Wednesday, April 25, 2018

President Nook Shares His Visions for UNI.


Wednesday, April 25 - This morning we were joined University of Northern Iowa's President, Dr. Mark Nook. He told us of his visions for UNI but also discussed some little-known aspects of the business side of a major state-funded university are the unsung labors of  He told us of the many intricacies of leading a university. He explained the different types of formulas and criteria in play when it comes to getting public funding from a frugal legislature.  

Dr. Nook talked about getting half of the universities overall funding from state taxes which are then distributed from the Iowa Regent’s coffers.  They decide who gets what and the allocations.  The rest of the monies come from tuition and other private sources or donations.   Mark developed the formula and argument of going to a 5-year budget plan, rather than just a yearly one.  He explained the paradigm of High Quality – Fast – or On the Cheap.  Dr. Nook said that funding for UNI is actually better spent with this entity, rather than the other public universities.   

Dr.  Nook has asked CEO’s what they need for their future employees to make for them a more useful lifetime career education.  Most of the UNI students stay in Iowa after graduation, which helps grow the population and with job enhancements.  This makes for a better educated and well-rounded workforce benefiting the entire State of Iowa.   
Thank you, Dr. Nook.  We hope to see you again in the future.
Written by Lynn Barnes

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - Imagine the great things that Stem from STEM.  Marcy Seavey, UNI STEM Coordinator, joined us to share the many exciting STEM opportunities that are at UNI and throughout Iowa.

As you probably know, STEM involves the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  We are preparing our students to engage in the many STEM-related professions that are available today and in the future.  Marcy shared the many programs that are available through UNI as well as the STEM programs in Iowa's schools.

Thank you for sharing your ideas and insight, Marcy.

Written by Leigh Zeitz






























Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Brock Goos Gives Us an Update on their Kiwanis-Supported Programs

Wednesday, 4/11/18 - Kids are Priority One for all Kiwanis Clubs throughout the globe.  The members of our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers Club are committed to that end.  

We value children’s minds and sponsor their bodies in physical activities, and we support programs that support children. 

This week we invited Mr. Brock Goos, Supervisor of the Cedar Falls Youth Sports and Recreation Department Summer Program, to talk about the myriad of choices the local youth have to enjoy the great outdoors this coming season.  The greatest part about these programs is that our Kiwanis Rough Risers club sponsors some of their programs.

We sponsor their 4 & 5 year-old Intro to Soccer program that runs in April.
We also sponsor the Wrecking Crew Baseball Club for 3rd-to-6th grade kids to play.  This program also begins in April. 

We applauded his service wholeheartedly and then presented Brock a hefty check from the Kiwanis Club’s last year’s hard work, to enlarge and enhance his summer league youth sports and recreation programs.  

Thank you, Brock!

Written by Lynn Barnes and Leigh Zeitz