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November 7, 2004 - 6:00pm


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.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's men's rugby team, the Ruggers, kicked off the season by beating the Cedar Rapids Headhunters 57-0.

Name a classification from hometown , plays ___position___ position on the UNI rugby team.

Lt. Col. Ronald Albrecht of UNI's department of military science is the rugby club adviser; Eric Whitcome, a sophomore social science teacher education major from Waverly, is the club's president; and Scott Whitcome, vice president of the State Bank of Waverly, and Rick Hall, quality assurance and training coordinator of Rada Manufacturing Co. in Waverly, are volunteer coaches.



ACKLEY John Williams/senior flanker

ANKNEY Chris Lorenz/sophomore flanker

Mark Thompsen/freshman flanker/lock

Mike Giltner/sophomore prop

Josh Frisk/sophomore centre/wing


AURELIA John Fordyce/freshman lock

BELLE PLAINE Jacob Fuerbach/senior eightman

CALMAR Charlie Boekenheuer/senior wing

CEDAR FALLS Justin Hum/junior lock

CEDAR RAPIDS Charlie Donahue/senior scrumhalf/backline

DES MOINES Adam Falk/freshman fullback

DUBUQUE Brandon Wood/senior fullback

Luke Schissel/senior centre

HARLAN Tom Hosack/sophomore wing/fullback

Todd Gladson/sophomore fly half

HOSPERS Jason Raschau/freshman prop

IOWA CITY Kyle Mahoney/junior wing

IOWA FALLS Mike Pisney/junior lock

MARSHALTOWN Zack Frangenberg/freshman lock

MASON CITY Ryan Theilen/senior wing

MAYNARD Tim Fink/junior flanker

Chuck Pelton/junior prop

OTTUMWA Patrick Rupe/sophomore centre

RUTHVEN Mike Grund/junior prop

SHALLER Matt Brau/senior centre/wing

SPENCER Chris McMullen/junior prop

WAVERLY Brett Behrends/sophomore flanker

Matt Daniels/junior fly half

Scott Tiedt/junior wing

Eric Whitcome/junior scrumhalf

WOODBINE Cody Watkins/freshman centre

Mike Kelley/senior prop


COLORADO Josh Walen/senior centre


NEW JERSEY Mike Enna/sophomore hooker


November 2, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Believing that an educated citizenry is a foundation of democracy, the University of Northern Iowa's American Democracy Project (ADP) is sponsoring two meetings on campus Tuesday, Nov. 9, about the use of newspapers in the classroom. They will be held in the Maucker Union Presidential Room, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and from 6 to 7 p.m.

'Research shows that students who begin reading newspapers in college are more likely to do so as adults,' said Gerri Perreault, UNI director of leadership studies and a member of the ADP committee. She said the ADP is a multi-campus initiative coordinated through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, that seeks to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy.

The New York Times states that newspapers are 'the frontline of history' and courses are enriched by having students read current material related to the theory and concepts they are learning in their classes.

Tuesday's first session, at 3:30 p.m., will be an overview of newspapers in the classroom. Newspaper representatives will be Eric J. Hellstern, national sales director/education for the New York Times; Steve Livingston, district zone manager for USA Today; and Sarah Smith, Newspapers in Education coordinator for the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier. They also will have exhibits of their work with classes.

The 6 p.m. session will focus on the mechanics and funding options for having newspapers available in various areas of the campus for students to pick up.

Co-chairs of the UNI ADP committee are Melissa Heston, associate professor of education, and Mitchell Strauss, professor of textiles and apparel.

For more information on the newspapers on campus meetings, contact Gerri Perreault at (319) 273-6898, or e-mail



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Health Center recently implemented a completely paperless system, covering everything from check-in to the filing of insurance claims.

Using Medicat, a software system developed by Nuesoft Technologies, the center now has what Director Sue Courts refers to as a 'seamless electronic system that eliminates redundancy and waste, and offers simplified access to patient information. Ultimately, it provides better services to students.'

More than 125 other universities use the same system. UNI began using it five years ago, but only recently fully implemented the system for a completely paperless center.

For more information about the system, contact Courts, (319) 273-7224.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Michael Kaufman, a speaker, writer and consultant on gender issues, will give a lecture on 'Women and Men: Working Together Against Violence,' at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the John Deere Auditorium in the University of Northern Iowa's Curris Business Building, Room 109.

Kaufman will address miscommunication, confusion, fear and anger between men and women and concentrate on how both women and men will benefit from change in gender relations. Dean Chip Capraro, of Hobart College in New York, commenting on Kaufman's address there, says Kaufman is 'an outstanding educator who includes experience, theory, stories, warmth and humor in his highly stimulating and entertaining engagement of contemporary gender issues.'

Kaufman is the founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, said to be the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. For the past two decades, Kaufman has worked around the world with men and women, focusing on reshaping ideas about manhood, challenging sexism and violence against women, and developing better relations between the sexes.

Kaufman is the author of several books and co-editored Theorizing Masculinities with Harry Brod, UNI professor of philosophy and humanities.

This event is sponsored by UNI Speakers Committee, the Women's Studies Program, Wellness and Recreation Services, Prevention Partners, the Department of Residence, the Department of Philosophy and Religion and SAVE (Students Against A Violent Environment).



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Emmy-award winning journalist and former CNN anchor, Andria Hall, will speak on 'Bring Your Best Self to Work,' at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education.

Hall will discuss finding meaning in work and how the stresses and challenges of the workplace affect spirituality and balance.

The noon workshop will be preceded by a reception and book signing for Hall's new book, 'The Walk at Work: Seven Steps to Spiritual Success on the Job,' at 11:30 a.m.

Refreshments will be provided; participants can bring a lunch.

Hall also will give a presentation titled 'Work Ethics, Journalism and Truth,' from 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Center for Multicultural Education.

Both events are free and open to the public.


November 1, 2004 - 6:00pm


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.


October 31, 2004 - 6:00pm


Historian of Christian thought to participate in UNI seminar

Amy Hollywood, a professor of the history of Christianity and theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will participate in a faculty/student seminar on traumatic devotion, at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, in Room 161 Baker Hall on the UNI campus.

Hollywood is an historian of Christian thought specializing in mysticism, with strong interests in feminist theory, psychoanalysis and continental philosophy. She has published two books and received the International Congress of Medieval Studies' Otto Grundler Prize for the best book in medieval studies.


Susan Hill, director, Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7195, or e-mail

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


UNI traffic and parking update for UNI-Dome south lot

Beginning Monday, Nov. 8, the south UNI-Dome parking lot will be closed in preparation for construction of the McLeod Center. The lot will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.

Foot traffic also will be affected. The footbridge across Hudson Road will be open, but traffic will need to turn left (south) at the west end of the bridge. The Dome and the Wellness & Recreation Center (WRC) will not be accessible from this direction. The exits on the east side of the Dome will be functional, but traffic will be required to go north down the steps towards the WRC. The south Dome exits will be for emergency exiting only during events, and will lead into the construction site.


Morris Mikkelsen, associate vice president for facilities management, (319) 273-2611, or e-mail

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



Monday, Nov. 1

The Current Research on Women (CROW) Forum takes place at noon in the Maucker Union South Room, with presenter Jesse Swan, associate professor of English, discussing ' Sexing Elizabeth Cary.' Contact: Cynthia Goatley, associate professor of theatre, (319) 273-6270.

'Twilight: Los Angeles,' a film by actress Anna Deavere Smith, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. Contact: Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, director of marketing for Strayer-Wood Theatre, (319) 273-6387.

Tuesday, Nov. 2

The 2004 Social Justice Film Series continues at 8 p.m. in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108, with 'Brothers and Others,' a documentary exploring the retaliation felt by Arab-Americans after Sept. 11. Contact: Jessica Maass, student, (319) 277-4752.

Friday, Nov. 5

Women's Studies presents a faculty/student seminar at 3:30 p.m. in Baker Hall, Room 161, featuring Amy Hollywood, professor of the history of Christianity and theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Contact: Susan Hilll, associate professor of philosophy & religion, (319) 273-7195.

Elissa Levine from NASA/Goddard Space flight Center and Martha Whitaker from the University of Arizona will explain how data collected by Black Hawk County students is assisting in their scientific research, during a presentation at 7 p.m. in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. Contact: Marcy Seavey, education director, Iowa Academy of Science, (319) 273-7486.


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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention Saturday, Nov. 6, and Sunday, Nov. 7, at UNI's Wellness and Recreation Center.

Participants have the option of attending one or both days of the convention, which begin with registration and breakfast at 7 a.m. Sessions start at 8 a.m. The theme of this year's convention is 'IAHPERD 4 You & Me: Better Together,' with the '4' representing the four components of IAHPERD: Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

'By working together for the common goal of promoting quality, healthy and active lifestyles for all Iowans, we can get much more accomplished than if each of the divisions try to go it alone,' said Rip Marston, UNI professor of HPELS and president of IAHPERD.

Presentations will address topics such as creating a brain-friendly classroom, tracking standards and benchmarks and physical education activities.

Keynote speakers include several national teachers of the year, including the 2004 National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, Lois Boeyink, from Newton. She will present 'In the Beginning there was 'Steal the B.A.C.O.N.''

Judith Young, vice president for programs of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, will speak about her experience as the executive director of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, which represents pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade physical education teachers, curriculum specialists and teacher preparation faculty.

Dr. Chuck Huss,, a graduate of UNI and the University of Iowa Medical School, is the emergency department physician at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He has climbed mountains on six continents, participated in international expeditions, climbed all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks and completed numerous marathons. He will present 'Reaching for the Top: Mount Everest' during the closing luncheon Sunday.

Carol Phillips, associate professor of physical education, will serve as president of IAHPERD next year. She will be the third consecutive president of IAHPERD from UNI, preceded by Marston, who is currently president, and Lori Smith, instructor in teaching at UNI's Price Laboratory School, who served the 2002-2003 term.

Registration information for the IAHPERD Convention is available online at or by calling (800) 782-9519.

The convention is sponsored by IAHPERD and facilitated by UNI Conference & Event Services.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) will offer two seminars on entrepreneurship in November.

'To Be or Not To Be: The Entrepreneur vs. The Employee' will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10. Guy Chiattello, UNI's Entrepreneur- in-Residence, will lead the seminar that will provide a chance for individuals to explore entrepreneurship and all of the rewards and challenges of owning a business, according to Katie Viet, RBC-SBDC (Small Business Development Center) program coordinator. This seminar is free to the public.

'Small Business Basics' will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16. The seminar will introduce new venture entrepreneurs to small business legalities, business planning, financial planning, commercial bank financing, market research and state financial assistance programs. The course will be taught by James Hoelscher, RBC-SBDC program manager for entrepreneurial outreach. The fee for Small Business Basics is $15.

Both classes will be held at the UNI Regional Business Center, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. For more information or to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or


October 28, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Dr. Amy Hollywood, professor of the history of Christianity and theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School will participate in a faculty/student seminar entitled, 'Traumatic Devotion: Margaret Ebner's Revelations', at 3:30 p.m., Friday Nov. 5, in Baker 161 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Hollywood is a historian of Christian thought specializing in mysticism, with strong interests in feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and continental philosophy. Hollywood has published two books. The first entitled The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Madebut, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart was published in 1995, and received the International Congress o Medieval Studies' Otto Grundler Prize for the best book in medieval studies.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Hill at (319) 273-6231 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Data collected by Black Hawk County students is assisting GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) soil scientists in their research. This work will be explained in a public program on studies in local soils, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Elissa Levine of the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and Martha Whitaker from the University of Arizona, will present the program. In addition, Levine will demonstrate Basic GAPS, a student computer modeling tool that allows students to make predictions about effects of climate change on the local environment.

Levine is the principal soil characteristics scientist for the GLOBE Program, a K-12 science and education partnership between scientists, teachers and students in more that 105 countries. She is the 2003 winner of the Association of Women Soil Scientists Mentoring Award. Whitaker is on the GLOBE soil moisture science team and has helped to develop soil moisture field campaigns.

The talk is sponsored by the GLOBE program and the Iowa Academy of Science, housed at UNI, and is part of the GLOBE ONE Project.

GLOBE ONE is the organization's first intensive field campaign in the world, and is being performed by students, teachers, scientists and members of the Black Hawk County community to investigate the environmental impacts of tilling soil for farming. The participants are looking at a variety of aspects of the environment, from how much rain and snow fall in northeastern Iowa throughout the year, to the properties of local streams and soil, to how plants and animals change as the seasons change.

Levine and Whitaker also will lead a free educator workshop on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Central Middle School in Waterloo. To register for the workshop, or for more information on either program, contact Marcy Seavey, program director for the Iowa Academy of Science, at (319)

273-7486. ###

October 27, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students and Iowa businesses will benefit from a recent gift from Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO).

CIPCO will provide $10,000 each year to support experiential learning opportunities for UNI students and enhance entrepreneurial and economic development opportunities for Iowa businesses. The CIPCO Enhancement Fund will provide opportunities for students to intern with Iowa-based small businesses and new ventures.

'We appreciate CIPCO's leadership in this area. Through their vision and generosity, UNI will now be able to expand its successful experiential learning opportunities to include support for internships with Iowa start-up ventures,' said Randy Pilkington, executive director of UNI's Business and Community Services.

UNI's Business and Community Services program has served more than 4,000 business and community clients in all 99 Iowa counties. More than 1,000 students are involved in its outreach activities.

'CIPCO is an active participant in the economic development of all its service areas. We hope to see this effort expand, and other companies offer support in an effort to spur economic development and help keep young entrepreneurs in Iowa after graduation,' said Dennis Murdock, executive vice president/CEO of Central Iowa Power Cooperative.

CIPCO is a wholesale energy provider to rural electric cooperatives serving in 58 of the 99 Iowa counties. Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa CIPCO's service territory extends over a 300 mile diagonal path across the state including most of the southern tier of Iowa as well as east central Iowa. CIPCO's rural electric cooperatives will be instrumental in helping to identify potential business sites for this program.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Public radio station KUNI is airing a series of reports about the No Child Left Behind legislation.

'The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 was a first,' explained independent reporter Carole Shelley Yates, who conducted interviews for the 10-part series. 'Never before has the federal government taken such an active role in holding schools and districts across the nation accountable for student achievement.'

Yates talked to a number of administrators and teachers throughout Iowa to see how the legislation is affecting their jobs. Schools included in the report are Hayes Elementary School in Davenport; Prairie View Elementary in Cedar Rapids; West Branch Middle School and Lincoln Elementary in Dubuque; North Cedar Elementary School in Cedar Falls; and Waterloo Community Schools.

The reports began Oct. 25, and can be heard each Monday at 4:45 p.m. during 'All Things Considered.'

Funding for the programs comes from the Iowa State Education Association and the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine. KUNI is heard throughout Eastern Iowa at 90.9 FM. In Dubuque it's 98.7 FM, in Des Moines it's 101.7 FM, in the Quad Cities it's 94.5 FM and in Eldridge its 102.7 FM. KUNI is also heard on 91.5 FM and 1010 AM in Mason City.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today that the University of Northern Iowa has been recertified. This classification means UNI is considered to be operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the association's Division I membership.

'This means we're doing things right,' said Rick Hartzell, UNI director of athletics. 'The university's athletics programs tell a success story. Not only are our teams successful across the board, but our student-athletes perform in the classroom at a rate that is better than that of the general student body in terms of grade point average and graduation rate.'

UNI's 400 student athletes have an average GPA of 3.07, and several of the teams have averages greater than 3.20. The student-athlete graduation rate is 66 percent, one of the best in the Missouri Valley Conference. 'Academic performance of student athletes continues to be our top priority,' said Hartzell.


October 26, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has named its participants for the fall 2004 National Student Exchange (NSE) program. The NSE program allows students to study at one of 168 colleges and universities throughout the United States while paying UNI tuition.

Fall 2004 NSE program participants include ___(NAME)___, a __(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)___ major from ___(HOMETOWN)___, who is currently attending ___(SCHOOL)___.

To be eligible for the program students must have a UNI and cumulative grade-point average of 2.75; have completed at least 30 hours, but not more than 85 hours of coursework at the time of the exchange; be a full-time student; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and be in good standing, as defined by UNI.

For more information about the NSE program, contact Karen Cunningham, coordinator, UNI National Student Exchange program, at (319) 273-2504.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 2004 Social Justice Film Series features documentaries that explore human rights and social justice issues. Begun earlier this month, it continues on Tuesdays through Dec. 7. All of the documentaries will begin at 8 p.m., in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center. They are free and open to the public.

'Brothers and Others' explores the retaliation felt by Arab-Americans after the 9/11 tragedy, and is an exploration of race in America. It will be shown Nov. 2.

'Unconstitutional: The War on Civil Liberties,' Nov. 9, looks at how the War on Terrorism affects the Middle East and the United States.

'The Corporation' is an award-winning documentary that questions corporations' legal status as individuals and asks what would happen if psychiatrists evaluated corporations as individuals. It will be shown Nov. 16.

'This is What Free Trade Looks Like,' Nov. 30, explores the harmful effects of free trade on workers, citizens and the environment.

'Orwell Rolls in His Grave,' by Robert Kane Pappas, Dec. 7, explores the doublespeak of the current political climate and how it compares to George Orwell's predictions.

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

For more information, contact Kent Sandstrom, UNI professor of sociology at (319) 273-2769.


October 25, 2004 - 7:00pm


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 3 and 4. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Fall enrollment report

UNI's official 2004 fall semester enrollment exceeded its target of approximately 12,700 -- reaching 12,824 students at the end of the second week of classes. According to UNI President Robert Koob, an enrollment in the 12,700 to 12,900 range represents a fairly good balance compared to currently available state budget resources. 'We still need to rebuild equipment and maintenance budgets that were sacrificed in past years as we worked to help ensure academic quality. The number of minority students is up, our out-of-state enrollment is up, and while the number of new students was down, it was down only slightly,' said Koob. 'We are embarking on programs and campaigns to make sure that all Iowa students understand that a UNI education is affordable, accessible and a good investment. If we can avoid further legislative budget cuts and even grow resources somewhat, we are cautiously optimistic that we can grow at a corresponding pace.'


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

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

2. Comprehensive fiscal report for fiscal year 2004


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

3. Price Laboratory School enrollment report


William Callahan, director, Price Laboratory School, (319) 273-2719

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

4. Register of capital improvement business transactions

Shull Hall. UNI is seeking permission to proceed with project planning -- deferred maintenance and room improvements. Shull Hall was built in 1964 as one of four residence halls in the UNI Regents Complex. The projects will include bathroom and window renovations. Shull Hall has 211 student rooms. It will reopen next fall as an upperclass-only (sophomore and above) facility featuring single-occupancy rooms. Surveys and analysis show private single rooms and updated bathrooms are key drivers in the housing market. This should help increase the number of upperclassmen living on campus. Research shows living on campus has a positive impact on grades and graduation rate.


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

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

McLeod Center. UNI is seeking approval of a revised project budget. Initial bids came in over budget, primarily because of recent massive increases in the cost of building materials.


Bill Calhoun, vice president for Advancement, (319) 273-2487

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

Business & Community Services building. UNI is seeking approval of a schematic design and budget. Bids are expected in 2005, with construction expected to take 15 to 18 months. The building will be adjacent to the Center for Environmental & Energy Education (CEEE) and will house outreach activities such as the Institute for Decision Making, Conference & Event Services, Innovation Accelerator and John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.


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

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

5. Residence system annual report for 2004-2005


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

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

6. Tuition and fees study


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



James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

October 24, 2004 - 7:00pm


Every year, just about this time, retailers haul out the jack-o-lanterns and pointy witches' hats, and start decorating their stores. Hollywood releases a new slasher film, and screams fill the air. Most of it is all in fun but, says Josh Susskind, assistant professor of psychology at UNI, it could still be too frightening for children. He explains that different situations can scare different kinds of children, and parents should be alert.

Children at the preschool to early elementary age are typically frightened by perceptual things. So something that looks scary is going to be very scary for them. Older children, 9- to 11-years-old, are more frightened by negative behaviors. 'Real-world behaviors and characters, like those you see in a slasher film, scare them,' explains Susskind. 'It's easy for children to believe it could happen to them. It doesn't even have to be something they saw in a movie; it could be the evening news.'


Joshua Susskind, assistant professor of psychology, (319) 273-7251,

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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twilight: Los Angeles, a film by Anna Deavere Smith, will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1, at the University of Northern Iowa's Kamerick Art Building, Room 111.

Based on Smith's play, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, the film is a series of personal stories from riot victims, witnesses, participants and observers. The riots took place after the not-guilty verdict that freed policemen who beat motorist Rodney King. The play was nominated for two Tony Awards.

Smith, the author of Fires in the Mirror and House Arrest, also has starred in TV's The West Wing and The Practice. She will perform another of her plays, Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The presentation of the play and the film are part of the Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education and KBBG Radio, they are free and open to the public.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Sexing Elizabeth Cary' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, Nov. 1, in the South Room of Maucker Union, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

In 'Sexing Elizabeth Cary' Jesse Swan, associate professor of English language and literature, explores readers' impulse to see Cary, one of the first female playwrights, in sexual terms and to interpret her work as that of an author who thinks in sexual terms.

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.


Monday, Oct. 25

'The Iraqi Quagmire in Perspective: A Teach-In,' will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Maucker Union Ballroom C. Panel members are Gregory Bruess, Barbara Cutter and John Johnson, all professors in the Department of History; and Al Hays, director of the master's program in public policy. Contact: Wallace Hettle, associate professor of history, (319) 273-2942.

Tuesday, Oct. 26

The University Honors Program presents 'Popular Culture: Shaping and Reflecting Who We Are,' a satellite seminar series, at 6:30 p.m., in Maucker Union's Ballroom A. Contact: Jessica Moon, director, University Honors Program, (319) 273-3175.

Wednesday, Oct. 27

'Changing Face of Iowa: Exploring Creativity in the Community,' begins at 6:30 p.m. in CEEE 11. Featured will be a panel discussion, a performance by the UNI West African Drum Ensemble, and an exhibition of student art. Contact: Phyllis Baker, associate dean, CSBS, (319) 273-2109.

'Walt Whitman Live!' a one-man show, will be presented by Bill Koch, professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, at 7:30 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Contact: Bill Koch, (319) 273-6231.

Lunar eclipse viewing at McCollum Science Hall, 9 to 11 p.m. Contact: Siobhan Morgan, professor of earth science, (319) 273-2389.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Rod Library's used book sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact: Vince Heuer, accountant, Business Operations,

(319) 273-3527


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


October 20, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) elected senators through Fall 2004 special elections held recently.

(Student's name), a (Classification) (Major) from (Hometown) was elected a NISG senator from -- (Residence) .

NOTE TO EDITOR: Fall 2004 special election senators are listed below in alphabetical order by hometown. Please check the list for students in your coverage area.


CEDAR FALLS Brian Larkin/sophomore/management information systems/off-campus

CLEAR LAKE John Harrenstein/senior/organizational communication and public administration/off-campus

DUBUQUE Jestin Stoffel/senior/computer science/off-campus

HUMBOLDT Lindsey Thomas/sophomore/textiles and apparel/off-campus

JESUP Diana Roth/senior/social work/off-campus

READLYN Brian Boehme/junior/history/Campbell Hall

SIOUX CITY Timothy Lanphier/junior/management with an emphasis in business administration



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Richard Utz, professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa, is the first recipient of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts' (CHFA) Faculty Excellence Award. The award was established by the college's Faculty Senate, and honors a tenured faculty member who has earned national or international reputation and demonstrated an ability to translate his/her skills into exciting classroom and studio experiences.

Utz came to UNI in 1991 after earning his doctorate in English and German philology from the University of Regensburg, Germany. He established a new subfield of inquiry in medieval English studies that received an award from that institution for outstanding work in English studies.

Sigma Delta Tau honor society named him English Professor of the Year in 1993. He was chosen CHFA Outstanding Teacher in 1995; and received UNI's Donald N. McKay Faculty Research Award in 2000, and the Iowa State Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in 2001. In 2003 he received the UNI Distinguished Scholar Award.

Utz is the author and co-editor of 12 books, and has published more than 80 essays, book chapters and reviews. He is editor of the book series Disputatio and Prolepsis: The Heidelberg Review of English Studies; and review editor for The Medieval Review. Among the seven languages in which he works are old/middle English, Latin and ancient Greek.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services announced Anna (Hass) Ranbarger of Wheatland, Joe DeLuca of Aldridge, Nolan Thill of Algona and Chris Foster of Trimble, Mo. as student employees of the month for July 2004.

Ranbarger, a senior education and Spanish major, is a lifeguard and learn-to-swim instructor, and was cited for her superior instructing skills.

DeLuca, a senior health promotions major, is a lifeguard and learn-to-swim instructor. He was cited for encouraging a positive and energetic environment for the learn-to-swim program.

Thill, a junior education major, is a welcome desk supervisor and facility manager. He was cited for his successful rise to a supervisory role in the Wellness and Recreation Center.

Foster, a senior therapeutic recreation major, is an informal recreation supervisor. He was cited for his success not only on the basketball court, but also for inspiring the local community in working with citizens with disabilities.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has made it easier for students applying for scholarships to do so, through a new tool called the Common Online Undergraduate Scholarship Application.

Previously, students applying for scholarships filled out separate applications for each scholarship sought. Now there is a single application.

'It's designed to streamline the process for students and administrators, and make students more aware of scholarship opportunities,' explained Joyce Morrow, associate director of financial aid. 'Once submitted, the students will be considered for scholarships across campus.'

Also, she pointed out, the new system tells students that the application has been submitted, eliminating the need for follow-up calls.

Morrow said the online application, available at, should be completed as early as possible, so no scholarship deadlines will be missed. She noted a similar application is being considered for graduate students. For more information, contact Morrow at (319) 273-2701.



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.