Northern Iowa Student Government

Budget Process

By: Student on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 12:17

The Northern Iowa Student Government annual budget process has started. Budget hearings will take place the week of Feb. 15. 

NISG will hold three information sessions for student organizations. The purpose of these meetings is to better prepare student organizations for the budget process. The meetings will take place Jna. 25, Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the University Room in Maucker Union.

Complete budget packets are due Feb. 8. More information on the process can be found at www.uni.edu/nisg/funding. Questions and concerns can be directed to Director of Administration on Finance Joel Anderson at joeland@uni.edu. 

 

 

NISG General Election Information

By: Student on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 12:13

The Northern Iowa Student Government general election season is underway. Campaigning officially starts on Feb. 1. Voting will take place through MyUNIverse on Feb. 23-24.

Applicants who wish to have their name on the ballot must complete an information packet and petition. All applicants are required to meet with Election Commissioner Mary Jo Halder to receive an application. 

Meetings with Election Commissioner Halder will take place on Jan. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. (Oak Room, Maucker Union), Jan. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. (SIAC Meeting Room, Maucker Union), Feb. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. (SIAC), and Feb. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. (SIAC). Please contact Commissioner Halder at mjhalder@uni.edu if you would like to schedule an alternative meeting time. 

Complete applications are due to the NISG office no later than Feb. 5. Applications received after this will not be accepted. 

UNI announces inaugural Diversity Matters Award recipients

By: Student on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 11:15

Ten individuals were recently honored for their efforts to enhance diversity during the second-annual University of Northern Iowa town hall meeting on diversity. These students, faculty and staff received the inaugural UNI Diversity Matters Award.

The award is designed to acknowledge and honor the efforts of those who have significantly contributed to enhancing diversity at UNI, according to Terry Hogan, UNI vice president for student affairs and UNI Diversity Council chair. She said the award will be presented annually to selected individuals or groups in recognition for their dedication and service to the university's advancement of its diversity-related goals. 

The 2010 UNI Diversity Matters Award recipients are: Gloria Adams, a graduate student majoring in school counseling; (our own) Angel Banks, a senior public administration major from Gary, Ind.; Roland Carrillo, former director of financial aid; Rita Carrillo, dining services administration; Chris Edginton, director of UNI's School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services (HPELS); Janet McClain, director of the Multicultural Initiatives in Teaching (MIT) Program; Reg Pecen, associate professor of industrial technology; Martha Reineke, professor of religion; John Somervill, professor of psychology; and, Juanita Wright, assistant director of financial aid and scholarships.

Described as "a strong and vocal proponent of diversity at UNI and around the Cedar Valley," Adams has contributed to enhancing diversity in numerous ways. During her time at UNI, Adams has served as a pathfinder for incoming transfer students in the Jump Start Program, worked with girls at Cunningham School for Excellence in Waterloo and helped with the African-American Read-In. She is a former president of the Multicultural Teaching Alliance (MTA) and is one of the founders of Muchas Manos Light Work, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to send scholarship money to students in Nicaragua. She volunteers with the UNI Office of Admissions to recruit students from all backgrounds and has helped international students acclimate to Iowa's culture. 

Banks' work has helped "enhance the lives of all UNI students and enrich the multicultural education experience available to them." Banks currently serves as Northern Iowa Student Government's (NISG) Director of Diversity and Student Life. As director, Banks has assisted the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA) Advisory Council with the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty members. She has worked closely with Awareness for Individuals with Disabilities (AID) and the Coordinating Committee of Disability Accommodations (CCDA). Banks has also started building the Northern Iowa Diversity Coalition, which seeks to mobilize and empower students to effectively address issues of diversity on campus.

As her nominator described, Rita Carrillo is a "soft spoken, usually smiling and well-liked individual by all who meet her. Many have no idea of the huge impact she has made on the lives of UNI Latino and Latina students." In addition to her work for UNI's dining services, she frequently provides personal counsel to students. For many years, she served as the adviser for the Hispanic/Latino Student Union, and she continues to play a central role in the campus-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration each year. "Her warm and gracious hospitality allows everyone at UNI to enjoy the richness of the Hispanic/Latino heritage."

Roland Carrillo served the university for 19 years as director of financial aid and three years as executive director of enrollment management. During his tenure at UNI, he developed a unique recruitment program with the Alamo Community College District in San Antonio, Texas. He also recruited students from Chicago and Gary, Ind., in an effort to bring more diversity to UNI. For many years, he facilitated many small and large group sessions on cultural diversity with students, faculty and staff. Although retiring from UNI earlier this year, he continues to promote and influence students by teaching a class on diversity in America as an adjunct professor at Hawkeye Community College. 

Edginton is the founder of the Camp Adventure ™ Child and Youth Services program, a nationally award-winning model demonstration program. Since its conception in 1985, the program has provided students from UNI and across the U.S. with field experience in children and youth services around the globe. Since assuming his role as director of the school of HPELS in 1990, Edginton has continuously promoted and facilitated the progress of diversity within the school. Through his efforts, numerous outreach and public services programs have been developed. "He is a dedicated professional, an outstanding scholar and great friend. His commitment to diversity and his exemplary service at UNI are extraordinary."

As her nominator described, McClain is "a woman who appreciates and embraces diversity." As director of the MIT Program and the Multicultural Teaching Alliance (MTA) student organization, she promotes an environment that celebrates diversity and shows outstanding leadership in the areas of cultural and social understanding. Through her efforts, MTA has reached out to many individuals throughout the Cedar Valley. She has coordinated numerous events to provide area elementary, junior high and high school students with many diverse and unique opportunities. 

Pecen has been described as "a strong supporter of UNI's diversity goals and passionate for diversifying UNI." Pecen has served on the Multicultural Recruitment Team for three years, and he has represented the industrial technology department at UNI's Center for Urban Education (CUE) during UNI-Cedar Valley preview nights. He also has helped showcase industrial technology facilities during Multicultural Super Saturday and during other campus group visits. Pecen serves as adviser to the Turkish Student Association and "actively assists with identifying potential international students and advocates for their success." 

Throughout her 25 years at UNI, Reineke has chaired or co-chaired 16 university or college-level committees, including the Coordinating Committee for Disability Accommodations (CCDA). She chaired the CCDA from 2004-2008 with, as her nominator described, "such passion, energy and skill that I believe she was instrumental in changing the culture of UNI as it relates to persons with disabilities." Through her efforts, additional professional staff has been added in the areas of student and employee disability services. "Her efforts in raising awareness and making a difference have been tireless, and her work has helped the entire campus become more responsive to the needs and interests of those with disabilities."

Somervill has a long and distinguished career in promoting diversity at UNI. As Dean of the Graduate College (1998-2004), Somervill worked to bring more minority faculty and students to UNI. Working with professors and administrators from historically black colleges and universities, he initiated and sustained a highly successful minority recruitment program. In 1989, Somervill began an exchange program through the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), leading more than 100 Russian students to pursue Masters degrees in graduate programs at UNI. 

For more than 34 years, Wright has served as a recruiter, mentor and counselor for countless minority students. "With her caring attitude and big heart, she goes the extra mile for students, assisting them in all aspects of college life." She helped create the Jump Start Program and helped with planning and event implementation once recruitment programs in Texas and Indiana were established. "By her words and her example, she is a true advocate for multicultural students." 

Senate Agenda Jan. 20

By: Student on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 12:24

Attached is the agenda for the 18th regular meeting of the NISG Senate. 

Please note: with the new website, all agendas, minutes, bills, resolutions and reports are currently not online. The NISG Webmaster is working on this, and NISG will inform students when they will be available online. 

Should you want or need to read any of this material, please stop in at the NISG office or contact an NISG representative.

Increase in SafeRide Usage

By: Student on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 11:54

With the Spring 2010 semester underway, the Northern Iowa Student Government is pleased to announce its Fall 2009 ridership for the Weekend SafeRide. Overall numbers reveal an increase in 1,024 participants from Fall 2008 to Fall 2009.

A graph attached shows the increase from month to month.

The SafeRide provides a safe alternative form of transportation for UNI students and community members every weekend during the academic year (including winter and spring breaks). The program promotes responsibility for all members of the Cedar Falls community.

In April 2009, NISG was honored with the Commissioner’s Special Award for Traffic Safety from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. This annual award recognizes outstanding traffic safety contributions based on a commitment to traffic safety and service provided beyond routine duties.

The SafeRide route runs from 9:55 p.m. to 2:20 a.m. and is sponsored by UNI Public Safety. For more information on the SafeRide, a PDF download of its schedule and other NISG resources, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/student-resources/transportation