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University of Northern Iowa

Crime, Justice and Public Safety
3:28 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

UNI Seeks to Recover Funds in Investment Fraud

Photo by Fried Dough

The University of Northern Iowa is going to bankruptcy  court to try to get money back from the now defunct Cedar Falls-based investment fund  Peregrine Financial  group.   The firm’s CEO Russell Wasendorf, Sr. is serving a 50-year prison term for defrauding investors of more than 200 million dollars. 

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Classical
7:26 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

September IAS Features Symphony Seasons, Iowa Composers Forum Concert, Documentary Series, and more!

Maestro Joseph Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.
Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

As summer winds down, Iowa’s arts scene is gearing up for another year of unforgettable performances. The September Iowa Arts Showcase outlines:

  • The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season, with Maestro Joseph Giunta
  •  The Iowa Composers Forum’s Fall Festival Concert on October 4, with ICF President and Luther College Resident Composer Brooke Joyce
  • The Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s 100th Anniversary Season, with executive director Ben Loeb
  • UNI’s William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series, with acclaimed director and guest Lucy Walker
  • Hancher Auditorium’s 2014-15 season, with executive director Chuck Swanson

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Classical
10:22 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Ukrainian Pianist Margaryta Golovko Wins First Prize in Midwest International Piano Competition

First place winner Margaryta Golovko smiles to the audience after accepting her award in the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition.

Congratulations to Margaryta Golovko, winner of the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition! After competing this past week with nineteen other pianists in the senior division from eleven different countries, Margaryta is the winner of a $10,000 cash prize, a CD recording with the Blue Griffin label, a concerto performance with the wcfsymphony on November 1, 2014, and an optional 2-year professional management contract with Heartland Concert Artists.

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News Buzz
3:55 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Regents Change University Funding Structure

The Iowa Board of Regents has adopted a plan to change how state funding is allocated to Iowa's three Regents' universities.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with IPR's Dean Borg about the factors that will be used to set future funding levels, including numbers of in-state students and graduation rates.

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Classical
10:13 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Three Finalists Face Off this Saturday for $10,000 in Midwest International Piano Competition

Midwest International Piano Competition founders stand with the three finalists of the senior division. (Back row, L to R: Tomer Gewirtzman, Israel; Dmitri Vorobiev, founder; Sean Botkin, founder; Margaryta Golovko, Ukraine. Front row: Elina Akselrud, Ukraine)

While sixteen of the greatest young senior division pianists from around the world begin to pack their bags, Elina Akselrud, Tomer Gewirtzman, and Margaryta Golovko are preparing for the final round of the senior division of the Midwest International Piano Competition, and the chance to win $10,000. Iowa Public Radio speaks with Midwest International Piano Competition founders Dmitri Vorobiev and Sean Botkin. Hear the two University of Northern Iowa Piano Professors describe the origins of this inaugural event as they give us a peek behind the scenes.

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Classical
12:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Junior Division Finalists Selected in the Midwest International Piano Competition

Midwest International Piano Competition founders Dmitri Vorobiev (at podium, L) and Sean Botkin (R) stand amongst the competitors at the opening ceremony last Sunday.
Credit University Relations / University of Northern Iowa

Twenty-six young, world-class pianists from across the globe have been competing this week in the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition. Iowa Public Radio speaks with the founders of the competition, Dmitri Vorobiev and Sean Botkin. Hear the two University of Northern Iowa Piano Professors describe the origins of this inaugural event as they give us a peek behind the scenes. 

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Classical
12:50 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Live Broadcast of Top Notch Pianists in Midwest International Piano Competition Finals, June 7 at 5

Three of the world’s best young pianists will be competing in the finals for the first ever Midwest International Piano Competition, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa’s School of Music at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.  Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom and Al Schares will host a live Performance Iowa broadcast, presenting taped interviews with the finalists and commentary from the competition founders, UNI’s Assistant Professor of Piano Dmitri Vorobiev and Associate Professor of Piano Sean Botkin between the concerts.  

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Classical
4:11 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

May IAS features Midwest International Piano Competition, Lowell Walter house, DMMO, and more!

UNI piano professors Dmitri Vorobiev and Sean Botkin host the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition

As you dust off your gardening gloves for some May planting, let Iowa Public Radio sow a few upcoming arts-event seeds on the Iowa Arts Showcase. May’s line-up includes:

· UNI’s Assistant Professor of Piano Dmitri Vorobiev and Associate Professor of Piano Sean Botkin as they discuss the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition

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News
3:33 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Valentine S.H.O.P.

S.H.O.P. members left to right: Brandon Schneider, Colby Campbell, Austin Nolan and Ben Owen
Credit IPR's Pat Blank

S.H.O.P. (the Super Hardcore Overtone Project) is a barbershop quartet on the University of Northern Iowa campus established in the fall of 2011. Members include Colby Campbell, Ben Owen, Brandon Schneider, and Austin Nolan. All four are music majors at UNI, though the quartet is entirely extracurricular and self-standing.  

The group is performing  singing Valentines (for a small fee) from Thursday, February 13th through Sunday the 16th. Their first solo show will be held Saturday night, February 15th at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls at 7 p.m.

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Classical
1:05 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Violins of Hope, Kristallnacht Event NOW

Jason Weinberger sharing the story of how his grandparents survived the Holocaust with a rapt audience in Cedar Falls yesterday.
Credit Barney Sherman

Tune in now to hear "Violins of Hope" - the story of a man's quest to restore violins played by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps - followed at 3 by a LIVE broadcast of the Kristallnacht commemoration in Cedar Falls, with Jason Weinberger leading the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and a number of other participants telling the tale of the pogrom that initiated the Final Solution. Jacqueline Halbloom hosts.

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Classical
11:38 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase November 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Credit The Princess Diana Exhibition

Iowa Public Radio’s next Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast will air Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Join us as Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Kim Findlay, director of Davenport’s Putnam museum. Findlay will discuss the museum’s current and upcoming exhibits with special attention to the current Princess Diana exhibition. Jacqueline and Findlay will explore details about Princess Diana’s wedding dress and diamond tiara displayed in the exhibition.

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Classical
6:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa Encore Broadcast for October 14, 2013

On Monday, October 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa presents an encore broadcast of the Waterloo0-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, narrator Scott Cawelti, and the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra performance. Commissioned by the Blanden Memorial Art Museum and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Jonathan Chenette’s Rural Symphony is a three-movement work inspired by photographs of daily life in rural Iowa.

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News
2:49 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Ruud installed as UNI's tenth president

William Ruud is UNI's tenth president
Credit IPR's Dean Borg

William N. Ruud has been officially installed as the University of Northern Iowa's tenth president. He replaces Ben Allen who retired earlier this year. Ruud is in the process of winning over a campus community facing declining enrollment, cuts to academic programs and the closure of a laboratory school.

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Classical
2:47 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Credit Orchestra Iowa

Iowa Public Radio's next Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast will air Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Join us as Iowa Public Radio's Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Jeff Fleming, Executive Director at the Des Moines Art Center. Fleming will discuss the upcoming exhibition: Gravity and Grace

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Education
7:27 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Enrollment Up, Overall, for Iowa's State University System

Credit Iowa State University Facebook page

Iowa State University is reporting more students on campus this fall than ever before.  The University of Northern Iowa has more students than expected. And the University of Iowa reports its fall enrollment held steady.

Reporting to the State Board of Regents meeting in Cedar Falls, Iowa State President Steven Leath said ISU’s enrollment of 33, 241 students is 7 percent more than last year’

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
7:55 am
Wed September 11, 2013

UNI Panel Explores Racial Questions in Trayvon Martin Case

George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after a jury found him not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Fla., on July 14.
Credit Joe Burbank / AP

 Dr. Michael Blackwell, the University of Northern Iowa's Director for Multicultural Education, joins IPR's Sarah McCammon to preview a panel discussion at UNI on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case.

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Classical
10:45 am
Fri April 26, 2013

UNI's Delightful "Fledermaus" Airs Saturday

The University of Northern Iowa Opera Theatre's production of "Die Fledermaus"
Credit UNI Opera Theatre

Tune in Saturday at 7 PM for the UNI Opera Theatre's irresistible production of Johann Strauss Jr's witty, melodious  "Die Fledermaus." It's performed in communicative English and led by Jonathan Girard.  The broadcast is part of our "Arias in April" series. (Bonus: watch the rehearsal of the overture:

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Education
5:47 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Ruud named to lead UNI

William Ruud, the new President of UNI
Credit IPR's Dean Borg

The State Board of Regents today announced the selection of William N. Ruud (ROOD), as the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa. Ruud currently serves as president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Ruud will assume the duties of UNI president on June 1 and will be paid an annual salary of $340,000. The date for an official welcoming on the UNI campus will be announced later.  Ruud was one of two finalists for the job. The other was Indiana University-Purdue University Chancellor Emeritus Michael Wartell.

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Talk of Iowa
9:38 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist

Jeffrey Copeland's Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist is a true story told in the voices of people who lived the events. The story has murder, mystery, mayhem - all important pieces of American history - and a good love story as well. Copeland is the Head of the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Education
2:32 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

UNI President Allen Announces Retirement

University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen has announced plans to retire "no later than July 1, 2013."  Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:25 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Iowa University Presidents: ISU and UNI

Iowa public universities continue to face difficult decisions such as financial backing and enrollment. IPR’s Dean Borg talks with Iowa State University President Steven Leath and President Ben Allen from the University of Northern Iowa about challenges they face including program closings, financial backing, and future plans for their schools.

River to River
1:48 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Politics Day - Wisconsin Recall Results

 Tuesday’s Wisconsin recall election revealed Scott Walker will retain his seat as governor. IPR’s Dean Borg talks with political scientists from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa about what Scott Walker’s success in overcoming a recall election means for Democrats and Republicans. Later, Dean also analyzes the races in Iowa’s Congressional districts now that the general election ballot is set.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Shell Games

Jeffrey Copeland's Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist is a true story told in the voices of people who lived the events. The story has murder, mystery, mayhem - all important pieces of American history - and a good love story as well. Copeland is the Head of the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Preparing Students for Kindergarten

Kindergarten today is not just about snacks, rest time and recess. Kids are expected to arrive ready to learn...a lot. On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll discuss getting ready for kindergarten. We’ll talk about early childhood education, how to prepare your child for kindergarten and we'll hear from a kindergarten teacher what she expects her students to know when they walk in the door for the first day of school. Guests are kindergarten teacher Michelle Anderson-Kunz of Des Moines; Alison Bell of the Iowa Parent Information Resource Center; Dr.