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Open Letter to President Nook Regarding UNI Homecoming Parade

12 October 2021


To: President Mark Nook

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA 50614


Dear President Nook:

On behalf of the neighbors, businesses, and community on College Hill, the College Hill Partnership wants to convey our surprise and disappointment in relocating the UNI Homecoming Parade for 2021. 

Our organization was founded on the desires of previous Northern Iowa President, Ben Allen, to bring all stakeholders to the table to talk through issues and events that impact College Hill and the entire community.

The College Hill Partnership has fostered this partnership by participating in UNI Homecoming Committee and through events on College Hill during Homecoming week.  Another way the CHP has been a partner with UNI was to join the University in advocating for measures to keep the community safe during a pandemic. This was an effort many other organizations and leaders were unwilling to do. 

Building a solid and healthy community is not just important to our city; it is vital to the success of the University. We know the student experience is not limited to campus. With the Hill being a prominent gateway between UNI and the rest of Cedar Falls, we see the role of College Hill as essential when attracting and retaining students. The Hill needs support from UNI to continue our efforts to promote our city and community. The Homecoming parade is just one way our organizations have worked together in the past to achieve this goal.

We have heard from many community members, including business owners, neighbors, and other College Hill supporters, of their disappointment in the relocation of the parade.  This iconic event has been a valued tradition to the Hill. The parade and its long 100-year history have been an important symbol of the excellent working relationship between UNI and College Hill.  We hope in future years, the University will consider the importance of the parade to our neighborhood. We urge the University to return the UNI Homecoming Parade back to College Hill.



Kathryn Sogard, Executive Director

College Hill Partnership

on Behalf of the Partnership Board Of  Directors

Annual Meeting 2021

Annual Meeting 2021

The meeting will be held virtually at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 13th.

If you so desire the following documents can be emailed to you:

2021-2022 Slate of Board Members (please note additional nominations will be taken from the floor at the annual meeting)

Benefits of being a member of the CHP

Application for College Hill Partnership membership

Agenda for the meeting (Please email if you would like the following documents)

We will have applications for membership at the annual meeting.  Feel free to send in your application & dues (or submit your application and dues on our website: if you are unable to attend the meeting. Note: in order to vote in this years election for board members and for the bylaw changes, submission of your membership form and dues must have been completed by March 1st.

If you have any questions at all please contact the CHP directly.  You can do so either by email or phone 319-273-6228.  We hope to see you on April 13th.

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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 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.

Join the College Hill Partnership Today

Join the College Hill Partnership Today!

social house college hill cedar fallsBecome A Member of the College Hill Partnership

This year the College Hill Partnership is working to be more efficient.  You could say it’s the CHP’s New 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.

Benefits to CHP Membership:

  • 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
  • And 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


complete an application online HERE prior to March 1, 2019


  • Submit dues by mail or online (amount of $25) prior to March 1, 2019

A resolution passed allowed two possible ways to have membership dues waived.  Each person who qualifies for the waiver program has been notified by email.  Didn’t 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

Waiver Opportunities:

  • 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 helps support the CHP.


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.  A record of volunteer hours (dates, times, description) must be provided with the application if requesting a waiver.


We encourage you to share this blog 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