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October 11, 2004 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


October 10, 2004 - 7:00pm


Monday, Oct. 11

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

Tuesday, Oct. 12

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

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

Wednesday, Oct. 13

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

Thursday, Oct. 14

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


October 7, 2004 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


October 6, 2004 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


October 4, 2004 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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


October 3, 2004 - 7:00pm


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

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

UNI Homecoming events through Sunday, Oct. 10

For a complete listing of UNI Homecoming activities, go to

Tuesday, Oct. 5

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

Wednesday, Oct. 6

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

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

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

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

Thursday, Oct. 7

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

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

Friday, Oct. 8

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

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

Saturday, Oct. 9

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

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

Sunday, Oct. 10

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

Sunday, Oct. 10 - Monday, Oct. 11

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



School district numbers in Iowa dropping; may drop further

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

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

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

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


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

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


Former UNI President Curris to speak at scholarship luncheon

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

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


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

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


September 30, 2004 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

If it rains, the event will move inside the UNI-Dome.

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

The McLeod Center fundraising efforts reached the $18 million goal in December 2003. Fundraising continues for features to ensure the arena is a premier facility for the university and community. These include a kitchen/catering area, light/sound grid, finished Panther hospitality suite and hall of fame connector.

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

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The North American Review, located on the University of Northern Iowa campus since 1968, received a $10,000 grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, to be used for leadership initiatives in the field of literary publishing. The grant will support publication and distribution of the three issues of The North American Review.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 29, 2004 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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



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

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



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.