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April 5, 2012 - 9:33am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, UNI Concert Chorale, UNI Singers and UNI Cantorei will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, April 23, in the Marshalltown High School/Community Auditorium, in Marshalltown, Iowa.

The ensembles of 195 UNI School of Music faculty and students are led by Rebecca Burkhardt, professor in the UNI School of Music; Dyan Meyer, instructor in the UNI School of Music; and John Wiles, assistant professor in the UNI School of Music. The concert will also feature Megan Stucky, director of the Marshalltown High School Orchestra and Amy Ose, director of the Marshalltown High School Concert Choir. 

The performance will feature a combined performance of Marshalltown High School Concert Chorale and UNI Concert Chorale, and combined performance of the Marshalltown High School and UNI orchestras and a performance of W. A. Mozart's "Requiem," by combined UNI choirs and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

The concert is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Mayme Ward Olson Music Enrichment Endowment Fund. For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, communication and operations coordinator at the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.boehmer@uni.edu.

April 5, 2012 - 1:25pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The fourth annual Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture features Inge Auerbacher, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in 002 Sabin Hall on the UNI campus. The sixth annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in the Cedar Valley will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Grout Museum of History & Science in Waterloo.

Auerbacher will present her lecture "Memories of a Child Survivor of the Holocaust." Auerbacher is a survivor of Terezín (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp, where she was interned between the ages of 7 and 10.

Auerbacher emigrated to the U.S. in 1946 and lives in New York City. She received a degree in chemistry from Queens College of the City University of New York, and has done graduate studies in biochemistry. Before her retirement, she worked for 38 years in medical research and clinical work. She is the author of several books on the Holocaust, including the story of her survival, "I Am a Star," and is the recipient of numerous awards for her books and her work teaching tolerance and human rights.

The Norman Cohn Family Lecture Series is made possible by the ongoing support of Norman Cohn, a native of Waterloo and a graduate of UNI.

Holocaust Remembrance ceremonies in the U.S. are the result of a bill passed unanimously by Congress in 1980 which, among other things, established an eight-day period -- the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust -- for civic commemorations and special educational programs to help citizens remember and draw lessons from the Holocaust. The 2012 Days of Remembrance are Sunday, April 15 through Sunday, April 22.
  
The ceremony will feature a presentation by Auerbacher and include a performance of music, the reading of original poetry by middle school students,  the lighting of candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides and a special presentation to the Grout Museum.

These events are free and open to the public. This ceremony is sponsored by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Sons of Jacob Synagogue of Waterloo, Cedar Valley Interfaith Council, Catholic Parishes of Waterloo, the Peace and Justice Center of the Cedar Valley and the UNI  College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at chge@uni.edu, 319-273-3870 or www.uni.edu/chge.

April 5, 2012 - 3:48pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate environmental efforts during the month of April through a series of events kicking off Wednesday, April 11 and culminating on Monday, April 23.

Earth Week is a campus-wide event that aims to involve the campus community in environmental action. According to www.earthday.org, more than 1 billion people in 190 countries celebrate the day each year.

UNI's Earth Week activities for April are listed below.

Wednesday, April 11

-       Ride the Trails: 6 p.m., a bike ride throughout miles of Cedar Falls' trails, starting at Mulligan's Brick Oven and Pub on E. 18th Street. Preregister at www.RRTTC.com for a free t-shirt.

Thursday, April 12

-       "Clean Bin Project" Film Screening: 7 p.m. in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. Join a young couple as they give up consumerism and produce zero garbage for one year of their lives.

Monday, April 16

-       Fun Run: 6 p.m., a fun run on area soft trails on UNI prairie, beginning at 29th and Walnut Street. Preregister at www.RRTTC.com for a free t-shirt.

Tuesday, April 17

-       Wetland Cleanup: 4 p.m., northeast corner of the WRC parking lot.

Wednesday, April 18

-       UNI Earth Day Celebration: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside at Maucker Union, celebration will include educational displays promoting energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, pollution prevention, renewable energy sources and other environmental initiatives. In case of rain, the event will be relocated to the Maucker Union Ballroom.

-       UNI Sustainability Update: 2 to 4 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom, program will include campus highlights, awards and a keynote speaker.

Thursday, April 19

-       "Wall-E" Film Screening: 7 and 9:30 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

Sunday, April 22

-       Earth Day Service Project: 1 p.m. in the Maucker Union. Register at www.uni.edu/siac.

Monday, April 23

-       Student Clothing Exchange: 10 a.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom lobby.

Full details of all the events are available on the UNI sustainability website at www.uni.edu/sustainability and UNI's RRTTC website at www.RRTTC.com.

April 4, 2012 - 10:55am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa College of Education is hosting its last Hot Topics in Education webinar of the year, " One-to-One Pedagogy: Curriculum for the 21st Century Classroom" at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 26.

The webinar will focus on changes in technology that need to be made in learning strategies and school environments. It will also present the best practices for 21st century classrooms.

The webinar will be presented by Leigh Zeitz and Ping Gao, both associate professors of curriculum and instruction. For more information on Hot Topics in Education or to register, visit www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

April 4, 2012 - 3:22pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music's Wind Symphony traveled to northern Italy from March 8 through March 17. The group was invited to perform a series of six concerts throughout the region with concert sites in Bergamo and Milano, Italy. Concert venues included the PalaBrescia in Brescia, the Teatro Parrocchiale in Arese and the Basilica di San Martino in Alzano Lombardo.

The group, currently under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor Ronald Johnson, toured Italy in 2004 and has taken three tours in Hungary. "It was quite an experience for the students to perform for full houses and enthusiastic audiences," said Johnson. "This was a great testament to the talent and abilities of our students. Most of our students are from Iowa, and few have had an opportunity for international travel. This journey served to make the world a little less scary for them and to empower the students for future ventures. I know that many will return to Italy at some time in the future."Wind Symphony performing in Italy

The Wind Symphony served as the ensemble for a two-day intensive conducting workshop with several of northern Italy's most esteemed band conductors. The ensemble was also presented with an honorary diploma by the President of the Luca Marenzio Conservatory of Music in Brescia, one of the most prestigious of Italy's music institutions.

For more information on this tour or other School of Music events and activities, contact Caroline Boehmer at 319-273-2028 or caroline.boehmer@uni.edu.

April 4, 2012 - 3:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education will host a lecture by Noel Tichy, professor of management & organizations and director of the Global Business Partnership at the University of Michigan, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in Maucker Union Ballroom on UNI's campus.

In 2003, Tichy launched the Global Corporate Citizenship Initiative in partnership with General Electric, Procter & Gamble and 3M, designed to create a national model for partnership opportunities. He is currently partnered with two charter schools in Texas to develop their leadership capacity. Tichy was recently consulted by the Sultan of Brunei to help transform their department of education.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/coe/uni-lect-series.

April 4, 2012 - 12:00am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will be hosting the 8th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., on Friday, April 13, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus.

The luncheon will recognize the outstanding contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders. Awards are available for individuals and for organizations. Award categories include Business Partner of the Year, Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year, Nonprofit Board Member of the Year, Koob Award for Collaboration, Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership, Legacy Award, New Nonprofit Employee of the Year, and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year. The Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year award includes a $1,000 award sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

"Honoring those who have made a difference in the Cedar Valley allows us to shine a spotlight on just some of the many incredible things that are going on in our community," said Beth Messerli, a UNI senior majoring in leisure, youth and human services. "Highlighting these remarkable acts of service is often an inspiration to others. This year's award nominations were fantastic, the award selection committee found it incredibly difficult to chose just one winner per category!"

The organization recognized as the Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year will receive a cash gift of $1000, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, in recognition for their outstanding efforts. Veridian Credit Union will also be honoring five faculty members for their contributions in creating meaningful partnerships among faculty, students and community organizations in the Cedar Valley.

All members of the Cedar Valley community are invited to attend. The cost is $25 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association. Please RSVP by April 6 to uni.nonprofit@gmail.com. Contact Julianne Gassman, director of UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, at julianne.gassman@uni.edu or 319-273-2264.

April 3, 2012 - 10:43am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Tyler G. O'Brien, associate professor of physical anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "Physical Anthropology's Views on the Biological Aspects of 'Race'" at 7 p.m., Monday, April 16, at the UNI Museum, located at 3219 Hudson Road in Cedar Falls.

The presentation follows the history of the typological race concept and includes the field's current understanding of biological differences among populations of the human species.

The presentation is in conjunction with the UNI Museums exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" The exhibit was funded in part by the City of Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau, Center for Multicultural Education, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For additional information or a complete listing of events, visit www.uni.edu/museum or contact Jori Wade-Booth, public affairs coordinator for UNI Museums, at 319-273-2188 or jori.wade-booth@uni.edu. The University Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public.

April 3, 2012 - 10:55am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host the Farm to School Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 20, in the CEEE. Registration for the conference is $20, payable in advance to UNI CEEE.

The event will feature an update on FoodCorps in Iowa, opportunities to learn about exciting farm to school programs and networking time to connect with others doing inspiring farm to schoolwork. Wellness policies in schools can result in healthy lunches, school gardens and practical solutions from other food service directors. The keynote speaker for the conference is Bertrand Weber, director of Nutrition Services at Minneapolis public schools.

For additional information, contact Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the CEEE, at 319-273-7883 or andrea.geary@uni.edu.

April 3, 2012 - 3:05pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI's Department of Physics will host the State Physics Competition at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

More than 100 high school students who qualified in their AEA regional competition will test their skills. These students qualified in teams at regional competitions, and these teams represent the top teams from various AEAs. Student teams will use their understanding of physics to design and construct devices or setups within required specifications to perform specific physical tasks or procedures in a variety of events. Events include the mouse-trap car, self-propelled catapult, bridge building, soda straw arm, a challenge problem and material recovery facility (MRF). The MRF event is sponsored by the Iowa Recycling Association.

For more information, contact Larry Escalada, professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or lawrence.escalada@uni.edu.

April 3, 2012 - 3:07pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics hosted the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Competition Wednesday, March 21, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

St. Ansgar High School placed first, led by instructor Devin Schwiesow; Tripoli High School placed second, led by instructor Paula Carlson.

Individual event winners were St. Ansgar High School in the self-propelled catapult and challenge problem events; Tripoli High School in the mousetrap car; Cedar Falls High School in the bridge building and soda straw arm events, Kenton Swartley instructor; and North Butler High School in the materials recovery facility event, Jonnie Becker instructor.

The two teams with the highest total scores and teams that placed first in the event categories qualified for the state competition, which will be held Wednesday, April 11, in the McLeod Center.

For more information, contact Larry Escalada, UNI professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or lawrence.escalada@uni.edu.

April 2, 2012 - 2:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will sponsor the traveling exhibit "Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose," at the Jesup Middle School Media Center in Jesup, located at 531 Prospect St. The exhibit will be on display from Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 27. 

"Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose" tells the compelling true story of young Jehovah's Witnesses who were quickly thrust into a political firestorm of Nazi propaganda. Against the tide of coercion and terror, these youths took a firm stand of conscience, oftentimes facing severe reprisals, despite their age. The exhibit, designed by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation, is an effective tool to assist educators on how to address contemporary student issues, such as bullying, gang prevention and prejudice.

"We are proud to be sponsoring and hosting this exhibit and are confident it will have the same positive effects that other schools and libraries have seen in young people to understand and respond to challenges facing their generation," said Stephen J. Gaies, director of the CHGE. "We anticipate that students will be inspired by these accounts, that they will view as positive role models the young Jehovah's Witnesses who resisted the persecution of the Nazi regime, and that most of all, they will see the value of standing up for what they believe."

For viewing information, contact the Jesup Middle School at 319-827-1700.

For more information about the exhibit or the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, contact Stephen Gaies, director of the CHGE, at 319-273-3870 or chge@uni.edu. Information is also available at www.uni.edu/chge.

The Arnold-Liebster Foundation, based in Karben, Germany, began in 2002 and is dedicated to the history and story of Jehovah’s Witnesses during World War II, who also suffered intense persecution and reprisals by the Nazis because of their religious stand. The foundation fosters understanding and education worldwide of the experience of Jehovah's Witnesses during that time, and highlights how their strong faith helped them to endure, even though they had the ability to seek relief by signing a declaration recanting their beliefs. For more information, visit www.alst.org.

April 2, 2012 - 3:05pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Miriam Jordan, senior special reporter for "The Wall Street Journal," from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in the University Room, Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

Jordan will present her lecture "Immigration Policy: Current Crisis and Future Challenges." Jordan received her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. She writes about immigrants nationally from a grassroots perspective, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 and 2009.

The event is sponsored by the UNI Graduate Program in Public Policy and the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration. For more information, contact Al Hays, director of the UNI Graduate Program in Public Policy, at 319-273-2910 or allen.hays@uni.edu.

 

April 2, 2012 - 3:37pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For four weeks, Cedar Falls High School (CFHS) will host a Mobile Power Tower, provided by Alliant Energy and the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE). The renewable education training system consists of a 30-foot tower with two solar panels, one wind turbine and an LED street light. Energy produced by the solar panels and wind turbine is stored in batteries and used to power the LED light.

"The Mobile Power Tower, which will be loaned out to schools across Iowa, provides hands-on experience with real-world equipment," said Patricia Higby, energy education and outreach coordinator at the CEEE. "The tower does not require a permanent foundation, is simple to assemble and does not need electrical integration with the school building."Mobile power tower

CFHS is the first school to host the tower. UNI industrial technology students, led by James Smith, assembled the tower.

Instruments on the tower can collect data on wind speed and direction, temperature, solar radiation, weather conditions and electrical performance. The information is sent to a website, so that the hosting school and any other interested schools can be involved. "This is a great way for students to learn about energy basics, solar and wind power and wind turbine siting," said Higby.

The next school to host the tower will be WACO Secondary School in Wayland. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/free-ceee/mobile-power-tower or contact Higby at 319-273-6012 or patricia.higby@uni.edu.

April 2, 2012 - 4:29pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Touré, an American novelist, cultural critic and T.V. personality, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the Center for Multicultural Center (CME) on the UNI campus.

Touré will lecture on his book "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now." The book explains what it means to be black in America and explains the concept of "post-blackness" as an artist who is proud to be black, but doesn't want to be limited by identity politics and race.

A book club session on "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now" will be held prior to the lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the CME.

For more information, contact Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator at the CME, at 319-273-2250 or tabatha.cruz@uni.edu.

March 30, 2012 - 8:42am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will welcome John Pearson with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to discuss Iowa savannas as part of the Ecological Restoration Seminar at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, April 4, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center, located at 2412 W 27 St.

Savanna was a major plant community in early Iowa, occupying more than 2.4 million acres across the state. Interest in savanna restoration is increasing, but selecting sites to restore is influenced by a variety of definitions and concepts.

In his presentation, Pearson will explore contrasting concepts in savanna conservation including historic maps, modern soil surveys and floristics and how they are used in restoration.

Pearson, a plant ecologist for the Iowa DNR, is based out of Des Moines with statewide conservation responsibility. Since joining the DNR in 1985, his duties have included natural areas inventory, threatened and endangered species, the State Preserves System, environmental review and restoration of natural communities.

For more information on the Tallgrass Prairie Center or the seminar, visit www.tallgrassprairiecenter.org. 

March 30, 2012 - 9:40am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Summer will be here before we know it and students will have a break from the classroom, but many parents and caregivers are looking for opportunities to keep children busy and learning in the summer months.

The University of Northern Iowa is offering a variety of summer camps for students in grades K through 12. Students can choose interest areas in sciences, athletics, arts -- design, digital media and music -- business and much more. 

For more information about the camps and to register, visit www.uni.edu/camps.

March 30, 2012 - 3:07pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will hold a screening of the film "Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero" at 7 p.m., Monday, April 9, at UNI's Center for Multicultural Education (CME). The showing will be followed by a discussion moderated by Susan Hill, associate professor of philosophy and world religions at UNI.

The discussion will also include a panel of local faith leaders, including Michael Blackwell, reverend at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hazleton; Brad Braley, reverend of First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls; Mohammed Fahmy, prayer leader at the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Islamic Center; and Stanley Rosenbaum, rabbi at the Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Waterloo.

The film examines the ways that the events of Sept. 11, 2001 challenged ideas about religious faith, including questions of the existence of God, opinions of religious belief and the role of religion in the attacks. The documentary contains interviews with priests, rabbis, an Islamic scholar, an expert on the Middle East, a Buddhist and many others.

The film will be shown in conjunction with the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. Last fall, the series explored the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the impact they had on global and local communities. This spring, speakers and films will help examine the continuing effects of these events on our cultural, political and humanitarian views.

The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the UNI Rod Library and CME. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/higherground or contact Thomas Kessler, social sciences bibliographer at the UNI Rod Library, at 319-273-2810 or thomas.kessler@uni.edu.

March 30, 2012 - 3:33pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Harry Brod, professor of philosophy and humanities at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "Witness to Whiteness, Shades of White Anti-Racism" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at the UNI Museum, located at 3219 Hudson Road in Cedar Falls.

The presentation will explore why Caucasians become active in anti-racist struggles and how they can be more effective allies for people of color. Brod has extensive experience as a social justice activist and trainer, and is a member of Campus Coalition Builders, UNI's diversity leadership team.           

The presentation is in conjunction with the UNI Museums exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" The exhibit was funded in part by the City of Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau, Center for Multicultural Education, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For additional information or a complete listing of events, visit www.uni.edu/museum or contact Jori Wade-Booth, public affairs coordinator for UNI Museums, at 319-273-2188 or jori.wade-booth@uni.edu. The University Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public.

March 29, 2012 - 2:50pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- -- The University of Northern Iowa, in cooperation with county conservation boards, area landfills and solid waste agencies, will offer a one-hour, two-part UNI professional development workshop for educators, "Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R.'" The workshop will be held at the Prairie Heritage Center, located between Sutherland and Peterson, Iowa, on Hwy. 10. The first part of the workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, June 14, and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, June 15. The second part of the workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1.

The workshop will address waste and lifecycles, as well as global connections related to these issues. It will also address 21st century skills, mathematics, science, social studies and literacy skills outlined in the Iowa Core.

"We are excited to bring this learning opportunity to Northwest Iowa. Through these lessons teachers will be able to engage their students in experiences which help to make a difference in their own personal lives," said Charlene Eylea, O'Brien County naturalist.

For workshop information and registration, visit www.ceee.uni.edu/wastereduction/workshops.aspx.

The workshop fee, including the graduate credit hour, is $50 or free, thanks to the support of some area solid waste agencies.  Teachers will receive, free-of-charge, $65 or more in books and other resources to use in their classrooms.

UNI is able to offer the graduate credit, free books and lesson plans due to funding support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program. Other supporters include the Clay, Lyon, O'Brien, Page, Palo Alto and Sioux County Conservation Boards, as well as solid waste agencies and the East Central Iowa Council of Governments.

For more information, contact Susan Salterberg, program manager at the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), at 319-337-4816 or salterberg@uni.edu.  The courses are offered through Science Education and the CEEE in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. 

 

March 29, 2012 - 2:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, in cooperation with area landfills and solid waste agencies, will offer a one-hour, two-part UNI professional development workshop for educators. The workshop, "Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R,'" will be held at the East Side Recycling Center in Iowa City. The first part of the workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, June 21. The second part of the workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9. 

 The workshop will address waste and lifecycles, as well as global connections related to these issues. It will also address 21st century skills, mathematics, science, social studies and literacy skills outlined in the Iowa Core.

"We are pleased to host the workshop to encourage and facilitate more waste reduction education in Iowa," said Jennifer Jordan, recycling coordinator for the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center.

For workshop information and registration, visit www.ceee.uni.edu/wastereduction/workshops.aspx.

A limited number of free registrations will be available to K through 12 teachers, thanks to support from local solid waste agencies. The workshop fee, including the graduate credit hour, is $50 for those not receiving a free registration. Teachers will receive, free-of-charge, $65 or more in books and other resources to use in their classrooms.

UNI is able to offer the graduate credit, free books and lesson plans due to funding support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program. Other supporters include the East Central Iowa Council of Governments.

For more information, contact Susan Salterberg, program manager at the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), at 319-337-4816 or salterberg@uni.edu.  The courses are offered through Science Education and the CEEE in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

March 28, 2012 - 1:53pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Jazz Band One recently released their 19th album to rave reviews. Jack Bowers, writer for "All About Jazz" magazine stated, "the superb musicians keep on coming" -- referring to the last nine albums under Chris Merz, director of jazz studies at UNI.  The album "Let Go" features nine original compositions including pieces written by Peter Roberts, a graduate student in the School of Music, UNI alumni Michael Conrad, '11, and Merz.

"'Let Go' is clearly another triumph for UNI's impressive Jazz Band One, much of the credit for which must go to Merz, who has kept the jazz studies program on an upward course since he replaced its founder, Bob Washut, nearly a decade ago," Bowers said in his review. "If the past is a reliable measuring stick, another exemplary album by the UNI Jazz Band One should be available in another year or so."

The recording was made both live and in the studio on the UNI campus, with four tracks being captured live in Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall.

"It means a great deal to me that the director, Chris Merz, members of the band, and the three string musicians spent the time learning and performing my work," said Roberts. "I think that is the most special thing about it.  Being at the concert and getting recognized and having the work on the album is fulfilling, but there is an element those outside the band and especially those outside of music don't see. During the months-long process, the piece is transformed from just notes, rhythms, and markings to something more."

Jazz Band One's next concert is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 6, in Bengtson Auditorium. Performance pieces will include a new composition by Merz and music composed by current students, as well as other jazz selections. For more information on UNI's School of Music ensemble recordings or other events and activities, contact Caroline Boehmer at 319-273-2028 or caroline.boehmer@uni.edu.

March 26, 2012 - 3:26pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreter's Theatre will present "Brother Wolf" at 7:30 p.m., March 29 to 31, in the Interpreter's Theatre, in 040 Lang Hall on UNI's campus. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

"Brother Wolf" blends folklore, myth, bluegrass music and mountain religion in an Appalachian adventure tale based on the story of "Beowulf." The play looks at a preacher named Brother Wolf who works to help a family that is threatened by a demon.

The production is directed by Emily Eisenman, a graduate student majoring in communication studies: performance studies, and Paul J. Siddens, associate professor of communication studies. For additional information, contact Eisenman at eisene13@uni.edu or Siddens at 319-273-5898 or paul.siddens@uni.edu.

March 22, 2012 - 4:21pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will present "Bat Boy: The Musical," with story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, at 7:30 p.m., April 5 to 7 and April 12 to 14, and at 2 p.m., April 15, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"Bat Boy: The Musical" is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, W.Va. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin. In between the howls of laughter and using virtually every style of music, "Bat Boy: The Musical" tackles American prejudice, the fierceness of modern religion, genetic engineering and more.

"Bat Boy: The Musical" is the final offering of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles." The production is directed by UNI alumnus Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski. Costumes are designed by Amy RohrBerg, associate professor of design and production; scenery is designed by Leonard M. Curtis, associate professor of design and production. Lighting is designed by Eric R. Lange, department head and associate professor of design and production; hair and make-up is designed by Jessica Williams, senior theatre arts major. The stage manager is Bailey Otto, senior theatre arts major.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and free for UNI students with their uCard. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office will also be open one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, director of marketing at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or traci.gaydos@uni.edu or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

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March 20, 2012

  

Dr. Gregory F. Scholtz
Associate Secretary and Director
Department of Academic Freedom,Tenure and Governance
American Association of University Professors
1133 Nineteenth Street, NW,Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036-3655

  

Dear Dr. Scholtz,

I regret that campus commitments have delayed my response to your letter dated March 2, 2012. I hope that, on behalf of the University of Northern Iowa, the provost and I can work with you to resolve the concerns expressed in both your March 2nd and March 16th letters.

Like many other public universities,the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) has experienced an unprecedented reduction of state funding in just over three years. Since Fiscal Year 2009 our state appropriation has declined by $23.6 million, a 24% reduction in state support. These reductions in state appropriations affect UNI disproportionately, as compared to our sister institutions, since 92% of our students are Iowans who pay in-state tuition. During this same period, tuition increases have been limited so that Iowa families would not bear a higher tuition burden during difficult economic times. UNI's resources and its ability to increase revenue place severe constraints on our general operating fund budget. At the same time that we are experiencing limitations on our funding sources, we face rising costs. Increases in salary and salary-dependent benefit costs in Fiscal Year 2013 alone will total $4.04 million. This has, as I am sure you know, placed UNI in the very difficult position of having to determine how to meet its costs and fulfill its educational mission with significantly fewer resources.

Administrators at the University of Northern Iowa take very seriously principles of academic freedom and shared governance. In addition, the University must also honor and fulfill its contractual obligations to the faculty as reflected in the Master Agreement with United Faculty. This Agreement was negotiated at arms-length with United Faculty and, itself, incorporates important principles of shared governance. I do not know if you are fully aware of how the provisions of the Agreement work in this situation or of the circumstances at UNI leading up to the closures at issue, and I feel these are important to understand in order to place UNI's decisions in the proper context.

While you cite the actions of the University of Louisiana system as an example of actions that may lead to sanction by AAUP, you should know that UNI's situation is quite different.

This circumstance is governed by the Master Agreement's provision on staff reduction. Unlike at Louisiana, no tenured faculty members are being terminated at UNI. Rather, the applicable contract provision is a layoff provision, pursuant to which tenured faculty members are the last to be laid off when a reduction in the number of faculty in a defined "program area" becomes necessary. In addition, tenured faculty members have other protections. Prior to implementation of any layoff of tenured faculty members, an individual is eligible for transfer into any open position for which the individual has the necessary qualifications and terminal degree. Tenured faculty who are laid off also retain recall rights for as long as they notify the University of their continuing interest in employment and their contact information every three years.

Moreover, in the present instance, the University went beyond what was strictly required by the Agreement. In an effort to avoid implementing the staff reduction provisions of the Master Agreement that could lead to the layoff of tenured faculty, the Board of Regents gave the University approval to offer an Early Separation Incentive Plan (ESIP) to tenured faculty in programs which are to be closed or restructured, reducing the need for faculty. Any tenured faculty member who accepts the ESIP will receive one year's salary and a cash payment based on 18 months of participation in health and dental insurance through COBRA plus up to $2000 for accumulated sick leave. The cash payment for benefits provides maximum flexibility for those individuals who may seek other employment while providing for continuation of health and dental insurance benefits for a substantial period of time for those who will need it. This is more than is required under the Master Agreement, but the University is committed to offering this option precisely because it values its tenured faculty and wishes to minimize the disruption to their professional and personal lives (which, we believe, is consistent with the normative principles that the AAUP references).

In addition, UNI has afforded and will continue to afford all faculty members their due process rights. For example, the concept of "program areas" is central to the relevant provisions of the Master Agreement, and this has necessitated assignment of faculty to affected programs. The University has worked diligently to ensure that these assignments are valid, and the faculty has been a central part of this process. The information used by the Provost to make initial program assignments included (i) the terms of a faculty member's offer letter, (ii) the faculty member's terminal degree, (iii) the relevant area of specialization, and (iv) a review of 3-5 years of teaching assignments, scholarly pursuits, and outputs. The assignments resulting from this analysis have since been shared with the faculty members assigned to programs subject to closure. Those faculty members have until March 23rd to verify or challenge the accuracy of the information used to make program assignments. Any new or corrected information will then be used to make final determinations of program assignment. The University believes that this cooperative process will result in the most accurate and appropriate assignment of faculty members to program areas.

The University understands that, consistent with its emphasis upon shared governance, AAUP recommends consultation with the governing body of the faculty with regard to curricular matters. In UNI's case, this is the Faculty Senate. Because of the interplay between the faculty union and the Faculty Senate, timing of the provost's consultation with the Senate was a significant issue. Consistent with the provisions of the Master Agreement, the consultation process began with meetings involving the provost and faculty union regarding the threshold question as to what defines a "program area." The provost and I were legitimately concerned that discussions with the Faculty Senate about program closure would be viewed by the union as a breach of our contract obligations. Once the discussions regarding the definition of "program area" were well underway with the Union, however, the provost, associate provosts, and academic deans held two executive sessions with the Senate. Significant changes were made to the preliminary listing of proposed closures and program restructurings based on the input of the Faculty Senate. For example, majors in philosophy and world religions are to be restructured rather than closed and a decision was made to retain the B.S. in physics and ask the faculty to restructure the major. In all, 25 programs were either removed from the closure/restructure list or moved from closure to restructure, following consultation with the Faculty Senate. In short, the consultations with the Faculty Senate have been substantive and valuable, and clearly they had a meaningful effect on the final recommendations.

I think it is also important to note that the previous provost instituted a review of all academic programs by an ad-hoc faculty committee in 2008-2009, and those recommendations helped inform the current discussions and decisions. The current provost then followed up on this review during 2010-2011, consulting with the Faculty Senate about budget issues and leading discussions of case studies involving low-enrolled programs.

Although that process was preliminary, it afforded the Faculty Senate an opportunity to engage in discussions with the provost about possible program closures and restructurings.

As in any new or unfamiliar situation, there is much to be learned about how to improve processes. The administration acknowledges that faculty and their governance bodies are upset with the decision making process, and we will work with the Senate to determine whether it is possible to craft program review processes that will incorporate even more significant and earlier faculty involvement. I have already met with the leadership of the Faculty Senate and with provost's office staff to discuss whether there are better means of consultation in such circumstances. One result of these discussions has already been a commitment on the part of the administration and Faculty Senate budget committee to consult on a regular basis, to ensure that the budget issues are fully understood and that the best thinking of the faculty is included in those budgeting deliberations. And, I plan to make myself available to the Faculty Senate more frequently for consultation and to answer questions.

In summary, UNI fully intends to honor its obligations to faculty, as specified in the collective bargaining agreement negotiated with the faculty union. The University is also highly committed to principles of academic freedom and shared governance, and it believes that the process leading up to these closure decisions honored these principles. UNI is committed to continuing and enhancing its policies and procedures to promote shared governance. We hope that this letter responds to the AAUP's concerns and that, when the Association reviews the information summarized above, further investigation is deemed unnecessary.

Please feel free to address any further questions to Virginia Arthur, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. She may be reached by phone at 319-273-2519 or by e-mail at virginia.arthur@uni.edu.

Sincerely,

Benjamin J. Allen

President

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students have elected representatives to the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) for the 2012-2013 school year. Elections were held for student body president, vice president and senate representatives.

Jordan Bancroft-Smithe, a senior music and psychology major from Waverly, Iowa, will serve as the 2012-2013 student body president. KaLeigh White, a sophomore sociology and public administration major with a minor in non-profit management from Ottumwa, Iowa, will serve as vice president.

NISG represents the student body and promotes activities that are in the best interest of students. NISG also promotes student involvement in the governmental process by addressing issues that affect students such as tuition, financial aid, quality of education and student rights.

The representatives will officially take office on Saturday, April 15. For additional information or a complete list of elected representatives to the NISG senate, contact nisg@uni.edu or Jill Hohnecker, NISG election commissioner, at 563-543-0723 or hohneckj@uni.edu.

March 20, 2012 - 2:02pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern will sponsor Stephen Rapp, U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, at 7 p.m., Monday, April 2, at Central Middle School, 1350 Katoski Drive, Waterloo, Iowa. Rapp will present his lecture "Promoting Accountability for War Crimes."

Rapp will focus on war crimes such as war, terrorism, human rights violations and genocide and how the United States can play a role in preventing and policing these events. Rapp is the current head of the Office of Global Criminal Justice in the U.S. Department of State and aids in formulating U.S. policies on prevention of and accountability for mass atrocities.

Rapp is a former chief prosecutor for international tribunals for Sierra Leone and Rwanda, graduate of Cedar Falls High School and a former Iowa state legislator.

The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by UNI Office of International Programs and by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. For more information, contact Nadia Korobova, assistant director of UNI International Programs, at 319-273-7424 or nadia.korobova@uni.edu.

March 19, 2012 - 9:46am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company has invested in undergraduate education by establishing a professorship at UNIBusiness, the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration.

The Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Professorship will help the college attract and retain the best faculty in a competitive market. Proceeds from the $300,000 endowment, a gift payable to the UNI Foundation as part of the $150 million Imagine the Impact Campaign for the University of Northern Iowa, will support professional development activities for students, curriculum innovation and enhancement, acquisition of instructional resources, scholarly and practical research, and seminars and workshops led by executives and business professionals.

"This gift sends a clear message: Nationwide is committed to developing well-prepared business professionals and supports the special brand of education that we deliver at UNIBusiness," said Dean Farzad Moussavi. "The distinguished faculty member who holds the Nationwide Professorship will be a worthy ambassador for Nationwide and deliver this message to the college, the larger academic community and the general public."

The Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Professor will be selected by the UNIBusiness dean, in consultation with Nationwide, for a three-year term. The professorship may rotate among the five undergraduate business departments: accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing.

"On behalf of UNIBusiness," Moussavi said, "I am grateful to Kim Austen, president and CEO of Allied Insurance, for the gift and Nationwide's continued support. I would also like to acknowledge the critical role that three of our alumni played in making this possible: Wendell Crosser (accounting '81), vice president of finance for Allied Insurance; Paul VanDenBosch (marketing '87), regional vice president for Allied Insurance; and Bob O'Hollearn (political science '72), regional vice president for Allied Insurance."

 

About Nationwide                                                
Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by A.M. Best. The company provides a full range of personalized insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions and long-term savings plans. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

 

About UNIBusiness

The University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration (UNIBusiness) holds the highest possible accreditation for business schools worldwide (AACSB International) and has been listed among the Princeton Review's Best Business Schools in the world six years in a row. The  College has built its reputation on its commitment to intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students.  For more information, visit business.uni.edu.

March 19, 2012 - 9:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- This spring, with the completion of the University of Northern Iowa's Panther Village, a new work of public art will be revealed. The art is titled "Bower," by Lynn Basa, and will feature nine square columns topped by glass houses lit by LED lights.

Public art incubators are facilities that create low-cost space and services for small and emerging art organizations. Tom Stancliffe, a professor in art at UNI, has wanted to bring a public art incubator to campus, and knew that the art department could offer all required services.

The artwork is being assembled in UNI's new art incubator. The incubator provides a cooperative environment within the art department for regional artists in the production of their public art projects. An artist will work directly with faculty, technical staff and students to fabricate the art while utilizing the facilities.

"I see this public art incubator as providing regional artists with fabrication assistance, space and resources within the art department as they produce their commissioned public art projects," noted Stancliffe. "It's not a bad message to convey to students that they can make a living doing art."

For additional information, contact Stancliffe at 319-273-7684 or tom.stancliffe@uni.edu.

March 19, 2012 - 2:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students at the University of Northern Iowa will soon have a real-life opportunity to study global trade practices. To learn about what products the diverse population of the Cedar Valley region desires, students will ask shoppers to taste-test and participate in a short survey from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 31, at the College Square Hy-Vee in Cedar Falls.

Students in the Global Trade Practices class at UNI have identified the ethnic makeup of Black Hawk County and the university student body. Through this exercise, the students will determine what products are desired and not yet available, as well as how residents like to obtain products.

Anyone with an interest in exploring new food offerings and sharing ideas is welcome to come and participate. Following the event, students will further consider the desired products, level of demand, location of purchase and feasibility of another food outlet in Cedar Falls as part of the project.

For additional information, contact Christine Schrage, instructor of marketing at UNI, at 319-273-2126 or christine.schrage@uni.edu.

March 19, 2012 - 2:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Board of Trustees of The Presser Foundation has selected the University of Northern Iowa to receive a grant to be presented to a senior student for the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. According to Robert Capanna, president of the Presser Foundation, "only institutions with recognized quality music programs are considered for Presser Undergraduate Scholar Awards."

The award recipient will be chosen at the upcoming Performance Competition Finals Concert to be held at 7:30 p.m., March 26, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus. The student who receives the award will be selected by a panel of music faculty with the choice of the recipient guided solely by consideration of excellence and merit. The amount of the award is $4,800.

The most recent award winners were Felisha Jones, a senior music major at UNI playing the oboe; Rebecca Buseman, a senior music major at UNI playing the piano; and Michael Conrad, a recent UNI graduate playing the piano and trombone. Buseman recently won the Iowa Music Teachers National Association Steinway Artist Award and Conrad won DownBeat Magazine's 34th Annual Student Music Award and currently studies at the Eastman School of Music in New York.

For additional information on the Performance Competition Finals concert, the Presser Award, or past winners, contact Caroline Boehmer, communications and operations coordinator at the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.boehmer@uni.edu.

March 16, 2012 - 2:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education is accepting new members for the UNI chapter of Buy Fresh, Buy Local (BFBL) for 2012. The deadline to secure a spot in this local food directory is Monday, March 19.

Membership includes the use of marketing tools to help local food growers and processors sell to local consumers, restaurants, grocery stores and institutions. This entitles farmers and vendors to networking and training opportunities, use of the BFBL logo, contact information published in the directory and marketing assistance. Retailers and institutions participating in the program will receive weekly notifications of local food available, use of BFBL marketing materials and personal assistance locating food.

In 2011, Buy Fresh, Buy Local worked with 30 institutional food buyers in the Cedar Valley who purchased more than $2 million of locally grown products from food and farm businesses.

The UNI chapter of the BFBL campaign was launched in the greater Cedar Falls/Waterloo area in 2003 as a collaboration between UNI, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Food Routes Network. It serves Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Grundy and Tama counties.

Fees range from $30 to $100, depending on the type of organization and level of membership. Forms for membership can be downloaded at www.niffp.org. For more information, contact Andrea Geary, local food program manager, at 319-273-7883 or andrea.geary@uni.edu.

March 16, 2012 - 3:07pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will sponsor the traveling exhibit "Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose," at Central Community Schools in DeWitt, located at 519 E. 11th Street. The exhibit will be on display from Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 13. 

"Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose" tells the compelling true story of young Jehovah's Witnesses who were quickly thrust into a political firestorm of Nazi propaganda. Against the tide of coercion and terror, these youths took a firm stand of conscience, oftentimes facing severe reprisals, despite their age. The exhibit, designed by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation, is an effective tool to assist educators on how to address contemporary student issues, such as bullying, gang prevention and prejudice.

"We are proud to be sponsoring and to have Rod Library hosting this exhibit and are confident it will have the same positive effects that other schools and libraries have seen in young people to understand and respond to challenges facing their generation," said Stephen J. Gaies, director of the CHGE. "We anticipate that UNI students, as well as members of the public, will be inspired by these accounts, that they will view as positive role models the young Jehovah's Witnesses who resisted the persecution of the Nazi regime, and that most of all, they will see the value of standing up for what they believe."

It will continue traveling to other Iowa schools through the end of April 2012. For viewing information, contact the Central Community Schools at 563-659-0715.

For more information about the exhibit or the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, contact Stephen Gaies, director of the CHGE, at 319-273-3870 or chge@uni.edu. Information is also available at www.uni.edu/chge.

The Arnold-Liebster Foundation, based in Karben, Germany, began in 2002 and is dedicated to the history and story of Jehovah’s Witnesses during World War II, who also suffered intense persecution and reprisals by the Nazis because of their religious stand. The foundation fosters understanding and education worldwide of the experience of Jehovah's Witnesses during that time, and highlights how their strong faith helped them to endure, even though they had the ability to seek relief by signing a declaration recanting their beliefs. For more information, visit www.alst.org.

March 15, 2012 - 10:39am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€“ Morgan Hoenig, owner of Mogo Organic based in Mount Pleasant, has won the final cash grant award of $10,000 from MyEntre.Net's "Dream Big Grow Here" contest.

A finalist in a 2011 regional contest, Hoenig gave her state-wide winning pitch to a panel of judges during EntreFest!, March 8-9, in Ames. She competed against six other winners from the 2011 Dream Big Grow Here regional competitions: Adrenaline X Moblile Laser Tag of Cedar Falls, RealEstateFanPages.com of Des Moines, K&K Gardens of Hawkeye, Zebra Media of Fairfield, Safari Child Care Center of Milford, and Go Topless Glassware of Ames.

Hoenig was thrilled to win the contest and receive the $10,000 grant for her operations.

"I plan to use the funds to continue renovating our barn. It needs a new roof and we are installing a walk-in cooler," she said. "There are lots of other little projects around the farm that would benefit from some extra cash, so I'm sure the money will go fast, but it won't go to waste."

Dream Big Grow Here was started by the University of Northern Iowa's MyEntre.Net, Iowa's online community for Iowa entrepreneurs and small business. The contest is a way to award grants to deserving small businesses and entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses in Iowa.

"Working with regional and state-wide partners, we've awarded over $50,000 to Iowa businesses since we began Dream Big Grow Here in 2010," said Dan Beenken, program manager at the UNI Regional Business Center and manager of the contest. "The success has been very rewarding. We've had an incredible amount of interest, and the pitch-off during EntreFest! was a great way to showcase some of the talented entrepreneurs we have in the Iowa."

MyEntre.Net partnered with the Iowa Banker's Association (IBA) to sponsor the final round of the contest.

"The Iowa Bankers Association is proud to invest in the vitality of our state's small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing financial support for Dream Big Grow Here," said IBA President and CEO John Sorensen.

Hosts sought for 2012 regional contests

Applications are now being accepted for 2012 Dream Big Grow Here regional contest hosts. To qualify, regional economic development organizations must agree to market the contest to a minimum of four Iowa counties or an urban region; pledge matching funds of $2,500 for a total regional contest award of $5,000; and vigorously promote the contest to the communities they serve. For more information or to apply, economic development organizations should contact Beenken at 319-273-4322 or dan.beenken@uni.edu.

For more information on Dream Big Grow here or other sponsorship opportunities available to touch Iowa's small business community, contact Maureen Collins-Williams at 319-273-4327 or Maureen. Collins-Williams@uni.edu.

March 14, 2012 - 11:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will play host to the UNI Adapted Sports Camp June 13-16 at for young athletes with a lower limb disability who will use wheelchairs for adapted sports. The camp takes place at Northern University High, the UNI outdoor track and UNI's Wellness Recreation Center.

According to Jack Eherenman, co-director of the UNI Adapted Sports Camp, the UNI camp is the only opportunity in the state for youth using wheelchairs to partake in competitive and recreational sports training. Athletes are able to participate in track and field, basketball, hand cycling, football, rugby, softball, tennis, bocce ball, sit walley ball, rock climbing and weight training.

"The goal is to get most athletes with a disability to learn that they have many abilities to achieve success in sports activities and then translate that to have the confidence to look at many other obstacles that may come up in their lives and find a way to overcome them, and to pursue new goals that they now can have confidence to try to achieve," Eherenman said.

Eherenman said the camp benefits the athletes on many levels.

"It's hard to describe in words all the effects that it has on their lives. We see so many changes in all of the athletes from when they come into camp each year and when they go out," he said.

Competitive and recreational  sports for those with a disability hit home for Eherenman. He has four sons, and three have disabilities. His youngest son, Sean, was born with spina bifida, and has a passion for competitive sports. Sean attended several camps for wheelchair athletes and he eventually excelled in track and field at Waterloo West High School, where Eherenman was his assistant coach.

"I've been around people with disabilities for more than 30 years as a result of having three children who have a different type of major disability, and the challenges we face as a family every day.  Because I've had these experiences, when I do meet someone who happens to have a disability of some kind, I try to learn more about that person and their abilities, rather than focus on what they have or can't do," Eherenman said.

March 14, 2012 - 11:55am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Let's Get Real! Real Colors®  and Real Leadership® " hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 19, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is April 12.

"If you think about your interactions with co-workers, clients, peers or family and find yourself wondering 'Why don't they understand my request?', 'Are they listening to me?' or 'Why is it easier to work with some people than others?', then this workshop is for you," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center.

Workshop instructor Amy Campbell will examine different work styles and help participants determine their own style based on the Colors model. Participants also will learn how to successfully lead a team whose members have varying work styles and how to maximize the strengths of all team members.

The cost is $249 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $1,999, which entitles the business to 10 seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the 10 seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat.

For more information or to register, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

The Executive Development Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the UNI College of Business Administration.     

March 13, 2012 - 9:09am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Museums will host Mark Grey, director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration and professor of sociology, anthropology, and criminology at UNI, for the lecture "Immigration, Race and the Power of Delusion," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, at the UNI Museum, 3219 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Grey will speak on the role race and ethnicity have played as a part of the U.S. debate on immigration. Grey will address pro-immigrant and anti-immigrant efforts to use ethnicity in this debate.

This program is presented in conjunction with the UNI Museums exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" For more information, contact Grey at 319-273-6496 or mark.grey@uni.edu.

March 13, 2012 - 9:14am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) at 7 p.m., Monday, March 26, in the University Room in Maucker Union on the UNI campus. He will present his lecture "The War on Drugs-Is it Time to Reconsider?"

The War on Drugs was initiated in the 1970s in response to a perceived national problem of increased drug usage. LEAP was formed in 2002 as a group of active and retired law enforcement officers, with most of the members having direct experience with drug enforcement. Franklin, who served as a narcotics agent for 34 years, will take a critical perspective on the large expenditure of resources involved in conducting the War on Drugs in its current form.

The event is sponsored by the UNI Public Policy Program, UNI Public Policy Club, UNI Student Government and the Citizens for Undoing Racism Task Force on the War on Drugs. For more information, contact Allen Hays, director and professor of UNI's Public Policy Program, at 319-273-2910 or allen.hays@uni.edu

March 13, 2012 - 9:20am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kristin Hoganson, a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present "Buying into Empire: U.S. Women and Consumer Culture at the Dawn of our Global Era," at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 29, in 002 Sabin Hall, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Hoganson’s lecture will write U.S. women into the history of empire around the turn of the twentieth century by focusing on American consumer culture.  While histories of empire often sideline U.S. women, focusing instead on male government officials, investors, strategic thinkers, and servicemen, Hoganson finds that middle-class U.S. homemakers were more than just beneficiaries of imperial power relations, they were also important actors in the international political economy, and participated in the globalization of the United States.

Hoganson specializes in the U.S. in world context, cultures of U.S. imperialism and transnational history. Her current research on the U.S. explores the relations between security and empire.

For additional information, contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or barbara.cutter@uni.edu.

March 13, 2012 - 10:22am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will sponsor the traveling exhibit "Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose," at the Stephen Hempstead High School Media Center in Dubuque, located at 3715 Pennsylvania Ave. The exhibit will be on display from Monday, March 19, through Friday, March 30. 

"Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose" tells the compelling true story of young Jehovah's Witnesses who were quickly thrust into a political firestorm of Nazi propaganda. Against the tide of coercion and terror, these youths took a firm stand of conscience, oftentimes facing severe reprisals, despite their age. The exhibit, designed by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation, is an effective tool to assist educators on how to address contemporary student issues, such as bullying, gang prevention and prejudice.

"We are proud to be sponsoring and to have Rod Library hosting this exhibit and are confident it will have the same positive effects that other schools and libraries have seen in young people to understand and respond to challenges facing their generation," said Stephen J. Gaies, director of the CHGE. "We anticipate that UNI students, as well as members of the public, will be inspired by these accounts, that they will view as positive role models the young Jehovah's Witnesses who resisted the persecution of the Nazi regime, and that most of all, they will see the value of standing up for what they believe."

It will continue traveling to other Iowa schools through the end of April 2012. For viewing information, contact the Stephen Hempstead High School at 563-552-5200.

For more information about the exhibit or the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, contact Stephen Gaies, director of the CHGE, at 319-273-3870 or chge@uni.edu. Information is also available at www.uni.edu/chge.

The Arnold-Liebster Foundation, based in Karben, Germany, began in 2002 and is dedicated to the history and story of Jehovah’s Witnesses during World War II, who also suffered intense persecution and reprisals by the Nazis because of their religious stand. The foundation fosters understanding and education worldwide of the experience of Jehovah's Witnesses during that time, and highlights how their strong faith helped them to endure, even though they had the ability to seek relief by signing a declaration recanting their beliefs. For more information, visit www.alst.org.


March 13, 2012 - 2:32pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive, for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

"It is a great honor for UNI to be recognized again, and a strong example of our commitment to community engagement as outlined in our university strategic plan," said Ben Allen, UNI president. "Our faculty, staff and students perform a variety of community service activities related to education, business and community causes, especially those that serve high-need communities."

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

Special projects for which UNI has been recognized in 2012 include:

- UNI Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Outreach Screening, which engages students in community outreach programs that provide speech-language evaluation/therapy and literacy lessons for children.

- Athletics Community Service Initiatives, where the UNI Athletic Department participated in numerous community service projects on campus, in the community and nationwide. The Just Read! program had more than 100 student-athletes reading to 470 student in local elementary schools; Camp Embracing Memories mentored more than 50 kids coping with the loss of a loved one; and more than 130 athletes and 70 girls participated in National Girls/Women in Sports Day to learn about wellness and leadership.

- The UNI Center for Urban Education, serves as an education vehicle to help students in Waterloo, in kindergarten through 12th grade, their families and community residents to realize educational and professional goals. The center is open to youth and adults wishing to receive education, career counseling and college courses. A few examples of UNI-CUE programs include a free tutoring center for students in grades three through 12; the annual Back-to-School Supplies Project, which provided 1,355 low-income families with school supplies; and the Classic Upward Bound Program, which serves 76 low-income, first-generation college students with after-school and summer programs. Eighty-seven faculty, staff and students work and volunteer with UNI-CUE. More than 15,200 people use the center annually.

"We are so proud that the hard work of the students, staff and faculty at our member institutions is being recognized at the national level," said Emily Shields, executive director of Iowa Campus Compact. "These student volunteers contribute more than $61 million worth of service to Iowa's economy and are critical to the success of many local nonprofit organizations."

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. For a complete list of Honor Roll recipients, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll/.

The CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

March 12, 2012 - 10:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Going the Extra Mile — How Small Things Have a Big Impact" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, April 18, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is April 11.

"Small things have a big impact on results," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "Being persistent and going the extra mile can reap exponential rewards for businesses and in an individual's professional and personal lives."

During this workshop, instructor Dewitt Jones will show participants how to create awareness and accountability in themselves and their direct reports by understanding the value of extra effort. He also will identify opportunities where the extra effort at work will add more value to participants' customers, companies and careers.           

The cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $1,999, which entitles the business to 10 seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the 10 seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat.

For more information or to register, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

The Executive Development Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the UNI College of Business Administration.     

March 12, 2012 - 10:30am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) recently received three state grants totaling almost $80,000 to promote sustainability. According to Susan Salterberg, the program manager at the CEEE, two of the three grants will be aimed at educating trainers to help Iowans reclaim their winter holidays by making them meaningful and environmentally friendly.

The CEEE will educate new trainers and assist existing ones over a two-year period, continue to build its website, ReclaimYourHolidays.org, and conduct a K through 12 needs assessment. Salterberg said the CEEE plans to serve 125 new educators and continue to engage 108 existing trainers, all of whom will eventually reach an estimated 15,000 Iowans. Primary partners for the project are Iowa State University Extension, Cool Congregations and Willowwind School.

"Our goal is for trainers to create more environmentally friendly holidays and educate others about how to do this as well," said Salterberg. "We hope that those reached by the trainers will create more environmentally friendly winter holiday seasons and eventually greener holidays all year long."

The third grant will fund a two-year initiative to reach 525 teachers. Three graduate-level courses will provide educators with a deeper content understanding of global consumption and waste issues. These teachers will reach more than 9,500 students. The grant will also provide funds for introducing environmental lesson plans to 450 pre-K through 12 educators.

The grants are from the Resource Protection and Enhancement Program (REAP), Conservation Education Program and the Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program. For additional information, contact Salterberg at 319-273-4816 or susan.salterberg@uni.edu.

 

March 12, 2012 - 4:14pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa "Writers Talk" reading series will host a poetry reading by Waterloo native Sandy Longhorn at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, March 21, in 161 Baker Hall on the UNI campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Longhorn teaches at Pulaski Technical College and lives in Little Rock, Ark. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the University of Arkansas in 2003.

Longhorn is the author of the poetry collection "Blood Almanac," published by Anhinga Press in 2006. This book won the 2005 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. "Sandy Longhorn writes beautifully and convincingly of the Great Plain and of her native Iowa," said David McCombs, a poet, about the collection of poetry.

For additional information, contact Vince Gotera, coordinator of UNI's creative writing program, at 319-273-7061 or vince.gotera@uni.edu.

March 9, 2012 - 4:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "How to Manage Nests of Negativity" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 4, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is March 28.

"Negativity is contagious," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "When not properly addressed, it can spread throughout an organization."

Workshop leader Vickie Robinson, UNI associate professor of educational leadership, counseling and postsecondary education, will pinpoint the motivators and blockers of successful, highly functioning teams. Participants will learn how to identify and confront negative employees who seem to bring down employee morale and detract from the organization's progress, and they will practice handling saboteurs before they infect the rest of the team with their negativity.

The cost is $249 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $1,999, which entitles the business to 10 seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the 10 seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat.

For more information or to register, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

The Executive Development Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the UNI College of Business Administration.     

March 9, 2012 - 4:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In honor of Women's History Month, the University of Northern Iowa will host a series of events throughout March. All events are free and open to the public.

A "Men in Feminism" panel will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in 115 Seerley Hall on UNI's campus. The panel will examine men's roles as feminists and how they can advocate for women's rights. Following the discussion, at 5 p.m., a documentary called "Maid in America" will be shown in the same room. The film looks at three Latin American immigrant women in Los Angeles who left their families behind to earn a living by caring for other peoples' families and households.

"Celebrating Colors: Women, Past, Present & Future," a celebration to highlight women's accomplishments, will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, March 23, in the Center for Multicultural Education on UNI's campus.  This event is presented by Muchas Manos Light Work, Minority Graduate Student Association and the UNI Black Student Union. The celebration is intended to showcase women who have gone before us, to honor women who are settling and accomplishing goals in the present and to encourage young women to do the same in the future.

A second panel for "Global Women in a Local Workforce" will be held at noon, Monday, March 26, in 002 Sabin Hall. The panel will address experiences of immigrant women in Iowa's workforce, including a variety of topics, such as obstacles in gaining employment, negotiating legal status, family life and everyday workforce interactions.

For additional information or a complete list of events, visit www.tinyurl.com/WomensHistoryUNI or contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or barbara.cutter@uni.edu.

March 9, 2012 - 4:43pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and the Iowa Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will host the Green Schools K-12 Symposium from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston. The symposium will discuss the benefits of green schools, such as enhanced student performance, increased teacher retention, improved student and staff health and a $100,000 annual average savings from energy and water efficiency.

Representatives from Krell Energy Efficiency, SystemWorks LLC, the Iowa Energy Center and Siemens Industy-Builiding Technologies will present at the symposium. Topics include identifying energy savings and achieving sustainability through behavioral change and education.

To register for the Green Schools K-12 Symposium, visit www.usgbciowa.org. 

March 9, 2012 - 4:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS -- The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is now accepting entries for the 2012 competition. Business plans must be an original idea for a business in operation for less than four years or a business that has not yet reached cash flow positive financial status to be eligible for the chance to win up to $25,000.

The deadline to enter is April 30. Applicants are required to submit business plan information via Gust (formerly Angelsoft). A link to the Gust submission page is available at the competition website, www.IowaBusinessPlanCompetition.com.

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

After several rounds of reviews and interviews, the three winning business plans will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 27 in Des Moines.

Assistance with business plan entries is available at the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa; the Small Business Development Centers throughout the state; and the business accelerators in Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, Iowa City, Red Oak and Mason City.

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), Entrepreneurial Development Centers (EDCs) and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

Rules, eligibility, timelines and more information is available at the competition website, www.IowaBusinessPlanCompetition.com.

March 8, 2012 - 10:41am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa College of Education is hosting a Hot Topics in Education webinar, "A Framework for Teaching in Content Areas," at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 29.

The webinar will focus on classroom strategies for educators to engage students in learning.

This webinar will be presented by Kurt Meredith, associate professor of curriculum and instruction. For more information on Hot Topics in Education or to register visit www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

March 8, 2012 - 11:01am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers update for secondary counselors will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 23, in Maucker Union and McCollum Science Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"This event is designed to make sure that secondary counselors are aware of all the new opportunities available in the STEM fields," said Cherin Lee, UNI associate professor of biology and science education and chair of science education. "Within the last 10 years, jobs in these fields have opened up that didn't exist before."

The update will feature several career presentations. The John Deere Inspire presentation includes information about engineering as a career and what students need to do at the high school level to prepare. UNI faculty and Hawkeye Community College faculty will discuss various careers in STEM areas. "Students need to know they can prepare for some STEM careers in two-year community college programs," noted Lee. 

The final presentation, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion, will focus on how middle and high school students can prepare for STEM careers. Lee asks that counselors attending the update select a middle or high school math or science teacher to accompany them. "This is to strengthen the connections in schools between career information and content preparation so that everyone can make students aware of the opportunities in STEM," Lee said.

Registration is $15, and it is due no later than Tuesday, March 20. The first 25 people to register will be provided with substitute pay for the accompanying science or math teacher, and car pool travel will be reimbursed. For additional information or to register, contact Lori Wurtz, secretary II in Science Education at UNI, at 319-273-6049 or lori.wurtz@uni.edu

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