News Brief/Calendar of Events

Posted on Sunday, September 11th, 2005

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


Monday, Sept. 12-Saturday, Sept. 17

Diversity Week at UNI, a weeklong celebration with events, presentations, performances and exhibits revolving around the many cultures represented at UNI. Highlights include a cultural festival, keynote speakers, student panels and musical performances throughout the week, ending with the annual Native American Pow Wow on Friday and Saturday. Visit for more information. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, assistant director, Center for Multicultural Education, (319) 273-2250 or e-mail

Monday, Sept. 12

Multicultural Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Maucker Union Courtyard. The event includes multicultural food booths, displays, student organizations, artifacts, jewelry, clothing and more. Rain site: Old Central Ballroom, Maucker Union. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, assistant director, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888 or go to

Earth Science Seminar series will feature UNI geology major Breanna Hennessy, who will present 'From Brazilian Bedrock to Minnesotan Washboard Moraines: My Summer in an REU Program,' at 4 p.m. in Latham 125. Her summer in Brazil was part of a federally funded undergraduate research program. Contact: Hennesy at (319) 268-1543 or Thomas Hockey, UNI professor of astronomy, (319) 273-2065.

The Wilson Series in Business Ethics presents 'Straight from the Heart: An Iowa Ex-con Talks Business Ethics,' at 5 p.m. in 109 Curris Business Building. Iowa native Patrick Kuhse, who spent time in a federal penitentiary for illegal activities while working as stockbroker, will tell how he got involved in illegal activities and lived as a fugitive in Costa Rica before going to jail. Contact: Donna Wood, David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, (319) 273-2196 or

Tuesday, Sept. 13

Diversity Week Keynote Speaker Bob Zellner will discuss 'Diversity on the Front Bridge,' at 7 p.m., in the Center for Multicultural Education (109 MAU), followed by a reception. Zellner, a civil rights legend, became one of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee's first white staff members. He will talk about his years with the SNCC and the civil rights period emphasizing its relevance to current racial incidents and the need for multicultural diversity and racial harmony on campuses and in society. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, UNI CME assistant director, (319) 273-2250.

Mary Jo Loveland from Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging will discuss the latest Medicare prescription drug program at noon in the College Eye Room, Maucker Union. Contact: Holly Bokelman, UNI College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, (319) 273-7961.

Theatre UNI's first Off-Hudson play reading of the season, Mark Ravenhill's 'Handbag,' will take place at 7:30 p.m., in CAC Room 108. This is a comedy of non-traditional parenthood in the age of diverse sexualities and artificial insemination. Contains strong language and sexual situations. Contact: Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI director of marketing and theatre publicist, (319) 273-6387.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

First class of Lifelong University, 'Iowa Tallgrass Prairie,' from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Native Roadside Vegetation Center. The three-hour workshop will examine the ecosystem that once dominated more than 80 percent of the state's landscape. Contact: Stacey Christensen, University Marketing & Public Relations community relations manager, (319) 273-3170 or

'Different Voices: A Student Forum' will take place from 3 to 4 p.m., in the Center For Multicultural Education (109 MAU). Students from different ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender share

and answer questions on their experiences and life at a 'majority' university. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, UNI CME assistant director, (319) 273-2250.

As part of the teacher in-service meeting at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, Nancy Green, publisher of the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, will give a presentation on the First Amendment, at 3 p.m., in the school's Butzier Auditorium.

Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series presents Thomas Friedman at 7:30 p.m., in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Great Hall. Friedman, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, will speak on 'The World is Flat.' A free Q&A session at 4 p.m., also in the GBPAC, is open to the public. Contact: Jan Hanish, director, University Event Coordination, (319) 273-2383. (Sold-out; no cameras allowed during presentation.)

Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 15

Board of Regents, State of Iowa, meeting, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Old Central Ballroom, Maucker Union. Contact: Jane Larson, special assistant to the president, (319) 273-6144.

Thursday, Sept. 15

An overview of the day-long 'UNI: A Campus of Difference ï¾™' workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in the Center for Multicultural Education (109 MAU). The event assists campus community members in developing the necessary skills, knowledge and awareness to combat racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, and to build more respective, inclusive college settings. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, UNI CME program director, (319) 273-2250.

Lifelong University's four-week course, 'We're Going to the Opera?' at 3 p.m., in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Classroom 30. Contact: Stacey Christensen, University Marketing and Public Relations community relations manager, (319) 273-3170 or

'Russian Icons,' lecture by Alexsey Boyko, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Kamerick Art Building 111. Boyko is chair of art education and museum pedagogy at Russian State Pedagogical University-Herzen and 2004 recipient of the National Prize of the Russian Federation in culture and art. Contact: Darrell Taylor, UNI Gallery of Art director, (319) 273-6134.

Friday, Sept. 16

Memorial Event for former President J.W. Maucker, at 1:30 p.m., in the Old Central Ballroom, Maucker Union. Contact: Jan Hanish, director, University Event Coordination, (319) 273-2383.

Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17

Third Annual UNI Powwow in the West Gym, sponsored by the Native American Student Union, beginning at 11 a.m., both days. This event is designed to promote Native American culture by showing traditional dances, songs and drums of different Native American tribes. The Powwow includes colorful regalia, dances, food, drinks, dance competitions and vendors' booths with exhibitors offering Native American arts and crafts. Dancers from different tribes, including honored guests from Meskwaki, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Illinois, will perform traditional dances. A 'Grand Entry' will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Contact: Daria Slick, graduate assistant, Educational Leadership, Counseling and Postsecondary Education, (319) 273-6857, or