End of the Year CHAS News

The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Humanities Research Symposium was held on Friday, April 11 in the CEEE Auditorium.

The keynote will be presented by Dr. Erik Doxtader. Dr. Doxtader is a Professor or Rhetoric at the University of South Carolina and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town. His lecture, “Messianic Hopes at the Moral Carnival: The Question of the Humanities, for Now,” will explore the role of the humanities and humanities research in our times.

Student presenters included: Katie Kecso (Art), Tyler Nutting (Languages and Literatures), Emily Moser (Art), Evan Schares (Communication Studies), Kate Hein (Language and Literatures), Anthony Roth (Communication Studies), Katherine Meren Fuchtman (Language and Literatures) and Alexandria Chase (Communication Studies).


As a result of an Iowa Space Grant Consortium ballooning grant, John Orphus took students to the NASA facility on Wallops Island over spring break. The students toured the facility and met with NASA scientists.

Languages and Literatures

Congratulations to Sheila Benson for receiving the UBS Outstanding Teaching Award.


The State of Iowa Physics Competition took place at the McLeod Center on April 17. The competition included high school students who qualified from regional competitions. The competition is a series of five events that stress creativity and ingenuity and an understanding of ideas, as well as intended to stimulate interest in STEM. Events include the catapult, mousetrap car, toothpick bridges, soda straw arm and challenge problem.

Communication Studies

The UNI Speech Team finished 10th in the nation for the third year in a row at the American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament at Arizona State University. Rebecca Buel is the Director of Individual Events (Speech Team) for UNI.

Individual results are:

Semi-finalist: Maddison Jansen - Impromptu Speaking

Semi-finalist: Maddison Jansen - Communication Analysis

Semi-finalist: Maddison Jansen - After Dinner Speaking

Semi-finalists: Ryan Courtney & Anthony Peavy - Dramatic Duo

Semi-finalist: Ryan Courtney - After Dinner Speaking

Semi-finalist: Zoe Russell - Extemporaneous Speaking

Quarter-finalist: Zoe Russell - Impromptu

Quarter-finalist: Ryan Courtney - Program Oral Interpretation

Melissa Beall was selected as the 2013-14 recipient of the UNI Distinguished Scholar Award. 

Students Eric Benson, Riley Cosgrove, Linh Ta, and Austin Hansen will be recognized during the awards ceremony at this year’s Iowa Broadcast News Association convention to be held in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Students Willy Pierce and Phillip Bowie's film, Guilt Free Shopping, has been selected to be shown at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival in the student documentary category. The documentary is about a local fair trade store, World's Window, and the employees who make a difference in so many people's lives. The festival will take place April 11th and 12th at the Collins Road Theaters, 1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion, Iowa and over 40 films were selected to be shown.

Two students were honored at the 2014 Iowa Motion Picture Awards:

Electronic media graduate Cassandra Milbrandt won the Award of Excellence for her documentary "Nolan" 

Electronic media student Isaac Campbell won six Awards of Achievement for his documentary "Aspire," (co-directed with Glenna Goldman) and for "Ghosts,"  "Bravi,” "Such Men Lived " and "Colts Recruitment."


Philosophy and World Religions

John Burnight, Assistant Professor of Religion, received the UNI 2014-2015 award for Excellence in Teaching in the LAC.  He teaches at least three sections of Religions of the World each year.  


The CEEE will hold a UNI summer for-credit workshop called Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well for for education majors and practicing teachers to build skills.

Part I: Thu, June 12, 9:00 am-4:00 pm and Fri, June 13, 8:30 am-3:00 pm.

Part II: Sat, Nov 8, 9:00 am-noon
Cedar Falls (UNI Campus)

Women’s and Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies are holding events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The first is a lecture, Jackson Katz Public Lecture, Thursday, April 24th: 7:30 pm, 002 Sabin Auditorium. Jackson Katz will continue the discussion of Violence & Sexual Assault prevention strategies at UNI and will share more about the Mentors in Violence Prevention model (MVP), which he founded in 1993 at Northeastern University. 

The second event is Violence Prevention on the UNI campus, Take Back the Night, held on Tuesday, April 29th: 6:30 pm, panel discussion in SRL 115 (poster making session immediately following) and at 7:45 pm, march and rally at the Campanile.

Both events are sponsored by the Feminist Action League, Wellness & Recreation Services and Women’s & Gender Studies.