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February 11, 2015 - 9:57am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Are we alone in the universe? Does Mars have life near the surface? Attend the 2015 Leland Wilson Endowed Chemistry Lecture at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, if you have ever been curious about these questions. Shawn Domagal-Goldman will give his presentation, "The Scientific Search for Life on Planets Near and Far," in Lantz Auditorium in McCollum Science Hall.

Domagal-Goldman is a research space scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He will discuss the question that humans have wondered about for ages, are we really alone in this universe? A direct search for life has rarely been undertaken. The next generation of space science missions will approach this question directly with the scientific method.

For more information, contact Laura Strauss, department head and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-2052 or laura.strauss@uni.edu

February 10, 2015 - 11:51am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host UNI Day at the Statehouse from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16, at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. The event will highlight UNI programs and inform legislators about the impact UNI has on the state.

"Last year's event was such a great success," said Mary Braun, UNI state relations officer. "I was happy to see such a great turnout in faculty, students and alumni. It really drove home to legislators how important UNI is to families, schools and businesses of Iowa. I expect this year to be even better, featuring more programs and numerous alumni expressing an interest in attending and advocating on our behalf."

UNI students, faculty and staff will showcase interactive displays highlighting various UNI programs, departments and organizations. This year's event will feature a string trio performance from the School of Music, and TC, UNI's mascot, will be available for photographs.  

For more information, contact Braun at 319-273-6144 or mary.braun@uni.edu

February 9, 2015 - 10:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa –The documentary "Terms and Conditions May Apply" will be shown at 7 p.m. followed by a discussion, Monday, Feb. 23., in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), as part of the Reaching for Higher Ground Film and Discussion series. The documentary exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage and what, if anything, can be done about it.

Throughout the film, there are multiple criticisms against large companies such as Google, Facebook and LinkedIn for having confusing and misleading privacy policies. Many lessons can be learned from this film, warning individuals about the risk of clicking "I Agree" without reading the terms of service.

The mission of the Reaching for Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. The theme for this year's series is Media and Social Media: A Networked Society.

The Reaching for Higher Ground Film and Discussion series is co-sponsored by the UNI CME and Rod Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu

February 9, 2015 - 3:43pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library is the new home to four donated paintings. Edna Shain of Vinton has given four art pieces, collectively titled "The Four Seasons," to the Rod Library to be displayed on the ground floor adjacent to the UNI Museum. The paintings are by the late Iowa artist Robert Tabor and were created in 1952. Tabor was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) muralist, and one of his murals still hangs in the lobby of the U.S. Post Office in Independence.

Shain is a retired insurance company executive who used to be the owner of Lane Insurance Company in Independence, where the paintings used to be displayed. She chose to display the paintings at UNI because she knew they would be cared for while still remaining available to the public.

"These Depression-era artworks are important reminders of Iowa's past," said Roy Behrens, professor of art at UNI. "When I was younger, I saw these almost daily, so I couldn’t be more pleased that Edna has given them to the Rod Library, where they can be both preserved and shared with the public."

For more information, contact Angela Pratesi, fine and performing arts librarian, at 319-273-6257 or angela.pratesi@uni.edu.

 

February 6, 2015 - 1:37pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Accounting students at the University of Northern Iowa are providing free income tax assistance again this year through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program is available Monday and Wednesday nights from Feb. 9 through April 8, excluding March 16 and 18 of spring break week. Foreign students and scholars will be served beginning Monday, March 9. Sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Curris Business Building, Room 223. No appointment is necessary. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and taxpayers are encouraged to arrive early to allow students sufficient time to complete returns. A limited number of returns will be completed each night.

VITA was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help low-income taxpayers who may find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. The program also provides accounting students an experiential learning opportunity as they work with taxpayers.

Students will be available to electronically prepare and e-file federal and Iowa tax returns for eligible taxpayers. Accounting students have completed a one-semester comprehensive tax course, plus additional training for IRS certification, and have access to a variety of federal and state reference materials.

Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring Social Security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents; valid photo identification; a copy of last year's tax returns; Form W-2, "wage and tax statement," from each employer; Forms 1099, for such things as interest, dividends or retirement payments; a list of other income and expenses; Form 1098-E, student loan interest statement; Form 1098-T, tuition payment statement and institution billing statement; banking information for automatic deposit of refund; and all other information pertinent to their 2014 tax return. New for this year, clients will also be asked about health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents. If the insurance is from the Health Insurance Marketplace, please bring a Form 1095-A statement.

For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 319-273-2394.

February 5, 2015 - 9:58am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn will host "Beers to You and Gourmet Too," a beer and gourmet food tasting, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

This fundraiser supports programming for the 2015-16 season, including general programming and the Kaleidoscope Series.

Tasting will begin at 4 p.m. More than 60 different kinds of beer provided by Fahr Beverage will be available for sampling. The tasting features restaurants and businesses in the Cedar Valley that bring in food to pair with beer samples. Participating restaurants compete to achieve the finest pairing of food and their chosen beer during this event. More than 17 home brewers from around the area will also be showcasing their beer. A list of participating restaurants and beer providers can be found at www.gbpac.com/beerstoyou.

Prior to the tasting, featured guest George F. Reisch, head brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch, Inc., will speak at 3 p.m. Reisch is a fifth-generation brewmaster by trade. The family brewery, Reisch Brewing Co., was in operation from 1849 to 1966. Reisch has crossed the globe on brewing-related projects during his tenure at Anheuser-Busch, becoming a true beer ambassador. He has also hosted hundreds of "Brewmaster Dinners" and taught hundreds of brewing schools.

Tickets for this event are $40 in advance or $45 at the door, if tickets are still available. They can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com/beerstoyou or by phone at 319-273-4849. For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

February 5, 2015 - 10:06am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Career Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in the McLeod Center. More than 120 employers, organizations and nonprofits will be there to network with UNI students and alumni, as well as discuss internships and full-time jobs. Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume to share with company and organization representatives.

"The UNI Career Fair has launched numerous careers over the years. The event is highly regarded, as employers love to work with the UNI community," said Matt Nuese, associate director of Career Services. "As a team connecting students to a career, we like the event because it's a kickoff to the recruiting season!"

The Career Fair is organized and sponsored by Career Services. For more information about the Career Fair, to search the online database of employers or to submit your resume for critique, visit www.uni.edu/careerservices.

Registration is not required for participation. For more information, contact Sarah Goblirsch, assistant director of employer relations for Career Services, at 319-273-2084 or sarah.goblirsch@uni.edu.

February 5, 2015 - 2:53pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Black Student Union will hold numerous events throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month.

Some highlights include:

- Step Afrika is a professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. It is one of the top 10 African-American dance companies in the United States and will perform at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Lang Hall Auditorium.

- The Tunnel of Oppression will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Lang Hall basement classrooms. Each room will show a reenactment of modern-day oppression of African-Americans, such as racial profiling and displays in the media.

- From 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, the Wesley Foundation Center will show the movie "Soul Food" and also serve soul food for dinner, while supplies last. The menu includes fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, barbecue beef ribs, barbecue pork ribs, collard greens, peach cobbler, sweet tea and more.

- The "I Will Not Die Young" campaign, which raises awareness about violence against black males and how to stop it, will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the second floor lobby of the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center.

- "Chillin Da Conscious Poet" will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall. Individuals will perform spoken word and allow other poets to perform also.

- "Black In Style Fashion Extravaganza" will be held Friday, Feb. 27, in Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. A paparazzi pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the fashion show at 8 p.m. This event is in collaboration with the UNI Textiles and Apparel Program. The show will feature more than four up-and-coming designers as well as showcase local, privately owned clothing store merchandise provided by Infiniti Enterprises.

All events are open to the public and free for UNI students, faculty and staff. For more information on any of the events, contact Juana Hollingsworth, co-president of UNI's Black Student Union, at hollijaa.uni.edu.

February 4, 2015 - 2:13pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Theatre Thursday is a gathering of UNI theatre students, faculty, staff, Friends of Theatre UNI members, alumni and local theatre practitioners/enthusiasts after the opening night performance of Theatre UNI productions. The next event will be held following the 7:30 p.m. performance of "Avenue Q" on Thursday, Feb. 26.

A reception of recognition, celebration, release and engagement will be held. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.

The event will be held in the Bertha Martin Theatre located in Strayer-Wood Theatre. For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director of Theatre UNI, at 319-273-6833 or eric.lange@uni.edu

February 3, 2015 - 9:09am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The seventh annual Darwin Week will be held on the University of Northern Iowa campus Monday, Feb. 9 through Thursday, Feb. 12. The annual event celebrates science through a series of faculty and visiting speakers. All activities are held in the Center for Multicultural Education in Maucker Union and are free and open to the public.

Each day will feature a different theme, including science, skepticism, diversity and religion. Throughout the week a variety of speakers will present on these topics. Some of the speakers include Tyler O'Brien, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology; Doug Shaw, professor of mathematics; Deb Gallagher, professor of special education; and Martha Reineke, professor of philosophy and world religions.

The event is hosted by University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI), a student organization for skeptics, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers. The group is dedicated to the community, intellectual engagement, activism and service.

For a complete schedule of speakers, visit www.darwinweek.com. 

February 3, 2015 - 9:16am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) has been named one of the 25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers.

The GBPAC was ranked No. 10 on the list, which was created by College Degree Search, an online service that provides degree information, college planning help, job search assistance and student finance information. The authors cited the GBPAC's state-of-the-art amenities, flexible rehearsal and recital spaces and the $500,000 38-rank tracker organ as some of its best features.

"We're very pleased to have reached number 10, as we're in good company with many other extraordinary performing arts centers," said Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager of the GBPAC. "More than anything, we attribute the community for coming together to build such an incredible facility. The support and pride that's been shown through social media indicates why this performing arts center was built here and why it continues to receive recognition. Moving into the 15th season, we couldn't be more pleased to have such support from the community."

For more information about the GBPAC, visit www.gbpac.com or contact Argotsinger at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu. The full ranking list can be viewed at http://www.collegedegreesearch.net/campus-arts-centers/.

February 3, 2015 - 9:23am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kevin Hansen, author of the bestselling "Secret Regrets" book series and founder of the Secret Regrets website, will visit the University of Northern Iowa to present "Secret Regrets: You're Not Alone" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Attendees will have the option to anonymously share their regrets, as well as hear secret regrets from others who attend.

In Hansen's first book, "Secret Regrets: What if you had a Second Chance?," hundreds of people share their deepest regrets in life, along with how sharing those regrets has helped with healing. The same theme follows in his second book, "Secret Regrets Volume 2: Moving Past your Past." Hansen's work has been featured on the Dr. Phil Show as well as other media outlets, such as Cosmopolitan, CNN and Psychology Today. He also writes feature articles for The Huffington Post.

Visit www.secretregrets.com to post an anonymous regret or to read others' regrets. For more information on Hansen's presentation, contact Mark Rowe-Barth, associate director of student wellness, at 319-273-3423 or mark.rowe-barth@uni.edu.

February 3, 2015 - 2:56pm

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

"Film Appreciation: A Brief Study of Stanley Kubrick" will be lead by David O'Shields, instructor of communication studies, from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, at the Windcove, Western Home Communities. Participants will spend four weeks being introduced to Stanley Kubrick, followed by screenings and discussion of three Kubrick films.

"Square One Bible Course" will be led by Sally Baker, who has 15 years of experience teaching this course. It will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 18 and 25, and March 4, 11, 18 and 25, at Windcove, Western Home Communities. This course will provide timelines, people lists and helpful summaries of events and discussions of important Biblical themes.

"Survey: Cinema of the 1970s" will also be led by David O'Shields, instructor of communication studies, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, at Windcove,Western Home Communities. This course will include a screening and discussion of four different films.

"Digital Photographs, Archives and Memory Books" will be led by Bettina Fabos, associate professor of communication studies, from noon to 2 p.m., March 4, 11, 25 and April 1, at the UNI Rod Library in Room 286. Participants will learn about the rise of early 19th and 20th century photography and learn to explore the digital archiving movement. Participants will also learn how to scan their own family photographs at high resolution, edit these images in Photoshop and build memory books.

"A Study in Sherlock: An Elementary Introduction" will be led by Hal Wohl, emeritus professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, and May 5, at Windcove,Western Home Communities. Participants will learn about the characters of Sherlock Holmes and how they made him the most written about literature figure in history.

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

February 2, 2015 - 10:31am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Museum will partner with the UNI geography department to host "Canada's Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving," Feb. 5 through early April 2015. This exhibit is a traveling photographic exhibition developed by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

This exhibit offers a perspective on Canada's vibrant North, its thriving Native cultures and the balance of traditional life, modern conveniences, and economic and environmental sustainability. A select amount of UNI Museum's collection of Arctic artifacts will be on display in addition to photographs.

On the morning of Monday, March 9, in conjunction with the exhibition, UNI Museum, along with the UNI geography department and the Consulate General of Canada, will host a symposium on Arctic exploration, sustainability and governance. The symposium will be open to the public.

The museum is located on the first floor of the Rod Library. The exhibition will be open 7 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays; noon to midnight on Saturdays; and self-guided tours on Sundays.

The Consulate General of Canada is sponsoring the exhibit. For more information, contact Jessica Cruz, exhibit preparator, at 319-273-2495 or Jessica.cruz@uni.edu

February 2, 2015 - 4:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program had 36 students attend the Alliance Management Institute Jan. 4 through 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The students won five awards for their research presentations.

Award winners are as follows:
1st Place Graduate Research: Students’ Perception of Fundraising through Personal Solicitation presented by Somtochukwu "Stanley" Ebede, Cedar Falls; Jon Klein, Pella; and Erin Brown, West Des Moines.
2nd Place Graduate Research: Effective Mission Messaging in Nonprofit Organizations: A Content Analysis presented by Kristina Kofoot, Bode; Eric Eastman, Cedar Falls; and Caitlin Himmelsbach, Cedar Rapids.
3rd Place Graduate Research: Going Viral: A Case Study of Lessons Learned from the ALS Foundation and the Ice Bucket Challenge presented by Shannon Betzer, Central City; Katelyn Blake, Walnut; and Sydney Boyle, Dexter.
1st Place Undergraduate Research: The Role of Special Events in Raising Contributions and Awareness for Nonprofit Organizations presented by Kaitlyn Kelly, Mount Pleasant; Marcus Dunford, Cedar Rapids; and Grace Fennelly, Bettendorf.
3rd Place Undergraduate Research: Social Media: Has it impacted organizations or not? presented by Esther Vuong, West Des Moines; Tessa Clark, Fairfax; Allie Brown, West Des Moines; and Liz Sefrin.

The Alliance Management Institute is a capstone experience for students seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. The purpose of the conference is to expose students to a vibrant learning experience that promotes best practices, innovative thinking and awareness of the full scope of the nonprofit sector. Receiving five awards at the national conference validates students’ work and their research efforts.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national certification program that exists to strengthen the leadership of the social sector and to sustain the ability of nonprofits to fulfill their missions with a talented and prepared workforce.

For more information, contact Julianne Gassman, director of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, at julianne.gassman@uni.edu or 319-273-2204.

January 29, 2015 - 3:37pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the fourth annual Conference on African-American Children and Families from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in the Schindler Education Center (SEC).

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 life for children and families. The keynote speaker for the event is Patricia Russell-McCloud, bestselling author of "A is for Attitude."

A pre-conference will take place from 4:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in the SEC. 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 events are open to the public; registration is free for UNI students and faculty. For more information or to register, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/aac/ or contact Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction and coordinator of the African-American Children and Families Conference, at 319-273-2007 or gloria.holmes@uni.edu.

January 29, 2015 - 4:51pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Dream Big Grow Here business grant program deadline has been extended until Feb. 13. The initiative, a program of the UNI Regional Business Center, provides an opportunity for current Iowa businesses or startups to earn up to $15,000 in grants.

The contest starts with six industry specific grant contests, where the winners will receive $5,000.  Each of those winners then get the chance to pitch at the statewide EntreFEST conference in May to receive an additional $10,000.

The program, now in its fifth year, has won numerous national economic development awards for its innovative approach to helping Iowa businesses start or grow. For additional information or to apply, visit DreamBigGrowHere.com. Dream Big Grow Here is an initiative of the University of Northern Iowa Business & Community Services division and is supported by a variety of statewide sponsors, including Renew Rural Iowa, VentureNet Iowa, Iowa Bankers Association, Veridian Credit Union, and IASourceLink.

January 28, 2015 - 8:59am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI School of Music will present a winter opera performance of "The Merry Wives of Windsor." The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7 in Bengston Auditorium in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. A Sunday matinee performance will also be offered at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8. These performances will feature the UNI Opera Ensemble under the direction of Mitra Sadeghpour and Korey Barrett, vocal coach, and will feature the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra led by Rebecca Burkhardt. Scene from opera "The Merry Wives of Windsor"

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" was written by Otto Nicolai, is based on the play by William Shakespeare and adapted by Hermann Von Mosenthal. These performances will feature the full production and is a collaboration of theatre, dance and music students.

To purchase tickets, call 319-273-4TIX or visit www.uni.edu/tickets. For more information about this event or other School of Music events, call 319-273-2028 or visit www.uni.edu/music. 

January 28, 2015 - 8:42am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association Panther Tours will feature a leadership retreat to Cape Town, South Africa, in May 2015. An informational meeting about the trip will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Large Meeting Room at the Cedar Falls Public Library.

The trip, which runs from May 11 through 18, will be led by Ronelle Langley, a Cedar Falls-based executive coach who was born in South Africa. Langley also is an instructor in management in UNI's College of Business Administration, teaching organizational management and taking groups of students to South Africa each year as part of that course. This trip for business professionals will include some interaction with this year's class while in South Africa.

Those on this leadership retreat will also experience The Short Walk to Freedom and a rare, up-close look at Robben Island, where former South Africa President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. This experience is part of a one-of-a-kind, three-day transformative leadership workshop for participants and will be followed by a two-day safari for a close encounter with African wildlife. During the final days in Cape Town, participants will join UNI students for some sightseeing, including a trip to Table Mountain and a service-learning project.

If you cannot attend the information meeting on Feb. 10, contact Lisa O'Neill in the UNI Alumni Association at 319-273-3032, Brady Gruhn at Lighthouse Travel at 319-427-2060 or Langley at 319-830-4041. To learn more about this and other Panther Tours, visit www.unialum.org/alumni-travel.

January 28, 2015 - 10:02am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will host comedian Adam DeVine at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28.

DeVine, who was born in Waterloo, is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. He is best known as a co-creator, writer and star of the hit Comedy Central show "Workaholics." He also starred in the Universal comedy "Pitch Perfect," which follows the competitive world of collegiate a cappella. His sketch-comedy group, Mail Order Comedy, has headlined sold-out shows across the nation.

Ticket prices range from $23 to $29 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com/adamdevine/ or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

 

January 27, 2015 - 8:49am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lisa Jepsen, associate professor of economics, will present her lecture "Women and Law School" at noon, Monday, Feb. 2, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Room 109A, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. Jepsen will discuss what influences success in a student's first year of law school and how race and gender play a role.

CROW Forums not only build community among people interested in women's and gender issues, but they also allow UNI faculty to share their research with campus and the wider community. Presentations are held at noon the first Monday of each month. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information or a complete list of events, visit www.uni.edu/womenstudies/current-research-women-gender-crow-forum or contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu.

January 27, 2015 - 10:51am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, at 8106 Jennings Dr., to highlight its new solar array.

New solar array at CEEEThe open house will include tours of the solar array, details about federal and state incentives and information for installing your own solar system. Members of the Cedar Prairie Sierra Club and the individuals and companies that supported the installation will also be recognized.

The CEEE's system was recently upgraded from 900 to 1500 Watts with new PV panels and micro-inverters, and it demonstrates reductions in solar cost and advances in technology. The cost of the original 900 Watt inverter and panels was $7,250, while the new system cost $2,531. Power production information from the solar array can be found at www.enphase.com by clicking on "Enlighten Login" and using the email address higby@uni.edu and password ceee2015pv.

Pat Higby, CEEE energy education and outreach coordinator, is excited to use the new system as a tool for sharing the advantages of solar energy. "This new system allows us to showcase how easy solar systems are to install and maintain," she said.

For more information, contact Higby at 319-273-6012 or pat.higby@uni.edu

January 20, 2015 - 9:41am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Educational Psychology and Foundation's Development team, the College of Education (COE) Diversity Committee and the Women's and Gender Studies Program will host a film screening of the movie "I Am Eleven" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the College Square Theatre. Tickets for the movie are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance. The 94-minute film is appropriate for middle school and upper elementary school students, although some subjects may be upsetting for a younger audience. Tickets can be ordered at http://gathr.us/screening/9700.

The film is a documentary that follows 11-year-olds from all around the world. They share their life experiences, such as bullying and suicidal thoughts, discrimination for not being native where they live and their thoughts on their passions and pastimes, as well as other things that make them happy. Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey spent six years traveling the world to conduct interviews with all of the 11-year-old participants to create the film.

Suzanne Freedman, professor of educational psychology and foundations at UNI, said, "Viewers will be able to get a glimpse of what it is like to be 11 years old with the added bonus of viewing this transitional age, between childhood and adolescence, in diverse parts of the world."

For more information, contact Freedman at 319-273-2483 or freedman@uni.edu.

January 15, 2015 - 8:52am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's Reaching for Higher Ground series will continue in the spring semester with a film and discussion series. The film "Rise of the Drones" will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). A discussion of the film will follow.

"Rise of the Drones" will explore the secret world of drones and how they are used today. Drone engineers and those who fly them for the U.S. military give viewers a rare look at the amazing technology that makes drones so powerful. The film also evaluates how drones are changing our relationships to war and surveillance, which is only the beginning of the incredible things they can do.

The mission of the Reaching for Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. The theme for this year's series is Media and Social Media: A Networked Society.

This event is co-sponsored by the CME and UNI Rod Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

 

January 15, 2015 - 9:52am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Tim Wise, acclaimed anti-racist essayist, educator and author, will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, in the Great Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Wise is the author of six books and has contributed essays to more than 25 additional books. He is internationally renowned for his knowledge on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and race in the labor market. He received the 2001 British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues and has contributed writings to many popular, professional and scholarly journals. He has spoken in 49 states and on more than 600 college campuses.

While on campus, Wise will also participate in an informal discussion on addressing racial inequities at 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) located in Maucker Union.

Wise is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, where he received anti-racism training from the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. Wise's visit is jointly sponsored by graduate students in the UNI Department of Social Work, Reaching for Higher Ground and the Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism, with funding from the Northern Iowa Student Government, Department of Social Work and Diversity Matters.  

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/cme or contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a branch of the New York Public Library, will visit the University of Northern Iowa to present a lecture on "Blacks and Society in Urban America." He will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

Muhammad will lecture on his book, "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America," which discusses the emergence of the deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals in contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants. He will discuss the role of the social sciences in shaping and sanctifying racial data.

Muhammad will also host an informal book discussion at 3 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host "Elect Her-Campus Women Win" from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union. Campus Women Win is a national program to encourage and train college women to run for student government and political office. UNI is one of 50 institutions nationwide chosen to host the event and is the first and only school in Iowa to be selected.

The program is a collaborative effort between the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start. AAUW is an organization that works to empower women as individuals and improve lives. Running Start has the same idea, while also teaching women about politics earlier in life. During the training, participants will practice hands-on campaign skills, hear from speakers and discuss research on women in government.

Financial support for the event is provided by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Training is free for students and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, visit www.pantherwomenwin.eventbrite.com or contact Rachel Gregory, student liaison of Campus Women Win, at gregoryr@uni.edu.

January 14, 2015 - 2:26pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will welcome Heather Hackman, who has taught and trained on social justice issues since 1992, as the guest speaker for the seventh annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity hosted by UNI's Diversity Council. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Commons Ballroom. A Diversity Fair will take place prior to the town hall meeting from 1:30 to 2 p.m. UNI faculty, staff and students will be honored with the Diversity Matters Award following the Town Hall. This award is presented annually in recognition of dedication and service to UNI in advancement of its diversity-related goals.

In 2005, Hackman founded Hackman Consulting in Minneapolis, and provides national training and consulting in the areas of deep diversity, equity and social justice. Prior to 2005, she was tenured professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Hackman has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia and classism. She has conducted research and made presentations in the areas of climate change and its intersections with race, class and gender.

For more information, contact Gwenne Berry, associate director of Compliance and Equity Management, at 319-273-2846 or gwenne.berry@uni.edu, or visit UNI's Diversity Matters website at www.uni.edu/diversity/. 

January 13, 2015 - 3:27pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Science Education faculty have received a three-year grant from the Iowa Department of Education Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program to fund their Integrating Crosscutting Concepts in Iowa Science Classrooms (ICCISC) project.

The professional development program helps teachers integrate crosscutting concepts into the development and implementation of standards-based science curricula using research-based instruction that addresses the Iowa Core and prepares students in science and other STEM-related fields. A cohort of 24 secondary science teachers from across the state of Iowa were selected to begin participation in the program during the summer of 2014. These teachers will develop, revise and implement instructional units in their science classrooms in collaboration with UNI science education faculty, Area Education Agency (AEA) science consultants and master high school science teachers. In years two and three, 24 additional teachers will be added to the program.

For more information about the program, contact project investigators Lawrence Escalada, chair of UNI Science Education and professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or lawrence.escalada@uni.edu, or Sarah Boesdorfer, assistant professor of chemical education, at 273-7146 or sarah.boesdorfer@uni.edu.

January 13, 2015 - 3:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI faculty Carole Yates, program manager for the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, and Jack Yates, professor of psychology, have completed work on the grant project "Rural Voices for Climate Action." Their work consisted of determining the best ways to talk with rural audiences about the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations on carbon pollution for existing coal plants, which came out in June 2014.

The project was a partnership with the Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA) in Nebraska and Iowa Interfaith Power and Light (IIPL). It was funded by RE-AMP, a consortium of nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on climate change and energy policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Focus groups were conducted in Grundy Center, Mason City and Jefferson. Participants included professionals from schools, farms, extension services, city administration, crop insurance agencies and social services. The study found that when talking about climate change, it is important to stay positive and focus on what can be done instead of debating or arguing. The Yates also learned that while many people are aware that coal has health consequences, few are aware of how far those consequences reach. They suggest emphasizing the fact that fossil fuel pollution from plants in western Iowa reach across the state.

"Climate change is affecting Iowa farmers, and this project was an effort to get their views on climate change and encourage them to let their voices be heard," said Carole Yates.

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

January 12, 2015 - 3:11pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Danielle Allen, a UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will visit the University of Northern Iowa Monday, Jan., 19, for two presentations. She will first hold a discussion on her book "Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality" at 3 p.m. at the Center for Multicultural Education and then present a lecture titled "Our Declaration and the King Legacy" at 7 p.m. in Lang Auditorium.Danielle Allen

Allen is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology and the history of political thought. She is widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America. Allen has written multiple books and is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship. She earned her A.B. from Princeton, Ph.D. from Cambridge and a Ph.D. from Harvard. Allen has been appointed to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as a professor in the government department and to Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, as its director.

For more information on the book discussion or lecture, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

January 12, 2015 - 2:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The award winning Dream Big Grow Here business grant contest is back. The initiative, a program of the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center, provides an opportunity for current Iowa businesses or individuals dreaming of starting a business to win up to $15,000.

The contest starts with six industry-specific grant contests, where the winners will receive $5,000. Each of those winners then has a chance to pitch their business at the statewide EntreFest conference in May, where the winner will receive an additional $10,000.

"We are excited at the changes we’ve made to the program this year," says program manager Rob Williams.  "We've been hard at work expanding the contests to cover the entire state, and improve the entry process to ensure that every entrant will see significant value in participating in this year’s program- regardless of whether they end up receiving one of the business grants."

The program, now in its fifth year, has won numerous national economic development awards for its innovative approach to helping Iowa businesses start or grow. For additional information or to apply, visit DreamBigGrowHere.com. Dream Big Grow Here is an initiative of the UNI  Business & Community Services division and is supported by a variety of statewide sponsors, including Renew Rural Iowa, VentureNet Iowa, IASourceLink, Iowa Bankers Association, and Veridian Credit Union.

January 12, 2015 - 3:21pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Good vibrations will abound as The Beach Boys perform at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12.

Known for their distinct harmonies and California feel, The Beach Boys are giants of American music. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, named Rolling Stone Magazine's Band of the Year and have won numerous Grammy Awards. Audience members are invited to sit back and feel the sun as The Beach Boys go back in time with hits like "California Girls," "Help Me Rhonda," "I Get Around" and "Surfin' USA."

Ticket prices range from $45 to $75 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com/thebeachboys/ or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu

January 8, 2015 - 1:58pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Broadway musical "Sister Act" will be performed at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8.

"Sister Act" tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would look - a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the power of friendship, "Sister Act" is a reason to rejoice.

Ticket prices range from $33 to $53 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com/sisteract or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "DRAWN TOGETHER: Dialog Human 2015 by Priscilla Steele and Thomas C. Jackson" from Monday, Jan. 12 through Saturday, Feb. 28. Artists Steele and Jackson will present a gallery talk at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Kamerick Art Building, which will be followed by an opening reception in the south lobby.

In recent years, Steele and Jackson have collaborated on exhibitions of figurative-based artworks. According to the artists, "Merely drawing – rendering the figure – is simply not enough. Rather, using the figure as a vehicle for visual, expressive and conceptual goals is paramount. The contrasts and commonalities between our work speak directly to the potential of aesthetic interpretation of the figure."

These bodies of work are not static. They move from reality to abstraction and back again, from near photo realism to expressionism, from no color to multicolor, from depicting one moment in time to multiple moments in time, from a solitary figure to connecting figures with other imagery and words that provoke thought about social issues. This latest exhibition at UNI also highlights the remarkable variety of media used, including charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolor, oil, intaglio, photography and installation.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 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. 19 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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

January 7, 2015 - 9:41am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has received the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from The Carnegie Foundation. UNI was one of the original 62 U.S. colleges and universities selected by The Carnegie Foundation back in 2006 to be honored for an institutional focus on community engagement.Carnegie Foundation seal

The application for this elective classification involved data collection and documentation of UNI's excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support community engagement.

UNI is now one of 361 institutions nationwide that hold the Community Engagement Classification. This classification will be upheld until 2025, at which time the university can reapply for the designation.

"Community engagement is a critical component of the core fabric of the University of Northern Iowa," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "We embrace and are dedicated to providing transformative learning experiences that engage students with real-world community engagement teaching and learning opportunities. It's evident that UNI faculty, staff and students have a distinct passion and commitment to community engagement efforts."

This good news follows last month's announcement that UNI has been named to the President's National Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth year. UNI was one of just a few schools to be named to the honor roll in three different areas: general community service, economic opportunity and education.

For more information on The Carnegie Foundation or the Community Engagement Classification, visit www.nerche.org, or contact Pat Geadelmann, special assistant to the president for board and governmental relations, at 319-273-6144 or patricia.geadelmann@uni.edu.

January 5, 2015 - 10:19am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform "Romeo and Juliet" at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25.

The timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet comes to life in this full-length piece based on Shakespeare's tragic love story. Featuring the majesty of a huge corps de ballet and soaring music by Tchaikovsky, the feuding families and doomed couple come to life on stage. Led by founder and artistic director Elena Radchenko, Russian National Ballet Theatre is classical ballet at its best.

Ticket prices range from $21 to $41 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com/romeoandjuliet/ or by phone at 319-273-4849. The GBPAC also has $1 tickets for children and students through high school.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

 

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth year. UNI was one of just a few schools to be named to the honor roll in three different areas: general community service, economic opportunity and education.

UNI has been named to the honor roll since 2008. Honorees are chosen based on a series of factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses and measurable community outcomes.

During the 2012-13 academic year, UNI students provided 563,889 hours of community service; faculty and staff contributed an additional 27,989 hours. Projects included events to raise awareness and funds to combat Alzheimer's, programs in nursing and assisted living centers, tutoring and mentoring children in area schools, establishing community gardens and promoting local foods, providing assistance to small businesses and developing arts education materials for schools.

The honor roll is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, the Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.

CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and Volunteer General Fund, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Through the agency's Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program, CNCS gives educational institutions access to tens of thousands of AmeriCorps alumni with millions of dollars in Segal Education Awards for tuition and fees. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – For the third year in a row, the University of Northern Iowa was ranked in the top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance for 2015.

The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. UNI is No. 86 on the 2015 list thanks to its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, low sticker price and overall great value.

Nearly $20 million in scholarship money will be given to UNI students during this year. And, when UNI students graduate, they owe less money than students who graduate from any four-year public institution in Iowa.

"We salute this year's top schools," said Janey Bodner, editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. "Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today's economy, which is why Kiplinger's rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds."

The full list of schools can be found at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) hosted a Military Science Award Ceremony on Dec. 10 at the AMVETS Post 49 in Cedar Falls. Men and women were recognized for their academic, physical training and leadership excellence, and their dedication to the core values of Army ROTC.

Cadets Lucas Tener (North Liberty), Cameron Griffith (Ankeny) and Taylor Julander (Altoona) received the 300 APFT award for scoring more than 300 points on the Army Physical Fitness Test. The test is divided into three categories: two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups and a 2-mile run.

Cadets who competed in the fall Ranger Challenge at Camp Dodge in Johnston were tested and graded on land navigation skills, the Army Physical Fitness test, basic military soldiering skills and a 10-km Ruck March. The UNI Ranger Challenge team placed sixth overall out of 19 male teams that represented their task force. Cadets Cameron Griffith, Thomas Madsen (Council Bluffs), Christopher McIntyre (Indianola), Lucas Tener, Daniel Yehieli (Cedar Falls), Mark Wieneke (Coralville), Sophia Sperazzo, Michael Casey (Ames), Omar Martinez (Clutier) and John Castor received the Ranger Challenge award.

The Cadet of the Semester is presented to individuals who are knowledgeable in current events, uniforms, leadership, chain of command, Army history, drill and ceremony, first aid, customs and courtesies, and physical fitness. Cadets were nominated by their instructors and evaluated by the upperclassmen. The class winners were Michael Casey, freshman, Timothy Logemann, sophomore (Earlham), and Taylor Julander, junior. The overall winner was Michael Casey.

The German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) is earned by participation in a competition that measures muscular strength, endurance, stamina and pistol marksmanship. This award is presented in the levels of bronze, silver and marksmanship. Three of the six cadets representing UNI achieved the highest standard: gold. These cadets include Jack Dee, Taylor Julander and Catherine Maher. Blake Fiferlick (Hiawatha), Jacob Johnson and Dustin Smith achieved the silver level.

For additional information, contact Glen Keith, lieutenant colonel and department head, Military Science-ROTC, at 319-273-6178 or glen.keith@uni.edu, or Deb Ackerson, Military Sciences-ROTC secretary, at 319-273-7648 or debra.ackerson@uni.edu

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Stickell Internship Advisory Board named University of Northern Iowa student Olivia Hottle Mossman Most Outstanding Intern for her work last summer in New York City. Mossman is an electronic media major and digital advertising minor at UNI. Throughout her internship she worked at global media agency Carat, working on plans and strategies for Proctor & Gamble.

Mossman was one of 16 AAF members selected nationwide to participate in the prestigious Stickell internship program. This honor designates her as the "most outstanding" out of this already outstanding group. She was chosen based on a vote of board members. She is currently serving as president of AAF-UNI, our college chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Matthew Wilson, UNI marketing instructor and Mossman's mentor, nominated her for the award.

"I'm excited to earn this distinction and thankful for the opportunities I have been given at UNI. Being a part of a national organization like AAF has opened doors for me, and I truly believe that this honor will make the transition from student to young professional much easier," described Mossman.

Visit http://www.uni.edu/resources/features/landing-her-feet-after-leap-faith to learn more about Mossman's summer internship experience.

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

This year's recipients are: Clayton Edwards, mathematics teacher from Grundy Center Middle School, and Lisa Chizek, science teacher from North Tama Elementary School.

The intent of the awards from the Yager Education Fund for Excellence Award is to recognize exemplary K through 12 teaching by University of Northern Iowa graduates. It serves a key role in supporting UNI's leadership in preparing teachers.

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

Chizek was nominated by Jody Stone, professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Stone noted that Chizek, who earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education and her masters degree in science education at UNI, began her teaching career as a third grade classroom teacher and transformed into a highly effective science teacher. She also successfully lobbied her principal to increase the time spent on science instruction at the third grade level and incorporated activity-based, student-centered learning into her science teaching.

Edwards was nominated by Brian Townsend, associate professor of mathematics. A desire to improve his classroom practice and his students' understanding of mathematics led Edwards to UNI's Middle Grades Master's Program. Townsend noted that Edwards is an innovator in his classroom through the use of technology and problem-based instruction.

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. His research interests have focused on student motivation and attitudes toward science.Yager teaching award winners

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty member Jody Stone, professor of curriculum and instruction and science education, was awarded a three-year Math-Science Partnership federal grant, administered through the Iowa Department of Education, for her project "eSTEM Waterloo." She is assisted by Beth VanMeeteren, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, and Scott Greenhalgh, assistant professor of technology.

The purpose of the grant is to implement new science units consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in grades three through five in Waterloo elementary schools. Units were developed this summer by a writing team of Waterloo third through fifth grade teachers, along with UNI experts in Iowa STEM education, engineering, curriculum development and elementary science education. Units are currently being field-tested and revised in Lowell, Cunningham, Kittrell and Kingsley elementary schools.

In the second and third years of the program, 52 Waterloo teachers will receive the professional development needed to implement the new curriculum, including ongoing support during the academic year to ensure changes in their teaching strategies occur that are consistent with those demanded by NGSS. During the third year of the program a core of the Waterloo eSTEM teachers will be trained to continue the professional development of their district teachers once the grant funding ends.

"I have been really pleased with the progress of the grant," said Stone. "The Waterloo teachers have welcomed me into their classrooms. I have spent a fair amount of time in each of these schools, and in some cases I have been able to co-teach for a couple of days. It has been great seeing the students so excited about the activities we are implementing, and the Waterloo teachers have offered valuable feedback on improving the units."

For more information, contact Stone at 319-273-6466 or jody.stone@uni.edu.

 

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual fall Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, in the McLeod Center. This year's Commencement speaker is Amber Irlmeier, a double major in economics and actuarial science from Elk Horn. Approximately 650 graduates will participate in Commencement. The ceremony will be streamed live at live.uni.edu.

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.

The UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall. Students will receive their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Bucks from Books, a fundraiser for UNI Museums organized by the Friends of the UNI Museums, will be held Saturday, Dec. 13. The fundraiser will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Waterloo and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University Book & Supply in Cedar Falls.

A percentage of each purchase will be donated to the UNI Museums to support exhibits and programming. Purchasers need to mention the fundraiser at the time of purchase.

Purchases made at bn.com/bookfair Dec. 13 through 18 will also be a part of the fundraiser. Enter the bookfair ID 11489911 on the payment page during checkout to assure your purchase will be a part of the fundraiser.

For additional information, contact Katherine Martin, head of collections and museums at Rod Library, at 319-273-7255 or katherine.martin@uni.edu

December 4, 2014 - 9:43am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's New Horizons Band will perform a winter concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The concert will include a variety of marches, holiday selections and traditional concert band repertoire.

"The Vanished Army" by Kenneth J. Alford is a tribute to the first 100,000 soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during WWI. "Christmas Medley" by Irving Berlin will include "Happy Holidays," "Let's Start the New Year Right" and "White Christmas." "Twentiana," arranged by Hawley Ades, is a montage of songs from the 1920s. Jim Vaux, trumpet, and Bard Mackey, trombone, will be featured soloists in a performance of "Cousins" by Herbert L. Clarke. A reception will be held in the GBPAC lobby following the concert. Admission is free.

The UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School sponsor the New Horizons Band (NHB). The group includes members ages 50 and older with various musical backgrounds who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform with various musical backgrounds.

For more information, contact Diana Blake, director of the New Horizons Band, at 319-352-3007, or Cindi Mason, instructor, School of Music, at 319-273-2142.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education has hosted several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. The next meeting will be held in Cedar Rapids from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at Grant Wood AEA, 4401 6th St. SW, Cedar Rapids.

Meetings will allow educators, parents, students, community leaders, lawmakers and others to join in the conversation about what is needed for the future of education. Topics will include recent Iowa education laws and how UNI is working to support these initiatives; the upcoming renovation of Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus and how it relates to the preparation of highly effective teachers for Iowa; UNI's new Center for Educational Transformation and its role in the future of education in Iowa; and what is needed for Iowa's students to be college-, career- and citizenry-ready.

For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

November 25, 2014 - 9:31am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, in Sabin Hall, Room 002.

Cady will present a lecture about the role of Iowa's courts in policy making. He will provide insights into the decision-making process of the courts. Cady earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Drake University, and was first appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 1998, becoming the Chief Justice in January 2011.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Donna Hoffman, department head of political science, at 319-273-5916 or donna.hoffman@uni.edu.

November 25, 2014 - 9:58am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty member Adrienne Stanley, associate professor of mathematics, has been selected as a Fulbright recipient to undertake advanced research or teach abroad.Adrienne Stanley

The Fulbright Program, one of the most prestigious award programs in the world, is sponsored by the United States Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and provides merit-based grants for international educational exchange. Founded in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has sent more than 120,000 U.S. citizen faculty members, students, professionals and artists overseas to more than 150 countries and brought more than 200,000 foreign faculty members, students, professionals and artists to the United States.

Stanley's lecturing award will be from January to June 2015 at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. Her project title is "D-spaces, Elementary Submodels and Zero-sum Problems."

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/internationalprograms or contact UNI International Programs at 319-273-2921.

November 24, 2014 - 9:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. The next meeting will be held in Johnston from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Heartland AEA, 6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston.

Meetings will allow educators, parents, students, community leaders, lawmakers and others to join in the conversation about what is needed for the future of education. Topics will include recent Iowa education laws and how UNI is working to support these initiatives; the upcoming renovation of Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus and how it relates to the preparation of highly effective teachers for Iowa; UNI's new Center for Educational Transformation and its role in the future of education in Iowa; and what is needed for Iowa's students to be college-, career- and citizenry-ready.

Meetings will be held across the state from now until December. For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

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