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April 28, 2014 - 9:58am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the 2014 Midwest Summer Institute: Inclusion and Communication for All on Monday, June 23, and Tuesday, June 24, in Russell Hall.

The conference will consist of presentations, discussions, panels, hands-on learning and networking. Attendees will include educators, individuals with and without disabilities, families, support personnel and researchers.

The Midwest Summer Institute will focus on inclusive schools, employment and daily living, as well as communication and supported typing for people with autism spectrum disabilities and other complex communication needs.

The event will feature nationally recognized and area experts on school and community inclusion and alternative and augmentative communication supports. Presenters include Kathie Snow of Disability is Natural; Darlene Hanson, director of communication supports at Whittier Area Parents' Association for the Developmentally Handicapped; and Tracy Thresher, self-advocate featured in the award-winning documentary "Wretches & Jabberers."

For more information or to register for the event, visit

April 28, 2014 - 10:09am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's New Horizons Band will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 5, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the UNI campus.

The band will perform a variety of traditional concert band repertoire that will include marches, overtures, a "Music Man" medley and Duke Ellington selections. The band will also perform the "Iowa New Horizons March," an original composition by Robert Logan, retired Iowa band director and composer from Clear Lake. He will guest conduct his own composition.

"Haskell's Rascals" by Paul Yoder will feature New Horizons Band percussion section members Larry Klinger, Rita Losh and David Pounds, as well as UNI New Horizons Band student instructors Geoff Bryant, senior music education major; Anna Fewins, junior music education major; and Teresa Smith, senior music education major. A reception will be held in the lobby of the GBPAC immediately following the concert. Admission is free.

The New Horizons Band is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School. The group includes members ages 50 and older with various musical backgrounds who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform. Diana Blake, retired music educator and director of the New Horizons Band, says new members are welcome to join the group.

For more information, contact Blake at 319-352-3007 or Cindi Mason, New Horizons Band administrative assistant, at 319-273-2142.

April 28, 2014 - 10:15am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences is offering summer camps through the Iowa Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) for summer 2014.

The camps include a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related opportunities that are available to the community, including elementary, middle and high school students. Topics include robotics, digital storytelling, video and game design, cyber security, exploring the prairie, neuroscience and more.

Iowa EPSCoR is aimed at building research capacity and increasing competitiveness for Iowa through investments in infrastructure and human capital. The camps are designed to encourage and provide increased access for student participation in STEM disciplines. Scholarships are available for students who meet certain requirements.

For additional information or to register, visit

April 24, 2014 - 2:33pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program (IRVM) reminds Iowans of restrictions prohibiting the mowing of state-maintained highway right-of-way and roadside ditches prior to July 15.

Iowa Code 314.7, which includes county secondary roads as well as state primary and interstate highways, extended the no-mow period, now from July 1 through July 15, to provide an additional two weeks for the hatching and development of young ground-nesting birds and pollinators.

Exceptions to the law are as follows:

-Within 200 yards of an inhabited dwelling

-On right-of-way within one mile of the corporate limits of a city

-To promote native species of vegetation or other long-lived and adaptable vegetation

-To establish control of damaging insect populations, noxious weeds and invasive plant species

-For visibility and safety reasons

-Within rest areas, weigh stations and wayside parks

-Within 50 feet of a drainage tile or tile intake

-For access to mailbox or for other accessibility purposes

-On right-of-way adjacent agricultural demonstration or research plots

"In an agricultural state such as Iowa, the law serves as a reminder to those who do not need to mow their ditches to leave what's there as habitat," said Rebecca Katuen, IRVM program manager. "Aggressive mowing weakens vegetation along slopes, allowing for erosion and soil loss, thereby also creating openings for weeds. We need to think of roadsides as a productive part of the landscape for wildlife, as well as a safe zone for travelers."

For more information, visit and

April 24, 2014 - 3:07pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- – Yesterday, the Iowa House and Senate approved a 4 percent funding increase for each of Iowa's public universities along with an additional $2.6 million in special funding to UNI's base in recognition of its reliance on state funding. This coupled with the $4 million previously appropriated in 2013, will allow UNI to freeze tuition for the 2014-15 academic year.

The university is grateful to the Iowa Legislature for recognizing the unique funding challenges at UNI resulting from its historic focus on educating Iowa residents.  With this additional funding, UNI will continue to be an affordable and accessible option for students.

UNI will now turn its attention to the work of the Board of Regents' Performance-Based Revenue Model Task Force and are optimistic at least a portion of Iowa appropriations will follow in-state students in order to provide the long-term financial structure needed to maintain and strengthen the University of Northern Iowa.

April 21, 2014 - 2:34pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- According to the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), more than 200,000 children are injured on America's playgrounds each year. In an effort to focus on the safety of all children on the playground, the NPPS, housed at the University of Northern Iowa, will celebrate National Playground Safety Week from Monday, April 21, through Friday, April 25. In addition to promoting their regular initiatives and training programs, the week will also celebrate the addition of three new certification courses that have been made possible through a $500,000, two-year contract with the U.S. Department of Defense.

The new certifications include Early Childhood Outdoor Play Inspector, Playground Inspection Course for Elementary Schools and Youth/Community Programs, and Certified Supervisor for Outdoor Environments. They are designed for personnel in the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps and will safeguard the children of military families by training and certifying playground safety personnel.

The winners of the Ahrens Playground Safety Advocate of the Year Award and the John Preston Award will also be announced during the week. These awards honor an individual and a group that have made outstanding efforts to make playgrounds safe for children.

For more information, visit or contact Donna Thompson, director of NPPS, at 319-273-7134 or

April 21, 2014 - 2:40pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the 50th annual Iowa High School Model United Nations (IHSMUN) Spring Conference Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, in the Maucker Union Ballrooms and other rooms on campus. The event is organized and facilitated by UNI's IHSMUN chapter.

At the event, nearly 25 high schools from across the state will represent 39 countries of the United Nations. High school students will model the procedure of the U.N. in New York City, working with peers to draft resolutions on topics of international importance using viewpoints of member nations.

At this year's conference, Ron McMullen, former U.S. ambassador, will be the keynote speaker at 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 25, in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. McMullen is an Iowa native who served as the ambassador to Eritrea, a country in Africa.

For questions regarding the spring conference, contact Christina Johnson, secretary-general of IHSMUN, at 319-273-2668 or

April 21, 2014 - 2:49pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lynda Yates, an associate professor of linguistics at Macquarie University in Australia, will present her lecture "Communication, Language and Preparing for the Work Place" from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., Monday, April 28, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Refreshments will be served from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Yates' research revolves around the adult language learning and communication in the workplace. She also focuses on speaking skills, pronunciation and interpersonal pragmatics. Yates has studied adult Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the United Kingdom, France, Armenia and Egypt. She has taught at Macquarie University since 2009. She previously worked at La Trobe University in Australia for 18 years. Her lecture is sponsored by the Northern Iowa Student Government, TESOL Club, Anthropology Club, and the Department of Languages and Literatures.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ardith J. Meier, professor in UNI's Department of Languages and Literatures, at 319-273-2785 or

April 21, 2014 - 4:12pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an above-average commitment to sustainability. UNI's rating of 95 out of 99 was the highest score of any school in Iowa, with the next highest score being 89.

"Much of UNI's excellent rating in the Princeton Review can be attributed to the numerous student driven initiatives that have resulted in institutional changes," said Eric O'Brien, UNI's sustainability coordinator. "From their excitement to improve campus to their genuine interest in getting involved, students are powerful forces in UNI's sustainability efforts."

There is a diverse range of initiatives contributing to UNI's rating. One project saw more than 40 water bottle refill stations installed on campus, resulting in more than 400,000 refills in the last nine months. A similarly successful program was the launch of UNI's student-run garden, the Panther Plot. In its first year, students harvested fruits and vegetables that were served in UNI Dining Centers and sold on campus through a student-run produce stand.

The free guide can be downloaded at or

For more information about UNI's sustainability efforts, including what's planned for Earth Week, Monday, April 21, through Friday, April 25, visit or contact O'Brien at 319-273-7207 or

April 17, 2014 - 3:11pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Take Back the Night at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, to increase awareness of sexual assault.

The event will begin with a panel discussion featuring Harry Brod, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology, and Joan Thompson, sexual assault advocate and health educator. The panel will discuss sexual violence and ways to end it. Two sexual assault survivors will also be present to talk about their experiences.

Following the discussion, there will be a short sign-making session and a march from Seerley Hall to the Campanile.

"Take Back the Night is an important program to host because it helps raise awareness of the ways that sexual assault affects women on our own campus," said Susan Johnson, a student intern in the Women's and Gender Studies Program. "Hearing stories from sexual assault survivors and seeing UNI students march across campus really helps others realize that sexual assault is a problem that affects our own community, but we can do something to change it."

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Feminist Action League, Wellness and Recreation Services and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. For more information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7195 or

April 17, 2014 - 3:17pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Textiles and Apparel program (TAPP) will hold its 22nd annual design show, "Catwalk 22: Stripped," at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 26, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI campus.

All students enrolled in TAPP classes this academic year were encouraged to design and construct original garments for the show. All entered pieces were juried by Stephanie Barness and Holly Humke-Williams, TAPP alumnae currently working for Eco Lips in Cedar Rapids and Powers Manufacturing in Waterloo. Garments were chosen for the runway based on details such as construction and creativity. Students were also responsible for promotion, stylization, set design, choreography and music for the show.

This year's design show was inspired by traditional runway shows and features a minimalist, back-to-basics theme.

The event is free and open to the public; doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Annette Lynch, professor in the School of Applied Human Sciences, at 319-273-3054 or

April 15, 2014 - 2:07pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- How can we educate men about sex and gender issues without blaming them for centuries of sexism and gender oppression? Nationally known anti-sexist activist Jackson Katz will address these issues head-on during "More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in Sabin Hall, Room 002, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Katz is the creator of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) anti-violence program, which is offered at UNI's Center for Violence Prevention.

"A vast majority of men, like their female peers, are uncomfortable and disturbed with the very high rates of sexual violence occurring on college campuses and in our communities," said Annette Lynch, director of UNI's Center for Violence Prevention. "Jackson Katz calls on these men to stand as allies with women to inspire others to work to prevent and end gender-based violence. This lecture is a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty and staff to meet the founder of the MVP program, providing background and inspiration for the MVP training that happens every semester here at UNI."

The MVP program has been used by thousands of students, high school student-athletes, college athletes and professional sports teams, such as the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Socks. The program diffuses the old understanding of male behaviors and attitudes toward gender violence and creates a new point of view on gender equality.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lynch at 319-273-3054 or

April 14, 2014 - 9:25am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "B.F.A. Group Exhibition" from Monday, April 28, through Saturday, May 10, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. A reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 28, in the south lobby.

The artwork of eight UNI Bachelor of Fine Arts seniors will be displayed:

-Melissa Airy, Hiawatha, will present "Five Virgin Saints." These performance works of art depict what the female saints might have experienced while they were alive.

-Sarah Hedeen, Waverly, will present an exhibition of photographs that explore the role of flowers, specifically floral patterning, in the historical production of images.

-Sydney Honsbruch, Grinnell, will present "Connections to the Mundane," an exhibition of ceramic works that are observations about evolving social norms.

-Brock Jensen, Cedar Falls, will present "Objektophilie," an exhibition of abstract sculptures representing views of sexuality.

-Dusty Ann Kriegel, Coggon, will present "Tooth and Nail," an exhibition of paintings that considers nature, the American West and family. It centers on the containment of objects within a suspended, nondescript space conjuring feelings of isolation, order and balance.

-Mandey Lund, Newhall, will present "Meealaha: A Sacred Experience," performance works of art that seek to bring the artist's spiritual connections into powerful and poetic existence, which are meant to be gifts and blessings to the audience.

-Tommy Riefe, Davenport, will present "SPACETIME," an exhibition of sculpture and video inspired by astrological events. The sculptures are based on wormholes that create shortcuts through vast distances of space, and are an attempt to bridge the gap between Earth and the cosmos.

-Justine Wagner, Emmetsburg, will present "The Great Divide," an exhibition of paintings that examine metaphysical concepts of substance, time and space, which provoke viewers to consider their own existence by proposing questions about life, death and continuation.

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 or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or

April 14, 2014 - 9:32am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's International Dance Theatre (IDT) will present its annual spring show at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at Strayer-Wood Theatre on the UNI campus. This year's production is titled "Salute to the Silverscreen."

The dance troupe will perform a variety of dance styles from around the world, including traditional folk dance, modern styles of ballroom dance and one of the oldest Scottish dances on record. The show will also include dances to musical compositions from a variety of films, including "Moulin Rouge," "The Mask" and "The Hunger Games."

Tickets are $5 for students and $6 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from members of IDT. To reserve tickets, email Tressa Glass, IDT officer, at For more information, contact Jason Schadt, instructor of health, physical education and leisure services, at

April 14, 2014 - 2:54pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will host several events in honor of the Days of Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust Wednesday, April 23, through Tuesday, April 29.

Beatrice Muchman, Holocaust survivor and author of "Never to Be Forgotten: A Young Girl's Holocaust Memoir," will present the sixth annual Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, in Sabin Hall, Room 002. Muchman's illustrated talk "Individual Responsibility … Then and Now" will recount her family's fate during the Holocaust - in particular, her years as a "hidden child" - and her path to reclaiming her religious identity. A question and answer session, book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

The acclaimed documentary "Nicky's Family" will be screened at no charge to school groups at 10 a.m., Monday, April 28, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The documentary tells the story of Nicholas Winton, a young British stockbroker who rescued 669 children from Czechoslovakia just before the outbreak of World War II. Schools that would like to send a group of students to this event should contact the CHGE at 319-273-3870 or

The eighth annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony in the Cedar Valley will take place at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, in the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St., Waterloo. The ceremony will feature a poster display, lighting of memorial candles and a musical performance. A screening of "Nicky's Family" will follow at approximately 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephen Gaies, director of UNI's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, at 319-273-3870 or, or visit

April 11, 2014 - 2:46pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association has announced the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Award winners. Recipients will be honored at the 10th annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the Commons Ballroom.

Award winners are as follows: Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year, Ferguson Enterprises; Robert Koob Award for Collaboration, Leader Valley, Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber; Nonprofit Board Member of the Year, Paul Kammerdiner, Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens; Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership, Jenna Manders, Teen Trust, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa; New Nonprofit Employee of the Year, Megan Thompson, Boys and Girls Club; Legacy Award, Gloria Wilder, Boys and Girls Club; Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year, Kathy McDonnell, Presbyterian Village; Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year, Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley. Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley will receive a cash gift of $1,000, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, in recognition for its outstanding efforts.

The Veridian Community Engagement Fellowship Awards will also be presented. These awards are given to honor UNI faculty members who have enriched the quality of life in the Cedar Valley by engaging the community in their research and teaching. Award winners are Ai Wen, instructor of biology, and Wendy Miller, assistant professor of art. UNI also selected and is awarding Kamyar Enshayan, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education; Jennifer Cooley, associate professor of language and literatures; and Tim Kidd, associate professor of physics, for their community engagement efforts.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national certification program that prepares students to become the next generation of leaders in the nonprofit sector.

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

April 10, 2014 - 9:51am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate environmental efforts during Earth Week, Monday, April 21, through Friday, April 25. Earth Week is a campus-wide event that aims to involve the campus community in environmental action through a number of interactive and educational events.

On Monday, April 21, UNI students can participate in a Plastic Bag Exchange. Bring plastic grocery bags for recycling to Maucker Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and receive a sustainabile alternative. Students are also invited to participate in an evening of yoga, featuring certified UNI yoga instructors. Classes will be held at 5 and 5:30 p.m. in the Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC), Room 085. All participants who pre-register will receive a free water bottle. To register, visit 

An Earth Day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, outside of Maucker Union. The event will feature educational booths, activities and free bike tune-ups. 

UNI Volunteer Tuesdays, Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) will partner for an Earth Day Highway Cleanup at 3:30 p.m., April 22, and a Campus Cleanup at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet in Maucker Union. To register, visit 

A screening of the film "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story" will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in the WRC, Room 252. The documentary tells the story of the unintended yet severe consequences of farming along the Mississippi River and the efforts to reverse this damage. 

The week will also include a bike ride on the trails around Cedar Falls at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 23. The ride will start and end at Mulligan's on 18th Street in Cedar Falls and will be lead by Cedar Valley Cyclists. Helmets are required and free T-shirts will be provided to participants who pre-register at 

Earth Week will conclude with a screening of "In Organics We Trust" at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 24, in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Room 115. A light lunch will be provided. A pop can/tab drive will also be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Maucker Union.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit UNI's RRTTC website at or the UNI sustainability website at


April 10, 2014 - 9:56am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the State of Iowa Physics Competition from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in the McLeod Center.

Participating high school students qualified at regional competitions and represent the top teams from Area Education Agencies across the state. The competition is a series of five events that stress creativity, ingenuity and an understanding of physics-related ideas and is intended to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Events include the catapult, mousetrap car, toothpick bridge-building, soda straw arm and challenge problem.

For more information, contact Larry Escalada, professor of physics, at 319-273-2431 or

April 10, 2014 - 10:04am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Corey Dolgon, sociology professor at Stonehill College in Massachusetts, will use words and music to explore the role that folk songs play in the U.S. labor movement at his "singing lecture" at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, in the Interpreter's Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40. The lecture will cover labor history from a multicultural perspective and examine the function of folk songs in workers' lives.

"Corey Dolgon's singing lecture tells us where we have been as a nation of workers, and why our labor history and this music is so relevant to our economic situation today," said Chris Martin, interim department head of the Department of Communication Studies. "Corey is incredibly entertaining. It turns out 'The 99 Percent' have the best music, too."

Dolgon, who has a Ph.D. in American Culture, is an expert in sociology and service learning. He has authored three books, including the forthcoming "Living Sociology: Social Problems, Service Learning, and Civic Engagement." His lecture is sponsored by UNI's Interpreters Theatre, Department of Communication Studies and College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Martin at 319-273-6118 or

April 10, 2014 - 1:24pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Every day, minority students can experience a number of microaggressions based on their gender, race, religion and other identities. Students will have the opportunity to share these experiences at the I2AmUNI event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Participants will be able to write a story or phrase on a whiteboard and pose for a photo with it. Photos will be shared on I2AmUNI's social media profiles.

"The students are really behind the motto of this project, which is 'Validating personal experiences that are culturally invalidated," said Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator for UNI's Center for Multicultural Education and adviser for the I2AmUNI planning committee. "The push is to raise awareness and start a discussion on what it means to be inclusive. It is coming from a place of love and support in that we all want to make sure that all students are having a positive and healthy experience at UNI."

Inspired by the "I, Too, Am Harvard" campaign, the event was planned by a committee of student representatives from various multicultural student groups, including the Hispanic Latino Student Union, Art for El Salvador, the Department of Residence Inclusive Communities Team and the International Student Association. The event aims to represent microaggressions across all underrepresented groups at UNI. All members of the UNI community are invited to participate.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cruz at 319-273-2250 or


April 10, 2014 - 1:32pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The "best of the best" student performances from beginning and advanced performance classes in the University of Northern Iowa's Department of Communication Studies will be presented at the "Performance Power Hour" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, Room 040.

"The Performance Power Hour is a way for students to share with the public the work we do in the Performance Studies classroom. It is a celebration of a semester's worth of hard work," said Danielle McGeough, assistant professor in UNI's Department of Communication Studies. "The students have a blast and the energy is contagious."

Performers come from four courses: Oral Interpretation, Performance and Social Change, the graduate Seminar in Performance Studies, and Technology and Human Communication (Digital Culture). The show will feature a variety of pieces, including personal narratives, manifestos, interpretations of literature, digital remixes and experimental performances.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Danielle McGeough, assistant professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6985 or

April 10, 2014 - 1:37pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will hold a U.S. Citizenship Ceremony at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

At the event, 100 people from 36 different countries, including Australia, Bosnia, Vietnam and India will become American citizens. "It is an honor for UNI to be chosen to host this unique ceremony," said Mark Grey, professor and director of the UNI New Iowans Center. "We hope many people from the Cedar Valley will join us for this moving ceremony."

For additional information, contact Grey at 319-273-6496 or

April 10, 2014 - 2:06pm


CEDAR FALLS -- The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is now accepting entries for the 2014 competition. New and start-up businesses (in business for less than four years) are eligible to enter the competition for the chance to win up to $25,000.

The deadline to enter is June 13. Applicants are required to submit business plan information via a secure online program called Gust. A link to the Gust submission page is available at the competition website,

Now in its ninth year, the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support for outstanding business plans. Since 2006, more than $400,000 in prizes has been awarded. 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.

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 Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, Iowa City, Red Oak 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 Department of Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Development Centers and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

Rules, eligibility, timelines and more information is available at the competition website, Or you can learn more by contacting one of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers listed below.


Drake University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Debra Bishop or Tom Swartwood

515-271-2011 or tom.swartwood@drake.eud


Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Judi Eyles



North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Jamie Zanios



University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Lee Groeschl



University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Randy Pilkington


April 9, 2014 - 9:29am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) and the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) at the University of Northern Iowa will sponsor a remembrance of the 1994 Rwandan genocide at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, in the CME in Maucker Union.

April marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. It is estimated that more than 800,000 people were killed in the East African nation during a span of 100 days. 

The remembrance will include remarks, poetry readings, personal testimonies and songs, followed by a Q-and-A and comment session.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the CME at 319-273-2250 or the CHGE at 319-273-3870, or visit

April 9, 2014 - 9:35am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will present the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony's last performance of the season at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 18, in the Great Hall of Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The concert is offered as a part of the UNI School of Music Spotlight Series.

The performance, conducted by Ronald Johnson, professor in the School of Music, features musical pieces with American, Australian and Japanese roots, and is presented in four parts:

-"Othello," by Alfred Reed, is a Shakespeare-inspired piece featuring a theatrical movement.

-"Gloriosa," by Yasuhide Ito, is a meditative piece inspired by a historical Japanese novel featuring Japanese Taiko drums.

-Three short pieces will feature the full spectrum of tonal colors by Australian composer Percy Aldridge Grainger.

-"Unusual Behavior in Ceremonies Involving Drums," by Daniel Bukvich, is a five-section, unconventional approach to symphony with parts of instruments being removed while played.

Tickets for the event are $10 for general admission, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for non-UNI students. To order tickets, call the GBPAC box office at 319-273-4849 or visit For additional information about School of Music events, contact Caroline Boehmer at 319-273-2028 or

April 8, 2014 - 1:28pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Student organizations in the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration (UNIBusiness) are teaming up to plant 6,500 trees in areas of Cedar Falls that were affected by the 2008 floods. The planting will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Anyone who wants to volunteer should meet west of Bruns Machine, 1824 Lincoln St. in Cedar Falls.

"It's wonderful to see so many young people coming forward to assist with the planting," said Chris Schrage, global opportunities coordinator in UNIBusiness. "They will be great assets to the communities that they become a part of in the future. The community and two non-profits that benefit from this program are very worthy and have tremendous impact."

This initiative is made possible through the Living Lands & Waters Million Trees Project. To raise money for this cause, students will be selling engraved donor bricks through April 12. Checks can be made out to UNI-Hardwoods and mailed to Chris Schrage, Curris Business Building 5, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0126.                        

For more information, contact Joe Noonan at, Ethan Siow at or Schrage at

April 8, 2014 - 1:37pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP), in partnership with UNI's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), UNI's Military and Veteran Student Services and HopeLine® from Verizon, will host The Y Factor Iowa: Military Summit on Tuesday, April 15, on the UNI campus. The daylong conference for ROTC cadets, guard and reserve units, and active and retired military personnel will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

This year's summit is designed to bring together military, civic and educational leaders to discuss and assess their roles and responsibilities in supporting violence prevention. The keynote speaker is Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III, commander of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.

Multiple senior military leaders and nationally recognized subject matter experts and trainers in violence prevention will serve on a panel to discuss the success and challenges of addressing and ending sexual violence in the military.

This event is free and open to the public; preregistration is required. To register, visit For more information about the summit, contact Alan Heisterkamp, co-director of the Center for Violence Prevention, at 319-273-3054 or

HopeLine from Verizon takes no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and turns them into support for prevention programs and domestic violence victims and survivors in the form of cash grants and wireless phones with voice minutes and text-messaging service. For more information about HopeLine, visit

April 8, 2014 - 1:39pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Brenda Bass has been named dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) at the University of Northern Iowa. She is currently interim dean of CSBS and will assume her new duties on July 1 pending Board of Regents approval.Brenda Bass

"Dr. Bass brings a strong background in academic leadership to UNI," said Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost. "Her research and leadership style will help elevate the programs in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to a state and national level."

Bass earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Bakersfield, and her master's and Ph.D. in family studies from the University of Arizona.

Bass first served as an assistant professor at UNI in 1996. She then worked her way through the ranks and was promoted to full professor in 2009 in the School of Applied Human Sciences in CSBS. As a professor of family studies, Bass' research has focused on work/family conflict and balance, family relationships and pedagogical strategies for teaching about family.

From 2000 to 2008, Bass was unit coordinator of the Family Studies Program. She was then chosen as associate dean of CSBS before becoming interim dean in July 2012.

April 8, 2014 - 1:51pm


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 connection between the theory 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.

The selection of alumni participants and their Alumni in Residence experience is coordinated by each college. The 2014 class includes: 

College of Business Administration

-Accounting: Chris Terhark '92, director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

-Economics: David Jones '79, president & CEO, Grinnell State Bank

-Finance: Jay Doeden '85, director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

-Management: Brian Asmus '97, IT director, First Data Merchant Solutions

-Marketing: Pat McGrath '80, president, McGrath Automotive Group


College of Education

-Educational Leadership & Postsecondary Education: Clayton Wilcox '79, superintendent, Washington County Schools (Maryland)

-School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services: Shellie Pfohl '85, executive director, President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

-Educational Psychology & Foundations: Stan Slessor '70, G. Tyron and Associates

-Curriculum & Instruction: Mildred Middleton '43, retired educator


College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences           

-Biology: Daniel Fick '85, clinical professor and physician, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 

-Math: Benjamine Wadsley '04, chief actuary, Transamerica Employer Solutions and Pensions, Cedar Rapids

-Earth Science: Nicholas Page '02, senior environmental specialist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

-Physics: Cody Law '06, new product development engineer, John Deere, Waterloo

-Art: David Schmitz '06, community resource specialist, Iowa Arts Council

-Theatre: Angela Toomsen '97, director of content strategy and development, MedTouch

-Philosophy & World Religions: Jesse Sheedy '02, director, Faith Formation; James Svajgl '01, attorney, John C. Wunsch, P.C.; Wei-erh Chen '07, attorney, Stinson Leonard Street 

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

-History: David VanSickel '74, attorney, Davis Brown Law Firm

-Psychology: Anne Starr '80, CEO, Orchard Place

-Political Science: Sarah Benzing '00, campaign manager for Bruce Braley

-Criminology/General Studies: Thomas Jennings '97, retired, Waterloo police chief

-Family Services/Sociology: Emily Thilges '02, guidance counselor, Denver Community Schools

For more information, contact Susan Reinart in the UNI Foundation at 319-273-6078 or

April 7, 2014 - 9:54am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Gloria Gibson, University of Northern Iowa executive vice president and provost, has announced the winners of the University Book & Supply (UBS) Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2014. The awards honor pre-tenure faculty members who have shown significant contributions to the quality of teaching.

The winners are Sarah Vander Zanden, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction; Sheila Benson, assistant professor of languages and literatures; Nicholas Schwab, assistant professor of psychology; and Russell Guay, assistant professor of management.

Criteria for the awards include taking student needs and interests into considerable account, demonstrating a mastery of a variety of instructional techniques, and preparing and using innovative classroom strategies and materials. Nominations are made by faculty, staff and students.

UBS teaching award winners

April 3, 2014 - 9:54am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes walk at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10. The walk will begin at the Alumni House on campus.

Each year, an increasing number of men, women and their families join the award-winning walk to raise awareness about the serious causes and effects of sexualized violence against women. The walk asks men to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes.

Registration for the walk is open through 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 9. For additional information or to register, visit

April 3, 2014 - 10:22am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre and Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) Forum Actors will present "(Re)Orientation" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, Room 040.

"(Re)Orientation" is conceived, written and directed by SAVE and under the direction of Amandajean Nolte, instructor of communication studies. SAVE is a peer theatre group that uses interactive performance techniques to raise awareness and start conversations about preventing gender-based violence. In "(Re)Orientation," the students of SAVE invite the audience to examine responses to violence and explore the assumptions behind Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. The show is intended for mature audiences only. Admission passes will be available in Lang Hall, Room 040, 45 minutes before the production begins. For more information, contact Nolte at 319-273-3793 or

April 3, 2014 - 3:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Each year, the American Advertising Awards (AAA) attract more than 50,000 entries in local AAA competitions to recognize and award creative excellence in the art of advertising. At the American Advertising Federation-Cedar Valley regional competition on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, students from the University of Northern Iowa won awards for their work.

The award for Best of Show was given to Rob Wirtjes, a recent graduate in graphic technologies from Hiawatha.

Gold medals were awarded to senior art majors Brooke Holst from Stockton, Sarah Hedeen from Waverly, Andrew Engelbart from Anamosa, and Meghan Rankin, a recent graduate in graphic technologies from Muscatine.

Silver medals were awarded to Rachael Bair, a junior majoring in graphic technologies and graphic design from Hudson; Kimber Bates, a senior majoring in graphic design from Ottumwa; Sarah Dunegan, a senior majoring in graphic technologies from Aplington; Olivia Hottle, a senior majoring in communication from Waterloo; Vallyn Reinig, a senior majoring in communication/electronic media from Missouri Valley; and Eric Benson, a post-baccalaureate undergraduate in communication from Waterloo.

For additional information about the awards, contact Jeffery Byrd, art department head, at 319-273-2077 or

April 3, 2014 - 3:22pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students from the University of Northern Iowa presented their research in poster format at "Research in the Capitol," a collaborative effort of the honors programs of Iowa's Regents universities, Tuesday, April 1, in the First Floor Rotunda at the Iowa Statehouse.

State senators, representatives and other key officials were invited to view the posters and talk with students about their research and education.

"Research in the Capitol" was developed to celebrate how undergraduates learn by doing research in a variety of fields, according to Jessica Moon, director, UNI University Honors Program.

For more information, contact Moon at 319-273-3175 or



ACKLEY            Rebecca Gronewold, senior, geography, "Modeling urban storm water runoff in the dry run creek Watershed, Iowa using LiDAR, GIS and the WinSLAMM model"; Bingqing Liang, associate professor of geography 

ANKENY            Lauren Stratton, senior, gerontology: social sciences/pre-prof: medicine, "Gaps in family knowledge of Alzheimer's Disease"; Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor of applied human sciences 

BLOOMFIELD            Kyle Spurgeon, junior, physics, "Fabrication of nanostructures using electron beam radiation"; Tim Kidd, associate professor of physics 

BONDURANT            Tyler Gracey, senior, theatre: performance—acting, "Imagine the possibilities: Impact of drama on the development of social skills among youth on the Autism Spectrum"; Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre

CARROLL            Amy Becker, senior, communicative disorders, "Border crossings of the heart—Navigating the transition from minority to majority cultures: A pilot study of young hearing adults of deaf parents and young heterosexual adults of gay/lesbian parents"; Katie O'Brien, instructor of communication sciences and disorders, and Steve Onken, associate professor of social work

CEDAR FALLS            Sean Klippel, senior, theatre: drama and theatre youth, "Imagine the possibilities: Impact of drama on the development of social skills among youth on the Autism Spectrum"; Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre

                                                 Kyle Patterson, junior, manufacturing technology: metal casting, "Predicting changes in dimensional accuracy of steel castings"; Scott Giese, associate professor of technology

CEDAR RAPIDS            Max Martino, senior, psychology/economics: general economics, "Determinants of college hockey attendance"; Lisa Jepsen, associate professor of economics 

CRESTON            Naomi Skarsgard, senior, psychology, "Implicit and explicit prejudice toward transsexual women"; Helen Harton, professor of psychology

DAVENPORT            Tori Quist, senior, chemistry education, "Black sheep phenomenon: Women's sense of belonging in the sciences across generations"; Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry 

EPWORTH            Cody Schmidt, senior, economics: general economics, "Industrial democracy: Working hard or hardly working?"; Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science

IOWA FALLS            Derek Bradley, junior, biology, "Development of ultralight permanent magnets"; Tim Kidd, associate professor of physics


MANCHESTER            Stephanie Sailer, senior, economics: general economics, "U.S. demand for farm tractors: 1950-2011"; Bryce Kanago, associate professor of ecnomics


MARSHALLTOWN            Norma Garcia Tellez, senior, family services, "Hispanic women and their perception of anti-aging: Buying the foundation of youth"; April Chatham-Carpenter, professor of communication studies; Catherine Macgillivray, interim director of women's and gender studies; and Fernando Calderon, assistant professor of history

OSAGE            Amanda Huisman, senior, communicative disorders, "Barriers to accessing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Pogo boards as a potential solution"; Ken Bleile, professor of communication sciences and disorders 

OTTUMWA            KaLeigh White, senior, public admin: human resources/sociology, "Variation in state funded grant programs: Political and economic factors"; Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science 

URBANDALE            Lizzie Martin, senior, social work, "Effects of traumatic brain injury on domestic violence survivors"; William Downs, professor of social work 

WASHINGTON            Mackenzie Roth, senior, theatre, "Imagine the possibilities: Impact of drama on the development of social skills among youth on the Autism Spectrum"; Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre


Ariel Williams, senior, anthropology/earth science—interpretive naturalist, "Excavation and stratigraphic analysis surrounding an early 20th century boiler house"; Donald Gaff, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology and criminology

WATERLOO            Sam Card, senior, theatre: performance—acting, "Imagine the possibilities: Impact of drama on the development of social skills among youth on the Autism Spectrum"; Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre




ANDOVER, IL            Annette Putnam, senior, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), "Current developments in forensic science: Establishing forensic linguistics through authorship analysis"; Ardith Meier, professor of languages and literatures


POTEET, TX            Manuel Salinas, senior, psychology, "Social exclusion and health: The moderating role of social support"; Robert Hitlan, associate professor of psychology



FOSHAN, CHINA            Xin Hong, senior, geography, "Monitoring and predicting land use and land cover change on Cedar River Watershed of Iowa for the next 30 years"; Bingqing Liang, associate professor of geography

April 1, 2014 - 11:39am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Movies, graphics, apps, games and robots will invade the University of Northern Iowa as eastern Iowa K through 12 students share their technology projects at the Iowa Technology and Education Connection (ITEC) Student Technology Fair from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 4, in the UNI Commons. More than 50 projects from 12 school districts will be displayed for the public to explore and enjoy.

Each of these projects was created as part of the students’ instructional curriculum in their schools. The projects span eight different categories, including 3-D rendering/non-linear animation, graphics/publishing, innovative technology use, mobile apps, music/sound design, programming, video/linear presentation and Web presence.

Each project will be reviewed by local judges, and those receiving the Judges’ Purple Ribbon awards will be invited to showcase their projects at the ITEC conference in Des Moines in October.

The ITEC Student Technology Fair is one of three fairs held this week across the state. More than 300 projects will be presented statewide.

The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by ITEC. For additional information, visit or contact Leigh Zeitz, associate professor in UNI's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, at 319-273-3249 or

April 1, 2014 - 11:42am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Jay Lees, professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "One Day in May: The 2008 Tornado Hits Parkersburg" from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on campus.

More than 100 people who were first responders or victims of the tornado were interviewed by Lees; his wife, Julie Lowell, professor emerita of anthropology; and Sarah Stubbe, former UNI student. The team decided to use the interviews to make a documentary film about the tornado.

The lecture will focus on the film, the interviews, and what they learned while creating the documentary. The event will feature a preview of the tentative opening segment of the film.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Robert Martin, history department head and professor, at 319-273-2097 or

April 1, 2014 - 1:14pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host speaker Steven Johnson at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus. The lecture is the keynote address of The Digital Turn: The 2013-14 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.

Johnson is a best-selling author of works including "Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter" and "Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age." This fall Johnson will star in the new PBS series "How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson."

"Steven Johnson's work is defined by sharp insights and clear writing about topics ranging from technology to science to popular culture," said Jim O'Loughlin, associate professor of languages and literatures. "His talk will give the Cedar Valley a sneak peek into what the rest of America will see when his PBS show airs."

This event is free and open to the public. Public parking is available in the Multimodal Transportation Center on 23rd Street, east of Campbell Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Business Administration and Visual Logic. For more information, contact O'Loughlin at 319-273-2002 or

April 1, 2014 - 1:22pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cartoonist Lela Lee will present and discuss her cartoon "Angry Little Asian Girl" at 7 p.m., Monday, April 7, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). The cartoon follows the adventures of Kim, a 6-year-old Korean American who is as sharp and witty as she is adorable. It also explores race and gender issues through a humorous lens.

"The CME is very excited about Lela Lee's visit to UNI. She brings a fun and fresh perspective when it comes to the discussion of race, feminism and cultural expectations," said Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator for the CME. "College is an important time for students to start learning about and discussing the intersection of their various identities. I hope that our participants will learn about utilizing storytelling and art as a positive outlet in which to start the dialogue."

"Angry Little Asian Girl" will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014. Lee created the comic in 1994 as a student at the University of California, Berkeley. The cartoon has since become wildly popular and has developed into a full-blown empire. The "Angry Little Asian Girl" TV show will debut this summer on Mnet, an Asian American cable channel.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Cruz at 319-273-2250 or

April 1, 2014 - 1:31pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) and College of Education are state sponsors for the upcoming Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Student Leadership Summit. The eighth annual summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, April 7, in the Rocklin Conference Center at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City.

Fifteen Swedish authorities from national agencies on education, law enforcement, public health and social care, youth affairs, and domestic and sexual violence coalitions will travel to Sioux City to participate in the summit. They will also learn more about the bullying and gender violence prevention strategies and programming in the "Sioux City Project" – a four-year violence prevention initiative designed by the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention in partnership with Sioux City's public schools and numerous community organizations and service providers.

Two hundred high school sophomores and juniors from Sioux City's three public high schools (North, East and West) will receive mentoring and leadership training in active bystander education, intervention strategies and facilitation skills. The MVP model teaches students to safely and effectively intervene and respond to acts of bullying, dating abuse, rumors and gossip, cyberbullying, and other forms of gender violence and abuse when they hear or observe it happening.

"We are pleased to partner with the Sioux City schools and their community prevention partners to support the teaching and learning associated with bullying and gender violence prevention in high schools," said Alan Heisterkamp, CVP co-director and event organizer. "Preventing all forms of bullying and abuse is, and always has been, a community issue - whether it's here in Iowa, the U.S. or in Sweden."  

For additional information on the MVP Student Leadership Summit or the CVP, contact Heisterkamp at or 319-273-3054.

April 1, 2014 - 4:48pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for the Bachelor of Arts in technology management degree program. The online program, designed for graduates with an Associate of Applied Science degree from an Iowa community college, begins this summer and incorporates an applied approach to critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills.

Courses for this program are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. The program uses a cohort model in which students move together through the course sequence until they graduate. The degree will be offered in cooperation with the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium, comprised of Iowa's 15 community colleges. The consortium hopes to promote the concept of moving from credentials available from Iowa's community colleges to a bachelor’s degree from UNI.

"The online delivery of this program opens avenues for nontraditional students with full-time jobs who cannot attend on-campus classes, giving them the opportunity to increase their earning power while keeping up with innovations in technology," said Nilmani Pramanik, program coordinator.

"This affordable program is indicative of UNI's efforts to make educational opportunities more accessible to Iowans, regardless of where they reside. Collaborating with Iowa's community colleges to offer a seamless pathway for students who wish to advance professionally, while addressing the needs of Iowa's manufacturers, provides tremendous benefits to all involved and the state of Iowa as a whole," said Kent Johnson, dean of Continuing Education and Special Programs.

The technology management program is also available in a classroom format for those able to attend courses on UNI's campus. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit

A Master of Science in Technology degree is also available for those interested in pursuing graduate study. Learn more about this program at

For information about additional offerings available from Continuing and Distance Education through the University of Northern Iowa, visit or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

March 31, 2014 - 9:30am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa American Marketing Association (AMA) student chapter completed the Blue Zones Project Organization Checklist, highlighting their long-standing commitment to living a longer, healthier life. The pledge actions completed include offering healthy food options at meetings, hosting wellbeing and educational events, promoting volunteer opportunities, and helping members find their purpose through workshops and career-oriented goals. The UNI AMA is the first business organization on campus to complete the Blue Zones checklist.

"By striving to become a Blue Zones-certified student organization, we hope to lead by example," said Taylor Lubben, UNI AMA chapter president. "Promoting the importance of healthier choices to members, as well as fellow students, was one of our first steps toward committing to live a longer, better life."

AMA is the largest marketing association in the world. The mission of AMA is to assist members in the creation and implementation of their career-related goals and stimulate the development of leadership, interpersonal and professional skills needed to succeed within the professional workforce.

The Blue Zones Project is a global initiative to promote healthy living through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks. The project launched in Iowa in 2011 as a part of Gov. Terry Branstad's Healthiest State Initiative.

For more information, visit or contact Whitney Johnson, vice president of community involvement for UNI AMA, at 641-860-0584.

March 31, 2014 - 9:45am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for the Master of Science in Technology degree program. The program begins this fall and is intended to prepare and develop professionals to perform and function as skilled technologists in industrial environments.

Courses for this program are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. The program uses a cohort model in which students move together through the six-semester curriculum until they graduate.

"UNI is committed to making select, affordable educational opportunities accessible to Iowans, regardless of where they reside. We are pleased to provide a pathway for professionals who wish to advance their careers, while addressing the needs of Iowa's manufacturers," said Kent Johnson, dean of Continuing Education and Special Programs.

A Bachelor of Arts in technology management is also available for those interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree. Learn more about this program at

To learn more about the Master of Science in Technology program and how to apply, visit For information about additional offerings from Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

March 27, 2014 - 8:34am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Alan Heisterkamp has been named interim director of the Center for Educational Transformation at the University of Northern Iowa. Heisterkamp currently serves as director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute at UNI and will continue in that role as well.Alan Heisterkamp

The Iowa General Assembly has designated UNI as the state's educational research and development center because of it's rich tradition of teacher preparation and focus on improving the educational experience of Iowa's students. As interim director, Heisterkamp will help further the center's initiatives by securing grants and implementing projects related to teacher preparation and pre-K through 12 education; measuring the impact and disseminating the outcomes of the center's research and development; leveraging partnerships across the state to inform decision-makers and drive policy grounded in research results; producing innovations to transform teaching, learning and education systems; and overseeing the center's staff.

"I am honored to be on the ground floor of building and shaping a center whose livelihood is contingent on asking new questions and viewing innovation as the status quo," said Heisterkamp.

Roughly 25 percent of Iowa's educators and 33 percent of school administrators come from UNI. More than 12,000 alumni educators live in Iowa and 500 new teachers graduate each year. Annually, around 3,500 in-service educators connect with UNI for professional development and continuing education. Another 400 in-service educators are enrolled in UNI graduate programs via distance education.


March 27, 2014 - 11:14am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Teaching Educators About Mathematics (TEAM) organization will host its eighth annual Math Fair from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 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.

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

March 27, 2014 - 11:24am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present "August: Osage County" at 7:30 p.m., April 10 through 12 and 17 through 19, and at 2 p.m., April 13, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Tracy Letts' comic tragedy, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama, is the story of the Weston family. Acid-tongued, pill-popping mother Violet summons her daughters to their Oklahoma homestead after the family patriarch vanishes. Thus ensues a storm of jaw-dropping secrets and repressed truths forced to the surface as the dark underbelly of a splintered family is unflinchingly and uproariously brought to light.

The "August" creative team unites the talents of students, faculty and guest artists. The production is directed by Angie Toomsen, a 1997 alumna of UNI's theatre program. Scenery design is by Leonard Curtis, associate professor of theatre; costumes are designed by Jennifer Sheshko Wood, assistant professor of theatre; and lighting design is provided by Eric Lange, Theatre UNI artistic director. The production stage manager is guest artist Jordan Andrews.

In addition to UNI theatre students and community acting talents, the cast includes Cynthia Goatley, professor of theatre, as Violet Weston and Richard Glockner, associate professor of theatre, as Beverly Weston.

Tickets are $14 for adults and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time. For tickets call 319-273-6381 or visit

For more information, contact Lange at 319-273-6833 or

March 27, 2014 - 2:07pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Organizers of the 2012 Get Energized, Iowa! competition to see which community could reduce their energy use the most, would like to hear from community members one more time. They are asking homeowners and renters in the four communities—Dike, Hudson, Readlyn and Fairbank—to take a short survey about the project. Participants who took the survey at the end of the project in 2012 are especially encouraged to take this follow-up survey. Project partners are the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) and Iowa Policy Project.

Community members can get the survey at several locations in their community. Return boxes for dropping off completed surveys will be available in their community as well. Residents can also take the survey online at

Carole Yates, program manager at UNI's CEEE and project coordinator, said Get Energized, Iowa! was highly successful. "Across all of the communities, participants reduced electric usage 4 percent and gas usage 10 percent. Those are very high numbers that show community members really wanted to save energy and to win."

For more information, contact Yates at 319-273-7599 or


March 27, 2014 - 4:11pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa will host Mini Comic-Con from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 29.

A variety of comic book-related activities will be held throughout the day, such as trivia contests; video and tabletop gaming; a kids' coloring contest; a scavenger hunt; a Magic: The Gathering tournament; panel discussions; and a photo booth with green screen technology.

The costume contest will take place at 4 p.m., with prizes awarded in each age category: 10 and under, 11 to 16, and 17 and older.

Panel discussions and presentations will focus on the topic of diversity in comic books, including gender, racial and LGBT issues.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information and a complete schedule of events, visit 

March 27, 2014 - 4:22pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the 46th annual Elementary Literacy Conference on Friday, April 11, in the Schindler Education Center. The conference is free to UNI students and faculty, $45 for retired teachers and $90 for current educators and the general public.

The event will include multiple sessions on topics in the areas of literacy, arts integration and the Common Core standards. It will feature keynote speakers Gary Kelley, illustrator, and J. Patrick Lewis, poet and prose writer. Kelley and Lewis have worked together to create several award-winning books, such as "And the Soldiers Sang" and "The Stolen Smile."

"The UNI literacy conference has always provided a great opportunity for educators to learn from authors and illustrators," said Pam Ziegler, director of elementary education for the Cedar Falls Community School District. "By sharing what was learned from the authors and reading the books to the students, the students were motivated to write their own stories and read more stories by the authors."

There will be a pre-conference event from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 10, at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls where Kelley and Lewis will talk about their work. A new piece of art that Kelley created for the conference will be showcased. The pre-conference event is free and open to the public.

Kelley and Lewis' books will be available for purchase and signing at the pre-conference and conference. For additional information or to register, visit 

March 26, 2014 - 8:37am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One will perform at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 9. The event will include performances by Jazz Band One and the University of Iowa's premiere big band, Johnson County Landmark. The concert will also feature Iowa-born saxophonist Dick Oatts as guest soloist.

Oatts grew up in Jefferson and attended Drake University before starting his professional career. He has performed with numerous groups and artists, including Mel Lewis, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra. Oatts is currently professor and artistic director of jazz studies at Temple University.

UNI Jazz Band One is the School of Music's premiere performing group. The ensemble is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and has appeared at festivals all over the country and in Europe. It is one of the longest running jazz programs in the United States and hosts one of the largest high school jazz festivals in the country each year. The band is directed by Chris Merz, director of jazz studies.

For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, UNI School of Music communication and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or

March 26, 2014 - 8:41am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the biannual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The event will be followed by a reception in the lobby.

More than 200 students have met the requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program and are invited to participate in the induction ceremony. DeWitt Jones, associate professor of educational leadership and postsecondary education, will deliver the convocation address; Becky Wilson Hawbaker, coordinator of student field experiences, will present and affirm the candidates; and Bill Ruud, president of UNI, will grant admission to the program.

Parents and friends of the candidates, along with UNI faculty and administrators, are invited to attend the free event. For additional information, contact Kathy Oakland, chair of the convocation committee, at 319-273-2591 or