News Release Archive

October 20, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the Day of the Dead, the University of Northern Iowa Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host a variety of events during the week of Oct. 24 to 28, on the UNI campus.

Activities include a free authentic Mexican lunch and live entertainment by Las Guitarras de Mexico, a southern Mexico guitar quartet, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the CME. Las Guitarras de Mexico has been performing throughout the United States for nearly 20 years. Endorsed by the Iowa Arts Council (IAC), it is noted in the IAC's Folklife Resource Directory as the authentic traditional Mexican performance group in Central Iowa.

'Day of the Dead,' a documentary film, will play every half hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, Oct. 24 to 28. The film describes the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, which takes place on Oct. 31. During this time people all over Mexico pay their respects to their deceased family members by decorating gravestones and cooking elaborate meals. They also build altars adorned with paper mache skulls and memorabilia of lost loved ones such as pictures.

An authentic 'Day of the Dead' altar will be on display all month in the CME lobby. According to Lydia Roberts, director at the CME, candy will be offered at the altar for anyone who visits. 'There is a significance to the candy offering as part of this Aztec tradition, since it is believed that spirits of children who have passed away visit the altars and take the candy treats that are left out for them,' she said.

For further information, visit, or contact Roberts, at or (319) 273-2250.


October 19, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present 'Three Mutants: Plays about Girls,' written and directed by guest artist Lisa D'Amour. The performance will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus.

D'Amour's three plays, 'Dreams of a West-Texas Marsupial Girl,' 'Monique the Mosquito Takes First Runner Up' and 'Autopsy,' examine beauty, bravery and girls' searches for identity.

A native of New Orleans, D'Amour is a playwright and performer who often writes and performs work specific to location. While in residence with Theatre UNI, she will conduct a workshop for students that explores the connection between 'accidental' behavior and authenticity in performance, titled 'Theatre of Accident.'

'Three Mutants: Plays about Girls' is part of Theatre UNI's Off-Hudson Series of Staged Readings. UNI senior theatre major, Leo Murzenko of St. Petersburg, Russia, will serve as assistant director to D'Amour. A discussion with the playwright/director will follow. For more information, contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI marketing director, at (319) 273-6387.


October 18, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six teachers and educational administrators from England, Ireland and Denmark will be at the University of Northern Iowa for the 2005 International Alliance Fall Tour. UNI's Out-of-State and International Student Teaching Program will host the educators from Thursday, Oct. 20, through Thursday, Oct. 27.

The International Alliance Tour strengthens the partnerships among schools participating in the international student teacher program through teacher education and curriculum instruction. UNI often works with alliance members to find international placement opportunities for UNI student teachers. This is the first year the tour has come to UNI.

'The tour gives us a way to have an international connection while sharing teaching perspectives,' said Lowell Hoeft, an instructor in the Office of Student Field Experiences and coordinator of UNI's Out-of State and International Student Teacher Program. 'We all benefit from each other.'

During the tour, the six educators will give a presentation on their countries' curriculums and classroom management styles at Malcolm Price Laboratory School during the Price Lab Teacher Institute on Friday, Oct. 21. The presentation is open to UNI education students, faculty and area educators. The tour participants will also tour the UNI campus, participate in discussions with UNI education faculty and students, observe local elementary, middle and high schools, and visit some of Iowa's historic landmarks.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sixteen University of Northern Iowa students are participating in the National Student Exchange (NSE) program during the fall semester of 2005.

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The NSE offers students the opportunity to attend one of 179 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada for one or two semesters while paying UNI tuition. Students must have a UNI and cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 and be a sophomore or junior while on exchange. Nearly 800 UNI students have participated in the NSE since 1977.

'The NSE program provides our students with a unique opportunity to enhance the excellent academic, social and cultural experiences they are currently receiving at UNI,' says Karen Cunningham, UNI program coordinator for individual studies. 'Since some of our students have never had the opportunity to travel beyond the immediate area, we believe NSE often expands their social and cultural awareness in a very significant way.'

An informational meeting for those interested in participating in the NSE program for 2006-2007 will take place at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24, in the Elm Room, Maucker Union. For more information, contact Cunningham at (319) 273-2504.


October 17, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Employees who work in the University of Northern Iowa's Gilchrist Hall should not report to work Tuesday, Oct. 18, unless contacted by their supervisors. This will allow for continued cleaning throughout the building following an early-morning fire Sunday.

'It will be at least two weeks before most of the people who work in Gilchrist Hall can move back in,' said Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance. 'Our tentative target date for reopening most of the building is Nov. 1.'

The Follon Student Services Center general information desk and basic student services, including admissions, financial aid, cashier, bill payment, registrar, academic advising and career services have been temporarily relocated to the second floor of Maucker Union. Gilchrist office phone numbers are operational.

A list of where other Gilchrist offices have been relocated will be posted on the UNI Web site ( as soon as the information is available.

Gilchrist Hall is one of three university buildings to which UNI Police and Cedar Falls Fire Department crews responded between midnight and 1:15 a.m. Sunday. Other calls were to Baker Hall and Lang Hall, where smoke damage was less extensive. These incidents remain under investigation. Both Lang Hall and Baker Hall are open for business and classes.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- At approximately 6:25 a.m. today, University of Northern Iowa Police and the Cedar Falls Fire Department responded to a fire outside 109 F Street, in UNI's Hillside Courts apartment complex. The fire was located in a small utility structure adjacent to the apartment building. No one was injured in the fire. The incident is under investigation by UNI Police.



Two days of events on the University of Northern Iowa campus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21, will culminate with the Friday, noon dedication of the Elinor A. Crawford & William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence, near the main lobby of UNI's Wellness & Recreation Center. The hall was developed through UNI's School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services to acknowledge program graduates who have distinguished themselves as professionals, and to encourage currently enrolled students to strive toward this recognition.

The hall also includes an historical timeline of academic and other programs related to the work of the school and its predecessor departments and recognition of those who have served in leadership roles within the school.

Twenty-four graduates were named to the Charter Class of 2004, prior to completion of the hall. Four additional graduates have been named to the Class of 2005. They are: Neil W. Hattlestad, B.A. '61, M.A. '65, professor of kinesiology and dean of the College of Health & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Central Arkansas since 1983; Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, B.A. '65, M.A. '66, professor of physical education and former head volleyball coach at UNI; Patricia Geadelmann, B.A. '70, special assistant to the president at UNI for board and governmental relations; and the late Lyle Schwarzenbach, B.A. '67, M.A. '68, UNI professor of physical education and coordinator of general education and, at the time of his death in 1993, administrative assistant in HPELS.

All will be honored at an induction brunch at 9 a.m. Friday in the Slife Ballroom of the Commons at UNI. Thursday evening, a 5:30 p.m. reception will take place in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall.

UNI's School of HPELS is one of the oldest programs in the United States, tracing its roots to 1896 with the establishment of the Department of Physical Culture. Course work in physical education dates to 1878, just two years after UNI's founding as the Iowa State Normal School. In 1978, the current school was established, combining the men's and women's physical education programs.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lands devoted to agricultural production need not be 'ecological sacrifice areas' because there are many ways that farms can strengthen their local ecosystems, according to Laura Jackson, associate professor of biology at the University of Northern Iowa.

She will explore the idea of farms coexisting with natural habitat when she presents the 2005 Shivvers Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Iowa State University. She will speak in the College of Business auditorium, 1148 Gerdin.

The lecture is presented in memory of John Shivvers who farmed near Knoxville. The series is sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the ISU chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta Honorary Society for Agriculture and the ISU Committee on Lectures funded by GSB. Since 2003, Jackson has served on the advisory board for the Leopold Center.

Jackson has a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology, with an agronomy minor, from Cornell University and has been a member of the UNI faculty since 1993. She is one of Iowa's emerging leaders in ecology, land conservation and agriculture. In 2002, she co-edited a book of essays, 'The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems to Ecosystems', with her mother, Dana L. Jackson, senior program associate for the Land Stewardship Project in White Bear Lake, Minn. Jackson's father, Wes, is president of the Land Institute in Salina, Kan.

At UNI, Jackson teaches courses in ecology, conservation biology and restoration of agricultural landscapes. She and her students currently are studying how to add wildflower species to grass-dominated prairie plantings. These techniques could be applied to roadsides, CRP fields and rotationally grazed pastures.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Parking is available at the East Campus Parking Deck east of the Gerdin building. For more information, contact Jackson or the Leopold Center at (515) 294-3711.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Autumn-matic Wellness Fair, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the UNI Wellness and Recreation Center, on courts 5 & 6.

More than 45 campus and community organizations will participate with information and giveaways highlighting an array of wellness topics. Activities include chair massages, derma scan machine, body composition testing, oral cancer screening, hearing tests, samples and more. Flu shots also will be available for $20. Fair participants will be eligible for more than 50 prizes donated by area businesses.

For a complete listing of participating businesses and organizations, visit For more information, contact Deedra Billings, UNI wellness resource coordinator at (319) 273-7162.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Laugh In!,' the first of two improvisational comedy shows presented during fall semester by the University of Northern Iowa Half-Masted 3.2 Improv Troupe, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20 to 22; and, a 'family friendly' show at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Performances will be in the Interpreters Theatre, Room 40, Lang Hall, on the UNI campus.

'When you sit down to watch a scripted play, there is a fundamental fact you have to ignore: the performers know what is going to happen,' said Douglas Shaw, director of Half-Masted 3.2 and UNI professor of mathematics. 'The uncertainty is all at your end. At an improv show the chaos is not simulated. You and actors are on the same side. Not only don't you know how it is going to turn out, the actors don't know either.'

Shaw has been doing improv for 12 years, and has directed Half-Masted 3.2 for three years. Half-Masted 3.2 is part of the Interpreters Theatre program in the UNI Department of Communication Studies.

Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made by calling (319) 273-6805.

For more information, contact Shaw at or visit


October 16, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Employees who work in the University of Northern Iowa's Gilchrist Hall should not report to work Monday, Oct. 17, unless contacted by their supervisors. This will allow for cleaning throughout the building following an early-morning fire Sunday.

Gilchrist is one of three university buildings to which UNI Police and Cedar Falls Fire Department crews responded between midnight and 1:15 a.m. Sunday. Other calls were to Baker Hall and Lang Hall, where smoke damage was less extensive. Both Lang Hall and Baker Hall will be open for business and classes as usual tomorrow.

The Follon Student Services Center general information desk and basic student services will be relocated to Maucker Union. Employees requiring information or services related to business operations or human resource services can call those offices or stop in the former MEMFIS House -- House 26 -- now the Conference & Event Services office on University Avenue frontage road. Gilchrist office phone numbers will be operational.

Administrators plan to meet late Monday afternoon to determine if Gilchrist Hall will be open for business on Tuesday. See the UNI home page,, for updates.

These incidents remain under investigation.


Monday, Oct. 17

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

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Students for Social Justice film series, 'The Times of Harvey Milk,' at 7 p.m., in Sabin Hall 102. The film depicts the struggles of the first openly gay elected official in American history. Contact: Stephanie Smelser, (319) 273-2942.

AIDS discussion, 7 p.m., in Schindler Education Center 246; listen to panel members share personal stories about their struggles and successes living with HIVAIDS. Contact: Joan Thompson, UNI health aide coordinator, WRS Health Education, (319) 273-2198.

Jill Trainer, UNI College of Natural Sciences, will share her research on the diversity of birds and the environments of Costa Rica and Panama, at 7 p.m., at the University Museum. Contact: Kelly Nessa, University Museum public relations assistant, (319) 273-6924.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Theatre UNI will host the Director/Designer Presentation for 'Our Town,' at 6:30 p.m., in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Director Richard Glockner, UNI associate professor of theatre, and the production team will discuss their vision for producing this American classic of life and love in a small town. Contact: Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director, Theatre UNI, (319) 273-6387.

Thursday, Oct. 20 - Saturday, Oct. 22

The UNI Half-Masted 3.2 Improv Troupe presents 'Laugh In!,' an improvisational comedy extravaganza, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall 040. A 'family-friendly' show will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday. Contact: Jennifer Freitag, UNI graduate student, (319) 273-7155.

Friday, Oct. 21

Music history expert John A. Rice, a Mozart scholar, will present lectures on Mozart opera, at 3 p.m., in Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Room 30. Rice has taught music history at the University of Washington, University of Houston and University of Texas, and has written many articles on 18th century music. Contact: Celeste Bembry, UNI School of Music program assistant, (319) 273-2028.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'What's the Big Deal with Einstein, Anyway?' will be the topic of the Department of Earth Science Seminar Series at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24, in Room 125, Latham Hall, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Thomas Hockey, professor of astronomy and member of the UNI graduate faculty, will deliver the lecture. He said, 'In celebration of the World Year of Physics, 2005, a series of thematically-related talks is being given by American Institute of Physics members across the country.' Hockey said he is speaking on Einstein because 2005 marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein's most prolific year, in which he announced no less than three paradigm-changing theories of matter and energy.

Hockey received his Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in July of 1988, and began teaching at UNI in the fall of that same year. Hockey teaches courses in introductory, laboratory and upper-level astronomy to approximately 200 students per year.

For more information, contact Hockey at The next lecture will feature Marcia Bjornerud of Lawrence University, at 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present '2005 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition' from Monday, Oct. 31 through Tuesday, Nov. 29. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) lobby.

In addition to Department of Art faculty stalwarts Roy Behrens, Jeff Byrd, Richard Colburn, Alex Dooley, Tim Dooley, frje echeverria, Phil Fass, Marc Moulton, Jean Petsch, JoAnn Schnabel, Crit Streed, Bryan Van Donslear, David Webster, and Aaron Wilson, this year new faculty members, Erica Duffy from jewelry/metals, Soo Hostetler from graphic design, and foundations instructor Mark McCusker, will present artwork.

The exhibition features a diverse range of media and represents the most recent accomplishments of professional artists teaching in the Department of Art. This annual exhibition is an opportunity for students and the public to experience contemporary approaches to research, technique, and production in the visual arts, according to Gallery Director Darrell Taylor.

The exhibition and opening 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. on Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the KAB. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Fall Festival, a family event for students and faculty and their children, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.

Fall Festival will feature a stage performance by the Medieval Re-enactment Society, which includes storytelling and stage fighting. There also will be carnival games, including 'ball in the bucket,' 'pumpkin floating' and a costume contest.

Katie Erickson, student affairs graduate student, is coordinating the event with other students in that program. It will contribute to their graduate credit. 'This is a fun, free event to connect students with families to the campus,' Erickson said.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Fall Festival is sponsored by UNI's Student Activities and Involvement Center. For more information, contact Erickson at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will present a lecture about Mozart opera at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, in Russell Hall Room 118. The lecture will feature 18th century music expert, John A. Rice.

Rice will discuss the process that Mozart used in developing his opera performances with short periods of preparation time from Mozart's initial meeting with his singers to the dress rehearsal.

Rice has taught music history at the University of Washington, Colby College, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas at Austin. He has written many articles on 18th century music and three books.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Celeste Bembry, UNI School of Music program assistant at (319) 273-2028.



UNI instructor's book gets Chinese, Indonesian and audio versions

Harry Potter has captured the hearts and imaginations of children all over the world, and now more adults around the globe can use the books to foster discussions with children. 'A Parent's Guide to Harry Potter,' written by University of Northern Iowa instructor Gina Burkart, and published by InterVarsity Press, will be published in Chinese by the Chinese Christian Literary Mission Foundation and in Indonesian by Kairos/Gradien Books, and recorded for an English-audio version published by Hovel Audio.

More than 300 million copies of books about the orphaned wizard, Harry Potter, have been sold worldwide since the first book's publication in 1999. Burkart wrote 'A Parent's Guide to Harry Potter,' released July 1, to highlight parallels from the Harry Potter books to the Christian faith and to encourage discussions about morality between parents and their children.



Gina Burkart, UNI instructor in English, (319) 273-2377 or (319) 234-5462

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

October 15, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Between midnight and 1:15 am, Sunday, October 16, UNI Police and the Cedar Falls Fire Department responded to three fires in UNI buildings.

Shortly after midnight smoke from a small fire was found in a Lang Hall classroom. A few minutes later, officers responded to a fire in an office in Baker Hall. Apparently windows to the office had been broken.

Shortly before 1 a.m., a fire was reported in the lower level of Gilchrist Hall. Gilchrist is the university's primary administration building and houses the Follon Student Services Center and UNI Department of Public Safety.

The fire was large enough to require evacuation of the building. According to UNI police, a window was broken. Police and fire officials are assessing damage to all three buildings. No suspects have been arrested. The incidents are under investigation.

October 13, 2005 - 7:00pm


$112 million raised in nationwide campaign

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa 's Students First campaign drew to a close with more than $112 million raised for programs, scholarships and capital projects.

'The campaign exceeded all expectations,' said Bill Calhoun, vice president for university advancement. 'We were confident we could reach $100 million, but the generous support of our donors made a huge difference to help us get to $112 million. The message of the campaign really resonated with people; UNI puts students first, and it shows.'

The $100 million goal of the Students Fist campaign included funds for scholarships, programs and capital projects. More than 330 new scholarships were created, with more than $34 million raised. Various programs such as the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, the UNI Annual Fund and others received more than $38 million. Capital projects included the McLeod Center, home of the Robert J. McCoy Court; the Human Performance Complex, the Freeburg Early Childhood Program housed in Waterloo's R.J. McElroy Hall, Russell Hall renovation, Lang Hall renovation, and equipment for McCollum Science Hall. The Students First campaign was led locally by Rick Young, Cedar Valley Drive chair.

'The campaign showed the strong partnership between UNI and Iowans,' said Rex Eno, campaign co-chair. 'I think donors know that UNI is a wise investment with all the economic development and quality of life UNI provides.'

'Students First made such a difference to UNI,' said Joy Cole Corning, campaign co-chair.

'Between the scholarships for students and the building improvements, it had an impact on everyone. We're very proud of the final result.'

The campaign was part of the UNI Foundation's efforts to support UNI as a world-class university education that provides personalized experiences and creates a lifetime of opportunities.


October 12, 2005 - 7:00pm


Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing Inc. (ELM), located in Plainfield, Iowa, is planning to donate a truckload of soy biobased chainsaw bar oil to aid hurricane cleanup efforts along the Gulf Coast.

'Based on Red Cross input, Biloxi, Miss. is the place to start,' said Lou Honary, ELM president and CEO. 'The Red Cross suggested that because of the quantity and type of material we're providing, it would be best for us to deliver the lubricants to utility companies, fire departments, and other groups involved in the cleanup.'

ELM intends to send a truckload of soy chainsaw bar oil to Biloxi by Monday, Oct. 17.

'We know the crews down there need as much chainsaw lubricant as they can get. We want to help and we think these products will be well received because they meet or exceed industry performance standards, they are biobased so they don't impact the short petroleum supply, and they are environmentally friendly -- which is very important in already polluted areas.'

The soy biobased chainsaw bar oil was developed by UNI's Ag-Based Industrial Research (ABIL) program and is commercialized under a license by ELM.

Photos of the products and loading process are available at

For more information, visit or



Lou Honary, ELM president and CEO, (319) 276-4801

Wes James, UNI ABIL, (319) 352-5218

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


CEDAR FALLS -- Since last spring, the University of Northern Iowa's Enrollment Services Office has shown future Hawkeye Community College students how their Associate of Arts degree can take them to the junior-class level at UNI.

Paul Sapp, UNI transfer admissions counselor, attends the community college's Focus on Friday events, designed for high school juniors and seniors and their parents.

'Even though the ability to transfer an Associate of Arts degree from Hawkeye Community College to the University of Northern Iowa has been in place for a number of years, many high school students and their parents don't quite fully grasp the concept,' said David Ball, director of admissions at HCC. 'Paul's presence at the campus visit events lends credibility and provides parents with a UNI contact for the future.'

Focus on Friday runs from 9 a.m. to the early afternoon and allows the people attending them to meet staff and students, tour the campus, attend information sessions, dine on campus and visit housing options, including UNI residence halls.

'It's important to get students thinking about the transfer process early in their college careers,' Sapp said.


October 11, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert D. Koob, president of the University of Northern Iowa, announced today that he is retiring from the position he has held for nearly 11 years.

In making the announcement, Koob cited completion of numerous initiatives, as well as the upcoming search for a new provost, as reasons for retiring now.

Among the initiatives he noted are: the recently completed Students First capital campaign, which raised a record $112 million; the remodeling of major university buildings; an increase in funding from the state legislature and federal sources; an increase in new student enrollment, and a vibrant 'campus conversation' initiative that continues this year in the form of task groups identifying actions that can make UNI an even better place to be.

'The overriding reason for the decision is UNI deserves the best provost it can attract,' said Koob. 'I question the attractiveness to potential candidates of a position this close to the president when the president is near retirement.'

Robert Koob is the eighth UNI president. He began his tenure in August 1995, and is the first UNI graduate to return to his alma mater as president. He has been distinguished at UNI for his efforts to promote and strengthen relationships between the university and the citizens of Iowa, and to fully focus the campus on its mission of providing the best possible student-learning opportunities. This focus has assured the development of a world-class university, provided new ways to individualize student development, and given UNI graduates the ability to serve society anyway and anywhere they choose.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will conduct a search to replace Koob, who will remain in his current position until the new president takes over. When a new president is named, Koob will retire to the UNI faculty but has requested the Board of Regents grant him a professional development leave that will allow him to be professionally involved in service to UNI and Iowa, but away from the campus.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Students for Social Justice continues its film series with, 'The Times of Harvey Milk,' at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Room 102 Sabin Hall. The Academy Award-winning documentary depicts the struggles of the first openly gay elected official in American history. A panel discussion will follow the viewing of the film led by junior social and behavioral science major and Students for Social Justice member, Laura Greenwood, of Davenport.

Harvey Milk, a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and former San Francisco mayor, George Moscone, were assassinated by supervisor, Dan White, on Nov. 22, 1978. The film documents Milk's life leading up to his election, his successful efforts to politically represent San Francisco's gay community, and the city's reaction to the assassinations with extensive news coverage and personal recollections.

Students for Social Justice acts as a social justice watchdog, both on- and off-campus, by working with campus and local officials to create an environment in which individuals are allowed to live their lives freely.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wallace Hettle, UNI associate professor of history, at (319) 273-2942.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The Ride,' will be the topic of The Last Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, in The Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The Last Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI Campus Activities Board (CAB) Speakers Committee, is free and open to the public.

Heidi Noonan-Day, UNI instructor in management, will deliver the lecture. Noonan-Day has been teaching full-time at UNI for five years and on an adjunct basis for four years prior to that. She won the 'Outstanding Faculty of the Year' award for the College of Business Administration in 2003 and 2005. Noonan-Day received her law degree from the University of Iowa in 1992, and has worked for more than a decade, primarily in areas of personal injury, contracts, dissolution, and criminal and juvenile law. An avid horsewoman, Noonan-Day has won national and regional championships in Arabian, Half-Arabian, Pinto and Morab breeds.

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

Refreshments will be served at the lecture. The next 'last lecture,' at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, will feature Victoria Robinson, UNI associate professor of education.

For more information, contact Mindy Meacham, CAB Speakers Committee member, at


October 10, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa alumni are eligible to apply for a 2006 Merchant Scholarship. Scholarship recipients must be attending or planning to attend a graduate or professional school at an educational institution in the United States or abroad. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, achievement, moral character, spirit, personality, intellectual promise and service to society.

The scholarships are awarded from a trust established in 1951 to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant. Frank was a professor of Latin and Greek, and served as head of the Department of Foreign Languages at UNI, then Iowa State Teachers College. He lived with his sister, who taught piano lessons until her death in 1942.

Alumni wishing to apply should request an application packet from Barbara Hetrick, Merchant Scholarship Committee chair, UNI Department of Biology, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614 or call

(319) 273-2456.

Completed application forms, along with transcripts and three letters of recommendation, must be received no later than March 1, 2006.



CEDAR FALLS--Two University of Northern Iowa students have been honored as recipients, and three students as finalists, of the UNI Lux Service Award for service to the University and excellence in scholarship.

Grant Erwin, of Madrid, a family services and criminology major, and Michael Carl Gleason, of Cascade, an economics major, were selected from a number of nominees for the top award.

Other finalists were: Casey Richter, an accounting major from Bancroft; Jenny Lynn Rokes, a history education major from Dike; and Paul Waterman, an elementary education major from Manchester. All will be officially honored during the UNI Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 15, in the UNI-Dome.

The Lux Service Award, a tradition at each UNI Homecoming celebration since its inception in 1984, is taken from the central figure found in the official UNI seal--a burning lamp of knowledge and the Latin word for light, lux.

Erwin and Gleason will each receive an engraved keepsake affixed with the University seal. Their names, along with past and future recipients, will be engraved on a plaque displayed in a permanent location in Maucker Union.

All five of the finalists will receive a framed certificate signed by UNI President Robert Koob.

UNI faculty, students, staff and members of the community were invited to nominate a qualified UNI student for the award this spring. Requirements include a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), completion of at least 90 credit hours, and demonstration of service to UNI during his or her University career.

A selection committee chose the five finalists for the Lux Service Award, based on written materials they and their nominators submitted. All finalists were interviewed and award recipients were named.

The Lux Service Award program is sponsored by the UNI Alumni Association and the UNI Foundation.



(in alphabetical order by student name)

Grant Erwin, of Madrid, has made a difference at UNI with his breadth and depth of leadership and service in the UNI community, according to one of his supporters. He began his involvement with student activities as a member of Bender Hall's senate during his freshman year and later as its president in his sophomore year.

Since then, Erwin has participated in a long list of student activities that have experienced a great deal of success at UNI. He spearheaded the successful Moe-Murphy president/vice president campaign for the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG). Erwin was asked to participate on a board reviewing candidates for hall coordinators in residence halls and volunteered on a committee within the Department of Residence (DOR) to help plan the operations and services at the newly renovated Rialto dining center.

He was selected to chair the student affairs committee within the NISG, was asked to assist with the groundbreaking ceremony of the McLeod Center. Erwin was recently initiated into the Phi Upsilon Omicron honor society within the Department of Design, Family, and Consumer Science. He has been president of the student Relay for Life/Colleges Against Cancer organization since its inception in 2002. Erwin has accomplished his goal of bringing cancer education and advocacy to UNI by making it the first college in the state of Iowa to be a recognized chapter of the American Cancer Society's Colleges Against Cancer.

While the list of projects in which he has been involved is long, it is important to recognize that he plays a leadership role in each of these areas, according to Jan Hanish, UNI vice president for event coordination. 'He motivates others with his positive attitude and his enduring commitment inspires others to join,' she said.


Michael Carl Gleason, of Cascade, served as house secretary and president in Shull Hall during his freshman and sophomore years respectively. Gleason also represented UNI at the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls conference and was recently selected to membership in the National Residence Hall Honorary, a group that honors only the top one percent of the residence hall population.

During his junior year, Gleason served as a resident assistant in a 'springboard' house in Bender Hall, which housed 50 first-year men. His experience there, while challenging, proved to be one the most rewarding experiences Gleason has ever participated in. In supporting Gleason's nomination, Lyn Redington, UNI associate director of residence/housing wrote, 'Michael is bright, articulate and confident and there are few that do not welcome his ready smile, his sense of humor and down-to-earth approach. He is a man of character whose actions are consistent with high standards.'

Gleason has been actively involved in Camp Adventureï¾™Youth Services since his freshman year. For the past three summers he has participated in programs based first in Livorno, Italy, then Taipei, Taiwan, and, this past summer in Rota, Spain. He also works as a member of the management team and is leading the staff development program at Iowa State University, where last year he worked directly with some 50 students. He is responsible for assisting in the implementation of the theoretical, skill and value components of the Camp Adventureï¾™ Youth Services training there.

'Michael is an outstanding individual, possessing a strong commitment to serving others,' wrote Christopher Edington, Camp Adventure director and head of the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. 'In fact, his service to others is the hallmark that defines his academic effort in and out of the classroom here at UNIï¾…He is widely perceived as being one of the most outstanding counselors in the Camp Adventure Youth Services endeavor.'


Casey Richter, of Bancroft, realized that UNI was an exceptional place to grow and develop intellectually and morally. This attitude has fueled Richter's desire to give back to UNI and the surrounding community. She has worked as a career peer advisor helping students with resume critiques, mock interviews, and workshop presentations. Richter has also assisted at the various fairs sponsored by career services. Chosen to represent UNI as a Student Alumni Ambassador (SAA), Richter was able to express her pride and excitement for the solid education and many opportunities UNI has to offer.

While involved in SAA, she provided assistance to departments and organizations on campus, served the community through outreach programming, and became a member of the Foundation Development Committee.

As an accounting major, Richter appreciated the need to be involved in her major area and joined the Accounting Club and became the special events coordinator. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating events with outside firms helping accounting students network with potential employers and leaving the firms with a positive impression of the university and its students.

Richter also served as the student member of the search committee for the Assistant Director/Business Services position in the Office of Advising & Career Services.

Both of her nominators cited the depth and quality of her contributions to her volunteer activities.


Jenny Lynn Rokes, of Dike, helped organize social activities in the fall semester of her freshman year, leading to her serving as house president in her second semester. Rokes then became vice president of Rider Hall and assisted in coordinating many events sponsored by the residence halls. She served as a resident assistant during her junior and senior years in Noehren Hall and was accepted in to the National Residence Hall Honorary, a group that honors only the top one percent of the residence hall population. Rokes served on the Department of Residence Hall Coordinator Search Committee, attending the Oshkosh Placement Exchange.

Becoming a Student Alumni Ambassador, she has promoted UNI to parents, prospective students, and alumni groups from not only Iowa, but all over the country.

Rokes was employed by the Gear-Up Program at Logan Middle School, a federally-funded program that allowed her to see the extent of the outreach programs tied to UNI. She is majoring in history education with an Iowa social studies endorsement and is student teaching this fall at North Tama High School and Hudson Middle School.

She has been a member of the State of Iowa, Board of Regents since 2004, serving as a student regent. Rokes spends her time as a regent preparing for meetings, meeting with university personnel, working with legislators, writing legislatures and editorials, attending local and state legislative forums, participating in conference calls, conducting media interviews, and talking with student groups.

C. Renee Romano, UNI vice president for educational & student services, cites Jenny's, 'concern for students and their welfare, she works very hard to be prepared and informed on issues, and to be careful and precise in the execution of her duties. With Jenny, nothing falls between the cracks.'


Paul Waterman, of Manchester, began college in 2001 and immediately involved himself in house and hall government, serving as secretary at both levels. In his sophomore year, Waterman became a Peer Advisor in Residence (PAIR), assisting students in a variety of ways and building friendships with those he helped. He has since become a member of Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA), helping with campus tours, organizing the Panther Bash, Homecoming, Family Weekend and other community service events.

Waterman worked the summer after his sophomore year as a Summer Orientation Staff (SOS) member. In this capacity, he shared his story of a positive experience at UNI and worked with incoming students, advising them on student life and the opportunities that awaited them.

As a resident assistant (RA) in both Campbell and Rider Halls, Waterman presented educational and social programs, was a health aide, and spent time creating a community in his halls, making it more than just a place to live. He also made an effort to get to know as many residents as possible of the 500 in Campbell during his first year as an RA and the 350 the following year in Rider Hall.

An elementary education major with minors in social studies and leadership studies, Waterman will student teach in Chicago during the 2006 spring semester.

His nominators say, 'He is truly a remarkable student, employee, volunteer, and leader on the University of Northern Iowa campus.'



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Student Theatre Association (UNISTA) will hold auditions for the upcoming production of Bernard Pomerance's 'The Elephant Man' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Bertha Martin Theatre, located in the Strayer-Wood Theatre building. Those auditioning should prepare two contrasting monologues. Inexperienced actors are welcome to audition and can expect to read from the script if monologues are not prepared. Callback auditions will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Bertha Martin Theatre.

The Tony Award-winning drama tells the true story of a disfigured man, Joseph Merrick, who inspired others to search their souls and look beyond their limitations. 'The Elephant Man' is directed by UNI acting major, Chad Ryan of Chicago.

For more information, contact Chad Ryan at (319) 266-3908 or at


October 9, 2005 - 7:00pm


Monday, Oct. 10

Window Painting on College Hill Street, from noon to 5 p.m. College Hill merchants have offered window spaces to brighten the Hill during Homecoming Week. First, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded.

Earth Science seminar, 'The Bogs of Maine,' presented by Lynn Brant, UNI associate professor of earth science, at 4 p.m., in Latham 125. Contact: Brant or Thomas Hockey, professor of earth science, (319) 273-2065.

Homecoming Kick-off at 5:30 p.m., Maucker Union Rooftop, with UNI spirit squad, pep band, TC, Panther Pride Cry and the UNI campus community.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Bone Marrow Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In Maucker Union. Register to be on the National Bone Marrow Registry.

'Meet the Pres' at 11 a.m. in Old Central Ballroom, Maucker Union. All Professional & Scientific and Supervisory and Confidential Merit personnel are invited to hear President Robert Koob. In addition, the 2005 Regents' Staff Excellence Award recipients will be recognized. Contact: Seth Bokelman, P&S Council president, (319) 273-7423.

'Justice at Home, Peace Abroad: Rally to Stop the War' will begin at 12:15 p.m. outside Maucker Union, sponsored by UNI Students for Social Justice. Contact: Chris Schwartz at

Wednesday, Oct. 12

'Exploring Majors Fair 2005' will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom A & B. Faculty, advising coordinators and experienced staff from more than 40 academic departments and programs will be available in one location for students to find information on majors, minors, certificate programs and career options. Among departments showcasing their programs, physics will conduct an experiment throughout the fair and there will be random prize drawings. Contact: Anthony Smothers, academic adviser, UNI Academic Advising & Career Services, (319) 273-6859.

'The Middle East,' part of Lifelong University curriculum, 10 a.m., Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Classroom 30. The course offers a broad overview of the Middle East, including the nations, politics, Islamic faith and its role in the lives of Middle Easterners, and human rights issues. Contact: Stacey Christensen, community relations manager, Office of University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-3170.

'Intermedia in the 21st Century -- A Subjective, Interim Report,' artist lecture by Jon Winet, at 7 p.m., in Kamerick Art Building 111. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095.

Panther Feud Game Show, 7 p.m. in Maucker Union, part of Homecoming events. This game is similar to the game show, 'The Family Feud.'

A diverse 'Date Auction for Breast Cancer,' will be held at 7:13 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium, sponsored by Tau Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Contact: Angel Anderson, (319) 222-0164.

Thursday, Oct. 13

'Salt and Pepper,' at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Part of the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth sponsored by Allen Hospital, more than 3,000 upper elementary and middle school children from throughout Northeast Iowa will attend the performances of this program recommended for grades 3-8. Curriculum connections are in reading, writing, social norms and drama. Contact: Janelle Darst, GBPAC marketing director, (319) 273-3676.

Panther Scramble at 4 p.m., in Campanile Plaza, a Homecoming event. Teams of four will compete in this crazy obstacle course competition.

Friday, Oct. 14

Pep Rally Panther Pride Cry finals at 8 p.m., Campanile Plaza, including fireworks and performances by UNI Pep Band and spirit groups; followed by campaniling from 11:45 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. Part of Homecoming events.

Saturday, Oct. 15

5K Cross Country Run, starts at 8 a.m., west of UNI-Dome, sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Panther Pacers.

Homecoming Parade, beginning at 10 a.m., at College and 23rd Streets. This annual event brings the university and community together to celebrate the past, present and future of the University of Northern Iowa. Following the parade is the Homecoming Alumni Tailgate, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the UNI-Dome west parking lot.

Two alumni athletic events are part of the Homecoming festivities. In a 10 a.m. meet, women's swim team alumni will challenge the current women's team, in the WRC pool, while in an 11 a.m. baseball match-up, it will be alumni vs. current players, in Riverfront Stadium, Waterloo. Contact: Brandie Glasnapp, assistant media relations director/athletics, (319) 273-5455.


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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Campanile, which houses a carillon instrument of 47 bells, will have music ringing from its structure once more as guest artist, and world-class carillonneur, Karel Keldermans, will perform recitals on campus Friday, Oct. 14. Public concerts will take place at noon and 5:30 p.m. A special performance for UNI students and alumni will take place from 11:45 p.m. until the stroke of midnight that evening.

Keldermans' performances will be in honor of alumni visiting UNI for Homecoming weekend and for current students.

Keldermans was appointed carillonneur for the Rees Memorial Carillon in Springfield, Ill. in 1976. He studied in Belgium and the Netherlands and has a master's degree in campanology and carillon performance from the University of Illinois. He is past president and a board member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America, and has played recitals extensively in North America and throughout Europe.

The UNI campanile was completed in 1926 at a cost of $100,000. Originally there were 15 bells played by the carillon. In 1968, four cracked bells were removed and 36 new bells from Aarle-Rixtel, Holland were added. The smallest bell weights 22 pounds and is six inches in diameter, while the largest bell weights 5,000 pounds and is five feet in diameter. The total weight of all 47 bells is 12.5 tons. The campanile stands on a reinforced cement foundation, which is 24 feet square and six feet deep. The main tower is 20 feet wide on a side and stands 100 feet high. The walls range from 20 to 37 inches in depth. A spiral iron staircase goes up 70 feet to the floor at the level of the clock faces. A ladder on the clock floor leads to the playing chamber, and another ladder on that floor leads to the belfry that overlooks the entire UNI campus.

Several traditions involving the Campanile have been passed down over the decades, including stories of co-eds meeting for dating opportunities at the campanile. One of the traditions that continues today, commonly called 'campaniling' involves couples gathering around the Campanile on the Friday evening of Homecoming week. At midnight couples exchange kisses and students cheer as the UNI Fight Song is performed.

This year's carillon concerts are sponsored by the UNI School of Music, Northern Iowa Student Government, UNI Educational & Student Services, the UNI Alumni Association, UNI Homecoming Committee and the UNI Foundation.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Woodys have two children, Drake and Isabelle.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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


October 6, 2005 - 7:00pm


Government changes rules as more Americans find themselves in debt

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

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



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

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

UNI to host panel discussion on AIDS

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

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



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

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

October 5, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact the FINE Foundation at


October 4, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

The NDA is an association of the AAHPERD. To learn more about NDA, link to


October 3, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information regarding homecoming activities, contact Connie Hansen, coordinator of student organizations, at (319) 273-6335, or visit



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

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

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

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


October 2, 2005 - 7:00pm


Monday, Oct. 3

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

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

Tuesday, Oct. 4

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

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

Wednesday, Oct. 5

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

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

Thursday, Oct. 6

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

Thursday, Oct. 6

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

Friday, Oct. 7

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

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

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

Sunday, Oct. 9

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A comprehensive list of UNI relief efforts can be found at http://



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

A limited number of free registrations will be available to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, thanks to the generous support of local solid waste agencies, according to Susan Salterberg at the UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education.

Contact Salterberg, who is the course instructor, for details on free registrations. She may be reached at (319) 337-4816, (319) 273-2573 or A $50 fee will be charged to those not receiving a free registration. For more information about the workshop, go to

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

Salterberg said UNI is able to offer the graduate credit and about $75 of materials to each participant through grants from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program. Other supporters include Prairie Solid Waste Agency, the Adair County Sanitary Landfill Commission, and the Green Valley Area Education Agency 14.



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

A limited number of free registrations will be available to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, thanks to the generous support of local solid waste agencies, according to Susan Salterberg at the UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education.

Contact Salterberg, who is the course instructor, for details on free registrations. She may be reached at 319-337-4816, 319-273-2573 or A $50 fee will be charged to those not receiving a free registration. For more information about the workshop, go to

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

Salterberg said UNI is able to offer the graduate credit and about $75 of materials to each participant through grants from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program. Other supporters include the Landfill of North Iowa and Area Education Agency 267.



Stop spitting and protect health

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

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

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



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

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

Supreme Court to open new session

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

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


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

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

September 29, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact the UNI Regional Business Center at (319) 236-8123, e-mail at or online at



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 28, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact Hill at


September 27, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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