News Release Archive

April 6, 2017 - 12:41pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) group exhibition from Monday, April 24, through Saturday, May 6. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 24, in the south lobby of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB).

Dallas Guffey of Libertyville will present an exhibition of sculptures and prints titled "False Fractures and Synthetic Situations." Guffey employed woodworking and printmaking techniques to produce vibrant objects that are partially from a world of recognizable architecture intersected by whimsical narratives. “This body of work is a series of situations based on personal narratives communicated through a visual vocabulary of fractured architecture and synthetic goop," said Guffey.

Natalie Heddens of Marshalltown, who is receiving a B.F.A. in painting and a B.A. in Art Education, is presenting an exhibition titled "Forgive Me, Self, For I Have Not.” “My work is very much related to my psyche, and through memory I create work that allows me to explore emotions and thoughts through a wider lens of femininity. The concepts I explore include womanhood, girlhood, expectations, purity, perfection, ideals and identity; these themes come together through painting, performance, video, sound and constructed objects," said Heddens.

Timothy Jorgensen of Cedar Falls will present an exhibition of sculptures titled "Contention." According to the artist, "I have primarily been working in the area of public art, and from my investigations there I have developed a new direction using found wood branches. I feel drawn to nature and natural phenomena. Coupled with my interest in mechanical things, creative ideas are developed in the space where these two forces merge."

Madalyn Loring of Des Moines, who is receiving a B.F.A. in ceramics and a B.A. in Art Education, is presenting an exhibition titled "Released." The exhibition is an examination of abstract relationships through organic, textural and non-representative ceramic forms. "Individual artworks simultaneously struggle against and unite with each other in an attempt at precarious beauty," said Loring.

In addition to these student exhibits, the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition, "Creative Resilience," will remain on view in the gallery during this time. Co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton and gallery director Darrell Taylor, the exhibition features images of hope, of resilience and of survival.

All events are free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the main floor of the KAB and its hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/art/gallery or contact Taylor at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

April 5, 2017 - 9:14am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Dr. Terry Wahls will deliver three presentations at the University of Northern Iowa from 1 to 2:30 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, in Room 220 of the Schindler Education Center on the UNI campus.

Dr. Wahls is a clinical professor at the University of Iowa. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which required her to be in a wheelchair for four years. She restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain. She is a pioneering and nationally recognized researcher with multiple publications on how food and exercise influence health and wellness, including several books about the uses and benefits of a paleo lifestyle for those with autoimmune conditions.

Dr. Wahls’ third presentation from 7:30 to 9 p.m., titled “Radical Healing: Drugs Not Required,” is open to the public. In this presentation, Dr. Wahls will discuss how diet and lifestyle changes can alleviate health risks and how changes to her own diet and lifestyle helped her regain the functionality to bike to work almost every day and stop using a wheelchair. 

For more information, contact Rodney Dieser, professor of kinesiology, allied health and human services, at 319-273-7775 or rodney.dieser@uni.edu

April 5, 2017 - 2:49pm

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

Each college coordinates the selection of alumni participants for their Alumni in Residence experience. The 2017 class includes:

College of Business Administration

- Finance: Mark Funk ‘00, managing director, Northwest Mutual

- Marketing: Lee Grimes ’87, assistant vice president - automotive, Automotive Union Pacific Railroad (Omaha, Nebraska)

- Economics: Jerry Ripperger ’87, vice president - consulting, Principal Financial Group

- Management Information Systems: Kai Stark ’01, purchasing manager, Frontier Natural Products Coop

- Accounting: Kelly Larson ’95, CFO, Summit Brewing Company (Eagan, Minnesota)

 

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

- History: Cynthia Sweet ’07, executive director, Iowa Museum Association

- Political Science: Jason Harrington ’94, president & CEO, Lakes Regional Healthcare

- Textiles & Apparels: Jon Weiland ’10, designer, Target (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

- Psychology: Angela Carnahan ’99, consultant - program & change enablement, Nationwide Mutual Insurance

- Criminology and Social Work: Ken Kolthoff ’88, director, Department of Corrections - Iowa 1st Judicial District

 

College of Humanities Arts & Sciences

- Mathematics: Kamilla Svajgl ’00, partner and director of hedge fund operations, Milliman (Chicago, Illinois)

- Earth & Environmental Sciences: Jennifer Erich ’96, commercial advisor - equity management, Exxon Mobile (Houston, Texas)

- Physics: Noah Podolefsky ’00 ’08, post-doctoral research associate, Department of Physics, University of Colorado-Boulder

- Biology: Susann Ahrabi-Fard ’91’96, communicable disease epidemiologist, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (Madison, Wisconsin)

- Chemistry and Biochemistry: Michael Jarosh ’03, associate scientist. Amgen (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

- Languages & Literatures: Scott Slechta ’90, English teacher and department head, Fairfield High School

- Philosophy & World Religions: James Svajgl ’01, Partner, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Law Firm (Chicago, Illinois)

- Communications Studies: Roxanne Heimann ’05, ’07, instructor, University of Northern Iowa

For more information, contact Amy Mohr, associate director of Alumni Relations, at 319-273-3094 or amy.mohr@uni.edu.

April 3, 2017 - 9:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will present a traveling exhibit titled “Doctors and Nurses as Rescuers in Humanitarian Crises” through May 1.

“Doctors and Nurses as Rescuers in Humanitarian Crises” is a 16-panel exhibit which profiles a doctor, nurse or small team who used their medical training and skills to perform rescue on behalf of large numbers of people threatened by humanitarian crisis, usually in the context of armed conflict. The panels are arranged chronologically beginning in the late 19th century and continuing up to the present. The exhibit will be made available for display in medical schools, teaching hospitals and state medical association headquarters. The inaugural exhibit will open at Des Moines University. 

The exhibit was developed by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and was made possible through a gift in the name of Drs. Melville and Judith Finklestein of Cedar Falls. For more information, contact Stephen J. Gaies, director of UNI CHGE, at 319-273-3870, stephen.gaies@uni.edu or visit www.facebook.com/unichge.

March 31, 2017 - 11:59am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its upcoming cohort degree programs beginning in the summer of 2017 and leading to a Master of Arts in Mathematics for the Middle Grades (4 through 8), Secondary Teaching or Community College Teaching.

The Secondary Teaching and Community College Teaching programs are designed to incorporate a dynamic relationship between theory and practice, and focus on the development of teachers as reflective practitioners and teacher leaders. The Middle Grades program is built around a core foundation of strategies that include teaching and learning mathematics, implementing programs, understanding school mathematics goals and providing leadership in bringing about change.

Program graduate Allysen Lovstuen stated, “UNI’s graduate program had a strong, positive influence on me as a teacher. The courses helped me step out of the day-to-day routine of the classroom and really evaluate the choices I was making as a teacher. Forming connections with colleagues throughout the state was another great benefit.”

The programs are designed in a way that encourages teachers and university faculty to work together as professional colleagues, fostering mutual support to grow and take risks. Program content, understandings and experiences are directly and explicitly linked to the world of practice. 

These M.A. degrees will be earned at a distance with courses delivered online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning environment. Some summer courses may require limited on-campus attendance in addition to eLearning. Courses begin in the summer of 2017 using a cohort model in which groups of students move through the course sequence together, with the degree to be awarded in the summer of 2019. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/mathematics-ma. 

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education at the University of Northern Iowa, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-7206 or 800-648-3864.

March 31, 2017 - 12:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa’s Continuing and Distance Education is now accepting applications through April 24 for a Master of Arts degree program in Teaching English in Secondary Schools (TESS), scheduled to begin summer 2017. This program is designed primarily for Iowa middle-level and secondary teachers, including dual credit teachers.

Courses in this program are offered in the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing on Wednesday evenings. Some courses and coursework are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system, and two courses each summer include in-person instruction at UNI. 

“Our students testify to the benefits of the on-campus dimension of the program. They become closely bonded and it greatly enriches their experience,” said Anne Myles, associate professor and coordinator of graduate studies in English. “Graduates of the TESS MA program are leaders in the Iowa Council of Teachers of English and in their districts throughout the state.”

The program begins this summer using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree awarded in the fall of 2019. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/tess.

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

March 31, 2017 - 12:01pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Education (MAE) or Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) in Principalship programs that are scheduled to begin in fall 2017. These two-year programs are designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as pre-K through 12 principals or supervisors of special education.

Two course sequence paths are offered to meet unique leadership needs. The All-Iowa sequence focuses on school leadership in Iowa’s suburban and rural school districts. The Urban Education Network (UEN) sequence, developed with Iowa’s UEN member districts, addresses issues facing urban education.

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

Courses in these programs are offered one night per week during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing. Some courses are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system, and the first summer session includes a short on-campus experience.

The program begins this fall using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree or certificate to be awarded in the summer of 2019. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/principalship.

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

March 31, 2017 - 12:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host guest artist Xiaoting Wang from Monday, April 3, through Tuesday, April 11, as part of its celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Month. Wang will give a demonstration at CME’s First Friday event from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 7, in the Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

Wang is a Chinese artist, playwright and journalist. He is also the father of UNI faculty member Penny Wang. Wang will work with the Rod Library, CME and student groups from Des Moines and Cedar Falls High School during his visit.

Wang’s visit is sponsored by the CME, Office of International Programs and Rod Library. For more information, contact Jenny Murphy, secretary for CME, at 319-273-7347 or jenny.murphy@uni.edu

March 29, 2017 - 10:45am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Institute for Youth Leaders will host Miklos Banhidi at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6, in Room 252 of the Wellness and Recreation Center on the UNI campus.

Banhidi will be the featured speaker for the 2017 McElroy Scholar Lecture. His presentation is titled “Supporting Youth Activities on both a Global and Local Level.” Banhidi serves as a faculty member and head of the Recreation and Health Promotion program at Széchenyi István University in Győr, Hungary.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Theodora Jn Baptiste, research associate for the Institute for Youth Leaders, at jnbataa@uni.edu.

March 28, 2017 - 9:08am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Holocaust survivor Peter Gorog will present at the 9th Annual Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, in John Deere Auditorium in the Curris Business Building on the UNI campus.

Peter Gorog was born Péter Grünwald in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, on March 10, 1941. When German forces invaded Hungary in March 1944. Peter and his mother Olga first found refuge with a Christian friend. Just a few days later, a neighbor denounced Olga and Peter. Olga was jailed, but escaped two days later, and the family moved into an apartment safeguarded by Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. In October 1944, threatened with a new round of terror, they fled to the Budapest ghetto, where they lived with Peter’s grandparents, two aunts and a cousin in a one-bedroom apartment. They spent most of their time in the basement during the frequent Allied air raids. In January 1945, the Soviet Army liberated Budapest.

Peter grew up in communist Hungary and changed his family name in 1962 from Grünwald to Gorog in fear of anti-Semitic discrimination. He earned a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and later participated in the design of the first Hungarian-made computer. In 1980 he defected to the United States, where he worked on various NASA projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope until his retirement in 2014.

The lecture series is funded by the Norman Cohn family and organized by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE). Norman Cohn is a native of Waterloo and a graduate of Iowa State Teachers College, known today as UNI. The event is free and open to the public. Peter Gorog’s visit is taking place under the auspices of the Office of Survivor Affairs of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Stephen J. Gaies, director of UNI CHGE, at 319-273-3870, stephen.gaies@uni.edu or visit www.facebook.com/unichge.

March 28, 2017 - 9:10am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Grout Museum District and UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will present “Facing Prejudice” and “Dr. Seuss Wants You” from April 4 through June 3 at the Grout Museum of History and Science located at 503 South St. in Waterloo.

“Facing Prejudice” encourages viewers to constructively examine the complexities of prejudice and stereotypes that reside in everyone. This unique exhibition takes viewers on a journey with questions, personal insights and factual statements that challenge and empower them to fight for understanding and tolerance in their everyday lives. This exhibit was a collaborative effort between the University of Cincinnati and UNI CHGE.

“Dr. Seuss Wants You” is an original exhibit that explores unexpected elements of the writing of Dr. Seuss, including examinations of often-ignored issues that confronted Americans during periods of war, such as isolationism, racism, anti-Semitism and willingness to appease. UNI CHGE created the exhibits for “Dr. Seuss Wants You.”

For more information, contact Stephen J. Gaies, director of UNI CHGE, at 319-273-3870, stephen.gaies@uni.edu or visit www.facebook.com/unichge.

March 28, 2017 - 9:15am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the 2017 State of Iowa Physics Competition from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, at the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

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

For more information about the competition, contact Larry Escalada, professor in the Department of Physics, at 319-273-2431 or lawrence.escalada@uni.edu.

March 28, 2017 - 9:19am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Community Music School will present Camp Musicmania 2017 from June 12 to 16 in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. Camp Musicmania is a multifaceted fine arts camp whose primary purpose is to engage campers in the excitement of exploring music, drama and art. The theme for the camp will be “Rockin’ Rhythms.” Campers will be divided into two age divisions with age appropriate activities. Students will also be grouped according to their grade level for all camp classes.  

The younger age division (K through 3/fall 2017) classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. daily. Cost is $130 per student. Activities include singing, dancing, piano and art. All activities will be showcased in the younger age division Parents and Friends Performance on the final day of camp.

The older age division (fourth through ninth grades/fall 2017) classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily. Cost is $160 per student. Activities include singing, drumming, drama, art and rehearsals for the camp musical that will also be presented on the final day of camp. 

The cost for each age division includes snacks and a camp t-shirt. All campers should bring a sack lunch. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 17.  Early enrollment is strongly encouraged. Early bird discounts on registration are available until Monday, April 17. Camp Musicmania 2017 registration is available at www.unisonmusicmakers.com/camp-musicmania-registration.html.

For more registration and scholarship information, contact Heather Hamilton, director of the UNI Community Music School, at 319-273-2142 or heather.hamilton@uni.edu.  

March 28, 2017 - 4:11pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will rededicate its renovated Schindler Education Center at 3 p.m., Friday, March 31, in the Dr. Ken Budke Family Auditorium in the Schindler Education Center on the UNI campus.

UNI’s College of Education prepares teachers to educate, serve and lead classrooms in the 21st century with innovative facilities for student-centered learning. The renovation of the Schindler Education Center features technologically enhanced classrooms that encourage collaboration between students, faculty and staff to positively shape the future of education.

Schindler Education Center renovation highlights:

- Outdated classrooms and lecture halls have been replaced with more flexible and collaborative learning spaces.

- Chalkboards have been swapped out for interactive television monitors and other active learning technologies to enhance the student experience.

- The redesigned education center includes the HNI Corporation Instructional Resources and Technology Services where students can utilize different lesson plans, curriculum, reference materials and technology to develop meaningful classroom learning experiences.

- The renovation also incorporated new sustainability features that will allow the building to be 32 percent more energy efficient than before the remodel, which would lead to an estimated annual savings of $184,000 each year in reduced operating costs.

"The college has been transformed into a vibrant, modern learning environment – inspiring collaboration, strengthening a sense of community and heralding a new beginning for preparing teacher educators," said Gaëtane Jean-Marie, dean of the College of Education.

This event is free and open to the public. Tours and refreshments will follow the program. Parking is available in the Latham Field lot and across 23rd St. in the Campbell B lot. For more information, contact pres-events@uni.edu or 319-273-2566.

March 27, 2017 - 9:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Ann Wilson, half of the power duo and creative spark behind of the 70’s hard rock group Heart, will perform at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 21.

All of the songs that make up the essence of Ann Wilson will be on display including Heart songs, songs from Wilson’s solo projects and songs that have influenced and inspired Wilson throughout her life.

Wilson’s solo tour follows the release of Heart’s critically acclaimed “Beautiful Broken” album in 2016 and summer headlining tour with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick, along with Heart solo shows before and after the tour.

“Heart is always evolving, changing,” Wilson said. “It is a living organism. Right now it’s in a cocoon of metamorphosis, and we will see what emerges when the time is right.”

Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, April 6. Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn may purchase tickets at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 4. Ticket prices begin at $38. For more information, visit gbpac.com or call 319-273-4849. 

March 27, 2017 - 10:05am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Community Music School will present Camp Musicmania 2017 from June 12 to 16 in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. Camp Musicmania is a multifaceted fine arts camp whose primary purpose is to engage campers in the excitement of exploring music, drama and art. The theme for the camp will be “Rockin’ Rhythms.” Campers will be divided into two age divisions with age appropriate activities. Students will also be grouped according to their grade level for all camp classes.  

The younger age division (K through 3/fall 2017) classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. daily. Cost is $130 per student. Activities include singing, dancing, piano and art. All activities will be showcased in the younger age division Parents and Friends Performance on the final day of camp. 

The older age division (fourth through ninth grades/fall 2017) classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily. Cost is $160 per student. Activities include singing, drumming, drama, art and rehearsals for the camp musical that will also be presented on the final day of camp. 

The cost for each age division includes snacks and a camp t-shirt. All campers should bring a sack lunch. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 17.  Early enrollment is strongly encouraged. Early bird discounts on registration are available until Monday, April 17. Camp Musicmania 2017 registration is available at www.unisonmusicmakers.com/camp-musicmania-registration.html.

For more registration and scholarship information, contact Heather Hamilton, director of the UNI Community Music School, at 319-273-2142 or heather.hamilton@uni.edu.  

March 27, 2017 - 11:39am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Organization will be honoring local nonprofits at the 13th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus. The luncheon will recognize the outstanding contributions of local nonprofits, nonprofit leaders and UNI faculty and staff. Amanda Goodman from KWWL TV will be the master of ceremonies.

Awards available are Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year; Koob Award for Collaboration; Nonprofit Board Member of the Year; Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership; New Nonprofit Employee of the Year, who will receive a one-year Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association membership; Legacy; Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year, who receives a $1,000 gift from the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Veridian Community Engagement Fellows will also be recognized at this event.

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

Contact Kristina Kofoot at 319-273-4507 or kofoot@uni.edu to RSVP for the event. Please include the name/s of attendee/s, organization of attendee/s (if applicable), and any dietary restrictions. Ticket prices are $35 for an individual ticket, $120 for a half table of four people and $240 for a full table of eight people.

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

March 23, 2017 - 9:08am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Presidential Scholars are hosting the Panthers for Pages book drive through Monday, April 3. The goal of the drive is to collect books and funds to purchase books for the Waterloo Community School District through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Waterloo.

Drop-off locations for the book drive include:

  • Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls
  • Farmer’s State Bank, West 1st St. & Hudson Rd., Cedar Falls
  • Lincoln Savings Bank, Viking Rd., Cedar Falls
  • Lincoln Savings Bank, Washington St., Cedar Falls
  • Cedar Heights Presbyterian, Rainbow Dr., Cedar Falls
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Kimball Ave., Waterloo
  • Waterloo Public Library, Commercial St., Waterloo
  • Rotary Club of Waterloo, Commercial St., Waterloo
  • KPTY 107.3 The Party, Jefferson St., Waterloo
  • Waverly Public Library, West Bremer Ave., Waverly

Students in the district will be able to take donated books home and keep them in addition to reading the books at school. The group is also accepting monetary donations at drop-off sites as well as online at tinyurl.com/Panthersforpages. The group is specifically looking for books directed at the fourth grade reading level and up, but titles for children of all ages are accepted.

For more information, contact Madeline Sullivan at sullimag@uni.edu.

March 22, 2017 - 9:29am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – “The Voiceless,” a documentary that features the stories of five male survivors of sexual violence, will be screened at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Vanessa McNeal, a graduate student in the UNI Department of Social Work, produced the film. The documentary explores taboos, stereotypes, intersectionality and the impact of sexual violence on male survivors. A panel discussion with McNeal and subjects from the film will follow the screening.

“The Voiceless” was co-produced by PLVTO Productions and was funded by the Iowa Board of Regents, Office of the Provost, Center for Violence Prevention, and Heart and Solutions, with support from UNI Student Wellness Services, Riverview Center and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

For more information, contact McNeal at mcnealv@uni.edu.

March 22, 2017 - 9:35am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Technology will host Kia Spande as part of the Alumni In Residence program from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 24, in Room 3 of the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center on the UNI campus.

Spande is a UNI manufacturing technology alumnus who has worked with General Motors for the past 25 years and currently serves as the plant manager for the Corvette facility. He will discuss his UNI experience, how it benefitted him throughout his career and the manufacturing processes used to produce the 2017 Z06 Corvette. Weather permitting, he may drive a 2017 Z06 Corvette to UNI and discuss its performance capabilities.

For more information, contact Sarah Pauls, marketing manager for the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, at 319-273-2817 or sarah.pauls@uni.edu.

March 21, 2017 - 9:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Upsilon Nu Iota chapter of Chi Sigma Iowa (CSI) international counseling honor society will hold its third annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 1. The event will start and finish at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.

The monetary donations collected for this event help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention allocate money toward educational programs, advocacy for public policy, research and support, and provide resources for individuals affected by suicide.

Registration will begin at 1 p.m., speakers will begin at 2 p.m. and the 3-mile walk will begin at 3 p.m. You can register as an individual walker, virtual walker or as a team at tinyurl.com/uniwalk17.

For more information about the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, contact Aubrey Davis at 563-422-7437 or outofthedarknessUNI@gmail.com.

March 21, 2017 - 10:56am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Graduate College will host its 10th annual Graduate Student Symposium on Tuesday, April 4. The symposium provides graduate students the opportunity to showcase innovative and diverse research and creative performances. Eighty-one graduate students and 35 graduate faculty judges are participating in this year's event.

2017 Graduate Student Symposium schedule:

- 9 a.m., Welcome from President Mark Nook, Maucker Union Ballroom

- 9:15 a.m., Alumni Panel, Maucker Union Ballroom; the focus of the panel is "UNI Graduate Education for the Greater Public Good"

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

- Noon to 2:30 p.m., Creative Performances, Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall

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

First place awards of up to $300 will be presented to students in each category. The awards will be presented at the annual graduate faculty meeting at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 27, in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit grad.uni.edu/graduate-student-symposium.

March 21, 2017 - 12:21pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – TheatreUNI will present “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m., Friday, April 21, and 2 p.m., Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

“Into the Woods,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is the fourth offering of TheatreUNI’s 2016-17 season. Jay Edelnant, professor of theatre, directed the production. Casting was completed in December 2016 and cast members are as follows:

  • Noah Hynick (Narrator)
  • Calli McCartan (Cinderella)
  • Patrick Hale (Jack)
  • Jessica Buchanan (Jack’s mother)
  • Mic Evans (The Baker)
  • Lauren VanSpeybroeck (The Baker’s Wife)
  • Erika Kuhn (Cinderella’s stepmother)
  • Taylor Raub (Florinda)
  • Hannah Miedema (Lucinda)
  • Erica Bailey (Little Red Riding Hood)
  • Leah Decker (Grandmother)
  • Marjorie Gast (The Witch)
  • Carlee Glenn (Cinderella’s Mother)
  • Jonathan Carpenter (Cinderella’s Father)
  • Dillon Bosler (Mysterious Man)
  • Carlos Cortes-Ortiz (The Steward)
  • Sam Wiegers (The Wolf)
  • Robin Kime (Rapunzel)
  • Michael Oasheim (Cinderella’s Prince)
  • Michael Alexander (Rapunzel’s Prince)
  • Rachel Winter (Snow White)
  • Lauren Leman (Sleeping Beauty)

Tickets range in price from $16-$46. Tickets can be purchased from the Gallagher Bluedorn box office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. The box office also opens one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6833, eric.lange@uni.edu, or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

March 21, 2017 - 1:59pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Communication Studies will host a launch party to commemorate the new digital media program from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 30, in Lang Hall Auditorium and the Digital Media facilities in Lang Hall on the UNI campus.

“The decision to launch this new program arose from recognizing the significant changes in the media industry, in the media production, journalism and media leadership professions,” said Paul Torre, assistant professor of communications studies. “The new digital media moniker reflects ongoing adjustments to our program and a commitment to be on the forefront of programs that prepare students for exciting careers in the media industry.”

The digital media program, formerly known as the electronic media program, will feature three majors: digital journalism, digital media leadership and digital media production. The digital media majors will combine creativity and innovation in digital media storytelling and leadership to prepare graduates for careers in the expanding digital media field.

The launch party will include displays and demonstrations from journalism, leadership and production, digital media studio tours, door prizes, music from KULT College Radio and refreshments. For more information, contact Torre at 319-273-6445 or paul.torre@uni.edu.

March 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are joining forces to impact current and future UNI students by participating in the #LivePurpleGiveGold Day of Giving on Wednesday, April 5.

This is the third year UNI has hosted a day of giving. This year's initiative will last 24 hours, beginning at midnight on Wednesday, April 5. Participation-based challenges will be announced throughout the day on April 5 and will be used to match gifts. A goal of 500 donors has also been issued for the day.

For more information, visit dayofgiving.uni.edu, and follow the #LivePurpleGiveGold hashtag.

March 10, 2017 - 9:07am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host an open house to reveal the renovated building and welcome the new director of the CME, Jamie Butler Chidozie, from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 23, at the CME on the UNI campus.

Chidozie received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching and master’s degree in higher education student affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. She served as the assistant director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education at Elon University before coming to UNI in February.

The event is free and open to the public; no RSVP is required. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jenny Murphy, secretary for the CME, at 319-273-2250 or jenny.murphy@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/cme.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Department of Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa will present the 2017 Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 31, in the Lantz Auditorium of McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus.

This year’s lecture is titled “Fluid Adventures: Where Mathematics Meets Art” and will be presented by Rachel Levy, associate dean for faculty development and professor of math at Harvey Mudd College in California. Levy is also the vice president for education for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, founder of the Business, Industry and Government Math Network and the blog, “Grandma got STEM.” She was a recipient of the Mathematical Association of America’s Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The lecture will explore Levy’s work in fluidity for art and math through photographs and videos created by students in her fluidity course that explored the quantitative and aesthetic information about fluids.

For more information, contact the Department of Mathematics at 319-273-2631 or mathematics@uni.edu.  

March 7, 2017 - 9:17am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa is proud to announce this spring semester’s recipients of the O. Jay and Pat Tomson Student Internship and Verizon HopeLine™ “Making Iowa Safe” Scholarships.

The O. Jay and Pat Tomson scholarship is made available through a generous donation from the Tomson family to acknowledge student engagement with community agencies and partners providing prevention and victim services for individuals impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence. The Verizon HopeLine™ “Making Iowa Safe” Scholarship is made available to support the Center for Violence Prevention’s community engagement efforts by supporting student internships that address bullying and gender-based violence prevention.

Requirements and eligibility for the scholarships were judged on academic merit, verified enrollment as a full time UNI undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and engagement in an internship at an agency, non-profit organization, association or government agency with a focus on interpersonal violence prevention or victim services.

This year’s recipients are Morgan Holzer, Charles City, Iowa; Hannah Sedlacek, Spirit Lake, Iowa; MacKenzie Whelan, Waterloo, Iowa; Lindsey Suits, Waverly, Iowa; and Shelby Schreck, Hazleton, Iowa.

Student award winners will participate in a scholarship recipient reception and present on internship experiences and learner outcomes at the end of April. For more information, contact Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention, at 319-273-3545 or alan.heisterkamp@uni.edu.

March 7, 2017 - 2:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Dance Marathon raised $453,278 during their 6th Annual Big Event on Saturday, March 4, exceeding their goal of $400,000. This year’s fundraising total makes UNI Dance Marathon the top Dance Marathon fundraising program in the country for schools with less than 12,000 undergraduate students.

Dance Marathon

UNI Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropy program at UNI. The organization strives to provide hope and comfort for families with children facing life-threatening illnesses by raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and hosting events that engage students and the community. Since 2012, UNI Dance Marathon has raised over $1,436,000 for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

To learn more about UNI Dance Marathon, visit www.unidancemarathon.com or contact Abigail Cornett, director of public relations for UNI Dance Marathon, at 563-349-4279 or publicrelations@unidancemarathon.com.

March 6, 2017 - 10:13am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.

Two hundred and fifty students have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony as an official induction into the field of study. Gaetane Jean-Marie, dean of the College of Education and professor, will deliver the convocation address. Jim Wohlpart, provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs and professor of English, will perform the official duties. 

This ceremony marks the 53rd group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education Program since the formal ceremonies began in 1991. Parents and friends of the candidates and UNI faculty and administrators are invited to attend. A reception will follow the ceremony in the lobby of the Gallagher Bluedorn.

For more information, contact J.D. Cryer, chair of the convocation committee and coordinator of elementary teacher education, at 319-273-2294 or jd.cryer@uni.edu.

March 6, 2017 - 10:14am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education 267 Regional Physics Competition from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, at the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

High school students from more than 12 area schools are expected to participate, including Cedar Falls, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, East Buchanan, Grinnell, Jesup, La Porte City, Nashua-Plainfield, St. Ansgar, Tripoli, Waterloo and Waverly.

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

The regional winners and runner-ups will advance to the state competition hosted by the UNI Department of Physics on Tuesday, April 11, in the McLeod Center.

For more information about the competition, contact Larry Escalada, professor in the Department of Physics, at 319-273-2431 or lawrence.escalada@uni.edu.

March 6, 2017 - 10:15am

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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 20, through Saturday, April 15. An awards ceremony and opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 20, in the KAB Auditorium, Room 111. 

This competitive exhibition showcases outstanding artworks by students enrolled in classes in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competition is Susan Chrysler White, professor of art from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. White will make a selection from approximately 350 student entries and choose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions. She will also give a lecture about her work and her perspective on jurying at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, in KAB 111.

White is a painter and public art sculptor who has exhibited her work in over 40 solo and 100 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. She received an M.F.A. from the University of California-Davis and a B.A. from the University of California-Berkley. Recently, she completed a large-scale public art installation for the new UnityPoint Health Prairie Parkway pediatric care facility in Cedar Falls.

White is a recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting and Sculpture as well as two international awards, a Mexican Association for Arts and Popular Culture Award in 1998 and a Greenwich World Hunger Association Grant for the Milagro del Día Project in 1999. This was a two-year long endeavor helping Chichimeca Indian women in rural central Mexico build artistic cooperatives for sustaining communities. 

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 www.uni.edu/art/gallery.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

March 6, 2017 - 12:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the 49th annual Elementary Literacy Conference Friday, April 7, in the Schindler Education Center. This year's theme is “Open Arms, Open Hearts, Open Minds: Inclusive Teaching and Classrooms That Welcome ALL!"

The conference will feature best-selling author and illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien, who has created 36 multicultural children’s books. Her most recent title,  “I’m New Here,” is a picture book she wrote and illustrated about three immigrant children. Sibley’s keynote address will focus on what schools can do to help children and families of diverse backgrounds as they acclimate and adjust to a new country.

A preconference event will take place at the Waterloo Center for the Arts from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6. The evening will be a celebration of different cultures and will include activities for families. Sibley will give a short presentation about her books and be available for autographing books. The ELC preconference event will be held in partnership with Waterloo Community Schools and the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

“Our children - native and immigrant in schools - come from different walks of life," said Gaëtane Jean-Marie, dean of the College of Education. "They possess different abilities, speak different languages, and have different values and dreams. At a deeper level, the need to teach all students successfully ‘is connected to our ability to give each student, regardless of differentiated circumstances, permanent value and unconditional care.’  The work of Anne Sibley O’Brien illuminates how teachers can uphold their commitment to educate all learners. With a focus on immigrant children, she draws attention to how teachers can enhance their cultural knowledge, awareness and sensitivity to improve the educational experience of learners."

Sarah Vander Zanden, director of the UNI Literacy Clinic and program coordinator of the Literacy Education division remarked, “Practicing teachers have contributed as presenters to the ELC since its inception, and this valuable professional outlet is a great source of positive energy. At the ELC, participants will discuss problems of practice, share successful learning contexts and learn about multicultural literature - all of which support academic success for our diverse student populations."

Since the Beginning Reading Conference began in 1969, it has hosted more than 52 authors in 49 years. The conference was conceived and organized by Joan Duea and Delsie Charais Foreman, former elementary school faculty at Malcolm Price Laboratory School.  Although the conference was originally intended for lower elementary teachers and their principals, attendance has grown to include all elementary grade level teachers. The conference has become increasingly popular over the years and currently is one of the largest conferences hosted on UNI’s campus.

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

March 3, 2017 - 9:14am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa will host the fourth annual RodCon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 1.

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

"This year is very exciting for us because of all of the community support we've seen for RodCon. The Mix 93.5, Gameliner, Escape Cedar Valley, CopyWorks and Video Games Etc. have all rallied behind us as major donors for the event, we've been awarded a Cedar Falls Tourism grant and we're proud to be bringing even more to this annual family-friendly, fun and engaging event,” said RodCon planning committee member Caroline Francis. 

Larry Nemecek and Adam Van Wyck will serve as RodCon’s keynote panelists. Nemecek, also known as “Dr. Trek,” will discuss his work on Trekland and other Star Trek projects. Nemecek is the author of the Star Trek: Next Generation Companion and Stellar Cartography maps and books set, founder of the PORTAL 47 fan experience and producer of “The Con of Wrath” documentary. Van Wyck, a storyboard artist, will present on his work with several DC and Marvel comic productions. Additional panels include “So You Want to be a Stormtrooper” and “Dr. Nathan Bird and The Evolution and Superpowers: Where are all the X-Men?”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Melinda Beland, library assistant, at 319-273-2802 or melinda.beland@uni.edu or visit www.library.uni.edu/rod-con/.

March 3, 2017 - 10:46am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A $1 million gift from HNI Corporation to the University of Northern Iowa is providing the finishing touches on the renovation of Schindler Education Center, home to the university’s College of Education. The gift established the HNI Corporation Instructional Resources and Technology Services (IRTS) Lab and helped furnish the facility.

IRTS Lab

HNI Corporation Instructional Resources and Technology Services Lab

“The UNI College of Education and HNI Corporation are both Iowa-based leaders in their respective fields,” said Gaëtane Jean-Marie, dean of the College of Education and Richard O. Jacobson Endowed Chair of Leadership in Education. “The HNI Corporation IRTS Lab will serve as an education resource facility for students, faculty, and in-service teachers and school administrators.”

Headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, HNI Corporation is the second largest furniture company in the world. Its brands include HON, Allsteel and Gunlocke.

“HNI Corporation truly values our partnership with UNI,” said Gary Carlson, HNI Corporation’s vice president of Community Relations. “UNI does an excellent job of preparing students for outstanding careers offered by HNI Corporation and other excellent Iowa employers.”

According to Jean-Marie, the redesign of Schindler Education Center enabled the university to create a showplace for a teaching lab and best practices in classroom design. “We are thrilled to see traditional classrooms transformed, fully integrating technology and creating flexible spaces to better prepare students for their future careers.”

The gift from HNI Corporation caps off more than $7 million in private fundraising for the newly renovated facility. Renovations feature spaces and furnishings that are flexible, such as the central learning commons area where students can engage in diverse learning activities like group presentations. Lecture halls transitioned into collaborative, interactive learning spaces. Obsolete computer labs were replaced by classrooms that use integrated technology. The new design also created classroom simulation spaces in which teacher candidates can model instructional methods in learning environments similar to those that are currently used in kindergarten through high school settings. 

The HNI Corporation gift was made to the University of Northern Iowa through the UNI Foundation.

March 2, 2017 - 9:16am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the Student Leadership Awards at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, in the Old Central Ballroom of the Maucker Union on the UNI campus. The ceremony recognizes outstanding student leadership through a series of awards presented to students and student organizations.

Several awards are presented in various categories, including three awards from the Office of the Dean of Students: the Lux Service Award, Outstanding Student Leader Award and Servant Leadership Award. The Lux Service Award is the most prestigious award given to graduating senior students to acknowledge their outstanding involvement and lasting legacy. The Outstanding Student Leader Award recognizes students that have demonstrated dedication and leadership in one or more campus activities. The Servant Leadership Award is presented to students who strive to serve others before themselves and promote the common good.

Other awards include the UNI CARE (Creating a Responsible Environment) Award, Northern Iowa Student Government Above and Beyond Awards, Student Organization Awards, Drake Martin Gold Star Awards, Student Employee of the Year, Dr. Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership and Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award.

Recipients of Student Leadership Awards were chosen from nominated students or student organizations throughout January and February. For more information, contact Steffoni Schmidt, associate director of Student Life and Event Services, at 319-273-7422 or steffoni.schmidt@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host a mental health awareness discussion panel from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, in the University Room of the Maucker Union located on the UNI campus.

UNI PRSSA has partnered with the Campaign to Change Direction in an effort to change the culture of mental health at UNI. The Campaign to Change Direction is a coalition of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness and wellness.

The “UNI Know the Signs” panel discussion will showcase the five signs of mental suffering that include personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care and hopelessness. Featured panelists will include student members from organizations UNI Proud and To Write Love On Her Arms as well as two mental health professionals from the UNI Counseling Center. Additionally, one representative member from the UNI Department of Residence and one mental health professional from UnityPoint Health Allen Hospital in Waterloo will be participating in the panel.

“We’re hoping this panel brings to light the five signs of mental suffering and provides participants with a way to help,” said Mikayla Lien, case director and UNI PRSSA vice president of communications. “We know it isn’t easy for someone suffering to seek help, but if we’re all able to learn the signs it will make it easier to ensure individuals at UNI get the support that they need.”

Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend and participate in this free panel discussion. Light refreshments will be provided. Additional information can be found at www.facebook.com/events/390788921294157/.

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, access to industry leaders
and leadership experiences. For more information about this event or UNI PRSSA, contact Mallory Feeney, president of UNI PRSSA, at feenema@uni.edu or visit www.uni-prssa.org.

March 1, 2017 - 9:45am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Continuing and Distance Education is accepting applications now through March 13 for a Master of Arts in Education degree program in elementary education, scheduled to begin fall 2017. This program is designed for K through six elementary classroom teachers with licensure in the field of elementary education. 

"Unlike many other online programs, all of our courses are taught by full-time faculty, not by adjuncts or teaching assistants,” said program coordinator Dana Atwood-Blaine. “In addition, at the UNI College of Education, we believe that building meaningful and supportive relationships with our students is the foundation of providing the highest quality educational experience. We welcome the opportunity and challenge to apply this commitment to our online programs."

The courses are designed using the Quality Matters set of professional standards based upon research, best practices and national standards for course design. They also address curriculum issues, technology, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and action research. The program supports faculty-guided teacher research on relevant issues within a classroom context throughout the course sequence.

The degree consists of 30 units of credit, which can be earned in five consecutive semesters. Courses are taken using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree to be awarded in the spring of 2019. All courses included in this program are offered entirely online through eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/elementary.

For more information about the Master of Arts in Education: Elementary Education degree program and additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-2504 or 800-772-1746.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its master’s degree program in social science scheduled to begin summer 2017. This two-year program is designed for secondary (six through 12) social studies classroom teachers who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the social sciences as well as improve secondary student learning of social studies in the classroom. 

“The program is designed to help practicing teachers develop a deep knowledge in social sciences that they can take back to their classrooms,” said program coordinator Chad Christopher. “Our students really like the cohort delivery model as they get to share teaching resources and develop a great professional network from across the state.”

Courses in this program are offered via interactive video conferencing methods scheduled one night per week during the fall and spring semesters, while summers may include additional conferencing sessions. Some courses and coursework are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system.

The program begins this summer using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree to be awarded in the summer of 2019. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/social-science.

For additional information about the master’s degree program in social science and additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

March 1, 2017 - 9:55am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa student Rachael Johnson has been named as a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for her outstanding work in public service leadership.

Johnson is a double elementary education and middle level education major from Sioux City, Iowa. She was selected as the institutional nominee for the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship for UNI. Johnson was notified of her selection as a finalist for the scholarship and will have an interview in Kansas City on March 13. Scholarship winners will be announced on April 12. 

The Truman Scholarship is awarded through the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Created in 1975, the foundation has supported nearly 3,000 Truman Scholars making a difference through public service around the nation and the world. Truman Scholars are chosen based on their commitment to public service, academic achievement and being a "change agent." As part of the extensive scholarship application process, Johnson had to write a policy memo and chose to write on GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a program that targets cohorts of secondary education students in low-income schools and encourages their enrollment in post-secondary institutions. 

Approximately 600 college juniors apply for the Truman Scholarship every year and approximately 60 are chosen as winners. The scholarship provides recipients with $30,000 toward graduate education geared toward public service.

For more information about the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, visit www.truman.gov.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The 2017 Cedar Valley Local Food and Film Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts located at 225 Commercial St. in Waterloo.

The festival will have information about community-supported agriculture subscriptions, and the 2017 Buy Fresh Buy Local Directory will be available for pick up. Local food producers and vendors will be at the event with local food available for purchase. The festival will also feature a screening of the film “Vanishing of the Bees” at 11 a.m. Local bee keeper Tim Laughlin will lead a discussion following the film. 

The festival is free and open to the public. Reserved parking is available. For more information, contact Jodie Huegerich, local food program manager for the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education, at 319-273-7883 or jodie.huegerich@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Paula Knudson has been named vice president for Student Affairs at the University of Northern Iowa. Knudson's first day at UNI will be June 19.

Paula Knudson

"Paula is an accomplished student affairs professional with many years of leadership experience," said UNI President Mark A. Nook. "She has a strong emphasis on both the theoretical and practical elements of student development and really understands the needs of a campus community. I'm very excited that Paula will be a part of the Panther family and will be bringing her skills and expertise to the University of Northern Iowa."

Knudson is an Iowa native. She earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics education from the University of Iowa, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Hartford and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to UNI, Knudson served as vice chancellor and dean of students at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. She held other leadership positions at UW – La Crosse before becoming vice chancellor and dean of students. Knudson also worked with student affairs at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the University of Hartford.

"I'm excited that my professional journey has brought me back to Iowa," said Knudson. "The University of Northern Iowa is a special place. I'm ready to explore and engage with the students, faculty and staff and really learn more about UNI's student involvement."

Knudson replaces Terry Hogan, who retired from the vice president for Student Affairs position on June 30, 2016, after more than eight successful years at UNI. Jan Hanish has been serving as the interim vice president for Student Affairs since Hogan's retirement.

February 24, 2017 - 10:18am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the sixth annual UNI Dance Marathon from noon to midnight, Saturday, March 4, in the Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students in more than 300 programs. Money raised by the schools during the events goes toward their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. UNI Dance Marathon is the top fundraising program for colleges with under 12,000 undergraduate students and raised over $370,000 last year.

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

This year, UNI Dance Marathon hopes to raise $400,000. UNI has exceeded their fundraising goal for the past five years. Money raised at the UNI Dance Marathon goes to the Children’s Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

To register for UNI Dance Marathon, visit www.unidancemarathon.com/. For more information, contact Abbey Cornett, director of public relations for Dance Marathon, at publicrelations@unidancemarathon.com.

February 21, 2017 - 9:20am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Local artist Chaveevah Banks Ferguson will lead a discussion of her work and life at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, on the main floor of Rod Library on the UNI campus.

Ferguson earned her bachelor’s in public relations and master’s in communication education at UNI and is the owner and founder of BaHar Publishing in Waterloo. The company has published numerous books, including works of fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature and poetry.

Her paintings are on display in the library until March 5. The whimsical and colorful artwork conveys the feeling of motion, and much of her art is influenced by her love for dance and music. The images pay homage to the years she danced with the Mantu Dance Theatre of Chicago and to Chicago’s vibrant music scene, where jazz, blues and reggae ruled.

An artistic door prize will be awarded to one attendee. For more information, contact Julie Ann Beddow, library assistant, at 319-273-6256 or julieann.beddow@uni.edu.

February 20, 2017 - 12:37pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present “Boys Will be Boys” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 2; Friday, March 3; and Saturday, March 4, in the Interpreters Theatre in 040 Lang Hall on the UNI campus.

“Boys Will be Boys” takes a closer look into current issues surrounding the relationship between masculinity and violence. Using a collaboration of dramatic and satirical scenes, “Boys Will Be Boys,” directed by graduate student Ryan Courtney, examines subjects associated with masculinity to question how U.S. culture teaches boys to be men. Performances will be followed by an audience discussion of the themes and issues that emerge from the show.

The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. This production contains mature language and situations. Tickets will be passed out on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Amandajean Freking Nolte at 319-273-3793 or amandajean.nolte@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The annual Leland Wilson Lectureship event at the University of Northern Iowa will be presented by Annette Richards, executive director of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies and professor of music and university organist at Cornell University, and Catherine Oertel, associate professor of chemistry at Oberlin College, at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 2, in Lantz Auditorium in McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus. The lecture is titled “Music and Materials: Art and Science of Organ Pipe Metal.” Richards will also perform a guest recital at 6 p.m., Friday, March 3, in Jebe Hall in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. 

Richards is a performer and scholar with a specialty in 18th century music and aesthetics, and interdisciplinary research in music, literature and visual culture. She is the author of “The Free Fantasia and the Musical Picturesque,” editor of “C.P.E. Bach Studies” and “Keyboard Perspectives,” and is currently writing a book titled “Music on the Dark Side of 1800.” She has been a Mellon New Directions Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and has won prizes at the Dublin and Bruges international organ competitions.

Oertel joined the faculty of Oberlin College in 2006, where she teaches introductory and inorganic chemistry as well as an interdisciplinary course on the chemistry of materials used in artwork. Her research examines synthesis and structural characterization of oxide-based materials and is supported by the National Science Foundation and Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Oertel and Richards first worked together at Cornell University while Oertel was a chemistry graduate student taking organ lessons. 

The Leland Wilson Endowed Chemistry Lectureship was established in 2007 by a gift from Wilson’s daughter, Mary Sue Coleman, who served as president at the University of Michigan and University of Iowa, and her husband Kenneth Coleman. Leland Wilson was the first department head of the chemistry department at UNI in 1968. He retired in 1979 and passed away in 1993 at the age of 79, leaving behind a legacy of professionalism and integrity in faculty and staff.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laura Strauss, department head and professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at 319-273-2052 or laura.strauss@uni.edu.

February 17, 2017 - 9:43am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) program will commemorate its 40th anniversary with a celebration event from 5 to 8 p.m., March 3, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) on the UNI campus.

The event will feature emerita faculty member and former director Phyllis Baker as a speaker and a performance by alum Terry Stevens in addition to food, music and photo opportunities. The celebration is also an opportunity for networking with alumni and current students, recognizing the program’s history and raising awareness of the program on campus. 

This event is cosponsored by the CME as part of their First Friday series. For more information, call the women’s and gender studies department at 319-273-7102 or email wgs@uni.edu.

February 17, 2017 - 9:44am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) will present the Cedar Valley Immigrants Culture Talk from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, in the Scholar Space of the Rod Library on the UNI campus.

This session will provide an opportunity to learn more about refugees and immigrants in our community. Speakers will include immigration attorney Gunda Brost and RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps Community Education Development coordinator Breanna Johnson.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sally Roos, student services coordinator for the UNI CIEP, at 319-273-3410 or sally.roos@uni.edu.

February 16, 2017 - 8:22am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – RSM US LLP (“RSM”), the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, raised $1 million to create the first RSM Chaired Professorship at the University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration.

The professorship will be within UNIBusiness' Department of Accounting and will enable the university to continue to attract and recruit high-quality educators.

RSM Chaired Professorship

"For years, RSM US has positively impacted the lives of UNIBusiness students with financial support and a desire to build better business leaders," said Leslie K. Wilson, dean of the College of Business Administration. "This [professorship] has enabled us to grow our legacy as the go-to business college for future accounting professionals. The additional resources and expertise made available to us through this endowed chair will allow us to expand our reach, enhance our program and let us compete on a national level. We are grateful to RSM employees, the RSM Foundation and their partners for their dedication to our program."

"Stewardship is one of RSM's core values," said Doug Opheim, chief financial officer with RSM and chairman of the board for the RSM US Foundation. "We are so pleased to support UNI, the accounting profession and the Cedar Falls community with this $1 million chaired professorship, made possible by contributions from partners, principals and employees who are UNI alumni along with a match from the RSM US Foundation."

UNI accounting graduates are in high demand due to the rigorous and relevant education, professional development opportunities outside the classroom and the CPA preparation they receive on campus. UNI has been in the top two schools in terms of the number of graduates RSM hires in its Central Region for the last five years.

The RSM Chaired Professorship is the third Chaired Professorship within UNI's College of Business Administration, but it is the first for the accounting department. Other professorships include the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics and the Bradford Chair in International Business.

February 16, 2017 - 9:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host the sixth annual African-American Children and Families Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, in Maucker Union. A pre-conference will also take place in Maucker Union from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23. The theme of this year's conference is "Imagine the Impact: Creating a Caring Community Through Vision, Voice and Victory!"

This event is designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, policy makers, social workers, health professionals, business leaders and anyone committed to improving the lives of children. The conference promotes a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American children and families. Participants will spend the day networking, sharing and meeting new colleagues to help improve the quality of lives of children and families.

The events are open to the public; registration is free for UNI students and faculty and middle and high school students. For more information or to register, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/aac or contact Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or gloria.holmes@uni.edu.

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