COE Student Organizations and Groups

Taking part in a student group is a great way to become more connected with other students and faculty within the College of Education. Groups are advised by faculty members and contribute to the overall mission of the College of Education by creating opportunities for students to be involved and gain experience in their area of study. Contact information is provided for each group's faculty adviser(s) and president. They would love to hear from you and tell you more about involvement with their organization!


Art for El Salvador (AFES)

AFES is a charitable organization that uses art in all of its forms to support mission work and uplift impoverished communities in El Salvador. Developmental projects for those suffering in extreme poverty will be supported through the auction of this art at our annual fundraising event called Art from the Heart in the spring.

Adviser: Denise Tallakson

President: Jade Carter


College of Education Student Ambassadors (CESA)

CESA aims to promote the College of Education to prospective and current education students and campus visitors, fulfill the needs and support college initiatives and provide professional development opportunities for its members.

Adviser:  Robert Welch

President: Bethany Schillinger


Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is an international honor society for high academically achieving education students that meets once a month. Through professional development events and a variety of ongoing programs, partnered with Cedar Valley schools, KDP prepares pre-service teachers for success in leadership.

Advisers: Becky Hawbaker 

President: Madeline Cheeney 


Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA)

The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) is a student-run organization dedicated to educating, preparing, and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations. NLA is also a national alliance of 40 current colleges and universities, as well as countless nonprofit organizations that are committed to preparing undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals for careers with national and international nonprofit organizations.

Adviser: Kristina Kofoot

Executive Director: Hannah Luce


Orchesis Dance Company

Hosts dance technique classes twice a week, with a 15-minute business meeting once a week. Orchesis provides opportunities for members to choreograph/dance in pieces for the fall show and spring gala. Orchesis is also involved in reaching out to the local community through dance, such as hosting a dance party for elementary schools, helping with local dance competitions, etc.

Adviser: Mandy Masmar

President: Hannah Menken


Physical Education Teaching Club

Adviser: Jim Hall

President: Adam VanErsvelde


Shine On Inc. 

Shine On, Inc. at UNI is a branch of the Iowa-based nonprofit Shine On, Inc. Through programs provided, individuals with and without labeled disabilities are given opportunities to perform, create, and experience the arts together, with the help of the volunteer UNI students. UNI students are paired with children K-12, with and without labeled disabilities. We dance weekly together and at different events within the community. We strive to be all-INclusive so that no one is EXcluded. We want everyone to be able to be in a space where they can learn and grow from each other. So much beauty comes from interacting with people who are different than you. We are working to create a world that focuses more on character and heart rather than on surface level attributes.

Adviser: Mandy Masmar

President: Chayanne Chapin


Sport and Exercise Physiology Club (SEPC)

Hosts monthly meetings that discuss the educational background of sport psychology, how to apply to graduate schools, how to get involved, as well as volunteer opportunities in the Cedar Valley.

Adviser: Mickey Mack

Presidents: Sydney Cindrich  Aubri Keesee


Student Association of Middle Level Educators (SAMLE) 

SAMLE hosts biweekly meetings that allow for professional development so pre-service teachers can be informed and prepared to transition into their first year of teaching. This organization also provides engagement opportunities with local Cedar Valley middle schools and middle school students.

Adviser: Carolyn Weber  

Presidents: Emily Burger 


Student Athletic Training Organization

Adviser: Peter Neibert

President: Neal Eakins


Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)

SCEC strives to educate class future teachers about diversity and exceptional students in the classroom. All majors are welcome.

Adviser: Danielle Cowley

President: Katy Schroeder


Student Elementary & Early Childhood Association (SEECA)

SEECA holds monthly events to help prepare pre-service teachers at UNI through networking, hosting various speakers/panels, craft nights, and bringing other educational resources that help college students grow as educators. Each year, SEECA also hosts an annual Trunk-or-Treat event and we do various volunteer opportunities with young children in the Cedar Valley area.

Adviser: Betty Zan

President: Rylee Flege


Student Literacy Association (SLA)

Adviser: Sarah Vander Zanden

President: Lauren Smith


Student Outdoor Leadership Education

Adviser: Kathy Scholl

President: Cristin Groetken


Student Public Health Association (SPHA)

The UNI Student Public Health Association (SPHA) is a service-oriented organization that aims to provide the general public with a greater understanding of public health through service-oriented activities, as well as provide opportunities for students to engage in the field of public health.

Adviser: Disa Cornish

President: Jessica Schleis


Supplies on Hand

Supplies on Hand (SOH) provides community members with supplies they might require to express themselves through various forms of art. We also provide access to resources for pre-service and current teachers that they will use in their classrooms.

Adviser: Sohyun Meacham

President: Colleen Matos


Therapeutic Recreation Association (TR Association)

The UNI Therapeutic Recreation Association (TR Association) provide experiences for students in the field of therapeutic recreation, outside of the classroom. This is accomplished through monthly meetings, volunteer opportunities within the community, organized events and potential involvement in state and national therapeutic recreation organizations.

Adviser: Rodney Dieser

President: Emily Meier