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September 25, 2013 - 8:29am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present "The American Way of Eating" at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10 to 12 and Oct. 16 to 19, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 13 and 20, in the Bertha Martin Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The play is being presented in conjunction with UNI's Reaching For Higher Ground project.

Adapted from The New York Times best-selling book, "The American Way of Eating" details how journalist Tracie McMillan delved into the heart of America's food production industries in order to get a firsthand account of how our food is harvested, sold and prepared. McMillan went undercover picking garlic in the fields of California, working as a produce stocker for Wal-Mart, the largest seller of groceries in the U.S., and working in the kitchen of the biggest restaurant chain in America. This story offers a vivid picture of the people who actually feed us and of the toll that task takes on them.

"The American Way of Eating" is the first offering of Theatre UNI's 2013-14 season, "Deadly Sins." The production is written and directed by Matthew James Weedman, assistant professor of performance. Scenery and projection designs are by Leonard Curtis, associate professor of design and production; costume design is by Jenn Shesko Wood, assistant professor of design and production; lighting design is by Allie Smith, senior theatre design and production major; and sound and projection support are provided by Aharon Moody, senior theatre design and production major. The production stage manager is Melia Beschta, senior theatre design and production major.

Tickets are $10 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.

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

The mission of the Reaching For Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. This year's theme is "Food Matters," which aims to explore the social and economic impacts of food.


September 25, 2013 - 8:38am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- More than 175 students from high schools and colleges across Iowa are expected to attend the sixth annual TRiO Student Leadership Conference, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Through a variety of breakout sessions, the conference aims to empower and celebrate the diversity of students who participate in the Iowa TRiO programs, and provide a day of leadership development for students.

Former Iowa TRiO participant Azline Nelson, an East Waterloo High School and Spellman College graduate, will be the keynote speaker. She will address obstacles TRiO students face and how she overcame them, the importance of community and the history of TRiO programs.

"Self-empowerment, welcoming diversity and developing strong leadership skills are essential to everyone’s future, and we are pleased to foster the development of these skills through this conference," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "This conference will benefit all attendees, as rigorous discussions will help all learn to improve their ability to embrace diversity, identify their leadership skills and challenge themselves to engage in new situations."

TRiO programs are federal outreach and student services programs that provide support and opportunities to underrepresented students in higher education. UNI began providing TRiO services in the 1960s and today offers the following TRiO programs: Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

For more information, contact Colice Sanders, advising specialist for UNI Student Support Services, at 319-273-2179 or

September 25, 2013 - 10:05am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 870 million people of the more than 7 billion people in the world suffer from chronic undernourishment. The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the CEEE Auditorium. Kirschenmann will deliver a lecture titled "How Can We Feed the World?"

The lecture will address questions such as whether the lack of food is simply a production problem and if our current food and agriculture system is stable. It will also discuss possible new approaches towards a more sustainable agriculture.

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

The mission of the Reaching For Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. This year's theme is "Food Matters," which aims to explore the social and economic impacts of food.

September 25, 2013 - 1:20pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The second annual Jacobson Center and Reading Recovery Literacy Academy will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom. The event will focus on the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model and Reading Recovery.

The academy includes sessions for Reading Recovery teachers and teacher leaders, comprehensive literacy coaches and classroom teachers, comprehensive intervention model coaches, and administrators. Keynote speakers for the event include Peter Johnston, professor of reading at the University of Albany, and Lester Laminack, children's author and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University.

The academy will also host lectures by other experts on literacy and reading throughout each day. For additional information or to register, visit

September 24, 2013 - 11:15am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) will offer a food waste reduction workshop Oct.15 at the Council Bluffs Public Library. The workshop, focusing on methods to reduce food waste and divert it from the landfill includes presentations and discussions from regional experts such as Lora Kanning, interpretive naturalist from the Cass County Conservation and Jim Reimer, Area 6 representative from the Iowa Waste Exchange.

Attendees will also hear from IWRC specialists as well as a panel of representatives from area organizations and businesses who will identify the challenges to food waste reduction and diversion.

Registration for the one-day workshop is $10, which includes lunch. For more information and to register, visit

The workshop is being held as part of the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project which is funded through a Solid Waste Alternative Program grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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

September 23, 2013 - 10:24am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "The Power of Line: Prints of the European and American Etching Revival" from the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) Monday, Sept. 30, through Monday, Dec. 2, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South on the UNI campus.

The exhibition was co-curated by Joni Kinsey of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in conjunction with her students and UIMA chief curator Kathleen A. Edwards. Gallery doors will open after Kinsey’s lecture on at 7 p.m., Sept. 30, in KAB, Room 111. A reception will follow.

The exhibition is made possible by the UIMA Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Project and is supported exclusively by The Matthew Bucksbaum Family. The UNI Gallery of Art is proud to participate in this collections sharing initiative, which allows the campus community and art patrons in the region an opportunity to see important works from UIMA's holdings.

According to Edwards, "The exhibition presents many fine examples of late 19th and early 20th century technical experimentation, intellectual inquiry, and aesthetic expression, including maritime and landscape subjects and scenes of everyday life." Of the 43 works included in the exhibition are the following: "The Forge" by James Abbott McNeill Whistler; "An Apple Orchard, Easthampton" by Thomas Moran; and "Battersea Reach/Old Chelsea Out of Whistler's Window" by Francis Seymour Haden.

In addition to "The Power of Line," the Gallery of Art will also continue to present the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition "Myth & Narrative: It's All in the Telling," which is co-curated by Charles M. Adelman and gallery director Darrell Taylor. This exhibition represents an ongoing collaboration between the gallery and upper-level art history students who have written didactic materials for each object. Featured works are by Romare Bearden, Salvador Dali, Honoré Daumier, Reuben Nakian and Gladys Nilsson.

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 through Saturday; and by appointment. The gallery will be closed Nov. 23 through Dec. 1 for Thanksgiving break.

For more information, visit or call 319-273-3095.

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September 19, 2013 - 11:47am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Homecoming celebration begins Monday, Oct. 7, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 12, featuring many events and activities.

The official kick-off ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, on the roof of Maucker Union. The celebration will include the Pride Cry Competition, performances by the UNI Spirit Squad and live music from the Panther Marching Band.

At 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, nominees will present a Royalty Showcase in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Participants will show their skills and compete for the titles of king and queen. A Homecoming picnic is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Campanile Plaza.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, also marks the start of the Traditions Challenge, which is hosted by the UNI Alumni Association. Teams of five will compete in an "Amazing Race" challenge across campus and take group photos at each destination in order to complete a challenge. Teams can register for the Traditions Challenge Amazing Race at Afterward, students can head over to Maucker Union for Casino Night at 8 p.m.

Mike Super, a magician and illusionist, will perform at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, in Maucker Union. Super was the winner of the hit NBC show Phenomenon.

At 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, the Homecoming Pep Rally will take place on Lawther Field. The rally will feature the final round of Pride Cry, performances from the cheer and dance teams, and the Royalty Coronation. Campaniling will be at midnight at the Campanile Plaza.

The UNI football team will face-off against Southern Illinois at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, in the UNI-Dome.

Homecoming events are planned and facilitated by the Campus Activities Board. For a complete list of Homecoming week events, visit 

September 19, 2013 - 2:59pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor of gerontology at the University of Northern Iowa, is available for speaking engagements on Alzheimer's and other related dementias.

Eshbaugh serves as the coordinator of UNI's gerontology program, which offers the only undergraduate gerontology degree in Iowa. She is also on the executive board of the Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging and has collaborated with various continuing care communities, adult day services and hospices.

"I am excited to be able to educate people on how to interact with individuals who have Alzheimer's or a related dementia," says Eshbaugh. "Unfortunately, this is a population whose quality of life is largely neglected."

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

September 19, 2013 - 3:08pm


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 UNI College of Business Administration graduate curriculum, during which MBA candidates undertake strategic management projects for client organizations across northeast Iowa.

Potential clients are drawn from both the business and nonprofit 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.

MBA candidates work in small consulting teams formed with sufficient diversity to successfully analyze a business 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 business graduate faculty who has expertise in the topic of the project.

Proposals are accepted August through October. Organizations that would like to propose a Capstone Experience project for the upcoming year are encouraged to contact Capstone coordinator Dale Cyphert at 319-273-6150 or

September 18, 2013 - 9:38am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $750,000 to the University of Northern Iowa for a project run by Andrey Petrov, assistant professor in the Department of Geography. The project is named RCN-SEES: Arctic-FROST: Arctic Frontiers of Sustainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North.

The project is based at the Arctic Social and Environmental Systems Research (ARCSES) Laboratory in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. As the leader of the project, UNI will serve as the national focal center of sustainability science research in the Arctic for the next five years.

Arctic-FROST builds an international collaborative network that teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators and community members to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development. The research is specifically aimed at improving health, human development and the well-being of Arctic communities.

For additional information, contact Petrov at 319-273-6245 or

September 18, 2013 - 9:53am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A record 160 students from across the Cedar Valley will compete in a variety of physical and mental battles at the third Cedar Valley Hunger Games event, from 2 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library. The event, hosted in partnership with the Cedar Falls and Waterloo public libraries, celebrates the love of reading and the popularity of "The Hunger Games" book series.

The Cedar Valley Hunger Games aims to simulate the intense battles that take place in the books with puzzles, riddles and activities like a three-legged race. Students are encouraged to study "The Hunger Games" trilogy prior to the event, as there will be trivia questions about the content of the book. The grand prize will be tickets to the upcoming movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," with additional prizes being awarded to other participating teams.

Rules, details and release forms can be found at For more information, contact Angela Cox, library assistant at Rod Library, at 319-273-2839 or

September 17, 2013 - 4:36pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa faculty and staff members have been named Fulbright scholars for 2013-14. Christopher Martin, Mark Myers and Nadia Korobova have each been selected to undertake research or teach abroad. 

The Fulbright Program, one of the most prestigious award programs in the world, is managed by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Founded in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program provides merit-based grants for international educational exchange.

Martin, interim head and professor of communication studies, will undertake research in Hungary. Myers, assistant professor of biology, will conduct research in Colombia. Korobova, associate director for international students and scholars, will participate in the International Education Administrators Program in Germany and France.

"This continued success in the Fulbright Scholars Program has earned UNI a place within the ranks of the finest universities in the United States," said Craig Klafter, associate provost for International Programs.

For more information, visit or contact International Programs at 319-273-2921. 

September 16, 2013 - 10:12am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Advance Iowa program, the state's only certified Economic Gardening center, has officially started. Advance Iowa is an economic development program that focuses on the expansion of small and medium-sized businesses using the Economic Gardening approach.

Economic Gardening is often referred to as a "grow your own" strategy for economic development and is a proven economic growth strategy that focuses on providing information and tools to grow existing businesses. To use this approach to meet the unique needs of Iowa, the Advance Iowa team consists of skilled researchers who mine sophisticated databases and use high-end tools related to search engine optimization, geographic information systems and social media marketing.

Advance Iowa partners with economic development organizations across the state who then locate businesses within their region that are prime for growth. The Advance Iowa team works directly with the business along with the economic development organization to gather customized actionable data and develop a plan to implement the strategies developed.

Advance Iowa is a program of Business & Community Services (BCS) at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit or contact Joe Bolick, communications and public relations for BCS, at 319-273-6577 or, or Dan Beenken, program manager for Advance Iowa, at 319-273-4322 or

September 16, 2013 - 10:20am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- With 280 members, this year's Panther Marching Band (PMB) is the largest in UNI history. This record-setting number not only reflects the consistent growth PMB has experienced over the years but also reflects the strength of the program.

"It's great to know that so many students want to join our program," said director of PMB Danny Galyen. "The growth of the band really demonstrates the outstanding experience that students have in the band and in the School of Music."

With the increase in membership, the quality of the program can be expected to grow even more. "There is so much more that we can do with a larger marching band than with a smaller one," said Galyen. "We are really able to fill the Dome with sound and present a strong challenge to the Iowa and Iowa State bands now that we are of comparable size."

The marching band plans to take advantage of its new growth by performing at several events throughout the year and partnering with other groups. In support of breast cancer awareness, the band will wear pink shirts for the "Pink-Out" during the Sept. 28 football game against McNeese State. For their Homecoming halftime performance on Oct. 12, PMB will partner with UNI Taiko drum ensemble to bring Japanese percussion into the set. The band will perform at the 2013 Cedar Rapids Indoor Marching Classic on Oct.14, and they will continue supporting area high schools at their Friday night football games.

While this may seem like a lot to take on, it's yet another testament to the strength of the marching band. "The students have this energy and passion for what they do," said Galyen. "We strive to be the best and most entertaining band in the state and in the region."

For more information about the Panther Marching Band or their upcoming performances, contact Galyen at 319-273-2173 or

September 16, 2013 - 10:25am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, sponsored by the UNI Suzuki School, has announced plans for the 2013-14 season. This chamber orchestra is looking for advanced string students in grades nine through 12.

The year will consist of two chamber music opportunities. First, students will be assigned to small chamber ensembles coached by Julia Bullard, professor of music in UNI's School of Music. Later in the season, the groups will join to form a larger ensemble to play challenging string chamber orchestra literature. Rehearsals will be held on select Friday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m., at Russell Hall, beginning Friday, Oct. 11, and continuing until Friday, Feb. 14.

Special opportunities will include performances with faculty and guests, participation in the Trio 826 Chamber Music Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 16, and a performance at UNI on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Students must have teacher recommendation for participation. Recommendation must be received no later than Wednesday, Sept. 25. There will be no formal auditions for membership. Additional playing level requirements and the teacher recommendation form are available at

For more information, contact Cathy Craig, Suzuki School coordinator, at 319-273-2508 or

September 16, 2013 - 4:19pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Daniel Webster Law Society (DWLS) will host a panel of UNI professors at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Sabin Room 002. Panel members will discuss past and upcoming Supreme Court decisions.  

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court made major decisions on same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action and other issues. This year, the court will consider cases on campaign finance reform and abortion. Panelists will explain those decisions, consider what's to come and take questions from the audience. Panelists include John Johnson, professor of history; Allison Martens, assistant professor of political science; and Scott Peters, associate professor of political science.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Peters at 319-273-2727 or

September 13, 2013 - 10:43am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will kick off its 2013-14 season with guest artists and UNI alumni Brianne Waychoff and Ben Powell. Their solo performances, "Leftovers" and "Station to Station," will be presented together at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, and Friday, Sept. 27, in the Interpreters Theatre in 040 Lang Hall.

In "Leftovers," Waychoff incorporates diverse sources: Jean Francois Millet's painting "The Gleaners"; her grandmother's needlepoint rendering of the same work; and Agnes Varda's 2000 film, "The Gleaners and I." The written text of the piece is a blend of personal narrative and borrowed texts from the fields of art history, documentary filmmaking, performance studies, philosophy and poetry.

In "Station to Station," Powell performs an array of texts, including a collection of letters between Powell's grandfather and great-grandfather sent between 1935 and 1936, assembled histories of the U.S. Interstate System, an old mapping guidebook, and fragments of memories and music. Location takes on new meaning as maps are created and offered as possible answers to the questions: Where have I come from? Where am I now? Where am I going?

The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. Admission passes will be available one hour before the production begins at Lang 040. For more information, contact Karen Mitchell, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-2640 or

September 13, 2013 - 10:47am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI students will get a taste of Latino culture at the first UNI Latino Fest, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at Lawther Field. The event, which is being hosted by UNI's Hispanic Latino Student Union (HLSU) and Art for El Salvador, will feature authentic Latin American food, live performances and an art sale by Art for El Salvador.

"This event will give UNI students an opportunity to learn more about the Hispanic culture in an informal festival setting," said Walter Abrego, director of public relations for HLSU. "This event will not only increase awareness of Latin culture at UNI, it will also help make Latin American, Hispanic and Latino students around campus feel welcome."

The event will feature live music by Latin American music duo Calle Sur, Zumba, children's activities and a dance.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Abrego at 712-267-4051 or

September 13, 2013 - 2:36pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- William N. Ruud will be officially installed as the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa during a 10 a.m. ceremony, Friday, Oct. 4. The ceremony will take place in the Great Hall of UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. UNI students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend. A reception will take place immediately following the installation ceremony. The ceremony will be streamed live online at

The ceremonial event will include live music by the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony and Varsity Men's Glee Club, and representatives of the UNI faculty and staff will process in full academic regalia. The platform party will include student, faculty, staff and administration representatives. Bruce Rastetter, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will conduct the official installation.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, a pair of events will take place to mark the installation. A student celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Campanile Plaza. The celebration will include lunch, music and a short program. There will be a faculty, staff and community reception for Bill and Judy Ruud from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge, Commons. Students, faculty and staff are also asked to show their Panther Pride and wear purple attire on Thursday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 4.

Ruud was named UNI president by the Board of Regents on Feb. 7 and assumed his duties on May 31.

For more information about installation, visit or contact Jan Hanish, assistant vice president for Administration and Financial Services and co-chair of the installation committee, at 319-273-2382 or

September 12, 2013 - 9:26am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) will hold a food waste reduction workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center. The workshop, focusing on methods to reduce food waste and divert it from the landfill, includes presentations and discussions from regional experts such as Jen Jordan, recycling coordinator at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, and Alicia Presto, Area 4 representative from the Iowa Waste Exchange.

Attendees will also hear from IWRC specialists as well as a panel of representatives from area organizations and businesses who will identify the challenges to food waste reduction and diversion. The workshop will conclude with a tour of the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center.

The IWRC has been providing environmental services, including business assistance, industry training and research and development, for more than 25 years. IWRC is a nonprofit organization, part of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa.

The workshop is being held as part of the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project, which is funded through a Solid Waste Alternative Program grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Registration for the one-day workshop is $10, which includes lunch. For additional information and to register, visit


September 12, 2013 - 9:32am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Climate change is the defining historical challenge of this century, according to Sen. Rob Hogg. During his lecture at the University of Northern Iowa, Hogg will explore the significance of climate change and what Iowans can do to take action. Hogg's lecture will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, in the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) auditorium on the UNI campus.

"Smart, science-literate citizens take the reality and challenges of climate change, and what it means for Iowa, seriously," said Kamyar Enshayan, director of UNI's CEEE. "This event is intended to inspire discussion and action."

In addition to serving in the Iowa Senate, Hogg has published a book on climate change, "America's Climate Century."

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Enshayan at 319-273-7575 or

September 12, 2013 - 9:36am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Creative Life Research Center has opened its doors for the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Northern Iowa. The center aims to offer the UNI community a transformative learning experience, as well as opportunities for engagement and inquiry, through a variety of events and programs.

"Our mission is to build lives of meaning through the processes, places and products of creativity," said center director Gary Gute. "In our culture, creativity is often perceived with a bias toward the arts, or as an attribute of only select people. Our center views creativity much more broadly — as solving problems in ways that are novel, useful and appropriate."

The center will offer students the latest research tools, opportunities for interdisciplinary and faculty-student collaboration, and exposure to renowned scholars, educators, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs via campus conferences, guest lectures and TEDx events. The center will host its first event, the First Annual Creative UNIversity Conference, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at UNI's Maucker Union. The all-day event will introduce the center and showcase the creative work of UNI students and faculty.

For more information, contact Gute at 319-273-6449 or

September 12, 2013 - 2:07pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) will be holding a food waste reduction workshop on Oct. 2 at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City. The workshop, focusing on methods to reduce food waste and divert it from the landfill includes presentations and discussions from regional experts such as Paul Schultz, resources management coordinator from the Public Works Department in Dubuque and Shelly Codner, Area 2 representative from the Iowa Waste Exchange.

Attendees will also hear from IWRC specialists as well as a panel of representatives from area organizations and businesses who will identify the challenges to food waste reduction and diversion.

The workshop is being held as part of the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project which is funded through a Solid Waste Alternative Program grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Registration for the one-day workshop is $10, which includes lunch. For more information and to register, visit

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

September 12, 2013 - 2:19pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s Business & Community Services (BCS) division will introduce a statewide Regional Entrepreneurship Project later this year. The program, funded through a $150,000 grant from the United States Economic Development Administration's University Center program, will work with communities and regions across Iowa to establish a framework that fosters entrepreneurial development and small-business growth.

"The goal of this project is to refocus regional efforts to encourage the entrepreneurial development and provide them with the tools to make that happen," said LaDene Bowen, associate director of UNI's Institute for Decision Making and director of the Regional Entrepreneurship Project.

The project will explore factors including economic distress, recent layoffs and plant closures to initially select two regions within Iowa to establish a framework. One more region will be added annually for the duration of the five-year project. Within each region, BCS will implement a four-phase effort that includes an assessment of the region, educating regional stakeholders on best practices to cultivate an entrepreneurial support system, the development of a strategic plan, implementing the plan and continued support.

For more information on the Regional Entrepreneurship Project, please visit, or contact Bowen at 319-273-2969 or

September 11, 2013 - 8:36am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Suzuki School has announced plans for the upcoming Northern Iowa Junior Orchestra season. Advanced string students in grades five through eight are encouraged to audition. The fee for the year is $140.

The orchestra is conducted by Tom Schilke. Students will present a concert at UNI and at northeast Iowa schools in April. The orchestra rehearses on Friday evenings from 5 to 7 at Russell Hall, once per month in October, November and December, and every Friday from January through April.

Auditions will be held on Friday, Sept. 20. Audition forms and additional information are available at or by request. Contact Cathy Craig, Suzuki School coordinator, at or 319-273-2508 to schedule an audition time.

September 11, 2013 - 1:28pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa today released its official enrollment figures for fall 2013. Enrollment numbers are determined on students enrolled through the end of the 10th day of classes. UNI's total fall enrollment is 12,159. This exceeds UNI's budgeted enrollment projection by 359. Officials also report that new student enrollment is up more than 3 percent from last year.

Highlights of the enrollment report include:

- An increase of 3.3 percent in new student enrollment.

- An increase of 1.1 percent in new students direct from high school.

- An increase of 20.8 percent in new graduate student enrollment.

- An increase of 11.4 percent in new international student enrollment.

- Total minority enrollment held steady at 8.1 percent.

In addition, the university reported improvement in its student retention rate. The rate of students returning for a second year is 82.9 percent, which is an increase of 1.3 percent from the previous year. This compares to a national average of 71.7 percent for similar institutions. This year's retention rate is the highest it's been since 2007.

"It's very encouraging that our fall 2013 enrollment numbers are well above our original budget projections," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "As always, enrollment at UNI is a priority, but even more so is our commitment to our students and their educational experience. Our focus continues to be on providing the best undergraduate education in the state of Iowa.

"We're also pleased to see that our efforts to improve retention are paying off. UNI students continue to graduate sooner and with less debt; we had nearly an eight percent drop in student indebtedness during the 2012-13 academic year. We're looking forward to growing strategically over the next several years and meeting prospective students and their families at our Panther Open Houses this fall."

September 10, 2013 - 10:02am


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 2014 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook.

UNI also was 13th on a combined list of all public and private Midwest regional universities. The university was ranked 22nd on the list last year.

"It is truly an honor to be considered one of the best universities in the Midwest," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "We are committed to providing our students a high-quality educational experience. Our focus continues to be on providing the best undergraduate education in the state of Iowa and in the entire Midwest region."

The magazine's ranking criteria include peer assessment, academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, graduation-rate performance and alumni giving rate.

For more information about the college rankings, visit Highlights of UNI's other national rankings and awards can be found at

September 10, 2013 - 8:48am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "An Enchanted Evening!" is the theme of the 32nd Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa School of Music. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27,in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

This year's concert will feature music by UNI alumnus James Miller of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on trombone as well as music by faculty artists Korey Barrett, Amanda McCandless, Heather Peyton, Dmitri Vorobiev and Robert Washut. Also featured will be Kaji Daiko on Taiko drums, the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony, Jazz Band One, Concert Chorale, a student and alumni vocal trio, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and more.

Following the concert there will be hors d'oeuvres, champagne and music in the lobby and a performance by School of Music student musicians. An additional post-show performance featuring the UNI Marimba Ensemble will be held in Davis Hall. Bob Dunn and the UNI Wire Choir will provide pre-show music.

The Scholarship Benefit Concerts have been raising scholarship funds for exceptionally talented music students and students in need for more than 30 years. All seats for the benefit concert are reserved. Individual tickets may be purchased in person at the GBPAC box office, by calling 319-273-4TIX or 877-549-SHOW (7469), or at To become a special donor and receive complimentary tickets, contact the School of Music office at 319-273-2028.

For more information on this event or the UNI School of Music, contact Caroline Boehmer, communications and operations coordinator for the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or

September 10, 2013 - 8:56am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been selected by G.I. Jobs Magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2014, an honor placing the university in the top 20 percent of schools doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students and ensure their success on campus.

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.Military Friendly logo

"It's an honor to be recognized for the initiatives supporting military members, veterans and their families," said Julia Heuer, coordinator of UNI's Military and Veteran Student Services. "We will continue to build on our accomplishments to ensure that UNI is always lauded as a military-friendly campus."

Now in its fifth year, the list was compiled through research in which G.I. Jobs polled more than 10,000 schools nationwide. The methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators and administrators from across the country.

"The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools," said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media.

The full list of Military Friendly Schools can be found at For more information about UNI's Military and Veteran Student Services, visit

September 10, 2013 - 1:53pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Financial Literacy Club will host a financial literacy event at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Mike Finley, president and founder of the club, will discuss ways to make informed decisions about how to spend, save and invest money. Participants also have the opportunity to win cash prizes at the event totaling $1,000.

Finley started the Financial Literacy Club in 2010 to encourage and enhance financial literacy for all individuals. "Financial literacy followed by action can change the course of your life!" said Finley. "Believe it."

The club meets at 6 p.m., every Monday, in the University Room, Maucker Union. Topics of discussion include spending, credit management, borrowing, investing and more.

This event is free and open to the public. Pizza and drinks will be provided at no cost. For more information, visit the UNI Financial Literacy Club Facebook page at, or contact Finley at 580-483-5811 or

September 10, 2013 - 1:59pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Scott Ketelsen has been named director of University Relations at the University of Northern Iowa. Ketelsen is currently director of Marketing and Media Production at the University of Iowa. He will assume his new duties on Sept. 16. Scott Ketelsen

"I am very pleased to have Scott join UNI as the director of University Relations," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "He is a proud UNI alumnus and strong Panther supporter. His background in marketing and communications will strongly support our overall strategic communications efforts, our enrollment goals and the university's strategic plan."

"I look forward to leading the University Relations team and working with the remarkable students, faculty and staff at UNI to provide an affordable, quality education to its students," said Ketelsen. "UNI has an excellent reputation and outstanding leadership. As a proud alumnus, my heart has always been with the Panthers."

Ketelsen holds a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and communication from UNI. He has worked in higher education since 1999. He held several positions at the University of Iowa from 2005 to 2013, where he was responsible for the institutional marketing plan and budget.

Before his time at the University of Iowa, Ketelsen was director of Marketing Services and director of Operations, Continuing Education at Kirkwood Community College.

The director, along with the University Relations team, provides a consistent university message through high-quality publications, electronic communications, campus communications, community relations, media relations and print services.

Ketelsen lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife Suzy, who is also a UNI alumna, and three children: Drew, 24, Amy, 21, and Adam, 16.

September 10, 2013 - 2:23pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 2013 Leland Wilson Endowed Chemistry Lecture will be presented by Paul Kelter from 7 to 8:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, in Lantz Auditorium in McCollum Science Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus. His interactive discussion will be "Why and How Should We Teach Science and Science Methods Classes in the 2010s?"

Kelter is an award-winning teacher and researcher in chemistry and science education, with work centering on issues of teacher preparation, teaching and learning at both secondary and college levels. "Anyone with an interest in, or opinions about, how science is taught in our schools should consider joining the conversation," suggested Bill Harwood, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UNI.

Kelter currently teaches at Northern Illinois University in the Department of Literacy Education. Overall, Kelter has written two major chemistry and chemistry-education books and authored more than 602 journal articles. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and founded the International Center for First-Year Chemistry Education.

For additional information, contact Bill Harwood, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-2056 or

September 10, 2013 - 4:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition committee announced today that three finalists will be recognized at a special awards luncheon in Des Moines on September 26th.

After a review of the submitted business plans, seven businesses were selected to present to the judging panel comprised of the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) representatives and the Iowa Small Business Development Center.  The committee is proud to announce the three finalists in the competition, listed in alphabetical order:

Memcine Pharmaceuticals Inc. - Memcine Pharmaceuticals Inc. developed the platform technology for the improvement of vaccine efficacy against infectious diseases and cancer therapeutics.  The company was founded in 2010 and is located in Coralville.

r-pipe - R-pipe is a civil engineering company that makes pipe from waste material that is lighter, more durable, as strong, and is slightly less expensive than concrete pipe.  The company was founded in 2013 and is located in Ames.

ScoutPro Inc. - ScoutPro Inc. uses a crop scouting system developed by crop scouts to insure accurate, efficient identification and management. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Ames.

The three finalists and their ranking will be announced at a special awards luncheon on September 26th at Drake University.  Governor Branstad will provide a keynote message.  Awards are $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place and $10,000 for third place.

"This year's completion included some outstanding business plans, probably the strongest and most promising plans during our eight years of conducting the competition" said Randy Pilkington, director of the UNI JPEC.  "Iowa's economy will be positively impacted as all the competitors succeed and grow."

John Pappajohn stated "I hope this competition will stimulate additional entrepreneurial activity throughout the state and that those businesses who participated will continue to access the resources of the JPECs, business accelerators and SBDCs to help them accelerate their growth."

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 centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Iowa Economic Development Authority  (IEDA), Entrepreneurial Development Centers (EDCs) and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

For additional information about the competition, please contact one of the JPEC centers via the information below. Contact information for the three finalists is also attached.

Drake University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Debra Bishop



Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Judi Eyles



North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Jamie Zanios



University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

David Hensley



University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Randy Pilkington



Finalist Contact Information (In Alphabetical Order)


Memcine Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Contact: Tony Vanden Bush



Contact: Tom Cackler


ScoutPro Inc.

Contact: Holden Nyhus

September 5, 2013 - 11:10am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Fall Career Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, in the McLeod Center. More than 140 organizations and graduate/professional schools will talk with UNI students and alumni about internships, full-time jobs and continuing education. Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume to give to company and organization representatives.

"The UNI Career Fair is a great opportunity for students of all majors and grade levels to come and network," said Kristin Cahill, UNI employer relations coordinator. "During this type of job market, networking opportunities are critical to a successful job search. We encourage candidates to have an open mind and meet with as many employers as possible." For tips about how to prepare for a job fair, visit

Complementing the Career Fair is a UNI Interview Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Those wishing to arrange interviews must attend the Career Fair.

The Career Fair is organized and sponsored by UNI Career Services. Students can search the online database of employers by clicking on the link at

Registration isn't required for participation in the Career Fair. For additional information, contact Cahill at 319-273-6857 or

September 5, 2013 - 2:02pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa held its annual fall faculty workshop in August. More than 300 faculty attended, one of the highest numbers to attend in recent years.

Hosted by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and UNI's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the workshop gave faculty the opportunity to discuss student assessments and how to use them in their classroom environments. UNI President Bill Ruud and Provost Gloria Gibson gave welcoming remarks.

Peter Seldin, an expert on evaluating teaching, was the keynote speaker. He delivered his lecture "College Teaching: Myths, Evaluation and the Characteristics of Great Teachers," which aims to determine what separates "good" teachers from "great" teachers. The lecture addressed changing practices in teaching evaluation and the results of a nationwide longitudinal study of evaluation practices.

"It is important to reflect on best practices regarding evaluation of teaching as an institution," said Eric Hiris, department head and professor of psychology. "It was wonderful as a new person at an institution to see so many faculty members and administrators from across colleges and departments engaging in such reflections together. I enjoyed reflecting on my own teaching, hearing what others do in their teaching and considering how to balance the many factors one must consider in evaluating the teaching of others."

In addition to the lecture and discussion, the new Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) was launched. The CETL seeks to engage, explore and enhance the practice of teaching and the culture of learning at UNI. Susan Hill, a professor of philosophy and world religions, was named director of the new center.

"I'm very excited about the new center," said Hill. "I am hopeful that this will become a place where faculty and staff can explore new ideas about teaching and learning, get to know people from around campus, and develop collaborations between different departments and programs on campus."

For more information about the CETL, visit or check out their Facebook site at

September 5, 2013 - 3:32pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Ideas and Identities in Mughal Religious Culture" will be the lecture delivered by Muzaffar Alam, professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, at the University of Northern Iowa's 40th Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History. The lecture will be presented at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Alam is a historian specializing in medieval and early South Asian Muslim religious and literary cultures, Mughal political and institutional history, and Indo-Persian historiography and travel accounts. He has held visiting research and teaching positions at several institutions, including the University of London and Columbia University in New York. Alam's best-known work is his classic book, "The Crisis of Empire in Mughal North India."

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. From 1902 to 1941, Becker taught at various universities in the Midwest and East, with the last being Cornell University in New York.

The Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture is the first in a series of lectures from UNI's history department. The next lecture will be by Jack Hovelson, retired journalist for the Des Moines Register, and will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert Martin, head of UNI's Department of History, at 319-273-2097 or

September 5, 2013 - 4:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a number of documentaries as part of its annual Reaching for Higher Ground project. The theme for this year's film series is "Food Matters: Individual Choices … Community Concerns." Fall semester films will be held in the UNI Center for Multicultural Education in Maucker Union.

The first film, "Food Matters," will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9. The documentary examines how food affects every person and aims to create a dialogue about how individual food choices affect and impact the larger community.

The second film, "Hungry for Change," will be shown at noon, Monday, Oct. 14. The documentary demonstrates the marketing deception found in many weight-loss programs.

The third film, "Price of Sugar," will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11. It highlights the struggle for the human rights of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic throughout the production of sugar.

The final film of the semester is "The Harvest," which will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9. "The Harvest" documents the many children in America who are exposed to the harsh elements of weather and farm fields to pick produce on farm fields in order to survive.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit or contact either Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or, or Thomas Kessler, social sciences bibliographer at Rod Library, at 319-273-2810 or

September 3, 2013 - 2:31pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host events and activities for students, parents and family members of all ages during Family Weekend, Friday to Sunday, Sept. 6 to 8.

The weekend will kick off with the UNI vs. Nebraska-Omaha soccer game at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Complex.

On Saturday, the Family Feast Tailgate will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Rialto Dining Center. Afterward, families can head to the Maucker Union to watch the Dean of Juggling perform at 1:30 p.m. The show features Dean Franzen, a mathematics professor at UNI.

Also on Saturday, the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences will present a chemistry magic show in Lantz Auditorium, McCollum Science Hall. This popular show will be held at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. There will also be mini-sumo robotics and "super cold physics" demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Begeman Hall, Room 114. Later, families can venture to the UNI-Dome where the Panthers will take on the Drake Bulldogs at 4 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, various programs, academic colleges and departments will also host activities, open houses and special tours for students and their families. For more information, contact Kristin Woods, coordinator of new student programs, at 319-273-2332 or A full calendar of events is available at

September 3, 2013 - 2:59pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, historian and political commentator, will speak at the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series.

A special Q-and-A session for students is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the GBPAC. The 7:30 p.m. event, titled "Team of Rivals: The Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln," is Goodwin's formal lecture.

Goodwin, former assistant to Lyndon B. Johnson during his term in the White House, offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on national politics at the highest levels. She later assisted Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs. Since then, Goodwin has authored biographies of several U.S. presidents. Her most recent book, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," inspired Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln."

As a noted authority, Goodwin appears regularly on network television programs and was an on-air consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ken Burns' "The History of Baseball." As the first female reporter to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, Goodwin was a trailblazer for women covering sports.

The Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series was established in 2001 by UNI alumna and former Iowa Lt. Gov. Joy Cole Corning. The series' purpose is to bring to campus nationally and internationally renowned leaders in such areas as the arts, business, education, government and the judiciary. It provides students with an understanding of what constitutes leadership across disciplines and helps them discover how people become leaders in their fields.

Joy Corning graduated from UNI with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education in 1954. She taught school in Greenfield and Waterloo before leaving the profession to raise her family in Cedar Falls. She now lives in Des Moines.

She was elected to the Cedar Falls school board in 1973, serving 11 years, nine of them as president. After six years in the Iowa Senate, she was elected lieutenant governor, serving for eight years.

Admission to the formal lecture is free; tickets are required. Tickets will be available: Thursday, Sept. 5 for UNI students only; Friday, Sept. 6 for students, faculty and staff; and Monday, Sept. 9 for the general public. Tickets will be available at all UNItix locations or call 319-273-7469.

September 3, 2013 - 3:08pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, in conjunction with the Iowa Association of College Admissions Counselors, is inviting students from Iowa high schools to participate in the 2013 College Fair from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the McLeod Center.

High school juniors and seniors will visit with representatives from more than 85 postsecondary institutions from Iowa and surrounding states during the fair.

Students will also have the opportunity to browse displays from the visiting institutions, which include two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities, technical and cosmetology schools, as well as the military.

As in previous years, the fair will use the College Fair Automation barcode and scanner system to speed up the exchange of information between students and colleges. To be a part of this, students need to register online prior to the event to generate a barcode with their student information.

Participants can pre-register their information for the fair by accessing the registration form at The student's information will not be shared with any third party vendors; it will only be shared with the colleges and universities selected by the students.

For more information, contact Jenny Connolly, assistant director of admissions/outreach for the Office of Admissions, at 319-273-2281 or

August 30, 2013 - 3:20pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Lifelong University will offer four noncredit courses this fall.

"Where Does my Food Come From?" will be led by Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator for UNI's Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25, at UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education, Room 12. Participants will learn how to grow their own food with hands-on activities, discuss nutrition ideas for healthy living, prepare and sample dishes from the garden and more. Class size is limited to 12 participants; email Bruss at to register or call 319-273-5141.

"On Our Inalienable Rights" will be taught be Hal Wohl, emeritus professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, at Western Home Communities, 5300 S. Main Street, Cedar Falls. Wohl will address the American tradition of rights from both a historical and contemporary perspective, with an emphasis on current controversies.

John Johnson, professor of history, will lead "The Music of Bob Dylan: The Early Years" from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15 and "Bruce Springsteen's America" from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Western Home Communities. Each course will offer an analysis of the music and lyrics of both musicians and how their songs related to significant events and themes in America's past.

Course fees range from $20 to $40, which cover parking passes and course handouts. To register for a class or view a course description, visit or call University Events Coordination at 319-273-5141.

August 30, 2013 - 3:25pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- How do you really know if you're hungry? This is the question award-winning dietician Evelyn Tribole hopes to answer with her lecture, "Make Peace with Food and Your Body -- Rediscover the Pleasures of Eating," from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Tribole aims to help people form healthy relationships with food by teaching them to become "intuitive eaters," which involves tuning into the body's natural signals of hunger, fullness and food preferences. The lecture will feature information on intuitive eating habits and finding your natural weight.

"Hosting Evelyn Tribole is a reflection of the investment UNI has in the health of its community," said Joan Thompson, health educator in UNI's Wellness & Recreation Services. "Tribole's message is one that helps to create a healthy relationship with food, which contributes to a healthy and happy life."

Tribole has co-authored the book "Intuitive Eating" and currently runs a nutrition counseling practice in California. Her lecture is a part of UNI's Reaching for Higher Ground (RHG) series. The RHG theme this year is "Food Matters," with events that will focus on examining the local, national and global impacts of food.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Thompson at 319-273-2137 or

August 30, 2013 - 4:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Reaching for Higher Ground project is presenting new events for its 2013-14 series, "Food Matters."

The annual Farm Crawl will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8. Participants will learn how 10 local farmers grow their food and manage their farms on this self-guided tour. There will also be activities for children, and local food will be available for purchase. The event is free and for all ages. For a map and details about each farm, visit the Center for Energy & Environmental Education website at

UNI dining centers are also participating in the series. On Sept. 11, Piazza and Rialto will serve meals featuring foods from local farmers. Items may include beef stir-fry with local beef and vegetables, local eggplant parmesan and local apples and watermelon.

The Panther Plot, a new sustainable vegetable garden on the UNI campus, is hosting the Panther Plot Harvest Festival from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at the corner of University Avenue and College Street, south of the Biology Research Center. The event will include a hog roast, sampling of local foods, tours of the garden and music. This event is free and open to the UNI community.

The Panther Plot is also hosting a produce stand this fall. Fruits and vegetables grown in the Panther Plot garden will be sold from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Tuesdays and Fridays through the fall.

For more information, contact Rachel Wobeter, local food program manager for UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, at 319-273-7883 or or Eric O'Brien, UNI sustainability coordinator, at 319-273-7207 or

August 29, 2013 - 9:35am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Children's Choir (UNICC) will hold auditions for the youth choral ensemble. Auditions are by appointment.

Under the direction of UNI School of Music instructor Michelle Swanson and assisted by Lindsay Marks, the choir is composed of 80 to 90 second- through eighth-grade Cedar Valley students.

Rehearsals are from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., beginning Thursday, Sept. 5, in Jebe Hall in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.

"The purpose of the choir is two-fold," said Swanson. "The participants gain from their experience by singing quality music and learning new music and musical concepts."

Eli Smith, a fifth-grade student from Hansen Elementary in Cedar Falls said, "UNICC is really fun. I love to sing and we have a great time at rehearsals. We learn a lot of music and our concerts are really great."

UNI students assist teaching the choir. "Many of our UNI music education majors apply these real-life learning situations to their future music careers," said Swanson. "I truly believe the college students get as much out of the experience as the young singers." Participation is not limited only to music majors. "Although our primary goal is to provide pre-service music teachers with hands-on experiences, we also have regular education majors and music performance majors working with the group."

"I can't believe all that I have learned from UNICC," said Erin Keiser, sophomore elementary education student. "I used to sing in the choir as a kid and I never realized everything the adults were doing and learning. It's been a great experience for me as a future elementary teacher."

Tuition is $50 per semester. The group performs every December and May in Bengtson Auditorium in UNI's Russell Hall, as well as at other events across the state.

The UNICC is a part of UNI's Community Music School, which offers musical performance education to Cedar Valley residents anywhere from 3-months-old to those 50 and older.

For more information about UNICC or to arrange an audition, visit or, call 319-273-2600. For more information about the UNI Community Music School, visit 

August 29, 2013 - 9:43am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association and UNI Foundation will host the Distinguished Awards Celebration during a luncheon and program at 11:45 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. The awards program includes the annual Heritage Honours Awards and the President's Philanthropy Awards. Alumni and friends will be recognized for their professional accomplishments and service to the university.

Recipients of the Heritage Honours Awards include:

Mark Oman (B.A. '76) will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for his outstanding overall professional accomplishments in the field of business. He was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame in 2007. He serves as a member of the UNI Foundation board of trustees and was co-chair of the Imagine the Impact Campaign.

Beverly Wynn Riess (B.A. '78) will receive the Alumni Service Award for her continuous service to UNI. Prior to her retirement in 2011, she assisted UNI with community outreach and marketing in Des Moines. She also served on the UNI Alumni Association board of directors and UNI Foundation board of trustees.

Matt Harris (B.A. '04) will receive the Young Alumnus Award, which recognizes graduates 40 years old or younger who have excelled in their professions. Harris is the director of Des Moines Performing Arts. He also serves on the board of directors for Arts Midwest and Character Counts in Iowa.

Keith and Joyce Borglum will receive the Honorary Alumni Award for their exceptional support of UNI. They have been major supporters of the McLeod Center and have established a Panther Champions Scholarship Fund and the Borglum Men's Basketball Enhancement Fund.

Recipients of the President's Philanthropy Awards include:

Jackson Baty (M.A. '68) will receive the Faculty and Staff Award for dedicated long-term service to UNI. Baty is professor emeritus in Educational Psychology & Foundations. He established the Emma Jackson Baty Endowed Journalism Scholarship in memory of his mother. His long-time support includes 40 consecutive years of giving through the UNI Foundation.

David Martinson (B.A. '89) will receive the Emerging Philanthropist Award for support and creative leadership. Martinson is chair of the 2013 Panther Scholarship Club fund drive and is president of the Panther Scholarship Club. He supports the Head Football Coach Fund and the Head Men's Basketball Coach Fund.

University Book & Supply will receive the Corporate and Foundation Award for their significant leadership to students and faculty. The company has contributed to all of UNI's major fundraising campaigns, created the Faculty Excellence Awards program, provided support to UNI athletics and music programs, and served on numerous committees and boards.

To learn more about the award recipients or the UNI Alumni Association, visit To learn more about the UNI Foundation, visit

August 21, 2013 - 1:48pm


CEDAR FALLS -- Seven businesses have been selected as finalists in the 2013 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition. The businesses continuing in the competition are: Higher Learning Technologies, HMR Supplies, Memcine Pharmaceuticals Inc., Osteoceramics, r-pipe, ScoutPro Inc. and TelePharm.

"Now that we have selected seven finalists, each business plan competitor will interview with a panel of judges on Sept. 5," said Randy Pilkington, director of UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and competition judge. "Based on those presentations, we will choose the top three finalists to recognize at a special awards ceremony on Sept. 26 at Drake University."

This is the third round of competition. In the first round, businesses submitted brief information about their business plans. Based on those entries, judges chose 16 entrepreneurs to submit full business plans. Those 16 business plans were narrowed down to the final seven.

The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support for outstanding business plans. This year a total of $50,000 will be awarded to the top three submitted business plans: $25,000 for first prize, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third.

For more information, visit the competition website,, or contact one of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), Entrepreneurial Development Centers (EDCs) and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

August 21, 2013 - 3:27pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Green Iowa AmeriCorps (GIA) is hosting a 5k Fun Run at 9 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 24. The run will begin at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) and will take runners on a course through UNI's South Campus Preserve's trails.

Runners are encouraged to wear green attire to support GIA efforts to make Iowa more energy efficient. A prize will be given to the runner with the most creative green outfit. The first 40 registered participants will receive a UNI reusable water bottle along with a variety of other prizes awarded upon completion of the race.

GIA is a non-profit organization based out of the CEEE. GIA's mission is to make Iowans more energy efficient through low impact home weatherization, energy education and community outreach.

A $15 donation to GIA is required as a registration fee. Proceeds will benefit GIA's work in the Cedar Valley.

To register for the 5k Fun Run, visit or call 319-273-7233. For more information about GIA, visit 

August 21, 2013 - 3:40pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa and Kyungpook National University (KNU) Korea are pleased to announce an innovative double-degree program for students training to be teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and physical education, supported by a $3 million grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea. 

KNU is ranked among the top universities in the world by both Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education and was recently selected (along with only two other Korean universities) for the National Research Foundation of Korea's new Global Teachers University (GTU) project. The goal of the 12-year project is to train a new generation of internationally qualified teachers. UNI, consistently ranked one of the best comprehensive universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, is a nationally recognized leader in STEM education. 

The double-degree program will permit participating students to graduate with a teaching qualification from both KNU and UNI. A minimum of 60 KNU students will study for two years at UNI with their tuition covered by the National Research Foundation grant. UNI students will study for one year at KNU as exchange students in pursuit of KNU degrees, creating the opportunity for additional KNU students to study at UNI. The first KNU GTU students will join UNI in spring 2015, and UNI students will be welcomed beginning in spring 2014. 

Professor Craig Evan Klafter, associate provost for International Programs at UNI, said, "The University of Northern Iowa is delighted to partner with Kyungpook National University to shape the future of STEM education in Korea and in the United States, and is grateful to the National Research Foundation of Korea for its generous support." According to professor Ui Wook Hwang, coordinator of the KNU GTU project, "This is very significant. The new dual-degree program will be a major factor for increasing the employment among graduates and upgrading the all-round international profile of the Teachers' College at KNU." 

For more information about this grant and UNI's Office of International Programs, visit

August 19, 2013 - 9:15am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa conducted its annual emergency exercise on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The exercise consisted of a tabletop scenario of a natural disaster on campus. Participants in the exercise included university administrators, public safety personnel and local first responders. The exercise also included setting up the university's emergency call center.

The purpose of the exercise was to review, assess and evaluate the university's emergency plans and capabilities. As part of the exercise, the university's evacuation procedures, including the option of shelter in place in some incidents, were reviewed. UNI also conducts a test of its emergency text messaging system (UNI Alert) semiannually.

For more information about UNI's evacuation plans, visit

August 16, 2013 - 11:03am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Whether it's a new campus or just a new year, all students are invited to participate in the University of Northern Iowa's Welcome Week activities. 

The five-day stretch of events will start at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, with the Panther Picnic on the corner of 23rd and College Street. Celebrate a new academic year with music, food and fun activities.

On Friday, Aug. 23, UNI's Campus Activities Board will present Maxim Magazine's Comedian of the Year Rob Little at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. There will be two showings: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Multiple events will be held Saturday, Aug. 24. The Cedar Falls community and businesses on Main Street invite students to Panthers on Main from 1 to 4 p.m. Join TC and explore the Cedar Falls downtown during a scavenger hunt with opportunities to win prizes. Buses will shuttle students free of charge to and from Main Street for the duration of the event. Campus pick up will be at the corner of 23rd and College Street and the Curris Business Building.

On Saturday, Aug. 24, UNI's Outdoor Recreation invites students to Paddling on the Pond. Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards will be available for students to enjoy on the retention pond north of the Wellness/Recreation Center (WRC) from 1 to 4 p.m. Life vests will be provided.

A sand volleyball tournament will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at the court on the west side of the WRC. No experience is required.

From 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25, Hallapalooza will be held on the Quad Field. Join the Residence Hall Association and bring in the new semester with inflatables, music, games and more.

Welcome Week wraps up on Monday, Aug. 26. Students will end their first day of class with the annual Welcome Back BBQ in the Memorial Garden outside of the Center for Multicultural Education. Food will begin being served at 5 p.m.

Campus direction booths will also be available to students from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26.

For more information about Welcome Week activities, visit