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It's easy to go beyond the classroom and into the community with the University of Northern Iowa's Lifelong University and Speakers Bureau. These programs have a great impact on individuals, businesses and communities in Iowa.
UNI's Lifelong University (LLU) launched in 2005 to offer short-term, noncredit courses to the lifelong learner.
Nicole Wakeman, student, University Relations
UNI's Business and Community Services (BCS) had a standout year in 2012 despite national economic challenges, and succeeded at providing services to all 99 counties in the state of Iowa. BCS works with Iowa businesses, entrepreneurs and communities to provide outreach in starting, maintaining and growing businesses.
The Center for Teaching & Learning Mathematics (CTLM) at UNI launched in 2007 to enhance mathematics instruction and learning for teachers, students and families. What began as a contract with the Department of Defense Education Activity to provide high school teachers mathematical professional development, evolved into innovative professional development courses for all teachers.
Sam Horsch, student, University Relations
Editor's note: This story features three of UNI's political/election experts. Visit our Political/Election Resources website at http://www.uni.edu/newsroom/election/experts for additional political/election experts and other resources.
With the presidential election drawing near, and the campaigns finally coming to an end, University of Northern Iowa's political science professors have expertise to share. They have experience in a wide range of topics, including public polling, voting behavior, presidential rhetoric and much more.
You see them all over campus, usually leading a group of prospective students and parents on campus tours. You'll also notice something unique about the people leading these groups, they're almost always walking backwards, constantly engaging students with questions and facts about the university, telling them which buildings house which majors, and making sure they have the time of their lives!
Sam Horsch, student, University Relations
While many complete their journeys in a retirement community, for one University of Northern Iowa professor, that's where it all began.
With a mother who was the activity director at a nursing home, Elaine Eshbaugh, an associate professor of gerontology, spent time with the elderly beginning at a very young age. "I remember receiving a ton of attention from the residents as a child," Eshbaugh recalled fondly. Sometimes this attention included singing, dancing and even putting on fashion shows for the residents.
More than 1,500 students descended upon the McLeod Center, dressed to impress in their business suits, for the University of Northern Iowa's Career Fair. Students were greeted by more than 150 employers that were recruiting and making interview decisions.
Editor's note: This feature story is from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences alumni magazine, CHAS Communiqué.
"Most of us don't die the way we want to," observed Francis Degnin, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of Northern Iowa. As an ethicist, Degnin bases this observation on a wealth of experience. In addition to teaching two courses (Bioethics and Death and Dying) at UNI, he serves as the primary ethics consultant for three area hospitals.
Editor's note: This is a welcome letter for new and returning students from UNI's student body president, Jordan Bancroft-Smithe.
Hello fellow Panthers, new and returning, welcome to a new academic year at the University of Northern Iowa. I sincerely hope each of you had exciting and relaxing summers and are now prepared for a year of excellent opportunities. New friends will be made and life-changing experiences will be had here at UNI, and I hope each of you have the best experiences possible.
You see it all over campus… a cheery welcome, a bright smile, a hot meal served, phones answered and visitors helped – these are just a snapshot of the 2,500 plus University of Northern Iowa student employees who work on campus.