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May 11, 2005 - 7:00pm

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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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May 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Summer 2005 professional development opportunities for teachers are still available at the University of Northern Iowa. Five short courses and two standard courses, all of which will be offered for graduate credit on the UNI campus, have openings.















A two-credit, 200-level graduate course, 'History, Philosophy and Nature of Science,' will be offered June 6-29 in late afternoon/evening. Part of the master's program core, the course examines the nature of science and major philosophical developments of science throughout history. During the six-week session, June 20-July 29, 'Fundamentals of Physics II,' a four-credit course, emphasizes a conceptual understanding of physical principles through group investigations and lab activities.















Four of the short courses, each one credit, are offered during the special June session. 'PRISMSï¾—Activities for High School Physics Teachers' and 'Studies in Biotechnology for Teachers' are scheduled for June 20-24. 'CRISTALï¾—Activities for High School Chemistry Teachers' and 'Studies in Modeling for High School Physics Teachers' will be given June 27-July 1.















'Studies in Molecular Biology for Science Teachers,' a three-credit course to be offered July 11-22, focuses on molecular cloning and DNA analysis.















To enroll in the courses offered through UNI Continuing Educationï¾—Studies in Biotechnology for Teachers, the CRISTAL workshop for high school chemistry teachers, and Studies in Molecular Biology for Science Teachersï¾—prospective students should request an enrollment form by calling 1-800-648-3864 or enroll on line at www.uni.edu/contined/enroll.















For the other four courses, all offered through the UNI Office of the Registrar, students who have been admitted to UNI may access registration information at www.uni.edu/regist/reginfo/. New students need to be admitted to UNI prior to enrolling and should see information available at www.uni.edu/regist/. An application for graduate study is available at www.grad.uni.edu/admission/applicationform.aspx.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Catherine Zeman, associate professor of environmental health and director of the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) at the University of Northern Iowa, will be the keynote speaker at the EURO Summer School Programme in the Netherlands in June. Her address is titled 'Sustainable Management of Water and Resources: A Global Task for Survival.'















Zeman was invited to be the keynote speaker because of her work with the RRTTC and her publications. The RRTTC is an interdisciplinary research, education and outreach center that serves Regents' university researchers and students, Iowa citizens, business and industry.















'The RRTTC is a resource for businesses to improve their operations and have a positive impact on the environment, for researchers to work on applied problems, and for students to learn and grow from real-world experience,' Zeman explained. 'Only the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan comes close to what we do.'















The Summer School Programme, 'Renewable Bio-Energy-- Powering the Sustainable Society,' will focus on sustainable energy sources, such as wind, water, sun and biomass, as a key factor in solving environmental problems. It is supported by the European Union via the Marie Curie Series of Events, and is aimed at individuals interested in and involved in industrial ecology and sustainable manufacturing.















Zeman's address will become part of a book published in conjunction with the summer school program.















May 9, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a series of educational opportunities through a new program called 'Lifelong University.' The program will offer non-credit courses. Although the program primarily will focus on retired residents, all adults will have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of subject areas. The courses will be taught by retired and current UNI faculty and staff.







'UNI has many experts on subjects ranging from technology, to Iowa history, foreign affairs, religions, travel and so much more,' said Stacey Christensen, community relations manager. 'UNI is a great resource in the Cedar Valley and we're excited to provide a service that supports our commitment to offering citizens a lifetime of opportunities.'







Courses and class format will vary to include four-week, half-day workshops, and lunch-n-learn programs. UNI plans to offer classes this fall. For more information and to be included on a mailing list, contact Stacey Christensen in the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, 273-6728 or stacey.christensen@uni.edu.







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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The UNI Regional Business Center (RBC) will host an intensive, two-part training series on using Quick Books Pro for small business bookkeeping, during the month of May, at its office, 212 East Fourth Street in downtown Waterloo.















'Quick Books Pro Beginners' will be offered in three-part sessions on Wednesday, June 1; Friday, June 3; and Friday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. This training is aimed specifically at beginners to the Quick Books Pro software series. The instructor will walk participants through the Easy Step Interview process, setting preferences and basic processes of the program. Participants will learn the check entry process, setting up accounts and other lists, deposits, bank reconciliation, entering and paying bills, reports and more. This training is designed to move at a pace comfortable for those new to Quick Books. The cost for 'Quick Books Pro Beginners' is $189 per participant and includes training materials. Class size is limited to 14 participants.















'Quick Books Pro Advance' also will be offered in three-part sessions on Wednesday, June 15; Friday, June 17; and Friday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Advance training is designed for Quick Books users familiar with the software, but looking to better understand and utilize all of its functions. The first two sessions will cover software specifics, such as setting preferences, reporting, estimates and invoicing, bills and payments, reconciliation, memorized transactions, and more, depending on the needs of participants. The third session is more interactive and customized to the specific challenges that participants may experience with this software. The cost for 'Quick Books Pro Advance' is $189 per participant and includes training materials. Class size is limited to 14 participants.















The instructor for both training sessions is Judy Schindel, a certified Quick Books Trainer. For more information, or to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or www.unirbc.org.















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May 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

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Thursday, May 12







Dr. Jim Taylor, of Taylor Veterinary Hospital will speak at 3 p.m. on animal disease, injury and the aging process as it might compare to the Tyrannosaurus rex; in conjunction with the 'A T. rex Named SUE' exhibit, 1326 Waterloo Road, Cedar Falls. This life-sized replica of SUE, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered, was created by The Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of the McDonald's Corporation. Contact: Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator, UNI Museums, (319) 273-2188 or (319) 273-7615.







The Iowa Stock Market Game Annual Awards Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Commons Ballroom. The event recognizes achievements of students in middle and high school throughout Iowa. Contact: Lois Lindell, assistant director, Center for Economic Education, (319) 273-2952 or lois.lindell@uni.edu.







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May 5, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter for the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education awarded numerous scholarships to its members throughout the 2004-2005 academic year.







__(Name)__, a __(classification/major)__, from __(hometown__, was awarded ___(scholarship)__ .







For more information, contact Stephen Fortgang, UNI associate professor of education and KDP adviser, at (319) 273-2049.







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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will co-sponsor the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon spring race Saturday, May 14, at the Iowa International Raceway in Marshalltown. The first heat begins at 11:30 a.m.















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















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















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















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education initiated more than 90 new members during the 2004-2005 academic year.















At both initiation ceremonies, the keynote speakers were recent alumni of the UNI KDP chapter. Former KDP president Erin Cook, currently of St. Louis Park, Minn. and originally from Cherokee, Iowa, spoke during the fall initiation ceremony and Megan Thomas of Ames spoke during the spring initiation ceremony.















__(Name)__, ᆲ__(daughter/son)__ of __(parents' names)_ and a __(classification/major)__ from __(hometown__, was/were among the __(fall/spring)___ initiates.















For more information, contact Stephen Fortgang, UNI associate professor of education and KDP adviser, at (319) 273-2049.















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HOMETOWN NAME/PARENTS NAME(S)/CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR/SEMESTER















ANKENY Jolene Coonradt/Joel & Anne Coonradt/senior/science teacher education/spring















ALLISON Kelli Henning/Dennis & Carol Henning/senior/elementary education/fall















Jordan Henrichs/Curt & Kelly Henrichs/senior/elementary education/fall































ASBURY Kristen Klein/Rick & Marilyn Klein/senior/chemistry/spring















BEDFORD Crystal Allman/Randy & Dana Allman/junior/elementary education/spring















BETTENDORF Erin Riley/John & Brenda Riley/junior/social science education/fall















Kristen Hannel/Wayne & Janice Hannel/senior/kindergarten teaching/spring















BURLINGTON Sheena Salisbury/Terry & Kathleen Salisbury/junior /elementary education/spring















CALMAR Jamie Humpal/Dave & Kathy Humpal/senior/elementary education /fall















CEDAR FALLS Angel Franzen/Dean & Jolene Franzen/senior/elementary education/fall















Andrew Krumm/senior/elementary education/spring















Emery Burton Tew/Mike & Charlene Burton/senior/elementary education/spring















Cecilia Ruhlmann/senior/industrial arts education/spring















Emily Hanson/Ken & Lori Hanson/junior/elementary education/spring















CEDAR RAPIDS Meagan Cory/Paul & Kathy Cory/senior/elementary education/fall















Melissa Cushing/Kim & John Cushing/senior/elementary education/spring















Lindsey Kaspari/Dan & Julie Kaspari/junior/elementary education/fall















Melissa King/William King/senior/elementary education/spring















Samantha Buckman/Jerry & Raynette Buckman/junior/elementary education/spring















Megan Piper/Darrell & Cathy Piper/senior/elementary education/fall















Melissa Harman/Spear & Leanne Harmon/senior/elementary education/fall















CHARLES CITY Matthew Harless/Darrell Harless/senior/history/fall















CLEAR LAKE Hannah Anderson/Darwin & Darlis Anderson/junior/elementary education /fall















CLINTON Faye Willis Reinhart/Richard & Nancy Willis/junior/elementary education /fall















COUNCIL BLUFFS Melissa Cameron/Rod & Kathy Cameron/senior/communication studies/fall















DAVENPORT Kelly Nodarse/Tammy & Juan Nodarse/senior/elementary education/spring















DES MOINES Diane Jones/Arthur & Duran Hoeppner/Arthur Jones/junior/elementary education/spring















DEWITT Erin Dieckmann/Joel & Brenda Dieckmann/senior/mathematics/fall















DUBUQUE Jennifer Card/Boyd & Mary Jo Card/senior/elementary education/fall















Abigail Graves/Jesse & Joyce Graves/senior/elementary education/spring















DUNKERTON Kayla Steffen/Rhonda & Terry Bromley/Kenny & Brenda Steffen/ junior/elementary education/spring















EAGLE GROVE Natalie Molitor/Ted & Sheri Molitor/senior/kindergarten teaching/spring















ESTHERVILLE Erin Milner/Tim & Sue Milner/senior/elementary education /fall















FAIRFIELD Thomas Lamansky/senior/physical education & coaching/spring















FOREST CITY Jenny Sunde/Ingvald & Sandy Sunde/senior/elementary education/spring















FORT DODGE Nicole Beck/Gary & Kenda Beck/senior/elementary education/spring















Rachel Hance/Mr. & Mrs. Michael Hance/elementary education/spring















Angelyn Gargano/Mark & Tammy Gargano/junior/elementary education/spring















GEORGE Jessica VanBriesen/Robert & Ronda VanBriesen/senior/elementary education/fall















HAMPTON Robyn Hill/Roy & Kathy Hill/senior/elementary education/spring















Sarah Spurgeon/R.L. & Gwen Spurgeon/junior/elementary education/spring















HAVELOCK Emily Baade/Stephen & Lori Baade/senior/elementary education/spring















HUDSON Casey Smelser/Kim & Ellie Smelser/senior/elementary education/spring















Kelly Westley/Dave Westley & Trudy Johnson/senior/elementary education/spring















INDEPENDENCE Amanda McLaren/James & Janet McLaren/junior/elementary education/fall















IOWA CITY Katie Lalla/Jo & Vicki Lalla/senior/elementary education/fall















Sarah Sinkey/Greg & Chris Sinkey/senior/kindergarten education/fall















JEFFERSON Valerie Berger/Bill & Shelly Berger/senior/education/spring















JESUP Cassandra Paisley/Paul & Nancy Paisley/senior/elementary education/spring















JEWELL Callie Beers/Rick & Sue Beers/senior/social science education/fall















JOHNSTON Lindsay Townsend/Greg & Brigid Townsend/junior/elementary education/spring















KALONA Mariah Ritter/Nancy & Scott Ritter/junior/physical education/coaching/fall















KEYSTONE Melissa Breja/Dave & Mary Breja/senior/elementary education/fall















KINGSLEY Adam Zellmer/Carl & Darla Zellmer/junior/business teacher education/fall















LAMONT Michelle Grimm* (also under QUASQUETON) /Jean & Bob Smith/senior/elementary education/fall















LAWTON Jamie Williams* (also under SIOUX CITY)/James & Loydeen Williams/senior/elementary education/spring















LEMARS Teresa Shostak/Bruce & Barb Shostak/senior/elementary education /spring















MANCHESTER Hannah Greve/Mike & Kathy Greve/junior/art/fall















MARION Amber Franklin* (also under SPRINGVILLE)/Connie Verdeck/senior/elementary education/fall















MASON CITY Carol Goepel Evers/senior/elementary education/spring















MT. PLEASANT Sarah Ita/John & Kathy Ita/junior/business teacher education/spring















MUSCATINE Anna Payne/senior/teacher certification/spring















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ADD THREE/KDP INITIATION















HOMETOWN NAME/PARENTS NAME(S)/CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR/SEMESTER















NEW HARTFORD Miki Mead/Scott & Barb Mead/junior/mathematics/spring















NEWTON Shannon White/Timothy & Susan White/junior/elementary education/spring















NEVADA Kenessa Jones/Ken & Ginger Jones/junior/elementary education/spring















Julie Stone/Paul Stone/senior/elementary education/spring















OTTUMWA Katherine Rucinski/Mike & Karen Rucinski/junior/kindergarten education/fall















Lauren Taylor/Phil & Kathy Taylor/senior/elementary education/spring















OXFORD Nicholas Scheetz/Dan & Patty Scheetz/senior/geology &earth science/spring















QUASQUETON Michelle Grimm* (also under LAMONT)/Kyle & Nancy Grimm/senior/elementary education/fall















RICEVILLE JoLynn Christensen/Steve & Rosalie Christensen/junior/elementary education/spring















SIOUX CITY Courtney Clausen/Jane Clausen/senior/social science education/fall















Jamie Williams* (also under LAWTON)/Margaret Williams/senior /elementary education/spring















SOUTH ENGLISH Danica Morrison/Dan & Jody Morrison/senior/accounting/spring















SOLON Jennifer Strawn/Diane & Jerry Strawn/senior/elementary education /spring















SPIRIT LAKE Rebecca Bruns/Terry & Cheryl Bruns/junior/elementary education/fall















Abby Bierstedt/Rick & Jane Bierstedt/senior/elementary education/spring















SPRAGUEVILLE Darcy Feuerbach/Tom & Sue Feuerbach/junior/elementary education/spring















SPRINGVILLE Amber Franklin* (also under MARION)/Larry Franklin/senior/elementary education/fall















TAMA Kelli Dostal/Jeff & Nancy Dostal/senior/elementary education/spring















Nancy Dostal/junior/English/spring















TOLEDO Tammy Trusheim/Ray & Lois Trusheim/senior/English/spring































TIPTON Dawn Mohr/Dave & Debbie Mohr/senior/social science education/fall















TRIPOLI Chelsey Heidemann/Ronny & Wanda Heidemann/senior/elementary education/spring















VENTURA Kara Boehnke/Tom & Janet Boehnke/senior/elementary education/spring















VINTON Heather Happel/Rick & Chari Happel/junior/elementary education/spring















Forest Isbell/senior/chemistry /spring















WALCOTT Stefanie Spies/Harry & Melinda Spies/senior/elementary education /spring















WASHBURN Jennifer Schoepske* (also under JUNEAU, ARK.) /TimothySchoepske/ junior/kindergarten education/spring















HOMETOWN NAME/PARENTS NAME(S)/CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR/SEMESTER WASHINGTON Jennifer Wagler/Cary & Deb Wagler/senior/elementary education/fall















WATERLOO Jill Noltensmeier/Robert & Gail Noltensmeier/senior/kindergarten education/spring















WAUCOMA Julie Stange/Larry & Rhonda Stange/senior/elementary education/fall















WAVERLY Jessica Kuhrt/Jim & Nancy Kuhrt/junior/elementary education/fall















WAYLAND Lori Reschly/Mick & Ranee Reschly/senior/elementary education/spring















Joseph Unternahrer/Chris & Deb Unternahrer/senior /history/spring















WEST DES Melissa Florer/Steve & Cindy Florer/senior/elementary education/fall















MOINES Adam Retzlaff/Sue & Dennis Retzlaff/senior /family & community services/fall















WORTHINGTON Shelley Mormann/Larry & Joyce Mormann/senior/elementary education/spring















OUT-OF-STATE















JUNEAU, ALASKA Jennifer Schoepske* (also under WASHBURN)/Pamela Schoepske/junior/















kindergarten education/spring















TAYLOR FALLS, Lindsay McElhinney/Kirk & Terri McElhinney/senior/elementary















MINN. education/spring















ST. CHARLES, Stephanie Gipple/Stephen & Cindy Gipple/senior/elementary education/spring















MISS.















May 4, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's individual events team placed sixth in the NFA President's Division I category during the National Forensic Association tournament, placing them in the top 20 speech teams in the nation. The tournament took place at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.







Mike Hilkin, a junior communication studies and English literature major from Dubuque, qualified for the quarterfinal round in impromptu speaking, and Jessy Ohl, a freshman biology major from Denison, qualified for the quarterfinal round in both persuasive and extemporaneous speaking.







'This is undoubtedly one of the best individual events speech teams UNI has had in a decade. The team has been incredibly dedicated, focused and hardworking this year, and that ethic has paid off,' said Jacob Thompson, UNI director of forensics. 'A total of eight students representing UNI qualified an amazing 26 events for this prestigious national tournament.'







Jessica Sauer, a freshman theatre and Spanish major from Marion, qualified in rhetorical criticism, extemporaneous speaking and dramatic duo interpretation. Hilkin qualified in extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, prose interpretation, rhetorical criticism, informative speaking and persuasive speaking. Ohl qualified in extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, rhetorical criticism, persuasive speaking, poetry interpretation and dramatic duo interpretation. Megan Striffler, a freshman speech teacher education major from Cedar Rapids, qualified in dramatic duo interpretation and prose interpretation.







Also, Coltrane Carlson, a sophomore electronic media major from Council Bluffs, qualified in prose interpretation, dramatic duo interpretation, poetry interpretation and impromptu speaking; Jessica Border, a senior political communication major from Waukee, qualified in poetry interpretation; and, Adam Plendl, a sophomore political science major from LeMars, qualified in extemporaneous speaking. Ryan McGeough, a senior humanities and philosophy major from Cedar Falls, qualified in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking. McGeough also was one of two competitors from Iowa selected to participate in the Interstate Oratorical Association tournament in Boston last month.







Ohl (of Denison) also qualified for the quarterfinals in persuasive speaking at the American Forensic Association National Tournament, which was held at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. earlier this month.







For more information, contact Jacob Thompson at (319) 273-7200.







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May 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association will present its annual Heritage Honours Awards during the 10 a.m. spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, in the UNI-Dome. The awards program honors the accomplishments of UNI graduates and their service to the university.







Diane Crane Bridgewater, a 1985 alumnus, will receive an Alumni Achievement Award. She is the vice president and business director of North America operations for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., in Des Moines, leading Pioneer's largest business unit with nearly $2 billion in annual revenue. She is the first woman to hold this position. She is a current board member of the United Way of Central Iowa and Childserve, and past board member of the Johnston Community School Foundation.







In 2002, the Des Moines Business Record named Bridgewater to the 'Forty Under 40,' a list recognizing the up-and-coming business leaders in Des Moines. She was also selected as the first ATHENA award honoree in Des Moines. This award recognizes leaders who contribute to improving the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist women in realizing their leadership potential.







Bridgewater majored in accounting and French at UNI, and was the first recipient of UNI's Lux Service Award, which is the highest undergraduate award given for service to the university, in 1985. According to her parents, who nominated her for this award, Bridgewater's greatest strengths include having a lot of energy, being devoted to her family and her lifelong learning of new skills and techniques.







Jason Follett, a 1992 alumnus with a bachelor's degree in political science, will receive a Young Alumni Award. Follett is an adjunct student teaching supervisor for Simpson College in Indianola. He also is the chair of the State of Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs, a member of the State Historical Society of Iowa's Board of Trustees, the vice-chair of the State Historical Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the National Council for the Social Studies, on the executive board of the Iowa Council for the Social Studies and a founding member and facilitator of the Iowa Coalition on Civic Education.







'Jason is as effective as a team leader as he is a team member. He can work very well with diverse groups and will roll up his sleeves to get the job done,' said Susan Griffin, executive director of the National Council for the Social Studies. 'Both in his work on committees for the National Council for the Social Studies and as a representative of the Iowa Council for Social Studies, Jason demonstrated a solid work ethic, a keen understanding of organizational and professional issues, and good humor.'







There are three Heritage Honours award categories, the Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes the outstanding professional accomplishments of UNI graduates; the Young Alumni Award, which honors UNI graduates 35 years of age or younger who have excelled in their profession in a short amount of time; and, the Alumni Service Award, which recognizes UNI graduates who have shown long and continuous service to their community and UNI. Only two of these awards are presented each year and are determined by the selection committee.







For more information on the Heritage Honours Awards, contact Amy Mohr, assistant director of alumni relations for programming, at (319) 273-2355, or visit www.unialum.org.







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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) will host two 'Smart Start' workshops during the month of May. Both workshops will take place at the RBC office, 212 East Fourth Street in downtown Waterloo.







'Smart Start,' a 90-minute entrepreneurial training course covering the basics of business legalities, business planning and financial packaging, will take place Tuesday, May 10, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, May 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes an informational packet. For more information, or to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or www.unirbc.org.







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May 2, 2005 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Beverly Kopper, special assistant for academic affairs and professor of psychology at the University of Northern Iowa, has been appointed director of academic assessment, beginning with the 2005 fall semester.















Kopper will work closely with faculty, department heads, deans and other administrators, as well as the Office of Information Management and Analysis, to provide leadership for the planning and implementation of student outcomes assessment processes, program review and other procedures that support academic program improvement, student learning and accreditation.















'I am confident that Dr. Kopper will provide excellent leadership that will support the evaluation of learning outcomes, academic program improvement and institutional accreditation,' said Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost.















Kopper, who has been a member of the UNI psychology faculty since 1988, will continue to teach part-time. She earned a B.A. degree in psychology from the State University of New York-Buffalo, an M.S.S.W. (master of science in social work) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Iowa State University.







She has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate psychology courses, including introductory courses in psychology, abnormal psychology and social psychology; psychology of personality; and, advanced psychopathology. She has worked as a school and clinical social worker, psychologist and lecturer.







In 1995, Kopper received the University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award that honors non-tenured faculty for their contributions to teaching, as well as their scholarship and service.







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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI will graduate one of the largest groups of students in its 2+2 elementary education bachelor's degree program at 6 p.m., Monday, May 9, at Carroll High School, Carroll, Iowa. These 23 students are part of the 2+2 UNI/Des Moines Area Community College/Carroll community partnership for students who are place-bound and cannot travel to the UNI campus.

The students have taken two years of courses at DMACC/Carroll and two years of UNI courses at the Carroll campus and over the Iowa Communications Network. The 2+2 elementary education program is the same as the program offered on the UNI campus.

UNI President Robert Koob will be the Commencement speaker. Awards will be conferred by UNI Provost Aaron Podolefsky, with assistance from Koob, UNI College of Education Dean Jeffrey Cornett, Pat Holthaus, UNI instructor/advisor at DMACC/Carroll, and Steve Schulz, UNI/DMACC program coordinator. The graduates and their families also will be guests at a pre-graduation reception, from 3-4:30 p.m., at the DMACC/Carroll Library.

This group (cohort) of graduates is the fifth to earn a B.A. degree in elementary education teaching from UNI under the 2+2 program. Roger Kueter, UNI 2+2 program director, says, 'This group is also the first to have an early childhood component included in its B.A. education program. In addition, the human relations course included a globalization element that has helped the graduates understand why an awareness of other cultures is important for educators today.'

Events also will include, at 2 p.m., a renewal of the agreement between UNI, DMACC/Carroll and the Carroll community to continue the education partnership to provide access to higher education for place-bound Iowans and increase the number of teachers in central Iowa. This articulation signing ceremony will take place at the DMACC/Carroll Campus, Room 146, 906 N. Grant Road. Institutional representatives will include Koob for UNI; James Knott, Provost, DMACC/Carroll Campus; Robert Denson, President, DMACC, and James Wilson, Community Advisory Council leader.

An additional 21 students enrolled in the UNI 2+2 B.A. elementary education teaching program last January. This summer, 35 students from four Iowa community colleges will begin a 2+2 B.A. program in elementary education with a special education emphasis. UNI faculty will teach the courses onsite at the community colleges, over the ICN, or via web-based classes. Kueter says UNI is also exploring other 2+2 programs in criminology, gerontology and health promotion, among other disciplines.

For more information on UNI's 2+2 program, contact Kueter at (319) 273-2203, or visit www.uni.edu/2+2.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a White House Mini-Conference on Businesses' Aging Workforce and Caregivers beginning at 8 a.m., Thursday, May 19, in Maucker Union.







The conference will educate business professionals and caregivers on the effects of an aging workforce and caregivers in the workforce, and features presentations by Phyllis Anderson, Mature Worker Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs; Shirley Merner, co-director of the National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center; Nicki Stajcar, consumer protection advocate for the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs; and, Julia Wallace, UNI Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.







Presentation topics include 'Attracting and Maintaining Older Workers,' 'Solutions for Business and Consumer Identity Theft,' 'Capitalizing on your Multigenerational Workforce,' and 'State Initiatives Related to Business & Aging.'







Keynote speaker will be John Paul Marosy, author of Elder Care: A Six-Step Guide to Balancing Work and Family, and A Manager's Guide to Elder Care. The luncheon speaker will be Joan Burney, a mother of six who graduated cum laude with a degree in communications and music after her children were in school. Breakout sessions will follow from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m.







The conference is an approved 'White House Conference on Aging' event and will have input in the October 2005 White House Conference on Aging, where national aging policies are defined for the next 10 years.







The conference is $40 for participants who wish to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions, if they register before Wednesday, May 11. Caregivers who wish to attend only the afternoon breakout sessions can do so free of cost. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/contined/ces/whmc/, call (319) 273-6899 or







(800) 782-9519, or e-mail conf-events@uni.edu.







The conference is sponsored by the Iowa Consortium for Applied Gerontology and Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging, and is facilitated by UNI Conference & Event Services.







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Monday, May 2







Opening reception for MA Exhibition/BFA Exhibition Part II, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the UNI Gallery of Art. Contact: Darrell Taylor, gallery director, (319) 273-6134.







Monday, May 2-Wednesday, May 4







'De-Stress Days' from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day in Maucker Union. Activities include mini-massages, Humane Society animals, Dance Revolution and Labyrinth. Contact: Deedra Billings, WRC wellness resource coordinator, (319) 273-7162.







Tuesday, May 3







The Center for Energy and Environmental Education will host a pizza party at 5 p.m. in the CEEE to commemorate the unveiling of its new photovoltaic (P/V) display system. The P/V system will provide the building with more energy to meet its electrical needs. It was built on the south side of the building and includes three 4 foot by 8 foot arrays, each of which has four 75-watt photovoltaic solar modules. The solar panels are adjustable and can be monitored individually, making them easier to use for research. The system is part of a senior project by electrical and information engineering technology majors Dustin Vercande of Brooklyn and Cory Fees of Urbandale, who were assisted by Dave Anderson of the UNI Physical Plant in the installation of the new P/V system. Their adviser is Recayi Pecen, UNI associate professor of industrial technology. The P/V pizza party is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the UNI Physical Plant and the Iowa Energy Center. Contact: Pat Higby, UNI energy educator at the CEEE, (319) 273-6012 or Higby@uni.edu; or Recayi Pecen, UNI associate professor of industrial technology, (319) 273-2598.







Thursday, May 5







Dr. Jim Taylor, of Taylor Veterinary Hospital will speak at 3 p.m. on animal disease, injury and the aging process; a free program in conjunction with the 'A T. rex named Sue' exhibit, 1326 Waterloo Road, Cedar Falls. Contact: Melissa Kruth, UNI Museums, special exhibition assistant, (319) 273-6925.















Thursday, May 5-Saturday, May 7







Class of 1955 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its commencement from Iowa State Teachers College, beginning with registration Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. For more information, go to www.unialum.org/events/reunions.html.















Friday, May 6







'On the Cutting Edge,' the 8th annual Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association Annual Conference, will take place in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, beginning with 8 a.m. registration. Speaking at 8:45 a.m. will be Dr. Peggy Nopoulos, associate professor, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Attunement founder Gail Brinkman will speak at 1:30 p.m. The Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association and the UNI Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Post-secondary Education are sponsoring the conference. Contact: UNI Conference & Event Services, (319) 273-6899.







The Graduate College will celebrate 50 years of graduate degree programs with a reception for 2005 graduating graduate students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Oster Regent Theatre and at Cup of Joe's in downtown Cedar Falls. Contact: Susan Koch, interim dean, UNI Graduate College.







ROTC Commissioning ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in Lang Hall. Brig. Gen. Steven Saunders will commission 12 military science cadets as second lieutenants. Contact: Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head, UNI Department of Military Science, (319) 273-6220







Saturday, May 7







UNI Commencement will take place in the UNI-Dome at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact: Phil Patton, UNI Registrar, (319) 273-2244.







KUNI presents Wine & Tulips 2005, from 6-8 p.m. in Maucker Union. More than 200 domestic and imported wines will be available for sampling as well as a variety of cheeses, fruit and bread. A silent auction is also scheduled. Contact: Scott Vezdos, marketing manager, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-3497.







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Important to remember Nancy Drew's Iowa roots















'It's all well and good the world is celebrating Nancy Drew's 75th anniversary as the most popular fictional teen detective in the world, but what about her Iowa creator's 100th birthday also taking place this year?' asks Barbara Lounsberry, professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. Lounsberry is traveling the state to remind Iowans that both Nancy and her creator are Iowa heroines.















Nancy Drew is a publishing phenomenon just as a great as Harry Potter, according to Lounsberry. Since the appearance of 'The Secret of the Old Clock,' in 1930, more than 200 million copies of Nancy Drew mysteries have been sold and she's been translated into 27 different languages. In honor of her 75th birthday, publishers have come out with the first-ever Nancy Drew graphic novel and a whole new Nancy Drew series in which Nancy talks to the reader in first person.















'Iowa's Mildred Augustine created Nancy Drew's admirable character and personality when she was 25,' Lounsberry explains. 'She wrote 23 of the first Nancy Drew mysteries and gave many of her own traits to the Iowa sleuth.'















However, Augustine was forced to sign contracts swearing to keep secret her authorship of the mysteries, and for 50 years kept her promise. Augustine was born July 10, 1905 in Ladora, Iowa, and died in 2002 at the age of 97 still writing her newspaper column called 'On the Go.'















Lounsberry says Augustine clearly made Nancy Drew an Iowa detective, for in the first mystery she wrote, 'Like a true daughter of the Middle West, Nancy Drew took pride in the fertility of her state and saw beauty in a crop of waving green corn as well as in the rolling hills and the expanse of prairie land.'















Publishers have tried to hide Nancy's Iowa roots, Lounsberry explains: 'That's why we need to reclaim and honor her -- and her creator.'















Contact:















Barbara Lounsberry, UNI professor of English, (319) 268-0502 or Barbara.Lounsberry@uni.edu















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















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Dinosaur exhibit at University Museums draws large crowds















In a little less than eight weeks, 28,000 visitors have been to see the exhibit 'A T. rex Named SUE,' hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Museums, and on display at the Cedar Falls Utilities building located at 1326 Waterloo Road. This figure includes 9,000 children who have come on school field trips. Another 4,000 school children are scheduled to visit SUE during May. Visitors have come from more than 20 states and eight foreign countries.















More than 350 volunteers have helped staff the exhibit, with each person giving a minimum of 15 hours to the project. 'We calculate that more than 7,000 volunteer hours will be needed throughout the run of the exhibition, in addition to our staff hours,' said Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator for the UNI Museums.















The life-sized replica of SUE, the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered, was created by The Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald's Corporation. The exhibition includes hands-on and interactive learning stations that accompany the 42-foot-long articulated cast skeleton of SUE. In addition, visitors can get an eye-level view of the massive skull and touch models of SUE's 12-inch long teeth. The UNI Museum has a second exhibit at 3219 Hudson Road called 'Dinos 101.' This exhibit includes additional information about dinosaurs including real fossils and replicas. There is no admission fee to visit the UNI Museum.















SUE ticket prices for adults are $6, children (4-15 yrs.) are $3, children (3 and under) are free. Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m to 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.















Regular hours at the UNI Museum are Monday through Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 pm.















Contact:















Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator, UNI Museums, (319) 273-2188















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















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual spring commencement services in two ceremonies on Saturday, May 7 in the UNI-Dome. The first will begin at 10 a.m., for candidates for degrees from the College of Education, College of Business Administration and the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs. The second ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, College of Natural Sciences and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Graduate students attend the ceremony for their respective colleges.



UNI President Robert Koob will preside over ceremonies and confer degrees on the students. Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will award honors.



Candidates for degrees will be presented by the deans of their respective colleges: Susan J. Koch, interim dean, Graduate College; Farzad Moussavi, College of Business Administration; Jeffrey Cornett, College of Education; James F. Lubker, College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Joel Haack, interim dean, College of Natural Sciences; Julia Wallace, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; and, James Bodensteiner, interim dean, Division of Continuing Education & Special Programs.







Student addresses will be given at the 10 a.m. ceremony by senior elementary education major Andrew Krumm, who will graduate cum laude, of Huxley; and at the 2 p.m. ceremony by senior history education major Jenny Rokes from Dike, who will graduate in December. Rokes is a member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.



A senior class gift presentation will be made at each of the ceremonies by senior organizational communication major Jane Harrison of West Des Moines, chair of the senior class gift committee. This year's class gift will be dedicated to the completion of the stage in the UNI memorial garden. The stage will be named for the Class of 2005.



The university's Heritage Honours Awards, recognizing alumni who have achieved significant personal and professional accomplishments, will be presented during the 10 a.m. ceremony as well. This year's winners are Diane Crane Bridgewater, a 1985 alumnus with a bachelor's degree in accounting and French, who will receive the Alumni Achievement Award; and Jason Follett, who earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science in 1992. Follett will receive the Young Alumni Award.



Honorary Doctorate Degrees will be awarded to Christine Grant, retired Women's Athletic Director at the University of Iowa; and Rex Eno, retired chairman of Life Investors of America. Grant is currently the associate professor of sports administration at the University of Iowa.







Those in attendance from the Class of 1955 will be recognized individually by President Koob as members of the 50th anniversary class at the 10 a.m. ceremony.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twelve University of Northern Iowa students in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) are candidates to commission as Second Lieutenants during a 7 p.m. ceremony Friday, May 6, in the Lang Hall auditorium.















Brig. Gen. Steven D. Saunders will be the commissioning ceremony speaker. A native of Lincoln, Neb., Saunders received his bachelor's degree from the Mankato State University, Minnesota; and, his master's degree from the University of South Dakota. He received his commission from the Iowa Military Academy in 1979, and has more than 25 years of service in the Iowa Army National Guard. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal. Saunders serves at the National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.















At 4 p.m. Friday, May 13, Laura K. Stewart, a cadet from Clarke College, will be commissioned in Van Vliet hall, on the University of Dubuque campus, as part of the Tri-Colleges of Dubuque partnership program with UNI's ROTC.















(STUDENT'S NAME), a senior (MAJOR) from (HOMETOWN) will be commissioned at the ROTC ceremony at (COMMISSIONING LOCATION). He/She has been assigned to (ASSIGNMENT/BRANCH).















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NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below in alphabetical order by hometown, with Iowa residents first, are the ROTC students who will be commissioned at the Spring 2005 ceremony. Please check the list for students from your coverage area.















































BOONE Nicole J. Rhum/business teaching/UNI/ Iowa National Guard/Ordinance Corps















CEDAR FALLS Kevin R. Hrodey/history/UNI/ Iowa National Guard/Infantry















FAIRFIELD Adam W. Rhum/physical education/UNI/Iowa National Guard/Engineer Corps















GRUNDY CENTER Kent M. Greiner/biology/UNI/Iowa National Guard/Infantry















HONEY CREEK Jason J. McIntosh/chemistry/UNI/Iowa National Guard/Infantry















NEW HAMPTON Tony D. Christoph/liberal studies/UNI/Iowa National Guard/Infantry















OELWEIN Jason R. Hornberg/psychology /UNI/Iowa National Guard/Infantry (Hornberg is a two-year ROTC scholarship recipient. He received the Governor's Cup, presented to the most outstanding Military Science IV cadet in each ROTC program in Iowa. The winner of this award must demonstrate a superior level of leadership ability.)















URBANDALE Matthew D. Parrino/criminology/UNI/Iowa National Guard/Infantry(Parrino is the recipient of a two-year ROTC scholarship.)















WATERLOO Jeffrey S. Ritter/history/UNI/Active Duty/Chemical Corps















Tyson M. Trunkhill/liberal studies/UNI/Iowa Army National Guard/Field Artillery















WAUKON Benjamin J. Seibert/English/UNI/Active Duty/Armor (Seibert is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient. He received the George C. Marshall Award, made annually to the most outstanding fourth year military science cadet at each university where ROTC is offered, who has demonstrated superior leadership and scholastic ability.)















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SKOKIE, ILL. Laura K. Seibert/administrative social work/Clarke College/United States Army Reserve/Quartermaster Officer (Seibert is a two-year scholarship recipient. She received the Governor's Cup, presented to the most outstanding Military Science IV cadet in each ROTC program in Iowa. The winner of this award must demonstrate a superior level of leadership ability.)















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has awarded nine 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)_ attends ᆲ__(High School Name)_ High School.















To be considered for the SBS 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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NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below, in alphabetical order of hometowns, with Iowa residents first, are the names, classifications and high schools of SBS scholars. Please check for other towns in your coverage area.































HOMETOWN NAME HIGH SCHOOL















AMES Amanda Pirog Ames















ANKENY Chantel Witt Ankeny















BETTENDORF Tess Fagle Bettendorf















COUNCIL BLUFFS Lisa Dahlke Abraham Lincoln















CRESCO Maggie Stehn Crestwood















GREENFIELD Whitney Shindelar Nodaway Valley















STATE CENTER Bethanie Angell West Marshall















WEST DES Lisa Akre Valley















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Political Science recently awarded scholarships to four students for the 2005-2006 academic year.



The Black Hawk County Bar Association Scholarship was awarded to two students. Holly Ross, a junior political science major from Urbandale, and Troy Sitzman, a senior political science major from Kingsley, each received a $500 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to academically outstanding juniors or seniors majoring in political science, political communication or public administration who have made a commitment to attend law school.



John Harrenstein, a senior public administration major from Clear Lake, received the Dennis Jensen Memorial Scholarship. The $600 scholarship is awarded to an Iowa resident who is a political science or public administration major who has completed an internship in state or local government, and has a GPA of at least 3.25.



Melissa Waters, a junior political science major from Waukon, received the Charles Ray and Ada May Hoxie scholarship. This $750 scholarship is awarded to a sophomore or junior majoring in political science with a GPA of at least 3.30.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Student Involvement & Activities Center at the University of Northern Iowa has announced membership for the 2005-06 Campus Activities Board (CAB). (NAME) , (CLASSIFICIATION AND MAJOR) , of _____(HOMETOWN) is part of the newly established organization. CAB is responsible for organizing campus-wide social and cultural programming and entertainment. Members of CAB plan, coordinate and oversee all aspects of events that occur throughout the year. CAB includes five programming committees: Thursdaze, entertainment, speakers, film and publicity.















Past speakers and events include writer Maya Angelou; astronaut Sally Ride; Kwame Jackson from The Apprentice; American Idol Josh Gracin; and '80s Night featuring Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell.































For more information about CAB, contact Mike Bobeldyk, UNI Maucker Union program coordinator, at (319) 273-5888 or Mike.Bobeldyk@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students Lindsay Kalvig and Edward Kelly have received $600 Emma Jackson Baty Scholarships for student journalists for the 2005-2006 academic year. Both are staff members of the Northern Iowan, the university's student newspaper.















The scholarship fund was established in 1984 by Jackson Baty and family in memory of his mother, Emma Jackson Baty, to further the education and training of UNI students serving on the campus newspaper staff. Jackson Baty is an emeritus professor of education at UNI and former faculty adviser to the Northern Iowan.































Kalvig, a junior graphic design major from Manly, served this year as the Northern Iowan's features editor. She will be next year's executive editor. Kelly, a junior English major from Marion, has been a sports, news and features writer, and a columnist for the past three semesters. He will be a section editor next year.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Malcolm Price Laboratory at the University of Northern Iowa received a 'School of Character' award at the Iowa Character Awards ceremony in West Des Moines earlier this month.



The 'School of Character' award was presented to Price Lab faculty for their school citizenship program and their implementation of the Six Pillars of Character in student learning: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.



'In 1993, the elementary faculty at Price Lab observed the need for character education among the elementary students and created the Elementary Citizenship Program to address these growing needs,' said Michelle Swanson, Price Lab instructor. 'Twelve years later, the program continues to thrive and serves as a model for other schools around the nation in the area of character education and the six pillars of education.'



The Price Lab Citizenship Program, known as 'Building a Caring Community,' has monthly citizenship themes, such as 'responsibility,' 'sportsmanship' and 'celebrating differences and diversity,' which are integrated into every facet of learning at the school, and celebrated at a Citizenship Assembly at the end of each month.



The Iowa Character Awards were presented by the Institute for Character Development and the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition.



For more information, contact Michelle Swanson, Price Lab instructor, at (319) 273-2600, or Kim Miller, Price Lab instructor, at (319) 273-3217.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration has begun for the University of Northern Iowa Sports Camps, which will take place at UNI throughout the summer.















More than 50 camps will be offered in football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, track and field, soccer and wrestling. The camps are open to boys and girls ages seven to 18, depending on the camp. Due to limited enrollment, early registration is encouraged.















Highlights of the camps include a full schedule of instruction and playing time, with emphasis on fundamentals; personalized instruction from UNI's Division I coaches; increased sports performance through demonstrations, drills and competition; the opportunity to meet other athletes from around the world; hands-on experience of campus life; and recreation and free-time activities.















For most camps, participants can choose between a 'resident plan,' which includes meals and housing in a UNI Residence Hall, or a 'commuter plan.' Price varies depending upon the camp.















For more information about the camps, or to register, visit www.unipanthers.com/camp, e-mail Jason Nellis, UNI sports camp director, or call (319) 273-CAMP (2267).















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The UNI Regional Business Center (RBC) will host an intensive, two-part training series on using Quick Books Pro for small business bookkeeping, during the month of May, at its office, 212 East Fourth Street in downtown Waterloo.



'Quick Books Pro Beginners' will be offered in three-part sessions on Wednesday, May 4; Friday, May 6; and Friday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. This training is aimed specifically at beginners to the Quick Books Pro software series. The instructor will walk participants through the Easy Step Interview process, setting preferences and basic processes of the program. Participants will learn the check entry process, setting up accounts and other lists, deposits, bank reconciliation, entering and paying bills, reports and more. This training is designed to move at a pace comfortable for those new to Quick Books. The cost for 'Quick Books Pro Beginners' is $189 per participant and includes training materials. Class size is limited to 14 participants.



'Quick Books Pro Advance' also will be offered in three-part sessions on Wednesday, May 18; Friday, May 20; and Friday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Advance training is designed for Quick Books users familiar with the software, but looking to better understand and utilize all of its functions. The first two sessions will cover software specifics, such as setting preferences, reporting, estimates and invoicing, bills and payments, reconciliation, memorized transactions, and more, depending on the needs of participants. The third session is more interactive and customized to the specific challenges that participants may experience with this software. The cost for 'Quick Books Pro Advance' is $189 per participant and includes training materials. Class size is limited to 14 participants.



The instructor for both training sessions is Judy Schindel, a certified Quick Books Trainer. For more information, or to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or www.unirbc.org.



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Board of Regents to meet May 4 and 5















The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet May 4 at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School















in Vinton; and on May 5 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. 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 residence system rates















As discussed at the March Board of Regents meeting, the benchmark double-room/full-meal plan will increase $258, which represents a 4.9 percent increase. This is the lowest percentage increase in eight years. Even with the increase, UNI maintains the lowest room and board rate among the three state universities.















Contact:















Michael Hager, director of residence, (319) 273-2333















Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331















2. Approval of parking rates















Contact:















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















3. Approval of miscellaneous fees and charges















Contact:















Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331















4. Allocation of fees















Contact:















Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331















5. Annual report on competition with private enterprise















Contact:















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















6. Preliminary operating budget issues















Contact:















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















7. Budget adjustments -- current year















Contact:















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















8. Annual report of faculty tenure















Contact:















Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517















9. Approval of faculty promotion and tenure recommendations -- effective academic year 2005-2006















Contact:















Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517















10. Professional & Scientific staff salaries















Contact:















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















11. Notice of title change















Contact:















Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517















12. Appoint interim UNI provost and vice president for academic affairs















Contact:















Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566















13. University calendar holidays for 2007















Contact:















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















14. Register of capital improvement business transactions















Multimodal Facility -- permission to proceed with project planning















The multimodal facility will be a structure on the UNI campus where automobiles, bicycles and transit vehicles can come together and disperse from one location. The building will include a parking facility. The project is a collaboration between UNI, the city of Cedar Falls, the city of Waterloo and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MET). It will provide easy access to the campus for visitors, students, faculty and staff. The total project budget is $18.6 million. Eighty percent of the funds will come from a grant through the Federal Transit Administration.















15. Revision of fiscal year 2004-05 annual internal audit plan















Contact:















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















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 47th Annual Recognition Breakfast will take place Saturday, April 30, honoring 13 employees who will have retired within the 2004-2005 fiscal year.















The 8:15 a.m. breakfast in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom is open to all current and former university employees and their families. The event is sponsored by the UNI Advancement Division.















This year's honorees together have completed more than 278 years of service.















The individuals to be honored this year include (years of service follow in parentheses), from the College of Education: Carolyn Bair, assistant professor of education (6), and Dianna Engelbrecht, instructor in education (3).















From the College of Business Administration: Darrel Davis, associate professor of accounting (35).















From the College of Humanities and Fine Arts: Lathon Jernigan, professor of music (34).















From the College of Natural Sciences: Paul Whitson, professor of biology (33), and Nadine Lilleskov, secretary III, mathematics (17).















From the Graduate College: Barbara Kueter, thesis/dissertation reviewer (15).















From the Rod Library: Martha Anderson, clerk I (31), and Joan Loslo, assistant professor/cataloger (28).















From the Division of Educational & Student Services: Teresa Hilbert, account clerk, Maucker Union (26), and Ken Jacobsen, mental health counselor, Counseling Center (25).















From ITS Information Services: Galina Lerner, programmer analyst (7.5).















From the Physical Plant: Thomas Choplin, power plant repairer, Power Plant (18).















For more information about the breakfast, call (319) 273-6078.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) has announced winners of its 2005 Iowa Energy Poster Contest. The winners were awarded a $100 savings bond by Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson, and were honored during a ceremony on Tuesday, April 19, at the State Capitol in Des Moines.















Judges from the Cedar Falls Utilities, Cornbelt Power, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Energy Center, and Waverly Light and Power chose winners from more than 500 entries.















First- and second-grade winners are Sammone Jones, St. Patrick's School, Cedar Falls; Kelly Olsen, Hansen Elementary, Cedar Falls; Fatih Pecen, Hansen Elementary School, Cedar Falls; Jared Rickard, Lincoln Elementary School, Cedar Falls; and Nate Williamson, Lincoln Elementary, Cedar Falls.































Third- and fourth-grade winners are Sarah Lothspeich, Mulberry Elementary School, Muscatine; Ashley Loving, Van Allen Elementary School, Lockridge; Noah Salmonson, Colorado Elementary, Muscatine, Gage Tenold, Northwood-Kensett Community School District, Northwood; and Spencer Van Dorn, Lincoln Elementary, Cedar Falls.















Fifth- and sixth-grade winners are Tanner Bohling, Colorado Elementary School, Muscatine; Chelsea Bown, Sigourney Elementary School, Sigourney; and, Sara Gabriele and Kaiti Faye, both of Waterloo, are students at Cedar Heights Elementary, Cedar Falls.















The winning posters will be mounted and placed in the CEEE's Traveling Art Gallery, which travels throughout the state educating Iowans on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Traveling Art Gallery is available for two-week display at schools, museums and businesses.















For more information about the energy poster contest, or to reserve the Traveling Art Gallery, contact Patricia Higby at (319) 273-6012 or Patricia.Higby@uni.edu.















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Wednesday, April 27



'What's it All About? Sex, Gender and Equality in the 21st Century,' featuring Patricia Ireland, former president of the National Organization for Women, will take place at 7 p.m. in Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom. Contact: Ami Lawin, graduate assistant, UNI Women's Studies Program, (319) 273-7183.



Paula V. Smith, an English professor at Grinnell College, will read from her fiction as part of UNI's 'Writers Talk' Reading Series, at 7 p.m., in Baker 161. A recent short story by Smith, 'Restoration,' appeared in UNI's own literary magazine, the North American Review. Smith teaches creative writing (fiction), women's studies, and the 20th-century novel. Contact: Vince Gotera, associate professor of English, (319) 273-7061.



Thursday, April 28



The College of Humanities & Fine Arts is sponsoring a lecture on 'The Rituals of Sport: Enacting and Consuming Sports in Today's Society,' by Paul Turman, UNI assistant professor of communication, at 7 p.m., in the CAC, Room 108, followed by a reception. Turman is delivering the lecture as recipient of the University Book & Supply Non-Tenured Teaching Award. Contact: Turman, (319) 273-2593.



Part II of the UNI Phi Delta Kappa/AEA 267 education forum on 'Teacher Quality in Iowa,' will begin at 6:30 p.m., at AEA 267, Conference Room B, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls. It will focus on induction, mentoring, evaluation and professional development of teachers. Contact: Barry Wilson, director of assessment, UNI College of Education, (319) 273-2767.



The Student Life Team of Maucker Union is sponsoring 'Thursdaze Carnival Blowout' from 7 to 11 p.m., on the roof of Maucker Union, with carnival games and events such as Inflatable Fun, Lazer Tag and Crystal Lazer Imaging. Rain site is inside Maucker Union. For more information, call the Student Involvement & Activities Center, (319) 273-2683.



Friday, April 29



Repertory Dance Theatre presents a dance lecture and demonstration at 2 p.m. in the Lang Hall Auditorium, in celebration of National Dance Week. The event will include the history of art dance in 20th Century America. Contact: Michelle Ozmun, UNI instructor in physical education, (319) 273-3560.



Cinco de Mayo Celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Maucker Union Plaza. Activities will include mariachi entertainment by Las Guitarras de Mexico. The celebration is sponsored by the Hispanic/Latino Student Union, Maucker Union and Student Involvement and Activities Center. Rain site weather is the Maucker Union Coffeehouse. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683.



The UNI Foundation Board will take a 'hard hat' tour of the McLeod Center construction site, beginning at 1 p.m. at the SW entrance to the UNI-Dome. Interested media representatives may join the tour. The extent of the tour may be limited by the type of work being performed at that time, and some areas may be off-limits. The McLeod Center will be a 6,500 seat multi-purpose arena and will be home to Panther men's and women's basketball, UNI volleyball and the competition site for wrestling. The arena also will host many external events, including family entertainment, trade shows, concerts, high school basketball and volleyball tournaments and receptions/banquets. Contact: Bill Calhoun, UNI vice president for advancement, (319) 273-6078.



Saturday, April 30



The 47th Annual Recognition Breakfast, honoring employees retiring from UNI with at least five years of service, will be at 8:15 a.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. This year, there are 13 honorees. The event is sponsored by the UNI Advancement Division. Contact: Bill Calhoun, UNI vice president for advancement, (319) 273-6078.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- De-Stress Days, hosted by UNI Wellness and Recreation Services, will be Monday through Wednesday, May 2-4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Maucker Union.



Students, faculty and staff may attend. Activities include free five-minute mini-massages, Dance Revolution and an opportunity to walk the labyrinth. Also featured will be puppies and kittens from the Cedar Bend Humane Society. Health and wellness information also will be provided. All activities are free.



For more information about De-Stress Days, contact Deedra Billings, UNI resource coordinator, at (319) 273-7162 or Deedra.Billings@uni.edu.



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Financial Literacy Month good time to discuss credit management with children



Parents are urged to talk to their kids about credit management as Financial Literacy Month winds down. 'Credit education is one of those things we don't learn about except through trial and error,' says Lois Lindell, assistant director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Northern Iowa. 'But any mistakes you make with credit cards will follow you for the rest of your life.'



The average American has credit card balances of several thousand dollars on a regular basis, according to Lindell. 'It's really important to stop and think about how the interest compounds. When people make just the minimum payments and keep using the card, they're digging a very deep hole.' While credit cards are a necessity of life these days, she recommends parents have serious conversations with their children before providing any cards.



The latest data from college students is very alarming, says Lindell. 'College students are graduating with a heavy load of college debt plus credit card debt. Right away they have to budget a large portion of their new income to pay off their past. The poor decisions made as a college student will follow them well into their adult life.'



Contact:



Lois Lindell, assistant director, Center for Economic Education, 273-2952



Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, 273-2761



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Hubble Space Telescope celebrating 15th service anniversary



Monday, April 25 marks the 15th anniversary of the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, 'One of the most amazing and frustrating scientific instruments ever built,' according to Siobahn Morgan, professor of astronomy at the University of Northern Iowa. She said it's amazing because of the images, knowledge and scientific discoveries it has enabled ï¾— and those discoveries have, literally, rewritten textbooks ï¾— one of things that makes it frustrating. 'I have to update my notes every year to incorporate the new findings from the Hubble Space Telescope,' she says. 'In what other field do the basics change from year to year?'







Morgan, who served on one of last year's review panels for scientific proposals using the telescope, says the number of scientific papers written over the past 15 years that have used data from the Hubble number more than 10,000.



She says another frustrating aspect of the Hubble is its limited life. 'Without a future servicing mission, there will come a time when the telescope will have to be shut down. At that time, astronomers will become blind to certain aspects of the universe. I think of it as 'losing our glasses.' It will be several years before the next generation of space telescopes is operational. It will be a very sad day when the Hubble telescope does stop workingï¾—sad for not only the loss of scientific opportunities, but also for the loss of a chance to see some of the most beautiful and inspirational images ever obtained.'



Contact:



Siobahn Morgan, UNI professor of astronomy, (319) 273-2389 or Siobahn.Morgan@uni.edu



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



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National Playground Safety Week a time to focus on children's outdoor play environments



It's National Playground Safety Week and the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), headquartered at the University of Northern Iowa, is launching a 'Play S.A.F.E. Promise' campaign to encourage children to promise to play safe on the playground and to encourage schools and child care agencies to promise to provide safe play environments for children.



'A trip to the playground should be a time for fun, play, exploration, and social and physical growth,' says Donna Thompson, NPPS director. 'Yet for many children, it's a trip that ends in tears. Statistically, more than 200,000 children are injured on America's playgrounds seriously enough to require a visit to the emergency room, and on average, 17 die each year as a result of a playground incident. By learning about safety hazards, children and adults can take steps to help reduce these numbers.'



She said NPPS employs the acronym S-A-F-E: Children should be Supervised by an adult on all trips to the playground; children should be taken to Age-appropriate equipment (2- to 5-years or 5- to 12-years); Falls to surfaces must be cushioned; and Equipment and surfacing must be maintained. She urges parents to talk to their children about these important safety messages. More information is available at www.playgroundsafety.org/safetyweek.



Contact:



Donna Thompson, director, National Program for Playground Safety, (319) 273-7529



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



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30th Anniversary of the fall of Saigon



April 30 marks the 30-year anniversary of the fall of Saigon to the Peoples Army of Vietnam.



On April 29, 1975, the United States withdrew from Saigon, leaving the noncommunist capital to North Vietnam. 'Many Americans recall the images of the last American helicopter leaving the U.S. Embassy roof with South Vietnamese citizens hanging from the supports, or the South Vietnamese swimming to ships in the harbor, knowing that without American military protection they would face possible death at the hands of the North Vietnamese,' said John Johnson, University of Northern Iowa professor of history.



The fall of Saigon marked one of the major military defeats in U.S. history. The war left 2 million dead, including more than 50,000 Americans. According to Johnson, many Americans look back and question the purpose of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, knowing that in the end, communism prevailed.



There are similarities and differences between the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq. The Vietnam War spanned several presidencies. It began with bipartisan support but ended in widespread criticism. In contrast, the war in Iraq has been driven by one presidential administration and has been met with only partisan support. However, in both wars it proved difficult to project power into hostile areas of the world where governance was weak.



'Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq, in that the United States should pick its adversaries carefully and examine what is in our best national interest,' said Johnson.



Contact:



John Johnson, UNI professor of history, (319) 273-7077



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



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National Turn Off the TV Week has merit



While turning off the television for an entire week-- as advocates of National Turn Off the TV Week suggest-- might be too extreme, Scott Cawelti, a University of Northern Iowa professor of English, says there is merit in limiting one's viewing. 'Viewers get enormous messages from television, particularly through commercials,' he says. 'We're happy or sad or lonely or ugly or fat, or we're urged to consume more food or acquire more possessions.'



Cawelti says the more possessions we acquire, the bigger the houses we seem to require and the bigger our debt becomes. Bankruptcies are way up. He says if we watched less TV, perhaps we could make a tiny dent in this cycle. 'Getting our TV viewing under control is better than turning it off. There are some good programs, and watching a little bit here and there makes sense. But TV is pernicious. There are so many good books to read, things to see and places to go. Yet too many people are mindlessly turning the TV on when they come home at night and going to sleep with it.'



He says in addition to over-consumption, negative self-image and other feelings of inadequacy that can be caused by the commercials, people are reading less and less. 'We get so much valuable information from reading, and when people are not reading, they are less and less informed about the world. They're often just getting the visuals in TV and these can be slanted and biased and not necessarily in context or explaining the issues.'



Cawelti says Norman Mailer has called television 'a small and modest malignancy, wicked and bristling with dots,' and Mailer recently called for outlawing all commercials, saying that commercials are killing us all. 'I think that's extreme,' says Cawelti, 'but at least it points out that some people are thinking about this.'



Contact:



Scott Cawelti, UNI professor of English, (319) 268-1001, (319) 273-3810 or Cawelti@forbin.net



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



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kamyar Enshayan, will discuss ideas in his new book, 'Living Within Our Means: Beyond the Fossil Fuel Credit Card,' and sign copies, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at University Book & Supply in Cedar Falls.































The book by Enshayan, program manager at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, is a collection of essays that examine key ideas underlying the energy choices that face citizens today. The volume is aimed at students in environmental studies classes, policymakers at the community level and citizens who are concerned about how we can live within the limits of our resources.































An engineer by training and a Cedar Falls city councilman, he brings his experience to the question of how communities can plan for the time when oil production is declining, which petroleum geologists predict will happen sometime in this decade.















'Living Within Our Means' is also available from Bought Again Books and the Cedar Falls Historical Society. It also may be ordered directly from Enshayan at the University of Northern Iowa, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Cedar Falls 50614-0293, 319-273-7575 or email kamyar.enshayan@uni.edu. Proceeds from the book will support the work of the UNI Local Food Project.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R',' a two-part professional development course, was recently presented by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE).















Thirty-four teachers were introduced to waste reduction, reuse and recycling concepts, and resources to help students learn about waste-related issues. The interdisciplinary course brought together teachers of math, science, English language arts, reading, social studies, life skills, technology and talented and gifted.















___(NAME) , a teacher at (SCHOOL) , was among the participants. This teacher's attendance was sponsored by (AGENCY) .















As part of the course, participants prepared and taught a mini-unit in their classrooms.















'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked R' was funded in part with grants from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) Conservation Education Program and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Solid Waste Alternatives Program, along with support from selected solid waste agencies.















The course is offered through Science Education and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education in the College of Natural Sciences. For more information about future courses, contact Susan Salterberg at (319) 337-4816, or salterberg@uni.edu.















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NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below in alphabetical order by town/school are the participants in the CEEE 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R'' workshop.































SCHOOL HOMETOWN TEACHER/SCHOOL/SPONSOR















ALBURNETT JP Boesenberg/Alburnett Elementary/Cedar Rapids-Linn County Solid Waste Agency































CEDAR FALLS Cory Cantrall/Peet Junior High















Jennifer Lammers/Peet Junior High















Brad Remmert/Cedar Falls High School















Raynee Sparks/Orchard Hill Elementary















CEDAR RAPIDS Brenda Barker/Johnson School of the Arts/Cedar Rapids-Linn County Solid Waste Agency















Ken Barker/Kennedy High School/Cedar Rapids-Linn County Solid Waste Agency















Carol Cassells/Cedar Rapids Community Schools/Cedar Rapids-Linn County Solid Waste Agency















James Franta/Harding Middle School/Cedar Rapids-Linn County Solid Waste Agency















Rita Smith/Cleveland Elementary/Cedar Rapids-Linn County Solid Waste Agency















Gail Miller/Metro High School/Cedar Rapids-Linn County Solid Waste Agency















Marc Reed/Metro High School/Cedar Rapids- Linn County Solid Waste Agency















Glenn Varner/Metro High School/Cedar Rapids- Linn County Solid Waste Agency















Malinda Wilcox/Metro High School/Cedar Rapids- Linn County Solid Waste Agency















EDGEWOOD Susan Elledge/Edgewood-Colesburg Elementary/Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency















GILBERTVILLE David Sundstedt/Don Bosco High School















HAMPTON Karen Koenig/Riverbend Middle School/Landfill of North Iowa















IOWA CITY Cindy Elmer/South East Junior High/Iowa City (Johnson County) Landfill















Mike Martin/South East Junior High/Iowa City (Johnson County) Landfill















Mary Beth Sammons/Highland Elementary/Iowa City (Johnson County) Landfill















Kay Yanecek/South East Junior High/Iowa City (Johnson County) Landfill















JESUP Renee Stephens/Jesup High School















MANCHESTER Cobin Clapp/West Delaware High School/Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency















Carmen Cook/Lambert Elementary/Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency















Craig Hutton/Lambert Elementary/Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency















Sheri Storms/Lambert Elementary/Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency















MARION Kristin Duning/Marion High School/Cedar Rapids- Linn County Solid Waste Agency















Elizabeth Sandstrom/Wilkins Elementary and Linn-Mar Community/Cedar Rapids- Linn County Solid Waste Agency















Susan Taylor/Indian Creek Elementary School and Linn-Mar/Cedar Rapids- Linn County Solid Waste Agency















MARSHALLTOWN Gena Graglia/Hoglan Elementary/Solid Waste Management Commission of Marshall County















SHEFFIELD Cynthia Mateer/Sheffield-Chapin Pre-School/Landfill of North Iowa















TOLEDO Janey Swartz/South Tama Intermediate School/Tama County Landfill















VINTON-SHELLSBURG Jennifer Hancock/Tilford Middle School/Benton County Landfill















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) will co-host the 21st annual 'Best of the Class' celebration with KWWL. Each year the program honors valedictorians or top graduating seniors from more than 130 high schools in northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin.



On May 1, 97 honorees will travel to UNI to be taped for a series of public service announcements, which will begin airing May 9 on KWWL, Iowa's News Channel,



'We couldn't be happier about sponsoring Best of the Class,' said UNI President, Robert Koob, 'With 92 percent of our students coming from Iowa, it makes sense that we take an active role in saluting Iowa's outstanding students.'



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 -- 'All forms of energy come with hidden price tags.' That is one of the assertions of 'Living Within Our Means: Beyond the Fossil Fuel Credit Card,' a recently published collection of essays that examine key ideas underlying the energy choices that face us.







Written by Kamyar Enshayan, program manager at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, the book is aimed at students in environmental studies classes, policymakers at the community level, and concerned citizens.



Enshayan, an engineer by training and a Cedar Falls city councilman, brings his experience to the question of how communities can plan for the time when oil production will decline, which petroleum geologists predict will happen sometime in this decade.







In the book, Enshayan examines the engineering marvels of the past, such as the ice house, that functioned without an external power supply. He maintains that the end of the era of cheap oil will be painful unless we engage in deliberate planning. He discusses the nature of energy, providing basic principles to help sort out different claims about alternative energy sources. Finally, Enshayan imagines what a livable city in 2050 could look like.







Originally appearing as columns in the Cedar Falls Times weekly newspaper, the essays are written in an easy-to-read, nontechnical style. The volume, published by Congdon Printing & Imaging, is illustrated with historical photos of the ice industry as well as photos of contemporary life.



'Living Within Our Means' is available from Bought Again Books, University Book & Supply and the Cedar Falls Historical Society. It may also be ordered directly from Enshayan at the University of Northern Iowa, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0293, 319-273-7575 or email kamyar.enshayan@uni.edu. Proceeds from the book will support the work of the UNI Local Food Project.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Paul Turman, University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of communication, will present a lecture titled 'The Rituals of Sport: Enacting and Consuming Sports in Today's Society' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.



Turman will discuss how spectators, coaches, athletes and referees interact during live and mediated sporting events. He will focus on sport spectator rituals, such as fan behavior and media representation, and draw on his research in communication to discuss how members in the sports community enact and consume sports.







Turman also will formally be awarded the University Book and Supply (UBS) Non-Tenured Teaching Award. The award recognizes outstanding teaching skills and contributions to their profession by faculty who have not yet been awarded tenure, and includes a $1,000 cash gift, administered through the UNI Foundation.



A reception will follow the lecture.



The event is free and open to the public, and is presented by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa non-tenured faculty members were recently honored with the University Book & Supply (UBS) Outstanding Teaching Award.







The award recognizes outstanding teaching skills and contributions to their profession by faculty who have not yet been awarded tenure and includes a $1,000 cash gift, administered through the UNI Foundation.







Those honored are: Jim Mattingly, assistant professor of management, College of Business Administration; Anna Donaldson, assistant professor of education, College of Education; Paul Turman, assistant professor of communication, College of Humanities & Fine Arts; Marius Somodi, assistant professor of mathematics, College of Natural Sciences; and Catherine DeSoto and Kim MacLin, both assistant professors of psychology, sharing the award for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.







'Because the university seeks to maintain a high level of academics through hiring dedicated professors, UBS offers these awards to uphold that value,' said Rose Lorenz, UBS president. 'By offering this award, we hope the recognitions enhances UNI's strong supportive culture and reinforces the community's quality of life so that young faculty continue their careers here.'



The recipients also attended a luncheon April 21with the UBS board of directors: Rose Lorenz, Doug Johnson, Coreen Mattfeld, Kathleen Hesse and Denise Brown.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Patricia Ireland, one of the most influential feminist leaders in the country, will speak on sex, gender and equality issues in the 21st century, Wednesday, April 27, at the University of Northern Iowa. Her speech, 'What's it All About? Sex, Gender, and Equality in the 21st Century,' will take place at 7:30 p.m. in UNI's Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.















Ireland, who served 10 years as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), used her experience as a lawyer to move NOW to the forefront of the political scene and establish herself as a groundbreaking activist.































Widely recognized as a key player in improving social and economic conditions for women in the United States and around the world, Ireland is especially adept at challenging people to make the connections between women's rights and other human rights issues, according to NOW. A hallmark of her work has been to forge stronger links among women's antipoverty, civil rights, disability rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movements.































Ireland has discussed childcare on ABC's Nightline, Supreme Court nominees on PBS's Jim Lehrer News Hour, the impact of the women's vote on NBC's Meet the Press, and women as policy-makers on CNN's Larry King Live. She frequently appears in the nation's most widely-read newspapers, including the Wall-Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today. She has been the subject of numerous feature stories, in publications ranging from The New York Times Sunday Magazine to People.































For more information about 'Sex, Gender, and Equality in the 21st Century,' contact Ami Lawin, Women's Studies programming coordinator, at (319) 273-7183 or alawin@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jill Uhlenberg, coordinator of the University of Northern Iowa Child Development Center (CDC), was named 'director of the year' by the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers (NCCCC) at the group's annual conference, held last month in Charleston, S.C.















Uhlenberg was nominated by the staff of UNI's CDC because they felt her knowledge and passion for early childhood education was made evident through her professional experiences and education. According to Bridget Schultz, NCCCC Coordinator, Uhlenberg was chosen for the award because of her unwavering commitment to early childhood education.















The NCCCC is a nonprofit educational membership organization that supports research and activities affecting college and university early childhood education and service settings, family and work issues and the field of early childhood education in general.















Uhlenberg was a member of the NCCCC board of directors for 10 years and was president of the organization in 2001. She holds a doctorate in elementary and early childhood education from the University of Iowa, and M.A. degrees in both early childhood education and the education of the gifted, and a B.A. in elementary education, all from UNI. She has been director of the UNI CDC program for 15 years.















The UNI CDC, located in Price Laboratory School, is a nationally accredited childcare center that serves 87 children in full- and partial-day programs. The CDC emphasizes the development of language and social skills in culturally diverse classroom communities.















The CDC serves children of UNI students, faculty and staff. Children from six weeks to five years of age are eligible to be enrolled in the program; a waiting list is utilized to fill openings as they occur.















The Director of the Year award is presented annually and recognizes an outstanding director of a campus-based childcare program. The recipient of the award receives a plaque and free registration to the NCCCC annual conference. For more information, contact Uhlenberg at (319) 273-7671.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Michele Yehieli, associate professor of public health, and Mark Grey, professor of anthropology, received the 2005 Richard Remington Award from the Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA) last month.















The Richard Remington Award is the highest honor granted by the IPHA to individuals who have made exemplary, innovative and sustained contributions to the field of public health at the state level.







The award was presented to Yehieli and Grey for their service over the past decade in addressing refugee, immigrant and minority issues in Iowa, and for their establishment and direction of model programs at UNI relating to those issues, including the Iowa Export Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, the Global Health Corps, the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and the New Iowans Program.







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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A security breach was recently detected in the computer system that serves Public Radio KUNI/KHKE at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Among other things, the server contains information about donations to the Friends of KUNI/KHKE, including donor data such as name, address, phone number, pledge amount and credit card number.

'The breach was detected during routine monitoring,' said John Hess, UNI director of broadcasting services. 'We immediately took steps to fix the problem and increase security. After a comprehensive investigation including computer experts from UNI, our software vendor, and Microsoft, we found no evidence to suggest personal information was accessed.

'However, given the serious nature of the breach, we sent a letter to all our listeners who, prior to the breach, used a credit card to support the Friends of KUNI fund drives. This precautionary advisory provides suggestions about monitoring credit card records to ensure their accounts have not been tampered with.'

If donors find suspicious activity with their credit card account, they should immediately notify the bank or other organization that issued the card.

'No other UNI systems were breached, but we are double-checking all other university systems that contain sensitive information to ensure they are following appropriate security procedures.' said Garry Bozylinsky, associate vice president for information technology. The incident remains under investigation.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's third annual Relay For Life raised more than $72,000 during the 12-hour fundraiser earlier this month, surpassing the committee's $55,000 goal. Over 1,500 students and community members participated in the Relay, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Noehren Hall raised the most money for the event, and Niobe House within that hall raised the most money among individual residence houses. Alpha Xi Delta raised the most among the UNI sororities and Kappa Sigma raised the most among the UNI fraternities. Student employees of 'Essentials' in Maucker Union raised the most money among organizations.

The honorary cancer survivor was a four-year-old boy who has defied all odds. He spent more than 200 days of the past year in the hospital and had 19 surgeries to remove the cancer; he has been cancer free for four months. His mother spoke of the boy's struggles and how cancer has impacted her family.

'The success of our UNI Relay was incredible,' said Grant Erwin of Madrid, chair of UNI's Relay For Life Committee. 'It was only our third Relay and it was entirely planned by college students. The amount of money we raised will make this one of the premier college Relay's in the Midwest.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Band-4-Bandz, a three-day music festival promoting appropriate alcohol use, will take place April 21-23, at the University of Northern Iowa's West Gym.

Bands across the state compete to qualify for the final round of the Band-4-Bandz festival starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21. The competition continues at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23. One of 10 bands will be named 2005 Band-4-Bandz Battle Champion. The champion will win prizes, cash, merchandise and the opening slot for the 7 p.m. Saturday show.

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. 'Drinking responsibly is an important message for the entire community; however, the message is particularly significant for a college community,' said Tina Heeren, Band-4-Bandz event coordinator and founder. 'In hopes of educating college students about the importance of good choices regarding alcohol, Band-4-Bandz partners live music with educational venues to present the topic in a fun, student-friendly atmosphere.'

Band-4-Bandz will host a number of educational programs, including guest speakers and educational presentations from the Iowa State Patrol, Fatal Vision, Budweiser Responsibility Matters, Mocktails, the B.R.A.D Foundation, the Hero Campaign and a number of other organizations.

The event is organized by UNI's Festivals and Special Events Management class, in partnership with The New Q92.3, True Music Budweiser, Club 4th & Main, The Reverb, Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau and Red Bull.

Passes for the Band-4-Bandz festival are available at the door for $5. For more information visit www.band4bandz.com.

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Personal training is beneficial in fitness program

Personal training can be both motivational and educational for individuals as they work to reach their fitness goals, according to Kristy Leen, personal fitness coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa. During National Personal Training Week, April 17-23, Leen offers some insight into the benefits of client-centered personal training in a fitness program.

'A personal trainer's duty is to provide clients with the inspiration they may need to reach their individual fitness goals,' said Leen. 'Personal trainers are knowledgeable individuals who can educate, demonstrate, and provide all the necessary information needed for a client to learn how to incorporate living a healthy lifestyle.'

She said personal trainers can help clients learn how to set both short term and long term goals and play an integral part in the client achieving those goals. Personal trainers provide information about stretching, cardiovascular fitness, resistance training, strength training, and endurance training, as well as providing the necessary tools for someone to make those small changes in a healthy lifestyle.

Contacts:

Kristy Leen, personal fitness coordinator, UNI Wellness & Recreation Services, (319) 273-7167

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

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UNI Marketing & Public Relations hosts campus tours for local leaders

UNI will offer campus tour programs for community leaders from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 28. The walking tour will provide an in-depth look at the university's academic, and business and community services programs. The purpose of the tours is to educate local citizens about how UNI serves students, the needs of the community and the state.

Contact:

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

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Prophet of peace

On April 20, the Muslim world will begin celebrating the birth of the prophet Muhammed. Born in Mecca in 1426, this simple trader would become known as the 'Guiding Light of Islam' and one of the most influential people in the world.

'Muslims have two sources for our religion,' explained Mohammed Fahmy, head of the University of Northern Iowa's industrial technology department and director of educational programs at the Islamic Center in Waterloo. 'One is the Koran, which is God's word verbatim as revealed to the prophet by the archangel Gabriel. The other is the Sunnah, or the actions and practices of the prophet.'

While many Islamic nations celebrate the Mawlid Al Nabi lavishly, Fahmy says that goes against the grain of the religion. 'We are to remember the behavior and traditions of the prophet, how he lived his life as an example. We are to live in peace and propagate peace.'

Contact:

Mohammed Fahmy, head, Department of Industrial Technology, 273-2563, Mohammed.Fahmy@uni.edu

Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, 273-2761

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'A Trip into the Underground Railroad,' a bus trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, and Maysville, Ky., will take place May 12-15. The trip is sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Multicultural Education (CME).

The tour will include several locations that formed part of the Underground Railroad, as well as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, National Underground Railroad Museum and a former slave jail.

The registration fee is $65 for students and children under age 12. Non-students and children over 12 are $95. Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Fees cover two nights in a downtown Cincinnati hotel, coach bus transportation to all scheduled activities, a professional tour guide and entrance fees into all museums and historic locations.

Registration packets and itineraries can be picked up at the CME, Maucker Union, Room 109, or visit www.uni.edu/cme, and click on 'May Trip.' Student scholarships and registration are on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline is April 27.

For more information, contact Lydia Perez Roberts, CME assistant director, at (319) 273-2250 or Lydia.Roberts@uni.edu.

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Monday, April 18















Constance Flanagan, professor of youth civic development at Pennsylvania State University, will speak on 'Developing Good Citizens,' at 7 p.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom C. Flanagan is an expert on the process by which youth acquire civic attitudes during late adolescence and young adulthood. A reaction panel and question-and-answer period will follow her talk. Contact: Allen Hays, director, Graduate Program in Public Policy, (319) 273-2910.















'Inside the Conclave: Electing the New Pope' will be the topic for a 7 p.m. panel discussion in the Maucker Union Elm Room. Hosted by the UNI Catholic Student Association, the panel will feature UNI history professors, Charlotte Wells and Bob Dise, and Rev. Dennis Colter, pastor, Queen of Peace Parish, Waterloo. Contact: Sr. Mary Lou Specha, adviser, UNI Catholic Student Association.















Tuesday, April 19















Earth Day/Sole Power Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Maucker Union. (SOLE stands for Students for Outdoor Leadership Education). Events include free bike tune-ups, live music and fun activities. Learn more about the environment from area businesses and UNI organizations. Contact: Kathy Green, University Health Services director, (319) 273-6921.















Carol Hebald, a UNI English professor during the early 1970s, will read from her poetry at 8 p.m. in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge, as part of the UNI 'Writers Talk' Reading Series. She spent 12 years as an actress in New York before pursuing her writing degrees, and then taught creative writing for 13 years before pursuing writing fulltime. She has received numerous writing awards in several genres, and Vince Gotera, coordinator of creative writing at UNI, said she is 'notable because she works in so many different genres: poetry, fiction, autobiography and drama.' Contact: Vince Gotera, coordinator of creative writing, (319) 273-7061.















Wednesday, April 20















Reel to Real Film Series presents 'Straight White Men and Me,' at noon in the Maucker Union University Room South. With wit and style, Antonia Kao explores the world of straight white men in this revealing, humorous and often poignant film. Contact: Guy Sims, director, Maucker Union Administration (319) 273-2683.















UNI Phi Delta Kappa/AEA 267 two-part education forum on 'Teacher Quality in Iowa,' will begin with a panel discussion, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Law Court Theater of the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Cedar St., Waterloo. Panel members will describe changes in pre-service preparation that requires students to demonstrate that they can teach, and the university to show data that documents that students have met high standards with demonstrated skill, knowledge and competence. A Q&A session will follow.















Panelists will be Barry Wilson, director of assessment for the UNI College of Education; Victoria Robinson, professor and director of the Teacher Work Sample Project at UNI; John Henning, UNI associate professor of education; and Andrew Crumm, graduate student and recent UNI student teacher. Part II will be held April 28 at 6:30 p.m., at AEA 267 Conference Room B, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls. It will focus on induction, mentoring, evaluation and professional development of teachers. Contact: Barry Wilson, director of assessment, UNI College of Education, (319) 273-2767.















Wednesday, April 20-Friday, April 22















Second Annual Iowa Mentoring & Induction Institute, 'Mentoring: The Key to Iowa's Future,' will take place at the Pipac Centre on the Lake. This conference addresses effective practices to support beginning teachers from pre-service experience to the classroom. Contact: UNI Conference & Event Services, (800) 782-9519, (319) 273-6899 or conf-events@uni.edu































Thursday, April 21















Kindergarten through fifth grade students from Black Hawk Elementary School in Waterloo, UNI's partner-in-education, will be on campus participating in a variety of specially-designed programs, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations include the Marshall Center School, UNI Museum, Wellness & Recreation Center, Greenhouse, French classes in Baker Hall, Maucker Union and the UNI-Dome, among others. Contact: University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728.















Official Class Ring Presentation Ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m., in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall. Contact: Jennifer Noehl, assistant director, Alumni Relations, (319) 273-6409.































Center for Energy and Environmental Education will present 'Designing the first 'green' building' at 7 p.m. in the CEEE Auditorium. Architect Kevin Nordmeyer and CEEE engineer Tom McDougall will discuss the process of building an energy efficient and low-impact building. Nordmeyer and McDougall will lead tours of the building from 2-4 p.m. The Iowa Energy Center and the Weidt Group will sponsor a reception following the 7 p.m. presentation. Contact: Lora Ortiguerra, (319) 273-3850.















The Hari Shankar Lecture Series is sponsoring an address by John Dossey at 7 p.m. in Schindler Education Center 246. Dossey, emeritus distinguished professor of mathematics at Illinois State University and well-known internationally for his work with mathematics education, will speak on 'School Mathematics: Comparisons, Concerns and Directions.' Contact: Nan Sash, UNI Department of Mathematics, (319) 273-2631.















Thursday, April 21-Saturday, April 23















BAND-4-BANDZ 2005, a three-day festival featuring a battle of the bands, takes place each day from 1-5 p.m. in the West Gym. The event promotes alcohol awareness and drinking responsibly among college students. Contact: Lora Ortiguerra, (515) 720-6878.















Friday, April 22















Cedar Valley Nonprofit Stars Awards Luncheon begins at noon in the Commons Ballroom, featuring outstanding organizations and their contributions to the Cedar Valley. Eight awards will be given. Speakers include Nate Geerdes, president of UNI American Humanics; UNI President Bob Koob; and Kala Stroup, national president of American Humanics. Contact: Kelly Sanders, (319) 273-5600.















Second Annual Science Conference for Children, 'Celebrate Earth Day,' will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m., in Schindler Education Center. Almost 100 pre-service elementary teachers from UNI Science Methods classes will conduct experiments with some 130 fourth- through sixth-graders from Orchard Hill, North Cedar, Cedar Heights and Price Laboratory Schools in Cedar Falls. The science activities will focus on best practice methods that are supported by the National Science Teachers Association, as well as content that enables students to better understand. Contact: Linda McCartney, UNI science methods instructor, (319) 273-2308 or linda.mccartney@uni.edu.















Saturday, April 23















College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Research Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Schindler Education Center. Kathi Heffner of Ohio University will present 'I love You but You Make Me Sick: Marriage, Hormones and Health.' There will also be three discussion panels, oral presentations and poster presentation sessions. Contact: Brooke Hansen, (319) 268-0268.















The Public Relations Student Society of America presents the 16th annual Do-Run-Run, beginning at 9 a.m. at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls. Half of the proceeds of this 5K run/walk go to Jamie and Jim's Kids, a non-profit organization that sends chronically and terminally ill children to Disneyworld. To register, go to http://fp.uni.edu/prssa/ or e-mail dorunrun@gmail.com















'Earth Day Extravaganza,' from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., presented by the CEEE, will feature activities such as solar cooking, decorating and planting flower pots for Mother's Day, a walk through the prairie and an electric hybrid car display provided by Community Honda. The CEEE will also partner with a number of other Cedar Valley groups to pick up trash along the Cedar Valley Trails and on the Cedar River. Contact: Patricia Higby, CEEE energy educator, (319) 273-6012 or higby@uni.edu.















Camp Adventureï¾™ Youth Services will host '2005 Dessertfest - 20th Anniversary Celebration,' beginning with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a 6:45 p.m. program, in Maucker Union. Keynote speaker will be Frances Hesselbein, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Leader to Leader Institute, formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1998, the highest civilian honor in the United States, in recognition of her leadership as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., from 1976-1990, 'a pioneer for women, diversity and inclusion.' Contact: Christopher Edginton, director, UNI School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, (319) 273-2840.















Saturday, April 23-Thursday, April 28















'MA Exhibition/BFA Exhibition, Part I,' features an opening reception Saturday at 7 p.m. in the UNI Gallery of Art. Participants include Nathan Biehl, Andrew Crooks, Noah Doely, Steven Muller, Stephanie Sailer and Blake Sanders. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'MA Exhibition/BFA Exhibition' in two parts in the UNI Gallery of Art during late April and May. Part I of the exhibition will take place Saturday, April 23 through Thursday, April 28, and Part II will take place Monday, May 2, through Saturday, May 7. An opening reception will take place at 7 p.m. the first night of both exhibitions.

The exhibition will feature many types of art, including sculptures, woodcut prints, paintings, ceramics, photographs and an interactive performance.

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The exhibition and reception 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., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.

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NOTE TO EDITOR: Following is a list of UNI students presenting in the exhibition in alphabetical order by hometown, with Iowa residents listed first. Please check the list for those students in your coverage area.

CEDAR FALLS

Bounnak Thammavong, a graduate student from Cedar Falls, will present her work during Part II of the exhibition. ''Binary Art' is an exhibition of works, individually comprised of physical and/or conceptual pairings that complement the qualities of two individual parts to display a poetic visual language derived from my Asian-American perspective,' said Thammavong. 'Like Haiku or Pantoum, this visual poetry is appreciated more for its form while its content remains a subtle afterthought.'

Blake Sanders, a senior printmaking major from Cedar Falls, will present his work during Part I of the exhibition. According to the artist, ''Wilhelmina and Friends' will employ naturalistic printed images and graphic elements to illustrate pack animals deep in thought.' The artist combines familiar animals and common symbols to provide humorous, thought-provoking work that invites the audience to explore the possibility that maybe animals daydream too, according to Darrell Taylor, director of UNI's Gallery of Art.

CLEAR LAKE

Steven Muller, a senior graphic design and printmaking major from Clear Lake, will present his work during Part I of the exhibition. 'My exhibition deals with cultural relativism, technology and life within modern-day constructs. It addresses the decline of religion, truth, independent thought and the rise of artificiality and complacency,' said Muller.

DENISON

Stephanie Sailer, a graduate student from Denison, will present her work during Part I of the exhibition. 'My exhibition will critique the physical characteristics of imaginary creatures through cultural methods,' said Sailer.

INDIANOLA

Erin Kendall, a senior printmaking major from Indianola, will present during Part II of the exhibition. 'My exhibition will consist of a series of color woodcut prints made to recreate the visual experience of a discount shopping trip.'

SHELL ROCK

Tara Hill, a senior mixed media and performance major from Shell Rock, will present during Part II of the exhibition. The artist will be in the Gallery doing a number of evolving performances that happen at different times each day. Materials will accumulate and change over the course of the exhibit, and audience participation is encouraged.

SIOUX CITY

Leisa Westrich, an undergraduate ceramics major from Sioux City, will present during Part II of the exhibition. 'My exhibition, 'funKTural,' will investigate the connection between both functional and sculptural ceramics,' said Westrich. 'The difference between these two basic forms of working becomes combined in my work to create ceramic art that can be used in a utilitarian setting, as well as being appreciated for its sculptural form.'

SPIRIT LAKE

Tom Mueske, a senior painting major from Spirit Lake, will present during Part II of the exhibition. 'Sources for my work include commercial propaganda, fashion, generic originals, computers, things that are attractive, fast food, gravity, the illusion of choice, popularity and pop culture, reality television and video games and simulated reality.'

WATERLOO

Johanna Kramer-Weston, a graduate student from Waterloo, will present during Part II of the exhibition. ''Arrivals and Departures' is a meditation on the ideas of personal transition and change through the guise of several large-scale encaustic paintings,' said Kramer-Weston. 'A vocabulary of imagery is pulled from subway maps, airport signage and technical manuals, then combined to create a working dialogue that both confronts and accepts personal change as a necessary and inevitable part of life.'

WAVERLY

Noah Doely, a senior sculpture major from Waverly, will present during Part I of the exhibition. ''Historiography' contains a spectacle of images of constructed history with a focus on legend, lore and the uncanny. These depictions of a vaudevillian-esque history are emphasized by the use of theatrical, obviously faux, sets and props, constructed of inexpensive mundane materials that are then documented on film,' said Doely.

WILTON

Andrew Crooks, a senior photography major from Wilton, will present during Part I of the exhibition. The artist's exhibition, titled 'Fictional Represensations,' features bright, colorful photographs that offer a nontraditional and often humorous approach to the medium. 'By combining painted backdrops, 3D objects and portraiture, memorable images are created that challenge the viewers' notions of how photographs communicate,' said Crooks.

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PARK FALLS, WIS.

Nathan Biehl, a senior printmaking major from Park Falls, Wis., will present during Part I of the exhibition. ''Superintended' deals with how I have internalized issues of control and social anxiety,' said Biehl. 'Works include prints and an installation that utilizes spray-painted stencils, screenprinting and large format inkjet prints.'

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