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November 17, 2014 - 10:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been named to Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges 2015" rankings, which recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to providing opportunities to America's veterans. UNI is the highest ranked institution on the list in Iowa.

"We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students' academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates," said Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets. "By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we're going to raise the bar in veteran student services."

Best for Vets provides service members a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill and availability of specific programs such as social and academic supports to help service members.

For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings, visit militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2015. For more information about Military and Veteran Student Services at UNI, visit www.uni.edu/military/.

November 17, 2014 - 10:59am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Student cadets and military cadre in the University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC Battalion recently partnered with the Red Cross to become trained in disaster response. Twenty-six of the participants signed up to become new members of the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team.

Participants completed the courses "Introduction to Disaster Services" and "Damage Assessment." The battalion was trained by Red Cross Disaster instructors who work at UNI, including Michele Devlin, professor of health, physical education and leisure services; Mark Grey, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology; and Cadet Daniel Yehieli. Many of the new disaster responders are veterans or members of the National Guard.

For more information, contact Glen Keith, lieutenant colonel and department head of military science, at 319-273-6178 or glen.keith@uni.edu.

November 14, 2014 - 3:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa conducted its annual emergency exercise on Saturday, Nov. 8. The exercise simulated a chemical spill in an academic building and evaluated emergency response to the incident. Participants included UNI Public Safety, UNI Environmental Health and Safety, and local first responders.

The purpose of the exercise was to review, assess and evaluate the university's emergency plans and capabilities. As part of the exercise the university's evacuation procedures, including the option of shelter in place in some incidents, were reviewed. The exercise also implemented the university's call tree notification process that is used when an incident requires notification of university departments and officials.

UNI also conducts a test of its emergency text messaging system (UNI Alert) semiannually. For more information about UNI's evacuation plans, visit http://www.uni.edu/policies/704.

November 13, 2014 - 4:21pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- One of the world’s most popular startup events is making its way to the UNI campus. Startup Weekend, an event powered by Google, will debut in Cedar Falls Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

Michael Caraway, coordinator of the Cedar Falls Startup Weekend, says, "The startup culture of the Cedar Valley is amazing, especially on the UNI campus. The people and programs available right here at UNI are first-rate, and it just made sense to bring this type of event here." 

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event in which people from all different backgrounds get a taste of the startup life. On Friday night, participants are encouraged to give a 60-second pitch to describe their business idea. Immediately following these pitches, startup teams are formed and work begins.

The teams will spend the weekend creating business models, crafting prototypes and validating their ideas, culminating in a "demo day," which happens on Sunday. At this time, the teams will pitch their progress to a panel of expert judges and receive feedback on their idea. The judges will then select one winner to advance their idea to the Global Startup Battle, a worldwide online contest, with the chance to win one of many prizes that will help the winning business thrive.

The Startup Weekend phenomenon is more than just a competition. The weekend also serves as the start to many successful businesses. Historically, 36 percent of the businesses that have been developed at Startup Weekend events are still operating today.

Caraway adds, "Although we’re hosting this event in the Cedar Valley, individuals from all over Iowa are planning on making the trip. We even have a large group from the Creative Corridor coming up just for it."

For more information or to register, visit www.swcedarfalls.com. 

November 13, 2014 - 4:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- To help celebrate International Education Week, the UNI Rod Library is teaming up with the Culture and Intensive English Program, College of Education and the International Students and Scholars Office. They will host "Around the World in 120 Minutes" from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Rod Library. The event allows people to experience the world in two hours or less.

This is the first time the event will take place in the library as well as the first year the event will be co-sponsored by these groups. More than 20 countries will be represented at various tables which will be staffed by a student from that country. Visitors can move freely from table to table and sample food, play games, view exhibits and dancing, and win prizes. There will also be giveaways.

Other events during the week include Lunch and Learn, an international faculty and student panel from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Maucker Union, Room 113. Also on this date from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education, there will be an ethnic food celebration where participants can sample various foods. Finally, there will be a fashion show hosted by the International Student Association from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Hemisphere Lounge in Maucker Union.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Philip Plourde, interim head of International Programs, at 319-273-6022 or philip.plourde@uni.edu, or Leila Rod-Welch, outreach services librarian and assistant professor, at 319-273-3730 or leila.rod-welch@uni.edu.

November 12, 2014 - 11:19am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at the University of Northern Iowa has received a project grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support the GBPAC's Kaleidoscope Series for Youth, a school-matinee program for students and teachers in grades K through 12.

The Kaleidoscope Series creates a deeper understanding of classroom subjects, serving as a supplementary tool in teaching core curriculum. In many cases, the performances create an entry point for discussion of challenging material. The Kaleidoscope Series strives to provide youth multiple opportunities to experience a wide range of the performing arts, to serve underserved rural communities in Eastern Iowa and to accommodate more than 30,000 students each year.

The program serves as a tool for teachers to enhance classroom curriculum and character education. It also prepares students to think globally, provides students with limitless choices and educates students to be lifelong learners and caring, responsible citizens. Teachers have said the series "offers valuable insight to educational avenues for children, offering another form of learning" and "allows hundreds of students to experience meaningful learning opportunities in ways that cannot be replicated in the usual classroom setting."

Funding for the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Arts Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, contact Amy Hunzelman, director of education and special programs for the GBPAC, at 319-273-3679 or amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

November 12, 2014 - 11:27am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) professional business fraternity at the University of Northern Iowa has teamed up with UNI Dining Services and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank to help families in need this holiday season. Families can sign up at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank to enjoy a meal at the Rialto or Piazza dining centers on the UNI campus at 5 p.m., Nov. 17, 18 and 20. Students are encouraged to host families using their FlexMeals, which are included in most resident meal plans and can be used as guest passes, to-go options or as an extra meal for students.

"We started collaborating and found that giving back to the Cedar Valley community during the holiday season was the best way to get students involved and to use their extra FlexMeals in a better way," said project manager Courtney Clark. "The students seem to be very excited and willing to help out, which gets us very excited."

Pi Sigma Epsilon is a co-ed marketing and sales fraternity that helps develop students' professional skills and build the bridge from the classroom to the business world. PSE partners with local businesses and corporate sponsors to put on projects and events that help members get the professional development they need to be successful after graduation. For more information, visit uni.pse.org.

November 12, 2014 - 11:32am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa art professor Roy Behrens will present his lecture "Deception and Visual Illusion: World War I Ship Camouflage" to accompany the most recent exhibit added to the UNI Museum, "Answering the Call: The Cedar Valley, Iowa, and World War I." The presentation will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17,on the first floor of Rod Library.

Behrens' lecture will focus on the camouflage technique that was used on ships during World War I, which was called "dazzle" painting. This was done by painting brightly colored, abstract geometric shapes on war ships to cause confusion and course deception. The purpose was to divert the aim of submarine gunners. A popular nickname given to the ships was "seagoing Easter eggs."

Behrens has written extensively on the history of camouflage. His two most recent books are "Ship Shape: A Dazzle Camouflage Sourcebook" (2012) and "Campoupedia: A Compendium of Research on Art, Architecture and Camouflage" (2009). An earlier book, "False Colors: Art, Design and Modern Camouflage," released in 2002, has been praised by critics as "an outstanding achievement" and "the best book on the subject."

For more information, contact Jessica Cruz, exhibit preparator for the UNI Museum, at 319-273-2495 or jessica.cruz@uni.edu, or Roy Behrens, art professor at UNI, at roy.behrens@uni.edu.

November 10, 2014 - 2:03pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI School of Music will present a sneak preview of the upcoming Opera Gala performance of  "The Merry Wives of Windsor." The performance will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, in Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. This performance will feature the UNI Opera Ensemble under the direction of Mitra Sadeghpour and vocal coach, Korey Barrett. It will feature the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra led by Rebecca Burkhardt.

The concert will preview several scenes from "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by Otto Nicolai based on the play by Shakespeare, adapted by Hermann von Mosenthal. This concert is a preview of the full production, which will be performed by the same cast at UNI in February 2015.

This scenes performance is a collaboration of theatre, dance and music students. There will be lobby entertainment provided by UNISTA, a theatre department organization. 

Admission to the performance on Nov. 21 is free; reservations are not required. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/music or call 319-273-2028.

November 6, 2014 - 9:42am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Panther Marching Band (PMB) will host an historic event at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, at the Gallager Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The largest Panther Marching Band in UNI history, made up of 330 members, will put on a concert on the Great Hall stage. This is the first time in PMB history that they will perform live on stage.

The band was invited to perform in the famous London New Year's Day Parade in England. The upcoming concert will serve as a fundraiser for the trip. The New Year's Day Parade is the largest event of its kind with more than 8,000 participants performing for a large street audience, as well as half a million people watching on television.

The concert will feature much of the band's music it has performed during this season's football games. The concert will be recorded and available for purchase on CD. All money raised will assist the 179 students traveling to London.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 319-273-4TIX. For more information on ordering concert tickets or how to assist the PMB in their upcoming trip to London, contact band director Danny Galyen at danny.galyen@uni.edu or 319-273-2173.

November 6, 2014 - 9:56am

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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, Nov. 8, in the UNI Commons. The awards program includes the annual Heritage Honours Awards and the President's Philanthropy Awards. Alumni and friends will be recognized for their professional accomplishments and service to the university.

Recipients of the Heritage Honours Awards include:

- Richard Jourdan and Mary Frances Jourdan will receive the Honorary Alumni Award for exceptional support of UNI. They have demonstrated extraordinary support for the physics department over the years through the Begeman Fund for Excellence. Most recently, Richard launched the Jourdan Mentor Scholars Fund.

- Justin Bierman (B.A. '99) will receive the Alumni Service Award for his continuous service to UNI. Bierman has given tirelessly of his time to the UNI Alumni Association. He served on the board of directors for eight years, including two as chairperson.

- Stephen Bruere (B.A. '03) will receive the Young Alumnus Award, which recognizes graduates of 40 years of age or younger who have excelled in their professions. Bruere is the president and CEO of Peoples Company. He serves on the Advisory Council for the UNI Real Estate program.

- Jessie Nicholson (B.A. '74, M.A. '75) will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding overall professional accomplishments in the field of legal aid. Nicholson is the first African-American woman to lead a legal aid organization in the upper Midwest, and she is only one of eight in the country. Nicholson is the CEO of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. Her practice focuses on immigration and housing discrimination issues.

Recipients of the President's Philanthropy Awards include:

- The R.J. McElroy Trust will receive the Corporate and Foundation Award for their significant long-term support of students and faculty. During the past 27 years, the McElroy Trust has awarded more than $5 million to the UNI Foundation in support of facilities, programs, scholarships and professorships.

- Myra Boots (B.A. '50) will receive the Faculty and Staff Award for dedicated long-term service and support to UNI. Boots chaired the Faculty Senate, was co-chair of the Leading Building Sharing campaign's faculty/staff drive and served as mentor to many young women on campus.

- Julie Wood Stoll (B.A. '85) will receive the Emerging Philanthropist Award for support and creative leadership. Wood is active in the Kansas City alumni group and is a strong supporter of UNI within her colleague circle at State Farm in Kansas City.

- Dale and Marilyn Howard will receive the Purple and Gold Award for their support and creative leadership of Panther athletics.

To learn more about the award recipients, visit uni.alum.org or uni-foundation.org.

November 6, 2014 - 10:05am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 1 Million Cups, a weekly event to engage, educate and connect entrepreneurs, is set to launch during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Monday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 23. The public is invited to attend the launch at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the UNI Innovation Incubator, 8120 Jennings Dr., Cedar Falls.

Cedar Valley 1 Million Cups is a regional initiative in which two area entrepreneurs are given six minutes to deliver a prepared presentation about a new idea or business startup. This is then followed by 20 minutes of dialogue with audience members. Organizers invite successful area business owners, peer startup entrepreneurs, public-sector service providers, lenders and potential investors to participate as audience members. The location of 1 Million Cups will rotate throughout the Cedar Valley.

"UNI Business and Community Services has a rich tradition of supporting entrepreneurs, both statewide and here at home in the Cedar Valley," said Randy Pilkington, director of UNI's Business and Community Services. "We know that the Cedar Valley 1 Million Cups program will connect innovators in the Cedar Valley to each other and to entrepreneurship networking events to make the region a leader in entrepreneurship support and development."

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber supports the effort. "The prosperity of the Cedar Valley still depends on fostering, growing and attracting entrepreneurship in all types of business," said Steve Dust, CEO, at the Alliance & Chamber. "We want to encourage more people to build on our history of successful entrepreneurship, and the Alliance & Chamber is excited to work with the 1 Million Cups team to enhance the strong, growing startup scene throughout the Cedar Valley economic area."

"1 Million Cups is a program for entrepreneurs, driven by entrepreneurs," said Alyssa Nolte, director of marketing for iTracking Research. "It's a true collaborative effort of a committee comprised of 23 varied public and private sector organizations coming together to make this a reality in the Cedar Valley." Other entrepreneurially minded firms on the planning committee include Visual Logic Group, Monday Creations, iGus Marketing, Spinutech, Pixel Labs Creative, Sidecar Coffee Roasters, Far Reach and Luann Alemao & Associates.

The Cedar Valley joins dozens of other communities across the U.S. where 1 Million Cups is already in operation, including Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. The public is invited to sign up to present startup business ideas, RSVP to attend (not required) or learn more about the initiative at www.cedarvalley1mc.com. To find other local Global Entrepreneurship Week events, visit www.iasourcelink.com/gew.

November 5, 2014 - 8:41am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --Former Congressman Jim Leach will deliver a Veteran's Day address at the University of Northern Iowa celebrating Iowans who served in World War II. He will present "Civility and Politics" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov.11, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

His talk will discuss how and why civility has broken down so broadly in national politics today. In addition, he will contrast how unified the country was when it faced a fascist foe, as compared to how divided the U.S. is today. In Leach's view, "A government of, by and for the people is obligated to conduct the nation's business in a manner that respects dissenting views."

Leach, a Davenport native, is a visiting professor of law and University of Iowa Chair of Public Affairs. He is currently teaching a course on problems inherent in the Supreme Court ruling called Citizens United, which opened the door to massive corporate infusions of capital into campaigns. Leach is also a former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also represented Iowa in Congress for 30 years.

The event is free, open to the public and sponsored by the UNI American Democracy Project (ADP) and Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault, chair of UNI's ADP and associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6898 or geraldine.perreault@uni.edu.

 

November 5, 2014 - 8:48am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host an informal conversation with author Thomas King at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the CME.

King, a retired professor emeritus from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, writes and advocates for First Nation causes. His book, "The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account," is an unconventional assessment of Native American-Caucasian relations in North America. This book is featured as the November selection for the CME book club. King earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Chico State University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah.

The CME book club session on "The Inconvenient Indian" will be held at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the CME. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

November 5, 2014 - 4:49pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A free online webinar about Iowa withholding and unemployment basics for employers will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12. This online presentation will provide an overview of Iowa income tax withholding and Iowa unemployment insurance tax. For more information or to register, visit www.iowataxwebinars.com.

The Iowa Department of Revenue and Iowa Workforce Development have partnered with UNI's MyEntre.Net to provide free tax webinars to small business owners on IASourceLink. The presenters for this webinar are Terry O'Neill of the Iowa Department of Revenue and Michael Wilkinson of Iowa Workforce Development. Rob Williams of the University of Northern Iowa will serve as moderator. 

Recorded versions of prior webinars are also available at www.iowataxwebinars.com.

The mission of the Iowa Department of Revenue is to serve Iowans and support state government by collecting all taxes required by law, but no more.

Iowa Workforce Development contributes to the economic security of Iowa's workers, businesses and communities through a comprehensive statewide system of employment services, education and regulation of health, safety and employment laws. 

November 3, 2014 - 9:08am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In response to recent discriminatory posts on the social media app Yik Yak, University of Northern Iowa faculty and staff have planned a Day of Solidarity for noon, Thursday, Nov. 6, near the fountain between Maucker Union and Rod Library. The event will include a peaceful rally displaying participants' support of multiculturalism and intolerance of hate speech.

Faculty and staff at UNI plan to openly express their support of a multicultural community that is inclusive of all diverse, ethnic and social populations. As a result, "We Can Do Better," a grassroots campaign, has been developed. The purpose of the campaign is to stand in support of students who were victimized by the hurtful comments and against all forms of oppressive language and actions.

For more information about the Day of Solidarity and the "We Can Do Better" campaign, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of UNI's Women's and Gender Studies Program and co-coordinator of the Day of Solidarity and "We Can Do Better Campaign," at catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu or 319-273-7195.

November 3, 2014 - 9:15am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Broadway musical "Elf" will be performed at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16.

In this hilarious musical tale, Buddy, an orphan who ended up at the North Pole to be raised by elves, realizes he's actually human -- his enormous (human) size and inability to make toys are dead giveaways. He heads to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and bring the true meaning of Christmas back to the city. Based on the now classic 2003 film, this musical is a show for the entire family.

Ticket prices range from $35 to $55 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

November 3, 2014 - 9:24am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. The next meeting will be held in Bettendorf from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, at the Mississippi Bend 9 AEA, 729 21st St., Bettendorf.

Meetings will allow educators, parents, students, community leaders, lawmakers and others to join in the conversation about what is needed for the future of education. Topics will include recent Iowa education laws and how UNI is working to support these initiatives; the upcoming renovation of Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus and how it relates to the preparation of highly effective teachers for Iowa; UNI's new Center for Educational Transformation and its role in the future of education in Iowa; and what is needed for Iowa's students to be college-, career- and citizenry-ready.

Meetings will be held across the state from now until December. For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

November 1, 2014 - 3:25pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The one-man play "Beyond Glory" will be performed at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13.

"Beyond Glory" presents the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam depicting their firsthand accounts of valor, which resulted in the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor. Tony-nominee and famed film actor Stephen Lang brings their stories to life in this exciting one-man show. Lang's Broadway work includes "Death of a Salesman" and "A Few Good Men" and his film credits include "Babe Ruth," "Tombstone" and "Avatar." Presented in partnership with UNI's Military and Veteran Student Services Center, Lang's presentation reminds viewers of the challenges and sacrifices of our military.

Ticket prices range from $28 to $45 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by phone at 319-273-4849. Veterans may receive one free ticket to the show. For more information, call 1-877-549-7469 or stop by the box office inside the GBPAC.

Lang will offer a Q&A session prior to the show at 1 p.m., Nov. 13, at the AMVETS Post 49, 1934 Irving St., Cedar Falls. There will also be a military resource fair from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the GBPAC, which will provide information about employment opportunities, VA benefits, health care availability and more. Both events are free and open to the public.  

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

 

November 1, 2014 - 3:29pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets participated in the annual Ranger Challenge competition, which took place Oct. 17 through Oct. 19 at Camp Dodge in Johnston. A total of 23 teams from the Midwest, including two UNI teams with nine cadets, competed in the challenge.

The weekend consisted of various events, including a one-rope bridge, obstacle courses, technical and tactical Army knowledge exercises, land navigation, an Army physical fitness test and a 10k ruck march.  One UNI team placed in the top third. The other team placed in the top half. This year was UNI ROTC’s best performance in more than four years.

For more information, contact Glen Keith, lieutenant colonel and department head of military science, at 319-273-6178 or glen.keith@uni.edu.

November 1, 2014 - 3:31pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. The next meeting will be held in Clear Lake from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, at the AEA 267 Clear Lake Office, 9184 265th St., Suite B, Clear Lake.

Meetings will allow educators, parents, students, community leaders, lawmakers and others to join in the conversation about what is needed for the future of education. Topics will include recent Iowa education laws and how UNI is working to support these initiatives; the upcoming renovation of Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus and how it relates to the preparation of highly effective teachers for Iowa; UNI's new Center for Educational Transformation and its role in the future of education in Iowa; and what is needed for Iowa's students to be college-, career- and citizenry-ready.

Meetings will be held across the state from now until December. For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

November 1, 2014 - 4:33pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Graduate College, in collaboration with Continuing and Distance Education, will host Beyond Your Bachelor’s: UNI Graduate Programs Open House from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the UNI Commons Ballroom/Georgian Lounge. Participants will receive information about UNI graduate programs available on campus and at a distance, be able to speak personally with graduate program faculty and advisers, and learn about available support services, including financial aid and military/veteran services.

"UNI offers more than 40 professional and graduate programs. One of the best ways to find out about graduate school options is to meet people who are part of those programs," said April Chatham-Carpenter, interim associate provost for academic affairs. "I encourage people to come to this important event to find out if graduate education is right for them."

While not required, RSVPs are encouraged and can be submitted at www.grad.uni.edu/openhouse. Walk-ins are welcome.

For information about additional offerings available through the UNI Graduate College, visit www.grad.uni.edu. For information about offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu.

November 1, 2014 - 4:31pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2014 project in the category of entrepreneurship for communities with populations of more than 500,000 people from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

"Economic development efforts have long been a keystone in the quest to bolster the economy and improve quality of life in every locality across the country," said Bill Sproull, IEDC chair. "As the nation continues to tackle challenges in the midst of global uncertainty, these efforts have taken on an even greater significance. With this award, we laud trendsetting organizations like the Regional Business Center at the University of Northern Iowa for leading the charge."

The Business Concierge program was created to provide on-call and online business intelligence to startups and small businesses in Iowa. The team assembled in-depth data resources and trained business concierges to offer custom business intelligence to entrepreneurs and then connect them with service providers for further assistance. The program is further promoted by economic development organization partners who incorporate an interactive module into their websites, where it is offered as a no-cost local resource for small business. Since its inception there have been 825 service requests fulfilled, resulting in more than 30 new business starts and 20 newly added products.

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and the year's most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.

UNI's Regional Business Center serves as a leader in innovative programming, assisting entrepreneurs and small-business owners statewide. Known for it's nationally recognized, award-winning, innovative programs, the UNI Regional Business Center is positioned as a preeminent "entrepreneurial support" resource throughout Iowa.

For more information, contact Joe Bolick, communications and public relations manager for Business and Community Services, at 319-273-6577 or mjbolick@uni.edu.

November 1, 2014 - 3:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present its first production of the 2014-15 season, "Just Another Day in Paradise," at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 8. It is directed by Paul J. Siddens III, professor of communication studies.

"Just Another Day in Paradise" speaks to the trauma and pain of modern-day school shootings. This original one-act play focuses on Gypsy and Zig-Zag, two high school students who turn to violence as an answer for the grievances they have against some of their peers, their parents and other authority figures.

"It's my attempt to investigate the different personalities that might be involved in a high school shooter or hostage situation," said Siddens. "I've observed and studied this phenomenon for several years now and have been interested in investigating it through my art and creative work."

The Interpreters Theatre is located in Lang Hall, Room 040. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Admission passes will be available one hour before the production begins.

The UNI Interpreters Theatre promotes the creation, direction and performance of scripts based on social and cultural issues, oral histories and ethnographies, as well as traditional performance of literature.

November 1, 2014 - 3:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Poet Bridgette Bates will present a poetry reading at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). Bates will read from her collection that debuts in November, "What is Not Missing is Light," that takes readers through a museum to observe fragments of statues that represent historical and cultural decay and perseverance.

Bates graduated from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship and a "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Bates is currently the writer-in-residence at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rachel Morgan, instructor of languages and literatures, at 319-273-2016 or rachel.morgan@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sam E. Antar was the CFO of electronic goods retailer Crazy Eddie and helped mastermind one of the largest securities frauds uncovered during the 1980s. This convicted felon now advises federal and state law enforcement agencies and performs forensic accounting services. The Huffington Post recently named him as one of the 25 most feared financial reporters in the U.S.

Antar will present "The Black Art of White-Collar Crime" at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, in the Commons Ballroom as part of the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics programming. The event is free and open to the public.

Craig VanSandt, holder of the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at UNI, says that bringing Antar to campus is a great, eye-opening opportunity for students and the community.

"Antar is a direct and potentially disquieting speaker, warning his audiences that white-collar crime is rampant in the United States, and that people must protect themselves from fraud," he said.

A debriefing session will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Curris Business Building, Room 320, to help students process Antar's message. Panelists for this session will include VanSandt, UNI assistant professor of accounting Joel Pike, and professor of accounting at Augustana College and a Certified Fraud Examiner Pamela Druger.

This event is sponsored by the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics with support from the UNI Department of Accounting and the UNI Center for Academic Ethics.

About the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics

The David W. Wilson Chair was established through an endowed gift from university alumnus and Laguna Beach, Calif., resident David W. Wilson, president and owner of one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in the country. Wilson graduated from UNI in 1970 with a B.A. in philosophy. His gift helps make ethics a focus of teaching and research at UNI and helps students recognize the value of ethics as a guide to decision-making in life and business.

 

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Danielle Dick McGeough, assistant professor of communication studies, will present her lecture "Pots and Purity: Performing the Domestic Goddess in the 19th Century" at noon, Monday, Nov. 3, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Room 109A, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The presentation comes from McGeough's current research on how performance can be used for collaborative problem-solving, community building and social justice work.

CROW Forums not only build community among people interested in women's and gender issues, but they also allow UNI faculty to share their research with campus and the wider community. Presentations are held at noon the first Monday of each month. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information or a complete list of events, visit www.uni.edu/womenstudies/current-research-women-gender-crow-forum or contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- The University of Northern Iowa was recently recognized as the No. 3 school on the list of "50 Great Affordable Eco-friendly Colleges" by bestcollegechoices.com. A list of 300 colleges was reviewed before coming up with the top 50 picks. The colleges were then ordered based on the balance between eco-friendliness and affordability.

"This is a great honor to be recognized as both responsible in our management of campus and also remaining affordable for our students," said Eric O'Brien, UNI sustainability coordinator. "That balance is so important, as many of our sustainability related projects on campus are jointly addressed by the works of students, faculty and staff."

Colleges that are on the list all have distinctive structures or lifestyle characteristics that make them the cream of the crop on sustainability. UNI, along with Iowa State University, were the only two Iowa schools that made the list. For the full list of colleges, visit http://www.bestchoiceschools.com/50-great-affordable-eco-friendly-colleges/.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education will host Patrick Hicks, writer-in-residence at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, for two presentations discussing his book "The Commandant of Lubizec: A Novel of the Holocaust and Operation Reinhard," which was recently chosen for National Reading Group Month. The first event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5, and the second will be held Thursday, Nov. 6. Both presentations will take place at 7 p.m. in Curris Business Building, Room 320.

On Nov. 5, Hicks will discuss how he constructed his research for the novel, as well as how this research affected his writing process. On Nov. 6, Hicks will read key passages from his novel and discuss how he used historical facts to write a literary fiction work. A Q&A session will follow.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephen Gaies, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, at 319-273-3870 or stephen.gaies@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Pleasants, adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University, will visit the University of Northern Iowa as part of the Tallgrass Prairie Center's Ecological Restoration Seminar Series. He will present "Why Has the Monarch Butterfly Population Declined and What Can We Do About It?" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the center on West 27th Street.

There is a growing concern about the decline of the monarch butterfly population. In the past 20 years, the population has gone down by an alarming 90 percent. Multiple groups, organizations and individuals have raised concern on the issue and are working to determine the cause of the decline and how to stop it.

"The decline of the monarch butterfly affects most households in America, as it is the symbol of nature to almost every American child," said Daryl Smith, advocate of the Tallgrass Prairie Center. "Furthermore, this decline is representative of the tremendous ongoing loss of native pollinators that are essential to our ecosystem."

For more information, contact Smith at 319-273-2238 or daryl.smith@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the eighth annual Polar Bare Run, Walk or Roll on Tuesday, Nov. 11, on the UNI campus. The event begins with check-in at the UNI Alumni House at 8:30 p.m.; the race begins at 9 p.m.

Participants bring new or gently used clothing and nonperishable food items on the night of the event. They then embark on the one-mile run through campus. Clothing donations will go to the House of Hope while food donations will benefit the Northeast Iowa Foodbank. Two clothing donations and four food donations will give participants one entry to the prize raffle that will take place after the race.

The event is sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association and its student group, CATS (Connecting Alumni to Students). Registration is free and will be open until the day of the event. For more information or to register, visit http://www.uni.edu/cats/polar-bare-run-walk-or-roll or contact Connie Hansen, assistant director of outreach and engagement, at 319-273-3036 or constance.hansen@uni.edu.

 

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its 4th Women in Politics Scholarship banquet Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls. This bi-partisan event will feature guest speaker Jennifer Lawless, professor of government at American University in Washington, D.C.

Lawless is a nationally recognized expert on women's involvement in politics and also serves as the director of the Women and Politics Institute. She is the author of "Becoming a Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office" and co-author of the book "It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office." In 2006, Lawless ran for the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Rhode Island's 2nd District.

The event will begin with a social time at 6 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Net proceeds from the event benefit UNI's Women in Politics Scholarship.

Those interested in purchasing tickets for the banquet should contact Donna Hoffman, head of the UNI Department of Political Science, at 319-273-5916 or donna.hoffman@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A cappella group Straight No Chaser will perform at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6.

Straight No Chaser features 10 crystal-clear a cappella voices trading the lead and blending for heartbreaking harmonies. The group is composed of college friends who reunited 10 years after graduation, and it has experienced a phenomenal rise in popularity with public television specials, long runs at Harrah's Casino and best-selling albums. Straight No Chaser performs a wide variety of songs, from "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to a medley of Lady Gaga hits.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $45 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Christopher R. Edginton, professor of health, physical education and leisure services (HPELS) at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named the R.J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership. Established in 1989 by the R.J. McElroy Trust, this endowed professorship seeks to enhance the youth leadership studies program at UNI as well as improve the quality of youth leadership programs throughout the U.S.Chris Edginton

According to Doris R. Corbett, professor and director of HPELS, Edginton's contributions to the field of youth leadership are significant. He will assume his new role immediately in what is one of three endowed professorships in recreation and leisure in the U.S.

From 1991 to 2010, Edginton served as a professor in and the director of HPELS. In 1985, he founded the nationally award-winning Camp Adventure Child & Youth Services program. Since its inception, the program has provided contracted services for children and youth worldwide. From 2004 to 2014, he served as secretary general of the World Leisure Organization, a nongovernmental organization operating in consultative status with the United Nations. Edginton is the co-founder of the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP), a worldwide social movement aimed at rethinking, reframing and refocusing physical education pedagogy and the training of health and physical education teachers.

Edginton holds a B.A. in recreation from San Jose State College, an M.S. in park and recreation administration from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in higher education management from the University of Iowa. He has been identified as the leading proponent of the application of contemporary management concepts in the park and recreation field.

For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "Photographic Alternatives and Transcending Waste" from Thursday, Oct. 30, to Monday, Dec. 1. Artist Denis Roussel will present a lecture at 7 p.m., Oct. 30, in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. An opening reception will follow.

This exhibition features the work of Roussel. Born in Nantes, France, Roussel received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie in Rennes and an MFA in photography at the University of Iowa. He has explored scientific imagery as a medical photographer and fine art photography as an exhibitor in Colorado at the Center for Visual Arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Teal Art Gallery and online at Artwork Network. Last summer, his tintype series titled "A Collection of Somewhat Random Specimens" was exhibited in France at Oyonnax and during the Quinzaine Photographique Nantaise.

Roussel investigates chemical-based photo media, such as anthotypes, cyanotypes and wet-plate collodion, and alternative methods like pinhole camera imagery and lumen printing. "This exhibition represents the culmination of four years spent looking at my compost and recycling bins and experimenting with photographic processes," said Roussel. "I created one-of-a-kind photographs and sculptural objects to reveal the intrinsic value of my subjects and highlight the importance of simple personal actions in the struggle to protect our environment."

Also on view will be selections from Roussel's "Nature Mortes" series, which are part of the UNI Permanent Art Collection. A tribute to overlooked beauty, these photographs address the aesthetics in decaying life. "In these withered plants and flowers, there is great beauty that is intertwined with the dramatic notion of their demise," said Roussel.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. Please note that the Gallery will be closed from Saturday, Nov. 22, to Sunday, Nov. 30, for Thanksgiving Break.

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.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern has joined the nationwide "It's On Us" campaign. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled the campaign in September to engage students and colleges to take active roles in preventing sexual assault on campus.

UNI's "It's On Us" video will debut on Monday, Oct. 20, at www.uni.edu/itsonus/. All UNI students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to take a pledge against sexual assault on the website. A pledge event for the campus community will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, in Maucker Union. The first 150 people who take the pledge will receive a free T-shirt, and a photo station will be available.

"UNI, like all colleges and universities, must do all it can to prevent sexual assault and relationship violence on our campuses, increase campus awareness, and provide victims and survivors with the resources and compassion they need," said Mike Licari, UNI interim provost and acting president. "UNI is absolutely committed to this effort."

For more information about UNI's involvement in the "It's On Us" campaign and to pledge, visit www.uni.edu/itsonus/. For more information about the national "It's On Us" campaign, visit itsonus.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa--The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its bi-annual
Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Approximately 350 students have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher
Education Program, and are invited to participate in the formal induction ceremony. Simon Estes, internationally renowned opera singer from Centerville, Iowa, will deliver the convocation address. Katheryn East, Teacher Education Faculty chair, will present and affirm the candidates and President Bill Ruud will grant admission to the Teacher Education Program.

This will be the 48th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education Program since formal ceremonies began in 1991. Parents and friends of the candidates are invited along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the GBPAC lobby.

For more information, contact Kathy Oakland, instructor of human relations, at 319-273-2591 or kathy.oakland@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four University of Northern Iowa faculty members were honored at the fall faculty meeting earlier this semester for outstanding research and professional service.

The Regents Excellence Award for Faculty is given annually by the Iowa Board of Regents to honor outstanding university faculty members. This year's recipients include:

- Angeleita Floyd, professor of flute in the School of Music, has received critical praise and international acclaim for her research, writings, musicianship, professional practices and pedagogy. She has held professional performances, presentations and master classes worldwide and has offered more than 130 national and international residencies and performances. Due to Floyd's many successes, her colleagues from the National Flute Association chose her for multiple leadership roles, including president, and awarded her the Distinguished Service Award in 2013.

- Ripley Marston, professor of physical education, has been a valued member of the UNI faculty since 1976. He is the author of several books and an array of articles in the area of physical education pedagogy. Marston is the creator and administrative director of UNI's Kindergym program, which celebrated its 30th year of operation last April. He has been recognized on several occasions by the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance for his contributions to the physical educators within the state. He currently is a member of the College of Education Scholarship Administrative Team and is the program chair for the University Teacher Induction Convocation.

- James McCullagh, professor of social work, has been the recipient of many awards since coming to UNI, including the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Service Award, Outstanding Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Teaching Award. He has been successful in grantsmanship, having received more than 4 million dollars in external funds.

- Dennis Schmidt, professor of accounting, has a national reputation as a tax scholar and was one of the first academics to appreciate the potential significance of electronic tax research resources to the accounting profession. He was the developer of a tax research website that was one of the first of such sites, and it is still used today in both academia and practice. Schmidt has published more than 40 academic and professional journal articles and has presented his research at numerous academic research conferences.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host events and activities for students, parents and family members of all ages during Family Weekend, Friday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 19.

To start the weekend, the International Dance Theatre and Orchesis Dance Company will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, in Bengtson Auditorium in Russel Hall. Families can also view the night sky with the earth science department's computer-controlled telescopes. They will be available for use from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Hillside Observatory on Jennings Drive.

On Saturday, welcome and check in will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m., in the Gallagher Bluedorn lobby. After check in, the Family Feast Tailgate will be held at the Rialto and Piazza dining centers from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afterwards, families can head to Maucker Union to see one of Iowa's favorite magicians, Eric Michaels, at 1:30 p.m. Guests can also tour the UNI Botanical Center's greenhouses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other tour options include taking a bus to downtown Cedar Falls to see all that the city has to offer. The bus will depart from the east side of Lang Hall and make a loop to downtown from 1 to 4 p.m. Also taking place at 1 p.m., a "behind-the-scenes" tour of Special Collections and University Archives at Rod Library. Seating is limited, so RSVP in advance by emailing Gerald Peterson at gerald.peterson@uni.edu.

The UNI football team will play South Dakota State at 4 p.m. at the UNI-Dome. After the game, families will have the opportunity to see the Tony Award-winning musical "Camelot" at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are at 3 and 8 p.m.

Also on Oct. 18, 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 kristin.woods@uni.edu. A full calendar of events is available at www.uni.edu/familyweekend.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students from University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society (ACS) will host their annual "Halloween House" from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall.

This year, there will be three chemistry rooms running scheduled shows: Devil's Den, Witches' Lair and Pirates' Cove. There will also be a number of other locations with hands-on activities. To name a few, Mummies Yummies with information about food chemistry, Frankenstein's Lab, Skeleton Graveyard, and Wizards and the Four Elements.

"This is the first year that student organizations from all four science departments are involved in some way," said Dawn Del Carlo, faculty adviser to ACS and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. "So in addition to being able to experience great chemistry in a safe and fun environment, visitors get the opportunity to dabble in all the sciences."

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Del Carlo at 319-273-3296 or dawn.delcarlo@uni.edu, or Melisa Cherney, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-2557 or melisa.cherney@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. The next meeting will be held in Dubuque from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Keystone AEA Dubuque Office, Room 1ABC, 2310 Chaney Rd., Dubuque.

Meetings will allow educators, parents, students, community leaders, lawmakers and others to join in the conversation about what is needed for the future of education. Topics will include recent Iowa education laws and how UNI is working to support these initiatives; the upcoming renovation of Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus and how it relates to the preparation of highly effective teachers for Iowa; UNI's new Center for Educational Transformation and its role in the future of education in Iowa; and what is needed for Iowa's students to be college-, career- and citizenry-ready.

Meetings will be held across the state from now until December. For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Supporters of the United States Army will host a 5K "Zombie Run" through UNI's campus from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31. Proceeds from the event will go toward supporting the UNI ROTC cadets with funds for range challenges, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge and field training exercises.

Each participant will start the race with two balloons. Throughout the course, zombies will try to chase down runners and pop their balloons. If both balloons are popped, the runner is then "dead." Survival is key!

Tickets for the event are $20 if they are purchased before Oct. 27, and $25 if they are purchased after. To register, visit https://unisusa-zombie-run.eventbrite.com. For additional information, contact Deb Ackerson, secretary of military science-ROTC, at 319-273-7648 or debra.ackerson@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. The next meeting will be held in Dubuque from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Keystone AEA Dubuque Office, Room 1ABC, 2310 Chaney Rd., Dubuque.

Meetings will allow educators, parents, students, community leaders, lawmakers and others to join in the conversation about what is needed for the future of education. Topics will include recent Iowa education laws and how UNI is working to support these initiatives; the upcoming renovation of Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus and how it relates to the preparation of highly effective teachers for Iowa; UNI's new Center for Educational Transformation and its role in the future of education in Iowa; and what is needed for Iowa's students to be college-, career- and citizenry-ready.

Meetings will be held across the state from now until December. For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics has been recognized as a "top producer" of graduates with a bachelors degree in physics by the American Physical Society. UNI ranks No. 13 on the list of undergraduate physics degrees given at Masters-level universities nationally for the years 2010 to 2012. There are currently 62 undergraduate physics majors in UNI's program.

"We are very proud to be recognized as a top producer of graduates with a bachelors degree in physics among masters-granting universities," said Paul Shand, interim head of the physics department. "It is a testament to the dedication of our outstanding faculty who nurture and mentor students from the time they enter UNI as freshmen or transfers to the day they leave UNI with their hard-earned degree. Our flexible degree programs and vigorous involvement of students in undergraduate research are geared toward the retention and graduation of every student. We look forward to moving up the list as more students learn that our physics department is a great fit for them, right here, right now."

For more information, visit www.aps.org/programs/education/statistics/topproducers.cfm or contact Shand at 319-273-6728 or paul.shand@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show," featuring acts inspired by legendary entertainers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop, will be performed at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2.

There is only one real Rat Pack experience! It's not until you indulge in this critically acclaimed production of "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show" that you begin to realize why Sandy Hackett's personal connection to these iconic legends has allowed him to tell this story unlike any other producer or performer. Hackett's father, legendary comedian Buddy Hackett, was the best of friends with the Rat Pack -- and together, they all made history. Hackett and his producing partner Lisa Dawn Miller, daughter of legendary songwriter Ron Miller, have created a truly authentic theatrical production based on the musical and comedic legacy of the Rat Pack, capturing the relationship, respect, love and timeless laughter of that once-in-a-lifetime moment in history.

Ticket prices range from $28 to $40 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is an outstanding business school for the ninth consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review, known for its widely followed college rankings in dozens of categories based on student ratings, features UNI's College of Business Administration in the just-published 2015 edition of "The Best 296 Business Schools" (Random House/Princeton Review, published Oct. 7, 2014).

Farzad Mousavi, dean of UNI's College of Business Administration, said, "It is gratifying to receive continued recognition from The Princeton Review, which is internationally respected for its independence and relies heavily on current students' opinions. What The Princeton Review finds so appealing -- high quality of instruction and strong student orientation -- defines the academic philosophy of the entire college."

"The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile on UNI, the Princeton Review editors say, "UNI is well known and their students are well received as potential employees."

One student told The Princeton Review that the University of Northern Iowa offers a "practical business curriculum than can be directly applied to the business world." Another said, "It is a highly interactive atmosphere with professors who want you to [learn]." Said another, "Administrative staff [is] wonderful here; they go above and beyond limits to help you with any kind of issue."

In addition to this recognition from The Princeton Review, the UNI College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, is among the The Military Times' Best for Vets: Business Schools rankings and has earned a U.S. News & World Report's best part-time MBA ranking. Learn more about UNI's undergraduate business and MBA programs at business.uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Roots and Boots," featuring country legends Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw, will perform at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24.

The show will be filled with stories and songs, getting back to the roots of country music. There will also be a cowboy barbecue with food available for purchase before the show at 6 p.m., in the GBPAC.

Ticket prices range from $35 to $49 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host American novelist Ernest Cline at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Cline is the author of this year's common read, "Ready Player One." The book ties into this year's Reaching for Higher Ground theme, which is social media. Cline will discuss his book and talk about the impact of social media in today's society.

A common read is selected each year at UNI as part of the Reaching for Higher Ground project. Students who register for First-Year Cornerstone in the summer are given a copy of the book and asked to read it before coming back in the fall. The book is then incorporated into the integrated communication course throughout the year. In this way, new students build community through a shared experience.

The mission of the Reaching for Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. The theme for this year's series is Media and Social Media: A Networked Society.

A book signing will follow the keynote address. The event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public. For more information, contact Deirdre Heistad, liberal arts core director and associate professor of languages and literatures, at 319-273-2633 or d.heistad@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Revenue and the South Dakota Department of Revenue are presenting a joint webinar to offer helpful state sales/use tax information to business owners who conduct business in both South Dakota and Iowa. This free online webinar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday, Oct. 8. The presentation will provide information on how and when to apply for a tax permit, when to charge South Dakota versus Iowa tax, services subject to sales and use tax, and filing returns. For more information or to register, visit www.iowataxwebinars.com.

The South Dakota and Iowa Departments of Revenue have partnered with MyEntre.Net to provide this free tax webinar to small business owners on IASourceLink. The presenters for this webinar are Terry O’Neill of the Iowa Department of Revenue and Adam Maska of the South Dakota Department of Revenue. Rob Williams of the University of Northern Iowa will serve as moderator.

Recorded versions of prior webinars are also available at www.iowataxwebinars.com.

The mission of the Iowa Department of Revenue is to serve Iowans and support state government by collecting all taxes required by law, but no more.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host a public information panel on the Ebola virus from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the College Eye Room in Maucker Union.

The discussion will focus on cultural, health, virology and prevention issues. Panel members include:

- Michele Devlin, professor of health promotion and education, and director of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities

- Catherine Zeman, professor of health promotion and education, and director of UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center

- Michael Walter, associate professor of biology

- Brett Irving, UNI senior majoring in biology and health promotion: environmental health

The panel is sponsored by the UNI Division of Health Promotion and Education, the Iowa Center on Health Disparities, and the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center.

For more information, contact Devlin at 319-273-5806 or michele.devlin@uni.edu, or Zeman at 319-273-7090 or catherine.zeman@uni.edu.

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