Speeches, Addresses, and Remarks,  2006-2013

Collection Overview

Title: Speeches, Addresses, and Remarks,  2006-2013

Record Series: 02/09/05

Creator: Benjamin Allen

Date: 2006-2013

Extent: 1.251 linear feet

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

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There are no restrictions on the use of this material. The collection is arranged chronologically, with the occasion of the speech or the group to whom the speech was addressed noted afterwards.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Speeches, Addresses, and Remarks collection, 2006-2013, Archives Record Series 02/09/05, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Benjamin J. Allen was named the ninth president of the University of Northern Iowa on April 28, 2006, and assumed his duties on June 5, 2006. He received his doctorate and master's degree in economics from the University of Illinois and his bachelor's of science degree in business economics from Indiana University.

President Allen was vice president for academic affairs and provost at Iowa State University and was responsible to the president in all aspects of the academic programs at Iowa State. He has the distinction of having been named the first University Distinguished Professor in Business at ISU.

Before joining the ISU faculty in 1979, he taught at Washington State University and was a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow in the Office of Transportation Regulatory Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation. He was the Visiting McKinley Professor of Economics and Public Utilities at the University of Illinois in 1986-87 and held the Oren Harris Chair in Transportation at the University of Arkansas during the 1990-91 academic year. In 1999 he was appointed chairperson of the committee for the study of Freight Capacity for the Next Century, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences.

In 2007, President Allen was appointed by two state college associations (the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges) to the Presidential Advisory Committee for the National Commission of University Accountability.  In June 2010, President Allen received a Congressional appointment to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI).  This committee is required by law to advise the Secretary of Education with respect to establishment and enforcement of the standards of accrediting agencies or associations.

Under his leadership, the University of Northern Iowa has established priorities of increasing student achievement in undergraduate programs and providing statewide leadership in Pre-K through 12 education, including UNI's lead role in the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership with Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. 

In July 2011, Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds declared Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) a priority for our state.  Governor Branstad has asked President Allen to serve as co-chair with Lieutenant Governor Reynolds of the STEM Advisory Council.  President Allen also co-chairs the Iowa Business Council's Education Excellence in Iowa Roundtable, a non-partisan forum of business and education leaders focused on improving pre-K-16 academic achievement and establishing career development opportunities.  He previously co-chaired the Institute for Tomorrow's Workforce, a non-profit educational foundation helping Iowa learners prepare for the global marketplace.  A strong supporter of the local community, President Allen is a member of the executive committee of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance.  He and Pat Allen served as co-chairs of the 2010 Cedar Valley United Way Campaign.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of speeches, addresses, and remarks by University of Northern Iowa President Benjamin Allen.  In a few cases the entire text is present. However, in most cases there is only a detailed outline or a series of talking points.  If the occasion for the speech is a building dedication or other formal occasion, the program for that occasion usually accompanies the speech outline.  In a few cases, a CD relating to the occasion is present.  A few folders contain only an event program and no text.

This collection is an excellent resource for researchers who wish to study what the University of Northern Iowa considered to be the most important matters that it wished to bring to public attention at particular points in time.  That is, as the leading spokesman for the university, President Allen emphasized issues that he believed were critical to the university's present and future situation.  A few speeches reveal a more personal side of President Allen.

Staff members from the office of the President sent this material to the University of Northern Iowa Archives in May 2013.  


Box 1

First 100 working days
June 5-October 24, 2006

July 21, 2006
Human Performance Center groundbreaking

August 20, 2006
Fall Convocation

August 28, 2006
Faculty meeting address, key points

September 29, 2006
Installation remarks

October 7, 2006
Athletics Hall of Fame luncheon

October 20, 2006
Des Moines Noon Rotary Club

October 23, 2006
Waterloo Noon Rotary Club

November 30, 2006
Ambassador Prince Turki al-Faisal visit

January 4, 2007
Educational and Student Services luncheon

February 8, 2007
Remarks before College of Business Administration

April 6, 2007
Early Childhood Summit

April 10-12, 2006

Mentoring Conference

April 15, 2007
Phi Eta Sigma induction

April 20, 2007
Virginia Tech memorial

April 23, 2007
Senior athletic banquet

May 23, 2007
Power Fund bill signing

August 17, 2007
New student bash

August 25, 2007
Business and Community Services Building dedication

Fall 2007
Pep rally

Fall 2007
Foundation Board of Directors

September 20, 2007
Des Moines Rotary Club

September 24, 2007
Jacobson Human Performance Center celebration

October 1, 2007
Community college transfer advisors welcome

October 3, 2007
Area Education Agency superintendents

October 3, 2007
University Council

October 5, 2007
Begeman Hall naming

October 11, 2007
Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon

October 12, 2007
Alumni Board update

October 13, 2007
Mark Messersmith Track and Field Complex dedication

October 13, 2007
McLeod Center Hall of Fame dedication

October 14, 2007
Mathematics Congress

October 15, 2007
Workforce Shortage Study Committee

October 24, 2007
Saudi-United States relations

November 2, 2007
Advancement talking points

November 7, 2007
High School Mathematics and Science Summit

November 8, 2007
Information Technology Services

November 20, 2007
Nancy Aossey introduction

December 5, 2007
University Council

January 23, 2008
Carlos Teran Yengle posthumous degree

January 23, 2008
Leadership Development Certificate Program

January 31, 2008
James Lubker recognition

February 22, 2008
Minority luncheon

April 2, 2008
Emeritus luncheon

April 19, 2008
United Faculty

April 28, 2008
Botanical Center

May 2008
Hong Kong visit

May 4, 2008
Human Performance Center dedication

May 10, 2008
Waterloo Rotary Club

Fiscal Year 2009
Goals and objectives

August 15, 2008
Hawkeye Community College/UNI articulation agreement

August 15, 2008
Northeast Iowa Community College/UNI articulation agreement

August 17, 2008
Jump Start

August 27, 2008
Faculty meeting

Box 2

Fall 2008
College visits

September 4, 2008
College of Education open forum

September 5, 2008
Iowa Valley Community College/UNI articulation agreement

September 5, 2008
Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services Hall of Excellence reception

September 5, 2008
Des Moines Area Community College/UNI articulation agreement

September 9, 2008
Power Breakfast Series

September 26, 2008
Russell Hall re-dedication

September 30, 2008
Community College Leadership

October 1, 2008
University Council

October 7, 2008
Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation kickoff

October 8, 2008
Victory with Honor summit

October 13, 2008
Greater Des Moines Committee

October 16, 2008
Iowa State Education Association Excellence in Education Award dinner

October 17, 2008
Gilchrist Hall re-dedication

October 17, 2008
College of Business Administration update

October 17, 2008
President's Club

October 28, 2008
Governor Roy Romer visit

November 17, 2008
Kirkwood Community College/UNI articulation agreement

December 1, 2008
Waterloo Downtown Rotary Club

December 2, 2008
President's Club

December 2, 2008
STEM Symposium

January 5, 2009
Waterloo Exchange Club

January 8, 2009
President's Division staff breakfast

January 22, 2009
Diversity townhall meeting

January 27, 2009
Administration and Finance Division employee recognition

January 28, 2009
Academic Affairs employee recognition

February 4, 2009
University Council

February 13, 2009
Office of Sponsored Programs, Interdisciplinary Research Symposium

February 24, 2009
Cedar Falls Rotary Club

March 11, 2009
Community college business day

March 19, 2009
Board of Regents budget update

March 25, 2009
Distinguished Lecture Series, Judy Jeffrey

March 29, 2009
Special Olympics

April 13, 2009
Sand mandala

April 21, 2009
James Lubker event

April 24, 2009
Arne Duncan welcome

April 30, 2009
Budget proposal

May 2, 2009
Recognition breakfast

May 3, 2009
Best of Class event

June 18, 2009
Mentoring and Induction Institute

July 16, 2009
Institute for Tomorrow's Workforce, Rotary Club of Des Moines

July 17, 2009
Des Moines breakfast

September 8, 2009
Welcome home to Gilchrist Hall

September 10, 2009
Iowa Chamber of Commerce fall conference

September 23, 2009
University Convocation

October 9, 2009
Teacher of the Year reception

November 2, 2009
Cedar Rapids Rotary Club

December 8, 2009
Professional and Scientific Council

January 11, 2010
Waterloo Exchange Club

March 4, 2010
Ellen Kullman

April 2010
Higher Education Community Service Award

April 17, 2010
Gallagher/Bluedorn Tenth Birthday

April 20, 2010
Sustainability Forum

April 30, 2010
Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education

May 3, 2010
Yager Exemplary Science Teaching Award

May 13, 2010
Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy

May 14, 2020
Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Development

May 14, 2010
National Agriculture Based Lubricants

June 17, 2010
Good Morning, Cedar Valley event

June 28, 2010
Teacher of the Week, Mix 96.1

Box 3

August 2010
Council of Academic Department Heads

August 27, 2010
Multimodal Transportation Center dedication

September 2010
Power-Lift/UNI International Strength and Sport Summit

September 17, 2010
Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon

September 18, 2010
Athletics Hall of Fame luncheon

September 18, 2010
Messersmith Track and Field Complex track buidling dedication

September 22, 2010
University Convocation

October 1, 2010
Meet the President, Professional and Scientific Council

October 6, 2010
University Council

October 22, 2010
Imagine the Impact leadership reception

October 22, 2010
Foundation Board

October 23, 2010
Heritage Honours program

November 17, 2010
Panther Village groundbreaking

January 10, 2011
New Hampton economic development

February 5, 2011
US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, field hearing

April 21, 2011
Sustainability Forum

April 30, 2011
Rotary Club district conference

May 12, 2011
Cedar Rapids Rotary Club

May 17, 2011
Iowa City Rotary Club

July 24, 2011
Education summit

July 28, 2011
Lai Bing sister city

September 21, 2011
University Council

September 23, 2011
Master of Public Policy event

September 23, 2011
Sabin Hall re-dedication

September 24, 2011
Parent Board update

September 30, 2011
Order of the Knoll

October 3, 2011
National Summit on Campus Safety

October 7, 2011
Foundation Board update

October 20, 2011
Meet the President

November 15, 2011
Townhall meeting: Challenges, Choices, and Change

November 16, 2011
Republican Education Committee

December 17, 2011
Honorary degree for President Allen, Iowa State University

Educational and Student Services employee recognition

January 11, 2012
President's Division celebration

February 8, 2012
Education appropriations

February 8, 2012
Statewide STEM initiative

April 2012
UNI Parents Association Board update

April 12, 2012
Non-profit leadership alliance

April 27, 2012
Foundation Board update

May 17, 2012
Iowa City Rotary Club

June 19, 2012
Cedar Falls Rotary Club

September 30, 2012
National Society of Collegiate Scholars

October 3, 2012
Pre-K--12 Professional Learning Conference

October 4, 2012
Ruth Menagh degree presentation

November 8, 2012
Governor's STEM Advisory Council

January 24, 2013
Governor's STEM Advisory Council

April 24-25, 2013
Board of Regents

Processing Information

Collection processed and inventory developed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, June 2013; last updated, February 4, 2016 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017 and February 2018. Linear Feet updated August 8, 2017.

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