Northern Iowa Student Government

UNI Am A Hero

By: Spencer Walrath on Tue, 09/20/2011 - 16:54

I'm very pleased to announce that we are going to be starting a new series of posts that will be updated on this website every Tuesday.

We're calling this segment "UNI Am A Hero" and it will recognize UNI students, faculty, and staff who have taken it upon themselves to make a positive difference in their community. Whether it's picking up litter after a football game, tutoring a struggling high school student, or even warning your neighbors that their house is on fire (which a UNI student actually did this summer), Panthers are making a positive difference in the lives of their friends, family, and neighbors.

So, if you see a fellow student, faculty, or staff member stepping up to help others in their community, nominate them to be recognized as a UNI Hero! Simply send their name and phone number or email (so that we may contact them to let them know they've been named a UNI Hero) in an email to nisg@uni.edu, along with a description of what makes them a hero.

Each week the NISG Executive Branch Upper Cabinet will select one of the nominees to be named a UNI Hero and post their story on our website. If we don't pick the person you nominated to be that week's hero, don't worry! We'll keep all the nominations in a pool and review them each week.

We're very excited to read about everything the Panther Nation is doing to help out their communities and families, so be sure to send a nomination to nisg@uni.edu right away! And don't forget to check back on Tuesday next week to see who our first UNI Hero is!

Go Panthers!

Spencer Walrath, President

Events of the Week - 9/19 to 9/25

By: mojohn on Mon, 09/19/2011 - 11:53

Good afternoon Panthers! The Northern Iowa Student Government hopes your Monday is off to a great start.  This is the first installment of our Monday posts for Events of the Week.  We at NISG hope you will take the opportunity to check out each of these fabulous events during the week! 

Tuesday, September 20 - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Pep Rally
6-8 PM (Doors at 5:30 PM) - McLeod Center
A family in the Cedar Valley has been selected to have their home remodeled on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition!  Come for the kickoff pep rally!  Admission is free, but donations of nonperishable food items to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank will be accepted at the entrance to the event.

Thursday, September 22 - Talk Politics
6-7 PM, Hemisphere Lounge
The Northern Iowa Democrats and Northern Iowa Republicans are having their monthly politics forum.  This week's topic is affirmative action.  Come prepared to discuss politics with students of varying viewpoints!

Saturday, September 24 - Anna Williams Dedication
1:45 PM - West Plaza of the UNI Dome
The Panther Marching Band will dedicate a tree and plaque in memory of Anna Williams, a PMB member who died way on her to support the UNI Women’s basketball team with the UNI pep band for the NCAA tournament. Come celebrate her life with members of the Panther community before the first home football game.

Come back tomorrow to read about how you can nominate a student, faculty/staff member, or organization for UNI am a Hero!  Also, be sure to return next Monday to see our choices for Events of the Week!

A new role for our website!

By: mojohn on Sat, 09/17/2011 - 16:58

Hello Panthers! I'm very excited to announce a HUGE addition to our website.

In an effort to keep students informed about what is going on around campus, as well as to keep the student government accountable for sharing information from both the legislative and executive branches, the Northern Iowa Student Government will begin making daily posts on our website.  Starting on Monday, members of NISG will be making daily posts; highlighting events, students, faculty, staff, student organizations, and on-campus services.  

On Mondays we will post our picks for events of the week. The Executive Branch will pick several events occurring throughout the week that we think are especially important for students to know about. We will also highlight events that NISG has helped fund or organize.

Tuesdays will be a special day in which we will recognize a UNI hero.  UNI am a Hero will be a day to recognize a student, faculty/staff member, or organization who has made a difference in the community or someone's life. The executive branch will be accepting nominations soon for UNI am a Hero. More information will come in next Tuesday's post.

Since the NISG Senate meets on Wednesday nights, the posts for these days will contain the senate bills, resolutions, agendas, and executive reports.  The senate meets in the University Room of Maucker Union at 7 PM.  All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

As a follow-up for Wednesday's senate meetings, the minutes from the previous evening's meetings will be posted on Thursday.  In addition to the senate minutes, a highlighted student organization or on-campus service will also be included.  

To wrap up the week, Fridays will consist of posts from a member of he executive or legislative branch to discuss the week in review.

Our hope is that students will visit our site daily to check out the information provided by the student government.  Check back next week to see all of our exciting new updates!  Also, be sure to like NISG on Facebook!

Morgan Johnson, Director of Public Relations

 

UNI Student Advocacy Efforts

By: Adam Shannon on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 16:01

The External Relations Committee is one of the Northern Iowa Student Government's Senate committees. Student participants are charged with advocating and collaborating with government officials on higher education policy decisions, communicating about events across the State of Iowa and being outstanding representatives of the University of Northern Iowa to all outside entities. The External Relations Committee encourages those not in the NISG Senate to join External Relations and assist in promoting the University of Northern Iowa!

Register to Vote

As a student it is crucial to remember to get out and vote. You must make sure however you are registered either at home or at your current college address. You cannot register for more than one place. Please visit the Iowa Secretary of State's website to learn more about voter registration and voting guidelines.

Note: You can also visit the NISG office (upper level of Maucker Union) to fill out a voter registration form.

Early Voting

  • Oct 20-24 from 9am-3pm in the Redeker Center and Maucker Union

Links

Contact Us!

Victoria Hurst
Director of Governmental Relations 
hurstv@uni.edu
Office: 319.273.2650

Visit the Volunteer Fair!

By: Spencer Walrath on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 15:13

Interested in getting involved and finding opportunities to volunteer? Then stop by the UNI Volunteer Fair on Thursday, September 1st! This semester, the Fair will bring more than 50 local nonprofit organizations to campus to provide information and to sign up volunteers.


I encourage all of you to go to the Maucker Union between 10:30AM and 1PM on September 1st to learn about the many wonderful opportunities for involvement with these local organizations. Your participation is good for them, it's good for our community, and it's good for you! Iowa ranks 2nd in the nation for volunteerism - let's work together to move into the 1st place spot!


The Volunteer Fair is co-sponsored by UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley. The event is free. If you have any questions, please call Julianne Gassman at 319.273.2264, or email her at gassman@uni.edu.


I hope to see you at the Volunteer Fair!