In 2008, UNI was selected to participate in the national higher education project “Foundations of Excellence® (FOE) First-Year.” As a result of this extensive self-study, many university-wide initiatives to improve the first-year college experience at UNI were implemented. On March 5 in the Commons Ballroom, members from across campus came together to celebrate these initiatives and the individuals who have worked to make them successful. Included are the First-Year Cornerstone Class, the MAP-Works early alert initiative, the common reading, ALEKS math placement testing and more.
On Saturday, March 1st, UNI Dance Marathon hosted its 3rd annual "big event" in Maucker Union to raise money for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. More than 1,100 students registered for this year's UNI Dance Marathon to support kiddos receiving care at the UI Children's Hospital and their families. Together they raised $176,498.03 for the hospital! This exceeds their fundraising goal by more than $50,000 and places UNI Dance Marathon in the top 18 Dance Marathons in the nation.
Three Student Affairs Division staff were among the eight individuals honored with a Diversity Matters Award this year. Paul Sapp and Bryant Dowd of Admissions and Kathy Green of University Health Services were presented with the award during the Sixth Annual Diversity Town Hall on January 22. Learn more about all of the winners here.
UNI Dining Services now spend about 29% of their total food purchasing budget on foods from within 250 miles of campus. The purchases made by UNI Dining Services not only help to support local farmers but also the university, as some of the produce is purchased from the student-led campus gardens, Panther Plot. This local food purchasing effort has not gone unnoticed either!
On November 5, Michelle Czarnecki and Ellie Hail, second year graduate students in the Post Secondary Education: Student Affairs programs, won the case study competition at the 2013 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) IV-East Regional Conference. The case study competition strives to cultivate the ability of graduate students to apply theory to practice, while also giving students the chance to showcase their skills and receive feedback from professionals in higher education.