News Release Archive

March 30, 2016 - 10:33am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kaoru Ishibashi, a singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, will perform his self-recorded and self-produced project, "Kishi Bashi with Strings," at the University of Northern Iowa Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7.

Ishibashi's live show is a performance composed of live violin, vocal looping, drums, banjo, guitar, a string quartet and beat boxing. The main genre of "Kishi Bashi" is indie pop and rock. Ishibashi has become a familiar face on stages around the world as a touring violinist for the rock band "Of Montreal" and for singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.

Students from UNI will also share the stage with "Kishi Bashi with Strings." The student orchestra was recruited to accompany Ishibashi on select songs throughout the performance.

Ticket prices for "Kishi Bashi with Strings" begin at $29 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

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

March 30, 2016 - 2:30pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) fraternity chapter at the University of Northern Iowa is taking a stand against sexual assault. The chapter's philanthropy event is Sexual Assault Awareness Week (SAAW). The main focus of the week is to educate peers, professors and community members on how to watch for signs of sexual assault, along with prevention methods.

The fourth annual SAAW will be held from Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8, and all of the money raised throughout the week will be donated to Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, a local domestic violence shelter.

"We all have women that we care about: mothers, sisters, girlfriends. As men, it's our duty to ensure that we are doing all that we can to ensure their safety and the safety of all women, especially on college campuses. For us, one sexual assault is too many and we won't stop until we've solved this problem," said Alex Stepanek, Sigma Phi Epsilon member.

Events throughout the week include:

- Monday, April 4, “See-SAAW,” SigEp brothers will ride a seesaw outside the Maucker Union for 24 hours, demonstrating sexual assault can happen anytime.

- At 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, Vanessa McNeal, UNI graduate student and survivor of sexual assault will be releasing her most recent film, "We the Survivors," that features the stories of eight other survivors of sexual violence. Following the film, McNeal will be joined by UNI survivor and victim advocates from Student Wellness Services and the Riverview Center for a panel discussion that focuses on ways to support, empower and encourage survivors.

- At 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, the Snag a SigEp date auction will take place in the Maucker Union.

- At 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, a women's self defense class will be taught by university police officer Andrea Jennings. The class will feature education and self-defense techniques. A “Mentors in Violence Prevention” session will be facilitated by SigEp brothers to educate attendees on how to be active bystanders and do their part in preventing sexual assault.

- Friday, April 8, SigEp brothers will hand out cookies and informational pamphlets to thank individuals that participated in SAAW, while asking for donations for Cedar Valley Friends of the Family.

"I take part in raising awareness for sexual assault on our college campus because I have friends that are victims of sexual assault. When I see a UNI alert that there has been another sexual assault on campus, it tears me apart inside because I know that it can be prevented. I want to help lead the way with male leadership on college campuses to show students that they can make a difference in helping make campus safer and to show students they can make an impact that is sustainable and positive," said Jared Riter, SigEp chapter president.

For more information about SAAW week, visit or contact Justin Carlyle, SigEp Vice President of Programming, at

March 30, 2016 - 2:58pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Colleges Against Cancer chapter will host the 14th annual American Cancer Society: Relay For Life, from 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 9, in the McLeod Center.

The theme for this year's event is "Carnival of Hope." Relay For Life teams set up campsites in the McLeod Center while taking turns walking around the concourse. Throughout the night there will be food and merchandise for sale and numerous activities and entertainment provided, along with time for participants to reflect on how their lives have been impacted by cancer. Activities and entertainment will include: a silent auction and raffle, a Fear Factor contest, an American Cancer Society mission market, a Buffalo Wild Wings "Blazin' Wing Challenge," and a performance by the Brazillian 2wins.

The opening ceremony will begin at 3 p.m., followed by each team taking their first lap around the concourse. The Celebrate ceremony at 5:30 p.m. will recognize all survivors and caregivers in attendance at the event, while the Luminaria ceremony at 8:00 p.m. will be a time for reflection and to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer. Finally, the Fight Back ceremony at 11 p.m. will demonstrate ways to take action in the fight against cancer.

The event is free and open to the public. To sign up or donate to the event, visit For additional information, contact Hailey Manternach, president of the UNI Colleges Against Cancer chapter, at

March 29, 2016 - 9:56am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Comedian Brian Regan will perform at the UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 2.

Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. His nonstop theatre tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005. He incorporates a perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality and can turn the most mundane situations into sidesplitting stand-up material.

Regan released his album "All By Myself" in 2010 as a digital download with more than an hour of material. He also has released two critically acclaimed hour-long Comedy Central specials and DVDs, including "Brian Regan Standing Up" in 2007 and "The Epitome of Hyperbole" in 2008.

Ticket prices for Regan's performance begin at $41 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by calling 319-273-4849.

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

March 29, 2016 - 10:00am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "The Lettermen," an American male pop music vocal trio, will perform at the UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 3.

The group was formed in 1959 and has had 11 gold records, five Grammy nominations, two Top 10 singles, and 16 Top 10 singles on the Adult Contemporary chart. Their first single was "The Way You Look Tonight" in 1961, and their second single was "When I Fall in Love." Their youthful harmonies and distinct attire immortalized them in the lives of many Americans during the 60s.

Ticket prices for "The Lettermen" begin at $26 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

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

March 29, 2016 - 2:12pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Graduate College will host its ninth annual Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 6.

There are three categories of presentations and performances throughout the event, beginning with 28 poster presentations scheduled to take place from noon to 1:45 p.m., in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Following the poster presentations, there are 27 scheduled oral presentations from 2 to 4:30 p.m., in the lower level meeting rooms of Maucker Union.

Nine musical and creative writing performances will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

"Graduate faculty serve as judges for the event," said Kavita Dhanwada, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate College. "The symposium allows our graduate students the opportunity to showcase their research and creative works to the university community and the public. I'm very excited about the number of our students taking advantage of the symposium. Our student participation is the most in the event's nine year history."

First place awards of up to $300 will be presented to students in each category. The awards will be presented at the annual graduate faculty meeting at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 28, in the Rod Library scholar space.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit 

March 28, 2016 - 1:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host “Brave Student Voices: Then and Now” from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in the Commons Ballroom on UNI’s campus. The event brings back to campus members of the “UNI 7,” a group of UNI students from 1970 that engaged in civil disobedience and fought for adequate representation, equality and inclusion for students of color on campus.

On March 16, 1970, members of the African-American Society of Cedar Falls participated in an all night sit-in at the home of President J.W. Maucker. The protest followed months of administrative inaction after the group petitioned the university in November 1969 to consider a list of demands that included the call for a “cultural house for the Afro-American students on campus.”

Participants in the sit-in left peacefully after being threatened with a court injunction. In the days that followed, the administration positively identified seven of the protesters, who came to be known as the UNI 7, and brought them before a disciplinary committee.

“Brave Student Voices: Then and Now” is a commemorative event that will bring these former students back to campus to be recognized for their brave leadership, and to connect them with current student leaders who have spoken out on similar issues.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Victoria DeFrancisco, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-7219 or

March 28, 2016 - 2:32pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host a public information panel on the Zika virus from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the Elm Room in Maucker Union.

The discussion will focus on cultural, health, virology and prevention issues. Panel members include:

- Michele Devlin, professor of health promotion and education, and director of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities

- Catherine Zeman, professor of health promotion and education, and director of UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center

- Alba Aguillon, a UNI pre-MBA graduate student

The panel is sponsored by the UNI Division of Health Promotion and Education, the Global Health Corps (a project of UNI), and the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center.

For more information, contact Devlin at 319-273-5806 or, or Zeman at 319-273-7090 or

March 25, 2016 - 12:10pm

Adam Carroll

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Adam Carroll, author of “Winning the Money Game” and several other books geared towards helping college students better understand their finances, will present “The Money Savvy Student” at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Lang Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa’s campus. The first 300 attendees will receive a free copy of “Winning the Money Game.”

Carroll is considered one of the top transformational trainers in the country on the topic of financial literacy, and has presented at more than 500 colleges and universities nationwide, in addition to hundreds of leadership symposiums and countless local and regional organizations. Carroll is also a UNI alum.

The UNI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships invited Carroll to UNI as part of National Financial Literacy Month. The event is one of several presentations and activities taking place on campus in the month of April, all of them intended to educate students on how to manage their finances now and in the future.

For more information about Carroll, visit

For a complete list of the events taking place on UNI’s campus in celebration of Financial Literacy Month, please visit

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tim Bakula, associate director of customer service and outreach in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, at 319-273-2722 or

March 23, 2016 - 8:05am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Philip Kutzko, a professor of mathematics and CLAS Collegiate Fellow at the University of Iowa, will present a lecture titled “It’s an Ethnic Thing: Cultural Challenges to Broadening Participation in Mathematics” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in Lantz Auditorium in McCollum Science Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Kutzko has been invited to UNI as the feature speaker for the 2016 Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture, and his lecture will present a rethinking of how mathematics is taught at universities today.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the UNI Department of Mathematics at 319-273-2631 or

March 22, 2016 - 9:42am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa will host the third annual Mini Comic-Con from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 2.

Activities will include a kid zone, photo booth and trivia to test your knowledge of science and comics. There will also be a Batmobile replica outside the Campanile, a demonstration by the improv group Half Masted and a preview of the 24th annual design and fashion show, featuring garments designed and constructed by students in the Textiles and Apparel major. A variety of artists and panelists will also be at the event.

Deborah Whaley will serve as the Mini Comic-Con's keynote panelist. She will discuss, "Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels and Anime," her recent book dealing with African American and multi-ethnic women deployed in television, film, animation, gaming and print representations of comic book and graphic novel characters.

"Comics are playing a big role in our community, and RodCon gives our community a chance to come together to appreciate, discuss and understand the importance of comics in both educational and casual environments. Comics allow us not only a way to relax, but also a different way to hold conversations about politics, culture, current events and more. Adding images to the discussion the way comics do, allows the addition of a new depth of emotion and understanding," said Melissa Gevaert, RodCon planning committee member. "RodCon has been a great opportunity for the Rod Library to participate in campus wide diversity initiatives and provide an excellent outreach opportunity."

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information and a complete schedule of events, visit

March 22, 2016 - 9:44am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – TheatreUNI will present “The Trojan Women” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9, and Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16, and at 2:00 p.m on April 10th and 17th in the Bertha Martin Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

For 10 years, the Greek armies have besieged the great city of Troy in a quest to retrieve the stolen queen Helen of Troy, the most beautiful women in the world. After the Greeks, through trickery, manage to destroy the city and kill all of its male inhabitants, the remaining women, nobles and commoners wait in a ruined hall to find out their fate. First performed almost 2,500 years ago, this play resonates for modern audiences with its immediacy and parallels to current events. This production, adapted and directed by assistant professor of performance Matthew James Weedman, is a fresh and exciting take on one of the great classics of theatre.

“The Trojan Women” is the final offering of TheatreUNI’s 2015-16 season. Scenery and projection designs are by Jordan Kelly Andrews, TheatreUNI’s production manager. Costume design is by Jenn Sheshko Wood, assistant professor of design and production. Lighting design is by Kayla Richardson, a senior design and production student. The stage manager is Elizabeth Hicks.

Tickets are $16 for adults and free for UNI students with their uCard. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office between noon and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time. For ticket information, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6833 or

March 22, 2016 - 1:58pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Institute for Youth Leaders will host Norman Dolch at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in Room 252 of the Wellness and Recreation Center on UNI’s campus. Dolch will be the featured speaker for the 2016 McElroy Scholar Lecture, and his presentation will focus on “Lifetime Leadership Lessons from Nonprofit Organizations.”

Dolch is a retired professor from the University of North Texas and Louisiana State University Shreveport. In addition to extensive volunteerism and nonprofit work, Dolch’s professional career has included the following professorial positions: campus director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program, director of Master of Science in Human Services Administration and founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. Dolch was also the recipient of the George A. Khoury Jr. Professorship of American Humanics.

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

March 22, 2016 - 2:02pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Students from the University of Northern Iowa will present their research in poster format Tuesday, March 29, in the First Floor Rotunda of the Iowa Statehouse. “Research in the Capitol” is an annual collaborative effort between the honors programs of Iowa’s three Regents universities.

The event was created to celebrate how undergraduates learn by doing research in a variety of fields. State senators, representatives and other key officials are invited to view the posters and speak with students about their research and education.

For a complete list of the UNI students that will be presenting at the capitol, visit

For more information, contact Jessica Moon, director of the UNI University Honors Program, at 319-273-3175 or

March 22, 2016 - 2:08pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in School Library Studies program that begins in summer 2016 and fall 2016. This program prepares students to become teacher librarians who use their acquired knowledge of children and young people, books and information technologies, curriculum and the power of collaboration to enhance the learning experiences of students in their schools.

“UNI's School Library Studies program links the technology and literacy leadership skills teacher librarians need in order to teach students critical literacies and to help teachers integrate digital and print resources,” said Karla Krueger, program coordinator.

Courses in this program are offered online using eLearning. Many courses meet once per week via interactive video conferencing. Some courses include one or two in-person, hands-on experiences Saturdays on the UNI campus.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

March 16, 2016 - 2:19pm

Margaryta Golovkoa

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will host a concert performance by guest pianist Margaryta Golovkoa at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Golovko was the first-ever first-place senior category winner of the Midwest International Piano Competition. Since winning the inaugural competition at UNI in June 2014, Golovko has released a solo piano album of works by Schumann and Brahms, and has toured internationally.

Margaryta Golovko has captured classical music audiences around the world as one of the most intriguing, versatile and unique artists of her generation. She has performed as a soloist as well as a collaborative pianist in prestigious concert halls in Ukraine, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Romania and United States. Margaryta has appeared with the Kyiv State Symphony Orchestra, the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, Plzen Philharmonic, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and many others. In addition to her top prize at the Midwest International Piano Competition, Margaryta has also won top prizes in the Smetana International Piano Competition in the Czech Republic, Citta di Marsala and Citta di Acquaviva delle Fonti International Piano Competitions in Italy.

A native of Ukraine, Margaryta started her piano studies at the age of five. In 1997, she entered the Kiev Special Music School named after M.V. Lysenko, and continued her studies from 2004 – 2009 at the National Music Academy of Ukraine P.I. Tchaikovsky (NMAU) where she was a student of Boris Fedorov. She has also studied at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestri” in Imola, Italy, where she studied with Piero Rattalino.

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

March 11, 2016 - 3:21pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – High school students from the United States, China and Brazil will have the opportunity to showcase their hard work after six weeks of designing and building an original robot in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Iowa Regional. The competition will commence on Thursday, March 24 and conclude on Saturday, March 26 in the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

This is the first regional competition to be held in the state of Iowa.

More than 50 teams of students will demonstrate their skill for science, mathematics and technology. Each team will compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses and communities.

10 teams from across the state of Iowa, including teams from Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Des Moines, Iowa City and Ames, have registered to participate in the competition.

The UNI-Dome will be open on Thursday, March 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for attendees to tour the pits where the teams work on their robots. Practice matches will also be held in the McLeod Center on Thursday from noon to 6:30 p.m.

Qualification matches will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Friday, March 25, and from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Saturday, March 26, in the McLeod Center. Final playoff rounds will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by an awards ceremony. Winners will advance to the 2016 FIRST® Championship from Wednesday, April 27 through Saturday, April 30 in St. Louis.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Marcy Seavey, UNI STEM coordinator, at 319-273-6523 or

March 10, 2016 - 2:03pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education 267 Regional Physics Competition from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 24, at the UNI-Dome on UNI's campus.

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

The competition stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as understanding of physics related principles and is intended to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Students will use a variety of everyday, inexpensive materials to build devices. The devices will perform specific physical tasks, while using existing physics laboratory equipment to determine the time and uncertainty for an event. 

The regional winners and runners-up will advance to the state competition hosted by UNI's Department of Physics on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in the McLeod Center.

For more information about the competition, contact Larry Escalada, physics professor, at 319-273-2431 or

March 10, 2016 - 4:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) and Governor’s Office on Bullying Prevention, and HopeLine® from Verizon will recognize 11 Iowa high schools for their work in implementing the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) model. The high schools will receive their awards at a luncheon on Wednesday, April 6, in Des Moines, Iowa. Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will attend the event and help present the awards.

MVP teaches techniques on how to be an active bystander and how to be a leader in preventing all forms of violence and abuse. MVP trains and engages school and community adults to then identify and train student mentors to facilitate bullying and gender violence prevention strategies to near-peers.

In addition, HopeLine® from Verizon will award one senior mentor from each of the 11 high schools a $500 scholarship in the spring to be used to further their education. 

"The HopeLine® from Verizon has been a generous and supportive partner for the Center at UNI. Their commitment to reducing and ending bullying and gender violence in Iowa by providing resources to train and engage high school students as mentors to younger peers, along with training a safety net of adult school and community leaders, is truly a model for other private-public partnerships who desire to cultivate safe learning environments and promote healthy relationships," said Dr. Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention.

Verizon partnered with UNI to launch the center in 2011 and has contributed more than $135,000 in funding to support bullying and gender violence prevention programming in more than 20 school districts across the state – reaching over 5,000 students annually.

“We are proud to support the UNI Center for Violence Prevention because its work is making a difference across Iowa,” said Russ Preite, market president for Verizon.  “Our employees praise the center for working tirelessly to support, equip and empower youth to prevent all forms of bullying, violence and abuse in their communities.”

For more information on MVP and bystander education, contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or

For more information on the HopeLine® program, visit

March 8, 2016 - 9:21am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario will speak about her book "Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother" as well as current issues regarding immigration at 7 p.m., Monday, April 11, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Nazario writes stories about hunger, drug addiction and immigration. She is best known for "Enrique's Journey," a story about a Honduran boy's struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Nazario has written extensively about Latinos in the United States and has been named one of the most influential Latinos by the Hispanic Business Magazine. Nazario graduated from Williams College and has a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of California.

"Nazario's work addresses so many questions central to our time," said Jennifer Cooley, associate professor in languages and literature. "The book 'Enrique's Journey' engages us in an exploration of issues related to family, addiction, gender roles, access to basic human needs and immigration. It also takes on a geographical odyssey that sparks any reader's imagination. The most powerful element of the book is that it documents the human impact of immigration by weaving its story on the basis of personal narratives."

For more information, contact Jennifer Cooley, associate professor in languages and literatures, at 319-273-3897 or

March 7, 2016 - 10:30am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Two hundred twenty-nine students have satisfied the requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study. The Hansen family, representing UNI alumni and students, will deliver the convocation address. Jim Wohlpart, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, will perform official duties. UNI President Bill Ruud will also be in attendance.

This will be the 51st group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991. Parents and friends of the candidates are invited along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the lobby.

For more information, contact Kathy Oakland, instructor and chair of the convocation committee, at 319-231-7174 or

March 3, 2016 - 3:07pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Women's and Gender Studies Program will host multiple events this March in honor of Women's History Month. All events are free and open to the public.

The events include:

- Discussion, “Challenges of the American Muslim Woman,” 4 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME)

- “Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege,” 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Lang Hall, Rm. 040

- First Friday, celebrating Women’s History Month, 7 p.m., Friday, March 4, in the CME

- “Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege,” 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 4, in Lang Hall, Rm. 040

- CROW Forum, “And Then She Met This Moron: Gendered Narratives in Addition-Themed Reality Television,” 12 p.m., Monday, March 7, in the CME

- Discussion, “Path of the Female Rabbi,” 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the CME

- “Haunted by God,” 7 p.m., Tuesday March 8, at the St. Stephen Catholic Student Center

- Discussion, “The Bible, the Church, and the Ballot Box: How Religion Shaped Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Fight for Women’s Suffrage,” 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in Seerley Hall, Rm. 115

- “Leaders in Education Lecture Series” with Sonia Nieto, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 10, in the Old Central Ballroom of Maucker Union

- Keynote Address, “(Dis)embodied: Race, Body Size and the Construction of Hegemonic Femininity in Popular Media,” 7:30 p.m, Monday, March 21, in Seerley Hall, Rm. 112

- “The Other Side of Trauma: Understanding the Impact of Work Identity and Organizational Culture in Domestic and Sexual Violence Victim Advocacy,” 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 22, in Sabin Hall, Rm. 015

- “History of American Women of Faith,” 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, in the CME

- “My Growth as a Christian,” 4 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the CME

For more information on any of the events, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or

March 2, 2016 - 9:32am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Department of Art will present the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South from Monday, March 21 through Saturday, April 16. An awards ceremony and opening reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 21 in the KAB Auditorium, Room 111.

This competitive exhibition showcases outstanding works of art by students in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competition is Jessica Teckemeyer, assistant professor of sculpture and ceramics at Clarke University in Dubuque. Teckemeyer will make a selection from approximately 350 entries and choose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions. She will also give a lecture at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in KAB 111.

Teckemeyer holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and currently teaches at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Prior to that, she worked in the sculpting, mold making and painting departments at Tivoli Too, a 3D design and production studio located in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Since 2009, Teckemeyer has fabricated sculptures for internationally known artist Siah Armajani. In addition, she maintains an active studio practice with solo exhibitions at the Des Moines Art Center from October 2015 until February 2016 and at the Sinclair Gallery at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from January through February 2016. More information about Teckemeyer can be found at

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

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



March 2, 2016 - 9:34am

Jim Linahon
Roger Maxwell

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will celebrate the lifetime achievements of the most recent School of Music Jazz Hall of Fame inductees at an award ceremony and induction held during the spring Jazz Band One concert on Friday, April 8,at Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall on UNI’s campus.

The Jazz Hall of Fame honorees for 2016 will be James (Jim) Linahon and Roger Maxwell.

Jim Linahon is a 1973 UNI alumnus and a Grammy Award-winning music producer from Clear Lake, Iowa, currently working and living in Los Angeles. Linahon recently returned to Cedar Falls in September 2015, when he appeared as guest conductor for the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra at their Scholarship Benefit Concert tribute to Frank Sinatra. Linahon is an award-winning music producer, composer and trumpet artist with more than 300 recording projects for film, television, radio, musical theater, video games and CDs/DVDs to his credit. Jim has an extensive background as a studio musician in California and has produced and recorded for a wide variety of artists, studios and agencies, including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Mancini, Sarah Vaughn, Warner Brothers, The Walt Disney Company, Sony, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, A & E and many more.  

Roger Maxwell is a native of Marshalltown, Iowa. Maxwell was one of the founding members of the jazz program at UNI and taught music in the Hazleton Independent School District after graduating from UNI (then Iowa State Teacher’s College) in 1954. During his career, Roger also served as assistant conductor and chief arranger for the U.S. Army Band of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii, and returned to Iowa to teach in three more districts from 1958 through 1966. In 1966, Roger became a staff member for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, later becoming their director of compliance. Roger also served as Equal Employment Compliance Office for the Iowa State Board of Regents and served in that capacity for 26 years, retiring in 1995. Roger’s love of music compelled him to author music education books including “Fourteen Weeks to a Better Band” (published in 1973) and two more works, which have collectively sold more than 700,000 copies. Roger currently resides in Windsor Heights, Iowa, with his wife Arenda.

“The UNI School of Music is honored to induct Jim Linahon and Roger Maxwell 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 Iowa roots, educational accomplishments in receiving a UNI music degree, and dedicated work as successful professionals. We are very proud to induct Jim and Roger, and to bestow this award to two of our most accomplished alumni.”

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

March 1, 2016 - 9:36am


CEDAR FALLS, IA -- Estate and financial planning professionals are invited to attend a seminar from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, in the Commons Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Neil E. Harl, Ph.D., J.D., a nationally recognized expert on taxation, business planning and agricultural law, will be the presenter.

Harl is the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Emeritus Professor of Economics at Iowa State University. He has been widely published, including 29 books and hundreds of articles. His presentation will cover the following: current tax and legal issues related to transferring property, land, business interests and wealth; opportunities for estate and charitable gift planning; recent data on farmland values for Iowa related to estate planning; intra-family disputes and how to avoid them; options for unwanted C corporations; and the Rule Against Perpetuities. Harl will also discuss the joy of giving from personal experience.

The seminar is sponsored by the Black Hawk County Estate Planning Council and the University of Northern Iowa Foundation.

Register at by Wednesday, May 4. The $55 fee includes lunch, Harl’s 650-page manual, and 3 hours of continuing education credit.

For more information, visit or contact Helene Benitez, director of Planned Giving at the University of Northern Iowa, at 319-273-3899 or

March 1, 2016 - 2:08pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In December, the University of Northern Iowa was represented at the Transportation Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. to call attention to the role of state departments of transportation in the conversation regarding pollinators and monarch butterflies. The summit was convened and sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Laura Jackson, professor of biology and director of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center, was invited to speak at the summit on the cost and benefits of managing roadsides ecologically and reducing costs of high quality native seed.

UNI's participation shows the university is recognized nationally as a leader in applied ecological research, education and technology transfer.

"The White House Summit was an unprecedented opportunity to share what we have learned in Iowa over the last 25 years about managing roadside vegetation for high quality pollinator habitat," said Jackson. "The Tallgrass Prairie Center has conducted dozens of studies related to prairie restoration, native seed genetics and seed quality, to serve the needs to roadside managers across the state."

For more information about research done through UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center, contact Jackson at 319-273-2705 or

February 26, 2016 - 8:35am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cesar Millan, star of the NatGeo WILD series "Cesar 911" and the original host of the long-running hit series "Dog Whisperer," will perform at the UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 11.

Millan will reveal the secrets of happier and healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions in an exciting live show. He will perform his incredible dog training techniques and will be joined by his famous four-legged companion, Junior. He will share his philosophies and methods, then present examples via live demonstrations with dogs from our own Cedar Bend Humane Society.

Millan is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Cesar's Ways," "Be the Pack Leader," "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: The Ultimate Episode Guide," "A Member of the Family," "How to Raise the Perfect Dog," "Cesar's Rules" and "A Short Guide to a Happy Dog." He has also generated numerous instructional DVDs and CDs. His website,, is the largest dog-dedicated website in the U.S., which gives insights into dog behavior issues, rescue and adoption and health issues. 

Ticket prices for Millan's performance begin at $36 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

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

February 26, 2016 - 10:24am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa President Bill Ruud and Iowa State University President Steven Leath signed a memorandum of understanding at the Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, offering students the opportunity to earn a physics and engineering degree from each university in five years.

The program will enable a student to spend three years at UNI before transferring to ISU for their final two years. The student will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from UNI and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Iowa State.

“This is an example of the very high level of collaboration and cooperation between ISU and UNI,” said UNI Provost Jim Wohlpart. “The faculty initiated this conversation and have worked together to create an opportunity for ISU to receive outstanding physics majors from UNI into their engineering programs and for UNI to offer a pathway into engineering for our students.”

Provost Wohlpart sees this as a remarkable recruitment tool for UNI, allowing engineering students who might prefer to start their college career on a smaller campus to take advantage of the atmosphere at UNI, before transferring to ISU.

“I would add that our physics faculty do a remarkable job offering students opportunities for high levels of learning both inside and outside the classroom -- hands on, engaged learning that applies what they are learning in the class to real world settings. It is a remarkable program; our students will excel in the ISU engineering programs.”

Students interested in this new degree path are encouraged to meet with an academic adviser to discuss a plan that would place them on the dual degree track.

February 24, 2016 - 2:15pm

David Harris

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – David Harris has been named director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Northern Iowa. He is currently senior associate athletic director at Iowa State University. In that role, Harris serves as the sports administrator for football, men's basketball and wrestling and also has oversight responsibilities for student-athlete development, compliance, athletic training, and strength and conditioning. Harris will assume his new duties at UNI on March 28.

"I am ecstatic that David and his family are becoming part of the Panther family," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "He has a wealth of experience in athletic department operations at three different Division I universities. I know that his knowledge will not only benefit our student athletes and athletic department staff but the University of Northern Iowa as a whole. David brings strategic thinking, intellect, enthusiasm and passion to the table, which is exactly what we were looking for in our new athletic department leader."

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the University of Northern Iowa as the director of athletics," said Harris. "UNI is truly a special place, and my family and I are extremely excited about becoming part of the Panther family. I am very thankful to President Ruud for giving me this opportunity to lead the athletics department. We will work together to strive for excellence in all of our endeavors in the classroom, in competition and in the way we serve and represent the Cedar Valley community."  

Prior to Iowa State, Harris worked in the athletics department at the University of Wisconsin as the associate athletic director – student services from 2002 until 2006. His primary responsibility focused on academics and academic services for more than 800 student athletes. He also worked at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, where two promotions lifted him to the senior staff in 2002. Harris earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1993 and an MBA in 1995 from the University of Mississippi.

Harris is deeply immersed in NCAA committee work and volunteerism. He has participated in the Division 1A Athletic Directors Association – Fellows Program since 2011. He has also participated in the NACDA Mentoring Institute, NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Conference, NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males and NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Conference. He earned the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Award for his commitment to helping establish a multicultural community in Ames.

Harris replaces Troy Dannen, who left UNI in December 2015 to be the athletic director at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Harris and his wife, Felicia, have a daughter, Kaitlyn (14), and a son, Wesley (5). 

February 23, 2016 - 3:08pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the fifth annual UNI Dance Marathon from noon to midnight Saturday, March 5, in the Maucker Union.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 250 schools. Money that is raised by the schools during the events goes toward the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Last year, high school and college dance marathons collectively raised $25.9 million.

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

This year, the group at UNI hopes to raise $305,000. UNI has exceeded their fundraising goal for the past four years, with last year's event raising $278,135.04, which was above their goal of $225,000. Money raised goes to the Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

To register for UNI Dance Marathon, visit For more information, contact Alyssa Meeker, director of public relations for UNI Dance Marathon, at

February 23, 2016 - 4:12pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education will host the second annual Education Summit on Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11, in Maucker Union. International, national, and regional scholars and leaders in education will discuss current research, practices and policies.

This year's summit theme, "Necessary Connectedness: The New Edge of Education," will focus on four primary strands: literacy education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, teacher leadership and diversity.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 10, participants will hear from keynote speakers and engage in breakout sessions. A reception and lecture by Sonia Nieto, professor emerita of language, literacy and culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, will follow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Additional keynote speakers and breakout sessions are scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, March 11, including Sen. Herman Quirmbach.

Featured speakers for the summit include:

- Gene Hall, professor of educational leadership at the University of Florida, University of Northern Colorado and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Hall is an internationally renowned scholar in the areas of teacher education and developing teacher leaders. He will discuss developing teacher leaders.

- Gale Sinatra, associate dean for research and professor of educations and psychology in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Sinatra is former vice president of the Learning and Instruction division of the American Education Research Association. She will discuss hot topics in STEM education, particularly conceptual change.

- Peter Afflerbach, professor of reading in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. Afflerbach is a member of the International Reading Association's Hall of Fame and editor of the "Handbook of Individual Differences in Reading."

- Nedra Crow, professor and co-chair of the teacher education department at National University in San Diego. Crow has an academic background in curriculum and instruction design as well as teacher education. She will discuss new teacher work environments.

- Sen. Herman Quirmbach, chair for the Senate Education Committee and vice chair of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee in the Iowa Legislature. In addition, Quirmbach represents the Senate on the College Student Aid Commission and the School Finance Formula Review committee, among other duties.

This event is designed for educators, administrators, policy makers, community leaders, teacher preparation leaders, pre-service teachers and others with a direct link to education in Iowa and the nation. Registration is $50 and is required; UNI students, faculty and staff can attend the summit for free. Nieto's lecture on Thursday evening is free and open to the public as part of the Education Lecture Series.

For complete details, including the registration form, schedule, details on the featured speakers and a campus map, visit

February 18, 2016 - 12:40pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Sean Botkin, School of Music faculty artist and associate professor of piano at the University of Northern Iowa, will make his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The concert will held at 8 p.m. in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Botkin has appeared at Carnegie Hall twice previously as a featured artist, but this will be his first solo engagement at the historic venue.

“I’m excited to perform because this is my official solo debut at Carnegie Hall,” Botkin said. “I attended Juilliard in New York and have looked forward to this – so it’s very exciting to me.”

The performance at Carnegie Hall is a highlight in Botkin’s already impressive career, which, in addition to his appearances in New York, has included an engagement at the esteemed Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

“Botkin’s performance is a strong testament to the outstanding faculty members teaching at UNI who continue to inspire students for their future professional performing and teaching careers,” John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music, said. “Botkin is an exceptional artist who not only performs frequently at UNI, but at important venues around the globe.”

The concert repertoire that Botkin has selected will feature music rarely performed, including Prokofiev’s “Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1” and Rachmaninoff’s “Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28.” The program will also feature the infrequently performed “Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1” by Beethoven, and the slightly more common “Scherzo No. 4” by Chopin. Botkin has noted that, for this performance, he chose pieces that audiences may not hear as often.

Prior to Botkin’s Carnegie Hall performance, UNI alumni currently living in the New York City area will gather for a reunion dinner. “It means a lot to me to connect with UNI alumni in New York and to present this concert knowing that they’ll be a part of the audience,” Botkin said.

Botkin has already planned a return visit to Carnegie Hall for 2017. He will perform another solo recital on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, and is considering including a chamber music aspect to this future performance.

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

February 15, 2016 - 4:44pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- James W. Loewen will deliver a lecture titled "How Iowa was a Leader in Race Relations and How it Can Be One Again" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. This lecture is in honor of Black History Month as well as the late UNI professor of history, John D. Baskerville.

Loewen is an American sociologist, historian and author of several books, including "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong" and "Sundown Towns." He attended Carleton College and received his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. He has taught at Tougaloo College, and for 20 years taught about racism at the University of Vermont. Currently, he is a visiting professor of sociology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

The lecture is sponsored by UNI's Senate Speaker Series Fund, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Multicultural Education and Department of History.

For more information, contact Judy Dohlman, secretary in the history department, at 319-271-2097 or

February 15, 2016 - 4:47pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter will host an event featuring Karmen Johnson, a public relations expert from Seattle, Washington.

Johnson has more than 20 years of experience working in public relations, corporate communications and creative services. Her diverse career includes in-house communications positions with Starbucks and Expedia, Inc. She also worked in the Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago offices of Edelman, the world's largest public relations agency.

Johnson will cover a variety of topics during her presentation, including: professional tips for obtaining a job after graduation, insights on how the public relations world is changing and samples of her previous work.

Johnson will speak at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Attendees will have the opportunity to answer trivia questions and win door prizes throughout the event. Johnson's presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Mallory Feeney, chapter president, UNI PRSSA, at 563-542-8299 or  

February 12, 2016 - 9:09am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Gallery of Art will present the documentary, “Jackson Pollock’s Mural: The Story of a Modern Masterpiece,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB), Room 111.

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Kelley, the film’s producer and director, proposed the project because of his love of art and passion for the new University of Iowa Museum of Art. Kelley described the film as a “film about a journey – the journey of how one painting changed the course of modern American art over seventy years ago, and the painting’s journey around the world after a disastrous flood destroyed its home.” Ben Hill, executive producer; Kirk Murray, director of photography; and Dana Telsrow, assistant editor and graphics animator, along with Kelley and others from the University of Iowa Office of Strategic Communication, worked on the film for over a year.

A question and answer session will begin immediately following the screening, where guests may interact with Kelley and UI Museum of Art Director Sean O’Harrow.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or

February 12, 2016 - 4:15pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host the Imago Theatre's "ZooZoo" performance at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26.

Imago Theatre is best known for FROGZ and internationally acclaimed for its special brand of vaudeville, comedy, acrobatics and illusions. Their performance "ZooZoo" has everything from sleeping hippos, cuddly polar bears, overly competitive penguins, fancy-restaurant-patronizing anteaters, slithering snakes, lethargic frogs and frisky rabbits. It is imaginatively choreographed, with synchronization and acrobatics to provide a wonderfully wacky show, perfect for the whole family.

This is a Buck A Show, offering kids' tickets for just $1. Ticket prices for adults begin at $19. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

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

February 12, 2016 - 4:24pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host the Tony Award-winning musical "Once" at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21.

Featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage, "Once" tells the enchanting tale off a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.

Ticket prices for "Once" begin at $26 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

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

February 11, 2016 - 10:00am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Christopher Edginton, a professor of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services at the University of Northern Iowa, is being interviewed by NBC Nightly News for a segment that will air at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 on NBC. (Editor's Note: The segment has been pushed back to next week. The new night and time has not been announced yet.)

Earlier this week, Edginton was featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal. The article details how Edginton, 69 years old, suffered from high cholesterol, in spite of an improved diet and cholesterol-lowering medication. Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a preventive cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic who has been treating Edginton, determined that reducing work-related stress was the key to lowering his cholesterol.

NBC Nightly News will be interviewing both Edginton and Dr. Kopecky to discuss Edginton’s issues with stress and cholesterol and how other people can apply the lessons from his experience to improve their own personal health.

“I am hopeful that, by sharing my story and what has transpired here in my life, it will provide opportunities for other people to deal with stressors and other concerns that they may have,” Edginton said. “By sharing it, I want to make sure that people have the opportunity to learn from my life experience.”

Edginton has experienced noticeable physical and mental improvements after scaling back his administrative responsibilities, resigning leadership posts in various professional organizations and reducing his workload to one teaching position.

February 9, 2016 - 11:39am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host UNI Day at the Statehouse from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22, at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. The event will highlight UNI programs and inform legislators about the impact UNI has on the state.

"UNI Day at the Capitol is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase why UNI is so valuable to the state of Iowa," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "The number of students, faculty and alumni that volunteer to engage with legislators and advocate on our behalf at the Statehouse is a testament to the passion that people have for this great university. We had a terrific turnout last year, and I'm looking forward to another successful UNI Day this year."

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

For more information, contact Mary Braun, UNI state relations officer, at 319-273-6144 or

February 8, 2016 - 10:54am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are joining forces to impact current and future UNI students by participating in We Are One UNI.We Are One logo

Weeklong philanthropy events will be held Feb. 22 through 26.

- Feb. 22 through 23. The campus community will be informed about the impact philanthropy has had at UNI through student participation, visuals posted around campus and social media posts.

- Feb. 24 is the second annual day of giving. The initiative will last 24 hours, from 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, through 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 25. The first day of giving was held in December 2014. More than 480 donors raised $134,389. Participation-based challenges will be announced throughout the day on Feb. 24.

- Feb. 25 through 26. Students, faculty and staff will thank alumni and friends of the university for their generosity with handwritten thank you cards.

For more information, visit Follow We Are One UNI on Facebook at or Twitter at

February 8, 2016 - 2:14pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Community Music School (CMS) has announced its spring schedule of classes. The CMS is an outreach program of the UNI School of Music and offers year-round music and fine arts curriculum for pre-kindergarten through senior citizens.

All classes, lessons, rehearsals and performances are given on campus in UNI School of Music facilities. Professional music educators, performers and School of Music students comprise the staff at the CMS.

Registration for the following classes is accepted throughout the year:

CMS Private Lessons in Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion and Keyboard for Kindergarten through Adults. Beginning through advanced level students broaden their musical horizons with weekly individual lessons that may begin anytime during the year. For more information, contact Nicole Green at 319-273-3160 or

Improv One for Grades 4 through 12. Improv One is a new program starting this spring. Using folk songs as models, participants will learn to creatively embellish a simple melody, understand elementary harmony, and play in traditional and swing styles during the eight-week group classes. All instruments are welcome (pianos will be furnished). Students will be placed into grade appropriate groups. Session dates are from Monday, March 7, through Wednesday, May 4. For more information, contact Green at 319-273-3160 or

CMS Organ Studio for Youth and Adults. The Organ Studio is a new collaboration between the CMS and the UNI School of Music organ faculty. All weekly private lessons -- youth and adult -- take place on the Wolff Concert Organ in Jebe Hall on the UNI campus. No prior organ experience is required for either youth or adult students, but youth should have completed at least two years of piano study and adult students should have at least a moderate level of piano proficiency. For more information, contact Mariko Morita at

UNI Children’s Choir for Youth Grades 2 through 9. UNI Children’s Choir (UNICC) is a performing vocal ensemble that provides opportunities for children to have fun while learning basic vocal development skills in preparation for high quality concerts. Loving to sing is a prerequisite! Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings. The UNICC Spring Concert is scheduled for Friday, May 6. For more information, contact Crystal Waltz at

UNI New Horizons Band for Adults 50 Years and Older. UNI New Horizons Band is for adults who love music and want to play in a concert band. Members range from beginners through advanced players. New Horizons Band rehearses twice a week and presents winter, spring and summer concerts. For more information, contact Diana Blake at 319-352-3007 or

For more information about all UNI Community Music School programs, please visit the CMS website,

For more information regarding the spring schedule of classes for the CMS, contact Cindi Mason, Director of the Community Music School, at 319-273-2142 or

February 5, 2016 - 12:33pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will be hosting the 12th annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in the UNI Commons Ballroom. The event will recognize the contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders.

Awards are available for individuals and organizations. Award categories include Business Partner of the Year, Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year, Nonprofit Board Member of the Year, Koob Award for Collaboration, Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership, Legacy Award, New Nonprofit Employee of the Year and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year. The New Nonprofit Employee of the Year will receive a one-year membership to the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association, and the organization recognized as the Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year will receive a cash gift of $1,000 sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa in recognition for their outstanding efforts.

Any person may submit a nomination and there is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted. Nominations are due by Tuesday, March 1st. Nomination forms are available at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance website,

For more information, contact Julianne Gassman, director of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, at 319-273-2204 or

February 4, 2016 - 1:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The eighth annual Darwin Week will be held on the University of Northern Iowa campus Monday, Feb. 8 through Thursday, Feb. 11. The event is hosted by University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNI), a student organization for skeptics, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers. The group is dedicated to community, intellectual engagement, activism and service.

Darwin Week is entirely organized by students and focuses on different aspects of life, science, nature and culture. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature different speakers throughout the week, centering around the themes of Science, Skepticism, and Religion. In addition to daily lectures from UNI faculty members, keynote lectures will be held each night at 7 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education in Maucker Union.

This year’s keynote speakers are as follows:

- Dr. Rebecca Goldstein, an American philosopher, novelist and public intellectual, will serve as the keynote lecturer on Monday, Feb. 8.

- Steve O’Kane, professor of biology, and Jerome Soneson, professor of philosophy and head of the philosophy department, will deliver a combined presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

- Robert Wallace from the University of Iowa will deliver a lecture on the topic of epidemiology on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

- Michael Shermer, an American science writer, science historian, founder of The Skeptics Society and editor-in-chief of Skeptic magazine, will speak about skepticism on Thursday, Feb. 11. 

“Darwin Week is a great way to learn about a variety of specialized topics from experts in the field,” said Jesse Moeller, Director of Public Relations and co-organizer of Darwin Week.  “This event is a wonderful contribution to the intellectual dialogue on campus. It’s a way to help people think critically and appreciate knowledge. The open door speaking format of Darwin Week invites people to learn about the world around us, a very valuable contribution that isn’t always executed in classes on a college campus.”

Darwin Week was first created to commemorate the work of Charles Darwin and his notable contributions to the field of science, but has since expanded to include different aspects, such as diversity and sexuality.

For more information, visit, or contact Jesse Moeller, director of public relations for UNIFI, at 563-579-5666 or

February 4, 2016 - 2:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The Spring Job and Internship Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the McLeod Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus. More than 120 employers, organizations and nonprofits will be there to network with UNI students and alumni, as well as discuss internships and full-time jobs. Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume to share with company and organization representatives.

"The UNI Job and Internship Fair has launched numerous careers over the years. The event is highly regarded, as employers love to work with the UNI community," said Matt Nuese, associate director of Career Services. "As a team connecting students to a career, we like the event because it's a kickoff to the recruiting season!"

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

Registration is not required for participation. For more information, contact Sarah Goblirsch, assistant director of employer relations for Career Services, at 319-273-2084 or

February 2, 2016 - 7:55am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Rod Library and Student Disability Services will host "The New Asylums: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System," as part of the Reaching for Higher Ground "And Justice for All" series. The event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), on UNI's campus.

According to Frontline producers, there are nearly 500,000 mentally ill men and women serving time in U.S. jails and prisons, while fewer than 55,000 Americans currently receive treatment in psychiatric hospitals. Challenges faced within the criminal justice and mental health systems will be addressed in the discussion.

Steven Onken, associate professor of social work, will facilitate an audience discussion with panelists from local mental and criminal justice systems. Panelists include Al Hays, UNI emeritus professor in public policy; Thomas Eachus, UnityPoint/Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center; Marvin Spencer, First Judicial District Dept. of Correctional Services; and Lacey Combs, a UNI social work masters student interning at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women.

Excerpts from a video titled "The Released" will be shown that contain some graphic language and imagery.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend. People with a disability who require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program are encouraged to contact Susan Basye, assistant director of administration and planning, Rod Library, at 319-273-2737 or at least one week prior to the event.

For more information about the film and discussion, contact Barb Weeg, collection strategist librarian and associate professor, Rod Library, at 319-273-3705 or

February 1, 2016 - 8:17am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Black Student Union will hold numerous events throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month.

Some highlights include:

- Tejumola “Teju” Ologboni, a storyteller, folklorist and oral historian, will be sharing stories and poems drawn from African traditions and African American history and folklore at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Central for Multicultural Education.

- An open panel discussion on “African Americans in the Workplace” with African American professionals from UNI and the Cedar Valley community will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Room 115 in Seerley Hall.

- The Tunnel of Oppression will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Lang Hall basement classrooms. Each room will show a reenactment of modern-day oppression of minorities, such as racial profiling and displays in the media.

- A trivia night that focuses on the contributions African Americans have made throughout history will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Room 133 in Sabin Hall.

- Rasheed Cromwell will be holding a nationally recognized workshop that will challenge traditional thinking and leave participants with an action plan for improving themselves and the diversity experience on campus. This workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Center for Multicultural Education.

- The Toast for Change, a formal campus celebration acknowledging the positive changes in our culture and on the UNI campus, will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, in the Commons Ballroom

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

February 1, 2016 - 8:21am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will host "An Evening With Garrison Keillor" at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Garrison Keillor is an American author, storyteller, humorist and radio personality. He is known for hosting the Minnesota Public Radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion." Keillor will share hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and "late-life fatherhood." Keillor blends a dry sense of humor with music to captivate audiences using his unique brand of comedy, class, charisma and wisdom. Keillor's long-time musical director and pianist, Rich Dworsky, will join him on stage.

Ticket prices for "An Evening With Garrison Keillor" begin at $26 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

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

January 29, 2016 - 10:01am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Annie," one of the world's best-loved family musicals, will be performed at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"Annie" is directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro. The musical tells the story of a remarkable redhead and her relentlessly optimistic pursuit of her dreams. This performance of the musical will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original, and includes well-known songs "It's A Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and "Tomorrow."

Ticket prices for the "Annie" performance start at $26 and can be purchased at any UNItix locations, at or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

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

January 29, 2016 - 10:05am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is offering admitted students and their guests a sneak peek at campus during one-day visits on Friday, Feb. 12 and 26, called “UNI Up Close.” UNI Up Close functions as an open house that provides prospective students with the opportunity to speak with faculty and staff, visit residence halls, learn more about financial aid, and get an in-depth look at UNI.

Students and guests will attend academic workshops, departmental and campus tours, the UNI majors and Student Activities Fair and various open houses, including the Residence Halls and Rod Library.

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

January 28, 2016 - 9:08am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 10th annual African-American Read-In will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus. There will be two featured guests at the event: Angela Johnson and Nothando Zulu.

Johnson is an award-winning American children's poetry book author. She began her writing career in 1989 with the publication of a picture book called "Tell Me a Story, Mama," which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award in 1991. She currently has 40 books to her credit, many of which have also won awards.

Zulu has been a master storyteller for more than 30 years. She is the founder of the Black Storytellers Alliance of Minnesota and has also won numerous awards. Through her storytelling, she educates her audiences about African and African-American culture.

More than 500 first-grade students will participate in the read-in. TC and TK will be available to have their photo taken with students.

For more information, visit www.vpaf.uni.eduaac/readin.shtml or contact Gloria Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or