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August 8, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


August 7, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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


August 4, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 28, 2005 - 7:00pm


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Wednesday and Thursday, ?August 3 and 4, at the ?River Center/Adler Theatre? in Davenport. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Capital register

Will be discussed at the Property and Facilities Committee meeting.

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

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


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

2. Final operating budget for fiscal year 2006


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

3. Institutional roads 2006-2010

Will be discussed at the Property and Facilities Committee meeting.


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

4. Institutional personnel transactions for May 2005

This is a consent item.


Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

5. Lease of property

Will be discussed at the Property and Facilities Committee meeting.

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

b. Outdoor advertising sign on University Avenue

c. Radio tower space at Dubuque


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

6. Semi-annual claims and activity report

Will be discussed at the Audit and Compliance Committee meeting.


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

7. Original internal audit reports

Will be discussed at the Audit and Compliance Committee meeting.


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

8. Follow-up internal audit reports

Will be discussed at the Audit and Compliance Committee meeting.


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

9. Grow Iowa Values funding

Will be discussed at the Economic Committee meeting.


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



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

July 27, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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



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

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

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


July 25, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


July 24, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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


July 21, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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


July 19, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

Friedman's appearance is co-sponsored by the UNI Speakers committee. For more information, visit



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


July 18, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


July 17, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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


July 14, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit the Web site at or call (319) 273-2188.



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

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

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

July 13, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

(Name) of (Hometown) , a teacher at/for _ (School) .

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

The course will run through Friday, July 15.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two teams of University of Northern Iowa students attended the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) national conference at Syracuse University May 26 through May 28.

(NAME) , a (CLASSIFICATION, MAJOR) , of ___(HOMETOWN)___ participated in the conference as a (NACURH ROLE)____ for UNI. The bid team, students who proposed to host next year's annual conference, won a Top 44 program award. The combined UNI delegation and bid team were finalists for the conference spirit award.

The NACURH provides comprehensive resources for college and university students who want to create a great residence hall environment and experience. The University of California-Berkeley won the bid for the 2006 NACURH conference.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Listed below in alphabetical order by hometowns, with Iowa residents first, are UNI students who attended the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. Please check for other towns in your coverage area.


AKRON Andrew Morse, freshman, psychology, conference delegate

CLIVE Jennifer Low, junior, Portuguese/Spanish, conference delegate

DIKE Matt Rokes, sophomore, athletic training, bid team public relations/technology chairperson

FOREST CITY Nicholas Determan, sophomore, family services, bid team hospitality chairperson

GILMAN Jessi McMeekin, senior, English, conference delegate

GRUNDY CENTER Breezy Gideon, junior, family service, bid team programming chairperson

HAVELOCK Chris Cook, sophomore, communication/electronic media and humanities and fine arts, bid team conference video chairperson

HIAWATHA Elise Cochran, sophomore, psychology, conference delegate

HUXLEY Philip Jones, senior, public administration: human resources and behavioral science, bid team transportation/security chairperson

IOWA CITY Adam Bentley, sophomore, political science, bid team finances chairperson

KNOXVILLE Valerie Nichols, senior, elementary education, bid team facilities chairperson

MARION Troy Vogel, junior, marketing, conference delegate

MARSHALLTOWN Rose Goodman, sophomore, communicative disorders, bid team communications chairperson

Jon Jenkins, junior, English, conference delegate

MONTICELLO Keith Stiffler, senior, human resources and behavioral science, bid team endowment chairperson

MUSCATINE Wun-Mei Chiang, sophomore, management, bid team corporate sponsorship chairperson

Emily Griffin, sophomore, elementary education, bid team banquets/dining chairperson

Joy Taylor, sophomore, early childhood education, conference delegate

SABULA Eric Marshall, junior, business analysis, bid team finances chairperson

SIOUX CITY Alex Carter, senior, business administration, bid team registration chairperson

SPRINGVILLE Melissa Bowers, senior, elementary education, conference delegate

STORM LAKE Rebecca Wilson, junior, chemistry, conference delegate

TAMA Joseph Anderson, senior, communication, bid team liaison chairperson

WATERLOO Jenny Lichty, sophomore, communications/public relations, bid team technology/public relations chairperson

WEST DES MOINES Jenna Uthoff, junior, early childhood education, bid team housing chairperson


NORTHBROOK, ILL. Kristin Strong, sophomore, biology, bid team entertainment chairperson

GARY, IND. Ronald Gordon, sophomore, marketing, conference delegate



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Chemistry hosted its 33rd annual spring awards and honors banquet for chemistry majors at the end of the spring semester.



NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below in alphabetical order by hometown, with Iowa residents listed first, are the student recipients of UNI Department of Chemistry Awards presented at the 2005 Chemistry Spring Banquet. Monetary awards are noted in parentheses.


BELLEVUE Kevin Roeder/ 31615 Bellevue Ave. / junior /C.W. Lantz Scholarship ($960)

CEDAR RAPIDS Dane Jacobson/ 2009 Hamilton St. S.W./ senior/ Lewis Begeman Memorial Scholarship ($1,400); Chemistry Honor Roll; Outstanding Chemistry Teacher (subscription to Journal of Chemical Education)

Eugenia Tsamis/ 3000 Falcon Dr. N.E./ May 2005 graduate/ American Institute of Chemists Award (certificate and one-year membership in AIC); Chemistry Honor Roll

DAVENPORT Jaime Pearsall/ 2503 E. 40th St./ May 2005 graduate/ Chemistry Honor Roll

DENVER Bethany Huhman/ 108 Castle Lane/ junior/ McGrew Chemistry Faculty Scholarship/ ($500)

DES MOINES Rochelle Remus/ 424 Tyler Dr./ freshman/ CRC Freshman Chemistry Award (gift of software worth $750)

DUBUQUE Kristin Klein/ 741 Summer Dr./ senior/ Wanda & Carl Wehner Chemistry Teaching Scholarship ($1,000)

Jennifer Scardino/ 3471 Glencove Lane/ sophomore/ Robert W. Getschell Memorial Scholarship ($500)

DYERSVILLE Timothy Schramm/ 20097 Stonebriar Lane/ May 2005 graduate/ ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry (certificate and subscription to Journal of Analytical Chemistry); Chemistry Scholarship and Service Award

DYSART William Griffin/ 808 Blaine St./ senior/ Chemistry Honor Roll

IDA GROVE Holly Hinkhouse/ 1408 W. 6th St./ senior /Chemistry Honor Roll

IOWA CITY Leah Goepferd/ 600 S. Thomas Court/ senior/ CNS Dean's Award; Chemistry Honor Roll; Outstanding Chemistry Teacher Award (subscription to Journal of Chemical Education)

Matthew Keller/ 3127 Anita Circle/ senior/ Chemistry Honor Roll

MANCHESTER Devin Mauer/ 2015 210th Ave./ senior/ Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship/ ($1,400)

MOUNT PLEASANT Jessica Ball/ 204 W. Corry Court/ May 2005 graduate/ Purple & Old Gold Award for outstanding scholarship

VINTON Forest Isbell/ 2596 58th St. Lane/ senior/ C.W. Lantz Scholarship ($960); Outstanding Chemistry Teaching Award (subscription to Journal of Chemical Education; Chemistry Honor Roll

Kate McKenna/ 1916 57th St./senior/ C.W. Lantz Scholarship/ ($960)

WAPELLO Neysa Allworth/ 2526 I Ave./ junior/ Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship/ ($1,400); Chemistry Honor Roll

WAVERLY Robert Cunningham/ 1201 5th Ave. S.E./ sophomore/ ACS Plymer Organic Chemistry Award/ ($100); Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student

Lynn Dieckman/ 210 Island View Dr./ senior/ Outstanding Physical Chemistry Award (received books and $50); Chemistry Honor Roll


ST. CHARLES, ILL. Erin Powell/ 40W387 Carl Sanberg Road/ senior/ C.W. Lantz Scholarship ($960); Chemistry Honor Roll

HARMONY, MINN. Paul Peterson/ 3217 County Road A14/ May 2005 graduate/ Outstanding Inorganic Chemistry Student ($100)


July 12, 2005 - 7:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center is offering a two-day seminar to develop the skills of artists and educators in presenting educational workshops for teachers. 'Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Workshops for Teachers,' at UNI on July 14 and 15, is a hands-on seminar designed and developed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The 15 workshop participants are from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota.


July 11, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS -- Five University of Northern Iowa leisure services students recently received a commendation from the Iowa adjutant general for developing a leisure services program for families of Iowa National Guard members at Camp Dodge in Johnston.

The Leisure, Youth and Human Services majors recognized are Abby Daughtery of Bellevue; Jennifer Scheidel of Decorah; Erika Alvis of Logan; Joanna Hinners of Manning; and Abigail Lincoln of McGregor.


he students developed the project for the class, 'Programming Leisure, Youth and Human Services,' which covered methods and procedures for planning, budgeting, implementing and evaluating youth and human service programs. The class was taught by Chris Denison, assistant director for informal recreation and aquatics for UNI Wellness & Recreation Services.

'We created a program called the Family Fun Fest, to take place during the winter months, around Christmas time,' said Hinners. 'We planned events such as a bonfire, horse and sleigh and hay rides, roasting marshmallows and a catered meal for the families. The plan also included a social for adults after the meal and a movie for the youth.'

They then presented it to Col. Ron Albrecht, assistant professor of military science/ROTC program and commander for Camp Dodge training sites. 'He liked the program so much I think he presented it to the adjutant general for the State of Iowa, who liked it so well each of the students got a commendation,' said Denison.

Denison said students could select from a number of non-profit areas for their projects. Many select areas such as therapeutic recreation or a sports group.

'This is the first group that was really interested in military recreation and put together a program that may relate to what they want to do after graduation. Most of these students have participated in Camp Adventureï¾™ and been overseas, so they are aware of the current political situation. Any leisure programming for our troops and their families is critically important,' Denison said. 'I am extremely proud of the project that this group put together.'

Because the students presented the project at the end of the 2004 fall semester, the event has not yet been implemented. The National Guard hopes to hold the Family Fun Fest this winter.

'It's important to have a program like this because it provides unity for the military and their families at this trying time,' Hinners said.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Goossen has been named assistant vice president for Marketing & Public Relations at the University of Northern Iowa. He had served as the interim assistant vice president since December 2004. He will lead the university's integrated marketing efforts and will oversee the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations.

The appointment was effective July 11. Goossen replaced Gerald Anglum, who died in November, 2004.

Before coming to UNI, Goossen was publisher of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. He also has published newspapers in Topeka, Kan.; Grand Island, Neb.; and Hannibal, Mo. He holds a B.A. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Goossen resides in Cedar Falls with his wife and children.


July 10, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sturgis Youth Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa will present an all-youth production of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, July 21-23; and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, in the Strayer-Wood Theater on the UNI campus.

Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is directed by Gretta Berghammer, UNI professor of theatre and artistic director of Sturgis Youth Theatre. The 51 members of the cast consist of children, ages nine through 14, from the Cedar Valley. In addition to performing, cast members also participate in building the set, creating costumes, and coloring posters to publicize the production.

Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381.

University Book and Supply and the Sturgis Youth Theatre are sponsoring a 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' coloring contest in conjunction with the production. Children up to 14 years of age are eligible to enter. Prizes will be donated by University Book and Supply and will be awarded to the top three entries in four categories. Copies of the picture to be colored can be downloaded at, picked up at the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Public Library Youth Departments or may be requested by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381.

The Sturgis Youth Theatre believes all young people should be allowed to explore and experience all facets of theatre production and performance. The theatre produces two plays each year. For more information, about the Sturgis Youth Theatre visit


July 7, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa new Lifelong University announces five non-credit courses offered this fall. Classes will meet on the UNI campus.

Courses offered are:

'Iowa Tallgrass Prairie'

Daryl Smith, director, UNI Native Roadside Vegetation Center

Sept. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m.

'We're going to the Opera?'

Sandra Walden, instructor, UNI School of Music

Sept. 15, 22, 29 and Oct. 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

'Middle East'

Dhirenda Vajpeyi, professor, UNI Department of Political Science

Oct. 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

'The Iowa Experience'

Tom Ryan, retired instructor, UNI Department of History

Nov.1, 8 and 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

'From Novel to Film: The Art of Adaptation'

Scott Cawelti, professor, UNI Department of English Language and Literature

Nov. 10 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Cost of courses and workshops range from $15 to $40. Fee includes parking passes and course handouts. To register for a class or to receive a brochure, call University Events Coordination, 319-273-6899, or visit the Web at

'UNI's Lifelong University will provide a service that will engage faculty and staff with the local community and foster an environment that promotes education and personalized experiences for citizens interested in lifelong learning for pleasure,' said Stacey Christensen, community relations manager, University Marketing & Public Relations.

July 6, 2005 - 7:00pm


UNI experts on terrorism and politics

Note to editors and news directors: UNI is on summer break so sources' availability changes daily. The first number listed for a source is the office phone number. Home phone numbers are listed second.

Attitudes between groups

Helen Harton, associate professor of psychology, (319) 273-2235, 266-3971

Conducted research on intergroup attitudes and prejudice.

Crisis mentality

David Towle, director, UNI Counseling Center, (319) 273-2676, 266-7686

International Relations

Michael Hall, instructor of political science, (319) 273-3144

Expert on the European Union, the Euro and the political role of the banking sector. Authored the book, 'Exchange Rate Crises in Developing countries: The Political Role of the Banking Sector.'

Middle-East politics

Mohammed Fahmy, professor and local Islamic leader, (319) 273-6523, 277-7210,


Dhirendra Vajpeyi, professor of Political Science, (319) 273-2275, 266-2017

Expert on Middle-East politics, South Asia, environmental politics, Muslim birthrate affecting governments.


Phil Mauceri, head, Department of Political Science, (319) 273-2528

Teaches a class on terrorism.

Vaughn Shannon, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-2647, (319) 266-5409

Expert on international security, U.S foreign policy and the Middle East.



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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The School of Music at the University of Northern Iowa recently announced the winners of string music scholarships following auditions for students who wish to continue their musical studies.

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

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

NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below, in alphabetical order of hometowns, with Iowa residents first, are the names of the recipients of scholarships to the UNI School of Music with their scholarship amounts in parentheses. Please check for other towns in your coverage area.



CEDAR RAPIDS Brian Hartley ($4,000)

CLINTON Claire Trott ($1,000)

DES MOINES Rebecca Homard ($3,000)

IOWA CITY Carolanna Artz ($600)

Krista Dotzel ($1,200)

URBANDALE Natasha Kim ($3,500)

WATERLOO Kyle Pitzen ($1,000)


MAPLE GROVE, MINN. Suzanne Svitak ($4,000)

SHERMANS DALE, PA. Sarah Rittgers ($2,000)


July 5, 2005 - 7:00pm


Wednesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 9

The UCA/UCD high school cheerleading and dance camps got underway this afternoon on the UNI campus. About 100 high school students are participating in each camp. Housed in Bender Hall, they will be working on their routines, in uniform, throughout the remainder of the week. The dancers will be in the West Gym and the cheerleaders will be on the fields south of Lawther Hall. Contact: Jennifer Yarrow, UNI associate director of university events coordination, (319) 273-6899.

Wednesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 30

The Culture & Intensive English Program (CIEP) has 18 junior high school students and two of their teachers from a private school in Chihuahua, Mexico, studying on campus through July 30. The group arrived July 3. Students spend four hours in daily instruction and have a variety of field trips to learn more about Midwestern culture and further practice their language skills. This is the seventh year the school has sent students to UNI. Contact: Bob Pesek, UNI CIEP director, (319) 273-2182.

Wednesday, July 6 through Wednesday, July 20

A variety of individual and team wrestling and volleyball camps and tournaments are ongoing the next two weeks with more than 1,250 individual wrestlers and volleyball players, and 44 volleyball teams. Wrestling activities will be in the UNI-Dome, while volleyball events will be in the Wellness & Recreation Center. New for 2005 is the Volleyball Libero Camp, designed for athletes entering grades 9-12, who already have identified themselves as a libero or defensive specialist and want to improve on these skills. The NCAA just approved this position two years ago, and some high school teams are beginning to have back row specialists. Some 80 boys and girls, entering third through sixth grades, will be attending the Elementary Day Camp, Friday, July 15. The complete camp schedule is available at the calendar listing above. Contact: Jason Nellis, UNI assistant facilities director/sports camp director, (319) 273-2267.

Sunday, July 10 through Friday, July 15

Twenty-four science teachers will be participating in a short course, 'Studies in Weather Analysis and Forecasting for Science Educators,' offered through Project STORM at UNI -- Science Center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology. Project STORM is a cooperative program between UNI and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. The educators will be housed in R.O.T.H.-- UNI's Residence on the Hill-- and attend sessions held, primarily, in Latham Hall. Contact: Alan Czarnetzki, UNI professor of earth science and director of Project STORM.

July 4, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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


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


DAVENPORT Angel Anderson, junior, business management

Ashley Nunn, sophomore, criminology

ELDORA Stacy Oppold, freshman, marketing

IONIA Chelse Monnier, sophomore, management

MAYNARD William Humphrey, freshman, physical education

WATERLOO Shalia Moore, senior, elementary education


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

ZION, ILL. Kamekka Anderson, junior, social work

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

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. Merveina Hawkins, senior, sociology

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Lisa Jones, senior, technology training



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

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

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

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



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

Photo of President J.W. Maucker available at:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Love of learning and the need to know.

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

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

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


June 30, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


June 29, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


June 27, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

Recipients receiving $1,000 awards are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


June 26, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


June 23, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

The 2004-2005 honorees are:

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


June 22, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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


June 21, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



AURORA Sarah Stiefel, 410 Main St.

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

CARROLL Matthew Rohden, 1326 N. Court St.

CASCADE Molly McAllister, 72 Eaglet Court

CEDAR FALLS Michelle Formanek, 3128 Abraham Dr.

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

DES MOINES Rebecca Homard, 2807 36th St.

DYSART Kassidy Lyons, 310 Lincoln St.

GLADBROOK Chelsea Reinhard, 309 Lincoln St.

HOLSTEIN Michael Cronin, 1332 Indian Ave.

MONONA Jessica Fohey, 205 S. Monroe St.

NEW VIENNA Matthew Bries, 31568 New Vienna Road

PELLA Andrew Knight, 824 195th Ave.

PEOSTA Elizabeth Harriss, 761 Melinda Dr.

SPENCER Molly Steffen, 1501 Patricia Ave.

SPIRIT LAKE Erin Schrunk, 1510 28th St.

WATERLOO Amanda Wilson, 903 Newton St.

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


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

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