News Release Archive
January 22, 2016 - 10:37am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Gaëtane Jean-Marie has been named dean of the College of Education and the Richard O. Jacobson Endowed Chair of Leadership in Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Jean-Marie will assume her new duties on June 30. The appointment is contingent upon approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its June meeting.
"Jean-Marie will bring a strong background in educational leadership to UNI," said Jim Wohlpart, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. "She has more than $2 million in funded grants, has co-authored two books and co-edited four others, and has many article and conference presentations. Her leadership philosophy is inclusive, innovative and data-informed, and she cares first and foremost about students and student learning, which is very important at UNI."
Jean-Marie is currently a professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in leadership and cultural studies from the University of North Carolina and an M.A. in criminal justice and B.A. in political science from Rutgers University.
Prior to her current position, she was the program coordinator for Educational Leadership at the University of Oklahoma. She has also held leadership roles at Florida International University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Jean-Marie replaces Dwight Watson, who left UNI in May 2015 to be the provost at Southwest Minnesota State University. Victoria Robinson, head of the Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education, has been serving as interim dean of the College of Education.
January 19, 2016 - 10:54am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance recently presented the University of Northern Iowa with the prestigious Campus Program Excellence Award. The awards presentation took place at the 43rd annual Alliance Management Institute from Jan. 3-5, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston. The Institute is an educational conference geared toward students planning a career in the nonprofit sector.
The Campus Program Excellence Award is presented each year to an affiliated college or university that has demonstrated a commitment to running an exceptional Alliance program on its campus.
“We really examine all aspects of the program. We want to recognize those campuses that excel in developing current and relevant coursework, meaningful nonprofit internship and employment opportunities, and strong connections between the campus and the local nonprofit community,” says Susan T. Schmidt, CNP, president of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. “University of Northern Iowa was selected based on the quality of its program, its community outreach, and the exceptional experience it provides students.”
One way that UNI demonstrates excellence is through the service it provides to the local community. During the spring semester of 2015, UNI students facilitated trainings to assist local nonprofits, taught children how to give back to their community, engaged families in the community in activities to promote health and well-being, raised money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the United Way, and recognized the work of local nonprofits through the annual awards banquet.
Students from UNI were also recognized during the conference for their poster session presentations. The poster session program at the Alliance Management Institute is designed to allow students to showcase either a best practice from their campus student association or research conducted in one or more of the Alliance competency areas. Students present their poster in front of a panel of judges.
- Second Place, Undergraduate Research: Heaven Connelly, Sarah Hanson, Andrew Juarez, Brittany Suchanek
- Second Place, Graduate Research: Carley Johnston, Rachel Patterson, Fallan Stark, Kelsey Umthun
The 2016 honorees were chosen by an awards selection committee comprised of key Alliance stakeholders, including affiliated faculty members, alumni, nonprofit partners, board members and sponsors. The selection of the award recipients was based on specific criteria for each respective award.
Since 1948, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has worked to strengthen the social sector with a talented, prepared workforce. Its Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit management certification in the U.S. The Alliance system, which includes 37 colleges and universities, 14 national nonprofit partners and more than 9,000 CNPs, is the largest network in the country working to build a talent pipeline for the social sector.
January 15, 2016 - 8:29am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Dr. Richard Deming will visit the University of Northern Iowa and give a presentation on "Finding Meaning and Purpose in the Face of Adversity." He will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Lang Hall Auditorium.
Dr. Deming is the medical director of Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines and was awarded the Lane Adams Award by the American Cancer Society for excellence and compassion in patient care. He was also the recipient of "the one hundred" Award by Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Iowa Cancer Champion Award for his efforts in the field of advocacy.
Dr. Deming is the founder of Above + Beyond Cancer, a nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating the lives of those touched by cancer, and has led cancer survivors on mind, body and spirit pilgrimages to Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu.
The event is free and open to the public, and is being sponsored by UNI's Colleges Against Cancer. For more information, contact Katie Knudsen, UNI Relay For Life survivor and caregiver engagement chair, at 712-210-4306 or email@example.com.
January 15, 2016 - 1:51pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The "Diversity Means…" art exhibit will be set up at the Rod Library on the University of Northern Iowa's campus during the month of February. The exhibit will be installed on the main floor of Rod Library, and artwork will be published on the library's website, www.library.uni.edu.
UNI students, faculty and staff, as well as Cedar Valley artists, are invited to submit artwork for the exhibit. Artwork comes in a wide range of mediums. Submissions can be digital, paint, ink, pencil, charcoal, crayons, photography, collage, poetry or small 3-D objects. Artists are encouraged to write a personal narrative about their artwork.
Deadline for submissions is Jan. 28, 2016. For more information, contact Julie Ann Beddow, Rod Library assistant, at 319-273-6252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15, 2016 - 1:53pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) is currently hosting 16 students from Korea National University of Education (KNUE) and Kyungpook National University (KNU) for a CIEP immersion program with a focus on multiculturalism.
Two administrators from KNUE and KNU are visiting UNI's CIEP as part of the Global Teacher's College (GTU) in Korea. The administrators and students have come to UNI with the primary goal of learning how to teach in diverse classrooms. Korea is just starting to experience more diversity in their classrooms, and this program focuses mainly on preparing these pre-service teachers to be successful in a global world.
The program will include observing multicultural classrooms in local schools, participating in conversation partner activities, and attending customized seminars and lectures from UNI faculty members. Participants will also connect with other professionals in the area that have experience teaching and working with multicultural groups, such as the Multicultural Teaching Alliance.
For more information about CIEP's Immersion Program, contact the UNI Culture and Intensive English Program at 319-273-2182 or email@example.com.
January 15, 2016 - 4:48pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host “Elect Her – Panther Women Win” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union. Campus Women Win is a national program that encourages and prepares college women to run for student government and political office. This marks the second consecutive year UNI has served as a host for this workshop.
The goal of the workshop is to encourage more women to run for elected office in the future by helping them develop the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in student government and other leadership positions.
Campaign strategy, diversity in leadership, and communication and public speaking strategies are among the topics that will be covered. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from speakers, participate in breakout discussions regarding the role of women in government and also network with female leaders from around the community.
The list of guest speakers and workshop leaders include: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, State Rep. Timi Brown-Powers, State Rep. Abby Finkenauer, Claire Celsi of The Public Relations Project, Angie Widner, NISG President Katie Evans, UNI Provost Jim Wohlpart and a representative from UNI’s National Coalition Building Institute. Chonya Johnson, a Washington, D.C. consultant and UNI alumna, will serve as the workshop’s facilitator.
The program is sponsored by the UNI Department of Political Science, with additional funding from AAUW – Cedar Falls and the NISG’s Diversity Matters Fund. Training is free for students; breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, visit www.pantherwomenwin.eventbrite.com or contact Rachel Gregory, student liaison for Campus Women Win, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 14, 2016 - 4:24pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Len Wiles, associate professor in the UNI School of Music, and Susan Hill, professor in the UNI Department of Philosophy and World Religions, will present "Vox Peregrini: Transforming the Musical Ensemble Through Pilgrimage." The presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, in Russell Hall, Room 116, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
"All of the major world religions value the pilgrimage or spiritual journey for its transformative effects on individuals and cultures," said Hill. "In June 2015, John Wiles led a group of musicians on a pilgrimage following The Wicklow Way in Ireland. Walking for hours every day, rehearsing along the route and performing at the end of the journey was exhilarating, exhausting and life changing."
During the presentation, attendees will experience music, pictures and words as they explore the multifaceted connections between music and pilgrimage.
For more information on this presentation or the UNI School of Music, contact Caroline Francis, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or email@example.com.
January 12, 2016 - 3:49pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Teams of UNIBusiness MBA students at the University of Northern Iowa will work with area organizations during the spring 2016 semester as part of the Capstone Experience, a final consulting project required to complete UNI's MBA program.
The teams will undertake strategic management projects with three area organizations:
- Kryton Engineered Metals, a Cedar Falls precision metal fabricator
- Precision Metal Works (PMW), a Maquoketa manufacturer of heavy-duty parts washers.
- Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, with locations in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Oelwein.
The MBA Capstone Experience is a consulting project that requires students in the program to integrate and apply the principles and skills from the entire MBA curriculum. Each small team of students works with a faculty mentor and is expected to develop practical responses to real business situations. Projects typically involve a strategic analysis supported by research to address a question posed by the company.
Each year, the MBA program identifies potential clients for its Capstone Experience from businesses and nonprofit organizations in northeast Iowa. Projects are conducted during the first half of each year and developed to meet the specific needs of the client.
Last November, a total of 11 businesses, community groups and agencies were introduced to faculty and professional staff from the Business and Community Services division of the college. Some of the organizations will work with students enrolled in senior-level or MBA courses or with programs in the college's outreach division of Business and Community Services.
Organizations that would benefit from a consulting team to address strategic planning, marketing, operations or feasibility questions are encouraged to contact Dale Cyphert at 319-273-6150 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about becoming a Capstone client.
January 5, 2016 - 1:57pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students, faculty and staff will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of service on Monday, Jan 18. The event is free and open to the public.
The MLK Day of Service will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Participants will be packaging 25,000 rice and bean meals for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank that will be distributed to 16 counties in Iowa. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and can register at www.uni.edu/involvement/slc.
"Although MLK Day is a day off of school, the UNI Service & Leadership Council is pushing to make it a day on for service," said Shelby Yates, executive director of UNI's Service & Leadership Council Days of Service. "Hunger is a real issue right here in our communities and this national day of service is a great opportunity to educate students on this issue."
There will be a hunger simulation meal that will help volunteers better understand what hunger means. The Center for Vocational Reflection will sponsor the rice and bean lunch for volunteers and lead a discussion during the event.
Michael Blackwell, former UNI professor and former director of the Center for Multicultural Education, will speak about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during the service event from 11:30 a.m. to noon. In addition, a Northeast Iowa Food Bank representative will speak about local hunger statistics and how meals will benefit the community. An outreach representative will talk about the food bank.
For additional information on the MLK Day of Service, contact Steffoni Schmidt, adviser for UNI's Service & Leadership Council, at 319-273-7422 or email@example.com, or Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 5, 2016 - 2:01pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "Women's Work: An Insight into Nature, Beauty and the Domestic Object" from Monday, Jan. 11 through Tuesday, March 1. Artist Virginia Scotchie will present a lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. An opening reception will follow.
"Women's Work" is an invitational group exhibition of ceramic artists curated by UNI professor of art JoAnn Schnabel and features artists from across the country. Participants include Lesley Baker, Susan Beiner, Kim Dickey, Erin Furimsky, Kristen Kieffer, Jae Won Lee, Liz Quackenbush, Amy Santoferraro, Virginia Scotchie, Bonnie Seeman and professor Schnabel herself.
Finally, the gallery will present "Race and Social Justice," a UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition curated by students from associate professor of art Elizabeth Sutton’s Early 20th Century Art course. It is associated with the campuswide Reaching for Higher Ground "And Justice for All" programming. This exhibition will also be open on the following dates: March 21 through April 16 and April 25 through May 7.
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. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/art/gallery.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or email@example.com.
January 4, 2016 - 2:20pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has contracted with Collegiate Sports Associates out of North Carolina to assist with the athletic director search. Founder and president Todd Turner will provide leadership as UNI moves through the search process.
“I am pleased to have Todd’s depth and breadth of experience in helping UNI search for the next director of athletics,” said Michael Hager, senior vice president for finance and operations and chair of the search committee. “Todd understands the important role of academics in the lives of our student athletes.”
Turner has held the position of athletic director at the University of Connecticut, North Carolina State University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Washington. Prior to founding Collegiate Sports Associates he was a member of numerous NCAA committees and advisory boards.
Jean Berger is serving as UNI’s interim director of athletics. She replaces Troy Dannen, who left UNI to be the athletic director at Tulane University in New Orleans.
December 21, 2015 - 11:34am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the fourth year in a row, the University of Northern Iowa is ranked in the top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance for 2016.
The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. UNI jumped from No. 86 last year to No. 58 on the 2016 list thanks to its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, low sticker price and overall great value.
"We start with a universe of 1,200 schools, so each school on our rankings, from number one to number 300, is a best value," said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. "Families can use this list as a starting point and then tailor it to each student's preference for such things as size, location, campus culture and major."
A full list of schools can be found at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.
December 17, 2015 - 8:48am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for a new athletic director. Michael Hager, senior vice president of finance and operations, will serve as chair of the committee. The university plans to utilize the services of a search firm to support the search process.
Members of the search committee, in addition to Hager, include: Jerry Harris, former UNI student athlete and current COO of Western Home Communities; Jan Bittner, retired UNI volleyball coach and member of the UNI Foundation Board; Tatiana Rice, current UNI student athlete; Tanya Warren, UNI women’s basketball head coach; John Fritch, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; Elaine Eshbaugh, NCAA faculty athletics representative; and Lisa Baronio, vice president for university advancement.
“This is a strong search committee with representation from key constituents around campus and the Cedar Valley community,” said UNI President Bill Ruud. “I am confident they will find a successful candidate to continue the positive momentum of the athletic department.”
Jean Berger is serving as UNI’s interim director of athletics. She replaces Troy Dannen, who is leaving UNI to be the athletic director at Tulane University in New Orleans.
December 17, 2015 - 9:55am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host the fifth annual Conference on African-American Children and Families from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning in Maucker Union. A pre-conference will also take place in Maucker Union from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4. The theme of this year's conference is "Educate, Collaborate and Participate in Supportive Experiences of African-American Children and Families."
"This conference is held jointly with the African-American Read-In and allows for a diverse team of people who are concerned about and have the desire to learn more about the racial, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic status of African-American children and families," said Gloria Kirkland Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction. "This conference offers genuine, first-hand opportunities to network, gain current and new resources as well as meeting some of the top local, state, national and international leaders who provide data and research focusing on African-American children and families."
The events are open to the public; registration is free for UNI students and faculty and middle and high school students. For more information or to register, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/aac or contact Kirkland-Holmes at 319-273-2007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 16, 2015 - 2:22pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa conducted an annual emergency exercise on Monday, Dec. 7. The exercise consisted of a tabletop relating to the university's response to an unexpected weather-related emergency.
Participants included representatives from public safety and other departments involved in managing an emergency. The purpose of the exercise was to review, assess and evaluate the university's emergency plans and capabilities.
An additional part of the exercise consisted of a drill to test the university's procedure for setting up an emergency call center in response to the emergency.
For more information about UNI's safety and evacuation plans, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/ or contact Helen Haire, chief of police and director of public safety, at 319-273-2712 or email@example.com.
December 14, 2015 - 2:34pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services will hold the Kindergym program again this spring. The program will be offered on six Saturdays starting Jan. 23 and ending March 5 in the main gym at the Wellness Recreation Center (WRC) on UNI's campus.
Kindergym is an informal learning program focusing on the development and refinement of motor skills for 2- to 5- year-olds. The 4- and 5-year-olds will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m., and the 2- and 3-year-olds will meet from 10 to 10:50 a.m. The registration fee is $35, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for the spring 2016 program, visit http://uni.edu/coe/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/kindergym_registration_form_spring_2016.pdf.
December 9, 2015 - 4:58pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa sent a message to all students, faculty and staff on Thursday, Dec. 9 regarding the eye-opening and powerful conversations about discrimination, diversity and inclusion the UNI community has been having.
The message includes updates on the progress the university has made in addressing concerns that have been raised. It also shares the guiding principles and goals of a draft Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.
Read the entire message at www.uni.edu/president/diversity-update.
December 9, 2015 - 4:04pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual fall Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, in the McLeod Center. This year's Commencement speaker delivering the student address is Jordan Brown, a senior elementary education and middle level education dual major, from Cedar Rapids. Approximately 650 graduates will participate in Commencement. The names of candidates will be read by Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre, and Deirdre Heistad, director of undergraduate students. The ceremony will be streamed live at live.uni.edu.
Recipients of the Merchant Scholarship are Jordan Brelje and Hayley Graam. This scholarship is awarded to alumni who are attending or plan to attend an accredited graduate or professional school at an educational institution as a full-time student.
Internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Simon Estes will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the McLeod Center with light snacks and beverages. Graduates and guests are encouraged to attend. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures. Seating for the event is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The UNI Department of Military Service will host its annual Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall. Catherine A. Maher, Fort Dodge, and Kenneth Voorhees, Asbury, will receive their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. The guest speaker at the ceremony will be Lt. Col. Chad Stone.
December 7, 2015 - 8:44am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's New Horizons Band will present a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The program will include a variety of marches, traditional concert band repertoire and holiday selections. The event is free and open to the public.
Among the pieces to be performed are "Red's White and Blue March," composed by comedian Red Skelton, "Big Band Bash" and "Pageant" by the American composer Vincent Persichetti. Gordon Bloxham, Steve Reints and Dick Moeller will be featured as trumpet soloists in the performance of "Bugler's Holiday" by Leroy Anderson and "Adeste Fidelis" and "A fireside Christmas" by James Swearingen.
Prior to the concert, the Windy Hills Singers, under the direction of Martha Hansen, will perform holiday selections in the lobby of the Gallagher Bluedorn. Following the UNI New Horizons Band concert, there will be a reception in the GBPAC lobby.
The New Horizons Band is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and UNI Community Music School. The group includes members ages 50 and older with various musical backgrounds who travel from all across Iowa to rehearse and perform. Diana Blake, retired music educator from Waverly, is director of the New Horizons Band.
For more information, contact Cindi Mason, New Horizons Band administrative assistant, at 319-273-2142.
December 4, 2015 - 3:09pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has named Deputy Athletic Director Jean Berger as UNI’s interim director of athletics. Berger’s appointment is effective Friday, Jan. 1. She replaces Troy Dannen, who is leaving UNI to be the athletics director at Tulane University in New Orleans.
“Jean’s intimate knowledge of the UNI athletic program, her vast experience with college athletics in general and her positive relationships with the staff, coaches and student athletes are exactly what we’re looking for during this transition,” said UNI President Bill Ruud.
“I want to thank President Ruud for his faith in me and his continued support of our department as we move forward,” said Berger. “The athletic department has made great strides under Troy Dannen’s leadership, and I am confident our coaches, staff and student athletes will continue that momentum.”
Berger joined UNI in 2008 as senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator in October 2008. She was promoted to deputy athletic director in July 2015. At UNI, Berger is the direct supervisor of five UNI women's sports - basketball, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. She also oversees academic services and athletic training. She is responsible for implementing and monitoring gender equity plans and assisting with marketing and budgeting of assigned programs.
Before coming to UNI, Berger worked for more than 17 years at Drake University. She began working with the Bulldogs in 1991 as an assistant sports information director. In 1994, she took over as the senior woman administrator and assistant athletic director for internal affairs, and in 2005, she was promoted to associate athletic director.
Berger attended the University of Iowa where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and master's degree in physical education and sports studies. She is a native of Winterset.
December 2, 2015 - 4:26pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Athletic Director Troy Dannen is leaving the university to accept a job as the new director of athletics at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dannen's final day at UNI is Dec. 31. An interim athletic director will be named while UNI performs a national search.
"Troy has really taken UNI’s athletic program to a new level," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "He has done a great deal to enhance athletics at UNI, from improving our facilities to increasing the number of scholarships for student athletes. We are grateful for Troy’s leadership and support, and we wish him and his family the best at Tulane."
"The opportunity to serve my alma mater in this position for the last eight years has been a dream," said Dannen. "President Allen, and now President Ruud have given me the opportunity to lead an outstanding group of coaches and student athletes and work alongside a fantastic staff. It is an opportunity I will always cherish. As accomplished as Northern Iowa has been competitively, academically, socially and fiscally, I’m confident the best is yet to come for Panther Nation."
In the eight years Dannen has been at UNI, the Panthers enjoyed an incredible run of success at both the conference and national levels. The success comes not only in the form of wins on each athletic platform, but success in academics, fundraising, business operations and marketing. Dannen was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as Under Armour AD of the Year (ADOY) in 2014.
Dannen was named UNI director of athletics in 2008. Before that, he was executive director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Dannen graduated from UNI in 1989 with a degree in communications.
December 1, 2015 - 3:04pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) will extend its bullying and gender violence prevention education and training to five additional school districts in Iowa thanks to HopeLine® from Verizon. This partnership has allowed the CVP to conduct trainings that teach the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) model to secondary school students, faculty and community partners. MVP training teaches techniques on how to be an active bystander and how to be a leader in preventing all forms of violence and abuse.
"This generous grant allows the Center for Violence Prevention to continue its mission to work closely with school and community leaders to create safe and respectful school environments and neighborhoods - free from bullying and gender violence," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention.
Verizon partnered with UNI to launch the center in 2011 and has contributed more than $135,000 in funding to support bullying and gender violence prevention programming in more than 20 school districts across the state – reaching over 5,000 students annually.
"We have supported the UNI center because of the statewide impact their work is having in Iowa," said Seamus Hyland, president, Great Plains Region for Verizon. "We know starting at a young age and involving entire communities leads to meaningful change in violence prevention."
Training dates for the Mentors in Violence Prevention model are scheduled to take place at Waukee High School on Dec. 10 and 11, 2015, and at Fort Dodge High School on Jan. 11,12 and 15, 2016.
For more information on MVP and bystander education, contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or email@example.com. For more information on the HopeLine program visit, www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
December 1, 2015 - 3:21pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa research program, "Get Energized, Iowa!," was recently designated as a "landmark" study through Tools of Change's peer review process. Tools of Change is an international organization that recognizes and promotes programs that foster sustainable communities.
The peer review panel found that Get Energized, Iowa! encouraged individuals and communities to achieve high electricity and gas savings based on actual usage, with excellent cost effectiveness. It is built on the central role of one's community in regulating personal choices and behavior.
Jack Yates, professor of psychology, and Carole Yates, program manager for UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, worked with Iowa Policy Project's David Osterberg to implement the 2012 competition between four small Iowa communities to get the energy reduction results. The "landmark" designation is based on the results of this competition and a follow-up study.
The UNI team engaged local organizations and municipal utilities to help residents reduce home energy use, including getting free home weatherization audits through Green Iowa AmeriCorps. They also conducted a pre- and post-survey of participants' attitudes, knowledge and behaviors regarding home energy usage.
The UNI team returned to the communities in 2014 to conduct a follow-up survey on participants' persistence, attitudes and behavior in reducing energy use. They found that the original energy savings and behavioral changes persisted and even increased further in some cases.
Tools for Change panelists were impressed by the program's impacts, innovation, ease of replicating to other locations and adaptability to other behaviors. They also liked how it employed an existing organization in each community as the local guide team to build on existing relationships, familiarity and trust.
Founded on the principles of community-based social marketing, Tools of Change engages program planners and facilitators from around the world to foster healthier, more sustainable choices and behaviors. According to Jay Kassirer, general manager of Tools of Change, in order to be designated as a "landmark" case study, programs must go through a stringent peer review process.
For more information about Tools of Change, visit www.toolsofchange.com.
November 30, 2015 - 3:30pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- The Dr. Robert E. and Phyllis M. Yager Exemplary Teaching and Recognition Award, established by the Robert and Phyllis Education Fund for Excellence, will be awarded to two Iowa teachers on Friday, Dec. 4.
This year's recipients are Brooke Fischels, mathematics teacher from Ottumwa Community School District, and Chelsie Meyer, art teacher from Iowa Falls Community School District.
The intent of the award is to recognize exemplary K through 12 teaching by UNI graduates. It serves as a key role in supporting UNI's leadership in preparing teachers.
Nominees are selected by UNI faculty members and are UNI graduates in at least their fifth year of teaching in a K through 12 classroom. Awardees are selected based on teaching materials and student performance.
Fischels was nominated by Catherine Miller, associate professor of mathematics education. She earned her undergraduate degree in secondary mathematics education in 1999. Fischels is active in and out of the classroom, as a teacher and department head at Ottumwa High School and President Elect of the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Her students learn to value mathematics as a necessary skill for the 21st century.
Meyer was nominated by Wendy Miller, assistant professor of art education. She earned her undergraduate degree in art education with an emphasis in sculpture, graduating magna cum laude in 2007. Meyer has successfully integrated technology in her art classes and offers choices in her curriculum so students can decide how to solve the problems she gives them. She has even presented research and collaborative projects at five state conferences.
Robert E. Yager, professor emeritus of science education in the College of Education at the University of Iowa where he taught for 50 years, received his B.A. degree in biology from UNI in 1950. Yager went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant physiology from the University of Iowa. His research interests have focused on student motivation and attitudes toward science.
November 24, 2015 - 11:27am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Special Education, via Continuing and Distance Education, will offer a Masters of Arts in Education degree in Special Education: Field Specialization beginning spring 2016.
This program will prepare master teachers to serve as highly effective and highly qualified special education teachers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. Completion of the program will also lead to an Instructional Strategist I or Instructional Strategist II endorsement.
"I am especially excited about this program as it will offer teachers across the state the opportunity to improve their knowledge and instructional practices while building a community of practice with other special educators," said Amy Petersen, program coordinator. "Because there is a shortage of highly qualified special educators in our state, this program seeks to alleviate that shortage and prepare teachers in the most up to date best practices."
The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the course sequence together. Courses are offered using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system, and eLearning, an online Blackboard learning management system. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit www.distance.uni.edu/special-ed-field-spc.
For additional information on offerings available through Continuing and Distance Education at UNI, visit www.distance.uni.edu or call Jacie Dahlstrom, communications specialist for UNI Continuing and Distance Education, at 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.
November 23, 2015 - 2:59pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Joshua Sebree, a former chemist for NASA and current UNI assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and two additional UNI professors, Xinhua Shen and Alexa Sedlacek, were awarded a three-year grant in spring 2015 from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium to conduct a three-part study. The study brings together the departments of chemistry and earth science along with several collaborators from NASA to work with students on a broad study over aerosol particles in atmospheres.
"We hope to gain a better understanding of how Earth's atmosphere and life have affected each other over geological periods of time," said Sebree.
Sebree is conducting research on early Earth's aerosols. Sedlacek is collecting and grinding rocks to see what the early Earth's composition says about the early Earth's atmosphere. Shen is studying modern-day aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere.
A team of students will be able to participate in the study as well. "They will be helping in a variety of aspects, from creating primordial aerosols, to collecting and cleaning rocks and fossils, to setting up fog collectors," said Sebree. "Many of the students will be presenting at meetings and traveling out to NASA to help with data analysis and additional sample processing."
November 23, 2015 - 3:27pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- On Saturday, Dec. 19, Friends of Gallagher Bluedorn will present "A Big Band Christmas," featuring the Bill Shepherd Big Band and Nola Rose.
Composed of local musicians, the Bill Shepherd Big Band offers a holiday-infused Big Band performance for the Christmas season. In addition, Friends of Gallagher Bluedorn will host a silent auction and will sell glass-blown ornaments by Bogenrief Studios, Inc. All proceeds benefit the Gallagher Bluedorn Kaleidoscope series. A full list of items can be found at www.gbpac.com/BigBandChristmas.
Ticket prices start at $26.50 ($1 for school-age children) and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com/BigBandChristmas or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.
For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 23, 2015 - 3:55pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Special Education, via Continuing and Distance Education, will offer a Master of Arts in Education degree, Special Education Consultant emphasis, beginning spring 2016.
This program addresses the need across the state for highly effective special education consultants and special education instructional coaches to provide collaborative, job-embedded and personalized professional development to general and special educators to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
"We are very excited to offer the Special Education Consultant MAE program as a distance education forum," said Susan Etscheidt, program coordinator. "Highly effective special educators will be invited to join this two-year program, which will prepare them to serve as special education instructional coaches and consultants. We are hoping to attract teachers from all school districts and Area Education Agencies in Iowa. Working with both general and special educators, these coaches and consultants will help teachers meet the needs of students with disabilities in their classrooms."
The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the course sequence together. Courses are offered using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system, and eLearning, an online Blackboard learning management system. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit www.distance.uni.edu/special-education.
For additional information on offerings available through Continuing and Distance Education at UNI, visit www.distance.uni.edu or contact Jacie Dahlstrom, communications specialist for UNI Continuing and Distance Education, at 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.
November 19, 2015 - 3:12pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) group exhibition from Thursday, Dec. 10, through Saturday, Dec. 19, on the main floor of Kamerick Art Building (KAB). An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Dec. 10, in the KAB south lobby.
Travis Gingerich of Kalona will present a ceramics exhibition titled "Graven Images." Gingerich creates earthenware sculptures of the human figure that convey personal narratives using both dramatic expressions and a quirky sense of humor. This new body of work explores habitual behaviors, self-perception and spirituality with a focus on how different facets of one's personality intertwine and affect on another.
Zach Leonard of Tripoli will present an exhibition of paintings and drawings. He states: "The idea of using art to help us cope with death and grief can be a mechanism for understanding our own mortality and the loss of loved ones. Using the human figure through objective abstraction and realism to address the notion of loss is an attempt to begin the healing process."
Dana Potter of Spirit Lake will present a printmaking exhibition. She states: "I am a multimedia artist working mainly with installations and post-digital printmaking, all of which is related to an interest in human relationships with computers. In this exhibition I focus on my own relationship with computers through various observations of my mouse movements, which are taken from everyday computer use."
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 during the university's Thanksgiving break from Nov. 21 through 29.
November 18, 2015 - 9:06am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association and the UNI Foundation will host a Distinguished Awards Celebration during a dinner and program, Friday, Nov. 20, in the UNI Commons. The awards program includes the annual Heritage Honors Awards and the President's Philanthropy Awards. Alumni and friends will be recognized for their professional accomplishments and service to the university.
Recipients of the Heritage Honors Awards include:
- Stan and Rose Lorenz will receive the Honorary Alumni Award for exceptional support of UNI. Stan served many years on the executive committee of the Panther Scholarship Club and was a top fundraiser for Panther athletics. As past president of University Book & Supply, Rose built a strong relationship with the university and served on numerous boards and committees.
- Sue Caley (B.A. '81) will receive the Alumni Service Award for her continuous service to UNI. As a resident of West Des Moines, Caley is a strong advocate for UNI in her community as well as across the state. She also serves on the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences advisory board at UNI.
- Andy Van Fleet (B.A. '98) will receive the Young Alumni Service Award, which recognizes graduates of 40 years of age or younger who have excelled in their professions. Van Fleet embarked on his entrepreneurial career in 2001 by founding Darning Pixels, Inc. He is now a partner with Visual Logic. In 2005, Van Fleet was named one of the Waterloo Courier's "20 Under 40."
- John Talley (B.A. '74) will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding overall professional accomplishments. Talley is one of he world's most accomplished medicinal chemists, having received the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Discoverers Award for his discovery of Celebrex® for the treatment of arthritis. His other inventions include Dynastat™ for acute postoperative pain treatment and Trocoxil™ for treating pain and inflammation in animals. Talley is currently the Chief Scientific Office for SARmont, LLC, in St. Louis. He and his wife Patricia have established the Dr. John J. Talley Chemistry Scholarship at UNI.
Recipients of the President's Philanthropy Awards include:
- Michael Armbrecht (B.A. '90) will receive the Emerging Philanthropist Award for support and creative leadership. Armbrecht donated his first gift to UNI as a college student and has not missed a year since. He supports various scholarships and programs, and established the Michael R. Armbrecht Endowed Honors Scholars Scholarship.
- William R. Thrall will receive the Faculty and Staff Award for his dedicated long-term service and support to UNI. Thrall is UNI professor emeritus, founding director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS) and served as president of IAHPERD. He established the Elinor A. Crawford & William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence event, which recognizes graduates from the College of Education's School of HPELS who have distinguished themselves as professionals in their field and volunteers many hours each year planning this event. He and his wife Kay are actively engaged on campus and regularly attend Foundation and athletic events.
- Transamerica, part of the Aegon Group, will receive the Corporation and Foundation Award for their significant long-term support of students and faculty. During the past 27 years, the company has contributed to UNI's Early Childhood Center, the real estate program, scholarships for students in the College of Business Administration, the Iowa Math Coalition and international opportunities.
For more information, contact Lisa Baronio, vice president of University Advancement, at
November 18, 2015 - 9:15am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Gallagher Bluedorn will launch its new music series, HANDPICKED, at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10. This launch party will celebrate the new series by unveiling the first two bands attached to the series, as well as offering food, drinks and music merchandise for purchase. The event will take place in Davis Hall, within Gallagher Bluedorn, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
HANDPICKED is the culmination of feedback from avid music fans in the Cedar Valley. Community members provided feedback at the HANDPICKED Listening Booth this past summer, which guided booking decisions for the series. The “Big List” can be found on the Gallagher Bluedorn Spotify account at bit.ly/HANDPICKED.
Tickets for the series will go on sale after 8 p.m. on Dec. 10. Launch party attendees who purchase tickets for both shows will receive a 20 percent discount.
The launch party is free, but you must RSVP by visiting gbpac.com/HANDPICKED.
For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or email@example.com.
November 16, 2015 - 10:39am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For American Education Week, the University of Northern Iowa College of Education faculty will host a statewide field trip Nov.16 through 20 to learn from professional educators across the state of Iowa about current best practices, trends and challenges in education.
There will be four site visits in the Des Moines area:
- Monday, Nov. 16, at Des Moines University. The three UNI faculty members participating include: Robin Lund, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services (319-273-3615 or firstname.lastname@example.org); Travis Ficklin, assistant professor of health, physical education and leisure services (319-273-6478 or email@example.com); and Windee Weiss, interim associate dean and professor in the College of Education (319-273-2011 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Maple Grove Elementary in Waukee. The two UNI faculty members participating include: Amy Lockhart, instructor and field experience coordinator (319-273-2209 or email@example.com) and Kim Miller, instructor of teaching (319-273-3127 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Wednesday, Nov.18, at Stilwell Junior High in West Des Moines. The two UNI faculty members participating include: Curt Nielsen, assistant professor of education and field experience coordinator (319-273-2608 or email@example.com), and Tim Gilson, associate professor in educational leadership and postsecondary education (319-273-2636 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Friday, Nov. 20, at Ankeny Centennial High School. The three UNI faculty members participating include: Benjamin Forsyth, assistant professor of educational psychology and foundations (319-273-7901 or email@example.com); Steve VanderPol, instructor of teaching (319-273-2202 or firstname.lastname@example.org); and Rob Boody, department head and professor of educational psychology and foundations (319-273-6198 or email@example.com).
Amy Petersen, chair for the College of Education Faculty Senate, explains the field trip is a way to reconnect with professionals in the numerous education fields and develop partnership and collaboration opportunities.
"Our faculty pride themselves on being collaborative learners themselves, so we continue learning from our education colleagues across the state," said Petersen. "We know there are countless untold stories of sound and instructional innovations that can contribute to our own teaching."
Media are encouraged to visit the schools and museums when UNI faculty members are present so they can learn about local education innovations.
For more information, contact Petersen at 319-273-7959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 12, 2015 - 3:47pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Startup Weekend, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, will return to the Cedar Valley Nov. 20 through 22 at Techworks in Waterloo as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. This is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and entrepreneurs can come together to create ideas for new startup businesses.
Tickets for the event are $80 for adults and $50 for students. This includes entrance into the launch party, seven meals for the weekend and startup weekend gear. Free tickets are available for those who wish to attend only the launch party to network with professionals in the community. The launch party is from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, at the Techworks Campus, 360 Westfield Avenue, Waterloo.
For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit www.startupweekend.org, or contact Valyn Reinig, communications coordinator for the Center for Business Growth and Communication, at 319-273-4345 or email@example.com.
November 11, 2015 - 3:03pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The first annual Cedar Valley Entrepreneurship Day will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Commons Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event is sponsored by UNI's Business and Community Services (BCS) and College of Business Administration in conjunction with International Women's Entrepreneurship Day.
This networking event is intended to empower and celebrate women entrepreneurs by introducing them to various women-supported groups throughout the Cedar Valley. A variety of organizations will be present to share insight and involvement opportunities, including: the National Association of Women Business Owners, Visionary Entrepreneurial Women's Network and Polka Dot Powerhouse. Women, men, faculty members, students and community members are encouraged to attend.
The event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Monday, Nov. 16, as space is limited. Attendees can register by visiting tikly.co/events/954. For more information, contact Sara Kies, marketing and communications manager for the College of Business Administration, at 319-273-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 9, 2015 - 11:30am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Home Free, an American country a cappella group, will perform for the Christmas holidays at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec.11, at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Home Free won the fourth season of NBC's "The Sing-Off" in 2013, and tours around 200 shows a year across the country to entertain audiences. The group is originally from Minnesota and formed in 2000.
Ticket prices for Home Free begin at $24 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at gbpac.com/HomeFree or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students attending must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.
For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or email@example.com.
November 9, 2015 - 11:38am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In celebration of International Education Week, the UNI Rod Library will collaborate with several departments on campus to host "Around the World in 180 Minutes." The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Rod Library Learning Commons.
"Around the World" allow visitors to experience world cultures by visiting booths staffed by students from more than 30 countries, including Brazil, Japan, Germany and Saudi Arabia. There will be free food, a photo booth, prizes, entertainment, activities and giveaways. TC and TK will also make a guest appearance at the event, which is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Leila Rod-Welch, outreach services librarian and assistant professor at Rod Library, at 319-273-3730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 3, 2015 - 4:45pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Educational Leadership, via Continuing and Distance Education, will offer an Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency beginning spring 2016. This program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a superintendent or AEA administrator.
The program is unique in that it maximizes on-site skill development while working with a lead mentor and mentors with special expertise. Students gain hands-on experience through an internship where work products and skills are developed.
"The program offers an excellent opportunity for aspiring superintendents to learn from experienced leaders in a supportive cohort format," said Denise Schares, program coordinator and assistant professor of UNI Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education. "The content, delivery and program expectations are designed to provide in-depth, practical and engaging learning experiences that prepare students to be successful in a role that is becoming increasingly complex and demanding."
The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the course sequence together. Courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing. Summer classes include an engaging, short on-campus experience. Courses are supported online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system.
To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit www.distance.uni/edu/superintendency. For more information abut additional offerings available through Continuing and Distance Education at UNI, visit www.distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970.
November 2, 2015 - 11:34am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) will host an event with Cedar Falls Fire Chief John Schilling to inform students about renter's rights and responsibilities, as well as the process for grievances with landlords. "Know your Rental Rights" will be from 6 to 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 11, in the Elm Room at Maucker Union.
"As representatives of the student body, we (NISG) find it our responsibilities to educate students and inform them of their rights as first-time renters," said Danielle Massey, external relations committee chair of NISG.
Last year the Rental Housing Ordinance was passed in Cedar Falls, which brought to the forefront how uninformed many first-time renters are.
Schilling and his staff will address code enforcement in rental houses, such as how to deal with large amounts of mold in a house. They will also advise students on what to do when issues arise with their landlord, what to do if they suspect their landlord is taking advantage of them and educate students what the law is.
For additional information about this event, contact Danielle Massey, chair of External Relations, NISG, at email@example.com.
November 2, 2015 - 11:43am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is in an international collaboration with Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, for a water study of the Bagmati River. Fieldwork for the project began the second week of May and will continue through the end of 2016. The team from UNI will primarily lead the project while TU will provide lab space.
The project is funded by a $56,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Mohammad Iqbal, an earth science professor at UNI, is the project director.
"Students will learn about global environmental problems, particularly issues that are directly linked to human health," said Iqbal. "This will be a great opportunity for our students to develop respect and understanding for people of a different culture, specifically for those people who are living in adverse environmental conditions."
Two students from UNI got the privilege to travel to Nepal to assist with fieldwork this past summer. They learned how to conduct water and sediment sampling, analyze procedures and implement policy changes using scientific data. More UNI students will get involved in the study as the collaboration between the schools continues.
The Bagmati is polluted from industrial and municipal waste due to an increase in population and urban development over recent decades. It is known as one of the most polluted rivers in the world. The goal of the study is to develop an effective hydrologic assessment scheme for the polluted body of water. This will provide the people of Nepal with technical expertise to prevent a probable human environmental disaster.
For more information about the study, contact Iqbal at 319-273-2998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 29, 2015 - 2:14pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- During the 2015 meeting of the West Lakes division of the Association of American Geographers, UNI graduate students won first, second and third-place for the graduate student research poster competition. They competed against students with master's and doctorate degrees from across a seven-state region.
The annual West Lakes meeting was held Oct. 15-17 in Eau Claire, Wis. The West Lake division includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin and is composed of 47 member universities.
Emily Francis, Hollis Center, Maine, won the first-place prize for her research "Analyzing Winter Activities of Wild Taimyr Reindeer Using Argos Satellite Collars."
Athila Gevaerd Montibeller, Brazil, took the second-place prize for his research "Monitoring Drought Conditions in Western Santa Catarina State, Brazil, between 2001 and 2010 using MODIS NDVI and TRMN Precipitation Data."
Arif Masrur, Bangladesh, won third place with his research "Analysis of the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Wildfire Activity in the Tundra Biome Using MODIS Data (2001 to 2014)."
Narmina Lusubova, Cedar Falls and Dylan Nielsen, Central City, also presented research at the conference.
For more information about UNI's Department of Geography, contact Patrick Pease, department head, at 319-273-7117 or email@example.com.
October 29, 2015 - 9:51am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has a wide range of activities planned to recognize Veterans Day and honor members of the armed forces. The UNI Veterans Association will host events to pay tribute to past and present service members as well as to promote awareness throughout campus.
Events throughout the week include:
Monday, Nov. 9
- Military and Veteran Student Services open house, 111-G Maucker Union (plaza level), 11a.m.-1 p.m.
- Resource Fair, 111-J Plaza conference room, 11 a.m.-1p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
- Campus-wide scavenger hunt, 111-G Maucker Union (plaza level), 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
- ROTC flag ceremony, West Gym, 10:50 a.m.
- Veterans Day program, Rod Library, 3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 12
- Adopt-a-Platoon service project, 111-G Maucker Union (plaza level), noon
- Family movie night and potluck supper. Bring your family and a dish to share and the watch movie "Major Payne," 2422 College St., Treehouse, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 13
- ROTC 5K Run starting at West Gym, 6 a.m.
- Bobby Henline comedy show, Maucker Union Ballroom, 1-2 p.m.
- Military Ball, Commons Ballroom, RSVP by Oct. 30, elegant attire or dress is requested, 6-8 p.m.
- Punch Bowl ceremony and dance, Cedar Falls Amvets Post 49, 1934 Irving St., 8:30 p.m.
There will be American flags on campus throughout the week, some of which are sponsored by Cedar Valley SERTOMA, a nonprofit that supports individuals impacted by hearing loss.
For additional information and a full list of events, visit www.uni.edu/military/veterans-week or contact Norman Ferguson Jr., military and veteran student services coordinator, at 319-273-3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 29, 2015 - 3:41pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI School of Music Horn Choir students will perform a concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Davis Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
The UNI Horn Choir travelled to New York City Oct. 8-9 to perform at the 9/11 Memorial and at The High Line. There will be a video and photo presentation about the New York trip by Jason Vizzini, senior communication studies major at UNI, shown during the concert. In addition to the repertoire from the trip, the UNI Horn Choir will perform three other pieces with community horn players.
"Having the group visit the 9/11 Museum before the performance in New York made a huge difference, since most of the students were really young when the attack happened," said Yu-Ting (Tina) Su, director of the UNI Horn Choir. "As a result, the performance at the 9/11 Memorial was more emotional and meaningful for the listeners and the performers."
For more information on the Horn Choir concert or the UNI School of Music, contact Caroline Francis, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or email@example.com.
October 28, 2015 - 3:01pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Danish String Quartet, a Scandinavian group of three Danes and one Norwegian, will perform at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, in the Great Hall. Seating is limited to 200 attendants, as the audience will be seated on stage with the performers.
The group met in the Danish countryside at a summer camp for enthusiastic musicians. It was there they found a shared joy of playing music and their friendship began. All classically trained at The Royal Academy of Music and continual students of classical music, the Washington Post deems the group as "one of the best quartets before the public today."
Tickets are $49 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, www.gbpac.com/DanishStringQuartet or by calling 319-273-4849. Students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.
For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for GBPAC, at 319-273-3660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 28, 2015 - 3:05pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Minnesota Ballet will perform the holiday favorite "The Nutcracker" over two days, Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m., at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
"The Nutcracker" is a Christmas holiday tradition in the Cedar Valley and showcases more than 100 dancers from Eastern Iowa in the show.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.
Ticket prices for "The Nutcracker" performance begin at $19 ($1 for children) and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com/Nutcracker or by calling 319-273-4849. UNI students must bring their school ID to the Gallagher Bluedorn box office to receive their free ticket.
For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or email@example.com.
October 28, 2015 - 3:11pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- The UNI Singers, Women's Chorus and Symphonic Band will collaborate with the Metropolitan Chorale to present a concert featuring the works of composer Andrew Boysen, Jr. The event will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, in the Great Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Andrew Boysen Jr. is a professor in the music department at the University of New Hampshire, where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches conducting and composition. He maintains an active schedule as a composer, receiving commissions from festival, university and high school concert bands across the United States. Boysen will be in attendance, and the concert will culminate with a new commission "To Break Earth's Sleep," which Boysen will conduct. The final piece was commissioned by the Metropolitan Chorale specifically for this collaborative performance with UNI.
"Commissioning a new piece provides a unique experience for our students," said Amy Kotsonis, conductor of the UNI Singers, Women's Chorus and the Metropolitan Chorale. "We have the opportunity to contribute to the repertoire for the unique combination of ensembles. To have the composer here to work on the new piece and help us gain insights into what it is like to compose a new piece of music − it gives the students a glimpse into the mind of a creative artist and the artistic process."
For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 27, 2015 - 9:39am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Family Weekend Friday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 8. Students, parents, family members and friends are invited to enjoy the many fun events and activities.
On Friday, Nov. 6, TheatreUNI will present the musical "RENT" at 7:30 p.m., in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Also at 7:30 p.m. are the UNI Singers and Symphonic Band Concert in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Families can also attend an observatory show from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hillside Observatory on Jennings Drive.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, welcome and check in will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m., in the GBPAC lobby. The Family Feast Tailgate will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Rialto and Piazza dining centers. There will be open houses for each of the undergraduate colleges as well as self-guided tours of the art collections, the Botanical Center and a "behind-the-scenes" tour of Special Collections and University Archives.
Other events on Saturday include the Dean of Juggling performance at 2 p.m., in the Maucker Union. The UNI vs. Indiana State football game is at 4 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. A bus will be traveling between Lang Hall and downtown Cedar Falls from 1 to 4 p.m. for families to do some local shopping and to explore the historical downtown atmosphere.
The Wellness Recreation Center (WRC) will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday. Students must accompany their family members to use the WRC.
For more information on Family Weekend events, activities and ticket information, contact Kristin Woods, director of student success and retention, Student Affairs, at 319-273-2332 or email@example.com, or visit www.uni.edu/familyweekend.
October 27, 2015 - 11:15am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Seven graduates from the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS) at the University of Northern Iowa will be inducted into the school's Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence on Saturday morning, Oct. 31, in the UNI Commons Ballroom.
A public ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, in Sabin Hall, Room 2 and is free and open to the public. The keynote speaker will be Gale Wiedow, a UNI graduate, Hall of Excellence inductee and former president of the Society of Health and Physical Educators. A reception will follow in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall.
The following alumni will be inducted this year:
- William R. Donohue (B.A. '66) is the former dean of students at the University of Dubuque and served 31 years as the chief student affairs officer at multiple universities. He is also an advocate for children and adults with special needs.
- Jill K. Fjelstul (B.A. '86; M.A. '87) served on the faculty in UNI's School of HPELS from 1988-91. She is currently an associate professor in the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. Fjelstul is also a 2001 UNI Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
- Robert E. Lee (B.A. '71) was a teacher and coach at several area schools. He served as president of the Iowa Association of Track Coaches and as councilman on the Advisory Council for the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Lee has had six state track and five state cross country champions and one state mile team champion.
- Joan E. Manning (B.A. '75) is the vice president of the largest American Red Cross Biomedical Services division in the nation. She's received numerous awards and recognition for her work with ARC and has twice led divisions to be named ARC Division of the Year.
- Kelly "KP" Putnam (M.A. '97) began her career as a health and wellness coordinator for Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa in Mason City. During her time there, she created Kalio, a nontraditional approach to worksite health promotion that focused on building relationships and resilience as a way to reduce stress, depression, burnout and fatigue among health care workers.
- Paul R. Smith (B.A. '60; M.A. '66; Ed.D. '93) served as a teacher, principal and superintendent in several Iowa school districts during his career. He was also an adjunct professor in educational administration at UNI and a professor at Appalachian State University, North Carolina. Smith has received numerous awards for his work in education.
- Robert C. Stevens (B.A. '64; M.A. '68) served as a teacher, coach and principal in several school districts in Iowa and Illinois. He received numerous awards and recognition for his work in education. Steven's award will be presented posthumously.
Inductees are chosen using the following criteria: demonstrated mastery of their profession; significant contributions to their profession; demonstrated scholarly activity through publications and presentations related to their profession; positions held in professional organizations; and completion of at least 10 years of service to their profession.
UNI's School of HPELS has one of the oldest HPELS programs in the U.S., tracing its roots back to 1896 with the establishment of the Department of Physical Culture. Coursework in physical education dates back to 1878, two years after the opening of what was then known as Iowa State Normal School.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the ceremony on Saturday, contact Carol Bean at 319-273-2605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 27, 2015 - 2:40pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik will speak at the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2016, as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series.
During her lecture titled "Arts + Sciences = Big Bang," Bialik will discuss her life and career in science and the arts and the importance of both STEM education and the arts as critical components of her life. UNI extols the importance of combining math, science and the arts so students can build confidence, develop motor skills, and hone their decision-making and problem-solving skills.
Bialik is well known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990s sitcom "Blossom" and now appears regularly as neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the "Big Bang Theory" for which she has received three Emmy nominations. She earned a B.S. in neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies from UCLA in 2000, and went on to the Ph.D. program in neuroscience, also at UCLA, completing her doctorate in 2007.
The Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series was established in 2001 by UNI alumna and former Iowa Lt. Gov. Joy Cole Corning. The series' purpose is to bring to campus nationally and internationally renowned leaders in such areas as the arts, business, education, government and the judiciary. It provides students with an understanding of what constitutes leadership across disciplines and helps them discover how people become leaders in their fields.
Joy Corning graduated from UNI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education in 1954. She taught school in Greenfield and Waterloo before leaving the profession to raise her family in Cedar Falls. She now lives in Des Moines.
Corning was elected to the Cedar Falls school board in 1973, serving 11 years, nine of them as president. After six years in the Iowa Senate, she was elected lieutenant governor, serving for eight years.
Admission to the formal lecture is free; tickets are required. Tickets will be available: Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2 for UNI students only; Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4 for students, faculty and staff; and Monday, March 7 for the general public. Tickets will be available at all UNItix locations or call 319-273-7469.
October 26, 2015 - 10:17am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Len Wiles, associate professor in the UNI School of Music, and Susan Hill, professor in the Department of Philosophy and World Religions, will collaborate to present Vox Peregrini: Transforming the Musical Ensemble through Pilgrimage. The presentation will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, in Russell Hall, Room 116.
"All of the major world religions value the pilgrimage or spiritual journey for its transformative effects on individuals and cultures," said Hill. "In June 2015, John Wiles led a group of musicians on a pilgrimage following The Wicklow Way in Ireland. Walking for hours every day, rehearsing along the route and performing at the end of the journey was exhilarating, exhausting and life-changing."
During the presentation, attendees will experience music, pictures and words as they explore the multifaceted connections between music and pilgrimage.
For more information on this presentation or the UNI School of Music, contact Wiles at 319-273-2024 or email@example.com.
October 26, 2015 - 10:47am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Public Relations: Special Events class is planning two events to "Paint the Town Red" during the week of Nov. 9 to 14. The students have partnered with College Hill and Community Main Street businesses to raise money for the American Heart Association.
Individuals can purchase $5 bracelets, which will give them access to special deals throughout the week at many College Hill businesses. Businesses participating in the deals include: Balance Hot Yoga, Becks, Chads Pizza and Restaurant, Gingers, Insomnia Cookies, LaCalle, The Library, Mohair Pear, The Other Place, Pepperjacks, Razor's Edge, Social House, and University Book and Supply.
Individuals can also purchase a punch card giving them access to special deals from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, at many Community Main Street businesses. A $25 punch card will give you access to any 15 deals, whereas a $35 punch card will give you access to deals from all 31 participating businesses. Community Main Street businesses that are participating include: Basket of Daisies, Here's What's Poppin, Main Street Sweets, Peekaboo, Shampoo the Salon, Whiskey Road and more.
There will also be live music from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Main Street.
For more information about "Paint the Town Red" or how to order your College Hill bracelet or Community Main Street punch card, contact Gayle Pohl, public relations professor, at 319-273-6308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.