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Nook--Mark (President of UNI)

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1 Mark Nook joins the game
Schmitz--Mallory (Student--2021), Benitez--Nixson (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 119:27, p.01
12/5/2022 University President Mark Nook joins Panther Esports president Tanner Braun for a livestream of him playing on the newly launched campus-wide Minecraft server. The livestream took place on December 1, 2022 in the Esports Lounge in Maucker Union; photo.
2 Updates from the Board of Regents
Benitez--Nixson (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 119:24, p.05
11/17/2022 Nixson Benitez goes over the seven items that were approved by the Board of Regents on November 9th and 10th.
3 Taxpayers asked to pay more for 25 percent fewer students at UNI
Gray--Glenn (Guest Columnist)
Northern Iowan 119:17, p.03
10/24/2022 Tenured UNI administrator Glenn Gray writes their opinion about the tax increasing in Iowa and how citizens are paying more money to universities like UNI when enrollment has dropped drastically.
4 Panther families celebrate Family Weekend
Christensen--Caroline (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 119:16, p.04
10/20/2022 Caroline Christensen gives details of the upcoming festivities occurring during Family Weekend and also interviews Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students Allyson Rafanello; photo.
5 NISG September updates
Northern Iowa Student Government
Northern Iowan 119:12, p.01
10/6/2022 Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) has had a busy month from including 20 new members, launching the Green Dot initiative, and hosting a Board of Regents meeting on UNI's campus. NISG posted highlights from the Board of Regents meeting; photo.
6 Our Tomorrow campaign kicks off historic fundraising push
Meyers--Trevor (Student-2021)
Northern Iowan 119:12, p.01
10/6/2022 The biggest fundraising campaign that UNI has ever undertaken will be launching this week. The Our Tomorrow campaign's goal is to raise $250 million by 2026 to help renovate buildings on campus including the campanile, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, and the UNI Dome; photo.
7 Panthers get ready to growl and groove
Klinkhammer--Bailey (Student--2021), Benitez--Nixson (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 119:12, p.01
10/6/2022 Bailey Klinkhammer reports the upcoming homecoming campus events such as the launch of the Our Tomorrow Campaign, campaniling, and the Homecoming Parade; photo.
8 Proposed nursing program breaks new ground
Benitez--Nixson (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 119:11, p.01
10/3/2022 The Provost Office released a statement that fall 2022 marks the start of the 3rd stage of the Academic Positioning (AP) strategic plan. This plan includes a nursing program that is said to be beneficial for the future success of UNI as well as help combat the nursing shortage that Iowa is currently facing; photo.
9 Board of Regents meets in Cedar Falls
Benitez--Nixson (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 119:8, p.01
9/22/2022 Nixson Benitez reports on the prepared budget for UNI this upcoming year approved by the Iowa Board of Regents. About $34 million will go towards building renovations; photo.
10 UNI@IACC program expands
James--Taliya (Student--2022)
Northern Iowan 119:8, p.01
9/22/2022 Mark Nook strengthens the UNI at Iowa Community Colleges (IACC) program by meeting with the president of Indian Hills Community College, Matt Thompson to form a partnership. This program allows students from any Iowa community college to complete one of seven 4-year degrees through UNI online; photo.
11 Black Student Union celebrates 50 years
Roundtree--Diamond (Student--2021), Benitez--Nixson (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 119:7, p.04
9/19/2022 Diamond Roundtree reports on the events that led to the start of the Black Student Union (BSU) 50 years ago. The BSU held a 50th Anniversary Gala where members of the UNI Seven and other prominent alumni attended; photo.
12 From the desk of Mark Nook
Nook--Mark (President of UNI)
Northern Iowan 119:1, p.04
8/25/2022 University President Mark Nook writes a guest column piece to welcome new students to UNI by showing them where to find support and opportunities to get involved on campus; photo.
13 Lack of professors prompts outcry from students, alumni
Christensen--Caroline (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 118:55, p.01
5/5/2022 Students, faculty, and alumni of the Construction Management Program are concerned about the lack of full-time faculty within their program; photo.
14 Bigger budget, fewer students at the University of Northern Iowa
Gray--Glenn (Guest Columnist), Debruin--Karla (Northern Iowan Managing Editor)
Northern Iowan 118:26, p.3
12/2/2021 Glenn Gray gives his opinion on the Board of Regents' allocation of funds for UNI, even though it has been losing students since 2018; photo.
15 Falling enrollment a challenge, and not just for UNI
Gray--Glenn (Guest Columnist)
Northern Iowan 118:25, p.3
11/29/2021 Guest Columnist Glenn Gray discusses the challenges faced by the state's public universities due to falling enrollment numbers. Originally published in The Courier; photo.
16 UNI enrollment projected to increase within 5 years
Christensen--Caroline (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 118:25, p.1
11/29/2021 The increase in three and four-year graduation rates, along with the COVID-19 crisis has dropped the enrollment rate, but it is projected to increase within 5 years; photo.
17 Pride Cry keeps homecoming tradition alive on Monday night
Touney--Grace (Student--2021), Crow--Catherine (Student--2020)
Northern Iowan 118:10, p.4
9/30/2021 The Panther Pride Cry kicked off the 2021 homecoming festivities on Monday, with Alpha Sigma Tau and Pi Kappa Alpha winning the competition, allowing them to perform at the Pep Assembly later in the week; photo.
18 230 years later, we are still reminded of free speech
Springfield--Eboni (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 118:3, p.2
9/2/2021 Students' views on the new Syllabus Free Speech Statement required by UNI and free speech in general.
19 Nook recovers from surgery
Roundtree--Diamond (Student--2021), Christensen--Caroline (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 118:3, p.01
9/2/2021 President Nook discussed the beginning of the 2021 school year after recovering from back surgery; photo.
20 Cedar Falls renews mask mandate through mid-May; Nook supports extension
Kelsey--Elizabeth (Student--2019), Fortmann--Toni (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:48, p.02
4/8/2021 The Cedar Falls City Council has extended the mask mandate to May 19. President Mark Nook spoke to the Council via Zoom showing his support and stating that an extension to June would be beneficial for staff and students K-12. The mask mandate will be reviewed on May 17 for Cedar Falls while Waterloo's mandate remains in place indefinitely; photo.
21 UNI student honored for community impact
Qualley--Sarah (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 117:43, p.05
3/22/2021 Jerell Bates has been selected to become part of the Newman Civic Fellowship where he will focus on public problem solving and opportunities of leadership; photo.
22 Fall classes return to in-person
Burrage--Shawn (Student--2021), Kelsey--Elizabeth (Student--2019), Fortmann--Toni (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:39, p.01
3/8/2021 President Mark Nook released a statement indicating that the fall semester will return to more in-person classes and operations with increased capacity in classrooms, dining centers, and common spaces. The university will be implementing a 50% capacity guideline which will continue to restrict larger in-person courses possibly causing an increase in hybrid classes even after the pandemic. Registration for fall 2021 classes begin March 29; photo.
23 Spring commencement moves in-person
Christensen--Caroline (Student--2021), Fortmann--Toni (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 117:38, p.01
3/4/2021 UNI announced that it would be holding a limited in-person spring commencement ceremony. UNI plans to host three separate ceremonies to allow for social distancing that follows COVID-19 safety restrictions, the ceremony will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person; photo.
24 Student drafts plan for in-person commencement
Christensen--Caroline (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 117:36, p.02
2/25/2021 Senior digital communications major, Mili Saliu created a petition and plan to hold an in-person commencement ceremony for spring 2021. Saliu will meet with the Provost to discuss her plan.
25 In-person commencement bill introduced
Christensen--Caroline (Student--2021)
Northern Iowan 117:35, p.01
2/22/2021 UNI alumnus, Carter Nordman introduced a bill to the Iowa State Legislature that would require Iowa's three Regent universities to hold in-person spring commencement ceremonies; photo.
26 BLM march draws crowd on campus
Fortmann--Toni (Student--2018), Lawrence--Kayla (Student--2020)
Northern Iowan 117:3, p.01
8/27/2020 Over one hundred panthers joined in the first Black Lives Matter (BLM) march of the fall semester. Students listened to a speaker during the BLM march and protested outside Maucker Union; photos.
27 UNI continues adapting to COVID-19
Cummings--Gabriella (Student--2019), Kelsey--Elizabeth (Student--2019)
Northern Iowan 117:3, p.01
8/27/2020 An anonymous student tells their experience having to quarantine for 14 days due to COVID-19 exposure, Mark Nook makes his thoughts known on students still attending college hill bars despite the COVID-19 pandemic; photo.
28 UNI Seven honored on 50th anniversary
Kampe--Erin (Student--2020)
Northern Iowan 116:43, p.02
3/12/2020 The members of the UNI Seven, who protested for racial equality in 1970 were honored at a 50th anniversary event in the Maucker Union Ballroom on March 9, 2020; photo.
29 UNI cancels international travel, COVID-19
Kelsey--Elizabeth (Student--2019)
Northern Iowan 116:42, p.1
3/9/2020 International travel was canceled by UNI stopping the plans for many to visit foreign countries over spring break or to study abroad due to COVID-19.
30 Brockovich gives Leopold Lecture
Weber--Colby (Student--2018), Leitner--Gabrielle (Class of 2020)
Northern Iowan 116:39, p.02
2/27/2020 Environmental Activist Erin Brockovich gave the last Leopold Lecture of the year on climate change and environmental issues.
31 UNI receives $10 million donation
Kelsey--Elizabeth (Student--2019)
Northern Iowan 116:23, p.02
11/18/2019 Local couple David and Karen Takes have recently made a $10 million donation to UNI, David's alma mater.
32 UNI, DMACC announce partnership
Kelsey--Elizabeth (Student--2019)
Northern Iowan 116:21, p.02
11/11/2019 Students from Des Moines Area Community College that plan to transfer to UNI will be able to do so on the DMACC campus. Students in the program will complete two years of study at DMACC and two more through UNI. This provides opportunities for students to stay close to home while attending college; photo.
33 UNI hosts Family Weekend 2019
Legaspi--Sofia (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:15, p.05
10/21/2019 UNI Family Weekend 2019 took place from October 18th to the 20th, with an opening reception held on Saturday morning; photo.
34 Former First Lady Laura Bush visits UNI
Kelsey--Elizabeth (Student--2019), Leitner--Gabrielle (Class of 2020)
Northern Iowan 116:13, p.01
10/14/2019 Former First Lady, Laura Bush had a sold-out crowd at her visit to UNI at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. President Mark Nook hosted the Q&A session; photo.
35 Homecoming kickoff and beyond
Whitehead--Zyrus (Student--2019), Fortmann--Toni (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:10, p.01
10/3/2019 Students gathered at Lawther Field to celebrate UNI's 100th homecoming week at the annual Homecoming Kickoff. Student organizations competed in a show-down of Panther spirit and the 2019 UNI homecoming king and queen were crowned.
36 Panther Portrait: Open Melt Day
Legaspi--Sofia (Student--2018), Cummings--Gabriella (Student--2019)
Northern Iowan 116:7, p.04
9/23/2019 The UNI Metal Casting Center (MCC) hosted their fall "Open Melt Day." This open house gave students the opportunity to watch faculty and students melt aluminum and be put into castes. President Mark Nook, the Student Body President, Jacob Levang, and other officials were also in attendance; photo.
37 Tallgrass Prairie renamed to 'Daryl Smith Prairie'
Legaspi--Sofia (Student--2018), Lafoe--Will (Student--2019), Leitner--Gabrielle (Class of 2020)
Northern Iowan 116:5, p.04
9/16/2019 During the "Prairie Rendezvous" event to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Daryl Smith, the Tallgrass Prairie was renamed after him. Many speakers spoke at the Rendezvous, such as President Mark Nook. The prairie was also one of the first reconstructed prairies in Iowa; photo.
38 WRC introduces intramural fee
Kelsey--Elizabeth (Student--2019), Leitner--Gabrielle (Class of 2020)
Northern Iowan 116:5, p.01
9/16/2019 Recreation Services had instigated a semester fee for instrumental sports. Students are required to have a membership to play the fall, 2019-2020 semester. Many have opted to not pay the membership fee, but some have; photo.
39 'Prairie Rendezvous' event to honor retiring professor
Alldredge--Anna (Student--2019)
Northern Iowan 116:4, p.04
9/12/2019 A Prairie Rendezvous will be held on September 14 at 10:30 am to celebrate the career of Dr. Daryl Smith. Smith was a professor at UNI and created the Tallgrass Prairie Center in 1973. At the Rendezvous, the Tallgrass Prairie will be renamed the Daryl Smith Prairie.
40 Constitution Day Address confronts slavery's legacy
Legaspi--Sofia (Student--2018), Rublaitus--Lindy (Student--2019)
Northern Iowan 116:6, p.01
9/9/2019 Investigative Reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones came to UNI to speak at the Constitution Day Adress. Her speech promoted the 1619 Project and spoke about the serious issue that America faces concerning racism and the legacy of slavery. She pointed out certain laws that were in place years before her birth that hindered her parents and she pointed out the hypocrisy of how African-Americans were treated in the founding of America to present day and the liberties they and other minorities are denied due to their skin tone, sex, occupation, and sexual orientation.
41 CME launches year with BBQ
Legaspi--Sofia (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 116:1, p.06
8/29/2019 The Center of Multicultural Education held their beginning of the school year event at Maucker Union on August 26, 2019. They held a BBQ and a host of other food from different cultures. President of UNI, Mark Nook, attended the event and was happy to see the campus full of people/students once more. Other foundations and campus organizations attended the event and spoke of the up coming school year fondly.
42 2019-2020 Student Fee proposal
Oasheim--Michael (Student--2019)
Northern Iowan 115:54, p.02
5/2/2019 In March the Student Fee Committee voted to defund the Panther Shuttle. After much deliberation, the Student Fee Proposal was sent to the Northern Iowa Student Government of April 30 which includes a 90,000 re-allocation of the Panther Shuttle; photo.
43 SFC votes to defund Panther Shuttle
Baxter--Nicole (Student--2017)
Northern Iowan 115:53, p.01
4/29/2019 The Student Fees Committee presented NISG with its decision to cut funding for the Panther Shuttle and SafeRide. Several students voiced their concerns about this decision and NISG met with President Nook to amend the matter.
44 Tropical Celebration 2019
Barikor--Leziga (Student--2015)
Northern Iowan 115:52, p.01
4/25/2019 Campus celebrated the second annual Tropical Celebration day. President Mark Nook sent out a presidential proclamation and hand out ice cream and other treats from his office during the day.
45 'Legacy of Light' empowers women
Flanders--Anna (Student--2017)
Northern Iowan 115:36, p.04
2/18/2019 'Legacy of Light' show to be put on by Theatre UNI in Strayer-Wood Theatre from February 21st to March 3rd. The play is based on the true story of a French scientist, Émilie du Châtelet (played by Dani Schmaltz); photo.
46 New program aims to boost enrollment
Stelk--Caleb (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 115:17, p.02
10/22/2018 The new Panther Promise Program is seeking to boost enrollment.
47 2018 Homecoming kickoff
Kossayian--Emma (Student--2018), Fortmann--Toni (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 115:16, p.01
10/18/2018 2018 Homecoming week started with students gathering on Lawther Field for kickoff.
48 UNI's enrollment decreases
Duax--Amelia (Student--2017)
Northern Iowan 115:13, p.02
10/8/2018 UNI is introducing new programs to up in enrollment after seeing a trend of lower enrollment over the past several years.
49 President Nook discusses leadership in everyday life
Weber--Colby (Student--2018), Flenker--Elly (student--2018)
Northern Iowan 115:10, p.01
9/27/2018 President Mark Nook shared his philosophy when it came to leadership during 'Leadership in Everyday Life," Hosted by the Service and Leadership Council.
50 UNI hires third-party firm to investigate fatal Rialto accident
Northern Iowan 115:6, p.02
9/13/2018 UNI has hired a third-party firm to review policies and procedures following a fatal accident.

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