prize.

Steve Taft, associate professor of performance, will serve as director; Mark Parrott, assistant professor of design and production, will serve as scenic designer; Amy Rohrberg, associate professor of design and performance, is in charge of costume design; Ron Koinson is in charge of lighting design; Aharon Moody, senior in theatre: design and production, will be the technical director; Matthew Weedman, assistant professor of performance, is the fight choreographer; and Jessica Geidel, junior in theatre: drama and theatre youth, is the stage manager.

The cast includes theatre majors Erica Kuhn from Waterloo; Jessica Moore from Cedar Rapids; Tad Klenske from Cedar Falls; Joseph Schoborg from Marshalltown; and Mic Evans from Cedar Rapids.

Tickets are $14 for adults and free for UNI students. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time. For tickets, call 319-273-6381 or visit

For additional information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director of Theatre UNI, at 319-273-6833 or

February 12, 2014 - 9:46am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will keep students active this spring break. UNI Wellness and Recreation Services will provide an All Sports Camp for elementary and middle school kids from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, March 17, through Friday, March 21, 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, swimming, kickball, baseball, softball, dodgeball, pickleball and ultimate Frisbee. In addition, students can scale the WRC rock-climbing wall, swim in the leisure pool and attend nutritional and environmental presentations. The cost is $150, and students will receive a T-shirt, water bottle and drawstring bag.

To register, visit For more information, contact Sean Willett, sports club coordinator for Wellness and Recreation Services, at 319-273-3435 or

February 11, 2014 - 3:01pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Curt Ellis went from creating award-winning documentary films to starting a nonprofit to help prevent childhood obesity. Ellis will describe the journey that led him to make the leap from filmmaking to advocacy work in his presentation from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Ellis has produced a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning films about sustainability and the food industry. In 2010, he helped found FoodCorps, a national nonprofit devoted to promoting healthy eating and nutrition education. His Peabody award-winning film "King Korn" will be screened at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24, in UNI's Center for Multicultural Education. The screening is part of the Reaching for Higher Ground series.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Kamyar Enshayan, director of UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education, at 319-273-7575 or

February 11, 2014 - 3:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Could you get cancer from just going outside? Due to increasing industrial and agricultural pollution, it's likely. An upcoming film screening at UNI will explore this and other links between the environment and cancer. "Living Downstream" will be screened from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, in Sabin Hall, Room 002. A discussion, led by Kamyar Enshayan, director of UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, will follow the screening.

"Environmental contamination is something we should all be concerned about," said Robin Summers, graduate assistant in UNI's Women's and Gender Studies Program. "This film details its link to the cancer epidemic, gives us the ability to begin conversations about its existence and inspires us to work toward a healthier environment."

According to director of UNI's Women's and Gender Studies Program (WGS) Catherine MacGillivray, "We hope that the screening of this film will inaugurate a campus-wide discussion of what is called the pinkwashing of breast cancer: the promotion of pink ribbons and the purchasing of pink consumer goods to go towards finding a cure for breast cancer. In many instances, the companies that are sponsoring pink ribbon campaigns and the like—in apparent solidarity with women—are the very companies that are producing the chemicals that are causing breast cancer and a host of other cancers and illnesses, and average consumers are unwittingly caught up in this ploy."

"Living Downstream" follows ecologist Sandra Steingraber as she battles cancer while trying to raise awareness of cancer prevention. The film is based on Steingraber's 1997 book of the same name. The screening is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact MacGillivray at UNI, at 319-273-7195 or

February 11, 2014 - 3:18pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Mohammad Iqbal, professor of geology and environmental science at the University of Northern Iowa, recently began a project to examine the Cedar River watershed.

As a result of agricultural practices, the state of Iowa is contributing a significant portion of the nutrients in the Gulf of Mexico that are responsible for making a large area of its water low in oxygen. His research strives to figure out where those agriculturally derived nutrients are getting into the Cedar River. After finding those problem areas, Iqbal hopes to make presentations and educate about ways to fix the problem.

Iqbal and his students have conducted initial visits to the sampling sites to analyze the stream water and sediments for nutrients. As soon as the snow melts, the team will start the full-scale project.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

"Clean water makes Iowa smile," said Iqbal. "Making a positive impact on people's health and well-being is professionally quite rewarding. This project is an opportunity for us to show care for the natural environment in which we live."    

For additional information, contact Iqbal at 319-273-2998 or


February 5, 2014 - 9:24am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa was recently awarded several national awards by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The awards presentation took place Jan. 5 through 8 at the Magnificent Mile Marriott in Chicago as part of the annual Alliance Management Institute, an educational conference geared toward students planning a career in the nonprofit sector.

Camp Adventure Child & Youth Services was recognized as the Mutual of America Nonprofit Partner of the Year. This award is presented to an organization that demonstrates leadership and commitment to the preparation of the nonprofit workforce through their partnership and support of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Camp Adventure provides opportunities for college and university students to serve children and youth worldwide, integrate theory with practice and develop new knowledge, skills and competencies. Camp Adventure has supported the Alliance for many years by providing internship opportunities for its students. The Camp Adventure program, now in its 30th year of operation, has involved more than 18,000 college and university students in leadership positions working with children and youth and has been successfully operated at 150 sites in more than 30 countries and U.S. territories.

Students from the University of Northern Iowa were recognized during the conference for their poster session presentations. The poster session program at the Alliance Management Institute is designed to allow students to showcase either a best practice from their campus student association or research conducted in one or more of the Alliance competency areas. Students presented their poster in front of a panel of judges.

Students from UNI who received first place awards for undergraduate research include: Liz Meysenburg, senior leisure, youth and human services major from Urbandale; Emily Kriegel, senior communication major from Grinnell; and Shelby Vraspier, junior leisure, youth and human services major from Iowa City.

Students from UNI who received second place awards for best practices include: Hanna Sloan, junior leisure, youth and human services major from Center Point; Beth Purk, senior movement and exercise science major from Belle Plaine; Casey Connolly, junior leisure, youth and human services major from Red Oak; and Katie Baum, junior leisure, youth and human services major from Clive. 

Students from UNI who received third place awards for undergraduate research include: Susan Pei, senior leisure, youth and human services major from Cedar Rapids; Kayla Bruns, sophomore leisure, youth and human services major from Huxley; and Sarah Hanson, junior leisure, youth and human services major from West Des Moines.

The 2014 Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) of the Year award went to Shawn Dunn, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. After graduation, Dunn began work with the YMCA and has moved up through multiple positions and agencies to a position with the national office. In her current role, Dunn manages programs that allow local YMCAs to improve their impact. The CNP of the Year Award is given to an individual who has made meaningful contributions to the nonprofit sector and significant achievements at his or her organization.

The 2014 honorees were chosen by an awards selection committee comprised of key Alliance stakeholders, including affiliated faculty members, alumni, nonprofit partners, board members and sponsors.

Founded in 1948, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance 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, visit or contact Julianne Gassman, associate professor of leisure, youth and human services, at 319-273-2204 or

February 4, 2014 - 4:49pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will hold the UNIBusiness-John Deere Supply Chain Forum from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the UNI Commons. The event is free and open to the public, but is limited to 150 attendees.

Throughout the forum, there will be speakers, a panel and a presentation by UNI's Supply Chain Management Association Operation Stimulus Competition Team. 

The keynote speaker for the forum is J. Scot Sharland, the executive director of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). Sharland joined AIAG in 2005 and is leading the group's collaborate industry initiatives to mitigate risk, manage uncertainty, and reduce cost and complexity from the supply chain.

For additional information and to register, visit or contact Christine Schrage, instructor of marketing, at 319-273-2126 or

February 3, 2014 - 11:32am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Lifelong University will offer four courses this spring.

"Indoor Gardening" will be led by Stephanie Witte, UNI Botanical Center horticulturist, from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 19 and 26, and March 5, at the UNI Botanical Center. Participants will learn about the best lighting, soil types, fertilizer options and pruning techniques to make houseplants look their best. Participants will also take a guided tour through the Botanical Center.

"Legacy Letters: Sharing your Values through Personal Messages" will be taught by Susanna Schuerman, development communications administrator, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., March 4, 11 and 25, at Western Home Communities, 5300 S. Main Street, Cedar Falls. Participants will learn about the history of legacy letters, discuss the components of a legacy letter and draw from life experiences to write their own letters.

"America Betrayed" will be led by Hal Wohl, emeritus professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, at Western Home Communities. The course will focus on the history of spying in America, highlighting the motivations behind it and the damage it has caused.

"American Education and its Future" will be taught by Steve Carignan, associate dean of Special Programs, from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at Western Home Communities. Carignan will address the need for strong educational preparation amidst today's disruptive technologies, changing demographics and the increasing role of government in education.

UNI's Lifelong University program offers noncredit courses to Iowans of all ages. Classes are taught by retired and current UNI faculty and staff.

Course fees range from $30 to $40, which cover 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 3, 2014 - 11:42am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will present a two-day benefit performance of Eve Ensler's award-winning play "The Vagina Monologues" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, in Lang Hall Auditorium as part of V-Day UNI.

"The Vagina Monologues," which was first performed off-Broadway by Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences. Ensler wrote the play after conducting interviews with dozens of women, addressing women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse. Tickets for the reading are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Only cash will be accepted. All proceeds from the event go to Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, a private, nonprofit victim advocacy agency.

This benefit performance is presented by V-Day UNI. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, and raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Ensler's artistic works. In 2013, more than 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world. The V-Day movement has raised more than $100 million, educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, and funded more than 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses.

Other V-Day UNI events include a V-Men workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. This workshop will explore the issue of violence against women and girls from a male perspective, addressing the root causes of violence and the ways men can be active participants in ending it. The workshop is for male-identified participants only, and no registration is required. It is presented by Harry Brod, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology; Michael Fleming, associate professor of applied human sciences; Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute at UNI's Center for Violence Prevention; and Mark Rowe-Barth, associate director of student wellness.

At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Lang Hall Auditorium, there will be a film viewing of "Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," which examines masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip-hop music and culture. There will also be a discussion with Byron Hurt, the creator of the film.

A film viewing of "Until the Violence Stops" will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252, and at 12 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, in Sabin Hall, Room 002. The film features playwright Eve Ensler in an uplifting documentary that looks at how "The Vagina Monologues" grew into V-Day. These viewings are presented by the UNI student group the Feminist Action League (FAL)

For more information about V-Day UNI, call 319-273-7102 or email the Women's and Gender Studies program at To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns, visit 

January 30, 2014 - 4:32pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The sixth annual Darwin Week will be held on the University of Northern Iowa campus Feb. 10 through 13. 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 skepticism, science, activism and sexuality.

There will be four speakers each day throughout the week. Speakers include John Fritch, associate dean of the college of humanities, arts & sciences; Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor of chemistry & biochemistry; Allison Martens, assistant professor of political science; Nate Phelps, LGBT advocate and son of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps; and Annette Lynch, professor in the school of applied human science.

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 community, intellectual engagement, activism and service.

For a complete schedule of speakers, visit 

January 30, 2014 - 4:36pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Award-winning Latino poet Eduardo Corral will perform at the University of Northern Iowa at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Bartlett Hall, Room 1017. Author of the critically acclaimed book "Slow Lightning," Corral is the first Latino to receive the prestigious Yale Younger Series Poets Prize. His diverse work spans subject matter such as language, history, gender and ethnicity.

"Corral is an important new poet whose work speaks to the experiences of those whose voices have historically been underrepresented or unheard," said Jeremy Schraffenberger, associate professor in UNI's Department of Languages and Literatures. "The UNI community will not only be enriched by his beautiful and linguistically innovative poetry but also by his thoughtful exploration of history, sexuality and identity politics."

Corral's work has been featured in the Beloit Poetry Journal and the New England Review. He has received honors such as the Whiting Writer's Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Schraffenberger at 319-273-3879 or

January 30, 2014 - 4:42pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Many ancient Israelites believed that sins cause suffering. UNI philosophy and world religions assistant professor John Burnight will argue that the Book of Job, a writing featured in the Hebrew Bible and the first of the poetical books in Christian Old Testament, is a critique of this belief at his lecture "Truth vs. Tradition: The Book of Job as Protest Literature" from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

"Professor Burnight is addressing a problem that has haunted religious people since the ancient Israelites — why do people suffer?" said Jerome Soneson, head of UNI's Department of Philosophy and World Religions. "In doing so, he opens up the possibility of seeing and even embracing unavoidable suffering as a natural part of the human condition, one that perhaps makes us more sensitive to the mystery, preciousness and wonder of our lives."

Burnight holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitic Philology from the University of Chicago and has spent time as a Fulbright-Hays Visiting Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses primarily on classical Hebrew poetry, with a special emphasis on the Book of Job and its relationship to other biblical books.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Soneson at 319-273-6221 or

January 29, 2014 - 9:56am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Annette Lynch, director of UNI's Center for Violence Prevention and professor in the School of Applied Human Sciences, will present "Teaching Girls the Power Beyond Sexy: Using Bystander Approaches to Address Self-Objectification" at noon, Monday, Feb. 3, in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum.

Lynch will discuss her recently published book "Porn Chic: Exploring the Contours of Raunch Eroticism," which focuses on the mainstreaming of pornographic imagery into fashion and popular culture. Her presentation will focus on the impact of this trend on young girls, who are being socialized to focus on sexuality as a means of gaining power and attention. She will be joined by two textiles and apparel students, Ashton Milliken, junior, and Sierra Klimesh, junior, who created empowerment fashion brands for young girls as a part of her class last semester. The presentation will also feature a live poetry reading by Melina Blue Gotera, a student who will be attending UNI in the fall. The poem, titled "On Forgetting To Wear Your Stockings" is about the internal conflict and struggle of womanhood when dealing with promiscuity in society.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, interim director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7195 or

January 28, 2014 - 2:37pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- More than 1 million people in the United States are currently affected by Aphasia, a language disorder that inhibits speech and language comprehension. A new app developed at the University of Northern Iowa aims to improve the speed and quality of patients' recovery. The Name That! app, developed at the AppsLab in UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, aims to supplement traditional treatment through at-home use by patients and mirrors actual treatments used by speech-language pathologists to treat Aphasia.

"This is a strongly supported literature-based approach," said Angela Burda, professor in UNI's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and co-creator of the Name That! app. "Now we're taking it and putting it into a format that fits for today's world."

A team led by Burda and Stephen Hughes, manager of the AppsLab, designed and developed the app with the help of students in the CSD and computer science departments. Name That! is currently available for Apple devices in the App Store and for Android devices in Google Play. There are already plans for several other versions of the app, including an expanded clinic-based version designed for use in hospitals and long-term care settings.

For more information, visit or contact Burda at 319-273-3128 or

January 28, 2014 - 3:02pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Byron Hurt, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, will visit the University of Northern Iowa to screen two of his works. The first event will feature the film "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by a lecture and discussion with Hurt at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Lang Auditorium. The second night will feature "Soul Food Junkies" at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by a lecture and discussion with Hurt at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Lang Hall Auditorium.filmmaker Byron Hurt

Since 1993, Hurt has used his documentaries, voice and writings to broaden and deepen how people think about race and gender. Hurt has lectured at hundreds of campuses, presented at numerous professional conferences and trained thousands of young men and women on issues related to gender, race, sex, violence, music and visual media. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, among many others.

"Soul Food Junkies" explores the culture of Southern soul food while documenting the fatal illness of a family's matriarch, which was caused by the food she was eating. The documentary recognizes not only the politics of the food industry, but challenges within the industry as well.

"Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" examines masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip-hop music and culture through interviews with artists, academics and fans. After its premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary won an award for best documentary at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, the audience award at the Roxbury Film Festival, and was named one of the best documentary films in 2007 by the Chicago Tribune.

Both events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Harry Brod, professor of sociology and humanities, at 319-273-2693 or

January 22, 2014 - 8:34am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a semester-long exhibition of works from the UNI Permanent Art Collection titled "Remix: Art and Sound Unbound" from Jan. 13 to March 1, March 24 to April 19 and April 28 to May 10. The exhibition is co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton, assistant professor of art, and Darrell Taylor, director of the Gallery of Art.

Throughout the exhibit, students from the Avant-garde in Art and Music class will present supplementary materials for each piece of art. Some of the artists represented include Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, Hanne Darboven and others. A concert series will be offered in the gallery throughout the semester.

All events are free and open to the public. For gallery hours or additional information, visit or contact Taylor at 319-273-6134 or

January 22, 2014 - 8:41am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been selected as a Military Friendly University in Military Advanced Education's (MAE) 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE's 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to implement military friendly policies in support of our men and women in uniform.

Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year's institutions for inclusion in the guide are flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of service members, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns.

"We are honored with this recognition," said Julia Heuer, coordinator of military and veteran student services. "With continual incorporation of military-affiliated students' candid input and support from the university, we will meet our students' expectations of service and stay on the forefront of being a military friendly campus."

For more information about MAE's 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities, visit 

January 16, 2014 - 10:36am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa alumni are invited to apply for the 2014 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 the Iowa State Teachers College. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, achievement, character, potential and service to society.

Applications and instructions for applying are available online at Deadline for completed applications is March 1.

For more information, contact Coleen Wagner, secretary in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, at 319-273-2518 or

January 16, 2014 - 10:49am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Yager Exemplary Teaching Recognition Award, established by the Robert and Phyllis Yager Education Fund for Excellence, recently recognized two Iowa teachers with awards.

This year's recipients are: Jodi Osthus, middle school mathematics teacher from Meredith Middle School in Des Moines, and Allysen Lovstuen, high school mathematics teacher from Decorah High School.

The intent of the awards from the Yager Education Fund for Excellence Award is to recognize exemplary K through 12 teaching by University of Northern Iowa graduates. It serves a key role in supporting UNI's leadership in preparing teachers.

Nominees are selected by UNI faculty members and are UNI graduates in at least their fifth year of teaching in a K through 12 classroom. Awardees are selected on the basis of teaching materials and student performance.

Osthus was nominated by Edward Rathmell, professor of mathematics. Rathmell noted that Osthus was a bright and dedicated student, and described her teaching as ahead of its time, as she was instrumental in developing methods of teaching problem-solving that were eventually incorporated into the curricula in schools throughout Iowa.

"Dr. Edward Rathmell, along with other University of Northern Iowa mathematics minor professors and middle school mathematics graduate program professors, shaped my career," said Osthus. "They taught me the importance of having students problem solve, reason, make connections and communicate mathematically. Their knowledge and guidance continue to shape my daily lessons."

Lovstuen was nominated by Jihwa Noh, associate professor of mathematics. Noh noted Lovstuen's dedication to her algebra and calculus students, and identified her as a teacher who asks questions of her students in an effective manner.

"They say it takes a village to raise a child, likewise it takes a community to raise a high quality teacher," said Lovstuen. "The influences of family, professors, administrators, colleagues, communities and students all play a part. The Yager Exemplary Teaching award recognizes this interconnectivity in the field of teaching by honoring a professor and a teacher together."

Robert E. Yager, professor emeritus of science education in the College of Education at the University of Iowa where he taught for 50 years, received his B.A. degree in biology from UNI in 1950. Yager went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant physiology from the University of Iowa. His research interests have focused on student motivation and attitudes toward science.

January 14, 2014 - 11:13am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will welcome Regina Dixon-Reeves as the guest speaker for the 6th annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity hosted by UNI's Diversity Council. The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Commons Ballroom. A Diversity Fair will precede the town hall meeting from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Eight UNI faculty, staff and students will be honored with the Diversity Matters Award at the conclusion of the Town Hall. This award is presented annually in recognition of dedication and service to UNI in advancement of its diversity-related goals.

Dixon-Reeves is the faculty diversity and development specialist at the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences. In this role she oversees diversity and inclusion programs, initiatives, and strategic planning and manages the day-to-day operations of major continuing education and faculty development programs. Dixon-Reeves is a former president of the Association of Black Sociologists, and she is currently a member of the editorial board of Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal.

For more information, visit UNI's Diversity Matters website at 

January 14, 2014 - 12:13pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Bill Ruud expresses his thanks to Governor Branstad for the FY 2015 budget recommendations in support of UNI, particularly the 4% increase in general university operating appropriations which will allow UNI to freeze tuition for its students for a second consecutive year.  This will benefit a large number of UNI students as more than 90% of its undergraduates are from Iowa.  In addition, the tuition freeze is expected to have positive impact on the University’s success in reducing student debt.

President Ruud also expresses his gratitude to the Governor for the recommendation of an additional $4 million to UNI’s base operating budget and the commitment of an additional $4 million in FY 2016.  This will be extraordinarily helpful for maintaining the University in its unique mission as Iowa’s comprehensive university with the outstanding educational opportunities it provides for its graduates, many of whom remain in the state. 

Finally, President Ruud thanks the Governor for his support of $2 million for renovation of the Schindler Education Center for the UNI teacher education program.  The Governor’s combination of support for the University of Northern Iowa will advance many important areas at UNI. 

The University looks forward to working with the Governor and the Iowa legislature in the 2014 legislative session in support of the Governor’s recommendations for the benefit of UNI.

January 14, 2014 - 12:15pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI students, faculty and staff will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events on Monday, Jan. 20. All events are free and open to the public.

The MLK Day of Service will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Participants will come together to provide meals for Iowa families in need. Free lunch will be provided to those who register by Saturday, Jan. 18. For more information or to register, contact Steffoni Schmidt, adviser for the UNI Service & Leadership Council, at 319-273-7422 or, or visit

"MLK was an advocate for service and encouraged people to do good in their communities. We hope to help carry on that legacy by providing service opportunities on this day each year for the UNI community," said Schmidt.

A discussion of the book "Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family, and My Faith" by Christine King Farris will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). The book, written by Dr. King's only surviving sibling, is an intimate portrait of the King family. The discussion will be led by renowned lecturer, author and researcher Marcia Riggs.

Riggs will also present a lecture honoring Dr. King's life and legacy at 7 p.m. in the CME with a reception to follow. For more information on the discussion and lecture, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or

January 14, 2014 - 3:23pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa was awarded a more than $500,000 grant by the Iowa Department of Education and was selected to be one of two Iowa institutions of higher education to pilot a yearlong student teaching program.

UNI's College of Education and the grant's second recipient, Dordt College in Sioux Center, will implement the program, evaluate its effectiveness and offer insight to the Iowa Department of Education at the completion of the initiative.

This program will offer UNI student teachers an authentic teaching experience before graduating and working in their own classrooms. UNI will partner with schools in Waterloo, Hudson and Linn-Mar school districts to implement the program. Student teachers will fully immerse themselves into the host schools by carrying out daily classroom instruction, attending university coursework taught onsite, participating in professional development trainings, joining parent teacher conferences and other activities done every day by teachers. The student teachers and their host teachers will co-teach, with the students doing more observation early in the program and transitioning to more lead teaching as they gain experience. During the initial year, about 30 student teachers will participate in the pilot program.

With UNI's long history as the state's teachers college, it was important to UNI's teacher education personnel to be involved in the pilot program. "The state wanted a public and private university to look at this yearlong student teaching option, and we at UNI wanted to be a part of that. We'll get information for the state so they have our findings to determine any next steps," said J.D. Cryer, coordinator of elementary education at UNI and primary investigator on the project.

UNI has a strong history of preparing teachers to educate the pre-K through 12 students of Iowa. Dating back to 1876, UNI has helped lead the state with its innovative spirit and willingness to experiment using new teaching methodologies and practices. Based upon this reputation, UNI has developed strong collaborative partnerships with school districts across Iowa, hired outstanding faculty to bring best practices to the field of education, and has been a beacon to individuals wanting to pursue a dream of becoming a teacher.

"We are very honored that we are able to showcase the expansiveness of our Teacher Education Program at UNI through this pilot," said Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education. "We have always taken great pride in being innovators and pioneers in teacher preparation. The awarding of the pilot will allow us to research the feasibility, effectiveness and scalability of yearlong student teaching. Our collaborative school districts are excited about the possibilities."

For more information about the student teaching pilot program, visit For more information about UNI's College of Education, visit

January 9, 2014 - 11:46am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa students, faculty and staff now have the ability to take UNI with them wherever they go… on their smartphones. The MyUNI mobile app is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Android phones and other phones via mobile Web.

MyUNI, which includes a custom designed user interface, is a great way for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community to interact with UNI's campus. So far, more than 800 people have downloaded the app.

Some features of MyUNI include:

-       An eLearning app so students can access their course materials from Blackboard.MyUNI mobile app

-       Fans can follow their favorite Panther sports teams with the UNI Athletics app.

-       Use the Directory app to find contact information for students, faculty and staff.

-       Find out what's happening at UNI through the news feed.

-       Check out videos from across campus, and visit the UNI Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information, FAQs and to download MyUNI, visit

January 6, 2014 - 9:59am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa President Bill Ruud has been named to the 2014 Board of Directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The announcement came during the association's annual meeting in October.

President Ruud will be one of 15 presidents from around the country serving as a director for AASCU, a Washington-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems. AASCU members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions' economic progress and cultural development.

For more information about AASCU, visit

January 6, 2014 - 10:04am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, in association with the UNI Department of Art, will present the "2014 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition" from Monday, Jan. 13 through Saturday, March 1.

The opening reception begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) south lobby.

The exhibition is a formal presentation of painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, motion graphics, sculpture, ceramics, photography, mixed media and installation art, featuring the most recent accomplishments of the faculty in the UNI Department of Art. The exhibition is an opportunity for students and the public at large to experience current themes in contemporary art.

In addition, the gallery will present a semester-long exhibition of works from the UNI Permanent Art Collection titled "Remix: Art and Sound Unbound." This exhibit is a staging of avant-garde music and art, which was co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton, assistant professor of art, and gallery director Darrell Taylor. Students from Sutton and Hunter Capoccioni's Avant-garde in Art and Music class will present didactic materials for each object. Visit the Gallery of Art website at for more information about the music exhibit.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment.

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

January 3, 2014 - 1:45pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host Kindergym, an informal learning program focusing on the development and refinement of motor skills for 2- to 5-year-olds.

The program will be offered Saturday mornings from 9 to 9:50 a.m. for 4- and 5-year-olds and from 10 to 10:50 a.m. for 2- and 3-year-olds. Sessions will be held Feb. 1 through March 8 in UNI's Wellness Recreation Center main gym.

Physical activity stations will focus on age appropriate movement skills that encourage success in a fun atmosphere. Because Kindergym is a parent/child program, parents are requested to attend the sessions with their child.

The registration fee is $32; deadline for registration is Jan. 14. The program is directed by Julie Simonson, program assistant in the Department of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services.

For more information about Kindergym or to register, contact Rip Marston, professor in UNI's Department of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, at 319-273-6882 or

December 20, 2013 - 2:21pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Applications are being accepted for the Instructional Technology Master of Arts cohort degree program to begin summer 2014. This program prepares professionals to be leaders in instructional technology in the classroom, district and beyond. Students focus on developing 21st century learning environments by supporting learning with technology in the classroom.

Program graduate Cathy Hines accepted a position as an instructional technologist for South Hamilton Schools. "I am quite certain my degree from UNI played a large role in earning this position," she said. "In fact, I mentioned the program and the entire cohort frequently throughout my interview. I am applying much of what I learned and continue to learn more."

This graduate degree will be earned online and meets approximately one night per week via interactive video conferencing. Coursework begins in the summer of 2014 using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through a course sequence, with the degree to be awarded in the spring of 2016. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

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

December 19, 2013 - 10:34am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. The chapter is being recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physics club, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at universities in the U.S.

SPS is a professional association designed for students, and membership is open to anyone interested in physics. SPS operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for professional physical science societies.

The SPS chapter at UNI is advised by Tim Kidd, associate professor of physics, and is led by student officers. The 2013 officers are Darian Everding, sophomore physics major, from Waterloo, president; Courtney Keiser, senior physics and mathematics major, from Cedar Falls, vice president; Noah Hurley, sophomore physics major, from Waterloo, secretary; Josh Frost, junior physics major, from Gilbertville,  treasurer; and Cassara Higgins, junior physics and chemistry major, from Brandon, community outreach coordinator.

"We are extremely proud to be honored with this award," said Everding. "We have worked hard for this achievement by making an effort to really reach out into our community, and I believe we will continue these efforts far into the future. As our club continues to grow, I hope that we make an even greater impact in the years to come."

SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public and SPS national programs. The Outstanding Chapter Award recognizes high levels of outreach, as well as unique approaches to fulfilling the mission of SPS to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.

For more information, contact Paul Shand, interim head and professor of physics, at 319-273-2930 or

December 17, 2013 - 3:31pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The organization formerly known as S.T.A.G.E. Inc. has officially changed its name to the Friends of Theatre UNI. The name change is made in alignment with an effort to accurately describe the focus of the organization.

Friends of Theatre UNI is a nonprofit organization of volunteers, faculty and alumni who raise funds for the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre and its students. Friends supports the university's theatre productions through scholarships, departmental purchases and meals. Ninety percent of all Friends donations go directly to the students.

Theatregoers may join the Friends of Theatre UNI on the first Friday of each run of shows at Strayer-Wood or Bertha Martin theatres where patrons in attendance, as well as students, get to meet and discuss the show they have just seen and performed in. These events are designed to bring home the importance of local theatre at the university level. It also gives students the chance to learn how their work impacts an audience directly.

Friends of Theatre UNI at the Strayer-Wood theatre would like to invite members of the Cedar Valley community to be a part of the development of theatre students by donating today and participating in First Friday events. For more information, visit

For more information about Friends of Theatre UNI, visit