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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.

November 12, 2013 - 2:55pm

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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.

November 12, 2013 - 4:51pm

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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/.

November 11, 2013 - 9:31am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an artist lecture and musical performance by Tim Lowly at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South, Room 111. Lowly will speak about his paintings and other artistic works. The lecture will be followed immediately by an 8 p.m. musical performance with Lowly and Karima Walker in the Graham Hall Chamber Music Room in Russell Hall. 

Chicago-based artist, curator and musician, Lowly has been affiliated with North Park University in Chicago as gallery director, professor and artist-in-residence. His paintings are delicate, beautiful and haunting. They are portraits of his daughter, Temma, and the world seen through her eyes. 

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kenneth Hall, assistant professor of art, at 319-273-6142 or kenneth.hall@uni.edu.

November 11, 2013 - 10:49am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A panel discussion titled "Reflecting on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy" will be held to discuss and remember the national tragedy of his assassination. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, Seerley Hall, Room 115 at the University of Northern Iowa.

Panelists for the discussion include Grand Veeder, Black Hawk County auditor; John Johnson, professor of history; Donna Hoffman, professor and head of political science; and Dick Broadie, newspaper columnist and radio commentator. The discussion will be followed by audience comments and questions.

"The 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy offers an opportunity to reflect upon the tragic events of November 1963 as well as the place of the late president in American history and life," noted Johnson.

The American Democracy Project and the departments of history and political science will host the event. For additional information, contact Johnson at 319-273-7077 or john.johnson@uni.edu.

November 8, 2013 - 1:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Parents and students in the Cedar Valley will have the opportunity to learn about applying for college scholarships at the Educational Talent Search Program parent/student workshop at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at the University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), 800 Sycamore, St., Waterloo. The workshop is open to students in 11th and 12th grade and high school graduates.

"We want to help our students get an early start on applying for scholarships," said Tony Stevens, director of UNI Educational Talent Search. "These students have done the work academically, they just have to do the work to receive the scholarships."

The workshop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by UNI's Educational Talent Search Program and the Iowa College Access Network.

For more information, contact Stevens at 319-433-1220 or tony.stevens@uni.edu.

November 8, 2013 - 5:04pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has been selected to host a U.S. Department of Education open forum on the Obama administration's college affordability and completion initiative. The forum will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall on the UNI campus. This event is open to the public. It will also be streamed online at live.uni.edu.

Under Secretary of Education Martha Kantor, as well as other U.S. Department of Education officials, will facilitate the forum. Students, faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to participate and give their feedback and input on the Department of Education's plan to develop a college rating system.

"We are honored to be selected to host an event that is so important to the future of higher education," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "The open forum gives the students, faculty and staff of higher education, as well as our communities, an important opportunity to voice their input about policies that will affect students and families around the nation."

This will be one of the first opportunities the public will have to provide feedback on President Obama's higher education plan, which was announced in August. UNI is one of only four higher education institutions in the U.S. to host this forum.

Those who wish to present comments at the forum must register three days in advance. Register by email at collegefeedback@ed.gov with the subject "Open Forum Registration." The department will notify individuals of their time slot. Walk-in registrations will be accepted on site if time slots are available.

For more information, visit uni.edu/doe-hearing, the forum website or the U.S. Department of Education website at www.ed.gov.

November 6, 2013 - 10:21am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty Michele Devlin, professor of health, physical education and leisure services, and Mark Grey, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology, are the recipients of the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit's Karen L. Evans Award (Immigrant Champion Award) for their outstanding work with Iowa's immigrant population. The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit is an annual conference that brings together resources for current and aspiring immigrant entrepreneurs to start or expand their businesses in Iowa. The award will be presented at a luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Drake University in Des Moines.

Devlin and Grey are also the recipients of the 2013 FRIENDS of Iowa Civil Rights Award. This award is given to individuals, businesses, nonprofit and community organizations, and youth who have made a significant contribution in promoting civil rights in Iowa during the past year.

Devlin and Grey are the directors of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities. The center provides statewide academic leadership to address and reduce health disparities among minority, immigrant and medically underserved populations in Iowa. Grey also serves as the program director for the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration (ICILI), which guides and prepares Iowa communities and businesses as they accommodate immigrant and refugee newcomers living and working in Iowa.

For more information, contact Devlin at 319-273-5806 or michele.yehieli@uni.edu, or contact Grey at 319-273-6496 or mark.grey@uni.edu. For more information on the Iowa Center for Health Disparities visit www.iowahealthdisparities.org, and for more information on ICILI visit www.bcs.uni.edu/icili/. 

November 6, 2013 - 11:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has a wide range of activities planned to recognize Veterans Day and honor members of the armed forces. The UNI Veterans Association will host events to pay tribute to past and present service members as well as to promote awareness throughout campus.

Events throughout the week include:

-At 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, the UNI Panthers football team will play Youngstown State during a Veterans Appreciation game at the UNI-Dome. At halftime, 9 new cadets will participate in an enlistment ceremony.

-At 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, UNI will host a formal Veterans Ball in the Commons Ballroom. The event will include dinner, live music and a keynote speech by UNI President Bill Ruud, who is an Army veteran. To register for the event, visit www.uni.edu/military/veterans-ball.

-At 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Presidential Room of Maucker Union, there will be a discussion about trauma in hopes of creating more "trauma informed" environments for veterans.

-At 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), UNI will host the documentary "The Battle for Marjah" to be followed by Q&A with a marine who was part of the battle.

-At 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in the CME, UNI will host a student transition panel to talk and answer questions about the challenges of transitioning to a university.

-The Veterans Battalion Run will start at 6:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at the West Gym. The run will be followed by refreshments.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information or a full list of events, visit www.uni.edu/military/veterans-week or contact Julia Heuer, military and veteran student services coordinator, at 319-273-2278 or julia.heuer@uni.edu.

November 6, 2013 - 11:50am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Sunsara Taylor, American writer and political activist, will visit the University of Northern Iowa to speak about religion and women's rights in regards to birth control and abortion. "Defeating the Assault on Abortion Rights: Winning the Full Liberation of Women" will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Taylor currently sits on the advisory board for the organization World Can't Wait and has written about theocracy, wars and repression in the U.S.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Jessica Garraway, president of the UNI Feminist Action League, at 712-574-7940 or garrawaj@uni.edu.

November 6, 2013 - 3:22pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- To commemorate 25 years of integrated roadside vegetation management in Iowa, the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) Program at the University of Northern Iowa is teaming up with the Iowa Living Roadway Trust Fund to host regional planning sessions on local integrated roadside vegetation management programs. Six sessions are planned from 10 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. throughout the months of November and December. Lunch will be provided; an RSVP is requested by Nov. 15.

"The past quarter century has left a positive impact on Iowa's roadsides in terms of vegetation management and incorporating native landscapes with transportation infrastructure. We have new technology, yet maintain many key philosophies of implementing IRVM," said Rebecca Kauten, IRVM program manager at the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center. "Now is a great time to take stock of existing programs, as well as consider a program for your county. There's no better way to do both than to learn from existing IRVM professionals about best practices and ways to get things started and stay successful."

Planning session dates and locations are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 18: Forest Park Museum, 14581 K Ave., Perry

Tuesday, Nov. 19: Wickiup Hill Learning Center, 10260 Morris Hills Rd., Toddville

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Lime Creek Nature Center, 3501 Lime Creek Rd., Mason City

Wednesday, Dec. 4: Hagge Park Conservation Center, 2970 280th St., Sac City

Friday, Dec. 6: Montgomery County Conservation Office, 2059 190th St., Red Oak

Monday, Dec. 9: Mahaska County Seconday Roads Office, 2074 Old Hwy 163, Oskaloosa

For more information or to RSVP, contact Kauten at 319-273-3856 or rebecca.kauten@uni.edu.

November 4, 2013 - 10:06am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will host "An Evening of 'Text' Messages" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, Room 040.

The show is a "best of the best" event featuring performances from beginning and advanced performance classes in the Department of Communication Studies. Performances result from four courses: Oral Interpretation, Cultural Performance, Family Communication, and Technology and Human Communication (Digital Culture). The show will feature 12 performances, including personal narratives, family stories, digital remix performances and experimental performances. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Danielle McGeough, assistant professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6985 or danielle.mcgeough@uni.edu.

October 31, 2013 - 8:49am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a lecture about the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project. The lecture, by Leisl Carr Childers, assistant professor of history, will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Oral history has been a powerful tool for researchers to better understand the experiences of everyday individuals engaged in activities that are not always officially or publicly recorded. From 2003 to 2008, the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project documented the remembrances of those engaged in and affected by the nation's nuclear testing program during the Cold War. The project peeled back the layers of secrecy and compartmentalization and revealed participants as part of a very special community connected by the geography of nuclear testing.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is hosted by Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the History Club Lecture Series. For more information, contact Robert Martin, professor of history, at 319-273-2097 or robert.martin@uni.edu.

October 31, 2013 - 11:34am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Leslie Prideaux has been named director of alumni relations. She is currently assistant director of programs for the University of Iowa Alumni Association. Leslie Prideaux
Prideaux has extensive experience in alumni relations with a proven track record of success in creating strategic, integrated plans and programs. At UNI she will serve as president of the UNI Alumni Association, provide strategic direction of alumni association activities, manage university programs and services for alumni and will direct the development of strategies and messages for alumni communications. 
"We look forward to Leslie joining us at the University of Northern Iowa," said Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, Development and Alumni Relations. "She will bring a great deal of energy to this position as we continue to build relationships and opportunities for our Panther alumni."
Prideaux is a Waterloo native. She will assume her duties on Nov. 18.

October 31, 2013 - 11:49am

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The University of Northern Iowa has been selected to host an open forum on Friday, Nov. 15, by the Department of Education to discuss the Obama Administration’s college value and affordability plans.

UNI is one of four universities nationwide to host the public forum by the Department of Education. The first one kicks off on Nov. 6 at the California State University-Dominguez Hills. George Mason University will be on Nov. 13, and Louisiana State University on Nov. 21.

Those who wish to present comments at the forum about the administration’s proposals must register three days in advance. Comments can be submitted by email at collegefeedback@ed.gov.

It is the Department of Education’s policy to make all comments received from members of the public available, according to the website. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available.

More information about the event at UNI, including the start time and exact location, is forthcoming.

October 29, 2013 - 3:14pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students and alumni, as well as the Cedar Valley community, will have the opportunity to give back while participating in a fun, mile-long run, walk or roll on Tuesday, Nov. 12, on the UNI campus. The seventh annual Polar Bare Run, Walk or Roll will begin with check-in at 9 p.m. at the UNI Alumni House, 1012 West 23rd St. The race will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to bring new or gently used articles of clothing to donate to the Salvation Army. For each article of clothing brought to the event, the participant's name will be put in a drawing for prizes. The event is sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association and its student group, CATS (Connecting Alumni to Students). Registration is $5 and will be open until the day of the event.

For more information or to register, visit www.unialum.org/polar-bare-run-walk-or-roll or contact Connie Hansen, assistant director of outreach and engagement, Office of Alumni Relations, at 319-273-3036 or constance.hansen@uni.edu.

October 29, 2013 - 3:26pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a lecture by Grant Wood Art Colony Fellow Eric Sall at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) South, Room 111. Sall will discuss his work and career.

The lecture was made possible by the Grant Wood Art Colony Fellowship Program at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, which provides post-M.F.A. or post-doctoral fellowships in painting, printmaking and interdisciplinary performance. For more information about the program, visit www.art.uiowa.edu/gw_main.html.

Eric Sall received a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a Charlotte Street Fund Award and an Art in Architecture commission from the General Services Administration. In addition, he has attended the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in Brooklyn, the LMCC Workspace residency in New York and the Yale Summer Program of Music and Art in Norfolk, Conn.

Currently on view at the UNI Gallery of Art is "The Power of Line: Prints of the European and American Etching Revival from the University of Iowa Museum of Art," a collaboration with the UI Museum of Art through its Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Program. The gallery and the Department of Art at UNI are proud to participate in programs that offer exciting art and scholarship programming partnerships between Iowa’s Regents Universities.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/home.html or call 319-273-3095.

October 28, 2013 - 10:11am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Philosophy and World Religions will host lectures concerning evolution and religion, as well as the Affordable Care Act, as part of a fall lecture series.

The first lecture is titled "Does Evolution Undermine Religion? A Panel Discussion." The panel will include Steve O'Kane, professor of biology; Jerry Soneson, associate professor of religion and humanities; and Loyal Rue, emeritus professor of religion and philosophy at Luther College. They will discuss the implications that the contemporary view of evolution has for the validity of religion today. The panel will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Those in attendance are encouraged to bring questions about this issue to the presentation.

The second lecture will be presented at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Francis Degnin, associate professor of philosophy, will present "Death Panels, Soaring Costs and the Nanny State: Separating Truth from Fiction in What Obamacare Means to You." This presentation will address some of the myths and misinformation about the Affordable Care Act, as well as its implications for health care and the public.

Presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jerry Soneson, department head and associate professor of philosophy and world religions, at 319-273-6221 or jerome.soneson@uni.edu

October 24, 2013 - 1:02pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Internationally known activist Angela Davis will deliver her lecture "Finding Your Way: Organizing for Social Change and Human Rights" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"I am delighted and honored to have Ms. Angela Davis in the Cedar Valley to talk with us, particularly college students, faculty and any who would listen, to become more civically engaged and to promote positive social change to make this country and the world a better place in which to live," said Michael Blackwell, director of UNI's Center for Multicultural Education.

Davis rose to national notoriety in the 1960s as a prominent figure in the civil and women's rights movements. She has written a number of books on a variety of social justice issues, including "Women, Race and Class." Today, she is a professor at the University of California.

For more information, contact Blackwell at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu.

October 24, 2013 - 1:07pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

Three hundred and sixty-eight students have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study. Barb Bakker, instructor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, will deliver the convocation address. Katheryn East, chair of the Teacher Education Faculty, will present the candidates. Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost, will grant admission to the Teacher Education Program, and the pinning and affirmation of candidates will be by Katheryn East.

This will be the 46th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education Program since formal ceremonies began in 1991. Parents and friends of the candidates are invited along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the GBPAC lobby.

For more information, contact Kathy Oakland, instructor of human relations, at 319-273-2591 or kathy.oakland@uni.edu.

 

October 23, 2013 - 9:36am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students, faculty and staff at the University of Northern Iowa will participate in Make A Difference Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of community service, and thousands of projects are planned each year involving corporations, communities and nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers will participate in various service projects at places throughout the Cedar Valley, including projects with the ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program in Waterloo and the Black Hawk County Conservation at local county parks. The event will end with a luncheon.

For more information, contact Steffoni Schmidt, program coordinator for Maucker Union Administration, at 319-273-7422 or steffoni.schmidt@uni.edu.

October 23, 2013 - 1:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Residence Hall Association will sponsor a trick-or-treating event from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Bender, Dancer, Lawther, Campbell, Noehren, Hagemann, Rider and Shull Hall.

University students will hand out candy and host events, including coloring, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating and a costume red carpet for children in each hall lobby.

The event is open to the public. For additional information, contact Roxie Tucker, residence life coordinator of Lawther Hall, at 319-273-2148 or roxie.tucker@uni.edu.

October 22, 2013 - 9:21am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Associate professor of management Craig VanSandt has been named the new David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at the University of Northern Iowa. VanSandt brings a wealth of business and higher education experience with him to UNI. He holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Texas Christian University, an MBA from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in management from Virginia Tech. He has worked in real estate development and the banking industry, and taught at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., for 13 years. Craig VanSandt

"College students are the future leaders of our society; they are the ones who will determine the path we take," said VanSandt. "My main focus in teaching is to help students develop their critical thinking skills, to get them to question conventional wisdom and to help them become engaged, productive citizens."

The David W. Wilson Chair was established through a gift from university alumnus and Laguna Beach, Calif., resident David W. Wilson, president and owner of one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in the country. The Chair is the foremost expert in the college on business ethics, teaches the topic in the classroom and serves as a resource and authority on the topic for the business, government and nonprofit communities.

To reach David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics Craig VanSandt, call 319-273-6194 or email craig.vansandt@uni.edu.

October 21, 2013 - 11:46am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer Panther Play Dates from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Nov. 1, at the Schindler Education Center. UNI elementary education and theatre majors will provide art activities for students in grades one through five.

Students are responsible for bringing a sack lunch; a mid-afternoon snack will be provided. The cost for this event is $30 per child. Students may be dropped off from 8:45 to 9 a.m. An early drop-off time will be offered from 8 to 8:45 a.m., with an additional cost of $5 per child. Parents are encouraged to join their children at 4 p.m. for a mini-performance. Participants can register at www.gbpac.com/kaleidoscope/panther-play-date.aspx.

For more information, contact Amy Hunzelman, director of education and special programs at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3679 or amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

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.

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