Majora Carter redefined the field of environmental equality, starting in the South Bronx. Now she's leading the local economic development movement across the U.S. Carter is a keynote speaker for the University of Northern Iowa's Sustainability Dialogue and Action Conference, scheduled for April 12 and 13. She will present "Home(town) Security" at 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Great Hall.
For some people, losing weight and feeling good about themselves physically is a lifelong battle. It's something Darin Adams, a University of Northern Iowa senior majoring in criminology, came face-to-face with.
While still in high school, Darin decided to visit an Army recruiter – he walked into the office weighing 380 pounds.
"I was told there was no way I could join the army, I was too big," he said.
The Koch brothers were raised on basketball. Their father played collegiately for the University of Wisconsin-Steven's Point, and playing recreationally was a favorite pastime for the three brothers growing up, so it's easy to see why they share such a passion for the sport.
"One of the earliest memories I have is dribbling a basketball in the driveway," said Jake Koch, a senior studying sports psychology at UNI and the middle Koch brother.
As a senior leisure, youth and human services major, Emily Hanson will soon be in the "life satisfaction business," enriching people's lives through things like tourism, human services and community recreation. However, Hanson's not waiting until graduation to start making a difference in the lives of others.
In 2006, the University of Northern Iowa and UNIBusiness partnered with Shanghai DianJi University (SDJU) in order to benefit students from both universities through an increased international presence.
Currently 18 students from SDJU are studying at UNIBusiness through the 2+2 partnership. This number is on the rise, as 17 students transferred to UNI during the two years prior, and between 20 to 30 additional students are expected to enroll next fall.
Enrollment in UNI's Department of Technology is expected to increase significantly in the fall and it's easy to see why. The department offers six undergraduate degrees, two graduate programs and a 90 percent job placement rate.
"There's a big demand for our graduates," said department head James Maxwell. "I get calls from businesses all the time, people saying, 'We've got an opening.'"
The high demand and increased interest in this field makes sense. According to Maxwell, "What drives America is manufacturing and technology."
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, announced the selection of William N. Ruud (ROOD) as the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa. Ruud currently serves as president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Alicia Jessip, a junior communication studies major with a double minor in Spanish and political science, is paving the path to her future at the University of Northern Iowa. As the first member of her family to attend college, she knows how to accomplish the goals she has set for herself.
"I don't want to take this opportunity for granted," Jessip says. She has taken full advantage and become involved in many of the opportunities presented at UNI.