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Thursday, September 17, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES – Grow Cedar Valley and the University of Northern Iowa are teaming up with Cedar Valley businesses to host the Engage, Empower & Act 2020 Economic Inclusion Conference. This year’s keynote speaker is Kevin Warren, commissioner of the Big Ten Conference Attendees must register by Oct. 1.  for the virtual event, which will be held Oct. 8-9. The first day will include a two-hour session with speakers, breakouts and content that is open to all. The second day will feature a partial day conference featuring talented and engaging speakers. 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES – The Iowa Family Business Center is launching the new 2020-21 breakfast series season to help support and build the Iowa family business community.  The first session, “Take the "bored" out of your Advisory Board. How to create a Strategic Family Business Advisory Board,” will be held virtually from 8-10 a.m. on Sept. 18. Local business owners Mark Hanawalt, Jim Warner and Brendan Wall will discuss the role of a strategic advisory board and ways it can be critical in a family business’s ability to grow and transition from one generation to the next.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES – The University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center has received a $1 million gift from the family foundation whose name adorns the building. The Gallagher Family Foundation has pledged $1 million toward the estimated $14.5 million renovation of the 20-year-old facility.
Monday, September 14, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES - The University of Northern Iowa maintained its rank as the Midwest’s second-best regional public university in the recently released 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2020” report. UNI was also ranked No. 17 in undergraduate teaching among public regional universities in the 12-state Midwest region and No. 17 among best colleges for veterans for its work with veterans and active-duty service members. 
Monday, September 14, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES - The University of Northern Iowa modified the fall 2020 calendar to minimize the risks of COVID-19 and ensure we could safely hold in-person classes. Building on the early success we have seen, UNI will also modify our spring 2021 calendar in response to the ongoing pandemic. Key decisions that have been made about our spring schedule of classes are as follows:
Thursday, September 10, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES – The University of Northern Iowa welcomes Christina Wolbrecht, a professor from University of Notre Dame, to present via a live Zoom webinar for Constitution Day 2020.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES - The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa has released a new whitepaper detailing food waste at K-12 schools in rural Iowa. The whitepaper analyzes data collected by the IWRC over the last five years of providing direct assistance to K-12 schools across the state in the fight against food waste.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES – The University of Northern Iowa welcomes the traveling exhibition, “Toward A Universal Suffrage: African American Women in Iowa and the Vote for All,” to the UNI Museum from Aug. 31 through Sept. 17, 2020. 
Thursday, September 3, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES - Following CDC guidelines in order to protect the campus community, the University of Northern Iowa’s commencement ceremony will move to a virtual format and be held in November.  The decision was not made lightly, but the health and safety of UNI graduates along with their family and friends was paramount. The ceremony, typically held in December, is now scheduled to be held virtually on Saturday, Nov. 28. 
Thursday, September 3, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES - The University of Northern Iowa’s fall 2020 census numbers reflect a growing freshman class, a strong increase in out-of-state students, a near record-high retention rate, and the most diverse freshman class of all time. UNI saw the size of its new freshman class increase slightly (1,482 freshman this year compared to 1,465 last fall), with overall enrollment coming in at 9,522 students this year. This count reflects not only the impact of COVID-19 and immigration challenges, but also UNI’s success in increasing its three-year and five-year graduation rates.