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May 9, 2004 - 7:00pm


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.

For more information, visit


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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Due to overwhelming interest, the premiere of 'America's Lost Landscape: Tallgrass Prairie,' will now take place in the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 30. The event was originally scheduled for Lang Hall.

The premiere is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Daryl Smith, professor and director of the UNI's Native Roadside Vegetation Center, co-produced the feature-length documentary and is project director. The film was written, directed and co-produced by David O'Shields of New Light Media. Annabeth Gish, Cedar Falls native and critically acclaimed actress, is the narrator.

'America's Lost Landscape' traces the prairie's transformation from natural landscape to farmland, beginning in the early 1800s, when Iowa was blanketed by 28 million acres of tallgrass.

For more information, call (319) 273-6078, or visit

April 26, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eighteen students from the UNI Dance Program recently performed and participated in the 2004 American College Dance Festival, Great Lakes Region, in Detroit, Michigan. __(NAME) of __(HOMETOWN) , was among the participants.

Members of UNI Orchesis Dance Company performed two pieces in the adjudicated concerts. The International Dance Theatre presented 'Vu Mua' (After the Harvest), a choreography by Tien Chau, a UNI graduate student in TESOL, in the informal concert. It features the entire company and portrays romance, betrothal and marriage as the harvest is brought in. Authentic costumes were made for the company in Vietnam by the family of the choreographer, who also sent the hats and other props used in the piece.

'Cotillion' by Michelle Ozmun, director of UNI Orchesis Dance Company, and 'When Your World Ends' by student choreographer, Jennifer Heiman, were well received by the ACDF adjudicators and the festival audience, according to Kathleen Kerr, director of the UNI International Dance Theatre.

ACDF performance pieces were selected by a jury consisting of the UNI dance faculty and a staff member from the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Accompanying the students were Kathleen Kerr and Michelle Ozmun. Ozmun also presented master classes at the festival.


BOONE Lindsay Myers

CEDAR FALLS Leslie Anderson

Christina Dilling

CENTER POINT Jennifer Sherman

CLINTON Brianne Policha

COUNCIL BLUFFS Lindsey Stephenson

DES MOINES Renae Arbabian

DUBUQUE Anna Kretz

IONIA Laura Seamans

MCGREGOR Abigail Lincoln

MUSCATINE Jennifer Heiman

NEVADA Kim Hanna

Alicia Johnson

TIPTON Dawn Mohr

WATERLOO Miguel Rodriguez


INDIA Shriram Ilavajhala

UKRAINE Tanya Simchuk


April 25, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steven Carignan, executive director of the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, has been named a fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business's Center for Social Innovation.

Only 50 outstanding arts leaders from across the nation are chosen to participate; all participants must be nominated. Carignan was nominated for the fellowship by the Friends of the Gallagher-Bluedorn.

The participants are seasoned executives who have demonstrated leadership in their nonprofit arts or cultural organization. They are the leadership of organizations that produce, present, preserve or educate about arts and culture in a wide variety of disciplines.

As a fellow, Carignan will attend a two-week intensive summer session at Stanford University. The session will focus on crossover for profit/not-for-profit business strategies, and business principles and new trends in analysis and research practices. Following this intensive session, he will participate in the program's ongoing work in research, networking, the creation and dissemination of best practices models and the development of new strategies and concepts for the arts field as a whole.

This program is part of a joint venture between National Arts Strategies (NAS) and Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB). NAS is a nonprofit arts management group. It works with communities to strengthen arts leaders and arts organizations by developing the managerial and financial skills required to adapt and thrive in today's changing environment.

Carignan holds a B.A. in history, and a B.A. in theatre and dramatic literature, both from Dickinson College. He earned a master's in theatre from the University of Maine.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'MA Exhibition/BFA Exhibition,' from Saturday, May 1 through Saturday, May 8. Graduating students will host a reception on Saturday, May 1, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Two artists are participating in this exhibition in partial fulfillment of their master of arts (M.A.) degrees-- Kurt Pietsch of Forest City and Thomas Tate of David City, Neb., -- while six artists are exhibiting in partial fulfillment of their bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degrees-- Joshua Crain of Marshalltown, Thaddeus (TJ) Erdahl of Waterloo, Nicole Fullard of Charles City, Kristen Kay Nice of Holt, Mich., Kyriakos Papaspyrou of Athienou, Larnuca Cyprus, and Shawn Reed of Muscatine.

Pietsch, who is presenting a mixed media installation, states, 'I try to channel my work and energy towards those things that are tugging at me for attention. The evidence of my interaction with my surroundingsï¾… becomes my art.' Tate is an art director at Dyton Creative, an advertising, marketing, and public relations firm in Cedar Falls. His work focuses on exploring the similarities and disparities between print, interactive, and video media.

Crain's exhibition is titled 'A Day in the Life.' He is receiving his B.F.A. in graphic design and is currently a graphic designer at Redeye Design in Maryville, Mo. He runs for the UNI cross country and track teams. Erdahl, who has an A.A. degree in general studies from Hawkeye Community College, is receiving his B.F.A. in ceramics. His exhibition is titled 'Comic-Opera.' He has been showing in regional exhibitions since 1999. Fullard's interactive mixed-media installation, which has performative elements, is titled 'Whistle While You Work.' According to the artist it 'digs up some of the deep-seeded rituals that are imbedded in everyday life.' She is receiving her B.F.A. in painting.

Nice, a recent recipient of the Jo Hern Curris Award that supports expenses of students majoring in art, music and theatre experience, is also receiving her B.F.A. in painting. Her exhibition is titled 'The Private Sphere: Women Artists and Their Bedside Tables.' She will be exhibiting five oil paintings based on the following five women artists: Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Miriam Schapiro, Judy Chicago and Julie Taymor.

Papaspyrou, who is receiving his B.F.A. in graphic design, has titled his exhibition '' He states, 'My intent is to explore design as a celebrated contemporary form of art.'

Reed is presenting a print and mixed media installation titled 'Pleistocenarchist.' He is receiving a B.F.A. in painting and states that his exhibition is 'an amalgamation of imaginary shamanistic transcendence and totemic archetypal iconographies.'

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services will host 'De-Stress Days' for its students, faculty and staff Monday, May 3 through Wednesday, May 5.

The events will take place at the Maucker Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants can receive free mini massages, listen to soothing music, and receive complimentary stress kits, and information on stress and other wellness issues. Also featured will be a labyrinth and puppies and kittens from the Cedar Bend Humane Society also will be at the event.

The event was first held in May 1996, as a part of UNI finals week, when Ken Jacobsen, University Health Services counselor, adapted and expanded a program from the University of Minnesota, which provided a quiet music room for its students during finals week.

The 'De-Stress Days' are sponsored by UNI Wellness and Recreation Services. For more information, contact Deedra Billings, UNI wellness resource coordinator, at (319) 273-7162.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Bettina Fabos, University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of communication studies, is the author of the recently-published 'Wrong Turn on the Information Superhighway: Education and the Commercialization of the Internet.'

According to Fabos, the book investigates the shortcomings of the 'Educational Challenge,' a project which aims to link every U.S. classroom to the Internet. The book also explores how educators use the Internet in their classrooms, and provides advice to students and teachers about how to look more critically at information provided by commercial Web search engines.

''Wrong Turn on the Information Superhighway' sets the standard for books about the Internet and education,' said Cynthia Lewis, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Iowa. 'This provocative, timely volume offers sound arguments and bold solutions about the dilemmas educators face as the Internet becomes increasingly privatized. It is essential reading for educators, policymakers, researchers and the general public as they develop critical frameworks for understanding the role of the Internet in teaching and learning.'

'Wrong Turn on the Information Superhighway' is published by Teachers College Press at Columbia University, New York.


As manufacturers promote an increasing number of disposable products -- everything from throw-way toilet brushes to one-use facial wipes -- Sue Schauls finds herself increasingly concerned about the environment. 'Ostensibly, this is about hygiene,' said the program manager at UNI's Iowa Waste Reduction Center. 'People have a heightened awareness about germs, so these single-use products seem justifiable. You use them and throw them -- and the germs -- away. But we have to remember that these kinds of products don't typically make it into recycling bins. They end up in our landfills.'

Further, she explained, the chemicals in many of the disposable cleaning products end up in ground and surface water through runoff. 'The system simply doesn't capture and treat all of those chemicals.'


Sue Schauls, program manager, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, (319) 273-8905; (e-mail)

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

Bunsen Burner still an important element in teaching labs

The recent Bunsen Burner Day, of note in the scientific community, is a day to honor the inventor of the Bunsen burner, Robert Wilhelm Bernhard von Bunsen, 1811-1899, a professor of chemistry in his native Germany. Some scientists say he provided chemists and chemistry students with one of their most indispensable instruments.

Paul Rider, department head and professor of chemistry at the University of Northern Iowa, said while more sophisticated methods of conducting scientific experiments are available today, Bunsen burners are still used in teaching labs as a simple and convenient way to run experiments. 'Fire was first used by our primitive ancestors and still plays a role in research,' he said. However, he noted, the electrical units available today allow even greater precision, and these non-fire methods can be particularly useful for organic chemists who may be testing materials that could burn.


Paul Rider, head and professor of chemistry, (319) 273-2985 (office); (319) 273-2437 (department office); (e-mail)

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

April 22, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's graduate program in Public Policy, in conjunction with Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, will present, 'Keepers of the Dream: Cedar Valley Fair Housing Conference 2004,' beginning at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, April 29, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Keynote speaker is George Galster, the Clarence Hillberry Professor of Urban Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. Galster has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and has served on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.

Conference events include a panel discussion on current issues in fair housing, workshops on Iowa landlord and tenant law and building code enforcement, and a plenary session on neighborhood improvement.

'Fair and equal access to housing is fundamental to families' and individuals' ability to secure a decent living environment, economic opportunity and financial security,' said Allen Hays, director of UNI's graduate program in Public Policy, and event coordinator. 'This conference will highlight many of the complex issues surrounding fair housing. We hope that it will be the catalyst for the formation of a local fair housing coalition that will continue to discuss and bring attention to this important issue.'

Conference sponsors are the city of Waterloo, the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights,

UNI's graduate program in Public Policy, Iowa Legal Aid, Operation Threshold, the UNI Community Outreach and Partnership Center, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD) and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

For more information or to register, call the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights at (319) 291-4441, or contact Hays at (319) 273-2910.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Life and Debt,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, and 'The Date-Rape Backlash,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 29, both in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Life and Debt' is a case study on how contemporary free trade policies and global financial institutions affect the economies of developing nations.

'The Date-Rape Backlash,' examines how the media portrayal of date rape has evolved within a span of five years, from depicting date rape as an epidemic to viewing it as feminist-oriented propaganda.

UNI's 'Films on Social Justice' series is sponsored by UNI's chapter of Amnesty International; the UNI ACLU; the UNI Students for Social Justice; the UNI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight, Transgender Association (LGBSTA); the UNI Gender Equality Association (GEA); Iowans for a Free Palestine; the UNI Criminology Club; UNI Student AIDS Campaign; UNI Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE); and the UNI Sociology & Anthropology Club.

The event is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta from 11 a.m. to 1p.m., Friday, April 30, outside Maucker Union, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved inside to the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.

Cinco de Mayo marks the date the Mexican army defeated the French at the Puebla Battle in Mexico.

Activities will include musical entertainment by Las Guitarras de Mexico and dancing by the UNI Dance Club. Food available for purchase will include fajitas, beans, chips, dessert and soda.

The Cinco de Mayo fiesta is sponsored by the Hispanic/Latino Student Union and Maucker Union.

For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at (319) 273-2683.

April 21, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa non-tenured faculty members were recently honored with the University Book and Supply (UBS) Outstanding Teaching Award.

The award, which recognizes outstanding teaching skills and contributions to their profession by faculty who have not yet been awarded tenure, includes a $1,000 cash gift, administered through the UNI Foundation.

Those honored are: Lisa K. Jepsen, assistant professor of economics, College of Business Administration; Christi R. Hendrickson, assistant professor of special education, College of Education; Kenneth R. Atkinson, associate professor of religion, College of Humanities & Fine Arts; Todd Eisworth, assistant professor of mathematics, and Theresa Spradling, assistant professor of biology, both College of Natural Sciences; and Mitchell D. Strauss, associate professor of textiles and apparel, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

'Because the university seeks to maintain a high level of academics through hiring dedicated professors, UBS offers these awards to uphold that value,' said Rose Lorenz, UBS president. 'By offering this award, we hope the recognitions enhances UNI's strong supportive culture and reinforces the community's quality of life so that young faculty continue their careers here.'

The recipients also attended a luncheon with the UBS board of directors: Rose Lorenz, Doug Johnson, Coreen Mattfeld, Kathleen Hesse and Denise Brown.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa teacher education department has awarded scholarships to four incoming freshman. The scholarships, each valued at $4,702 for the 2004-2005 academic year, include tuition for four years and are based on grade point average, class rank, ACT scores and an interview with the faculty committee.

Among the scholarship winners is (Name) , the son/daughter of (Parents' Names) , from (Hometown) , graduate of (High School) .


CLINTON Amy Meyers, Mike and Bonnie Meyers, Clinton High School

MARION Rebecca Thayer, Jim and Terrie Thayer, LinnMar High School

MARSHALLTOWN Christianna Dittus, Ronald and Beth Dittus, Marshalltown High School

WAVERLY Laura Carlin, Charles and Phyllis Carlin, Waverly-Shell Rock High School


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jerry Soneson, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religion, has been named interim head of the department, to serve while the current head, Betty DeBerg, is on leave. DeBerg has been awarded a three-year $687,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., to study religious ministries aimed at college and university students nationwide. Soneson's appointment is effective July 1, and continues through June 30, 2005.

Soneson came to the university in 1991 as an assistant professor. He was named associate professor four years later. In 2001, he was appointed director of the humanities major.

He holds a B.A. from North Park College in Chicago, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Previous to coming to UNI, he administered the Th.D. program at Harvard.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 46th annual recognition breakfast will be Saturday, May 1, honoring 42 employees retiring within the 2003-2004 fiscal year, with the equivalent of five or more years of fulltime service.

The 8:15 a.m. breakfast will be held in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom. It is open to all current and former university employees and their families. Tickets, at $6.25 each, may be purchased at the Cashier's Office in Gilchrist Hall, through Monday, April 26.

The individuals to be honored this year are (years of service follow in parentheses), from the College of Education: Kay E. Davis, academic adviser (19); Carole Deeds, secretary III, Department of Curriculum & Instruction (21); Richard R. Hawkes, professor of teaching (34.5), and Richard Stahlhut, associate professor of teaching (35), both Office of Student Field Experience; Glen Henry, associate professor of physical education (38), and Gordon Mack, director /American Humanics (10.5), both School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services; Thomas Little, associate professor of special education (30.5); Bruce Rogers, professor of education (29); Rebecca Sloan, account specialist (17).

From the College of Business Administration: Carey Kirk, assistant professor of management (21); Janet Rives, professor of economics (20.5).

From the College of Humanities and Fine Arts: Jack Graham, professor of music (36.5); David Morgan, associate professor of philosophy (35); A. Daya Shankar, associate professor of communication studies(10); Joseph Smaldino, professor of audiology (19).

From the College of Natural Sciences: Ron Camarata, preserves manager/Biology Botanical Center, Department of Biology (35.5); Lawrence Dirkes, electronics technician II, Department of Physics (28.5); Nancy Howland, secretary III, Department of Earth Science (28.5); LeRoy McGrew, professor of chemistry (26.5).

From the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences: Sandra Heller, secretary III, Department of Geography (34); Roy Sandstrom, associate professor of history (35).

From the Department of Residence: Robert Hartman, director of residence (27); Ruth Heber, custodian II, Dancer Hall (18.3); Angeline Ormord, secretary II, ROTH Complex (34); Andy Petersen, custodian (34.5); Sharon E. Wolfe, secretary III, facilities.

From the Physical Plant: Jim Campbell (31), Lynn Christenson (24.5) and Bobbie Williams (21), all custodian I; Richard Christopher, carpenter (22); Richard Johnson, power plant assistant chief operator (18); John Perry, electrical/architectural maintenance manager (24); Paul Retterath, groundskeeper I (18); Albert E. Robinson, power plant boiler operator (8); Leland Van Hauen, pipefitter (26).

Others to be recognized are: Clark Elmer, director/Enrollment Management and Admissions and interim director/Career Center (32); Larry Gordon, storekeeper II, Campus Supply (28); Terry Goro, coordinator, Iowa Educational Technology & Training Institute/Information Technology Services (20); Charles Means, associate vice president/Academic Affairs (21); Thomas Romanin, associate vice president/Educational & Student Services (28); and Sandra Williamson, associate athletic director/administration & students (26).


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its April 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Tina Kientz, a senior finance major from Brighton, is a building monitor in the Rod Library Access Services Department.

Kientz has worked at Rod Library in the Access Services Department for three years.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) at the University of Northern Iowa has announced the recipients of its 2004-2005 scholarships.

(Name), of (Hometown), was awarded a $5,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years based upon academic performance. (He/She) is a senior at (High School).


ALTOONA Melissa Heffernen, Southeast Polk High School

ANKENY Michelle Vanderah, Ankeny High School,

CEDAR FALLS Lia Plakke, Cedar Falls High School

CEDAR RAPIDS Bryan Williams, Thomas Jefferson High School

HARRIS Diane Meyer, Harris-Lake Park Community School

LA PORTE CITY Amy Higgins, Union High School

NEVADA Jessica Young, Nevada High School

SIOUX CITY Dustin Behrens, East High School

WATERLOO Teaya Minks, East High School

April 20, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Alderman Scholars Program, a scholarship made possible by a $3.6 million gift given to the University of Northern Iowa by the estate of Everett Alderman, recently announced the recipients of its annual awards.

(Name), a (year) (major) from (hometown), was awarded a $5,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years based upon academic performance and university and community involvement. (He/She) will (enter/return to) UNI in the fall.

The Alderman Scholars program was established in honor of Alderman's parents, A. Bruce Alderman and Gertrude Welty Alderman, both graduates of UNI. A portion of the gift, also a scholarship fund, honors Alderman's wife, Marthe Alderman. These scholarships were established in UNI's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, for 'needy, worthy and appreciative students.'

NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below, in alphabetical order of hometowns, are the scholarship recipients of the Alderman Scholars Program at UNI. Please check the list for other towns in your coverage area.


ARMSTRONG Molly Rezac, junior, social work, returning

CEDAR FALLS Teske Renteria, senior, social work, returning

Tristen Wright, sophomore, social work/psychology, returning

NEWTON Terris Sallis, Des Moines Area Community College student, human services, entering

SPENCER Mark Becker, Spencer High School student, entering

WATERLOO Angela Burt, junior, social work, returning

Ernest Middleton, junior, public administration, returning

HOUSTON, TEXAS Lorelle Curry, junior, political science, returning


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Betty DeBerg, head of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Philosophy & Religion, has been awarded a three-year $687,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., to study religious ministries aimed at college and university students nationwide. DeBerg will work with John Schmalzbauer of the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., to complete the research.

'Although much research reports a resurgence of religion on campus, little is known about the role of campus ministries in fueling it,' explained DeBerg. 'This study will round out our knowledge of the college/university experience of students active in campus ministries. We also hope that more and better information about campus ministries will increase dialogue among scholars of religion in the United States.'

Her research will include visits to chaplaincies, interviews with campus ministry staff members, and surveys of staff members. The collected data will be helpful to a variety of audiences, including campus ministers, religious leaders who plan and fund campus ministries, university administrators and foundations interested in funding campus ministries.

DeBerg and Schmalzbauer worked together on a book, 'Religion on Campus,' published in 2000. They plan to author another book, based on the results of this new research project.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family, through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Co. The endowment supports the causes of religion, education and community development. It affords special emphasis to projects that benefit young people and promote leadership education and financial self-sufficiency in the nonprofit, charitable sector.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art recently held its Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. The competition is held each year to showcase the work of undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Art.

Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, said it is important to make the distinction between the awards. Merit awards are cash prizes awarded for excellence and let students retain the artwork. Purchase awards indicate the artwork is sold. Award donors included numerous university departments and organizations. The juror also awarded honorable mention honors to six artists.

Award winners include __(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, who received a __(Award)__ from __(Award Donor)__ for his/her work __(Name of art work)__.


ANKENY Amy Breitkrutz, Purchase, Associate Provost, 'Bubblegum'

Sarah German, Purchase, College of Natural Sciences, 'Steel Teapot'

ATLANTIC Terra Kelley, Purchase, Department of Modern Languages, 'Historia de la

Cuidad de Mexico'

CEDAR FALLS Nathan Hilton, Merit, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 'Playing God'

Steve Potter, Juror's Honorable Mention, 'Matchbook Series #1'

Bounnak Thammavong, Juror's Honorable Mention, 'Pollywiggle'

Claudia Unger, Merit, North American Review, 'Quixotic'

Susan Varzavand, Purchase, College of Natural Sciences, 'Cobalt


CEDAR RAPIDS Sarah Harris, Purchase, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 'CHFA Presentation Layouts'

CHARLES CITY David N. Schmitz, Merit, Department of Art, 'American Bystanders #1'

CHEROKEE Edi Eischen, Purchase, Office of the Provost, 'Tripod Jar'; Purchase, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 'Essence of Wood'

CLEAR LAKE Steven D. Muller, Merit, Graphic Design Alumni, 'xpres magazine: volume one'; Merit, Department of Art, 'Hate-Book Series'

CONRAD Tyler Speicher, Purchase, Office of the Provost, 'Envelope Jar'; Juror's Honorable Mention, 'Long Teapot'; Purchase, Office of the UNI President, Robert D. Koob, 'Teapot'; Purchase, Office of the UNI President, Robert D. Koob, 'Long Teapot'

DENISON Stephanie Sailor, Merit, Department of Art, 'Gaping'

DUBUQUE Sean Murphy, Merit, North American Review, 'Bradford Open Poster;' Juror's Honorable Mention, 'Crotch Poster'

ELY Matt Rowland, Merit, Graphic Design Alumni, 'Save the Music Posters'

LOWDEN Katie Bell, Merit, Graphic Design Alumni, 'A Man Ahead of His Time'

MEDIAPOLIS Anne Reynolds, Merit, North American Review, 'Russian Study Abroad Poster'; Merit, Graphic Design Alumni, 'Exhibition Card for El Lissitzky's PROUNs'

MOUNT VERNON Mariah Hess, Purchase, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 'Untitled'; Purchase, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 'Untitled'

SAINT CHARLES Jim Benedict, Merit: Department of Art, 'For the Road to Salvation'

SHELL ROCK Tara Hill, Merit, Department of Art, 'Toybox'

SPIRIT LAKE Tom Mueske, Merit, UNI Foundation, 'Your Way Right Away'

TRAER Aypryl Pippert, Juror's Honorable Mention, 'Too Much Beauty'

WATERLOO Aaron Olson, Merit, North American Review, 'Cabin Fever'; Purchase, College of Natural Sciences, 'Lonely'

Dale Phelps, Purchase, Department of English Language and Literature, 'Carnivore/Herbivore'; Juror's Honorable Mention, 'A.I. Fantasy'

WILTON Andrew Crooks, Merit, President's Award, 'Primary Colors (The Wilton

Model)'; Purchase, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 'Primary Colors (The Wilton Model)'; Purchase, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 'Magic'; Purchase, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts

Center, (Catching Z's)'


ATHIENOU, LARNUCA CYPRUS Kyriakos Papaspyrou, Merit, North American Review, 'CHFA Plates'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Land, People and Economics class will debate the question of drilling for oil in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in the Curris Business Building, Room 223.

Although attempts to open the ANWR for oil exploration have failed in Congress, as oil and gasoline prices continue to rise, the question remains an issue.

The public is invited to attend the debate and vote to determine the winning side. For more information, contact Hans Isakson, professor of economics, at (319) 273-2950.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Young Peoples Dance Theatre (YPDT), a before and after school program offered to second- through fifth-grade boys and girls in several area elementary schools, will hold an informance-- an informal performance-- at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Program instructors are UNI students in dance and education who are enrolled in a practicum course offered through the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS). Two students who have taught for a minimum of two semesters serve as head instructors for the year, according to the program's director, Cynthia Herndon, a dance professor in the School of HPELS. Head instructors are juniors Abbie Lincoln, a leisure, youth and human services major from McGregor, and Laura Seamans, a double major in human resource management and organizational communication, from Nashua.

Other UNI practicum students working with the elementary students are __(Name)__ from __(Hometown)__, a __(classification)__ majoring in __(major)__.

Herndon said the primary focus of the program is creative dance, with an additional focus on multicultural dance during the fall session, and an exposure to concert forms of ballet, jazz and tap during the spring session.

Participating elementary schools are: Black Hawk, Edison and Queen of Peace, all in Waterloo; Hansen, Lincoln, North Cedar, Orchard Hill and Malcolm Price Laboratory School, all in Cedar Falls; Janesville; and New Hartford.

General admission for Saturday's informance is $1 and children under 5 are free.


BOONE Mallory Herrstrom, freshman, elementary education

BETTENDORF Andi Galer, sophomore, political science

BUCKINGHAM Gina Nechanicky, freshman, elementary education

CEDAR RAPIDS Leslie Anderson, senior, political science

CLINTON Brianne Policha, senior, elementary & middle school education

COGGON Emily Noska, junior, physical education

DIKE Laura Tapper, freshman, elementary education

FARMERSBURG Valerie Kurth, senior, elementary education & early childhood development

GRINNELL Trisha Arment, sophomore, elementary education

GRUNDY CENTER Amy Rohlfsen, freshman, undecided

INDEPENDENCE Elizabeth Flickinger, sophomore, social science education

INDIANOLA Rebecca Carlson, freshman, interior design

JOHNSTON Chelsea Hughes, senior, elementary education

Alysha Orris, senior, textile & apparel

McGREGOR Abbie Lincoln, junior, leisure, youth and human services

MOUNT AUBURN Jo Rausch, freshman, elementary education

NASHUA Laura Seamans, junior, (double major) human resource management &

organizational communication

PARKERSBURG Ann Klinkenborg, sophomore, elementary education/early childhood education

PRESTON Darcy Feuerbach, sophomore, elementary & middle school education

SPRINGVILLE Melissa Bowers, sophomore, elementary education & early childhood


TRIPOLI Chelsey Heidemann, sophomore, elementary education

VENTURA Kara Boehnke, sophomore, elementary education/early childhood development

WATERLOO Ajeh Agbese, freshman, biomedical

Emily Jones, sophomore, elementary education

April 18, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Problem-based Learning,' the final offering in the Hearst Center Lecture Series, will be presented at 3 p.m., Monday, April 26, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 212, at the University of Northern Iowa.

Miranda Rose, senior lecturer for the School of Human Communication Sciences at Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, will deliver the address. The session is part of a two-day seminar to discuss the instructional strategy of problem-based learning (PBL). PBL refers to courses designed to teach students self-sufficiency in identifying problems, gathering information and devising solutions.

Rose has experience in lecturing and curriculum design, with a strong background in communication disorders of neurological origin and clinical education.

The event is free and open to the public.

The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communicative Disorders, host for this year's series, and is centered around the theme, 'Human Communication: Science and Disorders.'

The Hearst Lecture Series is supported by the Meryl Norton Hearst Chair in the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts. It was created by an endowment from James Schell Hearst, author, poet and professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 until his retirement in 1975. The series engages scholars and experts from outside the university to share their expertise, viewpoints and theoretical frameworks.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host the 15th annual Do-Run-Run 5K race at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 1, at Gateway Park, downtown Cedar Falls.

'We hope to double the number of participants from last year's race,' said Lindsay McCracken, a junior public relations major from Ankeny and the Do-Run-Run race coordinator. 'Just by running or walking in the Do-Run-Run, you can help a great cause and have a great time.'

One hundred twenty-five people participated in last year's race.

Registration forms can be downloaded at Registration forms should be accompanied by a check and mailed to: PRSSA Do-Run-Run, 326C Lang Hall UNI, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 50614. The $16 registration fee includes a T-shirt and refreshments. There will be a drawing for door prizes.

The Do-Run-Run is sponsored by the UNI chapter of PRSSA, and radio station Mix 96.

Half of the race's proceeds will go to the UNI chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing organization that builds affordable houses for those in need. The other half will go towards PRSSA.


Although it sounds tempting, Katherine van Wormer, professor of social work at UNI, says the economic gains provided by gaming venues aren't worth the social costs. 'We're all very desperate for this money right now, but national statistics show that for every $1 the state gains from a gambling establishment, there are $3 in social costs.' Those social costs come in the form of divorces, bankruptcies, and embezzlements and other crimes.

Further, she says, although gambling-addicted individuals make up only about 3 percent of all gamblers, the rate of problem gamblers within a population increases when a gaming establishment sets up shop nearby. 'Before they brought gambling boats to Davenport, the rate of problem gamblers was 1.7 percent. After the boats, the rate increased to 5.4 percent.'

Van Wormer is author of the book, 'Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective.'


Katherine van Wormer, professor of social work, (319) 273-7369,

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


Turn it down

From blenders to rock concerts, the world today is a noisy place. So how loud is too loud? Bruce Plakke, associate professor of communicative disorders at UNI, says the answer might surprise most people.

''Vacuum cleaners, screaming babies, lawn mowers ï¾–- these can all cause noise-induced sensorineural hearing loss if the exposure occurs long enough,'' says Plakke. 'Vacuum cleaners run 60 to 90 decibels (dBA); four hours of 90 dBA will result in hearing loss. Screaming babies are 100-117 dBA; all it takes is one hour at 100 dBA before hearing loss occurs.'

Plakke says at least 16 million baby boomers alone suffer from hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is the second-leading cause of sensorineural hearing loss and it is preventable with education. 'The best rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you have to shout over the noise to someone within three feet of you. If so, it's too loud.'


Bruce Plakke, associate professor, Communicative Disorders, (319) 273-3695,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will present the CSBS Student Research Conference, beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 24, in the Schindler Education Center (SEC).

According to Kim MacLin, UNI assistant professor of psychology and event chair, the conference provides a forum for showcasing student-faculty research collaborations.

The all day event will feature keynote speaker, John J. Skowronski, psychology professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Skowronski's lecture is titled 'On the Feelings that Accompany Autobiographical Memories: Social Discourse Helps to Accentuate the Positive and Eliminate the Negative.'

More than 70 poster presentations will be on display, and about 20 oral presentations will take place at the conference. Three panel discussions, 'Enhancing your Undergraduate Career with Professional Experiences,' 'What is Graduate School Really Like?' and 'Employ Me! Finding a Job with a B.A. in the Social Sciences,' also will be held. Panels will feature undergraduate and graduate students, employers, career counselors and faculty members.

Over 100 students will be participating in the conference. More than 200 are expected to attend this year's event.

Registration can be completed on-site, from 8 to 9 a.m., in the SEC. The $10 fee includes the conference program and proceedings.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a variety of sports camps for boys and girls, ages 7 to 18.

According to Jason Nellis, UNI sports camp director, highlights include a full schedule of instruction and playing time, personalized attention from UNI's Division I coaches and athletes, and hands-on experience. For more details and to download printable brochures, visit the UNI athletics Web site at

Camp fees vary depending upon the athletic program. A list of camps and dates are below:

Boys' Basketball

Day Camp June 7-9

Offense Improvement Camp June 10

Big Man-Guard Camp June 13- 15

Team Camp I June 12-13

Team Camp II June 26-27

Team Camp III Aug. 2-3

Junior High Team Camp June 11

Girls' Basketball

Individual Skill Development Camp June 14-15

Shooting Camp June 16

Position Day Camp June 17

Team Shootout I June 6

Team Camp I July 29-30

Team Camp II July 31-Aug. 1


Team Camp I July 5-9

Team Camp II July 11-15

Feet-to-Back July 9-11

Girls' Volleyball

Junior High Camp I June 21-22

Junior High Camp II June 23-24

Elementary Day Camp July 16

High School Team Tournament July 11

High School Specialized I July 12-13

High School Specialized II July 14-15

Team Camp July 26-28

Track & Field/Cross Country

High School and Junior High Camp June 13-17


Co-Ed Day Camp (8-12 years old) June 7-10

Competitive Girls' Day Camp (10-17 years old) June 28-30

Specialty Camp June 14-17, 21-24

4 vs. 4 Panther Shootout July 31-Aug. 1


Freshman Quarterback School June 3-4

7-on-7 Passing Clinic and Tournament June 6

O-Line/D-Line Camp June 6

Quarterback School I June 8-9

Quarterback School II June 12-13

Youth Camp June 30-July 2

All Position Camp June 27-29

Strength & Conditioning

Strength & Conditioning Camp June 5

Athletic Training

Athletic Training Camp July 12-15

Basketball Officials

Basketball Officials School June 12-13