Northern Iowa Student Government

UNI I Am A Hero - Julianne Gassman

By: Spencer Walrath on Tue, 10/18/2011 - 07:30

This week's UNI I Am A Hero is Julianne Gassman!

Dr. Gassman is an Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and Associate Director of Camp Adventure Child and Youth Services.

"Julianne is truly a hero. She is a hero for her students when she makes time to meet with each of them and give them advice and guidance to prepare them to reach their own goals. Dr. Gassman is a hero when she transforms over 50 students into nonprofit professionals annually through her tireless work with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Lastly, Julianne is a hero when she engages in our community by serving on the Volunteer Center board and leading nonprofit trainings. Dr. Gassman also plays an instrumental role in local, state, and national nonprofit associations and organizations.

Dr. Julianne Gassman has changed the lives of students on campus, helped better life for people in our community, and led improvements for organizations in the Cedar Valley and throughout the State of Iowa. I know she is my hero and I am only one of the hundreds of students who have known her and admired her throughout her time here at UNI." - Amy Costliow

Congratulations Julianne 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!

Events of the Week - 10/17 to 10/23

By: mojohn on Mon, 10/17/2011 - 08:06

Tuesday, October 18 - Majors in Minutes
7:00-8:30 PM - Maucker Union Ballroom
“Majors in Minutes” is a speed-dating approach to learning more about majors or careers of interest to you.  At this event, you, or a group of students, interested in a major will visit with junior or senior students in that major for five minutes.  After five minutes, you can remain at that station or move to another station of your choosing. You can visit as many stations as you like or as few as you like.

Tuesday, October 18 - Spotlight Concert Series: UNI Singers and Women's Chorus
7:30 PM - Great Hall, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Under the direction of UNI School of Music visiting artist and conductor Dyan Meyer the UNI Women's Chorus will join together with UNI Singers, conducted by professor and conductor John Len Wiles, to offer a shared fall concert. This event is ticketed; students admitted free.

Wednesday, October 19 - Presidential Lecture Series: Robert Waller
7:30 PM - Lang Hall Auditorium
Robert Waller, former dean of CBA and best-selling author, will visit UNI as part of UNI's Presidential Lecture Series. Waller will deliver a public lecture titled "What the Rivers Taught Me." The lecture is free and open to the public. His best-selling novel, "The Bridges of Madison County" sold more than 12 million copies and was made into a major film and theatrical productions in a number of countries.

Friday, October 21 - SAACS Halloween House
4:30-7:30 PM - 2nd Floor, McCollum Science Hall
The UNI Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society are hosting a Halloween House, free and open to the public. People of all ages will enjoy watching witches make Gummy Bears scream, pirates who turn pennies to gold, imps who breathe fire and Dr. Frankenstein channel electricity. Guests are also welcome to make their own gak, slime and liquid nitrogen ice cream!

Safety Walk

By: Spencer Walrath on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 23:30

Hello Panthers!

This last Monday evening representatives of your student government met with University officials, including President Ben Allen, Vice Presidents Jan Hanish and Terry Hogan, Director of the Physical Plant Dean Shoars, Director of Public Safety Dave Zarifis, Senior Facilities Engineer John Streicher, and Student Disability Services Program Coordinator Ashley Brickley.

After nightfall, we walked across, around, and through campus to determine any areas that we felt might be a safety concern. We identified several areas where the lamp lights had gone out and we will have those lights replaced very soon, if they have not been replaced already. In particular we are looking to address the south side of East Bartlett, the area around the Library and the Campanile, the area between Curris Business Building and Baker Hall, the garden between the Greenhouse and Gilchrist Hall, and the sidewalk in front of the Multi-Modal Transportation Center.

We also identified a few areas that we will consider adding additional lighting to. This includes the area around the Campanile, particularly next to the north side of Rod Library, in between Curris Business Building and Baker Hall, and in the loading dock behind the Communication Arts Center.

There was some concern about particular buildings that have outdoor lighting in place, but those lights haven't been turned on recently. Our hope is to place the building lights on a timer switch so that they can automatically turn on at a certain time of the night.

Those of you who live in ROTH or the University Apartments may have noticed that a row of new LED lamps has been installed on that main stretch of sidewalk leading back to the University Apartments. These new lights are brighter and have a cleaner light than the old lamps, and they also use 40% less electricity than the original lamps.

We also tested the blue emergency poles located throughout campus to ensure that they were functioning properly and that we received a prompt response from the University Police.

There are a few areas around campus where the concrete is broken and sticks up - these sections will be replaced shortly by our facilities management crew.

One area that our group spent a lot of time discussing was the crossing between the Campbell CP parking lot and the Student Health Center. This is one of the most trafficked areas on campus and also one of the most dangerous because it crosses a city road where drivers do not always slow down for pedestrians. The group discussed a number of solutions to the problem, including installing a flashing "pedestrian crossing" sign and repainting the cross walk. The group will continue to assess the problem and will come forward in the near future with a solution.

We identified the crosswalk area within the circle drive between Maucker and Seerley that will be repainted soon and will have a pedestrian sign installed.

The group noticed that, at some of the emergency exits from Rod Library, the cement landing directly outside of the doors does not connect to the sidewalk, which would cause a problem for anyone in a wheel chair. Facilities Planning will be pouring new cement to connect these landings to the sidewalk.

That's a lot of information to disseminate so I apologize if I have missed something. The take-away from all of this is that we are addressing a lot of the safety concerns that we have identified on campus. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority for UNI and we hope that our efforts Monday night will yield concrete (pun-intended) improvements to campus security.

If you've noticed a spot on campus that you think deserves our attention, please contact me at and let me know about it.

I hope that you have a great weekend! Go Panthers!


UNI STEM initiatives - featured on the Discovery Channel

By: Spencer Walrath on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 22:58

The University of Northern Iowa's work in helping address the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) crisis will be featured in a half-hour special edition of the Profiles Series, hosted by actor Louis Gossett, Jr. The program will air on the Discovery Channel at 6 A.M. CDT, Friday, Oct. 21.

UNI's segment explores how the university is addressing the needs of students, teachers and industry regarding STEM issues.

The segment also will be broadcast via syndication in the top 50 U.S. television markets and overseas on Voice of America TV.

Colleges and departments are encouraged to link to it from their respective sites. DVD versions of the segment are vailable through the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The DVDs can be used for meetings or presentations.

A one-minute commercial promoting the show will air on TV stations serving Des Moines, the Quad Cities, Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis, as well as stations in the top 30 U.S. TV markets.

The videos are posted on the Executive Vice President and Provost's site

For more information about the Profiles Series, see

UNI I Am A Hero - Riley Martin

By: Spencer Walrath on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 07:25

This week's UNI I Am A Hero is Riley Martin!

"I am lucky to know the best RA at UNI. Riley is full of energy, creativity, inspiration and above all is one of my closest friends who actually cares and listens! Riley has put on multiple activities for her house residents and has taken time to get to know them and take them on outings here at UNI. She continuously plans events and makes sure her residents are aware of the opportunities at UNI. Riley is such a health guru as well! Her door is open and she is a very approachable person with a smile on her face.

Riley helped me become aware of the possibilities I have and encouraged me to pursue my goals. I am lucky to get time with her because she is always busy doing something amazing such as her artwork, attending her residents' events and being involved. She speaks her mind and lets you know what's up in the most positive upbeat way. She always finds good in something.

Thank you Riley for being my guide here at UNI and also guiding others to pursue their dreams!

You are my Hero!" - Gayle Nelson

Congratulations Riley 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!