Message from President Ben Allen

I am pleased to announce that the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet has accepted our invitation to visit campus and share his views on education and the pursuit of knowledge. At this time we are working with the Dalai Lama's North American Representative to secure a date. We are aware of the Dalai Lama's health concerns and that he has temporarily suspended his travel commitments. Our future actions will depend on his health and decisions from his office. We are hopeful that the visit will occur during the academic year of 2009-10 or in fall 2010.

Looking ahead, this is an opportunity for the entire campus, community and state to come together and celebrate our commitment to all aspects of education and reflect on the everlasting impression we can leave on each person we encounter -- both in and out of the classroom.

I look forward to working with the whole campus community to create a truly special series of events culminating in an important and powerful day at UNI with the Dalai Lama. A steering committee will be appointed, and I encourage the entire campus to begin considering how best to make the visit a learning opportunity for all.

We will provide you with updates as information becomes available.

Benjamin Allen
University of Northern Iowa