News Release Archive
October 12, 2011 - 2:25pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is an outstanding business school, for the sixth consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education-services company features the school in the just-published 2012 edition of "The Best 294 Business Schools" (Random House/Princeton Review, Oct. 11, 2012).
Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, said, "We recommend UNI as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 294 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collected from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey for the book."
Farzad Mousavi, dean of UNI's College of Business Administration, said, "It is gratifying to receive continued recognition from The Princeton Review, which is internationally respected for its independence. The Princeton Review's focus is on MBA programs, but our MBA program does not operate in isolation. It relies on the same faculty, staff and academic philosophy as the rest of the college. What The Princeton Review finds so appealing -- high quality of instruction and strong student orientation -- defines the entire college."
"The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile on UNI, the Princeton Review editors say, "'Quality, speed and cost' are among the top reasons students cite for choosing the MBA program at University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration."
One student told The Princeton Review, "The University of Northern Iowa offers a superior program to others in my area." Another said, "It allows for a quick completion time while providing the business instruction I need." Said another, "From the dean to the newest professor, everyone at the University of Northern Iowa is available and willing to help you be successful."
UNI's MBA program facilitates the professional development of middle-level managers and those aspiring to managerial positions. The program seeks to improve their dynamic capabilities to discern, describe, and solve business problems and manage resources for value creation. Learn more about UNI's MBA program at business.uni.edu/mba.
October 12, 2011 - 3:12pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will continue its free Hot Topics in Education webinar series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. Jed Smith, an instructor and assistant director of strength and conditioning at UNI will present "Exercise and the Brain: New Research on how Exercise Sparks Learning Mood."
This webinar will explain why modern conveniences have made humans more susceptible to mental health problems and a sedentary lifestyle. New research shows a link to the lack of exercise and chemical imbalances in the brain. Learn how exercise holds the key to our intelligence and mental well-being. For more information and to register, visit www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.
"Hot Topics in Education" webinars will be offered once a month through April on a variety of national hot topics in education.
October 11, 2011 - 11:16am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€“ Susan Retik, president and co-founder of "Beyond the 11th," will present "The Afghanistan Widows Project: A Constructive Response to 9/11," from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
"Beyond the 11th" is a nonprofit organization that provides support to widows in Afghanistan who have been afflicted by war, terrorism and oppression. Retik's commitment to Afghan widows was born from her own journey into widowhood, which began on Sept. 11, 2001, when her husband David was killed on American Airlines Flight 11. Retik and co-founder Patricia Quigley, another Sept. 11 widow, turned tragedy into triumph with "Beyond the 11th" by reaching out to help others as they overcame their own grief.
"You can't always choose the roles you play in life, but you can choose the way in which you play them," said Retik. "We didn't choose to be 9/11 widows, but with that title comes a voice."
Excerpts from "Beyond Belief," an award-winning documentary about Retik's work with the widows of Afghanistan, will be shown during the presentation.
UNI's Reaching for Higher Ground series and the Community Foundation are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault, associate professor and director in leadership studies, at 319-273-6898 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 10, 2011 - 3:53pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host speaker Gail Dines from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, in 002 Sabin Hall, on the UNI campus.
Dines will present "Supersexed: Pop Culture Images of Women in a Porn Culture," which focuses on the hyper-sexualization of the ways that porn images filter down into mainstream pop culture. A question and answer session, a book sale and author signing of Dines' book, "Pornland," will follow the session.
Dines is a professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston. Her work on media and pornography has appeared in academic journals and magazines, such as TIME and Newsweek, and newspapers across the country. She recently received the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights and is a founding member of "Stop Porn Culture," an educational and activist group of antiviolence experts, community organizers and anyone concerned about increasing pornification of the culture.
The event is free and open to the public to anyone 18 years and older. Recording devices, including cameras, are not permitted during the lecture.
For more information, contact Ruth Chananie-Hill, assistant professor in sociology, anthropology and criminology at 319-273-7242 or email@example.com
October 10, 2011 - 4:02pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Harry Gray, the Arnold O. Beckman professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, will present "The Solar Army" at the 2011 Leland Wilson Endowed Chemistry Lecture at the University of Northern Iowa. The lecture will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in Lantz Auditorium, McCollum Science Hall.
Gray is currently trying to design solar-driven molecular machines that will store solar energy by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is a clean fuel that can hopefully be used or combined with carbon dioxide to produce methanol, a liquid fuel. He also is working on light absorbers and catalysts that have the potential to split water as efficiently as natural photosynthesis. He plans to recruit hundreds of students to join a "solar army" whose mission will be to discover brand new metal-oxide catalysts for solar water splitters.
Gray began his work in inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University where he earned his Ph.D. He went on to win the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2004 for his work in bioinorganic chemistry. He is also the founding director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology.
The Leland Wilson Endowed Chemistry Lectureship was established in 2007 by a gift from Wilson's daughter, Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan and former president of the University of Iowa, and her husband, Kenneth Coleman. Wilson was the first department head of the newly formed Department of Chemistry at UNI in 1968, and served in that capacity until 1975. He retired as professor of chemistry in 1979 and died in 1993 at age 79.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Harwood, UNI department head and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-2437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 6, 2011 - 8:17am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will open the 2011-2012 season with "Carne Viva in Postville" at 7 p.m., Oct. 13, Oct. 15 and Oct. 20 to 22, in 040 Lang Hall on the UNI campus.
Written and directed by Jennifer Cooley and Karen Mitchell, "Carne Viva in Postville" is based on an ethnography about Guatemalan weavers that Cooley conducted following the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement raid in Postville, Iowa in May 2008. It is set in the five-month period following the raid and includes the testimonials of several Guatemalan women who worked at the Agriprocessors meat packing plant. The performance explores the role of women's creative work, including weaving, cooking and storytelling, as a constructive force in combating certain destructive behaviors.
Discussions with the creators and actors will follow each performance. Seating is limited, but open to the public. For more information, contact Mitchell, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-2640 or email@example.com.
October 6, 2011 - 8:23am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will present "Mad Forest" by Caryl Churchill, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20 to 22 and Oct. 27 to 29 and at 2 p.m., Oct. 23 and 30, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Churchill's "Mad Forest" places ordinary people into the churning realities of acting and defining revolution. With a wedding being planned, two families must navigate what should be a joyous occasion of union against the onslaught of threats, hearsay and chaos that eventually topple a megalomaniacal regime. With similar events in Egypt not too distant, Churchill's play, set in Romania during December 1989, presents a theatrical perspective on "revolution" that will speak to guests â€“ as individuals, members of family and community, and citizens of the world.
"Mad Forest" is the second offering of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles." The production is directed by Cynthia Goatley, associate professor of performance. Costumes were designed by Carol Colburn, professor of design and production; scenery was designed by Leonard M. Curtis, associate professor of design and production. Lighting was designed by Mark A. Parrott, assistant professor of design and production and Stephanie Wessels, senior design and production major; hair and make-up was designed by Kelli Craig, junior theatre arts major. The stage manager is Kylie Weitz, senior theatre arts major.
"Mad Forest" will play on the main stage of Strayer-Wood Theatre on the UNI campus. Tickets are $16 for general admission and free for UNI students with their uCard. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office will be open one hour before curtain time.
For more information, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.
October 6, 2011 - 4:23pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Stephen L. Carter, a distinguished professor at Yale Law School, will discuss the U.S. decision to go to war and ethical issues surrounding this decision as a part of the Reaching for Higher Ground series at the University of Northern Iowa, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Lang Hall Auditorium.
Carter's most recent book, "The Violence of Peace: America's Wars in the Age of Obama," is about how President Barack Obama has handled wartime policies during his presidency. It discusses how the president has, surprisingly to some, continued many of former President George W. Bush's policies in the war on terror. At the lecture, Carter will speak further about the possible reasoning behind these actions.
There will be a book signing and reception following the lecture; UNI University Book & Supply will be on site selling the book.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 6, 2011 - 4:31pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society students will host a "Halloween House" for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus.
The Halloween House will have four theme rooms. Children in the Pirate's Cove will turn pennies to gold doubloons, create sea foam and watch what happens when mermaids cry. In the Devil's Den, guests will hold fire in their hands and see other feats of fire. In the Witches' Lair children will make raisins dance, release genies and turn water into wine. Frankenstein's Lab will channel electricity to make things float in mid-air, cause guest's hair to stand on end and make things glow in the dark.
Each room will host performances or hands-on activities. Activities will include a clown performing tricks, making slime and gak and a make-your-own ice cream parlor.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bill Harwood, department head and professor in UNI's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at 319-273-2052 or email@example.com.
October 5, 2011 - 10:53am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Boss-ology: Understanding your Boss' Priorities and Goals" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The workshop is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 25, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Oct. 18.
During this workshop, instructor Jim Hogan will show participants how to become a "boss-ologist" and how to learn their boss' priorities and objectives when they haven't been openly communicated. Workshop participants will learn how to identify what work practices are valued and their boss' work style and communication preferences. They also will learn how to pay attention to subtle clues that can help make them more productive, reduce their stress and enjoy work more.
The half-day 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 2011 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.
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.
October 3, 2011 - 2:46pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center will hold a fall open house from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, to showcase new renovations and building expansion. The center is located on the western edge of campus at 2412 W. 27th Street, west of Hudson Road.
Visitors can learn about programs and projects, visit with the staff, view the facilities and landscape and enjoy refreshments. "We really want to encourage everyone to come and see what is going on," said Daryl Smith, director of the center. "We have lots of programs that will interest many people. The open house is a good opportunity to learn about what we are doing. We are also very proud of our newly renovated and expanded facilities which include a new laboratory, new office space for graduate students and expanded shop and equipment storage facilities."
The center's mission is to restore native vegetation for the benefit of society and environment through research, education and technology. There are three primary programs that include the Prairie Institute, the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Program (IRVM) and the Natural Selections Program. The Prairie Institute reflects UNI's 35-year commitment to prairie reconstruction, restoration, management and advocacy. The IRVM program assists Iowa counties in implementing programs utilizing native vegetation. The Natural Selections Program provides and promotes source-identified seed of Iowan origin to increase its commercial availability and affordability.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.tallgrassprairiecenter.org.
September 30, 2011 - 10:45am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association will present its annual Heritage Honours Awards during a luncheon and program at 11:45 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, in the UNI Commons. Tickets are available for $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under by calling 319-273-6078. The awards program honors the professional accomplishments of UNI graduates and service to the university.
Gary Scholten (B.A. '80) will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for his outstanding overall professional accomplishments. Jean Trainor (B.A. '75) will receive the Alumni Service Award for her continuous service to UNI. Jason Lau (B.A. '99, M.A. '02) will receive the Young Alumnus Award which recognizes graduates of 40 years of age or younger who have excelled in their professions at a young age. Robert and Mary Ellen Molinaro will receive the Honorary Alumni Award.
Scholten, a native of Larchwood, Iowa, is senior vice president and chief information officer at Principal Financial Group. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to his industry and has been featured in national magazines. Scholten has led efforts in Des Moines and the State of Iowa to develop programs aimed at middle and high school students to generate interest in and preparation for careers in information technology.
Scholten was instrumental in developing UNI Day and Principal Day, an exchange between Principal employees in Des Moines and UNI students and faculty. He is also a charter member of the Advisory Board to the Department of Computer Science.
Trainor is CEO and president of Veridian Credit Union. She has received numerous awards for her dedication to building a better community. Trainor served on the United Way board of directors for 12 years and has been active in many organizations throughout the Cedar Valley. She is a recipient of the Matt Parrott Integrity award and the Distinguished Alumni award from Cedar Valley Catholic Schools.
Trainor has served UNI in many capacities including mentoring in Career Services, serving on the College of Business Administration Advisory Council and supporting the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. She also hosted Inclusion Connection, an event that stressed the abilities of people with disabilities.
Lau grew up in Hong Kong and received a degree in social work from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He graduated summa cum laude from UNI, earning both his B.A. and M.A. in Leisure, Youth and Human Services. He earned his Ph.D. in Education Policy & Leadership Studies from the University of Iowa.
While a student at UNI, Lau received several awards for his extensive volunteer work. He also started an international early childhood education consulting business with partner Winnie Wong. Due to the success of this business, he created the Global Competency Consulting Research Fund for Early Developmental Education. The fund will be used to help defray research expenses for UNIâ€™s faculty and graduate students. He also created the Po Wa Opportunity scholarship to honor his parents.
Robert and Mary Ellen Molinaro's generosity is well known throughout the Cedar Valley. The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association is recognizing these great friends of UNI for their extraordinary commitment to the university and the local community. The prestigious status of honorary alumnus will be bestowed upon them at the November ceremony.
Robert says benevolence and hard work were instilled in him as a child. Taking the lead from his mother, he has made an impact in the Cedar Valley by giving to those in need. Through the Molinaro Charitable Foundation, Robert and Mary Ellen have made gifts to Cedar Valley Hospice, Exceptional Persons, the University of Northern Iowa and many other organizations. As members of the UNI Panther Scholarship Club, their generous support has made an impact on student-athletes and several UNI athletic programs. In memory of their son, they established the Hank Molinaro Memorial Endowed Scholarship to support student-athletes in men'
â€™s and women' â€™s golf. Robert is CEO of Warren Transport, Inc. and Mary Ellen is an active volunteer in the community.
September 30, 2011 - 2:46pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- This fall the Sturgis Youth Theatre (SYT) will launch its Spectrum Theatre program designed for young people on and off the autism spectrum. All sessions will be taught by Gretta Berghammer, professor of drama education and youth theatre at the University of Northern Iowa. Sessions will begin in October, with the first session on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., for students ages 9 to 12.
Other sessions include Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 to 11:15 a.m., for students ages 6 to 8; Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., for students ages 9 to 12; and Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 2:15 p.m., for students ages 6 to 8.
Berghammer initially became interested in working with youth with autism when she was invited to see spectrum-specific classes at the Omaha Children's Theatre. She recently completed a five-month professional development project during which she experimented with, and explored ways of using, drama techniques in support of a variety of spectrum behaviors. The Spectrum Theatre program is especially designed to provide drama experiences that best support the development of pretend play, social interaction and non-verbal communication.
The Spectrum Theatre program is funded in part by a grant from the Guernsey Foundation. To register, visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt, and look for the SYT brochure.
For additional information, contact Berghammer, at 319-273-2149 or email@example.com.
September 29, 2011 - 11:23am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Homecoming celebration will begin Wednesday, Oct. 5, and continue through Saturday, Oct. 8, featuring many events and activities.
The official kick-off ceremony and Panther Pride Cry Competition will take place at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, on the roof of Maucker Union, featuring the UNI Spirit Squads, TC, Pep Band and fall sports teams. Teams of five will compete in the second annual Homecoming Traditions Challenge Amazing Race (5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Alumni House), followed by the Homecoming Comedy Show at 9 p.m. at Maucker Union.
Friday, Oct. 7, is Purple Pride Day. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear school colors to show their UNI spirit. At 7 p.m., the UNI volleyball team will play Bradley in the McLeod Center and the soccer team will play Cal State Bakersfield at the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Complex. The pep rally will be held at 9 p.m. outside the McLeod Center. Campaniling will conclude the night at 11:45 p.m., at the UNI Campanile.
The annual Panther Pacers 5K Cross Country Run begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. Participants should meet in the UNI-Dome west parking lot. The UNI swimming and diving team will host Iowa State at 10 a.m., at the Glen F. Henry Pool in the Wellness & Recreation Center. The Panther Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of College St. and W. 23rd Street. Should it rain, the festival will be held in Maucker Union. An Alumni Open House will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the Alumni Suite located in the McLeod Center. At 4:05 p.m., the UNI football team will take on Indiana State at the UNI-Dome.
Prior to the football game kickoff, the women's & gender studies department, in collaboration with UNI's Violence Intervention Services, athletics and numerous student organizations and community supporters, will host the 6th annual Safe Date Tailgate, in the southwest corner of the Wellness and Recreation Center's north parking lot. This event was started in 2006 as a way to educate students about the issues surrounding gender-based violence prevention and that "safe dates are always the best dates." The event will offer free food and soft drinks to the tailgating crowd.
Additional information about homecoming week events can be found on the UNI Homecoming website at www.uni.edu/homecoming/schedule-events.
September 27, 2011 - 3:01pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services will host teacher development days all-sports camps for kids ages 6 to 12 on Fridays beginning Oct. 28. Camps begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Other dates include Nov. 18, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 2, April 6 and April 13.
The camps will offer a wide variety of sports including flag football, table tennis, rock climbing, basketball, swimming, kickball, baseball/softball, dodge ball and soccer. Registration forms can be picked up at 101 UNI Wellness and Recreation Center. The cost is $40 per day and includes a morning snack.
For more information, contact Chris Denison, associate director of facilities and operations for wellness & recreation services, at 319-273-7160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 27, 2011 - 3:06pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Conflict Brings Clarity â€” Conflict Resolution Achieved" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 18, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Oct. 11.
Debra Salz, workshop instructor, will conduct active dialogue sessions and skill practices to help participants become more familiar with conflict and how to reach resolutions. Participants will learn and practice steps to take when conflicts arise and discuss how conflict can be a positive aspect of their organizations that pushes them to the next level.
The half-day 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 2011 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 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.
September 27, 2011 - 3:15pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host Marian Wright Edelman from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, in the Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI campus.
Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and a participant in the Civil Rights Movement with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will speak on the topic "The Future of Our Children in a Post-9/11 World." She is a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School and was the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar.
Edelman founded the CDF as a voice for poor, minority and disabled children. The organization has served as an advocacy and research center for children's issues, documenting the problems and possible solutions to children in need.
Wright will speak in conjunction with the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 27, 2011 - 4:34pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert Waller, former dean of the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration and best-selling author, will visit UNI on Wednesday, Oct. 19 as part of UNI's Presidential Lecture Series. Waller will deliver a public lecture "What the Rivers Taught Me," at 7:30 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Waller will share his personal view of life and its meaning, and the influence of Iowa's rivers on his entire life. He will discuss the role of humility in our lives through personal stories, his poetry and quotes from his novels.
"It is an honor to welcome back such a distinguished leader, scholar and author to share his talents and insights with the UNI campus and the Cedar Valley community," said UNI President Ben Allen. "He will share his passion for writing and research about Iowa's rivers. Robert Waller is a man of many talents and interests, which will provide our students and broader community an invaluable enrichment opportunity."
Waller taught in UNI's College of Business Administration for more than 20 years, serving six of those years as dean. He has lectured and published widely in the fields of problem-solving and decision- making, and has worked as a consultant around the world.
His best-selling novel, "The Bridges of Madison County" sold more than 12 million copies and was made into a major film and theatrical productions in a number of countries. He also has published numerous books including "High Plains Tango," "Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend" and "The Long Night of Winchell Dear."
He recently completed a manuscript, "The Summer Nights Never End Until They Do: Social Traps, Vicious Circles and the Lure of the Short-Run" which merges economics, decision-making and related subjects.
September 27, 2011 - 4:42pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention will host a Victim Service Institute from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Old Central Ballroom, in Maucker Union on the UNI campus.
The event will feature speakers Roger Canaff and Kristina Korobov. Canaff will speak on "Balancing Victim Services with Threats Posed by Repeat Offenders: Best Practices for Keeping Your Campus Safe" and "Understanding and Working with Counter-Intuitive Victim Behavior." Korobov will speak on the topic "Did Yardley Love Have to Die: College Dating Violence, Institutional Response and Victim Blaming."
Canaff is a practicing attorney who has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children. He served in the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, as part of the National District Attorneys Association, and currently serves on the Board of Directors as president of End Violence Against Women International, an organization that provides training, technical assistance, research and advocacy.
Korobov is a senior attorney for the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women, a division of the National District Attorneys Association. She has also served as an assistant commonwealth's attorney with the Loudon County Commonwealth's Attorney in Leesburg, Va., and in 2002, she was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
September 26, 2011 - 10:14am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Superstar Hunt: Finding and Grooming Tomorrow's Leaders" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The workshop is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 11, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Oct. 4. During this workshop, instructor Jim Hogan will discuss the role a retiring manager plays in successful succession planning and how managers can assess staff and identify high-performers who will be ready to lead. Participants will develop transition plans that include training employees for new responsibilities, and they will review tools that will help assess, prepare and expedite the implementation of a succession plan. 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 2011 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. 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.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Superstar Hunt: Finding and Grooming Tomorrow's Leaders" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The workshop is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 11, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Oct. 4.
During this workshop, instructor Jim Hogan will discuss the role a retiring manager plays in successful succession planning and how managers can assess staff and identify high-performers who will be ready to lead. Participants will develop transition plans that include training employees for new responsibilities, and they will review tools that will help assess, prepare and expedite the implementation of a succession plan.
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 2011 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.
September 26, 2011 - 4:19pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An "elevator pitch" is a great way to gain connections in the business world. Elevator pitches are quick summaries of what a business makes or does. Its name reflects the idea that a pitch should last no longer than the average elevator ride. The University of Northern Iowa will hold an elevator pitch competition on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m., in Room 33 of the Business & Community Services Building.
Seven students will compete for a chance to advance to the National Elevator Pitch Competition, which will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 27-29. They will be judged according to the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Elevator Pitch guidelines, which evaluates 20 areas of content and delivery. The UNI competition is sponsored by UNI Entrepreneurs, a student organization. Judges for the competition will be Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), David Deeds, T. Wayne Davis Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dan Beenken, director of the Small Business Development Center and Laurie Watje, student business incubator manager at the JPEC. Students will have 90 seconds to explain their business idea.
For additional information, contact Laurie Watje of the JPEC, at 319-273-5732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 e-mail email@example.com
September 23, 2011 - 8:37am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€“ The Strayer-Wood Theatre will present the Midwest premiere of "Guernica" by Cody Daigle. Productions begin at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 6 to 8 and Oct. 13 to 15 and at 2 p.m., Oct. 9 and 16. "Guernica" will play inside the Strayer-Wood Theatre's Bertha Martin Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Before 9-11, there was Guernica. The Spanish town of Guernica was home to a tragic historical event that inspired Picasso to create a masterpiece. "Guernica," the play, follows Eric, an artist who meets a mysterious man who offers him a seductive opportunity: learn the secrets of the painting and break through to something new. Join Eric and his mysterious friends as they explore the creative process and the madness of war while "Guernica" comes to life in this passionate, intellectual drama.
The production is directed by Stephen Taft, associate professor of performance. Costumes were designed by Amy S. Rohrberg, associate professor of design and production; scenery was designed by Mark A. Parrott, assistant professor of theatre design and production. Stephanie Wessels, senior in theatre design and production, designed the lighting; Jessica Williams, junior in theatre arts, designed the hair and make-up. Matthew Vichlach, a junior theatre arts major, is the stage manager.
Playwright Cody Daigle will be available for a talkback following the Friday, Oct. 7 performance. "Guernica" is the first offering of the theatre's 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles," and is presented as part of the university's "Reaching for Higher Ground" series.
Tickets are $16 for general admission and free for UNI students with their uCard. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office will be open one hour before curtain time.
For more information, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit the website at www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.
September 23, 2011 - 10:54am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Educational Talent Search Program and the Iowa College Access Network will hold a college planning meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), located at 800 Sycamore St., in Waterloo.
This program will give high school juniors, seniors and parents the chance to learn about the college admission process and how to prepare for college. Information also will be provided on the scholarship search process, how to pay for college and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tony Stevens, director of UNI's Educational Talent Search program at 319-473-1220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 23, 2011 - 11:00am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€“ Elizabeth Lefler, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "Gender Differences in Psychopathology," at noon, Monday, Oct. 3, as part of the Current Research on Women's Studies (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A, located in Maucker Union.
Lefler will discuss gender differences in psychopathology, which will include an analysis of differential gender prevalence rates in a variety of psychological disorders. She will conclude by discussing the varying gender prevalence rates of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and possible reasons as to why this exists.
Lefler teaches psychology courses at UNI, including Psychology of Gender Differences. She received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. She has clinical and research interests in ADHD, early identification and treatment of childhood psychopathology and ethnicity differences in childhood psychopathology.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Cutter, director of Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or email@example.com.
September 20, 2011 - 10:33am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Student Nature Society will hold a cross-country 5K to support and promote the UNI Prairie Preserves at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The race will begin and end near the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) on the UNI campus.
The race will be held to promote awareness and use of UNI's natural preserves around campus and the community. The registration fee is $10 for UNI students and $12 for non-students. Anyone who registers by Sept. 30 will receive a free shirt. Additional shirts will be for sale after the start of the race for $8, but are not guaranteed. To register for the race, go to www.studentnaturesociety.com/5kinfo.
The event is open to the public, and runners of all experience and skill levels are encouraged to sign up. Profits from the race will be used for upkeep and maintenance of the Prairie Preserves.
For additional information, contact Susan Meerdink, president of the UNI Student Nature Society, at 712-551-7890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 20, 2011 - 11:16am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition has been narrowed down to three finalists, each of whom will present at a special awards luncheon on Nov. 16 in Des Moines.
Following a six-month long competition, where 50 business plans were submitted and reviewed, seven businesses presented to a panel of judges on Sept. 8. The judging panel included the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) representatives from the Iowa Small Business Development Center.
The three competition finalists chosen by the panel, listed in alphabetical order:
- M&S FlowMatics, which has developed a unique flow meter for real-time measurement of granular materials though a pipe, such as gravel, grain, sugar or sand. The company was formed in 2009 and is located in Ames.
- Radiology Protocols, which has developed an online medical imaging process to make radiologic imaging efficient and accurate, thus lowering imaging costs. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Iowa City.
- VSI Aerospace, Inc., which combines software and air pressure sensors to alert pilots of trajectory changes to enhance safety and fuel savings. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Ames.
The three winners and their final ranking will be announced at a special awards luncheon on Nov. 16. At the luncheon, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will give a keynote address, and all three winners will provide a brief overview of their businesses. Checks of $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place and $10,000 for third place will be awarded, and a short video about the companies will be presented as the awards are announced.
"I congratulate each of the finalists on their outstanding business plans," said John Pappajohn. "More importantly, I hope this competition will stimulate additional entrepreneurial activity throughout the state, and that those business owners who participated will continue to access the resources of the JPECs, business accelerators and SBDCs to help them get started and accelerate their growth once they are in business."
"This has been a terrific competition, and it demonstrates that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive in Iowa," said Randy Pilkington, director of the UNI JPEC. "It will be truly exciting to watch the development and growth of these finalists and also the many other businesses that competed. In this contest, there are only winners, as the participants have dreams, built their plans and are executing on the business plans as we speak. The Iowa economy will be the eventual winner as these companies succeed and grow."
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers are 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 Department of Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Development Centers and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.
September 20, 2011 - 2:45pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Many are Good, Few are Great: How to Go from a Good Organization to a Great Organization" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 7, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Sept. 30.
"It takes courage and determination to advance an organization to the next level," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "This workshop will teach participants strategies to improve employees' performance at all levels."
Instructor Patrick Langan will use Jim Collins' best-selling book "Good to Great" to evaluate what leaders need to move their organizations forward and make them great. He also will introduce the idea that adjusting expectations can improve employee performance.
The 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 2011 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 seat.
September 20, 2011 - 2:51pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Public Policy Program recently received a grant of more than $11,000 from the Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation to carry out the Neighborhood Study Circles program. The program is designed to help people of limited income in the Waterloo area with needs such as public policy, education, housing, mental health and youth recreation.
There are three stages to the Neighborhood Study Circle program. The first stage includes neighborhood conversations with residents to discuss problems or issues in the community and what they can do to make a difference. Residents will also attend leadership training sessions, where they will acquire the leadership skills necessary to move forward with their issues and plan to resolve them. During the last stage of the program, residents will meet with community leaders, public and non-profit agencies and foundation funders to practice their leadership skills in order to create a strategy to solve the chosen issue.
"Students involved in this project will gain valuable, hands-on public policy experience, while enabling underprivileged community members to better their everyday life," says Allen Hays, director and professor of UNI's public policy program.
The Neighborhood Study Circles program hopes to enable residents to articulate and prioritize issues that affect their lives. The program will provide neighborhood residents leadership skills necessary to effectively mobilize their fellow residents and develop a community wide action plan addressing a range of issues affecting neighborhoods and provide motivation and support as neighborhood residents act on these plans.
For more information about the program, contact Hays, at 319-273-2910 or email@example.com.
September 16, 2011 - 10:44am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€“ The University of Northern Iowa College of Education is offering free professional development webinars to all educators about the hottest topics in education. The series will kickoff in September.
The "Hot Topics in Education" series begins with "Research and Reform in Elementary School Science" at 4 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 22. This webinar will address research on improved practices for all students, followed by specific reference to practices that address the unique needs of students with disabilities.
Webinars allow educators to learn from UNI experts in the comfort of their classroom, office or home. This year's webinars will feature topics such as cultural competency, best practices in teaching and one-on-one instruction.
For more information about Hot Topics in Education or to register, visit www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.
September 16, 2011 - 11:05am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's recently renovated Sabin Hall will be formally rededicated at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23 in Sabin 002. A reception and building tours will follow the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.
The building, completed in 1914, was named the Training School and was the precursor to the Malcolm Price Laboratory School. In 1957, the building was renamed Henry Sabin Hall. The building underwent several upgrades and remodels over the years to reflect its changing function. In March 2008, The Board of Regents approved the complete renovation of Sabin. After two full years of demolition and reconstruction, Sabin reopened in January 2011 with state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs, streamlined offices and entirely new mechanical systems.
The current interior renovation locates classrooms on lower levels and offices of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences on upper levels, including the office of the dean, political science, social work, women's and gender studies and public policy programs.
The guiding principal for the design, construction and use of the building was sustainability, and the ultimate goal of the project is to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
September 15, 2011 - 8:54am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's public policy program will host a panel and reception for alumni, in honor of its 20th anniversary. The panel will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23, in the University Room in Maucker Union, and the reception will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Sabin Hall Atrium.
Community and economic development leaders will discuss the topic of "Current Issues in Community Development." Panelists include Drew Conrad, senior program manager of the Institute for Decision Making and special projects manager for the Business and Community Services Division at UNI; Joe Raso, president of Iowa City Area Development Group, Inc.; Shinita Crawley, advantage services manager for the Common Bond Housing Development; and Kevin Blanshan, director of transportation and data services with the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments.
The reception will recognize contributions of faculty and staff who have supported the public policy program over the years. These events are in conjunction with the re-dedication of Sabin Hall, which is at 1 p.m. the same day in Sabin Hall.
Both events are free and open to the public. For more information on either event, contact Allen Hays, director and professor of UNI's public policy program, at 319-273-2910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 15, 2011 - 4:15pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Small-business owners and those interested in starting a business are invited to attend EntreBash! from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at the George Washington Carver Academy School, 1505 Logan Ave. in Waterloo. Admission is free.
EntreBash!, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center, Waterloo Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation and Iowans for Social and Economic Development, is a networking event with the added opportunity for small-business owners and entrepreneurs to gather information important for their business or start-up. During the event attendees can visit exhibitor booths, which represent small businesses in the Cedar Valley. Attendees also can speak directly with UNI business advisers to receive information and referrals to individuals and organizations for assistance with obtaining financing, increasing sales, doing business on the Web, reducing costs, finding new markets and other business services.
"EntreBash! is a complementary component of MyEntreNet, an online community of more than 10,000 Iowa small-business owners. It's a widely popular site where entrepreneurs can check out other business owners, receive free market research from Iowa's Business Concierge, attend hundreds of webinars, find grants, loans and other sources of capital in our new database, and get personal introductions to people and business programs in the state," said Maureen Collins-Williams, director of the UNI Regional Business Center.
"At this year's EntreBash! we will have UNI business experts on hand, and we welcome new faces, as well as those who've attended previous events. Check out the experts in person or come let us help you get set up online at EntreBash!"
EntreBash! is one of many events and services hosted through MyEntreNet in the Cedar Valley. For more information, contact the UNI Regional Business Center at 319-273-4335 or visit www.myentre.net
September 14, 2011 - 3:38pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's dance companies, Orchesis and International Dance Theatre, will perform during UNI's Family Weekend at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23,and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the UNI campus.
Orchesis and International Dance Theatre will perform a variety of pieces, including "Cell Block Tango," from the musical "Chicago," and "Tango," from the musical "Moulin Rouge."
Admission is free and no tickets are required. For more information, contact Daniel Wells, instructor in UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, at 319-273-3560 or email@example.com.
For more information on Family Weekend, visit www.uni.edu/familyweekend.
September 14, 2011 - 4:53pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an exhibition titled "Still Looking (After All These Years): Portrait Paintings and Drawings, 1966-2011," featuring the work of Joseph Patrick, University of Iowa professor emeritus. An artist's talk will be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, in the UNI Gallery of Art on the UNI campus. An opening reception will follow.
The exhibition represents a mere selection of paintings and drawings from the past 45 years of art practice carried out in Iowa City, MÃ©rida, Venezuela and Oaxaca, Mexico, where Patrick and his wife Genie maintain a summer studio and home. According to gallery director Darrell Taylor, "Joe Patrick is an accomplished and prolific artist with an eye toward the individuality of his subject. No one can capture the essence of a person like Joe."
Joseph Patrick received his B.F.A. in painting from the University of Georgia at Athens and his M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. From 1965 to 2004, Patrick taught drawing and painting at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History where for 20 years he served as head of the drawing area. In 1997, Patrick was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at Universidad de Los Andes in MÃ©rida, Venezuela. He has presented more than 50 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous invitational and group exhibitions. His works may be found in both national and international art collections.
This exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, Cedar Falls, on the main floor of Kamerick Art Building South. For more information, call Taylor at 319-273-6134 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/home.html.
September 13, 2011 - 8:24am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is ranked second in the "Best Regional Universities (Midwest)" category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2012 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook.
The magazine's ranking criteria include peer assessment, academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation-rate performance and alumni giving rate. UNI also was 16th on a combined list of all public and private Midwest regional universities -- one of only three public institutions to make the list of top-20 Midwest regionals.
"It's an honor to be considered one of the best universities in the Midwest," said Benjamin Allen, UNI president. "We know our students receive a high-quality education at UNI. Our faculty and staff strive to provide our students with personalized and diverse educational experiences needed for today's global economy. UNI is committed to providing students the best academic programs and experiences to excel in their careers."
For more information about the college rankings, visit USNews.com. Highlights of UNI's other national rankings and awards can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/national-rankings-and-honors.
September 13, 2011 - 10:41am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Fast Forward: Maximize Your Drive for Success," an electronic media workshop that brings together academics and media professionals, will be hosted at the University of Northern Iowa, Friday, Oct. 7, in Lang Hall. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with workshops, lunch, discussion and speakers to follow. The event concludes at 2:45 p.m. The "Fast Forward" electronic media workshop is sponsored by the Iowa Broadcasters Association and Quarton-McElroy/IBA Endowment Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.
The Fast Forward workshop, in its seventh year, continues to bring working professionals to students. Interactive sessions will be offered in a variety of settings to help media students prepare for their first job. Industry experts will lead discussions on how to best practice broadcast journalism and help attendees polish their broadcast skills. The workshops feature 15 unique topics offered by 21 speakers.
The keynote address will be given by Kevin Cooney, winner of the prestigious Jack Shelley Award from the Iowa Broadcast News Association for his outstanding contribution to broadcast journalism in Iowa. Cooney anchors Des Moines' KCCI-TV news weekdays at 6 and 10 p.m.
Cost of the Fast Forward workshop is $50 for UNI students and $65 for professionals and includes a brown bag lunch. Payment can be mailed to Fast Forward: E-Media Workshop, Department of Communication Studies, Lang Hall 326, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614. Make checks payable to UNI/Communication Studies. You can also register online at www.uni.edu/commstudies/fastforward. Online registration payments are due the day of the event.
For additional information, contact Ronnie Bankston, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6244 or email@example.com.
September 13, 2011 - 11:27am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Learn ways to discover your financial freedom at the "Power of the Purse V: Let's Speak Female," a financial seminar for women from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Presented by the Regions Bank Trust Department, Women's Philanthropy Council of UNI and UNI Foundation, the seminar will open with a breakfast coffee and welcome remarks from Pat Allen.
National speaker and consultant Margaret May Damen will present the keynote address during the luncheon program. She is founder and CEO of The Institute for Women and Wealth and is co-author of "Women, Wealth & Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation."
Damen is a nationally recognized trainer, author and public speaker with years of experience in estate planning, philanthropy and women's financial issues. She is a recipient of the Brandeis Women of the Year and the Executive Women of Palm Beach Women in Leadership awards in recognition of her volunteer work.
To open the seminar, Penny O'Connor, UNI instructor and Vicki Angove, CPA, will take participants on an amusing journey of how different generations communicate about money.
Participants may choose two breakout sessions in the morning and one in the afternoon. Experts will present sessions on avoiding financial pitfalls, estate planning strategies, teaching youth about money matters, understanding how the recession has changed us, basic investing, how to achieve your goals, trusts as an estate planning tool and passion-oriented giving.
A session designed especially for college students will teach them about purchasing a house, purchasing insurance, basic investing and budgeting. Tracy Freese, trust officer, U.S. Bank, N.A. Private Client Group, will present "Ten Things I Know now that I Wish I Knew Then."
The seminar will conclude with a dessert reception and presentation by UNI students who participate in Volunteer Tuesdays. They will share how seeds of philanthropy make a difference in the Cedar Valley.
The seminar fee is $35 and includes lunch.
Registration deadline is Sept. 20, with limited seating available. To register online, visit www.unicompass.com or call the UNI Foundation at (319) 273-6078 for more information.
September 12, 2011 - 9:55am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been selected by G.I. Jobs Magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2012, an honor placing the university in the top 15 percent of schools doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.
According to G.I. Jobs, the list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that share a priority for recruiting students with military experience. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list include recruitment and retention of military and veteran students and academic accreditations.
"We are pleased to be recognized for our support of veterans, particularly those returning from current overseas conflicts," said Terry Hogan, UNI vice president for student affairs. "At the same time, we are working continually to improve the services and support we provide. We think we're a great place for vets to pursue and achieve their educational goals."
The list was compiled through research in which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. The methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with assistance of an Academic Advisory Committee consisting of educators and administrators.
For more information, visit www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/default.aspx.
September 12, 2011 - 4:22pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Earth Science Department will host a special viewing of a supernova from 8 to 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, on the grassy area west of the campanile on the UNI campus.
A supernova, one of the most powerful events in astronomy, is an exploding star which can be observed over a great distance. The supernova, named SN2011fe, is at a distance of approximately 20 million light years and is not visible to the naked eye. Telescopes will be set up to view the supernova and other objects in the night sky. If the skies are cloudy, the event will be canceled.
"This is the brightest supernova visible from the northern hemisphere in nearly 40 years," said Siobahn Morgan, department head and professor of earth science at UNI.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Morgan at 319-273-2389 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 8, 2011 - 1:20pm
AMES, Iowa â€“ The National Science Foundation has awarded a $20 million, five-year grant to build Iowaâ€™s research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The Iowa Power Fund, a state program supporting energy innovation and independence, has also granted the project $2 million to pay for research equipment.
The core of the research project will be conducted at Iowaâ€™s three public universities â€“ Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. The program also includes partnerships with the stateâ€™s community colleges, private colleges, school districts, government agencies and industries. Iowa Stateâ€™s Robert C. Brown â€“ an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, the Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering, and the Iowa Farm Bureau Director of Iowa Stateâ€™s Bioeconomy Institute â€“ will lead the program. Co-leaders are P. Barry Butler, executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa; Kevin Nordmeyer, the director of the Iowa Energy Center in Ames; and Chitra Rajan, associate vice president for research at Iowa State.
â€œThis $20 million grant is the latest example of Iowaâ€™s public universities working to build an exciting future for the entire state,â€ said Craig Lang, president of the Iowa Board of Regents. â€œBy developing Iowaâ€™s capacity to harness alternative renewable energy sources, our universities are promoting economic development for Iowa and enhancing the quality of life for its citizens.â€
The research programâ€™s vision is to establish Iowa as a leader in the worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. The program will be built on four major platforms:
The bioenergy platform will investigate the challenges of sustainably producing large quantities of biomass (such as corn stalks) and using thermochemical processes to quickly heat the biomass to produce liquid or gas products suitable for generating electric power or upgrading to transportation fuels. Brown will also lead this platform.
The wind energy platform will use advanced engineering principles â€“ including fluid dynamics, machine design and control theory â€“ to improve the reliability of wind turbines. Research initiatives include establishing an outdoor laboratory to collect wind speed and turbulence data, studying the reliability of turbine blades and improving the designs of turbine drivetrains. Butler will lead this platform.
The energy utilization platform will study building energy science and how human behavior influences energy conservation decisions. The platform recognizes the role that the social sciences will play in understanding how people change their energy habits so renewable energy sources can replace fossil fuels. Nordmeyer will lead this platform.
The energy policy platform will explore ways for engineers and economists to collaborate and advise lawmakers on renewable energy and energy efficiency issues. The platform will establish an Energy, Economics, and Engineering (EÂ³) program to train engineering and economics faculty to work together on energy issues. Bruce Babcock, professor of economics and director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, will lead this platform.
The project will also create a statewide Future Leaders in Advancing Renewable Energy (FLARE) Institute designed to develop the careers of junior faculty in renewable energy fields and broaden the participation of women, under-represented minorities and first-generation college students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The goal is to help the state create a workforce that can meet the needs of Iowaâ€™s emerging green economy. Rajan will lead the institute.
And, the grant supports:
- Hiring five new faculty members to improve energy research at Regent universities
- Improving Iowaâ€™s information technologies for energy studies
- engaging Iowans in energy issues
- transferring campus energy inventions to private companies.
â€œThis project is a unique opportunity for collaboration among all three Regent universities, Iowaâ€™s community and private colleges, K-12 schools, state agencies and regional businesses,â€ said Iowa Stateâ€™s Brown, the research programâ€™s leader. â€œI look forward to working with colleagues across the state who are interested in helping build research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Iowa.â€
The $20 million grant is part of the National Science Foundationâ€™s (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The program â€“ known as EPSCoR â€“ is targeted at states and regions that have not won as much research and development funding as other areas. The grants are designed to improve the research capacity of eligible states or regions, making them nationally competitive for future grants.
Campus research leaders are excited about the opportunities the program will create for Iowa:
Jordan Cohen, vice president for research and economic development and chair of the Iowa EPSCoR Statewide Governing Committee, University of Iowa
â€œWinning the NSF EPSCoR grant for the state of Iowa provides a unique opportunity to advance our science, technology and research infrastructure. This uniquely collaborative project links the research and educational assets of the Board of Regents universities with all other components of the educational sector, business and industry and state government and will help us build the human and physical capital we need to stimulate innovation, enhance our competitiveness, attract, grow and retain business and develop a talented and diverse workforce for the 21st century economy.â€
Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost, University of Northern Iowa
â€œThe University of Northern Iowa is excited about Iowa winning the prestigious EPSCoR grant and about our partnership with the other Regent universities and state institutions to improve and expand the scope of STEM in our state. This project will allow us to advance crucial strategic goals related to innovative research, faculty collaboration, and the integration of education and research.â€
Sharron Quisenberry, vice president for research and economic development, Iowa State University
â€œThis investment in Iowa by the National Science Foundation will position our state as a research and technology leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The projectâ€™s vision of a transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy systems matches the stateâ€™s aspirations to use science, technology and human creativity to meet the challenges of the 21st century and to build an innovative Iowa economy.â€
September 8, 2011 - 4:40pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Coleen Rowley, former FBI agent and whistleblower, will make three presentations at the University of Northern Iowa. All are free and open to the public.
The first is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, in Schindler Education Center, Room 244, with a presentation entitled "Always Do Right," and is sponsored by the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics.
The Sept. 19 event is hosted by UNI professor Donna J. Wood, who holds the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, Iowa's first endowed chair in business ethics. The chair was established through a $1 million gift from university alumnus and Laguna, Calif., resident David W. Wilson, president and owner of one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in the country. Wilson graduated from UNI in 1970 with a B.A. in philosophy. For more information, contact Wood at 319-273-2196 or email@example.com.
The American Democracy Project (ADP), a program of the Provost's Office, will host Rowley's second and third presentations. As part of Constitution Day, Rowley will be speaking to 185 of Waterloo's Central Middle School students from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact Katheryn East, associate professor, educational psychology and foundations at 319-273-6789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rowley's final presentation starts at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Lang Hall Auditorium, where she will discuss civil liberties vs. fighting terrorism, with her lecture entitled "The Constitution and Civil Liberties: Reducing Terrorism Without Reducing Civil Liberties." The Sept. 20 presentation is in honor of Constitution Day, which is Sept. 17.
The ADP is a multi-campus initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Its mission is to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for undergraduates enrolled at AASCU member institutions in order to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy. For more information, contact Geraldine Perreault, associate professor and director, leadership studies, at 319-273-6898 or email@example.com.
Rowley, who is originally from New Hampton, Iowa, travels the country speaking to various groups on these topics. She was named TIME magazine's person of the year in 2002.
September 7, 2011 - 8:50am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The MBA program at the University of Northern Iowa is seeking potential clients for its annual Capstone Experience. The Capstone Experience is a comprehensive, end-of-program application of the MBA curriculum, during which MBA candidates undertake strategic management projects for client organizations in northeast Iowa.
Potential clients are drawn from both the business and non-profit sectors. Projects are developed to meet the specific needs of the client, but typically they address strategic planning, marketing analysis, process analysis or feasibility questions. The work is completed in the spring of each year.
The MBA candidates work in small consulting teams and analyze the organization's problem from a strategic perspective. Each team includes members with expertise across a range of business functions, business cultures and analytical methods. Teams work with a mentor from the graduate faculty who has expertise in the topic of the project.
Projects are selected each fall. Organizations that would like more information or to propose a Capstone Experience project should contact Capstone Coordinator Dale Cyphert at 319-273-6150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 7, 2011 - 8:58am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, in conjunction with the Iowa Association of College Admissions Counselors, is inviting students from 32 Iowa high schools to participate in the 2011 McLeod Center College Fair, from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20.
High school juniors and seniors will be able to visit with representatives from more than 85 post-secondary institutions from Iowa and surrounding states during the fair.
Students will have the opportunity to browse displays from the visiting institutions, which include two- and four-year public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical and cosmetology schools, as well as the military.
This year the fair will be implementing the College Fair Automation barcode and scanner system to expedite the exchange of information between students and colleges. This process will provide students with the opportunity to register online prior to the event. This will generate a barcode that has all their profile information, which they bring to the fair. Colleges will be equipped with a scanner to capture the student data. Now representatives can have more meaningful conversations with students instead of getting stuck in the administrative task of gathering their information on a prospect card.
Students need to pre-register their information for the fair by accessing the registration form at www.iowacollegefairs.com. The student's information will not be shared with any third party vendors. The information will only be shared with the colleges/universities the student targets.
For more information, contact Jenny Connolly, assistant director of admissions/outreach, at 319-273-2281 or toll-free at 1-800-772-2037 or email@example.com.
September 7, 2011 - 4:41pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa officials report an increase in the number of out-of-state and multicultural students enrolled for the 2011 fall semester, resulting in an official fall enrollment of 13,168. Calculated on students enrolled through the end of the second week of class, UNI's fall enrollment shows a decrease of 33 students compared to fall 2010.
"Following four consecutive years of increased enrollment, the slight decline in new student enrollment mirrors the state's decline in the number of seniors graduating from Iowa high schools," said UNI President Benjamin Allen. "In addition, we know that the economic needs of our students and families are great and that the economy is having a more significant impact on our students. As always, growing enrollment at UNI will be a priority."
"It is encouraging to see that our strategic efforts in out-of-state and multicultural recruitment are having a positive impact on our enrollment," said Allen.
Multicultural enrollment rose to an all-time high of 7.4 percent. Out-of-state enrollment increased by 2 percent. More than 90 percent of UNI's enrollment is from the state of Iowa.
September 6, 2011 - 11:14am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "World Tour!" will be the theme of the 30th annual Scholarship Benefit Concert hosted by the UNI School of Music. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 23,in the Great Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at the University of Northern Iowa.
This year's concert will feature music by guest artist and School of Music Hall of Fame alumna Sheri Greenawald, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the UNI Opera ensemble, Kaji-Daiko Taiko ensemble, Jazz Band One, faculty artists Sean Botkin and Jeff Brich, alumni performers from the UNI flute studio, UNI Symphonic Band with combined choirs, as well as the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony performing with the Varsity Menâ€™s Glee Club and more.
Following the concert there will be hors d'oeuvres and music in the lobby, as well as post show performances featuring School of Music faculty and guest musicians in Davis Hall.
The Scholarship Benefit Concerts have been raising scholarship funds for exceptionally talented music students and students in need since 1982. All seats for the benefit concert are reserved. Individual tickets may be purchased in person at the Gallagher-Bluedorn box office, by calling 319-273-4TIX or 877-549-SHOW (7469) or at www.unitix.uni.edu. To become a special donor and receive complimentary tickets, contact the School of Music office at 319-273-2025.
For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 6, 2011 - 11:19am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Courageous Leadership: Strengthening Your on-the-job Assertiveness" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 27, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Sept. 20.
"Standing up for what's right takes courage," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "Making decisions that aren't always the most popular with peers and employees can be stressful, but in this workshop participants will learn to take risks for their own good and for their organizations' future success."
Participants also will learn how to maintain good judgment and decision-making capabilities in demanding or stressful situations and how to push themselves and others to the next level without compromising their values. They also will practice assertive communication and conflict management techniques with instructor Dewitt Jones.
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 2011 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 seat.
September 6, 2011 - 11:36am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host Felipe Luciano, a news reporter and anchor, poet, writer, lecturer and activist. The lecture, "Black Latino Unity: The Missing Link," will take place Monday, Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m., in the Maucker Union Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Luciano is a two-time Emmy Award winner for his reporting, and America's first Puerto Rican news anchor for network television station, WNBC. He is the founder and chairman of the Young Lords Party, a member of 1960s rap/hip hop movement forerunner The Original Last Poets, an advocate for inter-communication and former host of Fox 5's "Street Talk."
Committed to community empowerment, ethnic pride and civil rights, he has helped change the color and complexion of politics, culture and society in his career, and continues to advise leaders of state and local governments and corporations on issues affecting growing markets, the Latino community, coalition building, diversity and multiculturalism.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tabatha Cruz, program director at the CME, at 319-273-2250 or email@example.com.
September 6, 2011 - 11:43am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€“ The University of Northern Iowa will welcome Frank Warren, the founder of the PostSecret blog, for his "PostSecret Live" presentation on Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The event is sponsored by UNI's Campus Activities Board.
The PostSecret blog has become a national phenomenon, with hundreds of people sharing their deepest, and sometimes darkest, secrets to the world on postcards submitted to the PostSecret headquarters. Warren's collection includes more than 200,000 highly personal and artfully decorated cards, displaying secrets that have never been voiced. From deep family secrets to funny reflections, Warren will share the stories behind the memorable postcards he has received. During his presentation, he will share postcards that were banned from the book, discuss why the blog is important, and why he has made suicide awareness part of his life's work. For more information, visit www.postsecretcommunity.com.
Warren will have copies of his books available, including the #1 New York Times Best Seller, "PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God," at the Student Involvement and Activities Center leading up to and on the night of the event, and will be signing books immediately following his presentation. All proceeds from the book sales will go to IMAlive, a live-online crisis network that partners with Warren's PostSecret website.
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the Student Involvement and Activities Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily; tickets will be available to the public starting Sept. 8. For ticketing information and questions, contact Ashley Minshall, program coordinator, Student Involvement and Activities Center, at 319-273-6849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 6, 2011 - 1:09pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€“ The Strayer-Wood Theatre has announced its 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles." During the next two years, Strayer-Wood will produce plays that illuminate political and social issues. The following plays will be presented in the 2011-12 season:
"Guernica," by Cody Daigle, directed by Steve Taft, will play Oct. 6 to 8 and Oct. 13 to 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. in the Bertha Martin Theatre. Before 9-11, there was Guernica. The Spanish town of Guernica was home to a tragic historical event that inspired Picasso to create a masterpiece.
"Mad Forest," by Caryl Churchill, directed by Cynthia Goatley, will play Oct. 20 to 22 and Oct. 27 to 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Caryl Churchill's "Mad Forest" places ordinary people into the churning realities of acting and defining revolution.
"Dying City," by Christopher Shinn, directed by Richard Glockner, will play Feb. 23 to 25 and March 1 to 3 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 26 and March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Bertha Martin Theatre. "Dying City" is a disturbing, sophisticated drama that explores how contemporary politics and recent history have transformed the lives of three characters.
"Bat Boy: The Musical," with story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, will play April 5 to 7 and April 12 to 14 at 7:30 p.m., and April 15 at 2 p.m. in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Based on events as chronicled in Weekly World News, "Bat Boy: The Musical" is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, W.Va.
For a synopsis on each of the plays, visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt. Tickets for plays are $16 for adults, $13 for non-UNI students and $10 for youth 18 and under. Adult tickets for musicals are $20, $15 for non-UNI students and $12 for youth 18 and under. UNI students receive one ticket free for each production with their uCard. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre Box Office, which is open noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and one hour before curtain. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 319-273-6381 or online at www.uni.edu/theatre/swt. For more information, contact Traci Gaydos at 319-273-6387 or email@example.com.
September 6, 2011 - 1:23pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Justice Brandeis and the Art of Dissent," will be the topic of the 38th Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History by Melvin I. Urofsky, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.
Urofsky currently holds a joint appointment as a historian-in-residence at American University and as an adjunct professor of law and public policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1968 and commands academic specialties in constitutional/legal history and American Jewish history. His biography, "Brandeis: A Life," was selected as "Book of the Year" by the Jewish Book Council and as one of the "100 Best Books of 2009" by The New York Times.
The lecture is in honor of Carl L. Becker, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1907 and is originally from Reinbeck, Iowa. From 1902 to 1941, Becker taught at various universities in the Midwest and East, with the last being Cornell University in New York.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert Martin, department head, UNI Department of History, at 319-273-2097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.