Iowa ranked 10th in the U.S. with percentage of population age 65 or older. "Aging in rural Iowa has unique challenges," according to Elaine Eshbaugh, the Davis Professorship of Gerontology, 319-273-6083.
Each year, the University of Northern Iowa Office of Career Services releases a report detailing post-graduation success. In 2013, 88 percent of respondents were either employed or receiving further education – the highest number in the past five years.
The annual graduate report categorizes respondents by department and major. The overall "occupied" percentage accounts for students who are employed, full-time volunteers, serving in the military, or full-time, stay-at-home parents.
In January, 400 athletes, 200 coaches and chaperones, and 300 volunteers attended the Special Olympics Iowa Winter Games in Dubuque. More than 50 of those volunteers were students from the University of Northern Iowa.
In 1986, Joe Wilson, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, was asked to help run the games. Gradually, Wilson began bringing student volunteers to the event and has since made it an annual volunteer opportunity.
"I used to always hate my body and hate the way I looked," said junior mathematics education major and women's and gender studies minor Paige Hageman. Like a lot of girls, Hageman grew up reading magazines and comparing herself to the models she saw on the glossy pages. "I was always like, 'Why can't I just be this stereotypical girl and fit into all this?'"
Speeding down a twisting, turning, ice-covered track at 90 miles per hour on the banked curves of the Olympic bobsled track looks kind of fun—until you're in the sled.
"It's actually a violent ride," says Dan Steele, UNI's track and field head coach and brakeman for the four-man bobsled team that won bronze at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. "You can reach more than 5 G's in a turn and your body is compressed into positions you didn't think were possible.
University of Northern Iowa students, faculty and staff now have the ability to take UNI with them wherever they go... on their smartphones! The MyUNI mobile app is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Android phones and other phones, such as Windows phones and Blackberry, via mobile Web.
Edward Failor and Tyler Campbell became buddies while playing youth sports in their hometown of Muscatine. They learned how to tackle problems on and off the field, how to strike a balance between sports and schoolwork, and how to cheer on each other and their team. The boys' parents were able to pay the sign-up fees and the costs for equipment and team travel. The two friends learned, however, that many parents cannot.
Prior to becoming Panthers, Dallas Center high school students Maria and Niah Howard went on a mission trip to El Salvador with a delegation from their church.
"We fell in love with the country and the people we met," said Maria. "They had a spirit of genuineness, compassion and resilience that was simply unforgettable."
The sisters were deeply concerned, however, about the poor living conditions and their new friends' stories of hardship. "Our eyes were opened to a reality we had previously not understood," Maria said.
Three weeks. Six classes. Thousands of dollars. UNI students can invest a little time and receive big payoffs now and for years to come by taking the free course Live Like a Student. This non-credit course is offered by the Office of Student Financial Aid several times a semester, which means it can fit into almost any student's busy schedule.
From the television screen to the workshop to the streets. The University of Northern Iowa's Physics of Mario Kart camp brought the classic video game, "Super Mario Kart," to life. Eight high school students spent a week constructing life-sized Mario karts and took them to the walkways on campus for some friendly racing.