Stories tagged with University of Northern Iowa

What makes a church a sacred place? Is it the physical four walls? A collective purpose? A space for spiritual gathering, respite, togetherness, healing?

These questions were pressing for a group of neighbors in the Walnut Neighborhood, adjacent to downtown Waterloo, as they watched the continued deterioration of the beloved Faith Temple/Walnut Street Baptist Church.

The needs of the community were no less than when the current structure was built in 1908. Its Baptist congre...

UNI saw the size of its incoming class of first-year students  grow for the second straight year, as well as all-time high graduation rates for its most recent graduating class. This fall’s new freshman enrollment increased by 5% over last  year to 1,554 students and increased by 6% over the fall 2019 freshman class. Graduation rates for UNI students are also at record levels and are uniquely strong — nearly 20 percentage points higher than those of similar universities.

 

A two-year, national effort led by the University of Northern Iowa and three national education organizations resulted in federal legislation introduced in December that creates a future vision for the federal role in educator preparation.

The EDUCATORS for America Act provides for more than $1 billion in grants to states and institutions focused on forging new pathways for educators and expanding grants and public service loan forgiveness. Woven throughout each section is a focus o...

As a first-generation college graduate whose unexpected path led from Chicago’s Southwest Side to a career in science and academia, UNI’s new Provost José Herrera understands the power of small changes to transform lives.

Herrera, 53, grew up in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood in the shadow of the hulking Cook County jail complex. His parents encouraged Herrera to work hard and stay away from the violence that was an ever-present menace. A college degree never really came up....

After graduation, you likely moved. Perhaps life took you to a big city; perhaps you moved to a family farm. Or maybe it was simply to a new residence here in Cedar Falls. Wherever you call home, you became part of a community — a community with whom you share your time and talents.

A degree from UNI signifies to the world that you have the knowledge and determination to succeed after college. What is becoming apparent to those outside the Panther family is that UNI students and alu...

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