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September 3, 2015 - 9:57am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's preliminary enrollment figures show an increase in new freshmen, transfer and graduate students for fall 2015.  

Officials preliminarily report that new resident and non-resident students direct from high school are up nearly 6 percent from last year. This is the third consecutive year that group has seen an increase, and will be greater than last year's 4.4 percent increase in new freshmen.

This is the first time in five years UNI will see an increase in transfer students. Figures indicate that the group is up nearly 8 percent from last year. New graduate students are also up from last year.

"We have been working very hard to recruit and retain all students, but have specifically made a big push to recruit new resident and non-resident students direct from high school and transfer students," said Matt Kroeger, associate vice president for enrollment management. "Everything from our enhanced high school visit schedule, Panther Open Houses and inclusive new-student orientation has made an impact on our students and how they choose their educational experience. We will continue to strategically grow over the next several years."

Final enrollment figures are determined on students enrolled through the end of the 10th day of classes and will be released next week.

September 3, 2015 - 10:12am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Strayer-Wood Theatre will present "Independence" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, through Saturday, Oct. 10 and Thursday, Oct. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 17, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 18. Performances will take place in the Bertha Martin Theatre located in the Strayer-Wood Theatre complex on the University of Northern Iowa campus.  

Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Lee Blessing takes us to Independence, Iowa, to explore the emotional battlefield within the crisis of a chaotic home life. Presented is the study of a family divided against itself in this wise and humorous play.

UNI alumna Kristin Teig Torres returns to her theatre home to portray Evelyn, the emotionally troubled mother. Other UNI alumni include John Bagby and Katrina Sandvik who will serve as scenic and costume designers. Theatre staff member Ron Koinson is the lighting designer. The director of the play is Steve Taft, associate professor in the Department of Theatre.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by contacting the Strayer-Wood Theatre at 319-273-6833 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt. For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6833 or eric.lange@uni.edu

September 3, 2015 - 3:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Job & Internship Fair+ will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21, in the McLeod Center. Companies, organizations, nonprofits and graduate schools will be there to network with UNI students and alumni, as well as discuss internships and full-time job opportunities. Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume to share with company, organization and graduate school representatives.

"During this event we anticipate nearly 1,500 students engaging with more than 165 hiring organizations and up to 30 graduate programs," said Matt Nuese, associate director of UNI Career Services. "This is our fifth consecutive year of having more organizations and graduate schools, growing from 140 in 2010 to over 185 today. During that same timeframe we have seen a 20 percent increase in student attendance."

The Job & Internship Fair+ is organized and sponsored by Career Services. For more information about the Job & Internship Fair+ or to search the online database of employers, visit www.uni.edu/careerservices.

Registration is not required for participation. For more information, contact Sarah Goblirsch, assistant director of employer relations for Career Services, at 319-273-2084 or sarah.goblirsch@uni.edu.

September 2, 2015 - 9:27am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ben Schafer, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Northern Iowa, was recognized at the Code.org annual summit for training 570 teachers in Iowa, which is equivalent to 5.5 percent of all U.S. teachers trained. Schafer ranked No. 2 in the "500 Club," which is a Code.org affiliate of trainers who trained more than 500 teachers in the first year of the program. Ben Schafer, named No. 2 trainer by Code.org

"I love my time conducting training workshops with teachers," said Schafer. "The excitement and energy around this curriculum and computer science in general has been fantastic. I have already started conducting workshops for this school year and hope to once again be in the '500 Club.'"

Launched in 2013, Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students. The organization's vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, and that computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.

"In addition to my regular teaching duties, I am partnered with Code.org as an affiliate trainer for their new K through 5 Computer Science Curriculum," said Schafer. "As part of this I will be conducting free, one-day training workshops around the state of Iowa. When Code.org released the Code Studio Curriculum in 2014, I knew that this was a great curriculum that could do wonderful things when it comes to getting more kids involved with computer science."

As part of Schafer's outreach projects, this fall he is teaching a course for Lifelong University at UNI called "Overview of Computer Science Programming with Scratch" for adult learners to learn about computer programming. For more information on this Lifelong University course, visit www.uni.llu. Schafer also helped start the Cedar Valley CoderDojo program offered in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls public libraries to get kids ages 7 to 17 interested in computer programing. For more information on the CoderDojo program, visit www.coderdojocv.org.

For more information about Code.org, visit www.code.org. To register for Ben Schafer's classes, visit www.cs.uni.edu/~schafer/outreach/k5/.

September 2, 2015 - 9:59am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Social Work, via Continuing and Distance Education, will offer a master's degree in social work beginning spring 2016. The goal of this program is to develop the social work specialization workforce in the underserved areas of Iowa with a focus on individuals who lack the opportunity to attend regular on-campus courses.

"The Department of Social Work is excited to provide the opportunity to reach rural and remote Iowans who have the passion to strengthen their local efforts to better serve neighbors in need," said program coordinator Cindy Juby. "Our program currently has 172 agency field sites that cover 42 Iowa communities, and the distance education program will facilitate these partnerships with the potential to increase new connections. Our distance education program will have the same high quality as our on-campus program."

The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the course sequence together. Courses are offered via interactive video conferencing, including Adobe Connect, and online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning environment. Practice-related courses will include limited in-person instruction on the UNI campus, with potential regional meetings based on interest expressed.

For more information about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/social-work. For more information about additional offerings available through Continuing and Distance Education at UNI, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970. 

September 1, 2015 - 2:08pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will host its annual Scholarship Benefit concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, at the Great Hall in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus. The theme of the concert is "That's Amore!"

The concert will feature guest artist Jim Linahon, a UNI School of Music alumnus, who will conduct the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra in a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Linahon is an award-winning music producer, composer and artist who worked directly with Sinatra from 1978 to 1989 as a lead trumpet player.

Faculty artists Bill Shepherd, Amanda McCandless, Heather Peyton, Cayla Bellamy, Mitra Sadeghpour, Bob Dunn, Christopher Merz, Alexander Pershounin, Korey Barrett, Sean Botkin, Serena Hou, Polina Khatsko, Dmitri Vorobiev and Jeff Brich will also perform. The Northern Iowa Wind Symphony, UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club, Concert Chorale, UNI Singers, UNI percussion studio, the Northern Iowa Flute Choir and Opera UNI will be featured. Intermission will feature a harp performance by Gretchen Brumwell.

Post-show performances by Randall Harlow, Mariko Morita, Cayla Bellamy, Ross Winter and Katherine Osbourne will take place in Jebe and Davis halls.

Hors d'oeuvres and champagne will be served during a reception in the lobby following the concert, with music provided by the Hands of Time Quartet. All seats for the benefit concert are reserved. Individual tickets can be purchased at the Gallagher Bluedorn box office, by calling 319-273-4TIX or 877-549-7469, or at www.unitix.uni.edu.

To become a special donor and receive complimentary tickets, call the School of Music office at 319-273-2028.

For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, communication and operations coordinator for the School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.boehmer@uni.edu.

 

September 1, 2015 - 4:28pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has partnered with Cedar Valley Recycling & Transfer to accept mixed-recycling products from across campus. Mixed recycling means all recyclable materials – paper, cardboard, plastic and metal – can be placed in one container and will be sorted at Cedar Valley Recycling & Transfer's facility in Waterloo.   

"There is a significant savings recognized by recycling and avoiding expensive landfill fees," said Mike Zwanziger, director of UNI’s Physical Plant. "Trees and water are saved by recycling, less oil and other natural resources are used to recycle materials in lieu of using new materials, and less waste is being sent to a landfill, lessening the need to expand or open new landfills."

The blue mixed-recycling containers, which are in every UNI building, sit alongside black landfill bins that are used for food and liquids (their containers can be recycled once they’re emptied), paper towels and paper napkins. Glass can be taken to the glass recycling dumpster at the Panther Parkway Recycling station south of the McLeod Center.

"Blue is an industry-standard color to designate recycling, and black is the standard color for trash," said Zwanziger. "We are utilizing the term 'landfill' for the waste/trash containers to help people understand that there is an environmental impact." He also noted that campus recycling dumpsters will be black with a blue lid and landfill dumpsters will be all black. Labels will be placed on all dumpsters to identify their intended use.

The Princeton Review recognized UNI's sustainability-related practices, policies and offerings by naming the university to its 2016 Green Rating Honor Roll. Only 24 U.S. colleges and universities received this honor. UNI was first named to the list in 2012.

For more information about UNI's recycling program or new recycling partnership, contact Zwanziger at 319-273-7826 or michael.zwanziger@uni.edu

August 31, 2015 - 4:12pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Michael Blackwell, former director of UNI’s Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will speak on the socialization and institutionalization of hatred in the United States at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. He will discuss creative ways individuals and communities can address categorical prejudices and structural apparatuses.

The lecture is part of "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History," a public programming initiative for libraries and other cultural organizations that support exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos.

The Rod Library, along with a number of other campus and community organizations, will host a year-long series of events celebrating Latino American culture and contributions in the United States.  

For more information about Blackwell’s lecture or the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” project, visit www.library.uni.edu/diversity. 

August 31, 2015 - 4:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Counseling Center has launched a new after-hours service to make counseling assistance available to students 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Counseling Center is contracting with ProtoCall, a company that specializes in providing services after-hours to university counseling centers and other mental health systems.

When students call the Counseling Center at 319-273-2676 after normal office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., they will have an option to "press 2" to speak with a mental health counselor immediately. UNI students and anyone concerned about a UNI student are eligible to use the service.

The Counseling Center will continue to encourage students, staff, faculty and parents to call during the day to arrange counseling or consult about any mental health concerns.

For more information about the Counseling Center's new after-hours service, contact David Towle, Counseling Center director, at 319-273-2676 or david.towle@uni.edu, or visit www.uni.edu/counseling.  

August 26, 2015 - 3:37pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --Ten businesses have been selected as finalists in the 2015 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition.  In the first round, businesses submitted brief information about their business plans. Based on those entries, judges chose 25 entrepreneurs to submit full business plans. Those 25 business plans were narrowed down to the final 10.

The 10 businesses continuing in the competition are: ClinicNote LLC, Fanstreamm, HowFactory, Immortagen LLC, Inland Sea, Innovas Technologies LLC, Sisters Home Style Entrees, UpCraft Club, Viewpoint Molecular Targeting LLC and Western Wise. 

"Now that we have selected ten finalists, each business plan competitor will interview with a panel of judges on Sept. 11," said Randy Pilkington, director of UNI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and competition judge. "Based on those presentations, we will choose the top three finalists to recognize at a special awards ceremony on Sept. 24 at Drake University." 

The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support for outstanding business plans. This year a total of $50,000 will be awarded to the top three submitted business plans ($25,000 for first prize, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third). 

For more information, visit www.pappajohnentrepreneurialventurecompetition.com or contact one of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, The University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.

August 25, 2015 - 3:01pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa School of Music professor Alison Altstatt will present a lecture, part of the "Musically Speaking" series, titled "Re-membering the Wilton Processional: A Manuscript Lost and Found." Altstatt will speak at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Russell Hall, Room 116. The event is free and open to the public.

"A single leaf of the manuscript is located in the special collections of the University of Iowa's library," said Altstatt. "It brought to mind another single leaf that I had seen at Indiana University's Lilly Library. Once I verified that these two leaves were from the same manuscript, I was able to use bibliographic information to locate more. I have assembled 34 single leaves of the original manuscript with the assistance of a host of scholars and librarians."

The manuscript is a late 13th- to early 14th-century processional from the women's Benedictine house of Wilton Abbey in England that disappeared around 1860. The processional contains the texts and music of the chants sung in processional rituals. Wilton Abbey was founded in the ninth century and was famous throughout the Middle Ages as a center for women's Latin learning.

"The manuscript is a primary source that tells us much about the ritual, music and poetic tradition of the women of Wilton Abbey," said Altstatt. "It significantly adds to our knowledge of religious women in medieval England, and the beginning of the Gregorian chant revival at Solesmes Abbey. This manuscript also serves as a case study in the emerging field of digital fragmentology."

During her lecture, Altstatt will explain the process of finding the pages of the manuscript and its role in medieval Wilton Abbey, the 19th-century Gregorian chant revival and the 20th-century American manuscript market.

For more information about UNI's School of Music, visit www.uni.edu/music or contact Caroline Boehmer, communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.boehmer@uni.edu

August 19, 2015 - 2:21pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Lifelong University will offer six noncredit classes this fall to be taught by retired and current UNI professors. Courses are formatted into four-week, three-week and one-time workshops. The Western Home Communities and New Aldaya Lifescapes are now partners of Lifelong University, providing space and funding for the services offered through the program.

"An Overview of Computer Programming with Scratch," instructed by Ben Schafter, associate professor of computer science, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3 at Wright Hall, Room 112. Participants ages eight to 18 will learn about computer programming and computational thinking while using Scratch for interactive art, animated storytelling and game development.

"The Book of Genesis: A Literary Historical Analysis" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at Windcove, Western Home Communities. Instructor John Burnight, assistant professor of religion, will explore various scholarly theories about the biblical book of Genesis, its relationship to Mesopotamian and Egyptian literature and religion, and the literary artistry of its authors and editors.

"Four Late Charlie Chaplin Masterpieces," instructed by Scott Cawelti, emeritus professor of English, will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at New Aldaya's Performing Arts Center. Participants will watch four Charles Chaplin films, "Modern Times," "The Great Dictator," "Monsieur Verdoux" and "Limelight," and discuss Chaplin's approach, techniques, themes and what makes these films masterpieces.

"Joyful Movement and Health" will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at Windcove, Western Home Communities. Jennifer Waldron, professor of health, physical education and leisure studies, will instruct the course. Participants will learn how to engage their senses, listen to their bodies and utilize different components of movement such as agility, flexibility, stability and strength.

"Religion and Violence: Views from Several Faiths" will be from noon to 2 p.m., Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 12 and 19 at Windcove, Western Home Communities. Panel members from Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths will discuss how their religions respond to theological and moral questions related to violence. For a list of panel members, visit www.uni.edu/llu.

"Write a Christmas/Holiday Letter People will Love to Read," instructed by Kimberly Groninga, adjunct instructor in the Department of Languages and Literatures, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Windcove, Western Home Communities. Participants will look at examples of typical Christmas letters and try some techniques for writing.

Course fees are $40, which covers parking passes and course handouts. For more information or to register, visit www.uni.edu/llu or call University Events Coordination at 319-273-5141.

August 19, 2015 - 2:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company lists UNI among its "Best in the Midwest" recommended schools in its "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website feature. Only 159 colleges in 12 Midwestern states made the list.

"Being recognized as one of the 'Best in the Midwest' by The Princeton Review is a direct result of the work our students, faculty and staff undertake together," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "This prestigious recognition validates our efforts to provide students an accessible, affordable and excellent education. When students come to UNI, they find the right fit with right opportunities at the right university."

"We chose UNI and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher. "We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey."

For this project, The Princeton Review asked students to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to their quality of life on campus – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and campus life.

Students at UNI said:

-       UNI is an ideal size. "It's a large university that can provide all the resources students need to be successful, but the campus is small enough that I feel as though I'm part of a community, not just a number."

-       UNI faculty members are "enthusiastic and definitely dedicated." Students cited that they were "accessible" and "willing to help you throughout the semester."

-       Students described themselves as "friendly, fun" types who "accept people for who they are" and "are fairly involved with campus activities." Students also mentioned there are a lot of "amazing opportunities" at any given time.

-       Many students also talked about the delicious and often locally grown campus food.

The Princeton Review doesn’t rank the 649 colleges in its "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list hierarchically or in various categories. The 159 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Midwest" 2016 list are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The Princeton Review also designated 225 colleges in the Northeast, 125 in the West and 140 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. Collectively, the 649 colleges on The Princeton Review's "regional best" list constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

For more information about UNI's ranking, visit www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings?rankings=best-midwestern. The Princeton Review is a New York-based company known for its test preparation courses, books, college admission and other education services. For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com.

 

 

August 13, 2015 - 1:37pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for a Bachelor of Arts in Technology Management, beginning this fall. The technology management B.A. program is designed for graduates of career and technical programs from Iowa's community colleges and focuses on industry while incorporating an applied approach to critical-thinking, communication and problem-solving skills.

"UNI is committed to making select, affordable educational opportunities accessible to Iowans, regardless of where they reside," said Kent Johnson, dean of UNI's Continuing Education and Special Programs. "We are pleased to provide a pathway for professionals who wish to advance their careers, while addressing the needs of Iowa's manufacturers."

Program coordinator Ali Kashef commented, "With an exceptionally strong placement record, this program offers flexibility for busy individuals who expect practical knowledge to enter a competitive job market and who want to expand their technical, managerial, critical-thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. As a student, you will work with dedicated faculty who will guide and support you every step of the way."

Courses are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a Web browser. The program also uses a cohort model in which students move together through the coursework, with the degree to be awarded in the spring of 2019. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/tech-management.

For information about additional offerings available from Continuing and Distance Education through the University of Northern Iowa, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

August 11, 2015 - 1:44pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa is pleased to announce that it has received a project grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support the center’s It Gets Better performance at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19.

It Gets Better, born from a simple YouTube video, has changed and saved the lives of countless bullied youth. The It Gets Better project is devoted to the mission of sharing a message of encouragement as seen in their projects headline, "It Gets Better." The renowned Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) commits to that message with the "It Gets Better" musical, written and sung in collaboration with UNI's Concert Chorale and West High School. The GMCLA will do a community residency early in the week to engage in conversation with high school students, university students and the community, culminating in their powerful performance Saturday evening. 

Funding for It Gets Better is made possible by UNI’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Arts Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (Iowa Arts Council) and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Ticket prices for It Gets Better begin at $14 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, online at gbpac.com/ItGetsBetter or by phone at 319-273-4849.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

August 10, 2015 - 2:58pm

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As part of the upcoming It Gets Better performance at Gallagher Bluedorn, community events have been organized to spark discussion around bullying and equality. The first event will take place Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Octopus on College Hill for a roundtable discussion about the question "It's getting better – now what?"

Susan Hill, director of UNI's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, will moderate the discussion. Performances by Amelia & Melina, AMZ, Stormy O’Brink and Xavia will follow the discussion. The event is hosted by Josh Hamzee, University of Northern Iowa Speech and Debate, and Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, Aug. 22 will mark the second event of the It Gets Better series. Taking place at Cedar Valley Pridefest, a booth will be set up by Gallagher Bluedorn to take video testimonials with the message "It Gets Better." These testimonials will be used at the event and be shared with the touring company, including the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA). More information about Pridefest can be found at www.cedarvalleypride.com.

The GMCLA will be in residency in support of the It Gets Better performance on Saturday, Sept. 19. A full list of outreach events can be found at gbpac.com/itgetsbetter. This project is sponsored in part by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ticket prices for It Gets Better begin at $14 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, online at gbpac.com/ItGetsBetter or by phone at 319-273-4849.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

August 6, 2015 - 10:30am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Science Education program has expanded its three-year grant from the Iowa Department of Education Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. This extended grant will provide a continuation of the Integrated Crosscutting Concepts in Iowa Science Classrooms (ICCISC) program.

The professional development program started in the summer of 2014. The purpose is to help teachers integrate crosscutting concepts in the development and implementation of standards-based science curricula using research-based instruction, which will prepare students in science and other STEM-related fields. Teachers will meet virtually once a month and twice in person over the course of the academic year to continue to build their network and further support one another in the implementation of their curriculum.

This year, an additional 21 science teacher colleagues joined the original 24 secondary science teachers from across the state of Iowa. Together, the teachers will develop, revise and implement instructional units in their science classrooms in collaboration with UNI science education faculty, Area Education Agency (AEA) science consultants and master high school teachers.

For more information about the program, contact Lawrence Escalada, chair of UNI science education and professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or lawrence.escalada@uni.edu, or Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and science education, at 319-273-3296 or dawn.delcarlo@uni.edu.

August 6, 2015 - 1:27pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present the exhibitions "Gather the Folds of This Veil and Scatter Them" and "Roman-roamin’" in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB).

"Gather the Folds" artists John Siblik and Elissa Cox Wenthe will present a lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, in KAB Room 111, which will be followed by an opening reception in the KAB South lobby. The lecture is funded by a donation from Upper Iowa University in Fayette. The exhibition will be open from Monday, Aug. 24 through Saturday, Sept. 19.

"Roman-roamin’" is a UNI permanent art collection exhibition that can be viewed Monday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 24; Monday, Nov. 2, through Monday, Nov. 30; and Thursday, Dec. 10, through Saturday, Dec. 19. UNI professor of art history Charles Adelman and gallery director Darrel Taylor will curate the exhibition. The concept of the exhibition is Roman themes through time and will include works by Ronald King, Edward Steichen, Amy Worthen and Joseph Pennell.

Ancient Roman artifacts from the UNI Museum will also be presented, most notably Roman glass and coins, which help illustrate the vast influence of this culture over time both geographically and aesthetically.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and by appointment. The gallery will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery or contact Darrell Taylor at 319-273-6134 or darell.taylor@uni.edu.

August 6, 2015 - 4:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services will hold the Kindergym program again this fall. The program will be offered on six Saturdays starting Sept. 12 and ending Oct. 24 in the main gym at the Wellness Recreation Center (WRC) on UNI's campus. The WRC will be closed on Saturday Oct. 17 for Homecoming weekend.

Kindergym is an informal learning program focusing on the development and refinement of motor skills for 2- to 5-year-olds. The 2- and 3-year-olds will meet from 10 to 10:50 a.m., and the 4- and 5-year-olds will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m. The registration fee is $32 for the first child and $27 for a second child, which includes an official Kindergym T-shirt.

Kindergym is a parent/child program, so parents are requested to attend the sessions with their child. The physical activity stations will focus on age-appropriate movement skills that encourage success in a fun atmosphere.

For more information, contact Rip Marston at 319-273-6882 or the program director, Karyn Finn, at 319-610-0501. For the registration form, visit uni.edu/coe/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/kindergym.

August 5, 2015 - 10:15am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host an interactive exhibit at the Iowa State Fair 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 23, in the Varied Industries Building. Fairgoers can visit with alumni, faculty, staff and students, as well as pick up Panther tattoos, athletic posters and other giveaways.

There will be a multimedia interactive station which will include three 55-inch touch screen monitors that will allow visitors, alumni and prospective students to explore different majors and opportunities offered at UNI. UNI President Bill Ruud will visit with guests from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15. At 4 p.m., Ruud will show a steer at the Governor's Charity Steer Show.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, special appearances will include UNI women’s head basketball coach Tonya Warren from 9 to 11 a.m. and UNI men's head basketball coach Ben Jacobson from 1 to 3 p.m. UNI mascots TC and TK will be at the fair from 10 to 11 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13. They will also be there from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15. Other special appearances on Aug. 15 include wrestling coach Doug Schwab from 1 to 3 p.m. Panther fans are encouraged to wear their UNI colors Saturday, Aug. 15, and stop by the booth.

University Book & Supply will sell UNI clothing, Panther gear and memorabilia at this year's booth.

For more information, contact Jessica Betts, marketing specialist in the Office of University Relations, at 319-273-2761 or jess.betts@uni.edu.

 

August 5, 2015 - 10:38am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Suzuki School is taking applications for instruction in beginning to advanced violin, viola, cello and guitar with experienced faculty. An open house will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, for interested students and their families in the lobby of Russell Hall at the University of Northern Iowa.

Registration for currently enrolled students will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 22, in Russell Hall classrooms. Beginning classes for 3- to 7-year-olds will start in late August with parent orientation sessions and group lessons. Lessons and other educational opportunities are available for older children and adults. The 2015-16 session begins Monday, Aug. 31. Pre-registration is due by Monday, Aug.10, for currently enrolled students and by Aug. 22 for new students.

In addition to individual instruction, the school offers three ensemble opportunities by audition. Auditions for the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra (NIYO) for grades nine through 12 will be held on Friday, Aug. 28, and Friday, Sept. 4. NIYO meets from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and is directed by John Chiles. Auditions for the Northern Iowa Junior Orchestra (NIJO) for grades five through eight will be held on Friday, Sept. 18. NIJO also meets from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and is directed by Tom Schilke. Verismo Chamber Ensembles will be divided by level and coached by John Chiles. Participants will determine the meeting dates and times. Auditions for Viva Verismo for ages 8 through 14 and advanced ensembles, Verismo Sr. and Verismo Maestro, will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 1.  

The UNI Suzuki School is offering an adult string orchestra for adults who have had orchestra experience. The group will meet twice a month and is directed by John Chiles.

For more details, audition times or for a registration application, contact Cathy Craig, Suzuki School coordinator, at 319-273-2508 or cathy.craig@uni.edu.

 

July 31, 2015 - 11:43am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's undergraduate and graduate social work programs have been reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The two programs – Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Master of Social Work – were reaccredited for eight years, the maximum granted by the Commission on Accreditation.

Reaccreditation comes after the completion of a lengthy self-study by program faculty and a site visit by members of the commission's accrediting team. The undergraduate program was accredited in 1975, and the graduate program was accredited in 2002.

"Aside from completing the self-studies, this accreditation required fundamental changes to our programs as we moved from content-driven to outcome-based curricula," said Cindy Juby, department head and associate professor of social work. "In addition, reaccreditation coincided with the restructuring of our MSW program to establish a trauma-informed specialty. CSWE's decision reflects the hard work, commitment and team effort of the Department of Social Work faculty and staff in making our programs successful."

UNI's Department of Social Work offers a student-centered learning community where students should expect to be challenged and stimulated as they develop the knowledge needed to become an effective agent for social change. Curriculum is centered around a trauma-informed perspective. Recognizing and understanding the significant roles that psychological trauma and human rights violations play in a range of issues provides students with a unique advantage as they assist individuals and work to improve service delivery systems.

For more information about UNI's social work programs, visit www.uni.edu/csbs/socialwork. For more information about the reaccreditation of the social work programs, contact Juby at 319-273-5845 or cynthia.juby@uni.edu.

July 31, 2015 - 10:11am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Two graduate counseling programs in the University of Northern Iowa's School of Applied Human Sciences (SAHS) were recently reaccredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The two programs – school counseling and clinical mental health counseling – were reaccredited for eight years.

Both programs have been accredited by CACREP since 1990, and the clinical mental health counseling program was the first accredited program in the nation.

"With the assistance of the faculty and graduate assistants, and the leadership and support of Dean Brenda Bass, former director of the SAHS Howard Barnes and the current interim director of SAHS Annette Lynch, we were granted eight years of accreditation, which is the maximum amount of time awarded to nationally accredited programs," said Roberto Swazo, associate professor, division chair and CACREP liaison of counseling programs at UNI. "Being a CACREP program signifies national quality and credibility in the eyes of national, regional and state licensure and certification boards."

The school's self-study process took two years. The council looked at more than 300 standards that needed to be addressed. These standards, which included a newly adopted focus on assessing and documenting student learning outcomes, will help UNI counseling students understand not only what they are learning, but also why.

For more information about UNI's counseling programs, visit www.uni.edu/csbs/sahs/counseling. For more information about the reaccreditation of the counseling programs, contact Swazo at 319-273-2675 or roberto.swazo@uni.edu.

July 23, 2015 - 3:42pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "The Bridges of Madison County" original manuscript has been donated by author Robert James Waller to the Rod Library's special collections and university archives at the University of Northern Iowa. The manuscript includes Waller's personal notes and annotations. Originally published in 1992, this love story between a woman living in Madison County, Iowa, and a photographer was a New York Times bestseller that has sold 50 million copies worldwide.

"Interest in Professor Waller's first novel and his later works has remained at a high level over the years," said Gerald Peterson, Rod Library's special collections librarian and university archivist. "A late typescript of his novel, with his handwritten emendations, is an impressive addition to UNI's archives. Professor Waller's generous gift will benefit generations of scholars."

"This manuscript will be of interest to students and faculty in the Department of Languages and Literatures as well as other disciplines at UNI," said Chris Cox, dean of library services. "The special collections and university archives will be a destination for Waller scholars around the world."

"The Bridges of Madison County" was made into a feature film in 1995 starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Waller's book was also made into a Broadway musical in February 2014, which won a Tony Award.

"Professor Waller's first novel had an enormous impact on American popular culture. People across the United States and around the world were talking about his book," said Peterson. "Discussion, criticism, and speculation about the author, the story and its characters permeated popular media for months."

Robert James Waller lives in Texas and received his B.A. in 1962 from the University of Northern Iowa, as well as his M.A. in 1968. Waller is a former faculty member and former dean of what is now known as the College of Business Administration at UNI. His other New York Times bestseller is "Puerto Vallarta Squeeze."

For more information about the new manuscript, visit www.library.uni.edu. 

July 23, 2015 - 4:22pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has been selected to participate in the "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" grant. The library will receive $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Library Association to support programming.

"Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" is a public exploration of the rich and varied experiences of Latinos who have helped shape the U.S. over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country's largest minority group.

The cornerstone of the project is the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film, "Latino Americans," created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The Peabody Award-winning series chronicles Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day.

"We are extremely excited to have been awarded this grant," said Jessica Cruz, UNI Museum exhibit preparator. "Not only does it give us the opportunity to work with multiple entities on campus to highlight Latinos in the United States, it also enables us to reach beyond the UNI community to engage the whole of the Cedar Valley. We have a lineup of wonderful events, and we look forward to working with our various partners throughout the year to celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture in Iowa."

"We are proud to have provided funding to support the creation of this film, and we are pleased that it will be seen by diverse audiences in communities around the country through these new grants," said NEH Chairman William D. Adams.

"Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which is designed to demonstrate the critical role humanities scholarship can play in our public life.

For more information about this project, visit www.library.uni.edu/diversity.

July 21, 2015 - 10:56am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host a webinar on Community Solar Energy in Iowa from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 29. Experts from both municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives will describe current and proposed community solar projects in Iowa. A representative from Cedar Falls Utilities will answer questions related to the Simple Solar Project. Learn how you and/or your business can benefit from lower electrical bills, even if you have a shady roof.

The webinar is free and open to the public. Attendees can join by going to uni.zoom.us/join and entering meeting ID 319 273 6012. To join by phone, dial +1-646-558-8656 or +1-408-638-0968 and enter meeting ID. 

In addition, four videos of presentations from the CEEE's Solar Energy Fair in June are now on YouTube and available for viewing. Topics include the potential for solar in Iowa, Simple Solar/CFU's community solar program, federal and state solar tax credits, and Farmers Electric Cooperative community solar project. Go to www.youtube.com and search for CEEE Solar Energy Fair. 

The webinar and videos are funded by the Iowa Energy Center. For more information, contact Pat Higby, energy educator, at 319-273-6012 or patricia.higby@uni.edu.

 

July 13, 2015 - 1:49pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNIBusiness real estate program ranks No. 12 among the top 30 best universities for real estate studies, according to rentapplication.com, a website known for comprehensive knowledge in the real estate industry, and posts national rankings and a wide range of information regarding real estate in the U.S.

"It is an honor to be acknowledged on this top 30 list," said Arthur Cox, director of UNI's Center for Real Estate Education. "This is another external validation for the quality of our program. Our strong ties to the real estate industry clearly are a tremendous advantage to our students and employers."

UNIBusiness offers the only Bachelor of Arts Real Estate degree in the state of Iowa. The extensive program prepares students for careers in the many disciplines within real estate, both commercial and residential, including brokerage, property management, valuation, mortgage underwriting, mortgage servicing and asset management.

"The quality that is recognized by this high ranking pertains to our program connecting academic learning with the actual applications of those principles to real-world problems. Students are not being trained in real estate, rather they are gaining an education where they develop the skills required in today's complex real estate industry," said Cox.

The value of this program and the strength of its graduates do not go unnoticed; UNIBusiness real estate majors experience 100 percent job placement before graduation. For more information about UNI's Center for Real Estate Education, visit www.uni.edu/realestate/.

 

July 9, 2015 - 9:47am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Child Development Center (CDC) is participating as a contractor in an Early Head Start Child Care Partnership grant with Tri-County Child and Family. The contract will support 16 children whose parents attend UNI. This grant is for evening childcare at the CDC while parents attend classes, study or work.

This grant will give qualifying UNI parents the advantage of having free childcare right on campus while they concentrate on their classes or work. Recruitment is underway for parents to sign their children up to attend this program at the CDC. In order to qualify for this new evening childcare program, one must meet the Head Start program's income eligibility and be a current UNI student. For easy access to more information regarding eligibility, visit tricountychildandfamily.org under the "How to Enroll" tab.

The CDC is a childcare and instruction resource for all students, faculty and staff at UNI. Part of the College of Education, their mission is to provide a nurturing and safe environment to support learning for the families and students of the university.

For more information or to enroll, contact Rachelle or Kayla at 319-235-5557, or the enrollment office at 319-235-0383. For more information regarding the CDC visit uni.edu/cdc/node/14. 

July 9, 2015 - 2:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Political Science, via Continuing and Distance Education, will offer a master's degree in public policy beginning fall 2015. The program is designed for those interested in furthering their education about public policy and the tools needed to assume effective and meaningful positions with public or nonprofit organizations that serve the community.

"This program is ideally constructed for the working professional, with online course offerings and a curriculum designed to enhance skills relating to budgeting, management and program evaluation," said Program Coordinator Christopher Larimer.

The two-year program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the course sequence together. Courses are offered via interactive video conferencing, including Adobe Connect, and online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning environment. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/public-policy.

For information about additional offerings available through Continuing and Distance Education at the University of Northern Iowa, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

July 9, 2015 - 3:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sturgis Youth Theatre (SYT) will present "Wiley and the Hairy Man" at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 19 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Matinee performances will be held at 10:30 a.m., July 17, and 2 p.m., July 18 and 19.

"Wiley and the Hairy Man," by Jack Stokes, is based on a Southern folktale in which a young boy must face his fears to overcome the obstacles in his path. UNI professor of theatre and artistic director of the SYT Gretta Berghammer is the director for the performance. Working alongside Berghammer is scenic designer Mark Parrott, UNI associate professor of theatre; costume designer Mic Evans, a UNI theatre major; and lighting designer Shaun Knapp, a 2014 graduate of UNI.

The performance features a cast of 36 young people from the Cedar Valley, ranging in age from 9 to 16 years old. In addition to their role on stage, each cast member participates in the creation of scenery, props or costumes. Cast members from Waterloo include: Kayla Craun, Joe Mills, Milo Simpson and Emily Yates. Cast members from Cedar Falls include Claire Biles, Koro and Xanti Castillo, Maddy Doeden, Kaleb Dufel, Nancy Espinoza, Owen Flack, John and Elise Glascock, Jonathan Green, Lily Hansbrough, Grace King, Genavieve Koinzan, Joshua Kreger, Gabe Kroeger, Hope Krohn, Riley Marten, Madisen Reeves, Olivia Rodgers, Henry and Noah Rouw, Caroline and Margaret Schafer, Alanah and Camden Smith, Luke Sulentic, Leah Takes, and Sophia Woods. Cast member Davis Roth is from Jesup; Sophia Kohl is from Readlyn; Sydney Eggena is from Denver; and Jadi Jacobsen is from Washburn. Another 19 university and high school students serve as staff, interns and volunteers on the production.

"Wiley and the Hairy Man" has received additional support from local businesses, organizations and community members in the form of costume sponsorships and scholarships.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 319-239-1540. For more information visit uni.edu/theatre/swt/sturgis-youth-theatre/summer-fun-production-2015.

 

July 9, 2015 - 3:26pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa commissioned an artist to design and build a public art sculpture for the Bartlett Hall renovation project. Mike Baur's sculpture, "Redtail," will be placed in Bartlett's west interior courtyard beginning at 7 a.m., Friday, July 10. 

"Redtail" is an 18-foot tall and 24-foot long sculpture designed with steel and concrete, which will last hundreds of years with no maintenance. The artist's goal was to make it large enough to command the space, yet not too large to overwhelm the viewer. Baur wanted to use details and patterns to enhance the view up close, and a unique form to grab attention from afar.

Baur, who lives in West Chicago, Illinois, is well known for his concrete and steel public sculptures. His first big accomplishment was a 200-ton concrete sculpture in Spain, which won an international competition. His other pieces are found in locations across the United States and Spain. Baur has exhibited in many museums, large-scale sculpture venues and group shows.

The Bartlett site will become a green space providing a central walkway through campus. The project is funded through the State of Iowa, Art in State Buildings Program.

July 8, 2015 - 8:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A gift of $3.655 million from the Gerdin family will support the renovation of Schindler Education Center, the focal point of teacher education, at the University of Northern Iowa.

"Our family is pleased to be able to support the Schindler Education Center renovation project," said Julie Durr, a UNI alumna and spokesperson for the family. "UNI is nationally known for its outstanding teacher education program. We wanted to make sure this facility reflects the high quality learning that takes place inside the building."

"The University of Northern Iowa has the proud distinction of leading Iowa's number one teacher education program," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "Our College of Education is doing more than teaching tomorrow's educators, administrators and health specialists. Nearly 32 percent of teachers and 37 percent of school administrators in Iowa are UNI graduates. This gift from the Gerdin family means that we can continue to prepare hundreds of tomorrow's leaders to affect change in schools, communities and businesses around the world."

Renovations will feature spaces and furnishings that are flexible, such as the central learning commons area where students will be able to engage in diverse learning activities like group presentations. Lecture halls will be transitioned into collaborative, interactive learning spaces. Obsolete computer labs will be replaced by classrooms that use integrated technology. The new design will also create classroom simulation spaces in which teacher candidates can model instructional methods in learning environments similar to those that are currently used in kindergarten through high school settings. 

Renovations will also include replacement of exterior windows and the installation of new interior windows, which will provide credit toward LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) gold certification. In addition, an outdoor plaza will feature a green roof that will serve as a learning center for future teachers.

"School facilities must move from traditional classrooms where students are information receivers to facilities that encourage active learning," said Victoria Robinson, interim dean of the College of Education. "This shift from teacher-centered instruction to student-centered learning brings about the need for flexible education facilities. This generous gift will strengthen the program and help us prepare highly effective teachers, principals and superintendents."

The Gerdin gift was made to the University of Northern Iowa through the UNI Foundation. For more information about the UNI Foundation, visit uni-foundation.org.

 

July 2, 2015 - 4:22pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Music and theatre students and programs at the University of Northern Iowa will benefit from a gift from alumni Howard C. and Mary Easter.

Howard, who died in September 2011 at the age of 94, and Mary who died in September 2014 at the age of 95, named UNI as the beneficiary of the remainder of their trust. The bequest will total nearly $1 million to be distributed equally between the UNI School of Music and the UNI Department of Theatre.

John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music said the Easter's gift will allow the school to continue to strengthen its reputation by supporting UNI students in their performances at the university, throughout the United States and abroad. "The Easters have made a transformational gift to the university," said Vallentine. "The funds will be placed into an endowment that will support scholarships, purchase equipment (such as pianos) and meet programmatic needs for future generations of students.  We are grateful for the generosity of Howard and Mary Easter."

Eric Lange, head of the Department of Theatre, stated that this funding will have a significant impact on departmental programming and will benefit new groups of students into the future. "This funding will support the hiring of professional guest artists who will share current practice with our students, will help support enhancements to our production resources, and will also help support student travel to see professional theatre or attend discipline-specific conferences. The Easters' generosity is very much appreciated."

The funds perpetuate the Easters' passion for the performing arts. Mary taught English in Illinois and Iowa. Howard taught band and played jazz piano in the Howy Curtis Trio Band. They are both graduates of Iowa State Teachers College, now University of Northern Iowa.

The Easter gift will be managed by the UNI Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to support the University of Northern Iowa by leveraging private and public resources through strategic engagement of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. For more information about the UNI Foundation, visit uni-foundation.org.

 

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – On Wednesday, July 15, the Friends of Gallagher Bluedorn will host the first performance in their new Friends Presents series featuring the popular country/classical trio, The Texas Tenors.

Since their whirlwind debut on 2009's America’s Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards and excited fans. With their Emmy Award-winning PBS special now airing across the nation, and chart-topping albums, The Texas Tenors have become one of America's favorite trios. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth.

Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn will also be hosting a silent auction before the performance, as well as a live auction during intermission. Live auction prizes include an autographed acoustic guitar from the performance; a two-night stay in Branson, Missouri, including tickets to The Texas Tenors at the Starlite Theatre; a dinner for four with John Hagen and his wife at Montage; and a personalized voicemail message by The Texas Tenors. Silent auction items include an autographed cowboy hat, a basket of The Texas Tenors merchandise, a pair of cowboy boots and a recorded voicemail phone message by The Texas Tenors. Money raised from the auction will be put toward funding the Kaleidoscope Series, which offers performances to school age children for only $1 each.

Ticket prices for The Texas Tenors begin at $32.50 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, online at gbpac.com/TheTexasTenors or by phone at 319-273-4849.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

 

 

June 30, 2015 - 4:31pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The first round of the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is complete. Of the 45 executive summaries submitted, 24 have been selected to submit a full business model canvas and pitch decks to be reviewed by judges.

"This year the quality of the businesses was exceptionally high," said Randy Pilkington, director of UNI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. "We were pleased to have a wide range of business types with broad geographic representation competing this year."

Of these competitors, seven to 10 will be chosen as finalists and invited to present to a panel of judges. Based on the presentations, the judges will select the three winners who will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 24, in Des Moines.

The John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support for business growth. This year, a total of $50,000 will be awarded to the top three businesses as determined by the panel of judges ($25,000 for first prize, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third).

For more information, visit the competition website at www.pappajohnentrepreneurialventurecompetition.com

June 19, 2015 - 3:10pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub (IAMNH), at the TechWorks Campus in Waterloo, is one of the first projects in the state to be awarded funds through Iowa's new Strategic Infrastructure Fund (SIF). The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board approved the funding at their June meeting. The project, Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub – Phase I, Additive Manufacturing Center, will receive $2.7 million to fund additional 3-D printers for the UNI Metal Casting Center, building improvements, and a design center to be operated by Hawkeye Community College and UNI.

"With this financial support from the IEDA and Iowa Innovation Council, UNI is excited and anxious to move forward with creating a full-service additive manufacturing center to meet the innovation and technology needs of Iowa companies," said Randy Pilkington, executive director of UNI's Business and Community Services. "Thanks to support from IEDA, UNI is building on the momentum of the past 18 months of 3-D printing success to create a full-service additive manufacturing center for Iowa manufacturers. Expansion into plastics, metals and ceramics will create one of the best equipped 3-D printing facilities in North America."

The IAMNH application for SIF was completed by TechWorks staff and a team including UNI's Randy Pilkington and Metal Casting Center Director Jerry Thiel; Hawkeye Community College President Linda Allen, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jane Bradley; and TechWorks board chair Tim Hurley. The team worked with the State of Iowa and the Iowa Innovation Council’s Advanced Manufacturing Workgroup to finalize the application.

The IEDA funding will help to move Iowa to the forefront of technology in additive manufacturing and establish a premier center for support of its manufacturing base.  This funding is a critical step in advancing the state's technology base and providing a central location for technology advancement.

"We are proud of the collaborative and diligent work of the TechWorks board and staff, with our Cedar Valley partners.  Their commitment to cultivate innovation in advanced and additive manufacturing in Iowa is producing immediate results," said Steve Dust, CEO of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber and president of TechWorks Campus. "This same kind of spirit established a legacy of manufacturing in the Cedar Valley years ago. The Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub on the TechWorks Campus ensures the legacy continues."

Jerry Thiel, director of the UNI Metal Casting Center/Additive Manufacturing is already working with a large number of manufacturers from Iowa and across the country with the ExOne 3-D printer purchased with IEDA funds in 2013. The Metal Casting Center provides opportunities for students to train on the most advanced machines available while gaining real world experience helping manufacturers with cost saving rapid prototyping to better compete globally.

"This funding will provide research opportunities for all three universities as well as interaction at the community college level," said Thiel. "We look forward to the funding and its positive impact on the state of Iowa."

TechWorks and the University of Northern Iowa have developed a partnership to execute a key initiative to grow prosperity through expansion of additive manufacturing technologies and launching the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub.

Cedar Valley TechWorks is a subsidiary of by the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber.

 

June 18, 2015 - 4:03pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy will host a four-day institute on comprehensive literacy Tuesday, June 23, through Friday, June 26, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

The institute will offer details for designing a rigorous and challenging curriculum that includes research-based literacy practices, and will provide educators with a wealth of practical resources aligned with the Iowa Core State Standards.

Developed under the leadership of Linda Dorn, director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) is a model of school transformation that focuses on improved literacy learning for all children. Dorn will be the featured speaker.

Nearly 300 educators from across Iowa will participate in the institute, including PCL coaches, coach candidates, school administrators, classroom teachers, Title I teachers, special education teachers, curriculum directors, Area Education Agency (AEA) consultants, AEA chief administrators and superintendents. UNI graduate credit is available for PCL coach candidates; UNI graduate workshop credit is available to all other participants.

The Jacobson Center at the University of Northern Iowa is one of seven universities that partner with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to provide professional development opportunities for educators and preparation in the PCL model. Salli Forbes, director of the Jacobson Center, and assistant director Debra Rich coordinate the summer institute and oversee the year-long preparation of PCL coaches for school districts and Area Education Agencies across Iowa.

For more information about the summer institute, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/events/jccl.

 

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Two free online webinars on sales and use tax for Iowa businesses are scheduled in June and July. Part one will be from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, and part two will be from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 22.

These one-hour events are specialized for small business owners, and will provide an overview of Iowa sales and use tax. Part one will include information about common taxable services. Part two will cover local option sales tax. The presenter is Terry O'Neill, taxpayer service specialist with the Iowa Department of Revenue.

The webinars are presented by IASourceLink at the University of Northern Iowa and the UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation, partnered with the Iowa Department of Revenue.

Attendees can register for either or both webinars. For more information or to register, visit www.IowaTaxWebinars.com

June 15, 2015 - 2:18pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Educational Talent Search   Program (ETS) is conducting recruitment for students in the Waterloo Community School District. ETS is a college preparatory program that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and serves 1,265 students in Waterloo.

All sixth-grade through 12th-grade students in the Waterloo Community School District who may be lacking resources to prepare for postsecondary education, and plan on attending college after high school graduation are eligible for the program. Two-thirds of the participants in ETS must be both low-income students and first-generation college-bound students.

ETS staff provides homework and study skill assistance; ACT test preparatory workshops; career planning and job shadowing; information on postsecondary education; assistance finding and applying for scholarships; college tours; and assistance with college admissions and financial aid applications.

For more information or to apply for ETS, visit uni.edu/eop/educational-talent-search or contact the program office at 319-433-1220. 

June 8, 2015 - 3:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center will host the Iowa Prairie Conference July 16 through18.

The theme of the conference is "Working Prairies," which is a reflection of the evolving role of prairie in the landscape. Featured speakers include Doug Ladd, land stewardship director of the Nature Conservancy's Missouri Chapter, and Lisa Schulte-Moore, associate professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University.

Three symposia are also scheduled for the conference: "Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management," chaired by Kristine Nemec; "Writing the Tallgrass Prairie," chaired by John Price; and "40+ Years of Prairie Preservation and Restoration," chaired by Pauline Drobney and Laura Jackson, and organized to commemorate the decades of prairie work by Daryl Smith, advocate and founder of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center. Field trips to area prairies will be held on July 18.

Registration fees prior to July 6 are $80 for regular attendees, $60 for students and $40 daily. The commercial exhibitor registration fee is $200; the registration fee for educational and nonprofit groups is $140. Lodging options are available at Panther Village, the many hotels in Cedar Falls, and the camping and RV parks in the area.

Located at 2412 W. 27th St., the Tallgrass Prairie Center was established at UNI in 1999 and uses 65 acres of campus land. The center has many programs and projects that exemplify the theme of "Working Prairie." For a list of all programs and projects, visit www.tallgrassprairiecenter.org.

For further information, a full schedule of events or to register for the conference, visit www.tallgrassprairiecenter.org.

June 5, 2015 - 3:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa was included in the TIME Money list of the top "20 Best Colleges You Can Still Get Into for the Fall." UNI is the only university or college in Iowa on the list.

The list is released following the May 1 national response deadline, when many institutions require deposits from students who have been offered admission. Many of the colleges willing to accept late applications are some of the best schools in the country.

"Many students are still making decisions on their fall plans, and some students may find themselves in circumstances where they are wanting to change their existing plans," said Matt Kroeger, UNI's associate vice president for enrollment management. "UNI is proud and happy to be an accessible higher education option for students in Iowa and beyond."

UNI is one of the most accessible and affordable universities in the state of Iowa. In fact, it is the most affordable four-year institution for in-state students. Approximately 97 percent of UNI's 2013-14 graduates are employed or are continuing their education within six months of graduation, and when UNI students graduate, they owe less money than students who graduate from most all other four-year institutions in Iowa.

Prospective undergraduate students interested in applying to UNI have until August 1 to submit their application. Admission details, campus visit information and the admission application can be found at uni.edu/admissions/.

For the full list of the "20 Best Colleges You Can Still Get Into for the Fall," visit time.com/money/3848778/last-minute-college-applications-fall-2015/.

June 4, 2015 - 3:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Tickets for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) 15th season will go on sale online and in the box office at 8:30 a.m., Friday, June 5.

The new season features bigger names, more discounts and promises of great experiences at every show. Names like Jay Leno, Garrison Keillor, Cesar Millan and Broadway tours like "Once" and "Annie" will serve as headline grabbing events for the season.

The refreshed website, www.gbpac.com, offers the entire season in detail. Tickets may be purchased at gbpac.com, by calling 1-877-549-SHOW (7469) or at any box office location.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsginer@uni.edu.

June 3, 2015 - 8:15am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – As part of their continuing mission to expand teachers' knowledge and instructional expertise in literacy education, the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy and the Reading Recovery Program of Iowa, both housed in the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy within the University of Northern Iowa's College of Education, celebrated their most recent graduates.

Nine educators completed the comprehensive literacy coach certification as part of the Jacobson Center's second graduating class in the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy coach preparation program. Three graduates finished the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader certificate program on May 8 through the Reading Recovery Program of Iowa, which has been at UNI since 2009. Both programs are post-master's programs culminating in an advanced studies certificate. This year's graduates bring the number of comprehensive literacy coaches in Iowa to 66. There are now 21 Reading Recovery teacher leaders in the state.

"The graduates of both the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy coach and Reading Recovery Teacher Leader certificate programs have done extraordinary work this year, both in their courses and implementing the models in their schools, districts and Area Education Agencies," said Salli Forbes, director of the Jacobson Center. "They have become and will continue to lead educational transformation in order to assure maximum achievement for all the students in the schools they serve."

Each of the PCL graduates continued to work full time as literacy coaches in their schools, districts or Area Education Agencies while completing the yearlong program. Their efforts will increase districts' abilities to meet the needs of students needing additional assistance in literacy education.

Graduates of the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy coach program included:

Kelsey Bower of Davenport – John Glenn Elementary, North Scott Community Schools

Katie Burbridge of Rock Island, Illinois – Alan Shepard Elementary, North Scott Community Schools

Angela Butler of West Burlington – North Hill Elementary, Burlington Community Schools

Amy Drew of Burlington – Grimes Elementary, Burlington Community Schools

Lori Graves of Bloomfield – Davis County Elementary, Davis County Community Schools

Jessica Hellberg of Burlington – Black Hawk Elementary, Burlington Community Schools

Bailea Jackson of Burlington – Sunnyside Elementary, Burlington Community Schools

Linda McCartney of Burlington – Corse Elementary, Burlington Community Schools

Kelly Westley of Waterloo – Waterloo Community Schools

 

Graduates of the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader program included:

Tami Huck of Marshalltown – Marshalltown Community Schools

Gail Hunter of Batavia – Ottumwa Community Schools

Janelle Williams of Garner – Area Education Agency 267

 

June 3, 2015 - 1:59pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The North American Review (NAR) is the longest running literary magazine in the United States, founded in May 1815. To commemorate the 200-year anniversary, the University of Northern Iowa will host a creative writing and literature conference Thursday, June 11, through Saturday, June 13.

There will be multiple keynote speakers presenting at Strayer-Wood Theater on UNI's campus during the conference:

- Steven Schwartz, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 11. Schwartz is the author of award-winning     

  story collections and currently fiction editor of Colorado Review.

- Patricia Hampl, 7:30 p.m., Friday June 12. Hampl is a Regents Professor at the University of

  Minnesota and is known for her many award-winning essays, reviews, poems and works of

  fiction.

- Martín Espada, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 13. Espada is an English professor at the University  

              of Massachusetts-Amherst and a well-established poet, editor and essayist.

Along with keynote speakers, there is a full list of other events. At 1 p.m., Thursday, June 11, there will be an art exhibit at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 W. Seerley Blvd. in Cedar Falls. On Friday, June 12 NAR press is launching the book "The Great Sympathetic: Walt Whitman and the North American Review" edited by Jeremy Schraffenberger at the Hearst Center for the Arts. At 1 p.m., Saturday, June 13, Judith Harris will present a lecture, "The Healing Effects of Writing About Pain: Literature and Psychoanalysis," at the Hearst Center for the Arts. A full list of events can be found on the NAR conference website at www.vpaf.uni.edu/events/nar.

From the NAR's starting roots in Boston to its current location in Cedar Falls, it has been an important American institution with a storied history and a reputation for promoting emerging writers. Starting off as the country's foremost magazine, many famous literary figures such as John Adams, Mark Twain, Woodrow Wilson and Abraham Lincoln have written for the magazine. The NAR moved to New York City in 1878, eventually being purchased by UNI in 1968.

Registration for the conference is $125 per person. The student rate is $75, and guest passes are available for $10 per person each day.

For more information about NAR, or to register for the conference, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/events/nar.

June 3, 2015 - 3:28pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Executive summaries for the first round of the Entrepreneurial Venture Competition are due on June 15. Businesses are invited to submit business information via a secure online program called Gust. A link to Gust is available at www.pappajohnentrepreneurialventurecompetition.com.

In June, selected companies will be contacted and invited to submit full business proposals through Gust. The competition will then be narrowed to seven to 10 companies that will present to judges in September. The winners will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 24 in Des Moines.

Assistance with the competition is available at the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa; the Small Business Development Centers throughout the state; and the business accelerators in Des Moines, Spencer, Cedar Rapids and Mason City.

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Entrepreneurial Development Centers and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

Rules, eligibility, timelines and assistance information are available at the competition website, www.pappajohnentrepreneurialventurecompetition.com.  

June 3, 2015 - 3:56pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Educational Leadership Legacy Award is given annually to a UNI alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated educational leadership core values. This year's award goes to Erik Anderson, principal of Cedar Rapids Prairie High School (CRPHS). The award is being presented at a CRPHS staff meeting at 10 a.m., Friday, June 5.Erik Anderson

Anderson was nominated by CRPHS staff and students for his exemplary leadership in learning, promotion of positive change and having a focused vision for a better future for the high school. According to students, Anderson has helped transform the school into a place that "shines with energy and pride. Mr. Anderson did this the moment he stood up in front of 1,000 students and inspired us all with only three sentences, 'Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of Prairie.'"

At the start of his principalship, Anderson began an initiative called "Our Kids," which is a celebration of the staff and their strengths. "Our Kids" was a "cultural shift of believing that all of our kids could learn at high levels, and that we could do amazing things to support this learning," said CRPHS teachers.

Anderson is a two-time graduate of UNI and has worked at CRPHS since 2000. He started as a math teacher and department head, served as the assistant football coach for several years, and become the associate principal and is currently the principal.

Nominations for the Educational Leadership Legacy Award are submitted by school board members, community members, teachers, students and other staff who know of a UNI alum of the principalship, superintendency or doctoral programs.

 

May 29, 2015 - 8:18am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers (located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa), in conjunction with EntreFEST, presented John Pappajohn with the Lifetime Impact Award on May 21.

"Mr. Pappajohn's passion has always been inspiring and motivating to young entrepreneurs," said Randy Pilkington, executive director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at UNI. "His commitment to helping entrepreneurs began almost 20 years ago when he established the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers, providing more than $30 million. In turn, these centers have helped to create and launch more than 5,200 companies across the state of Iowa, creating thousands of jobs."

In the past year, the financial support of the academic programs has allowed nearly 6,500 undergraduate students to enroll in entrepreneurial coursework and approximately 14,000 students have participated in entrepreneurial programs.

2015 celebrates the 10th year of the John Pappajohn Iowa Venture Competition with more than $500,000 awarded to 31 winners and honorable mention recipients since the competition began. "John’s support has changed the startup culture," said David Hensley, executive director of the UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. "His entrepreneurial leadership has expanded access to entrepreneurial education and training. Additionally, his efforts have increased recognition and support of capital resources for entrepreneurs, unlike anyone else across the country."

Pappajohn emigrated from Greece at the age of 9 months and grew up in Mason City. At an early age, he worked while attending the University of Iowa, and upon graduation he started his first entrepreneurial venture, Guardsman Insurance Investors. In 1969, he organized Equity Dynamics, Inc., a financial consulting entity and Pappajohn Capital Resources, a venture capital firm in Des Moines. Since that time, Pappajohn has been involved in more than 100 startups, more than 50 IPOs and has served as a director in more than 40 public companies.

 

May 29, 2015 - 8:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation announces the publication of the 2015 Iowa Small Business Report. This report is based on data collected from Iowa small business owners in February 2015 associated with their business activity during calendar year 2014.

Each year the Small Business Survey measures sales trends, job growth or loss, capital acquired and business use of technology among Iowa business owners with fewer than 50 employees. In addition, the survey measures specific issues, opportunities and experiences unique to doing business in Iowa.

The 2015 findings captured thousands of opinions from small companies across 92 of Iowa’s 99 counties, providing insight into Iowan’s use of Facebook to market their small business, the salaries they are paying incoming managers and what small Iowa companies think of the Iowa legislature. A summary of the survey has been published in a full color report providing business owners, community leaders and legislators a good look, both visually and in articles, about the current Iowa small business experience.

The report is available for download at www.uni.edu/cbgi/survey

About the Center for Business Growth and Innovation

The UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation is an award-winning and nationally recognized entity specializing in entrepreneurship and small business support programs. From business incubation on campus, to innovative online services and entrepreneurship research, the Center for Business Growth and Innovation is on the cutting-edge of improving Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The center has conducted the Iowa Small Business Survey annually since 2012.

May 26, 2015 - 4:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation Dream Big Grow Here program is proud to announce the awarding of grant funds to six Iowa companies to help them expand their firms, including the grand prize recipient HowFactory based in Waterloo for $15,000.
 
"I'm just so proud of the team that Kenny Stevenson and I have built. They work so hard and this win is such a boost! We just keep building!” said Trace Steffen, partner at HowFactory.

Several other firms received $5,000 awards, including AgriSync based in West Des Moines, Fresh Mediterranean Express LLC from Waukee, K2 Medical Alerts in Muscatine, UpCraft Club located in Des Moines and FarmTable Delivery in Harlan.

A group of 119 entrepreneurs competed earlier this year for a shot to be one of 30 finalists in the Dream Big Grow Here program, collecting online votes and comments of support. During the two-week voting period, the Dream Big Grow Here website attracted almost a million page views and thousands of online votes and comments of support for Iowa innovators. From this pool, five finalists were selected from each of the six online industry categories to compete in one final pitch off held in conjunction with EntreFEST in Iowa City on May 21. 

"Dream Big Grow Here is a program that we are tremendously proud of here at UNI for pioneering," said Dream Big Grow Here team lead Rob Williams. "The entire point is to encourage Iowa owners and startups to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. With thousands of champions here at EntreFEST to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, it made perfect sense to house the finals at EntreFEST and celebrate the idea that no matter where you are from in Iowa, you can start and grow an international enterprise in our great state."

Dream Big Grow Here is a program of the Center for Business Growth and Innovation at the University of Northern Iowa, housed under UNI Business and Community Services. A diverse set of public and private sponsors make the program possible, including: Renew Rural Iowa, VentreNet Iowa, Iowa Bankers Association, Veridian Credit Union, IASourceLink and Advance Iowa. 

May 22, 2015 - 2:55pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a Northeast Iowa Solar Energy Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE).

The fair is intended to make solar energy accessible and easy to find, to connect businesses and home owners with local and regional solar installers and contractors, and to show that solar energy systems are available, practical and cost effective.

CEEE program manager Carole Yates says, "We are intensifying our work in raising awareness about the need for communities to move away from fossil energy and invest in renewable sources of energy in our region."  

Several speakers are scheduled:

-10 a.m. Solar Energy for Homes/Businesses – Mike Barnes, Hawkeye Community College, Alternative Energy Systems adviser
-10:30 a.m. Farmers Electric Solar Gardens – Warren McKenna, manager, Farmers Electric Co-op, Kalona
-11 a.m. Cedar Falls Utilities Solar Garden -- Pete Olson, Cedar Falls Utilities, manager, Energy Services
-11:30 a.m.  State and Federal Solar Tax Credits – UNI CEEE representative
-1 p.m. Helping Businesses Develop Energy Efficiencies, Iowa Waste Reduction Center

Attendees can meet local solar installers, learn about tax credits, explore energy savings and see solar systems at work. Individuals can also sign up at the fair for Cedar Falls Utilities' solar garden.

The event is funded by the Iowa Energy Center. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Yates at 319-273-7599 or carole.yates@uni.edu.

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