University of Northern Iowa had an impact on students participating in the Make Me a World in Iowa event. The annual event is a 2-day festival that highlights African American arts, culture and contributions through education, awareness and preservation. It was held at the Polk County Convention Complex in late January.
The first day is Education Day and attracts 700 students from across the state to participate in educational sessions, a college fair, and a Black History trivia game show. University of Northern Iowa staff hosted three educational sessions during Education Day:
• Greg Stefanich , Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, and Janet McClain, Instructor, Curriculum & Instruction, did a presentation on the parts of the body and how they all work together called "Stanky Leg" after a popular dance.
• Celeste Bembry, Student Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, College of Humanities & Fine Arts, and Kevin Droe, Assistant Professor, School of Music, did a presentation on "How to Use a Sound Board" to teach students about music production/sound.
• Recayi (Reg) Pecen, Associate Professor, Industrial Technology; Latricia Hylton, Math Coordinator, Academic Learning Center; and Tonja Roberts, representing the Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative, did a presentation representing science and math teaching. •
Actor Boris Kodje and author Greg-Alan Williams were the 2010 headliners. UNI was a bronze sponsor, donating $5000 to the event for the second year in a row. University of Northern Iowa involvement in the event is coordinated by Consuela Cooper, Office Admissions.