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Guest Blog: UNI Fraternity & Sorority Life

FSL Overview:
Fraternity & Sorority life provides UNI students with meaningful student engagement experiences, develops leadership skills and contributes to student learning. The Greek community promotes living by the four pillars which untie all Greek-letter organizations: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Friendship.
 
We are seeking leaders, doers and creators to join our organizations. If that’s you or you know of someone, complete an interest or referral form at bit.ly/fslatuni or register for recruitment!
 
Check out our promotional video: https://youtu.be/hAWNfyc03q0
 
For more information about UNI Fraternity & Sorority Life:
 
Instagram @UNIFSL (instagram.com/unifsl)
Facebook @UNIFSL (facebook.com/unifsl)
 
Heading to UNI this Fall?  Check out the UNIFSL Quick Guide to life in Cedar Falls (check out the highlighted businesses on College Hill).

We love having guest bloggers to highlight elements of our community & neighborhood.  Our friends at UNI Fraternity and Sorority Life provided us with some information about their programming and highlighted some College Hill Businesses.  Big thank you to Taberie Van Boening for this information. If you would like to be a guest blogger (please reach out to us at collegehillpartnership@gmail.com)

2020 Passport to the Arts Cedar Falls, Iowa

Enjoy a summer vacation without leaving Cedar Falls! 

Passport to the Arts is a partnership of organizations offering FREE, family-friendly events for you to enjoy this summer! The Passport is also a way for you to enter for a CHANCE TO WIN a prize package from our sponsors valued at $200!
 

July 1 through September 12 attend five (5) of the 27  eligible events and post a selfie to the Passport to the Arts Facebook page of you attending each of the five events. Post your photos before the deadline of September 14 to be entered into the drawing for a chance to win!

It’s Easy to Join the Fun

1. Attend at least five (5) eligible events

2. When you attend an event, take a picture of the event or a selfie

3. Post each of your event photos to the Passport to the Arts Facebook page by the deadline

The Passport

The Passport flyer (below) contains the rules and schedule of eligible events. These flyers may be found at some of the events or simply refer to the flyer below. Head HERE to download and print the flyer at home. 

The Prize

While you’re enjoying arts and culture in Cedar Falls this summer, you’ll be earning a chance to be entered into a GRAND PRIZE drawing valued at $200 from our sponsors: Hearst Center for the Arts, College Hill Partnership, Cedar Falls Downtown District and the Cedar Falls Public Library.  A drawing will be held from the names of those who successfully posted their selfies from five eligible 2020 Passport to the Arts events by the deadline of September 14. The winner will be announced on the Passport to the Arts Facebook page on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.  

Questions? Contact Sheri Huber-Otting at the Hearst Center For the Arts by calling 319-268-5502 or by email at Sheri.Huber-Otting@cedarfalls.com

College Hill Farmers Market Vendor Spotlight

Yellow Table Farm – Tripoli, Iowa

Eric and Courtney Jensen

Eric & Courtney Jensen own Yellow Table Farm in Tripoli. They sell fresh produce, eggs, and lamb. They got started by growing small gardens in the backyard.  The gardens kept getting bigger until they found an acreage for sale.  They jumped in with both feet and started learning and growing as they went along! This last year they installed a greenhouse which means more produce and earlier in the season! What do they like to do when they are not at the farmers market or working on the farm? Bicycling, shooting bow, hiking, and enjoying family time.

Bowls of Love

Bowls of Love Christy Stolz & Abigail Stolz (Mother & Daughter) own Bowls of Love! Three years into business they are happy to be joining the market! Abi had the idea while at UNI to start a small Farmers Market business. Her goal was to provide an avenue to assist small charities in our community. Abi bought herself a fancy blender, started working on recipes & applied to the CF Farmers Market. In the first two years of business, Bowls of Love has grown into a food truck & donated $5,500 to local charities.

  • Upcoming Markets Every Thursday June- October 4-6pm
  • New this season–Curbside Market.
  • Follow on Facebook or Instagram for market updates and additional vendor spotlights
  • For more details download the June 2020 edition of the CHFM Newsletter

Learn more about the College Hill Farmers Market by going to: www.ceee.uni.edu/collegehillfm

College Hill COVID-19 Update

You Asked & We Answered!

We have been working hard to get a DATABASE (CLICK HERE) out to you College Hill LOVERS. This information will help you support your favorite College Hill Businesses during this time.  We know this ever changing situation for you and for College Hill Businesses and we want to help you through it.

We are going to be working to update this DATABASE (CLICK HERE) on an as needed basis to make sure you know what is happening on College Hill. Because this is an ever changing situation we have chosen to use Google Docs to be able to make changes promptly (we know it isn’t the prettiest). We realize Google-Docs isn’t for everyone.  If you would like updated pdfs sent to your email just below contact us at collegehillpartnership@gmail.com and we would be happy to get updates as soon as we can!

Wait There Is More…

We know that if you love College Hill you love our community.  So we wanted to provide you with additional form of links to community sites.  These sites have updated information regarding COVID-19 and our community.  Form located HERE.

A big THANK YOU all of our community.  You have come together to support your neighbors, friends, and all of us on College Hill. And for that we want to say thank you. It is so awesome to see the amazing community we have here in the Cedar Valley.

COLLEGE HILL BUSINESSES- If you need information updated on this database please email collegehillpartnership@gmail.com so we can get them updated asap. We hope to help you serve your customers, clients and community!

College Hill Move Out Guidelines

Move Out Guidelines

Guest Blogger: City of Cedar Falls

Moving Out/Moving In? Will You Help us Reduce the Mess?

Here are some moving in/out guidelines:

1.  “Garbage” at the curb can only be picked up by the city when placed inside the green garbage cart assigned to your address. You are allowed one extra bag a week on top of your trash cart with a pink bag tag attached to it.  Bag Tags can be purchased at our Transfer Station at 1524 State St., Ace Hardware, Fareway, Hy Vee on University.  You may also take your extra bags of trash to the transfer station Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or on Saturday’s form 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  There is a $0.75 cent fee per bag or you can weigh it in and our fee per ton for solid waste is $57.50.  If you have the smaller cart you can always up-size to a larger size.  We have three sizes of carts. 

  • 35 Gallon – $9.00 per month
  • 64 Gallon – $17.00 per month
  • 96 Gallon – $26.50 per month


96 Gallon 64 Gallon 35 Gallon





You can call 273-8629 to change your size of cart if needed.   We normally do cart exchanges on your day of collection. 

2.  Large item pickup is available and scheduled on your refuse collection day for residents with an active Cedar Falls refuse account. To schedule a pickup, call the Public Works Department at (319) 273-8629 between 7 am–4 pm, Monday–Friday. The large items must be placed curbside after 8:00 pm the night before your scheduled collection. This service is limited to large items only and is not intended to be a service for garbage.  Residents are charged a $5 per stop fee for bulk collection appointments. The fee is added to your Cedar Falls Utility account.


The following items will be picked up:  Couches, Chairs, Recliners, Tables, Carpet and Pad (rolled up), Box Springs, Mattresses, Doors (quantities no greater than three), Windows (quantities no greater than three), Swing Sets (dismantled and no concrete), Grills, Gutters and Down Spouts (sections must be less than 6 feet in length), Bicycles.

This service is only available to residents paying refuse fees to the City of Cedar Falls. 

Charged Items:  Picking up the following items will result in a charge of $7.50 each on your utility bill: Washers / Dryers, Refrigerators / Freezers, Dish Washers, Air Conditioners, Water Softeners, Water Heaters, Dehumidifiers / Humidifiers, Microwave Ovens, Stoves, Furnaces, Computers/TV’s $5.

Tires are charged as follows: 

  • Car Tire (off rim): $2.50
  • Car Tire (on rim): $5.00
  • Truck / Tractor Tire (off rim): $6.50
  • Truck / Tractor Tire (on rim): $9.00

Refused Items:  The following items will NOT be picked up: 

Garbage, Yard Waste, Dirt, Hazardous Waste, Bricks, Rocks, Concrete, Sand, Construction, Demolition, Remodeling Materials,

  • Used Oil Filters (accepted free at the Transfer Station)
  • Oil (accepted free at the Transfer Station)

Any refuse pick-up violations are subject to a $200.00 hauling fee to the property owner and may impact the amount and timelines of the return of your security deposit.

Thank you for caring about your environment in which you live, work, learn and play.

College Hill Partnership Board of Directors -319-273-6228

www.collegehillpartnership.org

Cedar Falls Evaluates Public Parking on College Hill

City of Cedar Falls Evaluates Public Parking on College Hill

We a filled with gratitude and excitement the City of Cedar Falls is taking the time and supplying the funding to evaluate public parking on the Hill.  They have heard all the public comments and the letters from the CHP about wanting to evaluate the public lots on the Hill. We know this is a big issue for Cedar Falls.  And we are excited it is being addressed. 

Currently there are several public parking lots on the Hill.  Some are metered and some un-metered.  Two things we know about the parking situation on the Hill:

1. It’s unique.  Because of the close proximity to the campus of the University of Northern Iowa Parking is used differently than many business districts.

2. It evokes all kinds’ emotions and constant feedback.  This is where we are asking for your help. 

The City of Cedar Falls is in the process of evaluating the College Hill area public parking system. We appreciate your input as it will help us explore effective solutions that will benefit College Hill area businesses, employees, visitors, and residents. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and all replies are confidential. The survey link is noted below and can be accessed from the City’s website.  It will be live thru April 12th.  Your time and input are appreciated!

The link to take the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMF56MZ

Any and all feedback is welcome.  We hope you will be thoughtful in your answers and take the time to pass this along to friends.  Here’s to the exciting future for College Hill, and addressing the challenges that come with it. 

Sidecar Coffee’s Pour Over Workshop

Sidecar Coffee’s Pour Over Workshop

According to an article on OrganicFacts.net  coffee has several health benefits.  Benefits range from improving cognition and increase metabolism to improving heart health and protecting your liver.  Now we’re not experts on health or coffee but knowing there are some great benefits from our favorite morning beverage just makes us want to drink it more.

So when we heard about an amazing event at Sidecar Coffee we were all in.  Held on March 2nd at 10 am the Pour Over Workshop will teach you how to make the perfect cup using a pour over method.  Co-Owner Andy Fuchtman (CHP Past President and current Board Member) said their “top reason [for hosting these workshops] is we want people’s coffee to taste better, and to build our local community of coffee fans.”  Who doesn’t want their coffee to taste better?  And who doesn’t want to meet new people while learning?  Our friends and coffee experts are going to teach this method using the Hario V60.  Love coffee and want to learn more about it?   Be sure to grab your tickets online by clicking here.   Your $30 ticket includes a bag of Sidecar Coffee’s March Costa Rica beans to use at home.  You will also have hands-on experience learning from one of the experts at Sidecar Coffee.  They tell us spots are limited so make sure to grab your ticket today.  This workshop will be hosted at the Sidecar Coffee’s Roaster at 325 Commercial Street, Downtown Waterloo.

Whatever your reason for drinking coffee you aren’t going to want to miss this awesome workshop to learn more about how to make the perfect pour over cup of coffee.

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

 

History of Sexual Assult Bystander Training

According to Rainn.org, “College Women are three times more likely to experience sexual violence.”  A group of UNI Presidential Scholars is creating a project and implementation of a sexual assault bystander training.  This training was originally started by the partnership of 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.  Programs such as these help address the growing problem of sexual assault and misconduct.  They are able to do so by creating awareness.

Program Created for the Cedar Valley:

Before winter break the UNI Presidential Scholars Think Tank Safety Group  presented their project and plans to the College Hill Partnership.  This group is composed of six sophomores.  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 were collecting statistics regarding assaults on campus.  They have been 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.  So they have also developed a partnership with the NISG.  They believe this partnership will ensure the project’s longevity.  Because of the close proximity to the University and its popular nightlife establishments, the group felt College Hill is would be a great place to test the new bystander training program.  Already several bars have already signed on for the training.  College Hill bars include Little Bigs, Social House, and The Other Place on the Hill.

Students Hope for Project:

“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 the 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.  And are happy they chose to start to implementation of their project on the Hill.   The group hopes for success on the Hill.  After the Hill they hope the program will spread to other nightlife districts.

Students Involved in 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 are 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.  We would like you to serve on our board of directiors.

 

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

And (1) 2-year member representing businesses within the College Hill Overlay Zoning District

Contact Us

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.  Most seats will be a two year appointment.

 

If you would like to serve?  Then 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.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Do you 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.

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.