Northern Iowa Student Government

Events of the Week - 11/28 to 12/4

By: mojohn on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 09:17

Wednesday, November 30 - UNI Presidential Candidate Educational Forum: Michele Bachmann
1:00 to 2:00 PM - Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall
UNI and Iowa Public Radio will host Congresswoman Michele Bachmann as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums. The forums include a 30-minute candidate presentation "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Early Childhood Through Postsecondary Education," followed by questions from the audience. Free and open to the public.

Friday, December 2 - NCAA Volleyball Playoffs vs. Niagara
7:00 PM - McLeod Center
The University of Northern Iowa women's volleyball squad earned the overall No. 6 seed in the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Tournament. UNI will serve as a first and second round host on Dec. 2-3. Come support the Panther volleyball team during the first round of the tournament!

Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 - UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club Christmas Variety Show
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:30 PM - Great Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
The UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club will offer their highly anticipated holiday concerts. These sell-out events feature the Glee Club men performing holiday favorites and beautiful winter songs. This event is ticketed - $12 per ticket. For tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX.

Saturday, December 3 - NCAA Football Playoffs vs. Wofford
4:00 PM - UNI Dome
The UNI football team has earned the No. 5 seed for the NCAA Division I Football Championship. The Panthers will host Wofford in the UNI-Dome for the second round of playoffs on Saturday, Dec. 3rd with kick-off at 4 PM.

Senate Agenda for the 15th Regular Meeting

By: mojohn on Wed, 11/16/2011 - 18:56

Agenda of the
Northern Iowa Student Government Senate
2011-2012 Session
15th Regular Meeting – November 16th, 2011

I. Call to Order – 7:00 PM
II. Roll Call
III. Identification of the Press
IV. Student Forum and Announcements
V. Call for Changes to the Orders of the Day
VI. Approval of the Consent Agenda
     1. Consideration and Approval of the Minutes
          i. 14th Regular Senate Meeting
     2. Approval of University Committee Appointments
     3. Approval of Senate Standing Committee Appointments
          i. Justin Bell: Organization and Finance Committee
          ii. Zach Schriner: External Relations Committee
          iii. Darvel Givens: Organization and Finance Chair
     4. Approval of New Senators
          i. Justin Bell: Off Campus Senator
          ii. Zach Schriner: Off Campus Senator
VII. Say Hello to Lisa
VIII. Special Business
     1. Swearing in of New Senators
     2. Josh Wilson
     3. Resignation of the Recording Secretary
IX. Reports of the Executive Officers
     1. President Walrath
     2. Vice President Goldsmith
     3. Director of Administration and Finance Reed
     4. Director of Public Relations Johnson
     5. Director of Diversity and Student Life Mayberry-Mayes
     6. Director of Governmental Relations Greenway
     7. Chief of Staff Brueck
X. Reports of the Standing Committees SSB 2012-22 Voterpalooza
     1. Organization & Finance – C. Miller and Trampel
     2. Government & Legislative Affairs – Parker and Derringer
     3. Public Relations & Programming – Koss and E. Konrardy
     4. Student Affairs – N. Konrardy and Findley
     5. External Relations – A. Miller and Bancroft-Smithe
XI. Report of the Speaker
XII. Old Business
     1. SSB 2012-22 Voterpalooza
XIII. Non-Controversial Docket
     1. SSR 2012-16 Cigarette Receptacle Placement
     2. SSB 2012-24 Explorers of Religion
XIV. Controversial Docket
XV. Adjournment

Save Student Aid

By: Spencer Walrath on Wed, 11/16/2011 - 18:21

Our nation sorely needs to power up its economic engine. Work force projections show that by 2018, there will be jobs for as many as 22 million new workers with college degrees, but on our current trajectory, we won't make that goal-in fact we'll miss it by 3 million workers. 

Recent budget deals have already cut $30 billion from the student aid programs, sacrificing some students' benefits to pay for others. States across the country are cutting higher education from their own budgets. 

That's why it's more important than ever to preserve, protect and provide adequate funding for the core federal student aid programs-such as Pell Grants and student loan benefits. Together, these programs offer students an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills our nation demands for a strong recovery. 

Tough budget decisions in DC have put pressure on all federal spending, but cutting student aid, a long-term investment in our nation's future, doesn't make sense.

I support protecting federal student aid. Keep college within reach for our nation's students and families.

Please join President Allen and me in signing this petition. Over 100,000 students, faculty, and administrators have signed it so far.

Go Panthers!


UNI I Am A Hero - John Anderson

By: Spencer Walrath on Tue, 11/15/2011 - 00:13

This week's UNI I Am A Hero is John Anderson!

"It is an honor and a privilege for me to nominate John Anderson for the "UNI I Am A Hero" award. John is the executive editor of the Northern Iowan student newspaper and has done a tremendous job of making it one of the best news outlets in the Cedar Valley. The Northern Iowan does a tremendous job of covering issues important to both students and faculty and does so in an unbiased and professional manner. In order to accomplish both of these qualities, a newspaper must have a dedicated, charismatic, and ethical leader at its helm.

Additionally, John goes above and beyond through his commitment to covering every student government meeting and LIVE tweeting. As a senator, I appreciate his assistance to making NISG a transparent student organization.

John Anderson is a man of character and one of the proudest panthers on campus! He is very deserving of this Award!" - Josh Wilson

Congratulations, John, on your nomination!

Don't forget to nominate your friends and co-workers to be recognized as a UNI Hero! Simply go to the UNI I Am A Hero page located on the left side of our site ( and fill out the form.

Go Panthers!


Events of the Week - 11/14 to 11/20

By: mojohn on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 08:38

All Week, International Education Week
International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 14-18, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. A special kick-off ceremony Monday, November 14 at noon in the University Room of Maucker Union will include a welcome from Nadia Korobova, assistant director of international programs; keynote speaker Nicholas Chizek; remarks from Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost; as well as dance and musical performances, appetizers and refreshments. Please join us in this second-annual event to mark the beginning of the IEW celebration! For the IEW full calendar of events visit  For more information contact Kristen Hora at

Tuesday, November 15 - University Budget Town Hall Meeting
3:30-5 PM - Commons Ballroom
President Benjamin Allen will hold a town hall meeting to present campus and budget updates, reaffirm our strategic priorities, and address questions.  The meeting is a way to engage the entire campus in conversation about our budget and priorities as the university moves forward.  The entire campus community is invited to attend.

Wednesday,  November 16 - UNITUBA Concert
8:00 PM - Davis Hall, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor of tuba Jeffrey Funderburk, the UNITUBA Ensembles will offer a fall recital. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 17 - Spotlight Series: Jazz Panthers and Jazz III
7:30 PM - Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall
The UNI Jazz Panthers, under the direction of Robert Washut, will offer a fall concert with UNI Jazz Band III. Repertoire and soloists to be announced. This event is ticketed; students are free.