News Release Archive

April 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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































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















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April 26, 2005 - 7:00pm

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



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



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



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



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



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



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















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















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















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















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















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April 25, 2005 - 7:00pm

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



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



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



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



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Board of Regents to meet May 4 and 5















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















in Vinton; and on May 5 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/Agendas/agenda.html















1. Approval of residence system rates















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















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















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















2. Approval of parking rates















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















3. Approval of miscellaneous fees and charges















Contact:















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















4. Allocation of fees















Contact:















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















5. Annual report on competition with private enterprise















Contact:















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















6. Preliminary operating budget issues















Contact:















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















7. Budget adjustments -- current year















Contact:















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















8. Annual report of faculty tenure















Contact:















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















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















Contact:















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















10. Professional & Scientific staff salaries















Contact:















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















11. Notice of title change















Contact:















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















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















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Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566















13. University calendar holidays for 2007















Contact:















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















14. Register of capital improvement business transactions















Multimodal Facility -- permission to proceed with project planning















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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































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















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















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















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















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April 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

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Wednesday, April 27



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



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



Thursday, April 28



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



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



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



Friday, April 29



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



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



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



Saturday, April 30



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



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



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



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



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Financial Literacy Month good time to discuss credit management with children



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



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



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



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



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



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Hubble Space Telescope celebrating 15th service anniversary



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







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



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



Contact:



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



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



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



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



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



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



Contact:



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



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



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30th Anniversary of the fall of Saigon



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



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



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



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



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



Contact:



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



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



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National Turn Off the TV Week has merit



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



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



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



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



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



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



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































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































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















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















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April 21, 2005 - 7:00pm

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















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















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















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















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















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















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































SCHOOL HOMETOWN TEACHER/SCHOOL/SPONSOR















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































CEDAR FALLS Cory Cantrall/Peet Junior High















Jennifer Lammers/Peet Junior High















Brad Remmert/Cedar Falls High School















Raynee Sparks/Orchard Hill Elementary















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















GILBERTVILLE David Sundstedt/Don Bosco High School















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















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















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















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















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















JESUP Renee Stephens/Jesup High School















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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April 20, 2005 - 7:00pm

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



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



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



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

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







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



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







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







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



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



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



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







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



A reception will follow the lecture.



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



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







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







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







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



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



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















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































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































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































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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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















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







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







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Personal training is beneficial in fitness program

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

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

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

Contacts:

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

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

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UNI Marketing & Public Relations hosts campus tours for local leaders

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

Contact:

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

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Prophet of peace

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

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

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

Contact:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, April 18















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















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















Tuesday, April 19















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















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















Wednesday, April 20















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















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















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















Wednesday, April 20-Friday, April 22















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































Thursday, April 21















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















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































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















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















Thursday, April 21-Saturday, April 23















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















Friday, April 22















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















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















Saturday, April 23















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















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















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















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















Saturday, April 23-Thursday, April 28















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















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

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

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The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.

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

CEDAR FALLS

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

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

CLEAR LAKE

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

DENISON

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

INDIANOLA

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

SHELL ROCK

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

SIOUX CITY

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

SPIRIT LAKE

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

WATERLOO

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

WAVERLY

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

WILTON

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

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PARK FALLS, WIS.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will present the 12th annual CSBS Student Research Conference, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 23, in the Schindler Education Center (SEC).



According to Kim MacLin, UNI assistant professor of psychology and event chair, the conference provides a forum for showcasing student-faculty research collaborations.



The conference will feature keynote speaker, Kathi L. Heffner, assistant professor of psychology at Ohio University in Athens. Heffner's lecture is titled 'I Love You but You Make Me Sick: Marriage, Hormones, and Health.' Heffner specializes in social psychophysiological links between stress, emotion and health.



More than 60 poster presentations will be on display, with time to meet the authors scheduled between 1 and 3 p.m.



Four panel discussions, 'Enhancing your Undergraduate Career with Professional Experiences,' 'Getting into Graduate School,' 'What is Graduate School Really Like?' and 'Employ Me! Finding a Job with a B.A. in the Social Sciences,' also will be held. Panels will feature undergraduate and graduate students, employers, career counselors and faculty members.



Registration can be completed on-site, from 8 to 9 a.m., in the SEC. The $10 fee includes the conference program and conference proceedings on CD.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The second annual Iowa Mentoring and Induction Institute conference will take place Wednesday, April 20, through Friday, April 22. The conference, co-sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa, will address effective practices to support beginning teachers from pre-service experience to the classroom.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, a welcoming reception will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, at the Cedar Falls Holiday Inn on University Avenue. The remainder of the conference will take place at the PIPAC Centre on the Lake, 1521 Technology Parkway, Cedar Falls.

Thursday's sessions' begin at 8 a.m. The morning keynote speaker will be Richard Elmore, Gregory Anrig professor of educational leadership and co-director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Elmore's presentation is titled 'Accountability and the Practice of Improvement.' In a later breakout session, he will address aligning the mentoring and induction of new teachers with the building of a core curriculum, and ways to help new teachers become involved in the establishment and implementation of norms for the curriculum. Elmore will reference his new book, 'School Reform from the Inside Out,' which he recommends reading prior to the conference.

From 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., breakout sessions will take place. In addition to a question and answer session with Elmore, these include: 'Differentiation for Secondary Teachers,' which will include suggestions for varied learning styles of students; 'Connecting Professionals: The Dubuque Community School District Professional Mentoring Program,' featuring an overview of that district's professional mentoring program; and, 'The West Des Moines Community School District: A District-Based Beginning Teacher Mentoring and Induction Program that Sustains Professional Development,' which will focus on exploring and exchanging ideas for sustaining structured assistance for beginning teachers.

A lunch and awards program will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., featuring UNI President Robert Koob.

'A new highlight of the Institute is the Mildred Middleton Crystal Key Award for Outstanding Mentoring,' said Beverly Riess, UNI instructor of student field experiences. 'The award is provided by the Iowa State Education Association, and will be presented annually.'

After lunch, Edward Britton, associate director of the National Center for Improving Science Education, will discuss suggestions for the varied learning styles and abilities of students.

From 2:45 to 4:15 p.m., breakout sessions will again take place. 'Aligning the Mentoring and Induction of New Teachers with the Building of a Core Curriculum,' will focus on ways to help new teachers become involved with the establishment of norms in the curriculum; 'The Central Teacher Academy' session will discuss how college students are trained in data analysis, specific interventions and monitoring progress and how the students apply these skills; 'Culturally Competent Organizational Development Model of Practice' will address cultural awareness, language, knowledge of community and the use of ethnographic tools; and, 'Parent Involvement Module for Mentoring Programs' will explore research showing that students with involved parents have a greater likelihood of success in school.

At 4:30 p.m. 'Networking and Issues' will be discussed, followed by a social hour and dinner.

At 8:30 a.m., Friday, April 22, Edmund Gordon, director of the Institute of Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University Teacher's College, will discuss what teachers need to be and do in the mediation of teaching and learning experiences.

Three breakout sessions will take place: 'Electronic Portfolios (Part 1 and 2),' which will focus on how to create electronic portfolios, and 'Evaluating the Impact of Beginning Teacher Effectiveness on Student Learning,' which will concentrate on identifying outcomes to develop a logic model to guide evaluation of a mentoring program.

The conference will conclude with a presentation by Judy Jeffrey, director of the Iowa Department of Education.

For more information, and to register, visit www.uni.edu/contined/ces/mentoring/registration. The $100 fee includes meals and some informational materials. The conference may be taken for one credit-hour of graduate coursework at UNI for an additional $83.

In addition to UNI, event co-sponsors are the Iowa Department of Education and Mildred Middleton, educator emeritus. UNI Conference and Event Services will facilitate the conference.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Internationally known math educator John A. Dossey, emeritus distinguished professor of mathematics at Illinois State University, will present, 'School Mathematics: Comparisons, Concerns and Directions' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in the University of Northern Iowa's Schindler Education Center, Room 246.



The presentation will examine what national and international assessments reveal about the quality of mathematics education in American schools -- and the policy implications of those comparisons.



A reception will follow the presentation. This free, public event is part of the 2005 Hari Shankar Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI Department of Mathematics and the College of Natural Sciences.



For more information, visit www.math.uni.edu/dossey.html.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Members of the design team for Iowa's first 'green' building, the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa, will return to campus Thursday, April 21, for a 7 p.m. program on the building's design, development and construction process.















Kevin Nordmeyer, architect at RDG Planning and Design, and Tom McDougall, engineer at The Weidt Group, who designed and built the CEEE, will speak in the CEEE Auditorium as the final presentation in the CEEE 10th Anniversary series. They will talk about the creation and process of building an energy-efficient and low-impact building. The CEEE was dedicated on Sept. 17, 1994.















Nordmeyer and McDougall also will lead tours of the CEEE from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, giving visitors an in-depth look at the center.















A reception, sponsored by the Iowa Energy Center and The Weidt Group, will follow the evening program. For more information about the program or the tours, contact Patricia Higby, energy educator, at (319) 273-6012 or Patricia.Higby@uni.edu















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Young Peoples Dance Theatre (YPDT), a before and after school program offered to second- through fifth-grade boys and girls in several area elementary schools, will present an informance -- an informal performance -- at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 23, in the University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre.















Program instructors are UNI students who are enrolled in a practicum course offered through the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS).















UNI practicum students working with the elementary students are __(Name)__ from __(Hometown)__, a __(classification)__ majoring in __(major)__.















Participating elementary schools are: Edison, Irving and Sacred Heart in Waterloo; Hansen, Lincoln, North Cedar, Orchard Hill and Malcolm Price Laboratory School, in Cedar Falls; Janesville; and New Hartford.















General admission for Saturday's informance is $1, children under 5 are free.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'White Straight Men and Me' will be the final featured film in this year's University of Northern Iowa Reel to Real film series. The movie will be shown at noon Wednesday, April 20, in Maucker Union's University Room South and is free and open to the public.



According to Guy Sims, interim director of Maucker Union, main character Antonia Kao 'explores the world of straight, white men in this revealing, humorous and often poignant new film.' In an effort to interact comfortably with 'the oppressors,' and understand who Kao is in relation to them, she interviews several who represent to her stereotypes 'of straight, white men.'



Sims said the goal of the Reel to Real film series is to present short films that generate discussion, reflection, challenge and criticism.



For more information, contact UNI Student Activities at 273-2683 or studentactivities@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Catholic Student Association will host a panel discussion, 'Inside the Conclave: Electing the New Pope,' at 7 p.m., Monday, April 18, in the Maucker Union Elm Room. The panel will feature UNI history professors Charlotte Wells and Bob Dise, and Rev. Dennis Colter, pastor, Queen of Peace Parish, Waterloo. The panel will discuss the process and mysteries surrounding the election of a new pope.



The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call

(319) 266-9863.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Forensics Squad, which is comprised of the debate and individual events speech teams, has participated in several events throughout the Midwest this semester.















In Bloomington, Minn. the individual events team participated in the Twin Cities Forensics League (TCFL) #4 tournament. Jessy Ohl, a freshman biology major from Denison, placed first in impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. Ryan McGeough, a senior humanities and philosophy major from Cedar Falls, placed second in extemporaneous speaking. Megan Striffler, a freshman speech teacher education major from Cedar Rapids, placed first in the program of oral interpretation. Coltrane Carlson, a sophomore electronic media major from Council Bluffs, placed second in the program of oral interpretation and fourth in prose interpretation. Overall, the team placed second in the team sweepstakes category.















The debate team participated in a tournament at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where Kelsey Harr, a senior sociology major from Windsor Heights, was named second speaker in the junior varsity division.















The Bunny Bop Individual Events Tournament took place at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. The team placed second in the team sweepstakes category. Mike Hilkin, a junior communication studies and English literature major from Dubuque, placed first in persuasive speaking and second in extemporaneous speaking. Ohl placed second in persuasive speaking, Striffler placed third in the program of oral interpretation and fifth in prose interpretation. Jessica Sauer, a freshman theatre and Spanish major from Marion, placed fifth in extemporaneous speaking.















The individual events team placed third in the team sweepstakes category at the St. Cloud State University Tournament, in St. Cloud, Minn. Ohl placed second in impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking, fifth place and top novice in persuasive speaking and third in individual sweepstakes; McGeough placed first and top novice in impromptu speaking; Carlson placed second in the program of oral interpretation; Hilkin placed third in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in informative speaking; and, Sauer placed fourth in interpretation of children's literature.















During the 'Heart of America' debate tournament at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Harr was first speaker in the junior varsity division; and, Kevin Thier, a senior organizational communication major from Worthington, was fifth speaker in the novice division. Thier and Sullivan were both semifinalists in the novice division.















In the 'Virginia is for Lovers' individual events tournament at George Mason University and James Madison University in Virginia, Hilkin placed first in impromptu speaking, second and sixth in extemporaneous speaking, third in communication analysis, and fourth in persuasive speaking.















For more information about the forensics squad, contact Jacob Thompson, UNI director of forensics, at (319) 273-7200.















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CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's Half-Masted 3.2 Improv Troupe will present its second show of the semester, Gorilla Theatre, in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21, through Saturday, April 23. Material may not be suitable for children, but a family-friendly show will be performed at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 23.















Half-Masted 3.2 has been performing improvisational comedy for three years and has received positive reviews from throughout the state of Iowa, according to its director, Douglas Shaw, UNI associate professor of mathematics. In Gorilla Theatre, the troupe will perform risky and hilarious improv structures.































Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.































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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 'Sexual Harassment' workshop, part of the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.















Gwenne Culpepper, associate director for compliance and equity management at UNI, will discuss anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws, and present information about how the university strives to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace.















This is the last event this academic year in the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series that has featured leaders from various professional fields.















The series, sponsored by the UNI Leadership Studies Program, is free and open to the public. Metered visitor-only parking is available in the lot immediately north of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 50 cents per hour.















For more information on the series, contact Geraldine Perreault, director of UNI's Leadership Studies Program, at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Constance Flanagan, professor of youth civic development at Pennsylvania State University, will be the keynote speaker at the 'Developing Good Citizens: Stimulating Growth and Student Civic Engagement in College' lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, April 18, in the Old Central Ballroom C at Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus. A reaction panel and question and answer session will follow Flanagan's address.

Flanagan completed her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Michigan, and her work, 'Adolescents and the Social Contract,' concerns the factors in families, schools, and communities that promote civic values and competencies in young people. She directed a seven-nation study on this topic, as well as a study of inter-group relations and beliefs about justice among youth from different racial/ethnic backgrounds in the United States.

Flanagan is a co-chair for the Society for Research in Child Development's Committee on Public Policy, and Public Information. She is a William T. Grant Faculty Scholar, a member of the MacArthur Foundation's Network on the Transition to Adulthood and Public Policy, and is on the editorial boards of three journals and on the advisory boards of Health!Rocks, Student Voices, and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

Students, faculty and staff are also invited to an informal brown bag lunch with Flanagan at noon in the State College Room in Maucker Union.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The UNI Graduate Program in Public Policy and the UNI American Democracy Project are event sponsors.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Earth Day and 'Sole Power' celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, at the Maucker Union Plaza. The rain location is the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.















During the celebration, the UNI Department of Public Safety will register bikes, Europa Cycle will provide free bike tune-ups, and bike helmets, sizes youth through adult, will be for sale for $15. Hybrid cars and Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) will be displayed.















UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC), Wellness and Recreation Services and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), will provide information and services encouraging environmental awareness and education.















The 'Sole Power' project began through collaboration between Wellness and Recreation Services and the CEEE. The mission is to promote walking, skating and bicycling as healthy alternatives to automobile commuting to campus.















'The goal of Sole Power is to get people to leave their cars at home and instead walk, bike or skate to campus,' said Kathy Green, director of University Health Services. 'It encourages physical fitness, saves people money and is good for the environment.'















For more information, contact Kathy Green, director of University Health Services, (319) 273-6921 or Michaela Rich, program manager, RRTTC, (319) 273-3689.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Art for Young Children' with Dave Kelly will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 23, at Gerard Hall, on the Allen College campus. The event is presented by the Regents Center for Early Development Education at the University of Northern Iowa.

According to Annette Swann, UNI associate professor of teaching, who teaches at the Center's Freeburg School, Kelly brings a powerful message about listening to children and recognizing their abilities as young artists. Kelley is a constructivist teacher and professor at Aquinas College in Chicago. He will work with children at the Freeburg School during the week and will build a presentation from these experiences for his Saturday-morning audience.

He received his bachelor of fine arts degree at the Chicago Art Institute, and his master of arts at the Erikson Institute. Kelly is a former studio teacher at Chicago Commons, and worked at Kohl Children's Museum, Chicago.

The program is open to early childhood educators, parents, and other interested persons. Admission is fee. For more information about the event, contact Swann, at

(319) 287-9415, ext. 105, or Annette.Swann@uni.edu.

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Terri Schiavo case prompts closer look at end-of-life issues

Francis Degnin, University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of philosophy, will discuss some of the more complicated end-of-life issues in a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Sabin Hall 102, 'Legal and Ethical Issues in the Wake of the Terri Schiavo Case.'

Degnin, who teaches 'Bioethics' at UNI, brings substantial clinical and academic experience to the topic. Included in the talk will be a discussion of whether patients have a right to die; what is a

diagnosis of 'PVS,' or 'persistent vegetative state;' and why this may have been a mere distraction from the real issues. He will discuss the Schiavo case in relation to that of Nancy Crusan, described by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990 to be in a persistent vegetative state with the limited ability to swallow; and the appropriate role for both the courts and the political process in such cases.

Degnin also will explain why a living will is not enough to protect one from similar situations, as well as additional steps to take to protect one's wishes. He also will address the implications of recent statements by the Vatican on Catholic hospitals in the United States.

Contacts:

Francis Degnin, UNI assistant professor of philosophy, (319) 273-3015

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

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Does filibuster still have a place in Senate debates?

The filibuster is sometimes known as a mechanism to 'talk a motion to death' in the U.S. Senate, according to Phil Mauceri, head and associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa. He says the filibuster often has been used by the minority party or a minority position to block from passage legislation it doesn't like.

'It takes 60 out of the 100 votes in the Senate to stop a filibuster,' said Mauceri. 'The late Sen. Strom Thurmond from South Carolina was famous for his use of this tool. He and other conservative Southern Democrats often used the filibuster to stop civil rights legislation.'

In more recent years, the threat of the filibuster has been enough to stop legislation, unless supporters are certain they have the necessary 60 votes to override it. But, he adds, in recent years, in addition to legislation, the filibuster has been used to stop judicial nominations that require Senate confirmation.

Mauceri said now there is talk of a 'nuclear option,' that would change the Senate's rules to prevent a judicial filibuster, a concept supported by a number of Republicans who currently have 55 senators, but are finding it difficult to find the additional Democrats needed to break a filibuster and confirm the president's judicial appointees.

Mauceri also noted many conservative lobbying groups, including the NRA (National Rifle Association) and anti-abortion groups, have voiced concern about the nuclear option, since in the past, when Democrats controlled the Senate, they have relied on filibusters to stop legislation they opposed.

Contacts:

Phil Mauceri, head and associate professor of political science, (319) 273-2528

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Malcolm Price Laboratory School will host the 37th annual Beginning Reading Conference on Friday, April 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the second floor lobby of the Schindler Education Center.



Keynote speakers this year are Nancy Carlson, children's book author and illustrator; and J. Richard Gentry, spelling education 'guru,' who writes and speaks widely on literacy development and spelling.

Carlson has received recognition for her published work including Reading Rainbow selections and the Children's Choice Awards from the International Reading Association and Children's Book Council. She will share how reading and writing has influenced her life and the lives of those around her. She also will have a session open to children and adults at University Book & Supply in Cedar Falls, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 15. Gentry has lectured and conducted workshops for teachers throughout the United States and in Canada, Australia, South America, Europe and the West Indies. A former elementary teacher and university professor, Gentry will talk about his knowledge and breakthrough thinking on the importance of teaching spelling for reading and writing development.

Conference changes in recent years have included specific sessions aimed at meeting the mandated goals of Comprehensive School Improvement Plans (CSIPs). 'In keeping with the latest movements in education, we recognize that many schools and districts are now requiring accountability and improvement, with special emphasis on CSIPs,' states Amy Lockhart, 2004 conference chair.



Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Conference fee is $70, and $193 for registration plus one hour of UNI graduate credit. Register online at http://infosys.pls.uni.edu/read/.

For more information on the Beginning Reading Conference, contact UNI Conference and Event Services at conf-events@uni.edu, or call 1-800-782-9519.

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Monday, April 11

White Ribbon Week Kickoff Rally, 11-11:30 a.m., Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. The 'White Ribbon Campaign' is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women. White ribbons will be handed out and individuals will have the opportunity to sign a pledge to never commit nor condone violence against women. Students also will be handing out white ribbons in Maucker Union from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

KUNI Live from Studio One features The Old Scratch Revival Singers, featuring elements of cow-punk, bluegrass, ragtime and gospel, at 7 p.m. in the KUNI studios, Communication Arts Center, third floor. (The originally scheduled performance by Jack Norton and the Mullet River Boys, has been canceled.) Contact: Karen Impola, senior producer, Folkways, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.

Dr. Christopher Brochu, assistant professor of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Iowa, will present 'Reconstructing a Global Radiation: Phylogenetic Approaches toward Crocodilian History,' at 4 p.m., in Latham 125. At 7 p.m., he will present 'The Dead Speak: Lessons for a Tyrannosaur,' in Latham 125. Contact: Lynn Brant, UNI associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-6160.

Senior Celebration, sponsored by the UNI Alumni Association, will take place throughout the week, with a number of 'seniors-only' activities. Seminars will be offered at 6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday's seminar is 'What is a Credit Report Anyway?,' from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Maucker Union College Eye Room (lower level). For more information, call 273-2355 or visit www.unialum.org/events/seniorcelebration.shtml.

Tuesday, April 12

Senior Celebration: 'Grab 'N' Go Breakfast,' 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. For more information, call 273-2355 or visit www.unialum.org/events/seniorcelebration.shtml.

'Color Me Dark,' for grades 2-5, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. More than 3,000 elementary students from throughout the Cedar Valley and Eastern Iowa are scheduled to attend the 60-minute performances as part of the Allen Hospital Kaleidoscope Series. The story explores the lives of two sisters, Erma Jean and Nellie Lee Love, in the Deep South in the 1920s as they bear witness to a time of social uprising. It is the seventh of eight shows scheduled for the 2004-2005 season designed to assist teachers in integrating the arts into the classroom. It has curriculum connections to African-American history. Contact: Amy Hunzelman, GBPAC outreach and education director, (319) 273-3679.

Take Back the Night, an annual event to end violence against women, begins at 5 p.m. on top of Maucker Union. There will be several performances, an open mic portion and a march. Contact: Kelsey Harr, kharr@uni.edu.

Senior Celebration Seminar: Life in the Actual Real World, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Maucker Union, Presidential Room (lower level). Refreshments and door prizes provided. For more information, call 273-2355 or visit www.unialum.org/events/seniorcelebration.shtml.

Wednesday, April 13

Senior Celebration: 'Ice Cream Social,' 2:30-4 p.m., in the Commons Plaza (rain location: Commons West Room). Seminar: 'Where Did My Money Go?,' 6 to 7:30 p.m., Maucker Union, College Eye Room (lower level). For more information, call 273-2355 or visit www.unialum.org/events/seniorcelebration.shtml.

Department of History Lecture Series: Reinier Hesselink, UNI associate professor of history, will speak on 'A Christian Town in a Pagan Land: Nagasaki Under the Jesuits,' at 7 p.m., in Seerley 115. Contact: Hesselink, (319) 273-2261

Wednesday, April 13

Bill Koch, UNI adjunct instructor in English, will present his one-man show, 'Walt Whitman Live!!' at 7:30 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Koch will speak on major themes of Whitman's poetry, Abe Lincoln, American culture and his Civil War experiences. Contact: Koch, (319) 273-6231.

Political Science Speaker Series: Ana Kogl, UNI assistant professor of political science, will present part of her research into the role of place in society with 'Enclosure and Exclusion: The Invention of Private Property,' at 3 p.m. in Sabin Hall 201. Contact: Kogl, (319) 273-2465.

'Designing an Ecologically Sound Farm: From the Soil to the Marketplace' will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education Auditorium. The seminar documents the efforts of Francis Thicke to convert a conventional row-crop farm into an organic, grass-based dairy with on-farm processing of milk and local marketing of finished dairy products. Contact: Pat Higby, CEEE energy educator, (319) 273-6012.

Francis Degnin, assistant professor of philosophy, will present an ethics lecture, 'Legal and Ethical Issues in the Wake of the Terri Schiavo Case,' at 7:30 p.m. in Sabin Hall 102. Degnin teaches 'Bio-Medical Ethics' at UNI. Contact: Degnin, (319) 273-3015.

Thursday, April 14

Student Nature Society will host a plant sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the north entrance of the UNI Biology Botanical Center (Greenhouse). Contact: Jessica Furlong, (319) 222-3751.

Senior Celebration: Pizza and Pop at the Campanile,' 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Commons Plaza (rain location: Commons West Room). For more information, call 273-2355 or visit www.unialum.org/events/seniorcelebration.shtml.

White Ribbon Week event: Alan Berkowitz will speak to UNI students at 4 p.m., in the Commons Ballroom, and to UNI athletes at 7 p.m., as part of the White Ribbon Campaign to end men's violence against women. Berkowitz has over 20 years of experience in higher education as a trainer, psychologist, faculty member and counseling center director. At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he developed one of the first rape prevention programs for men, was co-director of the college's Men and Masculinity Program and chaired the Prejudice Reduction Task Force. For more information, call University Health Services, (319) 273-6921.

Friday, April 15

37th Annual Beginning Reading Conference, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., second floor lobby of UNI's Schindler Education Center, sponsored by Malcolm Price Laboratory School. Keynote speakers are Nancy Carlson, children's book author and illustrator, and J. Richard Gentry, spelling education 'guru,' who writes and speaks widely on literacy development and spelling. Carlson also will have a session open to children and adults at University Book & Supply, at 7 p.m. Specific sessions will be aimed at meeting the mandated goals of Comprehensive School Improvement Plans (CSIPs). Contact: Michelle Swanson UNI instructor in teaching, Malcolm Price Laboratory School, (319) 273-2600 or UNI Conference and Event Services at conf-events@uni.edu or 800-782-9519.

Jean Trainor, president and CEO of the John Deere Community Credit Union will speak on financial leadership at noon in Baker 161, as part of the Women on Fridays discussions. Contact Susan Hill, director of the Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7195.

Honors Research Conference begins at 9 a.m. in Lang Hall, Rooms 20, 21 and 22. Senior honor students and presidential scholars will present their thesis research projects. Contact: Jessica Moon, director, University Honors Program, (319) 273-3175.

Friday, April 15 through Saturday, April 16

Habitat for Humanity presents 'Shantytown,' from 6 p.m. Friday, to 7 a.m. Saturday at the Campanile. Participants will construct their own shelter for an overnight sleepout. Speakers from the National Coalition for the Homeless will be in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom at 7 p.m. Contact: Renee Pasker, (319) 393-4992.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Women's Rugby Club will compete in the USA Rugby Division I Sweet 16 Women's Collegiate Nationals April 16-17. They will play the Air Force Academy in the first round in Gainesville, Fla.



The UNI women have won two national championships in Division II. This will be the first year the team has competed in Division I.



The women's rugby team was established in 1994, and is funded in part with student activity fees through UNI Wellness & Recreation Services, business sponsorship, fundraising projects, and donations from parents and friends. Steve Murra has been head coach since its beginning. The team's overall record is 250-32.



For further information, contact Murra at (319) 240-8897 or smurra@hawkeyecollege.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration has begun for the University of Northern Iowa All-Sports Camp to take place at UNI in June. The camp is for boys and girls ages seven to 13.















There will be two camp sessions; the boy's session will take place Sunday, June 19 through Thursday, June 23. The girl's session will take place Sunday, June 26 through Thursday, June 30. Campers will be split into groups by age and grade in school.















'Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, establish new friendships, and build self-esteem and confidence,' said Renee Pieper, camp coordinator and a senior parks, recreation and leisure studies major from Donnellson.















Check-in for all campers will take place between 4:45 and 5:45 p.m. on the first day of camp. After check-in, a brief orientation for parents and campers will be followed by dinner and activities.















Camp sports include soccer, rugby, swimming, basketball, and track and field. The boys' session also will offer baseball, wrestling and football, while the girls' will offer cheerleading, volleyball and softball. On the final day of camp, family and friends are invited to an exhibition that showcases the different activities the campers participated in during the week.















There are three plans that campers and parents can choose from. The 'resident' plan includes double-occupancy housing for four nights in a UNI residence hall, all meals, instruction, a camp T-shirt and evening activities that may include bowling, roller skating, movies and a trip to the Lost Island Water Park. Campers can request a roommate when sending in registration materials. Those not requesting a roommate will be assigned one who is the same age. The cost for this plan is $255 if materials are postmarked by Friday, May 6, and $270 if postmarked later.















The 'commuter plus plan' includes noon and evening meals, instruction, evening recreational activities, and a camp T-shirt. Commuter campers report to camp at 8 a.m. each day and are dismissed at 8:45 p.m. This plan is $215 if materials are postmarked by Friday, May 6, and $230 if postmarked later.















The 'basic commuter plan' includes noon meals, instruction and a camp T-shirt. These campers report to camp at 8 a.m. each day and are dismissed at 4:45 p.m. This plan is $170 if materials are postmarked by Friday, May 6, and $185 if postmarked later.















A $50 non-refundable deposit must accompany registration materials, and materials must be received before Friday, June 10. The remaining balance is due at least two weeks before camp begins.















'UNI All-Sports counselors include UNI students, and are chosen based on their interest in promoting youth fitness and working with children and young adults,' said Pieper. 'Our small camper-to-counselor ratio ensures that all campers receive individualized attention.'















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowa's Junior Sprint will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30, at the UNI Malcolm Price Laboratory School. The event allows fifth- through ninth-grade students to race individually designed solar-powered model cars.

Iowa's Junior Solar Sprint gives students the opportunity to apply math, science and technical skills and their creative brainpower to build and race solar powered model-cars. Participants will be eligible for prizes. The Cedar Falls Sertoma Club will present awards to the most patriotic entry and the best patriotic performer.

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.

The registration deadline is April 15. For more information about Iowa's Junior Solar Sprint, contact Craig Pawlak, program director at the CEEE, at (319) 273-3850 or visit www.uni.edu/ceee/jrsprint or http://www.uni.edu/ceee/jrsprint.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Francis Thicke, the first dairy farmer in Iowa to set up an on-farm processing facility and bottle milk from his own farm in Fairfield, will speak at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Thicke 's lecture, titled 'Designing an Ecologically Sound Farm: From the Soil to the Marketplace,' will discuss efforts to convert a conventional row-crop farm into an organic, grass-based dairy with on-farm processing of milk. Ecological principles serve as the model for the design and management of the farm and grazing system, and attempts are made to minimize energy needs and external inputs while improving the health of the soil, crops, animals and local community. Thicke also will discuss general issues of ecological sustainability in industrial agriculture.

Thicke holds a Ph.D. in agronomy/soil fertility from the University of Illinois. He served as national program leader for soil science with the USDA extension service for several years. In 1992, he returned to his farming roots and now owns and operates Radiance Dairy in Fairfield. He is currently a Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Financial Leadership' will be the topic for the 'Women on Fridays' event, at noon Friday, April 15, in Baker Hall, Room 161, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. This lecture is a part of the 'Women and Leadership' series.



Jean Trainor, CEO of John Deere Community Credit Union, will discuss financial leadership and issues women in financial leadership positions face.

This is the final 'Women on Fridays' event this school-year. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Lawin, graduate assistant in the UNI Women's Studies Program, at (319) 273-7183.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- To many students, liberal arts courses are nothing more than a hindrance, holding no value outside the university. On the other hand, more and more successful business people say that the liberal arts courses they were required to take in college were not only helpful, they were critical to their success.















On Thursday, April 14, the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities & Fine Arts (CHFA) will put the concept of liberal arts curriculum to the test with a day-long work session involving alumni, students, faculty and administration.















'The idea is to challenge assumptions,' explained James Lubker, CHFA dean. 'We want to know what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong and what changes we can and should make.'















Seven alumni will serve as guest panelists. In addition to being CHFA graduates, six of the seven have another trait in common -- each is a successful businessperson in a field or career that is not directly related to his or her undergraduate degree.















'Each of these individuals excels at what they do, but what they do is not what they set out to do,' explained Lubker. 'Theirs is a story we hear often, and we're proud to think that a major built upon a strong liberal arts core was part of their success, but we want to put that belief to the test.'















The panelists will spend the day in work sessions with UNI students, faculty and administrators, talking about today's liberal arts courses and what value or lack of value they provide in the 'real world.'















'Research shows that the average person changes jobs and/or careers several times during his or her lifetime. Our philosophy is that we don't educate you to get a job, we educate you so you have the skills to take on several careers. We want to get honest feedback to find out if we're on the right track,' said Lubker.















The panelists will be Carolyn Burrell, attorney, Milwaukee, Wis.; Michael Dunagan, director of major gifts and planned giving, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.; Julie Kraft, television consultant, Frank N. Magid Associates, Marion; Christopher J. Mailander, president and owner, Mailander & Company, Washington, D.C.; John C. Schreurs, president, Strategic America, Des Moines; Richard D. Schultz, president and CEO, Kanabec State Bank, Mora, Minn.; and Thomas Walton, attorney, Nyemaster, Goode, Voigts, West, Hansell and O'Brien, Des Moines.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ana Kogl, assistant professor of political science, will speak on 'Enclosure and Exclusion: The Invention of Private Property,' at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in Sabin Hall, Room 201 at the University of Northern Iowa. Kogl will present part of her ongoing research into the role of place in society during the lecture.















This lecture is a part of the political science speaker series, and is free and open to the public.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host the fourth annual Shantytown, an event to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty-level housing, from 7 p.m., Friday, April 15 to 7 a.m., Saturday, April 16, at the Campanile on the UNI campus.















Participants will sleep outdoors in cardboard 'homes' they will create at the event, listen to speakers, and participate in activities related to homelessness and poverty-level housing.































Registration begins at 6 p.m., Friday, in UNI's Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom, and is open to any UNI student, staff or faculty member.















At 7 p.m., speakers from the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, D.C., who all have been or are currently homeless, will present, also in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. All other activities will take place at the Campanile.































Online registration is available by replying to shantytown05@hotmail.com. For more information, contact Renee Pasker, publicity and education chair for the UNI Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, at twinkle@uni.edu, or visit http://www.nationalhomeless.org/. Pasker is a UNI senior from Robins.















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