Feature Story Archive

Retiring UNI professor Gloria Kirkland-Holmes.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Retiring UNI professor leaves legacy of literacy and leadership
Gloria Kirkland-Holmes overcame discrimination and self-doubt to become a valued member of the UNI community, launching a number of on-campus initiatives to promote diversity in her 41-year career at the university.
UNI associate professor of school psychology Nicole Skaar.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
New UNI program addresses urgent need for school psychologists
A new program from the University of Northern Iowa and Green Hills Area Education Agency will help increase student access to mental health services in high-need, rural areas of western Iowa currently struggling to hire school psychologists.
Prairie on a farm.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
UNI prairie project aims to improve water quality
A recent $200,000 grant will support the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center’s mission to restore prairies, improve agriculture and increase the quality of life on farmland and beyond.
UNI alumnus Russell Karim works with his new business, Dhakai.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
UNI empowers entrepreneur’s impactful startup
UNI alumnus and entrepreneur Russell Karim's newest venture seeks to boost profitability and workers' salaries in apparel companies in his home country of Bangladesh.
UNI student Caleb Christine works in the Industrial Technology Center.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
It's never too late to pursue a dream

These days, Caleb Christine has a lot of time to think. Mostly because he spends a lot of time in his car.

He has time to look back and peer ahead, to reflect on his time as a soldier, a police officer, a truck driver and a college drop-out. It’s his time to take stock of the many decisions that led him, at 38 years old with a wife and three kids, to enroll at the University of Northern Iowa and pursue a new career as an industrial technology teacher.

The Iowa capitol building in Des Moines.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
UNI requests state funding to keep tuition affordable
UNI is again requesting an additional $4 million in state appropriations in an effort to maintain a competitive tuition for the 2020-21 academic year.
University of Northern Iowa campus
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Artificial intelligence meets UNI accounting
As artificial intelligence and accounting become increasingly interwoven, the UNI College of Business Administration is shifting to introduce analytics-based courses into its core curriculum.
UNI graduate student Athena-Sade Whiteside sings at commencement.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Music shines light on UNI student’s life
After running away from an abusive home environment in high school and ending up in a youth homeless shelter, this student found solace in music at UNI.
wide shot of graduation in McLeod
Thursday, December 19, 2019
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:

Name: Megan Kooker

UNI's Cyber Defense team
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Developing cyber strategy
For the past several years, teams of University of Northern Iowa computer science majors have been competing in cyber defense contests, often taking on schools several times their size to either fight off or take part in cyber attacks in a purely digital battle.