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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

October 30, 2012 - 11:05am


CEDAR FALLS, IA -- A representative from the University of Northern Iowa presented alongside Iowa State University and University of Iowa on the statewide economic impact of the Regents universities to the Board of Regents during the Oct. 25 meeting on the University of Iowa campus.

Randy Pilkington, director of Business and Community Services at UNI, discussed the universities' outreach throughout all 99 Iowa counties, adding that nearly 10,000 jobs have been created or retained through local development efforts. Also mentioned was the revenue -- more than $105 million dollars -- that has been generated by Iowa businesses from technologies and inventions coming from the regents universities.

"The efforts put forth by the universities to promote business and community growth throughout the state are tremendous." Pilkington said. "UNI alone has engaged with thousands of businesses and communities across the state and provided uniquely tailored services to help them grow."

UNI has also been an advocate for entrepreneurship both on- and off-campus by aiding more than 300 startup businesses.  Many of these entrepreneurs have been served by the UNI Innovation Incubator and MyEntre.Net. Other startups are student-run businesses, including one that was co-created by the 2012 Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization's National Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

For an in-depth look at how UNI is enabling innovation across the state, visit

Business and Community Services is a division of the University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration. For more information, please visit

October 30, 2012 - 4:10pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six graduates from the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS) at the University of Northern Iowa will be inducted into the school's Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, in the UNI Commons.

The following alumni will be inducted this year:

-       Barbara Binley Bakker (M.A. '95) spent 24 years as a teacher and coach in the Dike-New Hartford School District. She has received numerous honors and awards for coaching and teaching health, and she led her volleyball teams to seven state championships. She is currently a faculty member in HPELS.

-       Donald L. Corrigan (M.A. '62) served as head wrestling coach at Purdue University, where he went on to earn his Ph.D. in exercise physiology, was a professor and head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology and worked as the director of the Adult Fitness program. He also was a founding member of the American College of Sports Medicine and served as an NCAA wrestling official.

-       William R. Hall (M.A. '56) earned his Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Iowa and worked as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Waucoma and Dubuque school districts. He was also the president of District No. 1 Elementary Principals Association of Iowa and director of the Institute for School Executives at the University of Iowa. Hall served for 24 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring at the rank of major.

-       Paul W. Kellerhals (M.A. '65) worked as a teacher and coach in Dike and Gladbrook and served as elementary principal in Dunkerton. He served for 34 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve. He also taught at the U.S. Army Reserve School and Korean Military Academy. He was a faculty member in military science at Iowa State University and Stephen F. Austin State University. He later went on to earn his Ed.D. from Auburn University.

-       John W. Kohl (B.S. '51) spent 47 years in the education profession and mentored more than 25 doctoral candidates. He taught in Iowa and Oregon, served as an instructor in the Division of Continuing Education for the University of Oregon and Portland State University, directed several programs at Pennsylvania State University, and served as assistant dean and dean of the College of Education at Montana State University. He completed his Ed.D. at the University of Oregon.

-       Dean W. Stoakes (B.A. '46) served as dean of students and principal in the Cedar Rapids School District. During his tenure, Cedar Rapids schools received national recognition for the inclusion of a required health course, as well as for additions to the curriculum for students with special needs. He earned his Ed.D. in secondary school education from the University of Colorado. Stoakes has also been superintendent of schools in Illinois, served as a lobbyist for high schools, worked as an educational consultant, and was a founder and board member of DuPage County Community College and DuPage County Occupational Training School.

Inductees are chosen using the following criteria: demonstrated mastery of their profession; significant contributions to their profession; demonstrated scholarly activity through publications and presentations related to their profession; positions held in professional organizations; and completion of at least 10 years of service to their profession.

UNI's School of HPELS has one of the oldest HPELS programs in the U.S., tracing its roots back to 1896 with the establishment of the Department of Physical Culture. Coursework in physical education dates back to 1878, two years after the opening of what was then known as the Iowa State Normal School.

The cost of the ceremony is $20. To make a reservation or for additional information, contact Carol Bean, at UNI's School of HPELS, at 319-273-2840 or


October 30, 2012 - 4:15pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Julie Husband, associate professor of languages and literatures at the University of Northern Iowa, will give a presentation "Embodying Equal Rights: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, 1868-1870," at noon, Monday, Nov. 5, 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.

Husband's talk will focus on Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, two of the main actors in the women's rights movement and black civil rights movement. The presentation will detail how the leaders responded to such threats as stereotypes in cartoons and popular literature of their time.

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

October 29, 2012 - 1:37pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its biannual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). This will be the 44th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991.

Three hundred and eighty students have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education program and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study. Rick Vanderwall, instructor in Department of Languages and Literatures, will deliver the convocation address. Becky Hawbaker, chair of the teacher education faculty, will present the candidates. Michael Licari, associate provost in academic affairs and dean of the graduate college, will grant the candidates admission to the teacher education program. The pinning and affirmation of candidates will be performed by Becky Hawbaker.

Parents of the candidates are invited to attend, along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the GBPAC lobby.

For more information, contact Kathy Oakland, instructor, at 319-273-2591 or

October 29, 2012 - 2:23pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Beginning in October 2009, the University of Northern Iowa Integrated Services Project (ISP) teamed up with the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) to develop a program on substance abuse and domestic violence. ISP is currently working with agencies to develop educational training and ideas for joint services against domestic violence and substance abuse.

The main goal of the project is to develop educational programming for agencies working with these women. "We must remember that domestic violence has a huge impact on the mental and physical health of women," noted Bill Downs, interim department head of social work at UNI. "That is why we need more projects like the ISP, for community agencies to work together and improve services for the women of Iowa."

The mission of ISP is to eliminate any discrimination in services to these women and to enhance their safety and sobriety.

For additional information, visit or contact Downs at 319-273-5911 or

October 25, 2012 - 10:45am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- When it comes to Halloween costumes, how sexy is too sexy? Annette Lynch, a professor in applied human sciences at the University of Northern Iowa, has researched costume and dress and the impacts on college students' and children's behaviors.

"The Halloween costuming worn on college campuses strongly reinforces a binary, male/female gender system, with women playing a hedonic role within a male controlled environment," said Annette Lynch.

Lynch indicates that apparel plays a large role not only in how individuals act, but in how society and peers view them as well.

"The development and marketing of 'adult' Halloween costumes has become a major business in the United States," said Lynch. "Female teen, tween and children's costuming has followed the gender-based trends we found in college student costuming, with very slight differences between costumes designated as 'adult' on costume websites and those designed and sold to tweens and young girls."

Lynch is also the director of UNI's Center for Violence Prevention, and is the author of numerous published works regarding gender, sexuality and popular culture.

For more information, contact Lynch at 319-830-7530 or

October 25, 2012 - 10:49am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new Stop & Serve program aims to provide University of Northern Iowa students more opportunities to volunteer and help their community. The program, sponsored by the Student Involvement Center, provides brief, on-campus volunteer opportunities.

The program's mission, "Everyone has five minutes to give," gives people the chance to work on service projects focused on a variety of social issues in the community, region and nation. Students can stop by for however long they want, with no time commitment required. Some examples of Stop & Serve projects include writing and decorating cards for nursing homes, packing food for animals at Cedar Bend Humane Society, and making hats for newborns at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

Stop & Serve events will be held this fall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, in the Maucker Union. A final fall semester Stop & Serve will take place at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 6.

UNI students also have the opportunity to be a part of Make A Difference Day on Oct. 27. Volunteers will participate in various community service projects in the Cedar Valley, such as a Cedar River clean-up, weatherization of Washington Chapel and cleaning Highway 20. Students wishing to participate may register on-line at

For more information on these events, visit or contact Steffoni Smith at 319-273-7422 or

October 25, 2012 - 10:56am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will premiere professor Francesca Soans' documentary film, "Sons of Jacob Synagogue," at 4 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The pioneering documentary explores the histories and experiences of the Jewish community in Waterloo, from the early immigrants seeking new opportunities and freedom from persecution to the present day. Weaving together archival footage, interviews, photographs and texts, the documentary creates a complex picture of the identity of a community and its connection to place.

The film is the first in a five-part documentary series, "Waterloo: A History of Place," produced and directed by Soans and Robert Neymeyer. The series aims to examine the history of Waterloo through community memories of different places. In addition to the synagogue, future episodes will look at a department store, a neighborhood, a factory and a movie theatre.

"Dr. Neymeyer and I picked these everyday places because these are the spaces in which we exist," said Soans. "It is our memory of these places that help shape our sense of who we are and that provide us with a sense of history. Most people are unaware of the role the Jewish community played in Waterloo's history or even that there is a significant Jewish community in the Midwest. Their stories reflect the experiences of many--the desire for a better life that prompted early migrations, the struggles and successes of different generations, the meaning of religion in a changing world, and the loss of the younger generation to outward migration from Iowa."

An original score was composed for the film by Rebecca Burkhardt, professor in the School of Music, and performed by School of Music faculty. Students from communication studies/electronic media also worked on the project.

The documentary received funding from a Humanities Iowa major grant and grants from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Soans at

October 25, 2012 - 11:04am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a master's program for physical education majors and teachers that can be completed entirely online. The 30-credit-hour cohort program, the only of its kind in the state of Iowa, will begin spring 2013 and will take five consecutive semesters to complete. Applications are now being accepted, with full consideration given for applications completed by Nov. 15.

The Master of Arts in Physical Education will link practice to theory in areas including motor learning/behavior, curriculum development, effective teaching and sport psychology for pre-K through high school physical education teachers and coaches. According to Fabio Fontana, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, this degree will improve teaching skills, help students who need classes in order to have their contracts continued, and can help improve salaries.

"We are excited to offer a program that will be accessible to individuals who live anywhere in the state - and beyond - and to work with professionals we would not necessarily work with otherwise," said Fontana.

Coursework is offered using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system which requires Internet access and Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system. During fall and spring semesters, courses are scheduled back-to-back in eight-week modules with meetings via Adobe Connect on select Monday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Summer sessions may meet more frequently through Adobe Connect.

The School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services has many qualified faculty who challenge students to excel in their courses. Fontana said the best practices for online teaching and advanced online teaching technology will be utilized.

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

October 23, 2012 - 11:22am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the sixth annual Polar Bare Run, Walk or Roll on Tuesday, Nov. 6, on the UNI campus. The event begins with check-in at the UNI Alumni House starting at 9 p.m. and the race begins at 9:30 p.m.

Participants wear new or gently used coats, hats, mittens and scarves to the event, then shed their winter gear before embarking on the one-mile course. Those unable to participate who wish to donate winter clothing items may bring donations to the event or drop them off at the UNI Alumni House. All clothing is donated to the Salvation Army.

The event is sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association and its student group, Connecting Alumni to Students (CATS). Registration is $5, and includes a T-shirt if registered before Oct. 25. Registration will be open until the day of the event.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Connie Hansen, assistant director of outreach and engagement, Office of Alumni Relations, at 319-273-3036 or

October 23, 2012 - 1:34pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Educational Leadership & Postsecondary Education is accepting applications through Nov. 15 for the Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency Program. Twenty percent of students in the past two superintendency cohort groups secured jobs requiring a superintendent's license before the program was over. Scheduled to begin in spring 2013, the program can be completed from a distance in two years by participating in eight courses and extensive internship experiences.

Offered in conjunction with UNI's Continuing & Distance Education, the program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a superintendent. More than 30 percent of new superintendents hired in Iowa over the past two years are UNI graduates. This performance-based program is unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes skill development while working with a mentor.

Many courses include an online component, and summer sessions may include some classes on the UNI campus. The program is organized as a cohort, where students will study with the same group of adult learners. Through this program, students may also be able to apply for the doctoral program and apply the units of credit toward the doctoral degree. Graduates from the program have access to a network of professionals who can help in the critical first years as a superintendent.

For more information about the Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency Program and additional offerings available through UNI Continuing & Distance Education at UNI, visit or call 319-273-7740 or 800-648-3864.

October 22, 2012 - 9:44am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Residence Hall Association (RHA) is giving students the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind pair of shoes while providing a pair of shoes to a child in need. Students will decorate their shoes from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 22, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus.

The event is a part of RHA's TOMS community service project. The project involved selling pairs of TOMS shoes to UNI students, which students will have the chance to decorate at the upcoming event. TOMS shoes then provides a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes sold. More than 448 people are participating in the program, so an equal number of shoes have been donated as a result.

The event was created by RHA's Social Justice and Sustainability committee, and was their first major community service project.

For additional information, contact Chavel Alley at 319-273-2552 or

October 19, 2012 - 4:22pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Donald Tong, commissioner for the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs Office, will speak at the UNIBusiness Global Trade Issues Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Tong is the highest-ranking official in the Hong Kong government stationed in the U.S.

As commissioner, Tong directs the Hong Kong government's efforts in promoting U.S.-Hong Kong economic and trade ties. He also oversees the work of the three Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices in Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco.

Prior to the appointment, Tong was deputy secretary for home affairs, responsible for policy formulation on a wide range of subjects, including development of social enterprise, promotion of civic education and human rights, legal aid, and religious and data privacy matters. He served as deputy director-general of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and also worked in the New Airport Projects Coordination Office. Tong was responsible for the organization of the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic equestrian events held in Hong Kong.

For more information, contact Christine Schrage, instructor of marketing, at 319-273-2126 or

October 18, 2012 - 4:12pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Discounted tickets have been announced for the upcoming Meat Loaf concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, at the McLeod Center. Tickets for bleacher seats are now $15, plus service fees. The performance is supported by The Isle and is in partnership with the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Maucker Union and UNI Athletics.

Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location (Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center or McLeod Center), online at or by phone at 319-273-4849. Tickets are still available for floor and side seating.

The concert is one of Meat Loaf's many stops across the nation as part of his Mad Mad World Tour in support of his newly released album, "Hell in a Handbasket." The singer-songwriter is perhaps best known for such tunes as "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" making him one of the top-selling recording artists of all time. His album, "Bat Out of Hell," has sold more than 43 million copies and his total album sales are in excess of 100 million.

For more information, contact Janelle Darst, marketing director for the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3676 or

October 18, 2012 - 4:28pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a new exhibit, "Fritz Hirschberger: Sur-Rational Paintings and The Fifth Horseman" from Monday, Oct. 29 through Tuesday, Nov. 27. A lecture by Jodi Elowitz titled "After Such Knowledge: The Sur-Rational Holocaust Paintings of Fritz Hirschberger" will be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. An opening reception will follow.

Elowitz is outreach coordinator for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, organizer of this traveling exhibition. The exhibition and lecture were organized by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, and funded by the UNI College of Humanities, Art and Sciences and the UNI Faculty Senate.

Fritz Hirschberger painted deeply layered, richly colored and angry evocations of Nazi barbarities. Expelled from Germany in 1938, Hirschberger fought in the Polish Army against the Nazis, survived a Soviet labor camp, and later fought against Rommel's forces in North Africa. Following the war, he studied art in London and New York where he began developing his skills; however, it was only after retirement in the 1980s that he began to truly concentrate on the horrors of World War II.

Drawing on European Renaissance, early 20th century German Expressionism, and medieval German Moritat traditions, Hirschberger filled his "Sur-Rational" and "Fifth Horseman" paintings with powerful and iconic imagery, many of which he paired with texts drawn from the works of Sylvia Plath, Alice Rogoff, and the testimonies of Holocaust survivors.

The UNI Gallery of Art will continue to present the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition titled "Masters at Mid-Century," which will run through Dec. 15.

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.

October 18, 2012 - 4:43pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) is partnering with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) to aid local school districts in promoting healthy foods.

Six school districts will participate in the new program: Decorah, Postville, Turkey Valley, South Winneshiek, Waukon and Cresco. The CEEE, along with FFI, will help these six pilot districts create a regional, cycle menu that includes seasonal, fresh produce. UNI's Jacqueline Bilyeu-Holmes, food program specialist for the CEEE, will serve as a nutrition outreach coordinator for the program.

The partnership hopes to make Iowa a place where residents experience and promote a healthy lifestyle, through the consumption of locally grown food and opportunities for physical activity. The CEEE and FFI believe that their work will make healthy choices accessible to all Iowans.

For more information, contact Bilyeu-Holmes at 319-273-7883.

October 17, 2012 - 2:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a series of events in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month from Monday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26. The activities will center around the Clothesline Project, an artistic visual representation of the pervasiveness of violence against women, the LGBTQ community and other marginalized populations.

Events include:

Monday, Oct. 22 and Tuesday, Oct. 23, T-shirt decorating for the Clothesline Project from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Maucker Union. Students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to decorate T-shirts with messages against violence. T-shirts will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, by the Campanile.

Monday, Oct. 22, Survivors of Domestic Violence panel, 6 p.m., Sabin Hall, Room 002. Hosted by Seeds of Hope, the panel provides the opportunity to learn about domestic violence from survivors themselves.

Thursday, Oct. 25, Shine the Light on Violence Against Women, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sabin Hall, Room 002. The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about domestic violence and violence prevention, and will feature speakers from UNI's Center for Violence Prevention, Seeds of Hope and Cedar Valley Friends of the Family. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight to help "shine the light" on violence against women while viewing all the completed T-shirts at the end of the event.

Feminist Action League is hosting a donation drive to benefit survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  New bras, underwear, socks, sweatpants and T-shirts will be collected to donate to the Cedar Valley Friends of the Family in Waverly, an organization which aims to provide safe, confidential services to those affected by homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault through advocacy, housing assistance and crisis services.

Donations can be dropped off in the women's and gender studies office, Sabin Hall, Room 225, throughout the month or given at the T-shirt decorating in Maucker Union, the T-shirt display by the Campanile or at the Shine the Light on Violence Against Women event. Donation boxes will also be located in Maucker Union, the 23rd Street Market and in the residence halls from Oct. 22 to 26.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or

October 17, 2012 - 3:55pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Claudia Covert, librarian at the Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), will present her lecture, "Bedazzled: World War I Dazzle Ship Camouflage" at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the University of Northern Iowa's Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. The lecture will be followed by a reception and hallway exhibition.

The lecture is a richly illustrated presentation on the bizarre, colorful camouflage patterns applied to Allied ships in World War I. RISD has a collection of 455 color lithographic plans of "dazzle camouflage" ship designs, which Covert has researched. She will present some of her findings during her presentation.

The event is free and open to the public, and participants are encouraged to show up in costume, as part of Halloween festivities. For more information, contact Roy R. Behrens, professor of art, at

October 16, 2012 - 11:09am


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society (ACS) students will host their annual "Halloween House" from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend this year's event.

The Halloween House is made up of nine themed rooms including the Anthracene Circus, the Devil's Den and Frankenstein's Lab. Each room will host various Halloween-themed demonstrations, including hands-on activities, such as making pretend snot in the Grossology Lab.

"The Halloween House is a fun way to introduce children and the community to real world science," said Bill Harwood, department head and professor in UNI's Department of Chemistry. "Our students work hard to create all of these demonstrations and hands-on activities. In the process, our students learn a lot about how to make all this happen safely and professionally. They also have a great time!"

The event is free and open to the public. It's held in conjunction with National Chemistry Week and is a program of the ACS, which is designed to reach the public with a positive message about chemistry.

For more information, contact Harwood at 319-273-7127 or