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November 14, 2016 - 1:22pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association and Foundation and UNI Interim President Jim Wohlpart will host a Distinguished Awards Celebration Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, in the Commons Georgian Lounge and Ballroom on the UNI campus. This awards ceremony includes the annual Heritage Honours Awards and the President’s Philanthropy Awards.

This year’s recipients of the Heritage Honours Awards include:

Gary Rima, the voice of University of Northern Iowa Panther Athletics for more than 20 years, will accept the Honorary Alumni Award for exceptional support of UNI. Rima has contributed to the Panther Scholarship Club since 1997. A native of Northeast Iowa, Rima was born in Postville and graduated from Starmont High School in Arlington. Rima hosts “On Press Row” weekdays at 5 p.m. on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. Throughout his lengthy career, Rima was twice named Iowa Sportscaster of the Year. He has two children who graduated from UNI.

The Alumni Service Award will be presented to Merlin Taylor, B.A. ’61, for demonstrating long and continuous service to the university and its community. Taylor began volunteering with the Panther Scholarship Club in 1994 and in that time has raised more than $1.8 million. Following 30 years of service to the University of Northern Iowa’s Information Systems & Computing Services Department, Taylor retired in 2012. He and his wife Lois have been supported the university with contributions to multiple scholarships, building endeavors and campaigns. 

The Young Alumni award will be presented to Wade Arnold, B.A. ’10, for demonstrating success early in his career and continuing to have an active life in the university. In 2008, Arnold founded T8 Webare, renamed Banno in 2012, which he later sold to Jack Henry & Associates. He is recognized as a leader in creating strategies for financial institutions to utilize web-based and mobile tools, featured in multiple financial publications and has been a speaker at software development conferences around the world. He continues to serve on the CNS Computer Science Advisory Board at UNI.

Shellie Pfohl, B.A. ’85, will be presented with the Alumni Achievement Award, recognizing her significant professional accomplishments as a UNI graduate. Dating back to 1956, this award is the highest honor bestowed by the UNI Alumni Association. Pfohl is currently the chief executive officer of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. She assumed the role earlier this month following a successful tenure as the executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition by President Obama. This honor includes developing the vision, strategy and goals of the Council and directing the organizations day-to-day operations. She also led the Council’s efforts to support the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity. Pfohl also co-founded and served as the executive director of Be Active North Carolina, a not-for-profit organization that works statewide to increase physical activity among North Carolina Citizens.  

This year’s recipients of the President’s Philanthropy Awards include:

Marletta Matheson, a retired teacher from the UNI School of Music with a 45-year history of giving to UNI, will receive the Faculty Staff Award. Matheson and her late husband, Charles, established an endowed fund for music scholarships and program support. She is deeply involved with the School of Music and continues to sit on the Midwest International Piano Competition planning committee. Over the course of her teaching career and into retirement, Matheson has accompanied numerous students and faculty.

The recipient of the Emerging Philanthropist Award is Debora Blume, B.A. ’94. Her support to UNI has included contributions to the Annual Fund, the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and College of Business Administration Dean’s Funds for Excellence. Blume’s giving provides support that will impact a broad range of students and faculty in the colleges that both she and her son earned degrees. The two Dean’s Funds for Excellence support all academic programs within their respective colleges. Currently, Blume serves as the director of communications for Mid-American Energy, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company. 

The President’s Philanthropy Purple and Gold Award recipients are Rex and Kathy, B.A. ’71, Eno. Kathy and Rex, a recipient of the Doctor of Humane Letters in 2005, are passionate about the role UNI plays in teacher education. Rex was a leading force in establishing the Iowa Mathematics Coalition housed at UNI, played an instrumental role in establishing UNI's Freeburg Early Childhood Education Center. The Enos established the Teaching in Iowa Award Fund at UNI to encourage outstanding graduates to stay in Iowa and teach. Their joint contribution to education earned them this prestigious award for lifetime giving. 

The Corporation and Foundation Award will be presented to the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. The Carver Trust is one of the university’s largest private donors, annually providing scholarships to 40 students. In addition to scholarships, the trust has made continued investments in capital projects and programs to strengthen UNI and help the university provide students with the most innovative and impactful learning opportunities. The trust has supported various campus renovations including Schindler Education Center, Rod Library Learning Commons and the Human Performance Center.

For more information, please contact Lisa Baronio, vice president of University Advancement, at 319-273-6078 or, or visit

November 3, 2016 - 9:32am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Museum will host their concert series, "Rock the Stacks," at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, on the first floor of Rod Library.

"Rock the Stacks" celebrates the local music talent in the Cedar Valley. This year the concert will host local bands Evan Stock Band, Dishwater Blonde and Pets with Human Names. In the past, the concert series has featured Twin, Amelia and Melinda and Peas and Carrot.

The concert is in conjunction with the UNI Museum’s most recent exhibit, "Ballroom Bash: Iowa's Rock n' Roll Legacy," which is on display until Aug. 2017. It documents Iowa's contributions to music history from the 1950s to the present day. On display is memorabilia from Iowa bands including Headstone, the Do's and the Don'ts, The Blue Band and many more. 

For more information, contact Jess Cruz, exhibit preparator at the UNI Museum, at 319-273-2495 or

November 3, 2016 - 9:35am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) will host a retirement ceremony recognizing Col. Jonathan Thompson’s 30 years of Army service at 12:30 p.m. on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall.

Col. Thompson completed 30 years of active and reserve Army service and currently serves as the Scholarship and Enrollment Officer for the UNI ROTC program. He earned his commission as an Army Infantry officer in 1985 where he served 11 years on active duty and then transitioned to the Army Reserves for an additional 20 years where he served as a Psychological Operations officer. Over his 30-year career he commanded at the company and battalion level, and completed five overseas deployments to Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Glen Keith, professor of military science, at 319-273-6220 or, the UNI ROTC office at 319-273-6178, or email Deb Ackerson at

October 31, 2016 - 11:36am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Violence Prevention will host a screening of “Audrie & Daisy,” a Netflix documentary about sexual assault, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.

“Audrie and Daisy” premiered at Sundance in January 2016, and was purchased by Netflix in September. The film includes the stories of two American high school students, Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman, who were sexually assaulted and subjected to abuse and cyber-bullying following the assaults. The documentary covers the outcomes of the cases through time, social media, court documents and police investigations.

The screening is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention, at 319-273-3545 or

October 26, 2016 - 1:22pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is featured in the Princeton Review's "Guide to 361 Green Colleges," ranking No. 41 among the 361 colleges that are considered the most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation. UNI received a "green" rating of 98 out of 99. 

In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the "Guide to 361 Green Colleges" recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an above-average commitment to sustainability. Ratings are based on a combination of school-reported data, student opinion, whether students have a quality of life on campus that is healthy and sustainable, how well a school is preparing students for employment in an increasingly green economy and environmentally responsible school policies.

"Much of UNI's excellent rating in the Princeton Review can be attributed to the numerous student driven initiatives that have resulted in institutional changes," said Eric O'Brien, UNI's sustainability director. "From their excitement to improve campus to their genuine interest in getting involved, students are powerful forces in UNI's sustainability efforts."

For more information, contact Eric O'Brien, director of sustainability at UNI, at 319-273-7207 or

October 25, 2016 - 9:29am


CEDAR FALLS, IowaThe University of Northern Iowa’s Community Music School will host its biannual recital weekend on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6. Recitals will be held in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. Admission to the recital weekend is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  

Nearly 100 local Cedar Valley students will be performing over the two-day
event. Recitals will feature students performing from the studios of Seth Butler, piano; Molly Evans, trumpet; Nicole Green, piano; Rebecca Nickles, piano; Cindi Mason, clarinet; Teresa Rose, piano; Melody Kosobucki, piano; Jenni LeGarde, piano; and Jenna Klein, piano. Repertoire will include a variety of classical and pop music.

UNI Community Music School offers a variety of curriculum for private music instruction ranging from classical/traditional pedagogy to popular and jazz emphasis. Lessons are available for all ages in an individual private format or in a group. Students can enroll for lessons at any time during the year.        

For more information on the recital weekend or the Community Music School programs, contact Heather Hamilton, director of the UNI Community Music School, at 319-273-2142 or

October 24, 2016 - 11:38am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host "Finding My Happy Medium: From UNI to Inc. 5,000" featuring UNI alumna and Happy Medium CEO and founder Katie Patterson from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Curris Business Building, Room 109, on the UNI campus. 

The event kicks off with a networking hour from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Hall of Flags in the Curris Business Building. Patterson will present and host a Q&A session from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the John Deere Auditorium, CBB 109. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend and learn more about this Des Moines based digital advertising and marketing agency.

“Finding My Happy Medium: From UNI to the Inc. 5,000 List” is presented by the UNI Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) in collaboration with the American Marketing Association (AMA), American Advertising Federation (AAF) and Digital Collective.

Patterson is a UNI graduate with a background in media buying and account management. In 2011, she launched Happy Medium after seeing a need for an authentic approach in marketing. Happy Medium has made repeat appearances on the Inc. 5,000 list, placing the company among the fastest growing businesses in the country and has also been named a Best Workplace for Young Professionals. For more information, visit

There will be appetizers and raffle drawings during this business casual event. For more information, visit or find the event on Facebook.

The University of Northern Iowa Public Relations Student Society of America is a nationally affiliated student organization for students interested in public relations and communications. For more than 30 years, UNI PRSSA has provided students with professional opportunities, leadership experiences and access to industry leaders For more information, visit the UNI PRSSA website at or contact Mallory Feeney, president of UNI PRSSA, at

October 21, 2016 - 12:12pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Educational Leadership, via Continuing and Distance Education, will offer an Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency beginning Jan. 2017. This two-year program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a superintendent or AEA administrator and is unique in that it maximizes on-site skill development while working with a lead mentor and mentors with special expertise. Students gain hands-on experience through an internship where work products and skills are developed.

“The program offers an excellent opportunity for aspiring superintendents to learn from experienced leaders in a supportive cohort format," said program coordinator Denise Schares. "The content, delivery and program expectations are designed to provide in-depth, practical and engaging learning experiences that prepare students to be successful in a role that is becoming increasingly complex and demanding.”

The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the course sequence together. Courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing and summer sessions include a brief, engaging on-campus experience. Courses are supported online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit Applications received by Nov. 15 will receive full consideration.

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

October 21, 2016 - 12:16pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will host a unique guest artist performance titled “Spiritual Standards” featuring guest artists Markus Burger, piano, and Jan von Klewitz, saxophone. The concert will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Bengtson Auditorium at Russell Hall on the UNI campus.

The most well-known chorales and hymns stand as the foundation for one of the most innovative and exciting musical collaborations in contemporary jazz. Renowned German jazz instrumentalists Markus Burger and Jan von Klewitz, blend modern improvisation with the art of interpreting baroque music while remaining true to its original musical integrity.

The duo has been touring the world extensively in support of their collaboration since it launched in 2000, consistently performing to sold-out audiences year after year in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Ukraine, Lithuania, France, Poland and most recently the United States.

Burger and Von Klewitz were the winners of the coveted Bach Award from the City of Erfurt for their innovative interpretation of some of the legendary composer’s most notable body of work. The album, “Spiritual Standards,” rose to No. 20 on the German charts when it was released in 2000. Spiritual Standards also hold the distinguished honor to have been selected as the 2013 musical ambassadors for the “Luther Decade,” a 10-year celebration sponsored by the German State of Saxony-Anhalt that marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.

For more information on this event, contact Caroline Francis, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or

October 19, 2016 - 11:51am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa –The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. 

Three hundred and nineteen students have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, which is the official induction of students into the field of study. Ripley Marston, professor of kinesiology, will deliver the convocation address. Brenda Bass, interim provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, will perform official duties. 

This will be the 52nd group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991. Parents and friends of the candidates are invited along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the lobby. 

For more information, contact Kathy Oakland, instructor and chair of the convocation committee, at 319-231-7174 or

October 14, 2016 - 11:20am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter, in collaboration with students from the biology, physics and earth science departments, will host their annual "Halloween House" from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The activities are intended for children, and costumes are encouraged.

Students will be performing Halloween-themed science demonstrations and supervising hands-on activities in rooms such as "Witches’ Lair," "Frankenstein's Lab," "Creepy Crawlies" and "Spooky Spelunking."

"It's so great that we are able to bring all of these scientists from different fields and backgrounds to put on a show that could collectively inspire the next generation of scientists," said Wyatt Andersen, co-vice-president of the American Chemical Society student chapter.

Joshua Prybil from the American Chemical Society student chapter says that parents should “Come to Halloween House and show your kids why science is fun.”

"Halloween House" is organized by the UNI Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, the UNI Physics Club, the Gamma Sigma Chapter of The Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, UNI Pre-Med Club and UNI STEM Ambassadors. The event showcases STEM activities.

“I think it is great that our student chemistry club, with the other clubs, can pull this event off every year. The Halloween Open House event provides us an opportunity to safely engage our young audience with science and science related fields and hopefully pique their interest in science,” said Martin Chin, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

For additional information, contact Colin Weeks, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-2805 or, or Martin Chin, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-7898 or

October 13, 2016 - 9:48am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "Troika in Cuba: Soul Deep" from Thursday, Oct. 27, through Monday, Nov. 28. This exhibition, by photographers Karen Graffeo and Chip Cooper and journalist Julio Larramendi, reveals the cities and rural regions of Cuba as seen and photographed from three perspectives.

At 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, Graffeo and Larramendi will present a lecture about this collaboration in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111.

In the exhibition statement Larramendi talks about Cubania, the Cuban Flavor, as "a blend of Spanish and African, a soupçon of the indigenous with a dash of French surnames and slanted eyes, the Cuban nation rises from a fertile terrain with exuberant vegetation, in a melting pot of imported and recreated traditions, new customs and religions amalgamated in syncretic faiths. Cuban Creoles incorporated the best of their origins in a mixture of new experiences, dreams and aspirations, thus forming a new identity, catalyzed by the abolition of slavery and the fight for freedom.”

“The images were taken with my friends Karen Graffeo and Chip Cooper over the last months, going up and down Havana City, partaking with our people on the streets and in their homes, in fields and barns, in near towns and communities,” said Larramendi. 

Additionally, the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition, "Illuminating Manuscripts," will continue to be on display. Co-curated by Charles Adelman and gallery director Darrell Taylor, the exhibition showcases the medieval manuscripts from the collection augmented by holdings from Rod Library’s Special Collections and Adelman himself. It explores aspects of culture, subject, artist, manufacture and technique. This exhibition will also be open Dec. 8 through 17.

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 will be closed Nov. 19 through 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. For additional information, visit or contact Taylor at 319-273-6134 or

October 12, 2016 - 11:09am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Michael Luick-Thrams, executive director of TRACES Center for History and Culture, will give two presentations at the University of Northern Iowa on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The first presentation will be at 3:30 p.m., in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Luick-Thrams will present "Schindler's List on the Prairie: Iowans' Response to the Holocaust as it Unfolded,” an overview of the many ways that Iowans were connected to and responded to the Holocaust and an exploration of the lessons of Iowa’s response to the Holocaust for our world today. The presentation will feature a short film on the Scattergood Hostel near West Branch, which offered a haven for refugees from Nazi Germany.

At 7 p.m., in Sabin Hall, Room 2, Luick-Thrams will present "A Continent Divided: Europe and Its Refugee Crisis," an eyewitness account of the varied responses of Germans to the arrival of over a million refugees fleeing war, poverty and ecological disaster in their country in the spring and summer of 2015. The presentation will discuss Germany’s postwar history with refugees, the political consequences of Angela Merkel’s refugee policies and the implications for the United States regarding refugee issues.

All events are free and open to the public. These events are organized by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and are co-sponsored by UNI RISE, the Department of Philosophy and World Religions and the Cedar Falls Quaker Meeting. 

For more information, contact Stephen J. Gaies, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, at 319-273-3870, or go to

October 11, 2016 - 11:32am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI Proud, a student organization at the University of Northern Iowa that promotes an inclusive and accepting campus environment for LGBTQ members of the UNI community and their allies, will host its annual Halloween-themed drag show, Dragaganza, from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Lang Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Dragaganza is UNI Proud’s biggest event during the fall semester with UNI students making up a majority of performers. Over 200 people attended the event last year. Audience members are encouraged to wear costumes, but it is not required.

Doors open for the event at 6:30 p.m. For more information on Dragaganza or UNI Proud, contact Ella Daft, president of UNI Proud, at 515-971-2087 or

October 10, 2016 - 11:18am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A team of UNI faculty, staff and students has been leading the effort to create a single, searchable website for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) resources, programs, events and opportunities in Iowa. The website provides information for educators in schools, afterschool programs and other educational settings as well as parents, students, businesses and communities statewide about STEM activities in Iowa.

"We are thrilled to be launching the website and believe it will be an important resource for anyone looking for information about STEM activities and programs in Iowa," said Erin Heiden, Iowa STEM Education Evaluation project manager and senior research scientist at the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at UNI. "We welcome submissions from the public for STEM-related activities and information, and the website has an easy-to-use form for alerting us to events, programs and resources in the state."

The National Science Foundation provided UNI with funding to develop the website as part of a Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance grant. The grant is a collaborative effort of researchers at UNI, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa that aims to provide a national "best practices" model for evaluating the changes that occur as a result of long-term statewide STEM initiatives.

For more information, contact Jill Wittrock, assistant director for the Center for Social & Behavioral Research, at 319-273-2105 or

October 10, 2016 - 11:19am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band has accepted an invitation by the City Council of Rome, Italy, to perform in the Rome New Year's Day Parade on Sunday, Jan. 1, of 2017.

The band will leave the United States on Wednesday, Dec. 28 for a 9-day trip that will include Florence, Pisa, Rome and Pompeii. They will be giving performances in the Rome parade and in other towns in Italy under the direction of Danny Galyen, director of bands. The band's trip to Rome comes just two years after their performance in the internationally televised New Year's Day Parade in London, England.

The Panther Marching Band has 315 members, which is the largest student organization on campus. It includes students representing over 79 different academic disciplines across campus.

The PMB students must cover the costs of the trip themselves. If you would like to support the band's trip to Rome, please contact Danny Galyen at 319-273-2173 or

October 10, 2016 - 11:21am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Gamma Phi Beta sorority on the University of Northern Iowa campus was selected as one of six sisterhoods in the Sisterhood Research Program, a project that focuses on chapter research to conduct in-depth analysis of selected chapters to better understand how they function as one of the strongest sisterhoods in the nation.

The Sisterhood Research Program research team will spend a few days amongst UNI's chapter to observe and learn more about their chapter and what they are doing to help them be so successful. UNI's Gamma Phi Beta chapter was recognized with four awards at this year's Gamma Phi Beta International Convention.

The Gamma Phi Beta Sorority was founded at UNI in 1968 with the motto, "founded upon a rock." The sorority promotes lifelong commitment, intellectual and personal growth, service to humanity, fosters enduring friendships, advocates ethical behavior, respect, authenticity, accountability and integrity, and aspires for excellence in all that they do. Their four core values are love, labor, learning and loyalty.

Gamma Phi Beta's philanthropy week is Oct. 3 through 7 and everyone is encouraged to participate.  

For more information, contact Mary Kapsch, UNI Gamma Phi Beta chapter president, at 319-899-9285 or

October 7, 2016 - 7:58am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Physical Education: Teaching - Pedagogy MA program that begins in Spring 2017. This program prepares teachers and coaches to be effective and reflective educators while providing for the professional development needs of PK-12 physical education teachers and coaches. Participants will link practice to theory while broadening their understanding of the educational processes as they relate to the physical education teaching and learning environment.

“Our professors love teaching to students in this program,” says program coordinator Fabio Fontana. “They say the level of discussion in class is of a high quality, as the students share their teaching strategies and compare information against their practices. Additionally, the information assimilated by our students has a great chance of spurring changes in their teaching practices. Our program is demanding, yet beneficial, as many students have advanced professionally.”

Fall and spring courses are offered in eight-week modules on select Wednesday evenings via interactive desktop video conferencing (Adobe Connect) with additional coursework offered online. Summer sessions may meet via Adobe Connect more frequently.

The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the six-semester course sequence together. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit

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

October 7, 2016 - 10:37am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Violence Prevention will hold several events next week in relation to the Governor’s Office on Bullying Prevention.

"The Center for Violence Prevention and the Governor's Office on Bullying Prevention are able to support bullying and violence prevention trainings and educational opportunities across the state as a result of the financial support we receive from private foundations, state and federal grants," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention.  

The week’s events begin from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, with the Parenting in the Age of Social Media forum in the Cedar Falls Public High School auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. At 5:30 p.m., Oct. 10, Heisterkamp will be a featured panelist following a film screening of the documentary “Audrie and Daisy,” at the Des Moines Playhouse, sponsored by the Des Moines Register. Tickets can be purchased at

All day on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the second annual Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Student Leadership Summit will take place in the Maucker Union Ballroom on the UNI campus. The guest keynote speaker for the event will be Graham Goulden, chief inspector for the Scottish police and founder of MVP Scotland.

"I'm honored to be back in the Cedar Valley to support the work of the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa,” said Goulden. “We share many of the same concerns around bullying and gender violence in Scotland as well. Working and learning together is a valuable strategy shared by prevention leaders in both countries.”

The week’s events wrap up with the Coaching Boys into Men training from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Kirkwood Regional Center in Coralville, Iowa. Heisterkamp will be the trainer for this program that is put on through a partnership with the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

For more information about the events and the Center for Violence Prevention, contact Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention, at 319-273-3545 or

October 7, 2016 - 12:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI School of Music will host the first-ever Midwest International Carillon Festival and Composers Forum Wednesday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 14 on the UNI campus. The event performances are free and open to the public and will be held at the UNI Campanile daily at noon and 6 p.m. throughout the festival.

The festival will feature five exceptional carillonneurs from around the world presenting informational clinics and performances each day of the event. Performer-presenters will include Karel Keldermans, Richard Strauss, Stefano Colletti, Laura Ellis and Peter Langberg.

Keldermans, who has appeared numerous times as a guest artist at UNI, is serving as Artistic Director for the festival in its inaugural year. Keldermans is one of the preeminent carillonneurs in North America and has been carillonneur for Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, since 2000. He retired in 2012 from the position of full-time carillonneur for the Springfield Park District in Springfield, Illinois, where he also served as the director of the renowned International Carillon Festival for 36 years. He has given carillon concerts around the world for the past 40 years, and has released six solo carillon albums and one album of carillon and guitar duets with Belgian guitarist Wim Brioen.

Richard Strauss has held carillon positions at Washington Episcopal Cathedral, Washington D.C., and Albany City Hall, Albany, N.Y. He began carillon study in 1965 at Washington Episcopal Cathedral with Ronald M. Barnes. Since 1983, Strauss has pursued improvements to carillon design and manufacture.

Stefano Colletti graduated from the Paris Conservatory with degrees in harmony, counterpoint, fugue and orchestration in 1988. He studied carillon with Jacques Lannoy in Douai, France, and obtained his final diploma as Master Carillonneur in 1994. He was appointed as the 35th consecutive carillonneur for the city of Douai in 1998. Colletti teaches carillon at the Music Conservatory in Douai and harmony, counterpoint and orchestration at the Music Conservatory in Valenciennes, France. Colletti has played carillon concerts throughout France as well as other European countries with carillon culture. He has also played several tours in the United States.

Laura Ellis is an associate professor of music at the University of Florida where she teaches courses in sacred music and applied lessons in organ, harpsichord and carillon. A native of Minnesota, Ellis is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and holds degrees in church music and organ performance from the University of Kansas. While in residence at KU, she studied carillon with Albert Gerken. Ellis is active in the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and serves as director of the Music and Publications Committee. In addition to her regular performances in Century Tower on the University of Florida campus, she has performed solo carillon recitals throughout North America, the Netherlands and Australia.

Peter Langberg was educated at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark, graduating with an organ degree in 1970. He studied carillon at the French Carillon School in Douai, France, with the Master Carillonneur degree and a gold medal in 1981. He founded the Church Music School in Logumkloster, Denmark, in 1979 and served as its first Director until his retirement in 2009. He presently is the carillonneur for Our Savior’s Church in Copenhagen and continues to give carillon concerts in both Europe and the United States. He teaches privately organ, carillon and music theory. Peter Langberg has received many awards including one from the Danish Queen Margrethe II.

All performances are free and open to the public. For more information on our visiting artists, the festival schedule or presentation topics, visit or contact Caroline Francis at (319) 273-2028 or

October 5, 2016 - 2:45pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The seventh annual Women in Politics Bipartisan Scholarship Benefit will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls. The event will feature keynote speaker Linda Neuman, the first woman to be appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court by Gov. Terry Branstad in 1986.

After graduating from the University of Colorado Law School, Neuman went on to become the first female partner at the Betty, Neuman, McMahon, Hellstrom & Bittner law firm in Davenport, Iowa. She was appointed as an associate justice to the Iowa Supreme Court in 1986, becoming the first female member of the court in its 150-year history. Neuman retired from the court in 2003 and opened a private law practice in Davenport and has taught as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Iowa Law School. In 2015, Neuman was inducted in the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame.

The event will begin with a social time at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Net proceeds from the event benefit the Women in Politics Scholarship at the University of Northern Iowa.

For more information about purchasing tickets for the banquet, contact Donna Hoffman department head and associate professor of political science, at 319-273-5916 or

October 5, 2016 - 2:57pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Dance Marathon will host their first Push Day on Thursday, Oct. 6. UNI Dance Marathon aims to raise $18,000 in 24 hours to donate to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network.

 UNI Dance Marathon has raised a total of $982,000 in the last five years. For their sixth year, the group wants to raise a cumulative total of $1 million for the Children’s Miracle Network and children at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. To do this, students will be doing personal fundraising and canning in the community. Fundraising will start at midnight and go through 11:59 p.m.

Community members can donate at Hy-Vee and at For more information on the Push Day and UNI Dance Marathon, visit or contact Abigail Cornett at 563-349-4279 or

October 5, 2016 - 3:06pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host "The Aluminum Show" at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16.

This unique show brings material, music and artists together on stage in a mystery-filled creation combining visual theater, dance and humor into an exciting multi-sensory experience. It shows the story of a man's journey to a parallel universe, a futuristic planet made entirely of aluminum. Aluminum pipes come to life, transforming into imaginary, mysterious and playful characters.

Ticket prices begin at $23. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac/AluminumShow or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket. 

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

October 5, 2016 - 3:09pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host "Country Unplugged," featuring Mark Chesnutt, Lorrie Morgan and Joe Diffie, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5.

These three artists have more that 57 top 10 hits, 26 No.1 hits, nine platinum records and a myriad of awards. Together, Chesnutt, Morgan and Diffie will share an evening of music that made them household names. Chart toppers like Chesnutt's "Almost Goodbye," Morgan's "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" and Diffie's classic "John Deere Green" will take you on a country roller coaster ride. Hear the three hit-makers in this unplugged setup for an intimate evening of sharing stories and singing their biggest hits.

Ticket prices begin at $26. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac/countryunplugged or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their student ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

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

October 5, 2016 - 3:11pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host Nick Offerman, the handmade-ukulele-wielding comedic artist, at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4.

Offerman is best known for portraying Ron Swanson on NBC's Parks and Recreation and is coming to the Cedar Valley to perform his smash hit live show, "Full Bush," on the Gallagher Bluedorn stage. "Full Bush" features a veritable smorgasbord of cautionary tales, tunes and tips for prosperity. From lessons in manliness, to high-spirited sing alongs, Offerman's stage performances are inspirational experiences.

Ticket prices begin at $39. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac/nickofferman or by calling 319-273-4849.

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

October 5, 2016 - 3:13pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host "Unelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue," created by Slate and the Second City, at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21.

"Unelectable You" is a 120-minute, fast-paced combination of sketch, improv, music and multimedia that takes a hard-hitting look at our election process. With two of the least popular candidates in election history, many people will be using this election not to vote for someone, but against. From breaking down Hillary and Donald, to exploring the media circus, to looking at ourselves to see if we're the problem, this show will examine what it means to be electable, or not. The show is recommended for ages 16 and up.

Ticket prices begin at $19. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac/unelectableyou or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

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

October 4, 2016 - 2:44pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Theatre UNI will present “Twelfth Night or What You Will” by William Shakespeare at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, and Thursday, Nov. 3through Saturday, Nov. 5, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Nov. 6 in the Strayer Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The Duke Orsino is madly in love with the noble Countess Olivia. The Countess unfortunately has fallen madly in love with Orsino’s servant, Cesario. Unbeknownst to both, Cesario is actually the beautiful Viola, a shipwrecked young woman in disguise and she has fallen madly in love with the Duke. This love triangle is at the center of Shakespeare’s great comedy of mistaken identity, drunken revelry and song. Containing beautiful poetry with hilarious physical comedy and period music, this production, adapted by Matthew Weedman, assistant professor of performance, is a fresh and exciting take on one of the great classics of theatre.

“Twelfth Night” is the second offering of Theatre UNI’s 2016-2017 season. The production is directed by Weedman. Scenic design is by Mark Parrott, associate professor of design, and costume design is by Amy Rohrberg, associate professor of design and production. Lighting design is by William Tuzicka. The production stage manager is Jake Barnwell.

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

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

October 4, 2016 - 4:04pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) has announced the addition of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox to their 2016-2017 Artist Series. The band is to perform Thursday, Jan. 26 at the GBPAC.

As seen on “Good Morning, America” and their ever growing YouTube channel (450 million views and 1.9 million subscribers and counting), Postmodern Jukebox has gained a large amount of success in the past few years, from topping iTunes and Billboard charts to packing large venues across four continents, by taking modern pop hits and reimagining them as pop music styles from older decades.

On stage, Postmodern Jukebox puts on a highly energetic show with a full band and several vocalists performing the many pop hits in their repertoire.

A presale for tickets began on Monday, Oct. 3for Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn. Tickets go on sale to the public at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7. UNI students may reserve their free student tickets beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 9.

Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

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

October 3, 2016 - 4:46pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Science Education program that begins in summer 2017, with an optional spring 2017 jump start. This program integrates theory, application and content, allowing K-12 teachers to update pedagogy as well as content knowledge in their specialty areas and add endorsement areas to their teaching licenses if needed. Participants will learn how to teach science in a way that helps students to construct their knowledge within an inquiry framework.

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

Many courses in this program are offered Wednesday evenings via interactive video conferencing. Courses are supported online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. Some courses use a blended approach, with required in-person instruction.

The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through part of the course sequence but also offers a variety of electives to best fit individuals’ professional interests and goals. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit

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

September 26, 2016 - 11:24am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Academic Learning Center (ALC) will host the first annual Beyond Tutoring Summit from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct, 5, in Rod Library, Room 301, on the UNI campus.

The summit is a part of the ALC’s celebration of International Tutor Appreciation Week, Oct. 3 to 9. International Tutor Appreciation Week is an opportunity for the campus community to recognize and appreciate the work of peer educators and to participate in the Beyond Tutoring Summit. The summit is an interactive workshop focusing on strategies for student engagement and helping students retain what they learn. The ALC will also have an open house during its A-Team service in Rod Library, Room 287, from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, and students and campus community members are encouraged to stop by the ALC’s graffiti wall in Room 008 of the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center Oct. 3 to 7 for popcorn and to learn more about the center.

The Academic Learning Center is the largest program employing peer educators at UNI, certifying many of its 57 tutors and coaches through the rigorous College Reading and Learning Association International Tutor Training Program and National Tutoring Association.

To learn more about the Beyond Tutoring Summit and International Tutor Appreciation Week, contact Deanne Gute, writing coordinator at the Academic Learning Center, at 319-273-6023 or

September 23, 2016 - 5:11pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been named winner of the Economic Opportunity category for the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for three projects: “Economic Assistance for Low Income Waterloo Neighborhoods,” “Service and Learning Throughout Entrepreneurship” and “Improving Access to Fruits and Vegetables for Families in Need in Black Hawk County.”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition for college contributions to local communities.

“We are incredibly proud of the dedication of the UNI community, especially the staff and students who made our recognition in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll a reality,” said UNI Interim President Jim Wohlpart. “Providing economic assistance, enhancing entrepreneurship and improving access to healthy food has made a tremendously positive impact upon Black Hawk County, and we are ready to continue our efforts at the Business and Community Services."

Each project was crafted to fulfill a need amongst community members within Black Hawk County. The “Economic Assistance for Low Income Waterloo Neighborhoods” project was led by UNI in partnership with the Waterloo Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation and focuses on creating job opportunities while educating residents on community issues. Additionally, to strengthen the entrepreneurial community, the “Service Learning Throughout Entrepreneurship” project combined efforts with the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) to educate students and current business owners about successful entrepreneurship.

The project “Improving Access to Fruits and Vegetables for Families in Need in Black Hawk County” worked with the Center for Energy and Environmental Education’s (CEEE) Local Food Program to increase the distribution of local foods in Black Hawk County for residents and encourage healthy living.

UNI’s dedication to strengthening the community through highly impactful projects is a direct reflection of the ongoing mission and continuous efforts of UNI's Business and Community Services.

September 21, 2016 - 2:49pm


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

Leadership in regional and economic development; student success and college completion; sustainability and sustainable development; teacher education; international education; and leadership development and diversity will be honored with these awards. UNI received the Student Success and College Completion Award for its course-embedded mentor program, which creates a supportive environment inside and outside the classroom.

Situated within UNI’s general education program, or Liberal Arts Core (LAC), the peer mentor program intentionally connects incoming freshmen with faculty, other students, staff and support services while introducing them to community values of respect, ethical responsibility, and intellectual and social engagement. This program involves selecting rising sophomores to return as mentors within courses they completed during the previous year and pairing them with faculty members to create vibrant, supportive classroom communities designed for first-year students. Since the program’s inception in fall 2011, the retention rate of students enrolled in one of these courses has been 6 to 8 percent higher as compared to those students who did not enroll in a first-year only section.

"It is an honor to be named as an AASCU Excellence and Innovation Award winner," said UNI Interim President Jim Wohlpart. "The university as a whole works very hard to make our first-year students feel at home and that they are on a path to success. The peer mentor program is a great example of the dedication our faculty, staff and students put in to create a vibrant, supportive classroom, and the facts show that the program is succeeding and only gaining in popularity."

Criteria for the winning entries in the awards competition required evidence of top-level administrative support, connection with an institution’s mission and strategic agenda, evidence the initiative contributed to significant institutional improvements or programming, and evidence the initiative was grounded in research and incorporated best practices.

September 21, 2016 - 2:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership is partnering with Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage for a Farm Crawl from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2. Both organizations have also partnered with Grundy County Iowa State Extension and Outreach for another Farm Crawl from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 2.

The Farm Crawl is an opportunity to learn how local producers grow their food and manage their farms on this self-guided tour. Attendees can visit all or some of the farms and locations at their own pace. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter to win door prizes if they visit all the locations. Kids’ activities and local food for purchase will be available at each location.

The event is free and fun for all ages. No registration is required. For more information or to print guides for each farm crawl with a map, visit  

September 19, 2016 - 3:40pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa alumna Nancy Aossey has been named a recipient of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Influential Leadership Award. She will receive her award at a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 19, in Minneapolis.Nancy Aossey

Aossey graduated from UNI with a marketing degree in 1982 and a Master’s of Business Administration in 1984. She currently serves as president and CEO of International Medical Corps in Los Angeles, a global humanitarian nonprofit organization that provides disaster relief and health to underserved regions. Aossey has led International Medical Corps since 1986 and overseen the delivery of more than $2 billion in humanitarian assistance, health services and training to tens of millions of people in 70 different countries.

“As an extremely proud graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and its business school, I am truly honored to receive the AACSB Influential Leaders award,” said Aossey. “UNI, and its tremendous faculty and students, provided an essential and incredibly valuable foundation for my future growth as a leader and as a person. To this day, I remain deeply grateful for the lessons I learned at UNI that helped guide me throughout my 30 years as head of International Medical Corps.”

This is the second annual Influential Leaders Challenge, which was launched in 2015 to recognize 30 change makers and business pioneers from AASCSB-accredited business schools who are driving positive change in their communities.

Aossey and her peers represent 15 industry sectors across 11 countries. More than 100 nominees from 22 countries were submitted for consideration.

AACSB is the world’s largest business education network, providing business education intelligence, quality assurance and professional development services to more than 1,500 member organizations across 91 countries and territories.

September 15, 2016 - 4:57pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The "It Takes An Iowan" traveling exhibit, created by Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA). is being held now through Oct. 8 at the UNI Museum Marshall Center School. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The "It Takes An Iowan" exhibit brings to light Iowans as leaders in the ongoing endeavor of providing food for the growing nation and the world. Iowans are not only leaders in the advancement of agriculture but also in education, technology and research. Visitors are encouraged to explore how they can make a difference.

"I am excited this exhibit, educating all Iowans on the many roles we have played an continue to play in feeding the world, will be on display," said Cara Miller, president of Silos & Smokestacks. "I hope my fellow Iowans will take advantage of the opportunity the exhibit provides to share how they will make a difference in helping to feed a growing population."

SSNHA is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an affiliated area of the National Park Service. The heritage area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities, past and present. For more information on SSNHA, visit

For more information on the exhibit, contact Melinda Beland, library assistant at the Rod Library, at 319-273-2802 or, or visit 

September 15, 2016 - 4:59pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of Northern Iowa’s College of Business Administration is seeking potential clients for its annual Capstone Experience.

Clients for the Capstone Experience are primarily drawn from businesses and nonprofits in northeast Iowa, and the projects are completed in the spring of each year. The Capstone teams are comprised of three to five students, and each team is assigned a mentor from the graduate faculty. The projects are developed to meet the specific needs of the client and typically include strategic planning, marketing analysis and feasibility questions.

Organizations that would like to propose a Capstone Experience project for the upcoming year are encouraged to contact Dale Cyphert, MBA director, at 319-273-6150 or

September 15, 2016 - 5:01pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) will induct two alumni into the new UNI ROTC Hall of Fame at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, in the West Gym located on UNI’s campus.

The inductees are Col. Patrick W. Williams, ’86, and John Gallagher, ’83. Williams and Gallagher were also the first two UNI ROTC alumni inducted into the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s ROTC Hall of Fame at Fort Knox, Kentucky, this summer as part of the ROTC’s 100th Anniversary celebration.

The Panther Battalion Hall of Fame induction is part of a series of events throughout UNI’s Homecoming Week. All ROTC alumni, friends of the ROTC program, and Cadets are welcome to attend the ROTC open house from 1 p.m. to 3p.m., Friday, Sept. 30,, in the West Gym. The Panther Battalion will also host a breakfast for all program alumni and ROTC tailgate participants immediately following the UNI Homecoming Parade on Oct. 1. Details for all events and discounted football tickets can be found at For more information, contact Debra Ackerson at 319-273-7648 or

September 14, 2016 - 4:35pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will celebrate the lifetime achievements of the most recent School of Music Hall of Fame inductees in September 2016. The award ceremony and induction will be held during the Scholarship Benefit Concert on Friday, Sept. 23,in the Great Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on UNI’s campus.

The Hall of Fame honorees for 2016 will be Susan Rider and Therese Fetter.

Susan Rider is a 1989 UNI alumna and currently serves at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant, performing in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. A member of the ensemble since 1997, Susan performs regularly for Presidential White House events, in ceremonies and concerts in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, and around the country on national concert tours and special performances. With the band, she has performed in many of the finest concert halls, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Boston Symphony Hall, the Lincoln Center in New York City, Severance Hall in Cleveland, and the Cultural and Convention Center in Lucerne, Switzerland. In addition to her role in “The President’s Own,” Susan has taught at Shenandoah University, presented master classes nationally and internationally, and currently maintains a private teaching studio in Northern Virginia, while continuing to serve on the UNI School of Music National Advisory Board.

Therese Fetter, a native of Dublin, Ireland, began her violin studies at the Irish College of Music. She received a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from UNI. Her UNI Suzuki School training has included work with Doris Preucil, Martha Holvik, Barbara Barber, Almita Vamos, Yuko Honda and Bill Starr. She has had an extensive career as an orchestral performer in the US and abroad, most recently as concertmaster of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. Fetter joined the faculty of the UNI Suzuki School in 1978, served as Director from 1986-2000, and was named Artistic Advisor in 2010 and retired from teaching in 2016. Through her association with that school, she has touched the lives of hundreds of families in the Cedar Valley. Under her leadership, the UNI Suzuki School initiated two youth orchestras, created an outreach and performance group of advanced violinists called "Fiddlesticks,” introduced a comprehensive theory curriculum and added flute and clarinet programs.

“The UNI School of Music is honored to induct Susan Rider and Therese Fetter into the Hall of Fame,” said John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music. “Their lifetime accomplishments in music are a testament to their professional excellence, educational accomplishments in receiving a UNI music degree, and their dedicated work as performing musicians and educators. We are very proud to induct Susan and Therese, and to bestow this award to two of our most accomplished alumni.”

For more information on the UNI School of Music Hall of Fame or other events, contact Caroline Francis, communications and operations coordinator for the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or

September 14, 2016 - 5:05pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), the Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) and AmeriCorps VISTA have partnered together to create and implement an eight-week workshop series targeted at newcomer immigrant females in Waterloo. The workshop is intended to build on the production skills of the participants in order to connect them with available markets and institutional buyers in the area.

The workshops include classes on cash handling, customer service using limited English, marketing, visits to four farmer’s markets and many guest speakers covering everything from selling local food to restaurants to owning a beginning farm in Iowa. The participants have experience in weaving, farming and cooking but struggle to connect these skills to generating income due to the language and cultural barriers they have faced since moving to the area. The goal for these classes is to build confidence in communication and sales in order for the women to begin their own market stand at the Downtown Waterloo Farmer’s Market.

“We are excited to have partnered with Jodie and Bobbi [Jacobs from AmeriCorps VISTA] to create this curriculum,” said Alicia Soppe, program manager for EMBARC Waterloo. “It has been interesting to see how our organizations have been able to build off each other’s and the participants’ experience to offer workshops that are useful and have the potential to bring together members of the diverse community that makes up Waterloo.”

Education initiatives like this have been successful in Des Moines through Lutheran Services in Iowa, but this is the first workshop series of its kind in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. The series will be in session until September 29th and the partners are looking forward to a second installment, which would cover more in-depth market skills and other business models.

September 13, 2016 - 12:36pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa ranked No. 2 in the “Best Regional Universities (Midwest)” category for public universities, according U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook. UNI was also ranked No. 20 overall on a combined list of all public and private Midwest regional universities.

“It is a tremendous honor to see UNI among the best public institutions of higher learning in the Midwest,” said UNI Interim President Jim Wohlpart. “It is a true testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff here at UNI. Each of them is committed to providing an outstanding education for our students, and this prestigious ranking only further validates their efforts.”

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

For more information about the college rankings, visit UNI's other national rankings and awards can be found at

September 8, 2016 - 10:35am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has released the official enrollment figures for fall 2016. Enrollment numbers are determined based on students enrolled through the end of the 10th day of classes. UNI’s total fall enrollment is 11,905.

Officials report that a freshmen class of 2,000 students is enrolled for fall 2016, up from 1,916 in fall 2015. This marks the fourth consecutive year that freshmen enrollment has increased, and represents the largest freshmen class at UNI since 2008.

According to the enrollment report, this is the most diverse class in UNI’s history, with 11.2 percent minority students. Total minority enrollment is up to 1,155, and minority students account for 9.7 percent of the student body, both new records for UNI.

In addition to an increase in the number of new Iowa resident freshmen, this year’s class also includes the most domestic non-resident freshmen in UNI’s history.

Other highlights from the report also include:

- The 4-year graduation rate is up from 39.8 percent to 40 percent. The 5-year graduation rate is up to 64 percent. These rates are the highest ever recorded.

- The fall 2015 freshmen retention rate is 85.9 percent, the highest ever recorded.

- The average ACT composite for this class is 22.91, up from 22.68, which is a testament to the overall academic strength of the incoming freshmen for fall 2016.

- 560 new graduate students for a total graduate student enrollment of 1,801.

“This year’s enrollment numbers and retention rates continue to validate our efforts to provide an outstanding undergraduate education in the state of Iowa,” said UNI Interim President Jim Wohlpart. “Our goal is to challenge and engage students in the classroom and through applied learning experiences outside the classroom, and our historic retention rates are clear evidence that we are succeeding in that mission.”

September 7, 2016 - 1:26pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's TheatreUNI will present "Dead Man's Cell Phone" by Sarah Ruhl at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 6 through 8 and 12 through 15, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 10, in the Bertha Martin Theatre in Strayer-Wood Theatre on the UNI campus.

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" is the first offering of TheatreUNI's 2016-17 season. The production tells the story of Jean, an unexceptional woman, who is having a quiet lunch at a café when a man's cellphone rings at a nearby table. He won't answer the phone so Jean answers it instead and so begins the quirky odyssey into the lives of others. The days that follow turn into times of astonishment, surprise, horror, danger and mystery.

This 2008 New York premier is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Tony Award nominee and a MacArthur Fellow. The production is directed by Cynthia Goatley, UNI professor of performance. Scenery is designed by Leonard Curtis, associate professor of design and production, and costume design is by Jenn Shesko Wood, assistant professor of design and production. Lighting design is by Chris Anderson, senior design and production major, and the stage manager is Madison Knaack.

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

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6883 or, or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit

September 7, 2016 - 1:29pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN), an alliance of nearly 250 colleges and universities committed to improving access, affordability and academic success through the use of open textbooks. An OTN workshop will be offered at UNI on Friday, Oct. 21.

The OTN believes in the power of open education to transform higher education with the use of open textbooks, which are available to students for free. Faculty can custom edit the textbooks to meet their needs. There are currently more that 260 licensed titles that are available for use that can be downloaded for free or printed inexpensively. To learn more about the OTN, visit

The workshop will offer an introduction to open textbooks and how they benefit students both financially and academically. All UNI faculty are encouraged to apply. The workshop is sponsored by the Office of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Rod Library.

For more information on the workshop, contact Ellen Neuhaus, digital scholarship librarian at the Rod Library, at 319-273-3739 or

September 7, 2016 - 1:37pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Job and Internship Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus. More than 160 employers, graduate schools and nonprofits will be in attendance to network with UNI students and alumni, and discuss internships and full-time jobs. Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume to share with company and organization representatives.

Sarah Goblirsch, assistant director of employer relations for Career Services, said that they anticipate over 1,500 students to attend this year’s event, and that there will be booths for organizations, including a number of graduate schools, on both levels of the McLeod Center.

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

Student registration is not required for participation. For more information, contact Goblirsch at 319-273-2084 or

September 7, 2016 - 1:45pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – "Postcards from…" the 35th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert, hosted by the UNI School of Music, will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the UNI campus.

This year's concert will feature guest artist Laurie Smukler, violin, with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Currently on faculty at the Juilliard School, Smukler began her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and started playing as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra at 14. The founding first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, Smukler has been co-director of the Collection in Concert series at the Pierpont Morgan Library, played on many chamber music series and been a guest artist at many festivals. She has been on the faculties of Purchase College Conservatory of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School, the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College and the Bard College Conservatory.

In addition to Smukler’s appearance with the orchestra, faculty artists Ross Winter, Heather Peyton, Katherine Osborne, James Jenkins, Cayla Bellamy, Polina Khatsko and Dmitri Vorobiev will perform. The concert will also include the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony, combined UNI Choirs and more.

Intermission will feature a performance by the UNI Suzuki School during a ‘chocolate course.’ A reception with hors d’oeuvres and champagne will be held in the lobby after the concert, with music provided by Bob Dunn, guitar, as well as post-show performances in Davis Hall by UNI Opera and UNI Jazz Band students. 

All seats for the benefit concert are reserved. Individual tickets can be purchased in person at the Gallagher Bluedorn box office, by calling 319-273-4TIX or 877-549-SHOW (7469), or at

The Scholarship Benefit Concerts have been raising scholarship funds for exceptionally talented music students and students in need for over 30 years. To become a special donor and receive complimentary tickets, contact the School of Music office by calling 319-273-2028.

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

September 6, 2016 - 9:35am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie Center has planned several events in conjunction with Iowa Prairie Heritage Week, from Sunday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 17.

To kick off the celebratory week, Tallgrass Prairie Center founder and advocate and Iowa Prairie Network board member Daryl Smith will lead a leisurely walk along the trails of a highly diverse campus prairie planting. The event, which is open to the public, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the campus prairie planting south of Hillside-Jennings Apartments. Walkers will depart from the trailhead at 2 p.m. 

“This gateway prairie planting is highly visible from Highway 58 and offers a spectacular view of native vegetation. This is a great opportunity for the public to see native prairie during late summer and appreciate its beauty,” states Smith.

Additionally, two Prairie on Farms demonstration workshops are slated for Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Friday, Sept. 16. These workshops will focus on applied uses of prairie for water quality improvement efforts and pollinator habitat. Discussion topics include second year stand evaluation, first and second year maintenance and weed control and site-specific seed mix design. Additionally, research results will be shared regarding the effects of first year mowing on native plant emergency and growth using three different seed mixes in northeast Iowa.

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On Saturday, Sept. 17, local historian and naturalist Bruce Stiles will lead an afternoon walk through the prairie at Bennington Township Cemetery, located next to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 4110 E. Mount Vernon Rd. In addition to viewing the prairie, participants will hear about the history of the township and learn about the pioneers buried at the cemetery. This event will start at 1:30 p.m.

These events are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Iowa’s beautiful wildflowers and native grasses. For further information, contact Staci Mueller, outreach coordinator for the Tallgrass Prairie Center, at (319) 273-3866 or .

Iowa Prairie Heritage Week began in 1983 when then-governor Terry Branstad signed the first proclamation. Iowa Prairie Heritage Week is a celebration promoted by Iowa Prairie Network and other conservation partners. It's held annually and invites the public to explore nature, learn about prairies and re-connect with Iowa's prairie heritage. 

September 2, 2016 - 2:38pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Brad Agle, professor of ethics and leadership in the Marriot School of Management at Brigham Young University, will give a lecture on ethics in the workplace titled “Developing the Skills Necessary for Ethical Leadership: Insights from ‘The Business Ethics Field Guide’” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the John Deere Auditorium in the Curris Business Building on the UNI campus.Brad Agle

Agle is a George W. Romney Endowed professor and currently serves as President-Elect of the International Association for Business and Society, on the advisory board of the RLG Group and on the Ethics Committee of USA Synchro. He has been a consultant for many organizations and was a guest on CNBC’s “Morning Call,” “Power Lunch” and “Closing Bell.” His published books on business ethics include “Research Companion to Ethical Behavior in Organizations: Constructs and Measures” (2014) and “The Business Ethics Field Guide: The Essential Companion to Leading Your Career and Your Company to Greatness” (2016).

This event is hosted by the Center for Academic Ethics, the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics and the College of Business Administration's Presidents' Council as part of the Business Week activities taking place Sept. 12-16.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of “The Business Ethics Field Guide” by Agle, Aaron Miller and Bill O’Rourke will be presented as door prizes. For more information, contact Anita Gordon, director of research ethics in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, at 319-273-6148 or, or Craig Van Sandt, David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics in the College of Business Administration, at 319-273-6194 or

August 31, 2016 - 11:01am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Music will present the first concert of its kind titled "PRISM Chamber Music Showcase" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature faculty and student artists in a variety of chamber music ensembles and is free and open to the public.

The "PRISM Chamber Music Showcase" concert includes rotations of sets throughout the night to allow the audience to encounter each group on several different occasions/moods. Each rotation will be five to eight minutes long and the music is continuous. The programming and presentation of the rotation will create a space and atmosphere that is welcoming and interactive, utilizing different areas of the Great Hall to present sets in a seamless 360-degree evening of chamber music.

The PRISM concert is an effort to increase student and faculty collaboration on the performance stage and has the goal of inspiring an increase in student/faculty collaborative performance in the future.

For more information, contact Caroline Francis, communications and operations coordinator for the School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or

August 31, 2016 - 4:40pm


CEDAR FALLS, IOWA – The University of Northern Iowa interior design program has received national accreditation from the international Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) for a duration of six years.

“The accreditation of the UNI interior design program empowers student graduates to more effectively market their skills and degree to get placed in the top positions in their field,” said Annette Lynch, director for the School of Applied Human Sciences. “The six-year full accreditation decision is a strong endorsement of the faculty, curriculum and the outstanding design work of the current students in the program.”

This inaugural accreditation represents the culmination of a labor-intensive process that spanned multiple years, requiring the interior design program to meet specific standards in terms of curriculum and faculty expertise. The program was also required to prove a certain level of quality in student projects across multiple years.

Graduating with a degree from a university with an accredited interior design program will significantly help UNI students seeking internship and employment opportunities.

“Now that our interior design program at UNI has become officially CIDA accredited, it has opened up so many doors for our college and our students,” said Megan Axne, an interior design student at UNI. “I can only imagine how amazing our program will continue to be in just a few years.”

For more information about the interior design program at UNI, contact Lynch at 319-273-2358 or, or Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi, professor of interior design, at 319-273-2603 or

August 29, 2016 - 7:54am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $450,384 grant to the University of Northern Iowa to improve adult college readiness. The grant will provide funding for the UNI Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). The goal of the center is to increase the number of adults from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete a secondary school diploma or equivalent and enroll in a postsecondary institution.

"The Educational Opportunity Center has and continues to still have a huge tremendous impact on nontraditional students and veterans who have a desire to achieve higher learning," said Robert Smith, executive director of Educational Opportunity Programs and Special Community Services at UNI.

In total, $48 million was awarded to 143 colleges and organizations in 42 states. UNI was one of two colleges in the state of Iowa to receive funding from the grant.

UNI first began to sponsor the EOC in 1988. The program is housed within the UNI Center for Urban Education located in Waterloo. All services of the UNI EOC are free to eligible participants who are age 19 or older and do not have a 4-year degree.

For more information regarding the UNI EOC, contact Smith at 319-273-4772 or