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December 5, 2004 - 6:00pm


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).

__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, a __(classification)__ majoring in __(major)__, is a member of __(UNI SAA and/or STARs)__.

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.

Name a classification/major major from hometown , is a member of the cast.

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.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A teach-in and discussion titled 'Morality, Religion and Politics' will take place at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Room 102 of Sabin Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

UNI professors will address issues raised by the recent election and perennial issues pertaining to the place of religion and morality in political life.

Speakers include Harry Brod, professor of philosophy and humanities; Susan Hill, associate professor of religion; Laura Kaplan, assistant professor of social work; Alexandra Kogl, assistant professor of political science; and David Moore, adjunct professor of political science.

The event is free and open to the public.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa graduate who is a successful entrepreneur in the computer industry will speak on how attending UNI contributed to his success, at the 42nd annual Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 18, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Randy M. Dumse, the head of New Micros, Inc., the world's leading authority on high-level languages in single-chip computers, will give a talk titled 'From Empty Book to Successful Life: Starting at UNI' at

3:30 p.m., Thursday in Lantz Auditorium of McCollum Science Hall at UNI. Although the talk is part of the symposium, anyone interested is invited to attend, free of charge, according to symposium director, Siobahn Morgan, professor of astronomy.

Each year, the symposium is attended by hundreds of Iowa high school students, their parents, teachers and counselors. During the event, high school seniors compete for four-year full-tuition scholarships in the sciences, mathematics or technology, as well as several partial-tuition scholarships in the sciences.

Scholarship competitors take a test in the morning and finalists are interviewed in the afternoon. Scholarship winners are announced at the conclusion of the symposium. Participants also receive career information and an introduction to programs, resources and faculty in the College of Natural Sciences.

In his symposium talk, Dumse, who graduated from UNI with a B.A. in physics-- after being awarded a symposium scholarship for physics in 1970-- will trace his path from high school senior without a plan for the future, to entrepreneur, self-made businessman and scientist.

After service in the U.S. Navy, he went into private industry as a computer engineer and scientist and founded his own company, New Micros, Inc., in 1983 in Dallas, Texas. New Micros has supplied computer systems to such companies as IBM, AT&T, the big three auto manufacturers and the nation's research laboratories. Its products have been to the edge of space, in ARRIANE and Pegasus rockets, and to the bottom of the oceans in ALICE probes.

The symposium is sponsored by the UNI College of Natural Sciences. Additional information on the event is available on the symposium Web site at



UNI to celebrate American Education Week

The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate American Education Week Nov. 15-19 with a series of related events throughout the community. This year's theme is 'Celebrating the American Dream.'

'It's an excellent opportunity for UNI to highlight its strong tradition of teacher education, and to share that tradition with young students across the Cedar Valley,' said Annika Husmann, a Cedar Rapids native and senior public relations major who is working with the project. 'We'll make contact with more than 1,600 K-12 students in local classrooms, connecting local educators and students with the expertise of UNI.'

UNI faculty, staff and students will emphasize education through presentations at area schools. They are listed below.

Monday, Nov. 15

ユ 8 a.m., Hoover Middle School, Waterloo, Pat Higby, energy educator, presents 'Fun With the Sun.'

ユ 9 a.m., Lowell Elementary School, Waterloo, Philip Plourde, academic support specialist with International Programs, presents 'The Culture of our Countries.'

ユ 9:30 a.m., Lowell Elementary, Waterloo, Philip Plourde presents, 'The Culture of our Countries.'

ユ 9:30 a.m., Irving Elementary, Waterloo, Jeff Rutter, assistant men's basketball coach, presents 'Reading Role Models.'

ユ 10:20 a.m., Waterloo West High School, Terri McDonald, assistant professor of Curriculum & Instruction, discusses 'Use of Web Quests in the Classroom.'

ユ 10:30 a.m., North Cedar Elementary, Cedar Falls, Philip Plourde, academic support specialist with International Programs presents 'The Culture of our Countries.'

ユ 12:30 p.m., Hoover Middle School, Waterloo, Pat Higby, energy educator, presents 'Fun With the Sun.'

Tuesday, Nov. 16

ユ 8 a.m., Hoover Middle School, Waterloo, Pat Higby, energy educator, presents 'Fun With the Sun.'

ユ 10:20 a.m., Irving Elementary, Waterloo, Kim MacLin, assistant professor of psychology, presents 'Memory Tricks for School Success.'

ユ 1 p.m., Lincoln Elementary, Cedar Falls, UNI Student Alumni Ambassadors present 'There's No Place Like Home: The Midwest.'

ユ 1 p.m., Irving Elementary, Waterloo, Chris Merz directs Jazz Band I.

ユ 1:30 p.m., North Cedar Elementary, Waterloo, Chris Kowalski, instructor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, presents 'Reading Role Models.'

Wednesday, Nov. 17

ユ 9:15 a.m., Irving Elementary, Waterloo, Cindy Herndon, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, presents 'Dare to Dance/Young People's Dance Theatre.'

Thursday, Nov. 18

ユ 11 a.m., Bunger Middle School, Waterloo, Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, discusses 'Starting a Small Business.'

ユ 1:00-North Cedar Elementary, Cedar Falls, Chris Merz directs Jazz Band I.

Friday, Nov. 19

ユ 1 p.m., Lincoln Elementary, Cedar Falls, Diane Schupbach, education coordinator with UNI Museums, offers hands-on activities.

ユ 1:30 p.m., Cedar Heights Elementary, Cedar Falls, Pat Higby, energy educator, presents 'Get Energized.'

ユ 1:45 p.m., Lowell Elementary, Waterloo, Cindy Herndon, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, presents 'Dare to Dance/Young People's Dance Theatre.'

ユ 2:30 p.m., Lowell Elementary, Waterloo, Cindy Herndon, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, presents 'Dare to Dance/Young People's Dance Theatre, Cindy Herndon.'



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


November 9, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two student teams from the University of Northern Iowa will be among 173 teams competing in the regional competition of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Saturday, Nov. 13.

UNI will host 11 teams from the following Iowa colleges and universities: Coe, Cornell, William Penn, University of Iowa and UNI. A total of 173 teams will compete at other sites throughout the region that includes Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the United States, and Manitoba and western Ontario in Canada.

The three-person teams will gather in UNI's Wright Hall at 10:30 a.m., and hold team meetings to review the rules and complete preparatory work. The contest will run from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., during which time the teams will write programs to solve six to eight real-world problems. The team with the most problems solved in the least amount of time throughout all the sites wins.

UNI Purple Team members are Charles Hoffman from Waterloo, Dan Walderbach from Cedar Rapids and Matt Otis from Wesley. UNI Gold Team members are Brandon June from Anamosa, Jeremiah Philipp from Waterloo and Prescott Kulow from Hubbard. All are computer science majors and members of the UNI Computer Club, a student chapter of the ACM. Club adviser is Mark Fienup, UNI associate professor of computer science.

Fienup said the contest challenges students to rely on their programming skills and creativity during the five-hour battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance. He said it is sponsored by IBM, and is expected to draw more than 3,000 teams from more than 70 countries around the world in regional competition. It will culminate April 3-7, 2005, in Shanghai, China, where 75 regional championship teams will compete for scholarships and prizes.

Now in it's 29th year, the ACM competition has grown into the largest and most prestigious contest of its kind, according to Bill Poucher, ICPC director and a professor at Baylor University. 'IBM, ACM and the world's universities have partnered to offer the best and brightest students the opportunity to challenge themselves far beyond classroom expectations so that they can build the cutting edge technology of tomorrow,' said Poucher.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eight students at the University of Northern Iowa were recently named to positions on the Northern Iowa Management Association (NMA) Executive Board.

All students are business administration and management majors, unless otherwise noted. Board members are Mel Meyer, a senior from Northwood, president; Alisson Van Roekel, a senior from George, vice president of finance; John Hackbarth, a senior from Robins, vice president of programming for off-campus events; Stephanie Roys, a junior from Elkader, Webmaster; Jenny Winkleblack, a junior from Rolfe, vice president of programming and member development; Kevin Hogan, a senior from Clive, vice president of programming and business relationships; Matthew Petersen, a junior from Albert Lea, Minn., vice president of administration, and Amy Traub, a junior liberal arts and science major from West Bend, vice president of public relations.

The NMA is a pre-professional organization through which students can develop the skills and personal leadership qualities necessary for management positions. The NMA offers an environment for personal growth as well as numerous opportunities to interact with management in businesses throughout Northeast Iowa, Chicago, Minneapolis and Kansas City, according to Amy Traub, vice president of public relations.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Blurred Boundaries and False Dichotomies: Science and the Federal Government,' will be the topic of the Phi Alpha Theta/UNI Department of History Lecture Series at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Joanne Goldman, associate professor of history at UNI, will deliver the lecture. Goldman received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, before coming to UNI in 1990. Author of 'Building New York's Sewers' (1997), her area of expertise is the history of American science and technology.

Goldman's lecture will examine the way in which scientific research is affected by federal support. She will show that basic and applied scientific research in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were not mutually exclusive endeavors. She also will examine how the interests of national security and academic freedom in national science institutions were accommodated by national science policy in the post World War II era.

Goldman's lecture marks the third in the 2004-2005 History Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI Department of History, UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization. The next lecture will be Feb. 2, 2005.


November 8, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert Koob, president of the University of Northern Iowa will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Eastern Iowa chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) during an 11:45 a.m. luncheon Monday, Nov. 15, at the Marriott Hotel in Cedar Rapids.

Each year the organization honors individuals, businesses and foundations that have made significant impact upon philanthropy in the community. Koob was nominated by Linda Klinger, executive director of the R.J. McElroy Trust, who cited his involvement with the New Iowans Program, the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance board and UNI's Global Health Corps as examples of the president's commitment to the community. She noted that Koob is co-founder and chair of Cedar Valley's Promise, has served as a member of the Allen College board of trustees, and is a past chair of Cedar Valley United Way.

'He has encouraged collaboration between the University of Northern Iowa and the Cedar Valley community and has strongly supported UNI programs that serve the community,' said Klinger. ' Most of all, Dr. Koob has generated an enthusiastic spirit of collaboration between university and community. UNI faculty, staff and students now perceive community service to be both an obligation and an opportunity for learning. The Cedar Valley community, in turn, sees UNI as a valuable and accessible resource that should be supported.'

Koob is the eighth president of UNI, and the first alumnus to serve as his alma mater's president. A native of Hawarden, he received his B.A. in education from UNI in 1962 and earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1967. Koob has 16 years of classroom teaching experience ranging from high school science courses through doctorate-level courses in physical chemistry. He spent 24 years at North Dakota State University in several positions including professor, vice president and acting president. From 1990 to 1995, he served as senior vice president and vice president for Academic Affairs at California Polytechnic State University ï¾– San Luis Obispo.

He and his wife Yvonne have been married for 44 years.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jill Semsch, a senior from Durant, received the University of Northern Iowa's spring 2005 Wellness and Recreation Services scholarship.

Semsch is a graphic communications major and works as a marketing and public relation student employee at the Wellness and Recreation Center.

The $400 scholarship is sponsored by Kathy Green, UNI's director of health services, in honor of four generations of women in her family who have graduated from UNI.


November 7, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Anna Deavere Smith, an actor, playwright and teacher, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa. Her presentation, 'Glimpses of America in Change,' is a part of the Hearst Lecture Series.

Smith stars as National Security Advisor Nancy McNally on NBC's The West Wing. She also is a tenured professor in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and teaches courses on the art of listening at the NYU School of Law.

'As an actor, playwright and teacher, Anna Deavere Smith has built a remarkable wide-ranging and respectable career,' said Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI's marketing director and theater publicist.

Hailed by Newsweek as 'the most exciting individual in American Theatre,' Haislet-Carlson said Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of race, community and character in America.

In 1996, the MacArthur Foundation awarded Smith a fellowship, saying she 'has created a new form of theatre - a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism and intimate reverie.'

The Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series is sponsored by the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts, with responsibility for scheduling the series rotating annually among its departments. The Department of Theatre is responsible for scheduling the 2004-2005 lectures. This year's series also is funded in part by the Martha Ellen Tye Guest Artist Series Fund.

The UNI Center for Multicultural Education is a cosponsor of 'Glimpses of America in Change.'

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, (319) 273-6387.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library announced Janelle Iseminger of Hudson as its student employee of the month for November.

Iseminger, a senior English-teaching major with a school library media studies minor, is a student assistant in the special collections and university archives department and has worked at the Rod Library since January, 2003.



Jeff Weld approaches the science of teaching science from a unique perspective. A high school science instructor for 10 years, Weld is now an associate professor of biology at UNI, preparing future science teachers. He believes it's time to toss out the old, and ring in the new. 'There's been an explosion in the amount of research being done in the classroom, so we now know a lot more about how kids learn. And it turns out that the way people learn science has almost no parallels to how it's traditionally been taught.'

Weld explains that science often is taught via lecture or verification labs, during which students perform experiments to 'prove' what they've just read or been lectured on. 'But no one cares,' says Weld. 'The students believed it when they read it. To truly understand they need to frame and investigate questions of relevance, debate issues, and see how science impacts their lives. Otherwise it's all retained just long enough to pass the test. But that too often typifies high school and junior high science.'


Tuesday, Nov. 9

'Bring Your Best Self to Work,' a workshop by former CNN anchor Andria Hall, begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). Contact: Lydia Roberts, assistant director, CME, (319) 273-2250.

2004 Satellite Seminar Series continues at 6:30 p.m. in Maucker Union Ballroom A with 'Courting Disaster? Changing Values about Love, Sex and Marriage.' Contact: Jessica Moon, director of the University Honors Program, (319) 273-3175.

2004 Social Justice Film Series continues at 8 p.m. in the Communications Arts Center Room 108, with 'Unconstitutional: The War on Civil Liberties.' Contact: Jessica Maas, student, (319) 277-4752.

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Social Services Information Rally at 11 a.m. in Maucker Union Ballroom A, recognizing a National Young Women's Day of Action. Contact: Ami Lawin, graduate assistant, Women's Studies program, (319) 273-7183.

National speaker Michael Kaufman presents 'Women and Men: Working Together Against Violence' at 7:30 p.m. in the Curris Business Building, Room 109. Contact: Julie Thompson, substance abuse coordinator,

(319) 273-2137.

Thursday, Nov. 11

Reel to Real Film Series presents 'A Bus Rider's Diary,' at noon in the Maucker Union University Room South. Contact Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683.

Women on Thursdays programming will feature 'Education Pays: the Correlation Between Education and Wives' and Husbands' Earnings,' at noon in Baker Hall, Room 161. Contact: Shahina Amin, assistant professor of economics, (319) 273- 2637.

Theatre UNI presents 'Sueno,' a play about a young prince who has spent his life imprisoned, at 7:30 p.m. in Strayer-Wood Theatre. The show continues at the same time daily through Sunday, Nov. 11. Contact: Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director for Strayer-Wood Theatre, (319) 273-6381.

Kristi Marchesani, assistant director of admissions/international relations, discusses 'Stories From Africa,' at 6 p.m. at the University Museum. Contact: Marchesani, (319) 273-2188.

Friday, Nov. 12

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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie,' a film co-produced by a University of Northern Iowa professor, will make its Des Moines debut at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6, at the Iowa Public Television studio in Johnston. Area middle and high school students may attend a viewing at 10:30 a.m.

Daryl Smith, professor of biology and director of UNI's Native Roadside Vegetation Center, was executive producer of the feature-length documentary. The film was written, directed and co-produced by David O'Shields of New Light Media.

Annabeth Gish, Cedar Falls native and critically acclaimed actress, is the narrator. Gish, seen most recently as President Bartlett's older daughter on NBC's 'The West Wing,' also starred as agent Monica Reyes on 'The X-Files.' Her feature films include 'Double Jeopardy,' 'Nixon,' and 'SLC Punk.' 'America's Lost Landscape' uses breathtaking cinematography, original music and moving narrative to trace the prairie's transformation from natural landscape to farmland, beginning in the early 1800s, when Iowa was blanketed by 28 million acres of tallgrass.

'At the time of settlement in the 1820s, about 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie was a major landscape feature of North America,' Smith explained. 'But in one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history, most of the tallgrass prairie was converted to cropland in less than 80 years.'

Today, where modern machinery cultivates rows of corn and soybeans, there once was a sea of tallgrass, inhabited by bison and elk. 'For the most part, Americans have no idea what the Midwest was like 150 years ago,' O'Shields said. 'The tallgrass prairie is a national treasure. It's important for people to understand that a major ecosystem in the heart of this country is nearly gone. We must understand what was here and embrace and preserve what remains.'

To tell this rich and complex tale, Smith and O'Shields interviewed writers, historians and scientists across the nation. 'Each provided factual information and insightful commentary about the history of human settlement of the tallgrass prairie by Native Americans and Euro-Americans,' O'Shields said. 'Quotations from letters, diaries and other works of nonfiction add authenticity and connect the viewer to the story.'

Gish said working on the project was not just a moving experience, but a chance to learn as well. 'The message behind the film is stirring and important for everyone to know: The essence of the prairie is still alive, but it needs to be fought for, restored and appreciated to continue to sustain us.'

There is no charge to attend either showing, but reservations are necessary. To make reservations, call (800) 782-9522. For more information about the film, and to view a brief clip, visit


November 4, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Black Hawk County residents whose primary source of water comes from a private well, may be interested in participating in the Safe Well-Water Study being conducted in the county by the University of Northern Iowa, the Black Hawk County Health Department and Covenant Health System.

The purpose of the study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is to explore the issue of quality drinking water, specifically how nitrites and nitrates affect the health and well-being of individuals, according to Catherine Zeman, UNI associate professor of environmental health, who is co-directing the study with Lisa Beltz, UNI associate professor of biology.

Some 150 participants ranging in age from one to 60 are needed for the study. Recruitment, now under way, will continue until December. Each participant must complete a health questionnaire and give a small blood sample; a water sample from the home tap will be tested. All information will be kept completely confidential and participants will be compensated with a $10 gift certificate to Kwik Star, Zeman said.

Although the EPA regulates the quality of water from public water works, it does not have specific authority to regulate private drinking-water wells, from which 15 percent of Americans get their water. 'Unfortunately, these individuals do not have experts regularly checking the water's source and quality,' said Zeman. 'Information from this study will help individuals to increase their knowledge on maintaining quality drinking water.'

Nitrates and nitrites in the groundwater often result from excessive use of fertilizer in fields. When levels are too high, water-borne diseases can occur, Zeman explained. 'If drinking water becomes contaminated with nitrites/nitrates, the consequences can be fatal, especially for infants, for whom an oxygen restriction to the brain causes 'blue baby' syndrome,' she said. In adults, some studies have linked high nitrate levels to bladder cancer and cancer in the digestive tract.

For further information on the study and how to participate, visit the website at, or contact Catherine Zeman at 319-273-7090 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Susan Salterberg, program manager at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, was recently elected unanimously to the board of directors of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

The Foundation's mission is to protect Iowa's land, water and wildlife for future generations. Its directors set policies and goals and serve as Foundation spokespersons and advocates. The organization was founded in 1979 by then-Governor Robert D. Ray, Robert Buckmaster of Waterloo and Gerry Schnepf of the Iowa Conservation Commission, to supplement government efforts to protect Iowa's natural resources.

Salterberg, who holds a B.A. from Central College in Pella and an M.A. from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass., is a member of the executive committee of the Iowa Conservation Education Council and a former member of the advisory board of UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center.

The Foundation works with partners ranging from private landowners, businesses and nonprofit groups to all levels of government, according to Salterberg. It has helped protect natural lands in almost every Iowa county and has helped establish more than half of Iowa's conservation/recreation trails.


November 3, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern will host a 'Celebrate the Purple in Your Life' event at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Bricktown Banquet and Reception Facility, 299 Main St., in Dubuque.

Among speakers will be UNI Basketball Coach Greg McDermott, a Cascade native; and UNI President Robert Koob. Koob will discuss UNI community leaders, and McDermott will recap the Panthers' 2003-2004 basketball season that included an NCAA tournament berth. Also featured will be food, entertainment and a panel discussion by the UNI Office of Admissions.

'This event is a way for the university to reconnect with alumni and parents, and create awareness of all the ways they can have relationships with us,' explained Stacey Christensen, community relations manager for UNI. 'But we also go one step further by including prospective students, allowing them to meet alumni and parents in their own community and hear about all the wonderful things happening at UNI -- academically and socially.'

'Celebrate the Purple in Your Life' events have taken place in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport.

The event is sponsored by the UNI Alumni Association and the UNI Parents Association. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Nov. 12 to 888-UNI-ALUM, or complete the online registration form at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --''Tango 73 --A Bus Rider's Diary' will be the next featured film in the University of Northern Iowa's Reel to Real film series. The movie will be shown at noon Thursday, Nov. 11, in Maucker Union's University Room South and is open to the public free of charge.

'Tango 73 --A Bus Rider's Diary' illustrates the vital importance of public transportation in urban areas by exploring one bus line and the people whose lives are shaped by the bus schedule and its elements, according to Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union.

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 -- Implications of the 2004 elections will be the topic of a roundtable by University of Northern Iowa political science professors at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Sabin Hall, Room 102. Speakers will discuss the impact of the Bush re-election on social and economic policies, the courts, Congress and foreign policy. Political science department faculty participating include: Donna Hoffman, Scott Peters and Michael Hall, all assistant professors; and Michael Licari, associate professor.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Philip Mauceri, acting head of the UNI Department of Political Science, at (319) 273-2528 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, today gave the University of Northern Iowa final approval to move ahead with construction of the McLeod Center.

'Construction had been on hold pending approval of a revised project budget. Initial project bids came in over budget, primarily because of recent massive increases in the cost of building materials,' explained Tom Schellhardt, UNI vice president for Administration & Finance.

Cardinal Construction of Waterloo is the general contractor. Preparation for construction will begin immediately. A construction fence at the McLeod Center work site (south UNI-Dome parking lot) will be installed on Monday, Nov. 8.

This will change access to the UNI-Dome and Wellness/Recreation Center (WRC). The footbridge across Hudson Road will be open, but there will be no access to the UNI-Dome or WRC from the bridge. All pedestrian traffic will have to turn south, toward the Continuing Education building at the corner of Hudson Road and 27th Street.

UNI-Dome visitors will be able to use the east-side entrances, but access will only be from the north (WRC sidewalk). The south UNI-Dome exits will only be used for emergencies during events.

Handicapped access will depend on ticket location. Handicapped parking with an east-side ticket (sections A-J) will be in the WRC parking lot, just north of the UNI-Dome. Handicapped visitors can take the WRC elevator to the second level and then travel up a ramp along the UNI-Dome to the NE entrance. Handicapped access with a west-side ticket (sections K-S) will be through the UNI-Dome NW and SW entrances, with parking west of the UNI-Dome.

UNI-Dome event parking also is available across 27th street and in the Campbell Hall and Latham Field lots immediately across Hudson Road from the WRC and UNI-Dome.

The McLeod Center will be home to Panther men's and women's basketball and volleyball, and the performance site for Panther wrestling. It also will be a versatile venue for community and regional events, including concerts, exhibitions, school events and sports camps and competitions.

The McLeod Center fundraising effort reached its $18 million goal in December 2003. Fundraising will continue to meet increased construction costs, and to include features that will help make the arena a premier facility for the university and community. These include a kitchen/catering area, light/sound grid, Panther hospitality suite and hall of fame connector. Construction of the center is part of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign to support scholarships, academic programs and facilities. The campaign continues through June 2005.

For information on the 'Students First' campaign and the McLeod Center, visit

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present Jos� Rivera's Sue�o Nov. 11-14 in the Strayer-Wood Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa. Sue�o will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 13; and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14.

The play is a comic interpretation of Pedro Calder�n de la Barca's Life is a Dream, about a king who locks his only son away to prevent future tragedy.

Name a classification , major major from hometown , is a member of the cast. Jay Edelnant, professor of theatre, is the director.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children and free for UNI students with an ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office, (319) 273-6381, or online at

Sue�o contains brief nudity and language not suitable for all audiences.



ANKENY Alexis Mashek/junior Spanish Language and


CEDAR FALLS Derek Easton/senior Theatre

CLEAR LAKE Rachelle Neuberger/junior Acting

DELHI Derek Johnson/senior Acting

DES MOINES Anthony Soike/sophomore Acting

Kt Marie Scarcello/freshman Theatre

DUBUQUE Aaron Tilton/junior German Language and


Amber Loeffelholz/graduate Spanish Language and


Josh Mullady/junior Acting

Kevin Sullivan/sophomore Speech Teacher Education

ELDRIDGE Joe Kelly/junior Acting

FORT DODGE Michael Schminke/senior Acting

IOWA CITY Tom Willoughby/sophomore Acting

KELLEY Ben Walter/junior Acting

MARENGO Rachelle Saunder/senior Communication Studies and

Speech Theory and Rhetoric

MARION Ben Shinrock/freshman English Language and


SPRINGVILLE Ryan Grekoff/freshman Athletic Training/Trainer

WATERLOO Kamilah Stevens/senior Communication Studies and

Speech Theory Rhetoric

WEBSTER Carrie Olson/junior Business Administration and



SAN ANTONIO, TX Jessica DeLeon/senior Public Relations

Diana Garces/junior French Language and


ST. PETERSBURG, Leo Murzenko/senior Spanish Language and

RUSSIA Literature



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Education Pays: the Correlation between Education of Wives and Husbands' Earnings' will be the topic for the next 'Women on Thursdays' at noon Thursday, Nov. 11, in Baker Hall, Room 161, at the University of Northern Iowa.

Dr. Lisa Jepsen and Dr. Shahina Amin, both assistant professors of economics, will present their research on the effects of a wife's education on her husband's earnings using data from Malaysia. This is the final event in the women and finance series.

'Women on Thursdays' will return to meeting on Fridays spring semester. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Amy Lawin, (319) 273-7183.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A social services information rally, in recognition of National Young Women's Day of Action, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 10, in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom A, at the University of Northern Iowa.

The event encourages young people to become involved in community activism. The following Cedar Valley social service organizations will provide information on services provided as well as volunteer opportunities: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Planned Parenthood, Alternatives, Family Services League, El Centro Latinoamericano, People's Community Health Clinic, Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, Opportunity Works, Pathways and Family & Children's Council.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by UNI's Gender Equality Association, a student-run and student-organized group, promoting gender equality in everyday life. For more information, contact Ami Lawin, program coordinator for UNI's Women's Studies Program at (319) 273-7183, or visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Blurred Boundaries and False Dichotomies: Science and the Federal Government,' will be the topic of the Phi Alpha Theta/UNI Department of History Lecture Series at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Joanne Goldman, associate professor of history at UNI, will deliver the lecture. Goldman received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, before coming to UNI in 1990. Author of 'Building New York's Sewers' (1997), her area of expertise is the history of American science and technology.

Goldman's lecture will examine the way in which scientific research is affected by federal support. She will show that basic and applied scientific research in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were not mutually exclusive endeavors. She also will examine how the interests of national security and academic freedom in national science institutions were accommodated by national science policy in the post World War II era.

Goldman's lecture marks the third in the 2004-2005 History Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI Department of History, UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization. The next lecture will be Feb. 2, 2005.