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February 20, 2013 - 2:36pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is hosting its first regional sustainability conference, "Sustainability in Dialogue & Action: Academia and Community Looking to the Future," on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education on the UNI campus.

This two-day conference focuses on actions needed to envision a sustainable world and the transformation needed to create it. The conference includes keynote speakers, a variety of breakout sessions on various topics of sustainability, poster sessions and tours.

Keynote speakers for the conference are:

Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategist and public radio host from the South Bronx area of New York City, founded the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx in 2001. She hosts the public radio series The Promise Land, which received a Peabody Award in 2010. Carter also has a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur Fellowship.

Andres Edwards is an educator, award-winning author, media designer and sustainability consultant. He is also founder and president of EduTracks, a group that specializes in developing innovative exhibits and media programs that inform visitors about green building and sustainability education. Andres has authored a number of books on sustainability and is a recipient of the 2011 Gold Medal from the Living Now Book Awards.

Winona LaDuke is an American Indian activist, environmentalist, economist and writer. In 1996 and 2000 she ran for vice president as the nominee of the Green Party. She is currently the executive director of both Honor the Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project, which she founded at White Earth Reservation in Minnesota.

This event is open to the public; preregistration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.uni.edu/rrttc or contact Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator for UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, at 319-273-3689 or jennifer.bruss@uni.edu.

February 20, 2013 - 4:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Teaching Educators About Mathematics (TEAM) organization will host its seventh annual Math Fair from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, in Maucker Union on the UNI campus. The event is free and open to all fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students in the Cedar Valley area.

The Math Fair will allow students to experience mathematics through fun, hands-on activities. UNI education majors will facilitate the learning through interactive booths where students and parents can engage in mathematical exploration.

"The Math Fair is an opportunity for these students to engage in mathematics in a fun and interactive manner, which we hope will lead to them enjoying math as they move forward," said Brian Townsend, associate professor of mathematics at UNI. "It also provides these students with a reason to come check out UNI and what we have to offer."

TEAM is a student organization for UNI's elementary and middle-level education majors that focuses on professional development and service. It's an affiliated organization of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and has a sponsorship from the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

For additional information, contact Townsend at 319-273-2397 or brian.townsend@uni.edu.

February 18, 2013 - 2:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and local and state law enforcement will host an interactive safety event for students. The event, titled "UNI I am…Making Safe Decisions!" will take place from 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Wellness and Recreation Center main corridor.

The event will include a life-size drinking and driving simulator, alcohol goggle simulations with golf and water pong, a computerized virtual bar and blood alcohol level simulation, as well as information and resources from a variety of areas on and off campus.

"Educational and high-risk drinking prevention activities are an important component to any university addressing alcohol issues on campus," says Mark Rowe-Barth, substance abuse and violence intervention services coordinator for UNI's Wellness and Recreation Services. "This particular event will engage students on the topic of drinking and driving, understanding blood alcohol levels and alcohol poisoning, all in a fun, interactive way, while still being educational."

The event is sponsored by UNI Public Safety, UNI Wellness and Recreation Services and local and state law enforcement. Students may stop by at any time. The event is free and will feature prizes and giveaways. For more information, contact Rowe-Barth at 319-273-3423 or mark.rowe-barth@uni.edu.

February 18, 2013 - 1:43pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The second annual Conference on African-American Children and Families will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, in the Schindler Education Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus. A pre-conference will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Elm Room in Maucker Union.

The event will consist of several breakout sessions on the subjects of education and diversity. The keynote speaker for the event is Marvin Lynn, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Lynn will present "The Social and Political Context of Education for African-American Students in the United States."

Lynn is considered an expert on race and education, and has done research on the work and lives of African-American male teachers and the impact of teacher beliefs on African-American students.

The pre-conference will feature Gevonee Ford, the founder and executive director of the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent, who was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House.

For more information, contact Gloria Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or gloria.homles@uni.edu.

February 18, 2013 - 1:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host James W. Loewen, one of the most acclaimed historians and sociologists of race in the United States, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 4, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

The lecture will focus on his award-winning book "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism," which is the story of thousands of communities that kept out African Americans by force of law. This event is free and open to the public, and is dedicated to the memory of Drake Martin, former assistant director of residence and education at UNI, known for his commitment to diversity inclusion.

Loewen will also host two workshops at the Center for Multicultural Education. The first workshop is from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m., Monday, March 4 and will also focus on "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism." The workshop is open to the public. The second workshop is from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 and will focus on Loewen's book "Lies My Teacher Told Me," which is used extensively in educational settings across the country. This workshop is open to teacher education students and current teachers.

All events are free of charge. For additional information, contact Karen Mitchell, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-7753 or karen.mitchell@uni.edu.

February 15, 2013 - 10:50am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's "Modern Marvel" has been licensed for commercialization by Iowa company Marion Mixers. Its movement into the market has the potential to reduce U.S. energy consumption by 8.5 percent, or 338 million barrels-of-oil equivalent per year, at an annual cost savings of $31billion.

This patented technology, invented at the UNI National Ag-Based Lubricants Center by center Director Lou Honary and Associate Director Wes James, was featured on the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" in early 2011. It allows the use of industrial microwaves to process chemicals, food, biobased lubricants and greases and many of the other products that are currently processed using fuel oil or gas.  Not only does this process reduce energy consumption, it also improves safety and process time.

Marion Mixers has joined the Cedar Rapids-based AMTek Microwave Systems, to make this technology available commercially.

More information about the technology, including video highlights from NABL and Marion Mixers can be found at http://www.bcs.uni.edu/openhouse.

UNI-NABL is a non-profit, university-based research and testing facility dedicated to the advancement of biobased lubricants. The center was established in 1991 through the collaborative efforts of UNI, the state of Iowa, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Soybean Association/Iowa Soybean Promotion Board. UNI-NABL's research has resulted in the commercialization of more than 30 soybean-oil-based industrial lubricants and greases. For more information about UNI-NABL, visit www.uni.edu/nabl.

February 14, 2013 - 3:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Randall L. Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard University, on Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1. A reception and brief lecture will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., on Thursday, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), and he will present his keynote address at 8:30 a.m., on Friday, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Kennedy will be speaking on the subject of "Race Relations and the Law in the Obama Era."

"Some people feel racial discrimination is a thing of the past, " said Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's CME. "Civil rights laws and the ascendancy of Obama to the Presidency and a second term seem to suggest to many that race relations are at an all-time high. Professor Kennedy will demonstrate not only that these perceptions are untrue, but also that the law can't alone resolve the multiple and cumulative effects of past and present personal and institutional racism."

Kennedy is the author of "Race, Crime, and the Law," which won the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Most recently he has written "The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency."

The events are free, open to the public, and are sponsored by UNI's CME and the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights. For more information, contact Blackwell at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

 

February 13, 2013 - 11:41am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Sheri Crawley, the founder and CEO of the Pretty Brown Girl Foundation, during UNI's annual African-American Read-In at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. A celebration in honor of the first International Pretty Brown Girl Day, which is Feb. 23, will follow at 1:30 p.m.

The Pretty Brown Girl Foundation was launched in 2010. The organization encourages girls to celebrate the shades of brown all over the world and aims to inspire positive self-esteem and confidence in girls of color.

This event will give guests the opportunity to meet with Crawley, participate in arts and crafts, and hear Crawley read the book, "Pretty Brown Girl." Guests will also have the opportunity to launch or join their own Pretty Brown Girl club and take the Pretty Brown Girl Pledge.

The event is hosted in collaboration with Shining Stars: Girls Looking Ahead, an organization designed to help kindergarten, elementary and middle school-aged girls in Waterloo, Iowa grow and develop goal-oriented thinking.

The event is free and open to the public and is funded by the Community Foundation, Guernsey Foundation and UNI's College of Education, Dean's Office and a Diversity Initiatives Grant at UNI.

For more information, contact Gloria Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-961-4275 or gloria.holmes@uni.edu.

February 13, 2013 - 11:44am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education, the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Learning, and UNI's Reading Recovery Center of Iowa will host two literacy events in April. The first Jacobson Center and Reading Recovery Literacy Academy will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 18, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. The 45th Annual Elementary Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, at the Schindler Education Center.

Each event will feature several breakout sessions featuring presentations by literacy experts from universities across the nation. Keynote speakers are Richard Elmore, Harvard University's Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership, and Steven Kellogg, children's author and illustrator.

Other presenters include Mary Ann Poparad, assistant professor in the National College of Education and director of the Illinois Reading Recovery Center for Literacy at National-Louis University, Chicago, Ill.; Floretta Thorton-Reid, assistant professor and executive director for the Reading Recovery program at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga.; Maryann McBride, teacher leader in residence at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.; and Carla Soffos, literacy coach and Reading Recovery teacher leader at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In addition, Iowa educational leaders and practitioners will offer more than 30 breakout sessions on various literacy topics.

Registration is now open. Reading Recovery teachers, teacher leaders and reading specialists are encouraged to attend; however, the event is open to the public.

To register or for more information, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/events/brc/ or contact Debra Rich, program administrator, UNI Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, 319-273-2053 or debra.rich@uni.edu.

February 12, 2013 - 11:01am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The fifth annual Darwin Week will be held on the University of Northern Iowa campus Feb. 18 through 21. The annual event celebrates science through a series of faculty and visiting speakers. All activities are held in UNI's Maucker Union and are free and open to the public. Each day will feature a different theme ranging from evolution to humanism.

This year's speakers include Mark Edward, former psychic entertainer and mentalist; Eugenie Scott, physical anthropologist and executive director of the National Center for Science Education; and Ed Wasserman, professor of experimental psychology at the University of Iowa.

"We're excited to provide this series of intellectual events for the students and community at UNI," said Michael Dippold, president of the UNI Freethinkers & Inquirers (UNIFI). "More than a century and a half ago, Charles Darwin's ideas changed the world. We hope that through the lectures we're hosting we can inspire our fellow students to do the same."

The event is hosted by UNIFI, a student organization for skeptics, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers. The group is dedicated to community, intellectual engagement, activism and service.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.darwinweek.com. 

February 11, 2013 - 11:47am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is offering admitted students and their guests a sneak peek at campus and UNI programs during one-day, personalized visits on Friday, Feb. 15 and 22, called "UNI Up Close." UNI Up Close gives prospective students the opportunity to explore majors, university services and get an in-depth look at UNI.

Students and guests will attend academic workshops, departmental and campus tours, the UNI majors and Student Activities Fair and various open houses, including the Residence Halls and Rod Library.

For more information, visit Admissions at www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/ or contact Jenny Connolly, assistant director of admissions, at 319-273-2281 or jenny.connolly@uni.edu.

February 7, 2013 - 3:14pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Accounting students at the University of Northern Iowa are providing free income tax assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program will run from Feb. 11 through April 10, excluding the week of March 18 through 22, and international students will be served starting March 11. Sessions are from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, in the Curris Business Building, Room 223. No appointment is necessary. Doors will open at 4:30, and taxpayers are encouraged to arrive early to allow students sufficient time to complete returns. A limited number of returns will be completed each night.

VITA was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help low-income people who may find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. The program also provides accounting students an experiential learning opportunity as they work with taxpayers.

Students will be available to electronically prepare and e-file federal and Iowa tax returns for eligible taxpayers. These students have completed a one-semester comprehensive tax course and have access to a variety of federal and state reference materials.

Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring Social Security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents; valid photo identification; a copy of last year's tax returns; Form W-2, "Wage and Tax Statement," from each employer; Forms 1099 for such things as interest or dividends; a list of other income and expenses; Form 1098-T, "Tuition Payment Statement;" Form 1098-E, "Student Loan Interest Statement;" banking information for automatic deposit of refund; and all other information pertinent to the 2012 tax return. International students should also bring their passport, visas and Form 1042-S, "Foreign Persons U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding."

For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 319-273-2394.

February 7, 2013 - 3:22pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI School of Music and Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will collaborate to present the UNI Opera Gala. The gala will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, in the GBPAC Great Hall, on the UNI campus. A 10 a.m. performance will be offered on Friday, Feb. 22 as part of the GBPAC Kaleidoscope series. The performances will feature the UNI Opera Ensemble under the direction of Sandra Walden, director, and Korey Barrett, vocal coach, and will feature the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra led by Rebecca Burkhardt.

The concert, an event created to benefit the scholarship and production funds of the UNI Opera Ensemble, will feature some of opera's most memorable music. Featured works include Dame Ethel Smyth's "The Wreckers," Verdi's "Il Trovatore," Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro," Offenbach's "Les Contes d'Hoffman," Kálmán's "Countess Maritza" and Bernstein's "Candide."

The gala will feature the UNI Opera Ensemble with student soloists, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the UNI Concert Chorale, faculty artist Jeffrey Brich, guest alumni artist Austin Kness and more.

Tickets range from $12 to $35 and may be purchased through the GBPAC box office at 319-273-4TIX or by visiting www.unitix.uni.edu. For more information on this or other School of Music events, call 319-273-2028 or visit www.uni.edu/music.

February 6, 2013 - 11:52am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the first UNI Day from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. The event will highlight UNI programs and inform legislators about the impact UNI has on the state.

"If we want the Legislature to provide adequate funding for UNI we must explain why we are so valuable to the state," said Jeneane Beck, state relations officer at UNI. "Having students and professors travel to the Statehouse puts a human face on the university."

UNI students, faculty and staff will showcase interactive displays highlighting various UNI programs, departments and organizations. Alumni are encouraged to attend to reconnect with their university and speak with their elected officials about the value of UNI.

For more information, contact Jeneane Beck, UNI state relations officer, at 515-971-2563 or jeneane.beck@uni.edu.

 

February 6, 2013 - 12:04pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Spring Career Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, in the McLeod Center. More than 90 different businesses and organizations will talk with students about internships and full-time jobs. Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume to share with company and organization representatives.

As a follow up to the career fair, a UNI Interview Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Those wishing to arrange interviews must attend the Career Fair.

The career fair is organized and sponsored by UNI Career Services. Students can search the online employer database by clicking on the link at www.uni.edu/careerservices.

Registration isn't required for participation in the career fair. For more information, contact Kristin Cahill, employer relations coordinator, at 319-273-6857 or kristin.cahill@uni.edu.

February 6, 2013 - 4:17pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) will offer a new interactive webinar series starting on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The three-part series, called "Green Celebrations," will focus on the ecological impacts of consumption and will highlight steps Iowans can take to be more environmentally friendly. 

Sessions are designed for community leaders and educators, such as extension specialists, naturalists, wellness professionals, congregational leaders and librarians. The first session, at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, will provide information on why people should rethink holiday celebrations. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, participants will learn how to celebrate holidays and other occasions in more environmentally friendly and meaningful ways. Finally, on Wednesday, March 6, the session will help participants make a plan to implement the course material within their own communities. All sessions will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Participation in the webinar series is free. To register, visit http://goo.gl/aUKLu. Instructors for the series are Susan Salterberg, program manager for the CEEE, and Kristi Cooper, from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program.

The series is jointly provided by the CEEE and Iowa State Extension & Outreach. Green Celebrations is part of the UNI CEEE Reclaim Your Holidays initiative. Funding for the project is provided in part by the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Conservation Education program and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program. For more information, contact Salterberg at susan.salterberg@uni.edu or 319-337-4816.

February 5, 2013 - 8:55am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Presidential Search and Screen Committee will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 a.m., in Curris Business Building Room 319 on the University of Northern Iowa campus. 

Farzad Moussavi, dean of the UNI College of Business Administration, and Mark Oman, serve as co-chairs of the committee. 

The Board of Regents is a group of nine citizen volunteers who govern the state's three public universities and two special K-12 schools – the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School – through policymaking, coordination and oversight.

February 5, 2013 - 3:55pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Avijit Ghosh, one of the three final candidates for president of the University of Northern Iowa, has withdrawn his candidacy. The following message from search-committee co-chairs Farzad Moussavi and Mark Oman was sent to the committee this afternoon.

"We regret to inform you that Dr. Avijit Ghosh, one of the three finalists for president of the University of Northern Iowa, has withdrawn his candidacy. We wish Dr. Ghosh well in his future endeavors."

February 5, 2013 - 4:06pm

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WATERLOO, Iowa -- With more than 1.8 million Iowa users on LinkedIn and 1.5 million Iowans on Facebook, business owners can't afford to ignore social media as an important marketing tool for their business. The University of Northern Iowa has partnered with the Waterloo Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation on a presentation on social media for business owners. The presentation, "Social Media Tools for Small Businesses," will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Waterloo.

In this free presentation, attendees can expect to learn more about Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for business development. The presentation is part of a larger effort among many organizations to develop and implement a plan to foster and grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Waterloo Consolidated Urban Revitalization Area (CURA).

For more information or to register, contact Rob Williams, business analyst, UNI Regional Business Center, at 319-273-4333 or rob.williams@uni.edu.

 

February 4, 2013 - 4:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four teams of University of Northern Iowa MBA students will work with area organizations during the spring 2013 semester as a part of the Capstone Experience, a final consulting project required to complete UNI's MBA program.

The teams will undertake strategic management projects for:

- Plews & Edelmann, an Illinois distributor of products manufactured at Grundy Center by Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing, Inc.

- Professional Office Services, Inc., a Waterloo provider of healthcare communications.

- Ramco, a factory automation distributer with main offices in West Des Moines.

- MAKO Enterprises, LLC, a Johnston manufacturer of concrete construction products.

The MBA Capstone Experience is a consulting project that requires students in the program to integrate and apply the principles and skills from the entire MBA curriculum. Each small team of students, working with a faculty mentor, is expected to develop practical responses to real business situations. Projects typically involve a strategic analysis, supported by research to address a question posed by the company.

Each year UNI's MBA program identifies potential clients for its Capstone Experience from businesses and non-profit organizations in northeast Iowa. Due to the limited number of MBA teams, organizations that submitted proposals also were introduced to faculty and professional staff from the Business and Community Services Division of the College of Business Administration. As a result, three additional organizations - the Cedar Falls Women's Club, the Wesley Foundation and the Cedar Valley United Way - will work with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and students enrolled in New Venture Development and Management, a marketing course required for the Entrepreneurship Certificate. Also, United Equipment Accessories, Inc., a Waverly manufacturer of machinery parts, has been invited to work with senior level students enrolled in Strategic Supply Chain Management.

Projects are conducted during the first half of each year and are developed to meet the specific needs of the client. Organizations that would benefit from a consulting team to address strategic planning, marketing, operations, or feasibility questions are encouraged to contact Dale Cyphert at 319-273-6150 or dale.cyphert@uni.edu for information about becoming a Capstone client.

February 4, 2013 - 4:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services (WRS) will host an All-Sports Camp for children ages 6 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday during spring break March 18 to 22.

Children can participate in flag football, table tennis, volleyball, rock climbing, swimming, kickball, baseball, soccer and more, as well as attend nutritional and environmental presentations.

The fee for the week-long All-Sports Camp is $150, and includes a T-shirt, water bottle, UNI bag and a pizza party for children and parents. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.uni.edu/wellrec.

For additional information, contact Sean Willett, coordinator of youth programming for WRS, at 319-273-3435 or sean.willett@uni.edu.

February 1, 2013 - 1:42pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Pappajohn, Iowa's premier venture capitalist, has announced the launch of the 2013 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition. This is the eighth-annual business plan competition for Iowa sponsored by Pappajohn. Since 2006, more than $350,000 in prizes has been awarded to start-ups across the state. This year, a total of $50,000 will be awarded to the top three submitted business plans: $25,000 for first prize, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third.

The competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support for outstanding business plans. The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is open to new and start-up businesses (in business for less than four years).

The first round of the business plan competition will take place between March 1 and April 30. During this time, businesses are invited to submit business information via a secure online program called Gust. A link to Gust is available at www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com.

In May, selected companies will be contacted and invited to submit full business plans through Gust. The competition will then be narrowed to seven to 10 companies to present to judges in August. The winners will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 26 in Des Moines.

Assistance with business plan entries is available at the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa; the Small Business Development Centers throughout the state; and the business accelerators in Des Moines, Red Oak, Spencer, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Mason City.

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Entrepreneurial Development Centers and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

Rules, eligibility, timelines and assistance information are available at the competition website, www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com.

For additional information about the competition visit www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com or contact one of the JPEC centers via the contact information below.

 

Drake University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Debra Bishop

515-271-2011

deb.bishop@drake.edu

 

Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Judi Eyles

515-296-6532

eyles@iastate.edu

 

North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Jamie Zanios

641-422-4111

zaniojam@niacc.edu

University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Lee Groeschl

319-335-0959

lee-groeschl@uiowa.edu

 

University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Randy Pilkington

319-273-5732

randy.pilkington@uni.edu

January 31, 2013 - 9:55am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa professor of anthropology Mark Grey will deliver his lecture, "Immigration and Ethnic Diversity in Iowa," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. The lecture will focus on the arrival of diverse immigrant and refugee populations in Iowa and other major factors in the state's changing landscape.

The lecture is a part of the UNI Department of History's Phi Alpha Theta lecture series. Grey is a professor in UNI's Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, and director of UNI's New Iowans Center.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Grey at 319-273-6496 or mark.grey@uni.edu.

 

January 30, 2013 - 9:09am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The third and final candidate for the position of president of the University of Northern Iowa will visit the UNI campus next week. The two-day visit will include meetings with students, faculty and staff and a public forum where each will make a presentation and address audience questions.

The third candidate is Michael A. Wartell, (wohr-TEL) chancellor emeritus, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), who will visit campus Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 4 and 5. His public forum will be Monday, Feb. 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Old Central Ballroom, Maucker Union.  

Wartell's biography, photo and curriculum vitae are posted online at www.uni.edu/presidential-search.

The new UNI president will succeed retiring President Benjamin Allen. Allen became the university's ninth president in 2006.

January 29, 2013 - 4:08pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The final round of the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration (UNIBusiness) Diversity Case Competition will begin at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, in Curris Business Building Room 109.

The UNIBusiness Diversity Case Competition poses a diversity-related problem to students who then apply the knowledge and skills they have gained during their lives and studies to come up with a solution. After a preliminary round of competition on Jan. 30, the top five teams present to a panel of judges during the final round and are eligible for a total of $5,000 in prizes distributed through the UNI Office of Student Financial Aid. Thanks to sponsors PricewaterhouseCoopers and Veridian Credit Union, the first-place team receives $2,000, the second-place team receives $1,500 and three honorable mentions of $500 are awarded.

For more information, visit business.uni.edu/diversitycasecompetition or contact Department of Management Head and UNIBusiness Diversity Task Force Chair Mary Connnerly at 319-273-2237 or mary.connerley@uni.edu.

January 29, 2013 - 4:05pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's National Ag-Based Lubricants Center and Iowa company Marion Mixers will announce a new partnership to commercialize technology that has the potential to reduce U.S. energy consumption by 8.5 percent, or 338 million barrels-of-oil equivalent per year, at an annual cost savings of $31 billion.

The announcement will take place at an open house at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at Marion Mixers, 3575 Third Ave., in Marion, Iowa. Representatives from Marion Mixers and AMTek Microwaves will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the technology. Representatives from UNI's National Ag-Based Lubricants Center will also be available to discuss the impact these technologies will have on the processing industries.

UNI-NABL is a non-profit, university-based research and testing facility dedicated to the advancement of biobased lubricants. The center was established in 1991 through the collaborative efforts of UNI, the state of Iowa, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Soybean Association/Iowa Soybean Promotion Board. UNI-NABL's research has resulted in the commercialization of more than 30 soybean-oil-based industrial lubricants and greases. For more information about UNI-NABL, visit www.uni.edu/nabl.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Overseas Placement for Educators, a program of UNI Career Services, will host the 37th annual Overseas Recruiting Fair Feb. 1 through Feb. 3, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa. The fair will host more than 200 recruiters from 132 schools worldwide. More than 700 educators are expected to attend the event.

The fair is the oldest international education recruitment event in the world. Traditionally, more than 1,000 jobs are posted at the event, with many schools offering contracts on site. Since the event's creation in 1976, 26,000 educators have used this overseas placement service.

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/placement/overseas/ or contact Tracey Godon, senior assistant director, UNI Career Services, at 319-273-6857 or tracey.godon@uni.edu.

January 29, 2013 - 8:28am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will present "CONVICT," a play written and directed by Joshua Hamzehee, instructor in communication studies at UNI, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31 through Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Interpreters Theatre, in Lang Hall, Room 040. The cast includes students, instructors and professors from UNI and students from Hawkeye Community College.

"CONVICT" works to create a dialogue about our country's prison system. Set in a modern American prison cell, the play follows the experiences of Cyrus, a single father convicted of murder, and explores the ambiguous space between guilt and innocence, our expectations of masculinity and our overcrowded penal system's tendency to punish rather than rehabilitate. Through laughter, poignant moments and non-traditional theater techniques, "CONVICT" highlights the humanity of the prisoner and asks: Is it time for a change?

The play is free and open to the public, but seating is limited; doors will open at 7 p.m. For additional information, contact Megan Wharff, graduate assistant for UNI's Department of Communication Studies, at 515-490-2535 or wharff.megan@gmail.com.

January 25, 2013 - 9:02am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three candidates for the position of president of the University of Northern Iowa will make campus visits during the next two Avijit Ghoshweeks. The candidates' two-day visits will include meetings with students, faculty and staff and a public forum where each will make a presentation and address audience questions. 

The second candidate is Avijit Ghosh (ah-VEE'-jiht GOHSH), senior adviser to the president, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who will visit campus Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 30 and 31. His public forum will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Commons, Slife Ballroom.

Ghosh's biography, photo and curriculum vitae are posted online at www.uni.edu/presidential-search.

The new UNI president will succeed retiring President Benjamin Allen. Allen became the university's ninth president in 2006.

January 24, 2013 - 2:23pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of sociology, Ruth Chananie-Hill, will present her lecture, "Effects of Social Movement and Institutional Networks on University Diversity Policies, Initiatives and Culture," from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A.

"One of my main research interests is in social movements, and I was curious as to whether and how students' actions would result in any significant changes in terms of supporting diversity initiatives here at UNI," said Chananie-Hill. "I have a vested interest in seeing our campus become not only more diverse, but in its becoming a truly welcoming, inclusive space for everyone."

Chananie-Hill has published numerous works on topics such as social movements, race, and gender and sexuality. Her lecture is a part of the Current Research on Women and Gender Forum, a lecture series sponsored by UNI's Women's and Gender Studies Program.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact, Catherine MacGillivray, interim director, UNI Women's and Gender Studies, at 319-273-7102 or catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu.

January 24, 2013 - 4:12pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has enhanced its university website, including the UNI newsroom site. The site, www.uni.edu, now has a link for "News Media" that will direct media to the newsroom. The site includes greater search functionality, campus stories, story tips and more lists of faculty and staff experts. Visit the newsroom at www.uni.edu/newsroom.

UNI has also unveiled a brand new communication platform called "Inside UNI," linked off of UNI's home page as well as the newsroom. The purpose of Inside UNI is to provide more opportunities to tell the stories of faculty, staff and students and share current news and relevant campus announcements.

In addition to campus announcements and stories, features include top UNI news, campus photos and recent faculty, staff and student awards and honors. Be sure to check out the links for Inside UNI for Faculty and Staff and Inside UNI for Current Students.

For questions, story ideas and additional resources, please contact University Relations, 319-273-6728.

January 23, 2013 - 3:55pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three candidates for the position of president of the University of Northern Iowa will make campus visits during the next two weeks. The candidates' two-day visits will include meetings with students, faculty and staff and a public forum where each will make a presentation and address audience questions. The first candidate is William N. Ruud, (ROOD) president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, who will visit campus Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28 and 29. His public forum will be at 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Ruud's biography and curriculum vitae are posted online at www.uni.edu/presidential-search.The new UNI president will succeed retiring President Benjamin Allen. Allen became the university's ninth president in 2006.

January 22, 2013 - 2:54pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Continuing and Distance Education 

is accepting applications through Monday, April 15, for a fall 2013 Master of Arts in Education degree in Elementary Education. This program, offered entirely online, is designed for pre-K through sixth-grade elementary classroom teachers with licensure in the field of elementary education.Courses address curriculum issues, technology, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and action research and are designed using the Quality Matter set of professional standards based upon research, best practices and national standards for course design.The degree consists of 30 hours of credit, which can be earned in five consecutive semesters. All courses included in this program are offered entirely online through eLearning.For additional information about the program and additional offerings through Continuing and Distance Education, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged or call 319-273-2121 or 800-648-3864.

January 22, 2013 - 2:53pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa is offering a two-day Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Train the Trainer Institute for UNI students. The first session will be offered at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 and the second session will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, in UNI's Wellness and Recreation Center, Rooms 150 and 155.

"The vast majority of students and adults believe acts of violence are wrong and hurtful, yet we don't always know how to act or how to respond in a safe manner when they occur," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of MVP. "The MVP model is a bystander education program designed to teach and instruct participants on the leadership skills necessary to prevent bullying and gender violence from occurring."

MVP addresses the social norms that support violence and abuse and how bystanders can lead in community prevention efforts. Previous MVP student trainings have included men and women from all UNI colleges, as well as resident life, athletics, fine arts, student government and Greek life. The sessions are free and open to all students, but student leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Those interested in participating must register by Feb. 8.

To register, visit http://www.uni.edu/cvp. For more information about the institute, contact Heisterkamp at alan.heisterkamp@uni.edu, 319-273-3124.

January 17, 2013 - 2:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students, faculty and staff at the University of Northern Iowa will participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in the Cedar Valley.

Volunteers will participate in various service projects at places throughout the community including the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Cedar Valley Hospitality House, Catholic Work House, the Center for Energy and Environmental Education and the Ridgeway Place. Transportation will be provided to send students to organizations. The event will end with a luncheon and a guest speaker, Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education. He will speak about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the value of service in our communities.

The event is sponsored by UNI's Student Involvement Center. For more information, contact Steffoni Smith, program assistant for Maucker Union Administration, at 319-273-7422 or steffoni.smith@uni.edu.

January 11, 2013 - 9:14am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Continuing and Distance Education is accepting applications through Wednesday, May 1, for a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), scheduled to begin June 2013.

TESOL provides preparation for helping others improve their abilities to use English. The program is designed for individuals who wish to teach overseas, at community colleges, in intensive English programs and for K through 12 teachers wishing to upgrade their skills and employability.  

Courses meeting via Adobe Connect, an interactive desktop video conferencing system, in the fall and spring semesters will be taught in eight-week modules on Thursday evenings.

Recent graduates of the program are now teachers of English in the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and Asia; K through12 teachers in the U.S.; English teachers in community colleges and in intensive English programs in the U.S. and abroad; and professionals in government agencies and on projects developing curricula and evaluating English teaching programs.

For additional information about the program and additional offerings through Continuing and Distance Education, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged or call 319-273-2121 or 800-648-3864.

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The University of Northern Iowa Presidential Search and Screen Committee will hold candidate interviews at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11 and 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington, Minn. The meeting agenda can be found at www.uni.edu/presidential-search/.

Farzad Moussavi, dean of the UNI College of Business Administration, and Mark Oman, serve as co-chairs of the committee. 

The Board of Regents is a group of nine citizen volunteers who govern the state's three public universities and two special K-12 schools – the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School – through policymaking, coordination and oversight.

 

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Lifelong University will offer five noncredit courses this spring.

"Sub Rosa: Art and Design at UNI" will be led by Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 7 and 14. Participants will examine how art is acquired, borrowed by and loaned from UNI.

"Introduction to Medieval Chant" will be taught by Alison Altstatt, assistant professor of musicology and music history, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 14, 21, 28 and March 7 and 14. Participants will learn to read chant notation, recognize the medieval church modes, and express melodies using the Guidonion hand, all while becoming familiar with a variety of chant repertoire.

"Beyond Grant Wood's Limelight: Iowa's Forgotten Artists" will be taught by Roy Behrens, professor of art, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 26. Behrens will discuss a wide range of talented artists and designers from Iowa.

"America: The View From Abroad" will be led by Hal Wohl, emeritus professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. This course tracks the history of how America has been seen and discussed throughout the last two decades.

"How My Students and I Use Photoshop in Digital Artwork and Graphic Design" will also be taught by Behrens from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 25. This session is an overview of the ways in which Behrens and his students have used computer software for art- and design-related purposes.

Course fees range from $15 to $40, which covers parking passes and course handouts. To register for a class or view a course description, visit www.uni.edu/llu/ or call University Events Coordination at 319-273-5141.

Read more: http://www.uni.edu/newsroom/uni-lifelong-university-announces-spring-2013-courses#ixzz2IB1bYMyf

January 7, 2013 - 3:43pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has been selected as a Military-Friendly University in Military Advanced Education's (MAE) 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE's 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to implement military friendly policies in support of our men and women in uniform.

Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year's institutions for inclusion in the guide are flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of service members, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns.

"We are enthusiastic about the initiatives on campus to support our military and veteran students," said Leslie Williams, UNI dean of students. "To be recognized as an institution that embraces military students and works to ensure their success is significant. We all benefit from the experiences these students bring to our campus."

For more information about MAE's 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities, visit www.military-advanced-education.com/mae-home.html.

Read more: http://www.uni.edu/newsroom/uni-selected-as-military-friendly-by-military-advanced-education-magazine#ixzz2IB21YMoR

January 2, 2013 - 3:45pm

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The University of Northern Iowa Presidential Search and Screen Committee will meet at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, at UNI in the Curris Business Building, Room 319. The meeting agenda can be found at www.uni.edu/presidential-search/.

Farzad Moussavi, dean of the UNI College of Business Administration, and Mark Oman, serve as co-chairs of the committee. 

The Board of Regents is a group of nine citizen volunteers who govern the state's three public universities and two special K-12 schools – the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School – through policymaking, coordination and oversight.

Read more: http://www.uni.edu/newsroom/uni-presidential-search-and-screen-committee-meeting-notice-0#ixzz2IB2NGu47

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a new exhibition, "REVERB: Recent Abstraction in Painting," from Monday, Jan. 14 through Saturday, Mar. 2, in the south wing of the Kamerick Art Building.

In addition to the exhibition, two artists will give lectures in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. Christie Blizard will give the first lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14 and Dana Saulnier will lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4. Each lecture will be followed by a reception. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Sarah Elizabeth Hearst Visiting Artist fund.

Curated by assistant professor of art Kenneth Hall, this group invitational exhibition features new work by Scott Anderson from Albuquerque, N.M.; Jimmy Baker from Cincinnati, Ohio; Christie Blizard from Lubbock, Texas; the late Megan Dirks of Sioux City, Iowa; Angelina Gualdoni from Brooklyn, NY; Mary Laube from Iowa City, Iowa; Dana Saulnier from Oxford, Ohio; and Deborah Zlotsky from Albany, NY. These artists have been assembled because of their passionate investigations into expressive mark making and gestural iconography.

"Contemporary abstract painting shows interesting tendencies toward figuration as it responds to the senses," said Hall. "The subject of seeing and the senses, generally, is a theme in the work of these artists who bring unique viewpoints and aesthetics to show a robust variety in contemporary abstract painting. The term reverb connotes music and the effect of enhancing sound by way of technology, making it more spacious, more layered and more dynamic."

The UNI Gallery of Art will also present a new UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition titled "The Individual Is the One Illusion," which will run through Saturday, May 11. Darrell Taylor, director of UNI's art gallery, will curate this exhibition. Students from assistant professor of art Elizabeth Sutton's Art and Globalization seminar will provide texts about each piece of art.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. The gallery will be closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/Home.html or call 319-273-3095.

Read more: http://www.uni.edu/newsroom/uni-gallery-of-art-to-present-reverb-recent-abstraction-in-painting#ixzz2IB3PqnOb

December 27, 2012 - 9:06am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been ranked among the nation's top "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine for 2013. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. UNI placed in the top 100 for its high four-year graduation rate, low average-student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, a low sticker price and overall great value.

"This is an excellent affirmation of our commitment to provide students an outstanding undergraduate education at an affordable price," said Benjamin Allen, UNI president.

The full list of schools can be found at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

December 19, 2012 - 3:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Beginning summer 2013, the University of Northern Iowa will offer a certificate program in environmental health entirely online. The program is designed for students and professionals who share interest in the relationships between human health and the environment. The goal of this certificate is to foster a deep understanding of how environmental conditions and protections can impact and enhance human health status. Courses focus on topics such as water quality, solid waste problems, air quality and public health concerns.

Campus attendance is not required for this program, offering flexibility to access course materials and submit work on a schedule convenient for students. Completion of 15 hours of credit is required and may be applied toward either undergraduate or graduate credit.  

Those who might benefit most from the Environmental Health Certificate include, but are not limited to: public health specialists, environmental health officers, ecologists, corporate health and safety personnel, nurses, educators and epidemiologists.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged or call UNI Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-2121 or 800-648-3864.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa hosted its annual fall Commencement Saturday, Dec. 15. As hundreds of UNI students graduate and begin to look for employment opportunities, the December job outlook is more important than ever.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook for 2012, the overall top B.A. degrees in demand by employers this year are finance, accounting, and computer and information sciences, followed by electrical and mechanical engineering. UNI has a number of majors that align with these needs.

According to Matt Nuese, associate director of UNI's career services office, UNI graduates seem to be faring well in today's economy. Nearly 84 percent of last year's graduates secured jobs or were continuing their education upon graduation, according to the 2011 Career Services Graduate Report.

It appears that many UNI graduates are staying within the state. During the last three years, three-fourths of all UNI graduates were employed in Iowa. The top employers of UNI students include Wells Fargo, John Deere and Waterloo Community Schools.

For more information, contact Bob Frederick, director of career services, at 319-273-6857 or robert.frederick@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars in the United States after three UNI professors were awarded Fulbright Scholarship grants for their research projects abroad. These honors are awarded to those who help promote the program's goals of fostering leadership and increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

"To be named one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education is an exciting and prestigious honor," said Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost. "It reflects the work of outstanding faculty at the University of Northern Iowa. The acknowledgement also recognizes the importance of international relations in UNI's mission statement and strategic goals. In addition, the Office of International Programs provides excellent support to promote Fulbright opportunities for faculty and staff." 

Three professors, Bettina Fabos, associate professor of communication studies, Kevin Finn, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, and Tammy Gregersen, associate professor of languages and literatures, were named Fulbright Scholars for 2012-2013. Fabos and Finn will conduct research in Hungary, while Gregersen will teach a course in language assessment at the University of Santiago in Chile.

For more information, contact Craig Klafter, associate provost for UNI's Office of International Programs, at 319-273-6807 or craig.klafter@uni.edu.

Read more: http://www.uni.edu/newsroom/uni-named-one-of-the-top-producers-of-us-fulbright-scholars#ixzz2IB57TUU3

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa alumni are invited to apply for a 2013 Merchant Scholarship. Merchant Scholarship recipients must be attending or planning to attend an accredited graduate or professional school at an educational institution as a full-time student.

The scholarships are awarded from a trust established in 1951 to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant. Frank was a professor of Latin and Greek, and served as head of the Department of Foreign Languages at UNI, then the Iowa State Teachers College. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, achievement, character, potential and service to society.

Applications and instructions for applying are available online at www.uni.edu/vpaa/merchant/index.shtml. Deadline for completed applications is March 1, 2013.

For more information, contact Coleen Wagner, secretary in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, at 319-273-2518 or coleen.wagner@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Through the University of Northern Iowa's Business and Community Services, the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) is set to launch a new food waste reduction project on Tuesday, Jan. 1. The goal of the project is to launch a new educational campaign and a website that will act as a virtual food waste reduction center.

The new campaign seeks to provide the public with new resources and educational materials. Project goals include educational workshops, materials and webinars on different food waste reduction topics. The project is funded through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternative Program.

The IWRC assists small businesses in complying with environmental regulations through free education and consultation. The center also conducts research and develops technologies for more efficient and environmentally friendly production processes.

For additional information, contact Joe Bolick, communications and grants specialist at the IWRC, at 319-273-6577 or mjbolick@uni.edu.

December 14, 2012 - 8:47am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's Continuing and Distance Education is accepting applications for its upcoming Professional Development for Teachers cohort degree program, beginning in the fall of 2013 and leading to a Master of Arts in Education degree.

This program is designed to fulfill the professional development needs for classroom teachers and other teaching professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning process. Students will have a variety of opportunities to develop strategies for implementing innovative practices in the classroom and for thoughtful analysis of issues and problems facing teachers.

"This program is especially well-suited to busy teachers who are interested in a cohort-based master's program that challenges them to expand their expertise in a broad range of educational topics," says program coordinator Michelle Tichy.

This degree will be earned online. Coursework begins in the fall of 2013 using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through a course sequence, with the degree to be awarded in the summer of 2015. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged/prof-dev-for-teachers.

For information about additional offerings available through Continuing Distance and Education at UNI, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged or call 319-272-2121 or 800-648-3864.

December 12, 2012 - 2:32pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual fall commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, in the McLeod Center. This year's commencement speaker is Ian Goldsmith, a psychology and theatre major from Earlville, Iowa. Approximately 600 graduates will participate in commencement.

Following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the McLeod Center with light snacks and beverages. Graduates and guests are encouraged to attend. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures.

Seating for the event is on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/commencement or contact Philip Patton, university registrar, at 319-273-2244 or philip.patton@uni.edu.

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The University of Northern Iowa Presidential Search and Screen Committee will host a conference call at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11. The public access site is at UNI, in Gilchrist Hall, Room 25.  The meeting agenda can be found at www.uni.edu/presidential-search/.

Farzad Moussavi, dean of the UNI College of Business Administration, and Mark Oman, serve as co-chairs of the committee. 

The Board of Regents is a group of nine citizen volunteers who govern the state's three public universities and two special K-12 schools – the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School – through policymaking, coordination and oversight.

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