UNI's beloved mascot, "TC", fully supports National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative! Big Cats is an action committed to saving lions, tigers, panthers (like "TC"), leopards, jaguars, and other big cats in the wild. The goal of the initiative is the long-term survival of big cats by reducing threats, such as poaching and snaring, keeping the peace between cats and local farmers, and community outreach and engagement.
UNI undergraduate Social Science Education/History students, Annalee Hollingsworth, Jennifer Jorgensen, and Sydney White presented their INSPIRE-related curricular materials in November 2013 at the National Council for the Social Studies conference in St. Louis, MO. Along with Dr. Alex Oberle, they co-presented a poster describing high-altitude ballooning and related lesson plans that focused on the use of aerial photography in relation to economic geography (Cedar Falls, IA); geopolitics/immigration (Lukeville, AZ and Sonoyta, Mexico); and rural decline (Shannon City, IA).