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Upcoming Events

Keep up with community engagement events on campus and in the Cedar Valley!

Bosnian Portraits: At Home in the Cedar Valley 

Date: March 6, 2018 - September 29, 2018, Tues-Sat, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Grout Museum of History & Science // 503 South Street // Waterloo, IA 50701 


From the late 1900's through the early 2000's Black Hawk County experienced a dramatic cultural change as Bosnian refugees relocated to the area. In collaboration with the Bosnian-American Leadership Network of the Cedar Valley and the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, the Grout Museum of History and Science is presenting an exhibition about the journey from the aftermath of a brutal civil war to the heartland of America. Through the use of interviews, visitors learn about the experiences of the refugees as they arrived in the Cedar Valley. Examine how these difficult events are remembered and are passed on on to a new generation of Bosnians who have little memory of the violence of civil war. Demonstrating the impact of the conflict and the resulting relocation, this exhibit explores how the process of assimilation affected both the refugees and the people of the Cedar Valley. 

Soil and Water Conservation Week: Dry Run Creek Watershed

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Location: UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education // 8106 Jennings Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614


The theme for this year's Soil and Water Conservation Week is "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home". What better way to celebrate than come out and learn about the great things going on in our very own Dry Run Creek Watershed. This event will host many community partners (Black Hawk County Outreach & 4-H, Cedar Falls, Iowa, City Government, Good Neighbor Iowa, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, Land and Water Stewards AmeriCorps, Tallgrass Prairie Center, UNI Conservation Corps, University of Northern Iowa Earth and Environmental Sciences) providing informational presentations and handouts, activities for the entire family (face painting, plant native prairie plugs, water monitoring, seed bombs, bee houses, interactive storymap, rainfall simulator, watershed models, and more) as well as the opportunity to learn about all the ways that groups are helping to protect soil and water here locally and ways that residents, businesses, and organizations can get involved.

Topics covered include: rain barrels, rain gardens, permeable pavement, water monitoring, reducing lawn chemicals, native prairie, watershed assessments, student volunteering, urban conservation, rural conservation, pollinators, and so much more!

This event is free and open to the public, family friendly, and will include free materials. For further information please message Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project or contact the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District at 319-296-3262 ext. 3 or


Community Engagement Celebration Day 

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Maucker Union Ballrooms 


9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Stop by the Maucker Union Ballroom to see all of the community engagement work of UNI faculty, staff, students, centers, and partnerships! 


10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

Spectrum Project Performance & Awards Ceremony


Spectrum Project Final Show - Superheroes Among Us

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2 - 3 p.m.

Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center // 8201 Dakota St, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614


The Spectrum Project combines music, movement, drama and art for children with differing abilities. Productions are created by children with direction from UNI students.


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