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September 29, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Voices of Iowa Farm Women,' a video documentary by independent filmmaker Cynthia Vagnetti, will be shown at the University of Northern Iowa on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Sabin Hall, 102.

The documentary chronicles the everyday experiences of farm women involved in the sustainable agriculture community. The documentary took three years to make, premiered at the Iowa State Fair and is now traveling throughout Iowa.

After the video, a roundtable discussion will take place, featuring Vagnetti and Eastern Iowa women whose lives were documented in the video.

The event is co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, the Department of History, the Department of Biology, the UNI Local Food Project, New Light Media of Cedar Falls and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology,

For more information contact Wynne Wright, (319) 273-6217.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's homecoming celebration, 'It's Showtime,' begins Sunday, Oct. 3, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 10.

The event kicks off with window painting in the residence halls, Sunday, Oct. 3.

Student organizations will paint windows on College Hill Monday, Oct. 4, from noon to 5 p.m. The kick-off ceremony and Panther Pride competition will begin at 6 p.m. on the corner of West 23rd and College streets. Pep-bands, the UNI spirit squads and Panther Pride Cry competition will be featured.

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, a bone marrow registration drive and a silent auction will take place in Maucker Union, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., in the West Gym, the UNI Panthers will take on the University of Iowa Hawkeyes in volleyball.

At 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 'Panther Feud' will take place in the Maucker Union Old Ballroom. Teams will compete in the game show 'Family Feud.'

On Thursday, Oct. 7, the Panther Scramble obstacle course will begin at 4 p.m. outside the Redeker Center. Activities in Maucker Union include making CDs, or music videos from 6 p.m. to midnight. The 'Glow Zone Experience' dance will take place from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. A 'Blockbuster Breakfast' will be served from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the Maucker Union Coffee House.

Friday, Oct. 8, has been declared 'the previews,' with students, faculty and staff encouraged to wear school colors. The pep rally begins at 8 p.m. by the Campanile and includes the Panther Pride Cry finals and fireworks.

The public is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the fireworks on the north side of the Curris Business Building.

Beginning at 11:45 p.m., students will gather for campaniling -- the tradition of being kissed under the Campanile at midnight.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, the homecoming parade begins at 10 a.m. The new parade route will begin at Gilchrist A parking lot and end on Hudson Road. A groundbreaking ceremony for the McLeod Center will take place at 2:15 p.m. in the south parking lot of the UNI-Dome.

At 4:05 p.m., the UNI Panther football team will take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the UNI-Dome. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. students may visit Maucker Union for snacks, games, music and movies.

Homecoming week concludes on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 7:30, with a concert by Alan Jackson and Martina McBride in the UNI-Dome.

Homecoming buttons will be sold throughout the week in Maucker Union. Homecoming shirts will be available at University Book and Supply and Maucker Union Essentials.

For more information regarding homecoming activities, contact Connie Hansen, coordinator of student organizations, at (319) 273-6335.


September 28, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will begin its 2004-2005 season with the family circus themed 'Ubu Roi,' Thursday, Oct. 7, for a two-week run in the Bertha Martin Theatre of the University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 13-16; and at 2 p.m., Oct. 9, 10 and 17.

'Ubu Roi' is directed by Scott Nice, UNI assistant professor of theatre, and written by French playwright Alfred Jarry. A seminal play of the Theatre of the Absurd, 'Ubu Roi' is a spoof of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth,' and the current state of our political process, according to Nice.

The cast of eight includes: Chad Ryan of Cedar Rapids as Pere Ubu, and Melisa Wallace of Cedar Falls as Mere Ubu. Other cast members include: Nick Hodge of Marion, Melissa Cameron of Council Bluffs, Jeff Cumberland of Vinton, Benjamin Kass of Sumner, Brad Borrison of Camanche and Magdalena Bochan of Gdynia, Poland.

Production designers include: UNI Staff Designer Mark A. Parrott, scenery; Chad Kolbe, UNI instructor in theatre and Theatre UNI technical director, lighting; Carol Colburn, UNI professor of theatre, costumes; and UNI theatre majors Jennifer Beers of Cedar Falls, hair and makeup, and Hans Pregler of Denver, sound.

Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 18. Admission is free for UNI students with their uCard. Tickets are available by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381 or online at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa faculty members received the 2004 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence at a dinner hosted earlier this month by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Recipients were: Victoria DeFrancisco, professor of communication studies; Philip Fass, associate professor of art; Carlin Hageman, professor of communicative disorders; Christopher Martin, associate professor of communication studies; Curtiss Hanson, professor of chemistry; and Pita Agbese, professor of political science.

DeFrancisco was cited by one nominator for 'her unfaltering commitment to curriculum and programming that enhanced our understanding of gender and diversity issues,' particularly in her role as director of Women's Studies, and for the 'impact her work has continued to have on students years later.' Following her participation in the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, China, she planned numerous events throughout the state that helped place women's issues in a global context. She also was cited for 'her ability to bridge the gap between student services and academic affairs, collaborating when appropriate to create diverse learning environments outside the classroom.'

DeFrancisco has a Ph.D. in interpersonal communication from the University of Illinois,Urbana, and has been at UNI since 1989.

Fass 'is likely one of the finest graphic design teachers in the country,' according to one of his nominators, 'and a master of what he professes. He has an extraordinary record in the area of research, scholarship and creative activity. Just since 1998, his various forms of professional work have been featured at least 37 times in significant formal settings, 20 of which were international in range.

'Perhaps the strongest evidence of his teaching abilities is the praise that one repeatedly hears from professional designers, when they look at the senior portfolios from the graphic design program at UNI.'

Fass joined the UNI faculty in 1991. He holds an M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hageman is described by one of his nominators as a 'highly revered teacher who takes difficult material and makes it easy to understand as he continually strives to make his courses meet the needs of the students and the profession.' Heavily involved in scholarship throughout his academic career, 'he is doing groundbreaking research that has major implications for persons with communications disorders,' and 'he enjoys a national reputation in his area of specialization, communicative disorders in adults,' wrote another.

Hageman has served as the adviser of UNI's chapter of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) for more than 15 years, two years ago was named the NSSLHA Advisor of the Year by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, and late last year that body selected him as its advisor for all NSSLHA chapters in the nation.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Colorado, and joined the UNI faculty in 1982.

Martin is described as 'an excellent teacher admired and respected by colleagues and students, a first-rate scholar with a national reputation and a faculty adviser/committee member who produces a quality product regardless of constraints and circumstances,' by one of his nominators. Wrote another, 'His appearances in the national and local media are important as they reflect his stature as a scholar whose work makes a difference outside the walls of the university.'

Under his tutelage, electronic media majors have received numerous awards from the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and he has worked to create internship opportunities within the profession.

Martin earned a Ph.D. degree in mass communication from the University of Michigan and joined the UNI faculty in 1995.

'A passion for teaching his students' and 'an enthusiasm for his research that is contagious in attracting many students to work with him on research' are among the traits Hanson's nominators cited in supporting him for a faculty excellence award. He has worked with more than 40 undergraduate students on student research projects during his tenure at UNI, and been the research director and mentor for eight graduate students.

He has been a successful grant writer with continuous funding from a variety of sources and received the Iowa DaVinci Award in Science and Technology in 2001 for his achievement in developing new technologies, including patents in mass spectrometry instrumentation. In addition, he received the 2000 Prem Sahai Distinguished Professorship for excellence in teaching and research in the UNI College of Natural Sciences.

Hanson earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Texas A&M University and joined the UNI faculty in 1989.

Agbese has been described as 'a remarkably astute political analyst, an effective and popular teacher and a real asset to our university and the profession. Students not only learn a great deal of material in his courses, but they also very often pick up his infectious enthusiasm for it.' He has won an international reputation for his scholarship and is highly regarded as a solid and outstanding scholar on Africa in general and Nigerian politics in particular, according to his nominators.

Students in general education and political science courses have consistently rated Agbese as one of their favorite instructors and express 'tremendous respect for him as a teacher.' In addition, he has been actively involved in grant writing and has a strong record of publication.

He has a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University, and joined the UNI faculty in 1989.

The Board of Regents is a group of nine citizen volunteers who govern the state's three public universities-- the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa-- and two special K-12 schools-- the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School-- through policymaking, coordination and oversight.


September 27, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Hiding the Fabric Stash: Collecting, Hoarding and Hiding Strategies of Contemporary U.S. Quilters' will be the topic of the first CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum lecture for the 2004-2005 academic year at the University of Northern Iowa. It will begin at noon, Monday, Oct. 4, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room.

Marybeth C. Stalp, UNI assistant professor of sociology, will discuss part of her four-year research project that examined contemporary quilters in the United States. Whereas 100 years ago, quilting was part of the necessary work for a home, today it is a leisure activity whose raw material-- fabric-- tends to be acquired seasonally and on a cyclical basis.

'Just as a painter needs paint, a quilter needs fabric-- although most quilters don't yet create their own fabric, buying it instead,' says Stalp. 'Because of this, some quilters tend to overbuy fabric. Then, since it is not necessary to the family, but a leisure activity, they often feel a need to hide it or 'stash it away' and even refer to it as 'stash.''

Stalp, who interviewed 70 women in the course of her research, also looked at when and why her subjects quilt, one of many options available to them for leisure activity.

Susan J. Koch, associate provost and interim graduate dean at UNI, will give the introductory remarks to launch this year's CROW Forum series.

Sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies, the series is free and open to the public.


September 26, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'Security Flashpoints in East Asia: North Korea and Taiwan,' will be the topic for a day-long conference Monday, Oct. 4, sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS). It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m., in Old Central Ballroom A of Maucker Union.

The morning session will discuss security issues in North Korea. Vice Dean Hu Wentao, Guangdong University in China, will present 'China's Role in the Management of the North Korean Crisis.' Young Whan Kihl, professor of political science at Iowa State University will present 'Nuclear North Korea and the Six Party Talks.'

The afternoon session will focus on security issues in Taiwan. Li Jian, UNI assistant professor of anthropology, will present 'The Image of Taiwan in Chinese Mass Media.' Taifa Yu, UNI associate professor of political science, will present 'Taiwan's Identity Politics and Ramifications for-China-Taiwan Relations.' Director General Thomas Cheng, Taipei economic and cultural representative, will present 'Relations between Taiwan and the U.S.'

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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– More than 80 blankets were donated earlier this month to the new Allen Hospital Birth Center by University of Northern Iowa sororities.

Members of Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Delta Pi and Gamma Phi Beta sororities made the blankets during sorority recruitment. Panhellenic recruitment co-chairs Jill Hughes, a senior from Terril, and Cynthia Hodges, a senior from Ankeny, delivered the blankets.

For more information contact Connie Hansen, coordinator of student organizations,

(319) 273-6335.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A grassroots fundraising effort is under way for the University of Northern Iowa's McLeod Center. Donors of $1,000 or more will be recognized on nameplates as part of a 'Wall of Champions' created in recognition of those who have supported construction of the facility.

'This grassroots effort gives everyone in the Cedar Valley community, our alumni and friends the opportunity to be a part of the Panthers' success,' said UNI director of athletics Rick Hartzell. 'Cedar Valley residents have been our strongest supporters and the Wall of Champions will honor that generosity. We felt that 'Wall of Champions' was a perfect description for this naming opportunity. It reflects the spirit of our donors and our Panther athletic teams alike.'

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. Groundbreaking is planned for Oct. 9.

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.

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.

To join the Wall of Champions or for more information, contact the UNI Foundation at (319) 273-6078 or 1-800-782-9522. For information on the 'Students First' campaign and the McLeod Center, visit

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Tuesday, Sept. 28

HIV/AIDS discussion featuring individuals living with the disease, 7 p.m., in Schindler Education Center, Room 252. Contact: Joan Thompson, health aid coordinator, (319) 273-2198.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Reel to Real Film Series, 'Rape Is,' a half-hour documentary about consequences of rape, at noon, in the University Room South of Maucker Union. Contact: Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union,

(319) 273-2683.

Department of Political Science Faculty Speakers Series, 'Privatizing State Coercion: State, Elites and the Response to Violent Contenders,' presented by Phil Mauceri, acting department head, at 3 p.m. in Sabin Hall, Room 201. Contact: Phil Mauceri, acting head, Department of Political Science, (319) 273-2528.

Thursday, Sept. 30

Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon to thank donors, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Contact: Susan Reinart, stewardship coordinator, (319) 273-6078.

Chicago artist Phyllis Bramson will discuss 'Body Trouble = The Facts of Life,' at 7 p.m. in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. Contact: Darrell Taylor, art gallery director, (319) 273-3095.

Debate Watch, a voter education program hosted by the Department of Political Science, at 7 p.m. in Sabin Hall, Room 102. Contact: Donna Hoffman, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-5916.

American Idol finalist, Josh Gracin, in concert at 7 p.m., in Maucker Union Coffeehouse. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Friday, Oct. 1

Rod Library, celebration of the acquisition of its one-millionth volume, 3 p.m., Rod Library fourth floor. Contact: Marilyn Mercado, dean of library services, (319) 273-2737.

Sunday, Oct. 3

Homecoming window painting in residence halls, 8 a.m. Contact: Connie Hansen, coordinator of student organizations and activities, (319) 273-6335.


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


September 23, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host the third annual Shantytown, an event to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty-level housing, from 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1 to 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, in Lawther Field on the UNI campus.

Participants will sleep outdoors in cardboard 'homes' they will create at the event, listen to speakers, and participate in activities related to homelessness and poverty-level housing. The event is scheduled to be held rain or shine.

Registration begins at 7 p.m., Friday, and is open to any UNI student, staff or faculty member. Those who are interested can register online by replying to



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas will perform at the UNI-Dome at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5.

The Black Eyed Peas' current album 'Elephunk,' is certified platinum, and has produced three Top 10 hits, including 'Hey Mama,' 'Let's Get it Started,' and their No. 1 hit with Justin Timberlake, 'Where is the Love?' 'Let's Get it Started' was featured as the theme for the 2004 NBA Playoffs. In February 2004, the group was nominated for two Grammys, including Record of the Year.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 1, at all UNI ticket outlets: UNI-Dome, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and Maucker Union. They also are available via the Web at or or by calling (877) 216-DOME (3663). Tickets are $18 for UNI students and $26 for the public. All seats are general admission.

The performance is presented by Panther Productions, UNI's student concert committee. Founded in 1999, the group has organized concerts, including those featuring Nine Days, Nelly, Smashmouth, George Clinton, Hoobastank, Ja Rule, Jason Mraz and Lucky Boys Confusion.


September 22, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Leah Gutknecht has been named assistant to the president for Compliance and Equity Management at the University of Northern Iowa. She succeeds Winston Burt who stepped down in June, and now teaches in the Department of Social Work. Gutknecht has been acting director of the office since then.

Gutknecht holds a B.A. in design and human environment, and an MBA, both from UNI. She is a certified workplace mediator and certified federal investigator.

She served as planning and allocations director for the Cedar Valley United Way from1989 to 1993, and human resources coordinator for UNI from 1993 to 1998. She then took a position as branch manager for Staff Management Inc., until 2000, when she was offered the associate director position in UNI's Office of Compliance and Equity Management.

Her new duties will include developing and administering university affirmative action and compliance policies; participating in the resolution of complaints relative to equal opportunity, affirmative action and compliance programs; and evaluating the university's progress toward attaining equity goals.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- Bassist Mark Helias and his trio, Open Loose, will be performing at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, in Davis Hall in the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The award-winning UNI Jazz Band One, directed by Chris Merz, will be joining the group for one selection.

Helias, a graduate of Rutgers University and Yale School of Music, teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, The New School and School for Improvised Music. He has been performing since the '70s and has recorded nine albums. In addition to performing, Helias composes music and produces records for other artists.

Open Loose is comprised of Helias, saxophonist and composer Tony Malaby and percussionist Tom Rainey.

The concert is made possible through funding from the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist Fund. It is open to the public free of charge.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The first film in this year's 'Reel to Real' film series will be 'Rape Is,' a documentary examining the meaning and consequences of rape, from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Maucker Union University Room South. The film looks at rape from global and historical perspectives, and focuses on the domestic, cultural conditions that make rape the most underreported crime in America.

Julie Thompson, sexual and substance abuse coordinator at UNI, will facilitate the event.

Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, said the film is part of the year-long 'Reel to Real' film series that presents films worthy of reflection, discussion, challenge and criticism.

The series, sponsored by the Student Involvement & Activities Center, will continue Oct. 20, with 'Carved from the Heart,' a film that focuses on stories of healing.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Guy Sims at (319) 273-2683.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- The fifth annual Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference will take place Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Polk County Convention Complex, 501 Grand Ave., in Des Moines. University of Northern Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is co-sponsoring the event that provides free admission and transportation to UNI students.

This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs, companies, investors, economic developers, community leaders and students to network, attend informative workshops, and learn from keynote presentations.

The conference is presented by the Iowa Department of Economic Development, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers, Equity Dynamics, Inc., Small Business Advisory Council, Iowa Capital Investment Corporation, Iowa Capital Investment Board and the Iowa Business Council's Coalition for Innovation and Growth.

For more information or to register, call the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at

(319) 273-7350 or e-mail


September 21, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has selected Kerry Reilly of Troy Mills employee of the month for September 2004.

Reilly, a senior business administration major, is a student assistant in the Collection Management and Special Services departmental office, and has worked at the Rod Library for two years.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa celebrates its 40th anniversary and the addition of its one millionth volume with week-long festivities Sept. 27 to Oct. 1.

A commemorative ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1 on the fourth floor of Rod Library. Speakers include UNI President Robert Koob; Catherine Rod, daughter of Donald O. Rod; U.S. Senator Charles Grassley; and author Nancy Price. Music, tours and a reception will follow. All are welcome.

The millionth volume is the 'Pocket Hand-Book of Iowa; Past, Present and Prospective' by John G. Wells, from 1857. It was purchased with funds from the Donald O. Rod Memorial. The rare book includes a color map of Iowa. Books like this were popular in the middle 19th century when Midwest lands were opened for settlement. People who were considering a move to the Midwest bought such books to find the best places to farm, start businesses and raise families.

Week-long activities include historical displays throughout the library which feature themes such as '40 Years of Art and Music,' 'The One Millionth Volume and Beyond,' and 'Donald O. Rod -- Visionary.'

Faculty speakers from each of UNI's five colleges will present informal talks at the library during the week.

Monday, Sept. 27 -- 10 a.m. in the Browsing Room:

Associate Professor Fred Besthorn from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences presents 'Ecology and Social Work: My Hobby Haunting the Stacks of Rod Library.

Tuesday, Sept. 28 -- 2 p.m. in room 286:

Assistant Professor Jim Mattingly from the College of Business Administration presents 'Friends in Good Places: The Rod Library as an Essential Partner in Scholarship.'

Wednesday, Sept. 29 -- 10 a.m. in the Browsing Room:

Professor Roy Behrens from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts presents 'Gertrude Stein, Dazzle Camouflage and George Plimpton's Great Uncle: A Few of the Interesting Things that I've Found in the Rod Library.'

Wednesday, Sept. 29 -- 3 p.m. in the Browsing Room:

Associate Professor Shoshanna Coon from the College of Natural Sciences will present 'It's Bigger than it Looks: How UNI's Library Keeps Up with the Joneses.'

Thursday, Sept. 30 -- 10 a.m. in Room 286:

Associate Professor Donna Schumacher-Douglas presents 'I Teach at UNI: The Most Useful Resources at Rod Library.'

The Rod Library has been an integral part of the university for 40 years. During that time, its collections have grown from 210,000 to one million volumes. The library was constructed in three separate phases, beginning in 1962 and finishing the final phase in 1995. The first section included the east portion of the first, second, and third floors and was occupied in September 1964. In January 1975, the west portion of those same floors was occupied. The fourth floor addition was completed in 1995.

This phased construction project moved UNI's library collection from poorly-ventilated, overcrowded facilities in Seerley Hall to an air-conditioned, spacious building. Rod Library now encompasses 238,000 square feet with shelving for 1,100,000 volumes and seating for 2,165 people.

Rod Library was named to honor Donald Olaf Rod, who served as director of the UNI Library from 1953 through 1986. Rod was trained in architecture as well as library science, and was instrumental in the development and design of the library and its program of services. In 1953, when he arrived on campus, the library had an operating budget of $70,000, including a book budget of $15,000. The book collection numbered 150,000 volumes. When he retired in 1986, the budget was $2.5 million, with $759,000 earmarked for books. The collection had reached 600,000 volumes.

For more details on the Rod Library celebration, visit


September 20, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The second annual Native American Student Union powwow, featuring food, arts and crafts, a dance competition and other events, will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, in the West Gym, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The two-day event will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and continue at 8 a.m. Saturday.

This year's powwow will include a Grand Entry, at 7 p.m. Friday, in which dancers line up by dance style and age to enter the arena. Following the Grand Entry and an invocation, various types of dance will be performed. Grand Entries are also scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The cost for adults is $4 for one day and $6 for two days. For children, ages 5-17, the cost for one day is $ 2.50 and for two days is $4. Children 4 and under, along with UNI students who present their uCard, will be admitted free of charge.

For more information about the powwow, contact the UNI Native American Student Union at (319) 273-3858, or visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A car wash fundraiser to help purchase instruments and music for the Northern University High School music program at Malcolm Price Laboratory School and to help fund a May 2006 trip for the high school band, orchestra and choir, will be held at seven sites throughout Cedar Falls and Waterloo Saturday, Sept. 25.

The car wash, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free, though donations will be accepted at each site. Pledges also are being collected for each car that is washed. In Cedar Falls, students will be at Wal-Mart, Tuffy's on Seerley Boulevard and The Other Place on University Avenue. Waterloo locations are the Hobby Lobby on University Avenue, the Arby's on Kimball Avenue, Hardee's on Franklin Street and Spencer Orthodontics on University Avenue.

For more information contact Dusty Johnson, director of bands at NUHS/Price Lab, (319) 273-2407 or e-mail him at


September 19, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's New Iowans program will present a conference, 'Welcoming Iowa's Future,' from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,Wednesday, Oct. 20, in UNI's Commons Ballroom.

Among topics will be Iowa's growing immigrant population, and policy challenges for integrating immigrants into American society.

Keynote speaker will be Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum based in Washington, D.C. The forum, founded to embrace and uphold American's tradition as a nation of immigrants, is one of the nation's premier immigration policy organizations, with a membership of more than 250 organizations. Sharry's comments have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and he has been a guest on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The MacLaughlin Group, and CNN's Crossfire.

Established at UNI in 1999, the New Iowans program is the brainchild of Mark Grey, professor of anthropology, who authored a book, 'Welcoming New Iowans,' to augment the program. He and co-author Anne Woodrick, associate professor of anthropology, recently completed a version of the book written just for Christian churches. The two have approached Jewish and Muslim leaders to discuss a version written for those populations. Another is being written, in conjunction with UNI's Global Health Corps, for health providers; and a version for businesses and employers is now available.

Conference co-sponsors are the UNI Office of the President, and Iowans for a Better Future. Support is provided by Iowa Workforce Development and the UNI Public Policy program. Cost to attend is $25. Deadline to register is Oct. 8. For more information or to register, call (319) 273-2075, or visit



UNI professors conducting study of area well water

Using 150 volunteers from Black Hawk County, UNI professors will study the effects of nitrates and nitrites in private well water. Catherine Zeman, associate professor in UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services; and Lisa Beltz, associate professor of biology, along with members of the Black Hawk County Health Department, are seeking volunteers for the project.


Catherine Zeman, associate professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services,

(319) 273-7090

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


UNI students participate in Christie Vilsack's Dollars for Scholars Program

Christie Vilsack will host the First Lady's Walk for Dollars for Scholars at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 3,beginning at Terrace Hill in Des Moines. Taking place in conjunction with the Governor's Cup Race, the 5K walk will raise scholarship funds students through the state's 11 Dollars for Scholars chapters. Those participating will garner pledges for scholarships. Members of UNI's Student Ambassadors, and student government will be among those walking.

A college fair, on Terrace Hill grounds, will follow the walk.


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

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


Monday, Sept. 20

UNI Career Fair, 2 to 6 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. Featured will be at least 150 organizations, graduate and professional schools. Contact Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator, Advising and Career Services,

(319) 273-2062.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Eighth annual Leland Wilson Chemistry Lecture, 8 p.m. at McCollum Science Hall, Room 201. Lecturer will be Nancy Wilson Ashback, M.D., and professor of health policy at the University of Denver. Contact Valerie Sarenpa, secretary III, Department of Chemistry, (319) 273-2437.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Student Organization Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Maucker Union Coffee House. The university is home to nearly 200 student organizations; at this fair students find out more about them. Contact Connie Hansen, coordinator for student organizations and activities, (319) 273-6335.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Speaker Kwame Jackson, runner-up on television's 'The Apprentice,' will discuss 'Lessons from the Boardroom' at 7 p.m. in Maucker Union. Contact Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, (319)


Friday, Sept. 24

The School of Music presents 'A Centennial: The 1904 World's Fair Celebration of Music,' featuring several UNI ensembles, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Contact the GBPAC, (319) 273-7469.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa offers the expertise of its faculty and staff to Iowa's communities. The UNI Speakers Bureau offers more than 175 presentations and is launching a new monthly community outreach program for senior citizens. Some of the topics covered include botanical gardens, history of Iowa, women's health, travel, aging well and the arts. These free presentations are interactive, informative, entertaining and open to the public.

The first presentation is at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Cedar Falls Western Home Communities, South Campus, Windgrace Building, dining room. Steve Carignan, executive director, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, will present 'Behind the Curtain -- The Ins and Outs of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Peforming Arts Center.'

For more information about upcoming programs, contact Stacey Christensen, community relations manager, University Marketing & Public Relations, 319-273-6728.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– All Illinois high school students are eligible to participate in the Wright Challenge, a Web-accessible mathematics contest, offered by the University of Northern Iowa, now in its fifth year.

Between now and December, 'Doctor E' will present six puzzles, roughly one every other week, on the World Wide Web at The first problem is now posted, with solutions due Sept. 24 to:; or Doctor E, c/o the University of Northern Iowa Mathematics Department, 320 Wright Hall, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0506.

Prizes will include certificates suitable for framing and more than $100 in cash.

Douglas Shaw, UNI assistant professor of mathematics, and creator of the Wright Challenge says that the contest is designed to encourage students' enthusiasm for mathematics. A new competition begins each semester. More than 200 students from throughout Iowa competed in the Spring 2004 challenge.

The University of Northern Iowa is located in Cedar Falls. A campus-wide commitment to great teaching lies at the heart of the University of Northern Iowa's reputation for providing exceptional undergraduate education as well as complementary programs at the master's, specialist's and doctoral levels.



CEDAR FALLS--The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at the University of Northern Iowa in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom, Monday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

'The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a visual reminder of the devastating effects of AIDS,' said Joan Thompson, UNI health aid coordinator. Friends and family members of individuals who have died from complications due to AIDS have sewn together 18-square-foot panels to commemorate the life of the deceased.

Twelve sections of the quilt will be on display, including panels in memory of individuals from Iowa.

The Black Hawk County Health Department will be in UNI's Maucker Union performing free HIV tests from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27 and Tuesday, Sept. 28.

A panel discussion, 'Face-to-Face with HIV/AIDS,' will take place Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m., in Schindler Education Center, Room 252. Panel members will share personal stories about their experiences living with HIV/AIDS.

The two-day event is sponsored by UNI Wellness and Recreation Services, the Cedar AIDS Support System and the Cedar Valley NAMES Project Trust. For more information, call Joan Thompson, UNI health aid coordinator, at (319) 273-2198.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– All Iowa high school students are eligible to participate in the Wright Challenge, a Web-accessible mathematics contest, offered by the University of Northern Iowa, now in its fifth year.

Between now and December, 'Doctor E' will present six puzzles, roughly one every other week, on the World Wide Web at The puzzles will be printed in the UNI student newspaper, the Northern Iowan, and posted on campus, as well. The first problem is now posted, with solutions due Sept. 24 to:; or Doctor E, c/o the University of Northern Iowa Mathematics Department, 320 Wright Hall, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0506.

Prizes will include certificates suitable for framing and more than $100 in cash.

Douglas Shaw, UNI assistant professor of mathematics, and creator of the Wright Challenge says that the contest is designed to encourage Iowa students' enthusiasm for mathematics. A new competition begins each semester. More than 200 students from throughout the state competed in the Spring 2004 challenge.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School (PLS) will soon begin using PowerSchool, a cutting-edge student information system. Once fully implemented, parents and students will have password-protected access to grades, attendance, activities, homework assignments and other school information. Families can monitor student performance from the Web and take a more proactive role in the student's education.

The system will be introduced to parents during a special assembly at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, at the school.

Serving as technical coordinator for the new system is Aaron Spurr, secondary science teacher at PLS. 'The system eliminates surprises at grade reporting time and parent-teacher conferences,' he explained. 'Students and parents will know exactly how the latest assignment or test has affected the grade. Now parent-teacher conferences can be about strategies for improvement, instead of a review of the facts.'

Dave Smith, PLS associate director and high school principal, said, 'It will simplify our job of keeping track of student information,' said Dave Smith. He noted the greatest benefits will be opportunities for increased parental involvement and parent-teacher communication.

More than 4,000 schools across the country use PowerSchool. More information about the system is available at the PLS Web site:



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kwame Jackson will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Jackson will give a presentation titled 'Lessons from the Boardroom' in which he will discuss his experiences on the first season of NBC's reality show 'The Apprentice.'

Jackson holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from Harvard. He was involved in several 'dot-com' start-ups while he was in business school. He has held sales and marketing positions at Procter & Gamble and was an investment manager on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs.

In 'The Apprentice,' Jackson was one of the two finalists for a chief executive position in one of Donald Trump's companies.

The UNI Speakers and Entertainment Committee and the Student Life Team organized the event. For more information contact Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, at (319) 273-2683.


September 16, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, in conjunction with the Iowa Association of College Admissions Counselors, is inviting students from 32 Iowa high schools to participate in the 2004 UNI-Dome College Fair, from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21.

High school juniors and seniors will be able to visit with representatives from more than 90 post-secondary institutions from Iowa and surrounding states during the fair.

Students will have the opportunity to browse through displays from the visiting institutions, which include two- and four-year public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical and cosmetology schools, as well as the military. Career counseling and financial aid information will be available.

For more information, contact the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281, or toll-free at 1-800-772-2037.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 24th Annual University of Northern Iowa Career Fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, in the UNI-Dome.

The Career Fair is open to all UNI students and alumni. More than 150 representatives from business, industry, non-profit and government organizations, including professional and graduate schools, will participate in the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resume to give to company and organization representatives.

'We tell students that their careers begin the day they come to UNI,' said Libby Vanderwall, UNI Career Center events coordinator. 'The fair provides students and alumni opportunities for networking, career and continuing education exploration, internships and employment. While contacts often result in employment, this isn't primarily a job fair. It's part of the education process. The goal is to help people expand their career horizons and knowledge so they can make sound choices.'

Complementing the Career Fair is Interview Day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the university's Maucker Union. More than 20 employers who attend the Career Fair will participate in the Interview Day and will build interview schedules from contacts made at the fair. Those wishing to arrange interviews must attend the Career Fair.

The Career Fair is organized and sponsored by UNI Advising & Career Services. A list of participating organizations is available online at For more information, contact Libby Vanderwall, at (319) 273-6857.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Justin Funk, a University of Northern Iowa geology major from Sioux City, was one of 16 students from around the world who participated in the Katmai 2004 International Volcanology Field School earlier this summer. He will speak about his work in the program at a 4 p.m. Earth Science Seminar, Monday, Sept. 20, in Room 125 of UNI's Latham Hall.

The group studied volcanic rocks, minerals and sediments from the 'Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes' in Katmai National Park and Preserve on the Alaska Peninsula.

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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Music will host its 23rd annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24. This year's event, 'The Centennial: A 1904 World's Fair Celebration of Music,' will be presented in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

The program includes a range of music, including Broadway, jazz, ragtime, choral and opera. Featured guest artist is James Miller, trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and an alumnus of the UNI School of Music. Other performers are the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, UNI Marimba Ensemble, Concert Chorale, UNI Singers, UNI Chamber Singers, UNI Wind Symphony, UNI Opera Ensemble, and Jazz Band One.

Faculty soloists will be Leslie Morgan, soprano; Won Cho, bass-baritone; and Sean Botkin, pianist. John Hagen, Cedar Falls guest tenor, will join the program for the finale.

Following the concert will be two gala receptions with music in carnival fair and world showcase venues.

'This event features some of the best talent at UNI and the concert continues to receive standing ovations,' said John Vallentine, director of the School of Music.' He noted, 'Providing scholarships to talented students allows us to continue our local, regional, and international performances. We're a nationally and internationally recognized School of Music, but if we want to continue to attract the best students we must be able to provide financial assistance for them.'

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased in advance at the GBPAC box office, (319) 273-SHOW (7469), or (877) 549-SHOW. Tickets also are available at the door.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Body Trouble = The Facts of Life,' an exhibition of paintings by Chicago artist Phyllis Bramson, will be on display at the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art beginning Monday, Sept. 27, through Friday, Oct. 22.

Bramson will give a lecture about her work, described as 'erotically charged and densely layered narrative paintings,' at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the art auditorium (Room 111) of the Kamerick Art Building. An opening reception will follow. All events are free and open to the public.

Bramson received her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is professor of studio arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her artwork is exhibited extensively around the United States and abroad. She is a frequent visiting artist and lecturer at universities, museums, and artist conferences throughout the country.

Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, said Bramson's work appears courtesy of Carl Hammer Gallery and Printworks Gallery of Chicago, and Littlejohn Contemporary Gallery of New York City. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Florence Hartwig Endowment and the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series.

Accompanying the Bramson exhibition will be a showing of prints from the UNI Permanent Art Collection, 'Culture Hero: A Fanzine of Stars of the Super World.' Taylor said Les Levine's 1970 artist's book of 28 lithographs is a time capsule, featuring the drawings and letters of art luminaries like Meredith Monk, Lucas Samaras, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 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


September 15, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The dependable support, enthusiasm and wisdom of one University of Northern Iowa family will be recognized this weekend as members of the Weber family of Clive are honored as the 2004 Family of the Year by the UNI Parents Association.

The Weber family will be honored Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Family Weekend tailgate event, and will receive recognition at halftime of UNI's 4:05 p.m. football game with the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin University.

Family members include parents, Jim and Johanna, and their children, David, a UNI junior with a triple major in accounting, real estate and finance; Jennifer, a fifth year UNI accounting major with minors in financial services and real estate; and Cristina, a middle school student. David nominated his family for the award because of how they support and inspire one another.

'The effect that my parents have had on me is immeasurable,' wrote David in his nomination. 'They stood behind me when I made the decision to go for a triple major, expressing this support verbally by giving me advice for my future, and mentally by giving me the tools to make sensible decisions that will promote positive experiences in my future. And financially they have made sacrifices for all their children.'

David said his family has helped him to become a better person in many ways, citing his journey to be a contributing member of society beginning in high school. 'Our parents adamantly instilled a strong work ethic in my sisters and me. Our family lives by a quote from my father's favorite writer, Robert Browning, who said, 'A man's reach should exceed his grasp.' I would like to think that my sister and I are doing that through our involvement in the community and in UNI. I do not think that this would be possible without a home based upon love and going out of our way to help each other.

'The role my family plays in my college experience is boundless, even awe-inspiring. At home, my parents are my counselor, my sister is my adviser, and all together they have been moving crews and cheerleaders . . . They do more than just create a support system for my sisters and I to thrive. They are everything to me and, and as cheesy as it sounds, I know that it is true.'



CEDAR FALLS--Theatre UNI will present a reading of the one-act drama, Gum, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center. Gum, a play reading, is inspired by true events and tells the story of two women who defy their cultural traditions and explore their own sexuality, supposedly as a result of tainted chewing gum.

The cast and crew of Gum includes UNI students Leah Raulerson, a senior from Decorah; Ashley Feht a junior from Eldora; Erin Nebel, a freshman from Dubuque; Valerie Henderson, a senior from Urbandale; Keira Haaland, a freshman from Perry; and Jessica Lewis, a freshman from Des Moines. Gum is directed by Jay Edelnant, professor of theatre.

Admission is free. Gum is the first of four Off-Hudson Series staged readings taking place this year. Additional readings will occur on Oct. 26, Feb. 8 and March 29. For more information about Theatre UNI or the Off-Hudson Series call (319) 273-6387 or visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Debaters from throughout the country will be on the University of Northern Iowa campus this weekend, Saturday through Monday, Sept. 18-20, when the UNI Forensic Program hosts the 2004 Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament. Over 100 debate teams representing approximately 50 different colleges and universities are expected to attend.

'The tournament is consistently one of the largest in the nation' said Cate Palczewski, UNI director of debate. 'Schools from around the Midwest, as well as from around the country, such as Baylor University, Northwestern University and Dartmouth College will attend.'

In order to host the event, the Forensic Program must use classrooms in buildings across campus on Saturday and Sunday. According to Jake Thompson, UNI's new director of forensics. The tournament elimination rounds, on Monday, will be held at the Waterloo Ramada Inn and Convention Center.

The Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament is named in honor of Walter Ulrich, former debate coach at the University of Northern Iowa. 'Walter was dedicated to the debate activity, in all of its forms,' said Thompson. 'He was a prolific author of articles on debate theory and argumentation, a respected judge and a friend to the entire debate community.'

The UNI Forensic Program is open to all students interested in competitive speech and debate. Last year the UNI debate program qualified for the elimination rounds of the CEDA national debate tournament, and two members of the speech team were finalists at end-of-the-year national speech competitions. Students interested in the program should contact Jake Thompson at 3-7200 or via email at


September 14, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently received $48,000 from State Farm Insurance Companies Foundation to support computer science focus areas in networking and system administration (NaSA), bioinformatics, and other high-performance computing applications. The gift will be used to enhance computer infrastructure for curricular applications of computer technology, which will allow the university to offer new courses and research support for dynamic changes in computer science. UNI's bioinformatics program, a rapidly growing field with the potential for strong economic impact, is one of the first in the nation at the undergraduate level.

'Having a dedicated, state-of-the-art, clustered computer environment for research will give our students hands-on experiences. This will enhance their education in two ways -- through utilization of the labs in classroom activities, and through research opportunities,' said Bart Bergquist, head of the Department of Computer Science. 'They will be able to investigate communication network issues such as security, and conduct a full investigation of programming and algorithmic issues surrounding parallel architectures.'

'Students studying computer science will have the opportunity to prepare for the ever-changing technology of the future,' said Pat Kappes, State Farm Agency Field Executive. 'We are pleased to partner with UNI in this endeavor and look forward to continuing our work with this key school -- a State Farm Foundation Priority School and targeted recruiting campus in 2004.'

This state-of-the-art system also will provide support for other emerging programs in this area, according to Bergquist. In addition to student learning, the system will be used as a training resource. Regional and national training workshops will be hosted for educators using high-performance computing in the high school and undergraduate curriculum.

The Department of Computer Science is one of the many successful programs in UNI's College of Natural Sciences (CNS), as demonstrated by the most recent graduating student survey, in which CNS students had the highest percentage accepted to graduate or professional schools among all colleges at the University of Northern Iowa.


September 13, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Family Weekend kicks off at the University of Northern Iowa on Friday, Sept. 17, with the UNI Volleyball Tournament at 5 p.m. in the West Gym. The university's Wellness Recreation Center will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. for UNI students and their families.

Events on Saturday, Sept. 18, include brunch at the Piazza and Rialto dining centers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., the Panther Style Show at 2 p.m. on the UNI-Dome East Plaza, free root beer floats at 2 p.m. in the Piazza at Redeker Center, and the Family Feast Tailgate from 2 to 4 p.m. on the UNI-Dome East Plaza. Cost for the tailgate is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 11. The UNI Panther football team will take on Stephen F. Austin at 4:05 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. During the tailgate and half time of the game, the family of David and Jennifer Weber of Clive will be recognized as Family of the Year. David is a junior at UNI with a triple major in finance, real estate and accounting, while Jennifer is a fifth-year senior majoring in accounting. Their parents are Jim and Johanna Weber.

Dinner will be served in UNI's Piazza dining center from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 11, and free for children 4 and under. Featured will be T-bone steaks, baby-back ribs, a taco bar and chili.

The weekend closes Sunday, Sept. 19, with a brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Piazza. Tickets in advance are $6.50 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 11, and free for those under 5.

For tickets or a full schedule of events, visit, or call (319) 273-3663. For more information, call UNI Student Involvement & Activities Center, (319) 273-2683.


September 12, 2004 - 7:00pm


Monday, Sept. 13

The Human Race Machine will be in Maucker Union through Friday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The machine's technology allows users to view themselves as a member of another race, or at another age.

Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Cultural Festival, 11 a.m., at Maucker Union Plaza. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Grand opening of Essentials, the new retail operation in Maucker Union, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Shelley Pruess, (319) 273-3743.

'Got ignorance?' a presentation about ignorance on college campuses, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Maucker Union's Hemisphere Lounge. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Diversity Film Series, 'A Light in the Shadows,' at noon in the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

'You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me,' a one-man show by author Michael Fowlin, at 7 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Grand opening of Essentials, the new retail operation in Maucker Union, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Shelley Pruess, (319) 273-3743.

Diversity Film Series, '30 Minute Blue Eyed,' at noon in the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Robert W. Jensen of the University of Texas at Austin will discuss multiculturalism and criticisms of white privilege at 4 p,m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Thursday, Sept. 16

Diversity Film Series, 'Let's Get Real,' at noon in the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Different Voices, a student forum, at 3 p.m. in the Hemisphere Lounge in Maucker Union. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Teaching in Today's One-Room Schools, a presentation about Amish schools, at 6 p.m. in the Marshall Center School. Contact the UNI Museums, (319) 273-2188.

Friday, Sept. 17

The university's annual Family Weekend celebration continues through Sunday, Sept. 19. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Sunday, Sept. 19

Teaching in Today's One-Room Schools, a presentation about Amish schools, at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Center School. Contact the UNI Museums, (319) 273-2188.


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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's International Dance Theatre and Orchesis Dance Company will present the 2004 Family Weekend dance concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

This year's performance will feature a mixture of original and traditional dances choreographed by students and faculty. Students will perform jazz, ballet, modern, and folk dances from around the world. Featured will be dances from the International Dance Theatre's spring concert and Orchesis' 'Maelstrom of Mirage' performance, along with premier works.

The companies include UNI students and faculty, and community members.

Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. No tickets are necessary for this performance and there are no reserved seats. For more information, contact Kathleen Kerr, adviser for the International Dance Theatre, at (319) 273-6195, or Michelle Ozmun, adviser for Orchesis, at (319) 273-3560.


September 9, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- National Book Awardï¾–nominated novelist, Elizabeth McCracken, will present a reading and lecture on Friday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Lang Hall Auditorium.

McCracken is the author of 'The Giant's House' and 'Niagara Falls all Over Again.' 'Niagara Falls all Over Again' is the 2004 All Iowa Reads book selection. Through All Iowa Reads, colleges, libraries and local book clubs encourage Iowans to read and discuss the book.

For more information, contact Jim O'Loughlin at (319) 273-3002 or visit www/



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Jim Jermier has joined the staff of the University of Northern Iowa Foundation as assistant director for planned giving.

Prior to joining UNI, he was employed by VGM Club.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Although there are disgruntled rumblings about the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, Iowa school superintendents see many positives within the legislation. According to a survey conducted by the University of Northern Iowa's Institute for Educational Leadership, superintendents say the NCLB Act and student achievement accountability have had little or no effect on job satisfaction.

The survey was sent to all 356 of Iowa's school superintendents; 258, or 72 percent, responded. Results were collected in July 2004.

'The No Child Left Behind legislation has put tremendous demands on districts,' explained David Else, director of the Institute for Educational Leadership. 'There is a lot of emphasis on raising achievement levels, closing achievement gaps, and repeated testing. We assumed that this kind of pressure -- with minimal or no financial support -- might affect job satisfaction of superintendents.'

But 87.6 percent said they were moderately or very satisfied with their jobs. Eighty-eight percent said the same thing in 1996, long before No Child Left Behind legislation. When asked what factors contributed most significantly to inhibiting job effectiveness, most superintendents said lack of funding.

Fifty percent of those returning surveys indicated that the NCLB Act had somewhat improved instruction, and 11.4 percent said it had significantly improved instruction. Eighteen percent said the act had no effect, and 19.9 percent believed the act had a detrimental effect.

Else said that, according to the survey, NCLB's positive effects have included increasing the role of the superintendent via increased collaboration with teachers, and better communication with the community.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The annual Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Race will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at the University of Northern Iowa's B parking lot across University Avenue from the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

This electric car endurance contest promotes energy efficiency and demonstrates the viability of cars powered by electricity. Approximately one dozen teams from Iowa high schools and colleges designed and built one-person electric cars that will compete in heats at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each team must raise funds, obtain donated equipment, handle public relations and report on their progress monthly.

This race is part of the Alliant Energy Championship series, which includes six races taking place across Iowa. Teams are awarded points based on their performances at the six races, a braking and handling competition, monthly reports, journals and a design competition.

Teams participating in the series include those from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, North Iowa Area Community College, St. Ansgar High School, Manson NW High School, Muscatine High School, Pomeroy-Palmer High School and Waukee High School, Lincoln SW NE, Elkhorn NE. Teams from Bayfield, Wis., and Milton, Fla., also will be participating in the event.

The local event is sponsored by Cedar Falls Utilities, and the championship series is sponsored by Alliant Energy, the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education and the Iowa Energy Center.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The John Deere Foundation has helped the University of Northern Iowa come closer to its fundraising goal for McLeod Center with a $250,000 commitment toward the project.

'John Deere's support of the McLeod Center re-affirms their commitment to the quality of life in the Cedar Valley,' said Robert Koob, UNI president. 'Deere recognizes the impact that this facility will have on the Cedar Valley, both economically and culturally. With groundbreaking scheduled for October 9, this is a timely gift that will help us complete fundraising.'

A multi-purpose sports and events facility, the McLeod Center will be part of the university's west-campus complex and home to Panther basketball and volleyball. In addition, it will host numerous community events including concerts, craft and trade shows and youth activities, ranging from state and national tournaments to sports camps. Annual economic impact is estimated to be $20 to $25 million.

'We are pleased to make this gift on behalf of the John Deere Waterloo Operations to the UNI McLeod Center,' said Barry Schaffter, general manager of Deere Waterloo Operations. 'It will be a facility that offers additional quality of life benefits to the Cedar Valley, as well as the acceleration of economic development and tourism opportunities in the area.'

Construction of the center is part of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign to support scholarships, academic program support and facilities. The campaign will continue through June 2005.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A series of courses to enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit human service agencies and other related organizations will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and Iowa Shares, beginning in September.

The Nonprofit Management Academy will offer certificates in nonprofit management to program participants who complete any combination of courses totaling six continuing education units (CEUs). Completion certificates will be granted jointly by UNI and ISU.

The program is geared toward those seeking professional development in the area of nonprofit management. Participants may choose from among 10 courses that will be offered monthly from September through June 2005. Courses will be held at the Iowa State University Extension Black Hawk County Office, 3420 University Ave., Suite B, in Waterloo.

Courses will cover a variety of topics on nonprofit organizations including, effective board building, grant seeking and proposal writing, marketing, strategic planning, legal issues and human resource management, building and sustaining effective relationships, and motivation, morale, and management techniques to help staff and volunteers succeed. The first course, 'Building Effective Boards,' will be Thursday, Sept. 23.

There is a registration fee of $55 per course, and an additional $10 per course to receive CEU credit. Pre-registration for all 10 courses is $500, or $600 with CEU's. The registration deadline is five working days prior to the first class meeting for each course. Payment is due at the time of registration.

For a complete list of courses and registration information, contact the ISU Extension office at (319) 234-6811, the UNI Office of Conference and Event Services at (319) 273-6899, or online at


September 8, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Members of the University of Northern Iowa spirit squad, which consists of the cheer squad, dance team and mascots, recently won several awards at the Universal Cheer and Dance Association (UCA/UDA) College Spirit Camp at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The cheer squad was awarded second place in the fight song competition; second place in the cheer competition; and second in the sideline chant. Members also garnered the leadership award, and most collegiate and game-day traditions award for innovative and spirited game-day agendas.

The UNI dance team won second place in the fight song competition, second place in the home routine competition, a gold ribbon for receiving one of the competitions' high scores and an overall superior rating trophy for the week.

T.C., UNI's Panther mascot, was awarded fifth place for his overall performance.

The UNI spirit squad is a member of the UNI Athletic Department and performs at all football, wrestling, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball events.

(For a complete list of the team/squad, contact University Marketing & Public Relations at 319-273-6728.)

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The UNI spirit squad is advised by Shandon Dohmen. The UNI dance team is coached by Jori Wade-Booth.


September 7, 2004 - 7:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa's official 2004 fall semester enrollment figure has exceeded its target of approximately 12,700. Through the end of the second week of class, UNI's fall enrollment stands at 12,824 students.

The figure is calculated on students enrolled through the end of the second week of class. In previous years, official data was reported based on third-week totals. Beginning this year, all three Regent universities report their enrollment data at the end of the second week. The fall 2003 official enrollment figure, at the end of three weeks, was 13,441 students. The comparable two-week figure for 2003 was 13,348.

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,' he said.

'This fall's enrollment shows just minor decreases in new students and transfer students,' 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.'

Koob also cited UNI's efficiency in graduating its students as a big factor in declining enrollment. 'We have had record graduation numbers of 3,039 in 2003-2004 and 3,016 in 2002-2003, compared to an average of 2,680 the previous nine years,' he said. 'Special efforts have been made to make sure upper-level students get the classes they need and, in some areas, hours required for graduation have been reduced.'

According to UNI Registrar Philip Patton, among specific enrollment categories for fall 2004, total minority enrollment stands at 6.3 percent, up from 6 percent from last year.



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 classes for the week of Sept. 13. All classes will be held at the RBC, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo.

Beginning and advanced classes in 'Microsoft Access' will be offered in partnership with Ketels Contract Training. Instructor Chris Case says, 'A well-designed database will provide you with quick, selective access to information in order to make you and your staff more productive.' She added that the easy-to-use program is uniquely suited for small companies because it allows the retention of internal control of sensitive data.

The beginning level training will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, Sept. 13, and the fee is $110. Advanced training will be the same time on Wednesday and Friday, Sept. 15 and 17, with a fee of $199. Interested persons may take one or both levels.

'Rapid Result Branding' will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, facilitated by Lee Fergesen of Brand Advocates. Participants will examine whether their advertising is as effective as it could be, and how to develop an identity that sets them apart from the competition. They also will learn how to make advertising more productive while cutting costs and tactics for increasing profits. The course fee $49.

'Developing Your Business Plan,' a new class taught by Mike Hahn, program manager and RBC interim director, will meet from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16. The course will show participants how to effectively write and use a business plan throughout the start-up and development phases of a new business. Fee is $15.

The RBC offers training in a variety of areas, including small business skill development and introductory bookkeeping, hands-on computer software, and regulatory workshops.

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 -- The University of Northern Iowa recently opened the Phoenix Center, a place for students who want advice on starting healthy relationships, or who are having concerns about a current relationship. The center, located in Room 104 of the Wellness/Recreation Center, is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Coordinator Julie Thompson explained the center provides free and confidential services, including resources and other guides 'for people who are concerned that their relationship might be unhealthy or, on the more extreme side, to help people who are being stalked, or physically or emotionally abused in a relationship.'

Thompson said that, among the center's resources are publications, videos and referrals to other groups like University Police and medical providers. Cell phones, available for loan, are pre-programmed with emergency phone numbers.

'And we give great advice,' she said. For example, the center provides a list of behaviors that could signal an unhealthy relationship. Included are partners wanting to control their boyfriend's/girlfriend's behavior by limiting contact with others or dominating decisions about spending habits. Other warning signs are people who call often to check on their partners' whereabouts, are extremely jealous, or have a volatile temper.

Staffed solely by Thompson, plans call for trained student advocates to be added next fall. This addition will allow the center to have staffed walk-in hours.

The center is an outgrowth of a $500,000 grant received by UNI's Women's Studies Program, from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2001. The grant funded a 20-month project establishing proactive programs to reduce violence against women on campus.

Thompson said the grant ends in September, but the university is incorporating a number of programs and services tested or researched during the grant period. Recently, the university sexual abuse policy was revised. Now called the sexual abuse and sexual misconduct policy, it covers a broader range of behaviors, including misuse of cell phones or video-cameras to photograph subjects without their consent.