News Release Archive

February 13, 2017 - 9:45am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa faculty member Deirdre Heistad, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, has been selected as a recipient of the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates award.

Deedee Heistad

The Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate awards are presented by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina. Each year, presidents of American higher education institutions are invited to nominate an educator on their campus for exceptional work in the areas of students learning, development and success. The nominations are reviewed by a national panel of distinguished educators and select 10 individuals for the award. 

“UNI students benefit from the strong foundation our first-year programs provide, but it takes so much more than one person to create and sustain this work. While my name may be on this award, I am only one of many ‘Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates’ at UNI,” said Heistad. “To have our work recognized by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is indeed an important national honor for UNI. Personally, I am most proud to have been nominated by my UNI colleagues whose commitment to and compassion for student learning inspires me on a daily basis.”

Heistad and the other recipients will be honored at the 36th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Feb. 11-14, in Atlanta, Georgia. Heistad will also participate in an advocate’s session on Monday, Feb. 13, to discuss best practices, instructional methodologies, stories of student success and the challenges of teaching college success. 

February 10, 2017 - 9:20am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Student Association is now accepting nominations for their annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon. The UNI NLA organization takes the time to recognize the outstanding contributions of local nonprofits and their staff. Anyone may submit any number of nominations by Wednesday, March 1. Nomination information and forms can be found at

There are eight Nonprofit Award Categories, which include:

  • Business Partner of the Year: A business that has made a significant contribution to a nonprofit.
  • Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year: A person that stands out in the nonprofit sector and exemplifies strong leadership qualities.
  • Nonprofit Board Member of the Year: A board member in a nonprofit that has positively contributed or influenced the organization.
  • Koob Award for Collaboration: An organization that has collaborated with at least one other nonprofit organization and has shown successful and unique teamwork.
  • Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership: This honors a college/university student who has made a significant contribution to a local nonprofit.
  • Legacy Award: This honors a nonprofit employee or volunteer who has contributed at least 10 hours of service to the same organization.
  • New Nonprofit Employee of the Year: This honors an individual in their first professional nonprofit position, having worked at the organization for two years or less. This can also include interns. The winner of this award will receive a one-year membership to the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association.
  • Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year: A nonprofit organization that has demonstrated the best practices of nonprofit excellence in the 2016 year. The winner of this award will receive a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

The UNI NLA's luncheon planning committee will be selecting the winners of the 2017 awards, along with the guidance of UNI's NLA campus director, Julianne Gassman, and Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa's program director, Tom Wickersham. The winners will receive one complimentary ticket to the event, which will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6, at the UNI Commons Ballroom. 

The luncheon is planned and implemented by student members of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, which is part of a national network that transforms today's students into tomorrow's nonprofit leaders by helping them gain experience, skills, professionalism and certification within the nonprofit sector.

For more information, please contact Julianne Gassman, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance campus director, at 319-273-2204 or

February 8, 2017 - 9:24am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), UNI Department of Languages and Literatures, UNI Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC), Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Waterloo Center for the Arts will present “VANG,” a two-person documentary play, at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Law Court Theatre at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

“VANG,” written by Mary Swander, tells the story of four immigrant family farmers by weaving together photographs and transcript interviews of families who are actively making farming and agriculture a part of their new lives in the U.S. Swander is a fourth-generation Iowan, Poet Laureate of Iowa and a professor of English at Iowa State University. She worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival award-winner Matt Foss to create “VANG.”

The program is free and open to the public. A suggested donation of $5 or new/gently used garden tools are appreciated and will go to the Community Producers program to raise start-up funds for the local community garden and farmers market stand this summer.

The doors will open at 1 p.m., and a plated Burmese meal will be available for purchase at Laughing Tree Café before and after the play. Chef Ah Lei, aspiring restaurant owner and refugee from Burma, will create the meal that includes a samosa, sesame ball, noodles and vegetable salad. There will also be a backstrap weaving demonstration by Karenni Kayaw mother/daughter duo Kyawt Mu and Day Leh. Woven goods will also be available for purchase including scarves and traditional school bags that mothers would weave for their children in Burma, Malaysia and Thailand.

For more information, contact Jodie Huegerich, local food program manager at UNI CEEE, at 319-273-7883 or

February 8, 2017 - 9:43am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host UNI Day at the Statehouse from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. The event will highlight UNI programs and inform legislators about the impact UNI has on the state.

“UNI Day at the Capitol is an amazing opportunity to illustrate how the incredible work of our students, faculty and staff benefits the state of Iowa,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook. “We are fortunate to have so many members of the UNI community engage with our legislators and advocate for our university, and I’m thrilled to be sharing my first UNI Day with such passionate individuals.”

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

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

February 8, 2017 - 11:22am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is offering admitted students and their guests a sneak peek at campus during “UNI Up Close” one-day visits on Friday, Feb. 10 and 17. “UNI Up Close” serves as an open house that provides prospective students with the opportunity to speak with faculty and staff, visit residence halls, learn more about financial aid and get an in-depth look at UNI.

Students and guests will attend academic workshops, departmental and campus tours, a UNI Majors and Student Activities Fair and various open houses, including the residence halls and Rod Library.

For more information, visit UNI Admissions at or contact Jenny Connolly, assistant director of admissions, at 319-273-2281 or

February 3, 2017 - 11:10am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Critically acclaimed duo Dan + Shay will perform at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Dan + Shay’s recently released album "Obsessed," featuring their second consecutive Gold-certified chart-topping single “From the Ground Up,” and newest single “Nothin’ Like You,” follows their 2014 debut "Where It All Began," which made them the first new country duo in SoundScan recorded history to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart.

Racking up more than 48 million YouTube views, the pair has sold more than two million digital tracks and more than 500,000 album equivalents to date, including 200 million streams.

Ticket prices begin at $25 and can be purchased during an online-only presale beginning 8:30 am on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Tickets will be available for purchase by phone and at all UNItix box locations beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Nov.28.

For more information, visit or contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-4849 or

February 3, 2017 - 11:29am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Military and Veteran Student Services (MVSS) will host the first annual statewide PTSD Awareness Conference on Wednesday, March 29, in the Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

The conference will cover issues and topics related to PTSD that not only originates from military experiences but also sexual assault and other traumas. Speakers will present on subjects such as mental, emotional and academic support for those suffering from PTSD in a college environment, different types of therapy such art and music and service dogs. The conference will conclude with a student panel discussion on how PTSD affects students’ day-to-day college career. This event will serve as a way for students to learn strategies for managing PTSD and as an opportunity for administration to learn how to serve students affected by PTSD.

This conference was made possible through a partnership between the UNI Counseling Center, UNI Student Disability Services, UNI Wellness and Recreation Center, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services-UNI Service Unit, UNI Veteran Affairs and UNI MVSS. For more information, contact Chris Kennedy, president of the UNI Veterans Association, at, or Norman Ferguson, Jr., coordinator for UNI MVSS, at 319-273-3040 or

February 2, 2017 - 10:23am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Black Student Union (BSU) will host a series of events on the UNI campus throughout February to celebrate Black History Month.

Some highlights include:

-The First Friday/Skate Party is a disco-themed skate party showcasing how music and the roller rink contributed to today’s culture. Skates will be provided. This event is from 5 to 11 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, in the Wellness and Recreation Center. 

-The Tunnel of Oppression will feature reenactments of modern oppression of minorities, such as racial profiling and media portrayals, from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Lang Hall Auditorium. 

-Seminar and workshop with Rasheed Cromwell: This nationally recognized workshop addresses the “diversity experience” on college campuses. BSU encourages all UNI students to attend this informative event. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, with the workshop in the Center for Multicultural Education followed by the lecture in Lang Hall Auditorium.

-The Fashion for Action event will include a runway show, hands-on workshops, informative seminars and music exhibits at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

-The Toast for Chance/Ebony Ball is a campus celebration acknowledging positive changes in our culture and on the UNI campus at 7 p.m., Friday, March 3, in the Commons Ballroom.

All events are open to the public and free for UNI students, faculty and staff. For more information on these events and the Black Student Union, contact Brianne Baylor, president of UNI’s Black Student Union, at

February 1, 2017 - 8:22am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – “Men of Color, Mental Health and the Correctional System” will be the first session of the spring Diversity Colloquium series at the University of Northern Iowa. This panel discussion will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, in the ScholarSpace of the Rod Library on the UNI campus.

This session will focus on the mental health needs of men of color within the correctional system, both during and after leaving the system. Panelists will also discuss the disciplinary pipeline and how mental health counseling could serve as a reasonable and useful intervention tool. Panelists include: Tom Eachus, director of Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center; David Goodson, civil rights activist; Bill Tate, Department of Correctional Services of Black Hawk County; and Cora Turner, associate superintendent of Waterloo Community School District. Kim Baker, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology, will facilitate the panel.

The Diversity Colloquium is sponsored by the UNI department of sociology, anthropology and criminology, the College of Social and Behavioral Science, the Office of the President and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. For more information, contact Gwenne Berry, chief diversity officer, at 319-273-2820 or

January 31, 2017 - 9:06am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Cedar Valley artists and community members as well as UNI students, faculty and staff are invited to submit comic artwork during the month of February for the “Wall of Comic Art” exhibit in the Rod Library on the UNI campus.

Artwork submissions can be digital, paint, ink, pencil, charcoal, photography and collage. Artists are encouraged to title their artwork. The art exhibit will be installed on the main floor of Rod Library, and the artwork will be published on the library’s website,  

The “Wall of Comic Art” exhibit is a promotion for Rod Library’s annual RodCon. RodCon is a mini comic book convention where people from all areas of life can meet and celebrate their love of comics, graphic novels, pop culture and nerdom. RodCon will be held on April 1 at the Rod Library.

The deadline for submissions is March 1. For more information, contact Julie Ann Beddow, assistant at the Rod Library, at 319-273-6252 or

January 30, 2017 - 8:31am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Violence Prevention received a donation from O. Jay and Patricia Tomson to provide financial support to students undertaking internships with agencies and community organizations that offer services for victims of sexual, domestic and family violence, prevention training and professional development, advocacy and policy development.

“This generous gift will enhance UNI students’ internship opportunities and have a positive impact on Iowa’s schools, neighborhoods and communities,” said Center director, Alan Heisterkamp.

Multiple members of O. Jay and Pat Tomson’s family are UNI alums. Pat Tomson received a master’s degree in counseling from UNI and worked as a therapist and advocate for families experiencing childhood sexual abuse.

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

January 30, 2017 - 8:39am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The ninth annual Darwin Week will be held from Monday, Feb. 13 through Thursday, Feb. 16 on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event is hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI), a student organization for skeptics, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers. The event is free and open to the public and will feature various speakers throughout the week, centering on the theme of skepticism. In addition to daily lectures from UNI faculty members, featured keynote lectures will be held at 7 p.m. each night during Darwin Week in the University Room, Maucker Union.

This year’s keynote speakers are as follows:

- Kavin Senapathy, writer at Forbes and Slate and science activist for health, medicine and agriculture, will discuss genetically modified foods and deciphering the fear tactics food marketers use on Monday, Feb. 13.

- Hiba Khrist. founder of the blog “Between A Veil and A Dark Place” and an ex-Muslim, will be talking about Islam, gender roles and other sociopolitical realities of Muslim women on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

- Hector Avalos, professor of religious studies at Iowa State University and author of ten books including his recent book “The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics,” will deliver a lecture about whether there is scientific evidence that prayer works on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

- Kathryn Crowe, an aerospace engineer for NASA, will give a talk about current NASA projects on Thursday, Feb. 16.

"Darwin Week is a wonderful opportunity to expand your horizons and learn about a variety of subjects," said Casey McGregor, director of public relations for UNIFI and co-organizer of Darwin Week. "The event is a great way to not only promote intellectual thought but also to give the public accessibility to this intellectually stimulating material. Darwin Week ultimately helps people to understand the world around us, something that our nation could really use right now."

Darwin Week was originally created to commemorate the work of Charles Darwin and his notable contributions to the field of science, and has since expanded to include additional topics such as diversity and sexuality. 

For more information, contact Casey McGregor, director of public relations for UNIFI, at 515-320-5578 or

January 27, 2017 - 10:47am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – TheatreUNI will present “Palette of Possibility,” a unique touring theatre production created by UNI theatre professor Gretta Berghammer and designed specifically to meet the needs of youth on the autism spectrum and other developmental delays, their families and typical peers. Concepts such as pretend play, shadows, light, the rain cycle, water play, beneath the sea and wind are explored through a variety of actor-generated experiences for the audience that rely on playful, non-verbal and movement-based interactions between the audience and performers.

Performances are at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 in the Bertha Martin Theatre. A tour will follow with planned performances in Hastings, Red Oak, Creston, Carroll and Fort Dodge. These communities identified as having a population of youth with autism and other developmental delays without easy access to programs and resources specific to the needs of that population and their typical peers and classmates. All tour performances will be free of charge and open to all youth and their families and will feature the hallmarks of best practices in production work designed to meet the needs of special learners including interaction, engagement, participation, non-restrictive seating, sensory friendly lighting and sound, multiple visual cues, low language and movement/gesture-based storytelling.

“Palette of Possibility” is the third offering of TheatreUNI’s 2016-2017 season.

Tickets are $5.50 for adults, $1 for youth 14 and under, 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

January 26, 2017 - 1:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Center for Violence Prevention and Governor’s Office on Bullying Prevention (CVP-GOBP) announced the development of a state-wide task force to examine current practices and gaps in prevention programming associated with bullying and other gender-based violence that children, youth and young adults experience from pre-kindergarten through the college years.

The task force will examine areas of strength and need regarding policy and institutional practice, community and familial partnerships, models for teaching and learning of critical life skills, knowledge to help prevent bullying and violence and how systems can be more responsive to victims of violence. Utilizing information obtained from this initiative, professional development opportunities and trainings for school, community stakeholders and leaders will be developed to offer a multi-systemic, multi-level approach to bullying and violence prevention.

Funding for this initiative was made available through a grant from the Kind World Foundation.  

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

January 24, 2017 - 9:08am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Panther Battalion achieved first place for Recruiting and Retention out of 42 Army ROTC programs throughout the Midwest. 

This is the third year in a row that the UNI ROTC achieved recognition for Recruiting and Retention. The program received second place in the previous two years. The program was also recognized as the third best overall program in 2013 and first place for administration in 2015 out of the ROTC programs in the Midwest. This award recognizes the health and culture of a successful ROTC program that brings in the best students to become cadets and retains them as cadets while ensuring their success as college students, college graduates and future Army officers. 

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

January 23, 2017 - 9:21am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Accounting students at the University of Northern Iowa are providing free income tax assistance again this year through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Assistance in the preparation of tax returns will be available on Monday and Wednesday nights from Feb. 6 through April 12, excluding March 13 and 15 of Spring Break week. Returns for foreign students and scholars will be prepared beginning Monday, March 6.

Returns are being prepared from 7 to 9 p.m. with registration taking place in Room 223 of the Curris Business Building on the UNI campus. No appointment is necessary. Room 223 will open at 6:30 p.m. You are encouraged to arrive early to allow students sufficient time to complete your return. Only a limited number of returns will be completed each night.  

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

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

Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring: social security cards for the taxpayer, spouse, and dependents; valid photo identification; a copy of last year’s federal and Iowa tax returns; Form W-2, "Wage and Tax Statement," from each employer; Forms 1099, for such things as interest, dividends or retirement payments; a list of other income and expenses; Form 1098-E, student loan interest statement; Form 1098-T, tuition payment statement (also bring institution billing statement); banking information (account and routing numbers) for automatic deposit of refund; and all other information pertinent to your 2016 tax return. 

Clients will be asked about health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents. Please bring a Form 1095-A (Health Insurance Marketplace), Form 1095-B or 1095-C statement to indicate your health insurance coverage.

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

January 19, 2017 - 2:09pm


CEDAR FALLS, IowaThe University of Northern Iowa School of Music will host a concert performance by guest ensemble Trombones de Costa Rica at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, in Bengtson Auditorium inside Russell Hall on the UNI campus.

 Winners of the Costa Rican National Award of Music in 1997 and the City of Passau’s Special Prize in Germany in 1999, Trombones de Costa Rica is an innovative and virtuosic brass ensemble featuring Martín Bonilla, Luis Fred, Leonel Rodríguez, Iván Chinchilla and Alejandro Gutiérrez. The ensemble has also commissioned works from composers around the world. During their visit to UNI, the group will perform standard classical and Costa Rican music.

 The Trombones de Costa Rica visit will also include a master class at 4 p.m. in Bengtson Auditorium on Feb. 3. The appearance of the group is sponsored in part by the UNI School of Music and the Northern Iowa Student Government. Both the master class and concert are free and open to the public.

 For more information on this performance or other School of Music events and activities, contact Caroline Francis at 319-273-2028 or

January 12, 2017 - 12:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Museum will host a two-hour story-telling concert by singer-songwriter J. Jeffrey Messerole from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at the UNI Museum on the first floor of the Rod Library on the UNI campus.

This event is a part of Rock the Stacks, a concert series held in conjunction with the latest UNI Museum exhibit, Ballroom Bash: Iowa’s Rock n’ Roll Legacy. Ballroom Bash: Iowa’s Rock n’ Roll Legacy documents Iowa’s influence on the formation and popularization of the rock revolution of the 1950s and beyond. Partnerships with the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Music Association, Catamount Records and the Cedar Falls Historical Society help make shows like this and other exhibits possible. 

The University of Northern Iowa Museum serves as an educational resource to support the independent pursuit of knowledge for UNI students, researchers and the general public. For more information, contact Jessica Cruz at 319-273-2495 or

December 16, 2016 - 10:03am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "Antarctica: Beyond Ice" from Monday, Jan. 9 through Wednesday, March 1. Artist Allyson Comstock will present a lecture about her work at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18 in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111, on the UNI campus.

"Antarctica: Beyond Ice" is an exhibition of drawings by Comstock. This presentation also features the exhibition “Responding to Antarctica,” which includes work by students from the UNI Department of Art. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist and Writers Program.

In 2013, Comstock was the recipient of a National Science Foundation program grant and spent six weeks as an artist-in-residence at Palmer Station, Antarctica. Her drawings from the series "Antarctica: Micro, Macro and In-between" serve to raise questions about how we view and understand the larger natural world.

“The familiar broad landscape view and the scientist’s microscopic view are brought together by the artist’s view to create an understanding of the relational nature of the two – what happens at the smallest (microscopic) level in the Antarctic environment affects the big landscape view that is so well known and admired and vice versa. The ultimate goal is to create a deeper appreciation of the Antarctic environment," said Comstock.

In addition to Antarctica exhibits, the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition "Creative Resilience" will be on view in the Gallery. Co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton and gallery director Darrell Taylor, the exhibition features images of hope, of resilience and of survival. This exhibition will also be open March 20 through April 15, and April 24 through May 6.

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 Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For additional information, visit or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or

December 16, 2016 - 10:04am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – In January 2017, the UNI Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) will host 20 students from South Korea who will be participating in the Multiculturalism Immersion Program. This cohort is the result of collaboration between UNI, Kyungpook National University (KNU) and Korea National University of Education (KNUE). The students will be arriving on Tuesday, Jan. 3 and will enroll in classes for a three-week program.

The students will take an English Proficiency Test through UNI's E-learning portal. They will register on Wednesday, Jan. 4, and will tour UNI's campus. Classes will begin on Thursday, Jan. 5, and there will be many other opportunities for the students to experience UNI's culture through CIEP. The students will depart from UNI on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

"Hosting international students on our campus is so important because of the opportunities these students bring," said Cristy Steffen, promotions and admissions specialist for the CIEP. "Not only do they increase the diversity of our campus, but they also provide an opportunity for international students to interact and share their culture with U.S. students. Hosting students from other countries provides global experiences to students without having to leave campus. We learn so much from each other, including how to celebrate our differences and gain new perspectives about our world."

There are three faculty members that will be working directly with the students, including Victoria DeFranciso, professor of communication studies, Tammy Gregersen, professor of languages and literatures and Sohyun Meacham, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction.

For more information, contact Sally Roos, student services coordinator for CIEP, at 319-273-2182 or, or Cristy Steffen, promotions and admissions specialist for CIEP, at 319-273-3426 or

December 16, 2016 - 1:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will present a special 10-year celebration of their fundraiser "Beers To You and Gourmet Too" at the Five Sullivan Brothers Center in Waterloo at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.

The event raises funds for the Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn to put on programs such as the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth. This year's keynote speaker is Nick Ison, the lead brewer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company for the past 15 years. Guests will be able to taste a variety of over 100 beers and food from over 20 area restaurants beginning at 4 p.m.

Ticket prices begin at $35 and can be purchased by visiting, calling 1-877-549-7469 or at any UNItix box office location.

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

December 9, 2016 - 10:46am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual fall Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, in the McLeod Center. This year’s Commencement speaker delivering the student address is Kaylan Brant, a senior accounting and management information systems major, from Baxter, Iowa.

Approximately 501 graduates will participate in Commencement. The names of candidates will be read by Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre.

James A. Leach, a distinguished leader and public servant who has served in the U.S. Foreign Service, U.S. Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities and held various positions within institutions of higher education, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, there will be a reception on the concourse level inside the McLeod Center with light refreshments provided. Graduates and guests are encouraged to attend. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures.

The UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall. Taylor Julander, Altoona; Alec Krekel, Cedar Falls; and Joshua Mixdorf, Waterloo, will receive their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

For additional information, visit or contact Phil Patton, university registrar, at 319-273-2244 or

December 6, 2016 - 3:31pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Mark Nook, chancellor at Montana State University Billings, will become the 11th president of the University of Northern Iowa.

Nook will assume his duties as president of the University of Northern Iowa on Feb. 1, 2017. He will receive a three-year contract and will be paid an annual salary of $357,110.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, announced the unanimous selection of Nook to replace Bill Ruud, who accepted the presidency of Marietta College on July 3, 2016 after three years at UNI. The Board of Regents convened a 21-member search and screen committee to work in cooperation with professional search consultant AGB Search.

Prior to serving as the chancellor at Montana State University Billings from 2014-2016, Nook was the senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin System from 2011-2014. He also served as provost (2007-09, 2010-11) and interim chancellor (2009-10) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and in a variety of roles at St. Cloud State University. He graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics in 1980, before obtaining a master’s degree in astrophysics from Iowa State University in 1983. Nook received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990.

Jim Wohlpart, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, has been serving as interim president and will continue to do so until Nook takes office.

With nearly 12,000 students, the University of Northern Iowa is one of the top public regional universities in the Midwest, consistently recognized in the Princeton Review Best 351 College Rankings guide and by U.S News & World Report. UNI offers more than 90 majors across four undergraduate colleges, and is known nationally for its teacher education and accounting programs.

December 5, 2016 - 12:46pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – “The Confucius Village” won the Best Feature Documentary Award and the Angel Peace Award at the 2016 Monaco International Film Festival on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Co-producer and translator Congcong (Penny) Wang, UNI faculty of languages and literature, won the Best Producer Award and Director Jiandong Huang won the Best Documentary Director Award. 

“This film is an authentic record of Chinese traditional cultural heritage and many challenges facing rural China in modernization,” said Wang. “It is a great material for American students to learn about Chinese culture as well as reflect on deeper issues regarding what challenges social transaction have brought to cultural heritage and diversity, which could happen to any culture and any nation.”

“The Confucius Village” documents the sufferings and triumphs of a group of Confucius’s descendants living in the mountains of eastern China and seeking a spiritual home. These villagers struggle to maintain traditions while adapting to life in modern China, and their travails play a significant role in the interpretations of Chinese culture, society and history.

In addition to Best Feature Documentary and the Angel Peace Award received at the Monaco International Film Festival, Congcong Wang received the Best Producer Award and Jiandong Huang received the Best Director Award. “The Confucius Village” was also awarded the Best Cinematography Nominees in Documentary in the 3rd Asia Rainbow TV Awards in Macao, China, on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.

December 2, 2016 - 1:40pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Early Childhood Education MAE degree program that begins Summer 2017. This program is designed for classroom teachers who hold licensure in one of the Iowa Early Childhood Endorsements (100, 103, 106, 262) and who are teaching children from birth through third grade. Students will learn the theory and practice to become leaders in the field of Early Childhood Education with a focus on curricula, issues, trends, teaching methods, research and leadership roles.

Program coordinator Melissa Heston said, “For many students, our program provides a unique opportunity to meet and share experiences, skills and knowledge with other early childhood and primary grade classroom teachers from across the state. We also have built in opportunities for elective courses or seminars based on a group of students’ particular interests.”

Courses are held on Monday evenings via interactive desktop video conferencing (Adobe Connect), with additional coursework offered online via eLearning. Fall and spring courses are taught in eight-week sessions.

The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the 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.

December 1, 2016 - 11:06am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host “Dreams to Action: Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.’s Perspective on Dr. King’s Legacy,” at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The event will commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognize local individuals who were instrumental in bringing King to the Cedar Valley.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist and civil rights leader during the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s, when he promoted and participated in nonviolent civil disobedience as a means of advancing civil rights. In addition to a number of civil rights protests and boycotts, King helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, D.C., where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Eddie Moore, Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the event. Moore is the founder of the White Privilege Conference (WPC), which was first held in Mount Vernon, Iowa, in 1999. Since then, the annual conference has been held in a number of major cities across the United States, including St. Louis, Memphis, Minneapolis, Seattle and Philadelphia.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information regarding the event, contact Stephanie Logan, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-5695 or

November 28, 2016 - 2:03pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Horn Choir will perform at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum for “Infamy: Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later” from 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7. The museum is located at 503 South Street in Waterloo.

This program is in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor and will feature a performance by UNI’s Horn Choir, a presentation by WWII Veteran David Greene and a memorial wreath laying. The Horn Choir’s performance will include arrangements by UNI horn students for horn ensemble with music selection including Copland's “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Barber's “Adagio for Strings,” and “Amazing Grace.” The program is free and open to the public, and touring the museum is regular admission price.

John Vallentine, director of the School of Music, said, “The School of Music is proud to have UNI students invited to perform at this event in saluting veterans and those who sacrificed their lives at Pearl Harbor. Music has always been an important part of military commemoration ceremonies, and this performance is a wonderful collaboration between the University of Northern Iowa and the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum.”

For more information, contact Caroline Francis, communication and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or

November 18, 2016 - 11:31am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Center for Academic Ethics and the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at the University of Northern Iowa are hosting an ongoing series of public forums to explore different hypothetical scenarios, by asking the question "What If…?" The next session will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Cedar Falls Public Library.

The session, "What If… We Could Create an Abundance Economy?" focuses on examining various perspectives about the economy and the environment, and envisioning what would result from acting, creating and rewarding abundance instead of concentrating on scarcity.  How would this affect our future as a society?  Would it result, among other things, in a smaller environmental footprint? 

The session will feature presentations from Catherine Zeman and Mark Herman.  Zeman is a professor of kinesiology at the School of Allied Health and Human Services and director of the recycling and reuse technology transfer center at UNI.  Herman is a green manufacturing consultant and field representative.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Craig VanSandt, UNI Business Ethics Chair, at 319-273-6194 or

November 18, 2016 - 11:57am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Startup Weekend Cedar Falls, an annual collaborative entrepreneurship event sponsored by the UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation, UNI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, UNI’s Entrepreneurs Club student organization and local entrepreneurs, will be held Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4, at Mill Race Coworking and Collaboration in downtown Cedar Falls.

“You’re going to learn what you can actually do in 54 hours, which is pretty amazing. If you put your mind to one idea, it’s crazy what you can build in one weekend,” said Cody Caraway, a local entrepreneur and volunteer for Startup Weekend.

College students and community members interested in starting a business are encouraged to attend Startup Weekend Cedar Falls. The weekend is designed to help entrepreneur enthusiasts turn an idea into a thriving business through collaboration, guest speakers and mentor meetings.

For more information, contact Kyle Coogler, president of the UNI Entrepreneurs Club, at Tickets for the event are $40 and must be purchased in advance at

The UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation (CBGI) serves as a resource to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the community. The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) offers more than a dozen programs to assist students and their entrepreneurial efforts. The UNI Entrepreneurs Club is an affiliate member of the national Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) and Enactus (formally SIFE) and supports both missions to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and to seek opportunity through enterprise creation and to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.

November 18, 2016 - 11:58am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host Canadian Brass at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4.

Canadian Brass represents the "gold standard" among brass quintets. Aside from performing on 24K gold-plated instruments, the group, led by its avuncular tuba master Chuck Daellenback, essentially put the idea of the brass quintet on the map. Renowned for genre-bending versatility, joyous performances and gentle humor, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. They will be playing classic Christmas music.

Ticket prices begin at $19. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac/canadianbrass 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

November 18, 2016 - 12:57pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host Sandy Patty at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11. 

As one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time, Sandi Patty is simply known as "The Voice." With a vocal talent that was too big for any one genre, Patty sang as a soloist with the great American orchestras, mastered the American song book and sang Broadway standards to rave reviews. She has remained a Christian singer, and this last Christmas tour offers us the opportunity to hear her in all her glory.

Ticket prices begin at $24. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac/sandipatty 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

November 17, 2016 - 9:17am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) group exhibition from Thursday, Dec. 8, through Saturday, Dec. 17. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Dec. 8, in the south lobby of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB).

Bubble Gum (Mariah) Coffey of Bettendorf will present an exhibition titled "Bubble Gum World," which will feature printmaking and performance art. Coffey seeks to "challenge conventions of normalcy in aspects of fashion, gender and craft through a desperate attempt to create an excessive, everlasting party." The artist uses diverse methods and materials to form uncomfortable collisions of color, patterns and textures that vary from flat to sculptural to performative work, all internally connected by a determination to transcend or elevate mundane experiences. 

Spencer B. Jensen of Bellevue and Cedar Falls will present an exhibition of paintings titled "You're Not There." Jensen paints in a representational style, typically oil on canvas, but is now embracing the figure, landscape and other motifs in watercolor. His recent works deal with issues of loss and remembrance focusing on his mother and involving a sense of catharsis as he handles the memories of his mother's home through the new medium.

Additionally, the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition, "Illuminating Manuscripts," will continue. Co-curated by Charles Adelman, professor of art, and gallery director Darrell Taylor, the exhibition showcases the medieval manuscripts from the collection augmented by holdings from Adelman and the Rod Library’s Special Collections. It explores aspects of culture, subject, artist, manufacture and technique.

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

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

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.