Steve Schofield, UNI Athletics, 319-273-7465
Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa Athletics is partnering with campus on Elevating Educators, a new initiative that seeks to recognize and elevate professional educators in Iowa, nationwide and throughout the world.
"UNI Athletics is excited to have an opportunity to partner with our campus community to honor professional educators," said David Harris, UNI director of athletics. "Elevating Educators is an initiative that will bring much needed attention to the important role that these men and women play in our society. This partnership allows us the chance to pay homage to our history as an institution while giving respect to educators across the world."
UNI is acknowledged as Iowa’s premier teaching school because of its rich 142-year history and proven track record of graduating highly prepared, sought-after teacher education graduates. The university graduates more than 450 new teachers each year who join the more than 17,000 UNI alumni educators around the world. UNI also prepares principals, superintendents and speech pathologists, school librarians, counselors and psychologists, as well as many other educator roles in steady demand.
To kick off the Elevating Educators initiative, UNI is offering all educators who work in a pre-K through 12 school district two free tickets to the UNI vs. Missouri State football game and tailgate set for 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at the UNI-Dome. Details on how to obtain these tickets will be announced at a later date.
In addition to the Nov. 17 football game, Elevating Educators will honor educators throughout the year with different recognition events, social media campaigns, a visual illustration of the initiative on all Panther Athletics uniforms, a pen-pal program between current student-athlete education majors and students in pre-K through 12 schools interested in the profession, and more.
Educators and Panther fans can find more information about Elevating Educators as it becomes available at UNIPanthers.com/ElevatingEducators or by following UNI Athletics on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.