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May 31, 2004 - 7:00pm


Democracy in Iraq might be a tough sell, says UNI professor

The effort to bring democracy to Iraq has been, at best, a fitful task. But that's about par for the course, according to Phil Mauceri, acting head of the UNI Department of Political Science. Mauceri says there are two debates on attempts to bring democracy to nations operating under other governmental methods. First, he says, is the question of culture. 'There are those who argue that you need a certain culture, one with tolerance, rights for women, and a sense of equality for democracy to take root.' Second, says Mauceri, is the economics debate. 'There is a theory that countries experiencing a higher level of economic advancement, with a large middle class and a basic level of industrialization, are more likely to succeed with democracy.'

Further, Mauceri points out, although other parts of the world -- like Latin America, Eastern Asia and Eastern Europe -- have embraced democracy, Middle-Eastern nations typically have not. 'One of the arguments to explain this phenomenon is that there is no separation between church and state in that part of the world. For democracy to take root, you have to separate religion from politics and that hasn't happened there.'

Mauceri explains, though, that among Muslim nations, Iraq tends to be one of the more secular, which might make it easier for democracy to take hold.


Phil Mauceri, acting head, Department of Political Science, (319) 273-2526,

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


The truth about calcium and weight loss

With all the recent media attention to the possible weight-loss properties of calcium, many people are eagerly adding calcium supplements to their diets. But does it really work? No, says Heidi Oberrieder, registered dietician with the University of Northern Iowa's Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute.

'The reality is this: people on a calorie-controlled diet who drank three-four servings of dairy lost weight faster,' Oberrieder says. 'However, those taking a calcium supplement did not see the same weight loss, so it must be something more than the calcium in dairy foods.'

June is National Dairy Month, and the National Dairy Council is launching a campaign that supports three dairy servings a day. But many kids need more, according to Oberrieder. 'Nine- to 18-year-olds should have four dairy servings a day.'


Heidi Oberrieder, Registered Dietician, Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute, 319-266-0759,

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


NutriActive camp to teach first- and second-graders about healthy lifestyles

A two-week day-camp, designed to give first- and second-graders a taste of an active and nutritionally sound lifestyle through fun, hands-on activities, will be offered this month by the Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute at the University of Northern Iowa. The NutriActive Healthy Lifestyle Camp will teach participants about body parts and their relation to health; snacking, including both selection and the making of them; varieties of physical activities for growth enhancement, proper nutrition; eating etiquette; and safe behavior.

'Easily accessible high-caloric food items and lack of adequate specialized activities have put every child at risk of gaining unwanted weight,' says Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, UNI professor of physical education and camp director. 'The best prevention is influencing children's behavior at an early age.'

Ahrabi-Fard stresses that the camp is not a treatment camp for already obese children. Children's body mass index (BMI) will be measured and only those under or around 95 percent BMI will be accepted. Camp sessions are Monday through Friday, June 7-18 and June 21-July 2.


Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, professor of physical education, (319) 273-2840;

(319) 290-0304;

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


May 28, 2004 - 7:00pm


Bob Byrnes, director of the University of Northern Iowa Men's Varsity Glee Club, carillonneur and administrative assistant in the School of Music, died Friday, May 28, at Sartori Hospital. He was 54.

Earlier in the week, Byrnes suffered a major stroke in his home. According to John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music, Byrnes had been on vacation and was home alone when the stroke occurred. 'He'd missed a Glee Club board meeting, so an alum went to Bob's home, looking for him. Fortunately, the alum was able to see Bob on the floor from an exterior window. He had apparently been there for multiple days.'

Byrnes was the university carillonneur since 1972, director of the Glee Club since 1974, and administrative assistant for the School of Music since 1979. He received his bachelor of arts and master's degrees from UNI. Byrnes performed carillon recitals across the country, and traveled with the Glee Club to Europe every other year. He was a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America board of directors, serving as treasurer for five years. A number of his compositions have been published by American Carillon Music Editions and have been performed around the world.

'Bob Byrnes was a musician of driving passion and determination,' said Vallentine, who noted the Glee Club Christmas shows traditionally sell out weeks before the performances, and the group is recognized internationally. 'It was fitting that Bob Byrnes took his last breath as more than 40 current and alumni members of the Glee Club sang the last note of a tribute to Bob at the hospital.'

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 31, at Dahl-VanHove-Schoof Funeral Home, 1825 W. 12th St. The Glee Club will follow the visitation with a 9 p.m. candlelight memorial service at the UNI Campanile. The public may attend. A memorial service will begin at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 1, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 650 Stephan Ave., Waterloo.

Memorials should be directed to the Les Hale Endowment Fund, 'Ensuring the Glee Club's Future,' at the UNI Foundation, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0282.


May 27, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently awarded Purple & Gold Community Life Scholarships to out-of-state transfer students, incoming out-of-state freshmen, and undergraduate international students.

To be eligible, out-of-state freshmen must have completed a college preparatory curriculum in high school, be admitted to the university, and have at least an average ACT composite score of 23. Out-of-state transfer students must fulfill UNI transfer admission requirements, while undergraduate international students must complete a college preparatory curriculum in high school, have a minimum

B-average in academic work, and score 550 or above on the TOEFL exam. Students whose parents or grandparents graduated from UNI were awarded an additional $1,000 Legacy Scholarship.

All scholarships are worth $4,000 for students living on campus, and $2,000 for those living off campus.

(NAME) of (TOWN) received a Purple & Gold Community Life Scholarship.




VENTURA Gretchen Kealy




LOVELAND Troy Lussenhop


BOISE Megan Radel


ANTIOCH Katherine Fries


Amanda Gresens

ARTHUR Stacy McMullen

CAROL STREAM Kendra Salvers

CHICAGO Jessica Fraghia

Laneishia Tate


COLONA Ryan Brenny

CRYSTAL LAKE Sheryl Boeckmann

Kathleen Watts

DOWNERS GROVE Alison Webeler


ELMHURST Lawrence Raineri

Meghan Selke

FRANKFORT Joshua Hjort

FREEPORT Sara Honchar

FULTON Bo Sikkema

GENESEO Ryan Anderson*

HIGHLAND PARK Katherine Daum

MACOMB Michael Veale

MOLINE Kelsey Hanna

NAPERVILLE Melissa Newhard

NORTHBROOK Kristin Strong

PARK FOREST Victoria Price

PEKIN Cassandra Golden

ROCK FALLS Jacob Frederick

ROCK ISLAND Kimberly Askeland

Joanna Buchmeyer

Dail Rice

ROCKFORD Melissa Lind

STREAMWOOD Sabrina Larocco

STAMFORD Andrew Behrens



TOLEDO Alia Lowen


KANSAS CITY Randolph Rogers

OLATHE Clarence Richardson III


TOPEKA Sarah McQuere

Philip Sanders


WESTMINSTER Christopher Luette


NOVI Kathryn Lenoir


ADAMS Shannon Halbach

ALTURA Whitney Behrens

BURNSVILLE Matthew Winfield*


CROSSLAKE Kimberly Larson

EAGAN Christopher Ollwerther

Justin Olson

GLENCOE Stephanie Grant*


HOPKINS Caleb Thorn

LA CRESCENT Curtis Devetter

LINO LAKES Sanielle Sandahl

LORETTO Sara Kohagen


Kimberly Carter

Andrew Herman

Kali James

Sean Sullivan*


MOORHEAD Andrew Shaw

ROCHESTER Ashley Hartman

ST. PAUL Danielle Dufault

Alexander Kermes

SAVAGE Daniel Stroh

WASECA Kelley Haves




COLUMBIA Michaela Moore

Emily Stoll

WILLARD Joshua Shank



LINCOLN Emmaly Stelk*

OMAHA Adam Banark


LAS VEGAS Dairus Barnes


FARGO Sarah Bromley*

NEW ROCKFORD Benjamin Allmaras


ABERDEEN Emily Margolies


SIOUX FALLS Teya Norfolk


BRENTWOOD Lindsay Thompson*


MCALLEN Erin Bowers*


WILMINGTON Katherine Halbur


DU PONT Marion Debarge


BARABOO Zachary Taylor

LA CROSSE Mark Sullivan



CHEYENNE Kimberly Krieger


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Franziska Preuss 15236 Frankfurt

Drossi Putri Jakarta 12450

Tamara Rabadi Amman 11196

Azumi Suzuki Kawasaki 210-080

Watchara Trairattanapha Bangmuong 10270

Boonyanut Tunchatchawa Bangkok 10240

Uzoma Anyanwu Lagos

Kaylan Dsilva Manama

Tracy Duff Christ Church

Jessica Gomez Kurato Palmira, Vdel Ca

Shoaeb Khan Salmliya 22036

Benson Kimemia Eldoret 30100

Lipin Loo 13700 Prai, Pena

Wynnie Margatan Bandung 40162 WE

May 25, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lawrence J. Eilers, University of Northern Iowa professor of biology from 1968-1989, was honored posthumously by having a plant species named after him. Eilers died in 2001.

Thomas G. Lammers, assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Microbiology and curator of the Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and Michael Dillon, a curator at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, named a flowering plant, found near Cuzco, Peru, in 2000, for Eilers. Both were graduate students of Eilers; Lammers received his M.A. degree from UNI in 1981 and Dillon received his in 1972.

Once Lammers had verified that the plant represented a new species, he and Dillon decided to name it Centropogon eilersii in honor of Eilers. 'Having a species named after you is very nearly the only sort of long-term honor we can bestow in traditional botany,' noted Lammers. 'It really is a sort of immortality.'

The first step in determining that a species is indeed new is to ascertain that nothing matching the unknown specimen has ever before been described and named. Once this has been established, certain information about the new species must be provided and published in a scientific journal. The description and naming, including an illustration, appeared in Novon, a journal for botanical nomenclature published by the Missouri Botanical Garden, in the July 8, 2002, issue (vol. 12, p. 219).

Lammers brought Dillon into the process because he is a widely regarded expert on Peruvian flora. 'I knew Mike felt very strongly about Larry's impact on his life and would like to join me in extending this honor to Larry's memory,' Lammers explained.

'Larry had a major impact on our careers and on the lives of many students,' Lammers continued. 'I would not be a college professor and professional botanist today if it was not for Larry's inspiration and encouragement.'

Lammers is well known as a specialist in the plant family Campanulaceae. Many botanical collectors and institutions routinely send him puzzling specimens of this family that they have collected. The specimen upon which he and Dillon based Centropogon eilersii was among a batch sent to him for identification by the New York Botanical Garden. A large shrubby plant, Centropogon eilersii has leaves a foot long and pale yellow tubular flowers nearly four inches long on stalks up to 10 inches long.

May 24, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Chemisty recently hosted its 32nd annual spring awards and honors banquet for chemistry majors.



BELLEVUE Kevin Roeder/sophomore/McGrew Chemistry Faculty Scholarship ($500)

CEDAR RAPIDS Dane Jacobson/sophomore/C.W. Lantz Scholarship ($1,200)

CLIVE Travis Witte/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

DAVENPORT Jaime Pearsall/senior/Robert W. Getchell Memorial Scholarship ($500)

DUBUQUE Kristin Klein/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

DYERSVILLE Timothy Schramm/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll, Chemistry Scholarship & Service Award ($100)

FORT DODGE Marshall Stuart/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

GALVA Brad Fritz/senior/Outstanding Inorganic Chemistry Student, 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

INDEPENDENCE Margaret Hoeger/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

IOWA CITY Leah Goepferd/senior/Chemistry Scholarship & Service Award ($100)

Jonathan Humston/freshman/CRC Freshman Chemistry Award (Chem Handbook)

Matthew Keller/sophomore/ACS Polymer Chemistry Division Award in Organic Chemistry 2000, Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student ($100)

JANESVILLE Heather Jensen/senior/ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry, (1 yr membership in the American Chemical Society) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

MT. PLEASANT Jessica Ball/junior/C.W. Lantz Scholarship ($1200), and Outstanding Physical Chemistry Student

ROLFE Mitchell Marine/senior/Wanda & Carl Wehner Chemistry Teaching Scholarship, ($1,000) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

SULLY Sherrie Elzey/senior/Hypercube Scholar, (Gifts worth $700) Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship, ($1,000) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

TIPTON Nolan Mente/senior/Purple & Old Gold Award, 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll, Outstanding Inorganic Chemistry Student

VINTON Kathleen McKenna/junior/Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

WEST DES MOINES Laura Robinson/senior/American Institute of Chemists Award, (1 year membership) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

WILTON Carolyn Carter/senior/Outstanding Chemistry Teacher Award (Subscription to Journal of Chemical Education, and 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll


St. Charles, ILL. Erin Powell/junior/Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty Provost Scholars, each receiving a one-year tuition and fee scholarship, renewable for four years, have been named as part of the Presidential Scholars program at the University of Northern Iowa. The scholars will begin their studies this fall.

__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, is among the students receiving Provost awards.

The awardees receive stipends that cover UNI tuition and mandatory health, health facility, building, student activities and computer fees. They are valued at $5,387 for Iowa residents and $12,705 for out-of-state students for the 2004-2005 academic year. The scholarships will be adjusted to cover any rise in tuition and fees.

To be eligible for the awards, students have to score at least a 29 on the American College Testing (ACT) exam and be in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. Students in classes with fewer than 50 students must be one of the top five in their classes.

Those interested in being considered for these awards in the fall of 2005 need to be sure their applications are received no later than Dec. 15, 2004.


CEDAR FALLS Matthew Rittgers, 30757 120th St.

ELDORA Briana Ritter, 1010 12th St.

LAKE CITY Ian Rich, 103 Horseshoe Dr.

LINCOLN Emily Cormaney, 205 High St.

MARSHALLTOWN Nicole Anders, 1806 Edgebrook Dr.

MASON CITY Sarah Brandt, 716 S. Monroe Ct.

Sara Van Hemert, 115 S. Kentucky Ave.

MILFORD Amity Wickman, 72 Westview Dr.

MUSCATINE Anne Brooker, 2813 Patrick Ln.

OSKALOOSA Maggie Harms, 2313 Ridgeway Ave.

OTTUMWA Erin Conrad, 17325 Eddyville

PALO Brett Schultz, 3088 Linn-Benton Rd.

PELLA Whitney Metcalf, 510 W. First St.

PLANO Linsey Lain, 18200 Highway S70

SUMNER Meredith Schaffner, 210 W. 5th St.

TIPTON Daniel Pelzer, 1531 240th St.

WEST BEND David Wirtz, 4561 545th Ave.

WHAT CHEER Mari Nilles, 18281 Highway 21


ARTHUR, ILL. Stacy McMullen, 225 Taylor Ln.

GLENCOE, MINN. Stephanie Grant, 315 Interwood Dr.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new class of Presidential Scholars will begin its studies on the University of Northern Iowa campus this fall.

____(Name)____ of ___(Address / Hometown)___ is among the 15 students to receive the four-year, full-ride scholarships. They are funded through the Office of the President at UNI. The awards, which provide free tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees for health, health facility, building, student services and computer are valued at $10,660 for Iowa residents and $17,978 for out-of-state students for the 2004-2005 academic year. The students must maintain the academic excellence for which the awards have been granted.

The select group will take part in scholars-only seminars, be eligible for special travel/study opportunities and receive extensive individual advising. All will be required to complete a senior thesis or project.

UNI President Robert Koob said, 'The University of Northern Iowa's Presidential Scholars program accords to students of exceptional academic performance the same recognition and financial aid benefits that universities have long accorded to students of exceptional athletic ability. The program represents a deep commitment to academic excellence at the university.'

Students who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class and who scored a 29 or higher on the ACT test are eligible to apply. Those in classes consisting of fewer than 50 people must be one of the top five in their class. Those interested in being considered for this award in the fall of 2005 need to be sure their applications are received no later than Dec. 15, 2004.


AMES Ashley Wilson, 1922 Polk Dr.

CARROLL Neal Molitor, 1839 Crestview Dr.

CEDAR FALLS Katherine Corker, 1041 Barrington Dr.

Rachel Price, 627 Hearthside Dr.

CEDAR RAPIDS Sarah McConnell, 4016 Richmond Rd. N.E.

CLINTON Emily Eisenman, 1303 12th Ave. N.

JEFFERSON Darcy Lane, 1513 Hawthorne Lane

MARION Jessica Hellman, 2100 Winslow Ct.

MIDDLE AMANA Grant Rozeboom, 712 27th Ave.

PLEASANTVILLE Mark Turnage, 301 N. Jefferson St.

SANBORN Justin Bohnet, 509 E. 7th St.

WATERLOO Fedor Korsakov, 506 Hillcrest Rd.

WAVERLY Michael Busch, 407 29th Ave. S.W.

WINTHROP Jenna Cherry, 135 W. Hamilton St.


BANGALORE, INDIA Rakshith Varadaraju, 46/44 1st Main Rd, Lower Palace Orchards


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An extra 2,000 seats have been opened for the Friday, Aug. 6 Kenny Chesney concert at the UNI-Dome. Available now are 18,500 seats.

Heather Tousignant, director of UNI-Dome operations/athletic facilities, said high demand and the fact that the Dome will be Chesney's only Iowa stop on the tour necessitated the release of the extra seats.

Chesney, winner of the 2003 Country Music Television (CMT) Video of the Year award, also has been nominated for three Academy of Country Music Awards: Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, and Song of the Year. The awards show airs Wednesday, May 26, on CBS.

Chesney's latest album 'When the Sun Goes Down,' has spawned a No. 1 single, 'There Goes My Life.' This record follows up his 2000 platinum, 'Kenny Chesney Greatest Hits' CD, which featured 13 of his previous top 10 singles, six of which reached No. 1. He sold more than 1.3 million tickets on last year's 'Margarita and Senorita Tour.' 'Young,' the CMT Video of the Year, was also nominated for three CMA awards and four Academy of Country Music awards.

Opening for Chesney will be Lava recording artist, Uncle Kracker, who blends down-home soul, hip-hop and hard driving rock 'n roll. Chesney and Kracker have released a duet, 'When the Sun Goes Down,' now sitting at No. 6 on the CMT top twenty video countdown. The song has been on the Billboard country music singles chart for 17 weeks, peaking at No. 1.

Tickets for the 'Guitars, Tiki Bars and A Whole Lotta Love' are on sale now. Tickets are $47.50 and $34.50 plus applicable service charges and facility fees. They are available at the UNI-Dome (NW) Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster centers, or may be charged by phone at (319) 363-1888 or online at

May 20, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently received a $226,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for specialized nanoscience and nanotechnology equipment.

The grant allows UNI to take the first step toward a program in nanoscience and nanotechnology by offering two new courses to chemistry and physics majors. Coordinating the courses are Duane Bartak, professor and former head, Department of Chemistry, and Clifton Chancey, professor and head, Department of Physics.

The two courses, Introduction to Nanoscience & Nanotechnology and Intermediate Nanoscience & Nanotechnolgy, will be jointly taught by physics and chemistry faculty. They will form the core of a future minor in nanoscience and possibly a Bachelor's of Science in nanoscience.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the science and technology of manipulating atoms and molecules to produce machines on the scale of human cells. Understanding atoms and groups of atoms is the beginning of understanding the physical world at a very basic but profound level.

'Chemists know a lot about atoms and physicists understand a lot about atomic forces -- nanoscience and nanotechnology join these knowledge areas together to study atomic-scale devices and machines,' says Chancey. 'The goal is to understand the atomic-scale and molecular-scale worlds so we can build with atoms at the atomic scale with the same ease as we use bricks to build houses.'

'The nano revolution will have as great an effect during the next 50 years as the micro revolution had during the last 50 years, with advances in medical technology, communications, power systems, materials, medical drugs, etc.,' says Bartek. 'The national and international economies are already gearing up to use new nano knowledge, but it is a relatively rare program to find at the undergraduate level. Offering UNI students the chance for hands-on equipment use in these classes may interest some of them in nano-related careers. That will be important for Iowa and the nation in the future.'

The equipment provided by the Carver grant includes: a scanning probe microscope capable of atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy, a high-pressure mini-reactor, surface area and porosity measuring equipment, thermal analysis equipment and magnetometric equipment.

The UNI chemistry department consistently graduates more chemistry majors than any other university or college in Iowa. The physics department currently has 63 majors -- double the number five years ago.

The Carver Charitable Trust is the largest private foundation in the state of Iowa. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist who died in 1981. The Carver Trust has awarded $4.8 million to support educational projects and research at UNI.


The Day After Tomorrow,' a movie scheduled to be released May 28, will show viewers the catastrophic results of global warming: multiple tornadoes, earthquakes that demolish entire cities, and floods that engulf skyscrapers. It's a fictional account, of course, but Alan Czarnetzki, director of UNI's Science center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology (STORM), says it could happen.

'Maybe not as quickly as it will happen in the movie, but it's possible.' Czarnetzki said there is a theory among scientists that gradual warming of the earth could lead to a sudden change in the oceans' circulation. In the Gulf Stream, which transports warm water to areas around England, there would no longer be a need for heat transport to the Pole. The North Atlantic would cool, allowing the ice sheets to advance south. This would result in a cold-air surge farther south. 'And that would cause a very dramatic shift in weather patterns: cooling in Northern Europe and the northeast parts of North America could see arctic outbreaks.'

May 19, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'A-lumina: Metalworks by Louise Rauh and Karen Brown,' from Monday, June 7 through Friday, July 2. The opening reception will take place in the Kamerick Art Building lobby at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 8. The exhibition is an examination of contemporary art approaches to aluminum, which was curated by UNI Gallery of Art director Darrell Taylor.

Louise Rauh received her M.F.A. in metalsmithing and jewelry from the University of Iowa, and from 1997 to 2002, she was the owner of Studiolo, a fine art and craft gallery in Iowa City. Last year, Rauh participated in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Exhibition and the Smithsonian Craft Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Karen Brown is a Philadelphia-based sculptor whose works have been exhibited in Oregon, Florida, Maryland, and New Jersey, as well as Germany. Brown is the founder and organizer of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, which operates in association with the Philadelphia Office of Arts and Culture.

Rauh will present etched, hammered, and ink-dyed aluminum bowls. Brown will present sculptures made of anodized aluminum, raku-fired ceramics and holographic images. The remaining exhibition space will be devoted to two-dimensional works from the UNI Permanent Art Collection.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 12:30 to 4:30 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

May 18, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- KUNI-FM, the University of Northern Iowa's public radio station, was recently honored with a number of awards by four professional organizations.

The KUNI news staff won an Edward R. Murrow Award in regional competition for 'Continuing Coverage of the Iowa Caucus Campaign' from the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). KUNI is the only Iowa radio station that won in the Region 5 division that includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Regional winners automatically qualify for the national competition, whose winners will be announced in June.

Established by RTNDA in 1971, Murrow award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

KUNI news staff members are Greg Shanley, news director; Jeneane Beck, Des Moines bureau chief; and Pat Blank, senior news producer.

At the Associated Press (AP) awards ceremony, the news staff won first place for coverage of the Iowa caucus. Blank also took first place for two feature reports, 'Pre-Op Party' and 'Dutch Farmers,' and she placed third in public affairs and general reporting.

Beck received a second-place award in general reporting for 'Underdogs Score.' Shanley placed second in farm and agribusiness reporting for 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local,' third in documentary for 'Rural Affairs Presidential Forum,' and received honorable mention for 'War-Roundtable Discussion' in public affairs reporting.

KUNI swept the Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) awards, taking home 11 awards, more than any other station entered in the contest.

Blank won first place in radio feature for 'Kid's Preï¾–Op Party,' and third place in several categories: spot news coverage for 'Cedar Falls Fire'; public affairs for 'Surprise Guest'; farm and agribusiness for 'Dutch Farmers'; and general reporting for 'Mississippi Museum.'

Beck took first place in both use of actuality for her reporting on 'Roadwork,' and in general reporting for 'Underdogs Score,' and second in political coverage, with Shanley, for reporting on the

'Rural Farm Presidential Forum.'

Shanley placed first in both public affairs for 'Round Table Discussion' and in farm and agribusiness for 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local,' and third in in-depth/series for 'Administrator Crisis.'

KUNI placed third for 'Overall Excellence' at the convention.

At the Northwest Broadcast Association Awards, held in Minneapolis earlier this spring, KUNI News won a first-place award in the general reporting category for Beck's 'Underdogs Score.'

KUNI, a broadcast service of UNI, can be heard in most of Eastern Iowa at 90.9 FM, Des Moines at 101.7 FM, Dubuque at 98.7 FM and the Quad Cities at 94.5 and 102.1 FM. KUNI is also heard in North Iowa at 91.5 FM (KUNY) and 1010 AM (KRNI).


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Roland Carrillo has been named executive director of enrollment management at the University of Northern Iowa. The appointment became effective May 17.

In this position, Carrillo is responsible for the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid.

He said planned initiatives include addressing the affordability of UNI despite recent necessary increases in tuition.

'UNI remains one of the best values in the Midwest -- if not the country --and it will be important for Iowans to get that message loud and clear,' he noted. 'Admissions and financial aid have worked well in the past and the new structure of the two departments should result in better service for both prospective and continuing students at UNI.'

Carrillo came to UNI in 1987, as director of the Office of Financial Aid. Previously he was director of financial ad at San Antonio College. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Mary's University, San Antonio; and a master's in higher education from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

He and his wife Rita reside in Cedar Falls. Carrillo has four children.

May 17, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Several cadets in the University of Northern Iowa's Army ROTC program competed in the annual Ranger 'Buddy' Challenge in Lawrence, Kansas. A total of 28 schools and 133 teams competed.

The competition consisted of six events: a 10K run in battle dress uniform; a 30-foot-wall climb; weapons disassembly and assembly; grenade assault course; and a 1,000-meter, 100-pound litter carry.

UNI took five teams. Team One, Erick Eggers of Marshalltown and Tyson Trunkhill of Waterloo, finished 10th overall. They also finished fifth in the 10k, third in the litter carry, 14th in the wall climb, and 23rd in the grenade assault.

Team Three, Kyle Godfrey of Cedar Rapids and Jeff Ritter of Waterloo, finished 24th in the litter carry and 41st overall.

Team Five, Stacey Lyon on Danville, Va., and Tony Stumbo of Postville, finished second in the co-ed category. They were fifth in the grenade assault.

Team Two, Ben Seibert of Waukon and John Zaruba of Cedar Rapids, finished 60th overall. Team Four, Eric Pehler of Donahue and Mark McBride of Clive, finished 118th overall.

May 13, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently hosted its annual Grace Ann Hovet Student Leadership Awards ceremony, recognizing several students and student organizations for outstanding leadership.

Denielle DeLoe, a public relations major from Eldridge, received the award for Outstanding New Member in a Student Organization. Jessica Finnerty, an anthropology major from Urbandale, received the Organization Member of the Year Award.

PRide, a student-run public relations firm, was recognized for excellence in leadership development. The university's Student Alumni Ambassadors received an award for outstanding service to the UNI community; and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity was chosen Student Organization of the Year.

Sylvia Baker, an East St. Louis, Ill., native majoring in biological sciences, was named Student Organization Officer of the Year. Gordon Mack, who retired this year from the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, was chosen student Organization Adviser of the Year. The Hispanic Latino Student Union received the award for Excellence in Diversity Programming.

The $1,000 Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership went to Katherine McKenna, a Vinton native majoring in biology and chemistry. Sue Follon served as vice president for educational & student services from 1985 until her death in 1998. She was the first woman to be named a vice president at UNI.

Grace Ann Hovet, retired as a professor of English in 1999. She was instrumental in the development of the Leadership Studies program at UNI.

May 12, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Teachers graduating from the University of Northern Iowa will have an incentive to pursue careers in Iowa, thanks to a gift from Rex and Kathy Eno of Cedar Rapids. The Enos are contributing the majority of their $1 million gift to UNI to establish the Teaching in Iowa Incentive Award Fund, meant to encourage students to take their first teaching position in Iowa.

UNI is nationally known for its excellent teacher-preparation program. Overall, about 25 percent of Iowa's teachers are UNI graduates.

'We are facing a crisis in losing many of our finest teachers to other states at a critical time for Iowa education,' said Rex Eno. 'The quality of education and quality of students found at UNI provide Iowa with graduates who will be tomorrow's leaders -- especially in the field of education. It was important to us to establish a fund that will help encourage our most outstanding teachers to stay here in Iowa. We hope that others will be willing to contribute to this fund in order to keep our good teachers in the state.'

The foundation plans to make awards to two students in summer 2005. As the fund builds, more students will receive awards each year. The UNI College of Education is developing the details of eligibility and selection.

Eno is the retired chairman of Life Investors Insurance Company of America and serves as co-chair of UNI's national 'Students First' campaign. Kathy Eno, a UNI alumna, serves on the advisory board of UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The university has raised approximately $97 million of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign goal, which supports scholarships, academic program support and facilities. For more information on the 'Students First' campaign, contact the UNI Foundation at (319) 273-6078 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa electronic media program won a record 11 awards at the Iowa Broadcast News Association convention on May 1 in Ames.

Eric Braley, a graduate student in communication studies from Cedar Falls, won first place awards in TV Feature, TV In-Depth/Series and TV Sports Play-by-Play. He also won third place for Best TV Sportscast. Braley won his awards through reporting for 'Cedar Falls City News' and Cedar Falls High School basketball.

Nicole Agee, a senior electronic media major from Ottumwa, received the IBNA Dick Petrick Outstanding Student Award. The award is given annually to an Iowa college student whose work shows outstanding potential for a career in broadcast journalism. Agee also won first place in TV Public Affairs Reporting and second in TV In-Depth/Series for her reporting for 'Cedar Falls City News.'

Senior electronic media majors Adam Casper of Kalona and Mark Janssen of Cedar Falls took first place in Farm and Agribusiness reporting for a news report featured on the 'Northern Iowa Report,' a weekly cable news production of UNI's Department of Communication Studies' electronic media program.

Megan Strader, a senior electronic media major from Guttenburg, won first place in General Reporting for a news package on the 'The Northern Iowa Report.'

'The Northern Iowa Report' won the Overall Excellence Award in Student Television for a compilation of the best student reports from 2003, as well as a third-place finish in the Student TV Best Newscast competition. The program is produced through a video production class taught by Christopher Martin, associate professor in communication studies; and Ken Paschke, communication studies broadcast engineer.


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18 and 19. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Register of capital improvement business transactions


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

2. Tenant property rentals


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

3. University calendar holidays


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

4. Annual report on faculty activities

Key points in the report:

- More than three quarters of all classes are taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty.

- In keeping with UNI's emphasis on what we have long called 'Great Teaching,' less than 1 percent of our classes are taught by graduate assistants.


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

5. Allocation of fees

This is an annual report. The Student Activity Fee Committee is headed by our student body president, and the recommendations receive a good deal of scrutiny by students leaders.


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

6. Unit cost of instruction


Thulasi Kumar, director of Information Management & Analysis, (319) 273-3567

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2256


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Former long-time University of Northern Iowa faculty members, now best-selling authors, Robert Waller and Nancy Price, will participate in discussions of their writing experiences and the movie-making process in each of two Elderhostel sessions on the UNI campus, May 16-21 and 23-28.

'Authors: From Books to Movies' will feature discussions of Price's 'Sleeping With the Enemy' and Waller's 'Bridges of Madison County,' led by Barbara Lounsberry, UNI professor of English. Price will share some of the creative insights related to the book and her role in getting it turned into a screenplay and then, a movie. She also will talk about the writing process and introduce her new book, 'No One Knows,' a World War II era book, set in Cedar Falls. Its publication date is June 6, 2004, the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

Following a viewing of the movie 'Sleeping With the Enemy,' Grant Tracey, UNI associate professor of English, will lead a discussion, and participants will take a field trip to visit several of the locations described in both of Price's books.

While Waller's schedule does not allow him to attend in person, he will spend some time with participants via the telephone sharing a bit about the book and the movie 'Bridges of Madison County.' Tracey's follow-up session also will provide an overview of the art of film making.

After viewing and discussing 'The Bridges of Madison County,' attendees will board a bus to Madison County for a first-hand look at the bridges and other locations used in the movie.

Concluding each week, Lounsberry will present information about other literary works related to Iowa. She has edited three mystery novels written by Iowa authors and has done extensive research and presentations on the Nancy Drew series of mysteries. A long-time friend and former colleague of Price, she also has spoken on Waller and 'The Bridges of Madison County' at national conferences. Her areas of specialty are literary nonfiction, drama and 20th century American literature.

Tracey will lead an optional writing workshop one evening during each session. He is the fiction editor for the North American Review and coordinator of creative writing at UNI. His areas of specialty are film studies, creative writing and popular culture.

Other evening activities will include an opportunity to visit the University Museum, take a walking tour of the public art on the UNI campus, or, on May 19th only, attend a performance of 'The Foreigner' at the Waterloo Community Playhouse.

'The field trips throughout the week will allow participants to better understand the choice of rural Iowa as the setting for these acclaimed novels and popular movies,' said Duane McDonald, director of conference and event services at UNI, and Elderhostel coordinator.

Participants will be housed in ROTH -- UNI's Residence on the Hill. Sessions will take place in the Commons Dining Room or the ROTH classroom. For more information on the workshops, contact McDonald at (319) 273-6899. To register, visit

May 11, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education will host its annual Electrathon races from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at the Marshalltown International Raceway.

The Electrathon is a program for high school and college students who design and build one-person electric racecars. The race is an endurance competition in which the car completing the most laps in one hour wins. Participating in the Marshalltown race are Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Pomeroy-Palmer, St. Ansgar, Riceville, Waukee and Muscatine high schools.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by inspection of each car at 8:30 a.m. Cars will begin testing their braking and maneuverability skills at 9 a.m. The first heat takes off at 12:30 p.m., and the second at 2:30 p.m. Winners will be presented awards at 4 p.m.

Alliant Energy and Iowa Energy Center sponsor this event to demonstrate the viability of electric vehicles.

For more information about the Iowa Electrathon and upcoming races, contact John Paar, Electrathon race director, at (319) 273-3850 or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The final two sessions in a series of 10 courses designed 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 and Iowa State University, in June.

'Marketing: It's How You Think, Not What You Spend' will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday, June 8 and 9, and 'Working Together for Results: A Review of Best Practices, Research, Trends and Case Studies,' will be presented Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18. Both workshops will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day at the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE).

The marketing session will feature Gerald Anglum, UNI assistant vice president for university marketing & public relations. He will discuss good marketing as an attitude and participants will learn about outcomes, relationship marketing, setting up expectations and ways to communicate more effectively, among other topics.

UNI President Robert Koob and Stacy Van Gorp, project director for Opportunity Works in UNI's Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services, will lead the final session on working together. Discussion will include factors that make collaboration successful, as well as common pitfalls; getting people involved; internal organization; and when and how to work together to get results.

The registration fee is $50 per course, with a deadline of five working days prior to the first class meeting for each course. Payment is due at the time of registration.

For registration information, contact the ISU Extension office at (319) 234-6811, the UNI Office of Conference and Event Services at (319) 273-6899, or on line at

The Nonprofit Management Academy will be awarding certificates in nonprofit management later this summer to program participants who have completed eight of the 10 workshops. Completion certificates will be granted jointly by UNI and ISU.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education will host the Iowa Junior Solar Sprint Saturday, May 15, at the center. The event, which allows sixth- through eighth-grade students to race their individually designed solar-powered model cars, begins at 10 a.m.

Students will compete in two categories: standard and cargo. The cargo division requires cars to have a cargo area large enough to hold a deck of playing cars or a soda can. Awards will go to those with the fastest vehicles. Additionally, the Cedar Falls Sertoma Club will award prizes for best patriotic performer and most patriotic.

The U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) created the Solar Sprint program in 1990 to inspire students to learn about renewable energy technologies, engineering and science. For more information, contact Jon Lamb, race director, at (319) 273-3850 or

Event sponsors are the Iowa Energy Center and Mid-American Energy.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) has announced winners of its 2004 Iowa Energy Poster Contest. The winners will each receive a $100 savings bond, and will be honored during a ceremony from1 to 3 p.m., on Tuesday, May 18, at the Des Moines State Capitol.

Judges from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Energy Center chose winners from more than 500 entries.

The first-grade winners are Ryan Fransen, Hansen Elementary School, Cedar Falls; and Kaitlyn Fogarty, St. Peter & Paul Catholic School, West Bend. The second-grade winners are Zoe Marie Schneider, Prairie Valley Elementary School, Callender; and Grant Jeffrey Heineman, Howe Elementary School, Ogden.

The third-grade winners are Nolan Emmett Mitchell, Butler Elementary School, Fort Dodge; and Maddie Mix, Lincoln Elementary School, Cedar Falls. The fourth-grade winners are Brittany Hillman, Madison Elementary School, Muscatine; and Katie Johnson, Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School, Spencer.

The fifth grade winners are Danielle Brunson, Colorado School, Muscatine; and Kelli Van Acker, Mulberry School, Muscatine. The sixth-grade winners are Scott Skophammer and Matthew Mitchell, both of Fair Oaks Middle School, Fort Dodge.

The winning posters will be mounted and placed in the CEEE's Traveling Art Gallery, available for two-week display at schools, museums and businesses.

For more information , visit or contact Holly Kagy, (319) 273-3850.

May 10, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Purple and Old Gold awards, recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement in particular areas, were presented to 61 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's commencement exercises Saturday, May 8, in the UNI-Dome.

Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at commencement exercises on May 29, 1939. The awards for meritorious scholarship are presented to students who have the highest grade point average in each of the designated academic areas. Those for conspicuous achievement are granted to students with outstanding accomplishments in particular areas. Each student receives a certificate and a bronze medallion.

Among those receiving Purple and Old Gold awards is/are __(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__. He/She is being honored for __(meritorious scholarship/conspicuous achievement)__ in _(college)__.

Since 1939, more than 1,750 students have been Purple and Old Gold recipients. Awards may be made in 54 academic areas, as well as for conspicuous achievement.


ALGONA Sarah Michelle Menke, music, CHFA

ANKENY **Lynne Michele Breniman, electronic media, CHFA

CEDAR FALLS Valery Jerae Ahrens, special education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)

Robert Paul Drewelow, general studies, CESP

Yelena Abricovna Halstead, TESOL/English, CHFA (Summer 2004 graduate)

Patricia Elena Javellana, athletic training, COE

Angela Annette Pease, art, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)

Brian Bruce Rogers, philosophy and religion, CHFA

Crissa Lee Stephens, modern language-dual, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)

Megan Elizabeth Taylor, political science, CSBS (Fall 2003 graduate)

Angela Leigh Webb, middle level education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)

CEDAR RAPIDS Rebecca Sue Bartlett, communicative disorders, CHFA

Courtney Rene Ridge, psychology, CSBS

Christopher Charles Stark, physics, CNS

CLINTON Austin Jacob Temperley, social science, CSBS

CYLINDER Carissa Sue Gappa, marketing, CBA

DAVIS CITY Kyle Nathaniel Becker, Russian, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)

DAYTON **Danielle Elizabeth Dick, forensics, CHFA

DUBUQUE Matthew John Jaeger, management: information systems, CBA

**Sean Patrick Murphy, art, CHFA

ELDRIDGE **Tara Lynn Martin, performance studies, CHFA

EMERSON Justin Aaron Hossle, theatre arts, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)

FORT DODGE Leah Sue Sieveking, public relations, CHFA

Kai Nobuo Takatsuka, sociology, CSBS

GARWIN Stacy Jane Roberts, business teaching, CBA

HUDSON Rachel Margaret Wieckhorst, earth science, CNS

IOWA CITY **Jill Marie Arganbright, athletics-volleyball, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)

JEFFERSON Jared Andrew Yepsen, management: business administration, CBA (Fall 2003 graduate)

JESUP Jon Noah Steuben, manufacturing technology (B.S.), CNS

GRINNELL Kari Joy Edgington, French, CHFA

IRETON Ryan Gene Koopmans, economics, CBA

KEOKUK Brent Louis Zirkel, geography, CSBS

LECLAIRE Jill Marie Pedretti, biology, CNS

MARSHALLTOWN **Ben Dallas Deike, athletics-football, COE

Mary Cruz Estrada, early childhood education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)

MONTROSE **Jamie Leigh Wolfe, theatre, CHFA

MUSCATINE Amy Lynn Holliday, German, CHFA

OSSIAN Brandi Jo Halverson, American studies, CSBS

Tina Renae Linderbaum, design, family and consumer sciences, CSBS

PANORA Jessica Lynn Blome, communications, CHFA

PERRY Jennifer A. Lischer Haaland, accounting, CBA

RICEVILLE Lori Sue Kirchgatter, anthropology, CSBS

ROLAND Jessica Renae Beck, elementary education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)

SHUEYVILLE Angela Lyn Hagarty, electronic media, CHFA and a conspicuous achievement award for journalism, CHFA

SIOUX CITY Alex Michael Duzik, computer science, CNS

STORY CITY Kari L. Swenson, leisure and human services, COE

SPRINGVILLE Jeffrey Dean Koch, technology education (B.A.), CNS (Fall 2003 graduate)

TIPTON Nolan Ray Mente, chemistry, CNS

TRIPOLI Kevin Patrick Kuker, history, CSBS (Fall 2003 graduate)

URBANA Jared James Birt, physical education, COE

URBANDALE Laura Jean Rhein, Spanish, CHFA

WATERLOO Emily Mae Shoopman, mathematics, CNS (Fall 2003 graduate)

WAVERLY Allison Deutsch, criminology, CSBS

WEBSTER CITY Molly Jeanne McGlynn, social work, CSBS

WEST DES MOINES Lynn Cottrell Hickman, English, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)


BELGRADE, MINN. Andrea Beth Weller, TESOL/modern language, CHFA

BROOKINGS, S.D. **Eric John Short, forensics, CHFA

KNOXVILLE, TENN. Amy Marie Reinhold, health promotion and education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)


GDANSK, POLAND Aleksander Jerzy Abram, finance, CBA (Summer 2004 graduate)

IASI, ROMANIA **Florin Loghin, music, CHFA


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eleven University of Northern Iowa students took a tour of the Windy City this month, in the 29th annual trip sponsored by the Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) education honor society, led by faculty advisor Stephen Fortgang.

The trip to Chicago lasted four days, and included visits to a variety of educational institutions, giving students a taste of big-city culture.

'This trip provides our students with an extremely unique opportunity to see education taking place in environments they ordinarily do not visit,' said Fortgang. 'One constant for the UNI students is to observe or participate in situations in which low-income students are extremely successful learners, which frequently contradicts notions they have when arriving in Chicago. At the same time, they see very strong content-based teaching going on in exciting classrooms. They often come away with raised standards, as well as enthusiasm, optimism and idealism about the profession they are preparing to enter.'

(Student's name), a (year) (major) from (hometown) participated in the KDP Chicago trip.


ALTOONA Shannon DeJoode, junior, elementary education and Spanish

AMES Megan Thomas, senior, elementary education and middle level education/Social Studies

BURLINGTON Katie Broeg, junior, elementary education and early childhood education/literacy

CEDAR FALLS Marcie Vick, junior, special education and early childhood education

CEDAR RAPIDS Daniel DeVore, senior, social science

DANVILLE Courtney Ita, junior, earth science

NASHUA Libbie Willert, senior, elementary education and early childhood education

NEWHALL Jennifer Anderson, senior, elementary education and Spanish

NEW HARTFORD Lyndsi Oster, junior, elementary education/literacy

OSAGE Kristin Northup, junior, elementary education and library science

SIOUX CITY Jaimie Howard, senior, secondary social science education/psychology and US history/sociology/psychology

May 9, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Connie Hansen has been appointed coordinator for student organizations and activities for Maucker Union at the University of Northern Iowa. She will be responsible for working with student organizations, homecoming activities, Greek affairs and leadership opportunities for student groups. Her appointment is effective July 1.

Hansen came to the university in 1989 as an admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions. She was later promoted to student outreach coordinator, then campus visits coordinator/assistant director of orientation. She has been the advisor to the UNI Student Alumni Ambassadors since 1989.

The UNI graduate received her B.A. in elementary education in 1989. She resides in Cedar Falls with her husband, Kevin, and children, Austin and Kelsey.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student, Nicholas Sly, recently received the R. J. McElroy Trust Ph.D. award, a fellowship to support students seeking higher education. Sly, an economics and math double major from West Des Moines, is the fifth UNI student in the history of the fellowship, and the second UNI economics major, to receive the award.

Sly was selected to receive the award, by the Trustees of the R. J. McElroy Trust, from a field of six finalists from colleges and universities in Northeast Iowa. He will receive a stipend of $10,000 a year for three years under the fellowship and will pursue a Ph.D. in economics at the Michigan State University.

The fellowships, established by the McElroy Trustees in 1983, are designed to encourage persons of accomplishment, intelligence, integrity and leadership ability to pursue challenging academic careers. Based upon satisfactory progress toward a Ph.D. degree, the stipend of $10,000 may be renewed for two additional years.

The Trust benefactor, R. J. McElroy was a pioneer broadcaster who started KWWL and the Black Hawk Broadcasting Company in 1947. He died in 1965.

May 6, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Merchant Scholarship awards have been announced at the University of Northern Iowa, to be applied toward the recipients' graduate studies during the 2004-2005 academic year. The scholarships are funded from the Merchant Trust, established in 1951 with the UNI Foundation, to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant.

Receiving the $1,000 awards are: Grant Brodrecht, currently of South Bend, Ind., pursuing a Ph.D. in history at Notre Dame; Reygan Freeney of Cedar Falls, pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Iowa; Michael Reese, currently of Cedar Rapids, pursuing a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting at the University of Iowa; Lisa Schmitz, formerly of Charles City, pursuing an M.S. in journalism at the University of Kansas; and Christopher Stark of Cedar Rapids, pursuing a Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Maryland.

Richard Followill, professor and head of the Department of Finance, served as chair of the 2004 Merchant Scholarship Committee. Also serving on the committee were: John Fritch, associate professor and head of the Department of Communication Studies, and Barbara Hetrick, professor and head of the Department of Biology.

The scholarships, open to any bachelor's degree graduates of UNI, apply to continued study at any institution, foreign or domestic. They are awarded to UNI graduates on the basis of ability, attainment, moral character, spirit, personality, intellectual promise and devotion to society. Application information for 2005, due March 1, 2005, is available on the UNI Financial Aid Web site,



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa recently hosted its Annual Senior Design Conference for electrical & information engineering technology, manufacturing technology and construction management students.

'OST Process Redesign,' sponsored by Federal Mogul, was completed by Joshua A. Evans of Waterloo, Stephanie L. Sickels of Marshalltown and Katherine M. Waterman of Waterloo. Their project, completed for Champion Spark Place Co., Burlington, Iowa, studied the testing procedures for spark plug defects. Faculty adviser for the project was Ronald O'Meara, assistant professor of industrial technology.

'UNI Electric Car: 'Panthers EV',' the designing of an Electrathon Car for UNI, was completed by Kristopher M. Floy of Cedar Falls, Timothy L. Schlickman of Dubuque and Dao M. Vo. Faculty adviser for the project was Scott Giese, assistant professor of industrial technology.

Paul Rael of Waterloo and John Burton completed 'John Deere Non-Engine Test: Cell Specific Failure Notification and Safety Shutdown,' sponsored by John Deere Product Engineering Center (PEC). The project included upgrading and improving current test cell monitoring, problem recognition and test cell efficiency for John Deere PEC. Recayi Pecen, assistant professor of industrial technology, was faculty adviser for the project.

'Industrial Technology Department Centennial Brass Medallion,' a project to create the design aspects, preparation of molds, material selection, tooling, and casting of a medallion to commemorate the centennial celebration of the Department of Industrial Technology, was completed by Robby L. Cromer of Vinton, Khristopher J. Kuker of Waterloo and Brett A. Shaffer of Jesup. Faculty adviser for the project was Scott Giese.

Jason Djuren of Mason City and Jerry Bjerke of Waterloo, completed 'Interfacing Weather Station Data to a 'Live' Website by LabViewï¾™ for Iowa Energy Center ï¾– Ankeny.' The project examined one method of obtaining data from the outdoor environment and displaying it on a web server. Sponsors of the project were the Iowa Energy Center and the Energy Resources Station of Ankeny, Iowa. Recayi Pecen was faculty adviser for the project.

'UNI Solar Electric Boat: 'E-Boat',' was completed by Dan Frisch of Waterloo, Matt Brustkern of La Porte City, Eric Schumacher of Cedar Rapids, Jamie Ruth of Parkersburg, Jack Steuben of Jesup and Phil Tentiger of Waterloo. For the past two semesters, the project's goal has been to optimize the electrical, electronics and mechanical design of the UNI E-Boat. This year's team researched and eliminated the downfalls that have hindered teams in the two previous competitions. They will compete in the World Championship of Solar Boating June 16 ï¾– 20 in Buffalo, N.Y. The project will continue to initiate new design ideas in the field of clean boat technologies in Iowa waterways.

Sponsors of the UNI E-Boat project were the Iowa Energy Center, the UNI College of Natural Science (CNS) SOAR grant, Kay's Manufacturing of Janesville, and Reuter's Welding & Repair of Jesup. Faculty advisers for the project were Recayi Pecen and Mohammed Fahmy, professor and head of industrial technology.

'Delta Target Machine,' completed by James W. Bean of Reinbeck, Mitchell McQuillen of Cedar Falls and Brian Zimmer of Vinton, examined the Delta archery target-stuffing machine. The project focused specifically on the material used to fill the target bag and the manual stuffing of the bags that is currently used. The team studied the possibility of designing an automatic machine for the stuffing process of the target bag. Faculty adviser for the project was Scott Giese.

'STARR Wind Power Project at Hickory Hills Park' and 'STARR Hydro Power Project at Hickory Hills Park,' were sponsored by the UNI Foundation (through a private donor) and the Black Hawk County Conservation Board. Recayi Pecen and Mohammed Fahmy were faculty advisers for both projects.

'STARR Wind Power Project at Hickory Hills Park' was completed by John Mackamul of Waverly, Rusty Elson of Waterloo, Billie Johnson of Urbana and Tony Kanne of Cedar Falls. The project included wind data monitoring, design and construction of a new wind turbine to be used in a new hydro-wind hybrid system. The team's goal was to develop a functional hybrid system that generates zero-emission electricity utilizing hydro and wind renewable resources in Hickory Hills Park.

'STARR Hydro Power Project at Hickory Hills Park' was completed by Dennis Craun, Brian Mayfield, Esaie Toingar and Tony Kanne of Cedar Falls and Rusty Elson of Waterloo. The project included the design and development of a hydro turbine to generate zero-emission electricity used in a new Hydro-Wind Hybrid system in Hickory Hills Park.

'Autonomously Guided Vehicle (AGV),' sponsored by the UNI College of Natural Science (CNS) SOAR grants, was completed by Cory Heisterkamp of Cedar Falls and Matt Starr of Tipton. The project examined the feasibility of developing a vehicle capable of self-guidance and speed control. The AGV accomplishes obstacle-detection, line-tracking and auto-steering concepts. Faculty advisers for the project were Recayi Pecen and Fanourios Chalkiadakis, assistant professor of industrial technology.

'Axtell Harley Cylinder Design Improvement,' sponsored by Axtell, was completed by Nicholas P. Jones of Altoona, Sheldon E. Klein of Dysart and Rodney S. Niemer of Fairbank. The project examined machining practices of a machine shop that specializes in Big Bore Harley Davidson motorcycle engines. The team studied and evaluated current machining practices, efficiency of tooling, major problem areas, availability of proper fixturing and equipment deterioration. Yury Lerner, professor of industrial technology, was faculty adviser for the project.


May 5, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student Sarah Jensen, a senior electronic media major from Iowa City, recently won two filmmaking awards.

Jensen placed second in documentary filmmaking at the national Broadcast Education Association (BEA) 2004 awards ceremony, in February in Las Vegas. More than 600 projects were entered in the BEA contest. Her documentary, titled 'Shell Rock Honey and Flowers,' shows the life and experiences of local beekeeper Galen Eiben, who has worked with the insects for nearly 30 years.

'Shell Rock Honey and Flowers' also took second place at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, held April 2 and 3. About 50 films were submitted to judges at the festival.

Jensen began working on her film as part of a UNI field-production course. She spent two days shooting footage for the film, then another 30 hours editing.

'Sarah has an exceptional eye and fabulous storytelling skills,' said Bettina Fabos, assistant professor of communications studies, who has worked with Jensen on her films. 'I'm really proud of her recent accomplishments, but not at all surprised.'



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently received a $50,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for outreach activities of the new Teaching of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) program.

Coordinated by Sunggye Hong, assistant professor of special education at UNI, the TVI program prepares teachers to meet the diverse needs of students with visual impairments and acquire certification from the Iowa Department of Education. This is the only TVI program in Iowa, and one of the few available in the United States.

'Iowa needs both more and better-prepared teachers to serve students with visual impairments,' says Hong. 'Presently, each teacher has a caseload of 15-20 students, which is considerably higher than the national recommended guidelines.'

UNI's TVI program consists of eight courses totaling 22 hours. It is for practicing teachers in general education and/or special education, as well as undergraduate students. The TVI program aims to increase the number of Iowa teachers who are qualified to teach visually-impaired students and improve the overall quality of educational services offered in this field.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, requested UNI create this program to remedy the state's lack of TVI training and its shortage of teachers who are fully qualified to work with visually-impaired students. As of 2002, there were approximately 700 visually-impaired students receiving services in Iowa.

The Carver Charitable Trust is the largest private foundation in the state of Iowa. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist who died in 1981. Overall, the Carver Trust has awarded $4.8 million to support educational projects and research at UNI.


May 4, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Legendary rock 'n' roll band, Fleetwood Mac, will be in concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, at the UNI-Dome.

Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie will perform hits from their illustrious career, as well as songs from their new album 'Say You Will' in a two-plus hour concert.

With seven multi-platinum albums and more than 70 million records sold, Fleetwood Mac is one of the most successful groups of all time. Their 1977 Grammy Award-winning album of the year, 'Rumours,' has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it the sixth biggest selling album of all time.

Fleetwood Mac's list of smash hits include 'Don't Stop,' 'Go Your Own Way,' 'Dream,' 'Big Love,' 'Hold Me' and 'Sara.' Their first album in six years, 'Say You Will,' debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard U.S. charts and has since achieved gold status. It also has provided the band with some ofthe best reviews of their long career.

The 2004 tour marks a new chapter in the storied saga of the group, which began last year when Lindsey Buckingham reunited with the band, on stage and in the studio, for the first time in 16 years.

Tickets prices will range from $44.50 to $94.50, plus applicable fees. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 15 at the UNI-Dome (NW) ticket office and all Ticketmaster centers. Charge by phone at (319) 363-1888 (Cedar Rapids), (515) 243-1888 (Des Moines); or order online at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Class of 1954 from Iowa State Teachers College-- now the University of Northern Iowa-- will celebrate its 50th reunion Thursday through Saturday on the Cedar Falls campus, with some 45 class members and a number of their spouses returning from all parts of the country. Reunion co-chairs are Diane Baum and Jim Handorf, both of Cedar Falls.

The weekend, sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association, will begin with an early-evening reception Thursday, May 6, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Friday's full schedule will begin with an 8:15 a.m. breakfast in the Slife Ballroom at the UNI Commons. Joy Corning of Des Moines, a member of the reunion committee, will give an update on the class gift, the Class of 1954 Maucker General Education Endowed Scholarship Fund. It is a continuation of the gift established at the group's 40th reunion, and named after J.W. Maucker, UNI's fifth president, from 1950-1970.

'Then 'n Now,' a dialogue between class members and current Student Alumni Ambassadors, comparing the way things were on campus in 1954 and the way they are today, will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by campus tours given by the Student Alumni Ambassadors. During a luncheon in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom, class members will be presented with their 50-Year Certificates, and a class photograph will be taken.

A Class Reunion Banquet in the Commons will feature remarks by UNI President Robert Koob about changes on the campus and UNI's plan for the future.

The reunion will conclude with class members participating in the 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies in the UNI-Dome, during which the 50-year honorees will be recognized individually by Koob.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Department of Industrial Technology at the University of Northern Iowa will celebrate two anniversaries Saturday, May 8-- the 100th anniversary of the department's founding and the 25th anniversary of the doctor of industrial technology degree program.

In 1904, Iowa State Normal School President Homer Seerley wrote, in his request to establish the Department of Manual Training, 'There is no doubt in my mind but [that] the call for training in the industries that give the hand and eye skill in a new line, and that will unite work with study, must be the coming development necessary for the well being and the happiness of our people.'

'The centennial celebration is an excellent opportunity for us at IT to reflect on the great accomplishments of our department, one of which is the doctor of industrial technology (DIT) degree program,' said Mohammed Fahmy, department head.

The DIT degree, the only one of its kind in the world, is designed to develop scholars in the fields of education and industry. The program emphasizes knowledge of industrial technology, as well as applying and using that knowledge in an organizational setting. In its 25 years, the DIT program has graduated 86 students.

'For 100 years now, the mission of our curricula has been the integration of theory and practical training,' Fahmy said. 'The fact that our graduates are sought after nationally shows that we have been doing something right all of these years.'

In the fall of 2003, there were approximately 500 undergraduate IT majors at UNI. More than 300 students have received master's degrees from the UNI IT program to date.

Following graduation for current IT students, during the College of Natural Sciences' commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m., the celebration will begin with an open house in the Industrial Technology Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors may take tours of the building, view displays and chat informally with former classmates and faculty. Refreshments will be available. Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to attend free of charge.

A reception will be held in the Georgian Lounge of the UNI Commons at 6 p.m. that evening, followed by a dinner in the Slife Ballroom at 7 p.m. UNI President Robert Koob will welcome the guests. U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, a UNI alumnus, is scheduled to speak at the dinner. Other speakers will include former IT department head Alvin Rudisill, several department alumni, CNS dean Kichoon Yang and IT department head Mohammed Fahmy. Attendance at the reception and dinner is by prior reservation.



Dave Smith, K-12 principal at Price Lab School, will conquer his fear of snakes during an exhibition at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 7, in the school auditorium. Smith will help present an educational program that features a 30-foot, 80-pound boa constrictor.

The program is a reward for students, who have raised nearly $1,000 by participating in the 'Box Tops for Education' program sponsored by General Mills. It offers cash for box tops from specified products. The Grout Museum of History and Science, in Waterloo, is presenting the program.

May 3, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Habitat for Humanity chapter spent the week of March 17 in Manhattan, Kan., building a house as part of the Collegiate Challenge, a program where students from different universities spend their spring break constructing homes.

According to Gary Daters, adviser to UNI's Habitat for Humanity, the team collected donations for a year before they took part in the Challenge. Daters said the average cost of a home built by Habitat is $46,000, and is spread out over a 20-year, no-interest mortgage for the homeowners. The house is expected to be completed in July.

UNI's Habitat chapter plans to raise $25,000 of the $50,000 needed to build its next house in Black Hawk County, at a site yet to be determined.

(Student's name), a (year) (major) from (hometown) helped build a house as part of the Collegiate Challenge. He/she is a member of UNI's Habitat for Humanity.


BETTENDORF Melanie Weis, senior, graphic communications

Valerie Weis, freshman, English

BURLINGTON Dana Crable, freshman, elementary education

COLESBURG Cori Gaul, junior, general studies

ROBINS Renee Pasker, junior, biotechnology

URBANDALE Jessica Finnerty, sophomore, leisure services

Kacey Hays, sophomore at Central College, elementary education

WORTHINGTON Jennifer Ostwinkle, sophomore, history


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education initiated new members during the 2003-2004 academic year.

__(Name)__, an undergraduate education major from __(hometown)__, was/were among the (fall/spring) initiates. (He/she) is the (son/daughter) of (parents' names).

Melissa Kinyon originally from Ames, a UNI graduate and a teacher at McCosh Elementary School in Chicago, was the speaker at the fall initiation ceremony. Spring speaker was Jill Huebner Johnson, a UNI alum originally from Alden, and a kindergarten teacher in Cedar Rapids.


ADEL Sara Susan Klaassen, fall, Curtis and Susan Klaassen

ALGONA Geoffrey Allen Buchanan, spring, Gregg and Julie Buchanan

Brett Daniel Redemske, fall, Charles and Linda Redemske

ALTOONA Shanon Marie DeJoode, fall, Chris and Dave DeJoode

Desiree Nicole Miller, fall, Lisa Miller

Jenny Lynn Rinehart, spring, Russell and Belinda Rinehart

AMES Megan Marie Thomas, fall, Brent and Sue Thomas

ANKENY Sarah Dorothy Lindner, fall, Steve and Pauline Lindner

Laura Marie Walsh, spring, Dennis and Dianne Walsh

ARNOLDS PARK Kathryn Elaine Revland, fall, Mark Revland and Rhonda Nelson

BELLEVUE Ryan Scott Putman, spring, Larry and Ruth Putman

Katie Jo Roth, spring, Rusty and Rhonda Roth

BETTENDORF Jamie Lynne Buhman, spring, James and Gail Buhman

BUCKINGHAM Danielle Renee McLaughlin, spring, Denny and Desi McLaughlin

BUFFALO CENTER Sarah Anne Fuller, fall, Ronald and Sandra Fuller

BURLINGTON Katie E. Broeg, spring, Craig and Jane Broeg

Julie Lynn Gerdes, spring, Bob and Vicki Gerdes

Courtney Jo Tarbell, spring, Ardyce and Nancy Tarbell

CARROLL Mistaya Louise Meier, spring, Ron and Roxanne Meier

CASTALIA Brittany Ann Buddenberg, spring, Doug and Pam Buddenberg

CEDAR FALLS Sarah Renae Byrd, fall, Reggie and Tammy Byrd

Krista Rene Goetz, spring, Dan and Tami Goetz

Hannah Elizabeth Kollasch, spring, Colleen and Bruce Rieks and Matt Kollasch

Teresa Marie Mohling Bettis, spring, Jerry and Judy Bettis

Angela Saint Patrick Thulstrup, spring, Harry and Virginia Saint Patrick

CEDAR RAPIDS Amy Catherine Bly, spring, Steve and Lynn Bly

Robbie Christine Hanson, fall, Patricia and Harry Hanson

Lisa Diane Jasiewicz, spring, Mike Jasiewicz

Joanne Marie Peterson, fall, Darrell and Victoria Peterson

CHARLES CITY Lisa Caroline Aird, spring, Andy and Lori Aird

CLEMONS John J. Toyne, spring, Jim and Kayla Toyne

COLESBURG Stephanie Jo Buchheim, fall, Mike and Jane Buchheim

Christy Amber Moore, spring, Patrick and Susan Moore

CORALVILLE Molly Margaret Taylor, spring, Craig and Laurie Taylor

CRESCO Sarah Elizabeth Burke, spring, Jean and Dave Doda

Andrea Jo Larson, spring, Dave and Shelley Larson

DAVENPORT Katrina Ann Whittle, fall, Kathy and Leonard Norman

Emilia M. Alejo, spring, Deborah and Adolfo Alejo

Beth Anne Doeden, spring, Mike and Barb Doeden

Christina Elizabeth Stoffer, spring, Tim and Liz Stoffer

DECORAH Emily M. Klotzbach, spring, Gary and Jenny Klotzbach

Marcie Lynn Vick, spring, Mark and Vicki Vick

DENISON Kiley Renee Ingerslev, spring, Kim and Dana Ingerslev

Sarah Beth Peters, spring, Myron and Barb Peters

DENVER Angela Ann Benham, fall, Blane and Terri Benham

DES MOINES Serra Elizabeth Calisesi, fall, William and Anna Calisesi

Sara Sue Gustafson, spring, Art and Gayle Gustafson

Sarah Janette Miller, fall, Francis and Eilleen Miller

DEWITT Rachel Danley, fall, Casey and Pamela Danley

Corrine Marie O'Connell, spring, Joe and JoElla O'Connell

DEXTER Mychele Mardene Sealine, fall, Steve and Cheryl Sealine

DIKE Laura Jean Dufel, spring, Larry and Carol Dufel

DUBUQUE Julie Renee White, fall, Kevin and Karen White

Alison Elizabeth Maas, fall, Dale and Mary Jane Maas

DUNCOMBE Karen Elizabeth Lennon, spring, Larry and JoAnn Lennon

DYERSVILLE Tifani Elaine Bushman, fall, Lori Bushman

Andrea Susan Todd Luensmann, spring, Joan Weber

EAGLE GROVE Stacey Lynn White, spring, Dave and Sue White

ELKADER Andrea Lynn Reimer, fall, James and Jeanice Reimer

ESTHERVILLE Nicole Lea Peton, fall, David and Debbie Peton

FAIRBANK Crystal Marie Marshall, fall, Robert and Lisa Corber

FLOYD Michael Keith Troyer, spring, Russell and Darlene

FORT DODGE Ann Marie Weishaar, fall, Thomas and Patricia Weishaar

Katherine Jean Gross, spring, Joe and Shirlee Gross

FORT MADISON Kristin Johanna Vande Krol, fall, Delwin and Patricia Vande Krol

GARNER Jill Renae Birkey, fall, Dan and Julie Birkey

Ashley Marie Huinker, spring, Tom and Lisa Huinker

GLADBROOK Melissa Anne Volkens, spring, Mark and Diane Volkens

GOLDFIELD Melissa Sue Harvey, spring, Jim Harvey

HOLY CROSS Tifani Elaine Bushman, fall, Scott Bushman

Andrea Susan Todd Luensmann, spring, Ken Luensmann

INDEPENDENCE Erin Michelle Nennig, fall, John and Teresa Nennig

IOWA CITY McKenzie Marie LeMaster, fall, Genevieve and Larry LeMaster

IOWA FALLS Kathleen Newcomb, fall, Dennis and Susan Lutz

JESUP Sarah Marie Curry, spring, Richard and Susan Curry

JOHNSTON Ellen Christina Schoville, spring, Mike and Karen Schoville

LE MARS Tara L. McPherson, spring, Ken Johme

LONG GROVE Amy Louise Meyerhoff Mangan, spring, Bill and Pat Meyerhoff

MANCHESTER Katherine Lee Blakesley, spring, Bill and Pat Blakesley

MARENGO Kaley Elizabeth Hacker, spring, Raymond and Sari Hacker

MARION Sara Elizabeth McCarty, spring, Kim and Karyl McCarty

Kourtney Ann McKenna, spring, Kim and John McKenna

MARSHALLTOWN Sandy Jean McGregor, spring, Jim and Mary McGregor

MASON CITY Aaron Scott Backlin, fall, Bill and Jolene Backlin

Lauren Marie Chambers, fall, Mark and Terri Chambers

Julieann Dawn Jacobson, spring, David and Dawn Jacobson

Jordan Elizabeth Ann O'Donnell, spring, Robert and Stephanie O'Donnell

MILFORD Rachel Lea Kaiser, fall, Rod and Sherry Kaiser

MONTICELLO Callie Rae Kromminga, spring, Greg and Christi Kromminga

MOSCOW Abigail Ann McQuillen, spring, Thomas and Deborah McQuillen

NASHUA Libbie Marie Willert, spring, Mike and Linda Willert

NEW HARTFORD Margaret Jean Christensen, spring, Don and Marilyn Christensen

Lyndsi Renee Oster, spring, Larry and Carolyn Oster

OELWEIN Sarah Elizabeth Burke, spring, Phyllis Burke

OSAGE Kristin Marie Northup, spring, Stephen and Vera Northup

Ellen C. Thome, fall, Tom and Karen Thome

OXFORD Amanda M. Eckrich, fall, Larry and Penny Eckrich

PALO Lisa Diane Jasiewicz, spring, Lois Trcka-Sammons

RADCLIFFE Jami Lynn Spaid, spring, James and Peggy Spaid

ROCK RAPIDS Kimberly Ann DeJongh, fall, Carl and Nancy DeJongh

ROLFE Mitchell A. Marine, spring, Mike and Madonna Marine

SERGEANT BLUFF Katie L. Viet, fall, Darrell and Nancy Viet

SHELLSBURG Tricia Sue Tumilty, spring, Robert Tumilty

SIOUX CITY Franny Jo Horton, fall, Paul and Melanie Horton

Jaimie Ann Howard, spring, Jim and Cheryl Howard

STATE CENTER Rachel Rena Reker, fall, Roger and Rhonda Reker

Samantha Ann-Marie Jenkins, spring, Vicki Jenkins

TIPTON Jennifer Nicole Agne, spring, Steve and Mary Agne

VAN METER Stacy Michelle McNace, fall, Dan and Terry McNace

VINTON Emily Melissa Barron, spring, Mike and Rhonda Barron

WALFORD Kari Elizabeth Hall, spring, Beryle and Sharon Brown

WATERLOO Emily Clare Candee, spring, Russell and Sherry Candee

Linsay Anne Csukker, fall, Larry and Jan Csukker

WAUCOMA James Jay Goerend, spring, the late Edmund and Rose Marie Goerend

WAVERLY Ashley Jo Druvenga, spring, Randy and Pam Druvenga

WHEATLAND Anna Marie Hass, spring, Lynn and Pilar Hass

WHITTEMORE Amanda Jean Freking, fall, Dennis and Sarah Freking

WINTHROP Kelly Marie Baragary Kress, spring, Glenn and Mary Baragary

WOOLSTOCK Jessica Mae Kastler, spring, Larry and Chris Kastler


ROGERS, ARK. Melissa Sue Harvey, spring, Pam and Chris Connelly

LA QUINTA, CALIF. Jonna Marie Spedaliere, spring, John and Virginia Spedaliere

WASHINGTON, D.C. Monique Danielle Holmes, spring, Roselyn Holmes

STERLING, ILL. Amy Margo Matthiessen, spring, Rev. Donald and Rosemary Matthiessen

FLORISSANT, MO. Tara L. McPherson, spring, Suzanne Johme

PARK CITY, MONT. Samantha Ann-Marie Jenkins, spring, Roger Jenkins

HERMAN, NEB. Ashley Christine Holst, spring, Denny Holst

OMAHA, NEB. Ashley Christine Holst, spring, Judy Eller

LAS VEGAS, NEV. Kathleen Margaret Newcomb, fall, Pat Newcomb

CAMBRIDGE, WIS. Abbie Christine Hansen, spring, Jeff and Arla Hansen and Gayle and Dale Siebenbruner


MATSUBARA OSAKA, JAPAN Keiko Shofu, spring, Katsuyo Shofu


CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education recently hosted its bi-annual Teacher Education Convocation. Of the 267 students that have satisfied requirements for admission during the spring semester into the College of Education, more than 130 students participated in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study.

Among those recently accepted into the College of Education was/were (Name/s) from (Hometown) .

Kathy Oakland, chair of the convocation committee, says, 'One of the most rewarding aspects of this event is looking out into the audience and seeing the pride on the faces of parents and grandparents. It is an especially moving ceremony that celebrates not only the College of Education, but the accomplishments of the entire university.'

Steve Carignan, executive director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, was the keynote speaker for the 27th group of candidates inducted into the teacher education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991.


ALGONA Geoffrey Buchanan, Amy Reekers, *Jill Bollinger, *Erin Denny

ALLISON Shawn Deboer, Alyssa Doeden

ALTOONA Candice Borts, *Kari Leo

ANAMOSA Stacia Jelmeland

ANKENY Katherine Frank, *Emily Brodell, *Kathryn Holsinger, *Mallory Smiens, *Cassie Warner

ATALISSA Melinda McGuire

ATLANTIC Terra Kelley

AURORA *Audra Kaiser

BELLE PLAINE *Brooke Schwab

BELLEVUE *Ryan Putman, *Emily Schwager

BETTENDORF Colbie Andes, Elizabeth Dockery, *Sheila Conrad, *Miranda Maday, *Kara Pfitzenmaier, *Erin Riley, *Katherine Walloch

BLAIRSBURG *Andrea Pruismann

BONDURANT Melanie Thompson

BOONE Ashley Dose, Nicole Rhum, *Lindsay Myers

BRANDON Kelli Nolta

BUFFALO CENTER *Lyndsay Ostermann

BURLINGTON *Stephanie Parker

CARROLL *Julie Lawyer

CASCADE *Joseph Dobler

CEDAR FALLS Courtney Curtis, Kesley Egli, Sheila Ford, Angel Franzen, Kevin Hrodey, Karlee Koester, Bethany McGuire, Jacquelyn Venter, *Emily Hanson, *Monte Kelly, *Marin Pence, *Andrea Rose, *Paige Schellhorn

CEDAR RAPIDS Raven Blackwell, Amie Clark, Jessica Duncan, Hiroko Joy, Amy McQuillen, Regina Snyder, Stephanie Sullivan, *Jacquelyn Eden, *Melissa Harman, *Amy Hegenderfer, *Lindsey Kaspari, *Megan Keoppel, *Megan Piper, *Peter Skow, *Melissa Springsteen, *Jennifer Stadlen, *Tracy Stranathan

CEDAR POINT *Laura Coberly

CENTER POINT Brian Hanneman

CLEAR LAKE Hannah Anderson, Matthew Nuehring, *Laura Brager, *Audra Meyer, *Anthony Theilen

CLINTON Casey Hlubek, Aaron Mull, *Alicia Goodwin

CONRAD Nicole Critchfield

CORALVILLE Samantha Anderson, Molly Taylor, *Rachel Baeza

CRESCENT *Heather Walter

DANVILLE Steven Rogers

DAVENPORT Faith Harksen, Lindsey Ploen, Willim Saunders, *Ashley Beyhl, *Kelly Coughlin, *Kassie Daugherty, *Tracy Keller, *Meaghan Mitchell, *Jonathan Welchman

DECORAH Katherine Carlson, Alexandria Cook

DENVER Rachael Leyen

DES MOINES Valerie Dale, Nicole Meyer, *Beth Knicley

DE WITT *Erin Dieckmann

DIKE Nikila Powell, *Joyce Boike, *Laura Dufel

DUBUQUE Christian Anderson, Mark Lorenzen, *Lyndal Anthony, *Suzanne Blanchard, *Sarah Farber, *Amber Hunter

DUNKERTON *Kayla Steffen

DURANGO Jacob Weires

DYERSVILLE Abby Nurre, *Jacklyn Hoeger

EARLVILLE *Cheryl Nachtman

EARLY Jeremy Langner

ELDORA *Robin Granzow

ELDRIDGE *Nicholas Pfaff

ELLSWORTH Katherine Hemphill


FAIRFAX *Jenna Petersen


FARLEY Joseph Bourek, Thomas Jasper

FENTON *Sean Pixler

FLOYD Michael Troyer


FORT DODGE Tamala Douglas, Lindsey Hood, Kole Petersen, Ryan Takatsuka, *Katherine Gross, *Janelle Ulstad

GENEVA Katie Davis

GILMAN *Jessica McMeekin

GLIDDEN Mandi Mohr

GREENE Jill McCandless

GRISWOLD Megan Kelley

GRUNDY CENTER *Caleb Buskohl


HARTLEY *Keri Getting

HEDRICK Mackenzie Horras

HIAWATHA Bart Sheppard

HOPKINTON Daniel Arjes, *Molly Pisarik

HUDSON Kelly Westley, *Erin Salton

IDA GROVE *Amanda Farley

INDEPENDENCE Jillian Blad, *Amanda McLaren

IOWA CITY *Katherine Walsh

IOWA FALLS Desiree Danger, Stacie Ites

KALONA Mariah Ritter, *Ryan Duwa

KEYSTONE Michael Runge, *Melissa Breja

KNOXVILLE Jessica Cameron, Derek Flack

LADORA *Andrew Meyer

LAKE CITY Nathan Asmus, *Nicole Patton

LA PORTE CITY *Kristin Runyan

LEMARS *Jamie Weets

LISBON Angela Kohout


MADRID *Ashley Bowman, *Abigail Bowman

MANCHESTER Tiffany Rudd, *Jennifer Reiss, *Paul Waterman

MARENGO Justin Mullnix, *Joshua Schumacher

MARION Katherine Hershner, Elizabeth Koepp, Ashley Whitlow, *Gretchen Bricker, *Amber Franklin, *Molly O'Dell

MARSHALLTOWN Sandy McGregor, Lindsay Schultz, Kylee Vopava, *Emily Nymeyer

MASON CITY Ryan Theilen, *Lori Henry, *Errin Shannon

MEDIAPOLIS *Katrisha Hauenstein

MERRILL Robin Yoerger

MILFORD Stacey Noble


MOSCOW Andrew McQuillen

MOUNT UNION Leslie Johnson


MUSCATINE Melissa Muir, *Jessica Lyon


NEW HAMPTON *Scott Huegel

OELWEIN April Bulman, *Shae Frazer

OSCEOLA Heather Cummings

OSKALOOSA *Laura Dixon

OTTUMWA Carrie Anstey, Nathan Smith, *Josh Wilson


PALMER Erica Fey

PANORA Lori Harris


PEOSTA Mindy Mass, Dana Main

POMEROY Kimberly Hanson

RADCLIFFE *Sara Bergeson

RAYMOND Lisa Weber

RINGSTED Brian Nelson

SAINT ANSGAR Gretchen Porisch

SEYMOUR *Anthony Boggs

SIOUX CITY Eric Kilburn, *Nicolle Allan, *Jennifer Montag, *Erin Glidden

SPENCER *Jessica Odor

SPERRY *Laura Campbell

STORM LAKE *Staci Noll

STORY CITY *Amy Jacobson

STRATFORD *Beau Crystal

TIPTON *Tracy Clausen

TOLEDO *Tammy Trusheim

URBANA *Ryan Lensing

URBANDALE Michelle Breuss, Alexander Kimble

VENTURA *Kara Boehnke

WALKER Laura Cady


WATERLOO Meghan Bell, Dustin Cox, Linsay Csukker, Nicholas Farley, Anthony Kisch, Brian Meenan, Andrea Schmitz, Elizabeth Wendel, *Anastasia Carignan

WAUCOMA *Kara Kuennen

WAUKON Katreana Norris

WAVERLY *Jessica Kuhrt

WAYLAND Jaime Gerst, Lori Reschly

WEBSTER CITY Jenae Kennedy, *Rebecca Hemmingson

WEST DES MOINES Gregory Westergaard, *Zachariah Bonnette, *Shannon Carney, *Kristin Nelson, *Sarah Seligman

WEST LIBERTY Brock Leggins, *Stephanie Burr

WINDSOR HEIGHTS *Lindsey Crawford

WOOLSTOCK *Jessica Kastler

WORTHINGTON Jennifer Ostwinkle


CHICAGO, ILL. *Melissa Rodriguez

GARY, IND. Romell Gillespy


ANOKA, MINN. Lindsey Letcher

O'FALLON, MO. *Kristen Kruse

LINCOLN, NEB. *Adam Polacek

PLEASANTON, TEXAS *Cindy Escamilla

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Orlando Hernandez


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twelve University of Northern Iowa students in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) are candidates to commission as second lieutenants during an 8 a.m. ceremony Saturday, May 8, in the Lang Hall auditorium.

Lt. Gen. (Retired) Warren Lawson, will be the commissioning ceremony speaker. A native of Fairfield, Lawson graduated from the University of Iowa, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the ROTC program. His more than 42 years of commissioned service include 25 years of active duty in a variety of assignments. Retiring from active duty in 1979, he returned to the Iowa National Guard, where he was appointed The Adjutant General in 1985. Among his many service decorations and badges, he received the Iowa Medal of Valor in 1999.

At 3 p.m. Friday, May 7, three cadets from the University of Dubuque and Loras College will be commissioned on the University of Dubuque campus, as part of a partnership program with UNI's ROTC. The ceremony will take place in Blades Chapel with Brig. Gen. Mark Zirkelbach, Deputy Adjutant General, Iowa Army National Guard, as the commissioning ceremony speaker. Zirkelbach is an Iowa State University graduate and was commissioned in 1972. He began his current assignment in October 2002.

This is the first graduating commissioning class in Dubuque since the UNI ROTC program partnered with Loras and Clarke Colleges and the University of Dubuque two years ago.

(Student's name), a senior (major) from (hometown) will be commissioned at the ROTC ceremony at (commissioning location). He/She has been assigned to (assignment/branch).


ALTA Curtis Darren Rubendall, industrial technology education, UNI, Iowa National Guard, Aviation Branch

ALTOONA Nicholas Patrick Jones, manufacturing technology, UNI, Iowa National Guard, Engineer Branch

CEDAR RAPIDS Dale William Hight, sociology, UNI, active duty, Air Defense Branch

DYSART Sheldon Eugene Klein, manufacturing technology, UNI, Iowa National Guard, Aviation Branch

GLENWOOD Joseph Vogel, criminal justice/Loras College, Dubuque, active duty, Armor Branch

GRANDVIEW Mariah Jean Schweitzer, criminology, UNI, immediate active duty, Military Police. (Schweitzer is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient. She received the Governor's Cup, presented to the most outstanding Military Science IV cadet in each ROTC program in Iowa. The winner of this award must demonstrate a superior level of leadership ability.)

KNOXVILLE Thomas Mark Slykhuis, criminology, UNI, active duty, Military Intelligence (Slykhuis is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient.)

NEWTON Blake Jeffrey DeRouchey, criminology, UNI, Iowa National Guard, Military Police

RINGGOLD Stacey Elizabeth Lyon, political science, UNI, immediate active duty, Military Intelligence (Lyon is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient. She received the George C. Marshall Award, made annually to the most outstanding fourth year military science cadet at each university where ROTC is offered, who has demonstrated superior leadership and scholastic ability.)

SIOUX CENTER Justin Troy Zevenbergen, computer science, UNI, active duty, Signal Corps

STORY CITY Nathan Wood Evans, general studies, UNI, Army Reserve, Transportation Corps

VINTON Jared Scott Parmater, organizational communication, UNI, Iowa National Guard, Infantry

COMPTON, CALIF. Timothy Eugene Nelson, history, UNI, National Guard, Quartermaster Branch

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Luciano Picco, business management/Loras College, Dubuque, active duty, Quartermaster Branch (Picco received the Governor's Cup, presented to the most outstanding Military Science IV cadet in each ROTC program in Iowa. The winner of this award must demonstrate a superior level of leadership ability.)

HENDERSON, NEV. Dusty Rhoades, aviation/University of Dubuque, Dubuque, National Guard, Aviation Branch

DANVILLE, VA. Stacey Elizabeth Lyon (see Ringgold, Iowa listing above)


The recent resurgence in religious interest and conversation is obvious nationwide. 'The DaVinci Code' has been a bestseller for months. 'The Passion of the Christ' drew unprecedented crowds, and almost all the televison networks have devoted airtime to historical discussion of biblical times. Ken Atkinson, UNI assistant professor of philosophy and religion, attributes it to a lack of knowledge. 'Bible literacy in this country is pitiful,' he said. 'So when people read something like 'The DaVinci Code,' they naturally have lots of questions, and they end up reading the Bible for the first time. I can't tell you how many of my students came to me after reading the book, wondering where in the New Testament there was an account of the marriage of Mary Magdelene and Jesus.'

He applauds the interest, though. 'Books like this one force people to go back and understand Christianity, to really look at the texts.' Atkinson suggests that people with questions about religion start by reading a history of their particular faith. 'And remember that novels like 'The DaVinci Code' are just that -- novels. They're fiction, loosely based on history.'


Kenneth Atkinson, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy & Religion, (319) 273-6990,

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


UNI commencement ceremonies to be Saturday, May 8

UNI's two spring commencement ceremonies will take place Saturday, May 8, in the UNI-Dome. The first will begin at 10 a.m., for candidates for degrees from the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. The second ceremony, at 2 p.m., will be for candidates for degrees from the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, and the Division of Continuing Education & Special Programs.


Phil Patton, UNI Registrar, (319) 273-2244

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


ROTC students to be commissioned at spring ceremony

Twelve University of Northern Iowa students in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) are candidates to commission as second lieutenants during an 8 a.m. ceremony Saturday, May 8, in the Lang Hall auditorium.


Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head, UNI Department of Military Science, (319) 273-6220,

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


Graduating seniors should beware of credit pitfalls

The average parent knows it's important to talk with children about smoking, drugs, alcohol and even sexual responsibility. But many will forget to bring up the topic of money and fiscal responsibility.

Lois Lindell, assistant director of the Center for Economic Education at UNI, says avoiding the topic can have dire consequences. She points to the fact that personal bankruptcies are at an all-time high this year, a trend she blames on fiscal ignorance. 'Too often our children get to college with very little knowledge about how to save or set goals. They want immediate gratification. So when they get a credit card, they see little problem with maxing it out. We have to teach them that today's choices have future consequences.'


Lois Lindell, assistant director of the Center for Economic Education, (319) 273-2952, 345-3514,

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its May 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Desiree Kalainoff, a graduate student from Waverly, received the award for her work in the Reference and Instructional Services (RIS) department.

Kalainoff has worked at Rod Library in the RIS department for four years, two as an undergraduate and two as a graduate student. She will graduate this spring with a master's degree in social work.

April 29, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual spring commencement services in two ceremonies on Saturday, May 8 in the UNI-Dome. The first will begin at 10 a.m., for candidates for degrees from the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. The second ceremony, at 2 p.m., will be for candidates for degrees from the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, and the Division of Continuing Education & Special Programs.

UNI President Robert Koob will preside over ceremonies and confer degrees on the students. Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will award honors.

Candidates for degrees will be presented by the deans of their respective colleges: John W. Somervill, Graduate College; Farzad Moussavi, College of Business Administration; Jeffrey Cornett, College of Education; James F. Lubker, College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Kichoon Yang, College of Natural Sciences; Julia Wallace, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; and James Bodensteiner, Division of Continuing Education & Special Programs.

The university's Heritage Honours Awards, recognizing alumni who have achieved significant personal and professional accomplishments, will be presented as well. This year's winners are David Peters, a 1978 alumnus with a bachelor's degree in industry; and Paul Stanwood, who earned a bachelor's in English in 1954.

Student addresses will be given at the 10 a.m. ceremony by former UNI student body president Emiliano Lerda of Morteros, Argentina, a senior who will receive a degree in communication; and at the 2 p.m. ceremony by Robert P. Drewelow of Waterloo, a senior who will receive a degree in general studies.

A senior class gift presentation will be made at each of the ceremonies by senior marketing major Jennifer Miller of Mason City. This year's class gift will be dedicated to naming a rose garden within the UNI memorial garden.

Chair of the Alumni Association board of directors, Beth Harris of Cedar Falls, will welcome the new graduates as alumni during both ceremonies. Those in attendance from the Class of 1954 will be recognized individually by President Koob as members of the 50th anniversary class at the 2 p.m. ceremony.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association will present its annual Heritage Honours Awards during the 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, in the UNI-Dome. The awards recognize alumni who have achieved significant personal and professional accomplishments.

Those chosen for the 2004 Alumni Achievement Awards are David Peters, a 1978 alumnus with a bachelor's degree in industry; and Paul Stanwood, who earned a bachelor's in English in 1954. They will be recognized during the ceremonies by UNI President Robert Koob.

Peters is the president and chief executive officer of Peters Construction Corporation in Waterloo. During the past 10 years, he has led the company's growth by nearly tripling the number of employees and increasing annual sales volume from $5.3 million to $23 million. Peters serves on the board of directors of the National Organization of Associated General Contractors of America. He is one of only four Certified Professional Constructors in Iowa and is the only UNI graduate to receive this professional designation from the American Institute of Constructors. Peters has served as an adjunct professor at UNI, and sits on advisory committees for the Construction Management program and volunteers on behalf of UNI's 'Students First' Campaign.

Stanwood received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught at the university level for more than 40 years. He is a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia. He is president of the International Association of University Professors of English. Stanwood has published 10 books, 24 articles in scholarly journals and 16 chapters in books. Throughout his academic career, Stanwood has maintained a high level of involvement with his community. These efforts earned him the 'Medal of Merit' from the Governor General of Canada and 'The Year of the Child and Family Achievement Award.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A gift of $500,000 from Wells Fargo will support construction of the University of Northern Iowa's McLeod Center.

'Wells Fargo realizes how important the McLeod Center is for Cedar Valley's economic development. This is an excellent opportunity to invest in the community in a manner that will truly add value,' said Mark Oman, group executive vice president of the Home and Consumer Finance Group of Wells Fargo & Company.

McLeod Center will be the home of Panther basketball and volleyball, and a competition site for wrestling. It will also host many other public events and will enable the UNI-Dome to schedule more large events, like trade shows and markets. ''It is great to have a facility like this contribute to the overall economic vitality of the area,'' said H. Lynn Horak, chairman & CEO, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. These arena and UNI-Dome events are expected to bring Black Hawk County 225,500 new visitors and an additional $15-20 million each year.

The UNI Foundation has raised $18 million in private support for the center's basic features. It is now seeking $3 million more for features such as rigging for concert light and sound systems, retractable seating, a commissary, a hospitality suite and hall of fame.

'These enhancements will enable McLeod Center to realize its full potential,' said Bill Calhoun, vice president for university advancement. 'Wells Fargo's generous gift will help us give the university and the Cedar Valley the facility they need and deserve.''

The university plans to break ground for McLeod Center this fall. For more information on McLeod Center and the Students First Campaign, contact the UNI Foundation at 273-6078 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– A University of Northern Iowa faculty member was honored Tuesday, April 27, by the Office of the Governor of Iowa for going 'above and beyond' ordinary actions to raise environmental awareness and promote environmental projects among children and teenagers.

Kamyar Enshayan, program manager at UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, was among 30 people recognized as a part of the 'Above and Beyond' initiative to honor groups and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution toward improving the well-being of Iowa children in a variety of areas.

Enshayan initiated and runs 'Yards for Kids,' a community health education program that aims to significantly reduce the use of lawn pesticides. 'Children are the reason for the program because they are exposed to lawn chemicals more than grownups,' he said. 'Our goal is to reduce children's exposure to pesticides in the urban environment.'

Practical and cost-effective alternatives to lawn pesticides do exist, Enshayan points out. Among them are mowing high, not bagging lawn clippings, using natural fertilizers and aerating the soil as needed. 'A few dandelions won't harm you,' he said, 'but weed-killers and insecticides can.'

Yards for Kids has had many success stories. Enshayan cites two in particular: the City of Cedar Falls and the University of Northern Iowa. Cedar Falls has reduced the percentage of its parks sprayed with pesticides from 100 percent in 1998 to 5 percent today, at a savings of $33,000 and 380 gallons of weed killer. UNI's Physical Plant now sprays about 20 percent of its grounds, compared with 100 percent four years ago.

Enshayan and his students focus mostly on parks and schools in the Cedar Valley. About 20 governmental, educational and private groups collaborate with Yards for Kids, and almost 30 businesses and churches have pledged either to not spray or significantly reduce spraying weed killers.

Through publications, presentations to groups and a Web site,, the program provides information on commonly used pesticides and their effects on children and water quality, how to have a great-looking lawn without pesticides, and information on educational resources and ecological lawn and garden products and services.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa industrial technology student recently had a hand in restoring an item in the Iowa Governor's mansion, Terrace Hill.

Brian Zimmer of Vinton, a senior majoring in metal casting, reproduced a missing antique coat hook from a large Victorian hall tree, made specifically in 1868 for Terrace Hill by a New York City manufacturer. Located in the east hall of the mansion, the piece originally had four elaborate brass coat hooks, two on either side, shaped like eagles. More than 30 years ago, one of the hooks was lost.

Dave Cordes, Terrace Hill administrator, contacted Yury Lerner, UNI professor of industrial technology who directs the Metal Casting Center at UNI, to see if he could help solve the problem. Lerner asked if any of the students in his molding practices in metal casting class would be interested in working on the project.

Zimmer, who wants to specialize in the art metal field, volunteered for the project. 'It was more work than I anticipated,' he said of the 80 or so hours he spent working on the hooks, which are approximately 10 inches long and 5 inches wide. He just completed the project, which he worked on independently, without faculty supervision.

To come up with an exact replica, he consulted with personnel at Max-Cast in Kalona about the mold and pouring and with UNI art instructor Daniel Clasby about finishing procedures to give the hooks the proper patina. (Zimmer made two hooks--one replacement and one extra.)

But the results were worth the effort. Although he didn't charge much over cost, Zimmer learned, in addition to technical skills, how to be resourceful by getting information and help from many sources. 'I even got advice through e-mail from a foundryman in Washington that I met in Chicago at the annual casting congress.'

The people at Terrace Hill were very pleased with the results. 'Brian's skill and craftsmanship are great,' said Cordes. 'The quality of the new hook is in every way equal to the originals.' Zimmer got to see how the hook looked after it was installed. 'It feels good to have made something that will always be on display in a national historic landmark.'

April 28, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa celebrated its seventh annual Student Employment Week April 12-16, and named five Student Employees of the Year.

Those chosen were Liz Bombgaars, a communication studies senior from Spencer, a peer adviser in the Residence for Academic Advising Services; Ashley Druvenga, an elementary education senior from Waverly, working as a lab facilitator at the Center for Social and Behavioral Research; Laurel Fister, a health promotion junior from Riceville, a peer health educator, office assistant and personal trainer for Wellness and Recreation Services; Laura Schoenrock, a senior from LeMars, majoring in organizational communication and working as UNI STAT program coordinator for Alumni Relations; and Amanda Smith, a senior Spanish secondary education major from Davenport, and peer instructor in the Department of Academic Advising.

The students received a plaque and attended a luncheon with their parents. Also attending were their nominating supervisors; UNI Vice President for Educational and Student Services Renee Romano; and staff from the Office of Financial Aid. Their names will be added to a plaque in the Financial Aid Office with an on-going list of previous winners.

To be eligible, the students must be enrolled at least nine hours as undergraduates or six hours as graduate students, be in good academic standing and have been on the UNI payroll for at least two years.

There are more than 3,000 students employed on the UNI campus this year.

This year, the university also named a Student Employer of the Year, choosing Billie Hemer-Callahan, Botanical Center Preserve manager.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 11th annual Sigma Xi Student Research Conference at the University of Northern Iowa recognized the works of Colleen K. Chisman, a sophomore biology major from Indianola, and Michael Philipp, a graduate student from Cedar Falls, as the two best research papers presented at the conference. The students were each awarded a $25 check and certificate.

Chisman received the undergraduate poster award for her research, 'Are Larval and Neotenic Ambystoma Tigrinum Differentially Adapted to Temperature?' The study examined how various forms of tiger salamanders cope when exposed to different climate conditions.

Salamanders from Iowa and New Mexico were used and their rate of food consumption and mortality were monitored and compared. Her research adviser is Jeffrey W. Tamplin, assistant professor of biology.

Philipp received the graduate poster award for his research, 'The Role of Dominance in Stereotype Threat Effects.' The research examined the effect of stereotypes on how groups perform a task. The test results confirmed the hypothesis that a group does a task poorly because members were told they tend to do such a task poorly. His research adviser is Helen Harton, associate professor of psychology.

Students representing a wide range of disciplines were given the opportunity to present the results of their research. The conference was hosted by the UNI chapter of Sigma Xi, an honor society for scientists and engineers.

April 27, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education will present 'Children, Education and Democracy: Three Pillars of Hope for Burmese Refugees Living in Thailand,' by UNI faculty members Jeannie Steele and Kurt Meredith at 9 a.m., Friday, April 30, in Schindler Education Center, Room 247.

Steele, a professor, and Meredith, an associate professor in UNI's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, have trained teachers in Burmese refugee camps in teaching, reading and writing for critical thinking.

'This work, closely related to Steele and Meredith's long history of international literacy education efforts in Slovakia and other Eastern European and Asian nations, has afforded them a unique perspective on the critical needs of this indigent group,' said Rick Traw, event organizer and head of UNI's Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The R.J. McElroy Trust recently pledged $500,000 for the University of Northern Iowa's proposed Human Performance Complex (HPC) as a challenge grant. The UNI Foundation must raise $1 million to receive the funding.

'The R.J. McElroy Trust has given steadfast support for projects like the HPC that serve the youth in our area,' said Bill Calhoun, vice president for university advancement. 'We need to raise a total of $6 million in external support for this project, and have reached the $4.5 million mark. The McElroy Trust Challenge will provide the momentum we need to complete fundraising for this important project.'

The HPC will include a 50,000 square-foot addition to the west side of the Wellness and Recreation Center. It will house the new Center for Healthy Youth, encompassing several UNI health-related education, research and service programs in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. Included will be Global Health Corps, Camp Adventureï¾™, National Program for Playground Safety, the Institute for Youth Fitness and Obesity, and Youth Agency Administration with the office of the McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies.

The HPC will also enable UNI to enter a unique partnership with medical professionals in the Cedar Valley to enhance services to their clients and the education of UNI students. The complex will serve UNI's intercollegiate athletics programs by creating training facilities for player-development activities including strength conditioning, plyometrics, nutritional advising, and agility/speed activities.

The complex is part of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign to support scholarships, academic program support and facilities. Other capital projects include the McLeod Center; McElroy Hall in Waterloo, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program; renovation of Russell Hall; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall and Lang Hall.

For more information about the HPC or the Students First Campaign, contact the UNI Foundation at (319) 273-6078 or visit