Alumni

Mickye Johnson

Retired UNI Upward Bound director reflects on a lifetime of inspiration

Growing up in a tight-knit neighborhood community in Waterloo, Wilfred “Mickye” Johnson learned the importance of helping your neighbor. Johnson has 12 siblings, and his parents often struggled to make ends meet. But his community’s generosity helped his family thrive and instilled values in Johnson that guide him even today.
UNI alumna Sheri Greenawald

UNI alumna leaves lasting legacy on national opera scene

Her story almost sounds like a made-for-TV movie — a young girl from small-town Iowa is hand-picked by an instructor from the famed Juilliard School of Music to pursue a career in New York City under her guidance. It might sound too good to be true, but that’s actually what happened to UNI alumna Sheri Greenawald ‘68. 
University of Northern Iowa alumnus David Schmitz.

5 Questions with UNI alum David Schmitz

David Schmitz ‘06 is proof that art can change lives. The Charles City native said his time at UNI was transformative - from creating his own unique artwork to his first exposure promoting the arts while a UNI Gallery of Art student worker. Those experiences sparked a passion for promoting art and a career that led from the Dubuque Museum of Art to the Iowa Arts Council, where he will start as administrator late next month promoting the arts across Iowa.
Pictured above, from left: Cole’s father (“Daddy Cornstar”), Cole and his younger brother, Cooper. (Photo by Stalzer Photography

UNI alum's path from corn farmer to YouTube star

It’s a classic Iowa story — UNI graduate Cole was raised in small-town central Iowa, where he watched his dad and grandfather work his family’s farm together. At age five, he was sitting on his father’s lap while he drove tractors across the corn fields. Within three years, he started driving the tractors himself. It was a given that he’d grow up to take over the farm’s operations someday.
UNI diploma

Meet the next generation of Panthers

Our graduating seniors found a place where they belonged at the University of Northern Iowa. Their tireless academic preparation, strong relationships with faculty and other students, and wide variety of out-of-class experiences have helped create a strong foundation for their future. These are but a few of our promising fall 2019 graduates:
UNI alumna Christine Stewart

Pushing an appreciation of prose

UNI alumna Christine Stewart is on a mission to spread to enjoyment of poetry as the new poet laureate of South Dakota.