2022 Conference

2023 Conference Attendees

The Way Up XXXV Conference

"Women on The Way Up: Embracing Challenges and Creating Opportunities"

For over thirty years, women in the State of Iowa have hosted The Way Up Conference to assist women in higher education institutions as they continue to develop their leadership and administrative skills and expertise. The conference has always been designed to provide value for presenters and participants as well as networking opportunities for all.

The Way Up Planning Council is working closely with the Cedar Falls Bien VenU Conference Center to provide measures for a safe environment for The Way Up Conference.   Although the CDC and the state of Iowa no longer have "Covid-19" guidelines or restrictions for hotels or event centers, the Cedar Falls Bien VenU Conference Center and The Way Up Planning Council are cognizant of the continued need for sanitation efforts. The conference center has stated:.

Sanitation and Safety.  The Bien VenU represents that it has established protocols and procedures to limit the spread of disease and assure the safety of all guests in accordance with Centers for Disease Control recommendations and applicable federal, state and local health and safety regulations, including but not limited to the following:  regular training of hotel and conference center staff in safety, sanitation, and social distancing procedures; frequent cleaning of public areas and surfaces; use of high-grade disinfectants and sanitizers in all areas of the hotel and conference center; procedures to ensure the appropriate cleaning of all public areas, meeting rooms and guest sleeping rooms; use of face masks, as appropriate; enforcement of social distancing requirements in public areas, as appropriate; removal and reduction of physical touchpoints; and other appropriate procedures.

Hotel room cancellation policy:   If an individual needs to cancel their hotel reservations they have up until 48 hours prior to arrival to cancel without penalty fees.

We respectfully ask that anyone feeling sick or experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms and anyone diagnosed with or directly exposed to COVID not attend The Way Up Conference event.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

 Book Table & Other Vendors
 Continental Breakfast
Welcome: Conference Planning Committee

Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth J. Whitt
Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California, Merced

Which Way is Up? “

10:45-12:00pmContributed and Invited Sessions I
 Recognition Awards
 Scholarship Awards
1:45-3:00pmContributed and Invited Sessions II
3:15-4:30pmContributed and Invited Sessions III

Complimentary Social Hour; Cash Bar

Silent Auction

Entertainment:  Kirkwood Community College Music Faculty



Banquet Speaker

Yves Salomon-Fernández
Senior Vice President for Operations Planning
Southern New Hampshire University

“Beyond the Great Resignation: Assessing Our Priorities and Passions”

Silent Auction winners announced

 7:30 - ??? pm

Friday, November 3, 2023

7:30-8:30amBreakfast Buffet
8:45-10:00amContributed and Invited Sessions IV
10:15-11:30amContributed and Invited Sessions V

Closing Speaker

Kristie Fisher
Iowa Valley Community College District

“A Leadership Journey: Lessons Learned in Challenging”

1:30pmConference Completed

The 2022 Way Up Conference will be held at the Bien VenU Conference Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

You may wish to view the Bien VenU Conference Center website.

The Bien VenU is a 100% smoke-free facility. See the hotel front desk for information about any outdoor smoking areas.
The Bien VenU Conference Center offers free wireless Internet access throughout the conference center.

Parking - On-site parking;  Free

See the Lodging Link for the conference rate for guest rooms.

Bien VenU Conference Center
7400 Hudson Rd.
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

The 2022 Way Up Conference will be held at the Bien VenU Conference Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa.   

You may wish to view the Bien VenU Conference Center website.

The block of rooms reserved at the Bien Venu Holiday Inn Hotel is now sold out. 
A new block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn next door for both the Wednesday and Thursday nights of the conference week.

To make your reservations, you may visit the Holiday Inn Hotel website:
   Click on this link to make your reservation.  Then select your November dates for your stay. 

Or you may call the hotel: 319-277-2400 and ask for "Way Up Conference Rooms" to get the discounted rate.

Rooms are only $114 night through October 21, 2022.

Note: The $114 rate is also available for Friday, November 4 for a  "Shop Til You Drop" special rate for The Way Up conference attendees.

The Bien VenU Conference Center offers free wireless Internet access throughout the conference center.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

9:45-10:30 am  Opening Keynote Speaker:

Elizabeth J. Whitt
Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California, Merced

Which Way is Up?

 Evidence of profound changes in our lives as leaders, and women, in higher education surrounds us – even bombards us – on a daily basis. As individuals and as communities of educators we are called to create clear pathways for the success of our students and our institutions, but how do we do that when it seems our old maps don’t fit the new and sometimes scary territory in which we find ourselves? We begin the conference by exploring some new and some not-so-new challenges, and taking a fresh look at our opportunities, on the way up.


Dr. Elizabeth J. Whitt is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Merced, where she also served as Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education. She also was an academic administrator focused on undergraduate student success at Saint Louis University and The University of Iowa, and served as a graduate faculty member in higher education and student affairs at The University of Iowa, University of Illinois at Chicago, Iowa State University, and Oklahoma State University.  Professor Whitt’s research and scholarship focus on institutional conditions for student success; cultures in colleges and universities; partnerships between academic affairs and student affairs; and issues and trends in student affairs practice and effectiveness.



12:00-1:30 pm   Lunch


The Way Up Scholarship and Recognition Awards:

* Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship
* Eunice A. Dell Memorial Scholarship
*“Iowa Community Colleges Support The Way Up” Scholarship

* Recognition Award

5:30 - 7:30pm   Evening Banquet with Dinner Speaker


Dinner Speaker

Chiquita D. Loveless, MBA (she/her/hers)
Director, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
(Center for Multicultural Education)
University of Northern Iowa

Press through the Mess

Integrity, character, trust, and discipline all play key roles in life's journey as well as who we aspire to be in our career fields.  Shortfalls and challenges come and go, so are we truly becoming our best when we allow others to distract us?  Do we quit when things become stressful or do we continue to press to move the trajectory forward for us and those to come?  Take a journey with me after serving through the enlisted and officer ranks in the military then working hard to becoming my best in the various career fields encountered afterwards.


Chiquita Loveless (she/her) is formerly from Chicago, IL.  She holds a BA in Business Administration from Georgia Gwinnett College and a Master's in Business Administration from St. Leo University.  Chiquita serves as Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice at the University of Northern Iowa.  Prior to assuming her current role, she served as Associate Director for Military and Veteran Student Services.  

She served 23 years in the U.S. Navy retiring as a Communication Officer/Chief Warrant Officer 2. Her tours of duty included Commander Naval Special Warfare Command, served on two aircraft carriers and an amphibious assault ship, and numerous overseas deployments to include Operation Iraqi Freedom. She served as the Equal Opportunity Officer and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for several tours.  Reporting directly to her Commanding Officers. Upon retiring, Chiquita was a former Director for VETCONNEXX, an all-veteran call center located in Atlanta, GA, prior to joining the University of Northern Iowa
staff in 2018.

Chiquita is the recipient of the 2021 Cedar Valley MercyOne Heroes Among Us "Military" award. She is married to Yolando Loveless, a 30-year retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer 4, who currently serves as the Executive Director for Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs.


Friday, November 4, 2022

11:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

Closing Speaker:

Kristie Fisher
Iowa Valley Community College District

A Leadership Journey: Lessons Learned in Challenging Times

 Seldom is the path to a leadership role linear or smooth like a newly constructed freeway. Far more often the path is interrupted by challenges and diverges from our original path more like a windy, back road. Dr. Fisher will share lessons learned from her challenges, detours and wrong turns.


Dr. Kristie Fisher has served as President of the Iowa Valley Community College District (which includes Marshalltown Community College and Ellsworth Community College) since 2019. Prior to joining Iowa Valley, Kristie spent 5 years in a leadership role at ACT (an international non-profit focused on education and workforce needs) and 15 years in the community college arena including nearly a decade as Vice President, Student Services at Kirkwood Community College. Kristie is a first-generation college student who earned an Associates degree at Kirkwood Community College before completing her Bachelors degree at the University of Iowa. As a working adult, she later earned a MBA (University of Iowa) and PhD (Iowa State University).

Thursday, November 4

10:45 – 12:00      Contributed and Invited Presentations I

Women of Color in Higher Education – Surviving Deprofessionalization, Fatigue and Invisibility

Moderator: Jeanette Thomas, Education Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
Gisella M. Aitken-Shadle, Ed.D., District Adult Education and Literacy Development Director, Northeast Iowa Community College
Angelique Kimble, Academic Advisor, Facilitator of International Students, Scott Community College
Lynn LaGrone, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Hawkeye Community College
Dr. Toyia Younger, Vice President of Student Affairs, Iowa State University
Maya Danner, Career Specialist, Coe College

This panel session is a focus on issues impacting women of color in historically white institutions in Iowa. Discussion will evolve around identity, gender, class and policy implications influencing the lived experiences of black and brown women in higher education administration. Reflections will also include feedback on new research highlighting multiple marginalities experienced by women of color on college campuses through the examination of microaggressive intersectionalities (HMI). Panelists will be asked to share recommendations for personal self-care and professional development plans.


Title IX at 50: Its Intention, Its Impact, and What’s Undone

Karen Kedrowski, Professor and Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center, Iowa State University

This session will present a history of the landmark legislation, Title IX, which banned sex discrimination in education in the United States and analyze its impact. This legislation had enormous impact on women’s educational attainment, access to financial support, and participation in athletics. In the last ten years, this law’s reach has expanded recently to include sexual assault and harassment and discrimination against pregnant, parenting, and LBGTQ+ students.

Ethical, Mindful and Transparent Communication

Laura Smythe, University Ombuds, Iowa State University

It seems to happen more frequently these days that well-intended conversations often deteriorate into emotional and destructive exchanges. Within a global and national context of disruption, isolation and increasing examples of intolerance – many of us feel more exhausted and friable than we ever have.  During this workshop we will explore your personal problem-solving approach; we will define ethical communication and we will discuss how to handle difficult conversations with compassion and transparency.

Where did all the students go? The impending enrollment cliff and strategies to reach potential students.

Terri Snyders Crumley, D.M.A., Director of Admissions, University of Northern Iowa
Tara Winter, Executive Director of Admissions,   Wartburg College
Nina Grant, Vice President of Student Services and Institutional Diversity, Hawkeye Community College

Learn about how the decrease in birth rates and college going patterns in the Midwest are changing college enrollment in Iowa. Panelists will discuss the changes and strategies they are implementing to address the shift.  Click here for Presentation.



1:45 – 3:00        Contributed and Invited Presentations II

 Don’t Shelve Me: A Strategic Plan Must Be Executed To Advance Your Vision

T. Waldmann-Williams, PhD, Adjunct,  Rotary Leadership Institute

Strategic Planning means advancing your vision.   Clarity of vision, mission, and values are a beginning.  You’ll never get close to the results you want if you become part of the 67 to 90% statistic, not executing your vision and plan.  Learn some technologies that will assist you and have fun doing them. Albeit, “fun” might be redefined!  Click here for Presentation.


Are you really ready to retire? A facilitated discussion.

Dr. Linda DeBarthe, Instructor of Accounting, University of Northern Iowa

Maybe you have spent less time planning for the quarter of your life that you'll spend in retirement than you did planning this summer's vacation. Or maybe (like me) you spent much of the pandemic running numbers to see how soon you could retire. This session will attempt to meet everyone's needs by discussing retirement topics (financial, geographical, mental, etc.) of interest to you. Bring both your questions and insights!


Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for Leaders

Qulishia Williams, CUNA Mutual Group

Discover ways to effectively lead diversity efforts within your organization. In this session, leaders will learn how to create an inclusive workplace, learn how to leverage diverse talents of all contributors and practical steps to building a positive workplace culture.


Reaching the disengaged student: How Universal Design can work for you

Jamie Niman,  Interim Director, Student Accessibility Services (SAS), Iowa State University
Lori Mickle, MA; Instructional Tech Specialist II, Iowa State University

The challenges of the past two years gave us unique opportunities to be more flexible in our work. We will discuss the benefits of Universal Design, identify strategies for those pinch points we continue to experience, and leave with an action plan to engage your students.



3:15 – 4:30        Contributed and Invited Presentations III

Moving Up in Higher Education: How to look for the learning while on the path to leadership

Dr. Jennifer Bradley, Vice President of Academic Affairs (moderator & panelist), Kirkwood Community College
Toyia K. Younger, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, Iowa State University
Christina Geweke, Director of Business Operations, University of Northern Iowa
Susan Leathem Sanning (she/her/hers), Associate Dean and Director of Service & Social Innovation, Grinnell College

The path to leadership is full of opportunities to reflect, learn, and grow. Sometimes we develop as a result of intentional choices and strategies. Sometimes we learn from our epic mistakes and the times we’ve crashed and burned. There is equal opportunity to learn from successes and challenges. In this panel discussion four higher education leaders share lessons learned on their leadership journeys and offer advice to those looking to develop their leadership skills.

Creating Calm & De-escalating Conflict: Tips for the College Classroom

Dr. Jennifer Diers, Director of the Education Program, Central College
Julianne Taylor, Lecturer of Education, Central College
Tammy Strawser, Lecturer of Education, Central College

According to researchers, incivilities, or lack of social manners, in higher education settings are more common and often challenging for faculty to navigate. In this session, participants will actively engage in developing personalized solutions to address students who express entitlement, are disrespectful, inconsiderate, demanding, unorganized, or ill motivated. Presenters will use authentic case studies from their own teaching as well as examples from audience participants. Practical, effective strategies will be provided allowing participants to leave with tools in hand for creating a calm, learner centered classroom.

Becoming Change Agents: Dismantling Systemic Racism

Dr. Belinda Creighton-Smith, Instructor of Social Work, University of Northern Iowa

During a time of great censorship, obscurity, and limitation all-inclusive narratives, it is challenging to know our role and responsibility as citizens to uphold the tenets of our nation, that all humanity is created equal with immutable rights to unfettered access to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” And yet, racism is embedded within the very institutions upon which we depend and navigate daily for our very existence and success. Participants will be asked to analyze the systemic functions of race and racism within our society to shift from actions based in emotions to those that are beneficial for change.  Click here for Presentation.   Click here for Definitions.


Working with Student Populations and Retention Strategies: A deeper dive into collaboration and how to get buy-in new student success initiatives.

Tracy Crippin-Haake, Director of Student Success/Registrar/Title IX Coordinator,  Ellsworth Community College as part of the Iowa Valley Community College District.

As we continue to see declining graduation rates and declining enrollment rates in higher education across the country, it is even more vital to retain the students we recruit. Where do we begin, how do we get buy-in from across campus, what best practices truly are best practices for our institutions and how do we know what works? This session will share the reality of what we must do to grow and make a difference in the lives of our students. Participants will be asked to share their own experiences at their institutions.  Click here for Presentation.


Friday, November 4

8:45 – 10:00       Contributed and Invited Presentations IV

The Role of a College President in Today's Climate

Moderator:  Mary Braun, State Relations Officer, Iowa Board of Regents
Dr. Mark Nook, President, University of Northern Iowa
Dr. Todd Holcomb, President, Hawkeye Community College
Dr. Rachelle Keck, President, Grand View University

A public university president, a private university president, and a community college president provide comments and answer questions about the role of a college president in today’s climate and how it applies to emerging issues and trends in higher education. Topics range from local to national issues.


Advancing Opportunities for Greater Post-Secondary Attainment through Concurrent Enrollment Programs

Kristy Black, Executive Dean – K-12 Partnership Programs, Kirkwood Community College
Sheryl Bass, College/Career Transition Counselor, Kirkwood Community College & Linn Mar High School
Tom Paulsen, Senior Associate Director, Office of Admissions, University of Iowa

Data collected in a recent research study through the Iowa Department of Education illustrates a positive correlation between post- secondary success and attainment for students finishing high school with the completion of college credits compared to those who don’t.  Hear how Iowa Community Colleges and other colleges in Iowa are working collaboratively to help high school students experience college early and in a way where they are carefully balancing career and college exploration along with understanding the rigor and expectation of post-secondary coursework through Iowa’s Senior Year Plus legislation.  The role of the school counselor will be discussed, along with the launch of the College and Career Transition Counselor positions across the state, as well as how concurrent enrollment is leveling the playing field for all students, including first generation college students and those who have previously experienced barriers to post-secondary degrees.  Click here for Presentation.


Mindfulness and Mental Health

Kelsey Hahn, Gray Lane Yoga, Waterloo

If you daydream during meetings or drive to work on autopilot, this presentation is for you. We live in a busy, stimulating, overwhelming world that can make it difficult to be fully present at times. Learn how practicing mindfulness can improve your ability to be present and mentally well. We'll talk about what mindfulness is and isn't, what the research says about it, and practice mindfulness exercises in session so you have new skills to take home with you.

No crystal ball needed: A logical, collaborative, and meaningful way to embrace the future of learning

Dr. Colleen Mulholland, Dean, College of Education, University of Northern Iowa
Tara Estep, Executive Director of Enrichment & Special Programs, Cedar Falls Community School District

Although we cannot predict the future, we do have all the tools we need to embrace the future of learning. In this interactive session, participants will be invited to think beyond traditional experiences in order to provide learners with authentic experiences to grow durable skills. Participants will be tasked to think critically about current educational practices and will be inspired to use logical, collaborative, and authentic strategies  toward the goal of serving the next generation of learners. The presenters will share a framework that not only will meet the needs of the next generation of learners where they are, but also help to catapult their potential to equip them for successful careers and lives.  Click here for Presentation.

10:15 – 11:30      Contributed and Invited Presentations V

The Importance of Leadership and Salary Negotiations in Breaking through the Glass Ceiling

Dr. Russell P. Guay, Associate Professor of Management and David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, University of Northern Iowa

This interactive workshop will discuss several important concepts at the heart of leadership, such as vision, values, characteristics of effective leaders, self-reflection, and self-awareness. We will also dive into the very important skill of salary negotiations, including gender differences, how to determine your worth, and how to fight for what you deserve.  Click here for Presentation.

High Tech and High Engagement in the College Classroom

Dr. Melissa McAninch, Associate Professor and Chair of Education Department, Central College
Dr. Tamara Masters, Assistant Professor, Education Department, Central College

Since 2020, conventional teaching and learning practices have been disrupted, as teachers in K-12 and higher education classrooms pivoted to online and hybrid instruction. This session will highlight a few technological tools that were used for remote and hybrid instruction and are still being used to enhance learning as we transition back to a more conventional classroom setting. Participants will learn four technology tools–Nearpod, Rocketbooks, Google Jamboard, and Miro. They will be able to see examples of the tools being used in college classrooms and then will have the opportunity to brainstorm other uses for each tech tool.

The Introverted Voice: How to be heard in a world that can't stop talking

Dr.  Jennifer Cunningham, Dean, Arts and Humanities, Kirkwood Community College

This session (title apologies to Susan Cain, author of "Quite: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking) will explore the world of introverts in our modern day higher education environment.  Strategies will be presented on how Introverts can make their voices hears, as well as how colleagues and managers can best support introverted employees on their team. Participants will walk away with skills to empower themselves or introverts in their lives. You do not need to have read Cain's work to attend this session.

Service Learning and Community Advocacy: Promoting Social Justice From Where You Are

Dr. Julianne Gassman, Director of Community Engagement and Professor, Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services, University of Northern Iowa
Dr. Disa Cornish, Associate Professor, Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services, University of Northern Iowa
Matthew Gilbert, Esq, CEO at MRG & Associates LLP; Director, 415 Walnut Collective

This session will describe a project that sits at the intersection of academic service learning, community engagement, advocacy, and social change. The 415 Walnut Collective began as a coalition of community stakeholders interested in contributing time and energy into the revitalization and reimagining of the Walnut Street Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa. Members of the University of Northern Iowa faculty partnered with local residents and Habitat for Humanity to conceptualize the meaning of place and wellbeing. In a time when many academic institutions are grappling with what it means to be engaged in the community, the 415 Walnut Collective is an example of the kind of cutting edge work that can drive systemic change.  Click here for Presentation.

The following four scholarships and awards will be presented at The Way Up Conference.  Click the links for more details about each recognition:

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Delta Dental

Mission Statement: Delta Dental of Iowa is dedicated to improving the health and smilesof the people we serve.

Iowa Coordinating Council

The Iowa Coordinating Council for Post High School Education is composed of representatives of the Presidents and Trustees of public and private colleges and universities in the State of Iowa. In addition, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, the Iowa Department of Education, and Iowa Public Television are members.

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University of Iowa

Mission: In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

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Iowa State University

Mission: Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place. We must prepare the leaders of our nation and the world. To make the world a better place, Iowa State will call upon its great strengths in student-centered education, global collaboration, and transformational basic and applied research. Iowa State will lead in developing more sustainable ways to produce and deliver safe and nutritious food, water, materials, and energy; integrate the protection of plant, animal, and human health; and care for our environment. We will design tools and infrastructure that will create entrepreneurial opportunities. The major changes sweeping the world are creating extraordinary opportunities for Iowa State to capitalize on its land-grant mission and be at the forefront in addressing our common, global challenges.

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University of Northern Iowa

Mission: The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society.

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St. Ambrose University — independent, diocesan, and Catholic — enables its students to develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically and physically to enrich their own lives and the lives of others.

he Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Center
Located right up the road from the conference center, Bien VenU – the Cedar Falls Tourism Center offers information about things to do, places to see, places to shop, and More.  
OPEN Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; 6510 Hudson Road

Downtown Cedar Falls
Downtown Cedar Falls is where fun happens!   With 30+ unique shops and boutiques, and 20+ bars, cafes and restaurants, you’ll enjoy the Downtown Cedar Falls Arts and Entertainment District from early in the morning to late, late night.

Shopping in Cedar Falls

The Waterloo Visitors Center
The close-by city of Waterloo also has a lot to offer with plenty of fun. relaxing activities and events the year around. 

Shopping in Waterloo

Trails, Trails, and more Trails
The Cedar Valley is known for its complex of trails with over 128 miles of hard-surfaced, multi-use trails for non-motorized and non-equestrian activities.  You may want to bring your bike !  Or your hiking shoes.  One of the trails is within one block of our conference center.

Public Art Tour
Cedar Falls is home to more than 20 sculptures that “nest” “amongst” downtown district buildings, wildflowers and formal gardens. Take this driving tour to see this reflection of the Cedar Falls vibrant and welcoming community.   

Eddie Bowles Historical Walking/Biking Tour
Eddie Bowles (1884-1984) grew up in New Orleans, and he learned to play guitar alongside Louis Armstrong and Kid Ory. A search for work led him up to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he initially was employed to build some of the first paved roads in the city. He remained in Cedar Falls, working a series of manual labor jobs and playing a distinctive 12-bar blues style for friends and neighbors. During the Blues Revival of the 1960s, Bowles was sought out by young guitarists eager to learn his unique picking style of guitar playing, and he continued playing for local audiences well into his nineties before his death in 1984 at the age of 100.  Take this augmented reality tour; click here for details:



UNI Men’s Basketball vs. Dubuque (Exhibition) – November 2 – time TBD

UNI Football vs South Dakota State University – Senior Day; Military Appreciation Night - November 5 @ 4:00pm

Cedar Valley events – including music venues

Waterloo Black Hawks Hockey – November 5 @ 6:00pm

Arts & Theater in the area:



Barn Happy – Iowa made products - Cedar Falls

Escapology Escape Rooms - Cedar Falls

Hearst Center for the Arts – Cedar Falls

Ice House Museum – Cedar Falls

Marshall Center School - @ UNI

Three Pines Farm

Victorian House Museum – Cedar Falls

Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens – south of Waterloo

Isle of Capri Casino – south of Waterloo

Get Air Trampoline Park

Ninja U - A Ninja Warrior Experience – Cedar Falls

Cadillac XBC (Xtreme Bowling Center) – Waterloo

Hurling Hatchet – ultimate ax hurling experience – Cedar Falls

Young Arena – Public ice skating - Waterloo

The Grout Museum District - Waterloo
- Bluedorn Science Imaginarium
- Grout Museum of History and Science
- Renssellaer Russell House Museum
- Snowden House
- Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum

John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum - Waterloo

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum – Waterloo

Waterloo Center for the Arts/ Phelps Youth Pavilion

Fox Ridge Winery – Traer

SingleSpeed Brewing – Cedar Falls


The Theater:

GBPAC – Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center – UNI campus

The LampPost Theater – Cedar Falls

Oster Regent Community Theater – Cedar Falls

TheatreUNI – UNI campus

UNI School of Music Performances

Waterloo Community Playhouse

Black Hawk Children’s Theater - Waterloo


Outdoor Activities:

Big Woods Park – Cedar Falls

Cedar Valley Water Trails

George Wyth State Park – Cedar Falls

Hartman Reserve – Cedar Falls

Hansen’s Dairy - Hudson

Lost Island Waterpark & Theme Park - Waterloo

Palmer’s Family Fun – Waterloo

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area – NE Iowa