News Release Archive

April 19, 2005 - 7:00pm


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.


April 18, 2005 - 7:00pm


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.



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.'


April 17, 2005 - 7:00pm


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



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.


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

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


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.


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


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.'


Mohammed Fahmy, head, Department of Industrial Technology, 273-2563,

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



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, 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



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

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

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 or e-mail

'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

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.


April 14, 2005 - 7:00pm


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.'


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.


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.'


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.'


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.'


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.


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.



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.'



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.



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 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.



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



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



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.


April 13, 2005 - 7:00pm


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



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.



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.



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.

Half-Masted 3.2 is a part of the Interpreters Theatre program in the Department of Communication Studies. For more information contact Shaw at (319) 273-6805.



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


April 12, 2005 - 7:00pm


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.



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.


April 11, 2005 - 7:00pm


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



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.


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

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


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.


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

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


April 10, 2005 - 7:00pm


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

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



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

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

'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,

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

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

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

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 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.


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


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



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.'

For more information about the camp, contact Renee Pieper at (319) 273-6899 or 1-800-782-9519 or


April 7, 2005 - 7:00pm


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 or



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.



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.



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.



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.



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 For more information, contact Renee Pasker, publicity and education chair for the UNI Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, at, or visit Pasker is a UNI senior from Robins.


April 6, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Take Back the Night,' an annual event to protest sexual assault and violence against women, will take place at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, on the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union Plaza. The rain location is Maucker Union Ballroom A.

'Take Back the Night' is a nationwide event that takes place each year in April. This year's event includes performances by UNI Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) forum actors, Seeds of Hope and the Capoeira club. Audience members also will have the opportunity to share their own stories, poetry, thoughts or prayers during an open-mic section. 'Take Back the Night' concludes with the traditional March on the Hill, throughout parts of campus and the College Hill area, leaving from Maucker Union at 7:30 p.m.

'Take Back the Night' is sponsored by the UNI Gender Equality Association.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art opened its Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition March 20, with a reception announcing its award winners. The competition is held each year to showcase the work of undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Art. The exhibition will run through Sunday, April 17.

Award winners include __(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, who received a __(Award)__ from __(Award Donor)__ for his/her work __(Name of art work)__.

Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, said it is important to make the distinction between the awards. Merit awards are cash prizes awarded for excellence and let students retain the artwork. Purchase awards indicate the artwork is sold. Award donors included numerous university departments and organizations. The juror also awarded honorable mention honors to six artists.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's class of 2005's senior gift will be a stage in the Memorial Garden, located on the east side of Maucker Union and Center for Multicultural Education. The stage will be dedicated and presented as the senior-class gift from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 26.

Seniors donating a minimum of $25 will have the opportunity to have an engraved brick in the garden. The bricks will create a pathway to the flowerbeds in the Memorial Garden. Two lines with 22 characters per line, including spaces, are allowed. Suggested inscriptions are students' names and graduation year, dedicating a brick in memory of a loved one, or honoring parents or favorite professors.

'The garden will be a place for students, faculty, alumni and visitors to relax or gather for special events, such as picnics, small concerts, ceremonies, receptions and other gatherings,' said Jane Harrison, chair of the Senior Challenge 2005 planning committee and a senior organizational communication major from West Des Moines. 'We are excited for the class of 2005 to help bring life to one of the essential parts of the garden, the stage.'

The senior class gift has been a tradition at UNI since 1895. In the past 110 years, students have given scholarships, landscaping, parking lots and endowments.

The Senior Challenge 2005 planning committee will be at Maucker Union from 11 a.m. to

1 p.m. on Monday, April 18 and 25; Tuesday, April 19 and 26; and Thursday, April 21 and 28. There will be free cookies, and seniors who donate money will receive free 'class of 2005' wristbands.

For more information, call (319) 273-6078 or visit


April 5, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'A Christian Town in a Pagan Land: Nagasaki Under the Jesuits' will be the topic of the University of Northern Iowa History Lecture Series, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the UNI campus.

Reinier Hesselink, UNI associate professor of history, will analyze the history of Christian Nagasaki as an early cross-cultural experiment, and will sketch the background that encouraged its founding in 1571 by Jesuit missionaries. He also will describe the early years of the city under Jesuit rule until it was confiscated by Japan in 1587.

Hesselink has been a member of the UNI history department since 1995. He teaches courses on Japanese civilization and Japanese history. He is the author of Prisoners from Nambu: Reality and Make-Believe in Seventeenth Century Japanese Diplomacy (Hawaii, 2002). He is writing a history of Nagasaki in the Christian period (1571-1639).

The lecture is sponsored by the UNI Department of History, UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta history honorary. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Hesselink at


April 4, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student Cary Pint was selected by the education committee of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP) to speak at the group's annual meeting in Lincoln, Neb., in May.

Pint, a senior physics major from Evansdale, is one of five undergraduate students across the nation selected to speak at the meeting. Pint will discuss his research, which used computer simulations to study the effect of n-alkane on very thin solid films, in a presentation titled 'Simulated Effects of Odd-Alkane Impurities in a Hexane Monolayer on Graphite.'

Fore more information, contact Mike Roth, associate professor of physics, and Pint's research supervisor, at (319) 273-2336.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Public Radio KUNI won three first place awards and five merit awards in the annual Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA).

Jeaneane Beck won two first place awards, one in the investigative reporting category for 'Gas,' and one in the writing category for 'Waterloo vs. Cedar Rapids.' Greg Shanley took first place in the series category with 'Iowa Wine Making and Grape Growing.'

Merit awards went to Jeneane Beck, Pat Blank, Bill Menner and Greg Shanley.

The annual awards recognize radio and television stations for achievements in spot news, general reporting, series, documentary, feature news, sports reporting, newscast, best audio, and best photojournalism.

The NBNA was chartered in 1949, and covers Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The aim of NBNA is to serve and improve the broadcast industry through educational and professional programs.

KUNI, a broadcast service of UNI, can be heard in most of Eastern Iowa at 90.9 FM, Des Moines at 101.7 FM, Dubuque at 98.7 FM and the Quad Cities at 94.5 and 102.1 FM. KUNI is also heard in North Iowa at 91.5 FM (KUNY) and 1010 AM (KRNI).

For more details, visit, or contact Scott Vezdos, marketing manager and special events coordinator at KUNI, at (319) 273-3497 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Travis R. Fitzgerald of Edgewood, a University of Northern Iowa physical education major, has been selected as the fall 2005 Wellness and Recreation Services (WRS) scholarship winner. The scholarship amount is $400. Fitzgerald had to complete a written application and essay, and submit letters of reference from professional supervisors.

Fitzgerald is a WRS fitness supervisor, personal trainer and teaching assistant for personal training classes. He also was the June/July 2004 WRS student employee of the month.

The scholarship is sponsored by Kathy Green, WRS director, in honor of four generations of women in her family who have graduated from UNI. This scholarship is awarded in the fall and spring semesters. Green is also director of University Health Services.

For more information about WRS scholarships, contact Timothy Klatt, WRS associate director, at (319) 273-7120 or


April 3, 2005 - 7:00pm


Monday, April 4

CROW Forum: Supporting LGBT College Students will take place at noon in the Maucker Union Presidential Room, presented by UNI faculty members Kim Knesting, assistant professor of education, and Jennifer Waldron, assistant professor of physical education, Contact: Knesting, (319) 273-3840 or Waldron, (319) 273-2730.

KUNI Live from Studio One features Melissa Rose Ziemer, a veteran of the Chicago-based bands Gertrude and the Juleps. Her vocal style ranges from Loretta Lynn to Melissa Etheridge. Contact: Karen Impola, senior producer, Folkways, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.

Earth Science seminar: 'Blowing in the Wind: Marilyn Monroe, Spider Legs and Energy,' takes place at 4 p.m. in Latham 125. Peter R. Hamlin, senior environmental policy analyst for MidAmerican Energy, will discuss what is in the air and how to use air as an energy source. Contact: Lynn Brant, UNI associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-6160.

Tuesday, April 5

Sigma Alpha Epsilon/American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Maucker Union Central Ballroom. Contact: Mitchell Parr, (319) 560-9147 or

'Dig Into Sue: An In Depth Look at a T. rex Discovery' will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Speaker will be Terry Wentz, chief preparator of the excavation of the Tyrannosaurus rex known as Sue. UNI chapter of Sigma Xi will host a reception at 7 p.m. outside the auditorium. Contact: Kay Thuesen, UNI Museums public affairs coordinator, (319) 273-2188.

Social Justice Film Series presents '1984,' an adaptation of the classic novel by George Orwell, at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall 115. Sponsored by Amnesty International and Students for Social Justice. Contact: Jessica Maass, president, UNI chapter of Amnesty International, (319) 277-4752.

Wednesday, April 6

The Center for Energy and Environmental Education presents 'History of Wind Energy' at 7 p.m. in the CEEE Auditorium, featuring John Root from Muscatine Power and Water. Root will retrace the ancient origins of wind energy and its impact in modern times. A reception follows the presentation. Contact: Patricia Higby, CEEE energy educator, (319) 273-3850.

Thursday, April 7

Leaders on Leadership Speaker Series; speakers talk about leadership in business, at 3:30 p.m. in SEC 252. Speakers include Renee Miller, John Deere Waterloo Works; David Neil, UAW C.A.P.-Iowa Region 4; and Nicki Rainey-Thomas, Pauline Company, Waterloo. Contact: (319) 273-2332 or visit

The UNI Greek community will sponsor a Jump-Around, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Lawther Field. Sorority and fraternity members will gather donations for Jamie & Jim's Kids and jump in 15-minute increments on four large trampolines. Contact: Patti Donnelly (563) 650-1134 or Ashley Hamblin, (319) 239-7801.

Friday, April 8

Relay for Life to fight cancer begins at 6 p.m. in the UNI-Dome, and continues through 6 a.m. Saturday, April 9. Teams of eight to 15 people will raise money and take turns walking around the track during the 12-hour event. Special events include a luminary ceremony to honor those battling cancer and to remember those who've died. Following the luminary service, at 8 p.m., is an inspirational survivor victory lap, celebrating all those have won their fight. Contact: Amanda Test, (319) 222-3677, or Grant Erwin, (319) 404-0254.

Members of UNI's Greek community will participate in a mud volleyball tournament at 3 p.m., behind the UNI-Dome. Contact: Ashley Hamblin, (319) 239-7801.

Saturday, April 9

UNI Outdoors will introduce the basic skills of outdoor climbing at Backbone State Park. Contact: Outdoor Rec (319) 273-7163.

Pi Sigma Epsilon is sponsoring the 'Sprint into Spring 5K Run/Walk' beginning at 8 a.m. on the UNI Campus, rain or shine. Registration forms available at UNI Wellness Recreation Center, UNI Health Beat, YMCA or Cedar Falls Recreation Center. Contact: Greg Pudenz,

'See How They Grow' annual conference for those working with young children, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Schindler Education Center. Activities include stories, nutrition activities, games, songs and art projects. Contact: Jennifer Yarrow, associate director, UNI Conference & Event Services, (319) 273-6899.

National Educator Expo featuring more than 95 school districts from across the country, will take place in Maucker Union, beginning with teacher registration at 8 a.m. Sponsored by UNI Advising and Career Services, (319) 273-2062.

Fashion Show featuring original student designs from Textile and Apparel program students at 8 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Dancers from Kinetic Energy will also perform. Contact: Amanda Weldon, (319) 415-7300.

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10

Orchesis Dance Company will perform its Spring Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Oster Regent Theatre, 103 Main Street, Cedar Falls. Contact: Michelle Ozmun, UNI instructor in physical education, (319) 273-3613.




The arrival of daylight savings time, warmer weather and longer days often lead to people spending more time in the sun. Joan Thompson, health educator in Wellness & Recreation Services at the University of Northern Iowa, cautions, 'There really is no such thing as a 'safe tan.''

Thompson says frequent responses to why people tan are that they feel more attractive and look healthier. But to achieve this look, many are flocking to tanning salons or basking in the sun without adequate protection.

'Many people believe that getting a 'base tan' at an indoor tanning salon is a good way to prevent sunburn when they are spending time in the sun,' said Thompson. 'But whether tanning is done in salons or outdoors, both are linked to skin cancer and premature aging and wrinkling of the skin.

According to the American Cancer Society a 'base tan' gives you very little protection against sunburn-- some experts say the most protection a tan can give you is an SPF of 6. In practice, it may increase the chance that you will get a burn because you are more likely to stay in the sun longer without properly protecting your skin.

'If health and appearance are of personal concern it is important to limit exposure to all ultraviolet rays no matter their source.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, professor of military science and head of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Military Science/UNI Army ROTC program was recognized by the Iowa National Guard Friday, April 1. Stavnes received the Iowa Meritorious Service Medal for his support of the Iowa National Guard officer procurement program. Since his arrival at UNI in 2002, Stavnes has guided UNI ROTC into the top 15 percent of the nation's 287 Army ROTC programs.

The medal was presented by Brig. Gen. Michael Beaman, assistant division commander, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard.

'Lt. Col. Stavnes' magnificent efforts have served to build a superior and lasting ROTC program at the university,' said Beaman. 'His efforts to provide quality officers to the Iowa Army National Guard will have great effect on our units and serve to shape our leadership well into the future. Through his leadership, UNI ROTC has set new standards for the procurement of officers and set ever-higher standards in the development of future leaders. His innate ability to refine students into officers, his drive to build a successful program, and his dedication to providing quality leaders to the Iowa Army National Guard will provide lasting impact. Lt. Col. Stavnes' service is of the highest standard and brings great credit upon himself, the Iowa Army National Guard and the United States Army.'


March 31, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Orchesis Dance Company will present the Orchesis Spring Dance Gala at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9; and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 10 at the Oster-Regent Theater on the corner of Main and First Streets in Cedar Falls.

This year's gala will feature premier performances from Orchesis members and UNI dance faculty, including modern, jazz, ballet and tap.

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Tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased from Orchesis members, or $7 at the door. For more information, contact Michelle Ozmun, Orchesis Dance Company director and UNI instructor of dance, at (319) 273-3613.



BOONE Lindsay Myers/junior elementary education

CEDAR RAPIDS Amy McDonald/senior business management

COUNCIL BLUFFS Mallory Vanderhelm/freshman elementary education

DAVENPORT Heather Turner/junior psychology

DES MOINES Christina Dilling/junior earth science teaching

DEWITT Cassie Anderson/junior textiles & apparel

DUBUQUE Abby Yosch/senior interior design

ELDORA Brittany Allbee/freshman social sciences

FAIRFIELD Mary McDowell/junior finance/economics

GENEVA Amanda Cornwell/sophomore elementary education

GLENWOOD Lyndsey Stephenson/senior elementary education

HOLLAND Briton DuBois/junior biology/pre-physical therapy

JOHNSTON Elizabeth Tometich/senior elementary education

MILFORD Tiffany Fisk/sophomore social work

MONONA Abigail Lincoln/senior leisure, youth, & human


NASHUA Laura Seamans/senior human resource management

& organizational communication

OELWEIN Nicky Yokas/sophomore human development &

family services

OKOBOJI Laura Delperdang/sophomore math education

PANOVA Bailey Dorsett/senior family services

PELLA Brenna M. Vogel/graduate student physical education

SPIRIT LAKE Alisa Balm/junior elementary education

TIPTON Dawn Mohr/junior social science education

TRIPOLI Chelsey Heidemann/junior elementary education

WATERLOO Tasha Hurley/sophomore dance education


SYCAMORE, ILL. Andrea Breunlin/freshman fine/studio arts


CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's third annual Relay for Life fundraiser will take place from 6 p.m., Friday, April 8, through 6 a.m., Saturday, April 9, in the UNI-Dome. Before the fundraiser, cancer survivors and their families are invited to a reception at 4 p.m., at the Holiday Inn on University Avenue in Cedar Falls.

Relay for Life is the primary fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and is a celebration of life, in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by cancer, according to Grant Erwin of Madrid, chair of UNI's Relay for Life Committee. The committee is hoping to have at least 1,400 participants attend the relay and raise $55,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society.

Teams can register online at or by e-mail at Teams can register through the day of the event; however, early registration is encouraged. More than 100 teams have signed up.

'We encourage everyone, even if they're not on a team, to come and enjoy the entertainment and celebration,' Erwin said.

During the relay, team members will take turns walking or running around the UNI-Dome throughout the night. Entertainment, including live bands, karaoke and games, will be provided. Participants can bring food and beverages, tents, blankets, games and radios.

A luminaria ceremony will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, April 8. The ceremony is in honor of those who have survived a battle with cancer, for people still fighting cancer and in memory of those who have lost their lives to cancer. A survivor victory lap will take place immediately after the luminaria ceremony.

'We encourage all people currently fighting cancer and those who have overcome cancer to come and be honored during the victory lap,' said Erwin.

The UNI Relay for Life is sponsored in part by Domino's Pizza, Kwik Star, Scheels, Holiday Inn, KWWL News, and UNI TKD.

For more information, visit, or (319) 404-0254.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Textile and Apparel Association will hold its 13th annual fashion show at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The theme for this year's show is 'Cosmic Revolution,' and features four categories of clothing: ready to wear, wearable art, club wear and evening wear. The show is planned, managed and produced by textile and apparel majors at UNI, and more than 77 designs will be featured that were created by students for class projects or independently.

The fashion show is free and open to the public, and sponsored in part with funds from Northern Iowa Student Government and outside donations. A reception will follow at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Room 109 in the Maucker Union.

For more information, contact Amanda Weldon, publicity and promotions chair, at (319)




CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Educator Expo, which helps school districts recruit teachers and administrators, will take place in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union, Saturday, April 9. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Seerley Hall, and will move to the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom lobby at 9 a.m.

More than 100 school districts from across the United States will recruit educators from UNI and 21 co-sponsoring Iowa colleges and universities. This year's expo will feature 22 Iowa school districts. Prospective teachers and administrators will have an opportunity to visit informally with recruiters throughout the morning and schedule interviews for the afternoon. The expo will conclude at 5 p.m.

Educators who are not pre-registered may register the day of the expo for $25. A registration form and a list of participating school districts can be found on the UNI Advising and Career Services Web site:

For more information, contact Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator at the UNI Advising & Career Services, at (319) 273-2062 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sean Botkin, UNI assistant professor of piano, will present a recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Mason City. The recital is free and open to the public. A reception in the church fellowship hall will follow the recital.

Selections performed by Botkin are from the Mozart Sonata in E flat major, Chopin's 3rd Sonata and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 8.

Botkin has won numerous awards at several national and international competitions, including the William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University, and earned his master of music degree from the Juilliard School. He earned his Artist Diploma from Indiana University at South Bend, where he was part of the adjunct faculty and a member of the Alexander Toradze Piano Studio.

'Sean is a stunning pianist whose performances are exquisitely musical and utterly captivating. He has brilliant technical ability that he uses to express a huge range of emotions,' said Joan Smalley, Iowa Music Teacher Association member, former adjunct professor at the UNI School of Music and owner of Smalley Piano Studio.

He has traveled extensively in America and Europe performing with Maestro Toradze and the Studio, most notably at the prestigious Ruhr Klavier Festival, Germany; Ravenna Festival, Italy; Wigmore Hall, England; Stresa Festival, Italy; and the Gilmore Festival in Kalamazoo, Mich. He also has performed for the National Public Radio program, 'Performance Today.' He recently returned from giving concerts in Italy and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Upcoming engagements include solo concerts in Portugal and Germany.

'I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with Sean Botkin several times,' said Jason Weinberger, music director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, 'He is a consummate performer, and his playing shows a deep musicality.'

The recital is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church in Mason City, KHKE Public Radio 90.7 FM, Matinee Musicale Club, North Iowa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, UNI Alumni Association and an anonymous patron.

For more information about the performance, contact Botkin at (319) 273-2713 or


March 30, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- As part of its annual Arts in April celebration, the University of Northern Iowa has commissioned local artist John Heidersbach to create the art for this year's promotional materials.

Heidersbach interpreted Georges Seurat's 'A Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte,' adding elements such as the Campanile, a musician in a UNI Marching Band uniform, a juggler and other artistic representations, as well as the signature Arts in April element of a decorative mask. This is the fourth year Heidersbach has provided art for Arts in April. Last year he used Edouard Manet's 'The Fifer' as his inspiration.

This year's Arts in April is part of the Year of Arts and Humanities, which was developed to celebrate and recognize the arts and humanities throughout the state of Iowa.

Arts in April grew out of UNI's 125th anniversary celebration in 2001 highlighting the many arts and cultural pursuits at UNI. Some of the highlighted events for this year include the International Dance Festival on April 1; Miss Saigon, April 8-10; the UNI Men's Glee Club concert on April 13; Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, April 22-24; and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Spring Pops concert on April 29. Student, faculty and guest recitals are also scheduled throughout the month.

In addition to the performing arts, UNI will host exhibits, lectures, films and family-centered events. A complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'A Day Without a Mexican' will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union, Room 109. The film is sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), and is the first in its monthly 'Late Night at the CME!' film series.

'A Day Without a Mexican' paints a picture of what California would be like if suddenly all Latinos in the state inexplicably disappeared, according to Lydia Perez Roberts, CME program assistant. Chaos, tragedy and comedy quickly ensue.

The Late Night at the CME! film series will continue in the fall semester, showing films on culture, diversity and social-justice issues, at 7 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month. Food and beverages will be provided.

'The CME created the film series to give students the opportunity to see films that did not come to the Cedar Falls/Waterloo cinemas,' Roberts said.

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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter for the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education raised $905 during a month-long campus-wide fundraiser to aid tsunami relief efforts.

KDP president Sarah Sinkey, a senior kindergarten and preschool education major from Iowa City, presented the money to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Program earlier this month.

'When members are initiated, we take a pledge of fidelity to humanity, science, service and toil,' said Sinkey. 'We felt that it was our responsibility to take action and assist those who were devastated by this tragedy.'

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