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February 22, 2012 - 3:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a taping of Iowa Public Radio's show "River to River" from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 2, at Lang Hall Auditorium, on the UNI campus. Discussions will include the latest about the 2012 presidential election and Iowa's legislative priorities.

"River to River" is hosted by IPR's Ben Keiffer, and focuses primarily on the news, issues and events around Iowa. The national award-winning show goes beyond the headlines, frames community problems and fosters conversation. The taping will feature discussion by academics and political reporters, as well as interaction with a live audience.

UNI will also host the second annual Iowa Association of Political Scientists conference the following day on March 3 beginning with registration at 8:45 a.m., in the atrium in Sabin Hall. The day will include presentations by various panels presenting research on everything from state politics and presidential politics to foreign policy and national security.

"Forums such as these provide an opportunity for an informed and lively discussion on leading issues of the day," said Christopher Larimer, president-elect of the Iowa Association of Political Scientists and associate professor in political science at UNI. "The radio show and conference give Iowans a chance to discuss state and national politics with leading experts from the media, academia and elected office from across the state."

Both events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Larimer at 319-273-6047 or christopher.larimer@uni.edu.

February 21, 2012 - 3:13pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Fairbank residents can earn five Fairbank Dollars when they fill out and return a survey on residential energy use at the American Legion Fish Fry, from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24 or from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Fairbank Elementary School's Family Night.

The Fairbank Development Corporation (FDC) is sponsoring Fairbank's participation in the Get Energized, Iowa! community energy challenge to see which competing community reduces the most electrical use in 2012.

Fairbank is cooperating with Readlyn in a three-way challenge against Dike and Hudson. "Completing the highest percentage of surveys in a community is the first point of competition," said Jared Kane, FDC member.

FDC is working with Get Energized, Iowa! partners including the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE), Iowa Policy Project, Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative and Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.

Fairbank residents can also get a survey at city hall and return it to city hall or Northeast Security Bank to receive their Fairbank Dollars. The dollars are good in all local stores.

For more information, contact Jared Kane at Northeast Security Bank or Carole Yates, communication and grants coordinator, CEEE, at carole.yates@uni.edu or 319-273-7599.

 

February 21, 2012 - 3:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Marjorie Cohn and Reza Aslan as part of the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. Cohn will speak at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in Lang Hall Auditorium, on the UNI campus. Aslan will speak at 7 p.m. on the same day at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Cohn will lecture about the problems of torture and the role it plays in destroying the possibility of a united world community. Cohn is a professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild. She lectures throughout the world on international human rights and U.S. foreign policy.

Aslan, a world-renowned expert on the Middle East, will talk about the historical and societal shifts in the Middle East, with a new generation of youth fighting for their rights and freedoms. He has had multiple appearances on shows including National Public Radio (NPR), The Rachel Maddow Show, Meet the Press, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and many others.

The events are in conjunction with the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. Last fall, the series explored the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the impact they had on our global and local communities. This spring, speakers and films will help examine the continuing effects of these events on our cultural, political and humanitarian views.

Both events are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/higherground or contact Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu or Steve Carignan, executive director of UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3665 or steve.carignan@uni.edu.

February 16, 2012 - 2:18pm

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

"America's Healthcare Crisis: Medicalization, Overtreatment, Healthcare Literacy and the Cost of Care" will be led by Catherine Zeman, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, from 10 a.m. to noon on March 19 and 21. Participants will get an overview of the healthcare cost containment crisis through a discussion of some of the latest and hardest hitting critical publications in the area of healthcare cost, quality and literacy.

"Contemporary American Literature" will be taught by Kimberly Groninga, instructor of languages and literatures, from 10 a.m. to noon on March 26 and April 2, 9 and 16. Participants will read and discuss contemporary literature including pieces by authors from Iowa and UNI.

"The Sacred Myths of Judiaism" will be taught by Hal Wohl, emeritus professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon on March 27 and April 3, 10 and 17. This course will explore the sacred myths of Judaism and how they have developed over time. It will provide a guided tour through the lively terrain of Jewish intellectual history from ancient to modern times.

"Photoshop Elements Workshop" will be taught by Lynn Dykstra, instructor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 5, 12, 19 and 26. This course will teach participants entry level and advanced photo-editing skills using Photoshop Elements 10. Students will learn the basics of digital photography and how to use the features in Photoshop Elements for organizing, editing, enhancing and sharing your photos.

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

February 15, 2012 - 2:42pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Carl Wilkens, the only American to remain in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in 109 Curris Business Building. He will present "The Power of Stories and Service to End Genocide," which discusses his experiences during the genocide and his subsequent work toward peace and understanding. Wilkens' choice to stay in Rwanda resulted in the rescue of several adults and prevented the massacre of hundreds of children.

Wilkens was featured in PBS Frontline’s "Ghosts of Rwanda" and "The Few Who Stayed: Defying Genocide," an American Radio Works documentary which aired on National Public Radio.  His humanitarian work has been recognized with several awards, including the Dignitas Humana Award from Saint John’s School of Theology Seminary and a 2005 Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

"Ghosts of Rwanda" will also be shown at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, in 28 Curris Business Building. The documentary contains extended segments of an interview with Wilkens as it tells the stories of those who participated in the world's failure to act, those who stood up and tried to save lives, and all who are still deeply haunted by the events that took place. Viewer discretion is advised.

These events are co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) and UNI-STAND and are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Stephen J. Gaies, director of the CHGE, at 319-273-3870 or gaies@uni.edu.

 

February 15, 2012 - 2:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Reading Recovery Center of Iowa is offering funding to Iowa schools interested in having teachers trained to become Reading Recovery teachers. Reading Recovery is an effective, research-based literacy intervention, which significantly reduces the number of students who continue to struggle with reading. 

Research shows that literacy difficulties are linked to costly special education services, truancy, exclusion from school, reduced employment opportunities, increased health risks and a greatly increased risk of involvement with the criminal justice system. Without effective early intervention, students who initially struggle with reading will continue to find reading challenging.  Students who have trouble with reading in first grade are more likely to drop out of school. Each high school dropout costs our society an estimated $260,000 in lost earnings.

Program funding is made possible through UNI's partnership in the Investing in Innovations grant (i3), funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will bring Reading Recovery to approximately 500,000 of the neediest children in the lowest achieving schools in 40 states.

Schools will receive funding for professional development and training for one or more teachers per school site including tuition for two UNI Reading Recovery training courses, books, materials, supplies and $1,500 in professional development opportunities.

For more information about Reading Recovery intervention, the Reading Recovery Center of Iowa or the grants, visit www.uni.edu/coe/special-programs/richard-o-jacobson-center-comprehensive... or contact the Reading Recovery Center of Iowa at UNI's Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, at 319-273-2053 or jccl@uni.edu.

February 15, 2012 - 2:49pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Otto and Kim MacLin, University of Northern Iowa professors of psychology will present their lecture "Racial Categorization: Impact on Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Face Processing," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the University Museum, 3219 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The human brain has evolved to efficiently process information related to race with same-race faces being processed differently than other-race faces. The lecture will discuss how the perception of race significantly alters the processing of faces, which in turn affects recognition, accuracy, memory, stereotypes and prejudice in laboratory and real-world contexts. The MacLins will discuss how to offset the differential processing by changing behavioral responses.

This program is presented in conjunction with the University Museums exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" For more information on the lecture, contact Otto at 319-273-2373 or otto.maclin@uni.edu or Kim, at 319-273-2302 or kim.maclin@uni.edu.

February 15, 2012 - 2:56pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy at the University of Northern Iowa offers teachers a variety of educational and professional development opportunities to enhance literacy education and ultimately improve literacy learning in all children. A key initiative of the center is the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL), a model developed by the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. UNI's Jacobson Center is one of seven national training centers for the PCL, which features a systemic approach to school reform, based on preparing literacy coaches to work with school districts on best practices in literacy instruction.

PCL is dedicated to increasing student achievement. It includes high quality professional development, research-based instructional practices and a comprehensive assessment system. Highly prepared literacy coaches are the key to this effort. PCL literacy coaches are prepared by the Jacobson Center and other PCL centers during the course of a year-long training program. The Jacobson Center will welcome its first class of literacy coaches this summer at the Summer Institute scheduled June 25 through 28 at the Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls. Districts and Area Education Agencies are encouraged to send teams of teachers and administrators to the Summer Institute and to apply to have teachers trained to be PCL coaches.

Schools can apply for financial assistance for literacy coach preparation. The program is geared toward current teachers who hold a master's degree in literacy education or other related fields; are employed as a literacy coach in his/her school; hold a minimum of three years of teaching experience; and work in a school with a Reading Recovery program. School administrators must also apply and agree to implement the PCL model with integrity.

Prospective literacy coaches earn 21 hours of UNI graduate-credit coursework. They implement PCL in their schools during their year of preparation, conducting and facilitating professional development sessions with their school faculty and working with their principal to establish school-wide assessment and instructional systems. 

For more information about PCL, the summer institute and to apply for the program, visit www.uni.edu/coe/pcl or contact UNI's Jacobson Center at 319-273-2053 or jccl@uni.edu.

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February 14, 2012 - 3:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "I Hate People," hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The workshop is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to noon, March 8, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 1.

No matter how small or large an organization, eventually employees work with people they can't stand. At times strong leaders are part of a team that accomplishes less than what they could by themselves, and leaders settle for mediocre results just to keep the peace with the team. During this workshop, instructor Amy Campbell will help participants develop tactics to work cooperatively and productively with coworkers and will review strategies to get work done in an environment that's polluted by time-wasters, interrupters and lazy colleagues.

The cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $1,999, which entitles the business 10 seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops (20 workshops are scheduled for 2012). Half-day workshops only count as a half seat. After the 10 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 execdev@uni.edu.

The Executive Development Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the UNI College of Business Administration.     

February 13, 2012 - 2:31pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre will hold celebrations following the first Friday performance of each of its productions this spring. Receptions will be held following the 7:30 p.m. performance of "Dying City" on Friday, Feb. 24, and following the 7:30 p.m. performance of "Bat Boy: The Musical," Friday, April 6. Celebrations will be held at the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The inaugural "First Friday" event on Friday, Feb. 24 will include the announcement of the 2012-2013 season and recognition of UNI scholarship recipients. Advance purchase of tickets to the performance on all "First Fridays" is strongly encouraged.

"First Friday" is a new tradition designed to celebrate successes, blend UNI alumni, professionals, Stage, Inc. members and students and cultivate a community of theatergoers and supporters of the Strayer-Wood Theatre. This celebration will help develop a sense of community among Cedar Valley theatre lovers and practitioners, as well as provide Department of Theatre students a networking opportunity. Board members from Stage, Inc., the Strayer-Wood Theatre's Society of Theatrical Angels, Gallivants, and Enthusiasts, Incorporated, will be on hand to greet guests and share the benefits of Stage, Inc. membership.

For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, director of marketing at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or traci.gaydos@uni.edu or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

 

February 13, 2012 - 2:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Andrew Bacevich, an expert on U.S. foreign policy and military affairs, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 002 Sabin Hall, on the UNI campus.

Bacevich will present "The U.S. Military in the Post-9/11 World," which focuses on the forces that have shaped U.S. national security. He will look at the proper role of the military in the world, how to defeat terrorism and the sustainability of the country's aspiration for unchallenged global dominance.

Bacevich graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1969 and served in the army during the Vietnam War. He has a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University, and is currently a professor of International Relations at Boston University.

The event is in conjunction with the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. Last fall, the series explored the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the impact they had on our global and local communities. This spring, speakers and films will help examine the continuing effects of these events on our cultural, political and humanitarian views.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/higherground or contact Philip Mauceri, dean and professor in UNI's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at 319-273-2221 or philip.mauceri@uni.edu.

 

February 13, 2012 - 2:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will hold a screening of the film "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, at UNI's Center for Multicultural Education (CME). The showing will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, about the use of torture in today's war on terror.

Rory Kennedy, an American documentary filmmaker and youngest child of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, directed the film. It examines the abuse of prisoners in the fall of 2003 involving U.S. soldiers and detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

The film will be shown in conjunction with the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. Last fall, the series explored the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the impact they had on global and local communities. This spring, speakers and films will help examine the continuing effects of these events on our cultural, political and humanitarian views.

The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the UNI Rod Library and CME. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/higherground or contact Thomas Kessler, social sciences bibliographer at the UNI Rod Library, at 319-273-2810 or thomas.kessler@uni.edu.

February 9, 2012 - 9:52am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will present "Dying City" by Christopher Shinn at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23 to 25 and March 1 to 3 and at 2 p.m., Feb. 26 and March 4, inside the Strayer-Wood Theatre's Bertha Martin Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

In "Dying City," a young therapist, Kelly, whose husband Craig was killed while on military duty in Iraq, is confronted a year later by his identical twin Peter, who suspects that Craig's death wasn't accidental. Set in a downtown-Manhattan apartment after dark, scenes shift from the confrontation between Peter and Kelly, to Kelly's complicated farewell with Craig. Shinn's disturbing, sophisticated drama—infused with references to 9/11 and the war in Iraq—explores how contemporary politics and recent history have transformed the lives of these three characters.

"Dying City" is the third offering of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles." The production is directed by Richard Glockner, associate professor of theatre. Costumes, hair and make-up are designed by Tori Rezek, senior design and production major; scenery was designed by Mark A. Parrott, associate professor of theatre. Lighting is designed by Ron Koinzan, theatre technical director. The stage manager is Jessi Kadolph, UNI senior drama and theatre for youth major.

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, contact Traci Gaydos, director of marketing at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or traci.gaydos@uni.edu or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

February 9, 2012 - 9:59am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa alumni are invited to apply for a 2012 Merchant Scholarship. Merchant Scholarship recipients must be attending or planning to attend an accredited graduate or professional school at an educational institution as a full-time student.

The scholarships are awarded from a trust established in 1951 to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant. Frank was a professor of Latin and Greek and served as head of the Department of Foreign Languages at UNI, then Iowa State Teachers College.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, achievement, character, potential and service to society.

Applications and instructions for applying are available online through the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs at www.uni.edu/vpaa/merchant/index.shtml.

Deadline for completed applications is March 1. Contact April Chatham-Carpenter, professor, communication studies, with any questions at 319-273-5901 or april.chatham-carpenter@uni.edu.

February 8, 2012 - 9:09am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a dance marathon from noon to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 25, in Maucker Union. Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network hospital in their community. This will be the first year UNI hosts the event.

Each hour of the marathon will have themes that reflect the music. Dancers at the event will also get the chance to be with UNI Dance Marathon kids that have been or are being treated at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. The goal is to raise $14,000 this first year.

The UNI Dance Marathon is dedicated to providing hope and comfort for families with children facing life-threatening illnesses not only by raising money, but by also hosting events that heighten student and community awareness. The event costs $12, with a suggested $50 fundraising goal per participant, and is open to college age students around Iowa.

"Along with money, we are raising awareness about the struggles and hardships that these children are facing," said Chelsea Hartman, UNI senior and director of public relations for UNI Dance Marathon. "We are setting a foundation for the children in Iowa City to be able to count on UNI students, faculty and staff to fight along side them every year."

For more information or to donate, visit www.unidancemarathon.com or contact Hartman at 319-321-0716 or hartmcab@uni.edu.

February 8, 2012 - 11:31am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Commission on Accreditation has voted to continue the University of Northern Iowa's School of Music in good standing through 2021. The School of Music has been an institutional member of NASM since 1942. More than 340 music majors are enrolled in degree programs in the School of Music, along with hundreds of other UNI students who participate in more than 15 ensembles. The UNI School of Music has the largest number of graduates teaching in Iowa’s schools. Jazz Band One

NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 636 accredited institutional members. The major responsibility of the association is the accreditation of education programs in music; including the establishment of curricular standards and guidelines for specific degrees and credentials. NASM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of all music curricula.

"Our faculty members are very pleased with the outcome after completing an extensive self-study and being assessed by NASM evaluators," stated John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music. "We are extremely proud of this continuing recognition of the success of our students and faculty at UNI."

In addition to the reaccreditation, NASM approved new degree tracks in Jazz Studies, Music Technology, Performing Arts Management and String Pedagogy, all part of an extensive Bachelor of Arts degree program.  A new Master of Music in Performance degree specializing in multiple woodwinds was also approved.

For additional information, contact Vallentine at 319-273-2024 or john.vallentine@uni.edu.

February 8, 2012 - 11:37am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Accounting students at the University of Northern Iowa are providing free income tax assistance again this year through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program will run from Feb. 13 through April 11, excluding the week of March 12 through 16. Sessions are from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays in the 223 Curris Business Building. No appointment is necessary. Taxpayers are encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m. to allow students sufficient time to complete returns.

VITA was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help low-income people who may find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. The program also provides accounting students an experiential learning opportunity as they work with taxpayers.

Students will be available to electronically prepare federal and state tax returns for eligible taxpayers and e-file tax returns. These students have completed a one-semester comprehensive tax course, have received additional training and have access to a variety of federal and state reference materials.

Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring proof of identification; Form W-2, "Wage and Tax Statement," from each employer; Forms 1099 for such things as interest or dividends; social security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents; a list of other income and expenses; Form 1098-T, "Tuition Payment Statement"; Form 1098-E, "Student Loan Interest Statement"; a copy of last year's tax return; banking information if you want the refund automatically deposited; and all other information pertinent to the 2011 tax return. International students should also bring their passport, visas and Form 1042-S, "Foreign Persons U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding."

For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 319-273-2394.

February 8, 2012 - 11:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will continue its Inspirational Film Series with a showing of "Confessions of a Superhero" on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the GBPAC Great Hall.

Films will be shown each month, which will include "Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama" in March, "Wretches and Jabberers" in April and "The Power of Two" in May. Each film includes free popcorn with beverages and other snacks available for purchase.

"The inaugural year of the Inspirational Film Series at the Gallagher-Bluedorn brings to the Great Hall stage another form of art…the visual art of film," said Janelle Darst, director of marketing and operations at the GBPAC. "The purpose of this film series is to bring to the Cedar Valley films that would otherwise not be shown in the area, or that have local significance."

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. UNI students get in free with their uCard. For more information, contact Darst, at 319-273-3676 or janelle.darst@uni.edu.

February 8, 2012 - 3:03pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Environmental regulations are a complex and ever-changing challenge for almost every small-business owner, which is why the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa offers a free onsite review program for Iowa businesses with fewer than 200 employees.

"Being in compliance with environmental regulations not only saves your business from potential fines, but also can improve the overall efficiency of the business," said IWRC associate director Jim Olson. "We have conducted more than 3,500 onsite reviews all across the state during the last 20 years. We have seen just about every possible scenario in that time and have been able to help those businesses significantly."

Through the IWRC's free onsite review program, an environmental specialist from the IWRC visits a business and conducts a walkthrough to look at all processes that have an environmental impact. The specialist then generates a report with recommendations that pertain to environmental compliance and process improvements.

"The IWRC is committed to providing small business with free onsite reviews in order to improve environmental aspects of the business as well as ensure the business is in compliance with state and national regulations," Olson said.

Iowa small business owners can call Olson at 1-800-422-3109 or visit www.IowaEnviroAssist.org to schedule an onsite review with the IWRC.

The Iowa Waste Reduction Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa.

February 6, 2012 - 10:09am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) will show the films "Crude Impact" and "Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives" as part of the Environmental Health and Sustainability film series.

"Crude Impact" will be shown Monday, Feb 13, and "Scarred and Wounded Lives" will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 21. Both films will begin at 7 p.m., in the auditorium at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, on the UNI campus.

"Crude Impact" will look at the interconnection of human domination of the planet, the use of petroleum and offer solutions to better live sustainably. Catherine Zeman, associate professor at the RRTTC, will be available for answering questions following the film.

"Scarred and Wounded Lives" will look into the effects of war on our environment and how the effects are underestimated and underreported.  

The films are free and open to the public. The Environmental Health and Sustainability film series is co-sponsored by the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition. For more information, contact Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator at RRTTC, at 319-273-3689 or jennifer.bruss@uni.edu.

February 2, 2012 - 4:29pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The fourth annual Darwin Week will be held on the University of Northern Iowa Campus Feb. 13 through 16. The annual event celebrates science through a series of faculty and visiting speakers. All activities are held in UNI's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) and are free and open to the public. Each day will feature a different theme including skepticism, sexuality, diversity and origins.

This year's speakers include Joe Nickell, world-renowned investigator of the paranormal; Clint Kelly, professor of biology at Iowa State University; Jamila Bey, National Public Radio journalist and secular activist in the diverse atheist movement; and Lawrence Krauss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology theoretical physicist graduate and professor of physics at Arizona State University.

The event is hosted by UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI), a campus student organization affiliated with the Center for Inquiry, a transnational organization that encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism and society.

"Darwin Week provides an opportunity for students to hear interesting and engaging talks outside of the classroom," said Cory Derringer, president of UNIFI. "It's a celebration of education, in the true spirit of a university."

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.darwinweek.com.

February 2, 2012 - 4:53pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Pappajohn, Iowa's premier venture capitalist, has announced the launch of the 2012 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition. This is the seventh-annual business plan competition for Iowa sponsored by Pappajohn. Since 2006, more than $300,000 in prizes has been awarded to start-ups across the state. 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.

The competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support for outstanding business plans. The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is open to new and start-up businesses (in business for less than four years). Rules, eligibility, timelines and assistance information are available at the competition website, www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com.

The first round of the business plan competition will take place between March 1 and April 30. During this time, businesses are invited to submit business information via Gust (formerly Angelsoft). A link to Gust is available at www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com.

In May, selected companies will be contacted and invited to submit full business plans through Gust. The competition will then be narrowed to seven to 10 companies to present to judges in August. The winners will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 27 in Des Moines.

Assistance with business plan entries is available at the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa; the Small Business Development Centers throughout the state; and the business accelerators in Des Moines, Red Oak, Spencer, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Mason City.

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Entrepreneurial Development Centers and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

For additional information about the competition visit www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com or contact one of the JPEC centers via the contact information below.

 

Drake University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
Debra Bishop
515-271-3818 deb.bishop@drake.edu

 

Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
Judi Eyles
515-296-8283            eyles@iastate.edu

 

North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
Jamie Zanios
641-422-4111            zaniojam@niacc.edu

 

University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
David Hensley
319-335-3999            david-hensley@uiowa.edu

 

University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
Randy Pilkington
319-273-5732            randy.pilkington@uni.edu

February 1, 2012 - 9:20am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Department of Art will present "Times, Interludes and Actions: Performances in Response to the First Decade of the New Millennium" from Wednesday, Feb. 8 through Thursday, Mar. 1.

An artist lecture by exhibitor Jiawei Gong will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in 111 Kamerick Art Building, and an opening reception will follow. Following the lecture, Gong will begin a four-day long performance in the gallery titled Sweet Salvation.Artist Gong working on Sweet Salvation

"Times, Interludes and Actions" is an invitational exhibition curated by Jeffery Byrd, head of the UNI Department of Art, and Joe Meiser, assistant professor of art at Bucknell University. Exhibitors include: Marilyn Arsem, Eun Woo Cho, A. Jacob Galle, Nestor Armando Gil, Jiawei Gong, performance team Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Jeanne Jo, Kyoung Eun Kang, Jordan McKenzie, Takeshi Moro, Jennifer Seibert, Gary Setzer, Bradly Dever Treadaway and Jordan Tynes. The exhibition also features Rachel Rosenthal's limited edition artist book "Soldier of Fortune."

There will be performances by Meiser at 12:30 p.m. each day, Feb. 13 through 17; and by Byrd at 12:30 p.m. each day, Feb. 20 through 24.

According to the curators, "The past decade has been eventful and has given rise to new possibilities, new questions and new challenges. With the continuing expansion of globalization and technological innovation, new platforms for human interaction and exchange have emerged. At the same time, we have seen an increase in terrorism, an energy crisis and global economic instability. These problems have generated heated political debate about how we should best prepare for the future. Can we continue to employ the same solutions that worked in the past, or must we fundamentally change the way that we understand and approach these issues? How will this decade be remembered in the future? What will be the longest lasting impressions?"

All events are 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 the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu, or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/Home.html.

February 1, 2012 - 9:43am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Teaching and Learning Mathematics (CTLM) has partnered with Waterloo Community Schools (WCS) to provide instructional coaching in Walter Cunningham and Irving Elementary Schools through June of 2013.

UNI mathematics faculty will collaborate with teachers and district math coaches to provide intensive modeling, coaching and professional development to better aid classroom practices.

Project goals include an increase in teacher content knowledge of mathematics, improvement in teachers' instructional strategies of the district's mathematics curriculum and an increase in mathematics achievement by the elementary students.

This project is a unique partnership that benefits both the WCS district and the University of Northern Iowa," said Vicki Oleson, assistant professor, UNI Department of Mathematics. "UNI faculty members are learning more about the current classroom experience from their visits to WCS, and WCS teachers are accessing valuable support from mathematics education experts at UNI. Together, UNI faculty and WCS teachers are working to improve elementary children's understanding of mathematics."

For more information, contact Oleson at 319-273-7650 or vicki.oleson@uni.edu

February 1, 2012 - 9:50am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa College of Education is hosting a Hot Topics in Education webinar, "Iowa's Research & Development School-Strategic Directions and Iowa Connectivity," at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23.

This webinar will present the vision of Iowa's Research & Development School (R&D), research currently occurring at the R&D School, existing collaborative partnerships with K through 12 school districts and new partner opportunities with the R&D School to build a statewide learning network.

This webinar will be presented by Lyn Countryman, interim director and professor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) and Jody Stone, professor at MPLS. For more information on these webinars or to register, visit www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

February 1, 2012 - 10:01am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Michael Walter, a biology professor at the University of Northern Iowa, is giving UNI students some real world lab experience that could save lives.

Walter, along with UNI undergraduate students, has developed an instrument that detects deadly spores through their work with bacteriophages, a group of viruses that can infect bacteria. Walter and the students discovered that they could use bacteriophages to trap safe strain spores in an electronic instrument. This allows spore detection and helps defend against bio-terrorism attacks.

"These viruses are the most abundant form of life on the planet, viruses that infect bacteria that can kill you," Walter said. "I do work that detects bio-agents that make you sick."

For more information on Walter's research, contact him at 319-273-6490 or michael.walter@uni.edu.

February 1, 2012 - 10:22am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will sponsor the traveling exhibit "Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose, "in the Browsing Room on the 2nd floor of the Rod Library on the UNI campus. The exhibit will be on display from Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Wednesday, Feb. 29.

"Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose" tells the true story of young Jehovah's Witnesses who were thrust into a political firestorm of Nazi propaganda. Against the tide of coercion and terror, these youths took a firm stand of conscience, oftentimes facing severe reprisals, despite their age. The exhibit, designed by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation, assists educators on how to address contemporary student issues, such as bullying, gang prevention and prejudice.

"We are proud to be sponsoring and to have Rod Library hosting this exhibit and are confident it will have the same positive effects that other schools and libraries have seen in young people to understand and respond to challenges facing their generation," said Stephen J. Gaies, director of the CHGE. "We anticipate that UNI students, as well as members of the public, will be inspired by these accounts, that they will view as positive role models the young Jehovah's Witnesses who resisted the persecution of the Nazi regime, and that most of all, they will see the value of standing up for what they believe."

It will continue traveling to other Iowa schools through the end of April 2012. For viewing information, contact the Rod Library at 319-273-2462 or http://library.uni.edu.

For more information about the exhibit or the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, contact Stephen Gaies, director of the CHGE, at 319-273-3870 or chge@uni.edu. Information is also available at www.uni.edu/chge.

The Arnold-Liebster Foundation, based in Karben, Germany, began in 2002 and is dedicated to the history and story of Jehovah’s Witnesses during World War II, who also suffered intense persecution and reprisals by the Nazis because of their religious stand. The foundation fosters understanding and education worldwide of the experience of Jehovah's Witnesses during that time, and highlights how their strong faith helped them to endure, even though they had the ability to seek relief by signing a declaration recanting their beliefs. For more information, visit www.alst.org.

February 1, 2012 - 1:28pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a variety of events in February to celebrate Black History Month. Through the events, UNI's Black Student Union hopes to advance African-American culture on campus.

Some highlights include:

A march against segregation will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6. The march will begin at UNI's Maucker Union and end at the Center for Multicultural Education.

From 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Feb. 11, there will be a Valentine's Day dance called "Stepper's Ball" in the UNI Commons Ballroom. Tickets are $5 dollars, and can be purchased at the Student Involvement and Activities Center (SIAC) in Maucker Union.

PinPoint Theatre, from Washington D.C., will present a play from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. The play, "1,001 Inventions," looks at what America would be like without African-American inventors.

A fashion show will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Que, an American singer who was featured on an episode of MTV's "Making the Band," will host and give a special performance following the show.

Teju the Storyteller will perform from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Teju entertains his audience with folk stories that relate to education and how things in American culture relate to African culture.

For additional information and a complete list of events, visit www.tinyurl.com/blackstudentunion or contact Darvel Givens, co-president of the Black Student Union at UNI, at 319-529-8116 or givensd@uni.edu.

January 30, 2012 - 3:23pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Michele Devlin, professor of health, physical education and leisure services at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "Darfur to Denison: Iowa's Newest Refugees from Africa and Implications for Women's Health Professionals," at noon, Monday, Feb. 6, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at the Center for Multicultural Education, 109A Maucker Union, on the UNI campus.

Iowa is experiencing one of the nation's fastest growth rates of immigrants. The presentation will provide background information on the more than 8,000 Sudanese in Iowa and the unique cultural, health, socioeconomic and family patterns within this population.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Cutter, director of the UNI Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or barbara.cutter@uni.edu.

January 30, 2012 - 3:31pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kenneth Lyftogt, a lecturer in the history department at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "The Flag of the 2nd Infantry," from 7 to 10 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in 115 Seerly Hall.

The lecture will discuss the Battle of Fort Donelson, which was the first great Union victory during the Civil War. The presentation will highlight how soldiers of the 2nd Iowa Infantry went into the battle with a cloud of disgrace, but came out as heroes and were given the name "bravest of the brave."

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lyftogt at 319-273-3927 or ken.lyftogt@uni.edu.

January 30, 2012 - 4:08pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Museums will be among select museums in the country to confront the issue of race and racism in the United States. The exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" will be on display, Monday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, June 9. An opening reception, featuring a discussion with Dwight Watson, dean of UNI's College of Education, will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will encourage museum visitors to explore the science, history and everyday impact of race.  The exhibit is a project of the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota.

"We're proud to present innovative, cutting-edge exhibits," said Jori Wade-Booth, public affairs coordinator at UNI Museums. "Our visitors know we are a place for hands-on learning that appeals to all ages. 'RACE' gives us an opportunity to step up and be a leader in the museum community when it comes to helping visitors explore race and racism and tackle an issue that's important to our community and our country."

"RACE is a powerful exhibit experience," adds Robert Garfinkle, program director for special projects at the Science Museum of Minnesota. "We hope its content will challenge our community to increase the quantity and quality of their conversations about race and racism and the experiences they've had in their lives."Census T-shirts from Museum exhibit

The RACE exhibit is part of a larger public education project from American Anthropological Association and funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The project is intended to inform and shape the national dialogue about race.  In addition to the exhibit, the initiative includes a website, www.understandingrace.org, educational materials and conferences designed to share research and information with the public.  

The exhibit is locally funded in part by the City of Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau and sponsored by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The University Museum is located at 3219 Hudson Road in Cedar Falls. It is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wade-Booth at 319-2732188 or jori.wade-booth@uni.edu. For a complete listing of programs and events, visit www.uni.edu/museum

January 26, 2012 - 11:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will welcome Heather Hackman as the guest speaker for this year's annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity sponsored by UNI's Diversity Council. The meeting will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Slife Ballroom, Commons. A Diversity Fair will precede the town hall meeting from 1 to 2 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge and Porch. Five UNIfaculty, staff and students will be honored with the Diversity Matters Award during the meeting.

Hackman, a human relations and multicultural education professor at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, will be discussing ways individuals can contribute to diversity efforts as the institution moves forward with its own initiatives. She has been teaching and training on social justice issues since 1992. Hackman consults nationally on issues of deep diversity, equity and social justice, and has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia and classism.

"Hackman's expertise and experience will be useful as we seek to advance our efforts on campus," said Terry Hogan, chair of UNI's Diversity Council. "She encourages individuals to realize that diversity matters on campus because it enhances our social connections to people and allows our students to prepare for careers in a world in which globalization and diversity are a reality." 

For more information, visit UNI's Diversity Matters website at http://www.uni.edu/diversity/.

January 24, 2012 - 11:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The outdoor recreation program at the University of Northern Iowa provides many outdoor and environmental opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members. Community members can rent a variety of equipment including canoes, kayaks and skis, to name a few.

The outdoor recreation program also hosts hiking, camping, rock climbing trips and more, open to anyone 18 years and older with an adventurous spirit. All outdoor trips are based on a "common adventurer" philosophy, which states that the goal of any adventure is to achieve an enjoyable and worthwhile experience while displaying the greatest respect for the natural environment.

"Our goal at UNI Outdoors is to offer something for everyone," says Andy Martin, outdoor recreation coordinator at UNI. "We only ask that you bring an adventuresome spirit as we challenge you to walk a different path."

Community members interested in renting equipment or learning more about trips can visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/outdoor_recreation or contact Martin at 319-273-7164 or andrew.martin@uni.edu.

 

January 23, 2012 - 11:33am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Teacher of the Year award honors exceptional educators who help to redefine education. The 2012 award went to Charity Campbell, a Norwalk Middle School physical education teacher who will be visiting the University of Northern Iowa to speak about her work.

Campbell will speak at Malcolm Price Lab School (MPLS), Iowa's Research and Development School, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the library. She will also give a short presentation, followed by an informal discussion from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at 244 Schindler Education Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Guests attending the event at MPLS need to contact Lyn Countryman, interim director and professor at MPLS, at 319-273-2614 or lyn.countryman@uni.edu.

"Great teachers and leaders are the heart and soul of great schools," said Jason Glass, director of the Iowa Department of Education. "As educators, we look to the example set by tremendous teachers such as Campbell to help move Iowa's education system forward."

For additional information, contact Rip Marston, professor of health, physical education & leisure services, at 319-273-6882 or ripley.marston@uni.edu.

January 23, 2012 - 4:40pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a workshop focused on exploring systems of race, privilege and difference in an effort to support the creation of multicultural classrooms that celebrate respect for diversity. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at Schindler Education Center.

Eddie Moore Jr., the director of diversity at the Brooklyn Friends School, will speak at the workshop. His mission is to encourage and stimulate thoughts, ideas and actions focused on complex social issues facing students and educators of all backgrounds and experiences.

This workshop will utilize the "RACE: Are We So Different?" exhibit at the UNI Museums, which will be on display Monday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, June 9. The exhibit gives visitors the tools to recognize racial ideas and practices in contemporary American life by exploring the everyday experience of race and the contemporary science that is challenging common ideas about race. Students can earn one hour of UNI graduate credit by attending the workshop.

The cost of the workshop is $50. To register, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged/enroll. Enrollment forms must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 17. For additional information about the workshop, contact Stephanie Logan, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at UNI, at 319-273-2167 or stephanie.logan@uni.edu.

January 20, 2012 - 10:30am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI classes and normal work activities are canceled beginning at noon today. 

 "Rock of Ages" show will go on as planned this evening at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.  The women's basketball game vs. Bradley will also take place.

Weather-related cancellations at the University of Northern Iowa are available at www.uni.edu/resources/cancellations.

January 20, 2012 - 3:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will sponsor the traveling exhibit "Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose," at the Toledo Public Library. The exhibit, co-hosted by the Toledo Public Library and South Tama County Middle School, is free and open to the public and can be viewed during the library's normal operation hours from Tuesday, Jan. 31, through Tuesday, Feb. 14.

"Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose" tells the compelling true story of young Jehovah's Witnesses who were quickly thrust into a political firestorm of Nazi propaganda. Against the tide of coercion and terror, these youths took a firm stand of conscience, oftentimes facing severe reprisals, despite their age. The exhibit, designed by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation, is an effective tool to assist educators on how to address contemporary student issues, such as bullying, gang prevention and prejudice.

"We are proud to be sponsoring this exhibit and are confident it will have the same positive effects that other schools have seen in helping young people to understand and respond to challenges facing their generation," said Stephen J. Gaies, director of the CHGE. "We anticipate that students will be inspired by these accounts, that they will view as positive role models the young Jehovah's Witnesses who resisted the persecution of the Nazi regime, and that most of all, they will see the value of standing up for what they believe."

The exhibit is located at the Toledo Public Library, 206 E. High St., Toledo, Iowa and will continue traveling to other Iowa schools from February through April 2012. For more information about the exhibit or the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, contact Stephen Gaies, director of the CHGE, at 319-273-3870 or chge@uni.edu. Information is also available at www.uni.edu/chge.

The Arnold-Liebster Foundation, based in Karben, Germany, began in 2002 and is dedicated to the history and story of Jehovah's Witnesses during World War II, who also suffered intense persecution and reprisals by the Nazis because of their religious stand. The foundation fosters understanding and education worldwide of the experience of Jehovah's Witnesses during that time, and highlights how their strong faith helped them to endure, even though they had the ability to seek relief by signing a declaration recanting their beliefs. For more information, visit www.alst.org.

January 19, 2012 - 9:15am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will sponsor the traveling exhibit "Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose," at Meredith Middle School in Des Moines, located at 4827 Madison Ave. The exhibit will be on display from Tuesday, Jan. 17, through Monday, Jan. 30.

"Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose" tells the compelling true story of young Jehovah's Witnesses who were quickly thrust into a political firestorm of Nazi propaganda. Against the tide of coercion and terror, these youths took a firm stand of conscience, oftentimes facing severe reprisals, despite their age. The exhibit, designed by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation, is an effective tool to assist educators about how to address contemporary student issues, such as bullying, gang prevention and prejudice.

"We are proud to be sponsoring and hosting this exhibit and are confident it will have the same positive effects that other schools have seen in helping young people to understand and respond to challenges facing their generation," said Stephen J. Gaies, director of the CHGE. "We anticipate that students will be inspired by these accounts, that they will view as positive role models the young Jehovah's Witnesses who resisted the persecution of the Nazi regime, and that most of all, they will see the value of standing up for what they believe."

The exhibit will continue traveling to other Iowa schools and libraries from February through April 2012. For more information about the exhibit or about the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, contact Stephen Gaies, director of the CHGE, at 319-273-3870 or chge@uni.edu. Information is also available at www.uni.edu/chge. For more information regarding public viewing of the exhibit, contact Meredith Middle School at 515-242-7250.

The Arnold-Liebster Foundation, based in Karben, Germany, began in 2002 and is dedicated to the history and story of Jehovah's Witnesses during World War II, who also suffered intense persecution and reprisals by the Nazis because of their religious stand.  The foundation fosters understanding and education worldwide of the experience of Jehovah's Witnesses during that time, and highlights how their strong faith helped them to endure, even though they had the ability to seek relief by signing a declaration recanting their beliefs.  For more information, visit www.alst.org.

January 19, 2012 - 2:32pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa will host Art Bettis, associate professor of geoscience at the University of Iowa, at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, as part of the center's ongoing seminar series. The Tallgrass Prairie Center is located on the UNI campus at 2412 W. 27th St. 

Bettis will speak about the geologic history of the Upper Mississippi River Valley and its value in flood plain restoration.  The shaping of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, from the Twin Cities to just above the junction with the Ohio River, has been extensively studied and mapped for several decades.  Bettis will outline the process that formed the landscape of the Mississippi River Valley during the last glacial period and over the past 10,000 years. He will also discuss why restoration plans should incorporate existing information about the valley's formation to develop cost-effective projects and management practices.

Bettis is the coordinator of the University of Iowa Environmental Science Program.  His research focuses on landscape evolution over the past 2 million years. He pursues interests in the long-term behavior of wind, water and glacial systems and the impact of human activities on the landscape.

For additional information, contact Daryl Smith, director at the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, at 319-273-2238 or daryl.smith@uni.edu

January 18, 2012 - 9:32am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic has effectively served thousands of preschool and school-aged children with various types of speech and language disorders. This includes children who are late-talkers, non-communicators, children with multiple speech and articulation challenges and many others.

UNI's speech-language pathology master's program is ranked ninth in the country, and routinely accepts only a fraction of the hundreds of applicants each year. Undergraduate students begin seeing patients as early as their junior year, and also receive practicum experiences in schools, preschools and community clinics to work with those in need. UNI also has the largest international program in the country for speech pathology.

"The faculty and staff have provided me with tremendous opportunities to excel, as an undergraduate and graduate student, that are unique to UNI," remarks Lindsay Woolston, a graduate student in speech-language pathology at UNI. "The professors are very involved in each student's academic success."

For additional information, contact Carlin Hageman, department head and professor of communication sciences and disorders at UNI, at 319-273-2496 or carlin.hageman@uni.edu

January 17, 2012 - 11:22am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Michael Hager has been named vice president for administration and financial services at the University of Northern Iowa, pending official approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Hager is currently the assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of residence at UNI. He will assume his new duties on Jan. 23.

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"The university is committed to providing our students, faculty and staff high quality programs and learning environments in these challenging economic times," said UNI President Ben Allen. "Michael is a visionary and strategic thinker, who will provide strong leadership and counsel. I look forward to working with Michael and his division."

Hager is completing his Doctor of Business Administration at St. Ambrose University. He holds an MBA from the University of Dubuque and B.A. from UNI. Hager has worked in higher education since 1988 and in his current role at UNI since 2008. He has provided leadership to UNI's housing systems, dining operations and retail stores. He has a strong background in the development of complex budgeting systems, long range strategic planning, facilities planning and construction and sustainability initiatives. Prior to coming to UNI, he worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

The vice president for administration and financial services is a member of the president's cabinet. The vice president operates as the chief business and financial officer, provides executive leadership for the university's financial administrative operations, formulates and implements administrative and fiscal policies, provides counsel on resource allocation and sustainability initiatives and oversees facilities, building and safety operations.

He replaces Jan Hanish, who has served as interim vice president since August 2011. Hanish will return to her university position as assistant vice president for outreach and special programs. 

January 17, 2012 - 1:50pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Small businesses create new jobs, develop new ideas and offer valuable services all across the state. They also employ more than half of Iowa's private labor force. Inspiring those business owners to grow and develop their businesses, and providing the tools to do so, is the impetus behind the fifth annual EntreFest! conference, taking place March 8-9 in Ames, Iowa. Registration is now open at www.entrefest.com.

The two-day conference will be at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames.  Registration fee for the two day conference is $119 per person.  

EntreFest!, developed at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center through its MyEntre.Net program, brings information, expertise and fun under one roof by providing Iowa business owners and those aspiring to be in business an opportunity to learn, share and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit.

This year's sessions are geared to help attendees successfully start, grow and manage their businesses.  Attendees will learn about building an online brand, how to effectively use social media and their website for greater exposure, how to "fail with flair," strategies for managing email overload and more.  There will be an abundance of networking opportunities, and the Biz Info Smorgasbord will allow attendees to ask questions of business experts in a fun, informal setting.

This year's keynote speaker is Kelly McDonald, a marketing and advertising expert with more than 20 years of global advertising agency experience. McDonald has experience marketing to different generations, values, lifestyles, races and ethnicities. Her company, McDonald Marketing, has twice been named one of the top ad agencies in the U.S. by Advertising Age Magazine, and her book, “How to Market to People Not Like You,” is a bestseller and was named one of the “Top 5 Best Business Books of 2011" by Inc. magazine. 

EntreFest!'s featured capstone presenter is Kelly Boon, founder of CHASO [Creativity Humor And Other Stuff]. Boon is internationally recognized as a leader in employing art and humor in everyday living.

For more information about EntreFest!, including a full schedule, speaker bios and registration details, visit www.entrefest.com or contact Courtney Schwitzer at 319-273-4328 or courtney.schwitzer@uni.edu

EntreFest! is presented by a collaborative committee of Iowa's premier service providers from across the state, and is sponsored by UNI Regional Business Center and MyEntre.Net, Wells Fargo UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center/UNI Entrepreneurs grant, UNI Division of Business and Community Services, Black Hills Energy, Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa State University Community Vitality Center, Iowa State University College of Business, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Farm Bureau/Renew Rural Iowa, Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation, Alliant Energy, Iowa Small Business Development Centers and Iowa Bankers Association.

January 13, 2012 - 2:49pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Thomas Schnöll, Consul General of Austria in Chicago, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center lobby.

Schnöll will present his lecture, "The Future of the Eurozone: The European Project at a Crossroads," which will discuss the role of smaller European states in the debt crisis. Schnöll earned a master's degree in law from Johannes Kepler University and attended the École Nationale d'Administration.  Prior to taking up his current position heading Austria's mission in Chicago, he served in the Austrian Embassy in Paris, the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union in Brussels, and the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs in Vienna.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nadia Korobova, assistant director of UNI International Programs, at 319-273-7424 or nadia.korobova@uni.edu.

January 11, 2012 - 11:29am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host author and journalist Ellis Cose at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, at the CME as part of UNI's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities.

Cose will discuss his book "The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take on Race and Rage," and how it relates to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s teachings and his fight for equality.

Cose has been a longtime columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, and is the former chairman of the editorial board of the New York Daily News. He began his journalism career as a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and has been a contributor and press critic for Time magazine, president and chief executive officer of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and chief writer on management and workplace issues for USA Today.

For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

January 5, 2012 - 2:24pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Veridian Credit Union is seeking nominations to recognize the outstanding contributions of University of Northern Iowa faculty members to community engagement through research and/or teaching.

Veridian Credit Union will fund up to five Community Engagement awards for faculty from among UNI's four undergraduate colleges: Business Administration, Education, Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  All full-time tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible. Recipients receive a recognition award and a $1,000 check payable to the approved nonprofit organization of the faculty member's choice.  Veridian initiated the awards in 2006 to recognize the efforts of UNI faculty and inspire more partnerships among faculty, students and community organizations.

Community engagement is defined as the collaboration of the university with the public and private sectors for the mutual benefit of all.  This engagement is not simply service or membership, but it is the combination of meeting a community need through teaching and/or scholarship.  It includes collaboration with the commercial and nonprofit sectors, special interests or needs, and groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity.

"Veridian Credit Union is excited to again be sponsoring the Community Engagement Awards in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa," said Jean Trainor, President and CEO of Veridian Credit. Union. "Through these awards, it is our hope that we can continue to build a community of learning, innovation and shared leadership."

Community members and UNI faculty, staff and students may nominate a UNI faculty member by securing the consent of the nominee, completing the online nomination form at www.uni.edu/resources/veridian-award-nomination and providing a letter of recommendation from the community organization with which the faculty member is engaged.  All materials must be submitted online by Feb. 17. Nomination materials are available at www.uni.edu/resources/veridian-credit-union-community-engagement-award.

"Incorporating community engagement into research and the classroom puts theories into practice," said Gloria Gibson, Executive Vice President and Provost at UNI.  "The community projects some of our faculty undertake simultaneously strengthens them, our students and our community.  With the help of Veridian, we're able to recognize these faculty members and further reward the organizations they work with."

The 2012 Community Engagement Award winners will be recognized at the eighth annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Awards Luncheon on April 13.  The luncheon is presented by UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program, and will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus.

Veridian Credit Union, founded in 1934 in Waterloo, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members.  The credit union offers a full range of consumer financial services and employs more than 500 Iowans throughout 26 branches, including 13 in the Cedar Valley.  For more information, visit www.veridiancu.org or call (800) 235-3228. 

January 5, 2012 - 3:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In response to the recent announcement by the Iowa National Guard that the National Guard Education Assistance Program (NGEAP) is being reduced, the University of Northern Iowa announced today it's taking steps to help ensure that Iowa National Guard members who are current UNI students will be able to complete this academic year.

As a result of the state cutback, more than 90 UNI students won't receive approximately $1,300 each in NGEAP assistance this spring. UNI President Ben Allen said the university will provide grant funds to cover the shortfall.

"UNI is committed to providing military students opportunities to pursue higher education," said Allen. "These students have made sacrifices to serve our nation and our state and we didn't want this sudden, unexpected drop in funding so close to the start of a new semester to stand in the way of their academic progress. We appreciate the complex situation the state is facing and we are taking this action as a one-time stop-gap in the interest of our students."

January 3, 2012 - 1:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Kindergym on Saturday mornings from 9 to 9:50 a.m. for ages 4 to 5, and 10 to 10:50 a.m. for ages 2 to 3, beginning Jan. 28 through March 3, in the Wellness & Recreation Center gym on the UNI campus. Kindergym is an informal learning program focusing on the development and refinement of motor skills.

Physical activity stations will focus on age-appropriate movement skills that encourage success in a fun atmosphere. Because Kindergym is a parent/child program, parents are requested to attend the sessions with their child.

The registration fee is $32, which includes an official Kindergym T-shirt. For more information about Kindergym or to register, contact Rip Marston, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, at 319-273-6882 or ripley.marston@uni.edu.

December 28, 2011 - 10:13am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Office of the Auditor of State today released a report detailing the results of its investigation into alleged fraud in the University of Northern Iowa ticketing operation, known as UNItix. According to the auditor's office, former UNItix Assistant Director John David Gogola used a highly complicated system to siphon $18,891 from the system in 2010. Gogola left the university in late 2010.

"A UNItix patron called to confirm when she would receive her Panther Athletics tickets," said Steve Carignan, UNI assistant vice president for administration and financial services and executive director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. "The UNItix director found the payment had been received, but the tickets hadn't been issued. An internal review of UNItix records indicated the probable theft of several thousand dollars."

UNI officials immediately contacted the state auditor's office to request a special investigation.

"While the auditor's report identifies accounts that were affected, that doesn't necessarily mean all those accounts actually lost money," explained Carignan. "In the end, almost all the funds taken were from the main UNItix account, but a small number of individuals and groups did lose money. We are contacting  all the people and groups affected and checks are being mailed today to repay the stolen funds. UNI will pursue restitution from Mr. Gogola.

"UNI is committed to continuously improving processes and systems," said Carignan. "The report includes recommendations about how to improve internal controls and transaction security, most of which already have been implemented."

The auditor's report was given to the Black Hawk County Attorney's Office for consideration of criminal charges against Gogola. The full report and related news release are online at http://auditor.iowa.gov/specials/1161-8030-BE00.pdf

December 23, 2011 - 8:45am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a week-long residency beginning Jan. 1 for two theatre companies, New York City's the TEAM (Theatre of the Emerging American Moment) and Portland Oregon's Sojourn Theatre. During the fall 2011 semester, the artists led workshops with UNI students and examined the caucus process in Iowa. The company members will share their research in a performance called "Town Hall," at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, in the Interpreters Theater in 040 Lang Hall. The performance is open to the public.

The purpose of the project is to discover how civic discourse has changed since the start of the republic, and been impacted by the development of print, broadcast and Internet media. The script for the performance is developed from interviews with students and community members. A conversation with the audience will follow the presentation.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/commstudies or contact Karen Mitchell, UNI professor in communication studies, at 319-273-2640 or karen.mitchell@uni.edu

December 22, 2011 - 10:10am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The first annual Conference on African-American Children and Families will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, in the Schindler Education Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The conference is designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, social workers, health professionals, business leaders and anyone committed to improving the lives of children.

The conference will promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American children and families. Participants will spend the day networking and meeting with new colleagues to help improve the quality of lives for children and families.

Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will focus on the future of African-American families and children. Keynote speakers and topics include Jan Spivey Gilchrist, author and illustrator, "Family Literacy, a Time to Share;" Iheoma U. Uruka, research assistant professor in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Journey of Our Children: Hope for the Future;" and Chrishirella Warthen, school administration consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Black Girls Interrupted: Restoring Life-Enhancing Developmental Foundations."

A pre-conference will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at the UNI Center for Multicultural Education. Many of the same keynote speakers will address a variety of topics and dinner will be served.

To register or for more information, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/aac or contact Gloria Holmes, UNI associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or gloria.holmes@uni.edu.

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