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Conferences, Workshops and Camps

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is pleased to present the UNI Entrepreneurship Symposium. The event is open to the public and is free. No reservations required. This year's speaker is Drew Curtis, founder of, an internet news aggregator. He is also the author of It's Not News, It's FARK: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News (2007). He recently announced his candidacy for governor of Kentucky. 

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 4:30 pm to Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Richard Arevalo, research space scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will be the keynote speaker. The title of his lecture is "It's a Trap! A Review of the MOMA Instrument Aboard Exomars 2018 and other Ion Traps in Space or Under Development," followed by a poster session.

The Midwest Astrochemistry Consortium seeks to foster communication and collaboration between astrochemists in the region, a diverse interdisciplinary group of astronomers, experimentalists and theorists who contribute to tackling the wide spectrum of astrochemical problems. 

Registration is required.


Monday, March 9, 2015 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

This workshop will provide a model to constructively navigate potentially divisive, tough situations and conflicts; applicable for interpersonal, group, organizational and social issues. The information presented is particularly useful for classes, student organizations, campus departments, residence halls and more. To register visit; for more information, call 319-273-3210 or

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The UNI Museum, the UNI Geography Department and the Consulate General of Canada will host "Canada and the U.S.: Partners and Allies in Arctic Research, Sustainability and Development," a symposium that aims to educate and facilitate conversations about Arctic exploration, sustainability and governance. Speakers include Lee Huskey, University of Alaska Anchorage; Consul General Jamshed Merchant, Consulate General of Canada; Chris Southcott, professor at Lakehead University; Andrey Petrov, professor and Director of Arctic-FROST and ARCSES at UNI; and Norma Kassi, Yukon Gwich’in leader and co-founder of the Arctic Institute of Community-based Research. There will also be a screening of Kassi’s film, "Our Changing Homeland, Our Changing Lives" and a poster session highlighting student research at UNI.

There will be an opportunity to speak with the presenters following the symposium. Refreshments will be served; the sessions are free and open to the public. Participants should RSVP to Ann Crawford at or 319-273-3713. The event can be viewed live online at; you can join the conversation on Twitter with #ArcticUNI and follow us at @CanCGMPLS, @RodLibrary, and @NorthernIowa.

This event is held in conjunction with UNI Museum’s current exhibit, "Canada's Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving," a traveling photographic exhibition developed by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. The exhibit offers a perspective on Canada's vibrant North; its thriving Native cultures; and the balance of traditional life, modern conveniences and economic and environmental sustainability. The exhibit will also highlight the partnership between Canada and the United States, and will be a major Canada-Iowa collaborative event in 2015. 

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Experience the struggles faced by those in poverty. This simulation will help us understand poverty and the difficulties behind it.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:00 am

School of Music professor and conductor Daniel Galyen will coordinate a day-long workshop for visiting Iowa high school bands featuring Storm Lake High School, Spirit Lake High School, Algona High School, Le Mars High School and Waterloo West High School. This event is free but requires registration. Contact for more information. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Join UNI and the community in discussing a sustainable Cedar Valley and a sustainable world as well as the transformation needed to achieve it. Students, community, faculty and staff are invited to attend and contribute to this shared dialogue. The conference will feature nationally renowned livable/walkable communities’ speaker, Robert Ping. He will also conduct a walk-around tour of downtown Waterloo the morning following the conference sessions. Conference tracks will integrate the themes of local environmental equity and resilience around the topical areas of food, natural resources/energy, policy and health. Conference tracks will feature UNI and Cedar Valley experts and projects. The first day of the program will conclude with an overview of campus facilities/projects that model sustainability practices, followed by a social hour.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Visiting artist Jake Heggie will present a master class as part of the Meryl Norton Hearst Visiting Artist Series. Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, To Hell and Back, and Out of Darkness: a triptych of Holocaust stories (Another Sunrise – Farewell, Auschwitz – For a Look or a Touch). He has also composed more than 250 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. Heggie, a Guggenheim Fellow, has served as a mentor to Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative for young composers and librettists for the past two seasons. For more information, visit This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, March 27, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, March 28, 2015 (All day)

The UNI School of Music will host the 2015 Iowa Composers Forum Spring New Music Festival. This festival will feature new music from Iowa composers, as well as a student musician performance featuring art songs by Hearst Series artist and composer Jake Heggie at 6 p.m., and a concert of mixed works by Iowa Composers at 8 p.m. both on Friday, March 27. For more information on the Iowa Composers Forum, visit . For more information on this event, contact

Saturday, March 28, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, March 29, 2015 (All day)

The UNI Suzuki School will present their bi-annual recital weekend. For more information, visit . This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society will host a speed reading workshop presented by Iris Reading. Participants will learn simple ways to increase reading speed, as well as how to improve comprehension, remember more of what you read, read faster on the computer screen, improve concentration while reading and read technical material more effectively. The workshop is open to all UNI students and staff, with extra discounts available for those that sign up in pairs or groups.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

UNI faculty artist Theresa Camilli will coordinate a master class for the Piano Pedagogy program at UNI. This event is free and open to the public. 

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

More than a workshop, this is part of a campus-wide program to foster diversity inclusion, social justice and community building through a highly positive, interactive approach. Provides a unique method. Sponsored by the UNI-National Coalition Building Institute, a group of volunteer faculty, staff and students from across campus trained to facilitate NCBI workshops. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Participants must be able to stay for the entire workshop. Registration: For more information: 273-3210 or

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences offers one-day Update conferences that feature presentations on the latest research in a discipline as well as research on innovative teaching methods and materials; informal discussions with colleagues, university faculty and secondary science teaching majors on relevant issues; and upcoming professional development opportunities at UNI.

The 2015 UNI Science Education Update Conference will be for Iowa and middle school/junior high and high school science teachers that will focus on issues and topics relevant to teaching secondary science. The conference will be a collaboration of UNI Science Education and UNI science departments including biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. Joint morning sessions will focus on relevant issues on teaching any science subject followed by afternoon breakout sessions that participants can choose from a variety of sessions being offered.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

School of Music instructor of music education Michelle Swanson will coordinate this workshop. For more information, contact

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 10:00 am

Under the direction of School of Music professor Yu-Ting (Tina) Su, the UNI Horn Choir will offer a spring recital featuring community players as well as UNI students as part of this day long event. For more details, contact This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, April 19, 2015 (All day)

The UNI Community Music School will host their spring recitals. For more information on this event, contact Cindi Mason at

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 7:00 am to Friday, April 24, 2015 - 4:00 pm

The Leader in Me Symposium is a two-day conference focused on instilling leadership as a vital component in education, and unleashing the greatness of every child. We invite you to unite with innovative leaders to find your voice and forever change the face of education. Registration is required.

Friday, April 24, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, April 25, 2015 (All day)

The Autism and Arts Education Symposium is a 2-day conference that features research, practice and showcase in the arts and autism. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together researchers, practitioners, teachers, therapists and parents who specialize in arts education for children with autism with the purpose of sharing ideas and learning more about the benefits of the arts for children with autism. UNI faculty artist Kevin Droe will coordinate this event. For more information or to register, visit

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, June 20, 2015 (All day)

The mission of the SportAbility of Iowa Adapted Sports Camp is to give qualified young people from Iowa, second grade through high school and with various lower limb disabilities, an opportunity to participate in various types of athletic events using a sports wheelchair. The camp promotes wheelchair awareness and provides healthy recreational activities for kids with disabilities. Activities such as wheeling around campus with their teammates to meals, recreational games, other skill activities and pure fun are important for learning. Athletes enjoy traditional camp and recreation activities, while they are improving daily living, sensory-motor-perceptual, strengthening and hand-eye coordination skills.


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