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August 7, 2012 - 2:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa officials have learned of an apparent check-cashing scam using the university's return address. According to the UNI Police, two envelopes recently were returned to the university containing bogus checks.

The mailings each included a check and instructions that direct recipients to go to a website to learn what to do with the check. The website tells people to deposit the check and send the funds via Western Union to an address in California.

"If you receive this mailing, do not cash or deposit the check," said Milissa Wright, UNI interim director of public safety. "If you have already cashed or deposited a check, contact your local law enforcement agency. In addition, we're asking people to report the fraud to the FBI via the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov."

August 6, 2012 - 1:27pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present two exhibitions, "Made in Iowa: Photographs from Thirty Years" and "Photography at UNI" from Monday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Sept. 15, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. An artist's gallery talk, followed by an opening reception, will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29.

UNI Department of Art professor Richard Colburn will present a selection of his own work spanning three decades. In addition, Colburn will curate photographs from the UNI Permanent Art Collection that includes the Magic Silver exhibits and the Charles and Florence Herman Photography Collection Fund purchases, which include works by Linda Connor, Irving Herman, Andrea Modica and Joel Sternfeld.

Of "Made in Iowa" Colburn states, "The selection of photographs reflects a progression of new projects and new methods as my work has changed over 30 years. Photographs made in Iowa from the "Closed School" series are part of a larger series of work recording economic and population changes in the rural Midwest. Photographs from projects unique to Iowa include landscapes of the Loess Hills region, an extended series of photographs from the 2007-08 Iowa Caucuses, and the most recent work looking at public lands in Iowa."

According to gallery director Darrell Taylor, "Richard Colburn's work is suffused with a respect for place, the unfolding event and the complex histories we create as families or communities. What's more, his images are rich with clarity, texture and tension."

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

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/Home.html or call 319-273-3095.

 

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Lifelong University will offer five noncredit courses this fall.

"Why We Travel" will be led by Kristi Marchesani, assistant director of admissions/international relations from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 6 and 13. Students will explore how to engage in thoughtful travel and learn tips for traveling "off the beaten path."

"Quilting: Linking the Local and the Global" will be taught by Marybeth C. Stalp, associate professor of sociology, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, 18 and 25. Stalp will cover quilting history, how American women practice quilting, recent global trends and the importance of creativity and leisure.

"Local Food Economy in the Cedar Valley" will be taught by Andrea Geary, local food program manager at UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education, from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 20 and 27. Participants will learn about the local food economy in the Cedar Valley and what it takes to create a vibrant and rich food system.

"America: A Conflict of Cultures" will be taught by Hal Wohl, emeritus professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Wohl will discuss how the conflicts between rival cultures have shaped America's past and how they're molding our future.

"The U.S. Home Front During World War II" will be led by Carol Weisenberger, associate professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25. This course will examine the efforts to mobilize the economy and society; explore the impact of the war on women and minorities; and highlight changes in pop culture during World War II.

Course fees range from $20 to $40, which cover parking passes and course handouts. To register for a class or view a course description, visit www.uni.edu/llu or call University Events Coordination at 319-273-5141.

August 6, 2012 - 1:37pm

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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., Aug. 16, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Aug. 9.

"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 style 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 $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the fuve 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.     

August 3, 2012 - 10:02am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host an exhibit at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 9 through 19. Fairgoers can stop by the exhibit in the Varied Industries Building between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. each day.

The state of Iowa is home to more than 60,000 UNI alumni and more than 12,000 UNI students and families. These UNI fans and thousands of others will have the opportunity to take their picture with a life size cutout of UNI's mascot, TC, pick up an athletic poster, pennants and get a Panther tattoo.

Future Panthers, prospective students and families can visit with UNI alumni, faculty, staff and students to learn more about UNI. New to this year's exhibit are computer stations for alumni to electronically sign a guest book and for prospective students and parents to submit questions. University Book & Supply will sell UNI clothing, Panther gear and memorabilia in conjunction with the exhibit.

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

August 3, 2012 - 11:26am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Benjamin Allen announced today that he will retire by July 1, 2013. 

In making the announcement, UNI's ninth president cited several major initiatives that were completed during his tenure.

"It has truly been an honor serving as president of UNI these past six years," said Allen in a message to faculty and staff. "Pat and I believe this is a very special place and we have enjoyed working alongside so many talented students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university."

During his six years at UNI, Allen has stressed three primary goals for the university: to become the leading undergraduate institution in the state; to be known as a national leader in pre-K through 12 issues; and to enhance the economic, social and cultural development of the state.

Allen's key accomplishments at UNI include:

-       A leadership role in Iowa's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative

-       Establishment of the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy

-       Meeting the UNI Foundation's "Imagine the Impact" campaign's $150 million goal one year early

-       A visit to UNI by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

-       Managing UNI through some of the toughest economic times in recent history

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will conduct a search to replace Allen. He will plan to retire no later than July 1, 2013, based on when a new president is appointed and is ready to take over. Allen was named UNI president in April 2006. He assumed his duties in June 2006.

July 27, 2012 - 10:00am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty new University of Northern Iowa students have been awarded Presidential Scholarships for their outstanding academic performance in high school. The recipients of the award are chosen based on their strong academic credentials and involvement in leadership and service activities.

Presidential Scholarships are worth $32,000 over four years at UNI. To meet the criteria for one of these scholarships, students must have an ACT composite of 29 or above and rank in the top ten percent of their high school class or have a Regent Admission Index (RAI) of 335 or above. The RAI is a formula used to calculate student admission eligibility based on high school rank, high school grade point average, ACT composite score and courses completed in core subject areas. These students must maintain the academic excellence for which the awards have been granted.

"Presidential Scholarships recognize students with records of academic excellence who also show potential for leadership and service to our campus and community," said Jessica Moon, director of the UNI Honors Program. "Presidential Scholars contribute a great deal to the life of our university." The select group of students will take part in scholars-only seminars, be eligible for special travel and study opportunities and receive extensive individual advising. All of the scholars are required to complete a senior thesis or project.

 

July 26, 2012 - 3:16pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Sean Botkin, University of Northern Iowa School of Music faculty artist and associate professor of piano, has been invited to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Aug. 2. The concert will be held at the Ravinia Festival Pavilion in Highland Park, Ill., during the Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S. held every summer from June to September.

Botkin will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 40. The concerto is rarely performed and will receive its first Ravinia performance in a decade. The performance at Ravinia will be a highlight for Botkin's already impressive career. "It is like a dream come true for me to perform at Ravinia and especially with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the best orchestras in the world," said Botkin. "It is certainly a milestone in my career." Botkin also received invitations to perform in Italy and Russia this year.

Botkin began studying piano at the age of five, making his first orchestral performance four years later with the Honolulu Symphony. He later graduated from Stanford University and the Julliard School in New York.

"Botkin's performance at Ravinia will be an amazing concert that kicks off the 120th anniversary of our school's founding as a department," said John Vallentine, director of UNI's School of Music. "The concert is a wonderful way to begin our celebration by highlighting the virtuoso playing of Sean Botkin with the incredible musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. For a faculty member to receive such an invitation is truly an incredible lifetime achievement."

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

July 24, 2012 - 10:06am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa  -- Helen Haire has been named chief of police and director of public safety at the University of Northern Iowa. Haire currently is division commander for special services in the Louisiana State University Police Department, Baton Rouge, La. She will assume her new duties in early September.

"Helen brings more than 20 years' experience of quality law enforcement in public higher education," said UNI Vice President for Administration and Financial Services Michael Hager. "UNI will benefit from her commitment to a safe campus and focus on service to students, faculty, staff and the community."

The UNI chief of police and director of public safety serves in the dual capacity of certified law enforcement officer and university official. The chief directs the operations of the University's Department of Public Safety, including University Police and Parking Services and chairs the university's threat assessment team.

Haire replaces Milissa Wright, who has served as interim director of public safety, since April, following the retirement of David Zarifis. Wright will return to her university position as associate director of public safety. 

July 23, 2012 - 3:50pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Are You Micro-Managing, Macro-Managing or Right Managing" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, Aug. 15, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Aug. 8.

"While most of us agree that you should adjust your management approach to the person, their experience and the situation, it's not as easy as it seems," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "The key is to use the right management style at the right time, in the right situation, depending on the person.

Instructor Mary Jo Kavalier will introduce workshop participants to the situational leadership model and help them determine when to utilize each management style based on a variety of work situations.

The workshop cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per person.

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.     

July 18, 2012 - 11:49am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Survival Skills for First Time Managers" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 1, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is July 25.

Becoming a manager requires a specific skill set, and this workshop is boot camp for first-time managers, according to Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center.

Instructor Jim Hogan will introduce the management skills and tools needed to begin a successful career as a leader. He will help participants define and understand the difference between managing people and managing work.

The workshop cost is $249 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per person.

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.     

July 18, 2012 - 11:55am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the 2012 Leadership Development Certificate Program, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The program, designed for experienced managers who want to move into senior leadership positions, consists of nine sessions, beginning Aug. 22 and ending Nov. 28. Each session is held in the Business and Community Services Building, Room 30, on the UNI campus.

Participants are challenged to change from thinking like a manager to thinking like a strategic leader. They come from a variety of backgrounds and industries and will benefit from interactive sessions on topics such as strategic planning, big-picture decision making, finance for leaders and proactive change management.

According to Kim Recker, program manager for UNI's Executive Development Center, "A recent survey showed that more than 92 percent of past participants noted the program improved their job performance, and 95 percent stated the program increased their confidence in their leadership ability."

Four hours of graduate or undergraduate credit is available upon completion of the program.

Tuition is $3,150, and includes all training materials, meals, refreshments and parking. If a business purchases an enrollment for one person, a second person from that business can enroll for $2,150. Tuition for non-profit employees is $2,150.  UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. This program also qualifies for most tuition reimbursement programs and Iowa Jobs Training Programs 260E and 260F.

The enrollment deadline for the program is Aug. 10. Early enrollment is encouraged, as class size is limited to 20 participants. To enroll or for more information, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu, or visit www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev.

For more than 20 years, UNI's Executive Development Center has provided comprehensive, current and relevant management and leadership training to working professionals to improve and maximize their performance and results in today's challenging and competitive business world.  The Executive Development Center is a program 

July 17, 2012 - 11:35am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 2012 Buy Fresh Buy Local food directory is now available from Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership (NIFFP) at the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) and on the NIFFP website, www.niffp.org.

The directory features information about where to purchase locally produced foods in Black Hawk County and neighboring counties. "The directory is a great resource for finding local producers of fruits, vegetables, meat, honey and dairy products, as well as the retailers and institutions that support our local food economy," said Andrea Geary, NIFFP local food program manager. "Additionally, the guide features a seasonal harvest calendar, information on how to buy locally raised meat and an upcoming events calendar."

For more information, contact Geary at 319-273-7883 or andrea.geary@uni.edu. Copies of the directory can also be obtained at the retailers and institutions that support the local food economy. 

July 12, 2012 - 1:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has made it easier and more student-friendly for high school students to apply to the university. Beginning Sept. 1, freshmen applicants will self-report their high school course work, test scores, grade point average and class rank when they apply for admission. Freshmen applicants will no longer need to submit an official high school transcript or official ACT and/or SAT test scores for an admission decision to be made.

This new application process will allow for more effective, high-quality customer service for UNI students and families. Families and high school counselors will be able to reduce the amount of paper copies that used to be required.

"We want students to be able to apply earlier and receive quicker admission decisions," said Terry Hogan, vice president for student affairs. "We are living in a society where instantaneous communication is a must. We have a great product to offer at UNI, and we want to make sure students know in a timely fashion that we want them here."

This change is effective for first-year/freshmen applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Transfer and international applicants will continue to submit official transcripts and test scores to receive an admission decision.

Freshmen applicants will receive one of three decisions, usually within 48 hours of submitting an application: admitted, not admitted or referred to committee for individual review. Students whose applications are referred to committee will receive a communication within a week informing them of a decision or a need for additional documentation. Committee decisions will be made on a rolling basis as additional documentation is received.

Admitted students will need to submit their final official transcript and test scores as soon as possible upon graduation from high school and no later than July 15.

Self-reported admission processes have become an emerging trend with many institutions across the country. This change will allow UNI to be more competitive with recruitment in the state and throughout the U.S.

July 11, 2012 - 1:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) have invited presidential candidates to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums.

Details regarding dates, candidates and times will be shared as campaigns confirm their attendance. The education forums provide a focused opportunity for each candidate to address education in the pivotal state of Iowa. The forums are free and open to the public, and will be recorded and broadcast statewide on Iowa Public Radio.

"The role of education and education policy reform are important national issues being elevated in the presidential candidate campaigns," said Ben Allen, UNI president. "As an institution known for its role in preparing teachers, and one that prides itself in affordable and accessible high-quality education, it is important to bring these candidates and their education policies to Iowans."

Each candidate will have 30 minutes to present his education platform and priorities for early childhood through postsecondary years. Another 30 minutes will be dedicated to questions from the audience and moderator, as they relate to the topic of education only. The forums will be moderated by Iowa Public Radio's Ben Kieffer, host of the award-winning program, "River to River."  

For more information about these forums and invitations to candidates, contact Pat Geadelmann, special assistant to the president and board for governmental relations at UNI, at 319-273-6144. 

IPR manages station operations for WOI AM and FM, licensed to Iowa State University; WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM, licensed to The University of Iowa; and KUNI-FM and KHKE-FM, licensed to University of Northern Iowa. IPR informs, enriches and engages Iowans through radio programming and other media. IPR enhances civic and cultural connections across the state, strengthening communities and reflecting Iowa's sense of place. More than 200,000 listeners tune in weekly.

July 11, 2012 - 8:32am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Wellness and Recreation Services at the University of Northern Iowa will offer a new aquatic program, GaurdStart, for children 11 to 14 years old. The course will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, July 23 through 26.

The objectives of the program include accident prevention, fitness, rescue responses, leadership and professionalism. These objectives fulfill a basic knowledge and skill set that aid in successful completion of the Red Cross Lifeguarding course.

The GuardStart fee is $80 which includes all course materials. To qualify for the program, a swim pretest is required. The pretest consists of a 25-yard front crawl swim with proper breathing, treading water for one minute and submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater. To request a spot in the program, email swimlessons@uni.edu. For additional information regarding GuardStart, contact Justin Holman at 319-273-3972.

July 3, 2012 - 11:04am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sturgis Youth Theatre, a program of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre, is offering a production of "The Spell of Sleeping Beauty." The production will play from July 19 through July 22, in the Bertha Martin Theatre, in UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Students in fourth grade and higher are participating in a theatre camp. The production tells the story of a princess, an unhappy royal fairy, a spinning wheel and a prince who saves the day. The production is directed by Gretta Berghammer, professor of drama and theatre for youth at UNI.

The Sturgis Youth Theatre was founded in 1999 by Berghammer and was created to provide quality productions, meaningful production experiences and varied theatre study opportunities for youth in Cedar Falls and the surrounding communities.

Performances will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 19; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, July 20; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, July 21; and 2 p.m., Sunday, July 22. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or online at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/unitix/.

June 29, 2012 - 9:44am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa signed an international academic agreement with the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) on May 9. The agreement established academic cooperation in the fields of leisure studies and physical activity through the exchange of teaching staff, researchers, post-graduate students, undergraduate students and members of professional and scientific staff.

The Universidade de São Paulo is a public university in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with approximately 90,000 students. Founded in 1934, it's the largest Brazilian university and the country’s most prestigious educational institution. USP has 11 campuses and is comprised of about 30 schools and institutes.  It's ranked among the top 200 universities in the world.

"Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016," said associate provost for international programs, Craig Klafter. "This collaboration between UNI's world-renowned School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services and USP's world-ranked School of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities will present opportunities for faculty, staff and students from both institutions to work together to ensure the success of those world events. Students from both institutions will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by taking part in internship opportunities at the World Cup and Olympic Games." The director of the USP School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, Jorge Boueri, is optimistic about the international academic agreement with UNI noting that, "the agreement between the two public universities will promote a real exchange of experiences and knowledge." 

June 28, 2012 - 11:03am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and Otto-Friedrich- Universität Bamberg (OFUB) entered into a strategic partnership on June 6. Both institutions signed a memorandum of understanding and a student mobility agreement which will allow for the development of academic and research collaborations and student, faculty and staff exchanges.

OFUB is a public university in Bavaria, in the south of Germany, with approximately 12,300 students. Founded in 1647, it's one of the oldest universities in Germany and is located in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site. OFUB has four faculties: information systems and applied computer sciences; social sciences, economics and business administration; humanities and cultural studies; and human sciences and education. Research and studies in Bamberg have a strong European and international component.  

The partnership will explore joint degree programs as well as national sources of funding for joint research projects. "This is an exciting partnership," said Craig Klafter, associate provost for UNI international programs. "Our faculty and students will benefit in terms of intellectual development, our staff will benefit by learning about different business practices, and our entire university community will gain from exposure to a different social and cultural environment." Andreas Weihe, director of the International Office at OFUB, said, "The United States has always been a very popular destination among our students to spend a semester or even a year abroad, and I am convinced that our new partner, the University of Northern Iowa, will soon become one of their top choices." UNI students will also have the opportunity to learn German through OFUB and German students will be able to learn English through UNI.

June 27, 2012 - 4:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Interest in farming careers is growing among returning veterans and others, and in an upcoming workshop hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), participants will learn how to develop the business side of starting an entrepreneurial diversified farm.

"Planning for Profit: Marketing and Financial Management for New Farmers" will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12, at the CEEE on UNI's campus. The workshop is funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency.

The workshop will help beginning farmers clarify their goals, make a financial plan, understand accounting practices and explore strategies for marketing and selling farm products through different channels.

"Planning for on-farm operations, as well as managing expectations for household income goals are needs frequently mentioned by new farmers," said Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the CEEE. "We are very excited to bring this workshop to the Cedar Valley."

This event is a joint project between UNI's CEEE, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Farmer Veteran Coalition and the USDA Risk Management Agency. For more information or to register for this workshop, contact NCAT at 515-588-0460 or email hannahl@ncat.org.

June 27, 2012 - 4:03pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Waster Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa is introducing the Forging a Greener Cedar Valley initiative. This program will provide three local manufacturers with the tools and assistance needed to make their operation more efficient and environmentally friendly.

The IWRC will select three area manufacturers to receive a comprehensive manufacturing assessment that goes beyond the IWRC's traditional on-site reviews. The evaluation will include environmental compliance, waste reduction, energy consumption, process efficiency and more.

Joe Bolick, a process research, reduction and education specialist at the IWRC is excited about the new program. "A big part of this initiative is the comprehensive manufacturing assessment. We are thrilled to work with other area agencies to combine our knowledge of environmental compliance and waste reduction, with their knowledge of energy consumption and process efficiency, to provide these businesses with a thorough evaluation of what they do."

Applications will be accepted from Monday, July 2, through Tuesday, July 31. The three agencies selected for the assessment will be announced in August. To learn more or apply, visit cedarvalley.iowaenviroassist.org. 

June 26, 2012 - 4:10pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa faculty members have been named Fulbright scholars for 2012-2013. Professors Bettina Fabos, Kevin Finn and Tammy Gregersen have each been selected as recipients to undertake advanced research or teach abroad.

The Fulbright Program, one of the most prestigious award programs in the world, is sponsored by the United States Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and provides merit-based grants for international educational exchange.  Founded in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has sent more than 110,000 U.S. citizen faculty members, students, professionals and artists overseas to more than 150 countries and brought more than 175,000 foreign faculty members, students, professionals and artists to the United States.

Fabos, associate professor of communication studies, will conduct research at Central European University in Hungary. Fabos' project will include researching 10 Hungarian photographic archives in order to create a visualization of 20th century history in the country.

Finn, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, will also conduct research in Hungary. The University of West Hungary will host Finn as he studies the physical activity levels of inhabitants in the northwest portion of the country.

Gregersen, associate professor of languages and literatures, will teach a graduate course in language assessment at the University of Santiago in Chile. The course will professionally develop K through 12 teachers and generate curriculum for potential student exchanges.

For additional information on the 2012-2013 UNI Fulbright recipients, visit www.uni.edu/internationalprograms or contact UNI International Programs at 319-273-2921.

June 25, 2012 - 2:55pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a professional development course focusing on strategies that assist high school teachers and college instructors in classroom success. The two-credit-hour course will be completed primarily online via eLearning. Students will also receive two days of hands-on experience on the UNI campus in August.

Teacher Success Strategies (TECH 4133/5133) will be offered online from Aug. 6 through Sept. 14. The portion of the course which takes place on UNI's campus will occur from Aug. 16 and 17. Tuition is $277 per undergraduate credit and $431 per graduate credit. Course credit may also apply toward community college professional development programs.

The course will serve as a new teacher's workshop as well as an update for experienced teachers. It's designed to meet the needs of both career and technical faculty in the arts and sciences. The course will focus on practical strategies that contribute to increased success in the classroom and provide a refresher on curriculum, instruction and evaluation.

To enroll, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged/enroll-now and complete the online enrollment form. For additional information about the course and other professional development opportunities, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged or contact UNI Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-2121, 800-648-3864 or continuinged@uni.edu

 

June 19, 2012 - 11:28am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa took third place at this year's Solar Splash World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar Boat Racing. Competitors from across the nation, as well as worldwide, came to Cedar Falls to compete in the world championship.

Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and Cedarville University in Ohio placed first and second overall, respectively. UNI placed first in the sprint event, second in qualifying heats and third in the solar endurance event. UNI was also given an award for outstanding drive train design.

Reg Pecen, professor of industrial technology and adviser to the group spoke highly of his team. "Compared with many top-notch engineering colleges in the United States as well as worldwide, I am extremely happy with the overall performance of my Solar Panthers team this year."

The Solar Splash is one way UNI promotes the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative in Iowa. The event also explores sustainable forms of transportation and engineering technologies. For complete Solar Splash results, visit www.solarsplash.com.

June 15, 2012 - 8:28am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Museums will host a community open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at the University Museum in honor if its 120 years at UNI. The UNI Museums can be found at 3219 Hudson Road in Cedar Falls.

The open house will feature a special exhibit about the museum's history, "120 Years of Discovery, Learning and Inspiration." Currently, visitors can participate in a scavenger hunt at the museum using Quick Response (QR) Codes. These codes can be scanned on their smartphones to see additional museum photos and information regarding specific objects in the collection. The University Museum is one of only five major natural history museums in Iowa. It holds more than 110,000 objects that span through natural and human history topics.

The museum will remain open to the public through June 29 with regular hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On July 1, the University Museum will be closed to the general public. For more information, contact Jori Wade-Booth, public affairs coordinator for the UNI Museums, at 319-273-7615 or jori.wade-booth@uni.edu. Additional information regarding the UNI Museums can be found at http://www.uni.edu/museum.

June 14, 2012 - 2:22pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "I Hate People," hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The workshop is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to noon, July 19, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 12.

No matter how small or large an organization, eventually employees work with people they can't stand. At times strong leaders are part of a team that accomplishes less than what they could by themselves, and leaders settle for mediocre results just to keep the peace with the team. During this workshop, instructor Amy Campbell will help participants develop tactics to work cooperatively and productively with coworkers and will review strategies to get work done in an environment that's polluted by time-wasters, interrupters and lazy colleagues.

The cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business five seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops only count as a half seat. After the five 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.    

June 13, 2012 - 4:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the two-day leadership training program "Fierce Conversations®" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 26-27, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is July 12.

What gets talked about in an organization and how it gets talked about determines what will — or what won't — happen. Fierce Conversations® teaches attendees how to engage in productive dialogue that resolves tough challenges, provokes learning and enriches relationships.

Based on the principles of Susan Scott's best-seller, Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time, this foundational, hands-on training program will introduce participants to transformational ideas and principles that will shift their basic understanding of conversations and the power they hold in leadership, relationships and results.

The cost of the training program is $799, which includes two-days of instruction, program materials, lunch, refreshments and parking.

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.     

June 5, 2012 - 9:42am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI art department will host a silent auction of the David Delafield collection at UNI's Kamerick Art Building, located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and W. 27th Street. Artwork will be open for viewing and bidding from Thursday through Saturday, June 21-23.

Delafield, who died in 2003, was an art professor at UNI from 1951 to 1983. His art creations spanned more than 50 years with themes that included landscapes, portraits and local landmarks. Delafield received his B.F.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. In addition, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

The Gallery of Art is open from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, June 21 through June 23. Artwork will be open for viewing and bidding during this time. Bids for the silent auction, which is open to the public free of charge, close at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 23. The UNI Foundation will host a reception with refreshments and music in the lobby of Kamerick. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the UNI Gallery of Art.

June 5, 2012 - 10:09am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the 2012 Solar Splash World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar Boat Racing for the second time, Wednesday, June 13 through Sunday, June 17, at George Wyth State Park.

According to Reg Pecen, UNI professor of industrial technology, Solar Splash began in Milwaukee in 1994 and is a hands-on educational experience that develops teamwork and interdisciplinary skills. "This competition allows undergraduates to be involved in applied engineering and technology research on alternate and green water transportation and to develop confidence in their abilities." The event is one of UNI’s many efforts on promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) among young Iowans.

Pecen says UNI's team is honored to be hosting an international event of this magnitude. "Solar Splash is dedicated to spotlighting sustainable and clean boating technologies, and this is something Iowa's lakes and rivers could clearly benefit from."

During the five-day event, Solar Splash teams earn points in seven categories, including technical inspections and reports, engineering design, visual displays, workmanship, and on-the-water sprint, endurance and slalom competitions. Competitors are mostly from U.S. colleges; there are also international teams from Turkey, England and Mexico.

The solar slalom will begin at 9 a.m., on Thursday, June 14 and sprint heats begin at 1:20 p.m., on Friday, June 17. At 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 16, endurance heats will start and at 1:45 p.m., on Sunday, June 17, is the sprint championship followed by the awards ceremony.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.cns.uni.edu/eboat/ or contact Pecen at 319-273-2598 or r.pecen@uni.edu.

May 31, 2012 - 4:10am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Iowans will witness a rare event on June 5, when the planet Venus transits the sun. The last transit of Venus occurred on June 8, 2004, according to Siobahn Morgan, head of the Department of Earth Science at the University of Northern Iowa, and the next one will not occur until Dec. 11, 2117.

If the weather is clear, solar viewing equipment will be available for the public to safely view the transit starting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, near the parking lot to the west of the UNI-Dome, near the athletic fields. 

A transit is similar to an eclipse, with the various objects involved in the event all lined up. Although most or all of the sun is blocked by the moon in a solar eclipse, the planets Mercury and Venus appear as small objects in the sky because they are so far away, Morgan explained. Thus, these planets are unable to cover very much of the sun's disk. "As we view it, the sun would appear to be about 32 times wider than Venus during the transit," she said. Even so, with the proper equipment, observers will be able to see Venus easily.

Viewing the sun for extended periods of time should only be done with proper solar filters, Morgan stressed. "People should never look at the sun with binoculars or telescopes that aren't outfitted with the appropriate solar filters. Even a small amount of unfiltered sunlight seen through a telescope will damage your eyes," said Morgan. 

The transit of Venus across the sun is a much slower process than the recent eclipse, in part because of the distance of the objects from Earth and their relative velocities. For observers in Iowa, Venus will begin to move in front of the sun around 5:05 p.m., and continue to progress slowly across the northern area of the sun's disk. The entire passage of Venus across the sun will not be visible to those in Iowa because the sun will set before the end of the transit. People in Hawaii, Alaska and the far western Pacific area will be able to see the transit in its entirety, which lasts more than 6.5 hours.

The viewing is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Morgan at 319-273-2389 or siobahn.morgan@uni.edu.

May 30, 2012 - 8:04am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa has received a $1.5 million gift from the estate of Bonnie Litwiller. Litwiller retired from UNI as a professor of mathematics in 2000.

The gift, given through the UNI Foundation, will be used to support the Bonnie Litwiller Mathematics Teacher Scholarship for students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in secondary math education.

"We are grateful for Dr. Litwiller's lifelong contributions to and confidence in the programs at the University of Northern Iowa," said UNI President Ben Allen. "Her gift for scholarships will help provide an outstanding educational experience for more students and will prepare them to meet an important need for mathematics teachers not only in the state of Iowa, but across the nation."

Joel Haack, dean of UNI's College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences said, "Dr. Litwiller's gift will honor her legacy of national leadership in mathematics education by encouraging gifted students to become mathematics educators, thus bringing a new generation of potential leaders into the profession. Of course, it will provide an impact on these educators' students as well, so that this gift will reach generations of students."

Litwiller was awarded the 2003 Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1995 University of Northern Iowa Outstanding Service Award and the 1993 Regents Award for Excellence from the Iowa Board of Regents. She co-authored more than 900 journal articles, published four books and edited 26 books for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Bonnie H. Litwiller died at her home in Morton, Ill., on Jan. 27, 2012. Her gift is part of UNI's Imagine the Impact campaign. For more information about the campaign or the UNI Foundation, visit www.uni-foundation.org.

May 25, 2012 - 1:58pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the three-day training program "Project Management: Communicating for Project Success," hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The training takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 11-13, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is June 27.

"Communication is critical to the success of all projects, and poor communication is cited as the number one reason for project failure," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "Project managers must master the complexities of communication through a variety of communication channels to be effective at all organizational levels."

In this course, participants will develop a communication management plan and identify the best strategies for reaching various stakeholders. Also, the class will discuss managing conflict, negotiating and managing stakeholders’ expectations, and reporting progress.

The cost is $995 for three days of instruction plus $300 for class materials, professional development units, lunches, refreshments and parking.    

For more information about this and other project management courses, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu or visit www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev.

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

May 25, 2012 - 2:57pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern has been named the winner of Kum & Go's 2012 Krause Challenge investment competition.

The Krause Challenge began in 1998 when W.A. Krause, founder and chairman of Kum & Go, presented a one-time gift of $400,000 to be divided equally among Drake University, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa to create a program for finance students to enhance their knowledge and experience the stock market fluctuations and portfolio management. Each school competes to deliver the highest return on their portfolio and for the title of Krause Challenge winner.

From Aug. 31, 2011 through March 31, 2012, a UNI team of undergraduate finance majors was able to receive an 18.5 percent return on their portfolio. The team included UNI seniors Eric Hackman, Sean Biggins, Ben Heinzman, Mark Doering, Yugi Zhao, Heather Lensing, Bret Johannsen, Mohammed Alshady, Matt Terpstra, Don Guarino, Jake Johansen, Jordan Voss, Jeffrey Scott Breon, Jason Brasch, Khoon Huang Chia, Michael Hauser, Jared Klimowski, Mark Herman and graduate student Kai Zhang.

"This year the students adopted a strategy of identifying and investing in undervalued stocks with growth potential in different sectors," said Mir Zaman, professor of finance at UNI. "They also identified and unloaded stocks in the portfolio which were poor performers or had little or no potential for future growth. With a volatile stock market and the financial crisis in Europe, this past year provided a great learning opportunity for our students in terms of investing in the stock market."

"The purpose of the Krause Challenge is to provide college students with a hands-on experience in the stock market that will benefit them in the future careers," said Kyle J. Krause, Kum & Go president and CEO. "We would like to congratulate professor Zaman and his students on the Krause Challenge victory. The students did a remarkable job navigating the stock market in today's tough economic environment."

The Krause Challenge is an ongoing program, which allows students to re-invest the money from year to year. The only guideline is that 10 percent of the total portfolio has to be invested into Iowa-based companies.

For more information about the Krause Challenge, visit www.kumandgo.com/krause-challenge.aspx or contact Zaman at 319-273-2579 or mir.zaman@uni.edu.

May 24, 2012 - 1:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS -- Eighteen businesses have been selected from 44 entries to compete in the 2012 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition and the chance to win up to $25,000. The competitors submitted executive summaries in the first round, and must now submit full business plans for review by the judges.

"Each year the quality of the businesses competing improves," said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. "We're pleased to have a wide range of business types with broad geographic representation competing this year."

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. The three winning business plans will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 27 in Des Moines.

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

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.

 

May 17, 2012 - 11:18am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert Waller, former dean of the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration and best-selling author, has given a high level seven-figure gift to his alma mater.

Waller graduated from UNI in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in business education-marketing degree and a Master of Arts in marketing in 1964. He taught in UNI's College of Business Administration for more than 20 years, serving six of those years as dean. He has lectured and published widely in the fields of problem solving and decision-making, and has worked as a consultant around the world.

"UNI allowed me to explore my intellectual interests and my tastes, as a student, a professor and a dean," said Waller. "As a professor, UNI provided me room to experiment with courses and course content; and as the first dean of the business school, to have some influence on the direction of the university. I am pleased to lend support to my alma mater and to help it grow as a first-class university."

Waller's gift has been directed to multiple areas including the Robert James Waller Scholarship in Economics, an annually funded full tuition and fees scholarship for a student majoring in economics; the Charles T. Leavitt Scholarship in Economics; the Robert James Waller Professorship in Economics; Robert James Waller College of Business Faculty Enrichment fund; support for jazz scholarships; the Honors Program; and the Rod Library will receive royalties from his books.

"Robert's generous gift will have an immediate and significant impact on current and future generations of UNI students and faculty," said UNI President Ben Allen. "We are grateful to see an alumnus, former professor and dean give back to the university in such a significant way. We also appreciate the way that Dr. Waller continues to challenge all of us at UNI with his own rigorous scholarly work. Robert's gift provides support for our students and the example he sets inspires us to always strive for excellence in our academic programs."

Waller is the author of "Bridges of Madison County," which sold more than 12 million copies and was made into a major film and theatrical productions in a number of countries. He also published numerous books and recently completed a manuscript, "The Summer Nights Never End…Until They Do: Life, Liberty and the Lure of the Short-Run," which has been published by Traders Press.

The Waller gift is part of UNI's Imagine the Impact campaign, which supports scholarships and programs. For more information about the campaign, visit www.uni-foundation.org.

May 17, 2012 - 2:36pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowans are in for a spectacular light show on Sunday, May 20, when a partial eclipse of the sun will be visible starting at 7:30 p.m., according to Siobahn Morgan, head of the Department of Earth Science at the University of Northern Iowa.

"The eclipse will not completely block out the sun, since the moon is slightly farther from the Earth than it normally is," said Morgan. "This is just the opposite of the 'Super Moon' a few weeks ago. This time, the new moon will appear to be slightly smaller than normal, so it will not completely cover the sun and a ring of the sun will be visible around the dark moon from some places on Earth."

For Iowa viewers, the moon will have the maximum coverage of the sun around 8:20 p.m. If clear, solar-viewing equipment will be available to the public in the parking lot to the west of the UNI-Dome, near the athletic fields, starting at 7:30 p.m., Sunday.

Morgan warns that people should never look at the sun through a telescope, binoculars or even a camera without proper solar-viewing equipment. "This can cause immediate and permanent eye damage," she said. She recommends using a projection system to view the sun.

An easy way to view the eclipse is to use a colander, the kitchen utensil used to drain foods. Holding it up and letting the sunlight shine through it will produce little images of the sun on the ground. During a partial eclipse, the projections will have a crescent shape. "Any small hole will produce a similar effect," said Morgan.

The viewing is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Morgan at 319-273-2389 or siobahn.morgan@uni.edu.

May 11, 2012 - 5:07pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is one of six regional network hubs selected to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and economic development. The STEM Advisory Council is co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and UNI President Ben Allen, who will coordinate the hubs.

President Ben Allen stated, "Regional needs in STEM can be best met through local and regional programming that takes advantage of local assets such as partner businesses, county extension, formal and informal education organizations, nonprofits and more."

The primary goal of STEM is to create greater students achievement in science and math. STEM has multiple areas of focus including technology enhanced instruction, teacher recruitment and preparation, learning readiness for post-secondary education, public awareness, partnerships for workforce development and education policy.

May 11, 2012 - 5:09pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa alumnus is giving college graduates the tools to find a job in their field of interest. Douglas Danne, who graduated from UNI in 1976 with a B.A. degree in science, is the author of "Employment Essentials—College Edition," published in January 2012.

"There’s so much focus now on social networking that grads tend to skip the essential preparation of learning how to interview," Danne said. The book's goal, he explained, is to help job applicants develop themselves into a marketable and desirable product.

A Japanese publisher will translate and publish the book in Japan in August 2012, and Danne will soon take a book tour in Japan. The book will also be translated into German, Dutch and Spanish.

"The college grads I visited during my Michigan tour like the book because it is easy to read and is focused on making them better candidates through empowering their interview skills," Danne noted.

Danne's book explains in detail the entire process of the search for a first job and lays out a roadmap for readers to follow. The book contains tips and tools on how to land a professional job, as well as real-life examples, sample resumes and practical advice from experts.

Danne is the founder and CEO of D.A. Danne & Associates, LLC, in Novi, Mich.

May 10, 2012 - 9:20am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa student group, the Student Council Exceptional Children (SCEC), recently completed Project ICAN Books: Inclusive Classroom Awareness Nurtured Through Books. The project provides age appropriate inclusive literature to schools throughout Cedar Falls and Waterloo. Project ICAN Books offers teachers classroom activities, such as discussion cards, WebQuests and unit lessons, which are linked to the books provided by SCEC.

SCEC hopes to increase the awareness of the diverse needs of children in schools by providing children's book to schools. The Cedar Falls Kiwanis funded the ICAN Books project for classroom teachers to help students learn more about disabilities.

"With the hard work that was put into this project, I'm excited to see how these books influence the students and impact their outlook on students with disabilities," said Sophie Haarhues, student leader of the project.

The student group is lead by Susan Brennan assistant professor and Christina Curran, associate professor in special education. For more information, contact Brennan at 319-273-7841 or susan.brennan@uni.edu.

May 9, 2012 - 10:39am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "What's Up With That? Analyzing Performance Problems" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is June 7.

"If you are trying to figure out why employees continue to do what they do even after they've been told not to; or they won't do what they have been asked to do, then this workshop will help you," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center.

Instructor Amy Campbell will take participants through a performance discrepancy flowchart to identify the root cause to the personnel problem and then have them outline a plan to resolve the issue. 

The workshop 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.     

May 9, 2012 - 1:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa was recently awarded the Bronze Incident Rate Excellence Award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council. The award was given at the 59th Annual Professional Development Conference and Expo in Dubuque.

This award acknowledges achievement in accident prevention through demonstrating an incident rate lower than the national average during 2011. UNI was one of 170 businesses, industries and government agencies in Illinois and Iowa to receive an award for the promotion of active safety programs and reduction of Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable incidents and injuries.

The Iowa-Illinois Safety Council is a chapter of the National Safety Council. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to protecting life and promoting health. The mission of the council is to promote effective safety, health and environmental practices.

For more information about the award, contact Wendel Reece, university safety manager, at 319-273-7269. 

May 7, 2012 - 11:07am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the three-day training program "Project Management: Working with People," hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The training takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 18-20, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is June 4.

This course provides insights into working with the most complex aspect of any project: people.

"Project managers generally have a lot of responsibility but not necessarily much authority, and they deal with many stakeholders -- from their bosses to clients to people in technology and design," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "The way a project manager handles diverse personalities can affect the project's success or failure."

Participants will focus on creating a management plan for the people aspect of a project, including staffing, individual and team development, management, leadership, accountability, teams, meetings and understanding context.

The cost is $995 for three days of instruction plus $300 for class materials, professional development units, lunches, refreshments and parking.  Completion of the course earns 18 professional development units that can be used to earn a Project Management designation from the Project Management Institute. 

For more information about this and other project management courses, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu or visit www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev.

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

May 4, 2012 - 9:44am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music is celebrating 50 years of making music in Russell Hall.

The original dedication ceremony for the building was held on May 6, 1962. It featured a performance by the Symphony Orchestra and the A Cappella Choir with the cantata "Blind with Rainbows," with lyrics by English faculty member James Hearst and music by faculty member William Latham. Also included in the ceremony was a march written by Edward Kurtz, former head of the Department of Music.

While the excellence in music education has been consistent since the doors first opened, Russell Hall has undergone a major transformation in recent years. In 2008, the newly renovated $10.2 million home to the School of Music reopened its doors. New features included a chamber music hall, jazz studio, an instrument repair room, two new classrooms and a music technology laboratory. Renovated features included updated studios, classrooms and practice rooms. Students at UNI continue to call the hall 'the music building,' as it was known back in the '60s.

"Russell Hall has been an important home to our classes, applied lessons, performances, workshops, master classes, rehearsals and more," noted John Vallentine, director of the School of Music. "As we look back into the history of making music at UNI, the building has allowed our students and faculty to flourish.  It is now a state-of-the art facility, allowing students to learn and perform great music."

Additionally, the next spotlight series will be the "120th Anniversary Spotlight Series: Celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the UNI School of Music." For more information, contact Vallentine at 319-273-2024 or john.vallentine@uni.edu.

 

May 4, 2012 - 2:40pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students have been honored as recipients of The Lux Service Award for their service to the university.

This year's recipients are Joel Anderson, a UNI senior philosophy and accounting major from Clive, Iowa and Ashley Stewart, a UNI family services major from Gary, Ind.

The Lux Service Award is the most prestigious award given to undergraduate students each academic year to acknowledge their service to UNI. The award takes its name from the Latin word for light. This is most notably represented in the official university seal, which features the burning lamp of knowledge. Since 1984, the award has been conferred annually in the spirit of keeping the light of service to others burning brightly at UNI. The award is presented by the Dean of Students and sponsored by the UNI Alumni Association. The recipients will be recognized during the 2012 commencement ceremonies.

The Lux Service Award recipients were chosen by a selection committee based on nominations from UNI faculty, students and staff. Requirements include a minimum 3.0 GPA, completion of at least 90 credit hours and demonstration of service to UNI during the recipient's university career.

For more information about the Lux Service award, visit www.uni.edu/deanofstudents/luxrecipients.

May 3, 2012 - 10:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Are You Micro-Managing, Macro-Managing or Right Managing" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, May 16, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is May 9.

"While most of us agree that you should adjust your management approach to the person, their experience and the situation, it's not as easy as it seems," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "The key is to use the right management style at the right time, in the right situation, depending on the person.

Instructor Mary Jo Kavalier will introduce workshop participants to the situational leadership model and help them determine when to utilize each management style based on a variety of work situations.

The workshop 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 person.

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.     

May 3, 2012 - 10:27am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cool Neighbors, the friendly challenge to reduce energy use among three Cedar Falls neighborhoods, is honoring participants for reducing household energy use by 7 to 13 percent over a six month period, October 2011 to March 2012.

The project, coordinated by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE), will plant a sugar maple tree in Seerley Park at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 10, to honor the College Hill Partnership (CHP), the neighborhood that reduced energy use the most at 13.2 percent.

"That's a really big percentage of energy savings," said Carole Yates, Cool Neighbors coordinator and CEEE program manager. "Most utilities have energy reduction goals of 1 to 1.5 percent. This project shows that commitment to energy efficiency can really help us save energy."

North Cedar participants reduced their combined electric and gas energy use 11 percent. Like the other neighborhoods, North Cedar participants enjoyed monthly events that ranged from demonstration home energy audits to home weatherization and learning more about energy efficient lighting and appliances.

Overman Park participants will help plant a sugar maple tree in their honor at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, on the 3rd Street side of Overman Park. "Overman Park deserves recognition for having the most neighbors participating – nearly 30 neighbors shared information with each other, made home and behavior changes during the six months, and reduced their electric and gas usage an average of 7.8 percent," said Yates.

Help with the project included the Cedar Falls Utilities Energy Services team that provided energy use data, a chart for neighbors to see how their energy use compared to their neighborhood and to Iowa, programs for Cool Neighbors and energy education announcements. Other partners included the City of Cedar Falls, which provided printing, video public service announcements, mailing and administrative support; Sarah Webb, founder and coordinator of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light 's Cool Congregations, who helped develop and lead Cool Neighbors; and Green Iowa AmeriCorps, a community service organization hosted at UNI, which provided home weatherization audits and follow-up services.

For additional information, contact Yates at 319-273-7599 or carole.yates@uni.edu.

April 30, 2012 - 11:38am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host Andy Larson, of Iowa State University's Extension program, for a workshop in small farm sustainability from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 11, in the CEEE on the UNI campus.

The program will show vendors how to focus on marketing and merchandising at farmers markets and how farmers markets are affecting Iowa and how to better improve customer relations.

The workshop is sponsored by the UNI CEEE and the ISU Extension and Outreach program and is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested. For more information or to RSVP, contact Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the CEEE, at 319-273-7883 or andrea.geary@uni.edu.

 

April 30, 2012 - 11:42am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Six Steps and Eight Behaviors to Resolving Conflict" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is May 11.

Debra Salz, workshop instructor, will conduct active dialogue sessions about conflict and have participants explore how they interpret and respond to conflict based on their natural tendencies and personalities.

"By looking at conflict from a different perspective, you can improve employee relationships and morale, accomplish more at work, limit negatively and achieve more success," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center.

The workshop 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 five 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.     

April 27, 2012 - 2:54pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A University of Northern Iowa student won one of three $5,000 first place awards in the Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition held in Des Moines on April 25.

Brian Hoyer, a junior general studies major from Cedar Falls, won for his business, Recycle Rite Inc. Recycle Rite provides single-stream curbside recycling services for residential and commercial customers in Cedar Falls and other parts of the Cedar Valley. The company is currently expanding into other service lines. Tim Schulte, a senior double major in business teaching and accounting from Des Moines, is the company's chief financial officer.State business plan competition winners

"I am pleased to have won. We were excited about the opportunity to meet with John Pappajohn and the other judges from Equity Dynamics and receive input on the business. The award money will help with the purchase of some equipment for the business, furthering its expansion," said Hoyer.

Kyle Reasoner, a senior double majoring in political science and political communications from Washburn, and  Heather Hussong, a senior general studies major from Spirit Lake, were UNI regional winners for their business, Eco Taxi, a bio-fueled taxi service opening in Iowa City. Christian Brown, a second BA majoring in accounting from Waterloo, was a UNI regional winner for his business, CMB Portfolio Management LLC, an investment consulting firm.  

The other two state-level winners were Structuralize, a facial motion capture service for the video game and film industries , from Iowa State University, and Mazira LLC, a cloud-based web service for storing and searching massive amounts of data and documents, from the University of Iowa.

The annual competition is sponsored by John Pappajohn, Equity Dynamics, and the Pappajohn Centers at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, The University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa. The competition is intended for Iowa university and college students with an interest in starting their own businesses. A maximum of 15 regional-winner students or student teams can compete in the competition at the state level. Three seed awards in the amount of $5,000 each are presented to the top three business plans and presentations in the competition.

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 www.jpec.org, call (319) 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

April 27, 2012 - 3:05pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students are preparing to leave for Brazil to participate in a new program to study communication disorders across two different languages and cultures. The three-year project involves student exchange as well as cross-cultural and cross-linguistic curriculum development for students at the University of Northern Iowa, East Tennessee University, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria and Universidade de Sao Paulo-Bauru.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Through this unique opportunity, students will learn the social and cultural differences that exist across cultures while also understanding the different treatments of communication disorders in a different country. The project director at UNI is Ken Bleile, professor of communication sciences and disorders.

"This is the first grant of its kind -- the first opportunity for American students in communication sciences and disorders to exchange with students in Brazil," said Bleile. "This grant brings the world to the doorstep of UNI students in communication sciences and disorders."

For additional information, contact Bleile at 319-273-2577 or ken.bleile@uni.edu.

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