News Release Archive

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 Krausman, 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 Krausman 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

May 31, 2016 - 4:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has named Jim Wohlpart as the University of Northern Iowa's interim president, pending approval at the June 8-9 board meeting. Wohlpart is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at UNI. He will assume his new duties on July 3 if approved at the upcoming Board of Regents meeting.Jim Wohlpart

"I am honored to be selected as the interim president of the University of Northern Iowa and want to thank President Ruud for his leadership over the past three years," said Wohlpart. "The university has a great deal of momentum right now with strong support from the Board of Regents, the Legislature, the Governor and community partners. I am eager to work with faculty and staff to continue that momentum and to elevate the great work we do with preparing students for academic and professional success and for meaningful engagement with their communities."

Wohlpart came to UNI in 2015 from Florida Golf Coast University where he was the dean of Undergraduate Studies and a professor of English. He earned his Ph.D. in English and B.A. in English and philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He earned an M.A. in English from Colorado State University.

During his 21 years at Florida Gulf Coast University, Wohlpart held the positions of chair of the Division of Humanities and Arts and associate dean for planning and assessment in the College of Arts and Sciences. He participated in the development of the Liberal Studies degree and the Interdisciplinary Core, and he was instrumental in developing the First Year and Transition Experience. At UNI, Wohlpart has been focused on three broad areas: organizational structure, strategic planning and community development.

Wohlpart replaces Bill Ruud, who is leaving UNI to be president at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. The Board of Regents will conduct a nationwide search for UNI's new president.

May 23, 2016 - 3:27pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Gwenne Berry has been named chief diversity officer at the University of Northern Iowa. She will assume her new duties as CDO on July 1.Gwenne Berry

"I am excited for the expertise and passion that Gwenne will bring to this position," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "She is someone that will take the challenges UNI has faced, and continue to face, and turn them into opportunities and possibilities."

"I know it sounds clichéd, but the first thing I want to do is listen," said Berry. "I need to hear from students, faculty, staff and our community. I need to hear from alums and parents. I need to know where we're succeeding and where we need some work.

"The University of Northern Iowa could – and should – be a leader when it comes to diversity and inclusion. We have allies on our campus, in our community and among our alums. I'm excited about engaging all of those constituents in making sure the university gets it right."

Berry is currently the associate director of compliance and equity management at UNI. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Iowa State University and a master's degree in communication studies from UNI. Prior to her current position, she held positions in what was then known as the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at UNI and was also a writer/columnist at the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

UNI is committed to championing diversity as a core value of the university community and is engaged in improving the campus climate, systems and structures that are in place in order to create a culture of care, which is central to long-term change. The role of UNI's chief diversity officer will be to provide senior-level leadership to the university's campus diversity and inclusion efforts, in addition to serving on the president's Executive Management Team.

May 18, 2016 - 6:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa President Bill Ruud is leaving the university to accept a position as the president of Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.

Bill Ruud

Ruud will assume his new duties at Marietta College on July 3. An interim president will be named at the June Board of Regents meeting.

“As we look to the future, it is important to remember that the only constant in our lives is change,” said Ruud. “Our time in Cedar Falls has been a blessing. The relationships that have been made will last forever. As the university moves toward its 150th anniversary in 2026, it is my hope that the students, faculty and staff here will continue to make UNI what it is – the University of Nothing Impossible.”

In his three-year tenure as president of UNI, Ruud has helped guide the university with a commitment to achieving academic excellence and increasing student enrollment. For three consecutive years, UNI has ranked second in the “Best Regional Universities (Midwest)” category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Enrollment numbers have also continued to climb each year under Ruud’s leadership, alongside improved 4- and 6-year graduation rates.

Ruud was named the 10th president of UNI in 2013. Prior to his arrival at UNI, Ruud served as president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

May 11, 2016 - 7:56am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The College Hill Farmers Market located near the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls will be opening for its fourth season from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 2.

Farmers markets offer the opportunity to purchase fresh, local food. The market will be open rain or shine. It is suggested that you bring along reusable bags and coolers to keep your food fresh. Cash works best for all vendors, but some accept credit/debit cards, FMNP vouchers, or EBT cards for the SNAP program.

There are several other farmers markets opening throughout May and June. The farmers markets in Cedar Falls, downtown Waterloo, Hudson, Waverly, Independence, Urbana and at the Kimball Ridge Family Market will be held on Saturdays. The Oelwein Farmers Market will be open on Mondays and Fridays. The Kimball Ridge Farmers Market and Waverly Farmers Market will be held on Tuesdays. The Evansdale farmers market will be open on Wednesdays, and Thursday markets include College Hill, Vinton, Jesup and Grundy Center. The farmers markets in LaPorte City, Belle Plaine, Oelwein and Toledo will be open on Fridays. For a complete list of farmers markets, locations and times, visit under the local foods section.

For more information on the College Hill Farmers Market and other farmers markets, visit the UNI Local Food Program Facebook page or contact Jodie Huegerich, local food program manager for the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, at 319-273-7883 or

May 10, 2016 - 7:47am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A gift of $2.47 million from the estate of H. Theodore (Ted) Dohrman will be used to establish the Theodore and Mary Dohrman Presidential Scholarship Fund at the University of Northern Iowa.

Income generated from this endowment fund will be used to provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students involved in the Presidential Scholars Program. The first scholarships will be awarded in 2017-2018.

Jessica Moon Asa, director, University Honors Program, said, “We are so grateful to Theodore and Mary Dohrman for their generous gift to the University Honors Program. This fund will continue to attract talented students to UNI where the university as a whole benefits from their academic and social engagement. We look forward to sharing and celebrating the achievements of Dohrman Presidential Scholars in the years to come!” 

Dohrman, who earned his doctoral degree from Harvard University, served as a member of the UNI sociology faculty from 1949 until his retirement in 1981. Dohrman was then granted emeritus status. He passed away on May 8, 2015, at his home in San Diego, California.

The Dohrman gift was made to the University of Northern Iowa through the UNI Foundation. For more information about the UNI Foundation, visit

May 9, 2016 - 4:23pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Jim Jermier, the University of Northern Iowa's director of development for the College of Education, is leaving the university to accept a job as the new vice president for development at Luther College in Decorah. Jermier will begin his new duties at Luther on June 6.Jim Jermier

As the vice president for development, Jermier will lead the development, alumni and campus programming operations, as well as serve as adviser to the president on the development operations of the college. This position secures external support for Luther College through capital campaigns, annual giving, major gifts, planned giving and other programs.

Jermier came to UNI in 2004. He first served as assistant director of planned giving before being promoted to his current position. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNI with a major in physical education. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in philanthropy and nonprofit development from UNI.

A search for Jermier's position will begin immediately.

May 5, 2016 - 9:31am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa presented three graduating students with the Lux Service award for their exemplary service to the university:

Hansen Breitling is a senior philosophy major from Ames, Iowa. Graduating in May 2016 with a 3.95 GPA, he plans to attend graduate school in the fall. He was an active student leader in Ethnic Student Promoters, Black Student Union, the Philosophy Club, the Dean’s Advisory Committee, and the Northern Iowa Student Government, where he served as the Director of Diversity and Student Life.

Joellen Hatchett is a senior general studies major from Waterloo, Iowa, who is graduating in May 2016. Hatchett has been an active member of Panther Pep Crew, Connection Alumni to Students, Student Admissions Ambassadors, and Cat Crew. She has also been a peer mentor for Cornerstone and a host on KULT Radio, in addition to serving as a resident assistant and on the summer orientation staff.

Paul Andersen is a senior public administration major from Ankeny, Iowa, who is graduating in May 2016. Paul has served as president of the Student Admissions Ambassadors, several leadership positions within Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Vice President of NISG, twice. He has also been a peer mentor and long-time student employee in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

A selection committee chose the Lux Service Award recipients based on nominations from UNI faculty, students and staff. Requirements include being scheduled to graduate in 2016, a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstration of service to UNI during the recipient's academic career that will leave a lasting impact on the university community.

For more information about the Lux Service Award, visit

May 3, 2016 - 8:09am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – At 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center announced 25 new shows that will make up its 2016-17 Artist Series.

The new season picks up where it left off bringing big names such as Lily Tomlin and Kenny G as well as notable Broadway tours such as “MAMMA MIA!” and “Pippin.” A full list of shows, including the three recently added summer shows, can be found below:

Loretta Lynn – June 25, 2016

The Oak Ridge Boys – July 11, 2016

Huey Lewis and the News – July 17, 2016 (limited availability)

George Thorogood & the Destroyers – Sept. 15, 2016                             

Ronnie Milsap – Sept. 18, 2016

Music City Hit-Makers – Sept. 30, 2016

The Aluminum Show – Oct. 16, 2016

Unelectable You – Oct. 21, 2016

Menopause The Musical – Oct. 27, 2016

Country Unplugged Featuring: Mark Chesnutt, Lorrie Morgan, and Joe Diffie – Nov. 5, 2016

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: the Musical – Nov.16 & 17, 2016

Foreigner The Hits Unplugged – Nov.19, 2016

Canadian Brass – Dec. 4, 2016

Sandi Patty – Dec. 11, 2016

Kenny G – Dec. 16, 2016

Uncommon Sense – Jan. 21-22, 2017

Beers to You and Gourmet Too – Jan. 29, 2017

Calmus – Feb. 2, 2017

Pippin – Feb. 3 & 4, 2017

DRUMLine LIVE – Feb. 19, 2017

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live – Feb. 24, 2017

MAMMA MIA! – Feb. 28, 2017

Cuisine and Confessions – March 9, 2017

Lily Tomlin – March 26, 2017

Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE – April 8, 2017

Into the Woods – April 21, 22, & 23, 2017

The Hillbenders, Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry – May 5, 2017

Farfalle (Butterflies) – May 13, 2017 

More information can be found at Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 3. Members of the Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn can begin ordering as soon as Tuesday, May 17. More information on earlier ticket ordering can be found at

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

May 3, 2016 - 8:42am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will host the Midwest International Piano Competition on Sunday, June 5, through Saturday, June 11, on the UNI campus. The event is open to the public, and youth and professional performing pianists and piano enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

The competition will feature 36 exceptional pianists from around the world, including Canada, Japan, Singapore, Russia, Italy, Albania, Costa Rica, Algeria, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Lithuania and the United States. The first place pianist in the senior category will claim a $10,000 cash prize. All senior finalists will perform with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony at the June 11 senior category final round. Awards will be given to the top three finalists in both junior (up to 17 years) and senior (up to 32 years) categories. Six semi-finalists in the senior category will also receive honorable mention awards.

All preliminary rounds from Sunday, June 5, through Thursday, June 9, are free and open to the public. The final concert for the junior category will begin at 2 p.m., Friday, June 10, with tickets priced at $10. The final concert for the senior category, featuring the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, will begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 11, with tickets priced at $25.

Tickets for both final concerts are available by calling 319-273-4TIX or visiting and selecting "Buy Tickets" under the School of Music heading. For more information, visit

May 2, 2016 - 8:35am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Former National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL) quarterback Don McPherson will be the keynote speaker at the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Violence Prevention and Governor’s Office on Bullying Prevention 10th Annual MVP Student Leadership Summit to be held Friday, May 6, from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm, at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa. In addition to his professional football career, McPherson is also a nationally recognized leader in violence prevention.

The 10th Annual MVP Student Leadership Summit is sponsored by the Kind World Foundation, the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Sioux City Community School District, Western Iowa Tech Community College and UNI.

Nearly 300 high school student leaders from the Sioux City Community School District and the Council Bluffs School District will participate. Students will hear from local community and regional experts in workshops and breakout sessions on leadership, implementing bystander education and prevention strategies with near peers, cyber bullying and sexting prevention, recognizing the warning signs of dating abuse, group facilitation skills, leveraging sports and school activities to improve school culture and climate, gender stereotypes and equality and fostering team work and building healthy relationships.

“The Sioux City community has a strong tradition and history of working together to promote and support safe homes, neighborhoods and schools. Engaging hundreds of student leaders in the work to prevent bullying and all forms of violence and abuse makes the Sioux City Community School District and the broader community unique and a leader in prevention across the state of Iowa and throughout the Midwest,” said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention and Governor’s Office on Bullying Prevention at UNI.

The Center for Violence Prevention has delivered bullying and gender violence prevention programming to over 40 secondary schools and colleges in Iowa.

For more information, contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or

April 29, 2016 - 9:22am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded $490,863 to the University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences to fund the development of an Environmental Analysis Classroom and Laboratory (EACL).

The department first began offering a bachelor’s degree program in environmental science in 2013. The program, which currently enrolls 44 majors, is expected to grow along with UNI’s bachelor’s degree program in earth science. The proposal of a new EACL is intended to support the growing programs and the increasing needs of students and faculty with interest in environmental laboratory research.

“The [UNI] Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has a long tradition of undergraduate education and research, and this award will build upon that foundation,” said Siobahn Morgan, department head for the UNI Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. “The grant will provide our students with hands-on experiences with industry-standard equipment and the opportunity to work with faculty on issues that are important to many in Iowa, such as air, land and water quality concerns.”

The current geochemical lab in Latham Hall will be remodeled to serve as the new EACL, which will provide field equipment for collection of data and samples and lab equipment for analysis of samples and instruction on lab methods. Once completed, this new space is expected to impact up to 50 students a semester.

For more information, contact Morgan at 319-273-2389 or, or Hillery Oberle, director of corporate and foundation relations for the UNI Foundation, at 319-273-2226 or

April 29, 2016 - 4:52pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A new large-scale sculpture was installed Friday, April 29, next to Rod Library on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The project was funded by donations from Satch and Karen Mukai as part of their contributions to library renovations.

The sculpture, titled “Culminata,” was designed by Daniel Perry, a professor, with the help of students and donors. After the design was complete, Perry, the Public Art Incubator and UNI students Dallas Guffey, Jacob McGinn and Tim Jorgenson fabricated the sculpture in the summer of 2015.

The base of “Culminata” is an open book, with a spiral staircase of books that wraps around the figurative backbone of the university and leads to a flame on the top symbolizing the climb to achievement. The concrete was poured for the sculpture in the fall of 2015, but weather postponed the final installment.

For more information, contact Perry at or 319-273-2003.

April 28, 2016 - 9:23am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for the Master of Science in Technology. The program is scheduled to begin this fall and is intended to prepare and develop professionals to perform and function as leaders and skilled technologists in industrial environments.

“UNI’s Master of Science in Technology online degree program is an excellent option for busy individuals who want to earn a graduate degree, but find it difficult to fit fixed class schedules into their lives,” said Doug Hotek, program coordinator. “The flexibility of being able to work school into your life instead of trying to arrange life around school makes earning a degree possible for many non-traditional students.”

Courses for this program are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. The program uses a cohort model in which students move together through the six-semester course sequence, with program completion expected in the summer of 2018. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit

A Bachelor of Arts in Technology Management is also available for those interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree. Learn more about this program at

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

April 25, 2016 - 1:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s New Horizons Band will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 2, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.

The event is free and open to the public. The band will present a variety of musical selections including “Slavonic Dance No. 8” by Antonin Dvorak, “The Peanut Vendor” by Moises Simons, selections from “Sound of Music” by Rogers and Hammerstein, and “The Stripper” by David Rose. A reception will be held in the lobby of the GBPAC immediately following the concert.

The New Horizons Band (NHB) is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School. The group includes 90 musicians who range in age from 50-100 years old, with various musical backgrounds, and who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform. Diana Blake, retired music educator and director of the New Horizons Band, said new members are welcome to join the group. 

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

April 25, 2016 - 4:50pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host three spring Commencement ceremonies this year on Saturday, May 7, in the McLeod Center.

The ceremony for undergraduate students receiving degrees from the Colleges of Education and Business Administration, and the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs will be at 10 a.m. The ceremony for undergraduate students receiving degrees from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be at 2 p.m. The ceremony for students receiving graduate degrees will be at 6 p.m.

The speaker for the ceremony for undergraduate students in the Colleges of Education and Business Administration, and the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs is Abigail Rolinger, a senior liberal studies major. The names will be read by Christopher Cox, dean and professor of Library and Information Services, and Nichole Zumbach Harken, instructor in communication studies.

The speaker for the ceremony for undergraduate students in the Colleges of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences is Hansen Breitling, a senior philosophy major. Names of graduates will be read by Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre, and Deirdre Heistad, associate professor of languages and director of the Liberal Arts Core.

The speaker for the graduate student ceremony is Emily Francis, a geography graduate student. Christopher Cox, dean and professor of Library and Information Services, will read the names of the graduates.

There will be a reception immediately following each ceremony with light snacks and beverages provided. Receptions for the undergraduate ceremonies will take place on the Eldon Miller Plaza. The reception for the graduate ceremony will take place on the McLeod Center concourse. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures.

The UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual spring Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 7, in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall. Students will receive their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

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