2011 Year in Review

 The University of Northern Iowa marked an exciting and historical year in 2011. As faculty, staff and students return to campus for the spring 2012 semester, UNI reflects on a memorable year. A few highlights include:

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at spring 2011 commencement

First lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker during the spring 2011 commencement ceremony. She encouraged UNI graduates to retain their Iowa values and give back to their communities.

"The values you've learned here at UNI – commitment to family, openness to diversity, willingness to serve your community and your country, the courage to follow your passion – those are the keys to success in any field."

Commencement

Reaching for Higher Ground – 9/11 flag planting

This year's project, "Reaching for Higher Ground: Community after 9/11,"  centered on the theme of community. UNI faculty, staff, students and community members gathered at Lawther Field on the UNI campus for a flag planting remembrance. Other Reaching for Higher Ground events were held throughout the year.

Higher Ground

Acclaimed author and UNI former dean visits campus

Robert Waller, former dean of the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration and best-selling author, delivered "What the Rivers Taught Me" as part of UNI's Presidential Lecture Series. He shared his personal view of life and its meaning, and the influence of Iowa's rivers on his entire life.

Robert Waller

UNI takes MVFC title in double-overtime

With a 23-30 double-overtime win at Illinois State on Nov. 19; the University of Northern Iowa football team took its 16th Missouri Valley Football Conference championship and its seventh title since 2001. The No. 2-ranked team made its 12th NCAA FCS quarterfinal appearance in school history when it met the No. 5-ranked University of Montana Grizzlies on Fri., Dec. 9, 2011.

football

UNI wins third straight MVC tourney title

The University of Northern Iowa women's volleyball team captured its third straight State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship with a 3-0 sweep of Wichita State University. The team went on to earn the overall No. 6 seed in the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Tournament.

Volleyball