University of Northern Iowa
|Iowa State Normal School (1876–1909)
Iowa State Teachers College (1909–1961)State College of Iowa (1961–1967)
Motto in English
|Endowment||$129.0 million (2019)|
|Campus||Urban, 900 acres (3.6 km2)|
|Colors||Purple and Gold |
|NCAA Division I – MVC, MVFC and Big 12|
|Sports||17 varsity teams |
|Mascot||TC Panther (male panther) & TK Panther (female panther)|
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 2019 enrollment was 10,497. More than 88 percent of its students are from the state of Iowa.
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:
- Iowa State Normal School, 1876–1909
- Iowa State Teachers College, 1909–1961
- State College of Iowa, 1961–1967
- University of Northern Iowa, 1967–present
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.
Since its founding, the university has had eleven presidents.
- James Cleland Gilchrist, 1876–1886
- Homer Horatio Seerley, 1886–1928
- Orval Ray Latham, 1928–1940
- Malcolm Poyer Price, 1940–1950
- James William Maucker, 1950–1970
- John Joseph Kamerick, 1970–1983
- Constantine William Curris, 1983–1995
- Robert D. Koob, 1995–2006
- Benjamin J. Allen, 2006–2013
- William Ruud, 2013–2016
- Mark Nook, 2017–present
University of Northern Iowa Colleges include:
- Humanities, Arts and Sciences
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Graduate College
The fall 2019 total semester enrollment was 10,497, the lowest since 1975. Its freshman enrollment was 1,495. UNI president Mark Nook attributed the decline to increasing tuition, saying "we're too expensive". 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.
Study Abroad Center
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.
Culture and Intensive English Program
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.
North American Review
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 Rachel Morgan, Jeremy Schraffenberger, Grant Tracey, and Brooke Wonders.
Teaching and Research Greenhouse
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.
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 (MVC) 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.
Jacqui Kalin helped lead the women's basketball team to consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, as the team won back-to-back MVC Tournament titles. In 2010-11 she was named the Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year. In 2012-13 she led the league in scoring (19.5 ppg; a school record), had the fourth-highest season free throw percentage in NCAA Division 1 history-and the highest of any senior (95.5%), and was again named the Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year. For her career Kalin was first all-time at UNI in scoring (2,081), 3-point field goals made (265), free throws made (484), and free throw percentage (.920; the NCAA Division 1 career record.
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.
- Baker Hall - Faculty offices. Formerly an all-male residence hall, demolished in 2014 (replaced by a parking lot)
- Bartlett Hall - Faculty offices. Formerly a residence hall.
- Bender Hall - Coed Residence Hall (Towers Complex)
- Begeman Hall - Newly Renovated Physics Building - opened October 5, 2007
- Biology Research Complex
- Communication Arts Center - Location of radio station KUNI (FM)'s studios.
- Campanile - Clocktower on campus built in 1926, landmark of UNI and included in many university logos
- Campbell Hall - Coed (formerly female only) residence hall.
- Curris Business Building
- Center for Energy & Environmental Education
- Center for Educational Technology
- Center for Urban Education - Located in Waterloo
- Dancer Hall - Coed Dormitory (Towers Complex)
- Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
- Gilchrist Hall - Administration building. Closed until 2008 due to arson fire during homecoming, Fall 2005, now reopened
- Greenhouse Annex - Part of the McCollum Science Hall
- Hagemann Hall - Coed Dormitory (formerly all female, part of Quads Complex)
- Industrial Technology Center - Academic Building
- Innovative Teaching and Technology Center - Previously known as the East Gymnasium. Former Women's Gym. Remodeling was completed late Spring 2006
- Kamerick Art Building - Academic Building; houses the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art
- Latham Hall - Academic Building
- Lawther Hall - Coed Upperclassmen Residence Hall. Reopened for the Fall of 2017 after closing for renovations in May 2015.
- Lang Hall - Academic Building housing the communication departments.
- Maucker Student Union- home of UNI's student-run radio station, KULT 94.5 FM
- McLeod Center - Home of UNI Men's and Women's Basketball, Volleyball, and Wrestling
- McCollum Science Hall - Academic Building housing the science departments.
- Museum - Natural Science and Anthropology collections, Rural Schools collection, Marshall Center School, main collection and exhibits located on the first floor of Rod Library
- Native Roadside Vegetation Center
- Nielsen Fieldhouse, Former gymnasium of Malcom Price Laboratory School (Special Education Offices and to get your Teacher Name Tags)
- Noehren Hall - Coed residence hall (Part of Quads Complex)
- Panther Village - Apparment-Style residence buildings for juniors and seniors. Will be open to sophomores beginning in the Fall of 2018.
- Redeker Center - Center of Quads Complex. Houses UNI Department of Residence and Piazza Dining Center
- Residence on the Hill (ROTH) - Coed Suite Style Residence Hall for Upperclassmen
- Rider Hall - Coed (formerly male only) residence hall (Part of the Quads Complex)
- Rod Library - Library, UNI Museum, Special Collection & University Archives
- Russell Hall - Academic building and auditorium housing the Music departments
- Sabin Hall - Academic Building
- Schindler Education Center - Academic Building housing the education departments
- Seerley Hall - Home of the Office of the President. Also an Academic Building, home to the History department
- Shull Hall - Coed (formerly male only) Dormitory, recently remodeled for upperclassmen only (Part of Quads Complex)
- Student Health Center-Student Health Clinic, Counseling Center, Student Disability Services, Violence Intervention Services.
- Student Services Center - Attached to Bartlett Hall, formerly known as East Bartlett
- Strayer-Wood Theatre - Theatre that also houses the theatre department of UNI. Home of Theatre UNI
- Towers Center - Home of the Rialto Dining Center
- UNI-Dome - Stadium with seating for 16,000+. Home of UNI Football.
- Wellness Recreation Center
- Wright Hall - Academic Building housing the Mathematics Department
- West Gymnasium - Home of the UNI Military Science program (ROTC) and men's wrestling practice facility. Former home of UNI women's basketball and women's volleyball.
- Students Offering, 1888–1889
- Normal Eye, 1892–1911
- College Eye, 1911–1967
- Northern Iowan, 1967–present
Fraternity and sorority life
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- Kappa Sigma
- Pi Kappa Alpha
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon
- Sigma Phi Epsilon
- Lambda Theta Phi
John R. Dinger, Ambassador and Diplomat
Charles "Chuck" Grassley, United States Senator
David Johnson, NFL Pro Bowler and Record Holder
Jason Lewis, politician, radio talk show host, and political commentator
Nick Nurse, NBA Coach, World Champion
Tom Pettit, Award-Winning executive and journalist
Phyllis Somerville, Broadway, Film and Television Actress
Vanessa McNeal, Activist
Krista Voda, Sportscaster
Kurt Warner, quarterback, NFL MVP, Super Bowl Champion, and Hall of Famer
- Brittni Donaldson, professional basketball coach
- David Glawe, former Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis
- David Johnson, professional football player
- Jacqui Kalin (born 1989), American-Israeli professional basketball player
- Brian Meyer, member of the Iowa House of Representatives
- Nick Nurse, professional basketball coach
- Duane Slick, fine art painter and professor at Rhode Island School of Design
- Ed Thomas, high school football coach
- Donna Alvermann, former professor of education, now distinguished professor and researcher in education at the University of Georgia
- Jeremy Beck, composer, Associate Professor of Composition & Theory (1992–98)
- Harry Brod, former professor
- Herb Hake, television personality
- James Hearst, poet and former professor
- Miguel Franz Pinto, vocal coach, conductor, and pianist
- Mildred Hope Fisher Wood, faculty and prior alumnus of same college
- Loree Rackstraw, literary critic and memoirist
- Leland Sage, former professor
- Norm Stewart, former men's basketball coach who went on to become a coach at the University of Missouri
- Robert James Waller, alumnus, former professor and Dean of College of Businesses Administration, author of The Bridges of Madison County
- Norma Wendelburg, composer
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