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October 21, 2013 - 2:32pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Glitter, fake blood and five-inch heels are a few of the things you can expect to see at UNI Proud's third annual Halloween Drag-A-Ganza from 7 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Maucker Union Ballroom C on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The drag show and dance party aims to be the group's largest-ever Halloween show, with two sets of performances, a costume contest and an open dance floor.

"The Halloween Drag-A-Ganza is one of our biggest events of the fall semester," said David Pope, president of UNI Proud. "We've seen attendance go from 70 the first year to over a hundred last year. This year we've added about twice as many drag performers and they'll be sure to entertain longer than in the past."

Attendees are encouraged to tip performers; money raised will be donated to the Community AIDS Assistance Project. Prizes will be awarded for the scariest, funniest, most creative, most realistic and best gender-bending costumes.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pope at 641-529-0381 or proud@uni.edu, or visit uniproud.tumblr.com.

October 21, 2013 - 3:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) is excited to announce the launch of Paint Tracker, a free online resource that can be used to record and track paint and solvent usage.

"Various regulations require businesses to maintain records for paint and solvent usage. This can become tedious and time-consuming, especially for larger facilities," said Dan Nickey, associate director at the IWRC. Using Paint Tracker, businesses are able to input data on a regular basis and generate reports as needed to meet regulations.

The IWRC originally developed this software in 2007, then known as PaintPlus. It was available as downloadable software, which made it only accessible from one computer. "The decision to develop a web application meant a greater ease of accessibility, and we were able to add upgraded reporting capabilities to Paint Tracker," said Nickey.

Paint Tracker was developed by IWRC's Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program environmental specialists with funding by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. To learn more and register for a free account, visit www.iwrc.org/PaintTracker/.

The IWRC has been providing environmental services, including business assistance and industry training as well as research and development, for more than 25 years. IWRC is a nonprofit organization and is part of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit www.iwrc.org or contact Joe Bolick, IWRC communications and grant manager, at 319-273-6577 or mjbolick@uni.edu

October 17, 2013 - 3:59pm

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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, Oct. 24, 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 and discuss recent cases, including the landmark decision in Varnum v. Brien, which established same-sex marriage in Iowa. 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.

October 17, 2013 - 4:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Award-winning spoken word poet and co-writer of the Tony-nominated "Def Poetry Jam on Broadway" Staceyann Chin will perform at the University of Northern Iowa from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in UNI's Center for Multicultural Education (CME). A book signing and reception will follow her performance.

"I personally am excited to have a queer person of color come to campus to share their personal experiences through a creative outlet," said Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator for the CME. "When you are a member of two or more oppressed groups, there are a lot of cultural challenges that come along with it that most people don't understand. I hope that Staceyann's message of support and hope will resonate with those who attend so that we may continue to work on making inclusive communities stronger at UNI."

Chin's activist-driven poetry has been acclaimed by a variety of publications. She has performed her work in Off-Broadway one-woman shows and has been featured in several poetry anthologies and documentary films. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Cruz at 319-273-2250 or tabatha.cruz@uni.edu.

October 16, 2013 - 9:46am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Peter Jahr, member of the European Parliament, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Jahr will deliver a lecture titled "Renewable Energies: What We Should (Not) Learn From the European Union." The event is the fifth installment of this year's UNI Diplomat Series, sponsored by the Office of International Programs and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Center for Social and Behavioral Research and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

Jahr is a member of the German Christian Democratic Party and sits with the European People's Party group in the European Parliament. He is a member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, the Committee on Petitions, the Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

Jahr earned Diplom-Landwirt, comparable to Bachelors and Masters of Agronomy, in 1984 and a Doctor of Agronomy in 1988 from the Karl-Marx-Universität Leipzig. Jahr has served as a member of the Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany and the Landtag of Saxony, the German state of Saxony's parliament. In 2002, he became a member of the German Bundestag, the national parliament of Germany. Jahr has also been a part-time farmer since 1995.

For more information, contact Craig Klafter, associate provost for international programs, at 319-273-6807 or craig.klafter@uni.edu.

 

October 16, 2013 - 4:59pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa hosted a project on Wednesday, Oct. 16, that gave participants an authentic experience as a high school student.

Back-to-School gave a small group of UNI teacher educators, business leaders and legislators the opportunity to gain authentic experiences in Cedar Valley high schools in order to become better informed about college, careers and citizenry readiness. Participants were paired with a student and observed all the things their student did during the day, such as take tests or participate in class projects.

"I saw students who were engaged and classes that were relevant to life," said Elizabeth Zwanziger, assistant professor of languages. "It's important to make students life-ready, whether or not they're college bound."

Based on participation, debriefing and consultation, a report will be created to capture findings about college, careers and citizenry readiness. Findings will be used in crafting school and college programming, employment training and educational policy.

"This was a great experience," said Sen. Bill Dotzler. "Any time you can spend time with students is worthwhile and eye-opening. I saw students working on an issue back and forth with one another. They were respectful, and they were building their communication and people skills."

For more information about the Back-to-School project, contact Amelia Holden-McMurray, communications and marketing coordinator for the College of Education, at 319-273-2314 or amelia.holden-mcmurray@uni.edu.

October 16, 2013 - 4:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- America is losing up to 40 percent of its food to waste according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. A workshop on Oct. 30 at the Des Moines Public Library will explore the food waste issue and focus on methods to reduce food waste and divert it from the landfill.

Hosted by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, the workshop will include presentations and discussions from regional experts such as Aubrey Martinez, director from Eat Greater Des Moines at the Iowa Food Systems Council and Shelly Codner, Area 2 representative from the Iowa Waste Exchange. IWRC specialists will also speak as well as a panel of representatives from area organizations and businesses who will identify the challenges to food waste reduction and diversion.

Registration for the one-day workshop is $10, which includes lunch; zero-waste services will be provided by RecycleMeIowa. For more information and to register, visit foodwaste.iwrc.org.

The workshop is being held as part of the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project which is funded through a Solid Waste Alternative Program grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The IWRC has been providing environmental services including business assistance, industry training, as well as research and development for over 25 years. IWRC is a non-profit organization, part of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit www.iwrc.org.

October 15, 2013 - 3:10pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Expert on dual-language learning and professor emeritus of early childhood education at the University of Missouri, Columbia Linda Espinosa will visit the University of Northern Iowa from Tuesday, Oct. 29 to Friday, Nov. 1. UNI students, faculty and staff are invited to an informal presentation on Espinosa's research with children in poverty from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, in the Center for Multicultural Education. Throughout the week, Espinosa will also visit education classes to help students understand how to better serve low-income students and dual-language learners.

"We hope that Dr. Espinosa's visit will help the UNI community to gain insight into children of poverty and children who are dual-language learners, and especially how we can better prepare teachers to meet these children's needs and support them to be successful in school and society," said Jill Uhlenberg, head of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at UNI.

Espinosa has worked extensively with low-income minority students. She has published more than 70 research articles, book chapters and training manuals on how to establish effective educational services for low-income minority families and children who are acquiring English as a second language.

For more information, contact Uhlenberg at 319-273-7671 or jill.uhlenberg@uni.edu.

October 14, 2013 - 10:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- One of the most noted scholars of Japanese religion, Steven Heine, will partner with UNI world religions professor Martha Reineke to deliver a lecture on religion in contemporary Japan at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Sabin Hall, Room 002 on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The lecture, "Japanese Religion: A View from the Streets of Tokyo," will feature photos and first-hand experiences from Reineke's recent trip to Japan.

"In our global society, graduates of UNI and members of our community are increasingly likely to go to an Asian country as part of their work. My lecture will better prepare persons to understand the religious beliefs and practices of persons they may encounter while conducting business in East Asia," said Reineke. "Persons who plan to visit Japan as tourists will also find this lecture a good introduction to Japanese culture and religion."

The groundbreaking research published in Heine's book "Sacred High City, Sacred Low City: A Tale of Religious Sites in Two Tokyo Neighborhoods" served as a guide for Reineke's trip and will also be the basis for the lecture.

For more information, contact Reineke at 319-273-6233 or martha.reineke@uni.edu.

October 14, 2013 - 10:58am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society (ACS) students will host their annual "Halloween House" from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus. More than 500 people are expected to attend this year's event.

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

"The ACS students have been working hard this semester to create these demonstrations and hands-on activities in an effort to make the event fun and entertaining in a safe environment," said Dawn Del Carlo, faculty adviser to ACS and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

"Hopefully our visitors will have a great time and experience how exciting chemistry at UNI can be," added Melisa Cherney, co-adviser of ACS and assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Del Carlo at 319-273-3296 or dawndelcarlo@uni.edu, or Cherney at 319-273-2557 or melisa.cherney@uni.edu.

October 10, 2013 - 1:11pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is an outstanding business school for the eighth consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education-services company features the school in the just-published 2014 edition of "The Best 295 Business Schools" (Random House/Princeton Review, published Oct. 8, 2013).

Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, said, "We recommend UNI as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a business school degree. We chose the schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book."

Farzad Mousavi, dean of UNI's College of Business Administration, said, "It is gratifying to receive continued recognition from The Princeton Review, which is internationally respected for its independence and relies heavily on current students' opinions. What The Princeton Review finds so appealing -- high quality of instruction and strong student orientation -- defines the academic philosophy of the entire college."

"The Best 295 Business Schools: 2014 Edition" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile on UNI, the Princeton Review editors say, "UNI is well known and their students are well received as potential employees."

One student told The Princeton Review that the University of Northern Iowa offers a "practical business curriculum than can be directly applied to the business world." Another said, "It is a highly interactive atmosphere with professors who want you to [learn]." Said another, "Administrative staff [is] wonderful here; they go above and beyond limits to help you with any kind of issue."

Learn more about UNI's undergraduate business and MBA programs at business.uni.edu.

October 10, 2013 - 2:41pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host theologian and social activist Ronald Sider as part of the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, in the Lang Hall Auditorium.

Sider will lecture on "Social Responsibility & the Crisis of Hunger," which addresses the persistence of hunger in this country and the world and what can and should be done about it. He is a distinguished professor at the Palmer Theological Seminary and author of "Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger." Sider is also the founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, a group that seeks to develop biblical solutions to social and economic problems.

The event is in conjunction with the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. Last year, the series focused on "The Search for an American Dream" through questions of social justice, education and economics. This year's theme is "Food Matters." Speakers and films will explore why food is an important topic, and how food-related decisions have a global, national and local impact.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/higherground or contact Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

October 10, 2013 - 2:54pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present "Spring Awakening" at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31, Nov. 2 and Nov. 7 to 9, and at 2 p.m., Nov. 3 and 10. All performances will be in Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Spring Awakening" is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1892 expressionist play about the struggles, frustrations and thrills of the teen years. The musical, by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, follows a group of adolescent students as they wrestle with their burgeoning sexuality and the refusal of their parents and teachers to admit what is really happening. It is a groundbreaking theatrical work in its use of contemporary music and choreography in the world of 19th century values and repression. With hope, reason and passion, "Spring Awakening" explores the conflicts between children and parents and double standards in morality and sexuality. The show contains adult themes, language and brief nudity.

"Spring Awakening" is the second performance of Theatre UNI's 2013-14 season, "Deadly Sins." The production is directed by Jay Edelnant, professor of performance. Scenery design is by Mark A. Parrot, assistant professor of design and production. Costumes are designed by Amy Rohrberg, associate professor of design and production. Two guest designers are working on this production; projection design is by Carsten Earl from Luther College, and the lighting design is by Chris Wood, a well-established freelance designer. Sound design is by senior theatre design and production major Shawn Poellet and projection support is provided by Aharon Moody, also a senior theatre design and production major. The production stage manager is Jessica Kray, a senior theatre major and Stage Inc. scholarship recipient.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $14 for groups of 8 or more, $12 for youth and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director for Theatre UNI, at 319-273-6833 or eric.lange@uni.edu, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

October 9, 2013 - 9:43am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Do whistleblowers help or hinder government accountability? Sen. Chuck Grassley will answer this question with his lecture "Government Accountability and Whistleblowers" from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, in Maucker Union's Expansion Room on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Grassley has been a consistent defender of whistleblowers and considers them to be part of the system of checks and balances. A co-author of the Whistleblower Protection Act, Grassley views his support for whistleblower protection as a duty to protect truth-tellers.

In a Des Moines Register article from July 29, he said, "Anything we can do to uphold whistleblowers and their protection is the right thing to keep government responsible. If you know laws are being violated and money's being misspent, you have a patriotic duty to report it."

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the UNI American Democracy Project (ADP), a program of the provost's office.

For more information, contact Geraldine Perreault, chair of the UNI American Democracy Project, at 319-273-6898 or geraldine.perreault@gmail.com. Because of the uncertainty in Washington, if Grassley's visit needs to be rescheduled, notices would be sent to the media and posted on the ADP website (http://www.uni.edu/adp/).

October 9, 2013 - 9:48am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present "Slammin' at the Interp!" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, Room 040.

"Slammin' at the Interp!" will bring together spoken word and slam poets from across Iowa. Featured performers include Josh Hamzehee, Melina Gotera, Yaw Kyeremateng, Zora Hurst, Kate Krohn, Christian Roth and Jerica Crawford. The event is intended for mature audiences only.

The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. Admission passes will be available 45 minutes before the production begins in Lang Hall, Room 040. For more information, contact Danielle McGeough, assistant professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6985 or danielle.mcgeough@uni.edu.

October 9, 2013 - 1:17pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence, the University of Northern Iowa will host Anita DeFrantz, member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams, at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, in the Commons Ballroom. DeFrantz will speak on "Striving for Excellence." The installation of 2013 inductees into the Hall of Excellence will take place at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Wellness and Recreation Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

DeFrantz was captain of the American rowing team at the 1976 Summer Olympics and went on to become the first female vice president of the IOC. The event is hosted by UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services and the College of Education. During the celebration, President Bill Ruud will welcome Hall of Excellence past and current inductees. A reception will follow the event with a cost of $20 for the public.

This year's inductees into the Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence include Donald Briggs, instructor of physical education and former wrestling coach at UNI; Mark Farley, head coach of the UNI football team and winner of the National Coach of the Year-Eddie Robinson Award; Frederick Pelley, retired physical education teacher and honor award recipient; and Debra Stephenson, health and physical education teacher and outstanding teacher award recipient.

For additional information, contact Carol Bean, secretary in Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, at 319-273-2840 or carol.bean@uni.edu.

October 8, 2013 - 4:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's dance companies, Orchesis and International Dance Theatre, will present their annual fall dance concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, and 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall. 

The companies will perform a variety of dance styles, including hip-hop, ballet, ballroom, contemporary, tap and multicultural. The event is free of charge and open to all ages.

Orchesis is a UNI dance company composed of students interested in pursuing dance choreography, performance and production. The International Dance Theatre is a student-based performance group sponsored by the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, which strives to expose students to a variety of dance and cultural traditions from around the world.

For more information on the performance, contact Daniel Wells, instructor of health, physical education and leisure services, at 319-273-3560 or daniel.wells@uni.edu

October 7, 2013 - 9:03am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students, faculty and staff at the University of Northern Iowa will join thousands of Iowans in a commitment to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by participating in Healthiest State walks on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The walks will take place at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Maucker Union, noon at the McLeod Center and 3 p.m. at the Wellness and Recreation Center.

In 2011, Gov. Terry Branstad announced the plan to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation within five years. In coordination with the Blue Zones Project, UNI will help Iowa work toward that goal. UNI President Bill Ruud and Mrs. Ruud and Cedar Falls Mayor Jon Crews will participate in the 11:30 a.m. walk.

For additional information, contact Therese Callaghan, employee disability & leave coordinator in Human Resource Services, at 319-273-6164 or therese.callaghan@uni.edu.

October 3, 2013 - 4:27pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A team of physics professors from the University of Northern Iowa received a federal grant of $105,000 from the National Science Foundation to perform new experiments on materials at temperatures within 10 degrees Fahrenheit of absolute zero, the lowest temperature that can be achieved. The funding will be used to purchase a new low-temperature system to work alongside current equipment in the laboratory of Rui He, principal investigator and assistant professor of physics at UNI. Other members of the team include Paul Shand and Tim Kidd.

"This equipment will significantly enhance and broaden our research capability. It will provide our undergraduate students with hands-on experience in low-temperature optical experiments and with world-class opportunities in scientific research," said He.

With the recent grant, UNI physics faculty have secured more than $740,000 in competitive grants from the National Science Foundation since 2009. This funding has helped support five to 10 undergraduate students per year to perform research in areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology, and has resulted in the publication of seven scientific papers involving students as co-authors.

For more information, contact He at 319-273-2274 or rui.he@uni.edu.

October 3, 2013 - 4:39pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In less than a week after going live with voting on one of its nine business contests, the award winning business grant contest Dream Big Grow Here has already attracted over 10,000 people from across the United States to go online and vote for Iowa small business owners vying for a shot at a $5,000 business grant. Regional winners from this year's contests will then go on for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize at the annual EntreFest! business conference early next year.

The Dream Big Grow Here grant contest is more than a popularity contest for a business grant. It's an economic development tool to bolster local Iowa economies and celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship in rural towns.

"Dream Big Grow Here has been a tremendously successful program for the University of Northern Iowa, and is but one important example of how we attract, engage, celebrate and help grow Iowa small businesses," said Rob Williams, statewide lead for Dream Big Grow Here. "We've been gaining lots of national traction with Dream Big Grow Here as well, including an expansion of the contest to Oklahoma, and we are a finalist in the prestigious University Economic Development Association's Awards of Excellence."

While voting is live in the Southwest Iowa contest, all of the other contest regions are still accepting entries. Go to DreamBigGrowHere.com to find entry requirements to submit your business dream, or go online to support your local businesses with a vote or word of encouragement.

Lead sponsor for Dream Big Grow Here is the Iowa Bankers Association. Other key sponsors are a mix of private and public sector agencies, including the University of Northern Iowa MyEntre.Net, Iowa Farm Bureau/Renew Rural Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority, VentureNet, Delta Dental of Iowa and the Technology Association of Iowa. Dream Big Grow Here is a program of UNI Business & Community Services.

October 2, 2013 - 8:53am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Aaron Baughman, a senior from Denison majoring in manufacturing technology: metal casting, has won the University of Northern Iowa Elevator Pitch Competition. He will test his elevator pitch against college students from across the U.S. at the National CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization) Conference Elevator Pitch Competition, Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 2, in Chicago.Aaron Baughman, elevator pitch winner

Baughman is the owner of Anvil Guitars, a business located in the R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator, a program of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at UNI. The manufacturing facility for Anvil Guitars is located in Denison. The company manufactures custom guitars, focusing mostly on electric guitars for artists seeking to express their individual tastes and needs in an instrument.

The runner-ups for the competition were Michael Caraway, a sophomore marketing major from Walker, and Conner Dorrance, a senior marketing major from Cedar Rapids. Eight students competed in the local competition and were judged according to the National CEO Elevator Pitch guidelines.

"The JPEC will be working with Aaron, Michael and Conner to perfect their pitches for the national competition," said Bart Schmitz, adviser for UNI Entrepreneurs. "The national competition consists of three rounds, and we expect their 90-second pitches to make it to the final round.”

The UNI JPEC, a division of UNI's Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services designed for student entrepreneurs. The center provides expertise in all stages of business planning and development and serves as a vehicle to bring new products and technologies to market. For additional information about the competition or JPEC, visit www.jpec.org, call 319-273-5732 or email jpec@uni.edu.

October 2, 2013 - 9:45am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Augustina Naami, assistant professor of social work at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "The Impact of Unemployment on Women with Physical Disabilities: A Comparison of Tamale, Ghana and Salt Lake City, UT," at noon, Monday, Oct. 7, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held in the Center for Multicultural Education.

Other CROW Forum presentations scheduled for this fall include:

Nov. 4: Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Tori Quist, a senior majoring in chemistry, will present "Female Scientists' Sense of Self and Stereotypes: Black Sheep or Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?"

Dec. 2: Jennifer Waldron, associate professor, health, physical education and leisure services and graduate coordinator for Women's and Gender Studies, will present "Is Hazing Fun or Is It Violent? A Post-Structuralist Perspective."

CROW Forums not only build community among people interested in women's and gender issues, but 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, in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A. All events are free and open to the public. For additional information or a complete list of events, visit www.uni.edu/csbs/womenstudies/current-research-women-gender-crow-forum or contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu.

October 2, 2013 - 11:29am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Emmy Award-winning Hollywood video editor and motion graphics artist Josh Bodnar will walk through the creative process of one of the most talked about main title sequences in recent history, "Dexter," at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center second floor Lounge/Auditorium.

Bodnar will connect the common threads of his creative process through different mediums: art, advertising and entertainment. He will explain how storyboards, visual effects, type design, picture editing, sound design and client relations all play a part in how an idea is visualized. Bodnar will also discuss Dexter from concept to completion and show never-before-seen edits rejected by the client.

Bodnar is internationally recognized for his strong storytelling abilities and has worked with clients such as Showtime, HBO, AMC, Verizon, Google, Nike and Anheuser-Busch. In 2007, he won an Emmy for his editing on "Dexter." Bodnar is based out of Los Angeles, Calif., and currently works as a staff editor at the editorial boutique Whitehouse.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Cedar Valley and the University of Northern Iowa Senate Faculty Speaker's Fund. Tickets are $5 for AAF members, $10 for nonmembers and free for UNI students with their student ID. For more information, contact Bettina Fabos, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-5972 or bettina.fabos@uni.edu.  

October 1, 2013 - 11:37am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Association for Integrated Roadside Management (AFIRM) elected new officers on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Elected officers include: president, Josh Brandt, Cerro Gordo County; vice president, Denise Straw, Chickasaw County; secretary, Tyler Kelley, Story County; treasurer, Ben Hoskinson, Mahaska County; at large, Matt Purdy, Benton County, and Rose Danaher, Iowa County.

Elections were followed by Iowa's 27th Annual Roadside Conference, organized by the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) program at the University of Northern Iowa and AFIRM. More than 100 people attended the conference.

For more information, contact Rebecca Kauten, IRVM program manager, at 319-273-3856 or rebecca.kauten@uni.edu

September 30, 2013 - 10:08am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Fast Forward: Overtake the Competition," an electronic media workshop that brings together academics and media professionals, will be hosted at the University of Northern Iowa on Friday, Oct. 18, in Lang Hall. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with workshops, lunch, discussion and speakers to follow. The event concludes at 2:45 p.m.

The Fast Forward workshop, in its ninth year, continues to bring working professionals to students. This year, 20 media professionals will lead or participate in 14 different workshops. Interactive sessions will be offered in a variety of settings to help media students prepare for their first job. Industry experts will lead discussions on best practices in broadcast journalism and help attendees polish their broadcast and production skills.

The keynote address will be given by Richard B. Haynes, senior vice president of research at Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc., the leading television research consultation company in the world. His remarks will address the changing media landscape in the United States.

Cost of the Fast Forward workshop is $50 for students and $65 for professionals. A brown bag lunch is included. Payment can be mailed to Fast Forward: E-Media Workshop, Department of Communication Studies, Lang Hall 326, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614. (Make checks payable to UNI/Communication Studies.) Or register online at www.uni.edu/commstudies/fastforward. Payments of online registration must be made the day of the event.

A number of full and partial scholarships are provided for students through funding by the Iowa Broadcasters Association. For additional information, contact Ronnie Bankston, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6244 or ronnie.bankston@uni.edu.

September 30, 2013 - 10:12am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Distinguished reporter Jack Hovelson will deliver his lecture "Newspapering: If You Ain't Good, You Better Be Lucky" at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, at the University of Northern Iowa.

"It's long been said that newspapers provide the first draft of history," said John Johnson, a professor in UNI's Department of History. "For more than half a century, Jack Hovelson has provided hundreds of first drafts of some of the most important moments in the history of the Cedar Valley."

Hovelson has more than 50 years of experience in journalism, having worked as a reporter for newspapers including The Des Moines Register and USA Today, and served as an adviser for UNI's student-run newspaper, The Northern Iowan. His lecture is sponsored by the UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society.

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

September 30, 2013 - 10:23am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- More than 1,500 pounds of trash is currently on the third floor of the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library. The trash is in the form of three sculptures on display as part of the exhibit "Riverse: The Art of Project A.W.A.R.E." David Williamson, the artist who created these sculptures, and Lynette Siegley, director of Iowa Project A.W.A.R.E., will discuss Project A.W.A.R.E. (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition) and the art it has produced. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, on the third floor of Rod Library.

"The library is pleased to be working with the Office of Sustainability to host this exhibit and bring these speakers to campus," said Christopher Cox, dean of Library Services at Rod Library. "The project is a compelling intersection of conservation and art, two topics the library and its staff care deeply about."

Project A.W.A.R.E. was launched at UNI in 2003 by alumnus Brian Soenen in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The project has removed close to 300 tons of trash from Iowa rivers during its 11 years. The exhibit and lecture are sponsored by Rod Library and the Office of Sustainability.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cox at 319-273-2737 or chris.cox@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 2013 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition came to a close on Sept. 26 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.

R-pipe received first place and $25,000. R-pipe is a civil engineering company that makes pipe from waste material that is lighter, more durable, as strong, and is slightly less expensive than concrete pipe.  The company was founded in 2013 and is located in Ames.

Contact: Tom Cackler

Tom.cackler.geomatters@gmail.com

Memcine Pharmaceuticals Inc. came in second and received $15,000. Memcine Pharmaceuticals Inc. developed the platform technology for the improvement of vaccine efficacy against infectious diseases and cancer therapeutics.  The company was founded in 2010 and is located in Coralville.

Contact: Tony Vanden Bush

tony@memcine.com

http://memcine.com

ScoutPro Inc. received third place and $10,000. The company uses a crop scouting system developed by crop scouts to insure accurate, efficient identification and management. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Ames.

Contact: Holden Nyhus

h.nyhus@scoutpro.com

http://www.scoutpro.com

"Special thanks to John Pappjohn who, through his unwavering commitment to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, has again sponsored this business plan competition and has provided extensive support for entrepreneurship in Iowa, said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

Details about next year's John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition will be announced in February. For additional information about the competition, visit www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com 

September 26, 2013 - 11:24am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) will offer a food waste reduction workshop Oct. 16 at the Stoney Creek Inn in Sioux City. The workshop, focusing on methods to reduce food waste and divert it from the landfill includes presentations and discussions from regional experts such as Linda Scheid, Executive Director at the Food Bank of Siouxland and Fred Keston, Area 1 Representative from the Iowa Waste Exchange.

Attendees will also hear from IWRC specialists as well as a panel of representatives from area organizations and businesses who will identify the challenges to food waste reduction and diversion.

Registration for the one-day workshop is $10, which includes lunch. For more information and to register, visit foodwaste.iwrc.org.

The workshop is being held as part of the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project which is funded through a Solid Waste Alternative Program grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

The IWRC has been providing environmental services including business assistance, industry training, as well as research and development for over 25 years. IWRC is a non-profit organization, part of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit www.iwrc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The number of upperclassmen living on campus at the University of Northern Iowa is on the rise. UNI is meeting the needs of this influx of residents thanks to the addition of more than 128,000 square feet of living, dining and lounge space. A celebration of the grand reopening of Redeker Center and the dedication of Panther Village Phase II will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Redeker Center. A short program will begin at 2:05 p.m., with refreshments and tours of the new spaces to follow.

The newly renovated Redeker Center features the addition of 300 seats in the Piazza dining center, an expanded floor plan in Biscotti's convenience store, the inclusion of student office space for the Residence Hall Association and a new 24-hour computer lab, for a total of 14,000 additional square feet.

Panther Village Phase II makes room for 246 more students in the popular apartment-style residence hall, with the addition of 114,500 gross square feet. Each apartment comes furnished and features private bedrooms, a shared kitchen with appliances and a shared living room. In addition to new living spaces, the Panther Village courtyard features new basketball and sand volleyball courts.

More than 4,300 students live on campus at UNI across more than 1.5 million square feet of real estate. The new additions to Redeker Center and Panther Village provide students with the social and academic advantages of living on campus and the benefits of independent, apartment-style living.

For more information, contact Glenn Gray, assistant vice president of student affairs and executive director of residence, at 319-273-2333 or glenn.gray@uni.edu.

September 26, 2013 - 11:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Why do working Americans eat the way we do? This is the question award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan will address at the Reaching for Higher Ground (RHG) keynote lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. McMillan will discuss the realities of America's food industry and her experiences working undercover in the food industry.

"Our food choices, formerly a source of sustenance, self-expression and family bonding, are now more often based on factors like convenience, time, cost and shelf life," said Deirdre Heistad, director of the Liberal Arts Core. "For many Americans, both young and old, the microwave has replaced the stove, and the fast-food restaurant has replaced the home kitchen altogether. Tracie McMillan's visit will provide the UNI community an opportunity to reflect upon the changing nature of food in our society, the necessity of repairing our connection to this basic human need and how doing so can contribute to our overall well-being."

McMillan is the author of the best-selling book "The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table." Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post and The New York Times. As part of the RHG series, her lecture follows this year's theme, "Food Matters," which aims to explore the social and economic impacts of food.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Heistad at 319-273-2633 or d.heistad@uni.edu.

September 25, 2013 - 8:29am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present "The American Way of Eating" at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10 to 12 and Oct. 16 to 19, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 13 and 20, in the Bertha Martin Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The play is being presented in conjunction with UNI's Reaching For Higher Ground project.

Adapted from The New York Times best-selling book, "The American Way of Eating" details how journalist Tracie McMillan delved into the heart of America's food production industries in order to get a firsthand account of how our food is harvested, sold and prepared. McMillan went undercover picking garlic in the fields of California, working as a produce stocker for Wal-Mart, the largest seller of groceries in the U.S., and working in the kitchen of the biggest restaurant chain in America. This story offers a vivid picture of the people who actually feed us and of the toll that task takes on them.

"The American Way of Eating" is the first offering of Theatre UNI's 2013-14 season, "Deadly Sins." The production is written and directed by Matthew James Weedman, assistant professor of performance. Scenery and projection designs are by Leonard Curtis, associate professor of design and production; costume design is by Jenn Shesko Wood, assistant professor of design and production; lighting design is by Allie Smith, senior theatre design and production major; and sound and projection support are provided by Aharon Moody, senior theatre design and production major. The production stage manager is Melia Beschta, senior theatre design and production major.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director for Theatre UNI, at 319-273-6833 or eric.lange@uni.edu, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

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. This year's theme is "Food Matters," which aims to explore the social and economic impacts of food.

 

September 25, 2013 - 8:38am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- More than 175 students from high schools and colleges across Iowa are expected to attend the sixth annual TRiO Student Leadership Conference, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Through a variety of breakout sessions, the conference aims to empower and celebrate the diversity of students who participate in the Iowa TRiO programs, and provide a day of leadership development for students.

Former Iowa TRiO participant Azline Nelson, an East Waterloo High School and Spellman College graduate, will be the keynote speaker. She will address obstacles TRiO students face and how she overcame them, the importance of community and the history of TRiO programs.

"Self-empowerment, welcoming diversity and developing strong leadership skills are essential to everyone’s future, and we are pleased to foster the development of these skills through this conference," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "This conference will benefit all attendees, as rigorous discussions will help all learn to improve their ability to embrace diversity, identify their leadership skills and challenge themselves to engage in new situations."

TRiO programs are federal outreach and student services programs that provide support and opportunities to underrepresented students in higher education. UNI began providing TRiO services in the 1960s and today offers the following TRiO programs: Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

For more information, contact Colice Sanders, advising specialist for UNI Student Support Services, at 319-273-2179 or colice.sanders@uni.edu.

September 25, 2013 - 10:05am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 870 million people of the more than 7 billion people in the world suffer from chronic undernourishment. The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the CEEE Auditorium. Kirschenmann will deliver a lecture titled "How Can We Feed the World?"

The lecture will address questions such as whether the lack of food is simply a production problem and if our current food and agriculture system is stable. It will also discuss possible new approaches towards a more sustainable agriculture.

This lecture is part of UNI's Reaching For Higher Ground series. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan, director of the CEEE, at 319-273-7575 or kamyar.enshayan@uni.edu.

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. This year's theme is "Food Matters," which aims to explore the social and economic impacts of food.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The second annual Jacobson Center and Reading Recovery Literacy Academy will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom. The event will focus on the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model and Reading Recovery.

The academy includes sessions for Reading Recovery teachers and teacher leaders, comprehensive literacy coaches and classroom teachers, comprehensive intervention model coaches, and administrators. Keynote speakers for the event include Peter Johnston, professor of reading at the University of Albany, and Lester Laminack, children's author and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University.

The academy will also host lectures by other experts on literacy and reading throughout each day. For additional information or to register, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/events/jcclacademy.

September 24, 2013 - 11:15am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) will offer a food waste reduction workshop Oct.15 at the Council Bluffs Public Library. The workshop, focusing on methods to reduce food waste and divert it from the landfill includes presentations and discussions from regional experts such as Lora Kanning, interpretive naturalist from the Cass County Conservation and Jim Reimer, Area 6 representative from the Iowa Waste Exchange.

Attendees will also hear from IWRC specialists as well as a panel of representatives from area organizations and businesses who will identify the challenges to food waste reduction and diversion.

Registration for the one-day workshop is $10, which includes lunch. For more information and to register, visit foodwaste.iwrc.org.

The workshop is being held as part of the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project which is funded through a Solid Waste Alternative Program grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The IWRC has been providing environmental services including business assistance, industry training, as well as research and development for over 25 years. IWRC is a non-profit organization, part of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit www.iwrc.org.

September 23, 2013 - 10:24am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "The Power of Line: Prints of the European and American Etching Revival" from the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) Monday, Sept. 30, through Monday, Dec. 2, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South on the UNI campus.

The exhibition was co-curated by Joni Kinsey of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in conjunction with her students and UIMA chief curator Kathleen A. Edwards. Gallery doors will open after Kinsey’s lecture on at 7 p.m., Sept. 30, in KAB, Room 111. A reception will follow.

The exhibition is made possible by the UIMA Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Project and is supported exclusively by The Matthew Bucksbaum Family. The UNI Gallery of Art is proud to participate in this collections sharing initiative, which allows the campus community and art patrons in the region an opportunity to see important works from UIMA's holdings.

According to Edwards, "The exhibition presents many fine examples of late 19th and early 20th century technical experimentation, intellectual inquiry, and aesthetic expression, including maritime and landscape subjects and scenes of everyday life." Of the 43 works included in the exhibition are the following: "The Forge" by James Abbott McNeill Whistler; "An Apple Orchard, Easthampton" by Thomas Moran; and "Battersea Reach/Old Chelsea Out of Whistler's Window" by Francis Seymour Haden.

In addition to "The Power of Line," the Gallery of Art will also continue to present the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition "Myth & Narrative: It's All in the Telling," which is co-curated by Charles M. Adelman and gallery director Darrell Taylor. This exhibition represents an ongoing collaboration between the gallery and upper-level art history students who have written didactic materials for each object. Featured works are by Romare Bearden, Salvador Dali, Honoré Daumier, Reuben Nakian and Gladys Nilsson.

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 through Saturday; and by appointment. The gallery will be closed Nov. 23 through Dec. 1 for Thanksgiving break.

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/Home.html or call 319-273-3095.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Homecoming celebration begins Monday, Oct. 7, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 12, featuring many events and activities.

The official kick-off ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, on the roof of Maucker Union. The celebration will include the Pride Cry Competition, performances by the UNI Spirit Squad and live music from the Panther Marching Band.

At 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, nominees will present a Royalty Showcase in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Participants will show their skills and compete for the titles of king and queen. A Homecoming picnic is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Campanile Plaza.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, also marks the start of the Traditions Challenge, which is hosted by the UNI Alumni Association. Teams of five will compete in an "Amazing Race" challenge across campus and take group photos at each destination in order to complete a challenge. Teams can register for the Traditions Challenge Amazing Race at www.uni.edu/homecoming/traditions-challenge-amazing-race. Afterward, students can head over to Maucker Union for Casino Night at 8 p.m.

Mike Super, a magician and illusionist, will perform at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, in Maucker Union. Super was the winner of the hit NBC show Phenomenon.

At 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, the Homecoming Pep Rally will take place on Lawther Field. The rally will feature the final round of Pride Cry, performances from the cheer and dance teams, and the Royalty Coronation. Campaniling will be at midnight at the Campanile Plaza.

The UNI football team will face-off against Southern Illinois at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, in the UNI-Dome.

Homecoming events are planned and facilitated by the Campus Activities Board. For a complete list of Homecoming week events, visit www.uni.edu/homecoming. 

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor of gerontology at the University of Northern Iowa, is available for speaking engagements on Alzheimer's and other related dementias.

Eshbaugh serves as the coordinator of UNI's gerontology program, which offers the only undergraduate gerontology degree in Iowa. She is also on the executive board of the Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging and has collaborated with various continuing care communities, adult day services and hospices.

"I am excited to be able to educate people on how to interact with individuals who have Alzheimer's or a related dementia," says Eshbaugh. "Unfortunately, this is a population whose quality of life is largely neglected."

For more information, contact Eshbaugh at 319-273-6083 or elaine.eshbaugh@uni.edu

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The MBA program at the University of Northern Iowa is seeking potential clients for its annual 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 across northeast Iowa.

Potential clients are drawn from both the business and nonprofit sectors. Projects are developed to meet the specific needs of the client, but typically they address strategic planning, marketing analysis, process analysis or feasibility questions. The work is completed in the spring of each year.

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.

Proposals are accepted August through October. Organizations that would like to propose a Capstone Experience project for the upcoming year are encouraged to contact Capstone coordinator Dale Cyphert at 319-273-6150 or dale.cyphert@uni.edu.

September 18, 2013 - 9:38am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $750,000 to the University of Northern Iowa for a project run by Andrey Petrov, assistant professor in the Department of Geography. The project is named RCN-SEES: Arctic-FROST: Arctic Frontiers of Sustainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North.

The project is based at the Arctic Social and Environmental Systems Research (ARCSES) Laboratory in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. As the leader of the project, UNI will serve as the national focal center of sustainability science research in the Arctic for the next five years.

Arctic-FROST builds an international collaborative network that teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators and community members to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development. The research is specifically aimed at improving health, human development and the well-being of Arctic communities.

For additional information, contact Petrov at 319-273-6245 or andrey.petrov@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A record 160 students from across the Cedar Valley will compete in a variety of physical and mental battles at the third Cedar Valley Hunger Games event, from 2 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library. The event, hosted in partnership with the Cedar Falls and Waterloo public libraries, celebrates the love of reading and the popularity of "The Hunger Games" book series.

The Cedar Valley Hunger Games aims to simulate the intense battles that take place in the books with puzzles, riddles and activities like a three-legged race. Students are encouraged to study "The Hunger Games" trilogy prior to the event, as there will be trivia questions about the content of the book. The grand prize will be tickets to the upcoming movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," with additional prizes being awarded to other participating teams.

Rules, details and release forms can be found at www.tinyurl.com/CVHG3. For more information, contact Angela Cox, library assistant at Rod Library, at 319-273-2839 or angela.cox@uni.edu

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa faculty and staff members have been named Fulbright scholars for 2013-14. Christopher Martin, Mark Myers and Nadia Korobova have each been selected to undertake research or teach abroad. 

The Fulbright Program, one of the most prestigious award programs in the world, is managed by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Founded in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program provides merit-based grants for international educational exchange.

Martin, interim head and professor of communication studies, will undertake research in Hungary. Myers, assistant professor of biology, will conduct research in Colombia. Korobova, associate director for international students and scholars, will participate in the International Education Administrators Program in Germany and France.

"This continued success in the Fulbright Scholars Program has earned UNI a place within the ranks of the finest universities in the United States," said Craig Klafter, associate provost for International Programs.

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

September 16, 2013 - 10:12am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Advance Iowa program, the state's only certified Economic Gardening center, has officially started. Advance Iowa is an economic development program that focuses on the expansion of small and medium-sized businesses using the Economic Gardening approach.

Economic Gardening is often referred to as a "grow your own" strategy for economic development and is a proven economic growth strategy that focuses on providing information and tools to grow existing businesses. To use this approach to meet the unique needs of Iowa, the Advance Iowa team consists of skilled researchers who mine sophisticated databases and use high-end tools related to search engine optimization, geographic information systems and social media marketing.

Advance Iowa partners with economic development organizations across the state who then locate businesses within their region that are prime for growth. The Advance Iowa team works directly with the business along with the economic development organization to gather customized actionable data and develop a plan to implement the strategies developed.

Advance Iowa is a program of Business & Community Services (BCS) at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit www.advanceiowa.com or contact Joe Bolick, communications and public relations for BCS, at 319-273-6577 or mjbolick@uni.edu, or Dan Beenken, program manager for Advance Iowa, at 319-273-4322 or dan.beenken@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- With 280 members, this year's Panther Marching Band (PMB) is the largest in UNI history. This record-setting number not only reflects the consistent growth PMB has experienced over the years but also reflects the strength of the program.

"It's great to know that so many students want to join our program," said director of PMB Danny Galyen. "The growth of the band really demonstrates the outstanding experience that students have in the band and in the School of Music."

With the increase in membership, the quality of the program can be expected to grow even more. "There is so much more that we can do with a larger marching band than with a smaller one," said Galyen. "We are really able to fill the Dome with sound and present a strong challenge to the Iowa and Iowa State bands now that we are of comparable size."

The marching band plans to take advantage of its new growth by performing at several events throughout the year and partnering with other groups. In support of breast cancer awareness, the band will wear pink shirts for the "Pink-Out" during the Sept. 28 football game against McNeese State. For their Homecoming halftime performance on Oct. 12, PMB will partner with UNI Taiko drum ensemble to bring Japanese percussion into the set. The band will perform at the 2013 Cedar Rapids Indoor Marching Classic on Oct.14, and they will continue supporting area high schools at their Friday night football games.

While this may seem like a lot to take on, it's yet another testament to the strength of the marching band. "The students have this energy and passion for what they do," said Galyen. "We strive to be the best and most entertaining band in the state and in the region."

For more information about the Panther Marching Band or their upcoming performances, contact Galyen at 319-273-2173 or danny.galyen@uni.edu.

September 16, 2013 - 10:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, sponsored by the UNI Suzuki School, has announced plans for the 2013-14 season. This chamber orchestra is looking for advanced string students in grades nine through 12.

The year will consist of two chamber music opportunities. First, students will be assigned to small chamber ensembles coached by Julia Bullard, professor of music in UNI's School of Music. Later in the season, the groups will join to form a larger ensemble to play challenging string chamber orchestra literature. Rehearsals will be held on select Friday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m., at Russell Hall, beginning Friday, Oct. 11, and continuing until Friday, Feb. 14.

Special opportunities will include performances with faculty and guests, participation in the Trio 826 Chamber Music Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 16, and a performance at UNI on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Students must have teacher recommendation for participation. Recommendation must be received no later than Wednesday, Sept. 25. There will be no formal auditions for membership. Additional playing level requirements and the teacher recommendation form are available at www.uni.edu/music/suzuki/node/270.

For more information, contact Cathy Craig, Suzuki School coordinator, at 319-273-2508 or cathy.craig@uni.edu

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Daniel Webster Law Society (DWLS) will host a panel of UNI professors at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Sabin Room 002. Panel members will discuss past and upcoming Supreme Court decisions.  

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court made major decisions on same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action and other issues. This year, the court will consider cases on campaign finance reform and abortion. Panelists will explain those decisions, consider what's to come and take questions from the audience. Panelists include John Johnson, professor of history; Allison Martens, assistant professor of political science; and Scott Peters, associate professor of political science.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Peters at 319-273-2727 or scott.peters@uni.edu.

September 13, 2013 - 10:43am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will kick off its 2013-14 season with guest artists and UNI alumni Brianne Waychoff and Ben Powell. Their solo performances, "Leftovers" and "Station to Station," will be presented together at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, and Friday, Sept. 27, in the Interpreters Theatre in 040 Lang Hall.

In "Leftovers," Waychoff incorporates diverse sources: Jean Francois Millet's painting "The Gleaners"; her grandmother's needlepoint rendering of the same work; and Agnes Varda's 2000 film, "The Gleaners and I." The written text of the piece is a blend of personal narrative and borrowed texts from the fields of art history, documentary filmmaking, performance studies, philosophy and poetry.

In "Station to Station," Powell performs an array of texts, including a collection of letters between Powell's grandfather and great-grandfather sent between 1935 and 1936, assembled histories of the U.S. Interstate System, an old mapping guidebook, and fragments of memories and music. Location takes on new meaning as maps are created and offered as possible answers to the questions: Where have I come from? Where am I now? Where am I going?

The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. Admission passes will be available one hour before the production begins at Lang 040. For more information, contact Karen Mitchell, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-2640 or karen.mitchell@uni.edu

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI students will get a taste of Latino culture at the first UNI Latino Fest, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at Lawther Field. The event, which is being hosted by UNI's Hispanic Latino Student Union (HLSU) and Art for El Salvador, will feature authentic Latin American food, live performances and an art sale by Art for El Salvador.

"This event will give UNI students an opportunity to learn more about the Hispanic culture in an informal festival setting," said Walter Abrego, director of public relations for HLSU. "This event will not only increase awareness of Latin culture at UNI, it will also help make Latin American, Hispanic and Latino students around campus feel welcome."

The event will feature live music by Latin American music duo Calle Sur, Zumba, children's activities and a dance.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Abrego at 712-267-4051 or abregow@uni.edu.

September 13, 2013 - 2:36pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- William N. Ruud will be officially installed as the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa during a 10 a.m. ceremony, Friday, Oct. 4. The ceremony will take place in the Great Hall of UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. UNI students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend. A reception will take place immediately following the installation ceremony. The ceremony will be streamed live online at live.uni.edu.

The ceremonial event will include live music by the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony and Varsity Men's Glee Club, and representatives of the UNI faculty and staff will process in full academic regalia. The platform party will include student, faculty, staff and administration representatives. Bruce Rastetter, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will conduct the official installation.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, a pair of events will take place to mark the installation. A student celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Campanile Plaza. The celebration will include lunch, music and a short program. There will be a faculty, staff and community reception for Bill and Judy Ruud from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge, Commons. Students, faculty and staff are also asked to show their Panther Pride and wear purple attire on Thursday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 4.

Ruud was named UNI president by the Board of Regents on Feb. 7 and assumed his duties on May 31.

For more information about installation, visit uni.edu/installation/ or contact Jan Hanish, assistant vice president for Administration and Financial Services and co-chair of the installation committee, at 319-273-2382 or jan.hanish@uni.edu.

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