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University of Northern Iowa and Iowa Public Radio seek presidential candidates for forums

October 19, 2011

Ben Allen, UNI president, 319-273-2566,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

Jonathan Ahl, news director, Iowa Public Radio, 515-725-1702,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) have invited presidential candidates to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today."

Details regarding dates, candidates and times will be shared as campaigns confirm their attendance. The education forums provide a focused opportunity for each candidate to address education in the pivotal state of Iowa. The forums are free and open to the public, and will be recorded and broadcast statewide on Iowa Public Radio.

The forum will include a 30-minute statement from the candidate on his/her education platform and priorities for early childhood through postsecondary education, followed by a series of education-related questions from the audience. The forums will be moderated by Iowa Public Radio.

"The importance of educational excellence to our competitive position in the global economy is widely recognized as calls for education reform echo across the country," said UNI President Ben Allen. "Education has long been a prized value of Iowans, and UNI plays an important role in preparing Iowa's teachers."

For more information about these forums and invitations to candidates, contact Pat Geadelmann, special assistant to the president and board for governmental relations at UNI, at 319-273-6144.

IPR manages station operations for WOI AM and FM, licensed to Iowa State University; WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM, licensed to The University of Iowa; and KUNI-FM and KHKE-FM, licensed to University of Northern Iowa. IPR informs, enriches and engages Iowans through radio programming and other media. IPR enhances civic and cultural connections across the state, strengthening communities and reflecting Iowa's sense of place.