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October 21, 2011 - 4:26pm

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CEDAR FALLS – Film star Annabeth Gish and Gary Kroeger of "Saturday Night Live" will headline a tribute to former Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) music and drama directors Les Hale and Ken Butzier at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, at MPLS, in the Butzier Auditorium.

"For more than a quarter of a century, Hale and Butzier launched actors, designers, opera singers and other professional musicians," said Kristin Teig Torres, who will co-host the tribute with Kroeger.  "Their students have become playwrights, directors, and film, music and drama critics."

The tribute will consist of special performances from MPLS alums, including songs from Broadway musicals sung by Kroeger, Teig Torres, Chris O'Connor, Rhonda Williams, Gavin Mauer and Stephanie Althof. Tony Tomlyanovich will sing an opera aria. Gish will appear via video, as she will be away filming a mini-series.

Butzier and Hale joined the MPLS faculty in 1960.  Over the years they directed plays, musicals, variety shows and their special madrigal dinners. Butzier died of Parkinson's disease more than a decade ago, but one of his sons will speak at the tribute. Hale will be present, with photographs and other memorabilia from 28 years of plays and music also on display.

A reception will begin at 6 p.m., in the auditorium lobby, along with a silent auction. Tickets for the event are $25, and all proceeds from this event will benefit the Ross A. Nielsen Fund, which supports students and faculty at MPLS, Iowa's Research and Development School.

Reservations can be made by calling 319-273-2185. 

October 21, 2011 - 4:30pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Been There, Done That — Motivating Experienced, Veteran Employees" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, Nov. 11, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 4.

Maximizing an organization's productivity and results includes motivating employees who have a "been there, done that" attitude. Instructor Casey Reynolds will teach workshop participants how to push employees to their full potential. Reynolds also will discuss how to keep veteran employees engaged in the business' advancement and involved in the transfer of learning to less experienced coworkers.

The half-day workshop cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per person.

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

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

October 20, 2011 - 9:04am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will be the host for one of three Super Power Summits held across the state. UNI's event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

The Super Power Summit at UNI will host more than 80 middle school students and teachers from across the state to learn how nutrition and physical activity impact healthy living. UNI physical education students will help middle school students during the "Food and Fitness Craze" activities designed to enhance the students' knowledge about nutrition and physical activity.

"We hope the middle school students will return to their respective schools and become advocates in their schools for infusing the concepts of good nutrition and regular physical activity as major components in their school's wellness programs," say Rip Marston, professor, UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS).

"We have to teach our youth the importance of eating healthy and being physically active. We need to do it in a way that engages them, motivates them and captures their imagination," says Carrie Scheidel, consultant in the Iowa Department of Education, "The best motivators for students to lead a healthy lifestyle are their peers. By getting kids to eat better and become more active, they can utilize the super powers inside them to stay healthy, do better in the classroom and have a better chance to excel."

The students, representing more than 60 schools, and their adult team leaders, will learn how they can take the knowledge they gain at the event to create and activate wellness programs emphasizing nutrition and physical activity in their schools. Each team can apply for mini grants to help cover costs of implementing their local wellness program.

The Super Power Summits are sponsored by Iowa Department of Education's Team Nutrition Program, Iowa Partners: Action for Healthy Kids, the Midwest Dairy Council, Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowans Fit for Life Program, Iowa State University Extension, UNI School of HPELS and the Wal-mart Foundation.

For more information, contact Marston at 319-273-6882 or ripley.marston@uni.edu.

October 20, 2011 - 9:26am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre is seeking one male and one female actor for their spring production of "Dying City," by Christopher Shinn. The playwright specifies the following cast: one male actor, who can play late 20's for the roles of Craig and Peter, and one female actor, who can play late 20's for the role of Kelly. Auditions will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 7 and 8, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The actors must be available for evening rehearsals beginning Jan. 9, 2012, and performances Feb. 23 through March 4.

Students who are not in the theatre performance program will receive a cold reading upon arrival at auditions. More information about the Department of Theatre’s audition policies and requirements can be found online at http://www.uni.edu/theatre/department/current-students/student-resources....

"Dying City" will be directed by Richard Glockner. In "Dying City," a young therapist, Kelly, whose husband Craig was killed while on military duty in Iraq, is confronted a year later by his identical twin Peter, who suspects that Craig's death was not accidental. Set in a downtown Manhattan apartment after dark, scenes shift from the confrontation between Peter and Kelly, to Kelly's complicated farewell with her husband Craig. Shinn's disturbing, sophisticated drama, infused with references to 9/11 and the war in Iraq, explores how contemporary politics and recent history have transformed the lives of these three characters.

For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, director of marketing, Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or traci.gaydos@uni.edu or email the Strayer-Wood Theatre at strayer-wood@uni.edu.

October 20, 2011 - 1:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Men's Leadership Institute in UNI's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) will host the "Building Capacity for Men's Violence Prevention" conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus.

Keynote speakers include Jackson Katz, co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Strategies; Elizabeth Miller, chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburg; Feroz Moideen, director of coaching boys into men at Futures Without Violence; and Harry Brod, professor in philosophy and world religions at UNI.

The purpose of the conference is to stimulate thought and discussion around mentoring, being a role model for others and presenting innovative and cutting edge approaches to engaging men in violence prevention strategies on college campuses and in communities across Iowa.

The CVP Men's Leadership Institute is designed to provide participants with new knowledge and skills in bystander intervention strategies, mentoring and enhancing the lives of young people in the community and on college campuses.

This project is supported by a $1 million grant awarded to the University of Northern Iowa by the Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

 

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/cvp or contact Annette Lynch, professor in applied human sciences and director of UNI's CVP at 319-273-3054 or annette.lynch@uni.edu.

October 20, 2011 - 1:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two political science professors at the University of Northern Iowa, Christopher Larimer and Donna Hoffman, recently conducted two surveys comparing attendees at the 2011 GOP Ames Straw Poll to registered Republicans in Iowa who did not attend. The surveys measured the type of conservatism among Republicans, preferences for presidential candidates and political attitudes toward government. The first survey was conducted the day of the GOP Straw Poll in Ames on Aug. 13. The second survey, done by mail, was sent to a random sample of registered Republicans in Iowa.

The straw poll attendees and Republicans who completed the mail survey differ in expected and unexpected ways. Most notably, straw poll attendees tended to identify themselves more as "born-again" Christians, and had more favorable views toward the tea party movement. These participants were also more likely to report having attended the precinct caucuses in the past and have a higher likelihood of attending in the future. This same group also reported significantly higher levels of disagreement with the statement, "The political system is dominated by special interests." No differences were demonstrated in terms of approval of Congress or of President Obama.

UNI students surveyed straw poll attendees to learn about their basic demographics, attitudes toward government, political preferences on issues and for whom they intended to vote. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul emerged as leaders, followed by Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain.

The mail survey was sent out a day before the poll, preventing campaign events from biasing one sample or the other. It was sent to active voters only, and was similar to the straw poll. Bachman and Rick Perry had the highest number of votes, followed by Mitt Romney and the next popular response was "no one."

For more information, contact Larimer at 319-273-6047 or christopher.larimer@uni.edu.

October 20, 2011 - 2:11pm

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CEDAR FALLS -- Winners of the sixth-annual John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Nov. 16 in Levitt Hall in Old Main at Drake University in Des Moines.

At the luncheon, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and John Pappajohn will speak about entrepreneurship, and the three winners will provide brief overviews of their companies. Checks of $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place and $10,000 for third place will be awarded, and a short video about the companies will be presented as the awards are announced.

Following a seven-month long competition, where 50 business plans were submitted and reviewed, seven businesses presented to a panel of judges on Sept. 8. The judging panel included the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) representatives from the Iowa Small Business Development Center.

From the presentations, the three competition finalists were chosen by the panel. They are, in alphabetical order:

 

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

            Contact: Manjit Misra

            515-290-5292

            mkmisra@iastate.edu

 

  • Radiology Protocols, which has developed an on-line medical imaging process to make radiologic imaging efficient and accurate, thus lowering imaging costs. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Iowa City.

            Contact:  Steve Baker

            319-430-4300

            sbakerr@radiologyprotocols.com

            www.RadiologyProtocols.com

 

  • VSI Aerospace, Inc., which combines software and air pressure sensors to alert pilots of trajectory changes to enhance safety and fuel savings. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Ames.

            Contact: Jerald Vogel

            515-292-3578

            vsiaero@gmail.com

            www.vsiaerospace.com

 

"I congratulate the three winners on their outstanding business plans," said John Pappajohn. "More importantly, I hope this competition will stimulate additional entrepreneurial activity throughout the state and that those business owners who participated will continue to access the resources of the JPECs, business accelerators and SBDCs to help them get started and accelerate their growth once they are in business."           

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers are located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center, the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Development Centers and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

For additional information please contact one of the JPEC centers via the contact information below.

 

Drake University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Debra Bishop

515-271-3818

deb.bishop@drake.edu

 

Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Judi Eyles

515-296-8283

eyles@iastate.edu

 

North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Jamie Zanios

641-422-4111

zaniojam@niacc.edu

 

University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

David Hensley

319-335-3999

david-hensley@uiowa.edu

 

University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Randy Pilkington

319-273-5732

randy.pilkington@uni.edu

 

October 19, 2011 - 9:16am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the two-day leadership training program "Fierce Conversations®" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 29, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Nov. 22.

What gets talked about in an organization and how it gets talked about determines what will — or what won't — happen. Fierce Conversations® teaches attendees how to ignite productive dialogue that interrogates reality, provokes learning, resolves tough challenges and enriches relationships. Based on the principles of Susan Scott's best-seller, Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time, this foundational, hands-on workshop will introduce participants to transformational ideas and principles that will shift their basic understanding of conversations and the power they hold in leadership, relationships and results.

The cost of the training program is $699, which includes two-days of instruction, program materials, lunch, refreshments and parking.

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

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

October 19, 2011 - 9:21am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Teaching Your Direct Reports to Solve Problems" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 9, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Workshop participants will learn techniques to teach direct reports how to improve their thinking and problem-solving skills. Participants will practice how to build direct reports' confidence and how to coach them to handle a variety of problems. Vickie Robinson, workshop instructor and UNI associate professor of educational leadership & postsecondary education, will also review ways to reinforce the person's progress and determine when the person can take on more responsibilities and perhaps even mentor others.

The workshop cost is $249 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per person.

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

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

October 19, 2011 - 11:44am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) have invited presidential candidates to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today."

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

The forum will include a 30-minute statement from the candidate on his/her education platform and priorities for early childhood through postsecondary education, followed by a series of education-related questions from the audience. The forums will be moderated by Iowa Public Radio.

"The importance of educational excellence to our competitive position in the global economy is widely recognized as calls for education reform echo across the country," said UNI President Ben Allen. "Education has long been a prized value of Iowans, and UNI plays an important role in preparing Iowa's teachers."

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

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

October 18, 2011 - 11:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — "Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas," a film by Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the University of Northern Iowa Museum.

This film was produced, directed and edited by Leidenfrost in collaboration with Soulful Media Productions. It explores the life-changing journey of Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, who was trained in Dharamsala, India. It centers on her making of fabric thangkas, which are silken images of enlightened beings. During her nine years there, she learned the history and spiritual importance of fabric thangkas in Tibetan Buddhism.

This film is being shown in conjunction with the UNI Museums' fall exhibit, "Talking Textiles," which is open through Dec. 5. It is funded in part by the Max & Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation and supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information and a complete listing of programs and events, visit www.uni.edu/museum. The University Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public.

October 18, 2011 - 4:23pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, in association with the UNI Department of Art, will present the 2011 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, Monday, Oct. 31 through Monday, Nov. 28.

The opening reception begins at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) south lobby. Since the event is Halloween night, those attending are encouraged to come in costume.

The exhibition is a formal presentation of painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, motion graphics, sculpture, ceramics, photography, mixed media and installation art, featuring the most recent accomplishments of the faculty in the UNI Department of Art. The exhibition is an opportunity for students and the public at large to experience current themes in contemporary art.

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

October 17, 2011 - 4:42pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Museums recently received a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to open a statewide collection of official documentation covering more than a century of rural school education in Iowa. Museums for America is the Institute's largest grant program for museums, supporting projects and ongoing activities that build museums' capacity to serve their communities.

The UNI Museums have recently become the repository for one of Iowa's richest historical treasures with an archive of 9,000 original documents relating to early Iowa education. Because Iowa has long been known for its high-quality educational system, this collection has national significance and is of great value to scholars, educators, students, museum interpreters, local historians and genealogists investigating educational, rural and women's histories. Through the IMLS grant, an intensive project of cataloguing, policy formulation and website development will make the collection of rural school documents, also known as the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture (CHRIEC), more accessible to those wishing to understand and celebrate Iowa's national heritage.

"We are pleased to support Museums for America grantees through investments in high-priority, high value activities that benefit communities throughout the U.S.," said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. "These museums, small and large, will help to educate and inspire the public for years to come."

The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, visit www.imls.gov.

The University Museum is located at 3219 Hudson Road in Cedar Falls and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m. The Marshall Center One Room School is located on the corner of Indiana and 23rd Street in Cedar Falls. The school is open by appointment only. For more information on UNI Museums and CHRIEC, visit www.uni.edu/museum or contact Jori Wade-Booth, public affairs coordinator for the UNI Museums at 319-273-2188 or jori.wade-booth@uni.edu.

October 14, 2011 - 9:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Collective Interaction Research Group (CIRG) is tackling the question of how to effectively integrate smartphones with classroom activities. Ben Schafer and Stephen Hughes, University of Northern Iowa professors in computer science, and two students, Sean Fredericksen and Aaron Mangel, computer science majors, have been developing software to be used for android-based classroom response systems. The group was awarded a grant from the Grow Iowa Value Fund to help obtain their goals.

Smart phones and tablet computers have become increasingly popular communication tools. These devices go beyond voice-driven communication to an endless stream of information available at virtually any time. The potential for the use of smartphones in college classrooms seems endless, limited only by the imagination of the programmers.

The CIRG has created a system where students can use their android-based smart phone to collectively respond to questions posted by the teacher. The class results are synthesized and may be projected for the class to see and discuss. Through the discussion, students are encouraged to revise their answers until a consensus is reached. Some of the future goals for the project include refinement of the response system, exploration of additional collaborative features and understanding the domain-specific applications. Each area of study comes with a unique way of completing certain tasks, and the group is learning how this technology can be adapted to best serve individual subject areas.

For additional information, contact Stephen Hughes, professor of computer science, at 319-273-2618 or stephen.hughes@uni.edu.

October 14, 2011 - 3:03pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Documentary filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Alice Elliott will visit the University of Northern Iowa to screen two of her works. She will show her Academy Award-nominated film "The Collector of Bedford Street" at 8 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 24, followed by Q&A in Lang Hall Auditorium. At 8 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 25, Elliott will host a screening of "Body and Soul: Diana and Kathy," at 109 Center for Multicultural Education in the upper level of the Maucker Union, followed by Q&A and light refreshments. Alice Elliott

Elliott has worked in theater, film and television for more than 35 years. She is a published and produced playwright of both adult and children's plays. As a performer, she appeared on ABC's daytime drama "LOVING" for 10 years and appeared in two feature films including "Four Friends," directed by Arthur Penn. Elliott is an associate teacher at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Elliott is the inaugural visiting filmmaker in the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series.  The goal of the series is to bring America's most distinguished documentary filmmakers to UNI.  The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communication Studies, and directed by David O’Shields, filmmaker-in-residence and adjunct instructor in the department.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christopher Martin, interim head of Communication Studies, at 319-273-6118 or martinc@uni.edu.

October 13, 2011 - 4:59pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's work in helping address the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) crisis will be featured in a half-hour special edition of the Profiles Series, hosted by actor Louis Gossett, Jr. The program will air on the Discovery Channel at 6 a.m. Central Daylight Time, Friday, Oct. 21.

The segment also will be broadcast via syndication in the top 50 U.S. television markets and overseas on Voice of America TV.

The videos are posted on UNI's executive vice president and provost's site http://www.uni.edu/provost/.

A one-minute commercial promoting the show will air on TV stations serving Des Moines, the Quad Cities, Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis, as well as stations in the top 30 U.S. TV markets. For more information about the Profiles Series, see http://www.profilesseries.com/.

For more information about UNI's role in STEM education, contact Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost at 319-273-2517.

October 12, 2011 - 2:25pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is an outstanding business school, for the sixth consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education-services company features the school in the just-published 2012 edition of "The Best 294 Business Schools" (Random House/Princeton Review, Oct. 11, 2012).

Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, said, "We recommend UNI as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 294 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collected from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey for the book."

Farzad Mousavi, dean of UNI's College of Business Administration, said, "It is gratifying to receive continued recognition from The Princeton Review, which is internationally respected for its independence. The Princeton Review's focus is on MBA programs, but our MBA program does not operate in isolation. It relies on the same faculty, staff and academic philosophy as the rest of the college. What The Princeton Review finds so appealing -- high quality of instruction and strong student orientation -- defines the entire college."

"The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services.  In the profile on UNI, the Princeton Review editors say, "'Quality, speed and cost' are among the top reasons students cite for choosing the MBA program at University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration."

One student told The Princeton Review, "The University of Northern Iowa offers a superior program to others in my area." Another said, "It allows for a quick completion time while providing the business instruction I need." Said another, "From the dean to the newest professor, everyone at the University of Northern Iowa is available and willing to help you be successful."

UNI's MBA program facilitates the professional development of middle-level managers and those aspiring to managerial positions. The program seeks to improve their dynamic capabilities to discern, describe, and solve business problems and manage resources for value creation. Learn more about UNI's MBA program at business.uni.edu/mba.

October 12, 2011 - 3:12pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will continue its free Hot Topics in Education webinar series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. Jed Smith, an instructor and assistant director of strength and conditioning at UNI will present "Exercise and the Brain: New Research on how Exercise Sparks Learning Mood."

This webinar will explain why modern conveniences have made humans more susceptible to mental health problems and a sedentary lifestyle. New research shows a link to the lack of exercise and chemical imbalances in the brain. Learn how exercise holds the key to our intelligence and mental well-being. For more information and to register, visit www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

"Hot Topics in Education" webinars will be offered once a month through April on a variety of national hot topics in education. 

October 11, 2011 - 11:16am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Susan Retik, president and co-founder of "Beyond the 11th," will present "The Afghanistan Widows Project: A Constructive Response to 9/11," from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"Beyond the 11th" is a nonprofit organization that provides support to widows in Afghanistan who have been afflicted by war, terrorism and oppression. Retik's commitment to Afghan widows was born from her own journey into widowhood, which began on Sept. 11, 2001, when her husband David was killed on American Airlines Flight 11. Retik and co-founder Patricia Quigley, another Sept. 11 widow, turned tragedy into triumph with "Beyond the 11th" by reaching out to help others as they overcame their own grief.

"You can't always choose the roles you play in life, but you can choose the way in which you play them," said Retik. "We didn't choose to be 9/11 widows, but with that title comes a voice."

Excerpts from "Beyond Belief," an award-winning documentary about Retik's work with the widows of Afghanistan, will be shown during the presentation.

UNI's Reaching for Higher Ground series and the Community Foundation are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault, associate professor and director in leadership studies, at 319-273-6898 or geraldine.perreault@uni.edu.

October 10, 2011 - 3:53pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host speaker Gail Dines from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, in 002 Sabin Hall, on the UNI campus.

Dines will present "Supersexed: Pop Culture Images of Women in a Porn Culture," which focuses on the hyper-sexualization of the ways that porn images filter down into mainstream pop culture. A question and answer session, a book sale and author signing of Dines' book, "Pornland," will follow the session.

Dines is a professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston. Her work on media and pornography has appeared in academic journals and magazines, such as TIME and Newsweek, and newspapers across the country. She recently received the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights and is a founding member of "Stop Porn Culture," an educational and activist group of antiviolence experts, community organizers and anyone concerned about increasing pornification of the culture.

The event is free and open to the public to anyone 18 years and older. Recording devices, including cameras, are not permitted during the lecture.

For more information, contact Ruth Chananie-Hill, assistant professor in sociology, anthropology and criminology at 319-273-7242 or rchill@uni.edu

October 10, 2011 - 4:02pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Harry Gray, the Arnold O. Beckman professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, will present "The Solar Army" at the 2011 Leland Wilson Endowed Chemistry Lecture at the University of Northern Iowa. The lecture will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in Lantz Auditorium, McCollum Science Hall.

Gray is currently trying to design solar-driven molecular machines that will store solar energy by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is a clean fuel that can hopefully be used or combined with carbon dioxide to produce methanol, a liquid fuel. He also is working on light absorbers and catalysts that have the potential to split water as efficiently as natural photosynthesis. He plans to recruit hundreds of students to join a "solar army" whose mission will be to discover brand new metal-oxide catalysts for solar water splitters.

Gray began his work in inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University where he earned his Ph.D. He went on to win the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2004 for his work in bioinorganic chemistry. He is also the founding director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology.

The Leland Wilson Endowed Chemistry Lectureship was established in 2007 by a gift from Wilson's daughter, Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan and former president of the University of Iowa, and her husband, Kenneth Coleman. Wilson was the first department head of the newly formed Department of Chemistry at UNI in 1968, and served in that capacity until 1975. He retired as professor of chemistry in 1979 and died in 1993 at age 79.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Harwood, UNI department head and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-2437 or bill.harwood@uni.edu.

October 6, 2011 - 8:17am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will open the 2011-2012 season with "Carne Viva in Postville" at 7 p.m., Oct. 13, Oct. 15 and Oct. 20 to 22, in 040 Lang Hall on the UNI campus.

Written and directed by Jennifer Cooley and Karen Mitchell, "Carne Viva in Postville" is based on an ethnography about Guatemalan weavers that Cooley conducted following the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement raid in Postville, Iowa in May 2008.  It is set in the five-month period following the raid and includes the testimonials of several Guatemalan women who worked at the Agriprocessors meat packing plant. The performance explores the role of women's creative work, including weaving, cooking and storytelling, as a constructive force in combating certain destructive behaviors.

Discussions with the creators and actors will follow each performance. Seating is limited, but open to the public. For more information, contact Mitchell, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-2640 or karen.mitchell@uni.edu.

October 6, 2011 - 8:23am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will present "Mad Forest" by Caryl Churchill, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20 to 22 and Oct. 27 to 29 and at 2 p.m., Oct. 23 and 30, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Churchill's "Mad Forest" places ordinary people into the churning realities of acting and defining revolution. With a wedding being planned, two families must navigate what should be a joyous occasion of union against the onslaught of threats, hearsay and chaos that eventually topple a megalomaniacal regime. With similar events in Egypt not too distant, Churchill's play, set in Romania during December 1989, presents a theatrical perspective on "revolution" that will speak to guests – as individuals, members of family and community, and citizens of the world.

"Mad Forest" is the second offering of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles." The production is directed by Cynthia Goatley, associate professor of performance. Costumes were designed by Carol Colburn, professor of design and production; scenery was designed by Leonard M. Curtis, associate professor of design and production. Lighting was designed by Mark A. Parrott, assistant professor of design and production and Stephanie Wessels, senior design and production major; hair and make-up was designed by Kelli Craig, junior theatre arts major. The stage manager is Kylie Weitz, senior theatre arts major.

"Mad Forest" will play on the main stage of Strayer-Wood Theatre on the UNI campus. Tickets are $16 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 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office will be open one hour before curtain time.

For more information, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

October 6, 2011 - 4:23pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Stephen L. Carter, a distinguished professor at Yale Law School, will discuss the U.S. decision to go to war and ethical issues surrounding this decision as a part of the Reaching for Higher Ground series at the University of Northern Iowa, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

Carter's most recent book, "The Violence of Peace: America's Wars in the Age of Obama," is about how President Barack Obama has handled wartime policies during his presidency. It discusses how the president has, surprisingly to some, continued many of former President George W. Bush's policies in the war on terror. At the lecture, Carter will speak further about the possible reasoning behind these actions.

There will be a book signing and reception following the lecture; UNI University Book & Supply will be on site selling the book.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or tabatha.cruz@uni.edu.

October 6, 2011 - 4:31pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society students will host a "Halloween House" for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus.

The Halloween House will have four theme rooms. Children in the Pirate's Cove will turn pennies to gold doubloons, create sea foam and watch what happens when mermaids cry. In the Devil's Den, guests will hold fire in their hands and see other feats of fire. In the Witches' Lair children will make raisins dance, release genies and turn water into wine. Frankenstein's Lab will channel electricity to make things float in mid-air, cause guest's hair to stand on end and make things glow in the dark.

Each room will host performances or hands-on activities. Activities will include a clown performing tricks, making slime and gak and a make-your-own ice cream parlor.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bill Harwood, department head and professor in UNI's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at 319-273-2052 or bill.harwood@uni.edu.

October 5, 2011 - 10:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Boss-ology: Understanding your Boss' Priorities and Goals" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The workshop is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 25, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Oct. 18.

During this workshop, instructor Jim Hogan will show participants how to become a "boss-ologist" and how to learn their boss' priorities and objectives when they haven't been openly communicated. Workshop participants will learn how to identify what work practices are valued and their boss' work style and communication preferences. They also will learn how to pay attention to subtle clues that can help make them more productive, reduce their stress and enjoy work more.

The half-day workshop cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per person.

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

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

October 3, 2011 - 2:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center will hold a fall open house from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, to showcase new renovations and building expansion. The center is located on the western edge of campus at 2412 W. 27th Street, west of Hudson Road.

Visitors can learn about programs and projects, visit with the staff, view the facilities and landscape and enjoy refreshments. "We really want to encourage everyone to come and see what is going on," said Daryl Smith, director of the center. "We have lots of programs that will interest many people. The open house is a good opportunity to learn about what we are doing. We are also very proud of our newly renovated and expanded facilities which include a new laboratory, new office space for graduate students and expanded shop and equipment storage facilities."

The center's mission is to restore native vegetation for the benefit of society and environment through research, education and technology.  There are three primary programs that include the Prairie Institute, the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Program (IRVM) and the Natural Selections Program. The Prairie Institute reflects UNI's 35-year commitment to prairie reconstruction, restoration, management and advocacy. The IRVM program assists Iowa counties in implementing programs utilizing native vegetation. The Natural Selections Program provides and promotes source-identified seed of Iowan origin to increase its commercial availability and affordability.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.tallgrassprairiecenter.org.

September 30, 2011 - 10:45am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association will present its annual Heritage Honours Awards during a luncheon and program at 11:45 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, in the UNI Commons. Tickets are available for $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under by calling 319-273-6078. The awards program honors the professional accomplishments of UNI graduates and service to the university.

Gary Scholten (B.A. '80) will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for his outstanding overall professional accomplishments. Jean Trainor (B.A. '75) will receive the Alumni Service Award for her continuous service to UNI. Jason Lau (B.A. '99, M.A. '02) will receive the Young Alumnus Award which recognizes graduates of 40 years of age or younger who have excelled in their professions at a young age. Robert and Mary Ellen Molinaro will receive the Honorary Alumni Award.

Scholten, a native of Larchwood, Iowa, is senior vice president and chief information officer at Principal Financial Group. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to his industry and has been featured in national magazines. Scholten has led efforts in Des Moines and the State of Iowa to develop programs aimed at middle and high school students to generate interest in and preparation for careers in information technology.

Scholten was instrumental in developing UNI Day and Principal Day, an exchange between Principal employees in Des Moines and UNI students and faculty. He is also a charter member of the Advisory Board to the Department of Computer Science.

Trainor is CEO and president of Veridian Credit Union. She has received numerous awards for her dedication to building a better community. Trainor served on the United Way board of directors for 12 years and has been active in many organizations throughout the Cedar Valley. She is a recipient of the Matt Parrott Integrity award and the Distinguished Alumni award from Cedar Valley Catholic Schools.

Trainor has served UNI in many capacities including mentoring in Career Services, serving on the College of Business Administration Advisory Council and supporting the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. She also hosted Inclusion Connection, an event that stressed the abilities of people with disabilities.

Lau grew up in Hong Kong and received a degree in social work from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He graduated summa cum laude from UNI, earning both his B.A. and M.A. in Leisure, Youth and Human Services. He earned his Ph.D. in Education Policy & Leadership Studies from the University of Iowa.

While a student at UNI, Lau received several awards for his extensive volunteer work. He also started an international early childhood education consulting business with partner Winnie Wong. Due to the success of this business, he created the Global Competency Consulting Research Fund for Early Developmental Education. The fund will be used to help defray research expenses for UNI’s faculty and graduate students. He also created the Po Wa Opportunity scholarship to honor his parents.

Robert and Mary Ellen Molinaro's generosity is well known throughout the Cedar Valley. The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association is recognizing these great friends of UNI for their extraordinary commitment to the university and the local community. The prestigious status of honorary alumnus will be bestowed upon them at the November ceremony.

Robert says benevolence and hard work were instilled in him as a child. Taking the lead from his mother, he has made an impact in the Cedar Valley by giving to those in need. Through the Molinaro Charitable Foundation, Robert and Mary Ellen have made gifts to Cedar Valley Hospice, Exceptional Persons, the University of Northern Iowa and many other organizations. As members of the UNI Panther Scholarship Club, their generous support has made an impact on student-athletes and several UNI athletic programs. In memory of their son, they established the Hank Molinaro Memorial Endowed Scholarship to support student-athletes in men'’s and women'’s golf. Robert is CEO of Warren Transport, Inc. and Mary Ellen is an active volunteer in the community.

September 30, 2011 - 2:46pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- This fall the Sturgis Youth Theatre (SYT) will launch its Spectrum Theatre program designed for young people on and off the autism spectrum. All sessions will be taught by Gretta Berghammer, professor of drama education and youth theatre at the University of Northern Iowa. Sessions will begin in October, with the first session on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 2:30  p.m., for students ages 9 to 12.

Other sessions include Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 to 11:15 a.m., for students ages 6 to 8; Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., for students ages 9 to 12; and Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 2:15 p.m., for students ages 6 to 8.

Berghammer initially became interested in working with youth with autism when she was invited to see spectrum-specific classes at the Omaha Children's Theatre. She recently completed a five-month professional development project during which she experimented with, and explored ways of using, drama techniques in support of a variety of spectrum behaviors.  The Spectrum Theatre program is especially designed to provide drama experiences that best support the development of pretend play, social interaction and non-verbal communication.

The Spectrum Theatre program is funded in part by a grant from the Guernsey Foundation. To register, visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt, and look for the SYT brochure.

For additional information, contact Berghammer, at 319-273-2149 or gretta.berghammer@uni.edu.

September 29, 2011 - 11:23am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Homecoming celebration will begin Wednesday, Oct. 5, and continue through Saturday, Oct. 8, featuring many events and activities.

The official kick-off ceremony and Panther Pride Cry Competition will take place at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, on the roof of Maucker Union, featuring the UNI Spirit Squads, TC, Pep Band and fall sports teams. Teams of five will compete in the second annual Homecoming Traditions Challenge Amazing Race (5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Alumni House), followed by the Homecoming Comedy Show at 9 p.m. at Maucker Union.

Friday, Oct. 7, is Purple Pride Day. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear school colors to show their UNI spirit. At 7 p.m., the UNI volleyball team will play Bradley in the McLeod Center and the soccer team will play Cal State Bakersfield at the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Complex. The pep rally will be held at 9 p.m. outside the McLeod Center. Campaniling will conclude the night at 11:45 p.m., at the UNI Campanile.

The annual Panther Pacers 5K Cross Country Run begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. Participants should meet in the UNI-Dome west parking lot. The UNI swimming and diving team will host Iowa State at 10 a.m., at the Glen F. Henry Pool in the Wellness & Recreation Center. The Panther Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of College St. and W. 23rd Street. Should it rain, the festival will be held in Maucker Union. An Alumni Open House will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the Alumni Suite located in the McLeod Center. At 4:05 p.m., the UNI football team will take on Indiana State at the UNI-Dome.

Prior to the football game kickoff, the women's & gender studies department, in collaboration with UNI's Violence Intervention Services, athletics and numerous student organizations and community supporters, will host the 6th annual Safe Date Tailgate, in the southwest corner of the Wellness and Recreation Center's north parking lot. This event was started in 2006 as a way to educate students about the issues surrounding gender-based violence prevention and that "safe dates are always the best dates." The event will offer free food and soft drinks to the tailgating crowd.

Additional information about homecoming week events can be found on the UNI Homecoming website at www.uni.edu/homecoming/schedule-events.

 

September 27, 2011 - 3:01pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services will host teacher development days all-sports camps for kids ages 6 to 12 on Fridays beginning Oct. 28. Camps begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Other dates include Nov. 18, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 2, April 6 and April 13.

The camps will offer a wide variety of sports including flag football, table tennis, rock climbing, basketball, swimming, kickball, baseball/softball, dodge ball and soccer. Registration forms can be picked up at 101 UNI Wellness and Recreation Center. The cost is $40 per day and includes a morning snack.

For more information, contact Chris Denison, associate director of facilities and operations for wellness & recreation services, at 319-273-7160 or christopher.denison@uni.edu.

September 27, 2011 - 3:06pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Conflict Brings Clarity — Conflict Resolution Achieved" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 18, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Oct. 11.

Debra Salz, workshop instructor, will conduct active dialogue sessions and skill practices to help participants become more familiar with conflict and how to reach resolutions. Participants will learn and practice steps to take when conflicts arise and discuss how conflict can be a positive aspect of their organizations that pushes them to the next level.

The half-day workshop cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat.

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

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

September 27, 2011 - 3:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host Marian Wright Edelman from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, in the Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI campus.

Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and a participant in the Civil Rights Movement with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will speak on the topic "The Future of Our Children in a Post-9/11 World." She is a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School and was the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar.

Edelman founded the CDF as a voice for poor, minority and disabled children. The organization has served as an advocacy and research center for children's issues, documenting the problems and possible solutions to children in need.

Wright will speak in conjunction with the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

September 27, 2011 - 4:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert Waller, former dean of the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration and best-selling author, will visit UNI on Wednesday, Oct. 19 as part of UNI's Presidential Lecture Series. Waller will deliver a public lecture "What the Rivers Taught Me," at 7:30 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Waller will share his personal view of life and its meaning, and the influence of Iowa's rivers on his entire life. He will discuss the role of humility in our lives through personal stories, his poetry and quotes from his novels.

"It is an honor to welcome back such a distinguished leader, scholar and author to share his talents and insights with the UNI campus and the Cedar Valley community," said UNI President Ben Allen. "He will share his passion for writing and research about Iowa's rivers. Robert Waller is a man of many talents and interests, which will provide our students and broader community an invaluable enrichment opportunity."

Waller taught in UNI's College of Business Administration for more than 20 years, serving six of those years as dean. He has lectured and published widely in the fields of problem-solving and decision- making, and has worked as a consultant around the world.

His best-selling novel, "The Bridges of Madison County" sold more than 12 million copies and was made into a major film and theatrical productions in a number of countries. He also has published numerous books including "High Plains Tango," "Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend" and "The Long Night of Winchell Dear."

He recently completed a manuscript, "The Summer Nights Never End Until They Do: Social Traps, Vicious Circles and the Lure of the Short-Run" which merges economics, decision-making and related subjects.

September 27, 2011 - 4:42pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention will host a Victim Service Institute from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Old Central Ballroom, in Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

The event will feature speakers Roger Canaff and Kristina Korobov. Canaff will speak on "Balancing Victim Services with Threats Posed by Repeat Offenders: Best Practices for Keeping Your Campus Safe" and "Understanding and Working with Counter-Intuitive Victim Behavior." Korobov will speak on the topic "Did Yardley Love Have to Die: College Dating Violence, Institutional Response and Victim Blaming."

Canaff is a practicing attorney who has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children. He served in the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, as part of the National District Attorneys Association, and currently serves on the Board of Directors as president of End Violence Against Women International, an organization that provides training, technical assistance, research and advocacy.

Korobov is a senior attorney for the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women, a division of the National District Attorneys Association. She has also served as an assistant commonwealth's attorney with the Loudon County Commonwealth's Attorney in Leesburg, Va., and in 2002, she was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

For more information, contact Annette Lynch, director, Center for Violence Prevention at 319-273-3054, annette.lynch@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/cvp.

September 26, 2011 - 10:14am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Superstar Hunt: Finding and Grooming Tomorrow's Leaders" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The workshop is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 11, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Oct. 4.

During this workshop, instructor Jim Hogan will discuss the role a retiring manager plays in successful succession planning and how managers can assess staff and identify high-performers who will be ready to lead. Participants will develop transition plans that include training employees for new responsibilities, and they will review tools that will help assess, prepare and expedite the implementation of a succession plan.

The workshop cost is $249 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per person.

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

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

 

September 26, 2011 - 4:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An "elevator pitch" is a great way to gain connections in the business world. Elevator pitches are quick summaries of what a business makes or does. Its name reflects the idea that a pitch should last no longer than the average elevator ride. The University of Northern Iowa will hold an elevator pitch competition on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m., in Room 33 of the Business & Community Services Building.

Seven students will compete for a chance to advance to the National Elevator Pitch Competition, which will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 27-29.  They will be judged according to the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Elevator Pitch guidelines, which evaluates 20 areas of content and delivery. The UNI competition is sponsored by UNI Entrepreneurs, a student organization. Judges for the competition will be Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), David Deeds, T. Wayne Davis Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dan Beenken, director of the Small Business Development Center and Laurie Watje, student business incubator manager at the JPEC. Students will have 90 seconds to explain their business idea.

For additional information, contact Laurie Watje of the JPEC, at 319-273-5732 or laurie.watje@uni.edu.

The UNI JPEC, a division of UNI's Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services for student entrepreneurs. The center provides expertise in all stages of business planning and development and serves as a vehicle to bring new products and technologies to market. For more information about JPEC at UNI, visit www.jpec.org, call 319-273-JPEC or e-mail jpec@uni.edu

September 23, 2011 - 8:37am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Strayer-Wood Theatre will present the Midwest premiere of "Guernica" by Cody Daigle. Productions begin at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 6 to 8 and Oct. 13 to 15 and at 2 p.m., Oct. 9 and 16. "Guernica" will play inside the Strayer-Wood Theatre's Bertha Martin Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Before 9-11, there was Guernica. The Spanish town of Guernica was home to a tragic historical event that inspired Picasso to create a masterpiece. "Guernica," the play, follows Eric, an artist who meets a mysterious man who offers him a seductive opportunity: learn the secrets of the painting and break through to something new. Join Eric and his mysterious friends as they explore the creative process and the madness of war while "Guernica" comes to life in this passionate, intellectual drama.

The production is directed by Stephen Taft, associate professor of performance. Costumes were designed by Amy S. Rohrberg, associate professor of design and production; scenery was designed by Mark A. Parrott, assistant professor of theatre design and production. Stephanie Wessels, senior in theatre design and production, designed the lighting; Jessica Williams, junior in theatre arts, designed the hair and make-up. Matthew Vichlach, a junior theatre arts major, is the stage manager.

Playwright Cody Daigle will be available for a talkback following the Friday, Oct. 7 performance. "Guernica" is the first offering of the theatre's 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles," and is presented as part of the university's "Reaching for Higher Ground" series.

Tickets are $16 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 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office will be open one hour before curtain time.

For more information, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit the website at www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

September 23, 2011 - 10:54am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Educational Talent Search Program and the Iowa College Access Network will hold a college planning meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), located at 800 Sycamore St., in Waterloo.

This program will give high school juniors, seniors and parents the chance to learn about the college admission process and how to prepare for college. Information also will be provided on the scholarship search process, how to pay for college and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tony Stevens, director of UNI's Educational Talent Search program at 319-473-1220 or tony.stevens@uni.edu.

September 23, 2011 - 11:00am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Elizabeth Lefler, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "Gender Differences in Psychopathology," at noon, Monday, Oct. 3, as part of the Current Research on Women's Studies (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A, located in Maucker Union.

Lefler will discuss gender differences in psychopathology, which will include an analysis of differential gender prevalence rates in a variety of psychological disorders. She will conclude by discussing the varying gender prevalence rates of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and possible reasons as to why this exists.

Lefler teaches psychology courses at UNI, including Psychology of Gender Differences. She received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. She has clinical and research interests in ADHD, early identification and treatment of childhood psychopathology and ethnicity differences in childhood psychopathology.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Cutter, director of Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or barbara.cutter@uni.edu.

September 20, 2011 - 10:33am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Student Nature Society will hold a cross-country 5K to support and promote the UNI Prairie Preserves at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The race will begin and end near the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) on the UNI campus.

The race will be held to promote awareness and use of UNI's natural preserves around campus and the community. The registration fee is $10 for UNI students and $12 for non-students. Anyone who registers by Sept. 30 will receive a free shirt. Additional shirts will be for sale after the start of the race for $8, but are not guaranteed. To register for the race, go to www.studentnaturesociety.com/5kinfo.

The event is open to the public, and runners of all experience and skill levels are encouraged to sign up. Profits from the race will be used for upkeep and maintenance of the Prairie Preserves.

For additional information, contact Susan Meerdink, president of the UNI Student Nature Society, at 712-551-7890 or meerdins@uni.edu.

September 20, 2011 - 11:16am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition has been narrowed down to three finalists, each of whom will present at a special awards luncheon on Nov. 16 in Des Moines.

Following a six-month long competition, where 50 business plans were submitted and reviewed, seven businesses presented to a panel of judges on Sept. 8. The judging panel included the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) representatives from the Iowa Small Business Development Center.

The three competition finalists chosen by the panel, listed in alphabetical order:

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

 

  • Radiology Protocols, which has developed an online medical imaging process to make radiologic imaging efficient and accurate, thus lowering imaging costs. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Iowa City.

 

  • VSI Aerospace, Inc., which combines software and air pressure sensors to alert pilots of trajectory changes to enhance safety and fuel savings. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Ames.

The three winners and their final ranking will be announced at a special awards luncheon on Nov. 16.  At the luncheon, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will give a keynote address, and all three winners will provide a brief overview of their businesses. Checks of $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place and $10,000 for third place will be awarded, and a short video about the companies will be presented as the awards are announced.

"I congratulate each of the finalists on their outstanding business plans," said John Pappajohn. "More importantly, I hope this competition will stimulate additional entrepreneurial activity throughout the state, and that those business owners who participated will continue to access the resources of the JPECs, business accelerators and SBDCs to help them get started and accelerate their growth once they are in business."

"This has been a terrific competition, and it demonstrates that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive in Iowa," said Randy Pilkington, director of the UNI JPEC. "It will be truly exciting to watch the development and growth of these finalists and also the many other businesses that competed. In this contest, there are only winners, as the participants have dreams, built their plans and are executing on the business plans as we speak. The Iowa economy will be the eventual winner as these companies succeed and grow."

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers are located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center, the Iowa Department of Economic Development,  Entrepreneurial Development Centers and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

 

September 20, 2011 - 2:45pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Many are Good, Few are Great: How to Go from a Good Organization to a Great Organization" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 7, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Sept. 30.

"It takes courage and determination to advance an organization to the next level," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "This workshop will teach participants strategies to improve employees' performance at all levels."

Instructor Patrick Langan will use Jim Collins' best-selling book "Good to Great" to evaluate what leaders need to move their organizations forward and make them great. He also will introduce the idea that adjusting expectations can improve employee performance.

The cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business to five seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat.

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

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

September 20, 2011 - 2:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Public Policy Program recently received a grant of more than $11,000 from the Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation to carry out the Neighborhood Study Circles program. The program is designed to help people of limited income in the Waterloo area with needs such as public policy, education, housing, mental health and youth recreation.

There are three stages to the Neighborhood Study Circle program. The first stage includes neighborhood conversations with residents to discuss problems or issues in the community and what they can do to make a difference. Residents will also attend leadership training sessions, where they will acquire the leadership skills necessary to move forward with their issues and plan to resolve them. During the last stage of the program, residents will meet with community leaders, public and non-profit agencies and foundation funders to practice their leadership skills in order to create a strategy to solve the chosen issue.

"Students involved in this project will gain valuable, hands-on public policy experience, while enabling underprivileged community members to better their everyday life," says Allen Hays, director and professor of UNI's public policy program.

The Neighborhood Study Circles program hopes to enable residents to articulate and prioritize issues that affect their lives. The program will provide neighborhood residents leadership skills necessary to effectively mobilize their fellow residents and develop a community wide action plan addressing a range of issues affecting neighborhoods and provide motivation and support as neighborhood residents act on these plans.

For more information about the program, contact Hays, at 319-273-2910 or allen.hays@uni.edu.

September 16, 2011 - 10:44am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa College of Education is offering free professional development webinars to all educators about the hottest topics in education. The series will kickoff in September.

The "Hot Topics in Education" series begins with "Research and Reform in Elementary School Science" at 4 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 22. This webinar will address research on improved practices for all students, followed by specific reference to practices that address the unique needs of students with disabilities.

Webinars allow educators to learn from UNI experts in the comfort of their classroom, office or home. This year's webinars will feature topics such as cultural competency, best practices in teaching and one-on-one instruction.

For more information about Hot Topics in Education or to register, visit www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

September 16, 2011 - 11:05am

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Sabin HallCEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's recently renovated Sabin Hall will be formally rededicated at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23 in Sabin 002. A reception and building tours will follow the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.

The building, completed in 1914, was named the Training School and was the precursor to the Malcolm Price Laboratory School. In 1957, the building was renamed Henry Sabin Hall. The building underwent several upgrades and remodels over the years to reflect its changing function. In March 2008, The Board of Regents approved the complete renovation of Sabin. After two full years of demolition and reconstruction, Sabin reopened in January 2011 with state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs, streamlined offices and entirely new mechanical systems.

The current interior renovation locates classrooms on lower levels and offices of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences on upper levels, including the office of the dean, political science, social work, women's and gender studies and public policy programs.

The guiding principal for the design, construction and use of the building was sustainability, and the ultimate goal of the project is to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. 

September 15, 2011 - 8:54am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's public policy program will host a panel and reception for alumni, in honor of its 20th anniversary. The panel will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23, in the University Room in Maucker Union, and the reception will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Sabin Hall Atrium.

Community and economic development leaders will discuss the topic of "Current Issues in Community Development." Panelists include Drew Conrad, senior program manager of the Institute for Decision Making and special projects manager for the Business and Community Services Division at UNI; Joe Raso, president of Iowa City Area Development Group, Inc.; Shinita Crawley, advantage services manager for the Common Bond Housing Development; and Kevin Blanshan, director of transportation and data services with the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments.

The reception will recognize contributions of faculty and staff who have supported the public policy program over the years. These events are in conjunction with the re-dedication of Sabin Hall, which is at 1 p.m. the same day in Sabin Hall.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information on either event, contact Allen Hays, director and professor of UNI's public policy program, at 319-273-2910 or allen.hays@uni.edu.

September 15, 2011 - 4:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Small-business owners and those interested in starting a business are invited to attend EntreBash! from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at the George Washington Carver Academy School, 1505 Logan Ave. in Waterloo. Admission is free.

EntreBash!, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center, Waterloo Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation and Iowans for Social and Economic Development, is a networking event with the added opportunity for small-business owners and entrepreneurs to gather information important for their business or start-up. During the event attendees can visit exhibitor booths, which represent small businesses in the Cedar Valley. Attendees also can speak directly with UNI business advisers to receive information and referrals to individuals and organizations for assistance with obtaining financing, increasing sales, doing business on the Web, reducing costs, finding new markets and other business services. 

"EntreBash! is a complementary component of MyEntreNet, an online community of more than 10,000 Iowa small-business owners. It's a widely popular site where entrepreneurs can check out other business owners, receive free market research from Iowa's Business Concierge, attend hundreds of webinars, find grants, loans and other sources of capital in our new database, and get personal introductions to people and business programs in the state," said Maureen Collins-Williams, director of the UNI Regional Business Center. 

"At this year's EntreBash! we will have UNI business experts on hand, and we welcome new faces, as well as those who've attended previous events. Check out the experts in person or come let us help you get set up online at EntreBash!"

EntreBash! is one of many events and services hosted through MyEntreNet in the Cedar Valley. For more information, contact the UNI Regional Business Center at 319-273-4335 or visit www.myentre.net

 

September 14, 2011 - 3:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's dance companies, Orchesis and International Dance Theatre, will perform during UNI's Family Weekend at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23,and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the UNI campus.

Orchesis and International Dance Theatre will perform a variety of pieces, including "Cell Block Tango," from the musical "Chicago," and "Tango," from the musical "Moulin Rouge."

Admission is free and no tickets are required. For more information, contact Daniel Wells, instructor in UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, at 319-273-3560 or daniel.wells@uni.edu.

For more information on Family Weekend, visit www.uni.edu/familyweekend.

September 14, 2011 - 4:53pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an exhibition titled "Still Looking (After All These Years): Portrait Paintings and Drawings, 1966-2011," featuring the work of Joseph Patrick, University of Iowa professor emeritus. An artist's talk will be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, in the UNI Gallery of Art on the UNI campus. An opening reception will follow.

The exhibition represents a mere selection of paintings and drawings from the past 45 years of art practice carried out in Iowa City, Mérida, Venezuela and Oaxaca, Mexico, where Patrick and his wife Genie maintain a summer studio and home. According to gallery director Darrell Taylor, "Joe Patrick is an accomplished and prolific artist with an eye toward the individuality of his subject. No one can capture the essence of a person like Joe."

Joseph Patrick received his B.F.A. in painting from the University of Georgia at Athens and his M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. From 1965 to 2004, Patrick taught drawing and painting at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History where for 20 years he served as head of the drawing area. In 1997, Patrick was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. He has presented more than 50 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous invitational and group exhibitions. His works may be found in both national and international art collections.

Dave and Linda Williams, oil on canvas, 1970

This exhibition is 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 at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, Cedar Falls, on the main floor of Kamerick Art Building South.  For more information, call Taylor at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/home.html.

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