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October 9, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– UNI alumni Joey and Heather Woody, will serve as Grand Marshals of the University of Northern Iowa's 2005 Homecoming parade, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.















Joey Woody, 1997 UNI graduate, is one of the top athletes in the history of Panther athletics, according to Rick Hartzell, UNI athletic director. In his four years at UNI, Woody earned all-American honors in the 400-meter hurdles three times. He also was an all-American in the indoor 800 meters in 1996. In 1997, he became the school's first Division I track and field national champion, winning the 400-meter hurdles crown with a 48.9-second clocking.















Woody was named Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Track Athlete of the Year three times and was named the top male athlete at the 1994 Drake Relays. He won the 400-meter hurdles on the track at Drake Stadium twice and finished seventh in the event at the 1996 Olympic Trials.















After completing his collegiate career, Woody continued to see success on the track, winning a gold medal as part of the U.S. team's effort in the 4 x 400 team and finishing fifth in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1998 World Cup. That same year, Woody won a bronze medal at the U.S. Championships with a personal best time of 47.97 seconds, finished fourth at the Goodwill Games and won another Drake Relays title.















The Iowa City native also captured a gold medal as part of the U.S. 4 x 400 team at the World Championships in 1999 and earned sixth in the 400 hurdles. In 2000, he narrowly missed an Olympic berth, finishing fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. trials. Woody finished second in the event in both the U.S.A. Outdoor Championships (49.22 seconds) and World Outdoor Championships (48.18 seconds) in 2003, also winning another Drake crown. He was ranked the top U. S. 400-meter hurdler and third best in the world in 2003, posting six of the top seven times recorded by an American last year.















Woody added another Drake Relays title to his resume in 2004.















Joey's wife, Heather, competed for the UNI Panther Women's Track Team from 1993 to 1996. Her events were the 400-meter, 600-meter and 4 x 400-meter relays. She was a team captain and MVC Top Finisher each year she competed.















After completing her college career, Heather went on to work within the UNI Panther Athletic Club staff for two years, in fundraising and scholarship development.















According to Amy Mohr, assistant director of Alumni Relations, Heather has a deep passion for UNI and all that if offers for its students, past and present.















Heather has owned her own personal and professional coaching practice for more than four years. Her business focuses on positively enhancing the lives of people personally and professionally.















The Woodys have two children, Drake and Isabelle.















This year's homecoming parade begins at Cedar Falls High School and travels east on West 12th Street, from Division to College streets, south on College to West 23rd Street, and west on 23rd Street to Campbell Hall.















The theme for UNI's 2005 Homecoming is 'Wild with Pride.' The week-long festivities conclude Saturday, Oct. 15. The parade will be followed by the UNI Panther football game against Indiana State in the UNI-Dome at 4:05 p.m. At 7:05 p.m., the UNI Panther volleyball team will play against Wichita State in the West Gym.















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Cedar Falls, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) will offer QuickBooks Pro software training at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.















'QuickBooks Pro for Beginner Users' is a three session class ideal for those who are just getting started with the software. Each session will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 19, Friday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 28. This course will primarily focus on the basics of QuickBooks Pro, including setting preferences, establishing charts of accounts, entering invoices and bills, and how to create basic financial statements. Training will move at a pace comfortable for those new to the software. The cost is $189 per person and includes materials.































'QuickBooks Pro - Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable & Sales Tax' will meet over two sessions, from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 2; and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Nov. 11. This course will cover sales orders, estimates, progress billing, invoicing, receiving payments, creating and applying credits, setting up sales tax items, sales tax liability reports, entering and paying bills, discounts and credits using the QuickBooks Pro software. Cost for this course is $147 per person. If taken in conjunction with 'QuickBooks Pro-Payroll,' cost is $215.































'QuickBooks Pro - Payroll' will meet over two sessions, from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Nov. 4; and 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 11. Topics covered include entering payroll items, creating paychecks, processing reports for payroll tax liabilities, paying payroll liabilities, 941 preparation, 940 preparation, W-2s, 1099 set up and preparation. Cost for this course is $147 per person. If taken in conjunction with 'QuickBooks Pro - Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable & Sales Tax,' cost is $215.































All QuickBooks Pro courses are taught by Judy Schindel, certified QuickBooks trainer; and Gary L. Karr, CPA. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure, associate professor of English and African American literature at the University of Northern Iowa, has received the Philip G. Hubbard Award for Outstanding Education, given to recognize outstanding contributions to teaching, scholarship and service.































The award includes an $18,000 stipend. It was created by Joseph A. Walder, founder of Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc., of Coralville, who established similar awards at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The award honors the late Dr. Hubbard, who was a faculty member and vice president for student services at the University of Iowa. He was the first African American vice president at a Big Ten university.































'Dr. Mvuyekure is a talented and dedicated teacher and scholar who has also made significant contributions to the cultural life of the university and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls community,' said James Lubker, interim UNI provost and vice president for academic affairs, in presenting the award at the fall faculty meeting. 'As a teacher, Dr. Mvuyekure has received excellent ratings from his students, who comment on his ability to promote discussion in his classes, and his willingness to listen to their ideas and opinions.'































A native of Rwanda, he has written extensively on the literature of the African Diaspora and the Rwandan tragedy. He is a noted scholar of African American literature and his book, 'The Cambridge Introduction to the African American Novel,' will be published by Cambridge University Press in November.































Myuyekure also has served as a board member of the African American Historical and Cultural Museum of Waterloo and produces 'The Talking Drum' show on KBBG FM88.1 radio.































He joined the UNI faculty in 1995. He holds an M.A. from the University of Rwanda, and M.A. and Ph. D. degrees from the State University of New York-Buffalo.















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The University of Northern Iowa and Allied Insurance will offer a 'lunch and learn' session for parents of college-bound students on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Allied Insurance in Des Moines. The program, 'Getting Iowa's Students Into College,' will help parents learn about college options and how to help students choose what is right for them, according to Stacey Christensen, community relations manager in UNI's Office of University Marketing & Public Relations.















The event will include free lunch and real-life stories from UNI alumni working at Allied Insurance. Christensen says the goal of the workshop is to educate and inform parents of the college admissions process, financial aid process and UNI programs. This is the first time UNI has sponsored an admissions workshop in a corporation.















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Stacey Christensen, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728















Sara Schuler, Allied Insurance, (515) 508-4655















Robin Sandberg, UNI Enrollment Services, (319) 273-2281















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is sponsoring its first-ever Purple Pride Day Friday, Oct. 14, a day for students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university to show their Panther pride by wearing UNI purple apparel to help kick off this year's Homecoming Weekend.































According to Stacey Christensen, community relations manager in the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at UNI, the event is planned to become an annual celebration throughout the community, state and nation, or wherever UNI Panther fans reside. 'We want all these constituents to wear their UNI purple and take group photos showcasing their Panther pride, and then submit them for inclusion on our Web site.'















UNI apparel is available at select retail stores and online at the UNI Alumni Association and Panther Athletics Web sites. Photos may be sent to University Marketing & Public Relations, 126 East Bartlett Hall, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0392, or via E-mail at umpr@uni.edu. Those submitting photos are asked to include a short caption that explains who is in the picture and when and where it was taken.















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October 6, 2005 - 7:00pm

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Government changes rules as more Americans find themselves in debt















Credit card debt is at record highs in this country while savings are at an all-time low, and, at the same time, the federal government has raised the minimum percentage that must be paid on credit card accounts.















Fred Abraham, professor of economics at the University of Northern Iowa, says that debt service is becoming increasingly burdensome for individuals, and the toughening of the bankruptcy laws makes it more difficult for people to get out from under that debt. He says that minimum payments have been increased because they have been so low that those paying only the minimum have been paying fees and interest, with nothing remaining to go toward reducing the principal. Abraham says this provides an income flow in perpetuity for the credit card companies, but keeps consumers from breaking the cycle of debt.















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Fred Abraham, UNI professor of economics, (319) 273-2412















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































UNI to host panel discussion on AIDS















In observance of World AIDS Awareness Month in October, University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services and the Cedar AIDS Support System are sponsoring 'Face-to-Face' to increase awareness and understanding of issues related to HIV/AIDS.















'Face-to-Face' is an HIV/AIDS discussion by a panel of people living with HIV/AIDS and their friends, survivors and significant others. Panel members will share their personal stories at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Schindler Education Center, Room 246.















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Joan Thompson, UNI health aide coordinator, (319) 273-2198















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















October 5, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Patricia Sitlington, professor of special education at the University of Northern Iowa, is among four Iowa scholars to be inducted into the Iowa Academy of Education (IAE) Friday, Oct. 14. Scholars are selected for membership in the Academy based on significant contributions to the field of education.















Over the past two decades, Sitlington has worked to ensure that individuals with disabilities can lead more dignified lives as full participants in the broader community. According to the IAE, she was one of the first to address the importance of transition skills for youth with disabilities. She co-authored a major textbook, now in its fourth edition, on this topic. She is credited with helping bring about federal legislation that supports transition from school to adult life for individuals with disabilities. In 2002, she received the Philip G. Hubbard Award for Outstanding Education for her contributions to research and scholarship in special education.















Other inductees are Jackie Blount and Nicole Davis, both of Iowa State University; and, Elizabeth Whitt of the University of Iowa.















Sitlington and the three other inductees will join 19 active Iowa scholars in the IAE. The mission of the Academy is to inform educational policies and practices in Iowa through scholarly works and analysis of significant educational issues and trends. The Academy publishes occasional research papers and policy-related papers.















The IAE was created and is supported by the First In the Nation in Education (FINE) Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student learning through the use of educational research.















For more information, contact the FINE Foundation at www.finefoundation.org.















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October 4, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Encouraged by student response but still concerned about increasing attendance at night-time events on The Hill, administrators, Public Safety officials and students at the University of Northern Iowa have unveiled a campaign to help ensure that homecoming weekend is a safe one. UNI's homecoming weekend is Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16.















''Celebrate with Pride' is a joint university-community campaign based on the input of students, business and community leaders, and people who live near the university. The campaign, developed after all the groups viewed statistics and other information from previous years' events, emphasizes awareness and enforcement of existing laws, and holding people responsible for their actions, said David Zarifis, UNI Public Safety director.















Student body president, Joe Murphy, said UNI students living in Cedar Falls, both on and off campus, have been mailed postcards and brochures that explain bootlegging (selling alcohol without a license), crowd safety, Iowa's drunk-driving laws, and penalties for other infractions like using fake identification to purchase alcohol.















Also, said Edgar Berry, associate vice president for Educational & Student Services, signs indicating penalties for specific behaviors will be posted in the celebration area on The Hill. He noted that surveillance cameras are mounted throughout the area.















UNI Substance Abuse Services will distribute refrigerator magnets to students, bearing information about the dangers of binge drinking. Local bar owners have been asked to help with the effort by refraining from deeply discounted alcohol sales. They also have been asked to serve alcohol in plastic cups, not in bottles.































Finally, the Cedar Falls Police Department will again erect a 125-foot water-filled barricade along the 2200 block of College Street. 'It's safety driven,' explained Rick Ahlstrom, chief of CFPD. 'We're trying to protect life and property. We estimate that, last year, there were 5,000 people in that block alone. A crowd that size in a small area prevents emergency vehicle access. We are hoping the barricades will push people north, where there's more standing room.'















'The goal is not to inhibit anyone's ability to have a good time,' Berry said. 'But we are going to be diligent when it comes to personal safety and respect for the law and university regulations.'















University officials point out that two-thirds of the people arrested during the past homecoming celebrations had no affiliation with UNI.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cynthia Herndon, University of the Northern Iowa professor of physical education, received the College/University National Dance Educator of the year award, presented by the National Dance Association (NDA). Through a rigorous peer-review process, the recipient is nominated for professional excellence and as a positive role model.

Herndon has received a special invitation to present at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention in Salt Lake City (April 25 through April 29, 2006). She will discuss how schools can expand dance education opportunities into the community by applying the UNI model, Young Peoples Dance Theater (YPDT). According to Herndon, this program provides a practicum for facilitating a before and/or after school dance experience for elementary school children.

Christopher R. Edginton, director of UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, commends her for her dedication to dance education. 'Dr. Herndon is held in high esteem by students and her colleagues and is viewed as a role model,' he said. 'She exemplifies high standards in the pursuit of academic concerns while possessing the qualities of caring and compassion that make educators great.'

Herndon joined the UNI faculty in 1985. She teaches the physical educationï¾–teaching and physical education dance education emphasis majors, the dance minor and the liberal arts core personal wellness program. She also directs UNI's YPDT program, designed for second- to fifth- grade boys and girls in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls school system. She has directed UNI's Orchesis Dance Company with a focus on ballet, modern, jazz and tap choreography and performance. Her research interests are in dance education and dance/movement for the older adult, and she serves on the University Faculty Senate and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Advisory Board.

Herndon received her bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Springfield College and her Ph.D in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is active in the various levels of the NDA and other affiliates of AAHPERD and has presented at several international conferences.

The NDA is an association of the AAHPERD. To learn more about NDA, link to www.aahperd.org/nda.

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October 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's homecoming celebration, 'Wild with Pride,' begins Sunday, Oct. 9, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 15, with activities for students, faculty, staff and the community.































On Sunday, Oct. 9, events start with window painting in the residence halls.















On Monday, Oct. 10, student organizations will paint windows on College Hill from noon to 4 p.m. The official kick-off ceremony and Panther Pride competition begins at 5:30 p.m. on top of Maucker Union, featuring the pep-band, the UNI spirit squads and Panther Pride Cry competition.































On Tuesday, Oct. 11, there is a bone marrow registration drive in Maucker Union Coffee House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.















At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 'Panther Feud' will take place in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Teams will compete in UNI's version of the game show 'Family Feud.'















On Thursday, Oct. 13, the Panther Scramble obstacle course will begin at 4 p.m. at the Campanile Plaza. Starting at 6 p.m., Maucker Union activities will feature interactive games including 'make your own CD,' 'make your own music video' and 'funny photos;' and, at 7 p.m., the Hispanic/Latino Student Union will give salsa dance lessons. The Homecoming Retro Dance Party goes from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.















Friday, Oct. 14, has been declared UNI Purple Pride Day with students, faculty, staff and alumni encouraged to wear school colors. The pep rally begins at 8 p.m. by the Campanile. Spectators can watch Panther Pride Cry finals and the public is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the fireworks on the north side of the Curris Business Building.















Also on Friday, Oct. 14, the UNI Panther volleyball team will take on Missouri State at 7:05 p.m., in the West Gym. At 11:45 p.m., students can gather for campaniling -- the tradition of being kissed under the Campanile at midnight.















On Saturday, Oct. 15, a 5K cross-country run will start at 8 a.m. west of the UNI-Dome. The homecoming parade begins at 10 a.m. The parade route starts at Cedar Falls High School and proceeds down College Street.















At 4:05 p.m., the UNI Panther football team will take on the Indiana State Sycamores in the UNI-Dome. At 7:05 p.m., the UNI Panther volleyball team will play against Wichita State in the West Gym.































Homecoming buttons will be available throughout the week in Maucker Union.































For more information regarding homecoming activities, contact Connie Hansen, coordinator of student organizations, at (319) 273-6335, or visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/homecoming/.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Art will present a lecture by Jon Winet titled 'Intermedia in the 21st Century: a Subjective, Interim Report,' at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB), Room 111. The lecture is sponsored by the Florence Hartwig Foundation and the UNI Gallery of Art.































Winet is a media artist, researcher, and educator. He is the area head of the Intermedia Program in the School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa, and has taught at the California College of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of California-Davis and San Francisco Art Institute.































Over the past 20 years, he has worked in collaboration with artist Margaret Crane, producing projects about politics, art, language and image in the information age. From 1994 through 1998, both Winet and Crane were artists-in-residence at Xerox PARC, a technology think tank, working with researchers to explore the intersection of art and technology, as well as the impact of the Internet and interactive media on public space.































This lecture is free and open to the public. The Kamerick Art Building is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street. For more information, call (319) 273-6134.















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October 2, 2005 - 7:00pm

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Monday, Oct. 3















CROW Forum: 'Negotiating the Streets: Women, Power and Resistance in Street-life Social Networks,' from noon to 1 p.m., in Maucker Union South Room; presented by Christopher Mullins, UNI assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology. Contact: Phyllis Baker, director, UNI Graduate Program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-2109.















UNI Folk and Ballroom Dancers and the Cedar Valley Sons of Norway will offer free Scandinavian dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m., in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Dance lessons will be given the first and third Mondays of each month. Contact: Kathleen Kerr, UNI professor of physical education, (319) 273-6195.















Tuesday, Oct. 4















'A Life Worth Living: The Enduring Value of a Good Education,' lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Seerley Hall's Great Reading Room, presented by Jerry Soneson, UNI associate professor of religion and humanities. This is part of the Last Lecture Series, which showcases faculty on a lecture topic that is significant and intriguing to them, as if it were their last lecture. Contact: Soneson, (319) 273-2990.















Yulia Gusarova, associate art professor at Herzen University, St. Petersburg, Russia, will present a lecture, 'Savinov: Family of Artists' in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111, at 7 p.m. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-6134.















Wednesday, Oct. 5















MADRE presents 'African Indigenous Women Defending Human Rights,' at 2:30 p.m. Old Central Ballroom, Maucker Union. MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, works with community based organizations worldwide. Its work involves ensuring environmental sustainability, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and confronting the debt burden facing countries in the Global South. Contact: Susan Hill, director, UNI Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7195 or (319) 273-7177.















'Iowa Lakeside Lab Archaeological Investigations at the Gillett Grove Site,' presented at 7 p.m. in the University Museum, by Dr. John Doershuk, Office of the State Archaeologist. His talk is hosted by the University Museum and Black Hawk Regional Archaeology Society as part of Iowa Archaeology Month. Doershuk will summarize the history of collections from this site, a large Oneota village in Clay County and discuss current ideas about potential Iowa connections. Artifacts will also be available for inspection after the talk. Contact: Kay Thuesen, University Museum public affairs coordinator, (319) 273-2188, or Lisa Beltz, UNI associate professor of biology, (319) 273-2218.















Thursday, Oct. 6















'Painted Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt: A Lecture by Richard de Puma,' at 7 p.m. in Kamerick Art Building 111. De Puma will present an exploration of the encaustic and tempera portrait panels and shrouds used to encase mummies in Roman Egypt during the 2nd and 3rd centuries, CE. Sponsored by the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series. De Puma holds a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr in classical and Near Eastern archaeology. Contact: Charles Adelman, UNI professor of art, (319) 273-2054 or charles.adelman@uni.edu.















Thursday, Oct. 6















National Depression Screening Day: UNI Counseling Center is offering free, anonymous screenings, at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Counseling Center, 103 Student Health Center, second floor. No appointment is needed. For questions, call (319) 273-2676.















Friday, Oct. 7















'Fast Forward: Media Skills for a Changing Marketplace,' e-media conference for college students and those new to the field of broadcasting; begins at 8 a.m. in Lang Hall. Presenters include UNI alumni Mark Anderson, Polly Carver-Kimm, Julie Kraft, Teresa Nolt and keynote speaker Mark Steines, co-host of 'Entertainment Tonight.' Contact: John Fritch, UNI associate professor and head of communication studies, (319) 273-2217.















'Women on Fridays,' sponsored by the UNI Women's Studies program, will meet at noon in Baker Hall 161 (Thompson Commons), to discuss 'Why Pursue an M.A. in Women's Studies?' A panel of women's studies graduate students will share their professional aims and also their experiences in the graduate program at UNI. Contact: Susan Hill, director, UNI Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7195 or (319) 273-7177.















Iowa Council of Teachers of English Fall Conference will be held at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel, coordinated by UNI Conference & Event Services. Contact: UNI Conference & Event Services, (319) 273-6988 or toll-free (800) 782-0519.















Sunday, Oct. 9















Residence Hall Window Painting, one of UNI's Homecoming traditions, will begin at 1 p.m., in all residence halls. Final judging takes place Monday, Oct. 10. Contact: Connie Hansen, coordinator, Student Organizations & Activities, Maucker Union Administration, (319) 273-6335.















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































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UNI health students to take active role in ongoing hurricane relief efforts

The University of Northern Iowa's Iowa EXPORT Center of Excellence on Health Disparities and its affiliate, Global Health Corps, are involved in relief efforts.

'At the request of the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa EXPORT Center published a cultural and health guide for relief workers serving African-American populations from the Gulf Coast,' said Michele Yehieli, director of the Iowa EXPORT Center. 'It has been very well received and is used frequently to provide background information for volunteers and agencies serving these evacuees.' This document can be downloaded at http://www.iowaprojectexport.org/data.php.

UNI's minority health class and the EXPORT Center will make several service trips to Texas during the next few months to work with large numbers of evacuees. 'During those trips we will conduct a needs assessment for the San Antonio Alternative Housing Authority regarding the medical, mental-health, and related needs of these displaced people,' said Yehieli. 'A number of the students participating in the research teams are minority graduate students in health disparities with the Iowa EXPORT Center, and have specialized training in refugee and immigrant care. Several of these trainees are from Xavier University in Louisiana and Palo Alto College in Texas.

Also, a multicultural team of 12 students in health disparities and staff from the Iowa EXPORT Center are undergoing certification training with the American Red Cross in mass care, emergency shelter management and disaster services so they can participate in relief projects in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Faculty and student teams from the Iowa EXPORT Center and Global Health Corps that specialize in refugee, immigrant, and minority health care have registered with the National Institutes of Health and other agencies in the event their services are needed.

The Iowa EXPORT Center also has offered the use of its research laboratories and facilities, through the UNI Center for Social & Behavioral Research, to displaced NIH principal investigators or professors from the affected states.

UNI has a formal academic partnership with several historically black colleges and universities in the Gulf Coast area, including Xavier, Dillard and Southern University at New Orleans. UNI has 22 graduate students from the Gulf Coast area enrolled this year.

A comprehensive list of UNI relief efforts can be found at http:// www.uni.edu/pubrel/katrina/.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R,' a one-hour University of Northern Iowa graduate credit course, will be held at Southwestern Community College in Creston. The three-day workshop will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2006; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14; and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8.

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.

Contact Salterberg, who is the course instructor, for details on free registrations. She may be reached at (319) 337-4816, (319) 273-2573 or salterberg@uni.edu. A $50 fee will be charged to those not receiving a free registration. For more information about the workshop, go to http://www.uni.edu/ceee/wastereduction/workshops.htm.

The course is offered through the UNI Science Education program and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education in the College of Natural Sciences.

Salterberg said 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 Prairie Solid Waste Agency, the Adair County Sanitary Landfill Commission, and the Green Valley Area Education Agency 14.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R,' a one-hour University of Northern Iowa graduate credit course, will be held at the Landfill of North Iowa Education Center near Clear Lake. The three-day workshop will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7; and 6 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11.

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.

Contact Salterberg, who is the course instructor, for details on free registrations. She may be reached at 319-337-4816, 319-273-2573 or salterberg@uni.edu. A $50 fee will be charged to those not receiving a free registration. For more information about the workshop, go to http://www.uni.edu/ceee/wastereduction/workshops.htm.

The course is offered through the UNI Science Education program and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education in the College of Natural Sciences.

Salterberg said 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 Landfill of North Iowa and Area Education Agency 267.

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Stop spitting and protect health















Considering saliva contains up to 1 billion organisms per fraction of a teaspoon, a University of Northern Iowa associate professor of health, Catherine Zeman, is asking people to spread the word about offensive behaviors to protect our health.















'People shouldn't spit on the ground, on building walls or in the water fountains, not only because of good manners, but because of the incredible number of bacteria, many of which are pathogenic, that live in secretions from the nasal passages, mouth and upper respiratory tract,' Zeman said. 'Those bacteria include the Streptococci and Staphylococcus species that can cause human disease such as strep throat and staph infection.'















Spitting is not only gross, Zeman says, but also people need to remember that saliva spreads disease and in some cases diseases that can be life-threatening.















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Catherine Zeman, UNI associate professor of health, (319) 273-7090















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















Supreme Court to open new session















The Supreme Court opens its October term today (Monday, Oct. 3) with a new Chief Justice at the helm, as the Senate prepares for hearings on Harriet Miers, White House Counsel and President Bush's nominee to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Sandra Day O'Connor. But what are some key cases that will come before the court this session?















Scott Peters, UNI assistant professor of political science, says the court has set about half of its docket so far, including many high-profile cases. The court has accepted two cases dealing with campaign finance regulation, one from Vermont, in which the state has put mandatory ceilings on candidate spending, and one dealing with federal regulations limiting union and corporate spending near election day. There are also challenges to the federal government's interference with Oregon's assisted suicide law and to the federal law that bars universities from prohibiting military recruitment on campus. Additionally, the court will review a New Hampshire law requiring parental notification for abortions, and a case involving injunctions against abortion protesters. The court also will hear arguments on the sacramental use of illegal drugs for religious purposes and whether police must get search warrants before searching parolees who aren't suspects in criminal investigations.















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Scott Peters, UNI assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-2727















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC)/Small Business Development Center (SBDC) today launched a new community-directed rural business-accelerator initiative called MyEntreNet. Funded by the Grow Iowa Values Fund, MyEntreNet will provide rural entrepreneurs help in starting or expanding businesses. It also will give rural communities planning assistance to support entrepreneurship.















'The system is based upon the premise that innovative, talented entrepreneurs exist outside of urban regions -- and if given access to advanced technical and marketing assistance, community support networks and financial resources -- they will create, successfully operate and expand businesses in rural parts of the state,' explained Maureen Collins-Williams, director of the UNI RBC/SBDC.















Several hundred rural entrepreneurs have participated in the system's pilot project in northeast Iowa during the past three years. Four new regions in the state will be selected to participate in the MyEntreNet through a competitive process, which begins immediately. Selection will take place this fall. The program will begin in January 2006.















'In a typical MyEntreNet region, 100 entrepreneurs participate in program services, starting or expanding 20 businesses which create an average of 75 new full-time jobs and $3 million in new commercial financing,' said Collins-Williams. 'Entrepreneurship is critical to rural economic development in Iowa. 'MyEntreNet networks the local community with the statewide services and resources entrepreneurs need to succeed.'















State Representative Roger Thomas, from Elkader, is the ranking member of the Iowa House of Representatives Economic Growth Committee. 'The MyEntreNet pilot program has been a success in my district,' said Thomas. 'It's rewarding to see UNI launch this entrepreneurship program across the state. Iowa's prosperity relies on entrepreneurship, and this program is an exceptional tool for individuals who want to start or grow businesses.'















Rich Lukes of Spillville, took part in the pilot project. He used MyEntreNet technical assistance to develop a business-expansion strategy. Lukes plans a new $1million facility just outside of Spillville to grow his custom meat-processing operation and expand his retail operation into organic, ethnic and specialty processed meats.















Peggy Zumbach of Independence, used MyEntreNet classes to start a home-based commercial embroidery operation. The business did so well she purchased a competing business and moved it to the city's commercial district.















In New Hampton, Jane Shekleton credited MyEntreNet networking with providing her the confidence to open a second business operation after closing a bakery a few years earlier.































The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, recently approved Grow Iowa Values Fund proposals from the three regent Universities. MyEntreNet was part of UNI's proposal.















'While some of the funds received by the three state universities are going toward tech transfer and innovation research, UNI has also made a long-term investment in rural economic vitality with the development of MyEntreNet,' said Collins-Williams.















For more information, contact the UNI Regional Business Center at (319) 236-8123, e-mail at navigateyourfuture@myentre.net or online at www.myentre.net















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Additional training and insight into the broadcast industry for young professionals and college students in the electronic media field will take place Friday, Oct. 7, at the University of Northern Iowa in a workshop offered by working professionals from throughout the discipline.































'Fast Forward: Media Skills for a Changing Marketplace,' has been developed by a group of UNI alumni as a way to share their knowledge and experience with junior and senior electronic media majors and those who have been in the field only a few years, according to Julie Kraft, a 1986 UNI graduate now working as a senior consultant at Frank N. Magid Associates in Marion. 'This is our way of giving back to the university,' she said.















On-going education and interaction with people currently working in broadcasting is critical to anyone looking to break into the field or advance in it,' said Kraft. 'Unfortunately, there are not always a lot of training opportunities available to young professionals, yet many crave it. This conference is designed to fill that void.'















A limited number of scholarships remain available to cover registration for students and professionals. The workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in UNI's Lang Hall. At noon, a panel discussion will be led by area news directors, Mark Ginther of WHO, Des Moines; Rod Peterson of KGAN, Cedar Rapids; and Bob Smith of KWWL, Waterloo.















Keynote speaker, at 3 p.m., will be Mark Steines, also a 1986 graduate, and two-time Emmy award-winning journalist, who is entering his 10th season at 'Entertainment Tonight.' Steines, who attended UNI on a football scholarship, worked as a sports reporter at various television stations, which eventually led him to the West Coast. He has been honored with a National Iris Award for outstanding reporting and received national recognition by the Women's Sports Foundation for fair and impartial reporting on the Women's National Football League.















Workshops will be conducted in a variety of settings to help reporters with writing and storytelling and to prepare new graduates for their first reporting jobs. Industry experts will discuss best practices in broadcast journalism and help reporters polish their broadcasting skills. Students and news professionals also can bring their demo tapes or air checks and have them reviewed by newsroom hiring experts.















In addition to Kraft and Steines, other presenters, all UNI graduates, will be:















Polly Carver-Kimm, 1985, who began her career at KUNI and has spent the last 18 years at KIOA and the Des Moines Radio Group, where she is the news director and co-host of the KIOA morning show in Des Moines. She has won numerous broadcasting awards, including the prestigious national Edward R. Murrow award. Her freelance career outside the newsroom includes frequently hosting the national 'Powerball' lottery drawing.















Mark Anderson, 1985, recognized in the television industry as a national award-winning photojournalist, newsroom leader and storytelling coach and consultant. He has been named National Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photography Association, is a two-time recipient of the national Edward R. Murrow award, and was honored six times as a gold medal winner at the New York International Film Festival. He runs his own production business, Greater Vision Media, in Eden Prairie, Minn., and is currently working on a reality show for ESPN, as well as working with Dateline NBC and other clients.















Teresa Nolt, 1999, a talent placement specialist with Frank N. Magid Associates, Marion. With many searches done confidentially, she is responsible for finding, updating and providing on-air talent, producers and managers to more than 100 client television stations across the United States.































Workshops will include 'Looking the Part: First Impressions DO Matter,' with tips on dressing for the camera, what not to wear and hair and make-up do's and don'ts; 'Make Yourself Invaluable: How to Become a Star Reporter,' a session stressing that great reporters are made by working hard and polishing their skills, and sharing how to get the best stories and best practices for writing and showcasing these stories. These will be led by Kraft.































'When Less is More: Surviving (and Thriving) in Radio's Changing Industry,' led by Carver-Kimm, will focus on how to land that first job and then take reporting to the next level, and include tips on writing sparkling copy, capturing ear-catching audio and first-rate reporting. 'Power of Pictures and Sound,' led by Anderson, will allow participants to learn how to find the right pictures and sounds to help tell a story. 'Resume Tape Preparation' will be offered by Nolt, who, in an average month, views hundreds of tapes of television hopefuls looking for their next news opportunity.































Teresa Vickery of the National Television Academy Upper Midwest Chapter will sponsor JobBank, a free service for people looking for a job in television. The workshop is co-sponsored and funded by the Iowa Broadcasters Association and Quarton-McElroy/IBA Endowment Fund.































For more information on the workshop or scholarships, contact John Fritch, UNI head of communication studies, (319) 273-2217.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The MADRE Tour: African Indigenous Women Defending Human Rights,' will take place at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.































MADRE, an international women's human rights organization that works with community-based organizations worldwide, is sponsoring a tour featuring African indigenous women talking about human rights, sustainable development, globalization, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and indigenous people's rights.















According to Susan Hill, director of UNI's Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, 'The MADRE Tour is an opportunity for us to hear firsthand from African indigenous women about the complexities of the issues they confront on a daily basis.'















The speakers are Lucy Mulenkei, director of the Indigenous Information Network, a community-based women's organization in Kenya; Rebecca Lolosoli, founder of the Umoja Uaso Women's Group, an organization and community of Samburu women formed to meet the needs of Samburu women living in extreme poverty; and, Vivian Stromberg, the executive director of MADRE.































The event is co-sponsored by UNI's Women's Studies Program and the UNI Center for Multicultural Education (CME).















For more information, contact Hill at Susan.Hill@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will present the film, Mi Familia, for the October installment of 'Late night at the CME!' from 9 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 in the CME, Room 109. Blankets and body pillows will be provided for relaxed viewing. Those attending are encouraged to bring extra pillows and friends. Free popcorn and pop will be provided.

Mi Familia is the story of three generations of the Sanchez family. The film chronicles their journey from Mexico to California in the 1920s, through the turbulent 1950s, and into the stark realities of modern day as they strive to live the American dream.

The 'Late Night at the CME!' film series is one of many social activities offered by the Center for Multicultural Education throughout the year. On the first Wednesday of each month, with the exception of months of final exams at UNI, the series will feature a current movie that explores various aspects of multiculturalism and diversity-related issues. This month's theme is related to Hispanic Heritage Month.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lydia Perez Roberts, UNI assistant director of multicultural education, at (319) 273-2250, or visit www.uni.edu/cme.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Three University of Northern Iowa women's rugby team members have been selected for the All-American Team honors for the 2004-2005 academic year by USA Rugby, a national organization for collegiate-level rugby players.















Lindsay Wedemeier, a 2005 graduate of UNI with a graphic communications degree from Readlyn, was selected for the All-American First Team honors; while Ashley Mulford, a senior health and physical education major from Eldora and Brittany Yoerger, a junior marketing major from Hinton, were selected for the All-American Second Team honors.















'These players all exemplify the great tradition we have at UNI. Each has a strong work ethic on the field and in the classroom, and we are fortunate to have three players of their caliber here at UNI,' said Steve Murra, UNI Women's Rugby coach.















The 2005-2006 Division I rugby team is ranked 16th in the country with a squad of 42 players, the most players ever at UNI.















For more information contact Timothy Klatt, associate director of wellness and recreation services, at (319) 273-7120.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'A Life Worth Living: The Enduring Value of a Good Education,' will be the topic of The Last Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, in The Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The Last Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI Campus Activities Board (CAB) Speakers Committee, is free and open to the public.















Jerry Soneson, UNI associate professor of religion and humanities, will deliver the lecture. Soneson is in his 14th year of teaching at the University of Northern Iowa. He received his Ph.D. and his master's in the study of religion from Harvard University, and his master of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. He has published a book on the significance of the philosopher, John Dewey, for addressing the problem of religious diversity in the world today. Soneson has written essays and has given presentations on theology, history, religion and higher education.















According to Maggie Shonrock, a senior finance major from Ames and a member of the CAB Speakers Committee, professors are free to prepare a lecture on any topic -- ranging from emotional to hilarious, but always moving and inspiring. This program provides professors with the opportunity to reflect upon their years of teaching and life experiences, and offer advice to students. The series also helps connect students with the central purpose of a college education -- the encouragement of intellectual curiosity.















A question & answer session will follow the lecture and refreshments will be served.















The next 'last lecture,' at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, will feature Heidi Noonan-Day, UNI instructor in management.















For more information, contact Mindy Meacham, CAB Speakers Committee member, at melindam@uni.edu.















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The University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center will host a news conference at 9:45 a.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at the Hotel Ft. Des Moines, State Ballroom (second floor), 1000 Walnut St., Des Moines. The news conference will take place in conjunction with the annual Professional Developers of Iowa conference.















Representatives from the UNI Regional Business Center; Board of Regents, State of Iowa; Iowa Department of Economic Development; and the Iowa General Assembly will announce the launch of a new community-directed, rural business-accelerator initiative. The program is funded through the Grow Iowa Values Fund and will help rural entrepreneurs start or expand businesses. It also will give rural communities planning assistance to support entrepreneurship.















The announcement will officially kickoff a competitive bid process for rural areas that wish to participate. More details and a media kit will be provided at the news conference.































The UNI news conference will take place immediately following the Professional Developers of Iowa's second-annual awards ceremony, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Phil Wise, Iowa State Representative from Keokuk, will be honored.















The following individuals will speak briefly:















Michael Gartner, president, Board of Regents, State of Iowa















Mary Lawyer, director, Iowa Department of Economic Development















Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business & Community Services















Jon Ryan, director, Iowa Small Business Development Center system















Rich Lukes, Spillville, small business owner and pilot-project participant















Jane Shekleton, New Hampton, small business owner and pilot-project participant















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Maureen Collins-Williams, director, UNI Regional Business Center/SBDC















Jeff Danielson, Iowa State Senator, Cedar Falls/Waterloo















Donovan Olson, Iowa State Representative, Boone















Doug Struyk, Iowa State Representative, Council Bluffs















Phil Wise, Iowa State Representative, Keokuk















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































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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eight University of Northern Iowa students were recently elected as officers for the Northern Iowa Management Association (NMA) for the 2005-06 school year.















Officers are: Matt Peterson of Albert Lea, Minn., president; Kelly Cole of Victor, vice president of administration; Shivanie Bissessar of Marabella, Trinidad and Tobago, vice president of finance; Mandy McCrorey of Cedar Rapids, vice president of public relations; Carol Erion of Denver, webmaster, Matt Lawson of Cedar Rapids, vice president of programming: events coordinator; Matt Jackson of Bettendorf, vice president of programming: business relations; and Jenny Winkleblack of Rolfe, vice president of programming: member development.















All officers are seniors, majoring in management with an emphasis in business administration except Carol Erion, who has an emphasis in human resources, and Kelly Cole, who has an emphasis in supply chain and operations.















The NMA is a professional organization through which students can develop management ability, skills, and personal leadership qualities. NMA offers an environment for personal growth as well as numerous opportunities to interact with management in businesses throughout the Midwest. For more information, contact Dale Cyphert, UNI associate professor of management and NMA faculty adviser, at (319) 273-6150.















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Monday, Sept. 26















'Coordinates: 3 Directions in Printmaking' exhibit, through Oct. 23, in UNI Gallery of Art, featuring work of UNI Professor of Art Aaron Wilson, Jennifer Yorke of Chicago and Laura Berman, printmaking department head, Kansas City Art Institute. Opening reception at 8 p.m. following gallery talks at 7 p.m. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-6134.















Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture series, 'Finding the Self, Finding the World: Fiction, Memoir and Meaning,' at 7 p.m. in Slife Ballroom, UNI Commons, featuring Karen McElmurray, assistant professor of English, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Ga. McElmurray is winner of 2003 AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction. Contact: Samuel Gladden, UNI associate professor of English language and literature, (319) 273-2305.















Tuesday, Sept. 27















'Nomination, Confirmation and the Future of the U.S. Supreme Court,' panel discussion and Q&A, at 3:30 p.m., in Sabin 102; sponsored by the Daniel Webster Law Society and the UNI Department of Political Science. Donna Hoffman and Scott Peters, UNI assistant professors of political science; and John Johnson, UNI professor of history, will discuss issues surrounding recent Court vacancies and will take questions. Contact: Scott Peters, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-2727.















Iowa Business Council 'Early Childhood Development/Education Awareness Conference' from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City. UNI President Robert Koob, Iowa's First Lady Christi Vilsack and researcher Lise Eliot will present during the morning session of the conference, which is directed toward early childhood professionals, educators, business leaders, parents and others interested in improving education in Iowa. A panel discussion and break out sessions will round up the conference in the afternoon.















Wednesday, Sept. 28















Student Organization Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Presidential Room, Maucker Union; designed to showcase different student organizations. Contact: Connie Hansen, coordinator of student organizations and activities, Maucker Union administration, (319) 273-6335.















Sigma Xi lecture on Intelligent Design, at 7 p.m., in Lantz Auditorium, McCollum Science Hall, presented by Guillermo Gonzalez, senior fellow of the Discovery Institute and assistant professor of astronomy at Iowa State University. Gonzalez will review the leading ideas proposed by ID theorists and explain why they believe ID is a branch of science. Contact: Paul Shand, UNI associate professor of physics, (319) 273-2930.































Thursday, Sept. 29















Iowa Business Council 'Early Childhood Development/Education Awareness Conference' from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. UNI President Robert Koob, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and researcher Nadar Ajluni will present during the morning session of the conference, which is directed toward early childhood professionals, educators, business leaders, parents and others interested in improving education in Iowa. A panel discussion and break out sessions will round up the conference in the afternoon.































Saturday, Oct. 1















Museums A-Z Instituteï¾—E Day: Exploring Ecosystems, from 9 a.m. to noon in the University Museum. This is an opportunity for children to explore the intricate way our world is put together; includes a variety of hands-on activities. Contact: Kelly Nessa, public relations assistant, UNI Museum, (319) 273-6924.















Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will host a solar tour from noon to 4 p.m., including Iowa's first 'green' building, new 900W photovoltaic installation, and how solar-powered and energy-efficient buildings and homes save money on energy. Contact: Renae Assmann, (319) 273-3850 or ceee-pr@uni.edu, or Patricia Higby, UNI energy educator, CEEE, at (319) 273-6012.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Negotiating the Streets: Women, Power and Resistance in Street-life Social Networks' will be the topic of the CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, Oct. 3, in Maucker Union, South Room, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.































The lecture will be given by Christopher Mullins, assistant professor of criminology at UNI. Mullins will focus on the role violence plays in the lives of women who are deeply embedded in criminal subcultures. 'I will speak primarily on violence systemic in the drug trade, acquisitive violent crime, and how many women respond to the widespread sexism and male dominance in the criminal underworld by creating strong images of their selves counter to those expected of women,' said Mullins.































Admission is free and open to the public.































The CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series is sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lt. Col. Chris E. Lukasiewicz was recently named head of UNI's Department of Military Science. He succeeds Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, and assumed duties July 5.















Lukasiewicz, a native of Denver, Colo., holds a B.S. in industrial technology from Colorado State University and an M.S. in operations analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School.















He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Kosovo Liberation Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.















Immediately prior to coming to UNI, Lukasiewicz was associate chairman for the mechanical engineering department at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He has served the U.S. Army worldwide including an assignment in Heidelberg, Germany, and tours of duty in Bosnia and Hungary.















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Changing political debates bringing changes to way debate is taught















Today (Monday, Sept. 26) is the 45th anniversary of the first televised presidential debate, and much has been written about how the debates have changed the political process. John Fritch, head and associate professor of communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa, says the televised debates brought television into the election process and changed the political process.















But what will be the importance of debates in future elections and how have they impacted the way that debate is taught? Fritch, who is director of the National Debate Tournament to be held next spring at Northwestern University, says that people inside the Bush campaign, generally, concede that he lost the last debates, but didn't suffer much in the election because of it.















As interest decreases in political communication and political discourse, Fritch says there is a pattern of decreased interest in public speaking courses and the power of public discourse is being discredited. 'We are seeing a rapid shift in the way debate is being taught in high schools and colleges, with many moving away from the traditional debate format in favor of the new public forum debate that has been approved by the National Forensic League.' In the traditional debate format, reasoning and evidence are prime and each speaker has eight-to-10 minutes to present his or her evidence, followed by an additional four-to-five minutes for follow-up. One topic is debated for the whole year. The public forum format, that Fritch says some have compared to CNN 'Crossfire' in style, allows interruptions, and evidence and reasoning are discouraged. There is a new topic each month and the NFL says it tests skills in argumentation, cross-examination and refutation. Both formats are allowed in the national tournament.















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John Fritch, UNI head and associate professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2217, or E-mail to















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















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Need to be 'energy independent' never greater















Patricia Higby, energy educator at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, attended the Iowa Renewable Energy Expo earlier this month and she says the clear message is that Iowa's and the nation's need to be energy independent has never been greater. She says Peter Dreyfus from the Chicago office of the U.S. Department of Energy, told attendees that every Iowan can expect to pay up to $500 more for natural gas this year.















The CEEE is participating in the 10th annual National Solar Tour Day Oct. 1, to not only highlight the CEEE as Iowa's first 'green' building and explain some of UNI's other solar-powered operations, but also to show participants how solar-powered and energy efficient buildings and homes can help them save on energy, and what they can do in their own homes. Higby says the National Solar Tour Day is held the first Saturday in October to highlight the month as National Energy Awareness Month.















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Patricia Higby, UNI energy educator, Center for Energy & Environmental Education, (319) 273-6012 (office); (319) 273-3850 (Center office); or E-mail to Patricia.Higby@uni.edu















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















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Art will present 'Painted Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt: a Lecture by Richard de Puma,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB), Room 111. The lecture is sponsored by the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series.































The lecture is an exploration of the encaustic and tempera portrait panels and shrouds used to encase mummies in Roman Egypt during the 2nd and 3rd centuries, CE.















Richard De Puma is the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Classical Art and Archaeology at the School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, where he taught for more than 30 years. He holds a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. In addition, he is a research associate at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, senior curatorial advisor for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and most recently, was senior curatorial consultant for the exhibition titled 'Art in Roman Life: Villa to Grave' at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. He is the author of nine books on various aspects of Etruscan and Roman art and archaeology, and has published more than 50 articles and book reviews in numerous scholarly journals here and in Europe.































This event is free and open to the public. The Kamerick Art Building is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street. For more information, call (319) 273-2077.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Five University of Northern Iowa students were recently elected as officers for the UNI chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for 2005-06.















Heather Damro of Charles City and Callie Pederson of Nora Springs were elected as co-presidents; Blair Long of Waterloo was elected as secretary/treasurer; Jill Hartema of Cedar Falls was elected as the internal communications officer; and Carol Erion of Denver was elected as the external communications officer. All officers are seniors, majoring in business management with a human resource emphasis.















The group's purpose is to facilitate a connection between the students and the business world around them, to provide information and experiences that will enrich the learning experience of the student, and to act as support and guidance for students interested in the field of human resources. The UNI chapter of SHRM participates in various human resource activities, develops key leadership skills in students, provides students with opportunities for networking and community involvement, and interacts regularly with the Cedar Valley SHRM parent chapter. Susan Wurtz and Atul Mitra, UNI associate professors of management, are the faculty advisors for the UNI SHRM chapter.















For more information, contact Carol Erion, SHRM external communications, at (319) 240-1388.































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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Student Organization Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Maucker Union, located on the UNI campus.































According to Connie Hansen, coordinator of student organizations and activities, the Student Organizations Fair provides an opportunity for student organizations to showcase their events, activities, community service projects and membership opportunities.































For more information, contact Hansen at the Student Involvement & Activities Center, at (319) 273-2683 or Constance.Hansen@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A Solar Tour will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), located on the University of Northern Iowa campus.















According to Patricia Higby, energy educator at the CEEE, the UNI Solar Tour participants will see Iowa's first 'green' building as well as the new 900-watt photovoltaic (PV) installation, an energy-saving system that converts sunlight to electricity. The tour also features UNI's solar-powered boat and PV applications outside the Industrial Technology Center.















'Tour participants will learn how solar-powered and energy-efficient buildings and homes can save money on energy,' said Higby.















Other Iowa sites participating in the National Solar Tour are Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids and the Spatial Designs facility in Mason City. All tours are on Oct. 1. There are no admission fees.















For more information, contact Higby at (319) 273-6012 or Patricia.Higby@uni.edu, or the American Solar Energy Society, the National Tour sponsor, at ases.org.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Intelligent Design' (ID), the idea that certain features on earth and in the universe are so unique they could not have evolved randomly, but had to be created by an intelligent designer, will be the focus of the first two lectures in this year's Sigma Xi Lecture Series at the University of Northern Iowa.































Guillermo Gonzalez, assistant professor of astronomy at Iowa State University and a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute, a conservative think tank that supports the study of ID, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Lantz Auditorium of UNI's McCollum Science Hall. His lecture is free and open to the public.















Proponents of ID argue that ID is a scientific inference based on empirical data and, therefore, properly a branch of science, while those opposed to ID's inclusion as a science say it fails to meet the basic definition of scientific idea or theory, containing no testable way to verify its central ideas. It has become a topic of debate in the national news media.















Gonzalez will review the leading ideas proposed by ID supporters and explain why they believe ID is properly a branch of science. He will end with a brief description of the evidence for intelligent design he presents in the book 'The Privileged Planet.' He also will have copies of his DVD by the same title for sale.















Faculty members from the UNI College of Natural Sciences will be available after the talk to discuss the nature of science, as well as the scientific support for evolution by natural selection. Copies of materials on the nature of science, prepared by the National Academy of Sciences, will be available free of charge.















Paul Shand, UNI associate professor of physics, is president-elect of the UNI Sigma Xi chapter and program chair. In planning this year's programs, he said he thought it was important to get a first-hand account of ID from a proponent, rather than basing opinions on articles and other things members may have read.















'I believe this is an important opportunity for scientists to converse with Dr. Gonzalez. Since he claims ID belongs in the realms of science, then it is up to scientists to refute that claim. Since only scientists can do that, I do not believe they should walk away from this topic. That's why I invited him.'































'Because there is such public interest, I think it is important that we, as academics, better understand the arguments on this topic, so that when our students ask questions, we can respond and give them the scientific perspective,' said Maureen Clayton, UNI Sigma Xi chapter president and an associate professor of biology. 'This topic is an excellent opportunity to start a discussion about the nature of science and what things are and are not scientific. Science is, basically, built on the idea that you have to have a hypothesis that you can test. Arguments can sound compelling, but if they are not testable, they go against the nature of the pursuit of science.'































The next Sigma Xi lecture, Thursday, Oct. 27, will present the other side of the ID argument, when John Staver, professor of science education and director of the Center for Science Education at Kansas State University, will speak on 'Evolution vs. Intelligent Design: It's Time to Saddle Up and Draw a Hard Line.'















Sigma Xi, the international honor society of science and engineering, has nearly 65,000 members who are elected to membership based on their research potential or achievements. More than 500 Sigma Xi chapters in North America and around the world provide a supportive environment for interdisciplinary research at colleges and universities, industry research centers and government laboratories. Almost 200 members have won the Nobel Prize.















For more information, contact Paul Shand at (319) 273-2930 or e-mail paul.shand@uni.edu. Shand said Gonzalez's opinions in no way reflect the position of the UNI Chapter of Sigma Xi, or the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society as a whole, on this issue.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present 'Wonder of the World,' a critically-acclaimed comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire, Oct. 6 - 8 and 12 - 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m., in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York in 2001, 'Wonder of the World' tells the story of a young woman's journey of self-discovery that leads her to Niagara Falls.

'Wonder of the World' is directed by Jay Edelnant, UNI professor of theatre. The production features scenery by Leonard Curtis, associate professor of theatre; costumes by apparels and textiles major, Tiffany Rudd from Wausau, Wis.; lighting by Eric Lange, associate professor of theatre; sound design by Mark Parrott, staff designer; makeup and hair design by theatre major, Maura Hashman from Story City; and sophomore, Thomas White from Ames, is the stage manager.

The cast of the production includes UNI students Julianne Mason of Marshalltown, Melissa Wallace of Spencer, Mike Schminke of Fort Dodge, Tom Willoughby of Iowa City, Alisha Sanchez of Fort Madison, Tim Cahill of Marshalltown, Erin Nebel of Dubuque, and Amber Linde of White Bear Lake, Minn.

Tickets are $12 and may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at

(319) 273-6381 or online at http://www.uni.edu/theatre. This production contains material not suitable for some audiences. For more information contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI marketing director, at (319) 273-6387 or visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- World-class trumpeter and Grammy Award-winner Clark Terry will join students and faculty at the University of Northern Iowa for the School of Music's 24th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert, '24 - it's magical!,' at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30.















Terry will perform with the UNI Jazz Band One in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. A jazz legend, whose career spans more than 60 years, Terry has performed with many jazz greats from Ella Fitzgerald and Doc Severinsen to Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones.















Other performances will be by the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club, conducted by Brad Barrett; Jeffrey Brich, tenor, and Genadi Zagor, piano; the UNI Faculty String Quartet, featuring Frederick Halgedahl, Therese Fetter, Julia Trahan and Jonathan Chenoweth; Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Rebecca Burkhardt, and featuring award-winning student pianist Ivana Tjandra; UNI Wind Symphony, conducted by Ronald Johnson, with UNI Concert Chorale, UNI Chamber Singers, and Nicole Lamartine, soprano; Jean McDonald, mezzo-soprano; Jeffrey Brich, tenor; and Brad T. Barrett, baritone.















Following the concert will be a gala reception, 'Broadway and Ivories,' and a silent auction. Singers and chamber ensembles will perform in the McElroy Lobby, and internationally recognized faculty pianists Sean Botkin and Genadi Zagor, and a host of student pianists, will showcase their talents with 'A Little Night Music' in Davis Hall.















'This event features some of the best talent at UNI and the concert continues to receive standing ovations,' said John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music. He noted, 'Providing scholarships to talented students allows us to attract outstanding musicians to UNI. Many of these students win local, regional and international awards for performance excellence and become teachers throughout Iowa and the United States. We're a nationally and internationally recognized School of Music, but if we want to attract the best students, we must be able to provide financial assistance for them.'















'Being granted a music scholarship was, honestly, one of the best things that could have happened to me,' wrote one recipient from the class of 2005. In addition to alleviating financial concerns for herself and her family, she added, 'It helped give me more confidence in my abilities as a musician because I knew that I would not have been granted any scholarship money if I did not have a certain level of talent. It was good to know that someone was willing to invest some faith, on a financial level, in me as a musician, so that I could strive to attain whatever successes and musical goals I chose.'















Tickets are $35 ($30 is tax deductible), and may be purchased in advance at the GBPAC box office, by visiting the Web at www.tickets.uni.edu (click on UNI School of Music), or by calling (319) 273-SHOW (7469), or (877) 549-SHOW. Tickets also are available at the door.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Daniel Webster Law Society and the University of Northern Iowa Department of Political Science are sponsoring a panel discussion on 'Nomination, Confirmation and the Future of the U.S. Supreme Court.' The discussion will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Room 102 of Sabin Hall.































Donna Hoffman and Scott Peters, UNI assistant professors of political science, and John Johnson, history professor, will discuss issues surrounding recent Court vacancies and will take questions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Scott Peters at (319) 273-2727 or at scott.peters@uni.edu.































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September 19, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Guidance Counselor Advisory Board's fall meeting and workshop will take place at UNI on Sept. 26.















UNI's Guidance Counselor Advisory Board is made up of 12 guidance counselors from small, medium and large high schools across Iowa. (name), a guidance counselor at (school) in (location), is a member of the 2005-2006 UNI Guidance Counselor Advisory Board.















The advisory board meets with UNI representatives twice a year to discuss enrollment issues such as admission requirements, financial aid and campus life. UNI staff members are able to solicit opinions and get feedback on recruitment strategies from the board members.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Finding the Self, Finding the World: Fiction, Memoir, and Meaning,' will be the first lecture of the 2005-06 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, in the Commons Slife Ballroom.































Karen McElmurray, assistant professor of English at Georgia College and State University, will deliver the lecture. She is the author of Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother's Journey, winner of the 2003 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series for creative nonfiction. She is also the author of the novel Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, which received the 2001 Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. Her work has received awards including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.































'Finding the Self, Finding the World' is the first of four lectures in the 2005-2006 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series. Funding for this series is provided by the Meryl Norton Hearst Chair in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, with additional support from the Department of English Language and Literature, the Honors Program, and the Women's Studies Programs at UNI. All events are free and open to the public.































For more information contact Samuel Gladden, UNI associate professor of English, at















(319) 273-2305 or at samuel.gladden@uni.edu.































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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) and Cedar Falls Utilities will bring the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon to the UNI campus on Saturday, Sept. 24. Inspections begin at 7 a.m., and the first heat of the final race of the season begins at 9:30 a.m. Races are in the parking lot across University Ave. from the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.















The Electrathon is a program for high school and college students who design and build one-person electric cars. The race is an endurance competition in which the battery-powered car completing the most laps in one hour wins. For this unique task, students must use their math, science and technological skills to build the car. They also must use their best business and language skills to get local businesses to sponsor their team.















'In addition to the educational benefit, building these non-polluting cars gives students the chance to explore the possibility of powering vehicles using electricity instead of oil,' said Patricia Higby, energy educator at the CEEE.















For more information about the Iowa Electrathon, contact Higby at (319) 273-6012 or Patricia.Higby@uni.edu.















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Monday, Sept. 19















UNI Career Fair, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. More than 160 organizations, graduate and professionals schools will have representatives to visit with students and alumni about career opportunities, internships and continuing education during the 25th annual event. Contact: Libby Vanderwall, career events coordinator, UNI Academic Advising & Career Services, (319) 273-6857.































Earth Science Seminar, 'Geology Field Experience: Canyon City, Colo.,' at 4 p.m. in Latham 125. UNI senior geology majors Bobbi Brace and Jesse Koch will discuss last summer's field camp. Contact: Thomas Hockey, UNI professor of earth science, (319) 273-2065.































Tuesday, Sept. 20















UNI College Fair, 9 a.m., in the UNI-Dome. Contact: Amy Schipper, admissions counselor, high school recruitment, (319) 273-2281.















Some 1,600 third through sixth-grade students and their teachers from throughout Eastern and East Central Iowa will attend the Allen Hospital Kaleidoscope Series for Youth presentations of 'Willy Wonka,' at 10 a.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Curriculum connections for this show are to literature, relationships and music. Based on Roald Dahl's children's novel. Another 3,200 will attend two additional shows Wednesday. Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Contact: Janelle Darst, marketing director, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, (319) 273-3676.















Constitution Day, 'Free Speech in the Digital Age,' will show simultaneously at 7 p.m., in three locations: 115 Seerley Hall, 109 Center for Multicultural Education and 108 Communication Arts Center. NPR's Margot Adler will host an hour-long broadcast about censorship in libraries, of textbooks and on the Internet. Contact: John Johnson, professor of history, (319) 273-7077.































'A Virtual Tour of the Russian Museum,' lecture at 7 p.m. in Kamerick Art Building 111, featuring Alexsey Boyko, chair of art education and museum pedagogy at the Russian State Pedagogical University-Herzen and 2004 recipient of the National Prize of the Russian Federation in culture and art. Reception follows the lecture. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-6134.















Ninth Annual Leland Wilson Chemistry Lecture presents 'A Man at Extreme Altitude: A Physician's Observations on Mt. Everest,' at 8 p.m., McCollum Science Hall 201. Dr. Charles D. Huss, emergency department physician and avid mountain climber, will describe the effects of ascent to high altitude on human physical and mental performance. The 1971 UNI grad recently returned from a climb on Mt. Everest. At 7:45 p.m., the recently installed ChemWall, an interactive periodic table in McCollum Science Hall, will be dedicated. Contact: Valerie Sarenpa, UNI Department of Chemistry, (319)















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Wednesday, Sept. 21















'Willy Wonka' presentations at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center for Allen Hospital Kaleidoscope Series for Youth. See Tuesday, Sept. 20 entry for details.















The 32nd annual Carl Becker Memorial Lecture,' Symptomatic Politics: Banning Islamic Head Scarves in French Public Schools,' will begin at 7 p.m., in Sabin 102, featuring Joan Wallach Scott, a leading feminist historian. Scott is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. Contact: Wally Hettle, UNI associate professor of history, (319) 273-2942.















Thursday, Sept. 22















Lifelong University four-week course, 'We're Going to the Opera?' from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Classroom 30, will focus on the marriage of music to drama and listening to music of Puccini, Mozart, Verdi and Rossini. Contact: Stacey Christensen, community relations manager, UNI Office of Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-3170.































CHFA Lecture: 'The Real Mozart' will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center's Davis Hall. Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra Director Jason Weinberger will provide insight into Mozart as told through Mozart's own letters. Contact: Celeste Bembry, UNI School of Music program assistant, (319) 273-2028.















Friday, Sept. 23















UNI Entrepreneurship Day, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Maucker Union. This conference is designed to raise awareness of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship as options for UNI students, faculty and staff. Additional information on the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and its programs will be available. Contact: Katherine Cota-Uyar, Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center program manager, (319) 273-7350.















Saturday, Sept. 24















Birds of the Tropics, 7 p.m., University Museum, featuring Jill Trainer, UNI College of Natural Sciences. Contact: Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator, UNI Museum, (319) 273-2188.































UNI Child Development Center is hosting a carnival to raise money for a new playground, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Price Lab School front lawn, 1901 Campus St. Rain location: PLS Gym. Contact: Sheryl Pavelec, child development specialist, UNI Child Development Center, (319) 273-2263.















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Cedar Valley Technology Expo: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, in the UNI-Dome. Contact: James White, james@impactmt.com or (319) 266-5536.















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UNI to receive $3,500 for student activities from Target Corp.















The Maucker Union's Student Involvement & Activities Center will receive a $3,500 grant from Target Corporation to support efforts in coordinating and supporting more than 200 student organizations at the University of Northern Iowa. Crystal Pedersen, a Target corporate representative and UNI alumna, and local Target store manager Dave Fisher will present a giant check to UNI representatives at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in the UNI-Dome. (The presentation will be a surprise for the leadership of the SIAC, as the grant was coordinated through another office within the division.)















UNI provides leadership development opportunities and experiences for a diverse student body through the Student Involvement & Activities Center. For more information and a complete listing of UNI student organizations and co-curricular activities, visit http://www.uni.edu/maucker/siac/index.shtml.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The Last Lecture Series', a program based on the premise that a professor is giving the last lecture of his or her career, will be launched by the University of Northern Iowa's Campus Activities Board (CAB) Speakers Committee at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Seerley Hall's Great Reading Room. The inaugural last lecture, 'The Last Lecture I'll Ever Give: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in College,' will be delivered by John Fritch, associate professor of communication and head of the UNI Department of Communication Studies.















According to Maggie Shonrock, a senior finance major from Ames and a member of the CAB Speakers Committee, professors are free to prepare a lecture on any topic -- ranging from emotional to hilarious, but always moving and inspiring. This program provides professors with the opportunity to reflect upon their years of teaching and life experiences, and offer advice to students. The series also helps connect students with the central purpose of a college education -- the encouragement of intellectual curiosity.















Fritch is in his fourth year at UNI. Prior to coming to the university, he was the director of forensics and an associate professor at Southwest Missouri State University. Fritch currently is the director of the National Debate Tournament. His teaching and research interests include argumentation, debate, public speaking and rhetorical theory.















Refreshments will be served at each lecture.















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CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa, in conjunction with the Iowa Association of College Admissions Counseling, is inviting students from 32 Iowa high schools to participate in the 2005 UNI-Dome College Fair Tuesday, Sept. 20.































High school juniors and seniors, and their parents and guidance counselors, will be able to visit with representatives from more than 90 post-secondary institutions from Iowa and surrounding states during the fair, from 9 to 11 a.m., in the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.































Students will have the opportunity to browse through alphabetically arranged displays from the visiting institutions, which include two- and four-year public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, technical and cosmetology schools, as well as the military. Career counseling and financial aid information also will be available.































For more information, contact Amy Schipper, UNI-Dome College Fair coordinator and admissions counselor, at (319) 273-2281 or Amy.Schipper@uni.edu.















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NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below alphabetically by high school names are those schools invited to the College Fair in the UNI-Dome. If town name is not indicated in the high school name, it is given in parentheses.















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Alden High School















Aplington-Parkersburg High School (PARKERSBURG)















Cedar Falls High School















Clarksville High School















Columbus High School (WATERLOO)















Denver High School















Dike/New Hartford High School















Don Bosco High School (GILBERTVILLE)















Dunkerton High School















East Buchanan High School (WINTHROP)















East High School (WATERLOO)















Expo High School (WATERLOO)















Grundy Center High School















Hawkeye Community College GED Program (WATERLOO)















Hudson High School















Independence High School















Janesville High School















Jesup High School















Maquoketa Valley High School (DELHI)















Nashua-Plainfield High School (NASHUA)















New Hampton High School















North Butler High School (GREENE)















Northern University High School (CEDAR FALLS)















Tripoli High School















Union High School (LA PORTE CITY)















Valley Lutheran High School (CEDAR FALLS)















Walnut Ridge High School (WATERLOO)















Wapsie Valley High School (FAIRBANK)















Washington High School (VINTON)















Waverly-Shell Rock High School (WAVERLY)















West High School (WATERLOO)















West Delaware High School (MANCHESTER)















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Regional Business Center and the Iowa Entrepreneurial Consortium will be hosting Fast Tracï¾®, a national training program for new and existing entrepreneurs, beginning Saturday, Sept. 24.















This eight-week comprehensive class will allow participants to explore their business concept and growth strategies, gain insight into analyzing financial statements, conduct market research, learn about financing programs and create a business plan. Each session will include classroom instruction, a discussion with an expert from the local business community, and an opportunity to network with other Cedar Valley entrepreneurs.















Classes will be held on Saturday mornings, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Sept. 24 through Nov. 12, at the UNI Regional Business Center, 212 E. 4th St., in downtown Waterloo. The fee for this comprehensive class is $199 per business. Scholarships are available.















For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Symptomatic Politics: Banning Islamic Head Scarves in French Public Schools' will be the featured topic for the University of Northern Iowa's 32nd Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History. Joan Wallach Scott, the Harold F. Linder Chair in the school of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., will deliver the presentation. The lecture, sponsored by the UNI Department of History and the UNI chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Sabin Hall, Room 102. The lecture is free and open to the public.































Scott's research examines modern France and has made major theoretical contributions to the field of women's history by arguing for the importance of gender as a historically viable way of fashioning social relationships. She received her bachelor of arts from Brandeis University and holds masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin. She has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina, and Brown University, where she was the founding director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. Scott also is the author of many articles and has written and edited numerous books.































The lecture is named in honor of Carl L. Becker, who was born near Reinbeck, Iowa, and received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1907. Becker taught at various universities across the Midwest and East, and was internationally recognized as a progressive thinker, believing that historians with knowledge of the past can use it to solve problems of the present and improve human relations.































The Becker Lecture is supported by the Donald & Aileen Howard Endowment Fund. For more information about the lecture, contact Wallace Hettle, associate professor of history, at (319) 273-2942.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 25th Annual University of Northern Iowa Career Fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, in the UNI-Dome.































The Career Fair is open to all UNI students and alumni. More than 150 representatives from business, industry, non-profit and government organizations, including professional and graduate schools, will participate in the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resume to give to company and organization representatives.































'We tell students that their careers begin the day they come to UNI,' said Libby Vanderwall, UNI Academic Advising and Career Services career events coordinator. 'The fair provides students and alumni opportunities for networking, career and continuing education exploration, internships and employment. While contacts often result in employment, this isn't primarily a job fair. It's part of the education process. The goal is to help people expand their career horizons and knowledge so they can make sound choices.'































Complementing the Career Fair is Interview Day from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the university's Maucker Union. More than 20 employers who attend the Career Fair will participate in the Interview Day and will build interview schedules from contacts made at the fair. Those wishing to arrange interviews must attend the Career Fair.































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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will commemorate the nation's inaugural Constitution Day with a special presentation of 'Free Speech in the Digital Age,' on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.































The one-hour video presentation is a debate hosted by National Public Radio's Margot Adler. The video will be shown simultaneously in three locations on the UNI campus: Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109; Communication Arts Center, Room 108; and Seerley Hall, Room 115. A 30-minute discussion led by UNI faculty will take place at each location immediately following the video.































The program will look at censorship in libraries, of textbooks and on the Internet. It also will examine the reasons for both safeguarding and limiting speech, including the protection of minors and community safety, ensuring a free marketplace of ideas, and guaranteeing democratic institutions.































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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's forensics team held its annual pre-season workweek last month, before the start of fall semester classes, with 16 students from the debate and speech teams preparing for the competitive season, that begins this weekend.















Director of Forensics Jacob Thompson said the forensics squad had 10 returning members and six new recruits for the week of preparation, and 10 new members have joined the team since the beginning of the school year.. 'We look forward to an educational and successful year,' he said.















The season begins Saturday through Monday, Sept. 17-19, when the UNI debate team will host its annual Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament, with some 60 teams coming from dozens of colleges and universities around the nation. Among those competing will be teams from Baylor University, the University of Kansas, the University of Michigan, and Macalester College. Cate Palczewski, UNI professor of communication studies, is director of debate.















The debate topic for this year is 'Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase diplomatic and economic pressure on the People's Republic of China in one or more of the following areas: trade, human rights, weapons nonproliferation, Taiwan.'















Debates will be held Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., in UNI's Lang Hall. Elimination rounds will be held throughout the day Monday at the 5 Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo. All events are open to the public free of charge.















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Monday, Sept. 12-Saturday, Sept. 17

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

Monday, Sept. 12

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

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

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

Tuesday, Sept. 13

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

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

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

Wednesday, Sept. 14

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 15

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

Thursday, Sept. 15

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

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

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

Friday, Sept. 16

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

Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17

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

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National Assisted Living Week is Sept. 11-17, and brings the focus, once again, on the growing need for nursing homes and care facilities. Kyle Kostelecky, coordinator of the University of Northern Iowa's undergraduate gerontology program and an associate professor of family studies, recently spoke to the board of an area nursing home about the need to prepare for the Baby Boom generation as it begins retiring and seeks long-term care.















In 2011, the first of the Boomers will turn 65, with some retiring around 2008, at age 62, or before. Kostelecky says many of them may be in the retirement center/nursing home environment for 30 to 40 years or more. He says Boomers 'can be demanding and they settle for nothing. They are used to getting what they want, or they'll go elsewhere.' They will want larger rooms and living spaces, more autonomy and a place for their families to come for visits and gatherings. And, Kostelecky adds, these families may be four to five generations versus the two to three we have seen in the past.















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Kyle Kostelecky, coordinator, UNI undergraduate gerontology program, (319) 273-6083 (office); (319) 273-2814 (department office); or E-mail to















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















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