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June 21, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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















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















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















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















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















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HOMETOWN NAME/ADDRESS















AURORA Sarah Stiefel, 410 Main St.















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















CARROLL Matthew Rohden, 1326 N. Court St.















CASCADE Molly McAllister, 72 Eaglet Court















CEDAR FALLS Michelle Formanek, 3128 Abraham Dr.















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















DES MOINES Rebecca Homard, 2807 36th St.















DYSART Kassidy Lyons, 310 Lincoln St.















GLADBROOK Chelsea Reinhard, 309 Lincoln St.















HOLSTEIN Michael Cronin, 1332 Indian Ave.















MONONA Jessica Fohey, 205 S. Monroe St.















NEW VIENNA Matthew Bries, 31568 New Vienna Road















PELLA Andrew Knight, 824 195th Ave.















PEOSTA Elizabeth Harriss, 761 Melinda Dr.















SPENCER Molly Steffen, 1501 Patricia Ave.















SPIRIT LAKE Erin Schrunk, 1510 28th St.















WATERLOO Amanda Wilson, 903 Newton St.















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















OUT-OF-STATE















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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June 20, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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















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















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















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















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June 16, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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















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















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















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June 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

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































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































The film received awards of excellence in these categories:















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















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















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















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















The film received awards of merit in these categories:















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















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















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















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















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















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June 14, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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















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















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















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































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































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















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















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















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June 13, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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June 12, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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















June 9, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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















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















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















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















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































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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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June 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

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































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































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































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































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















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















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Board of Regents to meet June 13 and 14















The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Monday and Tuesday, June 13 and 14 at the Iowa School for the Deaf, in Council Bluffs. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/Agendas/agenda.html















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















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















2. Best practices report on student retention















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















Contact:















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















3. Capital improvement plan, fiscal year 2006















Human Performance Complex -- schematic design presentation and approval















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















Contact:















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















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















4. Register of capital improvement business transactions















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















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















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















Contact:















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















6. Final operation budgets, including Athletics and Residence















Contact:















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















7. Performance indicators















Contact:















Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566















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















Contact:















Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566















9. Quarterly investment report















Contact:















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















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















Contact:















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















11. Tenant property rental















Contact:















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















12. Supplemental tuition increase















Contact:















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















13. Computer fee increase















Contact:















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















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































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































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































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































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















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















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June 7, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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















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















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















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June 6, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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















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















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































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















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June 5, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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















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















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















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















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















For more information about NASPE, see www.naspeinfo.org.















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















HOMETOWN STUDENT AND BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION















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















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















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















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















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















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































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















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















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















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















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















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































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















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















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















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















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































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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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HOMETOWN NAME / AREA / COLLEGE















AMES Megan Marie Thomas, middle level education, COE















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















ANKENY Andrea Marie Smiens, finance, CBA















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















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















CARROLL Ashley Marie Kluver, public administration, CSBS















CEDAR FALLS Katryna Klaudia Cisek, German, CHFA















**Ryan McGeough, forensics, CHFA















CEDAR RAPIDS **Melissa Margaret Kruth, journalism, CHFA















Stephen Paul Skram, political science, CSBS















CENTERVILLE Lindsey Nicole Clark, communicative disorders, CHFA















CHARITON Andrea Lynn White, geography, CSBS















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















CLEAR LAKE Jaime Leigh Loos, economics, CBA















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















CLINTON Kenneth Wayne Doss, mathematics, CNS















DES MOINES Brianna Danielle Frank, art, CHFA















DONNELLSON Eliza Starr Bangert, music, CHFA















DUBUQUE Brian Paul Deiter, marketing, CBA















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















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















DYERSVILLE Jennifer Marie Deutmeyer, sociology, CSBS















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















ELK RUN HEIGHTS Christopher Michael Blad, theatre arts, CHFA















FARMERSBURG Kara Ann Ihde, early childhood education, COE















GLIDDEN Donita Christine Bundt, management: human resource, CBA















HAMPTON Lisa Buss, TESOL/English, CHFA















INDIANOLA Tonya L. Miller, special education, COE















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















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















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















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















MARION Joshua Alan Ness, management: information systems, CBA















MARSHALLTOWN Erin Teresa Piscitelli, criminology, CSBS















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















MASON CITY Amber Joy Bergman, psychology, CSBS















Hollie Janine Walusz, athletic training, COE















MILFORD Stacey Anne Noble, history, CSBS















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















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















MUSCATINE Rachel Jane Allen, modern language-dual, CHFA















OAKVILLE Anna Kathryn Spanhut, TESOL/modern languages















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















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















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















Jennifer Marie Norris, general studies, CESP















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















ROCK VALLEY Kara Jean Scholten, communications, CHFA















SIOUX CITY Brian Jason Craig, earth science, CNS















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















SPRINGVILLE Nicholas Allan Merritt, business teaching, CBA















WALKER Andrew David Berns, computer science, CNS















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















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















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















LITTLETON, COLO. Cindee Jean Calton, anthropology, CSBS















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















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































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































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































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































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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Noreen Hermansen, UNI director of alumni relations, has been named vice president of the University of Northern Iowa Foundation.















According to Bill Calhoun, president of the UNI Foundation, and UNI vice president for advancement, Hermansen will focus on generating endowment support, particularly for intercollegiate athletics.















'Noreen has developed an incredible network of contacts that will enable her to have an immediate and significant impact in generating much-needed resources. She has experience in development and has extensive knowledge of and passion for the university,' said Calhoun.















Hermansen has been the director of alumni relations since 1988. Prior to that she was the associate director/high school and campus relations in the UNI Office of Admissions. A native of Emmetsburg, she holds a master's degree in college student personnel from UNI, and a bachelor of science degree from the Oklahoma College for Women.















The appointment will be effective July 1. A search for her replacement is underway.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School is one of five schools selected from a national pool of candidates to become a First Amendment Project School. It will receive a $10,000 stipend from the First Amendment Schools initiative, a multiyear reform effort of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the First Amendment Center designed to transform how all schools practice and teach the rights and responsibilities of the First Amendment.































Price Lab School will join the project's national network of nearly 90 project and affiliate schools















--a diverse group of elementary, middle, and high schools serving urban, suburban, and rural communities -- that are working to integrate First Amendment rights and civic responsibilities into the daily lives of their schools.































'We see Price Lab School as a crucial anchor for this work nationally, both because of its ability to reach hundreds of future teachers as a lab school, and because of its outstanding history as a model school in the region. We believe Price Lab will become a true laboratory of democratic freedom, and a place where people from around the country can see first-hand what's possible when a school commits to educate all members of its community about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy,' said Sam Chaltain, coordinator of the First Amendment Schools project.































'All of the First Amendment schools are committed to upholding the democratic and public mission of schooling in America, to providing their students with an apprenticeship in freedom and responsibility,' said Gene Carter, ASCD executive director.































Other schools joining the program are Bronx Preparatory School, Bronx, N.Y.; Red Mesa High School, Teec Nos Pos, Ariz.; Goodyear Middle School, Akron, Ohio; and Northport Pathway, Northport, N.Y.































'Malcolm Price Laboratory School provides care and excellence through comprehensive early childhood through post-secondary educational programs advancing learning, scholarship, partnerships and innovation,' said Jeffrey Cornett, dean of the UNI College of Education. 'The school serves as an integral component of the University of Northern Iowa's teacher education program. It's faculty and staff engage in scholarly work and service to advance teaching practices and provide resources for teachers in Iowa and beyond.'















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Latest Round of Schools Selected to Create Models of Democratic Freedom















First Amendment Schools Awards Grants to Seven Schools















Alexandria, VA (05/19/05)ï¾—Five school communities have been selected from a national pool of candidates to become First Amendment Project Schools and receive a $10,000 stipend from the First Amendment Schools initiative, a multiyear reform effort designed to transform how all schools practice and teach the rights and responsibilities of the First Amendment.















The new project schools will join the project's national network of nearly 90 project and affiliate schoolsï¾—a diverse group of elementary, middle, and high schools serving urban, suburban, and rural communitiesï¾—that are working to integrate First Amendment rights and civic responsibilities into the daily lives of their schools.















'All of the First Amendment schools are committed to upholding the democratic and public mission of schooling in America, to providing their students with an apprenticeship in freedom and responsibility,' said Gene Carter, executive director of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).















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ユ Bronx Preparatory School, Bronx, N.Y. A small public charter school for grades 5ヨ10, Bronx Preparatory School's mission is to 'prepare underserved middle and high school students for higher education, civic involvement, and lifelong success through a structured, caring environment of high academic standards.'















ユ Red Mesa High School, Teec Nos Pos, Ariz. A small public school for grades 9ヨ12 in rural Arizona, Red Mesa High School serves students from the Navajo Nation, where many of the students are bilingual, and operates a student-run radio station that broadcasts to the entire community within a 90-mile radius.















ユ Goodyear Middle School, Akron, Ohio. A large public middle school serving racially diverse students in grades 6ヨ8 in urban Akron, Ohio, Goodyear Middle School uses the Making Middle Grades Work school reform model to focus on a rigorous and challenging academic core curriculum for all students and on the teaching and learning conditions that support continuous improvement in student achievement.















ユ Price Laboratory School, Cedar Falls, Iowa. A small, public laboratory school at the University of Northern Iowa, Price Laboratory School serves preKヨ12 students and is committed both to engaging in scholarly work and service to advance teaching practices and provide resources for teachers and to providing an excellent, innovative education for early childhood through grade 12 students.















ユ Northport Pathway, Northport, N.Y. Located in a large public suburban pathway that includes Pulaski Road Elementary School, East Northport Middle School, and Northport High School, the schools of the Northport Pathway share a common vision as laboratories of democratic freedom where students learn and grow as members of a vibrant community of active citizens empowered to make a difference.















'Schools must not only teach the First Amendment; they must also find ways to model and apply the democratic first principles that they are charged with teaching,' said Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center















The First Amendment Schools project is cosponsored by ASCD and the First Amendment Center. It serves as a national resource for all schools interested in affirming First Amendment principles and putting them into action in their school communities.















For further information about the First Amendment Schools project, contact Molly McCloskey at ASCD (1-703-575-5475; mmccloskey@ascd.org) or Sam Chaltain at the First Amendment Center (1-703-284-2808; schaltain@freedomforum.org).















The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press, and of religion, and the right to assemble and to petition the government. The center, with offices at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and in New York City and Arlington, Va., is an independent affiliate of The Freedom Forum and the Newseum, The Freedom Forum's interactive museum of news. The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all people.















Founded in 1943, ASCD, a nonprofit association, is one of the largest professional development organizations for educator leaders. It provides education information services, offers cutting-edge professional development for effective teaching and learning, and supports activities to provide educational equity for all students. ASCD's 170,000 members reside in 135 countries and include principals, teachers, superintendents, professors of education, and other educators.















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At approximately 7 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, May 20, the first of eight 80,000-pound roof trusses will be put in place on UNI's McLeod Center. It will take two 80-ton cranes working in tandem to hoist the massive truss. The media is welcome to photograph this milestone. For safety, media need to check in at the contractor's office trailer, near the main gate of the work site, located on southwest side of the UNI-Dome on Nebraska Street.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- __(NAME)___ of ____(HOMETOWN)____ has been selected as one of approximately 88 resident assistants (RAs) at the University of Northern Iowa for the 2005-2006 academic year. He/She is majoring in ___(major)____.















Resident assistants are Department of Residence staff members whose responsibility is to serve as student advisors to approximately 45 students in a residence hall. As advisors, the RAs provide assistance to students with personal, interpersonal and academic concerns. The RAs also support residents in the development of a cohesive living and learning group.















RAs are certified in first aid and CPR; they receive extensive training in conflict mediation; and they are the university's contact for students in the residence halls. They plan and present educational programs; they offer planned and spontaneous social activities and they provide academic support for students.















'RAs are vital to the success of the University of Northern Iowa residence system,' said Lyn Redington, associate director of the Department of Residence/Housing. 'They provide models for leadership while maintaining high academic standards,'















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Randy Pilkington, executive director of the University of Northern Iowa's Business & Community Services (BCS) division, has been reappointed to the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors. This will be Pilkington's second one-year term on the council.















The council advises the Governor's Office on trends affecting economic activities and recommends policies to improve the state's economic wellbeing. This includes making suggestions for improving the quality of information gathered by state officials to assess the state's economy and estimate future state revenues. The council works with representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Economic Development, Management, Revenue and Finance, Transportation and Workforce Development, as well as the State Treasurer to expand and coordinate the gathering and analysis of economic data.















Since its inception in 1987, UNI BCS has grown to include seven outreach units that provide practical and professional assistance to more than 3,500 businesses and 460 communities in Iowa and the nation. BCS includes the Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) Research Program, the Institute for Decision Making, the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, the Management and Professional Development Center, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, the Regional Business Center, and Strategic Marketing Services.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'A Transfixion: New Paintings by Jamie Boling and Mark Stevenson,' from Monday, June 6 through Friday, July 1. Boling and Stevenson will present gallery talks in the Gallery on Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m. An opening reception will follow. These exhibitions are accompanied by paintings from the UNI Permanent Art Collection, which is curated by UNI Gallery of Art Director Darrell Taylor.















Jamie Boling received his M.F.A. in 2003, in painting and sculpture, from the University of Iowa, where he now serves as adjunct assistant professor. In 2003-04, the artist was a Mildred Pelzer Lynch research fellow at the Louvre, in Paris. The artist states his 'current work presents itself in the manner of a film stillï¾…exploring how objects, architectural spaces, and nonverbal cues between figures expand the narrative possibilities.'















Mark Stevenson is an Iowa City-based painter and business entrepreneur who received his B.A. in studio art, in 1977, from UNI. According to the artist, 'Just prior to introducing red to my palette, I was painting with only black and white, exploring and developing a personal vocabulary of shapes and marks.' He sites as his influences so-called 'outsider artists,' Mexican folk artists, Deborah Butterfield and David Hockney.















The exhibition, gallery talks, and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Economic Education recently hosted the Iowa State Economics Challenge, sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the National Council on Economic Education.















The college-bowl like competition included 38 teams from 14 high schools, which tested students' knowledge of complex economic concepts and theories. Dubuque Hempstead High School and Anamosa High School both advanced to the regional competition, with Dubuque Hempstead advancing on to the semi-finals on Sunday, May 22 at the New York Public Library in downtown Manhattan. Hempstead students will compete against teams from Cary, N.C., Honolulu, Hawaii and Brainerd, Minn. The National Championship rounds are set for Monday, May 23.















Members of the Hempstead High team include John Lambert, Stephen Longfield, Ian Moodie and Matthew Stemper. Their teacher adviser is Dennis Schroeder. Members of the Anamosa High School team include Jeremy Andreesen, Sean Barnett, Tom Reed and Cody Wood. Their teacher adviser is Gary Heiar.















'We are excited to be part of this national economics competition as another way to raise awareness of the importance of economic and financial literacy among our youth,' said Lois Lindell, assistant director of the UNI Center for Economic Education. 'We've been part of this program from its inception five years ago and each year the student competition gets stronger and stronger.'















The NCEE and Goldman Sachs Foundation created the National Economics Challenge in 2000 to promote students' interests in economics, reinforce classroom instruction, advance academics and school spirit and reward scholarship. The national winners and their advisers for each division will each receive a $3,000 savings bond.















For more information, contact Lois Lindell, (319) 273-2952.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The White House Mini-Conference on Businesses' Aging Workforce and Caregivers scheduled for Thursday, May 19, at the University of Northern Iowa has been canceled. For more information, contact Holly Bokelman, Iowa Consortium for Applied Gerontology, at (319) 273-3584.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education has awarded teacher education scholarships to four incoming freshmen. The scholarships, each valued at $4,890 (full tuition) for the 2005-2006 academic year, are renewable for up to four years, and are based on grade point average, class rank, ACT scores and an interview with the faculty committee. Three one-time scholarships also were awarded.















__(Name) , the son/daughter of (Parents' Names) , from (Hometown) __, is the recipient of a __(Type of Scholarship)__. He/She is a graduate of (High School) .















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education recently hosted its bi-annual Teacher Education Convocation. Of the 244 students who satisfied requirements during the fall semester for admission into the teacher education program, more than 120 participated in last month's formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study.















Among those inducted into the teacher education program at UNI April 4 was/were __ (Name/s) __ from (Hometown) _ .















Kathy Oakland, chair of the convocation committee, says, 'One of the most rewarding aspects of this event is looking out into the audience and seeing the pride on the faces of parents and grandparents. It is an especially moving ceremony that celebrates not only the College of Education, but the accomplishments of the entire university.'















Radhi Al-Mabuk, assistant professor of education, was the keynote speaker for the 28th group of candidates inducted into the teacher education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa Graduate College recently presented awards to graduate students and a member of the graduate faculty. Awards were presented for outstanding doctoral dissertation, outstanding master's thesis, outstanding master's research paper and outstanding graduate faculty teaching.















David Walker, associate dean of the Graduate College, said the awards are intended to honor outstanding scholarship by UNI graduate students, and to provide increased visibility for UNI graduate programs.















The awardees were selected from nominees who earned their master's or doctoral degrees in December 2003, May 2004 or July 2004. A committee of graduate faculty members evaluated nominations in each category for clarity, scholarship, methodology, creativity, significance and contribution to the field of study.















The Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, a plaque and a check for $200, was presented to Joseph Kwesi Ogah of Floyd, a curriculum and instruction major, for his 'Predicting Ghanain Pre-Service Teachers' Intention to Teach High-Risk Sexual Behavior Prevention From Teaching Efficacy and Prevention Approach.' Sue Joslyn, professor of health promotion and education, was his adviser.







First place for Outstanding Master's Thesis was awarded to Jerry G. Cullum, a psychology major from Laramie, Wyo., who received $200 and a plaque for 'Culture from Chaos: The Formation of Social Norms From the Dynamic Self-Organization of Individuals' Attitudes.' Helen Harton, associate professor of psychology, was his adviser.







Receiving second place in this category, a plaque and $100, was James Harken, a geography major from Takoma Park, Md. His thesis was titled 'Mapping Wetlands and Potential Wetland Restoration Areas in Black Hawk County, Iowa Using Object-orientation Classification and a GIS-Based Model.' Ramanathan Sugumaran, assistant professor of geography, was his adviser.







The third-place thesis, 'Modeling and Measuring the Dispersion of Odors from Hog Confinements,' earned a plaque and $50 for Francois Bera, an environmental science major from France. Alan Czarnetzki, professor of earth science, was the thesis adviser.







Brianne Waychoff, a women's studies major from Chicago, received a plaque and $200 for her Outstanding Creative Master's Thesis, 'Hysteria in My Performing Body.' Her adviser was Jeffery Byrd, professor of art.







First place for Outstanding Master's Research Paper, a plaque and $200, was presented to Shishonee Hughes, a science education major from Coralville, for 'At-Risk Students: Will Scientific Inquiry Lead to Meaningful Learning?'







Second place, $100 and a plaque, went to Amber Lee Munson of Cedar Rapids, a geography major, for 'Reviving the CRANDIC: Is There Interest in Reviving Passenger Rail Service on the CRANDIC Route Between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa?'







Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award went to Samuel L. Gladden, associate professor of English. Gladden was presented a plaque and up to $500 in support of his graduate student teaching. Outstanding graduate teaching includes commitment to academic excellence; attention to individual student needs, interests and development; and consideration of classroom teaching in graduate level courses.







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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence has named the 'Newcomers of the Year' leadership award winners from each of its nine residence halls.







__(Name)__, __(Classification)__ of __(Hometown)__, was one of 17 first-year students to be named 'Newcomer of the Year.' (She/He) was honored for (her/his) contributions to the quality of living in (her/his) residence-hall community at an awards ceremony, last month, on the UNI campus.







According to Drake Martin, assistant director of residence education, 'The Newcomer of the Year award accentuates the value placed on the contributions that the newest UNI students are able to make in their on-campus communities. We value every new student as a unique contributor to the quality of life in our residence communities.'







For more information, contact Martin at (319) 273-6330 or Drake.Martin@uni.edu.







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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence recently inducted 16 members into its chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The NRHH has chapters at colleges and universities across the nation.















__(Name)__, __(Classification)__ of __(Hometown)__, is among those inducted into the NRHH.















According to Drake Martin, UNI assistant director of residence, this prestigious award recognizes the top one percent of students whose leadership enhances on-campus living. 'Caring, connected communities at UNI happen in large part because of these outstanding individuals' unique and tireless contributions of time, talent and energy,' Martin said.















For more information, contact Martin at (319) 273-6330 or Drake.Martin@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Valedictorians or top graduating seniors from 120 high schools in northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin were honored at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) on Sunday, May 1. The students took part in KWWL's 21st annual 'Best of the Class' celebration, co-sponsored by UNI.















(Name), from (High School) in (City) was videotaped for a series of public service announcements, which began airing May 9 on KWWL, Iowa's News Channel.















In its 20 years of recognizing academic excellence, KWWL's Best of the Class has honored more than 3,000 top-graduating seniors. Best of the Class is a joint public service/community relations effort that encourages academic excellence among high school students by honoring students who serve as role models in their communities.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Dining Services has awarded four $1,000 scholarships for the 2005-2006 academic year.















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Grant Erwin of Madrid, is a junior majoring in criminology and family services, and minoring in psychology. Erwin works at the Rialto dining center.















Casey Fencl of Protivin, is a junior majoring in business administration. Fencl works with the campus delivery system for dining services.















Marcia Hillers of Guttenberg, is a junior majoring in accounting. Hillers works at Rialto dining center.















Brian Larkin of Cedar Falls, is a sophomore majoring in management information systems. Larkin works at Prexy's food court in Maucker Union.















According to Mona Milius, associate director of residence, the scholarship program acknowledges the important contribution student employees make to the dining program. 'The good experience students have as UNI employees will be reflected in their enthusiasm for their careers and their potential for advancement in the food service industry,' Milius said. UNI employs more than 700 students in Dining Services.















The scholarship is funded by Martin Brothers Distributing, the prime vendor for UNI Dining Services; the memorial fund honoring Darla Bell, a former UNI student employee; and other food- service suppliers. Priority is given to students interested in a career in food services. The scholarship program has been in place since 2000.















For more information, contact Milius at (319) 272-2333 or Mona.Milius@uni.edu.















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