A look back at 2012

The University of Northern Iowa marked an exciting and historical year in 2012. As the spring 2013 semester is right around the corner, UNI reflects on a memorable year. A few highlights include:

First lady does the Interlude Dance

Of all the people and places UNI's Interlude Dance has touched, an event hosted by Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative on Feb. 9 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines might have been the most exciting. UNI students Ian Goldsmith, Tyler Wright and Scott Connerley, creators of the dance, were invited to Wells Fargo to teach first lady Michelle Obama and 14,000 children how to do the Interlude Dance in celebration of the second anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign.

First lady Michelle Obama


UNI hosts "Bully" director and producer 

In March, UNI hosted Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary film "Bully," and producer Cynthia Lowen for a showing of the film and panel discussion about bullying. UNI's Center for Violence Prevention played a big role in bringing the film and panel event to the Cedar Valley.

Bully film


UNI alumna is first U.S. woman Ambassador to India

University of Northern Iowa alumna Nancy Powell is America's first female Ambassador to India. A native of Cedar Falls, Powell earned a B.A. in history teaching at UNI and taught high school social studies in Dayton, Iowa. During he time in India she plans to be a "frequent flyer to all corners of India, enjoying their famous hospitality and hopes to be able to connect with the people in person."

Nancy Powell


The new digs on campus

This fall, UNI students returned to campus to find the newest residence hall, Panther Village, complete and ready for students to move in. Panther Village offers apartment-style living, while maintining the advantages and convenience of living on campus. A second Panther Village residence hall will open August 2013.

Panther Village


Panthers vs. Badgers

The UNI Panthers opened their 2012 season against Big Ten foe Wisconsin. The season opener for both the Panthers and Badgers marked the first time in both programs' history that the teams have met. It's also the largest crowd (79,568) that the Panthers have played in front of. In the end, UNI fell to Wisconsin after coming back from a 19-point deficit in the first half, finishing a hard fought battle that came down to the last UNI drive.

UNI Football


Check out the 2012 Year in Review photo gallery!