News Brief/Calendar of Events

Posted on Sunday, May 1st, 2005

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

Monday, May 2

Opening reception for MA Exhibition/BFA Exhibition Part II, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the UNI Gallery of Art. Contact: Darrell Taylor, gallery director, (319) 273-6134.

Monday, May 2-Wednesday, May 4

'De-Stress Days' from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day in Maucker Union. Activities include mini-massages, Humane Society animals, Dance Revolution and Labyrinth. Contact: Deedra Billings, WRC wellness resource coordinator, (319) 273-7162.

Tuesday, May 3

The Center for Energy and Environmental Education will host a pizza party at 5 p.m. in the CEEE to commemorate the unveiling of its new photovoltaic (P/V) display system. The P/V system will provide the building with more energy to meet its electrical needs. It was built on the south side of the building and includes three 4 foot by 8 foot arrays, each of which has four 75-watt photovoltaic solar modules. The solar panels are adjustable and can be monitored individually, making them easier to use for research. The system is part of a senior project by electrical and information engineering technology majors Dustin Vercande of Brooklyn and Cory Fees of Urbandale, who were assisted by Dave Anderson of the UNI Physical Plant in the installation of the new P/V system. Their adviser is Recayi Pecen, UNI associate professor of industrial technology. The P/V pizza party is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the UNI Physical Plant and the Iowa Energy Center. Contact: Pat Higby, UNI energy educator at the CEEE, (319) 273-6012 or; or Recayi Pecen, UNI associate professor of industrial technology, (319) 273-2598.

Thursday, May 5

Dr. Jim Taylor, of Taylor Veterinary Hospital will speak at 3 p.m. on animal disease, injury and the aging process; a free program in conjunction with the 'A T. rex named Sue' exhibit, 1326 Waterloo Road, Cedar Falls. Contact: Melissa Kruth, UNI Museums, special exhibition assistant, (319) 273-6925.

Thursday, May 5-Saturday, May 7

Class of 1955 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its commencement from Iowa State Teachers College, beginning with registration Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. For more information, go to

Friday, May 6

'On the Cutting Edge,' the 8th annual Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association Annual Conference, will take place in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, beginning with 8 a.m. registration. Speaking at 8:45 a.m. will be Dr. Peggy Nopoulos, associate professor, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Attunement founder Gail Brinkman will speak at 1:30 p.m. The Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association and the UNI Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Post-secondary Education are sponsoring the conference. Contact: UNI Conference & Event Services, (319) 273-6899.

The Graduate College will celebrate 50 years of graduate degree programs with a reception for 2005 graduating graduate students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Oster Regent Theatre and at Cup of Joe's in downtown Cedar Falls. Contact: Susan Koch, interim dean, UNI Graduate College.

ROTC Commissioning ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in Lang Hall. Brig. Gen. Steven Saunders will commission 12 military science cadets as second lieutenants. Contact: Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head, UNI Department of Military Science, (319) 273-6220

Saturday, May 7

UNI Commencement will take place in the UNI-Dome at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact: Phil Patton, UNI Registrar, (319) 273-2244.

KUNI presents Wine & Tulips 2005, from 6-8 p.m. in Maucker Union. More than 200 domestic and imported wines will be available for sampling as well as a variety of cheeses, fruit and bread. A silent auction is also scheduled. Contact: Scott Vezdos, marketing manager, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-3497.