Northern Iowa Student Government

University of Northern Iowa announces first round of reorganization plans

By: Student on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 13:37

University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen today announced the first round of a series of realignments of administrative and academic units at the university. According to Allen these changes will help the university more effectively meet the needs of students and respond to the realities of the state budget.

"Several years of reductions in state appropriations have severely affected our ability to maintain our current organizational structure," said Allen. "We've been developing strategies to help reduce expenses and increase revenue. Some of those strategies can go into effect immediately, while others will take more time."

With that in mind, pending Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approval, Allen intends to reduce the number of the university's administrative divisions from four to three. Effective July 1, 2010 UNI's Marketing & Advancement Division will be dissolved, eliminating one university vice president position.

The Marketing & Advancement Division is comprised of the Offices of University Marketing & Public Relations; University Development, which includes the UNI Foundation; and Alumni Relations, which includes the UNI Alumni Association. Bill Calhoun, current UNI vice president and president of the UNI Foundation, will remain as president of the UNI Foundation and will continue to report to Allen. University Development and Alumni Relations will continue to report to Calhoun. University Marketing & Public Relations, led by James O'Connor, assistant vice president for marketing and public relations, will now report to Allen.

"On the academic side, Executive Vice President and Provost Gloria Gibson has recommended combining UNI's Colleges of Humanities & Fine Arts (CHFA) and Natural Sciences (CNS), Allen said. "I strongly support this plan. It will have a positive impact and provide opportunities to improve student learning, efficiency and effectiveness."

 This move would mark the first time colleges have been combined at UNI.

"Combining these colleges will strengthen the academic offerings of the combined college and will help reduce administrative expenses," Gibson said. "CHFA currently doesn't have a dean. Given that fact, and that these two colleges provide the vast majority of our liberal arts core courses, the time is right to bring these colleges together with the goal of developing new, integrated programs that will serve the needs of our students and the state."

Gibson will appoint a committee of faculty, staff and students that will develop specific plans to carryout the reorganization. Consolidation of the two colleges is to be complete by June 30, 2011.

Joel Haack, current CNS dean, will be the inaugural dean of the new college. Haack will lead the transition team, as well as serve as CHFA dean until the new college is up and running.

Students enrolled in programs in the two existing colleges will be able to continue course work toward their degrees.

Along with the college consolidation, Gibson intends to combine the Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Modern Languages. Samuel Gladden, associate professor of English will be appointed acting head of the Department of Modern Languages. He and Jeffrey Copeland, head of the Department of English Language and Literature, will lead a transition team charged with developing plans for a new, integrated department.

The college and department consolidation plans will require approval by the Board of Regents.


Donation to Northeast Iowa Food Bank

By: Student on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 20:11

University Book & Supply donated $1,500 to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank today. The donation took place through UBS' textbook buyback program, which pledged to donate 25 cents for each book sold back to the bookstore (up to $1,500). 

Rose Lorenz, University Book & Supply President stated, "We are delighted to contribute to the success of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and are so pleased to partner with NISG in helping us get word out on campus about our textbook buyback incentives, which enable us to make this donation."

Attached is a photo of the check presentation. From left: Angel Banks, NISG Director of Diversity and Student Life, Joel Anderson, NISG Director of Administration & Finance, Megan Parrott, NISG Director of Public Relations, Jeremy Strohman, UBS Textbook Buyer, Rose Lorenz, UBS President, Barb Prather, NEIFB Executive Director and Michael Lind, NEIFB Director of External Relations.

Snow Emergency Ordinance

By: Student on Tue, 01/12/2010 - 13:04

Snow Emergency Declaration for Hauling Operations on College Hill and Downtown Area

Beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, until 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, the City of Cedar Falls Snow Emergency will be invoked for the purpose of hauling snow from the Downtown and College Hill areas of the City. 

According to City Ordinance, parking is prohibited on each street marked with a sign displaying the works "Emergency Snow Route."

The parking prohibition will go into effect two hours from the time the declaration is made. Any vehicle blocking traffic or parking in the designated area after that time will be subject to tow at the owner's expense.

Brian Heath
O/M Division Manager
Public Works Department

Diversity Town Hall Meeting

By: Student on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 17:48

The second-annual UNI town hall meeting on diversity will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom. The following is a message from President Ben Allen about the town hall:

Students, faculty and staff,

One of our institutional priorities is to value, promote and teach about diversity. An appreciation of diversity is an essential component of an excellent education. To further advance our efforts, I invite students, faculty and staff to the second-annual UNI town hall meeting on diversity Thursday, Jan. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom.

Last January, we held our first town hall meeting on this topic. The gathering gave us an opportunity to open up conversations about diversity and introduce the Diversity Council and its role.

The Diversity Council, with input and feedback from the Diversity Advisory Committee, the College Diversity Councils and the campus community at large, has been busy this past year building the foundation of our sustainable commitment to diversity. At this year's town hall meeting, we will share the university's diversity definition, vision and mission as well as our strategic priorities and the key performance indicators to guide us as we move forward. We will report on our progress so far and the winners of the inaugural UNI Diversity Matters Award will be recognized.  

While we have achieved much this year, we have also had our share of challenges. Several bias-related incidents were reported late in the fall semester. As I stated in November, we do not tolerate this kind of behavior and we will address it whenever we are confronted with it. Dean of Students Jon Buse will, in a separate message, provide the campus community with an update on our response to these incidents. We will spend a portion of our time at the town hall meeting in dialogue about our campus climate. 

All of us at UNI are responsible for making our campus welcoming and supportive to all; connecting us to diverse communities here and around the state, the nation and the world; enhancing the diversity of our student body, faculty and staff; most importantly, fostering the success of all.   

I look forward to seeing you Jan. 21 at the annual town hall meeting on diversity.

Ben Allen

Updated look for the website

By: Student on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 13:51

Welcome to the updated NISG website. You should notice some immediate changes, including the website's overall look. 

The Northern Iowa Student Government is committed to supporting students. To help accomplish this mission, NISG began production of its updated site in Summer 2009. The new site went live on Jan. 11. 

The primary goal of the redesign was to enhance the average user's experience by making the site easier to navigate and read. 

Your favorite NISG services are still intact. Visit the Transportation section under Student Resources to learn more about the Panther Shuttle and Weekend SafeRide. If you need a new roommate or a place to live, check out the Housing List. More changes are slated to take place over the Spring semester, including the creation of a Diversity tab which will house information and links related to diversity at UNI. 

Questions or concerns about the redesign can be directed at Director of Public Relations Megan Parrott at