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February 3, 2014 - 11:42am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will present a two-day benefit performance of Eve Ensler's award-winning play "The Vagina Monologues" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, in Lang Hall Auditorium as part of V-Day UNI.

"The Vagina Monologues," which was first performed off-Broadway by Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences. Ensler wrote the play after conducting interviews with dozens of women, addressing women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse. Tickets for the reading are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Only cash will be accepted. All proceeds from the event go to Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, a private, nonprofit victim advocacy agency.

This benefit performance is presented by V-Day UNI. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, and raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Ensler's artistic works. In 2013, more than 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world. The V-Day movement has raised more than $100 million, educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, and funded more than 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses.

Other V-Day UNI events include a V-Men workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. This workshop will explore the issue of violence against women and girls from a male perspective, addressing the root causes of violence and the ways men can be active participants in ending it. The workshop is for male-identified participants only, and no registration is required. It is presented by Harry Brod, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology; Michael Fleming, associate professor of applied human sciences; Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute at UNI's Center for Violence Prevention; and Mark Rowe-Barth, associate director of student wellness.

At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Lang Hall Auditorium, there will be a film viewing of "Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," which examines masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip-hop music and culture. There will also be a discussion with Byron Hurt, the creator of the film.

A film viewing of "Until the Violence Stops" will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252, and at 12 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, in Sabin Hall, Room 002. The film features playwright Eve Ensler in an uplifting documentary that looks at how "The Vagina Monologues" grew into V-Day. These viewings are presented by the UNI student group the Feminist Action League (FAL)

For more information about V-Day UNI, call 319-273-7102 or email the Women's and Gender Studies program at wgs@uni.edu. To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns, visit www.vday.org. 

January 30, 2014 - 4:32pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The sixth annual Darwin Week will be held on the University of Northern Iowa campus Feb. 10 through 13. 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 skepticism, science, activism and sexuality.

There will be four speakers each day throughout the week. Speakers include John Fritch, associate dean of the college of humanities, arts & sciences; Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor of chemistry & biochemistry; Allison Martens, assistant professor of political science; Nate Phelps, LGBT advocate and son of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps; and Annette Lynch, professor in the school of applied human science.

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 community, intellectual engagement, activism and service.

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

January 30, 2014 - 4:36pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Award-winning Latino poet Eduardo Corral will perform at the University of Northern Iowa at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Bartlett Hall, Room 1017. Author of the critically acclaimed book "Slow Lightning," Corral is the first Latino to receive the prestigious Yale Younger Series Poets Prize. His diverse work spans subject matter such as language, history, gender and ethnicity.

"Corral is an important new poet whose work speaks to the experiences of those whose voices have historically been underrepresented or unheard," said Jeremy Schraffenberger, associate professor in UNI's Department of Languages and Literatures. "The UNI community will not only be enriched by his beautiful and linguistically innovative poetry but also by his thoughtful exploration of history, sexuality and identity politics."

Corral's work has been featured in the Beloit Poetry Journal and the New England Review. He has received honors such as the Whiting Writer's Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Schraffenberger at 319-273-3879 or jeremy.schraffenberger@uni.edu.

January 30, 2014 - 4:42pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Many ancient Israelites believed that sins cause suffering. UNI philosophy and world religions assistant professor John Burnight will argue that the Book of Job, a writing featured in the Hebrew Bible and the first of the poetical books in Christian Old Testament, is a critique of this belief at his lecture "Truth vs. Tradition: The Book of Job as Protest Literature" from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

"Professor Burnight is addressing a problem that has haunted religious people since the ancient Israelites — why do people suffer?" said Jerome Soneson, head of UNI's Department of Philosophy and World Religions. "In doing so, he opens up the possibility of seeing and even embracing unavoidable suffering as a natural part of the human condition, one that perhaps makes us more sensitive to the mystery, preciousness and wonder of our lives."

Burnight holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitic Philology from the University of Chicago and has spent time as a Fulbright-Hays Visiting Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses primarily on classical Hebrew poetry, with a special emphasis on the Book of Job and its relationship to other biblical books.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Soneson at 319-273-6221 or jerome.soneson@uni.edu.

January 29, 2014 - 9:56am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Annette Lynch, director of UNI's Center for Violence Prevention and professor in the School of Applied Human Sciences, will present "Teaching Girls the Power Beyond Sexy: Using Bystander Approaches to Address Self-Objectification" at noon, Monday, Feb. 3, in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum.

Lynch will discuss her recently published book "Porn Chic: Exploring the Contours of Raunch Eroticism," which focuses on the mainstreaming of pornographic imagery into fashion and popular culture. Her presentation will focus on the impact of this trend on young girls, who are being socialized to focus on sexuality as a means of gaining power and attention. She will be joined by two textiles and apparel students, Ashton Milliken, junior, and Sierra Klimesh, junior, who created empowerment fashion brands for young girls as a part of her class last semester. The presentation will also feature a live poetry reading by Melina Blue Gotera, a student who will be attending UNI in the fall. The poem, titled "On Forgetting To Wear Your Stockings" is about the internal conflict and struggle of womanhood when dealing with promiscuity in society.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, interim director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7195 or catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu

January 28, 2014 - 2:37pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- More than 1 million people in the United States are currently affected by Aphasia, a language disorder that inhibits speech and language comprehension. A new app developed at the University of Northern Iowa aims to improve the speed and quality of patients' recovery. The Name That! app, developed at the AppsLab in UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, aims to supplement traditional treatment through at-home use by patients and mirrors actual treatments used by speech-language pathologists to treat Aphasia.

"This is a strongly supported literature-based approach," said Angela Burda, professor in UNI's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and co-creator of the Name That! app. "Now we're taking it and putting it into a format that fits for today's world."

A team led by Burda and Stephen Hughes, manager of the AppsLab, designed and developed the app with the help of students in the CSD and computer science departments. Name That! is currently available for Apple devices in the App Store and for Android devices in Google Play. There are already plans for several other versions of the app, including an expanded clinic-based version designed for use in hospitals and long-term care settings.

For more information, visit www.jpec.org/AppsLab/NameThat or contact Burda at 319-273-3128 or angela.burda@uni.edu.

January 28, 2014 - 3:02pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Byron Hurt, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, will visit the University of Northern Iowa to screen two of his works. The first event will feature the film "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by a lecture and discussion with Hurt at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Lang Auditorium. The second night will feature "Soul Food Junkies" at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by a lecture and discussion with Hurt at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Lang Hall Auditorium.filmmaker Byron Hurt

Since 1993, Hurt has used his documentaries, voice and writings to broaden and deepen how people think about race and gender. Hurt has lectured at hundreds of campuses, presented at numerous professional conferences and trained thousands of young men and women on issues related to gender, race, sex, violence, music and visual media. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, among many others.

"Soul Food Junkies" explores the culture of Southern soul food while documenting the fatal illness of a family's matriarch, which was caused by the food she was eating. The documentary recognizes not only the politics of the food industry, but challenges within the industry as well.

"Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" examines masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip-hop music and culture through interviews with artists, academics and fans. After its premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary won an award for best documentary at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, the audience award at the Roxbury Film Festival, and was named one of the best documentary films in 2007 by the Chicago Tribune.

Both events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Harry Brod, professor of sociology and humanities, at 319-273-2693 or harry.brod@uni.edu

January 22, 2014 - 8:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a semester-long exhibition of works from the UNI Permanent Art Collection titled "Remix: Art and Sound Unbound" from Jan. 13 to March 1, March 24 to April 19 and April 28 to May 10. The exhibition is co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton, assistant professor of art, and Darrell Taylor, director of the Gallery of Art.

Throughout the exhibit, students from the Avant-garde in Art and Music class will present supplementary materials for each piece of art. Some of the artists represented include Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, Hanne Darboven and others. A concert series will be offered in the gallery throughout the semester.

All events are free and open to the public. For gallery hours or additional information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery or contact Taylor at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

January 22, 2014 - 8:41am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been selected as a Military Friendly University in Military Advanced Education's (MAE) 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE's 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to implement military friendly policies in support of our men and women in uniform.

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

"We are honored with this recognition," said Julia Heuer, coordinator of military and veteran student services. "With continual incorporation of military-affiliated students' candid input and support from the university, we will meet our students' expectations of service and stay on the forefront of being a military friendly campus."

For more information about MAE's 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities, visit www.mae-kmi.com. 

January 16, 2014 - 10:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa alumni are invited to apply for the 2014 Merchant Scholarship. Merchant Scholarship recipients must be attending or planning to attend an accredited graduate or professional school at an educational institution as a full-time student.

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

Applications and instructions for applying are available online at www.uni.edu/vpaa/merchant/index.shtml. Deadline for completed applications is March 1.

For more information, contact Coleen Wagner, secretary in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, at 319-273-2518 or coleen.wagner@uni.edu.

January 16, 2014 - 10:49am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 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: Jodi Osthus, middle school mathematics teacher from Meredith Middle School in Des Moines, and Allysen Lovstuen, high school mathematics teacher from Decorah High 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.

Osthus was nominated by Edward Rathmell, professor of mathematics. Rathmell noted that Osthus was a bright and dedicated student, and described her teaching as ahead of its time, as she was instrumental in developing methods of teaching problem-solving that were eventually incorporated into the curricula in schools throughout Iowa.

"Dr. Edward Rathmell, along with other University of Northern Iowa mathematics minor professors and middle school mathematics graduate program professors, shaped my career," said Osthus. "They taught me the importance of having students problem solve, reason, make connections and communicate mathematically. Their knowledge and guidance continue to shape my daily lessons."

Lovstuen was nominated by Jihwa Noh, associate professor of mathematics. Noh noted Lovstuen's dedication to her algebra and calculus students, and identified her as a teacher who asks questions of her students in an effective manner.

"They say it takes a village to raise a child, likewise it takes a community to raise a high quality teacher," said Lovstuen. "The influences of family, professors, administrators, colleagues, communities and students all play a part. The Yager Exemplary Teaching award recognizes this interconnectivity in the field of teaching by honoring a professor and a teacher together."

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.

January 14, 2014 - 11:13am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will welcome Regina Dixon-Reeves as the guest speaker for the 6th annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity hosted by UNI's Diversity Council. The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Commons Ballroom. A Diversity Fair will precede the town hall meeting from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Eight UNI faculty, staff and students will be honored with the Diversity Matters Award at the conclusion of the Town Hall. This award is presented annually in recognition of dedication and service to UNI in advancement of its diversity-related goals.

Dixon-Reeves is the faculty diversity and development specialist at the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences. In this role she oversees diversity and inclusion programs, initiatives, and strategic planning and manages the day-to-day operations of major continuing education and faculty development programs. Dixon-Reeves is a former president of the Association of Black Sociologists, and she is currently a member of the editorial board of Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal.

For more information, visit UNI's Diversity Matters website at www.uni.edu/diversity/. 

January 14, 2014 - 12:13pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Bill Ruud expresses his thanks to Governor Branstad for the FY 2015 budget recommendations in support of UNI, particularly the 4% increase in general university operating appropriations which will allow UNI to freeze tuition for its students for a second consecutive year.  This will benefit a large number of UNI students as more than 90% of its undergraduates are from Iowa.  In addition, the tuition freeze is expected to have positive impact on the University’s success in reducing student debt.

President Ruud also expresses his gratitude to the Governor for the recommendation of an additional $4 million to UNI’s base operating budget and the commitment of an additional $4 million in FY 2016.  This will be extraordinarily helpful for maintaining the University in its unique mission as Iowa’s comprehensive university with the outstanding educational opportunities it provides for its graduates, many of whom remain in the state. 

Finally, President Ruud thanks the Governor for his support of $2 million for renovation of the Schindler Education Center for the UNI teacher education program.  The Governor’s combination of support for the University of Northern Iowa will advance many important areas at UNI. 

The University looks forward to working with the Governor and the Iowa legislature in the 2014 legislative session in support of the Governor’s recommendations for the benefit of UNI.

January 14, 2014 - 12:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI students, faculty and staff will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events on Monday, Jan. 20. All events are free and open to the public.

The MLK Day of Service will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Participants will come together to provide meals for Iowa families in need. Free lunch will be provided to those who register by Saturday, Jan. 18. For more information or to register, contact Steffoni Schmidt, adviser for the UNI Service & Leadership Council, at 319-273-7422 or steffoni.schmidt@uni.edu, or visit www.unimlkday2014.eventbrite.com.

"MLK was an advocate for service and encouraged people to do good in their communities. We hope to help carry on that legacy by providing service opportunities on this day each year for the UNI community," said Schmidt.

A discussion of the book "Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family, and My Faith" by Christine King Farris will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). The book, written by Dr. King's only surviving sibling, is an intimate portrait of the King family. The discussion will be led by renowned lecturer, author and researcher Marcia Riggs.

Riggs will also present a lecture honoring Dr. King's life and legacy at 7 p.m. in the CME with a reception to follow. For more information on the discussion and lecture, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

January 14, 2014 - 3:23pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa was awarded a more than $500,000 grant by the Iowa Department of Education and was selected to be one of two Iowa institutions of higher education to pilot a yearlong student teaching program.

UNI's College of Education and the grant's second recipient, Dordt College in Sioux Center, will implement the program, evaluate its effectiveness and offer insight to the Iowa Department of Education at the completion of the initiative.

This program will offer UNI student teachers an authentic teaching experience before graduating and working in their own classrooms. UNI will partner with schools in Waterloo, Hudson and Linn-Mar school districts to implement the program. Student teachers will fully immerse themselves into the host schools by carrying out daily classroom instruction, attending university coursework taught onsite, participating in professional development trainings, joining parent teacher conferences and other activities done every day by teachers. The student teachers and their host teachers will co-teach, with the students doing more observation early in the program and transitioning to more lead teaching as they gain experience. During the initial year, about 30 student teachers will participate in the pilot program.

With UNI's long history as the state's teachers college, it was important to UNI's teacher education personnel to be involved in the pilot program. "The state wanted a public and private university to look at this yearlong student teaching option, and we at UNI wanted to be a part of that. We'll get information for the state so they have our findings to determine any next steps," said J.D. Cryer, coordinator of elementary education at UNI and primary investigator on the project.

UNI has a strong history of preparing teachers to educate the pre-K through 12 students of Iowa. Dating back to 1876, UNI has helped lead the state with its innovative spirit and willingness to experiment using new teaching methodologies and practices. Based upon this reputation, UNI has developed strong collaborative partnerships with school districts across Iowa, hired outstanding faculty to bring best practices to the field of education, and has been a beacon to individuals wanting to pursue a dream of becoming a teacher.

"We are very honored that we are able to showcase the expansiveness of our Teacher Education Program at UNI through this pilot," said Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education. "We have always taken great pride in being innovators and pioneers in teacher preparation. The awarding of the pilot will allow us to research the feasibility, effectiveness and scalability of yearlong student teaching. Our collaborative school districts are excited about the possibilities."

For more information about the student teaching pilot program, visit www.educateiowa.gov//. For more information about UNI's College of Education, visit www.uni.edu/coe/.

January 9, 2014 - 11:46am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa students, faculty and staff now have the ability to take UNI with them wherever they go… on their smartphones. The MyUNI mobile app is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Android phones and other phones via mobile Web.

MyUNI, which includes a custom designed user interface, is a great way for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community to interact with UNI's campus. So far, more than 800 people have downloaded the app.

Some features of MyUNI include:

-       An eLearning app so students can access their course materials from Blackboard.MyUNI mobile app

-       Fans can follow their favorite Panther sports teams with the UNI Athletics app.

-       Use the Directory app to find contact information for students, faculty and staff.

-       Find out what's happening at UNI through the news feed.

-       Check out videos from across campus, and visit the UNI Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information, FAQs and to download MyUNI, visit www.uni.edu/mobile.

January 6, 2014 - 9:59am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa President Bill Ruud has been named to the 2014 Board of Directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The announcement came during the association's annual meeting in October.

President Ruud will be one of 15 presidents from around the country serving as a director for AASCU, a Washington-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems. AASCU members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions' economic progress and cultural development.

For more information about AASCU, visit www.aascu.org.

January 6, 2014 - 10:04am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, in association with the UNI Department of Art, will present the "2014 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition" from Monday, Jan. 13 through Saturday, March 1.

The opening reception begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) south lobby.

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

In addition, the gallery will present a semester-long exhibition of works from the UNI Permanent Art Collection titled "Remix: Art and Sound Unbound." This exhibit is a staging of avant-garde music and art, which was co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton, assistant professor of art, and gallery director Darrell Taylor. Students from Sutton and Hunter Capoccioni's Avant-garde in Art and Music class will present didactic materials for each object. Visit the Gallery of Art website at www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/Home.html for more information about the music exhibit.

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.

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 3, 2014 - 1:45pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host Kindergym, an informal learning program focusing on the development and refinement of motor skills for 2- to 5-year-olds.

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. Sessions will be held Feb. 1 through March 8 in UNI's Wellness Recreation Center main gym.

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

The registration fee is $32; deadline for registration is Jan. 14. The program is directed by Julie Simonson, 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 & Leisure Services, at 319-273-6882 or ripley.marston@uni.edu.

December 20, 2013 - 2:21pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Applications are being accepted for the Instructional Technology Master of Arts cohort degree program to begin summer 2014. This program prepares professionals to be leaders in instructional technology in the classroom, district and beyond. Students focus on developing 21st century learning environments by supporting learning with technology in the classroom.

Program graduate Cathy Hines accepted a position as an instructional technologist for South Hamilton Schools. "I am quite certain my degree from UNI played a large role in earning this position," she said. "In fact, I mentioned the program and the entire cohort frequently throughout my interview. I am applying much of what I learned and continue to learn more."

This graduate degree will be earned online and meets approximately one night per week via interactive video conferencing. Coursework begins in the summer of 2014 using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through a course sequence, with the degree to be awarded in the spring of 2016. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged/itech.

For information about additional offerings available through Continuing and Distance Education at the UNI, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

December 19, 2013 - 10:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. The chapter is being recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physics club, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at universities in the U.S.

SPS is a professional association designed for students, and membership is open to anyone interested in physics. SPS operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for professional physical science societies.

The SPS chapter at UNI is advised by Tim Kidd, associate professor of physics, and is led by student officers. The 2013 officers are Darian Everding, sophomore physics major, from Waterloo, president; Courtney Keiser, senior physics and mathematics major, from Cedar Falls, vice president; Noah Hurley, sophomore physics major, from Waterloo, secretary; Josh Frost, junior physics major, from Gilbertville,  treasurer; and Cassara Higgins, junior physics and chemistry major, from Brandon, community outreach coordinator.

"We are extremely proud to be honored with this award," said Everding. "We have worked hard for this achievement by making an effort to really reach out into our community, and I believe we will continue these efforts far into the future. As our club continues to grow, I hope that we make an even greater impact in the years to come."

SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public and SPS national programs. The Outstanding Chapter Award recognizes high levels of outreach, as well as unique approaches to fulfilling the mission of SPS to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.

For more information, contact Paul Shand, interim head and professor of physics, at 319-273-2930 or paul.shand@uni.edu

December 17, 2013 - 3:31pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The organization formerly known as S.T.A.G.E. Inc. has officially changed its name to the Friends of Theatre UNI. The name change is made in alignment with an effort to accurately describe the focus of the organization.

Friends of Theatre UNI is a nonprofit organization of volunteers, faculty and alumni who raise funds for the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre and its students. Friends supports the university's theatre productions through scholarships, departmental purchases and meals. Ninety percent of all Friends donations go directly to the students.

Theatregoers may join the Friends of Theatre UNI on the first Friday of each run of shows at Strayer-Wood or Bertha Martin theatres where patrons in attendance, as well as students, get to meet and discuss the show they have just seen and performed in. These events are designed to bring home the importance of local theatre at the university level. It also gives students the chance to learn how their work impacts an audience directly.

Friends of Theatre UNI at the Strayer-Wood theatre would like to invite members of the Cedar Valley community to be a part of the development of theatre students by donating today and participating in First Friday events. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/theatre/department/about-us/support.

For more information about Friends of Theatre UNI, visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt/support/friends-theatre-uni.

December 13, 2013 - 2:01pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The president of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association and polar science leaders from across the globe will join the University of Northern Iowa in launching Arctic-FROST, a new National Science Foundation project, at a kick-off event from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the Georgian Lounge in the Commons on the UNI campus.

Arctic-FROST is an international interdisciplinary collaborative network headquartered at UNI. The project will enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development as well as connect UNI faculty, staff and students with sustainability scholars from around the world.

For more information, contact Andrey Petrov, assistant professor in UNI's Department of Geography, at 319-273-6245 or andrey.petrov@uni.edu.

December 13, 2013 - 4:04pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Dining Services recently released its first cookbook, "Best Bites," which features 178 of UNI Dining's most requested recipes.cookbook cover photo

UNI Dining Services started publishing recipe card packets in 1993 and decided to create a cookbook after receiving continuous requests from UNI staff, students, alumni and guests.

According to Carol Fletcher, assistant director of residential dining, "Best Bites" took more than three years to create, and UNI Dining Services consulted with staff, guests and students to decide which recipes to include. The cookbook includes old favorites such as Panther Chili, Pumpkin Bread and Broccoli Grape Salad, as well as new additions like Pita Crisp and Champagne Truffles.

The cookbook costs $12.50 and can be purchased on campus from Biscotti's, 23rd Street Market, Piazza and Panther Pantry. For more information, contact Fletcher at 319-273-2333 or carol.fletcher@uni.edu

December 11, 2013 - 1:44pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A workshop exploring the environmental, social, economic and legislative issues surrounding food waste will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Loras College Alumni Campus Center in Dubuque. In Iowa, almost 14 percent of municipally land-filled waste comes from food.

The workshop, which is hosted by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) through the University of Northern Iowa, will include presentations and discussions investigating the issue from a variety of perspectives, including business and legislative. Restaurants, food service providers, businesses, nonprofits and other organizations that deal with food are urged to attend to learn methods to reduce the amount of wasted food. Registration for the one-day workshop is $10 and includes a hot buffet.

IWRC provides environmental services, including business assistance, industry training, research and development. IWRC is a nonprofit organization through Business and Community Services at UNI.

The event is sponsored by Green Dubuque, the City of Dubuque, IWRC, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency and Iowa Rep. Charles Isenhart. For additional information and to register, visit www.foodwaste.iwrc.org.

December 11, 2013 - 1:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa is seeking potential clients for its UNI MBA Pella Capstone Experience. The Capstone Experience is a comprehensive, end-of-program application of the UNI College of Business Administration graduate curriculum, during which MBA candidates undertake strategic management projects for client organizations acrossP Iowa.

Potential clients can come from both the business and non-profit sectors, and UNI is particularly interested in soliciting clients from Pella and surrounding communities for the Pella-based program. Projects are developed to meet the specific needs of the client, typically addressing strategic planning, marketing analysis, process analysis or feasibility questions.

For the Capstone projects, MBA candidates work in small consulting teams formed with sufficient diversity to successfully analyze a business problem from a strategic perspective. Each team includes members with expertise across a range of business functions, business cultures and analytical methods. Teams work with a mentor from the business graduate faculty who has expertise in the topic of the project. Student teams will start the projects during summer 2014 and finish by year end. 

Projects will be selected by mid-April. Organizations that would like to propose a Capstone Experience project for the UNI MBA Pella cohort should contact Capstone Coordinator Sarah Rosol at 319-273-3954 or sarah.rosol@uni.edu.

December 11, 2013 - 1:59pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa was ranked in the top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance for 2014.

The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. UNI jumped from No. 95 on the 2013 list to No. 71 on the 2014 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.

"We are honored to be acknowledged again as a Best Value Public College by Kiplinger's," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "UNI offers outstanding academic programs taught by dedicated faculty at an affordable cost, which is a value that's hard to beat."

"This year’s top 100 schools have made admirable strides to maintain academic integrity and standards while meeting the financial needs of their students," said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

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

December 9, 2013 - 11:27am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Child Development Center (CDC) has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

NAEYC's national accreditation system sets professional standards for early childhood education programs and allows families to find high-quality programs for their children. The accreditation requires a rigorous self-study that looks at curriculum, administration, teacher qualifications and parent interactions. It is followed by an external review of the self-study materials and observations of a majority of the classrooms, including the oldest and youngest groups.

"The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs," said Jerlean E. Daniel, executive director of NAEYC. "Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that the UNI Child Development Center is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education."

Earlier this year, the CDC also received a rating of 5, the highest rank possible, on Iowa's Quality Rating System (QRS) for child care programs. QRS is a voluntary child care rating system for child development homes, licensed child care centers and preschools, and child care programs that are operated by school districts.

The UNI CDC is a child care and instruction resource for the students, faculty and staff of the University of Northern Iowa and is a part of the College of Education. For more information, contact Allison Pattee, coordinator of the CDC, at 319-273-3946 or allison.pattee@uni.edu

December 9, 2013 - 11:31am

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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. 21, in the McLeod Center. This year's commencement speaker is Molly Franta, a history and theatre major from Elkader. Approximately 600 graduates will participate in commencement.

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

Seating for the event is on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/commencement or contact Philip Patton, university registrar, at 319-273-2244 or philip.patton@uni.edu.

December 6, 2013 - 1:45pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host a service in remembrance of Nelson Mandela from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME).

People will also have the opportunity to write their condolences and memories of Mandela in a memorial booklet. The booklet will be available at the CME beginning the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 6 through Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign to help South Africa break the practice of racial segregation and do away with white minority rule.

Mandela was imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against apartheid. He was freed in 1990 and quickly set about working to unite the nation through forgiveness and reconciliation. Four years after he left prison, Mandela became South Africa's first black president.

"Nelson Mandela was such a wonderful symbol of freedom and reconciliation in the world," said Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's CME. "He was a man with a passion for justice and peace. Students and the community should know he's a great person to pay tribute to."

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Blackwell at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

December 5, 2013 - 11:12am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host a free educational forum on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Ballroom C of Maucker Union. Sessions will be offered at 3 and 7 p.m. and are open to students, faculty, staff and the Cedar Valley community.

Health and Human Services regional director Stephene Moore will present information on the ACA and how to navigate the health insurance marketplace. A Q&A session will follow the presentations. Computer stations will also be available for those interested in enrolling.

Estimates of the number of uninsured U.S. residents include more than 17 million young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. The forums give people an opportunity to learn what the Affordable Care Act means to them and may be of particular interest to college students, and others, who currently don't have or may need health insurance.

For more information about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.healthcare.gov. Go to the Department of Labor website at www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform/consumer.html for consumer information about the ACA, and visit www.uni.edu/health/ for information related to student health insurance provided by the university.

December 5, 2013 - 11:17am

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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. 16, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The event will be followed by a reception in the lobby.

The band will perform a variety of traditional concert band songs that will include marches and holiday selections. "Clarinet on the Town" will feature the clarinet section and soloists Carol Gordon, Doug Herbon, Mary Schlicher and Jo Van DeBerg. A performance of "Lincoln at Gettysburg" by Barry E. Kopetz will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and will feature narration by Isaac Campbell, a UNI senior majoring in electronic media and communications. The Windy Hill Singers, under the direction of Martha Hansen, will present a pre-show concert at 6:45 p.m. in the GBPAC lobby.

The New Horizons Band is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and UNI Community Music School. The group includes members ages 50 and older with various musical backgrounds who travel from all across Iowa to rehearse and perform. Diana Blake, a retired music educator from Waverly, is director of the band.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Cindi Mason, administrative assistant of the New Horizons Band, at 319-273-2142 or Blake at 319-352-3007.

December 5, 2013 - 4:14pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "B.F.A. Group Exhibition" from Thursday, Dec. 12, through Saturday, Dec. 21, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. in the south lobby.

The artwork of four UNI Bachelor of Fine Arts students will be presented, each conveying unique styles and techniques:

-Trey Bush of Winterset will present "God is Great, Beer is Good, and People are Crazy," which aims to breathe life into objects deemed as trash by society.

-Brittany Deal of Des Moines will exhibit "Isolations," which will explore the dialogue between her personal investigations and visual rhythms through photography.

-Diana Hall of Vinton will present "Abstruse Material Substance," which will demonstrate the process of mark making and how it can be used to create different meanings.

-Derek Steffens of Elberon will use multiple mediums such as performance, photography, video art and installation art to comment on social inequalities of gender and sexuality through "Origami Rose: Fashionable Bitch."

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.

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

December 5, 2013 - 4:45pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- On-site fitness facilities and classes, an annual employee wellness and benefits fair and Live Healthy Iowa challenges are some of the resources and opportunities available to University of Northern Iowa faculty and staff. This commitment to the health and wellbeing of its employees is why the Blue Zones Project recently designated UNI as a Blue Zones Worksite. UNI has also been selected as one of five Blue Zones Worksites to be visited by the local Blue Zones chapter and national representatives on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

"I am both proud and excited for UNI to become an official Blue Zones Worksite," said Therese Callaghan, employee disability and leave coordinator for UNI's Human Resource Services. "The Blue Zones designation demonstrates how important employee wellbeing is here at UNI. Our existing practices and policies show we support a healthy, productive and inclusive working environment. This is good for our employees, and has a positive carry-over effect to increase wellbeing for the entire UNI community and the Cedar Valley."

The Blue Zones Project is a global initiative to promote healthy living through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks. The project launched in Iowa in 2011 as a part of Gov. Terry Branstad's Healthiest State Initiative. 

For more information, visit www.bluezonesproject.com or contact Callaghan at 319-273-6164 or therese.callaghan@uni.edu.

November 27, 2013 - 2:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's MyEntre.Net and the Iowa Department of Revenue will host two free webinars on Thursday, Dec. 5. Iowa Sales Tax Issues for the Cosmetology Industry will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. and an Iowa property tax update webinar will be from 2 to 3 p.m.

The presenter for the cosmetology webinar is Terry O'Neill, taxpayer service specialist with the Iowa Department of Revenue. Julie Roisen, administrator of the department's property tax division, will present the Iowa property tax update. Rob Williams, a business analyst with UNI's Regional Business Center, will serve as moderator. 

The Iowa Department of Revenue partnered with the University of Northern Iowa's MyEntre.Net to provide free webinars on tax topics of interest to Iowa business owners and entrepreneurs. This partnership has resulted in a series of successful webinars attended by more than 1,000 people from across the state and around the country. Webinars are delivered through IASourceLink.com, where small businesses get connected to resources across Iowa. Recordings are available on the Department of Revenue website at www.iowa.gov/tax and www.iasourcelink.com.

The mission of the Iowa Department of Revenue is to serve Iowans and support state government by collecting all taxes required by law, but no more. For more information or to register, visit IowaTaxWebinars.com.

November 25, 2013 - 11:18am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online) recently ranked the University of Northern Iowa as the most affordable and high-quality provider of online education in Iowa. The online resource noted that UNI offers a wide variety of online undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, is military-friendly and offers some programs entirely online.

"For-profit schools no longer dominate the distance-learning landscape," said Dan Schuessler, founder of AC Online. "So many of today's top universities have added full online degree programs to their catalogs, making it much easier for nontraditional students to receive a quality education."

Earlier this year, UNI's Continuing Education and Special Programs also earned the Iowa Distance Learning Association Innovators Award. The UNI team received the award for its innovative, integrative team approach to providing support services to faculty members who teach distance education courses.

AC Online provides students with information about affordable higher education options. For additional information, contact Kent Johnson, dean of Continuing Education & Special Programs, at 319-273-2122 or kent.johnson@uni.edu.

November 25, 2013 - 11:23am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI School of Music will present its annual Chimes of Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The concert is offered as part of the UNI School of Music Spotlight Series.

Featuring UNI School of Music choral ensembles, the concert will include holiday-themed performances by the UNI Singers, UNI Concert Chorale, UNI Women's Chorus and UNI Cantorei. Conductors John Len Wiles and Dyan Meyer will lead the groups. Between choir performances, Randall Harlow, instructor of music, will perform traveling music on the organ.

Tickets for this event are $10 for general admission, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for non-UNI students. To order tickets call the GBPAC box office at 319-273-4849 or visit www.unitix.uni.edu. For more information on this or other School of Music events, contact Caroline Boehmer, UNI School of Music communication and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.boehmer@uni.edu.

November 25, 2013 - 11:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller will perform a highly stimulating and opinionated rant with performances about identity, the culture wars and queer strategies for the future at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, in the Bertha Martin Theatre in Strayer Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"Miller offers a nuanced perspective on self and identification," said Evan Schares, a graduate assistant in UNI's Department of Communication Studies. "Attendees of his performance will be afforded a multitude of lenses with which to explore the intersections of their own identity."

Miller has created several works exploring the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man. His lecture is free and open to the public. It's sponsored by UNI's Interpreters Theatre, Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE), the Department of Communication Studies, Department of Art, Department of Theatre, and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Karen Mitchell, professor in the Department of Communication Studies, at 319-273-2640 or karen.mitchell@uni.edu.

November 25, 2013 - 3:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa was ranked No. 13 nationally and No. 4 in the Midwest in a new college ranking that assesses schools on affordability, academic quality and accessibility.

CollegeAtlas, an online directory of colleges and universities, released its "A-List," a ranking of the top 100 universities nationwide, as well as four regional lists, that emphasize three factors that students and parents care about most: low tuition, a strong academic reputation and a reasonable shot at acceptance.

In a speech at the University at Buffalo this August, President Obama suggested a rating system that would judge institutions of higher learning "not just by which is the most selective, not just by which is the most expensive, not just by the one with the best facilities," he said, "but by the one that is the biggest bang for the buck."

UNI recently hosted a U.S. Department of Education open forum on the Obama administration's college affordability and completion initiative. Participants gave their input and feedback about President Obama's higher education plan, which includes a college rating system.

For the full CollegeAtlas A-List, visit www.collegeatlas.org/.

November 21, 2013 - 11:03am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI School of Music has publicly announced the establishment of the Midwest International Piano Competition, June 1 through 7, 2014, to be held on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Pianists will compete for a collective $25,000 in prize money, with top honors also earning a recording contract with the Blue Griffin Record label valued at $5,000. The competition is open to outstanding youth and professional performing pianists as well as audience enthusiasts.John Valentine, director, School of Music

John Vallentine, director of the School of Music, announced the event at a special gala evening hosted by UNI President Bill and Judy Ruud. "Our new president is extremely supportive of music, especially since he was a former all-state clarinet player and understands the value of the arts for students studying on a university campus," said Vallentine.

"UNI provost Gloria Gibson and dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Joel Haack are also pianists and understand the value of music education," he continued. "Our piano faculty members, who themselves have successfully competed and won prestigious awards at international competitions, bring real passion and artistic leadership for the competition at UNI."

Sean Botkin, faculty pianist, performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in August 2012, and in Rome, Italy, this fall with the Saint Cecilia National Academy Orchestra. Last summer, faculty artist Dmitri Vorobiev founded an institute for UNI students to study and perform in Leipzig, Germany. Both faculty members will serve as the artistic directors of the competition.

The Midwest International Piano Competition will be held in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Competing pianists will be separated into two categories: junior competitors (up to 17 years old) and senior competitors (up to 32 years old). All selected competitors will perform for an internationally acclaimed jury on the Great Hall stage, which has celebrated performances by Olga Kern, Haochen Zhang, Yeol Eum Son, Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and more.

The competition jurors will be world-renowned pianists Arthur Greene, Alexander Toradze and Miroslav Brejcha. Greene studied at Juilliard with Martin Canin and was a Gold Medal winner in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, as well as a top laureate at the Busoni International Competition. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra; the San Francisco, Utah and National Symphonies; the Czech National Symphony; the Tokyo Symphony and many others.

Toradze is universally recognized as a masterful virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition. Highlights from Toradze's international appearances this season alone include the Berlin Philharmonic, performing Stravinsky's Piano Concerto, touring with the Kirov Orchestra in Austria and Japan, the NHK and Super World Orchestra in Tokyo, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, along with additional engagements in Germany, Sweden, Italy and Hungary. As a pianist, Brejcha has earned awards at the Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Marianske Lazne and in the Dusek Competition in Prague. As a soloist and chamber music player, he has performed both at home in the Czech Republic and abroad in France, Germany, Austria, Russia, Switzerland and the U.S. He is the director of the Plzen Conservatory and the chairman of the Committee of the Smetana International Piano Competition in Plzen.

The final competition level of the senior category will be held as an open concert for all to attend, followed by a gala reception. The concert will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in the GBPAC.

For more information, visit www.midwestpianocompetition.com, call 319-273-2028 or email pianocompetition@uni.edu

November 21, 2013 - 2:45pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has become the latest university to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. UNI's B.A. in finance program has been acknowledged for positioning students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that UNI's curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. 

"CFA Level 1 exam preparation falls in line with the college's priority of preparing students for their professional careers," said Dean Farzad Moussavi. "Our students' pass rate on this one exam regularly exceeds the global average, providing students with professional distinction as they begin to establish their careers."

In addition to the classes they take for their major, UNI finance students can take CFA Review non-credit courses to build knowledge and confidence for the CFA Level I Examination administered by the CFA Institute. Through participation in this program, UNI is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

"Students in these programs study the Candidate Body of Knowledge, which includes knowledge, skills and abilities that investment experts worldwide have identified as essential best practice," said Stephen Horan, Ph.D., CFA, CIPM, head of University Relations & Private Wealth. "By mastering the fundamentals of the CFA Program as well as the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, these future investment professionals join us in our mission to promote the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society."

 

About CFA Institute
CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors' interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 110,000 members in 139 countries and territories, including 100,000 CFA charter holders. For more information, visit www.cfainstitute.org.

About the CFA Program

The CFA Program sets a standard for developing the skills, standards, competence and integrity of financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisers and other investment professionals worldwide. It is widely considered the investment profession's most rigorous credentialing program.  Administered in English, the CFA curriculum and examinations are identical worldwide. Fewer than one in five candidates who begin the program successfully complete it and go on to earn the coveted CFA charter, the "gold standard" for investment professionals.

November 20, 2013 - 2:10pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the documentary "Miss Representation," followed by a discussion and audience Q&A, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

"Miss Representation" strives to expose how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation and misrepresentation of women in positions of power in America. The film includes interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Rachel Maddow and many others to give an inside look at the media and its effect on portrayals of women.

Following the film, there will be a discussion and Q&A with representatives of the Iowa nonprofit organization 50-50 in 2020, which aims to achieve political equity for Iowa women by recruiting, training and mentoring women. Panelists include Joy Corning, former Iowa state senator and lieutenant governor; Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science; and Allison Martens, assistant professor of political science.

For additional information, contact Sam Horsch, president of the UNI Political Science Society, at 515-419-8510 or horschs@uni.edu.

November 20, 2013 - 2:15pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Mammoth teeth, Native American pottery and an early 20th century stereoscope are among the items on display as a part of the new exhibit "Treasures: A Sampling of the UNI Museums Collection" on the first floor of the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library until Feb. 28, 2014. These objects are only a selection of more than 110,000 objects in the broad areas of biology, geology, history and anthropology/world cultures currently in the UNI Museums collection.

The UNI Museums have long been committed to contributing to lifelong learning and the exchange of ideas, and to fostering an appreciation for both natural resources and our cultural heritage. "We hope this exhibit will help UNI students and the community to understand the value of the resources available through the Museums,” said Katherine Martin, head of collections and museums at the Rod Library.

This and other exhibits planned for various locations across campus are intended to support coursework and research by university students, faculty and staff, while also providing some access to Museums resources to the general public.

For more information, contact Martin at 319-273-7255 or katherine.martin@uni.edu.

November 19, 2013 - 3:59pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Community members will have the opportunity to see the creative academic work of University of Northern Iowa students and faculty at the inaugural Creative UNIversity Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Maucker Union Ballrooms. The event is hosted by UNI's new Creative Life Research Center (CLRC).

"We want to showcase the tremendous volume and quality of creative work produced at UNI," said Gary Gute, director of the UNI Creative Life Research Center. "We want people to see that creativity is not just about the arts, or about being expressive or about thinking differently. Creativity is about developing and implementing novel, useful and appropriate solutions to problems in all the disciplines."

Steven J. Tepper, founder of the Creative Campus Initiative and associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, will deliver the keynote address "Building a Creative Campus: Can Creativity Transform Higher Education and Prepare Students for the 21st-Century Economy?" at 12:30 p.m.

The CLRC opened its doors at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year. The center aims to offer the UNI community a transformative learning experience reflected in the variety of performances, panels, exhibits, and demonstrations the conference will offer.

The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Gute at 319-273-6449 or gary.gute@uni.edu.

November 19, 2013 - 4:49pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the UNI Suzuki School's violin and viola class for young beginners. A parent orientation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6. This will be followed by five classes for parents and students together from 6 to 7 p.m., on Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 9 through 27. At the end of these sessions students will begin individual lessons with one of the school's instructors.

All classes will be held at Russell Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Beginning sessions will be taught by UNI Suzuki School instructor Mary Grey. An instrument is not needed until individual lessons begin. Teachers will assist parents in selecting the correct size of instrument.

Besides receiving an individual and group lesson each week, students in this class will perform at the school's spring recitals in March and will participate in the school's annual concert at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in May. The class is suited for ages 4 to 7. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Forms, fees and other details are available at www.uni.edu/music/suzuki or by contacting UNI Suzuki School coordinator Cathy Craig at 319-273-2508 or cathy.craig@uni.edu

November 18, 2013 - 8:57am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host visiting lecturer Steven Collins at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Curris Business Building, Room 109. Collins will deliver a lecture titled "Finding Sodom: A Study in Biblical Geography."

Collins is dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, N.M. He has an extensive background in both Near Eastern archaeology and biblical studies, which gives him a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved in researching the nature of the biblical record. Collins currently serves as chief archaeologist and director of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan, where he has been investigating the location of the biblical city of Sodom.

This lecture is sponsored by the Dr. Jonathan J. Lu and Sayoko Lu Biblical Geography Endowment Fund. The fund was established to enhance the teaching and research of Bible geography. Jonathan Lu became a faculty member in the Department of Geography at UNI in 1974 and served as head of the department from 1987 to 1991. He left UNI in 1991 to become the president of Holy Light Theological Seminary in Taiwan. Lu was also a founding member of the Bible Geography specialty group of the Association of American Geographers and has remained involved in the group's activities since its inception. There will be a reception honoring Lu and Collins following the lecture.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is hosted by UNI's Departments of Geography and Philosophy and World Religions. For more information, contact Patrick Pease, associate professor of geography, at 319-273-7117 or patrick.pease@uni.edu

November 18, 2013 - 11:00am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the seminar "Hope for Dementia Caregivers: How to Win the Day" by Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor of family studies and gerontology, from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME).

The seminar will provide a new perspective for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease and individuals with memory challenges. Eshbaugh will discuss strategies for negotiating behaviors and maintaining a meaningful life after diagnosis.

"Caregiving for a loved one with dementia, whether a family member, friend, or neighbor, can be challenging," noted Eshbaugh. "I want to give these caregivers skills and new perspectives to make their caregiving journey just a little bit easier."

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

November 13, 2013 - 10:52am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Thanks to the work of the University of Northern Iowa's National Ag-Based Lubricants (NABL) Center, biobased and soybean oil based lubricants and greases are no longer a novelty, but are a well-recognized commercial success.

NABL will cease operations in 2014 after 22 years of activity due to the loss of federal funds. The nonprofit, university-based research and testing facility dedicated to the advancement of biobased lubricants has made a significant long-term impact in establishing the biobased lubricants market within the U.S.

"After 22 years of efforts, there is a growing biobased lubricants industry owing its success partially to the work of the UNI NABL Center," said Lou Honary, director of NABL.

NABL was established in 1991 through the collaborative efforts of UNI, the Iowa Soybean Association/Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, the state of Iowa, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy. The center successfully developed and licensed to market more than 30 products, ranging from multi-grade hydraulic fluids to niche-market greases to gear lubricants.

Through the years, more than 50 students worked at the center and helped with research. Eight patents and three pending patents were generated from the work of the NABL staff, and two companies were formed to specifically market technology that was created at the center. Since 2000, when commercialization of the NABL licensed products began, an estimated $40M worth of lubricants and greases have been marketed by different entities.

"We feel we have accomplished many of the goals and objectives of the center," said Honary. "Originally, we thought this was going to be a 1-3 year project but it grew to a major national center and operated for 22 years. We know the legacy of the center will continue as the products that were produced by NABL are in commercial use and continue to grow in the market."

For more information about NABL, visit www.uni.edu/nabl/ or contact Honary at 319-273-6737 or lou.honary@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University Economic Development Association (UEDA) has given awards to the University of Northern Iowa's Dream Big Grow Here and Iowa Business Concierge programs. The programs were the recipients of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Research and Analysis awards at the annual UEDA conference in Pittsburgh.

Dream Big Grow Here received the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award for its innovative statewide contest that rewards a good business approach and pitch with money. The program uses an online platform where entrepreneurs can upload their plans of starting or expanding a business, and then encourages friends, family and customers to vote for them.

The Iowa Business Concierge program received the Research and Analysis Award for providing market research information, which is typically too expensive for small firms, at no charge to Iowa firms. In its first six months, the Iowa Business Concierge assisted 256 business owners, helped create 11 new businesses and helped launch eight new products or services.

For additional information, contact Joe Bolick, communications and public relations, UNI Business and Community Services, at 319-273-6577 or mjbolick@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has been named to Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges 2014" rankings, which recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to providing opportunities to America's veterans.

"As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans," said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members.

This is just the most recent honor for UNI. Earlier this fall, G.I. Jobs Magazine selected UNI as a Military Friendly School for the fourth time.

For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 rankings, visit militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2014. For more information about the military and veteran student services at UNI, visit www.uni.edu/military/.

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