Northern Iowa Student Government

Events of the Week - 2/20 to 2/26

By: mojohn on Mon, 02/20/2012 - 08:52

Monday, February 20 - NISG Presidential Debate
7:00 to 8:30 PM - Maucker Union, Coffeehouse
The Northern Iowa Student Government will host a debate for all declared presidential and vice presidential candidates. Come and listen as candidates discuss their platforms and answer questions from our moderator. There will be time for questions from the audience.

Monday, February 20 - Spring Career Fair
11 AM to 3 PM - McLeod Center
90+ Organizations, graduate and professional schools will be on hand from to visit with students and alumni about career opportunities, internships and continuing education. All majors, freshmen through seniors, graduate students and alumni are welcome to attend.

Thursday, February 23 - Planetarium Shows
7 PM and 8 PM - Latham Hall, Room 105
Explore the sky with a planetarium show, lasting about 30 minutes. Free and open to the the public.

Thursday, February 23 - Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band
7:30 PM - Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Great Hall
Under the direction of conductors Rebecca Burkhardt and S. Daniel Galyen, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band will offer a shared Spotlight Series concert featuring guest composer and conductor Dan Welcher. This event is ticketed (and free for UNI students).

Saturday, February 25 - UNI Dance Marathon
Noon to Midnight - Maucker Union
Be part of the first UNI Dance Marathon! Pre-registration cost is $12, which includes Texas Roadhouse Lunch, Panda Express Dinner, a T-shirt and free entertainment. Come enjoy dancing, performances, lazer tag, food and games. Help UNI Dance Marathon reach it's goal of $14,000.

Dying City
February 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 PM, February 26 at 2 PM - Strayer Wood Theater
In Dying City, a young therapist, Kelly, whose husband Craig was killed while on military duty in Iraq, is confronted a year later by his identical twin Peter, who suspects that Craig’s death was not accidental. Set in a downtown-Manhattan apartment after dark, scenes shift from the confrontation between Peter and Kelly, to Kelly’s complicated farewell with her husband Craig. Shinn’s disturbing, sophisticated drama—infused with references to 9/11 and the war in Iraq—explores how contemporary politics and recent history have transformed the lives of these three characters.

Senate Agenda for the 21st Regular Meeting

By: mojohn on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 19:32

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
          a. 20th Regular Senate Meeting Minutes
     2. Approval of University Committee Appointments
     3. Approval of Senate Standing Committee Appointments
          a. Senator Devin Davis- External Relations
     4. Approval of New Senators
VII. Say Hello to Lisa
VIII. Special Business
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
     1. Organization & Finance – Givens and Trampel
     2. Government & Legislative Affairs – Parker and Derringer
     3. Public Relations & Programming – Koss and Lunn
     4. Student Affairs – Konrardy and Findley
     5. External Relations –Bancroft-Smithe and Gibbs
XI. Report of the Speaker
XII. Old Business
     1. SSB 2012-38 UNI Forensics, UNI Speech Team, One Iowa at UNI, and UNIFI
     2. SSB 2012-42 New York Times Extended Funding
XIII. Non-Controversial Docket
     1. SSR 2012-22 Increased Veteran Support at All Levels
     2. SSB 2012-43 UNI Badminton Club
     3. SSB 2012-44 Andrew Miller for CSBS Senator
XIV. Controversial Docket
     1. SSB 2012-45 Honors Student Advisory Board
     2. SSB 2012-46 Relay for Life Weekend Stipend
     3. SSB 2012-47 UNI Textiles and Apparel Association
     4. SSB 2012-48 UNI BSU Bang
     5. SSB 2012-49 Black Male Leaders Union
     6. SSB 2012-50 UNI Psychology Clun and Geography Club
XV. Adjournment

UNI I Am A Hero - Blake Findley

By: Spencer Walrath on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 15:45

This week's UNI I Am A Hero is Blake Findley!

"I am nominating Blake Findley.  Blake is a currently a member of Northern Iowa Student Government and proudly represents the College of Education.

I could not be more proud of what Blake has done for NISG and for this University.  For a Student Government that prides themselves on "students serving students", Blake does just that.  When going to Blake with a suggestion or problem regarding NISG or the student body as a whole, he sees that the problem is addressed or the suggestion is heard.

As one of thousands of students, Blake is not afraid to stand up for what he believes the rest of the student body would want.  When it comes to Northern Iowa Student Government, he takes the time out of his day to talk to his constituents and he always makes sure that his vote represents that of the student body and of the College of Education.

Blake is a selfless person and an outstanding leader and therefore I have nominated him for the UNI I Am a Hero award." - Emily Droessler

Congratulations, Blake, 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!


Election Commission Decision on "Trevor and Beth" Twitter Account

By: Spencer Walrath on Mon, 02/13/2012 - 20:57

Based on the information received by the Election Commission on Sunday, February 12, the Election Commission has decided there has been an incidence of early campaigning. Trevor and Beth had a joint Twitter account being used for personal use before the start of campaigning. While it was not used for campaign information it was clearly linked to the candidacy, their student group, and bore the intent of being used for their candidacy. Trevor and Beth had the Twitter account removed as soon as the Election Commission became aware of this information and refrained from publishing it until the matter was settled.

As per the Election Commissions ruling, the Twitter account may be activated at 8:00amCST on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. The Election Commission feels this punishment is fair and just and sends their thanks to Trevor, Beth, and their entire campaign team for their cooperation.

2011-2012 Election Commission

UNI I Am A Hero - Zulfeta Rizvic

By: Spencer Walrath on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 19:41

This week's UNI I Am A Hero is Zulfeta Rizvic!

"I nominate my mom, Zulfeta Rizvic, to be recognized as a UNI Hero. She has recently graduated with a BA from UNI's teacher education program and is currently working toward her Master's.

I am very proud of what she has accomplished because I have seen her fight through many struggles to get an education. When we first moved to the United States from Bosnia, we spoke no English and had very little resources, as did many other Bosnians who immigrated here in the 90's. Zulfeta has worked hard to overcome the language barrier as well as the fact that she is a non-traditional student.

Teaching has always been her passion; she graduated from a four-year college in Bosnia and taught for many years before coming to the US so even when she faced this hardship, Zulfeta kept going. She is an inspiration to other teacher education students, and to other Bosnians in the community.

In addition to her own education, Zulfeta has spent the last decade teaching young Bosnians about their culture through a non-profit dance group that she formed called KUD "Kolo". Kolo has performed at hundreds of events across the world representing our community, including our own Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The group's members include graduates of UNI, as well as current and prospective students.

Zulfeta has also served on the Human Rights Commission and received a Cedar Valley Mayor's Volunteer Award in 2004 for her volunteer work. She is also a member of the Bosnian Cultural Foundation, an organization which she helped to establish.

Zulfeta is making a positive difference for our school and community by placing an importance on education, as well as diversity and culture. With UNI being such a diverse and vibrant campus, consisting of students from many different cultures, I believe that Zulfeta is the perfect nominee for a UNI Hero." - Azra Rizvic

Congratulations, Zulfeta, 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!