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March 9, 2012 - 4:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In honor of Women's History Month, the University of Northern Iowa will host a series of events throughout March. All events are free and open to the public.

A "Men in Feminism" panel will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in 115 Seerley Hall on UNI's campus. The panel will examine men's roles as feminists and how they can advocate for women's rights. Following the discussion, at 5 p.m., a documentary called "Maid in America" will be shown in the same room. The film looks at three Latin American immigrant women in Los Angeles who left their families behind to earn a living by caring for other peoples' families and households.

"Celebrating Colors: Women, Past, Present & Future," a celebration to highlight women's accomplishments, will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, March 23, in the Center for Multicultural Education on UNI's campus.  This event is presented by Muchas Manos Light Work, Minority Graduate Student Association and the UNI Black Student Union. The celebration is intended to showcase women who have gone before us, to honor women who are settling and accomplishing goals in the present and to encourage young women to do the same in the future.

A second panel for "Global Women in a Local Workforce" will be held at noon, Monday, March 26, in 002 Sabin Hall. The panel will address experiences of immigrant women in Iowa's workforce, including a variety of topics, such as obstacles in gaining employment, negotiating legal status, family life and everyday workforce interactions.

For additional information or a complete list of events, visit www.tinyurl.com/WomensHistoryUNI or contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or barbara.cutter@uni.edu.

March 9, 2012 - 4:43pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and the Iowa Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will host the Green Schools K-12 Symposium from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston. The symposium will discuss the benefits of green schools, such as enhanced student performance, increased teacher retention, improved student and staff health and a $100,000 annual average savings from energy and water efficiency.

Representatives from Krell Energy Efficiency, SystemWorks LLC, the Iowa Energy Center and Siemens Industy-Builiding Technologies will present at the symposium. Topics include identifying energy savings and achieving sustainability through behavioral change and education.

To register for the Green Schools K-12 Symposium, visit www.usgbciowa.org. 

March 9, 2012 - 4:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS -- The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is now accepting entries for the 2012 competition. Business plans must be an original idea for a business in operation for less than four years or a business that has not yet reached cash flow positive financial status to be eligible for the chance to win up to $25,000.

The deadline to enter is April 30. Applicants are required to submit business plan information via Gust (formerly Angelsoft). A link to the Gust submission page is available at the competition website, www.IowaBusinessPlanCompetition.com.

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

After several rounds of reviews and interviews, the three winning business plans 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 Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, Iowa City, Red Oak and Mason City.

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

Rules, eligibility, timelines and more information is available at the competition website, www.IowaBusinessPlanCompetition.com.

March 8, 2012 - 10:41am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa College of Education is hosting a Hot Topics in Education webinar, "A Framework for Teaching in Content Areas," at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 29.

The webinar will focus on classroom strategies for educators to engage students in learning.

This webinar will be presented by Kurt Meredith, associate professor of curriculum and instruction. For more information on Hot Topics in Education or to register visit www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

March 8, 2012 - 11:01am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers update for secondary counselors will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 23, in Maucker Union and McCollum Science Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"This event is designed to make sure that secondary counselors are aware of all the new opportunities available in the STEM fields," said Cherin Lee, UNI associate professor of biology and science education and chair of science education. "Within the last 10 years, jobs in these fields have opened up that didn't exist before."

The update will feature several career presentations. The John Deere Inspire presentation includes information about engineering as a career and what students need to do at the high school level to prepare. UNI faculty and Hawkeye Community College faculty will discuss various careers in STEM areas. "Students need to know they can prepare for some STEM careers in two-year community college programs," noted Lee. 

The final presentation, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion, will focus on how middle and high school students can prepare for STEM careers. Lee asks that counselors attending the update select a middle or high school math or science teacher to accompany them. "This is to strengthen the connections in schools between career information and content preparation so that everyone can make students aware of the opportunities in STEM," Lee said.

Registration is $15, and it is due no later than Tuesday, March 20. The first 25 people to register will be provided with substitute pay for the accompanying science or math teacher, and car pool travel will be reimbursed. For additional information or to register, contact Lori Wurtz, secretary II in Science Education at UNI, at 319-273-6049 or lori.wurtz@uni.edu

March 8, 2012 - 2:12pm

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Cedar Falls, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen announced today academic program closures and restructuring that will be submitted to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa for approval. The academic program recommendations are the last significant part of the university's efforts to reallocate and realign resources to support academic priorities and future growth. UNI Executive Vice President and Provost, Gloria Gibson, met with UNI-United Faculty and the Faculty Senate as she and her leadership team developed the list of academic program changes.

"We remain committed to our vision to become one of the nation's premier public universities; our core mission is to provide the best academic experience for our students," said Allen.  "It is not financially sound to fund academic programs with few graduates. We have a responsibility to parents, students and taxpayers to be good stewards of our financial resources."

The academic program closures and restructuring are needed so we can reallocate resources to high-demand and potential-growth programs. On average, the programs listed for closure graduated fewer than two students per year over the last five years. Today's recommendation is for the closure of 23 undergraduate majors, 19 undergraduate minors, 16 graduate programs, and the restructuring of 19 programs. The programs listed represent less than 2 percent of the degrees granted in 2010-2011.

"These changes are required so we can focus on high-demand and potential-growth programs," said Gibson. "A process will start soon to identify those programs. It's also important to remember that while some academic programs will be closed or restructured, all academic departments will remain."

UNI currently has a total of 288 undergraduate majors, undergraduate minors and graduate programs. A full list of academic programs slated for closure or restructuring is online at http://www.uni.edu/program-changes/discontinued-academic-programs.

"All of the students enrolled in those programs will be able to finish their studies," said Gibson. "The decision to close programs was not based on the quality of the faculty, curriculum or students in a program. Rather, student demand has changed and it is no longer possible for UNI to fund programs with few graduates."

A number of tenured faculty members will be affected by the program closures and restructuring. The University will follow the Master Agreement with UNI-United Faculty and human resource guidelines in dealing with affected employees. Tenured faculty will be offered an Early Separation Incentive Package, which was approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa earlier this week. The total number of positions affected or amount of budget impact will not be clear until full implementation plans are complete.

Since 2009, UNI has addressed funding reductions through a series of cost-saving measures.  These included an early retirement incentive program (ERIP) under which faculty and staff elected to retire. Other cost-saving actions included temporarily reducing retirement contributions, negotiating changes in health insurance plans, collaborating with sister Regent institutions, outsourcing services, eliminating staff positions and reducing the support for auxiliary enterprises. 

This year's state budget reduced the level of funding for fiscal 2012 by $4.3 million below fiscal 2011. UNI will begin fiscal 2013 with an increased obligation of $4.1 million in union negotiated salary and benefit increases for faculty and staff.

"State funding may be a challenge, but our faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and donors recognize the value and tradition of UNI," said Allen. "We are defining our future by making strategic decisions today. Our goal is to strengthen the core mission of the University of Northern Iowa and offer an exceptional educational and collegiate experience for our students." 

March 1, 2012 - 9:34am

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced decisions today (March 1) concerning the athletics certification status of 13 member institutions. The University of Northern Iowa has been fully certified through successful completion and review of its Cycle 3 self-study.

The certified designation denotes that UNI operates its athletics program in full compliance with the operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.

"I want to thank all of the faculty, staff, students, and community members who participated in the process," University President Ben Allen said. "We owe this excellent news to everyone's hard work. Gaining the NCAA endorsement by receiving full certification reflects positively on UNI and the integrity of our intercollegiate athletics program."

"We welcome the NCAA's acknowledgment that our institution is operating within the principles, expectations and regulations of our governing body," UNI Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. "The self-study process has proven a beneficial examination of our department and our practices, and has helped establish a path which will lead us to positive experiences for our student-athletes, coaches and everyone associated with Panther athletics."

Legislation mandating certification was adopted for all active Division I schools in 1993 to ensure the integrity of each member institution's athletics program, while assisting institutions with improvements when necessary. To complete the certification process, each institution had to complete a self-study led by its president or chancellor. The self-study instrument includes a thorough review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; gender/diversity issues; and student-athlete well-being.

This cycle represents the last certifications started before a moratorium was placed on the program in April 2011 by the Division I Board of Directors. In January 2011, NCAA President Emmert asked staff to evaluate the program to reduce the burden on institutions, increase cost-effectiveness and improve the overall value.

March 1, 2012 - 1:43pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Iowa needs to create jobs -- lots of them. And helping Iowa's small-business community grow and create new jobs is the impetus behind the fifth annual EntreFest! conference, taking place March 8-9 in Ames, Iowa.

EntreFest!, developed at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center through its MyEntre.Net program, connects small-business owners with capital, technical assistance and marketing support to start or expand a business. The two-day conference will be at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames. The registration fee is $119 per person, and participants can register online at www.entrefest.com.

The 2012 conference will kick off with keynote speaker Kelly McDonald, bestselling author of "How to Market to People Not Like You," which was named one of the "Top 5 Best Business Books of 2011" by Inc. magazine. McDonald, a national marketing expert and owner of Dallas-based McDonald Marketing, has a client list that includes Toyota, Harley Davidson, Ace Hardware and Nike.

Other speakers at Fest 2012 include entrepreneurs and business professionals from throughout the Midwest. Session topics will focus on marketing, pricing and generating new sales, managing time and employees, and how to use technology in a small business. The event also includes the Business Smorgasbord, which allows hundreds of small business owners to talk one-on-one with business attorneys, accountants, investors, human resource professionals and other key business professionals.

New to EntreFest! in 2012 is the Dream Big Grow Here Pitch-off. Seven Iowa small-business owners will compete for a $10,000 grand prize at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. The pitch-off is open to the public and will be emceed by Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham.

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. Lead sponsors for EntreFest! 2012 include Iowa Farm Bureau/Renew Rural Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and the UNI Regional Business Center/MyEntre.Net.

Other sponsors include:Ames Chamber of Commerce and Ames Economic Development Commission, Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy, BrownWinick, Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa Bankers Association, Iowa Small Business Development Centers, Iowa State University College of Business, Iowa State University Community Vitality Center, MidAmerican Energy, Targeted Small Business Program of Iowa, UNI Division of Business and Community Services, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center/UNI Entrepreneurs Grant and Wells Fargo. 

March 1, 2012 - 1:49pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Department of Art will present the "Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition" from March 19 to April 15.

This year's exhibition showcases outstanding works of art by students in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competition is Gilbert Vicario, senior curator at the Des Moines Art Center. Vicario will make a selection from approximately 400 entries and will choose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions. A juror's lecture will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in the UNI Kamerick Art Building (KAB) auditorium.

An awards ceremony and reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 19, also in the KAB Auditorium.

Both 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 on the main floor of the KAB.

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

March 1, 2012 - 5:05pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) at the University of Northern Iowa will host an informational session for parents and students about options to enroll in area school districts from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, March 5, in the MPLS gymnasium. Approximately 10 schools will participate in the information session. For details and questions, contact MPLS at 319-273-2514 or UNI's College of Education at 319-273-2717.

February 29, 2012 - 8:26am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Fabulous Resources for Energy Education (FREE) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will administer the Iowa Schools Biggest Energy Loser challenge, which is sponsored by Alliant Energy. Iowa teachers can now register their classrooms for the challenge at www.uni.edu/free-ceee/ace-biggest-energy-loser.

The competition awards schools cash prizes for reducing their energy use and shedding pounds of CO­2. Students and teachers will conduct a "weigh-in" by completing an energy audit of their classrooms, which involves counting light bulbs and calculating vampire or phantom loads. They will then come up with ways to "lose weight" by developing an action plan. The final audit will be compared to the initial results.

For more information, contact Pat Higby, energy education and outreach coordinator at the CEEE, at 319-273-6012 or patricia.higby@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/free-ceee.

February 28, 2012 - 9:35am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa "Writer's Talk" reading series will host a "Leap Day Poetry Reading" by Kim Groninga, UNI instructor of languages and literatures, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 161 Baker Hall, on the UNI campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Groninga teaches composition and creative writing at UNI. She is the nonfiction editor of the "North American Review," the longest-lived American literary magazine that is based at UNI. She is also the author of the poetry collection "Other Things That Grow."

"Groninga approaches her world from the angle of a fine sculptor to reveal the true essence of what we take for granted in the environment around us," said Mary Swander, a distinguished professor of English at Iowa State University, about the collection of poetry.

For additional information, contact Vince Gotera, coordinator of UNI's creative writing program, at 319-273-7061 or vince.gotera@uni.edu.

February 28, 2012 - 1:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Donna Harvey, director of the Iowa Department on Aging, will present "Aging in Iowa: Who Cares?" from 3 to 4 p.m., March 7, in 130C Schindler Education Center, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event is sponsored by UNI's gerontology program and the Iowa Consortium of Aging Programs.

Harvey's lecture will be broadcast live to Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College through the Iowa Communications Network (ICN).

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to learn from Donna," said Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor of gerontology at UNI. "She advocates tirelessly for aging Iowans and their families, and I can't say enough about her work in the Cedar Valley and across the state." 

Harvey was appointed to her position by Governor Terry Brandstad in 2011. Prior to this, she was the executive director of the Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging in Waterloo.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Eshbaugh at 319-273-6083 or elaine.eshbaugh@uni.edu.

February 27, 2012 - 3:39pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Readlyn residents can complete a survey on energy use at the elementary school's Literacy Night, Tuesday, Feb. 28, to help their community win an energy challenge against two other Iowa towns.

Readlyn and Fairbank are cooperating to get as many surveys filled out as possible by March 15. They are competing against Dike and Hudson in a year-long "Get Energized, Iowa!" challenge to see which community can reduce the most residential electric use. Residents can also download the survey from the Readlyn web site at www.readlyn.com/energized.htm.

Louie Hartman, president, Readlyn Community Club, the community's guiding organization, said residents have been very responsive in filling out and returning surveys. "We got 45 surveys completed at our annual dinner. Some surveys were sent home with elementary students and more will be filled out at Literacy Night and other town events."

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

For more information, contact Louie Hartman at 319-239-3293, Taylor Anderson at 641-330-7214, Jason Franck at 319-961-5176 or visit http://getenergizediowa.org.

February 24, 2012 - 3:43pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In honor of Women's History Month, the University of Northern Iowa will host a series of events throughout March. To kick off Women's History Month, there will be a showing of the documentary "Maquilapolis" at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in 115 Seerley, on the UNI campus. The film focuses on the stories and struggles of female workers in Tijuana's assembly factories, called maquiladoras.

Wendy Hoofnagle, associate professor of language and literatures at UNI, will present "Chaucer's 'tikel-ish Wife of Bath: The Unstable Female Body in the Middle Ages" at noon, Monday, March 5, as part of the Current Research on Women's Studies (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at 109A Center For Multicultural Education, located in Maucker Union.

Eileen Boris, Hull professor and chair of the Department of Feminist Studies and affiliate professor of History and Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present "You Are What You Shop: Women Against the Sweatshops, Past and Present" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in 109 Curris Business Building. Boris will focus on today's global assembly line, labor sub-contracting and movements for social responsibility, worker rights and fair trade in light of the history of worker and consumer struggles against the exploitative labor conditions.

Donna Maier, a professor in history at UNI, will present "When Women are Killers: Female Perpetrators of Rwanda Genocide" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in 115 Seerley, on the UNI campus.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information or a complete list of events, visit www.tinyurl.com/WomensHistoryUNI or contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or barbara.cutter@uni.edu.

February 24, 2012 - 3:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor of sociology at Duke University, for a lecture "The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in Contemporary America," at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 2, 002 Sabin Hall, on the UNI campus.

In this lecture, Bonilla-Silva will argue that there is something akin to grammar that structures cognition, vision and even feelings on all sorts of racial matters. This grammar normalizes the standards of white supremacy as the norms for many social events and personal interactions. He will use a variety of data to highlight how this grammar works and what it accomplishes.

For more information, contact Xavier Escandell, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology, at 319-273-3932 or xavier.escandell@uni.edu.

February 23, 2012 - 12:40pm

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Cedar Falls, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen announced today strategic decisions to reallocate and realign resources to support academic priorities and to ensure future growth.

"We remain committed to our vision of becoming one of the nation's premier public universities, and our mission of providing the best possible academic experience for our students," Allen said. "The current economic challenges and changes taking place in higher education provide an opportunity for strategic repositioning of the University of Northern Iowa for the next decade. We want to define our own destiny rather than allow circumstances to do it for us."

Pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, UNI administrators will make the following program and services changes:

  • Recommend the closure of Malcolm Price Laboratory School

UNI will continue to lead the nation in teacher education by incorporating the latest research and development models in partnership with education experts, leading universities and school districts. Malcolm Price Laboratory School has been an integral part of the strong heritage of achievement in teacher education at UNI, but it is not feasible for UNI to continue to subsidize the school or to invest millions of dollars to improve the aging school building. The financial constraints, combined with current best-practices and research that support realistic and diverse field experiences for education students, make it necessary to recommend the closing of the school by June 30, 2012. Funds will be reallocated to Iowa's Statewide Research and Development initiative and the UNI teacher education program.

  • Reduce general fund support for Intercollegiate Athletics

UNI is continuing its progress toward reducing general fund support for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Through a combination of expense reduction and revenue generation, general fund support provided to Athletics will be reduced by an additional $500,000 over the next three years. Athletic Director Troy Dannen will provide more detail as soon as final decisions are made. Elimination of sports programs is not anticipated.

  • Integrate selected UNI Museum collections within campus and community for greater student access

Successfully integrating selected collections into library and department buildings is a primary goal to provide enhanced student access and stronger visitor traffic. The current museum building is in need of major repairs and renovation. The museum building will be closed to the public June 30, 2012 and the collections will be moved to various campus and community locations to provide research, teaching and outreach opportunities. The university will retain ownership of the collections. The closure will save $200,000 annually as well as capital funds that would be required to renovate or build. Office and exhibit spaces will be provided. 

  • Print services partnership for access to new technology and services

A partnership with a variety of local printing and copying companies will provide access to the latest technology and lower overall printing expenses. UNI Print Services will close no later than June 30, 2012. This change will allow UNI to avoid more than $400,000 in equipment replacement costs, as well as department salaries and benefits.

These recommended program changes and cost savings will allow UNI leadership to invest in programs (academic and non-academic) where there is the greatest demand and need.

  • Academic program changes -- announcement next week

 A separate announcement about academic program mergers and closures will be made next week. The programs likely affected are those with low graduation rates.

During the past three years, President Allen has established multiple study groups at UNI to review all academic and non-academic programs, as well as services and outsourcing opportunities. Many changes have already been made with program and service enhancements, closures, outsourcing and reduced staffing levels.

The strategic budget decisions announced today are in addition to significant changes already made by the university. Since 2000, UNI's annual general fund appropriation has been cut seven times and is now below 1996-97 funding levels. State funding to UNI has decreased a total of $23.6 million, or 24 percent, in the last four years. The university began fiscal 2012 with a $5 million budget shortfall. The fiscal 2012 appropriation is $4.3 million below the fiscal 2011 level. UNI will begin fiscal 2013 with an obligation of $4.1 million in negotiated salary and benefits increases.

February 23, 2012 - 2:03pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will host the eighth annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, in the UNI Commons Ballroom.

During the luncheon, leaders of local nonprofits will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community. Award categories include Business Partner of the Year, Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year, Nonprofit Board Member of the Year, Koob Award for Collaboration, Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership, Legacy Award, New Nonprofit Employee of the Year and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year. The organization recognized as the Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year will receive a cash gift of $1,000, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, in recognition for their outstanding efforts.

Anyone can submit a nomination, and there is no limit to the number of nominations that may be submitted. Nomination forms are available at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance website, http://uni-nonprofit.org/community-resources/nla-nonprofit-awards. Nominations are due Monday, March 19.

For additional information, contact Julianne Gassman, director of UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, at 319-273-2204 or julianne.gassman@uni.edu or Beth Messerli, UNI senior and committee member, at messerle@uni.edu.

February 23, 2012 - 2:09pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Douglas Hofstadter, professor of cognitive science and adjunct professor of comparative literature at Indiana University, will present two lectures at the University of Northern Iowa.

Hofstadter will present his first lecture, "An Introduction to Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in Lantz Auditorium, in the McCollum Science Hall. The event is sponsored by the Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture, UNI Department of Mathematics and the UNI Faculty Senate Speaker Series Fund.

Hofstadter will present his second lecture, "Celebrating the Alan Turing Centennial: Some Critical Reflections," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in Lantz Auditorium. This lecture is sponsored by the UNI Department of Philosophy and World Religions and the UNI Faculty Senate Speaker Series Fund.

Hofstadter received his B.S. with Distinction in mathematics from Stanford and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Oregon. His book, "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid" won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize. Hofstadter is also involved in literary translation by translating poems and novels into English.

For more information, contact the UNI Department of Mathematics, at 319-273-2631 or mathematics@uni.edu.

February 22, 2012 - 2:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Dick Haynes, senior vice president of Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc., from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Monday, March 5, in the Center for Multicultural Education on the UNI campus. He will lecture on "The Power and Responsibility of Commercial Media Researchers: How They Determine What We See and Hear."

Haynes is a leading proponent of research-based brand development. He will speak about his research and content analysis process and offer a glimpse into the media research profession.

Haynes received his Ph.D. in mass communications research from Bowling Green State University and served as director of the mass communications department at the University of Mississippi. He has been involved in the content and style of major television and cable networks for the past three decades.

For more information, contact Bettina Fabos, associate professor in the UNI Department of Communication Studies, at 319-273-5972 or bettina.fabos@uni.edu.

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.

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