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Going to college can be an emotional roller coaster. Once you step on campus, you’ve opened yourself up to a whole new world of possibilities, but you can also feel like a stranger in a strange land. Fortunately for new students at UNI, Cat Crew is there to unroll the welcome mat.
Dec 9, 2015
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual fall Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, in the McLeod Center. This year's Commencement speaker delivering the student address is Jordan Brown, a senior elementary education and middle level education dual major, from Cedar Rapids. Approximately 650 graduates will participate in Commencement. The names of candidates will be read by Gretta Berghammer,...
Dec 9, 2015
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa sent a message to all students, faculty and staff on Thursday, Dec. 9 regarding the eye-opening and powerful conversations about discrimination, diversity and inclusion the UNI community has been having. The message includes updates on the progress the university has made in addressing concerns that have been raised. It also shares the guiding principles and goals of a draft Diversity and...
Dec 7, 2015
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's New Horizons Band will present a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The program will include a variety of marches, traditional concert band repertoire and holiday selections. The event is free and open to the public. Among the pieces to be performed are "Red's White and Blue March," composed by comedian...
Dec 4, 2015
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has named Deputy Athletic Director Jean Berger as UNI’s interim director of athletics. Berger’s appointment is effective Friday, Jan. 1. She replaces Troy Dannen, who is leaving UNI to be the athletics director at Tulane University in New Orleans. “Jean’s intimate knowledge of the UNI athletic program, her vast experience with college athletics in general and her positive relationships with the...
Dec 2, 2015
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Athletic Director Troy Dannen is leaving the university to accept a job as the new director of athletics at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dannen's final day at UNI is Dec. 31. An interim athletic director will be named while UNI performs a national search. "Troy has really taken UNI’s athletic program to a new level," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "He has done a great deal to enhance...
Dec 1, 2015
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) will extend its bullying and gender violence prevention education and training to five additional school districts in Iowa thanks to HopeLine® from Verizon. This partnership has allowed the CVP to conduct trainings that teach the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) model to secondary school students, faculty and community partners. MVP training teaches...
Dec 1, 2015
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa research program, "Get Energized, Iowa!," was recently designated as a "landmark" study through Tools of Change's peer review process. Tools of Change is an international organization that recognizes and promotes programs that foster sustainable communities. The peer review panel found that Get Energized, Iowa! encouraged individuals and communities to achieve high electricity and gas savings...
Nov 30, 2015
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- The Dr. Robert E. and Phyllis M. Yager Exemplary Teaching and Recognition Award, established by the Robert and Phyllis Education Fund for Excellence, will be awarded to two Iowa teachers on Friday, Dec. 4. This year's recipients are Brooke Fischels, mathematics teacher from Ottumwa Community School District, and Chelsie Meyer, art teacher from Iowa Falls Community School District. The intent of the award is to recognize...
Nov 24, 2015
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Special Education, via Continuing and Distance Education, will offer a Masters of Arts in Education degree in Special Education: Field Specialization beginning spring 2016. This program will prepare master teachers to serve as highly effective and highly qualified special education teachers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. Completion of the program will also...
Nov 23, 2015
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Joshua Sebree, a former chemist for NASA and current UNI assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and two additional UNI professors, Xinhua Shen and Alexa Sedlacek, were awarded a three-year grant in spring 2015 from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium to conduct a three-part study. The study brings together the departments of chemistry and earth science along with several collaborators from NASA to work with students...

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