Northern Iowa Student Government

Senate Agenda for the 24th Regular Meeting

By: mojohn on Wed, 03/07/2012 - 13:56

I. Call to Order – 7:00 PM
II. Roll Call
III. Identification of the Press
IV. Student Forum and Announcements
V. Call for Changes to the Orders of the Day
VI. Approval of the Consent Agenda
     1. Consideration and Approval of the Minutes
          a. 23rd Regular Senate Meeting Minutes
     2. Approval of University Committee Appointments
     3. Approval of Senate Standing Committee Appointments
     4. Approval of New Senators
          a. Thomas Madsen – Campbell Hall Senator
VII. Say Hello to Lisa
VIII. Special Business
     1. Amy Dillard
     2. Freedom Week: Rachel Danley
     3. Swearing of Thomas Madsen
IX. Reports of the Executive Officers
     1. President Walrath
     2. Vice President Goldsmith
     3. Director of Administration and Finance Reed
     4. Director of Public Relations Johnson
     5. Director of Diversity and Student Life Mayberry-Mayes
     6. Director of Governmental Relations Greenway
     7. Chief of Staff Brueck
X. Reports of the Standing Committees
     1. Organization & Finance – Givens and Trampel
     2. Government & Legislative Affairs – Parker and Derringer
     3. Public Relations & Programming – Koss and Lunn
     4. Student Affairs – Konrardy and Findley
     5. External Relations –Bancroft-Smithe and Gibbs
XI. Report of the Speaker
XII. Old Business
     1. SSB 2012-51 UNITY Week
     2. SSB 2012-52 Regents Day Funding
XIII. Non-Controversial Docket
     1. SSR-2012-24 Support through increased funding to maintain the academic excellence of the University of Northern Iowa
     2. SSR-2012-25 Supporting a United University of Northern
XIV. Controversial Docket
     1. SSB 2012-53 UNI Philosophy Club and Computer Club
XV. Adjournment

Apply for a 2012-2013 Upper Cabinet Director Position

By: Rhonda Greenway on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 19:03

The Northern Iowa Student Government Bancroft-Smithe White Administration is seeking applicants for the following upper cabinet positions:

Executive Branch 2012-2013
Director of Administration and Finance
Director of Governmental Relations
Director of Public Relations
Director of Diversity and Student Life

Director of Administration and Finance: The Director of Administration and Finance shall manage and coordinate the spending of allocated funds in cooperation with the Organization and Finance Committee of the Senate. The Director of Administration and Finance shall also oversee the recognition of new student organizations approved by Senate. Please contact with questions of clarification regarding the role of the Director of Administration and Finance.

Director of Governmental Relations: The Director of Governmental Relations is responsible for all collaboration regarding the statewide branding campaign and student body advocacy efforts. This individual shall meet regularly with members of the state legislature and is an ex-officio member of the External Relations Committee of the Senate. Please contact with questions of clarification regarding the role of the Director of Governmental Relations.

Director of Public Relations: The Director of Public Relations shall be responsible for coordinating media relations efforts, managing the NISG website and social media, and developing graphic art for Northern Iowa Student Government. This individual sits ex-officio on the Campus Relations Committee of the Senate. Please contact with questions of clarification regarding the role of the Director of Public Relations.

Director of Diversity and Student Life: The Director of Diversity and Student Life shall be responsible for the enhancement of student life through academic and social venues and shall promote the recognition and appreciation of diversity at the University of Northern Iowa. This individual sits ex-officio on the Campus Relations Committee of the Senate. Please contact

For more information, email President-Elect Jordan Bancroft-Smithe and Vice President-Elect KaLeigh White with questions.

NOTE: All applicants must supply two references (preferably people on campus; include name, position, office phone number and e-mail address). In addition, Director of Public Relations applicants must submit a design sample, a writing sample and an example of a press release for media communication. Please email these to and Use “Position_Name” for the subject-line.

Applications are now available and due March 21st, 2012 no later than 5 p.m.

Register for Regents Day 2012!

By: Rhonda Greenway on Tue, 02/28/2012 - 22:08

Regents Day at the Statehouse held on Thursday March 29th 7:30AM to 4PM is an annual event in which students from the three campuses travel to Des Moines to participate in advocacy activities at the State Capitol. Students engage in individual meetings with legislators, as well as sit in on committee meetings and observe floor action. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about and participate in the political process. Students prepare briefing materials and presentations in advance of the trip, as well as learn about protocol. Faculty are requested to consider, as appropriate, allowing absences from class and/or opportunities for make-up work for students wishing to attend. Contact with additional questions or concerns regarding Regents Day 2012.


NISG Election Information - How to Vote

By: mojohn on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 21:00

Students, get your computers ready!  It's time to vote in the NISG General Election.  Ballots will be available starting at 6:00 AM on Tuesday, February 28 and will be open until 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 29.  Vote online on your personal computer, or stop by the south side of Chats in Maucker Union between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday to vote.


To vote, go to MyUNIverse and login. 

Click the "Life at UNI" tab.  

Look for the box that says "Voting and Surveys".  

Click the icon to the right of the ballot name to get started.  Your ballot won't be available until the polls open Tuesday morning at 6:00 AM and won't be available after the polls close Wednesday at 6:00 PM.

Each ballot is customized to your college; if you don't recieive the ballot you are expecting, contact NISG for more information.  At the top of the ballot, you'll see some instructions.  Be sure to read these before you start.  When you are finished, submit your ballot by clicking the "Next" button at the bottom the page.  Then click "Submit My Answers" to finalize your ballot.  Once you receive the thank you page, you know your ballot has been successfully submitted.  If you do not click that second button, your ballot will not be counted.  

If you have a second major and would like to vote in that election also, you may stop by the NISG office between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday to submit an absentee ballot like this one on the screen.  If you have any issues with the ballot system, contact NISG by e-mail at nisg [at] or by calling us at 319 273 2650.  Results will be announced in Maucker Union after all the ballots have been counted.  Results will also be posted online as soon as possible after the election.

Watch last year's video from NISG to learn more about the voting process.  Any questions can be directed to the NISG office - 319-273-2650 or

Events of the Week - 2/27 to 3/4

By: mojohn on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 08:59

Monday, February 27 - Jazz Combos Concert
7:30 PM - Russell Hall, Bengtson Auditorium
Under the direction of faculty artist Chris Merz and graduate student conductors, the School of Music will present a jazz combos concert.

Tuesday, February 29 - Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Face Processing
7:00 to 8:30 PM - University Museum
The human brain has evolved to efficiently process information related to race with same-race faces being processed differently than other-race faces. Dr. Kim MacLin and Dr. Otto MacLin, Professors of Psychology, UNI, will discuss how this differential processing affects recognition accuracy, memory, stereotypes, and prejudice in laboratory and real-world contexts. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? on display at the University Museum February 6 through June 9.

Wednesday, February 29 - Andrew Bacevich: The US Military in the Post-9/11 World [Reaching for Higher Ground]
7:00 PM - Sabin Hall, Room 002

Andrew Bacevich, an expert on U.S. foreign policy and military affairs, talks about the forces that have shaped U.S. national security and the rise of a "perpetual war" that affects the economy, society and politics of the United States, and our place in the world. What is the proper role of the U.S. military in the world? Can terrorism be defeated militarily? Can the aspiration of unchallenged global dominance be sustained? A retired army colonel and professor at Boston University, Bacevich addresses these issues with a sense of realism and a historical perspective that challenges many common assumptions.

Thursday, March 1 - Torture and the Possibility of Community [Reaching for Higher Ground]
3:00 to 5:00 PM - Lang Hall, Auditorium

Prof. Marjorie Cohn, author of The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse (2011) and Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent (2009), will be speak on the problems of torture and the role it plays in destroying the possibility of world community. Cohn is professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild. She lectures throughout the world on international human rights and U.S. foreign policy.

Thursday, March 1 - The Future of the New Middle East
7:00 PM - Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
In this eye opening talk, Reza Aslan, a world-renowned expert on the Middle East, talks about the historical and societal shifts in this part of the world. A new generation of youth are clamoring for their rights and freedoms -- and they drastically outnumber their elders. Seventy-five percent of the population of the Middle East is under the age of 35 and 50 percent is under the age of 25. The young, educated and politically motivated youth in places like Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and beyond have a new vision -- one that represents their values, not the values of the generation that preceded them. What motivates the Muslim youth of today? What will the new Middle East look like? How will these sudden regime changes affect the world's economic and political climate? Aslan unravels the complexities of the new Middle East and shows what the future holds for this part of the world.

Friday, March 2 - Taping of IPR's "River to River"
7:00 to 8:30 PM - Lang Hall, Auditorium

UNI will host a taping of Iowa Public Radio's show "River to River." The show will air the following Monday, March 5. Discussions will include the latest about the 2012 presidential election and Iowa's legislative priorities. Forum participants are Dennis Goldford of Drake University, James Q. Lynch of The Gazette, and Chris Larimer and Donna Hoffman of UNI. The public and students are invited to participate.