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September 6, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students at Pocahontas Area High School in Pocahontas will have the opportunity to visit with Jami Beck from the University of Northern Iowa's Office of Admissions on Wednesday, Sept. 21. From 1 to 1:45 p.m., Beck will be available to answer questions and visit with local high school students about the world-class education, personalized experiences and lifetime of opportunities available at UNI.















Students can learn more about UNI by scheduling an on-campus visit through the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281, or by visiting the Personalized Admissions Web site (PAWS) to get a taste of life at UNI. Through PAWS, available at www.uni.edu/paws, online visitors can explore majors, find clubs to join, see what scholarships are available, and much more.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students at Riceville High School in Riceville will have the opportunity to visit with Kirk Pohlman from the University of Northern Iowa's Office of Admissions on Wednesday, Sept. 21. From 9 to 10 a.m., Pohlman will be available to answer questions and visit with local high school students about the world-class education, personalized experiences and lifetime of opportunities available at UNI.















Students can learn more about UNI by scheduling an on-campus visit through the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281, or by visiting the Personalized Admissions Web site (PAWS) to get a taste of life at UNI. Through PAWS, available at www.uni.edu/paws, online visitors can explore majors, find clubs to join, see what scholarships are available, and much more.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students at Sac Community High School in Sac City will have the opportunity to visit with Jami Beck from the University of Northern Iowa's Office of Admissions on Wednesday, Sept. 21. From 11:10 to 11:40 a.m., Beck will be available to answer questions and visit with local high school students about the world-class education, personalized experiences and lifetime of opportunities available at UNI.















Students can learn more about UNI by scheduling an on-campus visit through the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281, or by visiting the Personalized Admissions Web site (PAWS) to get a taste of life at UNI. Through PAWS, available at www.uni.edu/paws, online visitors can explore majors, find clubs to join, see what scholarships are available, and much more.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students at St. Ansgar High School in St. Ansgar will have the opportunity to visit with Kirk Pohlman from the University of Northern Iowa's Office of Admissions on Wednesday, Sept. 21. From 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Pohlman will be available to answer questions and visit with local high school students about the world-class education, personalized experiences and lifetime of opportunities available at UNI.















Students can learn more about UNI by scheduling an on-campus visit through the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281, or by visiting the Personalized Admissions Web site (PAWS) to get a taste of life at UNI. Through PAWS, available at www.uni.edu/paws, online visitors can explore majors, find clubs to join, see what scholarships are available, and much more.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Enrollment of new freshmen, new transfers and new graduate students is up 183 students at the University of Northern Iowa as the institution reports its official 2005 fall semester enrollment figures.















Calculated on students enrolled through the end of the second week of class, UNI's count shows an increase of 37 new freshmen, 121 new transfers and 25 new graduate students. UNI's official fall enrollment stands at 12,513.















'We have initiated new recruitment efforts, and students and their parents have responded to them, recognizing our quality by choosing UNI,' said UNI President Robert Koob. 'We have worked hard to make sure that all Iowa students understand that a UNI education is affordable, accessible and a good investment.'















'Our increase in new students is a positive change compared to the declining trend over the last four years, and shows that our recruitment efforts, despite smaller numbers of available students, have increased our market share,' said UNI Registrar Philip Patton.















Among other statistics Patton cited, non-resident enrollment is up by 82 students, for a total of 1,113, including an increase of 30 international students. Non-resident enrollment as a percentage of total enrollment increased from 8.0 to 8.9 percent.















The fall 2004 official enrollment was 12,824. Officials noted UNI awarded 3,176 degrees during the 2004-2005 academic year, the highest number of degrees in its history awarded in a single year, thus contributing to a decrease in the number of returning students.















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September 5, 2005 - 7:00pm

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Tuesday, Sept. 6

'The Magic Web: The Tropical Rainforest of Barro Colorado Island' exhibit, through Sunday, Dec. 4, University Museum. This exhibit explores the beauty, variety and complexity of tropical ecosystems through the photography of ecologist Christian Ziegler. Contact: Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator, UNI Museums & Collections, (319) 273-2188.

'Mary Snyder Behrens: New Work' exhibit, through Friday, Sept. 16, UNI Gallery of Art. Snyder Behrens is an Iowa-based artist working in assemblage and collage media. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095, or e-mail GalleryofArt@uni.edu.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Volunteer Fair 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Sponsored by UNI Academic Advising & Career Services' Volunteer UNI program. Representatives from more than 70 non-profit agencies will be on campus seeking volunteers for both short-term and semester-long volunteer opportunities. Contact: Susie Schwieger, (319) 273-6857 or E-mail: volunteer@uni.edu.

A lecture on 'Intergenerational Justice and Global Environmental Change: What Kind of World Do We Owe to Our Children and Theirs?' will be delivered at 3:30 p.m., in 115 Seerley Hall, by Clark Wolf, professor and director of bioethics at Iowa State University. Wolf will address how our individual actions and lifestyle choices affect the lives of later generations. Sponsored by Department of Philosophy and Religion. Contact: Betty DeBerg, professor of religion, (319) 273-6221.

Theatre UNI will host a presentation by Director Jay Edelnant, UNI professor of theatre, and the production designers for the comedy 'Wonders of the World,' at 6:30 p.m. in the Bertha Martin Theatre. They will discuss their vision for bringing Niagara Falls to the Bertha Martin stage. 'Wonders of the World' will be presented Oct. 6-9 and 12-16.

Thursday, Sept. 8

'Cats on Main,' 5 to7 p.m., 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street, Cedar Falls. A fall sports showcase and community pep rally, featuring football coach Mark Farley, UNI and NU High football teams, the UNI Pep Band, mascot T.C., cheerleaders and pom squads. Contact: Mary Taylor, University Marketing & Pubic Relations, (319) 273-2761.

'Community Conversations: Portable Health Care,' 6:30 to 8 p.m., University Book & Supply Panther Pause Caf�. This is the third of three community events designed to create awareness and understanding of Thomas Friedman's new book, 'The World is Flat.' Rick Seidler, CEO, Allen Hospital, and Susan Koch, UNI associate provost and dean of the Graduate College, will lead this discussion. Friedman will speak at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series. Free tickets are Contact: Stacey Christensen, (319) 273-3170 or E-mail: stacey.christensen@uni.edu.

Friday, Sept. 9

Chubby Checker & the Wildcats: 7:30 pm, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by Cool 105.7, i wireless and Lincoln Savings Bank. Chubby Checker, 'the King of the TWIST,' has been packing in crowds and pleasing audiences of all ages for more than four decades. A pre-show sock hop with '50s music, cars, food and fun, will start at 6:15 p.m. Poodle skirts and blue jeans encouraged as audience members 'twist the night away' in the lobby. Contact: Janelle Barnett, (319) 273-3676 or E-mail janelle.barnett@uni.edu.

Saturday, Sept. 10

According to recent national news reports, ballroom dancing is making a comeback among people of all ages. Ballroom dance and swing lessons will be offered in two workshops by the UNI Folk and Ballroom Dancers, in the UNI Commons Ballroom. 'Beginning Swing Workshop' will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m., followed by the 'Intermediate Swing Workshop,' from 5 to 5:45 p.m., and a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event is co-sponsored by the Cedar Valley Dance Club. Contact: Kathleen Kerr, UNI professor of physical education and dance, (319) 273-6195 or E-mail Kerr@uni.edu.

Sunday, Sept. 11

Candlelight Vigil, in remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy and the Hurricane Katrina disaster, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, east side of Maucker Union. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, 319-273-2250 or E-mail Lydia.Roberts@uni.edu.

Sunday, 9/11/05 - Saturday, 9/17/05

Diversity Week at UNI: A week-long celebration to promote cross-cultural awareness and appreciation; to address barriers to social justice, equality and equity; and to foster change toward a more inclusive pluralistic community. A number of events, presentations, movies, performances and exhibits, revolving around the many cultures represented at UNI, will be held throughout the week, ending with the annual Native American Pow Wow on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17. More information is available at http://www.uni.edu/cme. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts at (319) 273-2250, or E-mail Lydia.Roberts@uni.edu.

Monday, Sept. 12

Multicultural Festival, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Maucker Union Courtyard. Food, friends and fun from around the world. Part of UNI Diversity Week activities. Rain site: Old Central Ballroom, Maucker Union. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, 319-273-2250 or E-mail Lydia.Roberts@uni.edu.

Earth Science Seminar: 'From Brazilian Bedrock to Minnesotan Washboard Moraines: My Summer in an REU Program,' will be presented by Breanna Hennessy, a UNI geology major in the bachelor of science program, at 4 p.m., in 125 Latham Hall. She was one of only 12 students in the nation to be selected for the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).' Contact: Thomas Hockey, UNI professor of astronomy, (319) 273-2065, or Hennessy at (319) 268-1543.

'Straight From the Heart: an Iowa Ex-con Talks Business Ethics' will be presented at 5 p.m., in 109 Curris Business Building, as part of The Wilson Series in Business Ethics. Patrick Kuhse, who spent time in a federal penitentiary for illegal activities while working as a stockbroker, will discuss the faulty thought processes that can trap an unsuspecting young professional. Contact: Donna Wood, UNI professor of management, and David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, (319) 273-2196.

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August 30, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa's annual volunteer fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union.















The event, offering students service opportunities within the Cedar Valley, is hosted by Volunteer UNI of UNI's Academic Advising & Career Services. More than 70 non-profit organizations are expected to attend the fair, an event that draws nearly 500 students each year.















Non-profit organizations will provide a wide range of volunteer opportunities for students and student organizations interested in social services, educational and youth services, health promotion, arts and culture, legal and judicial services, environmental and animal services, marketing and public relations services and office services.















College students continue to be more civically engaged. The time they spent volunteering last year was worth $4.45 billion to the communities they served, according to a survey report released by Campus Compact, a nonprofit group that advocates student involvement in public service.















For a complete listing of organizations at the fair, visit www.uni.edu/acs or contact Jinger Bremer, Volunteer UNI coordinator, UNI Academic & Career Services, at (319) 273-6857.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- From an idyllic boyhood on a Grundy Center farm, to life on the run, to a federal penitentiary sentence, Patrick Kuhse has learned a thing or two about business ethics. At 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, the University of Northern Iowa Wilson Series in Business Ethics will host a seminar featuring Kuhse. His lecture, 'Straight From the Heart: An Iowa Ex-Con Talks Business Ethics,' will take place in the Curris Business Building, Room 109.































Kuhse, an Iowa native and former financial planner and stockbroker in California, became involved in major illegal activities, and eventually lived as a fugitive in the jungles of Costa Rica before being incarcerated.















He now travels throughout the United States speaking to students and business professionals about his story and the dilemmas that can too easily trap the unsuspecting young professional.















His presentation emphasizes how to recognize the warning signs before it's too late.















'Each of us is faced with moral and ethical dilemmas every day. At times ethics can be a















moving target that hides behind the seductive siren of greed. I will show the warning signs and preventive techniques to keep a moral compass pointing true north,' said Kuhse.















The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to request a parking pass, contact Donna Wood at the UNI College of Business Administration, (319) 273-2196 or donna.wood@uni.edu.















The event host is UNI professor, Donna J. Wood who holds the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, Iowa's only endowed chair in business ethics. This is the university's first-ever joint endowed chair, bringing together the Colleges of Business Administration and Humanities & Fine Arts. The chair was established through a $1 million gift from university alumnus and Laguna, Calif., resident David W. Wilson, president and owner of the one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in the country. Wilson graduated from UNI in 1970 with a B.A. in philosophy.















Wood holds a joint appointment in the Management Department of the College of Business Administration and the Department of Philosophy & Religion in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Her next book, to be released in fall 2005, is Global Business Citizenship: Transformative Ethics and Sustainable Capitalism.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Clark Wolf, director of bioethics at Iowa State University, will present 'Intergenerational Justice and Global Change: What Kind of Change Do We Owe to Our Children and Theirs?' at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Room 115 of Seerley Hall at the University of Northern Iowa.































Wolf will discuss how individual actions contribute to large-scale environmental changes, how individual actions and lifestyle choices affect the lives of later generations, and how to understand what the current generation owes to the future. The presentation will describe some aspects of global environmental change and the ways in which individual and collective human activities contribute to them. Wolf will argue that we have obligations of justice to protect resources and environmental system, and to slow the rate of environmental degradation.































'Dr. Wolf will discuss family values from an environmental perspective. As parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, we want to leave the world in good shape for generations of children to come,' says Betty DeBerg, UNI department head, philosophy and religion.















'Intergenerational Justice and Global Change: What Kind of Change Do We Want Owe to Our Children and Theirs,' is sponsored by the UNI Department of Philosophy and Religion.















The presentation is free and open to the public.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R,' a one-hour University of Northern Iowa graduate-credit course, will take place at the Hurstville Interpretive Center near Maquoketa. The workshop will run 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5; and 6 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6.















A limited number of free registrations will be available to kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers, thanks to the generous support of local solid waste agencies according to Susan Salterberg at the UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE).































Visit www.uni.edu/ceee/wastereduction/workshop for information, or contact Salterberg for details at (319) 337-4816, (319)273-2573 or salterberg@uni.edu.































A $50 fee will be charged to those not receiving a free registration. The course is offered through UNI Science Education and the CEEE in the UNI College of Natural Sciences.















UNI is able to offer the graduate credit and about $75 of materials to each participant through grants from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program. Other supporters include the Cedar Rapids-Linn County Solid Waste Agency, Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency, Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, Jackson County Conservation Board, Jackson County Sanitary Disposal Agency and the Waste Commission of Scott County.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has announced its Student Telecounseling Admissions Representatives (STARs).















__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, a __(classification)__ majoring in __(major)__, is a member of STARs.















STARs are a group of current UNI students from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds. They call prospective students and host online chats at every step of the admissions process to provide information regarding important deadlines, campus visits and life as a UNI student. The STARs relate their personal experiences and build relationships with prospective students. In an effort to communicate with all prospective students, the STARs attempt between 40,000 and 50,000 calls each year. They call Sundays from 1 to 8 p.m. and from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.















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August 28, 2005 - 7:00pm

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Monday, Aug. 29















'The Magic Web: The Tropical Rainforest of Barro Colorado Island' exhibit, through Sunday, Dec. 4, University Museum. This exhibit explores the beauty, variety and complexity of tropical ecosystems through the photography of ecologist Christian Ziegler. Contact: Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator, UNI Museums & Collections, (319) 273-2188.















'Mary Snyder Behrens: New Work' exhibit, through Friday, Sept. 16, UNI Gallery of Art. Snyder Behrens is an Iowa-based artist working in assemblage and collage media. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095, or e-mail GalleryofArt@uni.edu.















Tuesday, Aug. 30















Lecture, 'America and the Holocaust: Rescue Efforts,' at 7 p.m. in Seerley 115 featuring Severin Hochberg, senior historian at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Sponsored by the UNI Department of History lecture series and co-sponsored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Contact: Sara Kimble, UNI assistant professor of history, (319) 273-3229, or Sara.Kimble@uni.edu.















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The UNI Celtic Club sponsors Celtic music sessions the first Friday of the month, September through May, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Vibe Coffeeshop, 909 W. 23rd St. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/dance/ceili.htm.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Olya Stuber, a 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a master of accounting (M.Acc.) degree, has been named a recipient of an Elijah Watt Sells Award for 2004 from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She is one of 10 in the nation, from more than 50,000 examinees.































The award was established in 1927 to honor outstanding performers on the Uniform CPA Examination and, for 2004, is being given to the 10 individual high scorers on the exam who completed all four parts of the exam during the 2004 calendar year. There is no designation of where the 10 individuals score relative to each other.































'The accounting faculty is pleased that Olya has received this significant honor, but not at all surprised at her achievement,' said Marty Wartick, UNI associate professor and acting head of accounting. 'Olya was an outstanding student in all of her classes, and we all knew that she would continue to excel upon leaving UNI.'































Born in Russia, Stuber received a bachelor's degree in international business from the Far East State Academy of Economics in Vladivostok, Russia, in 2000. She worked for an insurance company there, before coming to the United States to pursue her accounting degree. She also worked as a member service representative, and then internal auditor, for John Deere Community Credit Union while pursuing her UNI degree.































Stuber is working in the international tax services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Minneapolis.































'My goal was to pass the CPA exam, not to receive an award, ' says Stuber, adding, 'The fact that so many UNI graduates consistently score high on the CPA [exam] only shows how good the UNI accounting department is. The dedication and enthusiasm of the professors inspired me to study hard and, at some point, even made me think that accounting can be fun.































'I see the results of my education at my work every day, and I am grateful to the UNI accounting department for opening so many opportunities for me.'















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August 25, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Five students at the University of Northern Iowa have been named recipients of the 2005 Students First Campaign Scholarship. The scholarship awards $1,000 to students based on talent, opportunity and financial need.















_ (Name)_ of _ (Hometown) _ is among the students that received the Students First Scholarship. He/She is a graduate of _ (High School) _.















Students eligible to receive this award include current UNI undergraduates, new freshman, and new transfers.















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NOTE TO EDITOR: Following is a list of recipients in alphabetical order by hometown within states (Iowa residents listed first), followed by their name and high school. Please check the list for students from your coverage area.















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CEDAR FALLS Brian Aldrich, Cedar Falls High School















Julie Baldwin, Cedar Falls High School















MASON CITY Shannon Weaton, Mason City High School















DES MOINES Christie Kafer, Hoover High School















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SAINT LOUIS, MO. Megan Gallagher, Oakville Senior High School















August 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Traffic flow and parking around the UNI-Dome have changed to accommodate McLeod Center construction and the redesign of Nebraska Street.















Parking for the general public is available in the lot north of the UNI-Dome. General-admission ticket holders can enter through the UNI-Dome's northeast entrance. Athletic Club members have reserved parking in the parking lot west of the UNI-Dome or south of 27th Street. Handicap-accessible parking for those with tickets in the west bleachers, sections K through S, is available in the parking lot west of the UNI-Dome. Handicap-accessible parking for those with tickets in the east bleachers, sections A through J, is available in the metered parking lot west of the Wellness/Recreation Center. Meter fees in the WRC lot will not be enforced for game parking. UNI-Dome officials encourage early arrival for handicap-accessible parking.















The University of Northern Iowa Panthers football team opens its season at the UNI-Dome at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, against the Drake Bulldogs.















The UNI-Dome opens 90 minutes before kick-off, and tailgating is allowed four hours before game time. Tailgaters are not allowed to have kegs, bottles or open flames. Tailgating ends at kick-off.















UNI students receive free admission to UNI athletic events with a valid student ID. Students should use the northeast or southeast UNI-Dome entrances.















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August 23, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has received a financial boost from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for small-scale scientific research that could have a big impact on magnetic technology used every day.















Paul Shand, UNI professor of physics, received $123,000 from the NSF as a part of a collaborative research effort with the University of Nebraska to investigate 'Magnetic Properties of Disordered Rare-Earth Nanostructures.' Shand and his team will study crystals to find how disorder at the atomic level affects the crystals' magnetic properties. The information gained may help scientists design magnetic materials with specific properties by controlling the type and amount of disorder within the crystal, Shand said.















'Permanent magnets are used in electric motors, which in turn are used in a number of commercial appliances like washing machines, dryers, blenders and computer disk drives. They also are used in hybrid gas/electric vehicles, which are becoming increasingly popular in efforts to reduce gasoline consumption,' Shand said. 'If the magnets are more powerful, they can be made smaller so the motors can be more compact and efficient.'















The scientists will look at disorder on a scale of about one nanometer, which is several atoms wide. For perspective, a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter, and a human hair is about 80,000 nanometers thick according to the National Nanotechnology Initiative, a federal research and development program.















This three-year project will support one physics undergraduate student at UNI, and Shand will integrate magnetic experiments and research experience into UNI's Upward Bound Math & Science activities.















The National Nanotechnology Initiative predicts that nanotechnology has the potential to change the economy and improve the standard of living in the same way information technology has impacted lives in the past two decades.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is committed to serving Iowa's communities by sharing the expertise of faculty and staff. The UNI Speakers Bureau offers more than 175 presentations. Topics include professional development, health and well-being, leadership, cultural studies, education, career services, Iowa history, performing arts, and more.















Business and community organizations interested in scheduling a speaker can contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-6728 or visit www.uni.edu/pubrel/speakers































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August 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, long known for undergraduate programs, has received a three-year, $295,500 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to enhance graduate education.















The grant helps UNI with further development of a graduate community within the overall university environment through seminars, focused readings, group discussion, hands-on activities, demonstrations and small group instruction.















'Because graduate faculty have their disciplinary 'homes' in many different departments and colleges, and often teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, creating an intentional graduate community will enhance learning for graduate students and prepare them more effectively to be successful in their graduate studies and beyond,' said Susan Koch, dean of the Graduate College and author of the proposal.















Modeled after a successful undergraduate project at UNI (also funded by the Carver Trust) that focuses on innovative instructional strategies and educational technology applications for UNI's general education program, the Graduate Education Program will bring together graduate faculty and students to promote intellectual communication, share instructional technology tools and methods and develop new ideas for interdisciplinary education and research at the graduate level.















According to Koch, 'many of the breakthroughs in addressing societal problems and generating new knowledge and solutions occur at the interface between disciplines, so developing the ability to work with others across disciplinary lines is an essential part of the graduate experience.'































The project will provide one institute each summer beginning in 2006 with 20 graduate faculty participants in each session, as well as follow-up activities for faculty communities and faculty/student projects that develop throughout the year. Possible themes include: examining applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to various interdisciplinary problems such as crime prevention, public health, business marketing, natural resource management, and urban planning; examining current and future immigrant patterns in Iowa and related challenges with UNI's Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration; and studying parenting and school achievement with UNI's College of Education, as well as faculty in psychology, sociology, biology and social work.















Graduate education at UNI began in 1953 with a master's degree in education. Additional graduate programs have been developed during the past 50 years to serve the needs of graduate-prepared professionals throughout Iowa and beyond. Graduate enrollment now comprises 1,600 students (about 12 percent of the total student population).















The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist who died in 1981. It is the largest private foundation in Iowa and supports biomedical and scientific research, scholarships, and programs addressing the educational and recreational needs of youth.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Severin A. Hochberg, historian in the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) will present 'America and the Holocaust: Rescue Efforts' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Room 115 of Seerley Hall at the University of Northern Iowa. Hochberg will discuss the American responses to the Holocaust.















The presentation will coincide with the Grout Museum's special exhibit, 'Never Again,' on display through Sept. 3, in Waterloo. Part of the exhibit, 'Varian Fry, Assignment Rescue, 1940-1941,' comes from the USHMM.















Hochberg has been a staff historian at the USHMM since 1990, and is responsible for the projects dealing with Western Europe, the Eastern-European ghettos, Jewish issues, emigration, religious responses and links with American themes. He also has served as director of community programs, and director of conferences and lectures. Hochberg is co-editor of the diary of James G. McDonald (League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 1933-35, Chairman of the President's Advisory Committee on Refugees 1938-45 and the first U.S. Ambassador to Israel 1948-51).















Hochberg earned his doctorate in European history from New York University and has taught European, Jewish and Holocaust history at Sarah Lawrence College, Rutgers, City University of New York and the University of Maryland. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Central Africa.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the second consecutive year, the University of Northern Iowa has made the Princeton Review's list of 'Best Midwestern Colleges.' The annual college ratings are based on 110,000 student surveys. The results are published in its The Best 361 Colleges, 2006 Edition.















The annual rankings, along with student comments about UNI, can be found online at www.princetonreview.com.















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August 18, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the ninth consecutive year, the University of Northern Iowa is ranked second in the 'Midwestern Universities -- Master's' category for public universities, according to 'U.S. News & World Report's' 2006 'America's Best Colleges' guidebook (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/rankindex_brief.php).

The magazine's ranking criteria include peer assessment, academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation-rate performance and alumni giving rate.

UNI also ranked 19th on a combined list of public and private Midwest regional universities -- one of only three public institutions to make the list of top 20 Midwest regionals.

Last year, the Education Trust named UNI first among peer institutions nationally for overall high performance in graduation rates, and 'Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine' has ranked UNI a ong the nation's 'Top 100 Values in Public Colleges.'

'While we don't live for rankings, it's great to see our faculty and staff recognized nationally for the quality and value they provide our students,' said Robert Koob, UNI president.

Truman State University in Missouri was ranked first among public institutions in the 'Midwest Universities -- Master's' category, also for the ninth consecutive year.

August 16, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for The New York Times, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, on 'The World is Flat,' in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa, as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series.















Friedman also will do a late afternoon Q&A session geared specifically for UNI students, faculty and staff. He has served as both Beirut and Jerusalem bureau chiefs for The New York Times, before becoming the paper's chief diplomatic correspondent, chief White House correspondent and international economic correspondent prior to his current position.















The events are free, but tickets are required for the 7:30 p.m. lecture. They will be available, beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center box office; by calling 273-SHOW (273-7469); or online at www.tickets.uni.edu.















Friedman's topic comes from the title of his latest book, 'The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century,' a report on globalization and geopolitics. Friedman translates complex foreign policy and economic issues, explaining how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the 21st century.































Vanity Fair has called Friedman 'the country's best newspaper columnist.' In awarding him his third Pulitzer Prize, the 2002 award for Distinguished Commentary, the Pulitzer Board cited his 'clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.'















He has covered many of the monumental stories of recent decades, from the return of Hong Kong to China and the assassination of Itzak Rabin to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. His work also earned him Pulitzer Prizes in 1983 and 1988 for International reporting, for his coverage of Israel and Lebanon.































'The World is Flat,' released earlier this year, has been on The New York Times bestseller list for 18 weeks, including several weeks in first place. The book is currently in the no. 3 spot. His earlier books, also New York Times bestsellers, include 'Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism;' 'From Beirut to Jerusalem,' that won both the National Book Award and Overseas Press Club Award in 1989; and 'The Lexus and the Olive Tree,' called by Kirkus Reviews 'simply the best book written on globalization.'















A number of special events are planned in conjunction with Friedman's visit, including a series of community conversations on several themes from 'The World is Flat,' being held at University Book & Supply Thursdays, Aug. 18 and 25, and Sept. 8, and a follow-up discussion to be hosted by the League of Women Voters. Friday, Sept. 16.















Friedman's appearance is co-sponsored by the UNI Speakers committee. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/infosys/corning.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Children's Choir (UNICC) is hosting auditions, by appointment, for the 2005-2006 school year.















UNICC is a vocal performing ensemble for students in grades three through seven from throughout northeast Iowa. Members rehearse from 6 to 7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.















The choir provides an opportunity for children to further their vocal development and perform high quality concerts. The choir also provides a learning experience for UNI music education students to rehearse a children's choir, enhance conducting skills, deliver or articulate instructions and announcements and organize a performing ensemble.















The ensemble has performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, the UNI Chamber Orchestra and was a guest choir at the Iowa Choral Director's Festival. The choir is self-supporting, operating on $50 tuition collected from each student.















Auditions can be arranged by contacting Michelle Swanson at michelle.swanson@uni.edu or calling (319) 273-2600 during the month of August.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI's annual Welcome Week will begin with UNI choir and band auditions starting Friday, Aug. 19 and running through Sunday, Aug. 21. Students can sign up for a choir audition time in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC), Room 72. String players can sign up on the Davis Hall bulletin board, and wind/percussion players can sign up outside Room 48.































'Just Sex,' a program designed to provide an entertaining, interactive discussion about college social life, sexual intimacy, and UNI's policy on sexual conduct, will take place Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Lang Auditorium in Lang Hall.















'Just Sex' will be presented by the SAVE (Students Against a Violent Environment) Forum Actors, a campus-wide interactive performance group dedicated to violence prevention at UNI. The required hour-long sessions begin at 11 a.m. for Bartlett, Hagemann and Noehren Residence Halls, 1 p.m. for Bender and Campbell Halls, and 3 p.m. for Rider, Dancer, ROTH Halls and transfer students.















At 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, the Union Plaza will be the site for a 'BBQ Blast,' with free hotdogs, chips, pop, and the music of Tonic Sol Fa from 5 to 6 p.m. Hypnotist Jim Wand will perform at the GBPAC Great Hall at 8 and 10 p.m.































UNI President Robert Koob will preside over the university convocation, Sunday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m, in the GBPAC's Great Hall. He will deliver the address, 'Freedom to Learn.' Convocation officially welcomes new students to the new academic year. At 5 p.m., the Panther Bash will offer free food, prizes and music on the lawn across from the GBPAC. A welcome reception for new and returning international students, with a traditional country roll call, will take place in the GBPAC's Davis Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m.















Weekday activities:































Monday, Aug. 22 -- Poster Sales, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Maucker Union Plaza.















Welcome Back Cookout, 5-7 p.m., Center for Multicultural Education (east entrance of















Maucker Union).















Tuesday, Aug. 23 -- Poster Sales, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Maucker Union Plaza.















Wednesday, Aug. 24 -- Iowa Consortium for Applied Gerontology Info Session, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Maucker Union Information Table.































Free, live outdoor concert featuring 'The Mittens' and 'A is Jump,' 6-8 p.m., South side of Russell Hall, free food provided.















Thursday, Aug. 25 -- B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) will meet in the Lang Hall















Auditorium at 8 p.m.















A 'drive-in movie,' featuring 'The Longest Yard,' is scheduled for 9 p.m. in the Quads Courtyard. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided. Rain location is Maucker Union.















UNI Observatory open, 9 p.m., meet outside McCollum Science Hall, Room 137.















A 'Welcome Weekend Service Project' to help the College Hill Neighborhood Association spruce up the College Hill area, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28. Students can sign-up at the Student Involvement and Activities Center, located in the upper level of Maucker Union. Student volunteers for the Welcome Weekend Service Project will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call















(319) 273-2683.































Sponsors for the week's events include the UNI Campus Activities Board, Maucker Union, UNI Convocation Committee, UNI Alumni Association, International Student Services, Center for Multicultural Education, KUNI 90.9 FM Public Radio, and B.A.S.I.C.































UNI classes begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Visitor Information Center on University Avenue will reopen August 15.















Hours currently will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Departments providing staff and support will be from the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Office of Marketing and Public Relations, Admissions and University Event Coordination.















'In the future we would like to extend hours to the early evening and perhaps add some Saturday hours but this will depend on need and staffing availability,' said Jan Hanish, vice president, University Event Coordination.















The center's phone number is (319) 273-7628. To provide information about meetings or events on campus, e-mail them to visitor.center@uni.edu.















For more information, contact Hanish at (319) 273-2383.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For three consecutive years, University of Northern Iowa music graduates have received the prestigious Iowa Bandmasters Karl King Award, given to active or retired band directors. Recipients are nominated and voted on by their peers.















'This award is a great honor for these graduates and a testament to their outstanding teaching of music students throughout the state of Iowa,' said John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music.































Receiving the 2005 Iowa Bandmasters Karl King Award is James Fritz (BM '79; MA '85) of Decorah, who is in his 22nd year as a music teacher. He recently served as president of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, one of the largest organizations of its kind in the nation.































Receiving the award for retired directors is Steve Colton (BA '69; MA '74) of Marion, former band director at Linn Mar High School. Colton retired from public school teaching in 2004, after directing high school bands in eastern Iowa schools for 35 years. In 1994, Colton won the award for active band directors.































In 2004, Leon Kuehner (BA '75; MM '91) of Hampton received the award. Kuehner is the Hampton-Dumont High School instrumental music director.































John Aboud (BA '77; MM '89) formerly of Cedar Rapids, received the award in 2003. Aboud is director of bands at Algona Community High School. He has been an instrumental music teacher and band director for 28 years. Aboud is president-elect of the Iowa Music Educators Association.































Since 1984, 12 UNI School of Music graduates have received the Iowa Bandmasters Karl King Award.































'We are extremely proud that 12 UNI graduates have received this award over the years. Because these honorees were very successful students while attending our institution, we are very pleased that they have continued their commitment to high-quality teaching. They truly represent and demonstrate the tradition of excellence garnered by graduates of the UNI School of Music,' Vallentine said.















The Karl King Award, the highest award of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, was named in honor of the nationally and internationally known composer, Karl King. King was the leader of the Ford Doge Military Band for 38 years and is a nationally and internationally recognized musician.















The King band functioned in the same manner as early bands such as Sousa, Gilmore and Pryor. King's most famous much, 'Barnum and Bailey's Favorite,' is still performed throughout the world. He was instrumental in establishing the 'Iowa Band Law,' which was modeled by many states in forming community bands throughout America.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'Mary Snyder Behrens: New Work' from Monday, Aug. 22 through Friday, Sept. 16. The artist will give a lecture titled, 'Working,' at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB), Room 111. An opening reception will follow.















The exhibit will consist of 140 artworks, which include three major series of large mixed-media assemblages, torn paper collages, and hand-sized mixed-media fiber works called 'trammels.' A full-color exhibition catalog will be available.















Originally from Wisconsin, Mary Snyder Behrens studied art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work has been shown in more than 100 group, invitational, solo and competitive exhibitions throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, England and Japan. In recognition of the quality of her work, she received various fellowships and grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Iowa Arts Council, and has won numerous exhibition prizes. Behrens has been included in every edition of Who's Who in American Art since 1991. She and her husband live on a farm near Dysart.















All events at the UNI Gallery of Art are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the KAB. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit http://www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cary Pint, a University of Northern Iowa physics major from Evansdale, has been named a finalist for the 2005 American Physical Society (APS) Apker Award, the only undergraduate award given by the APS.































As a finalist, Pint receives $2,000 and the UNI Department of Physics will receive $1,000 as the sponsoring department.































'When I first heard the news, I was thrilled to be chosen for such a prestigious award,' Pint said.































The winner will be announced Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C., where Pint and the other finalists will present their research to the APS selection committee. The winner and sponsoring department will both receive $5,000.































'Winning the Apker Award in physics is the undergraduate research equivalent of a Nobel Prize in physics for a professional research physicist,' said Cliff Chancey, UNI professor and head of the physics department. 'Most Apker Award winners come from elite private colleges, Ivy League universities or research powerhouses such as Harvard, Princeton or MIT. Cary has done a remarkable thing to climb his way into this elite atmosphere!'































Pint's research project involved the thermal absorption of molecules. Advising him were Michael Roth, UNI associate professor of physics, and Paul Gray, UNI associate professor of computer science, who advised him on computer cluster infrastructure and programming. Pint's research required a large amount of time on the Department of Computer Science's opteron cluster. His research also appeared in the December 2004 issue of the American Journal of Undergraduate Research, the only referred journal in the nation devoted to undergraduate research in the pure and applied sciences.















'I'm very determined to travel to Washington D.C., and put forth all my effort to win the award,' said Pint. 'Being a finalist is one step toward my biggest goal as an undergraduate in physics, which is to win the Apker Award.'















In addition to being named a finalist, Pint also participated in two competitive conferences last spring. He was one of five undergraduate students in the country to present at a symposium conference on atomic, molecular and optical physics.































Pint also presented his work at an international conference on nanotechnology in California, where he competed not only against fellow undergraduates, but also those with doctorates. He also received a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct physics research this summer at Montana State University.















The Apker Award, named for physicist LeRoy Apker, was established through an endowment donated by his wife, Jean Dickey Apker. LeRoy Apker was honored by Fortune magazine in 1954 for being named 'one of the top 10 young scientists in U.S. industry.'















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA) has awarded scholarships to 12 students. The scholarships include the James Hearst Award, the H.W. Reninger Scholarship, the David Sands Wright Scholarship, the Irene Thompson Scholarship and the CHFA Dean's Award.































Senior fine/studio art major, Katie Kelly of Charles City is the recipient of The James Hearst Award. This award grants $300 to a UNI junior or senior majoring in music, art, or English language and literature while maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA in both his/her respective major and overall.















Senior drama/theatre arts major, Amelia Bales of Readlyn, and senior acting major, Nicholas Halder of Cherokee, both received The H.W. Reninger Scholarship. This scholarship rotates annually between majors in the departments of art, communication studies, English language and literature, modern languages, music and theatre. The 2005 scholarship was awarded to theatre majors who have demonstrated academic and artistic promise, financial need, and have maintained a 3.5 GPA in their major and a 3.25 GPA overall.































Junior music teacher education major, Daniel Black of Council Bluffs; sophomore theatre communication studies major, Jessica Sauer of Marion; senior music teacher education major, Emily Larson of Postville; junior music teacher education major, Joel Nagel of Sioux City; senior art studies major, Mary Tiffany of Webster City; and, senior music teacher education major, Carissa Stout of Wellman each received the David Sands Wright Scholarship. This scholarship awards $500 to a UNI graduate or undergraduate who displays promising ability and financial need. Students must also be enrolled in a teaching program of music, theatre or art.















Sophomore art major, Ania Johnson of Cedar Falls, and graduate communicative disorders















student, Megan Adam of Gowrie, received the Irene Thompson Scholarship. This scholarship awards $500 to a new or former full-time UNI graduate or undergraduate student majoring within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, with a minimum 2.0 GPA at the undergraduate level and 3.0 at the graduate level.















Senior modern languages major, Lindsey Leacox of Blue Grass, received the CHFA Dean's Award which grants $700 to a UNI student majoring within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts who has achieved at 3.5 GPA while making an outstanding contribution to the department of his/her major. A letter of recommendation is also required for this award.















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A group of first- and second-grade teachers from the Waterloo Community School District (WCSD) will participate in a six-day summer institute at the University of Northern Iowa that will help them become more efficient and effective in teaching computation so they may spend more time on other mathematical topics. The goal is to improve students' mathematical proficiency and to reduce achievement gaps in math by providing all students the opportunity to learn from a more demanding mathematics curriculum.















'Saying you want teachers to teach a more ambitious and rigorous math curriculum and actually providing the conditions for teachers to do it are two different things,' said Anthony Gabriele, associate professor in UNI's Department of Educational Psychology & Foundations. 'In this project, we try to help primary-school teachers develop the knowledge, strategies and confidence to teach children a more enriched math curriculum so all students have opportunities to become mathematically proficient.'















The institute runs from Wednesday, Aug. 10, through Wednesday, Aug. 18, and is part of a yearlong professional development project by UNI and the WCSD. From 2 to 4 p.m. on the first day of the institute, participants will meet at the Waterloo Museum of Art with Diane Thiessen, UNI professor of mathematics education, to explore the connections between the current exhibit on Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture and geometry concepts.















The professional development project is funded by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; and the Iowa Department of Education through a Title IIA grant from the U.S. Department of Education.















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Anthony J. Gabriele, associate professor, UNI Department of Educational Psychology & Foundations, (319) 273-2899















Rebecca Schultze, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nick Williams, a senior business administration and management major from Dubuque, has received a $5,000 scholarship from the Pella Corporation.















For the past eight years, the Pella Corporation has awarded scholarships to students in its co-op/intern program. Williams is among six of the 49 students in this year's program selected to receive the scholarship.















Students created summaries of what they had accomplished while at Pella Corporation and the displays were available for team members to review. Scholarship winners were determined based on their accomplishments, demonstrated leadership and personal interviews.















Recipients were recognized during a special luncheon, hosted by Mel Haught, Pella president and CEO, and Karin Peterson, vice president of human resources.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A gift from the family of Dr. Jitu D. Kothari will provide the funds to name the Dr. Jitu D. Kothari Concourse, to be located within the connector between the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center. The Kothari Concourse will house the UNI Athletics Hall of Fame.















Dr. Kothari served as the Panther football team's orthopedic surgeon from 1981 until his death in 2003.















'Dr. Kothari was a dear friend to all of us here in the UNI Athletic Department and to many alumni and former student-athletes for whom he cared so much,' said Rick Hartzell, UNI director of athletics. 'He was extremely dedicated to the local community and the Panther athletic programs, and was a vital part of our success for a long, long while. We are delighted to honor his memory with this naming opportunity.'















Dr. Jitendra (Jitu) D. Kothari attended medical school in his native India. He began his medical career in the United States, and in 1976 settled into orthopedic practice in Waterloo, eventually becoming a partner in Cedar Valley Medical Specialists. A UNI Athletic Club member since 1979, his involvement with UNI allowed him to combine his desire to better the lives of those around him, his love of sports, and his loyalty to the community.















'My husband took great pride in the achievements and success of the UNI athletic programs, and truly considered himself part of the team. Our family has fond memories of attending Panther football games and cheering the teams on to victory. As a result, we feel deeply connected to the university and its athletic programs,' said Mrs. Harshida Kothari. Harshida is a UNI alumnus. They have three children: Neelay, Neerali and Tejus.















'We are honored by his legacy of generosity and dedication, and are very proud of his commitment to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls community,' said Mrs. Kothari. 'We are excited to continue his legacy through this gift to the UNI athletic programs. While he devoted so much of his time and effort to the UNI sports program, it was so much more than that to him. He truly enjoyed all his interactions with the UNI athletes and always spoke fondly of them. We know he would be very pleased with his family's continued support of the Panther athletic programs.'















The McLeod Center fundraising effort reached $18 million in December 2003. Groundbreaking took place Oct. 9, 2004. Fundraising continues for features to ensure the arena is a premier facility for the university and community. These include a kitchen/catering area, light/sound grid, and finished hospitality suite.















The McLeod Center will be home to Panther men's and women's basketball and volleyball, and the competition site for Panther wrestling. It also will be a versatile venue for community and regional events, including concerts, exhibitions, school events and sports camps and competitions.















Construction of the center was part of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign to support scholarships, academic programs and facilities, which ended June 30.















For more information, contact the UNI Foundation at (319) 273-6078 or 1-800-782-9522. For information on the 'Students First' campaign and the McLeod Center, visit http://www.uni-foundation.org.















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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Wednesday and Thursday, ?August 3 and 4, at the ?River Center/Adler Theatre? in Davenport. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/Agendas/agenda.html















1. Capital register















Will be discussed at the Property and Facilities Committee meeting.















a. Russell Hall renovation -- permission to proceed with project planning















b. Science Buildings' renovation -- approval of program statements and design documents















Contact:















Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration & finance, (319) 273-2382















2. Final operating budget for fiscal year 2006















Contact:















Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration & finance, (319) 273-2382















3. Institutional roads 2006-2010















Will be discussed at the Property and Facilities Committee meeting.















Contact:















Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration & finance, (319) 273-2382















4. Institutional personnel transactions for May 2005















This is a consent item.















Contact:















Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566















5. Lease of property















Will be discussed at the Property and Facilities Committee meeting.















a. Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center/Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra















b. Outdoor advertising sign on University Avenue















c. Radio tower space at Dubuque















Contact:















Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration & finance, (319) 273-2382















6. Semi-annual claims and activity report















Will be discussed at the Audit and Compliance Committee meeting.















Contact:















Tim McKenna, operations auditor, (319) 273-3241















7. Original internal audit reports















Will be discussed at the Audit and Compliance Committee meeting.















Contact:















Tim McKenna, operations auditor, (319) 273-3241















8. Follow-up internal audit reports















Will be discussed at the Audit and Compliance Committee meeting.















Contact:















Tim McKenna, operations auditor, (319) 273-3241















9. Grow Iowa Values funding















Will be discussed at the Economic Committee meeting.















Contact:















Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business & Community Services, (319) 273-6941















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will welcome new students from Des Moines and their families at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4 at a picnic in the park at the Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge. Hosted by the UNI Parents Association and Alumni Admissions Volunteer program, students and parents will have the opportunity to meet other UNI students from the Des Moines area.















Nearly 200 new UNI freshmen are from Des Moines. 'This is a great opportunity for students to get information about transportation, who has cars on campus, where everyone is living, class schedules and more,' said Stacey Christensen, UNI community relations manager. 'It's also a time for parents to get acquainted and learn more about partnerships with UNI. Our goal is to form a Panther Parent Network in Des Moines.'































The picnic includes a welcome from UNI Student Alumni Ambassadors, parents and alumni, free barbecue and raffle prizes. For more information, contact Stacey Christensen, (319) 273-6728.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently announced transfer freshman recipients of various scholarships.















Receiving a $1,300 Frances Dunn Barnes Scholarship is Ashley Neally of Argyle. Receiving a $1,000 Walter A. and Ida K. Kansky Memorial Scholarship are Molly Hart of Cedar Rapids and Molly McDonald of Marion.















Cassandra Miller of Council Bluffs has received a $600 Michel Family Scholarship and Katelin Kelly of Des Moines has received a $2,800 Distinction Award.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has recently announced the freshman recipients of various scholarships.















Receiving the College of Education's Alvin Schindler Scholarship are Michael Kraft of Bettendorf ($750); Lauren Arnold of Marion ($1,000) and Amanda Wilson of Waterloo ($1,000). Receiving the COE's E.L. and M.M. Bos Scholarship for $500 is Amanda Melcher of Harpers Ferry. Ryan Hill of Davenport has received a $250 Don C. King Scholarship, which is awarded to a male student majoring in education and intending to pursue a career in coaching.















Michael Boevers of Readlyn has received a $3,000 Distinction Award and Caleb Norton of Tipton has received a $5,600 Distinction Award. These awards are given to outstanding, high ability students. Julie Baldwin of Cedar Falls received a $2,000 Distinction Award.















Receiving a $1,000 Alison Aitchison Memorial Scholarship is Maria Maldonado and receiving a $500 Alumni Memorial Scholarship is Mark Crawford, both of Waterloo.















Carly Loonan of Swisher is receiving the School of Music Angeleita Floyd Flute Scholarship for $500 and Derk Babbitt of Earlham has been awarded the $1,000 Clark Heiple Scholarship.















Receiving a $500 Class of 1952 Award are Paige Messner of St. Donatus and Melissa Hoye of Storm Lake. Kaila Egan and Jessica Stortz, both of Waukon have been awarded a $500 Dan and Janis Balabon Scholarship.















Nichole Garrett of Marion has been awarded the College of Humanities and Fine Arts $5,000 Dean's Award and Kimberly Kostlan of Traer has received a $1,000 award from the College of Business Administration.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A re-emerging Iowa industry is getting help from several University of Northern Iowa faculty. According to UNI biology professor Jean Gerrath, up to 5 percent of Iowa-grown grape vines are misidentified. So Gerrath and Emily Lehman, also from UNI's Department of Biology, developed a new tool to remedy the misidentification of grape varieties. Gerrath and Lehman wrote 'A Midwesterner's Handbook to Grapevine Varieties,' to help regional grape growers correctly identify and verify grape varieties.















According to Michael White, a field crops/viticulture specialist with the Iowa State University Extension Service, Iowa's grape production peaked in 1929 with 15.8 million pounds of grapes harvested that year. After a downfall in Iowa's grape industry for years, the popularity of the purple fruit and its products is on the rise. The 1997 Census of Agriculture estimated 56,500 pounds of grapes were harvested. Five years later, that number had grown to 180,000 pounds. In 1999, there were only two native wineries and five wine-grape vineyards in Iowa. Six years later, in 2005, there are 42 licensed wineries and more than 275 wine-grape vineyards in the state.















'I receive many inquiries about misidentified grape varieties from farmers,' said Gerrath, who is also a past president of the Iowa Grape Growers Association. 'It can be very hard to know what variety you are looking at because there are at least 8,000 grape varieties selected and crossed from only a few wild species. Because the plants don't differ very much and don't produce fruit for at least three years after planting, you may not be aware there is a mix up for years. At that point you've lost a lot of time and resources growing the wrong plant.















'The new handbook contains color photos of vegetative and fruit characteristics at various stages of development for 11 grape varieties commonly grown in the Midwest.































Because molecular identification can be done at an earlier stage than morphological identification, Lehman and UNI biology professor Jim Jurgenson are working on another identification tool. They are currently developing an extensive molecular reference library -- a DNA profile database of known varieties that will be used to cross-reference DNA samples from unknowns.















'You can collect DNA from a single leaf, which will grow in the first season after planting the canes,' Lehman said. 'This time-efficient identification process will be very useful for those new to growing grapes and to those expanding their crop.'































To order 'A Midwesterner's Handbook to Grapevine Varieties,' send an $11 check made out to UNI Department of Biology, addressed to Dr. Jean M. Gerrath, Grapevine Handbook, Department of Biology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Transfer Academic Scholarship has been awarded to 31 first-year transfer students who will begin their studies this fall on the University of Northern Iowa campus.















___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, will receive the scholarship.















The Transfer Academic Scholarship awards $1,000 to students who have 30 graded transferable hours of academic credit and at least a 3.5 GPA at the time the scholarship is awarded.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Chemistry has moved the periodic table beyond the organization of elements to become a portal of discovery. To make the periodic table of elements -- familiar to scientists worldwide -- and general chemical concepts inviting rather than intimidating, UNI faculty and staff worked together to create ChemWall, a high-tech, interactive periodic table of elements.















Located within the interior framework of UNI's McCollum Science Hall, ChemWall introduces the world of chemistry in an interesting, enjoyable and memorable way. ChemWall allows users to watch 'Chemistry in Action' videos, watch and listen to faculty and alumni interviews to learn real-life applications of chemistry, solve chemistry riddles, watch a chemistry 'magic show,' learn about faculty and student research at UNI, and find information about UNI and the Department of Chemistry.































'ChemWall is a cutting-edge way for students to find out what chemistry involves and if chemistry is something they would be interested in pursuing,' said John Bumpus, UNI professor of chemistry. 'The streaming video gives a sense of immediacy and a real feeling for chemistry that can't be duplicated by simply looking through printed materials.















'ChemWall is made of two plasma screens embedded in a wall of lighted boxes on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall. The SmartBoard overlays on the large screens change from the chemical element displays to an interactive interface, sensitive to the touch. Touching different parts of the display takes users to relevant Web sites, videos, games and information. After a period of no activity, the screens return to the periodic table of elements.















'This is a unique, progressive and personalized approach to chemistry,' Bumpus said. 'ChemWall is quite possibly the only one of its kind in the country.'















ChemWall required collaborative efforts by UNI's Department of Chemistry, UNI Facilities Planning and UNI Information Technology Services. UNI chemistry faculty generated the chemistry-related content and the ITS Educational Technology Department developed the program. The Chem Cam, a Web camera accessible through the Department of Chemistry Web site, allows viewers from anywhere in the world to view ChemWall. The Web cam can be found through http://fp.uni.edu/chemistry.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A group of research scientists-in-the-making will present the results of their summer research projects in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and environmental programs at a special meeting on the University of Northern Iowa campus Friday, July 29.































At the fourth annual CNS Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session, about 30 UNI undergraduate students will display posters describing their work and be available to discuss their research, from noon to 2 p.m., in Room 116 Seerley Hall, the Great Reading Room.















Opening the meeting at 11 a.m. will be a presentation on early animal development in microgravity by Darrell Wiens, UNI professor of biology. Wiens has done extensive research in this area, including having an experiment aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1994.















'For students, summer research is an experience that coalesces what they have learned in individual courses into a coherent picture,' said Jill Trainer, associate dean of the UNI College of Natural Sciences. 'This is an authentic experience for students, and many will go on to present their findings, as co-authors, at scientific meetings.'















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for The New York Times, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, on 'The World is Flat,' in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa, as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series.















Friedman also will do a late afternoon Q&A session geared specifically for UNI students, faculty and staff. He has served as both Beirut and Jerusalem bureau chiefs for The New York Times, before becoming the paper's chief diplomatic correspondent, chief White House correspondent and international economic correspondent prior to his current position.















His topic comes from the title of his latest book, 'The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century,' a report on globalization and geopolitics. Friedman translates complex foreign policy and economic issues, explaining how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the 21st century. On The New York Times bestseller list for 14 weeks, the book is currently in the no. 3 spot.















The events are free, but tickets are required for the 7:30 p.m. lecture. They will be available, beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center box office; by calling 273-SHOW (273-7469); or online at www.tickets.uni.edu.















A number of special events are being planned in conjunction with Friedman's visit, including a series of community conversations on several themes from 'The World is Flat,' to be held at University Book & Supply, and a follow-up discussion to be hosted by the League of Women Voters.















Friedman's appearance is co-sponsored by the UNI Speakers committee. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/infosys/corning.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Beginning this fall, University of Northern Iowa biology majors can declare an emphasis in plant bioscience. This emphasis will train students in the principles and techniques of traditional and molecular biology, tissue culture and propagation methods.































'This emphasis takes advantage of some of the impressive resources we have to support interest in plant bioscience,' said Barbara Hetrick, professor and head of the UNI Department of Biology. 'The plant bioscience emphasis would be appropriate for students interested in crop improvement, nutritional enhancement, pharmaceutical production, genetic engineering, and plant-based biotechnology. It also provides a strong background for students who want to pursue graduate degrees in the plant biosciences, plant physiology, plant biotechnology, plant genetics, plant pathology and protection, and plant developmental biology.'































Other emphases available to biology majors are ecology and systematics, biomedical, microbiology, and biology teaching.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is one of six universities working with WebCT in its Portfolio Design Partner (PDP) initiative to help shape WebCT ePortfolios. UNI and the other PDP groups will help define the scope and functionality of new ePortfolio software called the WebCT Learner Portfolio.































ePortfolios are Web-based collections of students' accomplishments, evaluations and reflections. They preserve work samples for personal growth and career development. The WebCT Learner Portfolio will provide a place for students to collect learning artifacts, including faculty feedback and personal comments, and selective reviews by peers, instructors, mentors and prospective employers.















As a part of the PDP group, UNI representatives will work closely with WebCT to provide feedback on the scope and feature set of the WebCT Learner Portfolio and provide input as it is developed. Next year WebCT will release the WebCT Learner Portfolio, which will be tightly integrated with its e-learning systems.















WebCT President and CEO Carol Vallone announced the PDP initiative on Monday, July 18, during the 7th Annual WebCT User Conference. The ePortfolio will be integrated with the WebCT Campus Edition course management system and the WebCT Vista academic enterprise system. This will allow students to publish their work to their ePortfolios without leaving the WebCT environment.















UNI started using WebCT in 1998, and currently 85 percent of UNI students use WebCT for course work, according to Marilyn Drury, director of Information Technology Services--Educational Technology at UNI. WebCT is used for academic credit courses, non-credit course, training and administrative purposes.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has recently announced the freshman recipients of various scholarships.















Receiving the College of Education's Alvin Schindler Scholarship are Michael Kraft of Bettendorf ($750); Lauren Arnold of Marion ($1,000) and Amanda Wilson of Waterloo ($1,000). Receiving the COE's E.L. and M.M. Bos Scholarship for $500 is Amanda Melcher of Harpers Ferry. Ryan Hill of Davenport has received a $250 Don C. King Scholarship, which is awarded to a male student majoring in education and intending to pursue a career in coaching.















Michael Boevers of Readlyn has received a $3,000 Distinction Award and Caleb Norton of Tipton has received a $5,600 Distinction Award. These awards are given to outstanding, high ability students.















Receiving a $1,000 Alison Aitchison Memorial Scholarship is Maria Maldonado and receiving a $500 Alumni Memorial Scholarship is Mark Crawford, both of Waterloo.















Carly Loonan of Swisher is receiving the School of Music Angeleita Floyd Flute Scholarship for $500 and Derk Babbitt of Earlham has been awarded the $1,000 Clark Heiple Scholarship.















Receiving a $500 Class of 1952 Award are Paige Messner of St. Donatus and Melissa Hoye of Storm Lake. Kaila Egan and Jessica Stortz, both of Waukon have been awarded a $500 Dan and Janis Balabon Scholarship.















Nichole Garrett of Marion has been awarded the College of Humanities and Fine Arts $5,000 Dean's Award and Kimberly Kostlan of Traer has received a $1,000 award from the College of Business Administration.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four incoming freshmen students in the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded CBA scholarships and Career Scholar work awards. They will begin their studies with the 2005 fall semester.































Amy Coombs of Belmond, Jessica Fohey of Monona and Elizabeth Harriss of Peosta have been awarded $2,000 scholarships, renewable for four years, as well as $3,000 per year Career Scholar work awards, also renewable for a total of four years. For the Career Scholar award, students receive pay while working with CBA administrators or senior departmental faculty on various scholarly projects.































Awarded a $5, 000 per year renewable scholarship was Matthew Bries of New Vienna.















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July 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six incoming transfer students at the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship.















Recipients are Paul Krukow of Bristow, Roxanne Richardson of Carroll, Jamie Stiefel of Charles City, Emily Wiechmann of Iowa Falls, Nathan Morrison of Marshalltown and Suzette Lausier of Oelwein. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship renewable for a second year.















The award is given to incoming transfer students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at the community colleges from which they are transferring. Applicants must demonstrate leadership, campus and/or community involvement. A GPA of 3.5 or above is required. Students must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. for the scholarship to be renewed.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Museums is hosting A Magic Web: The Tropical Forest of Barro Colorado Island beginning Saturday, July 23. This marks the Smithsonian-sponsored exhibit's first visit to Iowa.

The exhibit features 40 large-format photographs, captured by ecologist, Christian Ziegler, of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The images, along with in-depth bilingual text panels, tell the story of an intricate and beautiful organic web of interdependency that lies within the Panamanian rainforest. A Magic Web will run through Dec. 4, at the University Museum located at 3219 Hudson Road in Cedar Falls. The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and

1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free.

'The Magic Web is an exceptional exhibit, not only because it was created by the Smithsonian, but for the beauty that these photographs capture. The images allow us to peer into a rarely seen part of the natural world, at exotic plants and animals that remind us why we need to appreciate and preserve the complexity, vibrancy, and extraordinary beauty of nature,' says Sue Grosboll, UNI Museums director.

Programs and events are currently being scheduled at the University Museum to coincide with the exhibit, including a reception/product fair, various youth and adult programs and visits from Jill Trainer, associate dean of the UNI College of Natural Sciences and professor of biology, and Christian Ziegler, exhibition photographer.

A Magic Web: The Tropical Forest of Barro Colorado Island was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.uni.edu/museum or call (319) 273-2188.

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President George W. Bush is getting lots of advice on who should be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Special interest groups have already started raising funds in their efforts to influence the selection of a new justice, says Scott Peters, UNI assistant professor of political science, adding he has seen reports estimating as much as $100 million might be spent. Though Chief Justice William Rehnquist has reiterated he does not plan to retire, should his health problems lead to such action, this figure will escalate.















Nominations come from the President to the Senate, via hearings held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Once a nomination clears the committee, it requires a simple majority vote in the Senate for confirmation. The Supreme Court's new term begins the first Monday in October and Peters says it would be ideal to have a full court to start hearing the oral arguments at that time. However, he says the long Congressional recess in August, with Congress returning after Labor Day, puts time constraints on the process.















Peters is investigating the ways that interest groups gain the Supreme Court's attention to their issues. He says, for example, commercials are already running in some markets encouraging people to call the White House and urge President Bush to support a moderate. 'I think the activity from all sides will heat up once the president puts forth a name,' Peters said.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cindy Browne and John Stark, finalists for the Iowa Public Radio executive director position, will be on the University of Northern Iowa campus in July to meet radio station employees, university leaders, members of the radio stations' Friends group and the public.















The public can meet the finalists during their presentations on the future of public radio in Iowa, with questions and a reception to follow. The presentations will be at the KUNI Studio One on the third floor of UNI's Communication Arts Center. Browne's presentation is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, and Stark will give his presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 25. The reception for each candidate starts at 8:30 p.m. in Studio One.















Iowa Public Radio is a new structure established by the Iowa Board of Regents, merging the public radio operations at the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa into a statewide network. According to the job description, the executive director will continue the consolidation of these operations into a cohesive, effective and efficient statewide public radio organization. The executive director will report to the five-member Iowa Public Radio Council and will directly supervise three regional managers.















Since 2000, Browne has served as president of Leader Evolution LLC, a consulting practice focused on supporting public broadcasters and other nonprofits. Her clients include Houston PBS and Houston Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Public Radio Capital, Michigan Public Media, Wisconsin Public Television and Twin Cities Public Television. She has made presentations at numerous national public broadcasting conferences. Browne was executive vice president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from 1998 to 1999, where she served on the three-person executive management team. Prior to CPB, she worked for Twin Cities Public Television as vice president for programming, then as vice president and general manager.















Browne has a bachelor's degree in history and an M.B.A. in finance, both from the University of Minnesota.















Stark has been general manager of KNAU-FM Arizona Public Radio, a six-station network, since 1993. He is a member of the National Public Radio board of directors and in 2000 was named Manager of the Year by the Public Radio Development and Marketing Conference. Stark has worked for radio stations in Fresno, Calif.; Boulder and Denver, Colo.; and from 1985 to 1993, he was assistant general manager and program director for KNPR-FM Nevada Public Radio in Las Vegas. He also worked as associate producer for NPR's 'Morning Edition' program in Washington, D.C.















Stark has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Colorado in Boulder, participated in the Executive Management Institute at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, and earned a certificate in employee relations law from Northern Arizona University.















Iowa Public Radio includes KUNI-FM and KHKE-FM at the University of Northern Iowa, WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM at the University of Iowa, and WOI AM and FM at Iowa State University, The operations have a combined annual revenue of about $6 million and about 60 employees.















For more information, call (319) 273-6325.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Studies in Weather Analysis and Forecasting for Science Educators,' a summer short course at the University of Northern Iowa, is being hosted by UNI's STORM Project, the Science Center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology.















Twenty-three educators were selected to participate in the course, including















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The course includes intensive learning about conceptual models and computer-based tools used to forecast middle latitude weather systems, including severe weather. Participants are applying course concepts to real-time weather systems through daily forecasting activities, utilizing software similar to that used by the National Weather Service. Participants also will receive two UNI graduate credits upon completion of the program.















The course will run through Friday, July 15.















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