Student Accolades Archive

Camp Adventure Child & Youth Services was presented with the Nonprofit of the Year Award, during the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Conference held in Chicago. The award is given to an organization that demonstrates leadership and commitment to supporting the preparation of the nonprofit workforce through their partnership and support of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

 The UNI Construction Management Club competed in Las Vegas at the Associated Builders and Contractors National Student Construction Management Competition Nov. 6. The Club placed second in the Safety Division of the competition and fourth overall after many rigorous assignments and presentations.

The UNI chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been recognized with an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS national office. This honor is only bestowed upon 10 percent of chapters nationally.

Edgar Guzman, a senior majoring in manufacturing technology: metal casting, won the second place award in the Vahradian Technology National Competition for Technology Students during the Annual Conference of the Association for Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) held in New Orleans in November.

On Nov. 5, Michelle Czarnecki and Ellie Hail, second year graduate students in the Post Secondary Education: Student Affairs program, won the case study competition at the 2013 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) IV-East Regional Conference.

Aaron Baughman, a senior from Denison majoring in manufacturing technology: metal casting, won the UNI Elevator Pitch Competition. He will test his elevator pitch against college students from across the U.S. at the National CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization) Conference Elevator Pitch Competition in Chicago.

Johnale Jackson, a senior accounting and actuarial science major from St. Louis, Mo., and Jake Kopriva, a senior management major from Clear Lake, were on the winning teams for the 2013 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute, which took place in August at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in West Lake Okoboji.

Brian Hoyer, a junior majoring in management, won the Iowa Recycling Association's 2013 Recycler of the Year award for himself and his company, Recycle Rite.

UNI men's basketball, men's golf, women's golf, women's cross country and women's volleyball teams have been recognized by the NCAA for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores – the most for a single school in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Six UNI real estate students recently won the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association's 2013 University Challenge. Bringing home first-place honors were Tyler Siegworth, Shay Trask, Eric Bohnenkamp, Gabe Tovar, Eric Caldwell and Keegan Wilkening.

UNI athletic training students had a 100 percent pass rate on the Board of Certification exam in April, beating the national average of 70 percent.

In its first College Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) Startup Simulation Competition, UNI Entrepreneurs placed third in the nation. The team of Jenna Abel (marketing), Mitchell Phillips (finance) and Trevor Carlson (psychology) finished with about 95 percent of the total possible points -- a mere couple points away from being crowned champion.

UNI's Student Chapter for Construction Management earned third place in the safety category at the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) 13th annual Student Chapter Construction Management Competition.

Two UNI interior design students earned national honors during the National Durkan Competition. Libby Hurder, junior, won first place and MaTrasa Phillips, sophomore, won third place.

Angela Wrage, a senior chemistry and biology major, received the 2013 National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Scholarship. She was one of 161 selected from a pool of 947 applicants.

Sons of Jacob Synagogue, a documentary directed by Francesca Soans, communication studies, and Dr. Robert Neymeyer received the Award of Excellence for Directing by the Iowa Motion Picture Association. The film was also recognized for the Award of Excellence for Soundtrack Audio Mix to Tom Barry, School of Music; Award of Achievement for Original Music Score to Rebecca Burkhardt, School of Music; Award of Achievement for Visual Effects to electronic media students Brandon Poll and Grant Atherton; and Awards of Achievement for Editing and for Documentary to Soans and Neymeyer.

The UNI Speech Team qualified 10 students in 34 events at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) in Kansas. The AFA-NIET is the most selective and competitive collegiate national speech tournament. This is one of the largest contingents UNI has sent to AFA-NIET in the tournament's 35-year history. The team placed 10 out of 78 teams in team sweepstakes.

UNI received a STARS gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This is the second STARS gold rating UNI has received since 2011.

UNI's American Marketing Association (AMA) received a chapter performance award for "Outstanding Professional Development" and "Outstanding Membership" at the AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans.

UNI-SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) earned first place at the North Central Regional SHRM Student Conference for its presentation and overview of a human resources case study. This is the first time UNI students have won the case competition.

Faculty, staff and students in the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences (CHAS) took home 15 awards for design and advertising projects at the Cedar Valley ADDY Awards.

The 2013 UNI Dance Marathon raised $101,379.02 for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network, nearly double what the group raised last year.

The UNI Dance Team placed 4th in the nation among Division I teams for their jazz routine at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Championship held at the ESPN World Wide Sports Center in Orlando, Fla. The team placed 4th for their POM routine.

UNI's Study Abroad programs were ranked No. 15 of the top 40 U.S. institutions among Master's Colleges and Universities and No. 9 of the top 20 leading institutions in the nation by participation in short-term study abroad among Master's Colleges and Universities by the 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. UNI was the only public university in Iowa recognized for short-term study abroad programs.

Jacqui Kalin, a graduate student in health, physical education & leisure services, from Sioux City, Iowa, has been selected as the 2013 Marty Glickman Outstanding Female Jewish Scholar Athlete of the Year by the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Committee. Kalin, a member of the UNI Women's Basketball team is in second place in career scoring with 1,763 points and is only 88 points shy of being the all-time leading scorer in UNI history.

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