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December 22, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa student from Indianola was one of 25 students in the nation selected to give a presentation on her research at the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in February.

Colleen Chisman, a 20-year-old junior majoring in biology, with an emphasis in ecology and systematics, will present a poster on her research at a special session for students during the Feb. 17-21 meeting. She was nominated for the all-expenses-paid trip by Jeff Tamplin, UNI assistant professor of biology, who has been her research adviser.

Chisman has conducted research on tiger salamanders and temperature for the past two summers at UNI. During summer 2003, she investigated the basic effects of temperature on salamanders. The poster she made summarizing that research earned her the Sigma Xi undergraduate poster award. The UNI chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research organization, hosts an annual student research conference in April.

Last summer, Chisman focused on how the temperatures at which salamanders are acclimated affect their temperature preferences. Her research was funded by Merck/AAAS, as part of a program to promote interdisciplinary research among undergraduates. As a Merck scholar, Chisman was eligible to be nominated to attend the AAAS meeting. She will take the poster she made from the second summer's research to the Washington, D.C. meeting.

The Indianola native is 'thrilled' to be given the opportunity to attend the national meeting and says she wouldn't have made it this far 'if it weren't for the professors in the biology department, who are accessible, knowledgeable and interested in helping students.' She has been one of Tamplin's research assistants since her freshman year.

Chisman is currently president of the Student Nature Society and co-treasurer of Beta Beta Beta biology honors society at UNI. During high school, she worked at her hometown humane society and attended career camps at Sea World for three consecutive years, where she was able to work with trainers and animals.

In summer 2005, she has an internship at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, where she will work in the small mammals department (monkeys and cats) and the hoofstock department (zebras and antelopes). As for the more distant future, Chisman says, 'Since I was a little kid, I have wanted a career with animals and am pretty open to many different options when I graduate.'


December 19, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Goossen has been appointed interim assistant vice president for Marketing & Public Relations at the University of Northern Iowa. He will lead the university's integrated marketing efforts and will oversee the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations.

The appointment was effective Dec. 13. Goossen replaces Gerald Anglum, who died in November. According to Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, a search for a permanent replacement is expected to begin in the spring.

Before coming to UNI, Goossen was publisher of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. He also has published newspapers in Topeka, Kan.; Grand Island, Neb.; and Hannibal, Mo. He holds a B.A. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

'John brings to UNI a wealth of management, media and leadership experience that will greatly benefit this department and the university,' said Calhoun.

Goossen resides in Cedar Falls with his wife and children.


December 16, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Competition was intense on the University of Northern Iowa campus last month as high school seniors competed for scholarships in the sciences, industrial technology, mathematics or computer science. Scholarships included four-year full-tuition scholarships to UNI, valued at $4,702 for the 2004-2005 academic year. Students who received alternate awards are eligible for the four-year scholarships if students who received the scholarships decline.

__(Student's name)__, a student at __(High school)__, participated in the UNI 2004 Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium. __(He/She)__ was awarded __(award status)__ in __(field of study)__.

Besides competing for awards, students attending the Symposium were introduced to educational opportunities on campus through lecturers, special programs and open houses in designated departments.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library announced Eric Shook of Dunkerton as its employee of the month for December.

Shook, a senior computer science major, is a windows server system administrator and Linux desktop integrator. He has been working at Rod Library for the past two years. He is in charge of keeping all of the public computers and servers in working order and troubleshoots the more complex problems related to staff computers.


December 15, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new Habitat for Humanity home in Waterloo, dedicated this month, is warm, cozy and energy efficient, thanks to a workshop at the University of Northern Iowa.

The house was built using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF), a new method of construction that produces exceptionally strong and well-insulated walls. UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) held a series of workshops on ICF construction last February to introduce local builders to the method.

When CEEE energy educator Pat Higby learned that a Habitat for Humanity group in Omaha had built an ICF house, she invited a representative from Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Doug Eltze, to attend the workshop, which was taught by personnel from retailer Reward Wall Systems and the Iowa Concrete Association.

Higby was very glad to bring the groups together. 'It's our mission to help people lower their energy costs, especially lower-income families, who pay as much as 14 percent of their income for energy, compared with 3.5 percent for the average American,' she said.

Several students from Waterloo's Expo Alternative High School helped build the house. One of their instructors, Rose Hornick, who is in charge of the Iowa's Jobs for America's Grads program at Expo, attended the ICF workshop and after learning that Heartland was going to use the ICF method, decided that helping to build the house would be great on-the-job experience for them.

ICFs are made of two Styrofoam sheets, held together with plastic spacers, Higby explained. When stacked like Lego blocks, they create an insulating, permanent form into which concrete is poured. Compared with traditional wood frame walls above ground, ICFs have fewer air leaks because they are poured as one unit, not constructed from individual pieces. The mass of the walls helps to maintain a constant temperature.

'We expect better than 9 percent savings on our Waterloo Habitat home,' Higby said. 'Lowering a family's utility bills leaves more money for other basic expenses. This ICF home is ideal for a family with six children, who have a lot of other bills to pay.' ###


CEDAR FALLS -- University of Northern Iowa Women's Rugby Club member Katrina Cox, a senior health and physical education major from Harlan, received first-team All-American honors for the 2003-2004 academic year. This is the third year in a row she has received this honor.

Players are selected based on their season performance by a committee of rugby coaches and administrators. The top 31 college women's rugby players were selected to be on the first team.

'This is a tremendous honor, given that close to 10,000 women play collegiate rugby in the United States,' said Tim Klatt, associate director of wellness and recreation services.

Steve Murra has been the UNI women's rugby coach since the team's formation in 1994. Jennifer Murra, a counselor at UNI's counseling center, is the adviser.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A recent study completed by the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration at the University of Northern Iowa indicates that immigrants and refugees greatly affect the state's economy. The center was formerly called the New Iowans Program.

Iowa's immigrant and refugee population has risen steadily since 1990, encompassing populations from Mexico and other Latin countries, the former Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, some African countries and Southeast Asia. The study, 'Immigrant and Refugee Small Business Development in Northeast Iowa,' was conducted to determine the size and nature of businesses owned and operated by immigrant and refugee newcomers.

'It's more than any of us anticipated,' explained Mark Grey, professor of anthropology and director of the center. 'There's a clear indication that refugees and immigrants play a vital role in the economic well-being of Iowa.'

Data for the report was gathered between December 2003 and July 2004. Identified were 109 businesses owned/operated by refugees or immigrants in 17 counties of northeast Iowa. Combined, the businesses employ more than 300 people in full- or part-time positions, and report annual sales of about $13 million. Their combined payroll is $4.5 million. Most of the businesses were started with personal funds; few used bank loans.

Those numbers impress Grey, but he expressed a continuing frustration that immigrants and refugees tend to be overlooked by economic developers. 'Of course, everyone wants to go after those business that are what I call 'homeruns' -- giant retailers. But we also should be finding ways to encourage immigrants and refugees to start their own businesses.'

The center has forwarded the repot to UNI's Small Business Development Center with a number of recommendations. The center suggests, for instance, that economic developers learn about the business practices and operations in an immigrant's or refugee's native land. 'This background information will be invaluable because it will allow small-business economic-development professionals and others to understand the expectations newcomer clients may bring with them to the consultation process,' said Grey.

The center also suggests those working with immigrants and refugees be careful to make necessary ethnic distinctions (not all Latinos are from Mexico, for instance), make follow-up visits after business plans are devised, and work to make business signage available in English and other newcomer languages.

The bottom line, he said, is making an effort to understand the newcomers' culture and operations, because doing so ultimately translates into increased dollars for the state's economy.


December 14, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a one-credit-hour workshop titled 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked R' at the Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center near Cedar Rapids. The workshop will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

A limited number of free registrations will be available to 2nd through 12th grade teachers, due to support from local solid waste agencies; otherwise the cost to attend the workshop is $50.

This course is offered through science education and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) in the College of Natural Sciences. UNI is able to offer the graduate credit and about $75 of materials to each participant through a grant from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP).

For more information visit or contact Susan Salterberg, UNI program manager for the CEEE, (319) 498-4380 or (319) 273-2573 or at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is one of nine colleges and universities partnering with the Iowa Department of Education to work on a program titled 'Strategist I Network.'

The program provides full endorsement opportunities to special education teachers currently employed holding a Strategist I Class C license. It enables teachers with Class C licenses to take coursework over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), by correspondence or at different campuses or satellite locations of the participating schools.

'The network affords working teachers the ability to take advantage of coursework that is timely, convenient and more easily accessible than traditional programs of study,' said Michael Cavin, UNI's Strategist I Network director.

Buena Vista University, Drake University, Grand View College, Iowa State University, Morningside College, St. Ambrose University, Simpson College and the University of Iowa also are participating in the program.

'Such partnering is unprecedented in Iowa higher education,' said Norma Lynch, Department of Education coordinator of the program. 'This network provides benefits for teachers seeking full special education endorsement, for administrators seeking to fill special education vacancies, and most importantly, for students in Iowa school districts.'

For more information about the Strategist I Network program, contact Michael Cavin, (319)



December 13, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's individual events speech team has traveled across the nation this semester, adding more trophies to its collection.

In October, the individual events team attended a 'swing' tournament at Minnesota State University; the UNI team finished third overall at the tournament. Mike Hilkin, a junior communication studies major from Dubuque, placed first in communication analysis both days of the tournament, third in impromptu speaking both days of the tournament and third overall speaker at the event. Richard Dedor, a junior public relations major from Mason City, placed second in impromptu speaking, fifth in persuasive speaking the first day of the tournament and second place the next day. Jessy Ohl, a freshman biology major from Denison, placed fifth in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking, while Ryan McGeough, a senior humanities and philosophy major from Cedar Falls, placed fourth in impromptu speaking, and Coltrane Carlson, a sophomore electronic media major from Council Bluffs, was a semifinalist in prose interpretation and placed fifth in program of oral interpretation.

Hilkin placed third in persuasive speaking at the Wartburg College Speech Tournament in Waverly, in late October.

Last month, the individual events team traveled to Bradley University, in Peoria, Ill., to compete against 36 schools from across the nation. Hilkin was a semifinalist in varsity impromptu speaking; Ohl placed first in novice impromptu speaking and third in novice extemporaneous speaking; McGeough placed second in novice impromptu speaking; Dedor placed sixth in novice impromptu speaking; and Carlson placed third in novice program of oral interpretation. According to Jacob Thompson, director of the UNI forensics squad, this is the most competitive regular season individual events tournament in the nation.

Earlier this month, the individual events team traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Stout and Bloomington, Minn.

In Wisconsin, the team placed third overall. Hilkin placed first in persuasive speaking and fifth in extemporaneous speaking; Ohl placed third in extemporaneous speaking; Carlson placed third in prose interpretation and fifth in program of oral interpretation; Megan Striffler, a freshman speech education teaching major from Cedar Rapids, and Ohl qualified their duo interpretation for the AFA National Tournament by taking first place in the event.

In Minnesota, the team participated in the Twin Cities Forensics League Tournament, placing third overall. McGeough placed first in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking; Ohl placed sixth in impromptu speaking and second in duo interpretation; Striffler placed second in duo interpretation and sixth in program of oral interpretation; Carlson placed fourth in program of oral interpretation and third in prose interpretation; and Adam Plendl, a freshman political science major from LeMars, placed third in extemporaneous speaking.

In the spring, the individual events team will travel to the University of Texas at Austin to the 'Hell Froze Over' Tournament and the debate team will travel to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, to participate in the Glenn R. Capp Debate Tournament.


December 12, 2004 - 6:00pm


UNI students to walk on water

Fifteen students in a class called 'Creative Problem Solving,' have been challenged to 'walk on water' during an exercise at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the UNI Wellness Recreation Center.

According to Jessica Moon, director of UNI's Honors Program, the course challenges students to go beyond limits through 'Do Something Different' tasks. 'They're asked to perform an activity unusual to them, and use a creative approach to execute that activity,' she said. 'They improve their own creativity and problem-solving skills while learning more about themselves and the world around them.'


Jessica Moon, director, University Honors Program, (319) 273-3175

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728


'Cough CPR' should not be undertaken without medical supervision

An e-mail has been circulating encouraging people to cough forcefully to maintain blood flow when having a heart attack, especially if they are alone when one strikes. Joan Thompson, a health educator with the University of Northern Iowa's Wellness & Recreation Services, says 'cough CPR' is not taught in any CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) course, and is not generally useful outside a hospital setting.

Thompson said the American Heart Association, along with the American Red Cross, does not endorse 'cough CPR.' She said the technique may be used sometimes in the hospital during a cardiac catheterization. 'If a patient develops a life threatening heart arrhythmia during the procedure, forceful coughing may be recommended by the physician to maintain blood flow to the brain for a few seconds until the arrhythmia disappears or is treated,' Thompson said. 'This is done under a doctor's supervision and with appropriate heart monitoring.'

Thompson said the best strategy is to be aware of the signs of a heart attack and cardiac arrest and respond to them immediately by calling 911. She also encourages taking a CPR course to learn how to quickly and appropriately respond to this life-threatening situation.


Joan Thompson, UNI health educator, Wellness & Recreation Services, (319) 273-2198

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


December 9, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Fall commencement ceremonies at the University of Northern Iowa will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in the UNI-Dome. Some 650 students are expected to participate in the ceremonies.

The ceremony will include students graduating from Continuing Education and Special Programs, the Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Business Administration and Education, and the Graduate College.

UNI President Robert Koob will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees on the students. John Vallentine, professor and director of the School of Music, is the commencement marshal. The recognition of honors and awards will be conducted by Aaron M. Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The ceremony will begin with a processional, followed by a recognition of honors and awards, a student address by a commencement candidate and the presentation of candidates. Delivering the student address at the ceremony will be Jennifer Lynn Dole, candidate in accounting, from Pella.

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

Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre, will read the candidates' names, and Beth Harris of Sioux Falls, S.D., president of the UNI Alumni Association Board of Directors, will welcome the new graduates on behalf of the association. Music will be provided by the University Brass Ensemble, conducted by Nicole Lamartine, assistant professor of music.


December 8, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowa Children's Choir (NICC) will be performing its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17, in Davis Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

NICC is a vocal performing ensemble for students in grades three through seven. The members rehearse from 6 to 7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The choir performs two concerts per year as well as other arranged performances throughout Eastern Iowa.

Michelle Swanson, NICC director and UNI instructor in teaching, said the choir also provides a learning experience for UNI music education students to rehearse a children's choir, enhance their conducting skills, deliver or articulate instructions and announcements, and organize a performing ensemble.

Among UNI students working with the choir this year is ___(Name)____, a ___(Classification)___, ____(Major)____, from ____(Hometown)____.

The concert is free and open to the public. For further information or to request an audition, contact Michelle Swanson at (319) 273-2600 or


BODE Jill Newton, senior, music teacher education

CLARION Rachel Black, senior, music teacher education

DUBUQUE Jake Weires, senior, music teacher education

FENTON Jackie Zweifel, sophomore, music teacher education

GRUNDY CENTER Jeff Muller, sophomore, music teacher education

LAKE MILLS Zack Johnson, sophomore, music teacher education

MARION Becca Leier, freshman, music performance, general

PELLA Megan Austin, senior, music teacher education


MARSEILLES, ILL. Richard Crum, senior, music teacher education


December 7, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'BFA Exhibition, Fall 2004' from Saturday, Dec. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 18. Graduating students will host a reception on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The following three artists are participating in this exhibition in partial fulfillment of their bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degrees: Phillip M. Grothus of Bettendorf, Nathan Hilton of Cedar Falls, and Ryan Hudnut of Montezuma.

Phillip M. Grothus' exhibition is titled 'My World.' Mr. Grothus is receiving his B.F.A. in graphic design, and his presentation emphasizes his skill in a number of print applications including posters, t-shirts, logos, and layout spreads, according to Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art. Grothus said that he is 'inspired by Michael Schwab and Walt Disney and desires to work for an aggressive design team using unique design techniques.'

Nathan Hilton's exhibition is titled 'The Synthetic Haven Series.' Hilton is receiving his B.F.A. in sculpture, and his presentation consists of a variety of sculpture media arranged as an environment in the center of the gallery.

Ryan Hudnut's exhibition is titled 'Unauthorized Reproduction.' Hudnut is receiving his B.F.A. in drawing, and his presentation consists of eight large oil pastels on canvas. According to the artist, the subject matter involves 'an interpretation of organic mass spreading and reproducing.'

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, call (319) 273-3095 or visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Ethnic Student Promoters (ESP) foster ethnic diversity by assisting the UNI Office of Admissions with its minority campus visitation program in a variety of ways.

(Name) a (classification) (major) major from (Hometown) , is one of 23 Ethnic Student Promoters for the 2004-2005 academic year.

ESP members represent and promote UNI through on- and off-campus multicultural activities, according to Juanita Wright, UNI assistant director of admissions/minority recruitment and ESP adviser. Their responsibilities range from giving campus tours and corresponding with prospective students to attending minority and leadership programs throughout the state. Wright advises the group along with Ron Green, UNI admissions counselor/minority recruitment.

Wright says a primary request of prospective students, parents, high school counselors and community members is having the opportunity to talk with current UNI students. To meet this need, ESP was formed in 1992 to provide prospective students with information about the university from minority students' viewpoints. To become a member of ESP, minority students must be in good standing with the university and must have a desire to promote UNI. Members are expected to attend monthly group meetings and take part in a number of ESP activities throughout the school year. Membership provides the opportunity to represent and promote UNI through a multicultural approach, enhance communication skills and gain leadership experience.

For more information about ESP, contact Juanita Wright or Ron Green at (319) 273-2281.



BOONE Janet Ho/freshman Elementary Education

CEDAR RAPIDS Vanessa Sheppard/freshman Theatre & Interior Design Tiesha Walker/sophomore Leisure Youth & Human Services

DAVENPORT Travis Davidson/sophomore Marketing

Angel Anderson/sophomore Business Management

Ashley Nunn/sophomore Criminology

DES MOINES Dobong Pook/freshman Undecided

KALONA Dusty Katzer/senior Early Childhood Education


CHICAGO, ILL. Lawrence Daniel/graduate student Exercise Science

MOLINE, ILL. Mark Hur/junior Technology Education

ZION, ILL. Kamekka Anderson/junior Social

GARY, IND. Javita Johnson/junior Biology/Biomedical

James Hewitt/junior Mathematics

Sidney Cross/senior Real Estate/Finance

Christina Winfield/freshman Business

Ronald Gordon/freshman Marketing

Jennifer Joseph-Morris/sophomore Biomedical

Kris Hudson/freshman Biomedical/Medical

Jennifer Patton/freshman English Teaching

Arnesha Greer/freshman Communication

Alec Dunigan/junior Electronic Media and


HOUSTON, TEXAS Dawn Stokes/senior Biology/Biomedical

SAN ANTONIO, Silver Vasquez/senior Public Relations and

TEXAS Journalism


December 6, 2004 - 6:00pm


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at Iowa State University, in Ames, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 15 and 16. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Register of capital improvement business transactions


Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

2. Requests for professional development assignments


Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, (319) 273-2517

3. Annual report on diversity


Leah Gutknecht, assistant to the president/Compliance & Equity Management, (319) 273-2846

Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, (319) 273-2517

4. Annual report on economic development and technology transfer


Randy Pilkington, executive director, Business & Community Services, (319) 273-6941

Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, (319) 273-2517

5. Annual report on graduation and retention rates

The Education Trust identified UNI's graduation rate as first in the nation among comparable institutions. UNI is one of 12 institutions selected by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the National Association of System Heads to serve in a study of best practices leading to high retention and graduation rates.


Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, (319) 273-2517

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

6. Quarterly investment and cash management report


Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

7. Revised mandatory fees


Renee Romano, vice president for Educational & Student Services, (319) 273-2331

8. Proposed property sale


Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

9. Status report on administrative efficiencies

The Board of Regents will receive a joint report from the three university presidents regarding plans they intend to implement beginning July 1, 2005. These plans involve combining selected administrative functions at the three universities. Those functions are fleet management (motor pool), risk management (insurance and related issues), and internal audit (controller and accounting functions). They also will discuss preliminary plans for research to begin July 1, 2005 on other administrative areas to be evaluated.


Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

10. Public Radio report


Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

John Hess, director of Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6406



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Dance Team has qualified for its sixth Universal Dance Association (UDA) College National Championship, to be held Jan. 14-17, 2005 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

The team, coached by Jori Wade-Booth, program assistant in UNI Intercollegiate Athletics, received an automatic bid into the semi-final round after submitting a video of a two-minute routine. It will compete in the Division I Dance category against 21 other teams. Stacy Reis of Minneapolis, captain of the Minnesota Timberwolves Dance Team, choreographed this year's routine.

The team performs and cheers at all football, men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling home events. The UNI Dance Team is a member of the UNI Athletic Department and is a partially- funded program. Team members do not receive athletic or dance team scholarships.

For more information on the UNI Dance Team, visit



BOONE Erin Pearson, sophomore, elementary education and teaching major

CEDAR RAPIDS Kimberly Gladson, sophomore, elementary education and teaching major

Aubrey Seltrecht, sophomore, marketing and management major

Megan Witte, freshman, general studies major

KNOXVILLE Stephanie Guiter, senior, elementary education and teaching major

MOVILLE Morgan Havlicek, sophomore, elementary education and teaching major

MT. PLEASANT Ashley Brumbaugh, junior, elementary education and teaching major

NEWHALL Katie Kohnert, sophomore, real estate major

NEWTON Lindsay Wilson, freshman biomedical science major

SIOUX CITY Franny Horton, senior, elementary education and teaching major

WEBSTER CITY Stacey Conaway, senior, criminology major



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's women's rugby team played in the USA Rugby Division I women's tournament in Chicago earlier this month, qualifying for the Sweet 16 tournament to take place in the spring. During the Final Four, the team lost to Ohio State, 14-22, but won against Eau Claire, 32-7.

Name a classification major from hometown , plays ___position___ is a member of UNI women's rugby team.

Chelsey Iverson, a freshman from New Hampton; and Kassie Drey, a freshman from Schallar, were invited to attend the U19 Elite Camp, which is held in Texas, in December.

Jennifer Murra, a counselor at UNI's Counseling Center, is the adviser of the women's rugby team. Her husband, Steve Murra, is a volunteer coach.



ALGONA Kristen Kuecker/junior health and physical education

Shena Schemmel/sophomore marketing

AGENCY Rochelle Walter/sophomore political science


CEDAR RAPIDS Stacey Harter/freshman biological science

CHARLES CITY Ashley Wilson/freshman elementary education

COLESBURG Andrea Breitbach/junior biomedical science

GRANVILLE Jacquie Schroeder/junior business administration and


HAMPTON Amber Harms/senior management information


HARLAN Kate Cox/senior health and physical education

HINTON Allison Quandt/junior marketing

Brittany Yoeger/sophomore undecided

LOGAN Erika Alvis/senior elementary education

MARBLE ROCK Dena Sult/freshman social work

MCGREGOR Brittney Kurth/freshman fine/studio arts

NEVADA Jessica Young/freshman psychology

NEW HAMPTON Jill Anderson/senior biomedical science

Chelsey Iverson/freshman psychology

READLYN Lyndsay Wedemeier/senior graphic communication

SCHALLAR Kassie Drey/freshman general studies

WINTERSET Brenda Jordan/senior marketing


MANITOWOC, WIS. Kelsey Oswald/freshman elementary education


December 5, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- De-Stress Days, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services, will be Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 13-15, in Maucker Union, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities, open to UNI students, faculty and staff, will include five-minute mini-massages, a bead bracelet - making station, puppies and kittens from the Cedar Bend Humane Society and Dance Revolution. All activities are free.

For more information contact Deedra Billings, UNI wellness resource coordinator, at (319) 273-7162, or



Monday, Dec. 6

The Current Research on Women (CROW) forum will feature Martha Reineke, professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religion, discussing, 'A Cartography of the Undead: Mapping Mimesis and Matricide in Frankenstein,' at noon, in the Presidential Room of Maucker Union. Contact: Martha Reineke, (319) 273-6233.

KUNI's Live from Studio One will feature Melissa Rose Ziemer, from 7 to 8 p.m. on the third floor of the Communication Arts Center. Contact: Karen Impola, senior producer, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.

School of Music Spotlight Series begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Contact: John Vallentine, director, School of Music, (319) 273-7469.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

The 2004 Social Justice Film Series continues with 'Orwell Rolls in His Grave,' at 8 p.m. in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108. Contact: Jessica Maass, senior, (319) 277-4752.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

'How to Win the Money Game,' an interactive presentation for students, begins at 3 p.m. in Sabin Hall, Room 103. Contact Bettina Fabos, assistant professor of communication studies, (310) 273-6309.

Friday, Dec. 10

Department of Athletics will host a used-clothing sale from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. Contact: Vince Heuer, fixed asset accountant, Business Operations, (319) 273-3527.


Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728



The University of Northern Iowa's men's rugby club finished in third place at the Midwest Final Four tournament at Purdue University earlier this month.

UNI lost the first game of the Final Four to the first seed-team from Ohio's Bowling Green University, 41-39. UNI played the University of Wisconsin in a consolation match and finished the season with a 34-12 victory.


The Panther Ruggers had a very successful season, which they earned with their dedication and hard work,' said Timothy Klatt, associate director of UNI's Wellness and Recreation Services. 'In collegiate competition the Ruggers were 8-1, which included victories over the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The Ruggers outscored their opposition 390-150 in their 11 matches this season.'



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kenneth Atkinson, associate professor of religion, has received the 2005-2006 Distinguished Scholar Award at the University of Northern Iowa.

The UNI Distinguished Scholar Award honors eminent and distinguished artists and scholars among the UNI Graduate Faculty. Atkinson received a $500 research budget to use next year.

Atkinson's special fields in the study of religion are the Hebrew Bible and Post-Biblical Literature, with special attention to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Psalms of Solomon.

'Professor Atkinson is well on his way to becoming an internationally well-known scholar,' said Jan Willem van Henten, a professor from the University of Amsterdam.

In the last five years, Atkinson has written and published four books and 13 articles. He was invited to join an international team of thirty experts to produce the first complete English translation of the Alexandrian Greek Bible, the Septuagint.

Atkinson received his bachelor's degree in human resources development from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.; a master of divinity degree from The University of Chicago; and master's and doctorate degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– 'The Money Game,' an interactive, experiential-based presentation about college students and money, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Sabin Hall Room 103 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Adam Carroll, a 1997 UNI graduate in electronic media and CEO of National Financial Educators (NFE), will present the program that educates students on the perils of credit card debt, how to limit student loans, understanding needs and wants and what to expect financially once out of school.

'While having fun, students will learn the 'rules' of 'winning the money game' by presenters who've gone from financial misery to financial mastery in their 20s,' said Bettina Fabos, UNI assistant professor of communication, and advisor to Cedar River Productions (CRP). CRP, a student-run organization that produces videos for campus, government and non-profit agencies, will videotape Wednesday's production for submission to MTV, which has expressed interest in sponsoring the show.

Carroll and a partner have traveled to high schools and college campuses throughout the nation to educate young people on issues of making, saving and spending money. The NFE Web site states, 'We believe that by empowering young people to make proper choices financially, we can lower the statistics on bankruptcy, divorce and alcohol and drug abuse.'

Pizza will be provided before the presentation that is free and open to UNI students. The presentation is sponsored by the UNI Psychology Club.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three staff members at the University of Northern Iowa will be among those honored Dec. 15 by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa as recipients of the 2004 Regents Staff Excellence Award.

Those to be honored are: Ken Jacobsen, a licensed mental health counselor with the UNI Counseling Center and Office of Disability Services; Inez Murtha, director of UNI Student Support Services; and Jean Neibauer, associate director of UNI Academic Advising Services.

Jacobsen provided outstanding service to the students of UNI throughout his nearly 25 years of service in the Counseling Center and has had a profound impact on many students' lives, according to his nominator. 'Because much of his work is of a very private and confidential nature, he does not receive public recognition, but students continue to contact him long after they have left UNI in order to let him know how much he has helped,' wrote David Towle, director of the counseling center.

Towle said Jacobsen is well-known on campus because of the many presentations he makes to students, faculty, staff and parents, and he has consulted with faculty and staff to assist them in overcoming organizational and communication challenges.

'Ken is always the first one in the office each morning and brings a positive energy and enjoyment to work that is sometimes challenging, frustrating and lacking in immediate tangible results,' Towle said. 'Ken's personal integrity, professional ethics and loyalty to UNI deserve wider recognition and are the reasons he should receive this award.'

Murtha was nominated for the 'hard work and dedication she has given to this university and community over the past 28-plus years, giving 120 percent of herself to help guide and mentor students.' Before assuming her current position, she was the director of the UNI Upward Bound Program, and she has written federal grants that have brought millions of dollars to UNI through the years. One of her grants was used by the U.S. Department of Education as a training guide for other schools to use.

'Ms. Murtha works tirelessly on and off her job helping young people become better educated young adults through her church tutoring program, teaching Sunday school classes and mentoring a young women's group made up of UNI students and staff,' wrote JoAnn Anderson-Wright, UNI academic support specialist and a colleague of Murtha's. 'She is a truly honest and endearing person whom I am proud to say I have known and have had the privilege of working with and learning from.'

'Jean Neibauer is a very positive and dedicated employee who is passionate about creating and maintaining quality services for students with a long history of excellence in her work at the university,' wrote Michele Peck, a UNI academic advisor, one of four colleagues in Academic Advising Services to nominate Neibauer for the Regents award. 'She has developed many strong working relationships with faculty, staff and students across the university and is integral to advising in many facets across campus.'

Karen Agee, reading/learning strategies coordinator, believes that 'Jean's leadership and spirit has created the high-quality advising service available at UNI, a program honored by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) as exemplary.' She said she was impressed most by Neibauer's 'unflagging attention to students' needs, concerns and options. She gets to know each student individually, explores concerns tactfully and offers students a broad range of possibilities to consider.

'She has helped students who are completely undecided about their futures to choose majors, minors and certificate programs in which they can be successful.'

'Jean is a person of integrity, honesty and true commitment to student success,' wrote Reginald Green, director of academic advising.

The awards will be presented during the Regents' meeting at Iowa State University.


December 2, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa alumni are invited to apply for a 2005 Merchant Scholarship. Scholarship recipients must be attending or planning to attend a graduate or professional school at an educational institution in the United States or abroad. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, achievement, character, potential and service to society.

Alumni wishing to apply should request an application packet from John Fritch, UNI Department of Communication Studies, 326 Lang Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0139 or call (319) 273-2217.

Completed application forms, along with transcripts and three letters of recommendation, must be received no later than March 1, 2005.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Joel Haack, head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named interim dean of the university's College of Natural Sciences (CNS), effective Jan. 1, 2005. Kichoon Yang, who had served as dean of the college since 2001, recently resigned to become provost at Northwest Missouri State University.

Haack holds a B.A. in mathematical sciences, an M.S. in mathematics, an M.S. in statistics and a doctorate in mathematics, all from the University of Iowa. He came to UNI in 1991 as a professor of mathematics, and head of what was then called the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. In 1992, when the departments split, he headed the Department of Mathematics, and later served as interim dean of the CNS for a year. Previous to coming to UNI, he was at Oklahoma State University.

Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the university plans to hire a permanent dean before the fall 2005 semester begins.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Reading from his own original fiction, Jim O'Loughlin, assistant professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa, will kick off this year's UNI 'Writers Talk' series, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Baker Hall 161 on the UNI campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

O'Loughlin founded and coordinates the Final Thursday Reading Series, an open mic plus featured reader on the final Thursday of each month at the Vibe Caf� in Cedar Falls. He also is the publisher of Final Thursday Press, a spin-off project that recently won an international award for poetry publishing. His fiction has appeared recently, or is forthcoming, in Living Forge, Laughter Loaf and Facsimilation Magazine.

Vince Gotera, coordinator of creative writing at UNI, said, 'Jim O'Loughlin's stories are quirky yet serious, fun yet wise. It will be a rare treat for folks in the metro area to hear him read his fiction.'


December 1, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'A Cartography of the Undead: Mapping Mimesis and Matricide in Frankenstein' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, Dec. 6, in the Presidential Room in Maucker Union, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Martha Reineke, UNI professor of religion, will discuss using psychoanalytic theory to look at images of mothers and the feminine in the book, Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series is sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Catherine Zeman, University of Northern Iowa associate professor of health promotion and education, and director of the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC), received the recycler of the year award from the Iowa Recycling Association.

The recycler of the year award is given to an individual whose career demonstrates the highest professional standards in the recycling field. Zeman is the first woman to receive this distinction.

Zeman has worked in the recycling and waste management field for more than 15 years and teaches classes at UNI in epidemiology, human diseases, environmental health, and environmental and occupational health regulations. She received her Ph.D in preventive medicine, with an emphasis on environmental and occupational health, from the University of Iowa and a master's in environmental science from Southern Illinois University.

As director of the RRTTC, Zeman is involved with initiatives to promote research, education and outreach in the recycling field. The RRTTC assists Iowa manufacturers in the research and development of products containing recycled content materials through the Materials Testing Service (MTS), and has provided Iowans with opportunities to replace mainstream materials with new and innovative composites.

The award was presented to Zeman at the 2004 Iowa Recycling and Waste Management Conference in Sioux City late last month.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will play an active role in two grant-funded projects geared toward research and service enhancement for domestic violence victims. UNI received a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to research the overlap between women's experiences of domestic violence and the development of substance abuse problems.

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) has received a grant from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. This grant will fund education and training, and lay the foundation for collaboration between the agencies providing these services.

UNI has partnered with ICADV to assist in building collaboration between domestic violence agencies and substance abuse agencies. Agencies in Iowa to benefit from the grant include Crisis Intervention Services and Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services in Mason City; Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, and Pathways, both in Waverly; Seeds of Hope in Grundy Center and Eldora; Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families, and Area Substance Abuse Council, both in Cedar Rapids; and Freedom House in Iowa Falls.

'This grant is an example of how universities can work with social service agencies to improve the lives of Iowa citizens,' said William Downs, UNI professor of social work. Downs began a five-year study in 1997, funded by the Department of Justice, conducting research in Iowa on the correlation of substance abuse and domestic violence. At the end of his study, Downs found that 93.2 percent of women in treatment for substance abuse had been abused and 53.8 percent of women in domestic violence programs also suffered problems with drugs or alcohol.

Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley obtained a congressional appropriation grant for UNI, to form an Integrative Service Project (ISP), which in turn supports collaboration between domestic violence programs and substance abuse treatment agencies.

'We hope to continue to increase knowledge about both of these problems through staff education and training, improve identification and assessment, increase referrals between agencies and, especially, foster the kind of collaboration that would improve services for women and children,' said Downs. 'Joint service provision between domestic violence and substance abuse agencies is a primary goal of this project.'

Members of the Integrative Services Project Team include Downs, Barbara Rindels, domestic violence specialist with Deaf Women of Iowa Against Abuse; Christine Atkinson, substance abuse specialist with a private practice in Decorah (Lighthouse); and Connie Wood, LMSW (licensed master social worker) UNI social work project manager.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa professor Vince Gotera has been awarded a 2004 Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry for his book, Ghost Wars.

Gotera is an associate professor of English at UNI, the author of the poetry collections Dragonfly and the forthcoming Fighting Kite, and is the editor of the nation's oldest literary magazine, the North American Review, published by UNI.

The Global Filipino Literary Awards honor authors and publishers of books by Filipino authors from around the world, and are presented annually by the editors of the literary journal Our Own Voice.

A plaque citation will be awarded, honoring Gotera and the publisher of Ghost Wars, Final Thursday Press, founded and edited by Jim O'Loughlin, UNI assistant professor of English. In addition, six selections from Ghost Wars will be published in the December 2005 issue of Our Own Voice.

Gotera will read from Ghost Wars and other works at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Cottonwood Canyon, located at 1806 Waterloo Road in Cedar Falls. The reading is free and open to the public.


November 29, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will dedicate its new Follon Student Services Center, located on the upper level of Gilchrist Hall, at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3. An open house will take place from 3 to 5 p.m.

Sue Follon, for whom the center is named, was the first woman to be named a vice president at UNI. She served as vice president for Educational & Student Services from 1985, until her death from lung cancer on Nov. 4, 1998. Working to enrich the educational experience of students was a hallmark of her tenure, according to Renee Romano, who succeeded Follon in the vice president's office.

Romano said Follon maintained close connections to many students and knew them by name, and was an untiring advocate of a student-centered university. Students and their development were her central focus and came first in all policies, programs and decisions.

The Follon Student Services Center began operation Aug. 16, in the newly renovated upper level of Gilchrist Hall. It offers centralized services in financial aid, billing, student accounts, advising, career services, registration and academic records. Jon Buse, assistant dean of students/director of new student programs, is responsible for day-to-day management of the center.

Follon received her B.S. degree from Iowa Wesleyan College, her master of arts in college student personnel services from UNI in 1970, and her Ed.D. degree in higher education administration from Drake University in 1983. Before coming to UNI, she was executive director of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, assistant dean of students and coordinator of student activities at Buena Vista University, director of Campbell Hall at UNI, and she taught high school in Delmar.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Renee Romano, at (319) 273-2331 or


November 28, 2004 - 6:00pm


Monday, Nov. 29

Geography Colloquium presents Ramanathan Sugumaran, assistant professor of geography, discussing 'Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Data and GIS Tools to Assess Water Quality in Coastal Areas and Shallow Inland Lakes,' at 7 p.m., in Sabin Hall, Room 7. Contact: Phil Suckling, head, Department of Geography, (319) 273-2772.

Walter Lewis, whose work inspired the 1992 movie 'Medicine Man,' will discuss 'The Search for New Therapeutics Among the Amazonian Jivaro of Peru,' at 7:30 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Contact: Maureen Clayton, associate professor of biology, (319) 273-7147.

Tuesday, Nov. 30

The 2004 Social Justice Film Series continues with 'This is What Free Trade Looks Like,' at 8 p.m. in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108. Contact Jessica Maass, senior, (319) 277-4752.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

The Center for Multicultural Education will host a tree-decorating event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Faculty, staff and students have donated ornaments reflecting specific cultures and heritages. Contact: Lydia Roberts, assistant director, CME, (319) 273-2250.

Thursday, Dec. 2

The Marshall Center School presents 'Cherished Memories: Christmas Traditions at the Schoolhouse,' from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the school. Contact: Doris Mitchell, secretary III, UNI Museums, (319) 273-2188.

The university's annual 'Celebrate the Seasons' event will be in Maucker Union from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees will learn about holiday customs from around the world. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Friday, Dec. 3

UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club Christmas variety show, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Contact: John Vallentine, director of the School of Music, (319) 273-2024.



Referrals to mental health counselors are often up at this time of year because of stress and depression, according to Ann Vernon, professor of education and director of the counseling education program at the University of Northern Iowa.

'So many people dread the holiday season because of family conflicts and divided loyalties, complicated when there are divorce and stepparent issues,' says Vernon. 'For those who are already depressed, the added stress of financial and time constraints, and numerous other seasonal pressures, just add to their depression.'

Vernon says mental health counselors are vital in helping work through depression. They also can help people manage their stress during the holidays -- or at any time.


Ann Vernon, UNI professor of education and director of counseling education, (319) 273-2226

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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Auditions for the all-female cast of 'The Vagina Monologues' will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6 and Tuesday, Dec. 7. Callbacks will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8. The auditions and callbacks will be held in Room 1 of the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Individuals attending the audition should bring a one-minute monologue; however, monologues from the show will be available.

All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to audition for the monologues.

For more information about the audition or volunteer opportunities contact the V-Day Committee at


November 22, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has announced its Student Telecounseling Admissions Representatives (STARs) and members of the Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA).

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STARs call prospective students, as well as admitted students, to talk about student life at UNI. They call Sundays from 1 to 8 p.m. and from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Throughout the academic year, Student Alumni Ambassadors meet with prospective students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and other university guests. The Ambassadors are involved in many events, including the Panther Bash, Panther Push and leading campus tours.

To maintain membership as an Ambassador, students must hold a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The ambassadors must attend meetings twice a month, conduct weekly tours, serve on one committee and assist at special events. The monthly time commitment is approximately 10 hours. The organization is jointly administered by the UNI Office of Admissions and the Alumni Association.

Paul Sapp, UNI transfer admissions counselor, and Kirk Pohlman, UNI admissions counselor, are co-advisors for SAA.

Jennifer Farrell, UNI admissions counselor and telecounseling supervisor, is the advisor for both groups. For more information, call the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) continued its legacy of receiving national recognition at the 2004 national PRSSA conference, held recently in New York.

UNI PRSSA was selected to host a regional conference in the spring of 2005. The chapter's student-run public relations firm, PRide (Public Relations Internships Develop Expertise) was selected as outstanding chapter firm. Former member and recent UNI graduate, Kate Westercamp, from Oskaloosa, received the Gold Key Award for outstanding leadership and high grade point average. Additionally, for the first time in the history of the UNI PRSSA chapter, its adviser, Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communication, received the outstanding faculty adviser award. Pohl has been a PRSSA faculty adviser for 16 years and UNI's adviser for 10 years.

The UNI PRSSA chapter was chartered in 1981, and currently has more than 70 members.

Among the members on the executive board is (Name) , a (classification/major) , from (Hometown) , serving as the (position) .

The UNI PRSSA chapter is an active participant in campus and community events, and gives students a wide variety of professional experiences.



ALTOONA Katie Kenne, senior, public relations major, marketing and journalism minor

CEDAR FALLS Marge Didier, senior, public relations major, president

DYERSVILLE Jen Deutmeyer, senior, organizational communications and sociology major, treasurer

HIAWATHA Amy Howerton, senior, public relations major, marketing minor, PRide President

MUSCATINE Brandon Smith, junior, public relations major, vice president of operations

TRAER Autumn Ewoldt, senior, public relations major, marketing minor, vice president

TREYNOR Erin Sudmann, senior, public relations major, marketing minor, vice president of communications


CHICAGO, ILL Leo Londono, senior, public relations major, vice president of programming

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Denise Pecheco, senior, public relations major, historian


November 21, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The real-life 'medicine man,' the scientist whose work inspired the 1992 movie of the same name starring Sean Connery, will speak at the University of Northern Iowa Monday, Nov. 29.

Walter Lewis, professor emeritus of biology at Washington University in St. Louis and an internationally known ethnobotanist, will speak on 'The Search for New Therapeutics among the Amazonian Jivaro of Peru.' Ethnobotany is the study of the use of plants by native peoples. His talk, which is open to the public and free of charge, is at 7:30 p.m. Monday in UNI's Lang Hall auditorium.

The husband-and-wife team of Walter Lewis and Memory Elvin-Lewis specialize in discovering new drugs from plants used in folk medicine by native tribes in South America and other tropical parts of the world. Indigenous peoples such as the Jivaro of the Amazon Basin use a wide range of plants therapeutically to maintain their health, according to Lewis.

The Lewises set out to learn about the plants used by the Jivaro and to examine their value to treat malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases. In his talk, Lewis will discuss how traditional medical knowledge was the important factor that led to the identity of specific plants and their active compounds to treat targeted infections.

The majority of all modern drugs come directly or indirectly from plants used in folk medicine. The Lewises have been cataloging the wide variety of plants used by tropical rain forest cultures before the forests are chopped down. Among their discoveries are a wound-healing sap that makes cuts and scrapes heal 30 percent faster, as well as various plants containing compounds effective against malaria, arthritis and tooth decay.

The Lewises recently published the second edition of 'Medical Botany: Plants Affecting Human Health,' which reviewers have described as 'the most comprehensive and authoritative textbook on medicinal plants available anywhere.'

Lewis's talk is sponsored by the UNI College of Natural Sciences, the UNI chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, and the UNI Department of Biology.



Reality TV genre on its way out, says UNI professor

Looks like Americans have finally tired of watching strangers outwit, outlast and outplay one another. Everyone from ABC to the Fox Network is indicating steep declines in viewership for shows like 'Survivor,' and 'Fear Factor.' Reality TV appears to have run its course.

'I think audiences are realizing the limitations of the reality genre,' said Christopher Martin, associate professor of Communication Studies at UNI. 'There's only so much you can do with people who aren't professional actors. We're finding out that sometimes the better story isn't the reality one -- it's the one that's made up.'

Martin points to the success of shows like 'Desperate Housewives,' this year's runaway hit, and suggests it's probably the beginning of a new trend in TV. 'In the 1950s, we saw mostly Westerns and quiz shows on TV. In the '80s and '90s, we had a lot of comedies. That fizzled and was taken over by reality,' he explained. 'But that's probably out now. After a number of failures, no opportunity for syndication, and increasing costs to make shows that were, at one time, very inexpensive to make, we're probably going to see more shows like 'Desperate Housewives.''


Christopher Martin, associate professor, Communication Studies, (319) 273-2788

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728


The importance of conversation skills

Nov. 22 kicks off Better Conversation Week. With the holiday season approaching, some helpful hints can liven up your family dinners. 'The most important variable in conversation is the nature of the relationship,' explains Mary Bozik, professor of communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa. 'Obviously, you talk to your grandparents differently than your fraternity brothers.'

One key component of great conversation is the ability to understand the listener. 'You need to focus on them, not yourself, and speak to their interests and experience,' Bozik says. 'The language you use can make a big difference as well. In each relationship there are trigger words that will anger or turn off the listener. Occasionally we use those words on purpose, but it is best to avoid them.'

A listener's role is equal to or even more important to the conversation. 'Listeners should be open, and provide feedback through questions, answers, additional information or with that all-powerful tool, silence.'


Mary Bozik, professor, Communication Studies, (319) 273-2048,

Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) recently awarded Jurgen Koppensteiner, professor of German at UNI, its 'Outstanding German Educator and Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Scholarship Award' for 2004.

The award has been given annually by the AATG since 1989 to three instructors, one at either the elementary, middle school or junior high level; one at the high school level; and the third to a college/university instructor.

Nominated by his chapter president, Koppensteiner was recognized for his participation in professional organizations, contribution to German language education and continued growth as a German educator. He received the award Nov. 20, in Chicago at the AATG Annual Meeting.

Along with the award, Koppensteiner will attend a one-week seminar in Berlin, courtesy of the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation. The Berlin State House of Representatives started this foundation to support friendly German-American ties.


November 18, 2004 - 6:00pm


What's a Parent to Do, a free, two-part national satellite series about helping children manage fear and resist bullying will be broadcast Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., each day, at the University of Northern Iowa's Schindler Education Center, Room 252.

According to Howard Barnes, head of the UNI Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, the series will help participants understand the basic strengths children acquire early on to manage fear and resist predatory peer behavior such as bullying and other forms of intimidation.

David Osher, managing director of American Institutes for Research, is the featured speaker in the Nov. 30 broadcast, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Osher believes bullying can be prevented, and students with emotional and behavioral problems can succeed at home, school and in the community. His session will focus on how families, schools and community agencies can help youths who have behavioral problems like extreme aggressiveness, conduct disorders and bullying.

The Dec. 7 presenter is Charles A. Smith, professor and extension specialist at Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University. The author of Raising Courageous Kids will discuss his eight-step model for helping children find the self-respect and inner strength to respond to predatory behavior. 'Three critical parties form a bully triangle ï¾— the bully, the potential victim and the audience,' Smith said. 'If the potential victim and the audience refuse to be intimidated and actively resist the bully's abuse of power, the bully will seek easier prey.'

Details about the series are available online at or by calling Kimberly Greder, family life state specialist with Iowa State University Extension, (515) 294-5906, For more information about the Cedar Falls downlink or to register, contact Madelyn Ridgeway at the Black Hawk County Extension Office, (319) 234-6811; or Howard Barnes, (319) 273-2358.

The UNI Department of Design, Family and Consumer Science and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences are hosting the Cedar Falls downlink. It is sponsored by Iowa State Extension,


November 17, 2004 - 6:00pm


The UNI Dance Team will host its annual Kids' Clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21, in the Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC) at UNI. More than 50 participants in kindergarten through sixth grade will join the squad for dance instruction and a visit by T.C., the UNI Panther mascot. Participants will perform at halftime of the UNI men's basketball game against Wayne State, beginning at 5:05 p.m. the same day.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit

Dec. 2-5 in the Bertha Martin Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa. Wit will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, through Saturday, Dec. 4; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

The play explores the struggle of Vivian Bearing, an English professor, battling ovarian cancer.

Margaret Edson, a kindergarten teacher in Atlanta, wrote the play in 1991 while volunteering in the cancer ward of a hospital.

Wit was produced off-Broadway in 1999 and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Cynthia Goatley, associate professor of theatre, will play the leading character, Vivian Bearing, and Karen Mitchell, associate professor of communication studies, will play Bearing's mentor, E.M. Ashford.

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Richard Glockner, associate professor of theatre, is the director.

Wit is being co-produced by Two Friends Theatre Co., newly formed by Glockner and Goatly to offer more professional opportunities to actors in Northeast Iowa, according to Jascenna

Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI's marketing director and theatre publicist.

Wit contains nudity.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children under 18 and free for UNI students with an ID.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- When 198 of the state's best high school orchestra students take to the stage at this year's Iowa All-State Music Festival in Ames Saturday, Nov. 20, they will be conducted by

Rebecca Burkhardt, professor of music at the University of Northern Iowa.

The concert, at 7:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus, also will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 25, and 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26.

'The All-State Committee of the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) usually invites nationally and internationally recognized conductors, and seldom invites an Iowa conductor,' said John

Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music. 'This is a huge honor for Dr. Burkhardt.'

Burkhardt, who has been director of orchestral activities at UNI since 1988, says this year's All-State Orchestra will articipate in 'something extraordinary' with the premier of a new work, 'Rhapsody No. 1: Wildflowers,' written by Joshua Reznicow, a UNI graduate who is the high school orchestra conductor at Cedar Rapids' Linn-Mar High School. The other selection will be 'Capriccio Espagnol,' by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Because the new piece has never been performed, she said it offers many challenges for both her and the musicians.

'This really will be an extraordinary experience for all of us,' said Burkhardt. 'It requires me to help the students play better than they think they can to create great music. With the size of this group -- a double orchestra -- the performance will be powerful.'

Burkhardt also will direct the 2004 Iowa All-State Orchestra in July, 2005, when the members play for the National Governors Association meeting in Des Moines. They will play on the steps of the

State Capitol.

Northern University High School student Michaela Gansen will perform with the All-State Orchestra for the third consecutive year, as a violin I. Three NUHS students, from UNI's Price Laboratory School, will sing with the 603-voice All-State Chorus. They are: Mackenzie

Carlisle, alto I, performing for the second year; and Ellen Hills, soprano I, and Abhay Nadipuram, bass I, making their first appearance.

They were selected from among 5,661 students who auditioned Oct. 23, at six sites around the state, for seats in the All-State Orchestra, Band and Chorus. NUHS music directors are Pamela Meier,

orchestra; Dusty Johnson, instrumental; and Linda Sharp and Mavis Chen, vocal.

Also, Bailey Carlisle, an eighth-grade student at Price Lab School, was chosen for Opus Honor Choir, which is held in conjunction with the All-State Music Festival each year.

Burkhardt has appeared as guest conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and Opera Illinois, and as music director of the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra and the Dubuque Youth Symphony. A native of Texas, she earned a bachelor of

music degree in horn performance from Southwestern University, a master of music education degree from the University of North Texas and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin.


November 14, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's Half-Masted 3.2 Improv Troupe will present Eternal Sunshine of the Improv Mind in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall Room 40 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 20. Material may not be suitable for children, but a family-friendly show will be performed at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20.

Name a classification , major major from hometown , is a member of the cast. Douglas Shaw, professor of mathematics, is the director.

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 Douglas Shaw at (319) 273-6805.



CEDAR RAPIDS Sara Johnson/freshman political science

Sarah McConnell/freshman general studies

DES MOINES Anthony Soike/junior theatre performance

SHENANDOAH Wayland McQueen/junior philosophy and religion


UNI center director hopeful about country's recycling efforts

As America observes National Recycling Day on Monday, Nov. 15, Catherine Zeman, director of UNI's Reuse, Recycling Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) is cautiously optimistic about the country's efforts to preserve resources. She says the Environmental Protection Agency has set a goal of increasing the number of Americans involved in recycling to 35 percent of the population by 2005. Right now the number stands at about 27 percent; in Iowa it's about 30 percent. 'In the early '60s, only about 10 percent of Americans were involved in recycling activities,' Zeman says. 'Participation rates have steadily increased and we hope that trend continues.'

Zeman says more people are realizing that recycling has hidden benefits, among them improved water quality and energy savings, which in turn mean less carbon emissions to the atmosphere, a prime suspect in global climate change. There also are psychological benefits to be derived from community participation. 'Every time you make a choice that reduces waste, it's a vote for the environment, a vote for the future. That's an important community-oriented family value.'

She points to relatively simple acts that can make a big difference. For example, anyone can contact the Direct Marketing Association and request their name be removed from mailing lists, drastically reducing the amount of junk mail received and waste paper generated. The DMA's phone number is (212) 768-7277; the Web site is


Catherine Zeman, director, UNI Recycling, Reuse Technology Transfer Center, (319) 273-7090

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728


National Philanthropy Day good fit for new UNI graduate program in philanthropy and nonprofit development

National Philanthropy Day, Monday, Nov. 15, calls attention to the significant role philanthropy plays in today's world. In light of the growing role of charitable giving to many institutions, a new interdisciplinary graduate degree program, leading to a master of arts in philanthropy and nonprofit development, will be offered through the University of Northern Iowa's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services and Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs, beginning in January 2005. The program, available on- and off-campus via the Iowa Communication Network (ICN) and online instruction, is designed primarily for professionals currently employed in the areas of philanthropy and nonprofit settings.

Philanthropy is a rapidly growing career area, according to James Bodensteiner, dean of Continuing Education and Special Programs at UNI, but those interested in the field had limited choices for graduate education before the Board of Regents, State of Iowa approved this program in September. He expects the majority of students in the program to be working adults.

Among the objectives for the 30-credit-hour program, according to Christopher Edginton, director of the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, are developing and enhancing professionals' skills and knowledge in fundraising and nonprofit sectors and furthering students' understanding of ethical policy and legal issues as they relate to philanthropy and nonprofit development.


Christopher Edginton, director, UNI School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, (319) 273-2840, or e-mail

James Bodensteiner, interim dean, UNI Continuing Education & Special Programs, (319) 273-2121, or e-mail

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



Monday, Nov. 15

The Afro-Dance Club will perform at noon in Maucker Union's Hemisphere Lounge. Contact: Nadia Bocharova, graduate assistant, International Programs, (319) 273-7078.

Students and faculty will discuss study abroad in Spain at noon in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. Contact: Nadia Bocharova, graduate assistant, International Programs, (319) 273-7078.

Hearts Lecture Series presents Anna Deveare Smith performing 'Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change,' at 7:30 p.m. at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Contact: Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director, Strayer-Wood Theatre, (319) 273-6381.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Culture and Intensive English Program will offer origami and name-writing in Arabic and Japanese, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education conference room. Contact: Nadia Bocharova, graduate assistant, International Programs, (319) 273-7078.

Catherine Zeman, director of the UNI Reuse, Recycling and Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) will discuss environmental health and vampires, at noon in the conference room of the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Nadia Bocharova, graduate assistant, International Programs, (319) 273-7078.

The 2004 Satellite Seminar Series continues with 'Sports in Popular Culture: Are We Winning or Losing,' at 6:30 p.m. in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom A. Contact: Jessica Moon, director, University Honors Program, (319) 273-3175.

The 2004 Social Justice Film Series presents 'The Corporation,' at 8 p.m. in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center. Contact: Jessica Maas, senior, (319) 277-4752.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

David Coleman, the Dating Doctor, will discuss relationships at 7 p.m. in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Contact: David Weber, junior, (515) 710-1865.

The Department of History Lecture Series speaker will discuss 'Blurred Boundaries and False Dichotomies: Science and the Federal Government,' at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Contact: Wally Hettle, associate professor of history, (319) 273-2942.

Thursday, Nov. 18

Annual Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium for high school seniors, begins at 8 a.m. in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom A. Contact: Linda Schneider, secretary IV, College of Natural Sciences,

(319) 273-2585.

The School of Music Spotlight Series begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Contact: John Vallentine, director, School of Music, (319) 273-7469.

Sunday, Nov. 21

The UNI Dance Team will host a dance clinic for children in grades K-6. Contact: Shandon Dohmen, assistant director of UNI-Dome operations, (319) 273-6334.


Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students and one faculty member presented at the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) conference.

ABFM, a section of the American Society for Public Administration, aims to promote the professional development of budgeting and financial management in the public and non-profit sectors. Embracing both theoretical and operational concerns, ABFM addresses issues in budgeting processes and practice in financial management, according to Maureen Berner, UNI assistant professor of political science.

Angie Russo, a senior public administration major from Hubbard, presented 'Municipal Bond Markets: The Costs of Borrowing to Fund Deficits.'

Cathy Simmons, a graduate public policy major from Cedar Falls, presented 'Call in the Consultants: A Case Study of Iowa's Solutions to its Budget Shortfall. '

Berner presented 'The Changing Responsibility of Government: The Case of Food Security. ' All presentations took place during 'Crunch Time: The Cascading Fiscal Crisis in the States,' a session at the conference focused on the changing fiscal relationships between the federal, state and local governments. The session dealt with issues related to the growing fiscal pressures on state and local government.

Berner is a member of the executive committee, member of the Curro Student Paper Award committee and secretary of the ABFM.

The conference was held last month in Chicago. Approximately 300 people attended the conference; about one-third were government budget/policy analysts or private sector budgeting and finance consultants and about two-thirds were academics from colleges and universities around the country.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- David Coleman, known as the 'Dating Doctor,' will speak at

7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Lang Hall auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

He has been named national speaker of the year nine times by the National Association of Campus Activities and Campus Activities Magazine. Coleman speaks about the complicated and comical aspects of relationships and has spoken at college campuses across the United States, according to David Weber, UNI junior accounting major.

The event is free and open to the public.

The UNI Speakers Fund, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and Order of Omega are event sponsors.


November 10, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In its first month of competition, the University of Northern Iowa's Forensics Squad has participated in several events throughout the Midwest.

The UNI Forensics Squad, which is comprised of the debate and individual events speech teams, hosted the annual Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament Sept. 18-20. More than 50 teams from across the country participated in the tournament.

The UNI individual events team participated in the 'Show Me Swing Season Opener Tournament' at Truman State University, Sept. 25-26. Mike Hilkin, a junior communication studies and English literature major from Dubuque, placed third in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in rhetorical criticism and impromptu speaking.

Coltrane Carlson, a sophomore electronic media major from Council Bluffs, placed fifth in program oral interpretation and prose interpretation. Jessy Ohl, a freshman biology major from Denison, and Megan Striffler, a freshman speech teacher education major from Cedar Rapids, placed sixth in duo interpretation the first day of the competition, and fourth the second day. Erica West, a sophomore teaching English as a second language major from Ankeny, was a semifinalist in prose interpretation.

The UNI debate team traveled to Wichita State University, Sept. 25-27. Kelsey Harr, a senior sociology major from Des Moines, advanced to the semifinals of the junior varsity division and was the second place speaker overall. Kris Reid, a freshman history major from Ottumwa, and Ian Beier, a freshman political science major from Kansas City, Mo., won three of their first five preliminary rounds.

At Northern Illinois University the individual events team participated in first and second Mid-America Forensics League Tournaments, Oct. 2-3. Ohl won first and third place in novice impromptu speaking. Hilkin placed first in communication analysis, third in persuasive speaking, extemporaneous speaking and communication analysis, and fourth in impromptu speaking. Striffler placed fourth in novice prose and program of oral interpretation. Carlson placed fifth in program of oral interpretation and Richard Dedor, a junior public relations major from Mason City, placed sixth in novice prose.

Hilkin was the second overall speaker at the 'Talk of the Tundra' individual events tournament at Concordia College in Minnesota. He placed second in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking and fifth in persuasive speaking and communication analysis. He has qualified in extemporaneous speaking for the American Forensic Association National Tournament, the premier individual events tournament in the nation, to be held April 1-4, at Kansas State University.

Dedor, Striffler, Ohl, and Hilkin have all qualified for the National Forensics Association Tournament to be held April 14-18 at the University of Akron.

Beier and Harr attended the Motor City Classic Debate Tournament at Wayne State University in Detroit. After several preliminary rounds they advanced to the octa-finals of the tournament in the varsity division.

Jacob Thomspon, UNI instructor in communication studies, is director of forensics, and is a faculty coach, along with Cate Palczewski, director of debate and UNI professor of communication studies. Graduate students coaching are Jen Struve, Ruth Beerman and Eric Short.

'Both teams have had a great season so far, everyone is working hard and we anticipate greater success in the future,' said Thompson.