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October 20, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The first grade class at New Park Elementary School in Harlan won the Space Week Science Challenge, a contest open to all precollege Iowa students. The winners were announced Monday, Oct. 18, by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC), one of the sponsors of the contest.

As winners, the students, taught by Mrs. Becky Chipman, will receive an Orion StarMax 90 EQ telescope and a Garmin e-TREX GPS receiver for their classroom, and a field trip to the Science Station and IMAX Theatre in Cedar Rapids. The teachers at New Park Elementary have won an inservice training session from the Extension--Science, Engineering and Technology team and curriculum materials.

This year, a Meade ETX 70 telescope was also awarded to the top classroom entry for category 4-8: the seventh grade earth science class of Traci Main at Moravia Middle School in Moravia; and to category 9-12: the ninth grade earth science (8th period) class of Steve Koopmann at Bennett Community School in Bennett. Each of the classrooms that entered the contest this year will receive a TiViTz game from TiViTz as an appreciation gift from the ISGC for participation in the Challenge.

Contestants listened to special editions of the Earth and Sky radio program broadcast by WHO Radio (1040 AM) during Space Week, Oct. 4-10. Topics included the moon and Saturn, sun-climate connections and tracking turtles. Then they took a quiz based on the content of the radio programs and supporting activities.

Other sponsors of the contest were WHO Radio and the Earth and Sky radio program. The Iowa Space Grant Consortium is a NASA-supported organization aimed at increasing interest in aerospace education and research. Its academic members are the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Drake University.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has created a new online tool to help prospective students learn more about UNI and assist in the college decision-making process. Called PAWS, the Web site provides interactive communication between the student's personal interests and what UNI has to offer.

Located at, it features four main areas of information -- academics, student organizations, financial aid and residence life. It also offers student, faculty and alumni profiles, as well as the ability to save the personalized site, if the student desires.

'PAWS can assist future college students in exploring majors and activities outside the classroom, finding a campus job and imagining what life on a college campus will be like,' says Renee Romano, vice president for student services.

PAWS is the latest of several new admissions tools the university has recently rolled out. Items include Calculate My Aid, the online financial aid calculator; a new online common scholarship application; the Tuition Opportunity Program for Iowans, which offers full-tuition scholarships to low-income students; and a re-vamped Admissions Web page. Visit or for more information.


October 19, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present the '2004 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition,' Monday, Nov. 1 through Dec. 1. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1, in the Kamerick Art Building lobby.

The exhibition is a formal presentation of painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, photography, mixed media, performance and installation, featuring the most recent accomplishments of faculty in the UNI Department of Art. According to Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, the annual exhibition is an opportunity for students and the public at large to experience contemporary art research, technique and production.

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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present Dracula at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, through Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, Room 40. Dracula is based on Bram Stoker's novel about vampires. Dracula was adapted for the stage by Tom Clapp and produced by special arrangement with Players Press Inc., Studio City, Calif.

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

The UNI Interpreters Theatre program is directed by Karen Mitchell, associate professor of communication studies, and Paul Siddens, associate professor of communication studies.


COUNCIL BLUFFS Jessica Armstrong/junior Theatre Education &


DES MOINES Mikey Williams/freshman Theatre Education

Ren Waddell/sophomore Sociology

IOWA FALLS Tye N. Felland/senior Art Studio: Photography

LEMARS Jamie Weets/senior Communications &

Theatre Education

MASON CITY Adam Harrer/sophomore Secondary Education

MUSCATINE Emily Griffin/freshman Elementary Education

ROBINS Carla Pasker/sophomore Psychology

SHENANDOAH Wayland McQueen/junior Philosophy & Religion

URBANDALE Linnea Haugen/sophomore Elementary Education

WAVERLY Kimberly Jones/junior Art Studio: Graphic Design

WEBSTER CITY Matt Musgrave/senior Biology & Education

WINTERSET Austin Moore/sophomore English


BEVERLY, ENGLAND Nick Jensen/graduate Mass Communication

BUENOS AIRES, Nico Moreno/senior Economics




CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Walt Whitman Live!!,' a one-man show portraying one of America's most important literary figures, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the University of Northern Iowa's Lang Hall Auditorium.

The 60-minute show features William Koch, UNI adjunct professor of English, performing as Whitman and speaking on the poet's major themes, observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln and experience with the Civil War.

Koch has also performed at the Hearst Center for the Arts, the UNI Museum, the Grout Museum, William Penn University and the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

The program is sponsored by the UNI Department of English Language and Literature. The public may attend at no charge.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– 'Welcome to the Jungle' will be the theme for a visit by 64 elementary students from Waterloo's Dr. Walter Cunningham School of Excellence when they visit the University of Northern Iowa campus Friday, Oct. 22.

They are scheduled to arrive at UNI's Schindler Education Center at noon, where they will be greeted by Panther Mascot T.C. (The Cat); Jeffrey Cornett, dean of the UNI College of Education; UNI senior Jenny Rokes, a member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; and the 20 UNI teacher education majors who have volunteered at the school for the last two weeks.

The Cunningham students will rotate through four activity areas while on campus -- each 20 minutes in length. The UNI teacher education student volunteers will lead them in an arts group where they will make masks related to the jungle theme; read to them in a literacy session; host games and a variety of activities in a 'just for fun group'; and teach songs and activities that the Camp Adventureï¾™ program teaches children around the world each summer.

For more information, contact Kathy Oakland, UNI instructor in teaching, (319) 273-2591.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A viewing of the lunar eclipse will take place at the University of Northern Iowa's McCollum Science Hall from 9 to 11 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27. Signs in the building will explain how to get to the observatory on the roof.

The observatory's telescope allows viewers to see lunar features that may not be visible to the naked eye.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the moon and the sun.

There are one to two lunar eclipses per year, but the next one where all phases of the eclipse are visible from Iowa will not occur again until February 2008.

The event is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather the event will be canceled.

For more information, contact Siobahn Morgan, professor of earth science, at (319) 273-2389.


October 18, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has chosen Athena Clayborne as admissions counselor for western Iowa. She began her duties in September.

She holds a bachelor's degree in social work from UNI, and a master's in human resource and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota. Previous to coming to UNI, Clayborne was site manager for the YMCA in Sioux City.

She maintains an office at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City, where she serves a dual role. Clayborne works with Western Iowa Tech in a '2+2' program that allows community college students to take UNI courses at that site and obtain a four-year degree. She also visits high schools in western Iowa, recruiting students to attend UNI.

Clayborne can be reached at (712) 274-8733, ext. 1827.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa's ROD Library announced Steph Buchheim of Colesburg employee of the month for October 2004.

Buchheim, a senior elementary and middle level education major with a math minor, is a student assistant in the Student Assistant in Access Services Department, and has worked at the ROD Library for four years.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Resolved: That the legal drinking age in the United States should be lowered to 18' will be the topic of a debate between two graduate students at the University of Northern Iowa and two members of the British National Debate Team.

The debate is scheduled for 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the Elm Room of UNI's Maucker Union. It is free and open to the public.

Members of the UNI team, both of whom work with UNI's individual events and debate teams, are Jen Struve of Cedar Rapids and Eric Short of Cedar Falls, formerly of Brookings, S.D.. British debaters are Rob Marrs, who studied politics at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and Aneurin (Nye) Brewer, a native of Barbados and a graduate of Bristol University in England.

According to Jacob Thompson, director of forensics at UNI, Glasgow has a reputation as 'the best debating university in the world' ands Marrs reached the Scottish Mace Final before graduating earlier this year. Brewer, who works for the Barbados foreign ministry, writing speeches, was crowned European Champion in 2003 and reached the semi-finals of the World Championships in Singapore earlier this year.

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



According to a popular bumper sticker, 'The last time we mixed politics and religion, people got burned at the stake.' In real life, says Jerome Soneson, acting head of UNI's Department of Philosophy & Religion, that isn't too far from the truth. Yet increasingly, church leaders nationwide are urging parishioners to vote one way or another. The Catholic church has purchased ad space in major newspapers, suggesting that it is sinful to vote for a candidate who supports gay marriage, abortion or stem cell research. 'The separation between church and state has been an uneasy compromise,' explained Soneson. 'But I think a lot of conservative Catholics believe the church has a duty to speak out against these things that they see as truly horrible, and help persuade fellow Catholics.'

He says the problem with that tactic is that it removes the voters' option to choose. 'The church has absolutized these issues, and said 'we have the truth and we know what God wants.' It's made the political situation too simplistic, and it doesn't respect the freedom and responsibility of individuals to vote their conscience, to discover moral truths on their own. It's very parental.'


Jerome Soneson, acting head, Department of Philosophy & Religion, (319) 273-2990

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


CEDAR FALLS--The University of Northern Iowa's Theatre Off-Hudson Series of Staged Readings will continue with Independence on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center.

Independence is set in Independence, Iowa, and tells the story of an emotionally disturbed mother and her three daughters who are struggling to find their way in life.

Independence is written by Lee Blessing and directed by Amy S. RohrBerg, UNI associate professor of theatre and Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI marketing director.

The cast of Theatre UNI's reading of Independence features Molly Taylor, a senior theatre major from Coralville; Amber Linde, a freshman theatre major from White Bear Lake, Minn.; Jess Rafoth, a senior theatre major, and Erin Nebel, a freshman speech-language pathology major, both from Dubuque.

Admission to the reading is free and open to the public.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Teacher education majors at the University of Northern Iowa will be attending the fifth Price Laboratory School Teacher Institute Friday, Oct. 22, at Price Lab. A professional teacher education conference, it will offer more than 60 individual workshops, led by PLS faculty, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. There is no cost to participants.

According to Lee Weber, institute founder and a UNI instructor in teaching, it is designed to enrich student learning in the UNI teacher education program. 'In addition to gaining exposure to outstanding professional presentations that our faculty give at state, regional, national and international conferences, we hope UNI teacher education students will begin to see the value of continued professional development and attendance at professional conferences throughout their teaching careers,' said Weber.

Bill Callahan, associate dean of the UNI College of Education and PLS director, said that last year, PLS faculty made more than 100 professional presentations at various levels and held more than 50 offices or leadership positions in professional organizations. 'The institute allows our students to see many of these scholarly projects and the expertise of the PLS faculty beyond their classroom participation experiences,' he said.

Among topics to be covered are: 'Data Not Guesswork: Taking Away Students' License to Forget'; 'Using Spreadsheets as a Problem-Solving Tool in the Science Classroom'; 'Copyright: What K-12 Educators Need to Know'; 'Designing a Nursery-Kindergarten Program'; and, 'Making Curiosity Visible: Documentation of Children's Learning.'

For more information, contact Lee Weber at (319) 273-2056, or visit


October 17, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa professors John Johnson, Barbara Cutter and Gregory Bruess of the history department, and Al Hays of the graduate program in public policy, will speak on a panel about the conflict in Iraq, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25 in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom C.

Among topics for 'The Iraqi Quagmire in Perspective: A Teach-In,' will be student protest in the 1960s, gender and the post 9-11 world, the Vietnam era, and local conflict.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wallace Hettle, associate professor of history, at (319) 273-2942 or



Several UNI professors have, as an area of expertise, politics in the United States. They are listed below. Please feel free to contact them directly for perspective on current events.

Maureen Berner, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-6047. Her interests include state and local government, and social policy issues, especially education and hunger.

Allen Hays, director, master's in public policy program, (319) 273-2910. His areas of expertise are American politics and public policy, especially housing.

Donna Hoffman, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-5916. She discusses American politics, especially voting; the presidency and congress.

Michael Licari:, associate professor of political science, (319) 273-6048. His areas of expertise include American politics, bureaucracy and public policy, especially health care.

Scott Peters, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-2727. He can speak on American politics, especially the Supreme Court and legal issues. Peters also is the pre-law adviser.


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



Monday, Oct. 18

Heart Lecture Series features Steve Gilliam, director of theatre at Trinity University in San Antonio, on ' Recognizing and Crossing Borders: Artistic Responses to Our Global Situation,' at 7:30 p.m., Strayer-Wood Theatre. Contact: Jascenna Hasilet-Carlson, marketing director, Strayer-Wood Theatre, (319) 273-6381.

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Public debate on the presidential election, with surrogates acting as each candidate, at 7:30 p.m. in Maucker Union Ballrooms A and B. Contact: Cate Palczewski, professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2714.

2004 Social Justice Film Series presents 'Fahrenheit 9/11' by Michael Moore, at 8 p.m. in the Communications Arts Center, Room 108. Contact: Jessica Maass, senior, (319) 277-4752.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Reel to Real Film Series presents 'Carved From the Heart,' at noon in Maucker Union's University Room South. Contact: Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683.

Political Science Speaker Series: Donna Hoffman, assistant professor of political science, will present 'Donning the Hat of Chief Legislator: The President, Congress and the State of the Union,' at 3 p.m., in Sabin Hall, Room 201. Contact: Phil Mauceri, acting head, Department of Political Science, (319) 273-2528.

Thursday, Oct. 21

Multicultural Health conference, with keynote speaker Jocelyn Elders, former U.S. surgeon general, at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo. Various times. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, assistant director, multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.

Scott Cawelti, professor of English, will present a lecture, 'From the Middle,' discussing Richard Clark's 'Against All Enemies' and the 9/11 Commission Report at 7 p.m. at University Book & Supply. Contact: Scott Cawelti, (319) 273-3810.

Friday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 24

UNI Navigators host a conference for UNI students, discussing what it's like to be a Christian in today's society. Various sites and times. Contact Sarah Vit, coordinator, Conference and Event Services, (319) 273-6899.


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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Mid-Continent Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORSï¾™ and the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORSï¾™ awarded University of Northern Iowa senior, Tyler Dingel, a $1,000 scholarship for academic excellence.

Dingel, a finance major from Des Moines, was one of five students from the Midwest who received a scholarship.

Jim Maciej, SIOR, CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), chapter scholarship chair, awarded the scholarships during a society chapter seminar in Golden Valley, Minn., last month.

For more information, contact Arthur Cox, director of UNI's real estate education program, at (319) 273-6986.


October 14, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Alumni and Friends of Price Laboratory School (AFPLS) will host its annual fall reunion Saturday, Oct. 23, in the Commons Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Named distinguished alumni for 2004 will be actress Annabeth Gish and educator John Aldrich Jr. Gish, who graduated in 1989, went on to Duke University. Seen most recently as President Bartlett's older daughter on NBC's 'The West Wing,' she also starred as agent Monica Reyes on 'The X-Files.'

Aldrich, a 1972 graduate, was named Mr. Iowa in 1978. He graduated from UNI and has taught primarily in self-contained and severe behavior disorder classrooms at Waterloo East High. He also teaches driver education, physical education and independent living for special needs students.

At the reunion, AFPLS will name 10 individuals 'extraordinary emeritus.' They are Maribelle Betterton, Joan Duea, Judy Gish, Joan Lawrence, Janet McClain, Lynn Neilsen, Bev Smith, Bev Riess, Betty Strub and Sue Swartz. All are members of a group that once taught Team III at PLS.

The AFPLS board of directors is chaired by Michelle Hyde Swanson. Other members are Becky Wilson Hawbaker, Polly Primrose Jacobson, Jim Miller and Dave Smith. Tickets are $13.50 and may be purchased in the school's main office. For more information, contact Swanson at (319) 273-2600.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will present a panel discussion and exhibition, 'The Changing Face of Iowa: Exploring Creativity in the Community,' at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), Room 11.

Panel members will be Gowri Betrabet-Gulwadi, assistant professor in UNI's Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences; Steve Carignan; executive director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center; Jonathan N. Chenoweth, associate professor in the UNI School of Music; Kamyar Enshayan, assistant professor at the CEEE; and Jason Weinberger, music director for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. Moderator will be Marybeth Stalp, assistant professor in the UNI Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology.

'People engage creativity in many areas including their work, activism, volunteer efforts, family and problem solving,' said Phyllis Baker, associate dean for the CSBS. 'Community and creativity go hand in hand. Creativity defies narrow definitions. People make invaluable contributions to the community through creativity, and we want to highlight and celebrate those efforts.'

A reception, catered by Martha Ives, begins at 6:30 p.m. The formal presentation will begin at 7:15 p.m., followed by a performance by the UNI West African Drum Ensemble. Also part of the evening will be a display of two student-generated pieces of public art. First is a wall of creativity constructed by the Northern Iowa Family Services Organization. It consists of a fabric banner with attachments drawn/written by students focusing on how their families engage in creativity. The second piece will showcase two quilts made by college students to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the series, call (319) 273-2221.

This is the first of two presentations in the CSBS Changing Face of Iowa series this academic year. The second will take place in the spring.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa political communication class will host a public debate on the presidential election from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, in UNI's Maucker Union, Ballrooms A and B.

President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry will be represented by two surrogate speakers at the debate. Bush will be represented by State Sen. Don Redfern and UNI junior Lindsay Jenkins, a general political science and government major from Cedar Rapids. Kerry will be represented by Pastor Abraham L. Funchess and UNI senior Philip Rippke, a speech communication and rhetoric major from Moville.

The first half of the debate will use a series of questions developed by the class. The second half will allow the audience to question the representatives. Each side will have a two-minute constructive time limit to answer the questions, and a one-minute rebuttal time limit.

The political communication class developed a Web site about issues pertaining to this year's election:

The debate is free and open to the public. For more information contact Catherine Palczewski, professor of communication studies, at (319) 273-2714.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' the next film in the University of Northern Iowa's 2004 Social Justice Film Series, will be shown at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center.

The documentary by Michael Moore discusses the Bush administration's choice to go to war.

The UNI chapters of Amnesty International, Students for Social Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union sponsor the 2004 Social Justice Film Series.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kent Sandstrom, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology, at (319) 273-2769.


October 13, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa program is helping to fund a presentation by Nobel Prize winner Leon Lederman as a featured speaker at the Iowa Science Teachers Fall Conference Thursday, Oct. 21 in Des Moines.

Lederman and two other scientists received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988 for their neutrino beam method and their resulting research. He is leading Project ARISE, whose aim is to develop and implement a standards-based science curriculum that teaches physics first in the high school sequence. Project ARISE is the topic of Lederman's address to the conference, which is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. at the Polk County Convention Center.

UNI's program 'Transitions: Smoothing the Way from Secondary and Postsecondary Science' is one of the sponsors of Lederman's talk. The Fall Conference is coordinated by the Iowa Science Teachers Section, a part of the Iowa Academy of Science, which is headquartered at UNI.

Lederman is also a founding member of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and the Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science in Chicago.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training, will offer two hands-on computer software training courses this fall.

'Microsoft Excel' will run three consecutive Fridays, Oct. 29 through Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, with classes covering beginning, intermediate and advanced skills, respectively. Participants may register for individual modules, or levels. The fee is $99 per class. The course instructor will be Chris Case.

'Microsoft Powerpoint' training will be offered Thursday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a 'shortcuts' course also being offered from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The course will cover the more advanced capabilities of powerpoint and will be preceded by the special 'shortcuts' course for those needing a little practice. The course will also be taught by Chris Case.

The fee for 'Microsoft Powerpoint' will be $99, and the 'shortcuts' course fee is $59.

All classes will be held at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo. Class sizes are limited. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or


October 12, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Carved from the Heart,' the next film in the University of Northern Iowa's 'Reel to Real' film series, will be shown at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 20, in University Room South in Maucker Union.

'Carved from the Heart' intertwines carving the Healing Heart Totem pole with stories of involvement and healing. The video discusses death and dying, suicide, family relationships and parenting, substance abuse, family violence and war.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Guy Sims at

(319) 273-2683.


October 11, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'DiSC Dimensions of Behavior: Enhancing Performance through Understanding Yourself and Others,' a workshop for business owners, dealing with organizational performance and employee motivation, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 15.

Offered by the University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center/Small Business Development Center, the workshop will be held at the center offices, 212 East Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.

The DiSC workshop is designed to help entrepreneurs build productive teams, develop effective managers, train a powerful sales force, improve customer service, increase cooperation and reduce conflict, according to Katie Viet, program coordinator at the center. Participants will complete the Personal Profile System.ï¾® Instructor Kim Wilson will provide feedback and facilitate additional exercises designed to help participants define themselves, define how they see others and recognize how to make smart behavior adaptations that will maximize interpersonal effectiveness.

The workshop fee is $100. To register, call the UNI RBC at 319-236-8123 or visit For more information on other classes available throughout the fall semester, go to the RBC Web site.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steven L. Gilliam, scenic designer and theatre educator, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, in Strayer-Wood Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa. Gilliam's lecture, which discusses the opportunities and challenges of articulating viewpoints through theatrical design, will open UNI's 2004-2005 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.

Gilliam graduated from UNI in 1970, and earned a master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Michigan. He began teaching drama in 1981 at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he is the university's director of theatre.

Since 1993, Gilliam has been a resident scenic designer for the St. Louis MUNY, the largest outdoor summer theatre in the country. He is a member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology, and has served as the commissioner of scene design and as a member of the board of directors.

Gilliam, along with theatrical designers and educators from Iowa Regent universities, also will participate in a Designer's Roundtable Discussion at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17, in the UNI Gallery of Art. The topic of the discussion is 'Issues Facing Theatre Educators Today.'

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


October 10, 2004 - 7:00pm


Monday, Oct. 11

Geography Colloquium presentation by Alan Czarnetzki, professor of earth science, 'Measuring and Modeling the Dispersion of Odors from Hog Confinements,' 6 p.m., Sabin Hall, Room 7. Contact: Phil Suckling, head, Department of Geography, (319) 273-2772.

Tuesday, Oct. 12

The 2004 Satellite Seminar Series, 'Popular Culture: Shaping and Reflecting Who We Are,' continues at 6:30 p.m., Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom A. Contact: Jessica Moon, director, University Honors program, (319) 273-3175.

UNI chapters of Amnesty International, Students for Social Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union present this week's 2004 Social Justice Film Series at 8 p.m., in the Communications Arts Center, Room 108. Shown will be 'The Believer.' Contact: Jessica Maass, senior, (319) 277-4752.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Charlotte Wells, associate professor of history, will discuss 'Foreign Devils: Xenophobia and the Development of Nationalism in Early Modern France,' as part of the Department of History Lecture Series, at 7 p.m., in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Contact: Wally Hettle, associate professor of history, (319) 273-2942.

Thursday, Oct. 14

The Women on Thursdays, Women and Finance Series continues with Sandy Benak of State Farm Insurance, discussing 'What Women Should Know About Buying Insurance,' at noon, in Baker Hall, Room 161.

Jeannie Steele, professor; and Kurt Meredith, associate professor, both in curriculum and instruction, will provide a slide/lecture presentation, 'Children, Education and Democracy: Three Pillars of Hope for Burmese Refugees Living in Thailand,' at 3:30 p.m. in Sabin Hall, Room 102. Contact: Kurt Meredith, (319) 273-6022.

Bruce A. Kingsbury of Purdue University will present, 'On the Importance of Wetlands to Herpetofaunal Conservation: Shallow and Complex Thoughts' at 5:30 p.m. in McCollum Science Hall, Room 1. Contact: Siobhan Morgan, professor of earth science, (319) 273-2389.

Scott Cawelti, professor of English, will present a lecture, 'Preaching to the Right and Left Choirs,' discussing books by Al Franken, Michael Moore, Anne Coulter and Sean Hannity, at 7 p.m. at University Book & Supply. Contact: Scott Cawelti, (319) 273-3810.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An intensive workshop on grant writing designed specifically for science and engineering researchers will be held Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 20-23, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The UNI College of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, and The Grantsmanship Center, Inc., are hosting the workshop. The program is targeted to researchers early in their grant-writing careers and those who want to sharpen their grant-writing skills, according to Cliff Chancey, head of the UNI Department of Physics, who is the local coordinator for the workshop.

The workshop at UNI, one of several hosted by Sigma Xi chapters and members around the U.S., is for college and university faculty and postdoctoral researchers in Iowa and surrounding states. 'The course is for researchers in the sciences-- both natural and social-- engineers and mathematicians,' Chancey said.

Participants will work on their own proposals during a week of intensive instruction, discussion, group work, practice review sessions and interaction with expert panelists.

For information on the UNI course and registration, go to For a local contact, e-mail Chancey at


October 7, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host its first annual multicultural health conference Thursday-Friday, Oct. 21-22, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

Jocelyn Elders, who was appointed U.S. surgeon general by President Bill Clinton in 1993, will present the keynote address, 'Health Disparities Nationwide,' during the 5:45 p.m. dinner on Thursday. Elders was the first African American to hold this position, and only the second woman to do so. The winner of a National Institutes of Health development award, Elders is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas Medical Center.

Other conference sessions will include 'Changing the Point of Contact of People with the Health Care System: The Cancer Preventorium Idea,' by nationally known physician Elmer E. Huerta of the Washington Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital. A radio host and researcher, Huerta is best known for his use of the media to educate Hispanic/Latino communities nationwide about cancer prevention.

Lydia Perez Roberts, assistant director for multicultural education at UNI, said sessions also will cover racial differences in breast cancer, healthcare reform, outreach programming, HIV/AIDS, racism as it relates to health equity, and environmental health challenges.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered. Cost to attend is $150 for both days. Student registration is $75 for both days. Non-CEU attendees may register for one day, for $50 only. For more information, or to register, call the CME at (319) 273-2250, or visit

Sponsoring organizations are InVision Architecture, Covenant Health System, UNI's Project Export Center of Excellence, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, UNI's College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Also, the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Nebraska Primary Care Association, the Iowa Office of Minority Health, the Region VII Office of Minority Health, KWWL, the UNI College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the UNI Department of Social Work, the UNI Women's Studies Program, and the University of Iowa's Council of the Status of Latinos



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Foreign Devils: Xenophobia and the Development of Nationalism in Early Modern France,' will be the next topic in the University of Northern Iowa History Lecture Series at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Charlotte Wells, UNI associate professor of history, will deliver the lecture. A specialist on early modern France, she has published articles and a book about the French development of ideas about national citizenship in the 1500s, and on how terms taken from the witch trials of the times were used by each side in the religious wars to 'demonize' their opponents.

She will discuss how writers during the post religious wars era, who were concerned with France's economic development, transferred these same, loaded witch terms to foreigners. Her argument is that 'they needed to define the strength, beauty and special status of France against the outside forces of darkness that tried to bring her down.'

Wells said similar attitudes can be found in English writers of the same period. She says, 'Such views led to the economic warfare known as mercantilism, which dominated trade policies in the later 17th and 18th centuries and contributed to the outbreak of the American Revolution.'

Wells received her B.S. degree in history from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, an M.A. in library science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.A. in history from Marquette University, and her Ph.D. in history from Indiana University. She has been teaching at UNI since 1993.

'Science and the Federal Government' will be next in the 2004-2005 History Lecture Series, Nov. 17. The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of History, UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Tricia Rose will present, 'Creating and Marketing Youth: Youth Music and Culture in 20th Century America,' from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Maucker Union's Central Ballroom A at the University of Northern Iowa.

The presentation is part of the 2004 Satellite Seminar Series, 'Popular Culture: Shaping and Reflecting Who We Are,' produced by the National Collegiate Honors Council and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by the University Honors Program at UNI. The seminar series features experts in the field of popular culture.

Discussion following the seminar will be moderated by Michael Blackwell, director of multicultural education at UNI.

Additional seminars include: 'The Empire of Images: Growing Up Male and Female in a World Dominated by Popular Culture,' Tuesday, Oct. 26; 'Courting Disaster? Changing Values about Love, Sex and Marriage,' Tuesday, Nov. 9; and 'Sports in Popular Culture: Are We Winning or Losing?,' Tuesday, Nov. 16.

All of the seminars will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Central Ballroom A of Maucker Union. They are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Jessica Moon, director of the UNI Honors Program, at

(319) 273-3175 or by e-mail,



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Children, Education and Democracy: Three pillars of hope for Burmese refugees living in Thailand,' will be presented at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, in the University of Northern Iowa's Sabin Hall, Room 102.

Kurt Meredith, UNI associate professor, and Jeannie L. Steele, UNI professor, both in UNI's Department of Curriculum & Instruction, will discuss their work with Burmese refugee teachers living in camps in Thailand. Teachers and students are being given methods of instruction that promote reading, writing and critical inquiry in an atmosphere that supports democratic practices and beliefs, according to Meredith.

Burma has been under military rule since 1988. He said more than 2 million Burmese refugees live in Thailand, many of them in camps. He and Steele developed a program to look at school reform and democratizing the educational system. They have worked in 29 mostly post-communist countries from Central Europe through Southeast Asia. The program is coordinated by the International Reading Association.

Meredith and Steele have made five two-week trips to the camps during the last two years.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'What Women Should Know about Insurance' will be the topic for the next ''Women on Fridays' on Thursdays!' at noon Thursday, Oct. 14, in Baker Hall, Room 161, at the University of Northern Iowa.

Sandy Benak, a State Farm insurance agent, will discuss how to be more financially secure. Sponsored by UNI's Women's Studies Program, this is the second event in the women and finance series scheduled to conclude in November.

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

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


October 6, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa personnel-preparation program has received a $1.1 million, five-year grant through the U.S. Department of Education.

Donna Raschke, professor in the Department of Special Education, said the program is designed to recruit and train teachers in the area of early childhood special education (ECSE), specifically those with disabilities and/or from under-represented groups. It also will seek out ECSE teachers who are not fully certified but currently teaching. Raschke and Chris Kliewer, associate professor in the same department, will be project directors.

'The program addresses a critical state need: helping infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities, and their families, become integral members of inclusive programs in their schools and communities,' Raschke said.

Through the program, a series of courses will be offered, some of them taught by instructors with first-hand experience with the subject matter. For example, Gina Greene, the parent of a child with disabilities, will co-teach 'Services to Families with Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities'; while a minority educator, Rubin Carrion, will co-teach 'Professional Interdisciplinary Relationship in Special Education.' Kristina Koch, an ECSE educator with disabilities, will co-teach a course titled 'Including Young Children with Special Needs Into the General Education Programs.'

Sixty-five trainees will be sought to participate in the program. Twenty-five of them will be full-time students pursuing master's degrees, while 40 will be practicing ECSE educators on conditional licenses.

For more information about the program, contact Donna Raschke, (319) 273-3258.



CEDAR FALLS -- 'It's Showtime!' is the theme for homecoming at the University of Northern Iowa. Members of the 2004 Homecoming Committee have been planning events for homecoming week, which began with decorating in the residence halls Sunday, Oct. 3, and ends Sunday, Oct. 10.

New events this year include 'Panther Feud' and the 'Glow Zone Experience,' offered along with traditional activities such as window painting, Panther Pride Cry, Panther Scramble, campaniling and the parade.

(Name) of (Hometown) is a member/chair of the (Committee) committee. Connie Hansen, coordinator of student organizations, is the homecoming adviser.

The homecoming football game will take place Saturday, Oct. 9, at 4:05 p.m., when the UNI Panthers will take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the UNI-Dome.


October 4, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa students majoring in real estate are the recipients of the Iowa Association of REALTORSï¾™ Foundation Scholarship.

Jessica Fisher, a junior from Ogden, was awarded the O.G. Powell Scholarship; Scott Brandt, a senior from Mason City, was awarded the I.L. 'Tommy' Tucker Scholarship; Phil Kreis, a junior from Waterloo, was awarded the Ray Osthus Scholarship; Laura Rollins, a senior from Decorah, was awarded the Joan Ballantyne Scholarship; Stacy Heeren, a senior from Greene, was awarded the Cecil Galvin Scholarship; and Jennifer Burroughs, a senior from Waukon, was awarded the Hanson-Hertz Scholarship.

Joan Ballantyne, president of the Iowa Association of REALTORSï¾™ Foundation, presented the $2,000 scholarships to the students at a recent networking picnic.

Aegon USA Realty Advisors of Cedar Rapids, CB Richard Ellis Hubbell Commercial of West Des Moines, Midland Loan Services of Overland Park, Kan., NAI Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial of Davenport and Principal Real Estate Investors of Des Moines were the event's sponsors.


October 3, 2004 - 7:00pm


New route for UN I Homecoming Parade, Saturday, Oct. 9

This year's Homecoming Parade will follow a new route, beginning in the Gilchrist A parking lot and traveling around the south and east campus access roads--Campus, Dakota and Wisconsin Streets-- to 26th Street and east to College Street. At College, the parade route turns north (left) on College Street and west (left) onto 23rd Street, dispersing just before Hudson Road. For a map, go to

UNI Homecoming events through Sunday, Oct. 10

For a complete listing of UNI Homecoming activities, go to

Tuesday, Oct. 5

'Body Trouble = The Facts of Life,' mixed media paintings by Chicago artist Phyllis Bramson, is on exhibit at the UNI Gallery of Art through Oct. 22. Also on display is 'Culture Hero' by Les Levine, a print portfolio from the UNI Permanent Art Collection. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Organizing space and optimizing time for a more productive workplace will be covered in a 9 a.m. to noon workshop at UNI's Regional Business Center 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. Contact: Katie Viet, program coordinator, (319) 236-8123.

Beloved teacher 'Miss Nelson Is Missing' is the opening performance for this year's Kaleidoscope Series at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, sponsored by Allen Hospital. More than 3,000 first-through fifth-graders from throughout the Cedar Valley and Eastern Iowa are expected to attend the performances by the Omaha Theatre Company, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Contact: Amy Hanzelman, GBPAC director of education, (319) 273-3679.

UNI Collegiate Entrepreneurs is sponsoring a field trip to Team Technologies from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. to learn about starting and running a technology company. They will meet in Curris Business Building, Room 3, to depart. Contact: Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, (319) 273-7350.

'Voices of Iowa Farm Women,' a short documentary film by independent filmmaker Cynthia Vagnetti, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Sabin Hall, Room 102. A roundtable discussion will follow, with Vagnatti and Eastern Iowa women whose lives were documented in the video. Contact: Wynne Wright, assistant professor of sociology, (319) 273-6217.

Thursday, Oct. 7

Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom, will honor and thank university scholarship donors. Former UNI President Constantine Curris, executive director of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will speak. Contact: Susan Reinart, stewardship coordinator, UNI Foundation, (319) 273-6078

Theatre UNI opens its season with 'Ubu Roi,' a spoof of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth,' at 7:30 p.m. in the Bertha Martin Theatre. Shows run through Oct. 17. Check for details. Contact: Jascenna Haislett-Carlson, Theatre UNI business manager/publicist, (319) 273-6381.

Friday, Oct. 8

Guest artist Karel Keldermans will continue the tradition of campanile bells being performed on Homecoming Weekend, playing a recital from 11:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., for the traditional meeting of students and alumni at the campanile at midnight. Contact: John Vallentine, director, UNI School of Music, (319) 273-2024.

A dance master class by Janet Wong, rehearsal director for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, will be open to the public from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., in Room 185 of the Wellness & Recreation Center. The company will perform at the GBPAC Saturday night. Contact: Amy Hanzelman, GBPAC director of education, (319) 273-3679.

Saturday, Oct. 9

Karel Keldermans, carillonneur for the Rees Memorial Carillon in Springfield, Ill., will present a Homecoming Recital on the carillon of the UNI Campanile from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Contact: John Vallentine, director, UNI School of Music, (319) 273-2024.

The McLeod Center groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 2:15 p.m. at the UNI-Dome south parking lot. Rain location is the south deck of the UNI-Dome. Contact: James O'Connor, media relations director, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728.

Sunday, Oct. 10

Alan Jackson and Martina McBride will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. Contact: Heather Tousignant, UNI director of operations for athletic facilities, (319) 273-6636.

Sunday, Oct. 10 - Monday, Oct. 11

UNI's Northern Iowa Vocal Arts Festival & Conductor Symposium is expected to draw about 200 high school students and conductors for this two-day event that begins at 9 a.m. Sunday in the GBPAC. It will conclude with a Monday evening concert in GBPAC Great Hall. Contact: Brad Barrett and Nicole Lamartine; UNI School of Music, (319) 273-7175.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The fall schedule of classes and workshops for entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Cedar Valley, offered by the University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC), includes three software training courses for the month of October. All classes will be held at the RBC, 212 E. Fourth St.,Waterloo.

Beginning and advanced classes in 'Microsoft FrontPage' will be offered in partnership with Ketels Contract Training. FrontPage makes it possible to create and maintain a professional quality Web site without writing code. This training course will introduce new users to the Web page creation and Web site management features of FrontPage.

The beginning level training will be offered from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12. Advanced training will be offered from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. Each module has a fee of $99. Interested persons may take one or both levels. Registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 7.

''QuickBooks Pro - Advanced,' will run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the week of Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. Instructor Judy Schindel, certified QuickBooks trainer and C.P.A, will walk participants through software specifics such as setting preferences, reporting, estimates and invoicing, memorized transactions, and bills and payments. The last session will concentrate on solving specific problems brought in by participants. The Advanced training is aimed at QuickBooks users who are familiar with the software series. The training fee is $189. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 13.

'Adobe Acrobat PDF' will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in partnership with Ketels Contract Training. Adobe Acrobat is the standard for document review, exchange and distribution, used by governments, universities, small businesses and corporations worldwide. Participants will learn how to create, manage, and share PDF (Portable Document Format) documents. The course fee is $99 and the registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The RBC offers services in a variety of areas, including small business skill development and training, one-on-one counseling and small business office space.

Other classes will become available throughout the fall. Class sizes are limited and fees vary. For more information contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Mark Steines, two-time Emmy Award winner, host of the syndicated 'Entertainment Tonight' and former University of Northern Iowa football player, will serve as Grand Marshal of the University of Northern Iowa's 2004 Homecoming Parade, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 9.

This year's parade will follow a new route, departing from the staging area in the Gilchrist A parking lot near University Avenue and Campus Street. It will travel east and north on Dakota and Wisconsin streets around Latham, McCollum and Seerley Halls to 26th Street, and east to College Street. The parade will go north on College Street and then west on 23rd Street toward Hudson Road. The reviewing stand remains on 23rd Street across from University Book and Supply. A map of the new route is available at Click on 'Homecoming' and scroll to Satuday's events for the hotlink.

The public is invited. Parking will be available south of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (across University Avenue).

Born and raised in Dubuque, Steines attended UNI on a full football scholarship. He graduated in 1986 with a bachelor of arts degree in radio and television.

After graduation, Steines became a sports reporter, and in 1995, he joined the cast of 'Entertainment Tonight.' He has guest starred on a variety of television shows, including 'Suddenly Susan,' 'Dave's World' and HBO's 'Weapons of Mass Destruction.' Steines had a guest role, playing himself during the 2001-2002 season of 'The Practice.'

Steines also was recognized and honored with a National Iris Award for outstanding reporting and received national recognition from the Women's Sports Foundation for fair and impartial reporting on 'Women's National Football League.'

At 4:05 p.m., the UNI Panthers will take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the UNI-Dome.



School district numbers in Iowa dropping; may drop further

David Else, director of the Institute for Educational Leadership at the University of Northern Iowa, said in 1900 Iowa had an estimated 12,000 school districts, mostly one-room schools reflecting the high levels of Iowa's rural and farm population and the high number of individual farms. The state's highest number of high school districts-- 937-- was reached in the 1930s.

Else said the downward trend in the number of districts has been occurring since 1900. 'The reduction in the number of school districts was not gradual, but really took place in three approximately 10-year periods that began in 1910, 1952 and 1985,' he said. From the 1952-53 school year to the 1962-63 year, Iowa lost more than 3,300 school districts, going from 4,558 districts to 1,231. 'What caused that fast drop was that all the one-room school districts had to attach themselves to a high school.' During that same time period, he said the number of districts with a high school also dropped, from 836 to 469.

In 1985-86, there were 436 districts and 431 of them had a high school, while 10 years later in 1995-96, there were 385 districts with 353 high schools, a drop of 78 high schools. And today, 2004-2005, there are 367 school districts, 341 with high schools, a drop of 90 additional high schools. He said some 75-80 percent of these school districts have fewer than 1,000 students.

He says many schools are facing a dilemma involving geography, funding, educational needs and community pride, among other issues.


David Else, director, Institute for Educational Leadership, (319) 273-3358;

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


Former UNI President Curris to speak at scholarship luncheon

UNI's Annual Scholarship Appreciation luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 7 will feature Constantine Curris, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. Curris served as UNI's seventh president from 1983 through 1995.

The luncheon honors scholarship donors and gives them the opportunity to meet their recipients. The invitation-only event runs 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.


Susan Reinart, stewardship coordinator, UNI Foundation, (319) 273-6078

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


September 30, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -- Mona Milius, associate director of residence/dining at the University of Northern Iowa, has been installed as the 2004-2005 president of the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS), a trade association for campus dining departments at institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada and abroad.

With more than 650 institutions and 400 industry suppliers, NACUFS supports the highest quality of foodservice and provides education, training, technical assistance, information, scholarship and research.

Milius has 25 years of foodservice experience, having begun her career in the healthcare segment of the industry. She joined UNI's dining staff in 1980, and assumed her current position in 1987. Under her leadership, residence dining has implemented many improvements, including an upgraded computerized food management system, nutrition education programs, special events and prime vendor contracts and major dining center renovations. Catering and dining services have earned national awards and recognition for innovation and quality.

'Mona's reputation for open and honest two-way communication will move the organization forward into the future,' said Joseph H. Spina, executive director of NACUFS. 'Her new role as the spokesperson and guide for NACUFS is a natural progression of her enthusiasm for her career, her extensive knowledge of the industry and her broad experience within NACUFS.'

She has served on the association's board of directors and as Midwest regional president. She also served six years as a trustee of the Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship Trust, from 1998-2004, and chaired the 2003 national conference in Kansas City. She has served on several national committees and helped developed the association's current strategic plan.

She received the NACUFS Midwest Regional President's Award in 1998 and the Richard Lichtenfelt Award, in honor of her volunteer efforts on behalf of the association and its programs, in 2002.

Milius has been a featured presenter on topics of benchmarking, financial management and menu development at NACUFS training programs for 10 years, has hosted NACUFS events at UNI and is a coach/mentor for the Foodservice Management Institute.

At UNI, Milius has been honored with the Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award in 2001 and the Board of Regents, State of Iowa Staff Excellence Award in 1995.

'University of Northern Iowa dining services have earned an excellent reputation in the campus community and throughout Iowa,' said Michael Hager, director of residence at UNI. 'The fact that foodservice professionals nationwide selected Mona Milius to lead the NACUFS organization further affirms the caliber of leadership which supports excellent dining programs available for students here at UNI.'



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's homecoming celebration will include a ceremonial groundbreaking for the McLeod Center at 2:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, just outside the south doors of the UNI-Dome. The public may attend. The facility will be named for Clark and Mary McLeod who provided the lead $4 million gift for the arena.

Speaking at the event will be UNI President Robert Koob; Clark McLeod, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; William S. Smith, president, Wm. Smith & Co., Denver, Colo., national arena-drive chair for the Students First Campaign; Rick Hartzell, UNI athletic director; Greg McDermott, UNI head men's basketball coach; Alex Cook, senior, physical education major, Decorah, Iowa, member of UNI women's basketball team; Barry Schaffter, general manager, John Deere Waterloo Works; Jenny Rokes, senior, history education major, Dike, Iowa, and member of Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

If it rains, the event will move inside the 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 efforts reached the $18 million goal in December 2003. Fundraising continues for features to ensure the arena is a premier facility for the university and community. These include a kitchen/catering area, light/sound grid, finished 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 ï¾– The North American Review, located on the University of Northern Iowa campus since 1968, received a $10,000 grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, to be used for leadership initiatives in the field of literary publishing. The grant will support publication and distribution of the three issues of The North American Review.

Founded in 1815 by Boston Lawyer William Tudor, the North American Review is the oldest literary magazine in the United States.

'The North American Review is a special blend of diverse and unique literary voices combined with outstanding art and the highest production values,' editor Grant Tracy said. 'We are very pleased to be recognized by the NEA.'



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 18th Annual Roadside Conference, Roadside Management and Mulch More, will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7 and 8, in Veterans Auditorium in Harlan. Sponsored by a grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation's Living Roadway Trust Fund, it is co-sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa and Shelby County.

An annual event that travels the state, hosted by a different county each year, the primary focus of this year's conference is hydro-seeding and hydro-mulching as techniques for establishing native vegetation, prairie grasses and wildflowers, and controlling erosion on roadsides.

'Conventional wisdom said hydro-seeding is not a good way to establish prairie,' said Bryce Schaben, local host and Shelby County Roadside Vegetation manager. 'But, pulling a hydro-seeder along the shoulder and spraying seed onto the slopes is more practical-- if it works-- and less dangerous than seeding them using a tractor and native grass drill. We pioneered the practice. There were no outside experts to tell us how to do it. The conference will be a format for the 30 counties with hydro-seeders to share what they've learned. Others will come to listen.'

The conference will feature a special showing of the documentary film America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie. The hour-long movie on the natural history of Iowa's prairie landscape features footage of this ecosystem's flora and fauna, historical photography of early settlers who conquered the prairie and an account of the many efforts currently underway to restore prairie habitats around the Midwest. Much of the story is told through interviews, with narration by Annabeth Gish, an actress originally from Cedar Falls.

The film will be shown at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 8, followed by the conference's closing luncheon.

'The Harlan event is an opportunity to experience the documentary with a group of prairie enthusiasts on large screen with high quality sound and projection equipment,' said David O'Shields, the film's director and co-producer, along with Daryl Smith, UNI professor of biology.

O'Shields said America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie is now available on DVD or VHS, and will be shown on public television in 2005.

The two-day conference will feature 24 commercial exhibits, with representatives from hydro-seeding equipment and materials manufacturers and other related businesses. Thursday's schedule begins with speakers from 9:30 a.m. to noon and bus tours from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The Friday session begins at 8 a.m. and will conclude with a luncheon following the video screening.

Kirk Henderson, IRVM coordinator for Iowa, said the conference and the film screening are open to the public. Registration for the full conference is $75, and includes four meals. The movie only is $10 or, with lunch, $20.

To register, call Henderson at (319) 273-2813 at the University of Northern Iowa's Native Roadside Vegetation Center, or email


September 29, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Industrial Technology recently received a $145,000 grant of software from the On Center Software Corporation in Woodland, Texas.

'The new software will enable students majoring in construction management to become familiar with the latest digital innovations,' said Shahram Varzavand, UNI professor of industrial technology, who teaches a course in computerized construction estimating.

Without the software, blueprints from architects, usually 15-20 pages in length, have to be copied for the 30-40 students in the class. 'This software eliminates the need for costly blue prints and digitizers,' said Varzavand. 'With the new software, students figure their estimates directly on the computer.'

On Center Software Corporation agreed to donate the software package after learning of UNI's interest in using it to keep students abreast of changes in the industry.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Encouraged by student response but still concerned about increasing attendance at night-time events on The Hill, administrators, Public Safety officials and students at the University of Northern Iowa have unveiled a campaign to help ensure that homecoming weekend is a safe one. UNI's homecoming weekend is Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9.

''Celebrate with Pride' is a joint university-community campaign based on the input of students, business and community leaders, and people who live near the university. The campaign, developed after all the groups viewed statistics and other information from previous years' events, emphasizes awareness and enforcement of existing laws, and holding people responsible for their actions, said David Zarifis, UNI Public Safety director.

Student body president, Brendon Moe, said UNI students living in Cedar Falls, both on and off campus, have been mailed postcards and brochures that explain bootlegging (selling alcohol without a license), crowd safety, Iowa's drunk-driving laws, and penalties for other infractions like using fake identification to purchase alcohol.

Also, said Edgar Berry, associate vice president for Educational & Student Services, signs indicating penalties for specific behaviors will be posted in the celebration area on The Hill. He noted that surveillance cameras will be mounted throughout the area.

UNI Substance Abuse Services will distribute refrigerator magnets to students, bearing information about the dangers of binge drinking. Local bar owners have been asked to help with the effort by refraining from deeply discounted alcohol sales. They also have been asked to serve alcohol in plastic cups, not in bottles.

The university's Maucker Union will be open for games, movies, activities and free refreshments from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. It will, according to Jan Hanish, Maucker Union director, provide a safe, alternative site for celebrating.

Finally, the Cedar Falls Police Department plans to erect a 125-foot water-filled barricade along the 2200 block of College Street. 'It's safety driven,' explained Rick Ahlstrom, chief of CFPD. 'We're trying to protect life and property. We estimate that, last year, there were 5,000 people in that block alone. A crowd that size in a small area prevents emergency vehicle access. We are hoping the barricades will push people north, where there's more standing room.'

'The goal is not to inhibit anyone's ability to have a good time,' Berry said. 'But we are going to be diligent when it comes to personal safety and respect for the law and university regulations.'

University officials point out that 2/3 of the people arrested during the past homecoming celebrations had no affiliation with UNI.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A three-part series, 'Changing Minds: Politics and Media,' will be presented by Scott Cawelti, professor of English, at 7 p.m., Oct, 7, 14 and 21, at University Book and Supply. The sessions will study the use of language and media to influence thinking during an election year.

The first session will be 'Small Screen Screams: Analyzing Political Ads on TV.' Cawelti explained, 'This lecture will explore how specific ads establish or question credibility, frame and slant images, use quotes and testimonials, appeal to their base or undecided voters, and challenge or reinforce viewers' ideas.'

'Preaching to the Right and Left Choirs' will be presented Oct. 14. The session will examine four books: Al Franken's 'Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them,' Michael Moore's 'Stupid White Men,' Anne Coulter's 'Slander: Liberal Lies about the American Right,' and Sean Hannity's 'Deliver Us From Evil.' Audience members will be invited to explore the books' appeals, logic and credibility.

The Oct. 21 session, 'From the Middle,' will examine two books: Richard Clark's 'Against All Enemies,' and the 9/11 Commission Report. 'Both books appeal to undecided voters because they come from high-credibility sources,' said Cawelti. 'We will explore specific passages for how they handle difficult information, establish credibility and work with evidence.'

This three-part series is free and open to the public.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Counseling Center will offer a free anonymous screening for depression and anxiety, Thursday, Oct. 7, in 213 East Bartlett Hall, at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The tests will be administered as part of National Depression Screening Day.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Local Food Project received prominent mention in the Sept. 24 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, a weekly national publication for university faculty and administrators. The article focused on efforts by colleges and universities to buy food from local sources.

The coordinator of UNI's program, Kamyar Enshayan, is quoted on the advantages of buying local and how locally produced food is showcased at 'all-Iowa meals' at UNI.

UNI's program works with institutional food buyers to explore ways they can purchase a greater portion of their food from local/regional farmers and food processors in Northeast Iowa. Since 1998, each dollar invested in the program has retained $7 in the local economy. In 2003, the program launched the Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign to encourage consumers to know their farmers and to invest in local agriculture.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Summer in Paradise' will be the topic of an Earth Science Seminar at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4, in Room 125 of Latham Hall at the University of Northern Iowa.

Scott Beason, a UNI senior from Osage, will describe his experiences and show scenes from his internship this summer with the National Park Service in Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington state. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact James Walters, head and professor of earth science, at (319) 273-2759.