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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.

April 25, 2012 - 10:16am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s New Horizons Band (NHB) will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 30, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the UNI campus.

Selections for the concert include "A Leroy Anderson Portrait," "Big Bands in Concert," "America the Beautiful" and traditional concert marches. A reception will be held in the Lobby of the GBPAC immediately following the concert.

The NHB is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School. The group includes members ages 50 and over with various musical backgrounds who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform, coming from as far away as Tripoli and Charles City. The band started in 1999 with 17 members and has a current membership of 80.  Diana Blake, retired music educator and director of the New Horizons Band, said new members are welcome to join the group. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, communications coordinator in the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.boehmer@uni.edu or Cynthia Mason, NHB instructor in the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2142 or cynthia.mason@uni.edu.

April 25, 2012 - 10:22am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host "Shining Stars: Girls Looking Ahead Camp" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22, in the Schindler Education Center on the UNI Campus.

This camp is open to girls from the Waterloo and Cedar Falls area who are looking for an opportunity to widen their horizons through a variety of experiences. Girls will learn the art of dance, theater, music, languages, poetry and how to write their own personal stories. Motivational speakers will also visit during the week to encourage the girls to plan for their future. Students will be able to visit various parts of the UNI campus.

"I hope that this camp will allow girls to continue to explore a variety of experiences by sharing their gifts, talents and interests, while being part of the university community," said Gloria Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction.

Cost of the camp is $50. To register, visit http://www.uni.edu/camps/shining-stars-girls-looking-ahead-camp. For more information, contact Holmes at 319-273-2007 or gloria.holmes@uni.edu.

April 25, 2012 - 10:30am

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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., May 15, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is May 8.

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 $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.     

April 25, 2012 - 2:25pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Children's Choir (UNICC), under the direction of Michelle Swanson, will present a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, May 4, in Bengtson Auditorium, in Russell Hall, on UNI's campus.  The concert is free and open to the public.  

UNICC will perform a variety of songs at the spring concert.  It will feature Broadway hits, spirituals, poetry set to music, folk songs and a campfire tune. A three-part a capella version of  "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was arranged by Swanson for the concert, and will be accompanied by string bass and timbano.   

Additional leadership for UNICC comes from the UNI music education students who volunteer with the ensemble. "I can't begin to describe how much I've learned from working with UNICC while in college," said Jordan Leckband, a UNI junior majoring in music education. "I'm so much better prepared for my own teaching in the future."

UNICC is one of the programs in the Community Music School at the UNI School of Music.  For more information and booking requests, contact Swanson at michelle.swanson@uni.edu or 319-273-2600, or Community Music School director Cindi Mason at cynthia.mason@uni.edu or 319-273-2024.

April 23, 2012 - 9:30am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will hold its 4th annual Panther Pick Up, a project to help the environment while benefiting the community Wednesday, May 2 through Friday, May 4. Students who donate may enter a drawing for a chance to win a Wii and Wii Fit.

At a time when many UNI students are moving out of residence halls and apartments, Panther Pick Up gives old stuff new life. Instead of throwing unwanted household items in the dumpster to end up in the landfill, usable items can be donated to charitable organizations, which will have pick-up sites at convenient locations on campus.

During Panther Pick Up, St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill Industries International, Inc. and The Salvation Army trucks will accept clothing, dishes, furniture, carpet and other useable household items. Agency staff determines whether or not they can accept certain items. Metal items not accepted can be recycled on UNI's campus at the east and west sides of Redeker Center and the East and West Towers Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4.

Panther Pick Up locations and times are listed below and on the UNI Office of Sustainability website at www.uni.edu/pantherpickup, along with additional details about the event.

On-campus donation locations, 1 to 4 p.m., May 2 and 3, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 4:

 

-       East side of Redeker Center

-       23rd St. near Commons Circle

-       East Towers

-       Northwest corner of Campbell Hall

Students living off-campus may donate items by calling St. Vincent de Paul at 319-232-3366 to schedule pick up of usable furniture, computers, keyboards, printers, computer accessories and other large items.

 

April 23, 2012 - 10:58am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual spring commencement services in three ceremonies. The ceremony for students receiving graduate degrees will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 4. The ceremony for undergraduate students receiving degrees from the Colleges of Education, Business Administration and Division of Continuing Education will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 5. The ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 5 will be for undergraduate students in the Colleges of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences. All ceremonies will be held in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

This year's commencement speakers will be Martin McGoey, a graduate student majoring in English: creative writing; Spencer Walrath, a senior majoring in music and psychology; and Valerie Brey, a senior majoring in human, youth and leisure and human services. McGoey will speak at Friday's ceremony, while Brey will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony and Walrath will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday. The commencement marshal will be John Vallentine, director of the School of Music. The names of the graduates will be read by Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre; Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communication studies; Nicki Johnson, instructor of communication studies; and Dale Cyphert, associate professor of management.

Immediately following the ceremonies on Saturday, there will be a reception at Eldon Miller Plaza with light snacks and beverages. Friday's reception will take place in the McLeod concourse. Graduates and guests are encouraged to attend. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures.

The UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual Spring Commissioning Ceremony at 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 4, in Lang Hall. Six cadets will be commissioned as U.S. Army lieutenants. Family and friends are invited to arrive anytime after 3 p.m. and to stay for refreshments immediately following the ceremony.

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/commencement/ or contact Philip Patton, university registrar, at 319-273-2244 or philip.patton@uni.edu.

April 23, 2012 - 11:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- You hear about it almost weekly in the news -- cases of childhood bullying continue to escalate. According to the Bully Project, 13 million kids will be bullied in the U.S. this year. The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa is supporting the Bully Project's: 1 Million Kids movement by bringing the documentary film, "Bully," to young people and their educators across the U.S. in an effort to promote caring and inclusive communities. Students and educators in Cedar Falls and Waterloo schools and UNI will receive a total of 1,000 tickets for the film, "Bully," which will air April 27 through May 1 at the Marcus College Square Theatres in Cedar Falls. The public can purchase tickets through Marcus College Square Theatres.

The film follows the lives of five students who face bullying on a daily basis. The goal of the film is to highlight solutions and systemic change that will bring together organizations and individuals to end bullying.

UNI is known for its strong teacher education and counseling programs, and places students in many schools in the Cedar Valley for their clinical field experiences. "It was important for UNI's Center for Violence Prevention and for our education and counseling programs to have the opportunity to bring this powerful documentary to Cedar Falls," said Alan Heisterkamp, director, mentors in violence prevention at UNI's Center for Violence Prevention. "It's a phenomenal opportunity for our university students who will be working with children and for students in the Cedar Falls and Waterloo schools to have an opportunity to learn from this film."

UNI will host "Bully" film director, Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen, producer and writer, for a special panel discussion, free and open to the public, at 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, in Sabin Auditorium on the UNI campus. UNI faculty who research and educate about bullying will join Hirsch and Lowen. The panel will discuss bullying and strategies for prevention as well as work on the film.

UNI's Center for Violence Prevention houses the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Institute on all three state supported universities in Iowa, and leads the effort to infuse MVP into the teacher education and education leadership curriculum at UNI.

Hirsch's debut film "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony" won a Sundance Film Festival award, and also one of the five Emmy awards it was nominated for. He has also directed and produced a series on the Discovery and History channels. "Bully" has already been nominated and won 10 awards at festivals including the 2011 Los Angeles Film festival, 2012 True/False Film Festival and many others.

Lowen is an award-winning writer and recipient of the Discovery Prize. She is the co-author of "The Essential Guide to Bullying: Prevention and Intervention," forthcoming from Alpha Books, and her work has been published widely.

For more information about the film, visit thebullyproject.com. For more information about the May 1 panel, contact Heisterkamp at alan.heisterkamp@uni.edu.

                                                                       

April 19, 2012 - 11:32am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally known education services company selected UNI for inclusion in a unique resource it has created for college applicants -- 'The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges.'

Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the 'Guide to 322 Green Colleges' is a free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

"College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the The Princeton Review. "Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' nearly 7 out of 10 (68 percent) told us that having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school."

The guide is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide and profiles the nation's most environmentally responsible campuses. From available transportation alternatives to the percentage of budget spent on local/organic food, it looks at an institution's commitment to building certification using USGBC's LEED green building certification program; environmental literacy programs; formal sustainability committees; use of renewable energy resources; recycling and conservation programs, and much more.

The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools in this guide based on the "Green Rating" scores tallied in 2011. The "Green Rating" is a numerical score from 60 to 99 that's based on data from a 50 question survey conducted among hundreds of school administrators about their school's environmental and sustainability-related commitments and initiatives. Schools published received a score of 83 or higher.

For more information, contact Eric O'Brien, sustainability coordinator at UNI, at 319-273-7207 or eric.obrien@uni.edu.

April 19, 2012 - 11:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nancy J. Powell, a 1970 B.A. degree graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, has been sworn in as the first U.S. woman Ambassador to India.

A native from Cedar Falls, Powell majored in history teaching at UNI and taught high school social studies in Dayton, Iowa. She most recently served as the director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources in Washington DC. Earlier in her career, Powell served as the U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana and Uganda.

She replaces Timothy Roemer, who departed in June 2011 after serving as U.S. Ambassador to India for two years.

April 18, 2012 - 4:28pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center has received a $300,000 grant from the R.J. McElroy Trust and will name its Student Business Incubator the "R.J. McElroy Student Business Incubator" during a ceremony on Sept. 13.

"R.J. McElroy was one of the Cedar Valley's most noteworthy entrepreneurs, and the trust has long funded many educational activities for area youth," said Randy Pilkington, executive director of UNI Business & Community Services and director of JPEC. "The R.J. McElroy Student Business Incubator is a great combination of entrepreneurship and education."

The UNI Student Business Incubator (SBI), a program of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, is a learning laboratory designed to inspire and educate students interested in entrepreneurship. Located in the Business and Community Services Building, the incubator offers one-on-one technical assistance, professional services and training, office space and standard equipment, and mentoring programs to UNI students who meet the SBI requirements. With its 10 fully occupied office suites and numerous programs and events throughout the year, SBI has served hundreds of college entrepreneurs since it began in 2005.

The funds from the R.J. McElroy Trust will allow JPEC staff to deliver specialized workshops and classes, one-on-one consulting and provide operational support to students in the incubator.

"We are pleased to have the support of the R.J. McElroy Trust," said Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director of the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. "We hope R.J. McElroy would be proud of the young entrepreneurs in our programs and the exciting businesses they start. We think he'd be especially proud of the businesses that started in the incubator and are now adding to the Iowa economy."

The UNI JPEC, a division of UNI’s Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services 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 or email jpec@uni.edu

April 18, 2012 - 4:33pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics hosted the State of Iowa Physics Competition Wednesday, April 11, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

Approximately 250 students from 30 different schools participated. Marquette Catholic High School placed first, led by instructor Karen Timmerman; Washington High School placed second, led by instructor Jeff Richard; and Wahlert Catholic High School placed third, led by Tom Stierman, in the overall school team competition.

Individual event winners were Ogden High School in the self-propelled catapult event, led by instructor John Fuller; Marquette Catholic High School in the mousetrap car event; Cedar Falls High School in the bridge building event, led by instructor Kenton Swartley; Washington High School in the soda straw arm event; Emmetsburg High School in the challenge problem event, led by instructor Jared Pickett; and St. Ansgar High School in the materials recovery facility event, led by instructor Devin Schwiesow.

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

April 17, 2012 - 3:25pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music's ensembles will collaborate to present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Requiem" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.

The concert will feature more than 150 musicians, including the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, UNI Concert Chorale, UNI Singers, UNI Cantorei and UNI School of Music faculty artists Tom Barry, oboe; Amanda McCandless, clarinet; David Rachor, bassoon; Yu-Ting Su, horn; and Hunter Capoccioni, contrabass. Rebecca Burkhardt directs the orchestra, and Dyan Meyer and John Len Wiles direct the choirs. In addition to Mozart's "Requiem," the concert will feature selections from the "Gran Partita," for wind instruments.

To order tickets, call 319-273-4849. For additional information about the concert or UNI School of Music tours, contact Caroline Boehmer, communications & operations coordinator at the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.boehmer@uni.edu

April 16, 2012 - 9:19am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa "Writers Talk" reading series will host a memoir reading by Diana Joseph at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 17, in 161 Baker Hall on the UNI campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Diana Joseph teaches at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Syracuse University in 1996.

Joseph is the author of the memoir "I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing But True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother and Friend to Man and Dog," and the short story collection "Happy or Otherwise." Joseph's work has been listed in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize. Her memoir won the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for Creative Nonfiction.

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

April 16, 2012 - 2:40pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Continuing & Distance Education is accepting enrollment in its upcoming credit workshops offered at the UNI Wellness & Recreation Center aquatics program. Three workshops will be offered including Certified Pool Operators Training – NSPF, Lifeguarding Instructor Training and Open Water Scuba. Each workshop will be offered for 1 credit.

The Certified Pool Operators Training – NSPF workshop will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 9, plus one hour arranged. The Pool Operator Certification is the most widely accepted educational program for operators and health officials in the country. All students who may work in and around pools and spas will benefit from this program.

The Lifeguarding Instructor Training workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 12, plus one hour arranged. This workshop covers American Red Cross material in Basic Water Safety, Emergency Water Safety Lifeguard Training and Lifeguard Instruction. The opportunity is available to become certified in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Instruction and Health Services Program, which is a prerequisite to becoming an instructor in any area of certification for the American Red Cross.

The Open Water Scuba workshop includes two session options: Monday, May 21 through Wednesday, May 23 or Saturday, July 14 through Monday, July 16. Both sessions are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information about the summer water workshops and additional offerings available through Continuing & Distance Education at UNI, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged or call 319-273-2121 or 800- 648-3864.

April 13, 2012 - 2:39pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "B.F.A. Group Exhibition, Spring 2012" from Monday, April 23, through Saturday, May 5, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building on the UNI campus. A reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 23.

The artwork of nine UNI Bachelor of Fine Arts students will be presented through the exhibition in a variety of areas. Jacob William Barrick, Jason D. Thompson and April Czarnetzki have an emphasis in graphic design. Drew Ferkin and Ryan Smith have an emphasis in printmaking. Amanda Kronlage has an emphasis in sculpture; Amy McConnell in painting; Erlinda Babauta in photography; and Bryan Coons in ceramics.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/Home.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art at 319-273-3095 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

April 13, 2012 - 2:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance student association recognized outstanding nonprofit organizations, board members, collaborating businesses and nonprofit professionals in the Cedar Valley at the Nonprofit Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 13, in the UNI Commons Ballroom.

The award winners include: Waterloo Blackhawks, Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year; Orchard Hill Church, Harvest Vineyard and the Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley, Bob Koob Award for Collaboration; Rev. Michael Blackwell, New City Ministries, Nonprofit Board Member of the Year; Jessica Fischer, Teen Trust, Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership; Amy Costliow, Iowa Food Bank Association, New Nonprofit Employee of the Year; Lu Ann Wortham-Clayton, Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Legacy Award; Mary Ann Burk, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year; and North Star Community Services, Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year.

The Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement awards were also presented. These awards are given to honor UNI faculty members who have enriched the quality of life in the Cedar Valley by strengthening relationships and sharing knowledge with local organizations. These award winners are: Julia Bullard, Jim O'Loughlin and Joyce Chen, all from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

The UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a student-run organization within the Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services. It is a national certification program that prepares the next generation of nonprofit leaders through coursework, service projects, networking and professional development opportunities.

For more information on UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, visit http://uni-nonprofit.org.

April 12, 2012 - 10:00am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Community Music School will offer Camp Musicmania from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 11 through 15, in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. The camp is for students who will be in grades K through nine in the fall.

Students in grades K through one will meet daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students in grades two through nine will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Camp Musicmania is a multifaceted music and arts camp with a primary purpose to provide fun and innovative activities that will engage campers in the excitement of exploring singing, dancing, drama, playing small percussion instruments and using music to tell a story. Campers will be divided into age appropriate groups and will work toward the production of a camp musical for parents and friends on the last day. Instructors include UNI faculty, area music educators and UNI music and art education majors.

Deadline for registration is June 1. Cost per student is $60 for grades K through one and $85 for grades two through nine, with limited scholarships available. Camp cost includes all supplies, snacks and camp T-shirt; grades two through nine will bring their own lunch.

For more information, contact Cindi Mason, instructor in the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2142 or cynthia.mason@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/camps/uni-community-music-school-camp-musicmania-2012

April 12, 2012 - 10:02am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa education students are working on a service-learning project to support the literacy learning needs of children at orphanages in Haiti and Panama.

UNI students in Methods of Teaching Content Literacy in the Intermediate Grades (LITED 3116) and Teaching Elementary School Social Studies (ELEMECML 3164) are writing books for children in these orphanages. The books will be translated into French and Spanish by students at Wartburg College. Foreign language and art students at Waterloo East High School and Cedar Falls High School are also writing and illustrating books. Approximately 300 books will be sent to the orphanages.

"I hope this experience has helped my UNI students recognize the power of service-learning as a teaching strategy and shown them how they can support active citizenship in their future classrooms through service-learning partnerships," said Sarah Montgomery, UNI assistant professor of curriculum and instruction.

The project is sponsored by the UNI College of Education and Wartburg's Center for Community Engagement. For more information, contact Montgomery at 319-273-6757 or sarah.montgomery@uni.edu.

April 12, 2012 - 10:11am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Purposeful Management — Applying the 80/20 Principle" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, May 4, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is April 27.

"Beware the busy manager," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "Being busy is not the same as being productive. Surprisingly 80 percent of the work that gets done is accomplished by 20 percent of the employees. Or think of it this way: 80 percent of the value you bring to the business is derived from 20 percent of the work activities you accomplish."

In this hands-on workshop, instructor Amy Campbell will help participants identify the work tasks that add the most value to their businesses and their jobs and determine the work activities that are not adding value so these tasks can be minimized or eliminated.

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

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

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

April 11, 2012 - 8:59am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a workshop focused on an examination of the underlying causes, both natural and human-induced, of global climate changes. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., July 2 through 6 (no class July 4) and July 9 through 12, at McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus.

This course is designed for elementary through high school teachers to provide a better understanding of this timely topic. Coverage will demonstrate systemic integration and the web of interrelated links affecting the physical and living world, including human society.

The class will involve lecture, discussion, multimedia and student presentations. Current popular media information will be used to note timely issues. Students can earn 2 of UNI undergraduate or graduate credits by attending the workshop.

The cost of the workshop is $554, reflecting a special workshop rate for teachers. Enrollment forms must be submitted by Tuesday, May 1. For more information, or to register, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged/global-climate-change or contact Bart Bergquist, professor of biology, at 319-273-6213 or bart.bergquist@uni.edu.

April 11, 2012 - 9:49am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Continuing Education & Special Programs is accepting enrollments for the upcoming one-credit workshop, "Teaching Anne Frank's Life and Diary." The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 5. Students will earn 1 graduate credit for the workshop at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa.

The workshop is organized around the traveling exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today, created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. The workshop includes an extended guided tour of the exhibit for all participants. The workshop has been designed to provide an opportunity for participants to share and discuss approaches, techniques, activities and materials they have used in teaching Anne Frank's life and diary, as well as to brainstorm and begin developing new ideas for presenting Anne Frank to 21st century students.

For more information about the workshop and additional offering available through UNI's Continuing Education and Special Programs, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged/teaching-anne-frank or call 319-273-2121.

April 11, 2012 - 2:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Educational Leadership & Postsecondary Education is now accepting applications through Sunday, April 15, for the upcoming Principalship Master's Degree or Advanced Studies Certificate program offered at a distance. This program can be finished in two years by completing 13 courses, or 37 hours of graduate credit and an internship.

With cooperation from UNI Continuing and Distance Education, a new program for aspiring educational leaders begins this fall. The two-year program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a pre-K through 12 principal or pre-K through 12 supervisor of special education. This performance-based program is unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes on-site skill development while working with a mentor. Students entering this program will be required to devote a considerable amount of time in an internship experience.

Courses in this program are offered one night per week during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing. The first summer session includes a short on-campus experience. Some courses are offered entirely online.

For more information about the Principalship Master's degree program and additional offerings available through Continuing and Distance Education at UNI, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged or contact Betty Hogan, administrative assistant at Educational Leadership & Post-secondary Education, betty.hogan@uni.edu.

April 11, 2012 - 4:22pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Leading with Optimism" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, May 3, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is April 26.

"Most of us believe we will achieve happiness once we become successful," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "However, recent research in the field of positive psychology and neuroscience has shown that happiness contributes to success, not the other way around. When we are optimistic, our brains become more engaged, motivated, creative and productive at work."

During the workshop, instructor Deb Damge will show participants how they can reprogram their brains, become more positive and gain a competitive edge at work.

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

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

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will sponsor CLIMB Theatre, a touring, educational theatre that brings plays and classes directly to schools. CLIMB Theatre will perform from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Monday, April 23, at George Washington Carver Academy. On Tuesday, April 24, CLIMB will perform from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., at Waterloo East High School and from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 to 3:15 p.m., at Cedar Falls High School. On Wednesday, April 25, CLIMB will perform from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., at Waterloo West High School; 12:15 to 1 p.m., at Hoover Middle School; and from 5 to 5:45 p.m., at Malcolm Price Lab auditorium on the UNI campus.

The performance will look into the interactions of African-Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and Caucasians based on the concept that we are more alike than different.

"We see making CLIMB Theatre available to area schools as a way to acknowledge their contributions to our education programs over the years, while enhancing the efforts to promote K through 12 students' understanding and appreciation of the diversity they encounter everyday," said Melissa Heston, interim director of teacher education and associate professor of curriculum and instruction.

CLIMB Theatre performs plays and classes to raise awareness for topics such as bullying prevention, respect, responsibility and self-control. Productions are for K through 12 students.

For more information, contact Amy Hunzelman, director of education and special programs at the GBPAC, at 319-273-3679 or amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

April 9, 2012 - 8:41am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Textiles and Apparel Program (TAPP) will hold its 20th annual fashion show, "Catwalk to the Big Top," at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 21, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI campus.

This special anniversary show will not only showcase the work of students currently enrolled in the program, but also feature apparel produced by TAPP alumni working across the country and abroad for well known fashion labels and industry leaders. Alumni have been invited back for this anniversary event, and will be honored both on stage and at a reception immediately follow the show in the Sabin Hall.

All students who were enrolled in classes this academic year in TAPP were encouraged to design and construct original garments for the show. All entered pieces had to be produced in the past two years and were juried by Stephanie Fett and Holly Humke, both TAPP alumni currently working for Powers Manufacturing in Waterloo, Iowa. Designs were chosen for the runway show that demonstrated creativity, appropriate and well-executed construction techniques, trend sensitivity and strong visual messages.

The show is based around a modern circus theme. It will close with a finale featuring apparel designs that TAPP alumni have brought back showcasing the companies where they are currently employed. TAPP alumni will be available at the reception to talk with students or community members interested in pursuing a career in the fashion industry.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Annette Lynch, professor in the School of Applied Human Sciences, at 319-273-3054 or annette.lynch@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) and the Reading Recovery Center of Iowa will host the 44th annual Elementary Literacy & Reading Recovery Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday, April 20, at the Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus. A pre-conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at Maucker Union.

The presenter for the pre-conference will be Mary Rosser, director of the University Training Center for Reading Recovery of Literacy Professional Development Programs at the University of Maine. She is an expert in language education, curriculum development and early literacy intervention.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Sarah Weeks, acclaimed children's writer. Weeks has been writing children's picture books and novels for 25 years, and is currently a faculty member in the writing program at the New School University in New York City.

Registration to attend the Pre-Conference Institute is $90, the Elementary Literacy Conference is $90 and the Reading Recovery Conference for both days is $180. For additional information or to register, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/events/brc.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the three-day training program "Professional Project Management" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The training program runs 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 9-11, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is April 25.

This hands-on course presents a framework for managing projects of varying size and scope and is the starting point for improving organizational effectiveness regardless of organizational size, type or industry. It is designed for professionals who are new to formal project management as well as experienced project managers looking to brush-up on their skills.

Participants will be introduced to a systematic approach to managing projects including identifying the project scope, evaluating alternative project approaches, selecting a value-based solution, developing various component plans (risk management, communication, procurement, etc.)  and then integrating these into a comprehensive implementation plan.

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

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

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

April 5, 2012 - 9:28am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education will co-sponsor the traveling exhibit, "BESA: Albanian Muslims Who Saved Jews During World War II, Photographs by Norman Gershman," which will be on display from April 3 through July 7, at the Grout Museum District in Waterloo.

The exhibit features 41 photographic images with accompanying texts. It was developed by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York City.

Several film screenings and panel discussions have been organized to accompany the BESA exhibit. "Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust in Arab Lands" will show at 7 p.m., Monday, April 23, in the Maucker Union Ballroom on the UNI campus. "The Danish Solution" will show at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, in the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museums in the Grout Museum District.

In 2003, renowned photographer Norman Gershman embarked on a project to find and photograph Albanian nationals and refugees from neighboring countries during World War II. By 2004, after two photographic journeys to Albania and Kosovo, he had discovered roughly 150 Muslim families who had taken part in the rescue of the Jews.

The exhibit is included with regular admission: $10 for adults; $5 for veterans, active duty personnel, and children 4 to 13; free to museum members and children 3 and under. For more information, please call the Grout Museum District at 319-234-6357 or visit www.GroutMuseumDistrict.org.

April 5, 2012 - 9:33am

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

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

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

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

April 5, 2012 - 1:25pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 5, 2012 - 3:48pm

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 11

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

Thursday, April 12

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

Monday, April 16

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

Tuesday, April 17

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

Wednesday, April 18

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

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

Thursday, April 19

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

Sunday, April 22

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

Monday, April 23

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

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

April 4, 2012 - 10:55am

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

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

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

April 4, 2012 - 3:22pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

April 2, 2012 - 4:29pm

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

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

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

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

March 30, 2012 - 8:42am

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

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

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

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

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

March 30, 2012 - 9:40am

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

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

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

March 30, 2012 - 3:07pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 29, 2012 - 2:50pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

March 29, 2012 - 2:52pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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