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Glynis Worthington being crowned Mrs. Iowa

October 14, 2020

A crowning achievement

When the pandemic hit, some people turned to baking bread, binge-watching Netflix or endlessly scrolling through TikTok.  University of Northern Iowa doctoral student Glynis Worthington decided to enter a beauty pageant.  It was just the latest in a lifetime of unconventional but successful...

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UNI-Dome

September 23, 2020

Summer Internships help UNI Students Prepare for their Dream Jobs

Alex Crum, a graduate student in the University of Northern Iowa master’s of athletic training program, landed a dream internship this summer with the Indianapolis Colts. “It’s 100% time-consuming, but I go into every day in awe and grateful for the opportunity to work with an NFL team and...

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UNI ARCTICenter

September 23, 2020

UNI Researchers Developing Data Hub to Track Spread of COVID-19 in the Arctic

Researchers at the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded a nearly $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a data hub tracking the spread of COVID-19 in the Arctic.  The Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant went to the Department of Geography, the ARCTICenter...

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Belinda Creighton-Smith

September 3, 2020

Making change happen: UNI alum and instructor is a leader on campus and beyond

Belinda Creighton-Smith has never let adversity stand in her way. To become a pastor, community leader and inspiration to many on campus, she’s had to overcome the death of her son during her graduate studies and five-hour commutes to start her education..  She now has a doctorate in education...

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Students attending outdoor class

August 27, 2020

UNI professors bring classes outside to help fight COVID-19

Under the shade of a tree in a courtyard of Bartlett Hall, a group of masked students sat in a widely spaced semicircle of chairs arrayed around a podium where University of Northern Iowa languages and literature professor Grant Tracey gave a lecture for his Introduction to Film course....

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Waterloo mayor and UNI alum Quentin Hart

August 3, 2020

Waterloo mayor, a UNI alum, is building bridges

Elected five years ago as the first African-American mayor in Waterloo’s 147-year history, UNI graduate Quentin Hart has focused ever since on building bridges. It’s a turn of phrase he evokes often — finding ways to connect what for decades has been a racially and economically divided community...

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NAR Event

May 4, 2020

English MA Graduate Honored with Posthumous Publishing of MFA Thesis

As the oldest literary magazine in the nation, the North American Review (NAR) has published work from acclaimed authors of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Its most recent project is the publishing of Stellaphasia, the final poetry collection of a recently passed University of Northern Iowa...

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April 27, 2020

Identity and Media Connect in FORTEPAN Project

“I got a call from a great aunt I had never heard from before. This led me to do some ancestral digging.” That’s how Alex Sojka, a graduate student in UNI’s Communication Studies program, got involved with the FORTEPAN Iowa project.  Sojka knew that he wanted to research identity and media when...

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Student working with athlete

April 8, 2020

With state's first master's degree program, UNI athletic training makes big impact

Paige Mathews always knew she wanted to help others. She was pursuing a nursing degree when she unexpectedly discovered her true calling while taking a prerequisite athletic training class. “I went in and I thought, ‘I’m just gonna’ go and tape some ankles and watch people on the sidelines. It’s...

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Phales Milimo

March 2, 2020

UNI Graduate Student Seeks to Bridge the Healthcare Gender Gap

It was the middle of the afternoon when Phales Milimo saw a pregnant woman go into labor and collapse on the sidewalk. She was in the Sinazongwe District in southern Zambia, just a five-hour drive from her hometown of Lusaka, the country’s bustling metropolitan capital. Technically, she hadn’t...

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