UNI Dance Marathon is the largest student led organization on campus at the University of Northern Iowa. Our organization is separated into different committees that make everything we do possible. Take a look at what each committee is responsible for:
The Campus Relations Committee works with UNI's faculty and staff, athletics, other student organizations, Greek life and alumni. We create relationships and promote Dance Marathon on UNI's campus while collaborating with these individuals, teams and groups. This committee will meet Monday nights from 7-8 p.m.
The Day Of Committee, led by the Director of Internal Logistics, is in charge of essentially scheduling, planning, and executing the Big Event. The Day Of Committee is in charge of planing all of the entertainment for the Big Event, including the main stage acts, downstairs rooms, and everything else to keep people on their feet and busy. This takes a lot of team collaboration and brainstorming to figure out what we want to do. Committee members plan everything from the set up to tear down. This includes meal times, theme hours, decorations, live entertainment schedule, VIP section, etc. Its our job to make the Big Event an event that no one will ever forget. This committee will meet on Thursday's from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
The Event Planning Committee is responsible for planning events all year long that promote and raise money for UNI Dance Marathon. They create events that connect college students and our community to UNI Dance Marathon, while also creating an atmosphere that emphasizes advocacy for kids with life threatening illnesses. Some different events they plan include the 5k run, the Orange Party, and the Black Tie Affair! They also get to collaborate and work with multiple committees in order to put on successful events. This committee will meet on Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
The Family Relations Committee works directly with the heart of our cause, the families. Family Relations is a critical part of our organization; ensuring families are cared for. This committee is responsible for planning family events, connecting the rest of the organization to the families, decorating the family room for the Big Event, and serving as support for the Miracle Families throughout the year in a multitude of different ways (attending different recitals and games, sending birthday cards, etc.). This committee will meet on Thursday's from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Media Committee, which is co-led by the Director of Marketing and the Director of Design, is in charge of the design, marketing, and promotion of UNI Dance Marathon. This committee will give members a lot of hands-on experience. They are in need of creative minds to help come up with apparel and graphic designs, as well as, photography and videography. The second part of this committee is all about promotion through marketing and communications practices. The Media Committee is looking for students interested in any of the following: social media marketing, blog article writing, and content creation. The committee promotes UNI Dance Marathon through all DM social media accounts, tabling, posters, and other on and off campus advertisements. Our committee is also in charge of all news releases and contacting local media outlets to promote Dance Marathon in the community. No previous experience with public relations or marketing is required to serve on this committee. This committee will meet on Wednesday's from 8-9 p.m.
The Outreach Committee will assist in connecting UNI Dance Marathon to the Cedar Valley community and Kindergarten-12th grade schools across the state of Iowa. The Outreach Committee will be spending the year planning activities and fundraising opportunities in the Cedar Valley area. The committee will also help schools plan their own unique mini marathon events and then will have the opportunity to attend them to see their hard work pay off! This committee will meet on Wednesday's from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Corporate Partnership Team actively seeks out new sponsors while maintaining previous sponsor relationships through interacting with businesses in the Cedar Valley. Being apart of this team includes contacting businesses to ask for monetary and/or gift-in-kind donations for different events throughout the year. Those events include the Orange Party, Black Tie Affair, FTK Week, Dancer Appreciation Week, along with the Big Event. They will work together to further UNI Dance Marathon's mission to the local area while seeking sponsors. This committee will meet on Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.