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January 22, 2013 - 2:54pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Continuing and Distance Education 

is accepting applications through Monday, April 15, for a fall 2013 Master of Arts in Education degree in Elementary Education. This program, offered entirely online, is designed for pre-K through sixth-grade elementary classroom teachers with licensure in the field of elementary education.Courses address curriculum issues, technology, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and action research and are designed using the Quality Matter set of professional standards based upon research, best practices and national standards for course design.The degree consists of 30 hours of credit, which can be earned in five consecutive semesters. All courses included in this program are offered entirely online through eLearning.For additional information about the program and additional offerings through Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-2121 or 800-648-3864.

January 22, 2013 - 2:53pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa is offering a two-day Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Train the Trainer Institute for UNI students. The first session will be offered at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 and the second session will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, in UNI's Wellness and Recreation Center, Rooms 150 and 155.

"The vast majority of students and adults believe acts of violence are wrong and hurtful, yet we don't always know how to act or how to respond in a safe manner when they occur," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of MVP. "The MVP model is a bystander education program designed to teach and instruct participants on the leadership skills necessary to prevent bullying and gender violence from occurring."

MVP addresses the social norms that support violence and abuse and how bystanders can lead in community prevention efforts. Previous MVP student trainings have included men and women from all UNI colleges, as well as resident life, athletics, fine arts, student government and Greek life. The sessions are free and open to all students, but student leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Those interested in participating must register by Feb. 8.

To register, visit For more information about the institute, contact Heisterkamp at, 319-273-3124.

January 17, 2013 - 2:30pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students, faculty and staff at the University of Northern Iowa will participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in the Cedar Valley.

Volunteers will participate in various service projects at places throughout the community including the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Cedar Valley Hospitality House, Catholic Work House, the Center for Energy and Environmental Education and the Ridgeway Place. Transportation will be provided to send students to organizations. The event will end with a luncheon and a guest speaker, Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education. He will speak about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the value of service in our communities.

The event is sponsored by UNI's Student Involvement Center. For more information, contact Steffoni Smith, program assistant for Maucker Union Administration, at 319-273-7422 or

January 11, 2013 - 9:14am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Continuing and Distance Education is accepting applications through Wednesday, May 1, for a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), scheduled to begin June 2013.

TESOL provides preparation for helping others improve their abilities to use English. The program is designed for individuals who wish to teach overseas, at community colleges, in intensive English programs and for K through 12 teachers wishing to upgrade their skills and employability.  

Courses meeting via Adobe Connect, an interactive desktop video conferencing system, in the fall and spring semesters will be taught in eight-week modules on Thursday evenings.

Recent graduates of the program are now teachers of English in the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and Asia; K through12 teachers in the U.S.; English teachers in community colleges and in intensive English programs in the U.S. and abroad; and professionals in government agencies and on projects developing curricula and evaluating English teaching programs.

For additional information about the program and additional offerings through Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-2121 or 800-648-3864.

January 10, 2013 - 8:55am


The University of Northern Iowa Presidential Search and Screen Committee will hold candidate interviews at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11 and 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington, Minn. The meeting agenda can be found at

Farzad Moussavi, dean of the UNI College of Business Administration, and Mark Oman, serve as co-chairs of the committee. 

The Board of Regents is a group of nine citizen volunteers who govern the state's three public universities and two special K-12 schools – the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School – through policymaking, coordination and oversight.


January 9, 2013 - 3:42pm


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

"Sub Rosa: Art and Design at UNI" will be led by Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 7 and 14. Participants will examine how art is acquired, borrowed by and loaned from UNI.

"Introduction to Medieval Chant" will be taught by Alison Altstatt, assistant professor of musicology and music history, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 14, 21, 28 and March 7 and 14. Participants will learn to read chant notation, recognize the medieval church modes, and express melodies using the Guidonion hand, all while becoming familiar with a variety of chant repertoire.

"Beyond Grant Wood's Limelight: Iowa's Forgotten Artists" will be taught by Roy Behrens, professor of art, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 26. Behrens will discuss a wide range of talented artists and designers from Iowa.

"America: The View From Abroad" will be led by Hal Wohl, emeritus professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. This course tracks the history of how America has been seen and discussed throughout the last two decades.

"How My Students and I Use Photoshop in Digital Artwork and Graphic Design" will also be taught by Behrens from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 25. This session is an overview of the ways in which Behrens and his students have used computer software for art- and design-related purposes.

Course fees range from $15 to $40, which covers parking passes and course handouts. To register for a class or view a course description, visit or call University Events Coordination at 319-273-5141.

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January 7, 2013 - 3:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has been selected as a Military-Friendly University in Military Advanced Education's (MAE) 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE's 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to implement military friendly policies in support of our men and women in uniform.

Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year's institutions for inclusion in the guide are flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of service members, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns.

"We are enthusiastic about the initiatives on campus to support our military and veteran students," said Leslie Williams, UNI dean of students. "To be recognized as an institution that embraces military students and works to ensure their success is significant. We all benefit from the experiences these students bring to our campus."

For more information about MAE's 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities, visit

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January 2, 2013 - 3:45pm


The University of Northern Iowa Presidential Search and Screen Committee will meet at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, at UNI in the Curris Business Building, Room 319. The meeting agenda can be found at

Farzad Moussavi, dean of the UNI College of Business Administration, and Mark Oman, serve as co-chairs of the committee. 

The Board of Regents is a group of nine citizen volunteers who govern the state's three public universities and two special K-12 schools – the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School – through policymaking, coordination and oversight.

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January 2, 2013 - 3:49pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a new exhibition, "REVERB: Recent Abstraction in Painting," from Monday, Jan. 14 through Saturday, Mar. 2, in the south wing of the Kamerick Art Building.

In addition to the exhibition, two artists will give lectures in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. Christie Blizard will give the first lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14 and Dana Saulnier will lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4. Each lecture will be followed by a reception. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Sarah Elizabeth Hearst Visiting Artist fund.

Curated by assistant professor of art Kenneth Hall, this group invitational exhibition features new work by Scott Anderson from Albuquerque, N.M.; Jimmy Baker from Cincinnati, Ohio; Christie Blizard from Lubbock, Texas; the late Megan Dirks of Sioux City, Iowa; Angelina Gualdoni from Brooklyn, NY; Mary Laube from Iowa City, Iowa; Dana Saulnier from Oxford, Ohio; and Deborah Zlotsky from Albany, NY. These artists have been assembled because of their passionate investigations into expressive mark making and gestural iconography.

"Contemporary abstract painting shows interesting tendencies toward figuration as it responds to the senses," said Hall. "The subject of seeing and the senses, generally, is a theme in the work of these artists who bring unique viewpoints and aesthetics to show a robust variety in contemporary abstract painting. The term reverb connotes music and the effect of enhancing sound by way of technology, making it more spacious, more layered and more dynamic."

The UNI Gallery of Art will also present a new UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition titled "The Individual Is the One Illusion," which will run through Saturday, May 11. Darrell Taylor, director of UNI's art gallery, will curate this exhibition. Students from assistant professor of art Elizabeth Sutton's Art and Globalization seminar will provide texts about each piece of art.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. The gallery will be closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For more information, visit or call 319-273-3095.

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December 27, 2012 - 9:06am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been ranked among the nation's top "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine for 2013. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. UNI placed in the top 100 for its high four-year graduation rate, low average-student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, a low sticker price and overall great value.

"This is an excellent affirmation of our commitment to provide students an outstanding undergraduate education at an affordable price," said Benjamin Allen, UNI president.

The full list of schools can be found at

December 19, 2012 - 3:30pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Beginning summer 2013, the University of Northern Iowa will offer a certificate program in environmental health entirely online. The program is designed for students and professionals who share interest in the relationships between human health and the environment. The goal of this certificate is to foster a deep understanding of how environmental conditions and protections can impact and enhance human health status. Courses focus on topics such as water quality, solid waste problems, air quality and public health concerns.

Campus attendance is not required for this program, offering flexibility to access course materials and submit work on a schedule convenient for students. Completion of 15 hours of credit is required and may be applied toward either undergraduate or graduate credit.  

Those who might benefit most from the Environmental Health Certificate include, but are not limited to: public health specialists, environmental health officers, ecologists, corporate health and safety personnel, nurses, educators and epidemiologists.

For additional information, visit or call UNI Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-2121 or 800-648-3864.

December 18, 2012 - 3:11pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa hosted its annual fall Commencement Saturday, Dec. 15. As hundreds of UNI students graduate and begin to look for employment opportunities, the December job outlook is more important than ever.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook for 2012, the overall top B.A. degrees in demand by employers this year are finance, accounting, and computer and information sciences, followed by electrical and mechanical engineering. UNI has a number of majors that align with these needs.

According to Matt Nuese, associate director of UNI's career services office, UNI graduates seem to be faring well in today's economy. Nearly 84 percent of last year's graduates secured jobs or were continuing their education upon graduation, according to the 2011 Career Services Graduate Report.

It appears that many UNI graduates are staying within the state. During the last three years, three-fourths of all UNI graduates were employed in Iowa. The top employers of UNI students include Wells Fargo, John Deere and Waterloo Community Schools.

For more information, contact Bob Frederick, director of career services, at 319-273-6857 or

December 18, 2012 - 3:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars in the United States after three UNI professors were awarded Fulbright Scholarship grants for their research projects abroad. These honors are awarded to those who help promote the program's goals of fostering leadership and increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

"To be named one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education is an exciting and prestigious honor," said Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost. "It reflects the work of outstanding faculty at the University of Northern Iowa. The acknowledgement also recognizes the importance of international relations in UNI's mission statement and strategic goals. In addition, the Office of International Programs provides excellent support to promote Fulbright opportunities for faculty and staff." 

Three professors, Bettina Fabos, associate professor of communication studies, Kevin Finn, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, and Tammy Gregersen, associate professor of languages and literatures, were named Fulbright Scholars for 2012-2013. Fabos and Finn will conduct research in Hungary, while Gregersen will teach a course in language assessment at the University of Santiago in Chile.

For more information, contact Craig Klafter, associate provost for UNI's Office of International Programs, at 319-273-6807 or

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December 14, 2012 - 8:21am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa alumni are invited to apply for a 2013 Merchant Scholarship. Merchant Scholarship recipients must be attending or planning to attend an accredited graduate or professional school at an educational institution as a full-time student.

The scholarships are awarded from a trust established in 1951 to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant. Frank was a professor of Latin and Greek, and served as head of the Department of Foreign Languages at UNI, then the Iowa State Teachers College. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, achievement, character, potential and service to society.

Applications and instructions for applying are available online at Deadline for completed applications is March 1, 2013.

For more information, contact Coleen Wagner, secretary in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, at 319-273-2518 or

December 14, 2012 - 8:33am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Through the University of Northern Iowa's Business and Community Services, the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) is set to launch a new food waste reduction project on Tuesday, Jan. 1. The goal of the project is to launch a new educational campaign and a website that will act as a virtual food waste reduction center.

The new campaign seeks to provide the public with new resources and educational materials. Project goals include educational workshops, materials and webinars on different food waste reduction topics. The project is funded through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternative Program.

The IWRC assists small businesses in complying with environmental regulations through free education and consultation. The center also conducts research and develops technologies for more efficient and environmentally friendly production processes.

For additional information, contact Joe Bolick, communications and grants specialist at the IWRC, at 319-273-6577 or

December 14, 2012 - 8:47am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's Continuing and Distance Education is accepting applications for its upcoming Professional Development for Teachers cohort degree program, beginning in the fall of 2013 and leading to a Master of Arts in Education degree.

This program is designed to fulfill the professional development needs for classroom teachers and other teaching professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning process. Students will have a variety of opportunities to develop strategies for implementing innovative practices in the classroom and for thoughtful analysis of issues and problems facing teachers.

"This program is especially well-suited to busy teachers who are interested in a cohort-based master's program that challenges them to expand their expertise in a broad range of educational topics," says program coordinator Michelle Tichy.

This degree will be earned online. Coursework begins in the fall of 2013 using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through a course sequence, with the degree to be awarded in the summer of 2015. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

For information about additional offerings available through Continuing Distance and Education at UNI, visit or call 319-272-2121 or 800-648-3864.

December 12, 2012 - 2:32pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual fall commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, in the McLeod Center. This year's commencement speaker is Ian Goldsmith, a psychology and theatre major from Earlville, Iowa. Approximately 600 graduates will participate in commencement.

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

Seating for the event is on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, visit or contact Philip Patton, university registrar, at 319-273-2244 or

December 10, 2012 - 4:19pm


The University of Northern Iowa Presidential Search and Screen Committee will host a conference call at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11. The public access site is at UNI, in Gilchrist Hall, Room 25.  The meeting agenda can be found at

Farzad Moussavi, dean of the UNI College of Business Administration, and Mark Oman, serve as co-chairs of the committee. 

The Board of Regents is a group of nine citizen volunteers who govern the state's three public universities and two special K-12 schools – the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School – through policymaking, coordination and oversight.

December 7, 2012 - 10:39am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The second annual Conference on African-American Children and Families will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, in the Schindler Education Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The conference is designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, social workers, health professionals, business leaders and anyone committed to improving the lives of children.

The conference will promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American children and families. Participants will spend the day networking and meeting with new colleagues to help improve the quality of lives for children and families. The keynote speaker for the event is Marvin Lynn, associate dean in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Lynn will present "The Social and Political Context of Education for African American Students in the United States."

A pre-conference will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in UNI's Maucker Union Elm Room. The pre-conference will feature Gevonee Ford, the founder and executive director of the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent and was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House.

To register or for a complete list of speakers, visit or contact Gloria Holmes, UNI associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or

December 7, 2012 - 10:42am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Kindergym, an informal learning program focusing on the development and refinement of motor skills. The program will be offered Saturday mornings from 9 to 9:50 a.m. for 4- and 5-year-olds and from 10 to 10:50 a.m. for 2- and 3-year-olds. The program will also be offered Monday mornings at 10 a.m. Kindergym Monday sessions will start Jan. 14 and end on Feb. 25.  Saturday sessions will be held Feb. 2 through Mar. 9. Both sessions will be in the Wellness and Recreation Center main gym 84 on the UNI campus.

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

The registration fee is $32 for the Saturday session and $50 for the Monday session. The deadline for registration is Jan. 19. The program is directed by Katie Farwell, program assistant in the Department of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services.

For more information about Kindergym or to register, contact Rip Marston, professor in UNI's Department of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, at 319-273-6882 or

December 7, 2012 - 2:19pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Dream Big Grow Here program received first place in the Mid-America Economic Development Council's 2012 annual Economic Development Awards' online marketing category in the small market division.

Dream Big Grow Here was started by the UNI Regional Business Center through 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. In 2012, hundreds of Iowa companies from nearly 60 different communities competed in one of 10 regional Dream Big Grow Here contests for $5,000. The regional award winners then compete for a $10,000 grand prize.

The Mid-America Economic Development Council is dedicated to enhancing economic developers' knowledge, capabilities and opportunities through multi-state networking, education and site selector interaction. For many years, it has sponsored the annual Economic Development Awards competition to recognize and stimulate the creative use of quality marketing by economic development organizations throughout the 10-state Mid-America region in promoting their respective communities.  MAEDC's awards partner is Site Selection magazine, and all first-place winners will be highlighted in an ad in the January issue of Site Selection magazine.

For more information about MAEDC, please visit

For more information about Dream Big Grow Here, contact the UNI Regional Business Center at 319-273-4328 or visit

December 5, 2012 - 11:39am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Dr. Robert E. Yager and Phyllis M. Yager Exemplary Science and Mathematics Teaching Award, established from the Dr. Robert and Phyllis Yager Science Education Fund for Excellence, recently recognized two Iowa teachers with awards.

This year's recipients are: Matthew Harding, high school physics teacher from Iowa City West High School, and Slade Hovick, high school mathematics teacher from West Liberty High School.  They each received a $3,000 honorarium with the award Hovick, Yager, Harding

The Yager Science Education Fund for Excellence Award recognizes exemplary science and mathematics teaching by University of Northern Iowa graduates. It serves a key role in supporting UNI's leadership of the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership and reflects the importance of private support as part of UNI's "Imagine the Impact" campaign. 

Nominees are selected by UNI faculty members and are UNI graduates in at least their fifth year of teaching in a K-12 classroom. Awardees are selected on the basis of teaching materials and student performance. Nominees are asked to submit a video of their teaching.

Harding graduated from UNI in 2000 with a B.A. in physics teaching and a M.A. in science education with a physics education emphasis in May 2010.  His video lesson was based on a Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students (PRISMS) activity involving Hot Wheels cars and tracks. He restructured the activity to emphasize scientific reasoning and critical thinking.

Hovick graduated magna cum laude from UNI in 2008 with a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology, and a B.A. in secondary mathematics education.  He specializes in using engaging projects to help students apply and internalize deep mathematical content and concepts.

Robert E. Yager, professor emeritus of science education in the College of Education at the University of Iowa, where he taught for 50 years, received his B.A. degree in biology from UNI in 1950.  Yager went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant physiology from the University of Iowa. He currently works on the National Science Foundation-supported IMPPACT research effort studying the effectiveness of science teacher education programs.

December 3, 2012 - 10:48am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention will host a webinar, "Coaching Boys to Men," from 1 to 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10. The webinar will discuss trends in intimate partner violence among young adults and examine coaches’ and mentors’ role in preventing bullying and gender violence. Community members who work with young men in school, church youth groups, athletics or extracurricular activities are encouraged to attend.

"Boys and young men learn valuable life skills through their participation in sports and athletic competition, and typically develop loyal and strong bonds with their respective coaches," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute at UNI's Center for Violence Prevention. "Coaching Boys into Men is an evidence-based program delivered by coaches and mentors that teaches young male athletes that their strength and aggression on the playing field has no place in dating relationships and should never be used to hurt others." To download a free copy of the Coaching Boys into Men coaches' tool kit, go to

The webinar will introduce attendees to the Coaching Boys into Men program, which includes mini-lessons and guided questions that coaches can use to facilitate conversations with their athletes.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, contact Mark Rowe-Barth, Substance Abuse/Violence Intervention Services Coordinator, Wellness and Recreation Services, at, Heisterkamp, at or call 319-273-3054. For more information, visit


November 30, 2012 - 3:21pm

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's New Horizons Band (NHB) will perform a winter concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

The band will perform a variety of musical selections including "The Black Horse Troup March" by John Philip Sousa, "A Copland Tribute," "Beguine for Band," and "A Christmas Festival" by Leroy Anderson and other holiday favorites. The Windy Hill Singers, under the direction of Martha Hansen, will present a pre-show concert at 7 p.m., in the GBPAC lobby.

The New Horizons Band is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School. The group includes members ages 50 and over with various musical backgrounds who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform. The band started in 1999 with 17 members and has a current membership of 85 players. Diana Blake, retired music educator from Waverly, is director of the NHB.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, communication and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or or Cindi Mason, instructor in the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2142 or

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November 29, 2012 - 9:53am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host one of the first campus-driven "NO H8 at My School" photo-shoots during a three-day event that aims to show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community at UNI and throughout the nation. The UNI and Cedar Falls communities will have the opportunity to participate in the "NO H8 at My School" and the "It Gets Better" campaigns from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 5 and 6, in the Maucker Union Ballrooms. LGBT activist and Iowa native Zach Wahls will speak the day before these events, from 8 to 9 p.m., Dec. 4, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

The "NO H8" campaign is a visual silent protest that aims to promote marriage, gender and human equality. Participants don a white shirt, have "NO H8" painted on their cheek and pose for a picture, which will be shared on social media and will be provided to the NO H8 Campaign. The "It Gets Better" project focuses on spreading messages of hope to the LGBT community by documenting stories and expressions of hope on video. Footage captured during the event will be edited together and posted to YouTube and also will be provided to the It Gets Better Campaign.

The events are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by several UNI and community organizations, including UNI's LGBT student organizations, UNI Proud and One Iowa, as well as UNI's Center for Violence Prevention and the dean of students office.

For more information, contact Darin Adams at

November 29, 2012 - 3:49pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kenneth Atkinson, associate professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa, will give a talk titled "Queen Salome: Jerusalem's Warrior Monarch of the First Century B.C.E.," at noon, Monday, Dec. 3, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A, on the UNI campus.

Atkinson's presentation will focus on Queen Salome Alexandra, the ruler of ancient Palestine from 76 to 67 B.C.E. Queen Salome appointed the kingdom's high priest, led its men in battle, subjugated neighboring kings, and stopped the religious violence that plagued her society. Presiding over her country's greatest period of peace and prosperity, she shaped the Judaism of Jesus' day as well as today. The presentation will highlight this virtually unknown woman's life and times and her many unprecedented accomplishments.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Barbara Cutter, interim director of the UNI Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or

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November 29, 2012 - 3:52pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Associate Professor of Management Information Systems Rex Karsten will hold the first Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Professorship at the University of Northern Iowa, a title that recognizes his solid academic credentials, practical experience in his field and ability to teach and connect with students

Karsten has a Ph. D. in management information systems from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research focuses on information systems pedagogy, information and communications technology literacy, computer self-efficacy, information systems professional-end user interaction and training.

Karsten holds the distinction of the only UNI College of Business Administration faculty member to have ever received all four college-level awards: Faculty Research Award, Faculty Service Award, Teaching Innovation Award and Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. He has published numerous journal articles and presented dozens of papers. He receives some of the highest teacher assessment scores in the college and dedicates many hours outside the classroom advising students on their professional interests.

"He is the epitome of what we look for in our faculty members," said UNIBusiness Dean Farzad Moussavi. "We cannot think of a more worthy candidate to hold the distinguished Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Professorship."

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company made a strong commitment to undergraduate education when it established this professorship, which will help the college attract and retain the best faculty in a competitive market. The Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Professor is selected by the college dean, in consultation with Nationwide, for a three-year term. The position may rotate among the five undergraduate business departments: accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. 

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

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

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November 29, 2012 - 3:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "B.F.A. Group Exhibition" from Thursday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 15. A reception for the exhibition will be held at 7 p.m., on Dec. 6, at the UNI Gallery of Art.The artwork of four art students will be presented through the exhibition, each conveying unique styles and techniques.Zachary Bowman, a senior from Coon Rapids, Iowa, has an emphasis in sculpture. Bowman's exhibition is titled "Layered." He states, "I was born and raised in small town rural Iowa. I've enjoyed making things from as far back as I can remember, but it took on a new meaning when I turned 16 and started working in the field of construction. I like using ideas, concepts and components from architecture in my work because it is definitely a part of who I am and how I think."Amber Persinger, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, has an emphasis in painting and has titled her exhibition "Everything was Beautiful and Everything Hurt." She states, "I work primarily in painting, printmaking and drawing, which I have been doing at UNI since 2008. My current work focuses on relationships. I work primarily with the female form, and my goal is to connect with the viewer through shared experiences using oil paint, watercolor, graphite and a number of printmaking techniques."Theresa Simmons, of Clive, Iowa, has an emphasis in painting and titled her exhibition "Transient Veils." Simmons says, "I am always looking for some sort of reaction from viewers because their reactions are validation and remind me why I make artwork. My body of work, and this exhibition in particular, embraces painting as a versatile method of art-making regarding the concepts of recognition and identity."Amythest Hultman Warrington, a senior from Waterloo, Iowa, has an emphasis in ceramics. She states, "As an artist who grew up in a mobile military family, observing a variety of cultures, taboos and values affected my perception of art. I look for ways to challenge the established social structure, ways that improve life through the experience of art. This exhibition, titled "Stepping Forward," is a ceramic installation exploring the ideas of preciousness - the value we place on objects, breaking taboos surrounding art that leads to improving human relationships."All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment.For more information, visit or call 319-273-3095.

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November 28, 2012 - 10:37am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interior Design program will host its annual Senior Portfolio Show from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education atrium. Students will share their projects and answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

The event will showcase the work of 12 interior design students in the areas of residential, office, hospitality and healthcare design, among others. The theme of sustainable and accessible design can be seen through the students' projects.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Gowri Gulwadi, associate professor in interior design, at 319-273-2603 or

November 27, 2012 - 3:13pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa professors of special education, Christina Curran and Susan Brennan, have been granted funding from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for a project that includes a new Assistive Technology Lab for all UNI teacher education students. The lab, called T2:PAL: Teachers and Technology -- Promoting Accessible Learning, will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 147.

The goal of the project is to improve access and success in the K-12 core curriculum for students with disabilities. UNI students will use new assistive technologies, especially in field experiences with at-risk and special education students. Professional development opportunities for teachers and education professionals will also be made available.

Through the open house, sample technologies and lab resources will be demonstrated. "We couldn't be more excited to be able to put into action the project goals of increased curricular access for at-risk students and students with disabilities through the project," said Curran.

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is one of the largest private philanthropic foundations in the state of Iowa with assets of more than $250 million and annual grant distributions of more than $12 million. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1981. Biomedical and scientific research, primary, secondary and higher education and other issues related to the needs of youth are the program areas of greatest interest to the Carver Charitable Trust.

The open house is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Curran at 319-273-3848 or, or Brennan at 319-273-7841 or

November 20, 2012 - 3:01pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Political Science will host a forum discussing "Election 2012: What did it Mean" from 3 to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Sabin Hall, Room 002.

Four members of the political science department will discuss topics that include the presidential and congressional returns and their possible implications, state election results, campaign communications of the 2012 elections, and judicial retention results in Iowa. Participants will also take questions from the audience.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Donna Hoffman, head of UNI's Department of Political Science, at 319-273-5916 or

November 20, 2012 - 3:09pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students, faculty and staff will work with an AmeriCorps group to clear brush from the Cedar Bend Savanna Nov. 26 through 29. This work week is a part of an ongoing project to restore the remnant oak savanna.

"Part of our mission here at the Tallgrass Prairie Center is to assist conservation agencies with managing rare prairie plant communities around the state," said David Williams, prairie institute program manager at UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center. "Sand savannas are probably the most rare and endangered native plant community in Iowa."

UNI faculty has been working with students on various projects related to the restoration of the savanna for many years, and has recently begun working formally with the Black Hawk County Conservation Board to help plan future restoration projects.

For more information, contact Williams at 319-273-7957 or

November 20, 2012 - 3:20pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Benjamin Ginsberg, author of the widely acclaimed book "The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters," will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Commons Ballroom.

In his book, Ginsberg documents the biggest change in higher education in recent years to be the growth of administrative bureaucracy and the concurrent decline in faculty.

He is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science, director of the Center for the Study of American Government and chair of the Government Program of Advanced Academic Programs at Johns Hopkins University.

His visit is sponsored by the UNI Faculty Senate Speakers Series, UNI-United Faculty, the Iowa Conference of the American Association of University Professors, the UNI Graduate Program in Public Policy and the UNI Department of Political Science.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Joe Gorton, associate professor in UNI's Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, at 319-273-3007 or

November 19, 2012 - 2:57pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "What is my American Dream?" This is the question asked to sixth-grade students at the George Washington Carver Academy in Waterloo. The University of Northern Iowa Reaching for Higher Ground Series will host two events to showcase the students' photography and writing on the topic. The first showcase will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Carver Academy cafeteria. The second event will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus.

The second event will also feature a panel to discuss accessible education for every student. The discussions will address the best ways to provide education to students to help them achieve their goals and dreams.

Both events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Sarah Montgomery, assistant professor in UNI's College of Education, at 319-273-6757 or

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November 19, 2012 - 3:01pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Graduates of the University of Northern Iowa Real Estate Program, retroactive to the 2004-2005 academic year, are now approved to have satisfied 267 hours of credit toward the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria for the Certified General Appraiser licensing.

The UNI program is only the third program in the United States to receive this level of approval from the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) of The Appraisal Foundation.

"If you want to be an appraiser, you have to be certified," said Art Cox, interim head of the UNI Department of Finance. "By satisfying a vast majority of the education requirements for the Certified General credential, our students will be far ahead of their peers at graduation."

UNI's College of Business Administration offers the state's only undergraduate major in real estate, as well as a minor in real estate through the UNI Center for Real Estate Education. Graduates with a bachelor's in real estate from UNI will still need to fulfill 33 educational hours with the National USPAP Course and Market Analysis & Highest and Best Use course, pass the certified general exam and complete 3,000 hours of work experience to become fully credentialed.

"This fits in with our College's efforts to give our students an edge in professional certifications that will propel their careers," said UNI College of Business Administration Dean Farzad Moussavi, referring to UNI business students' history of success in passing the CPA certification, CFA® Level 1 certification and the NASBITE global business professional exam.

The only other AQB-approved undergraduate program is at the University of Denver. The University of Denver and Texas A&M graduate programs also are AQB-approved. For more information about AQB, visit

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November 16, 2012 - 11:41am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thirty literacy coach candidates are continuing their studies on the University of Northern Iowa campus this fall. These candidates are in preparation programs for the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy Model (PCL), an initiative founded by Linda Dorn of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. UNI's Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy is one of five PCL network affiliated universities in the United States that house the literacy coach preparation program.

Literacy coaches work in area schools in order to aid student learning and to increase literacy proficiency for all students. Literacy coaches work with the school principal and teachers to analyze and use school data plan instructional interventions and changes in classroom approaches to improve student achievement.

Candidates began their program of study at the Jacobson Center's Summer Institute in June. The 21-credit hour post-masters graduate preparation program continues through the fall and spring semesters. Twenty-eight of the coaches were awarded full scholarships for their preparation program funded by the Richard O. Jacobson Center endowment.

The PCL initiative focuses on the preparation of literacy coaches through UNI coursework, observation of model teaching and hands-on field experiences. Coaches take courses in literacy learning and teaching, school transformation and leadership.

Currently, the Jacobson Center's work with PCL directly impacts 20 network-affiliated schools, seven districts and five Area Education Agencies. In all, more than 15,500 children in 69 Iowa schools are receiving the benefits of PCL work during the 2012-2013 academic year.

For more information, contact Deb Rich, program administrator for the Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, at 319-273-6960 or


November 15, 2012 - 3:48pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four University of Northern Iowa staff members received 2012 Staff Excellence Awards, given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Regents Staff Excellence Award recipients at UNI are: Tim Bakula, associate director of the Office of Student Financial Aid; Ken Bauer, information technology specialist, Rod Library; Rosanne L. Lang, dining unit manager, Rialto dining; and Lyn Redington, director of residence life.

Bakula is known for his professionalism, enthusiasm and leadership. His accomplishments include the expansion of the financial aid parent session at summer orientation and implementation of online time cards for student employees, along with improving and expanding outreach publications and activities. His nominators highlighted his passion for helping parents and students with financial literacy and his dedication to customer service.

Bauer plays a critical role in the success of Rod Library. Bauer is responsible for library servers, which run important UNI resources including the library catalog (UNISTAR), the Panther Prowler research engine, the Find It! link resolver, the EZproxy remote user authentication service and various data storage servers. His nominators emphasized his experience and depth of knowledge, along with his reliability and dedication to hard work.

Lang has worked for UNI dining services for more than 26 years. In her time at dining services, Lang has actively participated in the development, implementation and improvement of two residential dining renovations, hired and trained thousands of employees, and enthusiastically welcomed students, staff and guests to UNI. Nominators noted her enthusiasm and her commitment to personal and professional development.

Redington is known for her dedication and skilled organization as the director of residence life. Redington oversees a community of more than 4,300 students, and her nominators note her tireless work and the great impact she has on students. She recently returned from a project in South Africa, where she helped teach housing professionals how to excel in their profession.

The awards are presented annually to staff members in the professional and scientific ranks, and biennially to a member of the supervisory/confidential merit personnel, who have demonstrated outstanding professional contributions to UNI during their careers. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues and peers.

November 15, 2012 - 3:56pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eight University of Northern Iowa School of Music students recently received top honors in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Iowa District Student Auditions, which took place Nov. 2 and 3 at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

UNI students claimed three first-place honors. Colin Wilson, a sophomore majoring in music education from Iowa City, earned first place in the Sophomore Men Division; Brian Langr, a sophomore majoring in music education from Washington, earned first place in the Junior Men Division; Juan Ahumada, a student majoring in music: performing arts management from Cedar Falls earned first place in the Graduate Men Division.

Several students also claimed second- and third-place awards. In the Freshmen Women Division, Megan Grey, a freshman majoring in music from Cedar Falls earned second place; Kayla Kjeldseth, a junior majoring in music performance from Sioux City earned second place in the Junior Women Division; Ashley Armstrong, a senior majoring in music from Winterset earned second place in the Graduate Women Division; Sarah Draffen of Reinbeck earned third place in the Senior Women Division; Elizabeth Nelson, a graduate student majoring in performance: voice from Cedar Falls earned third place in the Graduate Women Division.

NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world. The organization is made up of more than 7,300 members in more than 25 countries. The group encourages vocal art and promotes vocal education.

For more information about the UNI Voice Division or School of Music events and programs, contact Caroline Boehmer, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028, or visit

November 13, 2012 - 11:20am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, which is known for its innovative teacher education programs, is honoring its education professors in recognition of American Education Week, Nov. 12 through 16.

UNI's College of Education faculty features a number of professors who are experts in their particular fields. These experts study a diverse range of education-related topics, including education reform, teaching standards, assessment, school leadership, achievement gap and teacher accountability.

UNI, which is known as the No. 1 teacher education program in the state, inducted 380 students into the College of Education's Teacher Education Program this past October. Ninety-two percent of UNI's graduates in teacher preparation find a job or are accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation. Today, nearly 12,000 UNI education alumni work in Iowa.

For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or


November 9, 2012 - 3:15pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A new book chronicling the 120 years of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Northern Iowa goes on sale this month. According to Jim Kelly, emeritus professor of teaching and project coordinator, all proceeds from sales of "Tutors to Panthers, a brief history of UNI athletics" will go to the Panther Scholarship Club to help fund scholarships for UNI student-athletes.

Twenty-eight current and former UNI faculty, staff and coaches worked together to write the book. "We wanted to do what a group of older faculty, staff, coaches and Panther friends could do to help raise funds for scholarships, and in turn, decrease the need for state funds for athletics," said Kelly.

The book contains 16 chapters, each written by different authors. All authors donated their time and talent. The same goes for internationally known illustrator Gary Kelley, who created the original artwork for the book's cover.

According to Kelly, only 2,500 copies will be printed. The cost will be $34.95. The books will be available at UNI athletic events, College Square Hy-Vee, Heritage Art Gallery, Martin Brothers, University Book and Supply and through the Panther Scholarship Club. Online orders can be placed at

November 8, 2012 - 10:43am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Peter Seldin, an expert on evaluating teaching, will deliver his lecture, "College Teaching: Myths, Evaluation and the Characteristics of Great Teachers" at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The presentation aims to determine what separates "good" teachers from "great" teachers. The lecture will address changing practices in teaching evaluation and the results of a nationwide longitudinal study of evaluation practices. In addition to the lecture, Seldin will also present a workshop and meet with UNI faculty and administrators.

Seldin has served as a consultant on higher education issues at more than 350 colleges and universities across the United States and in 45 countries, and has authored numerous books and articles on teaching and teaching evaluation.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Hill, professor in UNI's Department of Philosophy and World Religions, at 319-273-7177 or

November 8, 2012 - 10:47am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa professor Thomas Connors will deliver his lecture, "War and the Landscape of Memory," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. The lecture will examine how war monuments have evolved over two centuries, and how complicated historic events are remembered.

"The more difficult memories in our history make for complicated landscapes," said Connors, associate professor of history. "These kinds of stories raise complicated questions in a republic, and how a nation deals with them speaks as much to its present as its past."

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

November 6, 2012 - 2:19pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Study Abroad Center's Capstone in Southern Italy has been awarded the top short-term study aboard program in Abroad101's rankings presented by STA Travel. The rankings honor the highest-rated study abroad programs and locations by American students who have studied abroad, with evaluations completed through both quantitative and qualitative responses.

Abroad101 is the world's first, largest and fastest growing study abroad review website. STA Travel is the youth travel expert enabling students and young adults to explore the world by creating experiences filled with adventure, discovery and personal growth. "I am honored; it is a tremendous privilege to have opportunities that allow me to share my geoarchaeology research and passion for exploring with UNI students," said Chad Heinzel, associate professor of earth science who led the capstone program in Southern Italy.

UNI's Study Abroad Center provides an opportunity for students to study in more than 60 countries. More than 600 students are involved in the study abroad program, with nearly 400 taking part in short-term trips. Earlier this year, Abroad101 ranked the the UNI center fourth in the nation for quality of its academic programs.

For additional information, visit or contact Yana Cornish, director of the Study Abroad Center at UNI, at 319-273-7078 or

November 5, 2012 - 4:39pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the 2012 Iowa Thespian Festival for the third time on Nov. 9 and 10.  The festival is a two-day event, which brings together more than 1,000 high school students, teachers and chaperones from across the state to celebrate theatre.

Participants can watch performances in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Strayer-Wood Theatre and the Wellness and Recreation Center. High school students will have the opportunity to perform and compete in individual theatrical events, receive college scholarships, and attend workshops to further increase their knowledge of theatre. The festival also provides an opportunity for UNI students to share their knowledge of the theatre as well as represent and promote UNI.

For more information about the Iowa Thespian Festival, contact Traci Gaydos, marketing director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or or visit 

November 5, 2012 - 4:40pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's educational leadership department will host a panel discussion including four key Iowa educational leaders from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the University Room, in the Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

The panel is part of an Educational Leadership Advisory Council meeting. The Educational Leadership Advisory Council members are principals and superintendents from around the state who meet twice a year to provide feedback on UNI's principal and superintendent programs.

The panel will address the status and recommendations of Iowa's six educational task forces. Panelists include Tom Downs, director of the Iowa School Board Association; Dan Smith, director of School Administrators of Iowa; Rourke Horn, director of Area Education Agency (AEA) 267; and Byron Darnell, Iowa Department of Education.

For additional information, contact Victoria Robinson, department head, UNI Department of Educational Leadership & Postsecondary Education, at 319-273-3070 or

November 1, 2012 - 11:28am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16 with events hosted through UNI's Office of International Programs, Study Abroad Center, Culture and Intensive English Program, the International Students and Scholars Office and other UNI departments and student organizations.

Activities include a cultural clothing fashion show, information sessions, presentations, movies, musical and dance lessons and performances, international food tasting and more. The third-annual IEW kickoff will be from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, in the Maucker Union Ballroom, with welcome remarks from Gloria Gibson, UNI's executive vice president and provost. All events are free and open to the public.

IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and share experiences in the United States. The theme for this year's IEW is "Striving for a Healthier Future Worldwide."

For a complete list of events, visit For additional information, contact Kristen Hora, event planner in the Office of International Programs, at 319-273-7424 or


November 1, 2012 - 11:41am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has hired James Hoelscher as its first science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) hub manager. This announcement comes after UNI was selected as the northeast network hub for the STEM Advisory Council.

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"The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the Iowa Legislature have been visionary in that they have given our institutions, school districts, service providers, educators, students, parents and employers the resources to work together to transform STEM education," said Hoelscher. "What I find most inspiring and motivating is the enthusiasm of our students and teachers, the commitment of educational leaders, and the sense of urgency among our employers."

As UNI's STEM hub manager, Hoelscher will oversee all STEM activities and resources for the northeast region, as well as work with other STEM regions and the STEM Advisory Council to help advance the council's overall mission of promoting STEM education and economic development throughout Iowa.

The STEM Advisory Council was developed by Gov. Terry Branstad and is co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and UNI President Ben Allen. The council works to grow Iowa's commitment to bolstering STEM education, STEM innovation and to better position Iowa's young people and the state's economy for the future.

For more information, contact Michael Licari, associate provost of academic affairs, at 319-273-2518 or

November 1, 2012 - 4:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has a wide range of activities planned to recognize Veterans Day and honor members of the armed forces. Thursday, Nov. 8, veterans, student volunteers and UNI faculty will tie yellow ribbons around trees on campus to commemorate veterans. Those who wish to participate in the ribbon tying should meet at 5 p.m., Nov. 8, in front of the Maucker Union.

On Friday, Nov. 9, volunteers will be handing out flags throughout the day for students to stake in the field west of the Campanile. A flag ceremony will take place at 12:45 p.m., in front of the West Gym. The ceremony will feature speeches from a UNI student veteran and faculty member. It will also feature a National Roll Call, in which the names of veterans and current armed forces members at UNI will be called and a moment of reflection will take place.

A reception will follow the ceremony in front of the West Gym. Both the flag ceremony and the reception are open to the public.

Throughout the week, students will be in Maucker Union handing out yellow ribbon lapel pins in honor of Veterans Day. There will also be a Wall of Honor in Maucker Union, on which students and faculty can post pictures of veterans and leave special messages.

For more information, contact Jennifer Suchan, military and veteran student services coordinator, at 319-273-2278 or

November 1, 2012 - 4:49pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa gerontology program will celebrate its10th anniversary with a screening of the documentary "You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't," from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, in the Center for Multicultural Education in Maucker Union.

The documentary details the story of an older adult with Alzheimer's disease and her time spent in an assisted care facility. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, with symptoms including confusion, irritability, mood swings and long-term memory loss.

In 2002, a grant from the Adele Whitenack Davis Professorship in Gerontology Endowment Fund, along with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, helped establish the gerontology program at UNI, the only undergraduate gerontology program in Iowa.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor of gerontology, at 319-273-6083 or


October 31, 2012 - 3:33pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will hold auditions for the spring production of "Merchant of Venice," a comedy by William Shakespeare. Auditions will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Auditions are open to UNI students. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a two-minute verse monologue (not prose) from a Shakespeare play. The monologue can be either dramatic or comedic.

Actors who are cast must be available for select rehearsals, to be determined by the director, beginning Monday, Feb. 18. Performers must also be available for performances throughout the middle of April.

In this comedy, Shakespeare weaves together two ancient folk myths, one involving a vengeful, greedy Jewish creditor trying to exact a pound of flesh from a Christian over an unpaid debt, the other involving a marriage suitor's choice among three chests to win the hand of his beloved. How does one harmonize the Elizabethan anti-Semitic portrayal of Shylock with the fairy-tale romance of Portia and Bassanio, and then make this experience relevant and comedic to a contemporary audience?

For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, director of marketing at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or