Northern Iowa Student Government

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.

Senate Agenda for the 14th Regular Meeting

By: mojohn on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 19:13

Agenda of the 
Northern Iowa Student Government Senate
2011-2012 Session

14th Regular Meeting – November 9th, 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. 13th Regular Senate Meeting
          ii. Approval of Senator Givens- Off Campus Senator
     2. Approval of University Committee Appointments
     3. Approval of Senate Standing Committee Appointments
VII. Say Hello to Lisa
VIII. Special Business
     1. Swearing in of new Senator-Darvel Givens
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
     6. Director of Governmental Relations Greenway
     7. Chief of Staff Brueck
X. Reports of the Standing Committees
     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
XIII. Non-Controversial Docket
XIV. Controversial Docket
XV. Adjournment

UNI I Am A Hero - Ashley Minshall

By: Spencer Walrath on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 08:02

This week's UNI I Am A Hero is Ashley Minshall!

"I would like to nominate Ashley Minshall for the UNI am a Hero award.  She is currently the adviser of the Campus Activities Board and works with student leaders through the SIAC.  Since coming to the University of Northern Iowa, Ashley has been able to help student organizations plan events to provide students an environment to interact with one another.  Ashley has always been a person I can talk to and helps me better myself.  I believe the rest of the students that interact with Ashley would also call her an UNI hero." - Ryan Alfred

Congratulations Ashley on your nomination!

Don't forget to nominate your friends and co-workers to be recognized as a UNI Hero! Write a brief statement that details why they are a hero, including their name and email address, and email it to

Go Panthers!