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November 13, 2013 - 10:52am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Thanks to the work of the University of Northern Iowa's National Ag-Based Lubricants (NABL) Center, biobased and soybean oil based lubricants and greases are no longer a novelty, but are a well-recognized commercial success.

NABL will cease operations in 2014 after 22 years of activity due to the loss of federal funds. The nonprofit, university-based research and testing facility dedicated to the advancement of biobased lubricants has made a significant long-term impact in establishing the biobased lubricants market within the U.S.

"After 22 years of efforts, there is a growing biobased lubricants industry owing its success partially to the work of the UNI NABL Center," said Lou Honary, director of NABL.

NABL was established in 1991 through the collaborative efforts of UNI, the Iowa Soybean Association/Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, the state of Iowa, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy. The center successfully developed and licensed to market more than 30 products, ranging from multi-grade hydraulic fluids to niche-market greases to gear lubricants.

Through the years, more than 50 students worked at the center and helped with research. Eight patents and three pending patents were generated from the work of the NABL staff, and two companies were formed to specifically market technology that was created at the center. Since 2000, when commercialization of the NABL licensed products began, an estimated $40M worth of lubricants and greases have been marketed by different entities.

"We feel we have accomplished many of the goals and objectives of the center," said Honary. "Originally, we thought this was going to be a 1-3 year project but it grew to a major national center and operated for 22 years. We know the legacy of the center will continue as the products that were produced by NABL are in commercial use and continue to grow in the market."

For more information about NABL, visit or contact Honary at 319-273-6737 or

November 12, 2013 - 2:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University Economic Development Association (UEDA) has given awards to the University of Northern Iowa's Dream Big Grow Here and Iowa Business Concierge programs. The programs were the recipients of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Research and Analysis awards at the annual UEDA conference in Pittsburgh.

Dream Big Grow Here received the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award for its innovative statewide contest that rewards a good business approach and pitch with money. The program uses an online platform where entrepreneurs can upload their plans of starting or expanding a business, and then encourages friends, family and customers to vote for them.

The Iowa Business Concierge program received the Research and Analysis Award for providing market research information, which is typically too expensive for small firms, at no charge to Iowa firms. In its first six months, the Iowa Business Concierge assisted 256 business owners, helped create 11 new businesses and helped launch eight new products or services.

For additional information, contact Joe Bolick, communications and public relations, UNI Business and Community Services, at 319-273-6577 or

November 12, 2013 - 4:51pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has been named to Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges 2014" rankings, which recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to providing opportunities to America's veterans.

"As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans," said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members.

This is just the most recent honor for UNI. Earlier this fall, G.I. Jobs Magazine selected UNI as a Military Friendly School for the fourth time.

For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 rankings, visit For more information about the military and veteran student services at UNI, visit

November 11, 2013 - 9:31am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an artist lecture and musical performance by Tim Lowly at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South, Room 111. Lowly will speak about his paintings and other artistic works. The lecture will be followed immediately by an 8 p.m. musical performance with Lowly and Karima Walker in the Graham Hall Chamber Music Room in Russell Hall. 

Chicago-based artist, curator and musician, Lowly has been affiliated with North Park University in Chicago as gallery director, professor and artist-in-residence. His paintings are delicate, beautiful and haunting. They are portraits of his daughter, Temma, and the world seen through her eyes. 

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kenneth Hall, assistant professor of art, at 319-273-6142 or

November 11, 2013 - 10:49am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A panel discussion titled "Reflecting on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy" will be held to discuss and remember the national tragedy of his assassination. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, Seerley Hall, Room 115 at the University of Northern Iowa.

Panelists for the discussion include Grand Veeder, Black Hawk County auditor; John Johnson, professor of history; Donna Hoffman, professor and head of political science; and Dick Broadie, newspaper columnist and radio commentator. The discussion will be followed by audience comments and questions.

"The 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy offers an opportunity to reflect upon the tragic events of November 1963 as well as the place of the late president in American history and life," noted Johnson.

The American Democracy Project and the departments of history and political science will host the event. For additional information, contact Johnson at 319-273-7077 or

November 8, 2013 - 1:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Parents and students in the Cedar Valley will have the opportunity to learn about applying for college scholarships at the Educational Talent Search Program parent/student workshop at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at the University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), 800 Sycamore, St., Waterloo. The workshop is open to students in 11th and 12th grade and high school graduates.

"We want to help our students get an early start on applying for scholarships," said Tony Stevens, director of UNI Educational Talent Search. "These students have done the work academically, they just have to do the work to receive the scholarships."

The workshop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by UNI's Educational Talent Search Program and the Iowa College Access Network.

For more information, contact Stevens at 319-433-1220 or

November 8, 2013 - 5:04pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has been selected to host a U.S. Department of Education open forum on the Obama administration's college affordability and completion initiative. The forum will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. This event is open to the public. It will also be streamed online at

Under Secretary of Education Martha Kantor, as well as other U.S. Department of Education officials, will facilitate the forum. Students, faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to participate and give their feedback and input on the Department of Education's plan to develop a college rating system.

"We are honored to be selected to host an event that is so important to the future of higher education," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "The open forum gives the students, faculty and staff of higher education, as well as our communities, an important opportunity to voice their input about policies that will affect students and families around the nation."

This will be one of the first opportunities the public will have to provide feedback on President Obama's higher education plan, which was announced in August. UNI is one of only four higher education institutions in the U.S. to host this forum.

Those who wish to present comments at the forum must register three days in advance. Register by email at with the subject "Open Forum Registration." The department will notify individuals of their time slot. Walk-in registrations will be accepted on site if time slots are available.

For more information, visit, the forum website or the U.S. Department of Education website at

November 6, 2013 - 10:21am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty Michele Devlin, professor of health, physical education and leisure services, and Mark Grey, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology, are the recipients of the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit's Karen L. Evans Award (Immigrant Champion Award) for their outstanding work with Iowa's immigrant population. The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit is an annual conference that brings together resources for current and aspiring immigrant entrepreneurs to start or expand their businesses in Iowa. The award will be presented at a luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Drake University in Des Moines.

Devlin and Grey are also the recipients of the 2013 FRIENDS of Iowa Civil Rights Award. This award is given to individuals, businesses, nonprofit and community organizations, and youth who have made a significant contribution in promoting civil rights in Iowa during the past year.

Devlin and Grey are the directors of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities. The center provides statewide academic leadership to address and reduce health disparities among minority, immigrant and medically underserved populations in Iowa. Grey also serves as the program director for the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration (ICILI), which guides and prepares Iowa communities and businesses as they accommodate immigrant and refugee newcomers living and working in Iowa.

For more information, contact Devlin at 319-273-5806 or, or contact Grey at 319-273-6496 or For more information on the Iowa Center for Health Disparities visit, and for more information on ICILI visit 

November 6, 2013 - 11:36am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has a wide range of activities planned to recognize Veterans Day and honor members of the armed forces. The UNI Veterans Association will host events to pay tribute to past and present service members as well as to promote awareness throughout campus.

Events throughout the week include:

-At 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, the UNI Panthers football team will play Youngstown State during a Veterans Appreciation game at the UNI-Dome. At halftime, 9 new cadets will participate in an enlistment ceremony.

-At 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, UNI will host a formal Veterans Ball in the Commons Ballroom. The event will include dinner, live music and a keynote speech by UNI President Bill Ruud, who is an Army veteran. To register for the event, visit

-At 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Presidential Room of Maucker Union, there will be a discussion about trauma in hopes of creating more "trauma informed" environments for veterans.

-At 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), UNI will host the documentary "The Battle for Marjah" to be followed by Q&A with a marine who was part of the battle.

-At 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in the CME, UNI will host a student transition panel to talk and answer questions about the challenges of transitioning to a university.

-The Veterans Battalion Run will start at 6:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at the West Gym. The run will be followed by refreshments.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information or a full list of events, visit or contact Julia Heuer, military and veteran student services coordinator, at 319-273-2278 or

November 6, 2013 - 11:50am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Sunsara Taylor, American writer and political activist, will visit the University of Northern Iowa to speak about religion and women's rights in regards to birth control and abortion. "Defeating the Assault on Abortion Rights: Winning the Full Liberation of Women" will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Taylor currently sits on the advisory board for the organization World Can't Wait and has written about theocracy, wars and repression in the U.S.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Jessica Garraway, president of the UNI Feminist Action League, at 712-574-7940 or

November 6, 2013 - 3:22pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- To commemorate 25 years of integrated roadside vegetation management in Iowa, the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) Program at the University of Northern Iowa is teaming up with the Iowa Living Roadway Trust Fund to host regional planning sessions on local integrated roadside vegetation management programs. Six sessions are planned from 10 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. throughout the months of November and December. Lunch will be provided; an RSVP is requested by Nov. 15.

"The past quarter century has left a positive impact on Iowa's roadsides in terms of vegetation management and incorporating native landscapes with transportation infrastructure. We have new technology, yet maintain many key philosophies of implementing IRVM," said Rebecca Kauten, IRVM program manager at the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center. "Now is a great time to take stock of existing programs, as well as consider a program for your county. There's no better way to do both than to learn from existing IRVM professionals about best practices and ways to get things started and stay successful."

Planning session dates and locations are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 18: Forest Park Museum, 14581 K Ave., Perry

Tuesday, Nov. 19: Wickiup Hill Learning Center, 10260 Morris Hills Rd., Toddville

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Lime Creek Nature Center, 3501 Lime Creek Rd., Mason City

Wednesday, Dec. 4: Hagge Park Conservation Center, 2970 280th St., Sac City

Friday, Dec. 6: Montgomery County Conservation Office, 2059 190th St., Red Oak

Monday, Dec. 9: Mahaska County Seconday Roads Office, 2074 Old Hwy 163, Oskaloosa

For more information or to RSVP, contact Kauten at 319-273-3856 or

November 4, 2013 - 10:06am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will host "An Evening of 'Text' Messages" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, Room 040.

The show is a "best of the best" event featuring performances from beginning and advanced performance classes in the Department of Communication Studies. Performances result from four courses: Oral Interpretation, Cultural Performance, Family Communication, and Technology and Human Communication (Digital Culture). The show will feature 12 performances, including personal narratives, family stories, digital remix performances and experimental performances. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Danielle McGeough, assistant professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6985 or

October 31, 2013 - 8:49am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a lecture about the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project. The lecture, by Leisl Carr Childers, assistant professor of history, will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Oral history has been a powerful tool for researchers to better understand the experiences of everyday individuals engaged in activities that are not always officially or publicly recorded. From 2003 to 2008, the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project documented the remembrances of those engaged in and affected by the nation's nuclear testing program during the Cold War. The project peeled back the layers of secrecy and compartmentalization and revealed participants as part of a very special community connected by the geography of nuclear testing.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is hosted by Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the History Club Lecture Series. For more information, contact Robert Martin, professor of history, at 319-273-2097 or

October 31, 2013 - 11:34am

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Leslie Prideaux has been named director of alumni relations. She is currently assistant director of programs for the University of Iowa Alumni Association. Leslie Prideaux
Prideaux has extensive experience in alumni relations with a proven track record of success in creating strategic, integrated plans and programs. At UNI she will serve as president of the UNI Alumni Association, provide strategic direction of alumni association activities, manage university programs and services for alumni and will direct the development of strategies and messages for alumni communications. 
"We look forward to Leslie joining us at the University of Northern Iowa," said Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, Development and Alumni Relations. "She will bring a great deal of energy to this position as we continue to build relationships and opportunities for our Panther alumni."
Prideaux is a Waterloo native. She will assume her duties on Nov. 18.

October 31, 2013 - 11:49am


The University of Northern Iowa has been selected to host an open forum on Friday, Nov. 15, by the Department of Education to discuss the Obama Administration’s college value and affordability plans.

UNI is one of four universities nationwide to host the public forum by the Department of Education. The first one kicks off on Nov. 6 at the California State University-Dominguez Hills. George Mason University will be on Nov. 13, and Louisiana State University on Nov. 21.

Those who wish to present comments at the forum about the administration’s proposals must register three days in advance. Comments can be submitted by email at

It is the Department of Education’s policy to make all comments received from members of the public available, according to the website. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available.

More information about the event at UNI, including the start time and exact location, is forthcoming.

October 29, 2013 - 3:14pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students and alumni, as well as the Cedar Valley community, will have the opportunity to give back while participating in a fun, mile-long run, walk or roll on Tuesday, Nov. 12, on the UNI campus. The seventh annual Polar Bare Run, Walk or Roll will begin with check-in at 9 p.m. at the UNI Alumni House, 1012 West 23rd St. The race will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to bring new or gently used articles of clothing to donate to the Salvation Army. For each article of clothing brought to the event, the participant's name will be put in a drawing for prizes. The event is sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association and its student group, CATS (Connecting Alumni to Students). Registration is $5 and will be open until the day of the event.

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

October 29, 2013 - 3:26pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a lecture by Grant Wood Art Colony Fellow Eric Sall at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South, Room 111. Sall will discuss his work and career.

The lecture was made possible by the Grant Wood Art Colony Fellowship Program at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, which provides post-M.F.A. or post-doctoral fellowships in painting, printmaking and interdisciplinary performance. For more information about the program, visit

Eric Sall received a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a Charlotte Street Fund Award and an Art in Architecture commission from the General Services Administration. In addition, he has attended the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in Brooklyn, the LMCC Workspace residency in New York and the Yale Summer Program of Music and Art in Norfolk, Conn.

Currently on view at the UNI Gallery of Art is "The Power of Line: Prints of the European and American Etching Revival from the University of Iowa Museum of Art," a collaboration with the UI Museum of Art through its Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Program. The gallery and the Department of Art at UNI are proud to participate in programs that offer exciting art and scholarship programming partnerships between Iowa’s Regents Universities.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 319-273-3095.

October 28, 2013 - 10:11am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Philosophy and World Religions will host lectures concerning evolution and religion, as well as the Affordable Care Act, as part of a fall lecture series.

The first lecture is titled "Does Evolution Undermine Religion? A Panel Discussion." The panel will include Steve O'Kane, professor of biology; Jerry Soneson, associate professor of religion and humanities; and Loyal Rue, emeritus professor of religion and philosophy at Luther College. They will discuss the implications that the contemporary view of evolution has for the validity of religion today. The panel will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Those in attendance are encouraged to bring questions about this issue to the presentation.

The second lecture will be presented at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Francis Degnin, associate professor of philosophy, will present "Death Panels, Soaring Costs and the Nanny State: Separating Truth from Fiction in What Obamacare Means to You." This presentation will address some of the myths and misinformation about the Affordable Care Act, as well as its implications for health care and the public.

Presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jerry Soneson, department head and associate professor of philosophy and world religions, at 319-273-6221 or

October 24, 2013 - 1:02pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Internationally known activist Angela Davis will deliver her lecture "Finding Your Way: Organizing for Social Change and Human Rights" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"I am delighted and honored to have Ms. Angela Davis in the Cedar Valley to talk with us, particularly college students, faculty and any who would listen, to become more civically engaged and to promote positive social change to make this country and the world a better place in which to live," said Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education.

Davis rose to national notoriety in the 1960s as a prominent figure in the civil and women's rights movements. She has written a number of books on a variety of social justice issues, including "Women, Race and Class." Today, she is a professor at the University of California.

For more information, contact Blackwell at 319-273-2250 or

October 24, 2013 - 1:07pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

Three hundred and sixty-eight students have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study. Barb Bakker, instructor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, will deliver the convocation address. Katheryn East, chair of the Teacher Education Faculty, will present the candidates. Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost, will grant admission to the Teacher Education Program, and the pinning and affirmation of candidates will be by Katheryn East.

This will be the 46th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education Program since formal ceremonies began in 1991. Parents and friends of the candidates are invited along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the GBPAC lobby.

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


October 23, 2013 - 9:36am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students, faculty and staff at the University of Northern Iowa will participate in Make A Difference Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of community service, and thousands of projects are planned each year involving corporations, communities and nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers will participate in various service projects at places throughout the Cedar Valley, including projects with the ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program in Waterloo and the Black Hawk County Conservation at local county parks. The event will end with a luncheon.

For more information, contact Steffoni Schmidt, program coordinator for Maucker Union Administration, at 319-273-7422 or

October 23, 2013 - 1:19pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Residence Hall Association will sponsor a trick-or-treating event from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Bender, Dancer, Lawther, Campbell, Noehren, Hagemann, Rider and Shull Hall.

University students will hand out candy and host events, including coloring, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating and a costume red carpet for children in each hall lobby.

The event is open to the public. For additional information, contact Roxie Tucker, residence life coordinator of Lawther Hall, at 319-273-2148 or

October 22, 2013 - 9:21am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Associate professor of management Craig VanSandt has been named the new David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at the University of Northern Iowa. VanSandt brings a wealth of business and higher education experience with him to UNI. He holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Texas Christian University, an MBA from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in management from Virginia Tech. He has worked in real estate development and the banking industry, and taught at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., for 13 years. Craig VanSandt

"College students are the future leaders of our society; they are the ones who will determine the path we take," said VanSandt. "My main focus in teaching is to help students develop their critical thinking skills, to get them to question conventional wisdom and to help them become engaged, productive citizens."

The David W. Wilson Chair was established through a gift from university alumnus and Laguna Beach, Calif., resident David W. Wilson, president and owner of one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in the country. The Chair is the foremost expert in the college on business ethics, teaches the topic in the classroom and serves as a resource and authority on the topic for the business, government and nonprofit communities.

To reach David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics Craig VanSandt, call 319-273-6194 or email

October 21, 2013 - 11:46am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer Panther Play Dates from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Nov. 1, at the Schindler Education Center. UNI elementary education and theatre majors will provide art activities for students in grades one through five.

Students are responsible for bringing a sack lunch; a mid-afternoon snack will be provided. The cost for this event is $30 per child. Students may be dropped off from 8:45 to 9 a.m. An early drop-off time will be offered from 8 to 8:45 a.m., with an additional cost of $5 per child. Parents are encouraged to join their children at 4 p.m. for a mini-performance. Participants can register at

For more information, contact Amy Hunzelman, director of education and special programs at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3679 or

October 21, 2013 - 2:32pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Glitter, fake blood and five-inch heels are a few of the things you can expect to see at UNI Proud's third annual Halloween Drag-A-Ganza from 7 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Maucker Union Ballroom C on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The drag show and dance party aims to be the group's largest-ever Halloween show, with two sets of performances, a costume contest and an open dance floor.

"The Halloween Drag-A-Ganza is one of our biggest events of the fall semester," said David Pope, president of UNI Proud. "We've seen attendance go from 70 the first year to over a hundred last year. This year we've added about twice as many drag performers and they'll be sure to entertain longer than in the past."

Attendees are encouraged to tip performers; money raised will be donated to the Community AIDS Assistance Project. Prizes will be awarded for the scariest, funniest, most creative, most realistic and best gender-bending costumes.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pope at 641-529-0381 or, or visit

October 21, 2013 - 3:47pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) is excited to announce the launch of Paint Tracker, a free online resource that can be used to record and track paint and solvent usage.

"Various regulations require businesses to maintain records for paint and solvent usage. This can become tedious and time-consuming, especially for larger facilities," said Dan Nickey, associate director at the IWRC. Using Paint Tracker, businesses are able to input data on a regular basis and generate reports as needed to meet regulations.

The IWRC originally developed this software in 2007, then known as PaintPlus. It was available as downloadable software, which made it only accessible from one computer. "The decision to develop a web application meant a greater ease of accessibility, and we were able to add upgraded reporting capabilities to Paint Tracker," said Nickey.

Paint Tracker was developed by IWRC's Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program environmental specialists with funding by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. To learn more and register for a free account, visit

The IWRC has been providing environmental services, including business assistance and industry training as well as research and development, for more than 25 years. IWRC is a nonprofit organization and is part of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit or contact Joe Bolick, IWRC communications and grant manager, at 319-273-6577 or

October 17, 2013 - 3:59pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, in Sabin Hall, Room 002.

Cady will present a lecture about the role of Iowa's courts in policy making. He will provide insights into the decision-making process of the courts and discuss recent cases, including the landmark decision in Varnum v. Brien, which established same-sex marriage in Iowa. Cady earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Drake University, and was first appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 1998, becoming the Chief Justice in January 2011.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Donna Hoffman, department head of political science, at 319-273-5916 or

October 17, 2013 - 4:47pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Award-winning spoken word poet and co-writer of the Tony-nominated "Def Poetry Jam on Broadway" Staceyann Chin will perform at the University of Northern Iowa from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in UNI's Center for Multicultural Education (CME). A book signing and reception will follow her performance.

"I personally am excited to have a queer person of color come to campus to share their personal experiences through a creative outlet," said Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator for the CME. "When you are a member of two or more oppressed groups, there are a lot of cultural challenges that come along with it that most people don't understand. I hope that Staceyann's message of support and hope will resonate with those who attend so that we may continue to work on making inclusive communities stronger at UNI."

Chin's activist-driven poetry has been acclaimed by a variety of publications. She has performed her work in Off-Broadway one-woman shows and has been featured in several poetry anthologies and documentary films. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Cruz at 319-273-2250 or

October 16, 2013 - 9:46am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Peter Jahr, member of the European Parliament, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Jahr will deliver a lecture titled "Renewable Energies: What We Should (Not) Learn From the European Union." The event is the fifth installment of this year's UNI Diplomat Series, sponsored by the Office of International Programs and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Center for Social and Behavioral Research and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

Jahr is a member of the German Christian Democratic Party and sits with the European People's Party group in the European Parliament. He is a member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, the Committee on Petitions, the Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

Jahr earned Diplom-Landwirt, comparable to Bachelors and Masters of Agronomy, in 1984 and a Doctor of Agronomy in 1988 from the Karl-Marx-Universität Leipzig. Jahr has served as a member of the Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany and the Landtag of Saxony, the German state of Saxony's parliament. In 2002, he became a member of the German Bundestag, the national parliament of Germany. Jahr has also been a part-time farmer since 1995.

For more information, contact Craig Klafter, associate provost for international programs, at 319-273-6807 or


October 16, 2013 - 4:59pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa hosted a project on Wednesday, Oct. 16, that gave participants an authentic experience as a high school student.

Back-to-School gave a small group of UNI teacher educators, business leaders and legislators the opportunity to gain authentic experiences in Cedar Valley high schools in order to become better informed about college, careers and citizenry readiness. Participants were paired with a student and observed all the things their student did during the day, such as take tests or participate in class projects.

"I saw students who were engaged and classes that were relevant to life," said Elizabeth Zwanziger, assistant professor of languages. "It's important to make students life-ready, whether or not they're college bound."

Based on participation, debriefing and consultation, a report will be created to capture findings about college, careers and citizenry readiness. Findings will be used in crafting school and college programming, employment training and educational policy.

"This was a great experience," said Sen. Bill Dotzler. "Any time you can spend time with students is worthwhile and eye-opening. I saw students working on an issue back and forth with one another. They were respectful, and they were building their communication and people skills."

For more information about the Back-to-School project, contact Amelia Holden-McMurray, communications and marketing coordinator for the College of Education, at 319-273-2314 or

October 16, 2013 - 4:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- America is losing up to 40 percent of its food to waste according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. A workshop on Oct. 30 at the Des Moines Public Library will explore the food waste issue and focus on methods to reduce food waste and divert it from the landfill.

Hosted by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, the workshop will include presentations and discussions from regional experts such as Aubrey Martinez, director from Eat Greater Des Moines at the Iowa Food Systems Council and Shelly Codner, Area 2 representative from the Iowa Waste Exchange. IWRC specialists will also speak as well as a panel of representatives from area organizations and businesses who will identify the challenges to food waste reduction and diversion.

Registration for the one-day workshop is $10, which includes lunch; zero-waste services will be provided by RecycleMeIowa. For more information and to register, visit

The workshop is being held as part of the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project which is funded through a Solid Waste Alternative Program grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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

October 15, 2013 - 3:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Expert on dual-language learning and professor emeritus of early childhood education at the University of Missouri, Columbia Linda Espinosa will visit the University of Northern Iowa from Tuesday, Oct. 29 to Friday, Nov. 1. UNI students, faculty and staff are invited to an informal presentation on Espinosa's research with children in poverty from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, in the Center for Multicultural Education. Throughout the week, Espinosa will also visit education classes to help students understand how to better serve low-income students and dual-language learners.

"We hope that Dr. Espinosa's visit will help the UNI community to gain insight into children of poverty and children who are dual-language learners, and especially how we can better prepare teachers to meet these children's needs and support them to be successful in school and society," said Jill Uhlenberg, head of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at UNI.

Espinosa has worked extensively with low-income minority students. She has published more than 70 research articles, book chapters and training manuals on how to establish effective educational services for low-income minority families and children who are acquiring English as a second language.

For more information, contact Uhlenberg at 319-273-7671 or

October 14, 2013 - 10:53am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- One of the most noted scholars of Japanese religion, Steven Heine, will partner with UNI world religions professor Martha Reineke to deliver a lecture on religion in contemporary Japan at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Sabin Hall, Room 002 on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The lecture, "Japanese Religion: A View from the Streets of Tokyo," will feature photos and first-hand experiences from Reineke's recent trip to Japan.

"In our global society, graduates of UNI and members of our community are increasingly likely to go to an Asian country as part of their work. My lecture will better prepare persons to understand the religious beliefs and practices of persons they may encounter while conducting business in East Asia," said Reineke. "Persons who plan to visit Japan as tourists will also find this lecture a good introduction to Japanese culture and religion."

The groundbreaking research published in Heine's book "Sacred High City, Sacred Low City: A Tale of Religious Sites in Two Tokyo Neighborhoods" served as a guide for Reineke's trip and will also be the basis for the lecture.

For more information, contact Reineke at 319-273-6233 or

October 14, 2013 - 10:58am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society (ACS) students will host their annual "Halloween House" from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus. More than 500 people are expected to attend this year's event.

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

"The ACS students have been working hard this semester to create these demonstrations and hands-on activities in an effort to make the event fun and entertaining in a safe environment," said Dawn Del Carlo, faculty adviser to ACS and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

"Hopefully our visitors will have a great time and experience how exciting chemistry at UNI can be," added Melisa Cherney, co-adviser of ACS and assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Del Carlo at 319-273-3296 or, or Cherney at 319-273-2557 or

October 10, 2013 - 1:11pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is an outstanding business school for the eighth consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education-services company features the school in the just-published 2014 edition of "The Best 295 Business Schools" (Random House/Princeton Review, published Oct. 8, 2013).

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

Farzad Mousavi, dean of UNI's College of Business Administration, said, "It is gratifying to receive continued recognition from The Princeton Review, which is internationally respected for its independence and relies heavily on current students' opinions. What The Princeton Review finds so appealing -- high quality of instruction and strong student orientation -- defines the academic philosophy of the entire college."

"The Best 295 Business Schools: 2014 Edition" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile on UNI, the Princeton Review editors say, "UNI is well known and their students are well received as potential employees."

One student told The Princeton Review that the University of Northern Iowa offers a "practical business curriculum than can be directly applied to the business world." Another said, "It is a highly interactive atmosphere with professors who want you to [learn]." Said another, "Administrative staff [is] wonderful here; they go above and beyond limits to help you with any kind of issue."

Learn more about UNI's undergraduate business and MBA programs at

October 10, 2013 - 2:41pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host theologian and social activist Ronald Sider as part of the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, in the Lang Hall Auditorium.

Sider will lecture on "Social Responsibility & the Crisis of Hunger," which addresses the persistence of hunger in this country and the world and what can and should be done about it. He is a distinguished professor at the Palmer Theological Seminary and author of "Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger." Sider is also the founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, a group that seeks to develop biblical solutions to social and economic problems.

The event is in conjunction with the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. Last year, the series focused on "The Search for an American Dream" through questions of social justice, education and economics. This year's theme is "Food Matters." Speakers and films will explore why food is an important topic, and how food-related decisions have a global, national and local impact.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit or contact Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or

October 10, 2013 - 2:54pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present "Spring Awakening" at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31, Nov. 2 and Nov. 7 to 9, and at 2 p.m., Nov. 3 and 10. All performances will be in Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Spring Awakening" is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1892 expressionist play about the struggles, frustrations and thrills of the teen years. The musical, by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, follows a group of adolescent students as they wrestle with their burgeoning sexuality and the refusal of their parents and teachers to admit what is really happening. It is a groundbreaking theatrical work in its use of contemporary music and choreography in the world of 19th century values and repression. With hope, reason and passion, "Spring Awakening" explores the conflicts between children and parents and double standards in morality and sexuality. The show contains adult themes, language and brief nudity.

"Spring Awakening" is the second performance of Theatre UNI's 2013-14 season, "Deadly Sins." The production is directed by Jay Edelnant, professor of performance. Scenery design is by Mark A. Parrot, assistant professor of design and production. Costumes are designed by Amy Rohrberg, associate professor of design and production. Two guest designers are working on this production; projection design is by Carsten Earl from Luther College, and the lighting design is by Chris Wood, a well-established freelance designer. Sound design is by senior theatre design and production major Shawn Poellet and projection support is provided by Aharon Moody, also a senior theatre design and production major. The production stage manager is Jessica Kray, a senior theatre major and Stage Inc. scholarship recipient.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $14 for groups of 8 or more, $12 for youth and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director for Theatre UNI, at 319-273-6833 or, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit

October 9, 2013 - 9:43am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Do whistleblowers help or hinder government accountability? Sen. Chuck Grassley will answer this question with his lecture "Government Accountability and Whistleblowers" from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, in Maucker Union's Expansion Room on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Grassley has been a consistent defender of whistleblowers and considers them to be part of the system of checks and balances. A co-author of the Whistleblower Protection Act, Grassley views his support for whistleblower protection as a duty to protect truth-tellers.

In a Des Moines Register article from July 29, he said, "Anything we can do to uphold whistleblowers and their protection is the right thing to keep government responsible. If you know laws are being violated and money's being misspent, you have a patriotic duty to report it."

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the UNI American Democracy Project (ADP), a program of the provost's office.

For more information, contact Geraldine Perreault, chair of the UNI American Democracy Project, at 319-273-6898 or Because of the uncertainty in Washington, if Grassley's visit needs to be rescheduled, notices would be sent to the media and posted on the ADP website (

October 9, 2013 - 9:48am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present "Slammin' at the Interp!" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, Room 040.

"Slammin' at the Interp!" will bring together spoken word and slam poets from across Iowa. Featured performers include Josh Hamzehee, Melina Gotera, Yaw Kyeremateng, Zora Hurst, Kate Krohn, Christian Roth and Jerica Crawford. The event is intended for mature audiences only.

The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. Admission passes will be available 45 minutes before the production begins in Lang Hall, Room 040. For more information, contact Danielle McGeough, assistant professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6985 or

October 9, 2013 - 1:17pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence, the University of Northern Iowa will host Anita DeFrantz, member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams, at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, in the Commons Ballroom. DeFrantz will speak on "Striving for Excellence." The installation of 2013 inductees into the Hall of Excellence will take place at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Wellness and Recreation Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

DeFrantz was captain of the American rowing team at the 1976 Summer Olympics and went on to become the first female vice president of the IOC. The event is hosted by UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services and the College of Education. During the celebration, President Bill Ruud will welcome Hall of Excellence past and current inductees. A reception will follow the event with a cost of $20 for the public.

This year's inductees into the Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence include Donald Briggs, instructor of physical education and former wrestling coach at UNI; Mark Farley, head coach of the UNI football team and winner of the National Coach of the Year-Eddie Robinson Award; Frederick Pelley, retired physical education teacher and honor award recipient; and Debra Stephenson, health and physical education teacher and outstanding teacher award recipient.

For additional information, contact Carol Bean, secretary in Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, at 319-273-2840 or

October 8, 2013 - 4:19pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's dance companies, Orchesis and International Dance Theatre, will present their annual fall dance concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, and 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall. 

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

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

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

October 7, 2013 - 9:03am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students, faculty and staff at the University of Northern Iowa will join thousands of Iowans in a commitment to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by participating in Healthiest State walks on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The walks will take place at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Maucker Union, noon at the McLeod Center and 3 p.m. at the Wellness and Recreation Center.

In 2011, Gov. Terry Branstad announced the plan to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation within five years. In coordination with the Blue Zones Project, UNI will help Iowa work toward that goal. UNI President Bill Ruud and Mrs. Ruud and Cedar Falls Mayor Jon Crews will participate in the 11:30 a.m. walk.

For additional information, contact Therese Callaghan, employee disability & leave coordinator in Human Resource Services, at 319-273-6164 or

October 3, 2013 - 4:27pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A team of physics professors from the University of Northern Iowa received a federal grant of $105,000 from the National Science Foundation to perform new experiments on materials at temperatures within 10 degrees Fahrenheit of absolute zero, the lowest temperature that can be achieved. The funding will be used to purchase a new low-temperature system to work alongside current equipment in the laboratory of Rui He, principal investigator and assistant professor of physics at UNI. Other members of the team include Paul Shand and Tim Kidd.

"This equipment will significantly enhance and broaden our research capability. It will provide our undergraduate students with hands-on experience in low-temperature optical experiments and with world-class opportunities in scientific research," said He.

With the recent grant, UNI physics faculty have secured more than $740,000 in competitive grants from the National Science Foundation since 2009. This funding has helped support five to 10 undergraduate students per year to perform research in areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology, and has resulted in the publication of seven scientific papers involving students as co-authors.

For more information, contact He at 319-273-2274 or

October 3, 2013 - 4:39pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In less than a week after going live with voting on one of its nine business contests, the award winning business grant contest Dream Big Grow Here has already attracted over 10,000 people from across the United States to go online and vote for Iowa small business owners vying for a shot at a $5,000 business grant. Regional winners from this year's contests will then go on for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize at the annual EntreFest! business conference early next year.

The Dream Big Grow Here grant contest is more than a popularity contest for a business grant. It's an economic development tool to bolster local Iowa economies and celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship in rural towns.

"Dream Big Grow Here has been a tremendously successful program for the University of Northern Iowa, and is but one important example of how we attract, engage, celebrate and help grow Iowa small businesses," said Rob Williams, statewide lead for Dream Big Grow Here. "We've been gaining lots of national traction with Dream Big Grow Here as well, including an expansion of the contest to Oklahoma, and we are a finalist in the prestigious University Economic Development Association's Awards of Excellence."

While voting is live in the Southwest Iowa contest, all of the other contest regions are still accepting entries. Go to to find entry requirements to submit your business dream, or go online to support your local businesses with a vote or word of encouragement.

Lead sponsor for Dream Big Grow Here is the Iowa Bankers Association. Other key sponsors are a mix of private and public sector agencies, including the University of Northern Iowa MyEntre.Net, Iowa Farm Bureau/Renew Rural Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority, VentureNet, Delta Dental of Iowa and the Technology Association of Iowa. Dream Big Grow Here is a program of UNI Business & Community Services.

October 2, 2013 - 8:53am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Aaron Baughman, a senior from Denison majoring in manufacturing technology: metal casting, has won the University of Northern Iowa Elevator Pitch Competition. He will test his elevator pitch against college students from across the U.S. at the National CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization) Conference Elevator Pitch Competition, Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 2, in Chicago.Aaron Baughman, elevator pitch winner

Baughman is the owner of Anvil Guitars, a business located in the R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator, a program of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at UNI. The manufacturing facility for Anvil Guitars is located in Denison. The company manufactures custom guitars, focusing mostly on electric guitars for artists seeking to express their individual tastes and needs in an instrument.

The runner-ups for the competition were Michael Caraway, a sophomore marketing major from Walker, and Conner Dorrance, a senior marketing major from Cedar Rapids. Eight students competed in the local competition and were judged according to the National CEO Elevator Pitch guidelines.

"The JPEC will be working with Aaron, Michael and Conner to perfect their pitches for the national competition," said Bart Schmitz, adviser for UNI Entrepreneurs. "The national competition consists of three rounds, and we expect their 90-second pitches to make it to the final round.”

The UNI JPEC, 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 additional information about the competition or JPEC, visit, call 319-273-5732 or email

October 2, 2013 - 9:45am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Augustina Naami, assistant professor of social work at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "The Impact of Unemployment on Women with Physical Disabilities: A Comparison of Tamale, Ghana and Salt Lake City, UT," at noon, Monday, Oct. 7, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held in the Center for Multicultural Education.

Other CROW Forum presentations scheduled for this fall include:

Nov. 4: Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Tori Quist, a senior majoring in chemistry, will present "Female Scientists' Sense of Self and Stereotypes: Black Sheep or Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?"

Dec. 2: Jennifer Waldron, associate professor, health, physical education and leisure services and graduate coordinator for Women's and Gender Studies, will present "Is Hazing Fun or Is It Violent? A Post-Structuralist Perspective."

CROW Forums not only build community among people interested in women's and gender issues, but also allow UNI faculty to share their research with campus and the wider community.

Presentations are held at noon the first Monday of each month, in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A. All events are free and open to the public. For additional information or a complete list of events, visit or contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or

October 2, 2013 - 11:29am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Emmy Award-winning Hollywood video editor and motion graphics artist Josh Bodnar will walk through the creative process of one of the most talked about main title sequences in recent history, "Dexter," at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center second floor Lounge/Auditorium.

Bodnar will connect the common threads of his creative process through different mediums: art, advertising and entertainment. He will explain how storyboards, visual effects, type design, picture editing, sound design and client relations all play a part in how an idea is visualized. Bodnar will also discuss Dexter from concept to completion and show never-before-seen edits rejected by the client.

Bodnar is internationally recognized for his strong storytelling abilities and has worked with clients such as Showtime, HBO, AMC, Verizon, Google, Nike and Anheuser-Busch. In 2007, he won an Emmy for his editing on "Dexter." Bodnar is based out of Los Angeles, Calif., and currently works as a staff editor at the editorial boutique Whitehouse.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Cedar Valley and the University of Northern Iowa Senate Faculty Speaker's Fund. Tickets are $5 for AAF members, $10 for nonmembers and free for UNI students with their student ID. For more information, contact Bettina Fabos, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-5972 or  

October 1, 2013 - 11:37am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Association for Integrated Roadside Management (AFIRM) elected new officers on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Elected officers include: president, Josh Brandt, Cerro Gordo County; vice president, Denise Straw, Chickasaw County; secretary, Tyler Kelley, Story County; treasurer, Ben Hoskinson, Mahaska County; at large, Matt Purdy, Benton County, and Rose Danaher, Iowa County.

Elections were followed by Iowa's 27th Annual Roadside Conference, organized by the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) program at the University of Northern Iowa and AFIRM. More than 100 people attended the conference.

For more information, contact Rebecca Kauten, IRVM program manager, at 319-273-3856 or

September 30, 2013 - 10:08am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Fast Forward: Overtake the Competition," an electronic media workshop that brings together academics and media professionals, will be hosted at the University of Northern Iowa on Friday, Oct. 18, in Lang Hall. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with workshops, lunch, discussion and speakers to follow. The event concludes at 2:45 p.m.

The Fast Forward workshop, in its ninth year, continues to bring working professionals to students. This year, 20 media professionals will lead or participate in 14 different workshops. Interactive sessions will be offered in a variety of settings to help media students prepare for their first job. Industry experts will lead discussions on best practices in broadcast journalism and help attendees polish their broadcast and production skills.

The keynote address will be given by Richard B. Haynes, senior vice president of research at Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc., the leading television research consultation company in the world. His remarks will address the changing media landscape in the United States.

Cost of the Fast Forward workshop is $50 for students and $65 for professionals. A brown bag lunch is included. Payment can be mailed to Fast Forward: E-Media Workshop, Department of Communication Studies, Lang Hall 326, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614. (Make checks payable to UNI/Communication Studies.) Or register online at Payments of online registration must be made the day of the event.

A number of full and partial scholarships are provided for students through funding by the Iowa Broadcasters Association. For additional information, contact Ronnie Bankston, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6244 or

September 30, 2013 - 10:12am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Distinguished reporter Jack Hovelson will deliver his lecture "Newspapering: If You Ain't Good, You Better Be Lucky" at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, at the University of Northern Iowa.

"It's long been said that newspapers provide the first draft of history," said John Johnson, a professor in UNI's Department of History. "For more than half a century, Jack Hovelson has provided hundreds of first drafts of some of the most important moments in the history of the Cedar Valley."

Hovelson has more than 50 years of experience in journalism, having worked as a reporter for newspapers including The Des Moines Register and USA Today, and served as an adviser for UNI's student-run newspaper, The Northern Iowan. His lecture is sponsored by the UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society.

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