Honors & Awards

In order to recognize the incredible work happening on campus through faculty, staff and students, this page will house opportunities to nominate individuals and groups for awards and honors. Nomination links and information will be posted as they are shared. Those faculty, staff and students who have received recognition will be featured on this page as well. 



Impact Awards

Campus Compact is now accepting nominations for the next Impact Award recipients!

Campus Compact seeks to recognize outstanding faculty, community engagement professionals, and teams at Campus Compact member institutions for their transformational leadership in advancing the public purposes of higher education.

Individuals may be nominated by a colleague or submit an application on their own behalf. Learn more about eligibility and application requirements at compact.org/impact-awards.

Applications & Nominations are due October 25, 2023

Learn more and apply 

Veridian Community Engagement Fellowship 2022/2023 Recipients

Lindi Roelofse, ReShonda Young & Matthew Gilbert

Roelofse, Young and Gilbert will be creating a catalog of flexibly funded micro-internships to help entrepreneurial-minded students build a portfolio of evidence of real-world impact for their career portfolio, while at the same time supporting Black entrepreneurs purposefully managing new growth and building total factor productivity solutions.

Gary Gute

Starting fall 2023, Gute will begin teaching a new course called "The Creative Experience". In this lively, experiential course, students explore creative persons, products and places that have had an impact upon the arts and culture. In collaborative teams, students use artistic media to tell the stories of creative persons, products and places.

Jennifer Onuigbo & Eric Lange

In summer 2023, the Gallagher Bluedorn and Department of Theatre will join forces to present the first UNI SETT (Science and Engineering in Theatre Technology). Approximately 80 middle and high school students from the area will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning in theatre technology, with a particular emphasis on learning the associated STEM concepts.

Michael Fleming

The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCasa) is a statewide coalition representing 22 victim service programs across the state of Iowa. It provides a bridge between victim advocates at sexual assault programs, statewide policy makers and federal responses to sexual harassment, abuse and assault. Fleming will modify the secondary school assessment assignment to collect information on the needs of secondary school systems.

Sponsored by: Veridian Credit UnionUNI's College of Education Dean’s Fund for Excellence and UNI's Office of Community Engagement 

The purpose of this fellowship is to encourage faculty to engage with community partners to better the community in a manner that also enhances their teaching and scholarship. Community engagement is defined as the collaboration of the university with the public sector for the mutual benefit of all. This engagement is not simply service or membership, but it is the combination of meeting a community need through teaching and/or scholarship. The proposed engagement work must take place within Veridian's field of membership and with a nonprofit organization to receive the fellowship. 

Check out our Veridian Fellowshp Impact Report. An Overview of Veridian fellowship recipients from 2006-2018! 

 Veridian Fellowship Impact Report

Presidents' Engaged Campus Award

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) Presidents' Engaged Campus Award are selected by each president or chancellor from an Iowa or Minnesota Campus Compact member campus. The awards reflect the institute's ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.

Congrats to our UNI winners:

Presidents' Student Leadership: Joana Lwin

Presidents' Civic Engagement Leadership: Danielle McGeough

Presidents' Community Partner: Northeast Iowa Food Bank

Community Collaboration: Blackhawk County YWCA and University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Languages & Literatures, nominated by University of Northern Iowa

Emerging Innovation: Cultivating Justice: A Quest Towards Racial Equity, nominated by University of Northern Iowa