News Release Archive

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

August 9, 2016 - 10:43am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an exhibition titled, "Illuminating Manuscripts." The exhibition will be open to the public on the following dates: Monday, Aug. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 15; Thursday, Oct. 27 through Monday, Nov. 28; and Thursday, Dec. 8 through Saturday, Dec. 17.

Please note, the gallery will be closed during Thanksgiving break.

On Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111, at 6:00 p.m., musicologist Alison Alstatt will present a lecture titled, "Strangers in a Strange Land: Spanish Chant Manuscript Leaves in the UNI Permanent Art Collection." In addition, medieval chants from the manuscript leaves will be performed by Cantorei, directed by Dr. John Wiles.

Like the UNI Gallery of Art, the UNI Permanent Art Collection serves as an educational complement to the UNI Department of Art and as an educational, research and cultural resource for the UNI and Iowa communities. The majority of the 13th through 17th Century-illuminated manuscripts in the collection were previously owned by Otto F. Ege, an early 20th century distributor of medieval books of hours, bibles and various religious and secular manuscripts. The French and Spanish Gregorian chant pages in the collection were purchased in Chicago in the late 1950s, one of which was most recently on display in the gallery in 2013. The other two have now been conservation mounted, making it possible for all three to appear together for the first time.

"Illuminating Manuscripts" offers itself as a conversation between object and viewer. The exhibition showcases the medieval manuscripts in the UNI Permanent Art Collection augmented by holdings from Rod Library’s Special Collections. It explores aspects of culture, subject, artist, manufacture and technique. The works, selected last spring by Charles Adelman and gallery director Darrell Taylor, were used as the basis for upper level art history research topics, the results of which accompany the works.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. For additional information, visit or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or

August 9, 2016 - 11:01am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Metal Casting Center is part of one of seven teams awarded funding through America Makes to advance additive manufacturing technologies.

Through a partnership with the Youngstown Business Incubator, UNI’s MCC is part of a team that also includes the American Foundry Society; Ford Motor Company; Humtown Products; Northeast Iowa Community College; Pennsylvania State University (ARL); Product Development & Analysis (PDA), LLC; Tinker Omega Mfg. LLC; and Youngstown State University.

The team will be working to ensure the metal casting industry stays competitive by researching the development of high speed sand printers and expanding on methods to optimize casting designs for additive manufacturing.

“The Metal Casting Center is excited about the opportunity to assist the industry in advancement of additive manufacturing technology. The technology we help develop will allow U.S. companies to better compete on the world market and re-shore lost manufacturing opportunities,” says Gerald Thiel, director of the UNI MCC.    

UNI’s Metal Casting Center was established in 1990 with a grant from the Iowa Lottery to serve foundries and foundry suppliers in Iowa and has become a leader in foundry innovations, 3D printing capabilities and additive manufacturing technologies. The UNI MCC has worked with more than 100 small and medium enterprises across Iowa and the Midwest as well as with all branches of the U.S. military. For more information, visit

America Makes is the flagship institute for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining.

August 5, 2016 - 9:57am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "Nocturnes: Night Skies in Nineteenth-Century Art and the Darker Side of Modern Art" from Monday, Aug. 22, through Saturday, Oct.15. This exhibition is curated by Alice M. Phillips and organized by Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) Collections-Sharing Project supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.

The UNI Gallery of Art is proud to participate in this collections-sharing initiative, which allows the campus community and art patrons in the region an opportunity to see important artworks from UIMA.

The following programs were facilitated by Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections-Sharing Project and supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, a gallery talk by Phillips, exhibition curator (an opening reception will follow); and 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, a lecture recital in the Gallery proper by cellist Eunkyung Son and pianist Shinhyung Kim titled “Nocturnes and Chopin.”

Also, at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7, a lecture titled  “Nocturne in Time & Space” will be presented in the Kamerick Arts Building, Room 111 by designer and University of Iowa lecturer Wonjae Lee.

Phillips states, "The night sky has long instilled a sense of wonder and curiosity in earthbound observers, not to mention moonlight’s popular association with illusions, apparitions and enchantment. This selection of works explores our enduring interest in observing the atmospheric phenomena, illuminated cityscapes and phantasmagoria that emerge from darkness."

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. Please note, the Gallery will be closed Sept. 5 for the Labor Day holiday. For additional information, visit or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or

July 26, 2016 - 3:59pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services will offer the Kindergym program again this fall. The program will be offered on six Saturdays starting Sept. 10 and ending Oct. 22 in the main gym at the Wellness Recreation Center (WRC) on UNI's campus.

Kindergym is an informal learning program focusing on the development and refinement of motor skills. The 4- and 5- year-olds will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m., and the 2- and 3- year-olds will meet from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Registration is $35, which includes an official Kindergym T-shirt.

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

For more information, contact Rip Marston at 319-273-6882 or

July 25, 2016 - 4:27pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host an interactive exhibit at the Iowa State Fair 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, through Sunday, Aug. 21, in the Varied Industries Building. Fairgoers can visit with alumni, faculty, staff and students, as well as pick up Panther tattoos, athletic posters and other giveaways.

There will be a multimedia interactive station complete with three 55-inch touch screen monitors to allow visitors, alumni and prospective students to explore different majors and opportunities offered at UNI.

UNI athletic director David Harris will visit with guests from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13. Harris will also show a steer at the Governor’s Charity Steer Show.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, special appearances will include players from the UNI women’s basketball team from 10 a.m. to noon, UNI head wrestling coach Doug Schwab from 1 to 3 p.m. and UNI head track and cross country coach Dave Paulsen from 3 to 5 p.m. UNI mascots TC and TK will be at the fair from 10 to 11 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13. Panther fans are encouraged to wear their UNI colors Saturday, Aug. 13 and stop by the booth.

UNI interim president Jim Wohlpart will be at the exhibit to visit with fairgoers from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19.

For more information, contact Jessica Betts, marketing specialist in the Office of University Relations, at 319-273-2761 or

July 25, 2016 - 4:30pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Lisa Smith, administrative dietician and purchasing manager for the Department of Residence at the University of Northern Iowa, earned national recognition for her outstanding contributions to the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). Lisa was presented with the NACUFS Regional President’s Award at their 2016 National Conference held in Anaheim, California in July.

This award is presented annually to one or two individuals per region who have provided outstanding service to NACUFS within their region.

Lisa very deservingly received the award in recognition of her exemplary and enduring contributions to the food service industry and to the association, from her days as an undergraduate NACUFS intern to most recently serving as the vice president of NACUFS Midwest Region and current director-elect.

“Lisa is particularly deserving of this award. Her consistent support and dedication, along with her humble and inclusive style of leadership, I believe, exemplifies what NACUFS leadership should always characterize,” stated Lance Thornton, president of NACUFS Midwest Region.

NACUFS supports the college and university food service industry by providing its members with programs and resources they need to excel, including benchmarking and best practices, educational programming and professional networking. NACUFS membership includes approximately 550 institutions of higher education and nearly 500 members from the food, equipment and consulting industries.

July 18, 2016 - 4:18pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa received a total of $38.7 million in sponsored grants, awards and funding for FY16.

"At UNI, we take great pride in the fact that externally funded projects not only support our faculty and staff’s research and scholarship endeavors, but it also provides priceless hands-on experience for our graduate and undergraduate students," said Tolif Hunt, director of UNI's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. "In almost all projects here at UNI, students, in some way, are directly involved in a project. I think this speaks to UNI’s commitment to maintaining a student-focused university while at the same time maintaining a cutting-edge presence in all academic areas through the support of externally funded grants and contracts."

Notable new awards for FY16 include:

  • Joshua Sebree, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry: "Titan Aerosol Formation as a Sink for Staple Carbon and Nitrogen" – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, $55,155
  • Kenneth Elgersma, assistant professor of biology: "Implementing Adaptive Management and Monitoring for Restoration of Wetlands Invaded by Invasive Phragmites" – Michigan Technological University, $72,678
  • Rui He, associate professor of physics: "CAREER: Raman Spectroscopy of Interlayer Phonons in van der Waals Heterostructures" – National Science Foundation, $517,923
  • Gerard Thiel, director of UNI's Metal Casting Center (Department of Technology): "Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub – Phase I, Additive Manufacturing Center" – Iowa Economic Development Authority, $2,715,500
  • R. Martin Chin, professor of chemistry and biochemistry: "RUI: Diruthenium Catalysts for the Silylation of C-H Bonds" – National Science Foundation, $202,257

Sponsored funding at UNI contributed $4.3 million for direct student support in the form of student wages, assistantships, travel, participant costs, stipends, scholarships and project supplies. Thirty-three percent of UNI's sponsored funding focused on Iowa outreach (public service projects); 52 percent benefited academics and student aid; and nearly $3 million was awarded to UNI to support research activities.

July 18, 2016 - 4:23pm


CEDAR FALLS — Academic opportunities for students and faculty at the University of Northern Iowa continue to grow with the establishment of a new fund in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS).

Donald and Gudrun Fruehling, from Las Vegas, Nevada, donated $220,000 to create the Donald and Gudrun Fruehling Fund for Excellence. Their gift provides the dean of CSBS the flexibility to offer initiatives that contribute to the social, economic and cultural well-being of the state of Iowa and the world.

"The Fruehling's generous gift will allow our students to participate in field experiences, service learning, internships and research programs," said Brenda Bass, dean of CSBS. "They will be able to take their knowledge from the classroom and apply it to the real world, whether at the local, national or international level. We are grateful for the opportunities this gift offers."

Donald Fruehling earned his bachelor's degree in social science and business from UNI in 1957. In 1974 he received the Alumni Achievement Award, and he has served on the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees. He retired from McGraw-Hill, Inc. in 1988 as president of the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company and Television Broadcasting Company. The Fruehlings owned Armed Forces Journal publishing company for nine years before selling it to Gannett in 2003. Both Donald and Gudrun are long-time supporters of the university.

"The great education I received from UNI helped to built a stable base for my successful business career," said Donald. "I am grateful for this. I am now in the position to give back and hope that our gift will inspire young students to do the same once they have achieved their professional goals."

The Fruehling gift was established through the UNI Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to support the University of Northern Iowa by leveraging private and public resources through strategic engagement of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. For more information about the Foundation, visit

July 11, 2016 - 3:42pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s New Horizons Band will perform a summer concert at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 21, at Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls. The band will perform a variety of pieces, including “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Douglass Cross and George Cory, “Teddy Bears Picnic” by John W. Bratton, “Patriotic Fantasy” by George M. Cohan and “Walt Disney Overture” arranged for band by Frank Erickson. Carol Gordon from Grundy Center will be the featured clarinet soloist on “Theme from Schindler's List” composed by John Williams.

Following the concert, there will be a reception. Both the concert and reception are free and open to the public.

The New Horizons Band (NHB) is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School. The group includes members ages 50 and over with various musical backgrounds who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform. The band members travel to the UNI campus for rehearsals twice a week throughout the year. Diana Blake, retired music educator from Waverly, is director of the New Horizons Band.

For more information, contact Blake at 319-352-3007 or, or Cindi Mason, administrative assistant for the New Horizons Band, at 319-273-2142 or

July 6, 2016 - 2:54pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) at the University of Northern Iowa has been selected to receive a grant of $46,464 from Raliance, a collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation. The grant will go toward providing Coaching Boys into Men™ (CBIM) training to coaches and educators across the state of Iowa. The CVP was chosen to receive this funding among a competitive pool of more than 250 applicants.

“The Center for Violence Prevention is at the forefront of the gender violence prevention discussion in Iowa,” states Chad Elsberry, assistant director for the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). “As we look to provide educational services to schools across the state, we support the CVP and its ongoing work in the areas of student leadership, mentoring programs, and bystander intervention. The Coaching Boys into Men program offers a unique opportunity for coaches to engage with players in meaningful discussions to improve their community.”

The CBIM program is an evidence-based program that teaches young men how to intervene or disrupt a teammate’s unhealthy or abusive behavior directed at women and girls by recognizing these behaviors when they occur and utilizing a bystander approach to effectively challenge and/or stop it.

Originally piloted in Iowa in 2008, CBIM has been a prevention program supported by the Center for Violence Prevention at UNI since 2011. “This funding will allow the CVP to continue its important work in engaging men and boys as allies to prevent all forms of gender violence across the state,” said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the CVP.

Raliance was recently founded by three leading sexual violence prevention organizations across the United States: the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCAS) – PreventConnect and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV). Raliance will serve as the central hub for effective allocation and distribution of programmatic funding for sexual violence response and prevention efforts and as the go-to resource on sexual violence for policymakers, advocates, service providers and the media. 

As its first initiative, Raliance has funded 27 projects – including the UNI Center for Violence Prevention – totaling nearly $1.2 million in the first round of an ongoing grant program seeking to advance promising, replicable practices or policies that 1) improve the response to victims of sexual violence; 2) reduce the likelihood of perpetration of sexual violence; or 3) strengthen communities’ and organizations’ capacity to create safe environments. This initiative is made possible through a multiyear, $10 million commitment from the National Football League (NFL).

For more information regarding the grant or the UNI Center for Violence Prevention, contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or

June 21, 2016 - 9:13am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Museum located in the Rod Library is updating its webpage and moving the content of the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture (CHRIEC) into its database. The archive documents will now be searchable alongside the physical objects and will undergo a digitization process to make them more accessible to the public.

“Our primary goal is to make access to historical information and artifacts easier,” said Nathan Arndt, curator of Museums &Collections. “Merging the CHRIEC into the museum’s new webpage allows staff to better serve researchers and incorporate these collections into our ongoing digitization process. This means that moving forward, more documents will be available online and will be easier to find.”

The Rural School Records are comprised of official records documenting the rural school system of Iowa from 1849 through 1975. The records have been organized and arranged according to county. The Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture maintains records collections from 87 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

For more information, contact Nathan Arndt, curator of the Museums & Collections, at 319-273-6922,

June 17, 2016 - 11:27am


CEDAR FALLS, IA – A tiny house designed and constructed by students from the University of Northern Iowa will be on display for an open house during the arts and crafts fair on Sunday, June 26, at the Sturgis Falls Celebration in Cedar Falls.

Scott Greenhalgh, an assistant professor of technology at UNI, and 15 technology and engineering education students began working on the tiny house project during the spring semester. Their task was to build a fully functioning house with all the amenities necessary in a home, but using the least amount of space possible. The students worked with interior design students to find innovative ways to maximize space, design solutions with multiple functions and improve efficiency in aesthetic ways.

The goal of the project was to develop a rich curriculum that integrated various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts, and could be replicated at the high school level. It also introduced students to architectural and engineering design, construction systems and techniques, and in-depth problem solving.

Greenhalgh and the students’ hope is to find a group to that will agree to finance the house and allow them to donate it to a group that will use it to address homelessness. Greenhalgh has self-funded the project up to this point.

For more information, contact Sarah Pauls, marketing manager for the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences, at 319-273-2817 or

June 2, 2016 - 7:36am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A one-hour UNI credit workshop, Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well, will be held as a two-part workshop. Part one is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17. Part two will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12. Both will be held at the Center for Outdoor Learning in Hinton, which is 12 miles from Sioux City.

The workshop has a  $75 tuition fee, and educators who complete the workshop will receive a $75 stipend, making the workshop free, due to grant support. To receive the stipends, the educators' students will need to complete a community engagement project, such as letters to the editor, posters in storefronts, a shoe collection or a number of other options.

UNI is able to offer the graduate workshop, lesson plans and $40 of free books to each teacher, thanks to funding support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program and UNI EPSCOR. Other supporters include the Plymouth County Conservation Board and other county conservation boards.

For more information, visit, or contact Susan Salterberg, instructor and program manager for the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, at 319-337-4816 or

June 2, 2016 - 8:01am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s College of Business Administration and Human Resource Services will host the Blue Zones Project Lunch and Learn on Thursday, June 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curris Business Building, Room 3. This event is free to Cedar Valley business leaders, HR professionals and wellness champions who are, or who are working to become, Blue Zones Designated Worksites. A light lunch will be served as UNI representatives discuss best practices for promoting the benefits of healthy living.

A healthier workforce is more productive and helps control corporate health care costs. This lunch and learn will discuss the economical benefits of employee well-being and share tips on how organizations can promote a more healthy lifestyle in the workplace. Learn how the College of Business Administration is exposing business students to stress management and personal well-being techniques through their Professional Readiness Program (PRP), and hear from a panel of UNI representatives on how the Blue Zones’ “Power 9” principles continue to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives.

“Adopting a healthy lifestyle starts early. It’s our obligation as educators to teach future business leaders how to manage stress and implement healthy habits so they can go on to promote healthy best practices in their own organizations,” said Katie Hillyer, director of professional readiness at UNI’s College of Business Administration.

Therese Callaghan will give a short introduction on how Human Resource Services was instrumental in acquiring Designated Worksite status for UNI in 2012. Strength and conditioning coach Jed Smith will focus on “UNI Strength in Community,” including details on the construction of state-of-the-art exercise stations along local bike trails. Ronelle Langley from the College of Business Administration will share how the 2016 Gallup-Healthways well-being study underscores the importance of purpose for people in the Cedar Valley, and Lisa Smith from UNI Food Services will discuss how the work environment can affect healthy eating habits.

To RSVP and arrange for a parking pass, contact

June 2, 2016 - 2:25pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Purple and Old Gold awards, recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement, were presented to 55 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 7, in the McLeod Center.

Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at Commencement ceremonies on May 29, 1939. The awards for meritorious scholarship are the highest university honor awarded by academic departments to undergraduate students. Those for conspicuous achievement are granted to students with outstanding accomplishments. Each student receives a certificate and a bronze medallion.

Since 1939, there have been more than 2,100 Purple and Old Gold recipients. Currently, awards may be in 54 academic areas, as well as for achievement in particular areas.

College of Business Administration

Ryan Patrick McMahon, accounting

Joseph Blake Scurr, business teaching

Kevin Joseph McGee, economics

Allison Nicole Waters , finance

Christopher Pollpeter, management

Clinton Au Jong, management information systems

Abby Lynne Kluesner, marketing

Alexander James Vlach, real estate


College of Education

Shawna Kay Sieren, athletic training

Britney Nicole Bockstahler. early childhood education

Sarah Elizabeth Maston, elementary education

Kelsey Marie Ewald, health promotion and education

Katie Jo Garrison, leisure services

Kristen Marie Orwoll, middle level education


College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Rachael Victoria Bair, art

Celeste Marie Underriner, biology

Caitlin Leah Knoedel, chemistry and biochemistry

Michele Morgan Dacy, communication sciences and disorders

Andrew John Sladky, communication studies

Jonathan Ross Schlicht, computer science

Robert Joseph Spielbauer, earth science/geology

Luke Justin Palandech            , electronic media

Jessica Lynn Walker, english

Alyssa Anne Adamec, music

Alexndra Nicole Dunlay, music

Hansen Garlington Brietling, philosophy

Abigail Jen Kreun, public relations

Walter Ernesto Abrego Barientos, spanish

Thaddeus Grover Klenske, theatre

RaeAnne Katherine Caldwell, TESOL - Spanish teaching

Emily Anna Piburn, TESOL and TESOL teaching

Aaron Timothy Baughman, technology

Lindsey Marie Pedersen, mathematics

Cassara Jolleen Higgins, physics

Benjamin Allen Quint , study of religion


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Caitlin Mary Kelly, anthropology

Tucker Addison Olson, global studies

Tatiana Marie Rice, criminology

Charlotte Ann Johnson, school of applied human sciences

Grant R. Helle, geography

John Grant Szymanek, history

Autumn Aynn Reeder, political science

Marissa Ann Quint, psychology

Mollie Sue Ullestad, social science

Marie Anne Nielsen, social work

Hannah Elizabeth Horsch, sociology


Continuing Education and Special Education

Abigail Renae Rolinger, individual studies, BLS, general studies

Conspicuous Achievement

Dana Renee Potter, art

Stephanie Jean Davison, women's basketball

Blaize Elric Cabell, wrestling

Anthony Christopher Peavy, forensics

Drew Daniel Curtis, journalism

Leia Mae Lensing, music

Katie Marie Grassi, performance Studies

Cory Stewart Skold, theatre