Northern Iowa Student Government

UNI STEM initiatives - featured on the Discovery Channel

By: Spencer Walrath on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 22:58

The University of Northern Iowa's work in helping address the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) crisis will be featured in a half-hour special edition of the Profiles Series, hosted by actor Louis Gossett, Jr. The program will air on the Discovery Channel at 6 A.M. CDT, Friday, Oct. 21.

UNI's segment explores how the university is addressing the needs of students, teachers and industry regarding STEM issues.

The segment also will be broadcast via syndication in the top 50 U.S. television markets and overseas on Voice of America TV.

Colleges and departments are encouraged to link to it from their respective sites. DVD versions of the segment are vailable through the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The DVDs can be used for meetings or presentations.

A one-minute commercial promoting the show will air on TV stations serving Des Moines, the Quad Cities, Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis, as well as stations in the top 30 U.S. TV markets.

The videos are posted on the Executive Vice President and Provost's site

For more information about the Profiles Series, see

UNI I Am A Hero - Riley Martin

By: Spencer Walrath on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 07:25

This week's UNI I Am A Hero is Riley Martin!

"I am lucky to know the best RA at UNI. Riley is full of energy, creativity, inspiration and above all is one of my closest friends who actually cares and listens! Riley has put on multiple activities for her house residents and has taken time to get to know them and take them on outings here at UNI. She continuously plans events and makes sure her residents are aware of the opportunities at UNI. Riley is such a health guru as well! Her door is open and she is a very approachable person with a smile on her face.

Riley helped me become aware of the possibilities I have and encouraged me to pursue my goals. I am lucky to get time with her because she is always busy doing something amazing such as her artwork, attending her residents' events and being involved. She speaks her mind and lets you know what's up in the most positive upbeat way. She always finds good in something.

Thank you Riley for being my guide here at UNI and also guiding others to pursue their dreams!

You are my Hero!" - Gayle Nelson

Congratulations Riley on your nomination!

Don't forget to nominate your friends and co-workers to be recognized as a UNI Hero! Write a brief statement that details why they are a hero, including their name and email address, and email it to

Go Panthers!

Events of the Week - 10/10 to 10/16

By: mojohn on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 07:34

Tuesday, October 11 - UNI Concert Chorale, Women's Chorus, and Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra Concert
7:30 PM, Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
The UNI Concert Chorale and Women's Chorus, under the direction of Dyan Meyer, will offer a shared fall concert with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rebecca Burkhardt. Honoring the memory of ten years since 9/11, the concert will feature a special performance of the piece "On the Transmigration of Souls" by John Adams and is part of the Reaching for Higher Ground series for 2011-2012. This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, October 12 - Film Screening: "The Trial of Adolf Eichmann"
7:00 PM, Room 2 - Sabin Hall
To mark the 50th anniversary of the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, the film “The Trial of Adolf Eichmann” will be shown on Wednesday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m., and again on Monday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m., in Room 2, Sabin Hall.  These screenings are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact or go to


Thursday - Sunday, October 13-16 - Guernica
7:30 PM (2:00 PM only on Sunday), Strayer Wood Theater
Before 9-11, there was Guernica! The Spanish town of Guernica was home to a tragic historical event that inspired Picasso to create a masterpiece. Guernica, the play, follows Eric, a young aspiring artist who meets a man claiming to be Pablo Picasso, offering him a seductive opportunity: create an even grander canvas. Join Eric, the Man, and his mysterious friends as they explore the creative process and the madness of war while the "Guernica," on exhibition, comes to life in this passionate, intellectual drama. The Strayer-Wood Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of this award-winning play.



Friday, October 14 - The Future of Our Children in a Post 9/11 World
1:00 - 2:30 PM, Lang Hall Auditorium
Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, founding president of the Children's Defense Fund and a participant in the Civil Rights Movement with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be speaking.


Special Event - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Fundraiser

By: mojohn on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 15:08

Attention Panthers! Extreme Makeover: Home Edition started construction on a house in West Union, Iowa for Audrey Gibbs and her six children.  Thursday, October 6 from 6:30-8:30 PM there will be a fundraiser for the Gibbs family.  The event will be truck sled pulling exhibition by the Fantasy Truck Pullers, a lawn mower racing exhibition by the Central Iowa Lawn Mower Racing Association, and a demolition derby exhibition put on by Chad Oldenburger. Following the event, a local band will perform. The event will be hosted by one or more of the show’s designers: Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, Sabrina Soto and Jeff Dye, along with special guest, Brett Michaels.

Tickets are $10 for bleacher seating or $100 for the VIP section. The VIP section will allow guests to watch the event from a special area and meet the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” designers and special guest, Brett Michaels. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

We hope you take time out of your busy Homecoming Week to support this cause!  If you are unable to attend the event, the public can help by making a monetary donation through the website or make checks to Family/Build Fund, c/o BankIowa, PO Box 229, Independence, Iowa 50644. Funds raised will help pay for items for the family home, ongoing medical expenses and other costs.

UNI Am A Hero - Pam Creger

By: Spencer Walrath on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 18:25

This week's UNI Am A Hero is Pam Creger!

Pam Creger is a UNI hero because she puts countless hours in each and every week tending to the needs of students and student organizations. She is the glue that holds the Student Involvement and Activities Center together, keeping all of us on track and providing us with answers to any question we could ever have. She is the face of the SIAC, making it feel like a welcoming place for students and student organizations to come to for questions or concerns, and she helps students develop ideas for their organizations. She works so hard at her job at the SIAC while also working on the new Student Informationi System - she is an inspiration to me through her work ethic and cheerful attitude. - Dakotah Reed

Congratulations Pam on your nomination!

Don't forget to nominate your friends and co-workers to be recognized as a UNI Hero! Write a brief statement that details why they are a hero, include their name and email address or phone number, and email it to

Go Panthers!