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UNI Presidential Scholars Take on Bystander Training Development and Bring it to College Hill

UNI Presidential Scholars Take on Bystander Training Development and Bring it to College Hill

  According to Rainn.org, “College Women are three times more likely to experience sexual violence.”  A group of UNI Presidential Scholars has taken up the project creation and implementation of a sexual assault bystander training.  This training was originally started by the partnership of several UNI graduate students and The Riverview Center. Over recent years, many bystander trainings have been created and used in areas adjacent to Universities.  “Raise the Bar” a program to help train local bar staff was developed at the University of Iowa and implemented in local Iowa City bars.  After researching similar programs a new program was crafted to use locally in the Cedar Valley. According to BJS.gov, the Midwest region has the highest rate of sexual assaults in the nation.   With stats like these, the current momentum around the #MeToo movement, and the passion of Presidential Scholars to help resolve problems affecting the community it is no wonder a group of this year’s scholars would take on the challenge of implementing this bystander training. Before winter break the UNI Presidential Scholars Think Tank Safety Group composed of six sophomores presented their project and plans to the College Hill Partnership.  The Board of Directors voted to put their full support behind the project and the student's efforts.  The CHP Board of directors was impressed by the research and professional presentation the students gave at their December board meeting. These six college students told the Partnership they wanted a safety-focused project.  Much of their preliminary efforts have been collecting statistics regarding assaults on campus and identifying what factors (such as alcohol) play into these assaults.  The group obtained Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Training over winter break and will have further training over the 2019 Spring semester.  They have also developed a partnership with the NISG to ensure the project's longevity.  Because of the close proximity to the University and its popular nightlife establishments, the group felt College Hill would be a great place to test their new bystander training program.  Several bars have already signed on for the training.  College Hill bars include Little Bigs, Social House, and The Other Place on the Hill. When we asked the students what their hope for the project was here is what they said: “Our main hope for the project is to decrease the number of sexual assaults that happen at UNI.  We hope by providing the bar employees with necessary tools to potentially intervene in a situation that these numbers will decrease.  The group also hopes that training will continue over the following years as there is a high turnover among bar employees.” The College Hill Partnership is excited to have a group of passionate students chose to start to implementation of their project on the Hill.  We want to thank the following students for their presentation to our organization and their hard work on this training. Grace Brady (Elementary and Middle-Level Education Major from West Des Moines, Iowa) Anne Gradoville (Communication Sciences and Disorders Major from Des Moines, Iowa) Laura Kaufmann (Accounting and Organizational Leadership Major from Harlan, Iowa) Triet Ngo (Marketing Management Major from Hanoi, Vietnam) Carter Stochl (Biology and Biochemistry Major from New Hampton, Iowa) Jordan Weber (Family Services Major from Wadena, Iowa)  
Please contact the CHP Executive Director if you are interested in learning more or having your business host training. Graphics courtesy of UNI Presidential Scholars THINK TANK Safety Group.

Open Call for CHP Board Members

Open Call for CHP Board Members

  Calling all leaders in the Cedar Valley.  The College Hill Partnership is entering into our 11th year as a combined organization.  This year brings many exciting opportunities and challenges for the Hill.  We would love for you to be directly involved.  Help us shape the future of the College Hill District by representing our community and unique stakeholders.  

Board Seats Going Up for Election:

(2) 2-year at large seats (2) 3-year at large seats (will be awarded to top two at large vote winners) (1) 2-year member representing owners of residential rental properties (Landlords) within the College Hill Overlay Zoning District (1) 2-year member representing businesses within the College Hill Overlay Zoning District   Considering the job?  Check out CHP Board of Directors Member Duties, and CHP Board of Directors Commitment Form to learn more about being a College Hill Partnership Board Member.   If you would like to serve please head to https://www.collegehillpartnership.org/board-member-application/ and complete the board member application.  Applications are due by Friday, March 8th 2019.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the Executive Director via email or phone (319)-273-6228.   Know someone who might be interested?  Share this post via, text, email, or social media.  Thank you for your consideration and your help in making College Hill an amazing place.

Join the College Hill Partnership Today

Join the College Hill Partnership Today!

    Happy New Year!  This year the College Hill Partnership is working to be more efficient.  You could say it’s the CHP’s Nsocial house college hill cedar fallsew Year’s Resolution.  With that in mind, the Board passed a resolution at our October Board Meeting to ensure the membership application process is streamlined & open for a longer period of time to encourage increased participation in the College Hill Partnership.   There are many benefits to being a CHP member including the following:
  • Vote for board members and any changes made to bylaws in the upcoming election
  • Free food at the annual meeting
  • All formal communication includes: updates, minutes, agendas, meeting reminders
  • Opportunity to participate in the College Hill Neighborhood, and projects that better our community
  • The satisfaction you are making the Hill a better place
  To obtain all the privileges above you must:
  • Request an application via email and mail or email completed application to:

PO Box 974

Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

OR

complete an application online HERE prior to March 1, 2019

 
  • Submit dues by mail or online (amount of $25) prior to March 1, 2019
To ensure a smooth process and encourage participation the CHP Board also passed a resolution at the November Board Meeting, allowing two possible ways to have your membership dues waived.  Each person who qualifies for the waiver program has been notified by email.  If you do not receive an email notifying you of your qualification for a waiver and you believe you qualify for one please submit a request for waiver via email to collegehillpartnership@gmail.com.   The waiver opportunities are listed below:
  • During CHP’s calendar year (May 2018 to March 2019) you have volunteered for CHP events, or committees totaling over five hours. College Hill Partnership Monthly and Annual Board meetings do not qualify towards these hours.
  • You own property in the College Hill Overlay SSMID district and pay taxes into the SSMID fund that helps support the College Hill Partnership.
  If you qualify for the wavier opportunities you will receive one membership which is non-transferable.  An application must be submitted by the deadline (March 1, 2019) for you to obtain all privileges listed above.  If you are submitting an application with a waiver due to completing volunteer hours, a record of volunteer hours (dates, times, description) must be provided with the application.   We encourage you to share this email with members of the community who might like to be a part of our wonderful organization.  If there are any questions about the application process please reach out to Kathryn Sogard either by phone (319)-830-6338 or email collegehillpartnership@gmail.com.     Again,  Happy New Year to you and yours!

Donuts, Brownies, Cheescake. OH MY! Icon Donuts & Sweetery Opens on the Hill

Donuts, Brownies, Cheescake. OH MY! ICON Donuts & Sweetery Opens on the Hill

Open just in time for the spring semester ICON Donuts and Sweetery is the perfect start to your school or work day.  We headed in after lunch the other day to give you a peek inside and of course try some of their amazing donuts.  ICON is locally owned so you will see some familiar faces there who always greet you with a smile.  The staff is ready to help you with the perfect selection of sweets for any occasion. Our executive director grabbed a dozen donuts including some of their ICON donuts.  If you love lemon you need to grab a Liz Lemon named after Tina Fey’s character on 30 Rock.  They have all your favorite traditional donuts.  Plus their awesome selection of ICON donuts, named for artists, characters, musicians, and famous people.   Just to name a few:
  • Liz Lemon
  • Raspberry Beret
  • The Dude
  • Queen Bee
  • Strawberry Fields
  • The Godfather
  Donuts aren’t your thing that’s okay because they have many more sweets.  From sticky buns, cinnamon rolls to cannoli and fritters.  They even have vegan and gluten-free options.  Have a special party and need a tray of treats ICON Donuts and Sweetery has you covered from cheesecake to danish even cookies.   Obsessed with ICON?  They’ve got t-shirts, mugs, and to-go cups to show the world your love for ICON! Icon Donuts and Sweetery are currently hiring.  Click here to fill out an application.  Look to their website for more details.   We encourage you to swing by their location on the Hill.  Located at 917 West 23rd Street right next to Greenhouse Kitchen.  Or their location in Waterloo located at 1730 W Ridgeway Ave #600.  Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for daily photos of their amazing selection.  Another great reason to #HeadtotheHill.        

NEW Shoe Store Opens on College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa

NEW Shoe Store Opens on College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa

January 11th marked the opening day for one of the newest businesses on College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Price Check Kicks opened their doors with a Grand Opening celebration.  The opening was complete with snacks, balloons and the perfect pair of shoes for all of you sneaker fanatics.  They are located on West 23rd Street right between Marsala Market and Icon Donuts and Sweetery. We headed in on opening day to check out the selection and meet the staff.  Walking into the store we were greeted by customers and staff alike which isn’t surprising in a laid back professional atmosphere.  After looking through their selection of everything including Nike, YEEZY, Jordan’s and more we headed back to their lounge area where we found some customers enjoying some snacks and shooting some hoops in their relaxing lounge area.  This store like many of the College Hill Businesses offers a place for their customers to have an experience not just a place to buy shoes.   Price Check Kicks on College Hill in Cedar Falls doesn’t just sell shoes they buy, trade, and clean shoes. They even have consignment. They have also added vintage jerseys.  We really love their logo tees and sweatshirts that ask  “What’s your Price?” on the front with their logo on the back. If you like to be in the latest style shoes we think you should head into Price Check Kicks.  They are located at 915 West 23rd Street on College Hill in Cedar Falls.  Head in Tuesday –Thursday 11-7pm Friday & Saturday 12-8pm.  Check them out on Facebook or Instagram too.

10 Highlights from the Past Year on College Hill

Perfect Way to Ring in 2019:  10 Highlights from the Past Year on College Hill

 
  1. Oktoberfest on the Hill
Held right after Mohair Pear’s Outdoor Indie Fair: Pear Fair the College Hill Partnership hosted our College Hill Oktoberfest event.  With the help of our volunteers, sponsors, and the Marketing and Promotions Committee, we were able to put on our 3rd Annual Oktoberfest.  With yard games, Chad’s Pizza sponsored beard contest, SingleSpeed Brews, and La Calle food selection our Third Annual Oktoberfest was a hit.  We look forward to continuing this event in September of 2019.  
  1. The Opening of Greenhouse Kitchen & The Shakery Smoothie Bar
The College Hill Partnership is always excited to see new businesses fill the storefronts of College Street and West 23rd Street.  We were excited to see Greenhouse Kitchen open in March of this year at 917 West 23rd Street.  When you head into Greenhouse kitchen you can expect great service from a wonderful staff, fresh locally grown foods, and clean eating dishes.  Whether you choose a wrap, salad, or soup you know you are getting wholesome ingredients that can be customized for any preference or diet.  Check out all their protein-filled, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.  For more details head over to their website. In addition to Greenhouse Kitchen, we were excited to see the opening of The Shakery Smoothie Bar in May at 2125 College Street.  Locally owned by a 22-year-old entrepreneur, The Shakery offers smoothies, yogurt bowls, and protein iced coffees.  Their open layout lets you see how your smoothie is built and customized to fit your needs.  Order from their amazing menu or customize your own smoothie or bowl.  Check them out after your workout for the perfect post-workout meal or snack.  For more details check them out on Facebook.  
  1. Welcome Week Panther Block Pawty
The College Hill Partnership can't wait to see new students start out their college careers at what we believe is the best University (yeah we might be a bit bias).  We were fortunate to share our welcome week event the Panther Block Pawty with UNI now, and Community Main Street.  We believe putting our best foot forward and showing new UNI students that Cedar Falls has plenty to offer besides class and studying.  The Hill hosted our first King of the Hill Pizza Contest having the over 500 new UNI students rank pizzas from Chad’s Pizza, Kwik Star, Dominoes, and $5 Pizza to see who would come out on top.  We were honored to give the trophy out to Chad’s Pizza after such a close contest.  Hungry for pizza?  Well, the Hill has you covered.  Check out one of the following places for a hot slice today!  Details in the links below. Chad’s Pizza Kwik Star Dominos The Other Place  
  1. Opening Day College Hill Farmers’ Market & Homecoming Week Panther Theme CHFM
In collaboration with the College Hill Farmers’ Market and the City of Cedar Falls, we worked to close College Street down for three farmers’ markets this summer.  By closing the street we had the small parking lot just North of Octopus open which provides more parking for College Hill during the market and provides a larger space for the market to increase their number of vendors.  We had wonderful turnouts for our Kids Day, the Homecoming Panther Themed market (complete with TC Panther), and our Opening Day Farmers’ Markets.  In cooperation with Americorps, we were also able to support rainwater sustainability efforts by hosting the creation and auction of several rain barrels which were purchased by local residents and installed at their homes by Americorp workers.  We would love to hear your feedback if you attended these street markets or any College Hill Farmers Markets as we are always looking to improve the ease of use, atmosphere, and selection at the farmers’ market.  We hope to continue the tradition of closing College Street for special farmers’ market during the CHFM season.  Remember the College Hill Farmers’ Market runs from June to October each year.  You can find more details about the CHFM on their Facebook page.  
  1. Holiday Tree Lighting & Business Window Decorating
We love the Holiday Season, don’t you?  We had a great holiday season this year with many of the College Hill Businesses partaking in our annual window decorating contest.  A close contest again this year with the top slot taken by Sub City on the Hill.  We also want to thank the owners of Sub City, JoDee and Ken Neptune for helping us with our amazing Christmas Tree.  They picked up and delivered our beautiful tree in the patio of Milkbox Bakery and Sharky’s Funhouse just in time for our volunteers to decorate it with lights.  We hosted our tree lighting on December 1st at 7 pm with beautiful music from several members of the CFHS Choir.  We had special events hosted by Milkbox Bakery and Sharky’s Funhouse prior to the lighting.  Head over to Sub City on the Hill the current home of the traveling trophy for best window design, which has moved from Copyworks (winner of last year’s contest).  
  1. Planning Sessions for Pettersen Plaza & Seerley Park
Do you know where Seerley Park is located, bet you do.   But do you know where Pettersen Plaza is?  Well if you have been to Kwik Star, Jimmy John’s, or The Hydrant you aren’t far.  There is a small paved pocket park located between The Hydrant and Jimmy John’s building on College Street.  There is a College Hill kiosk, a few trees, some cement benches, and a whole lot of sun in the summer months.  This is Pettersen Plaza, named after longtime Hill staple and advocate for the Arts, Hugh Pettersen.  Over the past year a small but mighty group of art enthusiasts, Hugh friends, and the CHP got together to see how this space could be improved in order to make it more usable to the public.  Currently, the committee is reviewing designs and preparing to put them in front of the City Council for approval.  As for Seerley Park, the CHP hosted a successful public forum at the Hearst Center for the Arts to reflect on our public surveys, and questionnaires and develop a formal strategic plan for upgrades to Seerley Park.  If you would like to be involved in either project please contact us via email to join a committee.  
  1. Annual Neighborhood Picnic in Seerley Park
Dating back to the days of the College Hill Neighborhood Association our Annual Neighborhood Picnic is one of our longest running traditions.  This year held in Seerley Park with music, games, and great food we celebrated the neighborhood with our annual picnic.  We are hoping we will encourage more neighbors to come to this special event held towards the end of the Summer in 2019.  
  1. Hill- ebration  of Thanks
Another old event with a new twist, the Hill-ebration of Thanks was a great success offering College Hill Businesses a chance to show their gratitude to their customers.  Offering discounts, promotions, and live music each business showed their appreciation to all their customers by offering something special to them for one day only.  On April 21st, Sidecar Coffee, The Razor’s Edge, Mohair Pear, The Library, Sharky’s, Octopus, Subcity, Chad’s Pizza, Balance Hot Yoga, and Limited Edition Comics all participated in the event.  There is always so much to be grateful for especially in a community like ours.  We can’t wait until our next customer appreciation event on the Hill.  
  1. 12 Days of Hill-iday Cheer
The College Hill Partnership wanted to try something new this Holiday season and reward Hill customers with special deals from their favorite College Hill Businesses.  So, we did a play on the 12 Days of Christmas and hosted our 12 Days of Hill-iday Cheer.  Each day from December 3rd through the 14th businesses offered one special event or promotion.  Ten businesses participated and gave away everything from 15% off your purchase to discounts on College Hill Gift Certificates.  We want to thank the following College Hill businesses for making this event possible: The Shakery Smoothie Bar Sub City on the Hill Milkbox Bakery Copyworks Third Eye Tattoo Chad’s Pizza Balance Hot Yoga College Hill Partnership The Other Place on College Hill Hill Street News and Tobacco  
  1. 40th Anniversary of College Hill Arts Festival
One of the highlights of every summer is the College Hill Arts Festival.  Bringing in artists from all over the country the College Hill Arts Festival is not the only staple of the summer on College Hill but a renowned event throughout the Midwest.  We enjoyed meeting new guests, amazing artists, and seeing old friends come by our booth at the Arts Festival.  We look forward to the 41st year of the College Hill Arts Festival this coming summer.     2018 was a great year and we have big plans for 2019.  The College Hill Partnership is hoping you will join us in 2019 whether it be attending an event, enjoying one of the public spaces, serving on a committee, running for office as a board member, or heading up to the Hill to eat, shop, and play. Thank you all for a great year we look forward to 2019 and the years to come.  

Annual College Hill Tree Lighting 2018

Annual College Hill Tree Lighting 2018

Join us for our annual tree Holiday tree lighting. Meet us in Sharky’s & Milkbox patio for music and a tree lighting.  A big thanks to JoDee from Subcity in helping us get the perfect tree for this Holiday Season.  We are excited to have some Cedar Falls students sing some holiday carols for us prior to lighting the tree.  Make sure you bundle up and bring a friend. Tree will be lit a 7pm stay tuned for exciting events to follow at your favorite College Hill establishments.
  • Head over to Sharky's to warm up before the lighting for Eggnog and Hot Chocolate
  • Head into Milkbox for a festive holiday celebration after the lighting And don’t forget to join us Dec 3-14th for our 12 Days of Hill-iday Cheer. Each day one College Hill business will be hosting a special event, promo, or special just for you during this holiday season. Thanks to the participating businesses: The Shakery, Mohair Pear, Copyworks, Subcity, The OP on College Hill, College Hill Partnership, Hill Street News and Tobacco, Balance Hot Yoga, Chad's Pizza
 

Open Forum: Seerley Park Improvements

Open Forum: Seerley Park Improvements

  The College Hill Partnership invites you to an open Public Forum to discuss and share ideas about how to improve Seerley Park.  Please join us in the McElroy Room at the Cedar Falls Hearst Center (304 W. Seerley Blvd), on Saturday November 17th at Noon.  Bring your ideas, concerns and questions regarding the park.   Some ideas people have mentioned to improve Seerley Park through our survey are:
  • Little Free Library
  • Regular Live Music
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Public Art
  • Restrooms
  • Moving Shelter
  • Better shelter that can be used for multi-purposes
  • Summer events (Dancing/physical activity, movies, music)
  • Tell us what you want to see happen with Seerley Park in the comments
  If you are unable to attend and would still like to voice your opinion please consider filling out our Neighborhood Services Survey HERE, or email our Executive Director at collegehillpartnership@gmail.com.  We hope to see you there!

College Hill Gift Certificates

College Hill Gift Certificates

Did you know that the Hill has gift certificates? copyworks cedar falls Created by the College Hill Partnership, College Hill gift certificates can be purchased by cash or check at Copyworks on the top of the Hill (2227 College Street) and can be used at over 30 locations on the Hill.  These gift certificates are perfect for holiday gifts, birthdays or even for the avid UNI fan.  The gift certificates come in increments of $20.  They are great for anyone who spends a lot of time near the Hill.  Pick up your College Hill gift certificates today.   Not accepted at the following locations: The Dragon’s Cave, Wild Hair Salon, Insomnia Cookies, Third Eye Tattoo, Domino’s, Asian Tuna