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January 20, 2015 - 9:41am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Educational Psychology and Foundation's Development team, the College of Education (COE) Diversity Committee and the Women's and Gender Studies Program will host a film screening of the movie "I Am Eleven" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the College Square Theatre. Tickets for the movie are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance. The 94-minute film is appropriate for middle school and upper elementary school students, although some subjects may be upsetting for a younger audience. Tickets can be ordered at http://gathr.us/screening/9700.

The film is a documentary that follows 11-year-olds from all around the world. They share their life experiences, such as bullying and suicidal thoughts, discrimination for not being native where they live and their thoughts on their passions and pastimes, as well as other things that make them happy. Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey spent six years traveling the world to conduct interviews with all of the 11-year-old participants to create the film.

Suzanne Freedman, professor of educational psychology and foundations at UNI, said, "Viewers will be able to get a glimpse of what it is like to be 11 years old with the added bonus of viewing this transitional age, between childhood and adolescence, in diverse parts of the world."

For more information, contact Freedman at 319-273-2483 or freedman@uni.edu.

January 15, 2015 - 8:52am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's Reaching for Higher Ground series will continue in the spring semester with a film and discussion series. The film "Rise of the Drones" will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). A discussion of the film will follow.

"Rise of the Drones" will explore the secret world of drones and how they are used today. Drone engineers and those who fly them for the U.S. military give viewers a rare look at the amazing technology that makes drones so powerful. The film also evaluates how drones are changing our relationships to war and surveillance, which is only the beginning of the incredible things they can do.

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.

This event is co-sponsored by the CME and UNI Rod Library and is 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.

 

January 15, 2015 - 9:52am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Tim Wise, acclaimed anti-racist essayist, educator and author, will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, in the Great Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Wise is the author of six books and has contributed essays to more than 25 additional books. He is internationally renowned for his knowledge on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and race in the labor market. He received the 2001 British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues and has contributed writings to many popular, professional and scholarly journals. He has spoken in 49 states and on more than 600 college campuses.

While on campus, Wise will also participate in an informal discussion on addressing racial inequities at 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) located in Maucker Union.

Wise is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, where he received anti-racism training from the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. Wise's visit is jointly sponsored by graduate students in the UNI Department of Social Work, Reaching for Higher Ground and the Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism, with funding from the Northern Iowa Student Government, Department of Social Work and Diversity Matters.  

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/cme or contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

January 15, 2015 - 2:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a branch of the New York Public Library, will visit the University of Northern Iowa to present a lecture on "Blacks and Society in Urban America." He will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

Muhammad will lecture on his book, "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America," which discusses the emergence of the deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals in contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants. He will discuss the role of the social sciences in shaping and sanctifying racial data.

Muhammad will also host an informal book discussion at 3 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu

January 15, 2015 - 3:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host "Elect Her-Campus Women Win" from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union. Campus Women Win is a national program to encourage and train college women to run for student government and political office. UNI is one of 50 institutions nationwide chosen to host the event and is the first and only school in Iowa to be selected.

The program is a collaborative effort between the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start. AAUW is an organization that works to empower women as individuals and improve lives. Running Start has the same idea, while also teaching women about politics earlier in life. During the training, participants will practice hands-on campaign skills, hear from speakers and discuss research on women in government.

Financial support for the event is provided by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Training is free for students and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, visit www.pantherwomenwin.eventbrite.com or contact Rachel Gregory, student liaison of Campus Women Win, at gregoryr@uni.edu.

January 14, 2015 - 2:26pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will welcome Heather Hackman, who has taught and trained on social justice issues since 1992, as the guest speaker for the seventh annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity hosted by UNI's Diversity Council. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Commons Ballroom. A Diversity Fair will take place prior to the town hall meeting from 1:30 to 2 p.m. UNI faculty, staff and students will be honored with the Diversity Matters Award following the Town Hall. This award is presented annually in recognition of dedication and service to UNI in advancement of its diversity-related goals.

In 2005, Hackman founded Hackman Consulting in Minneapolis, and provides national training and consulting in the areas of deep diversity, equity and social justice. Prior to 2005, she was tenured professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Hackman has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia and classism. She has conducted research and made presentations in the areas of climate change and its intersections with race, class and gender.

For more information, contact Gwenne Berry, associate director of Compliance and Equity Management, at 319-273-2846 or gwenne.berry@uni.edu, or visit UNI's Diversity Matters website at www.uni.edu/diversity/. 

January 13, 2015 - 3:27pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Science Education faculty have received a three-year grant from the Iowa Department of Education Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program to fund their Integrating Crosscutting Concepts in Iowa Science Classrooms (ICCISC) project.

The professional development program helps teachers integrate crosscutting concepts into the development and implementation of standards-based science curricula using research-based instruction that addresses the Iowa Core and prepares students in science and other STEM-related fields. A cohort of 24 secondary science teachers from across the state of Iowa were selected to begin participation in the program during the summer of 2014. These teachers will develop, revise and implement instructional units in their science classrooms in collaboration with UNI science education faculty, Area Education Agency (AEA) science consultants and master high school science teachers. In years two and three, 24 additional teachers will be added to the program.

For more information about the program, contact project investigators Lawrence Escalada, chair of UNI Science Education and professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or lawrence.escalada@uni.edu, or Sarah Boesdorfer, assistant professor of chemical education, at 273-7146 or sarah.boesdorfer@uni.edu.

January 13, 2015 - 3:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI faculty Carole Yates, program manager for the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, and Jack Yates, professor of psychology, have completed work on the grant project "Rural Voices for Climate Action." Their work consisted of determining the best ways to talk with rural audiences about the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations on carbon pollution for existing coal plants, which came out in June 2014.

The project was a partnership with the Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA) in Nebraska and Iowa Interfaith Power and Light (IIPL). It was funded by RE-AMP, a consortium of nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on climate change and energy policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Focus groups were conducted in Grundy Center, Mason City and Jefferson. Participants included professionals from schools, farms, extension services, city administration, crop insurance agencies and social services. The study found that when talking about climate change, it is important to stay positive and focus on what can be done instead of debating or arguing. The Yates also learned that while many people are aware that coal has health consequences, few are aware of how far those consequences reach. They suggest emphasizing the fact that fossil fuel pollution from plants in western Iowa reach across the state.

"Climate change is affecting Iowa farmers, and this project was an effort to get their views on climate change and encourage them to let their voices be heard," said Carole Yates.

For more information, contact Carole Yates at 319-273-7599 or carole.yates@uni.edu.

January 12, 2015 - 3:11pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Danielle Allen, a UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will visit the University of Northern Iowa Monday, Jan., 19, for two presentations. She will first hold a discussion on her book "Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality" at 3 p.m. at the Center for Multicultural Education and then present a lecture titled "Our Declaration and the King Legacy" at 7 p.m. in Lang Auditorium.Danielle Allen

Allen is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology and the history of political thought. She is widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America. Allen has written multiple books and is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship. She earned her A.B. from Princeton, Ph.D. from Cambridge and a Ph.D. from Harvard. Allen has been appointed to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as a professor in the government department and to Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, as its director.

For more information on the book discussion or lecture, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

January 12, 2015 - 2:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The award winning Dream Big Grow Here business grant contest is back. The initiative, a program of the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center, provides an opportunity for current Iowa businesses or individuals dreaming of starting a business to win up to $15,000.

The contest starts with six industry-specific grant contests, where the winners will receive $5,000. Each of those winners then has a chance to pitch their business at the statewide EntreFest conference in May, where the winner will receive an additional $10,000.

"We are excited at the changes we’ve made to the program this year," says program manager Rob Williams.  "We've been hard at work expanding the contests to cover the entire state, and improve the entry process to ensure that every entrant will see significant value in participating in this year’s program- regardless of whether they end up receiving one of the business grants."

The program, now in its fifth year, has won numerous national economic development awards for its innovative approach to helping Iowa businesses start or grow. For additional information or to apply, visit DreamBigGrowHere.com. Dream Big Grow Here is an initiative of the UNI  Business & Community Services division and is supported by a variety of statewide sponsors, including Renew Rural Iowa, VentureNet Iowa, IASourceLink, Iowa Bankers Association, and Veridian Credit Union.

January 12, 2015 - 3:21pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Good vibrations will abound as The Beach Boys perform at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12.

Known for their distinct harmonies and California feel, The Beach Boys are giants of American music. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, named Rolling Stone Magazine's Band of the Year and have won numerous Grammy Awards. Audience members are invited to sit back and feel the sun as The Beach Boys go back in time with hits like "California Girls," "Help Me Rhonda," "I Get Around" and "Surfin' USA."

Ticket prices range from $45 to $75 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com/thebeachboys/ 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

January 8, 2015 - 1:58pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Broadway musical "Sister Act" will be performed at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8.

"Sister Act" tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would look - a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the power of friendship, "Sister Act" is a reason to rejoice.

Ticket prices range from $33 to $53 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com/sisteract 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.

January 8, 2015 - 4:58pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "DRAWN TOGETHER: Dialog Human 2015 by Priscilla Steele and Thomas C. Jackson" from Monday, Jan. 12 through Saturday, Feb. 28. Artists Steele and Jackson will present a gallery talk at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Kamerick Art Building, which will be followed by an opening reception in the south lobby.

In recent years, Steele and Jackson have collaborated on exhibitions of figurative-based artworks. According to the artists, "Merely drawing – rendering the figure – is simply not enough. Rather, using the figure as a vehicle for visual, expressive and conceptual goals is paramount. The contrasts and commonalities between our work speak directly to the potential of aesthetic interpretation of the figure."

These bodies of work are not static. They move from reality to abstraction and back again, from near photo realism to expressionism, from no color to multicolor, from depicting one moment in time to multiple moments in time, from a solitary figure to connecting figures with other imagery and words that provoke thought about social issues. This latest exhibition at UNI also highlights the remarkable variety of media used, including charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolor, oil, intaglio, photography and installation.

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. The gallery will be closed Jan. 19 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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.

January 7, 2015 - 9:41am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has received the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from The Carnegie Foundation. UNI was one of the original 62 U.S. colleges and universities selected by The Carnegie Foundation back in 2006 to be honored for an institutional focus on community engagement.Carnegie Foundation seal

The application for this elective classification involved data collection and documentation of UNI's excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support community engagement.

UNI is now one of 361 institutions nationwide that hold the Community Engagement Classification. This classification will be upheld until 2025, at which time the university can reapply for the designation.

"Community engagement is a critical component of the core fabric of the University of Northern Iowa," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "We embrace and are dedicated to providing transformative learning experiences that engage students with real-world community engagement teaching and learning opportunities. It's evident that UNI faculty, staff and students have a distinct passion and commitment to community engagement efforts."

This good news follows last month's announcement that UNI has been named to the President's National Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth year. UNI was one of just a few schools to be named to the honor roll in three different areas: general community service, economic opportunity and education.

For more information on The Carnegie Foundation or the Community Engagement Classification, visit www.nerche.org, or contact Pat Geadelmann, special assistant to the president for board and governmental relations, at 319-273-6144 or patricia.geadelmann@uni.edu.

January 5, 2015 - 10:19am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform "Romeo and Juliet" at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25.

The timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet comes to life in this full-length piece based on Shakespeare's tragic love story. Featuring the majesty of a huge corps de ballet and soaring music by Tchaikovsky, the feuding families and doomed couple come to life on stage. Led by founder and artistic director Elena Radchenko, Russian National Ballet Theatre is classical ballet at its best.

Ticket prices range from $21 to $41 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com/romeoandjuliet/ or by phone at 319-273-4849. The GBPAC also has $1 tickets for children and students through high school.

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.

 

December 23, 2014 - 12:10pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth year. UNI was one of just a few schools to be named to the honor roll in three different areas: general community service, economic opportunity and education.

UNI has been named to the honor roll since 2008. Honorees are chosen based on a series of factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses and measurable community outcomes.

During the 2012-13 academic year, UNI students provided 563,889 hours of community service; faculty and staff contributed an additional 27,989 hours. Projects included events to raise awareness and funds to combat Alzheimer's, programs in nursing and assisted living centers, tutoring and mentoring children in area schools, establishing community gardens and promoting local foods, providing assistance to small businesses and developing arts education materials for schools.

The honor roll is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, the Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.

CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and Volunteer General Fund, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Through the agency's Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program, CNCS gives educational institutions access to tens of thousands of AmeriCorps alumni with millions of dollars in Segal Education Awards for tuition and fees. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

December 23, 2014 - 4:28pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – For the third year in a row, the University of Northern Iowa was ranked in the top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance for 2015.

The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. UNI is No. 86 on the 2015 list thanks to its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, low sticker price and overall great value.

Nearly $20 million in scholarship money will be given to UNI students during this year. And, when UNI students graduate, they owe less money than students who graduate from any four-year public institution in Iowa.

"We salute this year's top schools," said Janey Bodner, editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. "Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today's economy, which is why Kiplinger's rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds."

The full list of schools can be found at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

December 18, 2014 - 11:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) hosted a Military Science Award Ceremony on Dec. 10 at the AMVETS Post 49 in Cedar Falls. Men and women were recognized for their academic, physical training and leadership excellence, and their dedication to the core values of Army ROTC.

Cadets Lucas Tener (North Liberty), Cameron Griffith (Ankeny) and Taylor Julander (Altoona) received the 300 APFT award for scoring more than 300 points on the Army Physical Fitness Test. The test is divided into three categories: two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups and a 2-mile run.

Cadets who competed in the fall Ranger Challenge at Camp Dodge in Johnston were tested and graded on land navigation skills, the Army Physical Fitness test, basic military soldiering skills and a 10-km Ruck March. The UNI Ranger Challenge team placed sixth overall out of 19 male teams that represented their task force. Cadets Cameron Griffith, Thomas Madsen (Council Bluffs), Christopher McIntyre (Indianola), Lucas Tener, Daniel Yehieli (Cedar Falls), Mark Wieneke (Coralville), Sophia Sperazzo, Michael Casey (Ames), Omar Martinez (Clutier) and John Castor received the Ranger Challenge award.

The Cadet of the Semester is presented to individuals who are knowledgeable in current events, uniforms, leadership, chain of command, Army history, drill and ceremony, first aid, customs and courtesies, and physical fitness. Cadets were nominated by their instructors and evaluated by the upperclassmen. The class winners were Michael Casey, freshman, Timothy Logemann, sophomore (Earlham), and Taylor Julander, junior. The overall winner was Michael Casey.

The German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) is earned by participation in a competition that measures muscular strength, endurance, stamina and pistol marksmanship. This award is presented in the levels of bronze, silver and marksmanship. Three of the six cadets representing UNI achieved the highest standard: gold. These cadets include Jack Dee, Taylor Julander and Catherine Maher. Blake Fiferlick (Hiawatha), Jacob Johnson and Dustin Smith achieved the silver level.

For additional information, contact Glen Keith, lieutenant colonel and department head, Military Science-ROTC, at 319-273-6178 or glen.keith@uni.edu, or Deb Ackerson, Military Sciences-ROTC secretary, at 319-273-7648 or debra.ackerson@uni.edu

December 16, 2014 - 11:54am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Stickell Internship Advisory Board named University of Northern Iowa student Olivia Hottle Mossman Most Outstanding Intern for her work last summer in New York City. Mossman is an electronic media major and digital advertising minor at UNI. Throughout her internship she worked at global media agency Carat, working on plans and strategies for Proctor & Gamble.

Mossman was one of 16 AAF members selected nationwide to participate in the prestigious Stickell internship program. This honor designates her as the "most outstanding" out of this already outstanding group. She was chosen based on a vote of board members. She is currently serving as president of AAF-UNI, our college chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Matthew Wilson, UNI marketing instructor and Mossman's mentor, nominated her for the award.

"I'm excited to earn this distinction and thankful for the opportunities I have been given at UNI. Being a part of a national organization like AAF has opened doors for me, and I truly believe that this honor will make the transition from student to young professional much easier," described Mossman.

Visit http://www.uni.edu/resources/features/landing-her-feet-after-leap-faith to learn more about Mossman's summer internship experience.

December 15, 2014 - 10:09am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Dr. Robert E. and Phyllis M. Yager Exemplary Teaching Recognition Award, established by the Robert and Phyllis Yager Education Fund for Excellence, recently recognized two Iowa teachers with awards.

This year's recipients are: Clayton Edwards, mathematics teacher from Grundy Center Middle School, and Lisa Chizek, science teacher from North Tama Elementary School.

The intent of the awards from the Yager Education Fund for Excellence Award is to recognize exemplary K through 12 teaching by University of Northern Iowa graduates. It serves a key role in supporting UNI's leadership in preparing teachers.

Nominees are selected by UNI faculty members and are UNI graduates in at least their fifth year of teaching in a K through 12 classroom. Awardees are selected on the basis of teaching materials and student performance.

Chizek was nominated by Jody Stone, professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Stone noted that Chizek, who earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education and her masters degree in science education at UNI, began her teaching career as a third grade classroom teacher and transformed into a highly effective science teacher. She also successfully lobbied her principal to increase the time spent on science instruction at the third grade level and incorporated activity-based, student-centered learning into her science teaching.

Edwards was nominated by Brian Townsend, associate professor of mathematics. A desire to improve his classroom practice and his students' understanding of mathematics led Edwards to UNI's Middle Grades Master's Program. Townsend noted that Edwards is an innovator in his classroom through the use of technology and problem-based instruction.

Robert E. Yager, professor emeritus of science education in the College of Education at the University of Iowa where he taught for 50 years, received his B.A. degree in biology from UNI in 1950. Yager went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant physiology from the University of Iowa. His research interests have focused on student motivation and attitudes toward science.Yager teaching award winners

December 10, 2014 - 9:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty member Jody Stone, professor of curriculum and instruction and science education, was awarded a three-year Math-Science Partnership federal grant, administered through the Iowa Department of Education, for her project "eSTEM Waterloo." She is assisted by Beth VanMeeteren, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, and Scott Greenhalgh, assistant professor of technology.

The purpose of the grant is to implement new science units consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in grades three through five in Waterloo elementary schools. Units were developed this summer by a writing team of Waterloo third through fifth grade teachers, along with UNI experts in Iowa STEM education, engineering, curriculum development and elementary science education. Units are currently being field-tested and revised in Lowell, Cunningham, Kittrell and Kingsley elementary schools.

In the second and third years of the program, 52 Waterloo teachers will receive the professional development needed to implement the new curriculum, including ongoing support during the academic year to ensure changes in their teaching strategies occur that are consistent with those demanded by NGSS. During the third year of the program a core of the Waterloo eSTEM teachers will be trained to continue the professional development of their district teachers once the grant funding ends.

"I have been really pleased with the progress of the grant," said Stone. "The Waterloo teachers have welcomed me into their classrooms. I have spent a fair amount of time in each of these schools, and in some cases I have been able to co-teach for a couple of days. It has been great seeing the students so excited about the activities we are implementing, and the Waterloo teachers have offered valuable feedback on improving the units."

For more information, contact Stone at 319-273-6466 or jody.stone@uni.edu.

 

December 8, 2014 - 9:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual fall Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, in the McLeod Center. This year's Commencement speaker is Amber Irlmeier, a double major in economics and actuarial science from Elk Horn. Approximately 650 graduates will participate in Commencement. The ceremony will be streamed live at live.uni.edu.

Following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the McLeod Center with light snacks and beverages. Graduates and guests are encouraged to attend. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures. Seating for the event is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall. Students will receive their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/commencement or contact Philip Patton, university registrar, at 319-273-2244 or philip.patton@uni.edu.

December 5, 2014 - 4:11pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Bucks from Books, a fundraiser for UNI Museums organized by the Friends of the UNI Museums, will be held Saturday, Dec. 13. The fundraiser will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Waterloo and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University Book & Supply in Cedar Falls.

A percentage of each purchase will be donated to the UNI Museums to support exhibits and programming. Purchasers need to mention the fundraiser at the time of purchase.

Purchases made at bn.com/bookfair Dec. 13 through 18 will also be a part of the fundraiser. Enter the bookfair ID 11489911 on the payment page during checkout to assure your purchase will be a part of the fundraiser.

For additional information, contact Katherine Martin, head of collections and museums at Rod Library, at 319-273-7255 or katherine.martin@uni.edu

December 4, 2014 - 9:43am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's New Horizons Band will perform a winter concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The concert will include a variety of marches, holiday selections and traditional concert band repertoire.

"The Vanished Army" by Kenneth J. Alford is a tribute to the first 100,000 soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during WWI. "Christmas Medley" by Irving Berlin will include "Happy Holidays," "Let's Start the New Year Right" and "White Christmas." "Twentiana," arranged by Hawley Ades, is a montage of songs from the 1920s. Jim Vaux, trumpet, and Bard Mackey, trombone, will be featured soloists in a performance of "Cousins" by Herbert L. Clarke. A reception will be held in the GBPAC lobby following the concert. Admission is free.

The UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School sponsor the New Horizons Band (NHB). The group includes members ages 50 and older with various musical backgrounds who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform with various musical backgrounds.

For more information, contact Diana Blake, director of the New Horizons Band, at 319-352-3007, or Cindi Mason, instructor, School of Music, at 319-273-2142.

December 1, 2014 - 3:07pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education has hosted several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. The next meeting will be held in Cedar Rapids from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at Grant Wood AEA, 4401 6th St. SW, Cedar Rapids.

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.

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

November 25, 2014 - 9:31am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, in Sabin Hall, Room 002.

Cady will present a lecture about the role of Iowa's courts in policy making. He will provide insights into the decision-making process of the courts. Cady earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Drake University, and was first appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 1998, becoming the Chief Justice in January 2011.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Donna Hoffman, department head of political science, at 319-273-5916 or donna.hoffman@uni.edu.

November 25, 2014 - 9:58am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty member Adrienne Stanley, associate professor of mathematics, has been selected as a Fulbright recipient to undertake advanced research or teach abroad.Adrienne Stanley

The Fulbright Program, one of the most prestigious award programs in the world, is sponsored by the United States Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and provides merit-based grants for international educational exchange. Founded in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has sent more than 120,000 U.S. citizen faculty members, students, professionals and artists overseas to more than 150 countries and brought more than 200,000 foreign faculty members, students, professionals and artists to the United States.

Stanley's lecturing award will be from January to June 2015 at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. Her project title is "D-spaces, Elementary Submodels and Zero-sum Problems."

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/internationalprograms or contact UNI International Programs at 319-273-2921.

November 24, 2014 - 9:34am

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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 Johnston from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Heartland AEA, 6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston.

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 24, 2014 - 10:09am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its first-ever day of giving, We Are One, from 10 a.m., Dec. 2 to 10 a.m., Dec. 3.

We Are One will bring students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members together for 24 hours to support UNI. The day will feature 10 challenges issued by university leadership and alumni. Some of the challenges include:

 

-       The UNI Foundation Board of Trustees and Alumni Association board will make a contribution to an area of the university that needs it most if 1,500 people participate during the 24-hour event.

-       President Bill Ruud and his wife, Judy, will supplement the student emergency fund if 500 current UNI students give during the 24-hour period.

-       Michael Licari, interim executive vice president and provost, will make a gift to the college with the highest level of alumni participation.

-       The Executive Management Team will make a contribution to the university if 500 UNI employees give gifts on Dec. 2 and 3.

To participate or to see a complete list of challenges, visit www.uni-foundation.edu/WeAreOneUNI. Follow the day's progress via the We Are One Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WeAreOneUNI and Twitter account at https://twitter.com/WeAreOneUNI.

For more information, contact Beth Heiter, director of annual giving, at 319-273-6078 or beth.heiter@uni.edu, or Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, at 319-273-2487 or bill.calhoun@uni.edu.

November 24, 2014 - 10:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Gallery of Art will present "B.F.A. Group Exhibition" from Thursday, Dec. 11, through Saturday, Dec. 20, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Dec. 11, in the south lobby.

The artwork of four UNI Bachelor of Fine Arts students will be presented. Each will offer different techniques and topics.

Desiree Dahl of Cedar Rapids will present combinations of printmaking techniques in an examination of the relationship between the mind, body and physical environment. Also depicted will be the human search for balance between nature and technology and how this resulting predicament affects conscious and unconscious thought.

Ashley Fisher of North English works in printmaking, photography and installation. She will present "About Your Knick-Knacks," which explores emotional intimacy and domesticity and attempts to explain the human desire for sentimentality and closeness with others.

Randy Timm Jr. of Cedar Falls investigates human and object relationships through printmaking and photography. His exhibition, titled "Nonworking/Disconnected," consists of photographs and an array of felt banners exploring spatial arrangements, object relationships and examining symbol systems to create a personal iconography.

Dawn Tuve grew up on an acreage in Parkersburg where she was taught to love and appreciate the land and began making sculptures to express nature's beauty. Her exhibition, titled "Sea and Sky: Forms in Fluids," centers on the tactile quality of forms found in nature and the processes by which they are made.

The 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.

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.

 

November 24, 2014 - 4:25pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday, Nov. 24, that the University of Northern Iowa, along with Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Hawkeye Community College, have been designated as Home Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partners (CHAMPs). The four CHAMPs join the existing CHAMPs – Upper Iowa University, DMACC and Mount Mercy University.

The Home Base Iowa CHAMP program allows Iowa colleges and universities to become CHAMP certified for their ability to educate and assist veterans on campus. To become a Home Base Iowa CHAMP campus, education institutions must meet criteria in each of the three categories: On-Campus Veteran Resources, Mindfulness of Service Member Transitions and Financial Considerations.

"The announcement of additional Home Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partners ensures service members transitioning to civilian life have welcoming communities, educational resources and jobs – all here in Iowa," said Reynolds.

"We are constantly striving to provide an environment that fosters support and success for our veterans and their families," said Julia Heuer, coordinator of UNI's Military and Veteran Student Services. "Collaboration is key, and this is a great start in committing educational and state resources to support those who have served."

For more information on Home Base Iowa, visit www.homebaseiowa.org. For more information about UNI's Military and Veteran Student Services, visit www.uni.edu/military.

November 21, 2014 - 3:25pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Renowned singer Mavis Staples will perform a holiday concert with the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12.

Staples has been an influential artist for more than six decades. She is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a National Heritage Fellowship Award winner. She will perform with the Blind Boys of Alabama, gospel legends who have performed together for almost 80 years. The group is known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material. This holiday concert will feature songs from their new album "Talkin' Christmas!" as well as the band's previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, "Go Tell It on the Mountain."

Ticket prices range from $35 to $50 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 GBPAC, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

November 20, 2014 - 11:10am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Museum has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called "Camp Dodge: Home Away From Home, 1917-1918" by Michael Vogt, curator at the Iowa Gold Star Museum. The presentation is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, on the first floor of Rod Library. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa's communities.

This presentation will illustrate the organization, construction and various aspects of military life and training at Camp Dodge during the first World War using period photos from the Iowa Gold Star Museum's collection. This lecture will accompany "Answering the Call: The Cedar Valley, Iowa and World War I," the latest exhibit on display at the UNI Museum. The exhibit examines Iowa's contributions to World War I and the changes that were happening on the home front during this time.

Both the exhibit and presentation are free and open to the public. For more information, or for those who require special assistance due to a disability, contact Jessica Cruz, exhibit preparator for the UNI Museum, at 319-273-2495 or jessica.cruz@uni.edu.

November 20, 2014 - 11:20am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Reginald Green, an emeritus administrator in the academic advising office, will present "The Double Whammy: Cartoon Representations of Minority Women" at noon, Monday, Dec. 1, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). The UNI Women's and Gender Studies Program will sponsor this event.

Green will discuss a variety of common myths and stereotypes related to race and gender. Humans are known to have a limited understanding of how the roles of race and gender fit into society. Cartoons often shape our views at a young age, which unfortunately leads to misunderstandings later in life. Green will speak on the differences between common generalizations and biases of how humans understand race and gender.

Green's talk will bring up important points providing critical analysis of how our mindset is established at an early age. He will go into detail of current stereotypes and how they're changing over time.  Green will also speak about homosexuality, marriage and racial group membership.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu.

November 19, 2014 - 4:22pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa alumni are invited to apply for a 2015 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 the 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 at www.uni.edu/provost/resources/merchant-scholarships. Deadline for completed applications is March 1, 2015.

For more information, contact Coleen Wagner, secretary in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, at 319-273-2518 or coleen.wagner@uni.edu.

November 19, 2014 - 4:36pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music hosted the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) district student auditions on the UNI campus Nov. 7 and 8. The School of Music hosted approximately 250 students, 40 adjudicators and 45 pianists from universities, colleges, high schools and private studios throughout the state. The event was coordinated by UNI voice division faculty, along with more than 90 student organization and community volunteers and eight faculty and student pianists.

UNI had 11 students receive top honors at the auditions. These students claimed five first-place honors and six second- and third-place awards.

Andrew Cutler of Waukee earned first place in Division II. Megan Grey of Cedar Falls earned first place in Division VB. Leia Lensing of Solon earned first place in Division VII. Brandon Schneider of Antioch, Illinois, earned first place in Division VIII. Sarah Draffen of Reinbeck earned first place in Division IX.

Aaron DeSantiago of Council Bluffs earned second place in Division IB. Adam Brown of Urbandale earned second place in Division VI. Kayla Kjeldseth of Sioux City tied for second place in Division IX with Katherin Kneisley of Rochester, New Hampshire. Lauren Soukup of Marion earned third place in Division IB. Laurelin Berkley of Leclaire earned third place in Division III.

For additional information, contact Caroline Boehmer, UNI School of Music communication and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028, caroline.boehmer@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/music.

November 18, 2014 - 4:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Seven University of Northern Iowa art education majors are teaming up with Hoover Middle School students from the expanded learning program (ELP) to build and distribute Little Free Libraries throughout the Waterloo community. Little Free Library is a "take a book, return a book" system, which incorporates a box, like a mailbox, full of books where anyone can stop by and pick up or drop of a book. Four of these libraries currently exist in Cedar Falls, but there are none in Waterloo ... yet.

In late October, Hoover Middle School students designed and built the libraries with the help of Dan Perry, a shop technician at UNI, and professor Wendy Miller's art education students. The Hoover students returned in mid-November to paint, shingle and decorate them.

The UNI students involved are enrolled in Miller's class, Issues and Theories in Art Education. "The course is based on social justice art education and the new trends of improving art education through technology, community arts and outreach," said Miller. The main goal of the students is to incorporate art into science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) initiatives. "I believe by adding art to STEM, making it STEAM, the projects are richer," said Miller.

To learn more about the Little Free Libraries project, contact Miller at 319-273-2833 or wendy.miller@uni.edu. For information about STEM, visit www.uni.edu/stemed.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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