Students participate in a theatre workshop at UNI.
Jun 24, 2021

Teaching through theater

A new partnership between UNI’s Department of Theatre and its Classic Upward Bound program is helping prepare low-income and first-generation Waterloo high school students for college, by using the skills gained through acting and improvising.


UNI professor Samantha Goss and student Ryan Jones
Jun 09, 2021

UNI professor and student create mural that brightens West Des Moines bike paths

Art professor Samantha Goss and art education senior Ryan Jones completed a mural along the West Des Moines bike paths that both celebrated Iowa’s native plants and provided a valuable experience for Jones to carry into his teaching career.


UNI art professor Jeffery Byrd
Jun 03, 2021

Art professor creates a more inclusive reality

Growing up in a small town in Alabama, UNI professor and art department head Jeffery Byrd dreamed of a world that would be more accepting of his LGBTQ identity. At UNI, he made that dream a reality, co-founding UNI’s first LGBTQ studies course and acting as a role model for LGBTQ students — while building community and finding love in the process.


Members of Green Iowa AmeriCorps take a water sample.
Jun 03, 2021

AmeriCorps environmental program at UNI continues to grow


UNI’s Green Iowa AmeriCorps program recently received a $1.1 million federal grant that will fund thousands of statewide community environmental service projects. The three-year grant will support 114 service members who will partner with 24 organizations across Iowa to carry out projects in residential energy efficiency, environmental education, land restoration and water quality.


An art exhibit at the Cedar Valley Illuminate Arts and Light Festival
May 20, 2021

A night at a projection art festival

Dazzling light shows, interactive video projections and audio feedback loops dotted the College Hill area last weekend with the debut of the first-ever Cedar Valley Illuminate Art and Light Festival. The projection art showcase featured 15 installations from local artists, students and community organizations conceived around a theme of promoting social justice and societal change.


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