Accolades Archive

Dr. Kenneth Hayes was selected to present at the ASCD National Conference. His presentation title is: "A Principal's Role in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Teachers." Dr. Hayes is the program coordinator and instructor with UNI's Principal Preparation Program in the Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies department. His presentation will help participants to identify compassion fatigue, staff burnout and staff anxiety.
Congratulation to the following faculty for receiving the Veridian Credit Union & College of Education Dean's Fund for Excellence Community Engagement: Caroline Ledeboer, Scott Mcnamara, and Suzanne Freedman. The Veridian Credit Union & College of Education Dean's Fund for Excellence Community Engagement's purpose is to encourage faculty to engage with community partners to better the community in a manner that also enhances their teaching and scholarship.
Congratulation to the following students for receiving the Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Community Engagement: Ariane Hakizimana, Emily White, Leandra Diersen, and Rylee Robinson. The Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Community Engagement is an endowment supporting students who are completing internships in positions of service in Iowa. For more information please visit
Hasina Jalal is a student in the Women and Gender Studies program. She is a Fulbright scholar from Afghanistan and is currently earning her second master's degree in Women and Gender Studies from UNI. She delivered a speech about "The Role of Bystander in Domestic Violence Prevention" at the Women's Economic Forum's Global Digital Summit this past July. She believes that her work in the Center for Violence Prevention during the summer motivated her to choose to present this topic in a global summit to an audience from over 50 countries.
Digital Media students won Third Prize in the Public Affairs category of the Iowa Broadcast News Awards for their television program "Challenging Gender Norms in Sports." The television show was produced as part of the Digital Media Production II course in Spring 2019 and was broadcast on Cedar Falls Television. The awards were announced at the 2020 IBNA Convention held in Pella, Iowa, on June 27, 2020.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Provides Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Grant. News release of Nolan Ford conducting Pediatric Research at University of Iowa this summer. 
Tarrell Christie, a recent graduate from the Digital Media major in the Department of Communication Studies, has been awarded a Crystal Pillar award for his film FLAVA from the Upper Midwest Emmy Foundation Student Production Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Upper Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, recognizes excellence in media production for high school & college/university students within the NATAS – Upper Midwest region (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa & western Wisconsin).
Let’s celebrate the work, accomplishments and current future of undergraduate student, Carolyn Pham. She is a future cutting edge researcher and faculty member. She will be graduating in May and her story is worth noting. Carolyn Pham works with the Center of Educational Research and she stands out. In fact, the Center would have not made the progress it has, but for her wonderful contributions. It is unsurprising, during her tenure at UNI, she has won awards, fellowships, funding and soon will be published in a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal.
A University of Northern Iowa professor’s book earned a spot on a library magazine’s list of top academic titles for 2019. Christopher R. Martin’s “No Longer Newsworthy: How the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class” made the prestigious list of the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice.
Russel Karim was awarded the national Outstanding Immigrant Business Award at the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit for an array of businesses he started while at the University of Northern Iowa. Karim graduated from UNI in 2015 with a degree in computer science and entrepreneurship. He is now employed in UNI’s IT-Administrative Information Systems as an application administrator.