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January 20, 2012 - 10:30am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI classes and normal work activities are canceled beginning at noon today. 

 "Rock of Ages" show will go on as planned this evening at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.  The women's basketball game vs. Bradley will also take place.

Weather-related cancellations at the University of Northern Iowa are available at www.uni.edu/resources/cancellations.

January 20, 2012 - 3:00pm

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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 Toledo Public Library. The exhibit, co-hosted by the Toledo Public Library and South Tama County Middle School, is free and open to the public and can be viewed during the library's normal operation hours from Tuesday, Jan. 31, through Tuesday, Feb. 14.

"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 this exhibit and are confident it will have the same positive effects that other schools have seen in helping 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."

The exhibit is located at the Toledo Public Library, 206 E. High St., Toledo, Iowa and will continue traveling to other Iowa schools from February through April 2012. 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.

January 19, 2012 - 9:15am

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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 Meredith Middle School in Des Moines, located at 4827 Madison Ave. The exhibit will be on display from Tuesday, Jan. 17, through Monday, Jan. 30.

"Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose" tells the compelling true story of young Jehovah's Witnesses who were quickly thrust into a political firestorm of Nazi propaganda. Against the tide of coercion and terror, these youths took a firm stand of conscience, oftentimes facing severe reprisals, despite their age. The exhibit, designed by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation, is an effective tool to assist educators about 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 have seen in helping 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."

The exhibit will continue traveling to other Iowa schools and libraries from February through April 2012. For more information about the exhibit or about 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. For more information regarding public viewing of the exhibit, contact Meredith Middle School at 515-242-7250.

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.

January 19, 2012 - 2:32pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa will host Art Bettis, associate professor of geoscience at the University of Iowa, at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, as part of the center's ongoing seminar series. The Tallgrass Prairie Center is located on the UNI campus at 2412 W. 27th St. 

Bettis will speak about the geologic history of the Upper Mississippi River Valley and its value in flood plain restoration.  The shaping of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, from the Twin Cities to just above the junction with the Ohio River, has been extensively studied and mapped for several decades.  Bettis will outline the process that formed the landscape of the Mississippi River Valley during the last glacial period and over the past 10,000 years. He will also discuss why restoration plans should incorporate existing information about the valley's formation to develop cost-effective projects and management practices.

Bettis is the coordinator of the University of Iowa Environmental Science Program.  His research focuses on landscape evolution over the past 2 million years. He pursues interests in the long-term behavior of wind, water and glacial systems and the impact of human activities on the landscape.

For additional information, contact Daryl Smith, director at the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, at 319-273-2238 or daryl.smith@uni.edu

January 18, 2012 - 9:32am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic has effectively served thousands of preschool and school-aged children with various types of speech and language disorders. This includes children who are late-talkers, non-communicators, children with multiple speech and articulation challenges and many others.

UNI's speech-language pathology master's program is ranked ninth in the country, and routinely accepts only a fraction of the hundreds of applicants each year. Undergraduate students begin seeing patients as early as their junior year, and also receive practicum experiences in schools, preschools and community clinics to work with those in need. UNI also has the largest international program in the country for speech pathology.

"The faculty and staff have provided me with tremendous opportunities to excel, as an undergraduate and graduate student, that are unique to UNI," remarks Lindsay Woolston, a graduate student in speech-language pathology at UNI. "The professors are very involved in each student's academic success."

For additional information, contact Carlin Hageman, department head and professor of communication sciences and disorders at UNI, at 319-273-2496 or carlin.hageman@uni.edu

January 17, 2012 - 11:22am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Michael Hager has been named vice president for administration and financial services at the University of Northern Iowa, pending official approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Hager is currently the assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of residence at UNI. He will assume his new duties on Jan. 23.

Michael Hager

"The university is committed to providing our students, faculty and staff high quality programs and learning environments in these challenging economic times," said UNI President Ben Allen. "Michael is a visionary and strategic thinker, who will provide strong leadership and counsel. I look forward to working with Michael and his division."

Hager is completing his Doctor of Business Administration at St. Ambrose University. He holds an MBA from the University of Dubuque and B.A. from UNI. Hager has worked in higher education since 1988 and in his current role at UNI since 2008. He has provided leadership to UNI's housing systems, dining operations and retail stores. He has a strong background in the development of complex budgeting systems, long range strategic planning, facilities planning and construction and sustainability initiatives. Prior to coming to UNI, he worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

The vice president for administration and financial services is a member of the president's cabinet. The vice president operates as the chief business and financial officer, provides executive leadership for the university's financial administrative operations, formulates and implements administrative and fiscal policies, provides counsel on resource allocation and sustainability initiatives and oversees facilities, building and safety operations.

He replaces Jan Hanish, who has served as interim vice president since August 2011. Hanish will return to her university position as assistant vice president for outreach and special programs. 

January 17, 2012 - 1:50pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Small businesses create new jobs, develop new ideas and offer valuable services all across the state. They also employ more than half of Iowa's private labor force. Inspiring those business owners to grow and develop their businesses, and providing the tools to do so, is the impetus behind the fifth annual EntreFest! conference, taking place March 8-9 in Ames, Iowa. Registration is now open at www.entrefest.com.

The two-day conference will be at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames.  Registration fee for the two day conference is $119 per person.  

EntreFest!, developed at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center through its MyEntre.Net program, brings information, expertise and fun under one roof by providing Iowa business owners and those aspiring to be in business an opportunity to learn, share and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit.

This year's sessions are geared to help attendees successfully start, grow and manage their businesses.  Attendees will learn about building an online brand, how to effectively use social media and their website for greater exposure, how to "fail with flair," strategies for managing email overload and more.  There will be an abundance of networking opportunities, and the Biz Info Smorgasbord will allow attendees to ask questions of business experts in a fun, informal setting.

This year's keynote speaker is Kelly McDonald, a marketing and advertising expert with more than 20 years of global advertising agency experience. McDonald has experience marketing to different generations, values, lifestyles, races and ethnicities. Her company, McDonald Marketing, has twice been named one of the top ad agencies in the U.S. by Advertising Age Magazine, and her book, “How to Market to People Not Like You,” is a bestseller and was named one of the “Top 5 Best Business Books of 2011" by Inc. magazine. 

EntreFest!'s featured capstone presenter is Kelly Boon, founder of CHASO [Creativity Humor And Other Stuff]. Boon is internationally recognized as a leader in employing art and humor in everyday living.

For more information about EntreFest!, including a full schedule, speaker bios and registration details, visit www.entrefest.com or contact Courtney Schwitzer at 319-273-4328 or courtney.schwitzer@uni.edu

EntreFest! is presented by a collaborative committee of Iowa's premier service providers from across the state, and is sponsored by UNI Regional Business Center and MyEntre.Net, Wells Fargo UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center/UNI Entrepreneurs grant, UNI Division of Business and Community Services, Black Hills Energy, Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa State University Community Vitality Center, Iowa State University College of Business, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Farm Bureau/Renew Rural Iowa, Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation, Alliant Energy, Iowa Small Business Development Centers and Iowa Bankers Association.

January 13, 2012 - 2:49pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Thomas Schnöll, Consul General of Austria in Chicago, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center lobby.

Schnöll will present his lecture, "The Future of the Eurozone: The European Project at a Crossroads," which will discuss the role of smaller European states in the debt crisis. Schnöll earned a master's degree in law from Johannes Kepler University and attended the École Nationale d'Administration.  Prior to taking up his current position heading Austria's mission in Chicago, he served in the Austrian Embassy in Paris, the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union in Brussels, and the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs in Vienna.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nadia Korobova, assistant director of UNI International Programs, at 319-273-7424 or nadia.korobova@uni.edu.

January 11, 2012 - 11:29am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host author and journalist Ellis Cose at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, at the CME as part of UNI's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities.

Cose will discuss his book "The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take on Race and Rage," and how it relates to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s teachings and his fight for equality.

Cose has been a longtime columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, and is the former chairman of the editorial board of the New York Daily News. He began his journalism career as a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and has been a contributor and press critic for Time magazine, president and chief executive officer of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and chief writer on management and workplace issues for USA Today.

For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

January 5, 2012 - 2:24pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Veridian Credit Union is seeking nominations to recognize the outstanding contributions of University of Northern Iowa faculty members to community engagement through research and/or teaching.

Veridian Credit Union will fund up to five Community Engagement awards for faculty from among UNI's four undergraduate colleges: Business Administration, Education, Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  All full-time tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible. Recipients receive a recognition award and a $1,000 check payable to the approved nonprofit organization of the faculty member's choice.  Veridian initiated the awards in 2006 to recognize the efforts of UNI faculty and inspire more partnerships among faculty, students and community organizations.

Community engagement is defined as the collaboration of the university with the public and private sectors for the mutual benefit of all.  This engagement is not simply service or membership, but it is the combination of meeting a community need through teaching and/or scholarship.  It includes collaboration with the commercial and nonprofit sectors, special interests or needs, and groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity.

"Veridian Credit Union is excited to again be sponsoring the Community Engagement Awards in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa," said Jean Trainor, President and CEO of Veridian Credit. Union. "Through these awards, it is our hope that we can continue to build a community of learning, innovation and shared leadership."

Community members and UNI faculty, staff and students may nominate a UNI faculty member by securing the consent of the nominee, completing the online nomination form at www.uni.edu/resources/veridian-award-nomination and providing a letter of recommendation from the community organization with which the faculty member is engaged.  All materials must be submitted online by Feb. 17. Nomination materials are available at www.uni.edu/resources/veridian-credit-union-community-engagement-award.

"Incorporating community engagement into research and the classroom puts theories into practice," said Gloria Gibson, Executive Vice President and Provost at UNI.  "The community projects some of our faculty undertake simultaneously strengthens them, our students and our community.  With the help of Veridian, we're able to recognize these faculty members and further reward the organizations they work with."

The 2012 Community Engagement Award winners will be recognized at the eighth annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Awards Luncheon on April 13.  The luncheon is presented by UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program, and will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus.

Veridian Credit Union, founded in 1934 in Waterloo, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members.  The credit union offers a full range of consumer financial services and employs more than 500 Iowans throughout 26 branches, including 13 in the Cedar Valley.  For more information, visit www.veridiancu.org or call (800) 235-3228. 

January 5, 2012 - 3:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In response to the recent announcement by the Iowa National Guard that the National Guard Education Assistance Program (NGEAP) is being reduced, the University of Northern Iowa announced today it's taking steps to help ensure that Iowa National Guard members who are current UNI students will be able to complete this academic year.

As a result of the state cutback, more than 90 UNI students won't receive approximately $1,300 each in NGEAP assistance this spring. UNI President Ben Allen said the university will provide grant funds to cover the shortfall.

"UNI is committed to providing military students opportunities to pursue higher education," said Allen. "These students have made sacrifices to serve our nation and our state and we didn't want this sudden, unexpected drop in funding so close to the start of a new semester to stand in the way of their academic progress. We appreciate the complex situation the state is facing and we are taking this action as a one-time stop-gap in the interest of our students."

January 3, 2012 - 1:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Kindergym on Saturday mornings from 9 to 9:50 a.m. for ages 4 to 5, and 10 to 10:50 a.m. for ages 2 to 3, beginning Jan. 28 through March 3, in the Wellness & Recreation Center gym on the UNI campus. Kindergym is an informal learning program focusing on the development and refinement of motor skills.

Physical activity stations will focus on age-appropriate movement skills that encourage success in a fun atmosphere. Because Kindergym is a parent/child program, parents are requested to attend the sessions with their child.

The registration fee is $32, which includes an official Kindergym T-shirt. For more information about Kindergym or to register, contact Rip Marston, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, at 319-273-6882 or ripley.marston@uni.edu.

December 28, 2011 - 10:13am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Office of the Auditor of State today released a report detailing the results of its investigation into alleged fraud in the University of Northern Iowa ticketing operation, known as UNItix. According to the auditor's office, former UNItix Assistant Director John David Gogola used a highly complicated system to siphon $18,891 from the system in 2010. Gogola left the university in late 2010.

"A UNItix patron called to confirm when she would receive her Panther Athletics tickets," said Steve Carignan, UNI assistant vice president for administration and financial services and executive director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. "The UNItix director found the payment had been received, but the tickets hadn't been issued. An internal review of UNItix records indicated the probable theft of several thousand dollars."

UNI officials immediately contacted the state auditor's office to request a special investigation.

"While the auditor's report identifies accounts that were affected, that doesn't necessarily mean all those accounts actually lost money," explained Carignan. "In the end, almost all the funds taken were from the main UNItix account, but a small number of individuals and groups did lose money. We are contacting  all the people and groups affected and checks are being mailed today to repay the stolen funds. UNI will pursue restitution from Mr. Gogola.

"UNI is committed to continuously improving processes and systems," said Carignan. "The report includes recommendations about how to improve internal controls and transaction security, most of which already have been implemented."

The auditor's report was given to the Black Hawk County Attorney's Office for consideration of criminal charges against Gogola. The full report and related news release are online at http://auditor.iowa.gov/specials/1161-8030-BE00.pdf

December 23, 2011 - 8:45am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a week-long residency beginning Jan. 1 for two theatre companies, New York City's the TEAM (Theatre of the Emerging American Moment) and Portland Oregon's Sojourn Theatre. During the fall 2011 semester, the artists led workshops with UNI students and examined the caucus process in Iowa. The company members will share their research in a performance called "Town Hall," at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, in the Interpreters Theater in 040 Lang Hall. The performance is open to the public.

The purpose of the project is to discover how civic discourse has changed since the start of the republic, and been impacted by the development of print, broadcast and Internet media. The script for the performance is developed from interviews with students and community members. A conversation with the audience will follow the presentation.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/commstudies or contact Karen Mitchell, UNI professor in communication studies, at 319-273-2640 or karen.mitchell@uni.edu

December 22, 2011 - 10:10am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The first annual Conference on African-American Children and Families will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, in the Schindler Education Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The conference is designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, social workers, health professionals, business leaders and anyone committed to improving the lives of children.

The conference will promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American children and families. Participants will spend the day networking and meeting with new colleagues to help improve the quality of lives for children and families.

Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will focus on the future of African-American families and children. Keynote speakers and topics include Jan Spivey Gilchrist, author and illustrator, "Family Literacy, a Time to Share;" Iheoma U. Uruka, research assistant professor in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Journey of Our Children: Hope for the Future;" and Chrishirella Warthen, school administration consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Black Girls Interrupted: Restoring Life-Enhancing Developmental Foundations."

A pre-conference will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at the UNI Center for Multicultural Education. Many of the same keynote speakers will address a variety of topics and dinner will be served.

To register or for more information, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/aac or contact Gloria Holmes, UNI associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or gloria.holmes@uni.edu.

December 20, 2011 - 4:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "Modern Motives: Influences in Today’s Art" from Monday, Jan. 9 through Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Sponsored in part by Northern Iowa Potters and Sculptors.

Artists' lectures associated with the exhibition will take place at 7 p.m. in Kamerick Art Building Art Auditorium, KAB 111. Thaddeus Erdahl will discuss "Finding Personal Artifacts" on Jan. 18, and Tom Bartel will speak Feb. 8. Receptions will follow each lecture.

Erdahl's Honest Abe

"Modern Motives" is an invitational exhibition curated by art students Stephanie Gonzalez and Bryan Coons with the assistance of the UNI Student Curatorial Committee. The exhibitors include west coast-based emerging artists Kiel Johnson, Mike Leavitt, and Skinner as well as nationally known ceramic artists Tom Bartel and UNI alumnus Thaddeus Erdahl.

According to the student curators, "This project is a first of its kind in which students get to go through the entire process of organizing an art exhibition from start to finish. This process allows the students to grow and mature in a professional setting, rather than just within the confines of their studios."

Tom Bartel received his M.F.A. in ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington and has exhibited extensively in this country as well as China, Korea, Japan, and the Czech Republic. Bartel's work is inspired by the human form and manifests in humorous, sometimes macabre ways.

Thaddeus Erdahl received his M.FA. from the University of Florida, Gainesville and recently completed an artist residency followed by a six-month program manager position at the prestigious Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Erdahls's work is also figural, but as he states his sculptural surfaces are "metaphors for an emotional state."

Kiel Johnson is an L.A.-based artist working primarily in cardboard, chipboard, and glue to make complex and whimsical representations of mechanical objects. Johnson is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and is widely exhibited. In 2008 he received a Pollock-Krasner grant. According to Seattle-based Mike Leavitt, his company Intuition Kitchen Productions is a "one-man company of fine craft, sculpture, portraiture, performance, education, architecture, and animation." Leavitt has exhibited his cardboard Hip Hop shoes, pop culture action figures, and 'Vita Vera' game boards worldwide.

Self-taught artist Skinner maintains a studio in Sacramento, Calif. where he creates paintings, murals, and sculptures influenced by 80s pop culture, heavy metal bands, and Dungeons and Dragons. His work is shown nationally and internationally and has been published in Juxtapoz and Hi Fructose magazines.

The exhibition and receptions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, Cedar Falls, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu, or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/Home.html.

 

December 19, 2011 - 10:17am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three students at the University of Northern Iowa are recipients of the Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (Nextgen) Scholarship from the National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The Nextgen program awards students $4,500 which allows them to complete their internships and certification process.

Students selected as Nextgen leaders agree to complete the certification process, participate in a voluntary program evaluation and participate in a multi-year research study designed to illustrate the positive effects of internship stipends for professionals entering the nonprofit sector. A total of 28 UNI students have earned a total of $126,000 since the scholarship began in 2007.

UNI recipients include Natalie Greve, leisure, youth and human services major, of Holy Cross, Iowa; Danielle Means, mathematics major; and Elizabeth Messerli, a psychology major. Only students seeking certification in nonprofit management through the nonprofit leadership alliance can earn this scholarship.

For additional information, contact Julianne Gassman, assistant professor in health, physical education and leisure services at UNI, at 319-273-2264 or julianne.gassman@uni.edu.

December 14, 2011 - 4:16pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two professors at the University of Northern Iowa, Mark Grey and Michele Devlin, have been awarded a $425,000 multi-year contract with the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) to address disproportionate immigrant and minority over-representation in the child welfare system.

"Minority over-representation in the child welfare system is a serious issue facing our state and nation," said Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost at UNI. "This award will not only help alleviate the disproportionate burden experienced by immigrants and minorities in the state's child welfare system, but will also contribute to UNI's focus on applied community engagement."

The Iowa DHS is committed to meeting the child welfare needs of all residents of the state in an equitable and fair manner. Grey and Devlin plan on working with DHS staff to review current policies, determine the effectiveness of the programs, provide cross-cultural training and develop a statewide approach to reducing the over-representation of minorities in the child welfare system. They will serve as co-directors and lead consultants for this project while involving a number of other UNI faculty with migration and ethnic minority expertise around campus.

For more information, contact Grey at 319-273-6496 or mark.grey@uni.edu or Devlin at 319-273-5806 or michele.devlin@uni.edu.

December 12, 2011 - 4:01pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sam Lankford, professor of health, physical education and leisure services at the University of Northern Iowa, has helped to pioneer a study about the impact the Arctic Winter Games have on the people involved. He hopes to analyze the personal, social and community benefits the games provide for the participants. He has worked on this research since 1992.

The games were created for youth in the circumpolar region of the Arctic. The participants are diverse, including Inuit, Inuvialuit, Dene and Metis aboriginals, as well as Sampi from Northern Scandinavia and Yamal from Russia. Athletes compete every two years by representing their country in a variety of contemporary and indigenous sports and games.

UNI students assist Lankford in his research and have the opportunity to attend the 2012 Winter Games, in Yukon, Canada. Students must take two semesters of the course Community Planning Workshop in order to participate, where they learn how to write proposals, timelines and budgets and collect, analyze and present data.

Lankford and his team will continue studying the games for the next four years. For more information, contact Sam Lankford, professor of health, physical education and leisure services, at 319-273-6840 or sam.lankford@uni.edu.

December 12, 2011 - 4:22pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Suzuki School will hold auditions for positions with the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra (NIYO) on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Russell Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

NIYO is an affiliate of the UNI Suzuki School. The NIYO music director is Bonnie Alger. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at Russell Hall at UNI. The fee for participating in the orchestra is $110. The final concert will be held May 21, 2012.

Auditions are open to violin, viola, cello, bass, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion students in grades nine through 12. Students will be expected to play a solo, selected scales and sight read.

An audition form and more information is available from the website at www.uni.edu/music/suzuki/node270 .To schedule an audition time, please contact cathy.craig@uni.edu or call 319-273-2508 before Jan. 10.

December 12, 2011 - 4:29pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center is now accepting registrations for the 2012 Management Excellence certificate program. The program, designed for experienced managers, consists of nine classes conducted from Jan. 25 to May 2.

The Management Excellence certificate program is comprehensive management training program intended for team leaders and managers who have a couple years of managerial work experience and want to further develop their management ability and boost their confidence in handling the more difficult and uncomfortable situations managers face like addressing performance issues, negotiating better deals and making difficult and unpopular decisions. 

The enrollment deadline is Jan.18; space is limited.

"In four months, participants will be better able to hold employees accountable, ask better questions, strengthen working relationships, diagnose business problems and improve their communication and leadership skills," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center.

Introductory tuition for business employees is $2,998, which includes all training and instruction, materials, lunches, refreshments and parking. Businesses can enroll a second person from the same organization for a discounted price of $1,998. Tuition for non-profit employees is $1,998. UNI Alumni members receive a 10-percent discount. This program may also qualify for tuition reimbursement programs and Iowa Jobs Training Programs 260E and 260F. 

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

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

December 9, 2011 - 3:27pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Children's Choir will perform a winter concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall on the UNI campus. Admission to the UNI concert is free, and the event is open to the public.

In addition to the annual concert at UNI, the UNI Children's Choir will also perform at the Aplington-Parkersburg Performing Artist Series on Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., at Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg. Tickets to the Dec. 17 event are $15 and are available for purchase at the door.           

The UNI Children's Choir has approximately 120 current members. Michelle Swanson is the director.

For more information, contact Swanson at (319) 273-2600 or Caroline Boehmer, School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at (319) 273-2028.

December 6, 2011 - 3:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently received a grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) to monitor and evaluate bridge damage detection using a Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) system. The project goes from Sept.1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2013.

The IDOT has done research to develop a SHM system that is capable of identifying damage and able to report on the general operational condition of bridges. UNI's Department of Industrial Technology will investigate the feasibility of using wireless sensor systems for transportation system monitoring, because a significant cost of any bridge monitoring system lies in the cost of cabling and installation.

The objectives of the project, which involves research from each of Iowa's three public universities, is to finalize development of the overall SHM system hardware and software and evaluate and develop energy harvesting techniques.

For more information, contact Jin Zhu, assistant professor in industrial technology, at 319-273-2597 or jin.zhu@uni.edu.

 

December 6, 2011 - 4:28pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual fall commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, in the McLeod Center. More than 600 students who have completed their degrees during the fall semester are eligible to participate in the ceremony. This year's commencement speaker is Isaac Brockshus, a composition-theory major from Spencer, Iowa.

Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the McLeod Center with light snacks and beverages. Graduates and guests are encouraged to attend. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures.

The Commencement RSVP, cap and gown ordering, and graduation application forms are available online only.

Additionally, the UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual Fall Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, in Lang Hall. Four cadets will be commissioned as U.S. Army lieutenants. Family and friends are invited to arrive anytime after 7:30 a.m. and to stay for refreshments immediately following the ceremony.

A posthumous degree will also be awarded to the family of Jennifer Mills.

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

December 2, 2011 - 4:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa "Writers Speak" Reading Series will host a reading by fiction writer J. Harley McIlrath on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. in 161 Baker Hall on the UNI campus. This event is free and open to the public.

McIlrath is known in the metro area as the founder and proprietor of the fine and used bookstore Bought Again Books, formerly in Cedar Falls.

McIlrath will be reading from his book of short fiction, "Possum Trot," which tells Iowa stories. Author David Campbell said McIlrath is "always true to the Iowa earth." Editor Steven Horwitz said, "J. Harley McIlrath knows the landscape, physical and emotional, of the family farm and the small town."

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

December 1, 2011 - 11:22am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "B.F.A. Group Exhibition" on Thursday, Dec. 8, through Saturday, Dec. 17, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. A reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8.

The artwork of six UNI Bachelor of Fine Arts students from the state of Iowa will be presented through the exhibition, each conveying unique styles and techniques. Jessica Calhoun of Windsor Heights has an emphasis in painting. Laura M. Forgie of Lowden has an emphasis in sculpture. Amanda Golwitzer of Wesley, Chance Rory Greaves of Milford and Sarah Rodgers of Cherokee, all have an emphasis in printmaking. Alex M. Peterson of Lost Nation has an emphasis in drawing.

"Art has always been my primary means of reflection and entertainment," said Greaves. "I work both intuitively and deliberately, working to balance expressivity and symbolic imagery."

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 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

December 1, 2011 - 3:13pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum will attend a presidential candidate education forum at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, in the lobby of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Peforming Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa. UNI and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) will host presidential candidates this fall to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today." The forums are free and open to the public. Guests can park in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Visitor's lot.

The forum, moderated by Ben Kieffer, host of IPR's The Exchange, will focus on policy initiatives related to education reform and broader implications for global competitiveness. The forum will include a 30-minute address from Santorum regarding his education platform, followed by a series of education-related questions from the audience. IPR will also broadcast the forum at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12.

"Education has long been a prized value of Iowans, and UNI plays an important role in preparing Iowa's teachers," said Benjamin Allen, UNI president. "We're pleased to host presidential candidates and to help elevate education reform issues facing Iowa and America in an ever-increasing competitive global economy."

Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at the age of 32, and served from 1995 to 2007 in the U.S. Senate.  In 2000, he was elected Senate Republican Conference chairman. He was also an author and floor manager of the landmark Welfare Reform Act. Santorum wrote and championed legislation that outlawed partial birth abortion as well as the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act," the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act," and the "Combating Autism Act." He served eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He was a leader on US-Israeli relations, authoring both the "Syria Accountability Act" and the "Iran Freedom and Support Act." Santorum wrote the 2005 New York Times Best Seller "It Takes a Family." Santorum is married with seven children.

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November 30, 2011 - 3:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's New Horizons Band (NHB) will perform a winter concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, in the Great Hall in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the UNI campus.

The band will be performing a variety of traditional concert band repertoire as well as holiday classics. Included in the program will be "Home for Christmas," a medley of Christmas favorites, selections from the Broadway musical "Oliver," and "Beguine for Flutes" by Eric Osterling that will feature the New Horizons Band flute section. Guest artist Russ Clark, bagpiper, will also perform at the concert. The Windy Hills Singers, directed by Martha Hansen, will perform in the GBPAC lobby before the concert. A reception will be held in the lobby immediately following the concert.

NHB is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School. The group includes members ages 50 and older with various musical backgrounds who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform. The band started in 1999 with 17 members and has a current membership of more than 70. Diana Blake, retired music educator and director of the NHB, 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 Cindi Mason, instructor in the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2142 or cynthia.mason@uni.edu.

November 29, 2011 - 3:40pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A group of students enrolled in the course Introduction to Sustainability at the University of Northern Iowa will present a public forum on "Visioning a Sustainable World in 2050."

The public forum will be presented Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the auditorium of UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE). A poster session will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m., with the forum following at 7 p.m.

"Young people have the most at stake and should be in the vanguard of the sustainability movement," said Bill Stigliani, course instructor and UNI professor of environmental science.  The current generation has inherited numerous problems, such as climate change, resource depletion, species extinction and ecosystem degradation, he explained. "These problems are increasing while global population expands and newly emerging economies are increasing the demand for energy and raw materials."

The students have been working throughout the semester on a synthesis report that outlines a blueprint for a sustainable society in 2050 as they envision it.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stigliani at 319-273-7150 or william.stigliani@uni.edu.

November 29, 2011 - 3:50pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is announcing a master's program for physical education majors and teachers that can be completed entirely online, the only program of its kind in the state of Iowa. The new 30-credit-hour cohort program will begin spring 2012 and will take five consecutive semesters to complete.

This program will link practice to theory in areas including motor learning and behavior, curriculum development, effective teaching and sport psychology for pre-K through high school physical education teachers and coaches. "This degree is designed to improve teaching skills, but it may also help teachers who need classes in order to have their contracts continued or bump up some teachers in the salary scale," said Fabio Fontana, assistant professor in the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS).

The program offers students a convenient pathway to achieving a master's degree online. With the ability to attend class from their homes or offices, students will save on travel costs and time, making it easier to balance their academic, personal and professional lives. "We are excited to offer a program that will be accessible to individuals who live anywhere in the state and beyond and to work with professionals we would not necessarily work with otherwise," said Fontana.

Coursework is offered using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system, which requires Internet access with Adobe Connect and a desktop video conferencing system. Technical support will be available. During the fall and spring semesters, courses are scheduled back-to-back in eight-week modules with meetings via Adobe Connect on select Monday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. "We will be using the best practices for online teaching and advanced online teaching technology," said Fontana. 

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

 

November 28, 2011 - 4:39pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Darcie Davis-Gage, associate professor of counseling in the School of Applied Human Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "Women and Group Counseling: A Unique Connection," at noon, Monday, Dec. 5, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at the Center for Multicultural Education, 109A Maucker Union.

Davis-Gage will discuss how women have been involved in both formal and informal groups for many years. There are numerous applications for groups and the possibilities are seemingly endless. This lecture will include a discussion about a qualitative research study that explored participants' experience in women-only group counseling. Guests will gain insight into what women experience in group counseling, how they make meaning of this experience and the benefits they have gained from their experience.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-5909 or barbara.cutter@uni.edu.

 

November 23, 2011 - 1:04pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will kick off a series of presidential candidate education forums at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall at the University of Northern Iowa. UNI and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) will host presidential candidates this fall to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today." The forums are free and open to the public. Guests can park in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Visitor's lot.

The forum, moderated by Ben Kieffer, host of IPR's "The Exchange" talk show, will focus on policy initiatives related to education reform and broader implications for global competitiveness. The forum will include a 30-minute address from Bachmann regarding her education platform, followed by a series of education-related questions from the audience. IPR will also broadcast the forum at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1.

"Education has long been a prized value of Iowans, and UNI plays an important role in preparing Iowa's teachers," said Benjamin Allen, UNI president. "We're pleased to host presidential candidates and to help elevate education reform issues facing Iowa and America in an ever-increasing competitive global economy." 

Elected in 2006, Bachmann is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000 where she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before that, she spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on hundreds of civil and criminal cases. Bachmann sits on the Financial Services Committee (FSC) and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She received her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary.  She is married with five children and has opened her home to 23 foster children, which has inspired her to become one of Congress' leading advocates for foster and adopted children, earning her bipartisan praise for her efforts.

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November 21, 2011 - 2:09pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Catherine Zeman, University of Northern Iowa associate professor in health, physical education and leisure services, will present a lecture on antidepressants, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at University Book and Supply, 1009 West 23 Street, Cedar Falls.

Zeman will discuss reasons why health professionals have been challenging the overuse of antidepressants and other biopsychiatric drugs, including the myth that antidepressants correct imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain. She will also discuss issues regarding drug side effects.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Zeman at 319-273-7090 or catherine.zeman@uni.edu.

November 18, 2011 - 2:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Teaching and Learning Mathematics (CTLM) is supporting elementary math teachers by offering "Making Sense Professional Development" courses. These high quality, research-based courses are intended to improve teacher practice in order to enhance student learning.

To create these classes, a team of course developers from across Iowa collaborated to discuss the many factors that create a quality education. All courses are aligned with the Iowa Core, Common Core State Standards and Iowa Professional Development Model. The CTLM also provides training for principals to ensure support of teachers working to improve mathematical instruction.

Through these courses, teachers develop a deeper understanding of mathematics, increase knowledge for teaching, implement practices based on the current standards for mathematical practice and improve their own means of instruction. As a result, students also develop a deeper understanding of mathematics and improve their own level of achievement.

To register for any of these courses, visit www.uni.edu/ctlm. For additional information, contact Melissa Reade, assistant director of communications and operations at the CTLM, at 319-273-3820 or melissa.reade@uni.edu.

November 18, 2011 - 2:48pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) student chapter robotics team recently won the ATMAE 2011 Student Robotics Competition in Cleveland, Ohio.

The goal of the competition is to retrieve color ping-pong balls placed on a table, sort them based on colors and deliver them to designated destinations on the table within five minutes. The robot with the greatest amount of ping-pong balls sorted by like color and in the designated areas in the shortest time wins. UNI, with its robot, Panther-Collect Analyze Transfer (P-CAT), placed first in overall score, as well as best poster design. The team won $800, robot kits, software for team members and three days worth of robotics training.

A total of eight teams participated in the competition this year, including East Carolina State University, Iowa State University, Jacksonville University, Mississippi State University, Morehead State University, Morrisville University and Sam Houston University. UNI robotics team members included Jeremy Ganfield, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Rick Ruport, Denver, Iowa; Peter Dekluyver, Ottumwa, Iowa; Jeff Rick, Waverly, Iowa; Mattew Wason, Humboldt, Iowa; Rodney Jones, Detroit, Mich.; and Sean Quarles, Fairfield, Iowa. The team advisor is Jin Zhu, assistant professor in industrial technology.

For more information, contact Zhu at 319-273-2597 or jin.zhu@uni.edu.

November 18, 2011 - 2:56pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Grant opportunities are available through the Farm Energy Working Group of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, facilitated by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Farmers with small to mid-sized operations may apply for demonstration grants related to three focus areas: the Farm Service Agency's cold storage facilities program; increased farm energy efficiency in lighting/ventilation; or solar hot water (SHW) heaters in combination with several Rural Electric Cooperative's SHW rebate programs.

"Farmers are incredibly innovative and we want to help them reduce their need for fossil fuel use on their farms," said Carole Yates, program manager for UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education. "This is our fourth round of grants and the results are helping farmers across Iowa rely on energy efficiency and renewable energy instead of fossil fuel."

Grants are awarded up to $2,000 to pay for the farmer's time for installation, administration and report writing. The grants cannot cover any equipment purchases. No matching dollars are required. 

Application deadline is Nov. 30, 2011.  The application is at www.ceee.uni.edu/farmenergy.aspx along with a sample application.

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

November 16, 2011 - 2:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition came to a close today with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.

 

  • VSI Aerospace received first place and $25,000. The company combines software and air pressure sensors to alert pilots of trajectory changes, enhancing safety and fuel savings. It was founded in 2008 and is based in Ames.

      Contact: Jerald Vogel

      515-292-3578

      vsiaero@gmail.com

      www.vsiaerospace.com

 

  • M&S Flowmatics came in second place and received $15,000. M&S FlowMatics has developed a unique flow meter for real-time measurement of granular materials though a pipe, such as gravel, grain, sugar or sand. The company was formed in 2009 and is located in Ames.

      Contact: Manjit Misra

      515-290-5292

      mkmisra@iastate.edu

 

  • Radiology Protocols received third place and $10,000. This company has developed an online medical imaging process to make radiologic imaging efficient and accurate, thus lowering imaging costs. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Iowa City.

      Contact:  Steve Baker

      319-430-4300

      sbakerr@radiologyprotocols.com

      www.RadiologyProtocols.com

 

"Special thanks goes to John Pappajohn, who, through his unwavering commitment to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, has again sponsored this business plan competition and has provided extensive support for entrepreneurship in Iowa," said Randy Pilkington, director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Northern Iowa.

Details for next year's competition will be announced in February. For additional information about the competition, visit www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com or contact one of the JPEC centers via the contact information below.

Drake University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Debra Bishop

515-271-3818

deb.bishop@drake.edu

 

Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Judi Eyles

515-296-8283

eyles@iastate.edu

 

North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Jamie Zanios

641-422-4111

zaniojam@niacc.edu

 

University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

David Hensley

319-335-3999

david-hensley@uiowa.edu

 

University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Randy Pilkington

319-273-5732

randy.pilkington@uni.edu

 

November 16, 2011 - 4:54pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host U.S. Ambassador Ronald McMullen on Tuesday, Nov. 29, on the UNI campus.

McMullen will be meeting with students and faculty throughout the day, and he will present his lecture "America's Foreign Policy Challenges: Where do You Cross the Line?" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in 109 Curris Business Building. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

McMullen, who is currently a diplomat-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin, recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to the State of Eritrea. He has more than 29 years of diplomatic experience in more than 90 countries, has authored many scholarly works and is a three-time recipient of the State Department's Superior Honor Award. A native of Northwood, Iowa, he earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Iowa.

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by UNI International Programs, UNI Center for International Peace and Security Studies and UNI Department of Political Science. For more information, contact Nadia Korobova, assistant director, UNI International Programs, at 319-273-7424 or nadia.korobova@uni.edu

November 14, 2011 - 10:16am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will show the film "The Vanishing of the Bees," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) auditorium on the UNI campus.

The film explores the reasons why honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing from the planet. This phenomena, known as Colony Collapse Disorder, has left scientists puzzled. Organic beekeepers and researchers have come up with alternative reasons for the loss of bees and have found no definite answer. There will be a panel discussion following the showing. Panel members will include Andrew Joseph, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship state apiarist; Carl Thurman, UNI Biology Department; Manley Bigalk, Golden Ridge Honey; and Robert Fassbinder, Fassbinder Apiary.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator at the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, at 319-273-3689 or jennifer.bruss@uni.edu.

 

November 14, 2011 - 4:36pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa has received funding from the Iowa Power Fund for Stage II of their Prairie Power Project, which involves completing development of a mixture of prairie seeds for energy production on marginal Iowa farmland.

The third year of research of the Prairie Power Project Part I, Determining Maximum Sustainable Production of Biomass with a Mixture of Prairie Species, is currently being completed. In 2008 Daryl Smith, director of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center, and his team were granted money from the Iowa Power Fund to verify recent research findings indicating that greater numbers of species in a prairie seed mix result in increased biomass production. Biomass is the amount of vegetation produced during one year's growth of prairie plants that can be burned to generate electricity. The greater the amount of biomass, the more electricity that can be produced.

"The burning of biomass as a partial replacement for coal in electrical generation will help reduce air pollution," Smith said. "Using prairie biomass as an alternative energy source to coal will reduce our dependence on out-of-state purchases.  Also, planting prairie on marginal, highly erodible farmland will reduce soil erosion and flooding and provide more habitat for wildlife."

The goal of using prairie biomass as an alternative crop is to increase renewable energy sources, help improve air quality, reduce soil erosion and flooding, and provide habitat for wildlife. For more information about this project visit www.tallgrassprairiecenter.org

November 10, 2011 - 11:12am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's GeoTREE Center received a research grant from Iowa Water Center to accurately estimate various pollutants in urban watersheds using geospatial technologies and techniques.   

The UNI GeoTREE Center is working with several community organizations and industry partner PV & Associates to develop a Source Loading and Management Model (SLAMM) that will help report overall water quality in urban areas. “One of the major benefits of this project is the integration of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and WinSLAMM model to create a report for people who don't have a technical background so they can understand,” said Ramanathan Sugumaran, Director of GeoTREE Center. This allows community members to read the tests performed in their own backyard.

"There are two major benefits from this endeavor: increasing the level of accuracy of an already highly accurate modeling tool means something good just got better," said Rebecca Kauten, senior research associate in health, physical education and leisure services at UNI. "In addition, displaying this information geospatially makes the information more accessible to the rest of us, which is important as we decide how we want our communities to look and feel today and in the future."

For more information about the UNI GeoTREE Center, visit www.geotree.uni.edu. For information about WinSLAMM, visit www.winslamm.com.

November 10, 2011 - 4:40pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education is offering a Hot Topics in Education webinar at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17. Stephanie Logan, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at UNI, will present "A Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching."

This webinar will introduce participants to the theory of culturally responsive teaching. Participants will also explore elements for creating a culturally responsive classroom -- including the power of caring, cooperation, competition, classroom discipline, culture and communication and connecting home and school.

This seminar is free and open to all educators For more information about these free webinars and to register, visit www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

Hot Topics in Education is sponsored by the UNI College of Education. These free webinars taught by faculty and staff are offered once a month through April on a variety of national hot topics in education.

November 9, 2011 - 3:40pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Humanities and Fine Arts Senate has named Paul Siddens the recipient of the 2011 Faculty Excellence Award. This was awarded prior to the merger of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Natural Sciences, which is now the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

Siddens is an associate professor of communication studies at UNI, and will present "From Funny Books to Graphic Novels: Teaching and Researching Comics," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Interpreter's Theatre, 040 Lang Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

"Historically, comic books and graphic novels have been considered low-brow reading material for young people with little or no substance or depth," Sidden notes. "However, it's actually possible to discover many things about who we are historically, culturally, socially and artistically through comic books and graphic novels."

For additional information, contact Sarah Pauls, marketing and promotions coordinator in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, at 319-273-2725 or sarah.pauls@uni.edu.

November 8, 2011 - 4:54pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) and the Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership (NIFFP) will host its annual harvest dinner at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, in the UNI Common's Slife Ballroom. NIFFP is a program of the CEEE.

Following the dinner, Brenda Ranum, project coordinator for the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, will discuss her work. The food initiative is one of nine projects supported nationwide by the W.K. Kellog Foundation Food & Community Program, which strives to improve school food systems, increase access to good food and physical activity environments, and fuels the national healthy living movement. Cost for the three-course, locally grown meal is $13 per person, payable in advance.

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

November 7, 2011 - 10:17am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Seven Iowa business incubators and coworking sites have joined together to form the Iowa Startup Alliance, a statewide cooperative agreement that allows their members to access and use the facilities and resources of all alliance organizations.

The member tenants and entrepreneurs will have a network of locations to use when traveling within Iowa for business-related activities, such as customer and investor meetings and networking events. They need only to contact the site they are traveling to in advance to arrange for space and resources.

"The duration, resources and space will vary from location to location," said Dan Beenken, manager of the University of Northern Iowa Innovation Incubator. "But the entrepreneurs can count on a warm welcome and helping hand at all sites."

Iowa Startup Alliance organizations

Foundry Coworking
Foundry Coworking is a collaborative office space for startups, freelancers and creatives in downtown Des Moines. It strives to build community and collaboration for the betterment of all members.  

Contact: Alexander Grgurich, alexander.grgurich@gmail.com or 515-966-4210

Website: foundrycoworking.com/

StartupCity Des Moines
StartupCity Des Moines is a technology startup incubator located on Silicon Sixth Avenue in downtown Des Moines. It provides active mentoring, an educational curriculum and a workspace conducive to peer sharing.

Contact: Becky Mollenkamp, becky@startupcitydsm.com or 800-834-0717.

Website: www.startupcitydsm.com

Veel Hoeden
Veel Hoeden, located in downtown Pella, is Iowa's first rural coworking space serving the needs of startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. It provides a space where collaboration, community and idea achievement can flourish.

Contact: Joel Bennett, veelhoeden@gmail.com or 641-780-7858.

Website: veelhoeden.posterous.com/

Iowa State University Research Park
Iowa State University Research Park has provided space and business development services to startup and growth focused technology companies for 25 years. The result is an entrepreneurial support infrastructure composed of numerous peer businesses, professional services and university resources. Coworking facilities are provided at the park’s incubator and consist of small private offices and Internet access. 

Contact: Mike Upah, 515-296-7828

Website: http://isupark.org/.

UNI Innovation Incubator/Purple Cat Cowork
The Innovation Incubator at the University of Northern Iowa allows new companies to link with and develop a synergistic relationship with the university. With a convenient campus location, entrepreneurs have an easy avenue to access the resources of UNI in a way that many startups cannot. The incubator helps startup firms in the Cedar Valley reduce their risks and accelerate their growth via technical assistance and the creation of a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Contact: Dan Beenken, dan.beenken@uni.edu or 319-273-4322

Website: www.bcs.uni.edu/ininc/

Vault Coworking & Collaboration SpaceA joint venture of Corridor Coworks and Seed Here, Vault Coworking & Collaborations Space in downtown Cedar Rapids is a brand-new flexible and affordable professional office space for entrepreneurs, creatives, freelancers and startup companies, all wrapped in a collaborative, friendly and supportive community of like-minded people.

Contact: Andy Stoll, andy@seedhere.org or 424-888-2434
Website: www.crvault.com

 

West Des Moines Business Incubator
The West Des Moines Business Incubator was incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in 2010 to foster a climate for entrepreneurial activity and assist in the growth of small businesses. The incubator provides mentoring by the Small Business Development Center as well as its non-profit board members.

Contact: Jo Eckert, jo.eckert@wdm.iowa.gov or 515-222-3621

Website: www.wdmbusinessincubator.com

November 7, 2011 - 3:08pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) at the University of Northern Iowa is offering a workshop, "Teaching about the Holocaust and the Iowa Core Curriculum."  The workshop, co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., at Temple B’nai Jeshurun, 5201 Grand Ave., Des Moines.  There is no fee to attend the workshop, but participants must register in advance. 

Close to 30 educators will explore how the Holocaust can be taught to help students develop essential concepts and skills in social studies and language arts mandated by the Iowa Core.  Cheryl Mullenbach, social studies consultant, Iowa Department of Education, will make a presentation and answer questions.  The workshop, which is being held on Nov. 10 to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) pogrom, will also include a presentation by Fred Lorber, a resident of Des Moines who lived through Kristallnacht in his home city of Vienna, Austria.  Other workshop activities will give participants opportunities to explore these and other topics.

For more information, please contact Stephen Gaies, director of the CHGE, at chge@uni.edu

November 3, 2011 - 9:49am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Therese Kuster, a University of Northern Iowa senior public relations major from Boone, was named the Young Entrepreneur Council/Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization Student Entrepreneur of the Year at the National CEO Conference Oct. 27-29 in Fort Worth.

The award is presented to a student entrepreneur with a currently active business generating sales revenue. The award is based on an essay and other submitted material such as recommendations and revenue statements.

Kuster won for her business, TargetClick Marketing Solutions. In her essay she discussed starting the business with her partners, Greg Jass, a UNI marketing graduate in May 2011, and Doug Drees. She also discussed the challenges of being a full-time student and business owner.

"Being a student entrepreneur is the most challenging thing I've ever done and it's great to be recognized for all the hard work. It was an honor to be chosen from a group of the nation's top student entrepreneurs," said Kuster.

Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director of the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, said, "The award reinforces the work of Therese and all the student entrepreneurs in the JPEC programs. The students must balance academics with owning and operating a small business."

Kuster noted the essay was a good way to put her everyday challenges into words. "It made me realize how many other student entrepreneurs face the same challenges and it's encouraging to have met so many people that are going through the same things with their own businesses. My best advice to other entrepreneurs is to accomplish something for your business every single day, and remember that's why you started it in the first place."

The UNI CEO organization is part of UNI Entrepreneurs, a student organization focusing on entrepreneurship and community service. UNI Entrepreneurs is a program of the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, which is a division of UNI's Business and Community Services. The UNI JPEC provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services designed for student entrepreneurs. For more information about JPEC at UNI, visit www.jpec.org, call (319) 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

November 2, 2011 - 3:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a week-long residency beginning Nov. 7 for two theatre companies, New York City's The TEAM (Theatre of the Emerging American Moment) and Portland Oregon's Sojourn Theatre, who are examining the caucus process in Iowa.  They will collaborate to create "Town Hall," a performance that combines fictional narratives drawn from research demonstrating the world of public discourse, public policy, local governance and civic dialogue.

 The TEAM's Rachel Chavkin and Sojourn Theatre's Michael Rohd are co-leading the project. Working with a team of UNI students, company members will develop the script for "Town Hall" from interviews with students and community members. During the week of Nov. 7, the company will conduct performance workshops, open to campus and the Cedar Valley community. Company members will return to Iowa Jan. 3 for the Iowa Caucus to share their research in a performance open to the public.

The purpose of the project is to discover how civic discourse has changed since the start of the republic, and its impacted by the development of print, broadcast and Internet media. Interviews in Iowa will focus on the caucus process and its effect on civic engagement.

For additional information, contact Karen Mitchell, professor in communication studies, at 319-273-2640 or karen.mitchell@uni.edu.

November 1, 2011 - 11:18am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Residents in three Cedar Falls neighborhoods are taking small steps to reduce their home energy use, save money and make new friends in a friendly competition called Cool Neighbors organized by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa. Residents of College Hill Partnership (CHP), North Cedar and Overman Park neighborhoods are welcome to participate.

A series of monthly events will be held for neighbors from 7 to 8 p.m. on the following dates/locations: Overman Park residents on Monday, Nov. 7, in the Cedar Falls Library large conference room; College Hill Partnership residents on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the CHP office at 23rd & College in Cedar Falls; and North Cedar residents on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Living Water Church of the Nazarene, W. Lonetree Road in Cedar Falls

Cool Neighbors participants will receive a free LED night light and a chart of their home's energy use compared to their neighbors and to the average Iowan's energy use. They will also view their home on the Cedar Falls Utilities' (CFU) thermal flyover website to see where more weatherization would improve their home's energy loss and possibly lower their utility bill. Participants will hear about CFU's energy efficiency rebates and incentives and then decide what additional steps they want to take.

To sign up, contact your neighborhood helper:
Overman Park, Tara Wilson Pickering at 319-504-1869 or esquires@gmail.com
CHP, Joel Anderson at 319-273-6228 or joeland@uni.edu or Becky Hawbaker at 319-290-1050
North Cedar, Mary Smith at 319-269-7300 or evergreen@cfu.net

Cool Neighbors, a project of the UNI CEEE, is sponsored by CFU, the City of Cedar Falls, Cool Congregations and the Iowa Office of Economic Development. For more information, contact Carole Yates, CEEE program manager, at 319-273-7599 or carole.yates@uni.edu

November 1, 2011 - 4:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa professor Susan Hill will present "Gluttons and Fat Bodies: Gendered Representations from the Ancient Western World," at noon, Monday, Nov. 7, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at the Center for Multicultural Education, 109A Maucker Union.

Hill will discuss gendered representations of gluttony and fatness in the ancient world and will explore the ways in which those representations are fundamentally different from modern American understandings. Today, many believe that people are fat because they are gluttons. Hill will talk about the surprising idea that the connections people make between gluttony and fatness was virtually unknown in the ancient western world.

Hill teaches religion courses at UNI, including Women and Christianity. She received her Ph.D. in religion and literature from The University of Chicago Divinity School. Her lecture topic comes from her recently published book, "Eating to Excess: The Meaning of Gluttony and the Fat Body in the Ancient World." University Book and Supply will be on hand with copies of the book for purchase and Hill will sign books immediately following her presentation.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-5909 or barbara.cutter@uni.edu.

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