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Programs, events and resources for current UNI Students.

Beth VanMeeteren —Doing big things at UNI

The Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education on UNI’s campus is packed with opportunities for students and Iowa teachers. Beth VanMeeteren, Director of the Center and the Center for Early Education in STEM (CEESTEM) spoke with me about her background, her path to UNI, the Early Childhood Centers, and the Ramps and Pathways program. This story will focus on Beth’s journey. Friday; a second story will focus on the programs Beth directs.

The Arctic and Iowa, Part I

On March 9th, the Symposium: Canada and the US: Partners and Allies in Arctic Research, Sustainability, and Development took place in the Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving Exhibit, currently on display in the UNI Rod Library.  The first floor of the library was full of people from the University and community joining together to discuss a very hot topic, the Arctic.

Women in Computing

Last week I highlighted one of many clubs made available to students who are in STEM or are interested in STEM. This week I want to draw your attention to a new club that formed in the Spring of 2014. Women in Computing encourages women in computing and technology to engage in outreach, leadership, fellowship, and service. The club also promotes opportunities for computing careers and scholarships.

TEECA– Real Life Experiences

        UNI has many student organization and clubs, including TEECA, which stands for Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association. TEECA is an organization for undergraduate and graduate students who want to develop content knowledge, continue professional development, and be involved with a professional organization. Ryan Anderson, President of TEECA, has been a member since 2012. “I joined because I was new on campus and was looking for ways to meet people and get involved.

Making a Difference with a STEM Career

Sarah Huebner is a senior at UNI. Her years at UNI have been filled with building lifelong memories and taking advantage of great opportunities. Sarah is a Biology, Ecology, and Evolution major. “I was working in research administration in Kansas City, managing grant projects for researchers. I was fascinated by the research projects and found myself continually drawn to the labs. I am especially interested in life in all its forms, so I decided to pursue a degree in Biology with the intent to do research of my own.

“Oooh and Aaahs” at the Planetarium Show

The planetarium shows hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences are starting up again this year. Dr. Siobahn Morgan, Professor of Astronomy and Earth Science Department Head has been leading the shows since they began in the spring of 2012. The planetarium shows take place every Thursday evening until March 12 with two show times. The first show begins at 7:00 p.m. and the second show begins at 8:00 p.m. The shows are located in room 105 Latham Hall. These planetarium shows are FREE and open to the public and UNI students.  The planetarium seats 25.

Spotlight on STEM Day– Highlight of the Year

If this is the first time you are hearing about Spotlight Day, then you have been missing out! Spotlight Day is a 20+ year UNI tradition. Spotlight on STEM Day showcases award winning K-12 classroom projects from across the state of Iowa. The best part is, it is FREE and OPEN to UNI students, faculty, staff, and the public.  Spotlight Day will be February 26, 2015 at the Innovative Teaching Technology Center (ITTC) on campus.

A Hidden Gem within UNI

I had the opportunity to explore the Textiles and Apparel (TAPP) program, here at the University of Northern Iowa, as part of the monthly STEM Chat. The first thing that came into my mind, and many others when they hear textiles and apparel, is fashion or Tyra Banks. I thought TAPP dealt with more fashion runway styles and just designing clothes but it is much more than that. I like to think of TAPP as a hidden gem within UNI.  The TAPP  program focuses on a combination of creative techniques and business knowledge experiences.


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