Feature Story Archive

UNI campus
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Public art sparks personal transformation for UNI grad
Ottumwa native Isaac Campbell never imagined he’d work on projects in France with a world-famous street artist, or that his own creations would garner acclaim abroad — and spark a personal transformation. But at UNI, Campbell accessed unexpected opportunities and developed a passion that the recent grad is now channeling into public art projects throughout the state.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
UNI graduation ceremony in pictures
For the first time since the pandemic began, UNI held in-person commencement ceremonies to celebrate its latest class of more than 1,500 graduates. “You didn’t let COVID beat you,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook. “You’ve made it to this point – congratulations.”
COVID-19 vaccine
Friday, May 7, 2021
Why I Got Vaccinated at UNI
More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff have been vaccinated on campus in the last few weeks. InsideUNI asked a few who become fully vaccinated this week why they did it.
UNI campus
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Seniors reflect on challenges, lessons of unprecedented year
This year's UNI graduates have the opportunity to collect their diplomas in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In their own words, two graduating seniors share what they've learned after a year of unprecedented challenges — and unexpected opportunities.
UNI diploma
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Meet the next generation of Panther grads
Our graduating seniors continued to impress with their academic brilliance, strong relationships with faculty and other students, and wide variety of out-of-class experiences to create a strong foundation for their future. These are but a few of our promising Class of Spring 2021 graduates.
UNI campus
Thursday, May 6, 2021
UNI's George Floyd Fund aims to be a catalyst for change
A gift from Robert and Annette Morden, both two-time graduates of UNI, supports campus initiatives that promote cultural acceptance, collaboration, awareness and education. Two new projects – a student-driven film from the theatre department and an art project about indigenous land rights – are underway with help from the fund.
A student studies on UNI campus.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
How to survive finals week: Study spot edition
InsideUNI asked students (finals week veterans all) for their favorite campus study spots.
Nick Rafanello
Thursday, April 29, 2021
UNI names new executive director for Housing & Dining
After a national search, Nick Rafanello will become the new executive director of Housing & Dining at UNI. Rafanello has been with UNI since 2013 and is currently director of residence life.
The 2021 Lux Service Award winners
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Lux award winners leaving a legacy at UNI
This year’s Lux Service Award winners left their mark on UNI through their work in diversity, equity and inclusion and service to the campus and surrounding community.
UNI diploma
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Meet the next generation of Panther grads
They’re headed to law school, to teaching jobs or pursuing a dream of breaking new ground as a speech-language pathologist. Here are a few of our promising Spring 2021 graduates.