Northern Iowa Student Government

UNI I Am A Hero - Zulfeta Rizvic

By: Spencer Walrath on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 19:41

This week's UNI I Am A Hero is Zulfeta Rizvic!

"I nominate my mom, Zulfeta Rizvic, to be recognized as a UNI Hero. She has recently graduated with a BA from UNI's teacher education program and is currently working toward her Master's.

I am very proud of what she has accomplished because I have seen her fight through many struggles to get an education. When we first moved to the United States from Bosnia, we spoke no English and had very little resources, as did many other Bosnians who immigrated here in the 90's. Zulfeta has worked hard to overcome the language barrier as well as the fact that she is a non-traditional student.

Teaching has always been her passion; she graduated from a four-year college in Bosnia and taught for many years before coming to the US so even when she faced this hardship, Zulfeta kept going. She is an inspiration to other teacher education students, and to other Bosnians in the community.

In addition to her own education, Zulfeta has spent the last decade teaching young Bosnians about their culture through a non-profit dance group that she formed called KUD "Kolo". Kolo has performed at hundreds of events across the world representing our community, including our own Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The group's members include graduates of UNI, as well as current and prospective students.

Zulfeta has also served on the Human Rights Commission and received a Cedar Valley Mayor's Volunteer Award in 2004 for her volunteer work. She is also a member of the Bosnian Cultural Foundation, an organization which she helped to establish.

Zulfeta is making a positive difference for our school and community by placing an importance on education, as well as diversity and culture. With UNI being such a diverse and vibrant campus, consisting of students from many different cultures, I believe that Zulfeta is the perfect nominee for a UNI Hero." - Azra Rizvic

Congratulations, Zulfeta, on your nomination!

Don't forget to nominate your friends and co-workers to be recognized as a UNI Hero! Simply go to the UNI I Am A Hero page located on the left side of our site (www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/hero) and fill out the form.

Go Panthers!

 

Senate Agenda for the 19th Regular Meeting

By: mojohn on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 19:10

Agenda of the
Northern Iowa Student Government Senate
2011-2012 Session
19th Regular Meeting – February 1st, 2012

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
     2. Approval of University Committee Appointments
          a. Christina Johnson - GBPAC
     3. Approval of Senate Standing Committee Appointments
     4. Approval of New Senators
          a. Chris Apling- Shull Senate Position
VII. Say Hello to Lisa
VIII. Special Business
     Jill Hohnecker- Election Commissioner
     EO 2012-25 Justice Rewerts
     EO 2012-26 Justice Yowler
     EO 2012-27 Chief Justice Jensen
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 – N. Konrardy and Findley
     5. External Relations –Bancroft-Smithe and Gibbs
XI. Report of the Speaker
XII. Old Business
     1. SSR 2012-18 The Opening of the Great Reading Room
     2. SSB 2012-19 Committee Reform Bill
     3. SSB 2012-34 UNI Roast
     4. SSB 2012-35 UNIFI
     5. SSR 2012-19 Dead Days on Campus
XIII. Non-Controversial Docket
     1. SSB 2012-37 Jordan and KaLeigh for UNI Students
XIV. Controversial Docket
     1. SSB 2012-36 Colleges Against Cancer
XV. Adjournment

UNI I Am A Hero - Amandajean Freking-Nolte

By: Spencer Walrath on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 01:08

This week's UNI I Am A Hero is Amandajean Freking-Nolte!

"Amandajean is the faculty advisor of SAVE Forum Actors (Students Against a Violent Environment). Not only does she make a difference to her many student members, but she makes a bigger impact on the lives of students all over campus in so many ways. First and foremost, SAVE is one of the best groups on campus in spreading awareness of many serious issues on campus; issues such as: rape, gender violence, victim blaming, dating violence, sexuality shaming, and so much more. Amandajean makes it the groups responsibility to deliver the awareness of said issues in a discussion based manner rather than through lecturing students. This opens up the chance for students to voice their own opinions, have educational arguments, and learn about the issues more independently.

SAVE provides scenes that are realistic for college students, putting the audience in scenarios they may have seen before or will see in the future; scenarios like: parties, clubs, dorm rooms, classes, etc. In every performance SAVE members provide resourceful contacts for students who may be in danger or know someone in danger which makes students aware of the extremely safe campus they live on, and often students do not know of those sources before the performances.

In addition to raising awareness for students and providing resources Amandajean also teaches all of her SAVE students (SAVErs) how to address the issues in their own lives. I have had many personal encounters with friends who have been raped or victimized and had I not known how to handle such scenarios, I may not have been the valued help that I was. She proclaims on a regular basis how it our (SAVErs) jobs to be there in these dangerous scenarios to make a difference and become active bystanders. I had a situation arise at a party I was at once, where a sober man was taking a drunk friend of ours into his bedroom. I immediately asked him to open the door while they were "only talking" inside, and informed on the Consent policy of UNI and that when a woman is under the influence of alcohol she could not give proper consent to him.

I have many examples to display why the knowledge we learn from Amandajean is making a major difference on campus. Five years ago, she probably would have been the one at the parties doing what we do now, but now that she is married and has a newborn she has to pass that knowledge on to us. I believe that ALL SAVE MEMBERS are worthy of being a hero, but if one individual had to take the award for what SAVE does for this campus, it would be Amandajean. Our heroic leader!" - Samuel Card

Congratulations, Amandajean, on your nomination!

Don't forget to nominate your friends and co-workers to be recognized as a UNI Hero! Simply go to the UNI I Am A Hero page located on the left side of our site (www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/hero) and fill out the form.

Go Panthers!

Events of the Week - 1/30 to 2/5

By: mojohn on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 08:50

Tuesday, January 31 - UNI Coffeehouse Series presents Ben Rosenbush
8-9 PM - Hemisphere Lounge, Maucker Union
The UNI Campus Activities Board will host Ben Rosenbush, an acoustic artist who specializes in orchestral folk rock. Check out the special CAB Coffeehouse Series deal with Chats, and do some homework while you listen to this easy-going acoustic music. As always, CAB events are free for all students.

Wednesday, February 1 - Diversity Fair
1-2 PM - Commons Porch and Lounge
Held prior to the President's Town Hall Meeting on Diversity, the Diversity Fair showcases diversity efforts all across campus. More than thirty exhibitors will represent various student organizations, departments and programs. Stop by to see how you can get involved and learn about a variety of events, programs and efforts at UNI.

Wednesday, February 1 - President's Town Hall Meeting on Diversity
2-3 PM - Slife Ballroom, Commons
The entire UNI community is invited to join the President and the Diversity Council to recognize the ongoing diversity efforts on campus and reflect on what the future holds for diversity efforts. Dr. Heather Hackman, St. Cloud State University, will be the keynote speaker.

Thursday, February 2 - UNI Swimming and Diving vs. Iowa
5 PM - WRC Pool
Check out UNI's swimming and diving team as they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Friday, February 3 - UNI Wrestling vs. Iowa State
7 PM - West Gym
Stop by the West Gym this Friday to see the Panther wrestlers go up against the Iowa State Cyclones.

Senate Agenda for the 18th Regular Meeting

By: mojohn on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 14:56

Agenda of the
Northern Iowa Student Government Senate
2011-2012 Session
18th Regular Meeting – January 25th, 2012

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
     2. Approval of University Committee Appointments
         Michael Perez - Student Conduct Committee
         Sarah Duster - Student Conduct Committee
         Tiffany Koss – Maucker Union Advisory Board
         Spencer Walrath – Educational Policies Committee
         Tori Hurst – Student Assessment Committee
         Patrick Gibbs - Public Safety Committee
     3. Approval of Senate Standing Committee Appointments
          i. Senator Gibbs- Vice Chair of External Relations
          ii. Senator Lunn- Vice Chair of Public Relations
          iii. Chris Miller- Organization and Finance Committee
     4. Approval of New Senators
          i. KaLeigh White- At-Large Senator
VII. Say Hello to Lisa
VIII. Special Business
     Jill Hohnecker- Election Commissioner
     EO 2012-24 Appointments to the Election Commission
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 – N. Konrardy and Findley
     5. External Relations –Bancroft-Smithe and Gibbs
XI. Report of the Speaker
XII. Old Business
     1. SSR 2012-18 The Opening of the Great Reading Room
     2. SSB 2012-27 Student Affairs Pre-Professional Association
     3. SSB 2012-28 UNI Sociology Club
     4. SSB 2012-29 NISG Box
     5. SSB 2012-30 UNI Black Student Union Day of Silence
     6. SSB 2012-31 UNI Black Student Union Skating Event
     7. SSB 2012-32 UNI Black Student Union Quiz Bowl
     8. SSB 2012-19 Committee Reform Bill (Pending Removal from Committee and Placement on the Agenda)
XIII. Non-Controversial Docket
     1. SSB 2012-33 Students for Trevor and Beth
     2. SSB 2012-34 UNI Roast
     3. SSB 2012-35 UNIFI
XIV. Controversial Docket
XV. Adjournment