For the first time since the pandemic began, UNI veterans, students, faculty and staff joined Black Hawk County Veteran Affairs and others in the Cedar Valley to honor fallen service members by placing flags at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo on a rainy Memorial Day weekend.
As director of UNI’s Institute for Decision Making, Drew Conrad helps organizations and communities build better futures through informed decision making. His work was recently recognized when he received the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Leadership for Iowa award, but making impactful change has been a lifelong passion for the UNI alum and Washburn native.
Starting next week, Chiquita Loveless will step in as UNI’s interim director of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, bringing not only the experience from her award-winning work with UNI veterans, but also 23 years of experience with diversity issues in the Navy.
The UNI women’s rugby club team has overcome COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, practice-field uncertainty and faster, downsized play to reach the Collegiate Rugby Championship games this weekend in New Orleans, forging everlasting friendships along the way.
Almost half of all adults in the U.S. are now fully vaccinated, but for them the return to normal may not feel as they expected it to. UNI psychology professor Nicholas Schwab says it’s important we all be understanding of each other and the anxiety some feel with the return to pre-pandemic life.