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April 7, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Half-Masted 3.2,' a comedy improvisation troupe comprised of University of Northern Iowa students, will present 'Lorem Improv Dolor!,' at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15 through Saturday, April 17. A family-friendly matinee will be presented at 3:30 p.m., April 17. The performances will take place in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40.

The 'Waterloo Courier' called the show 'funny, quick-witted' and 'constant laughter.' The troupe is instructed and directed by Doug Shaw, UNI associate professor of mathematics. Shaw has performed with several improv troupes throughout the Midwest. 'Lorem Improv Dolor!,' he said, is an all-new improv experience and features the Iowa debut of Gorilla Theatre.

Half-Masted 3.2 members include: Stephen Shelton from Cedar Falls; Ben Kass from Sumner; Wayland McQueen from Shenandoah; Missie Collins and Amanda Robbins, both from Eldora; Melissa Cameron from Council Bluffs; Jesse Wozniak, Mike Schmenke and A.J. Platt, all from Fort Dodge; Jordan Meyer from Waterloo; Ren Waddell from Des Moines; Crystal Schneider from Cedar Rapids; and Jeff Cumberlin from Vinton.

All shows are free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. For reservations, call Shaw at (319) 273-6805.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Observing the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the University of Northern Iowa will present an address by Stephen Rapp, senior prosecutor at the United Nations for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Rapp will discuss 'An Impossible Dream: Can Human Rights Violations Be Deterred by International Prosecution?' at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 15, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall.

During a 13-week period of mid-1994, half a million people -- about three-quarters of the Tutsi population in Rwanda -- were slaughtered as that ethnic group was marked for extermination by the Hutu majority. Tens of thousands more fled Rwanda, seeking asylum in other countries.

In 1994, the United Nations Security Council established the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to judge those who participated in the killing. To date more than 70 suspects have been indicted and eight convicted, including the then-prime minister of Rwanda.

Rapp's address is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UNI Center for International and Peace and Security Studies, and the Department of History.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Student Exchange (NSE) program at the University of Northern Iowa has sent several UNI students to colleges and universities throughout the United States for the spring semester.

Among the students participating for the spring 2004 semester is (Name) , a (classification) from (Hometown) , attending (School) .

Through the program, students have the opportunity to attend one of 166 colleges and universities across the country for one or two semesters while paying UNI tuition. Students must have both a UNI and cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 and be a sophomore or junior while on exchange. Nearly 700 UNI scholars have participated in this program since 1977.

The NSE program provides students with a unique opportunity to enhance the academic, social and cultural experiences they are currently receiving at UNI, according to Karen Cunningham, NSE coordinator. She says the program believes participation can expand a student's social and cultural awareness in a very significant way, as some students have never had the opportunity to travel beyond the immediate area.

For more information, contact Cunningham at (319) 273-2504.


ALTOONA Jennifer Miner, junior, University of Montana

MARION Anna Kalwarf, junior, Montana State University

PELLA Randall Ozinga, sophomore, University of South Carolina

April 6, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Morris Mikkelsen, director of Facilities Planning at the University of Northern Iowa, has been promoted to associate vice president of Facilities Management, effective

April 1.

Mikkelsen came to UNI in 1983 as an architect. Prior to that, he worked at Mankato State University in Minnesota, and in private practice. In 1991, he was named director of Facilities Planning. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees, both from Iowa State University. In his new position, he will oversee all facets of facilities management, including Physical Plant operations and the office of Facilities Planning.

Kelly Flege, operations improvement director, has been promoted to director of Business Process Services, effective April 1. Flege joined the university staff in 1999. Prior to that, she worked for the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home and CUNA Mutual Life Insurance Company. She holds a bachelor's degree from Boston College. Flege will be responsible for managing a new unit that encompasses the business-service functions of payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivables, fixed assets and cashiering.

In that same division, Marty Mark, information technology coordinator, has been named director of Technology Systems and Services. She will provide computer and information technology support to the entire division of administration and finance. Mary Prenosil, budget analyst, is now budget systems manager. Her responsibilities include overseeing the current budget system process and assisting in the development of a new system.

Gary Shontz, controller and secretary/treasurer, will continue responsibilities for investing, financial reporting, and treasury responsibilities.

April 5, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present 'Ghosts,' at 7:30 p.m., April 15 through 17 and April 20 through 24; and at 2 p.m., April 17 through 18 and 25. All performances will be held at UNI's Bertha Martin Theatre.

According to Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director for Theatre UNI, 'Ghosts' is a psychological drama which tells the story of one woman's struggle to live life on her own terms after years of being a dutiful wife and mother. Written in 1881 by Henrik Ibsen, the play explores the issues of religious and societal oppression, family secrets and euthanasia.

Megan Schumacher, graduate student in theater from Dubuque, will direct the play. The production features the scenic design of Leonard Curtis, assistant professor of theater; lighting by Mark A. Parrott, staff designer, and costume design by Jess C. White, senior theater major from Des Moines.

Members of the cast are acting majors Leah Raulerson, senior from Decorah; Chad Ryan, sophomore from Fairfax;; Gretchen Carter, senior from Sioux City; Joseph Kelly, freshman from Eldridge; Brina Smith, freshman from Iowa City; and theater majors Nick Halder, junior from Cherokee; Anna Simpson, freshman from Maquoketa; and Josh Visnapuu, senior business major from Springville; and Gabriel Smith, senior English major from Monticello.

Tickets for 'Ghosts' are $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for youth. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381, or may be ordered online at

April 4, 2004 - 7:00pm


Wednesday, April 7

'Walt Whitman Live!' at 7:30 pm, in Lang Hall Auditorium. William Koch, adjunct instructor in the Department of English Language & Literature, will present a 50-minute, one-man show, speaking on Whitman's poetry themes and observations on American culture and Abraham Lincoln.

Friday, April 9

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Science Conference for Children, Schindler Education Center. More than 150 elementary students will attend sessions and perform experiments in physics, biology and chemistry.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Design, Family and Consumer Science presented 'Redefinition,' the 2004 Textile and Apparel Design Expo, April 3.

Work designed by (student's name), a (year) textiles and apparel major from (hometown) was featured in the show.



ANKENY Maria Battani, junior

Alysha Orris, senior

BELLEVUE Kristian Heiar, senior

BETTENDORF Erin Hamburg, sophomore

Sarah Schuett, sophomore

BLOOMFIELD Joseph Hootman, senior

CARROLL Tiffany Klahn, junior

CEDAR FALLS Kara Anderson, sophomore

Brooke Biggs, freshman

Colleen Brinker, senior

Melissa Garmager, freshman

Corey Rhoades, sophomore

Peggy Jo Mumm, sophomore

Jenna Richtsmeier, freshman

CEDAR RAPIDS Bailey Jo Johnson, senior

Brittany Lester, sophomore

Amy Meeker, senior

Lindsey Smith, junior

Alicia Wiseman, senior

CLINTON Andrea Potter, senior

Michelle Wendell, senior

CLIVE Tanya Miller, junior

COUNCIL BLUFFS Lisa Masker, junior

CUMMING Erin Bell, senior

DAVENPORT Sarah Woods, freshman

DECORAH Elizabeth Cook, junior

Shannon Young, junior

DELHI Natalie Wendt, junior

DENVER Jill Wolter, senior

DES MOINES Emily Andersen, junior

DUBUQUE Jason Bechen, junior

Justin Bechen, junior

DURANT Sarah Holst, senior

ELDORA Amanda Jo Robbins, sophomore

EVANSDALE Laurie Hinz, sophomore

FORT DODGE Erica Covey, sophomore

Sara Nail, senior

FORT MADISON Melinda Kurtz, sophomore

GLADBROOK Tiffinay Sass, junior

GREENE Teresa Ebensberger, sophomore

GUTTENBURG Molly O'Brien, junior

HAWARDEN Ashley Daale, junior

HULL Lacy Hooyer, freshman

HUMBOLDT Lindsey Thomas, sophomore

IOWA FALLS Nicole Off, junior

JESUP Ashley Hamblin, junior

KANAWHA Rebecca Spangler, senior

LAKEVIEW Helen Osborne, junior

MANCHESTER Angie Baumgartner, senior

MAQUOKETA Ashley Lechtenberg, senior

MASON CITY Amanda Dixon, senior

Marie Kenne, freshman

Kellie Miller, senior

MEDIAPOLIS Melissa Spears, senior

NORTH ENGLISH Amanda Weldon, sophomore

OELWEIN Amanda Campbell, junior

Nicole Stolfus, freshman

OSKALOOSA Erin Dixon, sophomore

OTTUMWA Melissa Ebelsheiser, sophomore

PANORA Chaille Reynolds, senior

PELLA Beth Kampman, junior

Brooke Visser, senior

PRAIRIE CITY Kendra Charls, sophomore

SAINT CHARLES Wendy Minnich, freshman

SCARVILLE Amy Horn, freshman

SPIRIT LAKE Jennifer Broek, junior

Shane Sievers, senior

Yufeng Zheng, freshman

SWISHER Melissa Ilg, senior

TOLEDO Darcy Dolezal, sophomore

UNION Erin Landt, sophomore

URBANDALE Katie Reagan, sophomore

WATERLOO Jessica Hendershot, junior

Keyaira Phillips, sophomore

Senoria Wallican-Nesbit, sophomore

Amy Ahrens, senior

Carlyn Degraeve, junior

Sara Simbric, sophomore

Laura Vanwaardhuizen, senior

WAUKON Bryce Sivesind, freshman

WAVERLY Elizabeth Duchene, sophomore

APPLETON, WIS. Tiffany Rudd, junior

COLONA, ILL. Breanne Banfield, junior

NEW ORLEANS, LA. Jessica Jobe, senior

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Marilynda Longoria, junior



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kenny Chesney, winner of the 2003 Country Music Television (CMT) Video of the Year award, will be in concert at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, at the UNI-Dome.

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

Opening for Chesney will be Lava recording artist, Uncle Kracker, who blends down-home soul, hip-hop and hard driving rock 'n roll. Kracker is back with the follow up to 2000's critically acclaimed, RIAA double-platinum 'Double Wide' and the crossover pop smash, 'Follow Me.'

Tickets for the 'Guitars, Tiki Bars and A Whole Lotta Love' tour go on sale at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 17. Tickets are $47.50 and $34.50 plus applicable service charges and facility fees. They are available at the UNI-Dome (NW) Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster centers or may be charged by phone at (319) 363-1888 or online at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty and students recently took part in the UNI School of Music Spotlight Series: Faculty Artist Showcase Concert in UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

UNI music faculty performers featured on the program included Robin Guy, piano; Tom Barry, oboe; David Rachor, bassoon; Randy Hogancamp, percussion; Randy Grabowski, trumpet; Thomas Tritle, horn; and Will Kimball, trombone. Senior music major Matthew Boucher, from West Springfield, Mass., performed on the trombone; and music graduate student Nathan Stucky, of Marshalltown, performed on trumpet.

(Student's name), a (year) (major) from (hometown), performed with the Jazz Band One on the (instrument).

(Student's name), a (year) (major) from (hometown), performed with the Freshman Cantorei Singers.




ANKENY Phil Hamilton, senior, music teacher education, trumpet

DES MOINES Austin Zaletel, junior, music, saxophone

ELDRIDGE Caleb Shreves, junior, music teacher education, trumpet

FORT DODGE Luke Pingel, graduate student, English, trombone

INDEPENDENCE Danny Oline, freshman, music teacher education, bass

IOWA CITY Nathaniel Gao, junior, music, saxophone

KEOKUK Kevin Hakes, senior, music teacher education, trombone

MARION Jennifer Nebraska, sophomore, music teacher education, saxophone

Kyle Novak, senior, music, trombone

SIOUX CITY Chris Arnold, sophomore, music teacher education, trumpet

Jeff Guntren, junior, music, saxophone

Joel Nagel, freshman, music teacher education, trumpet

BELLEVUE, NEB. Brandon Lewis, junior, music, trumpet

CONWAY, ARK. Anthony Williams, graduate student, music, trombone

NASHVILLE, TENN. Tom Giampietro, graduate student, music, drums


SERBIA Vladan Milenkovic, graduate, jazz studies, piano



AMES Danielle Knutson, freshman, business administration

CARLISLE Erin Yates, freshman, music teacher education

CEDAR FALLS Stephen Fish, freshman, music teacher education

Jennifer Grabowski, freshman, music

Natalie Whitney, freshman, music

CEDAR RAPIDS Andy Merulla, freshman, English

DAVENPORT Rose Newburn, freshman, music teacher education

DENVER Mark Jurgensen, freshman, music

DES MOINES Chelsea Cunningham, sophomore, acting

Jessica Lewis, freshman, music teacher education

ELKADER Peter Grau, freshman, music teacher education

FORT MADISON Colin McCracken, freshman, general studies

GRUNDY CENTER Jeffrey Muller, sophomore, music teacher education

GUTTENBURG Lisa Krall, freshman, elementary education

MARION Cinnamon Kleeman, freshman, music teacher education

MONTICELLO Lindsay Randolph, freshman, general studies

POSTVILLE Emily Larson, sophomore, music teacher education

URBANDALE Brandon Rice, freshman, theater

WATERLOO Joel Waggoner, freshman, music teacher education

WAUKEE Cole Taggart, freshman, business administration

WAVERLY Katie Heath, freshman, elementary education

Liz Mick, freshman, English

WEST DES MOINES Jill Russell, freshman, music teacher education

UPPER MARLBORO, MASS. Jonathan Henson, freshman, music performance

April 1, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Palestine is Still the Issue,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, and 'Beyond the Mirage: The Face of the Occupation,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 8, both in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Palestine is Still the Issue' documents the filmmaker's voyage to Palestine in 2002. The film shows strings of footage from Palestine, bringing to light the worsening conditions in the country.

'Beyond the Mirage: The Face of the Occupation,' will present the daily life of Palestinians living under occupation. Americans for Just Peace in the Middle East (APJME) produced the film.

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.


The office of University Marketing & Public Relations is in the process of moving to Bartlett Hall. The Public Relations personnel -- James O'Connor, Gwenne Culpepper, Vicki Grimes and Liz Yagla -- are now located in a suite of offices at 103 Bartlett. They can be reached at (319) 273-6728. The fax number is (319) 273-2747.

Mailing address:

University Marketing & Public Relations

103 Bartlett Hall

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0392


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Walt Whitman Live!,' a one-man show portraying one of America's most important literary figures, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 7 and 21, in the University of Northern Iowa's Lang Hall Auditorium. The event is part of Arts in April, a month-long celebration of the arts and culture on the UNI campus. The complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at

The 50-minute show features William Koch, UNI adjunct professor of English, performing as Whitman and speaking on the poet's major themes, observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln and experience with the Civil War.

Koch also has performed at the Hearst Center for the Arts, the UNI Museum, the Grout Museum, William Penn University and the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

The event is free and open to the public.

March 30, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Georgine Getty, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, will discuss 'Homelessness in America: Problems and Solutions,' at 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 5, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108, at the University of Northern Iowa.

Getty will present state and national statistics on homelessness. She also will speak about how gender, sexuality and race affect what it means to be homeless in America.

Getty graduated from UNI with a B.A. in philosophy in 1996.

The address is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will present the Healthy Lawn and Garden Fair on Saturday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the CEEE on UNI's campus. Homeowners will learn practical and cost effective methods of managing and beautifying lawns and gardens without the use of conventional chemical pesticides.

The fair will feature exhibits, educational resources, Iowa native plants, seeds and workshops featuring business leaders and UNI faculty. Workshops will include: 'Lawn Care with Fewer Chemicals,' at 9:30 a.m.; 'Iowa Native Plants for Your Yards,' at 11 a.m.; and 'Practical Backyard Composting,' at 1 p.m.

For more information on the Healthy Lawn and Garden Fair, or the 'Yards for Kids' program, contact Kamyar Enshayan, UNI assistant professor of physics, at (319) 273-7575, or visit

March 28, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sturgis Youth Theatre will present two performances of Oscar Wilde's 'The Birthday of Infanta' at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3, in the Deery Room of the Oster Regent Theatre in downtown Cedar Falls.

According to Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director for Theatre UNI, Wilde's fairy tale tells the story of a young princess, the Infanta of Spain, who is celebrating her 12th birthday with a party and a special guest who teaches the child an important lesson.

Gretta Berghammer, artistic director of the Sturgis Youth Theatre and UNI theater professor, will direct the play. The cast of 'The Birthday of Infanta' consists of Dylan Martin, Sam Steiert, Carter Allen, Riley Martin, Abbie Balsinger, Sarah Halloran, Maggie Devine, Sarah Strever, Tessa Michaelsen and Colton Quenstra, all children from Black Hawk County. Pam DeJong, senior theatre major from Montezuma, is the assistant director. Carmelita Guse, graduate of the UNI Department of Theater, is the costume designer.

For more information, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Justice Redressed: The First Female Attorneys in Twentieth Century France' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, April 5, in Baker Hall, Room 161, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The lecture will be given by Sara Kimble, assistant professor of history at UNI. Kimble's research investigates the causes and consequences of the 'separate and unequal' paths for the first cadre of female lawyers within the French legal profession. She will speak about one of the central consequences of the 1900 legislation which admitted women to practice law in France but simultaneously prohibited them from serving as judges.

'Women's exclusion from the bench became increasingly difficult to justify after the French established a juvenile court system in 1912 where there was wide-spread anticipation that women would soon serve as juvenile magistrates,' said Kimble. 'Astonishingly, the prohibition against female judges lasted until 1946.'

In France today, she said, women occupy two-thirds of the juvenile court judgeships and constitute the majority of new law students and lawyers.

Kimble received her Ph.D and M.A. in history from the University of Iowa. She received her B.A. in women's studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz. She is writing a book, 'Justice Redressed: Women, Law and Human Rights in Modern France, 1890-1950,' tracing the impact of female lawyers on law and society in the half-century before they won voting rights.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series is sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies.


This week Americans are urged to recognize the importance of proper sleep to their health, safety and productivity -- and the dangers of untreated sleep disorders. According the David Towle, director of the UNI Counseling Center & Office of Disability Services, college students often forget the role quality sleep plays in studying and classroom performance.

'Many college students deprive themselves of sleep during the week and try to compensate by sleeping long hours on the weekend,' says Towle. 'This often throws off their sleep patterns and leads to chronic sleep deprivation. Research shows students who are sleep deprived have more difficulty learning, have trouble concentrating, and often drive while in a dangerous state of drowsiness. Students may be tempted to 'pull all- nighters' studying for tests, but research suggests they would perform better if they were well rested.'


David Towle, director, UNI Counseling Center & Office of Disability Services, (319) 273-2676,

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761


Arts have value to learning process

When school budgets are tight, districts often look to their arts programs for a place to save money. But many argue that 'the arts belong in our schools because they are critical to intellectual development and because they support the development of well-socialized individuals,' says Steve Carignan, executive director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa.

He says the arts have value as intellectual and physical disciplines that require students and artists to use higher-order thinking skills like analysis, synthesis and evaluation, and as character and self-esteem enhancers. 'The arts delight students and create a positive learning environment, but they also require abstract thought and reasoning. To practice and study art, like studying language or math, requires students to use complex symbols to communicate sophisticated meanings. The mastery of these symbolic languages enhances the mind's ability to use logic, sort and organize.'

Additionally, Carignan says the arts provide exploratory tools that enhance understanding of social relationships and the development of self. By playing characters or acting out situations, students can model and test behaviors in a safe environment. Young people can address indirectly things they would be uncomfortable addressing directly.


Steve Carignan, executive director, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, (319) 273-3665, (319) 273-3660,

Vicki Grimes, Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

UNI professor asks, 'Why is fatness immoral?'

Billions of dollars are spent each year trying to get rid of fat bodies. But Susan Hill wants to know why. 'Why is it that our culture considers fat bodies bad things?' Hill, associate professor of religion, and director of the UNI undergraduate program in Women's Studies, recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to attend a seminar in Cambridge, England this summer, titled, 'The Seven Deadly Sins as Cultural Constructions in the Middle Ages.' She will spend five weeks researching and presenting on one of the sins: gluttony.

'I thought there would be religious influences to be considered, so I looked at what the early Christian writers said about gluttony. It's fascinating. They don't associate gluttony with fatness, per se, but with excess.' She said even today, food is associated with transgression, and points to phrases like 'sinful desserts' and 'being bad' if you go off a diet. 'I'm wondering where those words come from and why we look at being fat as a moral issue.'


Susan Hill, associate professor of religion and director of undergraduate program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7177,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student and varsity debater, Eric Short, senior communication studies major from Brookings, S.D., was named to the All-American debate team at the University of Louisville Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament the weekend of March 18.

Short and teammate Michelle Kelsey, senior political communication major from Ankeny, advanced to the second elimination round of the tournament, placing 33rd out of more than 160 teams in the nation.

'The All-American honor is bestowed to only 32 students nationwide,' said Cate Palczewski, UNI director of forensics. 'These students gave up over half of their spring break to represent UNI in debate competition. Their dedication to the activity is commendable.'

March 12 through 15, the novice debate team traveled to Kansas City, Mo., for the Novice Nationals Tournament. Amie Steffen, a sophomore political communication major from Muscatine, placed fourth as best individual speaker.

The team of Steffen and Eric McDonald, junior psychology major from Cedar Rapids, took second; and the duo of Kym Adams, sophomore elementary and middle school education major from Des Moines, and Ryan McGeough, junior humanities and philosophy major from Cedar Falls, came in third.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Design, Family and Consumer Science will present 'Redefinition,' the 2004 Textile and Apparel Design Expo at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 3 in the Lang Hall auditorium.

The show will be broken into three segments: 'Delight,' 'Delirium' and 'Desire.'

According to Annette Lynch, associate professor of textiles and apparel, 'Delight' will feature casual, everyday wear. 'Delirium' will showcase edgy, extreme designs and 'Desire' will have an emphasis on formal wear.

UNI textile and apparel students designed all apparel featured in the show. To be included in the program, designs were judged on the basis of visual attributes, creativity, appropriate construction techniques and quality of construction.

Before and after the show, the general public may look at student design portfolios in Lang Hall, Room 111.

The event is free and open to the public.

March 25, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Life of David Gale,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 1, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Life of David Gale' portrays the life of an anti-death penalty activist who is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague. Gale's story is followed by reporter Bitsey Bloom, whose findings on the case challenge her belief in his guilt and the justice system.

'Life of David Gale' stars Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney, and Kate Winslet.

UNI's 'Films on Social Justice' series is sponsored by UNI's chapter of Amnesty International; the ACLU; the UNI Students for Social Justice; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight, Transgender Association (LGBSTA); the 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's Off-Hudson Series of staged readings will present 'Tea,' by Velina Hasu Houston, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Cynthia Goatley, play director and associate professor of theater, 'Tea' is about a ceremony that brings together a group of Japanese war brides from World War II to share their experiences and mourn the dead.

'Tea' is one of the most published Asian-American plays in the United States, Houston has received the Remy Martin New Screenwriting Award from Sidney Poitier and the American Film Institute, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Japanese-American Woman of Merit Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

The event is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, IA -- The University of Northern Iowa's Student Theatre Association (UNISTA), will present 'Fuddy Meers,' a play by David Lindsay-Abaire at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3 in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

'Fuddy Meers' is about Claire, a woman who is diagnosed with a rare form of amnesia. The play is a comedy that chronicles Claire's mission to regain her memory while surrounded by a group of characters, which include a limping man, a gibberish-speaking stroke victim and a foul-mouthed hand puppet, among others.

The play is directed by Josh Johnson, senior acting major from Red Oak.

Tickets are $4 at the door. For more information, contact Johnson at (319) 268-0453.

March 24, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Microsoft Access,' a software training course, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training.

'Microsoft Access,' will be offered three consecutive Fridays, from 8 a.m. to noon, beginning Friday, April 2, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. It will be taught by Chris McGregor-Case. This course will consist of two modules. Case will cover beginning topics during module 1 in the first week. Module 2 will cover intermediate and advanced issues over weeks one and two. Microsoft Access is a database that provides quick, selective access to information to increase productivity. According to Case, the program is suited for small companies because it allows them to retain internal control of sensitive data, works seamlessly with other Microsoft products, and is easy to use.

The fee for 'Microsoft Access' can be paid per module; $125 for Module 1 and $249 for Module 2, or both Modules together for $349. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Microsoft PowerPoint,' a software training course, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training.

'Microsoft PowerPoint,' will be offered consecutive Tuesdays, April 6 and 13, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. It will be taught by Chris McGregor-Case. The two-session course will cover two modules. Case will cover beginning topics in module 1. Module 2 will cover advanced material. According to Case, Microsoft PowerPoint has the ability to create slide presentations, overheads or a multimedia piece with video and sound delivered live or over the Web.

The fee for 'Microsoft PowerPoint' can be paid per module, $119 for each Module 1 and Module 2, or both Modules together for $199. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its March 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Annie Niemeyer, a senior English major from Cedar Falls, is a building monitor in the Rod Library Access Services Department.

Niemeyer has worked in all areas of the Access Services Department.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), a teaching method for children with autism, will be the topic of the next lecture in this year's Hearst Lecture Series at the University of Northern Iowa. 'Rapid Prompting Method' will be presented in conjunction with the Iowa Conference on Communicative Disorders from 9 to 11:50 a.m. Thursday, April 1, at the Cedar Falls Holiday Inn.

Soma Mukhadophay, teacher and inventor of RPM, and her teen-age son, Tito, will deliver the address.

Mukhadophay invented RPM in India while she worked with Tito, diagnosed at the age of three with severe autism, to reach his full potential. Using her new method, Mukhadophay taught him to learn to read and write, to listen and to engage with the physical and social world around him.

Over the years Tito developed the ability to write independently. Between the ages of eight and 11 he authored 'The Mind Tree: A Miraculous Child Breaks the Silence of Autism,' a broad collection of philosophical writings about growing up with autism.

Since its invention, RPM has successfully helped autistics to communicate clearly and directly. The method is currently under research at the University of California at San Francisco and is being applied to several children in the California Carrousel Schools.

Soma and Tito appeared on CBS's '60 Minutes' and ABC's 'Good Morning America' in February 2003.

Guests interested in this presentation only will not be required to pay the conference registration fee.

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 & 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.

The next speaker in the series, on April 16, will be Ken Pugh, research scientist at Haskins Laboratories at the Yale University School of Medicine, speaking on skilled reading and reading disability.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Wellness and Recreation Services (WRS) Scholarship Committee has chosen Michele L. Tausz, a senior physical education major from Rock Rapids, as the fall semester 2004 scholarship recipient.

Tausz was selected to receive the $400 scholarship based on her performance as a WRS student employee, her understanding of how she contributes to the wellness of others through her role as a student employee and recommendations from WRS professional staff. She has been an employee with the WRS intramural sports program since fall 2000. She was an intramural official for two years before being promoted to an intramural supervisor position in fall 2002.

The WRS scholarship is funded by Kathy Gulick, director of University Health Services, on behalf of four generations of women in her family who graduated from UNI.

March 23, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will present 'Barbie Undone' at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, and Thursday through Saturday, April 1-3, in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40.

According to Karen Mitchell, play director and UNI associate professor of communication studies, 'Barbie Undone' will explore how authors and artists have transformed Barbie from a living doll into a 'living' action figure, by performing readings about her body, her values and her lifestyle.

'We are undoing the traditional mainstream view of Barbie,' said Mitchell. 'The play is a compilation of stories that explore themes that are loosely woven together.'

The show is adapted and directed by Mitchell and Brianne Waychoff, a graduate student in women's studies from Cedar Rapids.

Some of the play's content is for mature audiences only, due to strong language and sexual situations.

Seating is limited and the event is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics hosted the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Olympics in the UNI-Dome on Feb. 19.

Overall school-team winners were Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville, led by instructor Roger Hahn, in first place; and Team Four from Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls, led by instructor Kenton Swartley, in second place.

Individual event first-place team winners were Dike-New Hartford High School, Dike, Self-Propelled Catapult, (Julie Rokes, instructor); and Don Bosco High School, Bridge Building, Mousetrap Car, Soda-Straw Arm and Student Powered Water Heater.

Winners will participate in the state competition at Drake University in Des Moines on April 21.

Participating in the regional event were about 300 middle and high school students from Waterloo, Dike, New Hartford, Jesup, Traer, Gilbertville, Gladbrook, Reinbeck, Dunkerton, Nashua, Plainfield, La Porte City, Dysart, Winthrop, Fairbank, Readlyn, Janesville and Sumner.

'The Physics Olympics competition is a great way to teach that applying physics principles to the real world can be fun,' said Larry Escalada, event coordinator and UNI associate professor of physics and science education.

School-team and individual-event members who are advancing to the state competition are:

From Don Bosco High School: Jerry Thurman, Jeff Cook, Brian Pauley, Ben Monat, Brian Fettkether, Matt Krause, Lisa Rust, Bethany Stanhope and Mark Kresser.

From Cedar Falls High School Team Four: Adam Jackson, Chris Hoekstra, Kelly Davison, Maria Pratt, Eric Youngblood, Adam Stark, Jia Ahmad and Jenny Lee.

From Dike-New Hartford High School: Zach Everman and Courtney Wienkes.

March 21, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Student Interaction Committee, along with the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC), will host actor Gary Kroeger for an 'Inside the Actor's Studio- style' performance at 7 p.m., Monday, March 29 in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom.

The actor will answer questions about show business and how to enter into the acting world. Kroeger graduated from Northern University High School in Cedar Falls and was a writer and actor for 'Saturday Night Live' in the 1980s. His TV credits include 'Spies,' the 'George & Alana Show,' 'The Newlywed Game,' 'Beat the Clock' and 'Hidden Hills.'

Kroeger moved back to Cedar Falls last year to become the director of new media for the Mudd Group.

The event is free and open to the public.

March 18, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Music and Movement Around the World,' the University of Northern Iowa International Dance Theatre's annual spring concert, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28 in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The dance company will present several American works, part of the program the dancers will perform this summer in Hong Kong, where they have been invited to represent UNI at the International Conference for Physical Educators (ICPE), July 7-10. Director Kathleen Kerr, UNI professor of physical education, said they will be the only non-Asian group performing at the ICPE.

The UNI concert also will feature a work just premiered at the American College Dance Festival, Great Lakes Region, in Detroit, March 20. 'Vu Mua' (After the Harvest) was choreographed by Tien Chau, a UNI graduate student in TESOL. 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.

The spring concert also will feature a guest performance by the UNI Orchesis Dance Company.

Tickets are $4 for students and senior citizens and $6 for general admission. Tickets are available by calling (319) 273-SHOW.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Educator Expo, which helps school districts recruit new teachers and administrators, will take place in Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 27. Registration for educators begins at 8 a.m. in Sabin Hall Room 102.

More than 90 school districts from across the United States will recruit educators from UNI and 21 co-sponsoring Iowa colleges and universities. This year's expo will feature 21 Iowa school districts. Prospective teachers and administrators will have an opportunity to visit informally with recruiters throughout the morning, and schedule interviews for the afternoon.

Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator for UNI's Career Center, said this will be an excellent opportunity to meet representatives from several Iowa school districts and explore opportunities out of state. Educators can register in advance or at the event. Pre-registration for graduates of co-sponsor institutions is $20. Pre-registration for graduates of all other institutions is $25. The walk-in registration fee is $25.

A registration form, list of participating school districts and other information can be found at

For more information, contact Libby Vanderwall at (319) 273-2062.

March 17, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sandra Williamson, associate athletic director for administration and students at the University of Northern Iowa, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, about her experiences with women's athletics during her 26-year tenure at UNI. Her talk, free and open to the public, will be in the auditorium of UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education.

Williamson, who is the University's compliance director with the NCAA, will retire March 31. When she came to UNI in 1978, women's athletics were still part of the American Intercollegiate Association for Women (AIAW) and Williamson saw the women's programs through the transition into the NCAA. She also served several years as UNI's women's basketball coach.

Her talk is sponsored by the UNI Women's Studies Program, UNI Physical Education Club and the Cedar Falls Branch of the American Association of University Women,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A conference addressing the impact of war on women's lives will begin at 9 a.m., Monday, March 29, in the Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. It is free and open to the public.

Conference speakers include Anne Barstow, author of 'War's Dirty Secret: Rape, Prostitution and Other Crimes Against Women,' who will speak at 9 a.m., and Kristina Koch, a consultant on international peace issues, at 1 p.m. A dramatic presentation, 'Voices of Women in War,' featuring local women, directed by Stacy Wilson, will be presented during the noon break.

A 10 a.m. roundtable session on 'The U.S. Role and Responsibility in Preventing or Promoting Wars that Victimize Women,' will be moderated by Phil Mauceri, UNI professor and head of political science and director of the Center for International Peace and Security Studies. At 2 p.m., Diane Depken, UNI associate professor of health promotion & education, will moderate a reaction panel that will include discussion of the role of non-governmental organizations.

Barstow is an emeritus professor of history at SUNY College at Old Westbury. She conducts groups to Central and South America to be human rights observers and to learn about the effects of U.S. foreign policy in those areas.

She writes in her book: 'One set of statistics tells it all: in World War I, the ratio of military personnel killed to civilians killed was 8:1, in World War II it was 1:1, and in the many smaller wars since 1945, the ratio has been 1:8. This means that the victims of wars have changed: the great majority being civilians, they are now mainly women, children and the elderly.'

Koch has worked for the International Rescue Committee and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She has been on the front lines of the conflicts in Bosnia and Sierra Leone.

The YWCA is hosting a soup and sandwich supper preceding the conference, Sunday evening, March 28, at its headquarters, 425 Lafayette in downtown Waterloo. The supper will be followed by the dramatic presentation 'Voices of Women in War.' Cost for the supper is $3.50 and reservations are required no later than Wednesday, March 24, by calling the YWCA at (319) 234-7589 or by e-mail to

UNI's Public Policy Program and Center for International Peace and Security Studies, and the YWCA are cosponsors of the conference.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the 2004 USA Wrestling Kids/Cadet/Veteran's National Folkstyle Championships, Friday-Sunday, April 2-4, at the UNI-Dome.

Tournaments will be held in five age divisions. Divisions include: Midget, 9-10; Novice, 11-12; Schoolboy/girl, 13-14; Cadet, 15-16; and Veterans, 30 and up.

A coaches clinic, registration and weigh-ins will take place on Friday. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday with opening ceremonies beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday's competition will begin at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day and evening. Competition will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday and run to conclusion.

This tournament is the first leg of the Kids Triple Crown Title. To earn the Triple Crown the athletes must win at the Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman Nationals. In some states (Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and New Jersey) athletes must compete in their state qualifying meet to be qualified to enter the Folkstyle National Championship.

'This will be USA Wrestling's top kids' event of the year with nearly 2,000 competitors expected,' said Steve Wachal, tournament director. 'The Cadet Division will feature some of the top high school wrestlers in the country. With the addition of the Veteran's National Folkstyle Championships you will see many father-son entries making this even more of a family event.'

'We're preparing to roll out the red carpet for these great athletes, just like we did for the NCAA Cross Country Championships,' said Kim Burger, manager of the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau. 'Our community is truly fortunate to have access to the UNI-Dome and its excellent event staff. That combination allows us to host these national events that not only bring in economic activity, but also an increased awareness of our area and all of our assets. We're working particularly hard to provide a welcoming atmosphere for these folks so they'll return when we host the event again in 2005 and 2006.'

The cost for single-day tickets is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Two-day passes are $10 for adults and $7 for students.

Persons or clubs interested in volunteering for the event should contact Shandon Dohmen, UNI assistant director of operations, at or at (319) 273-6334.

For more tournament information contact Steve Wachal, event director, at (319) 822-7748, or visit

The tournament is hosted by the UNI-Dome and Iowa USA Wrestling Representatives.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Gallery of Art will present its Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) March 25 to April 23. The competition showcases outstanding recent works by undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Art.

More than 400 pieces of work in various media are submitted annually. This year, 100 works will be chosen for display by juror Isabel Barbuzza, professor of sculpture at the University of Iowa.

The awards ceremony for the student exhibition will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the KAB Art Auditorium, Room 111. An opening reception will follow. Awards made to students last year totaled nearly $4,800.

The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the 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's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host an address by Nicol�s Vaca, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, at the center.

Vaca is the son of a Mexican immigrant, and the youngest of 16 children. Despite humble beginnings, he graduated from Harvard Law School and holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a practicing attorney in the San Francisco area and has been a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley for two years. Vaca is a contributing writer to the journal 'California Lawyer.' He also authored 'The Presumed Alliance: The Unspoken Conflict between Latinos and Blacks and What It Means for America.'

Vaca will speak at the CME's dedication ceremonies at 1 p.m. Friday, March 26, at the center's new location, on the top floor of Maucker Union. For more information about the dedication or Vaca's March 25 address, contact Gaile Tolbert at (319) 273-2250,

March 16, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its third annual Arts in April kick-off, a day-long event featuring workshops and performances, from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 3, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

According to Melissa Barber, chairperson of the event, there will be a series of workshops -- geared toward children -- on juggling, jazz and hip-hop dancing, creative drama and visual arts. Performances will showcase the university's commitment to the arts, and include those by the Habeas Corpus Early Dance Project, the UNI Stage Combat Club, Opera UNI, Orchesis, and UNI's Jazz Band One.

Barber said Arts in April is a compilation of events highlighting the many arts and cultural pursuits at UNI. Throughout the month, UNI will host exhibits, lectures, films, family-centered events, observatory programs and special dining opportunities.

'It's an opportunity to showcase the vast talents of UNI students and introduce the arts to young people,' Barber explained. 'It's one of the most visual, hands-on methods the university has to display its Students First motto.'

Renowned violist Emanuel Vardi will host a master class from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring student performers from the UNI viola studio. Vardi has played at some of the world's most prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall and the White House.

All performances and workshops are free. To register for workshops, call the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, at (319) 273-2761.

The kick-off also features guided tours of campus art and facilities; an international calligraphy display at the University Museum; and an exhibition by the Des Moines Arts Festival of artwork of UNI students. Specialty foods and beverages, prepared by UNI Catering, will be available for sale.

For a full list of Arts in April activities, and to see the kick-off schedule, go to .


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The controversies surrounding women's historic entrance into France's legal profession more than a century ago will be the topic of the next history lecture at the University of Northern Iowa, Wednesday, March 24.

Sara Kimble, UNI assistant professor of history, will speak at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Her address, 'Justice Undressed: Law, Sexuality and Politics in Third Republic France,' is free and open to the public.

In 1900, said Kimble, France became one of the earliest countries in Europe to admit women to the bar. But this was possible only after the French Parliament passed special legislation on behalf of a school teacher named Jeanne Chauvin. At the heart of this story, Kimble said, are profound issues about equality and discrimination in modern French society.

Kimble received her Ph. D. and her M.A. in history from the University of Iowa. She received her B.A. in women's studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz. She is writing a book, 'Justice Redressed: Women, Law and Human Rights in Modern France, 1890-1950,' tracing the impact of female lawyers on law in the half-century before they won voting rights.

This lecture is the fifth in the 2003-2004 Phi Alpha Theta/Department of History Lecture Series. The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization and the UNI History Club.

The next speaker in the series, on April 21, will be Lou Fenech, associate professor of history, with 'A Seventeenth-Century Indo-Persian Poet: The Many Lives of Nand Lal.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa sophomores, Brendon Moe from Joice, and Joseph Murphy from Cedar Rapids, have been elected president and vice president, respectively, of the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG). They will assume office later this spring.

Working to contain tuition increases, create more flexibility in meal plans and create new funding guidelines for student organizations are among the duo's goals for their administration.

Moe is a political science and electronic media major. He is a son of Carol and David Moe. Murphy is an economics major and a son of Karen and Craig Murphy.

Also elected were 37 students who will serve as on- and off-campus senators. __(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, a UNI __(classification)__ majoring in __(major)__, was elected a/an __(constituency)__ senator. He/She is a son/daughter of __(parents/guardians)__.


ALBIA Amy Lahart, junior, social science education, off-campus, Jeany Reed & Francis Lahart

BOONE Emily Abrahamsen, junior, marketing, off-campus, Andy & Leslea Abrahamsen

CARROLL Ryan Muhlbauer, junior, marketing, off-campus, Leon & Denise Muhlbauer

CEDAR FALLS Tarek Fahmy, sophomore, business management & business administration, off-campus, Mohammed & Bahia Fahmy

Stephen Fish, freshman, off-campus, David Fish & Mary Nichols

CEDAR RAPIDS Malia Engelbach, freshman, public administration, on-campus at-large, Jim & Martha Engelbach

Ashley Hartkemeyer, junior, history education, off-campus, Robert & Suzanne Hartkemeyer

Emily Shields, junior, marketing, off-campus, Randy & Lisa Shields

Brock Landon Toll, freshman, finance, Bender, Judd & Laurie Toll

COUNCIL BLUFFS Erica McClellan, junior, criminology, on-campus at-large, Toni Pope

DAVENPORT Grant Schultz, junior, physical education, off-campus, John Schultz & Rosemary Neiman

DENVER Christine Haas, sophomore, biochemistry, off-campus, Ken & Gerry Haas

DUBUQUE Christopher Schwartz, senior, political science & music education, Tom & Mary Schwartz

FORT DODGE Jennifer Younie, freshman, political science and psychology, off-campus, Robert & Karen Younie

GRAND MOUND Courtney Blake, sophomore, public administration, Hagemann Hall, Brent & Wendy Blake

IOWA FALLS Brad Rahmiller, sophomore, history secondary education, on-campus at-large, Gayle & Eldon Rahmiller

LE MARS Tyler Christians, sophomore, political science, off-campus, Stuart Christians & Tammy Holthusen

Alex Gates, sophomore, general studies, off-campus, Allan & Judith Gates

Melanie Johnson, sophomore, political science & philosophy, off-campus, Chuck & Sue Johnson

MADRID Grant Erwin, sophomore, family services & criminology, off-campus, Carolyn & Gary Erwin

MARCUS Aaron Rawson, senior, management information systems, off-campus, John & Lorraine Rawson (also under Pierson)

MARSHALLTOWN Tyler Goings, sophomore, political science, Rider Hall, Lars & Jean Brownlie, David Goings

MOUNT PLEASANT Joel Kiesey, freshman, finance, off-campus, Ed & Sheila Kiesey

MOVILLE Todd Kuebler, sophomore, criminology, off-campus, Bill & Jane Kuebler

NEVADA Joseph Paulsen, freshman, biomedical & biochemistry, off-campus, Joseph & Kim Paulsen

NEW HARTFORD Jennifer Smith sophomore, psychology, off-campus, John & Joyce Smith

PELLA Jonathan Whalley, junior, history education, Noehren Hall, Nancy & Mike Wedekind

PIERSON Aaron Rawson, senior, management information systems, off-campus, John & Lorraine Rawson (also under Marcus)

PLEASANTVILLE Chad Bennett, graduate student, biology, University Apts., James & Patricia Bennett

URBANDALE Jennifer Haskins, junior, accounting, off-campus, Robert & Janice Haskins

SAC CITY Michael Loux, freshman, physics, Dancer Hall, Leland & Jane Loux

SIOUX CITY Alexandria Carter, sophomore, accounting, Bartlett, Wayne & Kelly Carter

SOLON Abby Thompson, senior, accounting, off-campus, Doug & Joanie Thompson

TERRIL Brian Mehan, freshman, criminology, off-campus, Ken & Charleen Mehan

WALKER Andrew Berns, junior, computer science, off-campus, David & Marla Berns

WATERLOO Chris Bengston, senior, human resource management, off-campus, Ron & Linda Bengston

Louis Engelhart, senior, off-campus

Aaron Hyde, junior, finance & real estate, off-campus, Jerry & Jean Hyde

WAVERLY Brandi Kraft, junior, criminology & political science, Lawther Hall, Jeff Kraft & Tammy Baker

WEST DES MOINES Andrew Lietzow, sophomore, business management, off-campus, Andrew Lietzow & Jean O'Brien

March 15, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Assault on Gay America: The Life and Death of Billy Jack Gaither,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Assault on Gay America' tells the story of Bill Jack Gaither, a 39-year-old gay man who worked at the Russell Athletics apparel company in Alabama. He was beaten to death in February 1999.

The film is based on a 2000 PBS Frontline special on hate crimes and the film has received positive reviews from the 'Chicago Tribune,' the 'Boston Globe,' and the 'Indianapolis Star.'

UNI's 'Films on Social Justice' series is sponsored by UNI's chapter of Amnesty International; the UNI chapter of the 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; the 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.

March 14, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will speak at the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series. This year's lecture co-sponsor is the UNI Speaker's Committee.

The 4:30 p.m. lecture is a special question-and-answer session designed for students. The

7:30 p.m event, titled 'Leadership and America's Future in Space' is Ride's formal lecture.

Established in 2001 by UNI alumna and former Iowa Lt. Gov. Joy Cole Corning, the series' purpose is to bring to campus nationally and internationally renowned leaders in such areas as the arts, business, education, government and the judiciary. A desire to give students the opportunity to hear and interact with leaders in their respective fields from all over the world prompted Corning to make a $1 million gift to the UNI Foundation's 'Students First' campaign.

Ride holds a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in English from Stanford University. She earned both a master's of science and a doctorate in physics from Stanford University. She was selected for astronaut training in 1978, and worked on the support crew for both the second and third space shuttle flights.

Her first flight was aboard the Challenger in 1983. Her second spaceflight was also aboard the Challenger in October 1984.

Ride's training for a third flight was interrupted in 1986 by the Challenger accident. For the next six months she served as a member of the presidential commission investigating the accident. Upon completion of the investigation, Ride was assigned to NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., as assistant to the NASA administrator for long-range planning. In this role she created NASA's Office of Exploration.

She is now a physicist and a member of the faculty at the University of California, San Diego. Ride also is a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. She wrote a children's book, 'To Space and Back,' describing her experiences in space; has received the Jefferson Award for Public Service; and has twice been awarded the National Spaceflight Medal.

Her latest books, 'Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of The Solar System' and 'The Third Planet: Exploring The Earth From Space,' are now in bookstores.

Joy Corning graduated from UNI with a bachelor of arts in elementary education in 1954. She taught school in Greenfield and Waterloo, before leaving the profession to raise her family in Cedar Falls. She now lives in Des Moines.

She was elected to the Cedar Falls school board in 1973, serving 11 years, nine of them as president. After six years in the Iowa Senate, she was elected lieutenant governor, serving for eight years.

Now an active volunteer, Corning serves on nearly a dozen boards, including the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees; UNI's Performing Arts Center advisory board; the boards of the Des Moines Symphony, the National Conference on Community and Justice, and the Institute for Character Development.

Ride is the second speaker in the series. The first was Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State.

There is no cost to attend the lectures, but tickets are required. They may be obtained by calling 273-SHOW. If tickets remain on the date of the lecture, they may be obtained at the box office before the event.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education will host a dedication of its new facility at 1 p.m., Friday, March 26. The new center is on the top floor of the recently renovated Maucker Union.

Featured will be brief addresses by UNI President Robert Koob; Michael D. Blackwell, director for multicultural education; Emiliano Lerda, president of the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG); Matt Close, former president of the NISG; Nicolas Vaca, author of 'Presumed Alliance: The Unspoken Conflict Between Latinos and Blacks and What it Means for America'; Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services; and Terry Stevens, a member of the UNI-7, a group of students whose actions helped establish the Ethnic Minorities Cultural & Educational Center at UNI in the early '70s.

In March 1970, UNI's Afro-American Society proposed a $20,000 budget to build a new Minority Group Cultural Center. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, vetoed the budget. In protest, society members gathered for a sit-in. Media reports from that day indicate students forced their way into the president's home and held his family hostage. Both J.W. Maucker, then president, and students deny it happened that way. 'They came to the door and knocked,' said Maucker, who is planning to attend the dedication. 'I let them in.

The district attorney, however, threatened jail time for those involved. In the end, seven students -- who came to be known as the UNI-7 -- were suspended from the university. Maucker continued to work with the Board of Regents and the students, and the university opened the Ethnic Minorities Cultural & Educational Center in February 1971. That facility is now known as the Center for Multicultural Education.

Tours and a reception will follow the ceremony.

The Maucker Union addition and renovation project began in spring 2002 and was funded exclusively through student fees, at a cost of $13 million.

The public may attend the dedication at no charge. For more information, contact Gaile Tolbert, (319) 273-2250,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will present the lecture and panel discussion, 'The Changing Face of Iowa: Tapping Resources for Successful Aging,' at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 26, in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), Room 11.

The featured speaker will be Toni Calasanti, professor of sociology and women's studies at Virginia Tech, and co-author of the book, 'Gender, Social Inequalities and Aging.' The book covers work and retirement, body image, sexuality, health, family relationships and informal care.

Calasanti's lecture, 'To Be or Not to Be Old: Ageism and Successful Aging,' will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Julia Wallace, CSBS dean. Panelists will be Telisa Burt, executive director, Jesse Cosby Neighborhood Center; Nikki Carrion, founder, FitXpress; Donna Harvey, executive director, Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging; and Lisa Hoodjer, administrator, Elizabeth E. Martin Health Center.

'Aging is a serious issue in Iowa,' said Phyllis Baker, CSBS associate dean. 'According to the U.S. Census, Iowa ranks first in the nation for its proportion of citizens who are 85 and older. It is tied for fourth for its proportion of citizens 65 or older.'

In 2002, UNI established the state's first bachelor of arts program in gerontology. It is the state's only undergraduate program specializing in the study of older adults. The recently established Iowa Consortium for Applied Gerontology, housed at UNI, helps increase education and awareness about the needs of older Iowans.

The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture series, contact the UNI CSBS at (319) 273-2221.

This is the second of two presentations in the CSBS Changing Face of Iowa series. The first presentation covered issues affecting Latino youth.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre will hold a three-day musical theater audition workshop led by Broadway, film and television actor Kip Niven, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, and finishing with a final presentation of auditions from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 27, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

While in residence at UNI, Niven will work one-on-one with 15 students from the theater department on singing and acting for musical theater.

Niven's performance credits include appearances on Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theaters and summer stock. He has performed in over 100 miniseries, movies of the week and television series including 'Law & Order,' 'Days of Our Lives,' 'Simon and Simon,' 'Walker Texas Ranger' and 'One Life to Live.' He has also appeared in feature films, including 'In Cold Blood,' 'Magnum Force' and 'Earthquake.' He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Actors' Equity Association.

The workshop's opening session will take place Thursday, followed by one-on-one sessions Friday and Saturday. Those interested in learning more about musical theater audition techniques are welcome to observe during any of the sessions. Observation is free and open to the public.

A complete workshop schedule will be posted online at For more information, contact the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381.

The workshop is sponsored by the Martha Ellen Tye Guest Artists Fund.

March 10, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The next 'Reel to Real' film will be shown at noon, Wednesday, March 24, in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union South Room.

'Stories of Change' follows the lives of four ethnically diverse women -- Hispanic, Caucasian, Vietnamese and African-American -- and their survival through challenges with alcoholism, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and cultural barriers. A discussion following the film will be facilitated by Guy Sims, Maucker Union associate director.

Sims said the film is part of the year-long 'Reel to Real' film series that presents short films worthy of reflection, discussion, challenge and criticism. The series is sponsored by the Maucker Union Student Activities Office and will continue April 21, with 'Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment,' a film that explores whether non-citizen residents are entitled to First Amendment rights.

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

'Stories of Change' was originally scheduled to be shown on February 18.

March 9, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'New Iowans' program will host a forum on immigration and refugee issues at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 11, in Schindler Education Center, Room 244-245. The event was originally scheduled to take place in the John Deere Auditorium of the Curris Business Building.

The 'New Iowans' program and Iowa Public Television (IPTV) have received a $5,000 grant from the Independent Television Service (ITVS) to promote a Public Broadcasting System miniseries, 'The New Americans.' Also participating in the project is the UNI Museum.

Airing March 29-April 1, 'The New Americans' is a seven-hour series about the search for the American dream through the eyes of today's immigrants and refugees, including those from Nigeria, India, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the West Bank.

In conjunction with this effort will be two community forums that will help Iowans understand life for new immigrants and refugees. The final forum is Tuesday, March 23, at Music Man Square in Mason City.

Clips from 'The New Americans' will be shown, and panel discussions will follow. Panelists will include Mark Grey, director of the New Iowans program; Anne Woodrick, UNI associate professor of anthropology; and UNI President Robert Koob. Isreal Nwidor, a refugee from Nigeria, will speak at the Cedar Falls event. Nwidor, his wife and two small children fled the country after a military crackdown on protestors who had demanded more environmentally sound and economically just policies from the government and Shell Oil Corp.

For more information, contact Grey at (319) 273-3029.

March 8, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Six University of Northern Iowa art students have been chosen to exhibit at the 2004 Des Moines Arts Festival Emerging Iowa Artist Program June 25-27. Andrew Crooks, TJ Erdahl, Justin Richert, Stephanie Sailer, David Schmitz and Bounnak Thammavong were six of 20 students chosen from around the state.

Crooks, from Cedar Falls, is a senior art major. He will be showing photography works. Senior art major Erdahl, from Waterloo, will be showing ceramics. Richert, from Des Moines, graduated in December with a bachelor of fine arts degree. He will be showing functional ceramics. Sailer, from Cedar Falls, is a graduate student who will be showing 3-D works. Schmitz,from Ionia, is a sophomore art major with an emphasis in drawing. He will be showing works in charcoal. Thammavong, from Cedar Falls, is a graduate student showing 3-D works.

The Des Moines Arts Festival, which began in 1998, is ranked the fifth-best fine arts festival in the nation.

The students' work also can be seen during the Arts in April festival on April 3, from noon-5 p.m., at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.

For more information about the Emerging Iowa Artist Program, visit or contact Tricia Denzin, project coordinator, Des Moines Arts Festival, at (515) 288-2258.

March 7, 2004 - 6:00pm


The movies and advertisements make spring break seem like one long bikini-clad party where nothing goes wrong. Milissa Wright, a lieutenant with UNI Police, says the annual March event is rife with opportunity for all manner of wayward behavior, much of it criminal and dangerous. Because alcohol plays such a prominent role in the celebration, she said, 'There's a greater likelihood of alcohol overdose, a greater probability that you'll become a victim of a crime, and increased chance that you'll be the perpetrator of a crime.'

She said following some simple rules can help those on spring break protect themselves.

First, stay in a group.

Women, particularly, should not allow themselves to become isolated with an individual they don't know.

Appoint a designated driver.

Set boundaries for your group, and stick to them.

Take care of friends who might have had too much to drink. Do not leave them alone.

Develop a plan for where to meet, should you become separated from your group.

Wright said law enforcement officials have reported that persons seeking to sexually assault sometimes use date-rape drugs. The colorless drugs can be easily slipped into drinks. 'So watch your drinks. Never leave them unattended, and if someone buys you a drink, watch the beverage from the moment it's poured to the moment you finish the drink.'


Milissa Wright, lieutenant, UNI Police, (319) 273-2712

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


Boosting nutritional level of 'child menu' options requires creativity from parents

A recent study indicated that the children's menus in most restaurants consist of little more than fatty fried meats, and french fries accompanied by sugar-laden sodas and desserts. Joan Thompson, health educator for the Department of Wellness & Recreation Services at UNI, says there are some fairly simply ways parents can around this, and help children learn to make healthy choices wherever they choose to dine. 'It's important to remember that one high-fat meal won't make or break you nutritionally. It's what you eat on a consistent basis that counts,' says Thompson.

She suggests parents encourage children who choose hamburgers or cheeseburgers, to add veggies like tomatoes, lettuce and pickles to beef up the nutritional value. Look for salads and grilled chicken options. Also, it's a good idea to vary the kind of restaurant.

Or, she says, serve the kind of food kids like, without setting foot in a restaurant or spending much money. Further, you could probably do it faster than making a trip to the restaurant. It just takes planning. For instance, says Thompson, tortillas warmed in the microwave and topped with cheese and veggies take about a minute to make, are nutritionally sound, and cost just pennies to serve.


Joan Thompson, health educator, Wellness & Recreation Services, (319) 273-2198

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

Waterloo elementary students at UNI for learning/volunteer opportunity

About 50 students from the Walter Cunningham School of Excellence will be at UNI, from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, March 12, at the Schindler Education Center. According to Kathy Oakland, instructor in Student Field Experience, the event is a university-community endeavor that allows groups of students to participate in several learning areas. About 100 UNI students have volunteered for this effort.

The elementary students will visit the Marshall Center School to learn about classrooms of the past. Students in UNI's Camp Adventure ï¾™ program will teach crafts and songs, and other UNI students will read to the Cunningham students.


Kathy Oakland, instructor, Student Field Experience, (319) 273-2591

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


UNI celebrates 'Pi Day'

March 14 is the day when mathematicians everywhere pay homage to the number pi (3.14). This year, the UNI Math Club will observe Pi Day with a series of events, taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in Wright Hall, Room 338.

Professors will make special pies, and students will construct a paper chain related to the number pi.


Melissa Potter, member, UNI Math Club, (319) 222-1237

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

March 4, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) will host the Junior Solar Sprint program sponsored by the Iowa Energy Center. This is the first time UNI has hosted the event.

A free educational workshop about the program for Iowa junior-high science teachers will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 13 in Room 111 of the CEEE.

The program is an opportunity for 6th through 8th grade students to learn about renewable energy technologies, science and engineering by building model cars powered by solar cells and electrical motors. Car performance will be tested at the statewide competition at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15 on the UNI campus.

School teams and individuals are encouraged to participate. Awards will be given throughout the event.

The U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory created the Junior Solar Sprint program in 1990. The program involves 26 states and 100,000 students.

For more information, contact Jon Lamb at (319) 273-3850 or e-mail For information on car kits and rules, visit