News Release Archive
April 1, 2014 - 4:48pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for the Bachelor of Arts in technology management degree program. The online program, designed for graduates with an Associate of Applied Science degree from an Iowa community college, begins this summer and incorporates an applied approach to critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills.
Courses for this program are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. The program uses a cohort model in which students move together through the course sequence until they graduate. The degree will be offered in cooperation with the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium, comprised of Iowa's 15 community colleges. The consortium hopes to promote the concept of moving from credentials available from Iowa's community colleges to a bachelor’s degree from UNI.
"The online delivery of this program opens avenues for nontraditional students with full-time jobs who cannot attend on-campus classes, giving them the opportunity to increase their earning power while keeping up with innovations in technology," said Nilmani Pramanik, program coordinator.
"This affordable program is indicative of UNI's efforts to make educational opportunities more accessible to Iowans, regardless of where they reside. Collaborating with Iowa's community colleges to offer a seamless pathway for students who wish to advance professionally, while addressing the needs of Iowa's manufacturers, provides tremendous benefits to all involved and the state of Iowa as a whole," said Kent Johnson, dean of Continuing Education and Special Programs.
The technology management program is also available in a classroom format for those able to attend courses on UNI's campus. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/tech-management.
A Master of Science in Technology degree is also available for those interested in pursuing graduate study. Learn more about this program at distance.uni.edu/technology-ms.
For information about additional offerings available from Continuing and Distance Education through the University of Northern Iowa, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.
March 31, 2014 - 9:30am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa American Marketing Association (AMA) student chapter completed the Blue Zones Project Organization Checklist, highlighting their long-standing commitment to living a longer, healthier life. The pledge actions completed include offering healthy food options at meetings, hosting wellbeing and educational events, promoting volunteer opportunities, and helping members find their purpose through workshops and career-oriented goals. The UNI AMA is the first business organization on campus to complete the Blue Zones checklist.
"By striving to become a Blue Zones-certified student organization, we hope to lead by example," said Taylor Lubben, UNI AMA chapter president. "Promoting the importance of healthier choices to members, as well as fellow students, was one of our first steps toward committing to live a longer, better life."
AMA is the largest marketing association in the world. The mission of AMA is to assist members in the creation and implementation of their career-related goals and stimulate the development of leadership, interpersonal and professional skills needed to succeed within the professional workforce.
The Blue Zones Project is a global initiative to promote healthy living through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks. The project launched in Iowa in 2011 as a part of Gov. Terry Branstad's Healthiest State Initiative.
For more information, visit www.bluezonesproject.com or contact Whitney Johnson, vice president of community involvement for UNI AMA, at 641-860-0584.
March 31, 2014 - 9:45am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for the Master of Science in Technology degree program. The program begins this fall and is intended to prepare and develop professionals to perform and function as skilled technologists in industrial environments.
Courses for this program are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. The program uses a cohort model in which students move together through the six-semester curriculum until they graduate.
"UNI is committed to making select, affordable educational opportunities accessible to Iowans, regardless of where they reside. We are pleased to provide a pathway for professionals who wish to advance their careers, while addressing the needs of Iowa's manufacturers," said Kent Johnson, dean of Continuing Education and Special Programs.
A Bachelor of Arts in technology management is also available for those interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree. Learn more about this program at distance.uni.edu/tech-management.
To learn more about the Master of Science in Technology program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/technology-ms. For information about additional offerings from Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.
March 27, 2014 - 8:34am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Alan Heisterkamp has been named interim director of the Center for Educational Transformation at the University of Northern Iowa. Heisterkamp currently serves as director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute at UNI and will continue in that role as well.
The Iowa General Assembly has designated UNI as the state's educational research and development center because of it's rich tradition of teacher preparation and focus on improving the educational experience of Iowa's students. As interim director, Heisterkamp will help further the center's initiatives by securing grants and implementing projects related to teacher preparation and pre-K through 12 education; measuring the impact and disseminating the outcomes of the center's research and development; leveraging partnerships across the state to inform decision-makers and drive policy grounded in research results; producing innovations to transform teaching, learning and education systems; and overseeing the center's staff.
"I am honored to be on the ground floor of building and shaping a center whose livelihood is contingent on asking new questions and viewing innovation as the status quo," said Heisterkamp.
Roughly 25 percent of Iowa's educators and 33 percent of school administrators come from UNI. More than 12,000 alumni educators live in Iowa and 500 new teachers graduate each year. Annually, around 3,500 in-service educators connect with UNI for professional development and continuing education. Another 400 in-service educators are enrolled in UNI graduate programs via distance education.
March 27, 2014 - 11:14am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Teaching Educators About Mathematics (TEAM) organization will host its eighth annual Math Fair from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5, in Maucker Union on the UNI campus. The event is free and open to all fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students in the Cedar Valley area.
UNI education majors will facilitate the learning through interactive booths where students and parents can engage in mathematical exploration.
"The Math Fair is an opportunity for these students to engage in mathematics in a fun and interactive manner, which we hope will lead to them enjoying math as they move forward," said Brian Townsend, associate professor of mathematics at UNI. "It also provides these students with a reason to come check out UNI and what we have to offer."
TEAM is a student organization for UNI's elementary and middle-level education majors that focuses on professional development and service. It's an affiliated organization of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and has a sponsorship from the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
For additional information, contact Townsend at 319-273-2397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 27, 2014 - 11:24am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present "August: Osage County" at 7:30 p.m., April 10 through 12 and 17 through 19, and at 2 p.m., April 13, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Tracy Letts' comic tragedy, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama, is the story of the Weston family. Acid-tongued, pill-popping mother Violet summons her daughters to their Oklahoma homestead after the family patriarch vanishes. Thus ensues a storm of jaw-dropping secrets and repressed truths forced to the surface as the dark underbelly of a splintered family is unflinchingly and uproariously brought to light.
The "August" creative team unites the talents of students, faculty and guest artists. The production is directed by Angie Toomsen, a 1997 alumna of UNI's theatre program. Scenery design is by Leonard Curtis, associate professor of theatre; costumes are designed by Jennifer Sheshko Wood, assistant professor of theatre; and lighting design is provided by Eric Lange, Theatre UNI artistic director. The production stage manager is guest artist Jordan Andrews.
In addition to UNI theatre students and community acting talents, the cast includes Cynthia Goatley, professor of theatre, as Violet Weston and Richard Glockner, associate professor of theatre, as Beverly Weston.
Tickets are $14 for adults and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time. For tickets call 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.
For more information, contact Lange at 319-273-6833 or email@example.com.
March 27, 2014 - 2:07pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Organizers of the 2012 Get Energized, Iowa! competition to see which community could reduce their energy use the most, would like to hear from community members one more time. They are asking homeowners and renters in the four communities—Dike, Hudson, Readlyn and Fairbank—to take a short survey about the project. Participants who took the survey at the end of the project in 2012 are especially encouraged to take this follow-up survey. Project partners are the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) and Iowa Policy Project.
Community members can get the survey at several locations in their community. Return boxes for dropping off completed surveys will be available in their community as well. Residents can also take the survey online at tinyurl.com/energyiowa.
Carole Yates, program manager at UNI's CEEE and project coordinator, said Get Energized, Iowa! was highly successful. "Across all of the communities, participants reduced electric usage 4 percent and gas usage 10 percent. Those are very high numbers that show community members really wanted to save energy and to win."
For more information, contact Yates at 319-273-7599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 27, 2014 - 4:11pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa will host Mini Comic-Con from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 29.
A variety of comic book-related activities will be held throughout the day, such as trivia contests; video and tabletop gaming; a kids' coloring contest; a scavenger hunt; a Magic: The Gathering tournament; panel discussions; and a photo booth with green screen technology.
The costume contest will take place at 4 p.m., with prizes awarded in each age category: 10 and under, 11 to 16, and 17 and older.
Panel discussions and presentations will focus on the topic of diversity in comic books, including gender, racial and LGBT issues.
The event is free and open to the public. For additional information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.library.uni.edu/rod-con.
March 27, 2014 - 4:22pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the 46th annual Elementary Literacy Conference on Friday, April 11, in the Schindler Education Center. The conference is free to UNI students and faculty, $45 for retired teachers and $90 for current educators and the general public.
The event will include multiple sessions on topics in the areas of literacy, arts integration and the Common Core standards. It will feature keynote speakers Gary Kelley, illustrator, and J. Patrick Lewis, poet and prose writer. Kelley and Lewis have worked together to create several award-winning books, such as "And the Soldiers Sang" and "The Stolen Smile."
"The UNI literacy conference has always provided a great opportunity for educators to learn from authors and illustrators," said Pam Ziegler, director of elementary education for the Cedar Falls Community School District. "By sharing what was learned from the authors and reading the books to the students, the students were motivated to write their own stories and read more stories by the authors."
There will be a pre-conference event from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 10, at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls where Kelley and Lewis will talk about their work. A new piece of art that Kelley created for the conference will be showcased. The pre-conference event is free and open to the public.
Kelley and Lewis' books will be available for purchase and signing at the pre-conference and conference. For additional information or to register, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/events/elc
March 26, 2014 - 8:37am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One will perform at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 9. The event will include performances by Jazz Band One and the University of Iowa's premiere big band, Johnson County Landmark. The concert will also feature Iowa-born saxophonist Dick Oatts as guest soloist.
Oatts grew up in Jefferson and attended Drake University before starting his professional career. He has performed with numerous groups and artists, including Mel Lewis, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra. Oatts is currently professor and artistic director of jazz studies at Temple University.
UNI Jazz Band One is the School of Music's premiere performing group. The ensemble is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and has appeared at festivals all over the country and in Europe. It is one of the longest running jazz programs in the United States and hosts one of the largest high school jazz festivals in the country each year. The band is directed by Chris Merz, director of jazz studies.
For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, UNI School of Music communication and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or email@example.com.
March 26, 2014 - 8:41am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the biannual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The event will be followed by a reception in the lobby.
More than 200 students have met the requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program and are invited to participate in the induction ceremony. DeWitt Jones, associate professor of educational leadership and postsecondary education, will deliver the convocation address; Becky Wilson Hawbaker, coordinator of student field experiences, will present and affirm the candidates; and Bill Ruud, president of UNI, will grant admission to the program.
Parents and friends of the candidates, along with UNI faculty and administrators, are invited to attend the free event. For additional information, contact Kathy Oakland, chair of the convocation committee, at 319-273-2591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 25, 2014 - 8:39am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's LGBT student organization UNI Proud will kick off the annual campus wide Pride Week with a drag show at 8 p.m., Monday, March 31, in the Maucker Union. "Fluidity Inclusivity" is the theme of this year's Pride Week, and a number of events will explore the nuances of gender and sexuality from Monday, March 31, through Saturday, April 5.
"The Queer Monologues" will be performed at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, in the Bertha Martin Theatre. Inspired by the popular "Vagina Monologues," this production features true and fictional stories of LGBTQIA students.
J Mase III, self-described as "The Rowdiest Transqueer Poet You Know," will deliver the keynote performance at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Mase is the author of "If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I Was the Fiercest Poet Around" and creator of the annual performance event "Cupid Ain't @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine's Day Poetry Movement."
Restrooms in the Maucker Union Ballroom will be declared gender-neutral during UNI Proud's second Gender Inclusive Restrooms Protest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in the Maucker Union Ballroom Lobby.
A number of progressive student organizations have partnered with UNI Proud to host the inaugural Progressive Prom, an inclusive dance party, from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 4, in the Maucker Union Ballroom.
UNI Proud will also participate in the first Out of the Darkness Walk, an event that will raise awareness of suicide prevention from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 5, starting at the fountain outside Maucker Union.
For the second year, the Hispanic Latino Student Union's annual Latino Ball, which will take place from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., Saturday, April 5, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom, will feature drag performers from UNI Proud.
There will also be lectures and film screenings throughout the week. The events are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events or more information, visit www.uniproud.tumblr.com/prideweek2014 or contact Stormy O'Brink, president of UNI Proud, at 319-610-8730 or email@example.com.
March 25, 2014 - 4:45pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band has been invited to participate in the 29th New Year's Day Parade & Festival in London on Jan. 1, 2015. The former Lord Mayor of the City of Westminister, Councillor Duncan Sandys, who is also Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill's great grandson, will be on campus at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center to deliver the invitation to the marching band. A reception will be held immediately following the presentation.
This is the first international performance for the Panther Marching Band. More than 8,000 performers from all corners of the globe will entertain a street audience of around 500,000 during the New Year's Day Parade & Festival.
UNI's Panther Marching Band is the largest student organization on campus and is currently the largest band in university history with 280 members. Marching band students come from 79 different majors on campus and perform five energetic field shows each season for audiences in the UNI-Dome and across the region. With a history beginning in 1892, the band's tradition of excellence has spanned 122 years and generations of dedicated band members to make the UNI Panther Marching Band one of the most exciting bands in the Midwestern United States.
March 24, 2014 - 3:28pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In an effort to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention, the University of Northern Iowa will host an inaugural Out of the Darkness Walk, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 5, starting at the fountain outside Maucker Union. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.; the walk starts at 10 a.m. The event is hosted by UNI's chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society for family and consumer sciences.
"A lot of the time, suicides are not spoken of," said Paige Hoffmann, vice president of UNI's Phi U chapter. "Not only is the walk going to raise awareness of the impact of suicide, but this event is a great way to make UNI more of a community."
The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to raise money, which will go toward the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the nation's leading suicide prevention organization. Those who raise $100 or more will receive a free T-shirt.
For more information or to register, contact Hoffmann at 563-451-6041 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit afsp.donordrive.com/event/uni.
March 24, 2014 - 3:33pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Henry Segerman, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University, will visit the University of Northern Iowa to present the annual Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, in Sabin Hall, Room 002.
Segerman's lecture is "How to Make Sculptures of 4-Dimensional Things." He is a mathematician and a mathematical artist, and works with 3-dimensional geometry, topology and printing.
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 Doug Mupasiri, department head and professor of mathematics, at 319-273-2012 or email@example.com.
March 21, 2014 - 9:48am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Education (MAE) or Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) in Principalship programs that begin fall 2014. These two-year programs are designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as pre-K through 12 principals or supervisors of special education.
Two course sequence paths are offered to meet unique leadership needs. The All-Iowa sequence focuses on school leadership in Iowa’s suburban and rural school districts. The Urban Education Network (UEN) sequence, developed with Iowa’s UEN member districts, addresses issues facing urban education.
“We know that principalship is becoming more challenging, complicated and demanding every year,” said Nick Pace, program coordinator. “We’re excited about the future of Iowa schools because we're inspired by the caliber of aspiring school leaders our program attracts.”
Courses in these programs are offered one night per week during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing. Some courses are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. The first summer session includes a short on-campus experience.
The programs begin this fall using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree or certificate to be awarded in the summer of 2016. To learn more about these programs and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/principalship.
For information about additional offerings available through Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.
March 20, 2014 - 9:29am
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 27, in the McLeod Center. Schools within the AEA 267 region will participate in the competition.
The competition is a series of five physics events for high school students in grades 9 through 12. The event stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as an understanding of physics-related principles. It is intended to stimulate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related skills. Events include the catapult, mousetrap car, toothpick bridge, soda straw arm and a challenge problem. Regional winners and runners-up advance to the State of Iowa Physics Competition on Thursday, April 17, in the McLeod Center.
For additional information, contact Larry Escalada, professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 20, 2014 - 1:20pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education will sponsor two reading performances of "Necessary Targets," a play by Eve Ensler. The performances will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, at the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, and Tuesday, April 8, at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in the Grout Museum District in Waterloo. The performances are directed by Jade Horning, UNI graduate student in communication studies.
"Necessary Targets" is set in the aftermath of the Bosnian conflict. An American therapist and writer visit a Bosnian refugee camp to help female survivors cope with the trauma of sexual violence and genocide. The performance raises questions about the ownership of these stories, as well as the ethics of telling and documenting them. A brief discussion will follow the reading.
Both readings are free and open to the public; however, the show is intended for mature audiences only. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the April 1 reading at the Interpreters Theatre. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the April 8 reading at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum to allow audience members to explore the exhibit "Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide" before the performance. The exhibit is free of charge for those attending the reading.
For more information, contact Stephen Gaies, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, at 319-273-3870 or email@example.com.
March 18, 2014 - 2:49pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Timothy Gay, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will deliver his lecture "Why Isn't God Ambidextrous?" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The lecture will discuss the idea of nature as being "handed" and explore new physics experiments on chirality that may reveal how life began on Earth.
Gay is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is as well known for his groundbreaking research on atomic collisions and polarized electrons as he is for his entertaining expositions on the physics of football. His lecture is part of UNI's Begeman Lecture Series.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paul Shand, head of UNI's Department of Physics, at 319-273-2930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13, 2014 - 9:32am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Rev. Shoken Winecoff, founder and abbot of Ryumonji Zen Monastery, will present his lecture "Diplomacy and Religion," Tuesday, March 25, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event is part of the UNI Diplomat Series.
"The upcoming Diplomat Series lecture will be the sixth in a series designed to inform the UNI and Cedar Valley communities about important international issues of our time," said Craig Klafter, associate provost for UNI International Programs. "We are honored to have the Rev. Winecoff share his thoughts about the relationship between diplomacy and religion."
Ryumonji Zen Monastery was founded in 2000 when land was donated in Dorchester. Since then, four monastery buildings have been constructed in the ancient tradition of Zen monasteries. Ryumonji conducts zazen meditation sittings, which are open to the public, and monthly weekend retreats (sesshins) for lay practitioners. It is also a training monastery for Zen priests in the Midwest.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Klafter at 319-273-6807 or email@example.com.
March 13, 2014 - 9:40am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Do new digital tools fundamentally change the work of those in the humanities and arts, or do these tools simply offer new, more efficient ways of accomplishing the same kind of research and creative activities? Juan Luis Suarez, director of Cultureplex, an interdisciplinary digital humanities research center at Canada's Western University, is on the leading edge of those using digital tools for large-scale collaborative research projects. He will deliver his lecture "Modeling Cultural Networks in the Hispanic Baroque" at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24, in the Slife Ballroom, in the Commons on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Digital humanities are an area of research, teaching and creation concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities.
"The work of Juan Luis Suarez illustrates the scale and scope of current work in digital humanities. Projects that once would have seemed too ambitious or even impossible are now being accomplished by talented researchers," said Jim O'Loughlin, associate professor in UNI's Department of Languages and Literatures and coordinator of The Digital Turn series. "This event is a great opportunity for students to discover how the possible is being redefined."
Cultureplex's Hispanic Baroque Project brings together an interdisciplinary, international group of researchers to explore how the cultural form most associated with the Spanish empire, baroque, has persevered over time. This project argues that baroque patterns serve to create stability in cultures that are complex and characterized by significant change.
The lecture is free and open to the public. The Digital Turn series explores the current cultural moment when the Internet is becoming the dominant cultural medium, and how that change affects writing, reading, language acquisition and research.
For more information, contact O'Loughlin, at 319-273-2002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13, 2014 - 1:43pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO) will travel to Brazil Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 23, to collaborate and perform with the orchestra at the Universidade de Caxias do Sul.
Before entering Brazil, the group will travel to Panama and visit the Panama Canal and other parts of Panama City. The group will then travel to Caxias do Sul to work with students and faculty from Universidade de Caxias do Sul on music that will be performed in several concerts.
A variety of chamber ensemble concerts will also be performed by UNI students in Brazil. Chamber ensembles include a horn quartet, two string quartets, a woodwind quintet, a trombone quartet, a clarinet quartet, a jazz combo and a percussion quintet.
In addition to the 60 UNI students participating, several faculty members from the School of Music will travel and perform with NISO throughout the 10-day trip. Rebecca Burkhardt, professor of conducting and music theory, serves as director of NISO and will conduct the orchestra while in Brazil. Heather Peyton, assistant professor of oboe and music theory, will perform the oboe solo on Vivaldi's "Concerto in F Major for Oboe, Rv. 455." Julia Bullard, associate professor of viola and music theory, will perform with the chamber ensemble Trio 826. Other members of Trio 826 include guest artists Susanna Klein, violin, and Hannah Holman, cello. Amanda McCandless, assistant professor of clarinet, will serve as a faculty adviser and will perform in concert with Bullard and Universidade de Caxias do Sul faculty pianist, Fernando Rauber.
For more information, visit www.uni.edu/music/ or like the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra on Facebook.
March 12, 2014 - 9:45am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration has been selected for the Military Times Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014 rankings. The Military Times Best for Vets distinction recognizes and rewards business schools for their commitment to providing opportunities to American’s veterans based on the school's MBA program. UNIBusiness was 41st among the organization's best 64 business schools for America's veterans.
"It is gratifying to receive this outside recognition for our MBA program," said UNI College of Business Administration Dean Farzad Moussavi. "Our MBA program's high quality of instruction, strong student focus and supportive atmosphere defines the academic philosophy of the entire college."
Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or program will truly benefit them. The rankings factor academic quality, outcomes and policies, school culture, student support and cost. The organization -- comprising 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 2014 rankings, named a Military Friendly University in Military Advanced Education's 214 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities, and was selected as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine for the fourth time in September 2013
To learn more about UNIBusiness go to business.uni.edu and for more information about the military and veteran student services at UNI, visit www.uni.edu/military.
To learn more about the rankings, go to militarytimes.com/bestforvetsbizschools2014.
March 12, 2014 - 3:55pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students have elected representatives to the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) for the 2014-15 school year. Elections were held for student body president, vice president and senate representatives.
Kevin Gartman, a junior business teaching major from Waukee, will serve as the student body president. Paul Anderson, a sophomore public administration major from Ankeny, will serve as vice president.
NISG represents the student body and promotes activities that are in the best interest of students. NISG also promotes student involvement in the governmental process by addressing issues that affect students, such as tuition, financial aid, quality of education and student rights.
The representatives will officially take office Tuesday, April 15. For additional information or a complete list of elected representatives to the NISG senate, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/elections
March 12, 2014 - 4:03pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Masters of Business Administration program has been listed among U.S. News & World Report's top part-time MBA programs. U.S. News & World Report's rankings are among the most widely sought-after university recognition sources in the world.
The ranking is limited to part-time MBA programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Criteria include assessment by business school deans, admission selectivity and students' prior work experience.
"It is gratifying to receive this outside recognition for our MBA program," said UNI College of Business Administration Dean Farzad Moussavi. "The high quality of instruction and strong student focus for which the MBA program was recognized define the education we deliver in the entire college."
UNI’s College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the gold standard of business school accreditation around the world, and has been on The Princeton Review’s list of Best Business Schools for eight consecutive years.
The part-time MBA program is designed for the working professional, with night and weekend classes that focus on real-world situations and managerial best practices. In 2012, the UNI College of Business Administration began offering a satellite part-time MBA program in Pella, Iowa, to better serve the state. It has delivered an MBA program in Hong Kong since 2001, providing an international opportunity for faculty and the option for students to study overseas. A new program in mainland China was launched at the beginning of 2014.
To learn more about UNI's MBA program, visit business.uni.edu/mba.
March 11, 2014 - 10:23am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Daisy Hernandez as the keynote speaker for Women's History Month. She will deliver her lecture titled "Feminists, Comadres, and Maybe Beyonce: Models of Leadership Today" at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24, in the Curris Business Building, John Deere Auditorium, Room 109.
Hernandez is an author and journalist who focuses on race and gender issues, media and sexuality. She received her B.A. in English from William Paterson University and her M.A. in journalism and Caribbean and Latin American studies from New York University. She has written for numerous publications, including the National Catholic Reporter, the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. She is co-editor of "Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism."
Hernandez will be available for a book signing after the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program and funded by the Cutler Women in Leadership Lecture Series, Faculty Senate and Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE).
The final event for Women's History Month, the last installment of the Thursday Reading Series, will be on March 27 at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 W. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls. An open mic signup will start at 7 p.m. and performances will begin at 7:15 p.m. At 8 p.m., Letitia Moffitt, author of "Sidewalk Dancing: A Novel in Stories," will read and discuss portions of her book.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director and associate professor of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7195 or email@example.com.
March 11, 2014 - 8:59am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Dance Marathon exceeded its fundraising goal for the third straight year at its big event on Saturday, March 1. The UNI chapter raised $176, 498, well above its $125,000 goal and a 75 percent increase from its 2013 total.
This total places the UNI Dance Marathon in the top 18 programs in the nation out of more than 200 programs. The group also set the third highest fundraising total ever for a third-year program. More than 1,100 students registered for the event.
This year, the group committed $50,000 of last year's total and $50,000 of this year's total to go toward the new University of Iowa Children's Hospital to fund a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Room, which will be sponsored in the name of UNI Dance Marathon.
Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools. Each school raises money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their community. For more information, contact Sarah Hanson, director of public relations for UNI Dance Marathon, at 515-783-8668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 10, 2014 - 9:52am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Reaching for Higher Ground committee will present the panel discussion "Paper or Plastic & Other Food Myths" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the University Room of Maucker Union. The event is free and open to the public.
Panelists will discuss common myths related to food, food packaging, food containers and carriers. They will also discuss what companies and consumers can do to be more sustainable as well as how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Panelists include Mike Smith, assistant vice president of real estate and sustainability for Hy-Vee; Bill Snitker, non-foods category manager for Hockenberg Newburgh; Catherine Zeman, director of UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center; Carol Petersen, director of UNI Dining Services; and Joe Bolick, process research, reduction and education specialist for the Iowa Waste Reduction Center. Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director of UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, will moderate the panel. Eric O'Brien, UNI's sustainability coordinator, will also be present to answer questions.
The Reaching for Higher Ground project aims to build a stronger campus community, one more accepting of people of different viewpoints and backgrounds. The 2013-14 Reaching for Higher Ground theme is "Food."
For more information about the panel, contact Cota-Uyar at 319-273-JPEC (5732) or email@example.com.
March 10, 2014 - 4:50pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Two businesses from the University of Northern Iowa’s business incubators have been named finalists for the Prometheus Awards presented by the Technology Association of Iowa. The annual awards honor companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in technology.
iTracking Research, which uses an eye-tracking technology to provide a way for businesses to understand consumer behavior, is a finalist for the Outstanding Startup Company Award. The company was founded by Bill Harwood, professor of chemistry, and Mike Whitson, a UNI alumnus. The technology will soon begin FDA clinical trials as a non-invasive way to detect Parkinson’s disease. The business is located in the Regional Business Center's Innovation Incubator.
"College Dayz" is a finalist for the Student Innovation of the Year Award. "College Dayz" is an online comic strip and animated series founded by Tyler Polk, a senior majoring in CPA advanced studies, and Zach Hampton, a senior majoring in art. The series looks to fill a void in the entertainment industry, where there are currently no animated shows focusing on college life. The business is located in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator. The comic is intended for mature audiences.
The winners of the 2014 Prometheus Awards will be announced on Wednesday, April 9, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. For additional information, contact Joe Bolick, communications and grants specialist for UNI's Business and Community Services, at 319-273-6577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 7, 2014 - 3:40pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the panel discussion "Representations of Women in Comics: How Women are Drawn, Dressed, Desired and Discarded" at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the Rod Library, Room 324, as a part of Women's History Month.
"This event is designed to discuss some of the issues facing women in comics," said Annalee Hollingsworth, student library assistant at the Rod Library. "The percentage of comic readers who are women is growing, and the Rod Library wants to be a part of the dialogue about women in comics leading up to our Mini Comic-Con event later in the month."
Panelists will include Annette Lynch, professor in UNI's School of Applied Human Sciences, co-director of the Center for Violence Prevention and author of "Porn Chic: Exploring the Contours of Raunch Eroticism;" Mike Welch, librarian at the Cedar Falls Public Library; and Erin Hamburg, UNI alumna and cosplayer.
Rod Library's Mini Comic-Con will take place from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 29, in the Rod Library. In addition to panel discussions, the event will feature guest speakers, a photo booth, costume contests, and trivia and gaming competitions.
The events are free and open to the public. For more information and a complete list of Women's History Month events, visit www.uni.edu/womenstudies/ or contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or email@example.com. For more information about Rod Library's Mini Comic-Con, contact Angie Cox, library assistant in Rod Library, at 319-273-2839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 6, 2014 - 4:13pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will host the 10th annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the Commons Ballroom. The event will recognize the contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders.
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 organization recognized as Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year will receive $1,000. This award is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa to recognize an organization's outstanding efforts.
Anyone may submit a nomination, and there is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted. Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 19. Nomination forms are available at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance website, uni-nonprofit.org/community-resources/nla-nonprofit-awards/. The cost to attend the luncheon is $30 per ticket, $100 for a half table that seats four and $200 for a full table that seats eight. To RSVP for the event, email email@example.com.
For more information, contact Julianne Gassman, director of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, at 319-273-2204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 4, 2014 - 4:44pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Cedar Valley Local Food Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at the Grout Museum District, 503 South St., Waterloo. Visitors can meet Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers and learn about their farms, sample recipes that can be made at home and learn how to find fresh, local food in the Cedar Valley.
Featured events include "Tiny But Mighty Popcorn," which examines ancient heirloom popcorn grown in Shellsburg; "FRED: Food and Resource Education Demonstration Program," in which participants learn how to cook local foods; and "Food Preservation Techniques," which provides resources about canning and other food preservation techniques.
For $1, participants can make their own butter using local Hansen's Dairy cream, watch a television series that explores farms, restaurants and ingredients that make Iowa food uniquely Iowan and tour the Grout Museum's exhibit "It's Not Your Grandparents Farm, Or Is It?"
Several exhibitors will have booths, including Hy-Vee, the UNI Local Food Program, FRED, Blue Zones, Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, ISU Extension and Outreach, Hansen's Dairy, Northern Iowa Shrimp and Timber Ridge Bison.
This event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the Cedar Valley CSA Farmers, UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) and the Grout Museum District. Event parking is located under the Highway 218 overpass.
For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan, director of the CEEE, at 319-273-7575 or email@example.com.
March 4, 2014 - 4:49pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Department of Art will present the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South from Monday, March 24, to Saturday, April 19. An awards ceremony and opening reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24, in the KAB Auditorium, Room 111.
This competitive exhibition showcases outstanding works of art by students in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competition is Terry Towery, associate professor of photography and digital media at Lehman College of the City University of New York. Towery will make a selection from approximately 350 entries and choose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions.
He will also give a lecture at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the KAB Auditorium and present an exhibition of his most recent platinum palladium prints in the gallery showcases titled "Useless Beauty." These photographic works will be on display from Friday, March 7, through Saturday, April 19.
Towery, also known as Timothy Eugene O'Tower, received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida and has been exhibiting internationally since 1985. His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Harn Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as private collections. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Jill Enfield's Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques, P magazine and Robert Hirsch's Exploring Color Photography: From the Darkroom to the Digital Studio.
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 is located on the main floor of KAB South.
March 3, 2014 - 9:40am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's film series "Food Matters: Individual Choices … Community Concerns" will continue in 2014 with film screenings throughout the spring semester. The screenings are free and open to the public and will be held in UNI's Center for Multicultural Education.
The first film, "King Corn," will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24. The film follows two friends as they grow and farm an acre of corn and in the process, discover a manipulative and destructive food system.
The second film, "The Garden," will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, April 28. This documentary depicts the plight of the farmers of South Central Farm, an urban farm and community garden that was demolished in 2006.
The film series is part of UNI's Reaching for Higher Ground project. For more information and a full list of events, visit www.uni.edu/higherground or contact either Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Thomas Kessler, social sciences bibliographer at Rod Library, at 319-273-2810 or email@example.com.
February 27, 2014 - 11:23am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will present a viewing of the film "Girl Rising" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the Lang Hall Auditorium as part of Women's History Month.
"Girl Rising" is directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins and tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. It showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.
Discussion and refreshments will immediately follow the film. The viewing and discussion are free and open to the public.
This event is sponsored by the College of Education's Diversity Committee's Educators For Change Film and Book Series with support from the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the Center for Multicultural Education and a UNI diversity mini grant. For more information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director and associate professor, Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 26, 2014 - 2:40pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the third annual UNI Dance Marathon. The event will take place from noon to midnight, Saturday, March 1, in the Maucker Union.
Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools. Each school raises money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their community. Last year alone, college dance marathons raised more than $8 million.
Participants will stay on their feet for 12 hours through dancing, games and entertainment to "stand for kids who can't." Dancers will also get the chance to spend time with UNI Dance Marathon kids who have been treated at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
The group at UNI hopes to raise $125,000. Last year's event raised $101,379, well above the goal of $66,000. Money raised from the event goes to the Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
For more information, contact Sarah Hanson, director of public relations for UNI Dance Marathon, at 515-783-8668 or email@example.com.
February 25, 2014 - 3:31pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host "Feeding Black Hawk County Region" from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 7, in the CEEE. Tickets are $20 for the general public and free for UNI students, and include a lunch buffet.
The event will host community leaders, elected officials, school administrators, and food-oriented businesses and organizations that are interested in building strong community economic relations around locally grown foods. The program will cover many topics, including new local food enterprises, economic impacts of locally grown foods and increasing access to healthy food.
February 25, 2014 - 3:38pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Two physics majors from the University of Northern Iowa will present their research at the annual March meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) on Monday, March 3, through Friday, March 7, in Denver, Colo. This is the largest physics meeting in the world. It attracts approximately 10,000 physicists, scientists and students.
Courtney Keiser, from Mason City, researched phase transformation, electrical and thermal conductivity, and the mechanism of surface oxidation of thermoelectric and topological insulator nanostructures. Keiser is advised by Rui He, assistant professor of physics, and is supported by a Petroleum Research Foundation grant awarded to He.
Corbyn Mellinger, from Center Point, will describe and interpret data that indicate there are multiple transitions between magnetic phases as the temperature of a sample of magnetic nanostructures is lowered. Mellinger's research is advised by Paul Shand, interim department head and professor in the Department of Physics, and is supported by an external research grant from the National Science Foundation.
Keiser and Mellinger will present in a special session for undergraduate researchers at the meeting. For additional information, contact Shand at 319-273-2425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 24, 2014 - 9:01am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a lecture on low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR) at 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education Auditorium.
Tom Wind, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer, will provide information on this relatively new technology. LENR allows controlled fusion of hydrogen into helium in small modular reactors that can fit on a tabletop. This results in thermal energy with no radiation dangers, radioactive byproducts or combustion of fossil fuels, at a much lower cost than traditional fossil fuels.
This lecture is sponsored by the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC). For more information, contact Jennifer Bruss, RRTTC program and community outreach coordinator, at 319-273-3689 or email@example.com.
February 24, 2014 - 2:36pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jennifer Cooley, associate professor in UNI's Department of Languages and Literatures, will present her lecture "21st Century Jungles: Representing Workplace Abuses Against Migrant Women" at noon, Monday, March 3, in the Center for Multicultral Education, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The talk stems from ethnographic research conducted with migrant women in Iowa who were victims of abuse in the workplace. A discussion will follow the lecture.
CROW Forums not only build community among people interested in women's and gender issues, but they also allow UNI faculty to share their research with campus and the wider community. Presentations are held at noon the first Monday of each month in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A. All events are free and open to the public.
For more information or a complete list of events, visit www.uni.edu/csbs/womenstudies/current-research-women-gender-crow-forum or contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 24, 2014 - 2:54pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In 1945, a young housewife filed what would become a historic lawsuit that involved the separation of church and state. "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" documents the life of Vashti McCollum, the plaintiff in the landmark case McCollum v. Board of Education. The Peabody Award-winning film will be screened at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) at noon, Tuesday, March 4, and at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in the Center for Multicultural Education. A brief discussion will follow the screening.
"It is important to highlight the names and stories of women that history seems to have forgotten. Vashti McCollum and her story are no exception," said Stef McGraw, president of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI). "Her landmark court case that helped to establish the separation of church and state in public schools is important to both women's history and the history of secularism."
The screening is free and open to the public and is hosted by UNIFI, a student group at UNI that aims to create a community for skeptics, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, secular humanists and other nonreligious people. For more information, contact McGraw at 319-721-3689 or email@example.com, or visit www.unifreethought.com.
February 20, 2014 - 9:26am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sesame Street's Elmo, award-winning author and illustrator Kadir Nelson, and performance artist Nothando Zulu will join the Cedar Valley community for a day of reading at the University of Northern Iowa's eighth annual African-American Read-In from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Maucker Union and Rod Library. The event encourages Cedar Valley youth to learn about African-American history and culture.
"It is our hope that helping children learn about African-American authors and illustrators will help them begin to also realize that African-Americans contributed greatly to education and to the books read in classrooms all other the world," said Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of early childhood education.
UNI's African-American Read-In is a part of the National African-American Read-In, which is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the International Reading Association.
February 20, 2014 - 9:52am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Student organizations in the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration (UNIBusiness) are teaming up to make positive changes locally and globally. They are combining the virtues of sustainability, service and global awareness by raising funds for several projects.
One project is to plant trees in areas of Cedar Falls that were damaged by floods in 2008. The students' goal is to plant 4,000 hardwood seedlings in the community. The effort is part of the Living Lands & Waters Million Trees Project.
Students will also raise funds for emergency operations for International Medical Corps, a $185 million global, humanitarian nonprofit organization that provides healthcare training and relief and development programs in some of the most devastated regions of the world. This organization is led by Nancy Aossey, who graduated from UNI with a marketing degree in 1982 and an MBA in 1984.
Money raised will also help ongoing projects for water purification and education opportunities in Siares, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, a region UNIBusiness students have taken service trips to since 2001.
To raise money for these causes, students will sell engraved donor bricks through Saturday, April 12. Those who give $100 receive an engraved brick that will be placed in a designated area at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls. Those who give $300 receive an engraved brick and their name or logo on the back of volunteer T-shirts. Those who give $1,000 receive the two items mentioned above and a bench placed in the park in their honor.
Donations of any size are accepted. Funds will be distributed with 25 percent used to purchase trees and other materials for Cedar Falls, 25 percent used for the water purification system and educational resources in Siares, and 50 percent donated to International Medical Corps' relief efforts.
All funds will go directly to these three projects and none will be used to cover administrative costs. A list of donors will be given to International Medical Corps and recognized at the Siares water purification facility.
The deadline for donations is Monday, March 31, to have your name or logo on the back of the volunteer T-shirts and Saturday, April 12, to receive a brick. Checks can be made out to UNI-Hardwoods and mailed to Chris Schrage, Curris Business Building 5, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0126.
Volunteers also are needed to help plant trees from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 12. Volunteers will meet west of Bruns Machine, 1824 Lincoln St. in Cedar Falls. To receive a free volunteer T-shirt, you must pre-register at goo.gl/IS8Fw5 by Monday, March 24.
For more information, contact Joe Noonan, president of the Supply Chain Management Association and co-president of the College of Business Administration President's Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org or UNIBusiness Global Opportunities Coordinator Chris Schrage at email@example.com.
February 20, 2014 - 10:11am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the third annual Conference on African-American Children and Families from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, in the Schindler Education Center (SEC). A pre-conference will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in the SEC.
"This conference is very important to bridge the gaps of understanding among people of all ethnicities, races, cultures and socioeconomic statuses," said Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of early childhood education. "This is the only national conference of this nature in the United States, thus putting UNI among leaders in education and in promoting diversity."
The conference will consist of several breakout sessions on the subjects of education and diversity. The keynote speaker is Janice Hale, author of "Black Children: Their Roots, Culture and Learning Styles" and Pulitzer Prize nominee. Donna Y. Ford, author and professor of education and human development at Vanderbilt University, will present the keynote lecture at the pre-conference.
The events are open to the public; registration is free for UNI students and faculty. For more information or to register, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/aac/ or contact Kirkland-Holmes at 319-273-2007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 20, 2014 - 10:16am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Superheroes, supervillians, compost, carcinogens and pink ribbons will come together amid heaps of trash for the University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre production "Wasted" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, Room 040. Using playful costumes, Image Theatre, poetry, art installations and dance, the show will challenge the understanding of waste and consumption.
"Wasted" tells the story of six misfit superheroes who find themselves in an extreme emergency. In order to save the day, they must sort through rubbish to learn about their surroundings. The result is hilarious, heartbreaking and troubling encounters with trash that ask the audience to reconsider their relationship with waste.
The show is an ensemble production conceived and directed by Danielle Dick McGeough, assistant professor of communication studies, and is hosted in collaboration with UNI's Reaching for Higher Ground series. The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. Admission passes will be available 45 minutes before the production begins. The show is intended for mature audiences only.
For more information, contact Dick McGeough at 319-273-6985 or email@example.com.
February 18, 2014 - 11:39am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host UNI Day at the Statehouse from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. The event will highlight UNI programs and inform legislators about the impact UNI has on the state.
"Last year's inaugural event was such a great success," said Jeneane Beck, UNI state relations officer. "I was impressed by the faculty, student and alumni turnout. It really drove home to legislators how important UNI is to the families, schools and businesses of Iowa. I expect this year to be even better because more alumni have expressed an interest in attending and advocating on our behalf."
UNI students, faculty and staff will showcase interactive displays highlighting various UNI programs, departments and organizations. This year's event will feature remarks from President Bill Ruud, a jazz trio performance from the School of Music, and TC, UNI's mascot, will be there to take photos with.
Alumni are encouraged to attend to reconnect with their university and speak with elected officials about the value of UNI.
For more information, contact Beck at 515-971-2563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 18, 2014 - 1:28pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowan Symphony Orchestra will present its pre-Brazil performance at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the UNI campus. The concert is offered as a part of the UNI School of Music Spotlight Series.
Manfredo Schmiedt, conductor of the Orquestra Sinfônica Caxias do Sul in Brazil, will guest conduct works from Brazilian composers Gomes and Villa Lobos. During Schmiedt's visit, he will rehearse the orchestra on Mahler's "Symphony No. 1," which the group will perform during its tour of Brazil in March.
Tickets for this event are $10 for general admission, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for non-UNI students. To order tickets, call the GBPAC Box Office at 319-273-4849 or visit www.unitix.edu. For more information on this or other School of Music events, contact Caroline Boehmer, communication and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or email@example.com.
February 17, 2014 - 3:20pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Award-winning math and science projects that integrate technology into pre-K- through-12 classrooms will be featured during Spotlight on STEM Day on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Innovative Teaching & Technology Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Teachers and students throughout the state, along with UNI faculty, will showcase their work through table displays, demonstrations and presentations. They will discuss the challenges they face as they integrate technology, science and mathematic programs into the classroom while still meeting their school's need to increase student achievement. Some of the presentations to be displayed are award-winning projects associated with the Impacting Achievement with Collaborations and Technology (IMPACT) program.
The day will begin with a welcome at 8:45 a.m., followed by an opportunity for presenters to view the other spotlight gallery displays. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., displays will be open to the public. A series of 20-minute spotlight presentations will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with closing comments and door-prize drawings at 3:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Doreen Hayek, special projects administrator at UNI's ITS-Educational Technology, at 319-273-7300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 17, 2014 - 3:24pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host an open house for the 30th anniversary of Kindergym from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 8, in the Wellness & Recreation Center, Room 155. All families who have participated in the program are invited to attend.
Kindergym was created at UNI in 1984 as an attempt to meet the needs of preschoolers, parents and UNI students. For the past three decades, the student-led program has helped children develop and refine their motor skills. Kindergym is an informal learning environment with activity stations that focus on age-appropriate movement skills that encourage success in a fun atmosphere.
For additional information or to RSVP, contact Rip Marston, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, at 319-273-6882 or email@example.com.
February 17, 2014 - 3:31pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host speaker Cheryl Ball at 7 p.m., Monday, March 3, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus. The lecture is part of The Digital Turn: The 2013-14 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.
Ball's presentation, "Boutique Data in Writing Studies" will consider who gets to decide what counts as evidence, as valid research methods and as recognized forms of knowledge-making. All of these issues are raised when using tools such as metadata to build a "boutique" data repository for writing studies.
Ball studies rhetorical activities and genres in digital media and publishing contexts and is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, in Oslo, Norway. Beginning in July 2014, she will be associate professor of digital publishing studies at West Virginia University. She is also editor of the online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal "Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy."
The event is sponsored by the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures, Rod Library and the Hearst Lecture Series. For more information, contact Jim O'Loughlin, associate professor of languages and literatures, at 319-273-2002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.