Story by Sara Wesselmann, UNI University Relations online magazine and public relations assistant
2010 UNI Year in Review
The top UNI stories of 2010, in no particular order.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
UNI women's volleyball feat
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet delivered inspiring messages of education and peace to two sold-old crowds at the McLeod Center.
Watch a video and read more of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to UNI.
The women's volleyball team advanced to the NCAA tournament after winning its second consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship. This conference title marked the 15th time UNI has claimed the conference crown.
Watch the match point in the championship game against the Creighton University Bluejays and hear head coach Bobbi Petersen's recap of the win.
The renovation of Sabin Hall
Imagine the Impact campaign
Sabin Hall underwent an extensive renovation, making it the first LEED-certified facility at UNI and showcasing the university's commitment to sustainability. The renovation began with faculty and staff moving out in December 2008, and was complete at the beginning of this year.
See Sabin's new look and read about the highlights and features of the new, environmentally friendly building.
UNI held the national launch of its $150 million Imagine the Impact campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in UNI's history. Focusing on scholarships and program support, the campaign began in 2005 and is scheduled to continue through 2013. UNI alumni Mark and Jill Oman supported the campaign by gifting $10 million to fund scholarships for UNI students. Their gift was the largest ever received from a UNI graduate and largest commitment ever received for student scholarships.
In November, UNI underwent the re-accreditation process, conducted by the Higher Learning Commission. UNI was recommended for full re-accreditation, resulting in the continuation of federal funding, student loan funds and transferability of credits to other universities.
For the fourth consecutive year, the number of students enrolled for fall semester increased over the previous year. This growth includes increases in new minority students, new freshmen, new transfer students and new international students. UNI's official fall 2010 enrollment was 13,201, a 0.9-percent increase over the 13,080 enrolled in fall 2009
An Evening with Dr. Cornel West
Women's basketball advances to NCAA Tournament
Cornel West, the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University and one of America's most provocative public intellectuals, spoke about leadership and justice during "An Evening with Dr. Cornel West" on March 25. West stated, "You have to have the courage to find your voice, not just be an echo."
The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team captured the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship to secure the school's first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. The team faced Nebraska in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 21, in Minneapolis, Minn.
UNI men's basketball upset
The Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center anniversary
The UNI men's basketball team advanced to its first appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 after defeating the No. 1-ranked University of Kansas Jayhawks 69-67 in the second round, throwing off tournament brackets across the U.S. The victory allowed UNI to capture an ESPY for Best Upset at ESPN's 2010 ESPY Awards.
Watch UNI's acceptance of the ESPY award at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles.
The Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) celebrated its 10th anniversary of honoring the arts and entertainment. This milestone allows time to reflect on the importance of the GBPAC and to recognize what it means to the campus, community and the state.