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March 28, 2012 - 1:53pm

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

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

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

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

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

March 26, 2012 - 3:26pm

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

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

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

March 22, 2012 - 4:21pm

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

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

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

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

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

March 21, 2012 - 10:31am

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March 20, 2012

  

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

  

Dear Dr. Scholtz,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Benjamin J. Allen

President

March 21, 2012 - 3:35pm

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

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

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

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

March 20, 2012 - 2:02pm

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

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

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

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

March 19, 2012 - 9:46am

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

About UNIBusiness

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

March 19, 2012 - 9:53am

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

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

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

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

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

March 19, 2012 - 2:20pm

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

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

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

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

March 19, 2012 - 2:34pm

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

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

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

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

March 16, 2012 - 2:52pm

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

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

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

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

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

March 16, 2012 - 3:07pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 15, 2012 - 10:39am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hosts sought for 2012 regional contests

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

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

March 14, 2012 - 11:36am

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

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

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

Eherenman said the camp benefits the athletes on many levels.

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

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

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

March 14, 2012 - 11:55am

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 13, 2012 - 9:09am

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

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

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

March 13, 2012 - 9:14am

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

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

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

March 13, 2012 - 9:20am

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

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

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

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

March 13, 2012 - 10:22am

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

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

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

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

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

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


March 13, 2012 - 2:32pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 12, 2012 - 10:25am

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 12, 2012 - 10:30am

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

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

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

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

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

 

March 12, 2012 - 4:14pm

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

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

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

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

March 9, 2012 - 4:20pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 9, 2012 - 4:38pm

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

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

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

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

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

March 9, 2012 - 4:43pm

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

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

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

March 9, 2012 - 4:46pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 8, 2012 - 11:01am

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

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

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

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

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

March 8, 2012 - 2:12pm

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Cedar Falls, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen announced today academic program closures and restructuring that will be submitted to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa for approval. The academic program recommendations are the last significant part of the university's efforts to reallocate and realign resources to support academic priorities and future growth. UNI Executive Vice President and Provost, Gloria Gibson, met with UNI-United Faculty and the Faculty Senate as she and her leadership team developed the list of academic program changes.

"We remain committed to our vision to become one of the nation's premier public universities; our core mission is to provide the best academic experience for our students," said Allen.  "It is not financially sound to fund academic programs with few graduates. We have a responsibility to parents, students and taxpayers to be good stewards of our financial resources."

The academic program closures and restructuring are needed so we can reallocate resources to high-demand and potential-growth programs. On average, the programs listed for closure graduated fewer than two students per year over the last five years. Today's recommendation is for the closure of 23 undergraduate majors, 19 undergraduate minors, 16 graduate programs, and the restructuring of 19 programs. The programs listed represent less than 2 percent of the degrees granted in 2010-2011.

"These changes are required so we can focus on high-demand and potential-growth programs," said Gibson. "A process will start soon to identify those programs. It's also important to remember that while some academic programs will be closed or restructured, all academic departments will remain."

UNI currently has a total of 288 undergraduate majors, undergraduate minors and graduate programs. A full list of academic programs slated for closure or restructuring is online at http://www.uni.edu/program-changes/discontinued-academic-programs.

"All of the students enrolled in those programs will be able to finish their studies," said Gibson. "The decision to close programs was not based on the quality of the faculty, curriculum or students in a program. Rather, student demand has changed and it is no longer possible for UNI to fund programs with few graduates."

A number of tenured faculty members will be affected by the program closures and restructuring. The University will follow the Master Agreement with UNI-United Faculty and human resource guidelines in dealing with affected employees. Tenured faculty will be offered an Early Separation Incentive Package, which was approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa earlier this week. The total number of positions affected or amount of budget impact will not be clear until full implementation plans are complete.

Since 2009, UNI has addressed funding reductions through a series of cost-saving measures.  These included an early retirement incentive program (ERIP) under which faculty and staff elected to retire. Other cost-saving actions included temporarily reducing retirement contributions, negotiating changes in health insurance plans, collaborating with sister Regent institutions, outsourcing services, eliminating staff positions and reducing the support for auxiliary enterprises. 

This year's state budget reduced the level of funding for fiscal 2012 by $4.3 million below fiscal 2011. UNI will begin fiscal 2013 with an increased obligation of $4.1 million in union negotiated salary and benefit increases for faculty and staff.

"State funding may be a challenge, but our faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and donors recognize the value and tradition of UNI," said Allen. "We are defining our future by making strategic decisions today. Our goal is to strengthen the core mission of the University of Northern Iowa and offer an exceptional educational and collegiate experience for our students." 

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced decisions today (March 1) concerning the athletics certification status of 13 member institutions. The University of Northern Iowa has been fully certified through successful completion and review of its Cycle 3 self-study.

The certified designation denotes that UNI operates its athletics program in full compliance with the operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.

"I want to thank all of the faculty, staff, students, and community members who participated in the process," University President Ben Allen said. "We owe this excellent news to everyone's hard work. Gaining the NCAA endorsement by receiving full certification reflects positively on UNI and the integrity of our intercollegiate athletics program."

"We welcome the NCAA's acknowledgment that our institution is operating within the principles, expectations and regulations of our governing body," UNI Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. "The self-study process has proven a beneficial examination of our department and our practices, and has helped establish a path which will lead us to positive experiences for our student-athletes, coaches and everyone associated with Panther athletics."

Legislation mandating certification was adopted for all active Division I schools in 1993 to ensure the integrity of each member institution's athletics program, while assisting institutions with improvements when necessary. To complete the certification process, each institution had to complete a self-study led by its president or chancellor. The self-study instrument includes a thorough review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; gender/diversity issues; and student-athlete well-being.

This cycle represents the last certifications started before a moratorium was placed on the program in April 2011 by the Division I Board of Directors. In January 2011, NCAA President Emmert asked staff to evaluate the program to reduce the burden on institutions, increase cost-effectiveness and improve the overall value.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Iowa needs to create jobs -- lots of them. And helping Iowa's small-business community grow and create new jobs is the impetus behind the fifth annual EntreFest! conference, taking place March 8-9 in Ames, Iowa.

EntreFest!, developed at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center through its MyEntre.Net program, connects small-business owners with capital, technical assistance and marketing support to start or expand a business. The two-day conference will be at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames. The registration fee is $119 per person, and participants can register online at www.entrefest.com.

The 2012 conference will kick off with keynote speaker Kelly McDonald, bestselling author of "How to Market to People Not Like You," which was named one of the "Top 5 Best Business Books of 2011" by Inc. magazine. McDonald, a national marketing expert and owner of Dallas-based McDonald Marketing, has a client list that includes Toyota, Harley Davidson, Ace Hardware and Nike.

Other speakers at Fest 2012 include entrepreneurs and business professionals from throughout the Midwest. Session topics will focus on marketing, pricing and generating new sales, managing time and employees, and how to use technology in a small business. The event also includes the Business Smorgasbord, which allows hundreds of small business owners to talk one-on-one with business attorneys, accountants, investors, human resource professionals and other key business professionals.

New to EntreFest! in 2012 is the Dream Big Grow Here Pitch-off. Seven Iowa small-business owners will compete for a $10,000 grand prize at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. The pitch-off is open to the public and will be emceed by Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham.

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. Lead sponsors for EntreFest! 2012 include Iowa Farm Bureau/Renew Rural Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and the UNI Regional Business Center/MyEntre.Net.

Other sponsors include:Ames Chamber of Commerce and Ames Economic Development Commission, Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy, BrownWinick, Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa Bankers Association, Iowa Small Business Development Centers, Iowa State University College of Business, Iowa State University Community Vitality Center, MidAmerican Energy, Targeted Small Business Program of Iowa, UNI Division of Business and Community Services, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center/UNI Entrepreneurs Grant and Wells Fargo. 

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Department of Art will present the "Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition" from March 19 to April 15.

This year's exhibition showcases outstanding works of art by students in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competition is Gilbert Vicario, senior curator at the Des Moines Art Center. Vicario will make a selection from approximately 400 entries and will choose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions. A juror's lecture will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in the UNI Kamerick Art Building (KAB) auditorium.

An awards ceremony and reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 19, also in the KAB Auditorium.

Both 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. The gallery is located on the main floor of the KAB.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/Home.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

March 1, 2012 - 5:05pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) at the University of Northern Iowa will host an informational session for parents and students about options to enroll in area school districts from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, March 5, in the MPLS gymnasium. Approximately 10 schools will participate in the information session. For details and questions, contact MPLS at 319-273-2514 or UNI's College of Education at 319-273-2717.

February 29, 2012 - 8:26am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Fabulous Resources for Energy Education (FREE) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will administer the Iowa Schools Biggest Energy Loser challenge, which is sponsored by Alliant Energy. Iowa teachers can now register their classrooms for the challenge at www.uni.edu/free-ceee/ace-biggest-energy-loser.

The competition awards schools cash prizes for reducing their energy use and shedding pounds of CO­2. Students and teachers will conduct a "weigh-in" by completing an energy audit of their classrooms, which involves counting light bulbs and calculating vampire or phantom loads. They will then come up with ways to "lose weight" by developing an action plan. The final audit will be compared to the initial results.

For more information, contact Pat Higby, energy education and outreach coordinator at the CEEE, at 319-273-6012 or patricia.higby@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/free-ceee.

February 28, 2012 - 9:35am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa "Writer's Talk" reading series will host a "Leap Day Poetry Reading" by Kim Groninga, UNI instructor of languages and literatures, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 161 Baker Hall, on the UNI campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Groninga teaches composition and creative writing at UNI. She is the nonfiction editor of the "North American Review," the longest-lived American literary magazine that is based at UNI. She is also the author of the poetry collection "Other Things That Grow."

"Groninga approaches her world from the angle of a fine sculptor to reveal the true essence of what we take for granted in the environment around us," said Mary Swander, a distinguished professor of English at Iowa State University, about the collection of poetry.

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

February 28, 2012 - 1:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Donna Harvey, director of the Iowa Department on Aging, will present "Aging in Iowa: Who Cares?" from 3 to 4 p.m., March 7, in 130C Schindler Education Center, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event is sponsored by UNI's gerontology program and the Iowa Consortium of Aging Programs.

Harvey's lecture will be broadcast live to Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College through the Iowa Communications Network (ICN).

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to learn from Donna," said Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor of gerontology at UNI. "She advocates tirelessly for aging Iowans and their families, and I can't say enough about her work in the Cedar Valley and across the state." 

Harvey was appointed to her position by Governor Terry Brandstad in 2011. Prior to this, she was the executive director of the Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging in Waterloo.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Eshbaugh at 319-273-6083 or elaine.eshbaugh@uni.edu.

February 27, 2012 - 3:39pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Readlyn residents can complete a survey on energy use at the elementary school's Literacy Night, Tuesday, Feb. 28, to help their community win an energy challenge against two other Iowa towns.

Readlyn and Fairbank are cooperating to get as many surveys filled out as possible by March 15. They are competing against Dike and Hudson in a year-long "Get Energized, Iowa!" challenge to see which community can reduce the most residential electric use. Residents can also download the survey from the Readlyn web site at www.readlyn.com/energized.htm.

Louie Hartman, president, Readlyn Community Club, the community's guiding organization, said residents have been very responsive in filling out and returning surveys. "We got 45 surveys completed at our annual dinner. Some surveys were sent home with elementary students and more will be filled out at Literacy Night and other town events."

Readlyn Community Club is working with several partners in "Get Energized, Iowa!" including the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), Iowa Policy Project, Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative and Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.

For more information, contact Louie Hartman at 319-239-3293, Taylor Anderson at 641-330-7214, Jason Franck at 319-961-5176 or visit http://getenergizediowa.org.

February 24, 2012 - 3:43pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In honor of Women's History Month, the University of Northern Iowa will host a series of events throughout March. To kick off Women's History Month, there will be a showing of the documentary "Maquilapolis" at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in 115 Seerley, on the UNI campus. The film focuses on the stories and struggles of female workers in Tijuana's assembly factories, called maquiladoras.

Wendy Hoofnagle, associate professor of language and literatures at UNI, will present "Chaucer's 'tikel-ish Wife of Bath: The Unstable Female Body in the Middle Ages" at noon, Monday, March 5, as part of the Current Research on Women's Studies (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at 109A Center For Multicultural Education, located in Maucker Union.

Eileen Boris, Hull professor and chair of the Department of Feminist Studies and affiliate professor of History and Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present "You Are What You Shop: Women Against the Sweatshops, Past and Present" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in 109 Curris Business Building. Boris will focus on today's global assembly line, labor sub-contracting and movements for social responsibility, worker rights and fair trade in light of the history of worker and consumer struggles against the exploitative labor conditions.

Donna Maier, a professor in history at UNI, will present "When Women are Killers: Female Perpetrators of Rwanda Genocide" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in 115 Seerley, on the UNI campus.

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

February 24, 2012 - 3:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor of sociology at Duke University, for a lecture "The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in Contemporary America," at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 2, 002 Sabin Hall, on the UNI campus.

In this lecture, Bonilla-Silva will argue that there is something akin to grammar that structures cognition, vision and even feelings on all sorts of racial matters. This grammar normalizes the standards of white supremacy as the norms for many social events and personal interactions. He will use a variety of data to highlight how this grammar works and what it accomplishes.

For more information, contact Xavier Escandell, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology, at 319-273-3932 or xavier.escandell@uni.edu.

February 23, 2012 - 12:40pm

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Cedar Falls, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen announced today strategic decisions to reallocate and realign resources to support academic priorities and to ensure future growth.

"We remain committed to our vision of becoming one of the nation's premier public universities, and our mission of providing the best possible academic experience for our students," Allen said. "The current economic challenges and changes taking place in higher education provide an opportunity for strategic repositioning of the University of Northern Iowa for the next decade. We want to define our own destiny rather than allow circumstances to do it for us."

Pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, UNI administrators will make the following program and services changes:

  • Recommend the closure of Malcolm Price Laboratory School

UNI will continue to lead the nation in teacher education by incorporating the latest research and development models in partnership with education experts, leading universities and school districts. Malcolm Price Laboratory School has been an integral part of the strong heritage of achievement in teacher education at UNI, but it is not feasible for UNI to continue to subsidize the school or to invest millions of dollars to improve the aging school building. The financial constraints, combined with current best-practices and research that support realistic and diverse field experiences for education students, make it necessary to recommend the closing of the school by June 30, 2012. Funds will be reallocated to Iowa's Statewide Research and Development initiative and the UNI teacher education program.

  • Reduce general fund support for Intercollegiate Athletics

UNI is continuing its progress toward reducing general fund support for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Through a combination of expense reduction and revenue generation, general fund support provided to Athletics will be reduced by an additional $500,000 over the next three years. Athletic Director Troy Dannen will provide more detail as soon as final decisions are made. Elimination of sports programs is not anticipated.

  • Integrate selected UNI Museum collections within campus and community for greater student access

Successfully integrating selected collections into library and department buildings is a primary goal to provide enhanced student access and stronger visitor traffic. The current museum building is in need of major repairs and renovation. The museum building will be closed to the public June 30, 2012 and the collections will be moved to various campus and community locations to provide research, teaching and outreach opportunities. The university will retain ownership of the collections. The closure will save $200,000 annually as well as capital funds that would be required to renovate or build. Office and exhibit spaces will be provided. 

  • Print services partnership for access to new technology and services

A partnership with a variety of local printing and copying companies will provide access to the latest technology and lower overall printing expenses. UNI Print Services will close no later than June 30, 2012. This change will allow UNI to avoid more than $400,000 in equipment replacement costs, as well as department salaries and benefits.

These recommended program changes and cost savings will allow UNI leadership to invest in programs (academic and non-academic) where there is the greatest demand and need.

  • Academic program changes -- announcement next week

 A separate announcement about academic program mergers and closures will be made next week. The programs likely affected are those with low graduation rates.

During the past three years, President Allen has established multiple study groups at UNI to review all academic and non-academic programs, as well as services and outsourcing opportunities. Many changes have already been made with program and service enhancements, closures, outsourcing and reduced staffing levels.

The strategic budget decisions announced today are in addition to significant changes already made by the university. Since 2000, UNI's annual general fund appropriation has been cut seven times and is now below 1996-97 funding levels. State funding to UNI has decreased a total of $23.6 million, or 24 percent, in the last four years. The university began fiscal 2012 with a $5 million budget shortfall. The fiscal 2012 appropriation is $4.3 million below the fiscal 2011 level. UNI will begin fiscal 2013 with an obligation of $4.1 million in negotiated salary and benefits increases.

February 23, 2012 - 2:03pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will host the eighth annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, in the UNI Commons Ballroom.

During the luncheon, leaders of local nonprofits will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community. 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 organization recognized as the Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year will receive a cash gift of $1,000, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, in recognition for their outstanding efforts.

Anyone can submit a nomination, and there is no limit to the number of nominations that may be submitted. Nomination forms are available at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance website, http://uni-nonprofit.org/community-resources/nla-nonprofit-awards. Nominations are due Monday, March 19.

For additional information, contact Julianne Gassman, director of UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, at 319-273-2204 or julianne.gassman@uni.edu or Beth Messerli, UNI senior and committee member, at messerle@uni.edu.

February 23, 2012 - 2:09pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Douglas Hofstadter, professor of cognitive science and adjunct professor of comparative literature at Indiana University, will present two lectures at the University of Northern Iowa.

Hofstadter will present his first lecture, "An Introduction to Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in Lantz Auditorium, in the McCollum Science Hall. The event is sponsored by the Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture, UNI Department of Mathematics and the UNI Faculty Senate Speaker Series Fund.

Hofstadter will present his second lecture, "Celebrating the Alan Turing Centennial: Some Critical Reflections," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in Lantz Auditorium. This lecture is sponsored by the UNI Department of Philosophy and World Religions and the UNI Faculty Senate Speaker Series Fund.

Hofstadter received his B.S. with Distinction in mathematics from Stanford and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Oregon. His book, "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid" won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize. Hofstadter is also involved in literary translation by translating poems and novels into English.

For more information, contact the UNI Department of Mathematics, at 319-273-2631 or mathematics@uni.edu.

February 22, 2012 - 2:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Dick Haynes, senior vice president of Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc., from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Monday, March 5, in the Center for Multicultural Education on the UNI campus. He will lecture on "The Power and Responsibility of Commercial Media Researchers: How They Determine What We See and Hear."

Haynes is a leading proponent of research-based brand development. He will speak about his research and content analysis process and offer a glimpse into the media research profession.

Haynes received his Ph.D. in mass communications research from Bowling Green State University and served as director of the mass communications department at the University of Mississippi. He has been involved in the content and style of major television and cable networks for the past three decades.

For more information, contact Bettina Fabos, associate professor in the UNI Department of Communication Studies, at 319-273-5972 or bettina.fabos@uni.edu.

February 22, 2012 - 3:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a taping of Iowa Public Radio's show "River to River" from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 2, at Lang Hall Auditorium, on the UNI campus. Discussions will include the latest about the 2012 presidential election and Iowa's legislative priorities.

"River to River" is hosted by IPR's Ben Keiffer, and focuses primarily on the news, issues and events around Iowa. The national award-winning show goes beyond the headlines, frames community problems and fosters conversation. The taping will feature discussion by academics and political reporters, as well as interaction with a live audience.

UNI will also host the second annual Iowa Association of Political Scientists conference the following day on March 3 beginning with registration at 8:45 a.m., in the atrium in Sabin Hall. The day will include presentations by various panels presenting research on everything from state politics and presidential politics to foreign policy and national security.

"Forums such as these provide an opportunity for an informed and lively discussion on leading issues of the day," said Christopher Larimer, president-elect of the Iowa Association of Political Scientists and associate professor in political science at UNI. "The radio show and conference give Iowans a chance to discuss state and national politics with leading experts from the media, academia and elected office from across the state."

Both events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Larimer at 319-273-6047 or christopher.larimer@uni.edu.

February 21, 2012 - 3:13pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Fairbank residents can earn five Fairbank Dollars when they fill out and return a survey on residential energy use at the American Legion Fish Fry, from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24 or from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Fairbank Elementary School's Family Night.

The Fairbank Development Corporation (FDC) is sponsoring Fairbank's participation in the Get Energized, Iowa! community energy challenge to see which competing community reduces the most electrical use in 2012.

Fairbank is cooperating with Readlyn in a three-way challenge against Dike and Hudson. "Completing the highest percentage of surveys in a community is the first point of competition," said Jared Kane, FDC member.

FDC is working with Get Energized, Iowa! partners including the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE), Iowa Policy Project, Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative and Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.

Fairbank residents can also get a survey at city hall and return it to city hall or Northeast Security Bank to receive their Fairbank Dollars. The dollars are good in all local stores.

For more information, contact Jared Kane at Northeast Security Bank or Carole Yates, communication and grants coordinator, CEEE, at carole.yates@uni.edu or 319-273-7599.

 

February 21, 2012 - 3:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Marjorie Cohn and Reza Aslan as part of the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. Cohn will speak at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in Lang Hall Auditorium, on the UNI campus. Aslan will speak at 7 p.m. on the same day at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Cohn will lecture about the problems of torture and the role it plays in destroying the possibility of a united world community. Cohn is a professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild. She lectures throughout the world on international human rights and U.S. foreign policy.

Aslan, a world-renowned expert on the Middle East, will talk about the historical and societal shifts in the Middle East, with a new generation of youth fighting for their rights and freedoms. He has had multiple appearances on shows including National Public Radio (NPR), The Rachel Maddow Show, Meet the Press, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and many others.

The events are 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 our 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.

Both events are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/higherground or contact Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu or Steve Carignan, executive director of UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3665 or steve.carignan@uni.edu.

February 16, 2012 - 2:18pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Lifelong University will offer four noncredit courses this spring.

"America's Healthcare Crisis: Medicalization, Overtreatment, Healthcare Literacy and the Cost of Care" will be led by Catherine Zeman, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, from 10 a.m. to noon on March 19 and 21. Participants will get an overview of the healthcare cost containment crisis through a discussion of some of the latest and hardest hitting critical publications in the area of healthcare cost, quality and literacy.

"Contemporary American Literature" will be taught by Kimberly Groninga, instructor of languages and literatures, from 10 a.m. to noon on March 26 and April 2, 9 and 16. Participants will read and discuss contemporary literature including pieces by authors from Iowa and UNI.

"The Sacred Myths of Judiaism" will be taught by Hal Wohl, emeritus professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon on March 27 and April 3, 10 and 17. This course will explore the sacred myths of Judaism and how they have developed over time. It will provide a guided tour through the lively terrain of Jewish intellectual history from ancient to modern times.

"Photoshop Elements Workshop" will be taught by Lynn Dykstra, instructor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 5, 12, 19 and 26. This course will teach participants entry level and advanced photo-editing skills using Photoshop Elements 10. Students will learn the basics of digital photography and how to use the features in Photoshop Elements for organizing, editing, enhancing and sharing your photos.

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

February 15, 2012 - 2:42pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Carl Wilkens, the only American to remain in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in 109 Curris Business Building. He will present "The Power of Stories and Service to End Genocide," which discusses his experiences during the genocide and his subsequent work toward peace and understanding. Wilkens' choice to stay in Rwanda resulted in the rescue of several adults and prevented the massacre of hundreds of children.

Wilkens was featured in PBS Frontline’s "Ghosts of Rwanda" and "The Few Who Stayed: Defying Genocide," an American Radio Works documentary which aired on National Public Radio.  His humanitarian work has been recognized with several awards, including the Dignitas Humana Award from Saint John’s School of Theology Seminary and a 2005 Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

"Ghosts of Rwanda" will also be shown at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, in 28 Curris Business Building. The documentary contains extended segments of an interview with Wilkens as it tells the stories of those who participated in the world's failure to act, those who stood up and tried to save lives, and all who are still deeply haunted by the events that took place. Viewer discretion is advised.

These events are co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) and UNI-STAND and are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Stephen J. Gaies, director of the CHGE, at 319-273-3870 or gaies@uni.edu.

 

February 15, 2012 - 2:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Reading Recovery Center of Iowa is offering funding to Iowa schools interested in having teachers trained to become Reading Recovery teachers. Reading Recovery is an effective, research-based literacy intervention, which significantly reduces the number of students who continue to struggle with reading. 

Research shows that literacy difficulties are linked to costly special education services, truancy, exclusion from school, reduced employment opportunities, increased health risks and a greatly increased risk of involvement with the criminal justice system. Without effective early intervention, students who initially struggle with reading will continue to find reading challenging.  Students who have trouble with reading in first grade are more likely to drop out of school. Each high school dropout costs our society an estimated $260,000 in lost earnings.

Program funding is made possible through UNI's partnership in the Investing in Innovations grant (i3), funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will bring Reading Recovery to approximately 500,000 of the neediest children in the lowest achieving schools in 40 states.

Schools will receive funding for professional development and training for one or more teachers per school site including tuition for two UNI Reading Recovery training courses, books, materials, supplies and $1,500 in professional development opportunities.

For more information about Reading Recovery intervention, the Reading Recovery Center of Iowa or the grants, visit www.uni.edu/coe/special-programs/richard-o-jacobson-center-comprehensive... or contact the Reading Recovery Center of Iowa at UNI's Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, at 319-273-2053 or jccl@uni.edu.

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