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November 15, 2012 - 3:48pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four University of Northern Iowa staff members received 2012 Staff Excellence Awards, given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Regents Staff Excellence Award recipients at UNI are: Tim Bakula, associate director of the Office of Student Financial Aid; Ken Bauer, information technology specialist, Rod Library; Rosanne L. Lang, dining unit manager, Rialto dining; and Lyn Redington, director of residence life.

Bakula is known for his professionalism, enthusiasm and leadership. His accomplishments include the expansion of the financial aid parent session at summer orientation and implementation of online time cards for student employees, along with improving and expanding outreach publications and activities. His nominators highlighted his passion for helping parents and students with financial literacy and his dedication to customer service.

Bauer plays a critical role in the success of Rod Library. Bauer is responsible for library servers, which run important UNI resources including the library catalog (UNISTAR), the Panther Prowler research engine, the Find It! link resolver, the EZproxy remote user authentication service and various data storage servers. His nominators emphasized his experience and depth of knowledge, along with his reliability and dedication to hard work.

Lang has worked for UNI dining services for more than 26 years. In her time at dining services, Lang has actively participated in the development, implementation and improvement of two residential dining renovations, hired and trained thousands of employees, and enthusiastically welcomed students, staff and guests to UNI. Nominators noted her enthusiasm and her commitment to personal and professional development.

Redington is known for her dedication and skilled organization as the director of residence life. Redington oversees a community of more than 4,300 students, and her nominators note her tireless work and the great impact she has on students. She recently returned from a project in South Africa, where she helped teach housing professionals how to excel in their profession.

The awards are presented annually to staff members in the professional and scientific ranks, and biennially to a member of the supervisory/confidential merit personnel, who have demonstrated outstanding professional contributions to UNI during their careers. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues and peers.

November 15, 2012 - 3:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eight University of Northern Iowa School of Music students recently received top honors in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Iowa District Student Auditions, which took place Nov. 2 and 3 at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

UNI students claimed three first-place honors. Colin Wilson, a sophomore majoring in music education from Iowa City, earned first place in the Sophomore Men Division; Brian Langr, a sophomore majoring in music education from Washington, earned first place in the Junior Men Division; Juan Ahumada, a student majoring in music: performing arts management from Cedar Falls earned first place in the Graduate Men Division.

Several students also claimed second- and third-place awards. In the Freshmen Women Division, Megan Grey, a freshman majoring in music from Cedar Falls earned second place; Kayla Kjeldseth, a junior majoring in music performance from Sioux City earned second place in the Junior Women Division; Ashley Armstrong, a senior majoring in music from Winterset earned second place in the Graduate Women Division; Sarah Draffen of Reinbeck earned third place in the Senior Women Division; Elizabeth Nelson, a graduate student majoring in performance: voice from Cedar Falls earned third place in the Graduate Women Division.

NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world. The organization is made up of more than 7,300 members in more than 25 countries. The group encourages vocal art and promotes vocal education.

For more information about the UNI Voice Division or School of Music events and programs, contact Caroline Boehmer, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028, or visit

November 13, 2012 - 11:20am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, which is known for its innovative teacher education programs, is honoring its education professors in recognition of American Education Week, Nov. 12 through 16.

UNI's College of Education faculty features a number of professors who are experts in their particular fields. These experts study a diverse range of education-related topics, including education reform, teaching standards, assessment, school leadership, achievement gap and teacher accountability.

UNI, which is known as the No. 1 teacher education program in the state, inducted 380 students into the College of Education's Teacher Education Program this past October. Ninety-two percent of UNI's graduates in teacher preparation find a job or are accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation. Today, nearly 12,000 UNI education alumni work in Iowa.

For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or


November 9, 2012 - 3:15pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A new book chronicling the 120 years of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Northern Iowa goes on sale this month. According to Jim Kelly, emeritus professor of teaching and project coordinator, all proceeds from sales of "Tutors to Panthers, a brief history of UNI athletics" will go to the Panther Scholarship Club to help fund scholarships for UNI student-athletes.

Twenty-eight current and former UNI faculty, staff and coaches worked together to write the book. "We wanted to do what a group of older faculty, staff, coaches and Panther friends could do to help raise funds for scholarships, and in turn, decrease the need for state funds for athletics," said Kelly.

The book contains 16 chapters, each written by different authors. All authors donated their time and talent. The same goes for internationally known illustrator Gary Kelley, who created the original artwork for the book's cover.

According to Kelly, only 2,500 copies will be printed. The cost will be $34.95. The books will be available at UNI athletic events, College Square Hy-Vee, Heritage Art Gallery, Martin Brothers, University Book and Supply and through the Panther Scholarship Club. Online orders can be placed at

November 8, 2012 - 10:43am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Peter Seldin, an expert on evaluating teaching, will deliver his lecture, "College Teaching: Myths, Evaluation and the Characteristics of Great Teachers" at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The presentation aims to determine what separates "good" teachers from "great" teachers. The lecture will address changing practices in teaching evaluation and the results of a nationwide longitudinal study of evaluation practices. In addition to the lecture, Seldin will also present a workshop and meet with UNI faculty and administrators.

Seldin has served as a consultant on higher education issues at more than 350 colleges and universities across the United States and in 45 countries, and has authored numerous books and articles on teaching and teaching evaluation.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Hill, professor in UNI's Department of Philosophy and World Religions, at 319-273-7177 or

November 8, 2012 - 10:47am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa professor Thomas Connors will deliver his lecture, "War and the Landscape of Memory," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. The lecture will examine how war monuments have evolved over two centuries, and how complicated historic events are remembered.

"The more difficult memories in our history make for complicated landscapes," said Connors, associate professor of history. "These kinds of stories raise complicated questions in a republic, and how a nation deals with them speaks as much to its present as its past."

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert Martin, department head in UNI's Department of History, at 319-273-2097 or

November 6, 2012 - 2:19pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Study Abroad Center's Capstone in Southern Italy has been awarded the top short-term study aboard program in Abroad101's rankings presented by STA Travel. The rankings honor the highest-rated study abroad programs and locations by American students who have studied abroad, with evaluations completed through both quantitative and qualitative responses.

Abroad101 is the world's first, largest and fastest growing study abroad review website. STA Travel is the youth travel expert enabling students and young adults to explore the world by creating experiences filled with adventure, discovery and personal growth. "I am honored; it is a tremendous privilege to have opportunities that allow me to share my geoarchaeology research and passion for exploring with UNI students," said Chad Heinzel, associate professor of earth science who led the capstone program in Southern Italy.

UNI's Study Abroad Center provides an opportunity for students to study in more than 60 countries. More than 600 students are involved in the study abroad program, with nearly 400 taking part in short-term trips. Earlier this year, Abroad101 ranked the the UNI center fourth in the nation for quality of its academic programs.

For additional information, visit or contact Yana Cornish, director of the Study Abroad Center at UNI, at 319-273-7078 or

November 5, 2012 - 4:39pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the 2012 Iowa Thespian Festival for the third time on Nov. 9 and 10.  The festival is a two-day event, which brings together more than 1,000 high school students, teachers and chaperones from across the state to celebrate theatre.

Participants can watch performances in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Strayer-Wood Theatre and the Wellness and Recreation Center. High school students will have the opportunity to perform and compete in individual theatrical events, receive college scholarships, and attend workshops to further increase their knowledge of theatre. The festival also provides an opportunity for UNI students to share their knowledge of the theatre as well as represent and promote UNI.

For more information about the Iowa Thespian Festival, contact Traci Gaydos, marketing director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or or visit 

November 5, 2012 - 4:40pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's educational leadership department will host a panel discussion including four key Iowa educational leaders from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the University Room, in the Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

The panel is part of an Educational Leadership Advisory Council meeting. The Educational Leadership Advisory Council members are principals and superintendents from around the state who meet twice a year to provide feedback on UNI's principal and superintendent programs.

The panel will address the status and recommendations of Iowa's six educational task forces. Panelists include Tom Downs, director of the Iowa School Board Association; Dan Smith, director of School Administrators of Iowa; Rourke Horn, director of Area Education Agency (AEA) 267; and Byron Darnell, Iowa Department of Education.

For additional information, contact Victoria Robinson, department head, UNI Department of Educational Leadership & Postsecondary Education, at 319-273-3070 or

November 1, 2012 - 11:28am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16 with events hosted through UNI's Office of International Programs, Study Abroad Center, Culture and Intensive English Program, the International Students and Scholars Office and other UNI departments and student organizations.

Activities include a cultural clothing fashion show, information sessions, presentations, movies, musical and dance lessons and performances, international food tasting and more. The third-annual IEW kickoff will be from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, in the Maucker Union Ballroom, with welcome remarks from Gloria Gibson, UNI's executive vice president and provost. All events are free and open to the public.

IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and share experiences in the United States. The theme for this year's IEW is "Striving for a Healthier Future Worldwide."

For a complete list of events, visit For additional information, contact Kristen Hora, event planner in the Office of International Programs, at 319-273-7424 or


November 1, 2012 - 11:41am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has hired James Hoelscher as its first science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) hub manager. This announcement comes after UNI was selected as the northeast network hub for the STEM Advisory Council.

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"The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the Iowa Legislature have been visionary in that they have given our institutions, school districts, service providers, educators, students, parents and employers the resources to work together to transform STEM education," said Hoelscher. "What I find most inspiring and motivating is the enthusiasm of our students and teachers, the commitment of educational leaders, and the sense of urgency among our employers."

As UNI's STEM hub manager, Hoelscher will oversee all STEM activities and resources for the northeast region, as well as work with other STEM regions and the STEM Advisory Council to help advance the council's overall mission of promoting STEM education and economic development throughout Iowa.

The STEM Advisory Council was developed by Gov. Terry Branstad and is co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and UNI President Ben Allen. The council works to grow Iowa's commitment to bolstering STEM education, STEM innovation and to better position Iowa's young people and the state's economy for the future.

For more information, contact Michael Licari, associate provost of academic affairs, at 319-273-2518 or

November 1, 2012 - 4:43pm


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. Thursday, Nov. 8, veterans, student volunteers and UNI faculty will tie yellow ribbons around trees on campus to commemorate veterans. Those who wish to participate in the ribbon tying should meet at 5 p.m., Nov. 8, in front of the Maucker Union.

On Friday, Nov. 9, volunteers will be handing out flags throughout the day for students to stake in the field west of the Campanile. A flag ceremony will take place at 12:45 p.m., in front of the West Gym. The ceremony will feature speeches from a UNI student veteran and faculty member. It will also feature a National Roll Call, in which the names of veterans and current armed forces members at UNI will be called and a moment of reflection will take place.

A reception will follow the ceremony in front of the West Gym. Both the flag ceremony and the reception are open to the public.

Throughout the week, students will be in Maucker Union handing out yellow ribbon lapel pins in honor of Veterans Day. There will also be a Wall of Honor in Maucker Union, on which students and faculty can post pictures of veterans and leave special messages.

For more information, contact Jennifer Suchan, military and veteran student services coordinator, at 319-273-2278 or

November 1, 2012 - 4:49pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa gerontology program will celebrate its10th anniversary with a screening of the documentary "You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't," from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, in the Center for Multicultural Education in Maucker Union.

The documentary details the story of an older adult with Alzheimer's disease and her time spent in an assisted care facility. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, with symptoms including confusion, irritability, mood swings and long-term memory loss.

In 2002, a grant from the Adele Whitenack Davis Professorship in Gerontology Endowment Fund, along with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, helped establish the gerontology program at UNI, the only undergraduate gerontology program in Iowa.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor of gerontology, at 319-273-6083 or


October 31, 2012 - 3:33pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will hold auditions for the spring production of "Merchant of Venice," a comedy by William Shakespeare. Auditions will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Auditions are open to UNI students. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a two-minute verse monologue (not prose) from a Shakespeare play. The monologue can be either dramatic or comedic.

Actors who are cast must be available for select rehearsals, to be determined by the director, beginning Monday, Feb. 18. Performers must also be available for performances throughout the middle of April.

In this comedy, Shakespeare weaves together two ancient folk myths, one involving a vengeful, greedy Jewish creditor trying to exact a pound of flesh from a Christian over an unpaid debt, the other involving a marriage suitor's choice among three chests to win the hand of his beloved. How does one harmonize the Elizabethan anti-Semitic portrayal of Shylock with the fairy-tale romance of Portia and Bassanio, and then make this experience relevant and comedic to a contemporary audience?

For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, director of marketing at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or

October 30, 2012 - 11:05am


CEDAR FALLS, IA -- A representative from the University of Northern Iowa presented alongside Iowa State University and University of Iowa on the statewide economic impact of the Regents universities to the Board of Regents during the Oct. 25 meeting on the University of Iowa campus.

Randy Pilkington, director of Business and Community Services at UNI, discussed the universities' outreach throughout all 99 Iowa counties, adding that nearly 10,000 jobs have been created or retained through local development efforts. Also mentioned was the revenue -- more than $105 million dollars -- that has been generated by Iowa businesses from technologies and inventions coming from the regents universities.

"The efforts put forth by the universities to promote business and community growth throughout the state are tremendous." Pilkington said. "UNI alone has engaged with thousands of businesses and communities across the state and provided uniquely tailored services to help them grow."

UNI has also been an advocate for entrepreneurship both on- and off-campus by aiding more than 300 startup businesses.  Many of these entrepreneurs have been served by the UNI Innovation Incubator and MyEntre.Net. Other startups are student-run businesses, including one that was co-created by the 2012 Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization's National Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

For an in-depth look at how UNI is enabling innovation across the state, visit

Business and Community Services is a division of the University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration. For more information, please visit

October 30, 2012 - 4:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six 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 at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, in the UNI Commons.

The following alumni will be inducted this year:

-       Barbara Binley Bakker (M.A. '95) spent 24 years as a teacher and coach in the Dike-New Hartford School District. She has received numerous honors and awards for coaching and teaching health, and she led her volleyball teams to seven state championships. She is currently a faculty member in HPELS.

-       Donald L. Corrigan (M.A. '62) served as head wrestling coach at Purdue University, where he went on to earn his Ph.D. in exercise physiology, was a professor and head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology and worked as the director of the Adult Fitness program. He also was a founding member of the American College of Sports Medicine and served as an NCAA wrestling official.

-       William R. Hall (M.A. '56) earned his Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Iowa and worked as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Waucoma and Dubuque school districts. He was also the president of District No. 1 Elementary Principals Association of Iowa and director of the Institute for School Executives at the University of Iowa. Hall served for 24 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring at the rank of major.

-       Paul W. Kellerhals (M.A. '65) worked as a teacher and coach in Dike and Gladbrook and served as elementary principal in Dunkerton. He served for 34 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve. He also taught at the U.S. Army Reserve School and Korean Military Academy. He was a faculty member in military science at Iowa State University and Stephen F. Austin State University. He later went on to earn his Ed.D. from Auburn University.

-       John W. Kohl (B.S. '51) spent 47 years in the education profession and mentored more than 25 doctoral candidates. He taught in Iowa and Oregon, served as an instructor in the Division of Continuing Education for the University of Oregon and Portland State University, directed several programs at Pennsylvania State University, and served as assistant dean and dean of the College of Education at Montana State University. He completed his Ed.D. at the University of Oregon.

-       Dean W. Stoakes (B.A. '46) served as dean of students and principal in the Cedar Rapids School District. During his tenure, Cedar Rapids schools received national recognition for the inclusion of a required health course, as well as for additions to the curriculum for students with special needs. He earned his Ed.D. in secondary school education from the University of Colorado. Stoakes has also been superintendent of schools in Illinois, served as a lobbyist for high schools, worked as an educational consultant, and was a founder and board member of DuPage County Community College and DuPage County Occupational Training School.

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 the Iowa State Normal School.

The cost of the ceremony is $20. To make a reservation or for additional information, contact Carol Bean, at UNI's School of HPELS, at 319-273-2840 or


October 30, 2012 - 4:15pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Julie Husband, associate professor of languages and literatures at the University of Northern Iowa, will give a presentation "Embodying Equal Rights: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, 1868-1870," at noon, Monday, Nov. 5, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A, on the UNI campus.

Husband's talk will focus on Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, two of the main actors in the women's rights movement and black civil rights movement. The presentation will detail how the leaders responded to such threats as stereotypes in cartoons and popular literature of their time.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Barbara Cutter, interim director of the UNI Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or

October 29, 2012 - 1:37pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its biannual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). This will be the 44th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991.

Three hundred and eighty students have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education program and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study. Rick Vanderwall, instructor in Department of Languages and Literatures, will deliver the convocation address. Becky Hawbaker, chair of the teacher education faculty, will present the candidates. Michael Licari, associate provost in academic affairs and dean of the graduate college, will grant the candidates admission to the teacher education program. The pinning and affirmation of candidates will be performed by Becky Hawbaker.

Parents of the candidates are invited to attend, along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the GBPAC lobby.

For more information, contact Kathy Oakland, instructor, at 319-273-2591 or

October 29, 2012 - 2:23pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Beginning in October 2009, the University of Northern Iowa Integrated Services Project (ISP) teamed up with the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) to develop a program on substance abuse and domestic violence. ISP is currently working with agencies to develop educational training and ideas for joint services against domestic violence and substance abuse.

The main goal of the project is to develop educational programming for agencies working with these women. "We must remember that domestic violence has a huge impact on the mental and physical health of women," noted Bill Downs, interim department head of social work at UNI. "That is why we need more projects like the ISP, for community agencies to work together and improve services for the women of Iowa."

The mission of ISP is to eliminate any discrimination in services to these women and to enhance their safety and sobriety.

For additional information, visit or contact Downs at 319-273-5911 or

October 25, 2012 - 10:45am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- When it comes to Halloween costumes, how sexy is too sexy? Annette Lynch, a professor in applied human sciences at the University of Northern Iowa, has researched costume and dress and the impacts on college students' and children's behaviors.

"The Halloween costuming worn on college campuses strongly reinforces a binary, male/female gender system, with women playing a hedonic role within a male controlled environment," said Annette Lynch.

Lynch indicates that apparel plays a large role not only in how individuals act, but in how society and peers view them as well.

"The development and marketing of 'adult' Halloween costumes has become a major business in the United States," said Lynch. "Female teen, tween and children's costuming has followed the gender-based trends we found in college student costuming, with very slight differences between costumes designated as 'adult' on costume websites and those designed and sold to tweens and young girls."

Lynch is also the director of UNI's Center for Violence Prevention, and is the author of numerous published works regarding gender, sexuality and popular culture.

For more information, contact Lynch at 319-830-7530 or

October 25, 2012 - 10:49am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new Stop & Serve program aims to provide University of Northern Iowa students more opportunities to volunteer and help their community. The program, sponsored by the Student Involvement Center, provides brief, on-campus volunteer opportunities.

The program's mission, "Everyone has five minutes to give," gives people the chance to work on service projects focused on a variety of social issues in the community, region and nation. Students can stop by for however long they want, with no time commitment required. Some examples of Stop & Serve projects include writing and decorating cards for nursing homes, packing food for animals at Cedar Bend Humane Society, and making hats for newborns at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

Stop & Serve events will be held this fall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, in the Maucker Union. A final fall semester Stop & Serve will take place at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 6.

UNI students also have the opportunity to be a part of Make A Difference Day on Oct. 27. Volunteers will participate in various community service projects in the Cedar Valley, such as a Cedar River clean-up, weatherization of Washington Chapel and cleaning Highway 20. Students wishing to participate may register on-line at

For more information on these events, visit or contact Steffoni Smith at 319-273-7422 or

October 25, 2012 - 10:56am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will premiere professor Francesca Soans' documentary film, "Sons of Jacob Synagogue," at 4 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The pioneering documentary explores the histories and experiences of the Jewish community in Waterloo, from the early immigrants seeking new opportunities and freedom from persecution to the present day. Weaving together archival footage, interviews, photographs and texts, the documentary creates a complex picture of the identity of a community and its connection to place.

The film is the first in a five-part documentary series, "Waterloo: A History of Place," produced and directed by Soans and Robert Neymeyer. The series aims to examine the history of Waterloo through community memories of different places. In addition to the synagogue, future episodes will look at a department store, a neighborhood, a factory and a movie theatre.

"Dr. Neymeyer and I picked these everyday places because these are the spaces in which we exist," said Soans. "It is our memory of these places that help shape our sense of who we are and that provide us with a sense of history. Most people are unaware of the role the Jewish community played in Waterloo's history or even that there is a significant Jewish community in the Midwest. Their stories reflect the experiences of many--the desire for a better life that prompted early migrations, the struggles and successes of different generations, the meaning of religion in a changing world, and the loss of the younger generation to outward migration from Iowa."

An original score was composed for the film by Rebecca Burkhardt, professor in the School of Music, and performed by School of Music faculty. Students from communication studies/electronic media also worked on the project.

The documentary received funding from a Humanities Iowa major grant and grants from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Soans at

October 25, 2012 - 11:04am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a master's program for physical education majors and teachers that can be completed entirely online. The 30-credit-hour cohort program, the only of its kind in the state of Iowa, will begin spring 2013 and will take five consecutive semesters to complete. Applications are now being accepted, with full consideration given for applications completed by Nov. 15.

The Master of Arts in Physical Education will link practice to theory in areas including motor learning/behavior, curriculum development, effective teaching and sport psychology for pre-K through high school physical education teachers and coaches. According to Fabio Fontana, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, this degree will improve teaching skills, help students who need classes in order to have their contracts continued, and can help improve salaries.

"We are excited to offer a program that will be accessible to individuals who live anywhere in the state - and beyond - and to work with professionals we would not necessarily work with otherwise," said Fontana.

Coursework is offered using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system which requires Internet access and Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system. During fall and spring semesters, courses are scheduled back-to-back in eight-week modules with meetings via Adobe Connect on select Monday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Summer sessions may meet more frequently through Adobe Connect.

The School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services has many qualified faculty who challenge students to excel in their courses. Fontana said the best practices for online teaching and advanced online teaching technology will be utilized.

For more information about this and other professional development opportunities, visit or call UNI Continuing and Distance Education at 800-648-3864. 

October 23, 2012 - 11:22am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the sixth annual Polar Bare Run, Walk or Roll on Tuesday, Nov. 6, on the UNI campus. The event begins with check-in at the UNI Alumni House starting at 9 p.m. and the race begins at 9:30 p.m.

Participants wear new or gently used coats, hats, mittens and scarves to the event, then shed their winter gear before embarking on the one-mile course. Those unable to participate who wish to donate winter clothing items may bring donations to the event or drop them off at the UNI Alumni House. All clothing is donated to the Salvation Army.

The event is sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association and its student group, Connecting Alumni to Students (CATS). Registration is $5, and includes a T-shirt if registered before Oct. 25. Registration will be open until the day of the event.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Connie Hansen, assistant director of outreach and engagement, Office of Alumni Relations, at 319-273-3036 or

October 23, 2012 - 1:34pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Educational Leadership & Postsecondary Education is accepting applications through Nov. 15 for the Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency Program. Twenty percent of students in the past two superintendency cohort groups secured jobs requiring a superintendent's license before the program was over. Scheduled to begin in spring 2013, the program can be completed from a distance in two years by participating in eight courses and extensive internship experiences.

Offered in conjunction with UNI's Continuing & Distance Education, the program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a superintendent. More than 30 percent of new superintendents hired in Iowa over the past two years are UNI graduates. This performance-based program is unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes skill development while working with a mentor.

Many courses include an online component, and summer sessions may include some classes on the UNI campus. The program is organized as a cohort, where students will study with the same group of adult learners. Through this program, students may also be able to apply for the doctoral program and apply the units of credit toward the doctoral degree. Graduates from the program have access to a network of professionals who can help in the critical first years as a superintendent.

For more information about the Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency Program and additional offerings available through UNI Continuing & Distance Education at UNI, visit or call 319-273-7740 or 800-648-3864.

October 22, 2012 - 9:44am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Residence Hall Association (RHA) is giving students the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind pair of shoes while providing a pair of shoes to a child in need. Students will decorate their shoes from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 22, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus.

The event is a part of RHA's TOMS community service project. The project involved selling pairs of TOMS shoes to UNI students, which students will have the chance to decorate at the upcoming event. TOMS shoes then provides a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes sold. More than 448 people are participating in the program, so an equal number of shoes have been donated as a result.

The event was created by RHA's Social Justice and Sustainability committee, and was their first major community service project.

For additional information, contact Chavel Alley at 319-273-2552 or

October 19, 2012 - 4:22pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Donald Tong, commissioner for the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs Office, will speak at the UNIBusiness Global Trade Issues Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Tong is the highest-ranking official in the Hong Kong government stationed in the U.S.

As commissioner, Tong directs the Hong Kong government's efforts in promoting U.S.-Hong Kong economic and trade ties. He also oversees the work of the three Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices in Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco.

Prior to the appointment, Tong was deputy secretary for home affairs, responsible for policy formulation on a wide range of subjects, including development of social enterprise, promotion of civic education and human rights, legal aid, and religious and data privacy matters. He served as deputy director-general of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and also worked in the New Airport Projects Coordination Office. Tong was responsible for the organization of the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic equestrian events held in Hong Kong.

For more information, contact Christine Schrage, instructor of marketing, at 319-273-2126 or

October 18, 2012 - 4:12pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Discounted tickets have been announced for the upcoming Meat Loaf concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, at the McLeod Center. Tickets for bleacher seats are now $15, plus service fees. The performance is supported by The Isle and is in partnership with the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Maucker Union and UNI Athletics.

Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location (Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center or McLeod Center), online at or by phone at 319-273-4849. Tickets are still available for floor and side seating.

The concert is one of Meat Loaf's many stops across the nation as part of his Mad Mad World Tour in support of his newly released album, "Hell in a Handbasket." The singer-songwriter is perhaps best known for such tunes as "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" making him one of the top-selling recording artists of all time. His album, "Bat Out of Hell," has sold more than 43 million copies and his total album sales are in excess of 100 million.

For more information, contact Janelle Darst, marketing director for the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3676 or

October 18, 2012 - 4:28pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a new exhibit, "Fritz Hirschberger: Sur-Rational Paintings and The Fifth Horseman" from Monday, Oct. 29 through Tuesday, Nov. 27. A lecture by Jodi Elowitz titled "After Such Knowledge: The Sur-Rational Holocaust Paintings of Fritz Hirschberger" will be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. An opening reception will follow.

Elowitz is outreach coordinator for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, organizer of this traveling exhibition. The exhibition and lecture were organized by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, and funded by the UNI College of Humanities, Art and Sciences and the UNI Faculty Senate.

Fritz Hirschberger painted deeply layered, richly colored and angry evocations of Nazi barbarities. Expelled from Germany in 1938, Hirschberger fought in the Polish Army against the Nazis, survived a Soviet labor camp, and later fought against Rommel's forces in North Africa. Following the war, he studied art in London and New York where he began developing his skills; however, it was only after retirement in the 1980s that he began to truly concentrate on the horrors of World War II.

Drawing on European Renaissance, early 20th century German Expressionism, and medieval German Moritat traditions, Hirschberger filled his "Sur-Rational" and "Fifth Horseman" paintings with powerful and iconic imagery, many of which he paired with texts drawn from the works of Sylvia Plath, Alice Rogoff, and the testimonies of Holocaust survivors.

The UNI Gallery of Art will continue to present the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition titled "Masters at Mid-Century," which will run through Dec. 15.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and by appointment.

For more information, visit or call 319-273-3095.

October 18, 2012 - 4:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) is partnering with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) to aid local school districts in promoting healthy foods.

Six school districts will participate in the new program: Decorah, Postville, Turkey Valley, South Winneshiek, Waukon and Cresco. The CEEE, along with FFI, will help these six pilot districts create a regional, cycle menu that includes seasonal, fresh produce. UNI's Jacqueline Bilyeu-Holmes, food program specialist for the CEEE, will serve as a nutrition outreach coordinator for the program.

The partnership hopes to make Iowa a place where residents experience and promote a healthy lifestyle, through the consumption of locally grown food and opportunities for physical activity. The CEEE and FFI believe that their work will make healthy choices accessible to all Iowans.

For more information, contact Bilyeu-Holmes at 319-273-7883.

October 17, 2012 - 2:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a series of events in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month from Monday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26. The activities will center around the Clothesline Project, an artistic visual representation of the pervasiveness of violence against women, the LGBTQ community and other marginalized populations.

Events include:

Monday, Oct. 22 and Tuesday, Oct. 23, T-shirt decorating for the Clothesline Project from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Maucker Union. Students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to decorate T-shirts with messages against violence. T-shirts will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, by the Campanile.

Monday, Oct. 22, Survivors of Domestic Violence panel, 6 p.m., Sabin Hall, Room 002. Hosted by Seeds of Hope, the panel provides the opportunity to learn about domestic violence from survivors themselves.

Thursday, Oct. 25, Shine the Light on Violence Against Women, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sabin Hall, Room 002. The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about domestic violence and violence prevention, and will feature speakers from UNI's Center for Violence Prevention, Seeds of Hope and Cedar Valley Friends of the Family. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight to help "shine the light" on violence against women while viewing all the completed T-shirts at the end of the event.

Feminist Action League is hosting a donation drive to benefit survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  New bras, underwear, socks, sweatpants and T-shirts will be collected to donate to the Cedar Valley Friends of the Family in Waverly, an organization which aims to provide safe, confidential services to those affected by homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault through advocacy, housing assistance and crisis services.

Donations can be dropped off in the women's and gender studies office, Sabin Hall, Room 225, throughout the month or given at the T-shirt decorating in Maucker Union, the T-shirt display by the Campanile or at the Shine the Light on Violence Against Women event. Donation boxes will also be located in Maucker Union, the 23rd Street Market and in the residence halls from Oct. 22 to 26.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or

October 17, 2012 - 3:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Claudia Covert, librarian at the Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), will present her lecture, "Bedazzled: World War I Dazzle Ship Camouflage" at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the University of Northern Iowa's Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. The lecture will be followed by a reception and hallway exhibition.

The lecture is a richly illustrated presentation on the bizarre, colorful camouflage patterns applied to Allied ships in World War I. RISD has a collection of 455 color lithographic plans of "dazzle camouflage" ship designs, which Covert has researched. She will present some of her findings during her presentation.

The event is free and open to the public, and participants are encouraged to show up in costume, as part of Halloween festivities. For more information, contact Roy R. Behrens, professor of art, at

October 16, 2012 - 11:09am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society (ACS) students will host their annual "Halloween House" from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend this year's event.

The Halloween House is made up of nine themed rooms including the Anthracene Circus, the Devil's Den and Frankenstein's Lab. Each room will host various Halloween-themed demonstrations, including hands-on activities, such as making pretend snot in the Grossology Lab.

"The Halloween House is a fun way to introduce children and the community to real world science," said Bill Harwood, department head and professor in UNI's Department of Chemistry. "Our students work hard to create all of these demonstrations and hands-on activities. In the process, our students learn a lot about how to make all this happen safely and professionally. They also have a great time!"

The event is free and open to the public. It's held in conjunction with National Chemistry Week and is a program of the ACS, which is designed to reach the public with a positive message about chemistry.

For more information, contact Harwood at 319-273-7127 or

October 15, 2012 - 3:09pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Violence Prevention and the School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services will host a webinar "Hazing: Leading and Responding with Solutions," from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Presenters will share important information about hazing and the negative effects to individuals, teams, schools and the community. Participants will gain valuable tools and strategies to confront and prevent hazing.

The cost of the webinar is $25. To register, visit For additional information, contact Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Leadership Institute at UNI, at 319-273-3054 or

October 12, 2012 - 9:13am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host Richard Thompson Ford, an expert on civil rights and anti-discrimination law, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

In his presentation "Law, Rights and Universal Principles," Ford will offer an analysis of human rights' struggles across the globe, discussing the realities of observing "universal" principles in specific cultures. The presentation is in conjunction with the CME Book Club, which will be discussing Ford's books "Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality" and "Universal Rights Down to Earth" before the lecture.

Ford is the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He is an expert on civil rights and antidiscrimination law, and he has written two books on the subjects of race and multiculturalism. Before teaching at Stanford, Ford was a Reginald F. Lewis Fellow at Harvard Law School, a litigation associate with Morrison & Foerster, and a housing policy consultant for the city of Cambridge.

Ford's presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator for the CME, at 319-273-2250 or

October 12, 2012 - 12:03pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host James Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, at 10 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 26, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus. He will present "Civility in 2012 and Beyond" in conjunction with UNI's Reaching for Higher Ground series.

Leach is the ninth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to being nominated by President Obama for the post, Leach was a professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and interim director of the Institute of Politics and lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Leach's brief time in academia was preceded by 30 years of service as a representative in Congress where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

Leach attended Princeton University, the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins and the London School of Economics. He holds thirteen honorary degrees and has received decorations from two foreign governments. He is the recipient of the Wayne Morse Integrity in Politics Award, the Adlai Stevenson Award from the United Nations Association, the Edgar Wayburn Award from the Sierra Club, the Norman Borlaug Public Service Award and the Woodrow Wilson Medal from Princeton.

"We are honored to have such a distinguished Iowan come to campus," stated UNI President Benjamin Allen. "Chairman Leach's strong academic background, his service to Iowa and the nation, coupled with his numerous prestigious awards, make him uniquely suited to address such an important issue."

The Reaching for Higher Ground project aims to build a stronger campus community, one more accepting of people of different viewpoints and backgrounds. The 2012-13 Reaching for Higher Ground theme is "The Search for an American Dream," which will be examined through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. For information about the Reaching for Higher Ground series, visit

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Steve Carignan, associate dean, outreach & special projects, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, at 319-273-3665 or

October 12, 2012 - 4:12pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cedar Falls and Waterloo have both been selected as demonstration communities in the Blue Zones initiative. A commemorative event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, on the south side of Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event will include informational and interactive tables with games and activities to promote awareness of healthy habits. The event is free and open to the public.

Elisa Cohen, a UNI graduate student in the School of Health Physical Education and Leisure Services, has been assigned to coordinate and implement the efforts. The cities will receive assistance and resources to expand opportunities that promote healthy lifestyle choices, such as continued development of trails, parks and recreational activities.

"The Blue Zones Project is providing each of us the knowledge and tools to take easy, simple steps that can make our whole community a happier, healthier place to live," said Cohen. "This means more opportunities and an enhanced physical, emotional and spiritual health for everyone in our community."

The Blue Zones Project is a global initiative designed to allow people to make healthier choices through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks. To support the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Blue Zones initiatives, visit For additional information, contact Cohen at

October 11, 2012 - 11:50am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Military and Veteran Student Services Committee, UNI Veterans Association and the Master of Social Work Student Association are bringing awareness to the issues of sexual assault and rape in the U.S. Military with a showing of the film "The Invisible War."

According to the Department of Defense and the Service Women's Action Network), one out of every five female service members is sexually assaulted or raped during service, and 1 percent of men in the military (nearly 20,000 men) were reportedly assaulted in 2009. Estimates suggest that since WWII more than a half-million service men and women have been sexually assaulted. "The Invisible War," a documentary by Kirby Dick, is an investigative look into the occurrence of rape and sexual assault of soldiers and the personal and social consequences. The film received the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Lang Hall Auditorium, followed by a question and answer session. The panel will include Annette Lynch, director of the UNI Center for Violence Prevention; Mark Rowe-Barth, substance abuse and violence intervention services coordinator; Lt. Col. Michael Kuehn, Iowa National Guard judge advocate general officer; Lt. Col. Mary Parmenter, branch chief for the prevention resilience response and outreach for the Iowa National Guard; and Linda Fangman, a Black Hawk County prosecutor specializing in sexual assault cases. The event is free and open to the public.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley will also speak at the event.

For more information, contact Jennifer Suchan, coordinator of military and veteran student services, at 319-273-2278 or

October 10, 2012 - 5:03pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will present "November" by David Mamet at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25 to 27 and Nov. 1 to 3, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"November" is David Mamet's over-the-top comedy that takes a satirical stab at American politics. Meet President Charles Smith, the most corrupt, inept man ever to sit in the Oval Office. It's the final days of his bid for a second term, but the country is a mess and his poll numbers are lower than ever. Toss in a lesbian speechwriter longing to marry her sweetheart on national television, a cynical chief of staff, Thanksgiving turkeys awaiting pardon, and shady backroom scheming, and you've got an ideal way to gear up for the 2012 election.

"November" is the second offering of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's 2012-2013 season, "Renewal: Uplifting the Sprit." The production is directed by Jay Edelnant, professor of theatre. Costumes are designed by Jenn Sheshko, associate professor of design and production; scenery is designed by Mark Parrott, associate professor of design and production. Lighting is designed by Josh Dirks, senior theatre design and production major; hair and make-up is designed by Benjamin Tremmel, sophomore theatre arts major. The stage manager is Sibyl Cox, junior theatre arts major.

Tickets are $16 for general admission and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office will also be open one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, marketing director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6487 or or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6387 or visit

October 9, 2012 - 3:44pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is an outstanding business school for the seventh consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education-services company features the school in the just-published 2013 edition of "The Best 296 Business Schools" (Random House/Princeton Review, published Oct. 9, 2012).

Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, said, "We recommend UNI as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in the book -- 280 of which are in the U.S. and 16 are international -- based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book."

Farzad Mousavi, dean of UNI's College of Business Administration, said, "It is gratifying to receive continued recognition from The Princeton Review, which is internationally respected for its independence. The Princeton Review's focus is on MBA programs, but our MBA program does not operate in isolation. It relies on the same faculty, staff and academic philosophy as the rest of the college. What The Princeton Review finds so appealing -- high quality of instruction and strong student orientation -- defines the entire college."

"The Best 296 Business Schools" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services.  In the profile on UNI, the Princeton Review editors say, "Overall, the school receives strong marks in communication and organization to provide a unified MBA program."

One student told The Princeton Review that the University of Northern Iowa offers a "practical business curriculum than can be directly applied to the business world." Another said, "It is a highly interactive atmosphere with professors who want you to [learn]." Said another, "Administrative staff [is] wonderful here; they go above and beyond limits to help you with any kind of issue." And another commented that the diversity of the class -- made up of a variety of mid-career professionals, small-business owners and international students -- "enhances the learning experience."

UNI's MBA program, accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), facilitates the professional development of middle-level managers and those aspiring to managerial positions. The program seeks to improve their dynamic capabilities to discern, describe, and solve business problems and manage resources for value creation.

Learn more about UNI's MBA program at

October 9, 2012 - 4:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa offers Panther Peek Visit Days throughout the year for prospective students to visit the university and experience student life.  Students will take a tour of the campus, discover possible major and career opportunities and tour various residence halls.

Visit days are offered Oct.12 and 19, and Nov. 2, 9 and 16. On Monday, Oct. 15, the College of Business Administration will host a special visit day for potential business majors. Monday, Oct. 22, the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences will hold its own visit day, and Friday, Oct. 26, a special visit day will take place for multicultural students. 

"Panther Peek Visit Days are a great way to learn about UNI. Students are able to connect with students, faculty and staff. Peek days are a wonderful first step on a student's college search," said Jenny Connolly, assistant director of admissions.

Prospective students can register online at For more information, contact UNI's Office of Admissions at 319-273-2281.

October 8, 2012 - 4:22pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – As of Oct. 8, the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa officially launched the first of six courses as part of the Iowa Environmental Training Program, an innovative online educational resource for businesses and organizations. The program features relevant topics to keep environmental professionals up to date with regulations, as well as learn pollution prevention and waste reduction strategies.

Waste Characterization and Management, the first course, focuses on the general identification of waste streams and determining proper handling, storage and disposal. It examines regulations defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

For nearly 25 years, the IWRC has been assisting Iowa businesses with their environmental needs. "One of the most frequent requests we get is for training to easily keep clients updated with regulations. Developing this on an interactive, online platform allows us to reach out across the entire state while being able to keep content current continuously. It allows clients to access the information beyond initial training when it is convenient for them," said IWRC interim director, Jim Olson.

In addition to the initial course, the program will cover topics relating to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act and much more. This is the IWRC’s second initiative into online education. The Iowa Environmental Training Program includes comprehensive courses covering an array of regulations that span across many industries while SprayItRight, developed in 2008, simply focuses on helping a specific industry comply with one regulation.

For more information about the Iowa Environmental Training Program, please visit

The IWRC has been providing environmental services including business assistance, industry training, as well as research and development for nearly 25 years. IWRC is a non-profit organization, part of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit

October 5, 2012 - 10:19am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language and Learning will host its 2nd annual "Thinking Inclusively at UNI" event, "Inclusive Education and the American Dream," at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, with a showing of the documentary "Willing and Able," in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. There will be a reception prior to the event from 6 to 7 p.m., with a panel discussion to follow.

The documentary takes a closer look at the Patrick O'Hearn School in Massachusetts, where one-third of the students have disabilities of some kind. The panel discussion, hosted by John Doucet, the film's director, and Bill Henderson, author of "The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made Me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made Our School Better for Everyone," focuses on the inclusion of students with disabilities in schools.

For additional information, contact Amy Petersen, associate professor of special education, at 319-273-7959 or

October 5, 2012 - 11:09am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Small Business Development Center and MyEntre.Net business concierge will tackle technological tools for small business owners from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the Business and Community Services Building, Room 33.

The presentation will cover applications and online tools — such as Wave Accounting (, 99designs (, Kickstarter ( and Khan Academy ( — that can save business owners time, streamline their operations and boost their bottom lines. Presenters Rob Williams and Patrick Luensmann will also discuss some of the best free Google applications and how they can be implemented to facilitate Web surfing, email, website analytics and Internet marketing.

Williams is a business analyst for UNI Entrepreneurship Outreach and is the MyEntre.Net online entrepreneur community manager. Luensmann is the MyEntre.Net business concierge, answering business questions for the online community's 10,000 members.

The presentation is free, although pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact UNI Small Business Development Center Director Dan Beenken at 319-273-4322 or

October 5, 2012 - 11:11am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa senior marketing major, Eric Vanderschaaf of Maurice, has won the UNI Elevator Pitch Competition and will get to test his elevator pitch against college students from across the U.S. at the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) Conference Elevator Pitch competition in Chicago, Nov. 1 through 3.

The runner-up for the UNI competition was Bennett Becicka, a sophomore marketing major from Charles City. Five students competed in the local competition and were judged according to the National CEO Elevator Pitch guidelines, which evaluates 11 areas of content and delivery.

"The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) will be working with Eric and Bennett to perfect their pitches for the national competition," said Laurie Watje, student business incubator manager for the UNI JPEC and adviser for UNI Entrepreneurs, the student organization that sponsors the contest. "The national competition consists of three rounds, and we expect their 90-second pitches to make it to the final round.”

Elevator pitch competitors' businesses can be in any stage of development; the key is to get an investor interested in the business. Judges for the UNI competition were: Randy Pilkington, executive director of UNI’s Business and Community Services; David Deeds, UNI accounting and entrepreneurship instructor; Katherine Cota-Uyar, UNI JPEC associate director.

The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, a division of UNI’s Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services designed for student entrepreneurs. The center provides expertise in all stages of business planning and development and serves as a vehicle to bring new products and technologies to market.

For more information about JPEC at UNI, visit, call 319-273-JPEC (5732) or email


October 4, 2012 - 11:19am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the Iowa Regents Institutions Disability Awareness Summit from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Commons on the UNI campus. The event will promote inclusiveness with a focus on accessible and assistive technology for people with disabilities.

The keynote speaker for the event is Timothy Creagan, a senior accessibility specialist from the United States Access Board. Creagan is a nationally recognized expert on accessible electronic and information technology, and will speak on disability rights and more accessible technology.

To register for the summit, visit For additional information, contact Therese Callaghan, employee disability and leave coordinator for UNI's human resource services, at 319-273-6164 or

October 4, 2012 - 11:26am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The American Chemical Society's (ACS) Committee on Education presented the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2011-2012 activities to the University of Northern Iowa's student chapter. The 2011-2012 award-winning chapter will be recognized in the November/December issue of inChemistry magazine and at the ACS Student Chapter Award Ceremony to be held at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans from Sunday, Apr. 7 through Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013.

ACS is a national organization of professional chemists and is the main group for science majors and minors interested in chemistry and biochemistry. Members participate in a wide range of programs and activities that enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers.

To receive this award, chapters must either meet or exceed all of their goals. The UNI chapter co-hosted blood drives, presented chemistry magic shows to 200 family members of UNI students during a weekend in September, and worked alongside the department chief safety officer to ensure that all events exceeded safety expectations. The student chapter was also commended for their outreach to area schools. Last fall about 45 student members and faculty hosted a Halloween open house where they performed a series of shows involving chemistry demos for 1,000 elementary and high school students.

Along with volunteering and community outreach, the student group also demonstrated excellent chapter development by attending a variety of department seminars, hosting a series of social events and activities, and conducting chapter meetings.

"It is evident that the University of Northern Iowa student chapter of the American Chemical Society is a well deserving chapter for the Outstanding Chapter Award," said Dawn Del Carlo, UNI associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. "With continuous student and community support, this chapter will maintain its successful status and receive many more recognitions."

October 4, 2012 - 11:42am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students are designing and building a natural tread trail as a part of the UNI Campus Trails Project. The project is a component of the leisure, youth and human services course, Managing Recreation Impacts on the Natural Environment.

The project was launched in 2005, and has since developed nearly five miles of natural tread trail on campus, known as the South Campus Trail. The project is now focused on developing a trail on 40 acres along the university branch of Dry Run Creek. Kathy Scholl, UNI associate professor of leisure, youth and human services, is teaching the course and envisions a campus-wide nature trail.

"There are pockets of little used green space on campus that can be enhanced to provide added educational and recreational benefits for UNI students," said Scholl. "In addition to outdoor classroom use, these areas also provide health and well-being benefits not just for UNI students, but also the local community."

Using designs from past student proposals and affiliation with the city of Cedar Falls, Scholl was able to secure $65,000 from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association to help fund the project.

For more information about the UNI Campus Trails Project, contact Scholl at 319-273-6316 or


October 4, 2012 - 1:52pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's dance companies, Orchesis and International Dance Theatre, will present their annual fall dance concert as part of Homecoming week. The concert will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, and 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, at Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall.

The companies will perform a variety of dance styles including hip-hop, ballet, ballroom and multicultural. The event is free of charge and open to all ages.

Orchesis is a UNI dance company composed of students interested in pursuing dance choreography, performance and production. The International Dance Theatre is a student-based performing group sponsored by the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, which strives to expose students to a variety of different dances.

For more information on the performance, contact Daniel Wells, instructor of health, physical education and leisure services, at 319-273-3560 or

October 3, 2012 - 4:33pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Academy Award-nominated director Marshall Curry Monday, Oct. 15 to Wednesday, Oct. 17, as part of the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series. Curry will host screenings of three of his award-winning films, as well as visit classes.

"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation," will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The film is about a radical environmentalist who faced life in prison for burning two Oregon timber facilities. It won the Sundance Film Festival award for Best Documentary Editing, and was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2012.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the film, "Street Fight," will be shown at 6 p.m., and "Racing Dreams" will play at 8:30 p.m. Both films will be screened in Lang Hall Auditorium. "Street Fight" follows Cory Booker on his 2002 campaign for mayor of Newark, N.J. It won numerous awards, including the Audience Awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, AFI/Discovery SilverDocs Festival, and Hot Docs Festival, and was also nominated for a Writer's Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2006.

"Racing Dreams" follows two boys and a girl who dream of one day racing in NASCAR. The film won numerous awards, including the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Documentary.

Curry is the second visiting filmmaker in The William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series.  The goal of the series is to bring America's most distinguished documentary filmmakers to UNI. The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communication Studies, and directed by David O'Shields.

The film screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact O'Shields at 319-273-3791 or