Northern Iowa Student Government

Donation to Northeast Iowa Food Bank

By: Student on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 20:11

University Book & Supply donated $1,500 to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank today. The donation took place through UBS' textbook buyback program, which pledged to donate 25 cents for each book sold back to the bookstore (up to $1,500). 

Rose Lorenz, University Book & Supply President stated, "We are delighted to contribute to the success of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and are so pleased to partner with NISG in helping us get word out on campus about our textbook buyback incentives, which enable us to make this donation."

Attached is a photo of the check presentation. From left: Angel Banks, NISG Director of Diversity and Student Life, Joel Anderson, NISG Director of Administration & Finance, Megan Parrott, NISG Director of Public Relations, Jeremy Strohman, UBS Textbook Buyer, Rose Lorenz, UBS President, Barb Prather, NEIFB Executive Director and Michael Lind, NEIFB Director of External Relations.

Snow Emergency Ordinance

By: Student on Tue, 01/12/2010 - 13:04

Snow Emergency Declaration for Hauling Operations on College Hill and Downtown Area

Beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, until 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, the City of Cedar Falls Snow Emergency will be invoked for the purpose of hauling snow from the Downtown and College Hill areas of the City. 

According to City Ordinance, parking is prohibited on each street marked with a sign displaying the works "Emergency Snow Route."

The parking prohibition will go into effect two hours from the time the declaration is made. Any vehicle blocking traffic or parking in the designated area after that time will be subject to tow at the owner's expense.

Brian Heath
O/M Division Manager
Public Works Department
319-268-5575 

Diversity Town Hall Meeting

By: Student on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 17:48

The second-annual UNI town hall meeting on diversity will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom. The following is a message from President Ben Allen about the town hall:

Students, faculty and staff,

One of our institutional priorities is to value, promote and teach about diversity. An appreciation of diversity is an essential component of an excellent education. To further advance our efforts, I invite students, faculty and staff to the second-annual UNI town hall meeting on diversity Thursday, Jan. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom.

Last January, we held our first town hall meeting on this topic. The gathering gave us an opportunity to open up conversations about diversity and introduce the Diversity Council and its role.

The Diversity Council, with input and feedback from the Diversity Advisory Committee, the College Diversity Councils and the campus community at large, has been busy this past year building the foundation of our sustainable commitment to diversity. At this year's town hall meeting, we will share the university's diversity definition, vision and mission as well as our strategic priorities and the key performance indicators to guide us as we move forward. We will report on our progress so far and the winners of the inaugural UNI Diversity Matters Award will be recognized.  

While we have achieved much this year, we have also had our share of challenges. Several bias-related incidents were reported late in the fall semester. As I stated in November, we do not tolerate this kind of behavior and we will address it whenever we are confronted with it. Dean of Students Jon Buse will, in a separate message, provide the campus community with an update on our response to these incidents. We will spend a portion of our time at the town hall meeting in dialogue about our campus climate. 

All of us at UNI are responsible for making our campus welcoming and supportive to all; connecting us to diverse communities here and around the state, the nation and the world; enhancing the diversity of our student body, faculty and staff; most importantly, fostering the success of all.   

I look forward to seeing you Jan. 21 at the annual town hall meeting on diversity.

Ben Allen

Updated look for the website

By: Student on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 13:51

Welcome to the updated NISG website. You should notice some immediate changes, including the website's overall look. 

The Northern Iowa Student Government is committed to supporting students. To help accomplish this mission, NISG began production of its updated site in Summer 2009. The new site went live on Jan. 11. 

The primary goal of the redesign was to enhance the average user's experience by making the site easier to navigate and read. 

Your favorite NISG services are still intact. Visit the Transportation section under Student Resources to learn more about the Panther Shuttle and Weekend SafeRide. If you need a new roommate or a place to live, check out the Housing List. More changes are slated to take place over the Spring semester, including the creation of a Diversity tab which will house information and links related to diversity at UNI. 

Questions or concerns about the redesign can be directed at Director of Public Relations Megan Parrott at mparrott@uni.edu. 

Welcome Back!

By: Student on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 22:33

The Northern Iowa Student Government would like to extend a welcome to new and returning students as the Spring 2010 semester begins. NISG is committed to supporting students. This website is your gateway to numerous student resources.

NISG also maintains a Facebook group. Just search "NISG Outreach." NISG has a Twitter account as well (www.twitter.com/nisg). Join the group and follow us for regular updates.

And as always, feel free to stop by our office with questions or to say "hey." More information (like our location and office hours) can be found here: http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/nisg-resources/contact.