News Release Archive
July 18, 2012 - 11:55am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the 2012 Leadership Development Certificate Program, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The program, designed for experienced managers who want to move into senior leadership positions, consists of nine sessions, beginning Aug. 22 and ending Nov. 28. Each session is held in the Business and Community Services Building, Room 30, on the UNI campus.
Participants are challenged to change from thinking like a manager to thinking like a strategic leader. They come from a variety of backgrounds and industries and will benefit from interactive sessions on topics such as strategic planning, big-picture decision making, finance for leaders and proactive change management.
According to Kim Recker, program manager for UNI's Executive Development Center, "A recent survey showed that more than 92 percent of past participants noted the program improved their job performance, and 95 percent stated the program increased their confidence in their leadership ability."
Four hours of graduate or undergraduate credit is available upon completion of the program.
Tuition is $3,150, and includes all training materials, meals, refreshments and parking. If a business purchases an enrollment for one person, a second person from that business can enroll for $2,150. Tuition for non-profit employees is $2,150. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. This program also qualifies for most tuition reimbursement programs and Iowa Jobs Training Programs 260E and 260F.
The enrollment deadline for the program is Aug. 10. Early enrollment is encouraged, as class size is limited to 20 participants. To enroll or for more information, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev.
For more than 20 years, UNI's Executive Development Center has provided comprehensive, current and relevant management and leadership training to working professionals to improve and maximize their performance and results in today's challenging and competitive business world. The Executive Development Center is a program
July 17, 2012 - 11:35am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 2012 Buy Fresh Buy Local food directory is now available from Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership (NIFFP) at the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) and on the NIFFP website, www.niffp.org.
The directory features information about where to purchase locally produced foods in Black Hawk County and neighboring counties. "The directory is a great resource for finding local producers of fruits, vegetables, meat, honey and dairy products, as well as the retailers and institutions that support our local food economy," said Andrea Geary, NIFFP local food program manager. "Additionally, the guide features a seasonal harvest calendar, information on how to buy locally raised meat and an upcoming events calendar."
For more information, contact Geary at 319-273-7883 or email@example.com. Copies of the directory can also be obtained at the retailers and institutions that support the local food economy.
July 12, 2012 - 1:52pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has made it easier and more student-friendly for high school students to apply to the university. Beginning Sept. 1, freshmen applicants will self-report their high school course work, test scores, grade point average and class rank when they apply for admission. Freshmen applicants will no longer need to submit an official high school transcript or official ACT and/or SAT test scores for an admission decision to be made.
This new application process will allow for more effective, high-quality customer service for UNI students and families. Families and high school counselors will be able to reduce the amount of paper copies that used to be required.
"We want students to be able to apply earlier and receive quicker admission decisions," said Terry Hogan, vice president for student affairs. "We are living in a society where instantaneous communication is a must. We have a great product to offer at UNI, and we want to make sure students know in a timely fashion that we want them here."
This change is effective for first-year/freshmen applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Transfer and international applicants will continue to submit official transcripts and test scores to receive an admission decision.
Freshmen applicants will receive one of three decisions, usually within 48 hours of submitting an application: admitted, not admitted or referred to committee for individual review. Students whose applications are referred to committee will receive a communication within a week informing them of a decision or a need for additional documentation. Committee decisions will be made on a rolling basis as additional documentation is received.
Admitted students will need to submit their final official transcript and test scores as soon as possible upon graduation from high school and no later than July 15.
Self-reported admission processes have become an emerging trend with many institutions across the country. This change will allow UNI to be more competitive with recruitment in the state and throughout the U.S.
July 11, 2012 - 1:51pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) have invited presidential candidates to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums.
Details regarding dates, candidates and times will be shared as campaigns confirm their attendance. The education forums provide a focused opportunity for each candidate to address education in the pivotal state of Iowa. The forums are free and open to the public, and will be recorded and broadcast statewide on Iowa Public Radio.
"The role of education and education policy reform are important national issues being elevated in the presidential candidate campaigns," said Ben Allen, UNI president. "As an institution known for its role in preparing teachers, and one that prides itself in affordable and accessible high-quality education, it is important to bring these candidates and their education policies to Iowans."
Each candidate will have 30 minutes to present his education platform and priorities for early childhood through postsecondary years. Another 30 minutes will be dedicated to questions from the audience and moderator, as they relate to the topic of education only. The forums will be moderated by Iowa Public Radio's Ben Kieffer, host of the award-winning program, "River to River."
For more information about these forums and invitations to candidates, contact Pat Geadelmann, special assistant to the president and board for governmental relations at UNI, at 319-273-6144.
IPR manages station operations for WOI AM and FM, licensed to Iowa State University; WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM, licensed to The University of Iowa; and KUNI-FM and KHKE-FM, licensed to University of Northern Iowa. IPR informs, enriches and engages Iowans through radio programming and other media. IPR enhances civic and cultural connections across the state, strengthening communities and reflecting Iowa's sense of place. More than 200,000 listeners tune in weekly.
July 11, 2012 - 8:32am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Wellness and Recreation Services at the University of Northern Iowa will offer a new aquatic program, GaurdStart, for children 11 to 14 years old. The course will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, July 23 through 26.
The objectives of the program include accident prevention, fitness, rescue responses, leadership and professionalism. These objectives fulfill a basic knowledge and skill set that aid in successful completion of the Red Cross Lifeguarding course.
The GuardStart fee is $80 which includes all course materials. To qualify for the program, a swim pretest is required. The pretest consists of a 25-yard front crawl swim with proper breathing, treading water for one minute and submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater. To request a spot in the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information regarding GuardStart, contact Justin Holman at 319-273-3972.
July 3, 2012 - 11:04am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sturgis Youth Theatre, a program of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre, is offering a production of "The Spell of Sleeping Beauty." The production will play from July 19 through July 22, in the Bertha Martin Theatre, in UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre.
Students in fourth grade and higher are participating in a theatre camp. The production tells the story of a princess, an unhappy royal fairy, a spinning wheel and a prince who saves the day. The production is directed by Gretta Berghammer, professor of drama and theatre for youth at UNI.
The Sturgis Youth Theatre was founded in 1999 by Berghammer and was created to provide quality productions, meaningful production experiences and varied theatre study opportunities for youth in Cedar Falls and the surrounding communities.
Performances will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 19; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, July 20; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, July 21; and 2 p.m., Sunday, July 22. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or online at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/unitix/.
June 29, 2012 - 9:44am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa signed an international academic agreement with the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) on May 9. The agreement established academic cooperation in the fields of leisure studies and physical activity through the exchange of teaching staff, researchers, post-graduate students, undergraduate students and members of professional and scientific staff.
The Universidade de São Paulo is a public university in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with approximately 90,000 students. Founded in 1934, it's the largest Brazilian university and the country’s most prestigious educational institution. USP has 11 campuses and is comprised of about 30 schools and institutes. It's ranked among the top 200 universities in the world.
"Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016," said associate provost for international programs, Craig Klafter. "This collaboration between UNI's world-renowned School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services and USP's world-ranked School of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities will present opportunities for faculty, staff and students from both institutions to work together to ensure the success of those world events. Students from both institutions will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by taking part in internship opportunities at the World Cup and Olympic Games." The director of the USP School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, Jorge Boueri, is optimistic about the international academic agreement with UNI noting that, "the agreement between the two public universities will promote a real exchange of experiences and knowledge."
June 28, 2012 - 11:03am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and Otto-Friedrich- Universität Bamberg (OFUB) entered into a strategic partnership on June 6. Both institutions signed a memorandum of understanding and a student mobility agreement which will allow for the development of academic and research collaborations and student, faculty and staff exchanges.
OFUB is a public university in Bavaria, in the south of Germany, with approximately 12,300 students. Founded in 1647, it's one of the oldest universities in Germany and is located in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site. OFUB has four faculties: information systems and applied computer sciences; social sciences, economics and business administration; humanities and cultural studies; and human sciences and education. Research and studies in Bamberg have a strong European and international component.
The partnership will explore joint degree programs as well as national sources of funding for joint research projects. "This is an exciting partnership," said Craig Klafter, associate provost for UNI international programs. "Our faculty and students will benefit in terms of intellectual development, our staff will benefit by learning about different business practices, and our entire university community will gain from exposure to a different social and cultural environment." Andreas Weihe, director of the International Office at OFUB, said, "The United States has always been a very popular destination among our students to spend a semester or even a year abroad, and I am convinced that our new partner, the University of Northern Iowa, will soon become one of their top choices." UNI students will also have the opportunity to learn German through OFUB and German students will be able to learn English through UNI.
June 27, 2012 - 4:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Interest in farming careers is growing among returning veterans and others, and in an upcoming workshop hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), participants will learn how to develop the business side of starting an entrepreneurial diversified farm.
"Planning for Profit: Marketing and Financial Management for New Farmers" will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12, at the CEEE on UNI's campus. The workshop is funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency.
The workshop will help beginning farmers clarify their goals, make a financial plan, understand accounting practices and explore strategies for marketing and selling farm products through different channels.
"Planning for on-farm operations, as well as managing expectations for household income goals are needs frequently mentioned by new farmers," said Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the CEEE. "We are very excited to bring this workshop to the Cedar Valley."
This event is a joint project between UNI's CEEE, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Farmer Veteran Coalition and the USDA Risk Management Agency. For more information or to register for this workshop, contact NCAT at 515-588-0460 or email email@example.com.
June 27, 2012 - 4:03pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Waster Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa is introducing the Forging a Greener Cedar Valley initiative. This program will provide three local manufacturers with the tools and assistance needed to make their operation more efficient and environmentally friendly.
The IWRC will select three area manufacturers to receive a comprehensive manufacturing assessment that goes beyond the IWRC's traditional on-site reviews. The evaluation will include environmental compliance, waste reduction, energy consumption, process efficiency and more.
Joe Bolick, a process research, reduction and education specialist at the IWRC is excited about the new program. "A big part of this initiative is the comprehensive manufacturing assessment. We are thrilled to work with other area agencies to combine our knowledge of environmental compliance and waste reduction, with their knowledge of energy consumption and process efficiency, to provide these businesses with a thorough evaluation of what they do."
Applications will be accepted from Monday, July 2, through Tuesday, July 31. The three agencies selected for the assessment will be announced in August. To learn more or apply, visit cedarvalley.iowaenviroassist.org.
June 26, 2012 - 4:10pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa faculty members have been named Fulbright scholars for 2012-2013. Professors Bettina Fabos, Kevin Finn and Tammy Gregersen have each been selected as recipients to undertake advanced research or teach abroad.
The Fulbright Program, one of the most prestigious award programs in the world, is sponsored by the United States Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and provides merit-based grants for international educational exchange. Founded in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has sent more than 110,000 U.S. citizen faculty members, students, professionals and artists overseas to more than 150 countries and brought more than 175,000 foreign faculty members, students, professionals and artists to the United States.
Fabos, associate professor of communication studies, will conduct research at Central European University in Hungary. Fabos' project will include researching 10 Hungarian photographic archives in order to create a visualization of 20th century history in the country.
Finn, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, will also conduct research in Hungary. The University of West Hungary will host Finn as he studies the physical activity levels of inhabitants in the northwest portion of the country.
Gregersen, associate professor of languages and literatures, will teach a graduate course in language assessment at the University of Santiago in Chile. The course will professionally develop K through 12 teachers and generate curriculum for potential student exchanges.
For additional information on the 2012-2013 UNI Fulbright recipients, visit www.uni.edu/internationalprograms or contact UNI International Programs at 319-273-2921.
June 25, 2012 - 2:55pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a professional development course focusing on strategies that assist high school teachers and college instructors in classroom success. The two-credit-hour course will be completed primarily online via eLearning. Students will also receive two days of hands-on experience on the UNI campus in August.
Teacher Success Strategies (TECH 4133/5133) will be offered online from Aug. 6 through Sept. 14. The portion of the course which takes place on UNI's campus will occur from Aug. 16 and 17. Tuition is $277 per undergraduate credit and $431 per graduate credit. Course credit may also apply toward community college professional development programs.
The course will serve as a new teacher's workshop as well as an update for experienced teachers. It's designed to meet the needs of both career and technical faculty in the arts and sciences. The course will focus on practical strategies that contribute to increased success in the classroom and provide a refresher on curriculum, instruction and evaluation.
To enroll, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged/enroll-now and complete the online enrollment form. For additional information about the course and other professional development opportunities, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged or contact UNI Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-2121, 800-648-3864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 19, 2012 - 11:28am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa took third place at this year's Solar Splash World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar Boat Racing. Competitors from across the nation, as well as worldwide, came to Cedar Falls to compete in the world championship.
Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and Cedarville University in Ohio placed first and second overall, respectively. UNI placed first in the sprint event, second in qualifying heats and third in the solar endurance event. UNI was also given an award for outstanding drive train design.
Reg Pecen, professor of industrial technology and adviser to the group spoke highly of his team. "Compared with many top-notch engineering colleges in the United States as well as worldwide, I am extremely happy with the overall performance of my Solar Panthers team this year."
The Solar Splash is one way UNI promotes the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative in Iowa. The event also explores sustainable forms of transportation and engineering technologies. For complete Solar Splash results, visit www.solarsplash.com.
June 15, 2012 - 8:28am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Museums will host a community open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at the University Museum in honor if its 120 years at UNI. The UNI Museums can be found at 3219 Hudson Road in Cedar Falls.
The open house will feature a special exhibit about the museum's history, "120 Years of Discovery, Learning and Inspiration." Currently, visitors can participate in a scavenger hunt at the museum using Quick Response (QR) Codes. These codes can be scanned on their smartphones to see additional museum photos and information regarding specific objects in the collection. The University Museum is one of only five major natural history museums in Iowa. It holds more than 110,000 objects that span through natural and human history topics.
The museum will remain open to the public through June 29 with regular hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On July 1, the University Museum will be closed to the general public. For more information, contact Jori Wade-Booth, public affairs coordinator for the UNI Museums, at 319-273-7615 or email@example.com. Additional information regarding the UNI Museums can be found at http://www.uni.edu/museum.
June 14, 2012 - 2:22pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "I Hate People," hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Executive Development Center. The workshop is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to noon, July 19, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 12.
No matter how small or large an organization, eventually employees work with people they can't stand. At times strong leaders are part of a team that accomplishes less than what they could by themselves, and leaders settle for mediocre results just to keep the peace with the team. During this workshop, instructor Amy Campbell will help participants develop tactics to work cooperatively and productively with coworkers and will review strategies to get work done in an environment that's polluted by time-wasters, interrupters and lazy colleagues.
The cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $995, which entitles the business five seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops only count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat.
For more information or to register, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Executive Development Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the UNI College of Business Administration.
June 13, 2012 - 4:19pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the two-day leadership training program "Fierce Conversations®" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 26-27, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is July 12.
What gets talked about in an organization and how it gets talked about determines what will — or what won't — happen. Fierce Conversations® teaches attendees how to engage in productive dialogue that resolves tough challenges, provokes learning and enriches relationships.
Based on the principles of Susan Scott's best-seller, Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time, this foundational, hands-on training program will introduce participants to transformational ideas and principles that will shift their basic understanding of conversations and the power they hold in leadership, relationships and results.
The cost of the training program is $799, which includes two-days of instruction, program materials, lunch, refreshments and parking.
For more information or to register, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or email@example.com.
The Executive Development Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the UNI College of Business Administration.
June 5, 2012 - 9:42am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI art department will host a silent auction of the David Delafield collection at UNI's Kamerick Art Building, located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and W. 27th Street. Artwork will be open for viewing and bidding from Thursday through Saturday, June 21-23.
Delafield, who died in 2003, was an art professor at UNI from 1951 to 1983. His art creations spanned more than 50 years with themes that included landscapes, portraits and local landmarks. Delafield received his B.F.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. In addition, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
The Gallery of Art is open from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, June 21 through June 23. Artwork will be open for viewing and bidding during this time. Bids for the silent auction, which is open to the public free of charge, close at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 23. The UNI Foundation will host a reception with refreshments and music in the lobby of Kamerick. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the UNI Gallery of Art.
June 5, 2012 - 10:09am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the 2012 Solar Splash World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar Boat Racing for the second time, Wednesday, June 13 through Sunday, June 17, at George Wyth State Park.
According to Reg Pecen, UNI professor of industrial technology, Solar Splash began in Milwaukee in 1994 and is a hands-on educational experience that develops teamwork and interdisciplinary skills. "This competition allows undergraduates to be involved in applied engineering and technology research on alternate and green water transportation and to develop confidence in their abilities." The event is one of UNI’s many efforts on promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) among young Iowans.
Pecen says UNI's team is honored to be hosting an international event of this magnitude. "Solar Splash is dedicated to spotlighting sustainable and clean boating technologies, and this is something Iowa's lakes and rivers could clearly benefit from."
During the five-day event, Solar Splash teams earn points in seven categories, including technical inspections and reports, engineering design, visual displays, workmanship, and on-the-water sprint, endurance and slalom competitions. Competitors are mostly from U.S. colleges; there are also international teams from Turkey, England and Mexico.
The solar slalom will begin at 9 a.m., on Thursday, June 14 and sprint heats begin at 1:20 p.m., on Friday, June 17. At 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 16, endurance heats will start and at 1:45 p.m., on Sunday, June 17, is the sprint championship followed by the awards ceremony.
May 31, 2012 - 4:10am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Iowans will witness a rare event on June 5, when the planet Venus transits the sun. The last transit of Venus occurred on June 8, 2004, according to Siobahn Morgan, head of the Department of Earth Science at the University of Northern Iowa, and the next one will not occur until Dec. 11, 2117.
If the weather is clear, solar viewing equipment will be available for the public to safely view the transit starting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, near the parking lot to the west of the UNI-Dome, near the athletic fields.
A transit is similar to an eclipse, with the various objects involved in the event all lined up. Although most or all of the sun is blocked by the moon in a solar eclipse, the planets Mercury and Venus appear as small objects in the sky because they are so far away, Morgan explained. Thus, these planets are unable to cover very much of the sun's disk. "As we view it, the sun would appear to be about 32 times wider than Venus during the transit," she said. Even so, with the proper equipment, observers will be able to see Venus easily.
Viewing the sun for extended periods of time should only be done with proper solar filters, Morgan stressed. "People should never look at the sun with binoculars or telescopes that aren't outfitted with the appropriate solar filters. Even a small amount of unfiltered sunlight seen through a telescope will damage your eyes," said Morgan.
The transit of Venus across the sun is a much slower process than the recent eclipse, in part because of the distance of the objects from Earth and their relative velocities. For observers in Iowa, Venus will begin to move in front of the sun around 5:05 p.m., and continue to progress slowly across the northern area of the sun's disk. The entire passage of Venus across the sun will not be visible to those in Iowa because the sun will set before the end of the transit. People in Hawaii, Alaska and the far western Pacific area will be able to see the transit in its entirety, which lasts more than 6.5 hours.
The viewing is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Morgan at 319-273-2389 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 30, 2012 - 8:04am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa has received a $1.5 million gift from the estate of Bonnie Litwiller. Litwiller retired from UNI as a professor of mathematics in 2000.
The gift, given through the UNI Foundation, will be used to support the Bonnie Litwiller Mathematics Teacher Scholarship for students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in secondary math education.
"We are grateful for Dr. Litwiller's lifelong contributions to and confidence in the programs at the University of Northern Iowa," said UNI President Ben Allen. "Her gift for scholarships will help provide an outstanding educational experience for more students and will prepare them to meet an important need for mathematics teachers not only in the state of Iowa, but across the nation."
Joel Haack, dean of UNI's College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences said, "Dr. Litwiller's gift will honor her legacy of national leadership in mathematics education by encouraging gifted students to become mathematics educators, thus bringing a new generation of potential leaders into the profession. Of course, it will provide an impact on these educators' students as well, so that this gift will reach generations of students."
Litwiller was awarded the 2003 Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1995 University of Northern Iowa Outstanding Service Award and the 1993 Regents Award for Excellence from the Iowa Board of Regents. She co-authored more than 900 journal articles, published four books and edited 26 books for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Bonnie H. Litwiller died at her home in Morton, Ill., on Jan. 27, 2012. Her gift is part of UNI's Imagine the Impact campaign. For more information about the campaign or the UNI Foundation, visit www.uni-foundation.org.
May 25, 2012 - 1:58pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the three-day training program "Project Management: Communicating for Project Success," hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The training takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 11-13, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is June 27.
"Communication is critical to the success of all projects, and poor communication is cited as the number one reason for project failure," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "Project managers must master the complexities of communication through a variety of communication channels to be effective at all organizational levels."
In this course, participants will develop a communication management plan and identify the best strategies for reaching various stakeholders. Also, the class will discuss managing conflict, negotiating and managing stakeholdersâ€™ expectations, and reporting progress.
The cost is $995 for three days of instruction plus $300 for class materials, professional development units, lunches, refreshments and parking.
The Executive Development Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the UNI College of Business Administration.
May 25, 2012 - 2:57pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern has been named the winner of Kum & Go's 2012 Krause Challenge investment competition.
The Krause Challenge began in 1998 when W.A. Krause, founder and chairman of Kum & Go, presented a one-time gift of $400,000 to be divided equally among Drake University, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa to create a program for finance students to enhance their knowledge and experience the stock market fluctuations and portfolio management. Each school competes to deliver the highest return on their portfolio and for the title of Krause Challenge winner.
From Aug. 31, 2011 through March 31, 2012, a UNI team of undergraduate finance majors was able to receive an 18.5 percent return on their portfolio. The team included UNI seniors Eric Hackman, Sean Biggins, Ben Heinzman, Mark Doering, Yugi Zhao, Heather Lensing, Bret Johannsen, Mohammed Alshady, Matt Terpstra, Don Guarino, Jake Johansen, Jordan Voss, Jeffrey Scott Breon, Jason Brasch, Khoon Huang Chia, Michael Hauser, Jared Klimowski, Mark Herman and graduate student Kai Zhang.
"This year the students adopted a strategy of identifying and investing in undervalued stocks with growth potential in different sectors," said Mir Zaman, professor of finance at UNI. "They also identified and unloaded stocks in the portfolio which were poor performers or had little or no potential for future growth. With a volatile stock market and the financial crisis in Europe, this past year provided a great learning opportunity for our students in terms of investing in the stock market."
"The purpose of the Krause Challenge is to provide college students with a hands-on experience in the stock market that will benefit them in the future careers," said Kyle J. Krause, Kum & Go president and CEO. "We would like to congratulate professor Zaman and his students on the Krause Challenge victory. The students did a remarkable job navigating the stock market in today's tough economic environment."
The Krause Challenge is an ongoing program, which allows students to re-invest the money from year to year. The only guideline is that 10 percent of the total portfolio has to be invested into Iowa-based companies.
May 24, 2012 - 1:34pm
CEDAR FALLS -- Eighteen businesses have been selected from 44 entries to compete in the 2012 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition and the chance to win up to $25,000. The competitors submitted executive summaries in the first round, and must now submit full business plans for review by the judges.
"Each year the quality of the businesses competing improves," said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. "We're pleased to have a wide range of business types with broad geographic representation competing this year."
The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support for outstanding business plans. This year, a total of $50,000 will be awarded to the top three submitted business plans: $25,000 for first prize, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third. The three winning business plans will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 27 in Des Moines.
For more information, visit the competition website, www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com, or contact one of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), Entrepreneurial Development Centers (EDCs) and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.
May 17, 2012 - 11:18am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert Waller, former dean of the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration and best-selling author, has given a high level seven-figure gift to his alma mater.
Waller graduated from UNI in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in business education-marketing degree and a Master of Arts in marketing in 1964. He taught in UNI's College of Business Administration for more than 20 years, serving six of those years as dean. He has lectured and published widely in the fields of problem solving and decision-making, and has worked as a consultant around the world.
"UNI allowed me to explore my intellectual interests and my tastes, as a student, a professor and a dean," said Waller. "As a professor, UNI provided me room to experiment with courses and course content; and as the first dean of the business school, to have some influence on the direction of the university. I am pleased to lend support to my alma mater and to help it grow as a first-class university."
Waller's gift has been directed to multiple areas including the Robert James Waller Scholarship in Economics, an annually funded full tuition and fees scholarship for a student majoring in economics; the Charles T. Leavitt Scholarship in Economics; the Robert James Waller Professorship in Economics; Robert James Waller College of Business Faculty Enrichment fund; support for jazz scholarships; the Honors Program; and the Rod Library will receive royalties from his books.
"Robert's generous gift will have an immediate and significant impact on current and future generations of UNI students and faculty," said UNI President Ben Allen. "We are grateful to see an alumnus, former professor and dean give back to the university in such a significant way. We also appreciate the way that Dr. Waller continues to challenge all of us at UNI with his own rigorous scholarly work. Robert's gift provides support for our students and the example he sets inspires us to always strive for excellence in our academic programs."
Waller is the author of "Bridges of Madison County," which sold more than 12 million copies and was made into a major film and theatrical productions in a number of countries. He also published numerous books and recently completed a manuscript, "The Summer Nights Never Endâ€¦Until They Do: Life, Liberty and the Lure of the Short-Run," which has been published by Traders Press.
The Waller gift is part of UNI's Imagine the Impact campaign, which supports scholarships and programs. For more information about the campaign, visit www.uni-foundation.org.
May 17, 2012 - 2:36pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowans are in for a spectacular light show on Sunday, May 20, when a partial eclipse of the sun will be visible starting at 7:30 p.m., according to Siobahn Morgan, head of the Department of Earth Science at the University of Northern Iowa.
"The eclipse will not completely block out the sun, since the moon is slightly farther from the Earth than it normally is," said Morgan. "This is just the opposite of the 'Super Moon' a few weeks ago. This time, the new moon will appear to be slightly smaller than normal, so it will not completely cover the sun and a ring of the sun will be visible around the dark moon from some places on Earth."
For Iowa viewers, the moon will have the maximum coverage of the sun around 8:20 p.m. If clear, solar-viewing equipment will be available to the public in the parking lot to the west of the UNI-Dome, near the athletic fields, starting at 7:30 p.m., Sunday.
Morgan warns that people should never look at the sun through a telescope, binoculars or even a camera without proper solar-viewing equipment. "This can cause immediate and permanent eye damage," she said. She recommends using a projection system to view the sun.
An easy way to view the eclipse is to use a colander, the kitchen utensil used to drain foods. Holding it up and letting the sunlight shine through it will produce little images of the sun on the ground. During a partial eclipse, the projections will have a crescent shape. "Any small hole will produce a similar effect," said Morgan.
The viewing is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Morgan at 319-273-2389 or email@example.com.
May 11, 2012 - 5:07pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is one of six regional network hubs selected to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and economic development. The STEM Advisory Council is co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and UNI President Ben Allen, who will coordinate the hubs.
President Ben Allen stated, "Regional needs in STEM can be best met through local and regional programming that takes advantage of local assets such as partner businesses, county extension, formal and informal education organizations, nonprofits and more."
The primary goal of STEM is to create greater students achievement in science and math. STEM has multiple areas of focus including technology enhanced instruction, teacher recruitment and preparation, learning readiness for post-secondary education, public awareness, partnerships for workforce development and education policy.
May 11, 2012 - 5:09pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa alumnus is giving college graduates the tools to find a job in their field of interest. Douglas Danne, who graduated from UNI in 1976 with a B.A. degree in science, is the author of "Employment Essentialsâ€”College Edition," published in January 2012.
"Thereâ€™s so much focus now on social networking that grads tend to skip the essential preparation of learning how to interview," Danne said. The book's goal, he explained, is to help job applicants develop themselves into a marketable and desirable product.
A Japanese publisher will translate and publish the book in Japan in August 2012, and Danne will soon take a book tour in Japan. The book will also be translated into German, Dutch and Spanish.
"The college grads I visited during my Michigan tour like the book because it is easy to read and is focused on making them better candidates through empowering their interview skills," Danne noted.
Danne's book explains in detail the entire process of the search for a first job and lays out a roadmap for readers to follow. The book contains tips and tools on how to land a professional job, as well as real-life examples, sample resumes and practical advice from experts.
Danne is the founder and CEO of D.A. Danne & Associates, LLC, in Novi, Mich.
May 10, 2012 - 9:20am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa student group, the Student Council Exceptional Children (SCEC), recently completed Project ICAN Books: Inclusive Classroom Awareness Nurtured Through Books. The project provides age appropriate inclusive literature to schools throughout Cedar Falls and Waterloo. Project ICAN Books offers teachers classroom activities, such as discussion cards, WebQuests and unit lessons, which are linked to the books provided by SCEC.
SCEC hopes to increase the awareness of the diverse needs of children in schools by providing children's book to schools. The Cedar Falls Kiwanis funded the ICAN Books project for classroom teachers to help students learn more about disabilities.
"With the hard work that was put into this project, I'm excited to see how these books influence the students and impact their outlook on students with disabilities," said Sophie Haarhues, student leader of the project.
The student group is lead by Susan Brennan assistant professor and Christina Curran, associate professor in special education. For more information, contact Brennan at 319-273-7841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 9, 2012 - 10:39am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "What's Up With That? Analyzing Performance Problems" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is June 7.
"If you are trying to figure out why employees continue to do what they do even after they've been told not to; or they won't do what they have been asked to do, then this workshop will help you," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center.
Instructor Amy Campbell will take participants through a performance discrepancy flowchart to identify the root cause to the personnel problem and then have them outline a plan to resolve the issue.
The workshop cost is $249 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $1,999, which entitles the business to 10 seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the 10 seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat.
For more information or to register, contact the UNI Executive Development Center at 319-273-5851 or email@example.com.
May 9, 2012 - 1:30pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa was recently awarded the Bronze Incident Rate Excellence Award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council. The award was given at the 59th Annual Professional Development Conference and Expo in Dubuque.
This award acknowledges achievement in accident prevention through demonstrating an incident rate lower than the national average during 2011. UNI was one of 170 businesses, industries and government agencies in Illinois and Iowa to receive an award for the promotion of active safety programs and reduction of Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable incidents and injuries.
The Iowa-Illinois Safety Council is a chapter of the National Safety Council. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to protecting life and promoting health. The mission of the council is to promote effective safety, health and environmental practices.
For more information about the award, contact Wendel Reece, university safety manager, at 319-273-7269.
May 7, 2012 - 11:07am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the three-day training program "Project Management: Working with People," hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The training takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 18-20, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is June 4.
This course provides insights into working with the most complex aspect of any project: people.
"Project managers generally have a lot of responsibility but not necessarily much authority, and they deal with many stakeholders -- from their bosses to clients to people in technology and design," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "The way a project manager handles diverse personalities can affect the project's success or failure."
Participants will focus on creating a management plan for the people aspect of a project, including staffing, individual and team development, management, leadership, accountability, teams, meetings and understanding context.
The cost is $995 for three days of instruction plus $300 for class materials, professional development units, lunches, refreshments and parking. Completion of the course earns 18 professional development units that can be used to earn a Project Management designation from the Project Management Institute.
May 4, 2012 - 9:44am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music is celebrating 50 years of making music in Russell Hall.
The original dedication ceremony for the building was held on May 6, 1962. It featured a performance by the Symphony Orchestra and the A Cappella Choir with the cantata "Blind with Rainbows," with lyrics by English faculty member James Hearst and music by faculty member William Latham. Also included in the ceremony was a march written by Edward Kurtz, former head of the Department of Music.
While the excellence in music education has been consistent since the doors first opened, Russell Hall has undergone a major transformation in recent years. In 2008, the newly renovated $10.2 million home to the School of Music reopened its doors. New features included a chamber music hall, jazz studio, an instrument repair room, two new classrooms and a music technology laboratory. Renovated features included updated studios, classrooms and practice rooms. Students at UNI continue to call the hall 'the music building,' as it was known back in the '60s.
"Russell Hall has been an important home to our classes, applied lessons, performances, workshops, master classes, rehearsals and more," noted John Vallentine, director of the School of Music. "As we look back into the history of making music at UNI, the building has allowed our students and faculty to flourish. It is now a state-of-the art facility, allowing students to learn and perform great music."
Additionally, the next spotlight series will be the "120th Anniversary Spotlight Series: Celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the UNI School of Music." For more information, contact Vallentine at 319-273-2024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 4, 2012 - 2:40pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students have been honored as recipients of The Lux Service Award for their service to the university.
This year's recipients are Joel Anderson, a UNI senior philosophy and accounting major from Clive, Iowa and Ashley Stewart, a UNI family services major from Gary, Ind.
The Lux Service Award is the most prestigious award given to undergraduate students each academic year to acknowledge their service to UNI. The award takes its name from the Latin word for light. This is most notably represented in the official university seal, which features the burning lamp of knowledge. Since 1984, the award has been conferred annually in the spirit of keeping the light of service to others burning brightly at UNI. The award is presented by the Dean of Students and sponsored by the UNI Alumni Association. The recipients will be recognized during the 2012 commencement ceremonies.
The Lux Service Award recipients were chosen by a selection committee based on nominations from UNI faculty, students and staff. Requirements include a minimum 3.0 GPA, completion of at least 90 credit hours and demonstration of service to UNI during the recipient's university career.
For more information about the Lux Service award, visit www.uni.edu/deanofstudents/luxrecipients.
May 3, 2012 - 10:25am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Are You Micro-Managing, Macro-Managing or Right Managing" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to noon, May 16, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is May 9.
"While most of us agree that you should adjust your management approach to the person, their experience and the situation, it's not as easy as it seems," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center. "The key is to use the right management style at the right time, in the right situation, depending on the person.
Instructor Mary Jo Kavalier will introduce workshop participants to the situational leadership model and help them determine when to utilize each management style based on a variety of work situations.
The workshop cost is $125 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $1,999, which entitles the business to 10 seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the 10 seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per person.
May 3, 2012 - 10:27am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cool Neighbors, the friendly challenge to reduce energy use among three Cedar Falls neighborhoods, is honoring participants for reducing household energy use by 7 to 13 percent over a six month period, October 2011 to March 2012.
The project, coordinated by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE), will plant a sugar maple tree in Seerley Park at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 10, to honor the College Hill Partnership (CHP), the neighborhood that reduced energy use the most at 13.2 percent.
"That's a really big percentage of energy savings," said Carole Yates, Cool Neighbors coordinator and CEEE program manager. "Most utilities have energy reduction goals of 1 to 1.5 percent. This project shows that commitment to energy efficiency can really help us save energy."
North Cedar participants reduced their combined electric and gas energy use 11 percent. Like the other neighborhoods, North Cedar participants enjoyed monthly events that ranged from demonstration home energy audits to home weatherization and learning more about energy efficient lighting and appliances.
Overman Park participants will help plant a sugar maple tree in their honor at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, on the 3rd Street side of Overman Park. "Overman Park deserves recognition for having the most neighbors participating â€“ nearly 30 neighbors shared information with each other, made home and behavior changes during the six months, and reduced their electric and gas usage an average of 7.8 percent," said Yates.
Help with the project included the Cedar Falls Utilities Energy Services team that provided energy use data, a chart for neighbors to see how their energy use compared to their neighborhood and to Iowa, programs for Cool Neighbors and energy education announcements. Other partners included the City of Cedar Falls, which provided printing, video public service announcements, mailing and administrative support; Sarah Webb, founder and coordinator of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light 's Cool Congregations, who helped develop and lead Cool Neighbors; and Green Iowa AmeriCorps, a community service organization hosted at UNI, which provided home weatherization audits and follow-up services.
For additional information, contact Yates at 319-273-7599 or email@example.com.
April 30, 2012 - 11:38am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host Andy Larson, of Iowa State University's Extension program, for a workshop in small farm sustainability from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 11, in the CEEE on the UNI campus.
The program will show vendors how to focus on marketing and merchandising at farmers markets and how farmers markets are affecting Iowa and how to better improve customer relations.
The workshop is sponsored by the UNI CEEE and the ISU Extension and Outreach program and is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested. For more information or to RSVP, contact Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the CEEE, at 319-273-7883 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 30, 2012 - 11:42am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Six Steps and Eight Behaviors to Resolving Conflict" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is May 11.
Debra Salz, workshop instructor, will conduct active dialogue sessions about conflict and have participants explore how they interpret and respond to conflict based on their natural tendencies and personalities.
"By looking at conflict from a different perspective, you can improve employee relationships and morale, accomplish more at work, limit negatively and achieve more success," said Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center.
The workshop cost is $249 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $1,999, which entitles the business to 10 seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat.
April 27, 2012 - 2:54pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€“ A University of Northern Iowa student won one of three $5,000 first place awards in the Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition held in Des Moines on April 25.
Brian Hoyer, a junior general studies major from Cedar Falls, won for his business, Recycle Rite Inc. Recycle Rite provides single-stream curbside recycling services for residential and commercial customers in Cedar Falls and other parts of the Cedar Valley. The company is currently expanding into other service lines. Tim Schulte, a senior double major in business teaching and accounting from Des Moines, is the company's chief financial officer.
"I am pleased to have won. We were excited about the opportunity to meet with John Pappajohn and the other judges from Equity Dynamics and receive input on the business. The award money will help with the purchase of some equipment for the business, furthering its expansion," said Hoyer.
Kyle Reasoner, a senior double majoring in political science and political communications from Washburn, and Heather Hussong, a senior general studies major from Spirit Lake, were UNI regional winners for their business, Eco Taxi, a bio-fueled taxi service opening in Iowa City. Christian Brown, a second BA majoring in accounting from Waterloo, was a UNI regional winner for his business, CMB Portfolio Management LLC, an investment consulting firm.
The other two state-level winners were Structuralize, a facial motion capture service for the video game and film industries , from Iowa State University, and Mazira LLC, a cloud-based web service for storing and searching massive amounts of data and documents, from the University of Iowa.
The annual competition is sponsored by John Pappajohn, Equity Dynamics, and the Pappajohn Centers at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, The University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa. The competition is intended for Iowa university and college students with an interest in starting their own businesses. A maximum of 15 regional-winner students or student teams can compete in the competition at the state level. Three seed awards in the amount of $5,000 each are presented to the top three business plans and presentations in the competition.
The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, a division of UNIâ€™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 more information about JPEC at UNI, visit www.jpec.org, call (319) 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail email@example.com.
April 27, 2012 - 3:05pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students are preparing to leave for Brazil to participate in a new program to study communication disorders across two different languages and cultures. The three-year project involves student exchange as well as cross-cultural and cross-linguistic curriculum development for students at the University of Northern Iowa, East Tennessee University, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria and Universidade de Sao Paulo-Bauru.
The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Through this unique opportunity, students will learn the social and cultural differences that exist across cultures while also understanding the different treatments of communication disorders in a different country. The project director at UNI is Ken Bleile, professor of communication sciences and disorders.
"This is the first grant of its kind -- the first opportunity for American students in communication sciences and disorders to exchange with students in Brazil," said Bleile. "This grant brings the world to the doorstep of UNI students in communication sciences and disorders."
For additional information, contact Bleile at 319-273-2577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 25, 2012 - 10:16am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowaâ€™s New Horizons Band (NHB) will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 30, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) on the UNI campus.
Selections for the concert include "A Leroy Anderson Portrait," "Big Bands in Concert," "America the Beautiful" and traditional concert marches. A reception will be held in the Lobby of the GBPAC immediately following the concert.
The NHB is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and the UNI Community Music School. The group includes members ages 50 and over with various musical backgrounds who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform, coming from as far away as Tripoli and Charles City. The band started in 1999 with 17 members and has a current membership of 80. Diana Blake, retired music educator and director of the New Horizons Band, said new members are welcome to join the group.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, communications coordinator in the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or email@example.com or Cynthia Mason, NHB instructor in the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 25, 2012 - 10:22am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host "Shining Stars: Girls Looking Ahead Camp" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22, in the Schindler Education Center on the UNI Campus.
This camp is open to girls from the Waterloo and Cedar Falls area who are looking for an opportunity to widen their horizons through a variety of experiences. Girls will learn the art of dance, theater, music, languages, poetry and how to write their own personal stories. Motivational speakers will also visit during the week to encourage the girls to plan for their future. Students will be able to visit various parts of the UNI campus.
"I hope that this camp will allow girls to continue to explore a variety of experiences by sharing their gifts, talents and interests, while being part of the university community," said Gloria Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction.
Cost of the camp is $50. To register, visit http://www.uni.edu/camps/shining-stars-girls-looking-ahead-camp. For more information, contact Holmes at 319-273-2007 or email@example.com.
April 25, 2012 - 10:30am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration is now open for the management workshop "Survival Skills for First Time Managers" hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Executive Development Center. The workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 15, in the Business and Community Services Building on the UNI campus. The registration deadline is May 8.
Becoming a manager requires a specific skill set, and this workshop is boot camp for first time managers, according to Kim Recker, program manager for the UNI Executive Development Center.
Instructor Jim Hogan will introduce the management skills and tools needed to begin a successful career as a leader. He will help participants define and understand the difference between managing people and managing work.
The workshop cost is $249 per person. UNI Alumni Association members receive a 10-percent discount. Businesses can purchase a consortium membership for $1,999, which entitles the business to 10 seats to any of the 2012 management training workshops. Half-day workshops count as a half seat. After the 10 seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per person.
April 25, 2012 - 2:25pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Children's Choir (UNICC), under the direction of Michelle Swanson, will present a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, May 4, in Bengtson Auditorium, in Russell Hall, on UNI's campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
UNICC will perform a variety of songs at the spring concert. It will feature Broadway hits, spirituals, poetry set to music, folk songs and a campfire tune. A three-part a capella version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was arranged by Swanson for the concert, and will be accompanied by string bass and timbano.
Additional leadership for UNICC comes from the UNI music education students who volunteer with the ensemble. "I can't begin to describe how much I've learned from working with UNICC while in college," said Jordan Leckband, a UNI junior majoring in music education. "I'm so much better prepared for my own teaching in the future."
UNICC is one of the programs in the Community Music School at the UNI School of Music. For more information and booking requests, contact Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-273-2600, or Community Music School director Cindi Mason at email@example.com or 319-273-2024.
April 23, 2012 - 9:30am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€“ The University of Northern Iowa will hold its 4th annual Panther Pick Up, a project to help the environment while benefiting the community Wednesday, May 2 through Friday, May 4. Students who donate may enter a drawing for a chance to win a Wii and Wii Fit.
At a time when many UNI students are moving out of residence halls and apartments, Panther Pick Up gives old stuff new life. Instead of throwing unwanted household items in the dumpster to end up in the landfill, usable items can be donated to charitable organizations, which will have pick-up sites at convenient locations on campus.
During Panther Pick Up, St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill Industries International, Inc. and The Salvation Army trucks will accept clothing, dishes, furniture, carpet and other useable household items. Agency staff determines whether or not they can accept certain items. Metal items not accepted can be recycled on UNI's campus at the east and west sides of Redeker Center and the East and West Towers Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4.
Panther Pick Up locations and times are listed below and on the UNI Office of Sustainability website at www.uni.edu/pantherpickup, along with additional details about the event.
On-campus donation locations, 1 to 4 p.m., May 2 and 3, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 4:
- East side of Redeker Center
- 23rd St. near Commons Circle
- East Towers
- Northwest corner of Campbell Hall
Students living off-campus may donate items by calling St. Vincent de Paul at 319-232-3366 to schedule pick up of usable furniture, computers, keyboards, printers, computer accessories and other large items.
April 23, 2012 - 10:58am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual spring commencement services in three ceremonies. The ceremony for students receiving graduate degrees will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 4. The ceremony for undergraduate students receiving degrees from the Colleges of Education, Business Administration and Division of Continuing Education will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 5. The ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 5 will be for undergraduate students in the Colleges of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences. All ceremonies will be held in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.
This year's commencement speakers will be Martin McGoey, a graduate student majoring in English: creative writing; Spencer Walrath, a senior majoring in music and psychology; and Valerie Brey, a senior majoring in human, youth and leisure and human services. McGoey will speak at Friday's ceremony, while Brey will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony and Walrath will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday. The commencement marshal will be John Vallentine, director of the School of Music. The names of the graduates will be read by Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre; Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communication studies; Nicki Johnson, instructor of communication studies; and Dale Cyphert, associate professor of management.
Immediately following the ceremonies on Saturday, there will be a reception at Eldon Miller Plaza with light snacks and beverages. Friday's reception will take place in the McLeod concourse. Graduates and guests are encouraged to attend. There will also be areas set up for families and graduates to take pictures.
The UNI Department of Military Science will host its annual Spring Commissioning Ceremony at 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 4, in Lang Hall. Six cadets will be commissioned as U.S. Army lieutenants. Family and friends are invited to arrive anytime after 3 p.m. and to stay for refreshments immediately following the ceremony.
April 23, 2012 - 11:53am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- You hear about it almost weekly in the news -- cases of childhood bullying continue to escalate. According to the Bully Project, 13 million kids will be bullied in the U.S. this year. The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa is supporting the Bully Project's: 1 Million Kids movement by bringing the documentary film, "Bully," to young people and their educators across the U.S. in an effort to promote caring and inclusive communities. Students and educators in Cedar Falls and Waterloo schools and UNI will receive a total of 1,000 tickets for the film, "Bully," which will air April 27 through May 1 at the Marcus College Square Theatres in Cedar Falls. The public can purchase tickets through Marcus College Square Theatres.
The film follows the lives of five students who face bullying on a daily basis. The goal of the film is to highlight solutions and systemic change that will bring together organizations and individuals to end bullying.
UNI is known for its strong teacher education and counseling programs, and places students in many schools in the Cedar Valley for their clinical field experiences. "It was important for UNI's Center for Violence Prevention and for our education and counseling programs to have the opportunity to bring this powerful documentary to Cedar Falls," said Alan Heisterkamp, director, mentors in violence prevention at UNI's Center for Violence Prevention. "It's a phenomenal opportunity for our university students who will be working with children and for students in the Cedar Falls and Waterloo schools to have an opportunity to learn from this film."
UNI will host "Bully" film director, Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen, producer and writer, for a special panel discussion, free and open to the public, at 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, in Sabin Auditorium on the UNI campus. UNI faculty who research and educate about bullying will join Hirsch and Lowen. The panel will discuss bullying and strategies for prevention as well as work on the film.
UNI's Center for Violence Prevention houses the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Institute on all three state supported universities in Iowa, and leads the effort to infuse MVP into the teacher education and education leadership curriculum at UNI.
Hirsch's debut film "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony" won a Sundance Film Festival award, and also one of the five Emmy awards it was nominated for. He has also directed and produced a series on the Discovery and History channels. "Bully" has already been nominated and won 10 awards at festivals including the 2011 Los Angeles Film festival, 2012 True/False Film Festival and many others.
Lowen is an award-winning writer and recipient of the Discovery Prize. She is the co-author of "The Essential Guide to Bullying: Prevention and Intervention," forthcoming from Alpha Books, and her work has been published widely.
For more information about the film, visit thebullyproject.com. For more information about the May 1 panel, contact Heisterkamp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 19, 2012 - 11:32am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally known education services company selected UNI for inclusion in a unique resource it has created for college applicants -- 'The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges.'
Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the 'Guide to 322 Green Colleges' is a free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.
"College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the The Princeton Review. "Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' nearly 7 out of 10 (68 percent) told us that having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school."
The guide is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide and profiles the nation's most environmentally responsible campuses. From available transportation alternatives to the percentage of budget spent on local/organic food, it looks at an institution's commitment to building certification using USGBC's LEED green building certification program; environmental literacy programs; formal sustainability committees; use of renewable energy resources; recycling and conservation programs, and much more.
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools in this guide based on the "Green Rating" scores tallied in 2011. The "Green Rating" is a numerical score from 60 to 99 that's based on data from a 50 question survey conducted among hundreds of school administrators about their school's environmental and sustainability-related commitments and initiatives. Schools published received a score of 83 or higher.
For more information, contact Eric O'Brien, sustainability coordinator at UNI, at 319-273-7207 or email@example.com.
April 19, 2012 - 11:36am
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nancy J. Powell, a 1970 B.A. degree graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, has been sworn in as the first U.S. woman Ambassador to India.
A native from Cedar Falls, Powell majored in history teaching at UNI and taught high school social studies in Dayton, Iowa. She most recently served as the director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources in Washington DC. Earlier in her career, Powell served as the U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana and Uganda.
She replaces Timothy Roemer, who departed in June 2011 after serving as U.S. Ambassador to India for two years.
April 18, 2012 - 4:28pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center has received a $300,000 grant from the R.J. McElroy Trust and will name its Student Business Incubator the "R.J. McElroy Student Business Incubator" during a ceremony on Sept. 13.
"R.J. McElroy was one of the Cedar Valley's most noteworthy entrepreneurs, and the trust has long funded many educational activities for area youth," said Randy Pilkington, executive director of UNI Business & Community Services and director of JPEC. "The R.J. McElroy Student Business Incubator is a great combination of entrepreneurship and education."
The UNI Student Business Incubator (SBI), a program of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, is a learning laboratory designed to inspire and educate students interested in entrepreneurship. Located in the Business and Community Services Building, the incubator offers one-on-one technical assistance, professional services and training, office space and standard equipment, and mentoring programs to UNI students who meet the SBI requirements. With its 10 fully occupied office suites and numerous programs and events throughout the year, SBI has served hundreds of college entrepreneurs since it began in 2005.
The funds from the R.J. McElroy Trust will allow JPEC staff to deliver specialized workshops and classes, one-on-one consulting and provide operational support to students in the incubator.
"We are pleased to have the support of the R.J. McElroy Trust," said Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director of the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. "We hope R.J. McElroy would be proud of the young entrepreneurs in our programs and the exciting businesses they start. We think he'd be especially proud of the businesses that started in the incubator and are now adding to the Iowa economy."
The UNI JPEC, a division of UNIâ€™s Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services 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 more information about JPEC at UNI, visit www.jpec.org, call 319-273-JPEC or email firstname.lastname@example.org
April 18, 2012 - 4:33pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics hosted the State of Iowa Physics Competition Wednesday, April 11, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.
Approximately 250 students from 30 different schools participated. Marquette Catholic High School placed first, led by instructor Karen Timmerman; Washington High School placed second, led by instructor Jeff Richard; and Wahlert Catholic High School placed third, led by Tom Stierman, in the overall school team competition.
Individual event winners were Ogden High School in the self-propelled catapult event, led by instructor John Fuller; Marquette Catholic High School in the mousetrap car event; Cedar Falls High School in the bridge building event, led by instructor Kenton Swartley; Washington High School in the soda straw arm event; Emmetsburg High School in the challenge problem event, led by instructor Jared Pickett; and St. Ansgar High School in the materials recovery facility event, led by instructor Devin Schwiesow.
For more information, contact Larry Escalada, UNI professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or email@example.com.