News Release Archive

October 7, 2016 - 10:37am


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 7, 2016 - 12:10pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 5, 2016 - 2:45pm


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

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

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

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

October 5, 2016 - 2:57pm


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

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

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

October 5, 2016 - 3:06pm


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

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

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

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

October 5, 2016 - 3:09pm


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

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

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

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

October 5, 2016 - 3:11pm


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

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

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

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

October 5, 2016 - 3:13pm


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

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

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

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

October 4, 2016 - 2:44pm


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

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

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

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

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

October 4, 2016 - 4:04pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

October 3, 2016 - 4:46pm


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

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

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

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

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

September 26, 2016 - 11:24am


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

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

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

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

September 23, 2016 - 5:11pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

September 21, 2016 - 2:49pm


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

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

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

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

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

September 21, 2016 - 2:55pm


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

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

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

September 19, 2016 - 3:40pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

September 15, 2016 - 4:57pm


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

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

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

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

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

September 15, 2016 - 4:59pm


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

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

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

September 15, 2016 - 5:01pm


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

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

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

September 14, 2016 - 4:35pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

September 14, 2016 - 5:05pm


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

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

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

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

September 13, 2016 - 12:36pm


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

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

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

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

September 8, 2016 - 10:35am


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

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

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

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

Other highlights from the report also include:

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

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

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

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

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

September 7, 2016 - 1:26pm


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

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

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

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

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

September 7, 2016 - 1:29pm


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

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

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

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

September 7, 2016 - 1:37pm


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

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

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

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

September 7, 2016 - 1:45pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 6, 2016 - 9:35am


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

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

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

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

For additional information, including registration details, visit

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

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

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

September 2, 2016 - 2:38pm


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

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

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

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

August 31, 2016 - 11:01am


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

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

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

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

August 31, 2016 - 4:40pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

August 29, 2016 - 7:54am


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

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

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

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

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

August 29, 2016 - 8:38am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the seventh annual Iowa Statewide Military and Veterans Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, in Maucker Union on UNI’s campus.

The goal of this year’s conference will be to educate campuses and the Iowa community about the military culture and the diversity that service members bring to a college campus. This also includes bringing awareness to military and veteran students of campus and community resources and how to be successful after college.

“We will be focusing this year on connecting with veterans and military and helping them in their transition from the military to civilian life,” said Norman Ferguson, Jr., coordinator for Military and Veteran Student Services at UNI. “Whether that is coming back to school, helping them with their finances or the importance of volunteering.”

The event consists of a series of breakout sessions, in addition to a resource and career fair. Jenni Stevenson will serve as the keynote speaker. Stevenson is a motivational speaker and the co-owner of Hick’s Place, an outdoor adventure center.

To register, visit The deadline for registration is Saturday, Sept. 24. $35 is the standard registration fee. Registration is free for UNI employees, students and active duty military members.

For more information, visit, or contact Ferguson at 319-273-3040 or

August 29, 2016 - 3:34pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa faculty member Elizabeth Lefler, an associate professor of psychology, has been selected as a Fulbright Award recipient to teach abroad in Krakow, Poland.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the United States Department of State and Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, is one of the most prestigious award programs in the world and provides merit-based grants for international educational exchange. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually to roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars and 900 visiting scholars. Since the program’s establishment in 1946, over 370,000 Fulbright recipients from more than 160 countries have participated in the program.

Lefler will teach at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, in spring 2017. Jagiellonian University is the oldest institution of higher education in Poland, founded in 1364. Lefler will teach two courses on child psychopathology during her Fulbright.

August 26, 2016 - 3:48pm


EDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Iowa Science Teachers Section (ISTS) of the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS) has recognized Pat Higby, energy education and outreach coordinator for the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEE),  as a 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Service Award (OSA).

In her tenure at UNI, Higby developed the Fabulous Resources for Energy Education (FREE), a program that provides materials to classrooms in need, such as solar car and wind turbine kits. The program was chosen as one of the first Iowa Governor’s STEM Scale-Up projects, allowing Higby to do professional development workshops across the state.

Over the next four months leading to Higby’s retirement in December, she will be working with students and faculty to transfer the FREE program to UNI’s Department of Technology. She plans to keep contact with her UNI students as a volunteer with the Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP).

Higby attributes her success to the mentorship of Carl Bollwinkel and William Stigliani. Stigliani, with whom Higby has worked with for 15 years. Bollwinkel and Stigliani will also be retiring in December. Higby says she hopes they find new adventures to share together.

August 26, 2016 - 4:12pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has received a generous grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to intensify student and faculty community engagement through environmental conservation efforts.

“We are delighted to receive this grant and create high impact community environmental conservation projects with UNI students leading them,” said Kamyar Enshayan, director of UNI’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE).

The first goal of this initiative is to create rich experiences for students and demonstrate that we can act on what we already know from science to improve the environment here in Iowa. This goal is being met through a new program at the CEEE called UNI Conservation Corps.

Another goal of the initiative is to improve the quality of science reporting in the media and involve UNI students in the process. This program is called Science in the Media and is led by the UNI Department of Communication Studies.

As a kickoff event to start the 2016-2017 academic year at UNI, renowned ecologist Sandra Steingraber will lecture on the importance of acting on what we know from science. This event will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 7, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Steingraber has written extensively about the role of ecology and climate science in a time of climate emergency, the role of scientific evidence as an agent of cultural and political change, and the differences between objectivity and neutrality. Her books include “Having Faith,” “Raising Elijah” and “Living Downstream,” which was made into documentary film of the same name.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

For additional information about this new initiative, please contact Eric Giddens, coordinator for the UNI Conservation Corps, at 319-273-2289 or

August 25, 2016 - 1:27pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Iowa Sister States (ISS). As a result of this partnership, CIEP academic support assistant Jeannie Kleinhans visited the ISS representatives of Hebei, China from Tuesday, Aug. 9 through Friday, Aug. 12.

"We are very excited about Jeanne's visit to the Hebei sister state," said Carolina Coronado-Park, the CIEP director. "This was our first visit to one of the nine sister states, and we are hoping to establish connections with Chinese schools and colleges in this region so we can promote the great academic opportunities that CIEP and UNI offers to international students."

Kleinhans was the class course leader, traveling with UNI students that taught at a summer camp in Dongguan for three weeks. The focus of the course was for UNI students to develop their sociocultural knowledge, and practice teaching and classroom management skills specifically for a Chinese English as a foreign language (EFL) setting.

Kleinhans attended a welcome banquet hosted by the vice executive president of Hebei People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Ye Changquig. Kleinhans was assisted by Li Xintong (Erica) who works for the Secretary Division. She also had the opportunity to meet with administrators from Shijiazhuang Foreign Language School, Hebei University of Science and Technology, Hebei Normal University and Xingtai University.

For more information, contact Cristy Steffen, promotions and admissions specialist for the Culture and Intensive English Program, at 319-273-3426 or

August 25, 2016 - 1:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host George Thorogood and the Destroyers at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15.

For more than four decades, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have performed more than 8,000 live shows, and have sold 15 million albums worldwide. This bad-to-the-bone guitar singer is still thrilling audiences with electrifying rock music.

Ticket prices begin at $39. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by calling 1-877-549-7469. 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

August 25, 2016 - 1:46pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host Ronnie Milsap, a pioneer in advancing country music beyond its rural roots and into the mainstream of modern music, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18.

Milsap redefined country music and has 40 number one hits, which is more than Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson combined. With music that ranges from the heartbreaking "Smokey Mountain Rain" to the uplifting "I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World," Milsap brings a collection of number one songs to the Cedar Valley.

Ticket prices begin at $24. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by calling 1-877-549-7469. 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 manger for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or

August 25, 2016 - 1:48pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host the "Music City Hit-Makers," three of Nashville's elite songwriters, at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30.

The "Music City Hit-Makers" perform and share the stories behind some of the biggest hits they've penned for today's most iconic stars. With over 30 number one hits, these Grammy award-winning writers have had their songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson and more. They enthrall audiences with the stories behind the songs and about the artists who recorded them.

Ticket prices begin at $24. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by calling 1-877-549-7469. 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

August 25, 2016 - 1:54pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ann Strom, a University of Northern Iowa student and employee, has received the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) 2016 Outstanding Tutor Award, a national award where one student is selected each year as the top tutor in the nation.

“I was surprised to receive this award,” said Strom. “I knew my boss, Emily [Borcherding], was nominating me because I wrote an essay for it, but I was surprised to find out I won!” For winning the award, Ann will receive a plaque and $250 at the CRLA conference in Louisville in November.

She was nominated for the award by Emily Borcherding, the college reading and learning coordinator at the Academic Learning Center, for being a “dedicated staff member who is able to complete challenging projects, work effectively with students and help train and lead her peers.”

Strom is a senior studying early elementary education and has worked at the Academic Learning Center for seven semesters, five of them as an academic coach for the College Reading and Learning Center. Strom hopes to get a job teaching at the lower elementary level in the Des Moines area after graduation and student teaching.

CRLA is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring and mentoring at the college/adult level. CRLA’s overall purpose is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods, and information to improve student learning and to facilitate the professional growth of its members.

For more information, contact Borcherding at 319-273-2361 or

August 25, 2016 - 2:23pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Children’s Choir (UNICC) is embarking on another year of making music and is currently taking appointments for auditions. Children in grades third through ninth are welcome to audition to join this elite ensemble.

Under the direction of Michelle Swanson, the UNICC rehearses weekly during the school year from August through May, performs two on-campus concerts, performs at events in the Cedar Valley and periodically travels to perform throughout the Midwest.

The ensemble is an opportunity for elementary and middle school students to participate in additional choral experiences beyond the school or church setting.  “Our choir is comprised of kids who love to sing,” said Swanson. “These students are enthusiastic about performing and sharing music as much as possible!” 

Anna Jacobsen, a fifth grader at Southdale Elementary and UNICC member, said, “UNICC is a great way to sing, meet new friends, put on fun concerts and have a great time!”

Swanson agreed that the rehearsals and performances are quite enjoyable. “I never have to ask the singers to smile – it just happens!”

The UNICC is also a pedagogical tool for music education students. “The UNI students are seeking extra opportunities to work with real students. The choir is a tremendous teaching tool as my college students have the opportunity to work every week in an elementary choral setting” said Swanson. “It is really a win-win. The singers have tremendous leadership, and the college students cherish the learning opportunities!”

“Working with UNICC was an incredible way to really practice how to be a music teacher, “ said former UNI music education student Jessica Morosky, who now teaches elementary music in the Linn-Mar school district. “I learned so much!”

The ensemble is self-supporting, with tuition set at $70 dollars per semester. Scholarship applications are also available. For more information, visit

To schedule an audition, request an appearance or for further questions, contact Swanson at 319-273-2600 or

August 23, 2016 - 1:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the annual UNI Harvest Festival from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, August 25, at the Panther Plot near the Biology Research Complex and the Industrial Technology Center. This will mark the fourth year of the event.

The purpose of the event is to highlight the hard work of the UNI students who built the garden from the ground up, in addition to other participating UNI programs. This year alone, the students have harvested more than 2,000 pounds of fresh produce, all of which has been donated to various locations. A number of volunteers have contributed to the garden this year, including UNI students, summer interns from John Deere and community members from across the Cedar Valley.

The event will feature live music from local musician Cassie O’Meara. Free food will be provided, and each of the four dishes will include ingredients grown in the student garden.

The Harvest Festival is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Eric O’Brien, director for the Office of Sustainability, at 319-273-7207 or

August 19, 2016 - 10:09am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s Museum is excited to introduce its fall show, “Ballroom Bash: Iowa’s Rock n’ Roll Legacy.” To kickstart the exhibit, the museum will be hosting “Rock the Stacks!,” a concert featuring local legends Twins, Peas and Carrot, and Kitsch at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Rod Library.

Iowa’s influence on the formation and popularization of the rock revolution of the 1950’s is notable and has continued to influence the industry today. From state-of-the-art recording studios to legendary artists, Iowa was and continues to be a destination for musicians. Experience the feeling of dancing in a classic Iowa ballroom, visiting a recording studio, or stepping back in time to see original memorabilia and instruments, all while listening to music created in Iowa.

Other features of the exhibit will feature live radio broadcasts from the exhibit along with original costumes, instruments and posters from legendary ballrooms. Partnerships with the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Music Association, Catamount Records and the Cedar Falls Historical Society allow the museum to make this rare exhibit free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Melinda Beland, library assistant at the Rod Library, at 319-273-2902 or

August 16, 2016 - 9:28am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Suzuki School is now accepting registrations for the 2015-16 academic year, including music lessons for all ages, including adults, on the violin, viola, cello or guitar.

Individual lesson packages include group lessons, two recitals per year, an annual spring concert, outreach performances, theory curriculum and special events. Beginning classes for three- to seven-year-olds are also available, with a trial session offered in September.

To register online, visit

The school will also host an open house for new families from 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, in the lobby of Russell Hall.

Auditions are required for the Northern Iowa Junior Orchestra for string students grades five through eight and the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra for music students grades nine through 12. Both orchestras will meet on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Verismo Chamber Music is available for eight- to 18-year-olds, and an audition may be required. The Cedar Falls Community Orchestra for adult string players meets on Thursday evenings, and no audition is required.

To register online for an ensemble program, visit

For more information about the Suzuki School, visit or contact Suzuki School coordinator Cathy Craig at 319-273-2508 or

August 12, 2016 - 1:06pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa administration has made adjustments to a number of faculty salaries after a salary equity study conducted in collaboration with United Faculty.

Interim UNI President Wohlpart stated, "Faculty care deeply for our students and for the university and local community and are at the heart of our institution. We are deeply appreciative of the collaboration with United Faculty to investigate and resolve an important issue."

The faculty salary adjustments represent the culmination of a collaborative effort between United Faculty and UNI administration.

The salary adjustments were jointly recommended by United Faculty designee Carissa Froyum, associate professor of sociology, and Nancy Cobb, associate provost for faculty, after reviewing the findings from a joint committee of UNI faculty and administrators convened in the fall of 2014 to look into the possibility of inequity in faculty salaries.

The joint committee designed and conducted a regression analysis to identify faculty who may not be paid equitably based upon their years of service, rank, years at rank, discipline, gender and service as department head. Based on this analysis, the committee recommended that a number of faculty salaries be further reviewed by looking at each faculty member’s prior experience and job performance.

In addition to Froyum and Cobb, members of the Salary Equity Committee included: Adam Butler, head of the psychology department; John Fritch, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; Lisa Jepsen, associate dean of the College of Business Administration; Timothy Kidd, associate professor of physics; and Kathleen Scholl, associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services.

August 11, 2016 - 2:40pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Museum has received $306,258 from the Carver Charitable Trust for its project to restore a mammoth tusk. The funding will be paid in installments over the next three years as the museum works on the project, which will be used to offer an interactive experience to museum guests.

"This grant will provide for the scientific study, conservation and interpretation of the American Mastodon tusk that the museum has in its collection," said Jess Cruz, exhibit preparator. "This amazing piece is in need of conservation for us to restore it to its original condition and to make it stable for exhibition so the public can continue to enjoy it."

There are a number of exciting collaborations across campus lined up to work on this project. The museum will be purchasing several pieces of equipment that will allow them to expand the culture lab. There will be a new exhibit for the tusk, including a new case, mount and a touch screen that will allow visitors to explore the study of the tusk through an interactive app. There will also  be a larger touch wall installed in the exhibit space with an app that contains more information on other collections objects.

"All of these changes and additions are extremely exciting, not only because they are helping us to preserve and study our collections, but also because it is helping us to establish the museum as a premier research museum in the state of Iowa," said Cruz.

For more information, contact Cruz at 319-273-2495 or

August 11, 2016 - 3:41pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been granted funding of $545,188 by the U.S. Department of Education to be used for the Talent Search Program.

The program is designed to identify qualified youths with potential for education at the postsecondary level, assist them in completing a rigorous secondary school program of study and graduate from a secondary school and to assist individuals with enrolling in and graduating from a postsecondary institution within six years.

There are 1,200 middle school and high school students in the program from the Waterloo Community School District. The services provided through the Talent Search Program includes tutoring, academic advising, course selection, career counseling, assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations and completing college admission applications, assistance in completing financial aid applications, connections with counseling services designed to improve financial and economic literacy and assistance with secondary and postsecondary school reentry.

For more information, contact Robert Smith, executive director of Educational Opportunity Programs and Special Community Services, at 319-273-4772 or

August 9, 2016 - 9:50am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- iTR Diagnostics, a start-up company launched at the University of Northern Iowa by Bill Harwood and co-founder Mike Whitson, will bring new technology for testing Parkinson’s disease to the market. They are in the running for the Global Aging2.0 Competition, which is in the public voting phase of the competition. They are asking for Iowa residents and the general public to submit their votes daily through Friday, Aug. 19. To vote for iTR Diagnostics, visit

The Global Aging2.0 Competition consists of 32 companies from locations around the world that are competing with products/services supporting aging populations to win prize money and recognition. The finalists with the highest amount of votes will be invited to present on stage with an audience of more than 1,000 people at the Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE conference in October.

Since there is no current test for Parkinson's disease, iTR Diagnostics would provide the first objective test for early identification of the neurological disease. They are developing non-invasive digital biomarker panels, called the iPath360, to help physicians and researchers identify neurological diseases and monitor their patients. The business recently received a $25,000 grant from the state of Iowa in late July, making this the first UNI faculty member-owned company to receive funding from the state.

For more information on iTR Diagnostics, visit, or contact Bill Harwood, chemistry and biochemistry professor, at 319-273-2506 or To vote for iTR Diagnostics for the Global Aging2.0 Competition, visit

August 9, 2016 - 10:10am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) was selected to receive 20 students from Mexico as part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative this July. UNI will be hosting another 25 students this October as a part of the education initiative.

The students are taking part in an intensive English program with courses in the areas of reading, listening/speaking, writing and grammar. They are also taking a customized course in U.S. American culture and attending various cultural and social activities on campus and the community.

"This CIEP Immersion Program provides an excellent opportunity for cultural immersion and exchange," said Cristy Steffen, CIEP admissions and promotions specialist. "The students want to learn about U.S. culture and share their culture with us, which is one of the reasons having international students on campus is so rewarding. They connect with UNI students through activities and class exchanges. We feel honored to be included in the Proyecta 100,000 initiatives and we can't wait to welcome the next group to campus!"

100,000 Strong in the Americas is President Barack Obama's education initiative in the Western Hemisphere. The goal of the program is to increase the number of international students studying in the United States to 100,000 by 2020. The initiative is aimed at enhancing hemispheric competitiveness, increasing prosperity and providing study abroad opportunities to better prepare a globally aware and culturally competent workforce.

For more information, contact Cristy Steffen, promotions and admissions specialist for the Culture and Intensive English Program, at 319-273-3426 or