News Release Archive

June 9, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


June 8, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Board of Regents to meet June 13 and 14

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Monday and Tuesday, June 13 and 14 at the Iowa School for the Deaf, in Council Bluffs. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at

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


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

2. Best practices report on student retention

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


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

3. Capital improvement plan, fiscal year 2006

Human Performance Complex -- schematic design presentation and approval

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


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

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

4. Register of capital improvement business transactions


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

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

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


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

6. Final operation budgets, including Athletics and Residence


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

7. Performance indicators


Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

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


Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

9. Quarterly investment report


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

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


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

11. Tenant property rental


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

12. Supplemental tuition increase


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

13. Computer fee increase


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



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


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

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

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

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

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


June 7, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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


June 6, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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


June 5, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about NASPE, see



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

June 2, 2005 - 7:00pm


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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


May 30, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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



AMES Megan Marie Thomas, middle level education, COE

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

ANKENY Andrea Marie Smiens, finance, CBA

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

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

CARROLL Ashley Marie Kluver, public administration, CSBS

CEDAR FALLS Katryna Klaudia Cisek, German, CHFA

**Ryan McGeough, forensics, CHFA

CEDAR RAPIDS **Melissa Margaret Kruth, journalism, CHFA

Stephen Paul Skram, political science, CSBS

CENTERVILLE Lindsey Nicole Clark, communicative disorders, CHFA

CHARITON Andrea Lynn White, geography, CSBS

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

CLEAR LAKE Jaime Leigh Loos, economics, CBA

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

CLINTON Kenneth Wayne Doss, mathematics, CNS

DES MOINES Brianna Danielle Frank, art, CHFA

DONNELLSON Eliza Starr Bangert, music, CHFA

DUBUQUE Brian Paul Deiter, marketing, CBA

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

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

DYERSVILLE Jennifer Marie Deutmeyer, sociology, CSBS

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

ELK RUN HEIGHTS Christopher Michael Blad, theatre arts, CHFA

FARMERSBURG Kara Ann Ihde, early childhood education, COE

GLIDDEN Donita Christine Bundt, management: human resource, CBA

HAMPTON Lisa Buss, TESOL/English, CHFA

INDIANOLA Tonya L. Miller, special education, COE

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

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

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

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

MARION Joshua Alan Ness, management: information systems, CBA

MARSHALLTOWN Erin Teresa Piscitelli, criminology, CSBS

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

MASON CITY Amber Joy Bergman, psychology, CSBS

Hollie Janine Walusz, athletic training, COE

MILFORD Stacey Anne Noble, history, CSBS

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

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

MUSCATINE Rachel Jane Allen, modern language-dual, CHFA

OAKVILLE Anna Kathryn Spanhut, TESOL/modern languages

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

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

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

Jennifer Marie Norris, general studies, CESP

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

ROCK VALLEY Kara Jean Scholten, communications, CHFA

SIOUX CITY Brian Jason Craig, earth science, CNS

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

SPRINGVILLE Nicholas Allan Merritt, business teaching, CBA

WALKER Andrew David Berns, computer science, CNS

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

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


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

LITTLETON, COLO. Cindee Jean Calton, anthropology, CSBS

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


May 26, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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


May 23, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

The media is welcome to photograph and videotape the installation.


May 22, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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


May 19, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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


May 18, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Latest Round of Schools Selected to Create Models of Democratic Freedom

First Amendment Schools Awards Grants to Seven Schools

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

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

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

The new First Amendment Project Schools are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information about the First Amendment Schools project, contact Molly McCloskey at ASCD (1-703-575-5475; or Sam Chaltain at the First Amendment Center (1-703-284-2808;

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

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



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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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


May 17, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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


May 16, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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


May 12, 2005 - 7:00pm


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



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

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



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

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

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

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


May 11, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

For more information, contact Martin at (319) 273-6330 or



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

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

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

For more information, contact Martin at (319) 273-6330 or



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

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

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



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

Recipients are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact Milius at (319) 272-2333 or


May 10, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

For the other four courses, all offered through the UNI Office of the Registrar, students who have been admitted to UNI may access registration information at New students need to be admitted to UNI prior to enrolling and should see information available at An application for graduate study is available at


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

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

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

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

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

May 9, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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



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

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

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

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


May 8, 2005 - 7:00pm


Thursday, May 12

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

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


May 5, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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



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

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

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

For more information about the Iowa Electrathon, contact Higby at (319) 273-6012 or



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Krumm/senior/elementary education/spring

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

Cecilia Ruhlmann/senior/industrial arts education/spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MUSCATINE Anna Payne/senior/teacher certification/spring




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nancy Dostal/junior/English/spring

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

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

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

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

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

Forest Isbell/senior/chemistry /spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

kindergarten education/spring

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

MINN. education/spring

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


May 4, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


May 3, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


May 2, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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