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April 14, 2015 - 2:41pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) is hosting the 9th Annual MVP Student Leadership Summit from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 17, at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Attending will be 250 high school students and faculty. Students and staff members participating in the summit include those from the Sioux City Community School District, Council Bluffs Community Schools, Fort Dodge Senior High, and the Davenport School District.

Leadership workshops and sessions will include topics such as cyber bullying, sexting and social media, healthy relationships, “Iowa Safe Schools” strategies, and facilitation skills. This year’s keynote is George Boykin, executive director of the Sanford Center.

The summit is funded and supported through a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health. UNI has hosted the MVP Leadership Summit since 2011.

For more information on the CVP and MVP, contact Alan Heisterkamp at 319-273-3124 or

April 14, 2015 - 2:49pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI College of Education will sponsor a lecture featuring Jonathan Kozol, a well-known author on the experiences of children living in impoverished communities. He will share strategies for what we can do in classrooms and beyond to support the nation's poorest children.

"Children of Poverty in our Public Schools" will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 30, in Schindler Education Center Room 244. Kozol's books will be available for purchase following the lecture. The event is in conjunction with the Education Summit being held on Friday, May 1.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephanie Logan, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-5695 or

April 14, 2015 - 4:07pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a screening of the critically acclaimed film "The Hunting Ground" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

"The Hunting Ground" is a documentary that exposes the fight for justice against sexual assault on college campuses through the eyes of the victim. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and since then has been screened on multiple college campuses across the United States. The film sparks discussion around issues of sexual assault and the role of the university in investigating and aiding the victims of rape. The film was subsequently picked up by CNN, who will feature the film in an upcoming special.

A panel discussion about response services available at UNI and in the Cedar Valley community will follow the film. Panelists will include representatives from university administration, victim advocates, fraternities and other areas on campus and in the community. The event is the film's Cedar Falls premiere.

The UNI Interfraternity Council, in collaboration with other on-campus departments and programs as well as community services, will sponsor this screening. UNI counseling center staff and community advocates will be on hand to provide resources and support during and after the film.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about "The Hunting Ground" and to view the official trailer, visit


April 13, 2015 - 10:07am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate environmental efforts during Earth Week, Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24. Earth Week is a campus-wide event that involves the campus community in environmental action through a number of interactive and education events.

There will be a campus cleanup at 4 p.m., Tuesday April 21. Volunteers will meet in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) atrium.

The UNI Earth Day celebration fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 22. The fair will take place in the northwest courtyard outside Maucker Union and will include free bike tuneups, education and information booths, games and prizes, a plastic bag exchange, and a plant giveaway. Individuals can also make s'mores and try pedal-powered smoothies.

The film "Cleantech Future" will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 22, in the CEEE auditorium.

Cedar Valley Association for Soft Trails will host a 5k fun run on UNI's Prairie Preserve at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 23. Runners will meet at the Prairie Preserve, located at 29th and Walnut streets. All levels of runners are welcome.

A biannual event to pick up and bag trash on Highway 20 with UNI AmeriCorps will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, April 24. Transportation will be provided from the CEEE to the cleanup site. 

For a complete list of Earth Week events, go to For more information, contact Jenny Bruss, RRTTC program and community outreach coordinator, at 319-273-3689 or


April 13, 2015 - 2:29pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been recognized by two independent organizations, and, as offering online graduate programs in education that rank in the top 20 in the country for 2015. UNI placed 13th and 17th, respectively.

"It's well known that an abundance of online graduate programs exists for educators, so it's especially gratifying to be recognized for having some of the best online programs in the country," said Kent Johnson, dean of Continuing Education and Special Programs. "UNI's faculty and support staff do a fantastic job in making affordable, high-quality distance learning offerings available to educators who are seeking an engaging, meaningful degree. We hope that adult learners who are in search of flexible, high-quality online opportunities give us a look."

UNI offers more than 25 degree and certificate programs in education at a distance, using a variety of delivery methods, including videoconferencing and online instruction via eLearning. Some programs include in-person instruction on UNI's campus or at an off-campus location. Most programs also incorporate a cohort model in which students move as a group through a well-defined pathway to their degree. The approach fosters a genuine sense of community, even though students may be dispersed geographically around the country and world.

To view the rankings in full, visit and For more information, contact Johnson at 319-273-2122 or or visit

April 13, 2015 - 10:32am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) group exhibition from Monday, April 27, through Saturday, May 9, on the main floor of Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., April 27, in the KAB South lobby.

-Ashlie Coady of Urbandale will present an exhibition titled "To Hold Your Hand Again," which emphasizes the traditional processes of printmaking and sewing. Coady's most recent work immortalizes her late grandmother through memory and the ways that memories become fragmented over time. "By using the two creative processes, I can both evoke my past relationship with her as well as create new bonds directly through art-making," said Coady.

-Sarah Etringer of Reinbeck will present "Replanting the Past," an exhibition addressing the issue of prairie conservation through drawing, printmaking and sewing. "I am constantly noticing small things on the ground or big things in the sky," said Etringer. "If something grabs my attention I will detour from my original path to follow what intrigues me. Following my interests led to me becoming enamored of what remains of the prairies."

-Estephania González of Perry is pursuing a B.F.A. in performance art and a B.A. in art history. González's art exhibition is titled "EnZeitraum," an immersive video installation that surrounds the viewer, creating a dream world suggestive of multiverses, time travel and memories. The images to be projected in the gallery space were created in various locations using the artist's body and other symbolic objects, which she then used to visually alter the space through performative actions.

-Kelsey Sorensen of Manly will present an exhibition of ceramics titled "Equilibrium." Sorensen's earliest memories involve the garden and the continuous cycle of growth, death and rebirth. "I emphasize my passion for nature by altering wheel-thrown vessels and creating surface texture that mimics the effect of time on living and nonliving things," said Sorensen.

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.

For additional information, visit or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or

April 10, 2015 - 2:58pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre and Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) will present "Funny as a Crutch and Other _________ Things." The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18, in Lang Hall, Room 040, on the UNI campus.

"Funny as a Crutch and Other _________ Things" skewers stereotypes, archetypes, prejudices and assumptions both toward and within the disabled community. Through the performance of poetry, personal narrative, drama and a little bit of humor, "Funny as a Crutch and Other __________ Things" challenges audiences to rethink the role humor plays in revealing our attitudes toward our own mental and physical disabilities.

"We hope to move audiences from a play of sympathy to one of empathy," said Karen Mitchell, professor of communication and performance studies and show co-director. "This show is an honest conversation around the issue of ableism."

Amandajean Freking Nolte, instructor of communication studies, director of SAVE and show co-director, added, "While this performance won't dismantle ableism and solve issues of disability on UNI's campus, we do hope it gives people incentive to enter the classroom."

For more information, contact Evan Schares, graduate assistant of communication studies, at 319-273-6144 or

April 9, 2015 - 11:20am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) at the University of Northern Iowa will celebrate National Playground Safety Week from Monday, April 20, to Friday, April 24.

In conjunction with National Playground Safety Week, the NPPS will start a project called Assessment of Iowa's Early Childhood Outdoor Play Environments. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the status of outdoor play spaces in public early childhood programs in the state of Iowa. These assessments help to ensure that playground areas are up to current safety standards.

Two awards are also given out annually to those who have made a significant difference in creating safe play areas for children. The Ahren's Playground Safety Advocate of the Year award is given to an individual who has displayed outstanding effort to provide playground safety for children. The John Preston Safe Playground Award is given to a group or organization that had displayed these same efforts toward playground safety. The winners of the awards will be announced during Playground Safety Week.

For more information on National Playground Safety Week, visit For more information on events happening during the week at UNI, contact Heather Olsen, associate professor of health, physical education & leisure services, at 319-273-6173 or

April 8, 2015 - 3:03pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a screening of the short documentary "Of Many" at 7 p.m., Monday, April 13, in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of violence in the Middle East and the tension between Jewish and Muslim students on college campuses, "Of Many" focuses on the surprising and transformative relationship between an orthodox rabbi and imam, who are both university chaplains in New York City. Through a series of voyages to communities struck by catastrophe, the film highlights young Jews and Muslims working together and overcoming long-standing divides.

Following the screening, there will be an interfaith discussion panel with Dave Glenn-Burns from the Wesley Foundation, Erin Maidan from the Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Waterloo and Imam Ahmed al Khaldy from the Muslim American Society of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. The screening and discussion panel are free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Diversity Council and the Explorers of Religion. For more information, contact Susan Hill, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, at 319-273-2553 or

April 7, 2015 - 4:29pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will conduct Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) training on Sunday, April 12, at Camp Dodge, in Des Moines in conjunction with their Combined Leadership Training Exercise (CLTX) April 10 through 12.

The MVP training for more than 300 cadets from Nebraska and Iowa will provide skills on how to be an active bystander to help prevent sexual violence on their campuses and in their communities. These skills will also help them in the Army once they are commissioned as second lieutenants. The overall CLTX will challenge cadets on their physical, mental and leadership skills.

Funding for the MVP training was made possible by a grant from the HopeLine® by Verizon program.

For more information on the training, contact Glen Keith, lieutenant colonel and department head of military science-ROTC, at 319-273-6178 or

April 6, 2015 - 9:53am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Holocaust survivor and artist Miriam Brysk will share her story in a presentation for the 7th annual Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education lecture. Her presentation is titled "Survival in the Russian Partisans of the Lipiczany Forest" and will be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, April 20, in Sabin Hall Room 2.

Brysk was born in Warsaw, Poland, and came to America in 1947 at age 12 with no previous schooling and unable to speak English. Her two dreams in life were to become a scientist and an artist. She obtained her Ph.D. in biological sciences from Columbia University and went on to become a scientist and medical school professor at the University of Texas. Since her retirement, she has become a digital artist and writer depicting the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust. She has created three major art exhibits: "In a Confined Silence," "Children of the Holocaust" and her latest, "Scroll of Remembrance," which will be displayed along with some of her other works at the Grout Museum of History & Science in Waterloo.

The presentation is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, contact Stephen Gaies, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, at 319-273-3870 or

April 6, 2015 - 10:20am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Each spring, departments at the University of Northern Iowa select distinguished graduates to participate in the Alumni in Residence program. These accomplished alumni return to campus to speak with students about their professional experiences and help them understand the connection between the theory they learn in the classroom and the practice in the professional world. Alumni also meet with faculty groups to discuss current trends and issues in the workplace, tour campus and visit with student organizations about how extracurricular experiences may open doors during their job searches. In addition, alumni are invited to attend a joint luncheon hosted by the UNI Alumni Association and UNI Foundation.

The selection of alumni participants and their Alumni in Residence experience is coordinated by each college. The 2015 class includes:

College of Business Administration
- Accounting: Doug Opheim '80, chief financial officer, McGladrey LLP (Minneapolis, Minn.)

- Economics: Amy Harris '95, chief economist and administrator of the research and analysis division, Iowa Department of Revenue (Urbandale)

- Finance: Jamie Freeman '93, senior vice president, Bank of America (Lake Worth, Fla.)

- Management: Matt Wiewel '90, voice over artist, VoiceGuyMatt LLC (Parkville, Mo.)

- Marketing: Bob O'Rourke '83, group senior vice president, Target Corp. (Eden Prairie, Minn.)

College of Education           
- Curriculum & Instruction: Stan Norenberg '57, retired high school principal (Adel)

- Educational Leadership & Postsecondary Education: Brenda Maro '97, assistant principal, Washington Middle School (Dubuque)

-Educational Psychology & Foundations: Brian Poncy '98, '02, associate professor, Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, Okla.)

- School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services: Cindra Kamphoff '98, associate professor, Minnesota State University (Mankato, Minn.)

College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
- Biology: Suzanne Bartlett '92, physician and medical director, Mercy Integrative Medicine Center (Cedar Falls)

- Communication Studies: Michael Rueber '02, owner and creative director, Around the Corner Productions (Cedar Falls)

- Languages and Literatures: Susan Kerns '02, assistant professor, Columbia College Chicago (Milwaukee, Wis.)

- Mathematics: Mary Theilen '99, vice president, American Family Insurance (Columbus, Wis.)

- Music: Karen Fannin '96, director of bands, University of Nebraska Omaha (Omaha, Neb.); Aaron Hynds '11, contemporary music doctoral student, Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio)

- Physics: Brad Neagle '86, founder and vice president, Essen Bioscience (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

- Theatre: Thomas White '11, production manager, Commonweal Theater Company (Lanesboro, Minn.); Bailey Otto '12, production stage manager, Commonweal Theater Company (Lanesboro, Minn.)

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Criminology and Sociology: Carl B. Boyd '87, judge, Cook County District 6 (Chicago, Ill.)

- History: Jack Petersen '78, counsel, Principal Life Insurance Company (Clive)

- Interior Design: Serena Zwanziger '03, interior designer, Invision Architecture (Janesville)

For more information, contact Amy Mohr, associate director of Alumni Relations, at 319-273-3094 or


April 6, 2015 - 3:21pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the State of Iowa Physics Competition from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16, in the McLeod Center.

Participating high school students qualified at regional competitions and represent the top teams from Area Education Agencies across the state. The competition is a series of five events that stress creativity, ingenuity and an understanding of physics-related ideas and is intended to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Events include catapult, mouse trap car, bridge building, soda-straw arm and a challenge problem.

For more information, contact Larry Escalada, professor of physics, at 319-273-2431 or

April 2, 2015 - 1:24pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- The University of Northern Iowa IDT (International Dance Theatre) Dance Company will present its annual spring show at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 18, and 1 p.m., Sunday, April 19, in Davis Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The show will demonstrate multiple dance styles such as folk, ballroom, jazz and tap, along with other multicultural and contemporary styles.

Admission for the event is $8 for the general public and $4 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased from IDT Dance Company members or IDT Dance Company director Mandy Masmar.

For more information or to pre-order tickets, contact Masmar, at 319-273-3560 or

April 2, 2015 - 1:12pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will host the Canadian folk trio the Good Lovelies at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 2.

Part folk roots, part Western swing, this Toronto-based trio relies on unerring three-part vocal harmonies, clever songs and funny repartee drawn from a seemingly endless succession of comedic adventures on the road. These Juno Award-winning best friends, Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, will charm you with an intimate and upbeat evening filled with music and laughter.

Ticket prices range from $29 to $35 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at or by phone at 319-273-SHOW (7469).

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

April 2, 2015 - 1:48pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Join in the fight against cancer by participating in UNI's 13th annual Relay For Life, held from 6 p.m. Friday, April 10, to 6 a.m. Saturday, April 11. This fundraising event for the American Cancer Society will be held in the McLeod Center. Relay For Life teams set up campsites overnight and take turns walking around the concourse in the McLeod Center. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant walking at all times.

The theme for this year's Relay For Life is "Wizard of Oz…There's no place like Hope!" The UNI Colleges Against Cancer chapter will host the event. Throughout the night there will be food and merchandise for sale, numerous activities and entertainment provided, along with time for participants to reflect on how their lives have been impacted by cancer. 

The opening ceremony of the event will showcase a celebration of the lives of those who have battled cancer, followed by the first lap of Relay For Life taken by cancer survivors. The 8:30 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony will be a time for reflection and to remember those who have lost their battle with this disease. 

The event is free and open to the public. To sign up or donate to the event, visit For additional information, contact Whitney Stoolman, president of the UNI Colleges Against Cancer chapter, at

April 1, 2015 - 9:57am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Textiles and Apparel program (TAPP) will present its 23rd annual design show on Saturday, April 11, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

This year's show, "Ethereal Garden," will include two scenes: day and night. Day will feature ready-to-wear and night will showcase formalwear. There are 25 to 30 student designers who will be featured in this year's fashion show.

The Northern Iowa Student Government and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences provide funding for the fashion show. For more information, contact Sharon Mord, instructor, School of Applied Human Sciences at 319-273-2378 or

April 1, 2015 - 1:53pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will present the 22nd annual CSBS Student Research Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 25, in Sabin and Seerley halls.

The conference provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to exchange ideas, present research and learn more about the developments in social sciences. Students can attend seminars, lectures and panel discussions. These often deal with future possibilities and job prospects after graduating in the social sciences, current research focuses in the fields and graduate education in the social sciences.

The event will feature keynote speaker Cameron Weaver, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Weaver will present the talk "Optimizing College Drinking: Exploring Risk and Protective Strategies."

All undergraduate and graduate students in the social sciences are invited to participate in the conference. Attendees are encouraged to register before Friday, April 10. Registration is $15 and will include a boxed lunch if submitted by the deadline.

For more information, visit or contact Stephanie Strong, student coordinator, at

April 1, 2015 - 2:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Student Disability Services (SDS) and the Office of Admissions will sponsor a workshop designed to help high school students begin to prepare for the next steps after high school graduation from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 14.

The workshop will introduce students to the differences between high school and college, provide students an opportunity to see what life on a college campus may be like and encourage them to consider pursuing higher education after graduation.

"The transition from high school to college can be difficult for any student," said Ashley Brickley, student disability services coordinator. "Students with disabilities are no exception, but in addition to the change in academics, these students must also understand their new rights and responsibilities as adults with disabilities in order to receive the accommodations and educational support they may need to be successful."

The mission of SDS is to provide services and promote an accessible environment that allows students with disabilities an equal opportunity for participation in educational and other campus activities. For more information, contact Ashley Brickley, SDS coordinator, at 319-273-2677.

April 1, 2015 - 4:29pm


WATERLOO, Iowa --The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's traveling exhibition "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately, genocide. The exhibition opens at the Grout Museum of History & Science, 503 South St., Waterloo, on Tuesday, April 14, and will be on display through Saturday, June 6. 

"'Deadly Medicine' explores the Holocaust's roots in then-contemporary scientific and pseudo-scientific thought," explains exhibition curator Susan Bachrach. "At the same time, it touches on complex ethical issues we face today, such as how societies acquire and use scientific knowledge and how they balance the rights of the individual with the needs of the larger community."

Eugenics theory sprang from turn-of-the-20th-century scientific beliefs asserting that Charles Darwin's theories of "survival of the fittest" could be applied to humans. Supporters, spanning the globe and political spectrum, believed that through careful controls on marriage and reproduction, a nation's genetic health could be improved.

The Nazi regime was founded on the conviction that "inferior" races, including the so-called Jewish race, and individuals had to be eliminated from German society so that the fittest "Aryans" could thrive. The Nazi state fully committed itself to implementing a uniquely racist and anti-Semitic variation of eugenics to "scientifically" build what it considered to be a "superior race." By the end of World War II, 6 million Jews had been murdered. Millions of others also became victims of persecution and murder through Nazi "racial hygiene" programs designed to cleanse Germany of "biological threats" to the nation's "health," including "foreign-blooded" Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), persons diagnosed as "hereditarily ill" and homosexuals. In German-occupied territories, Poles and others belonging to ethnic groups deemed "inferior" were also murdered.

This exhibition is made possible through the support of The David Berg Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Temporary Exhibitions Fund established in 1990, and The Dorot Foundation.

"Deadly Medicine" is sponsored by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, under the auspices of its annual collaboration with the Grout Museum District to bring a traveling exhibit on the Holocaust, on other genocides and on human rights.

For more information, contact Stephen Gaies, professor of languages and literatures, at 319-273-3870 or

March 31, 2015 - 8:38am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jennifer Wiseman, NASA Hubble Space Telescope senior project scientist, will present her lecture "Galaxies, Stars, Planets, and Life: A Dynamic Universe" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The lecture will discuss the latest discoveries from Hubble and present various societal responses to the uncovering of the universe.

Before her current role as NASA senior project scientist, Wiseman headed the laboratory for exoplanets and stellar astrophysics. She studies star forming regions of the galaxy and has an interest in molecular cloud cores, protostars and outflows.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paul Shand, interim department head and professor of physics, at 319-273-2930 or

March 31, 2015 - 8:57am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Mike Licari, University of Northern Iowa interim provost and executive vice president, has announced the winners of the University Book & Supply (UBS) Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2015. The awards honor pre-tenure faculty members who have shown significant contributions to the quality of teaching.

The winners are John Wiles, assistant professor of music; Matthew Webb, assistant professor of mathematics; Nicole Skaar, assistant professor of educational psychology and foundations; and John Burnight, assistant professor of philosophy and world religions. 

Criteria for the awards include taking student needs and interests into considerable account, demonstrating mastery of a variety of instructional techniques, and preparing and utilizing innovative classroom strategies and materials. Nominations are made by faculty, staff and students.

For more information, contact Licari at 319-273-2517 or

March 31, 2015 - 2:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) has granted continuation of accreditation to the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration for another five years, reaffirming the business school's status among the top 5 percent in the world.

 "The extension of our accreditation from the most respected and recognized accrediting organization for business schools confirms that we deliver a world-class business education right here in America's Heartland," said UNIBusiness Dean Farzad Moussavi. "The review team characterized the education our faculty deliver as a 'hallmark of innovation.' The review team also highlighted as best practices our programs to develop students' professional preparedness as well as our efforts to engage critical stakeholders."

Reaccreditation entails a rigorous review by a team of business school deans who examine volumes of materials submitted prior to an intensive on-campus visit.

"It requires a lot of work to prepare for the reaccreditation review, but it's also a good opportunity for self-evaluation to make sure we're operating in line with our own mission and strategic plan and with the highest external standards in business education," said UNIBusiness Associate Dean Leslie Wilson.

AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Accreditation by AACSB International requires a high quality teaching environment, innovative programming and active engagement with industry. For more information about AACSB International, visit

For more information about UNIBusiness, visit

March 27, 2015 - 10:07am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Earth Science will host an advanced storm spotter training course at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 23, in Latham Hall, Rm. 125, on the UNI campus. This training is intended for those who wish to contribute to the mobile spotting of severe weather and those who want a deeper understanding of storm scale meteorology as it relates to spotting severe weather.

This is the first year the training is being brought to northeast Iowa. The course builds on topics that are covered in basic storm spotting classes, such as severe weather safety, tornadoes and how they form, storm type and cloud features. It is recommended, but not required, that individuals attend a basic spotter training course prior to the advanced class.

"Trained spotters are an integral part of the severe warning process for the National Weather Service," said Rod Donavon, advanced spotter training instructor. "They provide ground truth of what is occurring beneath thunderstorms in addition to providing visual confirmation of thunderstorm structure and severe weather characteristics."

All trainings are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Donavon at or Alan Czarnetzki, professor of meteorology, at 319-273-2152 or

March 27, 2015 - 10:13am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will host keyboardist Bruce Hornsby at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 24, in the Great Hall of the GBPAC.

Hornsby has won numerous awards throughout his career, including a Grammy Award for best new artist. Known for his thoughtful lyrics, distinctive right-hand piano runs and creativity in live performances, he has refused to be pinned down stylistically. Hornsby has collaborated with artists such as the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck and Branford Marsalis.

Ticket prices range from $46 to $66 and include a copy of Hornsby's latest CD. They can be purchased at any UNItix location, at 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.


March 27, 2015 - 10:24am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its biannual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Monday, March 30, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Students who have satisfied requirements for admission into the Teacher Education Program are invited to participate in the formal induction ceremony. Deb Tidwell, professor, curriculum and instruction will deliver the Convocation address. Katheryn East, teacher education faculty chair, will present the 206 candidates.

This will be the 49th 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, Convocation committee chair, at 319-273-2591 or

March 27, 2015 - 10:28am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the 47th annual Elementary Literacy Conference on Friday, April 17, in the Schindler Education Center. This year's theme is "Literacy, Leading and Learning: Integrating Inquiry, STEM, and the Common Core."

The conference will feature keynote speaker Steve Jenkins, an author and illustrator of many nonfiction picture books for young readers. Jenkins has written and illustrated multiple books, including the Caldecott Honor winner "What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?" Jenkins will be available to autograph books after his presentation.

A pre-conference event will take place at the Grout Museum/Bluedorn Science Imaginarium in Waterloo from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 16. Jenkins will be available to autograph books, and special after-hours science demonstrations will be offered.

The pre-conference and conference events are sponsored by the UNI College of Education, Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Pioneer Graphics and Abrams Learning Trends. The conference is free to UNI students and faculty, $37.50 for retired teachers if registered before Tuesday, March 24 ($45 after the date), and $75 for current educators and the general public if registered before March 24 ($90 after the date).

For more information or to register, visit or contact Allison Barness, conference chair, at 319-273-2381 or

March 27, 2015 - 3:49pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Johannes Ledolter, professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Iowa, will visit the University of Northern Iowa to present the annual Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in Lantz Auditorium, McCollum Science Hall, Room 137.

Ledolter will speak on "Data Mining and Business Analytics with Big and Small Data." He will review useful methods for data mining and business analytics, describe several applications and case studies where these methods prove useful, discuss the importance of collecting data through carefully designed statistical experiments and conclude with a discussion of target areas of application.

The lecture is funded through a donation from Shankar with additional support from UNI's Department of Mathematics. Shankar, who died in 2008, taught at Ohio University for more than 30 years before joining UNI as a visiting professor.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Department of Mathematics, at 319-273-2631.

March 26, 2015 - 12:11pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration has been selected for the Military Times Best for Vets: Business Schools 2015 rankings. This distinction recognizes and rewards business schools for their commitment to providing opportunities for America’s veterans based on the school's MBA program. UNIBusiness ranked No. 61 among the organization's top 75 business schools for America's veterans.

"We are exceptionally proud to serve veterans who seek to achieve their educational goals at UNI," said Terry Hogan, vice president, student affairs. "The faculty in the College of Business Administration embrace our military and veteran students and provide a level of personal support that I think is unmatched."

Best for Vets provides service members a gauge by which to judge whether a school or program will truly benefit them. The rankings factor in academic quality, outcomes and policies, school culture, student support and cost. The organization, which comprises Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, focused on culture and curriculum that caters to military veterans when conducting and scoring the survey on which the schools' rankings were based.

In addition to this business school-based ranking, UNI has been named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings and was selected as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine for the fifth time in September 2014.

To learn more about UNIBusiness, go to For more information about the military and veteran student services at UNI, visit

Learn more about the rankings at

March 25, 2015 - 9:51am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will host the 24th annual Iowa Conference on Communicative Disorders (ICCD) on Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 7213 Nordic Dr., Cedar Falls.

ICCD is a student-run conference for professionals and provides continuing education activities in speech-language pathology that are acceptable to the State of Iowa and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Guest speakers will present on a wide range of topics, including pediatric feeding therapy, dysphagia treatment, childhood apraxia of speech and behavioral treatments for dementia.

Conference speakers will include Arlene Pietranton, chief executive officer of ASHA; Tricia Armstrong, speech language pathologist at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota-St. Paul; Kelly Farquharson, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at Emerson College; and Lemmie McNeilly, chief staff officer of ASHA.

The cost of attendance is $130 for one day and $200 for both days. After Tuesday, March 31, the cost is $140 for one day and $210 for both days. Online registration is available at until March 31. Guests can also register via mail until the conference date. The registration form is available to print at

For more information, contact Megan Butz and Andrew McFadden, ICCD co-chairs, at

March 25, 2015 - 3:49pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will host 31 youth performances of the Kaleidoscope Series during its 15th season, beginning October 2015.

Teachers can request student tickets online beginning at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 15, at

The Kaleidoscope Series for Youth incorporates live performances through drama, music and dance, which supports classroom content such as literature, history, drama and social studies. The series has served more than 440,930 youth representing 33 Iowa counties. The program serves as a tool for teachers to enhance classroom curriculum and character education. One teacher describes it as "an enriching experience for the students." The GBPAC offers tickets to the Kaleidoscope Series for just $1.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the GBPAC, at 319-273-3660 or

March 25, 2015 - 4:07pm


Cedar Falls, Iowa – Dan Nickey, associate director of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC), has accepted an invitation to serve as a member on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.

The committee, established in 1990, is a senior-level policy committee that provides advice to the EPA on air pollution issues and plays a strategic role in assisting the EPA in meeting its mission to protect human health and the environment. 

“Dan’s experience makes him more than qualified to serve on this committee,” said Jim Olson, director of the IWRC. Nickey has managed the Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program since 2001, continually works with businesses throughout Iowa to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act, and serves as the IWRC’s liaison with regulatory agencies and associations.

“I am honored to be invited to serve on the advisory committee and hope to continue to provide a voice to small businesses regarding air quality issues and regulations,” said Nickey. Nickey’s two-year term has begun and will continue through March 2017.

About Iowa Waste Reduction Center. The IWRC has been providing environmental services, including business assistance, industry training, as well as research and development for more than 25 years. The IWRC is a non-profit organization, part of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit

March 25, 2015 - 4:45pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The RodCon committee at the University of Northern Iowa has been awarded the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) Innovation in College Librarianship Award for their work on the RodCon 2014 program. The annual award is presented to American Library Association (ALA) members who demonstrate innovation in their work with undergraduates, instructors and the library community.RodCon

The recipients of the award are RodCon committee members Melinda Beland, Angie Cox, Melissa Gevaert, Anna Hollingsworth and Linda McLaury. The award will be presented during the CLS program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

RodCon brought faculty, staff, students and community members into the library for a day of programs and events, including lectures that covered a variety of disciplines, from gender studies to communication. Students also presented and were involved with the costume contest and other events.

"We liked the draw of people to the library as a new way to engage students and faculty with one another and others in the community," said award chair Amy E. Badertscher, director of library services at Kenyon College.

This year's RodCon is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at the Rod Library. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

For more information about the award, contact committee members Angie Cox at 319-273-2839 or, or Melinda Beland at 319-273-2802 or

March 19, 2015 - 2:31pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with other partners, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 26, in front of Maucker Union. This event will teach students, staff, faculty and community members to prepare for emergencies during the school's first Ready Campus event.

The UNI Global Health Corps and Center for Immigrant Leadership are sponsors, along with the UNI police department and UNI Army ROTC. The Red Cross, County Emergency Management, National Guard, Team Rubicon, Star One Search and Rescue, Iowa State troopers, Community Emergency Response Teams, Iowa Civil Air Patrol and other organizations will be present to display their equipment and have informational tables about their organization.

The University of Northern Iowa is the only university in Iowa that FEMA asked to hold this event because of the extensive involvement in disaster relief programs on campus. While at the fair, students can also learn how to pursue degrees in global health and humanitarian aid at UNI.

For additional information, contact Mark Grey, professor of anthropology, at 319-273-6496 or, or Michele Devlin, professor of health promotion, at 319-273-5806 or

March 18, 2015 - 3:29pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jake Heggie will visit UNI as part of the Meryl Norton Hearst Visiting Artists Series. Heggie is the American composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, To Hell and Back, and Out of Darkness: a triptych of holocaust stories. He also has composed more than 250 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works.Jake Heggie

Three different events will be held during Heggie's residency at UNI. The Hearst Visiting Artist concert: Works of Jake Heggie will feature UNI faculty and students at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The School of Music Convocation will feature Heggie and will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 27, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Lastly, UNI students will perform art songs of Jake Heggie during the Hearst Visiting Artist concert and Iowa Composers Forum at 6 p.m., Friday, March 27, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. 

All events featuring Heggie are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, communications and operations coordinator for the School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or

March 17, 2015 - 8:55am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Energy production affects everyone and ethical issues arise throughout the process, from source to production to consumption. Craig VanSandt, holder of the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, has lined up a day of speakers and discussions at the University of Northern Iowa on April 15 to provide a comprehensive picture of energy production in the state and to discuss economic effects, environmental impacts, legal aspects, agricultural viewpoints and employment prospects related to the topic.

The Ethics of Energy Production runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, and will be held in rooms throughout Maucker Union on the UNI campus. Speakers will address:

  • Concerns about how Iowa and the U.S. will meet future energy needs.
  • The proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline and Rock Island Clean Line projects.
  • The approval process for proposed energy production projects.
  • How to get your voice heard in the discussion.

A full schedule is available at

Admission is free, but registration is required to assure that we will have enough seats for everyone attending. For more information and to register, visit

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, California, 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.

March 16, 2015 - 3:48pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is a top graduate school in education, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools ranking.

Graduate degrees included in this ranking include the Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Education and Doctor of Education. Nearly 32 percent of teachers and 37 percent of school administrators in Iowa are UNI graduates.

The College of Education is also a member of The Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED), a consortium of more than 80 colleges and schools of education that have committed resources to work together to undertake a critical examination of the Doctorate in Education (EdD).

UNI's College of Business Administration was also recognized in the rankings, being named a best part-time MBA program. UNIBusiness is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard of business school accreditation and a distinction earned by fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

Graduate schools are evaluated on standardized test scores of newly enrolled students, opinions from experts on each program's quality, acceptance rates and other criteria.

"This award recognizes the excellent work of UNI's graduate faculty and students," said April Chatham-Carpenter, interim associate provost for academic affairs and interim dean of the Graduate College. "UNI's nationally and internationally recognized faculty provide graduate students with personalized experiences to help them meet their individual goals and career aspirations. By participating in research, creative activity and community service, UNI graduate students are prepared to be leaders in the workplace and community and to make a difference in the lives of others."

Full rankings and data can be found at For more information, contact Michael Licari, interim provost and executive vice president, at 319-273-2517 or

March 11, 2015 - 9:39am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Rachael Johnson, UNI freshman education major, has been appointed to the Board of Regents (BOR), State of Iowa by Gov. Terry Branstad. As a student member of the BOR, she will be the voice of all students who attend Regents institutions (UNI, Iowa State University, University of Iowa, Iowa School for the Deaf and Iowa School for the Blind) She will have full responsibilities of membership: attending meetings, serving on committees and voting.Rachael Johnson

"Gov. Branstad believes that Ms. Johnson will be an exceptional addition to the board and looks forward to her service as the administration continues to strive to affordable, world-class education," said Jimmy Centers, Branstad's communications director.

Johnson is from Sioux City where she attended Sioux City North High School. She is apart of the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) at UNI and is a College of Education senator, serving on the campus relations committee and Pepsi fund committee of NISG.

She's always been surrounded by the world of learning and feels the seed of education was planted in her at an early age. Johnson had the opportunity to volunteer on various committees for the Sioux City Community School District, which showed her the intriguing inner workings of the field of education. "You notice how teachers take extra time with students to help lead them on the right path. Witnessing these powerful, encouraging moments is exhilarating and ignites my passion for teaching," said Johnson.

"I am so honored to be able to represent so many outstanding students from across the state of Iowa. I am looking forward to advocating for all the students and making sure that the student voice is well represented at the state level," said Johnson.

Pending approval by the Iowa Senate, Johnson will begin her term on May 1.

March 11, 2015 - 9:52am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Playwright Sean Lewis will visit the University of Northern Iowa to perform "Dogs of Rwanda" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26, in Lang Hall, Room 040. The performance is influenced by the stories of the Federal Theatre Project and sets out to create a stripped-down performance that will grab the attention of non-theatre-going audiences.

Lewis is a playwright, solo performer, director and actor and has won numerous awards in recent years. Lewis describes this play as a way to connect the audience to something bigger than themselves and to make it not only real and understandable, but also immediate.

"Dogs of Rwanda" tells the story of a boy, David who finds himself in Uganda as a church missionary. When he follows the girl of his dreams into the woods to help a Rwandan child, he enters a world from which he will never fully be able to escape. Twenty years after surviving the genocide, a note from the Rwandan boy he once tried to save arrived. "You didn't tell them everything," it said.

For more information on this performance, contact Evan Schares, a graduate student of communication studies, at 319-273-6144 or

March 11, 2015 - 9:57am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will host Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, two of the stars of the Emmy-nominated series "Whose Line is it Anyway?," at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 10.

This interactive comedy show is completely improvised and driven by audience participation, as Mochrie and Sherwood use nothing but their quick wit to create a hilarious and unique experience. Guests will have the chance to yell out suggestions for the duo and may even be brought on stage to become part of the act.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $40 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at 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


March 11, 2015 - 2:04pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A public digital photo archive of Iowa's history will be introduced at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, at Rod Library on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

This digital archive, called FORTEPAN Iowa, is the first of its kind in Iowa and the U.S., and is unique in that it features curated photos taken by ordinary Iowans during the 20th century.

FORTEPAN Iowa is the first international sister site to the Hungarian FORTEPAN project, founded in 2009. The name FORTEPAN comes from the name of a well-known Hungarian photographic film that was made from 1922 to 2007. András Török, a representative of the original FORTEPAN project in Hungary, will speak at the opening reception.

Bettina Fabos, associate professor of communication studies, first developed the idea for the Iowa project after meeting with FORTEPAN directors in Hungary during her Fulbright fellowship there in 2013.

"This has been such a rewarding archive to establish," said Fabos. "We are so proud UNI will be the home site of the very first FORTEPAN state project in the U.S. This will be an unparalleled resource for Iowa history and digital literacy curricula across the state and reaffirms UNI as a leader in digital creativity and education."

Other UNI faculty involved in the project include Leisl Carr Childers, assistant professor of history; Sergey Golitsynskiy, assistant professor of communication studies; and Noah Doely, assistant professor of art.

FORTEPAN Iowa will display thousands of photographs along a sliding interactive timeline and invite visitors to horizontally scroll through highly curated, well-documented photographs digitized at tremendously high resolution.

Many of the photographs have been obtained with the assistance of students in UNI's interactive digital studies program. The photos represent the broad span of the 20th century and contain images of everyday life from across Iowa, including recreation, family gatherings, fairs and festivals, political events, agricultural activities, business and innovation, and education. The archive avoids the typical "great men" version of history, and instead presents Iowa history democratically, from a grassroots perspective.

Because the photographs of FORTEPAN Iowa will be available for free public download and carry a Creative Commons license, the open-source platform will inspire visitors to engage digitally with the high-quality images – a rare opportunity in a heavily copyrighted age, and a significant contribution to the digital humanities, history education and digital literacy.

Unlike other photo archives that arrange images according to collection donor or subject matter, the FORTEPAN interface conveys history chronologically, so it will be easily searchable. The project has been funded in part by a UNI Capacity Building grant and a Humanities Iowa grant. 

March 11, 2015 - 3:48pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Competition from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 26, in the McLeod Center.

High school students from Cedar Falls, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, Dunkerton, East Buchanan, Fairbank, Gilbertville, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Janesville, Jesup, La Porte City, Nashua-Plainfield, Sumner, Traer, Tripoli, Waterloo, Winthrop and other area schools are expected to participate. 

The Physics Competition is a series of five competitive physics events for high school students in grades nine through 12. The competition stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as an understanding of physics-related principles. It is also intended to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Events include: catapult, mousetrap car, toothpick bridge, soda-straw arm and challenge problem. Regional winners and runners-up will advance to the State of Iowa Physics Competition hosted by the UNI Department of Physics on Thursday, April 16 in the McLeod Center. 

March 11, 2015 - 4:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 29, at 8106 Jennings Dr., to highlight its new solar array.

The open house will include tours of the solar array, details about federal and state incentives and information for installing your own solar system. Members of the Cedar Prairie Sierra Club and the individuals and companies that supported the installation will also be recognized.

The CEEE's system was recently upgraded from 900 to 1500 Watts with new PV panels and micro-inverters, and it demonstrates reductions in solar cost and advances in technology. The cost of the original 900 Watt inverter and panels was $7,250, while the new system cost $2,531. Power production information from the solar array can be found at by clicking on "Enlighten Login" and using the email address and password ceee2015pv.

Pat Higby, CEEE energy education and outreach coordinator, is excited to use the new system as a tool for sharing the advantages of solar energy. "This new system allows us to showcase how easy solar systems are to install and maintain," she said.

For more information, contact Higby at 319-273-6012 or

March 10, 2015 - 9:12am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) will hold a swearing-in ceremony for two cadets during the March 13 Waterloo Blackhawks hockey game at Young Arena in Waterloo.

UNI ROTC professor of military science Lt. Col. Glen Keith will administer the oath of enlistment to Joshua Mixdorf and Alec Krekel during the second intermission of the game. Mixdorf and Krekel are members of the UNI ROTC program and have both been awarded two-year ROTC scholarships. Mixdorf will be completing his Master of Science in Biology at UNI while Krekel is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. 

The oath of enlistment is the first step for these cadets as they work toward becoming an Army Officer.  Upon completion of their degrees, both cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Iowa Army National Guard.  

For additional information, contact Jon Thompson, ROTC scholarship and enrollments officer, at 319-273-6225 or, Glen Keith, lieutenant colonel and department head of Military Science-ROTC, at 319-273-6178 or, or Deb Ackerson, Military Sciences-ROTC secretary, at 319-273-7648 or

March 10, 2015 - 9:19am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services will host the 2015 R.J. McElroy Scholar lecturer Linda L. Caldwell at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 2, at the Wellness Recreation Center, Room 252, on the UNI campus.

Caldwell is a distinguished professor of recreation, park and tourism management, and human development and family studies, at The Pennsylvania State University. She will present "Youth Development and Healthy Leisure." Her research primarily focuses on interventions that develop youth competencies, promote healthy lifestyles and reduce risky behavior in and through leisure. Caldwell received her bachelor's degree from Penn State, master's degree from North Carolina State University and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

For more information, contact Chris Edginton, R.J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies, at 319-273-2840 or

March 10, 2015 - 10:58am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will host violinist Frank Almond and pianist Marian Lee for a recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in Davis Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Almond and Lee will also offer master classes for UNI music students on Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26.

Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and is a faculty member at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He holds two degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay, one of the world's most influential violin teachers. He continues an active schedule of solo and chamber music performances in the U.S. and abroad, has been a member of the chamber group An die Musik in New York City since 1997, and founded and directs the Frankly Music Chamber Series based in Milwaukee. He was also one of the youngest prizewinners in the history of the Nicolo Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy, at the age of 17.

Almond made headlines in January 2014, when his prized violin, the Lipinski Stradivarius, was stolen from him in an armed robbery after a concert. The violin, worth as much as $6 million, was recovered nine days later.

Lee serves as assistant piano professor and head of the keyboard area at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She made her New York City debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as winner of the Artists International Award. Lee received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance at The Julliard School. She was also awarded a Fulbright Grant and studied at the Moscow Conservatory for three years. After returning to the U.S., she completed her doctoral degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. Lee is frequently invited to perform at international contemporary music festivals and has given numerous U.S. and world premieres by contemporary composers from Russia, France, the Baltic republics and the U.S.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, communication and operations coordinator for the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or

March 9, 2015 - 11:03am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Women's and Gender Studies Program will host multiple events in March in honor of Women's History Month. All events are free and open to the public.

The events include:

- "Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines," 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in Rod Library, Rm. 324, on the UNI campus. The film looks at how popular representations of powerful women reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation. A discussion will follow the film.

- "Miss Representation," 7 p.m., Monday, March 23, in UNI's Center for Multicultural Education. The documentary looks at how mainstream media contributes to the misrepresentation of women in influential positions. A discussion will follow the film.

- "I AM A GIRL," 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in Sabin Hall, Rm. 002, on the UNI campus. This feature-length documentary shows what it means to grow up as a female in the 21st century.

- "Get Inspired: Four Brilliant Women Scientists from the History of Science," 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26, in Seerley Hall, Rm. 115, on the UNI campus. Jennifer Joy, a New York City-based writer, performer, comic and director, will explore the work of four women scientists who have made a huge impact in the world of science.

- Women's History Keynote Address, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, in UNI's Lang Hall Auditorium. A panel will speak about the ethics of gender-based discrimination and harassment in video gaming culture and social media. The panel will be made up of four professionals in the video game industry: Brianna Wu, Maddy Myers, Samantha Kalman and Patrick Klepek. The goal is to challenge the audience to reflect on their relationships to media and social media.

For more information on any of the events, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or

March 6, 2015 - 8:58am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Jim Wohlpart has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Northern Iowa, pending official approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Wohlpart is currently dean of Undergraduate Studies and professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University. He will assume his new duties at UNI on May 31.Jim Wohlpart

"Dr. Wohlpart has an extensive background in academic leadership," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "He has engaged and advanced student success and academic excellence through developing special skills, knowledge and ability at Florida Gulf Coast University. I am excited that he will be bringing those skills and expertise to the University of Northern Iowa."

Wohlpart earned his Ph.D. in English and B.A. in English and philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He earned an M.A. in English from Colorado State University. During his 21 years at Florida Gulf Coast University, Wohlpart held the positions of chair of the Division of Humanities and Arts and associate dean for planning and assessment in the College of Arts and Sciences. He participated in the development of the Liberal Studies degree and the Interdisciplinary Core, and he was instrumental in developing the First Year and Transition Experience.

"I am deeply honored to be joining the faculty, staff and students at the University of Northern Iowa at such an important time in the history of higher education," said Wohlpart. "With its focus on transformative education and rich community partnerships, UNI is a leader in providing innovative learning experiences that prepare students for professional careers, engagement with their communities and lifelong learning. I look forward to joining President Ruud and the UNI community to advance the long trajectory of academic excellence and student success that make this institution a special place."

The provost and executive vice president provides vision for academic excellence, guides the academic planning and assessment of university academic programs, and provides administrative leadership and organization for all the academic components of the university.

Wohlpart replaces Michael Licari, who has served in an interim position since 2014.

March 5, 2015 - 10:08am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will be hosting the 11th annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, in the UNI Commons Ballroom. The event will recognize the contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders. Ticket prices are as follows: $30/ticket, $100/half table (4), and $200 full table (8). To reserve seats, RSVP to

Awards are available for individuals and organizations. Award categories include Business Partner of the Year, Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year, Nonprofit Board Member of the Year, Koob Award for Collaboration, Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership, Legacy Award, New Nonprofit Employee of the Year and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year. The new Nonprofit Employee of the Year will receive a year membership to the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association and the organization recognized as the exceptional nonprofit of the year will receive a cash gift of $1,000 sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa in recognition for their outstanding efforts.

Any person may submit a nomination. There is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted. Nominations are due by Friday, March 20. Nominations forms are available at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance website,

For more information, contact Juliane Gassman, director of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, at 319-273-2204 or


March 5, 2015 - 10:14am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa will host the second annual Mini Comic-Con from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday March 28.

Activities will include panels, arts and crafts, games, trivia, costume contests and more. There will also be a variety of artists and vendors at the event. A comic book drive will take place, collecting gently used comics that will be donated to area schools.

"I'm very excited about this year's Comic Con. We've expanded the number of vendors, as well as the number of UNI faculty and staff who are planning to participate in the event. It's a great town/gown collaboration and a wonderful chance to show off the library, UNI and engage the community," said Chris Cox, dean of Rod Library.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information and a complete schedule of events, visit