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UNI Creative Life Research Center aims to engage and inspire

September 12, 2013

Gary Gute, associate professor, UNI School of Applied Human Sciences, 319-273-6449,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Creative Life Research Center has opened its doors for the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Northern Iowa. The center aims to offer the UNI community a transformative learning experience, as well as opportunities for engagement and inquiry, through a variety of events and programs.

"Our mission is to build lives of meaning through the processes, places and products of creativity," said center director Gary Gute. "In our culture, creativity is often perceived with a bias toward the arts, or as an attribute of only select people. Our center views creativity much more broadly — as solving problems in ways that are novel, useful and appropriate."

The center will offer students the latest research tools, opportunities for interdisciplinary and faculty-student collaboration, and exposure to renowned scholars, educators, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs via campus conferences, guest lectures and TEDx events. The center will host its first event, the First Annual Creative UNIversity Conference, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at UNI's Maucker Union. The all-day event will introduce the center and showcase the creative work of UNI students and faculty.

For more information, contact Gute at 319-273-6449 or