The University of Northern Iowa is hosting the 2014 Midwest Summer Institute: “Inclusions and Communication for All." Attendees include educators, families, individuals with and without disabilities, support personnel and researchers. Participants will hear and participate in presentations, discussions, panels, hands-on learning and networking that focuses on inclusive schools, employment and daily living, communication, and supported/facilitated typing for people with autism spectrum disabilities and other complex needs. Also attending will be nationally recognized and area experts on school and community inclusion and alternative communication supports. Featured presenters include Kathie Snow of Disability is Natural; Darlene Hanson, director of communication supports at WAPADH; and Tracy Thresher, self-advocate featured in the award-winning documentary, “Wretches & Jabberers.” For more information and to register visit:
Executive Vice President and Provost
Biology M.S. Thesis Defense - Jamie Minnaert-Grote
"The Phylogenetics and Systematics of Physaria kingii"
The mission of the SportAbility of Iowa Adapted Sports Camp is to give qualified young people in second grade through high school with various lower limb disabilities an opportunity to participate in various types of athletic events using a sports wheelchair. The camp promotes wheelchair awareness and provides healthy recreational activities for kids with disabilities. Activities such as wheeling around campus with their teammates to meals, recreational games, other skill activities and pure fun are important for learning. Athletes enjoy traditional camp and recreation activities, while they are improving daily living, sensory-motor-perceptual, strengthening and hand-eye coordination skills.
Steven Pals will defend his history M.A. thesis, "Education at Its Corp: The Civilian Conservation Corps and Democratic Uplift, 1933-1942."
Join us for the senior category finals concert, the exciting final event at the Midwest International Piano Competition. Three senior category finalists will compete for the $10,000 top prize, a recording with Blue Griffin label, an artist management contract with Heartland Concert Artists and the opportunity to perform with the wcfsymphony. The finals competition will begin at 5 p.m. and will continue with a staged reception featuring appetizers, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts, drinks and celebrating. The evening will conclude with the awards presentation. Tickets are available by calling (319) 273-4849 or visiting uni.edu/tickets and selecting "Buy Tickets" under the School of Music heading.
The School of Music will host the Midwest International Piano Competition. Join us for the inaugural celebration of this new, biennial, global piano competition. The event is open to outstanding youth and professional performing pianists and audience enthusiasts.
The finals concert for the junior category will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, June 6. The finals concert and receptions for the senior category will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Tickets for both finals concerts are available by calling 319-273-4TIX or visiting www.uni.edu/tickets and selecting "Buy Tickets" under the School of Music heading.
Rebecca Singer will defend her history M.A. thesis, "'Democracy Put in Action': Experiences of African Americans in the Women's Army Corps at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, 1942-1945."
Pi Sigma Epsilon will host Summer Loving Date Auction. Attendees will have the opportunity to "bid" on male and female students from various student organizations on campus. Each person being "auctioned" comes with a pre-planned date. Admission is $3; proceeds will benefit the respective student organization.
Swearing in ceremony for new U.S. citizens. Free and open to the public.
Matt Hoover, an Iowa native and one of the top 10 Biggest Losers, will discuss his experience on the show and what life is like after: the normal struggles and ups and down with weight, how the choices we make now affect our future and the importance of a college education.