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July 4, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Achieving academic success and making valuable personal connections are major factors in a student's adjustment to campus life and staying committed to higher education. The University of Northern Iowa G.P.S. (Gaining Panther Success) Mentor Program uses current successful students as role models and mentors to encourage new students from diverse backgrounds in their academic and personal growth during their first year at UNI.

In a competitive application process, (NAME) , a (CLASSIFICATION, MAJOR) , of _____(HOMETOWN) was selected to be a GPS Mentor for the 2005-2006 academic year. Mentors must have successfully transitioned into university life academically and socially. Mentors provide one-on-one encouragement and campus and community information to the new students. Students and their mentors can attend UNI athletic, theater and music events together as well as participate in off-campus activities.

The GPS Mentor Program began this spring with activities designed to improve students' academic and interpersonal skills, as well as increase their capacity to learn, develop, and grow at UNI with the help of mentors, workshops, and recreational and cultural events.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Listed below in alphabetical order by hometowns, with Iowa residents first, are UNI students who were selected to be G.P.S. Mentors. Please check for other towns in your coverage area.


DAVENPORT Angel Anderson, junior, business management

Ashley Nunn, sophomore, criminology

ELDORA Stacy Oppold, freshman, marketing

IONIA Chelse Monnier, sophomore, management

MAYNARD William Humphrey, freshman, physical education

WATERLOO Shalia Moore, senior, elementary education


EAST SAINT LOUIS, ILL. Sylvia Baker, senior, biological sciences

ZION, ILL. Kamekka Anderson, junior, social work

GARY, IND. Sidney Cross, senior, real estate and finance

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. Merveina Hawkins, senior, sociology

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Lisa Jones, senior, technology training



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's solar electric boat team was recognized for developing the 'most commercially viable hull design' during the 12th World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar Boating, June 22-26 in Buffalo, N.Y. UNI's solar boat, 'Panther,' ranked third in the qualifying events, finishing the 70-meter course in 83.72 seconds.

Team members were Cullen Hall, a sophomore from Peosta; Doug Bechthold, a freshman from La Porte City; Mike Boomer, a senior from Waterloo; Brent Cheeseman, a senior from Cedar Falls; and Recayi Pecen, UNI associate professor of industrial technology and project advisor for the solar electric boat project. The UNI team placed 11th overall, out of 19 teams.

'Solar electric boating is a viable, environmentally friendly alternative to the status-quo of recreational boating,' Pecen said. 'Students have had valuable learning experiences in science and technology, refining their technical skills and experiencing the positive benefits of teamwork.'

UNI's solar boat project is funded by a grant from the Iowa Energy Center and sponsored by Profile Boats, John Deere Waterloo Works, Square-D, Schneider Electric, Midwest Boats, the UNI Department of Industrial Technology, Bechthold Enterprises and Denso International America, Inc.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The man who spent two decades at the helm of the University of Northern Iowa, receiving among his numerous honors, a national award for his stance on academic freedom, has died in Cedar Falls.

Photo of President J.W. Maucker available at:

J.W. 'Bill' Maucker, 92, died Tuesday, July 5 at Sartori Memorial Hospital. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 8, at Nazareth Lutheran Church, South Main Street and University Avenue, in Cedar Falls. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 7, at Richardson Funeral Home, 615 Main St., Cedar Falls. Memorials may be made to the UNI Foundation or Nazareth Lutheran Church.

Born in Rock Island, Ill., Sept. 16, 1912, Maucker was a 1933 graduate of Augustana College, where he received an A.B. degree. He received a master of arts degree in 1936 and a Ph.D. degree in 1940, both from the University of Iowa, where he also worked as a graduate assistant in education.

He served in the St. Louis and Pittsburgh public schools, the University of Missouri and Montana State University, the U.S. Office of Education in Washington, D.C., and in the U.S. Navy Bureau of Naval Personnel, before becoming the fifth president of UNI, then Iowa State Teachers College, in 1950, at the age of 38. He was one of the youngest college presidents in the Midwest at the time of his appointment.

During his tenure, the enrollment grew from 2,688 to 9,496, curricular offerings were extensively revamped and the college was changed from an emphasis strictly on teacher education to the provision of degrees in the liberal and vocational arts.

As the college expanded, the name was changed from ISTC to State College of Iowa, in 1961, and then, in 1967, following a reorganization of the instructional, as well as administrative structure of the college, the name was changed to the University of Northern Iowa.

In 1968, Maucker received the 10th Alexander Meiklejohn Award for academic freedom from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). His name was placed in nomination for the award independently by five Iowa chapters of the AAUP. Members of the UNI chapter voted unanimously for his nomination, in support of Maucker's actions following the controversy that followed UNI English instructor Edward Hoffmans' advocacy of civil disobedience toward the draft in an article in the UNI student newspaper.

The question of freedom of speech and the question of whether a university professor should be discharged from his position because of advocating civil disobedience in an article in the student newspaper stirred a controversy both on and off campus.

In answer to critics who demanded Hoffmans' dismissal, Maucker issued his statement of freedom of expression at UNI, in which he said, 'I believe the most important thing at stake in this instance is the maintenance of freedom of thought and expression in the university community. It is for educational reasons essentially that such freedom must be maintained -- so that ideas freely expressed may freely compete, stimulating thought and analysis by students and facultyï¾…

'It is not enough merely to tolerate provocative ideas -- the university is obligated actively to encourage the free exchange of ideasï¾…

'The overriding responsibility of the university is, of course, to provide effective instruction. Hence, it is the unique responsibility of the university to judge Mr. Hoffmans essentially as a teacher of composition,' Maucker said.

'If it could be demonstrated that he has broken the law by expressing his thoughts, the proper remedy lies with law enforcement agencies and the courts,' he said.

In introducing Maucker at the September 1968 Matriculation Convocation, the late William C. Lang, then academic vice president at UNI, said, 'President Maucker came to this institution in 1950. It became apparent very early that he was dedicated to those ideals consonant with the finest in the tradition of higher education, indeed with those ideas and ideals that Western man has come to identify not only as significant, but of paramount importance:

'Respect for the individual; his dignity and worth as an individual-- even though all men have shortcomings and defects.

'The desire for justice achieved by due process under law or established rules.

'Faith in the rational process for the resolution of problems, while recognizing its limitations.

'Love of learning and the need to know.

'The inescapable need for the free exchange of ideas and the courage to change.

'The concept of power as a trust to be used in consultation and discussion and with accountability in the use of power to a variety of constituents.' Lang concluded that 'confronted with the problems of the presidency, he has seized them as opportunities. In the language of our day, if I were to seek to 'tell it like it is,' in spite of the demands of the presidency, 'he has kept the faith.''

Maucker is survived by his second wife, Doreen Weber Maucker; a daughter, Ann M. King; and two sons, James N. Maucker and Robert W. Maucker.


June 30, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Dining Services continues to dispel the myth of bad food on college campuses by creating first-class dining experiences for students and guests.

In June, UNI's Dining Services received national recognition for a recipe that is appealing to the palate and supports the local economy. This comes after receiving national recognition for its cutting-edge dining facilities, catering service and catering menu. Also, in response to the large volume of requests for recipes, especially cookie recipes, UNI began publishing recipe packets in the early 1990s.

This recent award was for its Roasted Vegetables Entr�e, which took third place in the Best Local Food category in the 2005 Cuisine Creators competition sponsored by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). This is the second NACUFS recipe award for UNI. In 2000, UNI Dining Services received first place in the NACUFS vegan recipe contest for Chickpeas Do Piazza.

The award-winning Roasted Vegetables Entr�e, served at UNI's new-age Piazza and Rialto dining centers, features locally grown produce and was created in Fresh Beginnings, UNI's on-campus recipe testing center. It includes cherry tomatoes produced by Kendall Welsh from Aplington; red peppers produced by Paul Manske from Oelwein; yellow onions produced by Steve Moseley from Hudson; and zucchini from Carolyn Adolphs of Traer. The roasted vegetable recipe will be displayed at the NACUFS National Conference July 12 through July 16 in New Orleans.

'This colorful dish is appealing because of the quality of the fresh, locally-grown vegetables,' said Gale Secor, purchasing coordinator for UNI Food Stores Administration. 'It's like eating from your backyard garden.

'Enjoying a meal at a UNI dining center is a first-rate experience. We're making sure students and guests leave satisfied by the food and the experience when eating here.'

Encouraging local food buying started at UNI in 1997 with UNI's Buy Fresh, Buy Local program. The program is funded through a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture to help institutional food buyers purchase more of their food from nearby farms and processors. UNI Dining Services was one of three original participating institutions.

'Buying from local producers fulfills our desire to present food that is fresh, appealing and nutritious,' said Mona Milius, director of residential dining. 'Quality remains a priority, even when serving more than a million meals each year. We are lucky to have experienced producers in our area who are capable of supplying the quantity we need and the quality we want.'

By 2003, 14 institutions had spent more than $1 million on locally raised foods. In 2004, 23 restaurants, retailers and businesses doubled local food purchases, spending $465,000, compared to $225,000 in 2003.

UNI continues to support Buy Fresh, Buy Local activities by frequently featuring local meats, fruits, grains, vegetables and dairy products on menus. In 2004, UNI Dining Services invested $1,093 in local produce, $6,890 in local meat and $31,170 in local meat processing.


June 29, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Science teachers will have an opportunity to learn about molecular biology during a two-week course in July on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The three-credit course, Studies in Molecular Biology for Science Teachers, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 22, in UNI's McCollum Science Hall. The course will cover the fundamentals of genes and their function.

Participants will learn about the conceptual methods of molecular cloning and DNA analysis and will also be involved in hands-on learning, according to Jim Jurgenson, course instructor and UNI professor of biology.

'These exercises will teach the participants the experimental methods used to identify, isolate and characterize genes,' said Jurgenson. 'We will also introduce exercises that can be adapted to the high school classroom.'

Teachers may request an enrollment form by calling 1-800-648-3864 or enroll on-line at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Anne G. Myles, associate professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa, is one of 22 college and university teachers participating in 'Inquisitions and Persecutions in Early Modern Europe and the Americas,' one of 32 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The five-week institute Myles is attending will be held at the University of Maryland in College Park. Each teacher will receive a $3,600 stipend to cover travel, study and living expenses.

Each summer the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency, supports seminars and institutes at colleges and universities to allow teachers to work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Harry Potter has captured the hearts and imaginations of children all over the world, and the University of Northern Iowa's Gina Burkart believes Harry Potter can also engage a child's spirit and faith.

Reading J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books with her children, ages 8, 10 and 12, inspired Burkart's new book, 'A Parent's Guide to Harry Potter,' set for official release on July 1. Burkart, an instructor of English language and literature at UNI, wrote the book to highlight parallels from the Harry Potter books to the Christian faith, and to encourage moral discussions between parents and their children. Burkart wants others to experience the kinds of discussions she had with her children while they read the books together.

'The Harry Potter books deal with many issues that we all face, such as love, anger, fear, bullies, moral dilemmas and responsibility,' Burkart said. 'I think we can all relate to Harry on some level.'

'A Parent's Guide to Harry Potter,' published by InterVarsity Press, gives background on how to talk about fantasy with children and provides content for educators and key discussion questions for parents.

'With the release of the sixth book in the Harry Potter series on July 16 and with the November 2005 movie release of 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,' parents can embrace this opportunity to reach out to their children,' Burkart said. 'By problem solving Harry's struggles, children can learn how to deal with their own struggles -- without magic.'

Burkart will sign books at Barnes and Noble in Waterloo at 1 p.m., July 23.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Randal Hayes, voice services manager for Information Technology Services-Network Services at the University of Northern Iowa, has been elected to the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) board of directors.

ACUTA is an international, non-profit educational association that supports the optimal use of communications technologies in higher education institutions. ACUTA represents nearly 2,000 people at 825 institutions in all 50 states, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

For the past five years, Hayes has served as the ACUTA Legislative/Regulatory Committee chair. In July, he will be installed on the board of directors during the ACUTA annual conference in Kissimmee, Fla.


June 27, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 2005-2006 Merchant Scholarship Program at the University of Northern Iowa, open to all UNI bachelor's degree graduates pursuing advanced degrees, has named this year's recipients.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, attainment, moral character, spirit, personality, intellectual promise and devotion to society.

Recipients receiving $1,000 awards are:

Eliza Bangert, originally from Donnellson and now of Lincoln, Neb., received a B.M. degree from UNI in 2005 in music performance-flute. She is pursuing an M.M. in music performance-flute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Scott Hagarty, originally from Cedar Rapids and now of New Brighton, Minn., is a 2002 UNI graduate with a B.M. degree in music education. He received his master of music degree from Yale University in 2004, and is currently pursuing a doctorate of musical arts at the University of Minnesota.

Alan Drury, originally from Iowa City and now living in Austin, Texas, is a 2002 UNI graduate with a B.A. degree in criminology. He is currently pursuing an M.A./Ph.D. program at the University of Texas in Austin.

Vicki Oleson, from Cedar Falls, is an instructor of mathematics education at UNI. She received a B.A. in elementary education in 1990 and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction in 1995, both from UNI, where she is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Kelly Smith Pelzel, originally from Cedar Rapids and now living in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a 1998 graduate of UNI with a B.A. in psychology. She is a psychology instructor at the University of Utah, where she obtained her master of science degree in clinical/developmental psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical/developmental psychology.

The scholarships are awarded from a trust established in 1951 to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant. Frank was a professor of Latin and Greek, and served as head of the Department of Foreign Languages at UNI (then Iowa State Teachers College). His sister taught piano lessons.

Applications for 2006-2007 Merchant Awards will be due no later than March 1, 2006, to the next committee chair, Barbara Hetrick, head of the Department of Biology, McCollum Science Hall 144, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- After two years of programming, 68 University of Northern Iowa faculty have participated in one or more Carver Institutes, designed to enhance learning in Liberal Arts courses. Every University of Northern Iowa undergraduate student must take at least 45 hours of Liberal Arts core classes, which prepare UNI students to lead thoughtful, productive, personally meaningful and socially responsible lives regardless of what major or career path they choose.

The Carver Institutes began in May 2004 with a grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, and they run through May 2006, with two institutes each year. Past institutes include: 'Integrating Disciplines in the Liberal Arts Core' in 2004 and 2005 'Critical Reading and Writing in the Liberal Arts Core' in 2005; and 'Innovative Instructional Strategies and Educational Technology' in 2004. Two more Institutes are planned for May 2006.

'The Carver Institutes allow us to weave instructional technology tools and methods into the participants' daily activities,' said Marilyn Drury, director of Information Technology Services Educational Technology at UNI. 'Seeing others use instructional technology in different ways helps UNI faculty members envision methods they can use in their own courses.'

The program's goals are to expand collaborative teaching and active learning, increase the use of innovative instructional strategies and educational technology, and create ongoing faculty communication to support high-quality teaching. Participants also value learning from peers, exchanging ideas with other faculty, using technology, and learning about resources available on campus.

UNI Carver Faculty Fellows receive a $1,200 stipend and a $400 individual supplies budget for support of Liberal Arts Core instructional activities.


June 26, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- After the third race in the 2005 Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon championship racing series, managed by the University of Northern Iowa, Randy Huling Racing out of Forest City moves into first place in Division 3A. Pomeroy-Palmer High School cars round out Division 3A with second and third places.

In Division 2A, teams from Muscatine High School are currently in first and third places. Manson Northwest Webster is in second place.

In Division 1A, standings remain the same with Pomeroy-Palmer High School in first place, Hubbard-Radcliffe Community School in second, and Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School in third.

Division 3A is geared toward college-level competition. Teams are allowed to spend more than $2,500 on their car. Division 2A is for experienced teams and requires participants to spend less than $2,500 on their cars. Division 1A competitors spend less than $2,500 on their cars and are part-time or first-year participants.

The Iowa Electrathon is a statewide program that encourages high school and college students to use a problem-solving approach to design and build efficient vehicles, teaching them to evaluate alternatives and make sustainable lifestyle choices.

'When we see what these students can build for less than $2,500, we know there is a viable alternative to gasoline-powered cars,' said Pat Higby, energy educator at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at UNI.

The next race in the championship series is Aug. 26 in Forest City. Thirty-two teams are registered for the 2005 season, which started May 14 and ends Sept. 24 at UNI. For more information, visit


June 23, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa recently recognized the achievements of five of its faculty members at its annual awards reception.

The 2004-2005 honorees are:

Cynthia Herndon, professor of physical education, School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, and Lee Weber, instructor in teaching, Malcolm Price Laboratory School/Northern University High School, were co-recipients of the College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award.

Christopher Kliewer, associate professor of special education, Department of Special Education, was presented the College of Education Excellence in Scholarship and Research Award.

Christopher Edginton, professor and director, School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, received the College of Education Service Award.

Ana Donaldson, assistant professor of education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, received the University Book and Supply Award for Outstanding Teaching, presented by the store to a faculty member in each college who has not yet received tenure.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The parents of Rachel Corrie will present 'Rebuilding the Home Rachel Corrie Stood to Safeguard' at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, in Room 11 of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE).

Craig and Cindy Corrie will talk about Rachel's mission for peace in the Middle East before Rachel was killed on March 16, 2003. Rachel was killed by an Israeli bulldozer while she tried to prevent the demolition of the Palestinian home in which she was a guest. Khaled and Samah Nasrallah, members of the extended family who lived in that home, will join Rachel's parents.

This free event is open to the public and sponsored locally by Iowans for a Free Palestine. The Corrie family's tour is nationally sponsored by the Rebuilding Alliance and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.


June 22, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Rita Spears, a graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa from Brandon, was selected for honorary recognition in The National Dean's List.

The National Dean's List, established in 1978, honors high-achieving college students nationwide. Outstanding students are nominated by professors, deans and leaders of civic and community service organizations affiliated with post secondary institutions.


June 21, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLSï¾—The School of Music at the University of Northern Iowa recently announced the winners of music scholarships following auditions for choral, string, woodwind and brass students who wish to continue their musical studies.

(Student Name), (Hometown), was a UNI School of Music scholarship winner.

Students will begin receiving their scholarships, if accepted, at the start of the fall 2005 semester. For more information, contact John Vallentine, professor and director of the School of Music, at (319) 273-2024.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new class of Presidential Scholars will begin its studies on the University of Northern Iowa campus this fall.

____(Name)____ of ___(Address / Hometown)___ is among the 20 students to receive the four-year scholarships. The awards will provide $7,000 per year for four years. Students must maintain the academic excellence for which the awards have been granted.

The select group will take part in scholars-only seminars, be eligible for special travel/study opportunities and receive extensive individual advising. All will be required to complete a senior thesis or project. Presidential Scholars are also members of the University Honors Program.

UNI President Robert Koob said, 'The University of Northern Iowa's Presidential Scholars program accords to students of exceptional academic performance the same recognition and financial aid benefits that universities have long accorded to students of exceptional athletic ability. The program represents a deep commitment to academic excellence at the University.'

Renee Romano, UNI vice president for educational and student services, added, 'UNI is working hard to recruit the top students in the state. Those that don't receive presidential scholarships are often eligible for other scholarships based on academic merit.'

Students who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class and who scored a 29 or higher on the ACT test are eligible to apply. Those in classes consisting of fewer than 50 people must be one of the top five in their class. Those interested in being considered for this award in the fall of 2006 need to be sure their applications are received no later than Dec. 15, 2005.



AURORA Sarah Stiefel, 410 Main St.

BELMOND Amy Coombs, 615 3rd St. S.E.

CARROLL Matthew Rohden, 1326 N. Court St.

CASCADE Molly McAllister, 72 Eaglet Court

CEDAR FALLS Michelle Formanek, 3128 Abraham Dr.

CEDAR RAPIDS Emily Sorensen, 7502 Macon Dr. N.E.

DES MOINES Rebecca Homard, 2807 36th St.

DYSART Kassidy Lyons, 310 Lincoln St.

GLADBROOK Chelsea Reinhard, 309 Lincoln St.

HOLSTEIN Michael Cronin, 1332 Indian Ave.

MONONA Jessica Fohey, 205 S. Monroe St.

NEW VIENNA Matthew Bries, 31568 New Vienna Road

PELLA Andrew Knight, 824 195th Ave.

PEOSTA Elizabeth Harriss, 761 Melinda Dr.

SPENCER Molly Steffen, 1501 Patricia Ave.

SPIRIT LAKE Erin Schrunk, 1510 28th St.

WATERLOO Amanda Wilson, 903 Newton St.

WAUKON Jodi Sweeney, 739 7th Ave. S.E.


NEW HAVEN, MO. Sarah Bumgarner, 210 Bates St.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Josh Mahoney, 1316 Snowberry Tr.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- ___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, a recent graduate of ___(High School)___, is among a select group of students admitted to the University Honors Program at the University of Northern Iowa, beginning with the 2005 fall semester.

'The University Honors Program at UNI encourages motivated and interested students to make the most of their collegiate experiences through interaction with faculty and social connections with other capable students,' said Jessica Moon, the program's director, adding that the program provides unique educational opportunities for high-ability students.

Honors sections of liberal arts core and other university courses are made up entirely of honors students, with a class limit of 20. Students also choose from upper level seminars, unique courses developed specifically for the program. They round out their University Honors curriculum by selecting honors electives. The honors experience culminates with a senior thesis/project that allows students to independently explore a scholarly area of interest prior to graduation.

Entering first-year students with an ACT of 27 or higher, or an SAT I of 1210 or higher, and a high school rank in the top 10 percent, are automatically invited to join the University Honors Program upon their admission to UNI, and are asked to respond to accept their position in the program. Those who do not meet the criteria for an automatic invitation can request that their case be reviewed on an individual basis by sending a copy of their transcript and a one-page letter describing why he or she would be a good candidate for the program.

Current UNI or transfer students may apply for admission with a GPA of 3.30 or better, and a professor's recommendation.


June 20, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Some 200 elementary and middle school teachers from U.S. military installations around the world and in the United States are gathering in Cedar Falls and Waterloo this month for three University of Northern Iowa-directed mathematics workshops.

The workshops, June 20-24 and June 27-July 1, are part of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)/UNI Mathematics Project, which for the 13th year is providing inservice instruction to teachers of U.S. military dependents at bases throughout the world.

This is the first year that the workshops will focus on K-5 teachers, according to Catherine Miller, UNI associate professor of mathematics and director of UNI's DoDEA project. Two of the workshops, 'Building a System of 10' and 'Making Meaning of Operations,' are for K-5 teachers, and the third, 'Algebra in the Middle School,' is for teachers of grades 6-8.

'Although we continue to focus on standards-based mathematics teaching practice, we now work with early childhood and middle school teachers instead of high school teachers,' said Miller. 'The research-based materials in the Developing Mathematics Ideasï¾™ series help teachers develop content knowledge and teaching skills.'

Conference sites are the Holiday Inn in Cedar Falls and the Ramada Inn in Waterloo.


June 16, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thirty Provost Scholars, each receiving a $2,000 per year scholarship, renewable for four years, have been named as part of the University Honors Program at the University of Northern Iowa. The scholars will begin their studies this fall.

__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, is among the students receiving Provost awards.

To be eligible for the awards, students have to score at least a 29 on the American College Testing (ACT) exam and be in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. Students in classes with fewer than 50 students must be one of the top five in their classes.

Those interested in being considered for these awards in the fall of 2006 need to be sure their applications are received no later than Dec. 15, 2005.


June 15, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowaï¾—The documentary, 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie' won awards of excellence and merit from the Iowa Motion Picture Association during the awards ceremony in Des Moines on June 7.

The film, produced by Daryl Smith, director of the University of Northern Iowa's Native Roadside Vegetation Center and David O'Shields of New Light Media, traces the prairie's transformation from natural landscape to farmland.

The film received awards of excellence in these categories:

Director of Photography (film); New Light Media, William Carlsonï¾—Carlson Media Services

Editing (long form); New Light Media, Clayton Conditï¾—Splice Here

Script Writing (produced); New Light Media, David O'Shields

Soundtrack Audio Mix; New Light Media, Brian Keane, Keith Chirgwin, Tom Skarupa and Jeff Frez-Albrecht

The film received awards of merit in these categories:

Direction (long form); New Light Media, David O'Shields

Documentary; New Light Media, David O'Shields, Daryl Smith

Original Music Score; New Light Media, Brian Keaneï¾—Brian Keane Music

The documentary used breathtaking cinematography, original music and moving narrative to tell the story of the tallgrass prairie. (Iowa's prairies, began in the early 1800s when Iowa was blanketed by 28 million acres of tallgrass.)

The Iowa Motion Picture Association promotes and enhances the talents and skills of members of the Iowa film and video production community. IMPA hosts and supports many events, activities and workshops throughout the year.


June 14, 2005 - 7:00pm


During the Iowa Leadership Camp banquet on Thursday, June 16, Kelly Neiber will receive a certificate of excellence, signed by University of Northern Iowa President Robert Koob. The banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. in UNI's Commons Ballroom.

Neiber is the director of the Iowa Leadership Camp, executive director for the Iowa Association of Student Councils, and a special education teacher at Des Moines East High School. She is also a UNI alumna. She stays involved with her alma mater by volunteering during the Iowa State Fair and with the UNI Office of Admissions and participates in UNITE legislative advocacy.

The Iowa Leadership Camp brings 50 to 75 Iowa high school students to the University of Northern Iowa campus each year. This year's camp runs from June 13 through June 17.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Association of Educational Office Personnel (AEOP) chose Nick Bambach, director of UNI Human Resource Services, as the UNI AEOP Administrator of the Year. This annual award is given to an educator or administrator who has modeled professionalism and has demonstrated support of UNI AEOP and its purpose, which is to provide opportunities for professional growth and to promote the recognition of educational office professionals as partners on the educational team.

The organization also installed its 2005-2006 officers. Doris Mitchell, secretary III in Museums & Collections, is the new AEOP president.

Other officers are Deanne Ubben, secretary II in Campbell Hall, secretary; and Janet MacTaggart, secretary II in Lawther Hall, treasurer.



Six University of Northern Iowa art students have been chosen to exhibit at the 2005 Des Moines Arts Festival, June 24-26. Andrew Crooks, Cedar Falls; Thaddeus Erdahl, Waterloo; Sarah German, Ankeny; Stephanie Sailer, Denison; Chris Singewald, Waverly; and Tyler Speicher, Conrad, were six of 23 students chosen from around the state to participate in the festival's Emerging Iowa Artist Program. Their artwork is currently on display at Debut Gallery, 220 Main Street, Cedar Falls.

The ArtFair SourceBook ranks the Des Moines Arts Festival the fourth-best fine arts festival in the nation.

More than 100 UNI alumni volunteer at the Des Moines Arts Festival each year. This partnership has enabled UNI alumni to earn money for student scholarships through the alumni association scholarship fund.


June 13, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Through a partnership between the University of Northern Iowa's Cooperative Education/Internship Program and The Washington Center (TWC) in Washington, D.C., seven UNI students will spend their summer in internships in the nation's capital.

Kevin Biggerstaff, a biology major from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., received a $9,000 scholarship to work with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sidney Cross, a finance and real estate major from Gary, Ind., is interning with the U.S. Department of Defense. Cross received a $7,000 scholarship for his internship as financial management program analyst with the department.

Lorelle Curry, a political science and sociology major from Hampton, Va., received a $3,000 scholarship to work with Women for Women International.

Brandon Fiagle, a B.F.A. art major with a studio emphasis from Iowa City, received a $1,200 housing scholarship for his graphic design internship with PRATA Company.

Ashley Kockler, a political science and history major from Nevada, received a $1,200 housing scholarship to work with Palumbo & Cerrell.

Jonathan Plate, an accounting and marketing major from Grinnell, is interning with the U.S. Treasury Department. He received a $4,000 scholarship for this position.

Jaclyn Weaver, a political communication and economics business analysis major from Waterloo, received a $1,200 housing scholarship for her internship with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

There was a marked increase in interest in TWC program from students this year, according to Allan Stamberg, cooperative education director for UNI Advising & Career Services.

'This is an area we wanted to focus on, and we went from one student participating two years ago to seven students participating this year,' Stamberg said. 'It's a great credit to the students who took the time out of their schedules to apply and now participate in this quality program.'

In addition to their internship responsibilities, these students enroll in a three-hour weekly course. Each semester TWC offers 25 to 35 different courses taught by professors from Washington, D.C., institutions such as Georgetown University, American University and Catholic University. The students also attend the Washington Forum, which exposes the students to national and world leaders through the Presidential Lecture Series, the Seminar with Senators, the Verizon Congressional Speakers Series and the Embassy Visits Program.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has awarded SBS scholarships to incoming freshmen.

SBS scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit to entering freshmen who expect to major in one of the college's degree programs. Departments within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences are design, family and consumer sciences; geography; history; political science; psychology; social work; and, sociology, anthropology and criminology.

ᆲ__(Name)_ from __(hometown)_ has received an SBS scholarship for $5,000 per year for up to four years. __(He/She)_ graduated fromᆲ__(High School Name)_ High School in May.

To be considered for the CSBS scholarship, students must be ranked in the top 15 percent of their graduating class, have scored a 27 or above on their ACT, and provide two letters of recommendation from teachers.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Volunteer UNI recently recognized seven University of Northern Iowa faculty and students for their outstanding dedication and commitment to the local agencies for which they volunteer.

Thomas Connors, associate professor of history, received the Faculty Volunteer of the Year award. Connors volunteers as the president of the Cedar Falls Historical Society board of directors. He provides leadership and vision to the organization by securing grants, working with exhibits, assisting with research and selecting artifacts.

Mandi DeRocher, a senior parks, recreation and leisure services major from Le Mars, is the Student Volunteer of the Year. DeRocher volunteers as college buddy director for Best Buddies at UNI. She plans and implements group outings, maintains contact with 35 volunteers each month, monitors the team of officers and chapter members and spends one-on-one time with her buddy.

Kathleen Kerr, professor of health, physical education and leisure services, received faculty honorable mention for her work with the Hartman Reserve Nature Center.

James 'JB' Bolger and Kyle Thomas, both from Cedar Falls, Lisa Luedtke from Algona and Gina Nechanicky from Buckingham received student honorable mentions for their work with the Waterloo Regional Airport, UNI Habitat for Humanity, UNI Study Abroad and the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, respectively.

Volunteer UNI is a program of UNI Advising & Career Services and connects UNI students, faculty and staff with more than 100 Cedar Valley non-profit organizations.


June 12, 2005 - 7:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa is hosting 100 students for the six-week Classic Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science programs. The 40 Math & Science participants are high school students from across Iowa. This program began Saturday, June 11. The 60 Classic program participants are from the Cedar Falls and Waterloo area, and the program started Monday, June 13.

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program designed to empower participants with the academic skills and motivation necessary for success in high school and college. The Math & Science program exposes students to math and science careers and provides opportunities to enter a college or university to study math, science or a related field.

June 9, 2005 - 7:00pm


UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) is one of five sites hosting the 2005 Governor's Conference on Environmental Education. At 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, conference participants will hear presentations from the CEEE, UNI's Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Program, the Iowa Living Roadway Trust Fund, and the Hartman Reserve Nature Center Environmental Education Program.

The two-day conference, held every five years since the first Earth Day in 1970, promotes understanding and appreciation of environmental education in Iowa and encourages civic support for current and emerging environmental education programs. The conference is intended for state legislators, local elected officials, media, school districts, state agencies, county conservation boards and community service organizations.


Pat Higby, CEEE energy educator, (319) 273-6012

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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Martin Chin, University of Northern Iowa associate professor of chemistry, recently received a $33,118 Cottrell College Science Award (CCSA) from Research Corporation, based in Tucson, Ariz.

The award will help support Chin's research to create a metal compound that will make the conversion of methane gas to methanol a more efficient process. This will enable methanol to be a competitive alternative to common liquid fuels.

A key element in the CSSA research program is that the research involves undergraduate students in a meaningful way and raises the quality of undergraduate education. Chin has employed four UNI chemistry majors to help with his research this summer: Devin Maurer from Cedar Falls, Robbie Schwenker and Mitchell Parr, both of Vinton, and Neysa Allworth from Wapello.

The CCSA program challenges faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions to explore new areas of science, to make new discoveries that contribute to their discipline and to initiate new research programs that can be sustained by other extramural funding sources, as well as with institutional support.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The first two races in the 2005 Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon championship racing series, managed by the University of Northern Iowa, are complete. Competitors in three divisions raced in Marshalltown on May 14 and in Cedar Rapids on May 27 and 28. The next race is June 11 and 12 in Pomeroy.

Current standings in Division 1A are Pomeroy-Palmer High School in first place, Hubbard-Radcliffe Community School in second, and Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School in third. Division 1A competitors spend less than $2,500 on their cars and are part-time or first-year participants.

In Division 2A, teams from Muscatine High School are currently in first and second places and Cedar Rapids Prairie High School is in third place. Division 2A is for experienced teams and required participants to spend less than $2,500 on their cars.

The current placeholders in Division 3A are Pomeroy-Palmer High School teams in first and third and Randy Huling/NIACC in second. Division 3A is geared toward college-level competition, and the team can spend more than $2,500 on its car.

The Iowa Electrathon is a statewide program that encourages high school and college students to use a problem-solving approach to design and build efficient vehicles, teaching them to evaluate alternatives and make sustainable lifestyle choices. For more information, visit


June 8, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will break ground on the new Business and Community Services (BCS) building Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. on the lot adjacent to the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) on Jennings Drive. The public may attend.

Speaking at the event will be UNI President Robert Koob; U.S. Senator Charles Grassley; State Representative Willard Jenkins; Michael Gartner, president, Board of Regents, State of Iowa; Dee Vandeventer, board member, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance; Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business and Community Services; and Megan Kemp, student intern, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

If it rains, the event will take place inside the CEEE.

The BCS building will feature an innovation accelerator, a student business incubator, UNI's economic development and technology transfer programs, UNI's Conference & Event Services, and Iowa State Extension offices. Located by the CEEE, the new building marks the beginning of UNI's public campus, designed to provide an interactive environment for public/private partnerships utilizing the combined technical assistance of UNI and the broader community.

The total project cost is $4.6 million. It is jointly funded by federal appropriations from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Small Business Administration, and a state appropriation from the Grow Iowa Values Fund. Construction should be completed by fall 2006.

In the past year, UNI's Business and Community Services outreach programs have provided opportunities for 1,010 students and 90 faculty members to actively participate in economic development and technology transfer projects. Collectively, BCS programs have been in all 99 counties and impacted 3,500 business, 450 communities and 32,600 employees and community leaders across Iowa.

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Board of Regents to meet June 13 and 14

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Monday and Tuesday, June 13 and 14 at the Iowa School for the Deaf, in Council Bluffs. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Approval of Secretary and Treasurer for 2005-06 fiscal year


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

2. Best practices report on student retention

The report includes information about UNI's 'best practices' that contribute to its success in student retention. Last year, the Education Trust selected UNI as one of 12 institutions to host a study team whose mission was to document UNI's unusual success in retention and graduation rates.


Susan Koch, associate provost and dean of the Graduate College (319) 273-2748

3. Capital improvement plan, fiscal year 2006

Human Performance Complex -- schematic design presentation and approval

The proposed Human Performance Complex supports the university and College of Education strategic plans. It will be funded through a combination of federal, private and institutional funds. This addition to the existing Wellness Recreation Center is focused on 1) supporting the academic athletic training program; and 2) providing space for programs related to healthy youth development, including academic programs in leisure, youth and human services, and health promotion education. Examples of some of those programs are Camp Adventure Youth Services, Global Health Corps, and the National Program for Playground Safety.


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

Chris Edginton, director, UNI School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, (319) 273-2840

4. Register of capital improvement business transactions


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

5. Department name change to Department of Design, Textiles, Gerontology & Family Studies

This proposed name better reflects the academic programs within the department and will communicate more clearly to prospective students, current students and the public.


Susan Koch, associate provost and dean of the Graduate College (319) 273-2748

6. Final operation budgets, including Athletics and Residence


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

7. Performance indicators


Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

8. Personnel register for January, February, March and April


Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

9. Quarterly investment report


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

10. Supervision of admission to, and termination of, the undergraduate major and minor in Inter-American Studies


Susan Koch, associate provost and dean of the Graduate College (319) 273-2748

11. Tenant property rental


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

12. Supplemental tuition increase


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

13. Computer fee increase


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



James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Winners have been announced from the 12th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Conference held recently at the University of Northern Iowa, where students in physics, chemistry, biology and environmental studies presented the results of their research.

UNI undergraduate and graduate students doing current or recently completed scientific research were eligible to participate in the conference that gives students an opportunity to present their research results in a professional setting, according to Siobahn Morgan, UNI professor of astronomy and secretary of UNI's Sigma Xi chapter.

Receiving the award for the best undergraduate paper was Cary Pint, a physics major from Evansdale, for his paper 'Chain Length Dependence of the Phase Transition Mechanisms in Short-chained n-Alkanes on Graphite.' His research was performed under the guidance of Michael Roth, UNI associate professor of physics, and investigated the ways that complex molecules (n-Alkanes) were related to one another and how they melted under various conditions. These molecules have a wide range of industrial uses.

Ann Schwemm, a biology major from Tripoli, and Elodie Pasco, a graduate student in environmental science from Coignieres, France, received the award for the best graduate student paper for their paper 'Iron and Acetate Enhance Phosphorus Sequestration in Wetland Sediments.' They examined the interaction of iron and phosphorus in the Cedar River watershed wetlands and how the use of inexpensive iron can possibly prevent phosphorus (which reduces the oxygen content of the water) from entering streams, rivers and lakes.

Each of the students received a cash prize of $25.


June 7, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Microsoft Excel,' a course that introduces the basic commands and capabilities of Microsoft Excel and more advanced topics, will be offered this summer by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training.

The three-module course will run from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 27; Wednesday, June 29; and Friday, July 1; at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. Chris Case will teach the course.

Module one will cover beginning topics. Module two will introduce intermediate skills and module three will address more advanced issues. For a detailed description of the topics being covered, visit the Excel Training page at

Early bird registration, offered through Wednesday, June 15, is $250 for all three modules or $89 per module. After June 15, the registration fee is $299 for all three modules or $115 per module. The registration deadline is noon, Wednesday, June 22. For more information or to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit


June 6, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Fifteen Iowa students participated in Iowa's Junior Solar Sprint at the University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School on April 30. The Junior Solar Sprint is a classroom-based competition of solar-powered model cars open to fifth- through ninth-grade students.

Overall place-winners were Nathan Mueller, an eighth-grade student at Clear Creek-Amana in Oxford, first place; Alicia Schulte, a seventh-grade student at North Winneshiek in Decorah, second place; and Michael Schwake, a sixth-grade student at Central in Waterloo, third place.

Eighth-grade winners were Mueller, first place; Quinn Van Tyn, a student at North Winneshiek in Decorah, second place; and Zane Old Bear, a student at Meskwaki Settlement in Tama, third place. Seventh-grade winners were Schulte, first place; Geoffrey Stout, a home-schooled student from Dunkerton, second place; and Jacob Tayloe, a home-schooled student from Cedar Falls, third place. Sixth-grade winners were Schwake, first place; Dayton Lasley, a student at Meskwaki Settlement in Tama, second place; and Paul Schwake, a student at Central in Waterloo, third place. Furkan Pecen, a fifth grade student at Hansen in Cedar Falls, won his grade's competition.

Pecen and Schwake received the Cedar Falls Sertoma Club Best Performers Award, and Jenna Freiderich and Jessica Spada, eighth-grade students from Forest City, received the Cedar Falls Sertoma Club Most Patriotic Award.

Sponsored by the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) and the Iowa Energy Center, Iowa's Junior Solar Sprint encourages youth to pursue engineering and technical careers and fosters enthusiasm for renewable-energy technologies. For more information about Iowa's Junior Solar Sprint, contact Craig Pawlak, program director at the CEEE, at (319) 273-3850 or visit


June 5, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Larry Hensley, University of Northern Iowa professor of physical education and director of the UNI Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute, recently was inducted into the National Association for Sport and Physical Education's (NASPE) Hall of Fame. An internationally recognized physical activity expert, Hensley has taught at UNI for more than 25 years.

Joining Hensley were 2005 Hall of Fame inductees, Olympic Gold Medalist and Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner and Dr. Ralph Vernacchia of Western Washington University.

Past inductees include University of Tennessee Women's Basektball Coach Pat Summitt, tennis greats Billie Jean King and the late Arthur Ashe, NFL Hall of Famers Nick Buoniconti and Anthony Munoz, Olympians such as the late Wilma Rudolph, Rafer Johnson, Peter Vidmar, Nancy Hogshead, and Tony DiCicco, head coach of the 1999 Women's World Cup Champion Soccer Team, among others.

'The NASPE Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals who have achieved new levels of excellence in sport and physical activity and inspired others by their example of what quality, physical activity and sport programs can do to make a better world,' said NASPE President Dolly Lambdin.

A Texas native, Hensley serves as associate director of the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. He also is director of the Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute, headquartered at UNI. The institute was established in 2001 with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the physical activity and nutritional needs of children and adolescents, particularly those residing in small towns and rural communities.

In 1999-2000 he served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Physical Education at the U.S. Military Academy. In 2004, he served as Visiting Advisory Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Hensley has served on the Iowa Governor's Council for Physical Fitness and Sport, and is a NASPE past president.

For more information about NASPE, see



DES MOINES, Iowa -- Today, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack signed into law a bill that provides a $2 per gallon income tax credit to Iowa companies that convert their shops to soybean oil-based metalworking fluids. 'Soy-based lubricants are a wonderful example of university research being used to create economic opportunities throughout Iowa,' said Vilsack. 'We must continue to encourage this kind of innovation as we strive to transform our economy and capitalize on our strengths.'

According the University of Northern Iowa's Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) Research Program, U.S. companies use approximately 80 million gallons of metalworking fluids annually. Soy industrial lubes and greases are the result of more than 14 years of research by ABIL, and is sponsored by the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Lou Honary, president and CEO of Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing (ELM) Inc., a manufacturer of soy lubricants based in Plainfield, Iowa, said the bill provides a 'gentle nudge' which pushes these products into a wider market.

'These products can compete on their own merit not only because they are better lubricants for machining, but also because they are safer for workers and for the environment,' said Honary. 'But, the initial cost involved in converting an operation represents an investment due to the cleaning and disposal expenses associated with changing out petroleum products.'

Several major Iowa companies currently use soy based metalworking fluids developed at ABIL. Reactions from these manufacturers are unanimously positive. 'We originally looked at ELM because of their renewable, biodegradable, Iowa-made product,' said John Roth, mechanical maintenance supervisor for PMX Industries, Inc., in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 'We continue to use soy-based coolants for cost savings, and have found it to be a much cleaner product.' PMX is one of a handful of companies that supply the U.S. Mint.

'With the expansion of specialty soybean acres in Iowa, the use of soy oil specifically grown for industrial lubricant applications continues to provide new acres to this base,' said Ralph Scheidecker, ELM director of operations. Scheidecker, also is a soybean producer. 'This provides not only additional demand beyond the current markets, but also creates new products that are providing superior performance for our customers.'

Lyle Michels who runs a mid-sized machine shop in Jesup, Iowa has become an advocate for soy products. 'I use the soy-based cutting fluid because it is a better lubricant and reduces my manufacturing costs. It is an environmentally friendly fluid and it reduces my disposal costs.'

Due to the superior lubricity and higher and safer flash and fire points of soy-based metal cutting fluids, specialized industries, including the aircraft industry, have taken note and explored the use of these products.

Bob Yancey, president of Turbine Fuel Technologies, a Des Moines-based division of aerospace and defense company Goodrich Corporation, attended the governor's bill signing ceremony to show his support for the bill. 'Our experience with the product has indicated a number of benefits, particularly the higher flashpoint which promotes a better machining environment for our products and improved safety conditions for our workforce.'

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CEDAR FALLS�Sixteen students at the University of Northern Iowa are spending a portion of their summer welcoming entering freshmen, transfer students and their parents to UNI's Summer Orientation sessions that begin June 6.

__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__ is serving on the orientation staff. (See information on individual students below.)

Guidelines for staff selection were interpersonal strengths, involvement in campus activities and organizations, academic achievement, knowledge of the university and sensitivity to the concerns of new students and their parents.

Jon Buse, director of new student programs, and Connie Hansen, student organizations coordinator, said approximately 1,800 freshmen and 400 transfer students are expected to attend orientation this summer. The two-day summer orientation sessions for incoming freshmen will take place twice a week from June 6 through July 8, while one-day sessions will be June 8, 15 and 29 for transfer students.

During the sessions, students and parents will attend presentations addressing different aspects of college life. Students will participate in various activities with summer orientation staff to learn how to make the most of their college experience. They also will meet with their academic advisers, register for fall semester classes and explore campus.

Parents will learn about residence hall living, financial aid, academic advising and class scheduling, and have an opportunity to visit with UNI faculty and tour the campus.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Listed below in alphabetical order by hometown, with Iowa residents listed first, are the UNI Summer Orientation staff members. Please check the list for other towns in your coverage area. Thank you.


BETTENDORF Mark Moore is a junior sales management/marketing major who has maintained his past level of involvement in student activities, following military deployment overseas for more than a year. He is president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and has been a senator for Northern Iowa Student Government. He enjoys spending time with friends and working out at UNI's Wellness & Recreation Center.

BOONE Lisa Wells is a junior elementary education major who is a member of Student Alumni Ambassadors and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in intramural tennis, house activities and helped with the Lawther Hall volunteer committee. At the Lutheran Student Center, she has been involved in a women's Bible study, an after school program working with children, and mission trips to Guatemala during her spring breaks. In her spare time Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors, watching movies and hanging out with friends and family.

CASCADE Joe Dobler is a senior elementary/middle school education major who has taken a leadership role while living in the UNI residence halls. He was the social chair for Grimes House and now serves as the president of Rider Hall. When not in the residence halls, he can be found at the Wellness & Recreation Center playing basketball or intramural sports. In his free time Joe enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends and cheering for the Panthers. This is his second year as an orientation staff member.

DEWITT Briget Froeschle is a senior public relations major who is active in both PRIDE and PRSSA, two pre-professional public relations student organizations on campus. She also is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and St. Stephens Catholic Student Center, and enjoys participating in outdoor activities and relaxing with family and friends. This is Briget's second year as an orientation staff member.

DIKE Jenny Rokes is a senior history education major who likes to stay busy. She is a member of Student Alumni Ambassadors and serves as a member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, which governs public higher education in Iowa. In addition, she works as a resident assistant in Noehren Hall and maintains part-time employment at Fareway Food Stores. When she has free time, Jenny enjoys reading, running, watching movies and cheering on the Panthers.

ESTHERVILLE Eric Rosburg is a senior math education major who has been active his last three years in the UNI residence halls. He has served as hall president, resident assistant and as peer advisor in residence (PAIR) in Bender Hall. Eric also enjoys participating in intramural sports, cycling, golfing and attending Panther sporting events.

JESUP Kelly Rohlfsen is a junior elementary/middle school education major and active member of the campus community. She is a Student Alumni Ambassador and a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She works in an after-school program with young children. Her hobbies include hanging out with her friends, playing the piano and organ, and reading.

MANCHESTER Paul Waterman is a senior elementary education major who has demonstrated leadership through involvement in an array of activities at UNI. He has served as a house and hall secretary, on the Rider Hall Senate and as a peer adviser in his residence hall. He is co-president of the Lutheran Student Center and president of the National Residence Hall Honorary, a member of Student Alumni Ambassadors, as well as the Co-Curricular Transcript Committee, and a resident assistant. He has worked in the Redeker Dining Center and in Advising and Career Services. In his free time, he plays sports, lifts weights, relaxes with friends and family and enjoys the outdoors. This is Paul's third year as an orientation staff member.

MARION Rodney Egel is a junior history education major who participates in a variety of activities at UNI, including Student Alumni Ambassadors, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the University Honors Program and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Computer Advisory Committee. He loves music, movies and exercising at the UNI Wellness & Recreation Center.

MILFORD Brock Holman is a senior elementary and middle school education major. He has served in leadership positions in the residence halls, where he has been house president, community service chair, MACURH (Midwest Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls) Conference Planning Committee member, resident assistant and community adviser. He also served as chair of the President's Council for the Department of Residence, where he led a group of 10 hall presidents to make improvements to on-campus living. In addition, he is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary, and, when not busy, enjoys movies, traveling and spending time with friends. This is his third year as an orientation staff member.

MONTICELLO Keith Stiffler is a senior public administration: human resources major who has been active in intramural sports and in residence life at UNI, serving on residence hall senate and as a resident assistant in Bender Hall. In his free time, he likes to hang out with friends, work out, watch movies, play video games and visit amusement parks.

ODEBOLT Tisha Schofield is a junior electronic media major who has been a hall senator in her residence hall and is a member of Panther Posse. She enjoys intramural sports and attended the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (MACURH) Conference in 2003. She also works as an office assistant for the UNI track and field team. In her free time, she enjoys shopping, exercising and hanging out with friends and family.

SABULA Eric Marshall is a junior economics major who is a resident assistant in Noehren Hall, a tutor, Student Alumni Ambassador and participates in the economics and pre-law clubs. He enjoys working out with friends and playing racquetball at the UNI Wellness & Recreation Center, as well as hanging out with friends and family, reading, being outdoors and attending Panther athletic events.

URBANDALE Andrew Wachter is a senior marketing major who spent a semester studying in Newcastle, Australia, before returning to UNI. He is a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, the American Marketing Association and serves as the director of programming for the executive committee of the Interfraternity Council. He enjoys participating in intramural sports, playing guitar and exploring Cedar Falls with friends.

WEST DES MOINES Jessica Webb is a senior history education major. She is president of the Panhellenic Council, a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and was a member of the UNI History Club. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in Maucker Union with friends, reading and watching movies.


DECATUR, ILL. Chase Cheviron is a senior management information systems major who will study abroad in Australia next year. He is an active member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and president of the Interfraternity Council. He completed an internship and worked for the Department of Residence, assisting with ResNet, the online network for the residence halls. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out at the Oasis Caf�.

June 2, 2005 - 7:00pm


Visit the Web site below and follow the instructions for retrieving the names of students from your coverage area that are spring graduates of the University of Northern Iowa and for those named to the spring semester Dean's list. Names can be retrieved by zip code or by county. Follow the instructions at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ashley Kockler, a senior political science and government major from Nevada, was awarded a 'Gold Star Award' for outstanding contributions to on-campus living at the University of Northern Iowa.

In addition to being a founding member of the Programming Board, Kockler has served as committee chair, resident assistant (RA), house social chair, RA conference staff member, hall president, member of the Recognition and Involvement Board and was an award-winning conference presenter.

'I am amazed at Ashley's commitment, strength and dedication to the Department of Residence,' said Scott Mitchell, Noehren Hall coordinator. 'I know that all of her residents, colleagues and even supervisors have grown by knowing and working with her.'

The 'Gold Star Award' is the highest residential leadership award an on-campus student can receive, and has been presented annually since 1989. Residence hall communities at UNI include more than 3,600 students in nine residence halls.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Paul Waterman, a senior elementary education major from Manchester, was awarded a 'Gold Star Award' for outstanding contributions to on-campus living at the University of Northern Iowa.

In addition to his staff roles as resident assistant (RA) and Peer Advisor in Residence (PAIR), Waterman has served as house secretary, conference delegate and hall secretary, and is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary, where he has served as president.

'Paul has been known to residents and staff alike as a caring, sincere person who emanates an aura of concern for all individuals with whom he comes in contact,' said David Schmid, Rider Hall coordinator. 'It is impossible not to have a smile on your face when you are around Paul because of his positive attitude and desire to have others around him enjoy themselves.'

The 'Gold Star Award' is the highest residential leadership award an on-campus student can receive, and has been presented annually since 1989. Residence hall communities at UNI include more than 3,600 students in nine residence halls.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Joshua Smyser, a senior accouting major from Stockton, was awarded a 'Gold Star Award' for outstanding contributions to on-campus living at the University of Northern Iowa.

Smyser has served as house president, been member of numerous departmental committees, and was the chair of the Presidents Council.

David Schmid, Rider Hall coordinator, said that Smyser 'posseses a personality that simply attracts others to him. He is open, warm, kind and caring. He truly puts effort into everything he does in order to do the best job possible.'

The 'Gold Star Award' is the highest residential leadership award an on-campus student can receive, and has been presented annually since 1989. Residence hall communities at UNI include more than 3,600 students in nine residence halls.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four individuals and four organizations were honored recently on the University of Northern Iowa campus when the UNI American Humanics program presented its first Cedar Valley Nonprofit Stars Awards. The awards recognize outstanding nonprofits in the community and their contributions to the Cedar Valley, according to Kelly Sanders, event chair for the organization.

Business Partner of the Year was CUNA Mutual Life Insurance Company, nominated by Lutheran Services in Iowa. Cedar Valley United Way, nominated by its director of marketing and communications, Molly Clubb, received the Collaboration Award. The Ingenuity Award was presented to La Porte City Crosslines, nominated by Jim Bader, and the Church Row Historic Neighborhood Association, nominated by Waterloo Mayor Tim Hurley, was named Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year.

Individual awardees were: Patricia Gorman, Nonprofit Leader of the Year, nominated by Iowa State University Extension; Becky Armentrout, Nonprofit Board Member of the Year, nominated by Jim Bader, La Porte City Crosslines; Katie Albrecht, Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership, nominated by Cedar Valley United Way; and Angela Dethlefs-Trettin, Emerging Nonprofit Leader, nominated by Stacy VanGorp.

Kala M. Stroup, president of American Humanics, Inc., was the keynote speaker. Based in Kansas City, American Humanics is the only national organization that prepares undergraduate students for professional careers in the nonprofit sector.

Also speaking were UNI President Robert Koob and Nate Gerdes of Cedar Falls, president of UNI American Humanics.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jenny Rinehart, a senior elementary education major from Altoona, was awarded a 'Gold Star Award' for outstanding contributions to on-campus living at the University of Northern Iowa.

Rinehart has served as hall president and vice president, Programming Board representative, hall secretary, delegate to national and regional leadership conferences, hall welcome week committee member, and president of the National Residence Hall Honorary Society, and is an award-winning program presenter.

Greg Thompson, Campbell Hall coordinator, said that Rinehart has a passion and zeal for working with residents, and applauds her for being 'instrumental in developing an interactive house government for our three upper-class houses.'

The 'Gold Star Award' is the highest residential leadership award an on-campus student can receive, and has been presented annually since 1989. Residence hall communities at UNI include more than 3,600 students in nine residence halls.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --Renee Maurer, a senior elementary and early childhood education major from Fayette, was awarded a 'Gold Star Award' for outstanding contributions to on-campus living at the University of Northern Iowa.

Maurer has served as house president, vice president and secretary, resident assistant, senior resident assistant, a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary, NACURH Communications Coordinator, a member of the Recognition and Involvement Board and MACURH programming representative.

Greg Thompson, Campbell Hall coordinator, says Maurer's greatest strength is her ability to relate to others. 'She cares about other people and is an empathetic and compassionate listener and coach. She is truly a servant leader, ensuring that her work is for the greater good of the community.'

The 'Gold Star Award' is the highest residential leadership award an on-campus student can receive, and has been presented annually since 1989. Residence hall communities at UNI include more than 3,600 students in nine residence halls.


May 30, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Purple and Old Gold awards, recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement in particular areas, were presented to 56 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's commencement exercises Saturday, May 7, in the UNI-Dome.

Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at commencement exercises on May 29, 1939. The awards for meritorious scholarship are presented to students who have the highest grade point average in each of the designated academic areas. Those for conspicuous achievement are granted to students with outstanding accomplishments in particular areas. Each student receives a certificate and a bronze medallion.

Among those receiving Purple and Old Gold awards is/are __(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__. He/She is being honored for __(meritorious scholarship/conspicuous achievement)__ in _(college)__.

Since 1939, more than 1,810 students have been Purple and Old Gold recipients. Currently awards may be in 54 academic areas, as well as for conspicuous achievement in particular areas.



AMES Megan Marie Thomas, middle level education, COE

Tracy Diane Tyler, social work, CSBS (Fall 2004 graduate)

ANKENY Andrea Marie Smiens, finance, CBA

ARCHER Erica J. Thornton Wilkinson, science education, CNS (Fall 2004 graduate)

BETTENDORF **Rachel Ann Fitkin, music, CHFA (Fall 2004 graduate)

CARROLL Ashley Marie Kluver, public administration, CSBS

CEDAR FALLS Katryna Klaudia Cisek, German, CHFA

**Ryan McGeough, forensics, CHFA

CEDAR RAPIDS **Melissa Margaret Kruth, journalism, CHFA

Stephen Paul Skram, political science, CSBS

CENTERVILLE Lindsey Nicole Clark, communicative disorders, CHFA

CHARITON Andrea Lynn White, geography, CSBS

CLARION Benjamin Lee Watne, electronic media (Fall 2004 graduate)

CLEAR LAKE Jaime Leigh Loos, economics, CBA

**Rachelle Sari Neuberger, theatre, CHFA (Summer 2005 graduate)

CLINTON Kenneth Wayne Doss, mathematics, CNS

DES MOINES Brianna Danielle Frank, art, CHFA

DONNELLSON Eliza Starr Bangert, music, CHFA

DUBUQUE Brian Paul Deiter, marketing, CBA

Melanie Marie Jenkins, French, CHFA (Fall 2004 graduate)

**Abby Marie Luensmann, athletics-soccer, COE (Fall 2004 graduate)

DYERSVILLE Jennifer Marie Deutmeyer, sociology, CSBS

ELDRIDGE Michelle Renae Nielsen, philosophy and religion, CHFA (Fall 2004 graduate)

ELK RUN HEIGHTS Christopher Michael Blad, theatre arts, CHFA

FARMERSBURG Kara Ann Ihde, early childhood education, COE

GLIDDEN Donita Christine Bundt, management: human resource, CBA

HAMPTON Lisa Buss, TESOL/English, CHFA

INDIANOLA Tonya L. Miller, special education, COE

LAKE MILLS Jessica Ann Ball, two awards: biology and chemistry, CNS (also under Mt. Pleasant)

LA PORTE CITY **Thaddeus Jay Erdahl, art, CHFA (Fall 2004 graduate)

Wendy J. Walker Scardino, public relations, CHFA (Fall 2004 graduate)

LARCHWOOD Kevin Allen Twedt, physics, CNS (Fall 2004 graduate)

MARION Joshua Alan Ness, management: information systems, CBA

MARSHALLTOWN Erin Teresa Piscitelli, criminology, CSBS

Michael Philip Tetzloff, technology education (B.A.), CNS (Fall 2004 graduate)

MASON CITY Amber Joy Bergman, psychology, CSBS

Hollie Janine Walusz, athletic training, COE

MILFORD Stacey Anne Noble, history, CSBS

MONTICELLO Gabriel Newton Smith, English, CHFA (Fall 2004 graduate)

MT. PLEASANT Jessica Ann Ball, two awards: biology and chemistry, CNS (also under Lake Mills)

MUSCATINE Rachel Jane Allen, modern language-dual, CHFA

OAKVILLE Anna Kathryn Spanhut, TESOL/modern languages

OSAGE Martin Merlyn John Cooper, social science, CSBS (Fall 2004 graduate)

PARNELL Molly Ann O'Brien, physical education, COE (Summer 2005 graduate)

PELLA Jennifer Lynn Dole, accounting, CBA (Fall 2004 graduate)

Jennifer Marie Norris, general studies, CESP

RICEVILLE Laurel Fister Lingle, health promotion and education, COE (Fall 2004 graduate)

ROCK VALLEY Kara Jean Scholten, communications, CHFA

SIOUX CITY Brian Jason Craig, earth science, CNS

SOLON Kelley Elizabeth Wilkinson, Spanish, CHFA (Fall 2004 graduate)

SPRINGVILLE Nicholas Allan Merritt, business teaching, CBA

WALKER Andrew David Berns, computer science, CNS

WAVERLY Jennifer Lynn Koenig, design, family & consumer sciences, CSBS (Summer 2005 graduate)

WEST DES MOINES Dao Minh Vo, manufacturing technology: design (B.S.), CNS (Fall 2004 graduate)


LA QUINTA, CALIF. Jonna Marie Spedaliere, elementary education, COE (Fall 2004 graduate)

LITTLETON, COLO. Cindee Jean Calton, anthropology, CSBS

PLYMOUTH, MINN. **Tom Paul Petrie, athletics-football, COE (Fall 2004 graduate)



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a one-hour performance, titled 'Tango Variations and the Iowa Waltz,' at 8 p.m., Friday, June 10. Gallery doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for those wishing to arrive early and experience Argentine tango music and videos from Argentina.

According to the performers/creators Nora Garda and Mark McCusker, the co-directors of MoJo (the Movement Joy division of Habeas Corpus Performance Group), 'This performance is a two- character, self-reflexive dance-drama about an Argentine woman and an Iowa man attempting to peacefully coexist while collaborating on a video documentary.'

In July 2004, Garda spent two weeks in Argentina videotaping and interviewing street tango dancers, milonga dancers and tango teachers. At TAIARTE (Taller Integral de Arte) professional dancers improvised tango, modern, jazz and ballet to 'The Iowa Waltz,' composed by Iowa musician Greg Brown.

With the purpose of constructing a more richly layered multi-disciplinary piece, Garda and McCusker also worked with Iowa musicians, composers and dancers, which ultimately became a seamless blend of live performance and pre-taped material, according to Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art.

According to the performers, the goal of this program is to create dialogue and collaborative community-building with seniors, teens, Latinos, women and men in order to tell a story of song, dance and people migrating around the planet.'

This performance is funded in part by the Iowa Arts Council and is free and open to the public.

The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit


May 26, 2005 - 7:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Physics will take part in a special 'Science Day' for Cedar Valley Catholic Schools middle and high school students from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 1 at Waterloo's Lost Island Water Park. Three UNI physics professors and a group of physics students will take part in the event. Gates will open at noon.

The event is taking place to commemorate 2005 as the 'World Year of Physics.'

According to Dan Kuchera, Columbus High School physics teacher and the event coordinator, this is a first for Columbus and Lost Island Water Park. 'The park owners have been very accommodating in setting aside the park for this special event. It's a unique space that allows us to do all sorts of things we could never do indoors. We would like to make this an annual event.'

Waterloo Mayor Tim Hurley will open the event and will announce science students of the year. Organizations providing hands-on demonstrations and presentations include the UNI Department of Physics, the Iowa Electrathon, Hawkeye Community College, the Waterloo Police, and Iowa State University. Presentations will include 'Conservation of Mo-melon;' 'Way too cool for me, the Potential of Kinetic Energy;' 'the Physics of Weather;' 'Dive! Dive!;' 'What a Blast!;' the prISUm Solar Car; and 'Catch This!'

The day will include competitions for students such as parabolic sand volleyball, water bottle launch, egg drop challenge, and go kart race.


May 23, 2005 - 7:00pm


Artist Mara Haseltine of Calamara Productions of Brooklyn, N.Y., will install her original sculpture, 'Lipid Love,' in UNI's McCollum Science Hall, beginning at approximately 10 a.m., Thursday, May 26. The wall-mounted, hand-blown, colored glass sculpture is 16-feet-tall and depicts how sight is created in the eye's retina. The installation blends the cutting-edge technology of bioinformatics with the ancient technique of blown glass and incorporates 3,000 pounds of glass and steel support rods. It will be located in the south atrium of the building's new addition, which was dedicated on Oct. 10, 2003. The sculpture will be totally finished after accent lighting is installed in the atrium.

The sculpture is part of the Iowa Art in State Buildings Program. Iowa law states that one-half of 1 percent of the total estimated cost of building or renovating state buildings shall be used to purchase art. The contract for this art was $79,500.

The media is welcome to photograph and videotape the installation.


May 22, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa freshmen women were selected to represent the United States this summer in two international rugby matches against Canada.

UNI students Kassie Drey, a general studies major from Schaller; Chelsey Iverson, a psychology major from New Hampton; and Kelsey Oswald, a psychology major from Manitowoc, Wis. are among the 25 U.S. players selected to the U-19 National Side team.

'It is quite an honor to be selected to the Girls U-19 National Side,' said Steve Murra, UNI's women's rugby team coach. 'The pool is about 4,000 eligible players and only 25 are selected, with these three players making the squad, that gives UNI five U-19 National Side players; more than any other high school or college in the nation.'