Feature Story Archive
Reinventing the gig economy
UNI senior Maddie Palmersheim’s new start-up Virgo is looking to make the gig economy fairer for freelancers. And her efforts are receiving attention after she was named a finalist for a student entrepreneurship competition.
A virtual international experience
With COVID-19 stymying global travel, UNI’s Study Abroad Center had to get creative to continue to offer international experiences for students. The result was a virtual two-week “trip” to Latin America over winter break, and the response was so positive the program will likely continue even when the pandemic is over.
Finding her voice at UNI
After spending her early childhood in a Colombian orphanage, Leydi Eagan’s dreams of being adopted came true. But her new life in Iowa brought tough challenges of its own. Now the UNI senior is preparing for a career teaching English abroad in hopes of helping others trying to reach across cultures/find their place in the world.
A Pride Week for everyone
LGBTQ+ student group UNI Proud hosts Pride Week annually during the first week of April. This year, with ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, organizers took the opportunity to create events that are more accessible.
Envisioning A Garden in Every Lot
A new UNI program from the Center of Environmental Education and AmeriCorps seeks to remove barriers to healthy, affordable produce by installing vegetable gardens for aspiring gardeners in the Cedar Valley at no cost.
Finding local solutions to fight climate change
UNI will be Iowa’s host institution next month for a worldwide project that aims to bring educators and community members together to discuss how state and local action can address climate change over the next decade.
Saving a species
UNI biology professor Jeff Tamplin has worked for 20 years to save a local population of wood turtles from extinction. His work, which recently won a $220,000 grant, could form the basis for protecting the species across the U.S.
Accounting program first in state to receive STEM designation
The new designation will make UNI a more attractive destination for international students and ensure that graduates move into their careers prepared for the latest changes in the profession.
Spreading joy during a pandemic
A string of handwritten inspirational Post-it notes have mysteriously popped up across campus.
They adorn exterior building doors, light posts, handrails and more. On Thursday morning, the notes were crumbled and damp from the morning showers, but the message during a pandemic is clear.
“You are powerful.” “Smile. You are beautiful.” “You are so loved.”