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December Exhibits





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November 2011 Exhibits



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September 2011 Exhibits

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October 2011 Exhibits in Special Collections

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October 2011 Exhibits

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Faculty and Staff Library Fines

UNI has recently implemented a new Student Information System (SIS.)  When the old information was migrated into the new SIS system, faculty and staff with outstanding fees attached to their University bill were notified via e-mail.  Some of these fees include library fines.  Because the old system did not notify faculty and staff of outstanding fees of less than $20 it is possible this recent email is the first time you have been informed of a library fine on your account.  If you have any questions about a recent "Library Fine" on your account please contact the Circulation desk at 319-273-2462.

Veteran's Day, Armistice Day, and Remembrance Day

Come and Visit University Archives and Special Collections' two exhibits located on the 3rd floor in Rod Library. 

1. Veteran’s Day, Armistice Day, and Remembrance Day Exhibits
Prepared by: Amy Yates, photos by Elaine Chen

Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, is celebrated on November 11 for the purpose of commemorating the armistice, an agreement for the cessation of hostilities, which was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France. The armistice took effect, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

The United States along with many other nations, declared this date a national holiday to commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed in wartime.

President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said:

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that the President (Calvin Coolidge this time) issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'." Across the world, many nations take a two-minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. as a sign of respect for the millions of people who died in the war.

In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas shoe store owner named Alfred King felt that Armistice Day should celebrate all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. King actively pushed for renaming and repurposing the holiday. With the help of Kansas Senator Ed Rees, a bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954. Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with Veterans. It has been known as Veterans Day since that time.

For countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations, the holiday was renamed Remembrance Day.

2. Famous UNI Alumni
Prepared by: David Glime, Julie Herrig, and Kim Nurre; photos by Elaine Chen


Senator Charles Grassley

  • Born 1933 in New Hartford, Iowa
  • Farmed and worked at Rath Packing
  • B. A. 1955, M. A. 1956
  • Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1974.
  • Elected to the United States Senate in 1980.
  • Donated papers documenting his public life to UNI in the early 1980’s
  • One of only twenty-eight (28) other senators to cast 10,000 votes in the United States Senate.
  • Elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1958 from Butler County.
  • Maintains the longest consecutive voting record among current Senators.

Senator Charles Grassley won re-election to his sixth term in the U. S. Senate on November 2, 2010.

 Committee Assignments:

  • Committee on Finance; most senior Republican member.
  • Committee on the Judiciary; Senior member and has served since 1980.
  • Committee on Agriculture, nutrition and forestry; only active farmer serving.
  • Committee on the Budget; senior member.
  • Joint Committee on Taxation; made up of five senators from the Finance committee and five Representatives from the Committee on Ways and Means.

October 2010 Exhibits at Rod Library

September 2010 Exhibits at Rod Library

University Archives and Special Collections Exhibits

Come and Visit University Archives and Special Collections located on the 3rd floor in Rod Library.

Study Abroad … See the World

Prepared by: Kim Nurre

Students started studying abroad on their own in 1896. John Kleinsorge and W. R. Patterson were two of the first students to Study Abroad.

President Seerley was on a board that recommended teachers to study abroad.
Education Travel Division was created in 1940 to assist students and faculty with studying abroad.

In 1952, other countries started giving grants to American students to study abroad. A year later the senate endorsed the first study tour to Europe.

In 2002, UNI was ranked by the Institute of International Education as fourth in the nation for number of students studying abroad for Master’s Degrees.

Student Arrival … Over the Years
Prepared by: David Glime

Transportation problems at the University today involve parking space. In 1876, when Iowa State Normal School first opened, the city of Cedar Falls was five miles from Campus. Students either had to walk on dirt of “mud” sidewalks or pay someone with a horse and buggy to get to campus. Sometimes students needed to hitch a ride.

An electric street car system was proposed to run between Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Campus in 1892. It took until 1897 for operation to begin.

The advent of the automobile changed the way students arrive. Help from family was a necessity no matter what the time period. Families now pack student possessions in livestock trailers, grain trucks, pickups, U-Haul’s, and cars. No matter how you arrived on campus this fall…
Welcome Back!

Great Things Come in Small Packages
Prepared by: Amy Yates

Have you ever noticed how many small books are in the library? University Archives and Special Collections has many small books including the following:

  • Children’s Lyceum Manual: With Directions For Children’s Progressive Lyceums, Adapted to the bodies and minds of the Young; containing rules, marches, lessons, envocations, Silver-chain recitations, hymns, and songs. By: Andrew Jackson Davis. Printed in 1867.
  • The Complaint: or, Night Thoughts, by Edward Young, D. D. [printed in the 1800’s]
  • A Sketch of My Friend’s Family: suggesting hints on Religion and Domestic Manners, By: Mrs. Marshall. Printed in 1822.
  • Melodies, songs, sacred songs, and national airs: containing several never before published in America. By: Thomas Moore, esq. Printed in 1836

The following book is written in Russian translated into English and German:

  • Mtsyri = Der Mziri; By: Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841). Printed in 1993.

Another Russian book:

  •  Epigrammy. By: Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin (1799-1837). Printed in 1984.

A little poetry book:

  • The Sky Stays Behind. By: Gary Hotham, copyright in 2000.

One small book on display contains one page between the front and back covers:

  • A Sunday in Monterey: Woodcuts. By: Antonio Frasconi. Printed in 1964.

An interesting book of Psalms from the Bible was printed by the heirs and successors of Andrew Anderson in 1698:

  • The Psalms of David in metre: Newly translated, and diligently compared with the original text, and former translations…/ Allowed by the authority of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland, and appointed to be sung in congregations and families.

This blog entry is prepared by Amy Yates with assistance from Elaine Chen.

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