News Release Archive
September 5, 2012 - 1:03pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa today released its official enrollment figures for fall 2012. Calculated on students enrolled through the end of the second week of class, UNI's total fall enrollment was 12,273. The university anticipated a decrease in enrollment, given the large number of students who graduated last spring, and a second consecutive year of decline in the number of Iowa high school graduates. Officials also report the institution's multicultural enrollment has increased to an all-time high of 8.1 percent.
"Our focus continues to be providing the best undergraduate education in the state," said UNI President Benjamin Allen. "We have a national reputation for our programs in teacher education, accounting, music, and communication sciences and disorders, among others. We will continue to build on that reputation as we strive to be nationally known as a leader in undergraduate education.
"Our new model for teacher-education student field experiences has been well received by teachers and principals, and we're excited about the impact it will have on our students and education in Iowa. And in another move to better meet the changing needs of the state, Interactive Digital Studies was just launched as our latest high-tech degree program."
"Our academic programs are very strong, as noted by U.S. News & World Report for more than 14 consecutive years," said Terry Hogan, UNI vice president for student affairs. "What distinguishes UNI from most other public universities is the personal connection our faculty and staff have with students. Our average class size is under 22 students and 99 percent of our classes are taught by faculty -- not teaching assistants. Because of the concentrated efforts of our staff and faculty, our students are graduating sooner and with less debt. We're proud of the quality of our academic programs, and we're confident in our ability to meet the needs of Iowa's students and their parents."
September 4, 2012 - 3:39pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Fall Career Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, in the McLeod Center. More than 120 organizations and graduate/professional schools will talk with UNI students and alumni about internships, full-time jobs and continuing education. Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume to give to company and organization representatives.
"The UNI Career Fair is a great opportunity for students of all majors and grade levels to come and network," said Kristin Cahill, UNI employer relations coordinator. "During this type of job market, networking opportunities are critical to a successful job search. We encourage candidates to have an open mind and meet with as many employers as possible." For tips about how to prepare for a job fair, visit www.uni.edu/careerservices.
Complementing the Career Fair is a UNI Interview Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 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 database of employers by clicking on the link at www.uni.edu/careerservices.
Registration isn't required for participation in the Career Fair. For more information, contact Cahill at 319-273-6857 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 4, 2012 - 4:01pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association and the UNI Foundation will host a Distinguished Awards Celebration during a luncheon and program at 11:45 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, in the UNI Commons. Tickets are available for $15 by calling 319-273-6078. The awards program includes the annual Heritage Honours Awards and the new President's Philanthropy Awards. Alumni and friends will be recognized for their professional accomplishments and service to the university.
Recipients of the Heritage Honours Awards include:
- Mildred Wood (B.A. '56, M.A. '62) will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for her outstanding overall professional accomplishments in the field of learning disabilities.
- Sandy Stevens (B.A. '62) will receive the Alumni Service Award for her continuous service to UNI. Stevens has given tirelessly of her time to the UNI Alumni Association. She served on the board of directors for 10 years, including three as chairperson.
- Jason Kilborn (B.A. '94) will receive the Young Alumnus Award, which recognizes graduates of 40 years of age or younger who have excelled in their professions. Kilborn is a professor of law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and he established the Jason Kilborn Study Abroad Fund for students at UNI.
- Ed Gallagher will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award for exceptional support of UNI as a Trustee for the UNI Foundation. He showed extraordinary leadership as chair of the board and as a volunteer during three fundraising campaigns for the university.
Recipients of the President's Philanthropy Awards include:
- Gary (B.A. '62) and Myrna (B.A. '63) Floyd will receive the Purple and Gold Award for long-time support of UNI. The Floyd's endowed a scholarship for future science educators, and annually fund two undergraduate research assistantships in the Department of Biology.
- John Deere will receive the Corporate and Foundation Award for their significant leadership to students and faculty. Since 1971, John Deere has given more than $3 million in support of scholarships, programs and facilities.
- Carl (B.A. '51, M.A. '59) and Wanda (B.A. '52, M.A. '66) Wehner will receive the Faculty and Staff Award for dedicated long-term service and support to UNI. The Wehner's fund an annual undergraduate research award and have established four endowed scholarships in support of students.
- Michael (B.A. '92) and Jacqueline (B.A. '93) Mrosko will receive the Emerging Philanthropist Award for support and creative leadership. The Mrosko's created an endowed scholarship for international travel, and also endowed scholarships in accounting and education.
September 4, 2012 - 4:43pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Speakers Bureau is a great resource for local community organizations, businesses and industries seeking speakers at meetings, summits, conferences and more. From 20-minute presentations to keynote headlines, UNI faculty and staff travel in the state and beyond to share their expertise.
Available topics include career services, creativity, health and well-being and professional development, along with many others listed on the Speakers Bureau website. If you are looking for a presentation not featured on the list, visit the Speakers Bureau website.
For more information on how to reserve a speaker and for details on the presentations, contact the Office of University Relations at 319-273-6728 or visit www.uni.edu/speakers.
August 31, 2012 - 10:03am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Since its start in 1978, the Iowa Writing Project (IWP), at the University of Northern Iowa since 2003, has been actively engaging teachers in professional learning to enhance their teaching and leadership skills. This year, the IWP received $20,000 in funding from the National Writing Project for a program that will study teacher leadership applied in core areas of curriculum.
The project includes 21 teachers, partnered with experienced IWP leaders, for a year-long study of teacher leadership in action. The group will meet quarterly throughout the school year and work online, concluding with a one-week session in June 2013.
"The initiative promises valuable insight into the forms teacher leadership is taking, the roles open to teachers willing to exert influence beyond their classrooms and how some excellent teachers are enacting these roles and opportunities," said James Davis, associate professor of languages and literatures at UNI.
August 31, 2012 - 10:05am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate the opening of its newest residence community, Panther Village, with a dedication event, at 3:15 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 6. A reception and tours will follow the event.
Panther Village offers students apartment-style living, while maintaining the advantages and convenience of living on campus. The residence hall currently houses 204 students in two-bedroom, four-bedroom, and studio apartments. Students who live in Panther Village are required to have completed 30 academic credit hours by the time they move in, and be in good standing academically.
Some unique features of Panther Village include private bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens and furnished living rooms. Cable TV, laundry rooms on each floor and ResNet Internet are also included.
Each apartment in Panther Village includes its own HVAC unit and thermostat for temperature control. Other sustainability features include in-room recycling and energy efficient lighting. A green roof provides a natural filtering system for rain and run-off water, minimizes reflected heat and boosts the insulation performance of the roof.
Panther Village Phase II will open fall 2013 with apartments for 246 students. For more information about Panther Village or the dedication event, visit UNI's Department of Residence site at www.uni.edu/dor/.
August 31, 2012 - 12:18pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will hold a dedication ceremony for the newly minted R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator.
The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Sept. 13, at the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Benjamin J. Allen, UNI president
- Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business and Community Services
- Jim Waterbury, trustee for R. J. McElroy Trust
- Greg Jass and Therese Kuster, former Student Business Incubator tenants and co-owners of TargetClick Marketing Solutions, Powered by Mudd
UNI's R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator (SBI), a program of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, is a learning laboratory designed to inspire and educate students interested in entrepreneurship. Located in UNI's Business and Community Services Building, the incubator offers one-on-one technical assistance, professional services and training, office space and standard equipment, and mentoring programs to UNI students who meet the SBI requirements. With its 10 fully occupied office suites and numerous programs and events throughout the year, the SBI has served hundreds of college entrepreneurs since it began in 2005.
A $300,000 grant from the R. J. McElroy Trust will allow JPEC staff to deliver specialized workshops and classes, one-on-one consulting and provide operational support to students in the incubator.
The UNI JPEC, a division of UNI‘s Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services for student entrepreneurs. The center provides expertise in all stages of business planning and development and serves as a vehicle to bring new products and technologies to market. For more information about JPEC at UNI, visit www.jpec.org, call 319-273-JPEC, or email email@example.com.
August 31, 2012 - 2:03pm
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 faculty, staff and members of the Cedar Valley community who serve the UNI campus. The first session will be offered at 8 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Maucker Union. UNI students will have the opportunity to participate in MVP training beginning at 3 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 21, through 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22.
The program is designed for educators and service providers who want to integrate the MVP model into their respective programming. The model tackles subjects such as battery, gender roles, alcohol and consent and heterosexism/homophobia. The Center for Violence Prevention serves to bring best practice and application in bullying and gender violence prevention throughout the state of Iowa.
"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. "MVP provides a framework and platform for participants to discuss effective, pro-social, bystander strategies that can have a profound effect on the outcome of any given situation or scenario."
For more information about the institute, contact Alan Heisterkamp at 319-273-3124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 31, 2012 - 2:13pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will continue its Inspiration Film Series with a showing of "Showbusiness: The Road to Broadway" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Films will be shown each month, and will include "Charles Bradley: Soul of America" in October, "Citizen Kane" in November and "It's a Wonderful Life" in December. Each film includes free popcorn, with beverages available for purchase.
"We started the film series with the idea that film is just another art form, a way to connect and communicate with people," said Janelle Darst, director of marketing and operations at the GBPAC. "This year we tried to go with the Reaching for Higher Ground theme of 'American Dream.' We hope people who come to the films will find most of them thought-provoking as well as entertaining."
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. UNI students get in free with their uCard. For more information, contact Darst at 319-273-3676 or email@example.com.
August 29, 2012 - 3:32pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership is hosting its second annual Farm Crawl in the Cedar Valley area from 1 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 9. The event is free and for all ages.
Participants will learn how 11 local farmers grow their food and manage their farms on this self-guided tour. New to this year's Farm Crawl are emus and popcorn. UNI CEEE's Farm Energy Working Group will also showcase four local farms demonstrating innovative on-farm energy projects.
"This is an exciting opportunity for people to spend an afternoon with their families - reconnecting with the countryside, learning where and how their food is grown, and making friends along the way," said Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa.
There will be fun activities for children and local food will be available for purchase. For a map and details about each farm, visit the CEEE website, at www.ceee.uni.edu.
August 28, 2012 - 5:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The state of Iowa currently ranks second in the nation for volunteerism. The University of Northern Iowa will hold its annual Volunteer Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. More than 40 non-profit agencies from the Cedar Valley are expected to participate in the event.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, 535 students, double that of 2010-2011, participated in Volunteer Tuesdays and days of service, which included National Make a Difference Day, MLK Day of Service and National Volunteer Week.
August 27, 2012 - 11:01am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Tony Kushner, American playwright and screenwriter, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Kushner will be interviewed by Eric Lange, head of UNI's Department of Theatre, followed by a Q & A with the audience.
Kushner will be visiting in coordination with the Reaching for Higher Ground project at UNI, "The Search for an American Dream," examining the aspects of social justice, education and economics.
Kushner is the playwright of "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," a Pulitzer Prize-winning production confronting many contemporary political and social issues. "The broad scope of Mr. Kushner's work and the power of his language makes him a great choice for this year's topic," said Lange. "One of America's most powerful thinkers and theatre artists, he explores politics, faith and religion, and gives voices to people in turmoil."
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are limited to four per person. For tickets, go to the GBPAC or Strayer-Wood Theatre box offices on campus or order online at www.gbpac.com. For additional information, contact Lange at 319-273-6833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 24, 2012 - 2:48pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Julian Bond, social activist and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, will give his powerful message of "Reflections on the American Dream," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at the University of Northern Iowa. There will be a meet and greet prior to the lecture from 6 to 6:45 p.m., with a reception to follow.
Beginning with his pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement, Bond has always been on the cutting edge of social change. He has held various positions of leadership, including service in the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives, and as chair of the NAACP.
This event is a signature feature of the Reaching for Higher Ground series. The theme for this year's events is "The Search for an American Dream," examining the aspects of social justice, education and economics.
For additional information, contact Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator at the Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or email@example.com.
August 24, 2012 - 2:53pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Kindergym, an informal learning program focusing on the development and refinement of motor skills. The program will be offered Saturday mornings, Sept. 15 through Oct. 27, from 9 to 9:50 a.m. for 4- and 5-year-olds and from 10 to 10:50 a.m. for 2- and 3-year-olds. The program will also be offered Monday mornings at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sept. 10 through Oct. 15. Both sessions will be in the Wellness and Recreation Center main gym 84 on the UNI campus.
Physical activity stations will focus on age appropriate movement skills that encourage success in a fun atmosphere. Kindergym is a parent/child program, and parents are requested to attend the sessions with their child.
The registration fee is $32 for the Saturday session and $50 for the Monday session. For more information about Kindergym or to register, contact Rip Marston, professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, at 319-273-6882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 23, 2012 - 10:58am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will open its observatory to the public for free shows beginning at 9 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 30, in 137 McCollum Science Hall. These shows give individuals the opportunity to learn about the objects in the night sky and view the planets through the earth science telescope. Guests are encouraged to arrive early.
"This is a great chance to learn about what is in the sky and a chance to see some objects that are only visible through a telescope, such as the moons of Jupiter or a distant galaxy," said Siobahn Morgan, department head and professor in earth science. "People tend to be surprised how detailed features such as those on the surface of the moon will appear through the telescope."
Observatory shows will go on as planned regardless of weather conditions. On cloudier nights, participants will have the opportunity to tour the observatory and learn about the workings of the telescope.
Observatory shows are scheduled every Thursday until Thanksgiving break, following the first Aug. 30 show. For more information, contact Morgan at 319-273-2389 or email@example.com or visit www.uni.edu/earth/.
August 23, 2012 - 11:01am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Small-business owners, those interested in starting a business and Cedar Valley community member are invited to attend the Small Business Expo from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 4, at the George Washington Carver Academy School, 1505 Logan Ave. in Waterloo. Admission is free.
The Small Business Expo is a networking event for Cedar Valley entrepreneurs and community members with the added opportunity for small-business owners and entrepreneurs to gather information important to their businesses or start-ups. Attendees can speak directly to University of Northern Iowa business advisers, who can provide information and referrals for assistance with obtaining financing, increasing sales, doing business on the Web, performing market research and other business services. Community members can attend and visit local Cedar Valley businesses.
"The Business Expo is the one time of year when Consolidated Urban Revitalization Area small-business owners are held up and celebrated for the good work they do. Hundreds of them are home-based operations and don't interact on a daily basis with the community. At the expo, we have the opportunity to meet them, learn about all the unique businesses here in the district and build relationships that last throughout the year. It's not an event to miss," said Maureen Collins-Williams, director of the UNI Regional Business Center. "We will have UNI business experts on hand at this year's expo, and we welcome new faces, as well as those who've attended previous MyEntre.Net events."
The Small Business Expo is hosted by Waterloo Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation, UNI Regional Business Center, MyEntre.Net, UNI Institute for Decision Making, Renew Waterloo, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber and the UNI Public Policy Program.
The Small Business Expo is one of many events and services hosted through MyEntre.Net. For more information, contact the UNI Regional Business Center at 319-273-4328.
August 21, 2012 - 3:52pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- MyEntre.Net, Iowa's online community of 11,500 small business owners, will host free webinars in September covering grants for Iowa business and free online marketing tools.
At noon, Thursday, Sept. 6, MyEntre.Net Business Concierge Rob Williams will cover the Dream Big Grow Here Contest. Through Dream Big Grow Here, Iowa small business owners can win one of 10 $5,000 business grants, then go on to compete for an additional $10,000 grand prize. During this webinar, Williams will discuss the high-level contest details for each region, explain the history of the contest and share tips for the competition.
At noon, Thursday, Sept. 20, MyEntre.Net Business Concierge Patrick Luensmann will go over applications and tools that can save small business owners time, streamline their operations and boost the bottom line. Also included in this webinar will be a section over some of the best free Google applications on the market and how small business owners can leverage them in everyday business operations to simplify web surfing, email, website analytics and Internet monitoring.
Both MyEntre.Net webinars are free and will be aired live between noon and 1 p.m. on their respective dates. To participate, simply go to www.myentre.net and click on "Upcoming Live Webinars." New participants will need to fill out a brief registration form to access the free MyEntre.Net webinars.
MyEntre.Net is one of many resources of the University of Northern Iowa dedicated to serving entrepreneurs and small business owners in Iowa. For more information, contact Courtney Schwitzer at 319-273-4328.
August 16, 2012 - 2:28pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) has been awarded $20,980 in scholarship funds from the Verizon Foundation to help financially support those who are involved in projects that work to prevent or respond to gender violence in Iowa communities. Scholarships will range from $1,000 to $4,000 per UNI student.
UNI's CVP has been actively involved in developing best practices for Iowa's state universities in sexual misconduct policies, as well as implementing bystander education on college campuses and K through 12 schools through its Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program.
Amy Miehe, a graduate student majoring in educational leadership: principalship, will be the first UNI student to receive a scholarship of $2,000 for the work she does in gender violence prevention while interning at East High School in Waterloo, Iowa. Miehe participated in CVP's MVP training and has assisted in student training since the program started at East High School.
"This Verizon Foundation scholarship is important to me due to the rise of bullying and relationship violence in schools," said Miehe. "The MVP program focuses on how not to be a bystander in a situation and how to help. I believe it's important that all teachers are given the tools to effectively help student leaders prevent or respond to violence in schools."
A scholarship presentation for Miehe is scheduled for 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Center for Multicultural Education on UNI's campus.
Seamus Hyland, president-Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless said, "Verizon focuses not only on our business, but also on the communities we serve. We are proud to support students who are committed to raising awareness, prevention and direct services to end relationship violence."
For more information about the Verizon Foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org. For more information about HopeLine® from Verizon that turns no-longer used cell phones into support for domestic violence victims and survivors or to donate no-longer-used devices, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
For more information about UNI's Center for Violence Prevention and the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, visit www.uni.edu/cvp/.
August 16, 2012 - 3:02pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration for the UNI Suzuki School 2012-13 academic year will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, in Russell Hall at the University of Northern Iowa. Current students are asked to submit registration forms prior to that date.
The UNI Suzuki School will hold its fall open house for prospective students that same day from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the lobby of Russell Hall. Interested students and their families are invited to attend. Visitors can meet the teachers and staff, watch student demonstrations and get information about the upcoming year.
The UNI Suzuki School offers music instruction for students of all ages in violin, viola, cello, guitar and flute. Adult students of any level are also welcomed. In addition, the school sponsors several orchestras, offers coached music ensembles, unique music-related classes and numerous performance opportunities, including solo and group performances.
August 16, 2012 - 3:11pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the Business Concierge, will host a hands-on, step-by-step, free workshop to help area businesses get their Facebook pages up and running. The workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Aug. 28, at the Business and Community Services Building, Room 33, and cover how to create and maintain a new business Facebook page.
"In many ways, using Facebook has become even more important than having a website for small businesses' online marketing efforts," said Dan Beenken, director of the UNI SBDC. "The social network has 1.5 million users in Iowa, and 901 million active global users each month. Businesses can use it to promote events, engage with customers, connect with new markets, become easier to find by search engines, and increase sales - for free."
Laptops will be provided. Business owners are asked to bring files of photos, logos, flyers and other electronic marketing material that can be uploaded to their Facebook page.
The class is capped at 12 people, and pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register, contact the UNI SBDC at 319-273-4344.
August 13, 2012 - 9:48am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Going the Extra Mile — How Small Things Have a Big Impact" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, Sept. 20, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Sept. 13.
"Small things have a big impact on results," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "Being persistent and going the extra mile can reap exponential rewards for businesses and in an individual's professional and personal lives."
During this workshop, instructor Dewitt Jones will show participants how to create awareness and accountability in themselves and their direct reports by understanding the value of extra effort. He also will identify opportunities where the extra effort at work will add more value to participants' customers, companies and careers.
The cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount.
For more information or to register, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Executive Development Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the UNI College of Business Administration.
August 13, 2012 - 2:54pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Seven businesses have been selected as finalists in the 2012 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition. The businesses continuing in the competition are: Corvida Medical, Data2Bio, FxRedux, Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies, Mockwall, Osteoceramics and Pathovacs.
"Now that we have selected seven finalists, each business plan competitor will interview with a panel of judges on Sept. 6," said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and competition judge. "Based on those presentations, we will choose the top three finalists to recognize at a special awards ceremony on Sept. 27 at Drake University."
This is the third round of competition. In the first round, businesses submitted brief information about their business plans. Based on those entries, judges chose 16 entrepreneurs to submit full business plans. Those 16 business plans were narrowed down to the final seven.
The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support for outstanding business plans. 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.
For more information, visit the competition website, www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com, or contact one of the 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 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.
2012 finalists in alphabetical order
Corvida Medical provides innovative technologies that optimize the safe handling of hazardous medications. The company was founded in 2008 and is located in Iowa City, Iowa.
Contact: John Slump
Data2Bio combines understanding of molecular biology, research methodology and bioinformatic analysis tools (software) to help researchers analyze and interpret sequence data (DNA and RNA). The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Ames, Iowa.
Contact: Patrick Schnable
FxRedux Solutions LLC
FxRedux Solutions uses proprietary technology to automate the virtual alignment of bone fragments leading to better results and reduced costs. The company was formed in 2011 and is located in Iowa City, Iowa.
Contact: Robert Provorse
Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies
IPAT is a development-stage company with an atomization process for manufacturing fine titanium and other metal powders, leading to better part quality because of the material's ability to act much like a fluid. This company is located in Nevada, Iowa.
Contact: Joel Rieken
MockWall Systems LLC
MockWall Systems LLC sells a patent-pending system of panels and connectors that are used to create full-size, 3-dimensional mockups in the pre-design phase of construction. The company was founded in 2011 and is located in Mason City, Iowa.
Contact: Hal Hudson
Osteoceramics provides artificial ceramic implants for use as artificial off-the-shelf bone grafts. These implants induce bone to repair itself and guide bone regeneration. The company was founded in 2008 and is located in Ames, Iowa.
Contact: Thomas McGee
Pathovacs speeds the development of proprietary vaccines and is working to commercialize an antigen discovery technology. Pathovacs was founded in 2009 and is based in Ames, Iowa.
Contact: Manohar John
August 10, 2012 - 10:03am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre will hold auditions for circus performers for this fall's production of "Lysistrata." Auditions are open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on UNI's campus.
Cynthia Goatley, professor of theatre and director, is seeking individuals with circus-type skills for the production of "Lysistrata." Skills include juggling, tightrope walking, belly dancing, face painting, stilt walking, acrobatics, baton twirling and unicycling. This list is not comprehensive, and all circus-type performers who attend will be auditioned. Performers who are cast must be available for select rehearsals, to be determined by the director, beginning Monday, Aug. 27. Performers must also be available for performances at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 through 6 and Oct.11 through 13, and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 14. If cast, performers must supply their own costumes.
Ellen McLaughlin's fresh, fast-paced comedy follows Lysistrata, an Athenian housewife, who calls for the women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian War. She proposes a radical plan: all Greek women must refuse to engage in lovemaking until the men see reason. The women agree to make the sacrifice and pandemonium ensues as men wander the country in an agony of unsatisfied lust.
For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, director of marketing at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or email@example.com
August 10, 2012 - 1:14pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will offer two opportunities for learning Chinese this fall. Both will offer the study of beginning Mandarin Chinese language and culture.
An introduction to Chinese language and culture will be offered in one 3-credit hour course on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. This course will focus on conversational Chinese in today’s global culture including travel, business and cultural exchanges.
A second, more extensive option consists of two co-requisite courses (6 credit hours) on Mondays through Fridays at 2 p.m. These two courses will focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills using both traditional Chinese characters and an alphabet system. These two co-requisite courses will prepare students for second-level courses in Chinese to be offered in spring 2013. Satisfactory completion of second-level coursework in Chinese will fulfill UNI’s B.A. foreign language requirement.
These courses are offered through a partnership between UNI and the Taiwanese Education Ministry. The instructor, Chang-li Huang, is a visiting faculty member from the Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at the National Taiwan Normal University.
UNI classes begin Monday, Aug. 20, though late registrants will be accepted through Tuesday, Aug. 28. For more information and to register, contact the Department of Languages and Literatures at 319-273-2821.
August 9, 2012 - 4:29pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times' bestseller, Isabel Wilkerson, will kick off the University of Northern Iowa Reaching for Higher Ground series at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
Wilkerson will discuss the topic of migration and its impact on America as detailed in her novel, "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration."
The topic for this year's Reaching for Higher Ground is "The Search for An American Dream," including issues such as social justice, education and global economic changes.
Reaching for Higher Ground aims to encourage civil discourse and diverse perspectives. The project will explore the meanings of the "American Dream" and how it's reflected in the campus community. Freshmen in UNI's Cornerstone course will read Wilkerson's novel and discuss the impact of historical events to our society today.
"The Warmth of Other Suns" details the decades-long history of the Great Migration of almost six million African-Americans from the South to northern and western cities in search of a better life. The book tells the story of three African-Americans who migrated from the South to the North. Wilkerson interviewed more than 1,200 individuals to create a complete picture of the migration and its effect the U.S. The book won numerous literary awards including the NAACP Image Award for best literary debut.
For more information about Reaching for Higher Ground, visit www.uni.edu/higherground.
August 8, 2012 - 4:23pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "How to Manage Nests of Negativity" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 19, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Sept. 12.
"Negativity is contagious," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "When not properly addressed, it can spread throughout an organization."
Workshop leader Vickie Robinson, UNI associate professor of educational leadership, counseling and postsecondary education, will pinpoint the motivators and blockers of successful, highly functioning teams. Participants will learn how to identify and confront negative employees who seem to bring down employee morale and detract from the organization's progress, and they will practice handling saboteurs before they infect the rest of the team with their negativity.
The cost is $249 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount.
For more information or to register, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Executive Development Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the UNI College of Business Administration.
August 7, 2012 - 1:33pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- MyEntre.Net, Iowa’s online community of 11,500 small business owners, will host free webinars in August covering blogging for your business and the Iowa Targeted Small Business Program.
At noon, Thursday, Aug. 9, Stan Smith will discuss seven easy steps for building and promoting a business blog. Attendees will learn how to generate 52 blog post ideas in 30 minutes, the best way to promote a blog and how to turn blog visitors into customers.
Smith is a nationally known online marketing and social media strategist. He is the founder of PushingSocial.com. a leading resource for business blogging recently rated as the no. 6 top social media blog in the world by Social Media Examiner. He has created award-winning social media strategies for both Fortune 500 companies and small town retailers.
At noon, Thursday, Aug. 23, Alana Anderson will discuss the Targeted Small Business (TSB) Program of Iowa. This innovative loan program is designed to help women, minorities and people with disabilities start or expand a small business in Iowa.
Anderson is the program manager for the TSB Program at the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). She works with both startup and existing businesses to provide low-cost funding for business development and expansion.
Both MyEntre.Net webinars are free and will be aired live between noon and 1 p.m. on their respective dates. To participate, simply go to www.myentre.net and click on "Upcoming Live Webinars." New participants will need to fill out a brief registration form to access the free MyEntre.Net webinars.)
MyEntre.Net is one of many resources of the University of Northern Iowa dedicated to serving entrepreneurs and small business owners in Iowa. For more information, contact Courtney Schwitzer at 319-273-4328.
August 7, 2012 - 2:19pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa officials have learned of an apparent check-cashing scam using the university's return address. According to the UNI Police, two envelopes recently were returned to the university containing bogus checks.
The mailings each included a check and instructions that direct recipients to go to a website to learn what to do with the check. The website tells people to deposit the check and send the funds via Western Union to an address in California.
"If you receive this mailing, do not cash or deposit the check," said Milissa Wright, UNI interim director of public safety. "If you have already cashed or deposited a check, contact your local law enforcement agency. In addition, we're asking people to report the fraud to the FBI via the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov."
August 6, 2012 - 1:27pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present two exhibitions, "Made in Iowa: Photographs from Thirty Years" and "Photography at UNI" from Monday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Sept. 15, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. An artist's gallery talk, followed by an opening reception, will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29.
UNI Department of Art professor Richard Colburn will present a selection of his own work spanning three decades. In addition, Colburn will curate photographs from the UNI Permanent Art Collection that includes the Magic Silver exhibits and the Charles and Florence Herman Photography Collection Fund purchases, which include works by Linda Connor, Irving Herman, Andrea Modica and Joel Sternfeld.
Of "Made in Iowa" Colburn states, "The selection of photographs reflects a progression of new projects and new methods as my work has changed over 30 years. Photographs made in Iowa from the "Closed School" series are part of a larger series of work recording economic and population changes in the rural Midwest. Photographs from projects unique to Iowa include landscapes of the Loess Hills region, an extended series of photographs from the 2007-08 Iowa Caucuses, and the most recent work looking at public lands in Iowa."
According to gallery director Darrell Taylor, "Richard Colburn's work is suffused with a respect for place, the unfolding event and the complex histories we create as families or communities. What's more, his images are rich with clarity, texture and tension."
All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Visits can also be made by appointment.
For more information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/Home.html or call 319-273-3095.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Lifelong University will offer five noncredit courses this fall.
"Why We Travel" will be led by Kristi Marchesani, assistant director of admissions/international relations from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 6 and 13. Students will explore how to engage in thoughtful travel and learn tips for traveling "off the beaten path."
"Quilting: Linking the Local and the Global" will be taught by Marybeth C. Stalp, associate professor of sociology, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, 18 and 25. Stalp will cover quilting history, how American women practice quilting, recent global trends and the importance of creativity and leisure.
"Local Food Economy in the Cedar Valley" will be taught by Andrea Geary, local food program manager at UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education, from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 20 and 27. Participants will learn about the local food economy in the Cedar Valley and what it takes to create a vibrant and rich food system.
"America: A Conflict of Cultures" will be taught by Hal Wohl, emeritus professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Wohl will discuss how the conflicts between rival cultures have shaped America's past and how they're molding our future.
"The U.S. Home Front During World War II" will be led by Carol Weisenberger, associate professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25. This course will examine the efforts to mobilize the economy and society; explore the impact of the war on women and minorities; and highlight changes in pop culture during World War II.
Course fees range from $20 to $40, which cover 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.
August 6, 2012 - 1:37pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Let's Get Real! Real Colors® and Real Leadership®" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 16, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Aug. 9.
"If you think about your interactions with co-workers, clients, peers or family and find yourself wondering 'Why don't they understand my request?', 'Are they listening to me?' or 'Why is it easier to work with some people than others?', then this workshop is for you," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center.
Workshop instructor Amy Campbell will examine different work styles and help participants determine their own style based on the Colors model. Participants also will learn how to successfully lead a team whose members have varying work style and how to maximize the strengths of all team members.
The cost is $249 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the fuve seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat.
For more information or to register, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or email@example.com.
The Executive Development Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the UNI College of Business Administration.
August 3, 2012 - 10:02am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host an exhibit at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 9 through 19. Fairgoers can stop by the exhibit in the Varied Industries Building between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. each day.
The state of Iowa is home to more than 60,000 UNI alumni and more than 12,000 UNI students and families. These UNI fans and thousands of others will have the opportunity to take their picture with a life size cutout of UNI's mascot, TC, pick up an athletic poster, pennants and get a Panther tattoo.
Future Panthers, prospective students and families can visit with UNI alumni, faculty, staff and students to learn more about UNI. New to this year's exhibit are computer stations for alumni to electronically sign a guest book and for prospective students and parents to submit questions. University Book & Supply will sell UNI clothing, Panther gear and memorabilia in conjunction with the exhibit.
For more information, contact Jess Betts, marketing specialist in the Office of University Relations, at 319-273-2761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 3, 2012 - 11:26am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Benjamin Allen announced today that he will retire by July 1, 2013.
In making the announcement, UNI's ninth president cited several major initiatives that were completed during his tenure.
"It has truly been an honor serving as president of UNI these past six years," said Allen in a message to faculty and staff. "Pat and I believe this is a very special place and we have enjoyed working alongside so many talented students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university."
During his six years at UNI, Allen has stressed three primary goals for the university: to become the leading undergraduate institution in the state; to be known as a national leader in pre-K through 12 issues; and to enhance the economic, social and cultural development of the state.
Allen's key accomplishments at UNI include:
- A leadership role in Iowa's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative
- Establishment of the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy
- Meeting the UNI Foundation's "Imagine the Impact" campaign's $150 million goal one year early
- A visit to UNI by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
- Managing UNI through some of the toughest economic times in recent history
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will conduct a search to replace Allen. He will plan to retire no later than July 1, 2013, based on when a new president is appointed and is ready to take over. Allen was named UNI president in April 2006. He assumed his duties in June 2006.
July 27, 2012 - 10:00am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty new University of Northern Iowa students have been awarded Presidential Scholarships for their outstanding academic performance in high school. The recipients of the award are chosen based on their strong academic credentials and involvement in leadership and service activities.
Presidential Scholarships are worth $32,000 over four years at UNI. To meet the criteria for one of these scholarships, students must have an ACT composite of 29 or above and rank in the top ten percent of their high school class or have a Regent Admission Index (RAI) of 335 or above. The RAI is a formula used to calculate student admission eligibility based on high school rank, high school grade point average, ACT composite score and courses completed in core subject areas. These students must maintain the academic excellence for which the awards have been granted.
"Presidential Scholarships recognize students with records of academic excellence who also show potential for leadership and service to our campus and community," said Jessica Moon, director of the UNI Honors Program. "Presidential Scholars contribute a great deal to the life of our university." The select group of students will take part in scholars-only seminars, be eligible for special travel and study opportunities and receive extensive individual advising. All of the scholars are required to complete a senior thesis or project.
July 26, 2012 - 3:16pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Sean Botkin, University of Northern Iowa School of Music faculty artist and associate professor of piano, has been invited to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Aug. 2. The concert will be held at the Ravinia Festival Pavilion in Highland Park, Ill., during the Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S. held every summer from June to September.
Botkin will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 40. The concerto is rarely performed and will receive its first Ravinia performance in a decade. The performance at Ravinia will be a highlight for Botkin's already impressive career. "It is like a dream come true for me to perform at Ravinia and especially with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the best orchestras in the world," said Botkin. "It is certainly a milestone in my career." Botkin also received invitations to perform in Italy and Russia this year.
Botkin began studying piano at the age of five, making his first orchestral performance four years later with the Honolulu Symphony. He later graduated from Stanford University and the Julliard School in New York.
"Botkin's performance at Ravinia will be an amazing concert that kicks off the 120th anniversary of our school's founding as a department," said John Vallentine, director of UNI's School of Music. "The concert is a wonderful way to begin our celebration by highlighting the virtuoso playing of Sean Botkin with the incredible musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. For a faculty member to receive such an invitation is truly an incredible lifetime achievement."
For more information about Botkin's performance, contact Caroline Boehmer, communications and operations coordinator for UNI's School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or email@example.com.
July 24, 2012 - 10:06am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Helen Haire has been named chief of police and director of public safety at the University of Northern Iowa. Haire currently is division commander for special services in the Louisiana State University Police Department, Baton Rouge, La. She will assume her new duties in early September.
"Helen brings more than 20 years' experience of quality law enforcement in public higher education," said UNI Vice President for Administration and Financial Services Michael Hager. "UNI will benefit from her commitment to a safe campus and focus on service to students, faculty, staff and the community."
The UNI chief of police and director of public safety serves in the dual capacity of certified law enforcement officer and university official. The chief directs the operations of the University's Department of Public Safety, including University Police and Parking Services and chairs the university's threat assessment team.
Haire replaces Milissa Wright, who has served as interim director of public safety, since April, following the retirement of David Zarifis. Wright will return to her university position as associate director of public safety.
July 23, 2012 - 3:50pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Are You Micro-Managing, Macro-Managing or Right Managing" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, Aug. 15, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Aug. 8.
"While most of us agree that you should adjust your management approach to the person, their experience and the situation, it's not as easy as it seems," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "The key is to use the right management style at the right time, in the right situation, depending on the person.
Instructor Mary Jo Kavalier will introduce workshop participants to the situational leadership model and help them determine when to utilize each management style based on a variety of work situations.
The workshop cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per person.
July 18, 2012 - 11:49am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Survival Skills for First Time Managers" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 1, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is July 25.
Becoming a manager requires a specific skill set, and this workshop is boot camp for first-time managers, according to Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center.
Instructor Jim Hogan will introduce the management skills and tools needed to begin a successful career as a leader. He will help participants define and understand the difference between managing people and managing work.
The workshop cost is $249 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per person.
July 18, 2012 - 11:55am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the 2012 Leadership Development Certificate Program, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The program, designed for experienced managers who want to move into senior leadership positions, consists of nine sessions, beginning Aug. 22 and ending Nov. 28. Each session is held in the Business and Community Services Building, Room 30, on the UNI campus.
Participants are challenged to change from thinking like a manager to thinking like a strategic leader. They come from a variety of backgrounds and industries and will benefit from interactive sessions on topics such as strategic planning, big-picture decision making, finance for leaders and proactive change management.
According to Kim Recker, program manager for UNI's Executive Development Center, "A recent survey showed that more than 92 percent of past participants noted the program improved their job performance, and 95 percent stated the program increased their confidence in their leadership ability."
Four hours of graduate or undergraduate credit is available upon completion of the program.
Tuition is $3,150, and includes all training materials, meals, refreshments and parking. If a business purchases an enrollment for one person, a second person from that business can enroll for $2,150. Tuition for non-profit employees is $2,150. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. This program also qualifies for most tuition reimbursement programs and Iowa Jobs Training Programs 260E and 260F.
The enrollment deadline for the program is Aug. 10. Early enrollment is encouraged, as class size is limited to 20 participants. To enroll or for more information, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev.
For more than 20 years, UNI's Executive Development Center has provided comprehensive, current and relevant management and leadership training to working professionals to improve and maximize their performance and results in today's challenging and competitive business world. The Executive Development Center is a program
July 17, 2012 - 11:35am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 2012 Buy Fresh Buy Local food directory is now available from Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership (NIFFP) at the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) and on the NIFFP website, www.niffp.org.
The directory features information about where to purchase locally produced foods in Black Hawk County and neighboring counties. "The directory is a great resource for finding local producers of fruits, vegetables, meat, honey and dairy products, as well as the retailers and institutions that support our local food economy," said Andrea Geary, NIFFP local food program manager. "Additionally, the guide features a seasonal harvest calendar, information on how to buy locally raised meat and an upcoming events calendar."
For more information, contact Geary at 319-273-7883 or email@example.com. Copies of the directory can also be obtained at the retailers and institutions that support the local food economy.
July 12, 2012 - 1:52pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has made it easier and more student-friendly for high school students to apply to the university. Beginning Sept. 1, freshmen applicants will self-report their high school course work, test scores, grade point average and class rank when they apply for admission. Freshmen applicants will no longer need to submit an official high school transcript or official ACT and/or SAT test scores for an admission decision to be made.
This new application process will allow for more effective, high-quality customer service for UNI students and families. Families and high school counselors will be able to reduce the amount of paper copies that used to be required.
"We want students to be able to apply earlier and receive quicker admission decisions," said Terry Hogan, vice president for student affairs. "We are living in a society where instantaneous communication is a must. We have a great product to offer at UNI, and we want to make sure students know in a timely fashion that we want them here."
This change is effective for first-year/freshmen applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Transfer and international applicants will continue to submit official transcripts and test scores to receive an admission decision.
Freshmen applicants will receive one of three decisions, usually within 48 hours of submitting an application: admitted, not admitted or referred to committee for individual review. Students whose applications are referred to committee will receive a communication within a week informing them of a decision or a need for additional documentation. Committee decisions will be made on a rolling basis as additional documentation is received.
Admitted students will need to submit their final official transcript and test scores as soon as possible upon graduation from high school and no later than July 15.
Self-reported admission processes have become an emerging trend with many institutions across the country. This change will allow UNI to be more competitive with recruitment in the state and throughout the U.S.
July 11, 2012 - 1:51pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) have invited presidential candidates to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums.
Details regarding dates, candidates and times will be shared as campaigns confirm their attendance. The education forums provide a focused opportunity for each candidate to address education in the pivotal state of Iowa. The forums are free and open to the public, and will be recorded and broadcast statewide on Iowa Public Radio.
"The role of education and education policy reform are important national issues being elevated in the presidential candidate campaigns," said Ben Allen, UNI president. "As an institution known for its role in preparing teachers, and one that prides itself in affordable and accessible high-quality education, it is important to bring these candidates and their education policies to Iowans."
Each candidate will have 30 minutes to present his education platform and priorities for early childhood through postsecondary years. Another 30 minutes will be dedicated to questions from the audience and moderator, as they relate to the topic of education only. The forums will be moderated by Iowa Public Radio's Ben Kieffer, host of the award-winning program, "River to River."
For more information about these forums and invitations to candidates, contact Pat Geadelmann, special assistant to the president and board for governmental relations at UNI, at 319-273-6144.
IPR manages station operations for WOI AM and FM, licensed to Iowa State University; WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM, licensed to The University of Iowa; and KUNI-FM and KHKE-FM, licensed to University of Northern Iowa. IPR informs, enriches and engages Iowans through radio programming and other media. IPR enhances civic and cultural connections across the state, strengthening communities and reflecting Iowa's sense of place. More than 200,000 listeners tune in weekly.
July 11, 2012 - 8:32am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Wellness and Recreation Services at the University of Northern Iowa will offer a new aquatic program, GaurdStart, for children 11 to 14 years old. The course will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, July 23 through 26.
The objectives of the program include accident prevention, fitness, rescue responses, leadership and professionalism. These objectives fulfill a basic knowledge and skill set that aid in successful completion of the Red Cross Lifeguarding course.
The GuardStart fee is $80 which includes all course materials. To qualify for the program, a swim pretest is required. The pretest consists of a 25-yard front crawl swim with proper breathing, treading water for one minute and submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater. To request a spot in the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information regarding GuardStart, contact Justin Holman at 319-273-3972.
July 3, 2012 - 11:04am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sturgis Youth Theatre, a program of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre, is offering a production of "The Spell of Sleeping Beauty." The production will play from July 19 through July 22, in the Bertha Martin Theatre, in UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre.
Students in fourth grade and higher are participating in a theatre camp. The production tells the story of a princess, an unhappy royal fairy, a spinning wheel and a prince who saves the day. The production is directed by Gretta Berghammer, professor of drama and theatre for youth at UNI.
The Sturgis Youth Theatre was founded in 1999 by Berghammer and was created to provide quality productions, meaningful production experiences and varied theatre study opportunities for youth in Cedar Falls and the surrounding communities.
Performances will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 19; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, July 20; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, July 21; and 2 p.m., Sunday, July 22. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or online at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/unitix/.
June 29, 2012 - 9:44am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa signed an international academic agreement with the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) on May 9. The agreement established academic cooperation in the fields of leisure studies and physical activity through the exchange of teaching staff, researchers, post-graduate students, undergraduate students and members of professional and scientific staff.
The Universidade de São Paulo is a public university in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with approximately 90,000 students. Founded in 1934, it's the largest Brazilian university and the country’s most prestigious educational institution. USP has 11 campuses and is comprised of about 30 schools and institutes. It's ranked among the top 200 universities in the world.
"Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016," said associate provost for international programs, Craig Klafter. "This collaboration between UNI's world-renowned School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services and USP's world-ranked School of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities will present opportunities for faculty, staff and students from both institutions to work together to ensure the success of those world events. Students from both institutions will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by taking part in internship opportunities at the World Cup and Olympic Games." The director of the USP School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, Jorge Boueri, is optimistic about the international academic agreement with UNI noting that, "the agreement between the two public universities will promote a real exchange of experiences and knowledge."
June 28, 2012 - 11:03am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and Otto-Friedrich- Universität Bamberg (OFUB) entered into a strategic partnership on June 6. Both institutions signed a memorandum of understanding and a student mobility agreement which will allow for the development of academic and research collaborations and student, faculty and staff exchanges.
OFUB is a public university in Bavaria, in the south of Germany, with approximately 12,300 students. Founded in 1647, it's one of the oldest universities in Germany and is located in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site. OFUB has four faculties: information systems and applied computer sciences; social sciences, economics and business administration; humanities and cultural studies; and human sciences and education. Research and studies in Bamberg have a strong European and international component.
The partnership will explore joint degree programs as well as national sources of funding for joint research projects. "This is an exciting partnership," said Craig Klafter, associate provost for UNI international programs. "Our faculty and students will benefit in terms of intellectual development, our staff will benefit by learning about different business practices, and our entire university community will gain from exposure to a different social and cultural environment." Andreas Weihe, director of the International Office at OFUB, said, "The United States has always been a very popular destination among our students to spend a semester or even a year abroad, and I am convinced that our new partner, the University of Northern Iowa, will soon become one of their top choices." UNI students will also have the opportunity to learn German through OFUB and German students will be able to learn English through UNI.
June 27, 2012 - 4:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Interest in farming careers is growing among returning veterans and others, and in an upcoming workshop hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), participants will learn how to develop the business side of starting an entrepreneurial diversified farm.
"Planning for Profit: Marketing and Financial Management for New Farmers" will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12, at the CEEE on UNI's campus. The workshop is funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency.
The workshop will help beginning farmers clarify their goals, make a financial plan, understand accounting practices and explore strategies for marketing and selling farm products through different channels.
"Planning for on-farm operations, as well as managing expectations for household income goals are needs frequently mentioned by new farmers," said Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the CEEE. "We are very excited to bring this workshop to the Cedar Valley."
This event is a joint project between UNI's CEEE, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Farmer Veteran Coalition and the USDA Risk Management Agency. For more information or to register for this workshop, contact NCAT at 515-588-0460 or email email@example.com.
June 27, 2012 - 4:03pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Waster Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa is introducing the Forging a Greener Cedar Valley initiative. This program will provide three local manufacturers with the tools and assistance needed to make their operation more efficient and environmentally friendly.
The IWRC will select three area manufacturers to receive a comprehensive manufacturing assessment that goes beyond the IWRC's traditional on-site reviews. The evaluation will include environmental compliance, waste reduction, energy consumption, process efficiency and more.
Joe Bolick, a process research, reduction and education specialist at the IWRC is excited about the new program. "A big part of this initiative is the comprehensive manufacturing assessment. We are thrilled to work with other area agencies to combine our knowledge of environmental compliance and waste reduction, with their knowledge of energy consumption and process efficiency, to provide these businesses with a thorough evaluation of what they do."
Applications will be accepted from Monday, July 2, through Tuesday, July 31. The three agencies selected for the assessment will be announced in August. To learn more or apply, visit cedarvalley.iowaenviroassist.org.
June 26, 2012 - 4:10pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa faculty members have been named Fulbright scholars for 2012-2013. Professors Bettina Fabos, Kevin Finn and Tammy Gregersen have each been selected as recipients to undertake advanced research or teach abroad.
The Fulbright Program, one of the most prestigious award programs in the world, is sponsored by the United States Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and provides merit-based grants for international educational exchange. Founded in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has sent more than 110,000 U.S. citizen faculty members, students, professionals and artists overseas to more than 150 countries and brought more than 175,000 foreign faculty members, students, professionals and artists to the United States.
Fabos, associate professor of communication studies, will conduct research at Central European University in Hungary. Fabos' project will include researching 10 Hungarian photographic archives in order to create a visualization of 20th century history in the country.
Finn, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, will also conduct research in Hungary. The University of West Hungary will host Finn as he studies the physical activity levels of inhabitants in the northwest portion of the country.
Gregersen, associate professor of languages and literatures, will teach a graduate course in language assessment at the University of Santiago in Chile. The course will professionally develop K through 12 teachers and generate curriculum for potential student exchanges.
For additional information on the 2012-2013 UNI Fulbright recipients, visit www.uni.edu/internationalprograms or contact UNI International Programs at 319-273-2921.
June 25, 2012 - 2:55pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a professional development course focusing on strategies that assist high school teachers and college instructors in classroom success. The two-credit-hour course will be completed primarily online via eLearning. Students will also receive two days of hands-on experience on the UNI campus in August.
Teacher Success Strategies (TECH 4133/5133) will be offered online from Aug. 6 through Sept. 14. The portion of the course which takes place on UNI's campus will occur from Aug. 16 and 17. Tuition is $277 per undergraduate credit and $431 per graduate credit. Course credit may also apply toward community college professional development programs.
The course will serve as a new teacher's workshop as well as an update for experienced teachers. It's designed to meet the needs of both career and technical faculty in the arts and sciences. The course will focus on practical strategies that contribute to increased success in the classroom and provide a refresher on curriculum, instruction and evaluation.
To enroll, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged/enroll-now and complete the online enrollment form. For additional information about the course and other professional development opportunities, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged or contact UNI Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-2121, 800-648-3864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.