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October 2, 2012 - 4:33pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Fast Forward: Race Past the Competition," an electronic media workshop that brings together academics and media professionals, will be hosted at the University of Northern Iowa on Friday, Oct. 19, in Lang Hall. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with workshops, lunch, discussion and speakers to follow. The event concludes at 2:45 p.m.

The Fast Forward workshop, in its eighth year, will provide broadcast and electronic media students with training and information from media consultants, reporters, production specialists and news directors. Interactive sessions will be offered in a variety of settings to help media students prepare for their first job.

Gary Dolphin, announcer for football and men's basketball at the University of Iowa, and Gary Rima, announcer for UNI football and basketball, will give the keynote speeches.

Cost of the Fast Forward workshop is $50 for UNI students and $65 for professionals and includes a brown bag lunch. Make checks payable to UNI/Communication Studies. For more information and for registration options, visit; online registration payments should be sent by Tuesday, Oct. 16.

For additional information, contact Ronnie Bankston, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6244 or

October 2, 2012 - 4:35pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Former NFL player Tim Dwight will lead a bike tour of the four Iowa towns participating in the "Get Energized, Iowa" energy-saving competition Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, in Dike, and pass through the other three towns participating in the competition, Hudson, Readlyn and Fairbank, as well as stops in Cedar Falls and Waverly.

The bike tour aims to promote "Get Energized, Iowa," a competition to see which one of these four towns can reduce the most energy consumption. Between 20 and 40 people are expected to participate in the tour, which will end in Waverly at 3 p.m., on Sunday.

For more information, go to or contact Carole Yates, program manager at UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education, at 319-273-7599 or, or David Osterberg, director of the Iowa Policy Project, at 319-338-0773 or

October 1, 2012 - 2:24pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Forensics teams and the League of Women Voters of Black Hawk County will host members of the Iowa Supreme Court from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12, in Schindler Education Center, Room 252.

The Iowa Supreme Court is the highest court in the Iowa state court system, and is responsible for the rules of procedure and practice throughout the other state courts. "I think that it's critical for the justices to visit UNI because the Supreme Court is the branch of government that we probably know the least about, but is critical to interpreting and upholding laws that affect our everyday lives," said Kate Lavelle, assistant professor of communication studies.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Lavelle at 319-273-7200 or

September 28, 2012 - 1:41pm


CEDAR FALLS -- The 2012 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition came to a close today with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.


  • Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies (IPAT) received first place and $25,000. IPAT is a development-stage company with an atomization process for manufacturing fine titanium and other metal powders, leading to better part quality because of the material's ability to act much like a fluid. This company is located in Nevada, Iowa.

Contact: Joel Rieken



  • Data2Bio came in second and received $15,000. Data2Bio combines understanding of molecular biology, research methodology and bioinformatic analysis tools (software) to help researchers analyze and interpret sequence data (DNA and RNA). The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Ames, Iowa.

Contact: Patrick Schnable



  • FxRedux Solutions LLC received third place and $10,000. This company uses proprietary technology to automate the virtual alignment of bone fragments leading to better results and reduced costs. The company was formed in 2011 and is located in Iowa City, Iowa.

Contact: Robert Provorse


"Special thanks to John Pappjohn who, through his unwavering commitment to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, has again sponsored this business plan competition and has provided extensive support for entrepreneurship in Iowa, said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

Details about next year's John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition will be announced in February. For additional information about the competition, visit

September 26, 2012 - 12:08pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration will host the Global Trade Issues Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the UNI Commons. This one-day conference will address important issues in the current global environment and feature speakers from businesses involved in international trade.

The conference is intended to offer information and a networking opportunity for Iowans who are interested in international business or companies already doing business internationally, as well as offer a chance for UNI students and faculty to gain insights into global trade practices and issues. Four main speakers will present at the conference, along with a panel of UNIBusiness alumni Certified Global Business Professionals. The keynote speaker is Donald Tong, Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA. Tong is the highest-ranking official in the Hong Kong government stationed in the U.S.

Preregistration is required and due by Oct. 12. The conference is free of charge and open to students and the business community.

To register, visit UNIBusiness at For more information, contact Christine Schrage, instructor of marketing, at 319-273-2126 or

September 25, 2012 - 12:41pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Botanical Center and Student Nature Society will hold its 3rd annual "Run for the Preserves" 5K at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. The cross-country run aims to promote awareness of UNI's natural preserves. The race will begin at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at UNI.

"The UNI South Campus Preserves are unfortunately a well kept secret," said Billie Hemmer, preserve manager at the UNI Botanical Center. "The 5K offers an opportunity for people who do not know about the Preserves to become familiar with the natural beauty of this area."

Early registration is $15 for students from all area schools, and $20 for non-students. The deadline for early registration is Sept. 28. Participants can also sign up at 8 p.m. on the day of the race for $25. To register for the race, visit

The event is open to the public, and runners of all experience and skill levels are encouraged to sign up. Profits from the race will be used for upkeep and maintenance of the Prairie Preserves.


For additional information, contact Hemmer at 319-273-6054 or


September 25, 2012 - 12:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowa schools participated in the Alliance for Climate Education's Biggest Energy Loser competition this past spring.

Students used a Kill-A-Watt meter to measure energy use in classrooms, then came up with ways to reduce usage. The Mount Vernon Middle School Action Team won first place for the state, receiving $1,000 and several energy-efficient tools. They were presented with their check at their school board meeting Sept. 24.

The team from Lewis Central High School won second place, and Theodore Roosevelt High School's Action Team placed third. Overall, $1,600 in cash prizes was awarded. The prizes were funded by grants from Alliant Energy, the Iowa Power Fund and Kum & Go.

Action teams from each school worked to lower their school's energy consumption, while competing for prizes. The competition was administered by the University of Northern Iowa's Fabulous Resources for Energy Education (FREE) at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE).

For more information about the competition, contact Patricia Higby, energy education and outreach coordinator at the CEEE, at 319-273-6012 or

September 24, 2012 - 10:43am


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, Sept. 28-30.

The weekend will kick off with the UNI vs. Missouri State volleyball game at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, in the McLeod Center.

On Saturday, the Family Feast Tailgate will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Rialto Dining Center.  Afterwards, families can head to the Maucker Union coffee house to watch the Dean of Juggling perform at 2:30 p.m. The show features Dean Franzen, a mathematics professor at UNI, along with Doug Sayers, who is a three-time world champion juggler.  Guests can also tour the UNI Botanical Center's greenhouses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences will present a chemistry magic show in Lantz Auditorium. This popular show will be held at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. There will also be mini-sumo robotics demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. in Begeman Hall, Room 114.

The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will host an elevator pitch competition at 10 a.m., at the Business and Community Services Building. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., families can compete in teams and get creative to create a business or product from everyday objects.

Other events include a volleyball game against Wichita State at 8:30 p.m. and a football matchup between UNI and North Dakota State at 6 p.m., Sept. 29, in the UNI-Dome.

Also, on Sept. 29, various programs, academic colleges and departments will 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 24, 2012 - 10:57am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- MyEntre.Net, Iowa’s online community of 11,500 small business owners, will host two free webinars in October covering pay-per-click advertising and product packaging.    

At noon on Oct. 4, Jesse Anema, owner of Nitrous Profits, will discuss pay-per-click advertising and whether it's right for your business. He will also cover how quickly you can drive leads to your business using pay-per-click ads. Anema has been consulting businesses for almost 10 years on various products and services that help drive hundreds of thousands of potential customers to his clients' businesses.

At noon on Oct. 18, JoAnn Hines, owner of Packaging Diva, will share tips on how small business owners can make their packaging stand out. Hines has more than 30 years global packaging experience and expertise with a comprehensive command of the power of social media, branding, design and merchandising through the right packaging.

Both MyEntre.Net webinars are free and will be aired live between noon and 1 p.m. on their respective dates. To participate, simply go to and click on "Upcoming Live Webinars." New participants will need to fill out a brief registration form to access the free MyEntre.Net webinars.

MyEntre.Net is one of many resources of the University of Northern Iowa dedicated to serving entrepreneurs and small business owners in Iowa.  For more information, contact Courtney Schwitzer at 319-273-4328.

September 24, 2012 - 3:46pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Panther Speakers series will offer a free webinar, "Being Globally Competent," presented by Chris Schrage, instructor of marketing. The webinar will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4.

Global competency focuses on understanding what it takes to thrive in today's global society. Schrage has researched the international aspect of management and marketing, and is involved in development programs in Ghana and Nicaragua.

"Through traveling and developing relationships the past 20 years, I have seen many blunders made by very intelligent, competent people," said Schrage. "It is my hope that all will get a fresh perspective and that the session will provide a more open awareness about what it means to be globally competent."

For more information and to register, visit

September 21, 2012 - 8:50am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will hold "First Friday" receptions following the first Friday performance of each of its productions this fall. Receptions will follow the 7:30 p.m. performance of "Lysistrata" on Oct. 5, and the 7:30 p.m. performance of "November" on Oct. 26 at the University of Northern Iowa.

"First Friday" is a tradition designed to celebrate the theater's successes, blend UNI alumni, professionals, students and Stage, Inc. members, and cultivate a community of supporters of the Strayer-Wood Theatre. 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.

Tickets are $16 for adults and free for UNI students with their student ID. Advance purchase of tickets to the performance on all "First Fridays" is strongly encouraged. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office will be open one hour before curtain time.

For more information, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit

September 21, 2012 - 11:56am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kate Lavelle, director of forensics and assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa, will give a talk titled "Playing Like a Man -- Representations of Gender and Athleticism in Sports," at noon, Monday, Oct. 1, as part of the Current Research on Women (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Room 109A, on the UNI campus.

Lavelle's speech will focus on the implications of statements that frame the athletic abilities of women in masculine terms, and explore why those statements are still used. Her talk will use the example of Brittney Griner, a 6 foot, 8 inches basketball star on Baylor University’s Women’s Basketball team. Since the beginning of her collegiate career, Griner has been one of the best players in the game. However, despite her on-court success, Griner's femininity has been consistently scrutinized in the press and by fans.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Barbara Cutter, interim director of the UNI Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-5909 or

September 21, 2012 - 3:21pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Northern Iowa will host Cathy Areu, founding publisher of Catalina magazine, at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 4, in Bengston Auditorium in Russell Hall with a reception to follow.

Areu is best known for launching Catalina magazine, one of the largest lifestyle magazines for Hispanic women. The magazine was launched in 2001 in hopes of promoting a more positive image of Hispanic women. In its first year, Catalina earned the "Lead Launch" distinction from Folio magazine.

Areu's lecture will focus on empowering the voices of Latinas. "Our hope is that she will serve as an example to the college student population to be an agent of change, to overcome adversity, and to provide hope," said Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator for UNI's Center for Multicultural Education. "She is a great example and role model in terms of creating -- putting your ideas out in the universe and watching them grow."

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cruz, at 319-273-2250 or

September 20, 2012 - 1:28pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa "Writers Talk" reading series will host a reading by poet James Cihlar at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, in Baker Hall, Room 161 on the UNI campus.

Cihlar's writings have been published in the "American Poetry Review," the "Minnesota Monthly" and many others. He teaches at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and is a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship for Poetry.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Shelly Criswell, managing editor of the North American Review, at 319-273-2749 or


September 20, 2012 - 3:45pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --Melanie Sanford, the Arthur F. Thurnau professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan, will present "Tackling Global Challenges in Sustainable Chemistry Using Transition Metal Catalysis" at the 2012 Leland Wilson Endowed Chemistry Lecture at the University of Northern Iowa. Sanford will present her lecture at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 4, in Lantz Auditorium, McCollum Science Hall.

Sanford has done ground-breaking research developing catalysts that make it much easier to conduct very difficult and important chemistry. Her catalysts allow chemists to more easily make new medicines and greener fuels. One particularly exciting development is her ability to convert carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, back into useful fuel. Sanford is a 2011 MacArthur Fellow for her research on activating carbon-hydrogen bonds using her palladium catalyst system.

The Leland Wilson Endowed Chemistry Lectureship was established in 2007 by a gift from Wilson's daughter, Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan and former president of the University of Iowa, and her husband, Kenneth Coleman. Wilson was the first department head of the newly formed Department of Chemistry at UNI in 1968, and he served in that capacity until 1975. He retired as professor of chemistry in 1979 and died in 1993 at the age of 79.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bill Harwood, UNI department head and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-2437 or


September 20, 2012 - 3:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will present "Lysistrata" by Ellen McLaughlin, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 to 6 and Oct. 11 to 13, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 7 and 14, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"Lysistrata" is a fast-paced comedy inspired by the Aristophanes play. The story follows Lysistrata, an Athenian housewife, who calls for the women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian War. She proposes a radical plan: all Greek women must refuse to engage in lovemaking until the men see reason, lay down their arms, and come home to lay down with their wives in peace. The women agree to make the sacrifice and pandemonium ensues as men wander the country in an agony of unsatisfied lust. Will Lysistrata and her crew accomplish what the politicians could not?

"Lysistrata" is the first offering of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's 2012-2013 season, "Renewal: Uplifting the Spirit." The production is directed by Cynthia Goatley, professor of theatre. Costumes are designed by Jenna Graupmann, senior theatre design and production major; scenery is designed by Leonard M. Curtis, associate professor of design and production. Lighting is designed by Eric R. Lange, department head and associate professor of design and production; hair and make-up is designed by Jessica Williams, senior theatre arts major. The stage manager is Matt Vichlach, senior theatre design and production major.

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

For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, marketing director at the Strayer-Wood theatre, at 319-273-6387 or or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit

September 20, 2012 - 4:03pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) is expanding its Farm to School initiative by hiring a new coordinator for its Farm to School program. Jacque Bilyeu-Holmes, an experienced food service director, will now lead the center's program.

The CEEE's Farm to School initiative is dedicated to working with school districts to incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables and minimally processed foods into kids' diets, and at the same time invest in local economies and farmers. Interested school districts are encouraged to contact CEEE.

Two Food Corps service members will also join the CEEE to help with the Farm to School initiative. Food Corps is a nationwide effort, which sends service members into communities with limited resources to help kids eat healthier foods. These service members will be working in the Waterloo Community School District and will be addressing early childhood nutrition education, healthy and local food choices and school gardens.

For more information on the CEEE's Farm to School initiative, visit To learn more about the Food Corps program, visit

September 19, 2012 - 4:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center will welcome Pete Kollasch as part of the center's ongoing Ecological Restoration Seminar Series at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the center on West 27th Street. Kollasch will show images of Cedar County's Rochester Cemetery and discuss differing perspectives on managing the cemetery. Kollasch is a remote sensing analyst for the Iowa Geologic and Water Survey.

Rochester Cemetery, a burial ground established in pioneer days, has been described as a unique relict of native Iowa. This idyllic site is a picturesque mixture of oak savanna and prairie vegetation. The flowering displays attract visitors from miles away. The site still functions as an active cemetery.

The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Daryl Smith, director of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center, at 319-273-2238 or

September 18, 2012 - 10:17am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present two new exhibitions featuring work by Mille Guldbeck and Peter P. Goché Monday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 20. Guldbeck will give an artist's lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Goché will lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2. Artist's lectures will be presented in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. Receptions will follow each presentation.

Guldbeck received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa and is currently a professor of painting and drawing at Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and artist residencies in the U.S. and Scandinavia, and her artworks are in permanent public art collections worldwide.

Goché received his Master of Architecture from Iowa State University and is senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design. He is co-investigator and author of "Guidelines for Spatial Regeneration in Iowa." His sculpture, titled "Water Hutch," was recently featured in Iowa Architect magazine.

The new gallery presentations, titled "A Lexicon of Looking: Mille Guldbeck" and "Line and Space: Peter P. Goché," will feature two- and three-dimensional abstract artworks. Both Guldbeck and Goché create works that emphasize form and space with deliberate references to contemporary landscape, though the viewer may approach them formally as either non-objective or non-narrative. According to gallery director Darrell Taylor, "These exhibitions are a perfect wedding of aesthetic ideals. Guldbeck and Goché have an affinity for subtle textures and confident mark-making but achieve them in completely different ways."

The UNI Gallery of Art will continue to present the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition titled "Masters at Mid-Century," which will run through Dec. 15.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and by appointment.

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

September 17, 2012 - 8:51am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students were on the winning teams for the 2012 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI), a business simulation competition, which took place Aug. 5 through 10, at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in West Lake Okoboji, Iowa.

The winning UNI students Emina Halidovic, a senior marketing major from Waterloo, and Summer Kunkle, a senior finance and real estate major from Fredricksburg each received a $250 cash prize.

Eight UNI students attended the institute with 24 other students from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Buena Vista University and Iowa Lakes Community College. The students participated in the advanced study of entrepreneurship, including seminars with successful entrepreneurs, business leaders and community leaders and networking sessions to enhance the students' understanding of opportunities in Iowa. Each student received three hours of academic credit.

OEI is a joint effort of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, Buena Vista University, Iowa Lakes Community College and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers (JPEC) at UNI, the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.

The UNI JPEC, a division of UNI's Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services designed for student entrepreneurs. For more information about UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, visit, call 319-273-5732 or email

September 17, 2012 - 8:58am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An "elevator pitch" is a great way to gain connections in the business world. Elevator pitches are quick summaries of what a business makes or does. Its name reflects the idea that a pitch should last no longer than the average elevator ride. The University of Northern Iowa will hold an elevator pitch competition at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, in UNI's Business & Community Services Building, Room 33.

Participants will have 90 seconds to pitch their business idea. They will be judged according to the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Elevator Pitch guidelines, which evaluate 20 areas of content and delivery. Judges for the competition will be Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director of UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), David Deeds, instructor of accounting and entrepreneurship, and Laurie Watje, student business incubator manager at the JPEC. The winner will advance to the National Elevator Pitch Competition, which will be held in Chicago, on Nov. 1 through 3.

The competition is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Laurie Watje of the JPEC, at 319-273-5732 or

The UNI JPEC, a division of UNI's Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services for student entrepreneurs. The center provides expertise in all stages of business planning and development and serves as a vehicle to bring new products and technologies to market. For more information about JPEC at UNI, visit, call 319-273-JPEC or e-mail

September 17, 2012 - 9:13am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Exporting can be profitable and contribute to fast-growing sales for a small business. The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) in Iowa, with support from the University of Northern Iowa's Small Business Development Center, will introduce small-business owners to the steps to exporting their products and services during a free "Exporting 101" seminar from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18, at the University of Northern Iowa Small Business Development Center, 8120 Jennings Dr. Cedar Fall, Iowa.

To register, call 515-509-5745 or go to

This free seminar is open to the public and includes discussions led by Debbie Franklin, International Trade Center Director with Iowa SBDC, on market development, international trade finance, global logistics and available resources such as Export-Import Bank, Small Business Administration Export finance options, U.S. Commercial Services and Iowa’s State Trade and Iowa’s Export Promotion (STEP) grant. 

Franklin has served Iowa businesses since May 2011 in the area of export development, collaborating with SBDC regional counselors all across the state to provide service, support, and trade-related information to export clients.  She holds the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators’ Certified Global Business Professional credential and serves on the board for International Traders of Iowa.

Iowa’s Small Business Development Centers are an outreach program of Iowa State University's College of Business. Partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the organization has 15 regional assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program's inception in 1981, the centers have helped hundreds of thousands of Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs through individual, professional counseling and affordable training. 

For more information on the University of Northern Iowa’s Small Business Development Center programs or services, call Dan Beenken at 319-273-4322 or visit For more information on the Iowa SBDC’s International Trade Center and services, call Debbie Franklin at 515-509-5745 or email her at

September 17, 2012 - 1:12pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been selected by G.I. Jobs Magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2013, an honor placing the university in the top 15 percent of schools doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.

According to G.I. Jobs, the list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that share a priority for recruiting students with military experience. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list include recruitment and retention of military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

"We are enthusiastic about the initiatives on campus to support our military and veteran students," said Leslie Williams, UNI dean of students. "To be recognized as an institution that embraces military students and works to ensure their success is significant. We all benefit from the experiences these students bring to our campuses."

Now in its fourth year, the list was compiled through research in which G.I. Jobs polled more than 12,000 schools nationwide. The methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with assistance of an Academic Advisory Committee consisting of educators and administrators.

"As interest in education grows, we're thrilled 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

September 17, 2012 - 1:14pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) will be hosting VoterPalooza from 4 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 20. VoterPalooza will help UNI students register to vote, educate them about candidates and encourage students to make their voices heard in the upcoming elections.

The event will take place at Lawther Field on the UNI campus. In the case of inclement weather, it willbeheld in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Student organizations, local political organizations and politicalcandidates and legislators will talk to students. Free food and live music will be provided. 

For more information, contact Jaime Yowler, director of governmental relations at NISG, at 319-273-2650 or

September 14, 2012 - 12:02pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the past three years, the University of Northern Iowa Department of Biology has been awarded a Carver Trust grant to enhance students' understanding and knowledge of biology. This year, new equipment purchases cater to students pursuing interests in pre-health professions, and will be used in many of UNI's biology courses. Using the cutting-edge equipment, students will gain real-life experience and knowledge in areas of the biomedical sciences.

In the past, funding has been used to develop innovative areas of teaching and research in the Department of Biology. "The grant is incredibly important as it provides our students with cutting edge equipment for their use in the teaching laboratory," noted David Saunders, department head of biology at UNI. "With this equipment, our students are able to keep abreast with technology that allows them to be competitive when applying for professional schools, graduate programs or seeking jobs in the discipline of biology."

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist who died in 1981. It is the largest private foundation in Iowa and supports biomedical and scientific research, programs and scholarships addressing the educational and recreational needs of youth.

For additional information, contact Saunders at 319-273-2456 or


September 14, 2012 - 4:21pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowa's three Regent universities today announced participation in a unique program to encourage sustainability in all aspects of higher education. The program, called the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), is administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

To date, more than 200 higher education institutions have registered as STARS Participants. Iowa State University and the University of Iowa recently enrolled in the program and the University of Northern Iowa, one of the nation's first participating schools, recently re-enrolled.

"We're looking forward to participating in STARS. Not only will this effort provide a forum for reporting our schools' sustainability progress, we're looking forward to sharing all the great work that's being done on our campuses," said Liz Christiansen, the director of the UI Office of Sustainability.

AASHE's STARS program involves publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university's sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in three overall areas: 1) education & research, 2) operations, and 3) planning, administration & engagement. All of the requirements for evaluating and scoring institutions are transparent and made publicly available. Points are earned in each category and lead to a STARS Rating of Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Participating in STARS, which includes gathering extensive data and sharing it publicly, represents a significant commitment to sustainability.

"As a charter STARS participant and one of the first schools in the nation to achieve a gold rating, we've used the program to validate our efforts and as a platform for our continued progress," said Eric O'Brien, coordinator of the UNI Office of Sustainability.

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

"We are looking forward to the enthusiastic participation from our students and staff, as well as watching our sustainability efforts grow on campus through the STARS program," said Merry Rankin, director of the Iowa Sate University Office of Sustainability.


About Iowa's Regent Universities:


The University of Northern Iowa is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It offers more than 90 majors across five colleges. UNI provides a high-quality and diverse educational experience, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, UNI has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Advanced degrees are available in many programs.


The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900 acre campus in Iowa City in southeast Iowa, on the Iowa River near the intersection of U.S. Interstate Highways 80 and 380. Iowa is composed of 11 colleges, the largest of which is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, enrolling most of Iowa's undergraduates. The Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and the Colleges of Education, Engneering, Law, Nursing, and Pharmacy enroll undergraduates, and with the Colleges of Dentistry and Public Health provide graduate education in conjunction with the Graduate College.


Iowa State University, an international university with a friendly welcoming personality, is located in central Iowa, 35 miles north of Des Moines. Some 31,000 Iowa State students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars and hone leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Research breakthroughs at Iowa State are in the areas of human, social, economic, and environmental sustainability; new materials and processes for biomedical and industrial applications; nutrition, health, and wellness for humans and animals; transportation and infrastructure; food safety and security; plant and animal sciences; information and decision sciences; and renewable energies.


About AASHE:

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE's mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. For more information about AASHE, visit

For more information about the STARS program, visit

September 13, 2012 - 11:04am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Approximately 38 states have passed or proposed laws related to voter registration and voting. The University of Northern Iowa will host a panel to discuss these laws from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The event, "Voter ID: Voter Fraud or Voter Suppression?" is free and open to the public.

Panelists are Jordan Bancroft-Smithe, president, UNI Northern Iowa Student Government; Michael Blackwell, Executive Board, NAACP, and director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education; Donna Hoffman, chair, UNI Department of Political Science; John W. Johnson, professor of history at UNI; Chris Martin, chair, Department of Communication Studies at UNI; and Matt Schultz, Iowa secretary of state. Panel moderator is Pat Harper, board member, League of Women Voters, and former Iowa representative and senator.

Panelists will cover types of laws passed and proposed in various states, arguments for and against voter ID and registration laws, forms of ID accepted, the incidence of voter fraud, and changes recommended to increase Iowa voter registration and voting accountability.

The event is sponsored by UNI's American Democracy Project and the Black Hawk-Bremer League of Women Voters. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 319-273-6898 or

September 13, 2012 - 11:10am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its 3rd annual Women in Politics Scholarship benefit Sept. 19. This bi-partisan event will recognize one female political science or public administration major at UNI, and aims to encourage more women to participate in the political arena.

Iowa's population is 50 percent female, yet only about 21 percent of Iowa legislators are women. Iowa is also one of only two states that have never elected a female governor or member of Congress.

"Research consistently shows that women tend to underestimate their ability to win office," said Christopher Larimer, associate professor of political science at UNI. "Events like this, that highlight women's success in pursuing and winning public office, hopefully help overcome such perceptions and encourage more young women to run for office."

Those interested in purchasing tickets for the event should contact Donna Hoffman, head of the UNI Department of Political Science, at 319-273-5916 or

September 13, 2012 - 2:44pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Baushuan Ger, the director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Curris Business Building, Room 109.

 Ger will present his lecture, "Taiwan: A Strong Partner of the U.S. in East Asia," which will address Taiwan-U.S. relations, the Cross-Straits Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement and its impact, Taiwan's role in promoting trade and regional economic integration, as well as prospects of Taiwan-U.S. partnerships. A question and answer session will follow.

Ger represents the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the Midwest region. He is committed to enhancing cultural, economic and trade relations between Taiwan and the Midwest. Prior to assuming his current position, Ger served as deputy director general of the Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago has provided generous financial support this year to allow UNI to offer classes in the Chinese language, and provides grants to UNI faculty to pursue research collaborations in Taiwan.  Since 2009, UNI's connections have included student exchange and faculty research collaborations with Taiwan's National Chengchi University - one of Taiwan's finest universities. 

"I am delighted that Director General Ger is honoring UNI with a visit," said Craig Klafter, associate provost for International Programs. "Taiwan has been one of the United States' strongest partners in Asia, and it offers significant opportunities to UNI and Iowa for educational, research and trade relations."

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

September 12, 2012 - 8:12am


School of Music logo

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "120 Years: The Road to Excellence!" will be the theme of the 31st annual Scholarship Benefit Concert, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa School of Music. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 28, in the Great Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

This year's event will commemorate the School of Music's 120th anniversary by featuring music from faculty artists Sean Botkin, Randy Grabowski and John Hines. Also featured in the concert are the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony, the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club, Jazz Band One, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the UNI Opera Ensemble, UNI Singers and Concert Chorale.

Following the concert there will be hors d'oeuvres and music in the lobby, with a performance by the Hands of Time Quartet, as well as post-show performances in Davis Hall by School of Music faculty artists Sean Botkin, Chris Buckholz, Serena Hou, Amanda McCandless and Yu-Ting Su. Preshow music will be provided by Angeleita Floyd and the Northern Iowa Flute Choir.

The Scholarship Benefit Concerts have been raising scholarship funds for exceptionally talented music students and students in need since 1982. All seats for the benefit concert are reserved. Individual tickets may be purchased in person at the Gallagher-Bluedorn box office, by calling 319-273-4TIX or 877-549-SHOW (7469) or at To become a special donor and receive complimentary tickets, contact the School of Music office by calling 319-273-2025.

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

September 12, 2012 - 8:30am


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 2013 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook.

 UNI also was No. 22 on a combined list of all public and private Midwest regional universities -- one of only three public institutions to make the list of top Midwest regional universities. 

"Our focus is on providing the best undergraduate education in the state," said Benjamin Allen, UNI president. "We have a national reputation for our programs in teacher education, accounting, music and communication sciences and disorders, among others. This ranking affirms our university mission and strategic efforts to continue to provide students and faculty high-quality academic programs."

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 12, 2012 - 9:05am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowa's 26th Annual Roadside Conference is Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21, at the Honey Creek Resort in Moravia, Iowa. The conference is organized by the Roadside Program at the University of Northern Iowa and attracts county roadside managers from across the state for training and networking with other professionals in the field. Iowa is the recognized leader in the use of native vegetation for roadside purposes.

The two-day event will feature a walking tour of Timber Hill Oak Savanna in Leon, Iowa, one of Iowa's best examples of savanna restoration, as well as a number of speakers. Topics to be covered include biodiversity and ecosystem productivity, habitat management, and the effects of roadside prairie plantings on water purification and nutrient retention.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact Kirk Henderson, roadside program manager, UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, at 319-273-2813 or

September 12, 2012 - 3:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition has been narrowed down to three finalists, each of whom will present at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 27 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Following a six-month long competition, where 44 business plans were submitted and reviewed, seven businesses presented to a judging panel comprised of the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) representatives and the Iowa Small Business Development Center.

The three competition finalists chosen by the panel, listed in alphabetical order:



Data2Bio combines understanding of molecular biology, research methodology and bioinformatic analysis tools (software) to help researchers analyze and interpret sequence data (DNA and RNA). The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Ames, Iowa.


FxRedux Solutions LLC

FxRedux Solutions uses proprietary technology to automate the virtual alignment of bone fragments leading to better results and reduced costs. The company was formed in 2011 and is located in Iowa City, Iowa.


Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies

IPAT is a development-stage company with an atomization process for manufacturing fine titanium and other metal powders, leading to better part quality because of the material's ability to act much like a fluid. This company is located in Nevada, Iowa.

The three finalists and their ranking will be announced at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 27, at which Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will be the keynote speaker. The first place business-plan competitor will receive $25,000, $15,000 will be awarded 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 seven years of conducting the competition," said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa 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 Department of Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Development Centers and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

September 11, 2012 - 2:05pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Learn ways to discover your financial freedom at "Power of the Purse VI: The Power of the Three Cs" a financial seminar for women from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Presented by the Women's Philanthropy Council of UNI, UNI Foundation and Regions Bank Trust Department, the seminar will open with welcome remarks from Pat Allen, wife of UNI President Ben Allen.

Jean Trainor will present the keynote address, "The Power of Giving from the Heart," during the luncheon program at noon. Trainor is the CEO of Veridian Credit Union.

Penny O’Connor, an instructor in communications studies at UNI, will open the seminar with a panel of professionals addressing the topic "No Question is a Stupid Question." Several breakout sessions will be held throughout the day to help women discover the "Power of the 3 Cs: The courage to ask the right questions to gain confidence to take control of your finances." The seminar will conclude with a panel wrap-up and a dessert reception.

Other "Power of the Purse VI: the Power of the 3 Cs" presenters include:

- Elaine Eshbaugh, UNI assistant professor of gerontology, and Candy Diercks, owner and executive director of Home Instead Senior Care, will present "The Economics of Aging." The session will focus on how finances define the choices available to the elderly and strategies to stretch retirement resources.

 -Stephanie Arensdorf, financial advisor, Gary Fober & Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services, will present "Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits." She will address questions such as what role does Social Security play in retirement, when should you start taking benefits and can you change your mind after applying for benefits.

- Erica Feldick, financial planner, Jacobson Financial Services, will help you know what questions to ask yourself, your planning partner and your advisor in "Investing 101." She will also present "Retirement Income Planning: How to Make the Most of Your Assets During Retirement."

- Sue Fangman, vice president, private banking manager, U.S. Bank, N.A., will discuss online commerce and banking.  Participants will learn about security practices and resources during the session "Online Banking, Online Business, Online Philanthropy and Protection of Identity."

- Jody Corwin, financial advisor, LSB Financial, will unravel the case for life insurance, long-term care insurance and disability.  She will present "Insurance Basics for Health, Life and Disability: Insurance as it Fits into Your Financial Plan."

-In the session, "Can a Recovering Housing Market Lift our Spirits?" Fran Smitherman, equity analyst, Regions Bank, will explain how trends in investing and spending affect us.

-Theresa Hoffman, attorney, Beecher, Field, Walker, Morris, Hoffman & Johnson, will explain what qualifications to look for when naming an executor or trustee for your will or trust. She will also examine legal and tax issues in planning your estate. She will present two sessions:  "What You Need to Know When You are Named Executor or Trustee" and "What You Need to Know When Planning Your Estate."

- "The Potential of the Purse" is designed to teach college students about purchasing a house, purchasing insurance, basic investing and budgeting. Tracy Freese, trust officer, U.S. Bank, N.A. Private Client Group, will present this session.

The seminar fee is $35 and includes lunch.

Registration deadline is Sept. 18, with limited seating available. To register online, visit or call the UNI Foundation at 319-273-6078 for more information.

September 7, 2012 - 3:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a farmer's market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 10, in front of the Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

The farmer's market will feature freshly washed, locally grown produce. Following the farmer's market, at 3 p.m., Kamyar Enshayan, director of UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE), will lead a discussion about local foods.

The UNI farmer's market is hosted by the UNI Green Project, Green Life, Buy Fresh Buy Local, UNI's CEEE and UNI Sustainability and is open to the public.

Other UNI local foods events include the Farm Crawl, sponsored by UNI's CEEE, from 1 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 9. Participants will tour local Iowa farms.

UNI's Lifelong University course "Local Food Economy in the Cedar Valley" examines the role regional food systems play in community branding and economic development and includes a visit to a local farm. This non-credit course is taught by Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the CEEE. The course is from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 20 and 27.

For more information about the farmer's market, contact Amy Joens from the UNI Green Project at 319-360-3688 or For information about the Farm Crawl, visit and for information about Lifelong University, visit

September 6, 2012 - 4:17pm


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 2012 College Fair from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 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, universities, community colleges, technical and cosmetology schools, as well as the military.

Participants need to 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. The information will only be shared with the colleges and universities selected by the students.

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

September 6, 2012 - 4:23pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "The Crisis of the 1590s Reconsidered: Philip II, His Enemies and Climate Change," will be the lecture delivered by Geoffrey Parker, professor of history, Ohio State University, at the University of Northern Iowa's 39th Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Parker is a graduate of England's Cambridge University. He taught in several history departments in England, Scotland, Canada and the United States, and currently holds the Andreas Dorpalen Chair at Ohio State University. Parker's best-known work is his award-winning book, "The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West."

The lecture is in honor of Carl L. Becker, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1907 and is originally from Reinbeck, Iowa. From 1902 to 1941, Becker taught at various universities in the Midwest and East, with the last being Cornell University in New York.

The Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture is the first in a series from UNI's history department. The next lecture will be by Brian Jones, professor of religion, Wartburg College, and will take place at 7 p.m., Oct. 10.

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 6, 2012 - 4:29pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host a book club for the sixth year at the University of Northern Iowa. Participants will read and discuss texts that deal with various cultural expressions and share history, customs and perspectives of African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans.

Michael Blackwell, the director of the CME says, "Again, this year, the CME offers a diversity of authors whose books enlighten their readers on cultural matters that are important to us all. We invite students, faculty, staff and community members to share in this multicultural journey; I guarantee an exciting adventure awaits!"

The series begins Thursday, Sept. 20, with "A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home," by Steven Pemberton.

Other books and dates include "Latinos in the New Millennium," by Luis R. Fraga on Oct. 18, and "Severed Treaty," by Tom Stohlgren on Nov. 13. Meetings will be held at 3:30 p.m., on the designated Thursdays, at the CME on UNI's campus.

For additional information and dates, visit or contact Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator/CME, at 319-273-2250 or

September 6, 2012 - 4:35pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Leading with Optimism" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 3, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Sept. 26.

"Most of us believe we will achieve happiness once we become successful," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "However, recent research in the field of positive psychology and neuroscience has shown that happiness contributes to success, not the other way around. When we are optimistic, our brains become more engaged, motivated, creative and productive at work."

During the workshop, instructor Deb Damge will show participants how they can reprogram their brains, become more positive and gain a competitive edge at work.

The cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members and UNI employees receive a 10-percent discount.

For more information or to register, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or

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

September 5, 2012 - 10:17am


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 non-profit sectors. Projects are developed to meet the specific needs of the client, but typically they address strategic planning, marketing analysis, process analysis or feasibility questions. The work is completed in the spring of each year.

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.

Projects are selected each fall. 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 5, 2012 - 1:03pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa today released its official enrollment figures for fall 2012. Calculated on students enrolled through the end of the second week of class, UNI's total fall enrollment was 12,273. The university anticipated a decrease in enrollment, given the large number of students who graduated last spring, and a second consecutive year of decline in the number of Iowa high school graduates. Officials also report the institution's multicultural enrollment has increased to an all-time high of 8.1 percent.

"Our focus continues to be providing the best undergraduate education in the state," said UNI President Benjamin Allen. "We have a national reputation for our programs in teacher education, accounting, music, and communication sciences and disorders, among others. We will continue to build on that reputation as we strive to be nationally known as a leader in undergraduate education.

"Our new model for teacher-education student field experiences has been well received by teachers and principals, and we're excited about the impact it will have on our students and education in Iowa. And in another move to better meet the changing needs of the state, Interactive Digital Studies was just launched as our latest high-tech degree program."

"Our academic programs are very strong, as noted by U.S. News & World Report for more than 14 consecutive years," said Terry Hogan, UNI vice president for student affairs. "What distinguishes UNI from most other public universities is the personal connection our faculty and staff have with students. Our average class size is under 22 students and 99 percent of our classes are taught by faculty -- not teaching assistants. Because of the concentrated efforts of our staff and faculty, our students are graduating sooner and with less debt. We're proud of the quality of our academic programs, and we're confident in our ability to meet the needs of Iowa's students and their parents."

September 4, 2012 - 3:39pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Fall Career Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, in the McLeod Center. More than 120 organizations and graduate/professional schools will talk with UNI students and alumni about internships, full-time jobs and continuing education. Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume to give to company and organization representatives.

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

Complementing the Career Fair is a UNI Interview Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Those wishing to arrange interviews must attend the Career Fair.

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

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

September 4, 2012 - 4:01pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association and the UNI Foundation will host a Distinguished Awards Celebration during a luncheon and program at 11:45 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, in the UNI Commons. Tickets are available for $15 by calling 319-273-6078. The awards program includes the annual Heritage Honours Awards and the new President's Philanthropy Awards. Alumni and friends will be recognized for their professional accomplishments and service to the university.

 Recipients of the Heritage Honours Awards include:

 - Mildred Wood (B.A. '56, M.A. '62) will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for her outstanding overall professional accomplishments in the field of learning disabilities.

 - Sandy Stevens (B.A. '62) will receive the Alumni Service Award for her continuous service to UNI. Stevens has given tirelessly of her time to the UNI Alumni Association. She served on the board of directors for 10 years, including three as chairperson.

 - Jason Kilborn (B.A. '94) will receive the Young Alumnus Award, which recognizes graduates of 40 years of age or younger who have excelled in their professions. Kilborn is a professor of law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and he established the Jason Kilborn Study Abroad Fund for students at UNI.

- Ed Gallagher will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award for exceptional support of UNI as a Trustee for the UNI Foundation. He showed extraordinary leadership as chair of the board and as a volunteer during three fundraising campaigns for the university.


Recipients of the President's Philanthropy Awards include:


- Gary (B.A. '62) and Myrna (B.A. '63) Floyd will receive the Purple and Gold Award for long-time support of UNI. The Floyd's endowed a scholarship for future science educators, and annually fund two undergraduate research assistantships in the Department of Biology.

- John Deere will receive the Corporate and Foundation Award for their significant leadership to students and faculty. Since 1971, John Deere has given more than $3 million in support of scholarships, programs and facilities.

 - Carl (B.A. '51, M.A. '59) and Wanda (B.A. '52, M.A. '66) Wehner will receive the Faculty and Staff Award for dedicated long-term service and support to UNI.  The Wehner's fund an annual undergraduate research award and have established four endowed scholarships in support of students.

 - Michael (B.A. '92) and Jacqueline (B.A. '93) Mrosko will receive the Emerging Philanthropist Award for support and creative leadership. The Mrosko's created an endowed scholarship for international travel, and also endowed scholarships in accounting and education.

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

September 4, 2012 - 4:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Speakers Bureau is a great resource for local community organizations, businesses and industries seeking speakers at meetings, summits, conferences and more. From 20-minute presentations to keynote headlines, UNI faculty and staff travel in the state and beyond to share their expertise.

Available topics include career services, creativity, health and well-being and professional development, along with many others listed on the Speakers Bureau website. If you are looking for a presentation not featured on the list, visit the Speakers Bureau website.

For more information on how to reserve a speaker and for details on the presentations, contact the Office of University Relations at 319-273-6728 or visit

August 31, 2012 - 10:03am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Since its start in 1978, the Iowa Writing Project (IWP), at the University of Northern Iowa since 2003, has been actively engaging teachers in professional learning to enhance their teaching and leadership skills. This year, the IWP received $20,000 in funding from the National Writing Project for a program that will study teacher leadership applied in core areas of curriculum.

The project includes 21 teachers, partnered with experienced IWP leaders, for a year-long study of teacher leadership in action. The group will meet quarterly throughout the school year and work online, concluding with a one-week session in June 2013.

"The initiative promises valuable insight into the forms teacher leadership is taking, the roles open to teachers willing to exert influence beyond their classrooms and how some excellent teachers are enacting these roles and opportunities," said James Davis, associate professor of languages and literatures at UNI.

For additional information, visit or contact Davis at 319-273-3842 or


August 31, 2012 - 10:05am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate the opening of its newest residence community, Panther Village, with a dedication event, at 3:15 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 6. A reception and tours will follow the event.

Panther Village offers students apartment-style living, while maintaining the advantages and convenience of living on campus. The residence hall currently houses 204 students in two-bedroom, four-bedroom, and studio apartments. Students who live in Panther Village are required to have completed 30 academic credit hours by the time they move in, and be in good standing academically.

Some unique features of Panther Village include private bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens and furnished living rooms. Cable TV, laundry rooms on each floor and ResNet Internet are also included.

Each apartment in Panther Village includes its own HVAC unit and thermostat for temperature control. Other sustainability features include in-room recycling and energy efficient lighting. A green roof provides a natural filtering system for rain and run-off water, minimizes reflected heat and boosts the insulation performance of the roof.

Panther Village Phase II will open fall 2013 with apartments for 246 students. For more information about Panther Village or the dedication event, visit UNI's Department of Residence site at

August 31, 2012 - 12:18pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will hold a dedication ceremony for the newly minted R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Sept. 13, at the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus.

Confirmed speakers include:

- Benjamin J. Allen, UNI president

- Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business and Community Services

- Jim Waterbury, trustee for R. J. McElroy Trust
- Greg Jass and Therese Kuster, former Student Business Incubator tenants and co-owners of TargetClick Marketing Solutions, Powered by Mudd

UNI's R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator (SBI), a program of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, is a learning laboratory designed to inspire and educate students interested in entrepreneurship. Located in UNI's Business and Community Services Building, the incubator offers one-on-one technical assistance, professional services and training, office space and standard equipment, and mentoring programs to UNI students who meet the SBI requirements. With its 10 fully occupied office suites and numerous programs and events throughout the year, the SBI has served hundreds of college entrepreneurs since it began in 2005.

A $300,000 grant from the R. J. McElroy Trust will allow JPEC staff to deliver specialized workshops and classes, one-on-one consulting and provide operational support to students in the incubator.

The UNI JPEC, a division of UNI‘s Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services for student entrepreneurs. The center provides expertise in all stages of business planning and development and serves as a vehicle to bring new products and technologies to market. For more information about JPEC at UNI, visit, call 319-273-JPEC, or email

August 31, 2012 - 2:03pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa is offering a two-day Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Train the Trainer Institute for UNI faculty, staff and members of the Cedar Valley community who serve the UNI campus. The first session will be offered at 8 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Maucker Union. UNI students will have the opportunity to participate in MVP training beginning at 3 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 21, through 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. 

The program is designed for educators and service providers who want to integrate the MVP model into their respective programming. The model tackles subjects such as battery, gender roles, alcohol and consent and heterosexism/homophobia. The Center for Violence Prevention serves to bring best practice and application in bullying and gender violence prevention throughout the state of Iowa.

"The vast majority of students and adults believe acts of violence are wrong and hurtful, yet we don't always know how to act or how to respond in a safe manner when they occur," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of MVP. "MVP provides a framework and platform for participants to discuss effective, pro-social, bystander strategies that can have a profound effect on the outcome of any given situation or scenario."

For more information about the institute, contact Alan Heisterkamp at 319-273-3124 or

August 31, 2012 - 2:13pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will continue its Inspiration Film Series with a showing of "Showbusiness: The Road to Broadway" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Films will be shown each month, and will include "Charles Bradley: Soul of America" in October, "Citizen Kane" in November and "It's a Wonderful Life" in December. Each film includes free popcorn, with beverages available for purchase.

"We started the film series with the idea that film is just another art form, a way to connect and communicate with people," said Janelle Darst, director of marketing and operations at the GBPAC. "This year we tried to go with the Reaching for Higher Ground theme of 'American Dream.' We hope people who come to the films will find most of them thought-provoking as well as entertaining."

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

August 29, 2012 - 3:32pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership is hosting its second annual Farm Crawl in the Cedar Valley area from 1 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 9. The event is free and for all ages.

Participants will learn how 11 local farmers grow their food and manage their farms on this self-guided tour. New to this year's Farm Crawl are emus and popcorn. UNI CEEE's Farm Energy Working Group will also showcase four local farms demonstrating innovative on-farm energy projects.

"This is an exciting opportunity for people to spend an afternoon with their families - reconnecting with the countryside, learning where and how their food is grown, and making friends along the way," said Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa.

There will be fun activities for children and local food will be available for purchase. For a map and details about each farm, visit the CEEE website, at