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October 19, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education will cosponsor the second annual statewide conference of the Disproportional Minority Confinement Resource Center, 'Investing in Iowa's Youth, Investing in Iowa's Future,' Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13 and 14, at the Des Moines Downtown Holiday Inn.

Guest speaker will be Gov. Tom Vilsack. 'A third of Iowa youth held in juvenile detention facilities are minorities, even though they make up only 9 percent of the state's youth population,' the governor said. 'This is an issue that we need to address.'

Also speaking will be Michael Leiber, UNI professor of sociology; and Jennifer Holladay, associate producer of 'Teaching Tolerance,' the anti-bias education project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Holladay will be at UNI on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11 and 12. Her topic will be 'White Privilege and Anti-Racist Advocacy.'

For more information about Holladay's address, contact Michael Blackwell, director of Multicultural Education at UNI, (319) 273-2250. For more information about the conference, visit the conference Web site,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa staff members are recipients of the first ever Community Enrichment Award, presented by the University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence.

The Community Enrichment award was developed by the students of the UNI Recognition and Involvement Board. It honors individuals, other than students, for their contributions to enhance the residence hall community.

Juanita Wright, assistant director of admissions and minority recruitment; Rita Carrillo, clerk with dining services administration; and Roland Carrillo, director of financial aid, were recognized for their outstanding enrichment of residence hall communities. They also were honored for the quality of their on-going efforts to recruit Hispanic/Latino students from Texas and help them become involved in campus life.


Will this winter be warm, cold, wet, dry? Even the computer isn't sure.

The wooly caterpillars are out in full force. The almanac recommends bracing for a tough winter. But your neighbor says it's going to be mild. Who do you believe? Alan Czarnetzki, UNI meteorologist and associate professor of earth science, says the high-tech computer models professional meteorologists use to generate short-term forecasts generally do very well. But different techniques are used to predict long-range weather patterns. 'Long-range forecasts rely heavily on historical data and are best explained in the form of probabilities. Right now, the models show an almost equal chance of a near-normal, wetter-than-normal, or drier-than-normal winter. In short, the computer models are riding the fence.'


Alan Czarnetzki, associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-2152, (319) 266-7062,

Patrick O'Reilly, meteorological decision-support scientist, (319) 273-3789, (319) 266-0029,

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

Work and play may contribute to academic performance in high school, says UNI professor

More, it seems, is better. At least up to a point. Maureen Berner, UNI assistant professor of political science, has conducted research that indicates that high school students who work and/or participate in extra-curricular activities, tend to have better grades than those who don't. 'It's sort of a chicken-and-egg situation, though,' she says. ' Is it that you have motivated students with good grades who also are gung-ho about work; or students who, as a result of getting a job, are able to better manage time and handle responsibilities, and see those skills carry over into academic performance. We don't have the answer for that.'

Her research also indicates that the benefits diminish for students carrying more than 20 hours of work and/or extra-curricular activities each week.

Maureen Berner, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-6047

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

Prevalence of overweight children, adolescents skyrocketing

A recent study by the Rand Corp., of Santa Monica, Calif., indicated that from 1986 to 2000, the proportion of Americans who were severely obese quadrupled, jumping from one in 200 adults to one in 50. Statistics in a recent federal report indicated that the prevalence of overweight has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the past 20 years.

'While dietary patterns clearly play a role in these trends, much of the effect has been attributed to declines in physical activity,' says Larry Hensley, director of the University of Northern Iowa Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute, and a professor of physical education. 'Kids and adults need to develop sound nutrition habits and participate in regular physical activity.'

Hensley says the UNI center was launched in 2001 to address sedentary lifestyles and overweight among young Americans, with special emphasis targeted toward small towns and rural communities. Hensley says, 'The immediate goal of the project is to develop the capacity to provide programs, both in and out of schools that better meets the physical activity and nutrition needs of young children.'


Larry Hensley, professor of physical education and director, Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute, (319) 273-6442 (319) 273-2840,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Congressional-presidential relations will be the topic of a Hoxie Forum at the University of Northern Iowa Monday, Oct. 27.

Former U.S. representatives, Harold Volkmer and Bill Goodling, will be the featured speakers on a panel discussing 'Congressional-Presidential Relations: From the Cold War to the War on Terror,' from 3 to 6 p.m., in Seerly Hall, Room 115. Volkmer served as a Democratic representative for Missouri from 1977 to 1997 and Goodling served as a Republican representative for Pennsylvania from 1975 to 2001. The panel also will include Pita Agbese and Steven Lobell, UNI professors of political science, and Christopher Rossi, professor of law at the University of Iowa.

The presentation is part of the Congress to Campus program's visit to UNI. The program provides education about U. S. Congress and promotes careers in public service. As part of their visit, Volkmer and Goodling will meet with individual students and visit selected classes, student groups and Price Laboratory School.

The forum is free and open to the public. For more information on the Hoxie Forum, contact Donna Hoffmann, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-5916. For more information on the Congress to Campus program, visit

October 16, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Gold Star Award recipients were recently honored by the University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence at its annual 'Among the Stars' awards ceremony.

___(Name)__, ___(Classification)___, of ___(Hometown)__, was one of five recipients who received the Gold Star Award for outstanding contributions to on-campus living. According to Drake Martin, UNI assistant director of residence programming, this is the highest award presented in the 4,200-student residence system. The award has been presented to no more than five students annually since 1989.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's public radio station KUNI, and New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) are collaborating on a new program, 'The Primary Frontline Pen Pals,' to increase discussion about the presidential candidates. Five Iowans and five New Hampshire citizens have been paired and will share written observations about the candidates and their campaigns. Everything they write will be on a Web log available for comment by viewers.

Those chosen are two small-business owners, two moderates, two traditional urban Democrats, two advertising analysts and two GOP strategists.

Jon Greenberg, NHPR executive editor, designed the program. 'We wanted to give people in each state a chance to compare notes,' he said. 'As far as I am concerned, what you really want to see is how these campaigns come across to the people who can get a close look.'

'Given New Hampshire's and Iowa's prominent places in the election process, it makes sense that we work together,' said Greg Shanley, KUNI news director. He said KUNI has invited the presidential candidates to participate in a series of call-in programs, and noted that KUNI regularly hosts call-in programs with Iowa's governor and U.S. senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin.

The Primary Frontline Pen Pal project can be accessed through KUNI's Web site,; or the NHPR site,

NHPR serves more than 150,000 listeners each week through a network of seven stations and transmitters. It is the only statewide source of news, music and entertainment for New Hampshire.

KUNI has been serving eastern Iowa for 30 years, and was among the first stations to develop a 'Friends' organization. KUNI also has established broadcast translators in Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City and the Quad Cities.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Darryl Taylor, associate professor of music at the University of Northern Iowa, makes his screen debut in 'Kevin's Room II,' an independent film premiering Nov. 9 at the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Chicago.

Taylor plays Aaron, an HIV-positive father of a 12-year-old son. 'The movie is about a gay men's support group. All the characters have different issues. One is bi-sexual, conflicted about his sexuality and, to make matters worse, has a new baby on the way. My character, Aaron, is dealing with various issues related to his health and love life, and particularly with wanting more intimacy with his partner.'

Taylor says this film, a follow-up to 'Kevin's Room,' which was shown nationally at film festivals and health conferences, is important for a variety of reasons. 'First, it portrays black men in a positive light, something not often presented in the media.

Second, it gives dimension to the lives of the gay men it portrays. They are not presented as fey queens, in constant pursuit of the next sexual conquest, something presented in the media. The men of this film have real-life qualities and real-life problems that are looked at and addressed seriously and respectfully.'

For more information about 'Kevin's Room II,' contact Black Cat Productions, (773) 274-2300.

Taylor came to UNI in 1996. Since then, he has established a college branch of the George Walker Society of Music, the only one in Iowa; made substantial contributions to minority recruitment efforts; developed a series for guest artists; established a Web site for the African American Art Song Alliance; and been instrumental in bringing to campus a number of world-class opera singers.

A renowned tenor, he has released a solo CD, 'Dreamer: A Portrait of Langston Hughes,' and has performed nationwide.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence recently inducted 16 members into its chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The NRHH has chapters at colleges and universities across the nation.

According to Drake Martin, UNI assistant director of residence, this prestigious award recognizes the top 1 percent of students whose leadership enhances on-campus living.

__(Name)__, __(Classification)__ of __(Hometown)__, is among those inducted into the NRHH.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Science Education Faculty is co-hosting an open house with Area Education Agency (AEA) 267 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25.

The open house will take place in the Science Education Resources Center, Room 115 of the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE). During the open house, teachers will be able to browse 35 Full Option Science Modules spanning pre-kindergarten through ninth grade, as well as other science kits and current textbook series.

All teachers in northeast Iowa are invited. For more information contact Cherin Lee, associate professor of biology, (319) 273-2499.

October 15, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Natural Sciences and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, will sponsor, 'The Eye's Aqueous Humor and Intraocular Pressure,' at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in UNI's Seerley Hall, Room 115.

The speaker will be Dr. Jay W. McLaren of the Mayo Clinic. McLaren will discuss his research on the structure and dynamics of the human eye. According to the event organizers, his research on the pressures within the eye has important implications in the treatment of diseases like glaucoma. His address is free and open to the public.

October 14, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students at the University of Northern Iowa have responded overwhelmingly to the Iowa Teacher Shortage Forgivable Loan Program. According to Heather Soesbe, loan coordinator for UNI's Office of Financial Aid, the program allows students to receive forgivable loans in return for agreeing to teach for five years in an area of Iowa in a designated shortage area/subject.

'For each year they work in the area, 20 percent of their loan is forgiven,' she explained. 'The maximum award is $3,000 per year.'

During the 2001-2002 academic year, 54 UNI students participated, receiving $136,412 in loan proceeds. For the 2002-2003 academic year, 98 UNI students participated, receiving $270,960 -- an increase of approximately 98 percent in one year.


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, Oct. 22, in the University of Northern Iowa's Lang Hall Auditorium.

The 50-minute show features William Koch, UNI adjust 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 has also 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 program is sponsored by the UNI Department of English Language and Literature. The public may attend at no charge.

October 13, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa Management & Professional Development Center recently hired Debb Vandehaar-Arens as its program manager. She is responsible for helping faculty members develop and market various workshops to professionals, managers and leaders throughout Eastern Iowa.

According to Vandehaar-Arens, UNI faculty is the center's greatest asset, and she hopes to match their expertise with the various management, leadership, and professional development needs of businesses and organizations.

Vandehaar-Arens received a B.A. in speech communication from Wartburg College; an M.A. in speech communication research from the University of Iowa; and a Ph.D. in education from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the UNI staff, she taught speech communication at Buena Vista University and was an associate professor of teacher education and the associate academic dean at Westmar University. She is the president of the Hawkeye Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and a member of the National Speakers Association-Iowa chapter.

October 12, 2003 - 7:00pm


Halloween frights are different for each stage of childhood

Every year, just about this time, retailers haul out the jack-o-lanterns and pointy witches' hats, and start decorating their stores. Hollywood releases a new slasher film, and screams fill the air. Most of it is all in fun but, says Josh Susskind, assistant professor of psychology at UNI, it could still be too frightening for children. He explains that different situations can scare different kinds of children, and parents should be alert.

Children at the preschool to early elementary age are typically frightened by perceptual things. So something that looks scary is going to be very scary for them. Older children, 9 to 11 years old, are more frightened by negative behaviors. 'Real-world behaviors and characters, like those you see in a slasher film, scare them,' explains Susskind. 'It's easy for the child to believe it could happen to them. It doesn't even have to be something they saw in a movie; it could be the evening news.'


Joshua Susskind, assistant professor of psychology, (319) 273-7251,

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

UNI prof finds differences in breast cancer occurrence between races

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Sue Joslyn, professor of epidemiology at the University of Northern Iowa, says early detection is essential to survival of this disease that she has been studying for a number of years. Joslyn uses data from the National Cancer Institute that includes several locations throughout the United States, including Iowa. She has been studying the patterns of the disease, looking at differences in breast cancer between black women and white women, and also in women over the age of 65 years.

'While black women are less likely to get breast cancer,' says Joslyn, 'once they get it, they are more likely to die from it. I'm interested in trying to figure out that puzzle.'

She also looks at risk factors and factors associated with survival. For instance, she says women in rural Iowa counties tend to have a lower survival rate which may be related to more limited access to health care.


Sue Joslyn, professor of epidemiology and chair of the Division of Health Promotion & Education, (319) 273-6155 (office); (319) 273-2654 (department office)

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

Fiscal irresponsibility causes increase in bankruptcies, says UNI economist

For the past ten years, personal bankruptcies nationwide have been on the rise and recent reports say that they are now at an all-time high. In 1990, there were 718,000 personal bankruptcies; in 2001, there were 1.45 million. Lois Lindell, assistant director of the UNI Center for Economic Education, blames credit cards. 'What's being reflected is a preponderance of credit card offers that have a lot of people getting in over their heads without realizing it.'

She said other contributing factors include rising unemployment, increasing medical expenses, and companies who make it attractive to file for bankruptcy by promising that doing so will completely eliminate debt.

Lindell said there are indications that the U.S. Congress will soon try to revive legislation that will eliminate certain bankruptcy options for many people. 'If that happens, it will become much more difficult to file. You won't be able to just wipe the slate clean; you'll have to have in place some kind of repayment plan for your debts.' And that, she said, is a good thing. 'It'll make people more responsible.'


Lois Lindell, assistant director, UNI Center for Economic Education, (319) 273-2952

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will launch a community lecture series in November. Dubbed, 'The Changing Face of Iowa,' the series provides the Cedar Valley information, education and expertise to help tackle community issues.

The first of two programs this academic year will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education on the UNI campus. The title of the panel presentation is 'The Changing Face of Iowa: Issues Affecting Latino Youth.' The discussion is in conjunction with a presentation by Francisco Villarruel, associate professor of Family & Child Ecology and research associate in the Institute for Children, Youth and Families at Michigan State University, about Latino youth and the U.S. justice system.

'This series is a chance for the CSBS faculty to share our expertise and start a dialogue with community experts that will help support economic and cultural development in the Cedar Valley,' said Phyllis Baker, CSBS associate dean. 'We want to strengthen and build relationships with alumni, the business community, community support services, and enhance student recruitment.'

The second of this year's programs will take place on March 26. The time and location are not yet set. The topic will be issues facing Iowa's growing elderly population.

For more information about the lecture series, contact the UNI CSBS at (319) 273-2221.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University Book & Supply awarded three $1,000 scholarships to University of Northern Iowa students this fall.

Recipients are: Gina Bruellman, a sophomore biology major from West Bend; Caroline Flatland, a senior psychology major from Waukon; and Nick Swanson, a sophomore athletic training major from Eldridge.

The scholarship money was based on a percentage of the store's sales during UNI's Family Weekend, Sept. 26-28.

October 9, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The next session of 'Women on Fridays,' a video and discussion series offered by the University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program, will be at noon, Friday, Oct. 17, in Baker 161. Discussion will follow the viewing of 'You Don't Know Dick: The Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men,' a documentary that explores the stories of six female-to-male transsexuals.

The video discussions, said Susan Hill, director of the Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, 'are about exploring new and provocative perspectives on gender and sexuality that challenge our assumptions and help us better understand the world around us.'

The next film in the series will be 'Rachel on Stage in Gaia,' a documentary about performance artist Rachel Rosenthal. The films are free and open to the public. Those attending may bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact Hill at (319) 273-7177.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School (PLS) will offer its third Teacher Institute to teacher education students Friday, Oct. 17, at the school.

Sessions will be offered on topics ranging from classroom motivation and management to suggested projects for classes in all subject areas. The program is designed to enrich the experience of UNI teacher education students.

According to Nadene Davidson, interim director of PLS, 'Last year PLS faculty made 119 state, national and international professional presentations and held 53 offices or leadership positions in professional organizations. The Teacher Institute provides an opportunity for the teacher education students to see the scholarly projects and expertise of the PLS faculty beyond their classroom participation experiences.'

According to Lee Weber, PLS Teacher Institute chair, there is a second benefit for UNI teacher education students. 'We hope that, in addition to gaining exposure to outstanding professional presentations, the UNI teacher education students will begin to see the value of continued professional development and attendance at professional conferences after they begin their teaching careers.'

The Teacher Institute is offered at no cost to participants. For additional information, visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will present a discussion on tools for success, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the CME.

The speaker will be Ayanna Najuma, director of Lincoln-McLeod, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations and advertising firm. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from George Washington University, and a master's degree from Howard University.

Najuma will present an address, 'Empowering Women through Community and Understanding,' at 7 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium.

The public may attend at no charge.

October 8, 2003 - 7:00pm


Board of Regents to meet at the University of Iowa

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 15 and 16 at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. Several issues pertaining to UNI will be on the docket. These items are scheduled to be discussed on Thursday. Specific times are unknown. Not all sources will be present at the Board of Regents meeting. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Annual report on libraries

A joint report from UNI, ISU and U of I.

a. The three regent institutions continue to pool funds to purchase electronic resources.

- Saves money

- Gives students access at all three universities greater access to more titles, 24 hours a day from the Web -- great for distance-learning students

- Examples of full-test resources purchased recently: Elsevier Science Direct and electronic books in the fields of music, reading and library science.

b. Budget cuts

Rod Library has reduced staff due to budget cuts, but is working to maintain service to students.


Marilyn Mercado, dean, Rod Library, (319) 273-2737

2. Annual regents merit system report

The report is a snapshot of Human Resource Services activity during fiscal year 2002 (hirings, terminations, transfers, etc.)

Contact: Nick Bambach, director, Human Resource Services, (319) 273-2423

3. Fall enrollment report

Annual update of statistics. Includes information on graduation rates and enrollment projections for the next 10 years.

- UNI's fall 2003 enrollment is 13,441 students, a planned decrease from last year

- This is part of a planned effort to maintain quality while addressing state budget cuts

- UNI's four-year graduation rate is on par with peer institutions


Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2283

4. Student financial aid narrative report

- More UNI students than ever are carrying loans

- $8 million increase in student loans from last year

- The average UNI student graduates with almost $20,000 in loan debt

- Positive note: the loan default rate for Iowa students is 1.4 percent (national average is 5.9 percent)

UNI financial aid program highlights

a. Iowa Teacher Shortage Forgivable Loan Program

Students receive financial aid in return for agreeing to work for five years in an area of Iowa experiencing a shortage of teachers. For each year they work in the area, 20 percent of their loan is forgiven. (Maximum award is $3,000 per year.)

- 98 percent increase in one year -- 98 students in program

- UNI awarded $270,000 in aid

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b. Career Scholars program

Pilot project designed to combine scholarship funds with high-quality work experience. Cooperative effort between the Financial Aid office and the colleges.

c. Web enhancement

- UNI's approach is used as a model by other institutions

- Students can access Financial Aid information 24 hours a day via the Web

- Saves money and time -- less paperwork

- Simplifies the process for students

d. Recommendation

UNI supports the recommendation from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators to increase loan limits for undergraduates and graduates.

- Increased loan limits help ensure equal access to education


Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331

Roland Carrillo, director, Financial Aid Office, (319) 273-2701

Joyce Morrow, associate director, Financial Aid Office, (319) 273-2701

5. Annual distance education report

In 2002-03, UNI posted record highs in Bachelor of Liberal Studies admissions, graduations and enrollments.

- UNI is the third largest higher-education user of the ICN in the state

- UNI posted record-high numbers of ICN courses and enrollements

- UNI had students enrolled in 70 counties and 130 cities

- UNI offered 15 graduate degree programs and two undergraduate degree completion programs entirely or partially off-campus during 2002-03

Contact: James Bodensteiner, interim dean, Continuing Education & Special Programs, (319) 273-2823

6. Proposals for legislative program

Contact: Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

7. Annual salary report

Contact: Nick Bambach, (319) 273-2423

8. Comprehensive fiscal report for previous year

Contact: Gary Shontz, UNI controller, (319) 273-3576

9. Final approval of tuition rates & mandatory fees


Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331

10. Semi-annual master lease report

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

11. McLeod Center business plan

If approved:

- The bond issuing process can begin

- Architects will move to the next phase of design work

- The construction bid process can begin

- Fundraising will move into final phase

Contact: Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, (319) 273-2487

12. Register of capital improvements

a. Business & Community Services (BCS) Innovation Accelerator

- Permission to proceed with project planning

Contact: Randy Pilkington, BCS executive director, (319) 273-6941

b. Student Health Center expansion

- Approval of program statements and design documents

- Fully funded by student fees

- Project has been approved by Northern Iowa Student Government

- Will allow combining of Student Health Clinic, the Counseling Center, and Disability Services

Contact: Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331

October 7, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's debate team will debate the Oxford-educated members of the British national debate team in a public event at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. The teams will discuss whether the United States and Great Britain should hand over civilian and military control in Iraq to a multilateral force from the European Union.

Cate Palczewski, professor of communication studies and director of the UNI debate program, said it won't be the kind of debate that Americans typically see. 'The style of debate is parliamentary,' she explained. 'If you've ever watched the British Parliament, there is heckling and audience participation. That's what we're hoping for. Those in the audience will not be passive spectators. That will make the debate much more exciting.'

UNI students participating in the debate are Michelle Kelsey, a senior political communication major from Cedar Falls; and Eric Short, a senior general communication major from Brookings, SD.

The event is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The next film in the University of Northern Iowa's 'Reel to Real' film series will be 'One + One,' to be shown from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Maucker Union, South Room. A discussion following the film will be facilitated by Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator at Maucker Union.

According to Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, the film is a documentary look at the lives of two couples -- one straight, one gay. The film gives insights to how sero-discordant couples (mixed HIV-status) cope with the difficult task of negotiating death and love on a daily basis, and the deep bond they share.

The year-long Reel to Real film series presents short films to provide a forum for reflection, discussion, challenge and criticism. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Guy Sims at (319) 273-2683.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa 2003 Homecoming Committee began planning in January for this year's homecoming celebration, Sunday, Oct. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 11. Members planned a number of activities in Cedar Falls to accompany the theme 'Paint the Town Purple.'

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UNI homecoming 2003 will include a variety of events for students, alumni and the public. Traditional events such as window painting, the Panther Pride competition, UNI pep rally, campaniling and the parade will be part of the celebration. Paintball competitions have been added as a new event this year.

For additional information on UNI Homecoming activities, contact Margie Rostyne, UNI Maucker Union student organizations and activities coordinator, at (319) 273-2761.

Note: to obtain a list of the committee members, please contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The next film in the University of Northern Iowa 'Films on Social Justice' series will be 'This is What Democracy Looks Like,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the Communication Arts Center (CAC) Room 108.

The film covers the story of the 1999 demonstrations against the World Trade Organization in Seattle. The documentary consists of footage from more than 100 media activists showing the methods used by police against demonstrators.

The series is free and open to the public. It continues on various dates, at the same time and location, until Nov. 18. The next film in the series is 'The Myth of the Liberal Media,' Thursday, Oct. 23. Films on Social Justice is sponsored by the UNI chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Amnesty International; the Students for Social Justice; Gender Equality Association (GEA); the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight, Transgender Alliance (LGBSTA); the Criminology Club; and the Sociology and Anthropology Club.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Global Health Corps will host its third annual Global Health Symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Guest speaker is Josh Ruxin who served as coordinator on the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force to fight HIV/AIDS.

Ruxin, now an assistant clinical professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, based at the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at Columbia University, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. His topic is 'Global Myths & Challenges: HIV/AIDS.'

The public may attend at no charge.

October 6, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The Ethical Frontiers of Biomedicine,' is the second satellite seminar in a five-part series hosted by the University of Northern Iowa.

The National Collegiate Honors Council and Phi Theta Kappa, honorary society, will present the seminar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, via downlinks, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A.

Presenter will be Vicki Lachman, an advanced certified nurse administrator and trainer for the Education for Physicians on End-of-Life-Care (EPEC) and the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curricula.

She will release a book, 'Conversations on Ethics in Nursing,' later this year.

The series will continue at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A, with 'Keeping Our Promises: Improving Care at the End of Life,' presented by Diann Uustal.

UNI faculty members will moderate discussion at the end of each session. The series is co-sponsored by UNI's Department of Biology and Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the UNI Honors Program. It is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Jessica Moon, interim director of the UNI Honors Program, at (319) 273-3175 or,

October 5, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A director/designer presentation for 'Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,' the upcoming Theatre UNI production, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The presentation will allow director Scott Nice, UNI assistant professor of theatre, scenic designer Mark A. Parrott, guest lighting designer David DelColetti, and costume designer Katie Sue Nicklos to share their vision and interpretation of the play. The Theatre UNI production, a Hamlet spoof by Tom Stoppard, will run Nov. 13-23.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson at (319) 273-6387.


Evils of gambling outweigh economic gains, says UNI professor

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

UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center uses unconventional strategy to build record youth audiences

On Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9 and 10, almost 4,800 eastern-Iowa children will attend the Kennedy Center's touring production of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' at UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Peforming Arts Center (GBPAC). The performances are part of the GBPAC's Kaleidoscope Youth Series, an outreach program to school-age children. During the past year, the GBPAC has used an unconventional pricing strategy to build its Kaleidoscope audience. Tickets prices were dropped from $4 per student to $1 per student. It's called the 'A Buck a Kid' program.

The A Buck a Kid idea was developed by GBPAC Executive Director, Steve Carignan. 'With the budget crisis facing the university, some thought this was a crazy idea,' explains Steve Taft, GBPAC director of educational & special programs. 'But Kaleidoscope's mission is to expose kids to the performing arts. Students come first.' This year, the A Buck a Kid program will serve more than 21,000 children from the Minnesota border down to Iowa City -- up from just 12,500 last year. 'Allen Memorial Hospital, the Friends of the GBPAC and others have stepped in to support the program,' says Taft. 'Because of their support we've been able to increase our outreach to kids, build our audience and meet our financial goals. It's a true success story.'


Steve Taft, GBPAC director of educational & special programs, (319) 273-3679, (319) 273-3660,

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

Ice climbing in the Heartland

Dianna Briggs, an instructor in the UNI Office of Student Field Experiences recently edited and produced the book, 'Silo Ice Climbing, Ice Climbing in the Midwest.' The book is authored by Don Briggs, an instructor in UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. The book shows how covering silos in ice -- via water hoses -- can provide particularly challenging ice climbing activities.

'Ice climbing is a sport that is really growing in popularity, but there are no steep cliffs or mountains here in Iowa where it could be practiced,' explains Dianna Briggs. 'It's been really exciting to find access to the sport right here in our own backyards -- where things are relatively flat.'


Dianna Briggs, instructor, Office of Student Field Experiences, (319) 273-6382,

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


(Part of the EducatioNet series from the University of Northern Iowa)

For release during October 2003

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Decreasing numbers of students and smaller budgets have forced school districts across the country to merge with others. The result is larger schools, often-confusing strings of letters to name the new districts and, says a University of Northern Iowa professor of social work, an increased likelihood that students will use drugs.

Katherine van Wormer is author of the book, 'Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspectives.'

She says smaller schools have the least drug problems. 'In smaller school, the teachers know the families, offer more individual attention to students, and students are better watched. Because of that, they felt responsible to teachers. They don't want to let them down with negative behavior.'

Van Wormer said studies indicate that schools with 300 to 600 students are about the right size.

'Consolidation is a mistake. We have high schools now that are as big as some cities.'

She said there are several other specific factors that are, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, catalysts for drug use among teenagers. Included are too much disposable income and boredom. Van Wormer tosses in lack of academic pressure, as well. 'Our schools are too easy. Kids don't feel like they have to study particularly hard, leaving them with too much spare time on their hands.'

She urges parents to combat the problem by monitoring their children's friendships. 'If your son or daughter is hanging around with kids who are into drugs and smoking, then your kid is probably using drugs or smoking as well. There's a lot of pressure in those groups to fit in, to do what the group does. Those kids wouldn't hang around with your kid if he/she weren't doing the same things.'

Then, she says, take away the 'mystery' of the substance that is often the first step in drug use: alcohol. 'If you serve wine at meals, for example, then drinking is not such a big deal and is associated with moderation,' she says.

Finally, she recommends parents simply stay involved in their children's lives. 'We know that families that eat together are less likely to have kids in trouble. But anymore, work pressures are so strong that parents often neglect kids, giving them money and saying, 'here, go buy what you need -- get your supper and take care of yourselves.' And that leads to problems.'

October 2, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thursday, Oct. 9 is National Depression Screening Day. On that day, University of Northern Iowa mental health professionals will offer students, staff, faculty and community members the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression and manic-depression, and to participate in a free, anonymous screening. Screenings will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the UNI Counseling Center, Room 213 of the UNI Student Services Center.

Participants will hear a brief talk about the causes, symptoms and treatments of depression and manic-depression, followed by a short video. Individuals will anonymously complete a written screening test and have the opportunity to discuss the results with a mental health professional.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression and manic-depression strike more than 17 million Americans each year. Fewer than half of them seek treatment, even though treatment can help 80 to 90 percent of those affected. Common symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, restlessness and irritability, changes in sleep and appetite, loss of energy and thoughts of death or suicide. Manic-depression includes feelings of extreme euphoria and agitation, which can alternate with periods of depression.

'Students with untreated depression are likely to have more problems with academic performance, personal relationships, substance abuse, physical health and employment,' said David Towle, director of the UNI Counseling Center. 'They also may be at increased risk for suicide.'

National Depression Screening Day was developed by Harvard University psychiatrist, Douglas Jacobs. Last year, more than 85,000 people attended screenings at 3,000 sites nationwide. This is the eighth year the UNI Counseling Center has participated.

For more information, contact the UNI Counseling Center at (319) 273-2676.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Earth Science Department will host an activity fair in honor of National Earth Science Day from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12 outside Latham Hall on UNI's campus.

The fair will include stations on meteorology, solar telescopes, rock discoveries, fossil digs and earthquakes. Participants can also tour the building and the Earth Science displays inside. The fair is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Encouraged by student response last year, administrators, Public Safety officials and students at the University of Northern Iowa have expanded their efforts to ensure that homecoming weekend is a safe one for students and their guests. UNI's homecoming weekend is Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12.

''Celebrate Safely' is a joint university-community campaign based on the input of students, business and community leaders, and people who live near the university. The campaign emphasizes awareness and enforcement of existing laws, the importance of maintaining quality housing in neighborhoods, and holding people responsible for their actions,' said Renee Romano, vice president for educational and student services.

Students living in Cedar Falls, both on and off campus, have been mailed brochures that explain bootlegging (selling alcohol without a license), crowd safety, Iowa's drunk-driving laws, and penalties for other infractions like using fake identification to purchase alcohol. 'The brochure is particularly beneficial for students who have not confronted some of these situations prior to homecoming before, and are not sure about what they can and can't do,' Romano explained.

This year, with the assistance of the College Hill Neighborhood Association, the Celebrate Safely campaign was expanded to include property owners, landlords and apartment managers. Personal letters were sent to 144 landlords/managers and 175 property owners, providing direction on how to contact the police if they observe illegal or potentially dangerous activities. Suggestions were made for inspecting balconies and posting load limits, restricting the use of parking areas to residents and guests, and considering the employment of private security guards, if necessary.

Law enforcement agencies in bordering cities and counties, and the Iowa State Patrol, have been notified there could be an increased number of persons traveling through their jurisdictions who may have been drinking.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Charles Matheson, former UNI Professor of Music, will serve as Grand Marshal of the University of Northern Iowa's 2003 Homecoming parade, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at Cedar Falls High School.

After teaching at Gordon College from 1946 to 1955 Matheson joined the UNI faculty in 1955. He became a major figure at the UNI School of Music. He retired in 1982.

'Besides being a well respected emeritus of the school of music, Charles Matheson continues to support scholarships for students and assist with new equipment at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC),' said John Vallentine, director of the UNI school of music.

According to his colleagues, Matheson provided a unique mixture of enthusiasm, leadership and competence to UNI, and his Concert Chorale set a standard for others to emulate.

Matheson's wife, Marleta, will accompany him in the parade. The parade route will begin at Cedar Falls High School and travel east on West 12th Street, from Division to College Streets, south on College to West 23rd Street, and west on 23rd to Campbell Hall.

The theme for UNI's Homecoming 2003 is 'Paint the Town Purple.' The week-long festivities conclude Saturday, Oct. 11. The parade will be followed by the football game against Indiana State, in the UNI-Dome at 4:05 p.m. A Panther Midnight Breakfast, in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse, will bring the celebration to an end with a free breakfast bar for students.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 64,000 square-foot addition to the University of Northern Iowa's McCollum Science Hall will be dedicated during a ceremony at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 10. Featured will be addresses by key administrators, including UNI President Robert Koob; and the building's namesake, former dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Clifford G. McCollum. Tours of the facility will follow.

Under construction since Oct. 2001, the McCollum addition provides much-needed space for the biology and chemistry departments. UNI has produced more bachelor's degree chemistry graduates than any other Iowa college or university in the last 13 years, and enrollment in the program continues to grow.

'The new lecture halls are much more conducive to teamwork, and we finally have dedicated spaces for students to interact and gather,' said Barb Hetrick, head of the biology department. With 620 declared majors, biology is one of the largest departments on campus.

'The addition has allowed us to modernize the way we teach general chemistry,' said Paul Rider, interim head of the chemistry department. 'We now have modern research space for faculty members and their undergraduate assistants, as well as an all-new chemical-education suite.'

Besides creating a dramatic new entrance for McCollum, the addition features a waterwall to be stocked with the native Iowa plant species that students deal with in general biology class, allowing them to see the plants in a simulated natural habitat.

Built in 1968, McCollum Science Hall was officially named in 1984 upon the retirement of Clifford McCollum who joined the UNI faculty in 1949. The McCollum Science Hall addition was constructed at a cost of $16.9 million in state-appropriated funds.

October 1, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Pi Kappa Lambda honorary music fraternity will host a Big Band fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 18, at Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo. Dance lessons will be given by Kathleen Kerr, UNI professor of physical education, from 7-8 p.m. Bill Shepherd's Big Band will perform from 8-11 p.m. Shepherd is an associate professor of music at UNI.

Proceeds will support students selected for membership in Pi Kappa Lambda. All money raised will help provide monetary awards and purchase music books and other items. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC), or at Electric Park Ballroom for $15. For more information, contact the GBPAC at (319) 273-7469 or toll free at 877-549-7469.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) at the University of Northern Iowa is collecting cell phones for recycling. The project is being undertaken on behalf of the Iowa Recycling Association and the Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations.

Michaela Rich, RRTTC program manager, said the first priority for the remanufactured phones will be use in domestic violence shelters. The collection will continue through Friday, Oct. 24. Drop-off boxes are located at the Wellness Recreation Center Room 224, the Industrial Technology Center Room 9, the Center for Energy and Environmental Education Room 111, and the Redeker Center office. Phones will be given to ReCellular Inc., in Dexter, Mich., for refurbishing.

For more information, contact Rich at (319) 273-3689, or visit the center's site at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has announced its fall 2003 student alumni ambassadors. Student alumni ambassadors include: __(NAME)__ of __(HOMETOWN)__, a __(CLASSIFICATION)__ majoring in __(MAJOR)__.

Throughout the academic year, student alumni ambassadors meet with current students, prospective students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and other university guests. The ambassadors are involved in many activities, including the Panther Recruitment Team, New Student Bash, Family Weekend, Homecoming, and leading campus tours.

To be an ambassador, students must hold a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The ambassadors must attend semimonthly meetings, conduct weekly tours, serve on a committee and assist at special events. The monthly time commitment is approximately 10 hours. The organization is jointly administered by the UNI Office of Admissions, the UNI Alumni Association, and the UNI Office of Development.

Connie Hansen, UNI campus visits coordinator, and Kirk Pohlman, admissions counselor, are co-advisers for the Student Alumni Ambassadors. For more information, contact the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Waterloo Neighborhoods Leadership Institute, a program sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) and Leadership Studies program has kicked off its fall 2003 session.

The sessions are from 5-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings Sept. 30 through Dec. 2 at Room 409 in the KWWL building, 500 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo. The institute includes the reading of 'Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing,' by Linda Stout, and features speakers on topics such as: effective meetings; how to influence policy/city council; serving on community boards; cultural competence; and working with difficult people.

According to Cheryl Faries, program coordinator for the COPC, the goal of the eight-week training program is to help residents acquire the skills necessary to help them to improve their neighborhoods.

The COPC program is a three-year grant project through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that is awarded to universities. For more information, contact Faries at (319) 287-8164.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present 'Voices for Freedom: The Brazilian Slave Stories,' at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 8 to Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall Room 40.

According to Angela Platner, assistant technical director of the Interpreters Theatre, the performance centers on narratives describing slave traffic between Africa and South America in the mid 1800s. In the history of slavery, Brazil enslaved more Africans than any other nation. These individual and collective odysseys, performed with Afro-Brazilian capoeira dance accompaniment, are designed to help audiences understand the struggle.

The texts have been translated and adapted for the stage by Robert Krueger, UNI associate professor of modern languages. The production is directed by Krueger and Jessica Pritchett, a senior from Rockford, Ill. Pita Agbese, UNI professor of political science, is the consultant on African costuming; and Courtney Hall, a junior from Davenport , is the research assistant and costumer.

Those participating in the performance include: Jessica Olsen from Pierson; Darla Shane-Wichman from Cedar Falls; Lindsey Shill from Union; Austin Zaletel from Des Moines; Jeff Cumberlin from Vinton; Scott Finken from Council Bluffs; Nicole Heck from Urbandale; Craig Leabhart from Davenport; Greg Manning from Clinton; Laura Platner from Lisbon; Holly Sells, Elizabeth Wendel, Kamilah Stevens and Michael Quam from Waterloo; Leroy Fields, Joel Ishman and Arriel Stevens from Gary, Ind.; and Francesca Zogaib and Pedro Zogaib from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The performance is free and open to the public.

September 30, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has announced its Student Telecounseling Admissions Representatives (STARs) for the 2003 fall semester.

__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, a (classification) studying (major) at the University of Northern Iowa, is one of 14 students working as a STAR this fall semester.

STARs are trained to call prospective and admitted UNI students to provide information, answer questions, and talk about student life at UNI. They make more than 40,000 calls annually.

For more information about the STARs program, visit

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Physical Plant and Office of Facilities Planning will host a satellite telecast, 'Campus Sustainability,' from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Old Central Ballroom of Maucker Union, on Thursday, Oct. 9.

According to Pat Higby, energy educator at UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education said the most popular definition of sustainability can be traced to a 1987 United Nations

conference. 'It defined sustainable developments as those that meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs,' she said. 'Robert Gillman, editor of 'In Context' magazine, extends this goal-oriented definition by stating 'sustainability refers to a very old and simple concept, the Golden Rule: Do unto future generations as you would have them do unto you.'

The telecast is sponsored by the Society for College and University Planning in Ann Arbor, Mich., and will demonstrate strategies for making sustainability more feasible at universities and colleges.

The public may attend free. For more information, contact Higby, at (319) 273-6012.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) will participate in 'Walk To School Day,' on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The event is a city-wide effort designed to encourage regular physical activity among school-age children.

Nadene Davidson, MPLS director, said, 'Today only one out of 10 trips to school are made by walking or bicycling. Twenty percent of school-age children are overweight. Studies tell us repeatedly that school-age children do not get enough exercise and are increasingly obese. This is just one way that Price Lab can promote healthy living, physical activity and health in general.'

Students who live too far away from school to walk are being encouraged to have their parents drop them off at Seerley Park, where adult leaders will meet them for a group walk to school.

'PLS uses an integrated approach to teach healthy lifestyles,' said Davidson. 'In our Wellness/PE classes, students study healthy lifestyles. Our Life Skills class is coordinating some of the planning as a service project. This class is planning activities for students at the parks while the groups are waiting for everyone to arrive and begin the walk. And plans are being made to have high-school students mentor elementary students in the walk. There also will be special activities at school when we return to campus.'

'Walk to School Day' is sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Local sponsors are the city of Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls Community Schools, Cedar Falls Utilities, UNI's Global Health Corps, Luann Alemao and Associates, Northern University High School, St. Patrick School, the University of Northern Iowa, and WalMart.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's homecoming celebration 'Paint the Town Purple,' begins Sunday, Oct. 5, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 11.

The event kicks off with window painting in the residence halls, Sunday, Oct. 5.

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

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, a Red Cross blood drive will take place in Maucker Union, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Paintball competitions will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, on the fields west of the UNI-Dome. Teams of five may sign up in the Student Involvement and Activities Center. The cost is $5 per person and includes equipment and paintballs.

On Thursday, Oct. 9, the Panther Scramble obstacle course will begin at 4 p.m. outside the Redeker Center. A Homecoming dance party, sponsored by Thursdaze, will take place from 9 p.m. to midnight in Maucker Union.

Friday, Oct. 10, has been declared Purple and Gold Spirit Day, with students, faculty and staff encouraged to wear school colors. The day also includes an all-alumni reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Commons and a Pep Rally, north of the Curris Business Building, at 8 p.m. The Pep Rally includes the Panther Pride Cry finals and fireworks. Beginning at 11:45 p.m., students will gather for campaniling -- the tradition of being kissed under the Campanile at midnight.

Events on Saturday, Oct. 11, begin with a 5-k cross-country run at 8 a.m., just west of the UNI-Dome, followed by the Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m.

The parade will start near Cedar Falls High School, West 12th and Division Streets, and end at West 23rd and Campus Streets, by Campbell Hall. An all-alumni tailgate will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the UNI-Dome South Plaza.

At 4:05 p.m., the UNI football team will take on Indiana State in the UNI-Dome and the UNI volleyball team will play Bradley at 7:30 p.m., in the West Gym.

Homecoming week concludes with the Panther Midnight Breakfast, a free breakfast bar for students, in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse.

Throughout the week, Penny Wars will take place outside Maucker Union and at all Homecoming events. Pennies placed in buckets around campus will help support the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundations. Homecoming buttons and T-shirts will be sold throughout the week in Maucker Union.

For more information regarding Homecoming activities, contact Margie Rostyne, UNI Maucker Union student organizations and activities coordinator, at (319) 273-6335.

September 29, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will begin its 2002-2003 season with the romantic comedy 'Lobster Alice,' Thursday, Oct. 9, for a two-week run in the Bertha Martin Theatre of the University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 15-18; and at 2 p.m., Oct. 11, 12 and 19.

'Lobster Alice' is directed by Cynthia Goatley, UNI professor of theatre, and written by Minneapolis playwright Kira Obolensky. The play is based on surrealist artist Salvador Dali's six weeks in 1946 spent working with the animator of Alice in Wonderland on a short film in the spirit of 'Fantasia.' Although the film was never completed, Obolensky used the event to speculate on the extent of Dali's influence on the animator.

The cast of seven includes: Ben Powell of Virginia Beach, Va., as the animator John Finch; Rachelle Neuberger of Clear Lake, as his assistant Alice Horowitz; Ryan Wickham of Marshalltown, as Thorton and the Caterpillar; Leo Murzenko of St. Petersburg, Russia; Szymon Jachimek of Gdynia, Poland; Melisa Wallace of Everly and Brianne Waychoff of Cedar Rapids, as Salvador Dali.

Production designers include Brad M. Carlson of Cedar Falls as scenic designer; Derek Easton of Waterloo as lighting designer; Carol Colburn, UNI professor of theatre, as costume designer; and Mark A. Parrott, UNI staff designer, as properties designer.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for UNI students and youth. Tickets are available by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381 or online at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- B.J. Herrick, instructor in the Department of Teaching at the University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School (PLS), has been selected by the Iowa Council for the Social Studies (ICSS) as the Iowa High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

According to the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS), the annual award honors the outstanding performance of teachers, researchers, and other worthy individuals and programs, and encourages unique and innovative social studies education projects.

'Her infectious love for teaching and learning spreads to even the most difficult students,' said Lee Weber, PLS social studies department chair. 'We social studies teachers get all the kids -- including the ones who don't care to be in school, let alone in our classes. B.J. connects with those students.'

Herrick holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and government from Manhattan College in Riversdale, New York; and a masters degree in counseling psychology from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She has participated in more than 250 hours of seminars sponsored by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, Pa., and international study seminars in China and Japan. She has written articles for three national publications and has made scholarly presentations at seven different national, regional and international conferences.

This award is one of many local, state, national and international honors Herrick has received in 33 years of teaching. She has been an active member of the NCSS for more than 30 years and a member of the ICSS for 14 years where she served as vice-president the last two years. She also is a member of the Social Studies Supervisors Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

As winner of the Iowa award, Herrick has been nominated for the NCSS Teacher of the Year award.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sturgis Youth Theatre is currently accepting registrations for its fall classes which begin the week of Oct. 13. The Theatre is under the direction of Gretta Berghammer, UNI professor of theatre, and offers creative drama classes for children ages 3 1/2 and up.

Founded in 1999, the Sturgis Youth Theatre is a collaborative effort of the Cedar Falls Community Theatre, the Hearst Center for the Arts, and the UNI Department of Theatre. Its mission is to provide quality productions, meaningful production experiences, and varied theatre study opportunities for the youth of Cedar Falls and surrounding communities.

Class information and a registration form are available at For additional information, contact Berghammer at (319) 273-2149.

September 28, 2003 - 7:00pm


UNI professor says there's a reason network TV has found God

The new network television season has kicked off. Along with the now commonplace themes of sex, drugs and foul language, viewers will get a strong dose of something unexpected in prime-time TV -- God. At least five new shows will feature strong religious or spiritual themes. This is to be expected, says Betty DeBerg, head of UNI's Department of Philosophy & Religion. 'TV often mirrors what's going on in American society,' she says. 'More and more Americans are becoming 'seekers,' they have a religious background, but look for a variety of outlets beyond conventional churches. The media is simply picking up on that phenomenon.' DeBerg says research shows that more religious people are taking a 'cafeteria' approach to faith -- adopting bits and pieces from several belief systems.


Betty DeBerg, head, Department of Philosphy & Religion, (319) 273-6221, (319) 277-5071,

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

The serious business of starting a business

A slumping economy or a layoff is often the impetus for a news business startup. Avriel Davis, client services manager at UNI's Small Business Development Center, says a successful new business needs a lot more than a good idea or strong impetus. 'Often, people just want to dive in, believing in their hearts that this just has to work. But there needs to be a plan,' says Davis, who also teaches the center's Smart Start program for aspiring business owners. 'Did you research it? Did you work out the details? Where will the money come from? What additional capital will you need? If you don't check out everything, you're leaving holes. And the more it looks like Swiss cheese, the more likely it is to collapse.'

The SBDC offers training and even a business accelerator program that consists of seven office suites that a start-up business can use for up to two years.


Avriel Davis, manager of client services, Small Business Development Center, (319) 236-8123, 989-2587,,

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

UNI to mark national Credit Education Week

National Credit Education Week runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 urging Americans to learn more about credit and to take more responsibility for their credit history. UNI will offer students several opportunities to learn more about their rights and responsibilities regarding credit. The key UNI event will be a lecture from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1 in Sabin Hall, Room 102. 'The average UNI graduate leaves the university with almost $20,000 in loan debt -- that doesn't include credit cards,' says Heather Soesbe, loan coordinator in the UNI Financial Aid Office. 'We find that some students are unfamiliar with credit and the loan process. Many times their parents have done all the work regarding their financial aid. They're in the dark. Our goal is to help students understand how to manage loans, credit and debt.'


Heather Soesbe, loan coordinator, UNI Financial Aid Office, (319) 273-7613, (319) 279-4052,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - 'Iris Murdoch: Social Convention and Neurosis as Obstacles to Freedom' will be the topic of an address at noon, Monday, Oct. 6 in Room 161 of Baker Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Margaret G. Holland, associate professor of philosophy and religion at UNI, will present the address as the first in this year's CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series sponsored by the Graduate Program in Women's Studies. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Holland has B.A. and M.A. degrees from Boston College and a Ph. D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

The next program in the CROW Forum series will be Monday, Nov. 3 when Leslie Sandra Jones, assistant professor in the UNI Department of Biology, will present 'What Is It About the Culture of Science? The Persistent Under Representation of all Women.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Special Community Services has received a $1.1 million continuation grant from the U.S.

Department of Education, earmarked for the McNair Scholars Program.

The McNair Scholars Program began in October 1999, funded by a four-year grant of $760,000. This new grant will allow the program to operate through 2008. The program is now accepting applications.

The program helps high-achieving UNI juniors and seniors prepare for graduate school, and helps low-income, first-generation college students considering careers in college teaching gain admittance to Ph.D.-granting programs.

Eligible students are full-time UNI students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Candidates must be both a low-income and first-generation college student, or be a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education those groups are African Americans, Hispanics, Alaskans and Native �mericans). Candidates also must possess a serious, stated interest in pursuing graduate study leading to a doctoral degree.

To apply, contact Dennis Irons, director of the program, at (319) 273-2346; or Dora Raine, assistant director, (319) 273-2284.

September 25, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Microsoft Excel,' a course that introduces the basic commands and capabilities of Microsoft Excel, and more advanced topics, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training.

The three-module course will run three consecutive Mondays, from 1 to 5 p.m., beginning Oct. 13, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, and will be taught by Chris McGregor-Case.

Module one will cover beginning topics, module two will introduce intermediate skills and module three will address more advanced issues. For a detailed description of the topics being covered, visit the Excel Training page at

Participants can take any of the three courses for $115 each, or all three courses for $299. The registration deadline for the first module is Friday, Oct. 10. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit