The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a public university in Cedar Falls, Iowa. UNI offers more than 90 majors across the colleges of Business Administration, Education, Humanities, Arts, and Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences and graduate college. The fall 2018 enrollment is 11,212. More than 88 percent of its students are from the state of Iowa.
|University of Northern Iowa|
Motto in English
|Endowment||$118.4 million (2017)|
|Campus||Urban, 900 acres (3.6 km2)|
|Colors||Purple and Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – MVC, MVFC and Big 12|
|Sports||17 varsity teams |
|Mascot||TC Panther (the male panther) & TK Panther (the female panther)|
The University of Northern Iowa was founded as a result of two influential forces of the nineteenth century. First, Iowa wanted to care for orphans of its Civil War veterans, and secondly, Iowa needed a public teacher training institution. In 1876, when Iowa no longer needed an orphan home, legislators Edward G. Miller and H. C. Hemenway started the Iowa State Normal School.
The school's first building opened in 1869 and was known as Central Hall. The building contained classrooms, common areas, and a living facility for most of the students. It was also a home to the college's first principal, James Cleland Gilchrist. The building was the heart and soul of the school, allowing students to study courses of two-year, three-year, and four-year degrees. In 1965, a fire destroyed Central Hall, and school faculty and Cedar Falls citizens donated over $5,000 to start building Gilchrist Hall.
The school has been known under the following names:
University of Northern Iowa Colleges include:
The class entering in fall 2018 had 1,766 freshmen enroll. The incoming class of 2016 marked the most diverse class in UNI's history with 11.2 percent minority students. Minority students now account for just over 10 percent of UNI's student body.
UNI has implemented a Liberal Arts Core (LAC) in order to provide a common liberal arts foundation for all undergraduate students.
|Category 1||Core Competencies|
|Category 2||Civilizations and Cultures|
|Category 3||Fine Arts, Literature, Philosophy and Religion|
|Category 4||Natural Science and Technology|
|Category 5||Social Science|
|Category 6||Capstone Experience|
UNI provides an opportunity for the students to study in 25+ countries and select from over 40 programs. The mission of the Study Abroad Center at the University of Northern Iowa is to provide service and leadership in international education to UNI students, faculty, staff, the community and the State of Iowa.
The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) is an intensive program in English for non-native speakers. It is designed to prepare students for academic work at the undergraduate or graduate degree level. University of Northern Iowa students are also encouraged to participate in the Conversation Partner Program to help foreign students with their English ability and foster cross-cultural relationships while gaining mutual understanding.
The university is the publisher of The North American Review (called the NAR), a celebrated literary magazine that began originally in Boston in 1815. Its past editors have included James Russell Lowell, Charles Eliot Norton, and Henry Adams; while among its past contributors are Mark Twain, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Walt Whitman, Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates, Guy Davenport and Margaret Atwood. In 1968, when the magazine was purchased by UNI, Robley Wilson was appointed editor, a position he continued in until his retirement in 2000. The current editors are Grant Tracey and Vince Gotera.
The University of Northern Iowa Teaching and Research Greenhouse is a greenhouse complex incorporating botanical gardens for research and education. It is located on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The greenhouse contains plants from many ecotypes, including 250 tropical plants, an extensive collection of arid climate plants, and the 1,200-square-foot (110 m2) Aquatic Learning Center.
From 2014 through 2018 the UNI hosted the Midwest Summer Institute: Inclusion and Communication for All, a two-day conference on Facilitated communication sponsored by the Inclusion Connection and Syracuse University's Institute on Communication and Inclusion. In 2018, just before the fifth annual conference held on June 18-19, a group of over thirty "researchers and academics around the globe" signed a letter to the UNI asking the university to cancel the conference because the practice has been "thoroughly discredited over 25 years ago". The letter also stated that "overwhelming scientific evidence suggests that facilitated communication constitutes a serious violation of the individual, civil and human rights of people with disabilities, robbing them of the opportunity to communicate independently with available innovative technologies." Proponents of the method have defended the conference. The National Council Against Health Fraud released an article that was critical of the school's support of Facilitated Communication and summarized the American Speech–Language–Hearing Associations draft position on Facilitated Communication as a harmful pseudoscience. The 2018 conference was held as scheduled, but the university withdrew its support shortly thereafter. On Oct 24, 2018, Provost Jim Wohlpart announced that the UNI would no longer host the conference. Critics were pleased with this result but are skeptical of UNI's statement that the workshop was hosted by an outside agency, as UNI continues to employ "current staff members who trained with Douglas Biklen.
The school's mascot is the Panther. They participate in the NCAA's Division I (I-FCS for football) in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Missouri Valley Conference for most other sports, and the Big 12 Conference for wrestling. The major arena on campus is the UNI-Dome, currently the home of the football team. The Dome also serves as a venue for many local concerts, high school football playoffs, trade shows, and other events. In 2006, the University opened a new arena, the McLeod Center, to serve as the home for several athletic programs, including volleyball and men's and women's basketball.
UNI Athletics has enjoyed great success lately with the men's basketball team competing in the NCAA tournament three consecutive times in 2004, 2005, 2006, again in 2009 and 2010 and in 2015 and 2016. On March 20, 2010, the men's basketball team defeated the heavily favored, top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. It was the school's first appearance in the Sweet Sixteen. The Jayhawks were favored to win the NCAA championship. Their Cinderella potential ended with a loss to Michigan State in the Sweet Sixteen, 59-52. The win over Kansas earned them the 2010 ESPY Award for Best Upset.
The football team has been ranked in the I-AA (FCS) top 25 almost every year for the last two decades. The team appeared in the I-AA championship game in 2005, only to lose a close game to the Appalachian State Mountaineers. During 2007, the team was ranked #1 in the country by the TSN FCS poll for several weeks. The football team went undefeated in 2007 with an 11-0 record, a first for any school in the 23-year history of the Gateway conference. In 2001 and 2002 the volleyball team reached the NCAA Sweet 16 round, and in 2006 made it to the second round, and has competed in the tournament numerous times. The track team is also very successful (usually ranked in the top 25), as are the wrestling and volleyball teams.
The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team won the NCAA Division I national championship as ISTC in 1949 and NCAA Division II national championships in 1975 and 1978. They competed in the Western Wrestling Conference until 2012, when UNI became an associate member of the Mid-American Conference since the MVC is a non-wrestling conference. In 2017, UNI wrestling joined the Big 12 Conference. In 1977 the women's softball team won the AIAW national championship.
There are many traditions at UNI.
Since its founding, the University has had eleven presidents.
Brian Best (born December 12, 1959) is an American businessman and politician currently serving in the Iowa House of Representatives from the 12th District. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2015.
As of January 2017, Best serves on several committees in the Iowa House – the Appropriations, Commerce, Human Resources, and Transportation committees.Brian Meyer (politician)
Brian Meyer (born 1973) is an American lawyer and politician from the state of Iowa. A member of the Democratic Party, Meyer serves in the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 33rd district. He previously served on the Des Moines, Iowa City Council.Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 39,260. It is home to the University of Northern Iowa, a public university.Chris Hagenow
Chris Hagenow (born January 19, 1972) is an American lawyer and Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives.
Hagenow is the Majority Leader for the Republican caucus and also serves on the Administration and Rules, Judiciary, Legislative Council, State Government, and Ways and Means committees.Chris Pirillo
Christopher Joseph Pirillo (born July 26, 1973) is the founder and CEO of LockerGnome, Inc., a network of blogs, web forums, mailing lists, and online communities. He spent two years hosting the TechTV television program Call for Help, where he also hosted the first annual Call-for-Help-a-Thon. He now hosts videos on several Internet sites, including CNN, YouTube, Ustream, CBC.ca and his own website.Cindy Winckler
Cindy Winckler (born May 27, 1950) is the Iowa State Representative from the 86th District. She has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2001. She received her MA from the University of Northern Iowa.
As of September 2011, Winckler serves on several committees in the Iowa House - the Appropriations, Education, Environmental Protection, and Human Resources committees. She also serves as the ranking member of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
Winckler was first elected in 2000, defeating incumbent Republican John P. Sunderbruch. She was most recently re-elected in 2010 with 3,342 votes, defeating Republican opponent Ray Ambrose with 69% of the vote.David R. Nagle
David Ray "Dave" Nagle (born April 15, 1943) was a Representative in the United States House of Representatives, representing Iowa's 3rd congressional district from 1987 to 1993. Nagle is a member of the Democratic Party.
While Nagle was in Congress, Iowa had six seats in the House. At the time the 3rd congressional district covered a portion of eastern and central Iowa. Following the 1990 census, re-apportionment reduced Iowa's representation from six seats down to five. The redistricting plan approved combined the 3rd congressional district and what was 2nd congressional district into one district. In the 1992 election, Dave Nagle ran against and was defeated by fellow incumbent Jim Nussle.
He attempted to run for US Senate, but withdrew after his arrest. Nagle is now an attorney in Cedar Falls.
Nagle received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his law degree from the University of Iowa. He has been an adjunct law professor at the University of Northern Iowa.Iowa Board of Regents
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa (commonly referred to as the Iowa Board of Regents) is the 9-member governing body overseeing the three public universities in the state of Iowa: the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa. The board also serves the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, the state's two public special schools.Iowa Public Radio
Iowa Public Radio is a state network in the U.S. state of Iowa that combines the operations of the National Public Radio member stations run by Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa. They broadcast programs from National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media, along with local content (notably music) on weekends and evenings.
The network is headquartered in Des Moines, with studios on the ISU campus in Ames, the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City and the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.Janet Petersen
Janet Petersen (born August 1, 1970) is the Iowa State Senator from the 18th district. She has served in the Iowa Senate since 2013. Previously she served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. She received her BA from the University of Northern Iowa and her MA from Drake University.
Petersen serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Government Oversight, Judiciary, State Government and Ways & Means committees. She also serves as the ranking member of the Commerce Committee. Peterson currently serves as state Senate minority leader after replacing Rob Hogg in October 2017. She is the first woman to lead the Senate Democratic caucus.Joy Corning
Joy Corning (September 7, 1932 – May 20, 2017) was an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. A Republican, she was a native of Cedar Falls, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.KICJ
KICJ (88.9 FM) is a radio station licensed to Mitchellville, Iowa, serving the Des Moines area. The station is owned by the University of Northern Iowa. KICJ is an affiliate of Iowa Public Radio, and carries the network's classical service.
See also Iowa Public RadioKUNI (FM)
KUNI (90.9 MHz) is a radio station owned and operated by the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. It is one of two NPR outlets for Eastern Iowa; the other being WSUI in Iowa City. KUNI's transmitter is in Walker, Iowa, with its primary signal covering Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. KUNI's programming is simulcast on full-power satellites KUNY 91.5 FM and KRNI 1010 AM in Mason City. KUNI also has three low-power FM translators: K233AA (94.5 FM) in Davenport, K237GD (95.3 FM) in Iowa City, and K274AA (102.1 FM) in Eldridge.Programming is mostly NPR news and talk, with some KUNI produced music programs in the evenings and on weekends. It is now a part of Iowa Public Radio, operating with the other two public radio station clusters at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. It is the flagship of IPR's "News and Studio One" service, which combines NPR news and talk programming with an extension of the "Live from Studio One" AAA program that aired on KUNI for years before the creation of IPR.
Announcer Bob Dorr had been involved with the station since 1972, producing programs of classic rock and roll recordings and live concerts featuring Iowa talent. He is also a harmonica player and heads the blues band, The Blue Band; which was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Dorr retired from full-time broadcasting in 2009 but plans to produce occasional shows in the future.Mark Costello (Iowa politician)
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Marti Anderson (born 1951) is the Iowa State Representative from the 36th District. A Democrat, she has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2013. Anderson was born, raised, and resides in Des Moines, Iowa. She has a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa and a M.S.W. from the University of Iowa.
As of May 2013, Anderson serves on several committees in the Iowa House – the Environmental Protection, Human Resources, Judiciary, and Public Safety committees. She also serves as a member of the Justice System Appropriations Subcommittee.North American Review
North American Review (NAR) was the first literary magazine in the United States. It was founded in Boston in 1815 by journalist Nathan Hale and others. It was published continuously until 1940, but was inactive from 1940 to 1964, until it was revived at Cornell College (Iowa) under Robert Dana. Since 1968, the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) has been home to the publication. Nineteenth-century archives are freely available via Cornell University's Making of America.Northern Iowa Panthers
The Northern Iowa Panthers are the athletic teams of the University of Northern Iowa. The university is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference and competes in NCAA Division I (Division I FCS in football).Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball
The Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball team represents the University of Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. UNI is currently a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.Robert James Waller
Robert James Waller (August 1, 1939 – March 10, 2017) was an American author best known for The Bridges of Madison County, an enormously successful book in 1993. He was also a photographer and musician.
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