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April 21, 2016 - 4:29pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Department of Art will present Congressman Blum’s "2016 Congressional Art Competition" of Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, which will take place Tuesday, April 26 through Saturday, May 7, in Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South.

An awards ceremony and opening reception for the exhibition will be held Wednesday, May 4 from 6-8 p.m. Congressman Rod Blum will take an official tour of submissions at 6:15 p.m. and address attendees at 7:15 p.m. Afterwards, a Grand Prize winner, a second place winner and three honorable mentions will be announced.

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. Last year, four Iowa high school students were honored. The Grand Prize-winning artwork will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

The following sponsors make this programming possible: the University of Northern Iowa, South West Airlines and Kyle's Framing & Gallery in Marion, IA.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. The gallery is located on the main floor of KAB South.

For additional information, contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

April 15, 2016 - 8:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics hosted the State of Iowa Physics Competition Tuesday, April 12, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

Approximately 145 students from 20 different schools participated. Grinnell High School placed first, led by instructor Chris Molitor; Cedar Falls High School placed second, led by instructor Meghan Reynolds; and Decorah High School placed third, led by instructor Tim Hayes.

Individual event winners were Grinnell High School in the catapult event, led by Molitor; Cedar Falls High School in the mousetrap car event, led by Reynolds; Manson Northwest Weber High School in the bridge-building event, led by Jessica Waller; Wahlert Catholic High School of Dubuque in the soda straw arm event, led by instructor Tom Stierman; and Cedar Falls High School in the challenge problem event, led by Reynolds.

For more information, contact Larry Escalada, UNI professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or lawrence.escalada@uni.edu.

April 15, 2016 - 10:29am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa recognized students during the Student Leadership Awards ceremony on April 12. Awards were presented to students and student organizations for outstanding student leadership throughout the 2015-16 academic year.

The list of awards and award winners include:

UNI C.A.R.E. Awards. This award is intended for UNI students, faculty, staff, organizations or programs that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to and a positive impact on a sustainable future. Recipients are Katie Young, Julie Grunklee and NextGen Climate Action Iowa – UNI Chapter.

Drake Martin Gold Star Awards. This award is given to student leaders for outstanding contributions to on-campus living at UNI. This is the highest residential leadership award at UNI and has been presented annually since 1989. Recipients are Abigail Kreun, Crystal Pottebaum, Melissa Molsberry, Matthew Klein and Anna Kron.

Student Employee of the Year. Finalists for this award are selected based on the impact of their contribution, their initiative, professionalism and quality of work. This year's recipient is Kayla Peterson.

Student Organizations Emerging Leader of the Year. This award is designed to recognize a member in a student organization that has demonstrated emerging leadership in the organization, a commitment to developing their own leadership ability and has exceeded the expectations of the membership of the organization. Recipients are Ben Vaske, Clarine Ford, Shelby Yates and Ulrikke Adolfsen.

Student Organization Advisor of the Year. This award is designed to recognize a student organization advisor who has excelled and exemplified outstanding service, dedication and leadership to the organization to distinguish itself. This year's recipient is Paul Sapp.

Student Organization Program of Distinction. This award is designed to recognize significant achievements by student organizations in the planning and presentation of programs. Recipients are the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (presented by Service & Leadership Council) and Adopt a Platoon (presented by UNI Veterans Association).

Dr. Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership. This scholarship recognizes students for their leadership contributions during their tenure at UNI and potential to model leadership for women. This year's recipient is Gabriella Ruggiero.

Student Organization of the Year. This award is designed to recognize a student organization that has exemplified excellence among its peers in the dedication and development of its members, and its contributions to the campus community and beyond. This year's recipient is the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association – UNI Chapter.

Servant Leader Award. This award recognizes those who have worked for the common good while putting the needs of others first. Recipients are Parker Bennett, Gabriella Daft, Richard Morgan, Diksha Ojha, Crystal Pottebaum, Grace Ritter, Gabriella Ruggiero, Jamal White and Shelby Yates.

Outstanding Student Leader. This award is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated dedication and leadership through their involvement in one or more campus activities. Recipients are Walter Abrego, Jacob Ferguson, Olivia Ferguson, Austin Hansen, Haley Hasenstein and Juana Hollingsworth.

Lux Service Award. This award is the most prestigious award given to graduating senior students each academic year to acknowledge the culmination of their overall involvement. Recipients consistently go above and beyond, leaving a lasting legacy upon graduation. Recipients are Paul Andersen, Hansen Breitling and Joellen Hatchett.

April 14, 2016 - 10:03am

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Cedar Falls, IA -- Next week, the University of Northern Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) will receive the Student Entrepreneurship Program of the Year award presented by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA). UNI JPEC is the inaugural recipient of this international award.

InBIA is a nonprofit organization advocating for the advancement of global entrepreneurship and incubation. The Student Entrepreneurship Program of the Year award is presented to a program that excelled, providing educational and entrepreneurial opportunities to student populations.

On April 18, the UNI JPEC team will be traveling to Orlando, Florida, to attend the 30th International Conference on Business Incubation. They will be recognized at the Member Recognition & Awards Dinner at the Kennedy Space Center.

"The entire JPEC team has worked hard to create a program that serves student entrepreneurs and we appreciate the acknowledgement of our effort by InBIA. We are humbled to be awarded with so many other great incubator programs across the world," said UNI JPEC associate director and intellectual property officer, Katherine Cota-Uyar.

This award is a direct reflection of the JPEC’s mission to create a comprehensive program in entrepreneurship education for students while incorporating UNI’s intellectual property and technology transfer activities. Specialized educational opportunities offered to students by the JPEC include the R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator, a minor and certificate in entrepreneurship, competitions as well as a student organization.

The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, a division of UNI’s Business and Community Services, can be reached at  www.jpec.org, 319-273-JPEC (5732) or email jpec@uni.edu.

April 13, 2016 - 10:44am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host a screening of the documentary film “No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in Room 002, Sabin Hall. The film’s director and producer, Paula Fouce, will introduce the film and then conduct a question-and-answer session following the conclusion of the screening.

“No Asylum” is based on more than 70 recently discovered documents, including letters written by Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father, that detail the desperate efforts of a loving father to save his family from the murderous clutches of the Nazis and his failure to find a safe haven for his daughters, Anne and Margot, and his wife, Edith.

This will be the first screening of the film in the Midwest.

The event is organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at UNI, with assistance from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. The screening represents the eighth annual Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture. The lecture is funded by Norman Cohn, a native of Waterloo and a graduate of Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI).

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephen Gaies, professor of Languages and Literatures, at 319-273-3870 or gaies@uni.edu.

April 13, 2016 - 11:01am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Education (MAE) or Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) in Principalship programs that begin in the fall of 2016. These two-year programs are designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as PK-12 principals or supervisors of special education.

Two course sequence paths are offered to meet unique leadership needs. The All-Iowa sequence focuses on school leadership in Iowa’s suburban and rural school districts. The Urban Education Network (UEN) sequence, developed with Iowa’s UEN member districts, addresses issues facing urban education.

“We are really proud of our school leadership preparation programs here at the University of Northern Iowa,” said Susan Alborn-Yilek, program coordinator. “Our faculty and staff members are committed to ensuring our graduate students have an exceptional experience and are prepared school leaders upon completion of the program.”

Courses in these programs are offered one night per week during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing. Some courses are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system, and the first summer session includes a short on-campus experience.

The program begins this fall using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree or certificate to be awarded in the summer of 2018. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/principalship.

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

April 13, 2016 - 11:10am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Education degree in Literacy Education beginning in the fall of 2016. This program is designed to develop and extend the expertise of educators in both leadership and classroom positions who wish to specialize in the area of literacy education. Students examine theories, programs and practices in the teaching of literacy, the evaluation of literacy development and the integration of literacy across curricular areas.

“The strength of our master’s program in Literacy Education can be seen in three distinct areas: the quality of coursework we provide which leads to a Reading Specialist K-12 endorsement, the expertise of our faculty across various aspects of literacy learning and research, and the distance delivery model that provides convenient access to our program through online instruction and includes consistent face-to-face interactions through Adobe Connect and Zoom video conferencing,” said Deborah Tidwell, program coordinator.

Courses in this program are offered via interactive video conferencing methods (including Adobe Connect) on Tuesdays during fall and spring semesters. Some courses and coursework are offered online using eLearning.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/literacy. For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

April 7, 2016 - 10:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced that Shelby Yates from the University of Northern Iowa is among the 218 students chosen to receive the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Yates is currently a sophomore Leisure, Youth and Human Services major at UNI.

This award honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for the civic engagement of higher education.

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate such an extraordinary group of students,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “We are seeing a resurgence in student interest in acting to create lasting social change, and this year’s Newman Civic Fellows exemplify that commitment.”

In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors were encouraged to nominate undergraduate or graduate students who are proven leaders with both the motivation and ability to make substantial contributions toward public problem solving for this special recognition.

Recipients will represent their higher education institution in a national group of student leaders. These students will receive an award certificate and an invitation to join the Newman Civic Fellows online network. They will also be featured prominently on the Campus Compact national website and honored at the Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Campus Awards event on Tuesday, May 31, at the University of Iowa.

April 6, 2016 - 4:25pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Textiles and Apparel program (TAPP) will present its 24th annual fashion and design show at 7p.m., Saturday, April 9, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI campus.

This year's show, "Midnight in Manhattan," will feature designs suitable for areas within the city such as Harlem, Soho and the Upper East Side. Students in the fashion promotion class organize the show with designs made by textile and apparel design students.

"The show has a little bit of everything, incorporating designs that are edgy, casual and elegant. These three themes not only characterize the three sections of the show, but also define three of the many regions of Manhattan itself," said Madeline Meyer, co-executive director of the fashion and design show.

The event is free and open to the public. The Northern Iowa Student government and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences provide funding for the fashion show. For more information, contact Meyer at meyermbi@uni.edu

April 6, 2016 - 4:55pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three new summer shows will be performed at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center this June and July.

Well-known country singer Loretta Lynn will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 25. She has paved the way for women in the country music industry and has played alongside great icons like Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. Her music confronted many of the major social issues of her time, drawing on her life story as a coal miner's daughter to talk about real life struggles. Ticket prices begin at $45.

The newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, "The Oak Ridge Boys" will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, July 11. The band's unique harmony is one of the most recognizable sounds in the music industry, and their upbeat songs include classics that are some of the most recognizable in 80s pop music. The band has four decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition that they now bring to the Gallagher Bluedorn stage. Ticket prices begin at $48.50. 

"Huey Lewis and the News" will perform at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 17. Huey Lewis has one of the most recognizable voices of his generation. This Grammy Award-winning band has written and performed classic Top Ten hits like "The Power of Love," "Hip to Be Square" and "I Want a New Drug." Ticket prices begin at $32.

Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

April 5, 2016 - 8:49am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Each spring, departments at the University of Northern Iowa select distinguished graduates to participate in the Alumni in Residence program. These accomplished alumni return to campus to speak with students about their professional experiences and help them understand the connections between the theories they learn in the classroom and the practice in the professional world. Alumni also meet with faculty groups to discuss current trends and issues in the workplace, tour campus and visit with student organizations about how extracurricular experiences may open doors during their job searches. In addition, they are invited to attend a joint luncheon hosted by the UNI Alumni Association and UNI Foundation.

Each college coordinates the selection of alumni participants and their Alumni in Residence experience. The 2016 class includes: 

College of Business Administration

- Finance: Rebecca Albers ’96, financial advisor, Wells Fargo Bank NA

- Marketing: Cory Henke ’05, director of business development, Concept by Iowa Hearing Aid Centers

- Economics: Pete Hosch ’00, group vice president of store development and real estate, HyVee Food Stores, Inc.

- Management Information Systems: Dan Kunkel ’03, vice president of business initiatives, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

- Accounting: Phyllis Tinker ’93, corporate controller, Lauridsen Group 

 

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

- Psychology: Katie Kuker ’06 ’08, program manager, Strategic Workforce Planning, John Deere

- Geography: Jennifer Rover ’98, geographer, United States Geological Survey (Chester, South Dakota)

- Mental Health Counseling: Jake Schaefer ’01 ’08, mental health counselor, Cedar Falls Counseling Associates

- Home Economics Dietetics: Angie Tagtow ’91, executive director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

 

College of Humanities Arts & Sciences

- Communication Studies: Carol Bodensteiner ’72, author

- Mathematics: Allysen Lovstuen ’01 ’06, math teacher, Decorah Community School District

- Communication Studies: Katie Patterson ’05, owner and founder, Happy Medium

- Physics/Mathematics: Brian Raue ’85, professor of physics, Florida International University (Hialeah, Florida)

- Spanish: Ed Rosheim ’89 ’91, president, Workplace Languages (Saint Paul, Minnesota)

- Communication: Andrew Rubenbauer ’14, account coordinator, Happy Medium

- Biology/Chemistry: Rochelle Remus ’08, pediatric resident physician, Mercy Pediatric Clinic

- Biology/Chemistry: Emily VanLaar ’97, medical science, Genzyme (Savage, Minnesota)

For more information, contact Susan Reinart, assistant director of stewardship and events for the UNI Foundation, at 319-273-6078 or susan.reinart@uni.edu.

April 5, 2016 - 1:21pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "The Illusionists" will perform their world-famous magic show at the UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26.

Direct from Broadway, the world's best-selling magic show will showcase jaw-dropping talents of seven incredible illusionists. "The Illusionists" has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Ticket prices for "The Illusionists" performance begin at $38 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

April 5, 2016 - 1:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will be honoring local nonprofits at the 12th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus. The luncheon will recognize the outstanding contributions of local nonprofits, nonprofit leaders and UNI faculty and staff. Awards are available for individuals and for organizations.

Award winners are as follows: Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year – Panther Sports Properties; Robert Koob Award for Collaboration – Cedar Valley Campaign for Grade Level Reading; Nonprofit Board Member of the Year – Maria Maixner, Self-Help International; Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership – Sarah Hanson, UNI Dance Marathon and RJ McElroy Trust; New Nonprofit Employee of the Year – Sarah Nylin, Boys and Girls Club of The Cedar Valley; Legacy Award – Linda Hughes, The Larrabee Center, Inc.; Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year – Kim Young-Kent, Tri-County Child and Family Development Council, Inc.; and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year – Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity. Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity will receive a cash gift of $1,000, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, in recognition for their outstanding efforts.  

Veridian Community Engagement Fellows will also be recognized at this event. UNI Fellowship recipients are as follows: Jennifer Cooley and Elise BuBord, Project: Community Collaboration for Language, Literacy and Learning; and Denise Talkson, Project: Promoting Home Literacy Development for Rural Families in Need.

Amanda Goodman from KWWL TV will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a program of UNI’s division of Leisure, Youth, and Human Services. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national certification and credentialing program that works to strengthen the social sector with a talented and prepared workforce.

For more information, contact Julianne Gassman, director of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, at 319-273-2204 or gassman@uni.edu.

April 5, 2016 - 2:36pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Applications are being accepted for the Instructional Technology Master of Arts degree program to begin this summer. This program prepares professionals to be leaders in instructional technology in the classroom, district and beyond. Students focus on integrating technology into the classroom.

“Our graduates are making a difference in Iowa’s schools. We provide them with experiences to create a vision of what is possible and then develop the skills to make it happen. Many of our cohort students use what they learn in this program to advance their careers in their schools, districts or across the state,” said Leigh Zeitz, program coordinator. “Technology is not the emphasis in our program. Using technology to enable students to engage in unique hands-on learning opportunities is at the heart of our masters. Join us and make a difference in our schools.”

This graduate degree will be earned online and meet one night per week via interactive video conferencing. Coursework begins in the summer of 2016 using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through a course sequence, with the degree to be awarded in the spring of 2018. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/itech.

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864. 

April 5, 2016 - 2:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for the Technology Management Bachelor of Arts degree program, for a new cohort beginning this fall. This program is designed for graduates of career and technical programs from Iowa’s community colleges and focuses on industry while incorporating an applied approach to critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills.

“The Technology Management program is a great program for students at a distance that would like to add on to their AAS degree and get into higher management or technical positions,” said Ali Kashef, program coordinator.

Courses are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. The program also uses a cohort model in which students move together through the coursework, with the degree to be awarded in the spring of 2020. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/tech-management.

For information about additional offerings available from Continuing and Distance Education through UNI, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

April 1, 2016 - 9:59am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) group exhibition from Monday, April 25, through Saturday, May 7, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB). An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., April 25, in the KAB south lobby.

Justin D. Allen of Fredericksburg will present an exhibition titled "Memorial." Allen is a photographer and book artist who uses an anthropological approach to make humorous and poetic photographs. In this exhibition, he explores the many ways people attach memories to physical objects and how those memories change over time.

Kelly Ann Cunningham of Montgomery, Alabama, will present an exhibition titled "We Are Safe Here: On Domesticity and Femininity in Folk Tales." Cunningham is a graphic designer working in both print and digital platforms to construct narratives that connect with the viewer on subconscious, primal and emotional levels. The exhibition is a dark and bittersweet exploration of femininity in folk tales and includes printed work and artist’s books illustrating lesser known folk and fairy tales.

Elise Hanson of Cedar Falls will present a photography exhibition titled "Cycles of Chance." Hanson is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily with various imaging technologies, such as Xerox machines, laser printers and wide-format film cameras. Her exhibition explores the physicality of various materials and machines, and is an investigation of themes on technology, chaos, disintegration and repetition.

Bradley Kennedy of Dyersville, who is completing a B.F.A. in graphic design with a minor in marketing, will present an exhibition titled "Hidden In Plain Sight." The artist states, "I am a graphic designer interested in the realm of perception and color, and I enjoy creating work that is visually aggressive, forcefully optical, yet pleasing and harmonious to the viewer. This exhibition of recent print and digital works articulates experiments in color, pattern, illusion, and optical contrast."

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/art/gallery.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

April 1, 2016 - 4:17pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Upsilon Nu Iota chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) international counseling honor society will host its second annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on Saturday, April 16. The event will run from 1 to approximately 4 p.m., and start and finish at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Registration will begin at 1, speakers will begin at 2 and the 3-mile walk will begin at 3.

Pablo Campos will be the keynote speaker as he shares his story, "Flying Under the Radar." He will share his experiences with depression, substance abuse and his attempt to take his own life during high school. Through his story, Campos hopes to encourage others to speak up when faced with adversity. There will also be a memorial table where participants can write why they walk and for organizations that are present to promote mental health.

"When you walk in the Out of a Darkness campus walks, you join in the effort with thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss," said Aubrey Davis, CSI secretary and Out of the Darkness Walk committee co-leader.

The purpose of the walk is to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention. The walk is free and open to the public, but participants who raise more than $100 will receive a free t-shirt at the event.

Individuals can register prior to the event by visiting www.tinyurl.com/uniwalk. Individuals are also welcome to register between 1 and 2 p.m. the day of the event.

For more information about the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, contact Davis at 563-422-7434 or davisaax@uni.edu

March 31, 2016 - 2:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNIBusiness will host an ethics forum titled “What if Iowa Transitioned to Clean Energy by 2050?” from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, at the Cedar Falls Public Library. Jack Yates, professor of psychology, and Carole Yates, communications and grants coordinator for the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, will be the featured speakers at the forum.

The forum will be a place to examine different hypothetical scenarios, explore consequences and present relevant research to better prepare us for the future ahead.

The event is organized by Craig VanSandt, an associate professor of management at the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration. VanSandt also serves as the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at UNI, a position he has held since August 2013. The holder of the chair is considered the foremost expert in the college on business ethics, teaches the topic in the classroom and serves as a resource and authority on the topic for business, government and nonprofit communities in Iowa and beyond.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/unibusiness-ethics-forum-what-if-iowa-transitioned-to-clean-energy-tickets-22985406971.

For more information, contact VanSandt at 319-273-6194 or craig.vansandt@uni.edu

March 30, 2016 - 10:33am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kaoru Ishibashi, a singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, will perform his self-recorded and self-produced project, "Kishi Bashi with Strings," at the University of Northern Iowa Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7.

Ishibashi's live show is a performance composed of live violin, vocal looping, drums, banjo, guitar, a string quartet and beat boxing. The main genre of "Kishi Bashi" is indie pop and rock. Ishibashi has become a familiar face on stages around the world as a touring violinist for the rock band "Of Montreal" and for singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.

Students from UNI will also share the stage with "Kishi Bashi with Strings." The student orchestra was recruited to accompany Ishibashi on select songs throughout the performance.

Ticket prices for "Kishi Bashi with Strings" begin at $29 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com or 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

March 30, 2016 - 2:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) fraternity chapter at the University of Northern Iowa is taking a stand against sexual assault. The chapter's philanthropy event is Sexual Assault Awareness Week (SAAW). The main focus of the week is to educate peers, professors and community members on how to watch for signs of sexual assault, along with prevention methods.

The fourth annual SAAW will be held from Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8, and all of the money raised throughout the week will be donated to Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, a local domestic violence shelter.

"We all have women that we care about: mothers, sisters, girlfriends. As men, it's our duty to ensure that we are doing all that we can to ensure their safety and the safety of all women, especially on college campuses. For us, one sexual assault is too many and we won't stop until we've solved this problem," said Alex Stepanek, Sigma Phi Epsilon member.

Events throughout the week include:

- Monday, April 4, “See-SAAW,” SigEp brothers will ride a seesaw outside the Maucker Union for 24 hours, demonstrating sexual assault can happen anytime.

- At 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, Vanessa McNeal, UNI graduate student and survivor of sexual assault will be releasing her most recent film, "We the Survivors," that features the stories of eight other survivors of sexual violence. Following the film, McNeal will be joined by UNI survivor and victim advocates from Student Wellness Services and the Riverview Center for a panel discussion that focuses on ways to support, empower and encourage survivors.

- At 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, the Snag a SigEp date auction will take place in the Maucker Union.

- At 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, a women's self defense class will be taught by university police officer Andrea Jennings. The class will feature education and self-defense techniques. A “Mentors in Violence Prevention” session will be facilitated by SigEp brothers to educate attendees on how to be active bystanders and do their part in preventing sexual assault.

- Friday, April 8, SigEp brothers will hand out cookies and informational pamphlets to thank individuals that participated in SAAW, while asking for donations for Cedar Valley Friends of the Family.

"I take part in raising awareness for sexual assault on our college campus because I have friends that are victims of sexual assault. When I see a UNI alert that there has been another sexual assault on campus, it tears me apart inside because I know that it can be prevented. I want to help lead the way with male leadership on college campuses to show students that they can make a difference in helping make campus safer and to show students they can make an impact that is sustainable and positive," said Jared Riter, SigEp chapter president.

For more information about SAAW week, visit uni.edu/mcleesc/wordpress or contact Justin Carlyle, SigEp Vice President of Programming, at carlylej@uni.edu

March 30, 2016 - 2:58pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Colleges Against Cancer chapter will host the 14th annual American Cancer Society: Relay For Life, from 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 9, in the McLeod Center.

The theme for this year's event is "Carnival of Hope." Relay For Life teams set up campsites in the McLeod Center while taking turns walking around the concourse. Throughout the night there will be food and merchandise for sale and numerous activities and entertainment provided, along with time for participants to reflect on how their lives have been impacted by cancer. Activities and entertainment will include: a silent auction and raffle, a Fear Factor contest, an American Cancer Society mission market, a Buffalo Wild Wings "Blazin' Wing Challenge," and a performance by the Brazillian 2wins.

The opening ceremony will begin at 3 p.m., followed by each team taking their first lap around the concourse. The Celebrate ceremony at 5:30 p.m. will recognize all survivors and caregivers in attendance at the event, while the Luminaria ceremony at 8:00 p.m. will be a time for reflection and to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer. Finally, the Fight Back ceremony at 11 p.m. will demonstrate ways to take action in the fight against cancer.

The event is free and open to the public. To sign up or donate to the event, visit www.relayforlife.org/uni. For additional information, contact Hailey Manternach, president of the UNI Colleges Against Cancer chapter, at manternh@uni.edu

March 29, 2016 - 9:56am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Comedian Brian Regan will perform at the UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 2.

Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. His nonstop theatre tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005. He incorporates a perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality and can turn the most mundane situations into sidesplitting stand-up material.

Regan released his album "All By Myself" in 2010 as a digital download with more than an hour of material. He also has released two critically acclaimed hour-long Comedy Central specials and DVDs, including "Brian Regan Standing Up" in 2007 and "The Epitome of Hyperbole" in 2008.

Ticket prices for Regan's performance begin at $41 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com or by calling 319-273-4849.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

March 29, 2016 - 10:00am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "The Lettermen," an American male pop music vocal trio, will perform at the UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 3.

The group was formed in 1959 and has had 11 gold records, five Grammy nominations, two Top 10 singles, and 16 Top 10 singles on the Adult Contemporary chart. Their first single was "The Way You Look Tonight" in 1961, and their second single was "When I Fall in Love." Their youthful harmonies and distinct attire immortalized them in the lives of many Americans during the 60s.

Ticket prices for "The Lettermen" begin at $26 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu

March 29, 2016 - 2:12pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Graduate College will host its ninth annual Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 6.

There are three categories of presentations and performances throughout the event, beginning with 28 poster presentations scheduled to take place from noon to 1:45 p.m., in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Following the poster presentations, there are 27 scheduled oral presentations from 2 to 4:30 p.m., in the lower level meeting rooms of Maucker Union.

Nine musical and creative writing performances will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

"Graduate faculty serve as judges for the event," said Kavita Dhanwada, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate College. "The symposium allows our graduate students the opportunity to showcase their research and creative works to the university community and the public. I'm very excited about the number of our students taking advantage of the symposium. Our student participation is the most in the event's nine year history."

First place awards of up to $300 will be presented to students in each category. The awards will be presented at the annual graduate faculty meeting at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 28, in the Rod Library scholar space.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.grad.uni.edu/graduate-student-symposium. 

March 28, 2016 - 1:56pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host “Brave Student Voices: Then and Now” from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in the Commons Ballroom on UNI’s campus. The event brings back to campus members of the “UNI 7,” a group of UNI students from 1970 that engaged in civil disobedience and fought for adequate representation, equality and inclusion for students of color on campus.

On March 16, 1970, members of the African-American Society of Cedar Falls participated in an all night sit-in at the home of President J.W. Maucker. The protest followed months of administrative inaction after the group petitioned the university in November 1969 to consider a list of demands that included the call for a “cultural house for the Afro-American students on campus.”

Participants in the sit-in left peacefully after being threatened with a court injunction. In the days that followed, the administration positively identified seven of the protesters, who came to be known as the UNI 7, and brought them before a disciplinary committee.

“Brave Student Voices: Then and Now” is a commemorative event that will bring these former students back to campus to be recognized for their brave leadership, and to connect them with current student leaders who have spoken out on similar issues.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Victoria DeFrancisco, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-7219 or victoria.defrancisco@uni.edu

March 28, 2016 - 2:32pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host a public information panel on the Zika virus from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the Elm Room in Maucker Union.

The discussion will focus on cultural, health, virology and prevention issues. Panel members include:

- Michele Devlin, professor of health promotion and education, and director of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities

- Catherine Zeman, professor of health promotion and education, and director of UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center

- Alba Aguillon, a UNI pre-MBA graduate student

The panel is sponsored by the UNI Division of Health Promotion and Education, the Global Health Corps (a project of UNI), and the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center.

For more information, contact Devlin at 319-273-5806 or michele.devlin@uni.edu, or Zeman at 319-273-7090 or catherine.zeman@uni.edu.

March 25, 2016 - 12:10pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Adam Carroll, author of “Winning the Money Game” and several other books geared towards helping college students better understand their finances, will present “The Money Savvy Student” at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Lang Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa’s campus. The first 300 attendees will receive a free copy of “Winning the Money Game.”

Carroll is considered one of the top transformational trainers in the country on the topic of financial literacy, and has presented at more than 500 colleges and universities nationwide, in addition to hundreds of leadership symposiums and countless local and regional organizations. Carroll is also a UNI alum.

The UNI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships invited Carroll to UNI as part of National Financial Literacy Month. The event is one of several presentations and activities taking place on campus in the month of April, all of them intended to educate students on how to manage their finances now and in the future.

For more information about Carroll, visit http://www.adamspeaks.com/.

For a complete list of the events taking place on UNI’s campus in celebration of Financial Literacy Month, please visit http://uni.edu/finaid/finlitmonth.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tim Bakula, associate director of customer service and outreach in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, at 319-273-2722 or tim.bakula.@uni.edu

March 23, 2016 - 8:05am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Philip Kutzko, a professor of mathematics and CLAS Collegiate Fellow at the University of Iowa, will present a lecture titled “It’s an Ethnic Thing: Cultural Challenges to Broadening Participation in Mathematics” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in Lantz Auditorium in McCollum Science Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Kutzko has been invited to UNI as the feature speaker for the 2016 Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture, and his lecture will present a rethinking of how mathematics is taught at universities today.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the UNI Department of Mathematics at 319-273-2631 or mathematics@uni.edu.

March 22, 2016 - 9:42am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa will host the third annual Mini Comic-Con from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 2.

Activities will include a kid zone, photo booth and trivia to test your knowledge of science and comics. There will also be a Batmobile replica outside the Campanile, a demonstration by the improv group Half Masted and a preview of the 24th annual design and fashion show, featuring garments designed and constructed by students in the Textiles and Apparel major. A variety of artists and panelists will also be at the event.

Deborah Whaley will serve as the Mini Comic-Con's keynote panelist. She will discuss, "Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels and Anime," her recent book dealing with African American and multi-ethnic women deployed in television, film, animation, gaming and print representations of comic book and graphic novel characters.

"Comics are playing a big role in our community, and RodCon gives our community a chance to come together to appreciate, discuss and understand the importance of comics in both educational and casual environments. Comics allow us not only a way to relax, but also a different way to hold conversations about politics, culture, current events and more. Adding images to the discussion the way comics do, allows the addition of a new depth of emotion and understanding," said Melissa Gevaert, RodCon planning committee member. "RodCon has been a great opportunity for the Rod Library to participate in campus wide diversity initiatives and provide an excellent outreach opportunity."

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information and a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/rod-con-2016

March 22, 2016 - 9:44am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – TheatreUNI will present “The Trojan Women” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9, and Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16, and at 2:00 p.m on April 10th and 17th in the Bertha Martin Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

For 10 years, the Greek armies have besieged the great city of Troy in a quest to retrieve the stolen queen Helen of Troy, the most beautiful women in the world. After the Greeks, through trickery, manage to destroy the city and kill all of its male inhabitants, the remaining women, nobles and commoners wait in a ruined hall to find out their fate. First performed almost 2,500 years ago, this play resonates for modern audiences with its immediacy and parallels to current events. This production, adapted and directed by assistant professor of performance Matthew James Weedman, is a fresh and exciting take on one of the great classics of theatre.

“The Trojan Women” is the final offering of TheatreUNI’s 2015-16 season. Scenery and projection designs are by Jordan Kelly Andrews, TheatreUNI’s production manager. Costume design is by Jenn Sheshko Wood, assistant professor of design and production. Lighting design is by Kayla Richardson, a senior design and production student. The stage manager is Elizabeth Hicks.

Tickets are $16 for adults and free for UNI students with their uCard. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office between noon and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time. For ticket information, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6833 or eric.lange@uni.edu.

March 22, 2016 - 1:58pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Institute for Youth Leaders will host Norman Dolch at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in Room 252 of the Wellness and Recreation Center on UNI’s campus. Dolch will be the featured speaker for the 2016 McElroy Scholar Lecture, and his presentation will focus on “Lifetime Leadership Lessons from Nonprofit Organizations.”

Dolch is a retired professor from the University of North Texas and Louisiana State University Shreveport. In addition to extensive volunteerism and nonprofit work, Dolch’s professional career has included the following professorial positions: campus director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program, director of Master of Science in Human Services Administration and founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. Dolch was also the recipient of the George A. Khoury Jr. Professorship of American Humanics.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Theodora Jn Baptiste, research associate for the Institute for Youth Leaders, at jnbataa@uni.edu.

March 22, 2016 - 2:02pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Students from the University of Northern Iowa will present their research in poster format Tuesday, March 29, in the First Floor Rotunda of the Iowa Statehouse. “Research in the Capitol” is an annual collaborative effort between the honors programs of Iowa’s three Regents universities.

The event was created to celebrate how undergraduates learn by doing research in a variety of fields. State senators, representatives and other key officials are invited to view the posters and speak with students about their research and education.

For a complete list of the UNI students that will be presenting at the capitol, visit http://www.uni.edu/honors/research-capitol.

For more information, contact Jessica Moon, director of the UNI University Honors Program, at 319-273-3175 or jessica.moon@uni.edu.

March 22, 2016 - 2:08pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in School Library Studies program that begins in summer 2016 and fall 2016. This program prepares students to become teacher librarians who use their acquired knowledge of children and young people, books and information technologies, curriculum and the power of collaboration to enhance the learning experiences of students in their schools.

“UNI's School Library Studies program links the technology and literacy leadership skills teacher librarians need in order to teach students critical literacies and to help teachers integrate digital and print resources,” said Karla Krueger, program coordinator.

Courses in this program are offered online using eLearning. Many courses meet once per week via interactive video conferencing. Some courses include one or two in-person, hands-on experiences Saturdays on the UNI campus.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/sls. For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

March 16, 2016 - 2:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will host a concert performance by guest pianist Margaryta Golovkoa at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Golovko was the first-ever first-place senior category winner of the Midwest International Piano Competition. Since winning the inaugural competition at UNI in June 2014, Golovko has released a solo piano album of works by Schumann and Brahms, and has toured internationally.

Margaryta Golovko has captured classical music audiences around the world as one of the most intriguing, versatile and unique artists of her generation. She has performed as a soloist as well as a collaborative pianist in prestigious concert halls in Ukraine, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Romania and United States. Margaryta has appeared with the Kyiv State Symphony Orchestra, the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, Plzen Philharmonic, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and many others. In addition to her top prize at the Midwest International Piano Competition, Margaryta has also won top prizes in the Smetana International Piano Competition in the Czech Republic, Citta di Marsala and Citta di Acquaviva delle Fonti International Piano Competitions in Italy.

A native of Ukraine, Margaryta started her piano studies at the age of five. In 1997, she entered the Kiev Special Music School named after M.V. Lysenko, and continued her studies from 2004 – 2009 at the National Music Academy of Ukraine P.I. Tchaikovsky (NMAU) where she was a student of Boris Fedorov. She has also studied at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestri” in Imola, Italy, where she studied with Piero Rattalino.

For more information on Golovko, this performance or other School of Music events and activities, contact Caroline Francis at (319) 273-2028 or caroline.francis@uni.edu

March 11, 2016 - 3:21pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – High school students from the United States, China and Brazil will have the opportunity to showcase their hard work after six weeks of designing and building an original robot in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Iowa Regional. The competition will commence on Thursday, March 24 and conclude on Saturday, March 26 in the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

This is the first regional competition to be held in the state of Iowa.

More than 50 teams of students will demonstrate their skill for science, mathematics and technology. Each team will compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses and communities.

10 teams from across the state of Iowa, including teams from Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Des Moines, Iowa City and Ames, have registered to participate in the competition.

The UNI-Dome will be open on Thursday, March 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for attendees to tour the pits where the teams work on their robots. Practice matches will also be held in the McLeod Center on Thursday from noon to 6:30 p.m.

Qualification matches will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Friday, March 25, and from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Saturday, March 26, in the McLeod Center. Final playoff rounds will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by an awards ceremony. Winners will advance to the 2016 FIRST® Championship from Wednesday, April 27 through Saturday, April 30 in St. Louis.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/robotics/ or contact Marcy Seavey, UNI STEM coordinator, at 319-273-6523 or marcene.seavey@uni.edu.

March 10, 2016 - 2:03pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education 267 Regional Physics Competition from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 24, at the UNI-Dome on UNI's campus.

High school students from more than 12 area schools are expected to participate, including: Cedar Falls, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, East Buchanan, Grinnell, Jesup, La Porte City, Nashua-Plainfield, St. Ansgar, Tripoli, Waterloo and Waverly.

The competition stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as understanding of physics related principles and is intended to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Students will use a variety of everyday, inexpensive materials to build devices. The devices will perform specific physical tasks, while using existing physics laboratory equipment to determine the time and uncertainty for an event. 

The regional winners and runners-up will advance to the state competition hosted by UNI's Department of Physics on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in the McLeod Center.

For more information about the competition, contact Larry Escalada, physics professor, at 319-273-2431 or lawrence.escalada@uni.edu

March 10, 2016 - 4:55pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) and Governor’s Office on Bullying Prevention, and HopeLine® from Verizon will recognize 11 Iowa high schools for their work in implementing the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) model. The high schools will receive their awards at a luncheon on Wednesday, April 6, in Des Moines, Iowa. Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will attend the event and help present the awards.

MVP teaches techniques on how to be an active bystander and how to be a leader in preventing all forms of violence and abuse. MVP trains and engages school and community adults to then identify and train student mentors to facilitate bullying and gender violence prevention strategies to near-peers.

In addition, HopeLine® from Verizon will award one senior mentor from each of the 11 high schools a $500 scholarship in the spring to be used to further their education. 

"The HopeLine® from Verizon has been a generous and supportive partner for the Center at UNI. Their commitment to reducing and ending bullying and gender violence in Iowa by providing resources to train and engage high school students as mentors to younger peers, along with training a safety net of adult school and community leaders, is truly a model for other private-public partnerships who desire to cultivate safe learning environments and promote healthy relationships," said Dr. Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention.

Verizon partnered with UNI to launch the center in 2011 and has contributed more than $135,000 in funding to support bullying and gender violence prevention programming in more than 20 school districts across the state – reaching over 5,000 students annually.

“We are proud to support the UNI Center for Violence Prevention because its work is making a difference across Iowa,” said Russ Preite, market president for Verizon.  “Our employees praise the center for working tirelessly to support, equip and empower youth to prevent all forms of bullying, violence and abuse in their communities.”

For more information on MVP and bystander education, contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or alan.heisterkamp@uni.edu.

For more information on the HopeLine® program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline

March 8, 2016 - 9:21am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario will speak about her book "Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother" as well as current issues regarding immigration at 7 p.m., Monday, April 11, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Nazario writes stories about hunger, drug addiction and immigration. She is best known for "Enrique's Journey," a story about a Honduran boy's struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Nazario has written extensively about Latinos in the United States and has been named one of the most influential Latinos by the Hispanic Business Magazine. Nazario graduated from Williams College and has a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of California.

"Nazario's work addresses so many questions central to our time," said Jennifer Cooley, associate professor in languages and literature. "The book 'Enrique's Journey' engages us in an exploration of issues related to family, addiction, gender roles, access to basic human needs and immigration. It also takes on a geographical odyssey that sparks any reader's imagination. The most powerful element of the book is that it documents the human impact of immigration by weaving its story on the basis of personal narratives."

For more information, contact Jennifer Cooley, associate professor in languages and literatures, at 319-273-3897 or jennifer.cooley@uni.edu.

March 7, 2016 - 10:30am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

229 students have satisfied the requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program, and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study. The Hansen family representing UNI alumni and students will deliver the convocation address. Jim Wohlpart, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, will perform official duties. UNI President Bill Ruud will also be in attendance.

This will be the 51st group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991. Parents and friends of the candidates are invited along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the lobby.

For more information, contact Kathy Oakland, instructor and chair of the convocation committee, at 319-231-7174 or kathy.oakland@uni.edu.

March 3, 2016 - 3:07pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Women's and Gender Studies Program will host multiple events this March in honor of Women's History Month. All events are free and open to the public.

The events include:

- Discussion, “Challenges of the American Muslim Woman,” 4 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME)

- “Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege,” 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Lang Hall, Rm. 040

- First Friday, celebrating Women’s History Month, 7 p.m., Friday, March 4, in the CME

- “Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege,” 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 4, in Lang Hall, Rm. 040

- CROW Forum, “And Then She Met This Moron: Gendered Narratives in Addition-Themed Reality Television,” 12 p.m., Monday, March 7, in the CME

- Discussion, “Path of the Female Rabbi,” 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the CME

- “Haunted by God,” 7 p.m., Tuesday March 8, at the St. Stephen Catholic Student Center

- Discussion, “The Bible, the Church, and the Ballot Box: How Religion Shaped Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Fight for Women’s Suffrage,” 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in Seerley Hall, Rm. 115

- “Leaders in Education Lecture Series” with Sonia Nieto, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 10, in the Old Central Ballroom of Maucker Union

- Keynote Address, “(Dis)embodied: Race, Body Size and the Construction of Hegemonic Femininity in Popular Media,” 7:30 p.m, Monday, March 21, in Seerley Hall, Rm. 112

- “The Other Side of Trauma: Understanding the Impact of Work Identity and Organizational Culture in Domestic and Sexual Violence Victim Advocacy,” 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 22, in Sabin Hall, Rm. 015

- “History of American Women of Faith,” 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, in the CME

- “My Growth as a Christian,” 4 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the CME

For more information on any of the events, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu

March 2, 2016 - 9:32am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Department of Art will present the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South from Monday, March 21 through Saturday, April 16. An awards ceremony and opening reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 21 in the KAB Auditorium, Room 111.

This competitive exhibition showcases outstanding works of art by students in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competition is Jessica Teckemeyer, assistant professor of sculpture and ceramics at Clarke University in Dubuque. Teckemeyer will make a selection from approximately 350 entries and choose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions. She will also give a lecture at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in KAB 111.

Teckemeyer holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and currently teaches at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Prior to that, she worked in the sculpting, mold making and painting departments at Tivoli Too, a 3D design and production studio located in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Since 2009, Teckemeyer has fabricated sculptures for internationally known artist Siah Armajani. In addition, she maintains an active studio practice with solo exhibitions at the Des Moines Art Center from October 2015 until February 2016 and at the Sinclair Gallery at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from January through February 2016. More information about Teckemeyer can be found at http://www.jteckemeyer.com/Index.html

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. The gallery is located on the main floor of KAB South.

For additional information, visit http://www.uni.edu/art/gallery.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

 

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March 2, 2016 - 9:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will celebrate the lifetime achievements of the most recent School of Music Jazz Hall of Fame inductees at an award ceremony and induction held during the spring Jazz Band One concert on Friday, April 8,at Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall on UNI’s campus.

The Jazz Hall of Fame honorees for 2016 will be James (Jim) Linahon and Roger Maxwell.

Jim Linahon is a 1973 UNI alumnus and a Grammy Award-winning music producer from Clear Lake, Iowa, currently working and living in Los Angeles. Linahon recently returned to Cedar Falls in September 2015, when he appeared as guest conductor for the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra at their Scholarship Benefit Concert tribute to Frank Sinatra. Linahon is an award-winning music producer, composer and trumpet artist with more than 300 recording projects for film, television, radio, musical theater, video games and CDs/DVDs to his credit. Jim has an extensive background as a studio musician in California and has produced and recorded for a wide variety of artists, studios and agencies, including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Mancini, Sarah Vaughn, Warner Brothers, The Walt Disney Company, Sony, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, A & E and many more.  

Roger Maxwell is a native of Marshalltown, Iowa. Maxwell was one of the founding members of the jazz program at UNI and taught music in the Hazleton Independent School District after graduating from UNI (then Iowa State Teacher’s College) in 1954. During his career, Roger also served as assistant conductor and chief arranger for the U.S. Army Band of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii, and returned to Iowa to teach in three more districts from 1958 through 1966. In 1966, Roger became a staff member for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, later becoming their director of compliance. Roger also served as Equal Employment Compliance Office for the Iowa State Board of Regents and served in that capacity for 26 years, retiring in 1995. Roger’s love of music compelled him to author music education books including “Fourteen Weeks to a Better Band” (published in 1973) and two more works, which have collectively sold more than 700,000 copies. Roger currently resides in Windsor Heights, Iowa, with his wife Arenda.

“The UNI School of Music is honored to induct Jim Linahon and Roger Maxwell into the Hall of Fame,” said John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music. “Their lifetime accomplishments in music are a testament to their Iowa roots, educational accomplishments in receiving a UNI music degree, and dedicated work as successful professionals. We are very proud to induct Jim and Roger, and to bestow this award to two of our most accomplished alumni.”

For more information on the UNI School of Music Jazz Hall of Fame or other events, contact Caroline Francis, communications and operations coordinator for the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.francis@uni.edu.

March 1, 2016 - 9:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, IA -- Estate and financial planning professionals are invited to attend a seminar from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, in the Commons Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Neil E. Harl, Ph.D., J.D., a nationally recognized expert on taxation, business planning and agricultural law, will be the presenter.

Harl is the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Emeritus Professor of Economics at Iowa State University. He has been widely published, including 29 books and hundreds of articles. His presentation will cover the following: current tax and legal issues related to transferring property, land, business interests and wealth; opportunities for estate and charitable gift planning; recent data on farmland values for Iowa related to estate planning; intra-family disputes and how to avoid them; options for unwanted C corporations; and the Rule Against Perpetuities. Harl will also discuss the joy of giving from personal experience.

The seminar is sponsored by the Black Hawk County Estate Planning Council and the University of Northern Iowa Foundation.

Register at uni-foundation.org/estateplanningworkshop by Wednesday, May 4. The $55 fee includes lunch, Harl’s 650-page manual, and 3 hours of continuing education credit.

For more information, visit uni-foundation.org or contact Helene Benitez, director of Planned Giving at the University of Northern Iowa, at 319-273-3899 or helene.benitez@uni.edu.

March 1, 2016 - 2:08pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In December, the University of Northern Iowa was represented at the Transportation Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. to call attention to the role of state departments of transportation in the conversation regarding pollinators and monarch butterflies. The summit was convened and sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Laura Jackson, professor of biology and director of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center, was invited to speak at the summit on the cost and benefits of managing roadsides ecologically and reducing costs of high quality native seed.

UNI's participation shows the university is recognized nationally as a leader in applied ecological research, education and technology transfer.

"The White House Summit was an unprecedented opportunity to share what we have learned in Iowa over the last 25 years about managing roadside vegetation for high quality pollinator habitat," said Jackson. "The Tallgrass Prairie Center has conducted dozens of studies related to prairie restoration, native seed genetics and seed quality, to serve the needs to roadside managers across the state."

For more information about research done through UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center, contact Jackson at 319-273-2705 or laura.l.jackson@uni.edu

February 26, 2016 - 8:35am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cesar Millan, star of the NatGeo WILD series "Cesar 911" and the original host of the long-running hit series "Dog Whisperer," will perform at the UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 11.

Millan will reveal the secrets of happier and healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions in an exciting live show. He will perform his incredible dog training techniques and will be joined by his famous four-legged companion, Junior. He will share his philosophies and methods, then present examples via live demonstrations with dogs from our own Cedar Bend Humane Society.

Millan is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Cesar's Ways," "Be the Pack Leader," "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: The Ultimate Episode Guide," "A Member of the Family," "How to Raise the Perfect Dog," "Cesar's Rules" and "A Short Guide to a Happy Dog." He has also generated numerous instructional DVDs and CDs. His website, Cesarsway.com, is the largest dog-dedicated website in the U.S., which gives insights into dog behavior issues, rescue and adoption and health issues. 

Ticket prices for Millan's performance begin at $36 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu

February 26, 2016 - 10:24am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa President Bill Ruud and Iowa State University President Steven Leath signed a memorandum of understanding at the Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, offering students the opportunity to earn a physics and engineering degree from each university in five years.

The program will enable a student to spend three years at UNI before transferring to ISU for their final two years. The student will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from UNI and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Iowa State.

“This is an example of the very high level of collaboration and cooperation between ISU and UNI,” said UNI Provost Jim Wohlpart. “The faculty initiated this conversation and have worked together to create an opportunity for ISU to receive outstanding physics majors from UNI into their engineering programs and for UNI to offer a pathway into engineering for our students.”

Provost Wohlpart sees this as a remarkable recruitment tool for UNI, allowing engineering students who might prefer to start their college career on a smaller campus to take advantage of the atmosphere at UNI, before transferring to ISU.

“I would add that our physics faculty do a remarkable job offering students opportunities for high levels of learning both inside and outside the classroom -- hands on, engaged learning that applies what they are learning in the class to real world settings. It is a remarkable program; our students will excel in the ISU engineering programs.”

Students interested in this new degree path are encouraged to meet with an academic adviser to discuss a plan that would place them on the dual degree track.

February 24, 2016 - 2:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – David Harris has been named director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Northern Iowa. He is currently senior associate athletic director at Iowa State University. In that role, Harris serves as the sports administrator for football, men's basketball and wrestling and also has oversight responsibilities for student-athlete development, compliance, athletic training, and strength and conditioning. Harris will assume his new duties at UNI on March 28.

"I am ecstatic that David and his family are becoming part of the Panther family," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "He has a wealth of experience in athletic department operations at three different Division I universities. I know that his knowledge will not only benefit our student athletes and athletic department staff but the University of Northern Iowa as a whole. David brings strategic thinking, intellect, enthusiasm and passion to the table, which is exactly what we were looking for in our new athletic department leader."

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the University of Northern Iowa as the director of athletics," said Harris. "UNI is truly a special place, and my family and I are extremely excited about becoming part of the Panther family. I am very thankful to President Ruud for giving me this opportunity to lead the athletics department. We will work together to strive for excellence in all of our endeavors in the classroom, in competition and in the way we serve and represent the Cedar Valley community."  

Prior to Iowa State, Harris worked in the athletics department at the University of Wisconsin as the associate athletic director – student services from 2002 until 2006. His primary responsibility focused on academics and academic services for more than 800 student athletes. He also worked at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, where two promotions lifted him to the senior staff in 2002. Harris earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1993 and an MBA in 1995 from the University of Mississippi.

Harris is deeply immersed in NCAA committee work and volunteerism. He has participated in the Division 1A Athletic Directors Association – Fellows Program since 2011. He has also participated in the NACDA Mentoring Institute, NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Conference, NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males and NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Conference. He earned the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Award for his commitment to helping establish a multicultural community in Ames.

Harris replaces Troy Dannen, who left UNI in December 2015 to be the athletic director at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Harris and his wife, Felicia, have a daughter, Kaitlyn (14), and a son, Wesley (5). 

February 23, 2016 - 3:08pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the fifth annual UNI Dance Marathon from noon to midnight Saturday, March 5, in the Maucker Union.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 250 schools. Money that is raised by the schools during the events goes toward the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Last year, high school and college dance marathons collectively raised $25.9 million.

Participants will stay on their feet for 12 hours to "stand for those who can't." Along with dancing, there will be breakout rooms throughout Maucker Union where various activities will take place. Dancers will also have the chance to meet the Dance Marathon kids who have been treated at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and their families.

This year, the group at UNI hopes to raise $305,000. UNI has exceeded their fundraising goal for the past four years, with last year's event raising $278,135.04, which was above their goal of $225,000. Money raised goes to the Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

To register for UNI Dance Marathon, visit http://www.unidancemarathon.com/. For more information, contact Alyssa Meeker, director of public relations for UNI Dance Marathon, at publicrelations@unidancemarathon.com.

February 23, 2016 - 4:12pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education will host the second annual Education Summit on Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11, in Maucker Union. International, national, and regional scholars and leaders in education will discuss current research, practices and policies.

This year's summit theme, "Necessary Connectedness: The New Edge of Education," will focus on four primary strands: literacy education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, teacher leadership and diversity.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 10, participants will hear from keynote speakers and engage in breakout sessions. A reception and lecture by Sonia Nieto, professor emerita of language, literacy and culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, will follow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Additional keynote speakers and breakout sessions are scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, March 11, including Sen. Herman Quirmbach.

Featured speakers for the summit include:

- Gene Hall, professor of educational leadership at the University of Florida, University of Northern Colorado and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Hall is an internationally renowned scholar in the areas of teacher education and developing teacher leaders. He will discuss developing teacher leaders.

- Gale Sinatra, associate dean for research and professor of educations and psychology in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Sinatra is former vice president of the Learning and Instruction division of the American Education Research Association. She will discuss hot topics in STEM education, particularly conceptual change.

- Peter Afflerbach, professor of reading in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. Afflerbach is a member of the International Reading Association's Hall of Fame and editor of the "Handbook of Individual Differences in Reading."

- Nedra Crow, professor and co-chair of the teacher education department at National University in San Diego. Crow has an academic background in curriculum and instruction design as well as teacher education. She will discuss new teacher work environments.

- Sen. Herman Quirmbach, chair for the Senate Education Committee and vice chair of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee in the Iowa Legislature. In addition, Quirmbach represents the Senate on the College Student Aid Commission and the School Finance Formula Review committee, among other duties.

This event is designed for educators, administrators, policy makers, community leaders, teacher preparation leaders, pre-service teachers and others with a direct link to education in Iowa and the nation. Registration is $50 and is required; UNI students, faculty and staff can attend the summit for free. Nieto's lecture on Thursday evening is free and open to the public as part of the Education Lecture Series.

For complete details, including the registration form, schedule, details on the featured speakers and a campus map, visit www.uni.edu/coe/ed-summit.

February 18, 2016 - 12:40pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Sean Botkin, School of Music faculty artist and associate professor of piano at the University of Northern Iowa, will make his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The concert will held at 8 p.m. in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Botkin has appeared at Carnegie Hall twice previously as a featured artist, but this will be his first solo engagement at the historic venue.

“I’m excited to perform because this is my official solo debut at Carnegie Hall,” Botkin said. “I attended Juilliard in New York and have looked forward to this – so it’s very exciting to me.”

The performance at Carnegie Hall is a highlight in Botkin’s already impressive career, which, in addition to his appearances in New York, has included an engagement at the esteemed Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

“Botkin’s performance is a strong testament to the outstanding faculty members teaching at UNI who continue to inspire students for their future professional performing and teaching careers,” John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music, said. “Botkin is an exceptional artist who not only performs frequently at UNI, but at important venues around the globe.”

The concert repertoire that Botkin has selected will feature music rarely performed, including Prokofiev’s “Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1” and Rachmaninoff’s “Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28.” The program will also feature the infrequently performed “Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1” by Beethoven, and the slightly more common “Scherzo No. 4” by Chopin. Botkin has noted that, for this performance, he chose pieces that audiences may not hear as often.

Prior to Botkin’s Carnegie Hall performance, UNI alumni currently living in the New York City area will gather for a reunion dinner. “It means a lot to me to connect with UNI alumni in New York and to present this concert knowing that they’ll be a part of the audience,” Botkin said.

Botkin has already planned a return visit to Carnegie Hall for 2017. He will perform another solo recital on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, and is considering including a chamber music aspect to this future performance.

For more information on Botkin, this performance or other School of Music events and activities, contact Caroline Francis at 319-273-2028 or caroline.francis@uni.edu

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