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Thursday, May 13, 2021
The first-ever Cedar Valley Illuminate Art and Light Festival will debut this weekend in the College Hill area, a projection art showcase featuring 15 installations from local artists, students and community organizations conceived around a theme of promoting social justice and societal change.
Friday, April 30, 2021
The everyday demands of school life can be difficult for many students – but some carry more than a backpack full of books when they show up for class each day. 
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
A new grant awarded to the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Urban Education will provide 15 summer internship opportunities to local high school students from historically marginalized populations. The $87,000 grant from Iowa Workforce Development will provide summer employment for youths who are at risk of not graduating, from low-income households or from communities under-represented in the Iowa workforce. Companies participating in the program include UnityPoint Health, MasterBrand Cabinets, Experience Waterloo, Viking Pump and VGM & Associates.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
The University of Northern Iowa has announced the first finalist in the search for its next Provost. Vandana Kohli, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at California State University, Channel Islands, will interview remotely on Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29. Dr. Kohli will meet with faculty, staff, students and other members of the campus community. Kohli’s curriculum vitae is available here.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
The University of Northern Iowa, in partnership with the University of Iowa, will host a virtual conversation Friday with NBA coach Nick Nurse, a UNI Hall of Fame basketball star who led his Toronto Raptors to a 2019 championship.   Nurse will discuss his rural Iowa upbringing, how he transitioned to find success throughout his career and the use of data analytics to drive decisions in the NBA. Iowa women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder, a UNI women's basketball standout and UNI Hall of Famer will host the virtual event from 2-3 p.m. April 25.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
UNI President Mark A. Nook released the following message to campus today after a jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict on all charges in the murder of George Floyd:
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The University of Northern Iowa’s Textiles and Apparel Program will hold its first-ever completely virtual fashion week for students’ designs.  Catwalk 29 is a six-day event (running April 26 - May 1) with five shows featuring garments designed and produced by UNI students using  traditional,non-traditional and upcycled materials. Local high school students in the Cedar Valley also assisted in the production.  Admission is free. YouTube links to each show will be available at
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
University of Northern Iowa won several awards for community engagement announced Monday. A UNI professor who created a community project, a sophomore social work major who works with refugees  and several UNI projects were among the five award winners recognized by the Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact. The awards go  to individuals and organizations whose accomplishments exemplify and celebrate the public purpose at the heart of higher education.
Friday, April 16, 2021
A new University of Northern Iowa program will help aspiring gardeners start their own home garden at no cost to them.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Today’s student vaccine clinic at the University of Northern Iowa will not be held after the CDC and FDA recommended a pause this morning on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Additionally, the Iowa Department of Public Health  has advised all Iowa healthcare providers and pharmacies to pause all J&J clinics until further notice.