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March 29, 2013 - 4:47pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Hans Herren, internationally recognized scientist and World Food Prize winner, at 7 p.m., Monday, April 8, in the auditorium of UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE). Herren's lecture, "Changing Course in Global Agriculture," will emphasize the urgent need to adopt policies that lead to biological diversity, soil and water conservation, and climate protection.

Herren is an entomologist, farmer and development specialist known for his work in food crisis prevention. He won the World Food Prize in 1995 for leading a biological pest management campaign that prevented a major food crisis in Africa. Herren is the president of the Washington-based Millennium Institute and co-founder and president of the Swiss foundation, Biovision.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan, director of UNI's CEEE, at 319-273-7575 or

March 29, 2013 - 4:52pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Majora Carter redefined the field of environmental equality, starting in the South Bronx. Now she's leading the local economic development movement across the U.S. Carter is a keynote speaker for the University of Northern Iowa's Sustainability Dialogue and Action Conference, scheduled for April 12 and 13. She will present "Home(town) Security" at 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Great Hall.

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

"Environmental justice means that no community should be saddled with more environmental burdens and less environmental benefits than any other," said Carter during a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) presentation.

The Sustainability Dialogue and Action conference is a two-day conference focused on actions needed to envision a sustainable world and the transformation needed to create it. It will include keynote speakers, a variety of breakout sessions on various sustainability topics, poster sessions and tours.

Carter's presentation is free and open to the public. The conference is open to the public, but preregistration is required. For more information and to register, visit or contact Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator for UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, at 319-273-3689 or

March 28, 2013 - 8:51am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host presentations and a roundtable discussion about teaching language from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, April 8, in Seerley Hall, Room 212. There will be a Q&A opportunity following the presentations.

Leading scholars from UNI, the University of Minnesota, University of Iowa and Iowa State University will discuss their latest innovations in teaching different languages, including critical thinking activities, hybrid online and in-person formats, pronunciation strategies and strategies for adapting language learning to Native American language revival.

"This event will offer valuable and practical ideas for those involved in language education," said Ardith Meier, professor of languages and literatures at UNI. "We are fortunate to welcome well-known language teaching scholars to our campus."

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Meier at 319-273-2785 or


March 28, 2013 - 1:02pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will induct 250 students into the teacher education program at the Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. A reception will follow in the GBPAC lobby. 

This will be the 45th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991.

Leigh Martin, international and out-of-state student teaching coordinator/supervisor in the Office of Student Field Experiences, will deliver the convocation address. Katheryn East, chair of the Teacher Education Faculty, will present, pin and affirm the candidates. Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost, will grant admission to the teacher education program.

Parents and friends of the candidates are invited, along with UNI faculty and administrators.

For more information, contact Kathy Oakland, instructor, at 319-273-2591 or


March 27, 2013 - 10:06am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education will host the seventh annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony in the Cedar Valley at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 7, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center lobby. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the 2013 National Days of Remembrance. The theme of this year's Days of Remembrance is "Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs."

The ceremony will feature guest speakers, readings, musical performances, candle lighting and other activities to honor victims of the Holocaust.

Holocaust remembrance ceremonies in the U.S. are the result of a bill passed unanimously by Congress in 1980 that, among other things, established an eight-day period -- the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust -- for civic commemorations and special educational programs to help citizens remember and draw lessons from the Holocaust. The 2013 Days of Remembrance are Sunday, April 7 through Sunday, April 14.

UNI's ceremony is free and open to the public. The ceremony is sponsored by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Sons of Jacob Synagogue of Waterloo, Cedar Valley Interfaith Council, Catholic Parishes of Waterloo, the Peace and Justice Center of the Cedar Valley and UNI's College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Stephen Gaies, director of UNI's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, at 319-273-3870 or

March 27, 2013 - 10:53am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will present William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice (BEACH)!" at 7:30 p.m., April 11 to 13 and April 18 to 20, and at 2 p.m., April 14 and 21, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

In this comedy, Shakespeare weaves together two ancient folk myths. One involves a vengeful, greedy Jewish creditor trying to exact a pound of flesh from a Christian over an unpaid debt, and the other involves a marriage suitor's choice among three chests to win the hand of his beloved. This production has been updated to the Reaganite 1980's and set in Venice Beach and Bel Air, Calif., and features professional actor Larry Paulsen in the role of Shylock.

"The Merchant of Venice (BEACH)!" is the final offering of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's 2012-2013 season, "Renewal: Uplifting the Spirit." The production is directed by Richard Glockner, associate professor of performance. Scenery is designed by Leonard M. Curtis, associate professor of design and production; lighting is designed by Ron Koinzan, technical director of the Strayer-Wood Theatre; costumes are designed by Amy Rohrberg, associate professor of design and production; sound and video effects are designed by Shawn Poellet, senior theatre design and production major; hair and makeup are designed by Kelly Craig, senior drama and theatre for youth major. The stage manager is Jessi Kadolph, a 2012 alumnus of the UNI theatre program.

Tickets are $16 for adults and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time. Tickets may also be purchased at any UNItix location.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6833 or or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit 

March 26, 2013 - 11:45am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's LGBT student organization, UNI Proud, will host the annual campus-wide Pride Week Monday, April 1 through Saturday, April 6. "Pride and Progress" is the theme of this year's pride week, with events that focus on the political aspects of the LGBT movement.

The week's events will begin Monday, April 1 with a march around campus at noon, beginning at the fountain by Maucker Union. The queer monologues, which features performances of monologues written by students, will take place at 7 p.m., in the Bertha Martin Theater in Strayer-Wood Theatre.

A drag show will take place at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, April 2, in the Maucker Union. The show features students performing popular songs to raise money for AIDS awareness. The event attracts a crowd of more than 500.

A celebration of Varnum v. Brian, the case that resulted in the legalization of gay marriage in Iowa, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 3, at the Campanile. The event will feature free food and music. Poet and activist Andrea Gibson will present the keynote lecture and perform her poetry at 7 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium.

Marsha Ternus, former Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, will speak at 7 p.m., on Thursday, April 4, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

UNI's Hispanic Latino Student Union will celebrate Pride Week with a special presentation by UNI Proud at its annual Latino Ball at 8:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 6, in the Commons Ballroom.

There will also be lectures by UNI faculty and screenings of LGBT films throughout the week.

The events are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events or more information, visit or contact David Pope, president of UNI Proud, at

March 25, 2013 - 9:43am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Art will host a symposium on graphic design for design professionals, educators and students. The event will take place starting at 5 p.m., Friday, April 26 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 27, in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111.

The event, titled Envisioning Design, will start with an annual portfolio night. Upper-level UNI graphic design students will present their portfolios, which will be available for public viewing. Two keynote speakers will be featured. Beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, the keynote speaker for the evening is designer and design educator Sang-Duck Seo, associate professor of graphic design and media at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Seo is an award-winning graphic and industrial designer, and he specializes in kinetic typography, brand identity and security printing design. An informal reception will follow the presentation.

Saturday's events begin at 9 a.m., and will include mini-presentations, panel discussions and other events pertaining to a wide range of aspects of graphic design, including design history, typography, theory and education. At 11 a.m., second keynote speaker Claudia Covert, arts librarian and scholar from the Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design, will present. Covert will discuss the school's extensive collection of colorful, World War I ship camouflage designs, produced by American artists.

"This informal symposium will be a delightful, informative way for designers and design students to renew friendships, make new contacts and exchange ideas," says Roy Behrens, professor of art. "It's going to be a wonderful mix of design professionals, design teachers, students, alumni and others."

This event is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, email with Design Conference in the subject line no later than Monday, April 1. For more information, contact Behrens at

March 22, 2013 - 10:55am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Competition from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus. Approximately 150 high school students from across Iowa are expected to participate.

The competition is a series of six events. It stresses creativity and ingenuity, as well as an understanding of physics-related principles, and is intended to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Events include the self-propelled catapult, mousetrap car, bridge building, soda straw arm, challenge problem and material recovery facility (MRF). The MRF event is sponsored by the Iowa Recycling Association.

Regional winners and runners-up will advance to the State of Iowa Physics Competition on Wednesday, April 17, in the McLeod Center. For additional information, contact Larry Escalada, professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or

March 22, 2013 - 11:23am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Iowa's three public universities are partnering with the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) to bring comprehensive college and career readiness programming and resources to students and parents in communities across Iowa, and to support initiatives around the state that support economic growth through increased training and education of Iowa's future workforce.

"Iowa's public universities, UNI, ISU and the UI, support ICAN's mission of making every middle and high school student in Iowa aware of higher education opportunities and we are pleased to be a partner in this important work," said the directors of admission at the three universities. "Our support will enable students across Iowa, and their parents, to have access to critical college planning and financial aid information and resources, leading to positive student outcomes."

Through its partnership with ICAN, the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa will provide support for ICAN's comprehensive planning calendar outlining critical steps for high school juniors and seniors to take monthly on the path to college. ICAN's resource publications, such as the Countdown to College Planning Calendar, impact approximately 300,000 students and parents each academic year.

The ICAN Partnership Program is open to any business, organization or institution with the desire to support long-term economic growth and success for Iowa communities and citizens. The public universities have joined to support ICAN's work in career and college readiness programming which is outlined in the ICAN College Access Power Plan, a suite of programs and services designed to help families better understand college and career planning, how to successfully navigate paying for college, and choosing both a college and major that are the right fit.

"ICAN is proud to partner with all three Regent universities in advancing career and college access readiness programming throughout the state of Iowa," explained Rob Miller, executive director of ICAN. "The College Access Power Plan is designed to guide students beginning in middle school and throughout high school with the rights tips and advice for each level, ensuring that every student is prepared for the level they are in, as well as for the future steps they will need to take to be successful both in college and a career. ICAN offers the most complete, step-by-step guide for parents and students preparing for life after high school. With the wonderful support from the University of Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa, ICAN is able to deliver the College Access Power Plan to communities across Iowa at no cost to the school, its students or families."

The ICAN College Access Power Plan includes age-appropriate, in-person presentations, printed guidebooks, access to a comprehensive website, electronic newsletters containing monthly planning tips and reminders for students and parents as they journey through high school and college, and unlimited access to ICAN staff, via phone or in person, for one-on-one assistance.

ICAN's programs and services are developed and presented by ICAN's highly trained representatives on topics such as high school planning, college and career planning, financial literacy, successful college transitions and financial aid. ICAN serves more than 280,000 students and parents annually. Students are encouraged to check with their high school counseling offices for the dates, times and locations of ICAN presentations in their area or visit Students can also contact ICAN toll-free at 877-272-4692, email or visit

March 20, 2013 - 8:06am


CEDAR FALLS -- The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is now accepting entries for the 2013 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 April 30. 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,

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. Honorable mention and $1,000 will be awarded to additional companies.

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 (SBDC), the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), Entrepreneurial Development Centers (EDCs) and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

Rules, eligibility, timelines and more information is available at the competition website,

March 14, 2013 - 9:21am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor of gerontology at the University of Northern Iowa, will host a lecture on Alzheimer's and dementia from noon to 12:50 p.m., Friday, March 29, in Latham Hall, Room 125.

The lecture will focus on common misconceptions about Alzheimer's and dementia, as well as the difference between these two conditions. It will also include tips and ideas for positive interactions with people who have Alzheimer's.

"Because of our aging population, Alzheimer's and dementia are growing concerns," says Eshbaugh. "People are living longer, and that means more people are afflicted with these diseases. Despite that, the general public still has a very low level of knowledge."

For more information, contact Eshbaugh at 319-273-6083 or

March 13, 2013 - 2:48pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of the national student volunteer organization, Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF), will embark on its first Pay It Forward Tour during spring break, beginning Friday, March 15. The nine-day tour will take students to six different cities and give them the opportunity to participate in a number of volunteer projects.

"Many students spend their spring break either doing the stereotypical thing, going to Panama City Beach or Cancun, while others go home and work," said Melissa Herak, co-chair of the UNI chapter of STLF. "This opportunity is needed for those students who are looking to do something more and affect people along the way by giving back."

The tour will take students to Kansas City, Mo.; Eureka Springs, Ark.; Little Rock, Ark.; Shreveport, La.; Houston, Texas; and Dallas, Texas.

STLF was founded in 2003 and is focused on volunteer leadership. The group has 35 chapters at universities throughout the nation. The UNI chapter of STLF was established in the fall of 2012.

For more information, visit or contact Herak at

March 13, 2013 - 4:46pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- More than 300 people gathered at the Hotel Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, March 7 to attend the Dream Big, Grow Here pitch off event and to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship in Iowa at the sixth annual EntreFest! Conference.

Dream Big, Grow Here is an annual statewide contest for entrepreneurs and small business owners to win cash to start or grow an Iowa business. This year's event was emceed by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. To participate, small business owners simply upload their 'dreams' during a regional contest administered by their local economic development corporation. They then encourage friends, customers and other business owners to vote for them. Each regional contest winner received $5,000 cash and a chance to win another $10,000 cash award at EntreFest! on March 7.

The winner of this year's Dream Big, Grow Here pitch off event was Tom Molhulland of Molhulland Grocery in Malvern, Iowa. "We had to fight to make it,” explains Tom. "We got there as the last finalist, thanks to a lot of help from a lot of friends. This grant will mean so much for my business in our rural community."

Now in its second year, the Dream Big, Grow Here contest has awarded more than $100,000 in business cash to Iowa entrepreneurs. "We are cultivating a spirit of celebrating entrepreneurs, both through the Dream Big Grow Here contests and the EntreFest! conference," said Maureen Collins-Williams, director of entrepreneurship outreach for the University of Northern Iowa. "This year, seven of the 10 Dream Big, Grow Here finalists were from communities with fewer than 20,000 population. We were surprised and very pleased at the response from rural communities.  Increasing awareness and support of entrepreneurship in rural Iowa is critical to long term economic health in the state."

Other Dream Big, Grow Here winners included second-place winner Deri Fehr of EDU Instruments of Terril, Iowa ($1,000) and third-place winner Nikole and Jon Benson of Tug's Daycare and Preschool of Mason City ($500). Other statewide finalists included WW Homestead Dairy of Waukon, The Chicken Sisters of Lamoni, Cryogen Design of Marshalltown, {made} of Burlington, The Depot Family Restaurant of New Virginia, Ready to Go In America of Iowa City, and Recycle Rite of Cedar Falls.  More than 225 companies from 66 counties competed in a Dream Big Grow Here contest in 2012.  For a complete list of contestants and videos from the regional contests, visit

A long list of regional and state sponsors collaborate to provide the contests and cash awards for Dream Big, Grow Here.  In addition to the University of Northern Iowa, state sponsors include the Iowa Bankers Association, Renew Rural Iowa, Delta Dental, VentureNet, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Community Vitality Center and the Technology Association of Iowa.  Host sites can be found at

For more information on Dream Big, Grow Here or EntreFest!, please contact Collins-Williams, at 319-273-4327 or or Andy Stoll at Seed Here at


March 12, 2013 - 8:52am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's new interactive digital studies (IDS) major has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Prometheus Awards. The awards honor companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in technology. The IDS program is a finalist in the Innovation in Teaching category.

IDS is a new, interdisciplinary major that represents a collaboration between eight different departments, representing each of UNI's five colleges. All IDS students start with a core set of digital skills that provide them with an understanding of digital culture and communicating through digital technology.

Once they have a digital foundation, students can then tailor the major to their own interests by choosing two concentrations, or "bundles." Each bundle is composed of five classes and is aimed at a concentrated aspect of digital technology. Current bundles include digital advertising, computation, imaging, learning, media and social change, music, visualization and writing.

"We wanted to model the program after the startup culture of new technology firms, where innovation and experimentation lead to a true sense of ownership over the end product," says Matthew Wilson, an instructor of marketing who teaches courses in the new program. "One of the goals of the IDS program is to empower our students to take ownership over their own learning. We want to be the catalyst for a new generation of students to use digital technology to change the world."

The Prometheus Awards are hosted by the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) and LWBJ Financial. The awards ceremony is Tuesday, April 9, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa.

For more information, contact Wilson at 319-273-6046 or

March 12, 2013 - 10:36am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lindsay Cohn, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, has recently been awarded an International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

The IAF began in 1967 and is designed to assist mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. The CFR is a nonpartisan membership organization, think tank and publisher that includes such members as Brian Williams, Fareed Zakaria, Chuck Hagel and many others. CFR awards approximately 10 fellowships each year through a highly competitive selection process.

"As a political scientist, my main motivations for both teaching and research are to understand how society is governed, to help others understand and thus to improve how society is governed," said Cohn. "This is a really exciting chance to do all of those things."

"Professor Cohn is to be congratulated and her selection is a testament to her expertise and promise in the field of international relations," said Donna Hoffman, head of UNI's Department of Political Science. "Upon her return to UNI at the end of her fellowship period, she will bring a wealth of new experience which will no doubt inform both her research and her teaching."

For additional information, contact Hoffman at 319-273-5916 or

March 7, 2013 - 3:19pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Department of Art will present the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) from March 25 to April 20.

An awards ceremony and reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 25, in the KAB Auditorium, Room 111.

This competitive exhibition showcases outstanding works of art by students in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competition is Fred Burton, professor of painting and drawing at Memphis College of Art. The juror will make a selection from approximately 400 entries and will choose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions. A juror's lecture will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, in the KAB Auditorium.

Fred Burton's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he has written art criticism for such noteworthy publications as Art Papers and Number Magazine. In addition, he has completed artist residencies at the Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, N.Y., the Tyrone Guthrie Center in County Monaghan, Ireland and the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, Calif.

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

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


March 7, 2013 - 3:22pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- As part of its ongoing dedication to promote diversity in education, the University of Northern Iowa College of Education will welcome Christine E. Sleeter, professor emerita in the College of Professional Studies at California State University Monterey Bay, from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 247 on the UNI campus. Sleeter will discuss issues relating to race, class, gender and disability in the classroom.

Sleeter is currently the immediate past president of the National Association for Multicultural Education and previously served as a high school learning disabilities teacher in Seattle, Wash. Her research focuses on anti-racist multicultural education and teacher education. Sleeter has published more than 100 articles in journals and edited books, and she has received numerous awards for her work, including the American Educational Research Association Social Justice in Education Award.

"We look forward to Dr. Sleeter's visit as she shares with the College of Education on teaching in increasingly diverse classrooms," said Stephanie Logan, assistant professor in curriculum and instruction at UNI.

The public is welcome to attend. A reception will follow the program. For additional information, contact Logan at 319-273-5695 or

March 7, 2013 - 3:28pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will hold the conference Poverty Summit: Understanding Poverty in Iowa and the U.S., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 8, in the Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union.

The keynote speech will be given at 9 a.m. by Heidi Shierholz, an economist on the staff of the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit research institution in Washington, D.C. that specializes in economic inequality and labor market economics. Another speech will be given at 1 p.m. by Robin Jarrett, a professor in the Department of African-American Studies at the University of Illinois, whose research focuses on coping strategies for low-income African-American families and children in inner-city neighborhoods.

The conference will also include workshops on various aspects of poverty in Iowa, including its impact on education and families, the impact of the criminal justice system on poverty and how to successfully advocate for effective anti-poverty programs.

The cost for registration is $35. For additional information or to register, contact Allen Hays, director of UNI's Public Policy Program, at 319-273-2910 or

March 7, 2013 - 3:44pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Dance Team came in fourth place in the nation in Division I for their jazz routine and pom routine at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla. The competition is the most prestigious college cheerleading and dance team championship in the country.

"This is the first time in the UNI Dance Team's history that we have placed top five at the UDA College Dance Team Championship in both pom and jazz," said Megan Wolcott, adviser for the UNI Dance Team. "This is a great accomplishment for the program, and I am excited to see how this motivates the future dance team members."

The dance team will recruit new members during tryouts, which will take place Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14. More information and registration forms can be found at

For more information, contact Wolcott at

March 6, 2013 - 3:43pm


CEDAR FALLS -- A $15 million gift from Des Moines businessman Richard O. Jacobson sets a milestone for teacher education at the University of Northern Iowa. Jacobson's gift to UNI's College of Education is the largest gift UNI has ever received.

Jacobson said, "UNI is renowned for the quality of teachers it produces. It has an outstanding program for preparing principals and superintendents, and the university's leadership has demonstrated their vision, expertise and dedication to pre-K through 12 education. I hope this gift will strengthen and create educational opportunities that will enable all of Iowa's children to achieve success as individuals and contributors to the larger community and society."Richard O. Jacobson

Jacobson's gift will benefit UNI's students and faculty as well as pre-K through 12 students throughout Iowa and the nation. A portion of the gift will support endowed UNI faculty positions in literacy and science, visiting faculty and visiting fellows. Funds will support faculty and student research and an annual education summit, among other initiatives. In addition, Jacobson chose to honor his long-time friend, UNI President Ben Allen, by creating an endowed scholarship in the amount of $5 million. The scholarship will attract talented, accomplished students who have the potential to be excellent teachers.

President Allen said, "We have embraced pre-K through 12 educational leadership as a top priority at UNI. This extraordinary gift affirms our commitment and provides the resources we need to support innovation and leadership in education. I am deeply grateful to Dick for helping us transform education in Iowa and for helping Iowa regain its national leadership in pre-K through 12 education."

Dwight Watson, dean of UNI's College of Education said, "Dick's remarkable generosity will help us strengthen and create education opportunities that propel all Iowa's children to achieve success as individuals and contributors to the larger community and society. Well-trained, highly effective teachers will play a key role in helping to eliminate social, racial and economic barriers so Iowa's children will thrive."

This is Jacobson's third and largest gift to the College of Education. Gifts from the Jacobson Foundation to UNI have totaled $30 million and have been focused on teacher education programs.

March 6, 2013 - 8:45am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will sponsor guest lecturer Jennifer Stevenson this month. Stevenson will present her lecture titled "Musical Adventures: How to Compose Music for Children's Outreach Concerts" at noon, on Wednesday, March 13, in Russell Hall, Room 121 on the UNI campus.

Composer and clarinetist, Stevenson has been creating and performing musical outreach programs in Los Angeles and across the country for more than 20 years. Presenting to audiences from infants to adults, Stevenson's innovative concerts incorporate humor, interaction, movement and learning by doing. A CD of her musical adventures for children, released through Tessella Music, is available on iTunes.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information on this or other School of Music events, contact Caroline Boehmer, communications and operations coordinator for the School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or

March 6, 2013 - 9:28am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Businesses classified as minor sources throughout the eastern portion of Iowa may be required to submit the Minor Source Emissions Inventory (MSEI) by May 15, 2013. The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) has provided resources including tutorials and emission calculators since 2010 via to help these businesses. The website has been updated for the 2012 reporting year requirement and the IWRC is adding one-on-one training sessions to its list of services this year.

Businesses with less than 100 employees can register for these free sessions, which allow for small businesses to meet one-on-one with an IWRC Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program (IAEAP) specialist who can help assist in completing the MSEI. Specialists will be able to answer questions, provide assistance for completing required forms and discuss the additional tools and resources available. Three sessions will be held in:

-Dubuque on Wednesday, March 20

-Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, March 27

-Davenport on Wednesday, April 3

To register for a session, visit the MSEI website. If you are unable to attend any of the sessions listed, you may also schedule an appointment to meet with an IAEAP specialist at the IWRC office in Cedar Falls. Appointments must be scheduled before April 30.

Data collected in the MSEI’s are used by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to track Iowa's progress towards meeting national air quality standards, perform regional and local air pollution dispersion modeling, develop control and maintenance strategies required by the Clean Air Act, and identify emission levels and trends throughout the state.

The IWRC has been providing environmental services including business assistance, industry training, as well as research and development for 25 years. IWRC is a non-profit organization, and part of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit


March 5, 2013 - 1:19pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rialto Dining Center has been awarded a Blue Zones Restaurant Certification. This designation is given to restaurants that complete a set of criteria by implementing changes that create a healthy dining environment.

Actions taken by Rialto which contributed to the certification include: providing menus and nutritional information online, serving healthy sides with entrees, making half portions available, using plates sized 10 inches or smaller, posting signage promoting healthy options for children, maintaining a smoke free environment, and offering a minimum of three healthy dishes at each meal.

The Blue Zones project is an initiative designed to improve community well-being and make healthy choices through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks. Cedar Falls currently has five restaurants with the Blue Zones designation.

For more information, contact Rosanne Lang, Rialto manager, at 319-273-2205 or

March 5, 2013 - 3:24pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Francine D. Blau, the Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University, will be the featured speaker at the University of Northern Iowa Jepson Symposium on March 28. Her public presentation, "Immigrants and Gender Roles: Assimilation vs. Culture" will be at 4:45 p.m. in the Curris Business Building, Room 320.

In addition to her position at Cornell, Blau is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economics Research in Cambridge, Mass.; a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany, and of the Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute in Munich, Germany; and a research professor at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, Germany.

Blau has written extensively on gender issues, wage inequality, immigration and international comparisons of labor market outcomes. Her full biography is available at

The Jepson Symposium is funded by the Lawrence M. Jepson endowment to support activities in international economics. 

March 5, 2013 - 3:33pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, sponsored by the UNI Suzuki School, will present a concert at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, March 11, at Cedar Heights Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls. 

Members of the orchestra who auditioned in the fall include: Waterloo West High School students Erika Klabunde and Taylor Odekirk; Cedar Falls High School students Charlotte Brandenburg, Jason Cheng, Hanna Gibson, Joel Brich, Lauren Sims, Erik Cheng and Kelli Dekutoski; Waverly Shell Rock students Sanah Munir, Anton Wachmann and Ally Wicks; Holmes Junior High students Jason Cheng, Harrison Sims, Leo Gibson, Seth Harwood and Anjah Droe; Peet Junior High student Karna Christiason; and home school students Rachel Pakala and Emily Schroeder. Musical director for the group is Claudia Restrepo.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about the orchestra, contact Cathy Craig, coordinator of the Suzuki School, at 319-273-2508 or


March 4, 2013 - 11:42am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Political Science Society will host the 2nd annual OXFAM America Hunger Banquet from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.

The purpose of the event is to increase awareness about the great disparity in world food distribution and the millions of people who remain malnourished. Participants will be randomly divided into groups with different income levels and given meals based on what is typical of that income group.

The event is free and open to the public. The banquet is hosted in part by the UNI Center for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS) and Iowa High School Model United Nations. For additional information, contact Victoria Hurst, student president of the UNI Political Science Society, at 319-215-5860 or

March 4, 2013 - 3:40pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Child Development Center (CDC) will host an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7. The CDC is located at 1901 Campus St. and guests may enter through the north door by the track and field house.

Informal tours of the renovated space will be provided and Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, will speak at 6:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The UNI CDC is a childcare and instruction resource for the students, faculty, and staff at UNI. The center serves children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The center is staffed by full-time teachers certified in early childhood education and UNI student staff. In addition, UNI students participate in practicum experiences at the UNI CDC.

For more information, contact Tera Weber, interim coordinator of CDC at 319-273-2263 or

March 4, 2013 - 3:44pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- New businesses create nearly all net new jobs, develop new ideas and offer valuable services across the state, and they employ more than half of Iowa's private labor force. Inspiring business owners to grow and develop their business, and providing the tools to do so, is the impetus behind the sixth annual EntreFest! conference, Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8, in Cedar Rapids. EntreFest! brings entrepreneurial information, expertise and inspiration under one roof, providing Iowa entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn, share and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit.

The two-day conference will be held at the Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids. The registration fee for the conference is $119 per person.

This year's conference will add three new educational tracks focused on helping innovators in startup companies, inside of large corporations and economic developers working to grow more entrepreneurs in their communities. The sessions are geared to help attendees successfully start, grow and manage their businesses.

EntreFest! will welcome three iconic Iowa entrepreneurs who will share their entrepreneurial stories with attendees. Speakers are:

Mike Draper, founder & CEO, RAYGUN; Draper started selling snarky T-shirts on street corners in college and now RAYGUN generates more than $3 million in annual sales through their iconic tongue-in-cheek Iowa apparel.

Christian Renaud, co-founder, Startup City Des Moines; A serial entrepreneur, Renaud mentors dozens of Iowa tech startups and has been nationally recognized for helping to put Iowa on the national entrepreneurial map.

Mary Quass, CEO & president, NRG Media; Quass purchased her first radio station with bank loans and now Cedar Rapids-based NRG Media is the 7th largest radio network in the U.S. with 45 stations.

Attendees will also take part in more than 30 learning sessions on a wide range of topics including building a brand, social media, raising capital, how to manage life outside of business and how to build companies through the latest innovation strategies, including Lean Startup Methodology and Business Model Generation. The conference includes networking opportunities, pitch competitions and hands-on workshops, and the Biz Info Smorgasbord will provide attendees a chance to ask questions of business experts in a fun, informal setting.

EntreFest! 2013 is presented by a committee of Iowa's premiere service providers from across the state, and is sponsored by UNI Regional Business Center, Iowa Area Development Group, Black Hills Energy, MidAmerican, Iowa Farm Bureau, Delta Dental, Iowa Bankers Association, Alliant Energy, Small Business Development Centers, TSB, University of Iowa, UNI Business & Community Services, Kirkwood Community College, Technology Association of Iowa (TAI), Entrepreneurial Development Center (EDC) and the UNI Iowa Waste Reduction Center.

For more information about EntreFest!, including a full schedule and registration details, visit or contact Andy Stoll, event coordinator, Seed Here Studio, at 319-855-0895 or


March 4, 2013 - 3:59pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In honor of Women's History Month, the University of Northern Iowa will host a reenactment of the 1913 women's suffrage march at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 6, starting at the fountain in front of Maucker Union.

The 1913 march took place the day prior to the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson to protest women's exclusion from voting and the American political process. The march was critical in the strategy to win the ratification of the nineteenth amendment in 1920, which prohibits any citizen from being denied the right to vote based on sex.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, interim director and associate professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or

March 4, 2013 - 4:06pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a series of events throughout the month of March in honor of Women's History Month. The theme of this year's events is "Feminism and the Modern Family."

The documentary "Miss Representation" will be screened from 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, March 7, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. The film examines how the media's misrepresentation of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. A brief discussion will follow on ways to mitigate the negative effects of these images through feminist and gender-neutral parenting strategies.

UNI's Feminist Action League will host a discussion panel called "Feminism and Sisterhood" at 5 p.m., on Tuesday, March 12, in the University Room, Maucker Union. The panel will explore the role of sisterhood within the feminist movement and the role it plays in achieving women's liberation.

The feature film "Iron-Jawed Angels" will be screened at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, March 13, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 246. The film tells the story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they lead the fight for women's right to vote.

Students from the Women's and Gender Studies Program will share stories of their experiences from the Suffrage Centennial Celebration in Washington, D.C. at 7 p.m., on Thursday, March 14, in Sabin Hall, Room 02. The presentation will include pictures, video and firsthand accounts of the celebration of the anniversary of this significant event in women's history.

"Celebrating Colors: Women Past, Present and Future" will take place at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 26, in Baker Hall, Room 161. The event will celebrate the diversity of feminists of yesterday, today and the future through story, poetry and music.

A Modern Parenthood panel will take place at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, March 27, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. A diverse group of panelists will discuss their experiences raising children in today's society, with a focus on gender-neutral and feminist parenting.

The month will wrap up with a screening of the documentary "The Evolution of Dad," at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 28, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. The documentary explores the changing role of fatherhood. A discussion will follow.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information or a complete list of events, visit or contact Catherine MacGillivray, interim director and associate professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or


March 4, 2013 - 4:34pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is one of 14 colleges and universities, and the top college in Iowa, to be recognized as a finalist for the Presidential Award in the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. This is the fifth year UNI has made the honor roll and the second year it has been named a finalist.

"This is a great honor for UNI and shows our commitment to community engagement and service as a university," said Ben Allen, UNI president. "Our faculty, staff and students dedicate their time to a variety of community service activities that enhance education, business and community causes and environmental efforts."

UNI has been named to the honor roll since 2008. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses and measurable community outcomes.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named 832 higher education institutions to the 2013 honor roll which includes five awardees, 14 finalists, 113 honor roll with distinction and 690 others schools.

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2012, 3.1 million students performed more than 118 million hours of service, service valued at $2.5 billion.

Students gave more than 730,000 service hours to the special projects for which UNI has been recognized as a finalist:

-Books Without Borders - the students in one teacher education faculty member’s courses collaborated with students from two local high schools and a nearby college to write approximately 300 bilingual books for children in orphanages in Panama and Haiti to support their literacy needs.

-Theatre and drama for students on Autism Spectrum - Spectrum Theatre engages UNI theatre and music faculty and students in activities serving youth ages 6 to 18 years on the autism spectrum through in-school, after-school and weekend programs.

-UNI green and sustainability projects - initiatives range from providing environmentally-focused educational opportunities for elementary students to recycling efforts at athletic events to promotion of locally grown products and composts.

-Camp Adventure Child and Youth Services - the program is supported through federal grants and contracts with non-appropriated funds and operated on bases of all four branches of the U.S. military, as well as U.S. embassies. Summer programs are provided by university students from more than 90 colleges and universities.

-UNI's Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) teaching creativity skills sixth grade summer program – a part of UNI-CUE's summer program for low-income sixth-grade students from diverse communities of the Waterloo School District.

-UNI-CUE Leadership Academy – a program that provides a four-week intensive academic summer program for fifth graders as they prepare to enter middle school in the fall.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Through the agency’s Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program, CNCS gives education institutions access to tens of thousands of AmeriCorps alumni with millions of dollars in Segal Education Awards for tuitions and fees. For more information, visit


March 1, 2013 - 10:56am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will present "What Happens to a Dream Deferred" concert in recognition of Americans who have faced prejudice and adversity based on their ethnicity or sexual preferences at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature "Afro-American Fragments," which sets the poetry of Langston Hughes to a powerful musical soundscape and Henry Cowell's "Symphony no. 2," which was written while Cowell was serving time in San Quentin State Prison on "moral" charges for having a same-sex relationship.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Hunter Capoccioni, instructor in the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-7535 or

March 1, 2013 - 11:00am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In recognition of Women's History Month, the University of Northern Iowa will host Jessica Valenti, a well-known American blogger and feminist writer, from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 11, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

The lecture will focus on Valenti's new book "Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness." In March 2011, The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, named Valenti one of the top 100 women for her work in bringing the feminist movement online and into the 21st century. Valenti is also known for founding the blog "Feministing," a source for feminist news and ideas for young feminists.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, interim director and associate professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or

February 28, 2013 - 2:02pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will be hosting the ninth annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 12, in the UNI Commons Ballroom. The event will recognize the contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders.

Awards are available for individuals and for organizations. Award categories include Business Partner of the Year, Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year, Nonprofit Board Member of the Year, Koob Award for Collaboration, Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership, Legacy Award, New Nonprofit Employee of the Year and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year. The organization recognized as the Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year will receive a cash gift of $1,000 sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa in recognition for their outstanding efforts.

Any person may submit a nomination and there is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted. Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 20. Nomination forms are available at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance website,

For more information, contact Julianne Gassman, director of UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, at 319-273-2264 or


February 27, 2013 - 4:08pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services (WRS) Outdoor Recreation will host the 15th annual "Rock Revolution," a rock climbing competition bringing rock climbers from across the Midwest, at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 2, in the Wellness and Recreation Center on the UNI campus.

Climbers can participate in top-rope and bouldering competitions in the novice, intermediate or advanced division. Competitors may also choose routes of varying difficulty on the 40-foot-high large wall and the 10-foot-high bouldering wall.

The competition is open to all students, faculty and staff of any university or college. For additional information, contact Houston Taylor, graduate assistant at WRS Outdoor Recreation, at 319-273-7163 or

February 26, 2013 - 10:59am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa associate professor of communication studies Francesca Soans will present her lecture, "Documentary Memory, Place and Identity: Sons of Jacob Synagogue," from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 4, in UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A.

The lecture will include a screening and discussion of excerpts from the documentary "Sons of Jacob Synagogue," directed by Soans and Robert Neymeyer, that explores the history of the Jewish community in Waterloo, Iowa, and examines the complex connections between memory, community and place.

The lecture is a part of the Current Research on Women and Gender Forum (CROW), a lecture series sponsored by UNI's Women's and Gender Studies Program.

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


February 26, 2013 - 1:29pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Award-winning math and science projects that integrate technology into pre-K through 12 classrooms will be featured during Spotlight on STEM Day on Friday, March 1, at the Innovative Teaching & Technology Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Teachers and students throughout the state, along with UNI faculty, will showcase their work through table displays, demonstrations and presentations. They will discuss the challenges they face as they integrate technology, science and mathematic programs into the classroom while still meeting their school's need to increase student achievement. Some of the presentations being displayed are award-winning projects associated with the Impacting Achievement with Collaborations and Technology (IMPACT) program.

The day will begin with a welcome at 8:45 a.m., followed by an opportunity for presenters to view the other Spotlight Gallery displays. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., displays will be open to the public. A series of 20-minute "Spotlight Presentations" will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with closing comments and door-prize drawings at 3:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Doreen Hayek, special projects administrator at UNI's ITS-Educational Technology, at 319-273-7300 or

February 26, 2013 - 1:44pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the second annual UNI Dance Marathon. The event will take place from noon to midnight, Saturday, March 2, in the Maucker Union. Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network hospital in their community.

Participants will stand from noon to midnight to "stand for kids who can't." The event features free food, laser tag, live music and dancing. Dancers will also get the chance to spend time with UNI Dance Marathon kids that have been treated at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. At least 750 dancers are anticipated to participate in the event.

The group hopes to raise $66,000, and each student participating has an initial fundraising goal of at least $75. Last year's event raised $56,473.01, breaking the record of most money raised by a first-year Dance Marathon. Money raised from the event goes to the Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

For more information, contact Dakotah Reed, UNI Dance Marathon student adviser, at 641-777-2802 or


February 26, 2013 - 4:21pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Benjamin J. Allen will make a major announcement marking a milestone for UNI's teacher education program at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom. The announcement will have a significant impact on students pursuing education careers and on faculty teaching and research. Allen will be joined by Gov. Terry Branstad and special guests.

The event is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to show their UNI spirit by wearing casual purple attire. Details of the announcement won't be shared prior to the event. For more information, contact Stacey Christensen, or 319-273-6728.

February 25, 2013 - 1:59pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a lecture on the topic of witches and climate change. The lecture, by Charlotte Wells, associate professor of history, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. 

Wells' presentation will examine correlations between the climatic ups and downs of the Little Ice Age and the worst outbreaks of the early modern witch persecutions in Europe and colonial America.

Modern research strongly suggests that popular violence against people believed to be witches was a reaction to crop failures and meteorological disasters caused by the shifts in climate over the Northern Hemisphere. Having no other explanation, people believed such upheavals were caused by evil magic and sought to punish the perpetrators in hopes of making things return to normal.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is hosted by the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the History Club Lecture Series. For more information, contact Charlotte Wells at 319-273-2925 or

February 25, 2013 - 2:17pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s Interpreters Theatre will present "Clogging the System" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, Room 040. The play, conceived, written and directed by undergraduate honors student Harrison Postler, is set in the ubiquitous offices of corporate America and uncovers how deeply embedded shame is in our society.

When office members arrive at their new building to discover public toilets (not restrooms) they are forced to confront beliefs that have been ingrained within them since birth. Viewed through a satirical lens, the play takes many various twists and turns as it explores how people confront the things that make them uncomfortable.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so guests should arrive early. Tickets are distributed at 6:30 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact Megan Wharff, graduate assistant in communication studies, at 319-273-2024 or

February 25, 2013 - 3:37pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Last year, more than 225 small business owners from across Iowa uploaded their business dreams to in 10 regional $5,000 contests.  More than 100,000 Iowans voted and posted support for their favorite small business online. Ten regional contest winners will appear before a panel of judges to pitch their dreams in person on March 7.  One Iowa small business owner will be named the 2013 winner and will receive a cash award of $10,000 from the Iowa Bankers Association.

The 2013 Dream Big Grow Here pitch off is hosted in conjunction with EntreFest!, Iowa's statewide two-day conference for small businesses, startups, people innovating inside big companies and economic developers. For more information, see

February 22, 2013 - 3:07pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The following is a joint statement from United Faculty President, Daniel Power and Tom Evans, general counsel for the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. United Faculty is the faculty union at the University of Northern Iowa.

"We are pleased to announce the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and UNI's United Faculty have reached agreement on a new two-year collective-bargaining agreement that will go into effect July 1, 2013. The contract will now go before the United Faculty members and the Board of Regents for final approval. United Faculty, the Board of Regents and university administration look forward to continuing to work together in the best interests of the university."

February 21, 2013 - 1:53pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Study Abroad Center has been recognized in the national 2012 Open Doors Report. The center was ranked 15th in the top 40 U.S. institutions for the total number of study abroad students among master's colleges and universities. UNI was also ranked ninth in the nation for participation in short-term study abroad among master's colleges and universities. UNI was the only Iowa public university recognized in this category.

The Open Doors Report, a comprehensive information resource on international student enrollment, is published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The findings of the report will be discussed in a briefing in Washington, D.C. later this year. The briefing will examine key trends, including how economic factors and education policies affect global student mobility.

UNI's Study Abroad Center offers short-term, semester and academic year programs in more than 60 countries. More than 600 students take part in UNI programs abroad each year. For more information, contact Yana Cornish, director of the Study Abroad Center, at 319-273-7078 or

February 21, 2013 - 3:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Student organizations in the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration (UNIBusiness) are teaming up to effect positive change locally and globally. They are combining the virtues of sustainability, service and global awareness by raising funds to plant trees at the Legend Golf Course in Parkersburg, Iowa, which was damaged by the tornado that swept through the town in 2008; fund emergency operations for International Medical Corps, a $185-million global, humanitarian nonprofit organization that provides healthcare training and relief and development programs in some of the most devastated regions of the world; and help ongoing projects for water purification and education opportunities in Siares, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, a region UNIBusiness students have taken service trips to since 2001.

To raise money for these causes, students will be selling engraved donor bricks through March 15, 2013. Those who give: 

-$100 receive an engraved brick that will be placed in a designated area on the east side of the Legend Golf Course club house.

-$200 receive an engraved brick that will be placed in a designated area on the east side of the Legend Golf Course club house and a nine-hole round of golf for two.

-$300 receive an engraved brick that will be placed in a designated area on the east side of the Legend Golf Course club house and a nine-hole round of golf for four.

$1,000 will have a bench placed on the course in their honor.

Donations of any size are accepted. Funds will be distributed with 25 percent used to purchase trees and other materials for the Legend Golf Course, 25 percent used for the water purification system and educational resources in Siares, and 50 percent donated to International Medical Corps' relief efforts.

The deadline for donations is March 15, 2013. Donations can be made online at or 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 Joshua Koppes at or UNIBusiness global opportunities coordinator Chris Schrage at


February 20, 2013 - 2:36pm


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

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

Keynote speakers for the conference are:

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

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

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

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

February 20, 2013 - 4:34pm


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

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

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

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

For additional information, contact Townsend at 319-273-2397 or

February 18, 2013 - 2:15pm


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

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

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

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

February 18, 2013 - 1:43pm


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

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

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

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

For more information, contact Gloria Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or