In September, Tabatha Cruz, Center for Multicultural Education Program Coordinator, was named to the “The Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier’s Class of 2013 20 Under 40.” Each year, the Courier honors outstanding young people in the Cedar Valley who are making a difference in their work and personal lives to make the area a better place. Tabatha was one of twenty outstanding award winners this year. A reception for the winners is planned for November 19, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall. Congratulations, Tabatha, on your accomplishment!
Two staff members from the Student Affairs Division were recently awarded the Regents Staff Excellence Award. Mary Baumann, Associate Registrar, and Dan Schofield, Associate Director of Admissions, were honored with the award during the Iowa Board of Regents staff luncheon on September 11. The Regents Staff Excellence Award annually recognizes staff for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the Regent institutions as well as the State of Iowa.
The Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education and the Division of Student Affairs are proud to announce the fourth annual Student Affairs Preview Day, to be held on November 15, 2013 on the UNI campus.
The fourth annual Rainbow Reception was held on September 11th, 2013. The event featured 20 resource tables and attracted approximately 60 participants. Dean of the Students, Leslie Williams, spoke at the start of the reception about UNI’s success in opening the first LGBT* Student Center on campus and highlighted the updates to the Safe Zone Ally training program, which will now include an in-person component. President Bill Ruud also welcomed the LGBT* community back to campus saying that UNI is a place where you come to be you.
On Monday, September 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., UNI hosted Iowa’s Statewide Military and Veterans Conference for the first time. The title of this year’s conference was “Uncamouflaging Campus Diversity: Creating Transparency through Cultural Competence." Breakout sessions covered issues such as how to best serve those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, how military culture brings diversity to our campus and community, how to support military family members on campus, and several other topics. Over 200 people attended the conference.