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September 21, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The inventor of Celebrexï¾®, the blockbuster arthritis treatment, will speak on the University of Northern Iowa campus Thursday, Sept. 25, delivering a lecture honoring long-time professor of chemistry and department chair Leland Wilson.

John Talley, vice president for drug discovery at Microbia, Inc., will deliver the Seventh Annual Leland Wilson Chemistry Lecture, 'Discovery of Celebrexï¾®, ' at 8 p.m, in McCollum Science Hall Room 201. His address is open to the public and free of charge. Talley, who earned his B.A. degree in science from UNI in 1974, also holds a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

Microbia, located in Cambridge, Mass., is a privately held biotechnology company that is developing novel anti-infective therapeutics. Prior to joining Microbia, Talley spent 15 years at G.D. Searle (Pharmacia/Pfizer), leading drug discovery efforts in a number of therapeutic areas.

'Most industrial chemists never get anything on the market and John (Talley) has four drugs on sale,' said Paul Rider, acting head and professor of chemistry at UNI. One of Talley's professors during his student days at UNI, Rider remembers both he and now-retired colleague James Macmillan, urging Talley to specialize in chemistry.

Talley is the lead inventor of several classes of drugs, including Celebrexï¾®, with $1.5 billion in first-year sales, and sales of more than $3 billion in 2002; Bextraï¾®, recently approved by the FDA for once-a-day treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and menstrual cramps; Dynastatï¾®, recently approved by the European Committee for treatment of acute postoperative pain; Deramaxxï¾®, the first and only COX-2 class drug approved for the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and orthopedic surgery in veterinary medicine, and several protease inhibitor compounds for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Talley received the prestigious PhRMA Discoverers Award in 2002 for his discovery of Celebrexï¾®. His research efforts have produced 35 peer-reviewed publications and he is named as an inventor in 145 issued U.S. patents.

Wilson, who died in 1993, was head of the UNI Department of Chemistry from 1968 to 1975. He received the Centennial Outstanding Alumnus Award from Eastern Kentucky University in 1974 and the UNI Dean's Award for Superior Achievement in 1979.

September 18, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS -- University of Northern Iowa Women's Rugby Club members Katrina Cox of Harlan and Courtney Strutt of Urbandale were selected All-Americans by USA Rugby for the 2002-2003 season. Cox received first team All-American honors for the second year in a row and Strutt received second team All-American honors. Players are selected based on their season performance by a committee of rugby coaches and administrators.

There are more than 300 women's collegiate teams and approximately 7,000 players nationwide. The top 29 were selected to be on the first team.

Steve Murra has been the UNI women's rugby coach since the team's formation in 1994. Under his tenure, the women's teams have compiled a 254-20 record.

Strutt is a 2003 graduate of UNI and attends law school at Drake University in Des Moines. Cox is a senior at UNI and remains an active member of the UNI Women's Rugby Club.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Dimensions and Directions of Health: Choices in the Maze,' is the title of a five-part satellite seminar series to be hosted this fall by the University of Northern Iowa.

The National Collegiate Honors Council and Phi Theta Kappa 2003 Satellite Seminar Series, to be delivered via downlinks to a meeting room on the UNI campus, will feature expert presenters in the fields of health and healthcare policy. 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.

The series will open at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A, with 'America's Health Care System: How Good Is It and Does It Need to Change?,' presented by Dr. Arnold S. Relman, editor-in-chief emeritus of the New England Journal of Medicine and professor emeritus of medicine and social medicine at Harvard Medical School.

During his 30-year research career in nephrology, he published numerous original papers, clinical studies and textbook chapters, and edited two volumes of 'Controversy in Internal Medicine.' He also has written widely on the economic, ethical, legal and social aspects of health care.

Relman received his M.D. from Columbia University in 1946, and holds honorary degrees from several medical colleges and universities, including the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University.

Additional seminars will include: Oct. 14 - 'The Ethical Frontiers of Biomedicine,' presented by Vicki Lachman; Oct. 28 - 'Keeping Our Promises: Improving Care at the End of Life,' presented by Diann Uustal; Nov. 4 - 'The Young and the Ruthless: Youth Violence and Public Health,' presented by James Alan Fox; and Nov. 18 - 'Heads vs. Feds: The Great Debate,' presented by Steven Hager, Robert Stutman and Billy Martin.

The next three seminars will begin at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday evenings in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A. The final seminar will take place in Schindler Education Center, Room 244/245.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa 2003 Family of the Year will be recognized by the UNI Parents Association on Saturday, Sept. 27, part of the annual UNI Family Fest, Sept. 26-28.

The David and Linda Harris family of Cedar Falls will be honored at an outdoor tailgate event, from 2 to 4 p.m., prior to the UNI football game against Northwestern State University in the UNI-Dome. They also will be recognized at half-time of the football game.

The Harris family includes parents David and Linda, and their children Kim, Kari and Matt. Matt, a UNI senior, nominated his family for the award because of the role they played in his decision to attend UNI.

'Choosing a college wasn't difficult,' said Harris. 'My folks are dyed-in-the-wool UNI supporters. The choice was natural.'

Each member of the Harris family, with the exception of Matt's dad, David, has attended UNI. Even his brothers-in-law, Ryan Cawelti and Brian Turnis, are UNI graduates. According to Matt, while his father didn't attend UNI, he now wears the colors proudly and is the staunchest UNI supporter he knows.

The youngest of three children, Matt grew up watching his parents support UNI. 'I saw them donate what they could year after year to the athletic department and the fine arts, sending more than just a tuition check,' said Matt.

His sisters and brothers-in-law have season tickets for UNI football. Tailgates at the UNI-Dome are a major fall ritual for the Harris family.

David and Linda Harris live in Cedar Falls. Kim and her husband, Ryan Cawelti, also live in Cedar Falls. Kari and her husband, Brian Turnis, live in Waukee, Iowa, with their two children, Nathan, six months and Haley, three.

Matt will graduate with a degree in communication/public relations in May.

The outdoor tailgate party will be located at the East Plaza at the UNI-Dome. Festivities will include Panther family photos, an appearance by the UNI Spirit Squad and band, music and food.

For more information, contact Keevan Kosidowski, director of annual giving, UNI Foundation, at (319) 273-6078.

September 17, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Dave Matthews Cover Band perform at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, at Lawther Field, between the campanile and Schindler Education Center, on the UNI campus.

Members of the officially endorsed cover band include David Koon, Mike Finnie, Jimmy De Martini, Deniz Felder and Lance Tilton.

The concert is free and open to the public. The rain site will be the UNI West Gym.

For more information about the concert contact Mike Bobeldyk at (319) 273-5888. For more information on the Dave Matthews Cover Band, visit,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa International Opportunities Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, on the UNI campus in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom (formerly Expansion).

More than 40 exhibitors from UNI programs and outside organizations will participate in the fair. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of international study programs and internships, as well as volunteer and work options.

Pre-registration is not required to attend the fair. The event is sponsored by UNI Study Abroad in the Office of International Programs. For more information about the fair and exhibitors, visit, or call the Study Abroad office at (319) 273-7078.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Rider Hall, one of 10 residence halls on the University of Northern Iowa campus, has been without water service since early this afternoon (Thursday, Sept. 18), due to an underground water line leak discovered within the steam tunnel construction site at Minnesota and 27th Streets.

According to Robert Hartman, director of the UNI Department of Residence, construction workers and UNI Physical Plant staff members worked feverishly throughout the afternoon to try to fix the problem and restore service. However, the arrival of heavy rain in the area just after 5 p.m. forced crews to stop. They will be unable to continue until morning.

None of the other buildings within the Regents complex, including Redeker Center and its food service operations, have been affected. Rider residents will continue to use restrooms, showers and water fountains in the adjacent Shull and Hagemann Halls, and in Redeker Center, throughout the night.

Dependent on the weather, crews will begin work again in the morning.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The role of American diplomacy in world affairs will be the topic of the 30th Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History at the University of Northern Iowa, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Paul Schroeder, professor of history and political science, emeritus, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will deliver 'Historical Thinking on Foreign Policy, and American Thinking,' in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Schroeder is an internationally recognized scholar on the history of international relations.

The memorial history lecture is given in honor of the late Carl L. Becker, a native of Reinbeck, and a distinguished scholar and teacher who became one of America's most respected historians. He is most commonly known for warning people not to become slaves to weapons of mechanical power in fear they may, in the end, destroy themselves.

The Becker Memorial Lecture marks the first in the 2003-2004 History Lecture Series, with the next lecture Wednesday, Oct. 29. The lecture is sponsored by the UNI Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization and the UNI history club. Free and open to the public, it is supported by the Donald & Alleen Howard Endowment Fund, in the UNI Foundation.

September 16, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently hired Tim Bakula as the student employment coordinator in financial aid. The position involves assisting students seeking employment both on and off campus. Bakula replaces Chris Bowser, who accepted a new position in Des Moines.

Bakula, a current graduate student, began the position in early September and most recently worked as a graduate assistant in student employment. His experience includes working at UNI as a peer instructor with academic advising and a practicum in student development at Hawkeye Community College. He received his bachelor's degree in general studies from UNI in 2002 and that year was named one of four student employees of the year.

Bakula is the son of Leo and Jean Bakula of New Hampton.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently hired Tim Bakula as the student employment coordinator in financial aid. The position involves assisting students seeking employment both on and off campus. Bakula replaces Chris Bowser, who accepted a new position in Des Moines.

Bakula, a current graduate student, began the position in early September and most recently worked as a graduate assistant in student employment. His experience includes working at UNI as a peer instructor with academic advising and a practicum in student development at Hawkeye Community College. He received his bachelor's degree in general studies from UNI in 2002 and that year was named one of four student employees of the year.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowa high school students and University of Northern Iowa students may participate in the Wright Challenge, a Web-accessible mathematics contest now in its fifth year.

Between now and Dec. 12, the 'mysterious Doctor E' will present six puzzles, roughly one every other week, on the World Wide Web at The puzzles will be printed in the UNI student newspaper, the Northern Iowan, and posted on campus, as well. The first problem is now posted, with solutions due Oct. 3 to:; or Doctor E, c/o the University of Northern Iowa Mathematics Department, 320 Wright Hall, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0506.

Prizes will include certificates suitable for framing and more than $100 in cash.

Douglas Shaw, UNI assistant professor of mathematics, and creator of the Wright Challenge says that the contest is designed to encourage Iowa students' enthusiasm for mathematics. A new competition begins each semester. More than 250 students from throughout the state competed in the Spring 2003 challenge.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Results released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) list the University of Northern Iowa in first place for the pass rate of first-time candidates on the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Examination in May 2002, the most recent May exam for which data is available.

On that exam, 56.4 percent of UNI's first-time candidates without advanced degrees passed the complete exam, placing them No. 1 of the more than 1,000 colleges and universities represented among the candidates. This compares to a national first-time pass rate of 15.4 percent. An additional 27.3 percent of UNI graduates passed some parts of the exam.

Gerald Smith, professor and head of accounting at UNI, said UNI also was ranked first in May 2000 and May 1997, but even more significant is the sustained effort on the part of UNI accounting alumni.

'For the last nine years, UNI has been in the top 10 schools in the nation in terms of its ranking on May first-time pass rates,' he said, 'and has earned a third-place ranking for the 10-year period. Our success has been over the long haul and not just a good ranking in one year. We are certainly pleased that our alumni continue to excel on this measure, but we're equally pleased with the success that they achieve in all dimensions of accounting practice.

'This continuing recognition also speaks to the dedication of the faculty toward their teaching responsibilities, and the support of the program by the administration of this university. We believe we are educating the whole student with a very strong overall program.'

When looking only at Iowa statistics on the May 2002 exam, UNI alumni were 55.4 percent of the successful Iowa first-time candidates, from among approximately 25 Iowa colleges and universities producing CPA exam candidates.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾—The University of Northern Iowa Forensic Program will host the Midwest region's 2003 Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 20 - Monday, Sept. 22. More than 50 debate teams will represent approximately 50 different colleges and universities.

Preliminary rounds will be held on UNI's campus Saturday and Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. daily, with four different debate rounds each day. The headquarters for the tournament will be in Room 221 in Lang Hall. Elimination rounds will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, at the Waterloo Ramada Inn Convention Center.

This year's topic addresses issues surrounding U.S./European Union relations, particularly in regard to genetically modified foods, NATO, Iraq, the 2002 Farm Bill, Turkey/Greece relations, intellectual property rights and tactical nuclear weapons.

According to Cate Palczewski, acting director of forensics and coach of the debate team, schools from around the Midwest attend, as well as Baylor University, Northwestern University and Macalaster College.

The tournament is named for Walter Ulrich, a former UNI debate coach. He also was an author of articles on debate theory and argumentation and a debate judge.

The UNI Forensic Program is open to all students interested in competitive speech and debate. Last year, the UNI debate program qualified for the National Debate Tournament, and two members of the speech team were finalists at end-of-the-year national speech competitions. For more information, contact Palczewski at (319) 273-7200 or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Afro-Colombians Tell Their Story: The Real Impact of U.S. Foreign Policy,' will be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI campus.

Afro-Colombian guest speakers, Father Rafael Castillo and Luz Marina Becerra, will draw on their experiences of war, violence and poverty to talk about the armed conflict in Colombia and the impact of U.S. policy.

Becerra, a 29-year-old from the province of Choco, was forced from her home by the war five years ago, and is now the Secretary General of one of the main organizations for displaced Afro-Colombians, AFRODES.

Castillo, a 45-year-old priest based in Cartagena, has close to 20 years of experience working with communities affected by violence and poverty.

The event is sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education, the Graduate Program in Public Policy and Cedar Valley Churches for Peace, in collaboration with the U.S. Office on Colombia and Lutheran World Relief.

Presentations will be in Spanish, with English translation provided. For more information contact John Grinstead at, (319) 273-2417.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa physics department will host the year's first physics colloquium, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Physics building, room 201. The event will feature David Berman, UNI associate professor of physics, speaking on 'Optimizing the Operation of Diode Lasers.' Berman is a theoretical physicist who has studied underwater acoustics and now is investigating semiconductor structures.

According to Paul Shand, associate professor of physics and chair of the colloquium series, the presentation will discuss how diode lasers work and how semiconductors, which are materials that are the basis of modern electronic devices, can be designed to improve the performance of these lasers. In particular, Berman will discuss the physics of semiconductor superlattices, which are structures grown layer by layer, with the layers in some cases one atom thick. These structures may be important in future electronics applications. For additional information contact Shand, at (319) 273-2930.

September 15, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, in conjunction with the Iowa Association of College Admissions Counselors, is inviting students from 25 Iowa high schools to participate in the 2003 UNI-Dome College Fair, from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23.

High school juniors and seniors will be able to visit with representatives from more than 85 post-secondary institutions from Iowa and surrounding states during the fair.

Students will have the opportunity to browse through displays from the visiting institutions, which include two- and four-year public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical and cosmetology schools, as well as the military. Career counseling and financial aid information will be available.

For more information, contact the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281, or toll-free at 1-800-772-2037.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A series of courses to enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit human service agencies and other related organizations will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University, beginning in October.

The Nonprofit Management Academy will offer certificates in nonprofit management to program participants who complete any combination of courses totaling six continuing education units (CEUs). Completion certificates will be granted jointly by UNI and ISU.

The program is geared toward those seeking professional development in the area of nonprofit management. Participants may choose from among 10 courses that will be offered monthly from October through July 2004. The first five courses will be at the Iowa State University Extension Black Hawk County Office, 3420 University Ave., Suite B, in Waterloo. The last five courses will be held at the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), 800 Sycamore St. in Waterloo.

Courses will cover a variety of topics on nonprofit organizations including leadership, effective supervision, time management, human resources and financial management, strategic planning, working together, marketing, fundraising and research.

There is a registration fee of $50 per course. For those planning to attend the entire 10-course certification program the fee is $40 per course, if registering in advance. The registration deadline is five working days prior to the first class meeting for each course. Payment is due at the time of registration.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Jason Mraz will be in concert at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23 in the University of Northern Iowa's West Gym, presented by UNI's Panther Productions.

Mraz is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from Virginia who cites Dave Matthews and Sade as influences. His debut album, 'Waiting For My Rocket To Come,' features hits like 'The Remedy (I Won't Worry),' and 'You And I Both.'

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24. Admission is $13 for UNI students and $18 for the general public. Tickets will be available at all UNI ticket outlets: UNI-Dome, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Order tickets by phone at (319) 273-DOME. Tickets can be ordered online at

Panther Productions is UNI's student concert committee. The group has sponsored bands including Ja Rule, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Hoobastank, Nine Days, Nelly and Smash Mouth.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 23rd Annual University of Northern Iowa Career Fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22, in the UNI-Dome.

'Students should know that their careers begin the day they come to UNI,' said Libby Vanderwall, UNI Career Center events coordinator. 'The fair is intended to provide students and alumni opportunities for networking, career and continuing education exploration, internships and employment. While contacts often result in employment, this isn't primarily a job fair. It's part of the education process. The goal is to help people expand their career horizons and knowledge so they can make sound choices.'

The Career Fair is open to all UNI students and alumni. More than 140 representatives from business, industry, non-profit and government organizations, including 40 from professional and graduate schools, will participate in the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resume to give to company and organization representatives.

An Interview Day has been added to complement the Career Fair. It will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Maucker Union. More than 20 employers who attend the Career Fair will participate in the Interview Day and will build their interview schedules from the contacts made at the fair. Those wishing to arrange interviews must attend the Career Fair to do so.

The Career Fair is organized and sponsored by the UNI Career Center. A list of participating organizations is available online at For more information, contact Libby Vanderwall, at (319) 273-6857.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'Opera,' installations and performance art works by Jeffery Byrd, UNI professor of art, and 'The House of Bernarda Alba: A Play Without Performers,' installations by Dysart native Julie McLaughlin in the Kamerick Art Building from Monday Sept. 29 through Friday Oct. 24.

The exhibition opens at 9 a.m., Sept. 29. At 7 p.m., McLaughlin will present a gallery talk, while Byrd will simultaneously present a performance in the Gallery titled 'A King of Infinite Space.' Audiences may come and go throughout Byrd's performances. An opening reception will follow.

Other performances scheduled for Byrd at the Gallery include: 'Holding the Universe,' 7 p.m., Oct. 2; 'Beauty,' from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 15; and 'Holy Ghost' at 3 p.m., Oct. 23. Byrd will present a gallery talk after the Oct. 23 performance.

The exhibitions are part of the series, 'In the Spotlight: Seeing Theatre in a New Light,' which was conceived and coordinated by Theatre UNI and funded in part by the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitor's Bureau and by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. Both Byrd's and McLaughlin's work are original exhibitions created specifically for the series.

According to Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, coordinator of the 'In the Spotlight' series, these collaborative exhibits celebrate the art of theatrical design, performance and history in the Cedar Valley. Other participating organizations include the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, the Grout Museum of History & Sciences, the Hearst Center for the Arts, the UNI Museums, and the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

The exhibition, gallery talks, performances, and the 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. Due to campus construction, visitors are encouraged to park in the UNI-Dome south lot and use the Hudson Road overpass to reach the Gallery of Art. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit

September 14, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa today announced its fall 2003 enrollment figures. UNI's fall enrollment stands at 13,441 students, close to its target enrollment of 13,400 students.

According to UNI President Robert Koob, this enrollment is part of a planned effort to maintain quality while addressing state budget cuts.

'Two years ago we began a concerted effort to reduce the size of the university,' said Koob. 'Our goal was to match enrollment to the available budget. In 2003, UNI graduated 3,016 students, our largest class ever. Coupled with that, our average time-to-graduation rate is under four-and-a-half years. This is a real success story.'

He noted that 'U.S. News & World Report' recently ranked UNI No. 2 on its list of top public Midwest regional master's universities for the seventh year in a row.

According to Koob, UNI is offering almost 200 more class sections than it did in 1998, which was one of the largest enrollment years prior to recent budget cuts; and average class size is down to 26.8 students.

'This is where we need to be short-term,' said Koob. 'We keep students first by focusing on our core mission -- teaching students. But long-term, we are still facing a budget deficit. Reduced state support threatens faculty recruitment, building maintenance and outreach services to Iowa.'

According to UNI Registrar Philip Patton, among specific enrollment categories for fall 2003, total minority enrollment stands at 6.0 percent, up from 5.5 percent from last year. Foreign-student enrollment is up by 4.9 percent and total graduate student enrollment is up by 1.4 percent.


UNI reaches enrollment goal, sets graduation record

The University of Northern Iowa today announced its fall 2003 enrollment figures. UNI's fall enrollment stands at 13,441 students, close to its target enrollment of 13,400 students. According to UNI President Robert Koob, this enrollment is part of a planned effort to maintain quality while addressing state budget cuts.

'Two years ago we began a concerted effort to reduce the size of the university,' said Koob. 'Our goal was to match enrollment to the available budget. In 2003, UNI graduated 3,016 students, our largest class ever. Coupled with that, our average time-to-graduation rate is under four-and-a-half years. This is a real success story.'

'U.S. News & World Report' recently ranked UNI No. 2 on its list of top public Midwest regional master's universities for the seventh year in a row. According to Koob, UNI is offering almost 200 more class sections than it did in 1998, which was one of the largest enrollment years prior to recent budget cuts; and average class size is down to 26.8 students.

UNI managed its enrollment through changes in three primary areas:

1. Graduation requirements -- UNI lowered the total number of credits necessary to graduate

2. Upper-division classes -- Changes were made to help ensure that juniors and seniors have access to the upper-division classes they need to graduate


Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517,

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

3. Suspension policy -- UNI tightened its suspension policy


Philip Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2283,

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

Patton also can address the average time-to-graduation rate.


Board of Regents to meet at ISU

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 16 and 17 at Iowa State University, in Ames. Several issues pertaining to UNI will be on the docket. These items are scheduled to be discussed on Wednesday. Specific times are unknown.

1. Annual institutional reports on Academic Program Review -- To be discussed by Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Background materials will be provided at the meeting.


a) UNI accounting program

- UNI is No. 1 in the nation for first-time pass rate on the CPA exam -- 56.4 percent (source: National Assoc. of State Boards of Accountancy)

- Fall 2002 -- 674 accounting majors enrolled

- Accounting is the third-largest major at UNI


Gerald Smith, head, Department of Accounting, (319) 273-6345

b) UNI Office of Student Field Experience (OFSE) -- student teaching

- UNI's program is viewed as one of the best in the nation

- UNI contracts with 217 school districts and private schools in Iowa to place approximately 700 student teachers annually

- UNI uses tenured faculty as field supervisors -- very few teacher preparation programs use this approach


Roger Kueter, head, Department of Teaching; and director, Office of Student Field Experience, (319) 273-2203

2. Annual study on tuition policies and rates

- In 2002, the Board of Regents directed its universities to separate student fees from tuition

- Most of UNI's student fees will increase slightly, based on inflation

- UNI's student government (NISG) supports this approach

- A byproduct of this process has been the 'Panther Pass,' which gives students increased access to campus events


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

3. Annual investment and cash management report


Gary Shontz, controller, (319) 273-3576

4. Annual energy conservation report

- UNI is know for its approach to energy conservation

- The UNI Physical Plant, in cooperation with the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) has undertaken a new project to find ways to help UNI save energy and money

- Highlights of other research being done:

1. Computer electricity use study by college

2. Monitoring electricity used by lights in the UNI-Dome and Lang Hall

3. Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center -- identified $2,500 annual savings just for lobby lights

4. Testing new showerheads in the Wellness/Recreation Center


Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE, (319) 273-7575

5. Final requests for operating and capital appropriations

- Physics building renovation -- 1906 building, last updated in 1930s. Needs renovation to bring it up to par with 21st century

- Physics is one of UNI's fastest growing areas of study, including cutting-edge undergraduate courses such as nanoscience and materials science

- Electrical distribution system -- upgrade to meet current and future needs


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

Cliff Chancy, head, Department of Physics, (319) 273-2420

6. Annual five-year capital program


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

7. Annual report on phased and early retirement programs

- The current Early Retirement Incentive plan is only open to faculty and staff who were eligible on June 30, 2002. These people will have until June 30, 2004 to retire.

- 24 UNI faculty and staff members retired in fiscal year 2003 under the Early Retirement Incentive plan.

- There are no current proposals for a new incentive plan.

- 20 UNI faculty and staff retired without the incentive plan.

- One faculty member elected to begin phased retirement in fiscal year 2003. A total of 13 faculty and staff will begin phased retirement in fiscal year 2004.


Jan Flick, benefits manager, Office of Human Resource Services, (319) 273-2824

8. Annual report of registrars and admissions officers


Philip Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2283

9. Center for International Peace and Security Studies

- The center would be housed in the Department of Political Science, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

- One of its goals -- foster the development of academic experiences and internships for students in the areas of international peace and security studies


Phil Mauceri, associate professor of political science, (319) 273-2039


On anniversary of food stamps, UNI professor lauds the program

In September 1959, Congress passed a bill authorizing food stamps for low-income Americans. The author of 'Who Speaks For the Poor,' Al Hays is director of UNI's Master of Public Policy program. He says food stamps, although often the object of contempt by middle-and upper-class America, work. 'There's an anti-poor, anti-government-program climate in this country right now, and it's become a totally irrational matter of ideology, rather than any real clear-headed analysis of what programs do or don't do. Food stamps have been effective, and they've done what they are supposed to do -- and that's reduce hunger.'

In fact, says Hays, one of the reasons food stamps have been exempt from the budget slashes experienced by other government programs is food stamps are highly effective. 'It's a fundamental safety net, not for people just sitting around home, picking up a check, but for those who are working hard every single day, and still don't earn enough to support their families.'


Al Hays, director, Master of Public Policy program, (319) 273-2910, 266-8406,

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

Marathon running good preparation for life

Marathons are 26 miles by tradition, because they are modeled after a 26-mile run by Athenian Phidippides in 490 B.C., who ran from Marathon to Sparta during the Persian Wars, seeking help in holding back the Persian army. Forrest Dolgener, professor in the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, has run eight marathons, and understands well the draw. 'It's the challenge,' says the professor who once taught a wildly popular marathon-running course at UNI. 'The question really is, 'Can I run it?' That becomes a challenge. People do it because it's there and they haven't done it and they want to know if they can.'

Dolgener says the intense preparation -- both physical and mental -- necessary for running a marathon also is good training for life's challenges. 'People who took the marathon course have came back years afterward and told me the experience was a tremendous asset in their jobs. They learned perseverance and commitment, and how to get something done when you don't really want to do it. It's a major life lesson.'


Forrest Dolgener, professor of physical education, (319) 273-6479, 277-5110,

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

True 'free time' almost non-existent, says UNI professor

Technology has produced the likes of the cell phone, the fax and the laptop, making constant communication more convenient. Those same inventions, however, also have made it easier for today's worker to stay in touch with his work. The result, says Brian Roberts, assistant professor of history at UNI, is a nation where the distinction between work and leisure has broken down. 'It's really created a situation where, before they even know it, even if they aren't workaholics, people are working pretty much all the time. There is never a point anymore where a person can say, 'I'm outside of the workplace.''

That also increases what Roberts refers to as 'dread time' and procrastination. 'Because there's no space they can call 'outside of work,' many people, particularly those in white-collar jobs, are always thinking about what they need to finish, or thinking about getting back to work. It's hard to say you get any real free leisure time.'


Brian Roberts, assistant professor of history, (319) 273-3161,

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

September 11, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Microsoft Outlook - E-mail Strategies,' a course to help participants manage e-mail accounts, transition from Web-based e-mail and Outlook Express and simplify communication with business contacts, friends and family, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training.

The course will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon, on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, and will be taught by Chris McGregor-Case. The course will focus exclusively on Outlook's e-mail features.

A second Outlook course will be offered from 8:30 a.m.- noon, Thursday, Nov. 13. 'Microsoft Outlook - It Does More Than E-mail?,' will take a deeper look at Outlook as a complete personal information management system. Case also will teach this course.

Participants can take one course for $119, or both for $199. The registration deadline for the first course is Friday, Sept. 26. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - - The University of Northern Iowa will host a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center's Jebe Hall, to discuss recent budget cuts and tuition increases.

UNI President Robert Koob will discuss the benefits UNI offers the community. Keith Saunders, associate director of governmental relations at UNI, will present 'Iowa's Students are Its Future: Why It's Everyone's Business.' Current students will be available to talk about their experiences at UNI.

The event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Stacey Christensen by Friday, Sept. 26, at (319) 273-3170.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A community-wide energy efficiency campaign developed by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), received unanimous support from the Committee on Community Relations and Planning of the Cedar Falls City Council late last month, for a $30,000 grant. The grant must now be approved by the full council.

Cedar Falls Mayor Jon Crews presented the program to the committee. The campaign will target citizens on fixed incomes, such as the elderly, with the goal of upgrading energy efficiency in at least 200 homes and lowering energy costs by $100 or more per home.

'The program is particularly critical for this winter,' said Pat Higby, energy educator at the CEEE, who will coordinate the project. 'The price of natural gas is expected to increase dramatically due to demand outpacing supply.'

Higby will work with 10 local churches to send parishioners who have volunteered to visit the homes. 'The advantage of working with churches is that the clients are much more likely to let a fellow parishioner into their home than a stranger,' said Higby.

The volunteers, who will be trained by Cedar Falls Utilities, will have a list of items to check as possible sources of energy loss. They will then make energy efficiency improvements, such as caulking leaks, adding weather stripping to doors and lowering the temperature on the hot water heater. Energy costs before and after improvements will be compared to gauge the effectiveness of the campaign.

'Many people know they should make improvements,' said Higby, 'but very few actually take the final step and do it. The funding from the city allows us to get this program underway, providing these residents with ongoing savings in successive years. A payback time on these improvements of one-and-one-half years is a really good investment.'

The project will begin in September and continue through the winter of 2003-04. For additional information, contact Pat Higby, (319) 273-6012, or

September 10, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI's Off-Hudson Series of Staged Reading begins this season with 'Our Lady of 121st Street,' by Stephen Adly Guirgis, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108 on the UNI campus.

A dark comedy, 'Our Lady of 121st Street' tells the story of a group of old friends reuniting for the funeral of their former teacher, a nun, whose body is stolen on the eve of the wake.

The series will continue Tuesday, Oct. 21, with 'The House of Bernarda Alba,' by Federico Garcia Lorca.

The performance is free. For more information, visit, or call the Strayer-Wood Box Office at (319) 273-6381.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Members of the University of Northern Iowa spirit squad, which consists of UNI's cheer squad, dance team and mascots, recently won several awards at the Universal Cheer and Dance Association (UCA/UDA) College Spirit Camp and competition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The cheer squad was awarded first place in the fight song competition, first place in the cheer competition, second in the sideline chant, and the leadership award and game day tradition award for innovative and spirited game day agendas.

The UNI dance team won second place in the fight song competition, third place in the home routine competition and an overall superior rating trophy for the week.

The UNI spirit squad is a member of the UNI Athletic Department and performs at all football, wrestling, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball events.

Members of the (UNI dance team / cheer squad ) include (Name) a (Classification) from (Hometown).

The UNI spirit squads are advised by Shandon Dohmen. The UNI dance team is coached by Jori Wade-Booth. For more information visit

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


UNI College of Education receives approval with selected conditions for educational leadership program for principals

The State Board of Education today gave four major university-based educational leadership programs approval to continue offering their master's-level administrator preparation programs. Three of these, including the University of Northern Iowa, received approval with selected conditions to be met by May 2004. UNI will submit the additional documentation to complete the approval process.

According to Jeffrey Cornett, dean of UNI's College of Education, the board's report cited UNI for several program strengths. 'UNI has one of the most respected educational leadership programs in the state, and the country,' said Cornett. 'We're currently are educating more than 150 future principals in five statewide cohorts.'

Details about the UNI college of education and its educational leadership program:

1) UNI's College of Education (COE) is home to one of the nation's best-known teacher preparation programs

2) UNI is currently educating more than 150 future principals in five statewide cohorts. It also has two cohorts for future superintendents.

3) The COE uses high-tech means to reach students across the state who can't easily travel to UNI for classes

- The COE uses the ICN, supported by WebCT, to educate education administrators in all 99 counties in the state

- The COE provides a specialized preparation program for principals located in the eight largest Iowa school districts

4) The COE has a network of more than 200 practicing administrators who serve as field mentors for UNI students

5) The COE currently provides professional development opportunities to 97 percent of Iowa superintendents through the Iowa Superintendent Finance and Leadership Consortium

For more information about the UNI Administrator Preparation program, visit

September 9, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students at the University of Northern Iowa will observe the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at 9:11 a.m., at the Campanile, on Thursday, Sept. 11.

Marie Hamer, the senior who organized the event, explained, 'It is a moment of silent prayer and reflection to remember all those who lost their lives in the tragedy two years ago.' She said the event is part of a national project, '9/11: Never Forget Project,' initiated by the Young America's Foundation.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowa Children's Choir is now scheduling auditions. The choir is made up of Iowa students in third through seventh grade, and performs at functions across the state, including concerts in May and December and a performance with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. Auditions will continue through Sept. 20.

To schedule an audition, contact Michelle Swanson, director, at (319) 273-2600 or; or visit the Web site at

Swanson teaches music at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, and also teaches music courses at UNI. She holds both a B.M.E and an M.M. from UNI.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A documentary depicting the unfolding tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 and its effects on the New York community will open this year's 'Reel to Real' film series Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union.

'71 West Broadway, Ground Zero, NY,' will be shown from noon to 1 p.m., in the Maucker Union South Room. 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 Oct. 15, with 'One + One,' an examination of gay and straight relationships.

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

September 8, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Women on Fridays,' begun last year by the University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies Program, will continue this year with a new twist-- 'Video Viewpoints,' beginning with the video and discussion of 'Sun, Moon and Feather,' at noon Friday, Sept. 12.

In the video, to be shown in Room 161Baker Hall, the three sisters of Spiderwoman Theater tell about growing up Native American in Brooklyn and negotiating two very different worlds. The informal session is free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring their lunch and dessert will be provided.

'The Women's Studies Program sees this series as an opportunity to contribute to the programming of the university and to our overall goals supporting diversity,' said Cynthia Goatley, director of UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies. 'This monthly video series will offer new and provocative perspectives on gender and sexuality, as well as this look at Native American culture.'

The three sisters, Muriel Miguel, Gloria Miguel, and Lisa Mayo, organized the Spiderwoman Theater Workshop in 1975, based upon the Hopi goddess, Spiderwoman. They weave together stories, images, songs, poems, experiences, feelings, music, spaces and bodies in their performances.

Goatley said the troupe performed live at UNI several years ago as part of the Artists Series. They are opening the Women on Fridays series in support of the first UNI Native American Cultural Fair/PowWow, to be held on campus Sept. 26 and 27.

The next presentation in the Friday series will be Oct. 17, 'You Don't Know Dick: The Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men,' that will explore the stories of six female-to-male transsexuals.

For more information, contact the Women's Studies Program office at (319) 273-7102.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Center for Public and Private School Foundations (NCPPSF) at the University of Northern Iowa will host a conference, 'Issues Involved in the Establishment and Sustainability of School Foundations,' from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn. The event is designed for public and private school administrators, teachers, K-12 foundation boards of directors, and community members.

'Schools across the country are increasingly looking to school foundations to assist in meeting the growing demands of education and supporting students who want to pursue postsecondary education,' said David Else, director of the NCPPSF, and associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Postsecondary Education.

There is no charge to attend. According to Else, all costs, including meals, will be covered through a grant initiated by Sen. Charles Grassley. To register, go to the center's Web site,, and click on 'conferences.' Schools with foundations may participate in a survey at the same site; click on 'foundations survey.' Registration deadline is Oct. 1.

September 7, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A panel discussion, 'Art After 9/11,' will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11. The event, organized by Ben Powell, a graduate student in the Department of Communication, will examine artists' messages since Sept. 11, 2001.

'We'll be asking what are the implications of creating art that deals with the attacks? With remembrance of the victims? With skepticism, protest and hopes of preventing another attack,' explained Powell.

Panelists are Jay Edelnant professor of theatre; Brianne Waychoff, graduate student in Women's Studies; and Powell.

The event is free and open to the public.


Complete information necessary for accurate answers to tax questions

Posing as taxpayers and phoning IRS help-lines, Treasury Department workers recently determined that nearly half the answers given by IRS workers are incorrect or incomplete. The IRS disputes the study, and Marty Wartick, associate professor of accounting at UNI, also is skeptical. She says a telephone call may not be the best way to seek help. 'One thing that's unique about tax preparation is that the omission of a single fact, or the changing of a single fact, might change the correct answer. Any tax question depends on the facts, and it's difficult to get all those facts by phone.' For example, she notes, the answer to a question about claiming a college student child as a dependent can change depending upon how many hours the student is taking.

Wartick suggests taxpayers seeking answers to tax questions first log on to the IRS Web site,, which features publications, frequently asked questions, and even interactive chats. 'Sometimes, just getting a bigger picture of your own question can help someone else answer it for you,' explains Wartick, who has trained UNI accounting students to work in the university's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA provides free tax assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals.


Marty Wartick, associate professor of accounting, (319) 273-7754, 266-2799,

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

Legacy of Miss America Pageant isn't beauty and perfection

Seventy-two years ago this month, this country crowned its very first Miss America. Diane Depken, associate professor in the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, says pageants like this one emphasize thinness and physical beauty, and thereby reinforce unrealistic and unhealthy goals for young women. And that can contribute to depression and eating disorders in young girls. Depken says mothers and other role models can help by examining their own body issues. 'We should look at the things we were told growing up. That will help us to not pass those things to our daughters. Even in the academy, I hear adult women talking about dieting and hating parts of their bodies. We can't get rid of that judgment, but we can reject reinforcing it, and we can stop saying it.'

She says other ways to help include teaching girls to critique media messages, and emphasizing body efficacy versus body attractiveness.


Diane Depken, associate professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, (319) 273-7287, 266-4457,

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

Distributed power could help avoid black-outs

With major power outages on the East Coast and, more recently, London, energy production and delivery is once again a hot topic. Bill Stigliani, director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, says one solution to power outages would be to have 'distributed power' where a home or business produces its own electricity with a fuel cell, as opposed to the centralized delivery of power we have today. He says such capability is still in the future, but inroads are being made on its development.


Bill Stigliani, director, Center for Energy & Environmental Education, (319) 273-7150, 273-2573

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

Teens in small high schools less likely to use drugs

Parents who want to steer their children away from substance abuse might do well to put them in smaller high schools. Katherine Van Wormer, professor of social work at UNI, says a new study by National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse indicates a series of factors that often lead teens to abuse drugs or alcohol. 'Ideally, a high school should have 300 to 600 kids. In the smaller schools, teachers tend to know the families, they give students more individual attention, and the students feel responsible to the teachers. They don't want to let those teachers down. I think it's a big mistake to consolidate smaller schools.'

She says other factors leading to drug/alcohol abuse include having too much extra spending money, being stressed by peer pressure, having parents who aren't involved in the child's life, and even being bored. A parent herself, van Wormer says increased parental involvement can help. 'We have to keep parents in the picture. These days, work pressures are so strong that parents often neglect the kids. Instead, they give the kids money, saying, 'Here, go buy what you need, get your own supper, take care of yourselves.' That leads to problems.'


Katherine van Wormer, professor of social work, (319) 273-6379,

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

September 4, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Cultural Struggles Over Human Rights: Reflections on Nigeria, India and the United States,' will be the first colloquium presentation of the year for the University of Northern Iowa Department of Geography, Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Rex Honey, professor of geography at the University of Iowa, will speak at 3 p.m., in Sabin Hall, Room 7. His presentation is the first in the series sponsored by the UNI Department of Geography.

The lecture is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The fall schedule of classes and workshops offered by the University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC) has been announced. The RBC will offer training in a variety of areas, including small business skill development and introductory bookkeeping, hands-on computer software, and regulatory workshops. Classes begin in mid-September.

'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready?' opens the course line-up Tuesday, Sept. 16. It will help employers understand how Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations may affect their businesses. The training will be conducted by Lisa Schorzmann, of the Fort Dodge Small Business Development Center.

The RBC is partnering with Ketels Contract Training to offer a full line of hands-on Microsoft software classes. Chris McGregor-Case will teach 'Microsoft Excel,' 'Microsoft Access,' 'Outlook -- Email Strategies,' 'Outlook -- It Does More Than Email?,' 'Excel Shortcuts,' and 'Word Shortcuts.'

The RBC also is partnering with Gary Karr, CPA of Waterloo, to teach 'QuickBooks Pro, Levels 1 and 2'. The first level is for beginners. The second level will teach current QuickBooks users how to better use the software.

Other classes will become available throughout the fall. All classes will take place at the RBC, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. Class sizes are limited. Fees vary. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit

September 3, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Diversity includes all of us' is the theme for Diversity Week on the University of Northern Iowa campus Sunday, Sept. 7 through Friday, Sept. 12. The event will celebrate the social issues, customs and entertainment of different cultures. Daily events throughout Diversity Week include:

Sunday, Sept. 7, Charles Jefferson and New Dimension. A blend of gospel music and poetry, Lang Hall Auditorium, 4 p.m. Performers are Effie Burt, Cherie Nelson, Gabrielle Shirley, and Kei-Che Randle.

Monday, Sept. 8, UNI cultural festival. A variety of ethnic foods and information will be offered as well as the music of 'Mambo Surfers,' Maucker Union Plaza (rain site Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom), 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9, video presentation and discussion. 'Shadow of Hate: A History of Intolerance in America,' Maucker Union Elm Room, noon.

Tuesday, Sept. 9, multicultural student panel. A discussion about the challenges and discoveries of students on the UNI campus, Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9, Diversity Week keynote speaker: Jesse Villalobos, regional director of the National Conference for Community and Justice, will speak on 'The Beauty of Diversity.' Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, video presentation 'Journey to a Hate Free Millennium.' A documentary that seeks solutions to hate crimes, Maucker Union Elm Room, noon.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, international student panel. An informal discussion on the issues that international students encounter at UNI, Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11, video presentation 'A Place at the Table.' A look at history and identity through the eyes of today's youth, Maucker Union Elm Room, noon.

Thursday, Sept. 11, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Association (LBGTA) panel will discuss issues affecting gay and lesbian students, Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11, Reggae band 'Keith Eric & Waterhouse.' A variety of costumes, instruments, movements and stories express the culture and sounds of the Caribbean, 8 p.m., Maucker Union.

Friday, Sept. 12, Diversity Week wrap brunch. A sneak preview and spotlight on the new Center for Multicultural Education (CME) and International Student Services.

Weeklong events include the photo exhibit, 'Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families,' in the Maucker Union Old Central Hall Lobby; and 'What Diversity Means to Me,' a chance for students to share what diversity means to them at the Maucker Union Coffeehouse.

For more information on diversity week, contact Mike Bobeldyk, Maucker Union program coordinator, at (319) 273-5888.

September 2, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will host a director/designers' presentation for the upcoming production of Kira Obolensky's 'Lobster Alice,' at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

During the free, hour-long presentation, director Cynthia Goatley, UNI professor of theatre, along with props designer Mark A. Parrott, lighting designer Derek Easton, costume designer Carol Colburn and scenic designer Brad M. Carlson, will share the vision and research involved in producing the play.

Theatre UNI will present 'Lobster Alice' Oct. 9 - 19 in the Bertha Martin Theatre. Tickets go on sale at the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office on Sept. 19. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381. UNI students may use their activity card to reserve a free ticket.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) will offer a beginning level of 'Quick Books Pro,' a software training course, at the center, 212 E. Fourth St., in Waterloo.

The course will run three consecutive Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning Sept. 24, and will be taught by Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer. These sessions are aimed specifically at beginners to the Quick Books Pro software series and those needing a refresher course. An advanced level of 'Quick Books Pro' will be offered later this fall.

There is a cost of $169 to attend the trainings. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 19. For more information and registration, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit

September 1, 2003 - 7:00pm


Are pre-game and half-time pep talks really effective?

It's half-time and the team heads for the locker room and the traditional pep talk from the coach. It's tradition, but is it truly effective? Paul Turman is an assistant professor of communication studies at UNI. Turman has examined coaches' communication styles and finds that while what coaches say can increase team cohesion, the wrong sort of messages can have an unexpected long-lasting effect on the motivation and self esteem of young athletes.


Paul Turman, assistant professor of communication studies, (319) 273 2593, 268-4045,

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

Silencing religious discussion in the university classroom

College and university instructors often are faced with the challenge of engaging students in conversation about controversial topics, such as religion, without silencing their beliefs. 'One of the most common and widely held interpretations of 'separation of church and state' by public institutions means no prayer, but it also tends to limit religious discussion in the classroom by both students and teachers,' said Paul Turman, assistant professor of communication studies at UNI. Turman has researched the phenomenon. Turman maintains that this interpretation results in classrooms where religious students' viewpoints are silenced, which in turn is a violation of free speech and academic freedom.


Paul Turman, assistant professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2593, 268-4045,

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

College students choose spirituality over religion

Through research for a book, the head of UNI's Department of Philosophy and Religion, Betty DeBerg, found that today's college students view religion as more optional and fluid. 'I was surprised by how fluid denominational identity was among even those students who were leaders in various denominational campus ministries,' said DeBerg. 'One student came to the university a Roman Catholic, got hired as a peer minister in the ecumenical mainline Protestant campus ministry, then as a peer ministry by the Methodist Wesley Foundation. During this time, she left Catholicism for the Disciples of Christ, and decided during her senior year to go to seminary and seek ordination as a Disciple.'

The hardcover edition of that book, 'Religion on Campus,' published by the University of North Carolina Press,was released last year; the paperback edition is now available in bookstores and via


Betty DeBerg, head, Department of Philosophy and Religion, (319) 273-6221, 277-5071,

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

Ignorance about credit cards contributes to rising bankruptcies

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

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


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

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Foundation will honor Eldon Miller, former UNI head men's basketball coach and most recently a member of the UNI Foundation staff, during an event on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the UNI-Dome. Miller's wife, Dee, also will be honored.

'For nearly 20 years, Eldon and Dee Miller have had an impact on the University of Northern Iowa and the Cedar Valley,' said Bill Calhoun, vice president for advancement. 'The most recent example of Eldon's commitment to this area is the success of the fundraising efforts for the McLeod Center. With his help, we've raised more than $16 million toward our $18 million goal.'

Miller was head men's basketball coach at UNI from 1986 to 1998, amassing 568 wins. In 1990, the Panther men qualified for the NCAA Tournament; in 1996 Miller was named the Missouri Valley Coach of the year. He resigned in 1998, and took a fundraising position with the Foundation soon after.

The event also will give fans an opportunity to make a contribution to the McLeod Center in recognition of Eldon Miller. Those contributions will support construction of a plaza between the McLeod Center and the UNI-Dome, to be named in honor of the Millers.

Attending will be Terry Allen, former UNI head football coach; Jersey Jermier former UNI associate director of athletics; Randy Ayers, head coach of the Philadelphia '76ers; and members of Miller's 1990 championship team.

Tickets are $25 apiece, or $200 per table. The deadline to order tickets is Sept. 15. For more information, contact the UNI Foundation at (319) 273-6078 or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'New Iowans' program and Iowa Public Television (IPTV), Iowa's only statewide television network, 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.

Scheduled to begin in April 2004, '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.

Mark Grey, director of the New Iowans program, said that through the collaboration, 'The New Americans' series will help Iowans learn more about this state's recent influx of immigrants and refugees.

Featured will be a series of activities. First will be publication of a companion handbook called 'The New Iowans' in October. The UNI Museum will present an exhibit, 'Welcoming New Iowans: A 200-Year Tradition,' in February 2004. During spring 2004, community forums will take place in Sioux City, Des Moines and Cedar Falls.

'This is a unique collaboration that will benefit all Iowans, primarily by educating them about the importance of these newcomers to the social and economic future of Iowa,' said Mary Bracken, programming and outreach coordinator of IPTV.

Established at UNI in 1999, the New Iowans program is the brainchild of Grey, who authored a book, 'Welcoming New Iowans,' to augment the program. He and co-author Anne Woodrick, UNI associate professor of anthropology, also have written a version of the book for Christian churches. Another is being written, in conjunction with UNI's Global Health Corps, for health providers. The version for businesses and employers is available on the Web at

In 'Welcoming New Iowans,' Grey explains immigration, discusses the needs of the newcomers and community members, and talks about ways to address cultural differences and challenges.

Iowa, for a variety of reasons, has become a settling site for immigrants and refugees. First, says Grey, is the state's meat packing industry, which provides ample employment opportunities. 'Of course, they may come for those specific jobs,' Grey says, 'but they slowly and surely filter out to other kinds of employment. This is important as it demonstrates how our economy is increasingly dependent on them.'

Immigration is, says Grey, a workforce and economic development issue.

'A lot of us have looked at demographics trends and we are concerned. Birth rates are down, and the workforce is aging rapidly. And then there's the painful reminder that 40 percent of the state's college graduates leave the state. We believe that immigrants can make up for part of the shortfall.'

IPTV provides quality alternative programming that educates, enlightens and entertains viewers across the state. Nearly one million viewers each week watch IPTV, whose stations include Channel 32 Waterloo; Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Red Oak; Channel 36, Davenport.

ITVS's mission is to create and present independently produced programs that engage creative risks, advance issues and represent points of view not usually seen on public or commercial television.

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

August 28, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Careers in the Foreign Service,' a program designed to present students with an opportunity to understand foreign affairs, careers in foreign service and living abroad, will be presented at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Stanley A. Otto, the First Secretary for Economic Affairs for the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, will speak in the State College Room of UNI's Maucker Union. His visit is sponsored by the UNI Career Center.

Otto has served as the economics officer in Germany and Nigeria, a commercial and economics officer in Japan, executive director for the Iran-American society, and as a Fulbright lecturer in Taiwan. He received his B.A. degree in romance languages from Harvard University; a master's degree in linguistics from American University in Cairo and his in economics from Yale. He is one of the Secretary of State's Hometown Diplomats, a program that enables U.S. Foreign Service Officers who are nominated by their Ambassadors to discuss their work overseas with domestic audiences.

For more information, contact Susan Schwieger, associate director for liberal arts and sciences at the UNI Career Center, at (319) 273-6857.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The winners of the 2003 Iowa Energy Poster Contest, sponsored by the Iowa Energy Center and administered by the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa, will be honored at the Capitol Building in Des Moines on Monday, Sept. 8. In attendance will be the 12 winners, their parents and teachers.

In March, about 350 students throughout Iowa, in grades one through six, submitted poster designs about energy conservation and renewal to their local utility companies. The local winners were then forwarded to the state competition. Two winners were selected from each grade, and each received a $100 savings bond. The winners will receive plaques during the ceremony.

The winning posters have been compiled into a traveling display called the Traveling Energy Art Gallery. To reserve the display, call Heather Hooks, CEEE public relations director, at (319) 273-3850.

Other contributors to the Iowa Energy Poster Contest are the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co.

August 26, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has named John Hess director of broadcasting services for public radio stations KUNI and KHKE. He had been serving as interim director since August 2002, following the retirement of Doug Vernier.

Hess joined the KUNI/KHKE staff as director of development in August 2000. Previously, Hess was territory sales manager with Gazette Communications in Cedar Rapids. He also worked as an account executive with Corporate Communications Consultants in West Branch and executive director of Public Access Television Inc. in Iowa City.

KUNI is heard at 90.9 FM throughout greater eastern Iowa and at 91.5 FM and 1010 AM in northern Iowa. Additional signals are heard in Des Moines at 101.7 FM, Dubuque at 98.7 FM, and the Quad Cities at 94.5 FM and 102.1 FM. KUNI audio also is available on the Internet at

KHKE serves northeast Iowa at 89.5 FM, with an additional signal for Mason City and Clear Lake at 90.7 FM. KHKE audio is available online at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A Volunteer Fair to provide University of Northern Iowa students with both short-term and semester-long service opportunities within the Cedar Valley, will be held in the UNI Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3.

The annual fall event is hosted by Volunteer UNI of the UNI Career Center. More than 45 non-profit organizations are expected to attend the fair, which typically draws more than 500 students, according to Tina Heeren, a UNI senior from Akron and Volunteer UNI coordinator with the UNI Career Center.

Non-profit organizations in attendance will provide a wide range of volunteer opportunities for students and student organizations interested in social services, educational and youth services, health promotion, arts and culture, legal and judicial services, environmental and animal services, marketing and public relations services and office services.

For a complete listing of organizations in attendance, visit or contact Libby Vanderwall at (319) 273-6857.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Small Business Development Centers and Small Business Compliance Alliance will present 'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready?,' from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.

A half-day seminar appropriate for all businesses with at least one employee, the session will help employers understand how Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations may affect their businesses. Training will be conducted by Lisa Schorzmann of the Fort Dodge Small Business Development Center.

Topics will include Federal and State OSHA regulations, types of inspections and violations, penalties, record keeping, written programs, how to tell if you are having a bad inspection and the top OSHA-cited violations. Russ Gilkes from Iowa OSHA Consultation will answer questions about state regulations. The seminar is non-regulatory and confidential.

The fee is $35 per business. For more information, or to register, contact Katie MacDonald, UNI RBC program manager, at (319) 236-8123 or visit